Funko popped up on my radar several years ago with their “Pop” vinyl collectibles. Over the past couple of years, they have added other styles to their repertoire, and I really love the DC “Primal Age” figures and Thundercats and horror icon “Savage World” collections. While I have seen some negative reviews on these MOTU-style figures, we did purchase some last year and did not have any issues with them. Read the reviews and proceed at your own risk.
DC “Primal Age”
- Wonder Woman
- The Flash
- Green Lantern
- Batcave Playset
- Krypto the Superdog
- Ace the Bat Hound
- Joker Beast
- Lex Luthor
- Mr. Freeze
- Black Manta
- King Shark
Thundercats “Savage World”
- Tygra (pre-order)
- Cheetara (pre-order)
- Jackalman (pre-order)
- Monkian (pre-order)
Horror Icons “Savage World”
- Vincent Price’s Supper Casserole! [Dinosaur Dracula]
- A Babe Ruth Rookie Card Found in an Old Piano Just Sold for More Than $130,000 [Mental Floss]
- Beasties [Phantom Cardboard]
- Cody Bellinger PC [Baseball Card Breakdown]
- 1971 Alt-Topps Requests [Cards That Never Were]
- Violent Femmes announce new album, Hotel Last Resort, share title track: Stream [Consequence of Sound]
- Here’s why Richard Dawson started kissing female contestants on ‘Family Feud’…And why he stopped during his second stint on the show [WCVB]
What I’m Reading Right Now: Injustice vs. Masters of the Universe written by Tim Seeley and illustrated by Freddie Williams III.
Marvel rules the world folks, but that doesn’t mean others don’t want a piece of the comic book world pie. DC, the home of Superman, Batman, and the rest of the Justice League, recently launched their own streaming service ahead of Disney/Marvel called DC Universe. $7.99 a month doesn’t seem like a terrible deal, but what is actually available currently at that price?
Exclusive programming: Two brand new series are being produced for DC Universe. Titans has aired 11 episodes so far, while Doom Patrol just premiered over the weekend. The trailer for Titans looked amateurish, but Doom Patrol‘s trailer looked good and has some talent in the cast with Brendan Fraser and Timothy Dalton.
Live-action television: Wonder Woman (starring Lynda Carter), The Flash (with John Wesley Shipp, not Grant Gustin), the old Superman series (with George Reeves), and Lois and Clark are probably the most well-known programs being offered. DC Universe also offers Superman Serials, The Adventures of Superboy, Birds of Prey, Constantine, and Human Target. What’s missing? Adam West’s Batman, Smallville (which is currently on Hulu), and the various CW programs (most of which can be seen on Netflix).
Movies: There are quite a few animated Batman and Superman animated movies, as well as some Justice League cartoon titles. As for live-action, you can see Michael Keaton, George Clooney, and Val Kilmer all dressed up as the Bat, and the first Superman film starring Christopher Reeve is there, as well as the 1974 pre-Lynda Carter Wonder Woman. What’s missing? The rest of the Reeve films, Superman Returns, The Dark Knight trilogy, Green Lantern, Supergirl and the current Justice League-related films.
Animated Series: Eighteen different titles here, new and old. The one I am most interested in is the nine seasons of Super Friends. I couldn’t begin to tell you what’s missing here.
So, is it worth $7.99 a month? I’m going to say no at this point. Marvel will have the advantage of partnering with Disney, and will likely have many more titles to choose from. I can only hope the price is not astronomical.
A few years ago I published a list of books that might interest those who dream of becoming professional comic book writers and/or artists. It was one of the most popular posts on the site, and continues to receives several hits each year as Christmas time nears. I have decided to expand the list since several new books have been released in the interim. I have not reviewed all of these, but would love to add a few to my small collection, especially the second and third “Regrettable” books in the last section.
Writing and drawing for comic books is a true art form, and the skills needed to succeed are much different than what a short story writer or novelist might utilize. Here are some books to help those who are exploring their talents in the comic art form.
- Words For Pictures by Brian Michael Bendis
- Creating Graphic Novels by Sarah Beach
- Mastering Comics by Jessica Abel & Matt Madden
- Drawing Words and Writing Pictures by Jessica Abel & Matt Madden
- The Art of Comic Book Writing by Mark Kneece
- Foundations in Comic Book Art by John Paul Lowe
- The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing Comics by Comfort Love and Adam Withers
We just lost one of the all-time great names in the world of comic books. The late Stan Lee contributed to a handful of books for creators.
- How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way by Stan Lee and John Buscema
- Stan Lee’s How to Draw Superheroes by Stan Lee and illustrated by Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, Alex Ross, John Buscema
- Stan Lee’s How to Write Comics by Stan Lee and illustrated by Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, Alex Ross, Gil Kane
Maybe your aspiring artist is tired of being an aspiring artist and wants to start putting pencil to paper. Here are some blank comic book templates to get them started.
- Blank Comic Book Notebook: Create Your Own Comic Book Strip, Variety of Templates For Comic Book Drawing, (Super Hero Comics)
- Blank Comic Book For Kids : Create Your Own Comics With This Comic Book Journal Notebook
- Blank Comic Book (Draw Your Own Comics): A Large Notebook and Sketchbook for Kids and Adults to Draw Comics and Journal
- Blank Comic Book: 7.5 x 9.25, 130 Pages, comic panel,For drawing your own comics, idea and design sketchbook,for artists of all levels
Most writers who dream of working in comics love to read them as well, so they may also enjoy the books below.
