As we promised, we're going to be doing a series of Cosplayer Spotlights and were going to give a fun interview to those Cosplayers whom we are fans of. This time we're spotlighting the lovely Gia Blanco, known in the Cosplay world as Stahma Cosplay!
Truthful Comics- How long have you been Cosplaying?
Stahma Cosplay- I’m a relative newbie! I’ve been cosplaying since 2012
TC- Cosplay or Crossplay? Or both?
SC- I have never Crossplay but if I find a cool character why not
TC- Why do you Cosplay?
SC- Well I started cosplaying for a very different reason than most cosplayers do. What I liked about cosplaying was the charity we do. Like visit children’s hospitals for example. I have a soft spot for children and I like to make them happy!
TC- Is Cosplay a hobby you consider yourself doing for a long time?
SC- As long as it makes me happy and I can continue doing charity I’m in! There’s a LOT of awesome older characters I can cosplay jeje
TC- Homemade Cosplay or bought/comissioned cosplay? Did I mention I sucked on my crafts class?
SC- The sewing gene apparently skipped me. I have tried but it just doesn’t happen!!! I have a VERY vivid imagination and I know exactly what I want and how I want it to look. But I need the help of a seamstress… for now.
TC- Do you have a current Cosplay favorite?
SC- Oh gosh… I currently have just a handful of cosplays so it’s hard to choose, but I would have to go with Master Fay (The elf Jedi) and Bo (the succubus protagonist of Lost Girl).
TC- What is your most expensive Cosplay?
SC- One of my Jedis, Pandora. The fabrics were crazy expensive
TC- What Cosplay has gotten more attention from your fans?
SC- Probably Master Jedi Fay, the elf Jedi. Her pointy ears, the electric blue eyes and the kimono like robes catch a lot of attention. Although I’ve come to think every person holding a lightsaber catches the eye. LOL!
TC- What was your first convention? What was the reaction?
SC- My first convention was on Feb 2012. I went as Master Jedi Fay and it was a huge success!
TC- Photoshopped or un-photoshopped images?
TC- How do you pay for your Cosplays?
SC- Ha! I have a secret money tree on my house! jajaja Well, I have to stick to a budget really… ensamble my cosplays with time and patience helps a lot too. Creating a cosplay in a longer period of time allows you to space out the expenses.
TC- When do you do Cosplays? At conventions only?
SC- No, I do a lot of charity work in costume like children's hospital visits, 5K marathons, health fairs, educational and cultural activities for kids, etc.
//I'll take this opportunity to mention that you and I will be making an alliance of sorts through our Comics For Christmas non-profit organization and you'll be our contact in Puerto Rico, so Comics For Christmas is about to reach Puerto Rico for the first time; which I'm very excited about!//
TC- What got you into Cosplaying?
SC- A very close relative. He’s a kid diagnosed with autism. And he was just nuts about Star Wars so I became a Jedi for him. That still drives me today, the kids’ faces when they see me in cosplay are priceless.
TC- Well, I'd like to thank you for a super fun interview and more importantly, for taking the initiative to help us with our non-profit organization; it means a lot to all of us here at Truthful Comics. Hopefully we'll do this again soon, maybe spotlighting your newest Cosplays.
-Manuel A. Carmona
Today we celebrated Tabernacle Church's Harvest Festival 2013 and I can only described it by saying... it ROCKED! There were plenty of kids from all over Norfolk, dressed in their Halloween costumes and having a grand ol' time. There were tons of games for the kids to play, there were clowns, balloon animals, tons of candy and of course; FREE COMIC BOOKS!!! That's where we come in. Through our non-profit organization Comics For Christmas, we gave away more than 400 comic books to at least 80 kids; completely FREE of charge!
We had an absolute blast handing out those comic books and what a reward it was to see all those kids' smiles when we handed those comics to them... priceless! There were a few kids that we've come to know because they follow us from event to event, which makes us feel good for two reasons: 1.They know what were about and 2. They like comic books and in some way it's because we gave them their first comics; which makes me feel pretty darn good! As if handing out free comic books wasn't enough, we also handed out candy to the kids so everyone left our table with a big smile; and that makes me very happy.
We want to help Tabernacle Church of Norfolk for organizing such a wonderful event for the kids around the community and for allowing us to be a part of it for the second straight year, we hope to be there next year and every year after that. It was truly a blessing!
-Manuel A. Carmona
We all know that Ben Affleck played Daredevil back in 2003, but he didn't just happened to play the character in a movie, he loved the Daredevil comic books way before the movie ever came to fruition and he's still very much into comics. In fact, he visit Golden Apple Comics in NY on a weekly basis.
Colbert is a well known comedian but he's also a serious comic book geek. Besides occasionally letting his geek flag fly on his show by reading excerpts from various comics, he also has his
very own comic book and has appeared in a Marvel Comics' Spider-Man book!
earned his role in The Amazing Spider-Man
and fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming his favorite hero. I'll let him explain how much playing The Amazing Spider-Man
means to him with this video recorded at San Diego ComicCon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMcyclphuNs
Rap producer Just Blaze
has been roped in to produce music to Activision
’s new videogame Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
, and almost predictably he’s a big fan of the pizza-slingin’ green dudes. While the game is based on Nickelodeon
’s 2012 animated series rather than the comics, movies and bad cartoons we grew up on, 80s babies who grew up with a fond place in their hearts for the foursome will no doubt still get a kick out of seeing them haul shell again. Blaze
assures us that this new adaptation isn’t far from the classic TMNT
arcade game, saying “The thing I like about this was that it kind of feels like a modern take on the original Turtles game, which was definitely a classic in the ’80s, it definitely took a lot of quarters from me” .
