Well my friends... I think my pull list is about to get a big hit in terms of how many print books I get on a monthly basis. Here's the thing, last Christmas my wife gave me a NOOK from Barnes & Nobles as a present and, even though I loved it, I was kinda ignoring it because I felt that if I read too many digital comics I'd be turning my back on this medium that I love so much. As it turns out, prices on comics keep going up, page count keeps going down, plot lines are being dragged on way too long in order to sell trades and my bank account keeps suffering because of it I feel I have to support the comic book industry. So, last night I got my NOOK, charged it and I said to myself: "the heck with it"! Today i took my NOOK out at lunchtime, downloaded Thor: The Mighty Avenger Vol. 1, read it, took it all in and... I LOVED IT!!! The colors were as vibrant as they were intended to be, the pages moved just like a comic would, the prices are far less than the print versions and more importantly; I can carry 100+ books anywhere and everywhere I go without a problem. I absolutely love my NOOK. So, from this day on I solemnly swear that I'll cut my "pull list" at least in half and I'll be reading the trade version on my NOOK. Thanks Barnes & Nobles and thank you NOOK! (This read like a paid advertisement for NOOk and/or Barnes & Nobles but I swear it wasn't!) LOL!
If Jack Kirby was alive and in his prime today, would his books sell and/or would he be relevant in the comic book world? Before we go in depth on my thoughts on this matter, I feel is extremely important to give everyone a brief history on who was Jack Kirby and why he's consider by everyone in the comic book field as the "king" of comics.
Jack Kirby (August 28, 1917 – February 6, 1994), born Jacob Kurtzberg, was an American comic book artist, writer and editor regarded by historians and fans as one of the major innovators and most influential creators in the comic book medium. Growing up poor in New York City, Kurtzberg entered the nascent comics industry in the 1930s. He drew various comics features under different pen names, including Jack Curtiss, ultimately settling on Jack Kirby. In 1940, he and writer-editor Joe Simon created the highly successful superhero character Captain America for Timely Comics, predecessor of Marvel Comics. During the 1940s, Kirby, generally teamed with Simon, created numerous characters for that company and for National Comics, the company that later became DC Comics.
After serving in World War II, Kirby returned to comics and worked in a variety of genres. He produced work for a number of publishers, including DC, Harvey Comics,Hillman Periodicals and Crestwood Publications, where he and Simon created the genre of romance comics. He and Simon also launched their own short-lived comic company, Mainline Publications. Kirby ultimately found himself at Timely's 1950s iteration, Atlas Comics, soon to become Marvel. There, in the 1960s, he and writer-editor Stan Lee co-created many of Marvel's major characters, including the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and the Hulk. Despite the high sales and critical acclaim of the Lee-Kirby titles, however, Kirby felt treated unfairly, and left the company in 1970 for rival DC. There Kirby created his Fourth World saga, which spanned several comics titles. While these series proved commercially unsuccessful and were canceled, the Fourth World's New Gods have continued as a significant part of the DC Universe. Kirby returned to Marvel briefly in the mid-to-late 1970s, then ventured into television animation and independent comics. In his later years, Kirby, who has been called "the William Blake of comics", began receiving great recognition in the mainstream press for his career accomplishments, and in 1987 he was one of the three inaugural inductees of the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame. The Jack Kirby Awards and Jack Kirby Hall of Fame were named in his honor.
Recently, there have been conversations in a forum I frequent on a daily basis about the impact Jack Kirby would have, if any, if he was alive and in his prime in today's comics. Some comic book fans think that his books wouldn't sell and basically he wouldn't be relevant in any real way; to which I say thee nay! :) Now, if you look at Kirby's art for the first time it would be kind of jarring and off quilter, but to say that the books wouldn't sell or that the art in comics has gotten better... than Kirby's art, again... I SAY THEE NAY!!!
Let's look at the facts, Jack Kirby was, and still is to this day, the most creative person in the comic book world, and quite possibly any media. Look at the hundreds, if not thousands of characters, concepts and stories that he came up with, the amount of work he produced, the quality or his work, any way you look at it; he's known as the king for a reason. Another important fact that we cannot overlook is the amount of creators who've been directly influenced by Kirby. You can literally see and feel Kirby's influence in some of these creators' art style and they're some of the most respected professionals in the comics field today; to think that they're relevant, on top of their game and moving the comics world forward and think that Kirby wouldn't be relevant in today's comics is plain stupid.
Let's look at some of the creators who've been so heavily influenced by Jack Kirby shall we?
