Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A Brightest Day; A Heroic Age

In early 2010, both DC and Marvel took their companies in new directions, choosing to commemorate those occasions with powerful new storylines.  For DC, it was Brightest Day, fundamentally tied to the stories Geoff Johns had been telling in Green Lantern and Blackest Night; for Marvel, it was The Heroic Age, celebrating the end of the dark era begun with Avengers: Disassembled, concluded in Siege.  Both directions have their merits, and both launched new titles.

I haven't had much time or inclination to post on this blog lately, but I felt a need to take the time today.  Two of these titles are just phenomenal, and absolutely worth a look.  I think that DC and Marvel are really publishing some fascinating material, with original stories and engaging characters.

Hawkeye and Mockingbird, by Jim McCann, David Lopez and Alvaro Lopez, is, by far, my new favorite title from either company.  McCann and Lopez had the opportunity to play with these characters last year in the Dark Reign miniseries New Avengers: The Reunion.  The title--starring Clint Barton as the enigmatic Ronin, and his long-thought-dead wife Bobbi Morse as Mockingbird--allowed the characters to interact on both a personal and professional level.  On one hand, they had to figure out where they stood in their relationship--or even if they still had a relationship--after Mockingbird was abducted and replaced by a Skrull years earlier.  On the other, they engaged in a series of espionage adventures, working with Morse's new organization, the World Counterterrorism Agency (with an acronym that has a powerful significance to both characters.)

The Reunion miniseries was good.  This new title is better.  In Reunion, McCann was forced to tie up loose ends from Secret Invasion (and even West Coast Avengers from fifteen years prior!), while in Hawkeye and Mockingbird, he's free to focus on the future, spinning new stories without looking back.  That's not to say that the title ignores its history, spotlighting supporting characters such as Dominic Fortune and villains such as the Phantom Rider, but rather that it takes those bits of history and spins them into completely new directions, laying out the groundwork for a title that could--and should--continue for years to come.

In many ways, Birds of Prey is DC's spiritual counterpart to Hawkeye and Mockingbird, and even earns the distinction of being my sister's favorite new title.  This book originally had a long run, and although accomplished comics scribes Chuck Dixon, Terry Moore, Sean McKeever and Tony Bedard all put their stamp on the title, most would agree that Gail Simone penned the iconic run.  Although the first ongoing volume was canceled over a year ago, many people--including Geoff Johns, one of DC's top writers--pointed out that Birds of Prey had left a void no other title could fill.  And so, it was announced--to great fanfare--that Gail Simone and superstar artist Ed Benes (who was the first artist to work with Simone on the title years ago) would relaunch the book, tying in to DC's new Brightest Day banner.

Along with talented supporting artist Adrian Melo, Simone and Benes have stressed the characters as the 911 to the DC universe, truly stressing just how important they've become in recent years (after all, Black Canary led the Justice League, and Oracle operated has operated for years as information central to superheroes everywhere).  In the new title, the classic team of Oracle, Black Canary, Huntress and Lady Blackhawk have been joined by the recently-returned Hawk and Dove, who both played significant parts in Blackest Night and continue to do so in Brightest Day.  The title can certainly stand on its own merits, however--it never fails to surprise with every page, and even three issues in, I'm at the edge of my seat waiting to see how the story arc turns out.  Welcome back, Birds of Prey.  You were missed.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Upcoming Cover of the Week

I'm still working on my big "Siege" roundup, but in the meantime please enjoy Michael Cho's wonderful painted cover to the upcoming Adventures of Superboy hardcover (featuring stories from the 1940's). You can also see Cho's preliminary sketches on his blog.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Bourdain on Pekar

There are lots of remembrances of Harvey Pekar on the usual comic sites, but you may have missed this one from chef, author and travel show host Anthony Bourdain. Pekar was on the Cleveland episode of Bourdain's show a few years back -- unfortunately it doesn't seem to be available for free online, but it is on Amazon on Demand for $1.99 if you're interested  -- and Bourdain is a great writer and a decent guy, despite his reputation (watch his hour from Beirut during the 2006 war if you doubt me), whose piece is worth reading.

