Review – Footprints Vol. 1 Bigfoot’s Getting the Old Gang Back Together!

Review - Footprints Vol. 1 Bigfoot's Getting the Old Gang Back Together!

Bigfoot, the Jersey Devil, the Loch Ness Monster, Chupacabra, and Megalodon walk into a bar. Well, no, not exactly. Seems someone murdered Bigfoot’s brother, the Yeti, and he’s calling in markers and rounding up friends. As luck would have it he and his friends were a team once. A team of private investigators, and this case is right up their alley.

One of the greatest things about reviewing comics is being able to write synopsis like that. Doesn’t hurt when the book you’re reviewing is really good as well. Bigfoot is a private eye, a gumshoe, a shamus, living in what looks to me like our world. What’s surprising is that though people notice that he’s Bigfoot they don’t seem freaked out by that fact. He’s just your average P.I. with a past who’s about to find himself up to his neck in a case. The adventure we accompany him on is a mystery wrapped in an enigma by way of a pulpy crime team up. And what a team it is. Forty years after they went their separate ways Bigfoot needs their help to track down a killer.

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Who’s his brother, why was he killed? How far will Bigfoot go to catch his killer? Joey Esposito takes his time getting there but in the right way. There are twists and turns, and some snappy dialogue. The art is tight and the characterizations are wonderful, Jersey Devil as a wise-cracking pain in the ass is great, Chupacabra is a feral but loyal almost dog-like creature, and rounding out the team with Nessie; the Mata Hari and Megladon the man (?) who loves her. Joanthan Moore’s character designs are awesome as well. Bigfoot is every inch a P.I. and using Nessie and Megladon’s normal appearances (did I just say normal?) in the story, despite the obvious size issues, was brilliant and it works. But what makes this story so good is simply really spot on writing…

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Want to read a good pulpy mystery populated with fun familiar well fleshed out characters? Get to comiXology and pick up Footprints Vol. !

Footprints Vol.1
Written by Joey Esposito
Art by Jonathan Moore
Lettered by Adam Pruett
Genres: Crime Mystery Supernatural/Occult
Page Count: 110 Pages
Digital Release Date: October 1 2014
Age Rating: 15+ Only

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KaBoom! Studios Launches a Capture Creatures Series

We were one of the first to figure out (I think we were actually first but who can tell) what the cryptic images BOOM! was sending us meant. (BOOM! Studios Continues to Tease with Elemental Creatures – August 12, 2014) And now here’s the official announcement. One hundred tiny creatures land on earth and two teens take on the mission of keeping them safe and solving the mystery of where they came from.

KaBOOM! Studios Launches Original Series ‘Capture Creatures’ from ‘Tiny Kitten Teeth’s’ Becky Dreistadt and Frank Gibson

KaBoom! Studios Launches a Capture Creatures Series

Capture Creatures #1 Main Cover A by Becky Dreistadt

 

October 28,  2014 (Los Angeles, Calif.) – KaBOOM!, the award-winning all-ages imprint from publisher BOOM! Studios, is pleased to announce Capture Creatures, a new, original series from popular Tiny Kitten Teeth creators Frank Gibson (The Amazing World of Gumball) and Becky Dreistadt (Adventure Time). Based on a yearlong blog challenge and following a successfully funded Kickstarter for an art book and a widely attended gallery showing of Dreistadt’s original painted art, Capture Creatures is a heartwarming story about over one hundred strange creatures that suddenly appear on Earth and the two teens who will do whatever they can to keep them safe and figure out where they came from.

 

“Becky and Frank are both enormously talented, and we’re so happy to be working with them again on a new original series,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “They’ve created over a hundred amazing creatures, making this a very ambitious project that has potential for so many delightful stories. There are adorable creatures for everybody to discover, and each one of them comes with their own unique story.”

 

Capture Creatures #1 arrives from KaBOOM! in comic shops on November 26th with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code SEP141165. The main covers are illustrated by Becky Dreistadt and Joy Ang, with retailer incentive covers by Missy Pena (The Amazing World of Gumball) and Amanda Visell. The Final Order Cutoff date for retailers is November 3rd. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one! It’s also available for order directly from boom-studios.com.

