Today our friends Alan and Chris Hebert are announcing a big project with a little help from some friends of Secret Identity!
HB Comics have announced a Kickstarter campaign that will collect the first four incredible issues of 'Lazerman' in a trade paperback collection.
The collection called "This MAN, This LAZER!" will also feature 15 pages of extras. Those extras include pinups by Billy Tucci (pictured above), Chris Giarrusso and Fernando Martin, as well as "behind the scenes" materials not seen anywhere else, including production sketches, as well as glimpses of the original draft.
To see the video presentation and find out more about how to get involved in this awesome campaign just click on the link below!
by Brian LeTendre
Little known fact--I received a Sega Dreamcast as a wedding gift from my groomsmen in October of 1999. The console had just launched in the US a month earlier, and I wanted one soooooo badly. Don't tell my wife, but that Dreamcast is still the best single gift I've ever received. I have so many great memories of it.
Anyway, one of the lauch games for the Sega Dreamcast was a little fighter known as Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes. The game was a port of the very popular arcade fighter, and it was amazing on the Dreamcast. I'm not even a huge fighting game fan, but I poured hours into that game. Spider-Man was my first choice for a charaacter (obviously), but I loved playing as War machine as well.
So why am I so nostalgic about an old Dreamcast port of an arcade fighter? Because this week, Capcom released Marvel vs. Capcom Origins, a compilation of both Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes and the original Marvel Super Heroes. The compilation is only $15, and it's now available for download on the PlayStation Network and XBox Live. Check out the press release and trailer below, and then go check out one of the best fighting franchises ever.
Put away the quarters because MARVEL® VS. CAPCOM® ORIGINS is now available to download for home consoles! The game is ready for new challengers on PlayStation Network for $14.99 and on Xbox LIVE Arcade for 1200 Microsoft Points.
MARVEL VS. CAPCOM ORIGINS is a compilation of two of the most popular arcade games of the ‘90s - Marvel Super Heroes and Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes. These two classic games are kept arcade-perfect, while adding a host of features sure to tap into arcade nostalgia while meeting today’s online needs. MARVEL VS. CAPCOM ORIGINS is jam-packed with Marvel and Capcom fan-favorite characters and crazy, beloved gameplay that throws a powerful punch.
MARVEL VS. CAPCOM ORIGINS offers both the one-on-one gameplay of Marvel Super Heroes with its unique Infinity Gem system and the two-on-two carnage of the original Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes, featuring a tag system, assists, and the wild Duo Team Attack. Bringing forth a host of features never-before-seen in these games, MARVEL VS. CAPCOM ORIGINS adds GGPO-enhanced online play with 8-player lobbies and spectator mode, HD graphical upgrades, dynamic challenges and replay saving.
Little Big Planet Vita officially launched in the US yesterday (some retailers have been selling it early), and the game’s release could eba big deal for Sony’s struggling handheld.
As a well-known Sony franchise, Little Big Planet has the potential to be the best-selling game on the Vita to date. Early reviews on the game indicate that it’s the best version of Little Big Planet to date, which is saying a lot since the average Metacritic score of the previous three games is 91 out of 100.
I’m relatively confident that the gameplay of LBP VIta is going to be in line with the previous games of the series. What I think makes this a very important game for the Vita is the creation tools built into the game, and how they take advantage of the Vita’s strengths. Both the touchscreen and the camera of the Vita can be used to help create levels, and with the amount of content that Little big planet has to offer for level creation, the possibilities are quite literally endless.
Recently, I wrote about how I thought Sound Shapes was the first killer app for the Vita, and it’s approach to user created content was one of the primary reasons. I think Little Big Planet Vita can be an even bigger game for the Vita, and I hope the handheld will finally start to get some traction going into this holiday season.
I look forward to spending some time with the game, and I’ll post some thoughts about it then.
The first issue of HAPPY!, the new Image Comics series by comics superstars Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson, will be in stores on September 26, but as of September 24, the issue was sold-out at the distributor level. A new printing of HAPPY! #1 (AUG128247) has been scheduled for an in-store date of October 31, the same day that HAPPY #2 goes on sale.
