Owlgirls soar!

Holy Moley we have some 37 days to go on our Owlgirls kickstarter and we already like a third of the way to goal. I’m totally psyched!

Owlgirls -- Kicktraq Mini

This is so wicked-cool!

The Perfessor

The Mighty Titan

Titan-#1_webHere is the latest comicbook project that I’m involved in. it is a superhero comic entitled The Mighty Titan, and it is written and published by my buddy Joe Martino. Joe’s character (Titan), is a powerful superhero that strikes out on new ground in superhero comics. He has cancer.

The story is (loosely) based on Joe’s own experience with cancer (he beat it twice), and is wrapped in the superhero motif. The story is compelling and thrilling on several levels.

Here is a brief movie trailer promoting the comic. (My name appears at the end, as apparently I’ve been credited as editor of the series.)

If you are interested in the comic, Joe funded it with a crowd-sourcing platform Kickstarter, and has produced a limited-edition first issue for the comic’s debut at the recent NJ Asbury Park Comic Con. I know that he has a few left, so if you hurry you might be able to snag one.

Yes, I’m a Writer

So, just recently i hooked up with the online news site, Examiner (one of the reasons that my contribution to this page have fallen off a bit over the past couple of weeks). I’ve been posting comicbook-related stories over there, so if you want to read some fine funybook-related articles, check out my stuff by going here.

For links to some individual stories, follow the link after each preview…

The Atlas Unleashed Effect

What is it that makes you most anxious or troubled? What is the thing that makes your skin crawl, that sets your teeth on edge, or that causes you to jump at shadows? Is it something as simple as getting up to speak in front of a room full of people, or as nerve-wracking as walking through a dark parking lot to get to your car at night (especially after coming out of a zombie flick at the theater)? Whatever it is that creeps you out the most; that thing that really sets your nerves on edge, gives you nightmares — the folks over at Atlas Unleashed know what it is. Yes they do, because, (as they claim), it creeped them out first, did so longer, and then they still went back for more.

The rest of the article is here

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Better RED than dead

This tongue-in-cheek action/adventure film is based on the Warren Ellis-scripted DC comicbook about a retired CIA spook who has been marked RED (Retired, Extremely Dangerous) and tagged for assassination by his own agency. Needless to say, it turns out that whoever had Frank Moses (Willis) are correct, but for all the wrong reasons. As can be expected, the film is little, if at all, like the comic, however, that matters little as it proves to be an entertaining ride in its own right. The film itself was wildly entertaining, as it neatly balances action-packed sequences, with comedic, bits that expertly blend it into a most-excellent package.

The rest of the article is here

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All in Color for a War

For better or worse, comicbooks have come to conjure the image of muscle-bound men and women clad in colorful skin-tight clothing pounding the living daylights out of each other and saving the world from mortal peril. Across the years, we have come to expect these colorful characters to save us from the designs of fictional madmen. With the very visible leap to the silver screen over the past few years of comicbook superheroes it is no wonder that most folks would be surprised to learn that not only are all comics are not home to superheroes, but not all comics are published by large corporations.

The rest of the article is here

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Making your (comicbook) dreams come true

Comicbooks tend to be filled with all-powerful heroes and world-conquering madmen, however, when we first meet Tom Wyatt (Shadowflame), he is just a regular guy; it is a month after the death of his wife, for which he feels responsible and he all but ready to put a bullet in his head over it. He is a total wreck, and isn’t ready to go to the store to buy milk, forget about being granted unlimited power and potentially become the savior of the human race, yet that is precisely what happens.

The rest of the article is here

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Learn how to Draw Comics

Have you ever thought that you could draw professionally in comics, but didn’t know how to get started? Well, if you live in the NY area, registration begins on December 1st to register for the Spring semester in SUNNY Purchase’s course on how to draw comics. This new course, Drawing for Comics and Storyboards is a great way to learn all about how to hone your talent and learn how to illustrate for comicbooks and movie storyboards.

The rest of the article is here

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Black Friday goes Digital

The concept of “Black Friday” while it sounds ominous, is really the day the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the US that many retail business use to “get into the Black” by attempting to spike their sales into the Black with big sales, and is traditionally cited as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. The term itself dates back to at least 1966, although its usage was primarily on the East coast at that time.

The rest of the article is here

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Andrea Grant’s Minx goes viral

Andrea Grant, a Canadian-born poet, comic book writer, fashion editor, and pin-up model, based in New York City, has taken her 10-year comic-book project, Andrea Grant’s Minx, and gone viral with it. She has just launched an online pitch via SoKap to secure funding for her project.

The rest of the article is here

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T.H.U.N.D.E.R. in the (comicbook) heavens

Truthfully, I wasn’t ever sure that I would live long enough to actually see this day. No, seriously. This week a brand-new issue of The T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents hit the stands for the first time in like 15 years. (The last original occurrence of the Agents appeared in OMNI Comics #3 (1995). Prior to this single story (the first in a new, authorized line) there were two other unauthorized occurrences of the Agents (Deluxe Comics, ‘84 & Solson Publications ‘87). Other than the Omni appearance the previous authorized appearances were in Texas Comics, the JC Comics line, and Archie Comics’ Red Circle Comics line (all ’83).

The rest of the article is here

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Well, that’s just a taste of what I’ve been writing about. Thought you might like to know.

The Perfessor

Hi-tech Monday!

Forty years ago, today, it was the coolest day of the Century (unless you were a Met fan and that day came on October 16), as that was the day that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the surface of the moon.

Unfortunately, that was 40 years ago, and the U.S. Space program really hasn’t seemed to have done much beyond that since.

Despite a flurry of celebrations commemorating the July 1969 lunar landing of Apollo 11 and a pledge from President Barack Obama, a self-described space geek, to reinvigorate the agency, U.S. manned space efforts remain in limbo. Federal budget constraints threaten to scuttle the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s current plans to spend more than $70 billion to build a new generation of rockets and space capsules to return to the moon after 2020. While alternate proposals promise lower costs and fewer technical risks, they continue to spark disputes with industry and government officials intent on protecting incumbent contractors.

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These days, we are all about accessing the Internet, and showing off our wicked-cool phones.

Why Japan’s Cellphones Haven’t Gone Global

Japan’s cellphones are like the endemic species that Darwin encountered on the Galápagos Islands — fantastically evolved and divergent from their mainland cousins — explains Takeshi Natsuno, who teaches at Tokyo’s Keio University.

“The most amazing thing about Japan is that even the average person out there will have a superadvanced phone,” said Mr. Natsuno. “So we’re asking, can’t Japan build on that advantage?”

You would think that out tech-heads would love the Japanese phones, but apparently , not so much.

Meanwhile, Japanese developers are jealous of the runaway global popularity of the Apple iPhone and App Store, which have pushed the American and European cellphone industry away from its obsession with hardware specifications to software. “This is the kind of phone I wanted to make,” Mr. Natsuno said, playing with his own iPhone 3G.

The conflict between Japan’s advanced hardware and its primitive software has contributed to some confusion over whether the Japanese find the iPhone cutting edge or boring. One analyst said they just aren’t used to handsets that connect to a computer.

For the rest of us, we just want to get our comics delivered electronically on our phones.