Couldn't get to SDCC 2012 or think you missed something among all the online coverage of the event? This quick summary should help you get up to speed on some of the biggest announcements and moments from the show. Skim below or use these anchors to drop down to something of particular interest.
Taking to SDCC's movie/TV headquarters, Hall H, Marvel Studios officially announced a Guardians of the Galaxy film for August 1, 2014 and showed test footage of director Edgar Wright's Ant-Man.
Additionally, Marvel announced the official titles of the Thor and Captain America sequels: Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which will be released November 8, 2013 and April 4, 2014, respectively.
As for Iron Man 3, which hits theaters on May 3, 2013, the studio revealed the Extemis armor Tony Stark will be donning.
It seems Image Comics has no plans to slow down when it comes to publishing new creator-owned series from some of the biggest names in comics, as the following were all announced throughout SDCC:
In March 2013, Top Shelf will shed a whole new light on a classic with From Hell Companion, a 288-page tome from Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell. Giving new insights into the creation of the original story, the Companion will feature quotes from Moore, essays from Campbell, previously unseen artwork, and more.
Dark Horse Comics announced To Hell You Ride, a new horror series coming December 2012 written by horror movie icon Lance Henriksen (Millennium, Aliens, Near Dark) and Joseph Maddrey (Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film), with art by Tom Mandrake.
A deadly curse plagues the small town of Telluride, melting the flesh from its victims—it’s the violent revenge four warriors set in motion when their sacred burial grounds were disturbed for the sake of gold miners’ greed!
The Artist's Edition line from IDW has been both physically and metaphorically huge, and three new additions are on the horizon. Gil Kane's Amazing Spider-Man Artist's Edition is scheduled for November 2012, followed by a MAD Artist's Edition showcasing covers and stories of the fan-favorite magazine in December. In June 2013, IDW will release Mark Schultz’s Xenozoic Tales Artist's Edition.
“These Spider-Man stories by Gil Kane are the ones my generation grew up on,” said Special Projects Editor Scott Dunbier, “The ones we read and reread until they fell apart. Now we can look at them with a fresh eye and see these stories as we never have before.”
“I look forward to seeing my pages reproduced at full size with a mixture of both fear and excitement,” Schultz said regarding the Xenozoic Tales Artist's Edition. “Given their excellent track record, I have no doubt that the folks at IDW will do this book up right.”
During the Man of Steel panel, the audience got the first look at a trailer and the poster below. A teaser will also accompany The Dark Knight Rises.
DC Comics announced at its Vertigo panel a new Sandman mini-series from Neil Gaiman and J.H. Willaims III would be coming in 2013 as part of the celebration for the 25th anniversary of the first graphic novel's release. The announcement came from Gaiman himself via the video you see here. Plus, check out the cover.
Beginning with October's issue #58, Marvel's Hulk becomes Red She-Hulk, a new ongoing vehicle for Betty Ross from writer Jeff Parker and artists Carlo Pagulayan and Wellinton Alves. Check out the cover:
Following the death of their demonic superstar, Dark Horse has announced a new Hellboy mini-series, Hellboy in Hell, will begin on December 5th of this year.
Dynamite Entertainment announced the classic Chaos! character Evil Ernie will return to comics from the creative team of writer Jesse Blaze Snider and artist Jason Craig this October.
"It's pretty surreal to be working on Evil Ernie," says writer Jesse Blaze Snider. "We're definitely staying true to the spirit of the character, but those who want a little more substance from your Heaven & Hell opus are going to be surprised by the powerful concepts and ideas that serve as the bedrock of this new series...and this new Chaos Universe."
See the press release for more info.
San Diego, CA (July 14, 2012) – After announcing their partnership with the legendary 2000 AD at WonderCon 2012, IDW Publishing is proud to announce Duane Swierczynski and Nelson Daniel as the creative team for their brand-new JUDGE DREDD series! The announcement was made to a capacity crowd during a panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2012 celebrating Dredd’s 35th anniversary.
”I’ve loved the work both Duane and Nelsonhave done for us separately—they’ve both been responsible for some amazingly action-packed and thrilling comics like Godzilla andThe Cape,” said IDW’s Chief Creative Officer,Chris Ryall. “So partnering them on Judge Dredd is only going to amp up the excitement here.
“What’s more,” Ryall continued, “while Nelson will be running point on the main story’s art and colors, we’ll also be doing back-up stories in each issue that are tied to the ongoing storyline and that will be illustrated by some big-name talents as well. Folks like Paul Gulacy, Jim Starlin, and many others. Add to that covers by people like Ashley Wood, Carlos Ezquerra, Zach Howard, Whilce Portacio, and so many others, and there will be lots of exciting new artistic interpretations of Dredd to come.”
2000 AD’s Matt Smith echoed Ryall’s excitement “Ever since we announced the deal with IDW, Dredd fans all over the world have been eagerly awaiting news of which writer and artists will be coming to Mega-City One. We're really pleased with the creative line-up, which will bring a new dimension to Dredd for a whole new generation. It's been great to see the reaction 2000 AD and Judge Dredd have had at SDCC 2012--and with the new film out in September, 2012 really is the year of DREDD!"
IDW’s JUDGE DREDD series will see new adventures from the legendary character—originally created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra for the lauded British anthology magazine 2000 AD—who has seen a long and storied career as one of comics’ most popular and enduring characters. For this take on Dredd, IDW and 2000 AD wanted to put creators behind the wheel that hadn’t worked with the character before, creating new stories that would appeal to new Dredd fans, as well as long-time lovers of the rich world of Mega City One.
“I discovered Judge Dredd at the tender age of 15 through a somewhat unlikely source: a bootleg Commodore 64 game where you move Dredd through a digital Mega-City One and pretty much shoot everything in sight. Jonesing for more, I realized that Dredd was a UK import, and super-tough to find here in the U.S. Over the next 25 years, I snapped up all the Dredd stories that I could, savoring them like exotic treats smuggled through customs,” Swierczynski enthused. “When IDW announced an American version a while back, I was over the moon -- never even thinking that I would be approached to write this new version. Needless to say, this is the opportunity of lifetime, and I couldn't be more thrilled. The 15-year-old in me may never recover.”
Daniel shared in the excitement “Judge Dredd is one of my three favorite characters, I'm really excited. Everything in Megacity is amazing, everything is possible, and that's something I want to draw.”
Citizens, consider yourselves advised; this November, comics are the law!
This November, DC Entertainment will release a five-issue mini-series that adapts Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, a film about a slave-turned-bounty hunter on a mission to rescue his wife from a plantation owner that will hit theaters December 25.
According to Marvel.com: "Coming later this year, A+X will showcase an array of Marvel's top characters, including Wolverine, The Hulk, Captain America and Cable to start. On the creative side, Jeph Loeb, Dan Slott, Dale Keown and Ron Garney will be among early contributors, per Marvel Senior Editor Nick Lowe."