Author Archives: JP Fallavollita
If you’re seeing all things maple leaf red or the word “eh?” keeps coming up in your Facebook or your Twitter stream today, it’s because today, July 1, is Canada Day!
Canada Day! The national holiday of this columnist’s nation, celebrating the 1867 birth of the greatest hockey-playing, maple-syrup loving, beaver adoring, arctic-solidifying, rainbow-coloured monied, Mountied, health-cared country in the world!
Of course, some of those might not be real words, but any British, Russian, Brazilian or Korean citizen – or any other citizen from any other country – can easily get the drift: today, July the 1st is our day.
Why not spend it protecting our nations’ borders from our southern neighbours?
You heard me right. Follow me after the jump for the eagerly anticipated scoop on We Stand On Guard #1.
I’m actually a fan of the Scott Lang Ant-Man character (the second Ant-Man) over the original Hank Pym Ant-Man character. (Ducks for cover).
Sacrilege! To the pitchforks! Strike the torches! Bring him down!
I know. I know. How could I possibly say that, being a “purist” sort of fellow myself? I mean, I like my Nutella on plain, untoasted, Wonder bread. I’m not a fan of company branding on my shirts. And Batman is at his best when his costume is a gray sweater with a black bat symbol on it.
Even though I’m a fan of the Scott Lang character, I’m still keen on the affectionately and cheekily titled Ant-Man: Larger Than Life #1 – out today.
Follow me after the jump and I’ll tell you why!
Each week, one of Biff Bam Pop’s illustrious writers will delve into one of their favorite things. Perhaps it’s a movie or album they’ve carried with them for years. Maybe it’s something new that moved them and they think might move you too. Each week, a new subject, a new voice writing on… something they love.
Melanie was more than just a neighbour. Born three days before me, she was like my (ever-so-slightly) older sister and we grew up together, involved in each other’s lives day in and day out.
We walked together, to and from school, through kindergarten and the elementary grades. Her parents were surrogates to my own. I’d have a bowl of Heinz Scarios for lunch at her house on some days and she’d have a mortadella panino at mine on others. On our street, we played “Hide and Seek” as a team, and she would give me nods and winks in games of Clue so that I could surmise Colonel Mustard, in the library, with the rope. We collected, and played with, G.I. Joe figures together: me with Duke and Snow Job, and her with Scarlet and Lady Jaye. She’d have my back in the odd fist fight in the school playground, and she’d help me pass anonymous Valentine’s Day notes to the girls of my affections in grades four and five. At her cottage we caught frogs together and went fishing off of the dock, then water-skiing, then roasting marshmallows on an open fire. Those days were full and fun days.
Although there was some inherent distance between each other after grade eight by attending different high schools, like all good older sisters, we’d still spend time together and she’d still share some of her discoveries with her “younger brother” when we did get together. One week at her cottage during the early summer of 1988, the summer before grade ten, she shared her newly discovered love for pop music by handing me, along with her Sony Walkman, a white cassette tape projecting the simple, powerful, black font words of: New Order Substance 1987. “Listen to this,” she commanded me. And, as an obedient by-three-days younger brother, I did.
That cassette tape would change my life.
A day after Donald Trump famously made a fool of himself (yet again) by throwing his hat in the Republican electoral conversation in the United States of America (my goodness, he’s so misinformed!), DC Comics is looking for your vote on a number of new comic books issued today!
You see, DC’s “New52” initiative from a few years ago has come to its only logical conclusion: it’s become something else. Witness the birth of the DCYou!
With new, debut titles of Robin: Son of Batman, Martian Manhunter, Harley Quinn and Power Girl, Black Canary, Doctor Fate and Doomed, it’s Prez #1 that’s got me most interested this week.
Follow me after the jump for the entire voter turnout!
Politics begins to mean something important later in life for many of us. Sure, there are the few in high school, the over-achievers, who are attuned to all forms of government and governmental persuasion. And there are those in the college and university crowd, the ever-assembled, who seem to have their finger on the pulse of what makes democracy tick.
And then there are those, like me, that come late to societal policies and beliefs and their legislation.
But hey! That’s ok. Better late than never.
So, regardless if you were the over-achiever, the ever-assembled, or even if you’re late to this political party, follow me after the jump for the political spin of the Absolute Transmetropolitan Volume 1.
Maybe it’s just because I was (much) younger in those days, but the comics I was reading on the front step of my porch in the spring, trading with my friends through the summer, and then excitedly talking about with my grade school classmates in the fall were some of the best comics I ever read.
Remember Dreadstar? Jon Sable: Freelance? The New Mutants?
Remember The Omega Men?
Follow me after the jump, ‘cos those last guys should be the first thing you pick up from the comic book today!
A number of years ago, Avatar Press, ardent comic book publisher of the gross and distasteful, released a four issue mini series by acclaimed writer Alan Moore (Watchmen, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) and fine-tuned illustrator, Jacen Burrows called Neonomicon.
That horror genre title, based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft, has since gone down in infamy (or, to some, just in flames) due to its use of the comic book medium and the gratuitous depiction of its story. Some are enthusiastic fans of it, others would raise their pitchforks and torches.
And now, nearly five years later, comes its sequel, Providence.
Follow me after the jump for the horrific scoop!
From the heroic action of Avengers: Age of Ultron to the riveting road rage of Mad Max: Fury Road to…Pitch Perfect 2???
Look, I don’t know much about that last one, but I do know that this Memorial Day long weekend looks to scare some moolah out of your wallet.
Follow me after the jump for our weekly Box Office Predictions!
Who hasn’t seen it? Better yet, who hasn’t seen it but plans to?
Admittedly, I haven’t’ made my way to the theater to catch the latest installment of Max Rockatansky’s adventurous forays through the Australian post-apocalyptic wasteland – but I plan to – and soon!
Not only has the film been getting rave reviews from fans and critics alike, but let’s face it: Mad Max is one of the classic pop-culture characters of all time. Four films and one amazing Tina Turner song. That’s legendary pop culture, that is!
But it seems that Mad Max: Fury Road has done something that the previous three films in the series was not as easily able to do: give fans a plethora of characters with intriguing back stories. And that’s where comic books come into the picture.
Follow me after the jump for the scoop on Mad Max: Fury Road and the origins of two of that film’s most interesting characters in Mad Max: Fury Road: Nux & Immortan Joe #1!
It’s not a stretch to say that, right now, we’re all fairly interested in the end of days. Just take a look at the television line-up recently. Network (and non-network) shows that have the near term apocalypse as their storytelling core have been all over the dial. Heck, I’ve got my mother planning her Sunday evenings by The Walking Dead. My mother!
It’s not so different in comic book land either. And today gives us one of my most eagerly anticipated new releases this year: Injection #1.
Follow me after the jump for the scoop on this story of stories, written and drawn by the acclaimed Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvy!