By Julio Dominguez
The Digital Revolution: Digital vs. Real Comics
More and more people are getting their comics online or on tablet devices instead of down at the local comic shop. While nobody is arguing that digital and print comics offer two completely different experiences, one question remains: Is one type of comic book better than the other? The answer will likely depend heavily on your own personal preferences and just why you started collecting comics in the first place.
If your favorite part of the comic book experience is the stories artwork contained on each page, digital comic books offer a fantastic experience that is difficult to replicate. You no longer have to call all over town trying to find those rare issues of “X-Men” or take to eBay and pay exorbitant prices for an unbroken run of Grant Morrison’s “Doom Patrol.” Now you can load up the Comixology app on your tablet device and download the issues in just a couple of seconds. Marvel has also made the majority of their back catalog available online through Marvel.com.
Wireless Internet for tablets makes the process of getting your favorite comics as easy as tapping a few buttons, especially if you’ve got a fast Wi-Fi connection at home or are traveling with a 4G connection on a device like an Apple iPad.
You also don’t have to wait for your favorite comic store to open to check out the latest issues each week. Comics released “day in date,” meaning that both versions of an issue become available at the same time, become available shortly after midnight each Wednesday through a variety of different services.
Comics as Collectibles
If you’re a fan of the “collecting” part of being a comic book aficionado, there really is nothing quite like the print experience. Though digital comics are readily available, they also can’t be resold. If the value of a particular book skyrockets due to a movie announcement, for example, it won’t matter because your digital copy is still essentially worthless.
The romantic idea of the “hunt” is also gone. While it can be convenient to tap a few buttons on an iPad and download early issues of Jeff Smith’s “Bone” or Robert Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead” right to your device, it lacks the sense of accomplishment that goes along with searching and searching until you find that holy grail at a shop or during a convention.
Transportation and Storage
Though expensive “Omnibus” editions have increased in popularity in recent years, digital comics are still by far the best way to transport your collection and enjoy comics on the go. You don’t have to carry a long box filled with dozens of issues or heavy soft cover collections with you on your trip. Tablet devices and even laptop computers can carry thousands upon thousands of issues at a time. If you can’t decide whether you want to read the complete run of “Sandman” or “Y: The Last Man” while on vacation, you can easily take both if your collection is digital. With a print collection, you’d either have to carry (and protect) dozens of issues during transportation or lug heavy hardback collections around with you wherever you go.
Digital comics are undoubtedly the way of the future, but they’re only a part of it. Print comics offer an experience that digital comics just can’t match. Digital issues, however, also have benefits that can’t be matched by the print experience. Instead of turning the comics industry into a “this one or that one” decision, it is important to realize that for the best possible experience you can embrace both at the same time. DC Comics, Marvel Comics and many other publishers offer digital copy codes in their new weekly books, similar to the digital copies found in Blu-ray discs for movies. For about $1 more, you can have both a print and a digital copy. You can have the print copy to cherish, catalog and maybe even sell if the value increases and still enjoy all of the benefits that digital copies naturally have.
The way of the future, at least as far as comic books are concerned, is realizing that digital and print don’t have to be mutually exclusive.
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Save the country singer, save the world? If you were a fan of Heroes, you may want to check out Hayden Panettiere’s current project, Nashville. She stars along with Connie Britton on the ABC show, and Convention Scene is giving away a complete DVD set of the first season. Here is more about the show and scroll down to the bottom for the ways to enter the giveaway.
About the Show
“Music City” can mean so many things to different people. In Nashville, musicians and songwriters are at the heart of the storms driven by their own ambitions. Some are fueled by their creativity and passion for fame, others struggle to cope with the pressures of success and doing everything in their power to stay on top.
Music legend Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton) reigns as the Queen of Country, but after two decades, her grip on the throne is slipping. Rayna refuses to be steamrolled by her record label as they present a new arrangement. And in the face of an evolving industry, Rayna is struggling to adapt and reinvent herself, which she must do if she plans to stay relevant.
Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) is sexy, sassy, and trails trouble in her wake— she’s also the country’s #1 crossover artist. In her climb to the top, Juliette’s public image is threatened by circumstances she struggles to control. And while she is determined to sit on Rayna’s throne, Juliette refuses to deal with her difficult past.
