Interviews: David Guy Levy on His Comic Book Adapted Screenplay ‘Back to Back to the Future’

- 07-02-13Comics, Featured, Interviews Posted by NickBungay


In 1985 Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale created the first in what would become known as the Back to the Future film trilogy, but not everybody knows what happened during shooting. A month in, star Eric Stoltz, the original Marty McFly, was replaced with young upstart Michael J. Fox and production went on, later making Fox a household name. That decision never sat well with Gale and became the idea behind Back to Back to the Future, the latest comic book from writer and creator David Guy Levy.

Last week we caught up with David for a quick Q&A to discuss everything Back to Back to the Future. Here he talks about the project’s humble beginnings, what it has become now and what lesson David would like people to get out of reading his creation. Along the way we also talk about the art of Back to Back to the Future artist Jeffery Spokes and the special connection David has to the Young Storytellers Foundation.

Check out the interview after the jump.

NBC Launching Comics Based on Old Shows – Yay?

- 07-02-13Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson


Are you a fan of K.I.T.T.? Zack Morris? Crockett and Tubbs? Well good news, because NBC/Universal is teaming up with Lion Forge Comics to capture the magic of popular NBC series from the 80s and 90s in brand new comic book series. The executives from Lions Forge will have more news about this new endeavor later this month at San Diego Comic Con, but in the meantime, all the details we do know can be found in this press release.

NBCUniversal, one of the world’s premier media and entertainment companies, has partnered with digital publisher Lion Forge Comics to develop licensed comic books based on popular TV shows from the 1980s and 90s. Under the agreement licensed through the NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Group, Lion Forge will write, develop and publish digital comics based on the following shows:

- “Airwolf”
- “Knight Rider”
- “Miami Vice”
- “Punky Brewster”
- “Saved by the Bell”

“Partnering with the team at Lion Forge to bring classic TV properties to life in graphic novel format was a natural step for us as we continue to identify new ways to entertain our fans in the digital space,” said Chris Lucero, director of Global Consumer Products Licensing for NBCUniversal Television. “We’re excited to give fans a chance to revisit some of their favorite shows and characters in a completely new way.”

Well-known writers currently signed on to work on the projects include: Joelle Sellner (Teen Titans, Jackie Chan Adventures, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi); Jonathan London (Geekscape); Geoffrey Thorne (Leverage, Ben 10) and David Gorden (Catalyst Prime: Accel and Catalyst Prime: Quincredible). 

Currently, Jason Johnson (Wetworks, Godstorm) and Lion Forge’s own Carl Reed and Lorenzo Lizana are on board as artists.

“From hugely popular characters such as Crockett and Tubbs, Zack Morris and Punky Brewster to highly stylized music and clothing choices, these TV franchises have had a significant impact on pop culture,” said David Steward, CEO, Lion Forge. “We here at Lion Forge are looking forward to extending that influence by creating visually appealing and entertaining experiences on mobile devices for a whole new generation of fans.”

The comics are planned for distribution in Q3 and Q4 2013, and will be available through the Amazon Kindle Bookstore, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble’s The Nook Book Store and Kobo.

Lion Forge executives will participate on a panel at Comic-Con International: San Diego from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. PDT on Saturday, July 20, in Room: 26AB (SDCC), where they will discuss these and other properties in development.

I wonder if this proves successful they’ll launch other comics based on NBC shows of that era. An A-Team comic perhaps? Or seaQuest DSV? And will the comics be period specific? Will Saved by the Bell’s Zack still have his brick sized cell phone, or will he carry an iPhone now? All good questions which I look forward to seeing posed at Comic Con.

Source: Coming Soon

Pryde’s Picks 6/19/13 – Comic Book Reviews

- 06-22-13Comics Posted by Kelly Carlton


EDITORS NOTE: In partnership with Youtube personality Kelly Carlton (aka F’N Pryde), we give you another weekly installment of  badass, foul mouthed comic book reviews. So without further ado here’s F’N Pryde with her weekly comic book rundown. It’s  ”Pryde’s Picks!”

Rage fills my soul with this week’s books, I wanted to bitch slap Brian Michael Bendis when his “un-guessable ending” turns out to be as predictable as a My Little Pony adventure and IDW decides that a cult classic like The X-Files deserves it’s art work outsourced by some high school students.

