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ECCC2011: Dwayne McDuffie Memorial

Saturday night at Emerald City Comicon 2011 marked a rather solemn occasion, that being the memorial for Dwayne McDuffie. Dwayne died suddenly and shockingly on February 21 following complications from surgery and colleagues and fans gathered to pay tribute to the amazing writer. On stage were Mark Waid, Kurt Busiek, Marv Wolfman, Bob Harras and David Walker. All five writers talked about their fondest memories of Dwayne along with how effortlessly talented he was. Everyone agreed that he was not only brilliantly insightful, but also a tireless proponent for breaking the horrendous stereotypical and sometimes downright offensive depiction of people of color in comics. The most poignant remembrance came from writer David Walker who talked about his first meeting with Dwayne many years ago and being surprised at how much Dwayne knew about him. This sparked a friendship that lasted many, many years. A couple of audience members also shared how Dwayne had inspired them, including Leverage co-creator John Rogers. At the beginning of the hour the below video was shown. This is a terrific tribute to the amazing career and work of Dwayne McDuffie and all credit should go to Thomas Nord, Brandon Jerwa and Troy Reeder for their work on putting this together.

Thank you to Mark Waid for arranging this very fitting memorial at the last minute at Emerald City, thanks to all who attended and shared their favorite memories of Dwayne and thank you to Tom Nord, Brandon Jerwa and Troy Reeder for the wonderful video.

Busiek & Ross Together Again For Kirby: Genesis

Marvels remains one of the greatest comic book stories ever told, both in terms of its innovative script and the outstanding artwork. Now, the creative team behind that ground-breaking limited series are reuniting to bring the same creative stamp to unpublished concepts by the legendary Jack Kirby! Here’s all the information from Dynamite Entertainment:

Coming this May from Dynamite, Kurt Busiek will be re-teaming with Alex Ross for Kirby: Genesis, their first full collaboration since 1993’s Marvels! With Kirby: Genesis, Busiek and Ross are primed to expand on the vision of the legendary Jack Kirby with the same dynamic and unique perspective on superheroes that made Marvels such an original and successful story, allowing a new generation of comic book readers to become acquainted with the genius that is Jack Kirby!

Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce that Alex Ross is not only co-plotting and laying out pages, but working with Kurt and Jack Herbert for special interior painted pages in the series.

The Kirby Event of the new millennium begins here, brought to you by the best-selling and award-winning creators of Marvels! The Pioneer 10 space probe carried a message to the stars. Now an answer’s on the way — but not one we expected! When it arrives, the lives of three ordinary people — and the entire world — will be changed forever. Featuring Captain Victory, Silver Star and more of Jack Kirby’s greatest concepts, with finished art (from Alex’s layouts) by Jack Herbert (Black Terror). Don’t miss this tantalizing prelude to Kirby — a bold, explosive adventure debuting a universe of wild Kirby creations! This is the beginning. This is THE Genesis!

This 32-page book with original story and art as well as additional bonus material will have a $1.00 Suggested Introductory Price!

“I’m delighted to see how the artwork’s developing, from Kirby’s designs to Alex’s layouts to Jack Herbert’s artwork. Jack’s a terrific draftsman and storyteller, and he’s doing a really sweet job bringing the story to life,” says writer Kurt Busiek. “His work also meshes well with Alex’s, which goes beyond just layout, since there are various sequences in the story where Alex is doing fully painted art, including some where Jack’s line art and Alex’s painting are merged together. It’s a terrifically effective combination.”

“Working with Jack Herbert is an absolute thrill,” says legendary artist Alex Ross. “I’ve been so knocked out by his recent work on Black Terror, and now we will work side by side on Kirby: Genesis. I’m satisfying my desire to get inside the story more by doing some full pages, panels, layouts, and even some figures that will only be seen as paintings by me. The excitement is that much greater when you’re working with such an amazing artist as Jack. His stuff is just beautiful.”

