Dec 30, 2009

Happy Nerdy New Year!

It's been a great year for nerds, hasn't it? Not too much else to say really. Here's to an even better 2010!

This image was drawn up by a wonderful artist I know, Stewart McKenny. Check out his website. He sent me this delightful New Year's greeting and was kind enough to let me share it with all of you. Thanks Stewart!

Ok, I do have one more thing I'd like to say. Thank you all for being loyal and friendly readers of my blog. That's all folks! Happy New Year!

DoubleDCoverage #40

I'm back with this week's installment of DoubleDCoverage at the Girls Entertainment Network! Because of the holiday there will be no new DoubleDCoverage next week. Only Blackest Night came out today and I’ll be holding that over for review the following week.

They don’t call it an asylum for nothing, right? Also, Deathstroke the Terminator is going to be called Deathstroke the Teddy Bear pretty soon. Reviews for Arkham Reborn #3 & Teen Titans #78 are ahead. Also, check out my star ratings for my other pulls from last Wednesday!

Click here to check out DoubleDCoverage #40.

Dec 28, 2009

Too soon for Lost mania?

Never. The sixth and final season of the hit show begins February 2nd on ABC. Will Lost go down in history as one of the greatest shows on television or will it crash and burn like Oceanic Flight 815?

"Lockeness Monster" by Alex Pardee

Hard to tell really. I'd love to have hope in the mecca that executive producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof have evolved into but how can they succeed where so many before them have failed? Ending a popular series successfully is next to impossible. Seinfeld and Alias jumped the shark big-time while shows like Battlestar Galactica and Buffy the Vampire Slayer left fans divided with their swan songs. There's only one thing Cuse and Lindelof have going for them and that's their rather sizable imaginations.

Lost has been employing brain-teasing alternative reality games that run parallel to the series for a few years now. The majority of viewers probably don't bother with them (or even know of their existence) but true Losties follow along with the kind of devotion usually reserved for rock stars. So it's no wonder countless artists jumped at the chance to participate in some way with the latest. The Lost Underground Art Project stemmed from a much less serious ARG conducted by Damon, Carlton and a Polar Bear. Yes, that's a website, I'm not just referring to two individuals and a cuddly animal. Sixteen posters were created and scattered across the internet and real world for fans to find. Isn't that just like those Lost creators? Hanging us on cliffs til the very end!
In celebration of LOST's final season and as a project of fan appreciation, 16 top designers and artists, who are also fans of the show, were commissioned to create artwork celebrating one of the series' most memorable, and unforgettable, "water cooler" moments. This ultimate "fan art" was then turned into labor intensive, hand-pulled screen prints, limited to an edition of just 300, with less than 200 available to the public through our websites. Each beautiful poster tells its own different story, allowing the fan to relive memorable and influential moments in an artistic manner, as the show's storied run comes to a close. Once this limited edition print has sold out, they will never be printed again. Celebrate the fandom, community and family created by one of televisions' greatest shows by hanging a little part of it's history, inspiration and influence on your wall.
Ben Linus as depicted by Todd Slater

All that led up to the Lost Underground Art Show (image heavy, but worth it), held December 15th at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles. It just so happened to take place while I was in California but I was unfortunately unable to attend. Besides the original sixteen posters, a few dozen other works of art were displayed. The posters, limited to 300 prints, all sold-out at $50 a pop but more OMGWTF POLAR BEAR? The other art at the show sold for far more. Dan Lyderson's "Memento Mori" went for $3,500. Remember, this is just art inspired by a popular television show from the 2000s.

Not everyone went the traditional oil-on-canvas route for their creations. "The Dharma Bear" by Danielle Buerli is an eight inch plus that "makes roar noise when squeezed and has small Dharma biscuits in pouch." There's a few original sculptures and dioramas mixed in but what got me really excited were the blank Taweret resin figures several artists went to town on. Dave Pressler's "Wind Up Relic" was hands down my favorite. Seriously, I need a clockwork Taweret.

