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It’s 2014. We’re only one year away until the zenith of technology: The year 2015 (thanks Back to the Future II). A very interesting video popped up on the Net a few days ago. Roll footage:
HOLY HOVERBOARDS! CELEBRITIES? WHAT THE HELL!?
A company called HUVr recently posted this video featuring hoverboard technology. First reaction: HOLY CRAP! Did they really nail the technology!? Celebrities such as Tony Hawk, Moby, Terrell Owens and Doc Brown himself, Christopher Lloyd, are all featured in this viral video. With all this star power, it looks like HUVr is out to give Mattel a run for their money.
An interesting point out about HUVr’s website (link) is the countdown. The “destination time” countdown on their website points to December 2014. Ultimately, what’s being promoted with these videos is anyone’s guess at this point but this proves that we’re not the only ones dreaming of the future. Next thing you know, Nike will make self-lacing shoes…
FACT: The number of movies based on comic books grows larger by the day. Films that deserve your attention are often overlooked during their box office run.
Enter Kick-Ass 2. The first film, Kick-Ass, is based off the Icon title with the premise of ordinary teenager Dave Lizewski becoming a real-life super hero. Kick-Ass 2 takes that premise and murders the living shit out of it. The majority of the story focuses on the parallel between Dave’s journey to continue being a superhero and Mindy Macready/Hit-Girl’s assimilation as a normal teenager. The two tales provide an interesting commentary about the duality between our internal and external struggles.
Conventional wisdom dictates every super hero has a “real world” identity and the super hero identity. It fascinates me when the audience can’t tell which identity is the mask and which one truly embodies the character (i.e. Batman). The Kick-Ass franchise proposes that every action in the super hero world, just or unjust, has “real world” consequences. Lately, “superhero films” have exposed this premise. We can easily forget that “living in the moment” has long term implications. Dave/Kick-Ass pays a higher price for continuing to don the mask.
Recently, Kick-Ass 2 was engrossed in controversy when Jim Carrey distanced himself because of the gratuitous violence. But come on! The franchise is called “Kick-Ass.” What else would you expect but “sickening violence: just the way you like it!” There are plenty of, “OMG! Really?” moments to enjoy in this one. If you love larger-than-life action, this is definitely one for you!
THE VERDICT: Definitely worth the rent. It serves as an interesting societal commentary, not to mention the violence and humor are top-notch! It will make you laugh and think (if you let it). Give it a chance before you write it off as “just another comic book movie.”
Kick-Ass 2 is distributed by Universal Pictures. BD/DVD release was Dec. 17, 2013. The Kick-Ass 2 comic was published by Icon Comics, a subsidiary of Marvel Comics.
Ben Affleck’s the new Batman. Is he the first actor to jump from Marvel to DC? I don’t know. Daredevil wasn’t that great, and don’t get me started on Elektra. Still, I have hope for Bats. Wanna know why?
Holden McNeil breaks it down.
First off, thanks to my friends, family, and all you cool geeks that made it out to SDCC 2013. You all deserve a round of applause.
Go ahead, I’ll wait.
In the July/August 2013 issue of Maxim (in case you were wondering, I get this magazine for free), I surprisingly stumbled upon a tiny column of information regarding a statistical book about the comic book universe. Naturally, I was intrigued as I have always found statistics illuminating and my interest for comics (as well as animes) grows with each passing day. This delightful book is called Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe, by Tim Leong. It is set to be released online July 16, which is of course the intelligent thing to do since that is right before the Comic-Con International: San Diego (fka San Diego Comic-Con International). Which, I just realized that they totally changed the name of the convention. Where was I when this change occurred? Haha.
Moving forward, I unfortunately was not privileged enough to receive an early release copy of the book since I am not yet classified as a reputable source for book reviews, but I was able to do some Google searching and found a couple blogs that posted snippets and excerpts from the book.
Blogger Meighan O’Toole, an old coworker of Tim Leong at Wired Magazine, was fortunate enough to get her hands on a copy of the book and shared her review on her blog site My Love For You. Below is a small excerpt from her blog:
Leong diagrams such topics as the obvious to the most obscure comic facts. From secret identities, to the evolution of Superman’s logo, to how to read a comic book (both in English, and the Japanese Manga). What makes the book so deligh[t]ful and unique is Leong’s quirky sense of humor and obvious deep interest in comic books. Along with the above, he creates hilarious and completely unexpected charts. You’ll see rap stars influenced by superhero[e]s, 70 years of Wonder Woman’s legs, Scrooge McDuck’s family tree, to ten years of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle pizza combos. You’ll even find Leong’s own downward trajectory of his faith in humanity mapped out when he sees a Calvin peeing on a car logo sticker of Calvin & Hobbes.
I seriously want to see this book. I may not know much about comic books and all the universes that are involved, but there is just something about the statistics of it all that I find intriguing. Meighan also posted a few pictures of the inside pages of the book that are definitely interesting. Like “Rappers who take their names from comics” graph or “The Walking Dead Kill Counter”. Oh the topics that are possibly covered! So amusing!! So much awesome statistical information I want to know!!
