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Hungry Ghosts by Anthony Bourdain

While the world is still mourning after the passing of LEGEND Anthony Bourdain, coming in October, the final graphic novel of Hungry Ghosts will be published by Dark Horse Comics.

Hungry Ghosts “reunites the bestselling writer, chef, and award winning television host with accomplished co-writer Joel Rose, his friend and longtime collaborator, for a series of horror stories inspired by the popular Japanese Edo period parlour game of Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai. The graphic novel substitutes chefs in place of the traditional samurai, and transforms the classic stories of yokai, yorei, and obake by adding a common thread: food is central to each bone-chilling tale.  On a dark, eerie night a Russian oligarch dares a circle of international chefs to play the Samurai game of 100 Candles—where each storyteller blows out a candle after telling a terrifying tale of ghosts, demons and unspeakable beings, praying to survive the challenge.”

The full color, 128 page novel, will go on sale October 2nd!! So in a matter of seven days, you will be able to enjoy this amazing hardcover book! It will feature:

·  5 all-new original recipes prepared by Bourdain;

·  An extended dedication and beautiful send off to Bourdain written by Rose;

·  Stories stunningly illustrated by artists Sebastian Cabrol, Vanesa Del Rey, Francesco Francavilla, Irene Koh, Leonardo Manco, Alberto Ponticelli, Paul Pope, and Mateus Santolouco, with amazing color by Jose Villarrubia;

·  The Real Ghosts, a handy guide to the legendary spirits behind the terrifying tales, written by Rose, with illustrations by Leonardo Manco;

·  A reunion for Bourdain and Rose with legendary comic book editor Karen Berger — the editor of Dark Horse Comics’ imprint Berger Books and recent inductee into the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Hall of Fame — who was the founding editor of Vertigo Comics, which published Bourdain and Rose’s graphic novel debut, the New York Times #1 bestseller, Get Jiro!

·  A jaw-dropping cover by bestselling comics artist Paul Pope.

Above all else, Anthony Bourdain was a writer. He wrote 14 different books, with a few more in progress at the time of his passing, and spend decades writing and starring in television!

“We hope you’ll celebrate Anthony Bourdain, and his love of story and food, by devouring this book. ”

Denver Comic Con is NOW Denver Pop Culture Con

Are you all ready for a little bit of change in our comic con lives!? The non-profit organization behind what was FKA Denver Comic Con, has decided that now is the right time to make a few changes! The NEW Denver Pop Culture Con makes it’s official debut May 31st 2019! Considering a name change now for the last few years, now was the right time, in order to align the brand across the organization’s name, and it’s signature events! Those signature events include Denver Pop Culture Con, and the NEW and upcoming in 2019, Reno Pop Culture Con!

“After much discussion and careful deliberation, our leadership team arrived at the name Denver Pop Culture Con for several reasons,” said Dr. Christina Angel, Convention Director for Pop Culture Classroom. “We believe it more accurately reflects the breadth, depth, and inclusivity that has come to define Denver’s annual celebration of all things pop culture.”

With how ever changing the comic book culture, and pop culture have been in recent years, this move was meant to encompass everything that goes on during the convention; comics, television & film, authors, cosplay, workshops, educations programming, and everything else that Denver Comic Con encapsulated since it’s inception!

“Fans can rest assured that Denver Pop Culture Con will continue to celebrate comic book culture and creators as we always have,” said Dr. Angel. “After all, it’s comic books that got us hooked on pop culture in the first place, and the foundation on which we are built.”

Coming soon, there will be a “throwback” sales event. This event will feature merchandise with the old Denver Comic Con brand on it, and merchandise with the new Denver Pop Culture Con will be available soon as well!!

ANNOUNCEMENT

Tickets for Denver Pop Culture Con will go on sale November 13th, 2018 at 10am MST, for speed pass holders. For the general public, tickets will go on sale, November 14th at 10am MST. Three day tickets tend to go pretty quickly, so don’t miss out on the opportunity! We’ve been every year since the inception, and it’s done nothing but get better!! We’re hopeful that the name change brings nothing but continued success, plus we hope that the first annual Reno Pop Culture Con get’s off to an amazing start!!

