NES Screen Saver

If you’re a Gen X geek like me, you’ll fondly recall the glory days of the Commodore 64, the NES, and the Sega Mega Drive. Street Fighter II was king and Mario was just beginning his never ending barrage of titles.

If you want to relive those days, then this new screen saver is for you (and thanks to Geek Chic Daily for the heads up).

The UberNES website not only has box art from all those games but also a Windows screen saver that can be customised to play one or many of 100 demo videos from an assortment of old school games. Check it out and download it here.


Superhero Scoreboard

For those who are curious about which superheroes are popular by items sold associated with that character rather than the arguments at your LCS, there’s now a funky widget that is essentially a superhero scoreboard. You can check it out here. It’s updated weekly and tracks all manner of weird and wonderful products sold on eBay, such as toys, pillows, comics, and such and if you’d like to show the world that Hulk is more popular than Iron Man, you can embed the widget on your site.

Cavern Of Comics

There are so many podcasts and assorted blogs all offering their unique voices on comics and pop culture, but the guys from seem to be embracing horror, with original webisodes, and now funky videos about about comics with relish, thanks to comics fan Cooper Barnes. I’ve seen quite a few similar approaches where a few fanboys gather in front of a dodgy camera and discuss the latest developments in comics, and though I appreciate such enthusiasm they’re not always the most sleek looking productions. Now, neither is the eerietube’s new Cavern of Comics, with it’s simple aesthetic (ie, a cavern) but it works with the focus of the site, and Cooper is certainly a natural in front of the camera and knows his stuff, with a likeable personality and not the usual geek speak that makes non-regular comics readers scratch their heads. Press release below.

CAVERN OF COMICS GETS EERIE!, the premiere website for original horror and sci-fi content, oozes over with monstrous excitement with the announcement of their all new web series “Cavern of Comics”.

This hip online series showcases hot news and reviews from the depths of the comic world.  “Cavern” stars comic book addict Cooper Barnes from the hilarious comedy troop, Frog Island.

EerieTube creator and producer Mike Costanza describes Cooper as an “awesome  addition to the eerieTube family.  Coop is a genuine comic finatic and his enthusiasm for the genre is highly contagious!”

Titles covered in the “Cavern” pilot include Radical Comics smash hit FVZA: Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency #1, from writer David Hine and illustrator Roy Allan Martinez.  FVZA sold out at the distributor level prior to its October 28th release!

Future episodes of “Cavern of Comics” feature feature film news, exclusive sneak peaks, and interviews with writers and artists.

About eerieTube: features the latest horror movie news, DVD reviews, gaming reviews, and Award Winning horror and sci-fi content.  View all free exclusive content each week on

Stephen Dixon At Fantagraphics

Time to get literary. Press release below about indie comics publisher Fantagraphics and their publication in May next year of author Stephen Dixon’s short stories. I can’t say I’ve heard of Dixon, but he seems to be well admired. Details below.


Fantagraphics Books is proud to announce the acquisition of What Is All This?, a 900-page collection of previously uncollected short fiction by two-time National Book Award Nominee (1991, 1995) Stephen Dixon. The collection will be published in May, 2010 and mark the third entry in Fantagraphics burgeoning line of literary fiction, following Alexander Theroux’s Laura Warholic (2007) and Monte Schulz’s This Side of Jordan (2009). Along with Theroux, Dixon is the second National Book Award nominated-author to publish new fiction through Fantagraphics.

“Stephen Dixon is one of the great secret masters — too secret. I return again and again to his stories for writerly inspiration, moral support and comic relief at moments of personal misery, and, several times, in a spirit of outright plagiaristic necessity: borrowing a jumpstart from a few lines of Dixon has been a real problem-solver in my own short fiction. Please read him, you.” — Jonathan Lethem

Dixon is one of the most acclaimed authors of short stories in the history of American letters. He has published previously through acclaimed independent literary presses like McSweeney’s and Melville House, as well as corporate houses like Henry Holt. His work, characterized by mordant humor and a frank attention to human sexuality, has earned him a Guggenheim Fellowship, the American Academy Institute of Arts and Letters Prize for Fiction, the O. Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize. Fantagraphics Books is proud to present his latest volume of short stories, a massive collection of vintage Dixon, eschewing the modernism and quasi-autobiography of his I-trilogy and instead treating readers to a pared-down, crystalline style more reminiscent of Hemingway.

