A second Dark Phoenix trailer is released for X-Men Day that features legendary Marvel Comics icons Stan Lee, Chris Claremont and Louise Simonson. “When I started with Marvel, I was in school,” Claremont explained about first meeting Stan Lee. “My parents knew Al Jaffee and he said, ‘Oh, does he have any interest in comic …
X-men writer Chris Claremont offers his thoughts on why the X-Men, Wolverine and the mutants are no longer the top dog at Marvel Comics. At one time, the X-Men were more popular than the Avengers as Claremont and Jim Lee’s X-Men #1 from back in 1991 sold a whopping 8.1 million copies or so. Now …
A new Kevin Smith late-night talk show is headed to AMC with “Geeking Out,” which will also feature Greg Grunberg (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Heroes, Lost) as a host.
Geeking Out will premiere at this Summer’s San Diego Comic-Con; Smith is also behind Comic Book Men on AMC.
Full details can be found below.
AMC ORDERS NEW LATE-NIGHT TALK SHOW, “GEEKING OUT” (Working Title)
HOSTED BY KEVIN SMITH AND GREG GRUNBERG, SHOW WILL TAKE TIMELY LOOK AT POP CULTURE THROUGH A FANBOY LENS
AMC today announced that it has ordered a new late-night talk show, “Geeking Out” (Working Title). Hosted by Kevin Smith (“Comic Book Men,” “Clerks”) and Greg Grunberg (“Heroes, “Heroes Reborn” “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens”), the 30-minute show will take a timely look at pop culture through a fanboy lens and feature talk, clips, celebrity interviews and out-of-the-studio segments. The series is produced by Matador Content and The Weinstein Company in association with Bandwagon Media with Jay Peterson, Patrick Reardon, Smith and Grunberg serving as executive producers. The show is expected to premiere with a special episode covering Comic-Con International: San Diego in late July, with eight more episodes to run weekly starting in late summer.
“Kevin and Greg are both true fans of this content, and share a deep passion for talking about it, and engaging other fans about it. But it is their natural chemistry as hosts that really brings this idea together,” said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV. “As part of our growing non-fiction slate, we wanted to create a broadly entertaining venue for hardcore fans and general viewers where we can break down all things fanboy on a weekly basis; and we wanted to bring those fans great interviews and exclusive looks into the world of fanboy culture. We look forward to sharing this highly entertaining duo with our viewers.”
“AMC has been my TV family for five seasons of ‘Comic Book Men’ now, so I know that ‘Geeking Out’ is in the perfect, fan-friendly network hands,” said Smith. “I can’t wait to lose fluids on the airwaves of my favorite channel over the genre gems we’re gonna get insider access to due to gregarious Greg’s bonafides! And to make it even more of a family affair, ‘Geeking Out’ lets me work with the Weinsteins again – the two guys who started my career 22 years ago! I’m lucky to be working at all, let alone working with friends and family on a dream show where all we do is talk about all the media that makes us moist!”
“I get all my work from my friends. Now it’s time for me to take advantage of those relationships even more,” said Grunberg. “I am going to get every single genre-based writer, director and actor I know to come on our show and geek out with us. And they’re going to thank me for it. I love how Kevin Smith smells and we fit together like two hibernating fan-bears. Thanks to AMC and the Weinsteins, the rest of the world is going to get to see what’s inside our dark, dank geek cave. It’s going to be a fun 30 minutes, if I can just get Kevin to stop talking and smoking.”
AMC’s opportunistic approach to non-fiction has allowed the network to identify and bring to air a unique mix of shows that complement its scripted originals and movies. The network’s growing non-fiction slate includes “Talking Dead,” the #1 talk show on television, “Comic Book Men” and new originals including “The Making of the Mob,” “The American West,” special events like the recent “Lennon 75” concert and the forthcoming “Ride With Norman Reedus.”
Overseeing “Geeking Out” from AMC are Eliot Goldberg, senior vice president of non-fiction and alternative programming, Marco Bresaz, vice president of non-fiction and alternative programming and Kelly Nash, director of non-fiction and alternative programming.
Following on the heels of Comic Book Men, Cosmic Book News has learned at the NYCC that Kevin Smith is developing a second comic book related series which will focus on interviews with various creators.
Cosmic Book News has been told that Kevin Smith is currently pitching the comic book interview series, and that he used Chris Claremont in the pitch as an example which will also be used in the pilot episode.
Smith is behind AMC’s Comic Book Men which centers on the gang from Smith’s comic book shop and saw success following episodes of The Walking Dead. Smith also hosts his popular Smodcast podcast and will be directing Mall Rats 2.
Chris Claremont is a legendary comic book writer known for his work on X-Men.
