Jason Tabrys

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Profile: Jason is still trying to rebuild his belief in humanity after the box office failure of Scott Pilgrim and he prays nightly to his dear and fluffy lord that his metachlorian rate will rise and allow him to become the bad-ass Jedi that he was born to be. Jason is the former editor of WeLoveCult.com and a contributor to VeryAware.com, ScreenInvasion.com, and us. He prefers that you love him from afar.

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INTERVIEW: Brian Winkeler and Robert Wilson IV on Creating Slacker Heroes the ‘Knuckleheads’ Way

- 07-10-14Comics, Interviews Posted by Jason Tabrys

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On the shelf they stand there, lined up like toy soldiers with their glossy covers, quality paper, exotic inks (go with it, I’m trying to make a point) and a heaping dollop of imagination. These things combine to make not just comic books, but a pathway to adventure (too much?), but we sometimes forget how much effort goes into creating them.

Brian Winkeler and Robert Wilson IV came up from the streets of South Boston together (I’m lying) where they were raised up by a tough former boxer named Shamus O’Shea Gibson. Punished by the Gods for hot dogging it in the ring, Shamus had only one eye, but because of that, he taught Brian and Robert a lesson about the value of a dollar, the salve that is a blues song and the devil’s nectar that is Strawberry wine. Lessons that they would put into practice while working on the rail line as porters by day and card counters in the club car by night (again, these are lies). Tossed out of a moving train one too many times, the guys decided to settle down in Baton Rouge, run a saloon for left handed Americans and slowly work to tell their story in the pages of a comic book.

Knuckleheads is not that comic book, but it is pretty damn good and these guys have brought this tale about a slacker, his friends, a pair of alien made brass knuckles and a giant lizard that feels ripped off by the early death of [REDACTED] in Godzilla (and now I’m just projecting) from a self-published print book to the digital realm with Monkeybrain Comics and now to IDW for the release of Knuckleheads: Fist Contact, a trade paperback that earned raves from our own Leo Johnson and had one sexy critic compare it sexily to Shaun of the Dead in terms of its humorous tone. (more…)

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DC Comics, Jeffrey Baldwin and the Value of Symbols

- 07-08-14Comics, Featured Posted by Jason Tabrys

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Symbols can mean different things to different people. The sight of the Christian cross, for example, can bring hope and peace to some and inspire a sense of dread or an eye roll from others. The Superman symbol, which is said to be the second most recognizable symbol in the world after the cross, is equally capable of possessing multiple meanings.

To DC Comics and their corporate overlords, the Superman symbol represents a cornerstone of their yesterday, today and tomorrow. As such, they guard that symbol carefully and accordingly.

Todd Boyce is a Canadian man who raised $36,000 on IndieGoGo to build a memorial statue of a five year old Superman fan in Toronto’s Greenwood Park after hearing about the boys tragic death. Unfortunately, Mr. Boyce’s request to use the Superman “S” was declined by DC. (more…)

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We’re Rebooting ‘Hocus Pocus’ Now (Updated)

- 07-02-14Film Posted by Jason Tabrys

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The 90s nostalgia craze is starting to perturb me a little — and that’s a thing that is unfortunate since we’re likely just getting started. You see, I was raised on the center rail between 80s and 90s culture in that I was born in 1982 (I’m like the Blade of eras, I can walk in the light and the dark.), so while I have a soft spot for some of the reboots of these inherently 1993ish things, others make me flip up my Dwayne Wayne sunglasses because of all the shade that I’m throwing… and I’m looking right the hell at you, Girl Meets World.

Hocus Pocus is another shade-worthy item for me, though to be fair, it’s not entirely the fault of this live-action family-horror-comedy from Disney about a trio of witches (Otto Titsling historian Bette Midler, a post Square Pegs/pre-Miami Rhapsody Sarah Jessica Parker and a Mo Gaffney-free Kathy Najimy) that are brought back from the dead to wreak havoc on a Massachusetts town. No, the fault lies with an impervious VHS copy of Hocus Pocus and my little sister, who at the age of 8 qualified as one of the youngest practitioners of the Ludovico technique. Poor 12 year old me. I vomit anytime I see a schmaltzy Disney film now.

By the way, Tina Fey is producing a sequel to the film.  (more…)

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‘The Leftovers’: The Worthless Quest for Answers, Chaos and Wild Dogs

- 06-30-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Jason Tabrys

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“Sam!” She cries out. Once, twice, three times before the screen goes black and we hear the clutter of confused 9-1-1 calls. A moment before, this frazzled mother was bemoaning the evolution of the coin-op laundry to a child that is now nothing more than gone.

I like how the tragedy splinters out like a pebble in a windshield. The mother, a child crying out, a car crash and then a scream. 2% of the population gone in an instant as the camera almost seems to spin till we’re dizzy on this small space of land. They’re the only ones in the world that have just lost everything, but they’re not. 140 million dead.

