So, as an upwardly mobile Guest Contributor, I ambitiously took on The Hollows to show my editor, my audience, and me that I could rise to the enviable and much sought after title of “Comic Book Editor.” I may have bitten off more than I could chew, as The Hollows leaves me conflicted and dissatisfied. Let’s talk.
Cyborg Aphrodite IX is caught up in a war between a race of humans that have genetically modified themselves to a huge degree and a race of humans that have maintained their genetic purity but augmented themselves with robotics after the world has all but ended. Only a small band of the planet around the Equator is still habitable, and these two factions squabble and fight over every scrap of land and go to war over imagined slights. After being woken from suspended animation by the genetic guys, Aphrodite joins their ranks.
Have you been longing to fill the void left by Ross, Rachel, Joey, and the rest of the Central Perk gang, but do you find that watching reruns of Friends just doesn’t have the same “bite” to it? Well, look no further! In the new online sitcom Bloomers, seven 20-something friends living in Downtown Los Angeles take on life in the big city, landing the right career, and finding Mr. (or Ms.) right in a gutsy and modern way that will hook viewers and leave them craving more. With a combination of Sex in the City’s sassiness and Husbands’ willingness to take on controversial issues in an honest and open manner, Bloomers is an entertaining look at friends who are still struggling to grow up and find themselves.
You're invited to join the creators of Solestar for a graphic novel signing on Saturday, June 15th, at 11:00 a.m. at Emerald Knights - Comics and Games in Burbank, CA!
Comic book creator Siike Donnelly and a number of the 70+ artists who contributed to the jam-style graphic novel, Solestar, will be in attendance at the signing. Solestar is an original superhero story whose protagonist has only 24 hours to live. It features artwork donated by over 70 different artists and educational information regarding brain aneurysms, the proceeds of which will go to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation.
Let’s be honest. You don’t know me. I’m the new Guest Contributor, and for all you know I cut my teeth reviewing which Care Bear is the cutest and commenting on the new gay romance in Archie and how that has any impact on the genre known as comics. So, let’s cover a few things very quickly:
1. I’m not a professional (or even an amateur writer); this is my stream of consciousness, as twisted as it sometimes is.
2. I am not a Fanboy. That is, I don’t always know who wrote what, or who inked who or whatever. I’m a purist in that I read (and have read for decades) comics ‘cause I like them. If I fall in love with a particular artist or writer, it’s because what they did rocked my world so much that I actually read the front cover of the comic . . . which almost never happens.
3. I am not a hipster. I read mainstream comics that many of my counterparts may consider bourgeois. Get over it.
So, back to A Tale of the Golem. It’s pretty good: Crafted as a teaser, interesting characters, and a pretty straightforward (predictable, so far) story. This isn’t a bad thing, assuming you want a good, traditional story.
Michael Avon Oeming’s new comic series, The Victories, is spectacular. The story follows Faustus, one of the heroes on the titular team. Faustus is a conflicted and disturbed hero with well-honed fighting skills and a troubled past, but he is darker and more troubled than most villains that Marvel or DC feature, to say nothing of their heroes. This is an adult version of the standard superhero story.
Mutual Friends, which had its Los Angeles premiere at the Dances With Films festival in Hollywood on Friday night, is an ensemble cast romantic movie, with separate stories all intertwining, similar to, say, Love Actually. However, unlike Love Actually, which was entirely the work of writer/director Richard Curtis, Mutual Friends has a different writer for each story. They all blend seamlessly together, but, at the same time, it provides a variety of different perspectives on different types of relationships in different stages and situations.
Forever’s End is a small, quiet movie about the end of the world. Sarah (Charity Farrell) is a teenage girl who has spent the last six years completely alone, after everyone around her—and for all she knows, everyone on the planet—was killed by some great, unnamed cataclysm. Then, out of nowhere, her sister Lily (Lili Reinhart) shows up on her doorstep, without a word as to where she’s been all this time, or what’s happened to her. A few days later, a young man calling himself Ryan (Warren Bryson) shows up as well. And, slowly, it becomes apparent that maybe the world isn’t as empty and desolate as they thought.
Are you in the mood for a night of comedy and magic? Then, you will not want to miss How to Convincingly Fake Honesty, an all-new show from award-winning magic and comedy duo David and Leeman, which is now showing at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in Hollywood, CA, through June 27, 2013.
After the success of 15 Minutes: Honey Boo Boo, artist/writer Michael Fitzgerald Troy is teaming up with Bluewater Productions again for his latest comic book, 15 Minutes: Kris Jenner. Troy's comic book is a tongue-in-cheek, satirical view of everyone's favorite/least favorite self-proclaimed "Momager" and matriarch of the infamous Kardashian Dynasty. The comic is part of Bluewater's 15 Minutes series, which focuses on reality TV celebrities.