So, today was our first Comics For Christmas event of the year and I have to say... it was an amazing experience! The staff was very welcoming and appreciative, the parents were also very happy with us for, as one mother told us, "taking the time to brighten up our kid's day" and more importantly; the kids we're happy. Amongst the things we brought for the kids were: back packs, pencils, note pads, toys, coloring books, crayons, color pencils and of course comic books! It was great watching the kids going through the items inside their brand new back packs and seeing their eyes light up when they recognized Spider-Man or the Hulk! We loved every minute of it!
But we didm't just bring them gifts, we also played video games with them, drew some sketches for the kids that wanted one, interacted with them and made them laugh. At first we were a bit overwhelmed because you just don't know exactly how sick the kids might be or what level of pain they may be going through, but once we were introduced and the kids acknowledge us; it was all smooth sailing from there on out. We met this wonderful little boy named Gideon whom we found out, wears a cape with a big letter "G" on it every time he's getting shots. His mom approached us a asked if we could make a sketch for her representing that cape with the big letter "G" on and of course; we had to comply! You can see the results in the picture below. :)
It's safe to say that the event was a success when the staff already invites you to come back for as many times as we'd like and they want us to set dates for next year! We are so blessed to have been allowed the opportunity to interact with such wonderful parents, kids and staff that we immediately agreed to come back! Days like this make all the sacrifices, the long hours, the back pain, the reading the comics to make sure they're appropriate for children... seeing the reactions on those little kid's faces, seeing those smiles on the parents faces; seeing how grateful the staff was; it makes it all worth it! This is only the beginning, expect a lot more from Comics For Christmas!
What up family! Today I want to talk about a cartoon series that I loved for more reasons than one and now, after it’s been cancelled I’ve come to realize I love it even more. The cartoon series I’m talking about is none other than Batman Brave and the Bold. Now I know what some of you might be thinking, that’s a weird “Adam West-like” version of Batman, it’s kinda campy or it’s not for adults and to that I say; EXACTLY!!! Let’s think about this for a minute shall we? Think of your first recollection of Batman, how were you introduced to the character? I’m guessing that in some way, we were all introduced to batman through the Adam West Batman tv series from the 60′s and it made such an impact on our young minds that, to this day, we love the character.
As we grow and evolve as comic book readers or fans, we tend to drift away from the Adam West version of Batman and fall into the more adult version of Batman, and that’s all fine and dandy, but we have to think about the kids that go to Toys “R” Us or watch Cartoon Network, where’s their introduction to Batman?Are we expecting kids to be introduced to the Batman universe with Nolan’s version of the character? I’m sorry but that would be stupid. Kids, for the most part, like colors and fun, Nolan’s Batman is everything but colors and fun; so that’s out of the question. The Batman animated series from the 90′s were amazing but yet again, they drifted away from the kids and started going towards a more mature audience; and kids are left in limbo.
I’m writing about this because as I walk through the isles of Toys “R” Us, Wall-Mart, Target, etc., I can’t find a single Batman toy that would be appropriate for my 3 year old to have on his birthday, and that’s a very sad thing. At this moment, my son absolutely loves Batman, and he’s 3 years old! But guess what Batman he loves? The Batman: Brave and the Bold version, and there’s nothing on the stands that even remotely resembles that. So as I go from store to store trying desperately to find some Batman toy that looks like that, I wonder who made the call to cancel such a wonderful show and stop producing the toys? Who in their right mind would come to the conclusion that a 3-5 year old would prefer a black, dark and grim Batman instead of a colorful and fun version of Batman? Who would do that??? As my son’s birthday arrived, I couldn’t find anything Batman related that he’d be interested in and it almost brought tears to my eyes when he asked me for Batman and I had nothing I could give him, not because I didn’t want to, but because some idiot thought it’s be best to cancel a wonderful cartoon series in order to put out more cartoons geared towards teens and adults.
