Joe Quesada took the stage for his signature Cup O' Joe panel at New York Comic Con 2013 and welcomed the fans to the panel.
"When I was trying to break into the comic book industry many many moons ago, I really wanted to pick the brains of the people running the comic book companies, so I started this panel to be able to talk to you guys directly," Quesada said before introducing the panelists.
Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso, C.B. Cebulski, Gerry Duggan, Reilly Brown, Alex Maleev, Dan Slott, and Tom Brevoort were all on the dais. Quesada started with Marvel Infinite Comics, the digital-only line designed to be read on mobile devices. Deadpool: The Gauntlet is the newest one, starting in December 2014, by Deadpool co-writer Gerry Duggan and artist Reilly Brown.
Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird, which was announced just prior to NYCC was the next slide. Quesada said the project came from a conversation with some of Disney's "Imagineers" at a baseball game. Quesada said the project, by Brandon Seifert and Karl Moline, "will hopefully be just the first of these Marvel Disney projects. That's, for the first time, a true Marvel-Disney teamup comic."
Juliette Feld was brought up on stage to talk about Marvel Universe Live, a new traveling show. “We’ve started extensive R&D, design work, and for all of you I’d like to present a Comic Con exclusive, the first look at the making of Marvel Universe Live.”
A video of the behind-the-scenes work was shown, with people training, large sets and contraptions being built, and more. After the video, Feld revealed the show will feature and original story with over 25 characters from the Marvel Universe. A teaser trailer for the show started with a cosmic cube, which shattered, showing a bunch of Marvel characters in the fragments, plus some insidious laughter at the end. The trailer will be at MarvelUniverseLive.com later today. The show premieres Summer 2014.
Tom Brevoort will be leaving as editor on Fantastic Four with Fantastic Four Finale, a special final issue, Fantastic Four #16.
George Romero joined the panel for Empire of the Dead. He revealed that the series is actually about both zombies and vampires fighting to survive. “But my stories aren’t about the monsters, they’re about the humans. It’s about the humans and what they do to survive.”
Next "MIRACLEMAN" came up on the screen. A video of Neil Gaiman talking about the character and his run with him from decades ago. "Miracleman #25 was drawn, lettered years ago, and it is finally going to be seen." His run will be collected with the new unreleased issue. Gaiman said that he "could keep going" with the series as well. Miracleman, January 2014 "we will start reprinting the original modern version of Miracleman," Quesada said.
Fan Q&A started next. The first fan asked about how Guardians of the Galaxy the movie will compare to other Marvel movies.
Quesada said "Well it takes place in Space!" to laughs, then expounded, saying that it will carry the same humor and humanity that other Marvel movies do but have a lot more science fiction.
What happened to that "Spider-Man: Family Business" story that was supposed to introduce Peter Parker's long lost sister? Brevoort said "it's still coming, I think April 2014."
A fan asked Romero for his take on running zombies, and he said "Zombies don't run" to wild cheers. He doesn't feel that writing the comic is very uniquely challenging, in fact he loves that he can do things far beyond what he'd have the budget for in film.
Any Phase 3 Marvel Cinematic Universe news you can tease? Quesada said he can't say anything here, but "we have a great plan for things."
Having been asked how to break in, Cebulski said simply, "Right now, breaking into comics means making comics. You have to make your own path."
Brevoort assured a fan that the Inhumans will be very integrated into the Marvel Universe with the new characters involved.
Quesada enjoyed a question asking if there have ever been passion projects that they loved but didn't think would sell and thus shelve. He said "we do straddle that line. We do have our pet projects from time to time that aren't just good for our own souls but also for Marvel and storytelling in general." They mentioned the current Hawkeye series and Runaways by Brian K Vaughn as examples, and said a lot of times its a matter of the right creators.
A fan asked George Romero for a hug, and Romero said "at your own risk!" but did comply with the fan's request.
"Will we ever see a Marvel Studios movie headlined by a female character?" Quesada said, "You interested in the Captain America: The Winter Soldier movie next year?" She said, "Yes." He said, "You need to watch that movie. You need to watch that movie." He also added, "You know, we are in the TV business too, so movies aren't the only place we can feature a female lead." She said, "Yes, I like the women on S.H.I.E.L.D." and Quesada replied, "We're not going to stop there."
More Bucky in the Marvel Universe, and the movie - are we going to love it? Quesada: "You're gonna LOVE it." Brevoort said Bucky will be in the relaunched Secret Avengers, in All-New Invaders, in Captain America, and "maybe something else coming soon."
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