Titan’s Statix Press imprint gets ‘Alisik’

Titan Comics have announced a brand-new gothic horror series, Alisik – part of Titan’s Statix Press imprint which showcases the best comics from Europe and around the globe, to a brand-new Us audience. Written by Hubertus Rufledt with art by Helge Vogt, Titan Comics’ Alisik is a cross between Emily The Strange and Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book – a beautiful dark and gothic tale of mortality and what happens after death.

When Alisik wakes up alone in a cemetery, she thinks she’s in the middle of a nightmare. Terrified, she flees into the night, but realizes she is invisible to everyone she meets. She really is dead, with no memory of how it happened…and only the ghostly residents of the graveyard can help her unravel the mystery of her afterlife.

Featuring an all-new cover by superstar artist, Junko Mizuno (Ravina the Witch?), Alisik #1 will hit stores and
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Neil Gaiman webchat – your questions answered on Terry Pratchett, Norse gods, and his marriage

The author of Sandman, Coraline and other cult hits joined us to answer your questions, on everything from Donald Trump to American Gods

1.28pm GMT

Thanks to Neil for answering so many of your questions. He’s signing off:

263 Questions, and I managed as many as I could in the time we had, and stole more time from the next thing. They are now about to pry the computer from my fingers and send me back on the road.

Thank you to everyone who asked the questions. They were all so good. Thanks to the Guardian for hosting this.

1.21pm GMT

John O’Donnell asks:

Do you believe that good can triumph over evil? Situation being what it is.

I don't think of good and evil as being distinct free-floating things. I think there are people, doing what people do, sometimes selfishly, sometimes short-sightedly, sometimes even monstrously. (For me, one
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Ron Howard Journeys Into Brilliant Minds Through Film, TV Projects

Ron Howard Journeys Into Brilliant Minds Through Film, TV Projects
As Ron Howard completed his turn from actor to director a couple of decades ago, he thought of the greats he would like to emulate, such as Billy Wilder, Howard Hawks, and Mike Nichols. To the former child star, those masters had at least two qualities in common: They varied their subject matter, and they didn’t sit still for long between projects.

Howard appears to be living the métier of his heroes, with a packed schedule of eclectic directorial offerings: “Inferno,” the latest of three thrillers drawn from the Dan Brown series of novels, arrives in theaters at the end of the month, while “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week,” a documentary on the glory days of the Fab Four, is continuing an art-house run that began in September. Meanwhile, Howard has begun work on the kickoff episode of “Genius,” an anthology series for the National Geographic Channel that
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‘Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously’ Review: The Fantasy Writer Deserves Better Than This Limp Tribute

‘Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously’ Review: The Fantasy Writer Deserves Better Than This Limp Tribute
Neil Gaiman fans are committed to supporting his work, but even they may have trouble with “Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously,” the limp new documentary by Patrick Meaney currently available on Vimeo on Demand. How a feature on one of our greatest living fantasy authors could be so mundane is a mystery. Whether it’s because Meaney lacks his subject’s sweeping imagination, or Gaiman’s introverted nature was simply too difficult to surmount, “Dream Dangerously” comes up short.

You couldn’t find a more fascinating pop culture figure to receive this treatment: Gaiman is a British novelist best known for the comic book series “The Sandman,” a groundbreaking fantasy comic about the world of dreams, which is generally believed to have ushered in the genre of contemporary dark fantasy. After his breakout years in the eighties, Gaiman successfully transitioned from comics to novels with hits like “Stardust,” “American Gods,” “Coraline,
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Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously Documentary Explores a Brilliant and Twisted Mind

When it comes to influential horror and fantasy writers, Neil Gaiman ranks among the very best. The living legend, who authored such classics as American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book, is now the subject of a feature-length documentary that… Continue Reading →

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‘Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously’: Exclusive First Look

‘Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously’: Exclusive First Look
Exclusive: The documentary Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously will be exclusively shown on Vimeo, starting on July 8th. The film chronicles Gaiman’s childhood in Portsmouth UK to his initial success in writing The Sandman comic series to his more recent work with novels such as Coraline and The Graveyard Book where he became the first author to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie medals for the same work. His novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane was voted Book of the Year…
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Barbra Streisand Directing ‘Catherine the Great’ Movie

Barbra Streisand Directing ‘Catherine the Great’ Movie
Barbra Streisand will direct the historical drama “Catherine the Great” with casting under way.