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New Comics for September 19th 2018

New Comics Release for 9/19/18

Some really cool stuff coming out this week! A new format Batman title, the Return of snikt! Its too damn hot to be September in Colorado, so lets jump into the cool comics that are hitting the shelves at your Local Comic Shop this Wednesday!

From Boom! Studios this week, a new Go Go Power Rangers One Shot called Back to School hits the racks. It’s Spring Break for the Rangers, and the first time since they received their Power Coins that the Rangers will be apart. As they each embark on their own week-long vacation, these teenagers with attitude discover that being a hero doesn’t always mean having to morph!

From DC this week, Black Label begins! Batman Damned #1 lands this week and is the launch title for the new imprint at DC. The Joker is dead. There is no doubt about that. But whether Batman finally snapped his scrawny neck or some other sinister force in Gotham City did the deed is still a mystery. Problem is, Batman can’t remember… and the more he digs into this labyrinthine case, the more his mind starts to doubt everything he’s uncovering. So who better to set him straight than… John Constantine? Problem with that is as much as John loves a good mystery, he loves messing with people’s heads even more. So with John’s “help,” the pair will delve into the sordid underbelly of Gotham as they race toward the mind-blowing truth of who murdered The Joker. BATMAN: DAMNED is a bimonthly super-natural horror story told by two of comics’ greatest modern creators-a visceral thrill-ride that proudly puts the “black” in BLACK LABEL.

Also from DC this week, Harley Hits #50! In a special anniversary story, “Harley Saves the Universe!”-no kidding! While reading a mysterious Harley Quinn comic book, H.Q. accidentally breaks all of reality. And you know the saying: if you break it, you bought it! Now it’s up to Harley to travel through both time and space to fix all the continuity errors she created. Luckily, she’ll have a little help, ‘cuz riding shotgun is none other than special guest star Jonni DC, Continuity Cop! Good thing, too, because if Harley fails, it means her own mom will be lost forever. Gulp! That doesn’t sound very funny!

From Marvel this week, lots of Annuals for brand new titles! Amazing Spider Man Annual #1 lands this week, and has a throwback black suit story. ears ago, Spider-Man came back from an alien world with a fantastic new costume – one he eventually learned was a living alien symbiote looking to bond with him permanently! But before he rejected the costume that went on to become VENOM, many a night the symbiote would creep onto Peter, and unbeknownst to its host, take them out into the night! Now, for the first time, see just what the symbiote steered Peter into during these mysterious nighttime excursions!

This week also sees the start of the Infinity Warps, with Soldier Supreme #1! Classified 4-F by the military, Stephen Rogers was unable to serve his country in World War II…until a secret government program tapping into arcane sorcery transformed him into the Soldier Supreme, the magical warrior embodiment of the American spirit!

Lastly this week from Marvel, Return of Wolverine #1 hits the stands. He died. Stayed dead for awhile. Then mysteriously appeared, with an infinity stone in his possession. Then the heroes of the Marvel Universe went on a Hunt for him, but now, hes back, bub!

From AfterShock this week a new series debuts called Patience Conviction Revenge #1 written by Patrick Kindlon with art by Marco Ferrari. Disregarded, disrespected and dismissed, Renny has a chip on his shoulder. Once an equal partner in a criminal syndicate that rules Las Vegas, he now finds himself living in a shack in the desert. But the shack has a workshop, and Renny’s been busy. It’s time to march his robot army into the neon hell of a cyberpunk Vegas and retake his seat at the table. Or take the wood from the table and build enough caskets for the whole syndicate. Old friends better run, because Operation PATIENCE! CONVICTION! REVENGE! is underway.

Here is your complete list:

