And now it’s my turn, folks.
In a wild year full of comic book movies of the blockbuster and not-quite-blockbuster variety, the introduction of some very unique new series, crossovers that remind us how fun big events can be and a host of other comics-related happenings, there’s a lot to be thankful for in the comics scene. So, here are some of the things I’m giving thanks for in 2009…
Case in point: DC’s “Blackest Night” event. Both the main series and its tie-ins are some of the first comics I pull from my stack each week, and serve as a great reminder why massive crossover events can actually be something to look forward to rather than rolling your eyes.
(On a side note, the last crossover event I felt this positively about was Marvel’s “Annihilation” saga — so maybe I’m just partial to the space-based stories.)
(Check out our preview of the “Spider-Woman” motion comic and interview with Bendis here on splash Page for more info about the project.)
3. “GOATS: INFINITE TYPEWRITERS” & “THE CORNDOG IMPERATIVE”: I’m a huge fan of Jon Rosenberg’s long-running webcomic “Goats,” so the debut of the first two print collections of his surreal sci-fi series was a big deal around Splash Page HQ. Along with providing a great way to work your way through the webcomic’s massive archives in sequence, many of the panels actually end up looking far better on bright, bold paper than I remember them looking on my computer monitor. Rosenberg has spent more than a decade developing the continuity of “Goats,” so it’s great to see his work make such a smooth leap into a different medium.
“Herbie,” on the other hand, is possibly the oddest series ever created — and it could be even more strange now than when it was originally published.
(Check out Brian Warmoth’s “Adapt This” column about the ol’ Fat Fury for more on Herbie Popnecker.)
With “Scott Pilgrim,” Wright has assembled an all-star cast and seemed to prove everyone wrong who considered Bryan Lee O’Malley’s wild series unfilmable — all without showing us a single scene thus far. The “Shaun of the Dead” director is saying and doing all the right things to win over comics fans, and everyone involved with the project (including O’Malley himself) is spreading the love.
“Iron Man 2” is a given as one of next year’s most-anticipated comic book movies, but everything we know about “Kick-Ass” and “Scott Pilgrim” so far makes Splash Page HQ even more thankful that 2010 is just around the corner.