In addition to the concept of the book being awesome, I found an article (link here) by the New York Post which not only reviews the book but also Tim Leong. He seems like a pretty down to earth guy and I am curious to pinpoint his humor throughout the book. New York Post columnist Tim Donnelly describes the book as “…nearly 200 pages of Venn diagrams, Pantone style costume color comparisons and insanely complex family trees, the kind a crazy person stalking Stan Lee might draw on their walls.” Love it!! =)
When asked how he first got into comics, Tim Leong eventually goes on to say “…The fun part of all of this is that I’ve only read a fraction of the comics that have come out in my life, and I’ve obviously missed so much before that. That’s kind of the great thing about comics: no matter how much you’ve read, there’s always something really cool out there you haven’t read yet.” So very true, which means I have A LOT of catching up to do. Here is a picture of the genius himself below. You can follow him on Twitter @Tim Leong or you can visit his site here.
Side Note: For anyone that knows me in real life, is it just me or does Tim Leong look strangely familiar in the picture below? Brother from another mother? Please tell me I’m not crazy! Haha. =P
I’ve never been too fond of small towns. Especially since I grew up in San Diego, I’ve grown accustomed to the trappings of civilization. Neighbors, the internet, Starbucks, Min Sok Chon, Nolbu, having more than a one lane on a road…
Then I read “In Sanity, AZ”. I remembered why I avoid small towns.
Written by Michael Drace Fountain, Marcel Losada, James Ninness, and Joe Pezzula, “In Sanity, AZ” is a horror comic anthology about the daily lives of the people in a small town called Sanity, in Arizona. The premise may sound bland, but believe me, this comic is anything but. From the first few pages of the copy I got from James, I knew I was in for some real shit. After the first story, I found myself checking my schedule to make sure that I wouldn’t be driving anywhere near small towns.
This is what I like about independent comics. You never know just what you’re in for, and it did not disappoint. The art’s not my cup of tea, however. Nothin’ against the art, but I’m more of a manga guy. Gotta have my moe moe kyun action. There’s none of that in Sanity, however. The writing is solid, simple, and scary.
Will I keep reading it, when it drops on July 9? You bet your ass. I just won’t read it at night. You can get it over at Quad Shot, Amazon, and eventually ComiXology.
More press release-ish info below:
The first issue of our Kickstarted horror anthology is finished. It’s time for us to share in Sanity, AZ.in Sanity, AZ #1 features the stories: “Snowglobes and Albatrosses”, “Broken Water I”, “Murder”, “Burgers And Shakes”, “Friends”, “False Idols”, “Inning Five”, “Honor Parents”, “Confusion”, “Sea Of Sanity”, and “False Witness”.The series is created and written by Michael Drace Fountain, Marcel Losada, James Ninness, and Joe Pezzula.Pencils/Inks in this issue are by Scott Irwin, Rich Kuhaupt, Lance Sawyer, Jorge Sevilla, Collin Fogel, Chris Collins, and Frank Luna. Colors by Ben Glibert. Designs by Shannon Forrey. Cover by “Big” Chris Wood.Digital, 54 total pages, $1.99 US – RATED 18+Welcome to Sanity, Arizona. It’s a small town where everyone knows everyone and the natives are happy to live and let live…unless you’re visiting. Forged in the fires of segregation, the descendants of an overrun insane asylum years before have carved out a place for themselves in the middle of the Mojave Desert. It’s a small place with a single road and only a few buildings to speak of, out in the middle of nowhere. The residents have developed their own systems of law, politics, ethics, religion, and morality. Left on their own, Sanity would thrive outside the view of our world, content to live their lives in their own way. Unfortunately for all involved strangers do occasionally find themselves in Sanity, AZ.
WonderCon 2013 wasn’t that bad at all. It reminds me of how San Diego Comic Con used to be. Smaller, more intimate, and a helluva lot easier to get into. That being said, I was able to get through the entire con floor within the span of a few minutes.
The size of a con doesn’t really matter though. Having friends to meet up with and hang out with makes the difference between an okay con and a great con. As you can see by my pictures, I had plenty of people to meet up with. So for my list of shoutouts:
- RhythmEm#tion.net/Lester and Mylene
- Random Sunshine/Venus
- WhiteDarryl Photography/Darryl
- Mike R.
- Conrad F
It was definitely great to see all of you guys at WonderCon. Gives me hope that there really are people that are all about that geek life.
Last but not least, biggie ups to my fambam and crew that made it out with me, and got drunk off moscato, jack daniels, and shock top. FRONT DESK?! BANG BANG!
- Ferris B.
- Andrew O.
- Ivan L.
You asked for it, and here are the pictures from the con!
That’s all well and good, but I WANT MY BLOODSPORT REMAKE STARRING GSP. WHAT THE HELL HOLLYWOOD. PRIORITIES!