SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON UPDATE 2005 #2 (Jul 2005) SDCC

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SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON UPDATE 2005 #2
Date:  Jul 2005
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    • The unpublished Wizard 100th Issue Poster From George Perez WIZARD 100TH ISSUE POSTER (Errata) (2000) Wizard "A couple of years ago WIZARD had asked me to lay out a proposed poster for their 100th issue. The piece would be a montage of 100 characters to be pencilled and inked by various artists but the whole thing was designed in blue pencil by me. That's why each of the characters, from various companies and creators, were numbered, so that the other artists could refer to a key and draw their character where indicated. That particular artwork was never completed, presumably because of the inability to coordinate it with the schedules and availability of many of the artists WIZARD wanted involved." Poster from comics.ha.com
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    News: San Diego Comic-Con Interview with Wolfman and Perez

    June 25, 2005 12:43 pm
     From SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON UPDATE 2005 #2 (Jul 2005)

    SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON UPDATE 2005 #2 (Jul 2005)
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    THE TITANIC TWOSOME
    Published in SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON UPDATE 2005 #2 (Jul 2005)
    transcribed by Vu (email)

    Marv Wolfman and George Perez celebrate 25 years of the New Teen Titans at Comic-Con International!

    In 1980, everyone was looking for change. DC Comics was experiencing a slump in sales, and fans were interested in seeing their superheroes embark on more complex adventures. Meanwhile, on the creative side, author Marv Wolfman wanted to move away from writing two-man teamp-up books like World's Finest and The Brave & The Bold, while artist George Perez was interested in leaving Marvel Comics for DC. Wolfman figured that was creating his own comic he'd find his opportunity, so he approached DC editor Len Wein, whom he'd worked with on the Teen Titans in the late 1960s, and pitched his take on The New Teen Titans. Problems solved? Not quite.

    "We pitched it to [then President] Jenette Kahn, who wasn't all that thrilled, because she didn't really like the previous version," explains Wolfman. "To which we said, 'We'll do it better'."

    Kahn agreed to give them a chance, and Wolfman set about finding an artist to solidify the deal. He came across Perez, who was known for working on team-oriented action books, but Perez had other aspirations. "The only reason I said yes at all was because I was interested in doing the Justice League of America," laughs Perez. "I said if I could do an issue or two of the JLA, I'd do Titans."

    Most of DC's new titles were being cancelled after six months so everyone assumed The New Teen Titans would be destroyed by poor sales faster than Brother Blood could ever hope to accomplish. But fans immediately flocked to the multifaceted characters, intricate artwork, and pulse-pounding plotlines that elevated Wolfman and Perez's "Just Little League" because what was currently being published. Soon the title was rivaling the X-Men. books at Marvel - indeed, the companies eventually published an epic crossover starring the two teams - and DC fortunes began turning around.

    Today, the Teen Titans have seen a dramatic resurgence, with an animated series on Cartoon Network, a besting-selling comic written by Geoff Johns and toy lines based on the team's various incarnations but none of those beloved characters would be saving the universe at all if it weren't for Wolfman and Perez's success 25 years ago, which is why Comic-Con International is celebrating the Titans' anniversary at this year's convention.

    We took a moment with this dynamic duo to discuss their early work and the elements that turned a group of teen heroes into comic book legends.

    Comic-Con International: Unlike most team books at that time, Titans. took great pains to focus on the characters' everyday lives as well as their adventures.
    WOLFMAN: You need the real life to make the hero life that much more special, [and] my belief is that Stan Lee got it right in the beginning. Peter Parker had a real life and you cared more about the supporting characters than you did about Spider-Man's villains, as good as some of them were. I felt that we were getting away from that, and thought that comics needed to be grounded [like they] had been in the '40s and '50s.

    CCI: That grounding affected other books, particularly the Batman titles with Dick Grayson's transformation from Robin into Nightwing. How did that come about?
    WOLFMAN: From the very beginning I was interested in making all the Titans stand on their own, so I had been aging Dick Grayson intellectually as well as physically and George had visually turned him into a young man as opposed to a young boy. At the same point in the Batman books, their feeling was that Robin needed to be young, [but] because Titans was the number-one book, I convinced them that they should create a new Robin and let them keep Dick Grayson. That was the reason for the change into Nightwing.

