Kansas City's Planet Comicon has steadily grown into what may be the biggest comics and pop culture convention in the Midwest. After spending several years in the Overland Park Convention Center, a mid-sized facility in a suburb of Kansas City, last year Planet Comicon moved to Bartle Hall, a much bigger facility in the heart of downtown. This year, the convention doubled in floorspace, drew cosplayers likes flies to vinegar, and brought in a litany of television and pop culture stars, including legendary rapper Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, pretty much the entire cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the puffy one himself, Sir William Freaking Shatner.
But this site is called ComicsAlliance, and what we really care about are the comics and the creators who make them. Click onwards for a sometimes-blurry Blackberry camera gallery of guests, friends, and artist alley residents of one of the fastest-growing cons in the country.
We like diversity here at ComicsAlliance. We've said it before, and we'll say it again. We're also big fans of superheroes, and that probably goes without saying.
We especially like diversity with our superheroes. Diversity broadens the genre's reach, encourages respect and understanding of people's differences, and gives minority audiences more chances to see themselves in fiction, and those are all great things. Because of this, we've come up with a new way to look at diversity in superhero comics - particularly team books. We call it the Harvey/Renee Index.
Following last week's absolutely unforgettable, star-studded and perhaps even scandalous100-episode spectacular, ComicsAlliance begins a new era of the best and longest running podcast covering comic book entertainment news.
Recorded on Friday, this episode features Senior Editors Andy Khouri and Caleb Goellner alongside writers Chris Sims and Andrew Wheeler for a deep and intense discussion of the most crucial topics affecting the comic book industry. Specifically, who was cast in another Fantastic Four movie; what people think about another superhero movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, that they never thought they'd like anyway; the 30th anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; and why RoboCop Vs. Terminator is awesome.
The likely cast of next year's rebooted Fantastic Four movie from 20th Century Fox and director Josh Trank was revealed to the world last night, causing the comics internet to crack in half this morning. (It cracks in half all the time, of course. I think it may actually come in two parts.)
Miles Teller is our Reed Richards. Kate Mara is our Sue Storm. Michael B. Jordan is our Johnny Storm. Jamie Bell is our Ben Grimm. It's a weird and controversial cast -- but do fans have cause for concern?
Miles Teller is Reed Richards, Kate Mara is Sue Storm, Michael B. Jordan is Johnny Storm, and Jamie Bell is Ben Grimm.
At least, that's according to The Hollywood Reporter, whose sources say 20th Century Fox is close to closing deals with the four actors for its new film based on Marvel's Fantastic Four comics created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee.
If you've been to a comic book convention sometime in the past two decades, odds are pretty good that you've seen a grainy bootleg copy of Roger Corman's 1994 Fantastic Fourmovie up for sale. It's a staple of cons, largely because that's the only place you can get it -- the movie was never actually released in any format (aside from the odd YouTube upload), and remains that way to this day, even when Marvel movies are raking in the cash, which begs the question of why?
Convention wisdom is that they canned it because it's not very good, but let's be honest here: If you've ever seen that 1992 Captain America movie, you already know that's never stopped anybody before. Now, there's finally something that's set to answer the question: Doomed, a full-length documentary examining Corman's Fantastic Four and why it never actually made it to the screens.
Fox just signed a three-year, first-look deal with Simon Kinberg, a writer and producer on X-Men: Days of Future Past and the upcoming Fantastic Four movie reboot. That deal gives Kinberg the go-ahead to start up a shared universe similar to the one Marvel Studios has developed, and that DC/Warner Bros. is trying to get going.
Whether she's applying her artistic skills to expanding the land of Equestria, or illustrating Chris Sims riding on the shoulders of Batman, we're big fans of Katie Cook. Known primarily for her work on IDW's My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Cook is a versatile cartoonist, whose illustrations can bring a lightness and joy to any project.
And that's exactly why Marvel commissioned Cook to do Animal variant covers for three of their upcoming All-New Marvel NOW titles: Thunderbolts 20.NOW, Fantastic Four #1, and X-Force #1. You can check them out after the jump, and witness Cook finally give us the version of the Thing we never knew we always wanted -- the one where he's a train conducting bear.
Fantastic Fourends in January 2014 with issue 16. In related news, Fantastic Four kicks off with a brand-new No. 1 issue in February.
As has been the case in recent months, Marvel is starting the numbering anew as a fresh creative team comes on board. And according to USA Today, that team will be writer James Robinson and artist Leonard Kirk.
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