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05/01/16 @ 7:23 pm EST
Source: Bleeding Cool | Categories: Dynamite


Derek Fridolfs talks Grumpy Cat & Pokey #5 (of 6), on sale in June from Dynamite. Cover is by Agnes Garbowska.

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BYRON BREWER: Derek, tell us how this Grumpy Cat & Pokey assignment came about please.

DEREK FRIDOLFS: I’ve been a fan of the range of titles that Dynamite puts out, from pulp, to horror, to comedy, and everything in between. So I decided to contact them to show my interest if anything became available to work on. Grumpy Cat is one of those titles that can be a gem for any publisher…one that attracts an audience familiar with it from outside the comic industry as well as current comic book fans. And for the industry to not just survive, but grow, it’s crucial to have properties like this out there. That way you attract a new audience who are introduced to comics, and then hope they stick around and try other things as well.

BB: Tell us about your coming story for the book in June, “Cat-Astrophe.”

DF: I remember talking with friends about the subject of cats and their tenuous relationship with humans. And if there were ever a point that humanity wasn’t in the picture anymore, they’d just move right on without us just fine. So when the time came to pitch some ideas for stories, that subject idea came right back to me. So yeah, the story is about what happens when an event removes humans from the planet, and how Grumpy and Pokey deal with it. What starts out as an exciting wish fulfillment on their part quickly goes sideways.

BB: Did you enjoy doing both the story and art for the piece? Can you let us in a little on the process of how you work as a writer/artist?

DF: I broke into the industry as an inker. It was one of those situations where a local group of creators got together and everyone was already a writer or penciler, so as the last person to join the group by default I became the inker. And that’s been a lot of fun growing and learning that skill, and working over a variety of styles, over many years of doing this. But writing was always something I wanted to do. I just had to get my foot into the industry from the art side to get their ear and a chance at writing.

And oddly enough, I’ve been doing a lot of drawing when it comes to some of my stories as well. Drawing I’ve always felt the least comfortable doing, as what I see in my mind never seems to come out as perfectly as I’d like in the pencils. And I’m sure that’s how most artists are. We’re our own toughest critics. But it’s fun to have variation. Sometimes it’s drawing someone else’s script. Sometimes it’s having someone else ink my pencils for a cover. Sometimes you get to write for friends or artists to interpret your story. And sometimes you just end up doing all of it, and have no one else to blame but yourself.

My approach always starts with the story. Having the idea written down and described full script, before even thinking about the art. That way whether I draw it or someone else does, that everything is easy to follow. When I’m drawing it myself, then comes the thumbnail process of figuring out the page layouts and the pacing. Making the action and storytelling clear. And the crucial step of leaving enough room for the lettering. And then the actual process of drawing the pages. I sort of work “animation-style”, where I do very rough and light layouts in light blue col erase pencils. And then do most of the drawing during the inking stage. That way you don’t feel like you’re just retracing the same page in multiple steps.

For more on Grumpy Cat and Pokey #5, click here.
02/28/24 @ 7:25 pm EST
Source: ComingSoon.net | Categories: MIsc

Yvonne Strahovski to Star in Peacock Thriller 'Teacup' From James Wan

The Handmaid’s Tale actor Yvonne Strahovski is set to star in a new series at Peacock: the horror thriller show Teacup, executive-produced by James Wan. The project is set to be loosely based on the 1988 novel Stinger by Robert McCammon. It sees a group of people in rural Georgia who must unite to take on a mysterious threat that puts their lives in danger. Strahovski, also a producer for the series, is set to play a character named Maggie Chenoweth. Teacup comes from Universal Studio Group’s UCP and Wan’s Atomic Monster banner. Ian McCulloch (Yellowstone) adapted the novel, and E.L. Katz (The Haunting of Bly Manor) is penciled in to direct the first episode. (via ComingSoon.net)

02/28/24 @ 7:16 pm EST
Source: Deadline | Categories: MIsc

Collage of JD Dillard, “Neuromancer,” & Graham Roland

Apple TV+ has greenlit the new science fiction series Neuromancer, a 10-episode drama based on William Gibson’s debut novel of the same name. A co-production between Skydance Television and Anonymous Content, Neuromancer will also be produced by Drake’s DreamCrew Entertainment. Graham Roland (Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Dark Winds) and JD Dillard (Devotion, The Outsider) will develop the project for TV. Additionally, Roland will serve as showrunner and Dillard is set to direct the pilot episode. The streamer reveals Neuromancer will follow a damaged, top-rung super-hacker named Case who is thrust into a web of digital espionage and high-stakes crime with his partner Molly, a razor-girl assassin with mirrored eyes, aiming to pull a heist on a corporate dynasty with untold secrets. (via Deadline)

