Mar 232015

SpideyIf you’re the type the believes the third time is indeed the charm, get excited – Sony pictures has announced the third Spiderman reboot will be released on July 28th, 2017.

A new Spiderman actor will be cast (replacing Andrew Garfield, who played Peter Parker in The Amazing Spiderman and The Amazing Spiderman 2, and Tobey Maguire, who played Parker in the initial three releases before that).

Why the need for yet another reboot to this franchise, since it’s been wildly successful (from a box office standpoint) in both iterations thus far?

One reason seems to be that Marvel really wants to bring the Civil War storyline from the comics into the next wave of films. So, it’s also almost certain that the Spiderman will actually make his debut appearance in Captain America: Civil War, which is slated for released in 2016. The Civil War storyline provides one of the best ways for Marvel to keep making movies starring just about any combination of heroes that resonate with audiences, so hopefully we’ll see Sony/Marvel concentrate on this nagle for some time to come.

The more pressing reason for this super-quick reboot, however, is probably Marvel and Sony’s strong desire to move past the highly negative reaction to the latest Garfield Spidey movies. That said, even in a climate where people are used to constant reboots, this one feels like it’s being announced awfully quickly – The Amazing Spiderman 2 just hit Dish and Dish latino plus, and on demand services in August 2014, and it wasn’t like audiences were clamoring for more – if anything, it seems like Marvel might have been wiser to pivot their attention entirely to other franchises like Captain Marvel (whom we may see as early as in the new Ultron movie) or the Inhumans.

It remains to be seen whether audiences will respond to this new round of films focusing on the web slinger, but chances are we’re in store for more controversy – Andrew Garfield was never overly popular with the fans, and Tobey Maguire wasn’t much loved either.

So, who will be the new Spidey? Speculation has already begun.


Oct 252012

Halloween is near, and that means– some Comics for Kids lessons that are on theme for this October!  Last week, we learned about creating stories and characters on a very popular theme right now: ZOMBIES.

Scroll down to see the lesson we had, and then scroll below that to see what the students created this week!

OCTOBER LESSONS: Creating Zombie Characters  –!!

Right now, Zombies are very popular—whether it’s Halloween or not!  However, since it is October, we’re going to have some upcoming lessons dedicated to types of characters, and creating characters, that are especially popular at this time of year.  While Zombie stories can be funny or serious, they always fall into the genre of HORROR: that means stories that are scary, include monsters, and sometimes, characters that are only semi-alive. Continue reading »

Oct 112010

The interest and demand for superhero stories in movies and TV is only increasing.  As I write this, the show No Ordinary Family is on ABC which is about a family of superheroes, Stan Lee is putting together a super-web series that they plan to bring to TV, and people are buzzing in anticipation about the Green Lantern, Thor, and Avengers movies.  Not to mention, the recent Spider-man, Brave and the Bold, Iron Man, Avengers, and Marvel Superheroes cartoons. Superheroes are all the rage.

Come to this special one-day Meltdown University workshop, Screenwriting and Superheroes, and learn how to write your own original script with super people, or know what to do when you get that job writing for an existing character.  For budding scriptwriters and pros alike!

This workshop is being taught by Jim Higgins, formerly of DC Comics editorial, who has 17 years in the comic book business and years of teaching experience at places like CalArts, Otis College of Art and Design, and The School of Visual Arts Cartooning program.

Click the link for more info and to sign up!