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Mark Millar and Neflix announce Prodigy

Yesterday Netflix and Mark Millar introduced their next project Prodigy. The Millarworld book is the next one coming from the Mark Millar and Netflix deal last year. The first book The Magic Order became the biggest selling new comicbook franchise in nearly 20 years. The superstar artist selected to bring this idea to the printed page is Brazilian superstar Rafael Albuquerque (Batman, American Vampire), whom Millar previously worked on the popular comic-book Huck.

In Prodigy, the world’s smartest man isn’t content with running the world’s most successful business. His brilliant mind needs constant challenge and so he’s become the go-to guy for governments around the world when a problem arises they just can’t handle. A Nobel-Prize winning scientist, a genius composer, an Olympic-level athlete and an expert in the occult, Edison Crane is as addicted to the mysteries of the world as he is to sitting at the top of the Fortune 500. These are the tales of the world’s most exceptional man and this story marks his first published adventure.

Millar is one of the most prolific comicbook creators working the field today.  Millar said, “I gave myself a challenge when I created Prodigy. I wanted to write the smartest thing I’ve ever written and at the same time top any action set-pieces I’ve ever managed in the past and I honestly couldn’t be happier with how this has turned out.”

“Edison Crane is by far the best character I’ve created in my career and I’m delighted that my genius friend Rafa Albuquerque is drawing the comic-book side of all this. He’s really one of the best artists in the world. I can’t wait to share this with everyone. This really is a beaut and we’re incredibly proud of it.” 

Prodigy will be available in comic book stores and online on December 5th, 2018.

Source: Netflix Press Release.

 

Cosplay From Comic Con Russia

Seeing a music video like this just reminds me that all over the world there are people that just love the geek/nerd culture. This music video created by Mr.TVCow was shot a the Comic Con Russian 2015. Yes there are many such videos around the net. This interesting to me for the simple fact that is you were not informed that is was from Russia you would have no idea.  Geeks/nerds are all the same no matter where from. So check out some great work done my these cosplayers.

Source: Mr.TVCow, GeekTyrant

The Love Of Art

A couple of weekends ago my son and I spent it at the the 4th Edmonton Expo. The Edmonton Expo has grow from 14,000 to a estimated 50,000 in those 4 short years. I don’t know about you but that is HUGE.

This year as I was making my way around the convention I came abound a display of a collage of some superhero toys. Toys smashed together to create something odd but amazing art work also.

I talked to Darren Havelock the creator/artist behind these pieces of art.

Darren said:

What these are, are model kits that I customize. These are commercial produced model kits that I buy and cut them up and break them down. Combine them with other things like dollar store items or Halloween items. To create fairly unique items. 

Darren went on to tell me that he created these pieces and others just for the love of the art. While everyone was trying to sell merchandise, Darren just wanted to show people his work.

You can hear more of my interview with Darren in my upcoming The Pop Culture Cafe Podcast later in the week.

Arrow, Catching Up, and General-ness…

Hey Poppers,

I couldn’t think of a featured image, I just read what I wrote, the part down there, that you haven’t read yet, unless you skipped ahead, but I bet you didn’t, I trust you. Anyway, that picture of 3PO and R2 in a Tim Burton movie about bad dreams before Jesus’s birthday was the best I could come up with. So good luck, and enjoy, but mostly good luck. The Batman vs Superman trailer!!

Wow, I have been so busy lately I have not been able to blog, but here I am so let’s jump right in. I got Instagram, it’s okay.And I changed my name on twitter to batteryrunheart. Because my heart is literally run by a battery. No joke, I have a pacemaker, it’s one step down from an arc reactor. No big. Also I am now a registered apprentice, becoming a Parts Technician. It’s a three year program, but I have set myself up to have my ticket by next summer. And yes, apprentice like in Star Wars, again no big.

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So, also I got my wife rather pregnant, so yeah. We can now move onto four person cosplays. Yes, that is where my mind immediately goes.

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Also, Whovians, if you want an idea of how overwhelming it is to find out you will be a dad again, please see the below picture.

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Next I got bit by a spider! And I think it may have been radioactive.

