Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Mad Monk is Days Away.......

Written by us (Brian Harris & Phil Butehorn), Art by Jason Copland, and Letters by Jason Hanley.

Here's our teaser for The Mad  Monk.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Definitive Fictional Baseball Player All-Stars

In honor of the return on Major League Baseball, here is the definitive full 25-man roster of fictional baseball All-Stars. A few notes: there were very few second basemen that could qualify, so I had to go with a softball player. There are also a glut of catchers out there and at least two big ones were left off. Benny "the Jet" Rodriguez's position was never stated at the end of The Sandlot, so I took the liberty to play pretty fast and loose with his position based on my needs.
Roy Hobbs

C- Jake Taylor (Major League)
1B- Lou Collins (Little Big League)
2B- Marla Hooch (A League of Their Own)
3B- Ray Mitchell (Angels in the Outfield)
SS- Benny "the Jet" Rodriguez (The Sandlot)
LF- Isuru Tanaka (Major League II)
CF- Willie "Mays" Hayes (Major League)

RF- Roy Hobbs (The Natural)
DH- Pedro Cerrano (Major League)

SP- Steve Nebraska (The Scout

SP- Ebby Calvin "Nuke" LaLoosh (Bull Durham)
81 straight strikes, 27 straight outs. Not bad.
SP- Mel Clark (Angels in the Outfield)
SP- Billy Chapel (For Love of the Game)
SP- Chet "Rocket" Steadman (Rookie of the Year)

RP- Jim Bowers (Little Big League)
RP- Ryan Dunne (Summer Catch)
RP- John "Blackout" Gatling (Little Big League)
RP- Henry Rowengartner (Rookie of the Year)
C- Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughan (Major League)

Bench- C-Crash Davis (Bull Durham), 1B-Kit "Hit or Die" Kesey (Angels in the Outfield), 3B- Roger Dorn (Major League), OF- Ben Williams (Angels in the Outfield), OF- Bump Bailey (The Natural), OF- Bobby Rayburn (The Fan)
Drop dead. I got sunscreen in my eye.

Head Coach- George Knox (Angels in the Outfield)
Pitching Coach- Phil Brickma (Rookie of the Year)
Bench Coach- Pop Fisher (The Natural)

Batting Order-
1. Willie "Mays" Hayes
2. Benny "the Jet" Rodriguez
3. Roy Hobbs
4. Pedro Cerrano
5.Jake Taylor
6.Lou Collins
7. Isuru Tanaka
8. Ray Mitchell
9. Marla Hooch

Monday, April 7, 2014

We are the Walking Dead

           Season 4 of the Walking Dead is officially over and all we can do is speculate about where it will go next. This season brought a welcome change of pace to the zombie drama. Gimple is now completely finished picking up the pieces from last year's uneven Mazzera season. Overall I really enjoyed this season especially this last episode entitled "A". This is a perfect example of when the Walking Dead is firing on all cylinders. The writing was excellent but that comes as no surprise because this was a Gimple written episode. If this is the type of quality TWD can maintain next season we're in for something really special.

            Everything from the writing to the way this episode was shot screamed Darabont and really felt like a love letter to the first season and the source material. We see a scene lifted directly out of the comic books with the attack from Joe's group. This scene was pretty essential to the evolution of Rick Grimes, we are now thankfully done with a Rick that takes an episode (or two) to wrestle with the darkness he has pent up and now, after making short work of Joe's group we see him not only accepting his dark passenger, but embracing it and more importantly not forgetting what Hershel taught him. He has now found the balance between zen and brutality and that's what will keep him and his group alive. 

            I'm glad that in this episode we finally get to see Terminus and that it seems that Gimple and co have blended two of the comic book story lines together. It seems that Terminus isn't all its cracked up to be and from the looks of it these guys are preying on the living. Giving the actual zombies some competition. A lot of the themes in season 4B have been change, growth and a slow realization that as the world get's more brutal so do you making the philosophical point that, WE ARE THE WALKING DEAD! I'm still dying to see Rick shout that like he did in the graphic novels. Even though I found 4B to be a bit uneven at times overall I was really into what the writers were doing which was taking the last 8 episodes and dedicating them to the characters we have grown to love over the past few seasons and some new ones. Specifically Bob, Rick, Michonne and Daryl's story arcs were in my opinion pretty strong. I really wasn't a big fan of Glenn & Maggie in this half, they were OK but they're stories were kind of one note. Maggie desperately wanted to reunite with her husband, and also showed zero interest in reuniting with her little sister, that's kinda fucked up Maggs. 