Bruce Walter Timm (born on February 8, 1961) is an American character designer, animator and producer. He is also a writer and artist working in comics, and is known for his contributions building the modern DC Comics animated franchise, the DC animated universe. Timm is known primarily for his work in animation, his first ambition was to become a comic-book artist. Although this dream did not materialize, leading him to a life in animation, nevertheless produced several one-shots and miniseries, mostly for DC Comics. In the 1980s, he made some mini-comics for Masters Of The Universe.In 1994, Timm and writer Paul Dini won the Eisner Award for Best Single Story for Batman Adventures: Mad Love. Timm won the same prize the next year as well, for Batman Adventures Holiday Special with Dini, Ronnie del Carmen and others. Later, Timm was involved with Batman Adventures and has also worked on Avengers and Vampirella. He is also a popular cover and pin-up artist.
Erik J. Larsen (born December 8, 1962) is an American comic book writer, artist and publisher. He is known for his work on Savage Dragon, as one of the founders of Image Comics, and for his work on Spider-Man for Marvel Comics. In 1992, seeking greater control and profit over the work they created, Larsen and six other illustrators left Marvel to form Image Comics, where Larsen launched a series featuring a reworked version of Savage Dragon. This time, the Dragon was a massively muscled green amnesiac, who joined the Chicago police department after being discovered in a burning field. Initially debuting in a three-issue miniseries, the series met with enough success to justify a monthly series, launched in 1993. To this day, Larsen continues to write and illustrate the series entirely by himself, and has maintained a reasonably consistent monthly schedule (save for occasional lapses) in comparison with the other original Image Comics titles.
Darwyn Cooke is a comic book writer, artist, cartoonist and animator, known for his work on the comic books Catwoman, DC: The New Frontier, The Spirit and Richard Stark's Parker: The Hunter.
With just these three names alone it should be understood that Kirby is, and always will be the most important creator in comics, but the list doesn't end there, there are hundreds of creators who specifically point to Jack Kirby for their inspiration and view him as a teacher of the medium, and to say that a book drawn by Kirby wouldn't sell in this day and age is not only ridiculous, but also incredibly disrespectful. Another ridiculous statement is that art has gotten better with the years, to which I say not really. The art in comics specifically has gotten flashier and more colorful, but not necessarily better.
If you claim that the art has gotten better, how can you explain that some of the most coveted artwork, and most impressive I might add, is none other than George Perez's work from the 80's and early 90's. His art hasn't changed much in the last 30 years, but is it not at the top of the game still to this day? It absolutely is! Same goes with artists like Phil Jimenez, Howard Chaykin, Walt Simmonson or even Neal Adams. The same rule applies to Jack Kirby's work. In this day and age, inkers and colorists are much more talented and have more freedom to take the artwork and make it much better than what it originally was, and if Kirby would've had an inker like, oh let's say Danny Miki (Spawn, Batman) or Jonathan Glapion (Batman), or a colorist like Brian Haberlin (Spawn) or Nathan Eyring (Earth 2) and you'll see somthing you've never seen before, you'll see Kirby's pencils in a whole new light because they'll have that little "extra" push to it that will bring it to the current era of comics. But, this is all and educated guess knowing what I know about art and how comic book artwork gets done, others that might not have the knowledge or the art education might see Kirby's work as "old" or "dated" but all I see when I flip through a comic drawn by Jack Kirby is... genius!
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.
In this issue we talk about the newest Captain America: The Winter Soldier images, the Man of Steel 15 minute featurrette, new Injustice skins and most importantly Scorpion, we talk about the upcoming Batman Zero Year and Superman: Unchained comic books and we discuss the format in which we'll record the podcast.
Also, on our Truthful Comics Spotlight segment we discuss the Injustice digital comic boosting DC's digital sales 20% every time it comes out, we discuss comic book binding and finally we show some love to a fantastic animated series; Batman: The Brave and the Bold! On our main discussion we talk about Cosplay snobbery and our thoughts on the Cosplay phenomenon as a whole and much more!
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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
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Well, today we launched unto the interwebs our first effort from what is going to be the Truthful Comics Podcast. This is something I've been wanting to do for a while now and thankfully, I met Aaron Hoover, a master in the art of podcasting, through the magical world of Facebook and now I can truly say, we've become good friends. And what do friends do? They help each other out or course!
Being that he's such a wizard in the art of podcasting, I asked him to help me out with this little experiment and he agreed! No loopholes, no small print in a shady contract and no bribes, none of that was necessary for him to give me a helping hand; and I appreciate him for that. He not only co-hosts the podcast, but he's also is the driving force behind the editing and post-production of the episodes and all the technical stuff I have no idea how to deal with, plus he produced the intro to the podcast which I fell in love with as soon as I listened to it, being a HUGE Batman: Brave and the Bold fan. I think what he's doing with this podcast asa favor to me is incredible and the appreciation I feel for my friend is something I can't quite put into words, but I'll just say: Thank you Aaron!
