So who would have thought that the most interesting panel at Wizard World L.A. on Saturday would be the IDW panel? Well, the IDW folks, probably, and certainly Gene Simmons, who showed up to announce the Simmons Comic Group, which will publish five titles overseen by Simmons and his son, Nick.
After a stellar performance by the Buffy season 8 comic this past week, is it any wonder that IDW would highlight something Joss Whedon recently said about a “six season” of Angel?:
Ryall then told the crowd that Joss Whedon said in the new issues of Buffy/Angel magazine, “I am talking to Brian Lynch, about doing sort of a ‘season 6 of Angel.’” Ryall then continued, “After Shadow Puppets, we will be doing some new Angel books, with Brian and Joss, picking up where the show left off. They will be post-show, and definitely canon, and co-written by Joss.” Presumably this is the companion to Dark Horse’s “Buffy season 8″ that fans have been waiting for.
Also mentioned on the panel: a Fallen Angel/Shi crossover, the Bill Sienkiewicz 30 Days of Night story I mentioned yesterday and, of course, Transformers.
Meanwhile, Duncan Rouleau, Steven T Seagle, Joe Casey and Joe Kelly, aka Man of Action Studios, were on hand to talk about their new animated project, The 7C’s, as well as the genesis behind Man of Action Studios:
The four panelists explained that Man of Action had a very odd beginning. During the San Diego Comic Con a few years ago, the four were walking around the sales floor talking to each other about how much their feet hurt. They decided that the next year, they would get a booth with four chairs as a comfortable place to sit. Realizing that they were going to need a name to put on their booth, they toyed momentarily with the idea of “Evil Genius,” which was already taken. The team finally decided on “Man of Action.” The next year they purchased their booth space and began to sit.
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