17 items from 2013
From the very second we announced Milestone in 1992 to today, there have been those who simply hate us.
Chief among our haters are a small but vocal group of black comic book creators. Back in the good old days we were just called house niggers and we were hated because DC Comics owned us.
The fact that Milestone was never, not 20 years ago and not today, owned by DC Comics is irrelevant. It’s simply ignored by those who want to say we have somehow sold out the black race by any association with any white company.
I never got that.
Most successful black entertainment companies have some association with or are flat out owned by white companies. If the product is a good one and is focused on the African-American consumer I don’t see the problem.
Now, white backed black companies that market to poor urban black consumers products such as spinning rims, »
- Michael Davis
Among my peers, I am the Batman fan. A lot of the time, however, I am also the only Batman fan (or comic book fan in general). So taking things to the Internet instead of driving my friends crazy allows for great discussions to occur with other Gothamites – though, unfortunately, there’s no escaping the venomous conversations there, either. Batman fans can quickly become mama bear if and/or when their perceived notion of Batman is challenged. Take the casting of Ben Affleck as precedence, and how the news quickly rose to the top of the Twittersphere.
It doesn’t end with Ben Affleck, of course – there are lots of notions that Batman fans tend to get antsy about. Here are the top 10 most sensitive Batman-related arguments amongst Batman purists, many of which a lot of fans seem to have got totally and utterly wrong…
10. Batman Voice Acting
- Sven Adam Svantesson
No we didn’t.
I was sent the accompanying image by a fan that asked me, as co-creator of the character, what I thought of it. The image is of Virgil Hawkins (Static) making out with his best friend Richie. Frankly, it didn’t bother me and I was much more concerned with how this woman got my personal email.
Turns out I gave it to her at the end of my Black Panel at the San Diego Comic Con, which struck me as suspect because she’s not Asian.
Shit, I said I would no longer do Asian girl joke references. Ok, let me try that again… turns out I gave it to her at the end of my Black Panel at the San Diego Comic Con, which stuck me as suspect because she’s not pretty.
Actually she’s very pretty so let me try that one more time, »
- Michael Davis
According to Robot 6 and a few other comic blogs Paul Pope pitched an all ages Kamandi series to DC. Upon hearing it, supposedly, DC responded “You think this is gonna be for kids? Stop, stop. We don’t publish comics for kids. We publish comics for 45-year olds. If you want to do comics for kids, you can do Scooby-Doo. Well, I don’t know how true that is, but it certainly brings a few thoughts to mind.
Let’s say that the statement was in fact true. We don’t actually know the context in which it was said. I’ll assume Pope can tell sarcasm apart from snark. So, if DC actually had the balls to be so rude to such a great talent, they’ll deserve the continued flack they seem to be gunning for on what feels like a daily basis. There’s so many things wrong with what they said… »
- Marc Alan Fishman
There is an unwritten law in the black community: support black projects in the arts, especially film and television ventures. The thinking is if we don’t support them then it will be that much harder to get another project made with black stories as the draw.
It’s hard as shit to get a black project green lit in Hollywood unless your last name is Perry. I’ve seen one Tyler Perry film and have no desire to see any others. It’s just not my thing. Nothing but respect for the man and his work but it’s just not for me. His films are the thing for an awful lot of black people and that is the audience he and his partners at Lion’s Gate pursue.
Now, a film like Red Tails was my thing. I’m a sucker for anything WWII and the story of »
- Michael Davis
Orson Scott Card does not like gay people. In fact, I think it’s fair to say he hates gay people. Orson Scott Card is writing Superman stories for DC Comics. A lot of people are pissed over that, but DC is standing by their man.
But will Orson Scott Card still stand by DC?
Why, you ask, would I ask that? Because DC Comics now has a transgender character the first ever in comics…except for Johnny Storm but he is on the down low and come on, that’s so freakin’ obvious. DC’s new transgender character is also…wait for it…wait for it…
Wait for it… Bisexual!!
