TOP TEN PODCASTS OF 2008!!… finally! :)

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A picture of how the Academy Award losers really feel! 🙂

Following up on my previous post, and after yet another disappointing Academy Award season, I’m going to give you an award that IS worth your time.

THE HEROIC TIMES 1st Annual Welles Awards!

Nifty title huh. I wanted to create an award show for this new generation of audio shows, podcasts and streaming radio. And while I toyed with a few people to name it after who had extraordinary voices, the great Paul Robeson, Paul Frees… I settled on naming it Welles after Orson Welles. Listening to Welles’ SHADOW episodes pretty much single-handedly got me hooked on audio dramas and Old Time Radio, and thereby New Time Audio Dramas and Podcasts.

So without further ado, let’s give out…. THE WELLES AWARDS!

1st Category is Top Ten Podcasts of 2008, I won’t bore you with the hundreds of nominees I went through to compile this list (and this section is strictly for podcasts that are hosted, and or referential/review based in nature, be that movies, music, books, whatever. If you have a podcast, but it’s basically just an audio drama, it will be in the audio drama category. There’s some bleed over but that’s basically the division). So let’s get to the ones who made the Podcast list, these are in no particular order, but suffice to say if you see them below the shows were the best most entertaining podcasts I came across in 2008 (notice that “I” if you don’t see your podcast, it doesn’t mean I don’t love you, maybe I just didn’t come across you in 2008— how’s that for being a politician 🙂 ). The best of the best ( And keep an eye out for next installment Top Ten Audio Dramas of 2008, and yes, you’ll find THE RED PANDA there):

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1. COMICBOOK GEEK SPEAK- This US, Pennsylvania based show with nearly 600 episodes is one of the oldest, one of the longest lasting, and one of the most popular podcast shows and for good reason. For current fans of comics, lapsed fans, and curious newcomers this show is like hanging out with good acquaintances and is just a great way to stay in the loop on a hobby that needs all the inroads it can get. And again this show admirably illustrates the ability of the passionate amateur to be more in touch with the medium then the so-called professionals. In an age when the major comic companies are losing readers in droves due to bad will and poor public relations skills (particularly at a time when they should be taking advantage of the current Hollywood spotlight), this podcast has probably done more to introduce new and lapsed readers back to comics than all the corporate ‘suits’ and gimmicks and stunts combined.

2. FREQUENCY OF FEAR- I’m cheating a little with this one as I became aware of this Arizona, US based variety horror/anthology/comic/music show in 2009. But I’ve listened to its 2008 episodes and they are great. It is really tailored to fans of old time radio and those old horror records, but if that’s you, you’ll love this show.- http://frequencyoffear.com

3. GEEK SYNDICATE- I became aware of these guys at the end of 2007, and have been a fan ever since. A two-man British podcast covering all things pop-culture, David and the Nuge providing one of the most enjoyable and informative shows of 2008. Their Buzz Aldrin episode being the funniest podcast of 08. http://www.geeksyndicate.co.uk/

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4. MONDO MOVIE- With 86 episodes and counting this 2 man British podcast covering all things of genre, cult, horror cinema is eagerly awaited every week or so. Shows are top notch entertaining, and informative too. – http://www.mondomovie.com/

5. HORROR ETC- http://www.horroretc.com/index.html- The Canadians toss their hat in the ring, with this always entertaining two man podcast, covering horror films from classics to current hits.

6. COMIC BOOK OUTSIDERS- A brother podcast to GEEK SYNDICATE, this 2-man Brit show (do you see a trend here) is right up there with GS, but concentrates on under the radar, and Independent comics. Definitely Recommended- http://comicbookoutsiders.libsyn.com/

7. B-MOVIE CAST- True to its title, this podcast covers classic B-movies, with a leaning toward horror, scifi, cult flicks. Well produced, it includes news, DVD releases, and the main course which is usually a pretty thorough interview of one or two B movies. Recommended! – http://bmoviecast.com/

8. ISR- Indie Spinner Rack had a strong 08 with great Ted McKeever, Jeff Smith, Jeff Lemire interviews and great Indie Comic Reviews. (And peek back in 2007 for their Steve Bissette and Alan Moore Interviews. Two of the best interviews you’ll come across.)

9. THE LOST PICTURE SHOW- This Two-Man Brit Podcast (Nooooooo! Not another one! 🙂 ) each episode explores a, if not lost, definitely under the radar film. But unlike other podcasts the films selected belong to no specific genre. They go from comedy to classics to cult. -http://thelostpictureshow.com/

And last but definitely not least

10. This slot is a tie between CRANKCAST and COMIC BOOK SAVANT , both shows that are very off the cuff, and can range far afield of comics but in very engaging and in very different ways. SAVANT particularly, as a one man show I find it to be… in places almost a meditation on life, and the living of it. I think all of us hope, that we can meet our… time in Gethsemane with grace. And here is one man who consistently amazes me with his ability to do that. You can find these podcasts at http://crankcast.net/ and http://www.comicbooksavant.com/cbs/index.cfm respectively.

Well that’s it folks, the HEROIC TIMES WELLES AWARD Podcast winners for 2008!! Jolly Good Show (that’s my brit speak. Yeah I’ll keep working on it)! And here’s wishing all those podcasts a great 2009! And if you haven’t already received your really hokey award just keep bugging me till you get it. 🙂 Next installment, best Audio dramas of 2009!

Honorable mentions:

WATCHING THE DIRECTORS- A wife and husband duo each show tackle a different legendary director. A great show, that unfortunately came to an end in 2008, however you can for now still sample their old shows online here… http://watchingthedirectors.com/

BATTLESHIP PRETENSION- Well produced show, with two friends giving their views on films and filmmakers. The reviews are hit and miss with me, but the shows are well produced. http://www.battleshippretension.com/homepage.php

RADIO FREETOWN- A streaming audio show, that covers classic African music of the 70s. It’s a must listen. Unfortunately went on hiatus in February, but old shows for now are still up. http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/RF

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Movie DVD reviews: GOD OF GAMBLERS and ADDRESS UNKNOWN

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godofgamblersGOD OF GAMBLERS- Well it took me 20 years to finally see this oft praised early classic of 80s Hong Kong Cinema, but finally seen (a nice wide-screen anamorphic version from Thailand) I have to say… it lives up to the hype.

A little more comedic than the blood ballet films of John Woo, Ringo Lam, and Tsui Hark that fueled the Hong Kong Action craze of the 80s, it mixes a ludicrous, but engaging storyline and some fun, inventive set pieces, with that everything but the kitchen sink outrageousness and melodrama that is a hallmark of HK films… to create a film, that just works. It’ll keep you entertained from first frame to last, and as ever Chow Yun Fat proves himself a charismatic and adept leading man.

