Comic Book News from Around the Web
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- PREVIEW: AAM/Markosia presents "Lazarus: Immortal Coils" - AAM/Markosia, publishers of King Kong, Starship Troopers, Eleventh Hour and the critically acclaimed The Boy Who Made Silence, are proud to announce their new title Lazarus: Immortal Coils. A story 1,974 years in the making, Lazarus: Immortal Coils reveals the definitive origin of the eternal warrior.
- Bluewater Productions kicks it into "Gearz" - From the creator of the "10th Muse" comes the newest female group of unlikely heroes - Gearz!
- NY Comic Con announces full schedule of film and TV previews and screenings - The full schedule of movie trailers and special sneak peek previews which will be featured in the IGN.com Theater at New York Comic Con has been announced and includes special events for "The Incredible Hulk," "Hellboy 2," " The Spirit" and more.
- X-POSITION: X-Editors United - We're joined today by Axel Alonso and his team of X-editors to discuss "Divided We Stand" and premiere loads and loads of exclusive art including Simone Bianchi art from "Astonishing X-Men."
- "Mr. T Versus Dracula" announced from Mohawk Media - Having recently launched their Mr. T: Limited Advance Edition Graphic Novel, publisher Mohawk Media have decided to celebrate April Fools Day with the announcement of "Mr. T Versus," a series of comic magazines which see Mr. T doing battle with other famous characters. The first confirmed title is "Mr. T Versus Dracula."
- Scott Dunbier Named IDW Special Projects Editor - Starting today, former WildStorm Executive Editor Scott Dunbier joins IDW Publishing as Special Projects Editor. In this exclusive interview, CBR News spoke with the industry veteran about his plans.
- I AM "IRON MAN": Robert Downey, Jr. - In this first of a series of interviews with the cast and crew of "Iron Man," the new film based on the classic Marvel Comics superhero, CBR News speaks with Robert Downey, Jr., who plays the titular role.
- FIRST LOOK: "Hulk" #3 - Hulk gets hit with an A-bomb! Courtesy of Marvel, CBR brings you a first look at "Hulk" #3 by Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness with a variant cover by David Finch.
- SECRETS OF "NIM'S": Directors talk New Family Adventure Film - Directors Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett talk to CBR News about their new film, Nims Island, and what its like to work with Jodie Foster, and why 300 star Gerard Butler is so good that they had to cast him twice.
- PREVIEW: Warren Ellis' "Anna Mercury" #1 - Courtesy of Avatar Press, CBR brings you an advance look at "Anna Mercury" #1 by Warren Ellis and Facundo Percio, on sale this week.
- Incredible Hulk, Smallville, Speed Racer: April 1st Comic Reel Wrap - There ain't no jokes as we present an exclusive new rumor about trouble for Dr. Banner, season eight talk in Kansas, fast paced news plus much more.
- Mayor of Portland declares April to be Portand Comics Month - The Stumptown Comics Foundation is delighted to announce that Mayor Tom Potter will declare this April Portland Comics Month. The proclamation officially recognizes both the cultural importance and creative influence of this vibrant art form on the entire city.
- PREVIEW: "X-Force" #3 continues the search for Wolfsbane - The red-hot, sold-out hottest X-launch of the year continues as Wolverines new team searches for the kidnapped Wolfsbane and continues their merciless attacks on Purifier bases till they find her!
- EARTH'S MOST WANTED: The Twos - Marvel editor Tom Brevoort helps CBR unveil The Twos in the Skrulls "Secret Invasion" poker deck, including a longtime Avenger, a veteran news man, and young members of the Kree and Skrull races.
- PREVIEW: "Evil Dead" #4 - Courtesy of Dark Horse, CBR brings you an advance look at "Evil Dead" #4 by Mark Verheiden and John Bolton, on sale next week in finer comics stores everywhere.
- Where Have All the Heroes Gone? Krueger talks Project Superpowers - Co-writer Jim Krueger brings you up to speed on whats happened in the first issues of Dynamite's Project Superpowers, and drops a few hints about whats still to come.
- MYSPACING COMICS: Marvel Cries "Excelsior!" - Joe Quesada and Stan Lee are making noise on MySpace and so is Marvel Entertainment adding nearly 5,000 friends this month as the publisher prepares itself for a "Secret Invasion."
