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NYCC 2009: IDW's G.I. Joe Panel; Spotlight Comics & More!

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H.I.S.S. Tank boards member Paco attended IDW's G.I. Joe panel today at NYCC, and reported the following:

Here are some Notes in random order:

1. It's a team effort between G.I.Joe, G.I.Joe: Cobra, & G.I.Joe: Origins comics to reinvent the line. Larry is excited since he loves the characters, but is enjoying putting them a in situation to start. They made it clear (except for Dial-Tone) they intend to keep the core of the characters the same.

2. Female Dial-Tone was supposed to be a new character until Hasbro suggested the team had too many experts in that field. The art was done so the names her Dial-Tone.

3. G.I.Joe: Origins ends where G.I.Joe & G.I.Joe: Cobra begin.

4. They are going to be doing Spotlight one-shots on certain characters. So far we are getting Beach Head, Helix (new character they couldn't discuss), and looking into The Baroness (who is getting alot of love. They willl be using this as they do with Transformers to fill plots of the main line. Characters are based on telling a story worth telling. Many character stories were proposed by the staff, but many are characters we aren't going to see yet.

5. Larry's favorite is Snakes-Eyes. He said can write a whole story without words and get paid full price. He just submitted layouts for a Spotlight story for him.

6. We are getting four movie based comics leading up to the movie.

7. Ray Park is co-writing a Snake-Eyes story based on the movie.

8. Serpentor hasn't been discussed. If they do use him he will most likely be reimagined since as Larry stated "you need to suspend alot of disbelief."

9. G.I.Joe: Cobra is based on Chuckles and the team has alot of love for him. They stated to keep an eye on all the characters since you will be surprised on who turns up.

10. They are putting out children's book/comic based on Combat Heros.

11. I asked about other groups besides Cobra and was told to read Origins.


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Paco:
I got to attend NYCC and attend the G.I.Joe Panel.

I will load pictures later when I get home.

Here are some Notes in random order:

1. It's a team effort between G.I.Joe, G.I.Joe: Cobra, & G.I.Joe: Origins comics to reinvent the line. Larry is excited since he loves the characters, but is enjoying putting them a in situation to start. They made it clear (except for Dial-Tone) they intend to keep the core of the characters the same.

2. Female Dial-Tone was suppose to be a new character until Hasbro suggested the team had to many experts in that field. The art was done so the names her Dial-Tone.

3. G.I.Joe: Origins ends where G.I.Joe & G.I.Joe: Cobra begin.

4. They are going to be doing Spotline one ups on certain characters. So far we are getting Beach Head, Helix (New character they couldn't discuss), and looking into the Baroness (Who is getting alot of love. They willl be using this as they do with Transformers to filling plots of the main line. Characters are based on telling a story worth telling. Many character stories were proposed by the staff, but many are characters we arn't going to see yet.

5. Larry's favorite is Snakes-Eyes. He said can write a whole story without words and get paid full price. He just submitted layouts for a Spotline Story for him.

6. We are getting four movie based comics leading up to the movie.

7. Ray Parker is co-writing a Snake-Eyes story based on the movie.

8. Serpentor hasn't been discussed. If they do use him he most likely be reimaged since as Larry stated "you need to suspend alot of disbelief."

9. G.I.Joe: Cobra is based on Chuckles and the team has alot of love for him. They stated to keep an eye on all the characters since you will be surprised on who turns up.

10. They are putting out children's book/comic based on Combat Heros.

11. I asked about other groups besides Cobra and was told to read Origins.


I'll post the pictures later.
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Shin Densetsu
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BadWolf:
That is really cool Paco, any news on the comics is good news to me. I think IDW has went off the hook with this reboot. It's everything I expected and more.
Freedom:
Quote:
Originally Posted by Paco View Post
2. Female Dial-Tone was suppose to be a new character until Hasbro suggested the team had to many experts in that field. The art was done so they named her Dial-Tone.
Glad that's been officially stated.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Paco View Post
7. Ray Park is co-writing a Snake-Eyes story based on the movie.
This sounds cool. I'm glad Park is a fan of the character.
Shin Densetsu:
I hope we see a Storm Shadow spotlight, I'd expecially be impressed if Larry Hama drew it. I like his artwork, I don't think it gets enough recognition.
delta:
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shin Densetsu View Post
I hope we see a Storm Shadow spotlight, I'd expecially be impressed if Larry Hama drew it. I like his artwork, I don't think it gets enough recognition.
What has he done in that feild? I can't say for sure I have ever seen it.
Shin-Gouki:
Quote:
Originally Posted by Paco View Post
7. Ray Parker is co-writing a Snake-Eyes story based on the movie.


