Monday, August 04, 2014

Why I Like “Funny Comics"

When asked about the first comic book I’ve ever read, I often say an issue of “The Fantastic Four” or “Batman”—but the truth is, the very first comic I ever remember holding in my hands and setting my eyes upon was an issue of “Heckle and Jeckle.” It was published by Gold Key, purveyor of much that was considered “funny comics” back then, along with Archie and Harvey. 

It was super-easy for my parents to buy me my reading material. Just grab a bunch of Gold Keys, a “Betty and Veronica,” “Hot Stuff”…and I was set!

Friday, July 25, 2014

I Really Would Have Liked To See That Nic Cage Superman Movie

I'm just saying. After watching "Green Lantern," after sitting through the admittedly well-made Chris Nolan Batman movies and witnessing the admittedly noble godlike personage that is Henry Cavill's Superman...

...after years of Very Good superhero movies, after a veritable Golden Age of comic book flicks, after film after film featuring Men In Tights Sensual Body Armor has been perfected into a fool-proof Art...

...I really really really would have liked to see a balls-out crazy Tim Burton-infused Nic Cage Superman. With the long "Con Air" hair preferably, though I would also take the Elvis look.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

"Legend Of Korra": Is The Best Place For Fan-Fave Shows Digital?

There was a great gnashing of teeth and rending of garments among "Legend Of Korra" fans today, as news quickly spread that the show was being taken off the air.

"Korra" has long been a fan-favorite cartoon, with popularity among the "Geek" set on the level of "Adventure Time" and "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic." But, apparently, the number of cosplayers, gifs on Tumblr, fan art, and bloggers writing episode recaps does not = network success.

But is the problem the platform—not the show itself?

Evangeline Lilly On The Secret To "Archie's" Success

"Lost" and "The Hobbit" star Evangeline Lilly recently told Vulture what she credited the long-lasting appeal of the "Archie" comics to:

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

5 Things I Learned So Far Being On Kickstarter

Today marks the beginning of my third week on Kickstarter, for my project with Bobby Timony, "The Horror Lovers." (whoo!)

I thought it might be helpful to share some of my insights on using the popular crowdfunding site. Keep in mind, however, that this is definitely a learning curve, and what I say now might be tempered with my further experiences the next two weeks. I will update!

1. Kickstarter Is An Emotional Rollercoaster

There are definitely going to be highs and lows as you follow your project's progress on Kickstarter.

The One Where Sabrina The Teenage Witch Meets H.P. Lovecraft

Sabrina has a run-in of the tentacley kind in this preternaturally weird scene from "Afterlife With Archie" #6.

Perhaps it is only fitting that her analyst is H. P. Lovecraft. (Or maybe she needs a new analyst!)

Why Has Billy Dee Williams Gotten Snubbed Twice On Sequels?

The Root asks a question that has apparently been the elephant in the room since casting for the new Star Wars was announced: where's Lando?

Billy Dee Williams contributed a memorable character in Lando Calrissian—one that spanned two SW movies as well as a lot of the expanded universe stuff. And yet he has apparently not been asked to reprise his role in "Star Wars: Episode 7."

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

How Erin Gray Became A Comic-Con Entrepreneur

I was really fascinated by this Hollywood Reporter interview with perennial fan fave actress Erin Gray, and how she turned comic and sci-fi conventions into a second career. Specifically: the way she became a sharp businesswoman and turned a bunch of autograph gigs into a big business with herself in the CEO role.