Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Cowboy (& Aliens) collection complete

OK, Kids, here is the final cup for the Cowboy & Aliens collection.

The cup is a replica of the wrist blaster worn by Daniel Craig’s character during the film.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Spider-Boy, Spider-Boy, does what ever a Spider-can...or something like that

Yep, that’s right, if you stopped by your favorite comicbook shop yesterday you might have seen a very special issue of the Amazing Spider-Man #666. Marvel comics produced a very number of special, limited-edition covers for comic shops around the country. The owner of the shop I go to (Heroes Comics & Cards in Norwalk, CT), put not only the front of his store, but his 5-yr-old son on the cover.

NORWALK -- Ask 5-year-old Ben Kruseski who his favorite superhero is and he presses two little fingers into each tiny palm and thrusts his arms forward. 
"Spider-Man!" he exclaims, imitating the costumed crime fighter with arachnid strength. 
Ben and Spidey share more in common than their web-slinging superpowers -- they both appear on the cover of "The Amazing Spider-Man" issue 666. 
But unlike the masked guardian of New York City, Ben was willing to reveal his true identity Wednesday to sign autographs at his father's comic book shop on Westport Avenue. 
Seriously, how cool is that?

The shop had to purchase a specific number of copies of the issue in question, something that Heroes’ owner, Dave Kruseski was all to happy to do.
"Spider-Man has always been my favorite superhero, so I couldn't pass up the opportunity to put my son on the cover," said Kruseski, a lifelong Norwalk resident.  

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Friday, July 22, 2011

The next revolution will be viral

Here is an interesting article about the (evolving) nature of digital comics as it appeared in Wired.

American comic book fans live for Wednesdays. That’s the day the new issues arrive. Every major American comic book publisher uses a single distributor, Diamond, to ship boxes of their latest releases to roughly 2,200 comics retail stores across the country. The shop owners—or their minions—put that week’s crop of Batman or X-Men or Buffy the Vampire Slayer on the shelves, and then the fans arrive. A lot of them go to the same store every week, where they have a “pull list” on file, books they’ve asked to be set aside so they’ll never miss a single pulse-pounding issue. It’s a tradition.
I find it interesting that even as the writer acknowledges that digital is the wave of the future, he isn't quite ready to give up the ghost on "Dead Tree" comics quite yet.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Marvel releases new Spidey Trailer

Yeah, we're pretty bummed about the fact that Marvel allowed Sony to reboot the Spider-Man franchise so swiftly after the conclusion of the initial trilogy of films, but well, what can we do? Anyway, here is the trailer for that new flick.

Marvel releases new Spidey Trailer

Yeah, we're pretty bummed about the fact that Marvel allowed Sony to reboot the Spider-Man franchise so swiftly after the conclusion of the initial trilogy of films, but well, what can we do? Anyway, here is the trailer for that new flick.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

One More Gulp for the road, Cowboy (& Alien)

Here we go, the final of the three 7-Eleven Big Gulp cups sporting a tie-in to Cowboys & Aliens:

Now just the specialty cup to go!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Taking a second Big Gulp

Continuing with Cowboys & Aliens @ 7-Eleven, we present another Big Gulp cup.

One more Big Gulp, and a “special” cup to go!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Harry Potter is back...

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (a review)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2  (another review)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

A big Gulp of Cowboys & Aliens

That's right folks, thars Big Gulps of Cowboys & Aliens in thar! (and this is just one of them!)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

James Bond is an Alien (or a Cowboy)... either case he's appearing in the upcoming film, Cowboy’s and Aliens, and in the mean time is haning out at 7-Eleven, and drinking Slurpees.

That makes three-for-three with the Slurpee cups, now for Big Gulps!

Cowboys & Aliens go for Slurpees

Here is the second Slurpee cup (bank & Front) from the upcoming Cowboys & Aliens flick:

One more Slurpee, three Big Gulps, and a special cup to go.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents News

If you like the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents (and we know that you do), issue #7 has been reviewed here, so check it out, then go and buy a copy of issue #8 as well.

