Spike Lee’s Kickstarter Jul31

Spike Lee’s Kickstarter...

Filmmaker Spike Lee is the latest celebrity to turn to Kickstarter to fund his new project, a currently untitled movie going by the working title of The Newest Hottest Spike Lee Joint for the purposes of the Kickstarter. What’s really cool about the campaign is Spike’s level of sharing with his donors. There have been 14 updates in the 10 days the campaign has been active. Some are videos of actors showing support. But he’s also posting some very cool stuff there too, like his Essential List of Films for Filmmakers. I contributed a ten spot to the campaign. This nets me an autographed Malcolm X Production Crew Patch if the Kickstarter gets funded. Spike is currently at $478,000 towards his goal of $1,250,000 Mine! Spike has opened the vault when it comes to donor prizes. Besides the afformentioned Malcolm X patch, there’s a signed 40 Acres and a Mule patch (for half the price of the Malcolm X patch!), signed movie posters, signed postcards from Spike Lee’s movies and more. It was interesting to see the posters priced at different price levels. It makes sense; the demand for Inside Man is probably much higher than the demand for Red Hook Summer. I’m tempted to contribute on a second Kickstarter  account just to get this signed 40 Acres patch. If there was an award for Best Kickstarter Copy, it would definitely go to Spike’s plea for $10,000 pledges, which reads: This Award Is For All Playa-Playas. For 10 Grand I’m Taking You to Dinner, Then You Will Have The Honor And Privilege To Sit Next To Me (IN MY WIFE’S TONYA’S SEAT) COURTSIDE – FRONT ROW IN THE BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE AT THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS ARENA – MADISON SQUARE GARDEN TO...

NYCC 2013 Retailer Tickets Go On Sale 8/12/13 (UPDATED!)...

Buried at the bottom of an email New York Comic Con sent out today announcing that Batman artist Greg Capullo will be attending NYCC this year was an announcement that will have far more immediate impact for people have been unable to score their weekend pass to New York Comic Con 2013. Here is the image from the email. The Retailer Ticket page on NYCC’s website doesn’t list any stores as of this writing. We do know that Midtown Comics will be selling them at all three of their locations. Midtown Comics may be the only comic book store in New York City itself where you’ll be able to buy tickets. Midtown has already announced that all of their NYCC ticket sales will take place in person; there won’t be any mail order available for them. Retailers will be selling 4-Day, 3-Day and single day passes to New York Comic Con, so if you missed out on a 3 or 4-Day pass, this is your chance. Don’t miss out. UPDATE! According to the Midtown Comics Twitter and Facebook pages, Midtown Comics will have NYCC tickets for sale starting on 8/8/13 at 12...

Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope – Review Jul30

Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope – Review...

With Comic-Con 2013 in our rear-view, I thought it would be a good time to watch the documentary Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope, which is currently streaming on Hulu. I almost bought the DVD of Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope last year. Four HeroClix figures of Stan Lee, Joss Whedon, Morgan Spurlock and Harry Knowles were packaged with the DVD. Unfortunately, I could never track down the version that came with all four. They were divided up into Stan and Harry or Joss and Morgan  But the ones I wanted were Stan and Joss, and I couldn’t see myself buying two copies of the DVD to get both of them. Sorry Morgan and Harry… I have to say, I really enjoyed this movie, which I found surprising. I thought this was going to be another fansploitation film, the kind that basically says “Look at these weirdos being weird.” But that’s not what happens here. Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope is very hopeful in all of the stories it tells. No one is mocked, either to their face or behind their back. It’s an honest movie. These are real people being featured here, and if you have attended Comic-Con, you can probably relate to at least one of them.   There are six main stories in Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope, with each story focusing on different fans. Two of the stories follow two artists trying to break into the comic book industry. Another follows a guy who wants to propose to his girl at Comic-Con. One follows a toy collector who needs to get his hands on the latest exclusive from Hasbro. Chuck Rozanski, the founder of Mile High Comics, is the focus of another. But my favorite of the stories followed Holly Conrad...

The 5 Coolest Things to Come Out of Comic-Con 2013 Jul25

The 5 Coolest Things to Come Out of Comic-Con 2013...

1. Man of Steel 2 will be Superman/Batman! With Christopher Nolan and David Goyer heavily involved in both franchises, I’m really hoping that we see a continuation of the continuity established in The Dark Knight Rises. And by that, I mean Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the Bat-suit teaming up with Henry Cavill’s Superman! 2. Avengers 2: Age of Ultron Avengers 2 has a subtitle: Age of Ultron! Who’s Ultron, you ask? Ultron is a robot created by Hank Pym aka Antman/Giant Man/Goliath/Yellow Jacket. After gaining sentience, Ultron decided that the world would be a more perfect place if humans weren’t on it and set about eradicating all life. Whedon has stated that Hank Pym will not be in Avengers 2. Does this mean Whedon is changing Ultron’s origin so that he’s created by Tony Stark? It makes sense. With Tony Stark having created his AI assistant Jarvis in the Iron Man franchise, do we need another scientist for Ultron’s creation? I’m fine with this change. Thankfully, it looks like Avengers 2: Age of Ultron will have anything to do with Marvel comic Age of Ultron beyond its title and main villain. While Hank Pym won’t be in Avengers 2, his fans will be happy to know that it will be Hank Pym as Ant-Man in the Ant-Man movie! 3. James Robinson releases Grand Passion through Dynamite I only recently read Starman for the first time. But since reading it, Robinson has quickly become one of my favorite comic book writers. I was extremely sad to see him leave Earth 2, which he seemed to be setting up for a grand, multi-year run. While we wait for The Saviors, his creator-owned project with J. Bone being released through Image, we have Grand Passion to look forward...