We already had our childhood and it was awesome, we had Super Friends, Looney Tunes, Thundercats, Mazinger, G.I.Joe, Transformers, Voltron and dozens of cartoons geared for children, why can’t our kids have the same thing??? Why are comic book fans so selfish that whenever they see a version of Batman that’s geared for kids they go up in arms on the interwebs and do their best to try and get the series cancelled? Why??? If we don’t change this mentality, our medium will truly die in the long run because it simply won’t be profitable enough for publishers to put out books for people who are getting too old to buy the product or simply die of old age. And don’t come to me with the argument that kids aren’t buying comics or watching cartoons because that’s just a matter of promotion, it’s always been the case. If you have 100 comics and 98 are for adults, if a parent takes a kid to a comic shop, in order for the parent ot find those two comics geared for his son/daughter, he/she has to surf through a sea of adult books and 9 times out of 10 parents won’t come back because it’s not worth it to make a trip to buy 1 or 2 books IF they can find them. I hope things change and I’m able to find toys and comics that are appropriate for my son because it’d be a sad thing to have our kids grow up without being able to play with Batman toys and read Batman comics meant for them.
Today was a special day for dozens of kids at Barnes & Nobles in Virginia Beach, Va... for today was Marvel Comics Day! The event is a new initiative Barnes & Nobles is utilizing to bring in kids to reading through comics. Hmmm... I think I've heard of that before, oh yeah... Comics For Christmas! This is the same basis of our non-profit organization, using comic books to encourage kids into reading as well as bringing a little bit of joy to kids who otherwise might not be so lucky.
The day started with by giving every kid some golden tickets for a raffle to be drawn at the end of the event. Then it was story time. The host read a Hulk story and then a Wolverine story to finish. Then the kids would each get an original superhero name, then they made "Black Widow" cookies and they finish with a a raffle. The atmosphere was very jovial and kids were extremely engaged. I have to say, it was a blast seeing dozens of kids who loved these characters, dressed in their favorite superhero costumes and simply having a good time! All an all it was a very fun event that I hope to see more off. I;m happy to see others take our initiative and run with it because at the end of the day, it's all about the kids.
If you wanna know more about Comics For Christmas and how you can be a part of our mission for kids, visit: http://www.truthfulcomics.com/comics-for-christmas.html
-Manuel A. Carmona
So tonight I was talking with one of my best friends and colleagues Alvaro Cortez Ortiz Jr. about comics, the way they're being published and how I came to a point where I decided to drop "floppies" altogether. For those of you reading that don't know what "floppies" mean, it's basically what we comic book geeks call single comic books. This was our conversation, uncut, uncensored and we decided to post it as a blog entry. Hope you enjoy it!
Me: Bro!!! I have an album called I Love 90's Comics... cause' I do! Here's the link: http://www.pinterest.com/dumerill/i-love-90s-comics/
I Love 90's Comics
Alvaro- They were awesome bro! They were fun. Sometimes comics take themselves too seriously now a days. I love Scott Snyder's writing but God I was exhausted by Zero Year, I'm so glad it's over, I'm going to have to read the trade of The Ray from the 90s just to lighten up lol!
Alvaro- Court of Owls was fun, Death o the Family wasn't as strong as it could've been but had it's fun moments, but God, did we really need to know the origin of Commissioner Gordon's coat? Really?! It all felt like deleted scenes or a super long cut of Batman Begins!
Me- I'll describe the event in one word: Unnecesary! Was it gonna be better than Frank Miller's masterpiece Batman: Year One? No? Then why waist our time?
Alvaro- It had potential, buy it dragged on waaaaay to long. 5... maybe even 6 issues is pushing it but it would've been ok; but a whole year? Unless it's something like Court of Owls, that was new, original and fun,. And that was 10 issues! Zero Year should've been a graphic novel.
Me- 12 issues? Are they high? Not even Capullo's artwork could keep me buying the book!
Btw, I dropped all my weekly comics except Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man.
Alvaro- I've been dropping too lol but had to get Superman for John Romita Jr!
Me- I hear ya! I've been buyin more digital books for my Nook HD. There's a sale going on right now on Barnes & Nobles, a bunch of DC Comics digital trades are only $5!!!! In print they range from $15-$25 bucks! I'll be buying a bunch of those!
Alvaro- On Batman Day Comixology had 750 Batman books for $1 each!!!!
Alvaro- I might eventually go that way too, I think eventually I'll wait for trades because that's how the "big 2" write comics now anyway, for the trades.
Me- Exactly, it takes a year to finish a story, it costs you $40+ to finish a story in single issues, they always spoil the ending and the trades costs $15-$20? The math don't add up!
Alvaro- And trades have extra goodies sometimes with sketches or scripts, and it's easier to organize on a bookshelf in print or save on an external sd card to read later.
