Wednesday, April 25, 2012

We're moving!

Folks, The Paperfilms Blog's content of updates and such will now be found as part of Jimmy Palmiotti's blog, LISTEN TO JIMMY, which can be accessed by clicking here. Make sure to bookmark it and come along for the continuing chronicling of what's up with the Paperfilms crew!

'The Art of Amanda Conner' in stores today!

At last! The long-awaited THE ART OF AMANDA CONNER, from IDW, finally hits stores today, so you know what to do. G'wan and git a-movin' to the comics shop!!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Amanda Conner talks about 'Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre' and 'The Art of Amanda Conner' at Newsarama

Amanda Conner's got a lot going on, namely her work on the upcoming BEFORE WATCHMEN: SILK SPECTRE and the career retrospective art book THE ART OF AMANDA CONNER, and she chats at length about both over at NEWSARAMA.

First full-page look at Amanda Conner's art from 'Before watchmen: Silk Spectre'

Here's the first good look at Amanda Conner's interior art from BEFORE WATCHMEN: SILK SPECTRE, as seen in the top secret binder that resides in the offices of DC Comics. (Click on it to see it larger.) More to come as it's made public.

'The Art of Amanda Conner' in stores tomorrow!

Yes, you read it right. The long-awaited THE ART OF AMANDA CONNER finally hits stores tomorrow, so get ready to run straight to the comics shop and fight tooth and nail for your own copy!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Amanda Conner sketches for her fans

A.C., sketching for her fans at the recent C2E2 expo in Chicago, as seen in The Chicago Tribune.

Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray unleash 'Retrovirus'

The prolific comics-writing duo of Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray strikes again, this time with RETROVIRUS, a new sci-fi graphic novel featuring art by Norberto (THE TATTERED MAN) Fernandez. This project depends on you and your funding to get it published, just like what happened with the critically acclaimed QUEEN CRAB, so peep the details at the book's KICKSTARTER page.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

More from C2E2: an overview with a nice story about Amanda

Zechs of THE OUTHOUSE weighs in with a candid assessment of last weekend's C2E2 expo that includes an anecdote that illustrates Amanda Conner's basic character. Head here to peep it. By the way, Zechs, I like the way you write!

Amanda Conner talks 'Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre' with Comic Vine

As captured on video at last weekend's C2E2 expo, Amanda Conner chats about working on BEFORE WATCHMEN: SILK SPECTRE at COMIC VINE and is just her usual charming and down-to-earth self, so check it out!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

More on 'The Monolith' at Newsarama

As previously noted, the rights to the DC Comics series THE MONOLITH have reverted to its creators — among whom can be counted Paperfilms' Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray — and the latest on that can be read over at NEWSARAMA. The bottom line is that if you missed it during the series' 2004-2005 twelve-issue run, now's your chance to check it out. (I'm embarrassed to admit that I missed it at the time but due to my lifelong fascination with the myths and legends of world cultures and religions, I'm intrigued to see how a modern tale based on the Golem, the most famous example of which would be the Golem of Prague, works. That said, I'm also curious to know how a Golem works without the required אמת on its forehead to animate it...Or maybe it's one of those Golem that's activated by parchments placed in its mouth? Whatever the case, I'll have my answers soon enough, gawdammit!)

More from C2E2: an account of the 'Chicks Dig Comics' panel

Our Amanda Conner's involvement with Mad Norwegian Press' CHICKS DIG COMICS essay/interview anthology has been previously discussed on this blog, and that's all you need to know in order to grok her participation in C2E2's CHICKS DIG COMICS panel, a forum in which several comics creators who are fortunate enough not to be burdened with testosterone expounded on — as you probably gathered from the title — their love of comics. A.C. is quoted (it's a charming story), so hit the article posted at WIRED's GEEK DAD column.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

'The Art of Amanda Conner'— release date correction

UPDATE: The previously announced release date of IDW's THE ART OF AMANDA CONNER book turns out to have been a mis-quote. It will not be out tomorrow, April 18th, but will apparently be released in stores on April 25th. We apologize for any inconvenience or annoyance that error may have caused, so please refrain from pelting us with rocks, feces — human or otherwise — and/or rotting garbage. Nonetheless, you can still pre-order it here and trust me when I tell you it's worth all the waiting!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Namco Bandai's 'Rapid Thunder' a “crazier version of James Bond” with Jimmy Palmiotti at the helm

This just in: Namco Bandai is reviving the classic 1980's brawler arcade game ROLLING THUNDER as the re-imagined web comic RAPID THUNDER, with Jimmy Palmiotti at the writing helm. Described as “crazier version of James Bond,” the full lowdown on the project can be read in detail at SHOGUN GAMER.

