Month: February 2016

Image Comics Publisher Eric Stepheson on the Comics Industry

So one of the big stories this past week in comics land was the poignant, pointed and ugly-truthful comments by Image Comics publisher Eric Stephenson at the ComicsPRO’s annual membership meeting. Essentially Stephenson called out his own industry, a move I wholeheartedly applaud. Newsarama got a hold of the transcript and I’ve lifted some key quotes from it. Stop reveling in nostalgia for a time long gone by.  Creatively, the golden age of comics is now – let’s save our nostalgia for today. All comics should be for everyone. Not just collectors. Not just whoever has the most cash on hand. For decades now, we’ve all been standing on the shoulders of giants. It’s time to stop. Let them have their rest. Now is the time to create new characters, to explore new worlds, to tell new stories. Our industry – our medium – has a long and magnificent history, but the past isn’t going anywhere. The future is an open road. And if you are a publisher trying to shore up your numbers by releasing more than …

Guest Blog | One True Geek | DC Comics Rebirth: The Missing

Written and Edited By Michael Tennant In a recent column from Comic Book Resources, they reported on some of the upcoming changes at DC Comic including the full Rebirth Line. While Rebirth issues and upcoming books were mentioned, no creative teams were announced. We truly know little more than the names of the upcoming books for what that is worth. I am not here to talk about the announcements of what we will see. In time more details will come out and it will be easier to judge the new line then. I would rather talk about what is missing. Those things I would seek to include in whatever the new DC Universe will be. Some that frankly taunt us with their absence. Here goes…clearly this is not a complete list. Just those things I want(I am the writer) …And I am confident those close to me know what is coming. Enjoy! Legion of Super Heroes: This should come as a surprise to absolutely no one. I cut my teeth on the Legion before I …

The Merc with a Mouth in a Movie | Thoughts on the Deadpool flick

For an action movie with a foulmouthed blabbermouth antihero, it’s pretty good. The opening sequence let’s you know right away (and any parents who may have foolishly brought their little ones expecting Spider-Man, Iron Man or Captain America fare) what the nature of this movie is going to be about and what kind of content you can expect. The opening credits laced throughout that first sequence are written in Deadpool’s unique perspective, which also informs the flavor of this raucous, ultra-violent movie. Right away we see Deadpool doing what he does best, delivering graphic and gruesome punishment to bad(der) guys, all the while quickly rolling off a litany of witty, wisecracking one-liners off his swift tongue for all the chuckles, usually in voice-over or while looking right at us, breaking the fourth wall. The camera angles in these first few sequences are daring for great comedic effect.  You come to realize without a doubt during this first zippy action sequence that that Ryan Reynolds is the ideal actor for Deadpool. Storywise, I think my favorite aspect …

The Merc with a Mouth in a Movie | Thoughts on the Deadpool flick

Originally posted @ Comic Book Fetish | By  Brandon L. Rucker For an action movie with a foulmouthed blabbermouth antihero, it’s pretty good. The opening sequence let’s you know right away (and any parents who may have foolishly brought their little ones expecting Spider-Man, Iron Man or Captain America fare) what the nature of this movie is going to be about and what kind of content you can expect. The opening credits laced throughout that first sequence are written in Deadpool’s unique perspective, which also informs the flavor of this raucous, ultra-violent movie. Right away we see Deadpool doing what he does best, delivering graphic and gruesome punishment to bad(der) guys, all the while quickly rolling off a litany of witty, wisecracking one-liners off his swift tongue for all the chuckles, usually in voice-over or while looking right at us, breaking the fourth wall. The camera angles in these first few sequences are daring for great comedic effect.  You come to realize without a doubt during this first zippy action sequence that that Ryan Reynolds is …

Event: Image Expo 2016 – Seattle, WA

From the press release via Image Comics.com: For the first time, IMAGE EXPO partners with ReedPOP and will be held in Seattle, Washington to bring fans an all–new slate of exciting creator–owned announcements. This IMAGE EXPO 2016 will feature a line–up of some of the hottest names in comics and offers a unique experience for fans to have unprecedented access to the writers and artists behind their favorite comic books at exclusive autograph sessions and comic–focused programming. In addition, Premium Admission Ticket holders will enjoy an admission ticket to 18+ Image Comics’ Spring Formal dance—a chance to mingle with creators, press, retailers, and fellow fans, Image t–Shirt, Image tote bag, EXPO exclusive variants, Priority seating and access to the Premium signing. Buy tickets at Showclix.com Facebook: Comic Book Fetish Twitter: @ComicBookFetish brandonrucker.com

Buzz: An R-Rating for Wolverine 3?

So the big comic book movie news that went viral today was that the makers of the forthcoming Wolverine 3 (2017) movie are “targeting an R rating”, according to Comicbook.com (and plenty of other sources). My initial reaction was one, surprisingly, of conservative preservation of the status quo. Of course this comes on the heels of the R-rated Deadpool movie having a record-breaking February opening this past weekend. You know how Hollywood works, it’s a copycat town so of course the next Wolverine movie should be rated R, right? I presented this topic to my comics and geek culture group The Comic Book Underground on Facebook today with this opening from me: Here we go, because Hollywood is gonna Hollywood. Wolverine is an exception, I suppose, but let’s not start making every team movie the Watchmen (insert wink emoji). And thus, ensued a spirited for it-versus-against it conversation in regards to the upcoming Wolverine movie having certain liberties that come with an R rating, copied and pasted here, unedited (because I’m lazy): Terrence Sage This makes sense …