Archive for October 2014

The Horror Themed Humble Bundle In Time For Halloween And A Free Comic

The new Humble Bundle is a Halloween / Horror special that includes various artists and publishers. Some of the participants are IDW, Valiant, Dark Horse, Archie and Dynamite along with authors Clive Barker, Brian Keene and more. Humble Bundle is a way to help support certain charities by purchasing a greatly discounted collection of ebooks and digital comics. The more you donate the more books you get and you decide how your donation is split.

To participate in the Humble Horror Boo!k Bundle, click here.

Dynamite has asked us to run one of their books that is part of the bundle as an incentive to our BC readers. This is The Mocking Dead #1 by Fred Van Lente and Max Dunbar.

The Horror Themed Humble Bundle In Time For Halloween And A Free Comic

The Castle Of Horror Podcast Presents: Monster House!

By Jason Henderson, Drew Edwards, Tony Salvaggio, and Julia Guzman

Bleeding Cool welcomes back The Castle of Horror Podcast tonight, a weekly internet radio show where professional writers in the comics, games and book industries take a look at horror movies, choosing one movie a week to discuss in depth.

They say:

This week we continue our Haunted House Retrospective with Monster House from Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg.

Next time: we continue our haunted house theme with the original Amityville Horror!

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The Team: Hosted by Jason Henderson, writer of IDW’s Ben 10 series and creator of the HarperTeen novel series Alex Van Helsing.Featuring Drew Edwards, creator of Halloween Man, Tony Salvaggio of Clockwerx from Humanoids and Julia Guzman, attorney host of the mom-oriented podcast Podmoms.

The Castle Of Horror Podcast Presents: Monster House!

Marvel’s Plan To Make You Like The Inhumans More Than The X-Men Continues

Bleeding Cool has been telling you how important the Inhumans characters are to the future of the Marvel Universe for some time now.

Created in the sixties by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the Inhumans were a royal family of superfolk who lived apart from the rest of humanity. The result of alien genetic experimentation, they would pop up in Marvel stories over the decades, getting their own book occasionally and briefly.

But we discovered something bigger was planned for the characters, courtesy of Marvel Studios.

Our first story to this effect ran on April 1st 2013. In it, we decribed a new Inhumans series written by Matt Fraction, to reinvent the Inhumans, cascading them across the planet and creating new tribes and family and conflicy, in the manner of Game Of Thrones. And how it was all intended to be a movie.

Dismissed by some as an April Fool, it wasn’t.

Since then, we have seen Marvel replace the writer on Inhuman, Matt Fraction with Charles Soule, and launch the Inhumanity crossover putting Inhumans in almost every book in the Marvel Universe, introducing all readers to the concept – a royal family of super powered people who now have to cope with many more of their bloodline than previously believed.

They hired impossibly hot Joe Madueira to start the book. They’ve increased variant covers. Pushed for Avengers NOW! and made two of them upcoming team members of the Avengers. Then there was the warped review quote campaign. Putting #1 in the back of Amazing Spider-Man #1.

We even got the idea that their very existence is to prevent some kind of cosmic event or attack – which should tie in nicely with the upcoming Marvel movie cosmic plotlines.

It’s all been part of a plan to create an internal rival property to the X-Men, a franchise that Marvel Studios cannot exploit as movies, as Twentieth Century Fox bought the license in perpetuity. Which means Marvel have been reducing the prominence of the X-Men in favour of the Inhumans for some time now, even giving the Inhumans their trademarked persecuted minority status.

And they may not have had room for the X-Men on the front of their 75th Anniversary magazine, but they did have space for an Inhuman…

Ms Marvel is now an Inhuman too, and a smash hit success – doing better than the main Inhuman book is doing.

And this week, they announced an Inhumans film.

I wonder if it will have Ms Marvel in it?

And today, Marvel have told comic stores that they will be receiving twice as many copies of Inhuman #8 as they have ordered next month, and Inhuman #7 will be made available again as a second print.

This is a usual sign of a big push from the publisher, there is a reason they want retailers to have more copies of the next issue for free, and it’s not just the movie announcement.

I wonder what it could be?


Marvel’s Plan To Make You Like The Inhumans More Than The X-Men Continues

Arrow: Check out Felicity’s Goth Look

Next week's Arrow is called "The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak", giving fans a good idea what to expect in the episode. Charlotte Ross (NYPD Blue) guest stars as Felicity's mother, Donna, whose appearance in Starling City will bring up old memories for Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards).