More from the floor of C2E2

The firsthand accounts from C2E2 keep popping up and there's a particularly fun one to be had over at BLEEDING COOL. While covering the many aspects of the show, writer Paul G. describes an encounter with Paperfilms' Jimmy Palmiotti and Paul Mounts, and notes an amusing exchange between himself and Jimmy in regard to a certain storyline from the now cult-classic run on POWER GIRL that he co-scripted with Justin Gray (and featuring art by Amanda Conner). That bit is found under the header "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing," so head here to read it for yourself.

A fun C2E2 blogger's photo safari

It may not be the same as actually finding oneself in attendance, but it's always fun to peep folks' online photo safaris from the conventions and shows they visit. A good case in point on this is the latest entry on cartoonist Mark Anderson's ANDERTOONS blog, where he visually chronicles the sights at this past weekend's C2E2 show in Chicago and cites our Amanda Conner as "the person I most wanted to meet." Along with a great shot of the lovely and talented A.C. (and the clearly-marked end of her signing line, as seen at left), Mark also takes us on a tour of the expo's floor and perfectly conveys the magic that keeps us returning to conventions year after year. Click here to absorb the eye-candy!

'Before Watchmen' art montage at New Frontiersman site

In the wake of the DC Comics BEFORE WATCHMEN panel at this past weekend's C2E2 show, the digital comics news forums have begun latching onto the first released bit of interior art released from the project. Cannily fueling the fans' appetites by providing a mere crumb of visual information, DC has assembled a montage piece featuring representative artwork from all of the minis involved in the series and I have to admit that it all looks rather good. Of direct interest to this blog's readers is of course the participation of our Amanda Conner as the artist and co-writer (with the renowned Darwyn Cooke) on SILK SPECTRE. A.C.'s rendering of an adolescent Laurie Juspeczyk, the future second generation Silk Spectre, wistfully lamenting her lack of "assets" in the mirror as she models what appear to be her mother's crime-fighting togs, can be seen in the lower righthand corner. Unfortunately, what you see here is about as large of an image as you're going to get for now, so further patience is required. (I took this document, cropped it to isolate Amanda's art and hoped it would open up to a somewhat larger scale, but no dice.)

To see the montage piece in context with further snippets of the pre-release hype, I steer you toward DC's NEW FRONTIERSMAN website, which looks like a site that bears keeping an eye on if you're intrigued by what's to come. (One word of advice: When checking out the site, which resembles and old newspaper's front page, look for any words and/or phrases that appear to be highlighted, and be sure to click on them to access the hidden goodies.)

Artist Ted Naifeh's designs for 'Ame-Comi Girls'

Now that DC Comics' upcoming digital Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray-scribed AME-COMI GIRLS has been announced, details have begun to leak out, including a look at some character designs by illustrator Ted Naifeh. Head over to COMIC BOOK RESOURCES to get a quick gander.

Coming soon: 'The DC Comics Art of Amanda Conner' HC

Apparently, folks just can't get enough of Amanda Conner's particular flavor of comics art. Not only is IDW issuing THE ART OF AMANDA CONNER in hardcover this coming Wednesday, DC Comics is also sating the public's appetite with the 304-page THE DC COMICS ART OF AMANDA CONNER, due out in hardcover this September. We'll be bringing you more details as they become available but for now, head here for a look at what's in it. Lots of good stuff! (Well, duh...)

Amanda Conner's C2E2 appearance spotlighted at the Chicago Tribune site

Here's fan fave artist Amanda Conner, as seen signing at the DC Comics area of this past weekend's C2E2 show. (photo by Abel Uribe and cribbed from the Chicago Tribune site)

Saturday, April 14, 2012

C2E2: Amanda Conner describes 'Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre' as "a little like a romance comic but with beatings" at DC All Access panel

This is the big one, kiddies. C2E2's DC All Access BEFORE WATCHMEN panel proved to be an avalanche of info and discussion of what's to come from that long-anticipated project, and as you gathered from Amanda's quote in the headline, it looks to be a dark ride. The panel is covered in depth over at CBR, so go here for all the fresh meat.

