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Thursday, August 29, 2013

INCEPTION Fan-made '50s Style Trailer is Perfect

The Thrills! The Chills! The Spectacle!

A fan-made trailer for Christopher Nolan's latest film, 'INCEPTION', modeled after the trailers of Alfred Hitchcock's films from the 1940's and 50's!

The audio is picked from the trailers of 'Rear Window', 'Spellbound' and 'Vertigo'. The words are my own, but those are just like what they normally cover the entire screen with. Music from those three trailers too.

It's so fascinating to see how movie trailers have evolved over the years. See this video and see the real trailer; you can see how things have changed over half a century!

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

'Itty Bitty Hellboy' by Art Baltazar and Franco - Comic Book Hot Pick

All-ages Books Gets Their Due 

Amid the frenzy of the Big Two's epic crossover events there still remains a market that is often ignored but thankfully supplied by wonderful writers and artists, the all-ages segment. Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani have won awards for their work on DC Comics "Tiny Titans" and brought their expertise to Dark Horse and the world of Hellboy in "Itty Bitty Hellboy". While the market is represented by titles that reflect what kids are watching on television (Adventure Time, My Little Pony, Littlest Pet Shop) there still remains a need to either introduce existing comic book characters or foster the relationship with heroes from Marvel and DC cartoons to a new generation of readers. Baltazar and Franco have done great work making DC characters like Superman, Power Girl, and Deathstroke accessible and palatable to kids. The transition to more mature books will be easier since the heroes aren't foreign to them. This enjoyable book brings Hellboy and friends in a fun and colorful way to a new audience. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

How to Co-opt a Movie Scoop and Dress It Up as Your Own

The Race for Man of Steel Scoops Gets Fishy

One of the hottest movie news stories in entertainment continues to be Warner Bros. planned sequel to Man of Steel under the working title 'Batman vs Superman'. It's natural for entertainment publications, blogs, and websites to clamour for the latest scoop in whatever detail, even minute ones, to boast about to draw page visits on their respective sites. After the enormous success of the reboot to the Superman movie franchise and subsequent announcement at the San Diego Comic-con of its sequel to feature Batman the rumors and speculation began to fill the internet, including from usThe studio recently revealed it had chosen Ben Affleck to play Batman and that caused a firestorm of mostly negative reactions on social media. Focus has turned to other casting, specifically the role of Lex Luthor.

Superman's iconic nemesis provided some easter eggs in Man of Steel. His name appeared on a skyscraper and an 18-wheeler setting the stage for speculation on his involvement in the sequel. Again short lists of actors were bandied about on the internet including the brilliant star of AMC's Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston. Who you could arguably state has been playing a version of Lex on television. The conniving, manipulative, dangerous, chemistry teacher-turned-drug kingpin, Walter White, shares a bald head and a brilliant mind with the megalomaniac Luthor. An obvious choice perhaps and it lead to some online chatter:

 "El Mayimbe" from Latino Review had Cranston as the favorite to get the role back on August 8th. It gained some attention from mass media but without confirmation from Warner Bros. the story remained in the zeitgeist along with the other popular contender, Mark Strong. Until recently when an obscure website, Cosmic Book News,published a report that Cranston"has been cast as Lex Luthor in what is said to be at least a six "appearance" deal...and may be as high as ten."

A great scoop indeed for any site but especially for a minor player not known for breaking comic book movie news. The report dated August 22, also mentioned some interesting but fishy details. Affleck is allegedly signed on for "13 appearances" as Batman and that DC is considering Matt Damon for the role of Aquaman or Martian Manhunter. The internet already mocked the Affleck/Damon connection and I doubt WB has put that much thought in Aquaman since the elephant in the room has been the missing member of DC Comics trinity, Wonder Woman. How she doesn't get on the radar when it comes to discussing a Justice League movie is unforgivable. And how do you get 13 appearances from Batman? CBN credits a "source close to Warner Bros." as the source of these gems. Is it an executive? A producer? A janitor? 

While it's fairly easy to draw a conclusion that Cranston will get the role especially after a credible site alludes to it, it's a different story to basically throw out wild baseless details without named sources. The worst part of all this is that legitimate mainstream websites have picked up on the story and are repeating the Cranston hire as truth based on the CBN report. E! Online, Rolling Stone, Daily Beast and Fandango published stories/blurbs about Cranston as Luthor yet they did not include any other detail from the report. They took it as gospel. And presumably so have readers. Apparently, you can usurp a scoop and add your own details to give it credence and publish it as your own. 