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And lastly I have been working on my third and last book in the Fantom Fury trilogy. (cause the “tri” in “trilogy” means three, so my third, and therefore…. last….. book) So, there you have it my excuses for not being able to blog. (Please see radio style segway below… Remember I mentioned my books like one second ago?)

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Yes, I met CAITY LOTZ!!!!! at EEK fest. She was super nice and she is so gorgeous. It was awesome to be face to face with Miss Sara Lance. And yes, that is a copy of my first book signed by her. It was so cool. Also I met someone else ladies and gents, he’s on the Arrow, not a huge part of the show, but certainly notable. (Please refer to picture below.)

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HA! Gotcha!! It’s Stephen Amell! and he’s the main character. Get it? It was a joke when I said that he wasn’t a huge part of the show. Cause he is! Get it? Anyway, yeah I totally met him in a bathroom. Dressed as the Arrow. It was the coolest thing ever. He was really nice and I told him he was a big fan. And at his panel I asked him if he was going to use his island wig to playing Casey Jones. If you don’t know of the island wig on Arrow, it’s worth a quick google search. If you don’t know who Casey Jones is why are you reading this, seriously all the references must be going over your head. Star Wars, and yes I made that Star Wars picture in paint, Arrow,  Doctor Who, Spiderman. I mean if you’ve made it this far and didn’t get at least eighty percent of the references I applaud you, seriously. Nice job dude. And yes I call guys and girls both dude. Just so you know I wasn’t leaving anyone out. Anyway, what was I going to say? Oh yeah, even if you get every reference and you are still reading, thank you. I just go, I literally type whatever is in my head, I’m hungry, and hit publish. And if you are willing to use your precious time reading that, well that, well it just warms my heart. Thanks guys! Anyway, as we all know it has been nerd overload lately. The Batman vs Superman trailer. Oh man! I am so stoked!!!!!! Seriously it has been playing on repeat in my head since I watched it. What else, Suicide Squad, Batman vs Superman, Deadpool, um what else, oh yeah, Batman vs Superman. X Men, Batman vs Superman is worth mentioning, Star Wars is coming up, that Batman vs Superman trailer was really good. Ant-Man will be out soon, maybe they’ll play that Batman vs Superman trailer during the pre-show. I saw Terminator which I loved. The Batman vs Superman trailer. Oh! Arrow started filming. BvS. Flash is gonna be on Season Two. Dawn of Justice. Legends of Tomorrow which looks so cool, and I love that they are using Rory to travel through time. I mean what a cool thing to do, and yes I called him Rory. Because to me that’s who he is. Rory, Amy, Doctor. I guess now it’s Rip, Nebula and Skynet. Sniffle. They grow up so fast!!! Yeah, so it has been an overload, which I can handle. I mean I got that spider bite and I have a one-step-down-from-an-arc-reactor-pacemaker. Sorry for any spoilers. And sorry I mentioned that trailer, (Batman vs Superman Dawn of Justice) so many times, it’s just that, how can I put this,

IT’S A FUCKING BATMAN VS SUPERMAN TRAILER!!!!!!!!

Anyway, back to meeting Stephen and Caity, yeah, we’re on a first name basis, no big. They were so awesome and down to earth. No, noses in the air, no one was below them. They were both so nice, and so cool, and you know what? Whoever said don’t meet your heroes can go poop their pants!

Anyway, it’s been a slice, hit me up on IG and twitter, I follow back and I’m not quite as crazy, 140 characters and 1000 words, get it? cause a picture is worth a thousand words, and on Instagram you post pictures. Anyway, I’m allowed to make terrible jokes, I’m a dad. Puns, just for funs.

Bye bye

Oh yeah I couldn’t find a way to fit this in, but it’s so awesome so here:

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K seriously bye.

Comic Review: D4ve

D4ve #1 of 5

Publisher: IDW

Story & Letters: Ryan Ferrier

Art & Colors: Valentin Ramon

Editor: David Hedgecock

D4ve first caught my eye in the Preview magazine. Well the art cover did. A  robot wearing a party hat holding a shot gun over his head while sitting on the bodies of dead aliens. So my interest was peak. I read the little description of the book and I thought now this is different. So I had my comic shop put me down for it.

