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Published: Apr 25, 2015 1:55:22 AM
Forces of Geek features columns and commentary on all aspects of geek culture including pop culture, technology, art, television, comics, music, fashion, film, literature and video games. The premiere Geek Culture community online, forcesofgeek.com wants you to discover and embrace the unknown, the forgotten, and the beloved.
  • Apr 24, 2015 5:31:40 PM

    Next week, The Avengers return to cinemas in the United States in the sequel, Age of Ultron!

    Not only will the film show the return of Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Nick Fury, but we'll also see War Machine, The Falcon, and new allies Scarlett Witch, Quicksilver and The Vision as they face off against the sentient A.I. known as Ultron.

    To celebrate the return of Earth's Mightiest Heroes, we've teamed up with our friends at TV Store Online to give away an Avengers T-shirt prize package which includes the following two shirts:

    Junk Food The Avengers Official Member Super Hero Club Vintage Yellow T-shirt

    Inspired by The Avengers #16 from way back in May 1965, this shirt shows off the second line-up of the Avengers team which includes Captain America, Quicksilver, Scarlett Witch, Hawkeye and Hank Pym as Giant Man (replacing his Ant Man identity).

    With art by Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers, this 100% cotton officially licensed, distressed shirt is a declaration that there's nothing better than old school comics.

    "Avengers Assemble!!!"

    Marvel Comics Characters Simple Helmets T-Shirt

    This 100% cotton navy this officially licensed Marvel t-shirt features nine of the most well known characters in the Marvel pantheon, making it perfect for any die hard fan of the House of Ideas.

    Let the world know that you're a True Believer of Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-man, Daredevil, Dr. Doom, Magneto, Cyclops and Wolverine with this awesome comic book t-shirt! 


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  • Apr 24, 2015 4:00:00 PM
    Who could be blamed for imitating King Kong?

    Besides being a pioneering production and a landmark in special effects, it remains one of the greatest action movies of its century.

    But most King Kong imitators are awful, often crude or sentimental, with cheap performances and cheap effects.  The only imitators that come even close to success are the purposefully campy ones that don't take themselves seriously.

    Luckily, the awful imitators are campy too, if unintentionally.

    In fact some of the unsung camp classics of the 70s are failed King Kong imitators.

    Here, then, is our look at King Kong imitators - six films that feature a gigantic simian.  Two come in the 1960s but the rest come in the 70s when hype for the 1976 Dino De Laurentiis remake reached fever pitch.

    Several of these films are very strange, and all of them are worth the watch.

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  • Apr 24, 2015 2:30:00 PM
    Patrick Jane Solves His Final Case

    Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Simon Baker is back for the seventh and final season of the clever crime series The Mentalist, which will be released on DVD April 28, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group. The DVD release includes all 13 one-hour episodes from the seventh season, plus an all-new never-before-seen featurette. The Mentalist: The Complete Seventh And Final Season is priced to own at $39.98 SRP.

    The FBI’s masterfully manipulative criminal consultant Patrick Jane is back at it again. Formerly employed by the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Jane spent two years off the grid and in exile after tracking down and exacting vengeance upon Red John, the serial killer who murdered Jane’s wife and daughter.  After crafting a deal to work for the FBI, Jane convinced former CBI agent Teresa Lisbon to join him.  Supervised by the no-nonsense Agent Dennis Abbott, Jane and Lisbon work alongside their former CBI comrade Kimball Cho, FBI analyst Jason Wylie and the young, ambitious agent Michelle Vega.  Now that Lisbon and Jane have confessed their love for one another, they must find a way to be partners in both their professional and personal lives as they begin their new relationship.

    Also starring Robin Tunney (Prison Break), Tim Kang (The Forgotten), Rockmond Dunbar (Sons of Anarchy), Joe Adler (Shameless) and Josie Loren (Make It or Break It), The Mentalist was created by Bruno Heller (Gotham), who executive produces along with Chris Long (Criminal Minds) and Tom Szentgyorgyi (Lie to Me). The series is produced by Warner Bros. Television.
    After the jump, check out an exclusive clip from the featurette, Patrick Jane: An Uncommon Man which follows Patrick Jane's journey of redemption, from revenge to romance, as chronicled by the extraordinary people and circumstances that caused two diametrically opposite personalities – a Carnie and a Cop -- to fall in love.

