Archive for September, 2003

Fanzing guy causing trouble!

Tuesday, September 30th, 2003

Hey, we know that guy!

Scott Kurtz has pointed out that he was reviewed by Matt Morrison. Yeah, THAT Matt Morrison who wrote for Fanzing and is now a columnist at 411Comics. Matt is a good writer…and an opinionated guy, with whom I must once again disagree (as I had to in the last issue of Fanzing when discussing the politics of superheroes).

His reviews of PvP #1 and PvP #2 (for Image Comics) are scathing and inaccurate.

I review Matt’s reviews and give some in-depth assessment of PvP in the extended entry.

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Fan Fiction Sickos!

Tuesday, September 30th, 2003

Fans Take TV to the Web

Are fan fiction writers just desperate, obsessed couch potatoes who can’t wait for the new TV seasons to begin, or are they lonely, pathetic sickos writing romantic fantasies about TV shows? That seems to be the scope of the fans in this news article.

Oh well, maybe Fanzing will turn up on that search for Fan Fiction (linked in the story) and they’ll find our old DC TV fiction contest.

He made us laugh

Tuesday, September 30th, 2003

I wasn’t aware that the man who performed “Make ’em Laugh” in ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ had passed away. Then again, I never thought he was still alive. I was also surprised to learn that the Make ’em Laugh piece was largely improvised while Gene Kelly was sick.

Amongst his final words: “I’d like to thank the Academy for my lifetime achievement award that I will eventually get.”

New trailer; or, Eric risks his geek credentials

Tuesday, September 30th, 2003

What, I’m the first one to notice this? Come on.

Return of the King trailer is online, people!

I swear, you guys must be losin’ it in your old age.

Anyway, I must say that this trailer looks amazing… but then, even more so did the full-length trailer for “The Two Towers”, and I still stand by my opinion that although it had no shortage of good or great parts, at least 40-60% of it was utter ass. Horrible pacing, horrible changes from the book (Faramir, where art thou?), a ridiculously long sequence with Arwen/Aragorn that accomplished nothing, even more “Oh no, is (main character X) dead?!?!” nonsense like in the first movie (Aragorn falling off the cliff, horses about to trample Pippin, etc), and Gimli being reduced to so much comic relief that he was all but slipping on banana peels and farting– no doubt in RoTK he’ll be wearing a clown nose at some point and be always walking next to Yao Ming just to demonstrate that he is, get this, very short. Very big disappointment after PJ’s wonderful adaptation of Fellowship.

Also, I re-read RoTK this summer, and there’s easily about three movies worth of plot in there. Jackson’s case is not helped much by the fact that he ended his TTT movie early and thus will have that much more story to cram into RoTK. Sigh. I weep for all of Tolkien’s grand, loving detail that will be lost.

Rant’s over. Go about your business. It IS an awesome trailer, after all.

B Movies of B characters

Monday, September 29th, 2003

Marvel Exploring Film Production of Lesser-Known Titles. I think this is great. I always thought DC should try this more often as well.

Captain America Suit Settled

Monday, September 29th, 2003

Captain America is all Marvel’s now.

I certainly hope Joe Simon got what he wanted and deserved out of this.

Purr-fect? or Purr-ile?

Monday, September 29th, 2003

Catwoman’s new movie costume. Obviously this is all about Eartha Kitt’s Catwoman. That mask is…well….its ugly.

Update On !HERO Comics

Monday, September 29th, 2003

Today not only did I go to the !Hero website (http://www.herouniverse.com) but I also had the most recent catalog from Family Christian Bookstores in my mailbox when I arrived home from work. There’s a huge section in the catalog promoting !Hero – CD’s, concert dates, prose books and the comics. Being a rarity to see the promotion of the sale of comics outside the industry, the ad immediately got my attention.

Between the catalog and the website I was able to gather more info regarding the series. The series seems to be a 4 issue mini if collected as individual issues. These issues are available now (from any Christian bookstore, I presume). But, according to the website, a graphic novel will be released in October. This “graphic novel” looks to be a trade paperback collecting the 4 issue mini and will include a 5th issue only available in the graphic novel. Also at the website readers can preview issue #1.

The creative team looks to be what was previously reported – Fantasy author Stephen Lawhead and his son Ross. Stephen and Ross will co-write and Ross will handle the artwork.

I’m not sure if this mini-series can be ordered thru comics shops or not. If you’re interested it may be worth checking on.

Krypto-Tubbies?

Monday, September 29th, 2003

Krypto The Next DC Animated Series?

I welcome all efforts to reach out to kids, but a Krypto the superdog cartoon geared for 3-to-6-year-olds?

Why we like ICv2

Monday, September 29th, 2003

ICv2 News – CrossGen Restructures

I appreciate ICv2’s fair and business-like news reporting. It’s truly a rarity in comic book news, where spin, rumor and colorful statements abound.

While some say “the knives are out for CrossGen”, it truly is news when a publisher that prided itself on on-time printing, a unique studio system and impressive employee packages has a quarter of missed ship dates, a switch to freelancing and unpaid disgruntled employees. It’s a total change in the business model and it is news.

Is this a circling of the drain? I don’t think so. That’s far too dramatic.

My hope is that perhaps this gives CrossGen an excuse to bring to a close some low-performing books and put out a few new, better ones. The older books with unidentifiable names just don’t capture the imagination as instantly as Way of the Rat, Route 666 or El Cazador. Sojourn and Ruse are great books even if the titles are vague; I wonder if putting out these same books under new titles wouldn’t help them reach new readers.

With “El Cazador” already getting other-media interest from the “Pirates of the Caribbean”-rocked Hollywood (which, let’s face it, loves to produce more clones of whatever made money last year), perhaps new investors will be onboard at CrossGen soon enough.

And while I hope that CGE’s in-house teams approach isn’t truly dead, I must admit that being open to freelancers has its advantages too. I was less willing to send off any submissions if getting hired means moving to Florida. Perhaps other comic talents will feel the same.

Pics from the first day of shooting on Catwoman movie posted online

Monday, September 29th, 2003

It seems that the Catwoman movie with Halle Berry is being filmed in my own backyard (i.e. Vancouver). The website www.hollywoodnorthreport.com has posted some pics from earlier today when filming started.

Yet another comic movie is being filmed in Vancouver… OHHHHH YEAHHHH! Well, they have amazing weather to work with so far. Yesterday it was about 85 degrees here. YIKES!

I will keep y’all posted on local coverage of the Catwoman movie as local media makes it available. All I can add is that Halle Berry looks in fantastic shape for this physically demanding role.

Orson Welles as the Batman? No.

Monday, September 29th, 2003

Mark Millar has a piece on the Batman movie that Orson Welles wanted to do in 1946 and how the studios derailed it when they objected to his playing the role himself.

It’s an intriguing, provocative piece filled with great casting ideas, like Jimmy Cagney as the Riddler and Basil Rathbone playing the Joker.

Wait! The Riddler didn’t appear until 1948!

And Orson Welles casting all these big expensive stars in every role? We do that now in our movies, but back then Welles liked to use people from the Mercury theater and the studio would have pushed people from their studio system.

And all of these actors are from different studios.

That’s right. This is a big hoax!

Elia Kazan passes on

Monday, September 29th, 2003

Oscar-Winning Director Elia Kazan Dies at 94. I can’t believe that FoxNews didn’t have it’s own obituary to run and had to use this Associated Press obit.

Talk about Fair and Balanced; the way this AP bio mentions his naming Communists, you’d never know Kazan was unrepentantly proud of it! Instead it paints him as a weasel turning over others to save his own skin. Fine if you want to think that, but the obit should at least give voice to Kazan’s own thoughts on the subject.

The obituary also mentions that some critics see a subtext in “On The Waterfront” as a justification for his own decision. Gee…you think??? These same brainiacs also might detect an undercurrent of snake-phobia in “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” When Chuck Dixon passes away, I imagine the Associated Press will state that “some critics thought that Dixon enjoyed action scenes.”

The plain fact is that Kazan had been in the Communist party, grown disenfranchised and turned against it, and whatever others thought of his decision, he never regretted it. It could seriously be argued that Kazan was just as judged for a decision that had nothing to do with his art. This Associated Press bio is disgraceful.

More about !Hero

Saturday, September 27th, 2003

When I first read the words “Jesus Christ Superstar” I was a bit discouraged until I read that line about raising discussion about Jesus. My enthusiasm wasn’t triggered though until this morning as I was driving home and I heard on my favorite radio station an ad for this very show!

Not only that, but in the show is Michael Tait, Rebecca St. James, Mark Stuart of Audio Adrenaline, and a number of other people of interest to fans of Christian rock, pop, and contemporary music. More importantly they’re talented people.

This should be quality.

New Christian Comics Series In The Works

Friday, September 26th, 2003

Christian Music industry veteran Eddie DeGarmo has developed a new Rock Opera called Hero (which DeGarmo describes as “Jesus Christ Superstar for the MTV generation.”). The basis for Hero began 10 years ago when he wrestled with an intense desire to get people talking about Jesus. This will be one of the most ambitious projects the Christian Music industry has ever undertaken.

In addition to a 33-track double-CD and a 20-city tour (featuring a 21-member cast) there will be a trilogy of novels and a comic book series all written by Fantasy author Stephen Lawhead and his son Ross.

There’s been no announcement of an artistic team, a format, a publisher or a release date for the comic book series. Keep checking back for updates as they’re made available.

Curiously Interesting…

Friday, September 26th, 2003

Cinescape – Home – Editorial

Cinescape reports that Will Ferrell of SNL fame is slated to be the Man in the Yellow Hat in Universal Studios’ production of “Curious George”, set to hit theaters in November 2005.

This should be interesting, to say the least.

Marvel To Add 3rd Fantastic Four Title

Friday, September 26th, 2003

With yesterday’s announcement that Mark Waid and Mike Wieringo would be returning to Fantastic Four with issue #509 Marvel was left with a creative team with no book. Today Marvel announced that a third on-going Fantastic Four book will be added to the line-up.

Waid and Ringo will be on the “regular” Fantastic Four series. Millar, Bendis and Kubert will be doing Ultimate Fantastic Four. And now Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Steve McNiven (the creative team that was to replace Waid and Ringo) will do a Marvel Knights-esque version of the team.

No name for the new series has been given yet.

Extra! Getcha Gotham Weekly News Here!

Friday, September 26th, 2003

GOTHAM WEEKLY NEWS, edited by Alan J. Porter, is your weekly roundup of all the happenings in the Batman Universe. And when I say “universe” I mean it. Alan covers every medium, every character, even the merchandising of the Darknight Detective.

It’s my new one-stop Bat-news shop.

FIRESTORM On-Going Back On

Thursday, September 25th, 2003

According to The Pulse the new Firestorm series is back on. Writer Dan Jolley will join former Captain Marvel penciller ChrisCross on the series. The first issue is set to debut in April of 2004.

Waid & Ringo Back On FANTASTIC FOUR?

Thursday, September 25th, 2003

According to Newsarama both writer Mark Waid and penciller Mike Wieringo will return to Fantastic Four with issue #509. According to the article this bit of news comes straight from Wieringo’s recent blog entry.

As of yet Marvel has had no comment