“I’m very honored to be able to be part of this project. It’s such a huge honor for me, who grew up seeing the King’s art,” says artist Jack Herbert. “Not to mention the opportunity to work with such talented Comics masters as Alex & Kurt. I hope that with this series the new generation of comic-readers fall in love with such amazing universe of characters that only the fruitful mind of Jack “The King” Kirby could create. It’s gonna be a wild and unique ride, gang!”

“Alex is so excited about the project that he wants to work hand in hand with Jack to paint as many interior pages as possible, which thrilled us all to no end,” says Dynamite President and Publisher Nick Barrucci. “Having Kurt and Alex together again collaborating on one of Dynamite’s most important projects to date is nothing short of amazing. Alex is making time in his schedule by turning down other work to make time to ensure that every page he paints be the best it can be. Fans will be impressed with this series. Jack Kirby’s memory and work will be remembered by his fans and thanks to the creative team involved, will be brought to a new generation of comics fans.”

“Having worked with Alex for the last several years, on a variety of projects, has been a personal high point in my professional career,” says Dynamite Editor Joe Rybandt. “Now, adding Kurt to the mix takes it up from the fantastic to the incredible. The work these two men are doing, with the able help of Jack Herbert, is unparalleled in the world of pop culture… and Kirby defines – and now re-defines – pop culture.”

ECCC 09: DC Nation

On Saturday afternoon the DC Nation panel hit Seattle with its usual mix of irreverence and information. The DC Nation panels are also very fun and if you’ve never attended one, I highly recommend you do. You will be entertained. The panel was moderated by DC’s Senior Story Editor Ian Sattler, as Executive Editor Dan DiDio was previous not scheduled to be at the con (more on that in a moment). Sattler started things off by mentioning the recent launch of DC Comics’ new blog, The Source. Then he introduced the panel participants and they and he highlighted what each is currently working on.

First up was Greg Rucka, who cited the art by JH Williams on their upcoming Detective Comics as the best aspect of the book. Rucka said that even if you hate him and hate the idea of Batwoman headlining the book, you need to pick it up for the art alone. Although he did say he feels it’s the best thing he’s been involved in through the whole of his career. Rucka then teased the next issue of Action Comics (#876) as twenty-two pages of Ursa doing really bad things to people. Finally, he mentioned the book he co-writes with James Robinson, World of New Krypton as featuring members of the Green Lantern Corps. visiting New Krypton in issue four.

Next, Jimmy Palmiotti hyped Jonah Hex‘s upcoming six-part storyline with Hex going up against his first nemesis, Quentin Turnbull. Before that Paul Gulacy will be illustrating an issue. Palmiotti is also writing the upcoming series Power Girl, which is illustrated by his long-time girlfriend and veteran artist, Amanda Conner. Palmiotti describes the book as perfect for Conner’s style and as a big super-hero comic. The pair will also be contributing a Supergirl story to this summer’s Wednesday’s Comics and he revealed that it will also feature some super-pets with a superdog and supercat specifically mentioned.

Gail Simone talked about how sick and twisted her Secret Six series is and also praised her art team, Nicola Scott and Doug Hazlewood. She showed off a tease for the upcoming issue #8 and the “tiny sixers.” The title will tie in with Battle For the Cowl as Catman and Bane vie against each other for the Batman identity. Mention was made of Simone writing Wonder Woman, but that was it as far as that book.

Philip Tan was introduced and there was guarded talk of his upcoming stint doing the art for the “Agent Orange” storyline in Green Lantern beginning with issue #39.

Kurt Busiek proudly announced that they were still on target to deliver the rest of Trinity on schedule and that the entire fifty-two issue weekly series has and will be done by the same creative team with no fill-ins or breaks. The remaining issues of the title were teased by Busiek claiming he blows up the world in issue #49 and lamenting that pages keep getting added to the final issue by the higher-ups.

Eric Trautman was the last creator to talk about his upcoming project. JSA vs. Kobra, with art by Don Kramer and covers by Gene Ha, features Mr. Terrific, lots of action and some pretty twisted story points.

