Shining The Light For Batman

This is funny. That is all.

From designer Flying Mouse AKA Chow Hon Lam.

Extra Sequential Podcast #38-Body Image

67 mins. This week we talk about body image in superhero comics, plus the Spice Girls, the Royal Wedding and sagging shelves.

DOWNLOAD IT HERE, LISTEN TO IT BELOW OR ON ITUNES

2:45 NEWS

Dark Horse Comics’ Digital Store

Shannon Wheeler ‘s I Thought You Would Be Funnier can now be read for free online

Captain America and The Avengers film info

Free Comic Book Day on May 7

8: 28 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

Portal 2

Brightest Day #24 – John Constantine and Swamp Thing travel from Vertigo to the DC Universe

Avengers #12.1 – Spider-Woman gets captured by the evil smarty pants team, The Intelligencia. The Avengers rescue her and meet Ultron, who then vanishes. Not for newbies but great art by Bryan Hitch.

Action Comics #900 – The controversial landmark issue in which Superman renounces his American citizenship, plus some other cool tales.

The Complete Peanuts Vol. 1 1950-52 – Charles Schulz’s classic and funny work with Charlie Brown and co.

A Lesson Is Learned But The Damage Is Irreversible – an experimental webcomic

34:15 FEATURE TOPIC – BODY IMAGE

We look at the sexy spandex brigade and how male and female characters are treated differently.

The Art of Mike Deodato Preview

Getting his mainstream start in comics with Wonder Woman for DC in the ’90s, artist Mike Deodato Jr. has been a Marvel man for most of the last few years. In July the publisher will give him his own art book. I have similar books for Joe Quesada and was actually looking at Marko Djurdjevic’s one last weekend. If Deodato’s is similarly filled with insightful comments to go along with his awesome art, this should be one worthy of the bookshelf. I interviewed the man himself for the Extra Sequential magazine here (on pages 8 – 13).

Your First Look At THE ART OF MIKE DEODATO HC

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at The Art Of Mike Deodato HC, a stunning chronicle of the Marvel Architect’s life and work for the House of Ideas! Since breaking into the industry in the early 1990s, Mike Deodato has established himself as one of comics’ most celebrated superstar artists. Now, in one oversized tome, follow Deodato’s artistic evolution from his iconic early work on Avengers and Thor through his now legendary successes on Amazing Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk, Thunderbolts, Dark Avengers, and much, much more.

“Since I was a kid, I’d loved art books collecting my favorite artists. More recently, I’ve been thrilled to see works of comic book artists taken more seriously,” said Deodato. “To be featured among talents such as Joe Quesada and Marko Djurdjevic in a book like this makes me awfully happy. My dad, who bought me all my early Frazetta hardcovers, was beaming with pride when I told him Marvel was doing one about me. I feel honored.”

Also catch rare insights in the creative process from many of Deodato’s collaborators, including writers Mike Benson, Charlie Huston and Marvel Editor In Chief Axel Alonso! From Thor’s clash with the World Engine to the fall of Norman Osborn, relive the greatest artistic triumphs of this superstar artist, only in The Art Of Mike Deodato HC!

THE MARVEL ART OF MIKE DEODATO HC (FEB110649)

Written by JOHN RHETT THOMAS

Pencils & Cover by MIKE DEODATO

On-Sale 7/6/11


The Outlaw Prince

I’m usually not a fan of fantasy comics, but this has some impressive creators behind it. Plus, it’s from the mind of the man who gave the world Tarzan. Details below and more preview pages here. The Outlaw Prince OGN is available now. The Regular Edition is 80 pages for $13 and the 112 page Deluxe Limited Edition is $50 and is signed.

A riveting tale of historic fiction in the classic Burroughs’ style! Writer Rob Hughes and renowned illustrators Thomas Yeates and Michael Wm. Kaluta present in fully painted format the medieval masterpiece The Outlaw of Torn, written by Edgar Rice Burroughs a century ago. This timeless tale unfolds during the tumultuous Second Baron’s War as a young and innocent Prince is ruthlessly abducted from his royal family, taken into the remote and rugged mountainous regions of Derbyshire to be brainwashed to forget his very heritage and relentlessly trained to become the greatest swordsman the world has ever known—and ultimately, the most dreaded name in all of Britain. With civil war looming upon the horizon, the fate of the Kingdom of England may very well rest in his hands.

The ancient archive of his remarkable life had been lost for more than 700 years, shrouded by the mists of time…until now!

