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American comic characters come to life at Chicago convention

by Jing Zhao Cesarone

CHICAGO, March 19 (Xinhua) — Stepping into Chicago’s McCormick Place on Friday is like diving head-first into a fantasyland, where America’s favorite superheroes like Spider-man and Superman are guests of honor. Comic fans can be kids again at the annual pop culture convention.

After much anticipation, the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) kicked off Friday and continues through Sunday at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago.

The worlds of comics and film, collectibles and games combined into the biggest pop culture gala to hit the shores of Lake Michigan, bringing the heartbeat of American pop culture to the core of America’s heartland.

The expo connects comic and pop culture aficionados, media and industry professionals with the newest and most exciting products, personalities and characters in the world of pop culture and entertainment.

Besides a bevy of booths for the top names in publishing, some event highlights include celebrity guest appearances and new 2011 releases such as “Thor.”

Many accomplished high profile writers, artists, and creators including Brian Michael Bendis, China Mieville, Paul Cornell and Scott Snyder join or have plans to join the show.

Bendis was an obvious center of attention at the increasingly crowded booth of Marvel, a well-known American comic publisher. Wearing a big smile and in high spirits, he signed autographs and shook hands with his fans, saying “Thank you very much!”

Bryan Loltz, a graduate student and hard core comic fan, could hardly contain his excitement at meeting Bendis and getting his autograph. Enthusiastically showing his growing collection of comics and an iPhone photo of his room full of comic posters, Loltz said “I am just so excited to be here! It is unbelievable.”

Loltz’s friend Dan Latham, an actor who appeared in multiple hits such as “The Dark Knight,” was in the middle of a long line wrapping around the Marvel booth.

“We are waiting for autographs from Michael Bendis, one of the best writers in the field. He is my favorite Spider-man writer. I have loved Spider-man since I was a kid because he is just a regular guy trying to do good things, and one of the most relatable superheroes,” he told Xinhua.

“They (The comic companies) almost have everything here, like movie screenings, comics, gaming, and celebrities.”

Walking around the expo, one cannot help but feel overwhelmed by the variety of characters and personalities dressed in shining, brightly-colored costumes.

A couple of characters from X-Men: Ages of Apocalypse told Xinhua that “Every five feet we walk, we get stopped by people to talk and take pictures with us.”

From: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/indepth/2011-03/20/c_13788652.htm

Kevin Costner Confirmed As Pa Kent In Zack Snyder’s ‘Superman’

News popped up a few weeks ago that veteran actor Kevin Costner was in the running for an unnamed role in Zack Snyder‘s upcoming DC Comics adaptation, “Superman.” The word at the time was that there was a “heightened interest” in having him step into “a key role” in the movie. Now both the casting and the role have been confirmed.

Costner will play Clark Kent’s adoptive father, Jonathan Kent, according to a Warner Bros press release. He joins the recently cast Diane Lane, who is set to play Clark’s mother, Martha.

Costner and Lane’s characters will be offering parental wisdom to Snyder’s Superman, confirmed in late-January to be played by “The Tudors” star Henry Cavill.

Snyder said in a statement, “Jonathan Kent is the only father figure Clark has ever had, the man who was there to help Clark understand what he was meant to do in the world as Superman. Kevin will be able to communicate the quiet strength of this rural American man who raised the greatest super hero of all time.”

Costner is no stranger to playing the “rural American man.” He was just that in “Dances With Wolves,” which earned him two Academy Awards for producing and directing, and which he starred in. The down-home middle American is an attribute that is characteristic of many of Costner’s performances, in films as diverse as “Field of Dreams,” “Bull Durham,” “Swing Vote” and even the post-apocalyptic drama “The Postman.”

Given Costner’s past experience with similar characters, would you say that he’s a good fit for the role of Jonathan Kent? Let us know what you think in the comment section or on Twitter!

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From: http://splashpage.mtv.com/2011/03/18/kevin-costner-zack-snyder-superman/

Kevin Costner closes deal to join "Superman"

Thu Mar 17, 2011 9:07pm EDT

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Kevin Costner has closed a deal to join the cast of Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ new “Superman” movie being directed by Zack Snyder.

Costner will join a group of actors that so far includes Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel and Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Superman’s adopted Earth mother. Costner will play Jonathan Kent, the hero’s adoptive father.

In comics lore, the Kents are portrayed as the two people who most influence Superman, helping give direction to his moral compass and teaching his honorable values. In varying runs of the many comic books, Jonathan Kent is portrayed as having passed away after Clark Kent graduated from high school to being alive and well when the older Clark has his adventures as Superman.

The part of Pa Kent was famously played by Glenn Ford in the Richard Donner Superman movie; the character suffered a heart attack, lending the movie some of its poignancy.

Whether Costner will have an on-screen death is being kept very tightly under the cape by Warner Bros. and producers Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Deborah Snyder.

