Those of you who have been following the Major Spoilers Podcast for any length of time have seen us switch to original art as part of the logo for each new episode.Â Those fantastic little drawings come from Dante, who whips these up during our recording session.Â During the most recent Major Spoilers Podcast, the Major Spoilers Crew discussed comics in the classroom. Dante took that theme and ran with it, so as a big thanks to Dante for taking the time to draw these pieces of original art, we’re featuring him in this installment of the Art Appreciation Moment of the Day.
This week, Dynamite Entertainment has sent Major Spoilers a sneak peek of The Boys #31, Dead Irons #4, and Battlestar Galactica: The Final Five #3.Â All three of these titles arrive in stores this week (June 3, 2009).
While IDW Publishing continues to deliver some very good Doctor Who comics, there might not be enough Doctor goodness to satisfy your craving.Â If that is the case, then check out Rich Morris’ fan-comic that features all ten of the Doctors, Daleks, and much more.
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He just completed the 247-page graphic novel on May 27th, 2009, and you can download the entire PDF over at Rich’s ComixBlog.
As the shift in comic distribution and bad economy continues worsen (here’s hoping the economy is on a recovery), the small comic book shops are going to continue to close.Â We heard about this during the 100th issue of the Major Spoilers Podcast, and my own comic book shop closed about five years ago.Â Word came from Fantom Comics that it was also closing its store in the Washington, D.C. area, but instead of leaving all of its customers in the cold, it is switching to home delivery.
According to the company website, there is a $15 minimum order for non-subscribers, but once you meet that minimum and live in the area, they will deliver the comics to your home for free.
Deliveries will take place every Wednesday (11am-7pm) and Saturday (noon-6pm).
We will deliver to any home or office within the following zip codes: 20007, 20008, 20015, 20016, 20815 and 20816.
Subscribers have no minimum purchase requirements. For non-subscribers the minimum is $15.
I mentioned my own comic book store (located an hour and a half away) closed its door about five years ago, but my comic service was never interrupted as James moved the business into his home.Â For those of us located far away, he simply bills us for the shipping charge, which isn’t a huge amount.Â For those in Salina, he gets together each week with the comic readers at a local restaurant, they wine and dine, talk about the current comics, and then go on their merry way with their weekly stash.
I’m glad businesses are figuring out ways to adapt in these changing times, and it ensures that comic shops – even in a different form, will continue for many years.
Still two months away and the San Diego Comic Con has completely sold out.Â Even Sunday, which has always been a fairly slow and open day for the show.Â That’s a good thing for comics, pop culture, and the movie industry, but bad news for those who were on the fence deciding if they were going go or not.
I like the second to last sentence in this quote from the IGN interview with grant morrison.Â It sounds like he’s finally figured out what fans want in their Batman stories.
IGN Comics: It sounds like that goes back to what you were trying to do with Final Crisis, where you cut out all the quieter moments and just got down to “the drums and the bass”, as you called it â€“ the meat of the story.
Morrison: Yeah. I went to see Crank: High Voltage when we were in Los Angeles. I had just watched that, and I thought everything else just looks like slow motion, really. I wanted to get that effect into the comics as well. To me that was just a great action film, and every action film after is going to have to try and move at that speed. I really wanted to get that into Batman and Robin. Again, the stories are really easy. There aren’t big multi-layered Gnostic parables this time around. Like I said, it’s like a really bad trip cartoon. [laughs]
We’ll see if it holds true in the series, although I’m still not sold on Quietly’s art for the series.
For those of you who have been crying in your beer ever since the events of Brand New Day, can heave a sigh of releif as the webslinger and the hot model are back together again.
That’s right, True Believers, if you local paper (are there any of those left anymore) carries the Spider-Man comic strip, you saw Peter wake from a dream to discover he and Mary Jane are still hitched.Â Check out the editor box for how it happened.
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It’s too bad the real Spider-Man comic books can’t switch gears this easily.
Dynamite Entertainment has announced it will be addapting the Lewis Carroll Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as part of its Complete series, with The Complete Alice in Wonderland.Â This series goes along with the recently released The Complete Dracula, with the Alice series being written by John Reppion and Leah Moore, who are writing the current Sherlock Holmes series.
“The Complete Alice is a project that we’re very excited about,” John Reppion stated.Â “People seem to have fixated on the idea of re-imagining the Alice stories for a long time now but Lewis Carroll’s tales are already so fantasticÂ their logic so beautifully and eerily surreal yet familiar Â that we feel they more than stand up today and will work wonderfully in comics.”
Unlike another Alice series currently being published by Zenescope Entertainment, Dynamite states this is a complete adaptation of the 1865 Carroll story, and not a reinvention.
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is another in the big summer movie extravaganza, and it opens July 17, 2009.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer has done really well in comic book form, and even though we won’t see Harry Potter comics in the near future, I do wonder how many comic book readers are fans of the Harry Potter books?Â How many of the Major Spoiler Legion are going to see the Half Blood Prince?