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Monday, July 26, 2010

It's All About The San Diego Comic Con Folks! Next on The Comic Shoppe-Tues at 7pm ET!

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Hey...it's pretty simple folks, join Daryll, Max and Dburt tomorrow at 7pm to discuss the goings-on in the world of pulp fiction, sci-fi and fantasy (and maybe video gaming). Feel free to give us a buzz "live" to ask questions, pontificate or exclaim concerns at 646-200-0104 or via email/IM-thecomicshoppe@yahoo.com. Of course, the San Diego Comic Con which came to a close this past weekend will be front and center during our discourse but we'll try to touch on our favorite graphic novel reads from the previous week as well. Meanwhile...take a gander at the latest post on comic related fare, courtesy of the Comic Shoppe's own Daryll B!

All About San Diego Comic Con News....

Day 1

Rocket Raccoon/Groot team-up book....DUDE! YES!

Ultimate Thor by Jonathan Hickman....if anything could get me picking up Ultimate books again, this could....

Young Justice episodes being written by Peter David...Just when I was ready to hate all over this cartoon, they make a move that makes perfect sense...


Grant Morrison's Batman Inc...I may have fallen on the side of his haters in recent years but I'd be a fool not to admit Morrison + Batman = money for DC

Welcome back Wally West and friends in Speed Force... about damn time someone remembered you exist.

Paul Cornell & Gail Simone partnership on a Secret Six/Action Comics crossover ....YES!!!!

Super-Skrull as a playable character in Marvel/Capcom 3? SIGN ME UP!

More Walking Dead Video....this gonna be big people!

Thor Movie news...and if you didn't see the pics of Stan Lee sitting on Odin's Throne, The Weekly Crisis has it up http://www.weeklycrisis.com/2010/07/comic-con-day-2-news-round-up.html/ and the Infinity Gauntlet???? Holy ^$&(^%!!!!


Avengers Cast now official.... Captain America movie snippets.... Green Lantern movie news.... All-Star Superman animated movie.... These stories are all good but they pale in comparison to this:

CrossGen is FREAKING coming back! O for the love of God Marvel, do not DC/Milestone this. Give us CrossGen fans some closure.... and on this subject, I still waiting for Marvelman/Miracleman news...

Quickly, here is the link I promised about Chris Hemsworth:


Morrison on Batman Inc:


Doctor Who season ender kicked my booty and call me crazy but I am thinking that River Song could be a female aspect of The Master. Meanwhile, Being Human was good and makes me wonder why American TV will taint this by trying to make another version....?

When did San Diego ComicCon become the hood? Seriously, stabbing someone in the eye with a pen...? Next time on OZ, Geek Version....

Make of this what you will folks:


The four: Iron Man, X-Men, Wolverine, and Blade.. The lure: Warren Ellis is writing them and Madhouse (the ones behind the GI Joe Animated) is animating....

Ok AfroNerd readers....I out for now, but until the next time, Keep Fantasizing!!!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Just Today, The Comic Shoppe Airs at 7pm ET-Discussing the GL & WW Costumes, More on the Thor Movie & Daryll B's Latest Post!

Hello supporters and true believers. Unfortunately, The Comic Shoppe was preempted from our regularly scheduled Tuesday broadcast date, so we decided to push it up 24 hours to tonight at 7pm eastern. Join Max, Daryll and yours truly as we discuss the latest in comic book, sci-fi and fantasy news. We will discuss our thoughts concerning the recent pictures of Ryan Reynolds as the Green Lantern as well as photos from the Thor movie set; how scribe, Mark Millar feels about the President’s depiction in comics according to a recent Wizard magazine article; the new take on the Wonder Woman mythos (as well as her costume retooling) and of course our reviews pertaining to last week’s comic book releases. Don’t be afraid! Call us live at 646-200-0104 with your questions, concerns or protestations. See you guys at the shoppe!

Back into the AfroNerd breach for me readers, and all I can say is "Hi" once again. Between the World Cup and schoolwork, I have been very occupied but let me get back on the horse for 10 quick hits:

1) I have been quite surprised at how minimal the advertising has been outside of comic book circles for the Scott Pilgrim movie. However, I FINALLY saw a commercial during last night's Boondocks episode. I am of 2 minds about the movie though...sure his fans are getting what they wanted, but to have him fight ALL 7 exs in one movie? Isn't that the type of over-saturization that Indie comic fans complained about in Spidey, X-Men, and Batman movies?

2) Yes I have been watching the new season of Futurama and yes I like it...Seems some fans have nothing better to do but to complain.

3) Nice to see DC step up to the plate with some of their new creative teams. Even though the JMS direction for Superman has me scratching my head, I appreciate the fact that they realize the direction needed less stunts and better storytelling. (Although DC having Felicia Henderson doing the new Static ongoing doesn't exactly fill me with joy either...) http://blog.newsarama.com/2010/07/16/even-more-dc-news-static-ongoing-dc-comics-presents/

4) AW YEAH! This will be full of win: http://www.newsarama.com/comics/tiny-titans-archie-team-up-100716.html

5) Hands up if you DIDN'T think Matt Murdock leading The Hand would end up going bad?