Brilliant storytelling and the beautiful artwork of two industry titans combine to bring to life the origin of Norman of Torn — The Outlaw Prince!

Writer: Rob Hughes
Penciller: Thomas Yeates, Michael Wm. Kaluta
Inker: Thomas Yeates
Colorist: Thomas Yeates, Lori Almeida, Steve Oliff and Gloria Vasquez
Cover Artist: Esad Ribic
Deluxe Edition Cover Artist: Alan Lathwell
Genre: Action/Adventure, Classic

This timeless tale unfolds during the tumultuous Second Baron’s War, when a young prince is ruthlessly abducted from his royal family, taken into the rugged mountains of Derbyshire, and brainwashed to forget his very heritage. He’s trained to become the greatest swordsman the world has ever known–and grows to be the most dreaded name in all of Britain! With civil war looming upon the horizon, the fate of the kingdom of England may very well rest in his hands!

  • Presenting a medieval adventure based on The Outlaw of Torn, written by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
  • A classic Edgar Rice Burroughs novel–adapted for a modern audience!
  • This deluxe limited edition features an introduction by Burroughs expert Frank Westwood, a feature-length article by Rod Jackson exploring the history behind the story and a painted cover by artist Alan Lathwell!


Space Warped #1 Preview

From BOOM! Studios’ new all-ages imprint Kaboom! comes Star Wars parody Space Warped. Most sci-fi parodies are for mature audiences (except Space Balls I guess), so way to go BOOM! Below is a hefty 10 page preview. Love the fantasy interpretations of the characters. Yes, even Princess Leia’s unibrow. Click on the pages to see them bigger, and y’know, actually read the text.

SPACE WARPED #1 COMES TO KABOOM! THIS JUNE!

AVAILABLE TO ORDER NOW
THROUGH DIAMOND: APR110907

EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK WITH THIS 10-PAGE PREVIEW!

Far away, in a land long ago…there was an orphaned farm kid with daddy issues trying to rescue an orphaned princess unaware of her daddy issues! In the tradition of ROBOT CHICKEN: STAR WARS and SPACEBALLS comes a loving, affectionate parody of the greatest science fiction franchise of all time! The first of a two-issue mini-series, this is a fan-pleasing romp that skewers one of the greatest adventure stories ever!

SPACE WARPED #1 debuts this June written by Hervé Bourhis witih hilarious art by Rudy Spiessert. This title ships with a price point of $3.99 and a Diamond Code of APR110907.

While I’m on the topic of Star Wars parodies, there’s this:

Chuck and Planet Smallville

Go Chuck Norris! He’s 70 you know. Wow. Well, for those of you like me who fondly recall the ’80s as a golden age of Saturday morning cartoons, here comes some good news. Chuck Norris Karate Commandos. I still have my Chuck Norris action figure. Here’s the official description for the collection and trailer for the 1986 cartoon. It’s all 5 episodes and is MOD, ie, manufactured on demand and can be ordered here.

Chuck Norris Karate Kommandos

Martial arts master Chuck Norris brings his thrilling mix of heroism and incredible athletic prowess to this animated action series, blending the courage and ingenuity of the American frontiersman with the willpower and stoicism of the samurai warrior. Through five exciting installments, Norris and his Karate Kommandos warrior crew battle the sinister organization VULTURE, a sophisticated terrorist cabal led by The Klaw and his lieutenant Super Ninja. Norris created the series and kicks off each adventure.

Mr. Norris has lots of costumes doesn’t he?

Smallville’s final season is just about to end, and now you can get the complete collection. It’d make a nice companion to the Blu-Ray Superman Anthology. 

The Ultimate Collector’s Set for the Ultimate Fan 

SMALLVILLE: THE COMPLETE SERIES

Featuring All 218 Episodes, Including Never-Before-Seen Special Features, in Highly Collectable New Packaging

After 10 incredible seasons, Smallville: The Complete Series will arrive on DVD this fall. This ultimate collector’s set for the ultimate fan features over 192 hours of content – including all 218 episodes, over five hours of newly added special features such as an unaired, never-before-seen Superboy pilot from 1961, a 90-minute series retrospective with all new interviews, the 2010 final Comic-Con panel and more!

In addition, exclusive printed materials include a Daily Planet newspaper, written by DC Comics, that highlights the important storylines developed during the 10-year run of the show and an episode guide with never-before-seen production art (storyboards/sketches) and behind-the-scenes photos. Smallville: The Complete Series is presented in highly collectable new packaging consisting of two lay-flat picture books that hold 62 discs.