Edited to add: Tom Spurgeon's comprehensive list of commentary and reaction around the Internet to Pekar's passing is here.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Dan Parent: An Appreciation


I was not prepared for _ _ _ _ _ _  this interview.  (More on that later) . . . . . . . . . .

               ARCHIE is an American institution, right up there with mom, apple pie, baseball, and small towns.   Awareness through the decades?  Absolutely !  Everybody on the street is familiar in one way or another with Archie, Betty & Veronica, Jughead, Riverdale High, etc.


          Despite the availability of everything Archie throughout my formative years, I never sought out the books,  cartoon shows, or pop music unless it was handed to me or just happened to provide background noise from the television or radio.   I didn’t dislike Archie & Co.  I just wasn’t interested.  Super-hero fare was much more appealing to me.  I also considered the Archie comics to be formulaic, following a carefully guided script and always adhering to the Archie canon.  Occasionally, I would pick one up just to see.  My opinion was that you could go five years without reading any Archie books and still get caught up quickly after reading a single issue.   They were, are, and remain amusing and entertaining.

I was not prepared for _ _ _ _ _ _  this interview. (Keep waiting for it) . . . . . . . . . .

       Nevertheless, I did enough advance research to compile a few questions for Dan Parent.  You can get a very good overview of his work and background on his excellent website =


         Dan’s hometown is St. Albans, Vermont.  He is a 1987 graduate of the Joe Kubert School and became a staff artist at Archie Comics before breaking out and becoming a freelance writer/artist in 1996.    He also taught at the Kubert School for 5 years; and now resides with his family in Milford, PA.  


          I don’t have any current Archie books in my possession, so I re-read the Free Comic Book Day 2010 Archie Summer Splash book , which I reviewed here on BC Refugees blog spot on May 28th and gave a score of 18.5 points ( highly recommended) on my FCBD rating scale.


          After yet another read, I remain impressed.  Parent has a way of imposing his own “spin” on the Archie characters and gives them more of a modern appeal yet without violating that Archie  rule book or “bible” I mentioned earlier.  He does take some liberties yet keeps it just enough under the sonar to avoid the red warning lights.  His art is just right for this type of book.  Very appealing - - gives you that warm and fuzzy feeling inside.  Comfort book.

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          Surely, a man of this talent has aspirations beyond the Archie books.  I wanted to make sure I asked some questions about his future plans and see if he had any five-year or longer goals or pet projects.  Perhaps he was working on an adult graphic novel or something in a different genre away from the teenage / young adult standard fare.


I was not prepared for   the answers I received during   this interview.  (Here’s the “big reveal”) . . . . . . . . . .

         Dan Parent is living his dream.  He didn’t say that directly, but his answers and actions indicated as much. He told me that  he has always wanted to be a part of the Archie family.  He actually applied for work at Archie Comics on three separate occasions beginning with his high school years.  He finally landed the job as staff artist during  graduation from the Kubert School.   The work he is most proud of are some Archie books.  Five years from now . . . . he hopes to still be writing and drawing for Archie Comics.

          For awhile I didn’t know how to respond to those answers or what questions to ask next?  I wasn’t disappointed by his responses as much as I was surprised by them.  But who am I to decide what higher aspirations a person (other than me) should have?   And the man appears to be so happy!   After I realized how sincere he was about this it made me happy as well.  I became inspired by this new knowledge.  What this means is there still remains HOPE!  for any of us who crave a certain position or level as long as we muddle on and keep our eyes on the prize.

         Dan first started reading comics (and learned to read as a result) at the age of 5.  (“My reading levels shot through the roof!”)  He credits the vocabulary and literary knowledge he came to acquire because of beginning with comics and getting that essential early start.   His mother had a cleaning job, and used to entice him to come along to her various work assignments by bribing him with new comics.   His early favorites were Archie and Harvey Comics (Richie Rich and Casper, The Friendly Ghost).  Even after later moving on to super-heroes (Marvel and DC - - Superman & Batman are favorites) he continued to read and appreciate Archie books.

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         Dan is also proud to be associated with the work Archie Comics are doing with libraries, helping them start up comics and graphic novel sections and offering generous discounts.  Archie Comics always has a display and makes presentation at all the major scholastic book fairs.

