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Why Comics ARE Literature Part 3

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Okay, so zombies may not be everyone’s thing. However, The Walking Dead is so much more than a zombie comic. Especially when it comes to the first volume, “Days Gone Bye,” which collects issues one through six of this monthly series from Image Comics.

Written by Robert Kirkman (who writes the campy Marvel Zombies) and drawn by Tony Moore (who works on Fear Agent and The Exterminators), this is a story you don’t want to miss. You would think that, being a zombie comic, it would be filled with blood and guts. However, there is so much more. A genuine tale of humanity and survival in unforgiving times, the story ends with a huge exclaimation point that should not be missed. That is why we gave Walking Dead: Days Gone Bye five out of five stars.

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September 8, 2008 Posted by | Books, Comic Books, Image Comics, Reviews | , , , , | Leave a comment

Comics Are Literature Part 2

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Quite possibly the most famous Batman story out there, Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns is a gritty and violent tale of a man wrestling with inner demons and putting a ruined city back in order. Ten years after Bruce Wayne hung up his cape, Gotham has fallen to pieces. It is overrun by a gang of killers and, as Bruce walks home one night, they wake up something they wish they never had. The Batman returns with a vengence that can only be satisfied when “his” city is safe once again. Taking on gangs, the Joker, a new police comissioner, and even Superman, nothing will stand in his way.

Masterfully written by Frank Miller (300, Sin City, Ronin, and the contraversial All-Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder), we are invited into the mind of a tortured soul who relives watching his parents die every day. This is 5/5 star material that you don’t want to miss folks.

August 31, 2008 Posted by | Books, Comic Books, DC Comics, Reviews | , , , | Leave a comment

Ready You Wallets for Joker

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I caught this interview on Wizard’s website and find myself all kinds of giddy. I’ve been on a Batman kick ever since I watched The Dark Knight and I’ve been collecting as many trades as I can. Then I find that DC will be releasing an original hardcover story written by Brian Azzarello (Eisner award-winner for 100 Bullets, Eisner nominee for Hellblazer, Batman: Broken City, Superman: For Tomorrow, and other great stories). Further more, it is being illustrated by Lee Bermejo (an amazing artist who is the regular cover artist for Hellblazer) and Mick Gray. Judging from the sample artwork I have seen, it is going to be feakin’ amazing.

DC’s website offers this synopsis of what to expect from the story:

After yet another stint in Arkham Asylum, The Joker finds “his city” divided among mobsters and costumed villains. Not content to settle for a piece of the pie, The Joker vows to take back the whole damn enchilada by any means necessary. Look for appearances by a slew of Gotham’s most wanted, including gritty takes on Two-Face, Riddler, Killer Croc, Penguin, Harley Quinn and even Batman!

Personally, I can’t wait and there will be an extra twenty bucks missing from my paycheck on October 22nd. Oh, and the scarring on the mouth of the “Clown Price of Crime,” in case you’re wondering, was included in the story before The Dark Knight ever hit movie screens.

August 31, 2008 Posted by | Books, Comic Books, DC Comics, News, Reviews | , , , , | Leave a comment

Comics ARE Literature Part 1

Growing up, I was always told that comics are not a valid literary genre. Just like novels were considered as trashy reading back in the Victorian era and before, comics do not garner the respect they deserve in today’s world. If you are a grown man or woman reading a comic book in a public place, you can rest assured that other adults will look at you as childish and immature. However, I must respectfully disagree. There are several books out there that challenge readers and ask them to think. This is the first in a series series of poststhat will explore some of the comic genre’s best graphic novels and stories. If you have any that you think should appear in this series, post it in the comments and we will definately consider it.

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Allan Moore’s Watchmen is the first and probably the best of these books. Created in 1986 with art by Dave Gibbons, TIME MAGAZINE named it in their top 100 English-language novels from 1923-the present. It is part murder mystery, part sinster plot to create world peace, and all psychological. Since reading it, I have often asked myself how Allan Moore stayed sane while writing a plot that is so complex that you will be scratching your head until the very end… and end that will twist your mind in knots and leave you utterly speachless. If, after reading this book, you do not consider comics literature, then you don’t know what literature is. This is one of Neorama Entertainment’s 5/5 star books.

August 24, 2008 Posted by | Books, Comic Books, DC Comics, Reviews, Uncategorized | , , , , | 1 Comment

Be A Rebel

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As I get ready to start penning a web series to be released on YouTube and on this blog, I thought it would be a good idea to share this book with you. Far from a how-to book, Rebel Without A Crew by Robert Rodriguez is still a must have for all would-be filmmakers. For those of you unfamiliar with the films of Rodriguez, you’ve either not read the credits of some of the best campy movies out there or been living under a rock. He is the mastermind behind Desperado, Once Upon A Time In Mexico, Planet Terror, and the upcoming Red Sonja. Before all these blockbusters though, there was El Mariachi. This Spanish language film was shot on a budget of $7,000 over the couse of a couple weeks. And you know what? It’s good.

Rebel Without A Crew chronicles Robert’s journey, from selling his body to science to pay for the film (I’m not joking) to it landing him a deal with Paramont. Like I said it is not an instruction manual. However, there is a section in the back called “The Ten Minute Film School.” That’s right, according to Robert, everything you need to know about making a movie you can learn in ten minutes. The book, for what it lacks in instructions, it makes up for in inspiration. Seeing what this guy went through to get his movie made, one can’t help but feel they can do it too.

Filled with outlandish, yet true stories, the book is well written and never fails to entertain. The Ten Minute Film School is actually very helpful and inspiring in its own right. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. Don’t take my word for it though. Check out the movie it’s about.

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August 17, 2008 Posted by | Books, Movies, Neorama, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment