Thursday, November 30, 2006
An additional, online-only chapter to Scott McCloud's fabulous "Making Comics" is available now. Look for my review of the book whenever I get around to writing it.
Via BoingBoing: A Dr. Seuss anti-malaria comic produced for the U.S. back in 1943.
Comics pro Tony Isabella has a nice remembrance of comics artist Dave Cockrum, who passed away last weekend.
There's a problem with Warner Home Video's recent batch of Superman DVDs. From a press release:
Bonus content was omitted from the "Superman III Deluxe Edition" in the 14-disc "Superman Ultimate Collector's Edition." Furthermore, disc one of "Superman: The Movie Four Disc Special Edition" did not include the Dolby Digital 2.0 mix. Neither disc is known to be physically defective in any way.
Warner Home Video wants to extend apologies to all of our loyal Superman fans who've waited so patiently for these great collections and has taken immediate steps to correct these errors with the intention of standing behind our product 100%.
Replacement discs can be obtained by calling: 800-553-6937. The exchange program applies only to purchases of the “Superman III Deluxe Edition” in the “Superman Ultimate Collector's Edition” and to disc one of “Superman: The Movie Four Disc Special Edition,” available as a single title, as well as in “The Christopher Reeve Superman Collection” and in the “Superman Ultimate Collector's Edition.”
Check out the new, big screen Fantastic Four Fantasti-Car:
Best Fantastic Four Sites.
Here's some promo art from Mattel on the planned Hot Wheels version of the TV-version Batmobile, due out in several different versions next year.
Best Batman Sites.
"Don't Knock the Rock"/"Rock Around the Clock" 1956
Don’t Knock The Rock spotlights rock music in its infancy and features some of the genre’s true originals. DJ Freed is credited with inventing the term, "rock n’ roll," and Haley was a durable star for over a decade, selling 22 million copies of his hit, "Rock Around the Clock," and helping to establish rock music once and for all. Little Richard had his first bonafide hit, "Tutti Frutti," while making this film, and the film shows this self proclaimed architect of rock and roll at the beginning of his storied career. Rock Around The Clock, is a title based on Bill Haley & His Comets’ enormous hit from 1954. In this film, also produced by Sam Katzman and directed by Fred Sears, Haley and friends get to demo their singing chops, singing a string of hits, including the title song.
Pre-order now from Amazon for $14.99.
"Don't Knock the Twist"/"Twist Around the Clock" 1961
Twist Around The Clock and Don’t Knock The Twist, both starring Chubby Checker and filmed in the early 1960s, when the Twist was the world’s biggest dance craze, causing whole clubs to be built to accommodate the dance and its many frenzied fans. Both films feature a whole lot of twistin’ combined with decent plots and Twist Around The Clock serves as a showcase for Dion and two of his hit songs, "Runaround Sue" and "The Wanderer."
Pre-order now from Amazon for $14.99
Plot details from the press release:
Chas, a violent and psychotic East London gangster needs a place to lie low after a hit that should never have been carried out. He finds the perfect cover in the form of guest house run by the mysterious Mr. Turner, a one-time rock superstar, who is looking for the right spark to rekindle his faded talent.
No word on extras, but there oughtta be some. The notorious behind-the-scenes details of the film are certainly worth exploring.
Pre-order now from Amazon for $13.99.
From the press release:
Wally Cox is Mr. Peepers, a shy science teacher at "Jefferson Junior High." What makes him unique is that, although he seems to be mild mannered, easily bullied, baffled and befuddled by every day life, Mister Peepers has strength of conviction, and always prevails. Because of that, Wally Cox became an “every man,” a man we could identify with, and aspire to be.
Other stars on the show include Tony Randall and Jack Warden.
Special Features Include:
• Pilot Episode
• Dom DeLuise Interview About Wally Cox
• Laugh-In clip featuring Wally Cox in "The Farkel Family Reunion"
• Mister Peepers' Family Tree: trace all the stars that appeared in this classic series
• Mister Peepers Trivia
• Photo Gallery
• Wally Cox Bio
Pre-order the set now from Amazon for $29.99.
