Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Glenn Head's Comix Memoir CHICAGO On Sale This Week From Fantagraphics

A Portrait of the Cartoonist as a Young Virgin Living in Suburbia

Featuring Cameo Appearances by R. Crumb, Muhammad Ali and the Author’s Suicidal Thoughts

From Harvey and Eisner-nominated cartoonist and editor Glenn Head and acclaimed publisher Fantagraphics Books comes CHICAGO, a harrowing graphic novel about sex, art and the search for authenticity. Starkly confessional, Head’s memoir chronicles his transformation from a 19-year-old virgin who hates his family and lives at home to a successful Brooklyn-based cartoonist who’s raising his daughter as a single dad. The journey along the way? It’s complicated and messy, uncomfortable and unforgettable.

Glenn Head’s life is full of contradictions. He meets the girl of his dreams…. only to lose her when she runs away from their hometown. He’s a promising artist at the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Art… but chafes at his restraints and drops out. He gets his first big cartooning break when he’s hired to do a spot illustration for PLAYBOY MAGAZINE…. but he’s homeless, depressed and adrift. His days are increasingly spent dodging street hustlers, ducking the police, fighting starvation—surviving at any cost. In sharp contrast are a dramatic confrontation with Muhammad Ali on the Chicago streets and his introduction to Robert Crumb at a dinner party, two events which hint at a world bigger than the one he knows.

When Glenn bottoms out, he plays with his father’s .38 revolver. Is he suicidal? The book offers no easy answers. But Glenn spins the chamber and raises the handgun….just to see. Like Jim Carroll’s The Basketball Diaries, CHICAGO tells the story of a troubled young man who rejects a conventional life but does so with a frankness and surrealism all its own.

A student of Art Spiegelman at the School for Visual Art in the early ‘80s, Glenn has edited the acclaimed comix anthologies HOT WIRE and SNAKE EYES. His cartooning has appeared in R. Crumb’s WIERDO MAGAZINE and BAD NEWS and his comix include AVENUE D, GUTTERSNIPE COMIX and HEAD SHOTS. His comics and illustrations have appeared in a wide array of publications, including Advertising Age, Screw, Sports Illustrated and The Wall Street Journal. This week Fantagraphics Books will publish CHICAGO, Glenn Head’s first major original graphic novel and the first major standalone work of his career.

After the jump check out a sneak preview!

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Launches MAD MAX

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced this week that Mad Max, the open world, third-person action game developed by Avalanche Studios and set in a post-apocalyptic setting, is now available for PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and Windows PC.

The Mad Max video game introduces an original story set within the universe of Mad Max and features deep car customization that impacts its handling, metal-grinding vehicular action and gives players a vast arsenal of mobile weaponry within The Wasteland.


TERMINATOR GENISYS Explodes onto Blu-ray and DVD 11/10; Digital HD 10/20

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER IS BACK IN THE ICONIC FRANCHISE’S ACTION-PACKED NEW CHAPTER

Global Blockbuster Debuts on Blu-ray Combo Pack November 10, 2015
Get it on Digital HD Three Weeks Early on October 20


Called “one of the best action movies of the year” (Rick Bentley, The Fresno Bee), the thrilling new chapter in the iconic franchise TERMINATOR GENISYS explodes onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, DVD, and On Demand November 10, 2015 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The film arrives three weeks early on Digital HD October 20.

“Arnold is back and better than ever” (Shawn Edwards, WDAP-TV, FOX) in the movie hailed as “the best Terminator since T2: Judgment Day” (Mark Hughes, Forbes). In the war of man against machine, Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney, The Divergent Series) is sent back to 1984 by resistance leader John Connor (Jason Clarke, Everest) to protect his young mother, Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke, “Game of Thrones”). However, this time unexpected events have altered the past and threaten the future for all mankind. Now Reese must join forces with Sarah and her “Guardian” (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to save the world and stop the next evolution of Terminators.

The TERMINATOR GENISYS Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray Combo Packs with Digital HD include nearly an hour of bonus content, featuring behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast and filmmakers, including the director of the first two films, James Cameron. Plus, take an in-depth look at the stunning visual effects and jaw-dropping action sequences, the recreation of iconic scenes from the original film, and more.


