Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22, 2012
• Writer Chris Roberson announced via Twitter that he was quitting DC over the company’s treatment of other creators. His plan was to do so after completing his current assignments, including iZombie and an arc for Fairest, however, his public announcements have led DC to cancel his Fairest assignment.
• Disney Studios head Rich Ross has been removed from his post just two weeks before the opening of The Avengers.
• And it’s a big weekend in Stevens Point, Wis., as The World’s Largest Trivia Contest continues until midnight Sunday night. Trivia 43: Trivia Grit has nearly 400 teams competing for 54 hours straight in an event which benefits the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s campus radio station. How is Yaargh! I Like Big Grits and I Cannot Lie, the team that CBG Editor Brent Frankenhoff plays on, doing? Check back and see!
Yesterday’s Panel Quiz Answer
Taranto’s first lines in comics were, “Hey, Groo! Join us for an evening of brews, bawdy women and cheese dip!” He said them (in a flashback) in Groo the Wanderer #1 (Dec 82).
Whose first line in comics was “Thank you, Beetle!”? (Answer Monday.)
Born April 21
Teri Wood (1965), comics writer and artist
Born April 22
Steve Englehart (1947), comics writer
Larry Mahlstedt (1956), comics writer
Timothy Dzon (1965), science-fiction writer
Birthdays 2 Weeks from Saturday (May 5)
Stan Goldberg (1932), comics writer and artist
Moebius (Jean Giraud) (1938), comics writer and artist
Free Comic Book Day (2002), major comics event
Birthdays 2 Weeks from Sunday (May 6)
David Michelinie (1948), comics writer
Rob Carosella (1951), comics colorist
Dennis Jensen (1952), comics inker
This Weekend’s Flashbacks
70 yrs Apr 21, 1942 Underground comix cartoonist Dan O’Neill is born. He creates Odd Bodkins and organizes the Air Pirates comics collective.
40 yrs Apr 21, 1972 Marvel comics prices are ordered rolled back. President Nixon’s Wage-Price Control Board rules that 14 Marvel titles must reduce price from 20¢ to 15¢. Marvel later appeals the ruling.
65 yrs Apr 22, 1947 writer Steve Englehart is born. His creations include Coyote, and he writes for Captain America, Avengers, Doctor Strange, Justice League of America, and Batman.
Every Wed. and Sat. California: City of Industry. Comic Book & Collectible Show.
Apr 20-22 Pennsylvania: Monroeville. Pittsburgh Comicon.
Apr 21-22 Massachusetts: Boston. Boston Comic Con.
Apr 21-22 Ohio: Columbus. Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo (SPACE).
Apr 22 Michigan: Livonia. X-trava Con.
Apr 27-29 Illinois: Lombard. Windy City Pulp and Paperback Convention.
Apr 28 New Jersey: Manahawkin. Atomicon XXVI Comics Expo.
Apr 28 Wisconsin: Oak Creek. Milwaukee Comic Book Convention.
Apr 29 Delaware: Newark. Sports Card, Comic Book & Collectible Show.
Apr 29 Florida: Daytona Beach. Daytona Beach Comic & Toy Show.
Apr 29 Indiana: Indianapolis. Comic Book Show.
Apr 29 North Carolina: Raleigh. Comic Book Show.
Apr 29 Pennsylvania: Essington-Philadelphia. Comic Con.
Question of the Week
Which comics creator would you most like to meet and why?
• DC Nation begins on Cartoon Network at 10 a.m. E.T. Saturday morning with “Fear Itself,” a new episode of Green Lantern: The Animated Series. It’s followed at 10:30 by “Auld Acquaintance,” a new episode of Young Justice.
• At noon E.T. Saturday, Turner Classic Movies has Tarzan’s Revenge (1938).
• It’s science fiction night on TCM Saturday night beginning with Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) at 8 p.m. E.T. It’s followed by Rollerball (1975) at 10:30 and Logan’s Run (1976) at 12:45 a.m. The block winds down at 3 a.m. with Westworld (1973) and Soylent Green (1973) at 4:30.
• There is no animation block on Fox Sunday night as the network is marking its 25th anniversary with a retrospective show starting at 8 p.m. E.T.