Posts tagged comic books
A sad day.
Cosmic Comics, the comic book shop I went to almost every Wednesday from 2003-2007 in New York City, has closed. I don’t know when it closed, but it’s really sad to see a sign that says “office space for rent” hang in a window that used to bring me joy.
Cosmic is the comic shop where I rekindled my relationship with Spider-Man, Iron Man, and the X-Men. And where I bought my first DC books under the guide of Bryan before he was Daily DCU.
I had slowed down reading comics towards the end of 2007 before stopping all together in 2009. The store changed management and names (I think) in 2010 to Manhattan Comics, but it will always be Cosmic Cosmic to me.
I just wanted to say thanks to Cosmic Comics. And thanks to comic shops everywhere.
DC Comics and Kia - The New York International Auto Show
I went to the NY Auto Show this weekend and aside from photo booths using iPads I also so a weird Kia Motors / DC Comics crossover. From the stand next to the cars:
Kia Motors America has joined forces with comic book publisher DC Entertainment to bring the World’s Greatest Super Heroe’s to life by combining automotive styling with comic book art. The partnership, which includes yielding eight individually customized vehicles, harnesses the talents of legendary comic book artist and DC Entertainment Co-Publisher, Jim Lee, who has collaborated on the design of each car with his vision for each iconic member of DC Comic’s Justice League - Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg. As part of the partnership Kia is teaming up with DC Entertainment’s “We Can Be Heroes” giving campaign to bring help and hope to the children, women, and families affected by drought and famine in the Horn of Africa (www.WeCanBeHeroes.org).
So apparently there are eight vehicles, but only the three pictured (Superman, Batman, and Green Lantern) were at the Auto Show. I looked for the others, but no luck. It’s a cool, if not weird, crossover and it’s happening for a good cause.
“ The way the comics companies I believe are producing online comics is that they are old comics uploaded online and made available. That I don’t think is the way to do it, because comics storytelling is entirely predicated upon the print technologies of the late 1930s. We have six panels of page on average because that was the optimum numbers of panels to put on a page in a periodical of something like 32 pages. This is what has formed the very language of the comic book. The fact that you turn over the pages. And you can time it so that turning over a page will be the moment of some big revelation. Which you wouldn’t want your reader to have spotted on page 24 just because it’s opposite page 23. And subtler things that really affected the way that a comic story should be told.So what I’m saying is that I don’t think these devices are quite there yet but they have some very interesting possibilities. But before we would be thinking about putting something like the League into that format, I would want to think long and hard about the possible advantages of that new medium and the ways in which my storytelling craft would have to be adapted to best effect from this new medium. Much the same as when comics were just a 24-page thing that you drew on pieces of paper. I was always trying to find what the medium was capable of and to push it as far as possible. Like I said I’ve been having some thoughts about this. People shouldn’t be too surprised if they were to hear something about me working in this kind of area.”
Hey guys: I wrote a new article up right now on Dorkly: 8 Real & Fictional Addresses of New York City Superheroes. Click through to see photos & more!
Marvel likes to set their superheroics in real world locations. Mostly New York City. Which is where I live now! So I walked around town, took some pictures, and compared the real locations with how they look in the comics. Did you know Dr. Strange shares his address with a Pinkberry? You do now.
If you love comic book trivia, or if you just like learning about the real places fake people don’t live, this article goes out to you.
YES. Owen made an article for me and all of you!
With the huge success that has come along with The Walking Dead, including record breaking ratings and a Golden Globe nomination, it is only natural to start speculating that other networks will be looking for comic book properties of their own translate into television series (or mini-series). So I thought it would be fun to look at DC’s (non-superhero) imprints and make my suggestions for the next big comics-to-television series:
- The Sandman- This isn’t quite unique, it has been a rumor for years that Neil Gaiman’s stellar work on The Sandman would one day be translated to television. Now seems like the perfect time, especially with Gaiman’s work gaining more and more mainstream popularity.
- Preacher- This would be perfect for AMC, FX, or HBO. However, with all of its religious undertones, networks might be nervous to handle such a series.
- 100 Bullets- Perfect for a TV show. No question about it.
- Fables- I thought this was being turned into a TV show. What happened? I bet they will fast track it now…
- Red- I know, this three issue series was already turned into a film, but that film was just nominated for a Golden Globe and could benefit from a television spin-off.
- Sgt.Rock- A fictional World War II television series based on the excellent DC Comic hero and his men? I’d enlist.
- Y: The Last Man- Please, don’t make this a movie. It should be a six season television show and don’t you DARE change the ending…
- Watchmen- I know I said non-superhero, and I know it has been a movie, but there was sooo much missing from that film that deserves to be seen. My thought is that Watchmen should be a 12 episode long mini-series on HBO.
Y: The Last Man as a television show would be spectacular. I agree with Bryan, it needs to be a few seasons long and you can’t change the ending.
Last week I found myself referencing SugarShock and decided to dig it up. For those who don’t remember, SugarShock is a 3 part MySpace/Dark Horse comic written by Joss Whedon. I really like the art and Whedon’s dialogue is great as usual (but I tend to be bias about these things). I recommend it. That is, I recommend it if you like reading things that are good.
The direct link’s below are supposed to bring you right to the page but they don’t for me. If they don’t (they don’t) then scroll to the bottom of the page it does take you to and click on the SugarShock button in issues 1, 2 and 3 to read.
The Nerdology Podcast - 006 - Comic Books With Daily DCU
This time around I am joined by Bryan (from dcu.tumblr.com). We talk about the future of comics on the iPad, censorship, graphic novels and Bryan’s love for walking into a comic book shop. We also discover that I say “something I can get behind” too often. I promise to work on that.
If you haven’t read Bryan’s How To Start Reading Comics you’re doing yourself a disservice. We cover some of it in the podcast but it’s still worth reading. As is the short post I wrote on the Marvel Comics App but we really get into it here.
Hope you enjoy.