I have a couple on my mind this week. First up, this amazing Saturn Knight Action Figure created by Irina Santos.
Irina has been making customized action figures since 2008. At first he started with GI Joe figures but in recent years he's expanded to other areas (Marvel, Dungeons and Dragons, etc...)
Irina said he normally doesn't like reading comics on the computer, but he stumbled upon my site and was really taken with the look and feel of the Flashback Universe.
To see more examples of his fantastic handywork, check out his website here:
I sent these images to Pierre who was overjoyed to see his handywork used for such customization. In his response, Pierre said he would be free around November, so expect us to start working on some new FBU comics to support a Flashback Universe inspired animation! More on that as we get more details iron out.
Next up is news that after some unfounded speculation by the internet, it does look like Marvel is going to make a Guardian of the Galaxy movie! While the official announcement for the movie will probably be at Comic-con, there have been so many non-comic book sites advancing this theory, (IFC, Hollywood Reporter, Huffington Post, IGN) that at this point, it would almost be a major marketing-momentum fail NOT to make such a movie.
Which begs the question:
Which version of this team will the movie feature?
The classic Bronze Age version? (My favorite)
The 90's Jim Valentino Version
or the more recent Abnett/Lanning version?
While the 90's version had a much longer run of any version, I can't see Disney going that way. Nor can I really see Disney signing off on a movie with a talking Raccoon. What we may get is some mash-up of several versions or something completely different that uses the name and borrows slightly on some of the concept. I'll be interested to see how this develops.
Finally, almost in response to my post about Are Comics becoming Too Toyetic is this news: Disney XD will have a new cartoon called Hulk: Agent of Smash (which sounds like it was made specifically so my newphew and I would have something to watch together.) I think this cartoon will be an excellent way to capitalize on the Hulk's revived popularity from the Avengers movie.
What gave me pause was the the rumor that one of the Hulk comics will be relaunched with that title written by Jeff Parker. At first I was put off by this notion, but as I thought about it more, I realized, that's probably a smart idea.
Often the topic of making comics for kids comes up when people discuss Bronze Age sensibilities. If Jeff Parker can keep out of of the uber-violence that has become so common in modern comics (and he strikes me as a writer who can) then such a title would be exactly the type of thing us comic curmudgeons have been asking for! :D