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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
- CONSTANTINE Gets A January Return Date A New Timeslot -
#Hellblazers, we have some 🔥😄🔥 news and some 🔥😡🔥 news... #Constantine
mdash; Constantine (@NBCConstantine) December 20, 2014
🔥😄🔥: #Constantine is moving to 8/7c after the hiatus!
mdash; Constantine (@NBCConstantine) December 20, 2014
🔥😡🔥: #Constantine returns Jan. 16hellip;
mdash; Constantine (@NBCConstantine) December 20, 2014
But wersquo;re moving to 8/7c! 🔥😄🔥
mdash; Constantine (@NBCConstantine) December 20, 2014
Based on the wildly popular comic book series quot;Hellblazerquot; from DC Comics, seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine specializes in giving hell... hell. Armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and his wickedly naughty wit, he fights the good fight - or at least he did. With his soul already damned to hell, he#39;s decided to leave his do-gooder life behind. But when demons target Liv, the daughter of one of Constantine#39;s oldest friends, he#39;s reluctantly thrust back into the fray - and he#39;ll do whatever it takes to save her. Before long, it#39;s revealed that Liv#39;s quot;second
- Marvel President Wanted To Burn THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2s Script After Reading It -
@TheMCUExchange have posted some screengrabs of even more leaked quot;Sony Hackquot; emails from two years ago in which Marvel President Alan Fine tears apart the divisivenbsp;The Amazing Spider-Man 2. He makes a lot of really good points, but makes himself look somewhat foolish in a rambling paragraph which indicates that he#39;s under the belief that these movies are/should be prequels to Sam Raimi#39;s Spider-Man trilogy! Forgive that though, and there#39;s no denying that his harsh review of the sequel#39;s script is spot on. Why repeat so much of what we#39;ve seen before? Why kill of Gwen Stacy so soon? Why does the villain need a convoluted origin story tied into Spider-Man?nbsp;
The depressing thing here is that both Fine and Cohen provided Sony Pictures with notes and they made absolutely no difference whatsoever. This was sent months after The Amazing Spider-Man earned $750 million compared to The Avengers#39; $1.5 billion, but Avi
- EDITORIAL: Five Reasons Why AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Might Be 2015s Best Comic Book Movie -
5. The Director
Joss Whedon was already a fanboy favourite before The Avengers, but his actual film directing credits were quite sparse prior to taking on Earth#39;s Mightiest Heroes. In fact, he had only truly directed cult favourite Serenity, with all of his other directing work being on his television projects, such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly and Dollhouse. While some of his detractors cite the television influence and style of The Avengers as a negative, the fact remains that Whedon, who was almost completely inexperienced in the world of cinematic filmmaking, was able to pull together a $200 million tentpole blockbuster and turn it into a satisfying and beloved film, drawing praise from both critics and fans for its story, character interaction, world building, acting, action and visuals. Having done all that, there#39;s no reason to think he won#39;t bring his skills in full force for another turn in Age
- Amy Adams Talks BATMAN v SUPERMAN; Teases Scenes With Wonder Woman -
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quot;Well, I was still doing a Superman movie! My part is mostly there, so I felt like that, but it was really fun to get to play with these other characters that were coming in and to get to have Gal there. To get to have another girl on set,quot; Amy Adams responded when MTV News asked her about whether Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice feels more like a Man of Steel sequel or just a big universe encompassing superhero movie. As for possibly being in a scene where she sees the Justice League fully in costume assembled, the Big Eyes actress responded: quot;I can#39;t really say. But I will say Gal looks really, really good in that costume!quot; To hear more from Adams (including her thoughts on Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder), be sure to check out the video above!
- Sony Want THOR Star Idris Elba To Be The Next JAMES BOND - There#39;s been a lot of talk about the next James Bond being played by a black actor, and one name which keeps coming up is Luther and Thor: The Dark Worldnbsp;star Idris Elba. He#39;s even expressed interest in the role, revealing in a reddit Qamp;A not too long ago that, quot;Yes, if it was offered to me, absolutely,quot; he would play the Ian Fleming creation.
Just like many of us think Elba should be next 007, so too does Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal according to more leaded quot;Sony Hackquot; emails unearthed by The Daily Beast.
