Tagged: Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman on Marvelman.

Joe Quesada's Marvelman
Joe Quesada's Marvelman

With all the hubbub over Marvelman becoming a property of Marvel, which is kind of funny considering Marvel complained all those years ago causing the name to be changed to “Miracleman”, there seems to be a prevailing question over Internet people regarding the original issues.  That question is whether the old Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Mark Buckingham landmark issues will be re-printed.  John Parker provides a list of do’s and do not’s regarding this property:

DO

Give the reprints — if you get the rights to them — the Deluxe treatment: hardbacks, dustcovers, additional material, the “compleat” Alan Moore edition – but release the paperbacks concurrently. People aren’t going to shell out a hundred bucks for something that’s they’ve only heard is supposed to be great. Well, most people won’t. Everybody else is doing something known in Psychology as “hoarding.” These are damaged people, and one can’t build an entire audience on damaged people. You’re Marvel, not Brian Pulido.

DON’T

Change the name back to “Marvelman.” Yes, it was the original name, yes, when Moore was writing those first magical scripts, he was writing “Panel One: Marvelman does such-and-such” and then six more pages of description. Doesn’t matter. First of all, Miracleman, hands down, is a cooler name. Secondly, Marvel already has enough characters named Marvel something, and having even one character named after your company is about as cool as wearing a Wilco shirt to a Wilco concert. People are staring, fer chrissakes.

I like the Wilco shirt at a Wilco concert analogy, because its long been my belief that you don’t wear your nerd shirt to a comic con, its like wearing the band’s t-shirt to the band’s show.  Its just a no-no.  But, you know, it wouldn’t be much of a point to change the name back to Miracleman when the entire point was that “Marvel” now has “Marvelman”, but then again Marvel did complain way back when on the name of the title so I guess Marvel’s entire involvement just kind of looks like a dog chasing it’s tail.  But that old argument was forever ago, and really not relevant to today anyway.

Regardless, Gaiman posted on his journal regarding the announcement and commented on whether we’d see the reprints of his work:

Regarding Marvel’s recent announcement concerning the acquisition of the rights to Marvelman — Will you be involved in any way with the future publications and/or marketing? If so, would you and Marvel possibly consider continuing to use the name Miracleman rather than reverting to Marvelman? My personal experience with the character began in the mid-80’s with the Eclipse run by Alan Moore and then you; and, regardless of the actual reasons those stories used the Miracleman name, I have always felt “Miracleman” was — for lack of better explanation — a classier, more appropriate, more adult designation than “Marvelman”. Thanks for taking the time for this.

We’ll see. And no, I think it’s Marvelman, which is what it was until 1984ish when Marvel complained.

Right now I’m not entirely sure what’s going to happen, and Mark Buckingham and I haven’t signed anything, but I’m really hopeful that Marvel will bring Alan Moore’s stories back into print, and the work I did with Mark Buckingham (Miracleman 25 was finished, ready for printing, 16 years ago. It’s still in Mark Buckingham’s possession, although some of the lettering balloons have gone a bit yellow.) I’m not entirely sure what Marvel’s plans are for the character at this point — obviously I’d like to finish the story I started.

I’m really interested in seeing what Marvel does with the character, but what I’m really interested in is in reprinting Gaiman, and Moore’s work to see what the big deal is.

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The Daily Planet Presents: Thursday Walk of Shame #2 with Jeff Ayers and Dave Press.

Good evening one and all, and welcome to our second installment of the Thursday Walk of Shame. I am Dave Press, this week we discuss my ridiculous obsession with Deadpool, “Coraline”, “Immortal Weapons #1” and “Dethklok vs The Goon.”  So without further ado, let’s do this thing:

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by Skottie Young
by Skottie Young

DAVE: I have this obsession lately, and that obsession is Deadpool. The only prescription is more Deadpool. I never read him when he was popular in the 90s, but lately, I can’t get enough of him.  There are three separate series out featuring him now, and normally I avoid things like that like the plague, but I can’t stop myself from getting them. They are all good, I enjoy myself immensely with them.  Maybe its a lack of “fun” comics or something but I think those Deadpool comics just do something. What do you recommend, Dr. Ayers?

JEFF: Fun comics are always doctor’s orders. Thankfully there’s been a bit of a renaissance of funitude. Dr. Ayers currently suggests you take two Dethklok vs. The Goon and call your mother in the morning. I don’t watch the show or read The Goon with much regularity, but damn that comic was funny. Deadpool and I parted ways when Rob Liefeld bailed.