The gig will be Streisand’s fourth following “Yentl,” “The Prince of Tides” and “The Mirror Has Two Faces.”

Gil Netter is producing. Streisand will direct from a Black List script by Kristina Lauren Anderson about the young Catherine, who was trapped in an abusive marriage with the heir to the Russian throne. When her inept husband proved incapable of ruling, she utilized her intelligence, fortitude and passion to rise to power, becoming Catherine the Great.

In 1984, Streisand became the first woman to win a Golden Globe for best director for “Yentl.” She was first woman to direct, write, produce and star in a major studio film.

Netter’s credits include “Life Of Pi,” “The Blind Side” and “Water for Elephants.” His upcoming slate includes “The Graveyard Book,” directed by Ron Howard; “Just Mercy” with Broad
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10 years ago today: Browncoats rejoiced when ‘Serenity’ opened in theaters

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10 years ago today: Browncoats rejoiced when ‘Serenity’ opened in theaters
In 2005, fans of Joss Whedon’s shiny space western “Firefly” had spent a couple years deploring the show’s cancelation on Fox, and the sci-fi series had only just begun to garner its cult following thanks to the power of the DVD. With support from its growing fanbase and with some persistence from Joss the Boss, the canceled series finally got a conclusion to the tale of the ragtag crew of the Firefly-class ship Serenity with the release of a feature film. That film — named for the crew’s beloved spaceship — was released in theaters 10 years ago today, on Sept. 30, 2005. The film featured all nine regular cast members of “Firefly,” along with Chiwetel Ejiofor in the antagonist role, years before his Oscar nomination, and a brief appearance from Sarah Paulson, before TV viewers would come to know her for “American Horror Story.” “Serenity” ultimately under-performed at the box office,
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Sdcc: Full list of winners from the 2015 Eisner Awards

Last night the Indigo Ballroom of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront played host to the 27th Annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, and thanks to Bleeding Cool we’ve got a full list of all the winners…

Best Short Story

“Beginning’s End,” by Rina Ayuyang,

“Corpse on the Imjin!” by Peter Kuper, in Masterful Marks: Cartoonists Who Changed the World (Simon & Schuster)

“Rule Number One,” by Lee Bermejo, in Batman Black and White #3 (DC)

The Sound of One Hand Clapping,” by Max Landis & Jock, in Adventures of Superman #41-42 (DC)

“When the Darkness Presses,” by Emily Carroll,

Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)

Astro City #16: “Wish I May” by Kurt Busiek & Brent Anderson (Vertigo/DC)

Beasts of Burden: Hunters and Gatherers, by Evan Dorkin & Jill Thompson (Dark Horse)

Madman in Your Face 3D Special, by Mike Allred (Image)

Marvel 75th Anniversary Celebration
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Tweeks: ComicMix’s Challenged Comics Summer Reading Challenge

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It is officially summer for us! Yay! So, we thought this would be the perfect time to tell you about our summer reading plans. In this week’s episode, we tell you about the Cbldf and announce our Challenged Graphic Novel Reading Challenge. Our hope is that kids and parents (and everyone else) will read along with us. Because you seriously can’t question that book be suitable for library shelves if you haven’t read it, right?

This summer we will be reading 8 graphic novels that have been challenged or banned in school libraries and then every week we will discuss one of the titles. We’ll talk about why it was challenged, how to best talk about the questioned topics or themes in the book with your kids. We’ll also tell you from a kid’s perspective how we viewed the appropriateness of the books for us,
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2015 Eisner Award nominations

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Comic-Con International has announced the nominations for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards for 2015. The nominees, chosen by a blue-ribbon panel of judges, highlight the wide range of material being published in comics and graphic novel form today, from companies big and small, in print and on line. The awards will be given out during a gala ceremony on Friday, July 10 during Comic-Con International: San Diego.

