NYCC 3-Day Passes On Sale TODAY at 12 NOON!...

Yes, the US is playing Germany today at noon and a win or tie means we’re making it to the second round of the World Cup. But if you’re a fan of New York Comic Con, something even more important is happening at 12 noon today. 3-Day NYCC 2014 passes are going up for sale on NYCC’s site. 4-Day Passes sold out in record time last week. They went up for sale at noon and were gone less than 90 minutes later. 3-Day Passes have always been more popular with NYCC attendees, so I expect these passes to sell out today even faster. Also up for sale today will be single day tickets and Kid’s Day Passes to NYCC. I expect Saturday to sell out shortly after 3-Day Pass does. #NYCC 3-Day, Single Day and Kids Day Tickets go on sale TODAY at 12:00 PM EDT! More info: http://t.co/J4WNdej6fB pic.twitter.com/XLCsxHVsnA — New York Comic Con (@NY_Comic_Con) June 26, 2014 Make sure you are at a stable internet connection at 11:59 AM today! Good...

Tuesday Night Comics Podcast Episode 25...

Dave is back! Billy and Dave make their picks for new comic books coming out on Wednesday, 6/25/14, and discuss the craziness that has been Marvel’s Original Sin thus far! If you’re loving Original Sin, listen to this episode! http://ia902509.us.archive.org/27/items/TuesdayNightComicsEpisode25/Tuesday%20Night%20Comics%20Episode%2025.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

NYCC Tickets On Sale NOW!...

New York Comic Con tickets went on sale today at 12 noon on the New York Comic Con website! But not all tickets are going on sale today, just the 4-Day Pass ($95), Kid’s Day Tickets ($5) and VIP packages ($195 & $485). If you’re interested in getting any of these tickets, jump on them! You do not want to wait until tickets go on sale at retail locations. Finding 3-Day and 4-Day passes at comic book stores last year was a nightmare. I recommend securing your pass directly from NYCC as soon as you can. For those of you interested in the 3-Day Pass, if the past holds true, that will be up for sale shortly after the 4-Day Pass sells out. The individual day tickets will then follow shortly thereafter. We'll announce when 3-Day and Single Day Tickets will go on sale soon! #NYCC RT @DarthGregov when are single day tix going on sale? — New York Comic Con (@NY_Comic_Con) June 18, 2014 Personally, I think you should buy a 4-Day Pass. At $95, it’s $30 more than the 3-Day pass, so you’re only saving $5 over buying a 3-Day Pass and a separate Thursday ticket. That said, Thursday is the best day at NYCC! The crowds are light. The lines for exclusives are the smallest they’ll be all weekend. It’s the perfect day to take care of things that would take much longer on the more crowded days during NYCC weekend.  If you’re a parent thinking about taking your kid to NYCC, consider Sunday. Crowds are lighter than Saturday, there are specific activities aimed at kids that day and you can buy a Kid’s Day ticket for your child for only $5! Kid’s Day tickets have sold out quickly in past...

Magic Mike – Review Jun17

Magic Mike – Review...

I found Magic Mike to be very interesting, mainly because of the way it was told. In most movies, we meet the hero as he’s starting off on a new adventure that takes him from the world he knows to a new and fantastic place. Think Luke Skywalker in Star Wars or Daniel in The Karate Kid. However, in Magic Mike the main protagonist isn’t the guy new on the scene. If it was, the movie would be called Magic Adam. Magic Mike follows the story of Mike, the top male stripper in Tampa. Having Mike be the central character of the story felt like watching Star Wars if Ben Kenobi was the focus of the film. I think this shift in focus is what makes Magic Mike so interesting. We’re not watching a guy at the top of his game be usurped by the new kid on the block. Mike discovers Adam, but at no point does it seem like Adam is going to overtake Mike. Hell, if it weren’t for Mike’s generosity and sense of friendship, Adam wouldn’t even be alive by the end of the film. Side note: who carries around $10,000 in drugs on them? Adam’s an idiot. Seriously, Adam might be one of the most boneheaded characters in all of cinema. He combined his dumbassness with being fairly unlikable. He went from being a fuck up with no prospects to a fuck up with a drug problem and poor spending habits. Any time he got punched, I took a bit of schadenfreude-like glee from it. I liked that Mike wasn’t just a meat head. He has a dream, to open up his own custom furniture business, but he doesn’t have the means to make it a reality. Dallas, played...

