Review: Future Primitive

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Writer: Kevin Gunstone
Artist: Slobodan Jovanovic
Format: 100 pages Full Colour

Synopsis:

On an Earth transformed by supernova radiation, Kulkan, last warrior king of the mutant Neanderthal “Skybearers”, faces devastation at the hands of the rampaging Australopith “Moon Clan”. A lunar apparition has fuelled the Clanês bloodlust, but the scientifically advanced Skybearers realize they are witnessing the first sign of the mutating supernovaês resultant shockwave – a devastating force_set to obliterate the world it once transformed. Set in an age outside of time, FUTURE PRIMITIVE is a spectacular, dynamic, and hallucinatory stonepunk adventure that follows Kulkan as he battles for the survival of his civilization and to preserve their “Memory of Being” – the sacred cave images relaying Skybearer history and myths – and in which he will find a clue.

Review:

I was intrigued by Future Primitive’s premise and the story did not disappoint.

The plot is one that I have yet to read before and I love the originality of it. The pacing of the story is well balanced and each scene moves to the next with great fluidity. The artwork is spectacular and captures the brutality, hallucinogenic visions, and noble endeavors of all the characters involved. While reading I was very immersed in the story and as I read it on my Kindle, I noticed the colorist’s excellent work.  Whether the colors where vibrant, dark, etc. they all shone through and helped set the tone of each scene.

Future Primitive is an awesome original story that takes our primitive ancestors and gives them a futuristic twist.

5/5

Purchase here.

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May the Fourth Be With You! 8 Things You Can Do For Star Wars Day

May 4th is quickly approaching and that means Star Wars Day will be upon us!  In honor of this special day where we take time to celebrate a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, I have created a list of 8 things you can do to have fun on Star Wars Day.

1. Get into the mood and wear Star Wars Apparel

There are many clothing and accessories dedicated to the Star Wars franchise. For instance these cool dresses from Her Universe which can also be found at Hot Topic.

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Me in my Darth Vader dress equipped with my mask and light saber.

2. Watch Star Wars: The Clone Wars

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All six seasons of the awesome show are now streaming on Netflix. I wrote two articles (here and here) about the series that you’ll definitely want to read.

 

3. Read a Star Wars Book, Comic, or both!

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With the announcement of the expanded universe no longer being canon, fans can take heart that the many books and comics occurring in between the films and after will still be available in print form.

 

4.  Check out the Rebel Alliance, 501st, and R2 Builders in your area and join!

Each of these groups are made up of volunteers who enjoy the franchise and they convene at events, cons, and comic book shops that ask them to attend. Many of these folks are friendly and helpful so go and say hello.

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Me and my sis. She’s the Magma Stormtrooper.

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5.  Watch the movies

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This is just a no brainier. P.S. I would watch episodes 4-6 first (or just watch them and pretend that the first three didn’t happened LOL). And remember Han Solo fired first!

 

6. Watch Star Wars related documentaries, fan films, and YouTube parodies.

There are two Star Wars documentaries that I know of (if you know more list them in the comment section) and both I believe are still streaming on Netflix. They are:

The People vs. George Lucas

 Jedi Junkies

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In addition there are fan films and YouTube parodies which you can enjoy. Here are few of my favorites:

The Star Wars parody Spaceballs

The YouTube series Chad Vader

Stormtrooper Twerk

Stormtrooper 911

 Troops-A Star Wars Fan Film

 

7. Eat, make Star Wars food and drink recipes

Eating is a big part of a celebration and here are few links to help you feast on Star Wars day:

Via The Mary Sue: Star Wars Themed food

Star Wars Cookbook

justJENN recipes

 

8. Do Star Wars related arts and crafts.

It’s always fun to make things and it’s even more fun to make Star Wars related crafts. You can visit StarWars.com to get ideas.  Also Bonnie Burton has written a Star Wars Craft Book which has a lot of great ideas.

And that my friends is my list. I hope you have a wonderful day. May the Fourth Be With You!

