This series of articles has been outlining how much of an influence the character of Batman has been in my life. I’d like to include just a few more thoughts before I turn my attention to other areas of interest.
The Batmobile. I know that “chicks dig the car,” but automobiles are often a “guy” thing. Corgi made a massive collection of Bat-vehicles, and to my knowledge, I have every one they ever released. That includes the Joker’s car to Robin’s Redbird. Now Hot Wheels is into it, and I’m collecting those as well.
I must not be the only one who loved the Batmobile that appeared ABC’s Batman. Versions of it still make the circuit, appearing at car shows around the world. I actually got to sit in it last year!
I also like the new flying car in the comics these days. Makes sense to have a flying Batmobile.
The movies. I’ve already talked about the Michael Keaton Batman film, which remains a classic to me. The other films in that series didn’t fare as well, in my opinion.
Batman Returns had smooth action sequences and an interesting relationship for Batman with Catwoman, but it is tough to juggle that many story elements and make it work. That movie didn’t do it well.
Batman Forever used Jim Carrey well. It effectively mixed humor and action. Val Kilmer wasn’t a bad Bruce Wayne. In this group, this was the best after Batman.
Batman & Robin was the realization of all my worst fears. While Batman was based on Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns comic, this film was intentionally a return to ABC’s Batman show, which I had come to despise.
That said, there were parts I really liked. Pulling the backstory of Mr. Freeze from TAS was a good idea, but the Governator was too distracting. And introducing Batgirl so soon after bringing in Robin before we knew him very well was too much.
George Clooney often worried out loud that he had killed the franchise. He had seriously wounded it, but only for a while.
Until The Dark Knight, Batman Begins was the best film the character had been in, in my opinion, and that even includes Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. (Sorry, Joss Whedon!)
As my twin brother likes to say, it would have been a great movie even if Bruce Wayne had never become Batman. Good story, good acting, surprises galore (like Ra’s Al Ghul), this one surpasses even Batman to me. And that’s saying something!
Of course, The Dark Knight, the sequel to Batman Begins, was spectacular and my favorite Bat-film to date! I got to see the first midnight showing, and I was blown away by the movie–and the fact that I was in one of seven rooms full of Batfans watching the same picture!
Good plotting, fast pacing, incredible action and a spectacular acting job by Heath Ledger as the Joker shot it to the top of my list.
I always said that the Joker had to be watered down in order to be seen in any arena that kids could access. In the 60′s Batman, he was silly. In other carnations, he would be a giggling idiot. Even in Batman: The Animated Series and later shows by the Bruce Timm/Paul Dini team, he was nasty but not always threatening.
That was not the case in The Dark Knight. I literally was terrified every time the Joker showed up on the screen. He was death waiting to happen. It was like watching a shark circle its prey, and sometimes it was hard to even look. For the first time in my entire life, I was truly scared of the Joker. Wow!
And the final film in the series, The Dark Knight Rises, was very good, but that back-breaking is so tough to watch!
Recent DVDs. Not too long ago, I received DVDs of a Batman cartoon series I had never seen. Released in the late ’70s, The New Adventures of Batman came out in a time when I was busy with other things. Also, it had Bat-Mite in it, which really worried me.
The interesting things about this show were that it brought Adam West and Burt Ward back to voice the roles they had become famous doing in the ’60s. And it was Filmation, the studio who brought the animated series that immediately followed the live-action show’s exit from ABC.
So there was some nostalgia to seeing the program.
One day, when I actually had some time on my hands, I watched all 13 episodes in a row. Fortunately, my brain didn’t rot out of my skull.
The bad news is that Bat-Mite pretty much served as the impediment for Batman, Robin and Batgirl from beating the bad guys in just 10 minutes. With Bat-Mite around to get in the way, it always took 30 minutes, the length of the show. Then too, a la He-Man, there was a pontificating “Bat Message” at the end of each episode, usually telling kids not to solve their problems with violence (though that’s what they had seen for the last half-hour).