Man I am glad I did.

D4ve is the story of a robot created for combat now having a mid life crisis. You see D4ve and the rest of his buddies cleaned out the rest of the galaxy. Okay first they did away with the human race. Humans created robot, robot got smart, real smart. Revolted against man and well wiped them out. After that every other species wanted a piece of earth. Once those attackers were wiped out the robots thought, hell we better get ride of the rest. Job well done. Now they think they are the only life in the galaxy. Maybe?

D4ve is a well written and drawn book. Ryan Ferrier has created a funny, whimsical and at times silly sci-fi adventure. The dialogue is written so it is natural and flows smoothly. Ryan’s dialogue really expresses the emotion so well for robots that have no faces. This is adult book with adult language and adult situations but it does not offend. Well if you find masturbating robot’s offensive?

The art work of Valentin Ramon is fantastic. Ramon does not have the luxury of having facial expression to use to help communicate what the characters are trying to express. Ramon effectively does this job through hands, body movement and hand gestures. Okay there is one part where a robot’s eyes bug out and jaw drops at a strip joint. I had a good giggle at that.

This is one great book and I wanted more right away. Oh yeah I found more also. I found out that this book was original done by MonkeyBrain Comics. I also found out that you could purchase the other four books thru ComiXology for 99 cents. So there is a tip for you guys if you enjoy the series and don’t want to wait for the rest. Sorry IDW.

The rest of the series is great and a comical adventure. I highly recommend this book.

So in the end I give D4ve 5 pops out of 5. I rarely give out 5’s but I really love it that I have to get the other four because I could not wait for them to come out. Again sorry IDW.

Remember comics are to be enjoyed. Not destroyed.

POBS/LLAP

Robyn Hood Ongoing #7 Review

Robyn Hood Ongoing #7

Written by Pat Shand

Art by Roberta Ingranata

Colors by Slamet Mujiono

Letters by Jim Campbell

Edited by Pat Shand

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Good Day Poppers,

J.W. Coughlan here once again, this time with organised ramblings. A review, of what you ask? Well if you don’t know, you have obviously skipped ahead you little gaffer!

gaf·fer

ˈɡafər/

noun

1. the chief electrician in a motion-picture or television production unit.

2. (informal) an old man.

Any how, here we go Robyn Hood 7.

Now I know people like to make mention of the scantily clad ladies in most Zenescope comics, and although Robyn does show it off, I will defend this with two words. Stephen Amell. He also mirrors Robin Hood every week as Arrow. He shows off his stuff almost every episode, and he looks good, a little too good. So, let’s just allow the world two sexy green archers. One man, one woman, one real, one drawn.

Now that the disclaimer fineprinty stuff is done here we go!

It was really sweet!!! Now, I find a lot of the time Zenescope has a great use of frames, or panels, whatever you wanna call them. In this book they did not disappoint. I was wowed by the frame work during the flashback scenes at the beginning of the issue.

I LOVE how her bow works. I won’t say anymore, there was one scene that blew me away and I want to leave a surprise for those of you who don’t know. But I can honestly tell you, in a time where bow and arrows rule many-a-fandom this one sure holds up.

Now Robyn is one character who shouldn’t be trifled with. She is tough in body and mind, which is really what a good story needs. Great character work on this project, including some really cool hero dynamics, like the playing of good cop bad cop, by herself.

Robyn and Marian are cool names, and a cool twist on Robin Hood and Maid Marian.

It does end on a cliffhanger, which I love, throwing in monsters, creepy cult priest dudes, you get the picture, dark awesomeness.

I love the cute date Marian goes on, but the best part was saved for last. There is a sequence where Robyn slowly pulls out her bow. Now, the art, the scene and the frame work give this last scene a truly cinematic feel. It was wicked.

A big shout out to Pat Shand on this one, Robyn Hood is truly a great comic from Zenescope and I hope Pat, as well as everyone else working on the comic keep up the hard work.

Until next time

J.W. Coughlan

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