From: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/18/us-superman-costner-idUSTRE72H0BX20110318

DC Comic Book Bits: Early ‘Wonder Woman’ Logo Revealed; All Five ‘Superman …

We’ve got quite a few little updates on comic book related projects today — enough that DC Comics characters get their own post. First up is a possible logo for Wonder Woman, seen above. This was snapped on set, but that doesn’t mean it is final. It will, however, give you a general idea of the design for the new David E. Kelley produced show, which stars Adrianne Palicki as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman and Cary Elwes, Tracie Thoms, Pedro Pascal and Elizabeth Hurley. [WonderWomanTV]

After the break, Diane Lane talks about her role in Zack Snyder’s Superman, and the existing Superman films get one big blu-ray release.

Diane Lane is one of the few officially announced cast members for Zack Snyder‘s new Superman. She plays Martha Kent, adoptive mother to Henry Cavill‘s Clark Kent. There’s a chance that Kevin Costner will play her husband Jonathan Kent, but that isn’t confirmed. Over the weekend the actress spoke in vague terms about the film, with USA Weekend writing:

“I love 300 and I’m very flattered to play Martha Kent and live up to his vision. It’s pretty cool.” Lane, who can be seen next in the HBO film Cinema Verite, airing April 23 (and which we’ll have more about next month), is stoked about having Superman as a son. “I’ve always wanted to raise a good man,” she quips. “I thought that was the biggest challenge a woman could have, and so I get the embarrassment of riches.”

Finally, Bleeding Cool points to an Amazon UK pre-order page for The Superman Motion picture Anthology, which has a June 13, 2011 release date. The set is listed as a five-disc package on Amazon, but is also said to be region-free, which means that if the release doesn’t hit quickly in the US, you’ll be able to safely import the discs. (The old issue with UK PAL DVDs not being playable on most US NTSC players is largely gone, thanks to HD and Blu-ray, though there’s a chance some US players will run into an issue with PAL content in non-HD bonus features.)

Now, there have been previous reports that the set would be six or eight discs, including both versions of Superman II and up to two discs of extras. This listing seems to counter that rumor, but we don’t have all the details yet. If this is a five-disc set, it may include simple reissues of existing BR discs, plus the blu debuts of Superman III and Superman IV.

The Digital Bits confirms that the Anthology will be released in the US, but we don’t know if it will be the same  set, or if the release date will be the same as the UK version.

Here’s the box art that’s making the rounds:

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From: http://www.slashfilm.com/comic-book-bits/

Spider-Man Original Comic Nets US$1.1 Million Dollars

Five decades ago, the comic went for just 12 cents.

The big sale has been bested only by the $1.5 million price reached for Superman’s 1938 debut comic book last year. The 1930s to 1950s are seen as comics’ golden age and surviving copies are keenly collected.

“The late 1950s and early 1960s are considered the Silver Age for comic books,” said ComicConnect.com founder Stephen Fishler in a statement.

“People have often wondered how much this near-perfect condition book would sell for, and today we found out,” Fishler said.


From: http://www.medindia.net/news/Spider-Man-Original-Comic-Nets-US11-Million-Dollars-82144-1.htm

Why Chip Kidd Hates The All Star Superman Cover

A presentation by Chip Kidd on designing the All Star logos for DC Comics has found new prominence.

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He first talks about the process (12 minutes in) then on first seeing Frank Quitely’s cover art for issue 1. (19 minutes in)

With a few quotes;

“You didn’t tell me in this one that Superman’s gay!”

“This looks  like if you’re the set photographer for the new Superman movie, and they’re setting up the shot over there and so you just have to kill time so you say “Oh Mr Superman would you just like  sit over her on this cloud and I’ll just do a publicity photo for the downtime of the movie.””

“And then the Batman art comes in. Which has the total opposite problem.”

“Could it be any busier? To say nothing of the fact that Robin is kicking Batman in the penis.”

“Frank Miller by the way hated the Superman cover, cos he had nothing to do with it and he said to me that this says “Superman’s saying I can fly and you can’t!””

But there’s suddenly  been some recent tweet action which kicked off a flurry of traffic.

Bernito Cereno: I finally watched part of that Chip Kidd video. I don’t understand how anyone of any intelligence could dislike the All-Star Supes #1 cover.

David Allen Jones: Oh man. He’s an undeniably great designer, but he could not have interpreted that more incorrectly. Ouch.

Bernito Cereno: Yes, exactly.

David Allen Jones: And he has to be so fucking snide about it, too.

Bernito Cereno: When he put the image of the cover up on screen and the audience hoots with laughter, my heart just shattered.

Dean Trippe: Those people were sheep. I could’ve made them cheer it.

Bernito Cereno: Yeah man, I just… sigh.

Dean Trippe: audience full of people who are dead inside.

Bernito Cereno: Unless they believe it to be, like, a taco made of phone booths.

Dean Trippe: hahahaha. I know. He’s made the exact opposite interpretation of its intended meaning. Nonsensical would be better.

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From: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/03/12/why-chip-kidd-hates-the-all-star-superman-cover/

Cartoon horses can pay off

I Am The King

You can call it a graphic novel or a comic book but that doesn’t change the fact that the original 12-page Superman comic book sold for $1.5 million (US). Those old Superman comics you threw away when you graduated from college may be worth more today than what your retirement fund will be in thirty years because serious collectors are prepared to pay big money for vintage comic books.

