DC Entertainment Declares June 12 ‘Man of Steel’ Day at Comic Book Retailers and Bookstores Across the U.S.
Yesterday, DC Comics released a press release stating that June 12th shall be considered “Man of Steel Day”
In celebration of the summer’s most eagerly anticipated film, DC Entertainment is partnering with comic book retailers and bookstores across America to declare Wednesday, June 12 MAN OF STEEL DAY, ahead of the film’s wide release on Friday, June 14. Sponsored by Sears, those visiting their local comic book retailers on MAN OF STEEL DAY will receive a free copy of ALL STAR SUPERMAN #1 SPECIAL EDITION comic book by Grant Morrison and Frank Quietly.
In addition to the free comic, DC Entertainment has partnered with Warner Bros. to provide comic shops with various MAN OF STEEL promotional posters and bags to get fans geared up for the film’s release.
We grab a moment with local comic book writer Sebastian Piccione who talks to us about his works, his likes and his activities in general.
Places you can find Sebastian:
- IndyPlanet – http://goo.gl/Rd1qJ
- Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/sunday.k.comics
- FFFIC – https://www.youtube.com/user/investcomics
- Email – Sebastian@investcomics.com
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By Henry Hanks, @ CNN.com
On television and in comics, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” has pushed boundaries. “Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Nine” dealt with abortion, a rarely discussed topic in comics. Two 2012 issues featured a story in which the slayer decided to terminate a pregnancy.
The world of superhero comics has seen a lot of changes recently, with the demise — and in some cases, resurrection – of Robin, Captain America, Peter Parker, Professor Charles Xavier and the Human Torch. Clark Kent walked out on his job and dated Wonder Woman. There have been revelations that multiple characters were gay, along with a same-sex wedding or two. (There also was a complete reboot in 2011 for DC Comics, which like CNN is owned by Time Warner, and a relaunch of many of Marvel Comics’ books in 2012.)
So, what’s behind all these headline-grabbing plot twists in comic books these days?
We have asked some of the creators over the years. Scott Snyder, who writes “Batman,” including the most recent “Death of the Family” story arc, said he writes stories as if this was his one chance to write about a certain character: “It’s not so much to make the books as dramatic as possible or to be shocking, but to try to tell the best story you can that feels organic. It’s not been a marching order (from editors).”
When the Human Torch died in a 2010 issue of “Fantastic Four” (only to return a year later), Marvel editor Tom Brevoort spoke to CNN about deaths in comics, “It’s very easy to develop cynicism about the stories we tell. The only way to combat and conquer it is to have a story that touches on the humanness of people that has emotional resonance and truth to it. The fact of death is something every human being can relate to. I would argue that a well-told story of a character’s demise is not necessarily undone by them coming back later.”
We recently spoke with three comic book experts, who gave us their thoughts on this phenomenon:
CNN: Why do you think we seem to see more and more of these kinds of stories and changes in comics?