Archive - Mar 21, 2003
Submitted by kdreger on March 21, 2003 - 16:50
Marvel has added two new and interesting additions to their DotComics lineup: 411 and X-Men Movie #2.
411 is another series put out by Marvel as a result of the events of 911. Marvel has received a lot of grief lately from CrossGen's CEO Marc Alessi as a result of those series, that they are in fact cashing in on 911.
X-Men Movie #2. X-Men Movie #1's success caused the huge interest (Spider-Man added to it) in adapting comic's for the big screen.
Submitted by kdreger on March 21, 2003 - 14:35
Fascinating article at Washington Times.
"In the fictional village of San Gumer, an impoverished young man's thoughts are candied by images of U.S. dollars, the Statue of Liberty, hamburgers and blondes posing with brand-new cars.
"'It's a paradise, brother,' a veteran migrant named Checho devilishly tells Berny, the naive country youth who has lost his factory job and is tempted to migrate illegally from Mexico to the 'Yunaites Staites.'
"From this scene forth, an unhappy tale of dashed dreams unfolds on the pages of a new comic book designed to show that illegal migration is no laughing matter. The 20-page comic features heroes and villains, tearful mothers, grieving widows and sage village elders.
"The comic is a popular attempt to reach people in a state where migration has emptied some villages of all their young men and some of their young women. Journeys over the border are claiming more and more lives."
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 21, 2003 - 13:34
Here's an advance review of the Wallace and Grommit game which will be released to tie in with the 2005 movie. The game's premise is that an evil penguin, Feathers McGraw, has taken over the zoo that's imprisoned him and enslaved its inhabitants as part of his jewel-smuggling operation. Wallace and Gromit (mostly Gromit, who the player controls throughout the game) have to free 24 levels worth of imprisoned baby animals in order to free the zoo from the penguin's domination.
Submitted by kdreger on March 21, 2003 - 12:54
As per an interview @ Anime News Network, Comics One stopped using ebooks due to low sales. They felt they were ahead of their time... would things be different now? If not, when will ebooks be a viable form of distribution?
ANN: Comics One when it started, was only releasing manga titles over the web using software from Adobe. Can you tell us what led to your company originally doing this and then moving away from it?
Nicole: We originally felt ebooks were the next big thing. They had many benefits: portable, easy distribution, no warehousing issues, cheap sales, price, etc... Unfortunately, after a few months of low sales, we knew we were ahead of our time and we began publishing hardcopy books. We now only use ebooks for promotional purposes.
Read more at Comics One Profile
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 21, 2003 - 11:49
Gary Chaloner is a lifelong comics fan who created comics from his earliest days. Currently he's working online with Modern Tales' Adventure Strips. Chaloner is also the artist on John Law and is working on an upcoming issue of DC's Power Company. The Pulse spoke with Chaloner about all these projects and more.
Submitted by Brad Guigar on March 21, 2003 - 10:03