Wednesday, April 1, 2015

DAREDEVIL: YELLOW: Preparation For The Netflix Premiere

by Clay N Ferno

Digital comics retailer Comixology anticipated my heightened amplitude and heard my heartbeat though my chest in anticipation of Marvel’s Daredevil next week.

Comixology had a Daredevil sale and I revisited Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s Daredevil: Yellow (2001). The all-star creative team was finished off by Matt Hollingsworth on colors and Richard Starkings with Wes Abbott on letters. Ask your LCS for a hard copy.

In preparation to mainline 12 hours of television next week (over a couple of days, I’m not entirely nuts!) I pulled Yellow and some other books off of the virtual shelf to get ready for Marvel’s first binge-worthy endeavor.

And until ‘binge-worthy’ is decreed out of the lexicon for being cringe-worthy, I’ll continue to use the word. Order in the court! Sustained!

Too Much of a Good Thing - The Oft Unsaid Flipside of the Comic Book Movie Explosion

No, friends. This is not a hoax, a dream, or an imaginary story.

The Theater of the Absurd has been reopened here at FOG!, back in business on those crazy months that give us not four, but five glorious Tuesdays, so let’s dive right in, shall we?

Right now, we’re pretty much living in the golden age of comic book movies.

After years of suffering through films like Batman and Robin, Dolph Lundgren’s Punisher, and a Steel starring Shaq, who was somehow worse at acting than at shooting free throws, quality comic book movies have finally come into their own.

There are times where I've almost convinced myself that this movie
was just a bad, alcohol induced dream..

Sure, not all of them are big hits, and there are bound to be some at the lower end of the spectrum, but by and large, comic book movies are a huge industry at the moment and that can only be a good thing, right?

Well, sure. Mostly.

Until something goes awry, and then what?

Well, of course you don’t know, it was rhetorical.

SCANDAL, Japan's Top All-Girl Rock Act, Announces North American Shows

Group Supports Latest Album “Hello World” With North American Concerts In Chicago, Los Angeles And Anaheim As Well As Shows Set For Mexico, U.K., France, Germany, Singapore, Taiwan And Hong Kong


Epic Records Japan recording artist, SCANDAL, embarks next month on its most extensive world tour to-date in support of the release of the band’s 20th single – “image” – from its latest album Hello World.

SCANDAL is one of Japan’s most popular rock acts, capturing millions fans with an astute mix of power driven pop-rock. The all-girl, four-piece band also has garnered substantial fan bases across North America, Europe and Asia. Mixing the melodic styles of pop, rock and alternative music with hip fashion sensibilities and unstoppable girl star power, SCANDAL is at the forefront of the burgeoning “J-Pop” and “Japan Cool” global pop culture phenomenon.


The SCANDAL WORLD TOUR 2015 “HELLO WORLD” takes the band on its most extensive international tour to-date in support of their sixth studio album for Epic Records Japan, Hello World.

RI COMIC CON 2015 Welcomes RON PERLMAN!

Rhode Island Comic Con 2015 Welcomes 
RON PERLMAN
Star of Sons of Anarchy, Hellboy, Beauty and The Beast, 
Pacific Rim, Drive, The City of Lost Children


Welcome to #RICC2015: Ron Perlman!
(No, this is NOT an April Fools Joke.)

Ron is best known for his roles as Vincent in the television series Beauty and the Beast (for which he won at the Golden Globes​), as the comic book character Hellboy in both 2004's Hellboy​ and its 2008 sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army​ and as Clarence "Clay" Morrow in television series Sons of Anarchy​.

Come meet him in person on November 6th-8th at the Providence Convention Center and Dunkin Donuts Center.

For more details, visit RIComicCon.com
 or follow @ricomiccon

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Most Disturbing Scenes In THE STATIC SPEAKS MY NAME

By Erin Maxwell

Creating a truly disturbing “I am having trouble sleeping tonight” video game is not easy.

Most gamers are used to violence thanks to years of playing against flesh-eating zombies, baby-devouring cannibals and blood-thirsty drug runners.

So, to create a vidgame that is actually causing small ripples in the gaming community due to disturbing content is actually quite impressive.

These folks are who can be hard to impress, difficult to disturb and easy to ire.

The Static Speaks My Name can be played in about ten minutes (sans any dilly-dally). The graphics are fairly simply, if not slightly basic and the gameplay is easy since it lacks any real bosses, enemies or menacing mushroom-thingies looking to take your fire power.

The only real enemy is yourself.

****SPOILERS AHEAD****


Win THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES Blu-ray Combo!


From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world.
Special Features on the Blu-Ray combo pack include:

• New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth Part 3
• Recruiting the Five Armies
• Completing Middle-earth: A Six-Part Saga
• Completing Middle-earth: A Seventeen-Year Journey
• The Last Goodbye: Behind the Scenes
• Music Video
• Trailers


But first check out The Hobbit The Battle of The Five Armies App!
  • Are you Battle Ready? Take the quiz to uncover your Middle-Earth Weapon of choice!
  • Mouse over the Interactive Map to learn fun facts about Middle-Earth.
  • Watch the official trailer & click the box art to bring the film home today! 



And we're giving away a Blu-ray Combo of The Hobbit The Battle of The Five Armies to one lucky FOG! reader!

STAR WARS: CARD TRADER (app review)

The Force is strong with this app...

App review by Todd Sokolove

A long, long time ago, in a generation not too far away, young jedi-wannabes around the world had merchandise to relive the excitement of STAR WARS before the next theatrical re-release or sequel.

Not that this has changed in any way, but back in the late 70s it was pretty much the action-figures, the photo books, the soundtracks, the lunch-boxes, the bedsheets, the pajamas, the collectable glasses, the cereal, and my personal fave, the Topps trading cards.

I had been collecting non-sports related cards from Wacky Packages and had a handful of Mars Attacks, but there had been nothing like the collect all by-ay-means-necessary Star Wars tie in.

Launched in 1977 to coincide with Episode IV: A New Hope, the packs promised a sticker in every pack and a powdery stick of bubble gum - chew or chew not. There were a total of 5 series for the first film, but not surprisingly Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi cards to hold us over just in time for home video to become a replacement.


Against the odds in our digital age, Star Wars trading cards have hung in there, and Topps even crossed over to the dark side of parody with their Wacky Packages: Star Wars mash up last year.

So it's no surprise that Topps's newly released STAR WARS: CARD TRADER for iPhone, iPad and iPod marks the company's first ever non-sports related digital trading card app.