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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Birmingham Comic Festival Announce New Guest -Keith Page

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Birmingham Comic Festival have announced Keith Page as their latest guest!

In 1976 Keith Page signed on with the prestigious London-based Temple Art Agency and began illustrating for Fleetway/IPC and DC Thomson’s weekly titles as well as annuals as diverse as 2000AD and Supergran in a Britain where reading comics was a natural part of daily life for most kids.

He was to illustrate sci-fi epics for Starblazer pocket books and the aviation-adventure serial Tales of the Gold Monkey in Polystyle’s TV Comic, both wrote and drew Martello 112 for Revolver and become Dan Dare’s artist on The Eagle. In 1992 he would begin an extensive run illustrating Thunderbirds for both the comic and The Sunday Times, then in 1996 he commenced his even longer run producing material for Commando, notably the famous Ramsey's Raiders series and more recently themed books.

There are children now reading newsstand comics whose grandparents may also been brought up engrossed in Keith Page’s work between the pagesof The Beano, MASK, Wildcat, Supernaturals, Scream, Stingray the Comic, Joe 90, Football Picture Story Monthly, Bunty, The Dandy, Sonic the Comic, Mighty Max and others. And yet, since his artistic debut within the pages of the Denis Gifford produced AllySloper, there has also been something of the free spirit to Keith Page. Recent years have found him exploring these possibilities, writing and drawing the Dan Dare-related Rocket Pilot for Spaceship Away, collaborating with screenwriter Stephen Walsh on their critically popular graphic novels about the French secret agent Charlotte Corday in The Iron Moon (from Print Media), London Calling and Squadron of the Screaming Damned (from Time Bomb) that are also becoming available digitally via ROK Comics, and similarly developing The Casebook of Bryant & May into graphic form with the author of this uncanny detectives series Christopher Fowler, and their first collaboration out via PS Art Books as The Soho Devil.

For more on Keith Page visit:

The Chimera Brigade - Witness The Rise And The Fall Of The Super-Humans

During World War II, an elite band of superhumans rise to power and take control of the capital cities of Europe in this remarkable alternate history story.

Amidst the turmoil of the First World War, a new breed of superhuman is born as a result of illegal chemical weapons. While some members of this unique new class of society choose to fight against injustice, others use their extraordinary capabilities to spread terror. However, something far more powerful is lurking on the horizon, a threat that could erase them from existence for good.

Check out the brand-new trailer:

Here's some information about the book:

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The Chimera Brigade Book One (COL) 
STORY: Serge Lehman, Fabrice Colin
ART: Gess
COLORS: Celine Bessonneau
COVER: Max Bertolini
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
PRICE: $9.99
ISBN: 9781782760993


The year is 1938, and a new generation of super-powered creatures, born as a side effect of secret chemical weapons, has taken control of the capital cities of Europe…

But a new, even more powerful threat is looming, one that could yet erase them from existence and shift the balance of power.

This is how the super-humans were born... and this is how they died.

"Gorgeously detailed and atmospheric" - Paul Cornell
The Chimera Brigade Book One hits comic stores from October 29, 2014

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Feck! Feck! Feck! Feck!

It's vampires you MUST NOT invite into your home NOT policemen!!!!!

Exclusive: Di$ney Grabs Marvels Infinity Gauntlet Of Greed....or do they?

I'm sorry but do comic readers really want ANOTHER Marvel "Major Event" in 2015? Do all these "major events" all tie-in (possibly)?  Do we really want more of Hickman's messy stories?

I really am glad I'm out of this because if no one else can see how this is all movie related as well as a cynical attempt to scrape every penny they can out of fans then I must be a feckin genius.

Comicbook.com published this.  It is a teaser cover art (?) for Infinity Gauntlet in Summer of 2015. Something they have been dropping 'teasers' about for a while.  To quote comicbook.com:

"The teaser image, created by Infinity artist Dustin Weaver, is interesting because it shows Thanos with the Gauntlet, but with only the Reality and Mind Gems attached, leaving the Soul, Time, Space, and Power gems unaccounted for.

"The teaser also suggests that Star-Lord will be involved in the event, as well as several, possibly even a family, of Nova Corpsmen."

Oh, and they add:

"The Infinity Gauntlet teaser is the seventh such teaser, following Civil WarAge of Ultron vs. Marvel ZombiesYears of Future PastPlanet Hulk, Armor Wars and House of M. There was also the Secret Wars announcement from New York Comic Con, revealing the mega-event, written by Jonathan Hickman and debuting in May of 2015."

sigh.  Once I might have cared.

Newsletter BilBOlbul 21 Ottobre 2014


NEWSLETTER 21/10/2014
Giovedì 20 novembre, BilBOlbul si apre quest'anno con una giornata di studio, presso gli spazi del MAMbo - Museo d'Arte moderna di Bologna (Via Don Giovanni Minzoni, 14, Bologna), con l'obiettivo di disegnare una mappa della pubblicazione di fumetti italiana e porre con chiarezza le domande più urgenti.
Partendo dal racconto delle diverse esperienze, abbiamo invitato numerose personalità del settore a confrontarsi su temi quali i ruoli di editori ed autori nell'attuale industria editoriale, o i margini di sviluppo per fenomeni quali autoproduzione ed editoria di progetto.
Per guardare al presente senza paraocchi, ma anche per individuare le tracce di nuovi modelli dell'editoria futura.