That said, I did find it similar to the comics of the ’50s, in which Batman had to beat not only criminals, but space baddies as well, as they did in the final three episodes.
Final thoughts. I don’t know why, but when one is a fan of Batman, it seems a certain question always rises up:
“So which one are you, Batman or Robin?”
When I was younger, I was always uncertain just how to answer. No one wants to be known as a sidekick, so I’d always say, “Batman, of course.”
But as time has gone along, I’ve thought of the proper answer to this question.
“Which one am I, Batman or Robin? I’m not Batman, I’m not Robin. In fact, I’m not Nightwing, Commissioner Gordon or Alfred.”
You see, there are things I admire in all of them, but that doesn’t mean I am ONLY that character.
I guess that answer works because I don’t seem to get asked it very often any longer.
Who knows what the future holds? I just hope it continues to shine, and that the Dark Knight lights up the comics, the animated worlds, the TV and the movies for decades to come!
Title: Red Range (GN)
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Creator & Writer: Joe R. Lansdale
Illustrator: Sam J. Glanzman
Colorists: Jorge Blanco & Jok
Letterer: Douglas Potter
Price: $ 19.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Comments: The KKK is shown at its worst torturing and raping blacks just because of their skin color. The KKK are a sick group that uses numbers and weapons to abuse blacks.
The Red Mask appears and justice is meted out. This black man fights for his kinds rights.
Batiste leads the KKK. He hates black people. The ‘N’ word is used and other names that should not be to describe black people. Batiste well he actually does have a good reason to hate blacks.
The Red Mask’s origin is explained and he wants revenge for the wrongs done to him. He deserves it too.
This book does bring across the feelings and situations that did occur in the old west as regards white and black people.
Batiste gets a hunting party together and goes out hunting Red Mask and the boy he saved. As the chase goes on Red Mask aka Caleb finds a cave with dinosaurs. This is a lost world filled with wonders.
The art throughout has a rough tough look which definitely suits the story.
Caleb and the boy are just starting their adventures in this hidden world inside ours.
The subject explored in this book of racism is still as relevant today as it was in 1999 when this was first written.
“I Could Eat A Horse” is written and drawn by Sam J. Glanzman. This black and white story has no words to it but the art does deliver a message. The buzzards here do get to eat well.
Title: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers # 14
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Written by: Kyle Higgins
Illustrated by: Hendry Prasetya
Colors by: Matt Herms
Letters by: Ed Dukeshire
The Ongoing Misadventures of Squatt & Baboo:
Written by: Ryan Ferrier
Illustrated by: Bachan
Colors by: Triona Farrell
Letters by: Jim Campbell
Cover by: Jamal Campbell
Connecting Variant Cover by: Steve Morris
Morphin Variant Cover by: Goni Montes
Action Figure Variant Cover by: Telmos Santos with packaging design by David Ryan Robinson
C2E2 Diamond Retailer Summit Exclusive Cover by: Daniel Bayliss
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Comments: The Rangers run right into Goldar and his small army of Goldars.
This issue is full of action as both sides launch an all out assault. They each are pulling out everything they have. The Goldars certainly look menacing.
The battle comes down to Drakkon about to claim victory over Tommy. Billy though does the unexpected what you never thought you would see a Ranger do.
“The Ongoing Misadventures of Squatt & Baboo” The writer mixes up which one is which as both are referred to by both their names.
They find themselves on an alternate reality Earth. This Earth has no Power Rangers but it does have monsters and Goldar. These two may be in trouble Well at least they look funny and are funny to watch in action if they ever see any.
