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The Brief Pause

I know that over the past two or three days I’ve been lax in my posting, and I apologize. There have been some turbulent times here at the old homestead that kept me from posting. However, I assure you that the blog goes on (as well as the writing of our own comics). Though I may miss a post here and there, I am diligent in the fact that I will continue to offer you content. So without further ado…

September 7, 2008 Posted by | Neorama, News | , | Leave a comment

Readers’ Choice Update

Sorry about the late post. I got a telescope and was out looking at the sky with the kids. Today I want to update you on my work on Readers’ Choice 1.0. The first script I’m working on The Harlot’s Children. This story focuses on Marduk, a cosmic level character based on the Babylonian god of the same name. Marvel once used a character by this name. However, their version was turned out to be none less than Satan. Our vision for the character is to make him the hero he was in Babylonian mythology. This story has the warrior god of wisdom facing off against a horde of his sister’s children.

What I will be doing with this series is introducing characters from four different realities (the Neorama universe is composed of many realities and galaxies). The second issue will visit our reality, a world in which there are no superpowers and the heroes are all tough-as-nails crusaders. Our third issue introduces on of the fantasy based realities where there is no sun. The final issue will take us to a world not unlike our own, but where superpowers are a reality. Each issue is being written and lettered by me while my friend and fellow geek, Nate Foster, will provide the art and colors. Once all four issues have been released, readers will be able to vote on which on deserves its own ongoing quarterly series.

In other news, I am restarting me weekly fiction serial, The Murder, about a small town under attack by a flock of flesheating crows. Updated once every Sunday, each post will come in the form of diary entries, newspaper articles, and even some poetry. Employing Nate Foster once again, he will be providing black and white illustrations for each post. If you are into Stephen King, you will be into this.

August 17, 2008 Posted by | Comic Books, Neorama, News | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

This Week In Comics

Well, this is the first of comic review posts, so I guess I should explain what you can expect. Each week I will review three books (one from the powerhouse publishers, DC and Marvel, and one independent title). I will give you the lowdown on the plot, the writing, the art, and the entertainment. Then I will rate it 0-5 stars. Zero stars means leave the book alone, it is the suckiest piece of crap to ever suck. One star means it is really bad, the only reason you should get it is if you are a diehard fan of the title. Two stars means the book is below average, with a little work the creative team could have made it better. Three stars means it’s average, you won’t see anything groundbreaking but will be entertained. Four stars means the book is really good, buy it. The coveted five stars means the issue is amazing, there is no reason you should not own it at all. That said, let’s take a look at this week’s titles.

First on our list is Marvel’s first issue of Secret Invasion: Thor, a mini that ties Thor into the Marvel Universe’s current Skrull crisis. It starts off with something crashing towards the Earth as Dr. Blake (Thor’s human alter ego) makes a house call to a pregnant woman. An explosion catches the two off guard and sends the woman labor. Blake knows that something has happened to Asgard (his floating castle of a home) and leaves the woman in the care of a nurse to investigate. This leads to the return of Beta Ray Bill, Thor’s longtime friend and brother in arms, who Thor puts in charge of the impending assault against the Skrull so he can go back to the pregnant woman and deliver the baby. We also have the now sexy Loki getting into people’s minds and making them wonder if their aren’t enemies amongst them even as they make their plans. Oh, and the Skrull have Beta Ray Bill’s hammer, which is just as powerful as Thor’s.

Matt Fraction is scripting the series and the writing is alright. It’s not too deep, but not stupid either. Doug Braithewaite provides the artwork, most of which feels like sketches, good sketches, but sketches none the less. The colors are done by Paul Mounts and they go well with the style of art provided.

The writing in this issue could have been a better, especially since I am loving his Ages of Thunder Thor mini. The art is a bit skeletal to me. After all, I am a diehard Thor fan and am used to the majesty of the current ongoing being drawn by Coipel, so this is a bit of a downgrade for me. Overall, the issue was an okay read, earning itself 3 out of 5 stars.

Simon Dark #11

is our DC title this week. Simon, a Frankenstein monster-styled hero, who has found himself in a battle with magically mutated monsters. This issue starts off with Simon soothing the monsters and we get a flashback tale of how they were made. At the end of it, he garners their help in his attempt to save Gotham City from an impended evil. After a less than spectacular fight scene through a mob of hooded cultists, he finds himself at a door that “only a master” can go through. Once inside the room, Simon find himself face to face with the ghost of Dall Moss, a former mayor of Gotham City. What ensues then is half an issue of back story about Simon as told by Mr. Moss and the end of any and all action.

Written by Steve Niles, the genius behind 30 Days of Night, I was expecting more from this series (especially after reading the first two issue when they first came out). The title is drawn by Scott Hampton with artwork that is very minimalist. Most of the panels have little more than white backgrounds and when there are backgrounds they are usually super simple. Daniel Vozzo colors this issue and the colors are very minimalist as well. There is a bleakness in them that boarders on bland.

