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  • Superman #700 Solicited for Wednesday

    I was pretty excited, but Jan and I discussed this and it's listed as having a "preview" for JMS' run. Does that mean we only get 6-8 pages of JMS story?
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    From what I understand Joe's section of #700 is only the initial portion of the "Grounded" story; I have no idea how many pages it will be though. Joe's first full issue with "Grounded Part I" starts at #701.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by JoeD80 View Post
      From what I understand Joe's section of #700 is only the initial portion of the "Grounded" story; I have no idea how many pages it will be though. Joe's first full issue with "Grounded Part I" starts at #701.
      I can see why some people are worried about a superman who doesn't fly, doesn't wear the costume and fights a giant spider with a title like that lol.
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      • #4
        Here's an interesting article in USA Today:
        As part of the Grounded story line that kicks off in July with issue No. 700 of DC Comics' Superman series, the Man of Steel will walk across the USA to reconnect with the everyday people he is committed to protecting.

        The story may be fictional, but many of the places and people that Superman will visit are real. DC Comics is asking readers to write in and campaign for their towns and residents to be depicted in the 13-issue Superman series.

        Series writer J. Michael Straczynski and DC's editorial team will select the featured locations.
        Jan
        "Fascism always comes in quietly, holding a flag in one hand and a holy book in the other, inching its way in. The bugles and drums only sound after they've already taken over and believe it's too late to do anything about it." JMS Twitter Dec. 24, 2017

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Jan View Post
          Here's an interesting article in USA Today:


          Jan
          That is cute! Oh JMS and your walkabouts.
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          • #6
            Just found this in my alerts:

            DC Comics Goes Digital on iPad, iPhone, and PSN
            There will also be several free comics available for the launch, notably several "Batman: Black and White" stories -- including fan-favorite tales by Neil Gaiman and Bruce Timm -- the first installment of "Bayou," the first webcomic series published by Zuda, and a 10-page preview of "Superman" #700, which launches a major new story arc called "Grounded" by J. Michael Straczynski.
            (emphasis mine)

            The entire article can be found here.

            Jan
            who already got the app and read the story

            ETA: An interview with JMS about the story: http://www.newsarama.com/comics/Stra...ed-100623.html Some mild SPOILERS in the interview.
            Last edited by Jan; 06-23-2010, 07:42 AM.
            "Fascism always comes in quietly, holding a flag in one hand and a holy book in the other, inching its way in. The bugles and drums only sound after they've already taken over and believe it's too late to do anything about it." JMS Twitter Dec. 24, 2017

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            • #7
              This article has the rules for submitting an essay to have Superman walk through your town. There are going to be nine towns selected.

              Jan
              "Fascism always comes in quietly, holding a flag in one hand and a holy book in the other, inching its way in. The bugles and drums only sound after they've already taken over and believe it's too late to do anything about it." JMS Twitter Dec. 24, 2017

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Jan View Post
                ... Because the writer has worked with DC to determine the hero's general route across the country, the contest is only open to cities within 50 miles of Chicago, Des Moines, Omaha, Denver, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Portland and Seattle. ...
                Until I mapped out the cities, I had hope that the route would be close to St. Louis. Alas, my hopes were dashed.

                Here is the route:

                http://preview.tinyurl.com/Superman-Walkabout

                or

                http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sour...,39.506836&z=5

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                • #9
                  Cool! Thanks for doing that, Dan! I'd love to know how the route was chosen.

                  Jan
                  Feeling a little neglected down here in the South...
                  Last edited by Jan; 06-26-2010, 05:15 PM.
                  "Fascism always comes in quietly, holding a flag in one hand and a holy book in the other, inching its way in. The bugles and drums only sound after they've already taken over and believe it's too late to do anything about it." JMS Twitter Dec. 24, 2017

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Jan View Post
                    Cool! Thanks for doing that, Dan! I'd love to know how the route was chosen.