In an email from January 2014 (so quite some time ago, and an indication that the good stuff in these emails is now reaching an end), she#39;s quoted as saying, quot;Idris should be the next bond.quot; It#39;s something they#39;ve thought about then, but as Pascal will more than likely be out of a job soon as
- EDITORIAL: Five Reasons Why THE FANTASTIC FOUR Might Be 2015s Best Comic Book Movie -
5. The Director
Chronicle was one of the best quot;superheroquot; movies released in 2012, no easy feat when it came out in the same year as The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Amazing Spider-Man DREDD. Considering the fact that it was a found footage movie and made on a budget the fraction of most comic book movies, Josh Trank did wonders! The final battle was up there with the one between Superman and General Zod in Man of Steel, and it was a great looking movie which wasn#39;t held back by the fact that what we were seeing was supposed to be through a video camera. Trank#39;s grounded and realistic portrayal of superpowers was particularly interesting, something which should have you excited for how he handles the Fantastic Four#39;s unique abilities on the big screen. If you need proof of Trank#39;s skills, look at the performance he got out of
- DAREDEVIL Will Wear His Red Costume Eventually; Plus Pics In Higher Quality -
We were previously told that we#39;d see Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) don more than just the black outfit he begins his crime-fighting in, but EW have now confirmed that we will eventually see his most popular red costume at some point in the series. They also have some new quotes from those involved with bringing the highly anticipated show to Netflix. Marvel chief Jeph Loeb says this take on the Man Without Fear will be heavilly influenced by hard-hitting #39;70s flicks like The French Connection and Taxi Driver. ldquo;There arenrsquo;t going to be people flying through the sky; there are no magic hammers,rdquo; he explains. ldquo;Wersquo;ve always approached this as a crime drama first, superhero show second.rdquo; Showrunner Steven DeKnight adds that it will be a pretty gritty, adult orientated show...but they#39;re not looking to push the boundaries too far. ldquo;Itrsquo;s a little grittier and edgier than Marvel has gone before,
- Another Brief GAME OF THRONES Season 5 Teaser -
Since these are getting a bit more frequent, theres a good chance a full trailer will be with us soon enough. Keep an eye on the official ThreeEyedRaven website (link below) for updates.
- COMICS: Matt Murdock Pens His Autobiography In First Look At DAREDEVIL #11 -
bull; Daredevilrsquo;s recent traumas have him coping in an unexpected way!
bull; A mystery thatrsquo;s been building since issue one starts to pay off big!
bull; San Francisco now has TWO men without fear--and only one will be left standing!
Written by MARK WAID
Pencils amp; Cover by CHRIS SAMNEE
- The staypuffed Awards: THE BEST OF 2014 -
Hello, everybody, and welcome to the Second Annual staypuffed Awards! I had a lot of fun putting these together last year, so I thought I#39;d expand on it more in 2014. All of these are based on my opinion, so I#39;d love for you guys to share your thoughts.nbsp;Now, before we officially get started, Irsquo;d like to list some honourable mentions of movies and comics I really enjoyed that either didnrsquo;t fit my categories or simply didnrsquo;t make the cut.
The Lego Movie
I canrsquo;t remember the last time I had so much fun in a cinema. Consistently charming, imaginative and hilarious, itrsquo;s a laugh-a-minute crowd-pleaser with amazing animation.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
The Russo brothers brought the Super Soldier right into the modern world, marking the most engaging and visceral entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe yet.
Death of Wolverine
Easily dismissed as the most gimmicky comic book gimmick (character death, holo foil covers),
- STAR WARS: Footage From THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Live-Read -
Allison Dorenbosch managed to catch about a minute of last night#39;s live-read of The Empire Strikes Back on video and uploaded it to Vimeo. As we#39;ve previously reported, the impressive cast includes the likes of J.K. Simmons as Darth Vader, Aaron Paul as Luke Skywalker, Jessica Alba as Princess Leia, and Ellen Page as Han Solo. In this scene, Han is just about to be frozen in carbonite and Page and Alba re-enact the iconic quot;I knowquot; moment. Despite some prompting from the audience, they don#39;t actually go in for that kiss you#39;ll be sorry to hear. Thanks to ImKennyPowers for the heads up.
- New Clips Featurettes For Disneys INTO THE WOODS -
Walt Disney Studios has released new clips and featurettes for their upcoming fairy tale film, Into The Woods. The film is based on the Tony award-winning musical of the same name written by James Lapine and composed by Stephen Sondheim. It#39;ll land in theaters this Christmas day! There are two new clips for you to view: quot;Five Poundsquot; and quot;Something In Between.quot; There#39;s also two new featurettes: quot;No One Is Alonequot; and quot;Be Careful What You Wish For.quot; Check them out!
ldquo;Into the Woodsrdquo; is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the charactersrsquo; wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)mdash;all tied together by an original story involving a baker and
- Manu Bennett Teases Deathstrokes Return On ARROW -
Time to make a comeback kids - Slade pic.twitter.com/9PXUA2aTYG
mdash; Manu (@manubennett) December 19, 2014
Manu Bennett#39;s Deathstroke will return in Arrow Season 3 episode 14 - quot;The Returnquot;, written by Marc Guggenheim amp; Erik Oleson and directed by Dermott Downs. Just exactly how Deathstroke escapes his prison cell on Lian Yu remains a mystery. It will also be interesting to see how a mirakuru-free Slade Wilson interacts with Oliver (Stephen Amell). Will the hatred over Shado (Celina Jade) remain or will Slade realize that Oliver was simply in a no-win situation? And what of Deathstroke#39;s prison mate Captain Boomerang (Nick Tarabay)?
- STAR WARS EPISODE VII: R2-D2 Featured On Latest Cover Of Total Film Magazine -
Starring original cast members Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker and franchise newcomers, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Lupita Nyongrsquo;o and Max von Sydow,nbsp;Star Wars Episode VIInbsp;is set to be released on December 18th, 2015. Less than a year!
