It would be simplistic to say that comic book adaptations are limited to the books published by DC Comics and Marvel, but when it comes to movies about superheroes, the publishers more or less have that market cornered. That’s kind of surprising, especially for a Hollywood desperate to a) jump on a bandwagon with seemingly infinite rewards, and b) buy up any idea that comes pre-delivered with its own built-in audience. Throughout much of the 90s, Image Comics cranked out one new superhero book after the other, and for a time they did mighty battle with the big two publishers. So where are the movies based on WildC.A.T.s, or Savage Dragon, or Cyber Force? Perhaps this drought is about to be addressed because one of the architects of the Image boom, Rob Liefeld, says that there’s some serious studio interest in one of his characters: Supreme. (more…)
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.
SyFy made a lot of questionable decisions of the years – I mean look at its name, am I right? – but one of the most vexing thing for fans has been the cable channel’s emphasis on cheap reality shows about annoying so-called nerds and ghost busters from every corner of the the country, while cancelling decent, genuine sci-fi and fantasy series. Might that be changing? Might SyFy be making some bold moves in original programming with a couple of new series from veteran producers of well-loved and established genre producers. (more…)
EDITORS NOTE: In partnership with Youtube personality Kelly Carlton (aka F’N Pryde), we bring 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!”
Holy video fail, Batman! I want to apologize profusely for this week’s video quality. There was an audio error in our first draft and then my video editor boyfriend was pulled out to the Bahamas for a work trip. Despite my lame excuses, I want ya’ll to rest assured knowing I’ll be back in HD next week. Anyhoozle…
Marvel found a way to pull at my heartstrings by bringing Wolverine & Cyclops together over a beer while my mouth dropped at the idea of Rogue taking her mutant powers OVER 9000! DC Comics delves a bit more into Commissioner Gordon’s shady past and then pours us a hot cup of Harley Quinn/Poison Ivy pajama party. Alyssa Milano teams up with Boom Entertainment to bring us the intriguing Hacktivist. Image comics won my week with The Walking Dead finally giving me much bloodshed and death in this week’s All Out War. (more…)
Recently, we had a chance to talk face to face with multi-talented comic book writer and artist Tim Seeley at New York Comic Con about his and Mike Norton‘s rural noir zombie thriller Revival, providing a contrast for The Walking Dead, becoming a highly sought after team with Norton, the status of the rumored Hack/Slash film, his interest in bringing his comics to TV or the big screen, and knowing where Revival will end thanks to Lost.
This is a special edition of The BastardCast featuring an interview with God Hates Astronauts creator Ryan Browne. The regular, curse filled podcast’o shenanigans version of The BastardCast will come into your life over the weekend, and you will love it like a bear loves porridge and Young MC music.
Some of the greatest fanbeing/comic series love affairs have been born from the magic of a word of mouth suggestion. That’s how I found God Hates Astronaut, a web-comic that will see a collected print release from Image Comics on October 9th (let your local comic shop know that you want this book NOW).
Weird and wonderfully hysterical, the book details the strange downfall of Star Fighter as he deals with infidelity, a ghost cow, an un-dead pugilist, magic bears, superhero bureaucracy, an asshole cowboy and a massive head.
Created by Ryan Browne (Blast Furnace, The Manhattan Projects) over the course of six years, Browne tells us about the future of God Hates Astronauts, the magic of Reginald VelJohnson (the cop from Die Hard and Family Matters, c’mon people…) and creating GHA’s world.
We also discuss the copious bonus content in the print edition, whether Browne would want to work for Marvel or DC and the creative cost that comes with such a job, his guest work on The Manhattan Projects, the long process from concept to web comic to print.
All that and more on the latest BastardCast Interview.
EDITORS NOTE: Attention readers of Nerd Bastards. We our proud to present our newest comic book column. Forgetting our past meager attempts at blogging the latest happenings in the comic-verse, we are now offering examinations via Youtube personality Kelly Carlton (aka F’N Pryde). ‘Ole Pryde here is a busty, foul mouthed comic connoisseur. She’s here to give you the run down of this week latest grabs in a segment called “Pryde’s Picks”.
Hi guys, Pryde here. I’m poppin’ my Nerd Bastards cherry with my very first entry. (Squee!) I’ve been doing “Pryde’s Picks” on my YoutTube page for a while now, but sharing myself on this platform, with this audience, is the coolest. So, yeah, I have boobs and read comics. Aren’t I the darnedest? From here on out, I’ll be your guide on the most topical offerings this side of the Marvel and DC universes and everything in between. I’ll tell you what’s hot and what’s not, and be cursing like a sailor throughout. Enjoy.
We are gonna start with one book from DC (Batman Detective Comics #2) 1, do a butt load of Marvels (Age of Ultron #9, Thanos Rising #3, All New X-Men #12, Superior Spider-Man #11), and round it out with a few books from Vertigo Comics (Astro City #1, The Wake #1).
And… here… we… go…
WARNING: My reviews are spoiler heavy, so don’t feel butt hurt if I ruin something for you.
Comic book creator Rob Liefeld gets a bad rap, some of it undeserved, but most fairly accurate. Of course, one of those things that makes him so misunderstood is an incredible sense of arrogance and self-aggrandizement, which is evidence at once by the fact that he’s not just working on movies based on his characters, but he’s working on a movie about his own life in the comic industry.
Sure, you may be saying, but people write about their own lives and times with incredible consistency, but there’s no money in writing a book until you sell it. Instead, Liefeld’s proposing that some studio or investor somewhere give him money to make a movie about himself. Now that’s the kind of hubris you can take to the bank. (more…)
In 2012, All-Star Marvel and DC artist Mike Norton further moved toward creator owned projects, continuining his Eisner Award winning Battlepug saga online (and in collected editions through Dark Horse) while also co-creating Image Comics’ rural noir zombie book Revival and Dark Horse Comics’ brand new costumed hero book, The Answer, which debuts today.
Here, Norton tells us about how he picks his projects, why he doesn’t hide from superhero tropes, how Revival isn’t your typical zombie book, battling zombie fatigue, and if he’d like to see Battlepug live on as a cartoon series.
Along the way, we also discuss the challenges of telling a slow burn story, the appeal of The Answer‘s female lead, and how a costumed hero fits in at Dark Horse.
All that and more with Mike Norton after the jump. (more…)
Todd McFarlane is one of the true forces in modern comics. A rockstar artist and writer who left Marvel 20 years ago to take his pencil and create a new icon in Spawn and co-create a new company in Image Comics, McFarlane is now taking time to reflect on his career, the industry altering decision to help form Image, and the evolution of his signature style in The Art of Todd McFarlane: The Devil is in the Details.
I had the opportunity to speak with McFarlane a few weeks ago about the inception of Image, his new book, his thoughts on reboots, what Marvel and DC have become, the business side of toys, and Spawn. The result is an in-depth look inside the mind of one of comicdom’s most influential and opinionated individuals. Enjoy. (more…)