Apr 30, 2010

Pick a hero, any hero (or villain)

No, I'm not doing magic, although Zatanna is involved. If you've ever wanted DC characters at your fingertips, now's your chance. Check out Workman Publishing's DC Comics Super Heroes and Villains Fandex.

Fandex? What's a Fandex? I'm glad you asked. It's a wonderful amalgamation of knowledge, in this case, with your favorite good guys and bad guys. (They've also got a Star Wars Fandex as well.) My picture doesn't even accurately describe how cool this is. It's a deck of 75 different connected "cards" with info on the front of back for each of the characters. It's a great idea for kids wanting to learn, or people like me who want to add to my collection or just be able to quickly look up a fact or two.

According to Workman, the Fandex was "obsessively researched" and includes "layers of information, including biographies, origin stories, motivations, secret affiliations, mysterious powers and weaknesses, plus the year and issue each character made its debut. From the essential—the Crisis on Infinite Earths—to the offbeat—how Penguin sold his own memorabilia." The DC Fandex Editor, Randall Lotowycz, is no novice. His bio says he, "read his first DC comic—Superman #75—at age 11, has seen every DC movie on opening day, and had to build a custom bed frame to fit his dozens of crates of comic books." In other words - he's one of us.

One thing I love about the Fandex is that "families" are grouped together. So you have Batman and his related friends and villains, then Superman's, Wonder Woman's etc. You've also got your teams and other associations receiving their own cards. Fans may be slightly disappointed their favorite character was left out of the Fandex but with only 75 spots able to be filled, I think Workman and Lotowycz chose wisely. And be on the lookout, it may be the current Blue Beetle, Jaime Reyes, pictured on his card but every Blue Beetle is listed in the description. For the most part the same goes for others as well (The Flash, Firestorm, the Question).

I can't leave out the beautiful art that makes the Fandex go from regular, old encyclopedia to something really special. You'll recognize the images because they are taken straight from the original comics. If you're a big DC fan, you might even be able to guess which issue. And it's a who's-who of talent including Neal Adams, Jama Igle, George Perez, Cliff Chiang, Jack Kirby...I could go on and on but you get the idea.
Now here's the best part. Workman Publishing has been kind enough to offer not one, but TWO copies of the DC Comics Fandex to my readers!! You know what that means? It's contest time again!!

Send an email to nerdybirdcontest [at] gmail [dot] com and let me know who your favorite DC character is and why. It doesn't have to be a research paper, just tell me why you dig him/her/it! Get your entries in by Wednesday May 5, 2010 at 11:59 PM EST and I will choose two winners from the bunch. No need to send me your info yet, if you're the winner I'll get it from you later. Good luck!

Apr 28, 2010

Hey, That's My Cape!: Free Comic Book Day 2010

Nothing quite draws a crowd like the word "free," am I right? Well it just so happens that this Saturday is the King of all Freebies. I'm talking of course about Free Comic Book Day.

If you've never heard of FCBD, let me explain. You cannot simply walk up to the racks at your local comic shop and take home the latest issue of Superman. Well, you can. Just expect to be prosecuted under the fullest extent of the law. However, you WILL be able to pick up DC Comic's FCBD offering this year, War of the Supermen #0.

Read more about this year's FCBD at Heartless Doll for this week's Hey, That's My Cape!

Apr 27, 2010

DoubleDCoverage #56

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

Yes, I admit, sometimes comic books make me cry. It happened this week. Reviews/recaps for The Brave and the Bold #33 and Green Lantern #53 are ahead. Also, check out my star ratings for my other pulls from last week!

Click here to check out DoubleDCoverage #56.

Apr 26, 2010

Batman coming to a town near you!

Who among us hasn't wished that our city had it's very own Batman? You may be closer to that reality than you think. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a Batman stage show is in the works. Should you start practicing your Batusi now?

Not so fast. "The show is neither a musical nor a Broadway-bound theatrical production but rather an elaborate arena production aimed at kids and families," says THR. Kids? Hell, I'm gonna be the first in line. Stan Berkowitz and Alan Burnett, writers for countless DC animated properties, will be developing the script for the show which will feature "numerous villains."

Warner Bros. and DC Comics are working with Nick Grace Management and Water Lane Prods. (the companies who gave us "Walking With Dinosaurs") to create what will likely be a very elaborate show. "No timeline for the 'Batman' show is set, though one scenario involves aiming to come out after Christopher Nolan's third 'Batman' movie in 2012. Another scenario has it opening in 2011."

