The Silly Side of New York Comic Con

Posted by Christian Liendo on Oct 16, 2011 in Fandom, Hobbies and Collections, Star Wars

Waldo doing a photo bomb of Princess Leia Organa: Photo by Christian Liendo

There are those fans who will tell you that cosplay is a high art to be taken seriously — and what follows is a photo essay which doesn’t feature those fans! Shown above is Waldo doing a photo bomb of Princess Leia Organa. And below is that net troll you all know and love: Read more…

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Peter Parker’s Ultimate Sacrifice

Posted by Michael Sacco on Jun 26, 2011 in Comic Books

Death of Spider-Man

With great power comes great sacrifice! Brian Michael Bendis wrote Peter Parker’s origins in the Ultimate Spider-Man series, one of the arguably more successful forays into Marvel’s Ultimate continuity, so it’s only fitting that he also got to write … the end of Peter Parker?! That’s right: Marvel has officially killed Peter Parker in the Ultimate universe as of Ultimate Spider-Man #160. So what’s next for Ultimate Spidey? A new hero and a new costume, though Marvel is mum on the details, will appear in the Ultimate Comics Fallout series in August, with a reappearance in Ultimate Spider-Man #161 to follow. While Bendis insists that Parker is deader than dead in this continuity, fans of the web-slinger can still catch his adventures in The Amazing Spider-Man, which is ongoing. Read more…

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Brown Recluse Spider-Man

Posted by Michael Sacco on Jun 4, 2011 in Comic Books

Brown Recluse Spider-Man

Webcomicker Kate Beaton is known for her hilarious takes on historical figures, but she’s no stranger to superheroes either. She’s done riffs on Superman and Wonder Woman before, and she even did a Spider-Man piece for Marvel’s 2010 Strange Tales anthology (wherein Kraven needed a prom date). This time, she’s imagined what would happen if Peter Parker was bitten by a slightly different spider: specifically, the bothersome brown recluse.

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First Pic of Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man is Powerful, Responsible

Posted by Michael Sacco on Jan 14, 2011 in Cinema, Comic Books

Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man

I was pretty iffy on Sony’s upcoming Spider-Man reboot, but recent photos from the set have started to thaw my frigid heart. Emma Stone is Gwen Stacy incarnate, and Andrew Garfield looks quite good as Peter Parker. But as Spider-Man? We had no idea until today, when Sony sent out a promotional still of Garfield in his battle-scarred Spidey getup. And hey, it looks pretty good. Some tantalizing tidbits: are those mechanical web-shooters I see on his wrists? Do those claw marks on the chest scream “Lizard” to anyone else? And how did they convince the Harlem Globetrotters to give them enough blue and red basketballs to construct the costume? Read more…

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Spider-Man Reboot Shoots This Week, But Do We Really Need One?

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Dec 8, 2010 in Cinema, Comic Books

Control Alt Delete pillows

The film that would have been Spider-Man 4 has officially started shooting this week. I know some of you have mixed feelings about the prospect of rebooting the Spider-Man franchise, especially after three wildly successful outings featuring a cast we’ve grown familiar with. However, after the latest film failed to impress critics and fans alike, it probably came as no surprise when Sony decided to drop the proverbial axe. The director, Sam Raimi, had already left the project citing an inability to complete the film on schedule for May of 2011, but rather than simply replacing him, they figured it’d be easier to start from square one. Personally, I don’t mind rebooting the series but I’m starting to wonder if rebooting in general has become a little too prevalent in recent years.

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Rebooted Spiderman Gains an Aunt and Uncle

Posted by Michael Sacco on Nov 8, 2010 in Cinema, Comic Books

Martin Sheen

Casting for the Spiderman reboot has legs (eight of them, specifically)! Hot on the heels of other casting announcements, like Gwen Stacy and the film’s unknown villain, we now know that Martin Sheen is in final negotiations to play Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben. Additionally, Sally Field is said to be in talks to play Aunt May. Honestly, I’m just not sure you can beat Cliff Robertson and Rosemary Harris, who played Ben and May in the previous three Spidey films, but I’m sure that Sheen and Field will do fine in the roles, all things being equal. Read more…

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Does the Spiderman Reboot Have Its Lizard?

