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The audience for AMC’s The walking Dead is huge. Bigger even than the shambling multitude of corpses that chase its protagonists around our screens every Sunday night. Now that the show has earned its well-deserved eighth season renewal, there’s no reason to think that the end is in anywhere near in sight. The story of the intrepid band of beleaguered survivors battling undead hordes can’t be contained in a paltry eight seasons. In fact, as Show runner Scott Gimple recently hinted, It can’t even be contained by the small screen.

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When you think of comic book conventions, the first thing that most likely comes to mind is the one and only Comic Con in San Diego California. After all, it is the biggest comic con of the year and you can find many big stars and major announcements there. But what about the smaller conventions? You know, the local ones that not nearly as many people go to. While these smaller comic conventions aren’t as popular as the ones that coast an entire savings account to go to, they are nonetheless worthy of checking out. A perfect example of a small con with a big heart is last weekend’s Terrificon Comicon at the Mohegan Sun resort and casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. (more…)

‘Mouse Guard’ Comics Receiving Film Adaptation

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You may not have heard of Mouse Guard, the Eisner-winning fantasy epic written and illustrated by creator David Petersen, but you certainly should. It is a long-running comic series (and tabletop RPG) featuring a stoic order of guardians in the form of actual mice, who defend the lands from the evils and monsters that would do it’s citizens harm. However, when the word ‘monster’ comes up, instead of thinking of giants or dragons, imagine owls and snakes; just because these creatures may seem mundane to us giant humans, they are a very real danger to anyone the size of a mouse. Despite the admittedly adorable art, Mouse Guard does not channel Stuart Little as much as it does the Night’s Watch from Game of Thrones. Now, it’s getting a big screen adaptation. (more…)

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Ahh, the 1980s, when toys dictated the content of your television, and Saturday morning cartoons reigned supreme. One of the kings of weekend-morning comic machismo was He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, a show premised around Prince Adam channeling the power of the Castle Grayskull to unleash his inner barbarian (becoming He-Man), and battle the evils of the nefarious, skull-faced Skeletor. While a great success at the time, launching hundreds (if not thousands) of toys, various comic books, and even a (terrible) movie starring Dolph Lundgren, He-Man has not shared much of the nostalgic-based revival success of other 80s cartoons like G.I. Joe or Transformers, the closest it has come was an attempted revival series in 2002, which ran for two seasons, and an internet meme nearly a decade back. Despite this, He-Man (especially the 80s cartoon) still has quite a cult following, and it looks those fans will be rewarded at this year’s SDCC. (more…)

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Just because Big Trouble in Little China is getting a remake, doesn’t mean there isn’t any love for the original. BOOM! Studios, currently known for handling the excellent comic adaptation of Adventure Time as well as the current Power Rangers comic series, has been on the radar of your average comic-geek for a little while now for both aforementioned series, and it seems like they’re ready to make another splash in a big, John Carpenter-esque kind of way with the newest series they announced on July 11th.

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After seeing how much ass he kicked in Captain America: Civil War, it’s no wonder why Marvel fans are craving to see his first Marvel Cinematic solo feature. After the sloppy, overstuffed mess that was The Amazing Spider-Man 2, we can certainly see why. Homecoming will certainly be an awseome way to kick off the 2017 summer movie season next May. Of course, what is any summer blockbuster without a high-speed hype train? In addition to Kevin Fiege promising a John Huges-style screenplay, the cast attached to it is pretty damn impressive as well. We’ve got Robert Downey Jr. reprising his role as iron man, Marissa Tomei returning as the unexpectedly attractive Aunt May, Michael Keaton reportedly playing the Vulture (Finally! Birdman 4!), and even Childish Gambino himself playing a part. There are even some cast members that you may not have heard of, but are nonetheless welcome additions to the movie. (more…)

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George Miller (Mad Max, Happy Feet) had a fantastic story and plans to develop a superhero team film which would have pre-dated The Avengers. Budget was agreed upon, the location for filming was decided, the principal shooting for the film was set to begin. Heck, even a title was chosen… Justice League Mortal. Then the writer’s strike of 2007 and Warner Bros. indefinitely putting the hold on what could have been an outstanding film which held true to the comic books. (more…)

Kevin Feige Drops Hints At Marvel’s Phase 4

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With Captain America: Civil War kicking off Marvel’s Phase 3, Kevin Feige spoke with Entertainment Weekly on several subjects including Phase 4. On May 6, 2016 the 13th movie of the Marvel Studio’s franchise hits theaters. Only 11 movies are slated for the third phase including Thor:Ragnarok, Black Panther and Avengers Infinity War Part 1 and 2. One big question still loom on the horizon;  when will Marvel Studios make Inhumans? Currently Inhumans are part of Agents of Shield’s main plot and Marvel Studios might be waiting for the TV show to finish their scripts. You can find a full listing of all Phase 3 movies here. Kevin hints at what’s in store for Phase 4. (more…)

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French science-fiction hasn’t had too much luck with international cinematic releases: from the gloriously jumbled mess that was the Fifth Element, all the way to the recent toss-up that was Immortelle, French science fiction comic books hasn’t managed to stick with audiences. It could be the large concentration of nudity, the weird approach they take toward implementing religion in their stories or just their shaky morality play, but this latest adaptation might actually stand a chance…

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No universe is complete without stars, especially the Marvel Cinematic one. With so many different characters, it feels like every actor on the planet has done at least one comic book movie. This is especially the case with the Marvel Cinematic Universe; it features so many A-list actors that it’s practically impossible to count them all. In 2015 alone, we’ve seen the likes of James Spader, Paul Rudd, Michael Peña, Evangeline Lilly and even Micahel Douglas make their Marvel movie debuts. Moreover, with Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and Chadwick Boseman’s characters coming to theaters this year, it seems like the stars just keep on coming. As if that didn’t seem like enough big names to put on the posters, another huge name is suspected to join the billion-dollar franchise.

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