This Week: Archer & Armstrong #12, Cairo, Deathmatch #8, Fearless Defenders #8, Harbinger #15, Hunger #2, Infinity #1, Infinity (online), Red Sonja #2, Scarlet Spider #20, Thor #11, Weirding Willows #3, World’s Finest#22, X #4
While at San Diego Comic-Con, comic book writer/artist Paul Pope cited a meeting he had with an unnamed DC Comics executive to pitch a new series based on the classic Jack Kirby character Kamandi: The Last Boy On Earth. The executive is reported to have responded: “We don’t publish comics for kids. We publish comics for 45-year-olds.”
I think that’s disappointing to say the least. (more…)
Welcome to a brand spanking new thing we’re doing here on Living Myth Media. See, we’re old school comics geeks. And every week, we go and get comics (single issues mostly online, trades mostly from conventions or Big Pete’s). And every Wednesday we respect Woden, the God of Comics, and we speak of the stories that he, in his greatness, has brought us on twitter.
That’s a preview, though, and there’s time we don’t pick up the things we were looking for or end up picking up things we didn’t talk about on twitter. So, here’s what comics we got this week and what we think about ’em after we the reading.
We rate these things on a five star scale. The first two stars are for art, the second two for story, and the last is based on whether we think this is a gateway comic – is this something we would lend to friends to get them into this series? This is a tricky thing, but if we think it is, then the comic gets this star.
Stars can be broken down into quarters. Two or three stars is an average comic. Anything at four or more stars is of the highest possible quality.
Everyone with us so far? Cool. Onwards goes us.
If you look at Writer-Artist Erik Burnham’s comicography over the past five years, to many it would seem more like a wishlist than a resume: Gene Simmons, The A-Team, The Simpsons, Mars Attacks, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters and most recently the Spider-Man spin-off title, Scarlet Spider.
We managed to get some time in with the Minnesota-native before he rushed off to this year’s San Diego Comic Con and asked him a few questions about how he got started and his journey to where he is now. (more…)
Calling All True Believers…
“Oh My God is that Stan Lee? I swear I just saw Amanda Tapping and Sean Astin!”
As any Vancouverite could tell you, that’s sort of a normal day in the Rainy City. Getting all of your favorite pop icons together in one place, though? And surrounded by costume clad superheroes, panels on all manner of geekery, and with talk of the best games of all kinds to boot? That’s sort of exceptional. That’s something that demands attention. (more…)
The late eighties/early nineties were a strange time to be a fan of comics. Burton’s first Batman film had just come out, generating some interest in various comic book properties which would result in a number of awful-to-bad film adaptations (Fantastic Four, Captain America) and decent-to-good video games (X-Men, X-Men Mutant Apocalypse, Batman). The medium itself had garnered some mainstream recognition thanks to some of its more complex works (Watchmen, Dark Knight Returns) but, by and large, was still regarded as fringe or underground at best. (more…)