Friday, December 30, 2011

David E Kelley reuses Wonder Woman costume


David E Kelley has found a use for the Wonder Woman costume from his failed attempt to see the Amazonian Princess back on the small screen.... and this time Lois Lane is wearing it!


Erica Durance, who played Lois Lane in Smallville, will appear on Harry's Law in the Wonder Woman outfit that Adrianne Palicki wore ever so briefly.


Erica is portraying Annie Billson, a woman who has taken on the persona of Wonder Woman to fight back against perpetrators of domestic abuse.

Her vigilante ways lead her to seek help from Adam, one of the lawyers of Harry's Law, after she hurts someone and is charged. Annie, knowing Adam from High School, seeks his representation when she runs into trouble with the law.


This is not the first time Erica has donned a costume in the style of the legendary Princess on TV.

In Smallville we saw Lois in many a costume for her undercover investigative work, but when she wore an Amazon Princess outfit the images made the rounds online long before the show hit screens.


I have made no secret of how much I adore Erica Durance so I will definitely go out of my way to see this episode, even though I've never seen Harry's Law.

~ Rogue
(aka Wonder Woman & Erica Durance fan-girl)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Comic Book Comics #6


Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey
41 pages Black & White

Be warned; this is not your everyday comic.  Read Comic Book Comics, and if you're not careful you may learn something before it's done.

Comic Book Comics is the second in Evil Twin Comics' string of Non-Fiction Graphic Novels, following on from Action Phiolosophers.  Issues 1 through 5 covered issues such as the origin of comic strips, the origin of Superman, comics during wartime, the Comics Code Authority, and (my personal favourite), the All Lawsuit issue.  Issue 6 is no slouch as a wrap up, covering the history of Graphic Novels (including Art Speigelman's MAUS and Wil Eisner's THE SPIRIT), the biography of the "God Of Manga" Osamu Tezuka (creator of Astroboy and Kimba the White Lion), the creation of the Direct Market, and Digital Piracy of comics.


The amount of research that goes into Comic Book Comics is incredible, and Fred Van Lente has kept up that standard with this issue.  The Tezuka biography was fascinating to read; I never realised how much anime I'd watched that Tezuka created.  The Digital Piracy chapter stepped up the information yet again, but I was a little dissapointed by the lack of coverage of legitimate digital comics - a single panel about web comics - especially since I'd read all six issues of Comic Book Comics on my iPad.

Comic Books Comics has been absolutely fascinating; after reading the final issue, I feel like I can now get my diploma in the history of comics.

Check out a preview at Comics Alliance, or check out the Comic Book Comics page on the Evil Twin Comics' website.

Available in print and digital formats from November 23rd, 2011.

-Chris

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Green Lantern #1


Geoff Johns/Doug Mahnke/Christian Alamy/David Baron/SalCipriano/Brian Cunningham

Yay! Nothing’s changed!

Green Lantern looks to have come through Flashpoint completely unscathed. Continuity is exactly where we left it last month. Sinestro’s a Green Lantern, and Hal has been fired. We see Hal trying to pick up his life (not so successfully), and Sinestro being forced to be what he’s hated for so long (and plotting his way out of it). Another final page plot twist will bring us back for issue two.

Art wasn’t bad. Not brilliant, not bad. Writing was pretty good. Hal’s a doofus, and is being forced to realise how long he’s been relying on his ring to get him out of trouble (Rent? Car payments?). Sinestro is devious, and Carol seems to be the smartest of them all. Another satisfying instalment of Green Lantern. Did somebody say something about a reboot?

Would I buy it again? Yeah. I’m a GL fanboy. I’ve been reading it for years now (Since before the War of the Lanterns). This was definitely good enough to bring me back for my regular helping.

-Chris

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Digital Obsession


I’m a lover of digital uptake in all media forms of entertainment.

While the LP vs CD vs MP3 discussions seem to have played out for the most part, the battle of Theatre vs Disc vs Streaming rages on. The biggest battle that most people I know discuss is Local TV Scheduling vs Web Accessible TV, and how lifting region locks would see a rise in both ratings and profits for shows willing to put themselves in a worldwide buyer’s market.