Considering the struggling Spider-Man musical, do you think this show will ever get off the ground? Would you go see it?

Apr 25, 2010

And the winner is...

Many entered TheNerdyBird.com's San Diego Comic Con contest but only one could win. Put your hands together (or seethe in jealousy) for Matt Jackson!!

Matt is the lucky winner of one 4-day pass to SDCC this July. When I informed him he was the chosen one his response was a very subdued, "HOLY CRAP THAT'S AWESOME!"

Funny enough, Matt has a blog of his own called Platypus Robot. I perused it and almost had to disqualify him on grounds of it's extensive Marvel content. :P

Congratulations again Matt, I hope you have a fantastic time at comic con!! Send pictures!

Apr 23, 2010

Vintage Style DC Posters I Want

Why are fan made items so much cooler than company product 90% of the time?

I present to you the astounding works of one slaterman23 from Flickr. I don't know his real name but I know what I likes and I likes what I see and what I see are his kick ass vintage DC posters. I want them all. But like, small. I don't have that much wall space.

So far he's created posters for Batman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Arrow. And yes, just so I'm not called out for being too biased, he only has one Marvel poster so far and that's Captain America.

What? You thought I was gonna show that here? Ha! Anyway, slaterman23 has a lot of great stuff posted on his Flickr. Also worthy of note, a delightful rendition of the Lost cast as cartoon characters which he calls, LOST: The Animated Series. Yes, he's even depicted the Smoke Monster.

EDIT: Thanks to Keiren for the assist. The artists name is Michael B. Myers Jr. and this is his official website.

Apr 22, 2010

Fox Blows Out the Torch on Torchwood

Crisis averted. For now. Sorta. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Fox has passed on developing a U.S. version of the U.K.'s Doctor Who spinoff, Torchwood.

You may remember me being concerned about this when the news first broke back in January, although I thought it might have some potential I was generally against the idea. Turns out, even though Fox passed, U.S. Torchwood is still a go. "We are currently in discussion with several interested networks,” said BBC Worldwide. Executive VP of Programming and Production, Jane Tranter added, "It's very much ongoing and very much alive."

So the bad news is, Torchwood USA could still happen, but you must consider the good news - Fox won't be doing it. Why is this good news? Because Fox tends to ruin good things. *cough*Sarah Connor Chronicles*cough* That's assuming this version will be good, which I'm still highly doubtful of, but you never know. Remember, Russel T. Davies and Julie Gardner are on board.

So what do you think? Have you warmed to the idea since January? I'm with a commenter from the last time we discussed this, "We all speak English here. Just put the original on."

Apr 21, 2010

Hey, That's My Cape!: And it's stunning!

You know how the judges on Project Runway always complain about the designers' outfits being too costumey? Yeah, those are usually my favorites. My love of superheroes makes that pretty obvious. But what would Heidi, Michael or Nina say if they were actually judging superhero costumes? I'm not sure, but we now know what Mr. Tim Gunn would say.

For this week's Hey, That's My Cape! watch as Alan Kistler from ComicMix talks with the famous mentor and television personality about his opinions on superhero chic - the good, the bad and the Ping.

Head on over to Heartless Doll for the "Make it work" moments.

Apr 20, 2010

DoubleDCoverage #55

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

What is it with DC and killing animals? Don’t they know it makes me cry? Brightest Day starts out pretty dark and the Flash gets to a slow start. Reviews/recaps for Brightest Day #0 and The Flash #1 are ahead. Also, check out my star ratings for my other pulls from last week!

Click here to check out DoubleDCoverage #55.

Apr 19, 2010

Justice League, the iPhone roster.

The lineup of the Justice League of America has been somewhat of a revolving door as of late. If Apple's iPhone has anything to do with it, we'll NEVER get the team finalized. Thank god for the Droid.

After all, every team needs a Flash.

Apr 16, 2010

Playing Doctor with Matt Smith

As I mentioned yesterday, earlier this week I got to do something that made tons of Doctor Who fans jealous. I sat down with the talented Steven Moffat, writer of some of my all-time favorite episodes and the new Executive Producer, Karen Gillan, the drop-dead gorgeous new Companion and the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith (my future husband) and talked about all sorts of things.

I got two great articles out of my time with them, and the Q&A with a room full of fans at the Paley Center afterward, but there was even more! I was originally going to do a review of the premiere episode today but decided my time would be better spent giving you guys more of the good stuff because, well, the new episode is awesome and there's not much more to say than that. Here's some fun stuff from the "cutting room floor" that didn't fit into either piece but that I knew you guys would get a kick out of.