Offstage, things aren’t much smoother for Rayna. Her father, Lamar Wyatt, Nashville’s most influential businessman, continues to complicate her life. Their strained relationship is defined by years of resentment and secrets that come to a head when Lamar and Rayna’s sister, Tandy, push Rayna’s husband to run for mayor. For husband Teddy Conrad, this marks an opportunity to share the spotlight with his wife instead of continuing to be the man behind the woman.
The city of Nashville is the stage for many hopefuls: Deacon Claybourne, Rayna’s longtime bandleader whose unrequited love for Rayna prevents him from claiming success if he went on his own. Scarlett O’Connor, the beautiful and gifted songwriter, who’s here to support her boyfriend Avery’s talent while still unsure of her own. Avery Barkley, a struggling alt-country musician, who can’t help but feel left behind when his girlfriend Scarlett’s songs have a chance to find an audience before his own. And Gunnar Scott, a wholesome up-and-coming crooner, who finds a musical soulmate in Scarlett, coming in between her relationship with Avery.
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Batman and Superman have dominated the superhero films for years now, spending nearly $1 billion dollars for their production over the last eight years collectively . The glaring question left in the shadow of their hulking success is why are superhero movies continuing to pop up like weeds while the Wonder Woman film idea shrivels in the darkness?
It goes without saying that Superman and Batman have gained raging popularity, but those films have not always had a solid history of success. Consider Green Lantern, Hulk and Superman Returns – all flops! Why did they get a second chance while Wonder Woman has yet to get her first? Good question.
Since movies like Catwoman and Elektra failed to bring the fan base creators were hoping for, an appalling misconception developed: female superhero movies would never succeed. The myth clearly follows the wake of two of the most lackluster scripts in superhero film history.
This, in turn, has aided in the creation of the proverbial glass ceiling for female superheroes. Now, those who would like a crack at making a dominating female picture are left to face a series of obstacles ahead.
Here’s the scene. Nearly every superhero movie made revolves around males while their female counterparts take a sheepish back seat. Considering society’s need for a strong female character, this theory fails to make much sense, unless of course it is too hard for society to see a woman succeed without a man to guide her. Ludicrous again!
So the question arises, why can’t women be the empowering main characters in movies instead of just a sexualized accessory to a male?
Well, there are a few reasons why Hollywood has been reluctant to create more movies where women take the lead and regrettably, that line of thinking has led to five myths:
- 1. Female superheroes don’t bring in revenue
Toy companies claim they cannot sell as many toys for female superheroes, but Wonder Woman products have the ability to sell to a diverse audience – gender and age included.
- 2. Female superhero movies always bomb at the box office
When the movie fails to break even with the production budget while it is in theatres, it is considered a box office bomb. Of the two ‘legitimate’ female superhero movies made, only one tanked at the box office. But how many male superhero movies bombed? Far more than one and we’ll leave it at that.
The 1997 film Batman and Robin was not a fan favorite, but the prevailing Batman movies, The Dark Night and The Dark Night Rises, have been some of the highest grossing films to date. So why can’t females have another shot? What’s the harm? We clearly know there is only room for improvement since the lukewarm reception of Catwoman!
- 3. There are no actresses who will play them or who are good enough to portray them
Scarlett Johansson definitely holds her own playing Black Widow in Iron Man 2 and The Avengers – clearly it’s all about casting and script.
Bets are the male population would not mind watching Wonder Woman fight crime in her skin tight attire. But again, that’s feeding into the very progression that’s made the glass ceiling bullet proof!
- 4. Women don’t read comics and the men don’t like female superheroes
Both assumptions are ridiculous and false, no need to elaborate there!
- 5. No female superhero is well known enough to attract a fan base
Wonder Woman, duh!
Even though a large fan base would disagree with some of these concepts, we still are left suspicious of Wonder Woman and her success in film. Is it because of her confusing beginning in the comic book world, her character complexity, or one of the many myths that prompted the reluctance of success? That is left for you to ponder.
In the meantime, consider that Wonder Woman has many components to her life and for those who have not followed her in comic book culture, she may appear extremely complex. Followers of her comic introduction know her origins are comprised of an intricate weave intertwining the notions of female strength and obedience to a male – a web not easily untangled.
Although the life of Wonder Woman is complicated, it is not convoluted to the point where followers will fail to understand her character progression. If anything, a great plot will keep viewers on the edge of their seats as the predictable nature of many scripts is circumvented.