So far, all the promos for the final season have unfortunately been made up of old footage. According the Cuse and Lindelof, things are so universe changing in the first few episodes of season 6 that showing even one frame would spoil the whole thing for us. It's ok Losties, we've waited this long, what's a little more tease? If you need something to keep you satiated, check out this promo from the Spanish TV network Cuatro. It will give you something to obsess about for the next month.

Dec 27, 2009

L.A. is for nerds!

Los Angeles. The City of Angels. Home to movie stars and folks looking to make it big. It rained the first two days I was there, the only star sighting I had was Kenny Bania and I didn't see the Hollywood sign once. So, what did I see? Nerds. Lots and lots of nerds.

I hear my L.A. friends talk about Golden Apple Comics all the time, not to mention the Comic Book Resources offices are just upstairs. So it was with happy coincidence CBR and Golden Apple were hosting a party the day after I arrived. How nice of them to throw a party for me. Ok, it was a holiday party but still.

The store has lots of goodies for people like us of course, a replica Terminator head, Lantern corps t-shirts and Lightsaber chopsticks. This particular item was something of a wonder if you'll excuse the obvious pun. The first appearance of Wonder Woman in Sensation Comics circa 1942 with a CGC rating of 7.0. Any guesses as to how much they're asking? $20,000. Wowza.

After the party, I asked my boss Jonah from CBR to give me a tour of the office. Let me just say, if I lived in California, I would love coming to work. Besides the great design scheme, there's an XBOX and toys sitting all over. I'm very impressed the site publishes content at all. Also, sitting atop a shelf, I spotted CBR's Eisner Award. Considering it was awarded the year I began writing for them I'm gonna go out on a limb and call it "our Eisner." :) By the way, "our Eisner" is really f'ing heavy.

L.A. is a lot bigger than I imagined and all those areas you think are other cities in California are really all just part of L.A. Like Hollywood for instance. I traveled there one day to do the ultra-touristy thing and scoot along the Walk of Fame. And look who I ran into first. I'm always in convention/cosplay mode so I asked her if I could take her picture (the polite thing to do in any circumstance really). She said, "Sure, I pose for tips, is that ok?" Yeah, what the hell, I've got a buck or two I can give Catwoman. I should have known I wouldn't get away that easily. Looking into my wallet, the smallest bill I had was a five. Damn. As some random passerby snapped her picture without asking I gave her the five and said I hoped it made up for him. No hot-Jack-Sparrow-impersonator you cannot have a dollar, Catwoman cleaned me out.

The whole area by Grauman's Chinese Theater was actually pretty busy for a Monday afternoon. That and the costumers trying to make a buck made it difficult to get many pictures of the stars or hand and footprints but I did get a few I enjoyed like the Star Trek and Harry Potter casts.

I visited Ripley's Believe It Or Not, since that's always entertaining, and found something I wanted to steal. If it wasn't under glass and I wasn't in the basement relying on an employee to take me back upstairs in a wheelchair lift when I was done, I'd be slaying vampires as we speak. It's not the same Vampire Killing Kit that was up for sale last year but it's close. Sigh.

The highlight of my trip was the day I got to visit the G4 building. I know a few people who work there and they got me in to watch the live taping of Attack of the Show that night. I've been in television studios practically my entire life so it wasn't that aspect that impressed me but getting to see professionals at work doing exactly what I hope to do one day. Unfortunately Olivia Munn wasn't there, Sarah Jean Underwood was subbing for her but the man himself, Kevin Pereira was. He was really friendly and cool and I'm so glad I got a chance to watch him work because he's really talented. I also got to see Blair Herter and Chris Gore to their thing as well. Thanks to everyone on set for having me and letting me feel right at home. Now hire me.

Post AOTS, I headed upstairs to join Courtney Kraft (The Otaku Goddess) for her webshow on G4 Interactive. She usually discusses video games but was nice enough to branch off into the comic world for me for a while. We did talk about Batman: Arkham Asylum though. Here it is in case you missed it. Count how many times I mention Green Lantern. :)


Right near the G4 studios is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, or LACMA. I figured I'd take in some culture but I was happy to see I couldn't escape the geek - they had a Indian Comic Art exhibit. It's called Heroes and Villains: The Battle for Good in India's Comics and it was really, really cool.

