CUSTOM WOLVERINE CELSIUS FIGURES FROM ROTOBOX
The gang over at Rotobox does what they do best in the way of yet another fantastic set of custom figures. There’s Logan in his classic X-Men suit as well as his yellow and brown threads from the 80’s. These are quite possibly my favorite pieces they’ve done to date.
If you’d like to own one of these customized figures for yourself, shoot an email over to info@rotoboxvinylanatomica.com.

CUSTOM WOLVERINE CELSIUS FIGURES FROM ROTOBOX

The gang over at Rotobox does what they do best in the way of yet another fantastic set of custom figures. There’s Logan in his classic X-Men suit as well as his yellow and brown threads from the 80’s. These are quite possibly my favorite pieces they’ve done to date.

If you’d like to own one of these customized figures for yourself, shoot an email over to info@rotoboxvinylanatomica.com.

REVIEW: ORIGINAL SIN #0
Marvel’s big summer crossover event is about to kick off in the form of Original Sin, a murder mystery in which one of Marvel’s most ominous characters gets assassinated - The Watcher. The killer even goes as far as stealing his eyeballs and raiding his home on the moon of all kinds of deadly weapons and celestial doohickeys.
But this is a zero issue, so it’s still just laying the groundwork for all the exciting murdery stuff to come when issue #1 drops on May 7th. Consider this an appetizer to the main course.
AWESOME:
If you’re new to comics or aren’t all too familiar with the current state of Marvel, Original Sin #0 does a terrific job at easing you into the proverbial saddle. We get some back story on Sam Alexander, a fifteen year old kid and newest hero to take on the mantle of Nova, a character that I’m admittedly only vaguely familiar with. Thankfully, the gist of his origin story is eloquently summed up in the first three pages. We also get a slightly retold backstory behind Uatu, The Watcher.
For a superhero story, this is filled with some truly great character moments. You have this kid with superpowers who is searching for his father and the only person he can turn to for answers is The Watcher - a being who observes, but doesn’t intervene. My absolute favorite moment is when Sam flies to the moon to visit Uatu and brings him a gift. It’s just this really sweet human moment that helps ground these characters and their relationship. Superhero comics need more of this sort of thing.
The art by Jim Cheung and Paco Medina are pitch perfect for this sort of story. Everything is bold, cinematic, and most of, super crisp. One weird thing I noticed was that there are five separate inkers credited in this book. FIVE INKERS!!! I don’t even know how that happened, but I almost wonder if some of the inking was done digitally for how super clean all the linework is.
NOT AWESOME
Being a #0 issue meant to lay groundwork for the rest of the series, this doesn’t have a huge cast of A-list characters or nearly the amount of action that most readers would expect from a blockbuster summer event from Marvel. I personally loved the more character-driven quality in the story, but I’d expect some people could be turned off by it. That being said, me and those people could probably never be friends in real life.
All in all, I really dug Original Sin #0 and can’t wait for the next eight issues. I’m usually turned off by scrappy young teenage heroes, but I found myself surprisingly drawn to the Sam Alexander character. All I know is, that poor kid’s going to have a tough time coping when his buddy The Watcher gets shot to death and has his eyeballs ripped out.

REVIEW: ORIGINAL SIN #0

Marvel’s big summer crossover event is about to kick off in the form of Original Sin, a murder mystery in which one of Marvel’s most ominous characters gets assassinated - The Watcher. The killer even goes as far as stealing his eyeballs and raiding his home on the moon of all kinds of deadly weapons and celestial doohickeys.

But this is a zero issue, so it’s still just laying the groundwork for all the exciting murdery stuff to come when issue #1 drops on May 7th. Consider this an appetizer to the main course.