Finding Cracks in the Ceiling
Perhaps the true question here is whether the uncertainty is placed in Wonder Woman as a character or the inability to create a script that portrays her in a deserving light? Undoubtedly, it will be hard to find the aspect of her existence that is the most appealing to viewers, especially males. But it has to be done! Indeed, the presence of strong female characters in lead roles may very well depend upon the ability to get Wonder Woman “right”.
Variance from original story lines may also deter comic book fans from watching her in film; simply because that is not the Wonder Woman they know. Ill logic aside; she has to be perfect otherwise the doubts in all the skeptic’s minds will be solidified. In other words, Hollywood only gets one shot to do this right!
Many cynics have questioned the potential success of a Wonder Woman film for years and lack of faith in an original Joss Whedon script didn’t defend her case much either. While Wonder Woman, and other female superheroes for that matter, has been pigeon-holed to lack the ability to create a good film, numerous flaws lie in doubting her capabilities and her popularity.
Wonder Woman is recognized by a large demographic whether it is because of her presence in comic books or because she is a popular cultural icon. Superhero hero movies attract a large following that do not stem from comic books, so why wouldn’t Wonder Woman be able to do the same?
A male superhero story may have an intricate story line, but the characters generally encompass one main detail – they fight crime. The problem with doubting Wonder Woman quite possibly lies in the misconception that a female heroine movie would do the same while lacking the same success.
Female characters are much more diversified and Wonder Woman would have the ability to play on the inherent value of female empowerment. Although Wonder Woman doesn’t represent all women, her idiosyncrasies will help develop the strength of future female characters.
Wonder Woman’s bravery and strength are enviable traits for women as well as men. Not only is Wonder Woman an inspiration to women, she truly is a woman with no fear. She is a strong warrior who encompasses the loving aspect of life, but isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. In the eyes of women, there is not much better than seeing a woman who can stand up for peace, love, justice, and sexual equality.
Obviously, the problem with a Wonder Woman movie is that writers have still failed to come up with a film representation that will do her justice. Conceivably the problem with doubting the potential success of Wonder Woman is that no male superhero movie to date has embraced the entirety of their existence. Many fans enjoy the movies that are highly favored to the action aspects, but Wonder Woman is fighting for more than just peace.
The true concern is whether disbelief in the success of Wonder Woman compromises our societal evolvement.
Times are changing and the world is ready for female heroines to shatter tired 20th century boundaries and make the long overdue gender shift in the superhero movie genre. Despite uncertainties of her ability to succeed in film, Wonder Woman is the perfect character to bridge that gap and extinguish the erroneous hesitations.
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Legendary artist of Batman Neal Adams needs the public’s help finding missing art work he left n a New York cab. See the story and details HERE!
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The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses returns to the Citi Wang Theatre with ‘Second Quest,’ on Saturday, November 2. ‘Second Quest’ brings Zelda fans and symphony-goers alike an exciting multimedia experience presenting over 25 years of music from The Legend of Zelda series as never before, including fresh new material exploring additional chapters from the Zelda franchise.
Those new to Symphony of the Goddesses will have the opportunity to experience the beautifully orchestrated four-movement symphonic work from last season, which chronicles fan-favorite moments from the franchise’s rich and storied history, carefully and expertly timed with a gorgeous, larger-than-life orchestral score.
Fans will relive all of their favorite moments from a fully developed and thoughtfully structured program including memorable, beloved melodies from titles including Ocarina of Time, The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, A Link to the Past, Link’s Awakening, and more.
VIP Premium Ticket Package Available*
Each PACKAGE costs $150.00 and includes:
One (1) Premium Top Price Ticket within the first 10 rows of the theatre
One (1) Numbered, Limited-Edition Tour Poster, autographed by the show’s creators
One (1) Official “The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses” Tour T-Shirt
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All packages are Non-Refundable and Non-Transferable; No Refunds will be given under any circumstances except in the case of show cancellation. No Name changes will be permitted under any circumstances. Offer subject to availability; seating is limited. Service fees and handling charges apply to internet and phone orders only and are separate from the ticket price. There are no additional fees when you purchase in person at the Citi Performing Arts Center box office.
All ticket prices include a $3.75 Facility Fee
The Legend of Korra makes its long-awaited return to Nickelodeon for its second season this Friday September 13, 2013 at 7:00 pm EST with a one-hour premiere! Korra Nation has posted an exclusive new trailer featuring unseen footage of Korra, Mako, Bolin, Tenzin, and more! Plus glimpses of the Spirit World and brand-new characters! Click the link to watch it!