CW have now revealed photos from the episode, showing Felicity like we've never seen here before, presumably in the first flashbacks devoted to the character.

Arrow: Emily Bett Rickards on Felicity's Origin Episode

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Comic Creator James Hudnall Is In Need Of Help

My first year going anywhere near the comic industry was 1994. I was at a horrible little convention at the L.A. Fairgrounds with an ashcan anthology trying to start a comic company. The number of names at the show was basically Reggie Jackson, James Hudnall, Joe Weems V, Dan Panosian and a few others that I’m having a hard time remembering two decades later.

Hudnall was the big draw for me, he was a writer I had been reading for years. If you don’t know him he worked on Alpha Flight and Strikeforce Morituri for Marvel, Hardcase for Malibu and Lex Luthor: The Unathorized Biography for DC along with creating the series ESPers and Harsh Realms… You might remember Harsh Realms from the short lived TV series with DB Sweeney.

I got to get away from my table and meet James… we had a hell of a lot more in common than I expected. We were both big men (I’m 6’6″ and he’s taller), both have a computer programming background and left it to be comic writers. Talking with him was great, he gave me advice that I still use to this day. And when I finally got around to putting out my own comics, he reviewed them immediately and showed me ways to improve including how to make the lettering better. I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be as far along in this industry as I am if it wasn’t for meeting James Hudnall and his friendship.

This week I found out that he is having to have surgery… He almost died the previous week from an infection in a diabetic ulcer on his foot. He shared pictures of it on his Facebook page… I will not share them here. The surgery is to remove the foot.

James says he will recover and be able to go back to work, but he’s not sure how long it will take and just how soon he will get back to work. So his friend has put together a Go Fund Me page to raise $3,000 to help cover the gap. As of this article writing it’s already over $2,100.

James is a very talented writer and an incredibly generous man and I ask if you can, help contribute to his fund. The best thing will be for him to focus on his recover and not stress about bills… and we can help make that happen.

Click here to help and donate.

Comic Creator James Hudnall Is In Need Of Help

Original Art For Amazing Spider-Man #300 Cover Up For Auction – Could It Sell For A Quarter Of A Million?

Clicky for biggy. But that is the original artwork to Amazing Spider-Man #1 by Todd McFarlane on the blocks at Heritage Auctions. And they esitaimet it could sell for a quarter of a million.

Though oddly the auction house states,

Todd McFarlane’s iconic Spider-Man image, featuring the only cover appearance of the web-slinger sporting the black Venom symbiote suit, offered at Heritage Auctions Beverly Hills, Nov. 21, 2014

Which is, not true, he wore the symbiote  suit on the cover plenty of times. It is however the first full issue appearance of Venom, the character that the suit became when it merged with Eddie Brock, so maybe that god mangled a little.

But it is an utterly iconic cover image to a much sought-after comic book. And it hits the blocks at Heritage on November 21st,

So, who is feeling rich? It currently has a bid of $101,000…


Noah Fleisher, Public Relations Director

Original Art For Amazing Spider-Man #300 Cover Up For Auction – Could It Sell For A Quarter Of A Million?

Channing Tatum’s Gambit Movie is Happening

It looks like X-Men's Ragin' Cajun is getting his own movie. Channing Tatum has reportedly signed on to star as the card-throwing mutant with Robocop writer Josh Zetumer slatted to pen the adaptation for Fox.

According to Deadline, the X-Men spinoff movie featuring Gambit is on track, but has not yet been given a release date. X-Men: Days of Future Past's Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner will produce, with Tatum's Magic Mike collaborator Reid Carolin.

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Who Should Play Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel?

A few days ago Marvel revealed info on nine upcoming films for Phase 3 of its cinematic universe schedule. Included in the wave of news was the announcement of a Captain Marvel film, and it's notable because the film will star a female lead.

We picked 16 strong actresses we felt could capture the power of Captain Marvel and asked the IGN community to pick who would fit the character best.


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It’s Time To Give Fox’s FANTASTIC FOUR Reboot a Break – the Sequel

Newsarama's senior editor is back with a follow-up to his FANTANTIC FOUR reboot OP-ED, expanding on some unfinished business.

It’s Time To Give Fox’s FANTASTIC FOUR Reboot a Break – the Sequel

Newsarama's senior editor is back with a follow-up to his FANTANTIC FOUR reboot OP-ED, expanding on some unfinished business.