He ends the brief spot by picking out his favourite turtle (we all had one, come on
), but it turns out he’s conflicted: “I can definitely relate to [Donatello's] love of all things technology and geek-related. I get that. But I always thought it was Raphael’s attitude. I would have to split it between those two.”Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
will be released on Xbox Live Arcade
, the Playstation Network
on August 28
You can check the trailer below:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDhZl0cYm2A&feature=player_embedded
Exploding onto the American music scene in 1987 with their debut album, "Yo, Bum Rush The Show," Public Enemy quickly became the most important hip-hop act to ever take the stage. The music and lyrics were as hard hitting and biting as the political messages they contained, and the group quickly rose to the top of the rap food chain where they've maintained a presence ever since. With lyrics that name-dropped Marvel Comics characters like Thor and Namor, it was quickly apparent that someone in the group was also a comic book fan. The fan was the founder and front man for the group, Chuck D, a former graphic design student turned rapper/political activist. Now, twenty years since first declaring that he "swings a hammer like the Mighty Thor", Chuck, Flava and the rest of Public Enemy are set to be immortalized in comic book form with the first licensed Public Enemy comic dropping this summer. The series is written by Chuck with I. James Bomb, from the S1W's, and Professor Griff also providing story concepts and editorial support. Art on the series will be handled by by Adam Wallenta. The book is 22 pages and retails for $2.99. Issue #1 of the series will be out in July and it will be a 40-page giant sized edition for $3.99. From that point forward the team will settle in to a bi-monthly publishing schedule, shipping 22 page full-color books every two months for $2.99.
Chuck has had a life-long association with comics, having started reading those fantastic four-color tales in the mid '60s as both a DC and Marvel fan, but it was the animated versions of those characters that really got him hooked. "Those early Saturday morning cartoons got me," said Chuck. "CBS' Superman, Batman, Justice League. Then Space Ghost, then ABC's Spider-Man and Fantastic Four led me straight into it."
You know Thomas Jane
from movies like The Punisher
and The Mist
, but he's also writing comic books, working on video games, and creating fan films. His comic's called Bad Planet
and is all about violence, aliens, action and adventure... why aren't you picking it up??? Here's the amazing short film produced and starring Thomas Jane
as The Punisher
... "Dirty Laundry"
Method Man is one of the most respected rappers alive and everyone knows how much he loves comic books. Meth says he buys new comic's every week which is cool as hell. He even goes by another nickname, Johnny Blaze, in honor of one of his favorite comic book character; the spirit of vengeance himself... Ghost Rider!
Giamatti had previously lobbied to play The Rhino in a Spider-Man movie, before he was actually cast in the role. During an episode of the CONAN show that aired way back in 2011, Conan O’Brien brought up a rumor that Paul Giamatti wanted to be in the new Spider-Man movie. Then, Conan asked Giamatti what role he wanted to play. Giammatti said: “I want to play one of the bad guys. What I hope they do is revive from my childhood, The Rhino as the bad guy.” Now, director Marc Webb has confirmed that was indeed the case. In an interview with Crave Online, Marc Webb said, “The real truth is, I saw Paul Giamatti on Conan O’Brien, talking about The Rhino and how much he loved it and I was like, I love Paul Giamatti and I think he’s such a brilliant actor, so, I wanted to incorporate that enthusiasm that he had in the movie.” Talk about a nerd dreams becoming a reality!
As cinema's most notorious uber-geek, it should come as no surprise that Quentin Tarantino has considered directing comic-book movies in the past, but you might not have guessed which one he nearly opted for. According to QT, he nearly made Luke Cage: Hero For Hire his second film, moving into advanced talks with a leading man before eventually opting for Pulp Fiction. "After Reservoir Dogs, I had considered doing a Luke Cage, Hero For Hiremovie," reveals Tarantino. "Ed Pressman owned the rights at that time, and we talked about it. I talked to Laurence Fishburne about being Luke Cage, and he really liked that idea. Then I ended up writing Pulp Fiction." So can we expect QT to move into the spandex-clad arena anytime in the future? Well, not unless he has a creative brainwave of his own, he won't, "If I wanted to do something like that, I'd want to create the superhero myself," he responded sniffily. We can only hope.
A huge comic book fan since he was a kid, Ghostface Killah is known for using comic book references in his lirics and he even names himself Tony Stark, based on Iron Man's alter ego; if that ain't being a comics geek I don't know what is!
Snipes has been a longtime comic book fan and before he became synonimous with Blade, he wanted to bring Black Panther to the big screen; so he knows his stuff. I think Blade was a success because of him and to my delight, this is what he had to say recently about the franchise:. "Getting asked this question all the time, my response is: Under the right circumstances, with the right team, yes, I'd do another one. Don't count the original Daywalker out just yet. Now that we have a bit more control, the quality of my work is going to improve ten-fold and the company's products are going to blow people's minds. Get ready because we are about to bring 'nuttin but fiyar!" Vampires beware!
