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Friday, 28 October 2016 16:41
We genre fans are getting closer towards Halloween, and I am sure some of us have already worked out our lists on what to do in celebrating this year's Halloween. Plus, there is Halloween Comicfest happening on the last Saturday of this month, making the coming weekend officially Halloween weekend as it is the weekend right before Halloween itself. Not only are there a few horror movies to choose from to see in movie theaters this month, but there is also a line-up of free-to-access comic book items we can look forward to choosing from during this year's Halloween Comicfest, and I bet some of you are already enjoying the Halloween-themed episodes just released, including this year's "Treehouse of Horror" episode of The Simpsons. Read more...
Published in Toons & Anime
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 15:49
It’s not every day that I get to interview a talent artist who should be working for one of the big comic book publishers, let alone be friends with one for over a decade. Tim Doyle is an underrated force in the world of comic book and pop culture art and has been running Nakatomi for almost seven years. He’s come a long way since working at Funny Papers, a now defunct comic book store that was located in Dobie Mall on the edge of campus at the University of Texas. I recently caught up with him after a couple of years at the Austin Comic Con in Austin, TX and talked shop and what’s on his current pull list. Read more...
Published in Interviews
Friday, 13 March 2015 13:48
lindsay-lohan-photoshopWelcome back to the what’s hot and what’s not list for this week. It’s Friday the 13th, again. Doesn’t it feel like we just had a Friday the 13th movie marathon recently? Yea, that’s because we did, just a month ago. Jason Voorhees sure has been soaking up a lot of attention lately. Evidently this makes Lindsay Lohan jealous so she took to Instagram and posted a really weird “photoshopped” picture that has everyone talking. But enough about that train wreck there’s a rumor going around the Shia LaBeouf is engaged, but we’ll wait until he sends the official announcement via skywriter. When most people “photoshop” a picture of themselves it’s usually to hide a blemish or make them look thinner, something that people are trying to figure out if that’s what Lohan was doing. Well, this little guy didn’t have that option. Read more...
Published in Pop Culture
Friday, 27 February 2015 11:59
Leonard-Nimoy-Today, fans of science fiction, pop culture and theater in general have lost a dear friend. Leonard Nimoy, best known for his portrayal as Mr. Spock in the Star Trek TV series and films, has passed away at the age of 83. While we all fell in love with him as the half-human, half Vulcan second-in-command of the U.S.S. Enterprise, Mr. Nimoy had many other artistic pursuits in his life, such as writing, music, photography and directing (not many people are aware he directed 1987's Three Men And A Baby). Acting since the age of 8, Nimoy had a huge body of acting work including classic horror films like Them!, Zombies in the Stratosphere and The Brain Eaters, and appearances on television shows like Dragnet, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Twilight Zone, Perry Mason, Outer Limits, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and more recently in shows like Fringe, Simpsons, Futurama and Big Bang Theory. And let's not forget his return as Spock in the J.J. Abrams reboot of the Star Trek film franchise! Read more...