Joining us on this crazy ride will be Ethan Parker who is Aaron's co-host on a podcast called Confessions of a Movie Snob (http://confessionsofamoviesnob.com/) as well as Batman super fan Cory Gaitan. So, without further further ado, I give you Issue #0 of Truthful Comics Podcast.
Truthful Comics Podcast Issue #0: http://www.truthfulcomics.com/podcast.html
We hope you enjoy our little podcast and we're looking forward to listening to your feedback. If you have questions or you want us to discuss anything in particular, send us an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ok kids, here's a little comic book history class for all those of you who think you know your comic book characters. One of, if not THE most, important names in Batman lore is Bill Finger. Who is he you say? Well, let me explain. Everywhere you see a Batman comic book, movie, tv series or whatever, Bob Kane is credited as the sole creator of Batman; but the Batman he actually created was the one you see wearing only a bright red costume, stiff black bat wings attached to his arms and a black domino (Robin style) mask. That was the Batman that Bob Kane created, the Batman you know and love today is Bill Fingers' Batman design.
In 1938, Superman would create a boom in the comic industry and DC would go looking for another hero. Bob Kane would come up with a character called The Batman. After creating this character, he phone up Bill Finger, and showed him the sketch of the Batman. Finger felt the character looked too much like Superman and suggested some changes. The rest, as they say, is history.
**The image on the right was a recreation done by Arlen Shumer based on Kane's & Finger's descriptions, originally the front cover to her "Bat-Man Cover Story" article in Roy Thomas' comics history mag, Alter Ego #5 in 1999. You can find it here on her website: http://www.arlenschumer.com/images/stories/history_pdfs/BATMAN_coverstory.pdf. --------------------------------------------------------------->
"I got Webster's Dictionary off the shelf and was hoping they had a drawing of a bat, and sure enough it did. I said, 'notice the ears, why don't we duplicate the ears?' I suggested he draw what looked like a cowl... I had suggested he bring the nosepiece down and make him mysterious and not show any eyes at all... I didn't like the wings, so I suggested he make a cape and scallop the edges so it would flow out behind him when he ran and would look like bat wings. He didn't have any gloves on. We gave him gloves because naturally he'd leave fingerprints." -Bill Finger
Bill Finger also wrote some of the early Batman stories. In doing so, he created the personality of Batman and turned him into a great detective. "My idea was to have Batman be a combination of Douglas Fairbanks, Sherlock Holmes, The Shadow, and Doc Savage as well". Finger went on to give Batmans alter ego the name of Bruce Wayne, and later named his sidekick Robin (Dick Grayson). He named Batman's hometown Gotham City, and contributed in the creation of many of Batman's villains. Catwoman, Penguin, Riddler, Two-Face, and ClayFace were among them. While Bill Finger didn't create the Joker, he did write the first Joker issue in Batman #1.
Bill Finger really enjoyed mystery novels. He would often use that style of story in the Batman comics. He would also use giant props in the stories because they were good visuals for the readers, and often did the research that artists usually do for the prop scenes. He was very good in writing them, to the extent that the artist didn't have to guess what was going on.
Bill has worked on much more than just Batman, he created the original versions of Green Lantern and Wildcat with artist Irwin Hansen. He also went on to work on Superman, Superboy, Wonder Woman, Flash, Atom, Challengers of the Unknown, Tomahawk, and many others. He at one time, worked for Marvel Comics and wrote Captain America and the All Winners Squad. Bill also did some work outside of comic books. He co-wrote the 1969 film "The Green Slime" and wrote for many Warner Brothers TV detective series of the 60's. Some included 77 sunset Strip, Hawaiian Eye, and The Roaring Twenties.
Sadly, during the 60's, Bill was one of the long time creators that DC fired when they asked for some health benefits. He later went back to work for DC in the 70's and wrote some a few mystery stories, he then died in 1974. So, from now on, whenever you hear someone say that Bob Kane created Batman I won't ask, I DEMAND that you let them know the truth, Bob Kane came up with a name; Bill Finger is the one responsible for the Batman we know today. REMEMBER THAT!
Manuel A. Carmona
ORDER is brought to you by RockBottom Studios and hosted on Truthful Comics, an opening tale of a coming satanic apocalypse. This web mini series gives a look into a world where all of the conspiracies and secrets of society are in fact spout from the lips of the King of Serpents himself. A cosmic event that tramples through lives and spins a universe into a dark and desolate future.