          Dan’s also getting a lot of attention from the media, and has been interviewed regularly regarding new Archie storylines, including RIVERDALE SHORE , the Jersey Shore MTV series parody.  Upcoming is a Twilight parody, as well as VERONICA ISSUE #200.   Expect to see a big promotional blitz in Fall 2010 to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of Archie.

          Two years after graduation from high school (1982), and another rejection from Archie Comics, he decided to enroll in the Kubert School (1984).  When he did finally land a job at Archie (persistence paid off!) he started in production and took on some freelance assignments in the evening.  He mentioned that during his early employment some Archie staff members actually found his art samples submitted back during high school.

      His favorite current artists are Darwyn Cooke and Alex RossNeal Adams was his idol while growing up.  He loves the current work of writer Geoff  Johns, and was a big fan of the older Legion Of Super-Heroes done by Paul Levitz (and very happy to learn Levitz is back on a revival of that title).

          Dan has also done work for Felix The Cat Comics from 1996-2006, when the parent company discontinued the comics division.  Dan says they are still going strong with toys and licensing, and Felix The Cat is still very popular in Japan.   He was nice enough to honor my request for a sketch of Felix - -  in the famous head-shot-with-claws pose from Wolverine’s  first limited series (by Chris Claremont & Frank Miller). 

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          The works he is proudest of are the BETTY & VERONICA SPECTACULAR and the  ARCHIE & VALERY  (from Josie & The Pussycats) romance, which he wrote.   If he could work on any book he wanted to, he would most like to get the writer/artist assignment for a monthly JOSIE & THE PUSSYCATS series.  He contents himself with the occasional special issue for now.


I had to ask this question of Dan = “Betty or Veronica?”  His immediate answer = “RONNY”.

          Dan’s advice for aspiring writers and/or artists is to “stay at it” and learn the value of persistence.  “Accept rejection as a necessary learning tool.”   Just keep doing it.  He recalls the senior Joe Kubert’s advice during his school days = “You have to make 100,000 drawings  to get the bad art out of your system!”

         Dan drove three hours to be the guest at Captain Blue Hen Comics (Newark, DE) on June 26th and stayed several hours, honoring requests for sketches and conversing with his young and older fans.  He possesses an incredible recall of his work and Archie Comics, able to identify the issue that a particular drawing appeared in, etc.  He was always gracious and considerate of the fans and very appreciative of the attention.


Thursday, July 8, 2010

I will definitely CONsider attending this . . . . . . . . .

Tickets On Sale, Hotel Discounts Available for the

2010 Baltimore Comic-Con!

Check out the extensive guest list - -  if you see you favorite writers and/or artists there, keep reading and make your plans to attend!

Baltimore, Maryland - July 8, 2010 - Tickets for the Baltimore Comic-Con, to be held on August 28 and August 29, 2010 at the Baltimore Convention Center, are now on sale! 

          To do so on-line, please follow http://www.ticketmaster.com/Baltimore-Convention-Center-tickets-Baltimore/venue/172201 to purchase your Two-Day, Saturday, or Sunday passes.  Tickets can also be purchased in person at Cards, Comics & Collectibles of Reisterstown, MD (100A Chartley Drive, Reisterstown, MD  21136), or at any show or convention at which Cards, Comics & Collectibles is exhibiting.  

       "We've been getting a lot of questions about when tickets would be on sale this year," said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con.  "Everyone can now solidify their travel plans, and be sure to take advantage of the discounts that the hotels around the Baltimore Convention Center are offering -- just follow the About > Hotels link off of our main webpage for details!"


           Archaia Comics and Adhouse Books will be exhibiting at the 2010 convention in addition to the already-announced Boom! Studios, Dark Horse Comics, IDW, Image Comics, Top Cow Productions, and Top Shelf Comix.