A blue ribbon and a blurred jogger fill the screen next. The names of the “missing” or the “gone” or the “dead” or the whatever are read off one by one over the radio in a way that is instantly familiar to anyone who pays attention on the 11th of September as all the TV networks broadcast the ceremonies from Ground Zero. There are multiple moments where you feel like Tom Perrotta and Damon Lindelof are talking about 9/11 in The Leftovers. (more…)

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Whatever: Gary Oldman is Public Enemy Number One

- 06-24-14Featured, Nerd Culture Posted by Jason Tabrys

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Actor Gary Oldman did an interview with Playboy Magazine (NSFW pics on the page) wherein he said controversial things about society, political correctness and hypocrisy. He also said a lot of other stuff about his life and career in a way that was unvarnished and pleasing to me, but we’re focusing on the juicy stuff because the internet. (more…)

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The Comic Community Rises: Bone Marrow Drive at NY Comic Fest and Aurora Rise at Denver Comic Con

- 06-13-14Comics, Cool Stuff, Nerd Culture Posted by Jason Tabrys

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We wanted to take a quick moment to tell you about two worthwhile causes within the comic book/nerd community that are worth your attention if you happen to be in the Denver area or in New York/New Jersey area.  (more…)

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TOY REVIEW: Sideshow Collectibles ‘Tonto’ 1/6th Scale Figure

- 06-13-14Cool Stuff, Featured, reviews Posted by Jason Tabrys

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A massive disappointment at the box office and in the minds of the majority of critics (the film has a 30% score on Rotten Tomatoes), The Lone Ranger carries with it a stain of failure that will likely never wash out. When we see or hear about that movie and anything connected to it, it conjures negative thoughts, but in truth, there are a lot of people who really liked Gore Verbinski’s take on the legendary Lone Ranger/Tonto mythos. I’m not one of them, but there are a lot of people. I have proof.

Going back to Rotten Tomatoes, 53% of polled viewers “liked” the film and, despite the deluge of negativity that swirled around the film following its theatrical release, The Lone Ranger actually cleared $41 million in home video sales.

My point? Though Hot Toys’ Tonto Sixth Scale figure seems like an odd choice to join a lineup that features characters from beloved Marvel projects, DC projects, Star Wars, GI Joe and the like, there is likely a group of collectors that will be interested in this figure beyond Johnny Depp obsessives (these people would have bought a playset from The Tourist if given the chance) and those who are lucky enough to be Hot Toys completists who gobble up every luxurious figure released (I hate your face and the fat wallet in your pocket).  (more…)

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Whatever: Do Movie Tie-In Toys Matter Anymore?

- 06-05-14Comics, Featured, Film Posted by Jason Tabrys

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Whether you are aligned with Marvel or DC in this fatuous battle for supremacy, you have to admit that Marvel has been on a bit of a winning streak since the release of the first Iron Man movie; revolutionizing the way that people look at comic book IP and event films while earning a ton of money and accolades in the process.

Perhaps that’s why it feels so weird to see Marvel sustain body blow after body blow as they’ve had to deal with blowback from the Edgar Wright/Ant-Man divorce, Drew Goddard’s ill-timed departure announcement from the Daredevil TV series and rumors that Marvel’s publishing arm might pull the plug on The Fantastic Four and the Ultimate FF comic book series’ to deny FOX a promotional boost in the run-up to the release of their Fantastic Four reboot film. Add to that, X-Force creator Rob Liefeld’s tweeted-out observations about the lack of an X-Men: Days of Future Past action figure line and his proclamation that, “The Fox shut out is real”, and it appears that Marvel may have a new fire to put out… unless they just ignore this controversy until it flames out on its own.

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The Shaming of the Hyper-Offended by the Coward Patton Oswalt

- 05-15-14Featured, Nerd Culture Posted by Jason Tabrys

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Last August, when Patton Oswalt took to Twitter to make a point about reactionary observers, I wrote an article lauding the comic for the deft way that he played with the form and those observers. Last Thursday, when Oswalt used the medium to once again to poke fun at the same lot by apologizing for inflammatory tweets that he never actually posted, Daily Dot writer Miles Klee wrote, “Why I Unfollowed Patton Oswalt — and You Should Too”, an article that took Oswalt to task for his “almost pathological need to confuse and belittle that ubiquitous Internet specimen, the Easily Outraged Commenter.”

Later in the article (which was swiftly re-published by Salon.com), Klee went on to ask,”is there anything remotely amusing about watching a guy using his considerable talents to simultaneously mock the stupid and needle the allegedly “humorless” online?”, and to that I say yes there is, but this is about more than entertainment value. (more…)

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Interview: Kyle Higgins on C.O.W.L. and the Batman Books

- 05-05-14Comics, Featured Posted by Jason Tabrys

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It’s the 1960s in Chicago and superheroes have unionized to fight evil under a contract with the city.  This is the world of C.O.W.L., a new Image published comic from writers Kyle Higgins (Nightwing) and Alec Siegel, and artist Rod Reis.

In our exclusive interview with Higgins, we talk about how he developed C.O.W.L. from its short film origins, working with both Siegel and Reis, building new heroes, the differences between DC and Marvel, his time on Nightwing, and his present run on Batman Beyond 2.0.

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