Thursday, October 6, 2022

New York Comic-Con 2022 Begins Today

The New York Comic-Con starts today in New York City. It will have a bunch of guests, tons of creators, and looks like a fun time. I'm not going this year as life in Saint Louis has us far too busy for me to just dip out for half a week. I do hope to attend NYCC someday though. I have enough friends in New York thanks to having lived there for some years previously I probably could at least crash somewhere as opposed to having to get a hotel room, so that's theoretically a bonus. Anyways, the show kicks off tomorrow and will probably have some cool news coming out of it I'll discuss during or after the weekend.

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

"Mount Pleasant," is a Wild Comic-Zine by my Friend, Robin Bougie

I have written before about the talented Robin Bougie. For years he put out his zine about underground/weird movies, "Cinema Sewer." I was honored to actually contribute an article to the last issue. Now, he has been doing a zine about bizarre comics titled, "Gutter Hunter." I am unsure where he finds the time, but he just released a large magazine-sized comic with the publisher Spread Love Comix. Titled, "Mount Pleasant," the cover is edgy enough I cropped out basically everything besides the title to keep my blog safe for work. As for the actual contents of the comic, the illustrations and strips are wildly raunchy, silly, funny, and have a cute bit of winking self-aware charm. As long as you don't mind a lot of dirty-but-clever jokes about sex that are expertly drawn, you'll have a fantastic time reading, "Mount Pleasant."

Bougie's illustrative talents can result in everything from cartoony cats driving cars to hyper-detailed portraits of famous models such as Bettie Page. One page will have a silly robot with a surreal mechanical appendage and the next will have a written rumination on the concept of artists' exploring, "Problematic," concepts through their work...with some really explicit drawings noting how in a way, "Pornography is a funhouse mirror," of the urges lots of society attempts to repress. See? It's smart and uninhibited! In all seriousness though, if you enjoy great art and comics--plus you aren't offended if it is incredibly saucy--"Mount Plesant," is a great prestige-sized comic! Buy yourself a copy at this link.

5 out of 5 stars.

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

"Old Dog," #1 Scratches the Sci-Fi and Spycraft Itch Nicely

Declan Shalvey has written and illustrated many quality comics, with his latest release, "Old Dog," (published by Image) featuring him both as the writer and artist. This benefits the comic greatly as the debut issue of this combination sci-fi and espionage comic (Image calls it, "Spy-Fi,") is a treat. The comic follows a longtime CIA operative named Jack Lynch who horrifically failed a mission in the past (little is revealed but a lot of people apparently died) and now is mainly stuck at a desk job. However, after a strange encounter with some top-secret enemy tech, our protagonist finds himself biologically changed in a variety of ways that make him a prime candidate for getting back in the field with a new mysterious Governmental division.

Shalvey's art is unquestionably on point here, with the aged Jack Lynch's wrinkles each looking like they could tell a detailed story. The comic has a number of action-packed moments and they feel intense and adrenaline-filled thanks to Shalvey's masterful illustrations. Shalvey's writing is superb too, making us genuinely care a bit about Lynch and wonder what exactly happened to him years ago to make him so miserable. A little last-minute twist revelation of the nature of another character in the comic makes me wonder if this comic will be focusing on the dynamic of an "Old dog," with a younger partner as well in future issues. It's a great debut issue and I look forward to more!

5 out of 5 stars.

Monday, October 3, 2022

Yeah, I Bought the Adult Happy Meal

Do you know those new McDonald's Adult Happy Meals? You should as I wrote about them back on Thursday of last week. Well, today was their first day on sale and therefore I felt it was my obligation to buy one so I could write about it. That, and I was hungry. Having purchased what is officially known as the Cactus Plant Flea Market Meal I will say it provided what I expected--a large Happy Meal.

The box for these Adult Happy Meals is easily double the size of your usually kid-sized meal. You get 10 nuggets or a Big Mac, some fries, and a toy all packed in there, and your drink on the side. I got a Grimace toy and he was ugly but in-person is a bit more charming than pictures of these toys would suggest. If we're being totally honest these are little more than Value Meals with some fancy packaging and a toy. You know what, though? That's alright! It adds a little fun to your grown-up meal and that is a good thing.

The Full, "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever," Trailer Has Been Released!

"Black Panther: Wakanda Forever," is the upcoming sequel to the stellar, "Black Panther." There have been some promotional images and even a teaser trailer, but now a full trailer has been dropped online for us all to enjoy. the movie will be released on a rapidly-approaching November 11th and the trailer features some cool moments ranging from more glimpses of Riri Williams/Ironheart to Namor flying about with his little wing-feet. Plus, in one quite spoiler-styled moment (you've been warned) we see Shuri seeming to don some Black Panther armor and taking up the Kingdom's mantle. Give the trailer a viewing below if you haven't seen it already:

I'm quite excited for, "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever." If it can be as good as the first movie or even better we as an audience will be in for a stellar time.

Sunday, October 2, 2022

The October 2022 ToyMan Show Was Loaded With Good Stuff!