But wait! There’s more!
Alysia Yeoh is her name (I think she’s Asian and if so…hot!) is the roommate of Batgirl!
Batgirl is living with a bisexual transgender hot Asian woman. Clearly Orson Scott Card won »
- Michael Davis
DC’s New 52 began as a highly profitable idea for the struggling publisher. It saw a huge boost in sales and interest for DC’s books and for a while they were completely dominant over the Diamond comic-book top 10. However, times have changed and through a cross between creative differences and Marvel Now!, DC currently are publishing a lot of struggling titles again. This is something that has been reflected in the large number of cancellations they have announced lately.
Here, I’m going to go through DC’s top five worst selling New 52 titles that have yet to be cancelled and make some predictions on their futures…
Currently Selling: 13K copies per month
Status: Last Chance!
Batwing was a title that started off very strongly in The New 52 with 41,000 copies sold in September 2011. However, since then it has lost nearly 30,000 of those readers, and now struggles around the 13,000 mark. »
- David Craig
Denys Cowan, Dwayne McDuffie, Derek Dingle, Christopher Priest and I founded Milestone Media 20 years ago. Really. I know to some that feels impossible, but it’s true. 20 years ago Milestone Media was formed and still to this day is the most successful African American owned comic book company in history. It’s hard to believe and even harder to believe that I was just five years old when Milestone began. Heh. Over the last 20 years Milestone has continued to make history. The amazing success of Static Shock on television, continued publishing of the Dakota Universe over the years and a ever growing and loyal fan base. This year the legend of Milestone will be cemented for all time when Comic Con International, the biggest pop culture event in the world, honors Milestone 20th anniversary. That’s huge but what I’m about to reveal here is even bigger. Milestone is back. »
- Michael Davis
DC Comics has been busy of late, what with announcing a brand new Moba style game Infinite Crisis as well as having their new fighting game Injustice a month away from hitting store shelves. So, while the iron is hot why not give some love to a would be franchise of yesteryear named Justice League Heroes.
Why would we want that? Jlh has many factors going against it yet still remains fun and worthy of your time. So it stands to me that if given the proper time, love, and money to succeed Warner Bros. might have another hit on its hands and we might get the game we truly wanted in the first place. What's not to love about that?
What is Justice League Heroes?
Jlh is at its heart an action RPG. Each hero comes with their own combos and special abilities, and heroes can perform special teacup attacks as well. »
- Matthew Mueller
While you're waiting for that live action Static Shock big screen feature film... I posted a trailer to this new web series in January. And now the completed 30-minute film (or episode 1) is online, which you can watch in full below. Here's the synopsis: After a night out with less than model citizens, Virgil Hawkins wakes up in his bed confused. He soon finds something new about himself, something extraordinary. Richie his best friend gets an urgent call from Virgil to meet him at the old warehouse. Upon Richie's arrival Virgil tells him about the night before and that he has something interesting to show him. Virgil displays his new found abilities after which the two go to »
- Tambay A. Obenson
One of my favorite artists Kizer Stone has taken the opportunity to create some really fun character designs for Batman Beyond. I love the designs he's come up with and like a lot of Stone's illustrations I'd love to see these brought to life in an animated series. Look over the designs he's done so far and tell us what you think of them!
Here's a note for the Batman design you see above:
Can anyone say minimalism...lol! Thought of making Terry Mcginnis as a slightly older dude right out of high-school. This extremely temporary outfit that Terry chooses doesn't differ much with the previous in terms of the skin tights but design and functionality wise it's a bit diff.
Meet Terry new college friendo Mr. Bart Allen. Thought of Bart here as a sly, nonchalant carefree dude that may live in 2026 but grew up on a healthy number »
- Joey Paur
Actually it was twenty years ago, but it wasn’t today. Look, any time I get to use a Beatles lyric in anything I write I’m using it. Nothing says witty and clever like a Beatles lyric or a Tupac and Biggie reference.