Me- All around better experience. This cutting down on weekly comics has also given me an oportunity to focus on books I've been wanting to read for a while now, like the Usagi Yojimbo saga from the beginning to the current books.
Alvaro- Awesome! Oh damn, Usagi! Back to Zero Year, if every issue was exactly $3.99 without tax and changing the fact that a few issues were actually 4.99 and 5.99, if it was just $3.99 at the bare minimum, I spent over the course of 1 year for one story $47.88 On Zero Year alone. IF it was $3.99 for the entire run, which it wasn't. This isn't The Walking Dead, this is the Goddamn Batman!!!! LOL! Christopher Nolan was a blessing AND a curse to Batman lol!
Me- Because of the seriousness?
Alvaro- Yes. Dark Knight was about as perfect as a Batman movie could ever be, but Batman Begins and Dark Knight Rises has the big fault of being borderline pretentious and taking itself too seriously. I hope the next arc is simpler.
Me- I hear ya. I got to a point where it wasn't fun anymore, it made me tired to read the damn book and at that point... why am I reading it again?
Alvaro- And it suffered what all flashback stories suffer from.... you know it will sort itself out! I wanted Batman to beat the hell out of Riddler not because he was a pain in the ass, it was for the story to end already! Court of Owls and Death of The Family, and going even further, Black Mirror which is still my fave Snyder Batman story, it was fresh and exciting because you didn't know what was going to happen!
Me- Precisely! You know what comic I'm really enjoying, and I lied, I am getting another book monthly, and that is Infinity Man and the Forever People, a Jack Kirby creation published by DC Comics. Bro, it's like reading a Kirby book, it's fun! Plain and simple.
Alvaro- Yeah, I heard a lot about that one! Hell, She Hulk is fun!!! And even Silver Surfer!
Me- Yeah I've heard good things about those books as well. I was loving Moon Knight, man that books has been amazing! But, as of last issue the creative team is leaving. Sigh... there goes Moon Knight being awesome again.
Alvaro- Yeah, I was curious about it until I read they were leaving already lol! To Snyder and Capullo's credit, they have stayed loyal on one title like in the good old days of the 80s and the 90s! Capullo was really amazing on Zero Year, I think it was the right call in the end for him to ask for Danni Miki to ink his pencils again. But creative teams barely last a year anymore if that.
Me- Unfortunately they don't. Well, I'm thinking I'll turn this conversation into a blog. You mind?
Alvaro- I don't mind it at all.
There have been many amazing characters in fiction that have captured our imagination. From an Amazonian Princess created from clay to a Canadian mutant with healing factor and Adamantium claws; thousands of heroes and villains are beloved by millions throughout the world, but for some reason there's one character who has touched people's lives in ways that go beyond your typical comic book fandom. This character is none other than the Dark Knight Detective... criminals know him as The Batman.
I decided to do something a bit different when I set out to write this blog entry. Instead of giving my feelings about what Batman means to me, I decided to go much further than that. To emphasize my point about what Batman means to so many people, I decided to ask some of my closest friends, in their own words; what exactly does Batman means to them. This is a perfect example of how a character can go beyond race, religion, age, gender or nationality and be a beacon of hope to so many people. The first one to answer my call was my good friend and fellow podcaster, Mr. Aaron Hoover. Aaron is the co-host of the Confessions of a Movie Snob Podcast. This is what Aaron had to say about Batman:
"I have lots of favorite characters. I like The Doctor from doctor who, Indiana Jones is a badass. I carry a bad mother*&^%$# wallet just like Jules Winfield from Pulp Fiction. But two characters always stand above all other. There's Sherlock Holmes. I Love his deductive reasoning always winning the day. And then there's Batman. There's something about Batman that's always appealed to me. Some people like to talk about his tragic origins, or his supporting cast, or maybe his top notch rouges gallery, all of which are cool, but the reason I like Batman is the same reason that I like Holmes; his mind. We're talking about one third of the DC Comics Trinity: one is a god on earth, another is an Amazonian princess... and then there's Batman.
