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John Ostrander: Justified Complaints

13 April 2014 5:00 AM, PDT

Spoiler Warning: I’m going discuss last season’s Justified which means I’ll talk a bit on what happened during it. If you intend to binge watch the show and haven’t done so yet, skip the column.

Last week, FX wound up its fifth season of the Elmore Leonard inspired series, Justified. It stars Timothy Olyphant as U.S. Deputy Marshall Raylan Givens, a supporting character and sometimes star of some of Leonard’s crime novels. You may not know all his books but a fair amount were made into good movies such Hombre, Get Shorty, 3:10 to Yuma, Jackie Brown and, as mentioned, the TV show Justified.

For those who don’t know: Elmore Leonard was noted for his spare style and his way with dialogue as well as his keenly drawn characters. Like Damon Runyon, Leonard liked the seamy side of people and expressed them with unique dialogue. »

- John Ostrander

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Marc Alan Fishman: In Defense of the Hustle

12 April 2014 5:00 AM, PDT

This past week, I joined a panel of fellow indie comic publishers in a Q & A session revolving around the industry. There were some great questions bandied about, but for my money? The best concerned ‘the hustle’. When you’re a garage band, your merch doesn’t march into the stores without serious work. As I’ve detailed before, the way into every comic book shop is paved in broken glass, and tarnished dreams. Indie publishers’ best chance at initial sales comes first and foremost in face to face pitches. But you see, on this panel, I sat next to two other gentlemen… each representing a side on the teeter-totter of salesmanship. It got me thinking about the process of building a brand, and how those who are readying themselves for their first cons on the other side of the aisle might benefit from knowing the lay of the land. »

- Marc Alan Fishman

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The Point Radio: GiGi Edgley In The Hands Of The Hensons

11 April 2014 1:01 PM, PDT

The alluring GiGi Edgley has found herself back with The Jim Henson Company, hosting Creature Shop Challenge on SyFy. GiGi talks about her role there and how she found The Hensons and that famous role on Farscape, plus some news on a possible reboot. And Eddie McClintock and Joanne Kelly talk more on packing up Warehouse 13.

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Originally published on ComicMix as The Point Radio: GiGi Edgley In The Hands Of The Hensons »

- Mike Raub

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The Law Is A As # 314: J. Jonah Jameson—Menace Or Menace?

11 April 2014 12:12 PM, PDT

Okay, a promise is a promise. And I promised to lay off the Superior Spider-Man this week. Lucky for me there’s still an Amazing Spider-Man.

I know you think there aren’t any new Amazing Spider-Man stories right now, but I assure you there are. Where? Well, in the words of the philosopher, “See you in the funny papers.”

In the Amazing Spider-Man newspaper strip – where J. Jonah Jameson is still the editor/publisher of The Daily Bugle, not mayor; Peter Parker is still Spider-Man, not Doctor Octopus; and Peter and Mary Jane still have at least one more day of marital bliss – they’re running a story in which Jjj is trying to unmask Spider-Man. (Jjj? Lois Lane? What is it about alliterative initials and secret identities?)

I have no spoiler warning for what I’m about to reveal, because this story has been running since sometime back »

- Bob Ingersoll

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Martha Thomases: Like A Virgin

11 April 2014 5:00 AM, PDT

I don’t like to brag, but over the weekend, I deflowered three virgins.

Oh, who am I kidding?  I love to brag.

Lest you think my sex life is more interesting than it actually is, I mean the above statement metaphorically.  As you know if your’e female, breaking in virgins isn’t really that entertaining.  Instead, what I will now describe is how I took three friends to their first comic book convention.

Lucky for them, it was MoCCA.

Going to your first anything can be intimidating, even something as simple as a county fair or a school dance.  Every event that has occurred more than once has a history.  Often, there are traditions and customs with which you are unfamiliar.   The way the media portrays comic book conventions, whether on Entourage or The Big Bang Theory or next year’s talk show wars, can be unnerving for newbies. »

- Glenn Hauman

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Review: 47 Ronin

10 April 2014 1:13 PM, PDT

Properly channeling Japanese culture for American audiences has been a challenge given how different our tastes and expectations are. We find the content of much of their Manga and anime either not to our taste or outright incomprehensible. So, the challenge of adapting their bushido Edo-era and adding in some powerful fantasy into 47 Ronin was going to be a challenge. Mix in American performer Keanu Reeves as a half-breed you have an uphill challenge in making the film palatable to enough moviegoers to justify the $170 million budget.

It has some terrific concepts and incredible visuals but it’s a mess of a movie, with a long, sluggish middle that loses the audience. Even amazing CG and a strong Asian cast can’t support a messy script.

The story, in short: Lord Asano Naganori (Min Tanaka) is disgraced after the efforts of Lord Kira (Tadanobu Asano), conspires with a shape-shifting witch »

- Robert Greenberger

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2014 Scribe Award Nominees Named

10 April 2014 10:18 AM, PDT

The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers (www.iamtw.org) is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2014 Scribe Awards, recognizing excellence in the field of media tie-in writing: books based on movies, TV shows and games. The winners will be announced and awards presented in July at a ceremony and panel discussion at the San Diego Comic-Con.

