First up, go check out my new toy blog called Toy Chest Central.
I really enjoyed this CBR interview with Judd Winick about Justice League: Generation Lost. I haven’t read the last few issues of that book, but I was digging what I read. I’m excited to catch up in trades. I’m getting really excited to see Sucker Punch. The trailer’s been all over TV and then you’ve got these awesome retro pin-up style posters as seen on /Film. As you might expect, I’m a big fan of Jason Chalker‘s James Bond posters. You can see the one for Dr. No here and follow the link to see his take on Goldfinger.
I’m disappointed to hear that DC’s First Wave line is getting the axe. I liked that they didn’t try to cram characters like The Spirit or Doc Savage into the regular DCU even going the other way and including different versions of DC characters in this new pocket universe. The problem to my mind is that they expanded too quickly and had trouble getting the First Wave series itself out on time. Bummer. (via The Beat)
I haven’t been watching Jimmy Fallon much, so I’m thankful to Rolling Stone for posting a link to this video of Bell Biv DeVoe and The Roots performing “Poison” on his show. This song took on new significance when I got to Wizard and started hearing it at the bar every time we went out. Then, even more a few years later when I saw Skeletor perform it in Philly. Good stuff.
According to Comic Book Legends Revealed, Alan Moore wrote a BJ & The Bear comic (sorta). That. Is. Awesome. This is also awesome. (via Progressive Ruin)
I finally got around to reading this Rolling Stone piece written by Mikal Gilmore about hanging out with The Clash in 1979. Then RS talked to Gilmore about talking to The Clash back then. Both are worthwhile reads.
Maybe we’ll finally get Kill Bill The Whole Bloody Affair now that /Film says it’ll be playing at the New Bev in LA. I’ve been holding off on buying those flicks, which I love, in hopes of getting that version.
This is my all time favorite photo of The Ramones (via Only The Young Die Young)
I know I’m late to the party on this one thanks to dealing with sickness, but my boys Ben Morse and Kiel Phegley interviewed my other boy Sean T. Collins about his rad online comic Destructor. Dig part one and two and then go read the strip. The “Prison Break” story is my favorite of the bunch so far.
Congrats to my fellow Toledoian Adrianne Palicki for landing the role of Wonder Woman on TV. According to IMDb, she went to high school not five minutes from my house. Home town girl does good! (via The Source). According to Esquire, she even likes comic. I wonder if we were ever at JC’s Comic Stop at the same time.
Mitch Hurwitz discusses ways to get a show canceled. His Arrested Development is one of the greatest TV shows ever created. His follow up Running Wylde? Not so good. I know this Guardian UK piece is supposed to be funny, but it comes off as a little more bitter than seems fitting of a man with so much talent.
Esquire’s Chris Raab had a great interview with Chris Rock. Check out the main interview here and the pair’s extended tangent about Labron James leaving Cleveland for Miami here. Why anyone would be surprised about a dude leaving Cleveland for Miami is beyond me.
/Film is reporting that $50,000 was raised for a freaking Robocop statue in Detroit. This smacks of hipsters wasting time and money that could be dedicated to projects that actually help people. Apparently Ron Marz agrees with me and how stupid this whole thing is. I knew I liked that dude. (via Bleeding Cool)Check out this custom Green Lantern of Cybertron figures up for sale on eBay. Looks pretty great.
Amazon has some pretty interesting records on sale for $5 this month.
Geezer Butler says there’s no way that the original Black Sabbath line-up will get back together. Guess I’m glad I saw them in high school then. (via Rolling Stone)
Happy fourth birthday to Horror Movie A Day (a few days ago). I’ve been enjoying that site for years and can’t imagine the amount of time Brian has put into it. Kudos, sir!
Bleeding Cool says that Terry Jones is working on a four part TV version of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens. This should be interesting. This was the first piece of work I read from either writer and I loved it back then.
Tom Spurgeon nails it in this assessment of an interview I linked to yesterday.
Dean over at Springfield Punx tackles Doctor Who and Torchwood‘s adorable Jack Harkness.
I have no idea what “nerdcore” is as a music subgenere, but I will download this free compilation from Nerdcore Now. (via Wired)
I know this is a few days old, but I just got around to reading Wired‘s Scott Thill talking to Daytripper’s Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba. I really dug that book even though I had no idea what was going on. Can’t wait to read it again in trade form.
Not a ton of links today, but I did a few things with the site and some of my friends have some good stuff going on, so it’s worth a CI!
As usual, me first. If you’re looking to read my Photo Diary entries in one easy place, check out the Photo Diary tab up above or click here.
If you’re interested, my buddy Sean compiled a list of all the posts about Wizard and ToyFare’s demise written and Tweeted by former employees and freelancers on Robot 6.
Speaking of Sean and Robot 6, Tim O’Shea interviewed Sean about his excellent comic Destructor which you can and should read here. The Prison Break story is a favorite of mine and can’t wait to see the full thing in color.
Bloody Disgusting says, via Tony Todd, there might be two more Final Destination flicks. I haven’t seen the fourth, but, seeing as how this is my favorite latter day horror franchise, I’ve got no complaints.