Looks like Nightcrawler is next in line for a Marvel NOW! series as the following teaser was released where we see “BAMF,”which is known to be the sound of the character’s teleportation powers. Chris Claremont and Todd Nauck are on board with it hitting in April. [[wysiwyg_imageupload:13159:]]
Who better to ask about The Wolverine than the man behind the comic book with Chris Claremont.
While Fox Studios never ended up giving Claremont a credit for the movie though he wrote the comic book the movie is based on and helped out with a draft of the script (stay classy Fox), the writer didn’t hold that against them as he offered his thoughts on The Wolverine.
Below you can check out some of the more interesting things that Claremont had to say from an interview with Vulture.
The first two acts were kick-ass, and they set this up to be a really exceptional, different movie. It was like the film took this giant step forward. I liked that it focuses on the essence of who Wolverine is and what he does. Hugh Jackman is eloquent, and he owns the character at this point. It’s a surprisingly multidimensional performance. The third act wasn’t bad, per se, but it was a different tone. That moment he starts motorcycling up the 400 kilometers … he was almost riding into a different movie. It would be interesting to talk to Mangold and ask why they felt they had to go in that direction.
Original script was different; Claremont was on board helping out, but when Darren Aronofsky bailed the script changed.
Christopher McQuarrie’s draft was different in certain elements from the story that Frank and I did, but it was essentially that story. When it evolved through the production process, the hope I had, especially since Darren’s office was based in Brooklyn at the time, that I could help. The fact that they asked me in to read the first draft and do meetings down the road was a step in the right direction. But then Black Swan won Oscars, made a huge amount of money, and he decided to take some time off and work on other projects. I think once everything shifted out to the West Cast, that was that. It would have been fun to see, but that’s another dimension, so c’est la vie.
On X-Men: The Last Stand:
I wish the “Dark Phoenix” saga had been done more effectively than it was, but that was out of my hands. That, unfortunately, was a clusterfuck from the get-go.
On Mariko and The Viper:
The end sort of turned into stuff we’ve all seen before. It just started throwing superhero tropes against the wall: the Yakuza against Wolverine, the Viper imprisoning Wolverine, the Silver Samurai cutting off Wolverine’s claws. The point is not how many artful ways can he cut someone to shish kebab. There was no moment of emotional punch to match, say, Tony Stark watching what he thinks is Pepper Potts’s death in the third Iron Man. That’s a moment. There should have been one in this, but everybody was on the sidelines. There should have been more direct involvement with Mariko. The problem with that superhero silliness, I’m sitting there thinking, What’s Viper there for? And what exactly does her venom do? People go all bubbly and collapse? I wanted a moment of choice for the characters in that scene in the castle. That sort of got lost in all the running and jumping and hitting.
On Shingen and Wolverine, and the new script added Silver Samurai and The Viper:
In the comic, the Silver Samurai is the bastard son of Mariko’s father. And her father, Shingen, was the actual villain, the master of the clan. And in the movie, the Shingen character is basically separated into two people — now there’s a father and a grandfather. The original story spun on the father-daughter relationship. In the film, having the grandfather be the ruler renders the father irrelevant. In the beginning of the comic, Shingen challenges Logan to a kendoduel, to demonstrate to Logan that he’s not as hot as he thinks he is, and to Mariko that Logan is not worthy of her. Wolverine says, “Okay, bub,” and — over three brilliant Frank Miller pages of the two of them going at it — the old man beats the shit out of him. That kendo match is the seminal moment of the story, because it reveals Wolverine as vulnerable, even with his claws and his healing power. It sets up the final fight, in which Wolverine kills Shingen, the father of the woman he loves, and Mariko does something unexpected, which is that she forgives him. She loves him anyway.
Wolverine should have been able to speak Japanese:
In this movie, I kept waiting for Logan to start spouting perfect Japanese. He’s been to Japan before, and he’s a warrior. The first thing you do is learn the landscape and the language. In the comic, he spoke Japanese like a native — it had nothing to do with him being brilliant, but with him blending in. It also would have taken him another step away from the traditional superhero.
In 1978 Comic Book Artists Wanted Over $1000 Per Page Led By Neal Adams, Jim Shooter, Frank Miller & More
Back in the 1970s, comic book artists attempted to unionize themselves led by Neal Adams with notable names such as Jim Shooter, Frank Miller, Cary Bates, Howard Chaykin, Chris Claremont, Steve Ditko, Michael Golden, Archie Goodwin, Paul Levitz, Bob McLeod, Carl Potts, Marshall Rogers, Walt Simonson, Jim Starlin, Len Wein, and Marv Wolfman also on board.
Seems the Comic Book Creators Guild, as they called themselves, put together a recommended payment guide for publishers, which in today’s dollars comes to over $1000 per page. Add it up, and that’s 20-30 thousand per book per month.
While the group didn’t pan out, and the following are “recommended” rates, the Comic Book Creators Guild is said to have played a part in getting Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster their well-deserved dues from DC Comics.
Here are the rates as they would be today (counting for inflation):