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“Infinity” #1 Variant and some thoughts from Tom Brevoort

Got a lovely present from the folks at Marvel today — this special variant of “Infinity” #1 (in stores tomorrow, August 14th) featuring a cover by Adam Kubert, signed by we THINK Hickman (can anyone tell based on the photo).

Infinity Variant #1 Cover

It also includes this little pitch by series editor Tom Brevoort, which we thought we’d share with you all (transcript below). Enjoy!

Infinity #1 Interior Cover Text by Tom Brevoort

I could sing you the song and dance, but you’ve heard it all before, right? You know how it goes. So let me stick to the facts.

INFINITY is the first crescendo to the uber-story that Jonathan Hickman has been fashioning since the beginning of the MARVEL NOW! AVENGERS and NEW AVENGERS titles. Everything has been building to this!

INFINITY crosses the length and breadth of the Marvel Universe to unite characters from all spheres of operation against not one but two mighty threats! This is the Marvel Universe unified as never before!

INFINITY heralds the return of the Mad Titan, Thanos, to center stage after a long absence (not to mention a much-talked-about end-of-movie teaser.)

INFINITY alters the landscape of the Marvel Universe meaningfully, and sets up the storytelling cycle that will carry us through 2014 and beyond!

INFINITY is illustrated by three of the finest artists in the field, Jim Cheung, Jerome Opena and Dustin Weaver. All three are motivated by intense competition with the others — none of these guys wants to be the third-best artist on the project, and it shows on every page they’ve drawn!

Thanks for all you’ve done to make MARVEL NOW! the great success that it’s been! Here’s the first big payoff, both figuratively and literally! Welcome to INFINITY!

Tom Brevoort
SVP – Executive Editor
Editor – Infinity

Six Seconds of Fun from the CBR Speakasy Soft Launch

Friday May 3rd, CBR hosted a “soft launch” of our new Speakeasy, where we’ll entertain and film upcoming interviews. Here’s six seconds from the party, which saw almost 50 people come in and out throughout the evening. Thanks to everyone that stopped by!


Homemade Batmobile Patrols Northern California

CBR Contributing Writer Joey Pangilinan sent in the following pic and anecdote about NoCal’s very own Batmobile, spotted cruising the streets of San Jose, CA!

photo

So this photo was taken when I was in San Jose, CA last weekend. The fin at the roof of the car, wings on hood of the trunk, and flame thing on the back bumper are actually made of cardboard.

When I was taking the picture, the owner was actually approaching… It was an awkward introduction at first, but he was a little self-deprecating about the fact that he has had too much time on his hands.

He said that in time, he wants to replace the cardboard with something sturdier; I forgot what material he was hoping to eventually put in place. The Bat-logos were a somewhat quick paint job, and kind of like the cardboard, wants to also eventually retouch it. Overall, it’s still a work in progress.

Batsignal sunset? Nolan controls the weather now?

We all know Director Christopher Nolan best as the man behind the hugely successful “The Dark Knight” trilogy, but what you may not know is Nolan’s talents aren’t just in the film industry, but also the weather (apparently!).

Friend of the site Vanessa Jorge-Perry snapped this photo of the Southern California sunset last night and noticed something a little unusual in the sky. Apparently Los Angeles needs Batman, let’s just hope Bane’s no where to be found.

Batsignal Sunset

Working on the CBR Yacht at Comic-Con International

Working on the CBR Yacht at Comic-Con International

From Left to Right, Assistant Editor Andy Liegl, reporter Shaun Manning, Senior Editor Stephen Gerding and Editor Steve Sunu working on the CBR Yacht at Comic-Con International in San Diego!

The CBR Yacht at Comic-Con from 20 stories up!

The CBR Yacht

Here’s a look at the CBR Yacht from 20 stories up at the Marriot Marquis. Looks nice — too bad our giant totem was a tad flacid.


Jonah Weiland & “The Walking Dead’s” Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard on the CBR Yacht!

Really enjoyed my chat with “The Walking Dead’s” Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard on the CBR Yacht on Wednesday of Comic-Con.

Jonah Weiland & The Walking Deads Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard on the CBR Yacht!

You can catch the full video interview with Kirkman & Adlard about “The Walking Dead” here on CBR. And don’t miss Editor Steve Sunu’s journey through the Walking Dead Escape obstacle course during Comic-Con. Lots of fun.

Jonah Weiland & Scott Allie on the CBR Yacht!

Here I am with Dark Horse editor Scott Allie on the CBR Yacht!

Jonah Weiland & Scott Allie

James Robinson on the CBR Yacht

My first guest of the weekend on Wednesday, Mr. James Robinson!

