I don't know about you, but I try to keep my spending on comics in check. In a given week, I'll probably spend about $20-$30 on comics, which I don't think is that bad. JD over at Get Rich Slowly spent a little more than that on comics. In 2006, his spending on comics was at $3,202.91 a year, up from $1640.10 a year in 2004. Now, for those fanatics, that's not that big a deal. But for a lot of others (like me) that would get expensive real quick. This year, he's cut his spending down to $807.89 on comics. How'd he do it? Well, first he used Quicken to track his spending, and realize that yes, there was an increasing trend forming when it came to buying comics. Once he realized that there was an upward trend, he did the following to slow it down: Buy DVDs with comic collections Purchase only titles that interested him Focus more on comic strip compilations (as opposed to comic books) A $500 a year budget for comics Selling comics you don't care for These are obviously just one man's steps, but if you feel like you're spending too much on comics, these steps could be a good start in the right direction to curb it. Of course, its not bad to spend lots on comics, just as long as you don't sacrifice some other part of your financial stability to do so. Get rich slowly with less comics
Friday, September 28, 2007
Hub City was a pretty happening place in the 80s. Add corruption to that list, and you have a reason for The Question to come into being. The Question is a "faceless, morally conflicted avenger." The Question: Zen and Violence is a trade paperback collecting issues 1-6 of the adventures of The Question. Part of the intrigue of the series was the focus on Eastern Philosophy as The Question fought crime on a nightly basis. The series featured appearances by Batman and other martial arts heroes from the DC Universe. Written by Dennis O'Neil, and with art by Denys Cowan and Rick Magyar, The Question: Zen and Violence hits stores October 3, and will sell for $19.99. The Question: Zen and Violence
Wolverine's been through a lot in his world. He's had adamantium put into his skeleton, ripped out, and put back in again. And that's probably on a good day for him. Well, things are about to get worse for the crazed Canuck. Wolverine Annual: Deathsong #1 tells the story of a botched bank heist and a dozen dead civilians. Wolverine is tasked with tracking down Smitty, a "two-bit hoodlum with blood on his hands a monster nipping at his heels." Written by Gregg Hurwitz and Marcelo Frusin, you can check at all 48 pages of Wolverine goodness on October 3 for $3.99 on October 3. Wolverine Annual: Deathsong #1 preview
Miller will be making his directorial debut with Will Eisner's The Spirit, a movie based on the character of the same name (and created by Will Eisner). The story details the story of a rookie cop who returns from the dead to fight crime as The Spirit in Central City. According to The Hollywood Reporter, joining the already "stacked" cast of Scarlett Johansson and Eva Mendes is Sarah Paulson of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (I'm still pissed that got canceled). She plays the true love of The Spirit, Dr. Ellen Dolan the police commissioner's daughter. This movie is really starting to look intriguing. I'll admit, I know nothing about The Spirit, and the premise kind of sound likes Spawn (obviously The Spirit came first). But Miller's involvement could be fantastic, and its definitely going to be easy on the eyes. Paulson gets The Spirit
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Have you ever been in a situation where you couldn't remember the identity of a Marvel superhero? Or the origin of the powers? Happens all the time right? Thankfully, Marvel is hip and with the times, and has created a spiffy toolbar for Firefox and IE that allows you to instantly search the Marvel Universe. All you have to do is head on over to Marvel's website, download and install the toolbar, and you're well on your way to impressing the ladies with your vast knowledge of the Marvel Universe. No, really. Chicks dig guys that know things like the fact that Juggernaut's power isn't really his but comes from a crystal from outer space. You know, the stuff everybody knows. Marvel Universe Search Extension
All the hubbub surrounding Paramount's exclusive deal with HD-DVD worried a lot of Spielberg fans. He wasn't too keen on the idea that his movies would only be in hi-def form on one format, and not both. So he threatened (and still is threatening) to pull his exhaustive library from the halls of Paramount, meaning we may not see his movies in glorious HD. Transformers is a Spielberg project, but its also a Michael Bay project, and more importantly a Paramount project. What does that all mean? At least two of the three will be on board for the sequel. Latino Review is reporting that Paramount is holding June 26, 2009 as a release date for the sequel to what was probably the summer's biggest blockbuster. Michael Bay is expected to return to direct (apparently he's working on the script now), and Shia LaBeouf will return to play the confused teen in a world of robots role (except this time I'm pretty sure he'll be less confused). This date isn't set in stone, nor is the idea of there actually being a sequel. Spielberg wields a hefty influence stick, so he could choose not to attach himself to it, and it might not be nearly as good as the first one (Bay really seems to like explosions more than anything). Stay tuned to see how this pans out. Hopefully, we'll get to see the Omnicron. And yeah, yet another reason to run a picture of Megan Fox. Like I need a reason. Transformers 2 sequel announced
For those folks on the west coast, when you hear about comic conventions, typically the only one that comes to mind is San Diego Comic Con. And why shouldn't it? Its only the biggest geek fest of the year. But for you kids in the Pacific Northwest, there's another convention coming up that may be slightly closer than San Diego. The Stumptown Comics Fest takes place at the Lloyd Center Doubletree in Portland, OR, this Saturday and Sunday (September 29 and 30). The event runs from 10 AM to 6 PM each day, and is
$8 $5 a day for admission. The show started in 2004, and in the three years since its inception has gotten bigger and bigger.
The lineups for Saturday and Sunday read like an offering of half panels and half college courses. There are various panels looking at the work of various cartoonists, but there's also workshops/sessions where instructors teach attendees the finer points of cartooning and publishing.
So if you're in the Portland, OR, area, and have nothing better to do this weekend, by all means head on over to the Lloyd Center Doubletree.
