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04/17/23 @ 12:37 pm EST
Source: Dynamic Forces | Categories: MIsc

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DF Interview: Sean Phillips’ art brings to life a Jekyll-and-Hyde noir thriller in the ‘Night Fever’ graphic novel

By Byron Brewer

Who are you, really? Are you the things you do, or are you the person inside your mind?

In Europe on a business trip, Jonathan Webb can't sleep. Instead, he finds himself wandering the night in a strange foreign city with his new friend, the mysterious and violent Rainer, as his guide. Rainer shows Jonathan the hidden world of the night, a world without rules or limits. But when the fun turns dangerous, Jonathan may find himself trapped in the dark. The question is, what will he do to get home?
Night Fever is a pulse-pounding Jekyll-and-Hyde noir thriller about a man facing the darkness inside himself. This riveting tour of the night is a must-have for all Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips fans. I sat down with artist and buddy Sean Phillips to do more of a deep dive into this epic graphic novel.

Byron Brewer: Sean, first: thanks as always for doing this interview. I don’t think I have missed you for a Brubaker/Phillips graphic novel adventure yet! And, as Ed has said, this IS “a weird one”. Second: For your tried-and-true fans, a little from my high school teachers: Compare and contrast your coming Night Fever with the B/P OGN it is closest to in style and tone (if there is one close to it).

Sean Phillips: I’m always too close to these books to be that objective about them, but with a few weeks’ hindsight after finishing drawing Night Fever, I think it might be closest to Incognito in feel. Some of the parts definitely remind me of that. Not in the plot or characters but just in the weirdness. Otherwise, it’s just another of our books about a confused middle-aged man.

Byron: Ed has said that this book contains “the best art of Sean’s entire career, which feels almost unbelievable. But it’s true.” Modesty accepted, your response or reaction?

Sean Phillips: Well, hopefully I get better with each project but I’m never sure I accomplish what I set out to do. With this book, I had some things I wanted to try. As it is set in Europe in the 1970s, I thought I’d take some things from some of my favorite French comics from back then. A lot of French comics including Blueberry were drawn in two halves, with a horizontal gutter on every page. I thought that might be a subtle thing to work with, instead of the three tier grid I always use on my creator-owned books with Ed. I found it made for some interesting page layouts but Ed found it too different to write for that rhythm so we’re back to our usual grid on the next book. Because each page was drawn in two halves, I could draw them bigger too. Usually I work at 125% of print size but these are 200%. That means I could draw more detail while keeping to my usual pens and brushes.

Byron: Talk about the world you are building here with Ed. What canvas will you be setting the readers down in when the graphic novel goes on-sale in the summer of 2023?

Sean Phillips: Ed set the story in an unnamed Western European country so I decided to base it on the town of Angouleme in France as I’ve been there a few times for the comic festival and I thought it offered all the things the story needed visually. Also doesn’t hurt it’s chances of being published in France too!

Byron: Introduce us to Jonathan Webb and his new friend, Rainer. Who are these men, and what is/will be the relationship between the two?

Sean Phillips: Jonathan is an American editor at a book fair in France. When he can’t sleep because of jet lag, he goes out into the night where Rainer offers him a glimpse of all nocturnal treasures the city has to offer. It doesn’t go well for either of them…

Byron: If my info is correct, this tale’s scribe was inspired by old Black Lizard noir novels and weird [that word again!] and sexy European comics from the ‘70s. What has been your muse, your inspiration for this new book?

Sean Phillips: I looked at a few of my favorite European artists. Moebius, Bilal and Toppi all influenced me a little, but I’m way out of their league obviously. Mostly drawing this book was a great excuse to look at a lot of French comics.

Byron: Can you give readers an overview of this novel, what it’s all about without spoilers?

Sean Phillips: It’s about an uptight American middle-aged man who gets seduced by the bright lights of an exotic foreign city and gets in way over his head.

Byron: Was there a character design or a set piece that you either really loved in the OGN or that presented unexpected difficulty? I know each of these characters is special, but was there one you could not wait to render?

Sean Phillips: None of the characters were more difficult to draw than in other books but mostly I enjoyed drawing the old buildings of a French town rather than the American streets I usually have to draw. It always takes a lot of research whatever it is though.

Byron: Sean, what other projects are set to rise from your artistic horizon soon?

Sean Phillips: Ed and I are already deep into our next book, out in December. Apart from that, nothing else planned.

