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    Wednesday
    Apr222015

    MATT WAGNER TALKS About WILL EISNER'S THE SPIRIT! - COSMIC TREADMILL AT FORCES OF GEEK

    FOG! Chats With MATT WAGNER About WILL EISNER’S THE SPIRIT!

    Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) is this week and Dynamite Entertainment gave us an inside scoop about some upcoming announcements.

    At the top of the stack is today’s solicitation for the complete creative team for the July’s new ongoing Will Eisner’s The Spirit written by Matt Wagner and drawn by Dan Schkade (San Hannibal). Also, notably, keep on the lookout for some amazing covers by Alex Ross, The Goon’s Eric Powell and so many more.

    Of course Matt is most well known for such classics as Grendel, Mage, Sandman Mystery Theatre and a number of memorable Batman stories — my favorite being Batman: Faces (Legends of the Dark Knight). 

    Recently at Dynamite he has taken on Green Hornet, Zorro and The Shadow—so no one was surprised at Matt being assigned to scribe Eisner’s The Spirit.


    Well, maybe Matt was, and he is here to join us and tell us about it!

    FOG!: Matt, thanks for joining us today! The Spirit ongoing is exciting news, and we’re excited you are the one to take it on, though you’ve mentioned that even for you this is intimidating! What made you relent to the requests to take on Denny Colt?

    Matt Wagner: Well, I’ve been a big fan of both Eisner and The Spirit for many, many years. As a result of my reverence for both the creator and the property, I at first said, “No” when Dynamite offered me the chance to write an all-new relaunch in honor of the character’s 75th anniversary. 

    But both Dynamite publisher Nick Barrucci and their Editor-in-Chief Joe Rybandt were both persistent in getting me on board; “We think you’re perfect for this gig!” Eventually, they broke through my resistance and now I’m happy they did.

    When did you first get inspired by Eisner or The Spirit?

    I first discovered The Spirit via the over-sized, B&W reprints from Warren Publications in the mid 70s. 

     

    [READ MORE AT FORCES OF GEEK ]

     


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    Tuesday
    Apr212015

    Dig Boston and League Podcast Comics Picks of the Week for Wed. April 22, 2015

     

    COMICS

    Chewie, we’re home! If your force is all aflutter, check out this scruffy looking nerf herder variant cover for Star Wars #4 starring Han and a walking carpet. … All-new, all-old Wonder Woman in Convergence Wonder Woman #1 from G.I. Joe scribe Larry Hama. What’s Convergence? Who cares? Larry Hama writing Diana Prince. *twirl, twirl*! … Super villain Golgoth has conquered the world, but can he maintain his reign? Find out in Waid and Kitson’s Empire Uprising #1, the followup to the hit Empire series. … Picks this week from LeaguePodcast.com!


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    Friday
    Apr172015

    Triple Shot: TITHE #1, CONVERGENCE: BATMAN - SHADOW OF THE BAT #1 & HARROW COUNTY #1 Preview at FORCES OF GEEK

     

     

    Its back to basics for this comics reporter this week with a throwback Thursday Triple-Shot!

    What’s better than some single issue comic reviews to get you out to the store this week and enjoy that spring weather. Matt Hawkins (Top Cow President, Think Tank) safecracks his way into a mega-church with The Tithe #1 and Larry Hama (G.I. Joe, Wolverine) takes on Batman and the classic Dark Knight substitute Azrael in Convergence: Shadow of the Bat #1.

    The fine folks over at Dark Horse let us have a sneak peak at Cullen Bunn’s Harrow County #1, mentioned in our interview a few weeks ago!

     

    THE TITHE #1
    WRITER: Matt Hawkins
    ART:  Rahsan Ekedal

    Publication Date: April 15, 2015
    Price: $3.99
    Publisher: Top Cow/Image Comics
    UPC: 70985301875900111
    Buy it HERE

    The Tithe refers to the 10% donation of wages donated to a church or religious organization. Actually, there’s a verb form of that word as well as a noun, and the tradition is ancient so don’t come after me with pitchforks if I’m only slightly correct!

    Last year, we talked with Top Cow President Matt Hawkins about his spy-fi comic Think Tank. I enjoy listening to Matt’s views on comics creation and running the Top Cow brand in various podcasts and interviews.

    Matt and artist Rahsan are at it again with The Tithe. Three armed robbers invade one of those Disney mega-churches at Sunday mass in Jesus masks.

    In the front of house, a young lady highjacks the television screens a la ‘Anonymous’ with images of the pastor Miles Tibett in ungodly compromising positions and spending the churches’ money on extravagances. This organization is called “SAMARITAN” on the teleprompter signoff.

    This is at the heart a great heist story, with religion and mega-churches as the playground. The FBI investigates SAMARITAN and other misallocated and tax-free accounting from the church with two very cool and opposite leads. Dwayne Campbell, a Baptist and believer is a family man. His partner Jimmy is a younger dude, a ‘hacker’ (apologies, not even Mr. Hawkins has a better name for this kind of computer savvy security breaching tech nerd gone good) and an atheist.

    As what follows traditionally in Matt’s creator-owned books are some essays, behind the scenes to his research and a bit on his background as a former churchgoer turned atheist.

     

    [READ MORE AT FORCES OF GEEK]

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    Monday
    Apr132015

    Dig Boston and League Podcast Comics Picks of the Week for Wed. April 15, 2015

     

     

    COMICS

    Velvet #10 concludes Brubaker & Epting’s (Captain America) second arc of the lady super spy - highly recommended for female for fans of Agent Carter! … Sabrina the Teenage Witch #2 puts a dark and evil spin on the Archie character in this reimagining. Recommended for everyone, especially the goth girl inside of us all! The Arashikage are after Snake-Eyes and that means Storm Shadow in Snake-Eyes Agent of Cobra #4 (of 5). … Picks this week from LeaguePodcast.com!

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    Saturday
    Apr112015

    FOG! Discusses THE ORDER OF THE FORGE With Writer VICTOR GISCHLER! at FORCES OF GEEK

     

    The Revolution with be immortalized in The Order of The Forge coming from Dark Horse later this month.

    In the tradition of super-sizing some of our past presidents with powers of the dark arts (see Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), crime author Victor Gischler (Ink Mage, Spike, Angel and Faith, Sally of the Wasteland) joins us to talk about our founding fathers in a new way.

    Starring a pre-Revolution Geo. Washington with pals Paul Revere and “Baudy” Ben Franklin — The Order of the Forge is coming at you by land and sea!

    FOG!: Thanks for joining us, Victor! You’ve got a new take on a founding father with The Order of The Forge at Dark Horse. How did you come aboard on Donn D. Berdahl’s original concept?

    Victor Gischler: Well, I guess they needed a writer to implement this great idea they had, and Dark Horse editor Dan Chabon suggested I might fit the bill. They wanted to take their story in a pulpy, irreverent direction, and a lot of my work suggest I’m the sort of fellow who can do that. I was just lucky that I’d worked with Dan on a couple of previous projects, so he knew what my strengths were.


    I’m a big fan of alternate history. Would you like to go back and hang with George, Paul and Ben?

    Not really. It turns out they didn’t have air conditioning back then. Also the toilet paper was not the best. Also, my guess is that the guys I depict in the comic are a lot more colorful than our actual founding fathers — although I’ve heard Ben Franklin was something of a party animal.

    I suppose I couldn’t really say no to a time travel adventure if I had the chance. Although whenever I watch a time travel movie that shit NEVER goes right.

    {READ MORE AT FORCES OF GEEK]

     

     

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