Abishek Singh is the artist on the one above, below we have a very interesting piece of art that wasn't part of the Indian exhibit but mixed in with some Mayan artifacts. So you can understand why I did a double-take when I saw the Man of Steel. This is a work by Enrique Chagoya.

My last night in L.A. I organized a Geek Girl Dinner. I know so many girls like myself via Twitter or the internet at large that I thought it would be a nice way to get us all together. I actually got to meet Geek Girl Diva first when I ran into her at Disneyland earlier in the week but it was nice to finally chat for real. Here's her thoughts on the night. Me? I think it was a rousing success to say the least and...not one of us thought to take a picture. What kind of girls are we? Whatever, we had a hot waiter, drank delicious beer and got a free dessert. Now all of you move to New Jersey so we can make this a weekly thing. :)

Thanks for having me Los Angeles! See you soon?

Dec 25, 2009

Batsanta

I hope you all have a fantastic holiday! May it be filled with nerdy presents and Batmen with Santa beards.

As an added present, here are links to watch one of my favorite Christmas specials. A Garfield Christmas Special!


Enjoy!

Dec 23, 2009

DoubleDCoverage #39

I'm back with this week's installment of DoubleDCoverage at the Girls Entertainment Network!

Are the Batman editors psychic? That’s what I’d like to know. Reviews for Batman #694 and Batman 80-Page Giant are ahead. Also, check out my star ratings for my other pulls from last Wednesday!

Click here to check out DoubleDCoverage #39.

Georges Jeanty Rules the Buffyverse

Can you imagine what it’s like being responsible for bringing characters fans have come to know and love over seven seasons of television to the comic page? That’s the duty Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 artist Georges Jeanty shouldered when Joss Whedon handpicked him for the gig. Fazed? Hardly. Jeanty was too busy enjoying his comics, sci-fi and horror to notice the pressure.

I recently interviewed Jeanty for the Girls Entertainment Network. Here's a taste:
I'm a huge comic fan so doing homage covers was something I was itching to do. Not all the time, mind you, just where it seem to fit like the cover to Action Comics with Superman's first appearance. There have also been gag covers that weren't taken from a comic book but film. Like the cover with Faith and Giles as the British characters the Avengers. So when we can do something cheeky with the alternate cover, we try to. It's a lot of fun going back and forth with Joss and the Editorial staff about what we should do every month, let me tell you!
I got to chat with the hard-working illustrator about his love of the Slayer and what’s coming up in the series now that Season 8 is coming to a head. And will there be a Season 9? Head over to GEN to find out!

Dec 21, 2009

Have I finally "made it?"

It may not be Maxim or anything but...I'm a calendar girl!

You may remember, a few weeks ago, PanelsOnPages.com named me their Fangirl of the Month for December. Well, what I didn't tell you then (but those who follow me on Twitter found out last week) was that they put together an AMAZING calendar of all their Fangirls this year! What are you waiting for? Check out the 2010 Fangirl of the Month Calendar, I guarantee you won't find anything else like it.

Each lady was teamed with an artist, and if I do say so myself, the pairings were perfect. I was very excited when I checked out the deviantART page of my artist, Daniel Campos. Several of his female illustrations were pin-up style and were all gorgeous, not to mention his kick-ass comic book characters. I threw a few ideas Daniel's way and let him take creative rein from there. You can view his artistic process at his own blog, Zombies Love Comics. I love what he finally decided on and he gets bonus points for calling me The Sixth Element.

Now that I've sufficiently wet your palate I bet you'd like to know how you can own one of these puppies and have your very own Nerdy Bird hanging up on your wall come this time next year, right? Just head to PoP's Cafe Press store and you're set! Thanks again to PoP and Daniel, I think the finished product looks absolutely fantastic. It's a great addition to any geeks collection, whether it be for keeping track of the days or simple viewing pleasure. :)

Dec 16, 2009

DoubleDCoverage #38

I'm still in California but here's this week's installment of DoubleDCoverage at the Girls Entertainment Network!