Batman is able to stand shoulder to shoulder with these gods on earth simply due to his intellect and strength of will. Nowadays it's becoming pretty fashionable to bash upon "Batgod", people complaining he's too powerful, that even when he loses; he turns that into a victory. I don't disagree with that, but I see it as a positive thing. Batman's the pinnacle of the human spirit. It's not unlike us to meet an obstacle and spin our defeat into a victory. Like that time our girlfriend dumped us, we say I'm Better off without her and now I can Meet someone that's perfect for me. It's our perseverance as humans. It's how we cope. My parents might not have been murdered in front of me putting me on a path of vengeance, I might not be a billionaire with a personal butler to help me with my quest. But like Batman; I am only human. It's our similarities that make Batman mean so much to me."
The second to answer my call was my Truthful Comics colleague and brother in arms, Mr. Corey "Rocbottom" Davis. Corey is the creator and Artist of Shadowclub Karma web comic from Truthful Comics (http://www.truthfulcomics.com/shadowclub-universe.html) Here's what Corey had to say about Batman:
"It took me a few years to realize how the comics industry works when it comes to kids. Most of the time, if there aren't comic readers in the house, our first introduction to any comic book character is through their cartoon versions or various other marketing ploys like action figures. My first introduction to Batman was around 5 years old, watching Adam West ham it up in a campy take on The Caped Crusader. Then came the syndicated reruns of the Filmation cartoon. Soon after, I graduated to the Challenge of the Superfriends every Saturday morning. It wasn’t until 1989, when the Dark Knight took to the big screen, that my interest in all things Batman went off the charts. I was 11 years old, and I was about to become a hard core comic book collector.
I grabbed every comic that had Batman’s face on it at the time. I gave myself a history lesson and I noticed that the Batman of old was nothing compared to the Dark Knight that Frank Miller had transformed him into. A gritty, smart billionaire who had been driven to the life of crime fighting due to a tragic loss. It made you feel him. He was more than just some clown in a bat suit. Then, the real treat came when I discovered a man by the name of Norm Breyfogle. A comic artist who captured the Batman just as good as Neal Adams, who was arguably the greatest Batman artist ever… but Norm grabbed my attention and didn’t let go. He made me want to draw Batman… and I did. Never as good as he would, but his art was the catalyst for me to play around with comic art. The Batman of that era was a tortured soul who put his life on the line every night on the streets of Gotham for the greater good of man. He’s a dark symbol of what we all wish we could be, a hero who pushes himself to the limits. He’s programmed to protect and fight for the rights of us all.
What does Batman mean to me? He’s an icon. When all other guys wanted to wear capes and fly, Batman wanted to wear a cape and put fear in the hearts of evildoers. He’s not an alien like Kal-El (aka Superman), he’s not a mutant like Scott Summers; he’s a man who pushed himself to the limit and became something more. He's a symbol of justice. To me, he’s the most badass hero to ever grace comics because of the fact he has no powers, just his brain and superb fighting skills, not to mention the greatest gadgets a guy could ever want in his arsenal. To me… he’s the perfect mixture of darkness and justice in a world where some men just like to watch it burn."
The third man to answer my call was my good friend Carl, known in the geek world as WilKhan Klith. He's the host of The Cosmic Portal, a weekly radio show dedicated to all things geek. The Cosmic Portal airs every Saturday at 11:30 PM on The Voyce Radio. (http://www.thevoyceradio.com/listen/) Here's what Carl had to say about Batman:
"BATMAN – 75 years. To be honest, Batman was the first superhero that captured my imagination and fueled me with drive. I was 5, watching the old Adam West/Burt Ward show that, although campy; I never knew it was until they brought it back on the FX Network. I was like "I can’t wait to see it" and when I did, I was so shocked at how campy it was; then I remember how I felt as a kid watching it and I enjoyed it all over again.
Over the last 75 years of this legend we've watched him go from a gun toting slugger to a founding member of the Justice League, but Batman always seems so driven, his “Mission” was never ending and as long as he could stand; he would do battle with the worst of the worst. As I grew up reading comics and watching the tv shows I really started to understand that drive he has, so I put it to myself as he would. Batman is all about drive and loneliness; that comes with his obsession. Fanboys argue that Batman can beat anyone giving prep time and then there’s this whole “ He never gives up “ thing. I think it's all BULL, in the comics he gave his cowl to Dick Grayson; so he has given up the mantle before. Here’s the thing about Batman, his super power is his mind and his gadgets; because he's only human .
