Archive for July 2011


KABThumbOr – “An Epic Hero’s Journey Through Time, Space & Dimension!” These days, it’s kind of hard to remember that there were companies other than the Big Two (or Big Four, if you’re so inclined.)  DC’s pedigree goes back to … Continue reading

DUELING REVIEW: The Amazing Spider-Man #666

spider666csvTHUMBSomething EVIL is invading Manhattan… at least that is what I, your great and powerful Robot Overlord, can only assume when an issue hits the six hundred and sixty-sixth issue. The Mark of the Beast comes in many forms, this … Continue reading

RETRO REVIEW: Defenders #100 (October 1981)

DefThumbOr – “Satan, Satan, Satan and Satan, Attorneys At Law!” Recent announcements from Marvel have reminded me that there are few Marvel Universe concepts that I miss more than The Defenders.  And by Defenders, I mean good Defenders, as the … Continue reading

The Grant Morrison Cocktail Glass Of Isotope Comics

Isotope Comics is holding a couple of events next weekend with Grant Morrison to promote his new book Supergods and is giving Grant MOrrison cocktail glasses to those who attend the late night party at the store.

Combining a piece by Cameron Stewart and a design by Butcher Baker’s Sonia Harris, it’s the second Grant Morrison glass the Isotope have created, the last being a pint glass for an event five years ago.

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Batman vs Bane Fight Photos From The Set of The Dark Knight Rises

Celeb photo site has loads of excellent pics of Batman fighting Bane on the set of The Dark Knight Rises:

Christian Bale who plays Batman fights actor Tom Hardy who plays villain Bane on the front steps of Gotham City Hall in Pittsburgh, PA on July 31, 2011

At one point in the fight scene Tom Hardy’s pants had a wardrobe malfunction as his whole thigh was showing out of his villain outfit. The scene had hundreds of extras dressed as police men and bad guys fighting. There was also a snow machine on hand blowing onto the scene as they fought.

Check out the rest at Well worth a look.

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Single Tickets For Frightfest Go On Sale August 1st – My Top Ten Picks

You may not have the time, money or stomach for five days of horror and fantasy film previews and premieres, but even if you skipped over the weekend and day passes, there’s always the single film tickets for Frightfest.

These will go on sale at 11am on Monday August 1st, in person at the Empire Leicester Square, through their website or via their box office phone line – 08 714 714 714.

I’m a marathon man, ready to settle in for the full five days, but even still, I can see that there will be some particular highlights on the schedule.

The program runs from Thursday 25th of August until Bank Holiday Monday 29th August, across two screens. In total, there will be 37 films, including 7 world premieres and 20 European premieres. Of that little lot, here are my top ten picks – in no particular order.

1. The Theatre Bizarre

A compendium film with Tom Savini and Richard Stanley listed amongst its seven credited directors, The Theatre Bizarre offers up a quick-rotating platter of grand guignol snacks. Chances of some being really tasty are high and, frankly, Richard Stanley has been so quiet for so long that he could put dog droppings on the menu and I’d start tucking in my napkin. Also: Udo Kier is in this, and he’s always good value.

2. Troll Hunter

Little Bleeders insist time and again, via our forum or by e-mail, that this is one for me to look forward to. So I will. I’m quite sceptical about mock-documentaries, but I can see that the format has some unique applications, and this film apparently has great fun with the conventions. The CG effects that create the giant trolls romping across the Norwegian landscape seem smooth and glitch-light, even while the trolls they portray are intriguingly stylised.

3. The Woman

Lucky McKee and Jack Ketchum run head-on at some big ideas, and upset the lily-livered in the process. A study of gender politics in conservative society, this looks to be a serious film about serious things, but bloody scary with it. A man entraps the feral “woman” of the title and proceeds to attempt to domesticate her, setting the stage for a horrendous final clash between these characters and the ideologies they represent.

Probably my number one pick of the whole fest. I’ve been looking forward to this since it was announced.

