By Joshua Stone
As previously reported, the panel started with Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti each receiving Inkpot Awards. Both of them were surprised and excited to be receiving the award.
Next, they discussed the upcoming three-issue appearance of Power Girl in Harley Quinn. Power Girl will have amnesia and Harley will convince her that together they make up a superhero team. They made mention of one of the covers featuring Harley with a triangle torn out of the chest area of her costume to match Power Girl.
They also talked about the upcoming Harley Quinn Annual. Palmiotti said it would be titled Scratch and Snuff, and will come bagged with scratch and sniff on many of the pages. The design of the book has been one of the most difficult they have ever dealt with on a book as the scratch and sniff spots cannot touch each other. They also have to test various smells to see what fits what they want for the book. Conner said they didn't realize what a logistical nightmare this would be when they decided to do it.
Conner was asked whether she liked Harley's current look or the classic look better. She said she likes both, but that the look change to the scantily clad and permanently bleached white skin was because people liked Harley's look in the Arkham video games.
Palmiotti shared news about the September issue of Harley Quinn, part of the 5 Years Later storyline, and he said it will feature Harley and Joker married and living on a tropical island. Conners reacted to this announcement in surprise as this news wasn't supposed to come out yet. She did say that Harley is not the same as she is now in her relationship with Joker, and is more her own person who will think when Joker asks her to do something.
Palmiotti said the next Kickstarter that he plans to release through his Paperfilms.com company will be a second volume of Sex & Violence. The book will include three stories and Palmiotti is looking to include of new artists.
He also talked about how excited he was that the Soska Twins had just been announced to be the directors on a Painkiller Jane feature film that will be co-produced through Paper Films and that Palmiotti co-wrote the screenplay for. Painkiller Jane is a comic character that Palmiotti had co-created in 1995 with the guy who played the pizza deliveryman in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and is now Marvel Entertainment Chief Creative Officer, Joe Quesada. Painkiller Jane has previously been a made for television movie and a short-lived television series.
A representative from DC Comics brought up three Batman 75th Anniversary Capes for Palmiotti to give away at the panel, so at the end Palmiotti offered them up to whomever would put them on and go up down the center aisle of the room, twirling at least once. Of course, I was the first raise my hand. So, if anyone videotaped the panel and posted it on YouTube, please let me know so I can see how good my pirouette was. Thanks.
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