Archive for July, 2004

More naughty bits

Saturday, July 31st, 2004

There is a new Leisure Suit Larry game.

Team America trailer is up!

Friday, July 30th, 2004

Team America‘s new trailer is up.

Weird, I thought this was a new TV show, not a movie. I guess that was never really clear in any of the articles I saw.

DON’T FORGET: JLU Premiers Saturday night!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, July 30th, 2004

Oh man. I just KNOW I’m going to forget to watch this. I always do. I always forget to watch Justice League! And now there’s Justice League Unlimited premiering tomorrow night, with Elongated Man appearing amongst all the new superheroes joining the show.

And I’m going to forget. I’ll remember at 5 minutes to 8PM, just in time to catch the last second and let out a Charlie Brownish AUUGH!

But hopefully you won’t forget to check it out.

HEY! Lookie thar! Toonami‘s web site has finally been updated. Sweet. Now you can see an online video promoting Justice League Unlimited.

I wish I wasn’t going to forget to watch.

A Robin joins the family

Friday, July 30th, 2004

The Fanzing family just got a wee bit bigger.

Richard Grayson Bryce Terrill was born yesterday at 3:20 pacific time. 8 lbs 14 oz! Congratulations to Roz and William Terrill.

Astounding Comics News

Friday, July 30th, 2004

I’m not goint to tease you with a lot of introductory backstory, although that is interesting as well. I’m going to give you the poop: a judge has allegedly awarded the rights to Superboy (NOTE: just Superboy, not Superman) to the estate of Siegel and Shuster, creators of Superman.

If this is true, it will be a portentious ruling indeed. What will it mean for Carmine Infantino’s lawsuit seeking the rights to Silver Age characters? What leverage will it give Tony Isabella as he tries to get the rights to Black Lightning back from DC?

This last question is relevant, as it plays into how Tony Isabella unwittingly “broke” the story. Tony hinted that some very big news was coming soon; he’d heard it from three different sources and as soon as he could confirm it he would let everyone know. He did, however, share the story with a private mailing list of comic book pros, including Steven Grant.

Steven took this as an opportunity to break the news by linking to this first vague post and then tell everyone what the news was, even though it is not sourced except by Isabella, and Isabella isn’t sharing his sources. Grant pointed out that Smallville is technically “Superboy”, so this is a meaningful ruling even if it’s been ages since DC published anything resembling “the adventures of Superman when he was a boy”. And if Superboy reverts to the S/S estate, then why not the parts of the mythos relevant to Superboy, such as Krypto and Smallville? (Was Superman’s hometown ever named before they started telling Superboy stories? There’s a good question for John “Answer Man” Wells!)

To continue with this long backstory: Isabella then posted a response regretting Grant’s article making this all public, as that mailing list was supposed to have Fight Club rules. He was rather hoping to see when it would show up in the press, even the comic book press.

This is all veddy interesting. For those of you who haven’t really been following this, copyright and corporate ownership has been a major topic over the last few years. This is due to the corporations like Disney and I’m assuming Warner Brothers which don’t want essential characters like Mickey Mouse and Superman falling into public domain. On top of this elapsed time issue, you have creators like Tony Isabella and Carmine Infantino challenging comic companies for more control of the characters they created.

A ruling on either of this could be devastating to the corporations. Disney had a recent fight with the estate of Winnie the Pooh’s creator for control of those characters, because Winnie the Pooh merchandise (and the also-departing Pixar-related movies/merchandise) account for a large portion of Disney’s profits. I’m sure Warner Brothers watches these court cases and ponders what would happen to them if some of their creators started divvying up the characters they created for DC.

I’d be willing to bet that that is why DC doesn’t just turn over a minor, non-selling character like Black Lightning just to keep Isabella quiet. Black Lightning may not be worth much, but it would set an ugly precedent. (Don’t take this the wrong way: I’m a Black Lightning fan from way back, and Isabella should be writing him regardless of whether it’s for DC or as his own creator-owned property.)

This is b.s.

Wednesday, July 28th, 2004

Barbra Streisand.

I haven’t watched a Barbra Streisand movie since an unfortunate two hours wasted watching “Prince of Tides.” Now she’s cast as Ben Stiller’s mom in Meet The Fockers, a movie which I otherwise would have liked to see.

Ugh. I may have to anyway, just for the fun of seeing Dustin Hoffman and Robert DeNiro as the two patriarchs. (I still remember the Spitting Image special where Hoffman, DeNiro and Al Pacino are all jogging in L.A. together and they can’t keep straight which one is which.)

Apple misidentified this as Meet The Flockers and that’s the way they wrote the URL for the trailer. Hopefully this link will still work when they fix the link name.

Pierce Brosnan won’t play Bond anymore

Wednesday, July 28th, 2004

No more Bond for Pierce Brosnan, according to Entertainment Weekly. Brosnan actually sounds rather down on the idea of doing any more, which is quite a change from the excitement he had for taking over as Bond.

Seems like that was just yesterday. Man, I’m getting old.

From the makers of “That’s My Bush!

Wednesday, July 28th, 2004

…as well as “Cannibal: The Musical!” and “Baseketball” comes the new surefire hit Team America: World Police. Creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker say that the marionette show will be a satire of Jerry Bruckheimer movies.

At Comic-Con, they showed a few clips, including Team America obliterating France and Kim Jong Il being interrogated by a UN inspector.

Oh, by the way…

Wednesday, July 28th, 2004

Just thought you’d like to know that the Batman Begins teaser trailer is online.

The trailer isn’t much to look at, although that’s maybe the good news given the godawful spectacles of the last few Batman films. They at least seem to have the right mood for a Batman movie, and that’s probably the most important thing.