Stumptown Comics Fest
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
A few months back I wrote about the first ever New York Anime Festival taking place at the Jacob Javits Center in New York from December 7 through 9. Tickets are currently on sale ($30 per day, $55 for a weekend pass), however, they've just opened up registration for professionals. If you're a professional, you can request a professional pass by filling out the required form, and faxing it (in addition to a business card and list of qualifications) to NY Anime Festival representatives. Your professional pass will be held for pickup upon arrival to the convention. Personally, I'm not sure if I'll be attending, but if I do, I'll be providing updates from the show's happenings as they come. New York Anime Festival professional registration
Odds are that if you're at least semi-conscious, you're at least remotely aware of a franchise known as Halo. Marvel certainly heard of it, and decided to dedicate some writing and artistic talent to a comic series about everyone's favorite Master Chief. Well, Halo: Uprising #2 is set to drop in a few weeks, so I figured I'd give you a little preview of what to expect. The Covenant has captured Master Chief, and back on Earth things aren't so hot. As the world is being ravaged by the alien invaders, no one knows where to find "the key," which could prove to be the salvation that the few remaining humans on Earth need to save their race. Brian Michael Bendis continues to write the thrilling story, while Alex Maleev provides the breathtaking visuals. Halo: Uprising #2 releases on October 17, 2007, and will run you $3.99. In the meantime, feel free to pick up the first issue, or play through Halo 3 a few times. Halo: Uprising #2 preview
More news on the Punisher: War Zone casting front. Three new members have been added to the cast for the 2008 sequel, and it looks like the secret of Jigsaw may finally be revealed. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dominic West is in negotiations to play Jigsaw who, if you don't know, is one of Punisher's arch enemies, and is named Jigsaw because his face has been stitched back together rather haphazardly after a horrible accident. Doug Hutchinson will play Loony Bin Jim, who does just what his name implies and goes on a homicidal rampage because he feels its the right thing to do. And finally, Wayne Knight will play the role of Microchip, Punisher's right hand man and arms dealer. This movie is really starting to get fleshed out, and its looking quite promising. With Avi Arad producing, and Lexi Alexander directing, I have great faith. Still a little pissed about the lack of Thomas Jane, but hopefully Ray Stevenson can pick up where he left off. Punisher War Zone casting
Its important to realize that the special effects that go into making a movie are just that: special. Its becoming more and more common for special effects to be of the ILM variety, but there are still those that require an actual person to be driving an actual vehicle. Sadly, it was in the latter case that a special effects technician lost his life doing work for The Dark Knight. The Hollywood Reporter reports that during a scene where a stunt car was doing a test run, a 4x4 was following the car (presumably the Tumbler) and crashed into a tree at the end of the run. The deceased technician was in the following 4x4. It wasn't actually on the set of the film, nor was it during the actual filming, as it was only a test run by the technicians to make sure everything was set up for the real thing. An investigation is being launched, but I'm sure nothing devious will be found. Sadly, the world of stunts is a high risk one, and my condolences go out to the family of the technician. Stunt technician dies while doing test run
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
This week is rather quiet on the new release front, so I'm picking something completely new, Criminal #9. For those of you that don't know (like me), Criminal tells the story of one man (Tracy Lawless) seeking out the truth about his brother's murder. The catch is, that his brother was a criminal, which means Lawless has to go further and further into the criminal world to uncover the mystery surrounding his brother's death. The comic is early enough in its lifecycle that you could probably pretty easily catch up by reading the previous 8 issues. Enjoy. New Releases: September 26, 2007
Casting Wonder Woman has proven to be quite difficult. Countless names have been thrown about, and while some have seemed a good fit, others not so much. Its really hard to cast her, as she's such a unique character, and the person that fills her role has to have a banging body, yet be strong and assertive. WB may have finally found who they're looking for. Variety reports that Jessica Biel is in talks to play the Amazon princess in the George Miller directed Justice League. Word is that Victoria Hill (Macbeth) read for the part, but I'm guessing she didn't get it, since they're talking to Biel to play the role. And there seems to be 90% confidence that the movie will be all CGI (a la Beowulf), so we may not get to see Biel at her finest, but she's still Wonder Woman. WB also still plans on doing a standalone Wonder Woman movie after Justice League, and they'd (of course) like to have a big name to carry what they hope will become a franchise. Now, everyone knows this isn't the first time she's played a role in a comic book movie, as she was Abigail Whistler in Blade: Trinity (and was amazingly hot). So this isn't really unfamiliar territory for her. The thing is, Wonder Woman is slightly more well known than Abigail Whistler is, so it'll definitely be a new thing for her. Personally, I really like this decision, because she's on my short list of actors I would consider to play Wonder Woman. Biel has the invisible jet
It takes a lot to build a reputation as a great actor. You could win an Oscar, take a really compelling role that no one thinks you would take, or simply have another great actor recommend you to your peers and press. Michael Caine is probably three for three in terms of being a great actor, so when he complements Heath Ledger on his role as Joker, well, you get even more goosebumps for The Dark Knight. Batman-on-film.com reports that Caine told The Melbourne Herald Sun and The Mercury that he feels that Ledger's portrayal of the Clown Prince of Crime tops that of the man himself, Jack Nicholson. There is a slight spoiler in Caine's words. Nothing too major, but it does spoil a very (could be major) scene in the movie. "The worry going in was The Joker. Jack Nicholson was the greatest Joker so, you know, how do you top that? Well, Heath Ledger's done it and he's extraordinary. He's gone in a completely different direction to Jack. Jack was like a clown figure, benign but wicked, maybe a killer old uncle. He could be funny and make you laugh. Heath is like a really scary psychopath. I did one scene with him and he was ready to go and had to come up in a lift and raid our place. I didn't see him for rehearsal and when he came out of the lift he was so incredible I forgot my lines. He frightened the life out of me. I'd never met him before. He's a lovely guy and his Joker is going to be a hell of a revelation in this picture." I've said it before, and I'll say it again. I cannot WAIT to see this movie. Ledger killing as Joker