- Heroes Initiative to publish Mike Wieringo's final Marvel Comics work as a benefit book - When artist Mike Wieringo passed away, he was in the middle of his latest Marvel Comics book, a What If? story. Mike had completed seven pages of what became a massive 27-page story. With Mikes passing, Marvel Comics generously provided access to the script and Mikes art to The Hero Initiative, and Mikes friends stepped up to finish the story, and pay tribute to Mike.
- "Secret Invasion" shines its spotlight on Black Bolt and The Inhumans - Whether hes dead or missing, SECRET INVASION will make Black Bolts family truly Inhuman!
- "Sam & Lilah" jumps from Zuda Comics competition to ACT-I-VATE webcomic lineup - Fresh off a commanding fourth-place finish in Zuda Comics' March 2008 Competition, SAM & LILAH will be making a move to its new home as part of the online comics collective ACT-I-VATE, beginning with new pages on May 1.
Comic Book Movie
- Marvel Planning Mystery Press Event For Tuesday; Will They Announce Upcoming Film Slate? -
Marvel Studios have something potentially very big planned for Tuesday as promotion for Avengers: Age of Ultron begins as they#39;ve invited the press to a mysterious event on October 28th at thenbsp;El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles, California. It appears as if some fans will also be able to attend based on a Tweet telling LA locals to keep an eye on Facebook for a special announcement. What significance does the fact that members of the press have been invited have altogether?
Avengers: Age of Ultron set visits are also set to debut at some point on Tuesday, and while they#39;ll more than likely be made up of month old interviews which no longer have any real relevance thanks to those which have taken place since, we may get some new images and details. So, what could this press event be about? As the trailer was originally set to debut on Tuesday,
- RATINGS: CONSTANTINE Debuts With Solid Numbers Despite Competition From World Series -
According to Variety, Constantine debuted on NBC last night with solid numbers despite the World Series cutting into the viewers for this and many other shows. Early numbers indicate a 1.4 rating/5 share in adults 18-49 and 4.3 million viewers overall at 10pm. That means it retained over 90% of its demo lead in from the season four premiere of Grimm. That did a little better last year, as did the then new show Dracula (that had 5.3 million viewers in total). That fell to a 0.9 rating the following week, so if the same happens to Constantine on Friday, that could be a sign it won#39;t survive. Hopefully that#39;s not the case as reviews have been mostly positive so far and the fact that it held steady during its second half is a good sign. Will you guys be tuning in next week?nbsp;
Based on the wildly popular DC Comics series
- Phil Lord And Chris Miller CONFIRMED To Write THE LEGO MOVIE Sequel -
Deadline reveals that Phil Lord and Chris Miller have signed a deal with Warner Bros. to write the highly anticipated sequel to The LEGO Movie. They wrote and directed the extremely successful first instalment, but their busy schedule had resulted in the chances of them doing any more than just producing the follow-up being pretty slim. This is obviously a step in the right direction for the movie which was dated May 26th, 2017 before a spin-off focusing on Batman (voiced by Will Arnett) was put on the fast track and given The LEGO Movie 2#39;s director Chris McKay. As of right now, there#39;s unfortunately no word on whether they will also direct at this point, but it appears as if the studio want them to.nbsp;The first film grossed $468 million worldwide. What do you guys think?
- AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Concept Art: Electros Ravencroft Cell Eel Tank -
Hugh Sicotte has posted concept art that he created for Sony#39;s The Amazing Spider-Man 2. One set features the look of the eel tanks that Oscorp employee Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx) falls into, which leads to his Electro transformation. Another set of designs is of the water chamber located at the Ravencroft Institution. Hugh even worked on the secret Roosevelt subway station where Richard Parker built a lab in a subterranean subway car.
Wersquo;ve always known that Spider-Manrsquo;s most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead. Itrsquo;s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, therersquo;s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero,
- New GOTHAM Featurettes Focus On The Cat, The Bat And Gordon And More -
Before there was Batman, there was GOTHAM. Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime worldrsquo;s greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordonrsquo;s story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the worldrsquo;s most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them ndash; the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker? GOTHAM is an origin story of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told.
