The Impact:July 23rd-28th 2012

Published on July 28th, 2012

Hey Comic Impact, long time no see. A lot has happened these past two weeks. So stories in this week’s installment of The Impact maybe a bit quicker so we can cover a lot more.

Tragedy at Aurora Colorado Screening of The Dark Knight Rises.

Last Friday night The Dark Knight Rises opened, when we woke up that morning we were all shocked and horrified to learn of  the tragic events that took place in a Aurora, Colorado movie theater. At a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises suspected gunman James Holmes launched an attack killing  12 people and injuring more than 58 others. Holmes reportedly launched  tear gas into the crowd before opening fire. Holmes was captured outside the theater  with his tactical armor, gas mask, and kevlar helmet.

There are no words or reason that can ever truly explain this man’s actions. My hear truly goes out to all the victims of this tragedy.

In the wake of the tragedy Warner Bros. and the stars of the film offered statements of sympathy and cancelled any public appearances promoting the film.


On Tuesday Dark Knight Rises star Christian Bale visited several victims of the shooting, doctors and, first responders. He asked the hospital that the media not be notified which was a really classy move by Bale as it kept the attention off of him and on the survivors.

“Mr. Bale is there as himself, not representing Warner Brothers,” said an assistant for Susan Fleishman, executive vice president for Warner Bros.’ corporate communications.

The Dark Knight Rises Opening Weekend News

Despite the tragedy movie goers still went to the theaters and The Dark Knight Rises earned $161 million dollars the third largest opening of all time  and the largest strictly 2D film opening ever. You can read my review of the film HERE.
San Diego Comic Con Round Up

-Alex Ross will be providing his first full painted interior artwork in over three years with Dynamite Entertainment’s mini-series Masks. Written by Chris Roberson the pulp team-up book will featuring Zorro, the Green Hornet, the Shadow and the Spider uniting to stop a corrupt political party that has turned New York into a corrupt police state. The series ships later this year.

-IDW announced their new Judge Dredd series’ creative team will be comprised of Duane Swierczynski and Nelson Daniel. The series will also feature work from Paul Gulacy and Jim Starlin.


-Quentin Tarantino announced he is teaming up with DC Comics to publish a five-issue mini-series based on the longer draft of his new movie Django Unchained. No artist has been named yet and the first issue will be available in November one month before the film version of Django Unchained hits theaters.

-Comic Con gave us our first look at Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. Check out the poster and  HERE is the trailer. The film’s teaser reminds me a lot of the first Batman Begins teaser. The shots have a very Terrence Malick look to them which is really intriguing.


-Mike Mignola is returning to write and DRAW Hellboy in Hell. Shipping December 5th.

-Last but not least the 2012 Eisner Award winners were announced

  • Best Short Story
  • “The Seventh,” by Darwyn Cooke, in Richard Stark’s Parker: The Martini Edition (IDW)
  • daredevil7Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)
  • Daredevil #7, by Mark Waid, Paolo Rivera, and Joe Rivera (Marvel)
  • Best Continuing Series
  • Daredevil, by Mark Waid, Marcos Martin, Paolo Rivera, and Joe Rivera (Marvel)
  • Best Limited Series
  • Criminal: The Last of the Innocent, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Marvel Icon)
  • Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7)
  • Dragon Puncher Island, by James Kochalka (Top Shelf)
  • Best Publication for Kids (ages 8-12)
  • Snarked, by Roger Langridge (kaboom!)
  • Best Publication for Young Adults (Ages 12-17)
  • Anya’s Ghost, by Vera Brosgol (First Second)
  • Best Anthology
  • Dark Horse Presents, edited by Mike Richardson (Dark Horse)
  • Best Humor Publication
  • Milk & Cheese: Dairy Products Gone Bad, by Evan Dorkin (Dark Horse Books)
  • Best Digital Comic
  • Battlepug, by Mike Norton,
  • Best Reality-Based Work
  • Green River Killer: A True Detective Story, by Jeff Jensen and Jonathan Case (Dark Horse Books)
  • Best Graphic Album – New
  • Jim Hensons Tale of Sand, adapted by Ramón K. Pérez (Archaia)
  • Best Graphic Album – Reprint
  • taleofsand-finalcoverRichard Stark’s Parker: The Martini Edition, by Darwyn Cooke (IDW)
  • Best Archival Collection/Project – Comic Strips
  • Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse vols. 1-2, by Floyd Gottfredson, edited by David Gerstein and Gary Groth (Fantagraphics)
  • Best Archival Collection/Project – Comic Books
  • Walt Simonson’s The Mighty Thor Artist’s Edition (IDW)
  • Best U.S. Edition of International Material
  • The Manara Library, vol. 1: Indian Summer and Other Stories, by Milo Manara with Hugo Pratt (Dark Horse Books)
  • Best U.S. Edition of International Material – Asia
  • Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths, by Shigeru Mizuki (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Best Writer
  • Mark Waid, Irredeemable, Incorruptible (BOOM!); Daredevil(Marvel)
  • Best Writer/Artist
  • Craig Thompson, Habibi (Pantheon)
  • Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team
  • Ramón K. Pérez, Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand (Archaia)
  • Best Cover Artist
  • Francesco Francavilla, Black Panther (Marvel); Lone Ranger, Lone Ranger/Zorro, Dark Shadows, Warlord of Mars (Dynamite);Archie Meets Kiss (Archie)
  • Best Coloring
  • Laura Allred, iZombie (Vertigo/DC); Madman All-New Giant-Size Super-Ginchy Special (Image)
  • Best Lettering
  • Stan Sakai, Usagi Yojimbo (Dark Horse)
  • Best Comics-Related Journalism
  • The Comics Reporter, produced by Tom Spurgeon,
  • Best Educational/Academic Work (tie)
  • Cartooning: Philosophy & Practice, by Ivan Brunetti (Yale University Press)
  • Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby, by Charles Hatfield (University Press of Mississippi)
  • Best Comics-Related Book
  • MetaMaus, by Art Spiegelman (Pantheon)
  • Best Publication Design
  • Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand, designed by Eric Skillman (Archaia)
  • Hall of Fame
  • Judges’ Choices: Rudolf Dirks, Harry Lucey
  • Bill Blackbeard, Richard Corben, Katsuhiro Otomo, Gilbert Shelton
  • Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award:
  • Tyler Crook
  • Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award:
  • Morrie Turner
  • Bill Finger Excellence in Comic Book Writing Award:
  • Frank Doyle, Steve Skeates
  • Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award:
  • Akira Comics, Madrid, Spain – Jesus Marugan Escobar and
  • The Dragon, Guelph, ON, Canada – Jennifer Haines





And there we have it…San Diego Comic Con 2012 has come and gone.  I was there to help promote my first self-published comic, Mysteryman: All About Eve, and going to your first Con as a creator is an amazing experience. Simon was kind enough to interview me about the book, you can check that out HERE and the official Mysteryman: All About Eve site HERE. That’s all for now I hope everyone has a great week.

Matt Todd