Equally at home with comedy or Action, he’s been called Hong Kong’s answer to Cary Grant, and while that may be a bit much (there’s only one Cary Grant) there’s no denying Chow Yun Fat is likewise… unique. I had a lot of fun with this film, recommended. B+.

addressunknownADDRESS UNKNOWN- Kim Di Duk is one of the directors fueling the Korean New Wave film explosion. His film 3-IRON being not only one of my favorite discoveries of last year, but quickly skyrocketing into my list of favorite films.

That said I was aware that 3-IRON was a departure from his earlier films, which have not appealed to Koreans, and have been labeled as misogynistic, and sensational for sensational sake. So given that, I went into ADDRESS UNKNOWN with low expectations. They weren’t low enough. The negative comments leveled against this film are apt. The film is as bad as 3-IRON is good. The characters are wild irrational, stereotypes, and the plot is likewise irrational and sensational. Depravity for depravity’s sake. (I almost turned it off with the puppy scene, and when you see it you’ll know what I’m talking about. Just jaw droppingly absurd. depravity for depravity’s sake.)

The frustrating thing about this film, is that with a little subtlety and restraint it could actually be a good film. And I kept hoping the film would be more than just worst common denominator stereotypes, but unfortunately it wasn’t.

Subtlety is not a word in the vocabulary of early Kim Di Duk, and the film suffers for it. I could go into detail, but you know what… the movie just isn’t worth it. F/F-.

UNDER THE RADAR Returns!!! Comic Book News, Reviews, and Diamond Previews!

Well It’s been a while since I’ve done an UNDER THE RADAR, so I buckled down and spent All Night composing the following. If you guys find UNDER THE RADAR useful, this is issue #6 by the way, please donate via paypal. Funds to keep it going, and to make it bigger and better are definitely appreciated. And please leave comments and feedback. Email address for that is heroictimes at safemail dot net.

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Now into the Mix! I’m skipping Marvel and DC, nothing from those companies grabbing me this month. And quite frankly I prefer not dealing with their obtrusive ads, and event overload. So onto comics that are interesting me.

All the below are in this Month’s Diamond Previews and need to be ordered by 29 Sept 08 for a November 2008 Delivery! You can order through your local retailer, on-line, or by Emailing me direct. The convenient thing about UNDER THE RADAR is that it also works pretty great as a reminder list of items to pick up later. So even if you don’t preorder (shame on you) you can take this list into your store come November, and pick up the items you want. Okay onto the picks!!!!

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$3.50 MADMAN ATOMIC COMICS #14
story MICHAEL ALLRED & DARWYN COOKE art MICHAEL ALLRED & DARYWN COOKE cover MICHAEL ALLRED Scientific breakthroughs have brought about the return of Frank “Madman” Einstein’s girlfriend, Josephine Lombard, and Adam “Metal Man” Balm. But some miracles come with a cost. What will be the consequences and who will have to pay? WARNING: When you read this issue, prepare to have your brain do a flip in your skull! NOVEMBER 19 * 32 PAGES * FC * $3.50 — I’ve only picked up one issue of this series, but I definitely liked what I saw. I think this is a good jumping on point for lapsed and new readers like myself.

WALKING DEAD OMNIBUS HC VOL 2
story ROBERT KIRKMAN art & cover CHARLIE ADLARD & CLIFF RATHBURN This deluxe hardcover features the next 24 issues of the hit series along with the covers for the issues all in one massive, oversized slip-cased volume. Perfect for long time fans, new readers and anyone needing a heavy object with which to fend off the walking dead. Strictly limited to a print run of 3000. Collects THE WALKING DEAD #24-48 NOVEMBER 26 * 560 PAGES * BW * $100.00 S&N LTD ED $150.00 WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES (preview artwork is available)- WHAT???!!! Kirkman again! I just went on about how the post 2 years run on WALKING DEAD wasn’t doing it for me, and checking out the trades from the library for free to see if it gets better… blah blah blah. But here’s the thing, you don’t lose with the OMNIBUS. I buy the thing for $60, I hate it, I can turn around in a couple months and sell it for a profit. MWAHAHAHA! And if it turns out it did get better, then I keep it. Either way win/win.

DARK HORSE

The only thing that really grabbed my attention were the NEXUS archives. but at $50 for 6 issues they are WAY too expensive. Guys you’re not reprinting rare EC comics or Creepy Magazines. You can typically pick up the whole series on auction sites, usually over 80 issues for less than the price of 2 of these archives (or 12 issues of reading material). Yeah, beyond the Star Wars stuff, that has pretty bad art, I don’t know what DARK HORSE is doing these days.

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$18.95 ALANS WAR GN from :01 FIRST SECOND BOOKS

by Emmanuel Guibert, with Alan Cope When Alan Cope was eighteen, he joined the army and went off to fight in World War II. Like every American, he felt a patriotic fervor burning in him after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. But he had little idea what he was getting into by enlisting. This graphic memoir tells the story of his life during wartime, of his journey from his home on the west coast to basic training in Kentucky to leave in New York City, to the battlefields of France, to the terrors of the Bulge and General Patton’s drive on Germany and Prague. Told with poignant intimacy and matchless artistry, Alan’s War was born from a friendship between Alan and the graphic novel creator Emmanuel Guibert, who created a deeply personal and moving graphic novel from the stories Alan told him of his wartime experiences. An award-winner when it was serialized in Guibert’s native France, this moving story of an American’s experiences during the Second World War now finds its audience in his homeland. SC, 7×10, 336pgs, B&W SRP: $18.95- I’m a fan of war books, while being no fan of war, if that makes any sense. From CHARLY’S WAR to NAM to VIETNAM JOURNAL to BLAZING COMBAT (to be republished this year, YAY!) I think the war book when done well is an invaluable portrait of our folly and our fervor. And at the price this is an excellent deal.

$17.95 BOURBON ISLAND 1730 GN from :01 BOOKS
by Lewis Trondheim and Appollo Raphael Pommeroy arrives in the West Indies with his ornithology professor in the year 1730. They’re supposed to be in search of the almost-extinct dodo, but Raphael quickly becomes entranced with the piratical inhabitants of Bourbon Island, becoming obsessed with their vision of a world where all people are free and equal, regardless of their skin color. Drama unfolds on the island as the inhabitants race to find the pirate treasure secretly cached there – and reveal their inner selves in doing so! Bourbon Island 1730 is the latest book by International Horror Award winner Lewis Trondheim. (C: 0-1-2) SC, 6×8.5, 288pgs, B&W SRP: $17.95- Wow, yet another great sounding title from this company. What a bad month to be broke.

