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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

Comic Review: Fairy Quest Outcasts

FQ-Outcasts01Fairy Quest Outcasts #1

Story: Paul Jenkins

Art: Humberto Ramos

Color: Leonardo Olea

Lettering: Jim Campbell

Welcome to another adaption of the Grimm Fairy Tale world.  This time around the characters are not playing around by the rules set up by Mister Grimm. Characters created by Mister Grimm are now showing free will and rewriting stories. This is not to be permitted and Grimm sets out to stop the discontents with the use of the Think Police.

The leader and main focus of the hunt is a little girl in a red hood and a big black wolf. Now if I have to tell you who these two are then dam brother get out and read some other books. Red and wolf are trying to get to get to see the Map Maker. Now I am not sure the reason that Red and Woofy need to see the Map Maker. Then again I do miss things. But after running into Punzel. A girl that has been in a tower to long and like most people that have been locked away to long, has lost a few cookies from the cookie jar. Also our heroes meet a lovable troll and have to bribe him to let them across a bridge.

Fairy Quest Outcast is a 2 book series that is fun to read. Writer Paul Jenkins takes a different twist with some of the better known characters. Told to a young child by his mother at bed time, Jenkins uses what to me is a mother board with telling the same old story and giving it a little twist. There is humor and action both well done by Paul Jenkins.

The art work of Humberto Ramos(The Spectacular Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man) is animated with aspects of Anime. It reminds me of art found in a child’s book but with more flare. Large hands, big eye and looking like the body is not in right. Disney drawings but without the big mouse looking over his shoulder. The coloring and lettering also done well by Lenardo Olea and Jim Campbell respectively.FairyGoofy

So in the end boy and girls I like this book and look forward to book 2

I give Fairy Quest Outcast 4 out of 5 pops

Remember comics are to be enjoyed. Not destroyed.


John G M Burke


Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo 2014

Hey Poppers

Well another year has come and gone and this years Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo 2014 was bigger, longer and packed with more media guest from TV and film. More artist, writers, creators from some of your favorite comics, web series and authors. Also a large group of independent comic book creators and artist. The venue also keeps expanding with a large tented area to hold more panels and events. Also there is a good chance you have to battle some weather conditions. This year a small snow storm. Hey that is spring in Alberta.  I spent the weekend walking the floor, seeing panels and talking to comic creators. Each year the amount of cosplayers continue to grow both with the amount of people coming out dressed up and creating amazing costumes. IMG_0801In the coming weeks I will be posting some the great work created by some really artistic people. Every aspect of the pop culture was represented at the show. Not only were your regular cosplayer making the rounds. Young and old came out to show their love for everything that revolves around the geek culture. IMG_0797Attending this year was three of the top cosplayer out there today. Lindsay Elyse, Monika Lee, Jessica Nigri. I got my picture with Monika Lee and I have to say is pleasant, fun and made everyone that came to see her feel very comfortable.

Among the media attending were Sean Astin(Lord of the Rings, Goonies, TMNT), Michael Beihn(Terminator, 24, The Rock), Bruce Campbell(Evil Dead, Burn Notice), Bill Paxton(Aliens, Agents of Shield, Big Love), Sigourney Weaver(Alien, Aliens, Avatar), Matt Smith(Doctor Who,Clone) and Karen Gillan(Doctor Who,Oculus,Guardians of the Galaxy. So many more to list but to find out more head over to my podcast, The Pop Culture Cafe’s Podcast.

From the world of comics J. Scott Campbell, Nick Bradshaw, Terry Dodson, Keven Eastman, Ray Fawkes, Mark McKenna. Again the show had many of the top name in comics both artists and writers. I had the pleasure of talking to Pat Shand from Zenescope Comics about the world of Grimm Fairy Tales and creating strong female leads. I had a great conversation with George Wassil about Oh Hell. George was excited about the world he help created and I am happy to help him spread the word. Go by and check out Kickstarter and help out if you love independent creators. Oh-Hell-1_CI had a small chat with Nick Bradshaw and what do two Canadian boys talk about first, not comics but the amount of snow each side of the country gets the most. Eh!

The Calgary Expo once again put on another great show. This is my 3rd year I have gone and the show gets bigger and better. Better organize and each day you can see how the people in charge make changes to make it run smoother. The volunteers deserve a great deal of thanks. These people spend long days making it pleasurable for us all. I did unfortunately see one poor girl getting harassed at our wait to get into the Doctor Who panel. I finally had to go over and tell the guy to leave her alone and if he wanted to complain go to the higher ups. That incident pissed me off. But overall the general public were great.

So much to see and do. That is the catch at such a big con, so much to see and no time to see it all. In my option that makes a great con. I took in the Greg Rucka panel that was such a great experience on writing not just for comics but anything at all. The Doctor Who panel was the high light of the whole con for me and the Corral was packed with some many coming to see their Doctor.

Finally two things that really made this years Calgary Expo really stand out. The first was talking to a guy from Calgary, I am from Edmonton and the two cities have a great and long rivalry. But for use it was just two guys that love the world of comics. The memories of our youth and the memories that were created because of that medium. The days of the old musky smell of the books. The simple joy of those books long ago and the chance to share that joy with someone like yourself, no matter where they come form.

The last and most important for me. I found a book that help create my love of comic books, Sci-Fi, and the world of fantasy. When I was a young fellow the book that I read again and again. That sparked my imagination, my love of art and my youthful dreams of living among the stars, Star-Lord by John Byrne, Terry Austin and Chris Claremont. I almost passed by this book. But I had to have it in what ever condition. I asked the seller if I could open it and take a look and he agreed. Opening the first page brought me back to happier times and smell of those old pages made my problems of my world disappear. Once again it was me and Star-Lord flying around the universe. Seeing that book again help me capture a very special and happier time for me.

So, Calgary Expo. Thank you. You help this old man feel like a young kid again.

Great show.


Imagine Agents #1

3380838-imagine+agents+#1+(2013)+-+page+1  IMAGINE AGENTS #1

Created & Writer: Brain Joines

Illustrated by Bachan

Colorist: Ruth Redmond

Letterer: Deron Bennett

Did you have a imaginary friend when you were younger and as you got older your imaginary friend disappeared. Every wonder where he/she/it went to? Did you care? Well Boom Comics brings you what happens and who are the people that collect them.

Created and written by Brain Joines this interesting idea of what happens to all those imaginary friends that are no longer required by the children they were friends with. Crossing Ghost Busters and Men In Black into this book of having agents come and collect them when they are no longer required. Also not all the imaginary friends like the idea of being taken in.

Figment activity is skyrocketing and agents with hardly any training are being forced into action. That being said we meet new agent Terry Snowgoose and seasoned agent Dave Slatern as they try and take down a Moog of Mog. Slatern is the straight man to Snowgoose’s fool and it works fine. The agents wear special ear piece that allows them to see the imaginary friends also special equipment that captures them in sort of Pokemon ball type of device. Through out the book we are introduce to various different imaginary’s and we find out that all is not well. We are introduce later in the book to Dapple who has plans to shake things up. The idea for this book is interesting and even though there are mixtures of different pieces from other areas of entertainment I am interested in the story.

The art work by Bachan is very good and he has a great imagination in his art work. Some of the creations of the imaginary’s is great. Mixing some interesting pieces of real world pieces into wild looking art work.

So in the end I found this book a good read and the art work really helps with creating the world where the figments of a child’s imagination come to live. Also like most things in life, there is a  dark underbelly that is not always seen.

I give Imagine Agents 4 pops out of 5

Remember comics are to be enjoyed. Not destroyed.