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New York Comic-Con Wonder Woman News Extravaganza: New Comics, Toys, Movies!

October 11, 2016

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This post is as much for me as it is for you, reader friends. New York Comic-Con was this weekend, and with it came lots of fun news, announcements, and reveals, nearly all of which I missed. My sister got married this weekend (congrats to Kate and Tom!), and I was all wrapped up in that. It was certainly a better way to spend the long weekend than scanning the internet for cool NYCC news, but now the week has officially begun and it’s time for me to dig in and catch up. So here’s a look at what Wonder Woman news came out of the convention this weekend!

First up, let’s chat about Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, an upcoming biopic about Wonder Woman’s creator William Moulton Marston and the women who played key roles in his life. Angela Robinson will write and direct the movie, with Luke Evans starring as Marston, Rebecca Hall playing his wife, Elizabeth, and Bella Heathcote joining them as Olive Byrne, the final member of the Marstons’ polyamorous triangle. This could be an absolutely fascinating film; Marston’s life was interesting and unusual, to say the least, and it has all of the makings of a great story. I’m curious to see how much DC gets on board and what sort of Wonder Woman stuff they’ll be allowed to use, but even just the story of their lives leading up to the creation of Wonder Woman is quite a compelling tale. It’s good to see the women behind Wonder Woman getting recognized from the get-go as well, rather than shining the spotlight on Marston alone. I’m very excited to see how this one turns out!

In other film news, Warner Bros. Animation might have another Wonder Woman cartoon film in development. It doesn’t seem to be official yet, since the quote was, “they have Wonder Woman on their radar in some form or fashion,” but that’s better than no Wonder Woman at all. There were no details on whether this would be a sequel to the 2009 direct-to-DVD film Wonder Woman or something completely new, but things might be happening on the animation front.

We’ll stick with movies for one more bit of news: DC Collectibles revealed a line of statues for the upcoming live action Wonder Woman film, and they all look quite lovely. Here’s Wonder Woman on a horse:

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And you can click through the link to see a couple more. They’re very nice but also pricey, ranging from $150-300 USD. Expect them out in the ballpark of June 2017, when the movie is due to hit the big screen.

Moving to comics, we’ve got a rad crossover on the way with Batman ’66 Meets Wonder Woman ’77, a comic book teaming of Adam West and Burt Ward’s Batman and Robin with Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman. Marc Andreyko and Jeff Parker are writing, with art from David Hahn and Karl Kesel and covers by Alex Ross and Mike Allred. Check out this peek at Alex Ross’ first cover:

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The six issue mini-series will premiere digitally in November and then hit comic shops in print form in January. It looks like the chief villains will be Ra’s al Ghul and Catwoman, which should make for a lot of fun.

This next news broke a bit before NYCC, but it’s too awesome to leave out: We’re getting DC Super Hero Girls Lego! Here’s a look at the Wonder Woman set, which includes an invisible motorcycle:

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Other sets include Batgirl, Bumblebee, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Supergirl, and more. Some will hit stores in December, with more to roll out down the line; Wonder Woman is in the second wave, due to come out in January. The sets are in the style of Lego’s “Friends” line, which they target at girls, and while I do miss the blocky classic Lego look on the minifigs, it does match a bit better with the style of the show. I’m definitely going to need to pick up a few of these sets, the Wonder Woman one first and foremost.

Finally, the U.S. Postal Service officially debuted their new line of Wonder Woman stamps that celebrate the character’s 75th anniversary:

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Artists Cliff Chiang and Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez were on hand for the event, and the stamps are now available to order online or in your local post office if you’re an American. I actually got to work behind the scenes a little bit on the stamps, consulting on the text that accompanies them in the packaging to verify that everything was historically accurate. It was a very fun process, and it’s so cool that they’re officially out in the world now!

I think that was all of the big news this weekend, but let me in the comments if I missed anything cool. Overall, it was a big NYCC for Wonder Woman, and there should be a lot of fun stuff on the horizon for Wonder Woman fans and collectors.

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Marvel Makes Big Women In Comics News At New York Comic-Con

October 14, 2014

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Last week, I posted my regular look at Marvel’s solicits, and found their December offerings severely lacking in terms of female creators. There are only 7 different women scheduled to work on Marvel’s comics in December; by comparison, DC has more than 20, which is still a very small minority. I ended the post by expressing hope that Marvel would make some news at New York Comic-Con. Basically, to quote my new favourite character Maps Mizoguchi, I said that Marvel better cut the crap.