- The Dark Archer Strikes In New ARROW Season 3, Episode 4 Promo; The Magician -
NYSSA RETURNS TO STARLING CITY, RArsquo;S AL GHUL MAKES HIS ENTRANCE mdash; A furious Nyssa (guest star Katrina Law) confronts Oliver (Stephen Amell) about Sara. When Oliver learns Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) is alive, he suspects Merlyn killed Sara. Oliver and Nyssa join forces and go after the Dark Archer, intent on bringing Sararsquo;s killer to justice. Laurel (Katie Cassidy) keeps her distance from Nyssa, as she blames her sisterrsquo;s death on her involvement with the League of Assassins. Meanwhile, Oliver and Roy (Colton Haynes) work on repairing their respective relationships with Thea (Willa Holland), who has returned home. Nyssa discusses Oliver with her father, Rarsquo;s al Ghul (guest star Matt Nable). John Behring directed the episode written by Wendy Mericle amp; Marc Guggenheim (#304).
- COMICS: Rogue And Nightcrawler Target Mystique In AVENGERS X-MEN: AXIS #6 Preview -
Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look at AVENGERS amp; X-MEN: AXIS #6 from blockbuster creators Rick Remender and Terry Dodson! Prepare for the senses shattering end to Act II: Inversion as the Marvel Universe descends into Act III: New World Disorder! New York City now belongs to the mutants, taken over by those who once protected a world that hated and feared them. The Avengers as we know them are gone, twisted and corrupted. Battle lines will be drawn as friend and foe alike choose sides ndash; and the battle for the survival begins. No fan can afford to miss this epic clash as sparks fly this November in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN: AXIS #6!
AVENGERS amp; X-MEN: AXIS #6
Written by RICK REMENDER
Pencils by TERRY DODSONnbsp;
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
Variant Cover by ESAD RIBIC
- POLL: What Did You Think Of CONSTANTINEs Series Premiere? -
This Fall has seen the return of shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Arrow along with the debuts of Gotham and The Flash. We#39;ll see Agent Carter, Daredevil and iZombie early next year, but Constantine marks the last of 2014#39;s small screen comic book adaptations.nbsp;The Constantine pilot actually leaked online a little earlier this year, but some key changes were made in the last five minutes to write outnbsp;Lucy Griffiths#39; Liv and to write in Angeacute;lica Celaya as comic book character Zed.
So, what did you guys think of quot;Non Est Aylum?quot; Here#39;s your chance to let us know by rating the episode in the poll below and sharing your comments in the usual place. You can see the promo for next week#39;s instalment of Constantine and what#39;s to come during the rest of season one here.
Based on the wildly popular DC Comics series quot;Hellblazer,quot; seasoned demon hunter and master of the
- James Spader Describes The Motion-Capture Process For AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON - In the latest issue of Total Film, James Spader talks about being suited up for a mo-cap performance for the first time in his career. He describes being covered from face to fingertips in dots as being a quot;fantasticquot; experience because he felt he was able to fine-tune his performance and play around with the details a bit more than usual. Spader says he shot all of his scenes with the other actors, and most of his dialogue was recorded live, with very little added later on.
quot;When you first meet Ultron, his physicality is very different to what he evolves to. It was in the script but we arrived at the metamorphosis of him on the set. In practice, in rehearsals ... We were able to create the physicality of the character on the motion-capture stage. They would dot me up and I was wearing a helmet that had two
- FEATURE: 10 Of The Best Comic Book Covers From Marvels January 2014 Solicitations -
10. BLACK WIDOW #14 - PHIL NOTO
bull; Natasha wants answers about Chaos and how she has a list of people who have them.
bull; One by one...
bull; How far can she go and still call herself a hero?
9. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #13 - OLIVIER COIPEL
bull; EVERY SPIDER-MAN EVER MUST FIGHT AND NO SPIDER IS SAFE!
8. FANTASTIC FOUR #642 - JIMMY CHEUNG
bull; THE INVADERS meet the FANTASTIC FOUR as the hunt for REED RICHARDS and the missing kids of the FUTURE FOUNDATION continues.
bull; Meanwhile the mastermind behind everything unveils his ultimate plan.
bull; But how does FRANKLIN RICHARDS factor in?
bull; Guest starring JIM HAMMOND, NAMOR, THE NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA andhellip;DOC GREEN?
7.nbsp;ELEKTRA #10 - MICHAEL DEL MUNDO
bull; Elektra confronts the Hand and Bullseye to discover the identity of the Assassins Guild leader!
bull; Will Elektrarsquo;s training and expertise be enough to stop the Guild as it hunts her down?
6. ROCKET RACCOON # - SKOTTIE YOUNGnbsp;
bull; Itrsquo;s a
- See All The Posters From Mondos BATMAN 75 Show -
Which is your favourite? I#39;m leaning towards the H.R. Giger inspired one from Brandon Holt. You can see more posters, along with artist details, official titles, sizes and editions at the link below.
