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Archive for February 2013 – Page 2

REVIEW: Uncanny X-Men #2

Or – “They Say That Breaking Up Is Hard To Do…”

The fallout from Avengers Vs. X-Men has been pretty colossal, so it’s easy to forget that one of the casualties was the long-term (for X-Men, anyway) relationship between Cyclops …

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Kickstart From The Heart: Cromwell Green, Rex Nocturnus, Cloud Stories and RagnaroK

Bleeding Cool’s  Kickstarter Correspondent, Shawn Demumbrum has lead three Kickstarter campaigns to launch comic books, two successfully funded and one that wasn’t.  Each week he will point out some of the unique Kickstarter projects that wouldn’t normally be published by the big comic book companies, but deserve your attention.  Shawn is the Manager of Comic Book Programming for the Phoenix Comicon.  He is currently working on the fourth “Inspired by” book based upon the Songs of Nine Inch Nails.

Project: Cromwell Green: A Spooky Comic Book Series

Creator: Michael S. Wooley

Concept: “Cromwell Green is a 15 year goth boy who loves music. He is from Krakenport. A little town in the corner of nowhere that just can’t seem to stay quiet. Finding himself in situations he doesn’t want to be in he and his friends often set out to take out monsters, mythical creatures, folklore legends and anything else that may rear it’s ugly head.

Sweet Spot: Pledge $5 or more. “Get’s your name in the Thank you’s section of the First issue. You get a signed, first print of “Cromwell Green and The Curse of The Leper-Con’s” Plus a mini print of the “Think Green in Thirteen” promo poster. “

Cool Zone: Pledge $150 or more: “Sketch of you in “Cromwell” style” plus 3 limited 11”x14” prints, copy of the comic and your name in the thank you section.

Tipping point:  Has a real Roman Dirge feel to it which can’t be bad.

So far: $831 of $2,000 with 6 days to go

Project: Rex

Nocturnus

Creator: Liam Boyle and Scott K. Monteiro

Concept: “Rex Nocturnus is the story of Charly: an antagonistic, seafaring girl and her dogged attempts to destroy the giant shark, Rex Nocturnus, that ruined her life.”

Sweet Spot: Pledge $10

or more.  “Signed comic with your name in the thank you page.”

Cool Zone: Pledge $200 or more.  “Signed, sketched comic with your name in the thank you page plus a custom commission illustration by Scott K. Monteiro.”

Tipping point:  Moby Dick with a female protagonist and a shark.

So far: $3,945 of $1,000 with 6 days to go

Project: Cloud Stories, a new book by K. Thor Jensen

 

Creator: K. Thor Jensen

Concept: “When I started drawing again, the work I produced wasn’t hindered by any expectations – I was just producing comic stories from some unexplored place inside me.

As I drew more of them, I started to notice a weird thematic undercurrent of clouds – atmospheric clouds, clouds of gas, clouded perceptions, clouds of information. As I explored these themes, new stories that touched on other aspects of them came to me. It’s been invigorating and rewarding to develop these comics totally unconcerned with any commercial considerations.

Cloud Stories is going to be a dense, rewarding book. The material ranges from horror to memoir to slapstick comedy. The style of each piece varies wildly from the one before it. But as I finish these stories, I find they all mesh with each other and illuminate

each other.”

Sweet Spot: Pledge $20 or more. Copy of the finished book.

Cool Zone: Pledge $500 or more: “Copy of Cloud Stories shipped to any address on Earth, cloud postcard and the original artwork for one entire story in Cloud Stories. I will send you a PDF before the book’s release so that you can choose your story. Also your name in the Special Thanks section of the book.”

Tipping point: First, the creators’s name is Thor.  Second, I’m a fan of themed anthologies and this is an anthology created by the same creator.

So far: $4,484 of $4,000 with 7 days to go

Project: RagnaroK

Creator: Jeffrey Jekrimo Morris

Concept: “The battle between Heaven and Hell has begun as a pair of twins find themselves stuck in the middle. Inspired by true events.”

Sweet Spot: Pledge $5 or more. A signed copy of the comic.

Cool Zone: Pledge $100 or more. Comic! Doodle on the inside cover! I’ll give you one of five original boards from the first issue.

Tipping point: The Battle between Heaven and Hell and it’s inspired by true events.  Weird enough for me to read the first issue.

So far: $1,062 of $777 with 8 days to go

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Oz The Great And Powerful: My First Reactions, Our Final Trailer

With just over a week to go, Disney have issued one final trailer for Oz the Great and Powerful. Here it is.