Frank Thorne’s Ghita, An Erotic Treasury:
In 1978, fresh off his run on Red Sonja, Frank Thorne went on to create the lusty warrior-goddess, Ghita. Imbued with the spirit of a mighty general, she would lead a rag-tag band against bloodthirsty armies, and along the way get in some tumbumping. This initial volume showcases some of Frank’s earliest art of Ghita including her first appearance in the erotic epic “Ghita of Alizarr,” early character designs, un-produced movie storyboards, the Wizard and Warrior Women portfolio, pin-ups, and covers. This edition, measuring 11” x 17″, brings the world of Ghita to life; the artwork has been scanned from the original pages in color to ensure the closest reproduction.
Frank Thorne’s Battling Beauties:
Hermes Press celebrates the career of Frank Thorne, renowned good girl artist extraordinaire with a comprehensive art monograph exploring the art of the women he created during his extensive career. See pencils, preliminaries, final artwork, as well as the comics created by Thorne, focusing on his cheesecake creations. This extensive art monograph presents artwork from such titles as Red Sonja, Ghita, Lann, The Iron Devil, and more. This book explores not only the comic book artwork of Thorne, but also illustrates the motion picture concepts and storyboards for the never-made Ghita film.
Additionally this book also provides a lengthy discussion by Thorne accompanied by hundreds of examples of how to draw “beautiful women.”
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First Comics News: How did you end up being a guest artist on “Harrow County”?
Carla Speed McNeil: I became a guest artist on HARROW COUNTY because I dropped by the Dark Horse booth at NYCC to check in, and Daniel Chabon popped out of a magic mushroom and offered me the job.
1st: What is the best part of working on “Harrow County”?
Carla: The best part of working on HARROW COUNTY was the depth of the material. Cullen and Tyler have created a world with great texture; it feels old and new at the same time.
1st: What is the Abandoned and how does your art make it scary?
Carla: The Abandoned is a monster. A concentration of bitterness and solitude, frustration and arrogance, immense fire with no fuel to burn anymore except itself.
1st: What makes you a good artist for a horror story?
Carla: What makes me a good horror artist is my ability to capture character. If the characters in the story feel something, you the reader can grasp what they feel. Genre fiction sometimes suffers from poor or thinly-constructed characters. If the people don’t feel real, you don’t care what happens to them. Emmy and her lot feel real, and they deserve every nuance an artist can bring to their depiction.
1st: Do you get to work with Emmy in your story if so how did you draw her?
Carla: I do get to draw Emmy. I thought of her as a transmogrified Peppermint Patty. With witch powers. Patty would have kicked ass with witch powers.
1st: How would you like to visit Harrow county?
Carla: How would I like to visit Harrow County… briefly, and in full daylight.
1st: What is your comic book series “Finder” about?
Carla: My comic book series FINDER is about culture clash on an alien world with a lot of familiar things. The main character is an aboriginal detective. On the outside, he’s a nomad, traveling his family’s traditional routes. In the city, he’s an unlicensed private eye. And there are weird things.
1st: What did your art add to Red Sonja’s character when you worked on “Legends of Red Sonja”?
Carla: I don’t know that my art added anything to Red Sonja, Sonja’s pretty much all there already. I did have to put leather panties on her in one panel. Does that count?
I did get to draw an awesome Ensorceled Cephalopod, mind you. Bucket list thing.
1st: In drawing and writing a story in “Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman” how did you feel working on such an iconic character?
Carla: Coming up with a story for WONDER WOMAN was a challenge. People often think of Batman as the ‘dark knight’ and Superman as the ‘white knight,’ what role does that dualism leave Diana? None. She’s ‘the chick.’ Well, she’s so much more than that, but I was having a rough time of it; then three things occurred to me. One, the image of a Tarot card, Strength: in the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, it shows a lovely woman with wavy dark hair in a gauzy dress closing the mouth of a lion. The second thing was a scene in that Miyazaki film, NAUSICÄA. In the scene the heroine bitten (hard!) by a frightened animal. You or I would bash that little creature against the nearest fence post to make it let go. Not she; she just waits and speaks soothingly. She SHAMES the little critter into letting go! She is something special; she is a warrior, but she is one that never loses her compassion. That’s Diana to me.