GLAMOURPUSS #4 from AARDVARK VANAHEIM
by Dave Sim What else would you expect from “The High Fashion Comic Book That’s So Six Months Ago” just before Christmas but “The First Annual Swimsuit (and Really Good Advice) Issue”? All your favorite swimming attire from H&M to Malia Mills, OMO Norma Kamali to DSquared2 (as well as “what to do with two half-empty bottles of nail polish” and “the best way to hairspray”). The Alex Raymond section of the book revisits “RIP Kirby 1949-1952” when Raymond was the only cartoonist in the photorealism school he created. And if the shuffling undead are so popular, why shouldn’t Fashion Zombies grace the cover of a special variant edition of glamourpuss #4? REGULAR – 24pgs, B&W SRP: $3.00 ZOMBIE VARIANT – 24pgs, B&W SRP: $15.00 (preview artwork is available)- I really enjoyed the first issue of this series so I’m in. But I have to say Dave Sim cracks me up with the Variant Cover. He’s like if you morons really are stupid enough to buy a book because of a zombie cover I’ll give you one… and make you morons pay for it too. That’s the way to do it Dave. And if you are stupid enough to buy a book because it has a zombie cover, I have a mortgage you can pay as well. I’ll draw a little zombie pic on the note if it will help. :).

$3.99 JAZZ COOL BIRTH ONE-SHOT by AAZURN PUBLISHING
by Gary Scott Beatty It’s a jazz club murder mystery, with art based on 1950s album cover design! From the martini crowd at the uptown piano bars to the whiskey cats at downtown’s Skylarks, piano man Dean Fontessa had thought he’d seen it all. But when he agrees to beat chops with the local pounders about a nixed out gabriel, he finds the jazz crowd takes care of its own, dig? A Xeric Foundation grant winner, now in full-color! MATURE THEMES 24pgs, FC SRP: $3.99- The premise intrigues me

TERRY MOORES ECHO #8 by ABSTRACT STUDIOS
by Terry Moore Julie isn’t the only one with remnants of the atomic armor she wears. There is another, much darker soul, who lusts for the power the armor brings. The Dark One is determined to find Julie and claim her share of the armor. To do that, he will have to kill her! 24pgs, B&W SRP: $3.50 (preview artwork is available)- I wasn’t on the bandwagon for STRANGERS IN PARADISE and by the time I tried, it seemed pretty impenetrable to me. So I want to give this series a try.

$14.95 PHANTOM DETECTIVE JUN 1935 REPLICA ED from ADVENTURE HOUSE
The Phantom Detective, part-super-hero, part-super-detective, takes on a new case. “Notes of Doom,” by Robert Wallace, follows the Phantom on the breath-taking trail of a ghastly series of sinister crimes perpetrated by a super-criminal who holds promissory notes for the lives of his victims! (Adventure House) (C: 0-1-2) SC, 7×10, 128pgs, B&W SRP: $14.95- Not quite sure what this is, but curiosity is piqued

OBAMA / MCCAIN THE COMIC BOOK from ANTARCTIC PRESS
by Joeming Dunn, Rod Espinosa & Chris Allen The 2008 presidential election promises to be one of the most historically significant in decades. Around the world, millions are looking to the election, wondering what direction the will country take. Will the policies of the past decade continue, or will America set a new course? The candidates are celebrities, and what are the stories behind its candidates? Antarctic Press brings readers the stories of the two candidates with these new comic book biographies. Obama: The Comic Book gives readers the story of Barack Obama, a person whose very presence on the ballot marks significant change. Written by Eisner nominee and Ignatz winner Rod Espinosa, this unauthorized biography presents a clear view of the life of this controversial candidate – the good and the bad – with a hard look at the issues surrounding him and what his candidacy means for the country. McCain: The Comic Book brings you the story of John McCain, the Vietnam veteran leading the Republican bid for the highest office in the land. Written by Joeming Dunn, M.D., this biography delves into all the dark times and daring exploits of this candidate’s past and asks just what he stands for. Can a former POW survive the presidential battlefield? Both biographies are illustrated by Chris Allen (illustrator of Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver biographies for ABDO Publishing), and with these books readers can become educated about the candidates and the issues facing the country. MCCAIN – 32pgs, B&W SRP: $3.99 OBAMA – 32pgs, B&W SRP: $3.99 (preview artwork is available)- interesting curiosity from this company that usually has very little of interest to me

$2.95 GAUZE #1 from ARCANA STUDIOS
by Gerrin Tramis & Dave Hamann Elizabeth Morgan has been on the run from a serial killer for the past two years. Under the protection of the police, Elizabeth relocated to New York City to await the killer’s apprehension. But after the murder of a young girl and her parents on the outskirts of Nashville, Elizabeth must once again leave everything behind and seek safety in a new life! 32pgs, FC SRP: $2.95- Could be me, but the cover and the premise sounds worth a look

DOKTOR SLEEPLESS #12
by Warren Ellis & Ivan Rodriguez Doktor Sleepless, by all accounts of the Heavenside media, is an all-powerful and angry god who can turn off the electricity at will, has brought angels to earth, and is remaking the city in his own image. But as each new story whips the rumors of the mad Doktor to terrifying proportions, the more frightening truth is that he may be beginning to believe his own press! Warren Ellis’ satirical-political science fiction novel continues its on-going run! The issue is available with a regular cover by series artist Ivan Rodriguez, or wraparound cover by Raulo Caceres, and also a rare Future Warning Sign cover. MATURE THEMES REGULAR – 32pgs, FC SRP: $3.99 WRAPAROUND – 32pgs, FC SRP: $3.99- Bendis and Kirkman and Millar to the contrary, the most important and prolific comic writer of the last decade is Warren Ellis. His pop comic treatise and manifesto have challenged the medium (If you haven’t read COME IN ALONE, you’re missing what I think is the best wake-up call, rant, and love-letter to the medium of comics that you’ll ever come across), and his talent, and imagination, and business acumen and daring… have changed it. His standalone works and contained runs, his pop comics, painted the way. From CRECY to AGENTS OF HATE to HELLBLAZER (his run on this title has not been equaled) to AUTHORITY to PLANETARY to OCEAN to GLOBAL FREQUENCY to TRANSMETROPOLITAN to name a few. And he continues to show us, cajole us, tantalize us, with this idea of a medium that can and should offer more… than your father’s superheroes. So I’m really happy to pick up the work he’s doing at Avatar. He pretty much single handedly made that company into more than T&A for the comic book set. (not that there’s anything wrong with that 🙂 )

$3.99 VINCENT PRICE PRESENTS #3 from BLUEWATER PRODUCTIONS
by Chad Helder & Rey Armenteros African-American physicist Andrew Routledge takes a plane flight in a blizzard to attend a world-class conference on quantum mechanics. Fate has other plans when his plane crashes in a nightmarish world where the snow never stops and a menacing evil curse, buried deep within the darkest chapters of American history, rises again! Andrew’s only hope to escape is a strange whistle that he must figure out how to use before the snow stops forever and the apocalyptic Shadow Man appears on the horizon – signaling the doom of all! SC, 32pgs, FC SRP: $3.99- I think this is the same company that did PISTOL FIST, another intriguing sounding series.

