Saturday, April 30, 2005

Your fear is his deadliest weapon

The comics movie you've all been waiting for makes its debut tonight!

No, not "Batman Begins."

No, not "Fantastic Four," either.

I'm talking about "Man-Thing," the Marvel Comics adaptation that went from plans for a major theatrical relase to being reduced to a cable TV movie.

Reviews aren't positive.
About as enthralling as watching algae grow, "Man-Thing" is a film about a swamp monster that arises to attack an oil rig destroying its domain.

The monster — some kind of incarnation of American Indian spirits — is not dissuaded by the fact the rig is a cheap, unconvincing movie prop.

So it goes around spearing people with vegetation as the film reduces audiences to tears with the ensuing dialogue:

"How can you shove a branch down someone's throat like that?"

"Sheriff, that branch wasn't forced in. It's coming from the inside out."

This might have worked as comedy if the jokes weren't more accidental than deliberate. ...

If you're brave enough to ignore the critics (or if you just want to see how bad this thing is), tune in to the Sci Fi network tonight at 8 p.m.

The Man's new project

Comics legend aims to make books even young boys will love to read
[I]f books did try to play on the same action-packed, visually stimulating field [as modern electronic entertainment], could young readers be seduced?

Stan Lee ... did it with the kids who are now today's parents when pleasure reading was threatened by Saturday matinee movies and that big box in the living room known as television.

He's now putting his support behind upstart publisher Big Guy Books, whose primary product is the "Time Soldiers" series.

There are a couple glaring misconceptions in the articile — primarily that Stan Lee is referred to as a "cartoonist" and he's labeled as the "creator" of certain characters, which overlooks the work of Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko. Nevertheless, it's always interesting to read what the Man has to say.

Friday, April 29, 2005

New Comics and FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! (5-4-05)

Amazing Fantasy #8
Angel RPG HC
Archie & Friends #91
Batman: Dark Detective #1 (of 6)
Bigfoot #3 (of 4)
Blood of the Demon #3
Captain Gravity and Power of the Vril #4
Caught in the Web: Dreaming Up the World of Spider-Man
Complete Jon Sable Freelance vol 1 TP
Concrete: Human Dilemma #5 (of 6)
Daredevil: Redemption #4 (of 6)
Deadworld #1
Detective Comics #806
Excalibur #12
Fade from Grace #5
Felt: True Tales of Underground Hip Hop 1-Shot
Firestorm #13
Fullmetal Alchemist vol 1 TP
G.I. Joe: Reloaded #14
GLA #2 (of 4)
Inquest Gamer #122
Intimates #7
Jingle Belle #4 (of 4)
JLA: Monopoly
Justice League Elite #11 (of 12)
Justice League Unlimited #9
Killing Joke Poster
Lex Luthor: Man of Steel #3 (of 5)
Lullaby: Wisdom Seeker #1 (of 4)
Matador #1 (of 6)
Medieval Lady Death #2
Monster War: Magdalena vs Dracula #1 (of 4)
Monty Python Rabbit with Big Pointy Teeth Slippers
New X-Men #13
NYC Mech: Beta Love #1
Power Pack #2 (of 4)
Powerpuff Girls #61
Rising Stars: Voices of the Dead #1 (of 6)
Rogue #10
Seven Soldiers: Shining Knight #2 (of 4)
Shadowhawk #1
Shanna the She Devil #4 (of 7)
Spider-Girl #86
Spider-Man Unlimited #9
Super Manga Blast #51
Superman #216
Superman: Strength #1 (of 3) - reorder
Superman: Strength #2 (of 3) - reorder
Thor, Son of Asgard vol 1 Warriors TP
Ultimate Fantastic Four #18
Villains United #1 (of 6)
Y: The Last Man #33

Yeah, there are some odd things on the invoice this week - Monty Python Rabbit with Big Pointy Teeth slippers, for example - but come on, you know you want a pair to tromp around the house in. Who doesn't? Other than that, we've got some great comics coming in; make sure you come pick yours up before the insane rush that will be FREE COMIC BOOK DAY on Saturday, May 7th.

Speaking of FREE COMIC BOOK DAY, you need to make sure you come out for that too; it's going to be HUGE this year, with all kinds of free comics to give away, and we're also holding a drawing for a free $50.00 gift certificate! Come out and help us make this our most successful Free Comic Book Day yet!

