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DC Develops Workshops For Aspiring Artists & Writers

DC Entertainment Launches New Talent Development Workshops For Aspiring Writers and Artists

 

In an effort to find new and aspiring comic book talent, DC Entertainment has launched Talent Development Workshops for both writers and artists, led by bestselling and acclaimed comic talent including Jim Lee, Geoff Johns, Scott Snyder, Klaus Janson and Andy Kubert. The series of workshops are designed to give access and a voice to new and prospective talent, providing an opportunity to showcase their work following intensive DC workshop sessions.

Online applications for DC’s Artists Workshop will be accepted April 1-30, 2016 while applications for the Writers Workshop will be accepted May 1-31, 2016. DC’s new Talent Development website offers extensive tips, advice and recommended reading to help potential applicants navigate the submission process. Both workshops will take place in fall 2016.

“Our goal is to identify and foster fresh, new voices,” stated DC Entertainment Co-Publisher and bestselling artist, Jim Lee. “The new DC Talent Development Workshops will play a vital role in discovering and developing the next generation of comic talent.”

“I’ve brought in a lot of new writers to DC, both from within and outside of comics, for Rebirth, working with them closely as we rebuild our universe,” stated DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer, Geoff Johns. “The creative growth of DC comes from new voices joining the mix, both writers and artists, and it’s been an absolute highlight to work with them.”

Bestselling Batman writer Scott Snyder added, “I’m so proud and honored to be heading up DC’s Writers Workshop. Teaching has always been a passion of mine, and getting to help welcome and coach new voices at a company that’s given me so many creative opportunities is a tremendous thrill.”

About the Artists Workshop

The 2016 Artists Workshop was developed by DC with world-renowned artists Jim Lee, Klaus Janson and Andy Kubert and follows a successful pilot program that took place in fall 2015. Visit DCComicsTalentWorkshop.com to view artwork completed by pilot program students.

Competitive candidates will have an established portfolio of sequential art and illustrations. For the artists selected via the online submission process, the Workshop will provide the knowledge and exposure required to cross the threshold into the competitive world of comic book publishing. Chosen artists will be asked to complete art assignments that will be critiqued by several top DC Artists. If the artists achieve the level of work required for the course they will then be invited to a two-week, intensive workshop at DCE’s Burbank offices.

About the Writers Workshop

The 2016 Writers Workshop was developed by DC with bestselling writer Scott Snyder and follows a successful three-month pilot program. For selected candidates, the first part of the 2016–2017 DC Comics Writers Workshop will run October 2016–January 2017 as an online real-time, weekly interactive seminar, for thirteen consecutive weeks. Each seminar will teach a new skill essential for surviving and excelling in this highly competitive field. Following the initial Workshop, a smaller hand-selected group of those participants will be invited to DCE offices in Burbank for an intensive writing experience, featuring guest speakers currently working in comic books, including a mix of editors, writers, artists and the Talent Development staff.

Upon completion of the Master Class program, DCE’s Talent Development group will ensure successful participants are considered for positions on current DC titles.

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Watch: Frank Miller At The Dark Knight Panel NYCC 2015

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Cosmic Book News attended this past weekend’s New York Comic-Con where we went to the DC Comics The Dark Knight 30th Anniversary Panel which featured Jim Lee, Klaus Janson, Andy Kubert, Brian Azzarello and the surprise guest star Frank Miller.

Below you can check out video featuring Miller taking part in the audience Q&A.

Frank Miller gets introduced:

 

Frank Miller talks if he is involved in Batman Vs. Superman and if the movie is an adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns (more can be read here):

 

Frank Miller clears up a fan’s thought that The Dark Knight Returns is an Elseworlds book:

 

Frank Miller talks about directing a Batman movie:

 

Frank Miller talks about the character of Batman (mentions Bat-mite):

 

Frank Miller talks about the scene from The Dark Knight Returns he would like to see in Batman Vs. Superman:

 

Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello comment on the controversial Superman mini-comic cover that comes with The Dark Knight Returns III:

 

 

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First Look At Andy Kubert Art For Dark Knight III: The Master Race

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DC Comics released a new promo video with co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee for Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight III: The Master Race graphic Novel.

The video showed off some yet-to-see variant covers as well as a first look at interior art of Andy Kubert.

We’ve grabbed the pics from the video of Kubert and Klaus Janson’s art, which includes the first page. Check them out below.

The Dark Knight III goes on sale November 25th.

Written by FRANK MILLER and BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art by ANDY KUBERT and KLAUS JANSON
Mini comic art by TBA
Cover by ANDY KUBERT and KLAUS JANSON
1:10 variant cover by KLAUS JANSON 
1:25 variant cover by ANDY KUBERT and KLAUS JANSON
1:50 variant cover by TBA
1:100 variant cover by FRANK MILLER 
1:500 variant cover by JIM LEE
1:5000 original sketch variant by JIM LEE
Blank variant cover
On sale NOVEMBER 25
32 pg comic: 6.375” x 10.1875” 
16 page minicomic: 5.5” x 8.5” 
FC, 1 of 8, $5.99 US • RATED T+
Retailers: This issue will ship with multiple covers. Please see the order form for more information.
The epic ending you never saw coming is here because you demanded it! The Dark Knight rises again to face the dawn of the master race!

