News broke earlier this week that Joshua Hale Fialkov would be leaving “Green Lantern Corps” and “Red Lanterns” but the writer has spoken and it has led to speculation by some on the Internet on the nature of his departure.
Back during the warm days of Summer Ivan Brandon starting teasing a new comic publisher titled Offset Comics. Since then more images and series names have been announced, but yesterday the official Offset Comics website went live and with it a video for the upcoming series Deathface.
The Internet is still burning over how DC treated Gail Simone last week and through that smoke and haze the comic publisher has announced who will be filling in for her and a few other changes. Click that button for more details.
Following in the steps of the highly intellectual Meta World Peace and Ochocinco, a man has taken the bold steps to legally changing his name to Tyrannosaurus Rex. I wonder how small his arms are.
When valuing comics, there are a number of factors that are taken into consideration – age, character, title, quality, and so on. While it is great to hear stories of people who have discovered a cache of valuable comics, it’s also nice to hear about those who stumble across a lost treasure in their own attic.
The DCI, the ruling body for Magic: The Gathering tournaments has banned two cards for the Standard tournament type. Stoneforge Mystic and Jace the Mind Sculptor are no longer legal for tournament play in standard, with the somewhat strange exception that, as long as you are playing with the “War of Attrition” Event Deck (and no alterations are made to it) you may still use Stoneforge Mystic in standard tournaments. This is the first time a card has been banned in Standard since 2005.
Have you come up against these two in the past? Are you happy about the change? Hit the comments section and let us know what you think.
Wizards of the Coast has been building a lot of buzz over the final set in the Scars of Mirrodin block, codenamed “Action.” The block focuses on classic M:TG villains the Phyrexians trying to take over the metallic plane of Mirrodin.
You may have heard of The Viper, a college student dressed up as a hero patrolling the streets of Columbia, Tennessee, promoting community involvment in preventing crime. Problem is, he isn’t supposed to wear a mask (it’s illegal in Columbia).
Seems more and more people are dressing up and patrolling their neighborhoods. Do you have a masked crime fighter in your city?
While Rodrigo likes to joke that Matthew and I are really old, a new study from Simba Information reports that 25% of adult comic book readers are 65 years of age or older.
“Despite notable efforts from many in the industry, comics and graphic novels continue to be repeatedly mislabeled as just another children’s book category,” said Warren Pawlowski, online publishing manager for Simba Information and an analyst within the company’s Trade Books Group. “With nearly a quarter of the comic reading audience beyond the age of retirement, there is a misconception that needs to be corrected.”
That’s a mighty large group of people who are buying, reading, and collecting comic books (not necessarily in that order). Does this mean publishers will need to find new ways to remain relevant to their older readers? Will we see Clark Kent having a one on one with his broker on what to do with his Daily Planet stock in order to prepare for retirement? Will Spider-Man discover his web-shooters aren’t firing as often as they used to? Will Tony Stark remind Ms. Marvel to take her multi-vitamin to help prevent osteoporosis?
While the Simba study is an interesting one, the bigger question is what is the age range of the other 75% of comic book readers? Does is skew in the same middle-aged range? How many young people (12-21) are reading comics? These are important questions the need answered, but I can’t tell you that information as the full report costs $1,295. It sounds like a fascinating report, but not ME WANT worthy at that price.
Christian Tyler Hardee is “trying to do what’s right, in tights” as he patrols his town of Columbia, Tennessee. Dressed as The Viper and carrying throwing stars and plastic sticks, the 20-year-old crime fighter wanna be made one big mistake – letting the media know his real name.
On Thursday, January 14, 2010, the Christopher Barron Live Life Foundation launched a comic book writing program for 78 fifth graders at School 21 in Paterson, NJ.
The program, â€œChristopherâ€™s Comic Book Inspirations,â€ consists of four weekly workshops taught by Alex Simmons, a professional writer of comic books and other fictional materials, as part of their arts curriculum.Â Â â€œThrough my workshops, and the Kidâ€™s Comic Con, Iâ€™ve spent a good deal of my life helping children explore their creativity and imagination,â€ Simmons said. â€œSo I welcome this opportunity to work with the Christopher Barron Live Life Foundation, and considering the inspiration behind their mission, I feel even more privileged to be a part of their first major program.â€ The students will be introduced to the process of creating comic strips â€“ from idea to finished art.Â They will also practice figure drawing while experiencing the process of creating their own characters and comic strip stories including developing plots, penciling, lettering and inking skills.