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  • Apr 24, 2015 1:00:00 PM
    I’m not a Deadpool guy.

    Not that I hate the character. I guess he’s fun enough when he’s used in moderation or when someone like Joe Kelley or Rick Remender manages to use him in a new and interesting way.

    But as far as the PEW PEW PEW I KILL YOU version of the character a large segment of fandom seems to drool over, yeah, not so much. I don’t think the character is all together that interesting and I certainly don’t think the endless cosplay seen at conventions where folks dress as Deadpool dressed-as-[insert random thing like steampunk or beach bum] is altogether that clever.

    Still, people like what they like and I do actually get why some fans like him. Mentally deranged psychopath has rarely been more than Deadpool. But, as relatively indifferent to the character as I am, when it was announced a few weeks back that his solo film would get an “R” rating, I actually found myself caring about Deadpool.

    Fans of Deadpool are stoked because they’re going to get to see their favorite character FINALLY get to cut loose on the big screen. They’re going to get to see him rack up a high (and inevitably bloody) body count, they’re likely going to see some nudity and, based on the teaser, they’re assuredly going to get to see Deadpool say “fuck” and probably more than a few times.

    Personally, I think that’s a terrible, terrible idea.

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  • Apr 24, 2015 11:30:00 AM
    Not all toons are alike.

    While some are the product of imagination, others are direct references to the pop culture icons of the time.

    In fact, many had a little help from a few public figures.

    Here is a quick look at a few beloved animation stars and the folks that inspired them.

    Edna Mode = Edith Head

    The pint-size fashion guru from The Incredibles had a talent for designing for gods. When not showing off her latest collection in Milan, she’s creating fire-proof, stretchy garments that can turn invisible and breathe like Egyptian cotton.

    Her flair for the dramatic, signature round glasses, and her skill with a needle and thread pays homage to the late, great Edith Head, the great costume designer of every major motion picture during Hollywood’s Golden Age.

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  • Apr 24, 2015 10:00:00 AM

    Evil tree. Bad Apple?

    Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon to the Isle of the Lost–a dark and dreary place protected by a force field that makes it impossible for them to leave. Stripped of their magical powers, the villains now live in total isolation, forgotten by the world.

    Mal learns from her mother, Maleficent, that the key to true darkness, the Dragon’s Eye, is located inside her scepter in the forbidden fortress on the far side of the island. The eye is cursed, and whoever retrieves it will be knocked into a deep sleep for a thousand years. But Mal has a plan to capture it. She’ll just need a little help from her “friends.” In their quest for the Dragon’s Eye, these four kids begin to realize that just because you come from an evil family tree, being good ain’t so bad.
    The spellbinding prequel to the Disney Channel movie event, Descendants, the book chronicles the story of the teenaged sons and daughters of Maleficent, Jafar, Cruella de Vil and the Evil Queen.

    After the jump, check out the first chapter of The Isle of The Lost, in bookstores May 5th.

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  • Apr 24, 2015 9:00:00 AM

    Love him or hate him, Andy Warhol knew how to work the concept of popular culture to his advantage and even today, almost 30 years after his death, the man's artistic hand can still be felt just as strongly as if we were back during The Factory days (don't believe me, take a look at Etsy or go to any ComicCon and gaze around at the marriage of pop/nerd culture and art/crafts being sold to the masses).

    Is it any wonder than that one of the most comprehensive resources on all things Andy Warhol belongs not to the various foundations dedicated to the artist but to the fans of his work (I Love Warhol)?

    Andy would be so proud.

    Just as Warhol's artistic views on commerce, the cult of celebrity and popular culture made the idea of art accessible to the people, I Love Warhol manages to take that spirit of inclusion and involve his fans into the process of creating a virtual tableau that is as shiny and iconic as the images that many Americans have in their homes, be it Campbell soup cans or framed pictures of Elizabeth Taylor.