$3.99 FARSCAPE #1 CVR A from BOOM STUDIOS
by Rockne O’Bannon, Keith R.A. DeCandido & Tommy Patterson Television’s science fiction masterpiece Farscape returns! Farscape creator Rockne O’Bannon teams up with Farscape novelist Keith R.A. DeCandido (House of Cards) to continue his creation in comic book form right where the Peacekeeper Wars left off! Find out what’s in store for John Crichton, Aeryn Sun, Rygel, Chiana, and the rest of the Moya crew! Do the comics tie into Sci-Fi Channel’s upcoming webisodes? You know it, ‘Scapers! Don’t frelling miss this! Available with covers from Joe Corroney, Dennis Calero, and a photo cover from the series. CORRONEY COVER – SC, 24pgs, FC SRP: $3.99

GIANT MONSTER TP
by Steve Niles & Nat Jones Giant Monster is the ultimate giant monster story, from the writer-creator of the smash-hit 30 Days of Night. Astronaut Don Maggert’s first solo manned space flight has him disappear inTo the grip of an intergalactic horror. Upon his return to Earth, he’s been transformed into something that will throw the entire planet into peril! Featuring oversized Kaiju action and giant monster throwdowns! Featuring an illustrated introduction by Bernie Wrightson and Bill Sienkiewicz. (SEP073459) SC, 128pgs, FC SRP: $14.99 (preview artwork is available)

$2.95 TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE #53 from BROADSWORD COMICS
by Jim Balent “Loose Lips.” Each year, many people donate their body parts to others after they are dead. But what if the ghosts of the dead change their minds and want them back? Skeleton Man and Crypt Chick must stop the ungrateful dead as the spirits try to retrieve their donated parts from the living! MATURE THEMES 32pgs, FC SRP: $2.95- I like Jim Balent’s TAROT. In a world where people have no problem using sex to sell everything from cars to torture and hate, people have a problem with Balent using his sexy good girl art to sell a Pollyannesque, Newage, Adult fairy tale. You know what, I say good for Balent. His comics are easy on the eyes, and yes they do have a “I like me, and you should like you” message, and I think that’s great. His work is as valid as grown men reading about dudes in skin tight costumes, wearing their underwear on the outside of their pants spending their nights looking for other freaks to wrestle. So yeah, I think TAROT is a lot less deluded than most Marvel or DC superhero comics, and is a lot more fun. Recommended.

RASL TP VOL 1 DRIFT from CARTOON BOOKS
by Jeff Smith Cartoon Books proudly presents Jeff Smith’s new adventure series – RASL – a stark, sci-fi series about a dimension-jumping art thief, a man unplugged from the world who races through space and time searching for his next big score – and trying to escape his past. In this first of three graphic novels, Rasl faces an assassin’s bullet and stumbles across a mystery that not only threatens to expose his own illicit activities, but could also uncover one of the world’s most dangerous and sought after secrets! Contains mature content. (C: 0-1-2) MATURE THEMES SC, 9×12, 112pgs, B&W SRP: $13.00– This is a must have. Man!! Why are there so many good books out!

$2.25 (save $0.74) SPARKS #5 (OF 6) from CATASTROPHIC COMICS
by Christopher Folino & JM Ringuet From Catastrophic Comics. William Katt’s critically acclaimed superhero noir thriller gets closer to its dark finale. Karma, fate and vengeance all demand full payment from masked vigilante Ian Sparks in this shocking penultimate issue! Scheduled to ship 10/29/08. (808) MATURE THEMES SC, 32pgs, FC (5 of 6) SRP: $2.99
$2.25 (save $0.74) SPARKS #6 (OF 6)
by Christopher Folino & JM Ringuet William Katt’s critically acclaimed superhuman noir thriller comes to its explosive conclusion as the thrilling finale reveals the extent of Ian Sparks’ true powers! MATURE THEMES SC, 32pgs, FC (6 of 6) SRP: $2.99– If jumping on late like me, get these two issues, and pick up the back issues at any comic store. I heard these guys interviewed on the podcast COMIC GEEKSPEAK and so now I’m following up on my mental note to pick this series up

$34.95 RUSE OMNIBUS TP VOL 1 from CHECKER BOOK PUBLISHING GROUP
by Mark Waid & Butch Guice As the world’s greatest detective, Simon Archard long ago lost interest in crimes that present to him absolutely no challenge – but when a sudden spate of extraordinary homicides and impossible events threatens the gas-lit streets of Partington, only Archard and his partner Emma Bishop can separate the guilty from the innocent! This edition collects issues #1-17 of the Eisner and Harvey nominated series which served as the flagship title for the innovative comic book company, Crossgen. (C: 0-1-2) SC, 7×10, 500pgs, FC SRP: $34.95- –The complete series? Count me in!