- Peter Jackson Wont Helm A Marvel Movie; Ive Never Read A Comic Book In My Life -
Peter Jackson has spent quite some time in Middle-Earth, and now that he#39;s finished with The Hobbit trilogy, what could be next for the filmmaker? He followed The Lord of the Rings with King Kong and The Lovely Bones, and it appears as if his next project will be something more along the lines of the latter. quot;I don#39;t really like the Hollywood blockbuster bandwagon that exists right now,quot; Jackson told Movie Fone in a recent interview. quot;The industry and the advent of all the technology, has kind of lost its way. It#39;s become very franchise driven and superhero driven. I#39;ve never read a comic book in my life so I#39;m immediately at a disadvantage and I have no interest in that. So now it#39;s time for us to step back. We#39;re heading towards something of that scale.quot;
Jackson wouldn#39;t be the first director to helm a comic book movie who didn#39;t
- Concept Art: Captain Cold From THE FLASH Ras Al Ghul From ARROW -
Some of you may be looking at Andy Poon#39;s concept art of Rarsquo;s al Ghul (Matt Nable) and thinking to yourself, is that Oded Fehr (quot;The Mummyquot;) or Liam Neeson (quot;Batman Beginsquot;)? If you had either of those thoughts you#39;d be correct on both accounts. Poon, or as I like to call him Poontang, illustrated his Ra#39;s al Ghul costume designs before the role was cast. For fun, he decided to incorporate the likeness of each actor based on the rumors linking Fehr and Neeson to the part. It does NOT in anyway mean they were actually considered. Still neat to look at though. Then there is John Gallagher#39;s awesome Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) costume design, which was not chosen. Boo! Gallagher used elements of the New 52 look for hie Captain Cold design, but producers decided to go in a different direction. The final image below, is not from either
- Adam Driver And Mark Hamill On STAR WARS EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS - We still don#39;t know who Adam Driver (Girls) is playing in J.J. Abrams#39; Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, nbsp;but Driver is excited to be part of the Star Wars franchise. nbsp;For the up-and-coming actor, the original Star Wars trilogy is what he identifies with most however, it#39;s not lightsaber battles or tie fighter dog fights that he#39; recalls the fondest. nbsp;quot;I always think back to the original movies and to those quieter moments where Luke is out in A New Hope, and there are the two suns setting,quot; said Driver. nbsp;He continued, quot; It is the equivalent, basically, of a farm boy dying to get out of his small town and do something bigger. Itrsquo;s those kinds of universal themes that ground this whole thing in space.rdquo;
While Driver is new to the Star Wars franchise, Mark Hamill has been part of the lore for 37 years. At this
- ILMs VFX Breakdown For Michael Bays TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION -
Michael Bay#39;s Transformers: Age of Extinction grossed over a billion dollars at the worldwide box office this year. Its closest competitior, Marvel#39;s Guardians of the Galaxy, trails the current champ by as much as $300 million. Bay has received a lot of credit for the film#39;s box office success, but I would argue that the 400 artists at Industrial Light amp; Magic (ILM) did most of the heavy lifting. Below, is a newly released visual effects breakdown showcasing their efforts. Enjoy!
TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION - The film begins after an epic battle that left a great city torn, but with the world saved. As humanity picks up the pieces, a shadowy group reveals itself in an attempt to control the direction of historyhellip; while an ancient, powerful new menace sets Earth in its crosshairs. With help from a new cast of humans, Optimus Prime and the Autobots rise to meet their
- COMICS: First Look At MARVELS THE AVENGERS #1; Comic Book Adaptation Of The Movie -
bull;nbsp;GET READY FOR MARVELrsquo;S THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON WITH THIS OFFICIAL ADAPTATION OF THE FIRST BLOCKBUSTER FILM!
bull; Iron Man! Thor! Captain America! Black Widow! Hawkeye! The Hulk! Theyrsquo;re all herehellip;and so is Loki!
bull; When the trickster god makes a play for the mighty Tesseract, itrsquo;ll take a historic assemblage of heroes to save the dayhellip;that is, if they donrsquo;t kill each other first!
MARVEL#39;S THE AVENGERS #1
Written by WILL CORONA PILGRIM
Pencils by JOE BENNETT
- Fun New Trailer For KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE Trailer -
KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE - Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass, X-Men: First Class), Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agencyrsquo;s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.
In Theaters - February 13, 2015
Cast: Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Taron Egerton, and Samuel L. Jackson
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About Comic Books
- 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.
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- 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.
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- 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.
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- 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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- Bonds of Blood (Volume 1) - The first seven issues of Bonds of Blood all together in one nifty trade paperback!
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However, he soon learns that there's a lot more to being a superhero than an extravagant costume and a butch name...
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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.
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This new version features Lieve Jerger's brilliant coloring and a brand new cover.
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Violence shall begat violence.
Mature readers (18+) only.
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- 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.