Comic-Con 2009 has just gone transcendent. It happened during the Marvel Comics panel discussing their massive ongoing inter-title event known as Dark Reign.
Dark Reign is one of those messy affairs that threatens to destroy the very fabric of the Marvel Universe. Norman Osborn, that guy who throws little pumpkin bombs, is the main mastermind threatening world destruction. No one knows who, when, or how he will be stopped.
If Joe Quesada has his way, Dark Reign will end with a bushy red tail.
During the panel discussion, the conversation turned to Squirrel Girl:
Fan in the audience: “Does she kick Norman’s ass?
Joe Quesada: “You read my mind, I want her to be the end of this!”
Dear Joe, we want that too. We realize that you were probably joking, and that you don’t have the power to make it happen on your own. Please consider it anyway.
If you have never seen cards like this, you are in for a treat. They each contain actual pieces of material from costumes and props that were used in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. These particular cards are tough to acquire, since they are only available by getting lucky in the goodie bags at the Artbox booth at San Diego Comic-Con 2009. Here is the full set:
SDCC09-CP1 Just Like That Hat & Boxing Telescope Boxes
SDCC09-CP2 Slughorn’s Office Cushions & Armchair
SDCC09-CP3 Slughorn’s Christmas Party Guest Costume & Lantern Prop
SDCC09-CP4 Death Eater & Dumbledore Dual Costume
I was surfing around to see if anyone had leaked the zombie variant cover of X-Babies #1 this morning, and I found a treasure. That is the full Adam Kubert art from the variant cover of Uncanny X-Men #461. Why so special? Let me explain.
I had been working for Upper Deck nearly three years before I tiptoed the tikes into the arena. No one had ever mixed X-Babies and Vs. System before, and the new mutant power that had been given to the smaller characters with the X-Men team affiliation seemed fairly fertile. I named my deck “X-Babies Attack” and I wrote a full article about its strategy. The rest is history.
One year later, my efforts bore the ultimate in cardboard fruit. The progeny of my presence was rewarded by the highest honor possible in a trading card gaming community. Upper Deck named a card after my creation, and printed it in the Marvel Evolution set. It’s a beautiful thing.
Carlsbad, CA (July 15, 2009) – On June 25, 2009, the world was shocked to hear that Michael Jackson had suddenly passed away. In honor of one of the world’s most prolific performers, The Upper Deck Company is releasing a quartet of short-printed, illustrated insert cards honoring Michael Jackson’s legendary 1993 halftime performance at Football’s biggest game.
On Sunday, January 31, 1993, the sporting world tuned in to watch Dallas battle Buffalo for football’s biggest title game. Adding to the excitement of the annual event, the halftime show stirred up the kind of buzz that only one performer could ever generate: Michael Jackson took center stage and with a set that featured some of his most memorable hits and trademark dance moves, he rocked the house of 98,374. Dallas won the game, 52-17, and Jackson won over a new generation of fans with what many consider the most spectacular halftime show in history.
“Michael Jackson was a unique entertainer whose performances routinely exceeded expectations as he continually tested the boundaries with his music and dance,” said Jason Masherah, Upper Deck’s director of Sports Brands. “After witnessing the outpouring of love at his memorial, we knew the public would appreciate this commemorative collection to celebrate his larger-than-life persona. Both sport and music fans alike will no doubt reminisce about the memorable halftime performance.”
The cards will be available in the August 4th launch of the 2009 UDx Baseball series.
Riffing on the old I… Vampire! Who could it be? None other than Mike Allred.
Vertigo/DC Comics just announced a new series called I, Zombie written by Chris Roberson and drawn by our man. Could he actually revive the spirit of X-Statix, his masterpiece? Meet me back here on Halloween to find out.
That is one of the cards that changed my life. The entire community came together to celebrate the most powerful Multiple Man in the game. Ryan Sook did the original painting, I made the mandala in Kaleider.
Enjoy the Madrox Madness. We sure did.
They are both 6-drops. They are both extremely powerful in the comic books and on cardboard. That is, however, where the similarities end.