Superboy-Prime breaks the fourth wall and the DC Comics offices this week and The Nerdy Bird is not filled with holiday cheer. Reviews for Adventure Comics #5 and DCU Holiday Special 2009 are ahead. Also, check out my star ratings for my other pulls from last Wednesday!

Click here to check out DoubleDCoverage #38.

Dec 11, 2009

I'm leaving on a jet plane...

....don't know when I'll be back again. Ok, I do. Next Thursday. But that's not the point. I'm leaving for Los Angeles today!

As expected, blogging with not be happening while I'm away because it is a vacation after all. But if you want to keep up with my antics, which will most likely involve several comic shop trips and pictures, just check out my Twitter stream. Until then, arivaderchi!

Dec 10, 2009

Batman Returns...With a Vengeance

It's really no surprise to anyone but just to make it official, Bruce Wayne returns in 2010. April to be exact. Also no surprise, his "ultimate fate" was not what it appeared to be but exactly what we all said it was - being badass throughout history.


The DCU Source blog debuted this Andy Kubert sketch yesterday which is design for the upcoming Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne mini-series. Pirate Batman, very reminiscent of Davey Jones, excited me just a hair more than Cavebatman, who is equally sexy in my opinion, because...well, pirate.

Grant Morrison is penning the series of course, but it will have a rotating array of artists. So far, Chris Sprouse has been announced for the first issue. "Each of the stories is a twist on a different 'pulp hero' genre — so there's the caveman story, the witchhunter/Puritan adventurer thing, the pirate Batman, the cowboy, the P.I. — as a nod toward those mad old 1950s comics with Caveman Batman and Viking Batman adventures. It's Bruce Wayne's ultimate challenge — Batman vs. history itself!" Morrison told USA Today.

Some people are complaining it's too soon to bring Bruce back. I'm not one of them. I'm enjoying Dick in the role a lot more than I expected to but my heart lies with Bruce. That isn't to say I want Dick to stop being Batman though. Morrison says, "the status quo of the Batman universe will be changed completely after this book." This could mean any number of things but what I'm hoping for is two Batmen. In a perfect world I'd like to see Dick remain mentor to Damian in Batman and Robin, Batwoman remain as the star of Detective Comics and Bruce to reclaim the Batman title for his own. Though the writer also says, "I'm doing at least another year of stories with Dick Grayson and Damian Wayne in the Batman and Robin book before that book starts to dovetail with Return and we rush headlong and screaming into the next big, earth-shattering, game-changing twist in the life of Batman," so who knows?

Talk about devestatingly handsome men. Check out ol' Alfred Pennyworth as designed by Gary Frank. Hummana-hummana! This also comes courtesy of the DCU Source blog and is the basis of a new ongoing line of original graphic novels about Batman and Superman subtitled Earth One. DC says the series will be "spotlighting the most powerful heroes of the DC Universe, with their first years and earliest moments retold in a standalone, original graphic novel format, on a new earth with an all-new continuity."

Somewhat surprisingly, the writer on Batman: Earth One will be Geoff Johns and writer J. Michael Straczynski and artist Shane Davis will tackle Superman: Earth One. Of course Johns is currently telling the secret origin of Superman. I'm very interested to see what he does with his first chance writing Bruce.

Aint It Cool News was actually the site to give the news and spoke with both authors. "I'll be straight up with you: I'm not here to change his story into something it was never intended to be so that I can "make my mark" on the character," said Straczynski, "It's about respecting the character and his origins. Especially for me, since Superman has always been my number one icon growing up as a kid." About his book, Johns had this to say, "Some of it the characters will more closely resemble the classic interpretations while others will be wildly different. We’re introducing a lot of new characters and elements to this Batman."

Nothing makes a great day like some fantastic Batman news, wouldn't you say? What are your thoughts on these new projects? Yah or nay? Or should I say, ARRGH?

Dec 9, 2009

DoubleDCoverage #37

I'm back with this week's installment of DoubleDCoverage at the Girls Entertainment Network!

