Friday, June 03, 2005

DVD new releases for June

June 7

Be Cool

Beyond the Sea

Dragnet '67 Complete First Season

Frasier Complete Fifth Season

Lois & Clark Complete First Season

MacGyver Complete Second Season

The Naked Truth

The Sopranos Complete Fifth Season

What's New Pussycat?

Wonder Woman Complete Third Season

June 14

The Joan Crawford Collection (Humoresque; Mildred Pierce; Possessed; Women; The Damned Don't Cry)

The Bette Davis Collection (Dark Victory; The Letter; Mr. Skeffington; Now, Voyager; The Star)

Casino Special Edition

Northern Exposure Complete Third Season

June 21

Bewitched Complete First Season (Black and White or Colorized)

Josephine Baker (Zou Zou, La Sirene Des Tropiques, and Princess Tam Tam)

June 28

The Daily Show: Indecision 2004

The Doris Day Show Complete First Season

Homicide Life on the Street Complete Seventh Season

The Twilight Zone Complete Third Season

La Femme Nikita Complete Third Season

Ultimate Billy Jack Collection

Pop Artifact! Man from U.N.C.L.E. transmitter toy

"Fantastic Four" wallpapers

Downloadable from the official film site:

Forthcoming goodies from Twomorrows Publishing


This issue features LEW SWAYRE SCHWARTZ, the Golden Age artist who
Behind primo 1950s cover art, LEW SAYRE SCHWARTZ-the artist who was BOB
KANE's ghost from 1946-1953-is interviewed by JON B. COOKE about his
Batman and other stellar work! Plus there's Batman art by JERRY
others! Then, it's "The Life and Death of the Australian Comics Industry
- 1940-1962!" See Dr. Mansana-Molo the Mighty-Captain Atom (no lie!)-Sir
Falcon-The Panther-The Shadow-Catman-The Lone Avenger-Air Hawk-not to
mention the astonishing "down under" career of The Phantom-examined by
MICHAEL BAULDERSTONE, with tons of super-hero art rarely seen in the
Northern Hemisphere! Also, DAVE BERG talks about Timely/Marvel, Fawcett,
& Quality to JIM AMASH-with art from Death Patrol, Uncle Sam, et.
al.-ALEX TOTH on some comic book greats-MICHAEL T. GILBERT on the legacy
of WILL EISNER-BILL SCHELLY on comics fandom-FCA with MARC SWAYZE, et
al.-& MORE!! Edited by Roy Thomas.

The 100 page (plus cover), saddle-stitched 8 1/2" x 11" magazine with a
full color cover and black-and-white interiors retails for $5.95 in the
U.S. and ships 10 August 2005.


Have you ever wondered what the life of a comic book artist is like?
Find out as Modern Masters takes you into the studio of fan-favorite
artist George Pérez! This 120-minute documentary-style DVD companion to
the popular Modern Masters book series begins with a tour of George's
studio, and takes you through a typical day at work for the artist as he
illustrates a special issue of Top Cow's Witchblade. Also included is a
look at another aspect of the comic book artist's life: comic
conventions! Join George as he meets and sketches for his legion of fans
at one of his many yearly appearances, while many of George's peers and
colleagues-such as Marv Wolfman and Ron Marz-share their anecdotes and
personal insight along the way. Modern Masters: In the Studio with
George Pérez will make you feel like you're there!

The 120 minute, standard format DVD retails for $29.95 in the U.S. and
ships 10 August 2005.

Wind up the Victrola...

...there are lots and lots of MP3s transferred from vintage 78s here. (via BoingBoing).

The new Jack Flanders adventure

Anyone who's a fan of radio drama/comedy, or sci-fi, or fantasy or cool genre stuff in general is really missing out if he or she isn't hip to ZBS Media and its continuing audio adventures featuring adventurer Jack Flanders and others.

Since the early 70s, with "The Fourth Tower of Inverness," "Moon Over Morocco" and into the 80s and 90s with "The Incredible Adventures of Jack Flanders" and the "Traveling Jack" series, the Flanders stories by author "Meatball" Fulton (a.k.a. Tom Lopez) are filled with humor, mysticism and action. Some of the most original stuff I've ever heard. And the acting, sound effects (many recorded on location in various exotic locales) and overall production are all amazing.

So, it's exciting news to hear there's another Jack story coming: "Orchids & Moonbeams," which ZBS describes this way:

Somewhere in the tropics, yet another beach resort is being built. The developers are planning to put a road through a valley the locals consider sacred, they believe a powerful Nature Spirit dwells there. As the developers bulldoze into the jungle, and the warm tropical rains continue, the jungle is sprouting up everywhere.At Maria's Café, chairs are sprouting leaves, tables are growing roots, vines are creeping over the counter, and orchids are clinging to the walls. One morning, Mojo finds a snake coiled up on his chair, "Oops, looks like this seat's been taken."

Jaguars are seen strolling through town, while spiders, iguanas, tree frogs, etc., are hopping and crawling everywhere. There's even a parrot infestation. In the local bars, scarlet macaws snatch pretzels out of patron's fingers. Meanwhile, Jack, Mojo, and Claudine are attempting to prove the Nature Spirit not only exists, she may have just begun to "even the score."

