Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Next Week's Comics!! (9-18-13)

Infinity #3 (of 6)

ZERO #1
ACTION COMICS #23.3 LEX LUTHOR                          
ADVENTURE TIME #20
APHRODITE IX #5                                         
ARROW #11                                               
BATMAN #23.1 JOKER STANDARD ED                          
BATMAN #23.3 PENGUIN                                    
BATMAN 66 #3                                            
BATMAN AND ROBIN #23.3 RAS AL GHUL                      
BATMAN BEYOND UNIVERSE #2                               
BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #23.3 CLAYFACE                   
BLOODSHOT & HARD CORPS #14                     
BPRD: HELL ON EARTH #111                                 
BRAVEST WARRIORS #10 - S/O
BRAVEST WARRIORS #11 - S/O
BRAVEST WARRIORS #12 - S/O
BRAVEST WARRIORS #5 - S/O
BRAVEST WARRIORS #6 - S/O
BRAVEST WARRIORS #7 - S/O
BRAVEST WARRIORS #8 - S/O
BRAVEST WARRIORS #9 - S/O
BRAVEST WARRIORS TP VOL 01 - S/O                            
CABLE AND X-FORCE #14                                   
CAPTAIN MARVEL #16 INF                                  
CONAN THE BARBARIAN #20                                 
CYBER FORCE #6
DAMSELS MERMAIDS #5 (OF 5)                             
DAREDEVIL #31                                           
DC HEROCLIX BATMAN CLASSIC TV 24 CT GRAVITY FEED - S/O #66 
HEROCLIX BATMAN CLASSIC TV BATMOBILE - S/O #66
DC SUPER HEROES WONDER WOMAN YR TP TRIAL OF THE AMAZON     
DETECTIVE COMICS #23.3 SCARECROW                        
DISNEY PRINCESS MAGAZINE #16                            
DOCTOR WHO VOL 3 #13
FABLES #133
FF #11                                                  
FLASH #23.3 ROGUES                                      
FOREVER EVIL #1 (OF 7) - Reorder                               
GHOSTBUSTERS #7                                         
GREEN LANTERN #23.1 RELIC
GREEN LANTERN #23.3 BLACK HAND                          
HALF PAST DANGER #5 (OF 6)                              
HARBINGER #16
HARBINGER WARS TP
HELLRAISER: DARK WATCH #8
INFINITY #3 (OF 6)                                      
INFINITY #3 OF(6) CASTELLANI LEGO VAR - S/O                   
JUSTICE LEAGUE #23.3 DIAL E                             
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #23.2 ECLIPSO                       
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #7.3 SHADOW THIEF             
MARVEL ADVENTURES: THOR/SPIDER-MAN DIGEST TP             
MORBIUS, LIVING VAMPIRE #9                               
MORNING GLORIES #31
NEW AVENGERS #10 INF                                    
PETER PANZERFAUST #14                                   
POPEYE CLASSICS ONGOING #14                             
POWERS BUREAU #7
SAVAGE DRAGON #191
SAVAGE WOLVERINE #8                                     
SECRET AVENGERS #9                                      
SINESTRO CORPS SYMBOL BLK T/S XXL
STAR WARS #1 (OF 8) LUCAS DRAFT
STAR WARS DARK TIMES SPARK REMAINS #3 (OF 5)
SUPERGIRL: COSMIC ADVENTURES IN THE EIGHTH GRADE TP     
SUPERIOR CARNAGE #3 (OF 5)                              
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #18                                 
SUPERMAN #23.3 HEL                                      
SWAMP THING #23.1 ARCANE                                
TEEN TITANS #23.2 DEATHSTROKE                           
THOR GOD OF THUNDER #13                                 
THUNDERBOLTS #15 INF                                    
TRANSFORMERS REGENERATION ONE #0                        
ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #31                               
UNCANNY X-MEN #12                                       
VENOM #41                                               
WOLVERINE MAX #11
WONDER WOMAN #23.1 CHEETAH                              
X-FILES SEASON 10 #4                                    
X-MEN LEGACY #17

Friday, September 06, 2013

Dragon Con 2013 Round Up

At this time last weekend you would have found me among the thronging herds of geeks that take over Atlanta, GA for the annual Bacchanalia that is Dragon Con. Were you there? Did you stand shoulder-to-shoulder with your fellow Whovians, Browncoats, and whatever you call people who like X-Files? Perhaps you didn't make it and had to watch all the twitter feeds of attendees as they posted endless streams of costumes and celebrity panels.

Maybe you were in Atlanta, but you went to the sportsball game instead. I don't judge! If you were, I hope you had fun and your team scored all the points. We're all geeks in one way or another, whether your obsession is passing yardage or building proton packs.

So what was there to be found this year at Dragon Con?
Photo shoots where it is the photographers that can't blink.

