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AJ’s spoiler free movie reviews covering films released that week.

Our friends over at Tom Sparks Comics have created an iPad app for their comic.  Check out the awesomeness over on their site and on iTunes.

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‘Tom Sparks, Atomic Detective’ is a pulpy, noir digital graphic novel collection of stories from the webcomic that ran for several years of the same name. Continue reading

So this past weekend was Wondercon.  You are going to see a lot of different reviews and news coming from the show and I thought I would hop on here and tell you what it was like from behind the booth.

First off, I wanted to thank our fans for coming out.  It was so amazing to see what a following we have.

Wondercon saw the release of 2 new books from us.  The Plagued #2 from Daniel Whitfield.  You can now purchase this on our store in booth CBR and PDF format.  It also saw the release of our first anthology book, Forbidden Tales.  We also have this available in our store in both CBR and PDF.  If you enter B1EQ4TOVGMZX into the coupon section you will get $2 off. Continue reading

Official Website for Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut Goes Live Continue reading

Bethesda is excited to announce that the official Bethesda Store is now open! You can check out merchandise featuring our biggest franchises here: store.bethsoft.com

They’ll be adding new items regularly so be sure to check the store and BethBlog.com for updates and new offerings.

Also, the new Skyrim-inspired Dragonborn statues are now available for purchase at GamingHeads.com. The Standard Edition ($299.99, limited to 1,000 pieces worldwide) is perfect for any two-handed combat expert. Mages that want to show off their destruction skills will want to check out the Exclusive Edition ($329.99, limited to 500 pieces worldwide), as it adds an alternate arm that holds a fireball spell that illuminates and pulses like real fire. He measures approximately 16 inches tall, including the base – creating an extremely awe-inspiring presence for your collection.

 

Fallout Skyrim

It’s been awhile since I have been on here.  Life has been, shall we say, busy.

Running a company like FP is more than a fulltime job.  It’s an obsession.

7 years ago I realized that while I loved comics, they were getting old.  I was constantly disappointed by regurgitating stories and characters.  I still loved being able to read my favorite titles but thought, how much could these people take and what is it that makes 50 years of a character fighting the same fight over and over again so interesting.  Then I realized, nothing.  It was stale.

It wasn’t until I picked up the book Powers that my mind was reawakened.  Powers was such a breath of fresh air that it made me see that there were other stories out there.  I began to grab more and more indy books and found my love for comics beginning to take hold again.  I thought to myself, why can’t I do this.  I am a decent writer with fairly new ideas, why not just start my own company.  So I did.

via The Inland Empire Etc., «.

An act like this is absolutely appalling.  This individual had somehow in his mind decided that shooting a child point blank in the face was something that needed to be done.

I have no words to describe the emotion I am feeling right now.  As a father that has lost a child I can tell you that this is something that the parents will never recover from.  This is something that the community will never recover from.  All these kids wanted to do is something that I myself do every Thursday, and that’s see the first showing of a movie.

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via Aurora, CO 7/20/2012 «.

Pretty much everyone that knows me knows my views on politics. But for those that don’t, I hate politics, I hate politicians, and I hate any sort of discussion about it. I view politics like I view religion, it’s just another way/reason for people to hate each other. No one is ever right and no one is ever wrong yet somehow they believe that they are right and that any that doesn’t agree with them is wrong. It’s a battle of popularity vs. morality. “Oh you believe in that why? Oh because your party/religion does, great. Do you ever have an idea that your party/religion doesn’t agree with? No, of course not cuz that would spur independent thought!” It’s a moral gray area that endorses a belief system to inspire comfortability and an ability to sleep at night without a dread feeling of guilt.

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via AJ’s Side Panel “The Newsroom”. «.

Here you are folks, 10 minutes of me rambling about what FP has been up to.  Please, ignore all the boring parts.

Wow.  What can I say about this book.  Well let’s get the generalities out of the way first shall we.

From Wiki

DMZ is an American comic book series written by Brian Wood, with artwork by Wood and Riccardo Burchielli (the Italian artist’s first comic book in the United States). The series is set in the near future, where a second civil war has turned the island of Manhattan into a demilitarized zone, caught between forces of the United States of America and secessionist “Free States”. DMZ is published by DC Comics under their Vertigo imprint.[1] The first trade paperback, entitled On the Ground,[2] reprints the first five issues of the series; so far ten trade paperbacks have been released.

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Tonight, I had the opportunity to go see the new Dark Knight Prologue.  What this is, is an opportunity to see a 6 min clip from the film that hasn’t been aired yet.  The invites went online a week ago and fans flooded the sites in order to sign up for this exclusive look.

First, the event.  The guys from FanBoy HQ and I arrived at the theater at 8.  The lines were already wrapped around the main hall.  We ended up waiting til about 10:15 before we were sat in the Imax theater to see the footage.

The prologue opens with Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) at what appears to be a eulogy for Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart).  The scene fades away and to Scotland where we are greeted by a vehicle pulling up to an airfield to be met by a team of people trying to retrieve Dr. Leonid Pavel.  They are shown 3 captives that are bound and hooded and at the mention of the name Bane are then escorted aboard the plane.

I won’t go to deep in the spoilers of the prologue but I will say this, once the plane takes off you are subject to one of the most amazing stunts I have seen in a long time.

The trailer to me gives me a light of hope.  The pacing, action, and even music used is pretty much the same as it was in Dark Knight.  My only complaint, and it’s not really mine but one that I can see flooding the internet with lightning speed, would be that it is hard to understand Bane due to the constrictions of his mask.  What I could hear was some intelligent vernacular and a sharp accent which adds to the intelligence and influence that the character will exude in the film.   The trailer ends with a flood of images showing the different characters from the film and comic as well as a quick glimpse of the Batwing.  It ends with what has to be a shot of Bane in the Batcave tossing aside the broken mask of Batman.

To say I am excited would be an understatement.  Many people walked out of the theater upset at the lack of comprehension coming from behind the mask of Bane.  Not me.  I have faith in the fact that Nolan will undoubtedly dub the voice so that it could be heard clearer before the final product comes out.

I am pretty sure there will be cam versions of the trailer all over the internet by the time I post this or you read it.  Do yourself a favor. Remember how you felt when you first heard that Heath Ledger would be portraying the Joker and remind yourself how you felt when you saw the final product.  Have faith in Nolan.  He won’t disappoint.

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