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DC Reveals New Details For The Dark Knight III At Comic-Con

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DC Entertainment began Comic-Con International: San Diego 2015 with a blockbuster announcement, revealing today that artists Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson will be joining living-legend Batman writer and artist Frank Miller and acclaimed writer Brian Azzarello in bringing the final chapter of the celebrated THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS saga to life.

“THE DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE” is the epic conclusion to Miller’s 1986 classic THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS trilogy – heralded by TIME Magazine as one of the 10 greatest graphic novels of all time – and its 2001-2002 follow-up series BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN.

THE DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE will be an eight-issue, comic book periodical, to be published monthly under the DC Comics imprint.  Within each 32 page periodical there will be a special 16 page “Dark Knight Universe” comic affixed in the center. Each “Dark Knight Universe” comic will feature a rotating cast of special guest artists and characters.

“We went into this knowing that we had to give fans more,” said Dan DiDio and Jim Lee, Co-Publishers for DC Entertainment. “We’re pulling out all the stops to deliver an amazing conclusion to this exciting body of work. We hope it inspires the next generation of writers and artists, the way it has already inspired us.”

According to Kubert, “Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello have crafted such an incredible story for DKIII, as I am truly honored to be associated with them, this project, and Klaus Janson. We, along with the fans, are in for a great ride!”

“Any opportunity to work with Frank Miller is a happy occasion for me,” said Janson. “When we add the talents of Brian Azzarello and Andy Kubert to the mix, we have the ingredients to achieve something truly memorable.  This will be amazing!”

Marking the 30th anniversary of THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS original series, this periodical is slated for publication beginning in late Fall 2015.

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Geoff Johns Teases All-Star Artist Line-Up For Justice League

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Geoff Johns, DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer and writer of DC Comics, has taken to his Twitter to tease an all-star line-up of artists for the Justice League comic book.

Johns tweeted out, “You Know what would be cool? A Justice League issue drawn by Kevin Maguire, Phil Jimenez, Dan Jurgens, Jason Fabok and Andy Kubert.”

Fans responded on Twitter with enthusiam, and Maguire tweeted back, “Yeah, like THAT’LL ever happen!”

Johns then “winked” back to Maguire.

Fabok also replied adding, “That would be cool. Would be an honor to share in a work with those legends.”

Jurgens replied, “Interesting idea. We should talk about that sometime. Just in case.”

The latest issue of “Justice League” (#38) hits January 21st.

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Advanced Review: Avengers #6

 

For those readers who like the long story as I do, and even for those who do not, you get a little payoff for the small frustrations of Avengers #3 in this fantastically classy and cosmic origin story for the new Captain Universe in #6.

At once, you can make connections to previous issues of Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers with this story, and an understanding comes. You may be even more in-the-know if you read Warren Ellis’ newuniversal, but that will really come in #7.

Leave it to Hickman to use the much-ignored Shang-Chi just right as a tool to unlock the mystery of the African-American female now possessed of the Captain Universe identity. It all fits so perfectly together … until a surprise in the back seat flies into the storyline and then there are problems anew!

Now this is how I like my Avengers: powerful, slow and complex.

SUPERIOR Spidey rears his head this issue, calling Iron Man “Stark” and actually stealing poor Sam Guthrie’s special vitamin food! Raiding the icebox: now that is low! Great character moments here, but I would like to see Jarvis. Tony made a ref to him a while go and his presence would definitely work as a soother.

We also get a tad more on that mysterious code both the new Adam and Captain Universe seem to speak. And the new guy’s name is not Blackveil, like Stark thought, but something close … again, the New Universe should be your guide!

Hickman and the wonderful art of Adam Kubert are starting to rebuild a very lost faith in a vanished Marvel Cosmic. At least in Avengers, it seems wide-eyed, innocent, creative and mysterious …

Now this is how I like my Avengers!

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First Look At Scott Snyder & Andy Kubert’s Batman #18

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The DC Blog The Source included some snippets from interviews with Scott Snyder in addition to a first look at Batman #18 featuring the art of Andy Kubert. You can check the art out below.

BATMAN #18

Writer: Scott Snyder

Art: Andy Kubert

Price: $3.99

In Stores: Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Description:

• Welcome guest-artist Andy Kubert!

• In the wake of unspeakable tragedy, Batman is in danger of losing his humanity!

• And in the backup story, fan-favorite character Harper Row returns—but will she be able to pull Batman back from the brink? 

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Batman #18 Gets Andy Kubert As Guest-Artist

Batman #18 will feature the art of Andy Kubert as Greg Capullo will take a “day off,” which would only be the second time in a year and a half.

Becky Cloonan filled in on Batman #12 for Capullo.