I assume you mean Ray Park (The actor that plays him in the movie) and Not Ray Parker Jr. (the guy that did the Ghostbusters theme)
Zarana:
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shin-Gouki View Post
I assume you mean Ray Park (The actor that plays him in the movie) and Not Ray Parker Jr. (the guy that did the Ghostbusters theme)

I would enjoy either.
Shin Densetsu:
Quote:
What has he done in that feild? I can't say for sure I have ever seen it.
He drew some of the marvel issues. Most people know of his writing but he has drawn some issues. He penciled "Silent Interlude(issue #21)" and others. I do remember an issue with Firefly, Destro, and others in a swamp too.
mynameis:
Quote:
Originally Posted by Paco View Post

Female Dial-Tone was suppose to be a new character until Hasbro suggested the team had to many experts in that field. The art was done so the names her Dial-Tone.
This makes no sense, why was Dial-Tone changed to a chick?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Paco View Post

Ray Parker is co-writing a Snake-Eyes story based on the movie.
I heard Ray Park got the clan tattoo after he got the Snake-Eyes role. can anybody confirm this?
hamilcar:
well... it makes some sense - and makes me feel simultaneously better about the comic and much worse about the toy line - that the people who made 'the Dial-Tone is a broad now' blunder appears to have been Hasbro and not the writers. so, how much sway does Hasbro have with this book, anyway? if i were writing a comic, and some douchebag-in-a-suit told me that i should change something that seems arbitrary and stupid, i think i'd tell him to stick it.
Chief CWO:
Guess I better make a Dial Tone Custom now because if we get one it'd most likely be female.
prowl:
Quote:
Originally Posted by mynameis View Post
This makes no sense, why was Dial-Tone changed to a chick?
Uhh, you're kidding, right? Cause, like, the sentence you quoted actually explained it right there for ya. They created a new female character, but Hasbro suggested the G.I.Joe team already had enough communications experts on the team already. However, the issue had already been drawn, and there was no time to redraw anything, so they decided to name her Dial-Tone. The reason being that they wouldn't be adding a new character, just replacing an existing one.

Still seems like a dumb idea, but, oh well. Ripcord is black now, and the Joes use super power suits to jump through buses... is a female Dial-tone really what we should be worried about concerning the Joe mythos?
prowl:
Quote:
Originally Posted by CHIEF W O Flint View Post
Guess I better make a Dial Tone Custom now because if we get one it'd most likely be female.
Possibly... or Hasbro will give us a "flint" repaint with a moustache, and give him a stupid new name, like "Receptionist" or "Dial-Turner."
Paco:
Here are some pictures:

Beachhead Spotlight




Best of Duke and Destro




Best of Snake-Eyes and Storm Shadow




Combat Heros

Cold Slither:
Cool!
Paco:
More Pics:

G.I.Joe: Cobra




G.I.Joe






G.I.Joe: Origins

Paco:
Even More Pics:

G.I.Joe Logo




Movie Comic




Movie Snake-Eyes Comic Ray Park

Paco:
Panel Picture

SNAKE EYES:
Quote:
Originally Posted by Paco View Post

Best of Duke and Destro




Best of Snake-Eyes and Storm Shadow

Paco are these the best of issues from IDW that reprint Marvel comics that mainly spotlighted these specific characters?
Cold Slither:
Why is Ray Park writing a comic? Is Seinna Miller gonna do a Baroness Novella?
Shin Densetsu:
Images added to the news post, thanks Paco!
Lifeline_MD:
Quote:
Originally Posted by Paco View Post
I got to attend NYCC and attend the G.I.Joe Panel.

I will load pictures later when I get home.

Here are some Notes in random order:

1. It's a team effort between G.I.Joe, G.I.Joe: Cobra, & G.I.Joe: Origins comics to reinvent the line. Larry is excited since he loves the characters, but is enjoying putting them a in situation to start. They made it clear (except for Dial-Tone) they intend to keep the core of the characters the same.

2. Female Dial-Tone was suppose to be a new character until Hasbro suggested the team had to many experts in that field. The art was done so the names her Dial-Tone.

3. G.I.Joe: Origins ends where G.I.Joe & G.I.Joe: Cobra begin.

4. They are going to be doing Spotline one ups on certain characters. So far we are getting Beach Head, Helix (New character they couldn't discuss), and looking into the Baroness (Who is getting alot of love. They willl be using this as they do with Transformers to filling plots of the main line. Characters are based on telling a story worth telling. Many character stories were proposed by the staff, but many are characters we arn't going to see yet.

