On Saturday afternoon, Joe Quesada, chief creative officer of Marvel Entertainment and overall creative mastermind, held his "Cup o Joe" panel at New York Comic Con. On the panel were a lineup of Marvel heavy-hitters including editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, editor Tom Brevoort, artists Reilly Brown and Alex Maleev, as well as writers C.B. Cebulski, Gerry Duggan, and Dan Slott. Ten minutes later, the comic creatives were joined by zombie guru George A. Romero.
In undoubtedly the panel's biggest announcement, Romero will return to the land of the dead in the upcoming , a five-issue comic series with Maleev. And Romero will introduce a new living dead element to his classic zombies-only franchise. In Empire of the Dead zombies and vampires will battle over territory in the streets of New York City. The series is set to release in January 2014.
Marvel continued with its announcements of firsts with the reveal of , which will be something like a real-live comic book circus. Juliet Feld, of Feld entertainment, announced the production saying the team has been in extensive R&D to intwine Marvel's unique characters with live fight choreographers, martial artists, and acrobats. Feld unveiled a brief teaser trailer with behind-the-scenes footage, but it's unclear how kid friendly the show will be. Hopefully, we will not be getting another Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.
Marvel will also continue its trek into digital publishing with Marvel Infinite Comics, a digital-only line designed to be read on mobile devices. First up was Deadpool: The Gauntlet, a weekly series by Duggan and Brown.
Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird is the first comic collaboration between Marvel and its parent company. The title explores the world of Disney's imagineers and fuses Marvel's visual storytelling with the history and lore of Disney's theme park attractions. Seekers of the Weird gets its title from Disney's Museum of the Weird, an attraction that only lives as a concept. It was originally designed by imagineer Rolly Crump, but because of Walt Disney's death in 1966, the idea never came to life.