- COMICS: Planet of the Symbiotes Begins in First Look At GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #21 -
Ever since the Venom symbiote bonded with Flash Thompson, he has wielded it as a force for good, hoping to make the Earth a safer place. Only the far reaches of space are a little out of his depth! And with the Venom costume finally reunited with its own species ndash; where will itrsquo;s allegiances lie? Trapped on a world full of hostile alien parasites, the Guardians of the Galaxy may begin to regret letting Flash Thompson join their team. Be there when the Guardians face a new horror in deep space as ldquo;Planet of the Symbiotesrdquo; kicks off in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #21!
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #21
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils by VALERIO SCHITI
Cover by NICK BRADSHAW
- More New Footage In International INTERSTELLAR TV Spots -
The adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
Directed and co-written by Christopher Nolan (ldquo;Inception,rdquo; ldquo;The Dark Knightrdquo; Trilogy), a script based on the combination of an original idea by Nolan and an existing script by Jonathan Nolan. The cast includes: Matthew McConaughey (ldquo;Magic Mikerdquo;), Anne Hathaway (ldquo;Les Miserablesrdquo;), Jessica Chastain (ldquo;Zero Dark Thirtyrdquo;), Bill Irwin (ldquo;Rachel Getting Marriedrdquo;), John Lithgow (ldquo;Rise of the Planet of the Apesrdquo;), Casey Affleck (ldquo;Gone Baby Gonerdquo;), David Gyasi (ldquo;Cloud Atlasrdquo;), Wes Bentley (ldquo;The Hunger Gamesrdquo;), Mackenzie Foy (ldquo;The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn ndash; Parts 1 and 2rdquo;) Timotheacute;e Chalamet (TVrsquo;s ldquo;Homelandrdquo;), Topher Grace (ldquo;Spider-Man 3rdquo;), David Oyelowo (ldquo;Jack Reacherrdquo;), Ellen Burstyn (ldquo;The Exorcistrdquo;), and Michael Caine (ldquo;The Cider House Rulesrdquo;.The film will be released in IMAXreg; and 35mm theaters on
- Jonathan And Christopher Nolan Not Involved With DC Superhero Slate - With 11 DC Comics superhero films, coming down the pipeline after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it would be a fanboys dream to have the creative minds behind The Dark Knight trilogy return to, at the very least, shepherd a project or two. Sadly, it appears that Jonathan and Christopher Nolan#39;s time with superheroes is at an end. At the press junket for Interstellar, Coming Soon got the confirmation from Jonathan.
quot;I love those guys [at WB/DC Entertainment] and my brother was involved in lsquo;Man of Steelrsquo; with Zack [Snyder] and David [Goyer]. [But] I kind of feel like that chapter for us is closed.quot;
It#39;s definitely a new day and direction at Warner Bros. During the heyday of The Dark Knight trilogy, there was a time when Batman and/or his Rogue#39;s Gallery were not allowed to be used in any other medium, be it film, television or animation. Warner Bros. CEO
- Critics Shower BIG HERO 6 With Praise In New TV Spot -
With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, ldquo;Big Hero 6rdquo; is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his geniusmdash;thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companionmdash;a robot named Baymaxmdash;and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery. Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action, ldquo;Big Hero 6rdquo; is directed by Don Hall (ldquo;Winnie the Poohrdquo;) and Chris Williams (ldquo;Boltrdquo;), and produced by Roy Conli (ldquo;Tangledrdquo;). The film hits theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014. The film hits theaters in 3D on
- CONSTANTINE Episode 2 (The Darkness Beneath) Promo Looks At The Season Ahead -
AN ANCIENT SPIRIT TORMENTS A PENNSYLVANIA MINING TOWN -- JAMES LEGROS GUEST STARS -- Deep in the mountains of Western Pennsylvania, John (Matt Ryan) is a small mining communityrsquo;s only defense against an ancient Welsh spirit. In the course of protecting these isolated innocents, John finds a vital new ally in a mysterious young woman named Zed (Angeacute;lica Celaya). Harold Perrineau and Charles Halford also star.