Boom! Studios

Black Badge #2

By Night #4

Coda #5

Go Go Power Rangers Back To School #1

Lumberjanes #54

Over the Garden Wall Hollow Town #1

Steven Universe Ongoing #20

WWE NXT Takeover Into the Fire #1

Dark Horse

Black Hammer Age of Doom #5

BTVS Season 12 the Reckoning #4

Disney Pixar Incredibles 2 #3

Ether Copper Golems #5

Mata Hari #5

Olivia Twist #1

Terminator Sector War #2

Usagi Yojimbo #6

Witchfinder Gates of Heaven #5

DC

Aquaman #40

Batman #55

Batman Damned #1

Damage #9

Green Lanterns #55

Harley Quinn #50

Injustice 2 #34

Injustice Vs Masters of the Universe #3

Justice League #8

Mister Miracle #11

New Challengers #5

Nightwing #49

Pearl #2

Teen Titans #22

Teen Titans Go #30

Wild Storm #17

Dynamite

Jeepers Creepers #5

John Wick #3

Robots Vs Princesses #2

IDW

Dick Tracy Dead or Alive #1

Ducktales #12

GI Joe A Real American Hero Silent Option #1

Impossible Inc #1

Sonic the Hedgehog #9

Sword of Ages #5

TMNT Ongoing #86

Uncle Scrooge #40

Image

Aphrodite V #3

Bonehead #4

Burnouts #1

Coyotes #6

Crude #6

Curse Words #16

Days of Hate #8

Death or Glory #5

Evolution #10

Flavor #5

Hack Slash Resurrection #11

Hit Girl #8

Ice Cream Man #7

Kick Ass #7

Rumble #7

Savage Dragon #238

Seven to Eternity #11

Skyward #6

Stellar #4

Marvel

Amazing Spider Man Annual #1

Avengers #8

Captain America Annual #1

Doctor Strange #5

Edge of Spider Geddon #3

Franklin Richards Fantastic Year #1

Immortal Hulk #6

Infinity Wars Soldier Supreme #1

Life of Captain Marvel #3

Mr & Mrs X #3

Multiple Man #4

Return of Wolverine #1

Star Wars #54

Star Wars Lando Double or Nothing #5

Thor #5

True Believers Iron Fist #1

True Believers Punisher #1

True Believers Punisher First Appearance #1

Venom #6

Venom First Host #4

West Coast Avengers #2

X-Men Gold #36

Abstract Studios

Strangers In Paradise XXV #6

AfterShock Comics

Lost City Explorers #4

Patience Conviction Revenge #1

Alternative Comics

True Stories #4

American Mythology Productions

Casper Capers #1

Pink Panther Surfside Special #1

Archie Comics

Betty & Veronica Friends Jumbo Comics Digest #264

Aspen MLT Inc

Nu Way #3

Soulfire Vol 7 #3

Black Mask Comics

Oh Shit Its Kim & Kim #2

Bongo Comics

Chief Wiggums Felonious Funnies #1

Boundless Comics

Lookers Ember #11

Devils Due/1First Comics

Little Girl #2

Fantagraphics Books

Blammo #10

Keenspot Entertainment

Junior High Horrors #1

Lion Forge

Catalyst Prime Summit #9

Catalyst Prime Superb #13

Encounter #6

Mae Vol 2 #3

Magnetic Collection

Infinity 8 #6

Oni Press

Rick & Morty Presents Sleepy Gary #1

Rebellion Developments

Sniper Elite Resistance #1

Scout Comics

Stabbity Bunny #7

Starburns Industries Press

Hellicious #3

Titan Comics

Bloodborne #5

Girl Who Danced With Death Mill Saga #2

Rivers of London Water Weed #4

Valiant Entertainment

Britannia Lost Eagles of Rome #3

Quantum & Woody #10

Shadowman #7

Vault Comics

Vagrant Queen #4

Waxwork Comics

House of Waxwork #2

Zenescope

GFT Tales of Terror Vol 4 #7

Revenge of Wonderland #3

Acursian Starring John Barrowman

I don’t know about all of you out in the world wide webs, but we here at Thinking Outside the Longbox are big fans of John Barrowman! So, when we heard about this new comic series, starring John, of course we wanted to let everyone know about it! Acursian tells the story of Charlie Stewart (John Barrowman), who becomes the victim of an ancient Celtic curse, on the day before his birthday! Having what seemed to be the perfect life, Charlie now finds his life spiraling out of control, and dooming every relationship that he has created!

Charlie discovers that his own ancestor, made a deal with the Celtic God of War, and THIS is why his life was cursed! Charlie must now battle his way across the world, in order to settle this centuries long squabble, involving his family!

“We began this journey with John, Carole, and Erika over a year ago and are thrilled to see this project coming to fruition in such a gripping story that features—for the first time ever—John starring in his very own comic book, one that truly reflects his love for Celtic lore,” said Robert Napton, Senior Vice President of Legendary Comics.

