Everyone loves comic book trivia, but with 75 years of superhero comics behind us right now, there’s always some new obscure fact to learn. That’s why ComicsAlliance is going deep into the minutiae of your favorite names in comics in our continuing video series. You think you know comics? Well, here’s a few things you might not know!
This week we're taking a look at every college freshman's favorite comics writer, Neil Gaiman.
For all its initial trailers and pilot reviews, AMC’s Preacher has done a serviceable job of keeping its pilot under wraps, save for one widely-reported gag that emerged out of SXSW screenings. The bit even appears to have caught the attention of Tom Cruise, as Seth Rogen reveals that the actor’s camp reached out over an explosive joke.
Preacher time is nearly upon us, and the sinners at AMC aren’t about to let us forget it. Not only does the Seth Rogen-Evan Golberg-adapted series have another brand-new trailer for the May premiere, but also some trouble with the law in a new round of photos.
Ruth Negga appears opposite Dominic Cooper in this summer’s Warcraft, but before then, you can see the pair’s chemistry at work in Preacher, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s new AMC series based on Garth Ennis’ classic graphic novels. We had a chance to speak with Negga about her role as the impossibly charming Tulip O’Hare, the joys of playing such a complex character, and what we can expect from the series following its May 1 premiere.
I don't like scary movies, and if we're going to be honest with each other, it's basically because I am a very easily frightened person who does not enjoy being frightened in the slightest. But that said, I can recognize a great premise when I hear one, and Survivors' Club, by Lauren Beukes, Dale Halvorsen and Ryan Kelly, most definitely has one.
The basic idea is that it follows the survivors of a rash of paranormal attacks with very familiar plots --- poltergeists, killer dolls, and all the other stuff that scared me out of video stores when I was a kid --- that happened back in 1987. As adults, the survivors have been drawn together, and find themselves dealing with all manner of horrors. Now, as the series hits its 8th issue, they're fighting their way through a haunted house and trying to escape without being murdered by the mysterious Mr. Empty. Even though I don't like the scares, I have to admit that it's worth checking out. Catch a preview!
Writer Joshua Williamson has signed an exclusive deal with DC Comics. Previously known for Ghosted and Nailbiter at Image and Illuminati at Marvel, Williamson has already been announced as the writer of the upcoming Flash series that launches as part of DC Rebirth, alongside artist Carmine Di Giandomenico. The Flash: Rebirth comes out June 8, followed by The Flash #1 on June 22.
With this news that he's now DC-exclusive comes the announcement of another new series he's writing. Frostbite is a six-issue Vertigo miniseries that launches in September with art by Jason Shawn Alexander. It's a post-apocalyptic tale of a woman who is smuggling people through an icy wasteland.
Dominic Cooper is following up his role as the younger Howard Stark in Marvel’s Agent Carter with two more franchise adaptations this summer. In addition to appearing on the big screen in Duncan Jones’ Warcraft, Cooper stars in Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s Preacher, the new AMC series based on Garth Ennis’ beloved graphic novels. Debuting on May 1, the first episode impressively captures the darkly comedic and devious tone of the comics, leaving us eager to see more. We had a chance to speak with Cooper following the premiere of Preacher at SXSW, where he discussed his part in the risky adaptation and teased some of the crazy stuff we'll see in the episodes and (hopefully) seasons ahead.
May is nearly upon us, and with it comes the official AMC premiere of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s Preacher adaptation. Now, the entire cast steps into the sun (some umbrellas required) for the full cast photos from AMC’s next comic-adapted drama.
I'm not going to lie to you, folks: You might not have seen it much here at ComicsAlliance, but I've been known to employ some pretty colorful language every once in a while. I can cuss with the best of 'em at the slightest bit of frustration, and if you don't believe me, you should see me try to play a classic NES game. But that said, even I'm a little shocked by the bad word barrage that hits the page in the final issue of Eric Kripke and John Higgins' Jacked.
Then again, I've never faced something quite as frustrating as accidentally getting myself hooked on a drug that gives you superpowers, nor ticked off a drug lord who is now holding my family hostage unless I can get him an endless supply of super-pills. With problems like that, it's pretty easy to see why Josh Jaffe would go for something a little harder than "Gosh darn!" --- and you can get a sample of it in a preview below! (But we've had to cover up those naughty swears.)
DC’s mature readers imprint Vertigo has had a rough few years; where once it was the benchmark of challenging and thought-provoking creator-owned comics, many of its classic titles have wrapped up their runs, and Vertigo has struggled to find new epics to replace them.
In what DC describes as an effort to "set the business up for future success," the publisher has announced a restructuring of the imprint that includes the elimination of its executive editor role. Unfortunately that means letting go of veteran editor Shelly Bond, who has been with Vertigo since almost the very beginning.
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