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Archive for May 2015

This Is What Aquaman and Wonder Woman Could Have Looked Like

Right on the heels of George Miller's wildly successful Mad Max: Fury Road, a new documentary exploring the director's cancelled Justice League movie--Justice League: Mortals--was announced. Now we've gotten our first look at the project thanks to some never-before-seen concept art.

To help create buzz around the documentary, the official Twitter account released four pieces of concept art provided to them by the artists directly involved with the film.

Two images of Princess Diana--aka Wonder Woman--were released, one with her stopping a flying car and one of her flying through Themyscria.

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The Wicked + The Divine Headed to TV

Hot off its three Eisner-nominations (including one for "Best New Series"), Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie and Matt Wilson's The Wicked + The Divine is getting a small-screen adaptation, after striking a deal with Universal TV.

According to Deadline, comic book scribes Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick will produce the series under their new production company, Milkfed Criminal Masterminds, for Universal TV. The acclaimed duo recently formed Milkfed with the intention of bringing fellow indie comic creators' IP to television, starting with an adaptation of Fraction's own Image Comics series, Sex Criminals.

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Denver Comic Con ’15: A Glimpse Into The Ecosystem – Pokemon, Cosplay, And Manga

By Madison Vankuren

denver_comic_con_logoIt’s easy to spend an entire day walking through the halls admiring the cosplay, but one of the best offerings Denver Comic Con (DCC) has to offer is its panel discussions.  Aside from the main events with celebrities, the discussions cover a wide variety topics and you’d be hard pressed not to find something that’s interesting!

For the Pokemon fans (and there were many) Pokemonster was a must.  This panel explored the colossal Pokemon empire that has grown to include video games, trading cards, movies/tv shows, comic books and toys. Beginning with it’s creation by Satoshi Tajiri, the members of the panel proceeded to describe the pokemon in the world that he created. This was done primarily through means of the audience interactive game, “Who’s That Pokemon?” The game covered pokemon from all six generations, and really seemed to be enjoyed by the audience, who participated enthusiastically.  Overall it was a nice presentation, but it was tailored to a younger audience, and any true pokemon master may have found that they were already familiar with the information presented. Still, a pokemon pin for correctly answering “Who’s That Pokemon?” is nothing to scoff at!

Screen Shot 2015-05-31 at 1.46.24 AMFollowing a quick lunch and a not so quick torrential downpour, we returned to the convention just in time to sit in on the Cosplay Competition Crash Course panel.  This panel was particularly interesting because, while I knew that there were competitions for cosplay, I had no idea of the extent to which competitors will go.  The panel was conducted by four “master level” cosplayers who have competed anywhere from two to 15 years, and who have also judged in several competitions.  The panel leaders spoke about what catches a judge’s eye during a cosplay competition, explicitly citing accuracy, attention to detail, creative use of materials, and technical proficiency in needle work. Really embodying the persona of your character, and letting your love for them shine through in your work, was also a major deciding factor for many of the judges.  What all of the judges stressed, however, was to just have fun with it; whether you win or lose, you should do so with grace.

The final panel of the day for me was one that I had been particularly excited about – Understanding Manga. In this session, panel leaders detailed some of the key elements that make Japanese storytelling unique, and drew attention to stylistic distinctions that are common in Japanese manga.  One of the more interesting these that the panel leader discussed was how the Japanese religion of Shinto played a role in storytelling.  Just as a spiritual essence inserts themselves into rocks, trees, rivers, animals, places, and even people, Japanese manga artists seek to create opportunities in which the reader can insert themselves into a particular character or situation. This enables the reader to empathize with the character, and enhances the story overall.  Another style which is commonly practiced is using panels with no dialogue.  The imagery in these panels provides another chance for the reader to insert themselves into the story, and intensifies emotions felt by the character.  Overall, the panel has really impacted the way I read manga. When I’m reading a story, and a panel of pure action is presented, I take the opportunity to analyze how the artist drew the character, and really try feel what it is the artist is trying to convey. It has made the experience of reading manga all the more enjoyable! Also, I’m fairly certain the The Fairly OddParents Cosmo and Wanda attended the panel, disguised as Macbooks!

Denver Comic Con '15: A Glimpse Into The Ecosystem - Pokemon, Cosplay, And Manga

Marc Laming’s Process Art For Justic Inc, The Avenger #1

We have the process art for the Marc Laming cover of Justice Inc, The Avenger #1. The new series for Dynamite Entertainment is being written by Mark Waid and drawn by Ronilson Freire. The colors for the cover were done by Lara Magarida.