Panamanian singer Ruben Blades has been collecting comics almost since he reached the age of reason. “My mother threw a lot of them in the trash, and when I turned 18 I stopped buying comics because other things began to matter more in my life,” Blades, the singer-songwriter of smash hits like “Pedro Navaja,” said. His passion for comics returned at age 26 when he was living in New York and one day in 1974 came upon a second-hand comic-book store at the intersection of 57th Street and 8th Avenue. “I was snagged once more,” Blades said, adding that in all those years he concentrated on completing series no matter what state the copies were in, including some featuring the most popular characters of all like Batman and Superman.
Sebastian Bach, lead singer of Skid Row has a huge comic book collection, and it was one of the few things that survived when his house was destroyed by Hurricane Irene.
Well folks, today i want to talk about the most famous sidekick in the world of comic books; Robin. There's been many incarnations of the mantle and I'd like to give you a brief history on who my choices for Top Robins are and my thoughts on why I placed them in that particular order. I imagine some of you may disagree with me and that's fine, but I do have my reasons. I hope you enjoy and maybe, learn something you might not know about Batman's sidekick: Robin!
5. Stephanie Brown
The daughter of the criminal Cluemaster, Stephanie Brown originated in 1992 as an amateur crime-fighter called Spoiler. She later served briefly as the fourth Robin and, in 2009, became the third Batgirl. From 2009 to 2011, she was the star of her own ongoing Batgirl comic book series. She was introduced in a three-issue story arc in Detective Comics #647-649 in which writer Chuck Dixon reinvented a villain called the Cluemaster. Dixon created the Cluemaster's daughter, Stephanie, as simply a plot device for this story, seeking to "spoil" her father's plans. Even so, the character was well received by fans. The following year, Dixon launched the first ongoing Robin series and featured the Spoiler as a foil and love interest for Tim Drake. The character was at the center of a high-profile teen pregnancy storyline in 1998, which caused Wizard Magazine to name Robin the best ongoing comic book of the year. Stephanie remained an integral part of Robin's supporting cast for over a decade, until her death in the 2004 crossover storyline Batman: War Games. Her death was revealed to have been faked in a 2008 story, and in 2009, she became the eponymous lead character in the Batgirl series written by Bryan Q. Miller, with pencils by Lee Garbett. The title was canceled after 24 issues and replaced with a new Batgirl series starring Barbara Gordon.
Creating a homemade Robin costume, Stephanie sneaks into the Batcave and demands that Batman train her as the new Robin. Batman reluctantly accepts her as the new Robin, puts her through several months of intensive training, and makes her a better costume with roughly the same design as Tim's. As Robin, she patrols with Batman, but he thinks she is too unskilled to be an acceptable replacement for Tim. Batman later fires her after she disobeys his orders during two missions. In an effort to prove her worth to Batman, Stephanie steals one of his long-term plans for dealing with the entirety of Gotham's criminal underworld, arranging a meeting to bring them all together. Since this plan is predicated on the involvement of "Matches Malone", who, unbeknownst to her, is a persona that Batman uses to infiltrate the underworld, it quickly spins out of control. The result is a city-wide gang war in which Stephanie is captured by the Black Mask, who tortures her extensively to get information about Batman, as well as learning enough information to allow him to take control of Batman's plan and assume command of the gangs himself. Although she escapes and makes her way to a hospital, she is severely injured, and supposedly dies in a hospital bed as Batman sits beside her. Batman later finds evidence that vital medical treatment that could have saved Stephanie's life had been denied by Doctor Leslie Thompkins. When Batman confronts the doctor, Thompkins claims she willfully withheld such treatment to send a warning to any of Gotham's youth intending to follow Stephanie's example.
4. Jason Todd
Following the revamp of the Batman mythos due to Crisis on Infinite Earths, Jason Todd is recast as a young street orphan who first encounters the Dark Knight while attempting to steal the tires off the Batmobile in Crime Alley. Jason, the son of Willis and Catherine Todd, lives on the East end of Gotham, in the Park Row district called Crime Alley. Todd's mother was a drug addict who died of an overdose some time before he began living on the street. His father Willis was working as hired muscle for Two-Face and had disappeared suspiciously following a botched assignment. Bruce Wayne sees to it that Todd is placed in a school for troubled youths which turns out to be Ma Gunn's School for Crime. Jason earns the mantle of Robin a short while later by helping Batman apprehend the gang of thieves. However, Todd does not wear the Robin costume (an improved version of the classic) until six months of training.
Batman notes that while Todd doesn't possess Dick Grayson's natural athleticism & acrobatic skills, he can become a productive crimefighter by channeling his rage. He also believes that if he doesn't help the boy, Todd will eventually become part of the "criminal element." In the revamp period, Todd is portrayed as the "rebel" Robin. He smokes, swears, and fights authority. He is prone to defying Batman's orders, sometimes to success (bringing in Scarecrow singlehandedly) and sometimes failure (botching a raid on a drug lab by jumping the gun too soon). Todd also aided Batman while Gotham City was temporarily overrun by Deacon Blackfire as shown in Batman: The Cult. The most controversial moment prior to his death occurred in Batman #424. It involved a serial rapist named Felipe Garzonas, who escapes prosecution due to his father's diplomatic immunity. One of his victims, a girl named Gloria, hangs herself amid the threat of a third rape from Felipe. Todd discovers her hanging and makes a beeline for Felipe, ahead of Batman, who arrives just in time to see Felipe take a 22 story fall to his death, with Todd as Robin at the edge of the balcony. Todd maintains "I guess I spooked him. He slipped." This highlights an earlier exchange in Batman #422 where he uses excessive force on a pimp about to slash one of his working girls and Todd asks Batman if it "would've been such a big loss if I had (killed him)?" Whether Todd pushed the rapist from the roof is never known.