Incentive covers:

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Capture Creatures #1 Chase Cover B (1:10) by Joy Ang

Capture Creatures #1 Retailer Incentive Cover C (1:15) by  Missy Pena

Capture Creatures #1 Retailer Incentive Cover C (1:15) by Missy Pena

Capture Creatures #1 Retailer Incentive Cover D (1:25) by Amanda Visell

Capture Creatures #1 Retailer Incentive Cover D (1:25) by Amanda Visell

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Doctor Who “In the Forest of the Night” Review – Point/Counterpoint – Spoilers!

Doctor Who "In the Forest of the Night" Review - Point/Counterpoint - Spoilers!

Oh, Doctor Who season eight, I think you’re slowly killing Chuck. I mean it, he was nigh onto apoplectic after watching “In the Forest of the Night”–all of his emails and texts to me started with “Why?” or “So bad. So, so bad.” But I am a Whouffaldi girl till the end and did not think it was “so, so bad,” or even “bad.” Was it my favorite episode of the season? No. Was it great writing the whole way through like we’ve seen the past two weeks? No. But I’m playing the long game on this season, taking the slow path and all that, and I have utter faith that Moffat will pull one of his typically genius moves and give us a season finale that will leave me in tears and saying “Moffat, you bloody genius.” Moffat gives us season-long puzzles. It’s what he does. And I am used to him feasting on my tears at this point, so we’ll leave it at that and dive in.

As always, here there be spoilers, massive spoilers, because we’re discussing the plot points from this week’s episode that we loved and hated. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

Chuck: I love Doctor Who. I want to love this Doctor. I don’t.

This is not a Peter Capaldi rant. Lord knows the man’s a fine actor. And the two episodes previous to “In the Forest of the Night” were good. But two really good episodes this season don’t make up for the fact that the latest episode really pushed the boundaries of what I believe Doctor Who to be.

The story had more gigantic holes than swiss cheese. The writing was almost insulting. We open in a forest. A girl runs through it obviously being chased by something (or someone). She comes upon the TARDIS. She asks the Doctor for help telling him “please, something’s chasing me”. Guess what, no one (that was ever mentioned or shown) was chasing her. When he lets her into the TARDIS she already knows way too much. And she’s unimpressed. She says she was sent by Ms Oswald, but no it was just a voice in her head. Well we meet those voices later, they certainly didn’t send her to the Doctor.

Julie: But something was chasing her…the ideas, the trees, the voices, whatever the hell it is you want to call them that are specially tuned into Maebh’s frequency since her sister disappeared. When we first hear about Maebh from Danny and Clara, they let us know that she’s emotionally disturbed since her sister’s disappearance. And so the entire time she’s flapping her hands at the sky, I see a child that’s trying to fight something off, something that only she can see, like a schizophrenic. It took us a while (perhaps too long) until we got to the point where the Doctor allowed us to see it, but I was quite sure something was going on in Maebh’s mind.

Chuck: And spare a moment for that forest. We find out momentarily that it’s a forest that has sprung up overnight over the entire world (including the oceans somehow?) And we’re in London, Trafalgar Square to be precise. Where is everybody? Where are all the flipped over cars. The knocked down and grown over buildings. This set looks like a park. Why aren’t there people roaming around in awe of what’s happened? They pass multiple tube stations as they roam around this seemingly endless forest but alas no one is around, sleepy little hamlet this London eh? In 2013 London had a population of over 8 million. We get a girl. One very small primary school class. Two teachers, a parent, a neighbor, a fire team (5 guys), and the Doctor in an area a little over 2 acres?

Julie: Yeah, I hear you. But I went into willing suspension of disbelief. The several rum and diets I’d had before the first time I saw the episode probably helped, because it bothered me more the second time I watched it. But still, willing suspension of disbelief. It’s Doctor Who, weird stuff happens.

Chuck: Ok fine, everyone stayed home because the news told them to. Right. Let’s take on Mr. Pink. What kind of a moron takes his class out of the safety of the museum they camped in last night and begins tramping with them through the mysterious forest without communicating with the school or the parents. Or the police. Or anyone. At all. And about that. The Doctor lands in London, things are obviously a little bigger than usual and he doesn’t call U.N.I.T.? They don’t call him?