If you’re a comic book fan or new to the medium, my irreverent and lighthearted reviews are bound to offend and delight… consider yourself warned!

This week features Superior Spider-Man #12, Age of Ultron #10, Avengers Prelude to Infinity #14, Green Lantern: New Guardians #21, Revival #11, The X-Files #1, Wild Blue Yonder #1

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COMICS REVIEW: ‘Age of Ultron’ Books 8, 9 and 10

- 06-20-13Comics, reviews Posted by Matthew Jackson



Well…that was weird. Reading the ending of an event book like this is always a bit of a dual experience. On the one hand, you’re trying to see how all the ends of this story tie up, how it satisfies (or fails to satisfy) your needs as a reader who’s followed this thing for 10 issues, how it serves the overall story with a strong conclusion. But we’re talking about comics, so that’s never all this is about. No, last issues (or last acts, for that matter) can never be just about endings. There’s always the next event, the next relaunch, the next incarnation of a decades-old universe. Both of these elements can be exciting when you read a final issue. They can simultaneously wrap up a story that engrossed you and point the way to new and fascinating chapters. Unfortunately for us, after going through a lot of trouble to get us to a very specific place with issues eight and nine, Age of Ultron #10 seems to be all about what’s next.


Pryde’s Picks 6/12/13 – Comic Book Reviews

- 06-15-13Comics Posted by Luke Gallagher


EDITORS NOTE: Attention readers of Nerd Bastards: We are proud to present our newest comic book column and Youtube personality Kelly Carlton (aka F’N Pryde), which follows in the footsteps of some of our past, excellent attempts at telling you all about comicdom. So, who is F’N Pryde, well, ‘Ole Pryde here is a badass, foul mouthed comic connoisseur and she’s here to give you a run down of this week’s latest comics in a segment called “Pryde’s Picks”. Enjoy!

Ahoy squirts! Kelly’s back, back again, tell a friend. After my warm welcome to Nerd Bastards last week, this comic book confidant is tickled pink. I’m so jazzed to be sharing my passion with the audience here. You guys and gals are great! Special thanks to Sarah Moran for the sister love she shared last week, and boo to commenter NerdFury who thought I was a pseudo nerd girl. I shake my fist at thee!

So, lets talk comics shall we? This week I have a bunch of Marvel (Wolverine and the X-Man #31, Guardians of the Galaxy #3, Astonishing X-Men #63) a bunch of DC (Batman Zero Year #21, Superman Unchained #1, Masters of the Universe #1), a little Image (The Walking Dead #111) and a crap load of Dark Horse (Buffy the Vampire Slayer #22 X #2 and Killjoys #1) to get through. I was left wondering if Iceman was a pimp daddy or having a psychotic break, I openly express my opinion on Rocket Raccoon’s favorite battle cry and express my contempt for Jim Lee’s blatant attempt at showing me how big his PEN really is, and MOAR!

If you’re a comic book fan or new to the medium, my irreverent and lighthearted reviews are bound to offend and delight… consider yourself warned!

For more of me (and you know you want more), you can check out my YoutTube page and “like” me on Facebook. Remember, Keep Calm and Comic On.

An Archie Movie is Happening… (maybe) With Zombies!

- 06-06-13Film Posted by Jason Tabrys


At last, a movie about Archie comics.

Glee and Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark writer (of terrible things) Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is teaming up with Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore to explore the madcap world of Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and I’m just padding my word count by mentioning every character like Mr. Weatherby and the dog, because there is a dog, right?

Anyway, many are wondering if this will be an adaptation of Aguirre-Sacasa’s zombie themed Archie comic series, Afterlife with Archie, which is about the un-dead walking dead on the streets of Riverdale in search of warm bodies so they can eat brains and original plot ideas.

It is unlikely that this would be an adaptation of Aguirre-Sacasa’s Glee/Archie comic crossover story, because that would be a wholesale hate crime and a pox upon humanity.

Those are the maybe’s and the probably not’s, but what this film certainly won’t be, though, is the Archie film that I and many others have been waiting for for 16 years. Where is our searing drama about Archie and Jughead’s forbidden love, Hollywood? I demand a story that is 52% Brokeback Mountain, 18% Mr. Magoo, 7% Brenda Starr, 6% Buffy the cinema film, and 36% Emanuelle in Space. A story that tells of the betrayal that Betty and Veronica feel after years of being strung along, the cardboard storefronts masking the secret of Archie’s double life. Let us see Jughead earn that crown as he becomes the King of Queen Archie’s world as was prophesied in the clip below!