$16.99 UNTOUCHABLES TP
by Joe Pruett & John Kissee Twenty years after the fall of Capone and the rise to fame of Ness comes a new group of Treasury agents code-named The Untouchables. Prohibition now includes not only liquor, but tobacco and firearms. Gun fights, car chases, gangsters, nightclubs and sexy dames galore can be found throughout this hard-boiled, alternate take on the days of the mob and the officers who hunted them. Collects The Untouchables #1-4 and The Crimewave one shot. (JUL061685) SC, 7×10, 160pgs, B&W SRP: $16.99

$22.99 BLAZING COMBAT HC from FANTAGRAPHICS
By Archie Goodwin, etc. $22.99 Hardcover Graphic Novels 200 pages, black-and-white, 8″ x 10″ * Superb reproduction from the original printer’s film negatives* Deluxe, hardcover edition* Breathtaking art from several acknowledged masters of the form* Candid, revealing interviews with Blazing Combat publisher James Warren and writer/editor Archie Goodwin. Blazing Combat was an American war-comics magazine published by Warren Publishing from 1965 to 1966. Written and edited by Archie Goodwin, with artwork by such industry notables as Gene Colan, Frank Frazetta, John Severin, Alex Toth, Al Williamson, Russ Heath, Reed Crandall, and Wally Wood, it featured war stories in both contemporary and period settings, unified by a humanistic theme of the personal costs of war, rather than by traditional men’s adventure motifs. As one letter writer in the third issue put it, “Do you seriously expect to make money with a war magazine that publishes nothing but anti-war stories?”While most stories took place during World War II, they ranged in settings from the 18th century to the present-day. Some dealt with historical figures, such as Revolutionary War general Benedict Arnold and his pre-traitorous victory at the Battle of Saratoga, while “Foragers” focused on a fictitious soldier in General William T. Sherman’s devastating March to the Sea during the American Civil War. “Holding Action”, set on the last day of the Korean War, ended with a gung-ho young soldier, unwilling to quit, being escorted over his protests into a medical vehicle. What proved to be the most controversial were stories set during the contemporary Vietnam War, particularly the classic short “Landscape”, which follows the thoughts of a Vietnamese peasant rice-farmer devoid of ideology, who nonetheless pays the ultimate price simply for living where he does. While writer Goodwin evenhandedly portrays the North Vietnamese Army brutal summary executions of village officials, and a well-meaning U.S. Army fatally bludgeoning its way through the village in a counterattack, the story caused key distributors to stop selling the title.- I mentioned this title earlier. Probably this is my buy of the month. It’s a must have.

$3.99 LEGION OF THE SUPERNATURAL #2 from IDW
Rick Remender (w) * Bret Blevins (a & c) When our heroes fail us… we will turn to our monsters! In a dank laboratory, amid the alien ruins on the moon, Frankenstein’s monster has been bitten by a cursed undead. His plea to Dracula is ignored, their rivalry continues. The Mummy Cleopatra has murdered humanities heroes. The Bog Creature moves towards his own plans for saving Earth by eliminating humanity. The vampire world has run dry of victuals. The lord of the vampires has amassed his forces and Tokyo is destroyed over and over. FC * 32 pages * $3.99– I tried to ignore that premise (because I’ve been working on this list for hours, and am getting really tired 🙂 ), but I can’t, sounds too good

$3.99 LOST & FOUND
Beau Smith (w) * Gary Kwapisz (a & c) The Bermuda Triangle, the Arctic Vortex, Stonehedge, and The Devil’s Triangle have always been rumored to be mysterious portals to destinations unknown. Not anymore – they all lead to a scientific “Dead Letter Department” created by a global group of ancient scientists that didn’t worship Gods, they worshiped science. Together they created a massive petri dish in time where they could study everything these portal snares brought them, and then they disappeared. Only, they forgot to turn it off. And now the lab has acquired a nuclear bomb, a development that has a displaced WWI fighter pilot and his astronaut partner racing to stop a pre-Nazi occultist from using the bomb to remake the world in his image. Writer Beau Smith and artist Gary Kwapisz present a rip-roarin’ one-shot tale of cowboys, dinosaurs, Indians, Nazis, Zulu Warriors, pirates, cavemen, rebel and Yankee soldiers and even a sea monster, all within 22 action-packed pages! FC * 32 pages * $3.99 Damn! They had me at Zulu Warriors! It’s okay, I’ll just sell my kidney to pay for all these comics!

Seriously, if you’re a comic company depending on Diamond Previews to give you business, and you’re not one of the big four, I would strongly suggest changing your name to something that begins before “J”, and preferably before “D”. Because I’m a meticulous SOB, and by the time I reach “I” I’m exhausted with looking. So if you’re a small company and your name begins with “G” or after, you just might be out of luck.

Okay onto the “J”s and later:

$4.99 PSYCHOTIC REACTION ONE SHOT from MOONSTONE
by Justin Gray, Thorsten Ebert & Mark Deering Sadly in March of 2008, Psychotic Reaction’s talented artist Thorsten Ebert was involved in a terrible accident on his way to work and is currently in the hospital in a coma. This is his first fully illustrated and published comic book work. Justin Gray, Marc Deering, Paul Mounts, and Moonstone publisher Joe Gentile have agreed to donate the proceeds from the sale of this book exclusively to Thorsten Ebert. Michael has the best job in the world. Not only does he get paid to play video games, but he also gets to test new games before they hit the open market. When the entertainment giant, Brain Thrust, approaches him with an offer to test a cerebral chip that enables a person to play video games in which they smell, taste and perhaps even feel things by transmitting data directly into the human brain, it is an offer he can’t refuse. But when the line between reality and the game begin to blur and people start dying, Michael finds himself at the center of a terrifying conspiracy! Psychotic Reaction is a horror tale in the tradition of Philip K. Dick, written by Jonah Hex’s Justin Gray! By purchasing Psychotic Reaction you can help a young man realize his dream of becoming a published comic book illustrator, and it is our hope that our friend Thorsten will make a complete recovery and resume the bright career he has ahead of him! MATURE THEMES 48pgs, B&W SRP: $4.99

$16.95 SEX LIES AND PRIVATE EYES
by Various When it comes to sex, lies often follow & in the dark heart of the city, death can be the ultimate payback! A landmark collection of all-new original noir short stories with the theme of “sex for sale.” Written by some of today’s top crime writers, Sex, Lies and Private Eyes features a stunning cast of legendary characters from the best mysteries of the past and present: Alo Nudger, Fred Carver, Blackshirt, Candy Matson Domino Lady, Kolchak, Lai Wan, Jack Hagee PI, Johnny Dollar, Mr. Keen, Pat Novak, Sherlock Holmes, The Silencers, The Maze Agency, Toby Peters, Truxton Lewis, and more! With stories by Max Allan Collins, Loren D. Estleman, Stuart M. Kaminksy, Mike W. Barr, Mike Bullock, Barbara Collins, Steven Grant, CJ Henderson, David Tischman, and more, this is one noir ride you won’t want to miss! RES. from Previews Vol. XVIII #6 (JUN084124) SC, 6×9, 288pgs, B&W SRP: $16.95– MOONSTONE isn’t a company that’s on many peoples radar, but their pulp sensibilities interest me