This was Matt Smith's first trip to New York and he's fallen in love instantly. "Wow, what a place!" he said, "I could live here. I love it here. What a city! You’ve got everything here man. So cool.” Not only that, but he totally blends in. He could absolutely live here.

That being said, would the crew ever like to film an episode in NYC? Smith quickly jumped in with, "Yes. There’s a lot of people in charge as well as Steven so start the political campaign. I would love to do an episode here." Moffat gave him the solution, "It’s very easy to set us in New York. You know what will happen, you’ll be standing in front of a green cloth."

Slight spoiler in this paragraph for the first episode but nothing huge. I asked Smith if he really ate fish stick and custard. “Yes, sort of," he said. "I had to eat twelve of them but look, the fish sticks were actually coated coconut. But twelve of them, it’s a lot. That’s just sort of a three, four minute scene and of course, he’s just got out of the TARDIS and stuff so he’s so hungry. He needs food. But it’s a clever scene, isn’t it? Clever on Steven Moffat.”

A fan asked Moffat if he was looking for someone a particular age to play the new Doctor. With a straight face he replied, "The Doctor is 907 and there are hardly any people in that age group." But what is it like playing a character who is almost 1000 years old I asked Smith. “Really interesting. What interests me about the Doctor is that I think he’s got so much blood on his hands. And clearly he’s the most intelligent man in the universe and one of the most humane but you know, there are so many facets to exploring that man and it’s been a real privilege.”

Was there a big transition from the Tenth to Eleventh Doctor? "I think the Doctor is the Doctor always. Luckily I have great support from the people around me," said Smith. "I just try to be as clear and creative as I can be. I was very grateful that I was given the freedom and platform to do it."

A very important character was introduced last season in the episode "The Forest of the Dead," named River Song. Played by the talented actress Alex Kingston, Moffat explained he never meant for the character to develop the way it did. "I had the scene in the library with the Doctor meeting someone and I realized this person had to trust him immediately," he said. "I thought, the easiest way to do that would be to have her be an old friend of the Doctor’s but I thought, ‘Oh, that’s lame. How about an old friend he hasn’t met yet?’"

"And then of course that plot line just took over the rest of the show," he continued, "I think the stuff we’ve got with River Song this season is really, really exciting." Smith said Kingston does not disappoint. "It’s rubbish when you meet someone you watch on TV and go, ‘You’re really boring.’"

A fan of one of Moffat's penned episodes, "The Girl in the Fireplace," wanted to know if the Clockwork Men would ever make another appearance. As awesome as they are, don't get your hopes up. "They were sort of just repair robots that went a bit wrong," he said. "We don’t have too many stories about repair droids with rubbish plans to fix things. This time they’re going to steal the ear of Henry the VIII!"

Speaking of historical figures (spoilers for future episodes), I asked Moffat is there was anyone in particular he'd like to use in the show. "Do you know, I’m a bit rubbish at that," he said, mentioning the two he'd be utilizing this season, "The only idea I ever had was, it would be really cool for Winston Churchill to meet the Daleks and after that I’m a blank. Richard Curtis came in wanting to do Vincent Van Gogh, kind of a very, very good idea so I went with that. I do slightly wonder have we played that gag too many times now, I mean, we’ve done it twice this year with Winston and Vincent so I haven’t got big plans until I’ll get up tomorrow and think, ‘Oh, that’s good.’”

I'm not only a fan of Moffat's Doctor Who work, I also love Coupling and Jekyll. With Meera Syal making a guest-appearance this season, could any other Moffat alums be in the cards too? “You’re talking about Gina Bellman aren’t you? Honestly, I may look as though my career is like I just go around choosing my old friends but I don’t really," he said. "I mean, it would be great if they were right for it, so far it hasn’t happened but I’m not against it, I’m not particularly planning it. I think all the Coupling lot are off in L.A. at the moment being wildly successful.”

It just so happens that a fan in the audience had a Coupling related question to ask Moffat, one which not everyone understood, but is particularly humorous if you watched the show. She asked if the catchphrase "Geronimo!" was a reference to the comedy. "Ohh, no!" cried Moffat when he realized what she was alluding to. "What the hell happened in Coupling?!" cried Smith when he didn't. "It’s used in a very different context," said Moffat, "No, it wasn’t and you know what? It’s not really a catchphrase. I wrote it into the regeneration scene and Matt’s been saying it ever since whenever he can’t remember what he’s supposed to say."

