I love when people are so FANatical about something it becomes not only an obsession, but a deep passion. It doesn't matter if it's Jedi's or Jaws, we love our stuff. And no one loves sharks, blood and 'bigger boats' than my longtime friend Lou and his wife Yana.
'Lou and Yana's Jawsfest 4 - Revenge Of The Finatics' is their best and probably most personal of their 'fin' films. In the previous three (which are a riot and so much fun to watch), we are brought all over Amity Island and shown the sights and scenes made famous in the 'Jaws' films.
In 'Revenge Of The Finatics' we see more of the stuff behind the scenes and get to see Lou and Yana and their friends in their element; talking Jaws and networking with other finatics. Even if you're not into 'Jaws' you will appreciate the love, dedication and enthusiasm this couple have. They bring out the best in like minded people and celebrate big killer fish in a way that is contagious.
THE BAD NEWS! As you read this review, they may already be sold out of their initial printing of the DVD.
THE GOOD NEWS! As you read this review, Lou and Yana may already have more red ink and have a second order on the way!
So get out of the water right now, watch 'Jaws' and then 'Jaws II' and then check out this DVD. It will make the shark eating people on vacation experience that much more enjoyable.
To find out more about 'Jawsfest 4', just go to their facebook home at https://www.facebook.com/jawsfestfilms.
by Brian LeTendreMy good pal and amazing artist Ron Leary just gave me a heads up on a new movie project he is involved with that is being partially funded through Indieigogo.
The project is called Penance Lane, a horror movie being produced by Mane entertainment, the production house started by Tyler Mane and Renae Geerlings. Comic fans probably know Mane best as Sabretooth from the X-Men films. He also a veteran of the horror industry, having played Michael Meyers in both of Rob Zombie's Halloween movies. In Penance Lane, Mane stars as Crimson Matthews, an ex-con who takes on a handyman job in a small mining town but finds the property he's working at has some very dark secrets.Some of the rewards foe helping fund the film range from taking home a prop to having a walk-on role in the film. You can check out the pitch below, and then head over to the Indiegogo page to see all the rewards and a bunch of production updates.
by MatmanI have a few real passions in my life that define me; comic books, good sci-fi, sports and of course... music! Other than comic books and the Bible, my reading consists mostly of music biographies.
Since my taste in music is not always in the mainstream, I have not always found books about the bands I wanna read about until I discovered Canadian writer Martin Popoff!
Martin has written some of the best music biographies on bands like UFO, Rainbow, Deep Purple, Judas Priest, RUSH and Black Sabbath! Each book follows the history of the band chronologically (album to album) and the pages jump alive with amazing photos and memorabilia. The books also feature some incredible insight from the subjects themselves. Not everyone can write about all the lineup changes in Rainbow and Black Sabbath and somehow keep it accurate and entertaining, but Martin does it.
Recently Martin has released three books to much critical acclaim...
Epic Ted Nugent
Scorpions - Top Of The Bill
Iron Maiden - Two Minutes To Midnight
All three books are on my Christmas list too...
For me personally, Martin is my favorite writer and does an incredible job telling the stories behind my favorite bands with a voice and style that resonates with me. In fact, I thanked him in my first book for inspiring me to write!
Head on over to www.martinpopoff.com and fill your holiday gift list there. Downloadable books are also available!
Brian LeTendreIn tomorrow's episode of Secret Identity, the Out of the Longbox will be the first issue of Fearless Defenders, a great series that actually ended this week with issue #12.
The book featured Valkyrie forming a new group of Shield Maidens from the ranks of some of the coolest female characters in the Marvel U, while introducing some great new characters among the way. For me, it was in many ways an extension of Heroes for Hire, a franchise that has had various incarnations over the past several years, but never found one that really stuck.
And so here we are again, with an original and entertaining series failing to find its audience and getting canceled after merely 12 issues. Nobody is more bummed about that than the creative team behind the book, and this week, writer Cullen Bunn wrote a great blog post about how the series came together, how it evolved, and where it might have gone.Among the tidbits of info that Bunn reveals is a laundry list of possible Marvel heroes that could have been a part of the series at one point, including Dazzler, Arana, Savage She-Hulk and Rescue (Pepper Potts).
You can read his entire post here, and the Marvel AR video below, while tiny bit spoilery, gives you a great idea of the series premise. If you haven't checked out Fearless Defenders, I would highly recommend grabbing the trades.
Comics Buyer's Guide was founded in February 1971 by Alan Light, originally as a monthly tabloid newspaper called The Buyer's Guide to Comics Fandom. An entire generation of comics fans in the 1970s looked to TBG for its comics news and as a marketplace for buying and selling comics in those pre-Internet days.
TBG was purchased by Krause Publications in 1983, and the company changed its name to Comics Buyer's Guide, and installed Don and Maggie Thompson as editors. Throughout the 1980s, CBG was a prime source for comics journalism and insights, but the changing landscape of the 1990s comics industry brought in other publications that, along with the Internet, gradually ate away at the publication's popularity.
CBG was eventually cancelled in early 2013 at issue #1699, without offering contributors a final issue to say "goodbye" to the long-running industry icon. Alter Ego #122 took on the task of giving comic book fans an idea of what CBG #1700 might've looked like, through history and remembrances from founder Alan Light and Murray Bishoff about the original TBG, and Maggie Thompson and Brent Frankenhoff about CBG. The issue also presents new “final” columns by CBG stars Mark Evanier, Tony Isabella, Peter David, Fred Hembeck, John Lustig, plus classic art by Don Newton, Mike Vosburg, Jack Kirby, Mike Nasser, and many other professionals who graced the newszine's pages over its more than 40 years of publication. The cover features an illustration by fan-favorite artist John Fantucchio which originally appeared on the cover of TBG #1, in color for the first time.