$11.95 KING OF NEKROPOLIS GN from OPTIMUM WOUND COMICS
by Danijel Zezelj Ras Casal is a private detective, haunted by demons and old memories, addicted to drugs and on the verge of complete madness. Casal is hired by Professor Noah to find an old colleague, Theobald Hall, a brilliant computer scientist who has disappeared under mysterious circumstances. The hunt to find Theobald begins as does a long and terrible descent into personal hells for Ras. His journey into the heart of Nekropolis becomes his last chance at redemption! (C: 0-1-0) SC, 7×10, 104pgs, B&W SRP: $11.95- I’m a fan of the artist

$2.25 (save $0.74) CITY OF DUST #2 A CVR LANGLEY
by Steve Niles & Zid The discovery of a child’s storybook puts Khrome at the center of a citywide crackdown on imagination crimes. While detective Khrome bears the weight of suspicion, another grizzly murder is committed and a secret truth is revealed, a truth that will shatter the fragile peace of this estranged society! CLINT LANGLEY COVER – 28pgs, FC SRP: $2.99 ALEX RUIZ COVER – 28pgs, FC SRP: $2.99 LUCIO PARRILLO COVER – 28pgs, FC SRP: $2.99 IFS COVER – 28pgs, FC SRP: $2.99- The Langley cover is my preferred one, followed closely by Ruiz

$24.95 CLEBURNE GN from RAMPART PRESS
by Justin Murphy, Al Milgrom & J. Brown During the American Civil War, as Union armies marched deep into Confederate territory, Confederate General Patrick Cleburne advanced a plan to enlist slaves to fight for the South. According to Cleburne’s proposal, every African American who served the Confederacy as a soldier would receive freedom upon enlistment. This was a revolutionary concept for its era, and by making his proposal, it sent Cleburne’s life spiraling down a perilous road. Set during the critical year of 1864, and culminating in the bloody Battle of Franklin, Cleburne is a tale of unbeatable courage in the face of racism, conspiracy and war. SC, 208pgs, FC SRP: $24.95 Yet ANOTHER Intriguing sounding book due in November!

Okay, I made it all the way down to Zenascope Entertainment and that’s it for my comics highlights. Thank goodness!

Wait. I still have to do the books and magazine sections! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Just joking. I hunt for these things so you don’t have to. 🙂 .

BOOKS

$9.95 ALAN MOORE EXIT INTERVIEW SC from BILL BAKER
By Bill Baker This is an intimate portrait of the artist and his work, detailing both what he’s accomplished and what it’s cost him to remain true to himself and his art. This three-plus hour interview begins with Moore’s dissection of his commercial comics career. The conversation then the turns to the state of the art and business before touching on Lost Girls, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and Jerusalem, his novel-in-progress. SC, 6 x 8, 96pgs, B&W SRP: $9.95

$39.95 REYNOLD BROWN LIFE IN PICTURES HC from ILLUSTRATION MAGAZINE
by David A. Hornung Perhaps best known for his work in the film industry, Reynold Brown was the artist behind such seminal movie posters as Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, I Was A Teenage Werewolf, Ben Hur, Spartacus, and many more. This fantastic volume profiles all facets of Brown’s work, from his early days with North American Aviation during World War II, to his work as a paperback and magazine illustrator in New York City, to his prolific career as one of Hollywood’s finest movie poster artists. Illustrated in full-color with hundreds of images reproduced from the original paintings and drawings, this landmark volume on one of America’s greatest illustrators is not to be missed. (5269/0-9820041-2-5) (C: 0-1-2) HC, 9×11, 208pgs, FC SRP: $39.95

$16.00 PITCHFORK 500 SC
by Scott Plagenhoef & Ryan Schreiber The past thirty years have seen musical genres splinter, creating a world of new sounds and hybrids. During the past five years alone, the advent of mp3 players, Napster, and digital downloads has subdivided even albums themselves. We’ve entered a period in which individual songs are more popular than full albums, where a single mp3 can turn a band into tomorrow’s next big thing. The Pitchfork 500 includes lively, insightful reviews of the 500 most important songs released between January 1977 and December 2006. Beginning with the birth of punk and independent music, it will document the post-boomer era of music that has spanned from such acts as Nirvana, The Clash, Radiohead, and U2, along with hip hop, indie, pop, metal, electronic, and experimental music. Equal parts serious music criticism and pop culture candy, this is the essential music guide of our time, one that considers the changing nature of the modern music landscape, while bringing the changes of the past three decades into focus. (248/1-416-56202-8) (C: 0-1-2) SC, 8×9, 224pgs, B&W SRP: $16.00

JUST AFTER SUNSET COLLECTORS SET
One Printing Only! This Collector’s Set will only be available while supplies last! His first collection in six years, Stephen King delivers his strongest, most broadly appealing stories ever in Just After Sunset. One of the longer stories in this book, the never-before-published “N” recently broke ground when it was adapted as a graphic digital entertainment and brought to vibrant life through a series of 25 video episodes. Introduced by the author, those episodes are presented on the exclusive DVD included in this Collector’s Set and available nowhere else. A trailer for the video episodes, and a special “Behind the Scenes” segment complete the DVD available only in this special edition of the book. (248/1-4391-1530-3) (C: 0-1-2) HC, 6×9, 384pgs, B&W SRP: $37.50

$59.99 100 ALL TIME FAVORITE MOVIES HC from TASCHEN
by Dr. Jurgen Muller From horror to romance, noir to slapstick, adventure to tragedy, epic to musical, western to new wave, all film genres are represented in this wide-ranging and devilishly fun compendium. Metropolis? Check. Modern Times? Yep. Citizen Kane, The Seven Samurai? Of course. A Clockwork Orange? You bet. Plus The Godfather, Annie Hall, Blue Velvet, Pulp Fiction – and so many more cinematic gems. Think of this collection as a celebration of contrasts, an homage to the seventh art, a gathering of greats, and a nostalgic romp through celluloid history. Chronological entries each include a synopsis, cast/crew listings, technical information, actor/director bios, trivia, and list of awards, as well as film stills, production photos, and the original poster for each film. (8075/3-8365-0860-5) (C: 0-1-2) HC, 9.4×12, 800pgs, PC SRP: $59.99

