-Manuel Alejandro Carmona
If you follow us on Facebook you probably already know that yesterday we had a huge loss in the family. One of my closest friends and Truthful Comics member lost his mother yesterday. Words can't explain how much his mom meant to me since we grew up literally in front of each other and have been best friends since before I can remember. As you might imagine, this is a huge blow to our Truthful Comics family and because of it we're talking a week, or possibly two weeks; off the podcast. We apologize to our fans but this a very sensitive time and we need to be there for our friend. There's still going to be new content being uploaded frequently, but the podcast won't be back for at least a week or two. Thanks for your support and thank you for your words of encouragement for our friend. God Bless!
-Manuel Alejandro Carmona
Here we are once again, the Truthful Trinity is back to create chaos and entertain you along the way. On this episode we talk about our experience this Free Comic Book Day, or as I like to call it; geekdom's Christmas day! Also, Alvaro lays the law on why he enjoyed the Batman: Endgame's finale and how it measures up to what Snyder and Capullo had been building up to this point and we can expect in the future. We also talk about what we feel about the upcoming Suicide Squad movie, Batman appearing in Suicide Squad and how it ties up with Batman v Superman and we share our excitement and worries about Batman v Superman. On top of that we talk about Kate Mara's reaction to all the negativity the new FF movie had going for it, Greg Berlanti confirms that Vibe is coming, Ryan Phillipe is in talks with Marvel/Netflix to possibly play Iron Fist and we discuss the last Agents of SHIELD episode and how it ties directly into Avengers: Age of Ultron. And last but not least, we go in depth on what we thought about Avengers: Age of Ultron and what lies ahead of the Marvel Cinematic universe. There's plenty geeky goodness on this episode to sustain you the rest of the week! So sit back, relax and enjoy! As always, we really want to hear your feedback. Thanks for listening. #TruthfulComicsPodcast #Batman #Endgame #BatmanvSuperman #SuicideSquad #TheFlash #AgentsOfSHIELD #Marvel #Netflix #Fant4sticFour #IronFist #Avengers #AvengersAgeOfUltron #AgeOfUltron #podcasting
The Truthful Comics Trinity is back to give you a brand new episode of the Truthful Comics Podcast! This time we discuss: Frank Miller writing another sequel for Dark Knight Returns, Hasbro/IDW to launch an all female Transformers book, Iceman being gay, new upcoming Lando Calrrisian series, Daredevil Season 2 confirmed, Jared Leto's Joker and so much more! So sit back and enjoy the geeky goodness that is The Truthful Comics Podcast! #TheJoker #FrankMiller #Hasbro #JaredLeto #DaredevilSeason2 #LandoCalrissian #StarWars #AvengersAgeOfUltron #Iceman #gay #Marvel
Hello, my friends, let's try something a little different this week. I recently bought the Convergance issue of Nightwing and Oracle, and it made get the feels. Big time. With reboots and crossovers galore taking over the summer as it approaches, it usually leads to creative team shakeups or title cancellations. So I was just started daydreaming.
I asked myself like any good geek would, "what would I do to shake up some titles?" And this is what came up to me. I want to make this list as realistic as possible, but at the same time let my geek flag fly.
So, without further ado, here are the things I would do to 10 different DC comics titles. And I'm not touching Batman by Snyder and Capullo. If it ain't broke, don't fix it!!! Now, in no particular order:
Writer: Dan Brown
Artist: Alex Maleev
Could you imagine at least one story arc of Batman written by Dan Brown, of The Da Vinci Code fame? Let him do maybe a Riddler story and he could take the world's greatest detective to new heights trying to solve puzzles and crack codes, I would sooooo put down money immediately to a Dan Brown written Batman. There have been best selling authors that have taken a stab at writing comics before, and hopefully somehow, someday, this will happen.
As for Alex Maleev, all you have to do is look at the Daredevil run he had with Brian Michael Bendis, and if that doesn't convince you, just look at that Batman sketch. I rest my case.
Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Sara Pichelli
After Convergance, I would just make Dick Grayson Nightwing again. And who better than Scott Snyder to write him? He already has a breakthrough story with Dick as Batman in The Black Mirror, and the snippets he's written in the current Batman series shows just how much he understands the character. Another full arc by Snyder but with Dick as Nightwing could be huge for the character and DC.
Sara Pichelli is an amazing artist, and if you've seen her run on Ultimate Spider-Man, you just know she'd be a perfect fit for the former circus acrobat. And if that doesn't convince you, just take a look at the image to the right and picture Nightwing and Batgirl instead. I thought so.
