comics

Marvelette Missives – Digging Up the Past

I believe that if you are truly a fan of something, you should gather as much knowledge about it as you can (and, as a fan, you’re going to want to know everything anyway). This is particularly true of comic books characters, especially those with a long history. Sure, you can get origin stories and details on wiki sites or, sometimes, through a publisher’s website. But whenever possible, reading the actual stories is the best way to immerse yourself in the character. More

Marvelette Missives – Let It Be

One of the stories I spotted this week was that Frank Miller is not happy that Elektra is going to be in season 2 of Daredevil. Anyone who has followed comics even a little would know that it’s not surprising Miller would react negatively to someone treating one of his characters differently than he would have (he did kill her off, after all). Thankfully, the showrunners on Daredevil have a good deal of sense and really don’t give a damn what Miller thinks – she’s a great character and a huge part of Matt Murdock’s story, plus the fans have wanted her ever since we saw the fantastic job done on season 1.

But this brings up a bigger issue: creator control over a creation. Now there are some things, like a medical device or piece of industrial equipment, that require tweaks, repairs, upgrades through the span of their lives. Makes sense so things operate correctly, efficiently, etc. When you think about the world of art, however, there comes a point when the artist needs to let it be.

An author will write a draft of a novel, put it through proofing and editing and beta reading and, hopefully, have it published. That’s it… it’s out there for the world to enjoy (or not). Whether he has regrets or not, the author isn’t going to go back to that work and tweak it, then re-release version 2.0. The same goes for visual arts. Sure, there may be multiple versions of a drawing or painting, but each is it’s own thing and there will often be one that an artist looks at and decides “this is it, this is the ultimate expression” and that’s the one that goes to the gallery.

And it’s the same with movies, whether live action or animated. Of course, the exception to this rule is George Lucas, who couldn’t keep his damn hands off his Star Wars movies until they were ripped from him in the sale to Disney. (Seriously, that man needs to learn that just because you think you can “improve” a film after it’s been released, it doesn’t mean you should do it! Stop it… STOP!)

So back to Miller, and all the other creators who let their babes out into the world, sell the rights, “complete” the creation. It’s out of your hands what is done with it or how people will perceive it, so suck it up and move on. You may get asked what you think of how a character is used or about the reboot of or sequel for your franchise, but don’t be bitter. If you want to criticize, make it constructive and not a little tantrum that makes you look bad. Your creation is out in the world being appreciated by hundreds or thousands or millions of people – be happy about that, celebrate the enjoyment you’ve brought to others. (And don’t forget about those dollars in your bank account as well.)

Marvelette Missives – Absolutely Marvel-ous

Over the past year I’ve become a fan of the current incarnation of Captain Marvel. Why would I phrase it that way? Well, most people would guess I’m a Marvel fan (don’t look so shocked), so I’m obviously not talking about the DC hero. But the Marvel version has had a half dozen or so folks carrying the mantel. It’s not to say I’m not interested in the earlier Captains, but thus far it’s Carol Danvers who has me hooked. More

Marvelette Missives – Hero or Heroine?

I recently finished reading volume 1 of Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye (My Life As a Weapon). Outside of reading up on things related to the movies, I’ve never been very into any of the Avengers comics. But I’ve heard such good things about this particular run of Hawkeye since it debuted a couple years ago that I wanted to give it a shot (I have no idea if I intended that pun). More

Marvelette Missives – Too Many Comic Book Movies?!

“Why are there so many superhero movies?”

“What’s with all the comic book stuff?”

“When is Hollywood going to move on from comics?”

These questions seem to come up a lot from movie-goers, primarily the Norms (i.e., non-geeks). So let me say this first: I enjoy super hero movies and don’t think there are too many of them. Now that that’s out of the way, let me explain. More

WBG Ep 125: Comics On The Brain

WBG with bkg2This week, the We Be Geeks team hit a milestone with their 125th episode. Comics are on the brain, as the team discuss what they like, what they cut, and a comic that surprised them. Lego is looking for more sustainable material to use, which is great for the environment, but the team is left wondering what they can actually use that will be comparable. Speaking of Lego, Lego Dimensions has some surprises up its sleeve, as you can buy each character you want. It may add up to a pretty penny, but it’s so worth it. Spider-man has a new lead, and a new director, and the group weigh in on their choices. Star Wars Rebels aired, but fans are confused if it’s the second season, or just a continuation of the first. Also it’s with sad hearts that Marty is leaving the show. He has been such a great podcaster and friend, but I have a feeling he will be back on to hang out. Brett and Derrick are a nice addition to the show, and will bring their geek knowledge to the table.

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Now Geek This Reviews Two Offerings From Black Mask Comics

nowgeekthisIn this latest edition of Now Geek This, I’m going to mix things up a bit.  I was recently given access to previews of two comic books produced by publisher Black Mask Comic, Last Born, and Critical Hit.  Black Mask has a full line of books from creators including Grant Morrison, Steve Niles, and Vanessa Del Ray coming out in the next few months, and also have recently announced that the Syfy channel will be adapting one of their books, Five Ghosts as a series. More

Lucasfilm Announces Star Wars License Back To Marvel In 2015

star-wars-marvel-logosI realize I am a couple of days late with this but here we go. Friday Jan 3rd after Ken and I had recorded Mighty Marvel Geeks (show is recorded on Thursday evenings) Lucasfilm, Dark Horse Comics and Marvel dropped a series of monster press releases. The announcement is 2014 is the LAST year Dark Horse Comics (DHC) will have the licence to produce Star Wars Comics after a 20+ year run. Starting in 2015, the comic licence will return back to where it began, Marvel. More