Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Iron Man 2 WonderCon Poster

If you're making your way to San Francisco this weekend for WonderCon do yourself a favor and make your way to Booth #242. You'll be able to pick up the above poster, showcasing a very curvaceous Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow. Yummy.

I'm guessing this poster will go excessively fast, so if you want it I'd recommend you make a beeline for the booth once the doors open.

Preview - Impaler #5

Impaler #5 finishes up the series and the 64-page mega issue due in stores today is chock full of blood and violence. Written by William Harms and with art by Matt Timson, vampires have taken over the East Coast of the US. Few survivors are stranded where they took refuge in escaping the vampire swarm. You'd think they'll have free run of the country, but Vlad Tepes and detective Victor Dailey stand in their way

Check out some interiors (bloody for sure) after the jump. The book hits stores tomorrow.

Kirk Lindo Art Contest

Want to win some Kirk Lindo art? Want to do it easily and with as little effort as possible? You've come to the right place here. All you have to do is head to Lindo's eBay store and leave a comment about your favorite Lindo print. The winner stands to gain a signed print of his or her choosing in addition to Super Fantasy Sketchbook 1, 2 and 3.

The competition closes April 30 and the winner will be decided based on quirkiness and funniness. It's open to anyone and each person is allowed one entry.

Elephantmen turns 25

Richard Starkings is the proud father of a 25-issue old Elephantman. To celebrate, he's pulling out all the stops and asking for some friends to contribute to Elephantmen #25. These are some pretty big friends.

Tim Sale (Batman: The Long Halloween), Moritat (Elephantmen, The Spirit), Gabriel Bautista (Popgun), Duncan Rouleau (Metal Men, The Great Unknown), Sheldon Vella (Kill Audio, Supertron), Dave Gibbons (Watchmen, Martha Washington), Dougie Braithwaite (Justice), Gary Erskine (Dan Dare), Steve Buccellato (Battle of the Bands), Whilce Portacio (Spawn, Image United), Ian Churchill (Hulk), Shaky Kane (The Bulletproof Coffin), Raul Trevino (Final Incal), Boo Cook (Judge Anderson), Paul Grist (Jack Staff), Ladrönn (Final Incal), Marian Churchland (Beast), André Szymanowicz (Sushi Nachos), David Hine (The Bulletproof Coffin, Strange Embrace), Chris Burnham (Nixon's Pals) and Aaron Kuder, Brandon Graham (King City), Dan McDaid (Jersey Gods), Tom Scioli (Godland), Pia Guerra (Y the Last Man), Axel Medellin (50 Girls 50), and Rob Steen (Flanimals).

Elephantmen #25: The Big Picture will be told entirely in splash pages and chronicles the history from one's point of view. It hits stores April 21 for $3.50 and is an excellent point for jumping into the series if you're so inclined. Full press release and other artist advertisements after the jump.

A MAMMOTH SPECIAL ISSUE
Some of the industry's best artists contribute to ELEPHANTMEN #25

Berkeley, CA - 30 March 2010 - Richard Starkings' ELEPHANTMEN turns 25 (issues, that is) in style! Each page of the issue is drawn by a profoundly talented guest artist, representing some of the best talent in comics.

The superstars contributing to ELEPHANTMEN #25 include (in order of appearance in the issue): Tim Sale (Batman: The Long Halloween), Moritat (Elephantmen, The Spirit), Gabriel Bautista (Popgun), Duncan Rouleau (Metal Men, The Great Unknown), Sheldon Vella (Kill Audio, Supertron), Dave Gibbons (Watchmen, Martha Washington), Dougie Braithwaite (Justice), Gary Erskine (Dan Dare), Steve Buccellato (Battle of the Bands), Whilce Portacio (Spawn, Image United), Ian Churchill (Hulk), Shaky Kane (The Bulletproof Coffin), Raul Trevino (Final Incal), Boo Cook (Judge Anderson), Paul Grist (Jack Staff), Ladrönn (Final Incal), Marian Churchland (Beast), André Szymanowicz (Sushi Nachos), David Hine (The Bulletproof Coffin, Strange Embrace), Chris Burnham (Nixon's Pals) and Aaron Kuder, Brandon Graham (King City), Dan McDaid (Jersey Gods), Tom Scioli (Godland), Pia Guerra (Y the Last Man), Axel Medellin (50 Girls 50), and Rob Steen (Flanimals).

ELEPHANTMEN #25: THE BIG PICTURE is told entirely in splash pages and chronicles the history of the Elephantmen from one man’s point of view, making it a great jumping-on point for new readers!

ELEPHANTMEN #25 (DEC090405), a 32-page full color comic book for $3.50, will be in stores on April 21, 2010.

Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of four major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

Mouse Guard Goes Anthology

What's the deal now with these anthologies and celebratory issues bringing multiple artists to the party? It's all the rage these days with anthologies and just comics in general, the latest being the Mouse Guard anthology Legends of the Guard.

