How did you become involved with Legendary?
I’ve known Bob Schreck forever, and we'd been looking for something to work on. Thomas Tull had the basic idea of the story and was looking for someone to help flesh it out. I sat down with him, and it couldn’t have gone better. I will freely admit that I fully had my shields up, because I figured some movie guy is going to come and tell me how to write comics. But in fact it was the exact opposite, and Thomas could not have been more humble and more eager to learn the of medium and comics.
The big event on Friday was the Legendary Comics panel moderated by the Nerdist himself Chris Hardwick. Hardwick is fantastic at on the spot hilarity; the best moderator I’ve seen. Legendary Comics Editor and Chief Bob Schreck introduced some of the new and upcoming titles from Legendary Comics including Matt Wagner’s Tower Chronicles and the Max Brooks helmed Shadow Walk. Then Hardwick introduced legendary comic writer Grant Morrison to announce Annihilator, a new series he is doing with Legendary. Annihilator is about a failing screenwriter who signs a deal with the devil. The tag line Morrison used was something on the line of “what happens when deadlines become life and death.
Guillermo also updated us on some of his other projects in the works, including Disney's Haunted Mansion, on which they plan on hiring a new writer soon to help get it moving forward.
The first issue sports two different covers, one from Bisley, perhaps best remembered for his work on Lobo in the 1990s, and Jim Lee, DC Entertainment’s co-publisher, inked by his usual partner Scott Williams. The series is being inked by Rodney Ramos, the journeyman inker best known for his work on Transmetropolitan.
The Tower Chronicles: Geisthawk – Volume 1 was written by Wagner (Grendel and Mage) in consultation with Thomas Tull, founder of Legendary Pictures. It
"The Tower Chronicles is the collective title of the first all-original offering from the newly formed Legendary Comics, which is the comic book division of Hollywood powerhouse, Legendary Pictures," Wagner said. "It'll ultimately be a trilogy with each book being about 280 pages of story art. Each of the books is serialized in four prestige format sized volumes that are each 68 pages. The first book in the trilogy is called GeistHawk and The Tower Chronicles follow the adventures of John Tower who is a supernatural bounty hunter. GeistHawk is the name of the website he uses to filter out potential clients.
From the Press Release:
Comic fans worldwide will now be able to experience the first 12 pages of The Tower Chronicles Volume 1 — Legendary’s latest comic book series co-created by Legendary Chairman and CEO Thomas Tull and written by Matt Wagner, with art by Simon Bisley. And for those fans attending Comic-Con International 2012, they can stop by the Legendary booth (#3920) and experience The Tower Chronicles Preview on LG mobiles devices through the comiXology app.
“It’s incredibly exciting to bring this preview of The Tower Chronicles out for all our fans at Comic-Con and worldwide through the comiXology digital platform,” said Legendary Comics editor-in-chief Bob Schreck. “You have to see to believe Matt Wagner’s and Simon Bisley’s storytelling and art in comiXology’s revolutionary Guided View technology.
It seems that the day’s main highlights will be Dexter and zombie related. Seriously, from The Walking Dead to the number of various panels covering different aspects of the undead in all their non-breathing glory, it looks like I’ll be one busy yet happy camper!
Also, not to be missed is this year’s nod to Indie Horror with a panel featuring “The Twisted Twins” Jen and Sylvia Soska (Dead Hooker In A Trunk
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Preview Night - Wednesday, July 11
6:00-9:45 Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings— Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Television proudly continue their annual Preview Night tradition, with exclusive world premiere screenings of the pilot episodes of five of the most highly anticipated TV series pilots of the 2012–13 television season: 666 Park Avenue, Arrow, The Following, Revolution and Cult. More info can be found here. Ballroom 20
Day 1 - Thursday, July 12
10:00-11:00 The Witty Women of Steampunk— The Victorian era was one marked by constraints on behavior, morals and bosoms. When you
WonderCon is set to open on Friday, March 16th and run through Sunday, March 18th at the Anaheim Convention Center. If you plan on attending let us know, and maybe we can meet up and hang out for a bit!
I've put stars next to the panels we are interested in attending. Check out the schedule, and let us know what you are looking forward to seeing most!
Friday March 16th
12:30-1:30 Idw Presents: The Idw Panel!— Chief creative officer Chris Ryall and sergeant of marketing Dirk Wood, give out prizes, make announcements, and evade questions!
Right now the guest list is mostly geared toward comics fans (Yay! A real "comic" con!), but if last year is any indication, things should start cooking soon with more movie and TV show panels and guests sure to be added. The horror highlights thus far:
Joe Hill - author, Locke and Key, Heart-Shaped Box
Mike Mignola - writer/artist/creator, Hellboy, B.P.R.D.
Steve Niles - writer/creator, 30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre,
Comics I wanna see on the big screen (or just get my paws on Right Now):
* Sandshark Studios had a new offering with a name that’s totally cool: Adam And Eve Bizarre Love Triangle In The Zombie Apocalypse Volume 1: Post Armageddon Underground Bunker Blues. Try saying that five times fast. And after (pawing) looking at the dealer’s copy, it’s just as cool as it sounds.
* Kill Shakespeare. No, it’s not the latest arthouse film or a sign I’ve lost my marbles, but a groovy new series.
From the Press Release
Legendary Comics has partnered with Frank Miller to publish "Holy Terror," a dark, uncompromising superhero tale for the modern era. The announcement was made by Bob Schreck, Editor-in-Chief of Legendary Comics.
In "Holy Terror," join The Fixer, a brand new, hard-edged hero as he battles terror. The graphic novel is a no-holds-barred action thriller told in Miller’s trademark high-contrast, black-and-white visual style, which seizes the political zeitgeist by the throat and doesn't let go until the last page.
"It has been my extreme pleasure and honor to have worked so closely with Frank for over 20 years now," says Schreck. "Holy Terror finds Frank at the top of his game. A fast paced, biting commentary on our uncertain and volatile times,
This year is going to be different for two reasons. One, for the first part of the festival, I’ll get to show the insanity off to Timo Descamps and Danny De Jong. It’s going to be their last look at America for the year; they wing their way home to Belgium from San Diego. They already think we Americans are a bit… unique. It will be interesting to hear their opinions after they see throngs of armored, light-saber weilding, Pikachu’s dancing with thong-clad Skeletors and leather-bra wearing Conans.
I've gone through the list and put stars next to all of the events and panels that we want to cover. Let us know what panels and events you would like to know about and we will try and get them covered for you! If you are actually going to be at the con,
I've gone through the list and put exclamation points next to all of the events that we want to cover. Let us know what panels and events you would like to know about and we will try and get them covered for you! If you are actually going to be at the con, what will you be checking out?
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