In 1988's "A Death in the Family" storyline, Jason Todd discovers that Catherine Todd was not his biological mother, and runs away to find the woman who gave birth to him. After following a number of leads, including an Israeli Mossad agent and Shiva Woo-San, Todd finally tracks his mother, Sheila, to Ethiopia, where she works as an aid worker. While Todd is overjoyed to be reunited with his real mother, he soon discovers that she is being blackmailed by the Joker, who is using her to provide him with medical supplies. Sheila herself has been embezzling from the aid agency and as part of the cover-up, she hands her own son, who arrives as Robin, over to the Joker. The Joker beats the boy brutally with a crowbar, and then leaves him and Sheila in the warehouse with a time bomb. Sheila and Robin try desperately to get out of the warehouse but are still inside as the bomb goes off. Batman arrives too late to save them, and finds Jason's lifeless body in the rubble. Sheila lives just long enough to tell Batman that Jason died trying to protect her. The bodies are taken back to Gotham City for burial. Todd's death haunts Batman, and he considers it his greatest failure. He keeps the second Robin's uniform on display in the Batcave as a reminder. The murder of Todd, along with the maiming of Barbara Gordon, the first Batgirl, in Batman: The Killing Joke, intensifies Batman's obsession with the Joker.
3. Damian Wayne
Damian's origin is unknown to Batman. Genetically perfected and grown in an artificial womb, Damian was intended to be a formidable warrior. He is raised by Talia and the League of Assassins. He becomes a talented martial artist by the time he is a pre-teen, at which time Talia reveals Damian's existence to Bruce Wayne and leaves him in Batman's custody in an effort to disrupt Batman's work.
Precocious, spoiled, and violent, Damian battles Tim Drake, whom he wants to replace as Robin, and sucker punches Drake off the stuffed Tyrannosaurus in the Batcave when Tim stops fighting to help him. Damian then escapes, dons a variant Robin costume made of Jason Todd's old tunic and mask and assorted League of Assassin gear, and gets into a fight with and decapitates the villainous Spook. Although misguided and malicious, Damian seems to genuinely want to aid Wayne's war on crime as he sees himself as Wayne's son and wants Wayne's approval. Unfortunately, because of how he was raised, Damian lacks any sort of common sense in regards to social behavior, and believes that in order to be accepted by Batman, he must kill any rivals, which included Tim Drake. Eventually, Batman confronts Talia to confirm Damian's true identity, but both Talia and Damian are soon caught in an explosion. They survive the explosion. But Damian's badly injured body requires transplants of harvested organs, which his mother orders her physicians to carry out. Damian makes a full recovery.
Following the Flashpoint event, Bruce was returned by writers to being the only Batman, while Dick was returned to his previous role as Nightwing. Damian still serves as his father's partner as Robin. After reading the letter written by his father from an alternate timeline, the Dark Knight decides that it is time to take steps to put his past behind him. He tries to teach Damian the same values his parents have instilled within him as he finally assumes his role as a father. However, despite Bruce's attempts to build a relationship with his son, Damian remains cold and distant with his father, which Alfred worries about. This relationship is further strained when Damian kills the villain Nobody. During the "Leviathan" story arc, when his mother Talia puts a price on his head and is targeted by the most dangerous and skilled assassins, Bruce faked Damian's death and secluded him in the Batcave in order to protect him while he goes undercover to confront Talia and her minions. But against his father's wishes he escapes, donning a new costume under the name ofRedbird. Along with the mysterious Wingman and most of the Bat-family, Damian manages to rescue his father and defeat most of the League of Shadows. However, Batman explains that the temporary defeat of the League will not stop a larger force to attack later and destroy the city, so he came to the extreme decision that the only solution possible is that Damian to return to his mother, a decision that caused an emotional reaction on Damian like never before.
Damian was killed battling a brutal enemy, the Heretic (an adult Damian clone) in issue number 8 of the Batman, Inc. comic book, which went on sale February 27, 2013. Minutes after Damian's death, Batman is seen holding his son's body and he then angrily screams up at the sky as it begins to rain. According to the story's writer, Grant Morrison: “He saves the world. He does his job as Robin. He dies an absolute hero.” The later storyline, Requiem, deals with the aftermath of Damian's death and Batman's thirst for revenge against Talia as well as his own increasingly unbalanced mental state resulted by this loss. Batman is also unwilling to accept his son's death, and begins seeking the means to resurrect Damian at the cost of his relationships with his friends and allies, and had not yet made the information of his death public. When Batman and Nightwing finally confront Heretic, they overpower him, and the clone suffers a brutal beating from both in retaliation for Damian's death. Batman, despite desiring to kill his son's murderer more than anything and Nightwing made no attempts of stopping his mentor, spares the villain's life after seeing his resemblance to Damian, realizing the clone is what is left of his son. However, Talia later kills Heretic for his failure to kill Batman, and challenges Batman to a duel to the death in the Batcave.
2. Dick Grayson
The youngest in a family of acrobats known as the "Flying Graysons", Dick watches a mafia boss kill his parents in order to extort money from the circus that employed them. Bruce Wayne/Batman takes him in as his legal ward, retconned in some cases as his adopted son, and eventually as his crime-fighting partner Robin. Throughout Dick's adolescence, Batman and Robin are inseparable. However, as Dick grows older and spends more time as the leader of the Teen Titans, he retires as Robin and takes on his own superhero identity Nightwing to assert his independence (others would fill in as Robin). As Nightwing, Dick leads the Teen Titans and later the Outsiders.
