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Imagine Agents Optioned by Fox For Micheal Keaton

PicMonkey-CollageImagineThe Hollywood Reporter published a story today stating that Fox has just closed the rights to adapt Boom Studies comic, Imagine Agents for a feature film. The movie will star Micheal Keaton.

Imagine Agents is a book created by Brain Jones and artist Bachan. The Men in Black fashion story involves an agency, I.M.A.G.I.N.E.  that tackles children’s imaginary friends when they are no longer wanted. Some of these imaginary friends can not handle rejection by some children and go rouge.

I have read the books and I can see this book being adapted to fit Micheal Keaton.  Keaton is the type of actor that could really pull of the type of interaction with these imaginary creatures.

The movie will be produced by Keaton. Producing along with Keaton are Michael Sugar of Anonymous Content and Ross Richie of Boom! Boom!’s Stephen Christy will exec produce with Anonymous Content’s Eli Selden and Doug Wald.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

GFT: Masumi- Blades of Sin Issue 4

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GFT: Masumi- Blades of Sin Issue 4

Story: Pat Shand, Joe Brusha, Ralph Tadesco

Writer: Joe Tyler

Art: Sergio Osuna

Colours: Francesca Zambon

Letters: Jim Campbell

Editor: Pat Shand

Hey Popppers,

What is goin’ down in funky town? This is J.W. Coughlan coming at you with another raving review.

So yet again, I did not read the first three books, but fear not, Zenescope gave me the run down. Now, I did enjoy this comic. It was a cool… how can I say this, cross-dimensional supernatural ghostly kung fu samurai magic horror story. Is that a good run down? Maybe not, but it’s all I got.

The frame work and layout of this comic was EXCELLENT. I mean really phenomenal. It made the comic very exciting and enjoyable. The different use of frame shapes and size was ever changing, and gave the book an almost cinematic feel. One great scene for frame use was the elevator scene. It had me on the edge of my seat.

As for the story, it was solid. A great idea matched with strong characters was quite nice to read. I really liked the ghosts. The way they were presented was excellent.

Another point I would like to touch on would be the main fight scene of the book. It was like Star Wars meets Eona. One of those things you see in nerd culture where it could be past or future.

The ending was uplifting, yet anticlimactic. I found, although this was a strong comic, the ending was a bit abrupt, and felt a bit rushed. They could have just making me want more, but that’s not really how it came across.

Now based on all that (hopefully I didn’t give too much away) I am going to give this comic…. Drum roll please…

3 ½ pops out of 5

I liked this book and the idea of the story, matched with cool characters, but for me the ending sullied it a little.

Thanks for dropping in, until next time

J.W. Coughlan

From Under The Stairs, To Saving The World

Good Day Poppers,

I’ll get the boring stuff out of the way first.

Buy my book?

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Alright, HARRY POTTER!!!

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Option A:

Harry Potter, the gateway fandom, it’s been said. After all they do call us Potterheads. Yes, I capitalized that. Yes Potterhead is a proper noun. In the world of fandoms, Harry Potter is a heavy hitter. I mean, it’s fanbase isn’t as widespread as Star Wars or Trek or Doctor Who. But let us not forget that Harry Potter was first published in 1997…. One month before Harry’s birthday. It’s true. Where other fandoms, have been around since the sixties and seventies. Harry Potter. Oh man, so epic, so magical, so beautiful, and it will be always.

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Now, whether you love, fantasy sci-fi (that means science fiction, just in case there is someone out there wondering that, I mean there’s bound to be, right?) um… what was I saying, oh yeah, or adventure, or steam punk or superheroes, take your pick we all have a Fandom. One we would choose over all. Now, although I’m not a big anime guy, and I know this isn’t real anime, my fandom is-as I call it- ATLALOK (Avatar The Last Airbender, Legend of Korra). Those shows are my bread and butter. Now, some people just can’t choose one. Some had to choose two dun dun DUN!

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Option B:

The two fandoms were typically Doctor Who and Sherlock, creating WhoLocks. But time passed and some Wholocks grew bored. This spawned SuperWhoLocks!! Supernatural’s fanbase merged with the others. More time passed, the world healed a little, and as if they hadn’t caused themselves enough emotional fictional damage, they decided to bring along Harry Potter for the ride. Combining these fandoms is like in Power Rangers when the make Megazord

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They are called SuperWhoPotterLocks, which is super bad ass, you’ve got Supernatural, which guess what that’s about. The sci fi (which, we learned what that meant earlier) of DW. The fantasy of Harry Potter, and mystery cleverness of Sherlock. Now I have yet to watch Supernatural, so I guess I’m just a WhoPotterLock, which makes me feel like Jimmy Olson. But oh well.