AWESOME:

  • If you’re new to comics or aren’t all too familiar with the current state of Marvel, Original Sin #0 does a terrific job at easing you into the proverbial saddle. We get some back story on Sam Alexander, a fifteen year old kid and newest hero to take on the mantle of Nova, a character that I’m admittedly only vaguely familiar with. Thankfully, the gist of his origin story is eloquently summed up in the first three pages. We also get a slightly retold backstory behind Uatu, The Watcher.
  • For a superhero story, this is filled with some truly great character moments. You have this kid with superpowers who is searching for his father and the only person he can turn to for answers is The Watcher - a being who observes, but doesn’t intervene. My absolute favorite moment is when Sam flies to the moon to visit Uatu and brings him a gift. It’s just this really sweet human moment that helps ground these characters and their relationship. Superhero comics need more of this sort of thing.
  • The art by Jim Cheung and Paco Medina are pitch perfect for this sort of story. Everything is bold, cinematic, and most of, super crisp. One weird thing I noticed was that there are five separate inkers credited in this book. FIVE INKERS!!! I don’t even know how that happened, but I almost wonder if some of the inking was done digitally for how super clean all the linework is.

NOT AWESOME

  • Being a #0 issue meant to lay groundwork for the rest of the series, this doesn’t have a huge cast of A-list characters or nearly the amount of action that most readers would expect from a blockbuster summer event from Marvel. I personally loved the more character-driven quality in the story, but I’d expect some people could be turned off by it. That being said, me and those people could probably never be friends in real life.

All in all, I really dug Original Sin #0 and can’t wait for the next eight issues. I’m usually turned off by scrappy young teenage heroes, but I found myself surprisingly drawn to the Sam Alexander character. All I know is, that poor kid’s going to have a tough time coping when his buddy The Watcher gets shot to death and has his eyeballs ripped out.

CAPTAIN AMERICA IN POST-IT NOTE FORM
This was made by a Redditor who says that he does Marvel movies big at his office. I love how Thor’s looking all jealous of Cap’s legs.

CAPTAIN AMERICA IN POST-IT NOTE FORM

This was made by a Redditor who says that he does Marvel movies big at his office. I love how Thor’s looking all jealous of Cap’s legs.

REVIEW - CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
Guess who saw an early screening of Winter Soldier and had his mind completely blown away. This guy.
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I grew up a Marvel kid. I was mostly into Spider-Man and the X-Men universe. For some reason, the more straight-laced heroes like Iron-Man and Captain America were too boring and goody-goody for my super edgy 10-year-old tastes. I eventually got more into Image Comics and random other indie stuff, but I’d always go back to Marvel just to see what was up.
Then Iron-Man came out in theaters. It took a character I’d previously thought of as boring and turned him into a lovable, cocky, smart-ass version of Bruce Wayne. Then Captain America: The First Avenger was announced. Was it possible that Cap on screen could be more interesting than the corny whitebread Cap I remember from the 90’s?
Sort of.
Captain America was an alright movie (aside from the distractingly weird Skinny Steve Rogers), but it felt too montage-y — like they were trying to pack in too much. I’ve seen it about 5 times and still don’t remember most of what happens in the third act. That’s where my brain just switches off and I just stop caring.
But then Avengers (a.k.a. the greatest superhero movie of all time. Fight me.) came out followed by the trailers for Winter Soldier making it look all intense and epic, like Marvel’s version of Dark Knight Rises. And that’s basically what it is, but better.
The first bit of the film is just one giant awesome espionage scene on a ship that plays out like a stealth action game. Then some serious shit goes down, peeps can’t be trusted, and Cap and friends set out to right wrongs by punching faces and blowing things up.
Without spoiling anything, I can say that the choreography of not just the hand-to-hand combat, but the action sequences as a whole, are easily the best of any Marvel movie to date. The camera zooms and spins between Falcon dodging bullets in the sky, cars exploding into the air, Cap taking on swarms of dudes on the ground, and then there’s Nick Fury and Black Widow espionage stuff. It’s SO. DAMN. GOOD!
I feel like Chris Evans plays a way better Steve Rogers this time around. He has more of the character to work with. He misses his past, he feels betrayed by the government that he strove so hard to fight for in the first film, and he’s at a point where there’s really no one he can trust.
Anthony Mackie does as much as he can with the role. His character, Falcon, is introduced as a stand-up guy that Steve views as a trustworthyfellow soldier. He eventually becomes the only person he can turn to and is reduced to little more than a really cool device for action scenes and spouting the occasional campy one-liner while a majority of the real talking is left to the grown-ups. To be fair, he plays the role with all the enthusiasm and charm necessary to make the character likeable and it would have been tough to cram in some ridiculous backstory with all the other craziness going on.
Scarlett Johansson definitely takes the Black Widow character to a new level compared to previous films. She’s sort of a hit-or-miss actress for me, but she nailed it this time around. She displays a bad-ass tough chick confidence, but does a terrific job at adding a layer of sadness and vulnerability behind it all.
As for the Winter Soldier, Sebastian Stan freaking KILLS it. He’s menacing as shit and commands each scene he’s in with a vicious and lethal presence. The dude wears a mask covering his mouth for most of the film and has to do most of the acting with his eyes which is way harder than it sounds. I’ve already seen a crazy amount of fangirl swooning on Tumblr about his “OMG poor brainwashed sad guy I want to save” performance, so expect more once the film actually releases. A weird part of me kind of wants to see who gets fangirl’d on harder: Tom Hiddleston as Loki or Sebastian Stan as Winter Soldier. Chicks love tragic-ass bad boys.
What i love is how the whole scope of the film escalates from small-team-of-agents-on-a-boat to holy-shit-everyone-is-bad-everyone-will-die-this-is-epic-as-shit by the end of the second act; the repercussions of which will definitely be felt by the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to a crazy degree. It will definitely be interesting to see how Captain America: The Winter Soldier will impact the next few films as well as the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. series.
All in all, Captain America: The Winter Soldier brings a well-balanced mix of action, intrigue, rich character moments, and is complete with all the fanboy inside winks and nods you’d expect from a Marvel film (and a pitch-perfect Pulp Fiction reference for Samuel L. Jackson fans). This film is leaps and bounds greater than the first Captain America and is on the same level as Avengers. If anything, this will definitely get you pumped for Phase 2.