“It’s been an unbelievable 10 season run for Smallville, still one of the most popular series on television and one of our best-selling titles on DVD,” said Rosemary Markson, WHV Vice President, TV and Special Interest Marketing. “The fan base for the franchise is not only huge, but loyal and they’re going to love this ultimate collector’s edition.”

Soaring toward the end of its 10th and final season, this modern retelling of a hero’s legendary origins blends realism, action, heart and humor as Clark Kent completes his epic journey by claiming his birthright as the world’s ultimate hero – Superman.

Starring Tom Welling as “Clark Kent,” Allison Mack as “Chloe Sullivan,” Kristin Kreuk as “Lana Lang,” Michael Rosenbaum as “Lex Luthor,” John Glover as “Lionel Luthor,” Erica Durance as “Lois Lane,” Annette O’Toole as “Martha Kent,” John Schneider as “Jonathan Kent,” Justin Hartley as “Oliver Queen,” Sam Jones III as “Pete Ross,” Cassidy Freeman as “Tess Mercer,” Aaron Ashmore as “Jimmy Olsen,” Eric Johnson as “Whitney Fordman,” Laura Vandervoort as “Kara,” Callum Blue as “Zod,” Jensen Ackles as “Jason Teague” and Sam Witwer as “Davis Bloome,” Smallville has also featured many notable guest stars including Terence Stamp, James Marsters, Michael McKean, Ian Somerhalder, Jane Seymour, Brian Austin Green, Pam Grier, Helen Slater, Michael Ironside, Julian Sands, Tori Spelling, Rutger Hauer and Christopher Reeve.

Superman was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Based on DC Comics characters, Smallville was developed for television by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar. Its executive producers have included Gough & Millar, Brian Peterson, Kelly Souders, James Marshall, Michael Tollin, Brian Robbins, Joe Davola, Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer, Greg Beeman, Ken Horton and Tom Welling. The series is from Tollin/Robbins Productions, Millar/Gough Ink and Warner Bros. Television.

The two-hour Smallville series finale will air on Friday, May 13, 2011, at 8pm on The CW Television Network.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Never-before-seen Superboy pilot from 1961
  • 90-minute series retrospective with all new interviews
  • 2010 final Comic-Con panel
  • A Daily Planet newspaper written by DC Comics that highlights the important storylines developed during the 10-year run of the show
  • Episode guide with never-before-released on DVD production art and behind the scenes photos
  • And more! 

SMALLVILLE: THE COMPLETE SERIES

Running time: 192 Hours

SRP: $339.88

Human Planet

BBC’s latest and naturally, awesome series is not on nature, but man. The last episode I saw featured a tribe that lives in extraordinary treehouses, an elephant that understands over 100 commands and 3 languages, a Brazilian man whose job is to prove and publicize the existence of undiscovered villages and the danger of getting fresh honey in Papua New Guinea. Here’s the official lowdown on the series, which is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Human Planet is the first BBC/Discovery Channel co-production to focus solely on human behavior. Since premiering in the UK, the series has received overwhelming critical acclaim including The Telegraph proclaiming, “it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before” and The Sun stating that it’s “visually stunning and utterly fascinating, this is seriously impressive stuff.” From the makers of Planet Earth, Life and Blue Planet, Human Planet focuses on humanity’s amazing, complex and profound relationship with nature. It weaves together 80 stories, many never told before, to illuminate humanity’s uncanny ability to adapt and live in every corner of our diverse world. Each episode centers on a particular habitat, and by using innovative and cutting edge filming techniques, reveals how its people have created astonishing solutions in the face of extreme adversity.

The Discovery Channel version will be presented by Charles Parnell and consists of six episodes that will take viewers to the farthest reaches of the globe culminating with, Life at the Extremes, a “best of” episode. The Human Planet DVD and Blu-ray will include all eight episodes from the original UK broadcast version, presented by John Hurt, extending the home viewing experience with three hours of footage not seen in the North American broadcast. It will include the episode, Cities, which will be exclusive to the DVD and Blu-ray. Additionally, the DVD and Blu-ray will take viewers deeper into the heart of Human Planet with its set of ten Behind the Lens “making of” bonus features, and, exclusive to Blu-ray, a further “making of” feature called, Zanskar, accessible via BD-Live. Zanskar showcases the astonishing life struggles of a resilient group of people living at the edge of the Himalayas.