4. Chillerama

Another compendium, this time featuring Frightfest’s favourite sons Adam Green and Joe Lynch on the directors’ roster. I saw an 85% complete version of the film during Comic-Con, and will be coming back for that last 15% of spit and polish (and various other sticky substances). A loud, brash and excitable film with a real, deep love for cinema, Chillerama blends film buffs’ affection and a gore hound’s hankering for things that go splat in the night.

5. Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark

This year’s horror remake that it’s alright to like, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark sees Troy Nixey make his feature length debut for mentor-producer, not mention co-writer, Guillermo Del Toro. What’s more, I think horror films with child protagonists are always interesting – the best nightmare movies make trembling kiddies of us all.

6. Tucker And Dale Vs. Evil

Stars Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine are dab hands at a certain sort of broad goofing around (when they’re not busy playing characters “properly” in more grounded fare) and here that larking is blended with schlock for a kind of tender spoof of “Killer Hillbilly” fare such as Texas Chainsaw and Wrong Turn. I hope this lives up to its reviews, where it’s often mentioned in the same breath as Shaun of the Dead.

7. Kill List

Ben Wheatley directed a series of Ideal, so his movie is on this list for Rich as much as anything. Wheatley’s first feature, Down Terrace, marked him out as a star in the ascendancy, and now his second picture, Kill List will be something of a proving ground. It’s also likely to be the “Why’s this on the list?” film on the program, the picture that doesn’t quite belong in the horror genre. Last year that slot was taken by Red Hill, which turned out to be one of the very best films not just of the fest, but of the year. It seems like they’ll bend the rules for real gems at Frightfest.

8. The Man Who Saw Frankenstein Cry

A documentary about Paul Naschy, aka Jacinto Molina Álvarez, the king of Spanish genre acting. This documentary features contributions from Joe Dante, John Landis and Caroline Munro, and is hosted by Mick Garris, and really, it’s no surprise that they all love Naschy. If the film does him justice, it will be an absolute must.

9. My Sucky Teen Romance

The third feature from Emily Hagins, part of the Austin-Alamo cool scene. Worth watching just to see what all of the fuss is about, though it’s probably best to remember this will be painfully hip and perhaps a little bit rough around the edges. I’m almost expecting it to be one of the lesser films on the Frightfest program, but I’m still powerfully drawn to it.

10. A Night In The Woods

A late addition to the program, this low-budget picture from Monsters’ producers Vertigo will star that film’s Scoot McNairy. That’s probably enough to get me interested, but advance word is also very, very strong with test screening audiences apparently left quaking in their seats. Not bad for a humble little campers-go-pfft  body count picture.

What no room for Final Destination 5? Or Stormhouse? Or A Lonely Place Tio Die? Well, I’ll certainly be trying to sit down for them all, and I’ll be reporting back on everything I see. Unpredictable gems are part of the Frightfest tradition, and I just know that something I haven’t put on this list is going to blindside me then blow me over.

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Where To Score The Best Deals On DC’s New 52?

There are those of you who have viewed the DC New 52 books with envy and suspicion. Which will be the break out books? Which will sell lot hot cakes and which will be left unmourned and unloved on ths shelves. Which is Anatomy Lesson, which is Rise Of Arsenal? And how much will it cost to make sure you get the gems? The whole month costs $155.48, remember…

So a number of shops are putting together deals to help you out. Here are a few…

Midtown Comics of New York will give you 40% off if you order the complete 52 book bundle. Though you need to order very soon. And for those who don’t preorder, you can buy all the DCs out each week for 25% off the set.

Dragon’s Den of Poughkeepsie lets people who prepay by the end of August get all 52 #1 for $100. With the Green Lantern, Action Comics, Batman and Flash variants plus a copy of JL #1 for the cover price of $17.

Lone Star Comics of Texas are giving loyalty programme points to those who order 13, 26, 39 and 52 books, with a giveaway T-shirt to those who order all 52.

Effin Comics, Drexil Hill of Pennsylvania gave 52% off to the first 13 people who prepaid for all 52 comics, with 47% to the next 13 (still some available), then 42%, then 37% off.

Pittsburgh Comics of Philadelphia is doing $99 for those who sign up for all 52, splitting the payment over four weeks.