That, my dear friends, is how you play Doctor.

Apr 15, 2010

Win a ticket to SDCC 2010!

Tickets for San Diego Comic Con have completely sold out this year. Unless you're Stan Lee, you aren't getting in without one, and even he might have some trouble. So what is a geek to do? The Nerdy Bird has come to your rescue! I am giving away one 4-day pass to Comic-Con International taking place in San Diego July 22-25, 2010.

What do you have to do to win? Send an email to nerdybirdcontest [at] gmail [dot] com with your full (real) name and contact information. Please specify in the email whether or not you'd like your name announced as the winner. Only one entry per person.

If you'd like to beg and plead as to why you should be the one to win, go right ahead but it will be a random drawing in the end. This contest is time sensitive since making plans to get to the convention are more difficult the closer we get to the date.

The contest will end April 21, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. Winner will be contacted by April 23.

This is not mandatory but I am suggesting the winner of the contest donate at least $25 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. As you may or may not know, I suffer from a form of MD and am constantly raising money to help find a cure. All entries are encouraged to donate any amount but again, it's not mandatory.

Finally, and this is very important, the contest winner will only receive ONE 4-DAY GUEST PASS. Hotel accommodations and transportation are NOT INCLUDED. Please only enter if you KNOW you will be in the area or can DEFINITELY make plans to get there before then.

Good luck!

EDIT: I needed to change the email address attached to the contest, all entries submitted to the old address have been accepted and do not need to be resent. Thank you.

The Doctor Is In...

...New York. And yours truly had the tremendous opportunity this week to speak with the new Executive Producer of Doctor Who, Steven Moffat, the Doctor's new Companion, Karen Gillan and yes, the Eleventh Doctor himself, Matt Smith.

There was so much great material I had to split it up into two articles. The more the merrier when it comes to Doctor Who, I always say. You can read them now at Newsarama. "Newsarama?" you say? Yes, I'm now writing for them too. :)

Part 1 - Doctor Who's New Crew Has Super-heroes On The Mind - Where we talk Doctor Who comics, action figures and yes, find out who their favorite superheroes are.

Part 2 - Doctor Who: "There's No 11th Doctor, Just The Doctor" - Where we find out the challenges to taking on one of the most popular roles in British television history, where the Doctor would like to travel and discuss that pesky regeneration limit.

You can rest easy reading these before the premiere of the new season this Saturday on BBC America, there are no spoilers in either. But check back here tomorrow when I'll post my "cutting room floor" portions of the interviews and PICTURES!!!

Apr 14, 2010

Hey, That's My Cape!: Governator Comics

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is going to star in his own comic book. No, it's not about Terminators or Predators, it's about the man himself. Political Power: Arnold Schwarzenegger is due in stores June 30. What a coincidence! That's the same day I'm quitting comic books.

Written by Justin Peniston with art by Matt Filer, Political Power: Arnold Schwarzenegger is the latest in Bluewater Production's line of political biographies. "[It] traces Schwarzenegger's life as he rises from obscure body builder to movie star to governor of California." And not, as one would hope, the Governor going on a rampage in Napa Valley.

Read all about it in this week's Hey, That's My Cape! at Heartless Doll.

DoubleDCoverage #54

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

Tim Wayne is surrounded by strong women, while Lois Lane is surrounded by strong men. Tim is the luckier individual in these two scenarios. Reviews/recaps for Red Robin #11 and Superman: Secret Origins #5 are ahead. Also, check out my star ratings for my other pulls from last week!

Click here to check out DoubleDCoverage #54.

Apr 13, 2010

10 Tweets My Mom Would Twitter

It's the day we all dread. You get a friend request from your mom. Facebook seems to be the most likely outlet for this kind of horror but it can come from anywhere, Myspace, Twitter, FourSquare. No matter which way you look at it, it's just WRONG.

Having your mom connected to you online is like having her tag along when you go to the mall with your friends. She's always peering over your shoulder to see what you're buying, butting in with news from Aunt Sally or...god forbid, trying to use hip slang.

Check out my list of 10 Things My Mom Would Twitter (were she capable of signing up for it) at Heartless Doll!

Apr 12, 2010

Piecing Together Ryan Reynolds' 'Green Lantern' Costume

It can be argued that a comic book character is 50 percent superpowers and skills and 50 percent costume. If you don’t have a great outfit, you’re just a guy running around in long underwear. Attire can make or break a superhero, and as Ryan Reynolds could soon find out, attire can make or break a superhero movie, too.