Now, with NYCC wrapped up, Marvel has made a ton of announcements. The stage of their “Women of Marvel” panel was PACKED with female creators, and there were women, real and fictional, all over their new books. Here’s a rundown of what’s coming in 2015:

  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, drawn by Erica Henderson.
  • A new Spider-Gwen ongoing series.
  • Also spinning out of “Spider-Verse” is Silk, with a female lead and art by Stacey Lee.
  • Gamora, an ongoing series written by Nicole Perlman.
  • G. Willow Wilson is writing at least an arc of X-Men.
  • Kate Bishop will be a big part of the soon to be relaunched Hawkeye.
  • Kathryn Immonen is writing Operation S.I.N., a mini-series starring Peggy Carter.
  • Marguerite Bennett is adapting the James Patterson’ novel Maximum Ride as a mini-series called Max Ride: First Flight.
  • A series of variant covers drawn by a variety of female artists, which look like they’ll hit shops in March.

I may have missed something. It was a busy weekend and Marvel announced a lot of things involving women in some capacity. Not being able to keep up with all of it is a good problem to have.

So based on this list, what we’ve got is at least 5 new series with a female lead, 4 new books written by women, and 2 new books drawn by women. While some of these female creators are familiar faces who are already working on Marvel books, there are a lot of new names too. Erica Henderson, Stacey Lee, and Nicole Perlman are new additions entirely, and it’s great to see that two of these names are interior artists, where Marvel is often sorely lacking. Kathryn Immonen’s written a lot for Marvel before, and it’s nice to have her back on a mini-series that sounds like it’s going to be very fun.

In my December solicits report, Marvel had 7 different female creators working on 7 different books. If you add in all of these announcements, Marvel’s up to 13 different women on 13 different books, which is a big jump. Almost double, in fact. This is significant progress for a publisher that’s been fairly stagnant with female creators as of late.

At the same time, Marvel remains far behind DC, which is hardly a bastion of female representation. The NYCC announcements were a big step in the right direction, but they’re no game changer. Plus, both Marvel and DC lag behind comparatively; Boom! Studios puts out about a third of the books that either DC or Marvel do, but they’ve got more female creators scheduled in December than either publisher.

The Marvel announcements are also symptomatic of an odd phenomenon at both major superhero publishers: Female creators are working almost exclusively on female characters. None of them are writing or drawing Spider-Man or Superman. They’re working on the female versions thereof. At best, a couple female creators work on mixed team books. The numbers for women creators are growing at both DC and Marvel, but for some reason they’re being kept away from the higher profile, male heroes. True representation means women working across the board, not just being relegated to the titles with ladies in them, as awesome as so many of those books are right now.

So things are better! Hooray! But there’s still lots of work to be done for female representation at Marvel. In the industry as a whole, really, but Marvel is still comparatively lagging a bit behind among the major publishers, despite this progress. There are folks in Marvel plugging away for more, though, including some kick ass female editors, and everyone is optimistic that each new “Women of Marvel” panel will be increasingly packed with female creators.

Wonder Woman ’77 Comic, Based On The Lynda Carter TV Show, To Debut In December

October 13, 2014

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At the “DC Digital: Download This!” panel at New York Comic-Con this weekend, DC announced a new, second digital-first series starring Wonder Woman. Joining Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman on the digital roster, Wonder Woman ’77 will be based on the 1970s Wonder Woman television show starring Lynda Carter. Clearly inspired by the success of Batman ’66, the comic will debut digitally in December and run for six weeks, and then run sporadically in similar installments in 2015. The six digital issues will be published as two print issues.

While interior artists weren’t announced, Wonder Woman ’66 will be written by Marc Andreyko, who is currently the writer on Batwoman and is perhaps best known and generally beloved for writing Manhunter. I think he’s a great choice for the project, and I’m excited to see what sort of stories he comes up with. The comic will be set in the 1970s, like the second and third season of the show, and will incorporate Wonder Woman’s comic book villains along with those from the show. There was even talk of a possible Batman ’66 crossover during the panel.

