2010 Comic Book News Archives
March 13, 2010: DC Comics Panel Coverage from MegaCon - Orlando, FloridaBy Jeffrey Taylor
In attendance: Dan Didio, Tony Bedard, Rob Hunter, Mark McKenna, Stephane Roux, Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner and Justin Gray
During the panel, I sat in the front row and at one point, Dan Didio asked me not to quote him as saying, "It's exciting."
The panel began with an audience member congratulating Didio for his new position. He said, "There's a lot of changes going on at DC. And that's not to say that anything's broken. As a matter of fact, there's a lot going on right now just to make the company better, to take better care of the characters and to push them in new directions. What you're going to find is that there's a much stronger sense of how we take the core of what makes DC characters great and try to use that across the many brands of Warner Brothers and try to make them bigger and better. People have recognized the strength of our characters, what they are and what they're about. It's clear that they're in the American psyche and the world psyche right now and it's our goal to make them even bigger than they are.
"We know the core base that we have right now, the loyalty of the fans as in the people who come to the conventions and go into the stores every week. But what we know is that there are more people out there that really want to enjoy what we do. And our goal is to reach as many people as possible with the best product possible. It's a little daunting, but it's a really exciting time."
When Brightest Day comes out, don't let the title fool you. It's about second chances. The key is that a number of major characters in the DCU will get a second chance.
Rob Hunter (Inker on Justice League of America) was asked if he prefered one set cast or a rotating cast of characters in the book. He explained that sometimes he can be confused which characters are being drawn, so he prefered a set cast. Didio answered as well, stating that he was a fan of the Justice League from the 1970's when there were about 18 rotating members. "It's always been a big team."
One audience member asked if there would be a cover of Justice League of America that didn't feature the team defeated and scattered on the ground.
Concerning the upcoming War of the Supermen, Didio stated that the war lasts 100 minutes in comic book time. It feels really intense and happens so fast that some characters won't even hear about it until it's already over. Also, it isn't just Earth and New Krypton because the Daxamites are involved too. The orginal idea was to have the war last about three minutes and show what happens with all of those characters as though it's all happening at once, but Paul Levitz suggested it should take longer, and thus it's now 100 minutes.
There are currently no plans for the 70's anniversary of the Justice Society of America.
When asked if there will be a resurgence of Elseworlds stories, Didio explained that those stories were getting plain and repetetive. We would see Batman as a knight, a cowboy and as a Green Lantern and the concept got old. However, Grant Morrisson is working hard on Multiverse stories that are similar, but grander in scope.
Jimmy Palmiotti jokingly reminded Didio that he pitched an Elseworlds story where Superman's ship landed at the bottom of the ocean. He lives there under water, but then we learn that he's not normal size, but about 80 feet tall. So he walks out of the ocean onto Japan and starts eating people. He said at least his idea wasn't as obvious as Batman being Sherlock Holmes.
Amanda Conner admitted that drawing Powergirl as a monthly comic was too much work for her, so after issue 12 a new team (which will be announced later) will take over the book exactly where the current team leaves off.
The Superman: Earth One graphic novel will be released later this year, followed by Batman early next year and some others that haven't been announced yet will come after that.
One audience member noted that the end of Justice League: Cry for Justice was disturbing. Didio responded that "I thought it was an incredibly well written story, because the level of impact that it had with so many people, both positive and negative, shows that to was able to deliver." A story like that is never going to acheive full acceptance, but it hit hard and was done well. It's a tough story, but the ramifications for the whole Universe are huge. "It's exciting."
Didio accidentally let slip that there'll be a new Green Arrow book which wasn't supposed to be announced yet. This is apparently what happens when Bob Wayne doesn't hold his hand during panel discussions (Don't hate me, Dan).
