Friday, September 18, 2009

More Dollhouse season 2 promo images

Deal alert: Columbia Best Pictures Collection, 11 films, for $59.99

Today only, Amazon is offering the Columbia Best Pictures Collection set for $59.99 instead of $135.95


14-disc set of 11 Best Picture Oscar winning films in an attractive, collectible, black fiber cover with slipcase. The pages within will have film synopsis, details on the Oscar win for each film, and art from key scenes. This set features Columbia Pictures' Best Picture Oscar winners spanning the years from 1934 to 1982 and include the following films:
1934 It Happened One Night
1938 You Can't Take It with You
1949 All the King's Men
1953 From Here to Eternity
1954 On the Waterfront
1957 The Bridge on the River Kwai
1962 Lawrence of Arabia
1966 A Man for All Seasons
1968 Oliver!
1979 Kramer vs. Kramer
1982 Gandhi

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Pop links: Gotham Sirens/Marvel Knights compared! Clash mini-reunion! Reed Crandall pirate comics!

A humorous comparison of DC and Marvel Comics' "cheesecake" books Gotham Sirens and Marvel Divas. Turns out Divas isn't as cheesecakey as one might presume.


Former Clash members Mick Jones and Topper Headon are reuniting for a fund-raising cover of the band's old tune "Jail Guitar Doors."

The pair teamed up with folk activist Billy Bragg in the studio to promote the singer's campaign to help rehabilitate prison inmates.

Bragg's Jail Guitar Doors initiative, named after the song, supplies musical instruments to prisoners. Several inmates have gone on to pursue careers as performers since the scheme started two years ago.

...The recording session was filmed for a documentary about the prisoners' aid scheme called "Breaking Rocks," which will be premiered as part of the Raindance film festival at the Proud Gallery in Camden Town, London, on October 1.

The film will be followed by performances from Bragg, Jones, the MC5s' Wayne Kramer and Chris Shiflett of the Foo Fighters amongst others.


Pappy presents a Reed Crandall-illustrated pirate tale.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Hear Bob Dylan's Christmas album

Or bits of it, anyway. Sound samples from Dylan's upcoming "Christmas in the Heart Album" are now available on Amazon UK and they are, in a word, hilarious.

Bob plays up the camp aspect big time, with lots of orchestration, female backup singers, accordion (for reals) and all manner of other corny stuff. I love it!

I'll be buying it for sure. Who knows, it could become another of my seasonal favorites. Good fun for a Christmas party at any rate.

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Pop links: Remembering Mary Travers; New DC Universe Classics figures, more!

So long Mary Travers. The Peter, Paul and Mary singer has passed away at age 72. The New York Times has an obituary here.


Former Black Flag singer will voice the Doom Patrol's Robotman on the "Batman: Brave and the Bold" 'toon.


Some cool upcoming DC Universe Classics figures, I especially like Mary Marvel and Dr. Mid-nite.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Deal alert: Led Zeppelin Definitive Collection box set for $99.99

Today only Amazon is offering the Led Zeppelin Definitive Collection box set for $99.99, ordinarily $199.98.

Vintage Superman Pep cereal ad

Pop links: Carl Barks! Christmas Carol poster! More!

Good stuff from Booksteve today (well, everyday. But I found these posts especially interesting): A short interview with the great Disney comics artist Carl Barks and a trailer for the Blackhawks movie serial.


I posted a couple of stills down below, but here's the poster for Disney's upcoming CGI adaptation of "A Christmas Carol."


British session drummer Bobby Graham has died at age 69, reports the NME. Graham played on more than 1,500 records including such hits as Petula Clark's "Downtown," Them's "Gloria," Dusty Springfield's "I Only Want To Be With You" and the Kinks' "You Really Got Me" and "All Day And All Of The Night."

New Prince of Persia movie pics

A few pics from the upcoming Disney film:

Pics from Disney's A Christmas Carol

Here are a couple of still from Disney's upcoming "A Christmas Carol."

Still more Season 2 Dollhouse pics

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

New comics Sept. 15, 2009: Indiana Jones! Spirit! Batman! Brave and the Bold! Warlord! Spidey! Nancy!

New releases of note this week. Click the links to order discounted items from Amazon.

INDIANA JONES ADVENTURES VOL 2 A new, 88-page Indy adventure scripted by Mark Evanier and art by Ethen Beavers.

WILL EISNER'S SPIRIT ARCHIVES: NEW ADVENTURES Collecting Dark Horse Comics' Spirit anthology stories with work by Allen Moore, Neil Gaimin and others. The release continues the numbering and cover design of DC Comics' Spirit Archives series, making this volume 27.

The two flagship Batbooks land on the same week (likely due to delays on Batman and Robin #4, I think). So far, I think the Dini-scripted Streets of Gotham is the stronger of the two. Grant Morrison's first storyline (issues 1-3 of Batman and Robin) just didn't go anywhere, wheres I'm intrigued to see what happens next with Dini's storyline.

