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Beavers Discusses His Animated Comic Work

The World’s Finest: First off, tell us a little bit about yourself. Your background, your previous work, all that great stuff!

Ethen Beavers: I loved to play with clay as a child- I think they call it sculpting when you get older. I made cowboy dinosaurs. The clay got in the carpet, so clay was outlawed. So then I started drawing. I’ve been drawing ever since. I started looking for work in comics in 2003. Since then I’ve worked on Justice League Unlimited, Ben 10, TeenTitans Go!, Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century, Samurai Jack, Clone Wars Adventures, and Indiana Jones Adventures. I’ve worked mostly at DC and Dark Horse. I have a tiny bit of experience as a Storyboarder in the animation field. I ink almost all of my own work.

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A Look At New Animated Comics For August 2008

THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES IN THE 31st CENTURY #17
Written by J. Torres; Art by Sanford Greene; Cover by Alexander Serra

A distress call from a stranded United Planets ship pits the Legion against a gang of Thanagarian pirates and theyre not exactly carrying on Hawkmans heroic legacy! The team will have to call in the big guns, but their best hope is 1,000 years away.

THE BATMAN STRIKES! #48
Written by Russell Lissau; Art by Christopher Jones & Terry Beatty; Cover by Andie Tong

Green Lantern and Batman must work together to keep Mr. Freeze from sending Gotham City into an endless ice age!

Each of the titles run thirty-two pages in full color and will be available on August 13th for $2.25 US.

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Storrie Provides Update On Classic “Gotham Girls” Comic Series

With the thirty-episode Gotham Girls web-series soon be available on DVD, as part of the upcoming Birds of Prey: The Complete Series DVD box set, it seems like a perfect time for the acclaimed Gotham Girls animated comic mini-series to be collected in the popular trade paperback format. However, according to Paul Storrie, there are no current plans for a collection.

“To the best of my knowledge, there are no plans for a collection of the Gotham Girls mini-series,” says Storrie.

However, when asked, Storrie did provide some words of encouragement for fans wishing to see this series collected.

“As to how fans might be able to encourage such a collection, while letter writing campaigns and the like are always nice, the best way to convince a publisher that there’s demand for a product is to convince your local comics retailer that there is demand for a product, ” says Storrie.

“After all, the retailer is really the first customer,” he continues. “Their orders determine how profitable a particular product will be for the publisher. When it comes to what gets collected, the biggest factor is potential sales. If the retailers convince DC that they’d sell a lot of Gotham Girls collections, I’m sure DC would do one.”

Storrie has fond memories of working on the mini-series, something he hopes the fans were able to pick up upon when they read it.

“When it comes to the mini-series itself, all I can say is that I had a great time writing it and I think that the excellent work of all involved still holds up,” says Storrie. “Illustrator Jennifer Graves (with layout assistance from Brad Rader and Rick Burchett on issues three and five) and inker J. Bone did a wonderful job on the art, Shane Glines and Rian Hughes did terrific covers and, I hope, my story was a fun ride for the readers.”

For fans looking for more from Storrie, he provided a quick update on what he has coming down the pipeline, as well as a few other recent happenings.

“Don’t have a whole lot of projects right now at a stage where I can talk about them, but I do have a one-shot coming out soon from Moonstone Books called Gabriel: Angel of Destruction,” Storrie says. “It’s part of their “Twilight Crusade” event, which is five books by five creative teams telling different stories involving the War between Heaven and Hell, played out in the modern world.”

“Also, later this year, I have another book coming out in the Graphic Myths & Legends series, this time featuring William Tell.”

Storrie also had a pleasant surprise earlier this year, with one of his book placing as a finalist in a prestigious category.

“I’m also pleased to report that my Graphic Myths & Legends book Beowulf: Monster Slayer is a finalist in this year’s Children’s Choice Book Awards,” Storrie says, “and Amaterasu: Return of the Sun is named in the 2008 Edition of The Best Childrens Books of the Year from the Childrens Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education.”

The World’s Finest would like to thank Paul Storrie for taking the time to answer a few of our questions. For more from Paul Storrie, please check out both his official website and blog for more.

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Note: The World’s Finest has also recently interviewed comic creators J. Torres and Todd Nuack. Please check out those recent interviews in the Teen Titans Go! subsection.

Sales Numbers For March Shipping Animated Comics

Below are the total estimated sales numbers for the animated comics that shipped in March 2008.

Justice League Unlimited #43 – 8,659

Teen Titans Go! #53 – 7,325

The Batman Strikes! #43 – 6,544

Legion of Super Heroes In The 31st Century #12 – 6,331

Stay tuned for further news and updates.

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