Following the events of the Zero Hour miniseries, he temporarily replaces Bruce Wayne as Batman, beginning in Robin #0 (October 1994) and extending throughout the Batman: Prodigal storyline. In an eponymous series, launched in 1996 and continuing until 2009, he becomes the protector of Blüdhaven, Gotham's economically troubled neighboring city. Following the destruction of Blüdhaven, at the command of Deathstroke, Nightwing relocates to New York. Following "Batman: Knightfall", Dick Grayson takes up the mantle of Batman while Bruce was recovering from a broken back as he considers Dick his prodigal son. After the events of "Batman R.I.P." and Final Crisis, Dick moves operations to Gotham to protect the city following Bruce's apparent death. Despite Bruce's will instructing him not to, the chaos in Gotham following Bruce's disappearance prompts Dick to take up his mentor's identity once again as Batman. With Bruce's return, Dick once again picked up his previous identity as Nightwing.
1. Tim Drake
From 1989 to 2009, he was known as Robin in the Batman comics, becoming the third character to take up the identity. Tim Drake made his first comic book appearance in Batman #436 in a flashback as a child who was in the audience when Dick Grayson's parents fell to their deaths. Following the events in Batman: Battle for the Cowl, Drake has taken up the identity of Red Robin. Tim Drake is the son of Jack and Janet Drake, coming from the same social class as Bruce Wayne. When he was a young child, he visited the circus for the first time with his parents. The Drakes asked the Flying Graysons for a photo together, resulting in a momentary bond between Dick Grayson and Tim Drake as they met for the first time.
After reaching the age of nine, Drake deduces the identities of Batman and Robin as Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson after witnessing a gymnastic move by Robin that Grayson displayed while performing with the Flying Graysons. Noting that Batman has grown reckless and violent following the death of second Robin Jason Todd, who was murdered by the Joker, Drake decided to intervene and Batman eventually enlisted him as the third Robin after the death of his mother and the crippling of his father. Jack Drake also appeared in Identity Crisis. When Jean Loring sent him a gun he used it in self-defense and killed Captain Boomerang, but at the last second, Captain Boomerang threw a boomerang that killed Jack Drake. As a result Tim became an orphan, continuing the long held tradition that Robin is an orphan.
He is "the smart one" of the Bat-family, the thinker and planner. I mean, of course Bruce Wayne/Batman is what he is, and Tim isn’t quite there yet, but Tim at 17 has a more developed intellect than Bruce at 17 did. That’s not to say Dick Grayson or Barbara Gordon are dumb, of course they’re not, but Tim’s level of thinking is a bit... thicker... than theirs. For me, Dick is about superior reflexive thinking, Barbara about superior operational thinking and Tim is about superior comprehensive, or all-encompassing, thinking. What I love about Tim is that he shares some of the strongest traits of various Bat-family members. The intellect and detective skills of Bruce, the ability to lead others and be a friend to others like Dick has and even the ability to make cold, harsh decisions like Jason does. -Fabian Nicieza (comic book writer)
At the age of about nine years old, Tim Drake was able to deduce Robin's secret identity as Dick Grayson when Robin performed a quadruple somersault, in which Grayson was only one of the three people who could perform such a flip. This deduction also allowed Drake to deduce that Grayson's guardian Bruce Wayne was Batman. Drake's intellect has allowed him to deduce a majority of other heroes' identities including Flash and Superman. In addition, after foiling Ra's al Ghul's master plan to assassinate everyone Bruce Wayne cared about and ruining the Wayne Family fortune, Ra's has addressed Tim as "Detective", a title the villain once only reserved for Bruce Wayne. His intellect has enabled him to excel in computer science and a grasp of assorted scientific techniques, including biology, engineering, and genetics, which he has been shown to use in his attempts at re-cloning Superboy. Tim also speaks several languages beyond his native English, including Cantonese, Russian, Spanish and German. Drake, like Dick Grayson, has served as leader to Young Justice, the Teen Titans, and even being placed in charge of the rescue efforts of Blüdhaven by Superman, following the attack made by Deathstroke and his fellow villains.
I believe that Tim Drake is the best Robin for many reasons, but one sticks out the most and that is, Tim WANTED TO BE ROBIN! He didn't want to be Robin for a while and then move on, no, he wanted to be Robin forever, he knew the importance of being Robin, being Batman's sidekick. This is something he'd been thinking about for a long time and he trained his mind to be the best detective to ever live. As of now, Tim still isn't a better detective than Bruce, but he's pretty darn close. Even Bruce says that Tim will eventually be the better detective. Tim has proven himself sine day one against the cream of the crop of Batman's rogue's gallery and he's come on top; on his own. I consider Damian a pocket size weapon of mass destruction, but he's not smarter than Tim, Jason was strong and passionate, but he couldn't outsmart or beat Tim in a fight, Stephanie Brown has a great fighting spirit, she's courageous and relentless, but in a fight against Tim she's simply outclassed. Dick Grayson is the only one who could beat Tim in a fight since he can go toe to toe with Batman, which isn't an easy feat. But, I give the advantage to Tim for the simple fact that he's a crime fighting student, much like Bruce, in the sense that he studies his opponent's weaknesses and advantages, and he exploits them. And the fact of the matter is that, this isn't who is the best fighter or character, this is a question of who's the better Robin, and Tim Drake is hands down the better Robin in my opinion.