“Dixon is one of the few writers whose new work I will put everything aside to read, which is to say he is in the company of Alice Munro, Lorrie Moore, and Lydia Davis…. Put aside whatever you’re reading, and read him.” — J. Robert Lennon

“This is our third book of prose fiction —after Alex Theroux’s Laura Warholic and Monte Schulz’s This Side of Jordan— and readers may notice that the common denominator among these books is that language itself serves as the animating literary force,” says acquiring editor and Fantagraphics co-publisher Gary Groth. “Dixon’s finely chiseled sentences cut to the quick of people’s lives. None of these stories have been collected in any book; they have appeared in a wide variety of literary journals over almost 40 years and Dixon has entirely rewritten all of them. Dixon admirers will be cheered to learn that these stories comprise a wholly original work.”

Centrally concerning himself with the American condition, Dixon explores in What Is All This? obsessions of body image, the increasingly polarized political landscape, sex —in all its incarnations— and the gloriously pointless minutiae of modern life, from bus rides to tying shoelaces. Using the canvas of his native New York (with one significant exception that affords Dixon the opportunity to create a furiously political fable) he astutely captures the edgy madness that infects the city through the neuroses of his narrators with a style that owes as much to Neo-Reaist cinema as it does to modern literature. What Is All This? will be published in hardcover, designed by Fantagraphics award-winning Art Director Jacob Covey. “Stephen Dixon is one of the few writers who completely challenged, then changed how I think about writing and reading,” says Covey. “He was the first writer I recognized as making Art that was as viscerally relevant as painting or music. Designing a book for someone who was so formative to me is one of the rarest and most intimidating opportunities I can imagine.”

“I have read a lot of Dixon’s writing. If I didn’t like his writing I would not have read so many things of his.” — Tao Lin

Stephen Dixon was born in 1936 in New York City. He graduated from the City College of New York in 1958 and is a former faculty member of Johns Hopkins University. In his early 20s, he worked as a journalist in radio, interviewing such monumental figures as John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, and Nikita Khrushchev. His witty, keenly observed narratives and sharply hewn prose have appeared in every major market magazine from Harper’s to Playboy and have earned him two National Book Award nominations —for his novels Frog and Interstate. He still hammers out his fiction on a vintage typewriter.

This Week’s Marvel Comics

How about a look at a diverse line-up of covers from Marvel this week, followed by their full list of releases? OK, here goes.

Continue reading

Sales Galore

It’s not only the indie publishers that are having a sale but Marvel too.

Until December 1 Marvel are having a sale at their on-line store. You can grab items such as bags, shirts, prints, and iTunes passes to the Astonishing X-Men and Spider-Woman motion comics, from 15% to 75% off. Bargain! See all the goodies here for some early Christmas shopping. It’s not that far away!

Slave Labor Graphics are having a sale too, and you can grab some exquisite goodies such as Shaun Tan’s The Arrival, Parade (with fireworks), Tales to Suffice and more. Visit SLG’s site for the lowdown.

Buenaventura Press also have a sale, with 20% of all books until the end of November, but the most exciting news is AdHouse Books’ just announced sale.

These guys produce some great books, such as Johnny Hiro and Joshua Cotter’s Driven by Lemons and Skyscrapers of the Midwest. AdHouse have a wealth of books for just $1 and many other goodies. Great stocking stuffers! Now embrace capitalism, and sequential art, I say!

Smallville Season 9 Trailer

For the last few seasons Smallville has been like  a live action version of the Justice League Unlimited cartoon, with all its nods to DC lore and fan fave cameos. Season 9 of the series begins next year and below is a trailer, focused on the much hyped Justice Society of America two parter in which Hawkman, Dr. Fate and Stargirl come out of hiding and show young Clark Kent and his buddies a thing or two about crimefighting. If you watch the teaser carefully, you’ll see Alan Scott’s Green Lantern ring, Dr. Fate and Sandman. The two episodes satisfied the network execs enough that they’ll now be a movie event, titled Smallville: Absolute Justice, which will air in February, and if that’s not exciting enough, the episodes are written by comics scribe Geoff Johns, who also introduced the Legion of Superheroes into Smallville recently.

Worthington In Last Days Of American Crime Film

The comics not even out yet and the film adaptation is already in its early stages. Radical’s forthcoming series The Last Days of American Crime has a premise begging for a film to spring from it, and the premise is this: In the near future the US government broadcast a signal to the public, making conscious criminal acts impossible to occur, so one desperate man decides to make the most of the time he has remaining, thus the clever title. Radical have some great high-concept books, and it’s good to see a fellow West Aussie becoming a part of one of their films. Press release below.


Radical Publishing is excited to announce that Sam Worthington (Clash of the Titans and James Cameron’s Avatar) has signed on as both star and producer for the film adaptation of The Last Days of American Crime, based off of Radical Publishing’s comic book series, The Last Days of American Crime, created and written by critically acclaimed author Rick Remender (Punisher, Fear Agent). Sam Worthington will be a producer along with producing partner, Michael Schwarz, and Radical’s president and publisher, Barry Levine. Rick Remender will be the executive producer/screenwriter for the film and Radical’s Executive Vice President, Jesse Berger, will executive produce.