The third thing was this: it occurred to me that anyone who really loves a superhero must have occasions when they grit their teeth and mutter “If so-and-so was here, this situation would have turned out differently.”
I didn’t know what a huge WW fan my older sister was. She’s eight years older than I am, so I missed most of HER childhood. But once I found out, we talked about things like that, and settled on a crazy story she’d heard on the radio about a guy trapped in a Mexican standoff with his pet lion. I did my own version of that story. Diana would have been able to handle that.
1st: What type of monster would you most like to draw that you have not in a comic?
Carla: What type of monster would I like to draw? Do dinosaurs and ice age mammals count?
1st: What is the best way for an artist to improve their art?
Carla: The best way for an artist to improve their art is to go back to the well. Do your life drawings, study architecture, go to the beach or the hockey rink or the zoo or the dance competition and learn to draw bodies in motion, expressive faces, and anatomy. Whatever you can do, you can do better; try new techniques and add things to your bag. Goes for writers too.
1st: What would you do with Wonder Woman’s powers and abilities?
Carla: Wonder Woman’s powers and abilities… I would love to imagine being the greatest gymnast the world has ever produced, being able to outrun, outjump, outfight anyone she needed to. I also expect she’s a hell of a dancer.
1st: Who has inspired you the most in your life?
Carla: There is no single person who has inspired me all my life. There are mobs. I guess if I were to choose book authors, they’d be Shirley Jackson, Diana Wynne Jones, and Alan Moore.
1st: What would you like to say to all your adoring fans?
Carla: To my adoring fans I would say that I’m soon finishing up my latest FINDER, and until it appears in paperback form, it will update in eight-page parts on my Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/carlaspeedmcneil , along with whatever else crosses my desk, and I’m painting the cover this weekend.
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My name is Scott McDaniel and I am a comic book artist blessed to have contributed to the legacy of Marvel Comics’ characters Daredevil, Elektra, Green Goblin, Spider-Man (and a few others) as well as DC Comics’ characters Nightwing, Batman, Superman, Robin, Green Arrow (and a few others). My artistic ability is a gift from God for which I am very grateful. But the greatest gift from God that I am most thankful for is His Son, my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
I wasn’t always a Christian. I wasn’t always a professional artist, either. I left behind a career in electrical engineering to pursue my passion for comic book stories and art. As a boy, I loved the action and adventure of comic books as much as I loved the exploration and adventure of math and science. Those dual passions were always present in my life. In fact, my college notebooks had as many sketches in them as classroom notes. As I entered adulthood, my worldview was that math was the true foundation of the universe, and that ultimately, somehow, mathematics and probability were clearly capable of explaining everything that we could ever experience. I was a good guy, a nice guy, and that surely would have given me a ‘pass’ if there indeed turned out to be some sort of Judgment Day. Devotion to a grandfather-in-the-sky was for those weak people who needed the comfort Sky-Grandfather offered. But once I was forced to honestly and critically examine those beliefs, they began to break apart, and even more surprising changes were coming.
I married my high-school sweetheart, and we soon had a son. Great joy! My wife, who was much more inclined to the Christian faith than me, wanted to raise our son in a Church setting. Fine, I thought, nothing wrong with a little morality to get him started down the right path. We began attending a terrific, small American Baptist Church, and all was well. But every time she would gently start a discussion about Jesus, I would get ‘creeped out’ and find ways to quickly change the subject! But then came that day when our son was to be ‘dedicated,’ and that brought me to a crossroads in my life: do I stand by my wife and promise to raise our son in the spirit and nurture of the Lord (and lie), or do I sit it out and have my wife stand alone? God was using my wife and son to get my focused attention. Great dilemma!