“Did Robert just say a year ago? We’ve been stewing on this for CENTURIES…,” said co-creators John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman and Erika Lewis. “We’re so excited the world can finally read Acursian. Beni Lobel’s dark, entrenched style seduces from the first panel. Goddesses and gods, fate and time be damned, Charlie Stewart is embarking on a sometimes dangerous—sometimes sexy—sometimes strange and magical quest to get his life back, and you can come along for the ride.”

Carl Weathers, From Apollo to Arrested

It is hard to deny that Carl Weathers is an icon of pop culture.  From his action roles in Rocky and Predator, to his comedy in Happy Gilmore and Arrested Development, Weathers has been a cultural touchstone for decades.  On the second day of Colorado Springs Comic Con we got to sit in on a panel moderated by Eric Hollis of Bitfaced Podcast. Covering a wide range of his film and television work Weathers was entertaining on all levels.

The conversation started with Weathers talking about his time filming Force 10 From Navarrone, a World War II action film that he made with Robert Shaw.  It was a time that he clearly looked back on with fondness. He talked about how much he learned early on his career by filming all over Europe in all kinds of conditions with seasoned professionals.  The things that he learned from Robert Shaw were things that he would hold till this day.

Talking about how he obtained the role of Apollo Creed in Rocky he told the story of how he was playing football at the time.  He saw the opportunity for the role and in the audition was asked if he had any experience boxing. He lied and said that he did, and then went to show off his skills.  Apparently, his boxing was good enough and the rest is history. Twelve-hour days of boxing choreography and running through the scenes repeatedly. It was the kind of dedication and hard work that was needed to make an American film classic.

He went on to talk about his work with Adam Sandler on the set of Happy Gilmore.  The kind of silly fun and inside jokes that developed on the set bled into their performances.  The moment when Stubbs teaches Happy how to put was the example he provided. He showed us all how when a man is teaching a woman how to put in a film he comes up behind her and wiggles his hips.  So, he stood to show us how he did the same thing to Sandler, without telling him what he was about to do. The reaction that they got on film was a genuine reaction.

Weathers has made many single episode appearances on television shows, and when he was approached to do Arrested Development he initially declined because he didn’t want to just do a bit part.  Then he had an encounter with a friend that invited him to lunch. Before he could even get out of the house his friend had called him back to also say that he didn’t have any money. Weathers then got the idea for a character that was himself, but the stingiest version of himself possible.  Comedy gold was born as he saves people’s rib bones for stew and jumps onto tabs.

Weathers has and easy humor to him and was very open to talk about any project that he worked on.  He was cheerful and fun to listen to. Be sure to check out the video of the whole panel on our YouTube channel and subscribe.

Green Lantern Creators Unite Panel

Some days you get to sit in a room with comic book royalty and listen to them talk about the things that they have created.  On this day at Colorado Springs Comic Con we got to sit and listen to five of the most influential Green Lantern creators: Mike Grell, Pat Broderick, Darryl Banks, Ron Marz, and Joe St.Pierre.  Each had an influence in the direction and history of Green Lantern, but probably none quite as large as Ron Marz and Darryl Banks.

In the wake of the breaking of Batman and the Death of Superman, DC wanted a new take on Green Lantern.  So, with Gardner Fox being taken off the book and Gil Kane stepping down on art DC approached Ron Marz to write the Emerald Twilight story.  He knew that it would over all be a very controversial story, so he took his time thinking about taking the job. There was one important part of the deal though, when he was done with Emerald Twilight he would have carte blanche, to remake Green Lantern.

He had to take the job, so there was mad rush to get the three-issue arc done.  With the help of Darryl Banks and two other artists (because the three-issue run had to be fast tracked in an intense way), Emerald Twilight was churned out and Green Lantern was reinvented into Kyle Rayner.  Marz said he was given no direction other than they wanted The Lantern to still be human and remain a male. They wanted change, but no too much change.

Mike Grell talked about how much he loved Denny O’Neil and Neil Adams’ run of Green Lantern/Green Arrow and how he had always wanted to do the characters.  Soon he was able to pick up the book and started drawing both characters in his run, often presented in the same dual branded format that O’Neil’s run had.