$70.00 STANLEY KUBRICK ARCHIVES HC from TASCHEN
by Alison Castle Finally available again, in a special anniversary edition! The first book to explore Stanley Kubrick’s archives and the most comprehensive study of the filmmaker to date is divided into 2 parts. In 1968, when Stanley Kubrick was asked to comment on the metaphysical significance of 2001: A Space Odyssey, he replied: “It’s not a message I ever intended to convey in words. 2001 is a nonverbal experience…. I tried to create a visual experience.” The philosophy behind Part 1 borrows from this line of thinking: from the opening sequence of Killer’s Kiss to the final frames of Eyes Wide Shut, Kubrick’s complete films will be presented chronologically and wordlessly via frame enlargements. A completely nonverbal experience. Then, divided into chapters chronologically by film, Part 2 brings to life the creative process of Kubrick’s filmmaking by presenting a remarkable collection of material from his archives, including photographs, props, posters, artwork, set designs, sketches, correspondence, documents, screenplays, drafts, notes, and shooting schedules. Accompanying the visual material are essays by noted Kubrick scholars, articles written by and about Kubrick, and a selection of Kubrick’s best interviews. The Stanley Kubrick Archives also comes with a 70-minute audio CD that presents a 1966 interview with Kubrick conducted by Jeremy Bernstein. (8075/3-8365-0889-3) (C: 0-1-2) HC, 12.9×9.6, 544pgs, PC SRP: $70.00

$49.95 WINSTON EFFECT HC PX SGN LTD VAR CVR ED from TITAN BOOKS
by Jody Duncan; foreword by James Cameron A PREVIEWS Exclusive! Stan Winston and his team are the special effects experts behind The Terminator, Aliens, Predator, Jurassic Park, Edward Scissorhands, and many more effects-laden genre classics! Featuring hundreds of unseen photographs and pre-production concept art and sketches, The Winston Effect, this first-ever book revealing the secrets of the Stan Winston Studio, is now offered in this deluxe, interview-packed hardcover edition, signed by Stan Winston and featuring a variant sculpture cover. A must-have for every collector! (893/1-84576-365-3) HC, 10×12, 336pgs, FC SRP: $49.95

MODERN MASTERS SC VOL 20 KYLE BAKER from TWOMORROWS
by Eric Nolan-Weathington Kyle Baker may well be the funniest man in comics. With books like The Cowboy Wally Show, Why I Hate Saturn, Plastic Man, and The Bakers on his resume, along with four (OF his eight) Eisner Awards in the “Best Writer/Artist Humor” category, it’s hard to argue against him. But he does serious, too – and you can’t get much more serious than Nat Turner. He is the all-around cartoonist – he can write, pencil, ink, and color with the best of them. His work has appeared in such diverse publications as The New York Times, Esquire, Rolling Stone, and MAD. Without question, Kyle Baker is a Modern Master, and this book presents a career-spanning interview and discussion of his creative process, plus plenty of rare and unseen art, including an 8-page color section, and a gallery of commissioned work! (C: 0-1-1) SC, 120pgs, PC SRP: $14.95

MAGAZINES

BACK ISSUE #31
Back Issue salutes the comics and animation career of the late, great, and groundbreaking writer Steve Gerber, beginning with an in-depth look at his most famous creation, Howard the Duck. Plus, “Gerber’s Gruesomes” (Marvel horror series such as Man-Thing), Omega the Unknown, “Gerber in the Marvel Universe” (offbeat superhero work, from Defenders to Foolkiller), Crazy! Magazine, Metal Men, Mister Miracle, and the animated television favorite Thundarr the Barbarian. An all-star lineup of comics and cartoon creators pay tribute to Steve Gerber, with art by and commentary from Frank Brunner, Rich Buckler, Gene Colan, Michael Golden, Stan Lee, Paul Levitz, Pablo Marcos, Val Mayerik, Jim Mooney, Martin Pasko, Mike Ploog, Dave Simons, Roger Slifer, Walt Simonson, Ron Wilson, and many, many others. And Howard the Duck turns barbarian in a cover painting by Frank Brunner! (Twomorrows Publishing) (C: 0-1-2) Magazine, 100pgs, B&W SRP: $6.95

$5.99 COMICS NOW #4
Comics Now! welcomes you with another serving of pulse-pounding features! Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Marvel Knights with a retrospective tracing the idea’s origin and development. Delve into why the market is witnessing a (successful) revival of heroes and villains from the Golden Age of Comics. Plus the conclusion of our two-part Hellblazer analysis! Throw in your favorite columns and comic strips for a fall feast to remember, courtesy of Comics Now! (Ape Entertainment) (C: 0-1-2) Magazine, 96pgs, FC SRP: $5.99

$9.99 SFX #176
SFX is the biggest, brightest and boldest science fiction magazine in the world, filled to the brim with everything you ever wanted to know about sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. Well-known for its irreverent-but-fond attitude towards the genres, SFX is Britain’s best-selling sci-fi and fantasy magazine! Explore the depths of some of the greatest minds in literary sci-fi and comicdom and read reviews of all the latest films, DVDs, and books. (Future Publishing) (C: 0-1-2) NOTE: Not available in the U.K. (May Purchase from U.K. Vendor) Magazine, FC SRP: $9.99

HEAVY METAL JAN 2009 #120
Heavy Metal, the world’s foremost adult illustrated fantasy magazine, returns with an all-new issue that features stories and artwork that is out of this world! (C: 0-1-2) MATURE THEMES Magazine, 8×11, 150pgs, FC SRP: $6.95

$12.00 ZINE YEARBOOK #9
by Various An annual anthology of small press writing and artwork, Zine Yearbook collects excerpts from zines and mini-comics printed in a given year with circulations under 5,000 copies. There are thousands of small press, independent zines in publication today, and Zine Yearbook seeks both to document these efforts and provide well-deserved visibility and recognition to people who make the zine world the vibrant community that it is. Instead of categorizing or analyzing this movement, this series allows you to decide for yourself by providing excerpts from current publications. 240pgs, B&W SRP: $12.00

SUPER SPIES AND SECRET AGENTS #1
Ths is the first issue of the new British fanzine dedicated to the shadowy world of movie and TV Spies and Secret Agents! And although Super-Spies & Secret Agents devotes its attention to the classics of the genre – James Bond, The Prisoner, The Avengers, Man from UNCLE, Wild Wild West, Get Smart – the latest and greatest entries in the field – Chuck, Burn Notice, She Spies, and 24 – get their due as well! If you love spies and secret agents, then this is the mag for you! (Sequential Media) (C: 0-1-2) 48pgs, B&W SRP: $7.99- Great Cover

FANGORIA #279
Two of horror’s most famous figures – one from the classic era, the other a modern fright favorite – get makeovers in 2009, and Fangoria is the place to read about them! The new Friday the 13th film explores masked marauder Jason Voorhees’ origins and sets him loose on a fresh cast of young stars led by Jared Padalecki and Danielle Panabaker. Who will survive Jason’s new rampage? Then, Benicio Del Toro howls as Universal resurrects one of its all-time favorite monsters in a brand new feature, The Wolf Man! Del Toro is the cursed Lawrence Talbot, Oscar-winner Anthony Hopkins is his father and Emily Blunt is the heroine in the film, directed by Joe Johnston and featuring makeup FX by Rick Baker. Plus, this issue boasts all the latest horror news, TV updates, gossip and DVD, video game and book reviews that you can only find in Fangoria! (Starlog Group Inc) (C: 0-1-2) Magazine, FC SRP: $8.99-A new wolfman movie? About time! Hopefully it’s as good as the original

