Joys of Recent Reading (Comics)

As part of my move into comics writing, I’ve been reading tons of comics, largely assisted by a giant haul from NYCC. Here’s a few comics I’ve read recently and enjoyed. Birthright #1 (Joshua Williamson, Andrei Bressan) – Disappeared child story meets epic fantasy quest…with several twists. Moon Knight Vol. 1 (Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey and…

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NYCC After-action Part One

I have survived yet another New York Comic Con. The biggest ever, by current reporting. This year, I had an extra mission, a driving interest behind my presence, thanks to my decision to get into comics writing. Most years, I graze the fields of NYCC, drinking in the geekdom and following the tides of my…

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New Geekomancer Under Glass

I’ve got a new post on Skiffy And Fanty in my Geekomancer Under Glass series. This time I’m talking about transmedia storytelling, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, and the MCU. Here’s a little taste: There have been TV->film->TV movements, from La Femme Nikita to Star Trek, Star Wars, and more. The Matrix universe delved deep into…

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Phoenix Comic-Con Schedule

I will be attending the Phoenix Comic Con this week, working the Angry Robot Books booth and appearing as an author. I’ve been to New York Comic-Con twice, and I love seeing and participating in these huge celebrations of popular culture. Aside from basking in the geekitude, here’s where you can find me: Friday Angry…

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Review: Kick-Ass

This review is about the film, rather than the Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. comic. Directed by Matthew “Layer Cake” Vaughn and co-written with Jane Goldman, this film elevates hyper-violence to the category of camp, in company with such films as Wanted and Shoot ‘Em Up. Roger Ebert called the film “morally reprehensible.” Well,…

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“It’s a Strange World”

“Let’s keep it that way.” So ends the first issue of the comic series Planetary, script by Warren Ellis and art by John Cassaday, published by Wildstorm comics.  Planetary started in 1999, and I’ve been reading it since about 2001, just in to the second trade’s materials.  The 27th issue and series epilogue was released…

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The Matrix: 10 Years Later

On March 31st, 10 years ago, a film called The Matrix hit movie theatres and took the film industry/pop culture world by storm. It lead to copy-cats in content, style, and in technology (The Matrix‘s ‘Bullet-cam’ became the ‘effect to do’ for the first several years of the 21st century in action movies) It was…

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Review — Watchmen

Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen was long considered an un-filmable work.  It pushed the formal grammar of comics to new levels, and remains among the top superhero deconstruction narratives.  This review will fully discuss the comic and film versions without pause for spoilers. So when I heard that a film version was coming, I…

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