Didio described the first 2 issues of the upcoming Legacies miniseries, explaining that it's a generational story of the DC Universe. The first issue will begin with The Mystery Men and end with the Senate Subcommittee hearings and the Justice Society going away. It will be drawn by Andy Kurbert and inked by Joe Kubert. The second issue will start off with Superman as the first public superhero and will go until the edge of the first Crisis. Issue 2 will be drawn by Garcia Lopez.
I was able to ask a few questions as well. Although it's not Superman related, I asked if there were any plans for a Martian Manhunter book. Didio questioned, "Isn't he dead?" So I responded "True, but it's comic books. He'll be back," which the rest of the audience seemed to appreciate. The question I did not get to ask was "How long do you think it will take for the new Flash series to rejoin the old numbering?"
I also asked about the new creative team on Superman after New Krypton completes. Didio explained that he is in awe of J. Michael Straczynski's writing and that if Justice Leage: Cry for Justice was hard for you, you'll probably prefer Straczynski's Superman. He has a particular story he wants to tell and has apparently been working on it for years. There's a sensibility from Brave and Bold that's going to come into Superman.
After New Krypton, the triangle numbering system will stop and Superman and Action Comics will be their own books again. When asked by another audience member, he said he couldn't say what happens to Mon-El, Nightwing, Flamebird and the rest of the secondary cast.
"It's exciting." - Dan Didio
2010 Comic NewsListed below are all the Comic News items archived for 2010.
- January 8, 2010: DC Announces New Who's Who and DC Legacies
- January 11, 2010: Geoff Johns Writes Superboy Into Tiny Titans
- January 13, 2010: Justice League: The Rise and Fall and Beyond
- January 15, 2010: DC Announces DC Universe: Legends Weekly Series
- January 29, 2010: Helen Slater Writes Supergirl #50 Story
- February 4, 2010: Levitz Talks Adventure Comics and Superman/Batman
- February 5, 2010: History of DC Comics Documentary
- February 10, 2010: Superman Comics in May - The 100 Minute War
- February 16, 2010: JMS Talks Superman: Earth One
- February 18, 2010: DC Entertainment Names Executive Management Team
- February 22, 2010: Action Comics #1 Sells for $1 Million
- February 26, 2010: Batman Comic Beats Superman's Selling Price
- February 27, 2010: Comic Auction Conjecture - Superman vs Batman
- March 4, 2010: Justice League - Cry For Justice and Rise & Fall Spoilers
- March 8, 2010: J. Michael Straczynski Writing Superman
- March 11, 2010: Pete Woods and David Finch Join Action Comics
- March 11, 2010: Supergirl Interview with Sterling Gates & Jamal Igle
- March 12, 2010: Robinson and Gates Talk Last Stand of New Krypton
- March 13, 2010: DC Comics Panel Coverage from MegaCon - Orlando, Florida
- March 14, 2010: DC Nation Panel Coverage from MegaCon - Orlando, Florida
- March 16, 2010: ECCC Superman Goes to War Panel Report
- March 19, 2010: Eddy Barrows Joins JMS on Superman
- March 23, 2010: Pete Woods Takes Flight on Action Comics
- March 23, 2010: Gates & Robinson Talk War of the Supermen
- March 28, 2010: Dick Giordano Dies Aged 77
- March 29, 2010: Action Comics #1 Sells for $1.5 Million
- March 31, 2010: Sneak Peek at Superman: Secret Origin #5
- March 31, 2010: Alex Ross Talks Rough Justice
- April 8, 2010: DC Creators Nominated for Eisner Awards
