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Import section round-up!

by Chris Troy

Happy October everyone! As the fall approaches, I’m excited for one of the best months of the year. Football is back, baseball games actually matter (when not rained out), Octoberfest and its various spellings are going on, and we’re 14 days away from New York Comic Con/ Anime Festival. With online badges beginning to sell out, it’s a wise decision to swing by Forbidden Planet to pick up passes to the biggest and bestest comic/pop-culture convention on the East Coast! And since it’s rare that anyone discusses the well-run but way-smaller Anime Festival section of the convention, today’s article will focus on FPNYC’s import section in its honor!

Shall we start off looking at some new anime influenced statues based on western properties? Obviously yes, because the photos of the new releases are already attached to the article, and you really have no say in the matter. While I await the new Marvel releases, 2 new DC Ami-Cons statues have hit the shelves; another Wonder Woman statue, based on the JMS/Phil Hester run of the series, and Raven of Teen Titans fame for the first time! Raven is super Gothed-out, judging from the size of those boots with their many buckles. I can’t say I’m a fan of either of them, because there’s already been a ton of Wonder Woman anime statues and I was never crazy about Raven to be honest. But what’s this? A new Kotobukiya Bishoujo statue? Based on…. GHOSTBUSTERS?! Yup! Say hello to Lucy folks! Why I haven’t cared about Ghostbusters in forever and think the torn uniform is a little fan service-y, this is a beautiful statue, armed with the trademark Proton Pack, Ecto Goggles and ghost trap. And for what we’re charging for it, it’s a great pick up if you’re a fan of Ghostbusters or the Bishoujo line. Continue reading

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Best News I’ve Heard All Week- JMS Adapting Classic Ellison Story for the Big Screen

J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5, Amazing Spider-Man, Thor) is apparently shopping his adaptation of  Unca Harlan’s “Repent, Harlequin!” Said the Tictockman as a feature film.

Harlan Ellison J. Michael Straczynski Repent Harlequin Ticktockman“Since this has apparently leaked onto several film-oriented websites, I should probably confirm the information and preclude distortion: I have optioned, and adapted into screenplay form, Harlan Ellison’s “Repent Harlequin, Said the Ticktockman.” It’s out to producers, studios and directors now. We hope to find a director who has always wanted to make this story into a movie. More as, if and when it develops.”

Ellison’s most beautifully written ode to free-will and non-conformity, “Repent Harleqiun!” was first published in 1965, has been re-published and translated in dozens of editions, and won both the Hugo and Nebula awards, science fiction’s two most prestigious.  It’s a humorous SF romp, with little linear storytelling.  Not necessarily standard Hollywood fare, but it could be phenomenal if executed well.

Searching around the webs about this story (which FP customer and fellow Ellison fan Michael Skloff hipped me to) I came across a good point made by Devin Faraci of Badass News:

It’ll be intriguing… what name the purchasing studio slaps on the film. No way they’re releasing it with a title that interesting. It’ll probably end up called On The Clock or Out Of Time or something.

To whatever suit gives the greenbacks and the green light  to this film- kudos and have a bag of jellybeans on me.

To whatever suit slaps such a title on this film- GET STUFFED!

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JMS leaves “Thor”.

“Babylon 5” creator J. Michael Straczynski is leaving “Thor”.  His exit on the extremely popular, Eisner nominated re-boot had long been rumored, and was confirmed by Comic Book Resources on Friday. JMS said:

The one concern at the back of my head was that of being pulled into a Big Event that could affect the forward momentum of the book and alter its direction. I’ve said elsewhere that in many cases — and this isn’t just Marvel, the trend is pandemic — such an event can sometimes result in the individual books serving the event, rather than the other way around, and you have to spend months and issues afterward stitching everything back together. I’m the kind of writer who likes to write in a straight line and know for certain the terrain he’s standing upon. Some writers can handle all that and never break a sweat. For me, it’s just not something I can do competently. That’s a shortcoming on my part and I recognize it as such.Prior to the reboot, when “Thor” was selling in the mid-50s, a Big Event wouldn’t have been much of a concern, but now it was selling in the top ten month after month, and that increased visibility meant it could precipitate an event. And, again without saying much because this has to come from Marvel, such an event appeared on the horizon.

I didn’t read his run on “Thor” but I did read the one-shots that Matt Fraction did. Considering a Thor movie is in the works, I’m not against the idea of Fraction taking over the character in light of his post-movie success with “Invincible Iron Man,” which is also a Eisner nominated run.

Interestingly though, JMS notes the potential of working with another God-like hero at DC Comics.

The DC work has gone and is going extremely well. We’re about six scripts deep into “The Brave and The Bold,” believe it or not. I just wrote Batman and Brother Power, the Geek, and it may be the best of the bunch, so we’re way ahead since the first issue doesn’t ship until September. All four Red Circle scripts are in and drawn, and I’m working on a secret project for DC that I hope we can discuss at San Diego Comic-Con. Suffice to say: anyone who knows me knows that there’s something I’ve wanted to do for my entire creative life, something that I’d give my right arm to write…something I’ve been actively chasing for over ten years. There’s one character, one property, that if George Lucas said “Here’s a million dollars, go write whatever you want and I’ll shoot it, but you’ll have to drop that book,” I would say no and never, ever look back.

Anyone, who likes JMS knows that he’s been pining after Superman for most of his career, and that should prove interesting.

JMS’s final issue of Thor will ship in August.

Source: JMS Confirms ‘Thor’ Exit [via CBR].

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