ALIEN ENCOUNTERS PREMIERES TOMORROW ON SCIENCE03/12/12 @ 1:43 pm EST
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--The World Premiere of ALIEN ENCOUNTERS: THE MESSAGE debuts on SCIENCE Tuesday, March 13, at 10:00 PM ET/PT ALIEN ENCOUNTERS: THE ARRIVAL PREMIERES on Tuesday, March 20 at 10:00 PM ET/PT--
FRED VAN LENTE TALKS MAGNUS: ROBOT FIGHTER07/31/14 @ 9:06 am EST
ALIEN ENCOUTNERS brings together renowned experts including Nick Sagan and SETI Institute’s Dr. Jill Tarter to explore how alien life might communicate with Earth. Some of the world’s leading scientists explain the scientific, cultural and psychological effects a first contact with aliens would have on humans. ALIEN ENCOUNTERS is a part of SCIENCE’s Are We Alone? initiative happening the entire month of March.
Part 1- The Message premieres on Tuesday, March 13 at 10 PM (ET/PT)
Part 2- The Arrival premieres on Tuesday, March 20 at 10 PM (ET/PT)
In two dramatic hours, ALIEN ENCOUNTERS lays out a plausible hypothetical scenario for a first contact event. What would really happen if we got a message from space? How will humans react when we learn that a message from a distant technology or a spacecraft is on its way to Earth? Will humans learn from aliens, or become colonial subjects? Some of the world’s leading astrophysicists, astrobiologists, and sci-fi writers help unravel the scientific, cultural and psychological impact of this world-changing global event. This show is made in cooperation with The SETI Institute which was founded in 1984 and had renowned astrophysicist Carl Sagan as one of its Board of Trustee Members. Carl’s son Nick is now following in his father’s footsteps wondering, “How will we meet our galactic neighbors?”
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DF REVIEW: DETECTIVE COMICS ANNUAL #307/30/14 @ 10:36 pm EST
Part of the Gold Key
revival at Dynamite
is Magnus: Robot Hunter.
The rebirth of the character has been in the hands of Fred Van Lente
. Now Byron Brewer
talks with the writer about the future for the classic comic character.BYRON BREWER: Fred, of all the Gold Key Universe revivals (perhaps that is not the right term), as a reader I have found Magnus: Robot Hunter to be one of the most involving. Have you been having fun with this character?FRED VAN LENTE:
Thanks! Yes, I very much have. I enjoyed the original Russ Manning stories when I was a kid (in reprints, I’m not that old) and bringing his world to a new generation has been extremely gratifying.BB: The revival of the Gold Key Universe certainly has been well embraced by the fans of modern comics. Were you expecting that when you signed on?FVL:
You know, you start coming up with these concepts and stories in the hopes that it’ll be well-received by readers, but it’s always gratifying — and relieving! — when they are. So you definitely never take that for granted. It’s been awesome how well received Magnus has been.BB: July’s special Zero Issue has its origins in a celebration of Dynamite’s grand 10th anniversary. How does it feel to be part of that?FVL:
Very flattering. Doing a standalone story so early in the comic’s run that wasn’t really connected to anything else was a bit of a challenge, but fortunately we hit upon the idea of doing it as a bit of backstory of the North Am religion, which of course is such a huge part of the robot society there.BB: I enjoy the juxtaposition between Magnus’ worlds and how robots are humans are robots. Is this hard to deal with or do you enjoy the story elements that North Am offers?FVL:
That’s a great way of putting it! Yeah, at the heart of this story are the questions of what makes humans human, can a copy be better than the original, and is there such as thing as The Essential? I’m as attracted to the philosophical and psychological aspects of the series as the action and satire.BB: So, Fred, what can you tell us about the dread … Butcher Bloc? (Someone has been watching Chopped on Food Network, lol.) And should I ask about “soft” robots?FVL:
