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19 items from 2012


Idw enlists Dixon and Gulacy for G.I. Joe: Special Missions

15 December 2012 10:55 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

As part of the forthcoming relaunch of its G.I. Joe comic book line, Idw Publishing has announced G.I. Joe: Special Missions, a new ongoing series by comic legends Chuck Dixon and Paul Gulacy which is set to present an espionage-fueled counterpoint to the main G.I. Joe title from Fred Van Lente and Steve Kurth.

"Special Missions was always my favorite of all the original, classic G.I. Joe comics," said Dixon, referring to the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero spin-off title from Marvel Comics, which ran for 28 issues back in the 1980s. "Larry Hama and Herb Trimpe did an amazing comic as well as monthly tutorials on comic book storytelling. I'm knocked out to get a shot at this title and having Paul Gulacy work with me is one of those too-good-to-be-true scenarios!"

G.I. Joe: Special Missions will tie into the current G.I. Joe storyline, with the »

- flickeringmyth

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Seth Green teases 'Robot Chicken' Christmas special, reunion with Alyson Hannigan on 'How I Met Your Mother'

13 December 2012 10:12 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Christmas comes early for fans of Seth Green this year: On Sunday, Robot Chicken’s Atm Christmas Special premieres (Adult Swim, midnight Et), and on Monday, he reunites with his Buffy the Vampire Slayer costar Alyson Hannigan on How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 8 p.m. Et).

Entertainment Weekly: This is your first time acting opposite Alyson on-screen since Buffy.

Seth Green: Since then, yes. But Aly and I have worked together since we were teenagers. I think she was 11 or 12, and I was like 13 when we met. We did a movie called My Stepmother is an Alien , and »

- Mandi Bierly

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Holiday Gifts For Comics and Pop Culture Fans

23 November 2012 7:30 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

I don’t know why they call today Black Friday. It sounds like a superhero version of Gulliver’s Travels, as published by DC or Marvel in the 1970s. And that might be the quickest digression we’ve had on ComicMix to date.

A bunch of the ComicMix columnists contributed a list of gift suggestions, all with snappy convenient links to Amazon for your shopping pleasure. Well, Mindy ran her list in her column last Monday; you’ve probably already read that but if not, click through in awe and wonder. Please note: I asked each contributor to include one item that they were directly involved in, so don’t think they’re pandering. That’s not necessarily the case.

John Ostrander suggests:

GrimJack: Killer Instinct 

Star Wars: Agent of the Empire Vol. 1 Iron Eclipse

Timothy and Ben Truman’s Hawken

Max Allan Collins’ Chicago Lightning: The Collected Short »

- Mike Gold

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Mike Gold: The Baltimore Fun

12 September 2012 5:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

I like comic book conventions, although I’ve been pretty hard on them lately. These days most conventions have little to do with comic books. They have a lot to do with pop culture and celebrities and movies and autographs and promotion, but over the past decade or two comic books have become the ugly stepchildren within their own temples.

Except for a handful. Mid-Ohio Con has been consumed by the dreaded Wizard ogre; that one used to be a favorite. HeroesCon in North Carolina is high on my list of the exceptional; I wish I could get there each year. There are plenty of great small shows, usually held in hotels and attracting people from about a 200 mile radius, if the weather is agreeable. And, as I’ve incessantly proselytized to the annoyance of thousands, my absolute favorite: the Baltimore Comic-Con.

First and foremost, the Baltimore Comic-Con is about comic books. »

- Mike Gold

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Listen Now: A GeekCast Radio Network Update

4 September 2012 1:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Welcome back to our weekly look at the new podcasts available at our “partners in podcast crime” the GeekCast Radio Network. As usual here’s our weekly look at the podcasts from Gcrn, This Week in Geek and the latest toy review videos from Baltmatrix, with descriptions and links to each and every podcast for your audio/visual pleasure!

M.A.S.K.E.D. M.A.Y.H.E.M. – Episode 12

This week we have a Blackout, and then we discover a Matter of Gravity. All in the latest exciting episode of M.A.S.K.E.D. M.A.Y.H.E.M.

TeamBotimus Variety Hour – Episode 28

A New Direction Starts now, and Tbvh will be rebranded soon! This week Optibotimus, TFG1Mike, and SlimeBlower Bob review the latest episodes of Collection Intervention and Toy Hunter.