STARLOG #372
The films and DVDs of this winter take center stage in the latest issue of Starlog! Take a visit to the set of the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still, go behind the scenes of James Bond’s latest mission in Quantum of Solace, talk to director David Yates about his work on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, experience F. Scott Fitzgerald’s charming fantasy The Curious Case of Benjamin Button with actor Brad Pitt and director David Fincher, and take a trip onto the set of the highly-anticipated Watchmen. Plus, Starlog salutes Superman on film with interviews with John Newton, Helen Slater, and Marc McClure! (Starlog Group Inc) (C: 0-1-2) Magazine, FC SRP: $7.99

VIDEO WATCHDOG #146
Video Watchdog is the original, ultimate monthly review of horror, sci-fi and cult films on DVD, with serious, in-depth reviews and articles on domestic and import releases by the best writers in the field! You can read a lot of guesswork on the Internet, but the facts aren’t “in” until you read them in Video Watchdog! (Video Watchdog) (C: 0-1-2) Magazine, 6×9, 80pgs, FC SRP: $8.95

HOUSE THAT HAMMER BUILT #23
The House That Hammer Built is the premiere magazine about Hammer Studios and the library of horror films they produced during film’s horror renaissance. Hazel Court, Hammer’s first scream queen and cult horror actress, died earlier this year, and we offer a special tribute to the actree. Also, the retrospective of Hammer’s legendary set designer, Bernard Robinson, continues as the films he worked on in 1965 – Dracula: Prince of Darkness, Rasputin the Mad Monk, The Plague of Zombies, and The Reptile – are all discussed. Each page is packed with rare photos, making this magazine perfect for cinephiles! (Wayne Kinsey) (C: 0-1-2) Magazine, 52pgs, B&W SRP: $14.00

DVDs

EDGAR ALLEN POE COLL DVD VOL 1 ANNABEL LEE & OTHER TALES OF MYSTERY
From Microcinema International! The first volume in The Edgar Allan Poe Collection contains some excellent adaptaions of Poe’s work including George Higham’s award-winning, stop-motion animation short film inspired by the poem Annabel Lee. Annabel Lee is quintessential Poe – a haunted soul, a lost love, and the nocturnal grave-quest. The epic quality of this Orphic adventure includes expressionist visions of a lone figure on a journey through a nightmarish landscape in order to be re-united with his lost love… but first he must overcome the wrath of the “Envious Angels” that ruined his world. Scheduled to ship in November 2008. (C: 0-1-3) DVD SRP: $19.95

HP LOVECRAFT COLL DVD VOL 5
From Microcinema International! This DVD collecting celluloid adaptations of H. P. Lovecraft’s horror works features The Thing on the Doorstep, a unique story about an unfortunate marriage between a precocious scholar (Edward Derby) and a young heiress (Asenath Waite) who has mysterious hypnotic powers. Also included are the short films Maria’s Hubris by Patrick Weber and the animated short film From Beyond by Michael Granberry, an interview with director John Carpenter regarding Lovecraft, and openers from the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival. Scheduled to ship in November 2008. (C: 0-1-3) DVD SRP: $19.95

CREATOR CHRONICLES JOE JUSKO DVD VOL 1 S/N ED
by Joe Jusko, Robin Dale & Renee Witterstaetter Joe Jusko, the renowned comics and fantasy painter, sits down to talk about his prolific 30 year career in illustration. Then, for the first and only time on camera, Joe gives an exclusive tutorial as he paints an entire piece from start to finish, sharing his entire process with the viewer, making The Creator Chronicles: Joe Jusko an absolute master class in fantasy art painting! (C: 0-1-2) DVD SRP: $29.95

Movie DVD Netflix Rental/Purchase recommendations!

Okay, so you’re planning another trip to your local video store (or to someone’s website if you get your movies mailed to you), and you just need some recommendations. You’ve tried all the usual suspects, and need a better class of suggestions. Well you’re in luck, cause I have some for you.

Okay these recommendations come from my HOSTAGE IS JUNK pile. So called because I thought the film HOSTAGE starring Bruce Willis was disappointing to say the least. I was with it in the beginning, that opening title sequence is one of the best I’ve seen in any movie. The movie is worth renting just for that title animation. And Florent Siri (who did the decent French film THE NEST) provides a stylishly directed, and innovative hostage scene to begin the film, unfortunately it’s all down hill from there.

So for those who feel the same try these titles instead:

THE JACKET
ULTIMATE AVENGERS II
SUPERMAN DOOMSDAY
FINDING NEVERLAND
GIRL WITH A PEARL EARING
THE MAID- Singapore
BRAZIL
UNION CITY

Well that’s the list for tonight. Hope you find something to your liking.

BEN OKRI, KWAME DAWES, DAVID MARKSON, and LOST DVDs

WHAT AM I READING TODAY?

THE FAMISHED ROAD by Ben Okri. Just completed the first chapter, lyric and beautiful. Magical realism at its finest.

SHE’S GONE by Kwame Dawes. The story of Kingston Reggae Rockers and their walks on shifting ground. Starting off very strong.

THE HARRY FANNIN DETECTIVE NOVELS: EPITAPH FOR A TRAMP AND EPITAPH FOR A DEADBEAT by David Markson. A great first chapter doesn’t guarantee a great book, but more often than not it’s a pretty good indictaor. And this books offers a great first chapter.

H.P. LOVECRAFT THE TOMB AND OTHER TALES- Anthology of Lovecraft stories, the title story THE TOMB I found pretty underwhelming.

WHAT AM I WATCHING?

I’ve purchased the complete BBC JECKYL series, after viewing two of the episodes. I’ve bought the original BBC Pal DVDs, and not the shorter American edited version that was shown on BBC America,

The show from what I’ve see is Brilliant. Brilliant enough that I’m paying more to get the PAL DVDs.

Have also bought seasons 1 and 2 of LOST, so I can finally see what all the hype is about.

On the rental front I recently tried 2 movies, one called BUGS and one called HEADSPACE, both covered in all kinds of lofty reviews, and both failing to live up to them. With BUGS being the more disappointing of the two.