Julie: To be fair to Danny, Clara did tell him she had tried to call the school and had gone straight to voicemail. And at the beginning of the episode when this happened, he didn’t have a reason to distrust her. Although in the next sentence she told him the Doctor had called her, so taken with a grain of salt. As far as the Doctor calling U.N.I.T.? I think you’re thinking of another Doctor. Twelve doesn’t see a need to rely on any humans other than Clara. Remember “Planet of the Pudding Brains”? Yeah.

Chuck: It seems as though this season exists in some weird extra-Whovian bubble where none of the past seems to matter. Case in point The Doctor calls the sonic screwdriver a “communication device”. “It interacts with any form of communication you care to mention”. Really? This is the definition most fans will find familiar…

The sonic screwdriver — sometimes called the sonic — was a highly versatile tool used by the Doctor. He modified and ostensibly upgraded it over the years, giving it an increasing number of applications. Early versions were used mainly for the picking of locks and for projecting sound so as to, for example, detonate bombs. By the time of the Ninth Doctor, the sonic was able to also be used as a sophisticated scanning device, with medical applications. Subsequent incarnations gave it even wider functionality, such as the ability to hack into computers, provide geolocation and actively defend against some types of assault weapons.” (- Tadis Data Core – Doctor Who Wiki)

So the Doctor doesn’t deal with the British government anymore. The Sonic Screwdriver is now a “comm device” (though later it inexplicably creates a little local gravity increase by interacting with, what?)

Julie: The sonic has been evolving a lot in recent seasons, going from something you’d use to “assemble a lot of cabinets one night” to more of a jack of all trades cover for some lazy/incomplete writing. Really cool idea for a story and we’re not quite sure how the hell to make it work? Point the sonic screwdriver at it! Now with more sonic-ness! And super powers! (So yes, I’m with you on this. However, I reserve the right to put on my sonic screwdriver goggles—the Whovian equivalent of beer goggles—and roll with it when I want to.)

Chuck: This is just more of the same problem. The writers aren’t writing Doctor Who, they’re writing some pale imitation. And it just keeps sliding. The Doctor goes into this absurd diatribe about needing to “mess with the fabric of time” to create a forest over night. That you can’t grow them all over night with some special fertilizer. But this is another of the red herrings thrown around in this episode. It goes nowhere has no (or little) bearing on the result (which we’ll get to later) and was really just fodder to show the Doctor finally has, as Clara put it “[the]clever kicking in”. Rubbish. Then when he realizes he needs Maebh to figure this out and she’s no longer in the Tardis he becomes an utter moron, campily calling MAEBH in every persons face and even adding an “AHHHHH!” when one of the children say she might die out there. Rubbishy rubbish.

Julie: Yep, that scene was over the top, no doubt about it. And I have no explanation for it except to say that at least one episode a season is totally geared towards kids, and kids eat that kind of thing up. This, complete with kids on a school trip so the children in the audience can imagine that they’re the Doctor’s companions, is our especially kid friendly episode of the season. I frequently imagine that I’m Clara, but that takes us down a whole different path. Ahem.

Chuck: Another great line, “every communication channel on the Tardis is open and… nothing” Really? Really? The countries of the world aren’t flooding the airwaves with chatter about this? The whole time they’re outside they don’t see or hear one helicopter or emergency vehicle? Add to all of this that the Doctor once again leaves everyone to their fate. He returns, as usual, but does absolutely nothing to affect anything. He was utterly pointless to the whole episode.

Julie: I figured that was referring to non-terrestrial communication, since the Doctor was looking for something to pin this on. Sontarans or Daleks would be communicating loudly. Trees are…using Tree Facebook, apparently. Re: the emergency vehicles, they can’t get through since the paths are quickly closing up behind people walking single file. I would imagine the helicopters are grounded with trees growing out of them. I was actually more irritated at the concept that tigers can be deterred with a flashlight, but that’s just me. And sometimes the Doctor doesn’t know the answers until late in the game. He freely admitted that on this ep, calling himself “Doctor Idiot.” Sometimes the clever doesn’t kick in quickly enough.