            But now that it's all over I really liked season 4 as a whole, much better than I enjoyed the end half of season 3. Gimple seems to have a direction in mind for this show and he made the strong decision to give pretty much every character they're own story. Which is refreshing as opposed to season 3 when a lot of the B characters seemed to fade into the background. It almost seems as if season 4B was just the writers getting everything in order and setting the stage for season 5. This series now has a very clear direction for the next season which is, obviously to escape. I'd love to see a sort of "Escape from Alcatraz" meets "Day of the Dead" theme going on next season. 

            Needless to say this episode has me very excited for what’s in store next. I thought out of all of the season finales this is a very close second to the strong second season finale. The episode was filled with literary metaphors from the flashbacks to the days of the prison to even the rabbit trap, now Rick and co are the rabbits and it seems that the Terminus community are the hunters! All in all I'm giving episode 416 entitled "A" a 9 out of 10.

Written by Isaiah Mueller

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Mystery Mutant from X-Men: Days of Future Past

At first, we thought it was Forge, and that got us excited. However, it turns out we were 100% wrong. A bunch of fanboys on Facebook informed us that this mystery mutant is a Marvel super-villain, Trevor Fitzroy.

Here's some info thanks to Wiki, "Trevor Fitzroy is a Marvel Comics supervillain, an enemy of the X-Men, in particular Bishop. Created by Jim Lee and Whilce Portacio, he first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #281 (October 1991). Fitzroy hails from the same dystopian future as Bishop. A mutant criminal, he possesses the ability to absorb energy from human beings and use that energy to open time portals, which is how Bishop traveled to the present. He has since been featured as the main adversary in series featuring Bishop."

P.S. Did we get you??????????????????????????????

Monday, March 17, 2014

Ready, Set, Go! Dark Horse's Plan to Battle The Big 3

For the past few years, the comic market has seen a pretty solid increase in readers. Yes, comic stores can thank movies like Nolan's Batman trilogy and Marvel's Avenger franchise. However, comic readership has expanded beyond the superhero genre. Readership has expanded to the indie companies such as Image, Boom, Dynamite, Avatar, Oni Press, and Dark Horse. The most underrated company of 2013 is Dark Horse. A few months ago, Dark Horse sent us their "Best of the Best" list. Sadly, I got caught up in the real world, looked for a job outside the restaurant industry, and fell behind on the comic industry. 

Now that I'm back, I'm ready to educate new and old school comic readers. Outside the cape genre there are titles and stories that a Kubrick, Spielberg, and a Nolan fan would  foam at the mouth if they gave comics a chance. Titles like Mind MGMT, Hellboy in Hell, The Black Beetle, and Breath of Bones represent a medium that is untapped and deserves more recognition from the mass public. Trust me when I write that the stories on these pages are a breed of their own. 