C2E2: Bleeding Cool's New 52 panel recap

We already posted a link to a recap of the New 52 panel but the devil's in the details, so go here to read an even more detailed rundown of the event, courtesy of good ol' BLEEDING COOL. (Our Jimmy has a few things to say, so there's also that.)

C2E2: 'G.I. Combat' cited during the New 52 "Second Wave" panel

COMIC BOOK RESOURCES brings readers a detailed look at what DC Comics has in store for the second wave of their New 52 company-wide reboot, including G.I. COMBAT and its new version of the venerable UNKNOWN SOLDIER character/concept as handled by co-scripters Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, with art by Dan Panosian. Also discussed is an ALL-STAR WESTERN issue that ties into the whole Court of the Owls thing that's currently running in the Batman stories and that will be handled by Palmiotti & Gray, so click on the bright red CBR and pay attention to the debriefing.

More on DC Digital from Comics Alliance

More details on the upcoming DC Digital project are trickling out and of particular interest to readers of this blog will be the info on AME-COMI GIRLS, drawn by Paperfilms' Amanda Conner and written by the scripting team of Jimmy Palmiotti and Justing Gray (both also of Paperfilms, duh). The latest is to be found over at COMICS ALLIANCE, so put on your reading glasses and get cracking!

C2E2: A detailed rundown of the DC Collectibles panel

A lot happened at today's DC Collectibles — formerly DC Direct — panel, some of it involving Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, and a full recounting can be read right here, courtesy of THE OUTHOUSE. (I would have pulled quotes for use on this blog, but the account is fun enough to be read and enjoyed in total at its source page.)

Friday, April 13, 2012

Digital 'Ame-Comi Girls' reunites Conner, Palmiotti and Gray

(Art by Amanda Conner)

If there's one thing I know with the same certainty of the fact that the sky exists, it's that Amanda Conner can draw the hell out of Wonder Woman. Thus, her involvement as the artist on the WW segment of DC's upcoming digital series AME-COMI GIRLS comes as a no-brainer. Aiding and abetting the project are co-scribes Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, who, with A.C. as the pencil jock, formed the team that made POWER GIRL a celebrated cult hit, so this project can be seen as a reunion of a successful creative confluence that turns them loose once more to do what they do best: craft a fun, beautifully illustrated comic featuring one of comics' signature kickass characters (albeit as reinterpreted through an "American manga" visual aesthetic).

AME-COMI GIRLS gets rolling in May, but you can read more details about it here.

Popdecay outlines the C2E2 'Before Watchmen' showcase

C2E2 kicks off today and POPDECAY takes some time to outline Saturday's BEFORE WATCHMEN panel, featuring several comics biz luminaries including Paperfilms' Amanda Conner (who's drawing and co-writing the project's SILK SPECTRE mini, as if you didn't already know). Click here for the specifics.

The train that is 'Before Watchmen' keeps on a-rollin'

  • THE BEAT has some very nice things to say about the upcoming BEFORE WATCHMEN project as a binder of art from it is shown to a meeting of distributors — and, sadly, not us — so head here to read the understandable (if a tad pre-cognative) gushing over what Darwyn Cooke and our Amanda Conner are getting up to with it.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti's C2E2 DC Comics-related panel schedule

As you no doubt already know, Amanda and Jimmy are attending the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo — also known as C2E2 — this weekend, and they are both contributing to some panels. The whole expo's panel schedule can be found here (make sure to look under the "What's Happening" header) but for the ease of all you A.C. and Jimmy fans out there, here are the DC Comics events and times pertinent specifically to them:

Saturday, April 14th

12:45-1:45pm DC Comics – The New 52

DCE Panelists: Bobbie Chase, Bob Harras

Moderator: Bob Wayne

Talent: Brian Azzarello, Chris Burnham, Cliff Chiang, Tony Daniel, Patrick Gleason, Kyle Higgins,Geoff Johns, Jimmy Palmiotti, Gail Simone, Scott Snyder

DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 is the most talked about event of the last year, and we’re not done making news! Come by and be a part of history as DCE Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras and Senior Editor Bobbie Chase are joined by your favorite top-notch talent such as Brian Azzarello (Wonder Woman), Chris Burnham (Batman, Incorporated), Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman), Tony Daniel(Detective Comics), Patrick Gleason (Batman and Robin), Kyle Higgins (Nightwing), Geoff Johns(Justice League, Green Lantern), Jimmy Palmiotti (All-Star Western), Gail Simone (Batgirl), andScott Snyder (Batman, Swamp Thing) to discuss the books that are shaping this new era! Room S401abc

2-3pm DC All Access – Special Edition: Before Watchmen

DCE Panelist: Dan DiDio, Mark Chiarello, Will Dennis

Moderator: John Cunningham

Talent: Brian Azzarello, Lee Bermejo, Amanda Conner, Adam Hughes, J. Michael Straczynski, Len Wein

It’s not the end of the world. It’s the beginning! Don’t miss this panel about the most talked about comic book series of 2012! Join DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Dan DiDio, VP – Art Direction and Design Mark Chiarello, Senior Editor Will Dennis, Brian Azzarello (Before Watchmen: Rorschach), Lee Bermejo (Before Watchmen: Rorschach), Amanda Conner (Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre), Adam Hughes (Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan), Joe Kubert (Before Watchmen: Nite Owl), J. Michael Straczynski (Before Watchmen: Nite Owl), Len Wein (Before Watchmen: Ozymandias, Curse of the Crimson Corsair) and others as they talk about this game-changing event! Hurm! Room S401abc

And don't forget that Amanda and Jimmy will also be doing the signing, sketching and meeting & greeting thing on all three days, so be sure to drop by where the comics guests are situated and say "Hey!!!"

Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti: Know these faces and warn your children!!!

The wit and wisdom of Jimmy Palmiotti spotlighted on video at Trip City

In case you don't already know it, our Jimmy Palmiotti is a talker. Give the man the opportunity to expound on any subject and you will not be disappointed, so you should head over to Trip City's "Leaping Tall Buildings" showcase by clicking here and listen to what Jimmy's got to say on being in the biz, the popular perception of comics creators, his partnership with co-scribe Justin Gray, and a bunch of other stuff. G'wan... Ya know ya want to !

Amanda and Jimmy storm C2E2 this weekend!

Comics fan faves and Paperfilms founders Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti are appearing at this weekend's C2E2 show, aka the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo. There will be a lot going on, what with the promotional push for BEFORE WATCHMEN — for which Amanda is drawing and co-writing the SILK SPECTRE mini-series (with Darwyn Cooke as co-scribe) — and Jimmy being a part of the Video Game Characters Reborn! panel, hosted by ShiftyLook on Saturday. (There's talk that Jimmy will be making some sort of announcement at that panel, so make sure to attend for the scoop!)

Both Amanda and Jimmy will also be found in Artists Alley for signings, sketches and meet-and-greet ops with the fans, so stop on by!

'Creator Owned Heroes' #1 cited in the April previews edition of Where Money is No Object

COMICS NEXUS at Inside cites the upcoming CREATOR OWNED HEROES #1 as one of the books to check out in the April previews edition of their Where Money is No Object column. Click here to read what they have to say.

Happy birthday, A.C.!!!

Today's Amanda Conner's birthday, so please join us in celebrating that event with all the grace, elegance and dignity that it warrants. We love you, A.C. and don't you ever forget it!

Oh, and one more item for A.C.'s birthday (and for her legion of fans):

Here's an excellent portrait of A.C., taken through a 35mm lens that I smashed in with the heavy end of a T-square during a moment of frustration in my Marvel Bullpen days. I took this to prove that the camera loves her, so I I think I can honestly say quod erat demonstrandum to that.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Palmiotti & Gray discuss 'Triggergirl 6' at CBR

Jimmy and Justin are interviewed over at COMIC BOOK RESOURCES about their upcoming TRIGGERGIRL 6 series in CREATOR OWNED HEROES, so go here to read what flows from the prolific minds of our lads.