Is that a thing on the show? I’ve never seen it, but given the title I’m not surprised…The title for this second arc is UNCANNY VALLEY. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term, I won’t spoil any surprises, but suffice it to say it involves the Transmechs, an offshoot of the robot religion who believe in incorporating human tissue into their chassis. They get those tissue from victims thrown to the Butcher’s Bloc, where they are enhanced with a brush with their own mortality. Robots don’t really understand death, you see, since they can always be rebuilt, and the Transmechs like to observe it in action — that’s what Butcher’s Bloc is for.So, suffice it to say, Butcher’s Bloc is pretty horrifying, and Magnus may not survive. For one thing, there are no robots down there, and his powers of communication and weakness-finding only work on artificial intelligences…Soft robot! I know this term. And yes, it is important. But I can say no more for now…BB: What is it like working with Cory Smith?FVL:
An absolute joy. His designs are amazing, his compositions are incredibly dramatic, and his acting is never less than soulfully empathic. This is the beginning of his superstardom, so snatch up those issues of Magnus before they quintuple in value as his early work!!BB: In this world of angst and struggle, there have not been a lot of opportunities for the ol’ FVL sense of humor ala Hercules (although the FVL wit has been rampant). Do you foresee things lightening up for our hero even for one issue?FVL:
Well, I don’t really agree with your premise too much (we have this H8R character, after all) but as Magnus goes into Butcher’s Bloc if anything things are getting to get a bit grimmer — and he may learn some unpleasant truths before this arc is over, that will change him forever. (You’ve never heard a comics writer say that before, right?!)BB: After all he has suffered thus far, what is next for Russell Magnus?FVL:
He’s currently on a quest to find his robot father, 1A. And once they meet up, all of North Am should tremble, because some metal butt will begin to seriously be kicked.
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By Byron Brewer GEOFF JOHNS ANNOUNCES THE DARKSEID WAR07/30/14 @ 8:22 pm EST
Everybody wants to be somebody, especially in the big city.
I’ve been wondering since I first entered a version of Gotham City with ABC TV’s campy but entertaining Batman
why the criminals of that fine metropolis wore such colorful costumes and were such goofballs. The Riddle and Joker would virtually threaten everything they had built for the sake of the game: the riddle, the joke. Ridiculous.
Now I know.
Now that is not the main story of Detective Comics Annual
#3, but there is a delightful undercurrent of crooks talking with crooks in the book in which they share their wants and desires. Chief among them is not gold, silver, money or even power. Nope, it’s the previously stated: Everyone wants to be someone.
And there is my answer.
As for this annual, writer Brian Buccellato does the brave (and bold) thing by connecting it tentatively to the ongoing Icarus storyline in the regular title, and that is to be respected. Annuals appearing in the midst of a longform saga that are not part of continuity tend to get the cold shoulder at the LCS and quickly forgotten by those who did read it. And let’s face the world today, folks: for five bucks, this story better matter!
And matter it does as the Dark Knight battles to keep Icarus off the streets of Gotham, relating (as the criminals do) with Gothamites of high and low degree along the way.
This annual offers a unique if sometimes taken for granted view of the criminals of Gotham, as well as its protector. Makers of the Gotham
TV show might want to read this issue.
Batman and Buccellato are at their best, and even the three teams of artists didn’t hurt!
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MARVEL TRADEMARKS ... SQUIRREL GIRL??07/30/14 @ 8:15 pm EST
This is a tweet from DC's Geoff Johns today:
"Justice League #33 out today! Lex Luthor's run at joining the team continues, the Darkseid War approaches and fun chaos w/the Doom Patrol!"
Add that to this scene from the book mentioned above:
The result MAY be said Darlseid War, which would probably mean the storyline Johns has been hinting at since Justice League #1 (2011).
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WORD BALLOON PRESENTS RARE COMIC BOOK DOCUMENTARY07/30/14 @ 8:08 pm EST
Marvel Comics usually registers trademarks to protect TV and film rights rather than comic book rights, unless there’s a specific threat.
Which is why its trademark registry is full of Age Of Ultron, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Rocket Raccoon, Agent Carter, Big Hero 6 and registered Gifted right now.
Oh, and Squirrel Girl.
So what is in this hero/babysitter's future? Toon, film, TV ... Lego movie?