From comics to screens big and small, we've seen so many versions of this ICO; but Nolan wanted you to believe anyone could be Batman. In truth, you'd still need that DRIVE he has and lots of Money to pull this off. The masked man hunter has lost a few battles but he’s all about the mission. I take that from Batman, his DRIVE; and the vow he made because of the loss he suffered. He committed himself to a goal. Bill Finger and Bob Kane created him and we as fans made him a legend so here’s to many more years and stories to come. Happy Birthday B man."
"Growing up in Brooklyn, NY in the 80's was tough. If there ever was a place that needed a superhero at the time; that was it. And I guess that's why I was always hooked on Batman, even when I was young. From the 60's live action tv show to the Super-Friends cartoon, he was THE MAN. Then, along came the Tim Burton Batman movie. I saw it in the theater and it was like having a baptism. I've had a lifelong relationship with Batman and the Batfamily, providing me with escapism, hope and in a weird way, that's what Batman means to me; hope."
Finally the last of the friends I asked to write about Batman came through! Cory Gaitan is the biggest batman fan I know and he will fight for what he loves to the end. Here's what Cory had to say:
"Batman to me, means a lot. He has a ton of gadgets which are cool, but it's not what makes me admire him so much. Batman, in my mind, represents the zenith of human potential. He never gives up and always strives to do what is right, no matter the cost. Another fact I admire about Batman is that he routinely sacrifices his own personal happiness for the greater good of humanity. I try to live my life like that. There's a reason why every superhero look up to him and every supervillain fears him, even the ones with super powers and abilities."
I believe Batman means so much to so many people because he's the person we all think we'd be if he had the resources that Bruce Wayne has. Often times we hear a news report about a horrible crime being committed and we wish we could do something about it. I'm one of the people that wishes I could have millions of dollars so I could focus on training and maybe becoming somewhat of a vigilante, but I know in my heart of hearts; that's probably never going to happen. But we all wish we could be him. Think about it, he's smart, rich, fit, young, powerful... who wouldn't want to be Batman?!? The affinity that millions of people have with Batman means to me that most of us want to help but feel powerless because you're just a normal human being. But the notion of being a hero like Batman is not so far fetched. I mean, no you're not going to drive a Tumbler on top of a bunch of tall buildings or swing across the city with a grappling hook; but you can help others in need. To them, you'll be Batman. So yes, I believe in Batman and he means a lot to me. He's a dream that we want to become reality, he's a goal we have to strive for, he's a role model we should follow; he's the %&$#*%^& Batman!
Happy Birthday Batman!
-Manuel A. Carmona
As am Im sure most of you know by now Marvel Comics has done it again! Sigh... just a few hours ago they announced (on The View of all places) that they're switching Thor from male to female. At first glance this seems like a novel idea, but once you look into the matter more closely you'll see where this is all very wrong. The first question we have to ask ourselves is very basic... why? Most answers from fanboys defending Marvel's decision may vary from: "girls need powerful role models in comics", "now my daughter can follow a book based on Asgardian warriors", "they're trying to stay relevant", "they're trying to mix it up", "they're trying to get new readers", "they're trying to get more sales fro the book", etc. To those... I SAY THEE NAY!!! I can, and will, refute all these very common answers with concise rebuttals because you see, there's something you might not know about me... Thor is my favorite fiction character ever; in comics and otherwise. As you might imagine, I'm more than a little upset about this switching gears on my favorite character.
For those of you who might not know, making Thor a female is not a new bad idea, it's an old bad idea that's been done more times than I care to remember and all with the same level of success or appreciation from the fans; none whatsoever. It was done in an old Marvel Comics series called What If? in which writers told stories that were too "out there" to be written for the "real" series. When What If Jane Foster Had Found The Hammer Of Thor? came out, the story was goofy at best, and in my personal opinion it was so bad, you'd think the mere thought of making this same mistake again would never cross a writer's mind; much less an Editor in Chief! But guess what? The high ups at Marvel Comics have become such media whores that's they'd resort to this nonsense yet again.
Here's Radio Free Asgard #68, on this episode Tom Harris discusses What If? #10. In his own words: "And now for something completely different - We open with a few shout-outs, and then we thrill to the return of Jane Foster as we review What If? #10 from 1978!! What If Jane Foster Had Found The Hammer Of Thor?? Need I say... unbreakable thong? Plus... endless fun as I try to pronounce "possesseth"!"
