Archive for April, 2006

“Crisis in Toronto” or “DC Nation Goes International”

Sunday, April 30th, 2006

Hello to all the NYDailyNews readers who’ve joined us. Have a look around! Serious DC fans will also enjoy our Fanzing Magazine archives and Alan Kistler’s articles.

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I just returned from the Paradise Comics Toronto ComiCon. For more about my experiences there and a recap of the DC Nation panel, click on the Extended Entry.


Read “Truth, Justin and the American Way” online!

Saturday, April 29th, 2006


With Image Comics’ new Truth, Justin, and the American Way #1 officially sold out at Diamond, and issue #2 in stores May 10th, Image wants as many readers to see the first issue of the five issue series as possible. So for those of you who may have missed it, here is the entire issue #1 for your reading enjoyment.


Friday, April 28th, 2006

Scott Rogers, the world’s biggest Killer Moth fan, happily declares: “I WIN!!!!!”

Well, it’s official! I WIN!!

Batman #625 marks the end of a 7 year campaign that started right here on this message board.

My mission? To convince the editors and writers at DC to turn the Killer Moth back into a human villian after being turned into Charaxes (by Mark Waid) in the Underworld Unleashed event.

Well it must have worked. After pestering every Batman writer and editor for over five years at conventions (which I maintain led to 2003 – the Year of the Killer Moth – in which the Killer Moth appeared in all but ONE of DC’s Bat titles) the Killer Moth is finally back in human form (albiet in his least attractive costume yet!) in this week’s issue of Batman.

In celebration, I’ll be kicking off an update at the internet’s ONLY Killer Moth website (The Killer Moth Appreciation and Preservation Society ( later this month in which you can win some cool Killer Moth related prizes.

Keep tuned to the site for more info!

I guess I need to start my “bring back Sue Dibny” campaign.

Sorry Chris and R.B.!

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

I just found out that Chris and R.B. never got the e-mail (for various reasons) about the posting contest. Sorry guys!

I’m also sorry on behalf of the readership, who might have gotten much more content if I’d gotten the message to them!

Can It Really Be The X-Men’s Last Stand?

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

Recently Patrick Stewart again raised the question of whether the lastest X-Men movie is the last of a trilogy or just the third in a series. Rather, he raised the question for us as he made the statement that “labeling the third film as ‘the last one’ could be just a tease to draw audiences to the theater.”

Logically we could go with the same track that they did at Cinematical, which is basically that Patrick Stewart is unlikely to have real inside info regarding the producers, directors, and writers. So it might just be the end after all. At the most this could grow into a rumor and at the worst it’s individuals’ speculation.

To me the X-Men trilogy died when the producers at Fox replaced Bryan Singer with someone else, rather than wait for him to finish a Superman movie. For me this is merely a spin-off.

To be fair….

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

At the time I wasn’t even aware that there was such a contest. I’m not really keen on checking the relevent e-mail account, and more urgently I never quite read the e-mail until a day after the contest was over.

Interestingly enough we had more posts made on a regular basis with Hutch gone than we had or do with Hutch here.

If I actually knew that there was a contest I would have actually used some of the articles in my queue, including that thing on Patrick Stewart and the not-Last Stand. We did a pretty good job and I would definitely not count a few of my posts.

Now if Hutch leaves all of next week we’ll be extremely prolific!

The Winnah!

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Alan Kistler is the winner of the “Mike’s Away Mice Will Play” Contest. When I was gone from the 9th through the 16th, I encouraged the other contributors to Monitor Duty to post as much (valid) content as they could, with the winner getting $20 in comics from my comics-for-sale site.

Here are the totals:
Alan Kistler: 9
Blue Spider (Chris Arndt): 7
R.B. Propst: 6
CPlotter: 2
Seth Gottlieb: 1

I hope my counts aren’t off; as I was scrolling the monthly archive and counting, I got lost as those Doctor Who profiles went on for page after page after page. I don’t think I miscounted. Still, the only person who came close is Chris … and given that Chris has a couple of short posts that barely count while Alan’s writing Encyclopedia entries, I think I’m safe in awarding it to Alan.