REVIEW - CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

Guess who saw an early screening of Winter Soldier and had his mind completely blown away. This guy.

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CAPTAIN AMERICA’S TO-DO LIST IS DIFFERENT IN OTHER COUNTRIES
Not sure if this is real or fake, but as more and more countries get their advance screenings of Winter Soldier, it seems like the scene of Cap’s to-do list that was posted last week has been tweaked for different territories. Makes sense to have different cultural references for different cultures. Above is a shot from the Korean version listing Dance Dance Revolution, Oldboy, and Ji-Sung Park. The version shown in England reportedly includes The Beatles, Sean Connery, and 1966 World Cup while the Colombian version apparently listed Shakira, of all things.
(via Reddit)

CAPTAIN AMERICA’S TO-DO LIST IS DIFFERENT IN OTHER COUNTRIES

Not sure if this is real or fake, but as more and more countries get their advance screenings of Winter Soldier, it seems like the scene of Cap’s to-do list that was posted last week has been tweaked for different territories. Makes sense to have different cultural references for different cultures. Above is a shot from the Korean version listing Dance Dance Revolution, Oldboy, and Ji-Sung Park. The version shown in England reportedly includes The Beatles, Sean Connery, and 1966 World Cup while the Colombian version apparently listed Shakira, of all things.

(via Reddit)

DAILY GRAFFITI: THAT ONE TIME THANOS AND CARNAGE HUNG OUT EDITION
Here’s a ginormous street art mural of Thanos and Carnage wearing what looks like the robe Rocky wore to the ring. The full piece features the handywork of Merlyn, Kooltaste, Hose, Stom500, Uncle Ho, DarkElixir, Jack El Diablo, and Wise.
Check out a snazzily edited video of the creation of the piece below.

(via Startape)
CHECK IT: More geeky Graffiti on AlbotasSUBMIT: The Albotas Geek Graffiti Flickr group

DAILY GRAFFITI: THAT ONE TIME THANOS AND CARNAGE HUNG OUT EDITION

Here’s a ginormous street art mural of Thanos and Carnage wearing what looks like the robe Rocky wore to the ring. The full piece features the handywork of Merlyn, Kooltaste, Hose, Stom500, Uncle Ho, DarkElixir, Jack El Diablo, and Wise.

Check out a snazzily edited video of the creation of the piece below.

