Thursday, July 23, 2009

Swipe File: Mann vs. Superman!

Best Mann For The Job #22: This week's one-panel emergency-worker drama is *almost* a swipe of Action Comics #1 -- because when I wrote the script, I got out my battered old hardcover copy of Superman: From the 30's to the 70's (Bonanza Books)*, pointed to page 16 and told my wife, "Try to make it look like this."

Alas, Erica held to such higher standards as "integrity" and "good storytelling" and "I don't want to get sued." So while the result alludes to the aforementioned comics cover, it is actually more original than I'd hoped.

For those of you who wonder what I'm talking about: Action Comics #1 is the 1938 comic book that introduced the world's first superhero -- Superman, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. (According to Wikipedia, the cover to Action Comics #1 remains one of the most homaged covers of all time.) Superman, of course, spent the following 70-plus years making billions of dollars for his corporate owner. And, all these years later, the original series is still being published -- and is just months away from its milestone 900th issue.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

We Kill Monsters #1

In comics shops today is We Kill Monsters #1, the first issue of a new comic book mini-series from the creators of Sci-Fi Channel's The Lost Room, Laura Harkcom and Christopher Leone. The comic charts the adventures of Jake and Andrew Basher, a pair of mechanics whose lives take an unexpected turn following a chance encounter with the supernatural. The mini-series has already generated all kinds of press, including interviews and reviews from ComicNews.Info ("a fun and endearing ride"), Ain't It Cool News ("EVIL DEAD meets SHAUN OF THE DEAD"), Kleefeld on Comics ("a great example of a comic book publisher doing things right"), Indie Pulp ("think CW’s 'Supernatural', only crank up the comedy and monster gauges"), and Comics Bulletin ("Jake and Drew are an affable pair ... and their responses to what happens to them are fairly grounded and relatable").

There's even a trailer!

Find a comic book retailer near you:

More comics news:
ICONIC: The Life and Death of Talos The Bronze
Robot-13: Tech Vs. Myth
Dr. Whodunit
Free Comics Online

Monday, July 20, 2009

READ THE RULES: Viper Comics Talent Search ‘09

If you're an aspiring comics writer or artist, Viper Comics wants to hear from YOU! Between now and July 27, they're welcoming scripts and art samples at Comic-Con International in San Diego ... or, if you can't make it to San Diego, you can email your submission to them! However, the rules are VERY specific -- read them here!

P.S. -- Some more places to contact:
Submission Guidelines for every Comic and Manga Publisher in the Universe

More comics news:
Free Comics Online
Dr. Whodunit
Universal Press merges with Uclick
Sherlock Holmes: Don't Call It A Comeback
The return of FEMME NOIR

Thursday, July 16, 2009

ICONIC: The Life and Death of Talos The Bronze

Rafael Gonzales and Philip Clark put their own spin on Jason and the Argonauts with "The Life and Death of Talos the Bronze," telling the story from the point-of-view of the giant guardian. The twelve-page story is part of the independent comics anthology Iconic, which is chock-full of riffs on classic literature, from mythology and folklore to Ebenezer Scrooge and Sherlock Holmes.

Raf has posted loads of sample art and personal commentary from the "Talos" piece:

Iconic, which debuted last month at MoCCA, has received some great reviews:
"A book like this revitalizes our love for comic books and literature in general by jumpstarting our imagination and sparking that excitement we feel when we turn the page ... share it with everyone you can." -- Comics Bulletin

"A modern day classic that will surely be more than just another comic book ... it kindles the fire inside young minds to delve further and learn things that an Xbox360 or an iTunes gift card just won't teach them." -- Project Fanboy
Iconic is available for sale here.

Related links:
ROBOT-13: Tech Vs. Myth
KAIJU comic!
Giant Monster Movies
Giant Monster Movies: Robots and Colossi
Free Comics Online

Friday, July 10, 2009


Here's a trailer for Penultimate Adventures -- a futuristic parody of superheroes, sci-fi, romance comics, and snack advertisements.

Penultimate Adventures :45

Free Comics Online
Japan's Spider-Man Ep. 1
Big Man Japan
HULK VS. trailers (Wolverine! Thor!)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Honoring the father of manga

We're now up to the 20th installment of Erica's and my drama/mystery series, Best Mann For The Job. Those with a keen eye may have noticed our subtle tribute to the legendary Osamu Tezuka (1929-1989), the first cartoonist to apply cinematographic techniques to Japanese comics.

In our original outline for this first arc of "Best Mann For The Job," our plan for the bank robbers was to simply have them jump in the car, get shot, and then lose their pursuers. But -- given what's coming up when they reach Hope Falls and cross paths with Grace Mann (who is, after all, the star of our series) -- we realized how much it would raise the stakes if these guys really caused some damage ... and, in the process, were more desperate themselves.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Icons of Science Fiction: Toho Collection

Coming August 18 is the three-disc set Icons of Science Fiction: Toho Collection, featuring the DVD debuts of three classic sci-fi films by influential director Ishiro Honda -- Mothra (1961), The H-Man (1958) and Battle in Outer Space (1959). Each film, digitally re-mastered in its original Tohoscope aspect ratio, includes both the original Japanese version (with English subtitles) and U.S. version. The set also sports two film commentaries.

Film synopses:

Members of a Japanese expedition to a heavily-radiated island find two tiny, beautiful girls and take them home for observation. When the girls are taken off the island, a mysterious egg hatches, producing a gargantuan moth which destroys everything in its path as it searches for the girls.

Tokyo once again faces destruction when a giant caterpillar crawls into town to save tiny twin sisters from the clutches of entrepreneurs out to exploit them. The one-foot high ladies have been kidnapped from their remote island in the South Seas and taken to Japan, where they are now a sideshow attraction. However, the twins have supernatural powers and cry out for help from the huge caterpillar that has hatched back on their island. The giant insect comes to Tokyo, where it causes mass devastation. It then transforms into a moth that continues on its way to liberate the sisters. Meanwhile, a reporter tries to get the scoop on this unusual story. Will Mothra rescue the maidens? And, if it does, how much of Tokyo will be left?

The H-Man
A radioactive liquid turns people into slimy blobs that begin to reproduce and clutter up Tokyo's sewer system. The Tokyo sewer system is an oozing mess after a radioactive liquid turns people into slimy blobs that float down the drains following a rainstorm. To add to the havoc, the gelatinous masses then begin to reproduce. The blobs are ultimately destroyed in a fire that lights up the city.

Battle in Outer Space
The nations of the Earth unite in a common cause to fight off an invader from outer space. A series of mysterious catastrophes sweep the globe, causing world's scientists to conclude that beings from another planet are attacking earth. Two earth space ships damage attackers, giving the world time to prepare for gigantic battle in outer space.

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This blog is for fans of classic giant monsters and monster-fighters from the movies, TV, and comics -- including King Kong, Godzilla, Gamera, Mothra, Rodan, King Ghidorah, Mechagodzilla, Dogora, Johnny Sokko and Giant Robot, Ultraman, Fin Fang Foom, Titano, The Host, and more. We also salute the classic genre and special effects films of Toho Studios Universal Studios, Hammer Films, not to mention the Frankenstein Monster, Count Dracula, the Wolf Man, the Mummy, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, giant robots, sci-fi, manga, and anime.