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Okay, now that I said all that, it is getting pretty clear how incredible Harry Potter is… I was raised as a Trekker, by Trekkies. I got large doses of Terminator, Batman, Spider-Man, X-Men. I loved my N64. I went for Halloween as Batman too many times to count. I had TMNT on Betamax. I spent evenings drawing out all the Star Wars characters and putting them on my walls. I saw Spider-Man in theatres, one day after it came out, which, then it was the biggest opening weekend ever. I had a passionate relationship with LOTR, I saw them all in theatres more than once. Even snuck out of the first Hulk into Return of the King. But… Harry Potter. That is why I’m writing today. I read the first four books, and saw the movies. But then it kind of got away from me. I didn’t read Order, Prince or Hallows. And I missed Order in theatres. I saw Half Blood Prince in theatres. Yet, by the time the last two movies came around it was Harry Potter in full gear. I felt like a kid again, it was amazing. I saw Hallows part one opening night, then six months later, part two opening and it was magical, and incredible. It was indescribable. After the movies, I needed to read the books, some of them again. So, I sat down and I read all seven. In one night…. JK, it took me a few months. But diving back into the world of Harry Potter, was like nothing I’d ever done before. It was like being reunited with an old friend. And not the way it happened in Amazing Spider-Man 2, it was a joyous occasion. Now, I am a proud Potterhead. I’m on Pottermore, in Ravenclaw, no big deal. I mourned many, many, many many character deaths in HP, stayed up late too many nights to count, with a book in my hand, or a screen flashing in my grinning face. And you know what? I don’t regret a moment of the magic.

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So whether you had Harry as a gateway drug, he was added to your Arsenal- yes it’s a DC reference, years later, or you have yet to discover this young wizard boy. I hope every moment for you is as magical as it was for me.

Thank-You-harry-potter-18992673-500-489

J.W. Coughlan

Catching Up With The Poppers

Good Day Poppers,

J.W. Coughlan coming at you through the World Wide Web.

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Let us catch up, shant we? Fantastic, Allons-y, GERONIMO!! My super cute nerd child which I created with my super awesome partner in crime is getting into TMNT from 1987, thank you YouTube!!! I even managed to dig up my old toys for him to play with as he watches the wonders of that classic toon. Also, he still is into Ultimate Spider-Man, which I hope some of you checked out. Pretty awesome right?

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In other news I have almost caught up on Doctor Who, I finished Matt Smith. He was AMAZING, he is my Doctor, he was the best, he was complete epic bliss. I think him and Amy put together would be my secondary soul mate. Does that make sense? No. Does it have to? No. Guess what else, lego hairy cart lanterns with chalky soap in a glass bottle tied to a donkey on a Halloween landing on Sunday. See blogs rule. So yeah, I hope this next guy doesn’t disappoint cause oh man, avoiding spoilers is not easy. I loved Amy so much, I loved Eleven so much, just like Ten and Martha, and back then I was all pffff, nobody could ever top these two. But now after Eleven and Amy I’m all, dude, I couldn’t even pick those other fools out of a line up. A line up of Starfleet officers even. Seriously, I am so blinded by my love for them, if you took Ten and Martha and put them on the bridge of the Enterprise and said find the Doctor Who characters I would say sorry, but my mind is just showing pictures of Amy and her raggedy man.

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What else is new? Arrow premiere tonight super stoked about that. I’m reading a book called Half Bad, and it ain’t half bad….. my wife told me that joke, I am shameful. I took it out from a building called the library. I want to take my vacation at THE LIBRARY!

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Right, now, I’m running low on news from my life. I’m wearing Joker pyjama pants, and a shirt that says lettuce turnip the beet. LOL! Oh yeah The Flash premiered. And! The Edmonton Comic Expo came and went, I got a few pics. Me and the fam jam went as Arrow characters, check it out on my Twitter here:

https://twitter.com/MindWeird

Also, I was trying to find a way to say this without sounding like I’m just plugging myself, that’s what she said, but I can’t, please buy my book, it’s pretty good.