Source: Deadline

Sir Patrick Stewart Talks About His Return in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

- 06-02-13Comics, Film Posted by NickBungay


It was a sad time when comic book fans sat down to watch X-Men: The Last Stand. A) It was a terrible, terrible movie and B)  because they fucking killed off Charles Xavier. Good lord, that was a stupid thing to do. I still shake a fist at director Brett Ratner for slapping fans across the face with such blasphemy. Anyway, with his death we assumed we’d no longer see Sir Patrick Stewart return as the resident father figure to the mutant heroes. Like most departed comic-book characters, however, we knew he wouldn’t stay dead. Good ‘ole “Wheels” will be back for Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. The question is “how”?

Stewart recently attended Comicpalooza in Houston, Texas this past weekend, and while he didn’t flat-out say how his return was decided, he did go on to say it would be explained:

“It’s interesting, its possibly 6 or 7 years since X-Men 3 when you recall Charles Xavier was vaporized by… what’s her name, Jean Grey. And you are asking yourself, ‘Well if you were vaporized, how can you be in the next X-Men movie?’ Anybody got any ideas how that came about? There will be an explanation, but it  was a little puzzling to me cause I thought my X-Men days were over, but not so.  So something to look forward to, cause there’s not much to look forward to these days really.”

“I thought my X-Men days were over” Oh Stewart, you silly genius you! Check out the entire video below where Patrick compliments his co-stars and where a fan in the audience decides to shout out his theory, to which Stewart acknowledges. We aren’t sure if it’s true or not, but seeing as we all know what we see in movies is true, Patrick could have simply used his psychic powers to plant that theory.

Source: Comic Book Movie

COMICS CAVALCADE – Review: ‘Age of Ultron’ Books Six and Seven

- 05-03-13Comics, reviews Posted by Matthew Jackson



Yup, we’re doing two issues at once this time, because when Book Six came out I was out of the country and didn’t have the time or the energy to buy, read and review a comic. Turns out it was kind of a shame, because Book Six was the most important issue of the run so far.


New ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Set Photos and Video Featuring Spidey and Max Dillon

- 04-29-13Comics, Film Posted by NickBungay


Principle photography for Amazing Spider-Man 2 continues to roll  in New York City.  Recently, onlookers saw their first look at Jamie Foxx‘s Max Dillon and Andrew Garfield Spider-Man sharing their first publicly filmed scene. Naturally, everyone started getting pictures and video on their cell phones.

While the film crew continued to work with Andrew and Jamie in front of the Hearst Building, filling in as the fictional Oscorp Industries, those around them were busy posting everything they saw to social media. By the look of the flipped car and setting, it looks Spidey saves Max (pre-transformation to Electro) from getting hit by a car.

Meanwhile the people over at celebuzz were able to get a bit closer to the Columbia Pictures set, getting the finer details of Andrew and Jamie rehearsing and shooting their scene together. They nabbed  a better look at the new and improved Spider-Man costume. Which, sticks closer to the comic book iteration we all know, and honestly the best representation of the suit seen so far. Jamie Foxx on the other hand, well, I’m getting a Jim Carrey as Edward Nigma from Batman Forever vibe. Not good. Anyway, check out the image gallery below:

James Gunn Addresses Casting Choices and Rumors in ‘GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY’

- 04-18-13Comics, Film Posted by NickBungay


Director James Gunn has been on a roll with the pre-production of Guardians of the Galaxy in recent weeks, most recently casting former Walking Dead star Michael Rooker. There are still some more shoes to be filled, but there isn’t too much time left to round out the cast seeing as how shooting starts in June. In a way he’s literally under the “Gunn” on this one.

All bad puns aside, the director of Marvel‘s “standalone film” took a breather and attended the UK premier of another Marvel franchise, Iron Man 3, in London, England, which is, coincidentally, the same location of Shepperton Studios where James is currently preparing to film. While there between the red carpet and the theater, Gunn took time to have a chat with HeyUGuys. He addressed comparisons to Star Wars, casting choices and how Guardians is different than the other Marvel films. As usual, James answers everything in his own special little way.

Read on after the jump for more.