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Thursday, August 29th, 2013
4:58 pm
[ed_rex]
Kick-Ass 2: Not a steel-toed boot in sight
I know that I'm discussing a movie, but it's comic-related so I thought some of you folks might be interested.
Kick-Ass 2 poster
I loved Kick-Ass (and reviewed it a while ago here) not despite, but because of it's over-the-top brutality, its profanity and especially because of its sense of humour. Well, and also because it was extremely well-done, a lunatic action movie with heart and brains, both.

I loved the original enough to drag myself out to a theatre, despite the fact neither the original movie's director and writer Matthew Vaughn, nor co-writer Jane Goldman were anywhere to be seen.

Sadly, the sequel is a pale shadow of its predecessor, not horrible, but certainly not very good either.

My full review lives on my site.

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012
2:34 am
[ed_rex]
Review: Stargazer, Volume Two - by Von Allan

The girls, the monster and the Artifact!

More than a year ago I reviewed the first half of what I thought then was a "gentle" children's adventure, Stargazer, by Ottawa indie cartoonist Von Allan. I bought the concluding sequel back in December if memory serves, but circumstances didn't see me get to it until now.

A black and white comic book featuring three pre-pubescent girls in the role of unlikely heroines, Stargazer features a Magic Doorway in the tradition of Alice's rabbit-hole and Narnia's wardrobe (and the Starship Enterprise's warp drive, for that matter).

But what seemed a "gentle adventure" in its first half, proves to be a considerably more spicy brew in its second. What seemed to be turning into an exercise of that hoary old "And then she woke up!" cliché becomes something very different — and very memorable — by the time the story is over.

A little rough-hewn, Stargazer nevertheless has considerable virtues. This story of friendship and loss just might be a gateway drug to comics for that young boy or (especially) girl in your life — but keep a kleenex handy. My full review lives on my site, ed-rex.com/reviews/books/stargazer_volume_two.

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012
7:18 pm
[magicalbookworm]
Shared Original Superhero World looking for Creators, writers and artists
I made the mistake (will not really a mistake) of reading an article at io9.com http://io9.com/5878720/how-to-create...ero-or-villain and started thinking about creating a world for superheroes.

Thus making me wonder if anyone wanted to do a shared world.

The idea is for a new and original take on superheroes and the world they live in.

The group has been up and writing for a month now and we have a basic idea of the world underneath us. That said, it will be rather easy for anyone to step in and add their own character at any given point.

Our group right now is setting with a handful of active users and a few that are on the side lines. We're looking for creators, writers and artist. Right now sadly the work is just for fun and hopeful publication down the road.

If you want to know more drop me an email at magicalbookworm@gmx.com
Wednesday, May 25th, 2011
11:24 pm
[ed_rex]
Review: Paying For It, by Chester Brown

You're a dirty whore-monger, Chester Brown

Autobiography is a risky endeavour at the best of times; not only will the memoirist's craft be scrutinized and judged, but so too will his or her character. So it is probably a good thing for Chester Brown that he is one of the best cartoonists of his generation, because he really does have sex with prostitutes.

In fact, his latest book, Paying For It, is all about his decision to give up on romantic love in favour of sex for money.

It has become almost trendy to dabble in the sex-trade. Bookshelves groan beneath mounds of tell-all memoirs and fictions, and even relatively mainstream television has gotten into act, with no less than one-time Doctor Who companion Billie Piper disrobing on a regular business as Belle du Jour. But memoirs and fictions glamorizing the life of johns?

Maybe not so much

It is one thing to admit to taking money for sex; to confess paying for sex, on the other hand, remains quite outside the bounds of polite society.

If Brown doesn't make an explicit analogy between his "coming-out" as a john and the struggles of gay men and lesbians who braved arrest and assault when they refused to any longer closet their sexual natures, Paying For It certainly implicitly invites the comparison, if only by Brown's refusal to be ashamed.

As Brown's friend (and ex-girlfriend) Kris tells him, to most people, johns are "... creeps. Who knows what they're capable of? If I had a daughter I'd be worried about what would happen if she was in the same elevator as one of those guys."

So would you want to read a comic book by and about one?

Click here for my full review, with inevitable spoilers — not safe for work.

Saturday, November 20th, 2010
1:48 pm
[ed_rex]
Review: Stargazer, by Von Allan

Looking at the stars in black and white

 

Once a mainstay of popular culture, truly family-friendly or all-ages entertainment has become a rarity in North American media nowadays (with the notable exception of animated films).

That sort of inclusive work seems particularly rare in what ought to be as all-ages-friendly a medium as animation, its close artistic relative, the humble comic-book. But in North America, for a variety of commercial-historical reasons, "comic" has become almost synonymous with "super-hero", with a small (and happily, a growing) sub-set of "alternative" books addressing a broader audience than teenagers who love fight scenes.

So it was a great pleasure to discover Von Allan's Stargazer, an adventure story meant to entertain anyone "from eight to eighty", in glorious black and white, no less.

Read my review at Edifice Rex Online.

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010
2:22 pm
[ed_rex]
Hype to watch out for: Alison Bechdel's Fun Home and the danger of great expectations

(Not-such) Fun hype

As every former child prodigy knows, high expectations are both a blessing and a curse.

A blessing, because past accomplishments open doors which might otherwise stay closed; a curse, because where others are free to hone their craft in obscurity, the prodigy is watched by every critical eye the moment they through that specially-opened portal.

Alison Bechdel was no child prodigy, but she had a long run as a strip cartoonist during which time she was able to hone her craft in a gradually decreasing obscurity with Dykes to Watch Out For, an episodic strip that managed (at least to some extent) to broaden Bechdel's audience from its lesbian (and gay) base to many people who simply liked good comics.

But getting your work noticed by The Comics Journal is not in the same league as creating Time Magazine's Book of the Year for 2006, as Bechdel's first graphic novel, Fun Home, was. My copy opens with three pages of review excerpts containing words like "Masterful" and comparisons to David Sedaris, Charles Dickens and Vladimir Nabokov, among others.

High praise indeed; not many books could live up to it all. Does Bechdel's?

No surprises: it doesn't. So why all the hype?

Read the full review at Edifice Rex Online.

Sunday, June 27th, 2010
10:53 am
[jediwonderboy]
The Pro Artist Return Cards


These are the three Artist Return Cards I received back from 5Finity, for my work on The Pro sketch card set, and they are for sale.

I'm holding onto to these for around 15 days, so if you have an offer that you would like to give me, let me know, and we'll talk price. I will entertain serious offers only, with the card being shipped after payment is received.

http://ckinfinite.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
9:59 am
[jediwonderboy]
Comics for Cures Auction
From: http://www.comicsforcures.com/


AUCTIONS ARE LIVE!!!
3rd Annual
SKETCH CARD BENEFIT AUCTION
AND GALLERY SHOW
For Relay for Life/American Cancer Society

Go to: http://tinyurl.com/26unl4z

"Bid often and bid large for a great cause!"
Robert W. Hickey
co-founder of Comics for Cures

Updates at: http://www.facebook.com/rhickey
http://twitter.com/RobertHickey

You can find my sketch cards over here: Chadd Keim's charity sketch cards

You can see some cards from my great friend Jason Truman over here.
Sunday, July 26th, 2009
1:23 pm
[blakemp]
2 IN 1 SHOWCASE EPISODE 129: SPIDER-MAN-KRAVEN'S LAST HUNT

Episode 129: Spider-Man-Kraven's Last Hunt
by Chase Bouzigard, Blake Petit & Mike Bellamy

Retrospective week is upon us again! This month, the guys dive into one of the greatest Spider-Man sagas of all time, J.M. DeMatteis and Mike Zeck's classic Kraven's Last Hunt. The guys break down the story, talk about what makes it so enduring, and discuss spin-offs and repurcussions that last even today! In the picks this week, Blake presents Buzzboy: Sidekicks Rule #3, Chase digs Savage Dragon #150, and Mike enjoys Superman: World of New Krypton #5. This week's graphic novel pick: Echo: Atomic Dreams. Don't forget our "Give Mike a Title" contest! Contact us with comments, suggestions, "Ask Chase Anything" questions, or anything else at Showcase@comixtreme.com!

Music provided by the Podshow Podsafe Music Network.

Episode 129: Spider-Man-Kraven's Last Hunt

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Episode 129: 2 in 1 Checklist




Plus: With a whole one day of the San Diego Comicon under our belts, Blake and Chase sit down to chat about some of the announcements so far. An ARG for Tron: Legacy? A possible Roger Rabbit 2? The return of Jeff Smith's Bone? Bat-Boy comes to comics? Plus, Chase talks about the latest season of Torchwood!

