SDCC '08 - BOOM! Panel Makes Farscape Fans Happy

Cover from BOOM!'s upcoming Farscape comic book series

The BOOM! panel at Comic-Con International: San Diego brought the news Farscape fans have been waiting for – Farscape creator Rockne O’Bannon will write the comic adaptation BOOM! announced earlier this year. Farscape fans filled the room and cheered loudly when it was announced 9full company press release follows below]

“It’s all canon,” O’Bannon said in a video BOOM! played at the panel. He said he envisioned the series of four-issue mini-series as being “season five” of the show, after the Peacekeeper Wars. O’Bannon also said he is a longtime comics fan and is looking forward to working with BOOM!

To see the video, click over to Blog@Newsarama.

BOOM! co-founders Ross Richie and Andrew Cosby, Editor in Chief Mark Waid and Marketing Director Chip Mosher hosted the panel.

Mosher said in 2009 BOOM! would publish a brand new Mark Waid ongoing series.

Waid said he’s been busy in his first year with BOOM! Doing administrative work, and they’ve now set up their structure so he can get back to creating more comics. He said he has several series, mini-series and even web comics he’d like to do.

“I’m glad to make that incredibly vague announcement at this time,” Waid joked. He then added he’d like to hear back from fans on what they’d like to see him do – whether that’s more super heroes or some other sort of project.

They also announced a Eureka comic, an adaptation of the Sci-Fi Channel series Cosby created. Cosby said that would give him a chance to make episodes without the constraints of a budget.

In addition, Cosby said they’ve signed a deal with Sony to do online movies based on Second Wave and Dead Run. Cosby will direct them.

Other projects mentioned at the panel:

--Their recently announced Disney license, which includes several Pixar properties and the Muppets.

Waid, who is writing The Incredibles, said Pixar has “been overwhelming supportive of everything we’ve pitched to them so far,” adding they’ve been “a dream to work with.”

Richie joked they’ve been working on this license since “1973.” He said it was great to be in league with someone of the caliber of Disney and Pixar. He said they wouldn’t be adaptations of the films, but new stories.

Their line-up will kick off with The Incredibles and Toy Story, followed by Cars, Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc. and Wall-E.

--The Remnant, the comic created by actor Stephen Baldwin and Eureka creator Andrew Cosby. Caleb Munroe will write it, and Julian Totino Tedesco is the artist. The Remnant is a supernatural thriller similar to 24 in approach, with themes centering on human existence and perceived reality.

Cosby said he ran into Baldwin at a party, and Baldwin leaned over to him and said, “I’ve got this idea for a comic book.” Cosby said he had no idea what to expect, but after Richie and Cosby met with Baldwin, they both really liked the idea.

Baldwin was at the BOOM! booth on the exhibit floor Friday, signing autographs and talking with fans.

--Galveston by Tom Peyer and Mark Rahner, with art by Greg Scott. Named for a Texas beach town, the six issue mini-series mixes gunfights and swashbuckling. The story revolves around the friendship of Pirate Jean LaFitte and Alamo hero Jim Bowie. LaFitte ran a pirate town in Galveston. “Ultimate the U.S. navy went in and got rid of him,” Richie said.

--Last Reign: War of the Kings, a new four-issue mini-series created by Van Wilder director Walt Becker and written by Michael Alan Nelson. An apocalyptic story of chivalric knights in a techno-nightmare future, the book is a high-action sci-fi tale with brilliant covers by Karl Richardson.

--Fall of Cthulhu: God War by Michael Alan Nelson, which reboots the series. “Cthulhu madness,” Mosher called it. “I think you’re going to be really blown away by Godwar,” Richie said.

--Cthulhu Tales and Zombie Tales, both anthologies, which Richie said has seen sales increases around the fifth issue.

Waid said if fans have ideas for other “Tales” books – he mentioned he’d like to see Robot Tales – then fans should visit their website and post those ideas on their forum.

--Warhammer: Condemned by Fire, the first issue of which included a chance to win a spot in the beta test of the Warhammer MMO. The codes have been redeemed, and Mosher said they had a lot of happy fans on their message board talking about getting in. He also announced that Phonogram writer Kieron Gillen will write a Warhammer book.

Press Release

BOOM! STUDIOS AND THE JIM HENSON COMPANY ANNOUNCE

ROCKNE S. O'BANNON TO WRITE FARSCAPE COMIC SERIES

StarBursting into comic stores this fall!