Dynamic Forces would like to thank Sean Phillips for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer our questions. Night Fever from Image Comics is slated to be on sale June 14th!

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06/12/24 @ 8:29 am EST
Source: Oni Press | Categories: Oni Press

Oni Press is proud to unveil THE AUTUMN KINGDOM #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of a new four-part horror-fantasy spectacle from master storyteller Cullen Bunn (Invasive, The Sixth Gun, Harrow County) and visionary artist Christopher Mitten (Hellboy & the B.P.R.D.)! ​​Following one family’s labyrinthine descent through a perilous forest where the local folklore is anything but a myth, THE AUTUMN KINGDOM #1 appears in comic shops everywhere on September 4th! Bestselling author Andrew Kier found the perfect place to finish his latest dark-fantasy novel—an idyllic, remote cabin on the edge of a lush Swedish forest. His young daughters, Sommer and Winter, gleefully explore . . . until they happen upon a strange clearing of ancient statues: goblins, dwarves, elves, and a warrior queen mysteriously missing her swordhand and weapon. When something sinister follows the girls home and viciously snatches their parents in the night, the sisters’ only hope may be that ancient relic, lost in the forest underbrush, waiting for a new champion to take it up . . . “The words 'THE AUTUMN KINGDOM' have been written in one of my oldest journals for decades,” said writer Bunn. “Over the years, I've returned to them again and again. I knew I wanted to tell a dark fantasy tale about the fairy realms. I just wasn't sure what that story might be until I stumbled onto the idea of Sommer and Winter, a pair of young sisters who find themselves alone, facing the forces of a supernatural realm. Their lives—and the lives of their parents—are on the line. Thank goodness they've discovered a nasty, death-dealing blade that seems to hunger for the blood of elves and trolls and goblins. Sommer and Winter are thrown down a violent path from which there may be no escape. No matter what, they won't get through this journey unscathed and unchanged.” “For years—almost as long as we’ve both been making comics—Cullen and I have been wanting to work together on something,” said Mitten. “And that it’s this book, this story, makes it all the more special.” "THE AUTUMN KINGDOM is a dark fairytale born straight from the moss-grown hollows of an ancient Scandinavian forest," says Senior Editor Bess Pallares. "As a folk horror enthusiast, when Cullen first shared his idea of these two young sisters fighting to save their parents from goblin hordes with only the assistance of a mysterious, powerful, and gigantic blade, my imagination was aflame with possibilities. Cullen and Chris have crafted a beautiful, terrifying, and exciting story sure to lure readers down its shadowy path into the woods." Featuring dazzling covers from the darkest recesses of the imaginations of artists Christopher Mitten (Wasteland, The Alternates), Alison Sampson (Hit-Girl), Malachi Ward (Black Hammer: The End), Daniel Vega (THE CODEX NOIRMATIC), and Vanesa R. Del Rey (Scarlet Witch, Redlands), THE AUTUMN KINGDOM #1 shatters the line between dream and reality, horror and fantasy. Find it in comic shops everywhere September 4th!

06/12/24 @ 8:27 am EST
Source: Marvel | Categories: Alien

Over the last few years, Marvel Comics has produced all-new comic book series set in the thrilling Alien Universe, and beginning this August, the Alien Universe and Marvel Universe will collide for the first time in Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribić’s Aliens Vs. Avengers! Announced last month, this four-issue limited series takes place in a new Marvel timeline and pits older, grittier versions of Earth’s Mightiest heroes against an invasion of Xenomorphs. To celebrate this monumental moment in pop culture history, fans can pick up five Marvel Vs. Alien Variant Covers starting in July! Featured on some of Marvel’s hottest upcoming titles, these new pieces of artwork come from superstar artists including Greg Land, Tony Daniel, Erica D’Urso, Stephen Segovia, and Joshua Cassara. The Marvel Vs. Alien Variant Covers depict breathtaking battles between some of Marvel’s greatest icons and the deadly Xenomorphs! Are Phoenix, Spider-Man, Moon Knight, Deadpool, and She-Hulk powerful enough to take on hordes of the galaxy’s perfect organism singlehandedly? Check out all five covers and preorder them at your local comic shop today!

