Archive for February, 2015

Sony Offers Marvel an Alternate Universe Spun by Spider-Man

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Just weeks after I speculated that Marvel’s destruction of their known universe and it’s various realities in the upcoming Secret Wars event could lead to a homogenous structure that would fit neatly into the marketing strategy of their parent company, Disney, a new web has been spun.

It has long been rumored and anticipated the at Marvel’s masthead character, Spider-Man would be finally joining the ranks of the uber successful Marvel Cinematic Universe. The hold-up was that Sony owned the exclusive film rights to the character and it would require some heavy negotiation to pull it off. After some industrial hacking, corporate upheaval and a disappointing attempt to reboot the Spider-Man franchise, Sony and Marvel have established a new relationship regarding ol’ Web-Head.

According to the deal, Marvel can now use Spider-Man in future films alongside all of their other famous characters just as he does in the comic books. More interestingly, they are exploring opportunities to integrate characters from the MCU into Sony’s Spider-Man films!

What does this mean?

Marvel has been making cinematic history by building a universe that ties the continuity of all of their films, television and Netflix series all together into a neat, orderly package.

Sony, on the other hand has been tinkering with various realities related to Spider-Man that have introduced different origins, relationships, actors and villains to a mixed reaction among audiences.

Long-time fans of Marvel comics know that over the last seventy-five years, there have been a lot of changes made to most of the characters and various generations of readers have personal attachments to “their” universe. Basically, today’s Spider-Man is not your parent’s Spider-Man.

This is a problem for Marvel because, as diligent they are about building a cohesive MCU that will stand the test of time and establish a specific cannon, they will inevitably alienate some portion of their audience who may miss their beloved version of a character.

Sony’s Spider-Man franchise can become their escape valve for alternate universes that will allow these variants to come alive on film with the friendly, neighborhood, web-slinger as the conduit.

A solid, friendly relationship between Marvel and Sony will give audiences an opportunity to explore all of the potential options of the multitude of characters in the Marvel Universe and all of its various realities while also establishing a solid core universe built around the MCU that will dictate the long term marketing strategy of Marvel/Disney.

It is a win-win situation for everyone. Marvel and Sony both have a full roster to work with and fans can have the best of all worlds that will appropriately be linked by an intricate web that only Spidey could weave.

Now, if only 20th Century Fox would wise up and join the party…

Gerry Giovinco

Thursday Weekly Update | Bughouse

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

New page of BUGHOUSE by Steve Lafler now available.

BUGHOUSE Update

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Read the 3 Part STEVE LAFLER INTERVIEW
posted on The Comics Journal


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Monday Weekly Update | ROMA

Monday, February 16th, 2015

New page of The Adventures of ROMA
by John Workman, now available.

ROMA Update

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Saturday Weekly Update | Dog Boy

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

New page of DOG BOY by Steve Lafler now available.

Saturday Weekly Update | Dog Boy

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Read the 3 Part STEVE LAFLER INTERVIEW
posted on The Comics Journal


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Purchase a copy of the EL VOCHO

graphic novel, now on sale

At LULU Here.


Thursday Weekly Update | Bughouse

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

New page of BUGHOUSE by Steve Lafler now available.

BUGHOUSE Update

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Read the 3 Part STEVE LAFLER INTERVIEW
posted on The Comics Journal


NOW AVAILABLE,

Purchase a copy of the EL VOCHO

graphic novel, now on sale

At LULU Here.


Net Neutrality Gets a Pleasant Surprise – Let’s Not Stop There

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Last week FCC Chairman, Tom Wheeler wrote an op-ed piece for Wired explaining how he intends that the FCC will insure Net Neutrality.

His support of Net Neutrality came just a week after President Obama emphasized his intention to protect  a “free and open Internet” in his State of the Union address where he stressed the importance of high-speed internet access nation-wide when he stated:

“I intend to protect a free and open Internet, extend its reach to every classroom, and every community, and help folks build the fastest networks, so that the next generation of digital innovators and entrepreneurs have the platform to keep reshaping our world.”

We all expected the positive affirmation of the importance of Net Neutrality from Obama. He is a lame duck president who is now in the position to say what the people want to hear because he knows his hands are tied by the Republicans who control both the House and Senate and have resisted his decisions at every turn.

Wheeler’s support, however, came as a surprise to many because the FCC has lately been favoring the demands of big business. Internet service providers and Republicans have been fiercely fighting against Net Neutrality which is scheduled to be voted on by the commissioners of the FCC on February 26th. There did not appear to be enough internal support to secure it until now.

Unfortunately, should Net Neutrality get the green light from the FCC, Congress does have the opportunity to undermine their authority with new legislation.

The FCC intends to reclassify the internet as a utility which will give the commission jurisdiction to protect consumers by regulating the service providers to guarantee that internet is fast, fair and accessible to everyone.

Congress wants the internet to remain an “information service” which will minimize regulations on service providers in hopes that “competition” will level the playing field for consumers.

It does not take a rocket scientist know that we can’t count on big business to be concerned about what is fair for the consumer. The bottom line is their only concern. It is obvious that the internet needs to be fairly regulated if we truly expect it to be free and open to everyone.