BRAVE AND THE BOLD #27 More Batman! Writer J. Michael Straczynski takes the reins of this team-up book (shouldn't they reboot the numbering?) The first entry hooks up Batman and Dial H for Hero. Could be fun. The old Haney/Aparo B&B was one of my favorite books.

SHOWCASE PRESENTS WARLORD VOL 1 Good fantasy stuff with story and art by Mike Grell. I used to love this title. Collects 1ST ISSUE SPECIAL #8 and WARLORD #1-28.

WEDNESDAY COMICS #11 The penultimate issue of DC's experiment in a weekly tabloid comics section.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #605 I'm still enjoying my weekly Spidey fix. If you're a lapsed Marvelite, you might enjoy this.

JOHN STANLEY LIBRARY NANCY VOL 1 Comic enthusiasts say this is good stuff. Before my time, but it looks good.

Video find: Petra Haden and Friends sing I Can See for Miles

Fab acapella Who cover.

More Dollhouse season 2 promo pics

Here are a few more pics for the upcoming season of Dollhouse:

Next DC animated film is "Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths"

The next straight-to-DVD DC Comics animated film is "Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths." From the press release:

An original story from award-winning animation/comics writer Dwayne
McDuffie (Justice League) rooted in DC Comics’ popular canon of
“Crisis” stories.

Bruce Timm (Superman Doomsday, Green Lantern) is executive producer.
Lauren Montgomery (Wonder Woman, Green Lantern) and Sam Liu
(Superman/Batman: Public Enemies) are co-directors.

In Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, a “good” Lex Luthor arrives
from an alternate universe to recruit the Justice League to help save
his Earth from the Crime Syndicate, a gang of villainous characters
with virtually identical super powers to the Justice League. What
ensues is the ultimate battle of good versus evil in a war that
threatens both planets and, through a diabolical plan launched by
Owlman, puts the balance of all existence in peril.

All-star voice cast led by Mark Harmon (NCIS) as Superman, James Woods
(Ghosts of Mississippi) as Owlman, Chris Noth (Sex and the City, Law &
Order) as Lex Luthor, William Baldwin (Dirty Sexy Money) as Batman,
Gina Torres (Serenity, Firefly) as Super Woman and Bruce Davison
(X-Men) as the President.

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Pop links: TARDIS saved! More Doctor Who! TV Bat trio reunites! Bat Cycle! Buscema!

An endangered police call box, similar to Doctor Who's TARDIS time-traveling machine, has taken on a new life as a city information booth in Sheffield, the BBC reports.


The inaugural Anaheim Comic Con, April 16-18, 2010 will feature guest appearances by Batman TV show guests Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar. More info.


Coming from Mattel, a 1/12 version of the TV Bat Cycle.


A Spanish gallery is hosting an exhibit of works by the great Marvel Comics artist John Buscema.

Monday, September 14, 2009

CD new releases Sept. 15, 2009

New CD releases of interest this week. Click the links to order discounted titles from Amazon.

Get Lucky by Mark Knopfler

Keep An Eye On The Sky by Big Star

DVD new releases Sept. 15, 2009

New DVDs of note this week. Click on the links to order discounted titles from Amazon.

Grey's Anatomy: The Complete Fifth Season

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Doctor Who: The Next Doctor (2008 Christmas Special)

X-Men, Volume Three (Marvel Collection)

X-Men, Volume Four (Marvel Collection)

Army of Darkness (Screwhead Edition) [Blu-ray]

Dark Shadows: The Vampire Curse

Dark Shadows: The Haunting of Collinwood

Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Clone Commandos (TV Series Season 1, Vol. 2)

Directed by John Ford

Soundstage: Ringo Starr and the Roundheads - Live

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Pop links: RIP comic book covers; trailer for Disney's Christmas Carol; Jimmy Thompson's Robot Man; remembering Jim Carroll; Hembeck, more!

Bully takes a look at a favorite comic book cover convention: RIP covers. I posted my own batch a while back here.


Watch a trailer for Disney's "A Christmas Carol."


A great, overlooked talent of comics' Golden Age? Cartoon Snap makes the case for Robotman artist Jimmy Thompson.


"Punk poet" and author of "The Basketball Diaries" Jim Carroll has died at age 60, The New York Times reports.

As a teenage basketball star in the 1960s at Trinity, an elite private school on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Mr. Carroll led a chaotic life that combined sports, drugs and poetry. This highly unusual combination lent a lurid appeal to “The Basketball Diaries,” the journal he kept during high school and published in 1978, by which time his poetry had already won him a cult reputation as the new Bob Dylan.


Kanye West must be stopped.


Time to check out a great new batch of Fred Hembeck 'toons!