HAPPY! is the first Image Comics series for both Morrison and Robertson. Positive advance reviews for the issue have been rolling in:
"This issue packs a load of plot that will definitely leave you full, and that's not even addressing the floating cartoon unicorn. Darick Robertson is the perfect partner in crime for this project. His detailed, scratchy pencils hit a new level of filthy that hasn't been seen since his time on Transmetropolitan. Every panel looks infected by decay and corrosion, immaculately fitting the sociopathy of the characters."
- Paste Magazine
"Happy #1 sets the stage perfectly for what should be a bloody, foul-mouthed tale with a nice twist coming from the soon to be departed writer of Action Comics. If you are looking for a slightly different read come Wednesday try Happy out."
- Major Spoilers
"...a fun, silly take on the crime genre, with lovely art from Robertson and sterling work from [colorist Richard P.] Clark and letterer Simon Bowland. This is a professional piece of work, done by a load of professionals. In other words — it's very very good."
While perhaps best known as the lead singer of 80's sensation, Twisted Sister, there is so much more to Dee Snider.
He has starred in several reality TV shows including The Celebrity Apprentice, Gone Country with John Rich, MTV's Rock The Cradle with his son Jesse and Growing Up Twisted, an A&E series featuring the entire Snider family and their Long Island lifestyle. He is also a frequent host on MTV Networks and his own long running nationally syndicated radio show House Of Hair is heard on more than 200 stations in North America, houseofhaironline.com.
His career as a voiceover artist has resulted in Dee being heard in many radio and TV commercials, documentaries and a year long stint as the introductory voice on MSNBC.
Come see Dee at the Metal Sucks & Vertebrae33 booth on Friday from 4-6 pm ...Booth #776.
ComixTribe announced today that it will be at the New York Comic Con (Booth #2380), and has released a 40+ page digital download Pre-View Book of show exclusives and content it will have on hand at the show. ComixTribe is the publisher of SCAM, THE RED TEN, THE STANDARD, andOXYMORON, and will have plenty of product featuring those properties at the show.
"ComixTribe is thrilled to be coming back to New York Comic Con," said publisher Tyler James. "We've had a big year, and the con is providing a great venue for many of us to get together to celebrate what we've achieved, thank many of the fans who made it all possible, and strategize for an even bigger 2013."
At the ComixTribe Booth this year:
Tyler James (The Red Ten, Oxymoron)
Joe Mulvey (SCAM)
John Lees (The Standard)
Jonathan Rector (The Standard)
Cesar Feliciano (The Red Ten)
Also appearing for signings will be members of the Oxymoron anthology project, including:
Jason Ciaramella (The Cape, Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters)
Mark Poulton (Avengelyne, Savage Hawkman)
Rich Douek (Gutter Magic)
Rafer Roberts (Plastic Farm)
Paul Allor (TMNT: Fugitoid, Clockwork, Orcgirl)
Alex Cormack (Chikara)
Download ComixTribe Takes Manhattan 2012 HERE!
A character like Judge Dredd, like Jonah Hex and the Punisher, are characters that don't have a lot of depth; they just kill and blow stuff up! So why has it been so hard to make a great film based on these characters? Because filmmakers try to make more out of nothing and it just can't be done.
'Dredd' is not only a great film, but it is a movie lifelong Judge Dredd fans can be proud of. From the story, the sets and the costumes, this version is '2000 AD' brought to life.
The story follows a drug war breaking out in a high rise apartment (a block) in Mega City and Judge Dredd and his trainee Judge Anderson are called to the scene. What happens for the next hour or so is a claustrophobic battle where the duo take on hundreds of baddies looking to take out the Judges.
In the role of Dredd is Karl Urban who not only looks the part, but carries himself with the strength, drive cockiness of the character. As far as dialogue, less is more. Playing the psychic Judge Anderson is Olivia Thurlby who is stunning and carries herself quite well in every scene she is in. In the role of the main baddie Ma Ma is Lena Headey who gets better the more desperate she becomes.
'Dredd' has so much going for it! Directed by Pete Travis, the film looked beautiful (dark, dirty and incredible moody) and moved at breakneck speed except for the slow mo scenes showing the effects of someone on the drug 'Slo-Mo'. The story by Alex Garland introduced the characters and setting without slowing down the film. The story may have been simple, but it really worked! The industrial music score by Paul Leonard-Morgan adds another enjoyable level to the film.
