Posts tagged ‘comics’

March 13, 2012

Comic Reviews for Kabooooom

I love comics. I think my love of comics started when I was little and my sister and I used to read the Sunday funnies into my dad’s tape recorder. I’ve done a few very short comic reviews on this site, but have been trying to figure out how to get a little more in depth into the comic reviews on a writer’s salary. I recently started working with a fantastic site Kabooooom.com (the third o is silent). So far I have done a couple comic reviews, and I’m excited to do many more in the future. You can see my review on Manhattan Projects and The Wheel of Time here.

I think Kabooooom is going to take the place of the now defunct Wizard Magazine. They were always my fix for comic culture, and with the addition of Kabooooom’s comic, toy, manga/anime, and game reviews, I don’t think it will be a big step for them to jump right into that role. It’s one stop shopping for geeks with an engaging layout. Go check out their site, Like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter.

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March 5, 2012

Super Hero Gear for Pets

I’m no stranger to dressing up my pooch. My faithful Maximilian Pugglesworth has won numerous costume contests and continues to dazzle when he’s geared up and strutting down the street. My favorite of the creations he wears is his Ryuk costume. Ryuk the Shinigami (Deathnote) is one of my favorite characters, and one day when the Pug was primed to jump on the couch I saw an uncanny resemblance that had to come to fruition.

So we made it happen.

If you want to get your precious pooch noticed, I just found these awesome Marvel toys and gear for your super hero dog at PetSmart. Click here to find your favorite. I’m thinking my Max is definitely going to be an Avenger and he must have a Wolverine squeaky toy. Thank you, Marvel! Bock Bock!

Marvel Avengers Symbol Tee - PetSmart

Marvel Avengers Symbol Tee - PetSmart

March 4, 2012

Free Comic Book Day

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While adding events to my calendar today, I realized that there are only 62 days until Free Comic Book Day 2012. Why is FCBD an important day to mark in the calendar, because this is a national holiday in our house. Every year, we clear the weekend, take the day off work as needed, and get excited to hit all our favorite comic stores. Sadly, now that we live in Boise, there are only about 4 stores we get to hit. I’m thinking we may need to go back to our home town of Portland, so we can celebrate this holiday in proper fashion. Here’s a little tale about one of our last Free Comic Book Days in Portland.

Free Comic Book Day…or better known as the assembly of H1N1 carriers.

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February 23, 2012

Morgan Spurlock Geek Fan or Geek Foe?

Morgan Spurlock, best known for his award winning gut bomb Super Size Me, has teamed up with Joss Whedon, Geek God, to create a documentary about the human side of San Diego Comic-Con. Interviewing legends and fanboys like Stan Lee, Eli Roth, Seth Rogan and Kevin Smith, there is a real opportunity to break stereotypes and show that Comic-Con is not just for those who feel the need to fly their geek flag high each year, but that there are designers and comic book creators that use this as a platform to show their work. The potential to make dreams come true among the cosplay and collectibles.

The documentary COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE follows the 2010 Comic-Con, and so far the newly released trailer is getting good press. BUT this geek writer found exactly what I was worried about when perusing the interwebs this morning, an article written by Phil Brown last September on Collider.com where he states, “…the film is a rather sweet and loving portrait of the pop culture-obsessed attendees and the annual Mecca of their anti-social pursuits. The convention itself comes off as an accepting home to anyone who feels the need [to] sweat through a Wookie costume for a weekend while eating overpriced fast food and standing in line to get an autograph from their favorite B-movie actor. The documentary probably won’t win over anyone who despises this culture going in, but it should at least help explain why it exists.” 

Don’t we nerds, geeks, and dorks get enough flack for being nerds, geeks, and dorks? We don’t need another documentary that shows anti-social freaks. Several years ago a documentary was released about MMORPG players, mostly focusing on EverQuest and World of Warcraft, and depicted players who couldn’t go to work because of their addiction, a mother who blamed her son’s suicide on his gaming addiction, and a really sad couple who met in game. It was in no way a positive look at these games or their players, and I hope that this documentary doesn’t do the same injustice to the iconic Comic-Con.

Morgan Spurlock has a real fighting chance to show a different side of this genre. Putting celebs who are fan boys or in the business, rather than Morgan Spurlock’s usual post in the front of the camera, as the main focus is good; though it would have been nice to see a documentary film maker who isn’t in the genre right up front saying, “hey look, these people are normal, hard working people and this isn’t a freakfest.”

The trailer looks great. I am definitely looking forward to watchingTake a look and let me know what you think.

COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE
Have you ever imagined a place where Vulcans and vampires get along? Where wizards and wookies can be themselves? Welcome to Comic-Con San Diego. What started as a fringe comic book convention for 500 fans has grown into the pop culture event of the year that influences every form of entertainment, now attended by over 140,000 strong. COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE- a film by Morgan Spurlock explores this amazing cultural phenomenon by following the lives of five attendees as they descend upon the ultimate geek mecca at San Diego Comic-Con 2010.

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January 23, 2012

Kevin Smith’s Comic Book Men is coming soon

I recently mentioned in an article that Kevin Smith was talking about the comic book industry being a male dominated industry. What he was doing during said time was promoting his new show Comic Book Men, which I am completely excited about. Four guys work at a Jersey comic shop, and spend their days having “circular debates about the technical accuracy of the USS Enterprise’s warp-core schematics,” and being obnoxiously educated by fanboys who know everything possible about the history of their favorite comics. With field trips, collectibles and clips from Kevin Smith’s podcast, its real life awesomeness at its best. The age of the geek is upon us, and its so nice to be able to add a little reality TV wit to a Snooki and Kim K worshiping world. Here’s are two preview clips of the show, which airs on AMC, after Walking Dead, on February 12th. This FanGIRL thinks February 12th just became a holiday.