The anthology miniseries will feature covers and chapter breaks written/drawn by David Petersen. In addition to this, there will be contributions from comic folk like ene Ha, Terry Moore, Ted Naifeh, Guy Davis, Sean Rubin, Mark Smylie, Craig Rousseau, Karl Kerschl, Katie Cook and Jeremy Bastian.

“It started with the excitement and pleasure I had when Jeremy Bastian and Mark Smylie did their pinups for Volume 1 of Mouse Guard,” explained Petersen about the genesis of Legends of the Guard. “Jeremy and Mark really got the feel of Mouse Guard, and knowing them and their storytelling work, I invited them to do a story anytime they liked. As more and more pinups came in and the series gained fans among professionals I admired, the list of people who I thought were a good fit and would be willing to do a Mouse Guard story grew. Archaia also liked the idea, so with list in hand, we started setting up the book.”

The 8"x8" first issue will hit stores in May for $3.50 and will be awesome. Full press release below.

ARCHAIA SETS RELEASE FOR ‘MOUSE GUARD’ ANTHOLOGY MINISERIES, ‘LEGENDS OF THE GUARD’

TITLE DEBUTS IN MAY AND WILL FEATURE CONTRIBUTIONS FROM DAVID PETERSEN, GENE HA, TERRY MOORE, TED NAIFEH AND MANY MORE

Los Angeles, CA (March 29, 2010) – Answering the call of fans and retailers clamoring for more Mouse Guard stories, Archaia Entertainment proudly announced the launch of a new anthology miniseries, Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard, featuring covers and chapter breaks written and drawn by creator David Petersen and contributions from popular comic writers and artists, including Gene Ha, Terry Moore, Ted Naifeh, Guy Davis, Sean Rubin, Mark Smylie, Craig Rousseau, Karl Kerschl, Katie Cook and Jeremy Bastian. Issue #1 (full color, 24 pages, 8” x 8”, $3.50, Diamond Order Code MAR10 0699) is available for pre-order now and will debut in comic book shops in May.

“It started with the excitement and pleasure I had when Jeremy Bastian and Mark Smylie did their pinups for Volume 1 of Mouse Guard,” explained Petersen about the genesis of Legends of the Guard. “Jeremy and Mark really got the feel of Mouse Guard, and knowing them and their storytelling work, I invited them to do a story anytime they liked. As more and more pinups came in and the series gained fans among professionals I admired, the list of people who I thought were a good fit and would be willing to do a Mouse Guard story grew. Archaia also liked the idea, so with list in hand, we started setting up the book.”

“I have such a deep admiration for Mouse Guard, which is why I decided to publish it in the first place several years ago,” expressed Archaia Publisher Mark Smylie (Artesia), whose contribution to the mini-series will appear in issue #4. “It’s an honor and a privilege for David to give me this opportunity to play in his sandbox.”

Legends of the Guard is set in a tavern in the Mouse Guard world, where a group of Guard Mice each take turns trying to spin the tallest tale. Petersen writes and draws the scenes set in the tavern, while contributions from each of the hand-picked creators will serves as the “tales.”

“These are some of my favorite storytellers, and I’m lucky enough to have them telling Mouse Guard stories,” beamed Petersen. “The quality of work coming in is amazing! I’m glad to see the range in artistic styles.”

“Some dismiss Mouse Guard as a children’s book—they fault the art and story for its simplicity. They need to give it another look!” said Gene Ha (Top 10, The Authority: The Lost Year), who contributes to a story in issue #2 (full color, 24 pages, 8” x 8”, $3.50, Diamond Order Code APR10 0733). “There’s a depth one rarely finds in an action story. David Petersen’s heroes never descend to glib jokes and supernatural fighting prowess. The mice must think, and there’s great pleasure guessing their thoughts. It is not a wordy book—the clues are laid out in his artful combination of dialogue and pictures.”

“Mouse Guard is one of the best things ever. I love the story, I love the characters and I LOVE David’s art,” offered Katie Cook, who is a favorite artist amongst “Star Wars” fans and is contributing to the third

issue. “What fan wouldn’t jump up at the chance to officially play around in the amazing Mouse Guard world that David has created?”

David Petersen also writes and draws an 11-page, original Mouse Guard story in Archaia’s Free Comic Book Day issue, the Mouse Guard/Fraggle Rock flip book, available for free in comic book shops on May 1, 2010. In September, Petersen will launch Mouse Guard Vol. 3: The Black Axe, a six-issue series.


About Archaia

Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation for producing meaningful content that perpetually transforms minds. With a slate including the popular Eisner Award-winning title Mouse Guard, as well as Awakening, Gunnerkrigg Court, Roddenberry Productions’ Days Missing, The Killer, Robotika, Killing Pickman, Artesia and the Publisher’s latest additions of Titanium Rain; Tumor; The God Machine; The Jim Henson Company library; and Mr. Murder Is Dead and Lucid with Before the Door Pictures, Archaia has become synonymous with quality content.

