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CON BONANZA!

Maybe you’re going to the New York Comic Con this weekend, maybe you aren’t. IF you AREN’T, then I am sorry. I’m not either. Forbidden Planet is available to soften the blow with the very best in comic, manga, games, books, t-shirts, magazines and more! Why not pick up IDW’s Mars Attacks Judge Dredd #2, or Shoalin Cowboy #1 from Dark Horse to pick up the spirits! If your eyes like a safer faire, dive into X-Men #6, Deadpool #18 or DC’s Astro City #5 and Superman Wonder Woman #1?

 

But if you ARE going? Here’s a fun treat!

 

Unkiedev’s New York Comic Con Scavenger Hunt 2013!

 

“WOW, a fun scavenger hunt I can go on with my friends at the con?” That’s right, anonymous stranger!  Take a picture of each of these items, post them to facebook or instagram with the #unkiedev and I’ll send the winner a fabulous prize. Really, the point is NOT the fabulous prize (I mean, I’ve seen it…it’s ok.) but the fun you’ll have tearing through the convention like a lunatic experiencing the con like a sugar fueled lab rat!

 

25. PHOTO OF COSPLAY FROM THE NEW DOCTOR WHO.

Yep, the rumors are true, they’ve found several new episodes of Doctor Who lost to time in an Ethiopian garage. With the amount of showy Whovians about, and with this being the first big Comic Con since the episodes became digitally available, some cleaver cosplaying tardis rider will dress up as one of these new, obscure characters from the lost episodes. Get their photo online first and YOU could have your own viral photo!

 

24. PHOTO OF A STORM TROOPER AT THE URINAL.

I bet they even miss the bowl.

 

23.  PHOTO OF ROGAN JOSH OF MOD HERO.

Mod Hero is the sensational design label of comic book art featuring bold colors and a classic, space age design. They are the hard yet glorious labor of the brilliant ROGAN JOSH, artist extraordinaire. Do make your way to Josh’s booth, #1577, where a veritable paradise of comic inspired prints awaits your approval. Bring him this write-up regarding his unstoppable awesomeness and I’m SURE he’ll laugh. There you go, YOU made somebody happy today! Good for you!

 

MOD HERO! Come for the scavenger hunt, stay for the Hawkgirl pinup!

 

22.  A COPY OF THE CHUCKLING WHATSIT

Halloween is fast approaching, and this is one of Unkiedev’s TOP RECOMMENDED creepy books to surl up with in front of a fire. Richard Sala’s bizarre twists and spooky turns are playful yet deadly, cute  but disturbing. An investigator looks into the hand crafted keepsakes of a former serial killer who would braid his victims hair and skin into small, laughing dolls.

 

The Comic Con IS still about comics, you know?! It’s a great place to track down fun back issues and obscure graphic novels you might not be able to fins anywhere else. Chuckling Whatsit belongs on the book shelf of any lover of macabre tales and haunted doings.

 

21. A HUGE PILE OF FREE CON SWAG

 

We all know that whoever dies with the biggest pile of free Comic Con swag wins, right? It’s as true in this scavenger hunt as it is in real life. NOTE: Forbidden Planet is not legally responsible for wrongful death in the case of any fatalities as a result of this scavenger hunt.

 

20. PHOTO OF ELEKRTA KISSIG BIG DADDY FROM BIOSHOCK

 

Won’t you help out a girl with daddy issues?

 

ENJOY

 

There’s more where that came from, and you’ll just have to visit the rarely updated unkiedev.com to find the rest of your New York Comic Con 2013 scavenger hunt items! Thanks for playing, and no matter if you are or aren’t attending the con this weekend, make sure you have a great weekend!

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TRY SOMETHING NEW Chapter 13: To Destroy An Entire Planet!

I am in Seattle for Emerald City Comic Con as I write this. ECCC is the beginning of the 9 months the comics industry affectionately refers to as “Con Season.” 9 month seasons. Not so bright. Comics Industry- ok at making comics, less ok at everything else. Anyway, I flew in on the Forbidden Planet jet on Thursday night. Not the nicest private jet I have ever been on but that’s alright. I was just happy the doors closed all the way and the heat worked.

