The ComixverseSDCC 2012: Day 1 (July 12) News Recap

SDCC 2012: Day 1 (July 12) News Recap
Published on Friday, July 13, 2012 by

Check out our news recap of Day 1 of the San Diego Comic-Con International 2012 to catch up on some of the stories you might have missed amidst the flurry of opening day activities.

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SDCC Day 1 (July 12) News Recap

  • Thursday’s biggest announcement by far was the news of Neil Gaiman’s return to the book that established his status as comics’ premier fantasy writer, DC/Vertigo’s The Sandman. The new mini-series will debut in 2013 which is, not coincidentally, the original Vertigo title’s 25th anniversary year.

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  •  Deadline.com broke the news that Warren Publishing’s classic horror anthology comics magazine Creepy is set to be adapted into a four-part anthology feature film written, directed, and co-produced by Chris Columbus (Home Alone, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief). Michael Barnathan (1492), Sara Feldman Sheehan (The Mirror), and Dan and Josh Braun (Blank City) have been listed as co-producers.

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  • Marvel’s Next Big Thing panel revealed new information regarding upcoming titles featuring Gambit, Hawkeye, Red She-Hulk, Thanos, Dr. Strange, among others.

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  • Twentieth Century Fox has tapped Josh Trank to helm a Fantastic Four movie reboot. The 28 year-old director’s “found footage,” science-fiction feature film Chronicle, released earlier this year and made on a relatively modest budget of $12 million, has so far grossed over $126 million internationally.

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  • Mark Waid, Max Brooks, and Shane Davis will be teaming up on an original graphic novel entitled Shadow Walk, to be published by Legendary Entertainment’s publishing division. The book will combine military action with supernatural themes.

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  • German film production and film distribution company Constantin Film AG has acquired the film rights to  Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden’s illustrated novel Joe Golem and the Drowning City. Alex Proyas (The Crow, Dark City) will direct the film adaptation.

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  • The DC NOW! Panel featured contributions from industry veterans Geoff Johns, Scott Snyder, Rob Liefeld, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Scott Lobdell, Brian Buccellato, Bob Harras, and Bobbie Chase. The freewheeling talk shed light on the company’s future plans for its books as well as the creators’ insights.

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  • Independent comic creator Royden Lepp’s Rust will be adapted into a feature film, to be directed by Attack the Block‘s Joe Cornish (the Leaving Proof review of the Rust: Visitor in the Field trade paperback can be read here).

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… Comic-Con is also something of a Nerd Political Convention, with the friendly rivalry between DC and Marvel standing in for the not-so-friendly rivalry between Republicans and Democrats. Everything’s scripted within an inch of its life, and the attendees are easily supplicated with the promise of free things. The whole event is designed to placate the faithful, and delegates travel from all over the world to stump for the things they truly love. And yet when the whole thing is over, it leaves a distinct taste of artificiality in the mouth. There’s very little that’s real about it. It’s a carefully stage-managed event designed to put fans in close proximity to the things they’re fans of, while allowing for maximum opportunity to control the narrative sent out by the press. Naturally, of course, all of us in the entertainment press feel the need to cover the thing.

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  • John “Derf” Backderf’s Eisner-nominated autobiographical graphic novel My Friend Dahmer is getting the film treatment. Marc Meyers (Harvest, Approaching Union Square) is slated to write, direct, and co-produce the feature.

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  • Zenescope’s  series of Wonderland trade paperbacks will be making their way to the small screen courtesy of the Lionsgate TV Group, according to an exclusive piece from The Hollywood Reporter. The search for a head writer for the show is currently underway.

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  • Cosplayers were out in full force on the con’s first day. Gamespot compiled Thursday’s cosplay highlights in this brief video

 

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