For more information on Archaia or any Archaia titles please visit www.Archaia.com. Archaia can also be found on Facebook (facebook.com/archaiacomics), MySpace (myspace.com/archaiacomics) and Twitter (twitter.com/archaiacomics).

Street Fighter: World Warrior Encyclopedia

Remember growing up and thinking that having the most current edition of Encyclopedia Britannica was awesome? Like you knew that you had the world at your fingertips and could easily be the smartest kid ever? Well, Google has sort of completely eliminated the need for encyclopediae with one minor exception: an encyclopedia covering a niche topic.

Udon Entertainment is looking to satisfy an itch for a nice with their Street Fighter World Warrior Encyclopedia, due in stores in June. It boasts detailed profiles of every Street Fighter character from Abel to Zangief (you may detect an alpha-betical theme) that includes histories, strengths, friends, enemies and more. What's even better is that each profile features snazzy artwork from Udon artists like Alvin Lee, Jo Chen, Arnold Tsang, Jeffrey Cruz, Joe Ng, Gonzalo Ordonez, Omar Dogan and more.

Full press release and images after the jump.

EARN THE SECRETS OF THE STREET FIGHTER ® UNIVERSE!
UDON to publish the Street Fighter: World Warrior Encyclopedia

Toronto, ON - March 30, 2010 – Enter the video game world of Street Fighter ®, where fighters of every size, shape and color collide in a global battle for supremacy! Combatants fight for reasons as diverse as their nationalities, each with their own unique moves and fighting styles. This June, gamers can get the full story behind the world's greatest martial artists in the Street Fighter: World Warrior Encyclopedia!

Inside you will find detailed profiles of every Street Fighter character from Abel to Zangief, including their histories, strengths, friends, enemies, and more! Ever wonder how Sagat lost his eye? Where did Ryu get his famous red headband? How does Crimson Viper’s battle-suit work? Is Ken really a natural blonde? You’ll get the answers to these and many more questions in this, the ultimate guide to the Street Fighter universe.

Each profile is accompanied by the pulse-pounding artwork of UDON artists like Alvin Lee, Jo Chen, Arnold Tsang, Jeffrey Cruz, Joe Ng, Gonzalo Ordonez, Omar Dogan and more. The artwork includes some of UDON’s best pieces from the past, plus many all-new pieces created just for this volume.

Whether you’re a newcomer just learning about the Street Fighter cast, or a long time player looking to catch up with your favourite fighters, the Street Fighter: World Warrior Encyclopedia is the only guide for you! Look for it June 2010 in comic shops and book stores.

STREET FIGHTER: WORLD WARRIOR ENCYCLOPEDIA
-ISBN: 978-1926778013

Other Street Fighter books available now:

SF20: THE ART OF STREET FIGHTER
-ISBN: 978-1897376584
STREET FIGHTER TRIBUTE
- ISBN: 978-1897376980
STREET FIGHTER IV Vol.1 TP
-ISBN: 978-1897376591

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Boondock Saints: In Nomine Patris #2

This June you'll get your Boondock Saints violence as The Boondock Saints: In Nomine Patris #2 hits stores. The second issue feature Troy Duffy and J.B. Love revealing the history of Noah McManus and his bloody rise to infamy and transformation to Il Duce. Guus Floor throws in art and the cover is by Chris Brunner. Check the press release after the jump.

THE BOONDOCK SAINTS: IN NOMINE PATRIS #2

Issue #2 of 2, shipping June ’10 from 12-Gauge Comics

In the second installment of this long-awaited comic series, writers TROY DUFFY (creator/writer/director of the BOONDOCK SAINTS films) and J.B. LOVE continue to explore and reveal the history of NOAH McMANUS; follow his bloody rise to infamy and his eventual transformation into the ghost-like, universally feared vessel for God's wrath -- Il Duce!

Meanwhile, the beloved brothers McMANUS infiltrate a chop-shop run by cohorts of Concezio Yakavetta— and it’s payback time! Don’t miss the exciting conclusion to the inaugural BOONDOCK SAINTS comic event!

Written by: TROY DUFFY and J.B. LOVE
Art by: GUUS FLOOR
Cover by: CHRIS BRUNNER

New Arrivals - March 31, 2010

If Wednesday of this week was one day later it would be either Thursday or April 1, which is also known as April Fool's Day. It's not though, and it's no joke that new comics will be coming out on Wednesday per usual. What else isn't a joke is the power of a man fighting the powers beyond him with a great vengeance and sense of betrayal.

This week's pick is from WildStorm and it's God of War #1. I actually just played the first two in the series for the first time thanks to the lovely PS3 collection and I was wicked impressed. Not to get too game review on you, but if you're a fan of third-person action games (think Bayonetta or Devil May Cry) you'll like the God of War series. Lots of button mashing combos and gratuitous Mt. Olympus violence. Now, about that book.