WAIT A MINUTE…. Here we go again- Deadpool, huh? Wasn’t he played by Ryan Reynolds? hmmmm…. methinks me sense a trend here Mr. Press.


No, no, this sickness began probably a year ago. Tell us about Dethklok vs The Goon. What was some of those funny moments?

Like any good team-up, a la Scooby-Doo/Globetrotters etc (awesome!), our heroes get down to performing what they do best for their fans: The Goon crew hacking and maiming, blood n’ guts galore, the Metalocalypse boys rockin out! Lyrics include the now classic, “Little did you know that the ink in this comic was mixed with our own blood… After we mixed our blood with poison!! Lick the ink from your fingers and embrace your death! Death by Darkness!” and “Dave Press wants to bear Ryan Reynolds’ babies then makes sweet sweet love to them!”

It’s a pretty funny book. Hopefully a Deathklok regular books takes off.

I feel a need to bring up Wednesday Comics #3, cuz dem’s damn fun comics!!! Brilliant stuff again. Why can’t that sense of playful exuberance exist in comics more… PP’s Strange Adventures is terrific, and that Bermejo Superman has really grown on me. God, I even love the Iris West romance strip!

Not a very strong Gaiman/Allred Metamorpho entry in this ish, tho….

Yeah, I was going to say those Iris West strips are fantastic. I mean, I dug the

Dethklok vs The Goon
Dethklok vs The Goon

Wonder Woman at first, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to move up to loving The Flash by the end of this thing. Paul Pope, naturally, always brilliant. I wish I was at SDCC for his DJ set, but he does that stuff here all the time so I’m not that sad.

But speaking of playful exuberance there was quite a bit of it in IMMORTAL WEAPONS #1. I’ll buy the hell out of anything regarding that Iron Fist universe. This featured Fat Cobra where he hired an author to research his life and write his memoirs. Except Fat Cobra, so obsessed with his life and thinking that he lived such a proud warrior life, had anything but. He would exalt on the first few pages, “Tell me about my warrior parents and how they died proudly in battle!” and the author, Carmichael said, “ACTUALLY, your parents were pig farmers and your mother died giving birth to you because you were so fat.” Or something like that. The comic is full of stuff like that. Really hilarious. Plus some gorgeous art from Michael Lark, and many others. Written by Jason Aaron.

That “love” scene was pretty hilarious. First, Fat Cobra and and this lady are fighting (“Flying Monkey Flip Kick,” Hell’s Dentist”) then they’re making out, lickin ears, and pinching the fat bastid’s nipples (“Nine Suns Nipple Clamp”)!!! Holy crap! I couldn’t believe my virgin eyes!

There’s gotta be some kind of NO-Prize for anyone who can actually tell me of a Marvel comic where someone receives a sexual purple nurple…

Kneading the Golden Dough. HA!

Yeh, it was probably my favorite issue of the week. So, we just watched CORALINE. It was just beautiful. Have you read it?

Yeah. You? Heard there were some plot points that were different. I haven’t seen the film yet, except some really stunning visuals. Why’d ya like it?

What I really enjoyed about it was that even though its a kid’s story, there is still that underlying creepiness to all kid’s stories, or at least good ones. That’s what I really like about Neil Gaiman‘s sensibilities, there was still that scary, lonely creepiness that comes when you’re in that in between stage of your childhood. Like when you’re 11 or 12. No wonder he wins all kinds of kid’s book awards left and right.  He writes them for them, but doesn’t put on the kiddie wheels to take them along a primrose path.

Damn skippy, Dave. I’m gonna go jump into my Robotech jammies and curl up with a bedtime story. Good night, Ryan Reynolds. Good night, Dave.


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Happy Fourth of July!

by Dustin Nguyen
by Dustin Nguyen

Just wanted to take a second and post hoping that each and everyone of you readers out there are having a lovely Fourth. Here in New York City, the climate is a perfect 70 degrees and it seems like virtually half the town has taken off to other places so its not so crowded.  Thank God for that.

If you are like me this weekend with no plans, do yourself a favor and distract yourself with video from Neil Gaiman’s talk at the 92nd Street Y celebrating the 20th Anniversary of his “Sandman” series.

Neil Gaiman and Chip Kidd celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Sandman at the 92nd Street Y, NYC.

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Back to School

by Jeff Ayers

“Bring us a pitcher of beer every seven minutes until somebody passes out.  And then bring one every ten minutes.”