(via Startape)

CHECK IT: More geeky Graffiti on Albotas
SUBMIT: The Albotas Geek Graffiti Flickr group
PRE-ORDER THE SAGA, VOL. 3 PAPERBACK FOR LESS THAN THE DIGITAL VERSION
If you read comics and haven’t picked up Saga yet, you’re being a complete jerk to yourself. (We hyped it up here way back when.) Go get Vol. 1 (down to $5.64 from $9.99) and Vol. 2 ($11.57 from $14.99), and while you’re at it, just go ahead and pre-order the third volume which drops on March 25. It’s only $12.33 for a paperback versus $14.99 for the Kindle edition. Oh yeah, and it’s one of the most character rich, well-paced, and highly imaginative comics to come out in recent memory.

PRE-ORDER THE SAGA, VOL. 3 PAPERBACK FOR LESS THAN THE DIGITAL VERSION

If you read comics and haven’t picked up Saga yet, you’re being a complete jerk to yourself. (We hyped it up here way back when.) Go get Vol. 1 (down to $5.64 from $9.99) and Vol. 2 ($11.57 from $14.99), and while you’re at it, just go ahead and pre-order the third volume which drops on March 25. It’s only $12.33 for a paperback versus $14.99 for the Kindle edition. Oh yeah, and it’s one of the most character rich, well-paced, and highly imaginative comics to come out in recent memory.

RED BULL CANS IN JUSTICE LEAGUE OUTFITS

The Red Bull Superhero Project is a design concept by New York-based Art Director Diego Fonseca.

It’s basic human knowledge that Red Bull tastes like complete caca mixed with vomit (if you don’t think so, you’re either a goddamn liar or your taste buds are playing an evil trick on you), but these packaging redesigns featuring the iconic costumes of DC superheroes Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, and Green Lantern are sick enough that I could see people buying them just to display on their shelves. I’m sure people have displayed lamer things. I have a shelf full of Orbitz. Remember those? The little orbs are totally still floating and there’s even a mail-in rebate for a free movie ticket to see Independence Day starring Will Smith in theaters! No, you can’t have one.

(via The Dieline)

Hero-Glyphics

Here’s a line of hieroglyphics created by Josh Lane, celebrating the heroes of our time. They’re on sale right over here if you want a print. Loving the Hobgoblin and Spider-Man one.

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brownkidd’s picks

CRITICAL HIT SHOT GLASS
Perfect for dungeon raids with friends, duels between planeswalkers, or just sipping solo by the fire.
Price: $12

BREAKING BAD: I AM THE DANGER
This visual companion to all five seasons of the greatest scripted drama in television history is the perfect way to relive the best moments from the series if you don’t have time for a Netflix marathon.
PRICE: $12

TREATS! MAGAZINE
Think of it as a more highbrow, artsy-fartsy version of Playboy. Each issue of this quarterly fine art periodical features beautiful photographs of gorgeous women and so much care is put into the design of each issue that it’s more like a coffee table book than an actual magazine.
PRICE: $40 print / $10 digital

SONY SMARTSHOT DIGITAL CAMERA LENSES
Turn your smartphone into a legit cameras with the QX10 and QX100 lenses from Sony. The lenses sync wirelessly to your iOS or Android device and will make all your selfies and cat pics look super pro. Considering the QX100 features the same sensor and lens as Sony’s RX100MII and is a few hundred smackers less, we’d say these give you plenty of bang for your holiday buck.
PRICE: $250 (QX10) | $500 (QX100)

PADDLE YOUR OWN CANOE: ONE MAN’S FUNDAMENTALS FOR DELICIOUS LIVING BY NICK OFFERMAN
From the official product description:

Growing a perfect moustache, grilling red meat, wooing a woman—who better to deliver this tutelage than the always charming, always manly Nick Offerman, best known as Parks and Recreation’s Ron Swanson?

'Nuff said.
PRICE: $16

POCKET WATERCOLOR KIT MADE FROM AN ALTOIDS TIN
You can never go wrong with cool handmade shit for the holidays. There’s a buttload of tutorials showing different ways to turn an Altoids tin into a watercolor paint box, but if you’re a bit more adventurous when it comes to crafting, the Altoids Survival Kit, mini flashlight, and portable BBQ are all pretty impressive.
PRICE: Like a few bucks.