Best Adaptation (Novelization)

Man of Steel by Greg Cox

Pacific Rim by Alex Irvine

47 Ronin by Joan D. Vinge

Best General Novel (Original)

Murder She Wrote: Close-Up on Murder by Donald Bain

The Executioner: Sleeping Dragons by Michael A. Black

Mr. Monk Helps Himself by Hy Conrad

Leverage: The Bestseller Job by Greg Cox

Leverage: The Zoo Job by Keith R. A. DeCandido

Best Speculative Novel (Original)

Fringe: The Zodiac Paradox by Christa Faust

Supernatural: Fresh Meat by Alice Henderson

Star Wars: Kenobi by John Jackson Miller

Supernatural: The Roads Not »

- Robert Greenberger

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Dennis O’Neil Wants Credit For Captain America: The Winter Soldier

10 April 2014 5:00 AM, PDT

You probably don’t know this because it almost certainly isn’t in any of the books about the comic book racket and it happened before most you were born — in the neighborhood of 50 years — and even if you’d been there, in the offices of Marvel comics when Marvel was part of a parent company, Magazine Management, you might not have known about it and if you did know about it you might have forgotten by now because we are talking a half-century here, but… I once wrote Captain America and I’m pretty sure I used fewer words than are in this sentence.

And — stand aside now and watch your head — I hereby claim credit for the current, and generally excellent Captain America: The Winter Soldier, a film now playing at a theater near you, unless you live somewhere that is seriously rural.

My stint as Cap’s »

- Dennis O'Neil

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Mix March Madness 2014 Championship: Paranatural vs. Grrl Power!

9 April 2014 8:21 PM, PDT

You’ve followed the contest for a month, and now… the grand finale!

Into the Final Mix March Madness 2014 Webcomics Tournament Thunderdome… it’s Paranatural vs. Grrl Power!

(To see the previous brackets, go back to Round 4.)

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.

As usual, we’re letting you support your favorite strips by paying for additional votes, with your money going to charity. Simply click on the Donate button below, and during checkout, click on “Which comic are you donating for?” and tell us who you’re voting for. For the final round, we’re raising the price a bit to 50¢ a vote, with a minimum of two votes purchased at a time. All proceeds from paid votes will go to the Hero Initiative, an organization that helps comic book creators in need. At the close of the round, »

- Glenn Hauman

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Michael Davis: Milestone Raising 2.1

9 April 2014 1:29 PM, PDT

A couple of weeks ago Paul Smith asked rather or not Milestone would be better off away from DC.

Last week I addressed his question—but must now admit I did so in a drugged out haze. The drugs (some legal) affected my thought process and I’m afraid what I wrote was a result of such.

Or, it was an April Fool’s gag.

Either way here’s the non-drugged (much) and/or non-gag answer.

Paul, every partner in any partnership be it personal or professional will at some time or from time to time ask if they would be better off with someone else. Its human nature at it’s most pure.

I’ve asked that question, many times.

Regardless if business or personal relationship after I ask that, I ask the following, what’s my goal?

What would the goal be in leaving DC?

Better distribution?

Yeah, »

- Michael Davis

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Mike Gold: Hipsters, Inkwell Divers, and Misfits at MoCCA!

9 April 2014 5:01 AM, PDT

Last weekend I was with my fellow ComicMixers Glenn Hauman, Adriane Nash and Martha Thomases at the annual MoCCA independent comics convention. And by “independent,” I mean web comics, self-published comics, small press comics, and what Ms. Nash refers to as “I’d rather be hand-stapled” comics. It’s one of my favorite shows for one simple reason: the enthusiasm in the room is tremendous.

I’d say that the average age of the creators who weren’t paying for one of the few corporate booths (Fantagraphics, Yoe Books, Abrams, etc.) was about 25 years old. Which means there was a lot of dyed hair and hipster hats in Manhattan’s Beaux-Arts 69th Regiment Armory. These are folks who, by and large, couldn’t care less about capes and masks and thought Captain America: The Winter Soldier was a fun movie but not necessarily a justification for one’s choice of vocation. »

- Mike Gold

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Death With Archie? Archie Andrews Dies In July

8 April 2014 9:24 AM, PDT

Archie Comics announced the unthinkable today: Legendary comic book character Archie Andrews will die to conclude the hit Life With Archie comic series.

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The iconic comic book character, beloved by millions around the globe for over 70 years, will sacrifice himself heroically while saving the life of a friend in the pages of July’s Life With Archie #36, the final issue in the flash-forward series, which spotlights Archie’s adventures after high school and college.

“We’ve been building up to this moment since we launched Life With Archie five years ago, and knew that any book that was telling the story of Archie’s life as an adult had to also show his final moment,” said Archie Comics Publisher/Co-ceo Jon Goldwater. “Archie has and always will represent the best in all of us—he’s a hero, good-hearted, humble and inherently honorable. This story is »

- Glenn Hauman

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Review: Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe Edition

8 April 2014 7:00 AM, PDT

It’s become a growing practice to create a special edition of popular new releases specifically for Sony and Nintendo’s handhelds, more suited to the system’s differing strengths.  When Batman: Arkham Origins was released recently, both systems got their own side adventure, obliquely connected to the main game, but unique in features and content. Thanks to the popularity of the series, the handheld game has been expanded and made available for all major systems, console and handheld.