'Dredd' will make you forget about the Sylvester Stallone version for a few years back....thank God! This film captured everything we love about the comic and the character. If only we could get this team to make a Jonah Hex film.
Matman Rating - 5 out of 5 lawgivers
Today's the day, kids! Dredd 3D is finally here, and the early reviews are saying it's the one we've been waiting for. If you want a primer on the villain of the new movie, you should read the free digital comic Top of the World, Ma Ma, which you can check out here. Then check out the latest trailer for Dredd 3D below, and get out to see this movie! We'll be talking about in an upcoming issue of SI, and we'll get a review up on the site as well.
Image Comics will be at New York Comic Con in full force, with top creators signing and must-have exclusives at their booth in the Javits Center during the October 11-13 convention. In addition, the New York Comic Con programming schedule features ten Image Comics-related panels with discussions both wide-ranging and craft-focused.
The Image creators who will be signing exclusives at the Image Comics booth (#1229):
Grant Morrison (NYCC Spotlight Guest) (HAPPY!)
Howard Chaykin (BLACK KISS II)
Glen Brunswick and Whilce Portacio (NYCC Featured Guest) (NON-HUMANS)
Alex de Campi (NYCC Special Guest) and Christine Larsen (VALENTINE)
Jay Faerber (POINT OF IMPACT, NEAR DEATH)
Sina Grace (NOT MY BAG)
Jeremy Haun (THE DARKNESS)
David Hine (NYCC Featured Guest) (THE BULLETPROOF COFFIN, THE DARKNESS)
Jason Howard (NYCC Featured Guest) (SUPER DINOSAUR)
Ales Kot (WILD CHILDREN)
Jim McCann and Rodin Esquejo (MIND THE GAP)
Ben McCool and Ben Templesmith (PIGS, CHOKER)
Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder (NYCC Featured Guest) (HALLOWEEN EVE)
Scott Snyder (NYCC Spotlight Guest), Scott Tuft, and Attilla Futaki (SEVERED)
Christian Weiser, Tony Trov, and Johnny Zito (D.O.G.S. OF MARS)
Lee David Zlotoff and Will Sliney (MacGYVER)
A full, updated Image Comics signing schedule will be released before the convention. Please note that signings and exclusives are subject to change.
The Image Comics programming at NYCC will feature a one-on-one conversations with THE WALKING DEAD creator and Image partner Robert Kirkman, a SAGA panel with creative team Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, panels on craft with writers and artists, discussions of science fiction and gender issues, as well as the highly anticipated "The Image Comics Experience" panel, where attendees will be the first to hear new Image Comics announcements.
The full listing of Image Comics NYCC programming follows.
The Image Revolution Documentary
Twenty years ago, the seven biggest superstars in comics created a company that changed the industry and started a creator rights revolution. From Spawn to The Walking Dead, discover the highs, lows, secrets and controversies of Image Comics in an exclusive sneak preview of The Image Revolution, a new documentary from the creators of Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods and Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts. Speaking on the panel will be director Patrick Meaney, producer Jordan Rennert and Sequart's Mike Phillips, along with moderator F.J. De Santo, and a special guest! At San Diego Comic Con, Marc Silvestri appeared on the panel, who will be on this one? Date: 10/11/12 Thursday, Time: 6:30 PM, Location: 1A04
Wondrous Worlds, Fractured Futures: Speculative Fiction and Image Comics
With the unlimited potential of comics, there is perhaps no better medium for speculative fiction than comics. Limited only by their imaginations, Image Comics creators have been creating far-flung universes where science, fantasy, and technology explode in rich possibilities. Find out why they choose science fiction, how they build worlds, and what inspires them in a conversation moderated by Elephantmen creator Richard Starkings. Panelists: Brian K. Vaughan, Brian Wood, Joe Harris, Glen Brunswick, Ming Doyle, David Hine, Fiona Staples; Moderator: Eric Stephenson, Date: 10/12/2012 Friday, Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Location: 1A06
Skybound: On the Rise