Finally, Ron Marz touched a little on the “Fridging” trope.  He said two things about it. The first was that he understands the point of view that people have, but that at the time comics was a very male driven medium, and he had to write for that audience.  He told the story of how he killed off a pivotal male character in Witchblade and they received one letter, and no outrage. His male readers weren’t moved by male deaths.

Darryl Banks had drawn the scene in question, the whole body of Alexandra DeWitt in the fridge.  Not mutilated or violated, just dead. When the page was sent to the Comics Code Authority they felt that the page was too gruesome and made Banks redraw the page with the door of the fridge partially shut.  The letters they received talked about the dismembered body of Alexandra behind the door, when in face Banks had never draw it that way, people’s imaginations just cause people to perceive that.

Overall it was a very interesting look at the history of Green Lantern (particularly in the Modern era).  Be sure to check out the full panel on YouTube and Subscribe.

NERRRRRRDS! A Panel With The Cast of Revenge of The Nerds

Day two of Colorado Springs Comic Con gave all of us the opportunity to experience something amazing!  We all got to spend some time with a good chunk of the cast of the cult hit Revenge of the Nerds. Members of the panel were Andrew Cassese, Brian Tochi, Curtis Armstrong, Donald Gibb, Julia Montgomery, Larry Scott and Robert Carradine.  Seven people on a stage all moderated by bad ass podcaster hero Eric G. Hollis from BitFaced Podcast, and boy did he start the panel off with a bang.

From the crowded stage his chair slid to the edge and slipped right off.  He took a tumble to the floor, hitting the speaker which for a moment wobbled precariously.  First to the scene was “nerd hating” Donald Gibb, quick to offer him a hand up and ask him if he was OK.  The moment couldn’t have been staged better, and with everyone safe and sound it became an ongoing joke for the rest of the day’s panels.  He’s a hero among men to not get so embarrassed that he just quit the panel, but that is the power of nerds!

The cast regaled us with stories of the partying that happened on the set of Revenge of the Nerds with Robert Carradine making the statement that they, “Shot the movie in between partying.”  Lots of drinking happened in hotels and off set, and each morning the cast would line up with a medical professional to get their shots of Vitamin B12, so they could function for the day. Donald Gibb of course stayed in his room, “Practicing his lines.”

The loose nature of the script dictated that much of what was put to film was unscripted and adlibbed.  Actor Billy Tochi talked of the moment when the jocks shove a jock strap down on his head. The moment wasn’t in the script and was completely unexpected, garnering a reaction from him that was genuine and grossed out, “The least he could have done was wash it first,” he laughed.  Donald Gibb of course spent the time they were adlibbing, “Practicing his lines.”

Larry B. Scott who played the black homosexual (truly an oddity in the world of film at that time) lamented the he is in fact not gay, and that it really hurt his game when it came to getting girl on set (and after the movie became popular), but that the role was exactly the kind of role that he wanted to take as a black man.  It was his first chance to challenge himself as an actor, by not have to play a street thug whose only line was, “I’ll cut you!” There was repercussion to the role though, other black guys were excited to see someone playing a different role on scree too but would have preferred more of the leading man type than the gay nerd. Donald Gibb of course had no problem with, “Picking up chicks.”

The role of Booger being a pivotal part of the film, actor Curtis Armstrong had a couple of great stories about the film.  The first had to do with the infamous belching contest. When looking for a belch that would be up to the task the sound designers were forced to look to the animal kingdom for the level of noise that they wanted.  A burp was not the noise that they found, instead the belch is a combination of a human burp and a camel having an orgasm. At the time Donald Gibb was busy, “Picking up chicks.”

The second tale was about the moment that he realized that the only role that was left in the film was that of Booger, “I’m a classically trained actor, I have done Shakespeare, I will not go on film and belch and pick my nose.  If they call and tell you that they want to offer me the role of Booger, tell them NO!” He then was offered the role of Booger and immediately took the role, “Sometimes you just have to feel like you are in control when you aren’t.” Donald Gibb also was reticent to take the role but he knew he would be able to, “Pick up chicks.”

The cast was amazing and truly have a chemistry that has lasted through the years.  All of them talked about how one of the best parts of being in the film was the life long friends that they have made.  That is something that you could see in every moment of the panel. What they created has been a touchstone for nerd culture for years!  Be sure to check out our YouTube channel for the full panel, where you can hear about Donald Gibb, “Practicing his lines and picking up chicks.