Chuck: The scene where Clara sends the Doctor on his way can only be described as the one bright spot in this otherwise dismal series. And she should keep it on her highlight reel for the rest of her career. I could keep going scene by bloody scene but it just seems pointless, the little hope I had for the season was crushed with this episode. A friend mentioned that maybe the problem is that it’s time for a “regime change” in reference to the creative team. I have to agree. Passing the torch was a wonderful idea but it seems to have created a spiral downward. Sloppily written, bad characterizations, gross ignorance of  established Whovian history, a crappy deus-ex-machina ending, all led up to another episode when Jenna-Louise Coleman’s performance is the only thing worth the time it took to watch this episode. Next week starts the two part season finale and guess what we’re finally going to get a bit of the over-arching plot with Missy. In the last two episodes. Great.

Julie: So much going on here, so I’ll just go point by point. Yep, Clara was brilliant and totally Doctor-like in her scheming. She was a little weak the rest of the episode as she stumbled from lie to lie and forgot about the children in her desire to be part of the Doctor’s adventure, but that’s some weakness in the writing (I’m sure this is Moffat leading us somewhere, I just don’t know where yet) and not on Jenna’s part.

I wouldn’t mind someone beside Moff being the show runner for a while. Yes, the big puzzles are brilliant, but the bits that get us there aren’t as amazing as they once were (River Song’s storyline, anyone?), and I sometimes get tired along the way. He’s very lucky that Capaldi and Coleman are such great actors and that they have awesome chemistry together, even though they’re not actually a couple anywhere outside my (and every other Whouffaldian’s) head canon. Missy is an example of the problem with Moffat: unless the payoff is spectacular, I am going to wonder why the hell it took us ten episodes to get there. Unfortunately, because it’s Moffat, the payoff will probably be spectacular and I will be sobbing on the couch, begging for more. Whovians are in an abusive relationship with him on a number of levels, but I don’t see him going anywhere. Kind of makes you long for Russell T. Davies, doesn’t it?

So, what did you think of “In the Forest of the Night”? Are you completely over it like Chuck, or are you playing the long game with me? Have you started drinking just to get through episodes? And where do you think Moffat is leading us with Missy? Let us know in the comments below! And tune in next week for what might mark the end of Chuck as a Whovian: he’s just that close to the edge!

 

Editor’s Note: These point-counterpoint articles are a lot of fun but sometimes (like last week) it takes some time to get these out to you. This time the piece was delayed by me, you stalwart editor. See I meant what I said at the top. I love Doctor Who, I’ve enjoyed (on level or another) every season I’ve had the pleasure of viewing. This season has been more than a little difficult for me though, as you can see, and this article was languishing in drafts. It may have stayed there if it weren’t for the fact that I saw a conversation on Facebook between  a school friend and big-time Whovian Tom LaSusa and some of his friends. He didn’t exactly echo my sentiments but the conversation was opinionated enough to remind me that this, critiquing or heroes, is what it’s all about. Fans we are and fans we’ll remain but it’s up to us, the fans, to call bull$#*% when we see/feel it. Thanks Tom! Hope you enjoy the article.

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Malta Comic Con 2014! Yes Malta!

Malta Comic Con 2014! Yes Malta!

The Maltese Islands, officially the Republic of Malta, lying just 80 km from Sicily is one hell of a spot for a comic con! And the city of Valletta is a gorgeous choice to host the convention in!

Founded in 1565 the city of Valletta boasts Renaissance cathedrals, Baroque palaces, beautiful beaches, and a thriving nightlife.  Come on! Look at this place!

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So what are they offering in the way of comic con goodness? Let’s see, this is the 6th year of operation for Malta Comic Con (organized by Wicked Comics) and if past guest lists are any indication this will be a great show.

Official MCC 2014 PosterSo far they’re listing Dave Taylor, Christian Ward, writer/publisher John-Paul Kamath (London Horror Comic), Yishan Li, Rufus Dayglo, Andrew Wildman, Guillermo Ortego, Steve Scott, Mickey Lam, Mike Collins, Cliodhna, Michael Dialynas, Lew Stringer, Daniela “Iella” Attard, and many more. They’ve got panels and screenings listed as well. If you’re in the area or plan to be this is a convention to attend. The tickets for the weekend are €15 (approx $20 US) and the location seems amazing. They even have some ticket and accommodation deals set up at the site, the prices are very reasonable, go here for details.