Having read the first two issues, I have to say that I like Simon Dark more as street level character fighting and decapitating cultists rather than traveling into the realm of the supernatural. The art is way too simple for my tastes, even for a gothic-styled superhero title. Granted, I did drop the title for about eight issue to make room for others in my pull list, so I’m a little behind on the story’s continuity. Still, I feel obligated to rate this issue 2 out of 5 stars.

Our final title tonight is Welcome to Hoxford #1, from IDW. We are introduced to Raymond Delgado through a series of traumatizing events in his life which leads him to become a walking encyclopedia of psychosis and a cannibal. After killing yet another cellmate, he and a few other less desirables are transferred to Hoxford, an institute for the criminally insane. This place is being kept pretty top secret too. They won’t even let a young psychiatrist in to see her patients. The guards and the warden also seem to have a taste for raw meat. Once checked in, Raymond takes a chunk out of another inmate and gets everyone sent back to their cells… except for the poor sap bleeding all over the place. The guards take him on down to the meat locker where he makes a gory discovery before meeting a delicious end.

Written, drawn, and colored by Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night and Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse), this guy is a comic book triple threat. The writing is good, moving along at a steady pace that doesn’t feel rushed. The artwork is an acquired taste, but if you liked 30 Days of Night, you’ll like this too. The same goes with the colors. While monotonous and bleak, they still somehow seem to add to the story.

This is the first time I’ve read anything written by Templesmith and I was not disappointed. The book seems like a demented version of Oz. Again, the artwork is an acquired taste, but right up my ally for the type of story being told. In the end, I give this issue a 4 out of 5 stars.

August 14, 2008 Posted by | Comic Books, Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dear God (Or Equally Supreme Being), Have Mercy On Us!

Caught this article today and my jaw just dropped… out of horror. It would appear that Paris Hilton has teamed up with comic book legend Stan “The Man” Lee to create a superhero (sit down for this) based on herself. This news leads me to but one question. What the hell is Stan Lee thinking!? This is the man who created Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, The X-Men, and so much more that we all hold so dear. Why has he lowered himself to such a standard? Sure there is the chance at working with a great piece of anorexic eye candy, but Paris Hilton? This abomination, rather than being a comic book character (though that will likely ensue), is to become a cartoon played on none other than MTV. Thanks for bringing us another P.O.S. show instead of playing some actual music MTV.

So what’s it about? Paris Hilton would not devulge any secrets (probably because she couldn’t remember), but here are some things that we hope for. 1) At least try to make the character seem a bit more interesting than an heiress who decides to use daddy’s money and that she makes from photo shoots and poor movies to fight crime. If not, at least show her in her famous “Thats Hot, Your Not” t-shirt. 2) That it is short-lived. This goes double if Hilton is voicing the character. Give it a season… if that. 3) That Stan Lee gets his ass back to writing killer comics. I’m not saying that is all he should do. I mean, who doesn’t like “Who Wants To Be A Superhero?” But I would love to see you write for Dynamite’s Project Superpowers or even revive some of the other long forgotten golden age hero. After all, he has the telent and power to do it single-handedly.

Hilton did give us a little clue… maybe. About her favorite superpower, she said, “I would love to be invisible – that would be fun.” Well Paris, despite your skeletal beauty, we at Neorama would love for you to be invisible too. I know, I know, “Your Hot, Im Not.”

August 12, 2008 Posted by | Television | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Introducing Neorama Entertainment

Welcome one and all to Neorama Entertainment. We will soon be bringing you a variety of news and entertainment. Avid fans of comics, movies, literature, and more – we are dedicated to bringing you the latest news about the things you grew up loving and new entertainment designed to suit not only your tastes, but your age too. In brief, we are what happens when dorks grow up.

First on our list of projects is Neorama Comics. These quarterly titles will be brought to you in the form of PDF downloads. The first of them, Readers’ Choice 1.0, will not only be free, but will offer readers the chance to vote on what our first ongoing series will be. Stay posted for the latest news on this and other titles.

Other projects on our list of things to do are: Neoramavision (a video production division), Neorama E-Publishing (a e-book production division), Neoramawear (a clothing design division), and whatever else we can dream up to offer you. If you are itching to get a taste of our imaginative side, take a waltz over to The Murder, a weekly web serial novel by Neorama founder, Raymond J. Repass, with illustrations by artist Nate Foster.

This page is promised to be updated at least once per day with news on comics, movies, literature, and whatever else we can drudge together, news on Neorama’s projects, or even just something fun from our creative teams. We bring you all this with a sincere love for all things dork.

August 11, 2008 Posted by | Neorama, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment