The Nerdy Show run an excellent site, and recently shared this piece with Bleeding Cool, thinking it might tickle the fancy of superhero comic fans and animators alike:
Every artist has got to get a start somewhere, right? But all-star Marvel/DC artist Joe Quinones won’t bore you with middle-school art crafted in traditional mediums – oh no! In a show of true nerd colors, last week Quinones posted some of his sixth grade drawings and animations crafted via SNES classic, Mario Paint. It’s a true moment in 90s comics nostalgia including multiple Wolverines, The Reign of the Supermen, Batman: The Animated Series, and, of course, Spawn.
You can find all these posts via Quinones’ Tumblr… or scroll down and marvel (see what I did there) at the young artist’s path to greatness:
Nailed it. #wolverine #mariopaint #joemariopaints A video posted by @kwinones on
SPAWN! #toddmcfarlana #mariopaint #joemariopaints A video posted by @kwinones on
Some sixth grade Batman animation for you. #joemariopaints #mariopaint A video posted by @kwinones on
CYBORG!!!11!!! #joemariopaints A video posted by @kwinones on
Okay, last one for tonight. THE WOLVERINE. #1992 #joemariopaints A video posted by @kwinones on
UPDATED under the original article with even more casting details, featuring four more DC characters including Jimmy Olsen.
A couple of pivotal casting descriptions have come out regarding the new Supergirl TV series, which CBS has given an official series commitment.
Based on the characters from DC Comics, Supergirl will follow Kara Zor-El. Born on the planet Krypton, Kara escaped amid its destruction years ago. And since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin.
Now TVLine.com has revealed some of the key casting details for both Kara Zor-El (aka Kara Danvers) and...Kara's foster sister Alexandra “Alex” Danvers.
I’ve seen some articles on-line talking about why we can’t just call our heroes by their name when it comes to the DC films and television. In Man of Steel they shied away from the name Superman as much as they could. In Arrow, Oliver Queen has been The Hood, The Vigilante and now The Arrow. And on The Flash, he referred to himself by name in pilot but now he’s back to thinking about it and getting called The Blur or The Streak.
I get it with Arrow… the Oliver that came back from the island was a killer on a mission, not a hero. So as he has moved along the path to becoming a hero his name has changed to mark his progression. He’s had to earn the title.
But with The Flash, Barry Allen has been a hero since he first put on the friction suit. Building up to his name seems kind of unnecessary here. Calling him The Blur just reminds me of Smallville and calling him The Streak makes me think of the Ray Stevens’ song (click here if you don’t know it). Barry teased it again this week as he was about to ask Joe’s opinion of it before they got interrupted. Was it all so we could get that moment of Harrison Wells telling Simon Stagg that he’s called The Flash and he has to be protected?
Hopefully Barry will be able to use his hero name starting on November 18th. That’s when the episode The Flash Is Born airs and that would be a silly title if he isn’t called the Flash by the end.
And I am hoping that on Arrow, Detective Lance eventually gets to say something to the effect of: “Green arrows, red arrows, black arrows… what are you guys, the Power Rangers now?”
With Marvel Studios announcing that Captain Marvel will be getting her own movie in 2018, we reached out to Kelly Sue Deconnick, the woman who has been writing the comic book since Carol Danvers was re-branded as Captain Marvel in 2012. Believe it or not, she had no idea the announcement was coming.
"I was gobsmacked," she said. "I did not see that coming, and I would have bet high dollar against it. I could not be more thrilled to be wrong."
Deconnick was quick to point out that she is a freelancer working for Marvel Comics on a work-for-hire basis, so she's not privy to the same kind of information that someone like comic writer Brian Michael Bendis -- who is on the creative committee for the movies -- or Joe Quesada -- the Chief Creative Officer of Marvel -- would have.
By Christine Marie Vinciquarra
[*Mild spoilers for Saga #24 below!]
Finally! After five issues, Lying Cat, Sophie, Gwendolyn and The Will are back! Thank you Brian K. Vaughan, thank you so much. I totally understand now why he did what he did. He caused a great hunger for these characters to return to the story, and now that they are back, I couldn’t be happier.
This spectacular issue kicks off with Ghus, the little seal looking man that hangs around deceased novelist D. Oswald Heist’s lighthouse on Quietus. (R.I.P. Heist.) He is having a conversation with The Brand who is searching for her brother, The Will. Because The Will is still hospitalized, Gwendolyn, Sophie, and Lying Cat are on their own. As they try to find a cure for The Will’s wounds they, of course, encounter some trouble.
Saga never disappoints when it comes to odd and unique looking creatures. We are introduced to a new species in this issue called Patrollers, aka creepy troll people with big noses that say inappropriate things. It is clear that Gwendolyn and Sophie have bonded much more as time has gone by. Reading the dialogue between the two of them as a fight scene unravels, really brings to light how much their relationship has evolved since the last time we saw them together.
I cannot describe to you how excited I was to see Lying Cat. I missed that cat so much. With that said, I must take a moment to gush about artist, Fiona Staples. I think comic book artists have so much control when it comes to how a scene is going to feel and how characters are going to appear. No matter how good the writing is, the artist has a huge responsibility to bring those words to life in a way that will affect the reader. Lying Cat’s first appearance in the issue is absolutely phenomenal. So phenomenal that I want to buy a second issue of the book, tear out that page, and hang it behind my desk. Fiona Staples’ ability to bring these imaginative creatures to life is outstanding. She deserves a round of applause for how great her art is.
As the issue continues we get to see an interesting flashback from The Will’s past. Some people can be sticklers when it comes to flashback scenes, but most of the time, I love them. I won’t spoil what happens in this particular one, but I will say that Vaughan really gave me what I wanted this month. The characters continue to be memorable, and I really love diving deeper into their personalities. At the end of the issue I said to myself, “Everything is lining up perfectly,” and I really do feel that way. Saga never fails to keep the reader’s attention. Whether it is suspense, action, or heart wrenching moments, this series hooks you and leaves you wanting more. It seems that Vaughan will always have a surprise up his sleeve.
Saga Issue #35 from Image Comics is written by Brian K. Vaughan, with art by Fiona Staples.
Christine Marie Vinciquarra is a writer and bibliomaniac with a love for all things creative. Some of her favorite things include: Batgirl, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Saga, Game of Thrones (the books and the show), Johnny Depp, and all things Disney. She spends her weekends feeding her competitive side while she plays tabletop and/or video games with her husband and friends. She is currently working on a series of young adult fantasy novels. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @AWritersWay or on her blog writerchristinemarie.wordpress.com.
Nightcrawler writer-director Dan Gilroy opens up about the Tim Burton Superman film that wasn't to be.
Speaking with IndieWire, Gilroy reveals that Burton's take on the Man of Steel planned to feature both Braniac and Doomsday, and would have been "a Superman for the ages."
The Bourne Legacy screenwriter says he came on board after Kevin Smith and Wesley Strick had penned drafts, and was taken in by Burton's approach to the film. The story the film aimed to tell varied from the traditional Superman orgins.
"Kal-El was not told by Jor-El, before he got put in the little spaceship, who he was or where he came from," says Gilroy. "So poor little Kal-El, when he winds up on earth, he has no freaking idea where he came from. His biggest fear is that he's an alien."