Before Day One of Comic-Con gets into full swing, and we’re buried by an avalanche of announcements and panel reports, I’ll go ahead and round up some of the early news:
• First Second to publish Pope’s Total THB and Battling Boy: Perhaps the biggest publishing news so far is that First Second will release Paul Pope’s sprawling four-volume sci-fi epic, Total THB, in 2009. Also look for Battling Boy, which Pope has been teasing on his blog, next year.
• Indiana Jones at Dark Horse; Heroes at DC; The Godfather at Boom!: The TV and movie tie-ins keep coming. As I noted earlier, DC Comics’ Wildstorm imprint will collect the Heroes online comics in graphic novel form, to be released this fall. Dark Horse, meanwhile, has announced it will launch a new comic series based on the Indiana Jones movies next year, and will collect its previous versions in an omnibus edition. And, as JK posted a little while ago, Boom! Studios will publish a graphic novel and series of miniseries based on Mario Puzo’s The Godfather.
• Creepy and Eerie at Dark Horse: Dark Horse also has announced an agreement with New Comic Company to publish archive editions of the classic Creepy and Eerie comics, and to create new comics. The deal “will encompass publishing, select film and TV development, and merchandising.”
• Mike Carey is Stranded: Not really. But as I reported earlier, he’s signed on to write The Stranded, the first comic series in the joint venture between Sci Fi Channel and Virgin Comics.
• And then there’s the movie news: I’ve already posted about these below, but I’ll toss them in here for convenience: The cast for Zack Snyder’s Watchmen adaptation has been confirmed; Guy Ritchie will direct the film version of his Virgin Comics series, The Gatekeeper; and DreamWorks has snapped up the film rights to Oni Press’ Courtney Crumrin and The Damned.
Whew. Now I think we’re ready for Day One. Maybe.