The Muppets Omnibus Coming in 2014?

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Marvel has announced that Roger Langridge’s Muppets comics are to be released in omnibus format.

The Muppets Show

The book is expected to hit shelves sometime in 2014, likely around March, when the second Muppets movie, Muppets Most Wanted – which stars Loki actor, Tom Hiddleston, and comedian, Ricky Gervais – is released; however, no release date has been confirmed.

Printing privileges – originally published by BOOM! – reverted to Marvel after the publisher’s parent company, Disney, acquired the rights to the Jim Henson characters. Langridge’s four-issue Muppets tale, The Four Seasons, was ‘in limbo’ after the acquisition but was recently released by Marvel. This omnibus is set to reprint The Muppet Show, The Muppet Show Comic Book: The Treasure of Peg-Leg Wilson, The Muppet Show Comic Book and The Muppets titles, according to Digital Spy.

Langridge's Doctor Who

I really like New Zealand-born Langridge, who I’ve met a few times at comic conventions and is always very giving with his time. He’s worked on Doctor Who Magazine and Inside Soap, as well as writing (and sometimes illustrating) a Popeye comic for IDW. Originally a miniseries, after the success of the first two issues, it was announced that Popeye would become an ongoing title and has inspired reprints of the original comic strips. He’s perhaps most famous for creating the Buster Keaton-inspired Fred the Clown and Snarked!

He’s also on the immensely well-received Thor: The Mighty Avenger and on the character, Fin Fang Foom, with writer Scott Gray.

Hearing the news of this upcoming omnibus, Roger said:

“I’m extremely proud of the work I did on the Muppet Show comic books and thrilled to hear that they’ll be available soon in this long-lasting format. This is one of those rare cases where corporate imperatives neatly intersected with a cartoonist’s own interests and passions, and I’m pleasantly surprised to hear that Marvel thought my efforts were worth commemorating with such a prestigious edition.”

This is a lovely, fun detour from the usual serious nature of omnibuses, one which I hope will be expanded upon in the future. Roger’s work (both his art and his writing) really is a joy to behold, so head over to his website now!

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New X-Men Reprint!

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It’s the news that so many have waited for:

Grant Morrison’s run on New X-Men will be reprinted as an omnibus later this year.

The previous HC came out in December 2006, and is long-since out-of-print.

Art by Marc Silvestri.

You can, however, get it from one of Amazon’s third parties – for £863.72! While this might be waaaay too expensive – who’s really going to pay that?! – you can find second-hand copies for about £150; still a huge amount.

If you’ve paid an insane price for the book though, I’m sure you’ll be kicking yourself!

The reprint will RRP at £79.95 – very weird; I would’ve guessed about £95 – but Amazon has it for just £60.47. No other company – ie. Forbidden Planet – has it listed yet. The book is due for release in August, so there’s plenty of time to get in your orders.

From New X-Men #147

I’d guess that fp.co.uk will have a good pre-order price coming up though (maybe around £50), so it might be worth waiting a while.

It’s interesting to note that the previous omnibus housed an incredible 1096 pages… and the reprint includes even more material, weighing in at a gigantic 1120 pages!

This is expected to include Grant Morrion’s entire run, alongside such artists as Frank Quitely, Ethan Van Sciver, Marc Silvestri and Leinil Francis Yu. It’s a bit worrying, however, that Amazon have listed fewer artists on the reprint than the original – let’s hope this is just an accident; not that some issues will be excuded.

Morrison (who has also worked on Doctor Who Magazine, Marvel Boy and Batman) came to the title with a startling new vision for the X-Men, and has the audacity to kill off sixteen million mutants – in his first storyline!

The omnibus is expected to contain the following critically-acclaimed storylines:

E is for Extinction;

The Man from Room X;

Imperial;

New Worlds;

Riot at Xavier’s;

Murder at the Mansion;

Assault on Weapon Plus;

Planet X;

Here Comes Tomorrow.

Omega Gang.

The run has left quite a legacy for the mutant team, including secondary mutations, the introduction of Emma Frost as a member of the X-Men and huuuge developments between Scott Summers and Jean Grey. The Weapon Plus facility and Fantomex has recently been explored further in Rick Remender’s Uncanny X-Force (which is one of the best comics on the shelves today), while Quentin Quire reappears in Wolverine and the X-Men: Alpha & Omega.

Fantomex

Find out more about New X-Men here.

Could this usher in an era of reprints? Let’s start a petition!

If so, I’ll keep my fingers crossed for Daredevil By Frank Miller Volume 1…!

Save Doctor Who Confidential!

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I don’t normally do this, but I think this case is quite exceptional. This doesn’t have anything to do with Marvel Omnibuses, but it’s something I feel very strongly about, so please read on.

As you may know by now, Doctor Who Confidential has been axed.

For any Doctor Who fan, this is terrible news, but it also affects those interested in the television industry. Confidential has been going since 2005, and has provided us with hours and hours of entertainment, but is also hugely informative, adding an extra layer to the BBC1 flagship programme – the perfect companion to the best TV show ever.