HOBONICHI TECHO 2014 DAILY PLANNER
Forget Moleskine, the new go-to cult favorite stationary for creative types is the Hobonichi Techo. This daily planner is fully customizable with heaps of sweet accessories and covers available - and it was designed by Shigesato Itoi, the creator of the Earthbound/Mother series which is also a cult favorite!
PRICE: $25

MOONRISE KINGDOM BLURAY/DVD/DIGITAL COMBO PACK
Wes Anderson is by far the most stylishly unique film directors alive today. While this may not be the best Wes Anderson story, it’s easily his most well-crafted film to date. The characters and setpieces are brilliant, the genius pacing of the story is accompanied by a pitch-perfect score that crescendos into an mighty explosion in the third act. Moonrise Kingdom is a must-have for anyone who appreciates the arts of acting and film making.
PRICE: $35 $20
marc’s picks

AKIRA 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION BLURAY/DVD COMBO
Akira is 25 years old and still looks amazing. The 25th Anniversary Edition Bluray is the best you’re going to get, short of viewing the movie in a theater.
PRICE: $25

S.H. FIGUARTS GREEN RANGER FIGURE
The original Power Rangers toys were incredibly well done for their time. And they were huge, too! This series has even more intricate details and articulation and comes with all sorts of accessories. Currently, the Green Ranger, Pink Ranger, and two versions of the Red Ranger are available, with the rest of the team arriving in 2014.
PRICE: $30


¥3,000 PLAYSTATION NETWORK CARD
There are so many great vintage games on the Japanese PSN. If a game isn’t quite awesome enough that I want to have a physical copy in my collection - or i the physical copy is just too damn expensive — I’ll just pick it up here for way cheaper.
PRICE: $50

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1Q84 BY HARUKI MURAKAMI
If you ask me, Haruki Murakami is the best living fiction author. His most recent story sounds as trippy as ever. Put aside some time though. This one clocks in at nearly 1,000 pages.
PRICE: $13
kevin’s picks

ANYTHING FROM HARI KARI
I mean, this is my clothing company. I’m kinda trying to push sales here. If you could buy that one shirt called “The Burger Shirt,” that’d be really cool. Andrew “Angimoto” Douglas, who also works pretty close with Mega64 and Math the Band, made our last batch of shirts and he did an awesome fucking job with them. Seriously, they look incredible in person and they feel great on your body, so it’d be pretty neat if you guys bought a couple of shirts this holiday season for yourself and/or others. And keep in mind I don’t sell shirts at dumb prices so people can afford them, so feel free to buy two Hari Kari shirts for the price of one Supreme garment.
Price: $15-$30


VERY CASUAL BY MICHAEL DEFORGE
In a world where everyone is all too familiar with superheroes like The Hulk, Iron Man, and Batman, it’s hard pushing the idea of originality in comics for folk who don’t read them. I love showing people the weird and insane comics that are constantly being created and take full advantage of the comic book medium altogether, and if I had to choose one staple from 2013 that did just that, it’d be Very Casual by Michael DeForge. This is a gift I’d give to someone who appreciates art and storytelling with an open mind for oozing creativity and sickening unique fantasy, sprinkled with superb black humor.
Price: $13


ZIIIRO SATURN GUNMETAL DIGITAL WATCH
Ziiiro makes a ton of badass watches, but this one uses the word “gunmetal,” to describe its color. Holy shit that’s hot. It looks super future and its digital segments around its face tells you the hour, while the tiny lines toward the center shows you the minutes. If I were a super rad wife, I’d get this for my husband, but I’m not so I’m probably going to get it for myself this holiday season.
Price: $230

…LIKE CLOCKWORK BY QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE
The entire year had some amazing music releases from Kanye West, Earl Sweatshirt, Deafheaven, and so many others, but Queens of the Stone Age released an absolute masterpiece called …Like Clockwork back in June that needs to be forever remembered. There’s a really nice double LP set that includes lyrics, and artwork from illustrator, Boneface, for every single song on the record. It looks insanely nice. I grabbed it earlier this year and it’s an absolute essential for a music aficionado that collects vinyl.
Price: $30



HEX GALLERY 13” CONVERTIBLE SLEEVE
Yo this shit is sexy as FUCK. This baby has a pocket for your Macbook Air AND your iPad. It keeps its rectangle shape and it doesn’t ever appear bulky, granted you actually have stuff to put in it. This is the perfect backpack for everyone who wants covert comfort for their electronics and pocket items, as well as having some sleek style to still mack on bitches while wearing a backpack.
Price: $60