Click here to view the embedded video.

You can see that in HD over at Apple.

I saw the film tonight. If you want a full review you can listen in to the podcast tomorrow, but here’s the short version: this is definitely a Sam Raimi film, with his flair for the explosively, dynamic in-your-face getting… well, up in your face, whenever it can. At the same time, it’s a charming, sweet and funny family film that pays homage to the MGM movie and the original Frank L. Baum books but still goes its own way. I loved it.

Oh, and the 3D is great – arguably better than ever.

More tomorrow.

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$200,000 On Kickstarter And A Month To Go

Time to add someone new to the Power List. Aaron Diaz, 29 year old author of the web comic Dresden Codak has just raised $200,000 on Kickstarter to put out five years worth of the wonderfully digitally painted action adventure fantasy webcomic into one massive hardcover, The Tomorrow Girl. He started with a $30,000 aim and still has a month to go.

Not bad, not bad at all.

Especially with the likes of ten people donating $1000 each. Aaron has added some stretch goals… This looks like it would go higher and higher and higher…

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This Hannibal Trailer Doesn’t Look Anything Like The Hannibal Movies, Or Any Other Procedural On TV

The second, fuller trailer for NBC’s Hannibal gives us a good idea of what the show is going to look like. The pilot was directed by David Slade but there’s enough pop in the colours and compositions to suggest showrunner Bryan Fuller’s influence might be the major one. Fuller has shown a real taste for very orgqnised, often rather geometric and sometimes contrasty images. At a pinch, I’d guess his favourite painter is Grant Wood.

Click here to view the embedded video.

So that is what looks like when Hard Candy and 30 Days of Night meets Pushing Daisies and Dead Like Me.

None of that will matter at all if the scripts don’t cut it. Again, the involvement of Fuller suggests they will. The cast is cracking too.

Hannibal kicks off on NBC on April 4th.

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ECCC 2013: What To See, What To Do

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It might be a little damp this weekend in downtown Seattle, but if you're headed here for the weekend for Emerald City Comic-Con, you might be too busy having fun on the show floor to notice.

This will be my second trip to ECCC, so let's look at some of the cool things going on this weekend at the Washington State Convention Center.

Get out on the floor...

If you've been to other cons and this is your first ECCC, what will probably surprise you is how easy it is to navigate the show floor. While it's by no means a small con, it is a smaller convention, attracting fans from all over the Pacific Northwest. Lacking the sideshows of major film and television announcements (or 30 foot displays for the next big comic book film on the show floor), it's a smaller set of fans getting to know their favorite creators and one another.

Snap some cosplay photos (with the cosplayer's permission, of course), stroll up to one of the publisher booths and see what kind of swag they have on offer (or maybe even buy some books), and explore the small press booths to show some love to up and coming creators.

Comics

DC, Image, Archaia, Dark Horse, Oni, and more will be there (Marvel won't have a booth), so head over and see what they've got to show for themselves, or hang out and meet one of the creators who might be stopping by the booth.

In terms of panels, you might want to check out Dark Horse Superheroes (Friday, 3:10), DC New 52 (Saturday, 3:10), Marvel's Next Big Thing (Sunday, 2:10), or Monkeybrain Comics' ECCC debut (Sunday, 2:00). Keep in mind, these will be more state of the industry/company-type panels with updates on your favorite creators and and characters. Still, that doesn't mean that the occasional big announcement might not slip through.

Cosplay

The breadth and depth of cosplay at ECCC is impressive so keep your camera ready. Thank some of those cosplayers who dragged their elaborate costumes and accessories through the damp Seattle weather to the convention center with a compliment and a polite request for a photo.

And if you're looking to try your own hand at cosplay this year or next, Yaya Han will be sitting in on a Q&A Sunday at 11:00 AM with some tips and tricks on how to make your own costume for the next big con.

Gaming

There's a huge tabletop gaming community up here, so expect to see them in full force throughout the weekend. HeroClix and Magic tournaments will be running throughout the weekend alongside plenty of opportunities for casual play. Plus celebrities like Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day will be out on the floor and I want one of you to challenge Wil Wheaton to a Magic game.

On the electronic gaming side of things, this year is pretty quiet although Dorky's Arcade will be sponsoring a game room, ElecTRONica Arcade Party on Friday and Saturday, featuring electronic music and some new game releases like "Halo 4."

This is by no means an exhaustive list. Sir Patrick Stewart will be there, signing all manner of things, and there's a costume party on Saturday night. So what do you plan to do this weekend?