Jonah Weiland & James Robinson

Jonah Weiland, Thomas Jane & Tim Bradstreet @ CCI 2012

Jonah Weiland, Thomas Jane and Tim Bradstreet

Love this photo of the three of us. They came out for an interview Friday afternoon. Don’t miss their panel Saturday night:

Saturday, July 14
7:30-8:30 RAW Studios: Past, Present, and Future— Thomas Jane (The Punisher 2004), and Tim Bradstreet (The Punisher Max), take you through the paces on their old and new projects. Topics include the Dark Country GN and the upcoming new books The Lycan and Alien Worlds. Guest panelists James Daly (Bad Planet), and Greg Staples (Bad Planet V2) join the fray. Also video and news on RAW’s upcoming feature film western, A Magnificent Death from a Shattered Hand. Plus a major video game announcement AND a very special surprise for friends of Frank! Talk with Q&A, moderated by Jane and Bradstreet. Room 26AB

Photo by Lincoln Morrison.

Tracie Thoms Wants To Portray Misty Knight On-Screen

As we were prepping Alan Kistler’s list of Marvel super heroeines who deserve their own shot at silver screen glory, we were unaware that one actress in particular agreed with her fan-casting! Pointed out on the CBR forums by reader dadiceguy, Tracie Thoms is fully interested in portraying Misty Knight!

Saw this the other day. So we tweeted Tracie Thoms saying she should be Misty Knight she tweeted this back


The View From The Tiki Room

A shot of the convention floor from the skybox hosting the enchanted CBR Tiki Room here at WonderCon 2012!

Sent from my iPhone

The ultimate Captain America painting and Thundercats WOAH!

As I was doing some holiday shopping this past weekend I stopped by Wacko/Soap Plant on Sunset — one of the best gift shops in all of Los Angeles. They’re also home to the La Luz De Jesus Gallery, which currently has an amazing exhibition of Rob Burden’s epic action figure portraits. Presented in an over-sized, museum style format, they’re incredibly eye catching. But two in particular definitely caught my attention.

Captain America - DEAD!

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A Look Inside the CBR Cubby

At CBR’s Global Headquarters in Hollywood, CA, we’ve got a weird little part of the office that creates a small little cubby hole of sorts. When we built the office we decided to make it an area where we could display a bunch of the crappy Tijuana knock-off statues we’ve collected over the years. Here’s a look at it.

We’ve got all sorts of fun (AKA crappy) statues in there, such as the Thing, Batman, Superman, Iron Man, Optimus Prime, Wall-E and more! But there’s one shelf we here at CBR are particularly proud of. Here’s a look at it.

Thank you!

And yes, oddly, the 2009 statue is actually about 5% smaller than the 2011 statue.

BLACKHAWKS writer Mike Costa joins the DC Comics New 52 Wrap Party tonight in Hollywood

I just received confirmation that New 52 “Blackhawks” writer Mike Costa will join us tonight at the DC Comics New 52 Wrap Party at Golden Apple Comics in Hollywood!

Blackhawks #1

Who else could show up tonight? Who knows, but we have nine creators confirmed as of right now! Check out the full list of New 52 creators in attendance!. You don’t want to miss this party!

One more reason why you should come to tonight’s DC Comics New 52 Wrap Party

By now you’ve certainly hear about the DC Comics New 52 Wrap Party that’s taking place tonight courtesy of Comic Book Resources & Golden Apple Comics Hollywood. It’s going to be a fantastic night with eight amazing creators there to celebrate the launch of the New 52. In addition, there will be prizes and raffles, including this EXTREMELY rare signed baseball cap!

DC New 52 Signed Baseball Cap

Come to Golden Apple Comics tonight and join the fun!


The CBR Relaunch – Day Three Notes

Ok, so here we are on Day 3 of our relaunch and wow, it’s been another crazy day of bug fixes and planning.

To begin with, it’s the first day we ran the relaunched home page with a reskin and that caused a display issue with our video feature box in the latest version of Chrome and in some versions of Firefox. In the process of fixing this, we caused another problem that a number of you complained about of a jCarousel query causing some sort of infinite loop that would send us all into the sun and be the destruction of the planet! Well, nothing quite so dramatic, but it was causing a Javascript error for some of you. I’m happy to report the video feature box has definitely been fixed and the jCarousel query should also be fixed. If you’re still getting that weird error, try flushing your cache once again, but hopefully it won’t come to that.

We also discovered a major performance issue caused by our feature scroller. Some of you may have noticed it would physically slow your computer down by upwards of 50%. YIKES! We did some testing, some banging and were able to fix this. The home page should no longer cause any slow downs with your computer’s performance. I’ve done some extensive testing and now the site is much faster.

OK, the Twitter Widget – yeah, it’s broken and we’re looking at it. We know a lot of you check it out, so that’s a priority. If it’s not fixed soon, we’ll take it off production and bring it back once things are fixed.