MINDSPLOITATION: ASININE ASSIGNMENTS FOR THE ONLINE HOMEWORK CHEATING INDUSTRY BY VERNON CHATMAN
This year, I got really into Wonder Showzen and PFFR, the dudes behind Adult Swim shows Delocated and Xavier: Renegade Angel. Vernon Chatman, a member of PFFR who currently writes and produces for Louie and used to write Wonder Showzen, wrote a book this year that perfectly captures PFFR’s humor and concepts. The book is called Mindsploitation: Asinine Assignments for the Online Homework Cheating Industry and it is absolute genius. Vernon emails these homework websites that write essays for students and asks them to write the most insane shit he could possibly think of, like a eulogy for the dead grandma he always hated and a love letter to the teacher he’s turning his essay assignment to. It’s one of the funniest things I’ve read all year and I highly recommend gifting it to weirdo friends with a great sense of humor. 
Price: $13


GOD IS DISAPPOINTED IN YOU BY MARK RUSSELL
Well, the other thing I read this year that I thought was absolutely hilarious is a book called God Is Disappointed In You, which was written by Mark Russell and illustrated by New Yorker cartoonist, Shannon Wheeler. It’s a sharp, witty rewrite of the entire Holy Bible, giving rules and stories from Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The book is profane and excellent prose, giving some solid satire and cutting the unnecessary fat out of the Bible’s stories to provide some comedy gold.
Price: $20



HEAVYWEIGHTS ON BLURAY
Yeah, I’m putting this on my list, fuck you if you don’t like this movie. Everyone always talks about Good Burger and no one ever talks about Heavyweights and it’s upsetting. Grab the Blu-ray edition of this Disney beauty for reasons explained here by yours truly. You have no soul if you don’t enjoy this flick.
Price: $15



WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT: 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION BLURAY
This is actually my favorite Disney movie. It’s now released on Blu-ray and its two-discs are packed with new commentary, a documentary on Roger Rabbit, a couple of shorts, and some other sweet extras. An absolute classic.
Price: $15


HIP-HOP FAMILY TREE BY ED PISKOR
If there’s anything I’ve learned about Ed Piskor, it’s that he does his research. Hip-Hop Family Tree conveys that perfectly. This is an essential graphic novel for hip-hop heads and comic book readers everywhere — it’s accurate and shows the stories of some of hip-hop’s earliest rap stars. A great gift for music lovers who also appreciate the arts.
Price: $15

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Venom and Sinister Six Spinoff Movies Confirmed
Three days ago I posted 9 thoughts on a superhero movies in a post-Avengers film industry. I touched on how everything needs to be hype now if any other studio wants to compete with Marvel. Funny that three days later, Sony announces Venom and Sinister Six are getting their own spinoff movies.
Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, Ed Solomon, and Drew Goddardwill work together on overseeing the “developing story over several films” according to Sony. They “have formed a franchise brain trust to expand the universe for the brand and to develop a continuous tone and thread throughout the films,” and the team will be working alongside Marc Webb, and producersAvi Arad and Matt Tolmach.
Kurtzman, Orci, and Solomon will write Venom, with Kurtzman directing. Goddard will write and maybe direct Sinister Six,though I would much rather see him take on Venom since he also did Cabin in the Woods,and that monster would be great to see from Goddard.
(via IGN)

Venom and Sinister Six Spinoff Movies Confirmed

Three days ago I posted 9 thoughts on a superhero movies in a post-Avengers film industry. I touched on how everything needs to be hype now if any other studio wants to compete with Marvel. Funny that three days later, Sony announces Venom and Sinister Six are getting their own spinoff movies.

Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, Ed Solomon, and Drew Goddardwill work together on overseeing the “developing story over several films” according to Sony. They “have formed a franchise brain trust to expand the universe for the brand and to develop a continuous tone and thread throughout the films,” and the team will be working alongside Marc Webb, and producersAvi Arad and Matt Tolmach.