What’s worse, there’s no reason for its axing.

The BBC has released this statement:

“Doctor Who Confidential has been a great show for BBC3 over the years but our priority now is to build on original British commissions, unique to the channel.”

This actually means nothing. Confidential is an original, British show, and is also unique to BBC3. Furthermore, recent plans released by the BBC have revealed that BBC3 and BBC4’s main job, from now on, is to support the shows on BBC1 and BBC2. Confidential does exactly this.

BBC3 have such a bad reputation, so it’s absurd that they decommission the one show that draws a significant audience. In recent editions, a voiceover begged Confidential viewers to carry on watching BBC3 after the programme finished!

This move feels less like a cost-cutting measure, and more like the new BBC3 Controller, Zai Bennett, throwing his new-found weight around and axing for axing’s sake.

Okay, so what can you do about it?

Firstly, please feel free to email the BBC to complain about this awful decision here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/forms/

It’s a simple process, but hopefully will be effective. Loyal fans have also set up an online petition, which they’ll send to the BBC this Friday:

http://www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/savedwc

All you have to do is add your name. And maybe the names of all your family and friends (obviously after asking them!). It’s that simple.

But please, do it before Friday 28th October 2011. The aim is to get 50,000 signatures by then, and they’re on 47,513 as I write this. 28th October is Save Doctor Who Confidential Day… as well as Matt Smith’s Birthday!

You can also follow the Save DWC Twitter account here:

http://twitter.com/#!/SaveDWC

Later in November, Zai Bennet, who made this terrible decision, will appear on Points of View. Feel free to inundate the show with your complaints too.

Even though he shouldn’t, Steven Moffat, Doctor Who showrunner, said in the current issue of Doctor Who Magazine:

“It seems hard to grasp. All shows have their time, and all shows end, but not, in all sanity, while people still watch and love them. And going by the numbers and the outcry, this show was watched and loved everywhere.

“I’m not supposed to say it, but I’m going to anyway: bad day, bad decision. I know these are straitened times. I know we’re all at sea and the night is colder – but you don’t start burning the lifeboats to keep warm.

“Or to put it another way, you might want to think about the future if you’re planning to live there.”

And he’s 100% right.

Please BBC. Don’t do this.

Thanks for reading and doing your bit. I really appreciate it. If just one more signature results from this blog, then it’s worth it.

And remember: you’re the license fee-payer. Tell the BBC what you want doing with your money!

“Welcome back, Carter”: 40% off the Warlord of Mars!

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February’s John Carter, Warlord of Mars Omnibus release is an unexpected one, though there is a new film in the mix, but I’m sure will be welcomed by many. The science-fiction series ran from 1977 to 1979, and won the 1978 Eagle Award for ‘Favourite New Title.’

Cover art by Gil Kane

The omnibus collects John Carter, Warlord Of Mars #1- 28 and Annual #1 -3, written by fan-favourites Marv Wolfman, Chris Claremont, Peter B. Gillis, Bill Mantlo and Alan Weiss, and pencilled by Gil Kane – who provides the cover to the HC – Dave Cockrum, Carmine Infantino, Ernie Colon, Frank Miller, Mike Vosburg, Walter Simonson, Ross Andru, Larry Hama, Sal Buscema, Ernie Chan and Alan Weiss. English artist, Alan Davis, best known for his work on Fantastic Four, provides a variant cover.

Cover art by Alan Davis

The 624-page omnibus will have an RRP of £75, but you can pre-order it from forbiddenplanet.co.uk for £45 – a saving of 40% – if you pre-order it by tomorrow, 14th September – so what are you waiting for?!

http://www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk/index.php?main_page=product_music_info&products_id=66090

If you’re reading this on 15th September though… don’t panic! Amazon.co.uk has it available for £45.54:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/John-Carter-Warlord-Mars-Omnibus/dp/0785159908/ref=cm_lmf_tit_9_rsrsrs1

Thanks to Matschi for commenting on my previous X-Men post, recommending bookdepository.co.uk, which has the John Carter omnibus for £45.54 too.

http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/John-Carter-Warlord-Mars-Omnibus/9780785159902

Alternatively, the Alan Davis cover is available from forbiddenplanet.co.uk for £50.25, which is what the Gil Kane one will probably rise to after tomorrow. Forbiddenplanet.com has it on pre-order for £51.74.

Burrough's original 'A Princess of Mars' book

The series takes place during the novel, A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs, which is being turned into a comic books series by Roger Langridge (Thor: The Mighty Avenger; Doctor Who Magazine) and Skottie Young (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; New Warriors: Reality Check) this month.

“With our new partnership with Marvel Entertainment, we believe we have found the best creative force to revive the thrills and adventures in the 21st Century of the legendary John Carter of Mars. We are looking forward to introducing this original interplanetary adventurer to a new generation of fans and await the first issue with great anticipation,” said James Sullos, President of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.

Skottie Young's cover to 'John Carter: Princess of Mars' #01.

For more on this, take a look at the Marvel website here: http://marvel.com/news/story/16055/john_carter_a_princess_of_mars_coming_in_september

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