The headlines have followed one after another after another, “comic-book collection sells for $3.5 million!” This is technically true, or at least not false, but it misses the fact that the auction is still going on. We won’t know the final figure until the end of today.
Moving from good million-dollar news to terrible million-dollar news, John Carter is looking like it could be a massive, Heaven’s Gate-level failure. Women have been particularly inclined to reject the film, perhaps because the original, 100-year-old story is outrageously sexist. One Disney executive, suggesting that at least they’ve raised some brand awareness, says that “Our Super Bowl ad did what we intended it to do,” which invites the reply, “Really? You intended it to be the sixth-least-popular ad in the Bowl, just barely ahead of the disgustingly exploitative ads of SOPA supporter GoDaddy?”
The comics connection here is that the owner of the trademark (better known, to the degree it’s known at all, as “John Carter of Mars”) is currently suing Dynamite for unauthorized and somewhat explicit Tarzan and John Carter comic books. This news may affect that owner’s willingness to pursue that suit.
Brian Wood and Kristian Donaldson’s The Massive looks like it could be Dark Horse’s next hit. The second chapter is in stores as part of Dark Horse Presents #9, and the first chapter is available on io9.
DC Comics is shutting down its message boards and relaunching a site with, predictably, more of a Facebook-Twitter integration instead, leading to an also predictable response on the message boards themselves.
Illustrated By, a documentary about Filipinos in comics, looks interesting and ambitious, but it seems to be lacking any really famous names that could make the average viewer feel already invested. It’s not like the studies of Judaism in comics, which can point to people you might not know were Jewish (Lee and Kirby, Siegel and Shuster, etc.). Of the artists cited here, I remember seeing Alfredo Alcala as inker of some Alan Moore Swamp Things, and that’s about it.
Comic-book conventions: The Image Expo will feature Robert Kirkman, Brian K. Vaughn, and four of the five Image Comics founders (Jim Lee, now highly placed in DC Comics, is the holdout). No word on exactly how much time Liefeld and McFarlane will be spending together, but we’ll cover any hospitalizations that may result. Vaughn is using the show to promote his new series, Saga, about love and family between soldiers on opposite sides of a galactic conflict.
And Morgan Spurlock’s Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope just released a trailer. View it below.