Feb 272013
 

The announcement back in October that Disney was acquiring LucasFilm for a paltry sum of $4 billion dollars was completely drowned out by a collective ‘geek-gasim’ heard around the world following their second surprise of the day. A new hope had sprung to life within us all when the studio dropped the bomb that they plan to continue on with the original “Star Wars” trilogy, starting with Episode VII in 2015. When I first heard that someone other than Lucas would have control of the reins over the project, I have to admit I thought it was some sort of sick twisted early Halloween ‘trick.’ Possibly perpetrated by a group like “Anonymous,” or those Chinese cyber hackers who keep messing with the D.O.J. When reality finally did set in, I (like many of you I’m sure) began to feel equal amounts of excitement and apprehension. I think we’re all still a little scarred and gun shy from the prequel atrocities, am I right? Does meeeza have to explainzza? (Yeah, that’s right. I went there.)

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As an avid reader of comics, and Darkhorse’s “Star Wars” titles in particular, my biggest issue with the acquisition and the subsequent revamping of the extended universe is encapsulated in the dilemma of the following question: Does this mean that all the hard work of many gifted graphic artists and writers, who contributed to what was once considered cannon, now null and void? I’m going to have to table that discussion for the time being, definitely a soapbox for another day.

sw4Since the announcement, the internet rumor mill has been working harder than a ‘man-scaping’ wookie, and conjecture is the current name of the game. And speaking of names, the exclusivity for a director shuffled through anyone who has ever had any interest in sci-fi what-so-ever, or has looked through the correct end of a camera. Every movie site was batting around names like; Jon Favreau, to Guillermo del Toro, Christopher Nolan, David Yates, to Zack Snyder, Brad Bird, Mathew Vaughn, Joss Whedon, to the obvious candidate of Lucas’ bestest frenemy Steven Spielberg… you get the idea. Of course we now know that the resuscitator of the “Star Trek” franchise himself, J.J. Abrams (Hey J.J., why no call back for the sequel? I’m so not feeling the love.), is set to direct a script written by Oscar winner Michael Arndt (“Toy Story 3″/”Little Miss Sunshine”). That’s just the beginning though, with casting and major plot points still up in the air –  crazy kooks like Super Shadow are going to continue to litter the web with inaccurate or out-and-out false information leading up to the very first trailer of the film and beyond. So let’s see if we can sift through the endless barrage of “bantha poo-doo” speculation, and separate the Sith Myths from the Force Facts.

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Jul 272012
 

 Saturday, July 28th
Howard Kremer’s SUMMAHFEST
at Meltdown Comics

Summahfest is Saturday!! Presented by The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail and hosted by Howard Kremer! Party for free if you RSVP! Bring your summah gum!

 Come and behold the wonders of Summah- squirt guns, food, libations, chewing gum, hula hoops, watermelon, ping pong  and more more more, plus comedy and live music! And Summah!

Summahfest starts at 2pm!
The show will start around 6pm!

To get in, you must RSVP by emailing your name and number of guests (up to 3) to summahfest@gmail.com.
You will not be allowed in without RSVP and valid ID! We don’t fuck around.
So RSVP and let’s party.

FREE

Mar 302012
 

Photo: Shannon Cottrell

Shane and Chris Houghton have a Google alert set for their comic Reed Gunther, mostly to find reviews of the all-ages adventure tale. Whenever a new issue is released the Google alert goes off and a slew of sites boasting free downloads of the acclaimed comic appears. Sometimes the files pop up on sites overwhelmed with ads that blink like neon signs in a seedy neighborhood. “If it was a real place, you would not want to go to the torrent store,” laughs Chris.

But they aren’t upset. “We’re still in the honeymoon stage. We have work and it’s out there and people are stealing it,” says Shane, gleefully. “There’s a level of validity there.”

Shane and Chris used to publish Reed Gunther independently and, Chris says, when you have a self-published title, “you can’t get people to steal your work.” He mentions people turning down free copies at shows. “If it’s free and they say no, that’s rough,” he adds.
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Feb 112012
 

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