<![CDATA[ - Home]]>Thu, 11 Feb 2016 03:22:43 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Why We Need The Inkwell Awards]]>Thu, 11 Feb 2016 11:20:58 GMThttp://www.secretidentitypodcast.com/home/why-we-need-the-inkwell-awards
by Matman

Last week I submitted my nominations for the Inkwell Awards! I mentioned it on my Facebook page and was surprised to get a few messages asking why did inkers need an award?

That is a simple, two part answer... because inkers are an integral part of the comic creating process. They take the pencillers work and fill it in, add definition and depth and help bring it to life.  It is not tracing!!!!!  I've seen so many good artist become great because of a solid inker and I have also seen an amazing artist ink their own work and well.... not so good!

Reason number two... because inkers and the art of inking are becoming dangerously close to becoming non existent in the industry! Their credits have diminished (no cover credit and inside their name appears smaller and smaller). they may not be the singer of lead guitarist, but without them you are missing an element from the artform.

<![CDATA[Special Edition: NYC Not Happening This Year]]>Wed, 10 Feb 2016 15:02:24 GMThttp://www.secretidentitypodcast.com/home/special-edition-nyc-not-happening-this-year
by Brian LeTendre

Word came down yesterday that NYCC's sister show Special Edition: NYC will not be happening in 2016 (or maybe ever again). According to an interview with ReedPOP's Lance Fensterman over at comicbook.com, the show is being cancelled because the energy and resources are being put into making NYCC a city-wide event, growing even more beyond the Javits Center than we've seen in previous years.

The evolution of NYCC was pretty evident this past year, with the programming held at the Hammerstein (including that awesome Evil Dead panel), and the growth of Super Week. It's clear that NYCC isn't about the Javits anymore, its location is New York itself. And that's not a bad thing.

BUT, Special Edition: NYC was about comics, and it's sad to see that go away, as NYCC will never be a purely comics-focused show again. We had a blast at Special Edition the two years it did happen. With NYCC really going beyond the Javits now though, there is definitely potential to highlight comics more at NYCC by moving some things out of the Javits entirely. Maybe create a separate venue for gaming, or partner with MoCCA for a weekend of comics-related panels at Metropolitan West, the site of this year's MoCCA Fest?

Whatever happens, we will miss Special Edition: NYC. It was a nice experiment while it lasted. 

<![CDATA[Enjoy the New X-Men: Apocalypse and Cap: Civil War Trailers from the Super Bowl]]>Mon, 08 Feb 2016 11:12:09 GMThttp://www.secretidentitypodcast.com/home/enjoy-the-new-x-men-apocalypse-and-cap-civil-war-trailers-from-the-super-bowl
<![CDATA[Secret Identity Podcast Issue #709--Star Trek and Swamp Thing]]>Sun, 07 Feb 2016 14:08:34 GMThttp://www.secretidentitypodcast.com/home/secret-identity-podcast-issue-709-star-trek-and-swamp-thing
Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

Hey, not everyone likes football, right? So, while you're waiting for the halftime show and commercial breaks this evening, why not enjoy some solid gold ear candy? Here's your rundown:

What’s New? 
DC “Rebirth” coming this spring

The Hangman #2
Swamp Thing #1
Star Trek #53
Red Hood/Arsenal #7

Saturday Matinee:
Superman (1978)

Liner Notes:
Queensryche concert

You can listen to the episode right here in the player above, or grab us on iTunes, Stitcher or your favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening!
<![CDATA[The Danger Of Reboot Announcement]]>Sat, 06 Feb 2016 05:29:10 GMThttp://www.secretidentitypodcast.com/home/the-danger-of-reboot-announcement
by Matman

Every time there is a mention of a 'reboot' or 'relaunch' or 'retcon' or whatever 'R' word you may use, fans get either excited about it or a bit numb or cynical to another change up. We all talk about how the first books out of this new 'event' will hit record sales and for a few months, retailers will be incredibly happy.