Writer: Peter David
Artist: Babs Tarr
Young Justice was one of those titles that just grew over time, getting more appreciation after it was cancelled. It got to a point that it even got a critically acclaimed animated series years after the comic was done. And it makes you wonder if writer Peter David has more stories to tell. I mean, if he recently had another acclaimed run on X-Factor at Marvel, who's to say what he could do with another shot at Young Justice?
Babs Tarr has absolutely been tearing it as the artist on Batgirl, and her convergance cover for Superboy simply left me wanting more. She has the sytle and energy to do something real special with this one.
Writer: Vera Brosgol
This would be a long shot, but her ewe go. Vera Brosgol is better known for the outstanding graphic novel Anya's Ghost. With the direction of Batgirl continuing to be on the all ages side, Brosgol would be that perfect balance between lighthearted, relateable characters, an dark mystery as well.
Loish is an exceptional talent that would continue to bring an insane amount of energy and elegance to the title, I'd even settle fro variant covers at least, but I HAVE to see Loish do a Batgirl someday!
Writer/Artist: Becky Cloonan
Cloonan deserves her own vehicle at DC comics, and I think Wonder Woman would be absolutely perfect for her.
She's proven to do great work on a visual level on an iconic character like Batman, let her cut loose on Wonder Woman.
Also, she has done fantasy mini-comics that she has written, and they are kick ass! Just imagine all she could do writing and drawing an amazon princess.
Writer: Suzanne Collins
Artist: Ale Garza
Another author on this list! Also a long shot, but, how cool would it be to see Collins, of The Hunger Games fame, tackle a comic? She handled a pretty big cast of characters in the Hunger Games trilogy, so why not take another genre with all the teenage angst, excitement, fear, courage, doubts that the teenage characters that the Hunger Games had? Mix in government conspiracies, teens on the run with incredible powers, and adult heroes as mentors, and it's a better fit than you might think.
Ale Garza has done teen books before and his kinetic art should be an incredible fit right here.
Writer: Felipe Smith
Artist: LeSean Thomas
Static is a character that should be bigger. He has a cult following and like with Young Justice, at one point had an acclaimed animated series after the comic was done. There was a failed attempt at putting him back in comics with the new 52, but I say the third time is the charm. Especially with Felipe Smith as writer, he absolutely hit it out of the ball park last year with Marvel's Ghost Rider, I'm certain he would write a KILLER Static Shock and maybe even share art duties as well.
LeSean Thomas would absolutely nail the look of Static. He anime influenced art and great designs, as well as his background in animated hits like The Boondocks and Black Dynamite could shoot this book into a bigger level that it deserves.
Writers: Keith Giffen/Dan DiDio
Artist: John Romita Jr
Keith Giffen and Dan DiDio obviously have a deep love for the Jack Kirby DC comics era, and they should, as should everybody! So doing an New Gods series would be incredibly awesome since they have proven to do entertaining stories with much love and respect for the characters.
What would have me drooling is the prospect of John Romita Jr, now a DC talent, actually drawing it! I mean, he already drew pretty much every Kirby created Marvel character at one point or another, I say let him go crazy on a New Gods run.
Writer: Felipe Smith
Artist: Trado Moore
It's been years since Tim Drake had the spotlight on his own series. What better way to bring him back among the best titles than reuniting the creative team of Felipe Smith and Trado Moore?
Smith, who I mentioned earlier in the list in what would be another teen book, would do a great job of having young master Drake have a great solo comic again.
And Moore's energetic art would put Red Robin in all kinds of crazy things, this team NEEDS to come back and it NEEDS to come back on Red Robin!!!
Writer: JM Strazynski
Artist: Fiona Staples
Strazynski has the galactic background with Babylon 5.
Staples has the space/fantasy background with Saga.
Imagine all the insanity that Strazynski could write up for Hal Jordan, imagine all the insanity Staples could design from the things Jordan could create with his ring AND the designs the space creatures and environment she could draw.
Combine the two, and you just might have the greatest Green Lantern creative team ever.
Well, this was really fun! If you guys have any ideas, feel free to share. I'll do a Marvel one but only if you guys REALLY want me to do one. Thank you for reading and sound off on the comments section below and like this entry!
Last year my girlfriend discovered this huge blow-out sale at a Strand Books warehouse. They were moving the warehouse to another location and it was a treasure trove of goodies. Books, dvds, graphic novels, we ended up going twice and we got some great, GREAT, GREAT, well, you get the picture, deals.
