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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Surely We Will Have to Discuss this Batman fan Film for 27K On Tuesday's Comic Shoppe! Check Out Batman: City of Scars!

Until ten...enjoy and share your thoughts. Yay or Nay?

Monday, June 14, 2010

Oh and Least We Forget.........As An Intermission Before The Shoppe Starts...Check Out Daryll B's Latest Blog Entry!

You know there comes a time when our thoughts in the Comic Shoppe fall in sync with each other despite our differences. So when I get to my links for hot stories after my mini-rant that follows you will see that in action, but before I do let me re-post here a portion of the response I put into the comments section of Chad Nevett's June 8, 2010 edition of Random Thoughts at Comic Book Resources:


"Again, I would have liked to see Glover have a chance for the role....but what I am tired of is the whole "White Luke Cage", "White Shaft" or "White Black Panther" defense.... Guess what haters who use this? You ALREADY freaking have this... what was "Walking Tall" or "Death Wish" or "Rambo" or any of the freaking John Wayne movies then??? So then I hear the "make your own heroes defense"...um Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan, and a host of others did that....remind me how DC handled that? This is where part of me wished Blankman was made more seriously...but then it would have been ShadowHawk instead of a loving parody...... "

Now if you have read the blogs and listened to the show you all know that I am very passionate about this subject and it took another article for me to realize why. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give to you this article from Spinoff Online:


Now the author is Graeme McMillian and he puts forth an innocent enough question: "If Mr. Glover can not play Spider-Man, what hero is he suited to play?" This is a speculative question which is intended to stir up debate and hopefully, intelligent responses about a myriad of heroes that Donald's personality type can fit from prior roles. Instead what do we get? Comments that range from intelligent to ignorant to just pure hate...on both sides of the issue. So I get it..I can't change minds about this but I have now realized something inherent about myself and the comic community:

I am a part of a group of ignorant people who, on the whole, have the imagination range of the head of a pin. In a medium where one's imagination is supposed to have no boundaries, when did we get pigeon-holed into these outdated thoughts? I realize some may consider me a hypocrite considering my stance regarding M. Night Shaymalan and the true Avatar movie but again let me state the difference:

Avatar is an animated series steeped heavily in Asian and Eastern Indian mythology and customs. So when the initial prospective cast comes out and it is 90% white with the only ethnic roles going to "bad guys" how the hell did you think Asians and Indians were going to react?

By contrast, Spider-Man has nothing to his character that says he should only be played by white males. The nature of the character is MEANT to be universal in tone. So in theory, ANY MALE could be under the mask and all Donald Glover was asking was for a chance to audition. Isn't the very denial of that the opposite of the American Dream? Also given the unique perspective that I am a black male living in Queens, NY, I often hear from fellow comic fans two words: "Why Not?"

This isn't supposed to be a backwards society anymore. This is supposed to be one in which if you work hard for something, you can have the chance to get it. Comic books and movies are supposed to be the epitome of this thinking. So once again, and for the final time since Mr.Glover was so gracious about this, I have to ask: "Why Not?"

Quick Links:

Dburt and I were on the same page with this story: http://blog.newsarama.com/2010/06/08/johns-and-fraction-want-a-green-lanterniron-man-crossover/ Now can someone get on the same page with Max and I and get that RageCat / Rocket Raccoon crossover in the works? I am sure we can get Art Baltazar and Chris Giarusso to do us a solid here.

http://blog.newsarama.com/2010/06/08/young-justice-vs-teen-titans/ I find this article by J. Caleb Mozzocco at Newsarama (connected to one by Ben Morse at the Cool Kids Table) fascinating. Only because of how quickly a symbol of fun at DC became a stigma for all that started to go wrong.

If Max sounds ultra-chipper on Tuesday, I bet I know why: http://blog.newsarama.com/2010/06/13/jaime-reyes-blue-beetle-coming-to-the-small-screen/

Ok I am totally loving Starz Network right now: http://www.spinoffonline.com/2010/06/07/torchwood-returns-next-summer/

9 Days until Futurama returns so here two bits of goodness. First a primer on the first 5 seasons for the uninitiated: http://www.spinoffonline.com/2010/06/14/missed-futurama-for-five-seasons-heres-your-chance-to-cram/ and check out this piece of awesome "mash-up" fan art by "GottaBeCarl" at deviant art: http://gottabecarl.deviantart.com/#/d2bmqaf How many can YOU get?

Finally, Robert Rodriguez and Deadpool Movie? Where do I sign up? http://www.spinoffonline.com/2010/06/14/robert-rodriguez-offered-deadpool/

Ok I out because I have to get more schoolwork done before World Cup action in the morning. Until next time Afronerd Readers, keep fantasizing!

The Comic Shoppe is Open For Discussion Tues at 7pm ET! A Black Aqualad?, Green Lantern/Iron Man Crossover?, True Blood & More!

