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Marc Alan Fishman: “Tales from the Multiverse: The Alt-Left”

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With all the stupid that has recently infected our news feeds and such this past week, I’d be remiss to admit I didn’t at least try to find something comic-related to rant about today. I read about half of John Ostrander and Tom Mandrake’s Kros: Hallowed Ground graphic novel – but wouldn’t have anything cathartic to say about it as I’m numb from the dumb. I learned how to make my own salad dressing – but I doubt you’d really care about it or Whole 30. I read all the articles about how Justice League was getting some nifty reshoots to fix errant tonal problems – but again I digress: why sit here and rant about a movie that isn’t out yet, when our glorious leader took to the press and created a new villain for our weary nation!

I won’t regurgitate the circumstances that led
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"Thor: Ragnarok" - 'Sif' Gets In "Shape"

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Take another look @ revealing images of actress Jaimie Alexander, returning as 'Asgardian' warrior 'Sif' in "Thor: Ragnarok", posing for an issue of "Shape" magazine:

Alexander's first major film role was in the horror feature "Rest Stop" (2006) followed by "Hallowed Ground" (2007).

She then played the character 'Jessi' on the ABC Family series "Kyle Xy",followed by guest roles on "CSI: Miami" and "Bones".

Alexander was cast as 'Sif' in Marvel Studios' live-action feature "Thor, directed by Kenneth Branagh, released May 2011...

...then reprised the role in the sequel "Thor: The Dark World" and the TV series "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek 'Sif' in action, plus "Thor: Ragnarok"...
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John Ostrander: Crossed Lines

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So, Bill Maher crossed the line and got himself into hot water. Given the nature of his HBO show, Real Time, and his own proclivities as a satirist, maybe he should just have a hot tub on stage instead of a desk. It would suit him in many ways.

Recently, as part of an interview, Maher jokingly referred to himself as a “house ‘N’ word.” No, I’m not repeating the actual word here for a few reasons. A) I don’t want to pull a Maher; B) I don’t like the word. I won’t pretend I’ve never used it; I threw it around a bit as a kid in 1950s Chicago along with the “c” word, the “f” word, the “mf” and others of that ilk because I knew they were bad words, naughty words, and I was trying at those moments to pass myself off
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John Ostrander’s Spare Plots

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More than once over the years I’ve been approached by someone who says that they have a great idea for a story and that I should write it and then we split any money evenly. The problem with this (aside from the fact that the work is not even) is that I have plenty of ideas of my own that, for one reason or another, never get written. Having ideas isn’t the problem; executing them is.

Here are a few ideas I’ve had in my journal that haven’t seen the light of day.

Spectre/Batman Alt Worlds

An alternate DC Universe idea set back in the Thirties, we start with the Waynes getting gunned down in an alley, but this time young Bruce is killed as well. This sets off such a furor that something has to be done. Commissioner Gordon decides on someone from the
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John Ostrander’s Picking Favorites

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Last weekend I was at the Geek’d Con in Rockford, Illinois. It was a small first time con and it had some things to work out, but over all it went okay.

I really enjoyed the fans but, for me, the big moment was when my niece, Julie Adams, showed up with her husband Rob and their three kids, Rachel, Hailey, and Ryan. They even sat in on the Q&A panel I did on Saturday and, bless ‘em, asked some questions themselves. And, as is typical with kids and especially kids who are relatives, a question or two were tough to answer.

The big one I was asked (by Hailey, as I recall) was, “Which of your characters is your favorite?” Deceptively simple, that question. “That’s like asking a parent which is their favorite child,” I replied, glancing at Julie and Rob. Both grimaced.

I’m not
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John Ostrander, Temporary Celebrity!

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Last week I gave a review of the Suicide Squad movie. This week, I’m talking about my trip to NYC for the premiere.

I got in to the East Coast on 7/31 and stayed with my friends Tam and Kev English over in New Jersey, near to where I used to live. Tom Mandrake and Jan Duursema, who also live in the area, were going to be in town Sunday night before going on a trip so we all got together for a nice meal. Hilarity ensued.

Tom and Jan also gave me a box full of Kros: Hallowed Ground booty. This is stuff that will be going out to our subscribers and it is killer cool.

I took the train into Manhattan on Monday to join my old bud and oft-time editor and my date for the evening, the lovely and effervescent Mike Gold. We were meeting for a pre-festivities lunch.
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'Sif' Gets In "Shape"

Take another look @ revealing images of actress Jaimie Alexander, aka Marvel Studios' 'Asgardian' warrior 'Sif' in a recent issue of "Shape" magazine:

Alexander's first major film role was in the horror feature "Rest Stop" (2006) followed by "Hallowed Ground" (2007).

She then played the character 'Jessi' on the ABC Family series "Kyle Xy",followed by guest roles on "CSI: Miami" and "Bones".

Alexander was cast as 'Sif' in Marvel Studios' live-action feature "Thor, directed by Kenneth Branagh, released May 2011...

...then reprised the role in the sequel "Thor: The Dark World" and the TV series "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D."