          Joining the already spectacular list of comic book professional guests, these are  the following additions:  Dave Aikins (SpongeBob Squarepants), Van Jensen (Pinocchio:  Vampire Slayer), Norman Lee (New Mutants), Joe Linsner (Dawn:  Not To Touch The Earth), Clay Mann (X-Men Legacy), Pop Mhan (Ender's Game: Mazer In Prison), Sean Murphy (Joe the Barbarian), Paul D. Storrie (Twilight Crusade:  Gabriel), Timothy Truman (Conan the Cimmerian), and Kelly Yates (Doctor Who: 2010 Annual).

          Guests previously announced include: Mike and Laura Allred (Madman), Sergio Aragones (Groo), Ivan Brandon (Nemesis:  The Imposters), Tom Brevoort (Executive Editor, Marvel Comics), Jim Calafiore (Secret Six), Eric Canete (New Avengers:  Luke Cage), Bernard Chang (Prince of Persia), Howard Chaykin (Black Kiss), Sean Chen (Nova), Cliff Chiang (Greendale), Mark Chiarello (Editor, DC Comics), Frank Cho (Ultimate Comics New Ultimates), Mike Choi (X-Force), Steve Conley (Star Trek Omnibus: The Original Series), Amanda Conner (Power Girl), Shane Davis (Superman:  Earth One), Dan DiDio - Sunday only (The Outsiders, Co-Publisher, DC Comics), Al Feldstein (MAD Magazine), Francesco Francavilla (The Green Hornet:  Year One), Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Wednesday Comics), Ron Garney (Wolverine:  Weapon X), Sterling Gates (Supergirl), Bryan J.L. Glass (Mice Templar), Michael Golden (Marvel 1602:  Spider-Man), Cully Hamner (Detective Comics), Dean Haspiel (ACT-I-VATE), Jonathan Hickman (Fantastic Four), Greg Horn (Green Lantern), Adam Hughes (Wonder Woman), Jamal Igle (Supergirl), Georges Jeanty (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Geoff Johns - Sunday only (Blackest Night, Chief Creative Officer, DC Comics), J.G. Jones (DC Universe Legacies), Denis Kitchen (Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen), Barry Kitson (Iron Man 2 Prequel), Rich Koslowski (BB Wolf and the 3 LPs), Greg LaRocque (The Exiled), Erik Larsen (Savage Dragon), Steve Lieber (Underground), Luna Brothers (The Sword), David Mack (Kabuki), Laura Martin (Girl Comics), Ron Marz (Witchblade), Todd McFarlane - Saturday only (Spawn), Mark McKenna (Banana Tail), Mike McKone (Avengers Academy), Bob McLeod (New Mutants Forever), Terry Moore (Echo, SiP), Mark Morales (Siege), Chris Moreno (Toy Story), Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), Phil Noto (Avengers:  The Origin), Ryan Ottley (Invincible), Jimmy Palmiotti (Jonah Hex), Jeff Parker (Thunderbolts), Lauren Perry (Blank-ees), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Brandon Peterson (Ultimate Extinction), Chris Pitzer (Publisher, Adhouse Books), Paul Pope (Wednesday Comics), Eric Powell (The Goon), Jack Purcell (Gotham City Sirens), Mike Raicht (The Stuff of Legend), Tom Raney (Black Widow:  Deadly Origin), Chris Roberson (I, Zombi), James Robinson (Justice League of America), Budd Root (Cavewoman), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Craig Rousseau (Marvel Her-Oes), Stephane Roux (Zatanna), Jim Rugg (Afrodisiac), Tim Sale courtesy of Hero Initiative (Captain America White), Ian Sattler (Editor, DC Comics), Stuart Sayger (Bram Stoker's Death Ship), Bob Schreck (Jurassic Park), Jim Shooter (Magnus, Robot Fighter), Louise Simonson (X-Factor Forever), Walter Simonson (Thor), Andy Smith (WildC.A.T.S.), John K. Snyder III (The A-Team:  Shotgun Wedding), Allison Sohn (Star Wars sketchcard artist), Jim Starlin (Dreadstar), Brian Stelfreeze (The Authority:  The Lost Year), Karl Story (Zatanna), Billy Tan (Shadowland), Ben Templesmith sponsored by Laughing Ogre Comics (Choker), Mark Texeira (X-Men:  Origins), Herb Trimpe (Incredible Hulk), Billy Tucci (Shi), Dexter Vines (Ultimate Avengers), Neil Vokes (Superman Adventures), Doug Wagner (World of Warcraft:  Horde), Matt Wagner (The Green Hornet:  Year One), Mark Waid (Irredeemable, Editor-in-Chief, Boom! Studios), Marv Wolfman (New Teen Titans), John Workman (Heavy Metal), Bernie Wrightson (Swamp Thing), and Chrissie Zullo (Cinderella:  From Fabletown With Love).