- April 12, 2010: Action Comics - Guggenheim Out, Cornell In
- April 15, 2010: Superman Joins the Search for Batman
- April 20, 2010: Cornell Talks Lex in Action Comics
- April 25, 2010: Free Comic Book Day - War of the Supermen #0 Mini-Review
- April 26, 2010: James Robinson's Plans for JLA
- April 27, 2010: JMS Shoots Down False Superman Comic Rumors
- May 1, 2010: James Robinson 100 Minute War Video Interview
- May 3, 2010: Geoff Johns Talks Superman: Secret Origin
- May 6, 2010: New Supergirl Cover Artist - Amy Reeder
- May 9, 2010: Shane Davis Talks Superman: Earth One
- May 9, 2010: Jamal Igle Talks Supergirl, Superman and More
- May 14, 2010: Superboy Gets His Own Comic Book
- May 18, 2010: Check Out the Variant Cover for Superman #700
- May 18, 2010: Jeff Lemire Discusses the Superboy Comic Book
- May 18, 2010: Len Wein Talks DC Universe: Legacies
- May 18, 2010: DC Comics 75th Anniversary Book
- May 19, 2010: Writers Discuss War of the Supermen
- May 19, 2010: Cary Bates Talks Superman: The Last Family of Krypton
- May 19, 2010: Shane Davis Talks Superman: Earth One
- May 20, 2010: Paul Cornell Talks Lex Luthor in Action Comics
- May 25, 2010: Robinson and Gates Talk War of the Supermen #3
- June 3, 2010: Cary Bates Talks Last Family of Krypton
- June 3, 2010: James Robinson Talks JLA/JSA Crossover
- June 8, 2010: Jamal Igle Talks Bizarro Supergirl
- June 15, 2010: Paul Cornell Talks Action Comics
- June 15, 2010: Jimmy Olsen Co-Feature in Action Comics
- June 17, 2010: Exclusive Supergirl Interview with Sterling Gates
- June 21, 2010: DC Celebrates Superman
- June 21, 2010: Catching Up with DC's Co-Publishers - Didio and Lee
- June 22, 2010: Paul Cornell Signs Exclusive Deal with DC Comics
- June 22, 2010: Jeff Lemire Talks Superman #700 and Superboy
- June 22, 2010: A Quick Look at the History of Superman Comics
- June 23, 2010: DC Comics Goes Digital
- June 23, 2010: Superman Could Be Coming to Your Town
- June 23, 2010: J. Michael Straczynski on Superman #700 and Beyond
- June 23, 2010: Jim Lee and John Rood Talk DC Digital
- June 24, 2010: Bernard Chang Talks Superman #700
- June 24, 2010: Paul Cornell Discusses Action Comics and Lex Luthor
- June 24, 2010: Dan Jurgens Returns to Superman in Issue #700
- June 24, 2010: Sterling Gates Talks Supergirl #53 and Beyond
- June 25, 2010: Jeff Lemire's Flash Forward to Superboy
- June 25, 2010: Sterling Gates Recalls How Superman's Death Affected Him
- June 28, 2010: JMS Talks About Superman's Journey Across America
- June 29, 2010: Paul Cornell Talks Lex Luthor in Action Comics
- July 1, 2010: JMS Talks About Superman Grounded
- July 6, 2010: Jeff Lemire Signs Exclusive Deal With DC Comics
- July 8, 2010: Death Comes to Action Comics
- July 8, 2010: DC Comics Panels at 2010 San Diego Comic-Con
- July 9, 2010: Paul Cornell Talks Action Comics
- July 11, 2010: Live Reading of Action Comics #890
- July 12, 2010: A Look at the Cover to JLA/The 99 #1
- July 14, 2010: Superman's Grounded Story Begins Today
- July 14, 2010: Superman Comic Brings the Man of Steel to Philly
- July 16, 2010: Tiny Titans Meet Little Archie
- July 20, 2010: Nick Spencer Talks Jimmy Olsen Backup Story
- July 24, 2010: Chloe Sullivan's Comic Book Debut in Action Comics
- July 24, 2010: SDCC DC Universe: Event Horizon Panel
- July 24, 2010: SDCC - Superman The Man of Tomorrow Panel
- July 25, 2010: SDCC - Superman Homepage at Superman Panel and Photos from Day 1
- July 27, 2010: Jamal Igle to Appear at Dewey's Comic City
