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AJ’s spoiler free movie reviews covering films released that week.
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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Wow. What can I say about this book. Well let’s get the generalities out of the way first shall we.
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. The first trade paperback, entitled On the Ground, 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.
Say what you will about the series but for me it’s been a favorite. I liked the ultimate line because it gave characters a modern reboot. Yeah they messed it up at times but Spider-Man never wavered and for that reason it remained my favorite. I’m not here to preach a review at you, I just wanted to share this image below. It’s the last 2 pages of Ultimate Spider-man #160 just so you can see why I will miss this series.
Tomorrow, August 1st, will be a very busy day for Forbidden Panel. It will be the first day in for the Z.K.S. Pinup contest part 2 voting. People will be able to visit various sites and vote on their favorite submission.
Second, presale tickets for the Inland Empire Comic Expo will go on sale. Pre-sale ticket prices will be $10. Tickets will be on sale at the door for $15, $10 if you come in costume and children under 13 are free with a paid adult.
And finally, we will finally get to see the 3rd strip for Security. This one is especially awesome.
So stay close to your screen, and get ready to have a lot of fun.
For those of you who live under a rock, don’t watch the news, weren’t on Facebook or Twitter, or were stuck visiting with family, this past week was the San Diego Comic Con International. With over 150,000 people in attendance, this years Con seemed more epic than previous years.
Comic Con is has changed from a strictly comic book orientated show to a media pop culture madhouse. It is home to various movie studios and video game companies as well as comic book publishers. This annual event is used as an opportunity for those various companies to “reward” it’s fans but staging a presence there that can’t be seen anywhere else. It is also used as an opportunity to announce new titles, provide never before seen footage and previews, as well as giving fans a chance to meet and hang out with their favorite stars and writers and artists. It is a force to be reckoned with.
Forbidden Panel was there with nearly a full staff. We all walked the floor with cameras and voice recorders in hand in order to meet and talk to some of our favorite and normally inaccessible “celebrities”.
Stay tuned to the website in upcoming weeks as we all begin posting some of the great things that we were able to interact with.
A big thanks goes out to Geekscape, who invited Justin and myself to there booth and allowed us to sign copies of ZKS as well as debut our newest comic, El Super Maximo. Thank you to all of our fans that showed up and allowed our experience to be a memorable one. I have included pics from the signing, but as I said previously, keep watch on this site for more news and pics from all of the other staff.
Once again thanks to everyone out there and we hope to see some of you at the Inland Empire Comic Expo in September.
So, on the old site I used to write columns on a regular basis. Well, ok maybe not so regular of a basis but still, they were written and things were said. I had to stop due to lack time. Well today I am forcing myself to have the time to write this one.
There are TONS of talented people here are Forbidden Panel. More than I know what to do with. I always feel so lucky to have been able to find myself surrounded by such amazing and wonderful talent. So I think every now and then I will write about them as a way to introduce them to world while we wait for them to finish the projects they are working on for us.
Cameron Dortch is someone to look out for. He has amazing energy and motivation and I often find myself in awe of his determination. He is an artist with a mind and sense of humor to parallel my own. But more importantly he has skill.
Currently he is working on a project with his fiance called Black Friday. It is a comic about how people become so overwhelmed with their shopping madness that they themselves turn into monsters and bring out the worst as human beings. We here are very excited to see it.
He is also an artist on our new webcomic, Security. He is working along side other artists in order to help bring this series alive. It’s exciting to see his energy when working on these projects. His desire to make these dreams come true is awesome. You can visit his art stylings by visiting his Facebook page.
I choose Cameron to be the first spotlight not because of his enthusiasm or drive but because of the recent atrocity that has befallen him. Many of you maybe familiar with the show Face Off. It is a show on SyFy that shows different makeup artists competing for a chance to work on a major Hollywood horror film. Recently, they held a contest to see who would become the next contestants on the show. Cameron, who has been doing SFX makeup for years, submitted for the contest. Unfortunately he did not qualify.
I say unfortunately not for him but for Hollywood and the show as well. Cameron is hard working, imaginative, driven, and as I said before, skilled. His dream to work in the industry has be roadblocked. I don’t know why he wasn’t given the opportunity to become a contestant on the show. But what I do know is that it is a shame. A shame that they have overlooked this talented individual.
I hope that Cameron doesn’t allow this to sidetrack him anyway. I know I will continue to do my best to motivate him and push him until he is able to achieve his dream. Please help me in supporting him by letting him know that you out there recognize his talent.
You can view his submission by clicking HERE. His entry is on page 13. You can see them in full size below.
Check out his Facebook page to see more in his gallery and stay tuned to Forbidden Panel as we will have more from Cameron in the upcoming years. SyFys loss is our gain!