​But what happens from announcement to event?  This is a dangerous time for retailers because many fans will drop books because these stories don't matter.

Example!  I have struggled to enjoy SUPERMAN and ACTION COMICS but knowing the books will be ending in a few months I can just... not buy them. In fact there are only a few DC books that I will be picking up until the summer, more will be going bye-bye of my buy buy list.  

So what is a retailer to do?  These books have been ordered MONTHS in advance and will be paid for ad sadly... probably stay on the shelves for a very long time?  Need proof of this? Take a look in the back issue bins and see how many pre NEW 52 books are in there compared to everything else. 

Remember FLASHPOINT?  I do and I was working at a store when that event was going into the NEW 52 and the shelves of them stopped moving.

So what I will do and i hope you do as well, is to buy the books you have on your pull list, despite them ending on issue # 52.  I only have three books on my pull list (none DC, I pull 96% off the shelf) so my store won't be stuck with these books.  

So what you going to do?

<![CDATA[More Blood Than A KISS Concert!]]>Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:49:11 GMThttp://www.secretidentitypodcast.com/home/more-blood-than-a-kiss-concert
by Matman

I've probably gone to more concerts in the past year than I did the previous 10! There is nothing better than live music and there is nothing better than seeing your favorites up close, acoustic and personal. Last night I had the pleasure of enjoying a full acoustic set featuring Stryper's Michael Sweet!

Playing at the Cannery Music Hall and kinda nearby (for me) Southbridge, MA, Michael took the stage and the best way to describe it... had fun! Performing Stryper classics like 'All For One', 'Calling on You', 'Honestly' and 'Always There For You' was to be expected, but Michael took the time to travel all over his non' Stryper history including opening the set with the recent Sweet & Lynch's 'Dying Rose' much to the delight of those in attendance.

If you didn't know Michael spent a few years in the band Boston and paid homage to that classic band performing a few of their best,'Amanda' and 'Peace of Mind'! As melodic and feel good as Michael's songs are, it was 'I'm Not Your Suicide' that just burned with emotion and pain...even stripped down.

On stage Michael is a pro; looks great, pulls it off guitar wise and of course still has the vocal chops to send chills up and down the spine. And for Michael... he seemed to be really enjoying himself... joking with the crowd, telling stories and even pointing out little snafus like non working guitar, forgotten lines and the bloody hand that left a blood stain across the bottom of his guitar. F-U-N! And he brought out a local Northampton musician to join him on stage for an amazing version of 'Love Hurts' by Nazareth.   

Opening the show was Charlie Farren who was the frontman for the underrated Farrenheit as well as the Joe Perry Project. Charlie was not only amazing as well; great performer and masterful storyteller. He has had an amazing and very interesting life and ca't wait to rediscover his career! But the funniest moment for me is that Charlie (as well as Michael and Stryper) is mentioned in the book i'm currently writing, PASTOR CHOP! As I told Charlie later on, I didn't put two and two together until me mentioned on stage his musical past.

Once again...go out and see some live music and support Michael Sweet, Stryper and Charlie Farren when they come to down! Awesome time!        

Photos by Bryan Grenier
<![CDATA[PATSY WALKER, A.K.A. HELLCAT #2 Review]]>Wed, 03 Feb 2016 10:57:36 GMThttp://www.secretidentitypodcast.com/home/patsy-walker-aka-hellcat-2-review
by Brian LeTendre

Mark Waid and Chris Samnee's take on Daredevil was wonderful beause although it could get very dark at times, there were always threads of hope, humor and whimsy running through it. More and more over the past couple years, my superhero comic reading has leaned toward that kind of book. It's why I'm a lifelong Spider-Man fan--those qualities are in the DNA of that character.

I've lost inter5est in the Avengers and the self-important linewide events of the big two, but if you look closely enough there are still plenty of fun superhero books to be found. Marvel recently added another to the list with Patsy Walker, AKA Hellcat!