Monday, September 24, 2007
It was a long summer for fans of what was definitely the breakout hit show of last year, Heroes. Tonight brought that wait to an end. But was it worth the wait? Read on to find out. Consider yourself spoiler warned, as its pretty impossible to review the season premiere without getting into the nitty gritty. First off, the trillion storylines that were happening last year really showed that it was too much, as they didn't even get to all the heroes in the season premiere. The show primarily focused on Claire (her and her father Mr. Benn...sorry, Mr. Butler), as their storyline pretty much ruled the show. We were introduced to three new heroes: Maya, who's power is apparently the stigmata, a Mohinder stalker (never got his name) who's power is the Midas touch and a new friend for Claire, who can fly (which is odd that they've given two people the same power). There was also substantial screen time devoted to Hiro, who learned that his hero was really a white English guy that moved to Japan. And on that note, hasn't Hiro seen Back to the Future? He was in feudal Japan, and he stopped people from killing a guy on horseback, which distracted Takashi, who didn't save the village, and won't fall in love with the blacksmith's daughter. Hiro should know you can't go back in time with the sports almanac. Nathan is alive (big surprise there), and his mom is pissed at him. Hiro's father and Nathan's mother have both been targeted, as apparently they're going to die in 24 hours. Hiro's father ends the show by jumping off the roof where everything happens (with the attacker in tow) and dying on the pavement below, yet when Ando looks over the balcony, he doesn't see the attacker's body. Parkman has adopted Molly, and she's been having progressively worse nightmares, where eyes are watching her. Presumably, the eyes are those of the being worse than Sylar. Mohinder and Parkman share joint custody of Molly, and we learn at the end that Mr. Butler and Mohinder have a plan to take down the entire organization (one can presume that Parkman is on the plan). The show ended with Peter half naked and handcuffed in a trailer at a shipyard in Cork, Ireland, found by three actors with some of the worse Irish accents I've ever heard. And...wait for it...he has amnesia! Seriously, I wish I was kidding. Watching the previews, Heroes has pretty much blown any suspense from last season. Sylar's on a beach, Nikki is alive and ready to kick more ass, and there's more Claire (which is good, because she's definitely easy on the eyes). The show kept its momentum from last season, but that's not necessarily a good thing. I felt the season finale last season was very lackluster, and this premiere really just slowed down the momentum even more. I really don't know if the show this year will be able to recapture the spark that it made last season, and, as I mentioned in many reviews last year, it seems there are just too many main characters, and the show gets crushed under the weight of its starpower and storytelling. Overall, I was disappointed with the season premiere. I'm still going to be watching it, because its still better than a lot of other stuff on TV, but it does have some room for improvement. Rating: 7 out of 10
I'll admit that I've never heard of Gon before. But when The Daily Yomiuri reviews it, I guess I have to pay attention. The Daily Yomiuri is the largest English language newspaper in Japan, and there was recently an article about Gon, discussing the re-release of the series by CMX (under DC) in the US. Gon is a manga with no dialogue that tells the story of a baby dinosaur living in an environment with present-day animals. It received the Excellence Prize in 1998 at the Cultural Affairs Agency's Japan Media Arts Festival, in addition to winning the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award, Best Humor Publication Award and Best US Edition of Foreign Material at San Diego Comic Con. Upon receiving the Excellence Prize, Gon creator Masashi Tanaka mentioned something about not really feeling personification. "People often ask me why, but from the beginning, I never thought this work needed it," Tanaka said. "There should be no grammar for manga. Also it's very odd to make animals talk like humans. What I tried to do in Gon is to achieve a kind of excitement words can't describe." I have to say, that now knowing that Gon is a dinosaur, the character in Tekken 3 named Gon-Gon makes so much sense. Gon gets attention
Itching to get Halo 3? Worried that the game alone won't show your true devotion to the franchise? Well, IGN's got you covered. They've compiled a list of some of the most recent Halo merchandise, and give you their recommendations on what to buy and what not to buy. Halo: Uprising #1 garnered positive reviews (and it should, because its by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev), so that's a definite right there. They also look at weapon replicas, statues and other limited edition goodies by Todd McFarlane. So peruse the list, and decide what's worth your money. We all know you're going to get the game, but maybe you should pick up a comic or two while you're at it. Halo merchandise
Now I'm not saying that IESB is said Ryan Gosling has been cast as Bats, but it could be true. IESB reports that Gosling tops a very short list to play Batman/Bruce Wayne in the Justice League movie, but its certainly not confirmed. They also report that Tom Welling is out of the running for Superman, which really is a shame because, you know, he's got that whole Smallville thing going on for him. Brandon Routh was seen going into a meeting with WB executives, but there's really no word on what he was meeting with them about. "But Omnicomic," you're saying to yourself, "couldn't Routh have been discussing the sequel to Superman Returns?" Probably not I would say to you, since that has taken a backseat to the overall Justice League film, and there probably won't be any action for the Man of Steel for quite some time. More Justice League news
If Baltimore can have a lesser known comic convention, why can't Boston? Details have just been released regarding the Boston Comic Convention for 2007. The show will take place Sunday, October 21, from 10 AM - 5 PM at the Back Bay Events Center. Admission is $8, and the special guest is Jim Steranko. Best known for his work on the Silver Age Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D., Steranko is a Comic Book Hall of Fame Inductee (2006) and one of Wizard Magazine's Top Five Most Influential Comic Book Artists of All Time. So yeah, its only one day. And yeah, the Back Bay Events Center isn't really much as far as venues go. But if you're in the Boston area, and have nothing better to do on that Sunday (the Patriots are at Miami that day, and the MLB playoffs will be well underway, so the Sox may be playing), drop $8 and check it out. Boston Comic Convention 20007
Friday, September 21, 2007
This is nice and fresh, so you better take a look at it soon...NBC has been getting happy with their DMCA takedown notices. I will warn you, that there are spoilers in the video, so if you like the surprises of a show, I wouldn't watch the video. But there are some intriguing aspects of the promo, so at least the season looks like it has some promise.