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Prepare for ‘Twin Peaks’ With a Damn Fine Mixtape of Songs By New Cast Members

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it, don’t wait for it, just let it happen. It could be a new shirt at the men’s store, a catnap in your office chair, or two cups of good, hot black coffee. Or, it could be a listen to this Lynchian mixtape inspired by the massive cast list released for the new iteration of Twin Peaks, which has a surprising number of musicians along with actors.

This list includes, but is not limited to, Trent Reznor, Eddie Vedder, Sky Ferreia, and Sharon Van Etten, along with actors who also dabble in music such as Jennifer Jason Leigh, Monica Bellucci, and Richard Chamberlain. The songs are tailor-fitted to the mood of the show, a combination of the eerie, sad, dark, joyous, and full of life.
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John Ostrander: Self-Employable Comics

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I love writing and I am so glad I’ve been able to make a living at it. I’m very thankful to all the fans and all the publishers who have enabled me to do that over the years.

The trick is in getting the work. There’s this malady known as “freelancer’s disease” which consists of a freelancer taking every gig offered because you’re afraid that if you turn down any, they will all go away. It’s not rational but it’s real and it’s how some freelancers wind up taking on too much work. I’ve been sick with that disease from time to time. To make a living from writing, though, depends on a publisher saying yes.

That’s changed a bit in recent years thanks to the phenomenon of crowd funding where the artist can put together a project and then,
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"Thor: Ragnaork" - 'Sif' Gets In "Shape"

Take another look @ revealing images of actress Jaimie Alexander, possibly returning as 'Asgardian' warrior 'Sif' in "Thor: Ragnarok", as she poses for the March 2016 issue of "Shape" magazine:

Alexander's first major film role was in the horror feature "Rest Stop" (2006) followed by "Hallowed Ground" (2007).

She then played the character 'Jessi' on the ABC Family series "Kyle Xy",followed by guest roles on "CSI: Miami" and "Bones".

Alexander was cast as 'Sif' in Marvel Studios' live-action feature "Thor, directed by Kenneth Branagh, released May 2011...

...then reprised the role in the sequel "Thor: The Dark World" and the TV series "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D."

Click the images to enlarge...
See full article at SneakPeek »

"Thor: Ragnarok" - 'Sif' Gets In "Shape"

  • SneakPeek
Take a look @ new revealing images of Jaimie Alexander, who returns as 'Asgardian' warrior 'Sif' in Marvel Studios' upcoming feature "Thor: Ragnarok", posing for the March 2016 issue of "Shape" magazine:

Alexander's first major film role was in the horror feature "Rest Stop" (2006) followed by "Hallowed Ground" (2007).

She then played the character 'Jessi' on the ABC Family series "Kyle Xy",followed by guest roles on "CSI: Miami" and "Bones".

Alexander was cast as 'Sif' in Marvel Studios' live-action feature "Thor, directed by Kenneth Branagh, released May 2011...

...then reprised the role in the sequel "Thor: The Dark World" and the TV series "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D."

Click the images to enlarge...
See full article at SneakPeek »

John Ostrander: The Spectre – What Was I Thinking?

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Halloween was yesterday (if you’re reading this on Sunday); a time of ghosts and ghouls and little children strong arming adults for candy under the threat of “tricks.” Oh, also when the Great Pumpkin rises from a really sincere pumpkin patch to bring toys and presents to good little children all around the world. Or so I have been told.

And, of course, it’s time for ghost stories and horror stories and tales of things that go bump in the night and I’ve told a few of those myself, notably Wasteland. My most successful foray into the genre, though, probably was the run I did on The Spectre with Tom Mandrake for DC Comics back in the 1990s.

The Spectre was an interesting amalgam of both supernatural and superhero. Created in 1940 by Superman creator Jerry Siegel and artist Bernard Baily, the central character was hardnosed plainclothes detective
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Horror Nerds: This John Carpenter cult classic is screening at an incredible location

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Horror Nerds: This John Carpenter cult classic is screening at an incredible location
"Prince of Darkness" may not be one of John Carpenter's better-remembered films, but it's become a cult classic among horror/Carpenter aficionados in the nearly three decades since its release. And if you're a fan who lives in Los Angeles, your loyalty is set to be rewarded with a very cool opportunity courtesy of Horror's Hallowed Grounds: a screening of the movie inside the actual church where it was filmed. This is location porn of the highest order, friends. According to the official post on Hhg's Facebook page, the screening (co-hosted by HorrorHound magazine and in association with East West Players and Visual Communications) will include "special guests and Q&A," a "tour of all interior and exterior locations used in the film with photo opportunities," "special prizes and giveaways" and a "courtyard reception with cash bar." Will John Carpenter be in attendance? Don't bet on it! But this is,
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Interview: Suicide Squad Creator John Ostander and Tom Mandrake on Kros: Hallowed Ground

Writer John Ostrander and illustrator Tom Mandrake are an established duo in the comic industry, and having worked together on multiple series including The Spectre, Batman and Martian Manhunter, they are now using KickStarter to bring their latest project, Kros:… Continue Reading →

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Legendary’s Thomas Tull Producing Math-Science Documentary

Legendary and Konwiser Brothers Entertainment are producing an untitled feature-length documentary designed to inspire American youth to become passionate about mathematics and science.

