“Why don’t more people know about [INSERT GRAPHIC NOVEL TITLE HERE]? [INSERT GRAPHIC NOVEL TITLE HERE] is the best thing ever!
~Every cheated comic book nerd ever.
With almost a century’s worth of tradition, comic books have absolute metric craptons of excellent, well thought-out content, even after you have subtracted the 90% of crap that infests every medium, as predicted by Sturgeon’s Law. And while this 10% might sound pretty damn promising, a lot of it just has simply been lost to time and lack of reprints, mostly due to their lackluster sales.
Which makes sense, from a market perspective: how many newfangled nerds know about the work of Rick Veitch? Who among the steampunk nerds have even heard of the unbridled lunacy that’s in the work of Bryan Talbot? Heck, how many otaku do you know that know the work of Boichi or even Kago Shintarou? Even if you factor in those creators’ excellence, their work often slips through the cracks, by virtue of simple logistics. (more…)
Critics have been harsh on Gal Gadot ever since she was announced to play the most recognizable heroine in history, and that’s to be expected. This is going to be the first time Princess Diana of Themyscira is going to be featured on the Silver Screen, so fans want her done justice. Gal has not taken this criticism lying down, though, and has responded to what she obviously feels are attacks on her appearance. Is she correct, or is this outcry warranted? Read on to find out. (more…)
For years, the only way to get more Star Wars was to read a book. It was called the Expanded Universe and it took you anywhere, at any time, with any character, and it was glorious. Now unlearn what you have learned. Sadly, when Disney bought out Lucasfilm in 2012, it spelled the end to all those games you played, and those comics and novels you read and enjoyed, as they have absolutely nothing to do with the new worlds being created under the Star Wars brand. So as we race towards the release of The Force Awakens, it seems that Disney’s publishing arm is racing to play catch-up, as today it’s being reported that no less than 20 new Star Wars books will be released by year’s end. (more…)
It’s San Diego Comic-Con hangover season and Jeremy and Jason are here to welcome you to the 3rd Annual Bastard-Con™ where we talk about all the big Comic-Con news that was(n’t)! Are you into King Kong vs. Godzilla vs. obscure French Sculptors, Mad Max vs. our once dim expectations and the curious relationship between Batman‘s glowing eyes and a popular 1990s Seal music video? Good, this is the show for you and in addition to those things, we also talk about more things, like: (more…)
Hey! There’s still comic book news at Comic Con. Who woulda thunk it? A number of new comic books have been announced so far at this con, and while many of them do have a film or TV connection, they are surely titles that all types of fans will be interested in. From the final frontier to California suburbia, from seminal 60s sci-fi to 80s nostalgia kitsch, there’s some interesting options coming to a comic store near you. Let’s take a look at what SDCC 2014 has in terms of actual comic announcements. (more…)
Brian Winkeler is the writer behind Knuckleheads, the official comic book of slackers and, by extension, RadioBastard. A previous guest in the days before order came to the west and this here show was called The BastardCast, Jeremy and Jason welcome Brian back to RadioBastard to talk about comic book making, the move from Monkeybrain and digital to a paper collection with IDW, his San Diego Comic-Con plans and his love affair with comics. (more…)
And we’re back… from a slightly less lengthy break this time (we have to slowly ramp up your dosage or you’ll be overcome with sexual urges). Do you like robot love, comic book movies, Harrison Ford‘s body parts, Steven Seagal and Scooby Doo? Good for you, because we’re talking all about those things and more on RadioBastard!
Also, do you like details? You’re in luck! Here’s something close to that… sort of!
On the show this week, Jeremy and Jason discuss: (more…)
It was one of the inevitable big shifts to come out of Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012, the changing of the guard in terms of what company will get to print Star Wars comics in the future. Disney, of course, owns Marvel Comics, which means the end of Dark Horse Comics’ some 23 years publishing comics and graphic novels about that galaxy far, far away. It was only a matter of time, but some recent develops seem to indicate that the last days of Star Wars by Dark Horse are sooner, rather than later. (more…)
For many, the Francis Lawrence-helmed take on Constantine, everyone’s favorite English exorcist and master of the dark arts, was a massive disappointment (despite the fact that it was a pretty solid big budget fantasy noir with an incredible, androgynous turn from Tilda Swinton as Gabriel the Arc Angel). The film jettisoned the English origins of the character, tailoring it to Keanu Reeves’ movie star persona while shoehorning in a side-character played by Shia LeBeouf (which never bodes well for studio adaptations of geek properties).
Now comes NBC, whose upcoming TV take on the character looks like it’s going to atone for the sins Lawrence committed in the eyes of fans. Today we get out first look at their small-screen take on the DC/Vertigo supernatural detective and it looks like they may have a huge winner on their hands.
*** Warning: Spoilers For Films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Follow ***
I need to get this out of the way up front: I’m not a “comic book guy”.
That’s probably weird for you to read, as this site is called “Nerd Bastards” after all; complete with a smattering of classic funny books comprising the logo alongside what appears to be a homeless man who mugged Darth Vader for his Camel Lights (doesn’t that dude have asthma?). The truth is: I’m pretty much a strict “cinephile”, my education (formal and otherwise) rooted in both classic and contemporary film history. That’s not to say I’m a complete ignoramus when it comes to comics. I collected when I was a kid, frequenting my local shop at least once a week, hooked on the books whose stories fascinated me. It’s just that this main vein habit didn’t follow me into adulthood like cinema did — a hobby that I chose to turn into a career of sorts.
I don’t bring this fact up to distance myself from the NB audience; more to illustrate that I probably view the films adapted from the stories they so love through a different prism. Where they’re looking for consistency of character and adherence to the established mythologies, I’m motly hoping to sit down with a (hopefully more than) competently constructed work of filmic language that not only brings our diligent defenders to life, but does so with a focus on pleasing more than just the established fan base. In no way is one method of evaluation better than the other — it’s just a different value system with which to rate a specific subsection of the form. To be honest, the best critics of “comic book cinema” are those who can do both, dropping knowledge about the “mis-en-scène” as easily as they can break down why this particular iteration of Captain America is the most faithful to its four-color creators. I strive to do both, but my limitations with the source material keep me from going full-blown FilmCritHulk most of the time.
To wit, I introduce to you my very own take on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At this point in the sprawling franchise’s history, everybody seems to have their own personal rankings of the films leading up to and beyond Joss Whedon’s Avengers. As much as the snobbier cinema goers would like “comic book filmmaking” to evaporate completely into the ether, it’s time to start recognizing that the genre is far too profitable to disappear anytime soon. These movies need to be treated like bona fide works of art and evaluated as such, so I present my own personal, cinephilic take on the MCU, from worst to best…