On the last day of the sale, I was walking through one aisle, when the spine of this graphic novel caught my attention. The title said "Love Buzz".
Immediately, the Nirvana cover of that song which was published in their first album, Bleach, started playing in my head. I pull it out and saw this nice cover and the inset title saying A True Love Story.
I've always been a sucker for romantic comedies or "chick flicks". My tastes in comics and movies is very varied, and I rarely get to see romantic comedy graphic novels, which kind of shows me how comics, especially indie comics, have evolved since the 90s, where I probably never would've found a book like this.
I flipped through the pages and instantly fell in love with the beautifully expressive art of main artist of the book Michelle Silva. I put it in the basket with the rest of our loot, and ended up reading it during my daily subway commute.
Writer Len N. Wallace put out a wonderful coming of age story with the on again off again relationship between the two main characters, Norm Raymer and Maggie Gunther. We see them and a cast of friends develop from those high school years all the way into college.
He does a great job as well integrating Norm's aspiration to be a comic book creator, where the art of Dave Tuney gives a fantastic visual and balance to the book in those few pages where Norm "drew" his comics.
As usual, I don't want to go too much into detail about the story, so that way if you decide to pick up the book yourself, you will still be able to enjoy the story spoiler free. All I can say is a quote from the book warning you all that this is not a story of true love, but a true love story.
The creative team obviously put in a lot of effort into this book, which was published in 2009, and I only wish I had known about this one a lot sooner, this one is definitely one of my all time favorite finds, and if you happen to run into this book, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
-Alvaro Cortes Jr
Here we go again! The Truthful Comics Podcast episode #13 is here for your enjoyment. On this episode we go in depth into the new released Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer, the second Fantastic Four trailer, Netflix's Daredevil, Marvel's Agents of SHIELD and much more! So sit back, relax and enjoy the geeky and truthful goodness that is the Truthful Comics Podcast!
PS. Don't forget to stay after the credits. :)
Here we are back again with a new installment of the Truthful Comics Podcast. The Truthful Comics Trinity sit down and discuss the hottest topics in geek and pop culture and we shed some truth in the newest saga of the faux outrage by the usual suspects and we utterly destroy a youngling who thinks he can disrespect a legend in the field. There were some technical difficulties throughout the recording as if a certain group was trying to stop us from achieving our goal, but we overcame and the result was equivalent to a nuclear devastation the likes of which the world has never seen before.
On this episode we discuss the new Daredevil tv show, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Caity Lotz being a part of the Flash/Arrow spin-off series, Jared Leto "Killing Joke" homage, Kevin Feige talks Spider-Man and of course... we go in on Robbie Rodriguez' (Who?) attack on comic book legends Frank Cho and J. Scott Campbell as well as fan art in general. We feasted on the the flesh of an overhyped artist with delusions of grandeur and drank the tears of crybabies and fake feminists throughout this great country of ours. So sit back, relax and enjoy the geeky and truthful goodness that is the Truthful Comics Podcast... if you dare! #CrybabyPowersActivate #TruthfulComicsPodcast #Arrow #TheAvengers #FrankCho #ApesAndBabes #SpiderGwen #AgentsOfSHIELD #Netflix #Daredevil #DCComics #Marvel #TheHulk #XMenAgeOfApocalypse
Back in the day, when we wanted our comics news or creator interviews and opinions, we had to wait once a month for magazines like Wizard Magazine or Comics Buyers Monthly to somehow get a closer connection to a creator, especially if you couldn't go to a convention and actually speak with them or didn't have cable and be able to watch the short lived Sci Fi (now SyFy) show The Anti-Gravity Room.
It was incredibly hard to try and get a comment from an artist, much less an actual conversation. Enter the internet and social media.
In the olden days pre-internet, most conversations were between fellow geeks either at comic book shops or just a lazy afternoon at a bedroom or over the phone. A home phone, mind you. Back then, as the old saying goes, everybody was a critic. But there is another saying that goes the more things change, the more they remain the same.
Over the years social media has made the world a much smaller place. Especially the pop culture world. Remember in the 90s, when almost EVERY summer movie was bad, yet, we really didn't know what to expect until we saw it ourselves at the movies, because you could trust Siskel & Ebert or newspaper reviews only so much. A prime example is After Earth, the movie with Will and Jaden Smith. No, not The Pursuit of Happyness, that was actually the GOOD movie. I'm talking about the M. Night Shyamalan sci-fi flick. It had a pretty strong opening day, but then, something happened. As people call it, the "twitter effect" happened.
