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    R.I.P. Comics Legend Jerry Robinson, Creator Of The Joker | Geeks of Doom

    Jerry Robinson, comics rights activist and creator of Batman villain The Joker, passed away in his sleep on Wednesday night at the age of 89 years old.

    I hate writing articles like this, not only because it means that a creator whose work mattered to me as a reader and not only because he was a man for whom I have the utmost respect, but also because it’s impossible for me to do this man justice with anything I say about him. I cannot stress enough the importance of the creation of a character like The Joker and what kind of influence that has had on the comic book industry.


    But it’s not just that. Robinson didn’t just create one of the most important characters of all time. It’s not just that he was one of the architects of the Golden Age of comics thus creating the comic book industry as we know it. I love Batman and that is undoubtedly a result of Jerry Robinson’s involvement with the character. But it’s not that simple. Jerry Robinson was an advocate for the rights of creators within the industry to protect them from corporate interest and doing whatever it is that he could to make sure that writers and artists were compensated for the contributions.

    But it’s not even that simple, either. In recent years, Jerry Robinson became one of the last living creators of the Golden Age. In the convention circuit, the man spoke about the industry, the early days of Batman, and many more topics that provided readers, fans, journalists, and creators of enthralling behind the scenes stories of the comic book industry. So, in a very real way, conventions will always feel like they are missing something from now on. But it’s simply unfair to try and quantify his influence and presence in the industry into a story about his passing. The man did so much with his gifts and made sure that others did as well, but all of my words still seem very much on the surface. The point is that a great man has passed away, and it’s incredibly sad for a variety of reasons. He deserves a far better tribute than what I can offer.

    Jerry Robinson is without a doubt an inspiration to readers, creators, and activists alike, and he will most definitely be missed by all that know him or have felt the influence of his work.

    [Source: Comics Beat]

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    Review: The Defenders #1 | CraveOnline

    Almost picked this up because I actually really used to like the Defenders back in the day, they were completely incompatible and fought amongst themselves as often as with villains, but judging by this review and the art, which turned me away, I am glad I didn't.

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    Wow. The Boys #61 just keeps the story rocketing towards the finale'(). Gonna miss this one when it's done. Picked up the last Butcher Baker mini too while I was at the store, and that too, while predictable, still paints some shade on old Butcher. Ennis is singlehandedly responsible for some of the best comics I have ever read and reread(not getting your love for Punisher:Max though Adgy).

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerseydevil View Post
    Review: The Defenders #1 | CraveOnline

    Almost picked this up because I actually really used to like the Defenders back in the day, they were completely incompatible and fought amongst themselves as often as with villains, but judging by this review and the art, which turned me away, I am glad I didn't.
    The Defenders are never going to be like they were back in the day. My favorite 'no team.'

    Thank goodness for reprints!

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    Legendary Comics Putting Together a Paradise Lost Graphic Novel Tie-In | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central

    Artist Michael Kaluta (Starstruck, The Shadow) and writer Steve Niles (30 Days of Night, Remains) are creating a graphic novel of epic proportions for Legendary Comics that will be a tie-in with Legendary Pictures' big screen adaptation of the classic tale Paradise Lost helmed by Alex Proyas, and today we have an update on what Niles and Kaluta are up to.

    During a recent roundtable with Niles to promote his Remains made-for-TV movie on Chiller, the prolific author had this to say about the upcoming Paradise Lost comic:

    I’m writing a script that I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to go into protective custody when the artist reads it because if you’ve ever read Paradise Lost, once the war starts everything is in the millions. So for the first time in my life I’m writing a comic book and I’m literally going like, "I am so sorry, but a million angels come swirling down."

    But I’m really having a lot of fun with it. I’m working from Alex Proyas’ script, so not the poem. If I was working from the poem, I would not sound nearly as chipper. But Alex Proyas wrote this incredible script, and that’s what I’m adapting. And he really figured out a way to strip it down to the basic story where you’re dealing with basically the story of Lucifer and his relationship to the Archangels and how the whole division started, and I’m really having fun. And then Michael Kaluta is doing the art so if he doesn’t kill me, it’s going to be a beautiful book.
    This should be nice...Niles/Kaluta, lovely. I hope the movie can live up to it.

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    An Update on Universal's Cal McDonald/Criminal Macabre Adaptation | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central

    oooh more Niles news...

    It was back in August of 2009 when Universal acquired the rights to adapt Steve Niles' Criminal Macabre, which features drug-infused anti-hero detective Cal McDonald, into a feature film; and yes, things have been moving rather slowly, but we finally have an update!

