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Holy Crap, You Could Make a Comic With Stan Lee

Posted by Jordan On August - 9 - 2011

MTV and Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment have teamed up to create what could be the most amazing contest of all time. Two lucky winners will actually get to work with Stan Lee himself to create a comic. Also $10,000, which isn’t too shabby. Writers and artists, now is the time to show off your comic writing/drawing skills for a big payday and the chance to work with a living legend.

Now that I have your attention, you are probably curious how this whole thing works. The first thing you have to do is go check out the treatment that Stan Lee has written for the comic you could be working on with him, The Seekers. You can find that here. There are aliens with crazy powers, mysterious figures, and naked chicks, so it sounds like a pretty good story so far. You can read the beginning of The Seekers story at that link, which you will have to do if you want any chance of winning this contest. Writers have to write 10 pages of script for what happens after what is revealed in the treatment, along with doing their own treatment for a 110 page graphic novel for The Seekers. Artists will need to do 5 pages of art covering what is described in Stan Lee’s treatment. The best submissions will ultimately be voted on by comic fans and the winners will be picked by Stan Lee, so add in some ninjas and robots and dinosaurs to your version of the story to make sure you win. For more information on the contest, visit MTV’s site.

There is sure to be a lot of competition here, as $10,000 and Stan Lee are pretty good motivators. I still plan on winning the writing portion of this contest though, so step your game up artists. I don’t want to be working with any hacks. Also, writers who have read this article, I was just joking. This contest doesn’t exist and you shouldn’t click on any of the links.

Black Spider-Man Prompts Outrage/Hilarity

Posted by Jordan On August - 8 - 2011

As some of you may know, there is now a new Spider-Man in town. If you are trying to catch up on the Ultimate Spider-Man series and haven’t been watching the news and don’t want to know about the huge event that has been publicized a ridiculous amount recently, then you might want to avoid reading this next sentence, and possibly all the ones that come after it. Brian Michael Bendis has killed off Peter Parker, the Ultimate version of him that is. He died heroically, and actually appears to be quite dead at this point in time. This death has left a spider shaped void in the world, which Bendis has decided to fill with Miles Morales, the new Spider-Man. He was recently introduced in Ultimate Fallout #4 and he is…half black and half Hispanic! Gasp!

His introduction centers around people saying his wearing Spider-Man’s costume right after Spider-Man has died is in poor taste, because people are always judging what you wear. Especially when you are fighting super villains. The real world’s biggest reaction to this has been a mix of approval and outrage over the new Spider-Man’s ethnicity. Some think that only Peter Parker can be Spider-Man, others think that it is good to see some ethnicity in superheroes, and other people just keep shouting “Obama!” over and over. Black Nerd Comedy decided that the best way to address this issue would be to make a hilarious YouTube video.

The one thing I’d like to point out is that we have already had a culturally confused Spider-Man, namely Miguel O’Hara, Spider-Man 2099. Part Hispanic and part Irish or Scottish, or whatever other ethnicity starts their last names with O’s and apostrophes. I guess we are just accepting of that kind of diversity in the distant future of 2099, but we just aren’t ready for it yet. I am actually kind of excited to see this black/Hispanic Spider-Man take off, mainly because I really do want to see a Spider-Man movie with Donald Glover instead of Andrew Heathcliff… I mean Garfield.

Superman Revealed!

Posted by Billy Lane On August - 6 - 2011

I’m not a Superman fan. Everyone knows Batman is infinitely better and hangs out with all the cool kids.  Well, the Superman reboot is going to try it’s very best to rectify that. With the movie now filming, we have our first look at Henry Cavill donning the classic tights and cape.  Behold!

I think the costume looks great. It is distinctly Superman in terms of iconography and style, but has been executed successfully in a way we’ve never seen in live action. It has texture and detail which make it more than just spandex.  It looks real. Not sure how I feel about the detail on the “S” shield, but I’ll take it. I think Green Lantern could have used something more like this, which appears far more natural than the flat, skintight spandex. This has some bulk to it. And the less vibrant colors help bring things even more down to earth. The costume reminds me very much of the new Spider-Man’s look, which isn’t surprising. Both movies are trying to modernize classic, spandex-y costumes and ground their movies in reality. Y’know, dark and gritty!

What I am less than thrilled about is what they did with Henry Cavill himself. A huge forehead, receding hairline and jutting brow looks more like the missing link than a Man of Steel. Let’s just move along and say it was a bad make-up day, shall we? And I’m hoping it’s just the lighting, but for the love of Kypton, where are his eyebrows?

I’m cautiously optimistic about the project. With Zack Snyder on board we can finally see Supes hit something. I can’t wait to see our hero punch Zod right in his precious little face. Even though I don’t agree with every casting choice there is still some fantastic talent here. Snyder still has a lot of goodwill left with fans after making 300, and if he can bring everything together, we might have a new Superman for a new generation.

HeroDistrict Must Read Comic: Moon Knight

Posted by Jordan On August - 6 - 2011

Although the fourth issue just came out, Marvel’s new Moon Knight series is quickly establishing itself as a must read title. Moon Knight is taking a new approach to the character and putting a lot of emphasis with just how crazy he is. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the character, Moon Knight is the superhero identity of Marc Spector, a former mercenary. Back in his killing for money days, Marc Spector found himself dying in front of a shrine to the Egyptian god of vengeance, Khonshu. Spector decided to make a deal with Khonshu to become his avatar in exchange for not bleeding to death, a deal that I think most of us would have made in that situation. It is not clear how much of that becoming a living avatar of vengeance is just in Spector’s head, as he develops multiple personalities and is clearly not a sane person. Many speculate that his identity as Moon Knight is a manifestation of his guilt over killing so many people as a mercenary. God of vengeance or not, that near death incident prompted him to move back to the USA and use his mercenary money to fund his crime fighting operation.

