I leap onto the S.H.I.E.L.D hellicarrier and Hawkeye immediately taps into my communicator with some intel. “You might not be ready for this, Hulk,” he warns. What a wimp, I think. I lay waste to one of Fury’s S.H.I.E.L.D. Mandroids, finishing the puny robot with a Gamma Smash, and continue searching the hellicarrier. He’s here somewhere. Smells like him. Rotten and foul and seeped in death. Time for Hulk to Smash. [Read more…] about Marvel Avengers Initiative iPhone & iPad App: Mobile Comic Book Gaming Done Right
They say it with a smirk. A knowing snarl of snark masked behind a smile. “Oh, you were ‘reading’ were you? Your little comic book?” And you look up, with your full beard and your receding hairline, and you know they’re laughing at a perceived childishness. A perceived inferiority. Most of the time it’s tossed aside as charming innocence, but a lot of the time it’s also condemned as weird. Just freaking weird. You’re in your twenties? Reading comic books? Do you still sleep in the same bed as your mother? (That’s really beside the point here).
This is the plight of the comic book fan. The upward struggle against the unceasing, relentless label of “low-minded freak-baggery.” It’s why the plight of mainstream – really, genuinely mainstream – comics has always failed (or at least a non-pricing/access reason why).
And guess what? This might be the most important year ever for ending the reign of casual dismissal against comic book nerds. As I’ve discussed, some of that has to do with the ultimate summer of comic book movies. And some of it has to do with DC’s own new 52 initiatives.
What I realized last night, though, is a lot of it also has to do with a newfound comic book tag team on AMC: The Walking Dead and Kevin Smith’s Comic Book Men
You heard that right. Summer 2012 is shaping up to be the best season of comic book movies of all time. Aside from the glorious summer of 1990, few summers have ever come close. And guess what? That’s not even counting DC’s The Dark Knight Rises. My premise is based purely on the onslaught of Marvel trailers released since the Super Bowl. How do I know all this? I’ve got 12 reasons:
Yesterday news broke HARD that Quentin Tarantino liked Green Lantern.
I like Quentin Tarantino. I’m a very casual fan, but I enjoy my Inglorious Bastards like the next guy. Still, critically acclaimed director or not, Tarantino has gone too far with his latest comments. I’m a tolerant man (can hold my liquor quite well, thank you very much) but a man saying he likes the Green Lantern movie? That is appalling behavior. That is a crime in the eyes of humanity. That is just plain wrong.
I haven’t really learned a lot about life from Archer season one. I think maybe I learned about avoiding ants in my office place, and also to never EVER use “M as in Mancy” when trying to communicate letters over the phone, but otherwise, this isn’t really a life lessons kind of show. That said, it did make me think a lot about the potential for animated television and how that relates to the comic book industry, the benefits of in-laws and also the Arrested Development movie that may or may not happen. [Read more…] about Life Lessons From Archer Season One