Friday, April 22, 2005

Last Comics for April (4-27-05)!!

86 VOLTZ DEAD GIRL ONE SHOT
ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #639
ASTONISHING X-MEN VOL 1 GIFTED TP
AUTHORITY REVOLUTION #7 (OF 12)
BATGIRL #63
BATMAN #639
BATMAN COVER TO COVER HC
BATTLE OF THE PLANETS PRINCESS #6 (OF 6)
BLADE OF KUMORI #5
BREAKDOWN #6
CAL MCDONALD SUPERNATURAL FREAK MACHINE #2 (OF 6)
CAPTAIN AMERICA #5
CAPTAIN GRAVITY AND POWER OF THE VRIL #4
CASTLEVANIA THE BELMONT LEGACY #2 (OF 5)
CATWOMAN #42
CITY OF TOMORROW #1 (OF 6)
CONAN VOL 1 FROST GIANTS DAUGHTER & STORIES TP
DAMPYR DEVILS SON #1
DAREDEVIL #72
DARKSTALKERS #5
DAY OF VENGEANCE #1 (OF 6)
DOOM PATROL #11
EXILES #63
FANTASTIC FOUR #527 PROMO POSTER
FLASH #221
GI JOE #42
GREEN LANTERN REBIRTH #3 (Of 6)- reorder
HELLSING VOL 5 TP
HOUSE OF M PROMO SKETCHBOOK
HUNTER KILLER #2
IN DREAM WORLD VOL 1 GN (OF 3)
INVINCIBLE #0
JON SABLE FREELANCE BLOODLINE #1 (OF 6)
KABUKI #4
KARNEY #1 (OF 4)
LEGEND #3 (OF 4)
LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #5
LULLABY WISDOM SEEKER #2 (OF 4)
MARVEL HOUSE OF M PROMO MINI POSTER (NET)
NEIL GAIMANS NEVERWHERE PROMO POSTER
NEW AVENGERS #5
OTHERWORLD #2 (OF 12)
PUNISHER #20
RED SONJA #0
RISING STARS VOL 3 FIRE & ASH TP
SHRIEK SHOW MARK OF SHADOW #1
SIN CITY VOL 1 HARD GOODBYE TP
SIN CITY VOL 2 DAME TO KILL FOR TP
SOLO #4
SPELLBINDERS #2 (OF 6)
STAR WARS EMPIRE #30 (C: 3)
STAR WARS EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH #4
STAR WARS GENERAL GRIEVOUS #2 (OF 4)
STAR WARS REPUBLIC #75
SUPERMAN BATMAN #19
SUPREME POWER #16
TEEN TITANS GO #18
ULTIMATE SECRET #2 (OF 4)
ULTIMATE X-MEN VOL 6 RETURN OF THE KING TP
WIZARD COMICS MAGAZINE #164
WOLVERINE ENEMY OF THE STATE VOL 1 HC
WOLVERINE SOULTAKER #3 (OF 5)
WONDER WOMAN #215
X-FORCE SHATTERSTAR #3 (OF 4)
X-MEN AGE OF APOCALYPSE #6 (OF 6)
X-MEN PHOENIX ENDSONG #5 (OF 5)


Yeah, if a title is in BOLD print on here, that mean's it's freakin' awesome and everyone should be reading it - in my humble opinion, of course. There are a lot of great books coming in this week - we look forward to seeing you at Haven!

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Ultimate Super Heroes

You'll want to set your TiVo for this...
Bravo will air a three-part special, Ultimate Super Heroes, Ultimate Super Villains, Ultimate Super Vixens, on three consecutive nights starting May 26 at 10 p.m. ET. Narrated by Adam West, who played Batman in the hit TV series, Ultimate Super Heroes celebrates the heroes, villains and vixens who have created powerful impressions on fans throughout the years.

The special features more than 50 experts, including comic-book creators, filmmakers and producers and actors who brought these characters to life, as well as a top-20 countdown in each category. Lou Ferrigno will discuss The Hulk's relatable human side, and Mark Hamill will talk about his total commitment to creating the fantasy that surrounded Star Wars.

Ultimate Super Heroes will look at characters from comic books, movies, television and video games, based on their longevity, iconic pop-culture status and their overall "cool factor," Bravo said.

Link found via Hubie.