Best Short Story

“Beginning’s End,” by Rina Ayuyang,

“Corpse on the Imjin!” by Peter Kuper, in Masterful Marks: Cartoonists Who Changed the World (Simon & Schuster)

“,” by Lee Bermejo, in Batman Black and White #3 (DC)

“,” by Max Landis & Jock, in Adventures of Superman #14 (DC)

“When the Darkness Presses,” by Emily Carroll,

Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)

Astro City #16: “Wish I May” by Kurt Busiek & Brent Anderson (Vertigo/DC)

Beasts of Burden: Hunters and Gatherers, by Evan Dorkin
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Rowan Joffe Talks Before I Go To Sleep, the Importance of Nicole Kidman’s Involvement, Adapting Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book and More

Writer-director Rowan Joffe’s adaptation of S.J. Watson’s best-selling novel, Before I Go to Sleep, is a taut, stylish psychological thriller about an amnesiac, Christine Lucas (Nicole Kidman), who awakens each morning with no recollection of her past. She struggles to comprehend the emotional impact of her always-new reality, but as fragmented memories begin to resurface, she starts to question everything she thought she knew about her life. Opening October 31st, the film also stars Colin Firth and Mark Strong. In an exclusive interview, Joffe spoke about how the novel first came to his attention, why he found it a riveting page turner, the journey from page to screen, the narrative device he adapted to film from the novel, why he feels emotion is the key to keeping a psychological thriller fresh and engaging, how Kidman’s movie star status was instrumental in getting the film greenlit, how Firth
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Neil Gaiman's 'Hansel & Gretel' Graphic Novel Heading to Theaters

There always seems to be an adaptation of one of Neil Gaiman's works in development. Right now there's an adaptation of How to Talk to Girls at Parties and also The Graveyard Book happening, not to mention the realization of a Sandman movie with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Now we can add one more to the list as Variety reports the author's forthcoming Hansel and Gretel graphic novel (arriving in October), based on the Brothers Grimm fairytale of the same name, has been picked up by The Hundred-Foot Journey producer Juliet Blake for a live-action adaptation. It has to be better than Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, right? It's not clear what makes this version of the classic tale different, but coming from Gaiman, we're sure it's something special. The original tale followed a brother and sister who got lost in the woods and ended up being given shelter by a witch
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Elle Fanning to Star in Neil Gaiman's 'How to Talk to Girls at Parties'

This summer, Elle Fanning was part of Disney's box office winning revisionist fairytale Maleficent, but now she's heading into much more enticing territory. THR reports the star of Super 8 will lead How to Talk to Girls at Parties, an adaptation of a 2006 short story by Neil Gaiman, author of The Graveyard Book, Coraline and The Sandman. The story takes place in 1970s London and follows two boys heading to a party where one has no trouble hitting it off with a girl immediately, while the other shy one doesn't have the easiest time striking up a conversation. So what will Fanning's part be in the film then? More below! Well, writer Phillip Goslett and director John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Rabbit Hole) have turned the story into more of a love story about a schoolboy and ‎punk who uses music and art as a way to escape.
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Elle Fanning Books Neil Gaiman Adaptation How To Talk To Girls At Parties

Remember a few years back, when Dakota Fanning was the precocious child star stealing all our hearts? Well, while Dakota has grown up, staring us down as an evil vampire in The Twilight Saga and appearing in smaller films like Night Moves, it’s pretty clear to see that her younger sister Elle has dethroned her in the hearts and minds of the general public.

Since breaking out with Somewhere and Super 8, younger Fanning hasn’t slowed down one bit, appearing in feel-good crowd-pleaser We Bought a Zoo, indie drama Ginger & Rosa, dystopian romance Young Ones and, most impressively, fairy-tale blockbuster Maleficent. Now, Fanning’s ready to finally prove herself as a lead actress, with news that she’s landed the lead role in How to Talk to Girls at Parties.