           The latest developments can always be found at their websites:(http://www.baltimorecomiccon.com/), Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/baltimorecomics), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/baltimorecomiccon), MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/baltimorecomics), and ComicSpace (http://www.comicspace.com/baltimorecomicon) pages.

This year's Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 28-29, 2010. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, August 28th.

About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 11th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area.  With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 28-29, 2010.  For more information, visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.
About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry's oldest and most respected awards.  With a history of over 20 years, the last 5 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories.  They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals.  For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Come forth on the fourth - - come flea with me

                    This Sunday, Fourth of July (2010 version),  will find me in Newark, Delaware at the Flea Market/Collectibles Show in the parking lot of Captain Blue Hen Comics at 204 E. Main Street.

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          I’ll have lots of comics priced from 25 cents to one dollar,including some current issues. I’ve also put together some sets and story arcs to sell complete at bargain prices.  There should also be some miscellaneous games, DVDs, books, etc. at garage sale prices.

          There won’t be quite as many comics and collectible  vendors as last year since the neighbor Whole Foods Market is also holding their monthly Farmers Market on the same day.  It just means a bigger crowd, and twice as much fun - - including fresh fruits and vegetables, food vendors, and some live musical entertainment.

        This year, I’ll  be joined by another BC Refugee, Gary Z.,  who’ll be merchandising his massive collection (actually, the doubles that he doesn’t mind parting with) of super hero action figures and accessories.   You’ll find us in Spaces #1 and #2, right next to the mysterious yet friendly “Toy Man”  (not the Superman foe, just a guy with lots of toys).   Please come out, enjoy some sun and fun, and meet us.  The show runs from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., leaving plenty of time to make it to the evening fireworks display back in your neighborhood.

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        You’ve read my previous praise and favorable comments for Captain Blue Hen Comics, my favorite local source for books.  Come on down and see for yourself what it’s all about.  The store will be open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and also offering one-day specials to go along with the Flea Market/Collectibles show.

Library Pick of the Week

Of course I couldn't resist sharing this new (to me, anyway) Hellcat art that David Lafuente posted on his blog to mark the occasion of the collected "Patsy Walker: Hellcat" trade was chosen for the Toronto Public Library Word Out! 2010 reading list. Congratulations to Mr. Lafuente and Kathryn Immonen! (Her current Marvel weekly mini-series "Heralds" is terrific, by the way.)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Artist Appreciation Blog Post of the Week

Gail Simone sings the praises of "Birds of Prey" artist Ed Benes.

Comics to movies: movies still love the comics

from a recent press release



          July 01, 2010, Los Angeles, CA Radical Publishing and Full Clip Productions are proud to announce that they have entered into an imprint deal. Under this agreement, Full Clip Productions, the company headed by actor Sam Worthington and his partners Michael Schwarz and John Schwarz, will develop intellectual property to be produced under the Radical banner. Worthington and John Schwarz will star in the film adaptations of select projects.

          The first project in development under the imprint is Damaged, created by John Schwarz and Michael Schwarz, and written by Eisner Award winner David Lapham (Stray Bullets), the story centers on two brothers committed to justice in different ways – one inside the law, one violently beyond it. Now, with the end of their careers approaching, they must train their replacements, hoping to remake each in their image. But the vigilante code has changed and the brothers are left unprepared for the true lawlessness and corruption that is about to be unleashed.


          “We are thrilled to have Full Clip in the Radical family,” said Radical Studios President Barry Levine. “An imprint deal of this nature is unprecedented in the industry, and we couldn’t ask for better partners than Sam, Michael and John.”