INFOGRAPHIC - STAR WARS JEDI AND SITH LIGHTSABERS


The incredible technology dreamed up by George Lucas when he created the Star Wars universe has been imagination food for generations of fans since. None more so than the lightsaber, wielded by those samurai-like mystics the Jedi and their evil counterparts, the Sith. Since Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader had their duel aboard the Death Star, followers have yearned for more of this iconic weapon from the Star Wars franchise.

December 2015 will see the release of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, and with it the return of these awe-inspiring weapons. Kylo Ren, one of the major villains from the new film, wields the latest version of the lightsaber, which has been dubbed "The Cross-Guard Lightsaber" by fans. This imposing design boasts two miniature sabers that act as handguards, similar to a medieval sword. In celebration, the folks at HalloweenCostumes.com put together a beautiful infographic charting some of the most important, most unique, and most recognizable lightsabers from the Star Wars Universe.

BACK TO SCHOOL! Win An Amazing DARTH VADER 3D BACKPACK!


Well, that's it.  Summer's over and school is beginning.  Millions of younglings from across the galaxy are headed back to be trained and guided in the ways of the Force.

And, with the much anticipated Episode VII arriving this December, this is the perfect time to get your Jedi-gear in order with this amazing Loungefly Darth Vader 3D Molded Nylon Backpack from our friends at TV Store Online.

This W: 15" X : 14" X 4.5" molded black nylon backpack is a must have for any Saga-obsessed fan in your house!

And we're giving one away to a Forces of Geek reader!

CUB (review)

Review by Todd Sokolove
aka, Welp
Produced by Peter De Maegd
Written by Jonas Govaerts
Roel Mondelaers
Directed by Jonas Govaerts
Starring Stef Aerts, Evelien Bosmans,
Titus De Voogdt, Maurice Luijten,
Gill Eeckelaert, Jan Hammenecker
Available on DVD & Blu-ray from Artsploitation Films


I need to come clean about my scouting experience.

The worst thing that ever happened to me in Cub Scouts was having my mom as Den Mother. There's no merit badge in humiliation, but I'm pretty sure I earned it with each meeting.

Boy Scouts, in which I stopped cold-turkey at Tenderfoot status, was a more life-threatening experience.


I brought only one pair of socks on a Winter "survival" camping trip, which were soaked in icy-cold lake water after falling through thin ice.

Nothing in my scouting days compares to the ultra-horror in the new Belgian horror film Cub (Welp), though it wasn't without nostalgia.

Stream On: New To Netflix For September

By Erin Maxwell

SEPTEMBER 1


Hamlet (1990)
The version that gave Cher the upper hand against Josh's pompous date in Clueless. Starring Mel Gibson back when he could do no wrong. A simpler, gentler time.



Hardball (2001)
Keanu Reeves sports comedy that disappeared into obscurity, probably due to its release date of Sept. 10, 2001.



Lawrence of Arabia: Restored Version (1962)
Peter O’Toole stars in David Lean’s classic epic about British Lieutenant T.E. Lawrence. This film is the reason why people love movies.




Masters of the Universe (1987)

A masterpiece of crap among bad movie aficionados, this Dolph Lundgren starrer single handedly destroyed the possibility of a good He-Man movie for years to come. Good job.



Mississippi Damned (2009)
Tina Mabry’s semi biographical drama about a trio of kids living in poverty in the Deep South.




Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: Volume 1
He taught us to believe in ourselves and to tie our shoes. Share this with your kids and keep the legacy going.



Our Man in Tehran (2013)
Documentary that takes you behind the events of the Iranian Hostage Crisis and Canada’s involvement.




Pandas: The Journey Home (2014)
Pandas journey home. I'm tired. Shut up.



Rambo: First Blood (1982)

Our first introduction to John Rambo, who declares a one-man war on Little Town, USA when Brian Dennehy won't let him order a Moons Over My Hammy at the local Denny's. The best one of the series.



Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
Rambo III: Ultimate Edition (1988)

Rambo evolves from sensitive and gripping character drama to full on action movie as Rambo is called in for special missions involving heavy artillery and tank tops.



Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Tim Burton and his boycrush Johnny Depp takes on Washington Irving's classic Halloween tale. Perfect for the fall season, ain't nothing better than Christopher Walken's take on the Headless Horseman.



The Adventures of Sharkboy & Lavagirl (2005)
Robert Rodriguez sub-par kiddie pic about a boy who teams with his imaginary buddies to save Earth.