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'PUPPET MASTER' COMICS COMING FROM ACTION LAB07/30/14 @ 8:02 pm EST
A real rarity was present at the SCDD last Thursday night.
John Siuntres of Word Balloon Podcast presented “The World of Comic Books,” a fascinating documentary created in 1977 and 1978 for the Canadian TV show Behind the Scene.
This 20-minute short was narrated by comedy icon Jonathan Winters and included footage shot in DC and Marvel offices, as well as footage of conventions.
Ahh, the memories of the "House of Ideas" and its "Distinguished Competition."
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At their Comic-Con panel, Action Lab Entertainment announced a license to bring Full Moon’s Puppet Master franchise to comics.'ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK' COMIC IN DECEMBER07/30/14 @ 7:59 pm EST
The comic series will be written and edited by Shawn Gabborin (Fracture, Snowed In), with artists picked by series creator Charles Band.
Puppet Master is the story of elderly puppet maker Andre Toulon, who uses an ancient Egyptian potion to bring his puppets to life.
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BOOM! Studios announced it will be releasing a comic series based on the cult-classic film Escape from New York, debuting in December.JOE Q.RECEIVES A 2014 INKPOT AWARD07/30/14 @ 7:41 pm EST
The series will be written by Christopher Sebela (High Crimes, Dead Letters), with an artist to be named later. The two covers pictured here are by Tim Bradstreet and Riley Rossmo.
Released in 1981, the John Carpenter sci-fi/action flick was set in the (then) near future of 1997, when after rampant crime and a natural disaster, Manhattan has been turned into a maximum-security prison for lifers. But when Air Force One crashes on the island, ex-special forces soldier turned rebel Snake Plissken is given a deal that if he can rescue the President from the island, he’ll receive a pardon. The trick is that he has 22 hours to do it, before the President’s captors execute him.
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DF REVIEW: CYCLOPS #307/30/14 @ 7:24 pm EST
Each year, Comic-Con International in San Diego awards a select few recipients with the prestigious Inkpot Award. Recognizing the best and brightest individuals for their contributions to the world of comics, science fiction/fantasy, film, television, animation and more, the Inkpot Award has been awarded to a number of industry icons since its creation.
Marvel is pleased to congratulate Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, who took home an Inkpot Award in a surprise presentation during his annual Cup O’ Joe panel at this year’s convention. A long-time writer, artist and editor – Quesada was promoted to Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics in 2000. In his time as Editor-in-Chief, he oversaw some of the biggest events in Marvel history and presided over a creative renaissance for the company. Promoted to Chief Creative Officer in 2010, Joe now lends his considerable talents to more than just publishing as he oversees the creative aspects of Marvel in other media – from movies, to television, to video games and everything in between!
Marvel [and Dynamic Forces] would also like to congratulate all the other recipients of this year’s Inkpot Award.
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By Byron Brewer MICHAEL MORECI ON CHAOS: THE CHOSEN07/30/14 @ 10:34 am EST
"I know it's childish. I really do. But it's unfair. All of it, it's unjust. And don't tell me that life's not fair."
These are the words spoken by young Scott Summers upon finding out of his father's death, return to life, and the circumstances they find themselves in this issue.
It is also the words of this reviewer, upon finding out that writer Greg Rucka will be leaving this book.
In just three short issues ... really in the first issue ... Rucka gave us a Cyclops and Corsair like we had not seen for quite some time, maybe ever. This might be the greatest presentation of these two characters since Chris Claremont bolstered one and created the other, way back in the "All-New, All-Different" days of the X-Men.
This coming of age story has been told several times, but never this well in a comic book. It harkens back to my childhood and stories of yesteryear like Call of the Wild.
and, cosmic freak that I am, with space as a background, this father and son reunion could not have a better atmosphere.
I wish nothing ill on any incoming creative team, but Cyclops
#3 shows just how good Rucka is and how deeply he understands these characters.
Plus we get answers to questions within the third issue of a new series! Almost unheard of.
I hope Cyclops
will continue to be the strong magazine that it is now.Cyclops
#3 is a comic that I would show friends who do not read comics when they asked me, what's up?