Writer Kate Leth and artist Brittney L. Williams have kept the spirit of the Patsy we saw in Chales Soule and Javier Pulido's She -Hulk series, and added a dash of Squirrel Girl to the mix. Patsy is trying to juggle crime-fighting, a day job and new business venture as the series opens, and her past comes back to haunt her when a childhood rival brings the old Patsy Walker comics back to market. 

This book has such a great energy to it, and although we're only a couple issues in, I'm already in love with this incarnation of Patsy. This is a book I can share with my kids, and that's always a good thing.

While marvel's big event books and storyline may be where they put most of their PR focus, there are plenty of books on the fringe of the Marvel U right now that are super fun and worth your time. Hellcat is one of them.
<![CDATA[Another Awesome CW Show?]]>Tue, 02 Feb 2016 11:13:59 GMThttp://www.secretidentitypodcast.com/home/another-awesome-cw-show
Press Release

2016 is sure to be a major year for Archie Comics, as America’s Favorite Teenager celebrates 75 years of existence. But the party kicked off in a major way today with news that The CW has officially picked up the pilot episode for the live-action “Riverdale” TV series, to start filming this spring.
The one-hour drama will be written by Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and produced by Warner Brothers Studios and Berlanti Productions and has been described as a subversive take on the classic Archie mythos. Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schecter, Jon Goldwater, and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa serve as executive producers.
The live-action series offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring small-town life and the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade. The show will focus on the eternal love triangle of Archie Andrews, girl-next-door Betty Cooper, and rich socialite Veronica Lodge, and will include the entire cast of characters from the comic books—including Archie’s rival, Reggie Mantle, and his slacker best friend, Jughead Jones. 
Popular gay character Kevin Keller will also play a pivotal role. In addition to the core cast, “Riverdale” will introduce other characters from Archie Comics’ expansive library, including Josie and the Pussycats. 

<![CDATA[Secret Identity Podcast Issue #708--The Official Marvel No-Prize Book]]>Tue, 02 Feb 2016 01:41:05 GMThttp://www.secretidentitypodcast.com/home/secret-identity-podcast-issue-708-the-official-marvel-no-prize-book
Happy Monday, everyone!

In this week's show we cover a lot of ground, from the return of Steve Rogers as Cap to the Toy Man's debut on Supergirl. Here's your rundown:​

What’s New? 
Steve Rogers will be Captain America again this Spring

Amazing Spider-Man #6
Spider-Man/Deadpool #1
Super Zero #1

Out of the Longbox: 
The Official Marvel No-Prize Book

Boob Tube:
The Flash

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<![CDATA[How I Would 'R Word' DC]]>Sat, 30 Jan 2016 03:23:14 GMThttp://www.secretidentitypodcast.com/home/how-i-would-r-word-dc
by Matman

With the world 'abuzz' about the upcoming DC 'relaunch' this June it made me think about what I would do if I was given the task of the 'restart'. Are you ready?

* First of all I would bring ACTION COMICS and DETECTIVE COMICS to their numbering if the reboot didn't renumber them. This would celebrate the history of DC and the titles would be used to tell all era stories about Superman and Batman.

* There would only be one title each for all characters (other than the above mentioned). Only one Justice League book, one Wonder Woman with no exception.

* I would put the best creators on the best books for a one year commitment! They would be able to tell the stories that they want to tell as long as when the year was up someone could take over and do the same thing. 

* Fringe characters like Jonah Hex, Swamp Thing, Kamandi and the like would be given mini series or one shots. This would ensure the continued life of the characters without forcing stories and committing to just filling quotas.

* Would do all I could to make the books no more than $2.99 each. Whatever it took... a few less pages, more adds...

* Characters would mirror their cinematic counterparts; FLASH, ARROW, GOTHAM, SUPERGIRL and the upcoming movies. This would make it easier for people to follow along or just jump in.

* The line and every book would begin with the origin; days before and the actual event, and then would continue with day TWO... not five years later.