Word of mouth spread at the speed of the internet. Twitter went abuzz about how horrible the movie was as cited by the moviegoers that watched it, and it turned out to be, in Will Smith's own words, one of his most painful failures.
Now a days we don't have to wait a month. We can wait as long as the refresh tab or touch takes to update a feed. That is incredibly beneficial, but at the same time, pretty devastating as well.
We are now in an era were comics are now part of the mainstream. Million dollar movie franchises. Hit television shows. Comic related material is sprouting up all over the place. In many ways, some old school geeks take issues with this newer generation and the "fake geeks", as well as some of the newer generation do not have an appreciation for older materials and creators. Add the power and speed with the internet, and problems will ensue.
People who had strong opinions back then did not have the advantages people with strong opinions have now with the internet and the ability to actually get in contact with companies that produces the actual product. And not only that, add monetization to this ordeal and now you have opinionated people that would like to get clicks for revenue, and the matter gets even more complicated.
It's a story as old as pop culture itself. Controversy creates cash. Views. Hits. Revenues. Blogs and sites get created and get all that with click bait titles and making issues about things that really has no issue to discuss in the first place.
If you see something you do not like, it is not enough anymore to say "I don't like this, moving on." Now virtual "journalists" can clickbate and stir controversy to a point where they enforce their own ideals on everybody else, ironically enough, becoming what most of them hate the most, somebody narrow minded that crams their beliefs down others throats. And on top of that, get nice revenue shares for the views and shares and adds they get. Calling to ban covers or stories, not that much different when religious and parent groups used to burn novels that were not appropriate for schools.
And it doesn't stop there. Being online is now an disinhibitor the same way alcohol is. Anybody can write whatever they want from the safety of their keyboards. Let's take for instance Frank Cho, Robbi Rodriguez, and sites like The Mary Sue.
Frank Cho is an industry legend. To say he is an incredibly talented artist would be a gross understatement. Recently he did a sketch cover of popular new character Spider-Gwen, poking fun at Milo Manara's controversial variant cover that got canceled last year for Spider-Woman.
This piece above was a private sketch he did to sell to his fanbase, that he posted on his personal blog, where he interacts with followers and fans. No harm, no foul, it was not an actual commissioned cover by Marvel for major publication. But website The Mary Sue took issue with this personal commission.
TMS is a very opinionated site. Not that it's a bad thing, mind you. In my personal experience reading the site, they have some articles that actually do have good points and can be very well written. But on the flipside, in my personal opinion, there are other articles that are more personal tirades than anything else. Almost to the point that if they don't like one thing, everybody has to agree with them, if not you're evil, and it doesn't matter what gender you are, if you're female it's even worse because then there's a sense of "betrayal". Despite all this and attempts from the site itself to get opinions from Cho about the controversy they and other sites were stirring, he responded in what I think was the perfect way: with more art.
In a very classy, professional way, he let people know that he would rather spend time and energy doing what he loves rather than reply to sites that are looking to generate views. He brushed it off until Spider-Gwen "co-creator" Robbi Rodriguez took to twitter, and later on Facebook, to shame the work of not only Frank Cho, but another industry legend J Scott Campbell in a foul written rant against the two artists.
Ironically, TMS has yet to post a follow up post about the events that happened. The violence in which Rodriguez acted out towards Cho, Campbel and even fans that create fan art.
Personally speaking, I do not criticize the fact that Rodriguez criticized Cho and Campbell. It was the way he did it. The entitlement he wrote with, as if the legends have no business being in comics anymore. An artist that by admission got lucky with Spider-Gwen.
Yes, everybody is open to make opinions and be criticized for it as well. Hell, many creators jumped to defend Cho and Campbell as well as fans. And no, this is not a case of censorship in the sense that this was a personal cover that Cho did, and despite what criticism he may have gotten, he will freely create to cater to his fans and do what he loves. But it's the arrogance that being behind a computer monitor can give to people now. Would Rodriguez actually walk up to Cho at a convention and tell him he's lucky to not be around him for doing "dirty pictures" of his "child" Spider-Gwen? I doubt it.
The thing that pains me the most of all this, is that diversity in comic book characters and creators is FINALLY happening in the industry. But because of the attitudes of some creators and the click baiting from different sites and blogs, is that harming the comic book industry? Will that actually affect in the long run titles like Spider-Gwen and Batgirl that seem to be at the center of controversy every other few months for one reason or another? Or is social media the new comics code authority, the new extreme conservatives, where they want to force everything into a cookie-cutter mass production of a product that only caters to their standards?