5. Larry's favorite is Snakes-Eyes. He said can write a whole story without words and get paid full price. He just submitted layouts for a Spotline Story for him.

6. We are getting four movie based comics leading up to the movie.

7. Ray Parker is co-writing a Snake-Eyes story based on the movie.

8. Serpentor hasn't been discussed. If they do use him he most likely be reimaged since as Larry stated "you need to suspend alot of disbelief."

9. G.I.Joe: Cobra is based on Chuckles and the team has alot of love for him. They stated to keep an eye on all the characters since you will be surprised on who turns up.

10. They are putting out children's book/comic based on Combat Heros.

11. I asked about other groups besides Cobra and was told to read Origins.


I'll post the pictures later.

1: about what I expected

2: so why didn't they use the name FIREWALL???!?!?!?!

3: no surprise

4: YES!!!!!!

5: Lazy but cool.

6: no surprise

7: umm, I hope he knows what he's doing

8: glad someone realized that

9: can't wait to see that!

10: BLECH!

11: interesting......
Lifeline_MD:
Quote:
Originally Posted by CHIEF W O Flint View Post
Guess I better make a Dial Tone Custom now because if we get one it'd most likely be female.
Sad but no doubt true.

Ah well.
botticus:
Chuckles: Yay!
Female Dial-Tone: Argh.
cmderinchief:
Thanks for the report!
Paco:
Here is some more information based on others posts.

Snake-Eyes:

Yes, The Best Of: comics will be a collection from the Marvel series.

Shin Densetsu:

The panel said they were planning on publishing Larry's layouts in the Snake-Eyes Spotlight, then remebered they forgot to ask him and asked him while he was there. He seemed happy with the idea.
Steel Brigade:
WOW!! Thanks for the pics!! The art looks great!!
atomicpower:
If there were too many comm-people in gijoe...couldn't they have taken a bit less iconic a character and re-sexed him?
gunslingercbr:
Quote:
Originally Posted by atomicpower View Post
If there were too many comm-people in gijoe...couldn't they have taken a bit less iconic a character and re-sexed him?
Dial-Tone isn't that iconic. and if they would have changed another character, everyone would be up in arms over that. besides, how many other comm guys does G.I. Joe have to choose from to change sexes of?

I'm more amused by the position from the Hasbro team that they have too many characters already. that's what made G.I. Joe great -- an endless supply of new characters year after year. I'm beginning to think the brilliance these guys have shown with the 25th Anniversary concept was a fluke and not indicative of their ability to usher G.I. Joe into a new era for new fans.
Lifeline_MD:
Quote:
Originally Posted by gunslingercbr View Post
Dial-Tone isn't that iconic. and if they would have changed another character, everyone would be up in arms over that. besides, how many other comm guys does G.I. Joe have to choose from to change sexes of?
How about Firewall- you know the como GIRL.

Quote:
Originally Posted by gunslingercbr View Post
I'm more amused by the position from the Joe team that they have too many characters already. that's what made G.I. Joe great -- an endless supply of new characters.
Even more ammusing is that three lines down they introduce the character Helix who is also brand new.
Troynos:
Couldn't name her Firewall because Firewall was a DDP character, not a Hasbro character.
Lifeline_MD:
DDP created her for G.I. Joe which makes her property of Hasbro.
Troynos:
Quote:
Originally Posted by darth_henning View Post
Even more ammusing is that three lines down they introduce the character Helix who is also brand new.

But Helix may not be a communications person, who someone that isn't a role in G.I. Joe already.

That's the difference. The IDW people wanted to create a new communications officer and Hasbro thought there was enough of those in Joe already.

They could go and create a new Ranger and Hasbro may not think there's enough, so it's okay. Could make a new pilot, a new machine gunner, a new anything. It all depends on the new role and if Hasbro feels there's enough in Joe already.

Quote:
Originally Posted by hamilcar View Post
well... it makes some sense - and makes me feel simultaneously better about the comic and much worse about the toy line - that the people who made 'the Dial-Tone is a broad now' blunder appears to have been Hasbro and not the writers. so, how much sway does Hasbro have with this book, anyway? if i were writing a comic, and some douchebag-in-a-suit told me that i should change something that seems arbitrary and stupid, i think i'd tell him to stick it.
And you'd lose the liscense. Writing G.I. Joe isn't the same as writing any ol' book. It's a liscensed property, that means you have to work within the guidlines the owner of the property wants you to work within.

