Author Archives: JP Fallavollita
No Line On the Horizon, the band’s twelfth studio album, released in early 2009, was a relative failure in terms of sales, even if the resulting world tour was the highest grossing concert tour in history. It was evident: people still wanted to hear and see U2. For that reason and that reason alone, the aged Irish rockers can still be deemed as being relevant musically, politically, and culturally. With the surprise album release of Songs of Innocence last week, five long years since their last proper album, U2, the long-lasting survivors of rock and roll, test the theory of relevancy once more.
And they come through that crucible in one of the most unexpected ways imaginable: if not through the music itself, then through the musical process.
Two words that stick out like sore thumbs when you place them next to each other.
One of the gripes I (as well as some of the other writers on this site) have is that most of the comic books published today are published for our demographic: old(er). Sorry, tongue firmly planted in cheek there, ladies and gents who write or read the articles on Biff Bam Pop! – but it’s true. Won’t someone think of the children (at least, more often then the major comic book publishers do these days)?
And that’s where Oddly Normal, the comic book, raises its hand and waves it frantically from the back of the grade five classroom.
Follow me after the jump for a short show and tell session.
Here at Biff Bam Pop!, we’re big fans of the Alien film franchise. Who isn’t, right? So when Prometheus, a parallel spin off of that famous sci-fi/horror franchise was released a few years ago, we were all pretty excited.
Personally, I loved the first half of Prometheus and kind of liked parts of the last third, but it missed a lot of important storytelling marks for me. That said, perhaps the greatest strength of Prometheus was that it set up the promise of a whole new mythology from which other films, and today, comics, can draw upon.
Finally, new stories await fans with today’s release of Prometheus: Fire And Stone #1.
Has it been twenty years already?
I was already familiar with Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed work through his monthly Sandman series, published by DC Comics. Of course, the brilliant artist Dave McKean painted, sculpted, photographed, and photoshoped each of those covers, so I was quite familiar with his work as well.
But it was the hardcover graphic novel of Mr. Punch, first published in 1994, that opened my mind, even more broadly than it was, to the types of stories that sequential art – that comic book storytelling – could celebrate.
Follow me after the jump for a twenty-year continuation of that celebration.
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.