The web comic series ORDER carries an interesting take on the apocalyptic prelude of 2012. A subject that in genre isn’t always accepted with open arms. I do however enjoy the approach taken by Corey Davis, I like his style, his voice. Some of the dialogue could be tweaked, but his anatomy fits his fantasy spin and is a quick read. Surely a mere opening of curtains to a grander arena.
Set to debut in February 2013, Shadow Club Karma will rock the shelves as the first collaboration of Rocbottom Studios and Truthful Comics talents. Be sure to keep an eye out for it’s budding debut, and stay tuned for more from Truthful Comics as we will undoubtedly have more to share!
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Ok, with all this excitement about the upcoming Justice League movie, I decided to give you all my casting version of the Justice League. This are mostly based on movies I've seen these actors in, popular demand or by how I see a resemblance of the character in them. they're probably not the actors who'll play the characters in the real movie. If you agree or disagree, leave your comments below.
Batman- Armie Hammer
Now, I'll be the first to admit I've never seen Armie Hammer on film, and if I've seen him, I don't remember. With that said, the resemblance to a young Bruce Wayne is clearly there. He has that slick rich douchebag look to him and he also has a kindness in his look that would work perfectly to portray the Dark Knight Detective. He also has the built to play Batman and most importantly, he's the fan favorite to play the part.
I would be happy seeing him portray Batman in the Justice League movie, especially since it
s the first meeting between these iconic characters. I think the people in charge of casting can't go wrong with signing him not only for the Justice League movie, but sign a multi film deal to have him portraying the character in the new Batman movies.
Superman- Henry Cavill
I don't think i have to explain why I feel Henry Cavill should be the one who plays Superman in the Justice League movie but if you think I do, here it goes. The guy is portraying the character in the upcoming Man of Steel movie and he looks EXACTLY like Superman, down to his boyscout look, his physique, I don't think there's anybody else out there who could come close to being Superman better then Cavill.
Wonder Woman- Jaimie Alexander
From the moment I saw Jaimie Alexander play Lady Sif in the Thor movie I immediately thought of three things: 1. This woman is Gorgeous! 2. This woman is a badass! and 3. This woman should play either Lady Sif in her own spin off movie or Wonder Woman. Why? Because she kicks all sorts of tail in the movie! She's a real female role model that embodies all the feminine qualities we as men want in a woman and all the qualities women want to see in female role models; just like Wonder Woman. Jaimie was recently aproached about playing the part of WW and she said that the character needed to be written more in the vein of Lady Sif, as in a female warrior who's not in the movie for the sole purpose of having sexual tension or being only eye candy. She wants to portray female characters who are beautiful, but also have relevance in the story. Good for Jaimie!!!
Green Lantern- Ryan Reynolds
I may be in the minority here but I really enjoyed Ryan Reynolds' performance as Hal Jordan in the Green Lantern movie. Even if the movie wasn't what we all expected, he did a good job, and I for one wouldn't mind seeing him portray the character once more. he already knows what they're going for, he has a movie under his belt and on this film, he won't be alone to carry the movie which will take some of the pressure off him. Another plus will be that WB and DC Comics are going all out on this film so, they're going to do an epic story and we'll see some crazy special effects as well as "real" villains, rather than a cloud of smoke; which was one of the reasons the Green Lantern film failed in my opinion. I say let Ryan Reynolds play the part again and this time around, I know we'll all be pleased with the results!
The Flash- Bradley Cooper
I think Bradley Cooper would be the perfect choice to play Barry Allen, a.k.a. The Flash. As we all know Barry Allen is known to be a serious character most of the time but once he puts on The Flash outfit, he's been known to be a bit on the lighter side. Imagine Bradley Cooper and Ryan Reynolds bringing in the funny aspects of the Justice League and bouncing off the seriousness of Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman; it'd be great! Of course we've seen Bradley Cooper play very serious roles so we know he can pull of the serious side of Barry Allen and we've seen his subtle comedic side in The Hangover so this is a match made in heaven in my opinion.
And last but not least...
Aquaman- Alan Ritchson
We've seen Alan portray the role of Arthur Curry before in the Smallville TV series so we know what we're dealing with. This guy IS Arthur Curry! His looks, his body structure and posture, he was born to play Aquaman in my opinion. He has the "traditional hero look" and he also has an edge to him that exemplifies what Aquaman is all about, a hero who is not to be messed with! I think this guy deserves his chance in the spotlight and I feel that the Justice League movie is just the place for him to be in. So... make this happen DC Comics!
Agree or disagree? Leave your comments!
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