 

My Favorite Superbowl 48 Movie Trailers and Commercials

I like football and I’ll watch it on TV, but I mostly watch the Superbowl for the commercials and movie trailers. It used to be that the TV would be the only place to find them, but with YouTube, you can watch them before and after the game. Personally, I like to watch the commercials and trailers when they first air on the telly but that’s just me. By the slight chance that you missed them (you probably might have been working on that novel of yours or reading a good book), here are my favorites from the night.

Out of the two I enjoy the movie trailers the most so here are my faves:

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

The spot only played on TV but the new 2 minute long trailer was on the net for all of fandom to see and boy was it beautiful. I can’t wait for it to be April as this is going to be a great birthday present for me!

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Here’s the UK version of the trailer:

Transformers: Age of Extinction

We expect the Autobots and the Decepticons to look good in any of Michael Bay’s Transformers films. Acting? Not so much but with a whole new cast which includes Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci, and Mark Walburg, hopefully that will change. We’ll have to wait till June to find out. In the meantime enjoy the robot porn which also includes Dinobots!

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Spider-Man films from the 2000’s will always be my favorite and Toby Maguire will always be Spider-Man and Peter Parker to me. But here’s the new trailer (and bonus trailer) for the sequel of these Spidey films for a new generation. Ya’ll are being robbed IMHO.

And here are my fave commercials granted every year the list gets smaller and smaller.

Coca-Cola’s America the beautiful

This was a beautiful commercial. It shows that America is made up of and was built by people of different colors, ethnicity, religion , gender orientation, and age not just white straight Christian males.  Alas the folks who were upset because they sang the song in different languages…I shake my head at all of you.

Jaugar’s British Villains

I loved this commercial particularly because it featured Tom Hiddleston and Sir Ben Kingsley.

Budlight Ian Up For Whatever Film

I liked this commercial because it had Don Cheadle and  Arnold Schwarsanger in it and the guy got to play ping-pong with Arnold!

Budweiser Puppy Love

Any Budwiser commercial that features animals is cute and this one was cute.

Toyota’s The Muppets & Terry Crews

Two of my favorite things!

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This young lady knows how to negotiate.

Kia The Truth Featuring Morpheus

It’s pretty cool to have Morpheus in a car commercial.

I forgot about this one! The Radio Shack Loves the 80’s 

All the stuff that you loved about the 80’s! Extended with extra stuff!

 

 

 

 

HAPPY 75th Batman! 14 Facts About The Dark Knight

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Today at work I got to put together my Batman 75th anniversary/comic book display and I’ll post pictures from that later. But  I wanted to share with you some cool facts about the Dark Knight. So here are 14 facts about Batman (via io9.com, Listverse.com, and Batmanfacts.tumblr.com):

  1. Batman was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger.
  2. The first Batman story, “The Case of the Chemical Syndicate,” was published in Detective Comics #27, in May 1939.
  3. In early issues Batman carried a six-gun at his side on his night patrols. Bob Kane soon changed this, saying that Batman wearing a gun didn’t “Feel Right”.
  4. Batman used to kill criminals all the time. In the first Bat-story, “The Chemical Syndicate,” he punched a criminal into a vat of acid, and says, “A fitting end for his kind. He’s also thrown criminals off of rooftops and strangled them.
  5. The first time Batman was ever depicted in a movie that had any kind of release was “Batman, Dracula” in 1964, directed and produced by Andy Warhol.
  6. Originally, Batman took place is New York City, but later, the writers decided to have it take place in a fictional city with a fictional history. The city is Gotham city.
  7. The person who’s played Batman the longest is voice actor Kevin Conroy. He’s voiced the animated batman in seven cartoon series, six video games and five animated movies – in total spanning 12 years. Many have named him as “The Voice of Batman”. He’s notably altered the tone of his voice when he goes from crime fighter to millionaire playboy Bruce Wayne.
  8. Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1995) has spawned the most spin-offs of any animated TV show ever (ten as of Summer 2004).
  9. Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009) has entered the Guinness Book of World Records for the most critically acclaimed superhero videogame of all time.
  10. Bruce Wayne/Batman possesses an eidetic (photographic) memory, popularly defined as the ability to recall images, sounds, or objects in memory with extreme precision and in abundant volume.
  11. Bruce Wayne/Batman’s IQ has been stated as 192. For comparison, the IQ of Albert Einstein has been estimated at between 160 and 180.
  12. In the Batman TV series (1966-1968), Robin uses the phrase “Holy (etc)” a total of 352 times.
  13.  There have been seven Nightwings, five Robins, five Batgirls, four Batmen, three Huntresses, two Batwomen, but only one Oracle.
  14. Batman has had more stories written about him than any other fictional character in history. This includes approximately 6250 comic books, 321 TV episodes, 43 video games , 14 films and a stage show.