06/10/24 @ 5:08 pm EST
Source: Deadline | Categories: MIsc

Headshots of L-R: Gus Halper, Aliyah Camacho, Michael Mando

Gus Halper (Rustin), Aliyah Camacho (Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness) and Michael Mando (Better Call Saul) have joined the cast of Prime Video‘s graphic novel series, Criminal, in recurring roles. They join the previously announced cast of Charlie Hunnam, Adria Arjona, Richard Jenkins, Kadeem Hardison, Logan Browning, Pat Healy, Taylor Selé and John Hawkes. Criminal is an interlocking universe of crime stories based on the multi-Eisner Award-winning graphic novel series created by Brubaker and Sean Phillips. Halper will portray Ricky, an unstable guy who likes booze, coke, and speed (and not within moderation), Ricky Lawless has known Leo since they were teenagers. Like Leo, he’s the son of a criminal — only his dad was the most-feared man in the city, Teeg Lawless. Camacho will play Angie, Greta’s (Arjona) daughter. Angie is sharp, alert and maybe a little too adult for her age. Having lost her father at a young age, it is only she and her mom making their way through life. She has an idea of the kind of business her mom is in, no matter how much Greta tries to shield her. Mando will play Jeff, a plainclothes Vice detective who pretty much hates all of humanity, and he’s looking to make a score screwing over anyone and everyone that is in his way. The kind of bad cop who uses his badge to shove others around and get them to do his bidding. (via Deadline)

06/10/24 @ 5:09 pm EST
Source: Marvel | Categories: Deathlok

In 1974’s Astonishing Tales #25, one of comics’ most offbeat heroes was born—DEATHLOK! This September, celebrate the iconic cyborg’s unique legacy alongside an all-star lineup of comic book talent in DEATHLOK 50th ANNIVERSAY SPECIAL #1! The giant-sized one-shot will be written by industry superstar Christopher Priest and New York Times bestselling author Justina Ireland, known for her recent work on Star Wars: Sana Starros and Amazing Spider-Man: Blood Hunt. The time-spanning story will be drawn by an epic lineup of artists including Dale Eaglesham, Matthew Waite, and Luke Ross. DEATHLOK 50th ANNIVERSAY SPECIAL #1 will also mark the grand return of Denys Cowan, a definitive Deathlok artist who reinvented the character in the early ‘90s. An amalgam of reanimated flesh and computer circuitry, former military strategist Col. Luther Manning was locked in a state of living death. Stripped of his family, his humanity, but not his will, Manning became the cyborg, Deathlok the Demolisher—a weapon of war programmed solely for destruction! A bold blend of science fiction, horror, and war, Deathlok’s genre-shattering sagas pushed the limits on dystopian storytelling. Fifty years later, this tragic cyborg hero’s take is more relevant than ever and readers won’t want to miss where his path takes him next! Travel back to the ruins of Manhattan for an action-packed, laser-blasting, building-smashing, explosive adventure uncovering secrets of a world that will excite new and longtime fans. Witness the world of tomorrow where everything went horribly wrong, filled with danger around every corner, brutal villains, as the reluctant half-man, half-machine’s latest mission culminates in an ending DESIGNED TO SHOCK YOUR TECHNOLOGY-TORMENTED BRAIN! “I'm always excited and humbled to write anything in the Marvel universe, but Deathlok as a character is especially important to me because as a U.S. Army veteran, his origin story really resonates in a horrifying way,” Ireland shared. “So I'm excited to dig into the emotional core of what makes Deathlok so unique, while also having some fun.” “When Deathlok debuted, he truly was one of Marvel’s most offbeat characters—the kind that nearly everyone at Marvel wanted to play with! Heck, Frank Miller even wanted to do a variant for this special,” Editor Mark Paniccia said. “It’s almost impossible not to find a writer or artist that wasn’t inspired by Deathlok in some way.” Check out the main cover by Ken Lashley as well as a variant cover by Nick Bradshaw that teases Deathlok’s future. Preorder DEATHLOK 50TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1 at your local comic shop today!

