2005 Comic Book News Archives
November 2, 2005: Armageddon Expo - Auckland New Zealand October 22-24, 2005
By Daniel McIntosh
Greetings all! I thought that I might share some information that I gained while at the Armageddon Expo in Auckland, New Zealand. While the Expo was not a Comic Convention that one would expect to see in America, i.e. like the San Diego Comicon or the Chicago convention, it still had a strong comic representation there. The turn out to this event is quite large with some 30,000-40,000 people attending over the labour day long weekend.
To top the list of Special Guests was the very popular Michael Turner, who Superman best know for his work on Superman/Batman and the covers of the recent re-birth of the Supergirl comic series. Also in attendance was Mark Waid (Kingdom Come and Superman: Birthright).
I was somewhat surprised that Michael told me he is actually more of a Marvel fan rather than a DC fan. The impression that I got from him, sorry to say, was that Superman and Supergirl were not really at the top of his list of favorite characters. While he enjoys drawing them for people (myself included) and likes the characters, his first loves lay elsewhere in the comic universe. He is such a nice guy that he basically broke his own rules of sketching one character per sketch to draw a really nice picture of Superman and Supergirl flying together and I think that was extremely nice of him. He really took his time for my sketch and I respect him immensely for that. I did have to pay for the sketch though!
While Michael was drawing my sketch I did ask him the most important question faced by any artist drawing Superman or Supergirl. For those of you who have watched the Superman documentary advertised on the Superman Homepage and have seen the John Byrne sketches Superman segment, John Byrne says he draws two strange looking fish and then fills out the rest to make the 'S'; basically to draw the negative of the image. Having mentioned this point to Michael, I posed the question "What do you draw when you draw the 'S'?" Michael says "I just draw an 'S', but yeah I can see what he means".
On the Saturday evening after the convention, my friends and I went to the Video Ezy DVD awards dinner and followed it up by having a few drinks with the actors and co that were attending the Expo afterwards. This is where I met Mark Waid for the first time. The first thing to come up was of course the new Superman Returns movie. I asked him if he had seen any of the movie or knew anything about it that he could reveal to us. Mark kindly responded with "I am as much in the dark about this one as the rest of you guys". He said that he had seen some footage from the movie, basically what was shown at the Comic Con in San Diego, and a few other tid bits. His opinion? "I think it will work. I really think that it will work."
When I asked him about his feelings on the whole Lois Lane having a kid arc and how it really goes against what has been pretty much lore in the comics his response was "I am not phased. I think what will happen is that we will find out in the third act or something that it is not actually her kid. It may turn out to be her sister's (Lucy's) kid or something".
So what do you think about the costume for the new movie? "I am not really fond of it. I see it as someone trying to put there mark on it". Mark also said that he could live with the 'S' on the belt but did not like the way the belt straps pointed in to his crouch as if trying to point out Superman's package! As for Brandon Routh, mark says that he likes his look and thinks that he could pull it off. Mark continually pointed out that he believes that this movie will work despite the concerns of the fans.
Dan Green was also present (the voice of Yu-Gi Oh) brought up the point of the music and the John Williams theme. Mark's response was, "A great decision!".
A very interesting point that I found out is that Mark was actually asked to write the novelisation of the new movie but decided to turn it down despite the rather large pay check. Mark also turned down the novelisation of Spider-Man. His reason? "I just want to go in and see the movie cold. I want to be completely surprised in what they do, so when I see it all unfold on the big screen I can just sit back and go 'wow'! That's why I paid $20,000 for my ticket to see Spider-Man!"
Moving on to Smallville! I was rather surprised when I asked his impression of the show and he simply turned around with "I love it! I love the slight twists and changes that they have made to the mythology." Mark was very positive toward the show despite the path that the show has journeyed down in the last one and a bit seasons. When asked about the whole crystal aspect of season 4 his response was a kind of "hmmm, yeeaaahh, it was o.k." I subsequently asked him what his biggest impression was for the show so far. His response? "With all that has happened (with season 3, 4) I still think that Jor-El is actually General Zod. I mean what kind of father would do such things to his son?" I thought that was kind of interesting.
