*Please note that this article is an opinion-editorial.
If you don’t live in Los Angeles, this news may have bypassed you this week: Robert De Niro cast his hand and footprints in cement in the courtyard of Grauman’s Chinese Theater. First of all, I do realize that the Chinese Theater has gone through a recent name change, and it’s no longer considered “Grauman’s.” (I’m going to keep calling it by its proper title, because the name change is really stupid. Ah, corporate naming rights! You’ve given us the Staples Center, the Nokia Theater, and the University of Phoenix Stadium!) I assume everybody understands the magnitude of being asked to do this. It’s a much bigger deal than getting a star on the Walk of Fame. If you’re ever in the area, take a stroll down the Walk of Fame and be amazed at the vast number of performers you’ve never heard of before. Hell, if selected by the committee, you actually have to pay for your own star. We throw this word around too much, but getting immortalized in Grauman’s cement means you are an icon.
The New Marvel is a series that looks at the changes that the mega-comic empire made following the events of Avengers vs. X-Men and the impact that those changes have on the stories of Marvel NOW! Six issues (or more) into each Marvel NOW! title, we see what our favorite characters are up to and what to keep an eye out for in the future.
They have always been there for one another and the people of Earth, fighting the battles that no single hero can do alone, and while they have had several roster make-ups over the year, they have always kept up with their mission to defend the world and the innocent. Now, the two main leaders of the group—Iron Man and Captain America—make a decision to restart the entire system of heroic doings, to remake the team into a more streamlined and effective fighting force for the bigger threats. They are, always have been, and always will be the Avengers.
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DC Comics fans will easily know the name Nick Cardy. The prolific illustrator, designer, and comic book artist has been drawing for his entire life, with contributions to Apocalypse Now, Batman, Superman, Aquaman, and the Teen Titans to name a few. While fans best know Cardy for his decades-long association with DC Comics, readers will soon be able to enjoy his most profound, personal, and never-before-seen creations in Nick Cardy: The Artist at War.
World of Webcomics is a series devoted to exploring the world of online comics and their target audiences, as well as their art styles, storylines, and the general enjoyment that they provide.
The Devil’s Panties certainly has an unusual name for itself, but it really is a family-friendly comic; the name itself is more of a joke, which the creator/artist—Jennie Breeden—explains both on the website and in the comic itself more than once. The comic is based on her real-life experiences in her day-to-day goings-on, although there are some very visual differences that make it rather enjoyable. The comic updates on a Monday through Friday schedule with extra, non-story related art on the weekends, at thedevilspanties.com.
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Man from Space, the wacky comic starring an a--hole from outer space and his snarky, foul-mouthed, intergalactic-traveling goldfish has . . . evolved. Much like the tranformation of Dr. David Bowman into a fetus-like star child during the finale of 2001: A Space Odyssey, UK cartoonist Marc Jackson has let his creation gestate for the appropriate amount of time (possibly in a living human host) and emerge in a sleek, new form: as a web comic!
“August Fenwick, one of the city’s wealthiest men, hides a secret life of adventure behind his gad-about-town reputation. In reality, he stalks the streets and alleys of the city that he loves to defend those who cannot defend themselves. Only his trusty driver KIT BAXTER, who joins him in his quest, knows who wears the . . . Mask of the Red Panda!”
Fresh from the airwaves of Decider Ring Theatre, every page dripping with chewy pulp goodness, Monkeybrain Comics has brought the adventures of the masked crimefighter to the printed (or rather digital) page. Based on the long-running internet audio drama, The Red Panda (www.decoderringtheatre.com) has everything a fan of vintage period storytelling could want. And now, Gregg Taylor has moved his intrepid hero into the realm of comic books in this three-issue arc.
You're invited to the Steampunk Coffeebar + Kitchen in North Hollywood, CA, for the Nerdy Birdy Art and Craft Expo on Saturday, March 2nd, at 12:00 p.m.!
From 12 - 4 p.m., we hope that you will join LA's indie artisans and creators for hours of coffee, brunch (served inside), art, comics, crafts, and more! Fifteen local vendors will be showcasing their wares for shoppers (and diners) to enjoy! (A full list of the vendors is listed below.)
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THE DOLLFACE DAMES TO GO ‘FROM GEEK TO CHIC!’
LOS ANGELES, CA - Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - Set your phasers to stunning! The Dollface Dames (LA’s Theatrical Burlesque Troupe) and Fanboy Comics are presenting ‘From Geek to Chic! A Night of Burlesque for Your Inner Fanboy or Fangirl’ on Saturday, March 9th, at 9:30 p.m. at Magicopolis in Santa Monica, CA.
I’m on record saying Justified is the second best Elmore Leonard adaptation of all time, a close second to one of my all-time favorite movies, Out of Sight. Even though Graham Yost and his crew do a great job of getting the Elmorian tone just right, it’s always a pleasure when the master himself lends a hand.
The best stories all have one thing in common (besides Nicholas Sparks), even when they try to tell big stories: they focus on the characters. Babble clearly learned this lesson. Even when the story is approaching apocalyptic proportions, it keeps its focus on the people involved. Babble follows Carrie Hartnoll as she and her complicated relationship with a former professor investigate the power of languages. Predictably, things go bad in more ways than you expect.