In addition they have offered a sneak peek at production material such as early character studies for Tenzin’s older brother Bumi (click the link), storyboards of Bolin meeting new characters Eska and Desna (click the link), background art of the Glacial Spirits Festival (click the link), and the interior of the Southern Water Tribe Palace (click the link)!
For more about The Legend of Korra, sign up for Korra Nation at the link!
Warner Bros. Pictures’ Upcoming Super Hero Movie Will Film in Michigan
The film, from director Zack Snyder, brings together the two greatest Super Heroes of all time—Superman and Batman—for the first time on the big screen. Production on the new film is expected to begin in metro Detroit and throughout Michigan sometime in the first quarter of 2014. Snyder is co-writing the story with David S. Goyer, who is writing the screenplay. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing the film, which will star Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.
“This project will further strengthen the reputation of Michigan and metro Detroit as a premier film destination,” said Margaret O’Riley, director of the Michigan Film Office. “We look forward to the spotlight shining on our incredibly talented workforce and the businesses that support our film industry here in Michigan.”
“Detroit is a great example of a quintessential American city, and I know it will make the perfect backdrop for our movie,” stated filmmaker Zack Snyder. “Detroit and the entire state of Michigan have been fantastic collaborators, and we are looking forward to working together on this film.”
The as-yet-untitled feature film was awarded an incentive of $35 million on $131 million of projected in-state expenditures. The production is expected to hire 406 Michigan workers, with a full time equivalent of 426 jobs, plus an additional 6,000 man/days of extra work. The production anticipates using approximately 500 local Michigan vendors during the course of production and spending $5.1 million on local hotels, as well as an additional $3.5 million in out-of-town cast and crew per diem payments that will be spent in the local economy but which fall outside of the incentive program.
The incentive funding for the project will be allocated out of the Fiscal Year 2014 budget. However, any funding remaining from the budget at the end of the current fiscal year will be directed to offset the full incentive amount for this project.
The Michigan Film Office was created in 1979 to assist and attract incoming production companies and promote the growth of Michigan’s own film industry. The Film Office also administers the incentive program for film, television and other digital media production in Michigan. For more on the Michigan Film Office, visit: MichiganFilmOffice.org.
Pure Michigan is a brand on the rise, representing business, talent and tourism initiatives across Michigan. These efforts are driven by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which serves as the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business growth, jobs and opportunity with a focus on helping grow Michigan’s economy.
August 21st, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA – Fans and aspiring artists always ask us what the best way is to get their work seen by an editor, and now BOOM! Studios has updated our process to make it easier than ever.
BOOM! Studios has launched an Artist Submissions page on Facebook in order to create a venue for artists to submit their work and have it seen by the BOOM! Studios editorial team.
WHAT IT IS: The Artist Submissions Facebook Page is a place for artists (pencilers, inkers, colorists, letterers) to post samples of their work. (Please note that this page is strictly for artists and ALL unsolicited writing submissions will not be reviewed.)
HOW IT WORKS: Upload examples of your work for the BOOM! Studios Editorial staff to review. Post all art samples in the Timeline. DO NOT SEND MESSAGES. Make sure to provide your contact information. BOOM! does not respond directly to the posts or messages. BOOM! has hired a number of artists this way and will contact you if there is interest.
Additionally, the BOOM! Studios editorial staff will regularly post helpful hints and advice for artists to improve their craft on the Facebook page.
“I’m really excited about this new initiative,” said Managing Editor Bryce Carlson. “Not only is the BOOM! Studios Artist Submissions Page an amazing opportunity for aspiring artists, colorists, and letterers to get their samples in front of BOOM! editors on a regular basis and find helpful tips and advice, it’s also a great community for creators to interact and learn from each other. Finding new talent is awesome, but providing a home for people to grow and learn together is what really makes this so special.”
ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS
Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is the home of Mike Carey’s SUICIDE RISK, Clive Barker’s NEXT TESTAMENT and HELLRAISER, Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ FAIRY QUEST, PLANET OF THE APES, Max Bemis’ POLARITY and Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 GUNS was recently released as a feature film from Universal Pictures starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Jim Davis’ GARFIELD, Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME and REGULAR SHOW, Mike Kunkel’s HEROBEAR AND THE KID, and Roger Langridge’s Eisner Award-winning SNARKED. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com). Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of MOUSE GUARD, COW BOY, GUNNERKRIGG COURT, RUST, SPERA, JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN, and other many great titles.
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