Same with working on X-Men. You can only do what the editors (and their bosses) let you do.

It's why alot of comic book people will only do creator-owned material, stuff they own and control so no one can tell 'em what to do.

Quote:
Originally Posted by darth_henning View Post
DDP created her for G.I. Joe which makes her property of Hasbro.
Depends on the deal between DDP and Hasbro. DDP could retain some rights (which would explain why she was never made into a figure during that period, like Kamakura was). Or Hasbro could fully retain the rights.

I'm figuring, because the name wasn't used, that DDP still retains some kind of rights to her and Hasbro didn't want to use her because of that.

I'd think it's a pretty safe assumption. New female communications officer, Hasbro says they have too many communications officers already so just use an existing name, someone would have put 2+2 together and used Firewall if it was available.

BTW, I have no idea why they didn't use Firewall, I'm just assuming.

Who knows, maybe Firewall already exists/will exist in the IDW Joeverse, we haven't seen all of the characters yet.

But pretty safe to assume there was a reason (be it copyright thing or already going to use her) that Firewall wasn't used.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cold Slither View Post
Why is Ray Park writing a comic? Is Seinna Miller gonna do a Baroness Novella?

Because he wants to? Why else?

And most likely he's helping with the plot. I seriously doubt that he's doing any scripting or major work. Most likely went like this:

Ray Park: I have an idea for a Snake-Eyes comic
IDW: Okay, let's hear it.
IDW to Kevin VanHook (who has done comics work before): Here's a plot that Park came up with, flesh it out and make it work.
Rockshield:
Quote:
Originally Posted by Troynos View Post
Because he wants to? Why else?

And most likely he's helping with the plot. I seriously doubt that he's doing any scripting or major work. Most likely went like this:

Ray Park: I have an idea for a Snake-Eyes comic
IDW: Okay, let's hear it.
IDW to Kevin VanHook (who has done comics work before): Here's a plot that Park came up with, flesh it out and make it work.
I read that "Ray Parker" and not "Ray Park" was writing it....
artiepants:
IDWs Graphic Design is just embarrassing. I cannot believe wiht all the available iconography that that is the best they could do for Trade Dress for the Cobra and Origins series.

The Cobra one is particularly bad, just dumping the word on there like that.
Shin Densetsu:
Quote:
Shin Densetsu:

The panel said they were planning on publishing Larry's layouts in the Snake-Eyes Spotlight, then remebered they forgot to ask him and asked him while he was there. He seemed happy with the idea.
Awesome!
rob0213:
Thanks for all the info!
Money-B:
Thank you. I knew there had to be something for us coming out of NYCC 09.
Comics this week and figures next week. It's a good month to be a Cobra fan.
Zer0G:
Quote:
7. Ray Park is co-writing a Snake-Eyes story based on the movie.
LOL. Ray: "So Yeah, I think Snake-Eyes would be better off with a light saber.. err I mean... Uhmmm Electrical laser Bo Staff and a really long tongue"
megatronkicksas:
Dog tags = EPIC
M_renegade:
Quote:
Originally Posted by darth_henning

5: Lazy but cool.
Actually, it takes a lot more of work to do a comic without words.


Btw, i can't understand all the fuzz with Dial-tone.
Another com guy, wich had an ugly backpack...at least, we may have a new female figure, there are too few.
I think they tried to stay with some known names.
botticus:
Quote:
Originally Posted by M_renegade View Post
Btw, i can't understand all the fuzz with Dial-tone.
Another com guy, wich had an ugly backpack...at least, we may have a new female figure, there are too few.
I think they tried to stay with some known names.
Well, you see, some people like Dial-Tone. Therefore making his character (and likely a related figure) female instead of male is annoying. Much like anyone who liked any other character would be less than pleased were they updated to a different sex.
M_renegade:
Quote:
Originally Posted by botticus View Post
Well, you see, some people like Dial-Tone. Therefore making his character (and likely a related figure) female instead of male is annoying. Much like anyone who liked any other character would be less than pleased were they updated to a different sex.
Yeah, i understand...yet it's not that bad.
Since is a codename, maybe the true Dial-tone is running around with another codename.
What if Mainframe is now ol' Dial-tone, and this gal take the Dial-tone codename? After all, Mainframe was killed in the other comic line (spoiler: though he appear is one of the new comic packs :P )
Troynos:
Quote:
Originally Posted by M_renegade View Post
What if Mainframe is now ol' Dial-tone, and this gal take the Dial-tone codename? After all, Mainframe was killed in the other comic line (spoiler: though he appear is one of the new comic packs :P )

IDW is a reboot, that means anything that happened in the old comic lines doesn't apply. And the Mainframe comic pack is based on old Marvel continuity.