Published in Pop Culture
Monday, 05 January 2015 05:31
arrowflashPart of life has always been to look forward towards a better tomorrow. But let's face it, as much as we want to forget about the bad times that happened before in the name of moving on, there are great things of the past we wish not to forget because we are glad to experience them, and genre entertainment in the past is no exception. Anyway, as we are ready to focus on living in 2015, I, like many people, feel that there are genre-related events of 2014 I am happy to experience that I feel they are worth remembering. Out of comics, television, and film, there were 10 genre-related events of 2014 I am most proud of experiencing myself, and here they are: 1) Batman's 75th Anniversary Yes, 2014 was an epic year for one of the most popular action/adventure Batman75thheroes to ever debut in comics published by DC Comics (and by extension, the comic book medium altogether). As a fan of Batman, I was proud with the options DC had to offer for readers to check out when it comes to celebrating the 75th anniversary of the dark knight's first appearance. Whether it be the "Gothtopia" storyline (Detective Comics Vol. 2 No. 27-29), the later parts of Zero Year, the Endgame storyline (began in Batman Vol. 2 no. 35) currently running, or even the Batman essentials series of 1 graphic novel sample-per-1 dollar items. Heck, there was even a Batman day at comic shops. 2) Spider-Verse 2014 was a perfect year for Spider-Man in comics. It was sad to see The Superior Spider-Man be brought to a halt sooner than expected, but as a Spider-Man myself, I knew I had to move on to continue enjoying reading Spider-Man comics. While The Superior Spider-Man No. 31, which featured Peter Parker's return to life, was a key issue in the history of Spider-Man comics, the big Spider-Man event of 2014 had to be comic book writer Dan Slott's Spider-Verse (which began in The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 2 No. 9).   Spider-Verse   Because?  Come on, we are talking a multipart storyline that saw both the return of previously seen alternate versions of Spider-Man and the arrival of never-before-seen alternate universe versions of Marvel's flagship web-slinger himself. The more Spider-Men appearing in the adventure, the merrier, but the storyline remains far from finished. 3) Peter Capaldi in Doctor Who (2005) doctor-who-peter-capaldiWhile we can all agree that 2013 was a super year for Doctor Who owing to its 50th anniversary happening in that year, 2014 was a big year for Britain's famous space-and-time adventure icon as it marked the start of a new era of episodes of 2005's Doctor Who television series: the era of Peter Capaldi in the role of The Doctor. This goes in the list of what from 2014 to be proud because while new adventures were presented, protagonal space-and-time traveler this new era brought the show's back to his normal personality after his 11th regeneration; no longer did he have any romantic feelings for any traveling companies as he now remains once again the brother/father figure to all who travel with him, as he is supposed to be. It was a matter of back to the basics indeed, with improvements appearing along the way. 4) Family Guy's Simpsons Guy 2014 was an epic year for one of America's most beloved animated sitcoms,FamilyGuy'sSimpsonsguy Family Guy. For the current of the show began with a one-hour/two-part episode event (titled "Simpsons Guy") where it was the first time the show had an episode that centered around the main characters of the sitcom itself interact with those of The Simpsons (another show from the studio behind Family Guy). Things did go sour between them (though they were friends at first), but it was a Family Guy event worth remembering, especially with the part where Family Guy's co-protagonist Peter Griffin got into a bloody violent rumble with his The Simpsons equivalent Homer J. Simpson. 5) Arrow Vs. Flash Two-Night Event In early December of 2014, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. gave us anarrow-versus-flash early Christmas gift by having two DC Comics character-based television series Arrow and The Flash (2014 version) each feature a Flash-meets-Arrow episode (both episodes were released on the same week with one airing one day before the other). The world watched as two DC Universe heroes fight each other, criticizing each other's ways of taking down the bad guys, and eventually helping each other take down the bad guys as well. It was indeed a fun ride, though neither Arrow nor The Flash gave us an outcome determining which of the two heroes ruled supreme. 6) Gundam Reconguista in G Although I am only at episode 4 of the currently running animated seriesGundamReconguistaInG Gundam Reconguista in G, its launch earned a spot of this list because not only was it launched to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Gundam franchise, but it also marked Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino's return to the franchise as he gave us a tale centering around a new age of mobile suits within the primary Gundam-verse with new characters to be the focus of the action. By the way, the show's protagonal mobile suit Gundam G-Self (or simply "G-Self") looked very awesome. 