Vintage Phoenix Comic Books of Indiana, if you prepay by August 15th you get the 52for $101 with $102 for the #2s and $103 for the #3s.

Third Eye Comics of Annapolis, Maryland have printed 2500 post cards with all 52 #1 covers  with Justice League #1 and the customer gets a stamp for every comic they buy 52 stamps gets them a $52 gift card.

Collectors Corner of Baltimore, Maryland give you $52 off if you preorder all 52 by the end of August. The toal with sales tax will be $113.93

Little Shop Of Comics of New Jersey offers the following rewards.

13 Titles – $5 Little Shop Gift Card
26 Titles – $15 Little Shop Gift Card
39 Titles – $25 Little Shop Gift Card
52 Titles – $50 Little Shop Gift Card

Collector’s Paradise in Canoga Park and Pasadena, California are doing all 52 first issues for $99 if you prepay before the end of the month or full price and they are returnable against credit.

MIght be worth asking your store if they’ve got a deal in mind…

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The Typos That Bind

Bleeding Cool does a fine line in typos. Fresh every day, delivered in time for breakfast, you can always rely on us for your regular  “Collen Doran”, a “Kity Pryd” or “Bill Sinkyvitch”.

And Marvel’s Siege series last year was always a challenge. Up there with Rogue and Isaac Perlmutter. So we’re glad to see that Marvel UK is having the same problem.

I don’t think it’s gone to print yet. Still time to fix it, you Panini pixies.

If not, just try and persuade people that this is the English spelling. And at least you are consistent.

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Fifteen San Diego Comic Con Panels And The Eisners In Audio…

Thanks to Jamie Colville and his mighty recording devices, we have fifteen panels from the San Diego Comic Con in audio, as well as the Eisner Awards. It’s just like being there if you close you eyes. And queue up at the computer for an hour. And have a large bag digging into your shoulder.

Maggie Thompson Spotlight (48:46, 44.6mb)

Valerie Thompson interviews her mother about her early involvement with Sci-fi fandom and how that bridged into comic fandom. In particular she talks about starting up a network of comic fans back in the 1960s and how that lead to the starting of some key fanzines such as The Comic Buyers Guide and eventually The Comic Reader.

Roy Thomas Spotlight (53:37, 49mb)

Roy Thomas is interviewed by Mark Evanier about his career. Among the things they talked about are Roy’s editing style, Conan, Barry Windsor Smith, Star Wars, Mort Weisinger, Dracula, Alter Ego, Stan Lee and more.

Indie Comics Marketing 101 (54:03, 49.4mb)

On the panel is Sam Humphries, Laura Hudson, Ben McCool, J.K. Parkin and it’s moderated by Chip Mosher. They talk about Sam Humphries successful launch of Our Love is Real and Ben McCool’s cross country signing tour. Chip Mosher, Laura Hudson and J.K. Parkin with advise on how to market to comic book news sites.

The Black Panel – Dwayne McDuffie Tribute (1:19:39, 72.9mb)

Dwayne McDuffie was a very intelligent well loved writer, editor, producer of comic books and animation. He is best known for Milestone Media, Static Shock, Justice League Unlimited, Ben 10, Damage Control, Deathlok and more. He died suddenly earlier this year and this panel comprised of his friends and colleagues to talk about Dwayne. On the panel were the co-founders of Milestone Media Denys Cowan, Derrick Dingle and moderator Michael Davis. Also on was Peter David, Keith Knight, Reggie Hudlin, Phil LaMarr and Matt Wayne. They all talked about Dwayne’s intelligence, generosity and creativity. Towards the end they invited fans who’s had experiences with Dwayne to speak about them and a few people who are now professional writers spoke of how Dwayne took hours of his time to critique their work and how he helped them become the professional writers they are today.

Gene Colan Tribute (44:56, 41.1mb)

Marv Wolfman, Roy Thomas, Dean Mullaney, Andrew Farago, Steve Leialoha, Glen David Gold and moderator Mark Evanier gather to talk about Silver Age artist Gene Colan who passed away earlier this year. The panelists talked about those that inked him, his drawing style, him working as Austin Adams at Marvel and more.