Surprisingly, there doesn't appear to be much fact-checking from those regurgitating the report. I found it interesting that CBN only two weeks ago cited a "DC Entertainment source" dismissing Cranston as a candidate for Luthor. The same day El Mayimbe released those tweets. They also claimed that Batman would be in his '30s and not in his '40s as was reported by others. Ben Affleck is 41 years old. Something doesn't sound right. Was CBN desperate for page views that it manufactured a news story based on another site's scoop? It could explain why a website you never heard of suddenly is making a splash across mainstream press.

 I understand that even the biggest pop culture publications and sites get stories wrong. Sometimes scoops don't pan out. As long as you get them right most of the time then you earn the trust of readers. I don't know if CBN is being shady or willfully misleading. My gut tells me something is amiss and I have no reason to give them the benefit of the doubt. It's the dark territory of the proliferation of entertainment blogs. I'd like more web traffic, sure, but I don't want to mislead the public to get it. Unfortunately, there are plenty of "thirsty" sites that will. 

Gallery 1988 (East) Art Exhibit: RATED G by Justin White

This Friday, August 30th, we open the highly anticipated sequel to Justin White's "Rated G!"  In this amazingly clever and creative show, Justin creates originals animation cels for terrible cartoons that shouldn't happen.  Look forward to seeing cels inspired by Kill Bill, American Psycho, Game of Thrones, Purple Rain, and many more...

The show opens this Friday, August 30th from 7-10pm at Gallery1988(East)
with Justin White in attendance!

7021 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Friday, August 23, 2013

Ben Affleck is Batman and Internet Goes Nuts

Oscar Winner Joins Man of Steel Sequel

When it was announced that Warner Bros. was looking for an older actor to play a seasoned Dark Knight in the Man of Steel sequel many names were batted around including Ben Affleck. Now they've made it official by stating in a press release that Affleck will indeed be paired against Henry Cavill in the informally titled 'Batman vs Superman' movie. 

"We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics' most enduringly popular superheroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some. His outstanding career is a testament to his talent, and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character," - Greg Silverman, Warner Bros.' president of creative development and worldwide production.
 "Ben provides an interesting counterbalance to Henry's Superman. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can’t wait to work with him." - Zack Snyder
The surprising announcement should have brought great joy to fans but instead social media, Twitter especially, had a less than joyous response to the news. 

The negative reaction was relentless and from all kinds of people; actors, athletes, comedians, comic book talent and media, political commentators, etc. I'm not exactly sure why. Some people joked his Boston accent would emerge and that would not be "wicked awesome."I knew he would be a polarizing choice despite the fact that in the ten years since his try as Daredevil he has matured into an amazing director and quality actor.  

Affleck has been very deliberate and thoughtful about the projects he takes on. It's this more selective approach to his career that has enabled his comeback from box office flops like 'Gigli', 'Jersey Girl', and 'Paycheck.' He's more concerned about bringing a quality movie to audiences than just merely blockbusters. As a director he's taken movies with relatively small budgets and turned them into moneymakers. He knows what he's doing. He knows what audiences want. As an actor, both in his films and the smaller ones he's acted in, he gives honest nuanced performances that reflect how far he's grown. 

He deserves a chance to make Batman his own and prove the naysayers wrong. There may be more to just the acting gig ahead for him as well. Speculation is growing that Warner Bros. will also want him to direct a solo Batman movie or even a Justice League movie, as was once rumored years ago. Warner Bros. would not make this decision lightly considering what it is at stake in the war of superhero movies between them, Marvel and Marvel licensees. At the same time, Affleck would not enter a franchise of this scope and magnitude in this stage of his career without being confident in the script and the people in charge. I'm sure Snyder and producer Christopher Nolan helped assuaged any of his fears. 

Fanboys have been wrong about casting backlash before so this is no different. As we get closer to opening night on July 17, 2015 and footage gets leaked the same people complaining now will be the first ones in line. Affleck may not be the Batman we need but he certainly is the Batman we deserve. We're getting the best Affleck there's been. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Deadpool - Bad Days (Season 2, Episode 1) World of Heroes Video

Merc with a Mouth Can't Catch a Break

Stan Lee's World of Heroes YouTube channel produces some amusing animated tales of your favorite comic book heroes like this one starring Deadpool. Season 2 features the Merc with a Mouth in some hot water in some Bugs Bunny-style hijinks. Subscribe and enjoy the magic. 

Everybody's favorite fourth wall breaking merc with a mouth has a bad day with his best buddy Hydra Bob. Honestly, Deadpool's bad days aren't all that different from his good ones.