    From interviews with former Factory members, where current auctions of his work are taking place, articles on his nights spent at Studio 54 and the various ways culture and technology are working together to create new artistic inventions (A Warholian dream), I Love Warhol smooshes together everything one needs to know about the artist and his work and slams it all together in one neat, easily navigated package.

    So if you are interested in knowing more about Warhol or are an uber fan looking to for a place to hang out for some gossip, check the website out.

    You never know what you might uncover.
  • Apr 24, 2015 8:00:02 AM

    Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce the upcoming 2015 crossover, Aliens / Vampirella, pitting the iconic horror heroine against the Xenomorphs popularized in eight feature films and numerous Dark Horse Comics series. Written by Corinna Bechko (Star Wars: Legacy, Savage Hulk), the sci-fi horror crossover marks the first time that the two comic book universes collide.

    Writer Corinna Bechko says, "I've loved Alien since I first saw it as a kid on a crummy old TV in a well-lit room and got scared half to death anyway. Now that I have the chance to add a little corner to that universe I couldn't be happier. And pitting such an implacable horror against Vampirella? That's a meeting that definitely produces very fertile story-telling ground. The Alien franchise has always thrived with strong women in the lead. Smart, self-assured Vampirella is a joy to write for, even when she may have met her match."

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  • Apr 24, 2015 7:00:05 AM

    When it was originally published in France in the 1980’s, Geof Darrow’s cult classic graphic novel BOURBON THRET was promoted by publisher Aedena with the tagline “Darrow C’Est Fou!” which translates to Darrow it’s crazy! Next year Dark Horse Comics will finally publish the first ever American edition of Darrow’s BOURBON THRET, which features the introduction of the chainsaw wielding Shaolin Cowboy. The book will be released in the same gorgeous oversized format as Dark Horse Comics’ recently released SHAOLIN COWBOY: SHEMP BUFFET hardcover.

    “Darrow c’est fou,” confirmed Dark Horse President & Publisher Mike Richardson. “ I couldn't be more excited to introduce the first ever Shaolin Cowboy adventure to an American audience next year.”

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  • Apr 23, 2015 5:00:11 PM

    The STARZ Original series “Ash vs Evil Dead” began production this month in New Zealand on the 10-episode first season of the half-hour series executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell, the original filmmakers of the franchise, and Craig DiGregorio who will serve as executive producer and showrunner.  “Ash vs Evil Dead” is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead and is set to premiere on STARZ in fall 2015.

    Campbell will be reprising his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead.  When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons –personal and literal.  Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.

    The cast is led by Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) in the role of Ash Williams, Lucy Lawless (“Salem,” “Spartacus”) as Ruby a mysterious figure who believes Ash is the cause of the Evil outbreaks, Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash’s loyal sidekick, Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) as Kelly Maxwell, a moody wild child trying to outrun her past and Jill Marie Jones (“Sleepy Hollow”) as Amanda Fisher, a disgraced Michigan State Trooper set to find our anti-hero Ash and prove his responsibility in the grisly murder of her partner.

    Raimi is directing the first episode of “Ash vs Evil Dead” that he wrote with Ivan Raimi (Darkman, Army of Darkness, Drag Me to Hell), Craig DiGregorio (“Workaholics,” “Chuck”) and Tom Spezialy (“Chuck,” “Reaper,” “Desperate Housewives”). Raimi will also serve as executive producer, with Rob Tapert (Evil Dead, “Spartacus,” Xena: Warrior Princess”) and Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) along with Craig DiGregorio (“Workaholics,” “Chuck”) who will serve as executive producer/showrunner. Ivan Raimi will co-executive produce and Aaron Lam (“Spartacus”) and Chloe Smith (“Spartacus”) will serve as producers.

    After the jump check out a pic from the set that will make you as misty as seeing Han Solo and Chewbacca last week in The Force Awakens trailer.

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  • Apr 23, 2015 3:00:07 PM

    WARNING CONTAINS SPOILERS: Plot references up to Season 5 Episode 1. I’m sure more episodes will have aired by the time this goes up, but thought it best to keep it at episode 1 just in case people weren’t up to speed!

