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    Wednesday
    Jun032015

    FOG! Chats With MIDNIGHTER Writer STEVE ORLANDO #DCYOU - AT FORCES OF GEEK


    Today launches the New #DCYou continuity and one of the books debuting is Midnighter.

    Midnighter was created by Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch in 1998 as part of Stormwatch. He’s been featured in The Authority as well as a short lived mini Grifter & Midnighter and his own series before being a part of the DC’s New 52Stormwatch and Grayson books.

    Steve Orlando (Undertow, Image Comics) reintroduces Lucas Trent and his alter-ego in the latest from DC Comics and is here to tell us about what it means to have an openly gay male superhero hit the shelves!

    FOG!: Fans of The Authority and Stormwatch might know Midnighter, and of course we’ve seen him in Graysonrecently fighting Spyral. But really, Who is this guy?

    Steve Orlando: He’s a fighter! Midnighter has been engineered to be the greatest, and he’s a weapon, a sword. That’s part of his core. But he’s found a way to make it into a positive, and he fights for those that don’t have anyone to listen to them, or fight for them. 

    Midnighter is a community character, on the street, connecting with the people he helps and making himself available to even more people. When he saves you, you can become part of his Network, bringing situations to his attention, and helping him bring the Midnighter experience to even more people.

    He’s the clenched fist that’s on your side when maybe no one else will hear you. Midnighter’s past was stolen, and in its place he was programmed to be a fighting machine.  And he doesn’t want anyone else to go what he went through. He’s fighting to make sure no one else has to become another Midnighter.

    Midnighter is the guy that is puts the fear into the fear mongers.

     

    [READ MORE AT FORCES OF GEEK]

     

     


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    Tuesday
    Jun022015

    Dig Boston and League Podcast Comics Picks of the Week for Wed. June 3, 2015

     

     

     

     

    COMICS

    I am Groot, I AM Groot. I am GROOT. Groot #1. Its so not a big deal that Midnighter #1 is the first openly gay hero in the DC Universe but yeah it IS a big deal at the same time. Spinning out of Grayson is Midnighter — taking on Spyral Agents and written by Steve Orlando (Undertow), for fans of espionage and heroes like The Punisher. … Airboy #1 breaks the fourth wall for James Robinson (Starman, FF) and Greg Hinkle as the depraved comics creators are forced to by Airboy himself to put the plug in the jug after an all out rager! … Picks this week from LeaguePodcast.com!

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    Friday
    May292015

    Triple Shot: FRESH ROMANCE #1, OLD MAN LOGAN #1 & SANDMAN OVERTURE #5 at FORCES OF GEEK


    Fresh Romance is in the air, courtesy of Janelle Asselin. Bendis opens up three old wounds on each hand with Andrea Sorrentino on art in Old Man Logan (Secret Wars) #1 and don’t forget about The Endless Dreaming with Sandman: Overture #5 in this week’s edition of Triple Shot!


    FRESH ROMANCE #1
    WRITER: Sarah Kuhn, Kate Leth, Sarah Vaughn
    ART:   Arielle Jovellanos, Sarah Winifred Searle, Sally Jane Thompson 

    Publication Date: May 27, 2015
    Price: $4.99
    Publisher: Rosy Press/Janelle Asselin
    UPC: 70985301875900111
    Buy it HERE: RosyPress.com / Comixology


    As I’m learning in my current comic book class with professor Michael Uslan, Romance Comics as genre came to prominence after the end of World War II.

    Everyone hung up their collective capes, and even Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Joe Simon filled the newsstands with tales of heartbreak, secret crushes and handkerchief hand wringing.

    These days, superheroes dominate the scene and the big screen, but former DC Comics editor Jannelle Asselin is resurrecting the genre over at Rosy Press and also utilizing her vast established audience for Kickstarter funding for this special project.

    [Read an amazing FOG! interview with Jannelle over here with Stefan Blitz, conducted after the project was funded!]

    This inaugural issue of Fresh Romance is an anthology book highlighting 3 separate stories from some of the best talent around. Kate Leth (Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors, Edward Scissorhands) starts off with a classic high school tale of locker talk and Mean Girls swagger. I’m most looking forward to the next installment for the twist introduced at the end of these pages.

    Upcoming talent Sarah Vaughn (Alex + Ada) goes back to the post-Revolutionary War days for an impending tale of arranged marriage from ye olde tymes. I wasn’t expecting to go back to the age of AMC’s Turn but it was a nice place to visit and Sarah Winifred Searle’s art is divine. 

    ‘The Ruby Equation’, the final tale by Sarah Kuhn and Sally Jane Thompson was perhaps my favorite. Without spoiling, this was the most comic-booky of the tales. Modern day cupid meets coffee shop barista. Very cute story with more to come.

    Congrats on getting the ball rolling—this was a fun book, and I may have been quoted as saying, “I hate stupid love stories because they are stupid”.

    Yet again, I was wrong.

    [READ MORE AT FORCES OF GEEK]


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    Thursday
    May282015

    DC COMICS GUIDE TO WRITING COMICS By Dennis O'Neil (book review) at FORCES OF GEEK

     

    I’ve been fascinated by the credits pages of comics for longer than I can remember, and the all important “Writer” title is the one I have aspired to.

    Fortunately for you, dear readers, this eventually shifted to the comics critique and ‘reporting’ steadfastly disappointing you here each and every week! 

    Writing is hard. Scripting is hard. You guessed it, making comics is hard work. Drawing comics is probably much harder than it looks.

    As much as I thought my dogeared copy of How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way (1978) by Stan Lee and John Buscema would have me at the drawing board for 8 hours a day like an Extreme Studios understudy, that was not my path in life either.

    I’m always up for a good challenge, though.

    Upon urging from my colleague Matt Dursin (an actual published comics writer!) I have audited The Rise of Superheroes and Their Impact On Pop Culture MOOC with Stan Lee’s and Michael Uslan course of study. 


    In preparation, I dusted off 2001’s The DC Comics Guide to Writing Comics by industry giant, and writer of my favorite Batman tales, Dennis (Denny) O’Neil.

    [READ MORE AT FORCES OF GEEK]


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    Monday
    May252015

    Dig Boston and League Podcast Comics Picks of the Week for Wed. May 27, 2015

     

     

    COMICS

    Tyler Durden lives in Fight Club 2 #1 from all star team of Chuck Palahniuk, and Cameron Stewart with David Mack. The first rule is to tell all your literati friends about this as Chuck writes the much anticipated sequel in comics form! … Bendis takes on an elder Wolverine in Old Man Logan in a new #1 — drawn by Andrea Sorrentino (Green Arrow). This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco, Bub! … Sabrina is about to turn 16 but that doesn’t mean candles in this version of Greendale. It means blood moon baptisms into the Church of Night! Check out the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (The Teenage Witch) #3 this week! … Picks this week from LeaguePodcast.com!


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