Be sure to subscribe to Stan Lee's World of Heroes to see the rest of the Bad Days Episodes and more at:Twitter:

We Cast Lex Luthor for Man of Steel Sequel - Choice #5 Mark Strong

Strong Case for This On Screen Baddie - Last in a Series

The latest casting rumors for Lex Luthor in the planned Man of Steel sequel had 'Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston getting a lot of attention and rightly so. Cranston has created an iconic television character playing Walter White who has gone from "Mr. Chips to Scarface" over the last 5 seasons while collecting Emmys along the way. However, it is very difficult to overlook another actor who has done exceptional character work as antagonists in 'Kick-Ass', 'Green Lantern', and 'John Carter'. Mark Strong's name is still in the mix because he has the look, the menacing demeanor, and versatility to charm or frighten. 

I hesitated to add him to the list because it was so easy to typecast him as another villain but he does it so well. While he has performed great in those movies, the movies themselves have underperformed. Here is a chance for audiences to discover Strong in what is sure to be a global blockbuster as one of the most famous villains of all time. 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Latino Comics Expo Brought Crowds and Talent in Inaugural Los Angeles Event

Independent Comic Book Creators Garnered Spotlight This Weekend

This past weekend the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach held the inaugural Southern California debut of the Latino Comics Expo. After appearing the last two years in San Francisco the founders decided to bring the Expo to comic book fans in Los Angeles. Javier Hernandez, co-founder of the event, stated that while Latino artists and writers attend huge conventions every year he wanted a smaller venue where they are celebrated and their works are the focal point. It also serves as an inspiration to young Latinos (and non-Latinos alike) that beautifully rendered stories exist that reflect their heritage with characters they can relate to. There was no shortage of talented independent creators of comic books and art.

Lalo Alcaraz, nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist of the daily comic strip La Cucaracha, host of the Pocho Hour of Power radio show on L.A.'s Pacifica station KPFK 90.7FM- Fridays at 4pm, and Jefe-In-Chief of! and
Lalo Alcaraz, award-winning cartoonist and satirist, was on hand with prints of his most popular political cartoons and original framed works. His editorial cartoons appear syndicated nationally and touch on current social and political events with humor and poignancy. I was able to snag his last issue of Bongo Comics' 'Bart Simpson' where he contributed a story, "Bart Speaks Spanish". One of the most affable and accessible artists at cons or on social media, Alcaraz also gives back by reaching out to at-risk youths and appearing at community events throughout Southern California. 

Roman Montes de Oca - creator of 'USMZ' available at
Roman Montes de Oca, creator of the self-published 'USMZ', had multiple posters, t-shirts and collector cards for sale from his comic book depicting a platoon of Marines returning from deployment only to find a zombie apocalypse has overrun the coast back home. A story that could serve as an allegory for troops returning home who are then left to fend for themselves after serving a tumultuous time at war. While zombie stories are especially popular right now, Montes de Oca offers a unique perspective, from the troops point of view, which is fitting considering he is a Marine Corps vet himself. He was very generous providing free collector cards and a promotional dog tag with purchase of his book. 

'La Mano del Destino' by J. Gonzo available at
J. Gonzo is a talented jack-of-all-trades - graphic designer, tattoo artist, advertising director, and now full time illustrator and creator of his passion project, the supernatural luchador comic book, 'La Mano del Destino.'
La Mano del Destino is a six-issue story which tells the tale of a once-champion Luchador – who, after being betrayed, agrees to a Faustian bargain in order to exact revenge upon his betrayers. 
The California native serves up a wonderfully drawn revenge tale incorporating the rich history of Mexican wrestling, making it accessible to novices, and ratcheting the tension and action with every issue. Gonzo could easily make the transition to corporate publishers. This is someone to keep an eye on. Make sure to support him now on his way up.

'Misfortune High' by Jules Rivera is available at
Jules Rivera is the logistics engineer turned storyboard artist who created the fantastically conceived 'Misfortune High' comic book. It spins Hogwarts on it's head with rich thoughtful characters in an urban high school of magic. A rich, spoiled kid gets expelled from a prestigious school and is sent to a magic school "on the wrong side of the tracks." This all-ages book was one of the highlights of the Expo. Rivera knows storytelling and it's evident in each panel. This one is highly recommended.  

'Forever Freshman' by Neil Segura and Ray Mendivil. Available at
Neil Segura and Ray Mendivil have the potential to be the next Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani. Like the Eisner-award winning duo of DC Comics' Tiny Titans, Segura and Mendivil have a similar style and sensibility for their characters that makes 'Forever Freshman' fun and charming for all ages. It is one of the most professional looking self-published books I saw at the Expo and certainly worth more than the cover price. (But don't let them know that.) Just do yourself a favor and support this talented up-and-coming team. 