The covers will be drawn by Nicola Scott, who illustrated the spectacular image above. Most recently, Scott has worked on Earth 2, but she did a run on Wonder Woman with Gail Simone a year or so before the New 52 relaunch. If the rest of the covers are even half as stunning as this first one, it should be a gorgeous run of issues. I’ve got my fingers crossed that she’ll do some interior art as well.

With Wonder Woman ’77 announced, I’m curious about which adaptations we’ll get next. I saw some folks on Twitter who were hoping for Lois and Clark ’93, which I would be onboard for. I’d also be really interested in Adventures of Superman ’52, preferably with Phyllis Coates Lois, but Noel Neill is cool too. I feel like Superman ’78 is going to happen at some point; that just seems like a no-brainer, if they can sort out all the rights. Maybe Batman ’89. There are a lot of ways to go.

Look for Wonder Woman ’77 in digital form this December, and in print in early 2015. It sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun!

Cliff Chiang’s Super Creepy Wonder Woman #16 Cover!!

October 13, 2012

At today’s “DC Comics: Justice League” panel at New York Comic Con, a bunch of new covers were revealed, including Cliff Chiang’s freaky cover for Wonder Woman #16.  Look away if being swarmed by flies wigs you out:

I love it, but it’s gross!!  We aren’t getting a lot of information from the cover as to what is causing this fly infestation, but maybe we’ll find out what’s happening when we see the solicit.  Anyway, ew!!  Flies are creepy… or rather, the swarming thereof.  But this is still a great cover.

DC also revealed Ivan Reis’ cover for Justice League #16 but siiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh I don’t even care anymore.  It’s the Justice League beating each other up again, just like all of the previous covers.  Use your imagination, or click the link above.

Look for the full solicit for Wonder Woman #16 this Monday, probably.

Designs For New, Never Before Seen Wonder Woman Characters By Cliff Chiang

October 12, 2012

New York Comic Con’s “DCE: From Concept to Page” panel featured a lot of great concept art and designs by Wonder Woman’s Cliff Chiang and Tony Akins.  You can go check out designs for characters we’ve seen already, like Poseidon and Hades, but they also revealed some of Chiang’s new designs for characters who haven’t appeared in the book yet!!

First up is Dionysus, the god of wine:

Chiang’s clearly got a fox thing going here, and was probably inspired by Thracian mystery cults that worshipped Dionysus.  They called him Bassareus, which means “the fox-god”, and wore fox skins at their bacchanals as they worshipped the god of wine by basically drinking like fiends and throwing an orgy.  Anyway, it’s a cool, sort of obscure angle to take with Dionysus, which is really fun.

Next up is Sirocca, the villainess in Wonder Woman #14.  We saw her on the cover, but here’s another look:

As I said when I posted the solicit for the issue, I couldn’t find anything about Sirocca.  But here are my musings:

There was a Sirocco during Busiek’s Superman run a few years ago, and he was an Iranian superhero.  Sirocco is also a super strong wind that comes from the Sahara up into the Mediterranean.  It can reach hurricane speeds, and causes dust storms in North Africa and storms in the Mediterranean.  Maybe Sirocca is some sort of physical embodiment of that wind?  Wonder Woman was in a desert in October’s cover, and it’s still sandy here [on the cover of Wonder Woman #14], so the Sahara is a possible setting.

That’s all I’ve got for that.  Cool design, though!!

And finally, what we’ve all been waiting for, Orion!!  There’s this more classic look:

And this updated take on the character:

Here’s one last cool look at the latter version:

I prefer the second one (it’s kind of got a Speed Racer vibe… the movie version me and like three other people loved, not the cartoon), but if the cover of Wonder Woman #15 is any indication, they seem to be going with the classic look for the helmet.  We’ll find out in a few issues what the rest of him looks like.

You can head on over to DC’s image recap of the panel and see all sorts of other cool Wonder Woman designs and artwork, including scripts, early layouts, pencils, and inks.  There’s a lot of fun stuff to look through!!

Man, now I want to watch Speed Racer.

Huge Spoiler For Wonder Woman #13?!

October 12, 2012

I was just checking out all of the art DC showed at their “From Concept to Page” panel at New York Comic Con, and in the midst of all the cool designs (more on that later on today) there was a pitch for Wonder Woman #0 that included BIG details about the next issue.  Now, I wasn’t at the panel and I can’t find a recap of it online, so maybe they mentioned that these details have been discarded or changed.  Take this with a grain of salt.