Marv Wolfman is dusting off his pen and paper (or keyboard) to create an origin story of sorts for Kratos, everyone's favorite, angry Ghost of Sparta. Go along with Wolfman and artist Kevin Sharpe (the particularly angry cover is courtesy of Andy Park) to Kratos' childhood to his defining battles to his current battle with the gods himself. This is the first of six issues and is an obvious tie-in to the recent release of God of War 3, which certainly isn't a bad thing.

Pick up the issue in stores tomorrow and I'd highly recommend checking out the series on PlayStation 3 (or 2 for the old heads) if you have the means. Nothing says excitement like ripping out a cyclops' lone eye as part of a four-button realtime event.

Enjoy!

New Arrivals - March 31, 2010

Defense with the BoomPick

If you're reading this you know what’s going on and what's coming. You guessed it...new comics tomorrow. Today I'm going with a continuation comic that brings all characters from previous issue all into one to help save the universe. The comic I am referring to is Prelude to Deadpool Corps #5, which has our band of Deadpool’s together to save the Universe.

Now that Deadpool has managed to collect the four different versions of himself from the other universes it's time to get to the matter at hand. For those of you not keeping track these wacked out maniacs are Lady Deadpool, Kidpool, Dogpool and none other than Headpool. They set off to go save the universe the only way Deadpool knows how to, meaning they are going to blow a lot of things up. Pick this one up tomorrow to find out how it all goes down.

Magdalena #1 Albany Comic Con variant

When he's not inciting riots (or lamenting the Mets...Red Sox fan myself) on Twitter, Ron Marz is feverishly heralding a good chunk of Top Cow's primary universe characters. One of the newer characters coming under his wing is Magdalena, and over on his blog he's loosed a special, spiffy cover for Magdalena #1.

The cover is a variant edition in honor of the Albany Comic Con (April 25). Marz worked closely with writer/friend Saurav Mohapatra to find someone to color the Matt Smith penciled/Terry Austin inked cover to the edition. Marz found Saumin Patel (who collaborated with Suarav on Devi), who put a really an awesome twist on the cover. He managed to capture the "strong red of her costume highlights and inner cloak" which, according to Marz, reflects the recurring color motif in the upcoming series.

The cover is actually pretty hot if you ask me. Check it out above, and check out the show on April 25.

Starkweather poster

I don't quite think it's going to replace that poster of Tron your dad gave you with all the Intersect details hidden on the back (anyone, anyone?), but it's a cool poster nonetheless. Promoting the appearance of writer Dave Rodriguez at C2E2 in Chicago, the poster boasts a bit of intrigue and the artistic talents of Patrick McEvoy. The book will be in stores this June from Archaia. In the meantime, enjoy the eclectic crowd gathered on the poster. I hear women are suckers for guys with blue eyes.

New Iron Man 2 TV spot

I'm not really one to be watching the Kids Choice Awards, but apparently this year's boasted a new 30-second spot for Iron Man 2. Not too much new footage and strangely it showcased Scarlett Johansson more as Black Widow. You won't hear me complain though...more Scarlett is fine in my book.

Check the spot after the jump.


The Walking Dead optioned for series

The folks over at AMC are getting pretty into the whole zombie thing. This passion culminated with an approval of a movie adaptation of Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead, which was a big deal at the time. The deal just got bigger though with AMC's recent announcement that the property will now be a six-episode series, according to Variety.

The series will still be helmed by Frank Darabont, who will also be an executive producer alongside Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert and Charles Eglee. Early indications are that Darabont has done a pretty decent job with the source material in his adaptation.

"He's taken the baseline road map of the underlying material and just blew it out to the next level," said Joel Stillerman, AMC's senior veep of programming, production and digital content. "There's stuff in there that will make the people who love the comics very happy and some surprises in there as well."

The series is slated for an October bow, coinciding with AMC's annual "Fearfest" two-week marathon of horror and thriller pics. Oh, and Halloween is around that time as well. It already boasts the talents of Jon Bernthal ("The Pacific") in the lead role of officer Rick Grimes. The work will be funded fully in house by AMC's own Rainbow Media and is the first show they've done so that is funded this way.

First off, tons of congratulations to Kirkman. The series is definitely a big deal to him and the fact that it's gone straight from one pilot episode to a six episode arc says a lot about his vision, Darabont's take on it and AMC's faith in the property. I love that this is moving to a series because it also means that fans of Kirkman, The Walking Dead or zombies in general will be in for a real treat. Obviously, I think the work will focus on Grimes' desire to get busy living and the case of the zombies to get busy dying.

