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The best comic of last week?  MARS ATTACKS POPEYE.  I don’t mean to give out spoilers, but the Martians lost.  I do hope they fare better this week against KISS.  Maybe with KISS gone IDW will start publishing a Jethro Tull comic book!

IDW Mars Attacks Popeye

ONE of the best comics of last week was Hellboy In Hell #2.  Elegant, creepy and fun, HBinH #2 made up for most of the first issues rambling clunkiness with big pay offs in both direction and character.  I am a crazed Hellboy Fanboy… a Hellfan if you will, though I stopped getting the spinoff title B.P.R.D. some time ago.  One thing that makes Hellboy in Hell so great is Mike Mignola back at the helm of both pencils and writing. The past few years worth of Hellboy books have been drawn (and possibly written) by several artists, including Richard Corben and Duncan Fegredo.  These are great, fun titles and both do amazing jobs carving out their own fingerholds in the Hellboy cliff face.  Hellboy The Wild Hunt was a fun, romp through the woods of Hellboy’s milieu, and a great place to jump on for fans eager to get caught up on Big Red.  This week sees the release of B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth Abyss Time #1 of 2, aka B.P.R.D. #103.  I believe that the current storyline focuses on the actual end times playing out on the surface of the Earth and the combined efforts of all concerned to stop it.  What struck me the most, oddly, was the title.  I’m not sure how many issues of Hellboy there have been, but I was struck by a question.  Would Hellboy in Hell #2 sell better or worse if it was just called Hellboy #85?

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Grant Morrison Action Comics #16Superman’s latest periodical hits this week in the form of Action Comics #16, which sounds far more accessible than Superman #2345.  Superman is going to go toe to toe with an evil demonic version of himself from an alternative universe.  Sounds great!  There are so many ways to read comics now, be it through classic single issues, trade paperbacks or even digital downloads.  Comic book names are getting a bit unwieldy simply because the publishers need you to be able to recognize the reprint trades when they hit the shelves later on.  So for example, Superior Spider-Man #1 hits the shelves this week, a guaranteed must buy (unless your boycotting Dan Slott), and I am sure we will see a few issues go down the pike before they’ve branded the book with a subtitle for the sake of trades.  This leads to a bigger thought on what the main draw to a comic is, anyway.  Dark Horse has a new Graphic Novel out collecting Peter Bagge’s recent comic RESET.  There are no titular characters we’re familiar with. Would it have sold better or worse if the book was titled after Bagge’s old indie comic which launched hom to fame?  Should this collection be renamed Peter Bagge’s Hate: Reset?  It’s fun to think about, especially when you take it to the extreme.  Since all comics derive from Superman, and Superman was the inheritor of the work done by the Gaines family on Famous Funnies, I think the most accurate title for this week’s Detective Comics #16 SHOULD be Famous Funnies Staring Superman #167895234, Batman Detective Comics A Death To the Family #16!

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Footage from the Archie Meets KISS Signing!

Two weeks ago we had an in-store signing to celebrate the release of the collected Archie Meets Kiss, with guests writer Alex Segura and artist Dan Parent! Check out the video from it below!

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The Weekly Pulse – In Store Events

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There’s a lot going on this week! Not only do we have a stack of books to cover, but we have not one, but TWO upcoming signings!!

Wednesday, April 11th at 7pm meet the creators of “Archie Meets K.I.S.S.”: Alex Segura & Dan Parent

Then April 23rd at 6pm, it’s a DVD signing for “The Story of Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics” featuring Director Ilko Davidov and original “Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics” artists JAY ALLEN SANFORD, HEATHER DAWN, SPIKE STEFFENHAGAN, and ROBERT V. CONTE

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Archie Meets Kiss In-Store Signing

The biggest band in rock history invades Riverdale!

Guest stars galore unite as the Archies and KISS face off against a horde of invading monsters dead-set on turning Riverdale into a zombie haven! Can the rock legends stave off the monstrous invasion? What’s the key to the zombie invasion? And what’s up with that shiny amulet?