New Comics for August 29th 2018

Hey everyone! We ride the last wave of August this week, which also happens to be the 5th week of the month, so lots of annuals and specials, etc, but still some neat stuff to be excited about! Lets dig in shall we?

From Boom! Studios this week, Bone Parish #2, Cullen Bunn’s crime/horror books about a drug manufactured from human remains his the stands this week, along with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Shattered Grid #1. Kyle Higgins writes the conclusion to the first Power Rangers comic book even, and everything changes!

  

From DC this week, the Looney Tunes/DC mash-ups continue! This week, Catwoman Tweety & Sylvester Special #1, Harley Quinn Gossamer Special #1, Joker Daffy Duck Special #1 and Lex Luthor Porky Pig Special #1 all hit the stands to bring you a weirdly hilarious blend of two vastly different genres!

 

 

Also this week, Brian Michael Bendis’ Jinxworld imprint adds a new title! Scarlet #1 (of 5) lands this week. From the creative team that brought you Daredevil and Infamous Iron Man comes the latest explosive chapter in their creator-owned epic, which IGN called one of the best comics on the stands. SCARLET tells the story of a woman whose life has been ripped apart by police corruption. When she pushes back, she starts a chain reaction of events that will bring about the next American Revolution. In this brand-new, new reader-friendly chapter, fully painted by Eisner Award-winning artist Alex Maleev, SCARLET tells the story of what happens when one young woman is pushed too far-and what one country will do to stop her.

From IDW and Oni this week, comes another mash-up that we didn’t know that we needed kicks off with Rick & Morty Vs. Dungeons & Dragons #1 (of 4). When Morty needs to learn how to play D&D to keep up with the cool kids, his hard-drinking, old school-gaming, mad science-making grandpa is happy to teach him how to roll the dice, but neither of them is prepared for the saving throws they’re about to fail or the true quest yet to come. Strap on a +1 longsword and grab your 10-foot pole, because this is going to be a gaming gauntlet like no other!

From Marvel this week, the hunt for Wolverine is over…or is it? Hunt for Wovlerine Dead Ends #1 hits racks this week. Now the time has come to put the pieces together and see what was learned. Kitty Pryde, Daredevil, Tony Stark and Sabretooth may have found what they were looking for…but it wasn’t what they expected. Where has Wolverine been? What has he been doing?

Also from Marvel this week, lots of Venom love coming your way! Venom First Host #1 (of 5) launches and is written by Mike Costa with art by Mark Bagley. Before the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN…before VENOM… There was the FIRST HOST. And that First Host has returned in need of Venom’s help – only by reuniting can the two avert cosmic ruin! Can Eddie and the symbiote trust one another long enough to save the galaxy, or will the FIRST HOST prove to be Venom’s undoing?!

And lastly from Marvel, spinning out of the pages of Venom, Web of Venom Ve Nam #1 hits racks this week! As the United States of America struggled through the Vietnam War, Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. needed a secret weapon – and when an ancient creature was discovered at an archaeological dig site, he was sure he’d found it. In reality, the discovery was an ancestor of the Klyntar symbiotes…and would become a waking nightmare for a platoon of American soldiers!

From AfterShock this week, Beyonders #1 kicks off and is written by Paul Jenkins with art by Wesley St. Claire. A young boy obsessed with crop circles and cryptography finds his boring life turned upside-down when he discovers that all of his conspiracy theories are true, sending him on the ultimate treasure hunt for an ancient secret spanning thousands of years. What is the connection between a lost mountaineer, an indecipherable manuscript, and the lost library of Alexandria? How is this connected to a one-eyed, flatulent Welsh Corgi and endless plates of corned beef sandwiches? Find out in…Beyonders!

From Eric Powell at Albatross Exploding Funnybooks Hilbilly: Red Eyed Witchery from Beyond #1 (of 4) makes its debut this week. The next chapter in the adventures of Rondel the wanderer! A terror from the sky plagues the hills and the wielder of the Devil’s Cleaver may be the only one who can stop it!