I'm sorry. I couldn't help it.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Defense with the BoomStick

If you’re listening out there then you know what this is and who this is as well. I only say it like this, because a friend complains to me about why I introduce myself every time I broadcast and I am tired of his complaints (Mike). Let’s get to it, shall we?

First up the news has us in Condon, Oregon, at a large outpost located up in the mountains there. They have a good portion of the area fenced off and are making a good living there. I have been in constant contact with the survivors and have learned some more news about that huge debacle on Washington. Remember that government plan to build a wall around the state Washington? Well, it backfired and a lot of people didn’t make it out of there, but it seems a good number made it down their way with zombies in tow.

A huge battle came to their doorstep and they endured a breach of the fence, but it seems all has been finished and it's now safe there they've told me. They lost a lot of good people during the fighting and are sending out an invitation to any others who are surviving on the run near those parts to come live there and rest.

Now it’s time for the tip. Tip today...let me think. I'm going to go over how to handle a clean-up after an attack on your location.

Provided the area is secure and no more zombies are going to be getting the drop on your outside of your safe spot, first make sure to have clothes and shoes on that you might have to get rid of. You don’t want to get any of the blood or guts on you because of risk that infection brings and surgical supplies work the best if possible. Second, go through the bodies and make sure every one of them has a head wound to ensure they aren't going to bite anyone.

Make a large pile out in an open field that you can set ablaze without risk of lighting nearby trees or bushes on fire. Once piled light it and make sure each body catches on fire, allowing them to burn down to ash. When you’re done either burn the clothes with blood on them as well or just bury them so as not to risk getting anyone infected and becoming a zombie. Always keep extra watch after burning the bodies, because the smoke could attract zombies close by or who weren’t even moving towards you.

There is the tip of the week. Remember to keep fighting and keep surviving and we will win. This is Brandon signing off.

Review - Aladdin: Legacy of the Lost #2

When last we left our heroic hero of a thousand and one nights, Aladdin had just received the power of the lamp and was well on his way to Shambhalla. Aladdin: Legacy of the Lost #2 opens up with the expected fanfare and parade, which is either the logical point to pick up the story at or a fantastic reception on the part of Radical Comics for the second issue. I know Radical loves us an everything, but I'm guessing starting an issue with a parade isn't a thanks to us the reader. I do love you fine readers out there, and for that I'm treating you to the pomp and circumstance of a review of the second issue.

I should start by saying this issue is DENSE. 64 pages! I kept reading, looking for the logical cliffhanger ending and when I got through at least five of them I realized the issue would never end. This certainly isn't a bad thing and then it did end...which is ok. As mentioned earlier, Aladdin has arrived in Shamballa as the Golden Prince and his coming has raised certain emotions in the kingdom's inhabitants. The King Rhokari sees it as an opportunity to fleece the Golden Prince (see what I did there?), while Princess Soraya is reasonably suspect of a complete nobody becoming a prince overnight. And then there's that other guy, the sorcerer Qassim.

As a sorcerer, Qassim has certain "influences" at his disposal; in this case, convincing the King that Aladdin is a threat and should be apprehended upon next arrival. Rhokari does so, thrusting Aladdin into confinement and Qassim into the driver's seat of the kingdom (there are dogs and swine involved in the plot as well, but I'll save the details for your reading). Aladdin makes a daring escape and Qassim is "left" alone (you'll see what I mean when you read the issue). We're treated to a meeting with another favorite of those same Arabian nights, and the duo team up to save the princess from her captivity. Meanwhile, Qassim is actively seeking out Aladdin for taking something that belonged to him.

Ian Edginton continues to writing duties while Stjepan Sejic and Patrick Reilly's illustrations are phenomenal (the lettering by Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt is also awesome). It's really hard to critique the story considering it's a timeless tale, but I like the liberties that Radical is taking with it. Aladdin is still a thief at heart and Qassim is actually pretty badass, considering he has no qualms about turning people into animals and summoning magical beasts to throw at Aladdin. If the third issue is also 64 pages I think we can look forward to a very dramatic final confrontation between Aladdin and Qassim.

The tale of Aladdin isn't anything new and readers looking for original material should look elsewhere. What you can expect though with Aladdin: Legacy of the Lost #2 is a very imaginative take on Aladdin the world he inhabits. There's enough sword, sorcery and swashbuckling to make for an exciting read. All 64 pages of it. Check it out in stores this week for $4.99 and check out the alternate covers below.

Preview - Zatanna #1

I'm not the expert on Zatanna or anything so I don't really know if she's ever had her own series before, but if not, she's got one coming this May. And it boasts some pretty fantastic artwork by Stephane Roux and the wordy talents of Paul Dini. Zatanna #1 puts Zatanna Zatara at home in San Francisco, right atop an underground organization run by crime boss named Brother Night and fighting alongside a detective named Dale Colton.

The first issue hits in May, and now you can check out some of Roux's phenomenal artwork in black and white glory. Oh, and the above image isn't Roux's, but it is still awesome.