Tuesday Night Comics Podcast – Episode 24...

Billy records alone! It’s just Billy on the week on the Tuesday Night Comics podcast. He gives you his picks for the new comics he’s most excited about for the week of June 18, 2014, talks about Miracle Man: A Dream of Flying and Brian Woods’s Star Wars, and recaps this weekend’s big comic book convention in New York City, Special Edition: NYC. Speaking of Special Edition: NYC, check out this awesome Spider-Man sketch I bought from Marcio Takara! Don’t worry, Dave fans. Dave will be back next week. http://ia902509.us.archive.org/15/items/TuesdayNightComicsEpisode24/Tuesday%20Night%20Comics%20Episode%2024.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

Game of Thrones – S4E10 – The Children – Recap...

Well, here we are. Episode 10. The end of the line. As always, this recap will have spoilers for this episode. If you have not yet watched episode 10, The Children, I recommend watching it first and coming back. I’m terrible with names, so please forgive my use of nicknames. Also, I haven’t read the books, so if you have, I ask that you please keep future spoilers regarding the show to yourself. Thanks! At the end of the episode 9, I wondered if that would be the last we see of Jon Snow until season 5. But episode 10 picks up with Jon Snow immediately. Jon marches straight to the Wildling camp. He’s not there to fight; he’s there to talk to the Head Wildling in Charge. Unlike Red Beard, the HWiC doesn’t care about fighting the crows. He just wants to get his people on the other side of the wall, because winter is coming and it’s coming fast. I’m starting to realize that winter = horde of undead ice zombies. He promises that his men won’t cause any trouble if they’re allowed through the other side of the wall. This kind of throws Jon, who is there to assassinate him. Jon and HWiC drink to each side’s dead. Jon doesn’t trust the drink at first, but HWiC points out that if he wanted Jon dead, he’d be dead already without having to resort to poison. Just as it seems that Jon and HWiC will either come to a truce or Jon will attempt to kill him, a huge phalanx rolls into camp on horseback. The army cuts through any and all Wildling resistance. HWiC has his men stand down; they’ve lost enough recently. I won’t lie; I had no idea whose...

Busiek and Allred Talk at SE:NYC...

Kurt Busiek and Mike Allred are two of my favorite comic book creators. So when it was announced that they would be in conversation at SE:NYC, I knew I would be going to this panel.   The focus of the panel was to compare and contrast working for big comic book companies like Marvel and DC versus going it your own and self-publishing. At first glance, I figured Busiek would talk about Marvel and DC, and Allred would talk about self-publishing. But early on in the panel, Busiek pointed out something that I never realized. He noted that Mike Allred made a name for himself in the 90s on the indie comic book scene with Madman and now works mainly work for DC and Marvel, while Busiek was the “company man” when he made a name for himself in the 90s, first on Marvels with Alex Ross, and then creating Thunderbolts with Mark Bagley, and his legendary run on Avengers with George Perez (not to mention Avengers Forever with Carlos Pacheco). For a while there, Busiek was Mr. Marvel. But Busiek’s current work is his creator-owned Astro City. It was interesting hearing these two legends in the field talk about the different ways they managed to break in, and how their points of view on working for big companies and self-publishing have changed over the years. This was easily my favorite panel of SE:NYC. The only downside to the panel was the one guy in the audience who was snoring really loudly. I think the snoring threw Mr. Busiek during one of his answers, but he deftly played it off. Someone was nice enough to elbow the snoring guy in the ribs, and he was very apologetic afterwards. After the panel, I had the...