To learn more facts about the caped crusader, head over to the links mentioned above.

Happy 75th Batman!

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Dark Knight’s existence fighting crime on the streets, sewers, airways, buildings, mansions, bat cave, prison, mental institutions, and more in Gotham City and beyond.  Last year was Superman’s 75th  and thanks in part to the Man of Steel film being released and DC Comics and Random House teaming up to help libraries who wanted to participate in hosting a Superman Day at the Library and I-with the help of my fellow co-workers-had a wonderful opportunity to propose, initiate, and participate in a Superman Day at the library at my job. Though there isn’t a film being released this year (you’ll have to wait till next year for the untitled Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman film), there are still many cool things to celebrate about our beloved Bat.

DC Comics will release today the 2014 version of Detective Comics #24, which will re-imagine Batman’s very first adventure from 1939, “The Case of the Criminal Syndicate”. You can read more about that here. In addition, a weekly comic book titled Batman Eternal, written by Scott Snyder and others with art by Jason Fabok, begins its run today so go pick that up! Scott Synder’s doing a kick-ass job writing the main DC Comics Batman title and with artist Greg Capullo on the book, it can’t fail.

If you want to reminisce about Batman’s past adventures, there are plenty of great books, movies, and cartoons, that you can dive into. Here are a couple of favorites of mine in no particular order:

Batman: The Animated Series

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This is the first animated series of Batman that I ever watched. I grew up in the 90’s and I remember coming home after school and watching this show. It was one of the things that got me into comics and the geek/nerd world as well as introduce me to the characters of the DC Universe. It’s a wonderful and amazing series.  Favorite episodes of  mine are: “Christmas With the Joker”, “Heart of Ice”, “Joker’s Favor”, “Appointment in Crime Alley”, The Cape and Cowl Conspiracy”, “The Laughing Fish”, “If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich?”, “The Man Who Killed Batman”, “Harley and Ivy”, “Trial”, “Harley’s Holiday”, “Batgirl Returns”, “Holiday Knights”, “Joker’s Millions”, “The Demon Within”, “Legends of the Dark Knight”,  “Girls’ Night Out”, “Mad Love”, and “Beware the Creeper”.

 

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One of the first Batman graphic novels that I’ve read. It’s written by Alan Moore with art by Brian Bolland, lettering by Richard Starkings with coloring done by John Higgins (original version) and Brian Bolland (deluxe version).The book explores the possibility that Batman is just as insane as the criminals he faces, but he displays his insanity in a different way. Batman uses his for good while the Joker uses his insanity to cause chaos. Basically the Joker and Batman are mirror images of each other.

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The Dark Knight Trilogy

Director Christopher Nolan did an awesome job of reintroducing audiences to Gotham’s Dark Knight in movie theaters everywhere.  After suffering a disappointing and horrid meltdown via the Joel Schumacher films it was great to see Bats coming back to life and Christian Bale did him justice. Out of the three The Dark Knight is my favorite with Batman Begins in second and The Dark Knight Rises in a solid third place.

Batman vs. Predator

The predator is one of my favorite movie characters and it was pretty cool to see Batman facing this member of an alien race who travels the galaxy hunting other aggressive species for sport.  There are total of three books which tell the story.  It’s definitely worth checking out.

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Batman/Aliens

If Batman has go up against Predators well then why not aliens? And that’s exactly what happens in this graphic novel.  There’s a sequel which was published in 2003 which you might also enjoy.