- August 11, 2010: Interview with Judd Winick About Superman/Batman
- August 12, 2010: Detroit Free Press Covers Superman's Walk to Motor City
- August 12, 2010: Interview with Dan Jurgens
- August 12, 2010: Superman Stars in First Issue of New Brave and the Bold All-Ages Comic
- August 14, 2010: LA Times Interview with Grant Morrison
- August 20, 2010: Superman Visits Cincinnati
- August 24, 2010: The Brave and The Bold on CBR
- August 29, 2010: DC Nation Panel at Baltimore Comic-Con
- August 29, 2010: Eddie Berganza Leaving Superman/Batman
- August 29, 2010: Gary Frank Talks Superman: Secret Origin
- September 1, 2010: Gary Frank Superman: Secret Origin Interview
- September 7, 2010: Artist Sean Chen Does Action Comics #893
- September 11, 2010: Joshua Williamson Talks Superman/Batman #77
- September 17, 2010: Grounded Interlude in Superman #704
- September 20, 2010: Chloe Sullivan's Comic Book Debut
- September 21, 2010: DC Comics Stays in NY, DC Entertainment Heads to CA
- September 22, 2010: Nick Spencer Talks Jimmy & Chloe in Action Comics
- September 27, 2010: Robert Harras Named EIC at DC Comics
- September 29, 2010: Paul Cornell on Action Comics Future Issues and Annual
- October 2, 2010: Additional Material in New Luthor Hardcover
- October 4, 2010: Paul Cornell Discusses Lex Luthor in Action Comics
- October 4, 2010: Revisiting DC One Million 12 Years Later
- October 7, 2010: DC Comics Drops Prices on $3.99 Comics
- October 7, 2010: Sterling Gates on Writing Superman and Supergirl
- October 8, 2010: New Creative Team Taking Over Supergirl Title
- October 12, 2010: Superman Finally Arrives in Cincinnati
- October 12, 2010: Jim Lee and Dan DiDio Explain DC Price Drop
- October 14, 2010: New One-Shot Steel Comic Coming in January
- October 14, 2010: Superman Connects With His Ohio Roots
- October 14, 2010: Sterling Gates Talks About Leaving Supergirl
- October 19, 2010: Process Piece - A Look at Superman: Earth One
- October 19, 2010: G. Willow Wilson Talks Superman #704
- October 24, 2010: Shane Davis Discusses Superman: Earth One
- October 26, 2010: Superman vs Muhammad Ali
- October 26, 2010: Chris Roberson Talks Superman/Batman #79
- October 26, 2010: Jim Lee Says Superman is Hardest Character to Draw
- October 27, 2010: Dan DiDio Talks Superman: Earth One
- October 27, 2010: DC Sends Superman: Earth One For Second Printing
- November 1, 2010: Steve Lyons Talks Steel #1
- November 5, 2010: Nick Spencer on Taking Over Supergirl
- November 9, 2010: Never-Made Superman/Rocketeer Comic Book Miniseries
- November 9, 2010: Exclusive Superboy Interview with Jeff Lemire
- November 10, 2010: JMS Quits Superman Monthly For Earth One Sequel
- November 10, 2010: DC Comics Opens Digital Store
- November 12, 2010: JMS Talks About Leaving Superman
- November 15, 2010: Doomsday Returns in 2011
- November 15, 2010: DC Universe Online: Legends Comic Series
- November 19, 2010: G. Willow Wilson Returns to Superman Grounded Story
- December 9, 2010: Steel vs Doomsday in 2011
- December 13, 2010: Twitter Campaign Calls for Lois Lane Series
- December 13, 2010: Chris Roberson on Taking Over Superman From JMS
- December 14, 2010: Steve Lyons on Doomsday's Return in Steel #1
- December 16, 2010: James Peaty Replaces Nick Spencer on Supergirl
- December 21, 2010: Superman's Funeral in DC Universe: Legacies #8
- December 24, 2010: Jeff Lemire on Superboy Comics in 2011
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