Now, if you think that this will bring more readers to the book you're mistaken; and here's why. Thor is a character (much like his evil brother Loki) with a HUGE female audience, that audience love these characters for who they are and what they represent; they don't want or need the characters to be female in order for them to read the book. Thinking that female readers need characters to be female as well in order for them to read them is not only false, but also patronizing to female comic book readers everywhere. Female readers love good stories as much as males do; sometimes even more! The gender of the character isn't what you should focus in order to bring in female readers, your focus should be to hire writers and have them write great stories involving female characters that already exist and aren't being used in the proper way; or simply create a brand new female character that both men and women can get behind. It's been done before with characters like Carol Denvers, Black Widow and even the new Miss Marvel; so that should tell you that you don't need to swipe genders in order to attract new readers.
This is especially true when you have two of the most amazing female characters ever created, that are both Asgardians and that aren't being used... AT ALL!!! Enter one of the most badass characters in comics, male or female; my fair Lady Sif! Lady Sif is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the most recognizable Asgardian characters to fans of comics and the public in general; mostly because of the global success of the Thor movies and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. tv show. Sif is a character that the female audience can get behind if only her books were pushed by the Marvel Comics advertising machinery like they posh the male dominated books. For one reason or the other, that's never been the case with this character and as cool as the character is, as many Cosplayers that dress up like her, with as many female readers looking for strong female characters to follow; you'd think a Lady Sif book would be a no-brainer for Marvel to put all their efforts behind and bring in those coveted female readers...
Let me sell you a comic: the story is fun, action packed, epic in scope and the lead character is a beautiful, powerful and independent female Asgardian warrior who's covered up in armor from head to toe, wields a huge sword, kicks ass first and asks questions after; if that doesn't make you wanna read a comic book series I don't know what will! Sadly that book existed and was cancelled by Marvel. The last time we saw Lady Sif was in that exact book: Journey Into Mystery. Written by Kathryn Immonen with art by Valerio Schiti, this books is something to behold! So, Marvel cancels this amazing book because it wouldn't sell, but they never put any effort in pushing this book to stores, to the media, to the fans; nothing! Now, it's been more than two years since we've seen Lady Sif in comics and instead of using this power that Marvel has to start a new series focusing on such a wonderful female character such as Lady Sif, they use this power to go on a tv show to promote such a bad idea as making Thor a female... yet again! And they think females are going to feel empowered by this? They think this will attract new readers? Or generate new sales? Sigh... we'll see.
(check out my Lady Sif Pinterest album: http://www.pinterest.com/dumerill/lady-sif/)
Now, another great character from the Asgardian family of books is none other than the powerhouse Valkyrie! I've always thought of Valkyrie as the female version of Thor because out of all the Asgardians, she's the strongest female warrior; and one of the strongest Asgardians period! Valkyrie is another amazing female character that deserves her chance in the spotlight. Why not use this character instead of switching genders on characters? Why not spotlight a female warrior chosen by Odin himself to lead his order of the Valkyrie? How powerful she must to be called "the female version of Thor"? How badass must Valkyrie be that Odin himself chose her to lead his elite Valkyrie Order??? According to the way Marvel has treated her, not so badass after all.
(check out my Valkyrie Pinterest album: http://www.pinterest.com/dumerill/valkyrie/)
The last time we saw Valkyrie was in Fearless
Defenders... sigh, talk about an awesome book!
The series, written by Cullen Bunn with artwork by Will Sliney, centered on the Valkyrior, a team of female superheroes led by Valkyrie and Misty Knight. Despite favorable reviews from critics, the series ended in December 2013 after thirteen issues due to poor sales. Yet another example of a great book not having the economic support (advertising) of the publisher and being cancelled because of low sales. Again, instead of using a small percentage of the money they use to advertise the Avengers books or Wolverine books (which we all know are going to sell), why not use that money to support a great book that needs the push to catch the readers attention?