Friday, April 15, 2005

Huge Comics Week (4-20-05)

30 Days of Night: Bloodsucker Tales #7
100 Bullets #60
Aliens vs Predator vol 1: Thrill of the Hunt TP
Amazing Spider-Man #519
Aquaman #29
Astonishing X-Men #9 - reorder
Atomika #2
Batman Gotham Knights #64
Batman Jekyll and Hyde #1 (of 6)
Beowulf #1
Billy the Kid’s Old Time Oddities #1 (of 4)
Birds of Prey #81
Books of Magick: Life During Wartime #10
Catwoman: When in Rome #5 (of 6)
Conan #15
Defex #6
Detonator #3
Donald Duck and Friends #327
Ex Machina #10
Ex Machina vol 1: The First Hundred Days TP
Fables vol 1: Legends in Exile TP
Fables vol 2: Animal Farm TP
Fables vol 3: Storybook Love TP
Fables vol 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers TP
Fables vol 5: The Mean Seasons TP
Fantastic Four #525
GI Joe: Master & Apprentice vol II #3
Gold Digger #63
Hawkman #39
Hercules #1 (of 5)
Human Race #2 (of 7)
Iron Ghost #1 (of 6)
Jenny Finn Doom #1
JLA #113
JLA Classified #6
Knights of the Dinner Table #102
Livewires #3 (of 6)
Love Hina Hinata Girls Song Collection CD
Lucifer #61
Manhunter #9
Marvel Knights 4 #17
Metal Gear Solid #8
Mickey Mouse and Friends #276
Mucha Lucha Cinemanga vol 1 GN
New X-Men #12
Newtype Eng Ed w/ DVD May 2005
Official Handbook Marvel Universe Spider-Man 2005
OMAC Project #1 (of 6)
Previews vol XV #5
PS238 #11
Question #6 (of 6)
Rex Mundi vol 1: Guardian of the Temple TP
RG Veda vol 1 GN (of 10)
Robin #137
Runaways #3
Savage Dragon #121
Seven Soldiers Klarion the Witch Boy #1 (of 4)
Shonen Jump vol 3 May 2005 #5
Simpsons Comics #105
Small Gods #8
Sokora Refugees vol 1 GN
Sonic the Hedgehog #148
Space Ghost #6 (of 6)
Spawn #145
Spectacular Spider-Man #27
Spider-Man Breakout #1 (of 5)
Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith #3
Stormbreaker Saga of Beta Ray Bill #4 (of 6)
Superman #215
Teen Titans #23
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #21
The Grimoire #2
Trigger #5
Ultimate Spider-Man #76
Uncanny X-Men #458
Walking Dead #18
Wizard Anime Insider #21
Wolverine #27
X-23 #5 (of 6)
X-Men #169
Young Avengers #3

Friday, April 08, 2005

Kirkman wasn't the first

If Battle Pope comics don't do it for you, how about a comic featuring the real thing?

Link found via Kenny

Taxes? Naah, NEW COMICS!! (4-13-05)

Action Comics #826
Adam Strange #7 (of 8)
Archie #556
Armor X #2
Batman Legends of the Dark Knight #190
Batman Strikes #8
Black Panther #3
Blade of the Immortal #100
Bloodhound #10
Castlevania the Belmont Legacy #1 (of 5) - reorder
Conan & the Jewels of Gwahlur #1 (of 3)
District X #12
Exiles #62
Fables #36
Fathom Beginnings #1
Five Star Stories Eng Lang Manga #7
Flaming Carrot Comics #2
Flight vol 2 GN
Gambit #9
Goodbye Kitty Skull Crossbones T/S Med
Gotham Central #30
Green Arrow #49
Imaginaries #1 (of 4)
Iron Man #3
JSA #72
Lions Tigers & Bears #3 (of 4)
Majestic #4
Manga University IC Background Coll vol 1
Manga University IC Background Coll vol 2
Marvel Knights Spider-Man #13
Mary Jane Homecoming #2 (of 4)
Megacity 909 #6
Mnemovore #1 (of 6)
New Thunderbolts #7
Nightwing #107
Noble Causes #9
Pirates Caribbean Jack Sparrow Talking 18-in Action Figure
Powers #10
Scooby Doo #95
Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith #2
Strangers in Paradise Francine Resin Bust
Super Manga Blast #50
Thor, Son of Asgard vol 2: Worthy Digest TP
Tom Strong #32
Toxin #1 (of 6)
Toyfare #94
Ultimate X-Men #58
Ultimates 2 #5
X-Men The End: Heroes and Martyrs #2 (of 6)

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Friday, April 01, 2005

A (graphic) novel idea

This is for everyone who's scoffed at me for having dropped all comics from my subscription list in favor of trade paperbacks.