One of Mark's other hidden talents, which I think he does at conventions for laughs, is kind of like a comic book magic trick! Well it isn't really a trick; it is more of a case of the guy really knowing his product. For many of the Superman titles I was astounded how Mark could simply just take a stack of comics and tell you either what number they were or what the story and cover artwork were. I thought that I would put this to the test! After I spoke to Mark about Smallville, we headed back to my friends stall (Adelaide Comics). I showed Mark where the DC boxes were, in particular the Superman titles and he proceeded to give me a bunch of comics out of the box without even looking at them. I began quoting the numbers to which he gave the cover art and story with no problems whatsoever. I even began quoting some numbers to which I was familiar with the cover art. He hit the nail on the head every time. Now I thought that I would get a little tricky! I would go for gold! Golden age Superman that is! I successfully managed to trip him up finally! Needless to say I was still very impressed! What was Mark's reason for missing one? "I haven't been able to afford some of those more expensive ones to add to my collection." Hey, I still think that what he did was still really cool in a geek kind of way.
2005 Comic NewsListed below are all the Comic News items archived for 2005.
- January 7, 2005: Loeb Talks About Supergirl
- January 10, 2005: Dwayne McDuffie Talks Up-Coming Justice League Unlimited
- January 16, 2005: Superman Comics Amongst Best Sellers for 2004
- January 26, 2005: Karl Kerschl Signs 2-Year Exclusive Contract with DC
- January 27, 2005: Dan Didio Talks About DC Countdown
- February 9, 2005: Three Issues of JLA's Sydnicate Rules Have Sold Out
- February 15, 2005: Superman Copyright Lawsuit Explained
- February 20, 2005: DCU Panel at WonderCon
- February 23, 2005: Superman #213 Sold Out at DC Comics
- March 1, 2005: Superman Comics Return to Argentina
- March 3, 2005: Battle for Superman Ownership Explained
- March 8, 2005: Superman #215 to Feature Second Cover
- March 20, 2005: Superman Panel at Wizard World LA
- March 21, 2005: Kennedy Talks Superman: Infinite City
- March 22, 2005: Comic Buyer's Guide Honors DC Comics Talent
- March 25, 2005: Lee Bermejo Talks Lex Luthor: Man of Steel
- March 25, 2005: Superman Related Information in Wizard #163
- March 28, 2005: DC's Countdown to Infinite Crisis on Sale this Week
- March 29, 2005: Lex Luthor: Man of Steel #1 Sold Out at DC Comics
- March 30, 2005: Countdown to Infinite Crisis Sells Out, Rushed Back to Press
- March 30, 2005: Superman Stars at Comic Conventions
- April 4, 2005: Jeph Loeb Talks Supergirl
- April 14, 2005: Action Comics #1 and Superman #1 on Auction
- April 19, 2005: DC Comics Rushes Sold-Out OMAC PROJECT #1 Back to Press
- April 21, 2005: Mark Verheiden Talks Superman
- April 24, 2005: Villains United #1 Sells Out at DC Comics
- April 25, 2005: 1st Annual Shuster Awards in Canada
- April 26, 2005: Superman Artist Ed Benes Renews Exclusive Agreement with DC
- May 8, 2005: DC Comics to Unveil a New Logo
- May 8, 2005: DC Comics Rush Solicits Prelude to Infinite Crisis Special
- May 9, 2005: DC Comics Unveils New Logo
- May 10, 2005: Superman #214 Sells Out at DC Comics
- May 10, 2005: Superman/Batman #19 to be Reprinted as Supergirl #0
- May 10, 2005: Michael Turner Provides Variant Cover for Supergirl #1
- May 10, 2005: Ed Benes on Drawing Superman
- May 11, 2005: Richard Bruning on Designing New DC Logo
- May 17, 2005: Omac Project #1 Returns to Press for a New Third Printing
- May 18, 2005: DC Offers Retailers Superman Action Figure with Justice #1