I wrote all that trying to make my point, and my point is this: we as comic book readers need to take a stand and stop supporting mediocre books just because you "trust" the creator, because guess what? More times than not, these creators aren't telling the stories they want to tell, they're telling the stories that the publishers want them to tell in order to make money. This is a business and they'll do whatever they can to get your money, that's why it's our responsibility to make them understand that we're not as stupid as they think we are. Thor is my favorite comic book character, I have a deep affection for the character and it's creator (Jack "King" Kirby), and it's because I have this deep appreciation for the character that I have to make a stand and not support this idea, an idea that's proven to be a bad one time and time again. Even if I wanted to give it a chance I can't, not when there are amazing characters that aren't being used, not when there have been great series that were cancelled because they didn't sell copies, not because of how good they were; but because there wasn't any marketing behind them. Fans, please don't support gimmicks anymore; don't let anyone insult your intelligence by giving a cheap gimmick instead a good story. Don't let anyone feed you a hot dog and tell you it's a lobster, you know what a lobster is; and it is not a female Thor.
Long time no see but like the song says, here I go again on my own! Anyhow, today I want to talk about something I’ve given a lot of thought to and finally made peace with, binding my comic book collection. Now I know what immediately comes to mind “you’ll ruin the books”, “they’ll loose their value” or “are you crazy?”. Well, the answers to those questions respectively are: not really, I never intended to sell my books and no, I’m not crazy; or am I? Jeje The reality is that my intentions were never to sell my comics, on the contrary, I want to pass them along to my son and I hope he’ll do the same to his son. The problem with passing the malling as single issues or “floppies” as we comic book geeks call them is that they get damage fairly easily because they’re just paper, but, if you bind at least 10+ of them, they’ll be harder to destroy and they’ll also be more accessible than digging through thousands of comics.
I’ve been wanting to do this for a while and it became clear to me that I had to do this because I’m collecting my definitive Batman timeline, with all the books I feel should be cannon, and I feel that binding them in volumes of 20-24 comics in a hardcover format, with the specifications on the spine would not only be easier to access, but also be easier for anyone to grab and read and they’ll look beautiful on my bookshelf. I plan to do this not only with Batman, but also Robin, Nightwing, Batgirl, Batwing and the entire Bat Family so I’ll need to plan this very carefully. The reward will be when I start getting those volumes and I flip through them, when I show them to my friends and when I pass them along to my sons; I can’t wait to see their reaction. My oldest son four years old and he already is a Batman fan so I know he’ll love these when the time comes for him to inherit them. I have another one on the way so my oldest can share the collection with his younger brother.
I have to admit I’m a bit nervous about messing up my comic book collection, but this is something I’ve put a lot of thought into and in the end; I know I’ll enjoy the books and I’ll read them more frequently than by keeping them in long box after long box. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter and if you’re interested in doing anything like this to your collection, or at least part of it. If you’ve already done it, I’d love to hear about your experience as well. Do you regret it? Do you love it? Would you doit again? Maybe you’ll save me from making a mistake or encourage me into actually go through with it.
Here are some videos explaining various ways to bind your collection. Enjoy!
Getting Comics Ready For Binding
A Comparison of Comic Book Binding Styles
Comic Books made into PDF and Comic Binding
-Manuel A. Carmona
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Phazer #6 is finally here!
Two special Phazer team-ups in one titanic issue! In a unique sequel to the 1960's Captain Action toy comic book, Phazer meets Captain Action and together with tons of guest stars battle a new alien invasion! The flipside story features the first appearance of a new superstar as Phazer time travels and meets the World War II Captain Action, and together they take on Nazis, Imperius, Hitler and many more powerful villains!
Don't miss this exciting new chapter in the Captain Action mythos. Written by Mariano Nicieza (Wolverine, Power Rangers, Phazer) and artwork by Manuel A. Carmona (Captain Action, Project: New Wave), this is a comic book you'll want to add to your collection!
**There's a very limited quantity so this is a collector's item! To place your order contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is going to be a rant so let me start with the cause of my anger. The list of honorees for the 2015 Hollywood Walk Of Fame came out, amongst the honorees is Bob Kane. Can someone explain to me why this is? Kane is getting his star for motion pictures, quite honestly; he shouldn't be getting anything at all.
"Since his first appearance in the May 1939 issue of Detective Comics #27 – conceived of and drawn by a 22-year-old Kane with his frequent collaborator, Bill Finger, scripting the story – Kane’s Batman has gone on to become the star of comic books, Saturday afternoon cartoons, newspaper comic strips, radio shows, a live-action TV series, animated films, video games and several of the largest-grossing theatrical releases of all time. In short, Kane’s Batman is the most popular single superhero ever created."