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Now that we are reacquainted I just want to tell you about something I recently re-read. SCOTT PILGRIM.

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Very very entertaining. You need to read it a little slow to catch every little subtle joke, but at the same time it is so hilarious and action packed you can’t help but read it at 670 616 629 miles per hour (1.07925285 × 109 kilometers per hour (that is the speed of light (in metric and imperial (guess we should stick with metric Scott Pilgrim is set in Canada (oh man more brackets (or are they parentheses? (these are brackets? [ (it’s like we’re zooming into the conversation with all these brackets (I hope we don’t get stuck down here, (K, this joke is getting old, (let’s get outta here.))))))))))) Fewf, or phewf. There we go all better. I’m always going to use these ( because these [ aren’t cool. You know how I know? They’re square! Oh, Zing, total dad joke. Probably why I love this lettuce turnip the beet shirt so much. A pun that tells you to eat your vegetables. I think the proper career choice for me is lame/ cool dad.

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So, Scott Pilgrim. Very witty, very funny. Very very in fact. Like, if John Green got stuck in an 8 bit video game. Sound about right? Lots of people read the comics, and tons of people saw the movie. They line up nicely, but the comics have way more back story, way more explaining and way more stuff and whatever as Kim Pine would say. There are six books, Each one as hilarious as the last. They take place in Toronto. They are quaint and fun. And they may just RIP YOUR IMAGINATION OUT OF YOUR FACE HOLE!! I don’t really know what that meant, I was just starting to feel like someone from Antiques Roadshow…. Or whatever. You can get them on Amazon, unlike my book, which is on Lulu. Not lulu lemon, lulu bookshop. But yes I do, do yoga and that’s ok because so does Iron Fist and so did Aang that one time. Which it’s like where is our good Last Airbender movie? And where is our Iron Fist movie. We are nerds, we have needs to be met. And those needs only grow the more we get. Plus have you ever read the top opening weekend moives? I think nerds are these Hollywood executives best source of income. Not the DVDs and Blu-Rays though, we have downloading figured out, not that we do it….. we just figured it out. Sorry here is the list.

1 Marvel’s The Avengers

2 Iron Man 3

3 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

4 The Dark Knight Rises

5 The Dark Knight

6 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

7 The Hunger Games

8 Spider-Man 3

9 The Twilight Saga: New Moon

10 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

K there’s the top ten… here’s all of them up to fifty, but I won’t put them like this or this blog will go on forever, I’ll do side by side

11 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, 12 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, 13 Iron Man 2, 14 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, 15 Shrek the Third, 16 Man of Steel, 17 Alice in Wonderland (2010), 18 Spider-Man, 19 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, 20 Toy Story 3, 21 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, 22 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, 23 Shrek 2, 24 X-Men: The Last Stand, 25 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 26 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, 27 Transformers: Age of Extinction, 28 Iron Man, 29 Transformers: Dark of the Moon, 30 Fast & Furious 6, 31 Captain America: The Winter Soldier, 32 Guardians of the Galaxy, 33 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, 34 Godzilla (2014), 35 The Matrix Reloaded, 36 The Amazing Spider-Man 2, 37 X-Men: Days of Future Past, 38 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, 39 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, 40 Skyfall, 41 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, 42 Spider-Man 2, 43 Fast Five, 44 The Hangover Part II, 45 Thor: The Dark World, 46 X2: X-Men United, 47 X-Men Origins: Wolverine, 48 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, 49 The Passion of the Christ, 50 Despicable Me 2

This list is basically just Superheroes, Fantasy, Sci Fi, Monsters and Robots.

K why did I do that? Oh yeah, make an Iron Fist movie. And Scott Pilgrim is totally charming. READ THEM.

So, have a good one, keep up with the nerd lifestyle. Follow all the Twitters and the Facebooks and the everythings.

Nice catching up with everyone!

J.W. Coughlan

You Should See Me in a Crown: The King and Queen of Geekdom

 

DISCLAIMER: If this sounds like something that was written by someone who talks really fast, it was. If it’s over the top, that was the intent. If it sounds like something a guy at the expo would rattle off, as people stood around smiling, laughing and inching away it is. If the exact same thing was said to “normal folk” or “muggles” you would hear crickets, then I have been successful in pressing these buttons with letters on them. Thank you, live long and prosper, may the force be with you and sorry, so sorry.

