Mike Bullock Interview – The Phantom: The Ghost Who Walks

There have been many Phantoms before the current one – a lineage of fathers passing the torch to their sons,…

The Phantom: The Ghost Who Walks #0 Cover

There have been many Phantoms before the current one – a lineage of fathers passing the torch to their sons, an oath to defend the jungles of Bangalla from piracy, cruelty, and injustice.  The story of the modern Phantom, the 21st, continues in The Phantom: The Ghost Who Walks, published by Moonstone Books, starting with a #0 issue this week.

We spoke with the writer of the series, Mike Bullock, on Moonstone’s plans for the character and the new series.

Your Morning Head: Insensitivity or Stupidity @ Newsarama

Wow. For the last two days, I have been following a disturbing thread at Blog@Newsarama.  Blogger J. Caleb Mozzoco engaged…

Newsarama.comWow.

For the last two days, I have been following a disturbing thread at Blog@Newsarama.  Blogger J. Caleb Mozzoco engaged in a little link-blogging posted an ill-conceived ‘joke’ concerning a children’s costume event.  The organizers of the event had put out a call for all “superheroes and fairies.” Mozzoco, playing on this wrote:  “Make your own superheroes are gay joke.”

As I write this, there are 15 responses to Mozzoco’s comment and the only ones defending it are Mozzoco himself and another Newsarama blogger.

Donde Esta Fairy Quest?

Back in December 2006, probably my favorite living comic book artist, Humberto Ramos, announced a project that he and Paul…

Fairy Quest

Back in December 2006, probably my favorite living comic book artist, Humberto Ramos, announced a project that he and Paul Jenkins (one of my favorite comic writers) were working on together called Fairy Quest.  Now, like I said, I’m a HUGE fan of both of these guys, and absolutely have loved everything they’ve done together – a run on Peter Parker: Spider-Man, starting up Spectacular Spider-Man Vol. 2, and finally, and most importantly, Revelations.

Purely Speculation: Th3rd World Studios

Somewhere out of the blue the other day, I came across Th3rd World Studios, an independent comic book publisher started…

Th3rd World Studios

Somewhere out of the blue the other day, I came across Th3rd World Studios, an independent comic book publisher started in 2006 that, to be honest with you, I had never heard of.

Checking out their website, it looks to me like they have some great comics.  Here’s just a sampling of some of their titles:

The Crap You Should Buy This Week 2/1/2009-2/7/2009

Why waste hard earned cash on a series that you’ve been collecting for a year, but really don’t like?  You…

Why waste hard earned cash on a series that you’ve been collecting for a year, but really don’t like?  You can take that 3 or 4 bucks and buy something new and exciting!  DVD’s, Video Games, Comics, the occassional book…check here for your one-stop listing of all the stuff you should add to your collection this week!  Note that I’m not going to list all of the stuff coming out…just the good stuff!

Why the hell haven’t I read about this somehere? TMNT 25!!!!

Seriously?  The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles turn 25 this year.  Why the hell haven’t they made a bigger deal about…

Turtles Turn 25!

Seriously?  The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles turn 25 this year.  Why the hell haven’t they made a bigger deal about this?  I mean…the Turtles are a phenomenon!  Well, were.  I still think their current cartoon is pretty popular.  Check out www.tmnt25.com for all the latest news on the upcoming planned events for the Turtles’ anniversary.

The one thing I’m looking forward to the most is the TMNT Road Trip, where the Turtles (yes, the real ones…duh) travel the country in their party van and do performances!  Heh…just like in the latest movie where Michaelangelo performs at kids’ birthday parties.  The tour starts at the end of April in New York and ends in July in San Diego.  Sadly, it’s not coming anywhere near Virginia, but in June it’s coming to Dallas, Texas!  I’m going to make Aron go to it.

Your Morning Head: Final Crisis is Finally Over

I fully expect to be asking questions at the end of one of these things leading me into the next story. I don’t expect to ask “What the hell did I just read?!?”

Superman sets speed records flying the hell out of this book.WARNING: A spoiler or two follows…

Attending last year’s Wizard World Texas, Ethan Van Sciver appeared annoyed at the room’s frustration with the manner in which Grant Morrison was telling the story of Final Crisis.

Van Sciver seemed a bit peeved at the suggestion that Final Crisis is difficult to “get” and asked: “What doesn’t make sense?”

The guy across from me answered, “I read English. I understand the words on the page. I don’t understand the way in which they are arranged. Superman Beyond was incomprehensible to me.”

I’m right there with you, dude.

Throughout this event, I have held that Final Crisis is one of the most poorly executed and conceived comic events ever. Certainly there has been some beautiful artwork. Mahnke’s pencils on Requiem and Superman Beyond are truly amazing. Tomasi’s writing on Requiem and Rucka’s on Revelations is outstanding. In particular, Tomasi did a masterful job of evoking meaningful sentiment for the loss of the Manhunter. Nicely done.

I am amazed at the number of positive reviews I have seen for Final Crisis. I have seen it both strongly recommended and even hailed as brilliant. Really?