Some of you may have your Halloween costume all set, because Halloween is a mere month away. If your costume happens to be comic related, well, you might as well enter at least once contest with it right? Marvel's 2007 Costume Contest allows you to do just that. Log into the Marvel website and upload a picture of you in your Marvel costume to be entered. The contest will accept submissions until October 22. Fans will vote on the winner during the week of October 22 through October 29. One grand prize winner will received a personalized "handbook styled page" to appear in a Marvel comic, along with a Captain America Omnibus signed by Ed Brubaker. In addition to the grand prize winner, there will also be another winner of the fan favorite variety, and they'll receive the Captain America Omnibus signed by Ed Brubaker. So what's stopping you? Head on over and enter the contest. Hopefully your costume wins enough votes to get you into a comic book. Marvel 2007 Costume Contest
I never really understood how some people get so engrossed in anything that they neglect other aspects of life. I've heard of stories where Koreans die from 36 hour online gaming sessions, or kids that think they're vampires actually kill other people to satisfy their psychological lust for blood. But of course, the most famous "too caught up in fantasy gone bad" scenarios usually involve Dungeons and Dragons. And those cases usually don't end well for all involved. GamesRush Entertainment reports that sadly (but rightfully so), a Reno, NV, couple has been sentenced for child neglect because they were so obsessed with the online game of Dungeons and Dragons they were playing. The children, a 22-month-old boy and an 11-month-old girl were found severely malnourished and close to death. The couple, Michael (25) and Iana (23) Straw had food in their house for their children, they just chose not to pause the damn game and give them the food. They've been sentenced to 4 years in prison, and justifiably so. I don't like to use Omnicomic as a stepping stone for my soapbox, but this is ridiculous. As fans of comics, we have to make sure to remember that our collecting doesn't interfere with other aspects of our lives. I know that the majority of individuals out there have a sense of reality, and can pull themselves out of fantasy at least long enough to take care of human needs, which is good. D&D parents sentenced
Its officially official kids. The new Justice League movie in the works has a director attached to it, and that director is George Miller. Variety confirms that Miller has indeed been tapped to helm the epic that WB has in store for 2009. This really shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone, as its been pretty heavily rumored for some time now. Despite having a director, officials at WB are still quite apprehensive about the whole thing, because a Justice League movie is so complex that its next to impossible to pull off (some officials have indicated they're "holding their breath" until production actually gets underway). WB would also like this movie to act as a starting point for potential Flash and Wonder Woman stories (much in the way that the X-Men franchise launched Wolverine and Magneto movies). Does this change things for Batman and Superman? For Batman, no, because The Dark Knight is well underway in terms of production (although Christopher Nolan) would like to have his movie done before WB begins working on another DC franchise). Unfortunately for Superman fans, the sequel to Superman Returns is taking a backseat to the new Justice League movie. Honestly, I'm not that broken up about that, as Superman Returns was pretty sub-par if you ask me. Miller directing Justice League
Thursday, September 20, 2007
If you happen to live in the Boston area, you probably know about New England Comics. As a thanks to their fans (and most likely an inventory dumping maneuver), they're about to start their annual Fall sale on Friday, September 21. What can you expect from such a sale? Why, I'm glad you asked: Old and new comics - 50% off Trades/graphic novels - 20% off Toys - 30% off DVDs - 20% off Statues/busts - 30% off Everything else (posters, t-shirts, trading card, games, etc.) - 30% off The sale runs until Sunday, October 7, and while there are restrictions (must be in-store purchases and not valid on new arrivals), its definitely a great time to pick up anything you need to complete various collections. So head on over to your nearest New England Comics (their website has a store locator), and get what you need for cheap. And I assure you those individuals in the picture are saying "f you" to high prices. New England Comics
Microsoft continues to emphasize its Live service, and the latest addition to the marketplace is anime. Yesterday, Microsoft announced a deal that would bring many popular animes to the Xbox Live marketplace. And these aren't those obscure ones that have huge followings. No, these are some big name titles. Included among them: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (Seasons 1 and 2), Street Fighter II V, and Astro Boy, just to name a few. ANIME CLASSICS FROM STARZ MEDIA’S MANGA ENTERTAINMENT COMING TO XBOX 360 ‘Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex,’ ‘Street Fighter II V,’ ‘Noein’ and ‘Tokko’ Among Titles Rolling Out in Coming Weeks Los Angeles and New York – September 19, 2007 – Anime-style animation continues to demonstrate its multi-media appeal with today’s launch of audience-favorite titles from Starz Media’s large video library on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace video store. The agreement between the two companies was announced jointly by Marc DeBevoise, Starz Media’s senior vice president, business development and strategy, and Ross Honey, Senior Director, Media & Entertainment Group for Microsoft Corporation. Beginning today and rolling out on the platform in the coming weeks, fans of the cutting-edge animation in Starz Media’s Manga Entertainment library of anime titles will be able to watch such popular titles as “Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Seasons 1 & 2,” “Street Fighter II V,” “Noein,” “Tokko” “Virus,” and “Astro Boy”. Xbox LIVE users, which make up the largest online console gaming community with more than seven million members, will be able to load up on episodes from the hugely popular “Ghost in the Shell” franchise, an acclaimed set of movies and TV titles that have not only been influential within the anime world, but have also been an inspiration for major feature films, including The Matrix trilogy. “These titles have been favorites for years, as manga, anime series, DVD movies, video games and more. With the emergence of broadband and wireless content platforms, fans have now been asking for these titles digitally. Xbox LIVE is the perfect digital media platform to bring this unique form of entertainment to those fans,” DeBevoise said. “We’re very happy to have these anime titles from Manga Entertainment on Xbox LIVE with its broad reach and significant depth of content.” Microsoft’s Honey said, “These titles from Starz Media are an ideal addition to the full range of entertainment content we offer on Xbox LIVE and in the growing catalogue of popular programming we offer in the Anime Channel on the service. We’re glad that our users will be among the fans to get access to this wildly original and entertaining content. We know they’ll make it a hit on our service.” “Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex,” has been a fan favorite for years, the follow up to the anime movie classic “Ghost in the Shell” which was described by filmmaker James Cameron as “The first truly adult animation film to reach a level of literary and visual excellence.” “Street Fighter II V” is a consistently popular series of action-packed martial arts titles revolving around the charismatic Ken, Ryu and Chun Li characters. “Astro Boy” is a venerable anime title that entertains children and adults alike with the story of a robot boy who learns the importance of kindness, compassion and selflessness in the face of life's obstacles. “Virus” is an action-packed series, set in the year 2097, when an elite task force takes a stand against virus-infected war machines. “Noein” and “Tokko” are newer fan favorites. “Noein” is a futuristic inter-dimensional struggle of good versus evil with the highest of stakes: total annihilation of all matter in the universe. In “Tokko,” evil demons, ghoulish zombies, and the devil himself are the targets as gumshoe agent Ranmaru Shindo avenges the death of his parents. Xbox LIVE Marketplace continues to grow as new partners and content are added to the service. The service currently offers more than 2,800 hours of premium entertainment content from 30 networks and studios. No word as to whether these are in HD or anything, or even what they'll cost. But I'm guessing a couple hundred points per movie.