I honestly can't believe that in this day and age, in a world where information is at the tip of your fingers; DC Comics haven't given Bill Finger the credit he deserves as the TRUE CREATOR OF BATMAN!!! If there's anyone that should be getting a star in the Walk of Fame is Bill Finger. It's incredible that news channels haven't picked up on this information either out of ignorance or not caring enough; but for the love of God; the comic book community needs to come together on this and make a stand. We need to show the world that we are more than fans, we are more than geeks; we are human beings and as such we won't stand for injustice anymore! How is it possible that our community, as smart as we think we are, as righteous as we claim to be, allow this Bob Kane and his heirs to get away with this crime? How can we just brush it off with arguments like: "he's dead, we can't help him anymore" or "it's his own fault for not knowing how to do business? It doesn't matter that he made a bad deal, the fact of the matter is that right is right; and this is wrong!
In a world where fans join forces for stupid things like making a petition to stop Ben Affleck from becoming the new Batman or asking the US Government to build a "Death Star", why can't we join forces and make a petition that actually matters, asking the President of the United States to look into Bill Finger's case. Why haven't we reached out to news channels around the world and explained the situation? I know for a fact that together we can do this, together we can make a change; so let's join forces. Let's give Bill Finger the credit he deserves and never got. Let's be superheroes for once. I know without the shadow of a doubt that The Dark Knight himself would approve.
-Manuel A. Carmona
With Shadowclub Karma Vol. Two making the rounds now, the time has come to bring something new to the table within the Shadowclub Universe. With Order coming to a close and Mysteries of Science being a stand alone story, the question was, “How do we now keep track of Shadowclub’s ever expanding universe outside of the main story?” The answer came in the form of SHADOW SUNDAYS!
Originally, SHADOW SUNDAY was going to be a one day event revolving around the delayed final chapter of ORDER: THE SEARCH FOR FRITZ BARTON. The plan was to give the final chapter of that story and then toss in a five page sneak peek at SHADOWCLUB KARMA VOL. TWO, since the two stories kind of run into each other in continuity. But since then, a few life events took place, delaying the outcome of that event. So a new question was asked… “How do we make it up?” Well… let’s take Shadow Sunday… and make it BIGGER! EVERY SUNDAY!
SHADOW SUNDAYS will host not one, but TWO new titles:
In addition to the new titles, as mentioned before, the final chapter of ORDER: THE SEARCH FOR FRITZ BARTON will drop this SUNDAY. Not only does it serve as the final chapter in the SEARCH FOR FRITZ BARTON series, but the final "current" story of the ORDER series. ORDER: LET THERE BE LIGHT will drop on Halloween 2014, and will be final ORDER story EVER. In the final installment of THE SEARCH FOR FRITZ BARTON, the fate of our two heroes will be determined, Fritz Barton’s location may(or may not) be found, and we will find out what Westbrook’s true purpose is and how he connects to Barton and The Order of Luminous Light.
Which leads us, finally to SHADOWCLUB KARMA: VOL 2. When we last left the crew, The Shadowclub Army were scattered across the globe in their chosen hideouts, when they received the “Spritual Call” by way of their Crystal Skulls. While half of the team linked up with the Van Helsing clan, the other half came face to face with the League of Devils’ first strike in the war on Heaven and Earth. We also catch up with Fritz Barton and find out exactly what his TRUE purpose is after he comes face to face with the one thing he’s dedicated his life to find. Meanwhile, the crew assembles to take on Mao and his team of demon ninjas, which leads them straight to Hell where the crew comes face to face with Hell’s version for the Shadowclub Army: SHADOWCLUB BRIMSTONE, lead by the DARK GODDESS herself; LILITH.
All these events bring us to one last adventure for the Shadow Sundays line up. A sneek peek at the new Dark Goddess project, that will be found exclusively on www.yoursuarez.com titled, "The Pacakage!" The webcomic will drop on that site on April 14th.
SHADOW SUNDAYS kicks off THIS WEEK with the final chapter of ORDER and the first five pages of SHADOWCLUB KARMA VOL. 2. The following Sunday, the two new titles, SHADOWCLUB LEGACY and PATH OF DOOM make their debut.
Shadow Sundays will be an ongoing series found ONLY at www.truthfulcomics.com
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