Find out Wednesday, April 11th, when the creators of  “Archie Meets KISS” appear in store to sign copies of their new book!

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REMINDER Heavy Metal Horror @ Nitehawk Cinema Oct 21st & 22nd

THIS HALLOWEEN, WILD EYE INVITES YOU TO BANG YOUR HEAD AGAINST THE MOVIE SCREEN – WITH A RARE 35mm SCREENING OF 1986′s HEAVY METAL CLASSIC TRICK OR TREAT! PLUS A SLASH N’ GRIND TRAILER SHOW!

Prepare to get caught in a 35mm mosh pit as Wild Eye Releasing presents The Heavy Metal Horror Show! Appearing at Brooklyn’s own Nitehawk Cinema for two nights only, Friday, October 21st & Saturday, October 22nd, starting at Midnight.

Headlining the bill is the 1986 head banging horror classic Trick or Treat directed by Charles Martin Smith. Experience the mysterious death and backwards record-induced return of Rock N’ Roll superstar Sammi Curr (Tony Fields) as he haunts his biggest fan Skippy, er, we mean Eddie (Mark Price).  Watch as Curr shreds till everyone on screen is literally dead, with special guest appearances by Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons.

And if that isn’t enough to satiate your sick minds, make sure to show up early to catch opening act The Ghost Of The New York Grindhouse Trailer Show performing a full hour of spine tingling horror and exploitation trailers from the 60′s and 70′s that will raise your hair, but without that can of Aquanet.

So cancel your Dungeons and Dragons game and raise your devil-horned hands in the air as we bring Heavy Metal to the silver screen in its purest form, with the entire evening’s events being screened from original 35mm prints and the volume turned up to 11.

So, avoid price gouging scalpers and get your tickets now! Advance tickets are available at the Nitehawk Cinema box office and at NitehawkCinema.com. For more information, visit wildeyereleasing on facebook, wildeyereleasing.com or nitehawkcinema.com.

Don’t be a poser, and come crank it with Wild Eye this Halloween on October 21st and 22nd.

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Heavy Metal Horror @ Nitehawk Cinema Oct 21st & 22nd

THIS HALLOWEEN, WILD EYE INVITES YOU TO BANG YOUR HEAD AGAINST THE MOVIE SCREEN – WITH A RARE 35mm SCREENING OF 1986′s HEAVY METAL CLASSIC TRICK OR TREAT! PLUS A SLASH N’ GRIND TRAILER SHOW!

Prepare to get caught in a 35mm mosh pit as Wild Eye Releasing presents The Heavy Metal Horror Show! Appearing at Brooklyn’s own Nitehawk Cinema for two nights only, Friday, October 21st & Saturday, October 22nd, starting at Midnight.

Headlining the bill is the 1986 head banging horror classic Trick or Treat directed by Charles Martin Smith. Experience the mysterious death and backwards record-induced return of Rock N’ Roll superstar Sammi Curr (Tony Fields) as he haunts his biggest fan Skippy, er, we mean Eddie (Mark Price).  Watch as Curr shreds till everyone on screen is literally dead, with special guest appearances by Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons.

And if that isn’t enough to satiate your sick minds, make sure to show up early to catch opening act The Ghost Of The New York Grindhouse Trailer Show performing a full hour of spine tingling horror and exploitation trailers from the 60′s and 70′s that will raise your hair, but without that can of Aquanet.

So cancel your Dungeons and Dragons game and raise your devil-horned hands in the air as we bring Heavy Metal to the silver screen in its purest form, with the entire evening’s events being screened from original 35mm prints and the volume turned up to 11.

So, avoid price gouging scalpers and get your tickets now! Advance tickets are available at the Nitehawk Cinema box office and at NitehawkCinema.com. For more information, visit wildeyereleasing on facebook, wildeyereleasing.com or nitehawkcinema.com.

Don’t be a poser, and come crank it with Wild Eye this Halloween on October 21st and 22nd.