    While doing press for the upcoming Remains made-for-TV film that airs on Chiller this December 16th, Niles had the following to say about Cal's progress at the studio:

    Right now Cal is being developed at Universal Studios for a feature movie. And after being through multiple studios, we finally have...Universal really gets it. And they’re letting us do it as an R because for years people wanted me to do it as a PG-13 movie, and I was like, “Have you read the comic?” Like there’s really not a lot of PG-13 stuff to Cal.

    I [recently] had breakfast with [producer] Mike Richardson from Dark Horse, and we discussed it, and we will hopefully have some really good news in, I’d say, the next six months or so, but I’m continuing with the comics. As a matter of fact, I [just] turned in the latest installment of Criminal Macabre, and so we’re keeping the comics going, we’re going to bring the novels, we’re going to reprint those, and keep all that going.

    But yes, something will happen with Cal McDonald, and if it doesn’t pan out as a horror movie...I think it would be a wonderful series, especially just because there’s, I don’t know, I hate to say this, but there’s 20 years of material. I’ve been writing him for 20 years now so we could have many seasons if we got it on TV.
    I can vouch for the source material. It's VERY good. Hate to be cliche' but Nathan Fillion or Thomas Jane(who is friends with Niles) would be perfect for this.

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    Grant Morrison, Stan Lee And Dune Join Free Comic Book Day 2012 Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors

    Earlier this week we looked at the Gold Titles for next year’s Free Comic Book Day, including a Mouse Guard hardcover, an Image 20th anniversary book and Transformers #80.5 relaunching the Marvel Transformers continuity.

    Today, we see the remaining thirty-five Silver titles for Free Comic Book Day, with a smaller distribution and a wider range of suitable tones. If you want these, you may need to try a little harder…

    They include Dinosaurs Vs Aliens #1 from Liquid Comics by Grant Morrison and Mukesh Singh, an adaptation by Boom! of Frank Herbert’s Dune, Stan Lee and John Cassaday creating Elvis comics and the first chapter of the Season One: Spider-Man graphic novel.

    Here’s a list, the covers and the descriptions.

    Antarctic Press: Diary of a Zombie Kid
    Arcana Studios: Arcana Presents: The Intrinsic #1
    Archie Comics: Sonic The Hedgehog: Two Steps Back…Special Edition
    Aspen MLT: Worlds of Aspen 2012
    Boundless Comics: Lady Death: The Beginning
    Bluewater Productions: Burt Ward, Boy Wonder #1
    BOOM! Studios: Dune: Origins #1
    Capstone: The Incredible Rockhead & Zinc Alloy 2-For-None
    Caption Box: Muqtatafaht: A Middle East Comics Anthology
    CBLDF: The Censored Howard Cruse
    Dark Horse Comics: Buffy The Vampire Slayer/The Guild Flip Book
    DC Comics: DC Nation Super Sampler/Superman Family Adventures Flip Book
    Drawn & Quarterly: Marble Season Preview
    Drawn & Quarterly: Moomin Color Special
    Fantagraphics Books: Walt Disney’s Donald Duck Family Comics
    Fantagraphics Books: Crockett Johnson’s Barnaby Sampler
    Gemstone Publishing: Overstreet’s Comic Book Marketplace 2012
    Hermes Press: My Favorite Martian Special Edition
    Image Comics: Witchblade: Unbalanced Pieces
    Liquid Comics: FCDB 2012 Dinosaurs Versus Aliens
    Liquid Comics: Graphic Elvis Preview
    Marvel Comics: Spider-Man: Season One
    Oni Press: Bad Medicine #1
    Papercutz/NBM Publishing: The Smurfs/Disney Fairies Featuring Tinker Bell Flip Book
    Radical Publishing: Under The Faerie Moon
    Rebellion: 2000AD Judge Dredd Special
    Red 5 Comics: Atomic Robo & Friends 2012
    Th3rd World Studios: Finding Gossamyr & The Stuff of Legend IV
    Top Shelf Comics: Top Shelf Kids Club 2012
    12-Gauge Comics: Anti #1 Preview
    Valiant Entertainment: Valiant Comics 2012 Preview
    VIZ Media: Voltron Force: Shelter from the Storm
    Yen Press: The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Angel
    Zenescope Entertainment: Jurassic Strikeforce 5 Preview
    Zenescope Entertainment: Animal Planet Presents: The World Most Dangerous Animals 2012

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