02/28/24 @ 12:48 pm EST
Source: Variety | Categories: MIsc

The sci-fi thriller “Things Will Be Different” has released a first-look clip ahead of its SXSW Film & TV Festival world premiere. The film stars Adam David Thompson and Riley Dandy and premieres March 11 as part of the festival’s Midnight selection. Marking Michael Felker’s feature directorial debut, “Things Will Be Different” follows siblings Joseph and Sidney, played by Thompson and Dandy, who are on the run from the law. The mysterious farmhouse they are staying in inexplicably transports them through time. While attempting to return to their present, a cryptic force emerges and traps them on a strange plot of land, giving them a deathly ultimatum in order to escape. (via Variety)

First-look clip: https://youtu.be/x25ymmwW4VU

02/28/24 @ 12:33 pm EST
Source: ComicBook | Categories: MIsc

Legendary comics creator Alan Moore has been saying for a while that he plans to leave comics behind, and now it seems we know his final project. Recently, Top Shelf Productions and Knockabout Limited announced the publication date of the long-awaited comics/prose album The Moon and Serpent Bumper Book of Magic. The product of the years-long creative partnership between Moore (From Hell, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) and his "creative and magical mentor" Steve Moore (no relation), Top Shelf characterizes the book as a "celebration of magic and the occult has been meticulously under development for nearly two decades and is brought to life through a combination of prose, illustration, and sequential art from five incredible artists." Here's how the publisher describes the book: "The secrets of the celebrated Moon and Serpent Grand Egyptian Theatre of Marvels (sorcery by appointment since circa 150 AD) promise to be revealed in The Moon and Serpent Bumper Book of Magic. This clear and practical grimoire of the occult pairs the knowledge of the proprietors of the aforementioned Grand Egyptian Theatre with illuminating visual delights from artists Kevin O'Neill, John Coulthart, Steve Parkhouse, Rick Veitch, and Ben Wickey. Unprecedented in its scope and splendor, this tome is full to bursting with illustrated instructional essays, activity pages, biographies of the great sorcerers, and forbidden knowledge sure to tantalize even the most disillusioned of adults into believing in magic once again." The Moon and Serpent Bumper Book of Magic will be on sale in October 2024. (via ComicBook.com)

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02/28/24 @ 12:20 pm EST
Source: Hollywood Reporter | Categories: MIsc

Kassandra Lee Diaz Takes Lead in Byron Manuel's Debut Thriller 'Swoon', A Blend of Love and

Kassandra Lee Diaz has nabbed the lead role in Byron Manuel’s thriller and feature directorial debut, Swoon.Diaz plays a woman tied to a bed while her captor manipulates her into believing they are engaged. The mysterious men in her life are played by Rich Morrow and DeRon Cash, while Efrangeliz Medina, Dean Wil, Herbert Morales and Del Harrison round out the ensemble.The producer credits for Swoon are shared by Ryan Rojas, Kassandra Lee Diaz, Rich Morrow, Justin Graves and Manuel under their banner, On Script Pictures. Franco Tavera, Cash Oliver, Lily & Raul Terrazas, and Cameron Duncan executive produce alongside JP Ouellette and his production company Circa 1888. (via THR)

02/27/24 @ 9:45 pm EST
Source: Deadline | Categories: MIsc

Max's 'Harry Potter' TV series

And then there were three. As Deadline reported exclusively earlier this month, the field of writers in the running to adapt JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books into a live-action series for Max has been narrowed down to three finalists. According to sources, Deadline names them as Francesca Gardiner, Tom Moran and Kathleen Jordan. The trio will be able to hone in on their pitches for the next couple of months, with a decision on who gets the job, reportedly in June. As Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav announced last week, the Harry Potter series is slated to debut on Max in 2026. Reps for Max and the studio behind the series, Warner Bros. Television, declined to comment.

