Archive for April, 2003

The science of X-Men

Wednesday, April 30th, 2003

FOXNews.com has an article about the possibility of mutating humans.

Now, I love FoxNews…but I have to say, how interesting that this non-news items gets space on the front page of a news web site owned by the same company making the movie that comes out this Friday! (No, this isn’t a conspiracy theory. It’s too obvious to be a conspiracy. Just crass commercial connections, that’s all.)

Movie Previews Galore!

Wednesday, April 30th, 2003

Dang, I need to unwind after getting all riled up this morning. Time to watch some Kick-Buttinksy Movie Trailers!!!

I can’t believe how many fun movie previews there are to watch. The Quicktime site is overflowing! X-Men 2, Terminator 3, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (did a title this long need a long subtitle?), The Hulk …

Hey, where’s the Matrix trailers? They used to be on here. Odd, that, especially so close to release date. I wonder what’s up.

First photo of movie Punisher

Wednesday, April 30th, 2003

Superhero Hype has the first photos of Thomas Jane as Punisher

At least this time the guy has a skull on his shirt.

Superman: Red Son finally debuts today!

Wednesday, April 30th, 2003

Superman: Red Son finally arrives! I’ve been waiting for this book a long time, as have many of you. So I raced over to Fourth Rail and was a bit offended by Randy Lander’s review, specifically this sentence:

While we all wait anxiously for the next issue of The Ultimates, DC has given readers the first issue of the long-rumored Superman: Red Son, an Elseworlds that sounds like a potentially cliched “What if Superman were a Russkie?” but instead winds up as a pretty interesting character study, and one of those things only a non-American (or someone on the extreme left of American politics) would ever dare to write, where the communist character isn’t evil by default.

[Yes, that was all one sentence.]

For your information, Randy, Americans all over the political spectrum have known that the average Russian was not “evil”. Indeed, I would say those on my side of the aisle were more concerned for the suffering of the average Russkie while those on the “extreme left” (that you consider so fair-minded) were contending that sacrifices must be made for The Great Experiment. (About 25 million “sacrifices” either executed, exiled to wastelands or forced to starve, according to The Black Book of Communism.)

Well, much to the surprise of people like Randy, I’m looking forward to this book. It is interesting that Superman maintains his moral code, although to contend otherwise would be to say that he couldn’t find moral adoptive parents in Russia. (He could, I’m sure. Plenty of moral people in Russia.) Unless he is raised entirely by the state, in which case “who knows?”. But there was a four-issue prestige mini-series a few years ago called “Superman / Wonder Woman: Whom Gods Destroy” that took place in a reality where the Nazis won…and Superman was a good man in that world, too.

The big question about Red Son, at least for me: does it say anything about the atrocities in the U.S.S.R., or is the Cold War simply a grudge match in the eyes of Mark Millar?

Enough of this. I’m going to go find something fun to talk about. (See? This is why I haven’t visited Fourth Rail since Randy’s astoundingly wrong-headed rant about the war that caused me to put him in the Dixie Chicks doghouse.)

[Please note that this has been corrected from earlier today when I misattributed the article to Fourth Rail’s other columnist, Don McPherson, whose reviews I’ll still read. Many apologies to Don. I hadn’t noticed that I had clicked on a Randy article.]

Not even a breather

Wednesday, April 30th, 2003

Last week I posted about the upcoming Iraq-preachy issue of JLA, and I mentioned that the current Kanjar Ro storyline was also working that theme. I didn’t know that all the issues between now and then would ALSO be about politics. Don McPherson reviews the latest JLA over at Fourth Rail, and I’m wondering what insect is inhabiting the nether regions of Joe Kelly that he is so fixated. You’d think he could space out these stories with, say, a challenge from Amazo or the Star Conqueror in between.

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Trailer

Tuesday, April 29th, 2003

How long has this been up? The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen trailer is online! This is the adaptation of Alan Moore’s comic mini-series about an alliance of turn-of-the-century literary characters (now in the public domain), banding together as a pseudo-supergroup to use their abilities to fight a villain (in the comic it was Fu Manchu, but I’ve heard that it has had to be changed for the movie). The film is adapted by James Robinson, writer of “Starman.”

PvP cover #3 – Colors discussion

Tuesday, April 29th, 2003

Scott Kurtz has posted a news item about computer coloring over at PvPonline. Artist Kelsey Shannon gave the tutorial at Scott’s house for the benefit of a number of local artists.

Here is how Scott had it colored originally.
Here is what it looked like at the end of the session.

Either way, I have to say it’s an awesome cover (I love the tilt of the page that matches the angle of the logo) and I wish it wasn’t months away.

John Byrne is 100% right!

Tuesday, April 29th, 2003

John Byrne’s latest IMHO has a piece on the neglect of younger readers in the comic book audience. I don’t know if he’s read my “How To Save The Comic Book Industry”, but he makes some of the same points, and bravo!

Veitch To Leave AQUAMAN

Monday, April 28th, 2003

Comicon’s PULSE is reporting that writer Rick Veitch will leave Aquaman with issue #12.

“Yes, I can confirm I’ll be giving up writing AQUAMAN as of #12. Peter Tomasi and I agreed that #12 is the perfect switchover point in the ongoing story. I’ll be wrapping up the saga of the THIRST and AQUAMAN’s sojourn on land in that issue, so the new scribe will have a nice clean slate to write on with #13.”