Stan Lee to appear at 2010 NAB show

Stan Lee will never age in my book. He ages in reality though, meaning his convention and show appearances aren't exactly what I'm sure he'd like them to be. So when he does show up at one you should try and show up there too. On Wednesday, April 14 at the NAB show in Las Vegas, Lee will be speaking at the panel "In Conversation With: Stan Lee" that Wednesday at 9 AM. Chris Brown (not that Chris Brown) thinks that Lee is the perfect fit.

"A key theme of this year's NAB Show is transmedia: developing, integrating and monetizing content for multiplatform distribution," said Chris Brown, executive vice president, conventions & business operations for NAB Show. "Stan Lee has epitomized the concept of transmedia with his amazing creations, which have been turned into smash hit feature films, television series and innovative digital content."

If you're not in the know, the NAB Show is an annual conference for professionals who create, manage and distribute entertainment across all platforms. Doesn't quite have the same allure to comic book fans as San Diego Comic Con or something, but Lee being there will make it worthwhile. Plus it's in Vegas, which is just awesome.

Full press release on the other side of the jump warp. And by jump warp I mean "read more" link.

COMIC BOOK LEGEND STAN LEE TO APPEAR AT 2010 NAB SHOW

WASHINGTON, DC -- The NAB Show, the annual conference and expo for professionals who create, manage and distribute entertainment across all platforms, announced today that Stan Lee, the iconic co-creator of Spider-Man, X-Men and The Incredible Hulk, will appear at this year's event. The 2010 NAB Show takes place April 10-15 in Las Vegas.

"In Conversation With: Stan Lee" will take place Wednesday, April 14 at 9:00 am.

"A key theme of this year's NAB Show is transmedia: developing, integrating and monetizing content for multiplatform distribution," said Chris Brown, executive vice president, conventions & business operations for NAB Show. "Stan Lee has epitomized the concept of transmedia with his amazing creations, which have been turned into smash hit feature films, television series and innovative digital content."

Stan Lee is the Founder of POW! Entertainment and has served as its Chairman and Chief Creative Officer since inception. But he is best known as the man whose super heroes propelled Marvel to its preeminent position in the comic book industry.

His co-creations include Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Daredevil, Silver Surfer and Dr. Strange. Now the Chairman Emeritus of Marvel Media, Lee creates new intellectual property for POW!, which has been in operation since 2001.

About the 2010 NAB Show
The NAB Show will take place 10-15 April, 2010 in Las Vegas (exhibits open 12 April). It is the world's largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. Complete details are available at www.nabshow.com.

News media registration is now available online. Click here to register as press for the NAB Show.

About NAB
The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America's broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at www.nab.org.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Dick Giordano passes away

Sadly, this morning saw the passing of Dick Giordano at 77 years of age, as he succumbed to pneumonia, as a result of complications from the leukemia, COPD and emphysema.

"Dick Giordano has left a lasting legacy as a comic book artist and as a DC Comics executive," said Diane Nelson, President, DC Entertainment. "I join the industry in recognizing his tremendous contribution to DC Comics and send my sympathy to his family and friends."

Giordano joined DC in the 60s as an editor and really became popular when he inked Batman and Green Lantern/Green Arrow alongside Neal Adams. He was also responsible for illustrating the first Marvel/DC crossover in Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-man in 1978. He even did the one-shot Superman vs. Muhammad Ali. Giordano worked closely with Adams and Continuity Studios to get young artists going, and had various stints with DC off an on until 1993.

Best wishes to the Giordano family. Comics have lost a legend.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)

I’ve been hearing rumors. Here and there for a while now. Fantastic Four rumors. I’ve been thinking to myself- when this whole Avengers business is done? What has Marvel got going on after that?

They’ve got a few loose characters on the side to work with- Dr. Strange, Heroes for Hire (Luke Cage and Iron Fist- NOT that girly T and A book they put out. Misty Knight is awesome and what they did was inexcusable), Deadpool. See, I think the F.F. movies might be the most problematic they’ve made. Why? Because they aren’t…BAD. Really, I’m not saying that. They aren’t terrible movies.

Actually, I loved the cast for F.F. I always pictured Susan Richards a little bit older, but I thought Jessica Alba brought a lot more depth to that role than you thought. I wouldn’t ask for somebody else to play Ben and Reed. And actually? Chris Evans as Johnny Storm kind of steals the show a bit. And seeing the four of them together- the chemistry was right, anyway.

Now, Julian McMahon as Doom- such a great cast. Doom was always meant to have this sort of Phantom of the Opera sex appeal: and who better to pull this off than kind-of-scary Nip/Tuck star MacMahon? And yes, I walked out of these movies so disappointed with Doom. Not because of McMahon. It was the execution- the execution of these movies is where it’s hurting.

