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Segmentation of the Innocent

I had a whole column planned this week about “The Complete History of Earwigs in Comics,” but as my agent pointed out, emphatically and with much passion, “Readers don’t like earwigs.” There’s no accounting for taste. To sum up the article in brief: “there aren’t many.”

We must note the passing of Ralph McQuarrie and Jean “Moebius” Giraud, two of the finest concept illustrators ever to raise pen to paper.  The Forbidden Planet keeps a pretty good stock in movie art books, concept art and other illustrative tomes of nifty drawings. Help yourself get over these sad passings by reminiscing with friends over some collections of their finer stuff.

They say famous people die in threes…I wonder if concept artists count as famous? If they do then H. R. Giger and Geoff Darrow better look both ways before they cross the street. There’s not that many famous concept artists left!

THIS WEEK

Buffy Season 9 #7 hits the shelves when we see print. YEARS ago a new Buffy would have been Earth shattering news, but it seems the ardor has cooled. I might pick this one up…it promises to have Spike and “Big Changes for our Slayer.”

I have NEVER plugged an Aspen book in my life, but I’m intrigued by the premise of Dead Man’s Run, which has a reprint of #2 and a new #3 out this week.  In Dead Man’s Run a cartographer dies and goes to Hell to find the afterlife is like a fiery, maximum-security prison. Dead set on a jail-break, our “hero” is trolling hell to find the toughest dead scofflaws to assist his scheme.  Sure, sounds fun! Continue reading

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Shoot First, Apologize Later

NOBODY is omniscient, and we all make mistakes. Think I’m joking? WHO YA’ GOT? “God?” Is God a perfect, omniscient being that never makes mistakes? Really?

You think God would’ve created life on Earth if IT was omniscient enough to foresee “Bronies,” or the Star Wars prequels? IT doesn’t make mistakes? Have you ever SEEN a tongue louse, or Ceratothoa imbricata? The Coconut crab? ” You gonna’ tell me GOD wasn’t stupid crunk on ambrosia when IT created the naked mole rat?

The key to forgiveness is admitting to the mistakes. I, Unkiedev, would like to print some apologies.

I apologize to BOOM! Studio’s groovy comic book Adventure Time for not buying it earlier…I was not an early adopter to the TV show and have to come back, tail between legs to beg for a pardon. Luckily, BOOM! Has forgiven me with a 2nd edition reprint of Adventure Time #1 this week.

I’m sorry to everybody that I didn’t recommend the ground-breaking and headline grabbing Life With Archie #16 last week. I can’t say I’m a regular Archie reader, and I rarely recommend comic books for speculation purposes, but no matter how you want to view the politics of the dang thing, a same sex marriage in such a mainstream comics is a positive sign for changing times…not to mention that copies are selling on ebay right now for $15 bucks and more.

That wasn’t so hard, was it? I feel much better. Continue reading

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Cover Bland

This past weekend I picked up a back issue for a strange little 70’s monster comic called Creatures on the Loose #13 from Marvel. WHY? Because it featured a shaggy white monstrosity in a gold skirt walking out of a rainbow colored television while scaring the beejeezus out of some square. This monster then loudly proclaims “I-HAVE-COME-TO-TAKE-YOU-TO-KROGARR!!”

Now THAT is a cover you just can’t argue with!

JUDGING BY COVER

So how was this inspiring trip to Krogarr? It was alright, if you like wacky monsters. Personally I can’t get enough of em’, that’s why one of the books to watch this week is DC’s Frankenstein: Agent of SHADE #5. Franky-baby is going to smack around O.M.A.C.: the One Machine Attack Construct who looks more like a One Monster Augly Contest. That was “Ugly” with a silent “A.” They’ll make slappy in the facey until one of them explodes or cries or goes home with a sniffle! YAY!

I took the chance on Creatures on the Loose because of the cover. While you can’t judge a book by its cover for legal reasons, you certainly get first impressions. This can be both good and bad. Continue reading

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Life is Like a Hurricane

With the New York Comic Con behind us, what do we have to fill the thermos of our fickle attention spans? How about some choice graphic novels from this weeks new comics!

DUCK TALES: RIGHTFUL OWNERS, Warren Spector (W),  BOOM! Studios.

Comics is too big a field to make statements like “Comics fans fall into two categories.” Comics fans fall into fifty-quadra-billion categories…almost as many categories as Uncle Scrooge has beautiful golden coins in his money bin. Still, we can point out a simple dichotomy that seems scientifically tested: There are those who believe Carl Barks‘ “Uncle Scrooge” comics are some of the high water marks of genius in our beloved medium, and then there are those who say “Carl WHO?!”