The Golden Age of Fanzines (1:14:35, 68.2mb)

On this panel are the pioneers of comic fanzines and organized fandom. Panelists include Maggie Thompson, Richard and Pat Lupoff, Richard Kyle, Paul Levitz, Roy Thomas, Jean Bailes and moderated by Bill Schelley. Each talk about how they started their fanzines started. A lot of the audience were fanzine publishers as well and they asked questions about other fanzines (Rocket Blast Comic Collector in particular) and thanked the group for doing fanzines and welcoming them into their world.

That 70′s Panel (45:24, 41.5mb)

Creators from the 70s gather to talk about their work at that time. Moderated by Mark Evanier, the panelist are Roy Thomas, Walter & Louise Simonson, Len Wein, Mike Royer and Joe Staton. Mark asked about their first work in comics, how long they felt the comic industry was going to last (many assumed it would be dead in 5 years), what career they might have pursued if the comic industry did collapse, their views on older artists that was still working, Warren Publishing (Jim Warren in particular), Star Wars, Manhunter and more.

ComicsPro: So You Want To Be A Comic Book Retailer? (1:21:24, 74.5mb)

Moderated by Joe Field, retailers Portlyn Polston, Jennifer Haines, Chris Brady and Diamond outside Sales Manager Dave Hawksworth give a brief rundown of their experience and answer questions from existing and aspiring retailers on starting up a comic store or improve a store. Among the topics covered are getting female readers, stocking back issues, digital comics, percentage of sales on comics vs trades and other topics.

50 Years of Comic Fandom (1:17:18, 70.7mb)

Roy Thomas, Bill Schelley, Maggie Thompson, Richard & Pat Lupoff, Richard Kyle and Jean Bailes talk to Mark Evanier about their start in organizing fandom. Richard (Dick) & Pat Lupoff and Bill Schelley receive inkpot awards from the Comic-con organization. They also talked about the reaction of sci-fi fandom towards comic fandom. The panelists reveal the first comic convention they’ve ever attended and the first fanzine they contributed to.

Is the Comic Book Doomed? (46:01, 42.1mb)

Douglas Wolk brings together a number of people in the industry to talk about the lifespan of the 32 page comic book. On the panel is Amanda Emmert (Retailer, ComicsPro), Laura Hudson (Media, Comic Alliance), Vijaya Iyer (Co-Publisher, Cartoon Books) and Mark Waid (Long time writer & editor). Emmert and Waid go back and forth about the viability of the monthly comic with Iyer discussing how Bone would be done if it were launched today. There is a bit of talk about why digital would replace the monthly as well.

CBLDF: 25 Years of Protecting Creativity (52:01, 47.6mb)

Charles Brownstein gives a history comic book censorship and the Comic Book Legal Defence Fund. He outlines the major cases the fund has been involved in over the years and their results. Charles mentions that there is a worrying trend of censors targeting readers instead of retailers and publishers, but wrapping up their objections as child pornography to tarnish the reputations of those who purchase the books of which they do not approve of.

Walter and Louise Simonson Spotlight (1:16:13, 69.7mb)

Scott Dunbier interviews Walter and Louise Simonson about their careers. Walter talks about drawing and eventually writing and in particular talk about the Alien adaptation Graphic Novel/Album with Archie Goodwin published by Heavy Metal. Louise talks about her time as editor of Warren Publishing and Marvel. She also talks about Power Pack. At the end of the panel one lucky fan wins an Artists Edition of Walt Simonson’s Thor.

Jack Kirby Tribute (1:04:15, 58.8mb)

The annual Jack Kirby Tribute panel has Walter Simonson, Erik Larsen, Mike Royer, Richard Kyle and UK Celebrity Jonathan Ross. Moderated by Mark Evanier, the group talk about Jack and his inkers. Among them was Vinnie Colletta, Mike Royer, Joe Sinnott and Steve Ditko. Jonathan talks about his love of Jack Kirby and his desire to do a documentary on him (talk of his documentary on Steve Ditko popped up). They also talk about his DC work and the redrawing of Superman. Several people made announcements of upcoming Jack Kirby work coming out, including a movie about the time Jack helped the CIA rescue American hostages in Iran.

