Week three, and what started as a recap/review series is turning into an inquest. Why isn't this show working, and can the cast and creators turn it around?
This was the first episode to introduce an established comics character to the Marvel movieverse, and it felt like a slight improvement, but I said that last week as well. The show is improving by such tiny increments that (a) it'll take forever to get to where it needs to be to sustain interest, and (b) it may not be improving at all -- I may just be acclimating.
Earlier this week we spoke to illustrator Jock about his Savage Wolverine story arc, which began in Wednesday's issue #9. To further promote the book, a slick looking video has been produced featuring art from the three part story arc. But the video wasn't created by Marvel or even Jock, but rather the artist's 15-year-old son, Aubrey Simpson, and you can check it out below.
In yet another moment clearly meant to remind you that you are no longer young, The Simpsons is about to air it's 24th "Treehouse of Horror" Halloween special. Any current or lapsed fan of the show is familiar with a few of the traditions that go into the annual episode, including the altered opening and horror-inspired Couch Gag. The theme continues this year, and this time the producers of the show brought on Guillermo del Toroto create the opening. Just under three minutes long, the animation features guest appearances by a few comic characters, as well as a nod to Futurama, and some inspiration from Mad magazine and former Hellboy artist and frequent del Toro collaborator Guy Davis.
I first came across Sanford Greene's art in a Wonder Girl miniseries he illustrated for DC Comics in 2007, and I've been a fan ever since. In the years since that story was published, it's been a pleasure to watch his growth as an artist. There's a kinetic aspect to his work, and a kind of joy, that's charming and undeniable. Greene's designs are imaginative; he completely embraces the medium, and that's evident in everything he illustrates. Simply put, his art is fun.
So whenever Greene has a new project out, it's worth taking a look, and last week the cartoonist launched a new Kickstarter campaign to fund the fourth volume in his Deadline series of sketchbooks.
Agents of SHIELD made a big splash last week. Indeed, it was the biggest network drama debut in four years. This was no doubt in large part thanks to the good will generated by Marvel's blockbuster movies like Iron man and Thor. Unfortunately, despite the presence of Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon on the pilot, the episode could not match the confidence, charm or quality of the movies. We're now two episodes in and forced to ask; can a show set in a superhero universe work without superheroes?
The fourth season of AMC's zombie drama The Walking Dead kicks off on October 13, and to get fans good and hungry (and lurchy), AMC has released a new prequel series online.
"The Oath" consists of three 25-minute episodes starring Ashley Bell and Wyatt Russell, directed by seires director/producer Greg Nicotero. Set in the early days of the TWD world's zombie outbreak, the story eventually ties in to the TWD TV storyline you know and love. You can watch the whole series after the cut.
Joss Whedon never got to bring Wonder Woman back to the screen. The pilot by David E. Kelley for NBC didn't stick. CW's Amazon sits in limbo. Some think the character too "difficult" to make an easy transition to the screen. That hasn't stopped LA production company Rainfall from taking their own unauthorized stab, with a trailer that pits Diana against two very different sets of foes.
I know almost nothing about Yoshito Usui's CrayonShin-chan because anime is for nerds, but from what I gather, it involves a lot of butts. So many butts, in fact, that an enterprising Japanese confectioner has released a snack kit where you can make pudding in the shape of both the lead character's face and a slightly disturbing disembodied ass, which you can then eat.
Why exactly you would want to do this, I am not sure, but I will admit that when it's all together, itdoes look pretty delicious. Check out a video detailing the entire process below!
One of my favorite cartoonists, Dave Bullock is well known to comics art collectors and the denizens of artist alley, and in comics has produced covers and illustrated short stories like the standout Deadman piece from Wednesday Comics. Most often he's worked as a storyboard artist and director on such impressive animated titles like Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Batman Beyond, Superman: The Animated Series, The New Batman Adventures and Justice League. Most auspiciously, Bullock directed the Warner Bros. Animation feature Justice League: The New Frontier, adapted from the work of Darwyn Cooke, who shares Bullock's affinity for mid-century stylings.
Naturally, Bullock is an ideal candidate for participation in the enduringly popular DC Comics art project that is Batman: Black & White, which reunites the cartoonist with his Wednesday Comics editor Mark Chiarello for a story that plays to Bullock's mastery of period style and dramatic storytelling. Written by longtime Batman associate Michael Uslan, "The Bat-Man In 'Silent Knight... Unholy Knight!'" takes inspiration from the era and aesthetics of silent film. Given Bullock's filmmaking background, it comes as no surprise that he put together a silent-film-style trailer for his story. What is a surprise is just how well it works, putting the traditional "comic book trailer" to shame.
Ever since Marvel debuted its roughly minute-long teaser for Avengers: Age of Ultron at SDCC 2013, fans have been riding the usual waves of trying to scope out grainy smart phone-recorded bootlegs that hang out on YouTube for all of 8 minutes before being deleted. But no more! JoBlo has uploaded a proper HD version of the teaser, which sees a CG render of Tony Stark's Iron Man helmet morph into Ultron's satisfyingly comics-accurate Jack-o'-lantern noggin.
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