Marvel Introduces New Vampire Villains, Tom King Misspells Batmobile, Superfan Promotions Expands | Comic Book Club News For March 5, 2024

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Marvel introduces new vampire villains The Bloodcoven in Blood Hunt. Tom King always misspells Batmobile, according to Mitch Gerads. Superfan Promotions announces promotions, additions. All on Comic Book Club News for March 5, 2024.


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Marvel’s new vampire villains unveiled.

Tom King misspells Batmobile.

Superfan Promotions announces promotions.

This is Comic Book Club News for March 5, 2024.

Marvel Introduces New Vampire Villains The Bloodcoven:

It was pretty clear from solicits that Marvel’s upcoming vampire event Blood Hunt wouldn’t have Dracula as the main villain. And now we know who is behind the Marvel U’s eternal night: The Bloodcoven.

Except, and here’s the twist: Dracula is sort of the main villain. The new group is led by a character named Bloodstorm One, a clone of Dracula created by HYDRA.

Said writer Jed MacKay via press release: “I knew going in that vampires weren’t bad enough. If the children of the night were going up against the Avengers, let alone the other heroes of the world, bigger guns were required. Hence the Bloodcoven—supervampires, fed on the blood of superhumans that follow different vampiric philosophies, subsisting not only on blood but pain, or magic, or thoughts, or even ghosts! I threw together a list of names and some thoughts about powers, but it was [artist] Pepe [Larraz] who really brought these characters to (un)life, creating an extremely gnarly set of predators!”

The other characters on the team include Megrim, Cruel, Unusual, the Damascene, and Smoke Eater. You’ll get to meet them all when Blood Hunt #1 hits stores on May 1. Here’s hoping they don’t… Stink. Sorry, suck. I should have said suck.

Tom King Misspells Batmobile Constantly:

Tom King might be the king of DC drama, but he’s not the king of spelling things correctly. Or at least one specific word, according to his frequent collaborator Mitch Gerads: Batmobile, which King spells as Boatmobile.

As reported by Popverse, this stunning revelation dropped at MegaCon in Orlando back in February. And we’re only just now finding out about it? Disgusting.

Said Gerads: “Do you guys want some insider info on a Tom King script? Every time I get a Tom King Batman script, it says boatmobile instead of batmobile.”

Added King: “My autocorrect at some point did it, and I spelled it wrong as I kept pressing ‘add to dictionary,’ and I corrected it to be boatmobile. It’s been that way ever since. I recently had to correct it because I was sending to a non-English speaking artist, and I was like ‘Oh s**t, they’re actually going to draw a boatmobile.'”

Interestingly, in the first issue of The Penguin written by Tom King with art by Rafael de Latorre, who hails from Brazil, the book opens with Batman and Penguin in the Batplane sinking into the Gotham River together. So maybe he’s misspelling Batplane as Boatplane, as well. Might want to check on that one, Tom.

Superfan Promotions Announces Promotions, Staff Additions:

Superfan Promotions is made up of some of the best folks in the comics business, a PR firm dedicated to creating promotional campaigns for cartoonists, novelists, publishers, comic conventions, and art festivals. And now the company is expanding, as well as Superfan Promotions announcing some, well, promotions.

Pamela Horvath has been promoted to Executive Director, while Hanna Bahedry has been promoted to publicist. Dustin Holland, the former Lead Interviews & Reviews Editor at CBR, joins the company as publicity coordinator.

Said owner David Hyde via press release: “No one wants to be marketed at, but readers and fans do want to have a conversation about books and art. How and where we talk about comics and novels has changed dramatically in recent years, but our core mission at Superfan Promotions remains the same: to create and curate a dialogue that encourages people to discover new stories. I’m incredibly proud to work alongside a team of talented colleagues, who want to champion the arts.”

Congrats to the whole team. You’re the real superheroes here. Or at least, superfans.

For Comic Book Club News, I’m Alex Zalben. HYDracula! HYDRA Dracula. There you go. Figured it out.

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