Stephen LAcey writes from London MCM Expo for Bleeding Cool, with more details an visuals about yesterday's announcements;
The big announcement from yesterday's Shiftylook panel at the MCM Expo was that Marv Wolfman would be writing a webcomic for shiftylook.com based on the classic Time Crisis arcade games. Wolfman spoke about adapting the arcade game, saying that although he would be using the basic setup from the games, he would be creating two new characters to lead the comic. Both would work for the agency seen in the games. He told us that the comic would replicate the fast-paced feel of the game. Each instalment would feature three or four panels, and would be like "a spy series with fifty shots of Red Bull". When asked by an audience member about the iconic gameplay aspect of ducking behind something to reload, Wolfman assured us that it would form a key part of the style of the story he will be telling.
The rest of the currently-announced Shiftylook projects were discussed. Bravoman by Max Moylan and Dax Gordine, will retain the flavour of the original US regionalisation of the game, down to the character of Doctor Bomb talking in badly translated English. The Five-Dimensional Adventures of Dirk Davies by Ben McCool and Dean Haspiel is based on the Warp & Warp games, and is the oldest property resurrected for Shiftylook. Ben McCool described the game as "Tetris with a really rubbish gun", and told us that the strip would have a Marvel Silver Age feel to it, with more than a flavour of psychadelia.
Jim Zub and Erik Ko are creating a Wonder Momo: Battle Idol strip, a risky move for Shiftylook as the Wonder Momo games where never released in English. Shiftylook editor in chief Rob Pereyda told us that this is currently the most popular strip in Japan. Dig Dug will be receiving a series of one-off webcomics by 30 different creators to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the game. Announced creators include Scott Kurtz and Kris Straub.
Finally, at the Shiftylook cabaret on Saturday night, Legend of the Valkyrie by Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray and Fernando Furukawa was announced.