Tagged: Roger Langridge

50% off Orange is the New Black Presents the Cookbook and More Cheap Goodies on Sale November 9th 2014

Today’s Daily Deals

Orange is the New Black Cookbook, cook book, OITNB

Orange is the New Black the Cookbook… “[Forget] Diamonds. I got spinach!” ($25) $12.49

DC Comics Teen Titans Retro Speedy Action Figure… Heroin gear not included.($30) $15

Jim Henson’s Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow HC… illustrated by Roger Langridge! ($25) $12.49

Rise of and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: The Art of the Films… ridiculously well-reviewed art book covering both contemporary PotA flicks ($15) $3.99

*Forbidden Planet’s DAILY DEALS are updated every morning. Prices are valid in-store til the shop concludes its business day (10pm or 12am, depending on the day) and online for roughly 24 hours. Prices are valid while in-stock supply lasts.

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Fret-Con

Wolverine #310 hits the stands this week, and with it comes some shocking revelations. Remember when Wolverine cut off Sabertooth’s head in 2007’s Wolverine #55? Well guess what…MAYBE HE DIDN’T!

Hurts, doesn’t it?! Some super villains are just too cool and iconic to leave in the depths of hell to rot. Wolverine #310 plans on telling us HOW Sabertooth survived his amputation/fatal beheading, but for many fans the answer will still smack of betrayal.

Let’s talk ret-cons.

Action Comics #11 also arrives this week, but it promises to be the origin story of the new 52’s version of Superman, the ret-conned version of the Man of Steel. DC also has Before Watchmen Ozymandias #1 with Jae Lee on art duties and Len Wein writing. This is one of the teams I was looking forward to on this project…but now I’m scared! “What might they ret-con?!”

KEEP IT SAFE

Comics are a long game. Sure, we might be miffed at Wolverine #310 for changing things so Sabertooth can return, but are we still mad at the ret-cons we like? Is anybody upset that Magneto lived after being blown up on Asteroid M, or the time when he was revealed to be alive from being cloned? Are we cheesed off that they ret-conned Bruce Wayne to have a friend who became Hush? I for one am happy that Generation X-star Chamber is back to his hollow faced self after all the crazy malarkey with Apocalypse and M Day. Continue reading

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Existential Yams

A human being can create or perform an item or action, functional or non, and describe both the process and the result as “Art.” With such wide parameters, it would be easy to view “Art” as an “X,” an indefinable value in the equation of our experiences, yet we have developed many tools and expressions to help us bring Art to the other side of the “=” sign for our illumination.

“Art” comes to full fruition when observed, just as a tree falling in the woods makes no impression except on the ground. The most useful way to define “Art” is to gauge the emotional impact on the audience. There is a miracle that occurs when we experience a new piece of art, an instant change of our souls and physical beings towards a deeper inner meaning and celestial place.

There are times when the world can seem an uncontrollable, a monster, a rampaging beast that does what it does without thought or direction. We, as humans, can strive to impact this chaos into order though action and deed…this can often take the form of Art.

But maybe creation isn’t our strong suit. What weapons exist in our arsenal to combat entropy sans creation? By exposing others to the art that has shaped our consciousness, we all enrich and enliven each other’s spirits, and subsequently become closer to each other as a result.

“Magic” is showing someone a believable miracle.

Here’s the part where I become a wizard with the following magic words: “GO READ GROO VS. CONAN and POPEYE.”

GROO vs. CONAN #1, Mark Evanier (W), Sergio Aragones (A), Dark Horse


Groo is a classic, silly comic created by two of comics finer talents, the legendary Sergio Aragones of MAD magazine and the unsung Mark Evanier, hardest working writer in the biz. WHO is Groo? He’s a sword swinging, blood splattered one man army killing his way across an exciting landscape of warriors and scantily clad maidens. YES, that ALSO describes Conan, because Groo IS Conan.

Well, a parody of Conan. The main difference between Conan, the  legendary sword swinger of film and story and Groo is that Groo likes Cheese Dip.

If you’ve ever read a Groo comic in your life then you know that THIS is a book to get. If you’ve never read an issue of Groo before then remember the magic words. Go Read Groo Vs. Conan.

And the New Popeye! Continue reading

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The Thompson’s Twins

This column was going to be a huge review of Craig Thompson’s 2003 graphic novel Blankets…but there’s too many awesome comic books out this week!

For those who like titles about real life, beauty, sadness, growing-up, regret, religion, self-fulfillment, family, guilt, anger, shame, love, redemption, the redeemer, and the redeemed then here’s your review: Go Buy It.

If’n you don’t care about that stuff? You know what? YOU go buy it, too. It’s a Harvey and Eisner winner, it was picked as one of Time Magazine’s top 100 NOVELS of all time, giving it the same cache’ as a little title you might have heard of called Watchmen. It’s challenging, it’s haunting, it is a pure work of art. Continue reading

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Brain Candy

By some twerp (Named Dev)

Imagine you were clonked on the head and you had absolute amnesia…maybe that’s too far fetched. Imagine instead that a magical woman in fishnet stockings wiped your mind to cover the fact that she tried to rehabilitate a super-criminal rapist but accidentally erased all your memories. THERE, now that’s something we can all relate too.

Now let’s say you walk into a comic book store.

Removed from actual context and stored memory, the comic book shop is nothing more than a gigantic, multi-colored candy shop of wonder and bizarre flavors! Without the burden of continuity, character arcs and publication history it’s a bunch of pretty pictures and compelling words…

What books would you be interested in without any pre-conceived notions? Continue reading

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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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Roger Langridge

By Devin T. Quin

Welcome to the Cartoonist spotlight, where we all learn more about the charmingly deranged chaps and chapeaus who draw those funny books we like so much. This week’s installment features an immense talent who is finally getting the fame and recognition they deserve, none other than New Zealand transplant Roger Langridge!

WHO?

Roger Langridge is currently the artists, writer, inker and mad thinker behind BOOM! Studios Muppet Show comic book, a position he is knocking out of the dang park! Originally born in the hobbit infested lands of New Zealand, Roger made the move to England infusing his already distinctive style with a love of absurd humor and an esthetics of times gone by.

Roger became an English cartoonist of note through the tried and true method: cutting his teeth on the U.K.’s toughest judge/jury/executioner Judge Dredd. American audiences where introduced to Roger through the pages of Art D’Ecco, the surreal, almost dadaesque black and white indie comic he drew with his brother Andrew tackling the writing chores. Continue reading

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