    PEREZ: The name Nightwing was already used in the Superman/Jimmy Olsen stories but it was such a good name that Marv and I settled on it because we couldn't think of anything better. One of the things I did do, which I don't know if Len [Wein] agreed with, was giving him a deep plunging V-neck. I'm a firm believer [that because] we do a lot of cheesecake in comics that a little beefcake was definitely in order. Nightwing had an enormous female following who loved him as Robin, I guess it must have been the bare legs and gave him a little more chest. So the Robin Rooters, which were the names of the Robin groupies, became Wing Nuts.

    CCI: What's it like seeing these characters brought to life as an animated series?
    WOLFMAN: I'm thrilled and love the show. What I really like is that they found their own take the same way George and I did when we came onto Titans. By having it so far off and yet at the same time having Starfire, Raven, Cyborg and all the villains - and I'd say 95% of those villains are characters created by George and me or by me after George left - it's a thrill because they're finding new ways of doing what we had done, and they're doing it with respect.

    CCI: This year's also marks the 20th anniversary of Crisis on Infinite Earths, the miniseries that revamped the DC Universe. Did that come about because of Titans?
    WOLFMAN: No, Crisis was something that conceptually goes back when I was a kid. I always wanted to see all the characters get together but I didn't have any storylines. Years later I [got a letter] from a fan saying DC continuity makes no sense, and I said something like one of these days we need to fix this. That afternoon, while waiting to go to a convention, the idea came to me. [DC] had not been thinking of this at all.

    CCI: Did the idea of drawing almost every characters in the DCU intimidate you?
    PEREZ: No one has ever accursed me of saying, "Oh my God, I Can't do this!" [he laughs] I always wanted to do a lot of characters and as many costumes as I could. When I heard about Crisis on Infinite Earths I said I would love to draw it. Suddenly it upped the ante for them because now it was with somebody who could do a more complicated story and who wouldn't try to find the easy way out. On the contrary, I would find the hardest way to do a scene in order to put more information on the printed page.

    CCI: How do you each think the other person's work has influence the comic book industry as a whole?
    WOLFMAN: George was the first person, I Believe, who really worked at giving characters completely different body types and body language. If you could silhouettes of all the George's characters you could tell who they were even if they were dressed in different clothing simply by the way they stood. Secondly, George's absolute love of the material for doing comics, just came through like nobody's business. This was not somebody who did it as a profession and had gotten staid with the material. It was not boring, it was constantly exciting because George was constantly excited about doing it. I think that really reflected on the next generation of comics [artists].

    PEREZ: I think Marv has proved that you can be intimate and earth shattering at the same time. One of Marv's greatest gifts is his handle on characterization. He was able to do it so successfully, not only on a team book like Teen Titans , which had essentially seven lead characters, but even on a book like Crisis on Infinite Earths where you had hundreds of characters. It's the same thing in comics as it is with movies. We sometimes lose sight of character-driven stories in exhcnage for a lot of flash and bombast, but I think if people reread some of the [comics] that Marv and I worked on together, even now, they see that there was a great love for the characters [and that] ends up producing a far better story. And there never can be enough good stories in comics.

    And speaking of good stories, Wolfman and Perez are finishing a New Teen Titans graphic novel that they began back on 1987; in addition, Wolfman just published a new novelization of Crisis on Infinite Earths in April. You can find out more about their history together as well as upcoming projects at this year's Comic-Con International.

    News: San Diego Comic-Con Update #2

    June 17, 2005 06:09 pm
     From Vu (email)

    SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON UPDATE 2005 #2 (Jul 2005)
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    In the latest newsletter update from San Diego Comic-Con, there is an exclusive four page interview with Marv Wolfman and George Pérez. You can write and get your own free copy from www.comic-con.org. Tell them Vu sent you... they'll have no idea who I am.

    I will have to transcribe the interview much later, I'm swamp with real life events (you know, 'bring your own beer parties', meeting strange people, showing my Rhode Island friend around...) Plus, like I mentioned earlier, the Summer is here. It's warm, I can't be boggled down by staying doing website things indoors !

    When I get around to it, I will be reviewing a following books: Wonder Woman: Challenge of the Gods, New Teen Titans: Who is Donna Troy?, Fantastic Four Visionaires: George Pérez, and Avengers Assemble #2.

    Oh, I saw the new Batman film last night - Holy Awesome, Batman ! It's actually a very good movie. It's probably my favorite superhero film so far. Better than X-Men 2 !

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