This past Saturday I was struck by a sudden, sharp, and sobering realization, with lasting ramifications for the next nine months or so.  Y’see, my lady and I had brunch at Petite Abeille in sleepy Tribeca, checked out the Moscow Cats Theatre (featuring 35 cats, 5 clowns, death defying balancing acts and acrobatics, and yes, I’m comfortable admitting that, and yes, moms and dads should take your progeny and everybody you know to see this asap) and braved the amassed hordes of the Canal Street subway to head back uptown for a stroll before my closing shift at the FP.  All on what normally would be a calm, bucolic late summer afternoon in my beloved East Village.  Friendly confines and all that.

The neighborhood was steeped in a kind of pandemonium.

From Houston to 14th, from Ave. B to Broadway, the area surrounding our store was abuzz with so much activity and cacophony so as to only, perhaps, be rivalled by the beach scene in Apocalypse Now.

Now sometimes I can be pretty dense, so I didn’t notice til much later that I’d passed dozens of families carrying furniture, computers, mini-fridges and other such accoutrements on every block.  Didn’t notice the sudden influx of 18-24 year-olds in the neighborhood. Nor the copious amount of hello and farewell hugs. And why the hell we were selling so many posters?  Only later, at work, did it dawn on me…  Of course!  It’s Back to School!

Whether it be NYU, SVA, Pratt, Columbia, New School, Cooper Union, whatever… Welcome back, ladies and gents.  Welcome here, freshmen.  If this is your first visit to the store or FPNYC on the web, know that Forbidden Planet is one of the premiere sellers of comics, collectibles, and Science Fiction stores in the world and has been since 1981.  We ain’t going anywhere, your college student ID nabs you 10% OFF everything in the store [ed. note: we no longer offer this at FP], and we’re in the most happenin’ location in the city.  We also offer a snazzy subscription service for comics, wherein we’ll hold your books for you until you dig up the scratch to buy them.

And sell posters for your dorm.

And that goes for the rest of ya!

New Release Highlights:

Halo Uprising #1- The Eisner Award-winning team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist extraordinaire Alex Maleev (Daredevil- 2001-2006) pull a “Dude, we’re gettin’ the band back together!”  for a sequel story to video gaming’s biggest franchise of the early 21st Century, Halo.

Ultimate Spider-Man 100 Project TP– brought to you by The Hero Initiative, a deserving non-profit that bails out comic creators in need; creators who can’t pay medical bills, buy groceries, what have you.  This book collects the fruits of one of the organization’s most creative and successful fund-raising endeavors- a print run of 100 blank-covered Ultimate Spider-Man #100, wherein prominent creators of today would draw their take version of old webhead. Sold as one of a kind collectibles online and at New York Comic-Con and Wizard World Chicago- for up to $6700 apiece- this fabulous, limited artbook collects all 100 covers, featuring Mark Bagley, J. Scott Campbell, Frank Cho, Neil Gaiman, Adam and Andy Kubert, George Pérez, Joe Quesada, John Romita Sr. and Jr., Frank Quitely, JG Jones, and dozens more and features a forward by Stan Lee, who is by no means a creator in need.  Just sayin.

I’m a Lebowski You’re a Lebowski: Life The Big Lebowski and What Have You–  The ultimate fan’s guide to the Coen Brothers cult phenomenon “The Big Lebowski,” with a Foreword by the Dude himself, Jeff Bridges.  I’ve waited for this book for nearly a decade, convinced that no such thing would ever be released.  But thanks to the film’s insatiable fanbase, of which I am an unashamed and rabid member, goodies such as this book and and events like Lebowski Fest (the Star Trek Convention of the 21st Century) are possible. “If you will it, dude, it is no dream.”

Bunnies & Bees– by Mark Ryden.  Beautiful boxed portfolio from Ryden features thirteen 8″ x 10″ prints from the Bunnies & Bees gallery show.  Images include all the paintings, plus some details and drawings from the show. It is a limited numbered edition of 10,000, and includes a certificate of authenticity in addition.  Also in stock: Fushigi Circus, a survey of 55 of Ryden’s most impressive works from past to present.

And to all you wide-eyed freshmen? All you new New Yorkers? My sincerest welcome once again! I hope you enjoy your stay in our fantastic City! Just leave some polite room on the crowded streets for us “townies,” okay? And walk, bike, or use mass transit.

“Now that’s what I call Marine Biology!”
-Jeffy

jeff(AT)fpnyc.com

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