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    Tuesday
    Apr182017

    FOG! Previews Jonathan Coulton’s Upcoming Album and Graphic Novel, ‘Solid State’ AT FORCES OF GEEK

    The music business has changed so much in the past few years that there is a huge gap between what was thought of as the studio album being replaced by lyric videos and viral sensations. What happens when you’re a former programmer that wants to create music instead of being a cubical code monkey in this environment?

    You get the uncanny Jonathan Coulton, a man who’s career was quite literally forged by riding the crest of the internet wave like oh-so-many primates on the cover of the original T&C Surf Designs NES cartridge.

    JoCo infamously indulged in a year long quest to make a “Thing a Week” in 2005, creating memorable geek singalong numbers “Shop Vac”, “Chiron Beta Prime”, “Tom Cruise Crazy” and of course “Mr. Fancy Pants”. Alright, you might not know these songs yet, but you can listen to them for free on his site along with the unofficial “Ikea” theme song (‘plywood, brushed steel; meatballs, tasty’).

    [READ MORE AT FORCES OF GEEK]

     

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    Tuesday
    Feb252014

    DigBoston and LeaguePodcast Comic Book Picks of the Week for February 26, 2014




    COMICS


    Fraction and Aja’s Hawkeye #15 puts the focus on back on Barton and Barton face to face with..themselves as the building goes into lockdown! … A cinematic grind house masterpiece Vandroid was destroyed in a fire in 1985. Tommy Lee Edwards resurrects the android built out of van parts in Vandroid #1 from Dark Horse. …Butch is paired with the drug-addled Gun face off with the super boss in Repo City State in Ballistic #4 drawn by Darick Robertson (The Boys). … Picks this week from LeaguePodcast.com!

    Monday
    Jul082013

    Triple Shot: VENOM #37, SATELLITE SAM #1, DARK SKULLKICKERS DARK #1

    It was a pretty Happy Independence Day weekend for all of us at the Triple Shot headquarters, so let’s start off Monday right where we’re packing the explosive comic reviews like Venom #37 featuring war hero Flash Thompson, ‘50s Sci-Fi TV murder mystery Satellite Sam #1 from Matt Fraction and Howard Chaykin and eventually we’re kicked out of a dark bar with Jim Zub’s Dark Skullkickers Dark #1.

    VENOM #37
    WRITER: Cullen Bunn
    ART: Pepe Larraz
    Publication Date: July 3, 2013
    Price: $2.99
    Publisher: Marvel Comics
    UPC: 75960607565203711
    Buy it HERE


    It is hard to believe that symbiotic veteran and #1 Spidey fan Flash Thompson has been carrying this Venom book for nearly 40 issues.

    That’s meant as the highest compliment to the writing efforts of Rick Remender and now Cullen Bunn.

    The reimagining (though not in the traditional sense of the word) of the Venom character as both a government weapon and a way of empowering the disabled veteran with a black licorice suit and body armor has gone literally to hell and back.

    The alcoholic Thompson struggles with his demons, the loss of his relationship to Betty Brandt and his father’s death with a geographical relocation to Philadelphia, where he has a job as a gym teacher and fights bad guys at night.

    While reading the latest,Venom #37, it dawned on me as to what I find appealing in these stories. I’ve gone hot and cold but month after month (week after week!) continued to buy Amazing Spider-Man. Now with Peter Parker out of the picture in Marvel NOW!, Bunn is providing me with the fix that I was chasing with Spidey.

    Cullen Bunn is telling the best Amazing Spider-Man stories right now in Venom. The ol’ Parker luck, the survivor’s guilt, the power, the responsibility, tangling with reporters—it’s all happening in the black suit book! I don’t mean for that to sound reductive or to frame Flash Thompson as someone with Peter’s same situations.

    The Philly backdrop of the school, his barren apartment and the nosy Katy Kiernan (Daily Inquisitor) are not Spidey in NY. Venom’s own set of rogues give the settings a different flavor, a darker tone. If Peter ever comes back, please let Cullen write the book. There will be a time thatSuperior seems silly or another version for a video game, like Spider-Man 2099 (perhaps it does already to some). Peter Parker will have to be swinging around eventually. This is the guy to write it.


    SATELLITE SAM #1
    WRITER: Matt Fraction
    ART: Howard Chaykin
    Publication Date: July 3, 2013
    Price: $3.50
    Publisher: Image Comics
    Buy it HERE (DRM FREE. Your format of choice.)


    The newly designed Image Comics website is fortunate to have with it’s launch a delightful launch of a new title written and drawn by industry heavyweights Matt Fraction (Hawkeye, Invincible Iron Man) and Howard Chaykin (American Flagg!), respectively.

    The book is set in 1951 on a live television set, as was the style of the time.

