Those of us who are fans of comic book movies should pause for a moment and think about the folks who were caught up in the horrible tragedy overnight in Denver.
A gunman opened up during a midnight showing of the new Batman movie. At last count,
14 12 are dead and 50 are injured. Many of the victims were children. (Local authorities downgraded the count around 8 a.m. EDT.)
Among those reportedly killed: Hockey blogger and aspiring TV reporter Jessica Ghwai, who tweeted under the handle Jessica Redfield. Read a quick report here and read her last tweets — from moments before the shooting — here.
Oddly enough, Jessica narrowly missed being in the middle of a shooting in a shopping mall in Toronto last month. As she wrote, she was shaken by the near-miss.
Find her blogs here and here.
The Denver Post, of course, is all over the story. Read the Post‘s story here and keep up via tweets from the Post and from area folks here.
Poynter’s Julie Moos put together a storify that traces how word spread of the tragedy overnight via Twitter, including tweets from witnesses. Find that here.
FEATURES SECTION FRONTS
Today’s a huge day for features designers: For many of you, it’s the day your Batman pages for the new Dark Knight Rises movie finally got into print.
Let’s take a look at what came in the overnight email…
U-T SAN DIEGO
San Diego, Calif.
Gloria Orbegozo of U-T San Diego tells us:
My esteemed and talented colleague Chris Barber designed and did the photo illustration for our weekend page.
GWINNETT DAILY POST
Brian Giandelone writes:
I wanted to pass along what the Gwinnett Daily Post did for the cover
of its entertainment section for the Dark Knight Rises.
I designer the cover. Thanks to your blog, I knew the film was filmed
in Pittsburgh, so that’s the city’s skyline at the bottom of the page.
So it is! Very cool!
Kyle Slagle offers up:
Here’s our contribution for the Dark Knight Rises … and apparently to the Hollywood liberal agenda.
He’s referring, of course, to the accusation that the character of Bane is meant to remind folks of Bain Capital, Mitt Romney‘s old company. That’s been debunked. But once something crazy like that gets out there, it’s out there.
Anyway, here’s Kyle’s page:
I decided to lead with Bane rather than Batman (save for the Bat symbol shining upon the headline), since a large part of the film revolves around Bane’s arrival and Gotham’s cry for help to the Caped Crusader. It’s nerd-tastically metaphorical.
I included a little “Who’s who” for the newest arrivals to Gotham City. Their bios are vague and void of spoilers, for the readers’ benefit and my own.
Admittedly, this was a labor of love. I’m wearing my vintage Neal Adams Batman shirt in the office today, a Batman belt buckle (utility belt not included), and sporting my usual Batman keychain and vintage Batman wallet.
I won’t comment on the underoos.
Um, we won’t either…
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Santa Ana, Calif.
And my ACES webmaster Daniel Hunt of the Orange County Register sends along pages designed by his colleague Kyle Sackowski. Here’s the front…
…here’s the inside page with the jump of the review and a Q&A on the movie…
…and here’s the jump of the sidebar, which focuses on the movie history of the Catwoman character and female superheroes in general.
UPDATE: 11:20 A.M.
Here’s a late entry from the…
KANSAS CITY STAR
Kansas City, Mo.
For today’s paper by master illustrator Héctor Casanova.
And now, let’s see what we can dig up in the Newseum today…
The best — or, at least, the funniest — headline of the day comes from RedEye, the youth and commuter tabloid published by the Chicago Tribune.
This makes two days in a row that RedEye has put the new Batman movie out front.
Yesterday, RedEye addressed Batman movie hype. Today, it engaged in it. But whatever.
New York, N.Y.
The Metro tabs played a handout picture from the new movie on page one today.
The Biloxi paper found a terrific angle for today’s centerpiece: A local artist who draws Batman comic books and who worked on a project included as a bonus with a Batman movie DVD.
Read the story here and find an extensive slide show — including samples of the comic book art — here.
Naturally, there lots of front-page pictures today of folks in line for the midnight showing of the movie.
The picture is by Telegraph-Herald staffer Matt Masin.
Some — like this gentleman in an impressive Bane costume — dressed for the evening.
The picture is by Record staffer Melissa Evanko.
Here is a Bane and
a Joker a kid dressed as the Joker from the 2008 Batman movie.
The picture is by Telegraph staffer William Wrobel.
Note how each of those last two pages pairs a smaller picture from last night with a large handout picture from the movie.
This one scares me a bit. I’m not sure what’s worse: The facepaint or the Pez Dispensers.
Believe it or not, that’s a 14-year-old girl in that picture by Tribune-Review staffer Keith Hodan.
The Lakes, Fla.
If you can’t find anyone in line dressed up, what do you do? Well, you shoot a picture of folks gazing at the movie poster.
The picture is by the Daily Sun‘s George Horsford.
And this six-year-old girl isn’t even at the movie. She’s at summer day-camp.
But the Batgirl costume is cute. The picture is by Record-Journal staffer Dave Zajac, the same guy who shot the lightning bolt we looked at yesterday.
CARROLL COUNTY TIMES
In Gettysburg, Pa., a man entertained the lines in front of theaters with his homemade Tumbler-style Batmobile.
The picture is by Times staffer Ken Koons. Read the story about the car here.
And in Appleton, folks celebrated the fact that locally-made vehicles are featured prominently in the new movie.
Oh, very cool! I got to see one of those vehicles — called “the Beast,” the story says — when I was in Pittsburgh last summer during the filming of the movie.
The A1 picture today is by Post-Crescent staffer Sharon Cekada. Read the story here.
And, like yesterday, a number of papers elected to play the movie in their skyboxes today, above — or in — the nameplate. Here are the best of them…
One of the most popular pieces of handout art from the new movie has been one of Batman riding his Batcycle in an underpass. But papers seem divided on how to use this art well.
The Nampa, Idaho paper cropped in tight on Batman’s head, leaving out the cycle…
While Kansas City used a looser crop, showing the vehicle and the background. What they lost: Batman’s bat-ears.
Fayetteville, N.C., had to shrink Batman down to get all of him in its skybox.
But the high-contrast, yellow-on-black headline helps a lot. As does including the namplate in the picture.
Lexington, Ky., with with a dramatic shot of Batman back-lit against a fiery sky.
This one from Tallahassee, Fla., may be the best one yet: A tight shot of Batman’s broken cowl.
Awesome headline there, too.
A couple of papers had success focusing on the villain. The critic’s grade atop today’s Cleveland, Ohio, paper made me think automatic hyphenation had kicked in.
Des Moines, Iowa, used this same art to great effect as well.
Buffalo, N.Y., however, zigged a completely different way. They with with a quiet and classy look.
While Omaha went with a classic approach reminiscent of the old 1960s Batman TV show.
All of the front pages above — and the skyboxes — come from the Newseum. Of course.
Previous posts about the Dark Knight Rises, here in the blog…
Did you do something cool for the new Batman movie? Send me a PDF. But keep in mind I’ll be in transit most of Friday and Saturday.
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