The public has been very vocal about protecting the internet. Their ferocity has been compelling enough to sway the FCC thus far. Now is not the time to stop defending Net Neutrality. We must all do our part to demand that Congress support it by nagging them until Net Neutrality is confirmed.

Michael Goodwin Ian Akin Net Neutrality Comic

If you need to be educated about Net Neutrality this link on Popular Resistance has a great comic by Michael Goodwin and artist Ian Akin that does a wonderful job of explaining why it is so important.

If you are a fan of Web Comics, know that Net Neutrality is important to every comic creator that delivers comics on the internet. Without Net Neutrality, data heavy comics will be relegated to the dreaded slow lane unless they are provided by a company that can afford the prestigious  fast lane. The freedom that we have enjoyed populating the internet with great comics that might otherwise never be published by major publishers will be strangled. As hard as it is now to build an audience or possibly generate revenue, it will become nearly impossible without Net Neutrality. This is true of everything that depends on the internet to reach any  audience or consumers.

So please,  don’t just be pleasantly surprised by President Obama or FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s warm and fuzzy support of Net Neutrality. Continue to demand that Congress understands how important it is to the future of this country’s education, information, creativity and economy.

Remember, the internet has also given us strength to the voice that we need to protect our freedoms, do not allow it to be controlled by big business service providers. Use the free and open internet to contact your Representative to Congress today.

Gerry Giovinco

Monday Weekly Update | ROMA

Monday, February 9th, 2015

New page of The Adventures of ROMA
by John Workman, now available.

ROMA Update

Click here to read this comic NOW!

Saturday Weekly Update | Dog Boy

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

New page of DOG BOY by Steve Lafler now available.

DOG BOY Update

Click Here to read this comic NOW!

Read the 3 Part STEVE LAFLER INTERVIEW
posted on The Comics Journal


NOW AVAILABLE,

Purchase a copy of the EL VOCHO

graphic novel, now on sale

At LULU Here.


Thursday Weekly Update | Bughouse

Friday, February 6th, 2015

New page of BUGHOUSE by Steve Lafler now available.

BUGHOUSE Update

Click Here to read this comic NOW!

Read the 3 Part STEVE LAFLER INTERVIEW
posted on The Comics Journal


NOW AVAILABLE,

Purchase a copy of the EL VOCHO

graphic novel, now on sale

At LULU Here.


Ten Reasons We’re Excited About Camden Comic Con 2015

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

The gang here at CO2 Comics is really looking forward to the Camden Comic Con which will be held on March 7,  2015 at Rutgers Camden Athetics and Fitness Center!

We have ten big reasons to be excited!

1. For us it is a local event! Located at the Rutgers University Campus in Camden, NJ just across the bridge from Philly, the con is minutes away from our studios in Northeast  Philadelphia and Mays Landing, NJ! It is also a stone’s throw from a number of the creators that have collaborated with us over the years.

2. It’s a fun show! This is just the second go-round for the Camden Comic Con, but we had such a blast at the first one we could not wait to be part of it again!

3. We will have a booth! Come visit us and see all the great graphic novels, t-shirts and huge volumes of David Anthony Kraft’s Comics Interview: The Complete Collection we have produced and are available for sale!

4. We are doing a panel! From 11:00 am – 12:30 pm we will present a very visual slide presentation – A Legacy of Independence: From Comico to CO2 Comics.

Bill Cucinotta and I will discuss the virtues of independent publishing. We will take a retrospective look at our days as publishers of Comico during the 1980’s and talk about the first 5 years of our current exciting venture, CO2 Comics.

5. We will be reuniting with long time friends and collaborators! Joining us on the panel is a group of creators that have worked with us at Comico and CO2 Comics including Andrew C. Murphy, and former ROBOTECH crew:  Mike Leeke, Chris Kalnick, Neil Vokes and Rich Rankin. Don’t be surprised to also find John Workman and a few other folks that are tentatively planning to be there.

Andrew C. Murphy, Mike Leeke, Chris Kalnick, Neil Vokes, Rich Rankin, John Workman

6. We get to meet you! Camden Comic Con is FREE and open to the general public! Family friendly and on a university campus with lots of young people this con offers the opportunity for everyone to be comfortable and explore the wonderful world of comics. If you have never been to a comic convention before, this one’s for you!

7. Great Hosts! Bill Haas, Miranda Powell and their staff go out of the way to be accommodating to make sure everyone has a great time. It is a wonderful experience to attend a con where attendees, guests and vendors are all appreciated!

8. It’s a quickie! 10:00 am – 4:00 pm is short and sweet but leaves you begging for more. Don’t expect to find yourself bored! Lots of panels, vendors, guests and activities in a wonderful environment will have you scrambling to take it all in before the doors close so get there bright-and-early and be sure to stop by our booth and drop in on our panel.

9. Like the good ol’ days! You may hear a lot of comic veterans and long-time-fans pining over the pleasant simplicity of how cons “used to be.” Too many are too commercial, too crowded and too much about everything but comics. Not this little convention that gets most of it just right

10. You won’t be disappointed! I am so willing to guarantee a good time that if you don’t, you can read  FREE comics every day right here at CO2 Comics!

(Hey, that’s way more value than Stan Lee’s coveted No Prize!)

Gerry Giovinco

See you at the convention!


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