Drop by the site (maltacomic-con.com) take a look at what’s going on this November, and if you’re going let us know (so we can sneak into your luggage!)

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Zindan Gives Us Great Historical Tales of the Ansaars!

Zindan Gives Us Great Historical Tales of the Ansaars!I am so excited to write this review. I met the Zindan group at both NY Special Edition and Boston Comic Con earlier this year, and was drawn in by everyone’s passion for their creation, as well as the gorgeous art by Sajad Shah that I got a peek at. I was also really interested in the concept – tales coming from the Mughal Empire of India in the late 17th century.

With a brief introduction to the Mughal Empire’s origins, the story then launches into high gear. Two orphaned brothers, Timur and Zain, are taken in an ancient secret order, the Ansaars. They eventually find themselves on a hero’s journey, facing travel across empires to fight evil.

This opening story initially left me a little unclear – my knowledge of India’s history is woefully lacking – so I tried to connect Timur and Zain are to the historical Zindan01-02figures named in the introduction. On a second reading, though, I better understood that the intro is just to place us readers – most of us may not have solid knowledge of India’s history – and Timur and Zain are two orphaned brothers, casualties of the events laid out.

The storytelling is solid, and serves to shed some light on 17th century India in addition to giving us a great historical story.

The art is just amazing. It’s gorgeous, with rich colors and incredible panels and splash pages. I love a good combat scene, and Sajad Shah does not disappoint, with flaming arrows, war elephants (WAR ELEPHANTS!), and incredible movement between the combatants.

I’ve been waiting since June to see this comic come to life, and I’m looking forward to seeing more from Zindan. You can pre-order the zero issue from the Zindan website right now or get it digitally from comiXology!

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Film Review – Nightcrawler – Shines Bright Indeed!

Film Review - Nightcrawler - Shines Bright Indeed!

 

Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) is the kind of person we sit next to on the train, walk past on the street, and possibly cross paths with at our job. Bloom is the kind of person who fades from our existence as we carry on with our day.  But he’s the kind of hidden monster that lives in anonymity in the world and preys on the weak. “Nightcrawler“, an Open Road Films productions, is a two-hour study on said person and turns out to be a modern-day classic.

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Image courtesy of Open Road Films

“Nightcrawler” follows a moment in Lou Bloom’s life.  Preferably Louis, not Lou, is a young man who is jobless and literally scavenging for a means to make money. As he walks from one pay-day and a declined job opportunity, Bloom drives past a grisly car accident on the highway. Stopping to view the scene with a child like sense of curiosity, he meets veteran cameraman, journalist, freelancer, nightcrawler Joe Loder (Bill Paxton). Asking Loder “will this be shown on the news?” he is informed that it will, and “if it bleeds, it leads.” Grasping onto the idea of possibly making money (and a living) off of accidents, murders, and other sorts of urban carnage, Bloom gets a camera and a police scanner and begins his journey into the dark, fast paced, seedy, and often amoral world of crime journalism.

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Image courtesy of Fandango.com

The film, written and directed by Dan Gilroy, brother of Tony Gilroy (Bourne series, Michael Clayton) expertly crafts a film that takes a page out of Michael Mann’s playbook. He thrusts us into a story as much about the city of Los Angeles, as it is about Bloom. Shot by Oscar Winner, Robert Elswit (There Will Be Blood, Michael Clayton), the film is very reminiscent of modern classics such as Collateral and Heat. It is also beautifully done in a way that exemplifies the idea of poetry on film. It’s quite an amazing film, if people had the same respect for films like they did during the 70’s, this would be lauded as one of the great American masterpieces.  “Nightcrawler” brings to life a city filled with real people and of life that moves as fast as the cars on the 101. It deserves to be a modern-day classic just for the way it was filmed alone. As far as the acting, performances this year don’t get any better than Jake Gyllenhaal’s turn as nightcrawler, Lou Bloom.  He brings to life a character from the pages of the Dan Gilroy’s sharply written, often creepy, and surprisingly satirical script.  In doing so, Gyllenhaal gives us a cinematic figure that could easily go head to head with De Niro’s Travis Bickle from “Taxi Driver.” He is that good. As Bloom, he is fully committed to the role of the nocturnal, almost coyote like animal that his character could be described as.  Losing 30 pounds for the role, based off of his own actor’s intuition after reading the script,  Gyllenhaal has said When I believe in a character, I’ll go there.  The feeling I wanted was the hunger.  I wanted that irritability.  I wanted that feeling that you’re pushing yourself.” (USA Today Oct 27, 2014)