                    Jan
                    Feeling a little neglected down here in the South...
                    Personally, I would have preferred Superman's walkabout would have followed U.S. Route 66, since it would have gone directly through St. Louis, Missouri. It appears that the first part of the walkabout mostly follows U.S. Route 6 and continues along U.S. Route 99 or U.S. Route 101. I have yet to determine why the specific path was chosen.
                    Last edited by Dan Dassow; 06-27-2010, 08:20 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Jan View Post
                      Cool! Thanks for doing that, Dan! I'd love to know how the route was chosen.

                      Jan
                      Feeling a little neglected down here in the South...
                      Newsarama did not mention that the starting point for Superman's Walkabout is Philadelphia. DC Universe includes the starting point. If you include Philadelphia in the route, it looks like he drew a line roughly midway between the North and South from East to West and found the cities closest to the line. Salt Lake City is the westmost large city along that line. I suspect that DC and JMS simply decided to include draw a second line between Salt Lake City Los Angeles and between Los Angeles and Seattle. He included the intermediate cities of Las Vegas and Portland.

                      Full route

                      http://preview.tinyurl.com/Superman-Walkabout2

                      http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sour...,79.013672&z=4
                      Last edited by Dan Dassow; 06-28-2010, 07:24 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Yeah, but we've still got two cities missing. I'm betting that Detroit will be one of them.

                        Jan
                        "Fascism always comes in quietly, holding a flag in one hand and a holy book in the other, inching its way in. The bugles and drums only sound after they've already taken over and believe it's too late to do anything about it." JMS Twitter Dec. 24, 2017

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                        • #13
                          Wall Street Journal
                          Speakeasy
                          June 28, 2010, 5:00 PM ET
                          Superman Plans Ambulatory Journey Across America
                          http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2010/...cross-america/

                          ... Speakeasy caught up with Straczynski via email to find out more. ...

                          Why the nine particular states that youÆve chosen?

                          IÆm a big believer in accuracy, so when we laid out SupermanÆs trajectory across country, we could either zig-zag him all over the map or bring him along the most logical path. I wish we couldÆve done the South ù I think there are some amazing stories we couldÆve told there ù but it wasnÆt to be, at least not in this current iteration. Maybe later.

                          How much research do you plan to do before working readersÆ selected cities into the plotline?

                          As much as humanly possible. I come from a background as a reporter and that has always informed my work, both here and in, for instance, ôChangeling,ö the film I wrote which Clint Eastwood directed. IÆd rather not let these places just be background, but use them in a real, substantial way, and that takes research. ...

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                          • #14
                            Aw, Poo. When I heard the story started in Philly, I was really hoping the walkabout would come near/thru Pittsburgh, or even better, just south of it, where I actually live. I'm too far to put my town on the route the way it goes now.

                            [pseudo-rage]
                            (Going West out I-70 would have been better, dangit! Screw Chicago, they've already got a President right now! I-70 goes Columbus, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Kansas City , Denver... then back on track of the established path. It makes more sense!)
                            [/pseudo-rage]

                            But, I guess you gotta go through Elkhart Indiana, it having been so big in the news during the recession...

                            Still, it would have been fun to start out with the east-west PA differences. Everybody out here knows Philly sux. Also, little more southward, and Supes could have walked through my old hometown, which, being in the poorest county in PA, deep in Appalachia, would have been as close to parts of the "south" as you're likely to get.

                            (I'm sure Superman could have heard the West Virginian mutant cows "oom-ing" iin the distance...)
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Doom Shepherd View Post
                              Aw, Poo. When I heard the story started in Philly, I was really hoping the walkabout would come near/thru Pittsburgh, or even better, just south of it, where I actually live. I'm too far to put my town on the route the way it goes now.

                              [pseudo-rage]
                              (Going West out I-70 would have been better, dangit! Screw Chicago, they've already got a President right now! I-70 goes Columbus, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Kansas City , Denver... then back on track of the established path. It makes more sense!)
                              [/pseudo-rage]
                              We could still lobby for the I-70 route which would include parts of the old US Route 66.

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