- SPOILER? New ANT-MAN Set Pics Feature Michael Pena, Evangeline Lilly And Michael Douglas - Some action finally unfolded on the set of Ant-Man earlier this week, and Just Jared has just provided more photos from the Atlanta shoot. Including a first look at Michael Pena as what appears to be a Pym Technologies Security guard, the photos notably feature actress Evangeline Lilly in character as Hope Van Dyne as she carries her father Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), who appears to have a gunshot wound in his chest. Could this be a spoiler? Quite possibly. Anyhow, expect more action-filled set photos in the coming days as Marvel Studios has issued filming notices under the working titlenbsp;BigFootnbsp;tonbsp;alert locals that several scenes involving quot;gunfire, explosions, and pyrotechnicsquot; will be shot tonight and all throughout next week (via The Citizen).
Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret
- BATMAN V SUPERMAN: Jena Malone Doesnt Deny That Robin Rumor - Okay so this is pretty much some non-news, but what else would you be doing on a Friday night if not speculating on an outlandish casting rumor? Nobody really believed that Jena Malone was actually cast in Zack Snyder#39;s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice when she was spotted on set, and when a new hair color gave way to the female Robin talk most of us thought the suggestion was outright laughable. Then, lo and behold THR reported that she would indeed play a role in the film, and then a Detroit news station claimed to have the Robin stuff confirmed by an extra on the set. Nothing has been made official yet of course, but UK E Online#39;s Marc Malkin caught up with the Sucker Punch actress last night at a book launch party and asked her about it outright.
quot;So, are you the new Robin?quot; I asked.
Malone didn#39;t even
- THE WALKING DEAD Spin-Off Lands A Director For Pilot Episode -
The Shawshank Redemption#39;s Frank Darabont directed the first episode of The Walking Dead, but it will benbsp;Adam Davidson who brings the planned spin-off to the small screen. Shooting is scheduled to begin later this year, but when the quot;companionquot; series will air hasn#39;t been made clear. Comic book scribe and executive producer Robert Kirkman developed the untitled show with Dave Erickson (Marco Polo) and it apparently takes place during the same zombie apocalypse shown in The Walking Dead (justnbsp;in a different location and perhaps even a different time period). Davidson is no stranger to TV, and his credits include the likes of Fringe, Kingdom, and Hell on Wheels. He also won an Oscar in 1991 for his short film, The Lunch Date. What do you guys think?
- Gareth Edwards STAR WARS Spinoff Gets FOXCATCHER Cinematographer - We know that the first Star Wars movie to follow J.J. Abrams#39; quot;Episode VIIquot; will be a standalone film directed by Gareth Edwards for a 2016 release, but beyond that we haven#39;t had any new details for quite a while. Well now we at least know who#39;ll be manning the camera, as cinematographer Greig Fraser revealed that he#39;s on board during an interview with Hitfix.
ldquo;Irsquo;m doing a fucking Star Wars movie, which is like ndash; I donrsquo;t know about you but Star Wars is like my first film love, do you know what I mean?hellip; Gareth is doing a standalone film. Of course I do know some specifics, but itrsquo;s obviously something Irsquo;ve signed my kidneys away for.rdquo;
This is great news as Fraser has an impressive body of work, having lensed the likes of not only Foxcatcher, Zero Dark Thirty, Killing Them Softly and Let Me In, but also Snow
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- Top Comic Book Sidekicks -
Each comic book has its superstar, the main character, the top dog that stands tall over the rest of the characters as its primary focus. These characters like Captain America, Batman, and Green Arrow are the main thing that drives the storylines along. These heroes are the ones in the spotlight and take on the heavy lifting, but they are often not alone. The sidekick was created to accompany these heroes and provide an added layer of complexity to their already full lives. Check out more in this list of Top Comic Book Sidekicks.
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- Action Lab Comics and Reviews -
It is always interesting to see the kinds of comic books that come out from the smaller publishers. While I would say the top and more memorable characters are still in The Big Two, it is these small press companies that I think are coming out with the better stories as a whole. I am very enamored with the creator owned concept and love to see that singular voice coming through a project.
Action Lab Comics is that kind of small comic book publisher. They hit it big with their highly acclaimed series Princeless and have many other comic books in their stable. One such recent acquisition is Skyward, by Jeremy Dale. I got a chance to review the first in the series as they are relaunching the once self-published comic book. Take a look at my review and see what memories it drug up for this long time fantasy fan.