ToonCast Beyond – Episode 40 – Delorean Time – Mysterious Cities Of Gold

We jump in »

- Phil

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GI Joe Retaliation Takes its Script Cues from GI Joe Renegades Cartoon

27 April 2012 10:22 AM, PDT | BuzzFocus.com | See recent BuzzFocus.com news »

After failing to give GI Joe fans or movie goers in general a decent movie in GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra, the creative team has apparently decided to take plot cues from the 2010 cartoon GI Joe Renegades (which premiered on Hub TV).

The latest trailer showed us two things. The core plot is exactly that of GI Joe Renegades. The government sees Cobra as a force for good, while ruling the Joes as renegades of the nation. It’s also got a touch of X2 in it. Similar to Mystique in X2, the president has been removed from office by a shapeshifter (probably Zartan in this case).

Bruce Willis gets to play General Joseph Colton, the original Joe. For fans of the Larry Hama comic book, the trailer will feel like an egregious mishmosh of story lines. In order to wipe our memories of the first GI Joe film, »

- Bags Hooper

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Hitman: Absolution – Agent 47 Puts a Target on Dexter – or is it Cobra?

20 April 2012 8:29 AM, PDT | BuzzFocus.com | See recent BuzzFocus.com news »

There’s a new sheriff in town, and he goes by Agent 47.

In the first screenshot from Io Interactive A/S’ upcoming stealth game, Hitman: Absolution, we see Agent 47 dressed in the simple guise of local law enforcement. Behind him is a propaganda poster that reads, “Dexter Industries Protects You.” It features a seemingly happy couple with their dog. However, if you look closely, you’ll notice that the wife isn’t too happy in the picture.

The propaganda is reminiscent of the Larry Hama G.I. Joe series, where Cobra was set up in a town called Springfield. The seemingly normal town was nothing but a front for Cobra’s world domination business. In Hitman: Absolution, Dexter Industries, located in Hope, South Dakota, is lead by Blake Dexter.

Dexter seems to be on the up-and-up, but you can tell by the poster that Dexter Industries is to Hope what Cobra »

- Bags Hooper

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A Death In Our Family

18 April 2012 5:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

I can’t begin to tell you how much I hate writing this.

Back in the late 1970s, I was editing a home video consumer magazine called Video Action. Amusingly, I staffed the publication with freelancers from the comic book community – people who excelled in the art of visual communications and popular culture. It wasn’t long before I received a letter from Martha Thomases and John Tebbel inquiring about writing opportunities. They presented their pedigrees and cited a whole bunch of mutual friends as references. They could have stopped at Denny O’Neil and Larry Hama.

John and Martha quickly became good friends. There isn’t enough bandwidth in all of Apple’s clouds for me to detail the nature of that friendship and divine the depth of the love I have for them, so instead I’ll focus on one element. There is nothing I value more than brilliant conversation with good friends. »

- Mike Gold

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DC Comics July 2012 Solicitations

12 April 2012 7:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

It’s that time again… okay, it’s a little past that normal time, thanks to the Mix March Madness wrapup, but here are the preview materials for DC Comics releases for July 2012.

What’s on tap this month? More of the Before Watchmen books, with the debut of Ozymandias from Len Wein and Jae Lee, the conclusion of the Court of Owls storyline and crossover in all the Bat-books, and the debut of the done-in-one book, National Comics, featuring the New 52 Debut (coming right at you) of Eternity.

And in the white elephant of desire category, there’s the $300 statue showing the climactic scene from The Dark Knight Returns.

Once more, into the breach? Banzai!

 

As always, spoilers may lurk beyond this point.

Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #1

Written by Len Wein

Art and cover by Jae Lee

Backup story art by John Higgins

1:25 Variant cover by Phil Jimenez »

- Glenn Hauman

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‘Xcom: Enemy Unknown’ Preview: Turn-Based Strategy Returns with GI Joe Operations Depth

5 April 2012 9:55 PM, PDT | BuzzFocus.com | See recent BuzzFocus.com news »

Imagine a turn-based strategy game that gave you the thrill of Advance Wars, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars or Fire Emblem, but existed on the Xbox 360 and PS3. Add on to that a base of operations that could put GI Joe’s Pit to shame (referring to the Larry Hama comic book from Marvel and Not the recent movies) and you’ve got yourself the newest Xcom game from 2K Games and Fraxis Games.

