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Weekend Reading: Dwayne McDuffie, Bill Crouch and Wulf The Barbarian

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Interviews, Movies, Reviews, IDW Publishing

Wulf The BarbarianSo, so sorry to hear that Dwayne McDuffie passed away earlier this week. I hate it when a good guy and a terrific writer goes too soon - from his work at Milestone Media, to his animation writing on Ben 10 and other series, it felt like he had a lot more to say that I wanted to read and see.

Rich Johnston at Bleeding Cool had a nice reminiscence of his interactions with Dwayne.

And Heidi MacDonald at Comics Beat also weighed in with some very nice thoughts.

Tom Spurgeon at The Comics Reporter has a round-up of various links to posts about Dwayne. Condolences to his family and his many, many friends on their loss.

Also sad to hear that comics historian Bill Crouch has passed away.

CG: Animation historian Michael Barrier does not like computer animation a technique “creating mechanical, manipulative series of films that don't capture the magic of the yesteryear.”


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Yu-Gi-Oh! Free Comic Book Day

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials, Movies, Viz Media

Yu Gi Oh Bonds Beyond TimeDid you know that there’s a new Yu-Gi-Oh! movie coming out? Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D Bonds Beyond Time is scheduled to debut on February 26 in 300 digital US theaters.

For those in the know, this marks the 10th anniversary of Yu-Gi-Oh! Those who drop into the theater to see it big-screen will “receive a promotional Malefic Red Eyes Black Dragon card along with a mini-manga from Viz Media.”

It’s like Free Comic Book Day at the movie theater. You’ll find a way to locate your nearest theater at the link.

If you’re a fan, go forth!

[Artwork: Yu-Gi-Oh!]


Spider-Man Movie Gets A Title!

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials, Movies, Marvel Comics

Spider-Man Movie 1For months it’s been called the Untitled Spider-Man Reboot. That title, which I was secretly hoping would stay, has been tossed aside like dreams of a Green Hornet sequel.

As of this week, the new Spider-Man movie finally has an official title: The Amazing Spider-Man, the name of the original Spider-Man monthly comic book. But as with anything, there was a long list of possible, but rejected, titles.

Here, from the not-so-top-secret files of Marvel, are the top 10 rejected titles for the 2012 Spider-Man movie:

10. Iron Man 3

9. $pectacular $pider-Man

8. Not The Spider-Man Musical

7. Spider-Man 4-D

6. Amazing Fantasy #15


Green Hornet: $40 Million Opening

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials, Movies

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Green Hornet's Opening Weekend: $40 Million

-- Deadline Hollywood Daily

Following the $40 million debut of Green Hornet, we at Comix 411 have been fortunate to obtain this recently-leaked memo from [name redacted], a movie executive eager to launch big budget action movies from known properties.

"Thor? Green Lantern? That's yesterday's news! I don't want my tentpole films based on comic books and those graphic novel thingies any more.

"This weekend, the audience for Green Hornet spoke clearly with their wallets about what they really want. And it's movies based on old time radio!

"Apparently there's a goldmine of this radio stuff just waiting for a reboot. My assistant's intern – with the help of his great grandfather and his caregiver - put together a list of potential radio show franchises.


First images of Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man

Posted by John Kilhefner Categories: Movies

New Spider-Man suit

The decision to reboot the Spider-Man film franchise has sent fanboys into a frenzy of questions and excitement - both good and bad. Casting Andrew Garfield seemed questionable, until his Golden Globes nominated performance as Mark Zuckerberg's friend and Facebook business partner, Eduardo Saverin, in The Social Network. Aside from a few casting decisions, no info on the plot or thematic direction of the rebooted Spider-Man has surfaced. Instead, a couple of new images showcasing Garfield donning the Spidey suit hit the internet just a little while ago, and perhaps hold clues as to the direction of the film. 

The dark noir look of the image suggests a grittier Spider-Man film. Also, note the scratches on Parker's face and his intense look of determination and/or regret; this could hint at Spidey's inner struggle of balancing power with responsibility after his uncle's murder. The sleekness of the new Spidey suit could also mean the movie will reference Ultimate Spider-Man storylines. 

What do you think of the new suit? Does Andrew Garfield do it justice, or should he stick to suing successful internet companies? Let us know what you think below.

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Comic Book Jobs: Teaching Comic Book Movies

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials, Movies

John BelushiCan you teach? Can you teach in Canada, ey?

And more importantly, can you teach Canadians about “The Comic Book Film”?

It’s no great secret that the comic book film has permeated popular culture over the years. It’s so ubiquitous, in fact, that even tweedy, slow-to-change universities have noticed it.

It’s even spread to Canada, to the campus of the University of Manitoba.

They’re looking for a “Sessional Instructor” for their Film Studies program (Summer Session).

You’ll be teaching three classes: The Art of Film, Film History and Film Genres: The Comic Book Film. Each class is 2.5 hours long and the session runs from May 2 - June 21, 2011.

Are there a lot of requirements? It’s a teaching position, Professor Sherlock, so do the math. There are a lot of requirements and a lot of hoops to jump through.


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