By Jonathan Rich, Bleeding Cool Senior Southern Correspondent
The final panel of NC Comicon didn't provide any earth-shattering revelations for what is next in the Marvel Comics universe, but there was some elaboration on the upcoming original Deadpool: Bad Blood graphic novel and the debut of that character's new arch nemesis Thumper.
Rico Renzi, Jeremy Whitley, Chad Bowers, Chris Sims, Sanford Green, and Afua Richardson all told the packed crowd in Cinema 2 of the Carolina Theatre about their upcoming projects and the audience perked up when Bowers and Sims shared what they could about working with Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld on their highly anticipated collaboration.
"Rob wanted to give us a villain worthy of Deadpool," Sims said. "What would Deadpool's Sabretooth be like? Hint: his name is Thumper."
"Like the rabbit in Bambi?" asked an interested Richardson.
"That's exactly what Deadpool says," responded Bowers. "We're really excited about it and can't wait to share it with fans in March."
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Richardson told the crowd how he has shared a personal piece of herself in the current and upcoming covers for Black Panther: World of Wakanda.
"There are three hidden symbols embedded the first cover and each of the next ones through the fifth issue have them too," she said. "For my fans, there's a little piece of me in the art. It's my way of sharing myself."
Whitley brought images from his upcoming work with the new Champions and Monsters Unleashed stories, but also shared artwork from the Unstoppable Wasp books.
"I'm really looking forward to when Unstoppable Wasp is out because it has been a lot of fun for me and I hope the fans feel the same way," he said.
Both Renzi and Green said they are both keeping busy keeping up with their Marvel workload.
"I have two monthly books and just did a cover for Fantomex that's really cool," Renzi said.
"I'm keeping busy with Power Man and Iron Fist and have some covers for an upcoming project I can't talk about just yet, but things have been awesome for me because of that little show on Netflix," added Green in reference to the Luke Cage web series. "You can't stop the zeitgeist of minority characters at Marvel and we're looking forward to what's happening in the future. I can't say what's coming up, but it's going to be exciting."
Jonathan Rich is a freelance journalist, high school educator, and self-professed comic book nerd working in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. He writes about entertainment and pop culture for various print and web publications, including bleedingcool.com.