For long time gamers, and most especially those who know what the difference is between Dos and Windows, the Xcom franchise is one of the cornerstones to the world of turn-based strategy (TBS) games. However, in recent years, some of the best TBS games have been exclusively on the DS (followed by the 3Ds with Shadow Wars). Xcom: Enemy Unknown promises a return of TBS games to core gamers. It’s a reimagining of the original Enemy Unknown, »

- Bags Hooper

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Listen Now: A GeekCast Radio Network Update

27 March 2012 12:00 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Welcome back to our weekly look at the new podcasts available at our “partners in podcast crime” the GeekCast Radio Network. As usual here’s our weekly look at the podcasts from Gcrn, This Week in Geek and the latest toy review videos from Baltmatrix, with descriptions and links to each and every podcast for your audio/visual pleasure!

Interviews – Dan Gilvezan

Look up in the sky, look at that speeding on the roads, it’s Dan Gilvezan! The man that lent his voice to Spider-Man, and Transformers Generation 1 Bumblebee. However Mr. Gilvezan is more then meets the eye! So join PecanCtTerry and TFG1Mike to find out how much more in this awesome TFG1 Podcast interview!

Gcr – Special Episode – Con Girl Goes To WonderCon 2012

I bet you are wondering Wtf is Con Girl? Well it is Gcrn’s newest segment for GeekCast Radio. MiraiBaby is attending a multitude of conventions this year, »

- Phil

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Listen Now: A GeekCast Radio Network Update

21 March 2012 4:44 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Welcome back to our weekly look at the new podcasts available at our “partners in podcast crime” the GeekCast Radio Network. As usual here’s our weekly look at the podcasts from Gcrn, This Week in Geek and the latest toy review videos from Baltmatrix, with descriptions and links to each and every podcast for your audio/visual pleasure!

ToonCast Beyond – Episode 14 – Justice League: Doom

Wrapping up the crossover between the GeekCast Radio Network’s ToonCast Beyond with The Animation Aficionados. In Episode 14 of Toon Beyond we conclude the DC Universe Animated Original Movies spotlight with Justice League: Doom!! So Toon in and see what we thought of this awesome comic adaptation! Toon In Beyonders!

ToonCast Beyond – Episode 15 – The Batman

This week we move past the DC Universe animated films, as Jt From Sasktaoon joins the guest list. We cover The Batman, it’s good points, it’s bad points, »

- Phil

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Mike Gold: John Carter Returns To Earth

7 March 2012 5:00 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

I was about 14 years old when Ballantine Books started their reprint series of Edgar Rice BurroughsJohn Carter of Mars. Being a science fiction fan, a character fiction fan, and fan who’s attracted to anything numbered sequentially, I devoured the series. I re-read the first five books about 12 years ago and I enjoyed them, albeit with a nostalgically jaundiced eye.

I was both amazed and, oddly, not surprised (they’re two different emotions) when my father told me he was a John Carter fan. He started reading them around 1928 – by then, the first book was about 16 years old. Sharing this bond was quite comforting: both John Carter, my father, and I were created in Chicago over a 38 year span.

There have been numerous comics adaptations. The first was for the newspapers and for Dell Comics, created by Burroughs’ son John Coleman Burroughs. Gold Key tried a few issues; despite Jesse Marsh’s art, »

- Mike Gold

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Listen Now: A GeekCast Radio Network Update

21 February 2012 12:44 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Welcome back to our weekly look at the new podcasts available at our “partners in podcast crime” the GeekCast Radio Network. As usual here’s our weekly look at the podcasts from Gcrn, This Week in Geek and the latest toy review videos from Baltmatrix, with descriptions and links to each and every podcast for your audio/visual pleasure! But first a word from TFG1Mike:

So We have finally added StarJoes to the Network, their debut comes with Star Joes – Episode 59 – The Roadhouse Nominations for 2011 and Star Joes – Episode 60 – Star Joes and Wojm Crossover

Interviews – Loren Lester

Yes that is right 2012 marks the 20th Anniversary of Batman The Animated Series. In the very first Legends Of The Dark Knight we talk with Loren Lester. He was, and is the voice of Robin, Nightwing, and even Hal Jordan in Batman The Brave and the Bold! We have Loren for about an hour, »

- Phil

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Adrianne Palicki and D.J. Cotrona On 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' And Their Love For Jem And The Holograms And Rainbow Brite

