Whenever Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada shows up at a con, he usually comes bearing gifts from every facet of the House of Ideas. At this year’s New York Comic Con, while holding court at the Empire Stage along with Tom Brevoort, C.B. Cebulski, Axel Alonso, Gerry Duggan, Reilly Brown, Alex Maleev, and a few other surprise guests, he did not disappoint those in attendance.
One of the biggest things that came out of this panel was the ‘Marvel Universe LIVE!’ arena show, but that wasn’t the only bomb that Quesada dropped. First, he talked about the company’s Infinite Comics, the all-new digital comic experience for mobile and tablet devices. Previously at South By Southwest earlier this year, Marvel announced their initiative to produce a total of 52 weeks of brand new Infinite Comics. At NYCC, they revealed that the latest Infinite series heading to our fingertips is from Duggan and Brown and will be starring the Merc with a Mouth. Titled ‘Deadpool: The Gauntlet’, this new book will hit digital stores in December and will introduce us to one of the most important characters in Wade Wilson’s life. Also, as a reminder, Duggan informed us that when Deadpool breaks the fourth wall, he’ll see our browser history, so we should probably clean up a bit before he arrives to the medium of Infinite Comics.
Next, the topic of conversation shifted to Disney and their upcoming collaboration with Marvel on a comic book called ‘Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird’. Starting in January, writer Brandon Seifert and artist Karl Moline will present us with this series based on various Disney Parks rides that never came to be. The first story will feature The Museum of the Weird, an idea from Imagineer Rolly Crump that was supposed to be an expansion of the Haunted Mansion. Quesada showed off some interiors from the five-issue series and some special variant covers from Crump and Brian Crosby.
Then, to commemorate the end of Tom Brevoort’s record-breaking editorial run on the soon-to-be-finished ‘Fantastic Four’ and ‘FF’, Quesada presented the Executive Editor and Senior Vice President of Publishing with a special cover featuring the jolly Marvel personality.
Finally, Quesada brought out the legendary George A. Romero to talk about his upcoming collaboration with Marvel, which is a new and unique zombie story from the master and all-star artist Alex Maleev. In Romero’s ‘Empire of the Dead’, there are plenty of living dead for the humans of New York City to worry about, but zombies aren’t the only ones. This time around, the citizens will have to deal with the brain-craving walkers AND blood-sucking vampires.
For more pictures from the always informative Cup O’ Joe panel with Joe Quesada, check out the gallery below: