17 items from 2014
So I recently reviewed Steve Orlando’s ‘Undertow’ and complained, as part of my criticism, that the comic had plenty of gratuitous female nudity while what little manflesh we saw was of the humiliated and non-sexual variety. Steve contacted me and informed me about his history with queer themes in his previous comics. Which is to say, all his comics have been about as diverse as possible, except ‘Undertow,’ which challenges the audience in the sense that these are not human creatures they may or may not be ogling, as he implied. He also gave me some more of his own reasonings behind why certain characters were so openly sexualized in ‘Undertow’.
After thinking about our conversation for a while, I’m not as reassured by his response as I was initially. “…so I sort of LOLed because this is the first time I sat back and didn’t explicitly »
- Chris Melkus
Warren Ellis’ well-received Moon Knight reboot continues to impress with an excellent second issue. The comic goes down a brilliant near-experimental route as it focuses on half a dozen or so civilians in an office block at the end of the working day only to follow them out to the street where they get shot in the head by an unseen shooter. Enter Moon Knight!
If you’ve read Ellis’ Transmetropolitan series (highly recommended if you haven’t), you’ll be familiar with the sniper on the rooftop angle as that’s how Volume 8: Dirge opened. While it’s a setup familiar to Ellis, the way he presents it in this issue is really imaginative. It starts with an eight panel grid and then as people get picked off, panels start disappearing to symbolise the dead, replaced with blank spaces filled with the sniper’s thoughts.
This continues until »
- Noel Thorne
The shortlist of names said to be up for the role as the villain in 20th Century Fox's The Fantastic Four reboot included Sam Riley (Control), Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and Domhnall Gleeson (About Time) and it just so turns out one of the four won the role. Variety reports Kebbell, who will next be seen as Koba in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and has already landed a role in Duncan Jones' WarCraft, will play a version of the character that appeared in Warren Ellis' "The Ultimate Fantastic Four", which saw Victor Van Damme (aka Dr. Doom) as a descendant of Dracula, a boy whose childhood ended when he was 10, formed by his severe, authoritarian father source. Kebbell has yet to officially sign, but when he does he'll be joining Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. »
- Brad Brevet
Drawing Captain America either in his own title or Avengers has been a right of passage for superhero artists since the 1960s. Even artists who have gone on to do very different things, like write and draw Superman’s modern origin (John Byrne) or create Blade the vampire hunter (Gene Colan) have had memorable takes on Cap’s adventures. However, some artists aren’t up for the task. For example, hot-shot X-Force artists and one of the founders of Image Comics Rob Liefeld was tasked with writing and drawing Captain America for Marvel’s Heroes Reborn event. This was the result. However, many artists over the past couple decades have brought new styles and techniques to Captain America’s appearances in various Marvel titles while showing how timeless this character is.
- Logan Dalton
The upcoming Bryan Talbot documentary has released a trailer.
Digital Story Engine will release the Graphic Novel Man: The Comics of Bryan Talbot on DVD and digitally in May.
Legendary writer Michael Moorcock - a close friend of the comics creator - has provided an introduction to the film.
The Graphic Novel Man centres around the life and four decades of Talbot's career, which encompasses The Adventures of Luther Arkwright, The Tale of One Bad Rat and Alice in Sunderland.
His collaboration with wife Mary Talbot, Dotter of Her Father's Eyes, won the 2013 Costa Biography Award, and he continues to work on the Grandville series.
Talbot's work is current on display at West London's The Muse at 269.
The Graphic Novel Man: The Comics of Bryan »
Feature James Clayton 21 Mar 2014 - 06:02
As Captain America: The Winter Soldier arrives, James considers the future phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe...
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is imminent, and it's only a matter of days until the movie lands at your local multiplex. It will be a massive hit. After the second Steve Rogers solo outing, the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Phase Two will continue later in the summer with Guardians Of The Galaxy. That will also be a massive hit.
Phase Two finishes with Avengers: Age Of Ultron and that's going to arrive on May Day 2015. That will be a massive hit, as will Ant-Man - directed by Edgar Wright - which will follow a couple of months later to get Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (the McU if you're into the whole brevity thing) underway.
Meanwhile, a string of upcoming live-action Netflix series will join »
As Marvel continues to build up excitement for the Guardians of the Galaxy movie – a big budget superhero movie starring little-known Marvel characters – they’re gearing up to make their next little-known big budget movie: Ant-Man.
Having gotten a great director in Edgar Wright and an increasingly interesting cast which includes Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym/Ant-Man, they’ve continued to add big name actors to the movie with Patrick Wilson being the latest star to be cast.
Wilson has superhero movie experience, having previously starred in Zack Snyder’s Watchmen as Nite Owl, and looks to build on that in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Or does he? Will he be an ongoing hero or a one-movie villain like Guy Pearce in Iron Man 3? So far, there’s been no word on who Wilson will be playing but, given the number of characters in the Marvel U, »
- Noel Thorne
Week after week, the shelves of local comic book stores nationwide are packed to brim with shiny new comics. Sure you’re a smart cookie and probably have tonnes of grabs already but many books do go unnoticed and its my job to make sure you are getting your moneys worth. I could ramble on for a bit but I sincerely doubt you’re still reading this paragraph and have long since scrolled down to the good bits– So without further to do, enjoy and note this is preference, what’s exciting to me may not be exciting to you and hey friend, I’m Ok with that:
Veil #1 | Pick of the Week
If you see the name ‘Greg Rucka’ anywhere on a comic book, than that comic should already be owned by you. Rucka=quality and that’s why Veil has me all in a tither. When a beautiful »
- Sean Tonelli
The onslaught of TV show adaptations of comic books continues. NBC's drama "Constantine" has cast former "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior" star Matt Ryan in the title role of John Constantine, a master of the occult who battles demons and can view the dark underworld parallel to reality.
