But for nearly four years, Buffy’s story has lived on in creator Joss Whedon’s “Season 8″ comic book series, which finishes its 40-issue run today. Whoa, boy, did things go down. (WARNING: Some big time spoilers follow, for both “Season 8″ and the impending “Season 9.” Consider yourself warned now.) Over the course of the “season,” Buffy became a god, battled (and boinked) her ex Angel, and watched him kill her mentor Giles. And then she effectively destroyed the seed of all magic on earth. Issue No. 40 deals with the aftermath, and — as Whedon makes clear in his exclusive Q&A with EW — it also gives some pointed hints for what to expect in Buffy “Season 9.” Whedon also talks about his new comic series about Angel with publisher Dark Horse, some of his controversial plot turns in “Season 8″ — Buffy goes lesbian? Xander and Dawn get domestic? — and what actor Anthony Stewart Head’s reaction was when Whedon told him his character Rupert Giles was going to bite the big one. READ FULL STORY »The acclaimed (oc)cult TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer went off the air in 2003 after seven seasons.
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Diamond has just published its final 2010 ranking of comic book sales, and the top sales lists are dominated by three things: Crossovers, first issues, and The Walking Dead. The Periodicals list (representing actual monthly issues) is topped by Avengers #1 and X-Men #1, which proves definitely that you can never underestimate the American public’s hunger for No. 1 of anything. (The Bendis/Romita Jr. creative team on Avengers didn’t hurt, of course.) The rest of the Periodicals chart was dominated by the Big Two’s crossover events: DC’s Blackest Night (a.k.a. Attack of the Beloved Dead Characters) and Marvel’s Siege (a.k.a. Let’s Do a Big Thor Crossover).
Fully half of the slots on the graphic novel/collection chart belong to The Walking Dead, with Volume 1 as the year’s winner. That augurs well for future sales of the comic, and general audience interest in the AMC show. Three slots belong to Scott Pilgrim, and Kick-Ass is in No. 2. That means the only entry in the graphic novel top 10 that didn’t have a movie/TV adaptation in 2010 was Superman: Earth One. You heard it here first: Hoodies are the new zombies.
Check out the full top ten lists after the jump: READ FULL STORY »
The new Archie Comics, released on Wednesday, finds the red-headed hero and his girlfriend Veronica talking environmental issues with President Obama. Meanwhile, Archie’s long-time rival, the rich-kid Reggie Mantle III, gets his picture taken with Sarah Palin. Both political alliances are used for Archie and Reggie to further their campaigns for student-body president.
In the final panel of Archie issue #616, Obama and Palin are each depicted as holding up different front pages of the Riverdale school newspaper, each of which implies that Obama and Palin have endorsed Archie and Reggie, respectively. Obama and Palin yell angrily, in unison, “Who’s responsible for this!?” READ FULL STORY »
It’s a Burberry coat…It’s a private jet…It’s Beyoncé! The pop superstar will be getting the comic book treatment in Fame: Beyonce, a 32-page special issue comic that will hit racks in January. Part of it will be an origin story, but since it looks like the narrative will be sticking pretty close to the real-life facts, we probably won’t see the singer receive the power of super-choreography after being bitten by a radioactive Bob Fosse. According to the press release, the book will illustrate her “rise through the music business, from her early days with Destiny’s Child to her booming solo career.” The comic comes from Bluewater Productions, the same company that has already put out comics based on the lives of Sarah Palin, Taylor Swift, Michelle Obama and Lady Gaga.
Stephen King’s ‘Salem’s Lot helped to bring vampires back to their Bram Stoker origins, with an emphasis on the heartless, frightening nature of the bloodsuckers combined with a side-focus on real estate, so he knows a little something about the creatures of the night. In his introduction to the first volume of the upcoming American Vampire series from DC Comics, the horror maestro makes his feelings about how vampires should really be portrayed known: That is, as truly monstrous and evil, not fanged and fabulous. And most definitely not as “lovelorn southern gentlemen,” “anorexic teenage girls,” or “boy-toys with big dewy eyes.”