Quick question/Sidenote: The clip says “series premiere February 12th right after the Walking Dead“; however, AMC promises that my favorite post Walking Dead show Talking Dead , the live post show about The Walking Dead with guests like Robert Kirkman and hosted by everyone’s favorite Nerd Overlord, Chris Hardwick, will have a new Episode on Feb. 12. Conflict?? I hope not. You can all play nice if you get into a nice neat and orderly lineup.

January 20, 2012

Joss Whedon’s The Avengers has One Possible Problem

photo courtesy of marvel.com

I’m so excited about the upcoming Avengers movie, and the fact that Joss Whedon is in charge, especially now that I just read the point of view is going to be that of the newly awakened Captain America. There is no doubt this will live up to my every expectation…or is there.

What pray tell would I think is going to be wrong with the film? The Hulk, that’s what. The Hulk has been done twice.  The Hulk has been done badly twice. While the Zak Penn/Edward Norton film was loads better than the Ang Lee/Eric Bana disaster, it still wasn’t great. I did like Edward Norton as Bruce Banner. He’s nice to look at and charismatic, much like the original Bruce Banner, Bill Bixby. (I had such a crush on Bill Bixby when I was a kid.) The CG Hulks have been awful, and it’s sad that they can’t create a Hulk that looks any better than Lou Ferrigno in a pair of ripped up denim hot pants.  Still though, this is an aspect of the film that can be tweaked and fixed. What can’t be fixed is the new casting of Bruce Banner, Mark Ruffalo.

First of all, he looks too old. Yes, Bill Bixby was 43 when he played Bruce Banner, and Ed Norton’s Banner was played by a 39 year old Ed Norton, so the age progression of the movies is correct, but Norton didn’t look like he was pushing 40. Mark Ruffalo’s shaggy dog hair and weathered (no I will not say rugged) face is just not exuding the gentle spirit that is Bruce Banner. Second, and most importantly, Mark Ruffalo is a downer. I don’t want to leave the theater, after seeing one of the greatest creations in comic movie history, feeling down and dejected. This sad bastard indie icon has the real possibility of inducing misery among movie goers.

I want to trust Joss Whedon. He has created some of what I consider to be the greatest geekdom of all time, and creating awesomeness runs in his family. Also, I’m not going to be swayed from being one of the first in line to see The Avengers just because Mark Ruffalo quite possibly could kill one of my favorite childhood characters, but this is one time I really hope I’m wrong.

January 16, 2012

Comic Reading Geek Girl

Over the years it had never occurred to me that I wasn’t “normal” for frequenting comic shops or playing video games. Hell, if I ever get divorced there is going to be a battle over my beautiful Mark Newman Wolverine maquette, which sits right next to my Mighty Mugg Skrull and the Kotobukiya Biker Scout. My point is, these things are mine…and I’m a girl. I play Warcraft, have my name on the reader board at the local arcade for kicking ass at Tekken Tag, go through major withdrawals when Doctor Who isn’t on, love Portal 2, and collect comic books. I want to be a writer for Zenescope, Image or Blizzard when I grow up. However, in the last few days there has been news of a booth babe at CES who reportedly doesn’t understand women in the tech field, saying on a video released by BBC News, “I don’t know any that choose the tech world, so to say, over shopping, or cooking, or something like that..or taking care of kids.” I have no problem with Booth Babes. It’s a good marketing strategy, and who doesn’t appreciate a hot girl. I do have a problem with a women who doesn’t get that there is more to life than shopping and cooking. Shortly after that, Kevin Smith was interviewed by ThinkProgress where he spoke about comics being a male dominated industry, in both writing and reading. Writing, yes, but reading? That makes me sad. Why aren’t women reading comics? A friend of mine asked me why there was so much T&A in my favorite funny books, and I responded by telling her it doesn’t bring lack of depth to my stories just because there are hot women on and in the pages of the book. It’s not like I’m leaving my Lost Girls out on the coffee table. The small amount of T&A just doesn’t bother me..and Lost Girls stays under my bed. 

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January 14, 2012

Catching Up on Comics

I’ve had a stack of comics sitting on my ottoman empire for about 2 months waiting for attention. Some I have been dying to read and just haven’t had time, some I have been reluctant to read, but know I need to.

The 1st victim of my reluctance is DC Comics New 52 release of Aquaman. I have always been of the opinion that Aquaman is not a superhero. Hell, Aquaman is barely a man. However, I now stand corrected!

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January 12, 2012

Upcoming Zenescope

Zenescope Entertainment released their preview of what’s coming in March on their blog today. I seriously need to get out and buy the first issue of Alice, out next week, because if this story line is anything like that of the previous Wonderland books we are all in for a treat. If you are not familiar with Zenescope, I definitely recommend popping over to your local comic shop and grabbing some of their series’ like The Theater, Grimm Fairy Tales and the Escape/Beyond/Return to Wonderland series. I found them a few years ago when they released a Wonderland one shot and I was hooked. The artwork and writing are outstanding. They even have an App for your iPhone or iPad. Now if they would just release one for my Android I would be a happy little camper. Pop over to their blog, see what’s up, and take a gander at what is soon to be on your local comic store’s shelves.