The image is fan art but the concept is real. Reynolds' costume in Green Lantern will be computer generated. Read all about it in my latest article on MTV Splash Page!

MoCCA Makes NYC a Little Cooler

I attended my third Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art festival in New York City this past weekend, my second at the 69th Regent Armory on Lexington Ave. Last year's MoCCA festival landed on a particularly hot day which became a major complaint from exhibitor and visitor alike. No such worries this year as we were granted a seasonally appropriate temperature for the event. It was cool outside but even cooler inside with amazing artists showing off their work and talking about the industry.

MoCCA is a great place to find blooming talent. There's so much packed into that room it's hard not to walk out tons of amazing artwork and other creations. I kept myself on a tight leash this year but I did splurge on a few stand outs. Neil Fitzpatrick, creator of Neil Jam comics, had not only his books on hand but also several pop-inspired framed art. He calls them Neil Jam Icons and they're all Neil Jam-ified. I couldn't pick between the superheroes so I decided to take home a Harry Potter instead. My other purchase of the day was an Odd Fauna by Emma San Cartier. I couldn't choose between her several gorgeous prints so instead opted for a tiny fox from her sculpture line. It's currently sitting on my desk looking freaking adorable. The stunning Catwoman sketch from above comes from none other than one-half of the Zuda Comics' Timony Twins, Bobby.

I attended just one panel while at the festival and it happened to be the most popular. "The Art of the Superhero," moderated by Jeff Newelt, featured Frank Miller who was joined by artists Jaime Hernandez (Love & Rockets), Paul Pope (Batman Year 100), Kyle Baker (Plastic Man) and Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma). In an over-capacity room the panelists shared their love of Jack Kirby and Miller's own Dark Knight was praised heavily. Miller said his New Gods work was his personal favorite from Kirby. "He brought an Old Testament sensibility to the superhero, drawing us back into ancient texts by way of guys in skin-tight costumes which I think was an astonishing accomplishment and clarified, for me, a great deal of what a superhero is," he said, "Everything comes from something."

"The passions can be described without showing the act," Miller said about sex in comics. "In Dark Knight 2, when I had the tryst between Superman and Wonder Woman, I was really trying to redress something that's always bothered me. Whenever they involve superheroes and sex, all of a sudden, they're in bed and it looks like it could be anybody. Sorry, but Superman and Wonder Woman, there's gonna be hell to pay. I mean, aircraft carriers are gonna topple over."

Miller said he looked to high-fashion, like Versace, when designing costumes for the hookers in Sin City, while Kyle Baker mentioned he turned down a Spider-Man job once purely because of the costume. "Any character you draw, you're gonna have to draw him eight thousand times," he said, "You might love plaid the first time you draw it but as you get closer to the deadline you go, 'Damn!'" Jaime Hernandez said he hates drawing cars and Miller pointed out that a cartoonists dirty secret is they draw what they like to draw. "When I came up with Sin City it was vintage cars, buildings, beautiful women, guys with guns. Now I gotta do a story about them," he said, "You really want to spend your time drawing or looking at a Mazda?"

An audience member started a really interesting chain of conversation when he asked what the panelists thought was wrong with modern superhero comics, to which several of them had no choice but to be offended. "Well, if there's anything wrong, we're still making them," said Baker and then added a sarcastic, "Thanks for buying 'em!" Paul Pope said he would like to see more flexibility from the top editorial staff of the Big Two, "to let creators create new things and not just do another fucking Batman or Superman." Miller had to chime in with, "I'd like to see another fucking Batman."

Miller then added seriously, "What I'd like to see is the price go down." Which, you can imagine, was met with lots of applause. "Paying four bucks for something that used to cost a dime is getting pretty dicey." He also thinks pamphlets are on a suicide course, "For twenty minutes pleasure, at tops, spending four bucks, boy are there better ways for you to spend your money." Along those lines, another audience member wanted toknow why there hasn't been any new superheroes with staying ability. "Your target audience is too young to help you," said Baker.

"I would reemphasize, it might be an editorial decision outside of the creative talent, who are capable of coming up with new concepts," said Pope. Baker pointed out that the talent was right upstairs at the show or online. "They may not necessarily have the powerhouse money to be marketing their really cool, nifty idea," he said. Miller pretty much ended the panel with his final thoughts on the matter. "Comic books went through a long, long dead end period where they were only kept alive by Neil Adams and Jim Steranko. It was because they didn't pay us, they didn't pay us squat. We were working for slave wages," he said. "It's an obstacle to figure out how to pay us to get us to do stuff for your iPad," Miller. "They're going to have to figure out a way to make it worth my wile."