The new Moon Knight series opens up with Marc Spector as a producer in LA making a successful television show about how he got his start as a crime fighter. It also clearly establishes him as a crazy mofo who has developed some new personalities, specifically those of Captain America, Spider-Man, and Wolverine. Whenever a big decision has to be made, Moon Knight has these great internal conversations with himself, with his Spider-Man personality cracking jokes, Captain America personality advising caution, and his Wolverine personality encouraging him to kill everyone in his way. Things are most entertaining when he listens to his Wolverine personality, mainly because Moon Knight has added some mechanical Wolverine claws to his arsenal.

There have already been some great moments in this series, and the exploration of Marc Spector’s mental state is really intriguing. Brian Michael Bendis has done a great job writing this title, and has already proven he can throw in some shocking twists. This is one of those titles with a lot of potential, and with Bendis’s writing and Alex Maleev’s art, I can see Moon Knight developing a substantial following. My hope right now is that this series lasts long enough for things to get really interesting. Help this become a reality by picking up every issue of Moon Knight, you won’t be sorry.

Finally, Anne Hathaway as Catwoman

Posted by Jordan On August - 5 - 2011

We all know what Christian Bale looks like as Batman by now, and we have even been treated to some pictures of Tom Hardy as Bane. The third costumed character from The Dark Knight Rises has been a little bit more secretive. The wait is over now, as an official picture of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman has been released.

It looks like this version of Catwoman just has a simple mask, but maybe that’s just for when she is riding what appears to be the Batpod. Maybe she will have a mask with cat ears at another time, but I wouldn’t be surprised if just the mask was kept around. If that is in fact the Batpod that Catwoman is riding, that raises the question of whether Batman loaned it out, or if she just decided to take a joy ride. Considering the history between Catwoman and Batman in the comic books, I also expect some sort of romantic connection in the movie. If Batman was all about Maggie Gyllenhaal in The Dark Knight, I think him finding Anne Hathaway attractive is very believable.

Alright, the picture itself doesn’t give much away about Anne Hathaway’s character, and a lot of her costume is obscured by her ride. Still, it is good to get our first look at the other person that will be running around Gotham in a costume. While I am admittedly more excited about Bane being in The Dark Knight Rises, I am curious to see how Catwoman will fit into Christopher Nolan’s world. Hurry up and get here, 2012.

Awesome Things I Saw at SDCC 2011

Posted by Jordan On August - 1 - 2011

One thing you’ll notice when you walk the floor at San Diego Comic Con is the fact that there is a whole lot of cool stuff to look at. With the sheer number of booths around, it is a pretty good strategy for booths to put the coolest stuff they have out on display to catch the interest of passersby. I think it is safe to say that my interest was caught so much I’m pretty sure I got whiplash. Here are some of the coolest things I saw while wandering the floor of SDCC 2011.

Costumes from The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight is arguably the greatest comic book movie of all time. What makes it so awesome is how Christopher Nolan has made a world around Batman that is grounded in realism. When we see Batman on screen we don’t think of a buff dude in his pajamas or anything ridiculous like that. Seeing the actual Batman costume on display at SDCC was equally awesome. It was the kind of thing that made me want to put it on and go out and fight crime. The greatness didn’t stop there, though. Right next to the Batman costume was the outfit the Joker wore in the movie, complete with the clown mask he wore during the bank robbery at the beginning of the movie. I went from wanting to fight crimes to committing them in a very short span of time.

Captain America Costume

I was really pumped up on Captain America during SDCC. There were early showings of Captain America: The First Avenger all day that Thursday, which I had to go to, and just so much promotion for Cap. Marvel was even giving out little hand fans that were printed like Captain America’s shield. The coolest piece of Captain America promotion was definitely his costume, which was on display under the guard of various S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. I was kind of hoping that some Nazis would show up so I could put on the costume and give them a good old fashioned American but-whooping, but that’s mostly because I have an overactive imagination.

Mike Mignola

There was one point during my SDCC experience that I did a double take. That was walking by Mike Mignola’s booth, which was tucked out of the way in a corner of the convention center. I had to a double take to make sure I read the name right, since nobody was over by his booth. This was very surprising to me, since Mike Mignola is the creator of Hellboy. Hellboy, as you may know, has been turned into two full length feature films, and a variety of animated movies, not to mention the popular comic book line, so I was pretty surprised that there wasn’t a line of people waiting to meet Mignola. He was very nice, but I guess his awesomeness was just too intimidating for most people.

Ghost Rider’s Motorcycle

Why yes, I do agree that the first Ghost Rider movie was pretty terrible. Nicolas Cage might be a huge comic fan, which I like, but I still don’t think he should be Ghost Rider. The fact that he will be back for a second Ghost Rider movie, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, really doesn’t do much for me. Seeing Ghost Rider’s motorcycle has pretty much the exact opposite effect than the movies on me, though, so I was pumped to see it on the floor. The only way it could’ve been cooler was if it was on fire, but I heard the fire marshall wouldn’t have been too happy about that.

Lego Batman

I am always amazed when I see these large Lego structures, mainly because the most complicated thing I ever built was a tiny little space shuttle with a little car that could come out of it. These people building giant castles and Death Stars have far more patience than I ever did. One of the coolest giant Lego sculptures that I have ever seen was on display at SDCC 2011; a life-size Batman posing majestically on a gargoyle. The time and effort that must go into planning and building something of that scale must be tremendous, but that result is definitely worth it. Maybe next year I can build myself a costume entirely out of Legos.