There's no limit on what to expect from SKYBOUND, Robert Kirkman's imprint at Image Comics. THIEF OF THIEVES is a breakout hit and already been optioned by AMC, GUARDING THE GLOBE supplies another monthly fix for the Invincible universe, the all-ages smash SUPER DINOSAUR is about to blow up in a big way... so what's next? Join Robert Kirkman as he discusses the imprint's future with his stable of creators! Panelists: Robert Kirkman, Shawn Martinbrough, Jason Howard, and special guests; Moderator: Sean Mackiewicz, Date: 10/12/2012 Friday, Time: 2:45PM - 3:45PM, Location: 1A14
Drawing the Line: Artists on Creator-Owned Comics
Art is as integral to comics as story, and what readers see before they read a word. Independent comics give artists the freedom to create their own worlds and characters. How do some of independent comics' top artists bring to paper what they and the writers they work with imagine? Delve into the ink-stained world of character design, sequential storytelling, and writer-wrangling with the artists on Nowhere Men, Revival, Luther Strode, Non-Humans, Perhapanauts, and Saga. Panelists: Nate Bellegarde, Mike Norton, Tradd Moore, Whilce Portacio, Craig Rousseau, and Fiona Staples; Moderator: Eric Stephenson, Date: 10/12/2012 Friday, Time: 6:30:00 PM - 7:30:00 PM, Location: 1A23
The Image Comics Experience
Image Comics brings together some of the most exciting rising stars in comics today and established creators alike to talk about the past, present, and future of Image Comics. Join Publisher Eric Stephenson to experience a lively conversation with surprise guests, and be among the first to hear some big announcements! Moderator: Eric Stephenson, Date: 10/13/2012 Saturday, Time: 11:00AM - 12:00PM, Location: 1A23
The Top Cow Universe's New Era
Are you interested in writing or drawing comic books? Then YOU need to come to the Top Cow panel where the Image imprint's top talent will tell you about what it's like to create comics like Cyber Force, The Darkness, Witchblade, Think Tank and more! Get a first look at new art! Find out what's going on with The Darkness movie in development! And get the latest on the Top Cow Talent Hunt, in which TWO lucky writers and TWO lucky artists will get jobs. All attendees will also get an awesome exclusive! Panelists: Jeremy Haun, Matt Hawkins, David Hine, and Tim Seeley; Moderator: Matt Hawkins, Date: 10/13/2012 Saturday, Time: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Location: 1A14
The Writers Room
Some of comics' best writers will talk about the challenges, triumphs, and idiosyncrasies of the comics creative process. Find out how comics like Happy!, Saga, and The Manhattan Projects are conceived, written, and brought to the printed page from the writers who knew them from "PAGE ONE, PANEL ONE.”
Panelists: Grant Morrison, Brian K. Vaughan, and Jonathan Hickman, Moderator: Jonathan Ross, Date: 10/13/2012 Saturday, Time: 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM, Location: 1A21
Saga: Sex, Drugs & Rocketships
Saga launched in March 2012 amid great anticipation, excitement, high hopes, and a little controversy and quickly became one of the top-selling independent comics of the year, second only to The Walking Dead. Creators Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples will talk about how they made an epic mash-up of science fiction, fantasy, and romance into the comic industry's biggest sensation—and hint at what's in store for Alana, Marko, and baby Hazel! Panelists: Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, Moderator: Eric Stephenson, Date: 10/13/2012 Saturday, Time: 6:15 PM - 7:15PM, Location: 1A10
Creating Comics with Two X-Chromosomes: Real Talk with Image's Female Creators
The subject of women in comics is often dominated by controversy, but what about conversation? Join some of comics' top female writers and artists for some candid talk about working the comics industry. Does being a woman make a difference? What perspectives do female creators bring to a male-dominated industry? All that and more—with women who use their talent to get ahead! Panelists: Jordie Bellaire, Alex de Campi, Christine Larsen, Ming Doyle, Amy Reeder, and Fiona Staples; Moderator: Jennifer de Guzman, Date: 10/14/2012 Sunday, Time: 10:45AM - 11:45AM. Location: 1A14
Robert Kirkman, creator of the global sensations THE WALKING DEAD, INVINCIBLE and THIEF OF THIEVES, opens the floor to all his fans in this lively and engaging Q&A session., Panelist: Robert Kirkman
Date: 10/14/2012 Sunday, Time: 1:30PM - 2:30PM, Location: 1E13
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