Category Archives: Comics

The Future of Hollywood is Image Comics

To say that Hollywood has run out of ideas is not a particularly bold stance. People have been saying that for decades, although it seems especially relevant right now. Our theaters are being flooded with remakes and reboots such as Robocop, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Total Recall with little to no regard for audiences.

The only TMNT movie worth seeing.

Listen, I know it seems a bit ridiculous for an adult to care whether or not a movie about robot Jesus cop or personified reptiles who practice martial arts gets remade. I know that no one is taking the movies I know and love away from me. That being said, it still seems like a lot time, energy and money that could be going toward new stories.

Hollywood is desperately trying to hit reset (which is to say trying to shake down moviegoers nostalgic for their younger days) on movies that were as perfect as they could be in relation to their place and time in the cultural landscape. I’ve long believed that, if we are going to be subject to repetitive reboots, it would make more sense to try again on movies with interesting concepts that didn’t quite hit the mark.

So, what’s to be done in a sequel and reboot crazed market? Where shall we find these new and interesting stories you so desperately seek?

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Futurama Jack-o’-Lantern

It’s been a long time since I carved a pumpkin, but this year I decided to enter a pumpkin carving contest at work. I had some trouble deciding on what to carve, but the final two themes were Futurama and Batman.

I decided to go with Futurama–Bender specifically. I couldn’t find a good bender pattern online, so I had to freestyle it. But I think the result was pretty good:

Bender Bending Rodriguez.

Bender Bending Rodriguez.

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Batman

Here’s another painting I did. This is of Batman from Jeph Loeb’s Dark Victory:

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4 Non-Superhero Graphic Novels That Must be Adapted Now

1. Y the Last Man

Y the Last Man follows the journey of Yorick and his pet capuchin monkey Ampersand, the last two males on earth after a planet-wide plague killed every other being with a Y chromosome.

The series looks at the frightening possibilities and consequences of half the world dying in one fell swoop. However, despite the grim crux of the plot, Y the Last Man is also extremely funny and smart.

Yorick is a reluctant, wise-cracking hero, kind of in the mold of Han Solo, who throws out enough pop-culture references to make Nick Hornby proud. That, combined with all the action and plot twists on his search for answers, makes this story ideal for the big screen.

Fortunately, it appears as if this movie will be made. Unfortunately, it appears as if it might be made by D.J. Caruso, director of Disturbia, who is “loosely attached.” If he does, he’s probably casting  his boy Shia LaBeouf. Rumor has it he would also cast Alicia Keys as Agent 355.

If there’s one thing this movie doesn’t need, it’s effing Shia LaBeouf. The movie would be better served by a smooth actor who can still do the ole’ wink and nod thing at the camera. Ideally, I would like someone such as Joseph Gordon-Levitt or James McAvoy to star as Yorick.

But I can wish in one hand…

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What I Want From “The Walking Dead” Season 2

Well, AMC has done it again. The season premier of The Walking Dead received more than 5 million viewers, and the season finale received 6 million viewers. The show, which is based on comic by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard, is my new favorite show on TV. Actually, it’s a lot of people’s new favorite show.

However, the short, six-episode first season already has me craving more zombie killing and post-apocalyptic surviving. Apparently, I’ll have to wait until next October according to many Internet sources. So in the meantime, here are some things I would like to see in season two.

Also, THERE ARE SPOILERS!

More Characters From the Comic

Fans of the comic know that the TV series diverges significantly from it. Not that that’s always a bad thing. The series was developed by Frank Darabont who directed The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. He also doctored Saving Private Ryan‘s script. The dude knows how to tell a story.

That being said, I have some gripes. There are several characters in the show that are not in the comic. In theory, I don’t have a problem with that because a TV series and a comic book are two inherently different mediums. I never expected the show to be a panel-for-panel recreation of the comic, but I feel like some of the added characters were superfluous.

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