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe Edition is set three months after the events of Arkham Origins.  An explosion at Blackgate prison results in a chaotic takeover of the facility, headed by The Penguin and Black Mask.  Things get more serious when it’s learned that the Joker has also joined the incarcerated internecine warfare. The game has some limited free play options – you can battle the three bosses and their associated campaigns in any order, »

- Vinnie Bartilucci

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Jen Krueger: Sitcom Love

8 April 2014 5:00 AM, PDT

Pam Halpert (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On the list of things I originally expected from Brooklyn Nine-Nine, emotional resonance isn’t to be found. With a former Saturday Night Live cast member as the lead, I figured the show would be goofy (in a good way) and peppered with cameos from comedians. While these expectations were met early in the first season, the thing I’ve come to like most about the show is the slowly developing romantic storyline between Jake (Andy Samberg) and Amy (Melissa Fumero). But as much as I’ve enjoyed the pining these characters both think is unrequited, I keep reminding myself not to get my hopes up too much about the future of this storyline since sitcom love rarely flourishes in an enjoyable way.

I’m not sure there’s a single narrative show on TV that doesn’t have at least one romantic storyline, but »

- Jen Krueger

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“Captain America” smashes box office, preps clash with “Man Of Steel” sequel

7 April 2014 10:25 PM, PDT

Captain America’ socks box office, eyes titanic clash (via Afp)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier” shot straight to the top of North America’s box office this weekend — socking rivals with the biggest Us April opening of all time, figures showed. And buoyed by the news, Marvel filmmakers announced they will…

Originally published on ComicMix as “Captain America” smashes box office, preps clash with “Man Of Steel” sequel »

- ComicMix Staff

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Box Office Democracy: “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

7 April 2014 3:00 PM, PDT

I very much enjoyed Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  I enjoyed it so much that I want to discuss the plot in a way that will quickly get in to spoiler territory.  If this bothers you please leave now and come back later. 

Everyone else good?  Great.

I’ve been worried about the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the aftermath of The Avengers; it seemed to cast such a long shadow that the rest of the films withered from the lack of sun.  Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World and even Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. were disappointments on one level or another from having to be compared to the 900lb gorilla of superhero action films.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the first movie to escape that shadow and it does it by not only telling a more personal story but by also feeling like a big movie that affects the rest of the universe. »

- Arthur Tebbel

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How Will Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Change After Captain America 2?

7 April 2014 1:52 PM, PDT

If you were part of the audiences that drove Captain America: The Winter Soldier to a record breaking opening weekend, you’re probably asking how is this going to affect Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Marvel has provided us with more teasers…

Nothing will ever be the same for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. following the jaw dropping events of the blockbuster film Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, now in theaters! In the series’ latest episode “Turn, Turn, Turn,” airing Tuesday, April 8th at 8|7c on the ABC Network, Coulson and his team come face–to-face with the Clairvoyant and must deal with the greatest threat of all…one that will hit closer to home more than they’ve ever imagined.

Watch this all-new video today and go behind the scenes to learn how Captain America: The Winter Soldier will change the course of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. »

- Glenn Hauman

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The Point Radio: The Doors Close On Warehouse 13

7 April 2014 12:01 PM, PDT

SyFy is bring the curtain on Warehouse 13 with a last run of six original episodes that begin next Monday (April 14th) on the network. Stars Eddie McClintock and Joanne Kelly, along with show runner Jack Kenny, talk about how it feels to say goodbye in such a short window. Plus 2014 has not been a banner year for comic sales and even the zombies could’t keep stores alive in March.

The Point covers it 24/7! Take us Anywhere on Any mobile device (Apple or Android). Just  get the free app, iNet Radio in The  iTunes App store – and it’s Free!  The Point Radio  - 24 hours a day of pop culture fun. Go Here and Listen Free  - and follow us on Twitter @ThePointRadio.

Originally published on ComicMix as The Point Radio: The Doors Close On Warehouse 13 »

- Mike Raub

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Mindy Newell: Reading Is Fundamental

7 April 2014 5:22 AM, PDT

Dorothy: What kind of a horse is that? I’ve never seen a horse like that before!

Guardian of the Emerald City Gates:  And never will again, I fancy. There’s only one of him and he’s it. He’s the Horse of a Different Color you’ve heard tell about.

The Wizard of Oz, 1939

I love to read.  I read every chance I get, including always bringing a book with me to read on my lunch hour.

I don’t get people who don’t read.

They make me crazed.

The other day when I came into the lounge, I noticed that someone had left three books in the lounge; a couple of bodice rippers, and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, whose first book was The Kite Runner.  Both of Hosseini’s books reflect his Afghani childhood and heritage, and both are equally brilliant, though I »

- Mindy Newell

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