Before this most recent ToyMan show, it was advertised there would be some new vendors and vendors who were newer to the show. I met some folks who I hadn't seen before (and bought some new cool goodies) so that was indeed true and made for quite a fun time meeting new people and seeing old friends! When I walked into the show I first saw my good buddy Spike of Lost in Space Toys and Collectibles. I also saw the always friendly Tom from Alliance Comics, Toys, & Games. I proceeded further onto the show floor (which was stuffed as always with awesome things to peruse) and saw Vince of VK Toys at his table. He had a bunch of great comics and toys. I met the good folks behind Back in Time Comics & Toys who had a great copy of, "New Avengers," #40, the 2nd printing which features the Skrull Queen Veranke's first appearance (and cover appearance). Give it a look:

Then I went over and chatted with my awesome friend John Chaffee of Bigfoot Comics and Collectibles. I also saw my good chum Tim Metzger selling comics. I made the acquaintance of the owners from Retro Resale and enjoyed looking through all the great comics they had brought to the show. In the upstairs area, I saw the talented Lindsay Hornsby of Mega Giganto--she always has the most fun comics/stickers/pins/so forth! I met author Jacqueline James and checked out her books as well. Back downstairs, I saw Toys of Our Youth and then Konnor Tate and Co. of Tatertot Comics and Collectibles had a table set up and I got a stellar deal on the first appearance of Madame Web and the first appearance of Damian as Batman. Observe:

This ToyMan show was a fantastic way to kick off my favorite month of the year, October. The sheer amount of toys, Funko products, die-cast cars, magazines, comics, and other neat stuff was astounding as it is anytime I come to show! I would undoubtedly recommend coming to the next ToyMan show on November 13th, with all the details available via the show's website digital flyer.

Saturday, October 1, 2022

"Skull & Bones," Delayed Yet Once More

Back in a year we'd all rather forget--2020--I noted that the video-game, "Skull & Bones," sounded like it was in development Hell. After reading about basically everything in the game being changed repeatedly I wondered if the thing would ever be released. Well, a release date of November 2022 was rapidly approaching, but now the game has been pushed back for the fifth time to March 2023. You would think at this point the damn thing would just be canceled, but perhaps so much money has been pumped into it that something has to be released. I just feel bad for the development team at Ubisoft that I imagine has repeatedly started from scratch and has what sounds like a huge (and once more delayed) mess to show for it.

Friday, September 30, 2022

Film Friday: Bassam Tariq is No Longer Directing the New, "Blade," Movie and, "Armor Wars," is Becoming a Movie

Two big pieces of Marvel movie news. First there is the, "Blade," movie. Due to begin shooting in a few weeks it has hit a big hurdle as director Bassam Tariq is now formerly the director of the movie. Yeah, he quit. Phrases such as, "Scheduling conflicts," have been used instead of whatever the truth actually is, but we can all wonder if there were arguments over the script, somebody didn't get along, or whatever else it could be. I've seen some rumors about other possible directors taking over now, but nothing concrete has emerged.

There is word yet on if this will delay, "Blade," and his vampire hunting further, but I still look forward to seeing Mahershala Ali in the role and hope everything works out. While, "Blade," has movie trouble, "Armor Wars," is going from being scheduled as a Disney+ show to a feature flick. There has been little explanation for why it is changing from a show to a movie, but there clearly is some reasoning going on. As long as it isn't canceled and we still get to enjoy Don Cheadle's acting I'm happy. Still, all these sudden shifts make one wonder if things aren't as stable and planned out at Disney/Marvel as we are led to believe.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Google's Stadia Gaming Device is Dead

Remember the Google Stadia? No? You don't recall such a thing? It was a gaming device Google made. Perhaps the fact it didn't make enough of a splash that people recall it much has contributed to the fact Google is shutting it down in January 2023. A bunch of missed potential that looked promising but fell apart, Stadia is further proof that while Google is great at some big stuff, there are failures in its history. May Stadia be remembered with Google Glass (which still kind of exists) and Hangouts (which is good and dead). Oh, and in news that is encouraging, anyone who spent money on Stadia is getting a refund. Props to Google for that.

Happy Meals Marketed Towards Adults Sound Fun! Why Are the Toys So Ugly?

In news that sounds fun, McDonald's is going to have Happy Meals marketed towards adults. They will have more nuggets, larger fries, and a drink. Plus, of course, there will be a special toy. The designer clothing/toy/whatever company known as Cactus Plant Flea Market has produced some toys designed to be both nostalgic and modern, but boy are they ugly.

I get it, sometimes the modern twist on something old is to make it look weird, but just because you can take something and cause it to look ugly that doesn't automatically make it clever or cool--sometimes it is just ugly. What do I know, however? I'm just a cranky 34-year-old and these toys will probably be selling on eBay for triple the cost of an adult Happy Meal in good time. Doesn't make them any less ugly though. I'm still going to buy one for the thrill of a grown-up Happy Meal, even if the toy is going to be gruesome as sin.