Friday, August 29, 2014

FOG! Chats With Director Greg Franklin About Animating Johnny Ryan's PRISON PIT

Interview conducted by Stefan Blitz

Hailed by The Comics Journal as a "perversely pure, single-minded commitment to vileness" and by VICE magazine as "important", Johnny Ryan's Prison Pit is an animated adaptation of the acclaimed graphic novel Prison Pit: Book One. The stripped down, boundary-less tale of hulking monster men beating the crap out of each other is now available as an animated series from Los Angeles based studio, 6 Point Harness. FOG! was fortunate enough to chat briefly with series director Greg Franklin about adapting the beloved cult comic series.

THE WAKE (comic review)

By Ben Chapman

The Wake hit me in a way that I was not expecting.

I remember sitting in a panel at Emerald City Comic Con this year where writer Scott Snyder was talking about The Wake in great detail.

He said that this book was just a pet project for him and the artist Sean Murphy; that this was a title that they could take risks on and do things they had never done before.

Listening to him speak so passionately about the book made me really want to break my waiting-until-it-was-over-pact, but somehow I managed to make it until it was finished and won multiple Eisner awards.

After closing the last issue, for the second time, “Scott Snyder did it again” is what I muttered out loud to my silent apartment. I don’t think I have ever had a man crush as strong as I have for Scott Snyder.

SGT. BILKO / THE PHIL SILVERS SHOW: THE COMPLETE SERIES Comes to DVD!

Complete Series Available for the First Time on DVD
November 4th, 2014 from Shout! Factory

One of the all-time classic series from the golden age of television, Sgt. Bilko/The Phil Silvers Show – The Complete Series has finally arrived on DVD! This multiple Primetime Emmy® Award winner for Best Comedy Series, which originally aired from 1955-1959, was one of early television’s biggest smashes and is known today both as a hilarious sitcom and a star-making showcase for legendary comedian Phil Silvers (It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World) in his signature role as Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko.

The Death of Superman and The Birth of a DC Comics Fan

I was 13-years-old when Superman died and only recently gotten into comics.

I mean, really gotten into comics.

Sure, I’d dabbled over the years with the hobby but it took some time to stick, and when it stuck, it really stuck.

I was firmly Marvel at the time, having been sucked in, like almost everyone who got into comics after the late 70s, via The X-Men. I was in the process of moving into Fantastic Four, The Avengers and the like, but hadn’t made the transition into Marvel’s esteemed competition from across town.

But when the national media storm around The Death of Superman hit, I knew it was inevitable that I was about to make the leap to DC.


In Macon, GA, the local news was talking about how the town’s comic shop, Comics Castle (may it rest in peace), was expecting huge crowds the day of Superman #75’s release, so I had big plans to be there early. This was not only going to be my jump into DC, but it was also going to be an event this young comic book fan was not going to miss out on.

And then I got sick.

LET'S GO TO THE MOVIES: Class Of 1984


Class of 1984 is probably one of the best films about a music teacher fending off a gang of Punk Rock thugs ever created. Maybe that's because there hasn't been another film about a music teacher fending off a gang of Punk Rock thugs made, but still, it's pretty damn good.

Here's the plot:

Andrew Norris (Perry King) is a music teacher at a horrible L.A High School who wishes to instill the love of music in his students, unfortunately he is thwarted by a gang of ruthless punk rock assholes led by Peter Stegman (Timothy Van Patten) who, interestingly, is some kind of musical genius (he can play piano and since the bar is already pretty low at this school, he's like a prodigy or something). Norris thinks he can go all Jamie Escalante on the punks (to understand the reference, click HERE) but they are like "I'm a Punk Rocker good sir and so I bid you and your musical education adieu". Violence ensues soon after and teenagers die, which is weird since I was always told that music soothes the savage beast.

The movie also stars Roddy McDowall (Fright Night) and Michael J. Fox in one of his first roles ever.

Are you ready to go back to 1984?

Movie after the break.

SNOWPIERCER Starring Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton Arrives on Blu/DVD on 10/21

“The year’s coolest sci-fi movie.” –  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

WTF FRIDAY: Pokemon's Slowpoke...I Don't Know This Sh*t Is Just Weird


I'm not into Pokemon but even I know that there's something weird about combining it with Reggae and then creating some kind of music video featuring the character Slowpoke (who, in all honesty I had to look up) starring at me in kind of a total freak way.

That is weird right? I mean this isn't something that just happens in the Pokemon universe is it? It's not like you're watching the cartoon while eating a bowl of cereal and all of a sudden this pink Bantha-like thing starts staring at you without saying anything until you start to feel uncomfortable or anything right?

I don't know, this things freaks me out...I'm never watching or playing or buying anything Pokemon...ever.

Weirdness after the break.

SCIENCE GEEK: Your Brain On Coffee, Or, As I Like To Call It, Hot Happy Juice


We working folk know all too well the wonders that coffee can do to get us through the day but, since some of our population is heading off to college, this might be a good time to introduce them to the yummy science behind nature's greatest gift to man (and I'm talking about the hard black stuff, not the shit that costs $6 for what is basically a cup of sugar).

Trust me young whippersnappers, come finals, you will be mainlining this stuff.

Science after the break.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

This September MOTOWN 25 Comes To DVD!

THIS FALL, STARVISTA ENTERTAINMENT/TIME LIFE WILL RELEASE
THE HISTORIC CONCERT AND TV SPECIAL THAT CELEBRATED 25 ICONIC
YEARS OF MOTOWN RECORDS - NEVER BEFORE AVAILABLE ON DVD!