Stay tuned for yet another passionate and pulp centered discussion this Tuesday courtesy of the Comic Shoppe team! Join Max, Daryll and Dburt tomorrow at 7pm as we bring our unique perspectives on the following fantasy/sci-fi and comic related topics: with the upcoming Green Lantern film being touted as Warner's Iron Man, is a possible graphic novel crossover in the works?; internet chatter appears to lobbying for Wonder Woman's Lynda Carter to be considered for the role of Chuck's mom; our thoughts about the Sunday's third season premiere episode of True Blood; Could Blue Beetle be the next franchise to get the TV treatment after Smallville departs?; one blogger's look at DC's Trinity (Batman, Wonder Woman & Superman) paradigm and of course a review of our favorite comic books from the previous week. So...stop by our show in the next 24 hours and feel free to contact our team live at 646-200-0104 or via email/IM-thecomicshoppe@yahoo.com! See you guys at the Shoppe!

Monday, June 07, 2010

And Now A Pulp Cultural Update Courtesy of The Comic Shoppe's Daryll B! And Stay Tuned For Tuesday's Show at 7pm ET!

Hello Folks! Well for tomorrow's Comic Shoppe broadcast, we plan to keep it simple. We will, of course, touch on some of the topics listed in Daryll B's discourse (below) as well as discuss our favorite comic reads from last week but we will discourse general comic/sci-fi news: daily Captain America and Thor movie news, why the Boondocks third season (and possibly last) is the best so far, a possible Tim Kring pitch for a Heroes miniseries, the likelihood of comic prices being raised to $5 and lastly, what does the digital release of Invincible Iron Man Annual #1 (for the Ipad) mean for its paper counterpart? So again, join Max, Daryll and Dburt tomorrow at 7pm eastern to discus the aforementioned issues and feel free to call us live at 646-200-0104 or via email/IM-thecomicshoppe@yahoo.com. Make yours the Comic Shoppe!

1) You think Lost fans have recovered yet?

2) Interesting thought about the Green Lantern live action over at Spinoff Online. Have they crammed too much into movie one? http://www.spinoffonline.com/2010/06/06/is-green-lantern-already-in-his-second-movie/

3) As a fanatical sports fan and a sci-fi fan this "Star Wars" related World Cup spot is just full of win: http://www.spinoffonline.com/2010/06/04/watch-snoop-dogg-jedi-master-in-this-star-wars-world-cup-spot/ I know now who fired first..I can't believe I missed it the first time!

4) Ok who is the genius that canned Star Wars: Legacy? I loved the adventures of Cade Skywalker, descendant of Luke and if I had my way, his adventures would be the next set of stories for the next trilogy.... well his or Luke's first class at his Jedi Academy. http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=26537

5) Inspired by the crazy gals at Fantastic Fangirls and by my own stir craziness in waiting for SHIELD #2, I have to ask which historical time period would be made more awesome with superheroes? http://fantasticfangirls.org/?p=2240

6) Hollywood screws comic-related fun business again! Thanks to the folks at Comics Alliance for this: http://www.comicsalliance.com/2010/06/04/superhero-panhandlers-outlawed-in-hollywood/

7) Speaking of Comics Alliance, check out some of these renditions of Luke Cage: http://www.comicsalliance.com/2010/06/05/luke-cage-comic-twart/ Wicked!

8) Movie watching: I liked Prince of Persia, I couldn't get into Splice, and yes I got my tickets to both A-Team and Karate Kid all ready to go.

9) The Boondocks has the best cleanly detailed fight scenes of any animated show on American Television today. Don't agree with me? Watch the episodes "Red Ball" and "Stinkmeaner III: The Hateocracy" and get back to me...

10) Quick animated moment: I have recently been watching Codename: Kids Next Door in chunks and I must say I woefully underrated the show. My only wish is that someone on Cartoon Network finally re-shows the finale "Operation: I.N.T.E.R.V.I.E.W.S" sometime over the Summer. I can't find that ANYWHERE.

11) OK it season finale time for Stargate Universe and if you haven't been checking it out, SyFy will be doing an all day season marathon on Friday so set your DVR's.

12) I still pissed that we are not going to have anymore Wolverine and the X-Men...who do I have to blackmail to get another season???

13) I still rocking the 24 and Chuck finales on my DVR.... Both series have their share of detractors but God...they both like visual crack to me. And hell, the Chuck vs Shaw fight I can watch over and over and over....

14) Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye? Where do I sign up for this???

Ok I spent...My thanks to Surfer for having DBurt and myself on his show Sunday at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/what-are-you-reading/2010/06/07/what-are-you-reading-comic-book-show-vol-3-issue-14

Until next time, Afronerd Readers, keep fantasizing!