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SDCC: American Original Panel discusses creators.

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At San Diego Comic Con, Jeff Katz announced creators behind his comedy anthology book “Comedy Death Ray,” and the first film to come out of the comic book and film production house.

Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Silverman, Patton Oswalt, B.J. Novak, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Paul Scheer and Zach Galifianakis are among some of the first to contribute to the anthology, for which each comedian will create a comicbook.

The goal is to see individual books in the “Comedy Death Ray” series, shepherded by Scott Aukerman, generate spinoffs for TV or film that would be produced by American Original.

Comedy Death Ray” in its original incarnation was a “night of comedy” headed by Scott Aukerman, which also became a radio show.  Its some excellent stuff, and considering the amount of talent contributing to the anthology, I think this may be one of the freshest comics to come out. Especially with Patton Oswalt, a personal favorite of mine.

Also announced, is AO’s partnership with Rantz Hoseley’s digital comics distribution device LongBox, which seems to me to be a iTunes for comics.  Also announced is a dramatic feature of the documentary “Bigger, Stronger, Faster”:

The company’s branding arm recently signed TNA Wrestling, a rival to World Wrestling Entertainment, and in addition to trying to build TNA into a bigger biz, one of Katz’s first projects will be to adapt the sports docu “Bigger, Stronger, Faster,” into a scripted feature.

Project, to be penned by the docu’s helmer Chris Bell, with Jason Dolan (“Sydney Hall”), will be a “Traffic”-like exploration of performance-enhancing drugs. Katz will produce with docu producers Alex Buono and Tamsin Rawady serving as exec producers.

This will be exceptionally interesting considering how performance enhancing drugs have long been a mainstay in wrestling, and only recently has it come to light how these drugs affect these athletes.  Also, mentioned are the deals with Titmouse Animation, the people behind “Afro Samurai” and“Metalocalypse”, and a sci-fi anthology called the “Galaxy Project” with the creature designers behind “Alien vs Predator.”

Sounds like some neat stuff coming out through the new company.

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News roundup from WW Philly and HeroesCon.

Last weekend, there was quite a bit of news coming out of Philadelphia and Charlotte, and this wouldn’t be much of a news site if we didn’t give you SOME idea of what happened.

  • The big news spinning out of HeroesCon was Longbox, essentially an iTunes for comics.  The brainchild of  “Comic Book Tattoo” editor Rantz Hoseley, Longbox will provide single issue downloads for .99 cents with Top Cow and Boom! Studios being the first two publishers confirmed to use the service [via Comic Book Resources].
  • Marvel Comics announced a crop of new “Dark Reign” titles called, The List. Which is basically Norman Osborne’s s#@$ list of people he wants to wipe out as director of HAMMER. Marvel has the list of creators involved.
  • Phil Jimenez will be replacing Simone Bianchi on “Astonishing X-Men”.
  • DC Comics mostly showed off their “Wednesday Comics” at HeroesCon and announced that Brian “100 Bullets” Azzarello will be teaming with Rags Morales on a new “Doc Savage” mini series.
  • “Booster Gold” co-writer and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” producer Jeff Katz announced the first four comics coming out of his American Original imprint.  Brian Lynch (“Angel: After Fall”) teams with Greg Whitta (who adapted “Akira” for the screen) for “Daybreak” a comic akin to the style of old John Carpenter/Kurt Russell movies.   Also, Katz will be writing a noir called “Vengeance is Mine” drawn by Filip Sablik. Scott Aukerman will be editing a comedy anthology. But most interestingly, Katz picked up “Blastosaurus” a indie comic self-published by 23-year old New Zealander Richard Fairgray. The comic follows a dinosaur detective who has been brought into the future to fight Velociraptor street gangs. Katz compares it to being similar to “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”.

So, what do you think? I’m personally looking forward to see how “Blastosaurus” turns out and I’m glad that “Astonishing X-Men” will be back on a regular schedule.  Let us know what you think of these new stories in the comments.

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