Week in Geek #27: One Day in San Diego

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Sunday, July 19th, 2009
3:38 pm
[blakemp]
2 IN 1 SHOWCASE EPISODE 128: SPOTLIGHT ON ROBERT KIRKMAN

Episode 128: Spotlight on Robert Kirkman
by Chase Bouzigard, Blake Petit & Mike Bellamy

It's time once again for a creator spotlight! This week, Mike sits quietly while Blake and Chase talk about his work from Battle Pope through Invincible, zombies from Marvel Zombies and The Walking Dead, his work at Marvel and how the gauntlet he threw down as an Image partner has helped generate at least one of the best new comics of the year. In the picks this week, Chase loved Deadpool: Merc With a Mouth #1, Mike goes with Batman #688 and Blake plays the music for The Muppet Show #4. This week's graphic novel pick is the new hardcover edition of Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?. Don't forget our "Give Mike a Title" contest! Contact us with comments, suggestions, "Ask Chase Anything" questions, or anything else at Showcase@comixtreme.com!

Music provided by the Podshow Podsafe Music Network.

Episode 128: Spotlight on Robert Kirkman

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Episode 128: 2 in 1 Checklist




Plus: In your Week in Geek, the guys discuss the current state of magazines about comics and the second episode of Warehouse 13. Yeah, that's it. Oh yeah -- and they go beat-by-beat in their discussion and review of the first issue of DC's most anticipated event in years, Blackest Night. Spoilers abound, so if you haven't read the issue yet, wait to listen to this episode! Also, stay tuned to the end of the episode to find out how you can submit your original horror movie to the second annual Drunken Zombie Film Festival at www.drunkenzombie.com!

Week in Geek #26: Blackest Night Begins

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Sunday, July 12th, 2009
3:14 pm
[blakemp]
2 IN 1 SHOWCASE EPISODE 127: CAPTAIN AMERICA REBORN?

Episode 127: Captain America Reborn?
by Chase Bouzigard, Blake Petit & Mike Bellamy

Chase is back home, so the Showcase boys assemble at the Secret Lair to record a new batch of episodes! This week, the Star-Spangled Avenger is being "reborn," so it's time to take another look at the mythos of Captain America! The guys discuss the history of the charcter, the current Ed Brubaker run, and the future of the men wearing the stars and stripes. In the picks, Mike chooses Irredeemable #4, Blake goes with the obvious and picks Green Lantern #43, and Chase sticks to theme with Captain America #600. This week's Graphic Novel Pick: Fables Vol. 8: Wolves. Contact us with comments, suggestions, "Ask Chase Anything" questions, or anything else at Showcase@comixtreme.com!

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Episode 127: Captain America Reborn?

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Episode 127: 2 in 1 Checklist




Plus: This week, Chase and Blake share their thoughts about TransFormers: Revenge of the Fallen, discuss recent developments from the set of Lost, chat about Superman and Smallville movie and TV news, and give their impressions of the new sci-fi show Warehouse 13!

Week in Geek #25: Chase Returns

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Sunday, June 28th, 2009
2:42 pm
[blakemp]
2 IN 1 SHOWCASE EPISODE 125: CONVENTION SEASON KICK-OFF

Episode 125: Convention Season Kick-Off!
by Chase Bouzigard, Blake Petit & Mike Bellamy

Chase is out of town, so Blake and Mike sit down this week to talk about the beginning of the comic book convention season! The guys discuss the current state of comic cons, Mike talks about his experiences at last weekend's Wizard World Philadelphia convention, and the boys bat around some of the announcements from Philly and HeroesCon in Charlotte! In the picks this week, Mike chooses Power Girl #2 and Blake selects Zorro #14, with a bonus book pick, Was Superman a Spy? Contact us with comments, suggestions, "Ask Chase Anything" questions, or anything else at Showcase@comixtreme.com!

Music provided by the Podshow Podsafe Music Network.

Episode 125: Convention Season Kick-Off

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Episode 125: 2 in 1 Checklist




Plus: Let's get literary! Chase has work conflicts this week, so Blake gets together with his sister Heather for this special edition of Week in Geek! The sibs discuss the recently concluded Percy Jackson series of novels by Rick Riordan, chat about the currently in-production Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief movie, and dive into the mythology surrounding the new J.C. Hutchins novel, Personal Effects: Dark Art.


Plus: Blake flies solo for this review of the new Todd Phillips comedy The Hangover. When three guys at a bachelor party wake up to find the bachelor missing, hijinks ensue. But is it funny enough to spend your money on?