- The League of Regrettable Superheroes by Jon Morris
- The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains by Jon Morris
- The League of Regrettable Sidekicks by Jon Morris
- The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen by Hope Nicholson
- Super Weird Heroes:Outrageous But Real! edited by Craig Yoe
- Super Weird Heroes: Preposterous But True! edited by Craig Yoe
- DC Comics: A Visual History by Daniel Wallace
- Marvel Encyclopedia by Matt Forbeck
- Marvel Year by Year by Peter Sanderson
- Superman: The Ultimate Guide to the Man of Steel by Daniel Wallace
- Spider-Man Chronicle by Alan Cowsill and Matthew K. Manning
Now that Halloween is over, is it safe to start talking about Christmas gift ideas? A couple of years ago I did a series of posts highlighting some ideas that might delight fans of various topics, and one of the most popular posts in that series related to comic book art. That particular post continues to get hits today, so I thought I would follow it up with a more streamlined version: Christmas gift ideas for your aspiring DC comic book writers/artists. Take a look at these titles in this series of “DC Comics Guide” books:
- The DC Comics Guide to Writing Comics
- The DC Comics Guide to Creating Comics: Inside the Art of Visual Storytelling
- The DC Comics Guide to Pencilling Comics
- The DC Comics Guide to Inking Comics
- DC Comics Guide to Coloring and Lettering Comics
- The DC Comics Guide to Digitally Drawing Comics
I have not personally reviewed any of those titles, but they seem to be geared toward an older, more serious dreamer. If your aspiring artist is a beginner, or is just getting his feet wet with sketching, the following books may be more his or her speed:
- DC Justice League: Draw It
- How to Draw Batman, Superman, and Other DC Super Heroes and Villains
- How to Draw Superman and His Friends and Foes
- How to Draw Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and Other DC Super Heroes
- How to Draw Batman and His Friends and Foes
- How to Draw the Joker, Lex Luthor, and Other DC Super-Villains
The new trailer for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice has been leaked. Assuming it hasn’t been taken down yet, here it is. Enjoy, fanboys.
DC Collectibles features high-end collectible products and toys based oncharacters from DC Comics, Vertigo and MAD
BURBANK,CA, April 11, 2012 – DC Entertainment announced today that its collectibles product line, previously known as DC Direct, has been re-launched with a new brand – DC Collectibles. Additionally, in early May 2012 DC Collectibles will expand its online store (www.DCComics.com/Collectibles) to offer its entire product line for sale on the web, in addition to the line’s primary availability in comic book retail locations. For those fans who prefer to purchase a product in-store, the website will also provide information on the closest retail location that carries a particular DC Collectibles product.
“We’ve taken the past year or so to become laser focused on what makes the products in this line special, and what has emerged from that process is DC Collectibles,” stated Geoff Johns, chief creative officer for DC Entertainment. “We’re extremely proud of our line of unique, high-end collectibles, and feel that it caters to fans looking for limited edition, authentic products based on our characters and stories, created by the same artists who work directly on those characters and stories.”
As part of DC Collectibles online sales expansion, two “online exclusive” products will be offered in May and a new line of custom prints will be available for sale only on the web. The first online exclusive is a Flashpoint Action Figure Box Set including: Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and a previously unreleased Emperor Aquaman. The set also include a $500 Wayne Casino Poker Chip. The second online exclusive is a Heroes of the DC Universe: Blackest Night Green Lantern and Sinestro Bust. The new online prints will represent different graphical and artistic themes, branching out beyond comic book artwork. Twenty different designs will be available for sale, all printed on thick, archival paper that is perfect for framing.
“Not all of our fans have access to comic book retail locations, so by expanding our website to offer the entire product line, we’re adding an element of convenience and the ability for fans to collect every single product they’re interestedin,” stated Hank Kanalz, senior vice president of digital, DC Entertainment.
For fans attending C2E2 in Chicago this weekend (April 13-15) Geoff Johns will moderate a DC Collectibles panel that will showcase the new website and brand logo, and offer an exclusive sneak peak of never announced DC Collectibles products coming later in 2012. The panel is on Friday, April 13 at 2:30pm CT.
What do all these women have in common? They have all played the role of Catwoman from the DC world of Batman (click on the names to see which movie/television series they appeared in if you don’t already know).
While I don’t necessarily have anything against Hathaway, I have my doubts about her in this role. I could be wrong. I hope I am. I love the Dark Knight reboot series, and think Nolan is doing a fantastic job with these movies. Hopefully I am wrong and she will be the best Catwoman ever…time will tell.
There is nothing new under the sun in Hollywood.
It started September 13, when I read X-Entertainment’s blog about Halloweeny Pop Tarts. Immediately (meaning the next day) I went to Walmart to find these toaster pastries which were destined to become the greatest thing I have ever put in my mouth. But Walmart didn’t have them.
So I went to Kroger. And Remke. And Walgreens. Even Kmart. Read that again: even Kmart. But no one had Choc-o-Lantern Pop Tarts. They didn’t even have them on Amazon! (To be honest, I didn’t know Amazon sold Pop Tarts before I started this quest.)
But thanks to a tip from a co-worker, I found them last night. At Remke in another city. That’s right, I went out of my way to a store I had never patronized to purchase a box of toaster pastries.
And they were worth it.
But that’s not all…
As I was browsing the various goodies to be had, I spied this…
I love the Flash. He is probably my favorite comic book character. I have a Flash t-shirt. I wear it often. It probably needs to be replaced because I wear it too often. So I found it very difficult to resist these delicious-looking Flash Cakes. So difficult, that I didn’t resist them. Moments later…
…they were in the backseat of my car along with the Choc-o-Lantern Pop Tarts and a few other not-so-healthy snacks. Too bad I don’t like coconut, or I would have bought some Green Lantern Glo Balls too!