This is the place where I discuss all things Sacred and Profane. Stop by and check me out. Leave a comment (or not), as this is done for my own amusement. If you too are entertained, all the better, but that is not the motivation here. For I, am a...Writer with attitude! Comics, Sci Fi, movies, TV, Books, the Internet, Pop Culture, you name it. I talk about all of these things and more. These are the things that entertain me. I can only hope that some of them will entertain you as well.
OK kids, I already posted my review of Batman V Superman (over here) but apparently I wasn't the only one who weighed in on this film (go figure). One of the people who reviewed the film was Peter K. Rosenthal from the satirical website, The Onion. I note his review because Rosenthal (straight-facedly, but hilariously humorously) compared the fight between these two World’s Finest heroes to the break-up of his parents. Which is not only especially funny, but actually makes sense when you actually examine the film’s name.
Batman v Superman
You see, when two names are juxtapositioned like that (opposite a “v” as opposed to a “vs” (as in Mad Magazine’s Spy vs. Spy) it is considered a legal matter (as in a divorce) as opposed to just a fight between two foe-men (Frazier vs Ali). leaving us to assume one of two things:
Director Snyder didn't understand the technical differences between the two uses, or
So, yeah, that is actually pretty funny, but then again, so are these two cartoons dealing with the difference between DC and Marvel comicbook fans when movies about their chosen heroes hit the Silver Screen.
OK, we just posted about how the new Batman/Superman film is appearing at McDonald’s with Hot Wheels superhero cars, well it is also appearing in General Mills Cereals with a quartet of pint mini comics. Here re the first two:
OK Kids, unless you’ve been living in a Spider hole for the last couple of cycles y’all already know about the big upcoming Batman/Superman slug-fest that is coming up soon enough (Thu, Mar 24). Well, in the meantime while you are still waiting for the film to drop, you can head over to McDonald’s to score some superhero-themed Hot Wheels toys.
The promotion apparently just started, so you should be able to score a full set. Here is what I grabbed up so far.
Here are the four cars I currently have are Flash, Superman, Green Lantern, and Batman
In addition to the Superhero Hot Wheels cars there are Barbies.
So, yeah, I picked up my toys this morning, and grabbed me a Shamrock Shake in the process.
it looks like this is going to be another great weekend time for comicbook fans
in the NY Tri-state area as Mike Carbonaro (“Mike Carbo”) throws yet another of
his legendary Big Apple Cons The comicbook
show is the longest-running Pop Culture convention in New York City. As usual, the
show is happening at Penn Plaza Pavilion (401 7th Ave @ 33rd Street — opposite Madison Square Garden).
The show launches Saturday, March 5, 2016 and runs from 10 a.m. to 6
p.m. This show is (as usual) an amazing confluence
of comicbooks, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, and Cosplay (costume play for the uninitiated
fans dress up as their favorite heroes).
with most of these types of multi-media, Pop Culture events, the New York Big Apple
comicbook show brings together top-flight
not only numerous fan-favorite comicbook creators along with media celebrities,
but combines them with a metric tonne of vendors all of whom have gathered together
in this one location in order to sell unique and interesting items of interest,
along with panel discussions each targeting various aspects of comicbook,
collectible, and multi-media culture. There will also be a costume contest, as
well as many more additional attractions all gathered together in one place for
their fans to enjoy. Carbonaro himself assures us that there will not only be hundreds of tables offering comics, toys, posters,
videos, original art, t-shirts and other collectibles all available for purchase.
also includes a number of special panels and programming that will highlight the
50th anniversary of the
Batman TV show, the first appearance of
Marvel’s Black Panther (who will be featured in the upcoming Captain America Civil War film), as well
as the history of Charlton Comics, Star Wars,
plus the Winter Indie Film Awards animated shorts, and NY Jedi.
In addition to the multitude of vendors
that will be appearing at this year’s Big Apple Con, the event will also feature
a full-to-the-brim Artists Alley of comicbook and trading card creators, including:
Jim Steranko (Captain America, Nick Fury:
Agent of SHIELD), Neal Adams (Batman,
Green Lantern/Green Arrow), Mark Texeira (Wolverine, Ghost Rider), Ramona Fradon (Aquaman, Super Friends), Erik
Larsen (Spider-Man, Savage Dragon), Rich
Buckler (Fantastic Four, Deathlok), Reilly Brown (Deadpool, Daredevil), David Lloyd (V For Vendetta, Aces Weekly), Joseph Michael
Linsner (Vampirella, Cry For Dawn), John
Cebollero (Captain America, Batman), Sean Chen (Iron Man, Valiant Comics),
and Brian Kong (Leaf Trading Cards, Cryptozoic
In addition to all of the comic and
collectible guests, headlining the show will be a number of media guests form
films and television, including Lori Petty (Tank
Girl, Orange is the New Black), Laurence Mason (Gotham, The Crow), Jason David Frank (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Sweet Valley High), Kathy Garver (Spider-Man
and His Amazing Friends, Family Affair), Karyn Parsons (Static Shock, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), Johnny Brennan (Family Guy, Jerky Boys), Debbie
Rochon (Tromeo & Juliet, Santa Claws), as well as Pro Wrestlers The Nasty
Boys, Scott Steiner, and Ryan Shamrock from the WCW and WWE.
Still, perhaps one of the most anticipated highlights of
the show will be Captain Zorikh’s Costume Contest which will once again bring
together the most amazing costumers and Cosplayers for a fast-paced, exciting show
of creative excellence and costume design. So, shake off the winter blues, and
come on out as your favorite character in comics, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, cartoons,
anime/manga, video games, or simply make up your own. There will be prizes awarded
by audience applause to the event’s best costumes. So come on out and enjoy the
day, Saturday, March 7th from 10 a.m.
to 6 p.m. at the Penn Plaza Pavilion;
located at 401 7th Ave. @ 33rd St. in midtown Manhattan.
Back in 2000 (the year that Marvel’s first X-Men film came out, and fundamentally
altered the way that both Hollywood and — by extension — all of pop culture)
viewed the comicbook genre. There have been between four and a dozen
comicbook-related films released per year. Over the past decade-and-a-half we
have been tracking comicbook movies, (As you'd know if you've been following this blog for any length of time — we have a 30+year history or reporting of
In 2015 there were five comicbook-related movies that hit the
theaters. As we’ve reported in previous installments of this column, we are only
discussing live-action films that a) either started off in comics, b) are
clearly influenced by comicbooks themselves, or c) by comicbook superheroes. Films
that we are not considering for this series include anything that originally appeared
on TV (live action or animated), theatrically-released animated films, or films
based on properties adapted into comics, but were best known for initially appearing
in another medium (e.g.: toys). We are also not considering films that were
released direct to video or DVD.
The first set of links list an overview of films categorized as the
titles indicate. Those links are followed by links to the films chronically by
year with the most recent year listed first: We began to post this list over at Examiner.com, but as we are no longer associated with that website, we will continue to post the list over at Hubpages (where we currently post our reviews).
OK, so here’s the thing. I've been writing professionally since 1981. No, really. My first published piece appeared inAmazing Heroes #5, and I’ve been going ever since, with a few thousand articles in print, and probably about that many online, I've authored a couple of books, and contributed to about 20 or so more. I’ve been told that I’m one of the longest-published journalists in the field of comics (not to mention that my work has appeared in virtually every major comic magazine published in the ‘80s & ‘90s.
In the Mid-‘80s I took a step over to the other side of the editorial desk and created and wrote a short-lived espionageseries entitled Agent Unknown. I didn't return to writing fiction until 2006 when I started writing for Guild Works Production. since then I’ve been splitting my (writing) time between reviewing comics, and writing for Indie Comicbook Companies like Red Anvil, Atlas Unleashed, Main Enterprises, and others. (You can take a peak at my Comicbook Database bio here).
Why am I bringing all of this up now? Well, earlier in October, I attended New York Comic Con where I picked up a handful-a-handful-and a half of comics while there. Now this is significant (to me at least), because when I got home after the con and added those comics to the (several) stack(s) of comics that were already piled around my house, and wow, do I have a tremendous backlog of comics.
Now, I'm not trying to say that I'm busier than you, but since the end of August, I've helped setup, run, and tear down a local annual entertainment festival (that I've worked at for nearly 30 years), organize and run a local primary (I'm the Deputy Registrar of Voters in town), attended NY Comic Con, and am now preparing to run an election. Not to mention that I'm in the middle of attempting to downsize, pack up my house, and re-locate to the great state of VA. (Oh yeah, and just last week I attempted to install Win10 on my PC which is currently playing Hobb with my computer).
So, what I guess I'm saying now is that if I haven't gotten to review your comic, pitch you a project, get back to you on the project on which you want me to work with you on, or pen that script, well, truthfully, I've been just a tad busy/distracted/overwhelmed.
So, in no particular order, these are the items in my "in-basket" that are waitinng to be read or reviewed.
I've been a fan of Captain Canuk since the early '80s. When I heard that he was returning to comics, I had to acquire the new series. Upon doing so, I discovered the most excellent We Stand on Guard, another comic from north of the border. I also discovered that I seem to be missing some of the Captain Canuck comics that have come out over the intervening years, and now I'm attemptinng to hunt them down.