    After the 10 longest months of my life, I’m so happy to be able to say that Game of Thrones is back on our screens. Fans worldwide have been holding their breath, waiting to hear more about Tyrion and learn what was going to happen next along the wall after last season’s epic battle (they could have just read the book, but y’know…)

    Episode one did not disappoint. It was a slow start to the season with slightly diminished portions of nudity, drama and gore compared to the meaty climactic ending of season four. But as many of us had hoped, the first episode helped us catch up with all the exciting plot lines that had been put on hold for almost a year – and thank the gods; Tyrion is alive and well and living in a box!

    Unfortunately, but also fortunately, episodes one through four were leaked.

    This happens to all good things eventually, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Bjork’s latest album Vulnicura and so on, and is kind of a sign of it’s success. I say unfortunately, because it is after all a work of art that has taken time and love to create and be enjoyed as a weekly unfolding story. Someone probably lost their job over it, or is about to be sued for big bucks, which is definitely another unfortunate side effect of the leak. Also, as a dedicated fan with ties to the show I would like to pretend that everyone enjoys it legitimately.

    But I did say fortunately too, because as that same dedicated fan – what kind of person would I be if I said I hadn’t binge-watched all four leaked episodes already? (Don’t worry, I won’t talk about anything other than episode one here… It is kind of all out there in book format already though. Spoiler alert.)

    One thing that stands out to me dramatically in episode one, being a costume enthusiast, is how much the costumes have developed from the very start of season one up to this point. They have been consistently magnificent thanks to the amazing artist Michele Clapton and her team.

    Well researched and styled, each outfit seems to slot into a somehow relatable but completely fictional chronological and geographical location whilst reflecting each character’s personality and origins. This is not only breathtakingly beautiful to watch on screen, but it also helps us remember which characters come form where and whose side they are on. Very clever.

    The development I’m referring to however that struck me at the start of season five, is of the costumes belonging to specific characters that have gradually changed to reflect the growth or deterioration of the individual.

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  • Apr 23, 2015 1:00:04 PM

    When writing lists like these, one of the biggest struggles is figuring out how much variety should factor into your decision-making. You want to compile a list that reflects the best of the best, but you don’t want one studio or one director to completely dominate. For instance, in previous lists I’ve put on a few entries from studios like Terrytoons and Famous Studios, and although I feel the cartoons I listed were top-notch efforts, would they be as impressive if they had been made at more consistently high-quality studios like Warner Bros. and MGM? Probably not, but it’s healthy to have a little diversity.

    However, this year I give up. The Looney Tunes cartoons, and director Bob Clampett in particular, absolutely dominated 1946 and I can’t in good conscience say otherwise. Eight out of ten entries on this list come from Warner Bros., and I really don’t even feel bad about it; each cartoon thoroughly deserved a mention.

    1946 saw the release of the final Warner cartoons directed by Bob Clampett and Frank Tashlin, and also the directorial debuts of two of the studio’s finest animators, Robert McKimson and Arthur Davis. McKimson started out strong with the deliciously offbeat Daffy Duck short Daffy Doodles, the very good Bugs Bunny film Acrobatty Bunny and Foghorn Leghorn’s maiden voyage Walky Talky Hawky. All are fine films, but it shows what a strong year this was for the studio that I couldn’t fit any of them on the list.

    However, that’s not to suggest this year was a slouch for all of the other studios. Walt Disney, in addition to releasing the feature film Make Mine Music, put out the enjoyably screwball Donald-Goofy pair-up Frank Duck Brings ‘Em Back Alive and the Academy Award-nominated Chip n’ Dale cartoon Squatter’s Rights, which featured Mickey Mouse’s first post-war appearance. Another Academy Award nominee was George Pal’s stop-motion Puppetoon John Henry and the Inky-Poo, a well-told story of man’s triumph over machines with a refreshingly non-stereotypical black cast. And speaking of stop-motion, Frank Tashlin also released The Lady Said No, which sadly only exists in a rough, partially black and white print but is still thoroughly charming.

    Famous Studios had a particular good year with some unusually excellent Popeye shorts like Klondike Casanova and Rocket to Mars, as well as some amusing Noveltoons: the psychotic Jim Tyer short Cheese Burglar, the sexually-driven Blackie cartoon Sheep Shape and the supremely bitter Herman & Henry vehicle Sudden Fried Chicken. Walter Lantz kick-started its well-respected Musical Miniatures series with Dick Lundy’s excellent The Poet and the Peasant, and James Culhane bid the studio farewell with three ribald Woody Woodpecker cartoons: Who’s Cookin’ Who, The Reckless Driver and Fair Weather Friends. Terrytoons released its first few cartoons with Heckle & Jeckle, the studio’s strongest characters, and Columbia put out some enjoyably off-kilter Fox & Crow shorts like Mysto Fox, which includes an uncommonly blatant reference to Bugs Bunny.

    MGM was the only studio to get any love on my list other than Warner Bros., but they still put out a handful of great cartoons I overlooked, such as Lonesome Lenny, Springtime for Thomas, The Hick Chick and Trap Happy. Also, Hanna & Barbera debuted a new supporting player for their Tom & Jerry series, the diaper-clad Nibbles, who first appeared in The Milky Waif. And Tex Avery produced Henpecked Hoboes, the first entry in his short-lived Of Mice and Men-inspired George & Junior series.

    So, now that I’ve got all of that out of the way, on with the list! And I promise I’ll have more variety in 1947.

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  • Apr 23, 2015 11:00:00 AM

    Welcome Back! Stop the Kotter music, cue the Kickstarter Korner theme! We’ve been gone for a while but when a really special Kickstarter project comes across the ol’ bullpen here we get out the bullhorn!

    Jamal Igle (Vice President & Director of Marketing at Action Lab Entertainment, Supergirl, The Ray and G.I.Joe among many more!) is seeking to bring back his award-winning, all ages positive teen action hero Molly Danger for Book 2. Book 1 raised $50,000! The extra funding lead to a full cast audio production of the book, and that will be happening here as well.

    Molly "the princess of finesse” is a powered 10 year old, who has been a 10 year old for two decades. There are plenty of unanswered questions after the first book, and fans are eager for the answers!

    The Kickstarter campaign has already launched and is live through Sunday, May 17th.

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  • Apr 23, 2015 9:00:01 AM

    Reckless Abandonment Pictures is announcing today worldwide video-on-demand distribution for the award-winning independent film The Posthuman Project, a superhero teen drama written by comic book writer Sterling Gates (DC Comics’ SUPERGIRL) and THE OKLAHOMAN journalist Matthew Price and directed by Kyle Roberts, making his debut as a feature film director. The Posthuman Project will be available on all major video-on-demand platforms for a May 1, 2015 release and is currently available for pre-order on iTunes.

    In The Posthuman Project, five friends on the verge of graduating high school accidentally receive superpowers during a rock-climbing trip. The genetic boost changes everything and they are faced with the first decisions of their adult lives. Will they give up these powers and continue to live as normal teenagers? Or will embrace their newfound powers and become posthuman?

    The film stars Kyle Whalen, Collin Place, Lindsay Sawyer, Alexandra Harris, Josh Bonzie and Rett Terrell. The film’s producers include Vahid Farzaneh, Wendy Parker, Sha’ree Green, Matthew Price and Sterling Gates, with John Scamehorn and Kyle Roberts executive producing.

    The ninety-minute feature was shot on location in Oklahoma with an all-local cast and crew and has played across the United States, Europe and South America to sold-out crowds as part of the festival circuit, winning ten awards overall, including Best Feature at five festivals.

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  • Apr 23, 2015 7:00:00 AM

    Tully (Joe Anderson, A SINGLE SHOT, HERCULES) just got paroled. But his first night out could be his last.

    He just killed a cop. He's on the run. And no one’s going to listen to an ex-con with the Aryan Nation.

    His leader (Anson Mount) just cut him loose, and as the police close in, Tully and his girlfriend (Dawn Olivieri) add home invasion and hostages to the body count. But no one counted on Mr. Walker (Danny Glover), an ex-con himself, to fight back – using his understanding of the racist mind to turn the tables on a desperate and violent man.