The Last Days of American Crime is set in the not-too-distant future, as a final response to terrorism and crime, the U.S. government plans in secret to broadcast a signal making it impossible for anyone to knowingly commit unlawful acts. To keep this from the public, the government creates a distraction, installing a new currency system using digital charge cards. Graham Bricke, a petty criminal never quite able to hit the big score, intends to steal one of the charging stations, skip the country and live off unlimited funds for the rest of his life. But the media has leaked news of the anti-crime signal one week before it was to go live… and now Graham and his team have just a few days to turn the heist of the century into the last crime in American history.

“I had met Sam’s producing partner, Michael Schwarz, at the recent San Diego Comic-Con, who loved the concept for The Last Days of American Crime” said Radical Publishing’s President and Publisher, Barry Levine. “I figured that since Sam had done three tentpole movies back-to-back with Terminator Salvation, Avatar and Clash of the Titans, that he would want the more character driven role of Kevin Cash, the sociopathic partner to Graham Bricke. Michael had set up a meeting between Sam, CAA agents Kimberly Hodgert and Jon Levin along with myself to discuss Last Days. During the two hour meeting, we hit it off and Sam had committed to both star and produce.”

Rick Remender commented with “Sam is the perfect guy for this. He’s a scene stealer, made up in equal parts charm and intelligence. Seeing him play violent sociopath safe cracker Kevin Cash will be a treat all the world will enjoy.”

Readers can preview the first 15 pages of The Last Days of American Crime on Radical Publishing’s MySpace page at

The Last Days of American Crime #1 appeared in the October 2009 issue of Diamond Previews and features two separate covers, one by Alex Maleev (DCD# OCT091056) and another by series artist Greg Tocchini (DCD# OCT091057).

The Last Days of American Crime #2 appears in the December 2009 issue of Diamond Previews and features two separate covers, one by Alex Maleev (DCD# DEC090978) and another by series artist Greg Tocchini (DCD# DEC090979).


NBM Goodies


Last week I received a box of great books from NBM’s recent sale. Apparently NBM are the second largest indie publisher (after Fantagraphics) with sales of over $3 mil a year. That’s impressive. They specialise in non-spandex adventures and translations of European books, as well as American and Canadian works. I took the opportunity to grab some bargains and now they are sitting on my ever growing pile of unread comics and books. They’re all such unique and beautiful books though. Below are  a few photos to try and capture the elegant diversity of goodies.


Chris Ware's Acme Novelty Library

It's so hard to portray the unique packaging and contents of Acme


The Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde OGN by Mattotti & Kramsky


Raptors IV by Dufaux & Marini


From the art book The Book of (Francois) Schuiten

Schuiten again














Leviathan by Jens Harder


Swap Your DVDs For Blu-Ray

Warner Bros. are offering a unique opportunity for those who believe Blu-Ray is the best way to see films, or for those who just want to watch movies on their PS3. You can send in certain Warner Bros. titles and they’ll send you the Blu-Ray equivalent. Go here for the full lowdown, but basically it’s for U.S residents only and will cost you a $4.95 postage fee.

The Dreamland Chronicles Hits 1000 Pages

Press release below about a milestone for Scott Christian Sava’s great all ages webcomic. 1000 pages on-line is an impressive accomplishment for a series that already has over 13 000 000 readers. Sava has found a real niche and there’s not enough series like The Dreamland Chronicles out there, with its CGI look and universal appeal. Sava has also created a few just as great print OGNs such as Ed’s Terrestrials and Hyperactive.

The Dreamland Chronicles Award-Winning Graphic Novel and Webcomic Hits Major Milestone

Today, creator Scott Christian Sava reached a major milestone! His multi-award-winning graphic novel, The Dreamland Chronicles, reached 1,000 pages online!
“Wow. 1000 pages already?” said Sava. “When I started putting the pages up online each day back in 2006…I never dreamed the story would touch so many people from all over the world.”

The Dreamland Chronicles is a graphic novel and webcomic series that is updated 5 days a week at  Every day…a new page continues the story of a boy named Alexander who returns each night to the land of his childhood dreams…Dreamland.

The story has captured the hearts and minds of over 13 million readers from over 200 countries around the world who come to read this fantastic story of adventure, romance, and nostalgia. With over a quarter million hits a day…The Dreamland Chron icles is becoming one of the most popular comics, and websites in the world.

In addition, the serialized graphic novel is available in bookstores worldwide with both a major motion picture and television series in development with producer Alexandra Milchan and Sava’s agency William Morris/Endeavor.