Speaking of iPads, after Zuda's Kevin Colden did an illustration for me in my sketchbook, a fan came up and handed him an iPad. That's where he wanted his sketch drawn. You may have seen Jim Lee's impressive iPad creations he posted recently via Twitter. Is this going to be the new thing? And there I was with my lousy paper. I'm so not cool anymore!

Apr 9, 2010

Where Are The Action Chicks?

As if this week didn't hold enough great news, prepare yourselves, I've got some more. Yours truly will be on a panel at this year's Comic-Con International in San Diego!

I KNOW, RIGHT?! Surreal is what it is. The panel is called "Where Are the Action Chicks?" and will focus on the fact that comics and films have not produced more successful superheroines and other action-oriented women despite the popularity of characters like Buffy, Lara Croft, Ripley, etc.

Wanna know what else is cool? My co-panelists! Katrina Hill, the Action Flick Chick and G4's Next Woman of the Web, and Adrianne Curry, the first winner of America's Next Top Model and major Star Wars fanatic, will be joining me on stage. There may even be more names yet to come. The panel is part of the Comics Art Conference taking place during the con. They've done some unique panels in the past, like the psychology of the Joker, so I can't wait to see where our discussion leads us.

There is also potentially some huge news for one dear reader of "Has Boobs, Reads Comics" to go along with this but I can't make that announcement just yet. STAY TUNED. Oh and by the way, we don't have a set day or time for the panel, it's too far off for that, but let's just hope it doesn't coincide with any DC panels or god forbid, the Twilight panel. Just kidding. Sorta.

Apr 8, 2010

Casting Myself

"Who would play you in the movie of your life?" You have no idea how many times I've been asked that, and frankly, it bores the hell out of me. Mostly because my life is pretty boring and I like movies where stuff actually happens. So when I got asked an all-new question tonight, I was very excited to answer it. The question, posed by MightyGeek one of my twitter followers, was: If you were to star in any "comic book to movie" translation, which one would it be, and what role would you have? Now we're talkin'. Of course I couldn't pick just one. Here were the first four that came to mind.

Fables - Rose Red: They're already making a Fables TV show so now's my chance to convince them I can play the wild-child sister of Snow White. She's a trouble maker for sure but she's got a good heart and I think she'd be a lot of fun to play.

Locke & Key - Kinsey Locke: This one has already been optioned for a film and they better do it justice. Joe Hill's horror story is one of the best comics I've ever read. The characters are all very complicated and the family's teenage daughter Kinsey is no exception. To look at her you'd think rebel but she's actually the quiet one. And damn do I love her sense of style. I'd love the challenge of taking on this role.

Batman (theoretically) - Harley Quinn: Who doesn't love Harley Quinn? Ever since the days of Batman: The Animated Series I've been obsessed with this gal and her obsession with the Joker. And there's almost no girl out there who hasn't. Look around. Harley is one of the most popular characters to cosplay. Even non-comic readers love her. She's a criminal yet kooky, charming and adorable. I may not have her acrobatic skills but hey, that's what second unit is for.

Green Lantern - Laira: My final choice was to play Laira as either a Green OR Red Lantern. Either one would be wicked. She's got more than a few chips on her shoulder and could make a very interesting addition to the Green Lantern movie or one of it's sequels. Plus, I've basically got the costume already.

There's tons more I'd like to play but these are a few I believe I'm actually capable of playing. Now I ask you for your opinion dear readers? Which comic book character could you see me playing in an adaptation and in turn, which character could you see yourself playing?

Apr 7, 2010

Hey, That’s My Cape!: SquidGirls

I never understood the whole tentacle hentai thing. Squid are cool. Naked ladies are certainly cool. But the two together, sexually? Usually I'd steer clear but suddenly I find myself compelled to know more thanks to artist Ben Templesmith, King of Cephalopods.

Find out all about his new, limited edition art book, SquidGirls and more in this week's Hey, That's My Cape! at Heartless Doll.


I'm writing for MTV Splash Page now. Pardon me while I scream in excitement. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

Yes, I've added yet another writing gig to my ever-increasing plate. This one has been in the works for a while and is my most exciting yet. When I was a little girl I wanted to be an MTV VJ. Still do really, even though they don't really play videos anymore. But I digress, getting to write for MTV is pretty close to a dream come true so I'm very happy.