Special Edition: NYC – Sunday Panel Guide...

11:15 – 12:15 – Marvel Unlimited+ Members Only Event – I went to the Marvel Unlimited+ member event at NYCC 2013 and can vouch for the quality of these events. Members received an exclusive variant cover comic, an exclusive print and an acetate production proof cover of Origin II #1. Plus, we saw an extended trailer of the Guardians of the Galaxy  movie months before anyone else.  And Marvel talent will be on hand to answer fans questions (and possibly sign some comics). These events, and the exclusive action figure that Plus members receive when signing up, definitely make the Plus option worth getting when you sign up for Marvel Unlimited, Marvel’s digital comic version of Netflix. If you’re a member, make sure you attend this. I definitely will. (Theater B – 1E21)  12:15 – 1:15 – Self Publishing – Do you have an idea for a comic that you’d love to make? Yes, you could pitch it to a publisher. Or you could publish it yourself. Hey, it worked for Jeff Smith! He won’t be here, but Greg Pak, Amy Reeder and a few other creators who have had success with self publishing will be getting down to the nuts and bolts of self publishing. Be prepared to take notes. (Theater B – 1E21) 12:15 – 1:15 – DC Comics – Batman 75th Anniversary – Did Bob Wayne already retire? It’s going to be weird going to a DC panel without him moderating. Many Batman current Batman creators, including Gail Simone, James Tynion IV and Francis Manapul will talk about what’s coming  up in the Batman family of books in this special 75th anniversary year. (Theater A – 1E19) 1:45 – 2:45 – Sexy, Strange and Silly – Lost Superheroes of the Golden...

Agents of SHIELD – S1E21 – Ragtag – Recap...

We learn a lot about Ward’s back story in Ragtag, specifically his relationship to Garrett. Ward was recruited by Garrett straight from juvenile lockup. Ward had been shunned by his family, but I guess that’s to be expected when you ditch military school to set the family home on fire while your brother is still in it. I wonder if we’ll ever see Ward’s brother. I can see him growing up to be a burnt-face enemy assassin, like Game of Thrones’s The Hound or WWE’s Kane. Garrett leaves Ward in the woods with nothing but a dog named Buddy and his wits. Garrett checks in him on the seldom side of periodic. Ward and Buddy live in the woods for 5 years. During this time, Ward manages to forage for food and supplies, build himself a cabin and finally get a decent haircut. What’s really interesting about this back story is the order of Ward’s recruitment by Garrett. Initially when he meets Ward, Garrett says he works for a secret organization. But a few years later, he tells Ward all about Hydra before telling him about SHIELD, making Ward a Hyrdra agent first and a SHIELD agent second. Back in present, we’re quickly reminded that while Colson’s team is back together, Garrett and Ward have the Bus and Skye’s hard drive. Coulson wants both back. Skye has developed a trojan horse that can take down Garrett’s network. It’s installed on her stolen laptop. Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to finish it. But as long as she can insert a thumb drive with the patch into any Hydra computer, it will launch the malware across their entire network. In order to sneak in Skye’s thumb drive, Coulson and May pose as renegade SHIELD scientists applying for...

Tuesday Night Comics Podcast Episode 23...

In episode 23 of the Tuesday Night Comics podcast, Billy and Dave give you their picks for which new comics you should look out for at your local comic book store for the week of Wednesday, 6/11/14. They also discuss Marvel’s recent reprints of Alan Moore’s Miracleman. Dave drops a knowledge bomb as to where Moore was inspired for Miracleman and Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow. And Billy lets you know why should go to Special Edition: NYC this weekend if you’re near New York City. http://ia902505.us.archive.org/21/items/TuesdayNightComicsEpisode23/Tuesday%20Night%20Comics%20Episode%2023.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...