So it's no spoiler. The comic pack comic was done just to spotlight the characters in the comic pack, and it was just done to make a Dataframe (the new name) figure.
gunslingercbr:
Quote:
Originally Posted by darth_henning View Post
How about Firewall- you know the como GIRL.
good call.
Lifeline_MD:
Quote:
Originally Posted by botticus View Post
Well, you see, some people like Dial-Tone. Therefore making his character (and likely a related figure) female instead of male is annoying. Much like anyone who liked any other character would be less than pleased were they updated to a different sex.
And many of us remember that we can't get classic Cover Girl or Ripcord figures because of the changes made for the movie and we now fear that if any Dial Tone figure is made it will be female and we won't GET the classic version to stand with our 25th display.
DarthBrett:
I personally think Hasbro will eventually make a classic Rip Cord, Cover Girl and Dial Tone at some point in the future. They know we like these characters and want them made in their classic look. I would bet the farm (assuming Joe is still around in 2010) on Hasbro making Cover Girl and Rip Cord in 2010. We just got two five packs that have characters that are in the movie that don't look anything like their movie appearances. Also, we are getting figures based on their Resolute and classic appearance so I don't see why we can't get a character (Dial Tone) based on their new comic or old, classic appearance as well. (I blame these sentiments on Hasbro because awhile back they stated that it would confuse buyers if they made two different versions of Cover Girl or Rip Cord. Yet we are still getting some characters in both incarnations).
Gadfly:
I know that GI JOE has never really distinguished, in practice, between "communications" and "computer" specialists, esp. because the "communications" on the cartoon amounted to fancy then-futuristic computers with videoconferencing. And, maybe there isn't much of a difference in today's military for the same reason.

However, technically, Dial-Tone is a "radio communications" specialist, whereas Firewall is a computer expert. As far as I know, there are only three actual radio specialists: Breaker, Dial-Tone, and Dee-Jay.

I agree, however, that IDW should not be making "new specialists" for areas that already exist. We don't need a "new ninja" by any means (in fact, while Hasbro embraced "Kamakura," there were several characters from Ninja Force that were never used in the comic and could have been used instead of Kamakura). Firewall and Mayday at least gave the team more female specialists.

However, following the "Reloaded Doc" idea, they should have given her the name "Dee-Jay," since Dee-Jay was a) "dead" in the previous continuity, b) only seen once in action figure form (with a recolor or two), and c) a minor character overall. On the other hand, that might be considered too close to "Lady Jaye". . . .

Of course, I haven't even read the issue to see what role Dial Tone plays in it.
Lucs:
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gadfly View Post
I know that GI JOE has never really distinguished, in practice, between "communications" and "computer" specialists, esp. because the "communications" on the cartoon amounted to fancy then-futuristic computers with videoconferencing. And, maybe there isn't much of a difference in today's military for the same reason.

However, technically, Dial-Tone is a "radio communications" specialist, whereas Firewall is a computer expert. As far as I know, there are only three actual radio specialists: Breaker, Dial-Tone, and Dee-Jay.

I agree, however, that IDW should not be making "new specialists" for areas that already exist. We don't need a "new ninja" by any means (in fact, while Hasbro embraced "Kamakura," there were several characters from Ninja Force that were never used in the comic and could have been used instead of Kamakura). Firewall and Mayday at least gave the team more female specialists.

However, following the "Reloaded Doc" idea, they should have given her the name "Dee-Jay," since Dee-Jay was a) "dead" in the previous continuity, b) only seen once in action figure form (with a recolor or two), and c) a minor character overall. On the other hand, that might be considered too close to "Lady Jaye". . . .

Of course, I haven't even read the issue to see what role Dial Tone plays in it.
I see what you're saying here about the differences between Firewall's specialty and Dial-Tone's, I was thinking this the whole time while reading this thread. I like your idea about re-naming based off of lesser characters, but the name Dee-Jay doesn't really sound like a good code name to me. I either think of initials like D.J. or a Disc Jockey like guys on the radio and guys who spin records. Doesn't really say communications to me. Oh and anyone who died in the Marvel/DDP isn't necessarily dead because of the IDW reboot
 

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