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06/10/24 @ 12:52 pm EST
Source: Variety | Categories: MIsc

After 26 years, the Owens women are returning. Warner Bros. has announced a followup film to the 1998 classic, “Practical Magic,” with Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman in talks to return. The first movie starred Bullock and Kidman as the witchy Owens sisters who get wrapped up in a supernatural coverup after Bullock (unintentionally) drugs and kills Kidman’s abusive ex-boyfriend (Goran Višnjić), forcing them to reanimate his corpse. Directed by Griffin Dunne and adapted from the 1995 novel of the same name by Alice Hoffman, the original film stands as a beloved, spooky season staple. Akiva Goldsman will write the screenplay for the new movie, with Bullock and Kidman expected to produce alongside Denise Di Novi. (via Variety)

06/10/24 @ 12:51 pm EST
Source: Hollywood Reporter | Categories: MIsc

Porky Pig and Daffy Duck probably won’t be heading for a career in real estate, as seen in a new preview clip from the forthcoming theatrical release The Day the Earth Blew Up: A Looney Tunes Movie. Director Pete Browngardt’s sci-fi comedy from Warner Bros. Animation is set to hit theaters domestically later this year but does not yet have an announced release date. The project focuses on Porky and Daffy (both voiced by Eric Bauza) learning that aliens are plotting to overtake the planet, which leads the pair to put their differences aside and help save the world. (via The Hollywood Reporter)

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06/10/24 @ 12:51 pm EST
Source: Deadline | Categories: MIsc

Rian Johnson

Daniel Craig’s famed Southern detective Benoit Blanc has a new look in a first look still from Wake Up Dead Man: A Knives Out Mystery, unveiled on Monday morning, which you can view below (via Deadline). Depicting Craig with long hair, the black-and-white still was shared by filmmaker Rian Johnson to commemorate the start of production on the anticipated Netflix threequel. “Aaaaand we’re off!” wrote Johnson in a message posted to X. “Today is day 1 of shooting on the next Benoit Blanc mystery “Wake Up Dead Man” – see you on the other side.” Johnson is directing Wake Up Dead Man from his own script, also producing alongside partner Ram Bergman for T-Street.


06/09/24 @ 10:45 am EST
Source: The Direct | Categories: MIsc
With Marvel Studios taking the Netflix Marvel TV series into the fold, some little changes have been made like adding AKA to the Jessica Jones series making it match the comic title. But this latest change that people have noticed doesn’t make any obvious sense. A season two episode of The Punisher got a title change when it was added to Disney+. Previously the 10th episode, which originally aired in 2019, was titled “The Dark Hearts of Men,” but when you find it on the streaming service now, the word “Dark” has been removed just leaving “The Hearts of Men.” Why the change? Not really sure. The episode has Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) going after Billy Russo’s Territory. Russo would become Jigsaw and was played by Ben Barnes. There’s no obvious reason why the title was changed.Jigsaw 
06/09/24 @ 10:21 am EST
Source: Deadline | Categories: MIsc
Writer Eric Kripke, creator of series like Supernatural and The Boys, admits he may be the worst person in Hollywood at predicting how long a series may run. With The Boys’ fourth season premiering soon and a fifth already greenlit, many folks call back to Kripke saying the show was planned for five years, but now appears to be potentially chugging right past that point. “I am – without hyperbole – literally the worst person in history at predicting how long their show should go. No one in the entire history of the entertainment business has been more wrong than me, giving interview after interview on how I thought Supernatural should end after five years.” Supernatural ran for 15 seasons. “So, I would be crazy to speculate on how many seasons any show should go. I’m not going to make that same mistake again. But, yes, I do have an ending in mind.” If nothing else, Kripke needs the series to go at least another couple of seasons as he brought in Jensen Ackles last season and Jeffrey Dean Morgan in the upcoming season, he needs time to work in Jared Padalecki and Misha Collins still.The Boys 
06/09/24 @ 10:06 am EST
Source: Deadline | Categories: MIsc
A somewhat controversial episode of Doctor Who has aired and it introduces a bounty hunter named Rogue played by Hamilton alum, Jonathan Groff. The episode plays off of the current popularity of the show Bridgerton and is set in the British Regency era where Rogue teams with the newest Doctor played by Ncuti Gatwa, to take on the shapeshifting Chuldurs. And while many people are a bit shocked at a previously non-cannon version of the Doctor as played by Richard E. Grant, there are a lot of articles today touting the shows first same sex kiss in its 60-year history. The problem is that this isn’t the shows first same sex kiss. When the show returned in 2005 led by Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper, they introduced the character of Jack Harkness played by John Barrowman. In the first season finale, they split up to try and save the universe and Jack kisses Rose Tyler, then turns and kisses the Doctor before running off into danger. That means the Groff/Gatwa kiss is not the first in the series.  Jack Harkness 

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