The City Shines Brightest At Night is the tagline for “Nightcrawler.” The fact is, this movie shines bright! It is a great example of how good a film can be when mixed with all the right elements. Be it from the captivating way it was shot by Robert Elswit, the sociopathic nuance of Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance, to the James Newton Howard score which is a symphony of sound that will stick with you long after (check it out at soundtrack.net), “Nightcrawler” is damn fine film-making!  To quote Roger Ebert’s words on Taxi Driver, Travis Bickle specifically, we almost want to look away from his life.  But he’s there, all right, and he’s suffering.” (Roger Ebert Jan 1, 1976 posted on rogerebert.com) Lou Bloom is there, all right, he’s suffering, YET he’s thriving! Only the good die young.

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Image courtesy of Open Road Films

“Nightcrawler”, an Open Road Films production, gets four stars. “Nightcrawler” opens everywhere this Friday, October 31st. Check listings for a theater near you.

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Monkeybrain Goes BOO! With a Creepy Halloween Anthology!

Monkeybrain Goes BOO! With a Creepy Halloween Anthology!

Clocking in at 67 pages Monkeybrain’s Halloween special is jam=packed with creepy stories most of which play the prefect balance between disturbing and tongue-in-cheek stories.

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11 (?) stories, spanning a slew of art and writing styles, a bunch of goofy Halloween themed ads this is a fun book to pick up. Especially for $1.99!

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Writers: RJ White, Dylan Todd, Gloria Reynolds, Leonard Pierce, Matt Smigiel, Jon Morris, Delilah Dawson, Chris Sims, Ken Lowery, Manning Krull, Sean Poppe, Scott Faulkner, Benito Cereno
Artists: Kelly Tindall, Matt Digges, Gloria Reynolds, Adam Eatson, Matt Smigiel, Joel Carroll, Matthew Allen Smith, Andy Hirsch, Shawn McGuan, Manning Krull, Sean Poppe, Erica Henderson, Scott Faulkner, Jordan Witt, Jon Morris
Colorist: Pete Toms
Price: $1.99
Pages: 67
Rating: 12+
Last year’s creeps and ghoulies are back for another round of macabre tales so frightening you’ll have to say BOO! Eleven all-new stories, pinups, and more, including the chance to win a page of original art!

 

Direct link to purchase: http://cmxl.gy/1oCzywa

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Marvel Studios Made a To-Do List!

Marvel Studios Made a To-Do List!

A couple of weeks ago, Warner Bros. Announced their slate of movies for the next five years. Not to be outdone, Marvel Studios reciprocated with a bunch of dates and names of movies such as “Untitled Marvel”.
Whether it was intentional or not, it got everyone talking about what films were being planned and who was going to star in them. Would we see Orlando Bloom (or maybe Benedict Cumberbatch?) as Doctor Strange? Are they finally going to do a Black Widow movie? Is Squirrel Girl finally going to get her moment in the spotlight?

Wait no more! Marvel has finally announced the films for Phase 3:

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  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR is final title of previous “Captain America 3” and will be in 3D 5/6/16
  • DOCTOR STRANGE 11/4/16 wide in 3D

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  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 moves to 5/5/17 wide and will be in 3D
  • THOR: RAGNOROK now dated on 7/28/17
  • BLACK PANTHER now dated on 11/3/17 wide in 3D

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  • AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR PART I 5/4/18 and will be in 3D
  • CAPTAIN MARVEL 7/6/18 wide in 3D
  • INHUMANS now dated on 11/2/18 wide in 3D

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AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR PART II 5/3/19 Marvel Untitled and will be in 3D

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Marvel for also arranging my birthday celebrations for the next five years. (That’s May 7 if anyone was curious).