Amazon’s Best Books of 2013: The Black Beetle | MIND MGMT
Big Shiny Robot’s Best of 2013: 47 Ronin | MIND MGMT 
iTunes’ iBooks Best of 2013: MIND MGMT | Bad Houses | The Creep
io9’s Best Products of Comic-Con 2013: Game of Thrones figures
IGN’s Best Products of Comic-Con 2013: Zelda figures
Bleeding Cool’s 11 Best Comics of 2013: Buzzkill | Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight | Hellboy in Hell
NewsOK’s 10 Best Comic Book Series of 2013: The Black Beetle
Time Magazine’s Top 10 Comics and Graphic Novels: Bad Houses
Paste Magazine’s 10 Best Comics of 2013: MIND MGMT | Bad Houses
Paste Magazine’s 13 Best Webcomics of 2013: Battlepug
ComicsAlliance’s Best Comic Books of 2013: Hellboy in Hell | The Black Beetle | MIND MGMT | Catalyst Comix | The Fifth Beatle | Star Wars line
WhatCulture’s 50 Best Comics of 2013: Bandette
io9’s The Very Very Best Comics of 2013: MIND MGMT | The Fifth Beatle
Digital Spy’s Top 10 Comics of 2013: Hellboy in Hell
Huffington Post’s 10 Best Comics of 2013: Concrete Park
Newsarama’s The Best of Best Shots 2013: Kelly Sue DeConnick (Ghost) | Matt Kindt (MIND MGMT) | Amala’s Blade 
The Onion’s A.V. Club’s Best Mainstream & Superhero Comics of 2013: Dream Thief | Hellboy in Hell | MIND MGMT
Bloody Disgusting’s Best Comics of 2013: Abe Sapien | Hellboy in Hell
Bloody Disgusting’s Top Miniseries and Ongoings of 2013: The Black Beetle | Dream Thief | The Goon | The Victories
Bloody Disgusting’s Top 10 Debut Issues of 2013: Buzzkill
Bloody Disgusting’s Best Comics Miniseries of 2013: To Hell You Ride
Comic Book Resources’ Top 100 Comics of 2013 Part 1: Sabertooth Swordsman
Comic Book Resources’ Top 100 Comics of 2013 Part 2: Dream Thief | Blade of the Immortal | Hellboy: The Midnight Circus
Comic Book Resources’ Top 100 Comics of 2013 Part 3: The Black Beetle
Comic Book Resources’ Top 100 Comics of 2013 Part 4: MIND MGMT | The Fifth Beatle | Hellboy in Hell | Bad Houses
Comic Bastards’ Comic Book Round-Up: The Best Part 1:

• Best Single Issue: The Goon #44 | The Massive #17
• Best Ongoing: MIND MGMT 
• Best Miniseries: Baltimore | Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin | The Black Beetle
Comic Bastards’ The Best of Part 2:
• Best OGN: Hellboy: The Midnight Circus | Last Man Standing | The Last of Us: American Dreams
• Best All-Ages Title: Itty Bitty Hellboy
Comic Bastards’ The Best of Part 3:
• Best Book of 2012 We’re Still Talking About: Conan the Barbarian
• Best Revival: Brain Boy
• Best Adaptation: The Last of Us: American Dreams | The Art of BioShock Infinite | The Star Wars
Multiversity’s 2013 in Review:
• Best Ongoing Series: Hellboy in Hell | MIND MGMT | B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth
• Best Writer: John Arcudi | Matt Kindt | Kelly Sue DeConnick
• Best Artist: J. H. Williams III
• Best Miniseries: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys | Catalyst Comix | B.P.R.D.: Vampire
• Best PublisherDark Horse Comics
• Best Graphic Novel: Sin Titulo | Hellboy: The Midnight Circus
• Most Overlooked Series: Catalyst Comix | MIND MGMT | Gamma
• Breakout Writer: Frank Barbiere | Joshua Williamson
• Breakout Artist: Ulises Farinas | Greg Smallwood
Uproxx’s 15 Best Comic Books of 2013: Buzzkill | Star Wars
Unwinnable’s Best Comics of 2013: The Shaolin Cowboy | Hellboy in Hell | B.P.R.D.
VICE’s Ten Best Comics of 2013: The Manara Library Volume 5
The Village Voice’s 2013’s Best Graphic Novels: Sacrifice
PopCandy’s Best of 2013: Bad Houses
USA Today’s 2013’s Best Graphic Novels and Collections: The Black Beetle Volume 1 | The Fifth Beatle
USA Today’s Best Comic Books of 2013:
• Best Cover Artist: Jenny Frison
• Most Insane Read: Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight
• Best Throwback: Star Wars
• Honorable Mentions:
• Rookie of the Year (Character): Buzzkill
• Best Miniseries: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys

Monday, March 3, 2014

Do, Re, Egon into the Bygone

            On February 24th our city lost a dear friend when, Dr. Egon Spengler, at the age of 69, passed away after being crushed by a psychokinetic twinkie, thirty-five feet long and weighing six hundred pounds. A close friend has gone on record to say, "That's a big twinkie."
            He is survived by the members of his former Ghost Busting team, Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Ray Stantz, and Winston Zeddmore. He leaves behind several close acquaintances; secretary and self described "intellectual", Janine Melnitz; lawyer, stand-in Ghostbuster and former Keymaster, Louis Tully, Dr. Peter Venkman's on again, off again girlfriend of the last thirty years, Dana Barrett; and his pet toaster.
            In his free time Dr. Spengler enjoyed straightening Slinkies and drilling holes in his head [as long as nobody was around to stop him], as well as adding to his collection of molds, spores, and fungi. Dr. Spengler was one of the founding members of the squad of ghost busting civil servants known as the Ghostbusters, who came into notoriety in the early 1980's when an ancient Sumerian God known as Gozer the Destructor sought to level the city while masquerading as a 100ft tall version of the Stay Puft Marshmallow man.
            Dr. Spengler once again came to the aide of the city when, in 1989, a Carpathian warlord, known as Vigo the Cruel [alias: Vigo the Torturer, Vigo the Despised, and Vigo the Unholy, among others], was resurrected from a painting by a psychomagnotheric slime flow and threatened to enslave society. His passing puts to rest any hopes for a reunion tour with his former Ghostbuster pals, after all, how can there be a Ghostbusters without Egon?

            His efforts were truly appreciated, and he will be deeply missed. Condolences and sympathies can be directed to the Ghostbusters hotline: 555-2369. Who you gunna call?

Written by: Cy 'The Horror Guy'

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Keith Leanza's picks for the 86th Annual Academy Awards

With the 86th annual Academy Awards just around the corner, many people are making predictions as though they are Gods and know who is going to be presented with these awards, and most of these people are wrong. It is near impossible to predict what movie will win best picture and what director will be crowned the best. Many people are predicting Leonardo DiCaprio will win his first best Actor in a leading role award, but in the words of WWE superstar, Wade Barrett, I got some BAD NEWS. Matthew McConaughey lost 40lbs to play a homophobic patient, and as we know gay, Aids, and/or a Hollywood beauty turning ugly is a sure thing for the Oscar (Tom Hanks in Philadelphia, Theron in Monster ). I do believe that The Wolf of Wall Street Director, Martin Scorsese, will win his second Best Director award, but the movie will win very few other awards, although, I believe one of those awards will be the holy grail of awards (Best Picture).

American Hustle is nominated for a total of 10 awards and truly deserved the nominations. The problem with this movie is the competition it's facing this year. It's going take best actor in a Supporting Role with very few actors as good as Bradley Cooper and Amy Adams is going to win Best Actress in a lead role. If it wasn't for Sally Hawkins' amazing performance in Blue Jasmine, Jennifer Lawrence would join her co-stars with the award in best Actress in a supporting role. I know what you're saying, "What about Christian Bale? He was great in American Hustle." You're right, he was great, but there were at least three people who deserve it before him including Bruce Dern, who was brilliant in Nebraska. Remember not everyone can be presented with an award. Just remember my picks are as wrong as everyone else picking these type of things,  but enjoy them nevertheless.

Best Picture:                                  The Wolf of Wall Street
Best Actor in a leading role:           Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Actress in a leading role:       Amy Adams (American Hustle)
Best actor in a Supporting Role:    Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
Best Actress in a supporting role: Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
Best Director:                                 Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Best animated film:                        Despicable Me 2
Best Cinematography:                   Gravity
Best Costume Design:                   The Great Gatsby
Best Documentary feature:           Dirty Wars
Best Documentary Short:             Cave Digger
Best Film Editing:                          12 Years a Slave
Best Foreign Film:                         The Great Beauty
Best Makeup and Hairstyling:     Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
Best Original Score:                      Ordinary Love (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)
Best Production Design:               Gravity
Best Animated Short Film:            Get A Horse!
Best Live Action Short film:          Helium
Best Sound Editing:                       The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Best Visual Effects:                       Star Trek Into Darkness
Best Adapted Screenplay:            The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Original Screenplay:             Dallas Buyers Club