(Excerpted from Hugo Finalists for 2019 Hugo Awards and 1944 Retro Hugos - Dublin 2019.)
2019 Hugo Awards Finalists
Best Graphic Story
Abbott, written by Saladin Ahmed, art by Sami Kivelä, colours by Jason Wordie, letters by Jim Campbell (BOOM! Studios)
Black Panther: Long Live the King, written by Nnedi Okorafor and Aaron Covington, art by André Lima Araújo, Mario Del Pennino and Tana Ford (Marvel)
Monstress, Volume 3: Haven, written by Marjorie Liu, art by Sana Takeda (Image Comics)
On a Sunbeam, by Tillie Walden (First Second)
Paper Girls, Volume 4, written by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Cliff Chiang, colours by Matt Wilson, letters by Jared K. Fletcher (Image Comics)
Saga, Volume 9, written by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
1944 Retrospective Hugo Awards Finalists
Best Graphic Story
Buck Rogers: Martians Invade Jupiter, by Philip Nowlan and Dick Calkins (National Newspaper Service)
Flash Gordon: Fiery Desert of Mongo, by Alex Raymond (King Features Syndicate)
Garth, by Steve Dowling (Daily Mirror)
Plastic Man #1: The Game of Death, by Jack Cole (Vital Publications)
Le Secret de la Licorne [The Secret of the Unicorn], by Hergé (Le Soir)
Wonder Woman #5: Battle for Womanhood, written by William Moulton Marsden, art by Harry G. Peter (DC Comics)
So last time I did this it was premature but now it's pretty definite... Disney now owns Fox.
Obviously the main concern is monopoly and the hold Disney has over the entire film industry at this point at least in regards to major franchises. Can't say I'm looking forward to the day when Disney runs everything.
Another big thing is X-Men and Fantastic Four are now in effect owned by Disney and can now join the MCU. (And coincidentally the Inhumans push seems to be dying down, Wolverine and the FF are back, the X-Men are finally doing stuff, etc) The Fantastic Four I can see working but the X-Men? I'm not too sure. Are mutants going to suddenly pop up now or are we going to pretend that Magneto and Xavier have been battling in the background all these years?
Plus... while Fox's handling of the X-Men was far from perfect I will say I'll miss the risk-taking they took with films like 'Logan'. Disney's idea of an 'edgy' franchise film was 'Rogue One'. We are probably never going to have a hard R-rated X-Men film again. (Of course there's still Deadpool who will apparently be the sole survivor of the original Fox canon but it's still not the same effect as having R-rated Wolverine.)
A restaurant based on the DC comic book universe is slated to open in the heart of London. Mash Steakhouse, at 77 Brewer Street, will be redeveloped into a restaurant “rooted within the DC Multiverse,” if planning documents submitted to the Soho Society are approved.
A design and access statement says:
The proposed design continues the use of the space as a high-end restaurant. The restaurant will be rooted within the DC Multiverse, taking visitors on a culinary adventure through the many fictional Universes famous for their superhero residents such as Batman, Superman and Wonderwoman ... it has the intention to invite guests to experience the DC Universe without breaking the fourth wall- the imaginary wall that separates the audience from the performance.
The main dining room will be divided into five spaces: “ a lounge Bar (Pennyworth’s) and a dining area with entertainment- reminiscent of the 1930s era (Iceberg Lounge). The North Nave - a fine dining experience (Dichotomy Fine Dining) and the South Nave (an Immersive Dining Experience). It will be known, collectively, as DC World, with Arkham — the fictional psychiatric hospital most prominent in Batman stories — to the back of the building. Overall, the restaurant will fit 317 covers.
Norm Breyfogle, Renowned ‘Batman’ Comic Book Artist, Dies at 58
“Batman” comic book artist Norm Breyfogle died Monday in Houghton, Michigan, TheWrap has confirmed. Breyfogle was 58.
Funeral arrangements for Breyfogle will be announced by the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home. The cause of his death has not yet been shared publicly.
Breyfogle is best known for his epic run on the Batman comic books from 1987 to 1995. Breyfogle worked with Alan Grant on Detective Comics and introduced villains the Ventriloquist in their first Batman story and the Ratcacther in their third.
Comic-Con, we have a problem.