A Worldwide Buyer’s Market.

That’s the thing that a lot of media formats are failing to realise is key to minimising piracy and attracting new fans. People that like your style of entertainment will keep coming back to be entertained by you, again and again, and the easier you make it for them to access your product the more they appreciate you beyond your work, and the more loyal they become.

One area of entertainment that seems to be going the old LP vs CD argument is Books vs eBooks. For the most part Books vs eBooks is exactly like LP vs CD; Analogue vs Digital; Old School vs New. Where it seems to heat up the most at the moment though is in discussions of comics.

I have a massive collection of comics. I recently looked through the entire collection (looked through, not read) over a couple of months and fell in love with them all over again. Seeing the cover art, skimming through issues here and there, and recalling the storylines that took my imagination on amazing adventures throughout the years was absolutely brilliant. I have more comics than I do room to house them, even with having a dedicated library in my home, but I love them just the same. Yet I am a huge supporter of digital comics, digital books, and those that produce them.

The ease of buying digitally, the reduction in storage needs, the ability to discover new products online from all over the world, most that would never see the light of day locally, and then experience them shortly afterwards, is absolute gold to me. My “Local” Comic Shop is two hours away by car, but as I don’t drive that makes it three hours by public transport *IF* the trains are all running on time. Oh, and there’s no public transport on weekends here, so I can only go during the week, and only during the selected hours that the local transport matches up. Digital products are, without a doubt, my saviour when it comes to getting the entertainment I want.

I practically live on my iPad, with small jaunts to the laptop mixed in. Most of my work is in the digital realm and even when I travel to work “in the real world” I end up with the results digitally anyway. Why wouldn't I want to experience a vast majority of my entertainment via the digital format too?

Now, I believe requesting individuals and companies to back digital production and distribution isn't enough, you've got to show your support by paying for the products and promoting the things you enjoy to others.

I read my books on iBooks, my comics on comiXology, and my PDFs on Good Reader. I have re-purchased every CD I own via iTunes (except the few that are unavailable here and unlikely to ever get released due to the bands folding) and all my VHS are now Blu-Ray, and if I could access decent streaming capabilities more often locally, I’d go that route too.

My old media formats have been mostly given away to those that still like their entertainment that way, while I happily pay out for the ease and convenience of immediate digital satisfaction. While many are bemoaning the death of the LCS, I thrill at the idea that I can get my comics on the same day and date as the physical release, and I can do it without a six hour travelling odyssey.

Here are the last few digital purchases I've made:

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Chris Eliopoulos is selling PDFs of his two Misery Loves Sherman books for only $2 each!

You can grab yourself a copy of each at http://chriseliopoulos.com

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Greg Pak is giving away his amazing graphic novel, Vision Machine, everywhere!

You can get it from www.visionmachine.net, through comiXology (in the three individual issues), or even on G+!

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Jimmy Palmiotti has a Kickstarter project underway for his graphic novel, Queen Crab.

Head to http://kck.st/jwSoPJ where a PDF copy starts as low as $5 and the more you give to support the work, the more nifty bonuses you get as a thank you!

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If you’re interested in supporting digital uptake in comics, spread the word far and wide, pay the very small amounts asked for such hard work from talented people, and celebrate the benefits that embracing technology offers.

Please, let me know of any other nifty digital comics out there that you think I might like! I'm always interested in new and exciting adventures :)

~ Rogue

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Wonder Woman gets a pilot!


NBC have decided to say yes to the Wonder Woman pilot that was being shunned by all the networks recently. Even NBC had originally said no!

The new head of NBC, Bob Greenblatt, is credited with revitalising Showtime and isn't afraid of sinking some money into projects he believes will help the network.

The pitch that was being shopped around is reportedly as follows:

The project is described as a reinvention of the iconic D.C. comic in which Wonder Woman, aka Diana Prince, is a vigilante crime fighter in L.A. but also a successful corporate executive and a modern woman trying to balance all of the elements of her extraordinary life.

I wonder if she'll don the Diana Prince outfit from the comics?

This Wonder Woman fangirl is a happy critter right now :D
~ Rogue