Kip and Kern Konwiser will write and direct the project, as well as produce with Legendary topper Thomas Tull. The producers are aiming to use the film as a catalyst to start a dialog about how America can regain its status as a world leader in those fields.

The announcement noted that the U.S. ranks 30th out of 65 developed nations in math knowledge and 23rd in science. The film is aimed at showing how these two disciplines impact many areas including sports, pop culture, academia, government, healthcare, technology and entertainment.

Tull is a member of the board of trustees of Carnegie Mellon University. He also serves as a board member for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and is part owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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Exclusive Q&A with Roche Limit: Clandestiny’s Michael Moreci and Kyle Charles

They were startled to receive a distress signal from a supposedly decimated planet, but it was getting shot down by something on the surface of Dispater that really rattled the eclectic crew in the first issue of Roche Limit: Clandestiny. Taking place 75 years after the events of the five-issue Roche Limit series, this sequel storyline features new characters and fresh situations, but still retains the fantastic storytelling and gorgeous artwork of its predecessor. With Roche Limit: Clandestiny hitting comic shop shelves early next month, we caught up with writer Michael Moreci and artist Kyle Charles to discuss creating scares in space, returning to Dispater, the presence of androids, the possibility of a sixth issue in the Clandestiny story arc, and much more.

Your new comic book series, Roche Limit: Clandestiny, features a mind-bending mystery taking place 75 years after the events of the first Roche Limit story arc that wrapped up in February.
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'Lady Sif' Covers "Maxim"

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Take another look @ "Thor: The Dark World" actress Jaimie Alexander, aka 'Asgardian' warrior goddess 'Lady Sif', soon to guest-star on "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.",  in a revealing pictorial for "Maxim" magazine:

Alexander's first major film role was in the horror feature "Rest Stop" (2006) followed by "Hallowed Ground" (2007).

She then played the character 'Jessi' on the ABC Family series "Kyle Xy",followed by guest roles on "CSI: Miami" and "Bones".

Alexander was cast as 'Sif' in Marvel Studios' live-action feature "Thor, directed by Kenneth Branagh, released May 2011 and recently reprised the role in the sequel "Thor: The Dark World".

In 2013, Alexander appeared in the film "Savannah" directed by Annette Haywood-Carter, followed by work in Schwarzenegger's "The Last Stand".

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"Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.": Enter 'Sif'

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According to reports, ABC will feature Marvel Studios' female warrior goddess character 'Lady Sif', played by actress Jaimie Alexander in episode #15 of "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.":

Alexander's first major film role was in the horror feature "Rest Stop" (2006) followed by "Hallowed Ground" (2007).

She then played the character 'Jessi' on the ABC Family series "Kyle Xy",followed by guest roles on "CSI: Miami" and "Bones".

Alexander was cast as 'Sif' in Marvel Studios' live-action feature "Thor, directed by Kenneth Branagh, released May 2011 and recently reprised the role in the sequel "Thor: The Dark World".

In 2013, Alexander appeared in the film "Savannah" directed by Annette Haywood-Carter, followed by work in Schwarzenegger's "The Last Stand".

Click the images to enlarge...
See full article at SneakPeek »

Jaimie Alexander In "Maxim"

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Sneak Peek more revealing images of "Thor: The Dark World" actress Jaimie Alexander, aka 'Asgardian' warrior goddess 'Sif' in a revealing spread for "Maxim" magazine:

Alexander's first major film role was in the horror feature "Rest Stop" (2006) followed by "Hallowed Ground" (2007).

She then played the character 'Jessi' on the ABC Family series "Kyle Xy",followed by guest roles on "CSI: Miami" and "Bones".

Alexander was cast as 'Sif' in Marvel Studios' live-action feature "Thor, directed by Kenneth Branagh, released May 2011 and recently reprised the role in the sequel "Thor: The Dark World".

In 2013, Alexander appeared in the film "Savannah" directed by Annette Haywood-Carter, followed by work in Schwarzenegger's "The Last Stand".

Click the images to enlarge...
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Preview Pages from ’68: Hallowed Ground

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On November 6th, a special ’68 one-shot will be released that is dedicated to Josh Medors, who passed away late last year at the age of 36 after battling spinal cancer. Titled Hallowed Ground, the story follows two soldiers that must protect civilians from zombies in Vietnam. If you’d like to learn more, we have the first six pages for Daily Dead readers to check out.

“On February 13, 1968, a passenger train derails in Streiner, Mississippi when a rotting mass of the living dead blocks the tracks. Hundreds are killed and the few desperate survivors are forced to hole up within the confines of the small rural town. Trapped in a tiny church, two soldiers fresh from the killing fields of Vietnam must do their best to defend a handful of civilians from the oncoming horde of flesh-eating cadavers. While a man named for the devil holds the barricaded sanctuary, a sniper
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