So is King right? Does scary beat sexy? Are you excited for American Vampire?
Bob Fingerman says that during his spell dwelling on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in the mid-’90s he came to the conclusion the area was not exactly the liveliest place on earth. “It felt zombie-like in a lot of ways,” says the writer and artist. “You’d see lots of old women eating alone in diners. There seemed to be a quality of just waiting for death.” Way to big the burg up, dude! “This is why I don’t work for the Upper East Side Board of Tourism,” laughs the now Upper West Side-dwelling Fingerman. “‘Come and see the living dead!’”
The author’s old neighborhood provides the setting for his new book Pariah, in which the inhabitants of an apartment block attempt to survive a zombie apocalypse. While the novel is not short of gore—the very first page finds the driver of a colliding taxi cab bursting through his windshield “like a meat torpedo”—the result is as much social satire as it is splatterfest. “The living grow accustomed to the zombies,” says Fingerman. “I think New Yorkers are very resilient and that carried through to these characters. The other thing is that I figured, ‘The ones who weren’t resilient? They’re all dead.’ They got eaten!”
Fingerman has considerable experience in the horror genre. Pariah is actually an unofficial sequel to Zombie World: Winter’s Dregs, a comic book miniseries he wrote in the late ‘90s, “back before zombies were cool.” He also penned the 2007 vampire novel Bottom Feeder and has a short story featured in the new collection The Living Dead 2, alongside contributions from Max Brooks and Walking Dead scribe Robert Kirkman.
Who better then, as we drag our zombie-infected carcasses towards Halloween season, to recommend five horror novels? You can check out Fingerman’s picks after the jump.
Harvey Pekar was one of the most important, idiosyncratic, and eccentric writers that the comics medium has ever produced. He ushered in a new age of autobiographical realism to comic books and graphic novels, writing scripts that were illustrated by artists such as R. Crumb, Gary Dumm, Dean Haspiel, Drew Friedman, and Rick Geary. He enjoyed a brief period of TV stardom as an occasional guest on David Letterman’s NBC talk show, and his READ FULL STORY »
In all the current hubbub over 3D, we tend to forget the original three-dimensional entertainment: Pop-up books. Pull here, twist there, spin the wheel; nothing can match the tactile nostalgia of pop-ups, and the folks over at DC Comics have picked up the ball. Little, Brown and Co. is set to publish DC Super Heroes: The Ultimate Pop-Up Book, a collection of paper-sculpted versions of their most popular characters. The book was designed by Matthew Reinhart, a leading pop-up artist, and is scheduled to hit bookstores in October, but for now check out the exclusive video after the jump of Reinhart showing off the Batman page.
For the 700th issue of Batman, on sale today, writer Grant Morrison declines to go for a huge, all-encompassing new history of the character, or for a game-changing redefining of the Caped Crusader. Instead, he’s written an enthralling three-part mystery for Batman (and you) to solve. Entitled “Time and The Batman,” it carries the subtitle, “One Impossible Crime: Can You Crack the Case?”
Of course, Morrison being the prolix, playful Morrison he is, the author plays with time, dividing the tale into three parts, with three different Batmen from three different time periods: the Bruce Wayne Batman in the opening chapter, “Yesterday”; the Dick Grayson Batman in “Today”; and Damian Wayne’s Batman in “Tomorrow.”
First-rate artists have been enlisted, including Tony Daniel, Andy Kubert, David Finch, and (my favorite) Frank Quitely, he of the spidery line-drawings and and tight-lipped-smiling Batman. There’s one especially classic panel: After Batman beats off a throng of thugs with a pair of thin, hard sticks (bats?) pulled from his utility belt, the hero looks around at the unconscious criminals, then at the mini-clubs he holds in his hands and says to Robin, “Remind me to pack these again. Wow.”
Robin’s reply: “More of them.”
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