New Doc Ock Hits Spider-Man
Have you seen the new Doctor Octopus, designed by fan-favorite artist Humberto Ramos? Click to dig the Doc.
Marvel Hires New Publisher
Following such rumors, Marvel today announced that Bill Jemas has been replaced as Publisher. Now read who took his job.
CrossGen's Solus #7
CrossGen thinks you'll love George Pérez's new issue of Solus. And to prove it, here's a five-page preview.
Marvel Searches For She-Hulk
Writer Geoff Johns and artist Scott Kolins reunite for Marvel's Avengers as they search for She-Hulk.
Virtex Returns For Digital Webbing
A comic about a cybernetic cowboy that hunts outlaws riding dinosaurs? Where do we sign up? Read on and find out.
Marvel's Mutants Gains New Penciler
Marvel's New Mutants has a new artist onboard, and we've got a five-page preview. See if he's got the chops.
Image Rocks Out With Shangri-La
Are you ready to rock and roll? Image is, with their upcoming graphic novel Shangri-La. Read the details here.
Marvel Teams Up For A Good Cause
Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk team up for charity in a special December one-shot. Read all about it.
Davis' Marquis Returns In December
Guy Davis' sin-slayer is back in The Marquis: Intermezzo, coming from Oni Press. Read all about it.
Marvel Unveils '04 FF Plans
Marvel plans three Fantastic Four series for 2004, and we've got the details and preview art. Check this out.
2F2F DVD Contest
The hit street racing film 2 Fast 2 Furious is driving to DVD players near you. Win a free copy from Slush and Universal.

The Fifth Column:
Random Bitching
By Dwayne McDuffie



As I mentioned last week, frustrated by the lack of copies at my local comic shop, I ordered THE ESSENTIAL HOWARD THE DUCK collection from Amazon.com (which next to Powell’s Books in Portland, is the place I love the best).


Amazon sent me an e-mail informing me that the book was not yet in print and that all orders were cancelled. Meanwhile, as promised (but I didn’t believe them), my local shop got a couple more copies. This Thursday, I bought their last one, along with the new DOOM PATROL ARCHIVES, so I’m mollified.

I still think I’m right about the browsing problem though. If I’d come back a day later, I would have missed it again.


Work continues apace on my self-destructive plan to self-publish THE ROAD TO HELL, a romantic comedy about an infernal triangle between a scientist, her would-be boyfriend and the guy of her dreams, Satan. The script, by Matt Wayne and myself is complete and artist Kris Dresen is hard at work on new character designs (which she still won’t show me).

We recently decided to publish the entire story as a single, 164 page black and white graphic novel (with a full color cover). We’ve also decided to do this without first publishing it as individual comics. We’ve chosen to publish the book in the size and shape of American collections of manga. We think this may help us get racking in bookstores, somewhere down the line. Even if it doesn’t, the format suits the material especially well. So what we’re going to end up with is basically a paperback original. Are we nuts? Sure we are. Aren’t you paying attention? We’re self-publishing. But I don’t think we’re extra nuts. Bypassing the mini series cuts our printing, advertising and promotional costs. It also means we’ve only got one product to sell and frankly, even that may be more than we can handle. We’ll find out together.


I was watching Comedy Central’s terrific news/parody series THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART but when it went off I forgot to change the channel. As such, I was subjected to several minutes of a very bad game show called BEAT THE GEEKS. I’m not going to talk about the show, except to say it’s worse than the one where the remote-controlled robots utterly fail to do any significant damage to each other. I mention BEAT THE GEEKS only to discuss its theme music. Am I the only person who thinks it sounds just like the JUSTICE LEAGUE theme? This is very disorienting. I’ve only recently gotten out of the habit of trying to make Green Lantern say, "and now, your moment of Zen."


Here’s your chance to decide what next week’s column is going to be. Vote for one of two choices; FAQ, a column where I answer Frequently Asked Questions about myself and my work (a confession here. I’m doing this mostly so I can post it on my website at some point in the future. I’ve been meaning to get around to it for two years now); or PAPER DOLLS, where I tell you about both the tragic lack of super hero action figures during my childhood and the creepy extremes I went to in order to have some (warning, I may go off on a tangential bitch about the nonexistence of STATIC SHOCK toys versus the easy availability of say, for instance, Aquaman’s horse). Click the link for the column you want to see next and drop me an e-mail. If you choose "FAQ," you have to ask me at least one question, fair?


Part two of my first episode of JUSTICE LEAGUE, "The Brave and the Bold," airs this Sunday, March 17 at 7:00 PM EST on Cartoon Network. I scripted it from a story by Rich Fogel and Paul Dini. If you saw the first part, you already know that Flash and Green Lantern are dead. My bad. Still, there’s a half an hour of show left and five members of the Justice League still among alive, so you might want to check them out while you still can.

"Never Say Die," a Batman 8-pager that I wrote and Denys Cowan drew is the back up story in BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #27, on sale March 20. Check out the nifty Brian Boland cover!

An anthology called PANEL ONE: COMIC BOOK SCRIPTS BY TOP WRITERS is now on sale. It includes work by Neil Gaiman, Kurt Busiek, Kevin Smith, Marv Wolfman, Trina Robbins, Greg Rucka, Nat Gertler, Jeff Smith and, unaccountably, me. My full script for "Deus Ex Machina," an issue of Marvel Comics’ DEATHLOK that I wrote as a young child, is right in there with the good stuff.

Article continued below advertisement


E-Mail Author  |  Archive  |  Tell A Friend



Sword of Dracula
Slush launches our Halloween countdown with the first in a series of spooky reviews. First up? New series, Sword of Dracula.
John Byrne's IMO
This week John points out that fans cannot read the minds of creators, although you wouldn't know that by listening to some of them.
The Dead Zone
Flesh-eating zombies battle the last remaining police officer in Image's new series, The Walking Dead. We review the first issue.
Steve Niles Interview
Slush interviews Steve Niles, the acclaimed writer of 30 Days of Night, who tells us about the relaunch of Fused.
A Spidery Preview
Have you seen the new Doctor Octopus, designed by fan-favorite artist Humberto Ramos? Click to dig the Doc.
Kill Bill Review
Slush reviews the first installment of Quentin Tarantino's kung fu slasher masterpiece, Kill Bill.
Viper Interview
Slush takes a look at new publisher Viper Comics, and interviews the guys behind two of its hottest books.
Peanuts Collected
Cartoon fans rejoice. Fantagraphics is reprinting the entire collection of Charles Schulz' Peanuts. Read on for details.

CHANNELS:  Features | Columns | Reviews | News | Film & TV | Forums | Slushfactory.com

Copyright © 2003 Slush Factory Entertainment (E-mail)
All Rights Reserved : No portion of Slush may be reprinted in any form without prior consent