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This week, Chris is joined by Down Set Fight and Subatomic Party Girls co-writer Chad Bowers for a conversation about the very strange ways that toy comics are influenced by their source material -- and how sometimes, that source material influences right back. Special guests include G2 Megatron and Chameleon, the Baroness's identical cousin.
ROM: Spaceknight is unquestionably one of my all-time favorite comics. Part of that is just because of how weird it is -- a licensed toy tie-in launched before G.I. Joe and Transformers for a line of action figures that only included exactly one toy that fleshed things out by dropping him straight into the Marvel Universe and ended up running for 75 issues, plus annuals -- but really, it's more because it was really good. Writer Bill Mantlo managed to take the bare minimum of source material and build something that was operatic and compelling, on par with anything else of the era.
Tragically, Mantlo -- also the co-creator of Rocket Raccoon -- was struck by a hit-and-run driver in 1992 and suffered a traumatic brain injury, bringing his comics writing career to a close and leaving him in need of constant care. There's been a surge of awareness about him lately, and the the latest is coming from Rob Harrington, whose ROM Remix Project has seen 20 artists re-creating the entirety of ROM #1 in an effort to lead more people to Mantlo and raise money for his ongoing care.
Novels: Marvel and Hyperion books are partnering for two new romance+action novels in June. Marta Acosta is writing The She-Hulk Diaries and Christine Woodward is writing Rogue Touch.
Gaming: Killer Croc, Riddler
Following yesterday's announcement of Age of Ultron by Brian Michael Bendis and artists Bryan Hitch, Brandon Peterson and Carlos Pacheco, Marvel has debuted some additional interior preview art from the upcoming event at CBR. The biggest highlight? None other than a surprising cameo by the long-in-limbo ROM: Spaceknight on a bulletin board covered in head shots of prominent Marvel heroes and v
On my wish list of things I want to see in comics, the return of ROM is pretty close to the top, but due to a notoriously complicated licensing deal, the Greatest of the Spaceknights has been trapped in publication limbo for the past two decades. Now, however, it look
Last week, in the pages of Annihilators #1, Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning and Tan Eng Huat did something that I've been waiting for since the resurgence of Marvel's cosmic titles that began five years ago: They began a story that draws on the events of ROM: Spaceknight.
I'd always figured it was only a matter of time before
Beginning today and last through January 2, Floating World Comics of Portland, Ore. will host SPACENITE 2, the store's second ROM: Spaceknight-themed art gallery benefiting former attorney and prolific ROM scribe Bill Mantlo. Organized by store owner Jason Leivian, the SPACENITE 2 gallery contains the work of dozens of creators including Mike Allr
Gaming: Wil Wheaton, who previously voiced Blue Beetle Jamie Reyes on Batman: The Brave and the Bold, will be lending his talents to DC Universe Online as Robin.
Career Advice: Hero Initiative Auction winner and aspiring comic book editor Greg Pelkofski shares his experience of having lunch with Marvel EIC Joe Quesada.
TV: DC's wonderfully ridiculous Legends o
After a long, sobering look at James Stokoe's Galactus, which is terrifyingly huge and hyper-detailed enough to be at home in "Shadow of the Colossus" on your PlayStation 2, it's soothing to be reminded that the World Devourer can also be drawn as an intergalactic foppish Dr. Seuss character who could pass for a supporting character in an outer space adaptation of "