“New” Original Star Trek Episodes!

November 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

As a kind of tribute to 1970s photonovels, comic great John Byrne is creating a “new” original Star Trek episode for IDW’s Star Trek Annual 2013.

You don’t have to be a huge Trekkie to see that this looks pretty cool.  There is a real richness in color and lighting that you don’t see in the high key lighting of later “generations.”  Thought at first glance, this might look like John Byrne just grabbed a bunch of video stills and turned them into comic book panels, many of these panels have  been created in Photoshop from different images.

You can check out more on the process on John Byrne’s website, and you can buy Star Trek Annual 2013 in December.


Miyazaki’s Swan Song

November 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

The Wind Rises is the latest and probably last feature film directed by Hayao Miyazaki, the director classics such as Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away.  Studio Ghibli announced the director’s retirement in September.  From the trailer below, it looks like he’s going out on a high note.

It’s kind of a weird topic for a film, especially for American audiences, but The Wind Rises is a fictionalized biography of Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of the infamous Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter – you know, the ones flown by the pilots that killed all those folks at Pearl Harbor.

Watch “Night of the Doctor” Now!

November 14, 2013 § Leave a comment

Night of the Doctor” is the prologue to next week’s 50th anniversary “Day of the Doctor” episode.  And you can watch it.  Right now.  Right away.  Go on.  Do it.

Top Shelf Sale at ComiXology!

November 13, 2013 § Leave a comment

I love Top Shelf.  Owned and operated by Chris Staros and Brett Warnock, they’re just one of the great small press comic book publishers ever.  They’ve got all that Alan Moore stuff, including From Hell, they publish Matt Kindt and Jeff Lemire, and their kids stuff is always fun.  And through November 17th, a bunch of their stuff is on sale at a huge discount from ComiXology.

I swear nobody at Top Shelf or ComiXology is paying for me to tell you to get this stuff.  I sincerely think it’s just awesome, and if you want to buy $3 Alan Moore graphic novels, this is the way to do it.  The awesome Infinite Kung-Fu is also a huge book that’s just easier to carry if you buy it digitally.

(And if you’re on ComiXology anyway, buy my comic, too).

What I’m Reading: X-Men: Battle of the Atom

November 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

X-Men: Battle of the Atom was the big crossover event to mark the 50th anniversary of the X-Men.  The original X-Men team from the 1960s, the featured cast of the monthly All-New X-Men, have been in the present time since Marvel NOW! began.  To be as spoiler-free as possible, Battle of the Atom begins with some of the present day X-Men trying to send the originals back to their own time, though they don’t all want to go.  Then some X-Men from the future arrive, and then some other X-Men from the future arrive.  Then everybody fights.

If that sounds confusing, you’re not a regular reader of the X-Men comic book line, where time travel has become a really annoying staple of the series.  And if you are a regular X-Men reader, you were probably disappointed with Battle of the Atom. The fact is, other than the addition of a few more characters to the Marvel Universe, nothing really major happens in this crossover.  The few glimpses of the future that the crossover provides clearly illustrates that the X-Men of the future are still doing what the X-Men do best:  fighting each other.

By the end of the crossover, I had missed a few characters’ deaths, and I couldn’t keep track of who was good or bad.  It wasn’t because the story was hard to follow, but because I didn’t care.  Your superhero team doesn’t matter if it spend more time fighting itself than it does fighting the bad guys.


Sci-(Non)Fi: Titan Arm

November 7, 2013 § Leave a comment

The Titan Arm, designed and 3-D printed by a team from University of Pennsylvania, has won the 2013 Dyson Award for design and engineering.  From C-Net:

…the exoskeleton is intended to help rehabilitate people who’ve had serious arm injuries or strokes, and to give more power to the elbows of those who lift heavy objects for a living.

At least somebody plans to use their robot arm for good.

What I’m Watching: The Fades

November 6, 2013 § Leave a comment

I’m loving me some Agents of SHIELD, and if you are, too, you’ll probably also dig The Fades.

Starring Iain De Caestecker, who plays Fitz in Agents of SHIELD, The Fades is about a kid who can see dead people and who is probably the world’s single best hope at saving the world from the apocalypse.  He also sprouts wings when he orgasms.  It’s a superpower.

If you couldn’t tell from the footage, the series aired on BBC America in 2011, but you can watch it now on Hulu Plus.  The series also features Natalie Dormer from Game of Thrones and Hunger Games: Mockingjay.

Arcade Fire – Spike Jonze – Greta Gerwig

November 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

I honestly try not to spend too much time on Youtube, but who can stay away?  Though considered a ratings failure, the You Tube Music Awards featured some “live music videos,” and Arcade Fire’s “Afterlife,” featuring Greta Gerwig, makes me miss the time when Spike Jonze was the innovator in music videos (and a reminder that Jonze has has been directing music videos since before many of the people watching were even born).

Apparently, the show was all downhill from there…

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