Things were then turned over to the audience for questions. The first fan wondered, since DC has books printed in a variety of different countries, when they would have their books printed in the US. He was jokingly told to stop reading the indicia before Sattler said that was beyond the control of those on the panel.

The next few questions were about New Krypton. Essentially, the Guardians on Oa send Hal Jordan, John Stewart and Sodam Yat to New Krypton to see what the Kryptonians’ intentions are. Once there, they are confronted by General Zod. It was revealed that Superman will be back on Earth in August. One fan persisted in wanting to know if Superman would have a new love interest at his new home with Rucka repeating that “he’s Superman and he’s married.” So, no, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be pursued. Rucka also emphatically stated no when asked if any Kryptonians would wield a power ring, with Busiek quipping there went his idea for “Hal-El.”

A fan of Final Crisis, who found the mini-series a fun challenge to read, asked about the new co-features and how they would be judged. Sattler replied that each co-feature would be looked at on a case by case basis.

The topic changed to Green Lantern for the next couple of questions. When asked when we’ll see the Indigo Lanterns, Sattler replied at some point and some when, perhaps June or July. On the topic of a Green Lantern weekly comic, Sattler cryptically said we should wait and see how things are following Blackest Night.

A few random questions followed, starting with a query as to the whereabouts of the characters Misfit and Black Alice. The answer was “some place.” No comment was the answer to a question as to the whereabouts of Bruce Wayne’s body. The next person asked when the second half of “Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?” would be released and, after some boos from the audience and groans from the panel, Palmiotti quipped that you could see it at the end of the leaked Wolverine workprint.

The question of Firestorm being in a co-feature was brought up with Sattler saying that any character could be in a co-feature, but they would have to see what shape Firestorm was in after this summer before he was considered.

Ambush Bug: Year None #6 will be out soon and, as far as other humor titles coming out from DC, it all depends on what the individual reader finds funny.

The next person up at the mic was none other than Dan DiDio (See? Told you we’d get back to him), whose attendance at the con was a poorly kept secret. He first jokingly asked why Sattler told him the wrong time for the panel. Then, he mentioned that at last year’s Emerald City ComiCon the DC creators had a dinner where they had a lengthy conversation concerning Aquaman (as he mentioned to me in our interview at the same con) and demanded to know what the plans were for the character. Sattler answered that, as teased at The Source, Aquaman would be a Black Lantern in Blackest Night, but wouldn’t reveal details past that other than to say that there were plans of some sort. Concerning that mini-series, DiDio wanted some spoilers for it. After some badgering from his boss, Sattler finally confirmed four of the Black Lanterns (Earth-2 Superman, Aquaman, Ronnie Raymond and Martian Manhunter) and some upcoming tie-in mini-series. August sees the debut of Blackest Night: Superman, Blackest Night: Batman and Blackest Night: Titans, each three issues. Those are followed in October by Blackest Night: JSA, Blackest Night: Wonder Woman and Blackest Night: Flash, all also three issues. DiDio was then shooed away from the mic and went to the back of the room.

A recent controversy was touched upon when the next person asked why Superman was not given to Mark Waid. Rucka stepped in and said that, though Waid was a friend of his, the bottom line was that Waid was offered the book, but that he chose not to take the job. The questioner revealed that Waid himself requested the question be asked. That revelation made for an uncomfortable few minutes.

Returning to the lead-up to Blackest Night the next fan wondered if Hal Jordan would eventually acquire one ring from each of the Corps. Sattler answered “yes, probably next month”, but not very convincingly.

The audience was told to watch the Superman universe of books for further developments concerning the Legion of Super-Heroes with a strong indication that there would be a Superboy book in the future.

Characters will be considered on a case by case basis for co-features in regard to whether they lent themselves to a compelling story.

The final question was if we would see the ’90s character Triumph in Blackest Night with the answer, after clarifying the question wasn’t about Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, being “who?”