Local hero Andy Price, illustrator of the hit My Little Pony comics. Here he is shown posing with a few of his fashionable fans on Friday. It was impossible to take pictures any day after that as his booth was swamped with adoring pony fans.


 These beautiful ladies represent the different realms of Westeros from Game of Thrones. Each dress was detailed to reflect the different lands and each bore the motto of the noble house that claimed the territory.

There was a parade featuring superheroes, villains, Avatar the Last Airbender characters (shown), steampunk, Mad Max vehicles, Ghost Busters, marching bands, and more Storm Troopers than you could shake a Wookie at.

Overall, it was a massive celebration of everything nerdy. I can't even begin to list the highlights because the experience is so unique for each attendee. There's room for gamers both board and figurine based, plenty of celebrities to get autographs from, concerts and live performances, and just good old fashioned people watching. Share your Dragon Con experience with us in the comments!

As for me? Well, I managed to find something that caught my eye...


Thursday, September 05, 2013

New Star Wars / Old Star Wars


COURTESY OF CNN

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away ...

An Empire has spread across the galaxy, and the few remaining Jedi defend themselves against the Sith. At the same time, a dispute over trade and treaties is interrupted by ... General Luke Skywalker?
A little confused?
 
That's because these familiar elements from "Star Wars" lore are part of George Lucas' rough draft for the first movie ("Episode IV: A New Hope" for the uninitiated), illustrated for the first time by Dark Horse Comics as "The Star Wars." The first of eight issues of the comic book series is out now.
When Luke is a much older man, Vader doesn't wear a helmet, Han Solo resembles a lizard and there is a character named Kane Starkiller, it might take some getting used to. But it's a fascinating part of movie history, no doubt.
 
CNN spoke separately to J.W. Rinzler, who adapted Lucas' script for comics, and artist Mike Mayhew.
 
CNN: What captured your interest when adapting this script?
 
Rinzler: It's so similar and yet so different at the same time. All the puzzle pieces are there but arranged to form a different picture. You've got Sith and Jedi, you've got a desert planet. You've got a planet with twin suns, an imperial city and a cloud city. When I read the rough draft, it had all those things which made me want to make it into a comic book. It's such a great story, George is a great storyteller.
 
CNN: Was it difficult to illustrate this story from a script written nearly 40 years ago?
 
Mayhew: Not at all. I've been in comics 20 years, and when I read the rough draft, I thought, I can make a comic of this tomorrow. It was just a very well-written screenplay, and that's what a comic book script is. This is genuinely George's first complete screenplay story of this tale, and it's wildly different.
 
You can see why some of it was changed because there's no way they could have done it. It was just too ambitious.
 
When you look at movies now like "Avatar" and "The Avengers," it seems prophetic. Audiences expect all that action and set pieces, and one thing after another. I'm sure back then they looked at this and thought, "What's this guy thinking?"
 
The other interesting thing is you see the origins of the characters we know and love. Darth Vader is kind of a general, he's one of the main heavies but he's not a lord of the Sith. Here, Vader is really three characters: General Vader, this Lord of the Sith named Valorum, and this mechanical man. You think you know these characters and then you discover their truer origins.
 
CNN: What do you think fans will take away from this book?
 
Rinzler: Based on early fan feedback from the first issue, they're really enjoying this alternate universe, and they're getting to read a story that's being told by George. Even through my adaptation, you feel his voice. You see many of the things you love in "Star Wars" but in a slightly different way.
You have the Tusken raider moment surging in front of the binoculars, except it's not a Tusken raider, it's a different character. Fans are saying they're reading it two or three times to take it all in.
 
Mayhew: This to me is the greatest "what if" story in comics. What if this made it to the screen? The mind reels at the possibilities.
 
CNN: Is there one particular thing that is farthest away from the "Star Wars" we know and love?
 
Rinzler: Everyone seems to latch onto the fact that Han is a big green alien. That's pretty far! He doesn't have his own ship. His character is probably the most different, although he can already talk to Wookies. It's fascinating to see all this stuff starting out, in a way.
 
What's really fun is that R2-D2 talks in this one. There's a couple of points where I felt like "R2-D2 should say something here," and I added a line and that was really fun.
 
Mayhew: The characters in this story are much different than the characters in "Star Wars." The relationships are a lot different and to me, more intense. Leia's story is a little more complicated, and she's more a part of the action. Annikin is more of a trained Jedi than Luke was. The older General Skywalker to me is so much cooler than Obi-Wan. This character is like Captain America, a bigger than life hero.
 
CNN: Is there a possibility that this alternate version of "Star Wars" could live on beyond these eight issues, at least in the fans' minds?
 
Rinzler: Fans have been asking already about this, because so many things are hinted at particularly in the first issue, about the past, or characters in the periphery, or just spoken of and not seen. They'd love to see those mysteries explained, but we have a little movie called "Episode VII" coming up and that will take precedence.