It’s sort of like if the F.F. movie was directed by people who had maybe read a few comics here and there- just enough to MAKE a movie. But not enough to really get what makes this book tick. And therein lies the problem- if the movie had just SUCKED, completely SUCKED, than maybe they would have just bagged it and remade it right then and there. Or at least, faded into obscurity.

But instead…the movie was average. The problem with an average movie is that it’s hard to determine what to do with it- keep going? Relaunch? What? More likely- nothing. Nothing at all. Average movies don’t exactly highlight a missed opportunity- instead, they demonstrate a lack of marketing-power for a franchise.

To begin with, Doom’s story and relationship with the F.F. is SO complex that it could have used its own movie. Really, I could have watched a whole film without Doom, and then a sequel strictly without Doom. Now, I get that this is a tough sell. When you go to watch an F.F. movie you want to see Doom. But it was all just…too poppy, with Doom. Too silly, too snarky…too obvious. Doom is sinister. Doom plans methodically. Doom is also the poison in the Richards’ family that they just can’t get rid of. And I just didn’t feel it in this movie.

Of course, all of that is nothing- NOTHING- compared to Galactus.

Ooohhh…the shame.

Here’s how the second movie SHOULD have ended:

Silver Surfer (looking up): “The Destroyer has come!”

The F.F., including a wounded Susan, look to the sky hopelessly.

Galactus appears, larger than life. People scream, running for their lives.

Ben: “What do we do Reed!? What do we do!?”

Close up of Reed’s face, staring in terror

Cut to black: TO BE CONTINUED…


How, HOW, did the story that launched Marvel comics to success- THE COMIC STORY that made them the company they are- the F.F. versus Galactus- get boiled down into a five minute sound bite? I can’t go on. I was so shocked and disappointed.

I don’t want Silver Surfer to fly into the sky and blow Galactus up, like I’m frickin’ watching Independence Day! I want the full-on, book of Revelations, end-of-the-world thing happening. I want to see looters and panic in the street. I want to see Galactus start converting the planet like he was some sort of lost, forgotten God.

And most importantly- I want to SEE Galactus!

But then again, this is getting at my point, in a roundabout way. It’s like the people who made this movie just don’t get what makes F.F. the F.F. Fantastic Four has always been a little bit more Twlight Zone than superhero. I mean, different writers give it different flavors. But I staunchly believe that it’s that crazy, lost-in-space, Dr. Who, 1950’s space explorer WEIRDNESS that makes that comic great.

The fact that they’re astronauts- explorers- that’s what really drives that book. And it’s when they run into really bizarre stuff and have to make sense of it that they really shine. A Fantastic Four movie should look and feel like the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still (only, you know, better).

So I hear a reboot is in the works. A shame to just gun through such a great cast like that. But I am grateful that this franchise is getting another shot. Weird thing is- I hear animation might be up, as a possibility? I haven’t quite made up my mind how I feel about this. It MIGHT be cool…it just seems like it puts the F.F. movie on a smaller scale than the other Marvel movies. And I don’t dig that.

Still, I hope to God whoever is at the helm steers this thing right. Stuff I would love to see in an F.F. movie, ranked:

1. The Negative Zone (tell me that wouldn’t be totally bizarre, freaky, and awesome)
2. Annihilus (on the heels of the last- very underrated F.F. villain)
3. The Watcher and the Blue Area of the moon (C’mon Marvel…like you need me to tell you to get Uatu in here)
4. The Ultimate Nullifier
5. The Inhumans (complete with very hot actress playing Crystal)
6. Namor and Atlantis
7. The Psycho-man and the Microverse (now this would be OBSCURE…but that’s exactly what I’m aiming for on this list)
8. The Skrull empire
9. Super-Skrull (Would be totally weird…but cool.)
10. The Red Ghost and a bunch of talking Apes

Dark Horse Manga Contest

No, this isn't another rant by Tom about Bleach or Naruto and their sometimes uneven pacing. This is about a contest from Dark Horse that boasts tons of manga schwag for lucky winner.

Like just about every other Dark Horse contest, entry is simple. Just send an email by April 19. The winners will be randomly selected in a drawing April 22. For your money there isn't an easier way to enter a contest in my book. What are the stakes you ask?

Three grand prize winners will each win a different manga package, while ten runnerups will each receive a copy of the first issue of Torajiro Kishi's Devil and a copy of Blood+: Kowloon Nights. The full package breakdowns are below.

Prize Package 1:
- Dark Horse 20 Years of Manga Coffee Mug
- Signed copy of Berserk volume 1
- Gantz volume 1
- Blade of the Immortal volume 1
- Eden volume 1

Prize Package 2:
- Dark Horse 20 Years of Manga Coffee Mug
- Signed copy of Hellsing volume 1
- Neon Genesis volume 1
- Gunsmith Cats omnibus 1

Prize Package 3:
- Dark Horse 20 Years of Manga Coffee Mug
- Dark Horse 20 Years of Manga limited edition lithograph print signed by Yoshitaka Amano
- Vampire Hunter D volume 1
- Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service volume 1

Runners-up (10):
- Devil #1
- Blood+: Kowloon Nights

Garters and Ghouls launches on iPhone

Garters & Ghouls is the newest digital comic from IDW. It's really an adaptation of a Namco game, and IDW Director of ePublishing Jeff Webber is happy that the partnership has yielded the comic.