Apr 6, 2010

DoubleDCoverage #53

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

Blackest Night wraps up, did Hal become a White Lantern? Batwoman wraps up a case, but is it her last? Reviews/recaps for Blackest Night #8 and Detective Comics #863 are ahead. Also, check out my star ratings for my other pulls from last week!

Click here to check out DoubleDCoverage #53.

Apr 5, 2010

Relive your youth with Lord of the Rings!

There was another Lord of the Rings marathon on TNT over the weekend. I'd be content if they did that every weekend but I guess that would be considered overkill for some. LOTR fans tend to be insatiable though and it just so happens I have some great news for them. The Lord of the Rings animated classic from 1978 is being released tomorrow in an all-new remastered deluxe edition!

I remember watching the film from director Ralph Bakshi and producer Saul Zaentz when I was young. That, along with Rankin Bass' The Hobbit, played a huge part of my childhood. The great thing about this new release, besides the story of course, is that it's being sold as a single disc DVD and Blu-ray combo. That means you get a Blu-ray, DVD and bonus digital copy all in one box. The film will also be available for digital downloads.

Of course it's got bonus features as well. There's a 30-minute interview with Bakshi called Forging Through The Darkness: The Ralph Bakshi Vision for The Lord Of The Rings. "This special feature explores his concept for creating an illustrated film, his pioneering rotoscoping process, and inspirations for his visual storytelling." You can tell Peter Jackson and his crew looked to the animated film for inspiration for some of their storyboarding.

There aren't too many big names in this version but John Hurt does the voice of Aragorn which is pretty cool. "The theatrical release in 1978 had a domestic total gross of nearly $90 million at the box office," according to Amit Desai, Warner Home Video Vice President of Family, Animation & Partner Brands Marketing. "We are looking forward to offering this remastered deluxe edition to the fans for their library collections and providing endless enjoyment for years to come."

Speaking of adding to your libraries, in case you're in the market, Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings Trilogy is also being released on Blu-ray tomorrow. And just remember, any day is a good day for a LOTR marathon.

I didn't go to WonderCon

I'm starting a new trend - not going to conventions yet writing about them anyway. This is a funny way to live. I'd prefer it if I actually attended these conventions but The Nerdy Bird is not The Wealthy Bird. Either way you benefit. This past weekend WonderCon was held at the made-famous-by-The-Net Moscone Center in lovely San Francisco, California. Once again I've compiled all the vital DC Comics news to come out of the panel rooms. Enjoy!

Here's the biggie. Greg Rucka has just handed in his last work for DC and will not be writing for them in the "foreseeable future." Laura Hudson from Comics Alliance moderated the Spotlight on Greg Rucka panel and was the first to break the news. What does this mean for Batwoman? When asked about her status at a later DC Universe panel, Senior Story Editor Ian Sattler said, "We have plans for Batwoman. There's no shelving." Geoff Johns added, "We want Greg [Rucka] to write it, but he's focusing on his career right now."

During the spotlight panel Rucka explained he's been writing for only DC for the last three years but has not been under exclusive contract with them. He clearly said he wasn't moving over to Marvel, he just wants to focus on his other writing. "One of the reasons he has backed away from DC was an encounter with his wife, noted writer Jen van Meter, where he realized that he 'needs to [tell] the stories he wants to tell again,' rather than getting complacent at DC," according to CA. A full transcript of the panel should be posted shortly at CA if you'd like to know more.

At the DC Nation panel, All-Star Batman and Robin was addressed by Jim Lee himself when no one prompted him. Turns out it's getting rebranded as Dark Knight: Boy Wonder. He explained in further detail on the DC blog, “Frank and I sat down just recently to have a long talk about how best to finish this very ‘deadline challenged’ project and give the loyal fans the second part of this epic storyline they have been patiently waiting for," he said. "Moreover, we wanted fans to know that this story is part of the overall Batman mythos and Dark Knight Returns universe which Frank [Miller] started back in 1986. Beginning in February, 2011, you will see the remaining six issues ship on time, every month, culminating in the conclusion of the storyline started years ago."

Also coming out of the DC Nation panel were details on the DC Universe: Legacies series. Written by Len Wein, it will follow five generations of superheroes or more specifically, five periods of time within DC Comics. "The first one up is Andy Kubert inked by Joe Kubert, doing the era of the Mystery Men, the '40s to the '50s. Then we have the team of Garcia Lopez and Dave Gibbons doing the dawn of Superman up to the boarders of Crisis on Infinite Earths," said Dan Didio. "Then we have George Perez doing post-Crisis on Infinite Earths. Then we have Jerry Ordway, jumping the world of Zero Hour. Then the current era by Rags Morales."