It looks like the NBC/iTunes row has just gotten a little more intriguing. A couple of weeks ago, NBC opted not to renew their contract with Apple for putting content on the iTunes store. Yesterday, NBC announced that they would have full-length shows available on their website for free. This is the perfect opportunity for those of you out there who missed the first season of Heroes to catch up on the show, since the second season premiere is right around the corner (September 20 at 9 PM). And if you're not keen on the whole watching shows online thing, you can also pick up the season 1 DVD or HD-DVD and get caught up. Speaking of Heroes, I'll be here to give you my review of the show, and try to preview the next week's based on the current episode. Although, the writers have kind of already ruined the new season surprise, as the preview for this week's episode (through the RCN guide) talks about how Sylar's actions have changed the lives of Peter, Nathan and Matt, and there are two twins that apparently have the powers of being badasses. NBC shows online
Got some more news for you kids, itching to know who's going to play who in the upcoming Punisher sequel, Punisher: War Zone. Lexi Alexander (the movie's director) has reported on her blog some of the casting calls she's made so far. Dash Mihok (Hollywoodland) will be playing Detective Martin Soap, the detective tasked with stopping Frank Castle. Colin Salmon (Tomorrow Never Dies, Match Point) will be playing Agent Paul Budiansky, a recent addition to the comics who's actions mirror those of Castle's (think of him as Punisher cop...maybe even Robocop). And Doug Hutchinson (Green Mile) will play Loony Bin Jim, the supposed brother of Jigsaw (now that Jigsaw, the other one). Her blog has the handy comparison shots, so you can see how the casted compare to their comic counterpart (alliteration is exciting). Alexander also mentioned that she found "the perfect, most talented Jigsaw," but left it at that. That woman is such a tease (but of course in a good way). Punisher: War Zone casting news
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Seeing as how today is "Talk Like a Pirate Day" (and I have no idea where that came from, but I'm sure there's a wiki on it somewhere), I figured I would point you in the direction of some pirate themed comics. The first link goes to a publisher, Black Swan Press, responsible for Bloodthirsty Pirate Tales, the self-proclaimed "illustrated magazine of pirate adventure, fact and fiction, legend and lore." The site has a pirate art book, some pirate comics, and the new addition of vampires. The second link goes to Mile High Comics, and internet comic store that is selling Strange Pirate Tales by publisher Big Hairy Ape Comics. I know there are tons of other pirate related comics out there, but I figured I'd link to some of the more obscure ones, just to spread the word around. Black Swan Press Mile High Comics
CW has a little thing going on Saturday mornings at 11:30 AM called The Batman. I think the title is pretty self-explanatory, and a press release was just issued detailing what to expect from the coming season. Let's listen in shall we (pretend this is being read on TV...it makes it seem shorter than it is): Standing tall after claiming its fourth Daytime Emmy Award, "The Batman" will set the bar even higher as it steps up the action in its new fifth season with the much-anticipated introduction of the Justice League, an array of new and/or improved villains, a sparkling arsenal of breakthrough technological support, and a voice cast packed with actors from feature films and primetime television, not to mention some of the finest voice performers on the planet. "The Batman" premieres September 22 at 11:30 a.m. ET/PT as part of the Kids' WB! Lineup on The CW Network. Entitled "The Batman/Superman Story," the two-part season premiere (the finale airing on Sept. 29) finds Lex Luthor joining forces with
's rogues gallery to finally defeat the Man of Steel -- but he doesn't count on Batman and Robin coming to the rescue.
When we last left Batman, the Martian Manhunter had just proposed the Dark Knight join the ranks of the Justice League. It doesn't take long to learn Batman's answer as Superman sparks a "World's Finest" tale in the thrilling, two-part season opener.
Over the course of the new season, several of the Justice League's key players Green Lantern, The Flash, Green Arrow, Hawkman and Martain Manhunter will stand cape-to-cape with Batman in defense of Gotham City Š and beyond.
Last season's character arc gave Batman greater insight into the virtues of teamwork, and he'll continue to embrace the contributions of Robin and Batgirl, as well as occasional help from Lucius Fox and Nightwing. This is truly a season of team-ups, whether it be Batman and his trusted family, or the Dark Knight uniting with fellow members of the Justice League.
Of course, the JL heroes and their new recruit won't be alone in their pursuit of villainy they'll be well-armed by the Batman's never-ending array of technological wonders. "Shadow-Tek" takes center-stage throughout the 2007-08 campaign, bringing a new level of "Oh, I want that" wishes in living rooms across the land. It's like Christmas came to the Batcave during the offseason as the "toys" roll out of Batman's significant arsenal, ranging from an all-new Batarang, to jet packs, to an incredible criminal assault suit.
Every hero is only as good as his opposition is evil and Gotham City Gotham never runs out of baddies. The usual suspects return with nefarious new schemes and more sophisticated gadgetry as the Joker, Penguin, Harley Quinn and Mr. Freeze are joined in their quest to rid Gotham of any nocturnal winged creatures by the likes of Sinestro, Black Mask, Scarface, Count Vertigo, Toyman, Mirror Master, Metallo,Clayface, Mercy and a new, improved Firefly-turned-Phosphorus. Lex Luthor even makes an appearance in NYC's alter-ego, enlisting Poison Ivy and her enchanting spores to turn Superman against Batman.
Speaking of alter-egos, every great animated character is backed by an outstanding voice and this season's Batman cast rivals all others. Veteran voice actor Rino Romano returns as the pipes of the Caped Crusader, and his supporting cast includes stars from every corner of the entertainment spectrum. Feature film actors Louis Gossett Jr. ("An Officer and a Gentleman"), George Newbern ("Father of the Bride"), Dorian Harewood ("Full Metal Jacket") and Daryl Sabara ("Spy Kids") fill several key roles. Primetime television provides a host of voices including Dana Delaney ("China Beach"), Clancy Brown ("Carnivale"), James Remar ("Dexter"), Miguel Ferrer ("Crossing Jordan"), Gwendoline Yeo ("Desperate Housewives"), Jerry O'Connell ("Crossing Jordan"), Peter MacNichol ("24"), John Laroquette ("Night Court"), Patton Oswalt ("The King of Queens"), Mitch Pileggi ("The X-Files"), Diedrich Bader ("The Drew Carey Show") and Chris Hardwick ("Singled Out"). And 's esteemed voice acting community is well represented by some of the finest in the business, ranging from Dan Castellaneta, Kevin Michael Richardson, Grey Delisle and Tom Kenny to Hynden Walch, Jason Marsden and Charlie Schlatter.