Graphic novels make hard-earned move from castoff to cool
For decades, it seemed that graphic novels served as the Rodney Dangerfields of the literary world. Thought of as little more than hard-bound comic books, the genre received scant notice from critics or mainstream readers.

But big sales and increasing interest from movie studios in recent years — to wit, Sin City, a movie opening today, based on a graphic novel by Frank Miller — has helped transform these book-length comics from the butt of the joke to the belle of the ball. ...

These days [graphic novels] regularly receive ink in such coveted publications as the New York Review of Books, the New York Times and Time magazine, which also offers a weekly comic book column on its Web site. Last year, the literary quarterly McSweeney's devoted an entire issue to the art form.

"You have this whole generation of writers like Michael Chabon, (McSweeney's Editor) Dave Eggers and Jonathan Safran Foer, who are master craftsmen of words, appreciating it," says Pantheon Books Editorial Director Dan Frank.

Of course, with consistent double-digit sales growth, the genre is becoming harder and harder for the mainstream media to ignore. Between 2002 and 2004, sales of graphic novels jumped from $110 million to between $205 million and $210 million, according to estimates from the pop culture trade site ICv2. (read more ...)

I remember Bone creator Jeff Smith predicting the rise of the graphic novel in an interview about five years ago.
I'm a big proponent of the comic book stores. I love the comic book stores. [But] I think a lot of comic book stores are like club houses for boys to read their super heroes in. [Laughter] "No girls allowed!" Although I don't think all comic book stores are [like that], and I don't think that's what their potential is, either. I think their potential is something much greater, where you've got super heroes, and you've got science fiction, and you've got fantasy, and, you know, autobiography comics. Everything. You've got comics and you've got books. That is to say, you've got the [monthly] pamphlets and the graphic novels. I just think there's a real future in the comic book store that everybody is giving up on. ...

I think [comic book stores] are a specialized book store, and that's what their potential is. To be a place where you can go and there's shelves of the classic books [that are], you know, restockable. "Maus." "Watchmen." New books like "Cave In," and "Chunky Rice." Books like "Bone." Books like "Strangers in Paradise."

These are books that I think are going to form a core [feature of the comic] book store: [the] restockable item.

Smith's words played a big part in our design of Haven. Not only regarding the importance of graphic novels, but also in avoiding the "boys club" atmosphere that so many other comic book stores exude.

April's First Batch o'Books (4-6-05)

Infantry #4
Amazing Fantasy #7
Animerica Apr05 vol 13 #4
Arana Symbol T/S Med
Arthur Suydam: Art of the Barbarian Sketchbook sgnd
Barbarossa and the Lost Corsairs #1
Bear #8
Blood of the Demon #2
Bloodrayne: Seeds of Sin TP
Deadshot #5 (of 5)
Death Jr #1 (of 3)
Detective Comics #805
Finder vol 3: King of Cats TP
Firestorm #12
GLA #1 (of 4)
Green Lantern Rebirth #5 (of 6)
Incredible Hulk #80
Inquest Gamer #121
Intimates #6
Hellblazer Special: Papa Midnite #2
Justice League Elite #10 (of 12)
Justice League Unlimited #8
Lex Luthor Man of Steel #2 (of 5)
Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #2
Marvel Milestones Iron Man
Marvel Team-Up #7
Oddly Normal #1 (of 4) – damage replacement
Otherworld #1 (of 12) – damage replacement
Power Pack #1 (of 4
Pulse #8 – damage replacement
Rex Mundi #13 damage replacement
Sea of Red #1
Seven Soldiers: Zatanna #1 (of 4)
Shanna the She Devil #3 (of 7)
Sin City vol 6: Booze, Broads, and Bullets TP
Sin City vol 7: Hell & Back TP
Spider-Girl #85
Star Wars Crimson Empire Book & Bust Figure Set
Strange #5 (of 6)
Strangers in Paradise #72
Superman/Batman #18
Tales of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #9
The Punisher #19
True Story Swear to God #13
Street Fighter #14
Ultimate Fantastic Four #17
Ultimate Spider-Man #75
Ultimate X-Men vol 4: Hellfire & Brimstone TP
Vertigo First Taste TP