Wonder Woman versus Black Lantern U.S. military. How’s that for a main event? The JSA may have gotten a divorce but that doesn’t mean the arguing has stopped. Reviews for Blackest Night: Wonder Woman #1 and JSA All-Stars #1 are ahead. Also, check out my star ratings for my other pulls from last Wednesday!

Click here to check out DoubleDCoverage #37.

Dec 7, 2009

Helen Slater is still 'Super'

Ok I lied. I do have one more thing for you today. I had the pleasure of interviewing actress/musician Helen Slater recently for Comic Book Resources and the article has just been posted.


Slater's portrayal of Supergirl was something that influenced me heavily when I was a young girl, not to mention her role in The Legend of Billie Jean (though I never did get up the nerve to do the haircut). She was beautiful, extremely friendly and gracious making the interview an absolute pleasure.

You all know I've loved Supergirl since I was a wee lass so needless to say this was a very special interview for me. I hate to sound corny but it was really a dream come true getting to meet and chat with her.

It's been 25 years since "Supergirl" was released in theaters, and CBR News recently sat down down with actress Helen Slater and discussed her famous role, her upcoming co-writing gig on "Supergirl" #50, her turn on "Smallville" and more.
Check out the interview, Helen Slater is Still 'Super' at CBR and don't forget to leave comments in the forum there!

Shadow Cat

Somebody's got a case of the Mondays (me) so you're all going to settle for just this today.

Hey, it made me chuckle.

Dec 4, 2009

Lazy Linkage (Again)

Well, it's one of those Fridays. And, apparently, it's one of those Decembers. I knew I had done a "Lazy Linkage" before but I had no idea it was almost exactly a year ago I had written it up. Weird. Regardless, here's some lazy blogging in it's purest form.

Found this Obama inspired Transformers poster thanks to the chatroom during the Panels On Pages Pop!-Cast earlier in the week.

If you're into beautiful imagery I suggest you check out this tremendous achievement by Zuda Comic's Azure creator Daniel Govar. He drew 30 Characters in 30 Days.

Speaking of characters, you know that guy Superman right? Well this guy must like him a WHOLE DAMN LOT to embarrass himself like this. He put on a show...of sorts...at his wedding reception. See for yourself...if you dare.

Speaking of obsessions...someone has finally beaten World of Warcraft. I didn't even know that was like, a thing you could do. I thought it just went on perpetually forever and ever. "To reach the milestone the Taiwanese power-player killed 390,895 creatures, accumulated 7,255,538,878 points of damage, completed 5,906 quests (that's 14.62 quests per day, apparently), raided 405 dungeons and hugged 11 players." Guess not. Congratulations "Little Gray," now go outside and get some fresh air.

Speaking of nerds, you can now Tweet in Klingon. And no, I won't be starting because just like WoW, if I start, I'll never stop.

This t-shirt design is quite possibly the greatest idea ever. It's called "Team Edward [James Olmos]" and, for those of you who don't get it, it's a spoof of Twilight. "You can have your sparkling, fangless Twilight vampires. There's only one 'Edward' whose team I want to be on. EDWARD JAMES OLMOS! Whether he's inspiring inner city kids, tracking down replicants or leading the Colonial Fleet to victory against the Cylons, EJO has always got your back. Shouldn't you return the favor?" It's based on this webcomic, which is good for a chuckle or two.

If you like Twilight, and cats, you'll get several more laughs out of this fella's Lolcats New Moon review. He's also got a shorter version from the original.

And one last bit of poking fun at Twilight just because I can. I was recently introduced to the joy that is Rifftrax, this week I was introduced to the joy that is Twilight Rifftrax. Enjoy a Best Of via YouTube. LINE!

Dec 3, 2009

In other news...

...I don't care. Movies are being made based on two comic books I've never read and probably never will read. Variety reported yesterday that both Zenescope Entertainment's The Piper and Top Cow's Alibi will be making their way to the big screen.