It's a season of non-stop action with new heroes, villains, technologically-advanced "toys" and all-star talent. Somebody had better start polishing another Emmy.
Phew, that's a lot to take in. In my youth, I always hated the 11:30 Saturday shows. Not because they were bad, but because the Saturday morning was almost over. But it also meant that American Gladiators was getting ready to come on, so that extended the Saturday morning by another hour.
Marvel is nice to its readers. They like to set up their website so that you can easily traverse its waters. And the latest in this trend of easiness is a summary of all the Initiative covers in one handy place. Check out the link, find the covers you're missing, and head to your local comic book store to pick them up. The Initiative Cover Gallery
I was a big fan of the first Hellboy movie. It was quirky enough that it stood on its own as a movie (didn't need to be associated with a comic), but it did enough that you knew it was based on a comic. When word got out that Guillermo del Toro was doing a sequel, well, that sound you heard was the peasants rejoicing. And of course (just like any other movie), the internets have a way of bring things to light regarding anything, so why should the script for the Hellboy sequel be any different? IESB has an advance "review" of the script, and they speak quite highly of it. There are spoilers, but you wouldn't be clicking to read the review of you didn't expect that. If you hate surprises, and want the movie ruined for you before you go see it, by all means, check it out. But if it pisses you off that someone has already leaked the entire script (kind of how someone has already leaked the entire Halo 3 story), then please forgive me for just doing my job and reporting comic news. Hellboy 2: The Golden Army script review
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
This is one of those weeks where the pick is extremely easy. World War Hulk #4 has the Hulk converting MSG into a coliseum, and features the new Dr. Strange, seemingly possessed. How anyone is not reading this storyline right now boggles my mind. Enjoy. New Releases: September 19, 2007
Check your calendars kids, because the next big convention is the Big Apple Con November 16-18 (weekend as always) at the Penn Plaza Pavilion in New York City. Tickets are $18 for each day, or you can get a 3-day pass for $40. So far, the two biggest guests are newly minted LEGAL drool object Hayden Panettiere (Heroes) and Doug Jones (Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer). There really isn't much more information as of yet, but its good to just get the date in your minds, so you can plan accordingly. Big Apple Con
Fox PR has just released this interesting tidbit about the impending November 27 release of the first new Futurama material in about 6 years I'd say, and its quite exciting. "As Xmas 3007 approaches, the Futurama crew must fight to save Earth in an epic battle against nudist alien Internet scammers. When the evil naked aliens launch a cyber-attack on Planet Express, they make a shocking discovery: the secret of time travel, mysteriously tattooed on Fry's buttocks. Using their devious nudist software to control Bender, they repeatedly send the beer-fueled robot back in time to loot Earth of its greatest treasures. Bender's rampage through history has shocking repercussions when he encounters Al Gore (guest-starring as himself) during the 2000 Presidential recount. Meanwhile, Leela finds true love, a beloved crew member suffers an embarrassing decapitation, and Fry learns deep secrets about his destiny and his buttocks." This is going to be AWESOME, and not just because its Futurama. All the original cast members are returning, and Matt Groening is involved. All factors that have the makings of epic.
Monday, September 17, 2007
I guess today is sequel day, because I'm all about the sequel. Marvel has listed the release date for Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer on DVD and Blu-Ray for home theater consumption. And there's tons of extras: Single-disc DVD Features: - Commentary by director Tim Story - Commentary by producer Avi Arad, writer Don Payne and film editors Peter S. Elliot and William HoyDouble-disc DVD Features: - Commentary by director Tim Story - Commentary by producer Avi Arad, writer Don Payne and film editors Peter S. Elliot and William Hoy - Extended/Deleted Scenes (with optional commentary by director Tim Story) - Family Bonds: The Making of Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer documentary - Sentinel of the Spaceways: Comic Book Origins of The Silver Surfer featurette - The FantastiCar: State of the Art featurette - The Power Cosmic special effects featurette - Character Design With Spectral Motion featurette - Scoring the Fantastic featurette - Interactive FantastiCar concept images gallery - Theatrical Trailers - Still Galleries (Behind the Scenes/Characters/Concept Art)Blu-Ray Specs: - "Saving The World One Question at a Time" trivia game - "Who Dares Defy Galactus?" multi-player strategy game - D-Box motion sensor capabilities - High-definition trailers Plus all the features from the double-disc edition: - Commentary by director Tim Story - Commentary by producer Avi Arad, writer Don Payne and film editors Peter S. Elliot and William Hoy - Extended/Deleted Scenes (with optional commentary by director Tim Story) - Family Bonds: The Making of Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer documentary - Sentinel of the Spaceways: Comic Book Origins of The Silver Surfer featurette - The FantastiCar: State of the Art featurette - The Power Cosmic special effects featurette - Character Design With Spectral Motion featurette - Scoring the Fantastic featurette October 2 kids, that's the day you can pick it up in stores. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
If you checked out my previous post from today, then you know what that 2 at the end of a title means. Yep, sequel. And it should come as no surprise that one of the summer's biggest blockbusters, Transformers would get a sequel. But why no rumblings, rumors or news? It seems a strike is on the horizon. Latino Review reports that according to producer Don Murphy, there could be a strike in Hollywood. He posted the following on his blog: "For those of you most anxious about TRANSFORMERS 2, the silence you hear is primarily because people are fretting about a presumed strike in June 2008. Will it happen? I don’t know- does the public care about strikes anymore in this day and age? What do rich people have to strike about anyway? I don’t have any side here (you hear about the writers and the Producers but that actually means the STUDIOS) I just think stopping work is kind of pointless. But since no one wants to be filming IF a strike happens, everything needs to be done filming by the end of May 2008. So this is affecting the lack of news about Transformers 2 at least for now. Stay tuned." Hopefully this impending strike cleans itself up, so that we get a sequel to the movie. The first one was fantastic, but there are definitely other aspects of the Transformers universe that viewers and fans alike would like to see. Strike delays Transformers 2?