(BLACKEST NIGHT SPOILERS AHEAD) There was some very cool info revealed in the Brightest Day panel that had nothing to do with the Brightest Day book itself. Geoff Johns explained Maxwell Lord is back and "he basically makes the entire world forget that he existed, except these four characters: Booster Gold, Fire, Ice and Captain Atom. They're on a manhunt, and no one believes them." He's referring to the new Justice League: Generation Lost book which Judd Winick is writing. "There will be a Blue Beetle," said Winick. "Jaime Reyes is going to be around a lot. OK, he's on the team! There, I said it."

About Blackest Night the entire crew was pretty quiet, worried about spoiling things for fans who hadn't read the last issue yet or spoiling plot points of Brightest Day. However Johns did have this to say about Deadman, “He doesn’t like being back. There’s something about him that’s different from everyone else.” He was the only one left wearing a White Lantern ring at the end of the issue. Speaking of Lanterns, James Robinson gave some interesting information on an upcoming JLA/JSA cross-over. “The Justice League and the Justices Society are facing Jade, who will be the Green Lantern element,” the writer explained. “It will re-establish Jade in the DCU and show how the Starheart makes her, Alan Scott, and Obsidian different from the Corps.”

And last but not least, we're going to be seeing a change in the status quo of Green Lantern come Brightest Day #0, although we could have assumed that after recent events. J.T. Krul who will be taking over Green Arrow wanted to speak but digressed saying he didn't want to spoil it. “I wanted to call back to the [Mike] Grell stuff," he said, "It gets back to the iconic roll that [Star City] plays.” At the DC Universe panel, Robinson explained, "There is redemption for this character. People are worried he's going to become like the Punisher or something, that's not at all what JT is doing."

There you have it folks! What do you think of the news? From what I hear, there's going to be lots more where that came from when C2E2 rolls around in two weeks.

Apr 4, 2010

I hope it doesn't 'suck.'

Vampires! Vampires! Vampires! The world can't seem to get enough. Especially hot vampires like the kind you'd find on HBO's True Blood. There's almost nothing better than watching Bill and Eric do, well, just about anything and IDW Publishing is hoping that obsession will extend to their new comic book series.

The six-issue, officially licensed True Blood comic book will premiere at San Diego Comic-Con this July in print and digital formats. "The plot was developed with [series creator Alan] Ball, along with series writers Elisabeth Finch and Kate Barnow, and co-written by David Tischman and Mariah Huehner," says IDW. Artist David Messina will handle the series with J. Scott Campbell providing the covers.

The series will follow the ongoing adventures of Sookie Stackhouse, Bill Compton and the rest of the crazies in Bon Temp, Louisiana. In the first storyline, the characters are waiting out a particularly violent storm in Merlotte’s bar. "Soon, they discover they’ve been trapped by an entity that feeds off of raw emotions and begins killing off the patrons one by one until his hunger is sated," says IDW.

“These graphic novels are a great companion to the series and we are pleased that the popularity of the show is allowing it to branch out into different mediums,” said Ball. Earlier this year it was announced Charlaine Harris, author of The Southern Vampire Mysteries the books the HBO show is based on, would be adapting her Harper Connelly series into comic books with Dynamite Entertainment.

IDW puts out an excellent Doctor Who comic that is an extension of the BBC series so I have high hopes they'll put out something equally as pleasing for fans of True Blood. I'm already an expert, but are swarms of True Blood devotees prepared for being attracted to a comic book character?

Apr 2, 2010

9 Clue Characters Who Could Be DC Lanterns

Clueis one of the best movies of all time. I have pretty much the entire thing memorized. If you haven't seen it or don't like it, well, shame on you. I have no idea why the original board game characters were named after colors but with the spectrum recently on the brain thanks to the final issue of DC and Geoff Johns' Blackest Night comic event wrapping up earlier this week, it got me thinking -- colored-coded, power ring-wearing superheroes and villains. Color-coded murder suspects/board game characters. Could the cast of Clue be made into DC-style Lanterns?

I know what you're saying. I'm stretching. You're damn right I'm stretching. Blackest Night was a 9-month long mega-series, touching all corners of the DC universe. Every other Blackest Night list has already been done, twice -- forget about "event fatigue," this is "writing about event fatigue." But don't worry, turns out, the Clue/Lantern connection works better than you'd imagine.

Find out which 9 Clue Characters Who Could Be DC Lanterns at Topless Robot!