02/27/24 @ 9:40 pm EST
Source: Marvel | Categories: Marvel

Whether it's the Boss of Space pummeling back an alien invasion or the Scarlet Witch weaving a magical protection, the women of Marvel have got your back! This week, WOMEN OF MARVEL returns in a star-studded anthology. Before it hits stands, fans can get a glimpse of what to expect in an all-new WOMEN OF MARVEL #1 trailer.
The trailer spotlights fan-favorite characters like Scarlet Witch, Black Widow, Ms. Marvel, and Squirrel Girl, offers a tease of future events with Madame Web, and an exciting look ahead at what's in store for our women characters this year! For over 10 years, WOMEN OF MARVEL has highlighted iconic women characters and storytellers from throughout Marvel Comics history! Fans won’t want to miss celebrating the spirit and mission of this fantastic program with these phenomenal tales starring some of Marvel’s greatest heroes! Check out the trailer now, and celebrate Women’s History Month Marvel Comics-style when WOMEN OF MARVEL #1 hits stands on February 28!

WOMEN OF MARVEL (2024) #1 cover by Carmen Carnero

02/27/24 @ 3:46 pm EST
Source: Deadline | Categories: MIsc

Timothée Chalamet, Austin Butler & Zendaya in Dune: Part 2

Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros.’ Dune: Part Two opens this weekend in what’s a much-needed jolt of testosterone for the box office that’s been winded by the dual strikes’ delay of titles. To date, the annual 2024 domestic box office hasn’t cracked a billion yet with only $866.3M through Sunday, -18% behind the Jan. 1-Feb. 25 frame a year ago. The second part to the multi-Oscar winning Denis Villeneuve 2021 feature take of the Frank Herbert classic novel could very well see a $170M worldwide opening — that’s divided into $85M–$90M abroad and another $80M on the high end in U.S./Canada (Warners is conservatively projecting $65M, but most exhibitors and tracking services see near $80M). Note that $65M-$80M domestic opening will be wonders above the $41M domestic opening of 2021’s Dune which saw its ticket sales siphoned by a theatrical day-and-date release on streaming service HBO Max back in early October that year. Still Dune is one of a handful of day-and-date titles to cross $100M at the domestic box office, and only one of two along with Legendary’s Godzilla vs. Kong to cross $400M-plus worldwide. It was one of the few blockbusters that worked both in homes and theaters, but it certainly left money on the table. Dune: Part Two is slated to open in the U.S. on Friday, March 1. (via Deadline)

02/27/24 @ 3:38 pm EST
Source: Papercutz | Categories: MIsc

In a brand new Papercutz series, Jackson's Wilder Adventures, Jackson Wilder and his best friend, Irwin the Thylacine, explore nature to learn about wild animals who share similar hindrances and experiences to Jackson, which helps him put his own life problems into perspective. This new educational series is inspired by the endless curiosity and love of learning comic book illustrator Sarah Davidson saw in her real-life nephew, Jackson. It is meant to solve what she saw as a problem with the books in his reading range: they all seemed to be either picture or list-based books. She wanted to emulate the “Science Comics” of her youth. Davidson has also worked alongside renowned wildlife ecologist Kelly Zimmerman of the Bugs Need Heroes podcast, and their shared passion for wildlife electrifies this narrative. “I'm beyond excited to finally be able to bring Jackson's Wilder Adventures to life, and share Irwin and Jackson's stories and love of nature with everyone,” Davidson said. “This book has a special place in my heart, since it's so inspired by my nephew, and I think this series has found the perfect home with Papercutz!" Jackson's Wilder Adventures Vol 1 [9781545813003; Hardcover & Trade Paperback; 88pp] is on sale July 2.

02/27/24 @ 3:37 pm EST
Source: ComicBook | Categories: Star Wars

The Acolyte Adds Lead In Amandla Stenberg - LRM

The Star Wars universe is set to get a major remix later this year, with the arrival of the Star Wars: The Acolyte Disney+ series. The Acolyte, which is created by Russian Doll's Leslye Headland, will be first live-action series set during the High Republic era, and fans are definitely excited to see that canon further explored. In a recent interview with C Magazine, The Acolyte star Amandla Stenberg teased how that time period leads to a different — but reverential — kind of Star Wars story. "In the context of the Star Wars universe, it's a time of great peace, theoretically," Stenberg explained. "It's also a time of an institution, and it's a time in which conceptions around the Force are very strict. And I think what we're trying to explore within our show is when an institution has a singular conception of how power can be used…we try to provide a lot of different perspectives and answers to that question. The idea is to kind of honor the ethos of Star Wars and ideas around the Force and also challenge them, hopefully harmoniously." Star Wars: The Acolyte will debut exclusively on Disney+ this year. (via ComicBook.com)

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