Snyder and James Tynion IV will be on the back-up story with art by Alex Maleev.

Greg Capullo returns to Batman #19.

IGN got the first peek at the cover and solicit:

BATMAN #18

Written by Scott Snyder

Back-up story written by Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV

Art by Andy Kubert and Sandra Hope

Back-up story art by Alex Maleev

Cover by Greg Capullo

Variant Cover by Andry Kubert

1:100 B&W Variant cover by Greg Capullo

On sale March 13, 40 pg, FC, $3.99, Rated T

Combo pack edition: $4.99

Welcome guest-artists Andy Kubert and Sandra Hope!

In the wake of unspeakable tragedy, Batman is in danger of losing his humanity!

Fan-favorite character Harper Row returns — will she be able to pull Batman back from the brink?

Unspeakable tragedy, huh? That doesn’t bode well for the conclusion of Death of the Family, now does it?

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Brian Michael Bendis On Guardians Of The Galaxy Summer 2012?

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:273:]]Seeing how the new year is almost upon us, how about prediction time!

My “big” prediction for 2012 is that Brian Michael Bendis will be on a new Guardians of the Galaxy comic book, based on the following:

• There is going to be a Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

•  At the recent NYCC, I was coyly asked, “Would Marvel not have a Guardians of the Galaxy comic if a movie was coming out?”

•  Tom Brevoort stated a new Guardians of the Galaxy comic would come out around the Summer of 2012.

•  Brian Michael Bendis’ run on both Avengers comics finishes up Summer 2012.

•  Axel Alonso recently stated, “As for Brian, if you’re a fan of his work, you won’t believe what he’ll be writing next for us. My lips are sealed.”

•  The Avengers movie may have a reference to the Guardians of the Galaxy.

•  Disney recently moved up a release date for an as-of-yet unnamed Marvel Studios project to April 2014.

Fact is, with Disney launching a Guardians of the Galaxy movie, Marvel is going to need to place one of their big guns on the comic book so that it sells relatively well. And with Bendis, comes the full Marvel hype machine — something DnA’s Guardians lacked — including an A-list artist and money for promotion. While arguably, DnA’s Guardians was by far better than anything Marvel was putting out at the time, for some reason or another, the head honchos just didn’t back it 100%. That all changes with Bendis.

Fans either seem to love Bendis or hate ‘im. But there is no denying that Bendis brings with him a guaranteed audience – especially when Marvel attaches a top name artist. And let’s be honest Marvel Cosmic fans, we’re not going to believe this until we see it!

Regarding The Avengers movie, as stated above we could see reference to the Guardians of the Galaxy as there is a heavy cosmic vibe to it (of course, in addition to the upcoming GoTG movie would make sense). Furthermore, The Avengers comes out in May 2012, Bendis ends his Avengers run the Summer of 2012 – could Bendis end his Avengers run with a lead in to the new Guardians of the Galaxy

The close #2 choice right behind Bendis would have to be Jeph Loeb. Back in January of 2012, we were told he was to helm a new era of Marvel Cosmic (hence Nova and GoTG being placed on “hiatus”); however, I’m thinking Loeb is going to be on the new Nova based on Loeb and McGuinness’ prior involvement with Point One.

Now regarding just who the A-list artist might be that is paired with Bendis on the new Guardians of the Galaxy – how about Andy Kubert?

And I’ll leave the debate over which Guardians team up to you guys! All new? Whaaat?!

My choice to take over for Bendis on The Avengers?

Rick Remender!

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Watchmen 2: First Look At Nite Owl and The Comedian Cover Art; Amanda Connor on Silk Spectre

Rumored for some time, now we can say it is official – Watchmen 2 is a go!

Bleeding Cool, who has been the front runner with all the inside info on the Watchmen sequel, has released a first look at two pieces of cover art.

First up is the Nite Owl from the father and son team of Joe and Andy Kubert.

Next up, is cover art for The Comedian by JG Jones.

And finally, BC has it on good word that Amanda Connor is on the Silk Spectre.

While not officially announced, it’s being said that there are four Watchmen prequel minis being released, with Darwyn Cooke at the lead.

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Review: Flashpoint #5 (of 5)

The end is here and the CBN offices are blown away by the shocking, yet some say — confusing, end to an era of DC comics! Me? I say bring it on! Geoff Johns continual love affair with Barry Allen has turned the DC Universe on it's ear, creating one of the most creative stories …

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Review: Flashpoint #3 (of 5)

*Warning: Spoilers*   The hair on your arms stand up as the crackle of ion fills the air. There is a storm emerging from the heavens, one that can change the fate of a world with a single bolt of lightning. But the man that awaits this miraculous gift lays broken and dying, his body …

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Review: Flashpoint #2 (of 5)

Thomas Wayne tells Barry Allen,” They say lightning never strikes the same place twice.” For once I would have to say the mighty Batman is wrong! Lightning most definitely has struck again, but it’s within the pages of Geoff Johns Flashpoint that you will see this phenomenon! Though there is A LOT going on in …

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