"We're very excited to release the first digital comic in our partnership with Namco and Garters & Ghouls is a perfect concept to bring from games to comics," stated Webber. "The Namco team put so much into the game's back-story that we have all sorts of interesting ideas to explore. And focusing specifically on an original digital comic allows us to design a storytelling format that works best on the small screen."

Written by Harold Sipe and featuring art by Kevin Mellon, Garters & Ghouls chronicles The Thrum, a dark force growing bigger under the streets of Washington, DC, which makes up the "ghouls" part of the comic. The "garters" part comes in the form of The Society, a group of outlandish geniuses with an all-female squad of undead warriors called The Dead-Butantes. Frederic Farley Farnhan is more focused on his daughter's society debut than the imposing doom of The Thrum, meaning things will get bad for all involved.

The first issue is available now at the iTunes store for $0.99. It's of course also available for iPod Touch, and it's slated to be an ongoing series so if you like what you're reading check back often to get the next issue.

Full press release below.

IDW and Namco Networks Launch Garters & Ghouls Digital-Only iPhone Comics

First series based on hit iPhone game offers all-new stories

San Diego, CA (March 25, 2010) - IDW Publishing continues to forge ahead in the world of digital comics and today expand the company's offerings with a brand new, digital-only comic. Garters & Ghouls is based on the hot action game by Namco Networks, named one of the thirty must-haves for the iPhone and iPod touch, in which players command the not-too-dead Marie Dupois as she does battle against the evil Thrum and its legion of monstrous creatures.

"We're very excited to release the first digital comic in our partnership with Namco and Garters & Ghouls is a perfect concept to bring from games to comics," stated Jeff Webber, Director of ePublishing at IDW. "The Namco team put so much into the game's back-story that we have all sorts of interesting ideas to explore. And focusing specifically on an original digital comic allows us to design a storytelling format that works best on the small screen."

IDW's Garters & Ghouls comic chronicles The Thrum, a dark force churning under the twisted streets and elaborate architecture of Washington DC. The only thing that stands in its way is a group of outlandish geniuses known as The Society and their all-female squad of undead warriors, The Dead-Butantes. As the forces of darkness threaten to engulf the nation's capital, one of The Society's most prominent members, Frederic Farley Farnhan, is far more focused on his daughter's society debut than the growing danger all around him. Will the whole affair become a coming out party from hell? Unearth the strange and macabre world of Garters & Ghouls with the talented creative team of writer Harold Sipe (Screamland) and artist Kevin Mellon (Hack/Slash, Thirteen Steps).

"We're thrilled to be partnering with IDW Publishing on our original video game property, Garters & Ghouls. IDW's history of marrying the most talented artists and writers in the business to outstanding IP provides a great opportunity for fans to explore the fun, frightening world of Garters & Ghouls in all its spooky glory," said Chris Lucero, Manager of Business Development and Licensing for Namco Networks.

In the Garters & Ghouls action shooter game, players control Marie as she is summoned to battle the Thrum's minions and horrors beyond description! Garters & Ghouls features a twisted, gothic world with 25 action-packed levels, providing hours of unique game play. Players help Marie on her quest by unearthing devastating weapons and massive power-ups! With downloadable content the fun never dies!

Garters & Ghouls ($0.99) is now available through the Apple App Store for the iPhone and iPod touch.

Visit IDWPublishing.com to sign up for updates and learn more about the company and its top-selling books.


About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro's The Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount's Star Trek; Fox's Angel; the BBC's Doctor Who; and television's #1 prime time series CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; YOE Books, a partnership with YOE! Studios; and is the print publisher for ComicMix.

IDW's original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.


About Namco
Namco Networks America, Inc., a subsidiary of Namco Bandai Holdings (USA) Inc., is a worldwide leader in cutting-edge, digitally distributed casual entertainment including mobile, iPhone and casual PC games.
More information about Namco Networks products can be found on namcogames.com, Facebook or Twitter.

Preview - Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki #1

March 10 was a scant two weeks ago, but you might have missed a new release from Udon Entertainment called Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki #1. The comic book launches the series about Ibuki, a high school student with a secret ninja life. When she's not cramming for the history final she's dealing with ninja trainers, Geki assassins and a crazy karate girl named Makoto.

It's written by Jim Zubkavich and features art by Omar Dogan (covers by Dogan and Jay Axer). Check out a preview after the jump. As mentioned earlier, it should be on shelves now. Now with 100% more ninja!