The latest in independent comic book related news items from October 28th – 30th, 2013!
“The Walking Dead” lurches to a fifth season!
When cable channel AMC took a chance adapting Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore’s “The Walking Dead” zombie epic from Image Comics into a TV series on Halloween, 2010, it was considered by many to be a risk which would not pay off. Since then, the series has continued to be a ratings knockout for the channel, allowing it to not only dominate across cable channels, but compete against major networks as well. The debut of the fourth season earlier this month saw over 12.4 million viewers tune in – not only a record for the network, but on par with ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” debut.
To the surprise of few – especially since AMC has also made plans to produce a spin off for the show – a fifth season has been authorized by the network. Scott Gimple will continue to run the show, which will nearly be a record considering how quickly directors/producers seem to depart the show. Frank Darabont left the show after directing its first season while Glen Mazzara departed from the show at the end of its third season. That’s showbiz!
Titan Comics and Midtown Comics issue exclusive cover!
Titan Comics’ “Death Sentence #1” has sold out at the retailer level since its debut on American shores and it was announced last week that a reprint would soon be issued. Now, Manhattan’s own Midtown Comics has united with the publisher to offer an exclusive variant cover for that second printing. Written by Monty Nero and drawn by Michael Dowling, the series takes place in a world where a deadly STD has become an epidemic, which grants its victims super-powers before killing them within six months. This column reviewed the first two issues during the summer as an exclusive preview.
Two Brooklyn based comic book events next weekend!
While the month of October has seemed to be consumed by the major corporate sponsored event, the New York Comic Con, Brooklyn’s own community of comic book fans, retailers, and creators continue to blossom. To this end, the start of November will bring two notable events for fans of graphic novels and creator owned comics alike, all for fans on a budget. The first was announced at the end of July; the “Comic Arts Brooklyn” (or, “the convention formerly known as the Brooklyn Comics & Graphics Festival”) takes place at Mt. Carmel Church in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on November 9th from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Over 100 creators from Brooklyn as well as across the globe will be there.
The second local event takes place two days sooner on Thursday, November 7th at “Hullabaloo Books” on 711A Franklin Avenue on Park Place in Brooklyn. It takes place from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. and is a panel featuring several Brooklyn based creators and moderated by Hannah Means-Shannon of “Bleeding Cool”. The name of the panel is, “Secret Identities can be so Hard on the Eyes: Gender Identity in Genre Comics”, with a topic of exploring gender roles in many mainstream and even indie comics and on efforts by a new generation of female creators to redefine if not shatter those tropes. The panel participants are Lara Antal (“Tales of the Night Watchman” and “Comic Guide to Brewing”), Robin Ha (“Women of Marvel”, “The Dress”), Molly Ostertag (web-comic “Strong Female Protagonist”), Hazel Newlevant (“If This Be Sin”), and Marguerite Dabaie.
Unlike the New York Comic Con, one won’t have to wait hours on an epic line to get through the doors, and the cover price is the best possible – nothing! So if one still has some energy for panels and conventions only a few weeks from Turkey day, give some Brooklyn talent some love.