7) The Simpson's Simpsorama TheSimpson'sSimpsorama2013 was a sad year for sci-fi animation fans as the American sci-fi sitcom Futurama suffered cancellation a 2nd time. Fortunately, the show's protagonists (Philip J. Fry, Turanga Leela, and Bender Bending Rodriguez) and there Planet Express co-workers got to show up on television again after that moment. This time, as guest characters in the The Simpsons episode "Simpsorama", and actually interacting with the Simpsons set of characters, although it was odd that yellow skinned beings from the Simpsons would be shown to be living in the 1st century of the same dimension where Phillip J. Fry existed without explanation. This animated adventure , which had our heroes joining force to tackle a common threat, was even perfect for celebration of The Simpson's 25th anniversary as well as Futurama's 15th. 8) Bitten 2014 was indeed THE year for fans of werewolf-themed storytelling as BITTENCanadian broadcaster SPACE: The Imagination Station premiered the hit Canadian television series Bitten. In this post-Twilight Movies era, the werewolves are now getting the glory and series lead actress Laura Vandervoot had proven her capability of triumphing as a talented lead actress on her own outside the shadows of the American sci-fi television series Smallville, where she played Kryptonian Kara Zor-El. 9) Sword Art Online Books Came to North America Sword Art Online Books in NAAlthough I have not seen much of the Sword Art Online anime series, 2014 was a perfect year for SAO fans as the two book series versions of the same saga. The light novel series (the version that started it all for all things SAO) and the graphic novel one, finally landed on the store shelves in North American book stores. If you love kids-in-danger action stories like The Hunger Games and the classic 1980s sci-fi movie Tron, those books are worth looking into. With more installments of both book series versions to come later in 2015. 10) Godzilla 2014 Whether you are a Godzilla fan (like me) or are just new to it, you will be godzilla-2014happy to know that hit 2014 American film Godzilla makes the list. While 2014 was the year of the Godzilla franchise 's 60th anniversary, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures gave us an entertaining movie that balanced between focusing the adventure mainly on America and honoring the qualities that made the famed Japanese sci-fi monster character famous for many years. Not only did the two American studios gave us the perfect film to watch during celebration of the 60th anniversary of the sci-fi legend that Japanese film studio Toho originated, but also had proven to audiences that localizing Japanese works of fiction for American audiences is a practice still worth production effort and can be a good thing (if the story script is good of course). So that's my list of genre entertainment-related moments in 2014 I am most proud of. What moments are you most proud of? Anyway, as we most focus on how to enjoy 2015, we must never let go of the great memories we have of the old year, because remembering the good of the past helps the builds the joy of the now. Thanks for reading, and see you next time. Read more...
Published in Pop Culture
Sunday, 13 July 2014 14:32
76058-158300-mary-jane_superSo, here we are! I’ve let you wait an ENTIRE week and it’s finally here! Part 2 of my ultra-super list of the single panels that speak a thousand words! The entries #20 to 11 had so many classic panels from Superman getting kissed in the face to getting punched in it! And from Cyclops killing the man who pretty much raised him to Wolverine getting ripped in two! Can you believe there are ten more that are even better than that?! If you missed Part 1 or need a refresher, here it is. Notice that Part 1 contained absolutely ZERO panels from Spider-Man comics? That’s weird! Read more...
Published in Let's Talk Comics
Sunday, 15 June 2014 13:57
2895409-glenn_fabryMy final interview from this year’s Ottawa ComicCon is with yet another legend in comics, another amazing painter and cover artist, and like Simon Bisley, another creator that came across the pond in the “British Invasion” era of American comics. I’m talking about Glenn Fabry, the man that created gritty, visceral and memorable covers most notably for the controversial cult favorite Vertigo series Preacher, and another Vertigo title that was adapted into film and is coming to TV in the fall, Hellblazer (known to non-comic book readers as Constantine). I won’t lie, approaching someone as accomplished as Mr. Fabry was a bit intimidating, but when my buddy and former Swamp Thing artist, Yanick Paquette suggested I hit up Glenn for an interview, saying that he is “another great guy” well, I figured I would do just that. I don’t know what I was so nervous about. Glenn turned out to be one of the nicest, softest spoken and honest people I’ve ever met in the comic industry. Not really what you would have expected from someone who can draw a close-up of a character named Arseface on a comic cover with such vigor. Read more...
Published in Interviews
Friday, 10 January 2014 09:37
hotThe word hot is much like the word cool. They both are meant to describe the temperature but have been adopted as words to describe the awesomeness of things. Recently the weather has been not hot in both uses of the word and it seems to be having an effect on the hot or not list. Read more...
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