Sunday, March 31, 2013

The Middleman

In 2008, The Middleman ran for 12 episodes on ABC Family. It was a fun, pop-culture referencing, series that saw struggling artist Wendy Watson, become a secret agent in training to be the next Middleman for O2STK (Organization Too Secret To Know).

Wendy was selected for training by the current Middleman after she demonstrated the ability to keep cool under pressure when she took on an attacking monster with a letter opener.

The Middleman is both the position and title for the agent. Each new Middleman is selected and trained by the current Middleman, with the trainee taking the mantle when the current Middleman retires or dies.

Today, creator Javier Grillo-Marxuach announced on twitter that there would be more Middleman, and that it might involve a Kickstarter.

With so many success stories coming from crowd-funding sites like KickstarterIndiegogo, and Pozible, just to name a few, and the promise from Warner Brothers to green-light a Veronica Mars movie should they be able to show enough support (currently at $4,322,144 raised through crowd-funding as of this posting), it is no surprise that more and more people are taking their dreams to the public in order to make them reality.

What better way to prove there is a market for your product than by having your audience support it financially upfront and, with so many companies complaining about piracy, it seems this is also a way for people to show they're willing to pay for things they want, and will receive on release, not delayed due to ridiculous excuses based on locations.

Crowd-funding works. I know my first response upon hearing about the opportunity for more Middleman was...

"Shut up and take my money!"

Yes, I'm an excited little critter :D
~ Rogue

Monday, March 11, 2013

Marvel #1

Love comics? Can't afford to try the first issues of all the ones you'd love to? Well, Marvel have you covered! For March 11 and 12 (US dates), Marvel have over 700 (in fact it's 725 if I counted correctly) first issues available for free! Head on over to Marvel, comixology, or rev up their comic apps on your tablet, and download some comics! There are both new and old issues to enjoy.

Want to check out the Marvel NOW titles? They're there! Want to read up on some more cosmic stuff after reading the new Nova and Guardians Of The Galaxy books? Grab some of there back issues, and a ton of Annihilation! Curious about Thanos since seeing Avengers? There's a ton of issues featuring him available!

Of course, the ever popular Deadpool has his own section of books, as does Wolverine. The Avengers are well showcased, as a team and individually, and the Young Avengers are in there too :) Thor's section features Loki, Sif, Valkyrie, and the Warriors Three (and the Warrior's Four, lol, yay, Power Pack!) in their own books, and Cap's section has some Falcon, Nomad, and Winter Soldier issues too. The X-Men are well covered in the giveaway as well, with their own section featuring 118 issues dedicated to them, and their various individual members.

If 616 Mainstream Marvel isn't your thing, you can grab some 1610 Ultimate Marvel Universe titles, or even some 199999 Marvel Cinematic Universe issues. The Ultimate Universe titles are an attempt to tell tales in a setting unburdened by the expansive history of the Mainstream Universe, while the Cinematic Universe books expand and complement the Marvel Movies we all enjoy :)

As expected, the sites are experiencing a huge demand for the free first issues, so be patient (I'm using my tablet to download issues due to website timeouts), but most importantly, enjoy your new adventures!

~ Rogue