April 8, 2014 |
If there's anything you can count on when it comes to comic book fans and their favorite characters, it's controversy over how certain costumes are interpreted for movies and television. You can go as far back as the first X-Men movie, when Bryan Singer swapped out spandex for leather in creating the mutant super-team's uniforms. I remember how that intially raised the ire of a few fanboys. It wasn't that long ago when Wonder Woman fans were up in arms over David E. Kelley 's take on the "Amazing Amazon" which involved her wearing...
February 3, 2014 |
There's a new J-Law biography, and fans might find it downright comical. "Fame: Jennifer Lawrence" is the latest release in an online comic book series that chronicles the lives of Hollywood stars. The print, digital and (oh-la-la!) animated interactive comic books are being released this week, all detailing "The Hunger Games" and "American Hustle" star's meteoric rise. Samples sent by Bluewater Productions, the publisher behind the series, promise a look at Lawrence's rise from budding actress to Academy Award winner.
January 22, 2014 |
When I think about comic-book and sci-fi conventions, I think about having fun. I think about geeky folks dressed in colorful costumes, rummaging through countless boxes filled with old back-issues and meeting celebrities from their favorite TV shows and movies. But it's not all fun and games. The ugly side of conventions was exposed last week when organizers for Chicago's Chi-Fi Con, which celebrates geekdom with programming on genres including science fiction and fantasy, alternative history, British media and comics, pulled out...
November 11, 2013 |
There aren't enough comic books about female country stars, said no one ever, but alas “Fame: Carrie Underwood” is being released Wednesday, Nov. 13. The comic book, available in print and digital, tells the story of Underwood's trials and tribulations as a small town girl on her rise to fame. From Oklahoma to American Idol, Underwood's story is told in 32 illustrated pages. “We get a lot of request on subjects to tell their stories in this unique medium,” Darren G Davis, publisher for Bluewater Productions, said.
October 9, 2013 |
When it comes to comic books, there is a lot of debate as to how to get them to sell as well as they did back in the late 80's and early 90's. Many say that the downturn occured when comic books went from selling in local convenience and grocery stores, to just comic shops (called the "direct market"). The market has since changed with the introduction of e-readers like the Kindle, Nook, and iPad. Comics are now available on these devices with apps like Comixology providing access to digital versions of countless titles from most...
September 4, 2013 |
In the immortal, most memorable words of Frank Zappa: So many books, so little time. Not in Chicago. We seem to have nothing but time, especially during our daily commute. And much like Zappa's pigtails and mustache say a million words about him, what we read says a lot about us. Or so we think. Here is a list of some of the most popular reading material I've observed on the CTA. I've broken it down by what the reader thinks it says, and what everyone's actually thinking (because when you play the game of reading on the train, you win or die - there is no middle ground)