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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.

 

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.

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

The Changing Role of Woman In Comics

Hey Poppers

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In a recent article by Sam LeBas (@comicsonice) and Will Brooker (@willbrooker) about the sexism in comics at Talking Comics.  The article  talks about how sexism is still present and woman still have to struggle for their place in the comics industry. But with the percentage of woman readers hitting a high of 46.67% according to Market research more and more woman are enjoying comics.  Also with superhero and comic properties showing up all over the place from movies, TV, clothing and video games and trying to capture a larger audience. Woman will becoming more and more interested in the world of comics may decide to enter the comic book world.

The is a really great article and if you feel the same way as I do. That no matter the sex of the writer and/or artist it is a good story and art the a real comic fan wants. Not who rights or draws the book.

Please go over to Talking Comics and have a read.

Source: Talking Comics

Image Comics 2015 Annoucements

This week at the 2015 Image Comics Expo announced their upcoming line up for this years comic releases. Image the leader(in my opinion) creator own comics has numerous comics rolling out. Writers and artists such as Scott Snyder (WYTCHES, Batman) and artist Jeff Lemire (Trillium, Sweet Tooth). Skottie Young (Fortunately, the Milk, Rocket Raccoon, Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz) and Jean-Francois Beaulieu (Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz). Writer Kieron Gillen (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, Young Avengers) and artist Jamie McKelvie (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, Young Avengers). Many more of the top writers and artists in the world of comics.

Image has become a leader in helping creators get their work out  and into the hands of comic book fans. Success like  The Walking Dead, Saga, Invincible, Spawn and Rat Queens have showed the company’s wiliness to take a chance on books and their creators.  DC and Marvel are still the top dogs in the industry but for original ideas you can not go wrong with a Image book.

Some of the titles coming in 2015 are AD: After Death, Black Road, I Hate Fairyland, Heaven, Island & 8House and many more. Follow the link, Image Comics to see a complete list of the comics.

Comic Review: GFT- Dark Shaman #2

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GFT: Dark Shaman #2

Story: Joe Brusha

Writer: Erica J. Heflin

Art: Sean Hill

Colours: Omi Remalante Jr.

Letters:Jim Campbell

Editor: Nicole Glade

Reviewed By: J.W. Coughlan

Hey Poppers,

I read Dark Shaman two, and here is my review… rhyming is slick.

Now I hadn’t read the first Dark Shaman, so I went in with an open mind. Now, as always Zenescope gave us our catch up. So, after reading that I dove right in. The first few pages of the comic really caught my eye. The layout was incredible, and added to the entire story. The closest thing I can relate this comic to would be The Walking Dead graphic novels. A horror tale of adventure.

Another thing I really enjoyed about this comic was the cut scenes. I really like when the use of cut scenes add to dramatic moments in comics.

For the second installment in a four part story, this comic clipped along nicely, it didn’t drag like the middle of stories tend to sometimes. Now, not to spoil too much, but it ends on a cliffhanger, which since Dukes of Hazzard has always been a good call.

Another thing I found was that this comic did a lot with a little. By that I mean without one hundred million characters in twenty thousand locations the comic stayed fresh and interesting. Like a sprout sandwich…. that might punch you in the face.

Now all that being said, I found the basic idea really really cool, witchy supernatural elements mixed with horror. I stayed invested in the story from start to finish and am excited for stories three and four.

Now if you are a fan of supernatural elements and/or horror, I suggest picking up a copy.

I’m giving this comic four pops out of five.

A smart use of horror that stays intriguing from start to finish.

Remember, comics are to be enjoyed not destroyed.

J.W. Coughlan