I also got a chance to review the Adventure Time Annual #1. It was a pretty cool read with some interesting takes on the Adventure Time universe.p style="background:#f5f3ef;border:1px solid #d5d0bf;clear:both;padding:.5em;"a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://comicbooks.about.com/b/2013/05/31/action-lab-comics-and-reviews.htm"Action Lab Comics and Reviews/a originally appeared on a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://comicbooks.about.com/"About.com Comic Books/a on Friday, May 31st, 2013 at 18:21:19./ppa href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://comicbooks.about.com/b/2013/05/31/action-lab-comics-and-reviews.htm"Permalink/a | a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://comicbooks.about.com/b/2013/05/31/action-lab-comics-and-reviews.htm#gB3"Comment/a | a href="http://comicbooks.about.com/gi/pages/shareurl.htm?PG=http://comicbooks.about.com/b/2013/05/31/action-lab-comics-and-reviews.htm&zItl=Action Lab Comics and Reviews"Email this/a/p
- Hound Comics -
Whenever I get the chance to attend a comic book convention, I'm always on the lookout for talent and things that are new to the comic book industry. New publishers, creators, companies, you name it, I love seeing new stuff. When I went to Wizard World: Portland, I ran into a group of guys from Hound Comics, a young comic book publisher that had a lot of different products and some interesting characters to boot. I spoke with CEO and ex professional wrestler Brimstone for a bit and took home some items from their booth.
Hound Comics is the sort of place a lot of independent publishers should take note of as they embody the spirit of the entrepreneur like none I've seen recently. Not only do they have a line of comics based off of his wrestling persona, but also a other creator owned comic books, a food line, apparel, and a slate of other products. I got the chance to interview Hound Comics and got some insight into the mind behind the publishing company and was excited to peek behind the veil and see how things tick at Hound Comics. Check out the interview with Brimstone, CEO of Hound Entertainment Group.
Image Copyright Hound Comicsp style="background:#f5f3ef;border:1px solid #d5d0bf;clear:both;padding:.5em;"a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://comicbooks.about.com/b/2013/04/30/hound-comics.htm"Hound Comics/a originally appeared on a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://comicbooks.about.com/"About.com Comic Books/a on Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 at 19:39:38./ppa href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://comicbooks.about.com/b/2013/04/30/hound-comics.htm"Permalink/a | a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://comicbooks.about.com/b/2013/04/30/hound-comics.htm#gB3"Comment/a | a href="http://comicbooks.about.com/gi/pages/shareurl.htm?PG=http://comicbooks.about.com/b/2013/04/30/hound-comics.htm&zItl=Hound Comics"Email this/a/p
- New Image Titles -
It would seem a lot of creators are turning to Image Comics to get their visions out into the hands of comic book fans. I have seen a bevy of high profile creator owned series coming out of Image and it is really great to see. Joe's Comics has restarted and their first comic book out is Ten Grand, written by Straczynski himself and illustrated by Ben Templesmith. The duo really hit the mark for me and I thoroughly enjoyed what looks to be the first in a good slate of comic books coming out of this new Image imprint. Another comic I got a chance to sink my teeth into was Chin Music by Steve Niles and Tony Harris. It was very interesting to see two comic books combining the whole occult/crime thing and the two took very divergent paths. I enjoyed them both and look forward to the comic books Image will be putting out.
Image Copyright Image Comicsp style="background:#f5f3ef;border:1px solid #d5d0bf;clear:both;padding:.5em;"a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://comicbooks.about.com/b/2013/04/30/new-image-titles.htm"New Image Titles/a originally appeared on a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://comicbooks.about.com/"About.com Comic Books/a on Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 at 19:05:46./ppa href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://comicbooks.about.com/b/2013/04/30/new-image-titles.htm"Permalink/a | a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://comicbooks.about.com/b/2013/04/30/new-image-titles.htm#gB3"Comment/a | a href="http://comicbooks.about.com/gi/pages/shareurl.htm?PG=http://comicbooks.about.com/b/2013/04/30/new-image-titles.htm&zItl=New Image Titles"Email this/a/p
- Kickstart Your Comic Book Creation -
Did you know that the website Kickstarter.com is the second largest graphic novel publisher in the U.S. according to Publishers Weekly? It beats out DC in terms of revenue off of these graphic novels and is only just behind Marvel. The term "publisher" is a bit loose here in that the company isn't directly responsible for the final product, but the proof that so many comics are created now through Kickstarter is astounding and awesome!
