4) The Cast of Bob's Burgers Are Awesome, Patient
The darkest side of the Hollywood experience isn't a trip to rehab or having a trashy biography published about you, but rather it is being forced to participate in roundtable interviews. For those of you who are (luckily) not familiar with this concept, a roundtable interview is when celebrities promoting their latest project must sit down with a bunch of "journalists" to take on questions before moving on to the next table packed with more eager interviewers.These events are often a free-for-all that are too often dominated by unprofessional bloggers/podcasters who inexplicably scored a press pass. At one such event this past Friday I found myself seated with, amongst other peers, a man dressed as a dinosaur to ask the cast of Bob's Burgers about the new season. As I listened to inane questions about everything from the cast's favorite hamburgers to what they did earlier in the day, I found myself experiencing an existential crisis about my chosen profession.
Throughout it all, Bob's Burgers cast members H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, John Roberts and Larry Murphy, along with show creator Loren Bouchard, never let their kindly exteriors crack as they dealt with what felt to me like one insufferable question after another. Bouchard made a point to learn everyone's names and collect business cards, Roberts and Mintz were quick to break into character, Benjamin and Murphy handled themselves with the utmost professionalism - not an easy task when being presented with questions by someone who clearly has never seen the show they are there to promote. I already respected the Bob's Burgers crew for presenting the best animated show on TV, but after this experience, even more so. In terms of actual news gleaned from this experience, Bouchard let it be known that a soundtrack album to the show is in the works. Lovers of "Lifting Up the Skirt of the Night" can rejoice.
3) IDW Announces Impressive Artist's Editions
Continuing their commitment to preserving and archiving a wide range of works from across the history of the comics medium, IDW used NYCC as a launching pad for three new Artist's Editions. The company will be releasing deluxe versions of Jim Steranko's Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D and Nick Fury & Captain America, as well as Charles Schulz's Peanuts, Jack Kirby's New Gods and an so-called "Artifact Edition" of Watchmen focusing on snippets of Dave Gibbons' most-memorable art from the series. Complete information on all of these releases can be found here, but the ultimate appeal of these books is that they try to recreate the original work as closely as possible, including editorial notes and corrections.
Like special features on DVDs and Blu-rays, these offerings all provide a look at the artistic craftsmanship that went into these iconic releases. For comic historians, these are invaluable documents that shouldn't be missed. Add them to your wish lists now.
2) Marvel Announces Everything
The winner of this year's New York Comic Con was far and away Marvel. The company announced such interesting offerings as the All-New Ghost Rider (this time an LA teen who apparently has a Ghost Rider car. Awesome) relaunched Elektra and Captain Marvel, a new Punisher book which has Frank Castle traveling to the West Coast for more bloodletting/fun-in-the-sun, and, most excitingly a New Warriors series by Chris Yost - the man responsible for the incredible Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes cartoon - and artist Marcus To. And let's not forget George Romero's Empire of the Dead, which will bring zombies back to the Marvel Universe once more...with vampires in tow? Utter sacrilege. Sigh.
Anyway, these, along with the recent reports of the She-Hulk revival, are a sign of good things to come from the perennial House of Ideas. But these announcements were just foreplay for the sweet sweet lovemaking Marvel was about to proceed with by announcing...
I'm not sure how much dark magick had to be performed to make this happen, but comic fans are finally going to be getting their Marvelman/Miracleman fix once again. We've known since 2009 that Marvel had gotten the rights to Miracleman (the reasons behind his name change, as well as the various legal issues surrounding the character are enough to leave this writer more confused than a month of Heaven's Love Thrift Shop strips), but he has been in limbo since then. Until now. As you can see in the above video, the original Warrior Magazine/Eclipse stories from Alan Moore will be reprinted first, leading up to a continuation of the aborted story from Neil Gaiman and artist Mark Buckingham. Marvel has the complete details of the long Miracleman saga, as well a complete lack of mentioning Moore's name and what, if any, input he had into this new phase of the character's life.
So there you have it: a San Diego Comic Con-level announcement at NYCC. At the very least, the one that will be stirring up the most comics discussions in the weeks ahead. Did I leave out your favorite news story? If so, be sure to let me know in the comments!
Previously by Chris Cummins