Case in point. One time too freakin’ many an ex-girlfriend asked me in an email if I thought she was getting fat. I was so sick of answering the same freakin’ question over and over again. She would ask when she and I would be on a date, in a car, on the phone, texting and one time I could have sworn she screamed it out during sex. I can’t be sure of that I couldn’t hear her clearly as I was, at the same time, screaming out my name. Yes, I scream my own name out during sex. Someone has to.
I was »
- Michael Davis
2013 is a big year for Superman fans as director Zack Snyder (Watchmen), producer Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises) and screenwriter David S. Goyer (Batman Begins) attempt to banish the ghost of Superman Returns (and Superman III and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace for that matter) with the release of Warner Bros.' hotly-anticipated reboot Man of Steel.
However, while Henry Cavill takes to the skies in Man of Steel, the Last Son of Krypton will also take centre stage in the latest entry in Warner's DC Universe Animated Original Movies line, Superman: Unbound, which has just received its first trailer today courtesy of Nerdist.
Loosley based upon Action Comics' 2008 'Brainiac' story arc by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, Superman: Unbound sees Matt Bomer (White Collar) voicing the Man of Steel alongside John Noble (Fringe) as Brainiac and Castle co-stars Stana Katic and Molly C. Quinn as Lois Lane and Supergirl. »
Green Lantern (Phil Lamarr) Andrea Romano: Phil Lamarr was an actor I’d worked with on a series called Static Shock. He had done an audition at his agent’s office and I thought he was very, very good. I called up some people who had worked with him and tried to get some background. If I’m going to commit to a series with somebody, I want to know that it’s going to be a pleasant experience. I like to think of putting together a cast as being similar to putting together a party. Who’s going to have fun together? Who’s going to play well together? Who’s going to bring something to the party? As I was doing my research on Phil, I got very positive response, he gets the joke, he understands what’s going on. Like I said, I had gotten to know him on Static Shock. »
While you're waiting for that live action Static Shock big screen feature film... courtesy of the Black Folks Making Comics tumblr. Static Shock Phenomenon is a Yvz Productions adaptation of the comic book and tv show superhero character “Static Shock” created by Dwayne McDuffie for milestone comics who later became a character for DC comics. This is a Non Profit fan film mini web series that follows the stories of high schoolers Virgil Hawkins and Richie Foley. After an incident later named the “Big Bang” which caused many of the gang youth in Dakota City including Virgil become gifted with meta human powers. Episode 1 takes you through Virgil’s first 48 hours the night after the “Big Bang” what he did and how he decided to become Dakota’s Hero and Protector. You can follow the series on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Yvz-Productions/260948150610021?ref=hl Also, the Youtube Channel is. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
While you're waiting for that live action Static Shock big screen feature film... courtesy of the Black Folks Making Comics tumblr. Static Shock Phenomenon is a Yvz Productions adaptation of the comic book and tv show superhero character “Static Shock” created by Dwayne McDuffie for milestone comics who later became a character for DC comics. This is a Non Profit fan film mini web series that follows the stories of high schoolers Virgil Hawkins and Richie Foley. After an incident later named the “Big Bang” which caused many of the gang youth in Dakota City including Virgil become gifted with meta human powers. Episode 1 takes you through »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Just yesterday we reported that Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Looper) was included on the shortlist of actors vying for the lead role in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. We presumed that, since an earlier report had mentioned an unnamed actor in the mix in addition to Zachary Levi (Chuck) and Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas), Gordon-Levitt was the last candidate. Well, today's news brings word that Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville) is also under consideration for the role of Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord. Hit the jump to get this sorted out. Rosenbaum Tweeted that he recently read for the lead role (via IGN): Read for my pal @JamesGunn Guardians Of The Galaxy for Peter Quill. What a treat! Thanks Jimmy. @Marvel Best known for his role as a young Lex Luthor on Smallville, Rosenbaum has other ties to the comic book world having done a number of voice-over spots. His experience in animated fair is on the DC side, »
- Dave Trumbore
17 items from 2013
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