Agree? Disagree? Leave your argument below and we'll read it on the next installment of the Truthful Comics Podcast.
For those who interact with me on the internet (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) is common knowledge that I'm the president of a non-profit organization called Comics For Christmas and that we had scheduled an event for this weekend. It was called The Comics For Christmas Free Comic Book Giveaway at The Book and Movie Exchange and we were going to give away at least 2,000 comics and candy to every kid that stopped by the store. But, what ended up happening was far from what we've expected and to be honest, it was quite upsetting to say the least.
The thing is, we do this because we care about kids, we want to encourage kids to read and we put a lot of effort behind this events, we invest our money and time trying to make this events as successful as humanly possible, but we need the support of the people involved with the events as well. We make the flyers, print them and provide the store owners with enough flyers to pass along to their customers and of course, we expect them to pass them along.
But how upsetting it is to stop by on the day of the event, have the store owner pull you aside and tell you: "I went on the website on the flyer and found photos that made me not pass the flyers". The photo in question was the one I posted to the right ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------>
Pretty much every comic book fan knows that the character being portrayed by the model is none other than Sara Pezzini (aka Witchblade) and that Cosplay is in no way, shape or form pornography. I mean, if we want to get technical, there's far more offensive material in a DVD/Blue Ray store than on any Witchblade comic book, but regardless, because of our last Truthful Comics Spotlight the store owner didn't promote our Comics For Christmas event; AT ALL!!! As you might imagine I'm beyond upset and because of this we won't be visiting The Book and Movie Exchange tomorrow or ever again because we feel that it was totally unncesary and rude to have us pay for flyers and then basically throw them in the trash because you didn't bother to either contact me or do your research into who the character is or what the model is doing. This could've easily been avoided by giving us a call, e-mailing us or even massaged us through Facebook but to wait until we arrive at your store, after we've been promoting your store non-stop everywhere we go and we're ready for the event, and then you basically tell me that you don't know how many people will come because you didn't like a picture on my website and it made you not pass the flyers to the parents; that's unforgivable.
Regardless, kids did showed up and we handed out a few hundred books, candy, we had some great interactions with the parents and the kids who attended and we even left a few dozen comic books in case some kids show up tomorrow. I have to admit that I'm so disappointed with this whole situation that if it wasn't for the kids, I'd stop doing it but we have a mission and making kids happy is more important than wasting a few bucks and a few hours because of some people who lack vision.
I hope that we can find other establishments who are willing to open their doors to us and believe in our cause which I believe is so important. Kids need to learn to read, they need to love reading and what better way to instill that love of reading than to provide them with books filled with stories about their favorite characters. They'll follow their favorite superheroes on numerous adventures and hopefully they'll graduate into novels and so on. I want to help light that spark of imagination in their young minds and I'll use comic books to do the trick.
First and foremost I want to say that this is not a list of the best comic books being published, this is a list of the comics I've been enjoying the most; in no particular order. There are a lot amazing books out there that I don't currently buy for many reasons (The Flash, The Walking Dead, Wonder Woman, etc.) but that doesn't mean I'm not going to pick them up in the near future. I hope you enjoy my list and maybe, if you're not reading them, it'll spark that curiosity and make you give it a try. God I love comics!!!
Writer: J. Holkins
Artist: M. Krahulik
Title: Journey Into Mystery
Writer: K. Immonen
Artist: V. Schiti
Writer: B. Wood
Artist: O. Coipel
Title: Avengers Arena
Writer: D. Hopeless
Artists: B. Walker,
Title: Danger Girl: Trinity
Writer: A. Hartnell
Artists: S. Molinar
Title: X-O Manowar
Writer: R. Vendetti
Artist: C. Nord
Publisher: DC Comics
Writers: J. Winnick,
Artists: G. Marsh,
Title: The Lone Ranger
Writer: B. Matthews
Artist: S. Cariello
Publisher: DC Comics
Title: World's Finest
Writer: P. Levitz
Artists: G. Perez,
Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: S. Snyder
Artist: G. Capullo
Title: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
Artists: D. Marquez,
Title: Mouse Guard
Writer: D. Peterson
Artist: D. Peterson
Title: Thor: God of Thunder
Writer: J. Aaron
Writer: C. Roberson
Artist: D. Calero
Writer: F. Van Lente,
Artist: E. McGuinness
Title: The Spider
Writer: D. Liss
Artist: C. Worley,
Artists: B. Kitson,
Title: Savage Wolverine
Writers: F. Cho,
Artists: F. Cho,
Title: The Shadow
Writers: C. Roberson,
Artist: G. Timpano
Publisher: DC Comics
Title: Birds of Prey
Artists: J. Saiz,
Title: Fearless Defenders
Writer: C. Bunn
Artist: W. Sliney
Publisher: DC Comics
Title: Ame-Comi Comics
Artists: S. Casas,
Today was one of those days when I just wanted to take my family out for a long drive without a specific destination and just wing it. Fill up the gas tank, lower the door windows, open the sun roof, turn the volume and just enjoy the ride; so that's what we did! We drove for a while and my wife spotted a dance studio (she's a professional dancer) and asked me if we could stop real quick, to which I replied: "Sure". Of course, I immediately spotted a book store right next to the dance studio and I told her I wanted to check it out afterwards. The books store was independently owned and it looked inviting.