Thank you all very much for your hard work in keeping the site hopping while I was away.

(I may need to do another one of these contests just to generate more traffic!)

Jus’ gabbing about comics

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Know what I miss? Talking about comic books on Monitor Duty.

I don’t go surfing for comic book news as much as I used to. Frankly, I hate spoilers, so I don’t want to ruin what I’m about to read by checking the comic book news sites. I enjoyed buying comic books more back in the days when what showed up on the rack was a total jaw-dropping surprise. And since I’m not looking for comic book news, I’m not blogging about comic book news. That’s why my contributions tend more towards linking to movie trailers, movie news and funny stuff. That’s also why we’re looking for Monitor Duty contributors who enjoy linking to comic news; you’re welcome to join if that’s what you like to do.

I haven’t been doing lengthy discussion or reviews for a while, mainly because any real writing time needs to be devoted to my own project. Because of this, I have given short shrift to a few of my buddies’ projects. One of my favorite comic books at the moment is “Team Zero” by Chuck Dixon and Doug Mahnke, and I think it would be a fave even if I didn’t know both of those guys. An action-packed WWII war comic about a team of misfits dropped behind enemy lines for a special mission, it’s equal parts Dirty Dozen and Suicide Squad. Many of Chuck’s projects play out like movies, but in this case if a studio doesn’t snap this up to make it into a movie they’re all idiots. I know, we’re burned out on comics that seem like they’re aiming for adaptations, but Dixon isn’t looking to make a comic book into a flick. Team Zero is basically a low budget war film that got turned into a comic instead; if they wanted to make it a movie, they could take his script and shoot it as is. I’m sorry that I didn’t tell you all about this comic five months ago, but the issues are probably still out there to be had…and if you can’t get it, Wildstorm will undoubtedly have a TPB because Team Zero will rock in collected form.

At least with Beau Smith’s “Cobb: Off the Leash” I’ve given you guys some advance warning. However, I did neglect to tell you last week that Beau is giving away a freebie to promote the book. All you have to do is send Beau an e-mail with your address and you get cool stuff. The book is getting some good buzz, and I love the way the hero resembles a grown-up Jonny Quest. (If you haven’t got this on your pull list, tell your retailer that the Diamond Order Number is MAR06 3280E.)

I had intended to review “Truth, Justin and the American Way” but I didn’t get my book until last week (just in time for it to be sold out!). Short review: I love it. Get it if you can.

I’m going to try to find some time to read, review and promote more comic books in the coming weeks, but I could use some help. Interested?


Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Meet Glamma Boi.

Keep your threats to yourself. 🙂

Goofy guy makes movie

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

John Morgan Neal, writer of numerous Shooting Star comics, has made a movie.

SNEAK PREVIEW! New bunny theater!

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

I’m a subscriber to the Bunny Club so I got in early to see

Funny story for a Tuesday

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

I saw this story last week on Best of the Web and had to pass it on. Enjoy.

Alan Kistler’s Profile On: DOCTOR WHO (Seventh Doctor-Part 2)

Monday, April 24th, 2006

So we’ve seen what happened to him in the TV series. But what about AFTERWARDS?

This is continued from Part 1 of the SEVENTH DOCTOR PROFILE.


Luann’s a geek!

Monday, April 24th, 2006

Luann sets videotapes for a week’s recording. Her favorite shows are Lost, Smallville and 24! (Two other labels for specific shows are illegible.)

Alan Kistler’s Profile On: DOCTOR WHO ( Seventh Doctor )

Monday, April 24th, 2006

Okay. Colin Baker, the Sixth Doctor, was just fired. And now, at a time when the show DOCTOR WHO was on shaky ground due to an audience that was beginning to lose interest and a BBC controller who never liked the program, the world was about to meet the enigmatic Seventh Doctor.