This issue also features a special FCA (Fawcett Collectors of America) section spotlighting CBG's fondly-remembered "Goodguy" parody of Captain Marvel, as well as Michael T. Gilbert reminiscing about Mr. Monster's roots in CBG, plus historian Bill Schelly's overview of fandom before TBG came along. Alter Ego is edited by former Marvel Comics editor in chief and top writer Roy Thomas.
Readers can view a free preview and order the print edition (at 15% off with a free digital edition) or digital edition only (just $3.95) at:http://twomorrows.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1117
The print edition can be ordered at any comic book shop using DIAMOND ORDER CODE: SEP131536
So--what do you think? Are you excited for this one?
by Brian LeTendre
You've heard us rave on the show about what a great comics series BOOM! has been putting out with the Adventure Time license. Well, whether you're a fan of the comics or the show itself, BOOM! has just release a cover collection that should make any Adventure Time fan happy. Here's how they describe it:
Be the envy of all of your fellow Adventure Time fans with this breathtaking collection! Finally, a complete collection of all of the stunning ADVENTURE TIME cover artwork featured in the comics to date! ADVENTURE TIME fans have been clamoring to collect all of the innovative, beautiful variant cover images produced for the smash hit KaBOOM! comic series! Now there’s one spot where art fans and ADVENTURE TIME fans alike can see every cover image produced to date in this stunning, over-sized hardcover cover gallery! In addition to showcasing each breathtaking cover image, this volume also includes process pieces showing how an ADVENTURE TIME cover is created. Don’t miss out on this must have for every ADVENTURE TIME fan!
You can check out some of the great covers below, and you can grab the book when it hits stores on December 11th.
When looking for that perfect gift for the comic book fan (or suggestion for yourself) then value and quality are a must, so look no further than DC's 'Showcase' and Marvel's 'Essential' collections.
Since most of us can't afford to get the first bunch of issues featuring (insert your favorite character), what better way to read where most characters began.
Filling in around 500 pages, these books pack a serious value for the money and for comic fans (and prospective fans) give an incredible starting point for collectors.
People always complain that they are in black and white but I say SO WHAT!!! Sure color would be great, but where else are you gonna see and be able to appreciate the art of some of the greatest of all time; Jack Kirby, Joe Kubert and so many more.
The other amazing thing about these books is that even if you don't like the character that much, you can at least read some of the classic cannon you should know. Case in point, Thor. I don't like Thor as a character, but I got the first Thor Essential so I could know where the character came from and what he is all about.
So as you can see; value and incredible reads that are guaranteed to make you smile!
by Brian LeTendreWith all the holiday furor over the past couple of weeks, you may have missed the release of a game that Young Justice fans will probably want to check out.
Young Justice: Legacy is n action rolepplaying game set in the five-year period between season 1 and 2 of the beloved, but canceled cartoon series. The show's writers consulted on the story, and the voice cast from the show reprised their roles for this game. Here's the synopsis of the storyline:
A renowned archaeologist, Dr. Helena Sandsmark, is kidnapped, and the Young Justice team tracks a group of the Light’s most notorious villains around the globe in an effort to rescue her. But when the young heroes discover the Light is exploiting Dr. Sandsmark’s expertise to locate fragments of an ancient statue of legendary power, they must race against time to save the planet from imminent disaster.
The game is currently out for Xbox 360, PS3, Nintendo 3DS and PC. Sadly, the Wii and WiiU versions were canceled last month.
I am tempted to pick this one up, although the reviews have not been good so far. I think fans of the cartoon may be willing to overlook some gameplay flaws in order to get more Young Justice, though.
Check out the trailer below and decide for yourself. You can find out more about the game at www.youngjusticelegacy.com. If I end up grabbing it, I'll post a review.
As we head into the Christmas homestretch, I want to give you a gift idea; something for you and / or a gift for someone else... and it starts with the true reason for the season!
Comic creator Billy Tucci may be known for his fast paced storytelling and his beautiful art, but it's his attention to detail that earns him respect.
When Billy was working on his epic 'Sgt. Rock - The Lost Battalion' series at DC, he traveled to Europe to walk the beaches of Normandy and spent time walking the forests of Belgium to be as accurate as he could be. In fact, Billy even had me lay under a Stuart tank taking pictures so the rivets and view would be perfect.
So you would and should expect perfection from Billy's most personal work, 'A Child Is Born.' Taken from the Gospels of Matthew and Mark, this beautifully drawn book tells the tale of a young couple given shocking news and their quest to deliver a gift to the world.
This book is not only beautifully drawn, but accurate according to the scriptures from where they are pulled from. The colors by Paul Mounts, letters by Bill Tortolini and an eye catching painted cover by Billy and Mark Sparacio make this a book that is more than just a comic book.
'Billy Tucci's A Child Is Born' is available in four formats...
*Regular Comic Book Edition
*Artist edition - black and white so you can appreciate Billy's beautiful art
*Hardcover Gift Edition
*Digital Edition available at the iTunes Bookstore.
For more information on this book, just go to www.apostlearts.com.