DC plans on taking some body shots. With some dangerous girls. Making an attractive headlines for those passing by on the information superhighways. Hitting stores December 6, Danger Girl: Body Shots is a compilation of the four issues that make up the mini-series with the same namesake. Featuring art by Nick Bradshaw and Jim Charalampidis, and written by Andy Hartnell, Danger Girls: Body Shots details the misadventures of the Danger Girls, as they have to deal with an assassin taking aim at the Danger Girls themselves. Being released by Wildstorm, Danger Girl: Body Shots will be 96 pages of goodness, and retail for for $12.99. Its definitely the cheaper and more definite way of getting a girl to do a body shot for you. Danger Girl: Body Shots TPB
Anything that has the number 2 after it means its a sequel. Sequel to a game, movie, or even a song (in the case of a remix). Or its the second issue of a comic (which would explain why I'm mentioning it. IGN has the exclusive cover of World of Warcraft 2, and it looks quite tantalizing indeed. Its drawn by Samwise Didier, Blizzards's resident artistic genius and Art Director. DC describes the second issue thusly: "Now battle-tested, Rehgar's gladiators head to Dire Maul where they will square off against the reigning champions, the Gor'Dok Ogres! The mysterious fighter begins to unravel his past, but lucky for him and his unlikely elvish allies, he doesn't need his memories to fight to the death!" Be sure to check out the second issue on December 19 (the first one hits a month earlier, on November 14). World of Warcraft 2 Preview
Friday, September 14, 2007
I was reading the NY TImes online, and I came across something that seems really f'ing cool. At the Montclair Art Museum (in Montclair, NJ), there's an excellent exhibit going on called "Reflecting Culture: The Evolution of American Comic Book Superheroes." What it does is "traces the way in which comic books have reflected an ever-evolving American culture through more than 150 original drawings, rare comic books and graphic novels from the Golden Age of comics (1938-1946) to the present." It has tons of good art to look at, primarily consisting of the personal collection of Michael Uslan, also known as the Executive Producer of Batman and Batman Begins. In addition to his contributions, there are also work from other private collections from around the country, all brought together by the MAM Chief Curator Gail Stavitsky (with a little help from Curator of Native American Art Twig Johnson and Michael Uslan). The museum uses the artwork to look at the modern comic book, from its origins in 1934 to its enormous present-day success and influence on pop culture. Oh there's more. A second exhibit showcasing the talents of three of the comics industry's artist titans in Joe, Adam and Andy Kubert. Another exhibit focuses on Greg Hilderbrandy, who I remember doing the Marvel trading cards back in the '90s. Dulce Pinzon uses the focus of the exhibit (reflecting on superheroes) to showcase the Mexican immigrant worker. The Blanche and Laurie Foundation are sponsoring the highlighted show (Reflection), but there is also additional support from a few other sources (Additional support is provided by the David and Susan Bershad Foundation, the Vance Wall Foundation, the Karma Foundation, Annie sez and Mandee Stores, Exhibition Angels Bobbi Brown & Steven Plofker, Rose &amp; John Cali, Paula Tuffin & Reg Hollinger, Carol & Harlan Waksal, Margo & Frank Walter and Joan & Donald Zief, and by funds from the Judith Targan Endowment Fund for Museum Publications). The exhibits all run until January 13, 2008, so you have plenty of time to check them out. You can check out their website (see the link below), or call the museum at 973-746-5555 for more information. But definitely check it out if you're interested. NY Times review of Montclair Art Museum exhibit Montclair Art Museum
September 21. That's the day you need to pay attention to if you have anything to do with being a kid in the '80s. That's the day that IMAX screens will be graced by those lovable but larger than life robots Transformers. The movie has already grossed $310 million worldwide, so this is really just icing on the cake. But still, it would be totally worth it to watch that movie on an IMAX screen. And IESB has a contest going that will allow 40 winners to win tickets to the showing! But that's not all. One grand prize winner will receive: 1 Optimus Prime Toy 1 Transformers Hat 1 Bumblebee keychain 1 BEEOTCH Air Freshener 1 Pair of IMAX tickets Hurry up and enter though, because the contest ends September 15th. And yes, this post does serve as another reason (valid I might add) to run a Megan Fox picture. Transformers IMAX contest (IESB)
It looks like Top Cow is pimping Witchblade all over the place. In addition to the comic and anime, there's also the manga, which is on issues 7 and 8. Both run for $3.99, and the People's Comic Book Newsletter has some pretty glowing reviews of each of them. Yasuko Kobayashi is the writer, while Kazasa Sumita is the artist for the Witchblade Manga series that debuted in February 2007. It focuses on Takeru, a schoolgirl raised in a Buddhist monastery. Hidden in the monastery is the Witchblade, and its location is revealed in response to an attack by mysterious, black-clad monks (I'm guessing ninjas). The manga has come as a result of Top Cow's relationsihp with Studio Gonzo (Afro Samurai, Trinity Blood) and is published by Akita Shoten as part of the Champion Red Line. Witchblade Manga
For the Marvel media/entertainment fan in you, Marvel has relaunched its movies and TV hub to grant better access to all those movies and shows you've come to know and love. There's a central site, that lists all the works Marvel has been a part in, and from there you can click through to the respective movie. And its quite a bit: » BLADE (1998) » BLADE II (2002) » BLADE: THE SERIES (2006) » BLADE: TRINITY (2004) » DAREDEVIL (2003) » DOCTOR STRANGE (2007) » ELEKTRA (2005) » FANTASTIC FOUR (2005) » FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER (2007) » FANTASTIC FOUR: WORLD'S GREATEST HEROES (2005) » GHOST RIDER (2007) » HOWARD THE DUCK (1986) » HULK (2003) » THE INCREDIBLE HULK (2008) » THE INVINCIBLE IRON MAN (2007) » IRON MAN (2008) » MAN-THING (2005) » THE PUNISHER (2004) » THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN (2008) » SPIDER-MAN (2002) » SPIDER-MAN 2 (2004) » SPIDER-MAN 3 (2007) » THOR (TBA) » ULTIMATE AVENGERS (2006) » ULTIMATE AVENGERS 2 (2006) » X-MEN (2000) » X2: X-MEN UNITED (2003) » X3: THE LAST STAND (2006) There's even Howard the Duck up there! Marvel movies and TV hub
Thursday, September 13, 2007
