Greetings, all! Just because Blog@ is undergoing some maintenance and such, it doesn’t mean that the news has stopped. We have a number of small bits for you today. We apologize for the inconvenience of Blog@ being down, the whole thing should be back up in no time. In the meantime, we'll be doing these daily digests to keep you going.Will Captain America Flame On?: The Hollywood Reporter seems to think it could happen. They're reporting that contrary to what Fox 411 said yesterday, John Krasinski -- aka Jim from the Office -- will not be wielding the shield of Captain America. The current short list? Generation Kill's Wilson Bethel, Cloverfield's Mike Vogel (my personal favorite of the bunch), and -- wait for it -- Chris Evans, who previously played the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four movies. Between the FF and the Losers, doesn't Chris Evans have enough comic properties on his plate? I can understand the same guy playing GL and Deadpool (especially since Deadpool will likely have a mask and scar tissue all over his face), but the Human Torch playing Captain America? I'm not sold.
Inside the Editor's Studio: Curious as to how the House of Ideas dissects a book? You should hit Marvel's web site, in which they begin their new Marvel Reading Circle video series. In this installment, Tom Brevoort, Stephen Wacker and a contingent of Marvel's younger editors take a look at Amazing Spider-Man #620, by Dan Slott and Marcos Martin. (Want to see our Best Shots review on the book? Check it!) It's interesting to see this thing launch, especially after DC's Geoff Johns/Jim Lee Twitter read-along last week for First Wave #1, but as they say, knowing is half the battle!
Zuda Creates the Collective: Zuda Comics has a brand new blog -- called the Collective. Joining sister blogs like the Source, the Bleed, and Graphic Content, the Collective currently has images up from Molly Crabapple's new series the Puppet Makers, as well as season two for Andy Belanger's Bottle of Awesome. "Let’s face it – our old blog was pretty low rent; limited navigation, no categories or tags, no way to easily share with sites like Facebook or Twitter and the RSS feed was so obscure it was practically hidden," said Zuda chief Ron Perazza in the Collective's maiden post. "The blog served its purpose…but not much more. It was time to move on."
Death Walks the Streets... in Keds: The Scream Factory's got sole. Their upcoming series Death Walks the Streets isn't just a comic, it's also a shoe. The limited edition Keds -- with Halloween and Werewolf styles -- are selling for $84.95 in mens size 4.5-14. Apparently, only 66 pairs of each will be made. The shoes are based on designs for Issues #0 and #1 from the horror-meets-the-mob series. We've also been told women's styles are on the way.
Super Ninja Power Pilots, Activate!: Nickelodeon has bought two pilot episodes for some genre-friendly concepts. The Hollywood Reporter says that that "Supah Ninja" and "Everyday Kid" will be filming shortly -- Supah Ninja is about ninjas in high school, while Everyday Kid focuses on a kid who wakes up every day with a different superpower. Steve Tompkins, who has done time on Entourage and the Simpsons, is responsible for the latter pilot.Slaughter in San Diego: Hasbro gave us the details on their Comic-Con Exclusive Sgt. Slaughter G.I. Joe action figure today. From the PR:
• There are going to be two different versions of the Sgt. Slaughter 3.75-inch figure – a primary figure (PF) and variant figure (VF), sold separately.
• Re: accessories, both the PF and VF will come with a whistle and a non-removable hat. The PF also comes with a weight belt, baton, and microphone; the VF also comes with a machine gun and revolver.
• There is the potential for the PF and VF to be sold online at HasbroToyShop.com following SDCC, but that is not guaranteed based on the “special edition” nature of the PF and the “special SPECIAL edition” nature of the VF.
• Pricing is TBA.
• As announced at New York Toy Fair: Sgt. Slaughter himself will be present at the Hasbro booth at SDCC (date/time TBA).”
Now you know, and knowing is, of course, half the battle.