There you go, eleven movies in five years. What do you think? Is this the lineup you were hoping from? Happy? Disappointed there’s no Black Widow movie? Feeling meh or yay? Let us know in the comments, Facebook, Twitter or carrier pigeon!

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Critical Hit #2 Keeps The Pressure On!

Matt Miner’s latest Black Mask series, Critical Hit, just doesn’t let up. This second issue? INTENSE.

Critical Hit #2 Keeps The Pressure On!

In the last issue, Jeanette (who we met in the Liberator series) and Sarah (from Salvation of the Innocents) weren’t doing so well – they were on an action, taking apart a hunting operation, and got caught. In this issue, things aren’t getting any better for the two of them.

We also continue the shifting back and forth in time, to get a clearer picture of what’s been going on in their lives. We see them break up a dog fighting operation, which, I’ll warn you now, will make you want to hit something and at the same time, hold your dog (or cats, in my case) and just let them know that they’re safe. Matt, an animal rescuer himself, writes this scene like a person who knows what dog fighting arenas look like, and the all too real toll they take on the dogs that live the nightmare.

But that’s just a small part of a huge issue. Where Matt concentrated on animal rescue missions in Liberator, Critical Hit focuses on the danger animal advocates find themselves facing as they set about their work. Jeanette and Sarah are in a hell of a situation, and I’m yelling at my computer, now that the issue has ended, and I have to wait another four weeks for the next issue.

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Critical Hit #2 – 2 page spread

 

Critical Hit also gives us a sketchbook and some photos of people buying the cool Liberator swag at Hot Topic. Go buy a shirt and fund animal rescue! (30% of the profits go to animal rescue work.)

Bottom line: Critical Hit continues Black Mask’s line of comics with a conscience. Support this company, and know that your dollars are doing things. Good things. Critical Hit #2 hits shelves this Wednesday.

CRITICAL HIT #2
Writer: Matt Miner
Artist: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer
Publisher: Black Mask
Price: $3.99
On-Sale: October 29, 2o14
Diamond ID: JUL140935

 

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“A Love Story For Witches” Launch Events!

For those that have read Jaysen Headley’s “A Love Story For Witches“, and/or are interested in fun events happening this week in New York City, you may want to consider the following:

"A Love Story For Witches" Launch Events!

Image courtesy of Carl Li

 

The information for the Forbidden Planet Jaysen Headley signing could be found at www.facebook.com/events

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Image courtesy of Carl Li

 

The information for “A Love Story For Witches” launch event could be found at the following link: www.facebook.com/events

“A Love Story for Witches” is currently available on www.amazon.com by clicking on the link.  It will be widely released this Friday, on October 31st!

Press Release:

On October 31, 2014, Author Jaysen Headley, creator of the award winning webcomic The Class, will officially release his first novel, A Love Story for Witches. This young adult fantasy novel revolves around Adam, a hopeless romantic twenty-something who wants nothing more than to find the girl of his dreams. When he finally meets Eva, someone he can connect with, he finds out all too late that she is a Witch. In a world where witches kill each other for power and are forbidden to love, this can be a real problem. A Love Story for Witches deals with the fear of the word ‘love’ and just what it takes to truly care for another person. The book also features eighteen sketches from the author to accompany each chapter.

The book released on September 28, 2014 exclusively on Amazon and Kindle to positive reviews after receiving high pre-orders and praise in the UK, being called “Hunger Games meets Harry Potter” by The Guardian.

The book will receive two launch events. The first will be held at Forbidden Planet Comics on October 29th and will feature author Jaysen Headley and Senior Editor Carl Li signing and talking about the inspirations for the book. This will be the first time the book is available in a retail store.

On October 30th, the official launch party will be held at Kiehl’s Since 1851 in Hell’s Kitchen. Author Jaysen Headley will be accompanied by all three of the book’s editors. Anyone attending the party will receive free samples from Kiehl’s with the purchase of the book and also a discount on the book with any Kiehl’s purchase. Free lip balms will be given to the first 50 people to show up in costume, who will also be entered in a raffle for bigger prizes. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available.

On October 31st, the book will go on sale in select stores followed by a full international release in Decemeber. A Love Story for Witches is a combined publication effort between Random House, Amazon and Jaysen Headley Writes Productions.

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