Kurtzman, Orci, and Solomon will write Venom, with Kurtzman directing. Goddard will write and maybe direct Sinister Six,though I would much rather see him take on Venom since he also did Cabin in the Woods,and that monster would be great to see from Goddard.

(via IGN)

Kevin Cannon Draws 20 of The Worst People of 2013

Cartoonist Kevin Cannon illustrated the 20 worst people of the year 2013 for Minneapolis City Pages. The article is written by Peter Kotz and gives an illustration and brief summary of the worst people of the year, and trust me, there’s some genuine dirtbags on this list. Peep it here. Also take note on how many of these people reside in my home state of Florida.

9 Thoughts on Superhero Films In a Post-Avengers Industry
I understand completely that Hollywood will continue to create comic book and superhero-related films. I get that they’re going to be blockbusters, regardless of the hero and studios involved, as well as the producers, directors, and even casting calls.
You may or may not have noticed the impact The Avengers has had on every other super hero film being announced or prepping its release. In case you haven’t noticed, consider the fact that we’re seeing a Fantastic Four and X-Men crossover film, Wonder Woman is being introduced in the upcoming Batman and Superman film, and we’re seeing a huge surge of villains in the upcoming Spider-Man sequels.
Here’s some thoughts on a post-Avengers Hollywood, how it’s affected superhero movies, and how it’s going to continue to pull in more unbelievable hype.
The Avengers made a fuck ton of money. Five years ago, you would not have seen a superhero film that crossed over so many characters. That concept was only fantasy and wet dream. The Hulk had his own movie, starring Hulk and not really anyone else. The Dark Knight succeeded with only one hero and one major villain (yes, I know there were multiple villains, but for argument’s sake it’s just The Joker and I’m not having that god damn comment debate today). One of the major reasons The Avengers made so much bank was its incredible roster of superheroes. Who didn’t want to see a movie that promised a level of action that combined Marvel’s Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man and Iron Man 2, as well as Thor?
With that said, naturally, every studio is ready to compete. Fox owns the licenses to X-Men and Fantastic Four. Sony owns Spider-Man. They all want a bite of that Marvel/Disney movie money that The Avengers handed out. They all want the amount of hype The Avengers created.
Superman was rebooted. The reboot was fostered after the Batman trilogy that Warner Bros. has had much success with. That Batman trilogy was also created by Christopher Nolan, an amazing filmmaker that brought a sense of realism to comic books on the big screen. That sense of realism had never been successfully accomplished prior to Batman Begins, and you’ll hardly ever see a critic compare The Avengers to Dark Knight Rises due to the fact that the Batman films don’t actually feel like comic book movies as much as The Avengers did. Warner Bros. decided that realism sold Batman, so they asked Zack Snyder to direct a film to help achieve that realism to Superman, a hero that has absolutely no hard-realism or grit to his attitude or demeanor, aside from emotions when dealing with humans and friends, which could also be seen at Batman’s character weakness. They rebooted Superman with the idea of realism being able to sell DC Comics characters, and sure enough, Man of Steel made some cash.
Last year, Spider-Man was rebooted. The Amazing Spider-Man was initially conceived to appeal to tweens, hence director Marc Webb ((500) Days of Summer) being attached. Both The Amazing Spider-Man and Man of Steel were executed while Marvel announced their next phase in their cinematic universe, all revolving around their success with The Avengers. Though both films were box office successes, The Avengers made its mark in movie history.
That being said, every studio planned around Marvel’s expansion. Warner Bros. announced a new Batman would be appearing in the Man of Steel sequel. That Batman is Ben Affleck, which caught a ton of flame in terms of casting, and also struck a slew of publicity. More recently, a Wonder Woman was announced. Three heroes, one film, an obvious unbalanced proportion of character-use.
Of course, Fox can’t stay out of this. The Amazing Spider-Man will be introducing the Sinister Six in the course of their next couple of films. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has shown that Rhino, Green Goblin, and Electro will be appearing in the movie. The Sinister Six would be perfect to introduce to the series, with possibilities of introducing Doctor Octopus, Kraven the Hunter, Mysterio, Sandman, or even Hobgoblin or Venom. No word on which villains would be included in the roster. 
But consider this: Can anyone named an Avengers villain off the top of their head? Can you name a Spider-Man villain off the top of your head? Spider-Man villains have been introduced in various forms since the 80’s, and they’re some of the most recognizable villains in comics, so it’s much easier to introduce six different villains in the Spider-Man universe. Fox, I believe, has an upper hand.
X-Men will be seeing the Fantastic Four sometime in the near future. Fox, without even releasing their Fantastic Four reboot, already announced a three-year deal with Simon Kinberg, a writer/producer on X-Men: Days of Future Past, to expand and start a shared universe between the two teams. That’s a lot on the slate, being that Fox hasn’t created a great Fantastic Four film as of yet, and they’re already announced a crossover for sometime in the future between two Marvel superhero teams.
For the record, I don’t really like Marvel films outside of Iron Man and The Avengers. I’m excited for Guradians of the Galaxy, though. Rocket Racoon = dat dude.