Featuring Patrick Troughton as the Doctor, "The Invasion" first aired in November and December 1968. The first and fourth episodes of the adventure are missing and have been recreated for this DVD release in black-and-white animated form. You can see clips from the animated sections here.
Plot details from the official BBC episode guide entry:
The TARDIS materialises in England in the 1970s and the time travellers meet a girl named Isobel whose uncle, computer scientist Professor Watkins, has recently gone missing. The Doctor offers to help track him down, starting at the place where he last worked - the London HQ of International Electromatics, the world's major supplier of electronic equipment.
His initial suspicions about IE's managing director, Tobias Vaughn, are confirmed after he becomes reacquainted with Lethbridge-Stewart, now promoted to Brigadier and in charge of the British branch of the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce (UNIT), and learns that there have been other disappearances at IE premises.
He discovers that Vaughn is in league with the Cybermen in a plan to invade Earth, but is also plotting against them with the aim of seizing power for himself. Watkins is being forced by Vaughn to develop the cerebration mentor, a machine designed to generate emotional impulses as a weapon against the Cybermen.
Pre-order now from Amazon for $24.49.
Starring Tom Baker as the Doctor, "The Sontaran Experiment" first aired in February and March 1975.
Plot details from the official BBC episode guide entry:
The Doctor, Sarah and Harry arrive on a desolate and apparently deserted Earth to discover that a group of shipwrecked astronauts from a human colony, GalSec, have been lured there by a fake distress call. One of their number, Roth, tells Sarah of an alien conducting gruesome experiments on him and his crewmates. The alien turns out to be a Sontaran, Field-Major Styre, who is compiling a report on human physical and mental capabilities as a prelude to an invasion of Earth.
Pre-order now from Amazon for $10.49.
See the Best Doctor Who Sites on the Web.
Thor and Wolverine
Marvel Icons Action Figures
Complete List of Marvel Legends Action Figures
Complete List of DC Direct Action Figures
Here's a look at action figures available via your local comics shop or via the TIP!-supporting links below:
DC Direct Action Figures
Alex Ross JLA series 5 action figures
--Translucent Martian Manhunter
Batman Dark Victory
--Robin and Penguin
Batman Through the Ages
Batman/Superman Series 4
Crisis on Infinite Earths Series 3
--Weaponer of Qward
DC Direct Reactivated Action Figures
DC 13-inch Figures
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Green Lantern
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Lex Luthor
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Two-Face
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Aquaman
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Superman
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Shazam
Elseworlds Action Figures Series 2
--Red Son Batman
--Red Son President Superman
--Kingdom Come Jade
--Kingdom Come Spectre and Norman McKay
--Gotham By Gaslight Batman
Elseworlds Action Figures Series 3
--Kingdom Come Aquaman
--Red Son Green Lantern
First Appearance Series 4
--Blue Beetle translucent
--Brave New World Atom
--Brave New World Martian Manhunter
--Brave New World Aquaman
Infinite Crisis Action Figures Series 1
--Earth Prime Superboy
JSA Action Figures
--Golden Age Atom 2-pack
Hanna Barbera Series 2 Action Figures
--Fred Flintstone and Dino
--Penelope Pitstop and Muttley
--Tom and Jerry
--Flintstones at the Drive-In
Hanna Barbera Series 3 Action Figures
--Fred Flintstone Quittin' Time
--Twinkle Toes Fred Flintstone
--Great Grape Ape
Hasbro Spider-Man Origins Figures
--Set of 8
--Spider-Man Venom costume
Lost series 1 action figures
--Hatch box set
Lost series 2 action figures
--Crash site box set
Marvel Figure Factory Sets
--Black Costume Spider-Man
Marvel Legends Action Figures
Hasbro Marvel Legends Figures Series 1
--Ultimate Iron Man
Hasbro Marvel Legends Action Figures Series 2
--Lord Asgard Thor
--X3 Jean Grey
--First Appearance Storm
Marvel Legends Series 14
--Original Armor Iron Man (variant)
--Baron Zemo (variant)
--Luke Cage: Powerman
--The Falcon (variant)
Marvel Legends Series 15
--Beta Ray Bill
--Thor-Buster Iron Man
--Captain Marvel (variant)
Marvel Legends Icons 13-inch Action Figures Series 3 Action Figures
Hasbro Marvel Legends Icons 13-inch Series 1 Action Figures
Marvel Legends Masterworks Sets
--Spider-Man Vs. Green Goblin
--Fantastic Four Vs. Mole Man
--Hulk Vs. The Thing
--Galactus Vs. Everybody
Marvel Select Figures
Best of Marvel Select Figures
--Dr. Doom with Mask
--Dr. Doom unmasked
Star Wars Transformers
--Millennium Falcon With Han Solo and Chewbacca
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Via Drawn!: A profile of graphic artist Terry Marks, who's designed recent superhero logos for DC Comics, among other things.