There were tow male clerks who immediately acknowledge me and my family and were very courteous, something that employees from every field are missing more and more these days! I looked around for a few minutes and they asked me if I needed help, but before I could ask them, I noticed that one of the clerks had a pile of at least 50 comics in front of him! All I could say was "Yes you do!" He looked at me funny and I said "Comics, do you guys carry comic books?" And he said "Yes we do!" He showed me three aisles full of comics ranging from Batman to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to The Mighty Thor to Wildcats! It was a beautiful thing!!!
As soon as I turned that corner where the clerk told me to, I was suddenly in front of what can only be described as a comic book hidden treasure! Even more so when it's located in Virginia Beach, so to me it felt like I was a pirate, and I discovered an abandoned treasure chest full of comic book gold! I'm talking about hundreds, if not thousands of comic books, and at great prices too! It's too bad that I had just went to my local comic shop and spent a pretty penny there, because I only had so much extra cash to spare. But rest assure, I'll be stopping by this book store on a more regular basis and I'll be getting a bunch of those comics they had in their store.
So, next time you're in Virginia Beach and get the mood to buy some comic books, visit AFK Books, Music and Movies.
They're located at:
4801 Shore Drive, Suite D
Virginia Beach, VA 23455
By Manuel A. Carmona
Two weeks ago I teased you all with the thought of me writing a series of blog entries about which actors/actresses I'd cast if I were given the opportunity to do the casting of a big budget movie and/or TV series. Last week i gave you my first entry, my version of the Justice League cast. This week, I decided to do what I'd really been wanting to do, cast my version of Batman and the entire Bat family. This are my choices, you may agree or disagree, but if you do, please... leave your comments below. Thanks
Let's start with the figure of the moment in the Bat family...
Damian Wayne/Robin- Kenton Duty
In order to portray the former child assassin, turned Robin, Damian Wayne, it'd take months of training and conditioning if they're going to accomplish that goal. But when it comes to looking the part, Kenton Duty is my pic for the role of Damian Wayne. He's played serious roles before in movies such as 2:13 and Forget Me Not and he had a role in the hit TV series Lost. So when it comes to a young actor who looks the part and has the acting chops to play Damian, my vote goes to Kenton.
Kate Kane/Batwoman- Laura Prepon
We've known Laura Prepon for her roles in the hit TV series That 70's Show and How I Met Your Mother, but I think she'd be an awesome Batwoman. Besides being a natural redhead, Laura has the... uhum... body to pull it off, she has a look that is sexy and dangerous at the same time. I totally see her as Kate Kane and I think men and women all over the world will fall in love with Batwoman.
Jason Todd/Red Hood- Zac Efron
Now, before all my geek guy friends freak out on me over my choice for the Red Hood, look at the pictures, after you do that, watch the movie Charlie St. Cloud and THEN, come back and tell me if the guy isn't a great actor. I think he'd be perfect to play our favorite not-so-dead-Robin turned into Red Hood, Jason Todd.
Stephanie Brown/Batgirl- Bridgit Mendler
Stephanie Brown is one of my top 10 favorite characters of all time, period! Her evolution as a hero is the stuff of legends and because of my deep love of the character, I searched the web for the perfect actress to portray my beloved Stephanie. I found her in the form of a real life Disney princess, her name; Bridgit Mendler! Of course she has a huge following because of her Disney popularity, but she's an all around great young actress with appearances in shows like House and General Hospital and she;s also been in hit movies like Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 and Alvin and the Chipmunks 2. I think she's the perfect girl for the role of my favorite Batgirl!
Tim Drake/Robin- Thomas Dekker
Tim Drake is another character very dear and near to my heart and as such, I wanted a n actor who could portray all the qualities that make him so amazing. Thomas Dekker is, in my opinion, one such actor. We've seen him portray a badass hero in Terminator the TV Series, where he played John Connor and when you look at him, you see Tim Drake! This guy would be an awesome Robin in my opinion.
Barbara Gordon/Batgirl- Nina Droveb
Nina has been in numerous films as well as TV shows, but we know her best for her role in CW's The Vampire Diaries. She has the looks, the acting chops, the range and the fan following to make her my one and only choice to play Barbara Gordon.
Dick Grayson/Nightwing- Milo Ventimiglia
The character of Nightwing is one very dear to my heart and as such, I thought about this a lot. When I think of Dick Grayson i think of an adventurer without fear, a character full of optimism and joy, but at the same time I think of a big brother type figure. I think Milo Ventimiglia falls into all of the above mentioned categories effortlessly and he looks the part. We've seen him portray a hero and a big brother in the hit TV series Heroes and I wouldn't mind seeing him portray Batman's greatest triumph; Dick Grayson/Nightwing!
Selena Kyle/Catwoman- Rachel Bilson
Of course there has to be a love interest for Batman, and we all know who that is; Catwoman! I have only one choice for this role... Rachel Bilson! We all know she can act, she has an innocent and caring look to her, but we also know there's a dark side to her, much like Selena Kyle, and her looks... well, you be the judge. I know they'll be thousands of men falling in love with cats after this movie comes out!
Alfred Pennyworth- Ian Mckellen
I really don't have to justify my choice for Alfred because, well... Ian Mckellen is a BOSS!!! It doesn't matter what role you put him in, he's going to deliver the goods and when I think of Alfred, I think of a smart, strict and gentle soul, in my opinion, that's the precise definition of Sir Ian Mckellen.
