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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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    Wednesday
    May202015

    BATMAN: EARTH ONE Vol. 1 & 2 (review) AT FORCES OF GEEK

     

     

    Shortly before The Dark Knight Rises closed the chapter on director Christopher Nolans’ cinematic take on Batman, DC Comics released the hardcover original graphic novel Batman: Earth One (2012) written by Geoff Johns and drawn by Gary Frank. 

    Johns, protege to Superman: The Movie’s Richard Donner, became famous for his Green Lantern, JSA and The Flash runs before becoming DC Comics’ Chief Creative Officer. The Blackest Night scribe also is the link between comics and movies across the lot at Warner Bros., consulting on everything from Green Lantern to Batman v. Superman and down to the successful Flash and Arrow programs on CW. 

    Gary Frank, artist for Batman: Earth One drew an uncanny Christopher Reeve as Clark Kent/Superman in 2009’s pre-Flashpoint Superman: Secret Origin. While many artists have taken on the iconic DC heroes, Frank’s style rises to the top as a modern master. 

    Batman: Earth One Volume 2 featuring the same creative team was released earlier this month.

    Batman: Earth One Volumes 1 & 2 are out of the current DC continuities as we know it, are perhaps meant as chain bookstore (mass market) sellers but the two great hardcovers make great gifts for Batman fans of varied interest levels. Everyone from the enthusiastic FOG! crowd to your more causal The Dark Knight Trilogy or Gotham tv series fans will get lost in this version of the Caped Crusader.

     

    [READ MORE AT FORCES OF GEEK]


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    Wednesday
    May202015

    BATMAN UNLIMITED: ANIMAL INSTINCTS (review) at FORCES OF GEEK

     

    The strange Batsuits with angular black and yellow emblem we’ve been seeing at Target from Mattel have been finally been brought to life by Warner Bros Animation and DC Comics. If you were off-put by the Batman and Robin (1997) look of the things, you are not alone.

    My expectation of an eventual animated property were that of a Joel Schumacher ice rocket, plummeting further into the abyss.

    Expectations mean a lot to Batman fans, and we especially take note when they are exceeded. 
    Bat-fans may be surprised by this with the latest offering, Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts 

    Keep in mind though, this isn’t New 52 Batman, this movie is geared toward a younger all-ages crowd.

    Roger Craig Smith reprises his role as Batman/Bruce Wayne from the video games Lego Batman 3 and Batman: Arkham Origins. Charlie Schlatter returns to The Flash role from Superman: TAS and The Batman, Green Arrow appears alongside Nightwing, Red Robin, and Alfred for an alliance that is more Outlaws than Justice League to face down Penguin and the ‘Animalitia’.

    [READ MORE AT FORCES OF GEEK]