C2E2, More Digital Than Physical, with a Helping of Whedonverse

Written by Shaun Daniels and Edited by Sharon Wong

With the 2012 C2E2 (known as Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo) at a close, we at The Fright Channel and Horror Haven thought we would share a few of the highlights of the convention, especially for the unable to attend (like say because of an editor doling out unmerciful deadlines).  Overall, the leading news is digital heavy, which comes as no surprise given the emergence of the digital marketplace over the past couple of years.  This is by no means a slight against local comic shops, and other brick and mortar stores selling comics because we believe there is room for both the physical and the digital.  With that being said, here is the news of interest to blow out of the Windy City.

Mark Waid and Leverage co-creator John Rogers announced their new website www.Thrillbent.com, a collective for creators to not only publish comics digitally but also to push the boundaries.  The hope is for the collective to attract veterans of the industry as well as new creators to the medium.  Waid will be one of the first to publish under the Thrillbent moniker, teaming up with Irredeemable cohort Peter Krause.  The duo will be putting out Insufferable, a look at what happens when a teenage sidekick grows up to be an arrogant a**hole of a man.  Thrillbent is scheduled to go live May 1st and will feature weekly one-shots available for download.  What is not clear is if the website will have App support for mobile device users, a key demographic the comic industry is so desperately trying to capture.

DC Comics revealed a digital first comics initiative, to be releasing said comics five days a week.  Launching will be two new digital first comics in the form of Ame-Comi-Girls and Batman digital.  Ame-Comi-Girls is based on the popular Anime-influenced toy line consisting of DC female superheroes and their villains but with a distinct Japanese look.  The book will be helmed by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti with art from Amanda Conner, Tony Akins and Mike Bowden to name a few.  Batman Digital will be an out-of-continuity book featuring a variety of creators from the likes of Damon Lindelof, Jeff Parker and Gabriel Hardman to B. Clay Moore and Ben Templesmith.  Rounding out the rest will be Smallville Season 11, The Beyond series, which will alternate between Batman BeyondJustice League Beyond and Superman Beyond, and Batman: Arkham Unhinged.  The new digital initiative will commence in June and will have the following schedule:

Monday: Ame-Comi-Girls

Tuesday: Batman: Arkham Unhinged

Wednesday: Beyond Series

Thursday: Batman Digital

Friday: Smallville Season 11

Two new Buffy-verse series will be coming out of Dark Horse Comics later this year.  Debuting in August, the first is a Spike miniseries that will effectively take place after the happenings of Buffy Season 9 issue 10.  Spike and Buffy say good-bye (for now), allowing the creative team of Victor Gishchler and Paul Lee room to explore Spike’s feelings for Buffy.  The overall plot has yet to be revealed but we imagine there will be some action.  Covers for the series will be from the hilarious and übertalented Jenny Frison, who is no stranger to Spike.  The other of the Whedonverse books is a Willow series that should clear up questions after magic was removed from the world in Buffy Season 8.  It will have ties into Christos Gage and Rebekah IsaacsAngel & Faith, starting with issue 11.  This series has been in the works for a while, and will have Jeff Parker doing the writing and Brian Ching handling the art chores.

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