Batman Beyond

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The Dark Knight is back kicking butt in the Gotham City of the future. Bruce Wayne however isn’t donning the cape and cowl this time. A teenager by the name of Terry McGinnis puts on the new bat suit and goes to work cleaning up Gotham. Though Wayne isn’t the hero that Gotham needs at that time, he’s the mentor that they deserve as he assists Terry through his crime fighting adventures.

The Batman

Compared to Batman the Animated Series, this show definitely comes in second place. However, the creators didn’t set out to make this show follow in the footsteps of its predecessor and it’s still does a great job in its own right. It was new spin on the character and shows a younger Bruce Wayne in his early adventures as the Bat. It reintroduces villains, sidekicks, and other superhero characters as well as give viewers new ones to become attached to.

Batman & Batman Returns

220px-Batman_returns_poster2I loved Tim Burton’s films. They were a great take on our caped crusader and who didn’t love the villains? I mean Jack Nicholson as the Joker? Danny DeVito as the Penguin? And Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman? Do I really need to say more?

The Dark Knight Returns (Part 1 and Part 2)

The animated version of Frank Miller’s comic is definitely a must watch. A 55 year old Bruce Wayne returns with cape and cowl, a Bat tank, and a new Robin to cleanse the streets of a Gotham City of the future and defeat enemies old and and new. I also suggest reading the comic. You won’t regret it!

Batman the 60’s TV Show

I remember watching reruns of the show as a kid and it was one of my first introductions to Batman.  Yeah it was cheesy, and yes Robin’s “Holy____ Batman!” could be downright just “Really?” but it was an enjoyable show. It’s a cult classic and the reruns continue on today. I mean who doesn’t love the theme song?

Think this is a short list and I’m missing a lot more? Of course I am! There are many comics and films that you ought to check out, I just gave you a few to wet your appetite for more.  And if you want more check out these lists of the best Batman comics and graphic novels of all time put together by these folks:

IGN.com

Complex.com

Batman-On-Film.com

Happy reading and Happy 75th Bats! The year of the Batman has just begun, stayed tuned for more!

Star Wars Reads Day 2013

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As I’ve mentioned earlier in the week, today was Star Wars Reads Day and it was awesome! This was the second year for the event.  For those who don’t know, Star Wars Reads Day is:

“Star Wars Reads Day is the kind of initiative that we at Lucasfilm love to support” says Carol Roeder, Director of Publishing at Lucasfilm. “Reading and Star Wars have gone hand-in-hand since 1976, when the novelization of the original Star Wars movie was released. Over the years, many fans have discovered the joy in reading through Star Wars books, and we hope to continue encouraging more people to read.”

This was my first time attending, and I attended the Star Wars Reads Day event at the ImageUniversity of South Florida in Tampa.  Hosted for the first time by USF’s SOLIS (Student Organizations of Library Information Science) club in the CIS building, the event had free food, crafts, raffle prizes, sci-fi books to purchase or swap (I bought The Hitchhiker’s Guide To the Galaxy for 50 cents!),  as well as video and card/table games, trivia, a costume contest, and an author panel. Members of the 501st Legion: Vader’s First were also in attendance (my sister was the Magma Trooper (the red one)).

The authors on the panel were Barbara L. Daniels Phillips, Alva Underwood, Cheri Roman, and John Hope. The panel was informative and interesting. The panelists gave great advice and I had the opportunity to speak to three of them and they gave me their cards. 

After the event was over, my sis and I along with her 501st friends headed over to the nearby Taco Bus to eat. Folks I’m going to tell you right now, Taco Bell has got nothing on Taco Bus! I had a Burrito, a Taco, and a Soda and my goodness it was wonderful! 

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This was a great ending to a week which began with a painful ear infection. I hope you all enjoyed Star Wars Reads Day and for those who didn’t attend a local event, come out next year. You won’t regret it!

 

Chad Coleman who portrays Tyreese on The Walking Dead. My sis got me his autograph at Tampa Bay Comic Con

Chad Coleman who portrays Tyreese on  The Walking Dead. My sis got me his autograph at Tampa Bay Comic Con

Chad Coleman who portrays Tyreese on The Walking Dead. My sis got me his autograph at Tampa Bay Comic Con. She doesn’t watch the show at all but since I was unable to go she got me his autograph!