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The Best of 2012

31 Dec

by Orion Tippens

2012 movie imageLooking forward to 2013!! But looking back on 2012, here are my notations.

Best comics series of 2012 – Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Best comic book character of 2013 – Damian Wayne (Batman)

Best single-issue comic story of 2012 – Locke and Key: Grindhouse one-shot

Best cover artist of 2012 – J.H. Williams III (Batwoman)

Best comics writer of 2012 – Can’t decide between Scott Snyder (Batman, Swamp Thing, American Vampire) or John Layman (Chew, Detective Comics, Mars Attacks)

Best ongoing comic series of 2012 – Batman vol. 2 (Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo)

Best colorist of 2012 – John Kalisz on Batman and Robin (vol. 2)

Best comic based on a non-comics franchise – Godzilla: Half Century War by James Stokoe

Most shocking way to end 2012 – I would say Chew #30, but I heard the spoilers to Amazing Spider-Man #700 – DAMN!!

Best apocalypse story of 2012 – Batman Inc. Vol. 2. #5 by Grant Morrison, Chris Burnham

Biggest Disappointment – Doctor Who/ Star Trek: Assimilation crossover of 2012 – Wow, that story really is really going nowhere and really dry. So much potential…sigh.

Best new comics company of 2012 – Madefire Comics (iOS digital app)

Best digital innovation in comics storytelling of 2012 – Bottom of the Ninth by Ryan Woodward

Best traditional comics original series digital exclusive of 2012  – The Lookouts by Ben McCool

Best webcomic series of 2012 – JL8 by Yale Stewart

Best funny webcomic  of 2012 – The Oatmeal by Mathew Inman

Best movie based on a comic book of 2012 – Dredd (Judge Dredd)

Most campiest villain in a movie based on a comic book character of 2012 – Tie between Loki (Avengers) and Bane (Batman)

Most oddly hilarious line used in a movie based on a comic book of 2012 – “Crashing This Plane with No Survivors!” – Bane (Batman: Dark Knight Rises)

Best, most fun comics character to play in a cheap video game that otherwise sucks of 2012– The Flash in the Justice League: Earth’s Final Defense (iOS)

Note: I am sorry I have not caught up with any Marvel Comics and it’s very obvious I am a DC fan. Please recommend me some good Marvel Comics reads for 2013!

– Orion

I watched The Dark Knight Reborn documentary

5 Dec

by Mike Hansen

The Dark Knight Rises (Best Buy Blu-Ray) In case you didn’t know, the Best Buy edition of The Dark Knight Rises Blu-Ray set comes with a free bonus downloadable documentary, The Dark Knight Reborn. (I’ve read that this is also on the Blu-Ray disc itself for Best Buy editions, but my copy won’t show up for a few days.)

Here’s the trailer:

Overall, it’s a bit uneven, but there are a lot of fantastic moments from the making of all three of Christopher Nolan’s Batman films. Nolan is featured heavily in the interview footage, and it’s nice to see one of my favorite directors reflect on his journey of creating the ultimate Bruce Wayne story.

There’s an amazing unused shot featuring Heath Ledger as the Joker – very little happens in the scene, but it highlights just how incredible Ledger’s presence was in The Dark Knight. This moment alone made watching this worth it for me.

This “documentary” is only 38 minutes long, and it’s structured more like a string of unrelated featurettes than as a fully formed behind-the-scenes story. There are way too many talking-heads shots – I understand the need for these during the initial promotional process for a film, but a lot of the dialogue here would have worked better as narration. Speaking of which – there’s a really cheesy narrator talking over a few segments who seems to think he needs to sell the Batman trilogy (hey, guy, we’ve already bought it!).

In order to download/watch it, I had to set up a (free) CinemaNow account, which was a bit of a hassle and required going back a few times to get it to download properly. But once it was fully downloaded, I got myself a .WMV file that can be played/burned however I want.

So was it worth it? Continue reading

G4’s Attack of the Show tackles comics creator rights

25 Aug

by Mike Hansen

Thanos

Thanos by Jim Starlin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I really need to catch up on my DVR…

On the August 1 episode of Attack of the Show on G4TV, guest host Baratunde Thurston dropped some knowledge about how the creators of comics characters in blockbuster movies (including Thanos creator Jim Starlin and Bane creator Chuck Dixon) are/are not compensated for their work. It references one of The Beat’s many recent articles about these issues.

I still can’t embed G4 videos on WordPress, so check out the segment here.

I saw The Dark Knight Rises

28 Jul

by Mike Hansen

No spoilers. I will just say that it is a worthy ending to Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy and as worth seeing as any of his films.

Keep an eye out for a brief moment that looks a bit like this:

Batman: Black and White by Alex Ross

Batman: Black and White by Alex Ross

The one line that got to me?

“…Is he back?”

That’s all you’re getting. Now go see it if you haven’t already. And hope that DC rewards more important Batman creators for its success, as they have with Jerry Robinson, Neal Adams, and Chuck Dixon…

A quick one about the Aurora tragedy

20 Jul

by Mike Hansen

Batman Colorado memorialUPDATE: The Huffington Post has a list of ways you can help the victims of this tragedy.

I didn’t learn about the shooting at the Aurora midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises until this afternoon. I’d just returned from my own day at the movies.

I don’t want to add much to all of the reporting and punditry, but I do want to mention a few quick things:

1. This had nothing to do with a Batman movie, and everything to do with a packed, darkened room with few escape routes.

2. This had nothing to do with comics, movies, videogames, or any other media that depict violence, and everything to do with a mentally deranged individual who had no business being allowed to have access to deadly weapons.

3. The news reporting on this tragedy MUST be handled differently to prevent future shooting incidents. Patton Oswalt posted this 3-year-old YouTube video that’s very relevant to today’s news – please watch it, especially after the 1:43 mark:

In other words, some of these are PREVENTABLE TRAGEDIES.

4. As Bloomberg has reported,

Colorado doesn’t require gun registration and there is no specific waiting period to buy a gun.

I have no problem with personal gun ownership for self-defense (don’t get me started on hunting), but guns are more than an issue of freedom; they’re a public-safety issue. There’s a reason why we have drivers-license laws. Not having a few basic rules to keep deadly weapons out of the hands of the wrong people is simply insane to me. Again: SOME OF THESE ARE PREVENTABLE TRAGEDIES.

There is no good reason for the lazy corporate news media to continue referring to this as a “Batman shooting.” We in comics must do everything in our power to prevent this poor train of thought from becoming fact in the minds of the uninformed. Otherwise, we will continue to see more attempts at unnecessary product labels, ratings systems, and censorship.

Finally, I received a mass email from Chuck Rozanski, owner of the Colorado-area Mile High Comics chain, in which he offers to contribute 10% of the net proceeds from his current 60%-off codeword sale to victims of the tragedy. While it’s admirable to create ways to help those affected, the fact that Rozanski is using his usual weekly 50-60%-off codeword email to drum up sales in the name of helping victims really rubs me the wrong way. The email even makes it clear that he is not losing money in any way from doing this.

Real charity involves personal sacrifice for the common good. I urge people to find what they believe in their hearts is the best way to provide immediate help and relief to the victims of this horrible incident.

UPDATE: The Huffington Post has a list of ways you can help the victims of this tragedy.

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