Fred Hembeck offers a nice tribute to comics artist Dave Cockrum, who died last weekend.
HBO plans a TV series based on DC Comics' "The Preacher."
While you're waiting for "Lost" to come back, ponder the show's "loose ends."
From the press release:
* THE PLAIN JANES (May 2007)
The story of four girls named Jane who are anything but ordinary. Once they form a secret art gang, the girls take on Suburbia by painting the town P.L.A.I.N. - People Loving Art In Neighborhoods.
By Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg
Cecil Castellucci grew up in New York City. In addition to being the author of two young adult novels, The Queen of Cool and Boy Proof, she is filmmaker, actress and a singer-songwriter. Currently, she lives in Los Angeles, in the "belly of the beast" known as Hollywood.
Jim Rugg is the artist and co-creator of Street Angel. He grew up in and currently lives near, Pittsburgh.
* RE-GIFTERS (June 2007)
A Korean-American California girl learns that in love and in gift-giving, what goes around comes around.
By Mike Carey, Sonny Liew and Marc Hempel
Mike Carey is a comic writer, novelist and screenwriter who lives and works in London, England. He is best known for his work on Vertigo's LUCIFER and HELLBLAZER series. His novel, The Devil You Know, will be published by Warner Books in summer 2007.
Sonny Liew is an illustrator currently residing in Singapore. His works include Malinky Robot and MY FAITH IN FRANKIE, he has been part of the Flight and 24Seven anthologies.
Marc Hempel is best known for his collaboration with Neil Gaiman on THE SANDMAN: THE KINDLY ONES, as well as his own creations GREGORY, Tug & Buster, and Naked Brain.
* CLUBBING (July 2007)
A spoiled, rebellious London girl conquers the stuffy English countryside when she solves a murder mystery on the 19th hole of her grandparent's golf course.
By Andi Watson and Josh Howard
Andi Watson was born and bred in Leeds, England. He attended art school in Liverpool and spent his post-graduate years penniless in London. He has written several graphic novels including Samurai Jam, Skeleton Key, Geisha, Breakfast After Noon, Slow News Day and Love Fights.
Josh Howard is the artist and writer of Dead @ 17 (Viper Comics), named by Wizard Magazine the #1 independent book to watch in 2005. Josh lives in Arlington, Texas with his wife and two children.
* GOOD AS LILY (August 2007)
What would you do if versions of yourself at ages 7, 29, and 70 suddenly became part of your already complicated high school life?
By Derek Kirk Kim and Jesse Hamm
Derek Kirk Kim has been writing and drawing comics all his life. His work includes Same Difference and Other Stories, as well as a story in FABLES: 1,001 NIGHTS OF SNOWFALL.
Jesse Hamm's cartooning has appeared in various mini-comics, anthologies and on the web. GOOD AS LILY is his first mainstream project. Jesse lives near Portland, Oregon with his wife Anna, and her cat.