The Philippine Invasion (41:16, 37.7mb)

Philippino artists Ernie Chan, Alex Nino, Tony DeZuniga and Gerry Alanguilan are interviewed by Mark Waid about their getting started at DC Comics. Nino talks about switching from DC to Marvel in order to get the “real” page rate for artists at the time. He also talks about the freedom they at DC because his work was more suited to horror, which wasn’t popular in their local comic market. They discuss how the comic industry reacted to the Philippino artists when they started. Gerry talks about his working for DC today. They also talked about Nestor Redondo and how he influenced all of them.

Richard and Pat Lupoff Spotlight (47:04, 43mb)

Moderated by Maggie Thompson, Richard and Pat Lupoff talk about their lives before getting in comic fandom. Pat reveals about how they met and became a couple. Richard (Dick) talks about his life prior to fanzines, being an Army Lieutenant and working for IBM. He also talks about the productions of the fanzines. How he met Otto Binder and also a great story about mystery writer Don Westlake gave him an essay to print in which he told off the science fiction editors that he had worked for previously. I should note that Donald Westlake is the writer of the Richard Stark’s Parker stories that Darywn Cooke is adapting for IDW.

Full 2011 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards (3:09:55, 173mb)

The 2011 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards was held in the Indigo Room at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront on Friday, July 22nd.

Introduction by Masters of Ceremonies Bill Morrison. He was assisted by Kayre Morrison. The welcome was delivered by Jackie Estrada, Eisner Awards Administrator.

Presenters included Robert Ben Garant & Thomas Lennon, Joëlle Jones, Gerry Alanguilan, Jill Thompson, Phil LaMarr, Dave Gibbons & Jonathan Ross, Lance Henriksen, Anina Bennett & Paul Guinan, Glen David Gold & Patrick McDonnell, Ian Boothby, Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez, Greg Rucka and Walter & Louise Simonson.
The Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award was presented by Chris Bailey. The Bill Finger Award was presented by Mark Evanier. The Spirit of Comics Retailer Award was presented by Joe Ferrara. The Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award was presented by Ruth Clampett. Sergio Aragones presented the Hall of Fame and Maggie Thompson did the Memoriam.

The Winners can be found at the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards page.

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Batman Live! – The Khandie Khisses Review

Khandie Khisses writes, dances and lives for Bleeding Cool. We sent her and Bleeding Cool reporter Ben Mortimer on a date to Batman Live! last weekend. We ran Ben’s report last week. Now here comes Khandie’s…

I am a Batman fan in as much as I love Christian Bale in that rubbery suit. So the prospect of watching/perving on another man in rubber fly about an arena got my vote. Hey what can I say…I am shallow.

The show was impressive at times with a fantastic use of mix mediums to tell the story. I was however bored at times with the long dialogue at the start especially as the scene was set. I cant help but think that it seemed lost in such a huge arena. Or could it be the constant squeals of excited fans had deafened me slightly (I was one of them).

As a burlesque performer my eye was instantly drawn to the costuming (once I got over the hunk of rubber of Bat meat) and considering how much money had clearly gone into this production I could help but notice how lacking some of the costuming was. One being Catwoman’s. Instead of that sleek shiny almost latex number she seems to wear in the comics, this costume seemed rather large on her butt and not very sexy. The actress however was very sexy in her very fluid cat mimicking movements. Svelte saucepot!

I liked what I saw but for me it seemed other characters were holding the show together at times. Harley Quinn practically stole the show for me if it wasn’t for the amazing circus performers (from Circus Space I believe). Their movements were sensational and received a lot of praise. Their aerial work almost belittled the somewhat comical Matrix style fight scenes between Catwoman and Batman.

The whole production went through peaks and troughs for me. At times I was in awe and other times checking out my Twitter updates.

All in all a production for the die hard fan but I think I will stick to the comic book.

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