Persistent Entertainment and Pantry Films will be backing The Piper, "the cinematic version of the Pied Piper of Hamelin will introduce a darker version of the fable through the eyes of a much-bullied high school band student who unintentionally channels the spirit of the Pied Piper, only to realize the terrifying consequences of his actions are well beyond his control," says Variety. Zenescope's own Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco, the creators of the series, will act as executive producers on the project but no writer has been named so far.

The house that Twilight built, Summit Entertainment, will be distributing Alibi which Mandeville Entertainment nabbed the rights to immediately after San Diego Comic Con this past July. According to Variety this comic, which was part of TC's Pilot Season, "centers on a well-known socialite whose public presence establishes a perfect alibi for the covert activity of his secret twin brother, a government assassin." A bunch of big-wigs from Mandeville will produce along with TC's Marc Silvestri and Matt Hawkins but for this project a writer has already been named. John Hlavin from The Shield and future Underworld 4 scribe takes the job of the comic's original writer Joshua Hale.

One of Persistent's previous films was the bizarre Richard Kelly film, Southland Tales, so, yeah. Mandeville has The Proposal and Surrogates to their name. Seeing as how I've never read either of these books I just have two short comments to make.

1. Raise your hand if you hear, "Pied Piper of Hamelin" and think, "cool."

2. Time spent writing a one-shot in proportionate to the amount of money you make when selling it to a movie studio? Oh, about 1 to 1000. We should all be so lucky.

Dec 2, 2009

DoubleDCoverage #36

I'm back with this week's installment of DoubleDCoverage at the Girls Entertainment Network!

Red and blue don’t mix to purple in space and too many heroes spoil the satellite. What in the hell am I talking about? See for yourself. Reviews for Green Lantern #48 and Justice League: Cry for Justice #5 are ahead. Also, check out my star ratings for my other pulls from last Wednesday! Don’t forget, new comics are released Thursday this week because of the holiday.

Click here to check out DoubleDCoverage #36.

Dec 1, 2009

Fangirl of the Month

Little ol' me? Aw, you shouldn't have! Panels On Pages has named yours truly FANGIRL OF THE MONTH for December!

It's like winning an Oscar for being a geek...or something. Anyway, I'm truly honored to have been chosen. And I've got great company! Check out the previous Fangirls of the Month on PoP.

Here's just a sampling of my interview with them:
PoP!: You’re writing all over the web these days between your blog, CBR and GEN. What made you move from mere spectator geeking to the real deal?

Jill: You’re right, I feel like a writing machine at times, haha! But I love it. At school I created what was called a contract major for myself. Under the general umbrella of Contemporary Arts I got to pick and choose which aspects of communications I wanted to study. My main focus was on television so I took several different voice and on-camera classes as well as production, but I also leaned toward journalism and other forms of writing like TV, radio and film. I didn’t think I had interest in straight-up news writing but it turned out I was pretty good at it and I took a few more of those courses just for fun. Right after graduation I landed a job in radio and writing basically fell by the wayside. I felt like I needed to get back into practice so I started my blog, “Has Boobs, Reads Comics.” I have a lot of fun on there, but when I would go to conventions or other events I decided why not do formal reports on them? Now that I’m writing for other sites and doing some video work I feel like all of my schooling is finally coming together and it feels great. Now if I could make it onto G4 my life would be complete.

PoP!: What costume do you plan to tackle next?

Jill: I’ve got so many costumes I want to do, the only question is which to pick next. I think the Red Lantern costume is going to be hard to top but I’d like to try one of the other Corps as well, maybe Blue or Orange. I also have the idea to cosplay two other redheads once my hair is a little longer. One is Misfit from the Birds of Prey and the other is Cyclone from the Justice Society. Their costumes are both really cute and relatively easy to pull off, which would be a relief for me, haha. One day, probably a while from now, I want to attempt a major Batgirl costume. I’d have to have that made for me though because it’s going to involve my scooter. I plan on making it into her Bat-cycle.
So what are you waiting for? Go read the rest of the interview and say hello to everyone at PoP for me. And listen for me tonight at 10 EST on their podcast!