I seriously wrestled with my own personal faith at this crossroad. That small church we attended was strongly grounded in Scripture, God’s Holy Word, and over time I learned a great deal about this “Sky-Grandfather” that I didn’t know before. I read the Bible more on my own, and what impressed me most in those early days was the honesty with which it represented the human condition, and MY human condition to be specific – my secret passions, my hidden greed, my base selfishness. God’s Word made no secret of the things we do to hurt one another – it revealed them with perfect clarity. It was honest. It accurately represented all the darkness I had experienced in my own life. It showed me that what I had previously thought was ‘good enough’ was truly ‘filthy rags.’ It showed me that, despite my attempts to be good, I had that darkness in me. I was truly a sinner. And sinners need a Savior. I was out of my league. I was not wrestling with a weak and elderly Sky-Grandfather. I was wrestling with Almighty God.
So one night, quietly in bed as I wrestled with my faith, I surrendered my life to Christ. I prayed what people call “The Sinner’s Prayer.” It’s not a formal thing, but it goes something like this: “I am a sinner. A real price has to be paid for that sin. Jesus Christ has already paid that price by his suffering, death on the cross and his resurrection into eternal life. I accept Jesus as my Lord so that his payment covers my sin, and that I can share in his eternal life.” Then I peacefully fell asleep.
When I woke the next morning, I was still the same guy. No lightning heralded my conversion. No angelic choir appeared to sing glorious songs. I still had most (if not truly all) of the faults I had before I surrendered to Christ. However, I was now on the path of sanctification. I now had Christ’s promised Counselor, the Holy Spirit of God, indwelling me, guiding me. Slowly, oh so slowly, over time, my life was, and still is, being redirected into a life that mirrors the perfect life of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The best evidence of the reality of my salvation is this (and I can think of no other way to explain this): when I thought of myself, I imagined myself as a darkness in the void. After my surrender to Christ, whenever I think of myself, I imagine a light is within me. And it’s not my light, but it is the light of Christ that is shining in my life.
My relationship with Jesus Christ is an active and growing one. My faith in Jesus Christ grows continually. I’m not talking about ‘religion’ and its formal structures and institutions. I’m talking about ‘faith,’ a vibrant and real personal relationship with my Savior Jesus. I share everything with Jesus: all my joys, all my thanksgivings, all my sorrows, all my failures, all my secrets. And I try to listen closely to his inspiration and guidance. Real relationships are two-way streets, and this one is no different.
What impresses me most now in my walk with Christ is His teaching that love is the true foundation of the universe. We are to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and we are to love our neighbors as ourselves. Beautifully simple.
My name is Scott McDaniel. I am a fallen man. I am a sinner. And I am utterly thankful to our Sovereign, Almighty Father God that He gives us a righteousness we could never achieve on our own, and that is the righteousness of His Son, Jesus Christ. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
I wish you all a very blessed Easter. Jesus is risen!
Comic book artist. Sinner redeemed by the Lamb of God.
That one little word can make such a dynamic difference in our lives. Without it, we not only accept, but embrace defeat, depression, discouragement. We walk around in a storm cloud of overwhelming negative emotions, dark feelings, eternal night. With it, we overcome obstacles, power through setbacks and dismiss the very notion of defeat; we rise to heights that go beyond our natural limitations and achieve greatness.
As a child, I had incredible hopes and dreams that consumed me nearly every day until the world I lived in slowly eroded their very foundations.
And then, sometime in my teenage years, I lost hope altogether. It didn’t leave with a bang, but more like sand slipping through my fingers, until I was holding on to nothing.
The hole that created in me pulled in any sense of self worth, until there was none left. Without hope, I felt worthless. That led to a decade and a half of self-destructive behavior; smoking, drinking, violence, shattered relationships, emotional pain easily accepted and zealously inflicted. I had no hope, no way to see light at the end of the tunnel, no real reason to live.
Then, something odd happened. A friend, and well respected comic creator, began sharing his faith with me, one tiny tidbit at a time. At first, I didn’t get it; in fact, I made fun of him for it as I had ridiculed the dozen or so others who had tried to show me the light over the course of my young life. But, one day, a switch flipped inside me when I asked him “What exactly do you get out of this whole faith thing?”