Amanda Conner interviewed in Mad Norwegian Press' 'Chicks Dig Domics' collection

With presence of female comics creators growing exponentially with each passing day, books like mad Norwegian Press' CHICKS DIG COMICS, provide vital insight into the minds and process of said creators in their own words. Edited by Lynne M. Collins and Sigrid Ellis, the volume contains essays and interviews by a number of the biz's luminaries, including an interview with Paperfilms' own Amanda Conner, so be sure to check it out. For more on this, you can read what Jessica Tarnate of Orlando Girl Geeks has to say about it at The book's available in stores now, or you can order it direct from Lynn M. Thomas' website, and there's always Amazon, so what are you waiting for?

Palmiotti and Gray reclaim rights to 'The Monolith' from DC Comics

Our Jimmy and Justin have reclaimed the rights to their co-scribed 2004-2005 series THE MONOLITH from DC Comics. BLEEDING COOL has the story here.

'All-Star Western' #11-solicitation listing

Backup story art by SCOTT KOLINS
On sale JULY 25 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T+
• JONAH HEX and TALLULAH BLACK face the Lord of Assassins’ steam-powered death machine.
• Introducing TERRENCE 13 in a new backup story!

'Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre' #2 solicitation listing

Backup story written by LEN WEIN
Art and cover by AMANDA CONNER
Backup story art by JOHN HIGGINS
1:25 Variant cover by JOSHUA MIDDLETON
On sale JULY 18 • 32 pg, FC, 2 of 4, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS
Combo Pack Edition: $4.99 US
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
“I’ve just come to a horrible realization...My mom would be really proud of me right now.”
Plus, a new CRIMSON CORSAIR backup feature from writer LEN WEIN and artist JOHN HIGGINS!
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of the issue.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Amanda Conner and 'Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre' key draws for C2E2

The upcoming Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo — happening on April 13th through the 15th — is charged with anticipation for many fan-ready events, among which are creators' panels and meet-and-greets with the luminaries behind the BEFORE WATCHMEN project, among whim can be numbered our own Amanda Conner, who you may have heard is penciling SILK SPECTRE with Darwyn "DC: THE NEW FRONTIER" handling the scripting. More info on this can be found here.

Amanda's cover art for BEFORE WATCHMEN: SILK SPECTRE #2.

Check out Amanda Conner's cover for 'Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre' #2!

What you see above is just a detail from Amanda's cover for the upcoming BEFORE WATCHMEN: SILK SPECTRE #2, and you can see an exclusive first look at the full piece over at io9. It accompanies an interview with series scribe Darwyn Cooke — the mega-talented storyteller behind the multiple award-winning DC:THE NEW FRONTIER and the equally and desrvedly lauded PARKER adaptations — in which he answers the burning question of "How does one write Watchmen comics without Alan Moore?" An illuminating read, it also clues readers in on how Amanda penciling SILK SPECTRE was one of Darwyn's conditions for accepting the project. The man clearly has taste on top of talent!

'Creator Owned Heroes' #1 spotligthed at Previews

New info and images from the upcoming CREATOR OWNED HEROES are making their presence known, and PREVIEWS gives readers an early taste here, complete with downloadable looks at AMERICAN MUSCLE and TRIGGERGIRL 6. G'wan...You know you're curious!

Friday, April 6, 2012

A gallery of Amanda Conner art (and a shameless plug)

Let's not beat around the bush: We all love Amanda Conner's artwork. Thankfully, the Internet is around to provide outlets for that appreciation and one such outlet is the fun Tumblr site ART OF AMANDA CONNER, that folks can contribute to and that is found here. Head on over and check it out. It's tons of fun!

And while we're on the subject of Amanda's art, the long-awaited collection THE ART OF AMANDA CONNER is scheduled to be released on May 1st from IDW, so don't forget to order your copy from AMAZON.

Cover for the upcoming cornucopia of A.C.-style goodness.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

'All-Star Western' overview at Jonah Hex blog

The Jonah Hex-centric blog site, MATCHING DRAGOONS, provides readers with a critical overview of ALL-STAR WESTERN's run thus far, and you can read it here. It's recommended for those who for some reason have not yet checked out the series and need an objective touchstone from which to get started, so check it out!