An adaptation of the short story of the same name by The Graveyard Book and Coraline author Neil Gaiman,
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Elle Fanning to Star in 'How to Talk to Girls at Parties'

Elle Fanning to Star in 'How to Talk to Girls at Parties'
Elle Fanning is attached to star in How to Talk to Girls at Parties, an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's 2006 short story which was nominated for a Hugo Award.

The short story is set in 1970s London, following two teenage boys who attend a party. While one boy has no trouble mingling with the female guests, the other shy boy comes to learn that the girls aren't exactly human. The feature adaptation, written by John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) and Philippa Goslett (Little Ashes) focuses on a punk kid versed in music and the arts, and a female alien tourist (Elle Fanning), who wants to break free from her tour group to explore the most dangerous place in the galaxy, the London suburb of Croydon.

John Cameron Mitchell is directing and producing alongside Neil Gaiman and Howard Gertler (How to Survive a Plague, World's Greatest Dad), with
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Ron Howard to direct Jungle Book adaptation

The Rush director replaces Alejandro González Iñárritu on the project, which is the second Jungle Book remake currently in the works in Hollywood

Ron Howard, director of Rush and Frost/Nixon, has signed up to direct and produce Warner Bros' forthcoming live action take on the Jungle Book. He replaces Babel director Alejandro González Iñárritu on the project.

As is so common in Hollywood, it will compete with another similar project also in the works, a live action version from Disney that will have Jon Favreau in the director's chair. However, it could be some time before Howard's version is begun, as he has a number of other projects in the offing. One is to direct Inferno, the follow-up to his pair of Dan Brown adaptations, The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons; he may also work on The Graveyard Book, a Disney adaptation of the Neil Gaiman novel of the same name.
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Neil Gaiman’s American Gods and Anansi Boys TV Adaptation News

As you may or may not be aware, we at SciFi Mafia are somewhat hesitant to post news about shows in development, or even picked up to pilot. That’s because we are wary of heartbreak. So many pilots never make it to series, and an even smaller percentage of series in development make it any further.

Nevertheless, there are times when we just gotta tell you. This is one of them, confirmed by the man himself: FreemantleMedia North America (The Tomorrow People, The Returned) has picked up the rights to develop our beloved Neil Gaiman‘s American Gods novel to series.

As we reported back in 2011, HBO had picked up the option to develop the series with Tom Hanks‘s Playtone. Gaiman explains in his blog what has happened since:

A few people have asked for more background on this: HBO had an option on American Gods for several years.
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‘American Gods’ TV Series Moving Forward Again; Neil Gaiman Still Producing

Multiple film projects based on celebrated author/screenwriter Neil Gaiman’s fantasy literature are currently in the works, including the long-awaited adaptation of his Sandman DC/Vertigo graphic novel series – with Joseph Gordon-Levitt leading the charge – and a movie based on his lauded Jungle Book-inspired children’s novel, The Graveyard Book. But what of HBO’s American Gods TV series (based on Gaiman’s fantasy book), first announced some three years ago?

Well, there’s good news and bad news. The bad news is that the American Gods TV show is no longer destined for a home at HBO. Good news is, the rights have been acquired by a different production house than Tom HanksPlaytone banner, with ...

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FremantleMedia Set to Bring Neil Gaiman’s American Gods to Television

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In an extremely exciting piece of news for Neil Gaiman fans, it was announced yesterday that FremantleMedia have picked up the rights to American Gods. While the project had initially been in development at HBO (the cable network responsible for the likes of Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones), it changed hands late last year.

FremantleMedia are perhaps best known for reality television such as Amercian Idol, The X Factor and America’s Got Talent, although they have recently made a move into scripted shows with the likes of the planned The Vampire Diaries spinoff and The Tomorrow People on The CW.

The press release can be read in full below, and it offers up a plot synopsis which should help give you an idea what to expect from the series if you’ve never read the book. Where exactly it will now end up – and when it will air – remains to be seen,
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