But what I really like is the fully-announced cast!
Michael Caine as Alfred! Gary Oldman as Lieutenant James Gordon! Liam Neeson as Wayne’s mentor, Henri Ducard! Ken Watanabe as Ra’s Al Ghul! Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox! Jeez, this sounds like an online fake movie poster where some fanboy populates his superhero movie with A-list movie stars in every role!

Dark Horse snags “The Incredibles

Tuesday, July 27th, 2004

Dark Horse Has ‘The Incredibles’, plus other news that Dark Horse announced at the recent con.

Columbus was Jewish?

Monday, July 26th, 2004

Discovery Channel – Columbus: Secrets From the Grave follows a descendent of Columbus who tries to find out what the explorer’s heritage was. I wasn’t aware of this, but apparently there have been many rumors and controversies over the years. Was he indeed Spanish? Was he the son of a pope? Was he…Jewish?

What? Jewish? Frankly, I find that hard to believe. There’s plenty of evidence that this theory is wrong.

For one thing, he didn’t come any closer than 90 miles to Florida.

And I should think he would have been able to get a lot more than three measly boats with the queen’s jewels! Come on, those are retail prices!

Plus, I’m sorry, but those trips were really long and the men were restless. You get Columbus talking about how the ship keeps rocking which is giving him gas, and all that time at the helm really aggravates his bursitis in his joints and his doctor says he needs to wear a special brace, and the sea air is so salty it’s really bad for his asthma, and then there are all those islands with the heat and aw jeez they’re so humid in the jungles and… well, let’s face it, they’d have thrown him overboard.

“Aw jeez, the sharks are biting me with the thing and…”

Sorry, sorry. I feel like I could do a solid 20 minute set on Columbus being Jewish. You can’t tell me some Catskills comedian doesn’t have this routine already.

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I smell a messy diaper…I mean, lawsuit

Saturday, July 24th, 2004

I think someone forgot to look up the availability of a superhero name before they named one of the Superbabies “Bouncing Boy.”

Whoops!

TV to catch

Saturday, July 24th, 2004

I’m always forgetting to watch shows, so I’m going to post these ahead of time.

Adult Swim this weekend features a new Sea Lab 2021 episode, The Neptunati about a secret cult that controls people through miniature John Wilkes Booths. Right before that, in case you (like me) missed it the first time, is the Jetsons episode of Harvey Birdman, Back to the Present.

Next Monday, I have to remember to catch The Grid on TNT.

If you see me online when these are on, send me an instant message and tell me to get my butt in front of the boob tube.

World’s Finest Fan Film!

Friday, July 23rd, 2004

From the man who brought you “Batman: Dead End” comes the World’s Finest movie. This one was supposedly held back from release due to litigation, or talks with DC or some such. But then, here it is just as the convention starts. Was it all hype? Hmmm…

JLA/JSA panel from San Diego

Friday, July 23rd, 2004

Comics Continuum has the dirt on one of JLA’s best developments yet: a new series, JLA: Classified, will feature rotating teams telling stories from any era of the League. The first arc will be by Grant Morrison. Successive stories may include a Gail Simone arc and Keith Giffen’s aborted I Can’t Believe It’s Not The Justice League story (which cannot be released at present due to the death of at least one character in the pages of Identity Crisis).

Also revealed: There will be a JSA/JSA crossover in December, pairing the modern JSA with the original team.

Read the whole story for all the details. Continuum also has a report on all the convention happenings.

Catwoman: 1 out of 10 like it

Friday, July 23rd, 2004

Catwoman (2004) gets an 89% disapproval rating. Wow.

I was ALMOST tempted to shell out the $5 to catch a matinee just to write my own review, but I think there will be little mud left to sling.

A movie Hollywood can universally support

Friday, July 23rd, 2004

Enough with divisive films like Fahrenheit 9/11 and the new Manchurian Candidate. Here’s a movie that everyone in Hollywood can universally applaud: Paparazzi, the story of a Hollywood star who has to deal with snoopy shutterbugs taking pictures of his private moments with his family.

A few years back…actually, probably more years than I’d like to think, since it was around the time of Duke Nukem 3D… I downloaded a game called “Paparazzi”. Actually, it wasn’t so much a game as an experience: you play a star trying to flee the incessant photographers, except that there’s no way to win and the best you can get is a few seconds of peace if you lose them for a moment. Today, I can’t even find that game, but E! Online offers this game where you can be the Paparazzo.

Decent review of Identity Crisis

Thursday, July 22nd, 2004

Article 10: The Wonderful World Of Dibny starts off:

I don’t know about you, but if there’s one thing that’s always been missing from my life, it’s a comic where Dr Light rapes the Elongated Man’s wife. Thank heavens, then, for IDENTITY CRISIS #2 – a comic that can take pride of place in that empty box in the corner which, for years, has sat silent and unused, with a sign saying, ‘Reserved for comics where Dr Light rapes the Elongated Man’s wife’.

Thanks to (You Know Who You Are) for the tip!

Catty about Catwoman

Thursday, July 22nd, 2004

FOXNews.com – Foxlife – Fox Features – Fans Catty About Sexy ‘Catwoman’

Frankly, I think this article has it wrong. Catwoman’s supposed to be sexy…that’s part of her character ever since inception. I think a more valid complaint is that her character seems to be little else but sexy and independent.

Argon Zark

Wednesday, July 21st, 2004

cover It’s been ages since I checked in on Argon Zark!, a web comic I had linked to years ago on my own personal links page. Of course, back in 1998 it was even more impressive, given that there was little on the web like it. This was before high-speed connections were prevalent, before the tons of Flash animation were everywhere.

And yet, Charley Parker’s talents have only grown. Now the web site is bursting with what I can only, with my limited vocabulary, refer to as “cool stuff.” Plus, it looks like Argon Zark has been published. Good on ya, Chollie!