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Signing at Long Beach Comic Con October 30, 2010

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If you happen to be anywhere near Long Beach, California, today, you’ll want to make sure to stop by the Long Beach Comic Con.  Specifically around 1:00-2:00 p.m. or 4:00-5:00 p.m., because that’s when comic artist James Silvani, Darkwing Duck creator Tad Stones, cover and Muppets artist Amy Mebberson, editor Christopher Burns, and comic writer Ian Brill will be signing copies of Darkwing Duck at the Boom! both.  For $10 you can also get a limited edition LBCC-exclusive blank cover for issue #5 and Silvani will draw very own Darkwing sketch cover.  He appears to be specifically looking for mash-up/crossover suggestions.

Personally?  I wanted Gosalyn and Honker as Asuka and Shinji from Neon Genesis Evangelion, but Silvani doesn’t seem to be familiar with that.  So I’d take Drake and Morgana as Darrin and Samantha from Bewitched.  If I could be there.

Issue 8 Covers October 27, 2010

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Just last week, we got our first of four installments in the Crisis on Infinite Darkwings comic arc in issue 5.  And now we’re getting our first peek at the covers for the story’s last installment, issue 8.

Cover A (left) is surely the work of James Silvani.  It’s looking pretty good, but I suspect final colors might not be done.  Cover B looks like another parody of some famous comic cover, but I can’t place.  Not sure who that duck in the pink dress is, why her eyes are so beady, or who drew this.  Curiously, the poses of Darkwing, Lanchpad, and Negaduck (not counting that eerie green one hovering above the mansion) are all lifted directly from Toby Shelton’s original model sheets.  Some speculation as to what these covers mean after the jump.

Issue 8 will hit comic book stores January 2011.

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Gaze Into the Future of the Disney Afternoon October 26, 2010

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The second (or third, if you count the revival of the DuckTales title in the “Uncle Scrooge” book) of some unknown number of Disney Afternoon properties to be resurrected in comic book form will be launching in December.  And now we have a preview at Inside the Magic of the new Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers comic’s first pages.  Like Darkwing Duck before it, this is looking excellent.

This news may not exactly be Darkwing Duck-related, but D.W. scribe Ian Brill is penning this ongoing series series as well.  Art will be handled by Marvel Superhero Squad artist Leonel Castellini (whose work here looks positively gorgeous).  I’m not sure who’s on colors, but I’d be hard-pressed to say they could be doing any better.

Panel from Darkwing Duck issue 3 with Launchpad McQuack and Gadget Hackwrench

Myself?  I’ll be sure to pick this up along with Darkwing Duck issue 7 come December.  Boom! Studios is on a hot streak.

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DarkwInks October 23, 2010

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Everyone out there enjoying the first issue of Crisis on Infinite Darkwings?  I’ve read it a couple times.  Hopefully, I can get post some thoughts on both the fifth issue and the Duck Knight Returns arc before too long.  In the meantime (and I’m sure a lot of you have seen this already), I wanted to direct your attention to a post made by artist James Silvani on his blog a few months ago where he describes and illustrates his drawing process, from layouts to pencils to inking.  He shows us the glorious, initial spread from episode 1.

Watching his process progress is fascinating, especially how refinement, detail, and life he gives his pages in the inking stage.  I adore Andrew Dalhouse’s colors and think they really help make the book, especially in the way it vibrantly recalls the series.  But if Boom! wanted to release a limited edition of the comics with just Silvani’s raw inks, I’d so go for it.

Issue 5 in Stores Today October 20, 2010

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It’s here!  The second arc of the Boom! Studios Darkwing Duck comic, “Crisis on Infinite Darkwings,” has begun.  Its first installment can be found at your local comic book shop starting today.

This one ships with two different covers (no rarer, pricier variants for the time being, it seems).  The “A” cover is by Sabrina Alberghetti, who also gave us last month’s “B” cover.  The “B” cover with Negaduck tearing through issue 1’s “B” cover is by series artist James Silvani.

The title “Crisis on Infinite Darkwings” is a playful reference to the Superman story “Crisis on Infinite Earths.”  It’s fun seeing the comics follow an arc-naming convention similar to the show’s episode-naming.

So hurry into your local comic book shop and pick up your copies before they disappear!  I’m afraid I won’t be able to pick mine up till Thursday, so I’ll just spend the next 24 hours or so wallowing in jealousy.

Update: 10/20/2010. Don’t have time to make it into a comic book shop? Need a little extra enticement to convince you it’s worth your while?  Then check out Newsarama’s exclusive extended Darkwing Duck #5 preview!  Chock full of surprise appearances, it’s guaranteed to leave you wanting more!

The Con Is On October 19, 2010

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Our favorite team of intrepid creative types at Boom! Studios are still resting up from their New York Comic Con adventure (artist James Silvani has posted his report here), but they’re already gearing up for next weekend’s Long Beach Comic Con.

As a reminder, Silvani will be drawing the first-ever Darkwing Duck sketch covers (and his Twitter informs me that he’s expecting some requests for some out-there mashups) at the Boom! booth along with fellow Boom! Comics artists, including Amy Mebberson, artist behind the “C” covers for The Duck Knight Returns issues 3 and 4 and several of Boom!’s Muppet books.   Other staff will be there signing as well.

Another exciting new development: Darkwing Duck creator Tad Stones will be joining Silvani and the rest at the Boom! booth for signings.  If you can get to this thing, it may well be the best day of your fan-life.

Long Beach Comic Con will be held from October 29 to October 31 in Long Beach, California.   The Darkwing Duck Blog will post a more detailed schedule of Darkwing-related events when available.

Issue 5 Preview! October 18, 2010

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We’re only 2 days away from issue 5 of the Darkwing Duck comic, and we finally have a preview online.  Negaverse.net’s “Duck Knight” blog has posted the tantalizing first five pages of the issue.  It starts with a delightful stroking of Darkwing Duck’s needy ego.

And then we get right to some Negaduck and Magica DeSpell action as Crisis on Infinite Darkwings kicks off.  October 20th (when this issue drops) can’t come soon enough.

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Update 10/20/2010: Extended preview at Newsarama.

Tad Stones on the Boom! Comics October 18, 2010

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Sometimes it takes me a while to locate this stuff, especially now that there’s so much Darkwing news across the mainstream comics media.  Just found this short video interview from the iFanboy San Diego Comic Con podcast with Darkwing Duck creator Tad Stones.  Here, Stones expresses his admiration for the new comic, his encouragement that the Boom! crew make the character their own, and he reveals that he may very well do some covers for future issues.  I think that last bit’s pretty exciting, actually.

 

 

Angeline Shea’s NYCC Report October 17, 2010

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Angeline Shea of Negaverse.net has posted a more formal report of her encounter with the Boom! Studios crew behind Darkwing Duck at her Duck Knight blog.  She includes a detailed appreciation of the staff behind the title, a truly talented and dedicated group of people who seem to be as much longtime Darkwing fans as they are now Darkwing staff.  Good stuff.

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