I've been able to talk to a couple of creators about the Kickstarting process in The Only Living Boy and Rumpus on the Run and the whole concept is exhilarating to think about the avenues that are open for creators to make comic books nowadays. Apparently the process isn't that new as according to Kickstarter, even the likes of Beethoven used a form of crowdsourcing to fund his works. Check out if Kickstarter is right for you and how you can take advantage of this great new concept.p style="background:#f5f3ef;border:1px solid #d5d0bf;clear:both;padding:.5em;"a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://comicbooks.about.com/b/2013/03/31/kickstart-your-comic-book-creation.htm"Kickstart Your Comic Book Creation/a originally appeared on a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://comicbooks.about.com/"About.com Comic Books/a on Sunday, March 31st, 2013 at 20:03:32./ppa href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://comicbooks.about.com/b/2013/03/31/kickstart-your-comic-book-creation.htm"Permalink/a | a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://comicbooks.about.com/b/2013/03/31/kickstart-your-comic-book-creation.htm#gB3"Comment/a | a href="http://comicbooks.about.com/gi/pages/shareurl.htm?PG=http://comicbooks.about.com/b/2013/03/31/kickstart-your-comic-book-creation.htm&zItl=Kickstart Your Comic Book Creation"Email this/a/p
- Jess Smart Smiley Kickstarter Interview - Rumpus On The Run -
Kickstarter is such an interesting new avenue for creators. With the right idea, pitch, and networking you can fund just about anything. Order Of The Stick funded a republishing drive and raised over 1.5 million dollars. Penny Arcade raised funds to remove advertising from their website and received over 500 thousand dollars. Now most campaigns are much smaller and won't bring in this kind of money, but for a small press comic book, not a lot can be needed. I got a chance to sit with a creator that has been on the Kickstarting ride with his latest endeavor Rumpus On The Run and right now his project is funded for the softcover version of the book, but Jess Smart Smiley also has dreams to bring his book to hardcover status. There is just a few days to go so be sure to head over this his Kickstarter Campaign first, then over the interview I did with Smiley about the process, his latest work, and kicsktarting comics.
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- Wizard World Portland Comic Con In Review -
I was really glad I got the chance to go to the Wizard World Portland Comic Con. It was the first time the con was conducted in Stumptown, my hometown of Portland, Oregon. That's Or-e-gun all smoothed together in one go and not Or-ee-gone as out of towners like to say. Although there were some things I found concerning, overall it was a smashing success that this town truly embraced. Take a look at a review of Wizard World Portland to see what was great and what could use some work on for next year. If you are interested in going next year, and I would recommend it, Wizard is doing a special promotion that will work until Monday Feb 25th at Noon. Use the code Portland2013 to get a special discount on next year's entrance to Wizard World Portland Comic Con.
Image Copyright Aaron Albertp style="background:#f5f3ef;border:1px solid #d5d0bf;clear:both;padding:.5em;"a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://comicbooks.about.com/b/2013/02/24/wizard-world-portland-comic-con-in-review.htm"Wizard World Portland Comic Con In Review/a originally appeared on a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://comicbooks.about.com/"About.com Comic Books/a on Sunday, February 24th, 2013 at 23:26:10./ppa href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://comicbooks.about.com/b/2013/02/24/wizard-world-portland-comic-con-in-review.htm"Permalink/a | a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://comicbooks.about.com/b/2013/02/24/wizard-world-portland-comic-con-in-review.htm#gB3"Comment/a | a href="http://comicbooks.about.com/gi/pages/shareurl.htm?PG=http://comicbooks.about.com/b/2013/02/24/wizard-world-portland-comic-con-in-review.htm&zItl=Wizard World Portland Comic Con In Review"Email this/a/p
- First Day Of Wizard World Portland Comic Con -
The Wizard World Portland Comic Con was in full effect today in Portland, Oregon and the convention floor was hopping with fans, creators, and celebrities. It is odd that this hasn't happened sooner as Portland is actually one of the largest comics town in the USA. Many creators such as Bendis and Busiek make their home in this area and there are many publishers like Dark Horse, Top Shelf, and Oni here as well. Don't forget that the statue company Bowen Designs resides were to!. This is a great place for comic books and has a great indy convention in the Stumptown Comics Fest, but Wizard World is going for a large scale feel and I think they have a good start. It was interesting that there was a lack of publishers showcasing here and it might be that the Emerald City Comic Con is next weekend in Seattle, WA. Either way I had a good time and met some new people. More to come.