July 25th, 2008 - Los Angeles, CA - Today BOOM! Studios and The Jim Henson Company revealed that Rockne S. O'Bannon, beloved creator of FARSCAPE, will be writing BOOM!'s recently announced FARSCAPE comic book series. Widely recognized as one of the greatest sci-fi series in television history, the multi-award-winning FARSCAPE will make the transition to comics later this year.

"This is a dream opportunity for me - to get to continue the Farscape saga," O'Bannon said. "The comic book series starts off directly where the PEACEKEEPER WARS mini-series left us. It's like we're finally getting to experience Season Five of Farscape. Not only that, but the stories in the ongoing comic series will completely tie into the upcoming Farscape webisodes. Farscape lives!"

"I can't tell you how incredibly excited I am that Rockne will be part of the comic-book team. I'm a fan, and he's one of the best writers around," said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Mark Waid. "I'm doubly pleased that both Rockne and The Jim Henson Company folks have responded to the idea of making this series a direct continuation of the FARSCAPE TV series rather than an out-of-continuity tie-in. For fans of FARSCAPE, and with the show's creator involved, the comic series will fill that outer-space-sized void the show once occupied. In short, it's going to be frelling awesome!"

"Farscape the television series was a huge production, but we still had to tailor our storytelling to conform to the inevitable television limitations of story length and logistics and budget," O'Bannon added. "The great thing about the comic book medium is that the scope and scale of the Farscape world is no longer restricted. In terms of where we can go, what we can show -- these new stories will be Farscape Unrestrained."

Not wanting to give away too much of what's in store in the new comic series, O'Bannon did reveal, "One of the places that we always wanted to explore in the television series was Rygel's home world of Hyneria. No matter how passionate we were about telling that story, we simply couldn't do it. But now one of the massive-scale arcs in our first 4-issue comic series has us off to Hyneria!"

Debuting on the SCI-FI Channel in 1998, FARSCAPE follows the adventures of Astronaut John Crichton, who has a freak accident during an experimental space mission that catapults him across a thousand galaxies to an alien battlefield. Suddenly, he's trapped among alien creatures wielding deadly technology - a battle that 20th century sci-fi pop culture never prepared him for. Hunted by a merciless military race, Crichton begins his quest for home from a distant galaxy.

A groundbreaking award-winning sci-fi production, FARSCAPE has become a global favorite. Named by TV Guide as one of television's "Best Cult Shows Ever" and most recently named by EMPIRE Magazine as one of the "50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time," FARSCAPE is known for the overwhelming fan-based campaign that led to its miniseries production. The show has continued to find new audiences as it airs in syndication and is available on DVD around the world.

About BOOM! Studios

BOOM! Studios (http://www.boom-studios.com) is a unique new publishing house specializing in high-profile projects across a wide variety of different genres from some of the industry's biggest talents. In its inaugural year, Wizard Magazine named BOOM! "Best New Publisher." Founded by the creator of the TV show EUREKA, Andrew Cosby, and his partner Ross Richie, BOOM! Studios continues to be on the leading edge of comic and graphic novel publishing.

About The Jim Henson Company

The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for over 50 years and is recognized worldwide as an innovator in puppetry, animatronics and computer graphics. Best known as creators of the world famous Muppets (the rights to which are now owned by The Walt Disney Company), Henson is the recipient of over 50 Emmy Awards and nine Grammy Awards. Credits include the Saturn Award-winning "Farscape" and the features "MirrorMask," "Five Children and It" and "Good Boy!". With additional locations in New York and London, The Jim Henson Company is headquartered in Los Angeles on the historic Charlie Chaplin lot complete with soundstage and post-production facilities. Independently owned and operated by the five adult children of founder Jim Henson, the Company is also home to Jim Henson's Creature Shop , a pre-eminent character-building and visual effects group with international film, television and advertising clients, as well as Henson Recording Studios, one of the music industry's top recording facilities known for its world-class blend of state of the art and vintage equipment. The Company is currently in production on "Sid the Science Kid," a new science readiness animated series for preschoolers scheduled to debut on PBS in September 2008, and recently launched "Puppet Up! - Uncensored," a live puppet improvisational show that has played to sold out crowds around the world and premiered as a special on TBS. The Company has also announced the creation of Jim Henson Designs, a merchandise collection inspired by Jim Henson's earliest sketches. http://www.henson.com

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