If you asked J. Jonah that question, his answer would pretty resounding: foe. But that's not what Activision is going for in their new game titled the same as this post's title. I wrote about Stan Lee's thoughts on the new game a few weeks back, but now, there's a demo on Xbox Live for you to check out. Plotwise, Mysterio is up to his standard hijinks, by creating an army of Phantoms with some symbiote and kidnapping Spider-man's greatest foes. Not too bad on the surface, but oh, it gets worse. He's also brainwashed them to attack Spider-man (isn't that the definition of foes?). As you free them from the mind control, they see the error of their ways, and join your side as one of the "good guys," if you want to go that far. Kotaku's Mike Fahey has a great summary of the demo: pros, cons, etc. In short, it seems like it is what its trying to be, and that's a Spidey game aimed at children. Sure, you can play it if you're older, but chances are, you're not going to be very satisfied as a gamer (unless you just adore Spider-man, in which case I've got nothing). But if you've got a working 360, then by all means hit the marketplace and download the demo. You can quickly delete it if its not to your liking. Spider-man: Friend or Foe Demo - Kotaku's take
Dark Horse has this nifty little thing going over on Myspace. They have a series of comics from up and coming writers/illustrators that are on the Dark Horse Presents Myspace page, and they're on Issue 2 at this point. The issues feature a bunch of short stories from various writers, and this week's lineup includes the following: Sugarshock (Part 2) by Joss Wheadon & Fabio Moon Gear School by Adam Gallardo, Nuria Peris & Sergio Sandoval A Circuit Closed by Ezra Clayban Daniels Sock Monkey by Tony Millionaire For those of you that don't know, Dark Horse Presents was a running feature of Dark Horse's that showcased new talent (either artistically or illustratively). Its now back and better than ever on the Myspace page, granting millions of readers easy access to the new talent. Check it out, if you're so inclined. Dark Horse Presents on Myspace
Image Comics always has the in-your-face cutting edge mentality, which is a great thing. So it works out well that Brian Reed comes along and pens a new series about a bunch of disillusioned freedom fighters.The Circle features the writing of Reed (Ms. Marvel, New Avengers: Illuminati), and the artistic stylings of Ian Hosfeld (Ultimate Spider-man video game concept artist), debuting this November. The espionage series begins with a story arc called "The Goliath Arc," and follows an M-16 as he gets more and more caught up in an intercontinental battle between The Circle and a rogue CIA assassin (because he wouldn't be as cool if he was a tamed CIA assassin) for a stolen nuclear missile train called Goliath. "It's in the vein of the classic TV show Mission: Impossible, or The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and somewhat inspired by the fantastic long running comic strip Modesty Blaise," says writer Brian Reed. "The Circle is a group of freedom fighters that first formed amidst the horrible civil wars in the Baltics during the late 1990's, and today operate as guns for hire." The Circle hits stores November 14, and will cost $2.99. The Circle (on Image's main page)
I didn't just list off the newest crossover between the DC and Marvel Universes (but if I had it would be slightly one-sided). No sir, those are three movies waiting in the wings of development, just itching for some updates. IESB has got you covered. Justice League will begin filming in Australia in February 2008 at Fox Studios. Production for The Man of Steel is supposedly starting in 2008, with a 2009 release planned. Singer plans on shooting the sequel in Vancouver, and that would be ambitious of DC to have two of their more epic hero movies filming at the same time. Shooting for Wolverine is still on track to start in November in Australia. Rumor has it that Fox wants to bring in some other popular mutants for the movie, so we'll see who that ends up being when the info leaks. With Magneto's movie (now being called X-Men: Origins), there seems to be some discrepancies regarding the script, as there are two versions floating out there. Lots of news to digest, I know, but hey, that's what you come here for. Superhero movie news UPDATE: Rumor has it that the "other popular mutants" in the standalone Wolverine movie are Sabretooth, Juggernaut and/or a younger Stryker (with all actors who played them in the X-Men movies reprising their roles).
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
For those caught unawares, every day Amazon has a great thing going on the video game portion of their website. They have a Deal of the Day, where a game or accessory is (generally) greatly reduced in price. Sometimes there's some great games up there, while other times you really wonder why you bothered clicking. Today's deal is one of those games that seems is great, as its Justice League Heroes (PS2) for $12.99. Now, I no longer have a PS2, as I sold it years ago due to the fact that the lens screwed up, and I had to pay Sony $120 to fix it. So I got rid of it. You play the role of, you guessed it, one of the members of the Justice League (more specifically, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Martian Manhunter and others). Its 1 or 2 players (co-op), and seems to be in the same vein as Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, which was actually a great game. Amazon gave the game 4 out of 5 stars, and the overall customer rating is about the same. So what do you have to lose? There are certainly other things you could spend $12.99 on and not get nearly the same amount of satisfaction. Amazon Deal of the Day: Justice League Heroes (PS2)
No big surprise to anyone, Todd McFarlane is pretty badass. Halo is pretty badass. Put them both together, and what do you get, insanity. A while back it was reported that McFarlane was contracted by Bungie/Microsoft to create Halo figures based on their video game counterparts. Finally, we have actual, real life photos of said figures. On McFarlane's toy website (aptly named Spawn.com), McFarlane has previews of all the figures soon to be hitting stores. While his site only hosts a few pictures, there are links to other sites that are also showcasing pictures of the figures. All pictures are from his Halo Series 1 set, due to be released in March 2008. Most likely we can expect to see multiple series, as I'm sure McFarlane's contract is for far more than just a Master Chief and Warthog. But of course, releasing the pictures this far in advance only adds to the hype machine that is Halo 3, due to wreck relationships and kill work productivity in a little under 2 weeks. Halo Series 1 news