Author Archives: JP Fallavollita
Rejoice! FAN EXPO Canada is back, T-Dot (resident and visiting) peeps!
What’s “T-Dot”, you ask? Well, that’s just me shouting out the glorious city of Toronto with my best urban inflection. FAN EXPO Canada, of course, is the third largest pop culture event in North America, a worthy happening for any lover of comic books, sci-fi, horror, anime or gaming.
Now entering its 20th year (you’re all grown up!), and boasting over 1000 exhibitors over 750,000 square feet comprised of both the north and south buildings that make up the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, FAN EXPO Canada expects to host well over 100.000 fans.
If you plan to be one of them over the next four days, follow me after the jump for a highlight list of some exciting events on a schedule brimming full of exciting events!
It’s another Wednesday and that means another fascinating title released via Image Comics.
I know, I know. This particular column has been dipping into the Image well quite a bit this year – but believe me, all of those titles have been worthy ones to read. And if history is any kind of teacher, then so will that publishing company’s latest offering, the supernatural tale called Wayward.
Follow mw after the jump for the mystical scoop on the new series.
Look, the DC Universe is a complex thing.
Despite the attempts of creative and quite brilliant writers, artists and editors to simplify a readers’ understanding of the various realities, superheroes and super villains that make up the history (and our enjoyment) of the DC Comics company, it’ll just have to remain convoluted. And mysterious. And fun. Blame the Flash of Two Worlds.
Understand: no amount of reboots or re-numberings can change that.
Still, today sees the seemingly incomprehensible DC Multiverse look more beautiful, more organized and more appealing than ever before.
Join me after the jump for Multiversity #1!
Who’s not a fan of the “first issue”?
Once upon a time, not so long ago, first issues were just for “collecting” with people of all shapes and sizes and interests getting caught up in the wave of pretend money making off of new #1’s. That was about the time I quit reading comics for the better part of a decade.
I dare say, these days, a “first issue” gets the blood racing not because of potential monetary gain, but because there are so many new storytelling ideas in so many different genres by so many amazing writers and artists.
Today, the blood is pumping for the release of Dark Ages #1.
Follow me after the jump for the 4-1-1.
If you’re just hearing about all this “bat-stuff” now, here’s the why: Batman turned seventy-five years of age this year, didn’t ‘ya know?
Follow me after the jump for a final word (for now) on one of the world’s greatest pop-culture icons!
This whole Marvel NOW! initiative (Marvel Comics’ sort of re-boot and re-fresh answer to DC’s New 52 of a few years ago) has had some interesting results. Issues of Uncanny Avengers, Daredevil and Electra have been provocative. As has the design of the covers which aim to have each Marvel NOW! comic visually jump off the store shelves.
One of the more interesting launches has been Moon Knight, which, six-months later, wraps up its story.
Follow me after the jump for more info on that!
It’s not like those monthly publications from DC Comics were the only place one could get introduced, or get a regular fix, of the Caped Crusader. I was indoctrinated into the Bat-family in the late nineteen seventies via the Saturday morning Super Friends cartoon, after school reruns of the Adam West television series, and the Hot Wheels Batmobile dinky car.
Of course, I had an awesome Batman Halloween costume, the basic pattern of which, I remember, was purchased from Lizanne’s Fabrics at suburban Toronto’s Sherway Gardens Mall – and slightly tailored for an excitable seven year-old, by Mommy.
Batman was everywhere and I loved his look, his antics and his adventures. But my first Batman comic, the original pop-culture home of the character, wouldn’t come until three years later, in 1983.
I thought I was being slightly aggressive with this weekend’s prediction on how much box office pull a talking raccoon would have on cinema-goers. Never would I have thought that I had grossly underestimated that pull.
Follow me after the jump for the galactically surprising numbers that Rocket Racoon, Groot and the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy raked in this weekend!