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Fangoria #302

Fangoria issue #302 hit the shelves this week, and this reader’s jaw hit the floor.  There has been a lot of bad mouthing on Fangoria in the last couple years, but their most recent output should shut them haters up. They’ve added great new colums like Trash Compactor, which focuses on some serious deep cuts from the genre, and Sound Shock, covering in detail classic horror scores, soundtracks, and composers. Recent articles about personal favorites like Slithis, The Boneyard, The Twilight Zone and KISS makes me remember why Fangoria will always be my favorite magazine peroid. 

Fangoria Issue #302 being a perfect example, packed cover to cover with the gory goodness we’ve come to expect.  I was personally excited about interviews with Rubber’s Quentin Dupieux and the demented minds behind Hobo with a Shotgun.  But with articles on Dario Argento, Sybil Danning, Wolfen, Chainsaw Sally, Gore Shriek, and a cover dedicated to James Wan’s Insidious, I’m sure there is something for fans from all walks of the genre.  If that’s not enough to get you to open your wallet in these frugal times, did I mention it comes with a giant fold out poster for Argento’s Deep Red?

What are you waiting for? Pick up Fangoria #302!

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Monster-Mania Con 17

This weekend I will be away at the Monster-Mania Con in Cherry Hill New Jersey!  I try to attend as many horror conventions a year as possible, and Monster-Mania is always at least one of  them.

So while I’m rubbing elbows with Ace Frehley, Fred Williamson and the cast of The Walking Dead I may not be able to post anything for a couple of days.  Oh, but when I’m back be prepared for some stories.

If you’re in the area stop by and say hello, I’ll most likely be helping out (or more like hanging out) at the Knee High Horror booth!

Here’s the info…

MONSTER-MANIA 17:
MARCH 11 – 13, 2011
CROWNE PLAZA – CHERRY HILL, NEW JERSEY
(Formerly Hilton Hotel: (Same hotel, different name) 4 Miles past Exit 34B of I-295.
Reservations: 800-227-6963 Don’t wait! (Ask for the special Monster-Mania Room Rate) FREE PARKING

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Go to DMC!!!

Viz Media’s Detroit Metal City is like nothing you’ve seen before.  I remember when the first volume came out.  I knew nothing of the book, but as a Heavy Metal fan myself, I was instantly attracted to it. Now Volume 8 is hitting the shelves this Tuesday, and I’m salivating for it because I’ve become a totally obsessed follower of the cult of Krauser!  I’ve throughly enjoyed every single volume, the cartoon series, and the live action DMC movie adaptation of this… manga.  There, I said it. I like manga, but you won’t see me cosplaying anytime soon. Hmmm… although a Krauser halloween costume could be pretty cool.

By all appearances, Soichi Negishi is a sweet, well-mannered boy who loves Swedish pop music, trendy boutiques, and all things fashionable. But at the same time he’s also Krauser II, front man for Detroit Metal City, an indie death metal band whose popularity increases by the day. Once the DMC makeup goes on and Soichi takes the stage, his natural talent as a death metal god can’t help but flourish. Is this the band he’s truly destined to be in?

How did this happen? When and where did I go wrong? This is not the kind of band I wanted to be in!

It’s like Metalocalypse meets Mrs. Doubtfire on acid.

The live action movie stars Kenichi Matsuyama, a pretty high-profile star in the manga adaptation genre, having starred in the Death Note series as L, and in the Nana movie.  It also features a guest appearance by one of my favorite people in the world… None other than the Devil Bat himself, Gene Simmons! You might know him from such films as Never Too Young To Die, Trick Or Treat, and a band you might of heard of called KISS! Unfortunately, the music in the live-action film does not evoke the true evil spirit of the manga, going for a nu-metal sound, unlike the anime, which used more traditional death-metal music.  I still wholeheartedly recommend the film, for the characters are spot-on and hilarious.

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Now can someone please tell me where I can find a DMC shirt?

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