Posted by Michael Sacco on Oct 15, 2010 in Cinema, Comic Books

Rhys Ifans

Sony is officially rebooting the Spiderman franchise, and they have their Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and their Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). But the question on everyone’s mind isn’t who Spiderman is smoochin’ on, it’s who he’s swingin’ at! And it looks like we may finally have our answer. Actor Rhys Ifans was recently added to the cast in the role of the film’s villain, but we didn’t have any idea as to who he was playing until now. The Wrap reports that Ifans, a Welsh actor perhaps best known in America for his role in Notting Hill, will be playing classic Spidey villain The Lizard, a.k.a. Doc Connors. We haven’t heard anything from Sony yet, so take the news with a grain of salt, but it does seem like a pretty good fit. Read more…

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Pizzazz: A Long Lost Marvel Youth Culture Mag from the 70s

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jul 1, 2010 in Battlestar Galactica, Comic Books, Star Wars

Pizzazz magazine published by Marvel issue #1

The late 70s wasn’t the best of time for the comic book biz so Marvel took a look at Dynamite magazine and Starlog magazine and created their own youth culture magazine called Pizzazz. The magazine was an amazing mirror of pop culture during the disco era of 1977 until 1979 and lasted a total of 16 issues. The inside of the publication featured articles on popular films, a Star Wars comic and even a one pager by Harvey Kurtzman. Read more…

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Superhero Help for a Hospice

Posted by Michael Pinto on Apr 5, 2010 in Comic Books, Fandom

Superman

Above: Events like this are proof that you don’t have to be a Superman to make the world better!

If you’re a comic book fanboy who is in New Jersey you may want to check out the Superheroes For Hospice event on Saturday, April 24 at the Livingston Mall. The event which will be packed with professional comic book artists and writers will be a benefit for the Saint Barnabas Hospice and Palliative Care Center. Visitors will have a chance to meet and greet, get autographs and purchase comic books and original artwork for a good cause. Read more…

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Scherberger Spins Spidey to Life

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jan 10, 2010 in Comic Books

Spider-Man & The Secret Wars #2 cover art

I usually make the mistake over overlooking mainstream Marvel titles because they can be so repetitive to me — but by missing the first issue of Spider-Man & The Secret Wars I clearly made a mistake! So with issue #2 (which is due out on January 13th) I won’t repeat that: From what I’m seeing with this book illustrator Patrick Scherberger is doing an A+ job of bringing Spidey to life. Read more…

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Lafuente Spins a Wonderful Spider-Man

Posted by Michael Pinto on Aug 7, 2009 in Comic Books

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1 will be out next Wednesday, August 12th and I don’t think I’ve been this excited about a Spider-Man comic book since my childhood! David Lafuente is a comic book illustrator from Spain and I really love what I’m seeing in this book. First we start with the cover which looks good and is pretty strongly designed (the layout has a nice dramatic effect) but usually at this point I groan about the bait-and-switch where the interior art just doesn’t measure up — well in this case it actually looks better! Not only that but each frame of the comic book feels like your looking at a well composed action film. Lafuente really understands how to make the page look dramaic in a way that reminds me of a Japanese manga. Read more…

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Skottie Young Reinvents Peter Parker

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jul 21, 2009 in Comic Books

Marvel Adventures Spider-man #53

I really love the work that Skottie Young is doing for Marvel these days: In this case his cover illustration for Marvel Adventures Spider-man #53 does a wonderful job of reinventing Peter Parker. Usually Peter is seen as the archetype of the geek who was playing with his science lab routine too much — here he’s reinvented as a punky juvenile delinquent, yet Young has kept true to the larger theme of superheroes with a secret identity. Read more…

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Singing Spiderman Swings into a Broadway Musical

Posted by Michael Pinto on Feb 24, 2009 in Comic Books

Spiderman comes to Broadway

On February 2010 we’ll find out what happens when you mix up Spiderman, Bono and a Broadway musical together. The website for Spider-Man, Turn Off The Dark has gone live and come June you’ll be able to sign up for tickets for a show that promises a new take on the story of Peter Parker, whose life is turned upside down when he’s bitten by a genetically altered spider. Read more…

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Duo Jaun Doe Covers: Spiderman & The Torch in Bahia De Los Muertos!

Posted by Michael Pinto on Dec 17, 2008 in Comic Books

Spiderman & The Human Torch in...!Bahia De Los Muertos! - Cover Illustration by Jaun Doe

In March of 2009 Marvel will be featuring two versions of the comic Spiderman & The Human Torch in…!Bahia De Los Muertos! — one in English and one Español. What I love about this concept is that each book has a different cover by the talented illustrator Jaun Doe. What I love about his artwork is that instead of a typical muscles bulging superheroes cliched cover, Doe’s style reminds me of a highly stylized art deco film poster. Even his use of color is superb with Doe using a slightly washed out palette instead of the usual over saturated Photoshop look we see so often these days. Read more…

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