Category Archives: sci-fi
Old school. Well, old school for some. Older school for others. For still others, it might be “Hey, cool sci-fi genre comix, man!”
Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane, shall we? It’s, like, 1984 or maybe 1985 and my grade five school buddy hands me an issue of Jim Starlin’s Dreadstar, published by Epic Comics. I can’t make heads or tails of the story. It’s issue number “mid-teen” and there are crazy space-faring characters with names like “Vanth” wielding blasters and powerful swords, mixing it up with sorcerers names Syzygy, all under the oppression of a galactic religion called The Church of the Instrumentality.
It was absolute insanity – and it was captivating. I didn’t know it then, but here was an early instance of long-form graphic novel storytelling that would set the stage for the future of the comic book art form.
That merging of genres: science fiction and fantasy, religion and politics, is back today. Old school wonder is new school excitement with the release of Black Science #1.
This is it, the 50th Anniversary Special of “Doctor Who,” featuring Matt Smith, The Eleventh Doctor, and David Tennant, The Tenth Doctor. This very special episode purports to finally reveal the details and consequences of the Time War between the Time Lords and the Daleks, and why John Hurt is the lost regeneration, known as The War Doctor. All this plus Daleks, Zygons, and Rose Tyler. See you after the jump for my thoughts on “The Day of The Doctor.”
Everyone knows that Stan Lee and Jack Kirby revolutionized comic books in 1961 with the Fantastic Four bringing on the Marvel Age of comics. Most comics readers know that both men were instrumental back in the 1940s Golden Age as well working on characters like Captain America. But do you know what they were up to in the 1950s? They were makin’ monsters. Join me after the jump to learn more about the Atlas monsters!
What do you get when you cross a visionary particle physicist with a brilliant neurosurgeon, a philosopher for the ages, a fearless race car test pilot, a comic book hero and the world’s greatest rock musician?
The truth is, you only get one thing. More precisely, you only get one man. And that man is Buckaroo Banzai!
Regular readers of Biff Bam Pop! would (should) recognize that name. Especially readers of a certain age. Were you born in the 1970’s? Did you spend your out-of-school summers riding your gooseneck, banana-seat bike to the local video rental store? Did you gather in basements with your pals, watching all manner of obscure VHS movie tapes simply because they had cool titles? Yeah? Then you were probably a Blue Blaze Irregular. And you probably still are, in some shape or form.
‘Cos nothing was cooler than the 1984 cult film, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the Eighth Dimension.
“A longer time ago, in a galaxy even further away…”
That’s the tag line for the most recent Star Wars inspired mini-series From Dark Horse Comics, the publisher who’s been releasing Star Wars inspired comic books for…well, for a long time. Now that Disney has swallowed Lucasfilm, it’ll be interesting to see what happens with this hot property and who ends up publishing it in this form. Marvel Comics, another Disney entity, is a good bet.
But that’s the future. We’re talking about a story that was “a longer time ago”.
How long ago, you ask? Follow me after the jump and I’ll tell you, padawan learner.
“The last love story ever told.”
That’s the tag-line for Trillium, the most recent Vertigo Comics foray into creator-owned comic books. A statement such as that must be science fiction, right? Well, of course it is. But the best science fiction is rooted in the human spirit. It’s affixed to drama and emotions in which we can all relate.
And Trillium, under the pen and pencil and brush of acclaimed writer/artist Jeff Lemire, promises a story that will measure up to the best that the science fiction genre offers.
I was never any good at the mathematics of science. Given a cheat sheet for an exam, I’d fill it full of equations and theorems hoping, praying, that I’d be given enough numerical information in a question to haphazardly substitute funny lines, letters and Greek symbols for numbers that my calculator could handle and an answer that might just get me part marks. Yeah, there were some tough days in high school and university physics.
Ah, but the theory behind the science? The scientific storytelling of why we’re here, how we came to be and how things work in this life? That was something I was interested in. That was something I could get behind.
Heat death. Indeterminism. Quantum cosmology. Multiple dimensions. Immortality.
I’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed Brian Greene’s The Elegant Universe. Understood some of it, too. Life’s big answers disguised in scientific storytelling.
Or just good storytelling. And that’s why I’m piling into Collider today.
The summer is a time for relaxation, right?
Well, amid looming art project deadlines, dodging requisite thunderstorms and the inherent deluge of massive rainwater that follows, being stuck in infuriating city traffic, absorbing the instruction manual for a new digital camera, pouring over pages and pages of upcoming conference symposium material, and packing for a long-awaited trip to San Diego, when does one get the time to relax? The summer is chaos!
But that’s going to change today.
Today, with the weekend clearly in view, the fight against chaos begins with the appropriately named 7 Against Chaos.