Category Archives: Comic-Con
Things are going Ballistic for comic book fans this week, as Black Mask Studios unleashes a new series from writer/filmmaker Adam Egypt Mortimer and The Boys artist and co-creator Darick Robertson. This steampunk/futurist tour de force is something pretty amazing – it’s entirely unique. How often do we get that in comics? We’re very luck to have had the opportunity to talk to Adam Mortimer via email about the series, what to expect and lots more. This is the first of our regular feature on the series, so dig in and enjoy!
Andy Burns: Congrats on a kickass first issue of Ballistic! For everyone who is about to discover the series, why don’t you give them the basics of what the series is about?
Adam Egypt Mortimer: Thanks man! It’s taken us a while to get here and now the fun begins!
So… Ballistic is the tender story of a simple air conditioning repair man and his foul mouthed, drug addicted, psychotic gun. So it’s kind of the ultimate buddy action story, really.
An eco-apocalypse has fueled a meltdown in the western hemisphere. New forms of technology have had to replace the old, environmentally destructive forms. Here on Repo City State, technology is alive. Not only is it inspired by nature, it is grown from the endless possibilities of DNA. Red algae converters and living solar panel membranes power a city full of jellyfish streetlights and winged drones that eat off off electrical lines. Long extinct species live again and are engineered into unthinkably weird new forms.
But technology has not cured the human condition. People are still assholes. The dominant goal in this city is to be a famous gangster. So much so that TMZ-like blogs cover the styles and tastes of criminals.
Our hero, Butch, is a guy that shares this view of celebrity. He is an air conditioning repairman, but he longs to be the John Dillinger of his time. He’s in that mode of life where he is trying to psych himself up to make some kind of big move — like rob a bank — but he keeps getting in his own way. He partner and friend — maybe his only friend — is his GUN. A living weapon, it is a cranky motherfucker who essentially berates Butch for being a failure and cajoles him into making terrible choices.
In the first issue, Butch is finally propelled into taking a shot at a big heist, and when his gun does not cooperate, their cataclysmic failure sends them off into a very unexpected adventure involving a city-wide plot involving warring crime lords, tech moguls, and a disease that drives technology insane.
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When people get to know me, they find out that I have several interests that are in sharp contrast to the fact that I’m a grandmother of nine. Besides writing paranormal stories and going on ghost hunts, I also like to dress up in Victorian Clothing. The ghost hunting comes natural, I seem to attract spirits who for some reason or another refuse to cross over.
The writing, I’m a born story teller, but my involvement with Steampunk was due to my oldest granddaughter. I was still working at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia and my granddaughter was attending Moore College of Art and Design to learn about fashion design. Allie, who started out wearing dark Goth clothing in her first year at Moore, was heavily into Victorian fashions by her senior year. One day she stopped by the museum and asked me to accompany her to an event. “Sure, what should I wear?” I asked thinking dress slacks or the basic black dress. “No, granny, I’ll dress you,” she replied. I was somewhat confused and maybe a little wary, but I went to her house after work and she showed me this beautiful Victorian skirt, blouse and bonnet. “Who’s that for?” I asked. Find out after the jump.
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This week’s Cartoon Cuts sees the announcement of Robot Chicken‘s 6th season, a great episode of Futurama, clever Aqua Teen animation and what’s that? Squidbillies is still kicking around.
First up, thanks to Futurama for returning to near-true form in last week’s ‘The Butterjunk Effect”. Yes, a ridiculous plot about roller derbies; but all great episodes are founded on a stupid premise. Plus Amy and Leela kiss Fry, which as good a premise as any. Besides half-nude cartoon action, this episode is packed with zingy one-liners and sweet animation like caterpillar-Fry.
This week also brought news of a SIXTH season of Robot Chicken… the show that made us all ask WHY. WHY didn’t I make a career out of playing with toys in stop motion?? It still blows my mind that this show has persevered (thank you Seth Green/MacFarlane) but lo and behold, creators Tom Root and Matt Seinreich discuss season 6 after the jump!
This year, digital is making waves in the comics scene. So it was great to hear it from the horse’s mouth at Comic-Con 2012: David Steinberger, CEO of ComiXology and John D Roberts, co-founder, were on hand to tell us all about what’s next for digital comics.
Read about the future of comic books after the jump!
Comic-Con 2012 is about to begin and just because you’re not there doesn’t mean you can’t win some swag!
Biff Bam Pop! has FIVE (5) copies of the AWESOME book Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture by Rob Salkowitz to give away from McGraw-Hill.
Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture in an awesome look at the frontiers of digital distribution, the adoption of new comic platforms, and the movie industry’s reliance on comic books; revealing just how pop “nerd” culture fuels BIG business. Salkowitz offers an insightful look at the shifting digital culture and its impact on our generation, with Comic-Con as the shining beacon of the comic industry.
So if you’re lamenting your absence from one of the greatest comic book events this year, dry those eyes, dust off your cosplay and get ready to WIN! Read the rest of this entry
Are you one of the lucky folks headed to Comic-Con in San Diego this week? If so, I envy you! Below is the incredible line-up of television panels and screenings happening this year. We’ve mapped out days, times and locations so you don’t miss anything and we’ve also listed who will be on each panel! For those not going, you’re going to wish you were when you see this list!
This Thursday, thousands upon thousands of pop culture fanatics from around the world are going to arrive in San Diego for Comic-Con 2012, mecca for the uber geek in all of us. Now, while I’ve never been to San Diego Comic Con , watching Morgan Spurlock’s wonderful documentary Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope, I felt as though I received a crash course in what all the hype is about. Check out the trailer and then read more after the jump.