Growinng up, one of my first exposures to comics was Charlton Comics, which in recent years has mad its resurgence, due in part to guys like Mort Todd, Paul Kupperberg, and Roger McKenzie. I recently acquired issue #4 of the Charlton Arrow, now I'm looking to get my hands on the new Steve Ditko book they just published.
As we are rapidly approaching Halloween (it is today as I'm writing this) Diamond is celebrating it's annual Halloween Comicfest with a round of free comics (which I just reviewed over at Comics Bulletin).
I just picked up a double handful of $1.00 cover-priced comic reprints from Mike over at Rogue Comics. The comics above are from Marvel...
...and here are a bunch from a number of other publishers. I like these $1.00 reprints as they allow me to check out stuff that I might have otherwise have missed.
Oh, and for the record, I don't just review comics, but I also review films, and DVDs as well
Here is a stack of comics sitting in the "reading room" waiting to be read.
This is literally a copy of the very first comicbook I recall reading. My Uncle used to own a deli/grocery store and when I discovered comics, I'd sit on the newsstand reading (but not buying) every comic I found. I believe that I probably read about a couple of million dollars worth of comics over the years had I actually purchased and saved them) I saw this book back in the early '80s for $10.00 but didn't buy it then as I thought it was too much. Just recently I found it again for quite a bit less and decided to purchase it. It recently arrived.
This is a pile of comics that I acquired at the recent 2015 NY Comic Con.
This is (just one) pile of comics (and books) that I have read over the past several months that need to be reviewed.
This is another pile of recently read comics looking for reviews.
I met Cesar Feliciano, the artist on Comix Tribe's The Red Ten some time back at a CT comicbook show, and he gifted me with four copies of the comic. Well, when I finally got around to reading it I was so hooked, that when I got to Comix Tribe's booth at NYYCC I had to buy all the issues I was missing, including copies of The Oxymoron. Let me tell you it is an outstanding superhero murder mystery, that is unlike anything you've ever read.
Yes, I'm still a dedicated Spider-Fan, and here is my (recent) weekly take of Spidey-titles.
Here is another pile of books that I need to read. This pike sits alongside my bed.
So kids, when I tell you that "I'll get to" your comic, graphic novel, prose novel, etc. and read/watch/review it, really I do mean well , and I honestly will, it is just that I'm not only falling way behind, but I'm also working very hard.
Thanks for (hopefully) understanding.
P.S. So, as I was cleaning up, I found this stack of 2015 Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) comics that have been read, but need to be reviewed and/or discussed.
So, if you are in the area of St. Marks Comics in NYC (http://www.stmarkscomics.com) on Monday, October 5th between 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. you will be able to catch myself, and a host of other talented comicbook creators (including Mark Mazz, Ramon Gil, Tom DeFalco, Chris Torres, Michael Sarrao, and others autographing some of our works, including Ramon's most amazing 72 page Trade Paperback, Scifies, from Atlas Unleashed. The book includes a Foreword by Tom DeFalco and an intro by yours truly.
That's Monday night October 5th between 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
OK, so for the past two weeks I've stopped in my local comicbook shop (Heroes Cards and Comics) and attempted to pick up my comics, only, as it turns out, I didn't have any comics in my hold file. Youi see, I'm a big Spider-Man fan, and currently pretty much the only corporate comics I regularly collect star Spider-Man.
Only, the problem I‘m having is that Marvel publishes something like five or six Spider-Man themed comics a month, so the question I ask, is how do you let two weeks go by with no Spidey comics? Seriously.
I mean, Wouldn't it make sense for Marvel to make sure that a Spidey comic hits every week? I don't know if the same thing happens with other other titles containing the same hero (there are multiple Iron Man, Thor, Wolverine, X-Men, Avengers, Captain America, etc.) Seems to me that making sure one of these “multiple title heroes” stories hits every week, but, you know, that’s me.
As usual the Batman toys are actually pretty cool, offering us two Batman figures, a Joker and (my personal favorite DC villain) Solomon Grundy. There are also a pair of Batmobiles, a Jokermobile, and a Joker on a trike. all very cool stuff.
Each of the toys move in some fashion (instructions and a coupon for some other related toy from the toy store are included, as well as the ability to go online and play a Batman Unlimited game of some sort) are included in the packaging.
All-in-all, a very nice set. We are glad that DC still issues fast-food toys of their characters but we are especially disappointed that Marvel no longer seems to issue toys. this is something that we’ve noticed has occurred ever since Disney has taken over the house that Jack built, and we don't know if it has more to do with Disney attempting to shy away from the “Your food made my kid fat” claim, or that the execs at the top don't think that Happy Meal toys are appropriate their new re-imagined(adult) superheroes.
Whatever the thought process, we certainly hope that they change their minds, as we totally love these superhero toy types. Needless to say, we are still glad the DC hasn't reached that stage as of yet, and look forward to more superhero-based toys in the future.