His answer: “Hope”
That single word encompassed one of the shortest, simplest answers anyone could give when judged in its brevity, but in its simplicity it was paradigm shifting and life altering.
Looking back over my life to that point, I could see where hope had left and that happened to be exactly when the lights went out. Sure I made a lot of friends in those years, some the best I’ve ever had, but I’d bet if you went and asked most of the people I interacted with from the mid-teens to late twenties, the majority would tell you I was a total jerk – or worse.
That’s what a lack of hope does to you.
Thankfully, that one friend thought enough of me to offer me insight into why I needed hope and how I could get it, and what it did for him, a guy who has struggled with clinical depression his whole life but overcomes it with hope.
Soon after, it was like I’d awoken from a nearly two decade long dream where I was continually drowning. Life became worth living again, and it showed in my work. As hope regained its true place in my heart, I started noticing a change in the letters and emails I received from fans, talking about how my work had made such a positive impact on their lives. The fan mail I’d received prior never talked in such terms, it was basic adoration for the work itself, and never once spoke in terms of spiritual aesthetics. And how could it? It never had hope before.
Hope also did wonders for my marriage, simply because you cannot have real love without hope. With this realization, I discovered I was incapable of truly loving my wife without hope in my heart. But, once I embraced it, we stopped fighting like two spoiled children, and as this lost ingredient mixed its way through our relational recipe, we truly became one, just like we’d vowed to do on our wedding day.
At its essence, hope pushed out the darkness and not only became a light at the end of the tunnel, but turned the tunnel itself into a distant memory.
I had gone from the walking death of a hopeless life, to living alive.
That’s what faith did for me.
1 Corinthians 13:13
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
George Lucas battles JJ Abrams over the fate of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens! Who will win in this epic showdown between STAR WARS and STAR TREK?
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Title: Doc Savage: The Ring of Fire # 2
Publisher: Dynamite Comics
Written by: David Avallone
Art by: Dave Acosta
Color by: Morgan Hickman
Letters by: Taylor Esposito
Cover A by: Brent Schoonover
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Comments: Diving out of a plane, gun blazing, bodies falling as Doc Savage lands hard on a Japanese Submarine. Fists flying as he invades the Submarine. Now this is Doc Savage the man of action.
Renny and Tom are diving a wonderfully designed submarine. It is nicely colored as well.
So all the characters show up at Phoenix Island.
Doc Savage finds out they face his greatest foe. Who could that be but John Sunlight. Who is John Sunlight? This should be explained or at least a hint given. He does not seem all that evil.
The action is hot and heavy to start but dies down fast.
The plot has yet to be revealed why are the villains doing what they are doing?
Doc Savage is a living legend and it is exciting to see him in action.
COMING THIS SUMMER! Ulderico Fioretti is hard at work on a brand-new project featuring none other than JAY-NA THE JUNGLE QUEEN. When she first appeared in League of Champions #15, did you suspect that there was more to Jay-Na than met the eye? Well, you were right. The goddess-spirit of the Jungle Queen is as ancient as the world itself. Now, for the first time, learn the secrets of the origin of Jay-Na in the brilliant two-part graphic novel, Numbelan. The release date hasn’t yet been set, but we’re expecting Book One to be available in late summer or early autumn. As we get more information, watch for news about this fantastic project here on the Heroic Publishing website.
Cover by Henry Martinez
Title: Drums (TP)
Publisher: Amigo Comics
Writer: El Torres
Artists: Abel García, Kwaichang Kraneo
Colors by: Fran Gamboa
Cover Artist: Raul Allen
Lettered by: Malaka Studio
Illustrations by: Diego Galindo, Gabriel Hernandez Walta, Luis Czerniawski, Renzo Podesta, Jose Angelares, Xavi Castillo and Abel Garcia
Price: $ 19.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Comments: Irons and Plotz two Feds are called in to help on a case that involves a cult. They have a massive death count on their hands. The Feds and police are unsure what all the people died from.
