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Miscellaneous Mon Apr 16 2012

Marvel Staff Discusses Avengers vs. Xmen at C2E2

c2e2.JPGAt the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, or C2E2 for those in the know, the special guests were abundant. Among them were various writers and artists from Marvel comics there to talk about "Avengers vs. X-Men," a new event in the Marvel Universe.

"If not now, when?" said editor Axel Alonso, referring to both the current story lines in Marvel comics and the upcoming Avengers movie, which comes out May 4 of this year.

The story, which does not follow the plot of the movie, features veteran comic book writers such as Brian Michael Bendis and Matt Fraction, and artists such as John Romita, Jr. and Oliver Coipel.

"The premise is obviously a bunch of guys in spandex punching each other in the face," said writer Jason Aaron. "But we wanted a story to run through that."

Marvel panelists also discussed an initiative called Marvel Re-Evolution, which involves bringing comics to the digital format using tablets and augmented-reality apps to enhance the experience.

"We're using the tablet as a canvas," said Alonso, adding that they didn't want to just re-publish print content on a tablet as-is.

Marvel aired a full-length, never-before-seen episode of the animated series "Ultimate Spiderman" featuring Wolverine as part of their series of panels.

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