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This Cinematic Trailer For ‘Hannibal’ Looks Deliciously Exciting

If the casting of Mads Mikkelsen as the bad Dr. Lecter wasn't enough to pique your interest in the "Silence of the Lambs" prequel miniseries "Hannibal," then this artfully cut trailer will.

The idea of going back to the "Silence of the Lambs" well again wasn't one that particularly excited me. It's been diminishing returns since Ridley Scott's gruesome and ultimately overblown "Hannibal" to the not terrible "Red Dragon" from Brett Ratner to "Hannibal Rising's" we-just-couldn't-get-Hopkins-back-so-let's-do-this vibe of Hannibal Lecter fan fiction by the actual creator of Hannibal Lecter.

Now comes this stylish trailer for "Hannibal," this look back at the battle of wits between Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) and Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), the FBI Agent sent to find a cannibal targeting women. What I appreciate most about this trailer is the way it unfolds at such a steady, ominous pulse. Every moment we start to feel more and more worried about the body and soul of Agent Graham while Mikkelsen gives off this icy charm. Hopkins' take on the character was far more unassuming, but Mikkelsen has just the correct amount of physical menace buttoned up under a professional facade to make the character work.

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From NBC:

One of the most fascinating literary characters comes to life on television for the first time: psychiatrist-turned-serial killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. In this new drama from Bryan Fuller ("Pushing Daisies," "Heroes"), based on the characters from Thomas Harris' classic novels, we see where this incredible story began.

Will Graham is a gifted criminal profiler who is on the hunt for a serial killer with the FBI. Graham's unique way of thinking gives him the astonishing ability to empathize with anyone - even psychopaths. He seems to know what makes them tick. But when the mind of the twisted killer he's pursuing is too complicated for even Will to comprehend, he enlists the help of Dr. Lecter, one of the premier psychiatric minds in the country. Armed with the uncanny expertise of the brilliant doctor, Will and Hannibal (known as a serial killer only to the audience) form a brilliant partnership and it seems there's no villain they can't catch. If Will only knew...

"Hannibal" premieres April 4 at 10 on NBC.

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Best Shots Rapid: AQUAMAN, UNCANNY AVENGERS, RAVINE, More

Ready, set, read reviews of AQUAMAN #17, UNCANNY AVENGERS #4, RAVINE #1 and plenty more books from this week

Best Shots Rapid: AQUAMAN, UNCANNY AVENGERS, RAVINE, More

Ready, set, read reviews of AQUAMAN #17, UNCANNY AVENGERS #4, RAVINE #1 and plenty more books from this week

Retail Therapy – A New Acme Comics

The first in a new series looking at retailer’s stories.

You’ve earned customer loyalty when they camp out in below freezing temperatures for two days just to be the first to shop at your new store. Greensboro residents Jordan Morris and James Rudder huddled together in a tent Wednesday night to ensure they’ll be the first customers at Acme Comics Presents, the latest venture by North Carolina comic book retailing juggernaut Acme Comics.

“Acme’s been here for 30 years,” Morris said. “Imagine if I could say I was the first person in the shop then. I think this is a chance to be a part of geek history.”

Unlike its big brother store, Acme Comics Presents will have a limited stock of comic books and graphic novels when it opens Friday. Instead, shop creators Jermaine Exum and Stephen Mayer are focusing on geek culture by offering clothing, original art prints, creative how-to items and specialty items like guitars featuring some of comics’ best loved heroes. It could be the future of comic stores as digital expands.

“We’ve been very fortunate,” said Mayer. “While most retailers have struggled in this economy we’ve seen growth and excitement about our products. We get new customers – kids and adults – everyday coming into Acme Comics for the first time. Some of them don’t buy comic books regularly but they love the culture and want the t-shirts or the posters or the toys, so Acme Comics Presents is just a really natural evolution for us.”

Fans of the original shop won’t have to travel far to visit Acme Comics Presents. It’s located at 2148 Lawndale Drive, just next door to Acme Comics. The shop is smaller, about 1,500 square feet, and will be open 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.Cutlines:

ACP I – L-R – James Rudder and Jordan Morris stand with Acme Comics Presents manager Stephen Mayer in front of the new store. Rudder and Morris camped in front of the store for two days to be the first customers.

ACP II L-R – Jordan Morris and James Rudder camped in freezing weather to be the first customers to shop at Acme Comics Presents.

ACP III L-R – Clerk Griffin Kale and shop manager Stephen Mayer work on make final touches to Acme Comics Presents on the eve of the sho

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