Irons has an episode that gives us a clue the deaths are more mysterious than any imagined. They were to protect against a great evil.
Michelle Hernandez is brought in to help on the case she is a Voodoo religion expert.
Irons seems to have some kind of connection to the religion. The art is a bit indistinct but it suits the style of story.
There are too many words used that unless you know the religion you will be totally lost as to their meanings.
The investigation keeps progressing. The Feds keep learning more about these deaths and none of it is good.
Then the zombies start walking. They are your traditional slow moving zombies. Seeing these things coming for you at night would scare the hell out of a person.
Detective Martin Irons, now he has something to him that is making him receptive to Voodoo. A possessed Michelle wants him dead or alive. Irons knows fear and he also knows bravery. He is willing to fight to save others. He is the main character and you will find yourself rooting for him as he faces all sorts of evil.
Title: The Misplaced Chapter 1
Publisher: TurtleBunny Productions, Inc.
Created/Written/Illustrated by: Chris Callahan
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Websites: www.themisplacedcomic.com , www.turtlebunnyproductions.com
Comments: The art is gorgeously presented. The angel you first see and her glowing wings set against a backdrop set a magical atmosphere for this comic.
A man in Heaven relives his wife’s death. It is all he thinks about. All he wants is to be reunited with her.
Heaven is not at all what you might expect. James wants what most would not he wants out. Out of Heaven and paradise.
The Tree of Knowledge is definitely not what you expect.
As James searches for Anna his wife he leaves the ultimate place where dreams come true. He leaves Heaven. How many people would leave Heaven? He does and you will know how much he loves his wife. She is his Heaven.
The comic does end up taking some interesting turns. Right from the start you are cheering and hoping these two will be reunited. Ever in death love
SAN FRANCISCO, Cal., April 15, 2017 — Attention, Bay Area Mutants! Mark Bodé (Cobalt 60, TMNT) will be at the Silicon Valley Comic Con all three days next weekend, April 21-23. He will be showing off all the new art & animation for the COBALT 60 CHRONICLES, his new AR Comic, and a few other surprises, as well… So, come on down and have a peep!
In related news… Back in 2012, Bodé teamed up with James O’Barr (The Crow) to paint a mural in the street art epicenter Clarion Alley, located in the Mission District. It stayed untarnished for years, but last fall, it got trashed. Once the first defacing occurred, the artwork was considered fair game, and over time, many others covered it further.
Mark decided to replace the ruined piece with a scene from Cobalt 60 Chronicles, his new augmented reality comic book. To showcase the technology, Bode and Secret File Animation have produced a free 3D app that allows you to bring the mural to life! Simply download the free app, visit Clarion Alley, and point your device at the mural. Instantly, the art comes to life with animation and music! That’s right… The entire mural scene comes to life in 3D, right on your phone or tablet, right there in alley! Available now for Android, coming soon for iOS.
Cobalt 60 Mural App for Android:
Join Mark Bodé for a hands-on preview of the new AR Comic and celebrate 50 years of Bodé style at the Silicon Valley Comic-Con, April 21-23.
Silicon Valley Comic-Con:
Chris Ellis joins Chris Gilpin and Marty on this last episode of the Winter session. We will be back in a few weeks for the Summer and Chris helps us out on this Good Friday episode. We chat about the X-Men Gold pricing fiasco and some of the new comics that came out over the last two weeks.
If you are interested in older episodes please head to http://heykidscomics.ca !
Disney Licensed Publishing and IDW Combine Forces
For New All-Ages Star Wars Comics
San Diego, CA (April 14, 2017) – Just announced on the Lucasfilm Publishing Panel at STAR WARS CELEBRATION in Orlando, Disney Licensed Publishing, an imprint of Disney Book Group, LLC, has granted IDW Publishing the license to create and publish new Star Wars comic books aimed at younger readers.