According to Veitch in order to maintain editorial deadlines he had to leave one of his regular jobs. And Aquaman was the most logical to drop.

As soon as a new writer is announced we’ll let you know.

Why are there so many songs about rainbows…

Monday, April 28th, 2003

Interesting article about how ethnic superheroes power way into licensing from USA Today.

I guess we do see more diverse choices for characters these days, and I like it as long as that isn’t what the character is all about.

Take that Aym Geronimo for intance. :)

We have a Dixonverse down.

Monday, April 28th, 2003

It appears that due to some server problems, the Dixonverse web site is unavailable. Just a note to the site’s regular patrons that if you forgot to bookmark the messageboard URL, it’s here: Comic Book Discussion with Chuck Dixon

History Channel To Promote Comics

Monday, April 28th, 2003

The History Channel will team with Diamond to promote comic books. A documentary called “Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked” will air on the channel June 23. They will also air the Comic Book Locator Service number during the show and link to it on their website. In exchange Diamond will help distribute an 8 page promo comic that the History Channel is producing through movie theaters, restaurant chains, and special publicity events.

For more info click here.

Rueters Raves About X2

Sunday, April 27th, 2003

Yahoo! News – Film Review: ‘X2: X-Men United’

This guy really liked it. Careful for potential spoilers.

Minnesota MicroCon report

Sunday, April 27th, 2003

I just got back from MicroCon a few hours ago and would like to extend a big Thank You to Nick from the Minnesota Comic Book Association for giving me a hearty welcome (and comping me!). The MNCBA have always been supportive of Fanzing.com … and when our first comic book, “Job Wanted” (watch this space this week for a sneak preview!)debuts, Nick has offered to give us artist space at FallCon for the signing. I hope to see you at FallCon on October 4 and 5!

Pity that tax season left me with only $20 to spend at the entire con, but at least I got to talk with Dan Jurgens and my Main Man Gordon Purcell! (If you ever meet Gordon at a con, remember to bring cash. He always has some of his Star Trek artwork with him to sell!)

DC’s Own Version Of Tsunami?

Sunday, April 27th, 2003

Newsarama has an article posted that details 3 of DC’s new summer offerings. All the books look to be creator-owned (although that’s not specified), feature female protagonists and don’t deal with “traditional” Superhero fare.

First up we have Peter David’s Fallen Angel in July. This book will have a supernatural bent and be set in New Orleans.

Then there’s iCandy written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning with art by Kalman Andrasofsky. This book will deal with a guy whose missing sister returns as a character from a video game. Not only will there be a focus on the relationships between brother and sister but there will also be the plot of running from the company that created the game.

Finally there’s Bad Girls written by Steve Vance with interior art by Jenn Graves and covers by Darwyn Cooke. This book will focus what would real teenagers do if they had superpowers. But in reality it’s all about the brutal world of high school cliques. This one will be a six-issue limited series.

It sounds like DC is aiming these books at the non-traditional female reader by marketing them as a group, even though the books won’t be inter-connected. And I’m sure TPB collections of each title for bookstores will be quickly assembled too. After all, that’s where their traget audience is really at. I just hope DC gets the marketing right for these titles because i think they could have some winners here.

Superhero Mania This Summer!

Sunday, April 27th, 2003

Incredible bulk of superheroes ready to bust out this summer ‘Hulk,’ ‘Matrix’ and ‘X-Men’ lead the box office charge and ain’t it a comic book fans dream come true!?

Looks to be an awesome summer and this article tells the tale.

She’s A Wonder, Wonder Woman

Sunday, April 27th, 2003

The Miami Herald | 04/06/2003 | Shock, awe: It’s Wonder Woman II

Ran across this article from Miami Herald columnist Ana Veciana Suarez who is syndicated by Tribune and appears weekly in the Dallas Morning News.

I have been thinking…with the new 6 part story getting a lot of outside attention, are we to expect more of the same and could this all be related to the Wonder Woman movie project?

Could this all be because they have cast a short haired actress? :)

Anway…I am just happy to see the Amazing Amazon get some press.

X2 “Storm” Set to Hit.

Sunday, April 27th, 2003

As Fox Powers Up for Global Roll-Out of ‘X2’ Movie all I can do is ask. why oh why do I have to wait! And why oh why do I have the kind of hours that will only allow me to see a movie on my days off!?

It’s looking awfully good kiddies!

Best Christian Comic yet

Sunday, April 27th, 2003

Today I was at the Source of Comics and Games (my fave comic shop up in Falcon Heights) and I grabbed The Lion Graphic Bible off of the New Books shelf.

It’s 256 pages of many of the stories of the Old and New Testaments rendered in a beautiful painted style and retold clearly. You could read this book with a child, and yet it’s not “dumbed down” in the way that many Christian children’s books are. I haven’t read the whole thing yet but I thought I’d pass the link along so that others might check it out.

A pity no one caught this typo!

Saturday, April 26th, 2003

I just got back from the Micro Con in the Twin Cities. Or I should say, I got back from the Twin Cities after arriving at the Maplewood Community Center and discovering that the convention is on Sunday.

A pity that no one contacted me after my earlier post to point out that my claim that the 27th was Saturday was incorrect.