Each year, the San Diego Comic Con International is assaulted by comic book creators of all kinds big and small. They also bring with them the biggest news to offer up to the masses, newly printed comics, upcoming projects, and things to look out for in the coming months. The Comic Con International is the biggest hotspot of comic book activity during this July week. Here are some of the top stories to come out of the convention this year.
1. Mark Waid To Boom!Mark Waid, encyclopediac and historian of the DC Universe is making a move in a completely different creative direction. It was announced that Mark Waid is going to be the new Editor In Chief of Boom! Studios. Waid, a longtime writer and sometime editor is tackling the slate of all of Boom! Studios comics, helping to shape the creative talent and teach a new generation of comic book creators.
2. Newly Astonishing X-MenA new creative team was announced to replace Joss Whedon and John Cassaday on Marvel Comics Astonishing X-Men. Warren Ellis will be the writer with artist Simone Bianchi. This spread around the interweb highway quite fast and is one of the bigger news breakers at the con. He hasn't lined up a team yet but the comic will be entitled, "Astonishing X-Men: Second Stage."
3. Final CrisisGrant Morrison and JG Jones have been tapped to do a final "Crisis" crossover entitled, "Final Crisis."
4. Amazing Spider-Man LineupThe new team for soon to be weekly "Amazing Spider-Man" will consist of writers Dan Slott, Bob Gale, Marc Guggenheim, and Zeb Wells; and artists Phil Jiminez, David McNiven, Chris Bachalo, and Salvador Larrocca. Will this be a classic in the making, or just another sales stunt by Marvel? Time will definitely tell whether fans of Spider-Man will commit to the weekly schedule.
5. Ultimates 3The third Ultimates series, written by Jeph Loeb and art by Joe Madureira, is slated to come out in December of 2007. We'll see.
6. McFarlane's New BookTodd McFarlane, creator of Spawn and co-founder of Image comics, is coming back to comics. Apparently, at last year's comic-con, Robert Kirkman of "Invincible" and "The Walking Dead" fame, asked McFarlane at a panel when he was going to actually do a comic again. Mcfarlane replied he was to busy, but found out later who the questioner was and a seed was planted. A new comic with McFarlane doing the covers and Kirkman slated to writer will come out via Image and is entitled "Haunt."
7. San Diego Comic Con Sold Out
The San Diego Comic Con International completely sold out this year. Scalpers were seen on the sidewalk outside the convention, with Ebay auctions raging on moments before. If you want to go next year, plan early and get ahead of the curve.