The Monster Squad (1987)

Wolfman’s got nards! A quasi classic from childhood that was the perfect gateway pic for future horror hounds.



Up in the Air (2009)

George Clooney stars in Jason Reitman's love letter to the recession in a story about a lonely company axe man. 



SEPTEMBER 2

Black or White (2014)
Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer go full Kramer vs. Kramer as a widower fights his mother-in-law for custody of his daughter.




Miss Julie (2014)
Liv Ullman's 1890s drama in which a woman from high society (Jessica Chastain) opts to have an affair with her father’s valet (Colin Farrell).



Drumline: A New Beat (2014)

The sequel to the movie that made marching bands way, way cooler than they actually are.



SEPTEMBER 4



Bad Night
Pretty girls are mistaken for art thieves because that sounds plausible and it happens all the time.



SEPTEMBER 9


Teen Beach Movie 2 (2015)
Disney generates another batch of teen heartthrobs in this time travel-ish movie musical that pays homage to the surf movies of the sixties.



Longmire: Season 4 (Netflix Original)
Former A&E crime-drama series based on the books of Craig Johnson finds a new home on the streaming service.



SEPTEMBER 11


About Elly (2009)
Iranian psychological drama about a teacher who disappears during a holiday. Winner of Berlin’s Silver Bear for Best Director.




God Bless the Child (2015)
Five Cali kids are left to their own devices after mom and dad check out of the family situation.



Madame Bovary (2014)
Mia Wasikowska stars as Gustave Flaubert classic literary figure in a drama that can dutifully get you through your term paper, as long as no one asks for any specific details.




It Happened Here (2015)
A jarring portrait for sexual abuse on college campuses and the cover-ups and scandal that followed.



Portlandia: Season 5
Carrie and Fred return to poke fun at hipsters, feminists, vegans, punk rockers, modern day yuppies, over-protective parents, environmentalists, protesters, contemporary artists, pet owners and most of your friend group.



The Roughnecks (2014)
A look at the dynamics and intensity behind pee-wee football in Texas.




Why Did I Get Married? (2007)
It’s a Tyler Perry movie, but one without Madea.



The Bank Job (2008)
Jason Statham and Saffron Burrows team up for a bank heist that only good-looking people can pull off.




The Road Within (2015)
A remake of the German pic Vincent Wants to Sea, a young man with Tourette’s forms bonds with the friends he makes at a behavior facility.




Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Raise your hand if you thought this was still in your Netflix queue. Wes Anderson continues to craft adorable movies that look like they were set in a fifth grader's diorama.



Reservation Road (2007)
Joaquin Phoenix plays a man on the hunt for the hit and run driver (Mark Ruffalo) who is responsible for the death of his son.




The Blacklist: Season 2

James Spader as a former government agent with a mysterious past who teams with a rookie to catch bad guys.



SEPTEMBER 18

Keith Richards: Under the Influence (2015)
A Netflix original
.  Morgan Neville's documentary that follows the legendary guitarist and takes a deep dive into his art.



SEPTEMBER 21


Gotham: Season 1
Batman gets another TV reboot in this prequel that follows the early beginnings of the DC heroes and big bads.



 SEPTEMBER 22


Philomena (2013)

Dame Judy Dench stars as a woman searching for the son she was forced to give up for adoption. Explains to folks who never went to Catholic school why nuns are scary.



SEPTEMBER 23

The Loft (2015)
Five dudes go in on a loft to share so they have a place to take their mistresses. A murder takes place. Suspicions arise. Hijinks ensue. James Marsden stars.



SEPTEMBER 24


Iris (2014)
Documentary about a 93-year-old New York fashion icon.



SEPTEMBER 25

Good news for fans of primetime dramas:

  • Blue Bloods: Season 5
  • 
Hawaii Five-0: Season 5

  • Parenthood: Season 6


SEPTEMBER 26

The Canyons (2013)

Lindsay Lohan stars in a slightly incomprehensible film about a bad marriage and murder while attempting to prove to producers that she is still insurable.



SEPTEMBER 27

The Walking Dead: Season 5

The gang get to the Alexandria Safe-Zone where the former Prime Minister of Israel puts Rick’s experiences to good use while her son proves the D-bags can still exist in a post-Walker world. Also, Rick shaves!



SEPTEMBER 29

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
Idris Elba steps into the role of the freedom fighter in this moving biopic.