To support the series, BBC has launched an official Facebook page, featuring the new game Human Planet Trivia Challenge.  Challenge friends, race against the clock, and see if you have what it takes to top the leader board.  Each week we will be giving away incredible prizes including Blu-ray/DVD copies, framed photos, and award winning books.

One lucky grand prize winner will receive an amazing Human Planet prize pack!

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK AT www.Facebook.com/HumanPlanetTVSeries

Marvel and Dark Horse Digital Comics

The brave new frontier of comics being digitally available is a great opportunity for techno-centric fans. Here’s the latest from Marvel (who have offered digital options for a while) plus the impressive offerings from the new Dark Horse Digital.

Experience FEAR ITSELF: THE WORTHY On The Marvel Comics App

Hey there True Believers, here’s your official list of comic books, hitting the Marvel Comics app on April 27, 2011. Now fans can experience their favorite Marvel heroes bursting into action on your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch! Today, be the first to discover the secrets behind the summer’s hottest comics event in Fear Itself: The Worthy #1 – an all-new, story from acclaimed creators Christos Gage and Elia Bonetti! The first of eight weekly tales to come,Fear Itself: The Worthy #1 details the catastrophic rise to power of the Red Skull’s daughter, Sin, and her plans for the whole of the Marvel Universe now that she wields the mysterious of hammer of Skadi! And, best of all, the entire story is available for free on the Marvel app! Now’s the time to find out why Fear Itself has fans and critics raving!

And that’s not all! With a wide array of titles already available there is something for everyone! Stay tuned each week for a brand new list of Marvel releases so that you’ll never miss your favorite heroes in action.

To download the Marvel Comics app, visit: http://www.marvel.com/marvelcomicsapp

Here’s your official list of comic books, hitting the Marvel Comics app today!

Digital Comics On-Sale Today:

5 RONIN #5

ANNIHILATION: CONQUEST – QUASAR

(Annihilation: Conquest Prologue #1, Annihilation: Conquest – Quasar #1-4)

CAPTAIN AMERICA: HAIL HYDRA #4

FEAR ITSELF: THE WORTHY #1

MARVEL BACKLIST CHRONOLOGY

MARVEL ZOMBIES 4

(Marvel Zombies 4 #1-4)

SECRET INVASION: INHUMANS

(Secret Invasion: Inhumans #1-4)

SPIDER-MAN: THE GAUNTLET VOL. 4 – JUGGERNAUT

(Amazing Spider-Man #626-629)

THOR BY WALT SIMONSON VOL. 1

(Thor #337-348)

ULTIMATE VISION

(Ultimate Vision #0-6)

WOLVERINE: FIRST CLASS VOL. 2 – TO RUSSIA, WITH LOVE

(Wolverine: First Class #5-8)

FREE This Week On The App:

CAPTAIN AMERICA #445

CAPTAIN AMERICA: FIRST VENGEANCE #1

CAPTAIN AMERICA: A LITTLE HELP #1

FEAR ITSELF SKETCHBOOK

SPIDER-MAN: A MEAL TO DIE FOR #1

SPIDER-MAN: YOU’RE HIRED #1

ULTIMATE SIX#1

VENOM: LETHAL PROTECTOR #1

DARK HORSE LAUNCHES DIGTIAL COMICS PROGRAM!

OVERWHELMING DEMAND CRASHES SERVERS!

Earlier today, Dark Horse’s iOS app and digital store went online and opened for business! Even after extensive load testing, demand for Dark Horse digital comics was still too high for our servers!  Thousands of fans rushed to download our digital comics, resulting in intermittent service outages.

The Dark Horse Comics iOS digital app is now available for free download in the iTunes store and comes loaded with the first full issue of Hellboy: Seed of Destruction. While we are still working on a native Android app, any device with a modern web browser can be used to read Dark Horse comics at Digital.DarkHorse.com.

Thanks to fans who signed up for our Dark Horse Digital newsletter, full first issues of Criminal MacabreAbe Sapien: The DrowningThe Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse SuiteMass Effect: Redemption, and Joss Whedon’s Fray are available in the digital store for free.

Other free comics available today include:

Beasts of Burden #1

Conan #0: Conan the Legend

Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom/Magnus, Robot Fighter (FCBD 2010)

Dungeon Siege III #1

Falling Skies #1, #2, and #3

Grendel: Behold the Devil #1

Kull: The Shadow Kingdom #1

Solomon Kane #1

Solomon Kane: Death’s Black Riders #1

The Terminator: Death Valley #0 and #1

The Terminator: 2029 #1

The Umbrella Academy #0