With so many comic-book characters popping up on TV, it's easy to see them get watered down or lose touch with what they were originally about. While The CW's "Arrow" is a beloved show among its fans, it strays from the source material on a somewhat regular basis. For example, in "Green Arrow," Oliver Queen doesn't kill people. Stephen Amell's version can't really make that claim.
With that in mind, here are a few things that really need to be present in "Constantine" to keep it honest to its roots.
Constantine will fight demons on a weekly basis, which makes sense, but »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 20 Feb 2014 - 05:40
The unloved films of 2009 provide the focus in our final list of the 2000s' overlooked greats...
The year 2009 will partly be remembered as the year Avatar dominating the box office, with audiences flocking to see James Cameron's leafy pulp epic in shimmering 3D. Making almost $2.8bn worldwide, Avatar was a true behemoth, besting Cameron's own Titanic as the highest-grossing film of all time (not adjusted for inflation) and hastening a rush of 3D films in the years that followed.
Films such as 2012, Sherlock Holmes and boozy comedy The Hangover were also among the top 10, but as always, some of the most memorable and individual films of the year were far from the most financially successful. So to round off our series of underrated flicks of the 2000s, here's our selection of 2009's overlooked films...
A really good, »
Drafthouse Films has snapped up North American rights to Sundance winner "20,000 Days on Earth," visual artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard's debut portrait of musician and cultural icon Nick Cave. The film is a blend of drama and documentary, capturing a fictional day in the life of Cave while also honing in on his artistic process. It recently had its world premiere at Sundance, where it was awarded both Best Director and Editing in the World Cinema section, and is getting its European premiere at the currently unspooling Berlin Film Festival. Cave and Warren Ellis wrote the original score for the film. Drafthouse is planning a 2014 theatrical release. »
- Beth Hanna
Drafthouse made the deal with Hanway Films two weeks after “20,000 Days” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the directing and editing awards in the World Cinema Documentary category. The film is making its European premiere at the Berlin Film Festival.
“20,000 Days” is the debut directorial feature film by visual artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard and is set to an original score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. It’s a Pulse Films / Jw Films production, produced by James Wilson and Dan Bowen with the support of Film4, Corniche Pictures and the BFI.
Drafthouse is planning a theatrical release for later this year.
The film is an exploration of the artistic process as Forsyth and Pollard filmed the early stages of Cave writing his 2013 album “Push The Sky Away” with »
- Dave McNary
Drafthouse Films has acquired North American rights to semi-fictional film 20,000 Days on Earth, starring Nick Cave, from Hanway Films. Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s directorial debut premiered January at Sundance, where it won the best directing and best editing awards in the World Cinema Documentary category. The pic will have its European premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival. The film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is planning a theatrical release for the film this year. Set to an original score by Cave and Warren Ellis, 20,000 Days on Earth is an intimate look
- Rebecca Ford
Drafthouse Films has acquired North American rights from HanWay Films to Berlinale European premiere 20,000 Days On Earth.
The film first screened in the World Cinema Documentary strand at Sundance where it won best directing and best editing awards.
Drafthouse plans to release the documentary this year. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
This March, illuminate the dark corners of the Marvel Universe with Moon Knight #1 – from New York Times Bestselling writer Warren Ellis and red-hot artist Declan Shalvey! Moon Knight #1 will continue the exciting wave of All-New Marvel Now! series with a fresh and sensational take on Marc Spector and his vigilante alter ego Moon Knight!
“The touchtone for this book, for me, has been ‘Weird Crime.’ Both ground-level action and high strangeness,” says Ellis in an interview with Marvel.com. “This is a take on Moon Knight that unifies all the previous takes, making the character whole and taking him forward into a new kind of crime fiction.”
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to finally have this book out in front of readers. Moon Knight is one the most fascinating characters in the Marvel library and the depths that Warren, Declan and colorist Jordie Bellaire are taking him to will »
- Glenn Hauman
It should come as no surprise we’re big fans of writer Warren Ellis around here. His work is inspired and he brings a different sensibility to anything he takes on. In a great way. So yes, we’re pretty excited (to say the least) he’s writing the upcoming Moon Knight comic series from Marvel. Want to […]
The post Get the First Look at Warren Ellis’ ‘Moon Knight’ #1 appeared first on The Flickcast. »
- Joe Gillis
Everyone’s tooting the Image horn, and with good reason, but they’re not the only source of excitement in the world of funny books these days. We’ve got horror, fantasy, multiple personalities, rock and roll gods, science fiction, warped Disney rides, and all sorts of other intensity heading our way. If you can’t spend $10 to see a movie, try forking over three or four dollars for an issue of one of these beauties…
Moon Knight Writer: Warren Ellis Artist: Declan Shalvey Publisher: Marvel
Wait a minute. Did you say Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey are taking on one of the most unique and fascinating (and underrated!) characters in the Marvel Universe? Yes, please. I don’t need to know much more. Just make it last this time.
Loki: Ragnarok And Roll Writer: Eric M. Esquivel Artist: Jerry Gaylord Publisher: Boom!
Norse mythology: check. Rock and roll: check. »
- Holly Interlandi
17 items from 2014
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