16 February 2012 3:12 PM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Wrapping up our American International Toy Fair coverage (a.k.a. Mike Ryan's Nerdfest Happy Fun Time), we spent some time with your brand new Flint and Lady Jaye from "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," D.J. Cotrona and Adrianne Palicki. I'll say this from talking to Cotrona and Palicki (and earlier with Jon Chu and The Rock): if these guys aren't true G.I. Joe fans, boy, Paramount has done an incredible job prepping them for these interviews. (Which I suppose is possible.) As always, I will warn you, this discussion gets quite nerdy as Palicki reveals her love for Jem and the Holograms and Cotrona reveals his love for ... Rainbow Brite? Wow, look at that. You guys are holding your action figures. Cotrona: Amazing, right? Flint is from Wichita and Lady Laye is from Martha's Vinyard -- it's the classic red state, blue state romance. Cotrona: Yes! In real life it's kind of flipped. »

- Mike Ryan

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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' Star, Has Nerdy Conversation About New Sequel And 'Star Wars'

15 February 2012 9:08 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

While "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" director Jon Chu and its producer, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, make it clear that this sequel is technically not a reboot, that didn't stop star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson from calling it a reboot. And if you've ever had the opportunity to stand next to the 6' 4" tall The Rock for a few minutes, I can tell you now from experience, you find yourself slightly compelled to just take his word for it. I had the chance to talk to Johnson for a few minutes at the American International Toy Fair on Monday about his role as Roadblock in the G.I. Joe sequel -- and Roadblock's newfound relation to Arashikage. If we could have only been a fly on the wall when the adolescent Rock sent his G.I. Joe figures on a date with Princess Leia... (Yes, warning, this is a very nerdy interview with The Rock. »

- Mike Ryan

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Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' Producer, Confirms The Cobra Commander In New Sequel Is 'Different Guy'

14 February 2012 1:37 PM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Picking up yesterday where we left off with Jon Chu at the American International Toy Fair, we now set our sights on Lorenzo di Bonaventura, the producer of "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," as well as the first film and the "Transformers" series. I'm a bit of a skeptic after the first film, the financially successful "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," failed to resemble anything that would remind one of, you know, G.I. Joe. In our discussion, di Bonaventura explains why that happened, further confirms that the Cobra Commander that we see in "Retaliation" is not the one that we saw in "Rise of Cobra," and hints at a possible return of Destro. (Like yesterday, I will warn you: this is a very nerdy G.I. Joe discussion.) When I was in 2nd grade, my parents bought me Grunt and Flash so I'd stop playing with "Star Wars" toys. Grunt's in this movie. »

- Mike Ryan

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Jon Chu On Why 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' Will Be Nothing Like 'G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra'

13 February 2012 12:45 PM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

In 2009, "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" was financially successful enough to gross over $300 million worldwide. What "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" was even more successful at, however, was alienating fans (which includes this reporter) of the G.I. Joe series. Though fun (at times), that movie does not resemble G.I. Joe. At all. Director Jon Chu wants you to know that "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" -- the sequel to "Rise of Cobra" starring Bruce Willis and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson -- is nothing like its predecessor. On Monday, at the American International Toy Fair, I had the chance to speak with Chu, who -- as opposed to the first film's director, Stephen Sommers -- considers himself a G.I. Joe fan. I consider myself a G.I. Joe fan, too. Here's how that (slightly nerdy) conversation -- involving the new Cobra Commander, the possible return of Destro, and how a famous G.I. Joe comic book story, »

- Mike Ryan

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Review: “Wally Wood: Strange Worlds of Science Fiction”

7 February 2012 2:00 PM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Wally Wood: Strange Worlds of Science Fiction

Vanguard Publishing, Trade paperback, 224 pages. $24.95

Introduction by J. David Spurlock

A friend of mine owns the original art to a page of what he (and I) consider the zenith of Wally Wood’s creative genius, “The Mad ‘Comic’ Opera” (Mad #56, July 1960, written by Frank Jacobs). It is a lush piece of work, a cartooning tour de force that causes wide eyed disbelief on the printed page and gasps of astonishment when viewed in its larger, original form. “The Mad ‘Comic’ Opera” is an amazing moment in time, a moment that offered Wood a piece of work which allowed him to show off everything he had learned in his preceding dozen or so years as a comic book artist.

There is not a false note or creative misstep in a single panel of this six-page feature, not in layout or story telling, not »

- Glenn Hauman

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