Meet Richard Henry Benson–the Avenger! His pallid features forever deadened by a criminal act, he is the ultimate master of disguise and uses his skills to mete out retribution to those who would prey on the innocent! But can even Benson triumph over an Invisible Man…? Fan-favorite writer Mark Waid – who is hotter than ever thanks to his work on Daredevil and Star Wars: Princess Leia – brings his personal favorite pulp hero back to comics with all-new, explosive adventures!

“Having the opportunity to dive into the psyche of a crimefighter as unique as Benson has been a lifelong dream,” says Waid. “I’ve been thinking about what his life and mind would be like ever since I read my first Avenger paperback back in the day. How does a man live his life when he has nothing to live for but justice? How does he navigate in a world of life and love and joy when his own features are frozen and stiff like putty, mirroring his cold, dead insides? I’ve been aching to write this story!

For more on Justice Inc, The Avenger #1, click here.

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Marc Laming's Process Art For Justic Inc, The Avenger #1

[Video] Unboxing the May Power Up Box!

Power Up Box has a monthly box of epicness for geeks and gamers, and this month I check out my first Power Up Box! What’s inside!? Watch to find out! You can get your very own Power Up Box by clicking our affiliate link! (http://bit.ly/MSPowerUp) Come talk to us Tweet us @ http://twitter.com/MajorSpoilers Facebook us @ http://facebook.com/MajorSpoilers […]

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[Video] Unboxing the May Power Up Box!

Power Up Box has a monthly box of epicness for geeks and gamers, and this month I check out my first Power Up Box! What’s inside!? Watch to find out! You can get your very own Power Up Box by clicking our affiliate link! (http://bit.ly/MSPowerUp) Come talk to us Tweet us @ http://twitter.com/MajorSpoilers Facebook us @ http://facebook.com/MajorSpoilers […]

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New Story Arc For Imperium And Dead Drop Continues

This week in stores from Valiant is Imperium #5 which kicks off the new story arc Broken Angels by Joshua Dysart and Scot Eaton and then there is Drop Dead #2 by Ales Kot and Adam Gorham.

Imperium #5 (New arc! Broken Angels – Part 1)
Written by Joshua Dysart Art by Scot Eaton Covers by Kano, Scot Eaton, Cafu, Robert Gill and Sina Grace

Toyo Harada will create Utopia…he just needs the right weapons first! The most powerful man in the world has collected an assembly of monsters, killers, and super-villains…and now he’s set his sights on the last asset his team needs: the renegade scientist called Broken Angel. The only thing standing in his way — an army of enhanced soldiers…guarding a top-secret, highly fortified facility… deep underwater! The impossible heist begins here!

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Dead Drop #2 (of 4)
Written by Ales Kot Art by Adam Gorham Covers by Raul Allen, Adam Gorham and Rafa Sandoval

The all-new conspiracy thriller from red-hot creators Ales Kot (Secret Avengers) and Adam Gorham (Zero) continues!
The biotechnology that is threatening to end us all is out on the streets of New York and Archer is the only one who can stop it — with his bow and arrows, without pants. The group responsible for stealing the virus continues to play the city against the team. But who are they?

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New Story Arc For Imperium And Dead Drop Continues

[Movies] 20th Century Fox is making a Lumberjanes movie!

Didn’t see this coming, but so glad 20th Century Fox is making a movie basked on the BOOM! Studios series, Lumberjanes. We were tipped off to this story by Major Spoilerite, Julie, who seemed very excited about the news. Will Widger is writing the script, as Fox looks for a female director to helm the […]

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[Movies] 20th Century Fox is making a Lumberjanes movie!

Didn’t see this coming, but so glad 20th Century Fox is making a movie basked on the BOOM! Studios series, Lumberjanes. We were tipped off to this story by Major Spoilerite, Julie, who seemed very excited about the news. Will Widger is writing the script, as Fox looks for a female director to helm the […]

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E3 To (Sort Of) Open Its Doors To Members Of The Public For The First Time

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E3 is a bit of a weird one when you think about it. It’s the biggest event in the gaming calendar each year, but it’s not open to the public. It was originally just an industry expo to show off wares between those employed in the field, but nowadays it comes with a lot more spectacle and pageantry. The fact that the public still can’t go though makes the whole thing feel like a forward facing VIP Party. In reality, it is much less glamourous, but it’s a lot of gamer’s dreams to attend.

If you are one of those people, be on the look out. In an interview with Polygon, ESA’s senior vice president of consumer and industry affairs, Rich Taylor said that the “4000 to 5000″ tickets had been given out to game’s companies to distribute amongst their fans. No one seems to be handing these out yet though, so be on the prowl.

Be aware, there tickets will get you inside and let you go stand in line to see presentations. Press conferences and the like are held outside of the expo though, so those aren’t included. If you do get in though, come say hey!

E3 To (Sort Of) Open Its Doors To Members Of The Public For The First Time