           “As a lifelong fan of comics, I’m so excited to have the chance to create material which I can then personally bring to life on screen,” Worthington said. "This is a great opportunity for my partners and I to work alongside a dynamic company like Radical."

           Radical Publishing, run by Levine and Jesse Berger, recently announced development of a feature adaptation of its soon-to-debut graphic novel, Legends: The Enchanted, with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment. Radical is also adapting The Last Days of American Crime with Worthington attached to star in and produce as well as Oblivion, which is being developed with Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski. Radical Publishing currently has 19 titles in circulation which are published in 7 countries, and a catalog containing more than 70 properties and 500 characters.

          Worthington was hand-picked by filmmaker James Cameron to star as the lead in Avatar, which is now the highest grossing film of all time. The movie won the Golden Globe award for “Best Motion Picture-Drama” and was nominated for an Academy Award for “Best Motion Picture.” In 2009, Worthington teamed up with Christian Bale and director McG in Warner Brothers’ Terminator Salvation. Recently, Worthington wrapped The Fields for producer Michael Mann and director Ami Canaan Mann, co-starring with Jeffrey Dean Morgan. He will next be seen in John Madden’s The Debt, where he stars opposite Helen Mirren. The film will premiere at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival and will be released later this year.

About Radical Publishing

          Radical Publishing is founded by Barry Levine (producer for Hercules, Caliber, Freedom Formula, Shrapnel, Abattoir, Oblivion, The Last Days of American Crime, Legends and executive producer for the in-development Rex Mundi movie for Warner Bros., written by Jim Uhls and starring Johnny Depp) and entrepreneur Jesse Berger (executive producer for Hercules, Caliber, Freedom Formula, Shrapnel, Abattoir, Oblivion, The Last Days of American Crime and Legends).

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          For their quality and excellence in 2008, Radical Publishing was granted the Gem Award for “Best New Publisher of the Year” from Diamond Comic Distributors. Radical brings the best writing, storytelling, and fully painted cover and interior art to the global comic book market, from prominent international talents such as Yoshitaka Amano, Keith Arem, Rain Beredo, Marc Bernardin, John Bolton, Ron L. Brinkerhoff, Bing Cansino, Matt Cirulnick, Tomm Coker, Clayton Crain, Lorenzo diBonaventura, Flint Dille, Marko Djurdjevic, Ian Edginton, Warren Ellis, James Farr, Adam Freeman, E. Max Frye, Antoine Fuqua, Justin Gray, Paul Gulacy, David Hine, Taka Ichise, Joseph Kosinski, Clint Langley, Adam Lawson, David Lapham, Richard Lee, Rob Levin, David Liss, Alex Maleev, Leonardo Manco, David Manpearl, Stephan Martinière, Francesco "Matt" Mattina, Peter Milligan, Steve Moore, Arvid Nelson, Wayne Nichols, Steve Niles, Jimmy Palmiotti, Nick Percival, Troy Peteri, Vincent Proce, Steve Pugh, Patrick Reilly, Rick Remender, Terry Rossio, Luis Royo, Nick Sagan, Kirsi Salonen, Sam Sarkar, Stjepan Sejic, M. Zachary Sherman, Bill Sienkiewicz, Wesley Snipes, Jim Steranko, Arthur Suydam, Patrick Tatopoulos, J.P. Targete, Greg Tocchini, Andree Wallin, Rich Wilkes, Dave Wilkins, Concept Art House, Haberlin Studios, Meduzarts Digital Environment Studio, Weta Workshop, Zombie Studios, and many more.

          Currently, Radical Publishing has production deals with Spyglass Entertainment and Peter Berg’s Film 44 for Hercules, with Johnny Depp's Infinitum Nihil for Caliber, New Regency and Bryan Singer’s Bad Hat Harry Productions for Freedom Formula as well as Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment for Legends.

BLOGGERS NOTE:  Radical is a great company that has been putting out some premium quality books.  While these movie deals are great news, my only concern is that they not grow (or add debt) too fast and end up crashing, a la the late lamented CrossGen.  Hopefully, they have smart financial people keeping an eye on the balance sheet for them.  . . . .   pghhead