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- Heading to Wizard World Portland -
Well it looks like I will be able to attend Wizard World Portland this year and will be heading down for a couple of days of fun at the Oregon Convention Center. I am curious to see what happens as there is something of a duel happening in Portland between Wizard World and Rose City Comic-Con. Wizard World has had something of a bad rap at times and Rose City is partnering with Emerald City Comic Con to partner in running their convention. I hope to see how they handle Portland and if the convention can be the kind of convention this city could use. I will report back with my findings and see just what it has in store.
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- Superheroes For Hospice Interview -
Comic book charities are a very cool thing in my mind as they merge something that we love with a good cause. There are many great comic book charities out there right now and one of them is Superheroes for Hospice. This event is a mini-convention where fans can come and get comic books on the cheap. All the profits go to the hospice and help those in need in the New Jersey area. This gives comic collectors another way to get rid of unwanted comic books as the donations they use to stock the event are tax deductible. I got a chance to interview the man behind the curtains, Spiro Ballas, who gave me the skinny on what the hospice does and how you can help others through comic books.p style="background:#f5f3ef;border:1px solid #d5d0bf;clear:both;padding:.5em;"a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://comicbooks.about.com/b/2013/02/11/superheroes-for-hospice-interview.htm"Superheroes For Hospice Interview/a originally appeared on a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://comicbooks.about.com/"About.com Comic Books/a on Monday, February 11th, 2013 at 00:05:11./ppa href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://comicbooks.about.com/b/2013/02/11/superheroes-for-hospice-interview.htm"Permalink/a | a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://comicbooks.about.com/b/2013/02/11/superheroes-for-hospice-interview.htm#gB3"Comment/a | a href="http://comicbooks.about.com/gi/pages/shareurl.htm?PG=http://comicbooks.about.com/b/2013/02/11/superheroes-for-hospice-interview.htm&zItl=Superheroes For Hospice Interview"Email this/a/p
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However, the military has other ideas.
- Bonds of Blood (Volume 1) - The first seven issues of Bonds of Blood all together in one nifty trade paperback!
- Justice - After witnessing his wife's rapist avoid a prison sentence, Alan vows to bring the rapist to justice. In a world where superheroes dictate right and wrong, Alan dons a mask and cape to track the villain down.
However, he soon learns that there's a lot more to being a superhero than an extravagant costume and a butch name...
- Kincaid #1 - Kincaid #1 introduces us to the story of Elvis Kincaid, a heroin addicted punk rock musician, who finds himself thrown into a world of global conspiracy, political intrigue and super powered individuals. Far from normal super hero fare, Kincaid is a gritty title showing the darker side of life.
As much as it focuses on the underbelly of the world, Kincaid is also a tale of one man's self-becoming and personal empowerment, creating a rich and original comic book experience.
- Legend of The Winged Tiger - Full color version of Phil Yeh's bestselling Winged Tiger #1 comic.
This new version features Lieve Jerger's brilliant coloring and a brand new cover.
- Tugger / Burnt Out Comix Flipbook - Murphy Beach Studio presents a 2-fer flipbook with 2 stories, 2 covers & only 1 price!
Cousin Joey is back and featured in the silly, surreal, underground of Tugger Comix and Burnt Out Comix where the world is a pressure cooker but there are ways to getting out of it. Weird. Funny. Silly.
- Apocrypha #1, Anarchy's Birth - They wanted to break her, they wanted to to turn her into a tool of their religious tyranny, they failed.
Violence shall begat violence.
Mature readers (18+) only.
- Cigarette Stories#2: Addicted to the Drama - Our story continues: What happened to Germ. Why can't Jerry remember anything? Who are "the guests" and why do they need an armed reception? Jeri and her friends make an appearance, too.
- Cosmic Samaritan #1, The - In the first of a four part story arc, enter Joshua Price. A conflicted teenager who struggles between his faith and the worldly temptations he must face. Soon, Joshua is chosen to wield supernatural power. A power he cannot yet fully comprehend. Will Joshua use his new abilities for the good of mankind or continue to lead his own path towards darkness?
Get ready for amazing superhero action and adventure as the premiere issue of THE COSMIC SAMARITAN takes flight!
- Entombed Issue #0 - Kyle Burden, dedicated Egyptologist and brilliant inventor, is betrayed by a trusted mentor and sealed in an Egyptian sarcophagus for an entire year!
After returning to the outside world, Kyle is overwhelmed by waves of crippling agoraphobia. Climbing into his greatest invention, Professor Burden himself becomes his most diabolical and twisted creation.