SDCC 2013 – The Best Comic-Con Exclusives Jul19

SDCC 2013 – The Best Comic-Con Exclusives...

When it comes to exclusive merch, Comic-Con in San Diego is second to none. Comic and toy companies go above and beyond at San Diego in ways they don’t for other shows. If you’re at Comic-Con right now, there’s a decent chance you’re reading this while standing on line for one of the items listed below. G.I Joe Skystriker Vehicle with Jetfire Deco and V.A.M.P. with Autobot Hound Deco and 3.75 inch Snake Eyes, Baroness and Bludgeon Special Edition Pack – Hasbro – $99.99 This is the third G.I. Joe/Transformers mash-up that Hasbro has sold at San Diego, and man, they really went all out this year. Two vehicles. Three figures. One of which is Snake Eyes. And another that is Bludgeon! I applaud Hasbro for going super-hardcore and releasing a Bludgeon figure. Unless you were reading the tail end of the Transformers series put out by Marvel in the 1980s, he’s probably not someone you’d recognize. His figure is definitely not aimed at the casual fan. And who couldn’t use a Snake Eyes with Autobot deco on him? On top of all this, you also get a G.I.Joe scaled Blaster boombox for Snake Eyes to rock out to! If you’re not at Comic-Con, you’ll have a very tiny window to buy this and Hasbro’s other exclusives on Hasbro’s website after the show. Star Wars The Black Series 6-Inch Boba Fett Action Figure with Han Solo in Carbonite Accessory – Hasbro – $44.99 This year, Hasbro is launching a new line of Star Wars action figures, The Black Series. These figures will measure 6 inches and be more detailed than the standard Star Wars action figure line. To kick the series off, they’re selling a Boba Fett and Han Solo in Carbonite two-pack at...

My Time at HeroesCon

Written by Nicholas Doyle. A few weeks ago, Charlotte, NC played host to the 31st annual HeroesCon, put on by Shelton Drum’s fantastic comic shop, Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find. The convention is among the best in the country, and is beloved by both fans and professionals alike – mostly due to the fact that its focus is completely on comics, which is a welcome change as the bigger conventions are including more TV/Film/Video Game content and pushing the comic stuff off to the side. I’ve been going to the convention for a few years now, but this time was going to be different; for one, I was going to be there all three days, which I’ve never done. Also, my wife Brooke was going to join me the entire time – while she’s not super interested in comics, she’s been to the convention in the past and had a good time – another great thing about HeroesCon is that it is very family friendly, and doesn’t include some of the creepier aspects that you might find at other conventions. Her being there meant that we would spend a good majority of our time in various panels – which was also new to me; in the past, I’ve usually gone to conventions to have books signed, and not gone to many panels. Our author, now with kung fu grip!    The con started on Friday, and after walking around the floor for a few hours, we made our way to the Sports in Comics panel. I don’t care that much about sports, but my friend Rob Ullman (http://rkullman.blogspot.com) was going to be there talking about his hockey comics, so I wanted to check that out. In addition to Rob, the panel also included Kevin...

Man of Steel – Review Jul01

Man of Steel – Review...

4/5 – Up, up and away! I liked The Man of Steel a lot. I was actually surprised by how much I liked it, based on the amount of nerd rage that was swirling around the internet the weekend the movie opened. The majority of the rage seems to be focused on three parts of the movie. I’m going to be going into all these parts, but they involve SPOILERS, so if you haven’t seen The Man of Steel yet, don’t read past this shirtless photo of Henry Cavill! The main thing in Man of Steel that seems to have Superman fans’ crimson panties in a bunch is Superman killing Zod. He didn’t banish Zod back to the Phantom Zone. Zod didn’t die accidentally, or in a situation out of Superman’s control. Superman had to make the choice to kill Zod or let Zod kill a family with his heat vision, and he chose to kill Zod. Superman should have killed Zod just because of that facial hair. A lot of people have labeled The Man of Steel a darkening of Superman’s story. I don’t think that label fits this movie, unless we’re talking about the actual lighting in the movie. I’m serious. Even on a bright, sunny day, the lighting seems subdued. This may have had to due with me seeing it in 3D. Every movie looks darker in the 3D version for some reason. But even if the trailer, Smallville looked like it was covered in perpetual cloudiness. People are calling this is a dark movie, mainly because Superman kills. But Superman doesn’t kill wantonly. He’s no Punisher. In the one case where he intentionally take an enemy’s life, his back is to the wall. It’s kill Zod or let Zod kill...