NYCC09: BOOM! Studios on Pixar and More
Chip Mosher, Michael Alan Nelson and Ross Richie headed this panel which covered the most recent and upcoming releases from BOOM! Studios. Editor-In-Chief Mark Waid was expected to appear as well but he was unable to make it, although he did send along a video message.
Discussed was the debut of Farscape in December 2008, the adaptation of the Sci-Fi channel show produced by the Jim Henson Company. The first printing of issue #1 sold out and it’s now going to press a second time. There will also be two additional series of the Farscape franchise: Strange Detractors and D’argo’s Lament. The latter promises extra exclusive content in the first issue ‘tied directly to D’argo’ directly from the Jim Henson Company.
On the portable media player tip, it was noted that the first half of the Farscape #1 comic is available on iTunes and can be downloaded for free (Direct Link). They also announced that an electronic version of Hexed, another comic property, is available free of charge to phones running the Google Android OS.
Also talked about was a re-introduction of Mr. Stuffins, the tales of a Teddy Ruxpin-like doll who becomes the beneficiary of a CD containing an Artificial Intelligence program created by the government, resulting in a toy that doubles as a paranoid Navy SEAL. David Petersen of the Mouse Guard series will be doing the A covers for the series.
Next up was the Pixar properties. Debuting in March will be the Incredibles which features four alternate covers that actually piece together to make a larger image featuring all of the characters. Also available will be the incentive cover for issue #1 of The Incredibles which will be featured in 1 out of every 25 copies.
Described as The Incredibles 1.5, The Incredibles will be done in a 4 issue arc series. The first series will have Mr. Incredible starting to lose his powers and how he deals with the changes while trying to keep it a secret from his family. In his video shown later during the panel, Mark Waid also discusses potential future series including one where Mr. Incredible will team up with his former self from 20 years ago.
In this artwork from the series, the Incredibles encounter a zoo where modern day animals have been crossed with Dinosaurs.
World of Cars was mentioned briefly. Richie talked about how John Lasseter hand-picked the artist for the series, that orders for the comic have been enormous and predicted that World of Cars will be a big hit on Free Comic Book Day which occurs May 2 this year.
Next up was the Muppet Show which is being written and drawn by Roger Langridge. They also briefly mentioned an upcoming series called Muppet Robin Hood (there will be additional titles in this series as well as talked about by Disney Publishing during their panel).
Bringing up the rear on the Pixar line-up is Toy Story, due out in April.
The panel then went on to talk about a couple of Mark Waid’s new projects: Irredeemable and Unknown (Waid is also writing The Incredibles series). Irredeemable follows the story of the world’s greatest super hero becoming the world’s greatest super villain.
The incentive covers (1 in 50) will spell out Irredeemable, one letter at a time, and they will be signed by Mark Waid. Here are the first two issue covers, including the never before seen 2nd issue:
Waid’s newest project The Unknown focuses around detective Catherine who’s set on debunking the paranormal with science. The story is told from the point of view of her apprentice. Catherine has six months to live and she’s bent on not dying until she can first solve the mystery of what happens when we die. The Unknown is due out in May.
Other new projects discussed included: Eureka: Dormant Gene; Fall of Cthulhu: Nemesis; and the comic created by Stephen Baldwin, The Remnant.