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Alright, since I am self described as: Khansulting Rebel Scum living off Lembas Bread from The Seam, who, if JLA or SHEILD find out I am Divergent they’ll kick me out of Ravenclaw. You can say I’m slightly obsessed with fandom unity.

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Now, looking at nerd life, we all have that special, one or two, or ten fandoms. That one, book, show, game or movie that holds our whole heart. But, who is the king and queen of these fandoms? Who are the two people that unanimously make people fangirl or fanboy around the house, convention or even streets of our respective city?

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Katara is Roxy Ritcher with Lucas Lee is Captain America with Jane Foster is Padme with Sabe is Elizabeth Swan with Anamaria is Uhura with Khan is Sherlock with Watson is Bilbo with Gandalf is Magneto with Proffesor X is Jean Luc with Shinzon is Bane with Commisoner Gordon is Sirius Black with Barty Crouch Jr is Ten with The Dream Lord is Claudius Templesmith with Katniss is Mystique with Angel Salvador is Christina. So there you have it, a couple fandom connections. Now I realize some of those characters may not be side by side, in scenes, but the franchises line up. So yeah. Now this brings us back to the question, who are the King and Queen of the fandoms. And will Nimoy sing them Bilbo Baggins when all is said and done?

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Bale? You are Batman and John Connor. Could we crown you as king? Ben, oh Benny Ben Benidict Ben. Big Ben, you would get many a fangirls vote, and squeals. You are new Khan. You are Sherlock. And you are Smaug. This puts you in with the fantasy, sci fi and bookwormy kids. But does this warrant you being king? TENnant is up there, The Doctor and Barty Crouch Jr. Please don’t get me started on the man’s hair and fangirl appeal. Two excellent canidates there, but what about more seasoned vets? Han Solo and Indiana Jones: Harrison Ford is definitely a great contender. But what about everybody’s favourite Professor and a great Starfleet captain. Patrick Stewart is pretty freakin’ cool, plus he’s a knight. And where would nerd culture be without the UK?  Doctor Who, Sherlock, Harry Potter and so on.

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Other guys that have some serious cred would be Nathan Fillion, Misha Collins and Simon Pegg. Mark Hamill!!!!! The Joker, Firelord Ozai and Mother Freaking Luke Skywalker?! That is crazy fire force coming your way! But I dunno guys, what about a serious badass, Dooku and Sauroman. Christopher Lee is crazy awesome, plus he could show Benedict a thing or two about having the voice of a god.

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But, I think, my vote will inevitably go to Sir Ian Mckellen. With his Gandlaf count coming up on six and being Magneto four times. The man owns those rolls. He is a knight and this…..

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Now, onto the ladies, Halle Berry springs to mind, being a DC and Marvel. Storm and Catwoman. But I dunno if she’d be crowned queen. Hmm. I do like Lenny Kravitz daughter Zoe. She’s Angel Salvador and Christina from Divergent. And being so young she’s just getting going. Another young contender would be J-Law. She’s hilarious and awesome, plus her Mystique count is at two, and playing Katniss four times when all is said and done doesn’t hurt. And I do have a sneaking suspicion she is a nerd in real life, we’ve all seen her quotes and interviews, the girl oozes awkward geek. Now, as if shaving your head for V for Vendetta wasn’t enough, she did play Luke and Leia’s mom three times, Natalie Portman is really cool. And anyone who can rap like that on SNL is sure to catch major nerd attention. What about Emilia Clarke? When she’s not the Unburnt Mother of Dragons, she is gearing up as John Connors mom, I mean that’s gotta count for something. The beautiful and talented Shailene Woodley is a good runner for the spot, she is Tris in the Divergent series, but also knocked it out of the park playing John Green’s Hazel Grace. Mae Witman, she played Ann, do you know Ann? on Arrested development, she appeared in Scott Pilgrim vs The World and voiced Katara for three seasons on my favourite show Avatar The Last Airbender. As if being an evil ex wasn’t enough she is Sifu Katara That makes me want to throw my vote her way right now.