Time after time, kids of all ages revisit the classic Uncle Scrooge comics drawn, written, and conceptualized by the legendary Carl Barks. Even works that stand the test of time like Uncle Scrooge, however, started as periodicals. One unavoidable tag on the toe of classic Scrooge McDuck stories is his imperialistic, western based perspective that the treasures of any other culture, civilization or people was the spoils of whichever civilized duck was clever enough to find it.

Duck Tales: Rightful Owners will be an enlightened, modern look back at Scrooge’s treasure hunting days in which he returns plundered goodies to their native homes. The pedigree of the writers and artists (Warren Spector is the guy behind Wii’s Epic Mickey and artist Leonel Castellani is a big wig over at Marvel’s Super Hero Squad) indicates that this is a labor of love and not just a cheap cash grab.

High concept and high talent can fail pretty hard at filling big shoes…but I’m buying in. Who has three thumbs and loves Scrooge McDuck? THIS guy! Continue reading

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The Con is On

The New York Comic Con is this weekend, and I shall not be attending. I feel I have let myself down; and should you find yourself in the same boat, you should feel the same way. After all, this is not San Diego, Monteal, or Tokyo. My excuse is that I live in a cave someplace outside of Westchester and send my columns to the city via carrier owl. You should have no excuse as to why you aren’t going.

“But Unkiedev,” you foolishly stammer, drool glistening on your chin like syrup on a pancake, “I didn’t get my tickets in advance and now they’re sold out. I CAN’T go. WAUGH!”

Of course you can. Are you an American or big cry baby? American ingenuity gave our culture the submarine, Velcro, and breast implants…it can get you a last minute ticket to the New York Comic Con 2011. Here, let me help.

UNKIEDEV’S GUIDE TO SCORING ACCESS TO THE NEW YORK COMICON FOR FREE:

5. Lounge around the back of the Con, near where the construction teamsters are idling their trucks to load and unload Marvel’s big pavilion. As soon as someone opens the door; say for example like when Steve Mannion, author and illustrator of the amazing Fearless Dawn goes out to puff a butt; slip into the joint like cream filling into a donut!

Once inside, either act totally cool like nothing is wrong or feel free to swipe somebody else’s three-day pass…maybe an unsuspecting Storm Trooper buying a hot dog. IF you get caught, tell them your were recreating the prison sequence from A New Hope. Remember: It isn’t theft when it’s an homage!

4. Take all of your Legos and make a gigantic, life-sized Lego Batman with a compartment inside large enough to fit you and your Con Swag. Place said Lego Batman outside of the convention center with a toe tag reading “For Booth 1254.”

DC is hosting Lego this year, with the brand new Lego superhero line on display that includes a new Lego Batcave. As soon as the convention staff load you onto the floor, open your secret bat-compartment and sneak around at your leisure.

Hey, If it’s good enough for the Greeks, it’s good enough for you.

3. Find the supply company that sells the Javits Center their Security Forces uniforms. Buy one of those, wear it, and walk in through the front door. This plan has two big advantages: Unlike imitating a police officer, imitating private security isn’t a crime, and TWO) The price of your out fit will probably be cheaper than a bootleg ticket.

Oh wait, I said all these options would be free, didn’t I? Well, forget this one. Let’s move on.

Jeff Ayers and Grant Morrison2. This always works: Shave your head, wear a nice suit, talk all funny like a crazy person while walking in the door with Forbidden Planet Big Wig Jeff Ayers and claim to be Grant Morrison. NO ONE will question you. NO ONE will stop you.

1. Show this column at the door, especially the following sentence. THIS COLUMN IS VALID FOR ONE ADMITTANCE TO THE NEW YORK COMIC CON 2011. I even put it in caps to make sure it was SUPER legible.

Yes, through a secret, back-room handshake deal with Reed Exhibitions this column in the Forbidden Planet newsletter is an ipso facto, bona fide Coupon for free admission. Sure it is! Who says it isn’t? Go ahead and try it out, see for yourself! (NOTE: The Editor would like you to know that Unkiedev is insane. DO NOT try to use this column as a coupon, IT WILL NOT WORK.)

In the slim chance that it doesn’t work I can only suggest that the security people who tossed you out on your rubber Spock ears were actually gatecrashers themselves in disguise. Where do these people get their ideas from?

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