What else are we working on? Well, we’ve brought in that second team and they’re working on installing numerous Ajax solutions to help increase home page download time. This should be one of the most significant improvements, especially for those of you browsing the site on your phones. They’ll also implement a number of behind the scenes improvements you really don’t care to know about, but they have ways to serve the pages micro-seconds faster across the board, which adds up.

Now, let’s talk iPhones/iPads. The new home page, as it’s currently set up, is performing better on the iPad and iPhone than it was two days ago. We’ve made a number of changes, including a temporary fix on our feature scroller that was causing really odd display issues when it would jump from one story to the other. We’re looking in to this further to see if we can have it work my more smoothly moving forward, but for the mean time the temp fix will do the trick. Additionally, when we get these Ajax solutions in place, the home page will download MUCH faster on those 3G iPhones and Android phones you all love. Give us a week or so to deploy that. We’ll get it done, then we’ll start addressing other ways we can get the site to work better on mobile devices (including the mobile version of the site, which we’ll work on post Comic-Con).

The other thing we worked on Wednesday was get that new server ordered and DAMN is it a fast machine. We currently have CBR running behind a pretty heavy cache, but this new machine might allow us to get out from behind that, requiring no caching what so ever. Regardless, the new machine really kicks butt and even if we have to maintain the caching will REALLY kick butt.

I’ve been responding to every one of your e-mails, responding to concerns posted on Twitter and our own message boards. The good news is the majority of feedback I’ve received has been very positive, but there are those of you who don’t like the changes and I can appreciate that. Just know that we’re taking all your comments under consideration and we’re not going to be done until the performance is at a place I deem satisfactory and the presentation is just perfect (I think we’re almost there on this point, with some minor adjustments yet to come).

Thanks again for your patience. I’ll continue to update you on our progress as I have news to share.

Sincerely,

Jonah Weiland, @jonahweiland
Executive Producer, ComicBookResources.com

The CBR Relaunch – Day Two Notes

Day two of the CBR Relaunch has begun and I think we’re in a better place than we were at 3:00 PM on Monday.

A number of changes have been made based on your day 1 feedback. First and foremost, apologies to our Internet Explorer users. We did not do enough browser testing with IE before our relaunch and that’s a mistake we’ll never make again. There were code compatibility issues and we now believe we’ve fixed all of them. If you’re still seeing issues, flush your cache and try loading the home page once again. If you’re STILL having issues, drop an e-mail to bugs (AT) comicbookresources (dot) com and we’ll get that sorted for you. Your feedback is absolutely encouraged and invaluable in improving our site for all readers.

One note – we will no longer be able to support the IE 6 browser. Heck, even Microsoft is no longer supporting IE 6. Thankfully, only 3% of our IE using readers are still on IE 6, so this should not be a problem for the overwhelming majority of you.

We had a number of Chrome users e-mail us about home page display issues. The good news is there’s a very simple fix – flush your cache! We’ve double checked the site on Chrome using both PCs and Macs and it looks beautiful! The same goes for Firefox – when in doubt, clear the cache!

What else? There’ve been a number of other changes made to the site today, specifically to fonts and some layout that needed cleaning up. We’ve also cut down on the number of images and stories loading on the home page, which has helped homepage performance quite a bit. That being said it’s still taking too long to load the entire home page. So, earlier today I spoke with an excellent Los Angeles Web development firm who’s going to join our dev team to focus on exactly these problems, employing a variety of technologies to help increase page load times.

CBR itself gets a little present as well — we’ve gone ahead and purchased a new server for the main site. The last time we upgraded the CBR server was February of 2008, so it’s definitely time! This new server is MASSIVELY faster, which will also contribute to speeding things up! It will take us about a week to get this new server online, so bear with us please.

That’s it for today’s update. As we continue to tighten things up around here and make changes, I’ll keep you posted. Please feel free to leave us feedback on Facebook, Twitter, by e-mail or in the comments section below.

Before I let you go, got some big news for you all later this week about our Comic-Con coverage this year! I know, I’m a big tease, but keep your eyes on CBR for the latest. Can’t wait to get down to San Diego!

Sincerely,

Jonah Weiland, @jonahweiland
Executive Producer, ComicBookResources.com

TERRA NOVA’s Jason O’Mara At WonderCon & CBR

During WonderCon in San Francisco this year, “Terra Nova” stars Jason O’Mara and Stephen Lang stopped by the CBR Tiki Room to talk about the new FOX TV show. Today, we discovered this behind-the-scenes style video that Jason shot himself while at WonderCon, which includes his stop in the CBR Tiki Room — fun little view of the show from celebrity guest angle.

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