We are husge fans of the original series, as well as supported all of John Carbonaro’s attempts to revive it, and well, now that DC Comics is publishing it, we are truly enjoying their adventure.

Scribe, Nick Spencer is seriously kicking it, and we are having a great time.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Today was 7/11

Sorry I didn't get to post this earlier, but today was 7/11 and 7-Eleven was giving away free Slurpees. Sux if you didn't get one.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Fast Food toys in your future

For a while now I've been monitoring the various fast food web sites looking for new comicbook-related items, and well, the Arby’s site has been saying for a while that comicbooks are coming, but they never seem to get here. I might have to drive by the nearest one to see if the website is up to date.

With the popularity of the Transformers 3 movie out there, Burger King is currently involved in a Tie-in with the film, as they have in the past.

Meanwhile, McDonald’s is in the midst of a Star Wars/The Clone Wars promotion.

As we’ve already indicated, Dunkin’ Donuts is promoting Captain America, Subway is all over Green Lantern (finally) and 7-Eleven is pushing Cowboys & Aliens. I wonder if one of the other fast food franchises will also jump in on the Cap bandwagon as the DD promotion seems to trend more to adults than kids (not that I think that Cap is going to be a kid film).

Friday, July 08, 2011

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Look what I found...

So, I’ve been told that the original reason for having a garage was to park one’s car. Personally, I don’t think I’ve put our cars in our garages for better than 10 or 15 years (ever since that time I packed the van out and took out the side view passenger mirror).

Well, this past weekend my wife and I went out to the garage and spent a solid hour cleaning it out. Not only did we toss a (small) mountain of stuff, but I located a number of comics, books, and that I had been missing, as well as some tools. Now we can actually walk around (a bit), and we feel very good about (the beginnings) or our clean-up process.

Here is one of the books I found.

Next up was several (Spidey) Christmas tree ornaments that I’ve been looking for for several years.


 A sliding Christmas greeting

Have yourself a Spidey Christmas! (I believe that these last two were hand-made. I’ve had them for years, and in fact, they are my first Spidey tree ornaments)

Monday, July 04, 2011

*PPFSZT to you too!

A few months back, Jim Main the head honcho of Main Enterprises, published a short story of mine, entitled, Too much coffee, Man. in his publication *PPFSZT #28. Well Jim induced me to submit a second story, which I did, and this second story appears in *PPFSZT #30. This second story (like the first) was illustrated by the extraordinarily talented Jack Bertram. The second story is entitled Tea Party.

Jim has three more of my stories that he will be publishing, one is entitled Papyrus (illustrated by the very talented Alex Lopez), a second is entitled Regret (yet to be illustrated), and the third (which I just handed in) is entitled Slabbed.

I have to say that I’m really enjoying submitting stories to Jim. He has about a dozen eclectic publications that he produces on (apparently) random publishing schedules.

Oh, I also contributed an article to Comic Fan #6 about our mutual friend Rusty Haller.

Here is the opening page to Tea Party:

Sunday, July 03, 2011

The Dr. is Doom!

I was out the other day and spotted a vending machine that was dispensing Marvel stickers, so for 50¢ I figured I’d try my luck,and wound up with Dr. Doom.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

More Fast Food Superheroes

As discussed, both Captain America and Green Lantern are currently visiting fast food locations this month, (GL is @ Subway, & Cap is @ Dunkin’ Donuts). As we also already know, Green Lantern is also staring in a big budget movie. (Other superheroes in theaters so far this year who also appeared in fast food franchises include Green Hornet (Hardee’s & Carl’s Jr.) and  Thor (7-Eleven), while Marvel’s X-Men made it to the big screen, for some reason there were apparently no toy tie-ins to this comic book flick (fast food or otherwise).

 The sixth and final Green Lantern bag (and bracelet)

Apparently all cold drinks from Dunkin’ Donuts this month come in a Captain America Cup.

Dunkin’ Donuts even altered its logo to reflect Cap’s presence at the Franchise.

Oh, the Cap cup is courtesy of a co-worker (Thanks Lauren).