    Will it be enough to keep his family alive?

    And we're giving away three copies!

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  • Apr 22, 2015 5:00:00 PM

    From writers Warren Dotz and Masud Husain comes a deluxe, hardcover edition of the best-selling and critically acclaimed Meet Mr. Product (2003/2015), Meet Mr. Product, Volume 1 (Insight Editions / $17.99 / April 2015) is a smart compendium of the art of the advertising character, and an essential companion to the all new Mr. Product, Volume 2. With smiling faces and helpful slogans, the Jolly Green Giant, natty Mr. Peanut, Speedy Alka-Seltzer, and countless other advertising characters have been helping us navigate the grocery aisles and choose our products for years, and are cleverly curated in this unique volume.

    Here in Meet Mr. Product, Volume 1, you’ll find a vibrantly colorful tribute to these pop culture icons. Offering up fascinating tidbits on hundreds of spokes-characters, this colorful collection profiles the organization of the characters, their evolution, and their most interesting trivia. Famous faces and a host of little-known characters fill Meet Mr. Product, Volume 1’s pages to bursting, taking us on a tour of advertising’s most charismatic creations.

    Mr. Product, Volume 2 (Insight Editions / $17.99 / April 2015) takes up where Meet Mr. Product, Volume 1 left off, illustrating the story of the advertising mascot in America in the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s. This vibrant, colorful tribute to pop culture treats readers to icons such as Cap’n Crunch, Goofy Grape, and Chokey the Smog Dog, as well as hundreds of rare and little-known characters that will surprise even the most avid collectors of advertising ephemera.

    Citing more than thirty significant historical events and their influence on design, this clever compendium of commercial art profiles the origins of the characters in popular culture, and offers fascinating insights on the evolution of commercial design. Far-out faces and a host of expertly curated characters fill the pages of Mr. Product, Volume 2, making it the ultimate trove for designers, illustrators, and pop culture fanatics alike, and a must-have for those who own Meet Mr. Product, Volume 1 and are looking for the comprehensive collection of advertising art.

    After the jump check out some amazing artwork from both of these must-have volumes.

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  • Apr 22, 2015 3:00:00 PM

    Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) is this week and Dynamite Entertainment gave us an inside scoop about some upcoming announcements.

    At the top of the stack is today’s solicitation for the complete creative team for the July’s new ongoing Will Eisner’s The Spirit written by Matt Wagner and drawn by Dan Schkade (San Hannibal). Also, notably, keep on the lookout for some amazing covers by Alex Ross, The Goon’s Eric Powell and so many more.

    Of course Matt is most well known for such classics as Grendel, Mage, Sandman Mystery Theatre and a number of memorable Batman stories — my favorite being Batman: Faces (Legends of the Dark Knight).

    Recently at Dynamite he has taken on Green Hornet, Zorro and The Shadow—so no one was surprised at Matt being assigned to scribe Eisner’s The Spirit.

    Well, maybe Matt was, and he is here to join us and tell us about it!

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  • Apr 22, 2015 1:00:00 PM
    By Elizabeth Weitz

    I've been feeling kind of rebellious lately, sort of, well, willing to throw caution to the wind and set fire to the entire world just to watch it burn. Oh, it's nothing to be worried about, I don't really intend on doing something super dramatic, I'll probably just dye my hair purple, pull out my 25 year-old Dr. Martens, boot up some L7 Bricks Are Heavy (circa 1992) and maybe ignore the housework for a week (that'll really show the man).

    Or, better yet, I could spend the day on the couch binge-watching a bunch of great Punk Rock Chick flicks that'll give me a vicarious thrill of bringing down the establishment without all the hassle of putting on pants.

    Yeah, that sounds more like my speed.

    After the break are my top 5 picks that are guaranteed to get your fist in the air

    Gloria Steinem and Angela Davis Approve of This List

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  • Apr 22, 2015 11:00:03 AM
    Better Call Saul was certainly one of the most anticipated shows this year — unlike most other new shows it premiered with huge numbers.

