Monthly Archives: February 2012

Avengers Assemble…for another trailer

Get ready! According to itunes the new Avengers trailer is coming out tomorrow at 9 a.m. In the mean time enjoy the first real official poster with the entire cast from the movie. I’ll be staring at it for hours … Continue reading

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Why I Can’t Talk to My Girlfriend About Comics, Part Six

You guys see this?!? Would you believe it’s the cover to Justice League #6? Wouldja? Huh? Well guess what???? No, really, guess what???

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Dissecting the Modern Nerd

Fact: Nerds come in all colorful shapes and sizes. Working in a comic shop allows me to see them in all their horrifying glory. So today I’m going to put my skills to the test and box them into harsh … Continue reading

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We Got Reviews: Basewood

The last in this series of my reviews of fantasy-based work carries some editorial commentary. It’s been a hell of a start for the year regarding creator rights and a particular company going word that comic book artists may get … Continue reading

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Comic Con: Documentary or Mockumentary?

Comic Con: Documentary or Mockumentary?

This week filmmaker Morgan Spurlock released a trailer for his latest documentary “Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope”. This latest effort however, is a collaboration with Joss Whedon, creator of “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer” and writer for the upcoming “Avengers” film and of course Stan “the Man” Lee himself whom you may have heard of before.

When I first heard or rather read about this…which was about twenty minutes ago, I couldn’t help but wince. Yes, I winced. You may recall Morgan’s previous works such as “Super Size Me”, you know the one where he had McDonald’s for 6 months and shockingly got fat. Or how about the one where he goes looking for Osama Bin Laden, you know, the one called “Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?”.

I don’t mean to make fun of his work. He obviously has important things to say about our health and eating habits in our country and other important issues. My question is, where the hell does the San Diego Comic Con fit between American obesity and Osama Bin Laden?? Don’t get me wrong, I love comics and the cons as much as the next nerd, but why the focus here? Are comic books and all things nerdy really reaching the level of notoriety? Or rather becoming mainstream enough so that it can fill the seats in the theaters to watch such a “documentary”? It just feels more like a really long episode of Kevin Smith’s “Comic Book Men” to me. I guess the big question I’m asking here is: What is it about? And don’t say the “Comic-Con” because it’s too obvious.

I’m not saying it has to be hard hitting journalism for it to be considered a documentary or that comics aren’t worthy of the attention that a documentary brings but this just feels gimmicky. What does this say about our society? Is it about consumerism? Or will it continue to make fun and exploit your average comic reader, only reinforcing negative stereotypes? I guess I’ll just have to wait and see the film myself.

Judge for yourself and check out the trailer here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ZN41gXXUlLI

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A New “Brave” Trailer

Yesterday Disney/Pixar released a trailer for their new animated feature “Brave” due out this June.

The film is about a young princess (and what Disney movie isn’t about a princess) who goes against the established order in her Scottish kingdom to pave the way to her own destiny but must encounter some grizzly errands to do so. I say “grizzly” because I think there’s a bear involved…

“Brave” also has a strong cast featuring Kelly Macdonald (Trainspotting, HP7 part 2 and Boardwalk Empire) Emma Thompson (Prof. Trelawney from Harry Potter) Kevin McKidd (Trainspotting, Grey’s Anatomy) Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid from Harry Potter) Billy Connolly (Boondock Saints and the Hobbit) Julie Walters (Mrs. Weasly from Harry Potter) and Craig Ferguson (How to Train Your Dragon) So if they were doing drugs in Trainspotting or hanging out Harry Potter and dragons, chances are they’re in this movie!

I can’t wait for this; Disney/Pixar has a consistent record of producing quality films, a rare gem these days. Seriously, can you think of a bad Pixar movie? What’s also great about this piece is that it also features what appears to be a strong female character, also a rare gem.

Hopefully with this film and the upcoming “Hunger Games” we’ll be seeing more features with strong female leads who don’t need to be saved by a dude in tights…or any dude for that matter.

Check out the trailer below!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOmc2GzWtSE&feature=g-logo&context=G2b5456fFOAAAAAAACAA

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Why I Can’t Talk to My Girlfriend About Comics, Part Five

Here’s the ad copy from Antarctic Press on the Victorian Secret Winter Wardrobe One Shot:

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