Here is your complete list:

Boom! Studios

Bone Parish #2

Jim Henson Fraggle Rock #4

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Shattered Grid #1

Dark Horse

Blackwood #4

Modern Fantasy #3

Starcraft Scavengers #2

DC

Batgirl #26

Batgirl Annual #2

Catwoman Tweety & Sylvester Special #1

Harley Quinn Gossamer Special #1

Joker Daffy Duck Special #1

Lex Luthor Porky Pig Special #1

Nightwing Annual #1

Red Hood and the Outlaws Annual #2

Scarlet #1

Silencer Annual #1

Dynamite

Red Sonja #20

Swashbucklers Saga Continues #5

IDW

Dungeons & Dragons Evil at Baldurs Gate #5

Euthanauts #2

GI Joe A Real American Hero #255

House Amok #1

Judge Dredd Under Siege #4

My Little Pony Ponyville Mysteries #4

Rick & Morty Vs Dungeons & Dragons #1

Star Wars Adventures #13

TMNT Bebop & Rocksteady Hit the Road #5

Transformers Bumblebee Prequel #3

Uncle Scrooge #39

X-Files Case Files Hoot Goes There #2

Image

Cyber Force #5

Isola #5

New World #2

Wayward #28

Marvel

Daredevil Annual #1

Deadpool Assassin #6

Edge of Spider Geddon #2

Exiles #7

Extermination #2

Hunt for Wolverine Dead Ends #1

Marvel Two In One #9

Moon Knight #198

Ms Marvel #33

New Mutants Dead Souls #6

Runaways #12

Star Wars Lando Double or Nothing #4

Star Wars Poe Dameron Annual #2

Venom First Host #1

Web of Venom Ve Nam #1

X-23 #3

X-Men Blue #34

X-Men Grand Design Second Genesis #2

Action Lab

Zombie Tramp Ongoing #51

AfterShock Comics

Beyonders #1

Brothers Dracul #5

Walk Through Hell #4

Albatross Funnybooks

Hilbilly Red Eyed Witchery From Beyond #1

Archie Comics

Archie & Me Comics Digest #10

Aspen MLT Inc

Dissension War Eternal #2

Benitez Productions

Lady Mechaniak Dame Sans Merci #2

Coffin Comics

La Muerta Retribution #1

Golden Apple Books

Adventure Van #1

Lion Forge

Catalyst Prime Kino #9

Oni Press

Rick & Morty #41

Titan Comics

Penny Dreadful #11

Tank Girl All Stars #3

Valiant Entertainment

Harbinger Wars 2 #4

X-O Manowar #18

Vault Comics

Submerged #2

Zenescope

Monster Hunters Survival Guide Case Files Wendigo #1

Paradise Court #2

Colorado Springs Comic Con – Cult Comedies

Cult Comedies with Shannon Elizabeth and Brian O’Halloran

It is hard to deny that two of the most important “late night” comedies of the 90’s are Clerks and American Pie (and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back).  At Colorado Springs Comic Con this Friday we got the chance to sit in a panel with Shannon Elizabeth of American Pie and Brian O’Halloran of Clerks. Both actors came out to a rousing ovation and regaled us with their times with Kevin Smith, what it takes to be an actor, and the best way to keep a crew happy on a budget; not to mention Shannon’s work with animals in Africa.

Both had kind words to say about director Kevin Smith, O’Halloran as a principal actor in both Clerks films, and Elizabeth from her role in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.  Brian talked about how during the filming of the first Clerks film Smith was much more interested in the dialogue being exact than for the second Clerks film, where Jeff Anderson and O’Halloran were given a little more leeway with their dialogue.  Shannon talk about how fun it was to develop the Justice character, and that Smith was very surprised with how much effort she put into developing the character. She went so far as to wear glasses, because, “Justice is blind.”

When asked what it takes to get in front of the camera O’Halloran was very matter fact.  He talked about how important it is to take acting classes. That one of the best ways to get really involved is also through visiting film festivals.  Like we say on our show, if there is something that you think isn’t out there in the market that should be, make it. He also talked about the ease with which a movie can be made now with reasonably priced cameras and even cell phones.

As far as keeping your crew happy on a low budget he said the key to it is having great craft services, and that they don’t need to be from the same place every day.  Ask the crew if there is a mom or grandma that can make one great meal, then see if someone else has a person they know that would be interested, “If you are going to ask them to stay for a long day, they should at least know that they are getting a great meal at the end of the day,” he said.