6) BTW Everything Siege and Second Coming were lacking as events, DoomWar and Thanos Imperative have more than made up in spades. I dunno about Shadowland just yet...

7) I have no comment on the Ryan Reynolds Green Lantern costume...I just can't get my "Comic Book Guy" rage built up today for some reason.... and it is very interesting to hear former creators comment on it. http://www.ifanboy.com/content/articles/Ryan_Reynolds_as_Hal_Jordan_on_the_Cover_of_Entertainment_Weekly and http://blog.newsarama.com/2010/07/15/green-lantern-creators-past-and-present-shed-some-light-on-their-opinion-of-the-gl-movie-costume/

8) Marvel & Disney doing a Runaways movie...cool..until I read that they are going to make it live action... Don't get me wrong, Disney does a decent job with things like Aaron Stone for example, but I had my heart set for a animated feature. http://spinoff.comicbookresources.com/2010/07/18/who-are-runaways/

9) I have to admit I was getting frustrated with the latest Doctor Who episode on BBC America until the last 20 minutes. In the Pandorica Opens, that has to be one of the most surprising cliffhangers in Who history.

10) The closer I get to the big sci-fi theater in the sky, the more I am surprised by some of the things that I end up liking. This week, I stumbled onto The Gates out of curiosity and what can I say? It isn't bad....as a primer for Being Human, who returns this week with a major marathon and a brand new episode on BBC America. Check your local listings....

Thx for reading once again AfroNerd readers. Until next time, Keep Fantasizing!

Monday, July 12, 2010

What About Lebron and The Heat? If He's Not A Knick Who Cares......Anyway, The Comic Shoppe Returns Tues at 7pm eastern!

We're back people and in full effect! Why not beat the summer heat, pull up a chair (with your AC unit hopefully in working order) and listen to guys from the Comic Shoppe chew the fat on all things pulp? Join Max, Daryll and yours truly tomorrow at 7pm as we discuss the following: our impressions of The Last Airbender and Twilight:Eclipse; Wonder Woman gets a costume (and storyline upgrade); Ed Norton and his Hulk appear to be on the outs with Marvel for the upcoming Avengers film; Is Damian Wayne the best Robin to date?; American Splendor's Harvey Pekar passes at 70; our thoughts on Andrew Garfield being the next Spiderman and lastly, if time permits, we will provide a synopsis of our favorite comic books from the last few weeks. Feel free to call us "live" with your questions or comments at 646-200-0104 or via email/IM-thecomicshoppe@yahoo.com! See you guys at the Shoppe!

And here's a preempted (my bad!!) blog post from The Comic Shoppe's own Daryll B!

This blog is inspired by http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2010/06/25/wonder-of-wonders-star-spangled-panties-whats-in-a-name/

Personal confession time for my blog readers: I am a sucker for Greek Mythology stories. I loved the Harry Hamlin 'Clash of the Titans'. I loved the episode in the original Star Trek where the crew finds the Gods "planet". One of my favorite arcs in The New Teen Titans was when the team had to journey to Olympus to save Lilith from the Titans of Myth. I loved the War of the Gods crossover. I liked the Percy Jackson novels and found the Herc/Amadeus Cho pairing at Marvel to be pure adventure gold.

So when I read about how these stories are inaccessible to newer readers I have to wonder what has happened to our ability to use our imaginations? Yes, you have heard me rip comic companies for what I perceive to be inane directions for their characters but that is only because of how the writers ha previously set up their stories. Greek myths are supposed to be larger than life for the average man and where ANYTHING is possible. Wonderful and vibrant, these tales are supposed to inspire. However, when it comes to Princess Diana, she always gets hated on by readers.

So why does Wonder Woman bear the brunt of these stigmas? Well, there are a myriad of reasons ranging from her appearance to as referenced in the article above, the "weird" names used. However, I tend to think that the modern reader just cannot relate to the mythical tales anymore and most new writers can't be bothered with making them relate to modern times. One book that does this well is Peter Milligan's Greek Street from DC's Vertigo imprint. Milligan takes Greek tales and translates them into the life and times of a quaint London town. So if that can work why can't it be done for Diana?

Byrne tried, Perez tried, Jimenez tried, Messener-Loebs and Deodato tried, Rucka tried, Heinberg tr.....um forget that, Simone tried, and now it is JMS' turn. The little myth fan in me wishes JMS luck but knows comic fans these days need the stories to be dumbed down and that's a shame.

So in closing, we'll hit stories like Tommy Lee Jones in Captain America, the return of Futurama, Tom's jail fear revisited, and the new Emma Frost on the show coming up, but I just thought it was time to let you into my mind for this once.

I will let this quote from John Byrne's excellent Amazon (the Storm/Wonder Woman mashup) take me out:

" My Amazon sisters and I still worship the gods of Olympus, but for the rest of the world your time has passed! Humankind has moved away from you. It is not for me to judge if that move was wise but if this is how you treat those last few who have any respect for you at all..."

Keep Fantasizing Afronerd readers!

Oh..here's last night's Boondocks...check it out!