At the Movies Episode 7: The Hangover

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Saturday, June 6th, 2009
7:24 pm
[blakemp]
2 IN 1 SHOWCASE EPISODE 122: BATTLE FOR THE COWL AND THE NEW BATMAN FAMILY

Episode 122: Battle For the Cowl and the NEW Batman Family
by Chase Bouzigard, Blake Petit & Mike Bellamy

Back in Episode 106, when Battle For the Cowl was yet to begin, the Showcase boys looked at the possible candidates for the Batman mantle and the state of the Batman family as a whole. With Battle For the Cowl over, the guys give their impressions of the story, the spinoffs, the new Batman and Robin team, Neil Gaiman's Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader, and their thoughts on the new comics that are about to comprise the Batman universe! Plus -- you want picks of the week? We'll give you picks of the week! Mike gives us Supergirl #41, Chase takes X-Force #15, and Blake presents Muppet Robin Hood #1 and this week's graphic novel pick, Static Shock: Rebirth of the Cool. Write us with comments, suggestions, picks of the week, "Ask Chase Anything" questions, or anything else at Showcase@comixtreme.com!

Music provided by the Podshow Podsafe Music Network.

Episode 122: Battle For the Cowl and the NEW Batman Family

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Episode 122: 2 in 1 Checklist




PLUS:The boys go through a lot of stuff this week, beginning with the sad passings of a pair of Davids, the first issue of Batman and Robin, major announcements from E3, and the television returns of Torchwood, Doctor Who, the Muppets, and Conan O'Brien (and his mysteriously familiar set)! Then, the guys get into it with the Captain America #600 controversy! All this and more in your Week in Geek!

Week in Geek #23: Captain America, Muppets, and More!

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Friday, May 15th, 2009
11:16 pm
[cezar_thescribe]
Doomsday


Which Corps would you like to see Doomsday become a member of?

Or, would you like to see clones of Doomsday as members of different Corps?

Current Mood: contemplative
Monday, May 11th, 2009
9:44 pm
[cezar_thescribe]
Sunday, May 3rd, 2009
3:06 pm
[blakemp]
2 IN 1 SHOWCASE EPISODE 117: FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2009

Episode 117: Free Comic Book Day 2009
by Chase Bouzigard, Blake Petit & Mike Bellamy

Geek Christmas comes once again, as the Showcase boys go to Free Comic Book Day 2009! The guys camped out at BSI Comics in Metairie, Louisiana for the day, talking to the fans, handing out free comics, and generally having a blast! In this episode, the guys manage to find time to talk about Blackest Night #0 and this week's Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #4, they go through a few more of this year's free samplings, and host the first-ever live Ask Chase Anything Challenge! Listen as fans of all ages try to summon a question Chase can't answer, hear the one question that succeeded, and witness the beginning of Chase's potential intellectual property lawsuit when a bad joke goes horribly awry! And if that wasn't enough, the guys find time to talk to Kurt Amacker, writer of the new Seraphemera Books horror comic Dead Souls! How good is Dead Souls? It's Alan Moore-approved! Write us with comments, suggestions, picks of the week, "Ask Chase Anything" questions, or anything else at Showcase@comixtreme.com!

Music provided by the Podshow Podsafe Music Network.

Episode 117: Free Comic Book Day 2009

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Episode 117: 2 in 1 Checklist


PLUS: This week was the 100th episode of Lost, and the guys are here to dish on the tale of Daniel Faraday. For those of you who want to skip the Lost chat, start listening at 19:20 on your dial while we delve into the season finales of Chuck and Heroes, and talk about the upcoming Star Trek movie and the recent Countdown prequel comic book. Chase talks about a trailer that got him excited and another that broke his heart, and Blake is jazzed at this week's announcement of the possible 7th Son motion picture! All this plus a DVD release rundown in your Week in Geek! E-mail us at Showcase@comixtreme.com!

Week in Geek #19: Lost 100, Chuck, Heroes, and More!

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Sunday, April 19th, 2009
9:20 pm
[blakemp]
2 IN 1 SHOWCASE EPISODE 115: WOLVERINE'S MULTIPLE "ORIGINS"


Episode 115: Wolverine's Multiple "Origins"
by Chase Bouzigard, Blake Petit & Mike Bellamy

In a few weeks, X-Men Origins: Wolverine will come to your local cineplex. This week, the guys discuss the characters' origins, some of their favorite stories, the new cartoon show, and their hopes and fears for the upcoming movie. In the picks this week, Mike goes with Batman: Battle For the Cowl #2, Blake recommends 3 Geeks: Slab Madness #3, and Chase is a fan of Crossed #4. This week's graphic novel pick: American Jesus Vol. 1: Chosen. Write us with comments, suggestions, picks of the week, "Ask Chase Anything" questions, or anything else at Showcase@comixtreme.com!

Music provided by the Podshow Podsafe Music Network.

Episode 115: Wolverine's Multiple "Origins"

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Episode 115: 2 in 1 Checklist




PLUS: In this week's Week in Geek, the boys set the record straight about everything. Chase tells you how to survive in Disney World (don't bring kids), an e-mail corrects both the guys about blunders in the Wonder Man/Beast episode, and Chase explains why he watches shows (and reads comics) he doesn't like. And somewhere in there, they get around to discussing Lost, Heroes, Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles, the Green Lantern movie, and some announcements this week from DC Comics.

Week in Geek #17: Setting the Record Straight

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Monday, April 13th, 2009
9:25 am
[blakemp]
2 IN 1 SHOWCASE EPISODE 114: SUPERMAN-PANIC IN THE SKY


Episode 114: Superman-Panic in the Sky
by Chase Bouzigard, Blake Petit & Mike Bellamy

Retro-week strikes the Showcase boys, as they sit back and discuss one of their favorite stories of the early 1990s, the Superman-family crossover Panic in the Sky! The guys discuss the roots of the story, the repurcussions, how it led to the Death of Superman, and how the "Triangle Numbers" of the era compare with the way the Superman family of comics is in 2009. In the picks, Mike goes with Booster Gold #18, Chase picks The Walking Dead #59, and Blake digs PS 238 #38. Our graphic novel pick of the week? The Walking Dead Compendium Vol. 1! Write us with comments, suggestions, picks of the week, "Ask Chase Anything" questions, or anything else at Showcase@comixtreme.com!

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Episode 114: Superman-Panic in the Sky

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Episode 114: 2 in 1 Checklist




PLUS: With Chase off for a Disney World vacation, Blake is riding solo this week. Chase gives us a quick phone call to check in, then Blake dishes on this week's Lost, Dead is Dead, and the pilot episode of The Unusuals. Plus, he looks briefly at Kevin J. Anderson's upcoming Superman/Batman novel, Enemies and Allies.

Week in Geek #16: Greetings From Orlando!

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Sunday, April 5th, 2009
5:23 pm
[blakemp]
2 IN 1 SHOWCASE EPISODE 113: WONDER MAN AND THE BEAST


Episode 113: Wonder Man and the Beast
by Chase Bouzigard, Blake Petit & Mike Bellamy

They're Marvel's classic odd couple -- this week the guys talk about the unlikely friendship between Wonder Man and the Beast! The boys discuss the characters individually, their favorite stories, why they seem to work so well as a pair, and why Marvel desperately needs to put them in a comic together ASAP. In the picks, Chase loved G.I. Joe: Cobra #1, Blake says good-bye to Amazing Spider-Girl #30, and Mike is all about Supergirl #39. Graphic Novel Pick this week: Mike presents Captain America: Operation Rebirth! Write us with comments, suggestions, picks of the week, "Ask Chase Anything" questions, or anything else at Showcase@comixtreme.com!

Music provided by the Podshow Podsafe Music Network.

Episode 113: Wonder Man and the Beast

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Episode 113: 2 in 1 Checklist




PLUS: It's Week in Geek time again! After a correction from last week's Kurt Busiek episode, the guys delve into another episode of Lost. Chase wants to debate Blake's recent review of Wanted, and the guys jump around through several TV shows, including Dollhouse, Smallville, Heroes, Kings, ER, and Cupid!

Week in Geek #15: Wanted, Dollhouse, Smallville, and a little thing called Lost

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Sunday, March 29th, 2009
10:48 pm
[linepau1]
Predator Issue #1, 1989
Hey guys,

I'm new to the community, and looking for some information.

My brother acquired a copy of "Predator Issue #1" Printed in 1989 by Dark Horse Comics. Link to it here, first comic listed

What he's wondering is how much the comic is worth today, as he had little luck finding anything on it online (although obviously big sister done better =D)

Excuse me if this isn't allowed. I read the profile, and never seen much in the way of rules, and I'm not very well acquainted with comic communities on LJ.
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