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!
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
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.
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
The other night I was reminded why I love the internet so much! I've been a comic book fan since the early 90's and I've loved every minute of it. Of course I always follow artists since I'm an artist myself, and there have been a few that have always stayed at the top of my list in terms of the greats in my book. Jack Kirby is the first to pop in my head because of his importance to the comic book medium itself, but one of the most influential artists in the history of comics has to be the one I'm talking about today; Mr. George Perez!
His style is one of the most recognizable in the comics industry and I'd describe it as very "busy", because Mr. Perez has the gift of being able to put 10-15 characters in a page/panel and, not only make it work; but make it look amazing! Now, in the back of my mind I've always thought that Mr. Perez was from Puerto Rico not only because of his last name (Perez) but also for the fact that it'd be amazing if he was from the place I was born in. For those of you who don't know, Perez is a very Puertorican last name, it's almost like Smith or Johnson to the United States, so I had very hopes that this was the case. So, after all the years I've thought about this, only recently was I bold enough to apprach Mr. George Perez with my inquiry. Here's how the conversation went down...
Me- Mr. Perez, I'm a longtime fan of yours and I'm also a omic book artist. I'm currently working on my own book and I have a small indy label called Truthful Comics. But that's not why Im writing you, the reason for my email is to find something out that's been in my head for quite a while. My question is this, are you of Puertorican descent? I ask because I'm Puertorican and Perez is a very Puertorican last name. I could be wrong. Thank you for your time sir.
In case you don't know who George Perez is, here's a list of the books he's worked on throughout the years:
I wanted to share this with all my friends because I was so excited, I felt I was about to explode! Now, I can tell my son "You see these comic books, how amazing they look, well they were drawn by one of the greats. And guess what? He's a Boricua just like you and me. He made it, he became a legend, and if he did... so can you".
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By Aaron Hoover | March 22, 2013 |
We are joined by Cory Gaitan and Manuel Carmona wherein we are tasked with the hypothetical job of producing and creating a Justice League movie by Christopher Nolan.
There are a lot of rumors flying around about the now-back-in-development Justice League movie from Warner Brothers, and we take a crack at what we’d like to see, and what we’d like to do with this superhero franchise that seems to be teetering on the edge of a knife, one step away from being amazing, and one step away from falling into colossal failure.
Click this link to listen to the episode: http://confessionsofamoviesnob.com/
//About the Justice League
The Justice League, also called the Justice League of America or JLA, is a fictional superhero team that appears in comic books published by DC Comics. First appearing in The Brave and the Bold #28 (February/March 1960), the Justice League originally featured Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash (Barry Allen), Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), Aquaman and the Martian Manhunter. The team roster has been rotated throughout the years with characters such as Green Arrow, Captain Marvel, Black Canary, the Atom, Hawkman, Elongated Man, Red Tornado, Firestorm, Zatanna, Hawkgirl, Cyborg and dozens of others. The team received its own comic book title in October 1960, when the first issue was published. It would continue to #261 in April 1987, which was the final issue. Throughout the years, various incarnations or subsections of the team have operated as Justice League America, Justice League Europe, Justice League International, Justice League Task Force, Justice League Elite and Extreme Justice.//
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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