So after 4 days of intensive comics immersion in the form of announcements, chatting, gossip, snooping, and spying, what have I found out for you all? Comics people really like donuts and beer. I tried to find out other stuff but that’s all anyone really talks about. There was some cool stuff though. I saw a guy cosplay as Leeloo Multipass and that made me question my sexuality and vomit in my mouth at the same time. I saw a a bar fight where one man choked another man for 2 minutes and then both walked away like nothing happened. James Robinson called me Patrick for no discernible reason. I found out if you put Adventure Time on stuff you can probably take Scrooge McDuck style money baths. Someone who clearly doesn’t have parents or friends thought it was a good idea to cosplay as Geordi LaForge in blackface. I guess maybe some of the comic writers and artists are doing new books or redoing old books or something. I wasn’t paying attention to that. I am pretty sure there are comics planned through at least June of this year. After that, who knows?

But let’s talk about this week. Since I’ve been around a ton of comics all weekend and I’ve decided I really like ’em I am going to TRY SOMETHING NEW. In an attempt to trick you into buying more stuff and save me the effort of thinking up more jokes, we are going to do this rapid fire style. I am going to call out some books than usual that are good, write a sentence or two, and you are going to buy them. Simple and elegant. GO!

REPTILE MUSEUM #1 & #2. Only issue #2 of Reptile Museum just came out, but consulting my trusty comput-o-tron tells me that it is statistically impossible that you read issue #1 so I will review both right now. Published by Ray Ray Books which, for all I know, is either a dude in his parents basement or a division of Newscorp, Reptile Museum is what we call an indie, mini, or self-published comic. This is annoying because technically everything but Marvel and DC are “indie” so that word is meaningless. Sometimes minis are huge so that word is meaningless. And like I said before, I have no idea if Cody Pickrodt published this or Rupert Murdoch, so self-published is a difficult label to use. Either way, Reptile Museum is great. A clever post apocalyptic story that answers questions and creates them at an equal rate. Two issues in and I have no real grasp of the world at all and I love that. A unique dystopian tale, Reptile Museum spends much more time on it’s characters than it does explaining it’s world. We follow as a character reenters the folds of a mysterious organization and shows himself to be a true badass. That’s really it. But it’s great. This is a huge story scaled down and made small and personal. Mysterious and exciting, this book is well worth your support. Buy it now because you may not easily get another chance.

ALL-STAR WESTERN vol.2- WAR OF LORDS AND OWLS. DC’s most consistently great book is All-Star Western. Jonah Hex is a brilliant character, Palmiotti & Gray handle him in a way that makes it almost impossible not to love and loathe him. Someone at editorial decided to make a book that takes place in the 1880’s cross over with Batman and it isn’t horrible and stupid, it’s actually quite fun. The art is great. It’s one of 3 westerns on store shelves. Go buy it.

SLEEPER Omnibus. Ed Brubaker does superhero crime noir comics. A deep cover superhero begins to lose his identity. Do you like stuff like The Departed, Infernal Affairs, or Donnie Brasco? Well this is better. $75 gets you 2 volumes of Sleeper, the Point Blank prequel, and a ton of bonus stuff. There isn’t much more that I can say other than fans of crime, superhero, great writing, or beautiful art must own these books.

Grant Morrison writes 50% crazy nonsense that is almost impenetrable. Then he writes 50% next level brilliance that is untouchable, fun and smart. Sean Murphy is one of the best artists in comics today. They teemed up on JOE THE BARBARIAN to tell the story of a little boy getting lost in his own fantastical mind. It is the best thing either of them has done in many years. These are the best guys in the business doing their best work. Buy the paperback version out this week and lock yourself in a room so you can read though it a few times.

I don’t care about the Rocketeer. Jennifer Connelly isn’t in the comics so 12 year old me doesn’t make adult me buy them. But then Mark Waid goes and does his thing of taking old things, getting rid of the excess, and making them fun again. Then Chris Samnee comes in and does his thing of making comics that are so pretty they make everything else seem like ugly, busy, squiggles. Both men make ROCKETEER: CARGO OF DOOM a must own book for fans of pulp stuff or inventive ways to make action heroes feel fresh and familiar at the same time.

I just want to run the copy for LOST VEGAS #1 because either they have my sense of humor exactly and the notes to the editor are brilliantly funny OR someone really didn’t do their job. Either way Jim McCann and Janet Lee made RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN which is probably the most brilliant kids book in recent memory. Lost Vegas isn’t a kids book but it looks like it might be as brilliant. So, without further ado, the weird solicitation text for LOST VEGAS #1- The EISNER AWARD-WINNING team of JIM McCANN?& JANET LEE reunite to create a universe filled with intrigue as one gambler-turned-slave has 24 hours to go all in and pull off the greatest heist the universe has seen. (in this next section, can it be like a brochure, like a different font? If not, italics is cool) WELCOME TO LOST VEGAS! Aboard this luxurious casino-filled traveling space-station you will find the highest stakes games from every corner of every planet, unheard-of winnings, and the greatest attractions anywhere!* (Can the below section be a smaller font size?)*the fine print- those who bet it all and lose must work it off as indentured servants to the casino. Escape is not possible. No one is exempt from these rules.