I was on the now somewhat infamous Venom call with Rick Remender and Steve Wacker which resulted in this feature for Marvel.com. Fun stuff. That book sounds pretty rad. Remender’s a solid writer who has some great instincts when it comes to playing with superhero conventions.
Hey, check it out, Ron Marz read my post about Silver Surfer and Tweeted about it. It’s kind of surreal to have him reading me. Marz reading Dietsch just sounds completely backwards.
Ben Morse calls super speed as his super power of choice. I think I’d go with long range teleportation because I hate traveling but like going places. Super speed would be a close second if I could shut it off.
My buddy Jim Gibbons offers up his thoughts on Wizard’s closing.
Thanks to Whitney Matheson for bringing Amazon Studios to my attention. Looks like I’ve got an interesting place to submit my screenplays to.
A new Planet of the Apes comic from Boom? Oh snap. (via Bloody Disgusting)
I’d like to welcome my pal John aka Cybergeek to the wonderful world of blogging!
Check out F1sh‘s custom Deadpool in the costume he wore when he thought he was an X-Men. Man, that dude knows how to paint doesn’t he? (via Toyark)
You think you like Superman? Jason George has got you beat. I especially like the spinner of watches.
Check out this rad post with scans comparing Marvel characters to football players and their positions. Fun stuff. (via Tom Spurgeon)
And finally, some sad news. John Barry, who composed the James Bond theme along with plenty of other memorable tracks has passed away. RIP Mr. Barry. (via /Film)
Going from “a lot of dudes worked at Wizard” to “it must have been a boys club” is a ridiculous and unfounded statement. The picture The Beat refers to features several women who worked downstairs, but doesn’t have any of the many ladies who worked upstairs. I’d wager the ratios are pretty similar to those of male and female readers of mainstream comics.
If you’re interested in actual accounts from people who actually worked at Wizard I highly recommend checking out posts by my friends and former colleagues Ryan Penagos, Sean Collins, Chris Ward and Alex Segura.
Wah wah. Gotta love how every single comic news blog revealed who died in today’s Fantastic Four. So much for keeping it all a secret right? Can we all stop acting like this is a big, long lasting deal?
Please, go check out today’s entry on my Tumblr. It is hilarious.
I’m filled with all kinds of emotions and have been all day after hearing about the closing of Wizard and later ToyFare as print publications very early this morning. To make matters worse, the missus woke me up very early because she was having trouble starting her car. I don’t know jack about cars, but tried starting it myself, coming in after it felt like my fingers were going to fall off. I took my car to the gas station, filled the flat-ish tires with air and brought it back for her to drive to work. I don’t like waking up early and actually wasn’t able to sleep in this weekend, so I was feeling kind of punch anyway, especially because I had planned to head over to the storage unit place and move our junk from the smaller unit to the new one. Anyway, that’s all a long way to go to tell you that I was already feeling pretty weird this morning. Then I got the news and was floored. I had actually just started writing for Wizard again, though I don’t know whether the piece I finished will ever run or what the deal is. It was fun to write about comics again.
My history with Wizard is similar with a lot of other peoples’ up to a point. I discovered the magazine at a bookstore in the mall. The issue had a Rob Liefeld/Jim Lee Heroes Reborn cover and announced the new JLA lineup by some guy named Grant Morrison. I instantly fell in love with the mag which was my only source of comic book information and soon enough I devoured each monthly issue. I read the mag all the way through college, never leaving it for the internet. Heck, I didn’t even know there were comic book websites because Wizard was the perfect amount of everything for me. I’m not obsessed with comics, I just wanted to read something fun and find out what’s coming up. My junior year of college I sent a lot of letters and resumes around to Marvel, DC, Rolling Stone and also Wizard to try and score an internship. I heard back from Wizard and that’s when it all began. I spent nine weeks working for them that summer. In addition to being on the inside of a lot of interesting meetings and cutting my teeth writing about comics and doing interviews, I met some rad dudes.
I went back to school, graduated and sat around Toledo for a while before finally hearing back from Wizard, they had a job opening and were offering it to me. Soon enough I moved out to New York and had a gig working in the research department. Like any other job there were ups and downs, but there’s no way I’d be where I am right now without someone at that company deciding to give me chance. Eventually I worked my way up to being an associate editor for ToyFare. I rocked that job and learned a ridiculous amount for a year before being laid off. Sure, I had problems with aspects of that as well and can empathize with the mysterious former employee who talked to iFanboy. But, even then, I was immediately offered the opportunity to write huge chunks of ToyFare, which facilitated my freelance career. I’m hoping that things work out for everyone who’s still there and for everyone who’s not. Again, I can understand that post-firing/lying off feeling and it’s awful and I hated hearing this after I got bounced, but they’re solid dudes who will quickly bounce back.
So, while battling feelings of sadness for the end of an era, compassion for my now jobless friends, fear for the ones I didn’t know about and worry about my own standing with the company that makes up a huge part of my income, what did I do? I built a dresser from Ikea. It helped keep my mind off things and gave me something to do because I had planned to work on my next Wizard feature today.