 

 

But guys, after much consideration, I think I would say Zoe Salanda. Starring as an alien in Avatar and a pirate with Johnny Depp this chick rocks. Now I know those aren’t nerd royalty but consider her other roles. Ever heard of Uhura? Yes, that’s her, and she is in fact Gamora from Guardians of the Galaxy. So if you can be a pirate, an alien in a movie as big as Avatar, plus break and enforce laws in space, I think you deserve a crown. I dunno this badass isn’t someone to be trifled with, and although she may not be the most obvious choice, this chick is just getting rolling.

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Did I leave plenty of nerd royalty and titans out? Yes. Why? Cause all good things come to an end, also if I sat here, talking about how the fandom crown would sit perfect on Carrie Fishers cinnamon roll hair, or how John Barrowman walks around at conventions when he isn’t shooting Ollie with arrows or flying invisible spaceships, we would be here forever. Or maybe I’m wrong, maybe there shouldn’t be a queen and king. Maybe it should be more like the house of commons. MP for Sci Fi Warwick Davis, Treasurer of fantasy Emma Watson. Maybe everyone should be allowed to lead us into a battle of LARPing and cosplaying together. Maybe that’s the whole point. I’m here, all set on nerd unity, and then I just say these two people are the king and queen, I mean it’s 2014 for god sakes. So you know what, I think everyone, from Billy Dee right to Sigourney Weaver deserves to get a shout out. As space pilots or sword weilders. As superheroes or vampire hunters. I love them all equally, all actors, actresses, writers and directors who submerge themselves in nerd culture.

Also, to them, I would say thank you, thank you for just being you. Thank you for giving us stories and adventures that will never leave us.

 

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But in all seriousness, nobody can beat Ian and Zoe.

 

J.W. Coughlan

Comic Review: Devil Dealers

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Published by Markosia Enterprise LTD.

Written by Ross May

Art by Brett Wood

Colors by Kristy Swan

Inks by Victor Moya

Lettering by Ed Brisson

So Poppers here is another comic that was sent to me from out of the blue but more than happy to take a look at.

Ross May writer of Devil Dealers found me and asked me if I have a look at his book and give it a review. Love surprise like that.

Devil Dealers is the of one Greg Gagne one of the world’s greatest card player that happens to have the game of his life. In a wager that seems to out of this world from a beautiful player, Greg wager his soul for half of all the money in the world. Well if the dude wins and finds out that this was a honest bet and that the girl was the Devil. When Greg and the Devil’s game is interrupted by a group of people that don’t want the Devil dead but captured. But not for the good of mankind but for selfish reasons. Greg and his other Devil hunter, Edmund Mund, Joey and Fautus go on the road to find the devil. Fautus has special gloves blessed by different religions that can capture the Devil. Joey hope to capture the devil to convince him to return the soul of a dieing friend, Johnny. The group are also looking for a book that will help them with the capture of the Devil. But in the end the greed of one of the group shows it’s ugly face like any good human would do.

Ross May is a freelance witter and has written Tales of the TMNT, horror comics and contributing to The Real Ghostbusters complete series.  Ross does a fine job of writing here moving the story forward and in keeping the reader interested in the story. There a couple of time I was a little lost, especially when Fautus is seen going off into the woods and Greg follows her and she disappears. That incident is not brought up later and just dismissed. But over all not that bad.

The art work of Brett Wood, well it is fine but it seems a little to stiff at times. Also I had a hard time at the running panels that were drawn. The movement just seem to cartoonist. I would of love to see Brett take a different direction with his choice of the Devil instead of the command imaged used. Brett the art work is not that bad but I can not get past the thought of it looking graceless.

Overall the book is fine but not overly impressive. I did not really jump off the pages with anything really compelling that would make me want to continue with the next chapters. I really do not like dishing on book because of the hard work that both the writer and artist do. But at the same time I be doing a disservices to both the creators of the book and myself.

In the end I give Devil Dealers 2 out of 5 pops.

Remember comics are to be enjoyed. Not destroyed.

Movie Monday: Beyond

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Once again it is Movie Monday and I have a great little short film, Beyond.

Directed by Raphael Rogers and release in 2013 this short film follows Arya. Arya is the last in her linage that possesses the ability to teleport across space and time. Using her powers to explore new planets to help her find out who she is and where she belongs

This a beautiful well done film. The effects of the teleporting and of the different worlds is very well done. Bianca Malinowski stars and also produced this short. I was captivated from the start by the slick effect and found my intrigued by what was happening.

So take a few and watch, Beyond.

Source: YouTube