Joe Casey is a great writer. He can do almost anything with style, heart, and humor. None of that matters because his new Image series is called SEX. He wins. SEX #1 is on shelves now. Buying any other comic instead of SEX makes you look stupid.

Cullen Bunn may be getting famous for his work over at Marvel but if there were any justice in the world he would already have been famous for his brilliant western series SIXTH GUN. He returns with a new series called HELHEIM launching this week. Vikings, the undead, gods, and monsters come together in what may be the most fun book of the year. I was lucky enough to see Joëlle Jones art for HELHEIM #1 this weekend and it is quite clear that Ms. Jones has just launched herself into the top tier of comic artists working today. With an art style that falls somewhere between Luther Strode‘s Tradd Moore and B.P.R.D.’s Tyler Crook but feels completely fresh at the same time, this book is painfully beautiful, which is what you want when you are dealing with swordsfights and beheadings.

I seem to do it every week so here I go to do it again. ARCHER & ARMSTRONG Vol 1 MICHAELANGELO CODE is out now. The Valiant relaunch books are great. Archer & Armstrong is buddy cop stuff done pitch perfect. A “struggling with his faith” teenager and a perpetual screw-up immortal are forced to work together to save the world from a problem that is both somewhat their doing. This isn’t life changing stuff, but it is the kind of comic you might fall in love with. This is super hero stuff that feels fresh. This trade is $9.99. If you read superhero books and someone as smart as me tells you that some of the best new ones are only $9.99 for volume #1 you really should buy it. Valiant are leaving cash on the table in order to offer books like this at “TRY ME!” prices. They believe in their books that much, and that should be enough for you.

OK, I wrote the last 2 paragraphs while snoring. I am going to go to sleep and regret not cosplaying as Spoonman or Niles Crane.

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Comic Books!

New York Comic Con, like a vestigial tail, is now behind us. Maybe you were one of the lucky ones on the Con floor and know firsthand of the amazing announcements, projects and previews which just went down. I’ve heard the Evil Dead remake footage was impressive. I hear both Brian Michael Bendis and Iron Man will be joining Guardians of the Galaxy, that Dan Slott is changing Spider-Man for 2013, that the ATMs didn’t work, that the cosplay was top-notch and the LEGO was cool.

Above all else, the biggest stories, surprises and revelations were almost all Comic BOOK based. SDCC is great, but SDCC is to comics as Playboy is to articles. The New York Comic Con remains a very hands-on, fans-on comic book show.

HOW ‘BOUT COMICS?

This week, DC is launching their new “The Cheetah” super-villainess in Justice League #13. Traditionally, The Cheetah has been a crazy lady who dresses up in a catsuit and harasses Wonder Woman due to her being empowered by Jungle Cat Gods or some such. In the new 52, The Cheetah is poised to get a real chance at iconic super villain stardom!

I think the new angle is that The Cheetah is an empowered Amazon, much like Wonder Woman herself, but that she was pushed off of a building by Christopher Walken and was brought back to life by cats.

Sounds strange, I know… No stranger, however, than The Zaucer of Zilk #1, a weird new Image book with some British talents behind it. Image is still one of the best creator-owned American comics publishers, so it is no surprise that some UK talents would take advantage of the free atmosphere to work out a book that sounds completely bonkers.

The Zaucer of Zilk centers around a wizard traveling through realities with his assistants trying to save multiple realities, but with a bunch of “Zs” thrown in for extra weirdness. It all comes off as a tribute to the classic Dr. Strange tales of the ‘60s. SOUNDS GOOD!

Speaking of nostalgia, Image is also hoping you’ll take a ride on a Cyberforce reboot. Once Image’s top seller, Cyberforce harkens back to a time when it was cool to have a team whose superpowers included “having as much metal on your costume as super-humanly possible” and “whatever the X-Men are doing, only more extreme.” AH, the ‘90s!

It’s getting hard to tell what is happening between the lines of publisher, online publisher, digital comics and print comics. This reboot of a once-huge Image comic was funded by fan donations through Kickstarter to Silvestri’s “Top Cow” studio. Image is acting as printer and distributor for a comic funded through the internet, famous ‘cause of print.

SWEET WEEK

Boy, there sure are some great books out this week! IDW has the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Annual 2012 #1, which achieves “Must Have” status in my book as it’ll be written and drawn by Kevin Eastman. Fans of the AVENGERS movie will want to check out THANOS Son of Titan #1 (or just go buy any of the many copies of Infinity Gauntlet available at Forbidden Planet) in order to get an idea of who that purple alien guy at the end of the movie was.

AND let’s all have a good chuckle with those wacky funsters, the Marvel Zombies, in the sure-to-be-classic holiday one-shot, the Marvel Zombies Halloween Special #1! Yay!

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More musings from Unkiedev, Earth’s own sidekick, can be read at unkiedev.blogspot.com

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MORE NYCC!

The New York Comic Con is BACK, ushering in the reminder that New York is the center of the publishing world. The NYCC has the BEST artists’ alley, the best small press books and the best collection of Yankees hats of any comic book con on Earth.

You do know that I, Unkiedev, am a psychic man with vast knowledge of the future. Would you like me to highlight a few super spiffy revelations coming out of NYCC BEFORE the actual event?

Let’s do this! Revealing the future Op, Op, Op, Op, Gangnam Style!

IDW will announce a HUGE January crossover between some of their biggest licensed properties and Mars Attacks! Everybody’s favorite dog-kicking dome heads will be taking on the Transformers, the Ghostbusters, Popeye, KISS (of all people) and the Zombies Vs. Robots universes. THIS WILL BE GOOD.

One does wonder why they will not be taking on GI Joe, Dr Who or Star Trek, some of IDW’s other big IPs. A personal favorite would be to see Mars Attack TANK GIRL, the punk pugilist who drinks first and asks questions never, or those heroes in a half shell, the Teenage Mutant something somethings.

‘Twould be cool. I AM looking forward to this crossover MORE than their previous cross-company events, such as the zombie invasion and Lovecraft invasions. I am HOPING Transformers will give a little bit of love to Cosmos, the green UFO Autobot who is big on heart and small on screen time.

MEANWHILE, Dark Horse will announce a new comic from Umbrella Academy creator Gerard Way and Becky Cloonan called The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys.  It looks like a thrill kill comic featuring a boy band in leather, and promises to be as ‘90s as Kurt Cobain eating a Chocodile.

THE PRESENT

Still, Forbidden Planet will be a pretty cool place during the con, too! DC picked the right week to publish Batman #13, as this latest issue of the Caped Crusader’s exploits features the Joker returning to Gotham in his New 52 debut! Get your copy at the Planet and suspiciously leave it half hanging out of your book bag as you walk the con floor. Folks will be able to tell you are a discerning comics buyer of unimpeachable taste.

Dark Horse has a huge new anthology comic called Once Upon a Time Machine, which looks super good and will be featuring new work from Brandon Graham of King City fame…but anthologies can be hit or miss. Let’s get the buzz from the con floor and then pick this one up!

I’ll have to think about it…I mean, I might need that money to buy all the variant covers to the new Red She-Hulk and Uncanny Avengers books hitting the shelves this week!

THIS WEEK IS GOING TO BE A BLAST for comic fans, both at the NYCC and outside looking in! Be here at Forbidden Planet for anything and absolutely everything comics-related!

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More musings from Unkiedev, Earth’s own sidekick, can be read at unkiedev.blogspot.com

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Hyundai Undead 2012 Sweepstakes

Don’t know if you remember our last Walking Dead event contest, but if you were there you’ll know it was a slammin’ time.  Well, there’s another super-rad gig going down at San Diego Comic-Con this year, and YOU could win a chance to be part of it…

Hyundai Undead 2012 SweepstakesGamesRadar wants to bring you and a friend to Walk With the Dead at Comic-Con 2012!

Go to GamesRadar’s Facebook Page here –  https://www.facebook.com/gamesradar/app_403359706360567

Enter now to win a dream zombie trip to the ultimate fan boy extravaganza…San Diego’s world famous COMIC-CON 2012!

You and a guest can win:

·        Round trip airfare for two(2) to San Diego, CA

·        Four(4) nights hotel stay in San Diego, CA

·        Two(2) passes to Comic-Con 2012

·        Admission to the Walking Dead 100th Issue “Black Carpet” party

The sweepstakes runs from May 1 through June 1 and is open to all fans 18+.  Go to GamesRadar’s Facebook page and “LIKE” it to enter.  For the latest and greatest news, reviews and exclusive content on all your favorite video games across all consoles, visit www.GamesRadar.com.