The Dreamland Chronicles – a multi-award-winning, all-ages fantasy online serialized story written and illustrated in colorful CGI style by Scott Christian Sava.

Dreamland tells the story of Alexander Carter and his discovery of a necklace that takes him to a magical world of his childhood dreams. There he finds danger, adventure, and romance. Every night he enters Dreamland, a world filled with Dragons, Fairies, and Giants. Reunited with his childhood friends Paddington, Kiwi, and Nastajia. Alexander embarks on a quest to save Dreamland from war with the nightmare realm.

Founded in 2000 by Scott Christian Sava, Blue Dream Studios has brought to life some of the most beloved and popular characters of our time, such as Casper the Friendly Ghost, Spider-Man, Aliens vs. Predator, X-Files, and Star Trek. Formerly an animation studio, Blue Dream Studios now creates some of the most original and charming characters and stories including The Dreamland Chronicles, Ed’s Terrestrials, Pet Robots, Hyperactive, My Grandparents are Secret Agents, Gary the Pirate and Cameron and His Dinosaurs. The books are currently being published by IDW and are available in bookstores worldwide. In 2007, Pet Robots was optioned for a feature film by Disney Films and Hyperactive was optioned by MTV Films. Sava’s ongoing comic book series The Dreamland Chronicles has garnered over 13,000,000 readers worldwide and won numerous awards for Best Graphic Novel series.

We Kill Monsters #5 Review

I got the 3rd season of 30 Rock tonight and I’m strongly tempted to watch all 22 episodes, and wake up late tomorrow for work. However, I have a copy of Red 5’s great series We Kill Monsters and I’m choosing to read and review that instead. That should tell you how good it is.

Simple, well-written tales are a rarity in these days of multi-character epics that require many months (and dollars) of commitment. That’s where Red 5 come along. Series like their Atomic Robo and Neozoic are brilliant, because they’re entertaining and accessible.

WKM’s writing partners Christopher Leone and Laura Harkcom have taken a simple premise (two brothers fight aliens in their hometown) and put enough familial drama, action and alien mystery to create an intriguing narrative. Penciller Brian Churilla has really been getting a lot of attention lately, thanks to BOOM!’s new The Anchor series (also good) and he does magic with the few lines he uses here.

This penultimate issue starts with the continuation of last month’s discovery of the creatures’ origins. This leads to Vanessa, long-time friend of the heroic Basher brothers of the title, to question not only herself but someone very close to her, and that kind of doubt is never a good thing when you’re armed with a loaded rifle. Jake and Drew Basher then head off to the source of the monsters – a cereal factory that’s manufacturing living mascots. Yep, it’s one of those ideas that could almost be a “shark jumping” moment, but throughout this series Leone and Harkcom have proved adept at balancing humour with danger. And there are a few genuine laughs in this issue, aided greatly by Churilla’s perfect timing and expressive emotions, but there are also thrills and spills. It’s never an easy thing to make readers genuinely concerned about the welfare of a bunch of new characters, in a new series (and from new comic writers no less) but I’m certainly not the only one who’s noticed the fine work in this humble title.

I hope Leone and Harkcom continue to write sequential art once this series wraps. We Kill Monsters is the kind of series that I’d happily read again in Trade form, and is a great entry level tale for anyone new to the medium, or for veteran fanboys who want a refreshing reminder that simplicity doesn’t have to mean lack of creativity.

Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer #3 Preview

Being released tomorrow is the third issue of Top Cow’s Cyberforce/ Hunter-Killer mini-series. Here’s what the Cow have to say about the issue, plus a few perty pics from artist Kenneth Rocafort. Looks good, hey?

Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer #3

(W) Mark Waid (A) Kenneth Rocafort (Cov) Rocafort, Whilce Portacio

The reason for Morningstar’s alliance with Cyberdata becomes clear and the teams of Cyberforce and Hunter-Killer team members rush to destroy key facilities around the world. Only Morningstar is one step ahead and has a deadly welcoming party ready!

Featuring a cover by series artist Rocafort as well as a variant cover by Whilce Portacio (Spawn).

Cover A – Kenneth Rocafort

Cover B – Whilce Portacio

DC’s February Goodies

So DC Comics have just released their full solicitations for February. As always, there’s some great goodies including comics and TPBs but its the statues and action figures that often catch my eye, such as…

The Batman Reborn figures being released in July, which include the new Azarel and Batgirl, as well as Two-Face and Jason Todd doing their best Batman impression.

Also being released in July is the Bizarro Bust based on Gary Frank’s designs and the 1:6 scale Superman based on the classic Kingdom Come series, which features a cloth costume and 28 points of articulation.