The Splash Page Blog: July 6th 2015

On this edition of The Splash Page Blog; DC is making more comics, Why Batman hates Superman in Batman v Superman, Stan Lee is bringing Korean Digital Comics to America, Rob Liefeld is hiding Deadpool’s around Comic-Con, Korra co-creator is going to Threadworld, and the top ten sales list for June.

DC ANNOUNCES NEW LIMITED SERIES FOR SWAMP THING, POISON IVY, FIRESTORM AND MORE

USA Today has revealed that DC Comics will bring a number of characters back into the fold via eight six-issue limited series launching in early 2016.

Among the limited series are “Swamp Thing,” “Metal Men,” “Raven,” “Firestorm,” “Katana: Cult of the Kobra,” “Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death,” “Metamorpho” and “Sugar & Spike.” The new series will feature a mix of creators both classic and modern and, as DC Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras said in the announcement, will spotlight “what’s so fantastic about these characters.”

Len Wein will write both “Swamp Thing” and “Metal Men.” Wein co-created Swamp Thing in 1971 with artist Berni Wrightson, and this new series will reintroduce the character following the end of his ongoing series earlier this year. ’80s “Teen Titans” architect Marv Wolfman will return to write the new adventures of “Raven” while Firestorm co-creator Gerry Conway will handle writing duties on “Firestorm.” This will be Firestorm’s first lead role since the end of “Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men” in 2013. Mike W. Barr, who created Katana in 1983, will write “Katana: Cult of the Kobra.”

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Read more at this link:  http://www.comicbookresources.com/article/dc-announces-new-limited-series-for-swamp-thing-poison-ivy-firestorm-and-more

Why Does Batman Hate Superman in Batman v. Superman?

Entertainment Weekly’s blowout on the film has many intriguing tidbits. First up, Ben Affleck discusses the DCU’s approach to superheroic consequences, and reveals why Batman’s beef with Clark Kent is personal:

One of the things I liked was Zack’s idea of showing accountability and the consequences of violence and seeing that there are real people in those buildings—And in fact, one of those buildings was Bruce Wayne’s building so he knew people who died in that Black Zero event.

Separately, Affleck says that this movie plays up Bruce Wayne’s age, and develops the Bruce Wayne side of the character:

He really keeps up the image of the playboy, actively. So you have more of a dichotomy which I thought was really fun, and a little sad, like the aging playboy.

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Read more at this link: http://io9.com/why-does-batman-hate-superman-in-batman-v-superman-1715891552

Stan Lee Helping Korean Digital Comics Site Expand Into The U.S.

Stan Lee is partnering with YouTube personality and makeup expert Michelle Phan to help publicize Line Webtoon, the English language version of popular Korean digital comics portal Naver Webtoon. The partnership will be officially announced at Comic-Con International: San Diego, the New York Times reports.

“In Asia, comics and manga and anime are definitely ingrained in the broader pop culture,” said Tom Akel, the head of content at Line Webtoon. “It’s almost difficult to put into words the scale and success of Webtoon over there.”

The Korean website has an audience of more than six million daily visitors who come to keep up with their favorite series, many of which have been adapted to television, video games, and other media.

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Read more at this link: http://comicbook.com/2015/07/06/stan-lee-helping-korean-digital-comics-site-expand-into-the-u-s-/

Rob Liefeld Will Hide 24 ‘Deadool’ Sketches Around Comic-Con

Who wouldn’t want a Deadpool sketch by legendary comic book creator and artist Rob Liefeld? Comic Con might be our chance.

Rob is celebrating the huge 24th year of Deadpool by hiding 24 Deadpool drawings of all shapes and sizes all over the greater staging area of the 2015 edition of San Diego Comic Con International. Find our more details on how to find a Rob Liefeld Deadpool sketch, after the jump.

I’ve been told, this extends from the convention center to the historic Gas Lamp, surrounding restaurants, and various parties Rob will be attending.

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Read more at this link: http://www.slashfilm.com/rob-liefeld-comic-con-sketches/

‘Avatar’ and ‘Korra’ co-creator to make graphic novel debut

Avatar: The Last Airbender co-creator Bryan Konietzko will make his graphic novel debut with Threadworlds, a sci-fi series to be published by First Second.

Scheduled to debut in 2017, Threadworlds is set on a group of five planets that share a single orbit, each with its own intelligent species and level of technology. The story centers on Nova, a stubborn and brilliant young scientist from one of the most primitive worlds who refuses to adhere to the rules of a superstitious, oppressive empire that forbids girls to read and write. The series will follow a chain reaction of scientific discovers from planet to planet that sweep up Nova in a journey.

Image courtesy of Entertainment Weekly

Read more at this link:  http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2015/07/avatar-and-korra-co-creator-to-make-graphic-novel-debut/

“SECRET WARS,” “STAR WARS” CONTINUE TO DOMINATE DIRECT MARKET’S TOP TEN SALES IN JUNE

Marvel Comics maintained its position as the #1 publisher in the Direct Market in June 2015, with Diamond Comic Distributors announcing that the publisher’s “Secret Wars” #3 was the best-selling single issue for the month.

Marvel had seven of the ten top-selling books for the month, with Dan Slott and Adam Kubert’s “Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows” debuting at #2 under Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic’s #1 entry. Jason Aaaron and John Cassaday’s “Star Wars” #6 was ranked third, with “Thors” #1, “Darth Vader” #6, “X-Men ’92” #1 — the print version of the previously-released digital comic — and “Groot” #1 all ranking in the Top Ten.

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Read more at this link:  http://www.comicbookresources.com/article/secret-wars-star-wars-continue-to-dominate-direct-markets-top-ten-in-june

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