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Questions for Michael Moreci @ Chaos: The Chosen
1. Michael, how did you happen to get attached to this Chaos! One-shot?
MM: I had worked on a different one-shot, for a book called My Little Phony. It must have went well because, after that, Dynamite offered me another gig—this one for The Chosen, famous of the Chaos line. It's a perfect fit and right in my wheelhouse. Monster-chasing is something I can't get enough of. I write Hoax Hunters for Image, which is kind of like The Chosen minus the '90s attitude and plus an astronaut suit filled with crows.
2. Am I correct to assume this spins out of what happened in the Chaos! Miniseries?
MM: Absolutely. I'm a fan of the Chaos line, and Tim Seeley (Chaos scribe) is a good friend of mine. So, I had been reading his scripts for the series already and knew where he was going with things. And, truth be told, I absolutely love the work Tim did with this relaunch. His six issues are far better than anyone can ever ask for.
3. The Chosen are a group of monster teens who travel the world with one agenda – hunting other monsters! (laughs) Can you tell me about the individual members of this team?
MM: The Chosen are basically this ragtag team of teenage/early 20s misfits who all have some kind of “monster” power. And they use their powers to hunt down other, bad monsters. They're horror X-Men, in a sense. The characters are Vanessa, a necromancer and kind of the leader of the team. She's reinforced by Danny/R.I.P., a kid who can turn into a raging demon, and Rashad/Carcass, who is a super strong half zombie. Theres also Rosa/Oblivia, a sexy vampire, Sara/Serendipity, a ghost, and Vex, and earthy clairvoyant.
4. Who is Suspira?
MM: Haha...Suspira is a character even I vaguely remember. I was trying to draft someone cool and off the beaten path from the Chaos universe to use in my story, and she made sense—I was thinking along the lines of a witch coven. That said, Suspira is a bad ass witch who is also part demon. In the story, called “Death Skull” she acts like a mentor to Vanessa, who is a necromancer and similarly has witch-like powers.
5. Big-bads? I hear there are at least two in this double-shot of horror, action, and humor.
MM: In the first story I use Epitaph, who was Suspira's nemesis back in the day. The idea is that Suspira had trapped Epitaph in hell, and he's using his own mystic powers to possess a trio of young women who were dabbling in the dark arts to set him free—by gaining possession of the Death Skull! It's silly fun, for sure, but Epitaph was a giant sleaze in the Chaos world, so it was enjoyable to bring him back, if only to give him some comeuppance once again.In the second time story, I wanted to do something more standalone, to show how The Chosen function outside of the established Chaos universe. The monster is the giant squid-Cthulhu monster of the ocean. Sort of BPRD-esque, in a way.
6. Will we see any other familiar Chaos! characters in this one-shot? Purgatori perhaps? She seems to be everywhere! (Is Deja Thoris on vacation?)
MM: No Purgatori! Which I now regret, because she is everywhere. And why not? She must be super fun to write. I ran with just Suspira and Epitaph—characters who, I'm willing to bet, no one else is using in their Chaos books. The Chosen is such a big team, so it's a little challenging to add anyone else to that mix.
7. What about the art of Ivan Rodriguez and Rod Rodolfo? What do they bring to the table?
MM: They're both so great. I love that they have a Chaos-inspired aesthetic, in a way, but are very distinct as well. The stories both really pop and make full usage of the setting and type of story being told. And how about that cover from Tom Raney?!
8. Michael, would you like to see The Chosen become an ongoing, and would you be interested in writing it?
MM: Yes! I'd love The Chosen to become an ongoing, and I'd sign on the dotted line to write it tomorrow. . What's really greats about the series is that it, for one thing, has endless potential. A group of teenage monster hunters—it's like Monster Squad with more violence and sex. Who doesn't want that?! Not just that, but any series could float in and out of the Chaos universe, giving the story flexibility to build its own mythology while drawing on the strengths of what's already there. You could have monsters of the week mixed with appearances by Chasity and Purgatori and, hey, maybe a return of Suspira!