Image Comics to publish MacGyver comic mini-series

Image Comics to publish <em>MacGyver</em> comic mini series

From 1985-1992 the coolest hero without super powers was MacGyver, bare none. Armed with his swiss army knife and a couple of rubber bands, Richard Dean Anderson played super spy, Angus MacGyver. Often trekking off to the most dangerous parts of the world, MacGyver was always getting in and somehow out of impossible missions every week. As a kid I thought this was the coolest show and was saddened to see it leave my television schedule in 1992. However, the series has been available on Netflix for some time now so I have no excuse not to watch it again.

LGBT folks are family, friends, and now heroes!

LGBT folks are family, friends, and now heroes!

I normally try not to bring politics to this website and our podcast, as I find it can be very divisive in a lot of circles. However, after reading an article and the comment thread about the D.C. comics reveal of Alan Scott being homosexual, I just couldn’t let it go. While I support people’s right to write whatever they want I do think articles like this are unabashedly immature and offensive. Now, I don’t believe that just because something is offense means it shouldn’t exist. I’m writing this to start a much needed conversation about LGBT treatment in the nerd community, a community I have been apart of for a very long time (pushes up glasses from edge of his nose).

Comic Review: Superior

Comic Review: <em>Superior</em>Superman is the most recognizable character in comics history. Why shouldn’t he be, he is indestructible. He is like a superhero messiah that has defied even death. Why wouldn’t Mark Millar want to use him as a starting place for his superb adaptation of a familiar comic book trope? In Superior the reader is given a heaping helping of Superman, with a dash of Captain Marvel a.k.a. Shazam, bit of the monkey’s paw, and the movie Big for good measure. I absolutely loved this series. I read it in just over an hour and hope that another installment is on the horizon.

Comic Review: Peter Panzerfaust

Comic Review: <em>Peter Panzerfaust</em>

IMAGE comics Peter Panzerfaust is a comic series from writer Kurtis J. Weibe and artist Tyler Jenkins that takes place during World War II.  The story is that of the first French city to fall to the Germans, Calais. The story centers on a charismatic boy, Peter, and his band of rag-tag lost boys. Sound familiar in part? It should, the story is a mash-up of the classic Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie and something akin to HBO’s Band of Brothers.

Quick Hit: Super Best Friends Forever

Quick Hit: Super Best Friends Forever

The short Super Best Friends Forever premieres on Cartoon Network’s DC Nation today. It reminds me a little of PowerPuff Girls. It makes sense that it would have that feel considering Lauren Faust is producing. She is known for her work on Power Puff Girls and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. The sneak peek is after the jump.

Comic Review: Red Skull: Incarnate

Comic Review: <em>Red Skull: Incarnate</em>Marvel’s five issue series about the meager beginnings of one of their most infamous villains is a great blend of fictional and non-fictional brutality. The mix of actual history is what gives Incarnate such a different and immensely appealing feel. The story follows young Johann Schmidt as he is in a home for wayward boys in 1923. Here we get our first glimpses into the pre-Hitler Germany and the life of Schmidt before he is hardened into the super villain, as we know him today.

Digital Comics need a revolution, badly!

Digital Comics need a revolution, badly!

Digital Comics: Why is this concept so difficult?

Ever since I cracked my first comic I was fully invested in the notion of keeping up with storylines and major events. From the weekly Spider-man comics to who the Avengers were beefing with that week, I couldn’t get enough. Fast forward to the age of the ubiquitous smart phones and tablet computers, and the seemingly easy access to not only books, but also comics especially. As time had gone on I lost my dying need to read the standard weekly. I would just hold out for the large events or just buy the trade paperbacks, or TPBs. Buying trades has become the optimal choice, as I hate having to wait so long to get a full story arc. Give me 20+ issues bundled together and a quiet afternoon and I am all set. I read Marvel’s Fear Itself in one sitting because of the convenience of just having the book in its entirety, minus the side stories, at my fingertips. So trades are the way to go! YEAH! Problems solved, right? Not quite.

Quick Hit: US court rules mutants are not human

Quick Hit: US court rules mutants are not human

Despite the never-ending fight for mutant rights, a US court ruled that mutants are no more than animals or monsters. Lumped into this ruling were the X-Men, X-Force, Spider-Man, and other characters. The court case centers around tariff laws. Toy maker Toy-Biz made the claim that X-Men and other action figures were not “dolls” but toys and therefore should be taxed at a lower rate. Dolls are taxed at a 12% higher rate than other toys. In order to make this claim they set back mutant rights for decades to come. Their claim was that mutants were animals or monsters and not humans. I am sure that Professor X is not happy about this one! The court case can be found here: Toy-Biz vs. The United States. (via Boing-Boing)

WHY HAVE THERE BEEN NO GREAT WOMEN COMIC BOOK ARTISTS?!

WHY HAVE THERE BEEN NO GREAT WOMEN COMIC BOOK ARTISTS?!

Art by Pia Guerra

In 1971, Linda Nochlin’s article “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?”  was published in the magazine ArtNews. This is an important turning point for art history because those on the margins of art creation were brought to center stage, and a new realm of art history was created. In this essay, Nochlin explores the reasons for why women have not achieved the same acclaim in the art world as men. While one can think back through history and find examples such as Vigee-Lebrun or Rosa Bonheur (who coincidentally dressed like a man in order to paint), they are the exceptions rather than the rule. Nochlin argues that this has to do with restricted access to education and societal expectations. With this in mind are there new restrictions in place that cause the following question to emerge: WHY HAVE THERE BEEN NO GREAT WOMEN COMIC BOOK ARTISTS?(Nochlin, 1971)