Aspen Comic's Soulfire Heads to the Silver Screen
Saturday afternoon at Comic-Con International, Aspen Comics started their yearly panel with a big warm "Aloha!" and the banging of inflatable noisemakers which were distributed to audience members as they entered. Hosted by Aspen's jovial Vice President of Publishing, Peter Steigerwald; other participants included Frank Mastromauro, Joe Benitez, Vince Hernandez, J.T. Krul, Ale Garza, Micah Gunnel, Beth Sotelo, and David Schwartz. Scott Lobdell was also lurking in the audience, teasing an announcement and banging together his inflatable noise-makers.
Steigerwald opened things up by discussing the company's flagship title Fathom. Mastromauro interjected and noted that the screenwriter for the Fathom feature film, Jordan Mechner, had entered the room and was invited to sit up on stage so he could talk about the movie, slated to star 'It Girl' Megan Fox. Mastromauro then reviewed the current status the comic book title with the audience and he commended regular series artist, Ale Garza, for his work. He also presented an exclusive image of the upcoming variant cover for the eighth issue in the current series.
Steigerwald and Mastromauro then announced tentative plans for Fathom Volumes Four and Five over the course of the next couple of years-in line with the development of the movie. Mastromauro described the past year, without Michael Turner at the helm, as a "year of growth for the company". Mastromauro then introduced David Schwartz, writer of Meltdown at Image Comics, indicating Schwartz will be involved in future plans for Fathom. Schwartz spoke briefly about his involvement and about the positivity of the crew at Aspen.
Mastromauro then directed the audience to Jordan Mechner; who expressed a great deal of gratitude towards Aspen and the audience. "I hope people will like the screenplay," he said. "It is somewhat of a departure from the comic, but we're trying to make a great movie based on a comic-not a comic book movie."
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