    The star of the Sci-Fi show Satellite Sam hasn’t shown up at call time, and is in danger of ruining the bit. The space hero is supposed to enter the screenplay right at the end, and when he doesn’t show, the cast and crew improvise.

    This is a sendoff to Golden Age television and the personalities that made up the new media era, post-radio. This is also a murder mystery with dark uncovered secrets hidden in the victim’s closet. Can the man that was murdered have been involved with a seedy underground sex and porn ring? Tune in next time!

    Great stuff here from an unlikely, but perfect creative team. Like early television, the story is told in black and white with the signature Chaykin line and zip-a-tone. Some might disagree, but Chaykin uncolored by modern techniques services the look and is easier to read. G.I. Joe: Hearts and Minds by Chaykin was colored by the computer and therefore made the storytelling suffer.

    Who knows what Fraction has up his antennae for this, but I look forward to a long story and getting to know more about the family and cast involved. Parts of the cast interaction off-screen called back to Silk Spectre scenes in Watchmen.

    Going in too deep with this—is Fraction using ‘50s Satellite Sam as a metaphor for the comic book industry today? Is radio the floppy comic book of the past that will take a backseat to television? Are DRM Free digital comics and the like the future of our comic book entertainment? Can the digital marketplace exist alongside floppy comics like TV and radio exist? Drink your Ovaltine and find out next month in Satellite Sam


    DARK SKULLKICKERS DARK #1
    WRITER: Jim Zubkavich
    ARTIST: Edwin Huang, Jim Zubkavich
    Publication Date: July 3, 2013
    Price: $3.50
    Publisher: Image Comics
    UPC: 70985300895802311
    Buy it HERE


    Good Ol’ Zub, at it again, encouraging retailers to boost hisSkullkickers comic with a new new new Number 1 that is not only Dark, but Dark Dark!

    The issue number should actually be about….23. That was a good year for me. I got kicked out of a lot of bars, but never for not paying my tab.

    The Dwarf, Kusia and Rex find themselves at a bar in the conclusion of the Eighty Eyes on an Evil Island story arc.

    An Elf explains to Kusia that they are in a dimensional hub tavern, so when The Dwarf is picked up by the scruff of his neck and out into the snow for not paying his tab, he could wind up anywhere.

    All of this happens over a backdrop of Rex and Red Haired Rex trashing the place and fighting goblins.

    If this all sounds familiar, it should be, the moral of this particular issue is that of archetypes. Lots of poking fun at comics, Sci Fi and sword and sorcery in these books. And a ton of humor.

    If you like your comics fun (we know you do) and want to pick up a new number one issue nearly every month, Skullkickers has what you need. 

    [READ MORE at FORCES OF GEEK]

    Tuesday
    Jul022013

    DigBoston and LeaguePodcast Comic Book Picks of the Week for July 3, 2013




    COMICS

    The Master Stan Sakai has taken a break (not really) from his rabbit samurai to team up with Dark Horse publisher Michael Richardson to tell the story of Japan’s most famous historical legend in 47 Ronin. This 40-page Giant Size Conclusion of 47 Ronin #5 (of 5) follows Lord Asano’s loyal retainers as they seek revenge. … Matt Fraction (Hawkeye, Invincible Iron Man) teams up with Howard Chaykin (American Flagg!) to gives us a peek into the dark side of golden age serialized television in the 1950s with murder as the backdrop in Satellite Sam #1. … Look out, Superior Spider-Man, it is the Return of the Sinist- NO, wait it is the Debut of Superior Foes Of Spider-Man #1 starring Boomerang, Shocker, Speed Demon, Overdrive and the new Beetle. They’re one villain short of a picnic! This new ongoing caper from Nick Spencer (Secret Avengers, Morning Glories) and drawn by Steve Lieber (Whiteout). … Picks this week from LeaguePodcast.com.

     

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    Wednesday
    Nov142012

    DigBoston and LeaguePodcast Comic Book Picks of the Week for November 14, 2012


     

    COMICS

    There’s a new book from Robert Kirkman’s (The Walking Dead, Invincible) Skybound imprint out this week. Clone #1 is written by David Schulner (TV’s The Event, Trauma) and confronts a doctor with his own clone in a conspiracy sci-fi thriller! Preview at CBR. … The cover to Star Trek Ongoing #15 has Zach Quinto’s Spock sporting a goatee. That can only mean one thing, he’s evil! This is a modern take of the classic ‘Mirror Universe’ Trek tale! … Matt Fraction is taking on Fantastic Four in a Marvel Now! #1. We’re stoked to see what cosmic craziness Fraction fantasizes for the Fantastic flagship family! Read more about Marvel Now! here at our EARTH PRIME TIME column! … Picks this week from LeaguePodcast.com.

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