DC Showcase hits KAPOW! 2012 in London

KAPOW! is coming to London next month and DC is continuing their streak of appearances by showing up there as well. Before Watchmen, The New 52 and Vertigo are ready to rock. Panel information is below for the London show so check it out and we’ll follow-up with anything else that DC has to announce!

Panelists: Dan DiDio, Bob Wayne, Will Dennis, Scott Snyder, Peter Milligan, Paul Cornell
Don’t miss this panel about the sure-to-be most talked about project of 2012, BEFORE WATCHMEN! Join DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Dan DiDio, Editor Will Dennis, and Senior Vice President of Sales Bob Wayne as they talk about this next game-changing event. They’ll also join writers Scott Snyder (AMERICAN VAMPIRE), Peter Milligan (HELLBLAZER) and Paul Cornell (SAUCER COUNTRY) to share the latest news on all your favorite Vertigo titles and discuss details about the new wave of Vertigo! No comics fan will want to miss this!

Panelists: Dan DiDio, Bob Wayne, Scott Snyder, Peter Milligan, Paul Cornell, Ian Churchill
DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 is the industry’s most talked about industry-shattering event of the last year. Although the landscape has changed, we’re not done making news! Come by and be a part of history as DCE Co-Publisher Dan DiDio and Senior Vice President of Sales Bob Wayne discuss the books that are shaping the dawn of this new era along with some of the major talent writing and illustrating these titles, including Scott Snyder (BATMAN, SWAMP THING), Peter Milligan (RED LANTERNS), Paul Cornell (STORMWATCH) and Ian Churchill (THE RAVAGERS).

Link: DC Comics Blog

DC Cover shots for Aquaman #8 and The Flash #8

Covers tend to have the job of selling the comic for a new potential fan and also gaining attention in general. Today we have 2 covers from DC for The Flash #8 and Aquaman #8, both seem to go different ways for the approach and they’re equally interesting in their approach.

First up… The Flash #8, it’s a variant work by Bernard Chang, the approach taking on a comic panel appeal with less emphasis into a heavy graphic influence or even a more painterly direction. It’s actually a distracting panel as the speed and energy draw attention over to the flash instead of the more cartoonish head of the person he’s approaching. As the artist reveals, this was only one of many ideas that was pitched.

Before starting on the drawing, I need to decide whether I want to take a more story-centric or graphic design approach to the cover. I’m equally a fan of both directions, but in this case, opted for the “scene out of the story.” I then pulled up some images of athletes running and sprinting, trying to generate some inspiration and understanding details to capturing figures in motion.

I sent three rough concepts to series editor Brian Cunningham, one featuring The Flash being flipped upside down, another with turbine’s winds tearing his uniform off, and the third an iconic shot of The Flash charging at the villain with winds and debris surrounding them.

Unfortunately there are no rough sketches running around on these variants, it would have been great to see the other two even in rough form, unfortunately they’re lost to the vault or possibly a comic convention booth to be shown at a later time, hopefully it’s something that can be shared though.

Aquaman #8 follows up from there, Ivan Reis taking charge with the lead cover for the new storyline of “The Others” which starts off this week in #7, unfortunately it doesn’t tell much more. The graphic cover has Aquaman getting taken apart by an aggressive crew the likes of which we haven’t seen before. If this is any indication of how the story will start to spiral it would be best to catch issue 7 as soon as possible to see what rests ahead for the water one.

Link: DC Comics News

WonderCon 2012 – DC The New 52 Panel

DC is on a hot streak after relaunching their brands with a fresh start in the world, the New 52 have taken the world by storm and this year we’ll see the introduction of 6 more titles. Here’s a quick breakdown for the returning franchises.

  • Batman Inc. returns with Grant Morrison at the helm
  • Earth 2 starts up with James Robinson
  • Worlds Finest kicks off thanks to Kevin Maguire
  • Dial H (for Hero) returns as well with China Miéville leading the way
  • GI Combat The war that time forgot runs with J.T. Krul
  • Ravagers steps it up with Ian Churchill after leading up fans with mentions in other comics

With that said we got a small dose of major releases coming up for 2012 from the New 52.

  • Batman – Bruce is set to turn the tables in a battle for Gotham against the court in a heated story shift. (Issue 9)
  • Swamp Thing – Anton Arcane returns, we start to develop background on the characters that we were not given before. The showdowns that occur from here out set up the Animal Man crossover coming soon.
  • Dark Knight – Greater challenges ahead for Batman, Greg Purwitz and Finch are going to raise the bar to super heights in details and complexity for the story. Few details other than a strong working bond between the writers.
  • Flash – Weather villain conflicts continue, we’ll see Heatwave strike soon and a new spin arrive in the next few issues leading to a bigger battle.
  • I Vampire – Justice League Dark crossover coming, Adam Bennet is dead at this point (whoops), as a result we’ll see stronger lead enemies coming forward in the story. Apocalypse level events start coming down on the world as things start brewing more, vampire hunters strike and then Zombies arrive. Yeah. Zombies. It’s a minefield of new story to read through and the final teaser of Stomwatch really set off the crowd.
  • Nightwing – The Night of Owls is coming, Gates of Gotham and Tomorrow People are all huge events about to hit Nightwing hard in the coming issues.
  • Superboy – Wonder Girl drama comes to a head, her long loooong lost flame still holds her heart in all of this. Those who think they know who it is are likely to be mistaken, even RR isn’t in the picture for candidates.
  • Teen Titans – Wonder Girl origins takes off, road trip to reveal so much about everyone involved. Those left at the HQ get hit with people questioning their ability to have powers at such an age and actively participate in crime fighting with their lives on the line.
  • Red Hood – Flight attendant meeting turns into a larger encounter in issue 2, Blackfire appears into the mix.
  • Suicide Squad – Hunt for Harley Quinn comes to an end, just as that wraps up they take on an immortal as one of their biggest challenges so far and take a step back to develop the stories on the whole group. New characters will join the mix and drama in the loyalties of the squad come into play.
  • DCU Presents – Vandal Savage line picks up by introducing his daughter into the story, a clash comes in trying to figure out what side he rests on and the history of his ways and kills over such a massive span of history. Father daughter tensions rise up in this chapter.
  • Captain Atom – power is on the rise in his head, the issue of the messiah complex comes into play and his alternate selves start coming into the picture.

The panel touched on a little bit of everything and the panelists tried their hardest to deliver a solid impression of what’s coming up with the new series items and the changes in store with the relaunched books.