The internet has helped artists get into the field more than ever, with sites like Tumblr and deviantArt offering many artists that are talented, but at the same time, some with a chip on their shoulder, with no respect for the artists that came before them.
What do you think? Is social media harming the potential of comic books? Sound off in the comments below and as always, thank you for reading!
Here we go again! We're over the hump that episode #10 represented for our buddy Manuel and now we can look forward to the future, starting with episode #11! On this episode the Truthful Comics Trinity is complete once again and they didn't disappoint. Among the topics discussed on the podcast are a treasure trove of old toys found at an abandoned toy store, Eminem comments on his longtime love for comic books, the record breaking finale of The Walking Dead finale, Steven Amell being cast as Casey Jones and so much more! So sit back, relax, put your headphones on and enjoy the geeky goodness that is the Truthful Comics Podcast. As always, it's a good idea to stay after the credits. ;D
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Hello, there, and welcome to yet another blog! This week, I go over my personal 5 favorite Spider-Man writers! As with the previous blog about my favorite Spider-Man artists, this is not a definitive list or should be considered as such. I'm just basing this on personal experience from having read various runs of the character. That out of the way, let's start this off with:
5- J.M. DeMatteis
J.M. DeMatteis wrote the more dramatic almost soap opera level Spectacular Spider-Man, coupled with extraordinary artist Sal Buscema (who was very close to be in my Top 5 Favorite Spider-Man Artists blog, let's say he's definitely in the Top 10).
Full of dramatic flair and even psychology at times, it made for a solid read.
4- Stan Lee
Yeah, Spidey co-creator himself, Stan Lee. I had a chance a few years ago to read most of his run with Dikto and Romita Sr, and they actually still stood up by today's standards, it was a really fun read.
All the awkwardness, the comedy, and of course, the drama. Spider-Man is related to Spider-Man every time someone thinks about Spidey, and not just because he wrote the first 100 issues, he wrote 100 pretty good issues (with Ditko helping during his run on the first half of that run).
3- Dan Slott
For years I was resistant to reading Spider-Man after One More Day. For years friends urged me to read Dan Slott's run, especially Big Time. It would take until last year to finally read a Spider-Man story post OMD.
It was the trade for Brand New Day with the "Trust" of writers at the time, including Slott officially on the rotation on Spider-Man.
I ended up buying the last few issues of Superior Spider-Man and the first few issues of the second volume of Amazing Spider-Man.
I like Slott's witty dialogue and a small dose of drama when necessary. I will continue to slowly buy the trades and catch up, but so far so good!
2- J Michael Srctaczynski
JMS, of TV's Babylon 5 fame, came on board on a time Marvel made a HUGE push on the Spider-titles after there first attempt to fix Spider-Man fell kind of short of expectations after the Clone Saga fiasco.
Along came JMS with veteran artist John Romita Jr, and J Scott Campbell as cover artist, and Spider-Man was back on track again with perhaps one of the strongest creative teams the title ever had.
They had a fantastic run up until editorial got too involved with One More Day, which ended up being the last run for JMS on the title. Of course, the stand out issue of this run was the 9-11 issue where Spider-Man and other heroes (and villains) reacted to the tragic terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
And now for number 1, and it might be a bit of a shocker here.....
1- Paul Jenkins
Paul Jenkins is the writer that brought me back to Spider-Man after the Clone Saga. He had a solid run on Peter Parker Spider-Man (with Humberto Ramos' first run on Spider-Man), and then the relaunch of Spectacular Spider-Man (again with Ramos, and later on Mark Buckingham, who later on went on to Fables fame).
His Spider-Man was fun with quirky, wry, almost dry humor, as well as a healthy dose of action and drama as well, I always thought Paul Jenkins Spidey was just the whole package (and working with Ramos definitely helps, and they still have continued working together, on the Dark Horse mini series Revelations that was republished last year under a different studio, as well as the Fairy Tales stories).
His run came out at a time when the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies came out, so some of his best issues involve the Green Goblin and Dr. Octopus. If you can get those trades, I definitely recommend them.
That's it for today, hope you all enjoyed these top 5s and hope you share your own favorites. Thank you for reading and have a great week!
PS- Yes, I know Joe Madureira draws an AWESOME Spidey and NO, he wasn't on my Top 5 list for the only reason that he did only 1 Spidey driven issue of Uncanny X-Men, and only 3 issues of Avenging Spider-Man, that's FAR too little in my personal opinion.
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