“Lucasfilm is thrilled to expand our relationship with the talented and creative folks at IDW to bring Star Wars comics to kids,” said Michael Siglain, Creative Director of Lucasfilm Publishing. “IDW has an incredible pedigree of talent, and we look forward to working with them on the creation of these fun, action-packed adventures that span the entire Star Wars saga.”
The launch title, Star Wars Adventures, is timed for Fall 2017, and part of the “Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi” publishing program, which will release an exciting array of content leading-up to the next cinematic chapter in the ongoing space saga.
IDW’s Chief Creative Officer, Chris Ryall, said “IDW has long sought to offer the next generation of comic book fans ample reading choices, and being able to provide Star Wars comics aimed directly at that audience is a massive thrill. Disney has been a great collaborator with us and we’re very excited to delve into this particular corner of the galaxy.”
This new deal between Disney Licensed Publishing and IDW will build upon the already strong relationship they share, having previously published reprint Star Wars content in a variety of formats such as Micro Collectors Fun Packs, and the award-winning Artist’s Editions. In addition, a series of new collections of classic Star Wars newspaper strips will be available beginning in May.
Storyline details and creative teams for Star Wars Adventures will be made public in a future announcement.
Asylum of Darkness
The late Richard Hatch enters an Asylum of Darkness this April from Wild Eye Releasing!
Asylum of Darkness | Official Trailer:
Wild Eye Releasing unlocks the doors to award-winning filmmaker Jay Woelfel’s supernatural horror feature Asylum of Darkness this April.
Woelfel’s stirring cocktail of supernatural suspense and goosebump-inducing horror features a superlative cast of sci-fi and horror icons including Golden Globe nominee Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica), in one his final film appearances.
Tim Thomerson (Trancers, Near Dark, Nemesis) and Tiffany Shepis (12 Monkeys, Tromeo and Juliet, Tales of Halloween) also star in the movie, a striking, spine-tingling horror jaunt, shot in 35mm, that resembles the works of genre icons Lynch and Cronenberg.
After awakening in a mental asylum, a patient plans his escape to freedom while fighting off supernatural forces in both the real world and some that may only live inside his head. But once on the outside, he learns that the life awaiting him is more twisted and dangerous than anything he could conjure in his head, one that is luring him back to the asylum forever.
Written and directed by Jay Woelfel (Season of Darkness, Trancers 6), the film stars Golden Globe Winner Richard Hatch (Dr. Shaker), Tim Thomerson (Detective Kesler), Tiffany Shepis (Hope), Nick Baldasare (Dwight Stroud), Amanda Howell (Ellen), and Frank Jones Jr. (Van Gogh).
In Theaters and on VOD April 11th, 2017
A Lawreen Yakkel Production
A Jay Woelfel Film
Studio: Wild Eye Releasing
Cast: Tim Thomerson, Richard Hatch, Tiffany Shepis
Director: Jay Woelfel
Run Time: 1 hour, 57 min, 44 sec
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Comments: Dwight Stroud is a patient in an insane asylum. He sees things that do look like a crazy person might or could it be something else.
Dwight does escape but even outside he is questioning his sanity. Dwight somehow has replaced Finch another man who was once institutionalized like himself.
Weird things keep happening with no explanation given as to why. The movie does start to drag on with not much happening.
Dwight has these creatures after him. You are given no clue as to what they are. When we do get a clue things get really weird and strange. The creature that started all of this is a nightmarish thing.
The scenes keep switching from dreams to reality. It is hard to tell which is which.
The movie does have a good soundtrack.
The story is so hard to follow and figure out it is impossible to do so.
The actors do perform well. They all have talent.
Owner Gustavo Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) explains proper employee behavior at Los Pollos Hermanos – where someone is always watching. Better Call Saul premieres Monday, April 10 at 10/9c on AMC.