“Call to Cosplay” reality show debuts Monday on MyxTV

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Despite the glut of unscripted reality TV shows and the lack of recent breakout hits, there is still some slightly untilled ground. For years I’ve been saying a cosplay competition show would be a natural, although nerdcentric TV shows are vastly less popular than shows focusing on rednecks and nouveau riche wives. Although SyFy’s Fangasm […]

On the Scene: Bendis Announces Powers at E3

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by David Nieves In what would have been a better announcement for San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel architect Brian Michael Bendis took the stage in the LA Sports Arena for Sony’s E3 Press Conference last night. He was up there to talk about his and co-creator Michael Avon Oeming’s series Powers. Sony made the announcement that […]

New Constatine trailer includes Dr. Fate’s Helmet

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDYqkl0rlRw A new trailer for the upcoming Constantine TV show was released over the weekend, and along with the assorted cheeky comments, damsels in demonic distress and trenchcoated action, there’s a shot of Dr. Fate’s helmet. This image gave rise to excitement and positive feelings among many observers. In fact, I liked this trailer, and […]

Celebrate Torsten’s “Nerd Birthday” With His Crazy Party Favors!

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Everyone has milestone events which they remember (or wish to forget).  Some are small memories, like a first kiss, while others can be momentous anniversaries marked each year. May 25th is one such day for me.This Star Wars Day/International Towel Day marks thirty years of my actively reading, collecting, studying, proselytizing comics.  May 25, 1984, […]

Comic Book Men is finally looking for some Comic Book Women

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AMC’s Comic Book Men is a ratings success in its post Walking and Talking Dead time slot, but it still gets flak. One of the oft-cited issues with the show is that by the very title, it represents an obviously outmoded way of looking at the comic book industry. To wit, women are flooding into the comic book field as readers and creators and already make up about 40% of the potential audience.

Perhaps to reflect the wider audience—and to add a different look from the generally middle-aged white guy cast members—the show is putting out a casting call for women to come in and sell their geeky items for the upcoming fourth season. CBM has become a geekier Pawn Stars/Antiques Roadshow (as so many shows do) so this is a great chance to sell those Yogi Bear jelly jars* you’ve been hoarding all those years.

90’s nostalgia culminates with TWIN PEAKS: THE ENTIRE MYSTERY

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My log saw something—and it’s wrapped in plastic. Could it be….TWIN PEAKS: THE ENTIRE MYSTERY, a new Blue Ray set that includes the long lost 90 minutes of missing and alternate footage from Fire Walk With Me? Between Hill Street Blues, justout on Blu-Ray, and Twin Peaks, you have the momma and poppa of everything […]

First look at Rose McIver in iZombie

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This future CW show will be appearing as a mid-season replacement so ther’es a ways to go. But in the menatime, here’s Rose McIver in the title roll of iZombie, based on the Chris Roberson Mike Allred comic. Hopefully there will be mroe Allred-ian touches to come.

Comics’ secret economy: animation hiring boom

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While walking around TCAF a ton of conversations I overheard involved boarding, backgrounds and other animation type gigs. One publisher even wondered aloud what would happen if Adventure Time went off the air. And this Deadline story tells the story: LA-Area Animation Jobs At All-Time High. While there’s lots of film work, it’s also in […]

FLASH trailer debuts

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnXsnR-2AvU Looks like he’ll be running…and FAST. Seriously, this is a fine trailer. And I don’t even like the Flash. And the Arrow crossover possibilities are endless. Grant Gustin will be playing the title character, Barry Allen, and he’s evidently a jolly sort who likes his powers. The Flash previously appeared in a one season […]

Three minute long Constantine trailer released

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The first three minute look at Constantine, the upcoming NBC series based on the Hellblazer comics, has been released and there is good and there is bad. I liked the callouts to actual comics, like the insect covered call of the very first issue, and the angel winged Mannym as played by Harold Perrineau. OBviously […]

Fox releases first trailer for GOTHAM

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Fox and WB just released the very first trailer for this falls GOTHAM tv show! With great hesitation and uncertainty, I would tag this as “Nolan-esque.” And why not? The Christopher Nolan Batman movies are the benchmark now. Gotham has been ordered for a full season this fall on Fox, and it’s billed as “an […]

The Beat Podcasts! More To Come Captain America 2 Special

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Straight from the offices of Publishers Weekly, it’s More to Come! Your podcast source of comics news and discussion starring The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In this week’s very special podcast the More to Come Crew – Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald, Calvin Reid and Kate Fitzsimons – discuss the film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, […]

Syfy getting comical with Ronin, Clone, Letter 44 and PaxRomana

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The Syfy Channel has generally been left out of the comic book mania gripping Hollywood, although they’ve had various stuff in development over the years. But now they’re going all in with FOUR projects in development including Frank Miller and Lynn Varley’s Ronin, an often assayed but never conquered peak. This time out Warners Horizon […]

Game of Boobs

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If you’re not a devoted Game of Thrones watcher, please move away.

Sean T. Collins has a post about the recent rape problems on the show that kind of echoes what I’d been thinking. Basically, that the Jamie/Cersei rape scene wasn’t necessarily a fatal misstep, given that we don’t know where these characters are going…but the problem is that it probably wasn’t meant to be a rape scene by the producers, a view supported by the confused interviews they’ve given about the scene in question.

Almost Human cancelled — but you can sign a petition

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Well, to no one’s surprise, Almost Human, the SF show about two guys driving around talking about their nads, has been cancelled by Fox. Although it launched with strong ratings—and was the fourth most popular new drama of the last season—Fox declined to pick up the JJ Abrams-production, even though the follow-up program, The Following, […]

Comic Book Men non-spin-off coming starring Robert Bruce and more Kevin Smith-verse stuff

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Here’s a run down of what Kevin Smith is up to, including news that Comic Book Men will be renewed for a fourth (!) season. Smith is also developing a late night talk show based on his Hollywood Babble On podcast with Ralph Garman. And Finally, there will be a Comic Book Men SPIN-OFF somehow […]