This is continued from the SIXTH DOCTOR PROFILE, which can be found HERE.


Your Chance With The POWER

Sunday, April 23rd, 2006

American Power Back when CrossGen was on its last publishing legs Chuck Dixon and Greg Land were going to be the creative on a book called American Power which would’ve dealt with the U.S.’s War on Terror. The only information (beyond the premise) that was ever released about the series was the cover image for the Free Comic Book Day offering (which would be the kick-off issues of the series) showing the seemingly main character punching Osama Bin Laden. The cover created such an uproar that the backers of CrossGen at the time pulled the plug on the series before it even got off the ground.

Now Chuck Dixon is making the first 2 scripts available, along with some artwork (the 2 covers and some finished interior pages), for a donation to the charity Books For Soldiers. Here’s how he explains it:

I’ve decided to offer, via download, the scripts for the two issues of American Power that I wrote for CrossGen.

This is the comic that, sight-unseen, caused such deliberation and condemnation in the comics community. Now you’ll have an opportunity to see for yourself what the fuss was all about.

How can you get them? There’s only one way.

Use this link to go to and make a donation to this fine effort that supplies our fighting men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan with books, CDs and DVDS of their choosing for free.

Scroll to the bottom of the page and make a donation in any amount to them via Paypal.
THEN, forward the e-mail confirmation of your donation to

You will then be emailed in return a Word file containing the two completed scripts for both the Free Comic Book Day edition of American Power (a full script for 22 pages of comics) as well as the intended script for what was to be American Power #1. Included in this file will be scans (from the original art) of both covers and several, completed, interior pages. This material has only ever been seen by a few CrossGen staff members and now it can be yours to inspect.

Books For Soldiers is an all-volunteer, charitable organization that basically provides a FREE service to our soldiers on the frontlines of the War on Terror. It allows them to order the same books, CDs and DVDs that you can order right now for FREE. These provide hours of entertainment to break up the tedium or juts take away the loneliness or homesickness for a little while. Like all media product in these combat zones, these paperbacks, comics, movies and music will be shared by countless troops. I highly endorse this charity and its work. I have collected money for it at conventions and store appearances and always found comic fans to be more than generous. We can ALL relate to being stuck somewhere with lots of time to kill and nothing to read, right?

And please, this is an honor thing, don’t share the download. Anyone who wants it can have it for ANY level of donation. Tell your friends but keep the file to yourself.

Thanks in advance from me and our fightin’ folks!

Here’s your chance to see exactly how this series would’ve played out. And you can support a worthwhile charity while doing it.



Raising the rent!

Saturday, April 22nd, 2006

Our artist buddy Robert Bavington (whose work can be seen in “Metro Med #0” and Shooting Star Comics Anthology) is selling 360 comics to try to raise money for his rent. Check out his forum post and then peruse his list, if you please. Rob can be contacted via e-mail or IM (which can be found using the buttons in the post) or you can respond in the forum.

Rob lives in England, so you can ask him for details about shipping.

Good luck, Rob!

Shocking news about Charlie Sheen!

Friday, April 21st, 2006

Turns out he’s behind 9-11.

Kidding! No, actually, the Men at Work star is allegedly an unstable, violent sex and gambling addict who abused his wife and pressured her to abort their first kid, according to Denise Richards. Between this and his conspiracy mongering, Charlie’s actually helping his TV show “Two and a Half Men” by making the “Charlie” character he plays look far more likeable by comparison.

Remember the “Starfleet Academy” movie? It’s back!

Friday, April 21st, 2006

‘Star Trek’ set for 2008 revival with a film about Kirk and Spock’s early days and their first outer space mission.

The next hot internet meme:

Friday, April 21st, 2006

Pirates vs. Ninjas vs. ATF Agents