But first…

SPOILERS!!!

Hypothetical spoilers, I suppose, but nonetheless…

SPOILERS!!!

Okay, here is Brian Azzarello’s Wonder Woman #0 pitch that DC posted along with the art:

If you can’t read it well, the bottom says:

HOOK: Wonder Woman will, in the next issue, slay Ares in the present, proving him wrong about her and setting up the new status quo in which she refuses the mantle of God of War.  The Minotaur, of course, will also recur as a villain down the line.

So more Minotaur is fun!!  But the big reveal, of course, is that Ares is getting killed BY Wonder Woman AND that she’ll refuse to become the God of War.  That’s sort of crazy!!  And odd that she would kill Ares.  I wonder what will prompt that?

Anyway, big potential spoilers there.  Also, I don’t know if when Azzarello says “in the next issue” he means in Wonder Woman #13 or in the next issue that Cliff Chiang is going to draw, since Tony Akins is scheduled to do Wonder Woman #13.  He probably means Wonder Woman #13 since the solicit reads “Ares, god of war, takes a sudden interest in the Amazing Amazon!” and then Ares isn’t mentioned in the solicits for the next two issues.  Plus we’re onto Orion with Wonder Woman #15.

So we’ll have to wait until Wednesday to see how this all plays out.  Off hand, I’m not super jazzed about the idea of Wonder Woman killing Ares, but of course I’ll withhold judgment until I read the actual issue.

Amy Reeder Wasn’t At NYCC’s Bat-Panel OR Seriously, DC?

October 15, 2011

There’s been a lot of stuff at DC lately that I’m not super enthused about, like Catwoman and Starfire and such, but it’s been covered like crazy elsewhere and I didn’t feel the need to add to it.  But I read this over at DC Women Kicking Ass tonight and it really bugged me: Amy Reeder was dropped from the Bat-Panel at New York Comic-Con today because apparently there wasn’t enough room for her.  She’d been scheduled to be on the panel, and had posted it on her website days before, but shortly before the panel was supposed to be begin she tweeted this:

Now, DC’s had a rough go of it lately with people calling them out for being bad with women, fictional and real.  It’s been ALL over the place… it seems like every week they do something that pisses off those of us who think comics can be something more than adolescent power fantasies and masturbatory fodder for men 18 to 35 years of age.  So what genius at scheduling thought “Hey, the panel has too many people.  Let’s drop Amy Reeder”??  I mean, REALLY??  How completely unaware of the current environment do you have to be to think that’s a decent idea? 

Some people might say “She’s not on a book right now”, which is true, but a) she was scheduled, so just jam an extra chair in there, and b) neither is Chris Burnham, and he was here.  That’s no knock on Burnham, but he’s got no books out now either.  In fact, Reeder is set to do the second arc of Batwoman, a book that is coming out NOW on a month-to-month basis.  Burnham is on Batman Inc., and god knows when that’ll be out… December, apparently, but I wouldn’t hold my breath on that. 

Here’s the problem at DC right now: No one cares.  They’re not misogynists or sexists or purposefully trying to keep ladies out.  The problem is that they’re not even thinking about ladies… they seem entirely ignorant of what everyone is saying, and aren’t at all concerned about ladies as creators, characters, or readers.  It’s just not on their radar.  After the debacle at the San Diego panels, that someone thought getting rid of Amy Reeder was the best call is astoundingly stupid.  But they don’t care about that.  It’s not at all on their minds.  And that’s really sad, because they’re going to run themselves into the ground putting out the same books by the same people to the same audience.  I know September was great, saleswise, but give it a couple months. 

Yes, I know Ann Nocenti is going to be on Green Arrow, and that’s great, but one new lady doesn’t mean DC actually gives a hoot.  Plus, if the rumours about Gail Simone leaving Firestorm are true, then they’re no further ahead. 

Anyway, Amy Reeder is awesome.  You should go to her websites and check her out, and then go buy her Madame Xanadu books because they’re gorgeous.  Her Batwoman arc should start sometime around spring 2012, so keep your eye out for that… it’s going to be fantastic!!  Pick up a copy of Batwoman #0 for a peek at her take on Batwoman.

And DC, dudes… get your shit together.


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