Bruce Wayne/Batman- Ray Stevenson
I think that all the previous incarnations of Batman lack one key element of the character, an intimidating presence. Batman in my opinion should have rugged good looks, he should look serious to the point of being scary and he should have an imposing physique. My choice for Batman is none other than Ray Stevenson. We've seen his acting range when he portrayed Volstagg in the Thor movie and we've seen how intimidating and downright scary he can be in Punisher: War Zone, but he's also a very handsome man; the perfect combination to play Batman.
Agree or disagree? Leave your comments below!
Ok, there's been a lot of controversy around Marvel and DC trying to capitalize on President's Obama's statements on gay marriage and/or relationships and I'd like to give my thoughts on the matter. I believe this has been done in a cheap and forced way that diminish what could've been a move forward in comics, and turned out to be another ploy to make money. My opinions on the matter might be a little polarizing but they come from the heart so here we go.
I believe that what two people do in the bedroom should be their own business as should be who they choose to spend the rest of their lives with. I have nothing against gay people and I honestly don't care who they date or sleep with, that's their personal business and it shouldn't matter to me. I also believe that rational thinking adults have the right to choose right from wrong, whatever that may be to each individual, but when it comes to children being exposed to a gay marriage in a comic book, that's where I draw the line. Now, people might say that Astonishing X-Men is not intended for kids but, if you bring a kid to a comic book shop and they go through the covers and see the cover to Astonishing X-Men #51, there's no telling what effects that might have on them. I know it's up to the parents to teach their kids about the things in life, but there's things a kid shouldn't be exposed to at an early age, no matter what your views may be on the topic at hand, kid's minds are sponges and are gullible, hence showing them that a male superhero loves another man might confuse them into thinking they like little Timmy from down the street, when in reality, they might just be going through a phase or simply be confused by what they just saw at the comic shop/movie/tv show/etc. It's not only gay relationships I feel young kids shouldn't be exposed to at an early age, but also racism, sex, extreme violence and things that may be harmful to a mind that isn't fully developed. If you are an adult and you feel that you love another member of your own sex that's fine, but in my opinion it's not fine to tell a kid that a man falling in love with another man is right, that's crossing the line; but that's just my opinion. Let me be clear, I have a cousin that's gay and I love him dearly, I have two female friends and art colleagues that I greatly respect, but that doesn't mean I'm telling my son that it's ok for him to like our neighbor's boy; I'D NEVER TELL HIM IT'S OK!!!
Another thing I see wrong with the whole "gay superheroes" is that being gay is mainly a selling ploy rather than make it part of what the character's about. That's like putting out a Batman comic and promoting it as "Batman gets married to a sexy woman! He's the straight guy in the country club..." it doesn't feel natural, it feels like what it is; a money grab. Take Alan Scott (a.k.a. The original Green Lantern) for example. He's the latest character to be turned gay and I feel it's DC's way of trying to catch on with Marvel's "gay wedding". Alan Scott is one of the original DC characters being around since the beginning of comics and one with a rich and established history. Married, father of two, a very respected character in the DC Universe and an example of what every man should be. Now, for DC's New 52 and in order for them to ride the "being gay is cool" wave, the "powers that be" decided to erase his whole history and make him a gay man, and not only that, they're marketing the book based on his sexual orientation rather than his qualities and heroism, they're not trying to support gay people, they're trying to make a buck.
Like I said, I have nothing against the gay community and I don't have anything against DC, Marvel or any other company putting out gay characters in comics intended for adults, but please, make it something that's part of who the character is, don't make it WHAT the character is. It's like real life, you don't say "Wow, he/she's gay! Btw, he/she can sing as well", instead we say "Wow! What an incredible voice!!!" and after you get to know the person, you find out that he/she is also gay. Let's hope we keep moving forward as a people and comic publishers try to put more thought into their stories rather than put some stuff together to make a few bucks.
Manuel A. Carmona
Salutations, fellow geekettes and geeks, this is my first blog post of 2012. Hope you all had a wonderful new year's alongside the people you love. May this year be full of love, health, prosperity, and good fortune to all!
Reminiscing on this past year, I came to think of this little kid from the church I go to. The son of a friend. He's an avid gamer and likes to sing and draw and what not. He's about nine years old. About two years ago, he approached me after service because everybody knows about my affinity for art and comics. He asked me if I knew about "Tails", the side character in the Sonic The Hedgehog games. Of course being a gamer myself, I said yes.
His eyes beamed and started to glow, he almost levitated off the ground. Then he asks me if I could do a drawing of him. So next week, I give him a Tails sketch. He was besides himself in happiness.
Flash foward to one year later. I had stopped going to church as much due to my former day job, and then after the accident late last year and months of recovery, I find myself in church again. Upon my return after a year plus of not being able to go, the kid approaches me.
He says "hey, I still have the Tails drawing you did for me!". I go "really?". And he replies "yes, now, my friends from school and I are going to do our own comic books!".
And that reminded me, of how it's the little things in life, the details, that are so important in life. How one act can affect the life of someone, especially children.
So, in this new year, remember that the little things in life are what complete the big picture and gives us joy, and gives great memories to those around us. Spread the love. Especially the love of comics. See you all next time!
~Alvaro "Lance Danger" Cortes Ortiz Jr