You can order it, and other ZBS product, here. Links above are to Amazon, which stocks many of the ZBS adventures as well.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Pop Artifact! Apollo-X rocket toy

Geppi plans comic book museum in Baltimore

Comics distribution kingpin Steve Geppi, a minority owner of the Baltimore Orioles, plans and comics and pop culture museum in Cambden Station, the Baltimore Sun reports.

The stadium authority approved a 20-year lease at $346,788 a year for the 16,000- square-foot space, similar to the lease the authority approved for the Sports Legends museum. The lease must be approved by the General Assembly's Legislative Policy Committee before becoming final.

Stadium authority Chairman Carl A.J. Wright said Geppi's museum would be an ideal complement to the Sports Legends museum.

Stadium authority officials said they expect the museum to open in about a year.

Some of Geppi's collection is on display at his Timonium-based Diamond Comic Distributors. Though vintage comic books would be a major part of the museum, Geppi's collection also includes animation cels, antique toys, posters and oil paintings.

"It's a very eclectic collection of pop culture pieces," Wright said.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Pop Artifact! James Bond attache case

Upcoming Marvel Essentials volumes

Here's the schedule for the rest of 2005:

Fantastic Four Vol. 4
reprints FF #64-83, Annual #5-6
DUE 6/15

Killraven: War of the Worlds Vol. 1
reprints Amazing Adventures (Vol. 2) #18-39, Marvel Team-Up #45, Marvel Graphic Novel #7, and Killraven #1 (Marvel Knights)
DUE 7/13

Daredevil Vol. 3
reprints Daredevil #49-74 and Iron Man #35-36
DUE 8/17

X-Men Vol. 6
DUE 8/31

Ghost Rider Vol. 1
reprints Marvel Spotlight #5-12, Ghost Rider #1-20 and Daredevil #138
DUE 9/21

Spider-Man Vol. 7
reprints Amazing Spider-Man #138-160, Annual #10, and Giant-Size Spider-Man #3-5
DUE 10/10

Werewolf By Night Vol. 1
reprints Marvel Spotlight #2-4, Werewolf By Night #1-21, Marvel Team-Up #12, Tomb Of Dracula #18, Giant-Size Creatures #1
DUE 10/19

Marvel Two-In-One Vol. 1
reprints Marvel Feature #11-12, MTIO #1-? and Annual #1, Fantastic Four Annual #11
DUE 11/16

X-Factor Vol. 1
reprints X-Factor #1-16, Annual #1, Fantastic Four #286, Thor #373-375, Power Pack #27
DUE 12/7

Spider-Woman Vol. 1
reprints Marvel Spotlight #32, Marvel Two-In-One #29-33, Spider-Woman #1-?
DUE 12/21

"X-Men 3" loses director

The project is supposed to begin production soon, but director Matthew Vaughn (who took over from the departed Bryan Singer, now working on a new Superman film) is out, says the Hollywood Reporter.

Vaughn, who had planned to commute between the film's Vancouver location and his family in London, said that he'd come to realize that he would have to move to L.A. and Vancouver for a year, and he decided he did not want to uproot his family for an extended period.

"We understand Matthew's reasons for leaving, as nothing is more important than family," Fox president Hutch Parker said.

"Luckily, we have a fantastic script, the original cast is returning, and there will be some great new characters. We will decide shortly among several directors who are keenly interested in the project and are fully committed to remaining right on schedule."

"Star Wars" Q&A

USA Today has a sit down with Lucasfilm folks to discuss continuity confusion and other matters related to the new flick.

The new Holmes

Sherlock is popping up in lots of recent novels, Reuters reports.

Caleb Carr's "The Italian Secretary," a novel commissioned by Conan Doyle's estate, hit book stores last month, following Mitch Cullin's "A Slight Trick of the Mind," featuring the sleuth amid the debris of the world's first atom bomb attack.

"I think that he just embodies the modern era's belief that through reason ... we can solve all our terrible difficulties," Carr told Reuters. "That's been challenged recently by the resurgence of fundamentalist religious thinking."

Pulitzer prize-winning writer Michael Chabon's "The Final Solution" puts Holmes in 1944 Britain hunting for a parrot of a German Jewish boy, who is muted by Holocaust horror. Laurie King, in a book due in June, has Holmes tapping repressed memories of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

The authors have aged Holmes accordingly in the historical novels. Holmes is 89 in the Holocaust tale. The detective is 93 as he ponders the devastation of Hiroshima.

More details on the "EC Comics Archives"

From the Yahoo! EC Comics Group, Russ Cochran further details his plans for a hard cover series reprinting the classic EC titles:

Gemstone Publishing is about to embark on a new adventure: Reprinting
the ECs in a format called the EC Archives. Similar to the DC
Archives, and the Spirit Archives, these would be hardcover volumes, sewn, not
perfect bound, in full color, approximately comic book size, and the
"new" thing about these books is that they would be aimed at the book
store trade market...the Barnes and Noble, Borders, etc, etc stores. I
have a couple of questions I would like to have feedback on from this EC

1. Should the EC Archives stick strictly to using all the EC stories,
in chronological order...or should we pick out the "best" stories?