When asked about Clerks III falling apart O’Halloran was very candid about the movie falling apart.  So much of what made cult films like Clerks and American Pie so successful was the secondary video market (insert old man, back in my day, VHS joke here).  With the falling of the video market and the rise of streaming services that pay significantly less per stream. When the financials came through for the actors Jeff Anderson was unpleased with the amount that they we offered (O’Halloran said that the offer was “insulting”), so Anderson decided to back out of the project in spectacular fashion and that is what got Clerks III shut down, as Smith didn’t want to go on with the project without Anderson.

Set stories were brought up in a question, and Shannon had the best one from the set of Love Actually. On the final day of filming the whole cast was on set for an airport scene that they were all in.  Costuming had dressed her and co-star Denise Richards in the British equivalent of what they thought midwestern girls look like. While at craft services they were eating, and Hugh Grant walked up to them.  They were excited to meet him, and Richards said, “I’m so embarrassed that I’m dressed like a whore.” To which Grant replied, “Oh, my favorite.”

This was a hilarious panel, but it ended on a serious and positive note.  Shannon Elizabeth has dedicated herself to work with animals.

What started out as a rescue for dog and cats in the Los Angeles area, but after 10 years of that work she decided to find a way to expand the organization to help as many animals as possible.  She began to learn about the poaching crisis in Africa, and in 2016 she moved to South Africa to be close to the work of saving animals.

Everything that she had to say about her organization displayed the passion and hear that she has for what she does.  This is her true calling and a truly admirable reason to make public appearances. Be sure to check out what she does at www.animalavengers.com.

Some Time with Team Bestie

Some Time with Team Bestie

It isn’t every day that you get to sit in a room and listen to two icons of professional wrestling chat about their time in the WWE.  Today at Colorado Springs Comic Con we got to sit in a room with two icons and a few of our new friends. Trish Stratus, Amy Dumas (aka Lita), and Amy’s adorable puppy sat down for an intimate panel as Team Bestie.  With a conversation that was well off the rails in a few minutes and ranged from Tigger impressions to the time Amy “saved Trish’s life”.

First off, the timing of the panel was weird.  It started at the very opening of the con, and with the structure of the con’s space (which is in a mall) made finding the space for the panel a little hard to find.  As consequence by time the panel had started there were very few people in the room, but no matter, Trish and Amy got a rousing response when they came into the room.

Because it was so sparsely attended at first Trish and Amy felt comfortable to joke and talk about the fun that they had at the convention last year with a guy that they had met the year before.  He was funny and regaled us with his Alex Trebek, and Tigger impressions. Then we all got chance to ask questions.

Trish and Lita told us about their time in the WWE and how they feel they fit into the picture as some of the trail blazers of women’s wrestling in the modern era.  When asked how they felt about the WWE’s rules on men and women not fighting each other in the same way that they do on some of the indie promotions, they were both quick to remind us that in their time they were going toe to toe with the male wrestlers.

When an audience member asked if they would ever be on the show Total Divas (or if they ever had been for that matter) they mentioned something interesting about the show.  They have been told that the viewership of Total Divas is largely made up of non-wrestling fans. As far as being on the show, it sounds like they are just going to stick with wrestling.

Trish even regaled us with the story of the time Amy saved her life.  After defeating Stacy Keibler and Torrie Wilson during the WCW/WWF Invasion angle, Trish was backing up the V shaped ramp back into the locker rooms when she stepped back into a void where the two ramps met.  As she was falling Amy caught her by the elbow and rescued here from embarrassment and possibly death as Trish says (it all takes place at about 11:30 in the video below).

Their excitement for their upcoming matches coming on the WWe’s first all-female Pay Per View Evolution is palpable.  Stratus even talked about how she found out in the moment that she would be facing Alexa Bliss.  That when it was announced on Raw, her surprise was genuine. Her and Amy talked about how nervous they were to be in the pay per view to which the audience chanted, “You Still Got It!”

They do still got it!  From The Attitude Era until the first all-women’s pay per view on WWE; Trish Stratus and Amy Dumas have been there through it all, and hopefully they will be there through a whole lot more!