* CONFESSIONS OF A BLABBERMOUTH (September 2007)
When Tasha's mom brings home a creepy boyfriend and his deadpan daughter, a dysfunctional family is headed for a complete mental meltdown, compliments of Tasha's blabbermouth blog.
By Mike Carey, Louise Carey and Aaron Alexovich
Louise Carey's writing includes The Diary of a London Schoolgirl for the website of the London Metropolitan archive. She is a member of the Chicken Shed theatre company in London and has acted in their productions of Alice in Wonderland and Grimm Nights.
Aaron Alexovich was born in Chicago, Illinois, the year Elvis died. He currently sleeps the daylight hours away in Southern California. He contributed character designs to Nickelodeon's Invader Zim and Avatar: The Last Airbender. He is also the creator of Serenity Rose.
*WATER BABY (October 2007)
Surfer girl Brody just got her leg bitten off by a shark. What's worse? Her shark of an ex-boyfriend is back and when it comes to Brody's couch, he's not budging.
By Ross Campbell
Ross Campbell currently lives in Rochester, New York. His published works include the Exalted RPG books, Spooked and Wet Moon, and The Abandoned.
*KIMMIE66 (November 2007)
This high-velocity, virtual reality ghost story follows a tech-savvy teenager on a dangerous quest to save her best friend, the world's first all-digital girl.
By Aaron Alexovich
The first books--the "Contrack with God Triology" including A Contract with God
A Life Force and "Dropsie Avenue" will appear next month. Future releases will include:
* Life in the Big City
* The Building
* City People Notebook
* Invisible People
* Will Eisner's Comics and Sequential Art
* Will Eisner's Graphic Storytelling
* Will Eisner's Expressive Anatomy (previously unpublished)
You can preview a few full pages from the book here.
DC Trade Paperbacks
Marvel Trade Paperbacks
Upcoming Trade Paperbacks - Graphic Novels
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Tuesday, November 28, 2006
A Beatles album review by Pete Best?! (Via 20th Century Danny Boy)
Courtney Love will play rare Nirvana and Hole tracks on BBC 6 when she takes over the station for the day Dec. 11.
Hole's Drown Soda - written and recorded especially for a John Peel session in 1991 - and Nirvana's Been A Son and Something In The Way - recorded for the Radio 1 Evening Sequence in the same year - will be included in the tracks chosen by Courtney Love when she becomes the 6 Music Selector on Monday 11 December 2006.
Selector is an annual 6 Music event which gives artists the opportunity to take over for the day, choosing the music, commissioning sessions and playing rarely heard BBC sessions.
Courtney Love joins Oasis (12 December) and Moby (14 December) who will each take over the digital airwaves for a day next month.
The Los Angeles Times has an obituary for comics artist Dave Cockrum, who passed away last weekend.
Cockrum designed or co-created many signature characters for the popular comic book series, and some of them — such as Storm, Mystique, Nightcrawler and Colossus — went on to become part of Fox's "X-Men" films, which have grossed $607 million at U.S. theaters.
"We did that so well that 25 years later it's still the best-selling comic in the business and has become the basis of an entire financial empire based on toys, cartoons, action figures, video games and, recently, the big-budget film," Cockrum wrote in an undated recollection posted on his website.
Controversial comics writer/editor/publisher Jim Shooter is reportedly returning to his roots this summer--scripting the "Legion of Superheroes." Shooter made his professional debut on the title back in the 1960s at the tender age of 13.
"Too much Wonder Woman?," asks Booksteve. No such thing!
Dyn-O-Mite! TV Land has compiled a list of the top 100 TV catchphrases.
Plans are afoot for an Abba museum in Sweden.
Hot Wheels will manufacture different-sized TV-style Batmobiles next year.
The legendary crime-fighting vehicle was designed by custom automotive icon, George Barris, and has since become a lasting symbol of the Batman franchise.
