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Andy Burns’ winter reading list: Richard Chizmar & Billy Chizmar’s Widow’s Point, and Michael Moreci’s Black Star Renegades

Over the holidays, I had a chance to sit back with a few solid novels, which also happened to be written by colleagues who I have a lot of respect for. Thankfully, I liked both books! It makes it a lot easier to not have to skirt around titles, or outright ignore them, when the books in question deliver the goods.

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It’s The Rookies Of the Year With “New Talent Showcase #1” On The Wednesday Run

new-talent-showcase-1Ah rookies!

Those new, generally youngish (but not always) members of some faction of society: sports teams, post-secondary education institutions, law offices, happy-hour bars, and the like.

Yes, rookies are babies in need of knowledge feeding, philosophical views and values burping, and life-skill diaper changing. That’s why an older generation guides them…so that one day, “the son becomes the father and the father the son.”

Or something like that.

Earlier this year, under acclaimed writer Scott Snyder and legendary artists Jim Lee and Klaus Janson, DC Comics started up their own comic book academy to develop writers and artists to lead the sequential art form forward.

The results of that first cohort are in and the rookies have something to say in New Talent Showcase #1!

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Roche Limit: Sci-Fi Noir That Pushes Humanity To The Limit

Roche Limit 1-1Comic book fans have been seeing more and more genre-styled fiction on the shelves over the last few years. Image Comics, the publisher of so much great creator-owned material, has been on the forefront of that movement.

This fall saw the release of another title in the genre pantheon with Roche Limit, a sci-fi noir tale that take place in the far future, on a far-off world, but whose motivations are distinctly human and timeless.

Follow me after the jump and discover where and how the grim future of Roche Limit exists.

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Sci-Fi Goes To The Roche Limit #1 On The Wednesday Run

Science fiction and comic books.

It’s like the raison d’etre of the pop culture medium these days, and I, for one, couldn’t be happier. To varying degrees, Marvel Comics and DC Comics, the two big industry publishers, have had their fair share of sci-fi and fantasy titles of late, but it’s Image Comics that have reinvigorated and firmly cemented the genre in the imaginations of readers, new and old.

That trend continues today with the publication of the fascinating Roche Limit #1. Follow me after the jump for more on the new monthly series!

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Saturday At The Movies: Man of Steel (2013)

You couldn’t escape it the past month, could you? Like gravity, you couldn’t help but allow it to influence your life, be it in newspaper reviews, bus shelter advertisements, television commercials, internet appraisals, packaged toys on a Walmart shelf, or the ubiquitous movie theatre posters.

Man of Steel, the movie, was everywhere. And everyone had an opinion on it.

For some, it might have been enough promotion to drive them off-planet. Others soaked it up like bright rays of light from our yellow sun. And, like the promotion, the movie itself polarized an audience into two distinct camps: those that really enjoyed it and those that downright hated it.

One common thread that both parties shared, however, was that, surprisingly, neither really asked to see it.

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Biff Bam Popcast – The Man of Steel/Wings edition with special guest Michael Moreci

Paul-McCartney-Wings-Over-America-Box-Set-620x345It’s a brand new Biff Bam Popcast, featuring Glenn Walker, JP Fallavollita, Jason Shayer, Andy Burns and very special guest panelist, writer Michael Moreci (Hoax Hunters, Mini Comics Included, ReincarNATE). In this spoiler filled episode, we take on Man Of Steel and discuss what we thought did and didn’t work, creative choices and much more.

We also celebrate the 71st birthday of Sir Paul McCartney, who recently had his classic live album Wings Over America reissued by Universal Music Canada in a variety of formats. We highlight the limited edition, multi-disc box set that is absolutely gorgeous. If you like what you see, you can order the box set here, or grab the 2 cd remastered original album here. Either way, you can’t go wrong.

Enjoy the pop cast!

Kickstart This! – Mini Comics Included!

Mini Comics IncludedIt’s not often you get to reach back in time and touch a part of your childhood. But that’s exactly what Tim Seeley, Steve Seeley, and Michael Moreci want you to rediscover with Mini Comics Included!

Remember when your action figures came with cool comics inside? No? Don’t worry. You can show the next generation how it used to be and get your pulp comic fix!

We asked Michael Moreci, of Hoax Hunters fame, to do a miniterview and tell us what we want to know!

Emily McGuiness: It seems like your project is as much about nostalgia as cool comics. What were your childhood inspirations/stories that fueled this project?

Michael Moreci: I have so many inspirations when it comes to this project. He-Man, to no one’s surprise, is a big one. Also, of course, (Jack) Kirby. The Omega Family is equal parts weird 80s cartoons (like Thundaar) and Kirby Fantastic Four. I can go on and on about Kirby (who can’t?) but what always sticks with me is his incredible blend of imagination and heart. It’s a wonderful–and rare–combination. Kirby always preserved the impact of his stories with families, relationships, and everything that goes with it. No matter what craziness was going on in his worlds, there was always the fundamental dynamics of people, brothers in combat, fathers and sons, you name it. That’s a big part, to me, why people go back to Kirby again and again. The man had a terrific humanity.

That’s really important to me as well, as a storyteller. The human aspect is critical–I can’t stand reading stories that leave me cold.

Getting back on track, the central point of Mini Comics Included is fun, plain and simple. We’re having fun, these are stories we love, and we want readers to have fun as well.

The Comic Stop: Hoax Hunters #6 Aims To Bunk The Debunkers In A New Storyline

It goes without saying (but I’ll say it anyway) that we here at Biff Bam Pop! love our monsters, our aliens, our paranormal and our conspiracy theories. These topics just seem to root, enjoyably so, deep in our pop-culture love lives. And that’s why we’re enamoured with the comic book series Hoax Hunters, published monthly from Image Comics.

Hoax Hunters scratches that deep-rooted itch in a firm, sharp-nailed, and oh-so satisfying manner. It tells the story of the eccentric hosts of the Hoax Hunters television series – a program dedicated to de-bunking all of those Moth Man, Sasquatch, Chupacabra, Nessie, ghost and witch stories that we’ve all heard while growing up (or when listening to Coast to Coast each evening). Heck, every once in a while these legends still make the mainstream news!

The most recent story arc (issue #’s 0-5 of the series) has just wrapped up and last month saw the release of the first Hoax Hunters trade paperback, compiling them. That book comes highly recommended – exciting times, indeed! But best of all, this week sees the release of issue #6, which starts up a brand new storyline and makes for a great “jumping on” point for new readers.

Find out why below…

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Biff Bam Popcast Episode VI – With Special Guests Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley

Alright, true believers! The next Biff Bam Popcast will go live tonight at 10pm, with Hoax Hunters creators Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley joining our illustrious panel. We’ll talk Hoax Hunters, the aftermath of San Diego Comic-Con and we’ll see who Glenn Walker offends this week with his take on The Dark Knight. Watch it live hear starting at 10pm (or thereabouts). 

It’s No Myth: Hoax Hunters Issue 1 Is A Great Read

I was out with a good friend of mine the other night, who got to talking about one of his co-workers who he labeled a right-wing conspiracy nut.

“This guy talks about UFOs and the Illuminati, all that stuff,” my friend told me. I smiled at him.

“Hey man, I listen to conspiracy theory radio everyday at work. Don’t get me started on the moon landing.” My buddy gave me a once over and started laughing.

“I didn’t know that about you!”

Yup, I love me a good conspiracy. Makes sense then, that I loved the first issue of Hoax Hunters, the new Image comic from Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley.
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