'In the Dark' by Crystal Gonzalez. Available at

Crystal Gonzalez is the artist and writer behind 'In the Dark' and 'Trash & Clash'. If you like your stories dark, and I mean dark, then this is the book for you. It's suitable for older kids who don't mind blood and guts and enjoy R-rated Tim Burton-esque storytelling. Here's a synopsis:
It's about a guy named Fibble and his demon named Sin. In the story, Fibble accidently gets swallowed alive and sent to Hell by Gluttony (a demon with a caffeine addiction for coffee and a stomach full of man-eating worms). The overarching plot involves Sin (the demon of evils) trying to save Fibble from getting killed in Hell, on account that its consequences would result in causing a utopian universe (and we can't have that!).
Gonzalez is a freelance cartoonist and animator with a style all her own and 'In the Dark' is a quality adventure worth your time and support. 

There were so many talented artists and writers at the Expo that it's hard to fit them all in one blog post. Please check the list of all the attendees and follow their links here.

Here are some more images from the event:

Art! The Magazine

Man vs Art

Not Your Friend Comic Books

Rafael Navarro

Jim Lujan 
Yes, you read that right. 

Friday, August 16, 2013

Yaya Han as Lady Sif from 'Thor'

The Queen of Cosplay in Battle Mode

Photoshoot with Riddle's Loki - by Brian Boling
"I made this costume for San Diego Comic Con after gathering materials and reference for several months...I love badass warrior girls and the color red, so Sif was a no brainer! I really liked her character in the comic book as well, from the fact that she grew up with Thor and trained along side him, to their on and off romance over the years, and Sif's strong, loyal and courageous nature. "

"Looking at the reference images and the various interpretations of Sif by different artists, I ended up grabbing my favorite aspects and combining them into this costume. It's what I do for all of my costumes actually."

"Debuting Sif at SDCC, it was well received and I had a blast judging the Marvel costume contest. Then I was able to coax Riddle into doing a photoshoot with me in her awesome Female Loki costume...and thinking of complementary poses. Since Loki basically possesses Sif to become Femme Loki, it was neat to bring that storyline into the photos."


In Theatres November 8, 2013

'Family Guy' Chicken Fight Comes to Life with Live Action Parody (VIDEO)

Stuntwomen Re-enact Epic Brawl

Live action parody of the famous Epic Chicken Fight. Stunt women Jessie Graff and Tree O'Toole fight to the death, crashing through walls, windows, and wreaking havoc on anything in their path.

Executive Producer
Jessie Graff

Michael Thompson
Steven Stone

Leo Kei Angelos

And here's the original from Family Guy:

(Source: Gawker)

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The OFFICIAL Edgar Wright Art Show at Gallery 1988

'Shaun of the Dead' Director Inspires Some Works of Art
Anthony Petrie

Gallery1988 (West) is proud to announce their upcoming show
"The OFFICIAL Edgar Wright Art Show!"

This very special show features a huge lineup of amazing artists,
all depicting their favorite scenes and characters from the films of Edgar Wright.
To celebrate this show, we will have an exciting opening reception on
Tuesday, August 20th from 7-10pm
with several special guests you definitely want to meet in person!
Do not miss this unbelievable event - Tuesday, August 20th at Gallery1988 (West)!!

The show will run through September 7th.

Gallery1988 (West)
7308 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

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Bob Rissetto

Comic Book Hot Picks - Infinity #1, JLA #7, and Walking Dead #113

Something for Fans of All Publishers
TRINITY WAR CHAPTER 4! The hunt for a murder suspect leads Superman and his new teammates to the secret behind the Secret Society, while Batman finds the key to the crime—and one of the Leaguers will be forever changed by it. Plus, who is the Secret Society of Super-Villains and what are their plans for Pandora? Written by: Geoff Johns, Jeff Lemire Art by: Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy
It seems that the popular choices for this week's comic book day come from the top three publishers - DC, Marvel and Image. Two of which are "event" storylines that lead to big changes in their respective universes. Justice League of America continues the 'Trinity War' and Marvel's Jonathan Hickman and Co. introduce Thano's reign of terror. Image and their flagship title 'The Walking Dead', are as steady and thrilling as ever. Also notable is THE RETURN OF IMAGE'S SAGA!

They march to certain doom. Meaning, Rick, Andrea, Jesus, and everyone else who has dared to cross Negan. True, humans aren't meant to live like trapped animals. But then again, Negan doesn't care. And guess what happens when someone touches Lucille? Story By: Robert Kirkman Art By: Charlie Adlard,  Cliff Rathburn



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