9 Thoughts on Superhero Films In a Post-Avengers Industry

I understand completely that Hollywood will continue to create comic book and superhero-related films. I get that they’re going to be blockbusters, regardless of the hero and studios involved, as well as the producers, directors, and even casting calls.

You may or may not have noticed the impact The Avengers has had on every other super hero film being announced or prepping its release. In case you haven’t noticed, consider the fact that we’re seeing a Fantastic Four and X-Men crossover film, Wonder Woman is being introduced in the upcoming Batman and Superman film, and we’re seeing a huge surge of villains in the upcoming Spider-Man sequels.

Here’s some thoughts on a post-Avengers Hollywood, how it’s affected superhero movies, and how it’s going to continue to pull in more unbelievable hype.

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'The Walking Dead' Mid-season Finale Compared To The Comics

SPOILER ALERT: Shit goes down. Also, sorry for completely ruining the mid-season finale if you haven’t already seen it (Why haven’t you seen it yet!?). Here’s a side-by-side comparison of scenes from episode 408 and issues 46-48 of the comics. Pretty cool to see how close they stuck to the books even though the Governor should have showed up with the tank at the end of season three, but it’s major discrepancies like that keep the show fresh and make it its own unique beast.

(via carol-on)

ALBOTAS GOES TO WIZARD WORLD PHILLY 2013
As someone who has been regularly attending Wizard World since 2007, I can honestly say it gets bigger year after year. With big names like Stan Lee and the cast of The Walking Dead and Firefly, this was easily the biggest year yet.
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It’s time to face the facts: nerd culture has infiltrated the mainstream and it looks like it’s here to stay. If this year’s Wizard World Philly comic Con was any indication, it might have something to do with a little show called The Walking Dead. The AMC TV series seems to have bridged the gap between mainstream media and comicbook fandom. Everywhere you looked, people could be seen with Walking Dead VIP lanyards and arms full of Walking Dead merch. For a second, I actually thought I was at a Walking Dead convention.
But then the REAL fun began. BUYING LOTS OF STUFF!!! Meeting celebrities and attending panels is all good and well, but there’s nothing like sifting through old back issues. I managed to score some issues of the old Vampirella magazines and various other junk I’d been missing from my collection. Word to the wise: if you’ve never attended a con like Wizard World and plan on doing so in the future, bring a buttload of backup funds because you WILL spend money on the plethora of cool stuff on display.
And the cosplay at Wizard World just keeps getting better and better each year. The first Wizard World I ever attended had barely any cosplayers, but these days you can’t walk 10 steps without bumping into someone dressed as their favorite character. Check out our cosplay posts HERE and HERE from the event.


All in all, it’s been amazing to watch this yearly con evolve into what it is today. Back in the day, the main celebrity guests were cool, but nothing as huge as Stan Lee or the casts of Firefly and The Walking Dead.

Speaking of Stan Lee, check out our article 5 Things We Learned About Stan Lee at Wizard World Philly.
I leave you now with this video of a little kid bumrushing the stage at the Walking Dead panel. This was NOT part of the show. Some parent just let their kid get up on stage and take the mic.

ALBOTAS GOES TO WIZARD WORLD PHILLY 2013

As someone who has been regularly attending Wizard World since 2007, I can honestly say it gets bigger year after year. With big names like Stan Lee and the cast of The Walking Dead and Firefly, this was easily the biggest year yet.

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