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Marvel Holds Its House Of Ideas Panel At SDCC

marvel-charactersMarvel Comics held their House of Ideas panel at the San Diego Comic Con today and Daniel Oakley sent in some of the highlights.

  • The panel began with some trailers for upcoming Marvel projects including Marvel's Agents of SHIELD TV show (the return of Agent Coulson got the biggest cheer of the panel), The Avengers Assemble animated show and the Marvel Infinite 6 issue mini-series.
  • Marvel Infinite Comics – comics made specifically for digital devices, with new weekly comics starting including a Wolverine title, set in Japan to tie in nicely with the upcoming movie, and an Iron Man title, by current Iron Man print comic writer Kieron Gillan, with Al Ewing and Lan Medina. Both these titles are in the main Marvel continuity and run along side the print titles.
  • Marvel Unlimited – The already existent Marvel subscription service. Currently there are over 13,000 comics spanning 70 years of Marvel with around 30 new issues being added each week. It was likened to the Netflix of comic books, good for binge reading of complete runs.
  • Marvel AR – something they have been doing for a while in their print comics, with the use of an app on a smart phone providing an interactive reading experience, sort of like DVD style extra content.
  • Marvel Original Videos – including the new 'Earth's Mightiest Show', hosted by Blair Butler, a show about more than just Marvel Comics, for example a clip of an interview with Seth Green was shown. Other original shows include the already running 'Marvel Superheroes What The' (stop motion animation using marvel action figures) and 'The Watcher', a weekly news show.
  • Marvel Video Games – very little was said on this front, with more being teased for the Marvel video game panel later in the weekend.
  • The panel was rounded off with a bit about social media, with a strong emphasis on getting the fans to connect with the talent via the likes of Twitter and Facebook, with Marvel's Agent M actually being one of the first users of Twitter.

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Dan WicklineAbout Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.
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