- May 23, 2005: Jeph Loeb Talks Superman/Batman With a Vengeance
- May 23, 2005: DC Sends Villains United #1 Back for Third Printing
- May 24, 2005: More Superman Comics Sell Out at DC
- May 25, 2005: Jeph Loeb Talks Superman - Past, Present and Future
- May 30, 2005: Karl Kerschl Adventures of Superman Page By Page PodCast
- June 1, 2005: OMAC Units in Adventures of Superman #640
- June 6, 2005: Karl Kerschl Adventures of Superman PodCast Part 2
- June 7, 2005: The OMAC Project #2 Sells Out at DC
- June 14, 2005: Eddie Berganza to Leave Superman Books for JLA
- June 15, 2005: Superman/Batman #20 Sells Out at DC Comics
- June 15, 2005: Karl Kerschl Sketch Session - Drawing Darkseid
- June 17, 2005: Sad News for the Loeb Family
- June 20, 2005: Gail Simone Talks About Action Comics and the Core of Superman
- June 20, 2005: Villains United #2 Sells Out at DC Comics
- June 23, 2005: Paul Cassidy, the Man Credited with Putting S on Cape, Dies
- July 5, 2005: DC Comics Panels at San Diego Comic Con
- July 7, 2005: Alex Ross Talks Justice
- July 12, 2005: Identity Crisis #1 Final Printing Sold Out at DC Comics
- July 17, 2005: Superman Panel at San Diego Comic Con
- July 17, 2005: DCU Panel at San Diego Comic Con
- July 27, 2005: Greg Rucka Talks Sacrifice in Superman Books
- July 27, 2005: Parts 1 & 2 of Superman Sacrifice Storyline Sold Out at DC
- August 2, 2005: DC Sends 4-Part Sacrifice Story Back to Press
- August 3, 2005: Karl Kerschl PodCast on Creation of Adventures of Superman #642
- August 9, 2005: Jeph Loeb Talks About Supergirl
- August 9, 2005: DC Lowers Prices on First Two Showcase Collections
- August 9, 2005: Greg Rucka's HorCast #14 PodCast Online
- August 10, 2005: DC Announces Collected Editions for Nov-Dec 2005
- August 14, 2005: New Printing of Supergirl #1 Follows One-Day Sellouts!
- August 16, 2005: DC Announces Michael Turner Supergirl Variant Covers
- August 16, 2005: Press Release - Horhaus.com PodCasts
- September 12, 2005: Adventures of Superman #643 Back to Press
- September 13, 2005: Supergirl #1 Gets Third Printing
- September 13, 2005: Infinite Crisis #1 Preview
- September 14, 2005: HorCast #20 - A Chat with Eddie Berganza
- September 15, 2005: Jeph Loeb on Superman Returns, Infinite Crisis, and Supergirl
- September 20, 2005: Justice Prevails as Justice #1 Sells Out at DC
- September 22, 2005: HorCast #21 - Eddie Berganza Chat Part 2
- September 29, 2005: Justice #1 Gets Second Printing
- September 30, 2005: All-Star Superman Preview
- October 3, 2005: Neal Adams Covers All-Star Superman
- October 15, 2005: Gail Simone and John Byrne Leave Action Comics
- October 18, 2005: Gail Simone Talks Leaving Action Comics
- October 19, 2005: Neal Adams Provides Variant Cover for All Star Superman #1
- October 20, 2005: DC Comics Announced Variant Cover for Supergirl #4
- October 26, 2005: Mark Verheiden Moves to Superman/Batman
- October 30, 2005: Gail Simone Talks JLA Classified #16
- October 30, 2005: Mark Waid Talks Superman Returns and Birthright
- November 2, 2005: Armageddon Expo - Auckland New Zealand October 22-24, 2005
- November 9, 2005: Crisis Counseling with Dan Didio
- November 15, 2005: Marv Wolfman Talks Infinite Crisis Secret Files 2006
- November 27, 2005: Greg Rucka to Take Over Supergirl
- November 30, 2005: DC Comics Superhero Stamps in 2006
- December 14, 2005: Supergirl Joining the Legion of Superheroes
- December 19, 2005: Josh Middleton Talks Shazam/Superman First Thunder
- December 20, 2005: Meltzer to Relaunch JLA Comic Title
- December 21, 2005: Second Printing for Justice #2
- December 22, 2005: Brad Meltzer Talks Taking on the JLA
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