2. DC Archives are printed on a matte finish paper. Marvels are
printed on a slick glossy paper. Which do you prefer? We plan to make new
colorings of each page of the EC art and print these by scanning the
artist's colorings, not by the old fashioned way of mechanical
separations. This would give a greater range of colors than the old way, more
subtleties in the coloring, while still sticking the the original EC
coloring theme in general.

In Comic Book Marketplace #116, as an experiment, I asked Marie Severin
to color a 7 page Wally Wood story, "Hate", from an early issue of
Shock Suspenstories. I was very happy with the result. This was printed
on glossy stock, but I can also see the validity to the argument of
using a matte finish paper of good quality but not glossy. Help me out
here, EC fans...tell me what you think!

For what it's worth, I vote matte finish paper (it's not shiny, doesn't reflect light so much and shows off the art better) and am in favor of reprinting everything chronologically.

Man, this is great news...

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Pop Artifact! Electric football game

New CD releases of note

May 31
Björk Army of Me
The Impacts Wipe Out!
Terry Melcher Terry Melcher
DVD Moog
Freddie Roach Brown Sugar

June 7
Herb Alpert & Tijuana Brass Going Places, SRO and What Now My Love
The Decemberists The Tain EP
Graham Parker Songs of No Consequence
Ringo Starr Choose Love
White Stripes Get Behind Me Satan
DVD Marc Bolan and T. Rex Born to Boogie

Today's new DVD releases

New DVD Releases for May 31, 2005

Best of Dudley Do-Right Vol. 1

Complete James Dean Collection (East of Eden / Giant / Rebel Without a Cause Special Edition)

Dukes of Hazzard Complete Third Season

Gary Cooper Collection

Best of Mr Peabody & Sherman Vol 1

Rebel Without a Cause

New "Fantastic Four" posters

A batch of pics being used to promote the upcoming film overseas:

Will Eisner authorized biography coming


Dark Horse’s prose imprint M Press is proud to present a new authorized biography on one of comics’ true legends, Will Eisner. Will Eisner: A Spirited Life is the only authorized and extensively researched biography of Eisner over three years in the making. Chock full of entertaining anecdotes told by the comic industry’s top talents, A Spirited Life pays tribute to a true American original whose legacy will forever be felt not only in comic books and graphic novels but in commercial illustration, fine art, film, television and multimedia.

Pop culture would never have been the same without Will Eisner. Internationally recognized as the founding father of an utterly American medium—comic books—Eisner pioneered this art form in the 1940s, and continued to shape its direction until his passing at 87 in 2005. This personality-driven biography, written by Bob Andelman, explores the fascinating life of Eisner and details a career that stretched across six decades. Eisner spearheaded the cause of comics for adult readers (including 30 years spent producing comics for the U.S. Army and corporate clients such as General Motors and the United Nations) and in 1976 created the first widely accepted graphic novel, A Contract with God.

Eisner influenced some of the world’s greatest comic art talent: Bob Kane (Batman); Jack Kirby (Fantastic Four); Jules Feiffer; Dave Berg (Mad); and Joe Kubert (Tarzan). Eisner also inspired generations of modern artists and writers, including Frank Miller (Sin City), Robert Crumb, Harlan Ellison, Brad Bird (The Incredibles) and Art Spiegelman (Maus).

“As Will’s authorized biographer, I spent the last three years with the artist in his studio and his home, as well as poring through his substantial archives at The Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library and interviewing dozens of his colleagues, friends and family,” commented biographer Bob Andelman. “We should all be lucky enough to have left such consistent and positive impressions on so many people for so many years.”

Featuring an introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon and an appreciation by Neal Adams, Will Eisner: A Spirited Life arrives in stores September 2005 with a retail price of $14.95.

"Indiana Jones 4": It's a go

Creator George Lucas has approved a script for the film, to star Harrison Ford, Cinematical reports.

Jeff Nathanson's draft of the Indiana Jones 4 script has been approved by both Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. All that Paramount is waiting on now is for star Harrison Ford to give his approval.

Filming would likely start in 2006.

65 CDs of Motown

That'll be the final tally of CDs included in Hip-O Records' project to issue every Motown single in box set form, according to this Billboard story.

So far, the Web-only label has issued to box sets, bringing things all the way up to 1962. The boxes are limited to 5,000 copies each, but tunes also are available for download via iTunes.

The project continues in the fall with a five-CD set devoted to the 45s of '63."So little of what is in these first three packages had made it to the CD era, or even to the LP era," Hip-O Select senior director Thane Tierney says. "It offers an unparalleled insight into probably the only label in history where, if you say the name of the label, it sets off a sound in your head."

When the project is completed in 2008 with a package covering the label's output for 1972 (the year the label moved from Detroit to Los Angeles), it will comprise 12 volumes totaling 64 or 65 CDs. To mark Motown's 50th, a complete set will be issued in 2009 -- hopefully in a scale replica of the old Hitsville USA building. "We're going to pull out all the stops," Tierney says.

Check out Hip-O Select.