The Black Carpet event will be held at Petco Park right across from the convention center on Friday July 13th.  I’m sooooooooo jealous of the winner of this sweepstakes for a number of reasons, not the least of which cuz hot damn Petco’s gorgeous and I’m not making it to SDCC this year either…

Enjoy, you lucky bum!

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NY Comic Con 2011: The FORBIDDEN PLANET Reaction

Matt D. (your gregarious host) and Morgan Pielli (your intrepid cameraman and director) took a trip to this year’s New York Comic Con. The sights! The sounds! The…smells! It’s a sensory overload, and you just never know when inspiration will strike..!

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Philly Alt Con this Sunday!!

If you’re in the area, come by and show your support for the indie comics scene at this years Philly Alt Con! Doors open at noon on the 14th! Check out the site for more details.I’ll be there with my series  Indestructible Universe Quarterly! Stop by my very red table and say “hi!”

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The Lion and the Unicorn

By Unkiedev

W.I.L.D.C.A.T.S #1 gold foil variant cover
W.I.L.D.C.A.T.S #1 cover

The nineties comic book boom (and subsequent crash) was based on two factors that are still cavorting through the forest of comics today. One is the Unicorn of variant covers, the other is the lion of investor speculation. See how nimbly they prance!

The resale of comic books was viewed as a big business, and the launch of Image comics meant that savvy comic book buyers could get in on the ground floor of a gold mine by purchasing every #1 Image had to publish. Soon, Image and other companies started to publish massive amounts of variant covers to rake in the cash from this wave of speculation.

Since then things have changed…but the Unicorn still dances. Now variant covers are the big marketing tool of the least expected: Marvel and DC. The big two release a theme of variant covers almost weekly to promote upcoming events, movie tie-ins and to spotlight characters.

When Tron was in the theaters Marvel had a wave of TRON themed covers. When they felt like promoting Wolvie a bit more they did variant covers to every single title they had with the chuggin’ canuk on the cover. Do yourself a favor and google “JLApe” if you were too young to remember the time when every DC title had a monkey variant cover. Continue reading

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Comics to read after San Diego Comic Con

The Week AFTER San Diego Comic Con is notoriously absent of whiz-bang-pow. The publishers limp out a few regular titles and hold their collective heads as the faint cobwebs of hangovers and sun-stroke fade into the routine of a regular work week.

DC is doing well for itself, and Action Comics #891 sounds particularly hot; Mr. Alexander Luthor goes all out in a mad quest for ultimate power brought to you by writer Paul “Captain Britain and the MI-13” Cornell. I like how things change. The story of an angry bald guy who wants power to hurt others is so much more compelling and believable to modern audiences than his opposite number, the alien with unlimited power on a quest for world peace.

Also: Batman The Return of Bruce Wayne #4 (of 6) has Cowboy Batman! Yippie Ki-Ki yay! Furthermore if you need another great book to sit atop the toilet cistern and help you while away the minutes then have I got the book for you: Showcase Presents: Sgt. Rock Vol. 3 is 496 pages of Joe Kubert drawing WWII awesomeness. I know war is hell, but Kubert makes it look so cool!

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Comic Con Exclusives 2010

By Devin T. Quin

Arg! T’is time again for the San Diego Comic Con, the biggest and most expensive trip most nerds will take outside of their parents basements this year. If you haven’t bought your tickets yet then take heart, because you can’t anymore. I’m sure the dang thing will be totally sold out by the time we go to press. Did I say “heart?” I meant “valium.” Don’t worry, you can always pre-order for next year….OH WAIT, sorry, pre-order for next year has probably sold out now, too.

Well, you can always do what I do: steal clothes out of my grandfather’s closet, pour talcum powder into my hair and flash a homemade badge as I power-walk through the gate, brandishing a cane and pretending to be Roy Thomas. “I reinvented Conan the Barbarian, dammit!” I scream. I don’t think anyone’s caught on to me yet.

“Why go through all the bother?” you ask?

Because the con is a hotbed of exclusive swag, items so magical and rare that you could finance the overthrow of a small third-world nation by reselling the con exclusives on ebay!  I hear they once offered a limited edition Megatron that transformed into an actual WORKING pistol! This one time I hear they sold finger bones from Batman “Creator” Bob Kane’s actual fingers! THIS ONE TIME I swear to god they were selling the actual bags of sand drained from the costumes from the desert scenes from Star Wars: A New Hope! Yup, I own a five hundred dollar bag of sand that was in Anthony Daniel’s foot!

What do you mean “Do they still sell Comic Books at this thing?” Who cares about the comic books, man?! This is the San Diego Comic Con! Continue reading

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