This launch of the Batmobile commemorates the 40th anniversary of the “Batman” television series, which initially aired in 1966, and reintroduces one of television’s most recognized vehicles to an entirely new generation of Batman fans and collectors alike. Barris’ classic version of the Batmobile is world-renowned and the Hot Wheels reproductions will be the first of their kind.
Mattel will produce multiple scales of the Hot Wheels Batmobile, including a 1:64th scale model that will appear on store shelves in Spring 2007 in the Hot Wheels basic car line. In Fall 2007, there will be an additional 1:64th scale model introduced as well as a 1:43rd scale replica model and a 1:18th scale, which will have three levels of detail and finish. The ultimate version, the Hot Wheels Elite special edition Batmobile, will have enough detail to delight even the most discriminating of Batmobile collectors.
A traveling museum exhibit dedicated to the works of Muppet Master Jim Henson is planned.
This unique traveling exhibit documents Henson’s process of “visual thinking” through exceptional displays and showcases. The exhibit will include several of Henson's Muppets (from "The Muppet Show", "Sesame Street", "Fraggle Rock", "The Dark Crystal" and others); plus over 100 framed works of art (include paintings, sketches, cartoons, and storyboards), a large collection of rare photographs, unique production documents and additional artifacts and film props. Viewers of the exhibit will also be treated to over 30-minutes of special videos included in the exhibit.
Them Dirty Blues by Cannonball Adderley
Big Band by Chet Baker
Beauty & the Beat by Peggy Lee
Beats and Places by Public Enemy
Ricky Jay Plays Poker by Various Artists
There Is a Season by The Byrds
Farewell to the World by Crowded House
Parallel Realities Live by Pat Metheny, Jack Dejohnette, Herbie Hancock, and Dave Ho
Anthologie by Brigitte Bardot
Spitting Feathers, 5 B-Sides and 2 Videos [EP] by Thom Yorke
I've Always Needed You by Emmylou Harris and Carl Jackson
Could It Be Forever: the Greatest Hits David Cassidy and the Partridge Family
007 Casino Royale by David Arnold
Monday, November 27, 2006
More sad news in the comics world: Jerry Bails--the man possibly most responsible for creating comics fandom--died Nov. 23 at age 73.
From comics historian Mark Evanier's blog:
In 1961, he published Alter Ego #1, one of the first fanzines to ever put comic buffs in contact with one another.
Those of us who loved super-hero comics in the sixties owe a tremendous debt to Jerry. He was a strong cheerleader for the revivals that constituted what we call "The Silver Age of Comics." Almost all of the checklists and databases that exist today of what's been published and who wrote and drew it began with Jerry's work.
Jerry handed Alter Ego off to his friend Roy Thomas in the early sixties. It ended when Roy went off to become one of the top guys at Marvel Comics...and by then, there were hundreds of similar homemade magazines.
More on Bails, plus the official Alter-Ego site.
Britain's Royal Mail is releasing a set of Beatles stamps Jan. 9. You can order them online here.
Sharity: Christmas tunes by exotica master Les Baxter.
DC Comics has a new line of publications coming out geared toward teenage girls.
In May, DC plans to introduce Minx, a line of graphic novels aimed at young adult female readers, starting with six titles in 2007, each retailing for less than $10. The stories will be far removed from the superheroes who more typically appeal to young males. They include “Clubbing,” about a London party girl who solves a mystery; “Re-Gifters,” about a Korean-American teenager in California who enjoys martial arts; and “Good as Lily,” about a young woman who meets three versions of herself at different ages.
The Sci Fi Channel airs a six-episode "Heroes" marathon Wednesday starting at 6 p.m. ET.
Now here's an odd couple: Ricky (the UK "Office") Gervais and Bob Dylan.
"Bob Dylan has asked Ricky on to his radio show in America. Ricky will pre-record their chat when he visits New York later in the year ready for broadcast early in 2007."