    And I was among those eagerly awaiting it since it was first announced.  But now that the first season is behind us my enthusiasm for it has largely waned.

    The entire season felt like a prequel for a prequel, where the salient details of what happened could have been compressed into several flashback scenes in future seasons.

    And much of the season felt like tease — would this be the moment when Jimmy McGill becomes Saul Goodman?

    No, this isn’t it.

    And it’s not that either.

    Oh, and also not that.

    At first I thought it was brilliant that show creators Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan put McGill in a situation with the Mexican gangster Tuco in the first two episodes that would appear the incident that springboards his career as a crooked attorney, but then McGill does the right thing.

    It was all a red herring.

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  • Apr 22, 2015 9:07:16 AM
    First 52 Episodes of Popular Animated Series Arrive This Week on Two Blu-Ray Discs

    Teen Titans Go!, the popular Warner Bros. Animation television series airing on Cartoon Network, gets the full HD treatment via Warner Archive Collection when Teen Titans Go! The Complete First Season debuted on Blu-ray yesterday. Orders are now available via wbshop.com!

    What happens after everyone’s favorite teenage super heroes have saved the planet from total annihilation? Swing by Titans Tower and find out as Robin, Cyborg, Raven, Starfire and Beast Boy chill out after a hard day of crime fighting and take on some real challenges like laundry, chores, video games and plain ol' trying to get along!

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  • Apr 21, 2015 3:00:02 PM

    As always, several plot lines are juggled. The hunt for the Ogre continues as Gordon makes it his mission to track the serial killer down with Bullock in tow.

    Bruce enlists Selina's help to dig deeper into his company's corrupt board of directors, while also dealing with the aftermath of watching her murder someone in cold blood at the end of the last episode.

    Meanwhile, Oswald's rivalry with Boss Maroni gets personal after his mother gets pulled into his after hours business.

    Edward also takes his love of a co-worker to the next level, in a somewhat predictable way.

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  • Apr 21, 2015 1:00:01 PM

    Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment invites you to join KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE when it hits Digital HD May 15 and Blu-ray and DVD June 9. Matthew Vaughn, director of Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class brings his own unique style to the genre while brilliant performances from Colin Firth, Samuel Jackson, Michael Caine and newcomer Taron Egerton have made spies more bad ass and awesome than ever.

    A super-secret organization recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a dire global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius. A phenomenal cast, including ACADEMY AWARD Winners Colin Firth and Michael Caine and OSCAR Nominee Samuel L. Jackson, leads this action-packed spy-thriller directed by Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class).

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  • Apr 21, 2015 11:33:33 AM
    By Gavin Hignight

    You can imagine my reaction when I found out I'd be directing a video for the song NIGHT on John Carpenter's new album LOST THEMES.  It was pretty much a fanboy freakout for me.  His art helped sculpt my sensibilities.  His no-nonsense approach is both something to inspire to and something to be intimidated by. 

    We created a dark, digital feeling world taking place on the road. Hopefully this was a micro-universe that was faithful to the wonderful track of music we were presented with.

    Here is the video and some exclusive images from the production you won't see anywhere else!

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  • Apr 21, 2015 11:00:03 AM

    Dynamite once again proves that it's continuing to evolve into one of the industry's major players.  Once again, the publisher brings various licensed properties together building their brands and introducing readers to other characters and titles.

    Today, Dynamite Entertainment announced more details of it's epic female written crossover Swords of Sorrow conceived by Gail Simone as well as a crossover between two iconic characters, Army of Darkness' Ash Williams and Vampirella.

    Full details after the jump!

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  • Apr 21, 2015 11:13:09 AM
    I've had TiVo since... at least before Lost premiered.

    Even when times are tough, I've been reluctant to give it up since I love the usability and there are still so many things I recorded that I haven't watched yet.

    Recently I began having trouble getting certain channels and, long story short, ended up with a cable box/DVR from Time Warner.

    Now I can use both again but, despite some advantages of having a cable-company DVR, I still prefer my TiVo.

    Here's how they compare.

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