You could also call a virtual horse that sells for $6,001.00 (US) a ‘cartoon’ but that doesn’t change the fact that its owner was laughing all the way to the bank when he cashed his check before buying more of those cartoon horses on Digiturf.com. Virtual horse racing is becoming serious business for horse racing fans looking for online entertainment — and what can be more entertaining than having fun making money while racing horses online?

While Digiturf.com is responsible for scheduling virtual races, it is the virtual horse racing community that takes responsibility for the direction of the game. Admittedly Digiturf.com is primarily a horse racing website but it is obvious that ‘Digiturfers’ also enjoy buying and selling horses. That’s because ‘Digiturfers’ are only as good as their horses and virtual horses at Digiturf.com are worth their weight in gold.

Horse racing buffs will know that horses can be sold in a claiming race at a fixed claiming price. Imagine how popular they are when players sold 4,600 horses worth $64,000.00 (US) through their claiming races in 2010. That’s $64,000.00 (US) cold cash for cartoon horses that a bank manager would probably accept as collateral.

Claiming races form the lowest rung in the hierarchy of horse racing, followed by maidens, before progressing through the division races and championships – but they’re not dumping grounds for bad horses because trainers know they can also turn a healthy profit running in claimers. For example, one seven-year old colt, Playwithmyemotion, was claimed and sold twice by three of his previous trainers, Cmr Racing, Steel Dragon Stables and Tuna Stables. Playwithmyemotion was so popular that he was claimed eleven times last year!

Claiming races are suitable for racing and selling the average horse but if you want to make real money on Digiturf.com you want to sell your horses in the online auctions where the average bidding price is about $122.00 (US) Over 2,400 virtual horses were auctioned to the value of $300,000.00 (US) last year but the highest bid was for Secret Legend for $6,001.00 (US). Secret Legend went on to win three Championship titles while earning over $12,688.00 (US).

Top Ten Prices Paid for Horses on Digiturf.com in 2010

You can call them ‘cartoon’ horses but they’re worth every penny!

If you’re looking to claim a really great horse then you can stake your claim in Digiturf.com’s Cheltenham Gold Claimers where 30 claiming races have been programmed between March 14 and 18, 2011 with US$30.00 added sponsorships per race. They’re expected to attract the stronger horses that can compete for added sponsorships but their owners are prepared to sell at a reduced price so new players also compete in the virtual horse racing community.

Digiturf.com is also giving away free horses to all new players who join!

From: http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/horse/news/story?id=6202805

Spider-Man Comic Book Sells For Over 1 Million!

Spider Man Comic Sells For 1.1 mil


ComicConnect.com sold the comic with Spider-Man’s first appearance Amazing Fantasy to an anonymous buyer on Tuesday to the tune of $1.1 million.

In a press release, the comic (Amazing Fantasy #15) was ranked it as the world’s second most valuable comic book.

A year ago the online group the world’s most valuable comic – Action Comics #1, with Superman – for $1.5 million.

The auction site had previously sold Detective Comics #27, where Batman first appeared, for $1.0755 million back in February of 2010. Before last year, sought-after comics like this would never sell for seven figures.

We hope the comic makes the nerd child buyer very happy!

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From: http://perezhilton.com/2011-03-10-2nd-most-valuable-comic-of-spider-sells-for-11

Spider-Man’s First Appearance Sells for $1.1 Million

It’s official: Spider-Man beats Batman. Well, when it comes to auction, that is.

A copy of Amazing Fantasy #15, the first appearance of Marvel Comics’ web-crawling super-hero from 1963, has sold for $1.1 million in auction, beating Detective Comics #27, Batman’s first appearance from 1939, to become the second most expensive comic ever sold (Suitably, Superman’s first appearance in 1938’s Action Comics #1 remains in first place; a copy sold last year for $1.5 million).

The Amazing Fantasy was sold by online auction site ComicConnect.com and, as CEO Stephen Fishler explains, represents a milestone for the era it comes from:

The late 1950s and early 1960s are considered the Silver Age of comic books. The sale of this book crushed all previous records. Up until today’s $1.1 million sale, the record sale price of a comic book from this era was $250,000.

In fact, it wasn’t until last year that vintage comics were selling for this much; the million dollar mark was first broken in February 2010 by buyers for both Action and Detective. This massive sale for the original Spider-Man story, however, represents the first appearance for a Marvel Comics character in this kind of price range – pretty impressive, considering it’s almost 30 years younger. Guess someone really, really liked Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark.

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From: http://techland.time.com/2011/03/09/spider-mans-first-appearance-sells-for-1-1-million/

March 8, 2011: Superman Comics Shipping This Week

Diamond Comics has released the list of comic books and other items shipping this week. Here are the Superman related items in that list…

Shipping This Week: March 9, 2011.

The following products are expected to ship to comic book specialty stores this week. Note that this list is tentative and subject to change. Please check with your retailer for availability.

Click on the magnifying glass icon () next to a comic’s title to view a sneak peek at the pages within.

  • OUTSIDERS #37 (Reign of Doomsday)

  • From: http://www.supermanhomepage.com/news.php?readmore=9375


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