Thursday, September 02, 2010

Picture: Tina Louise

Picture: Christopher Lee as Dracula


Random notion: How about a new Superman animated series

Seems like the Man of Steel needs some pop cultural rehabilitation. He's been overshadowed by Batman, but is/was the best-known, most-recognized superhero. A kid-oriented show, maybe a team-up affair such as the current Batman animated series, would be cool. Something that brings in all the Weisinger-era trappings: Fortress of Solitude, Bottle City of Kandor, etc., in a fun, retro way. How about a World's Finest 'toon?

Lady Gaga and Yoko team for live gig

Somehow this works. Gaga is kinda like a younger, cooler Madonna, isn't she?

Following her celebrity-filled "We Are Plastic Ono Band" concert at the Brooklyn Academy of Music earlier this year, Yoko Ono has announced the special guests -- including Lady Gaga -- to be featured at her performances at Los Angeles' Orpheum Theater on Oct. 1-2.

Neil Gaiman's Sandman TV-bound

A tricky thing to adapt for the small screen, to be sure:

“The Sandman,” the Neil Gaiman-penned comic book series considered a seminal work in the medium, is in the early stages of being developed into a TV series.

Warner Bros. TV is in the midst of acquiring television rights from sister company DC Entertainment and in talks with several writer-producers about adapting the 1990s comic. At the top of the list is Eric Kripke, creator of the CW’s horror-tinged “Supernatural.”

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Follow-up to "Journey to the Center of the Earth" is revamped "Mysterious Island"

"Journey to the Center of the Earth" from a few years back was a dumb but fun flick my son and I enjoyed. Now comes a sequel of sorts, an updated, re-spun take on Verne's "Mysterious Island." This one stars "The Rock" (Dwayne Johnson) rather than Brendan Fraser. Doesn't sound tremendously promising, but who knows. Even dumb movies are fun when you watch with your family.

Seems, though, that a "serious" take on "Mysterious Island" could be pretty cool in light of the "Lost" phenomenon. Maybe some filmmaker will take it on.

Vintage Star Trek TV promo pic

Changes afoot in the Archie universe

He's been a teenager for 71 years, but not everything is the same in Archie's comic book world.

Like Booksteve, I enjoyed and was impressed by a recent storyline that saw Archie fall in love with Valerie, an African American member of Josie and the Pussycats. My daughter, a first-grader, picked out the comic at our local shop. It was a sweet, heartfelt story that made no big deal out of the central characters' races. Yet it was a big deal, because this was happening in Archie's universe, which for decades has been a pretty unchanging place.

Now, this month, comes the introduction of an openly gay character to Archie's world. This is a welcome and impressive development, too. It demonstrates a willingness, on the part of the publishers, to make Archie's universe a little more real and diverse. Not to mention more welcoming to diverse readers.

One thing remains the same though: The stories are funny, gentle and, at their basis, kind. These are comics of a tone and style that I welcome my kids reading.

The publishers also have recently introduced a magazine-format comic, in hopes of boosting sales on traditional news stands. Another welcome development. If this can get comics back out in front of the general public and away from the dead end of comic shop-only distribution, that's a great thing.

Um, what does it smell like?

Via NME:

The Sex Pistols have launched their own perfume.

The unisex scent sees the band collaborating with Paris perfume company Etat Libre d'Orange, who have licensed the group's name via their promoter Live Nation Merchandise

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Vintage Star Trek TV promo pic

Discounted new comics releases Sept. 1, 2010

Click the pics to order discounted items from Amazon:

DARK HORSE COMICS

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The Amazing Screw-On Head and Other Curious Objects
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Hero of the Confederacy (Star Wars: Clone Wars (Dark Horse))
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Vampire Hunter D Volume 15: Dark Road Part Three (Vampire Hunter D 15)
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Batman: Cacophony
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