Comics news from C2E2

Last weekend, Chicago was invaded by enough pop culture to satisfy even the hungriest geek. The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) ran from April 25-27 and offered nerdgasms in the form of movies, TV, anime, toys and comic books.

Guests included Laurie Holden, Chandler Riggs and Chad L. Coleman from The Walking Dead; the original "Robin," Burt Ward; our favorite werewolf, Sam Huntington of Being Human; and Face Off’s newest champion, J. Anthony Kosar. A lucky few even got to spend an evening with Kevin Smith.

As with any large con, news emerged and MTV Geek! certainly got the scoop on several breaking stories ... mainly from the comic book universe. Here are some highlights:

Itty Bitty Hellboy
Dark Horse Comics announced that "Hellboy gets Itty Bitty!" thanks to the collaboration of Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani. An all new comic series called, Itty Bitty Hellboy, will be available Aug. 28.

Such pressing questions as "Who is Hellboy anyway?"; "Why does he have such a big hand and what is it used for?"; "Who’s weirder, he or his friends?"; "What is the B.P.R.D.?"; and, "And what does chicken soup have to do with all of it?" will all be addressed in the debut issue.

Creator of Hellboy, Mike Mignola stated, "Given the recent developments in Hellboy’s life — falling in love, discovering that he’s the rightful king of England, having his heart torn out and dropped into hell — this is clearly the next logical step in his evolution."

The Occultist
Also from Dark Horse Comics, we learned that the Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash) supernatural superhero series, The Occultist will be back this October for a follow-up story arc to its successful 2011 miniseries.

Described as "Harry Potter meets Trainspotting," The Occultist’s synopsis read:
When the Sword, a mysterious book of powerful spells, binds itself to him, the fact that Rob’s life has been falling apart doesn’t seem like such a big deal. To survive, Rob must learn to control the book’s unpredictable magic, while his life slips even further out of control. 
An evil witch doctor wants the Sword to reject Rob, now known as the Occultist, by deciding that he is a bad host in the ongoing war against the realm of the dead. The solution lies in a Catholic schoolgirl who dabbles in death for a quick high.
The Other Dead
Zombie animals? Now that’s right up our ally! Launching in Spetember, IDW Publishing and creators Joshua Ortega and Digger T. Mesch will answer the question many of us may have been thinking..."What happens to animals during the zombie apocalypse?" in The Other Dead.

As a weary community braces for the onslaught of an incoming superstorm, an even more insidious force grows right under their noses! When a sudden outbreak turns every animal in sight into raging, flesh-craving monsters, a colorful cast of characters will have no choice but to contend with "The Other Dead!"

This is no doubt a terrifying situation and just one more thing we’ll have to contend with during the apocalypse! Digger says, "This undead animal collective is a perfect storm. It's a chance to work with close friends who also happen to be creative giants on something that's going to be huge; no brainer. "

Mars Attacks Judge Dredd
The Martians are back and now they’re brazenly taking on Judge Dredd! Also from IDW Publishing, this September will will bring a brawl to remember. The Martian’s "bug eyes and disintegration rays versus a fully loaded Lawgiver and a zero-tolerance attitude in the Brawl for the Sprawl!"

"Written by veteran Dredd writer "Action" Al Ewing, drawn by Mars Attacks' "Joltin'" John McCrea, and sporting covers by "Gorgeous" Greg Staples, these villainous Martians are in for the fight of their lives when they take on Mega-City One's favorite son."

-Larissa Mrykalo