Ogni anno BilBOlbul seleziona e propone una serie di appuntamenti ed esposizioni per promuovere il lavoro di nuove realtà emergenti nel campo del fumetto e dell'illustrazione, con una serie di mostre ed incontri che si terranno nella settimana precedente alle giornate ufficiali del festival.

Visita il sito di BilBOlbul 2014 per conoscere le date e scoprire gli artisti e i progetti coinvolti.
Sono aperte le iscrizioni a "Crocevia per l'interno", workshop di Paolo Bacilieri, quinto e ultimo dei laboratori promossi nel contesto di BilBOlbul 2014, in collaborazione con Ateler Sì.

Il workshop, della durata di due giorni, si terrà mercoledì 19 e giovedì 20 novembre h10-13/14-17, presso gli spazi di Atelier Sì (via San Vitale 67, Bologna).

Le richieste di iscrizione dovranno pervenire entro lunedì 3 novembre.
Dal 30 ottobre al 2 novembre, veniteci a trovare a Lucca Comics & Games 2014 presso lo stand E123 del padiglione di Piazza Napoleone, dove troverete le nostre cartoline e i programmi di BilBOlbul 2014 freschi di stampa.

Per festeggiare l'ottava edizione, durante Lucca Comics and Games inviteremo al banchetto Bilbolbul gli autori amici del festival a stringere mani, dedicare copie dei loro libri e brindare alla nuova edizione!
Una mostra speciale che unisce due festival.
Gender Bender, insieme a BilBolBul, presenta gli schizzi, i disegni e le illustrazioni che Luca Di Sciullo, Viola Niccolai, Lisa Passaniti e Cristina Portolano hanno realizzato per il progetto europeo Performing Gender.
In mostra anche le foto di Elisa D'Errico e i video ad opera di Enrico Galli e Fabio Fiandrini realizzati a ottobre 2013 per documentare l'intensa settimana di ricerca legata al progetto, che investiga attraverso la danza contemporanea le differenze di genere e orientamento sessuale.

Inaugurazione mercoledì 29 ottobre h18.30.
BilBOlbul Festival internazionale di fumetto fa parte della
Rete dei Festival del Contemporaneo di Bologna
Future Film Festival: 1 > 6 aprile 2014 - futurefilmfestival.org :: Live Arts Week: 8 > 13 aprile 2014 - liveartsweek.it :: Angelica- Festival Internazionale di musica: 2 > 31 maggio 2014 - aaa-angelica.com :: Biografilm: 6 > 16 giugno 2014 - biografilm.it :: Gender Bender: 25 ottobre > 1 novembre 2014 www.genderbender.it :: BilBOlBul: 20 > 23 novembre 2014 - bilbolbulnet

DC Movies: $5m fine for Batman extra who leaked female Robin -like ****!

I lied.

I just can't help it.

I'm guessing this is all just blow hard publicity since various sources -including journalists- saw the actress with Snyder and on the film set so the idea that an extra is going to shoulder all the blame is pretty dumb-ass and what extra earns $5 million?

If anything, any such extra deserves $5 million from the studio for revitalising what was in all honesty a corpse of a movie publicity or news wise.  Gadot is Wonder Woman.  Affleck is Batman.  Cavell is Superman. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

NOW fans are talking and raking up the excitement that DC seems to find impossible to do by themselves. Marvel never have this problem with their movies.  Give the extra a pay-rise!

Holy smokes! Possible $5m fine for Batman extra who leaked female Robin

Jena Malone said to be playing Carrie Kelley in Superman v Batman, Zack Snyder’s followup to Man of Steel – information that could cost extra who broke non-disclosure agreement dear

Jena Malone attends at the Time Out of Mind premiere in New York in October.
Jena Malone attends at the Time Out of Mind premiere in New York in October. Photograph: Henry Lamb/Photowire/BEImage/REX/Henry Lamb/Photowire/BEImage/REX

Ben Affleck’s Batman will be teaming up with a female Robin for his debut as the caped crusader in Warner Bros’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, according to an anonymous extra on the forthcoming superhero epic.

Jena Malone, who recently made an appearance in the Hunger Games fantasy saga as the tempestuous Johanna Mason, is reputedly in line to play Carrie Kelley. The character was introduced in Frank Miller’s seminal 1986 graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns, and has been called the first full-time female version of Batman’s best-known sidekick in the DC Comics title.

The news broke through the WILX-10 News station in Michigan, where Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been filming at the Michigan State University. The extra told reporter Kirk Montgomery: “I’ve also learned that the character of Robin is now female.” Meanwhile, Malone has been spotted on set and at recent film premieres sporting Kelley’s trademark red crop.

Studio Warner Bros has not yet made any public comment on the rumour. However, several US sites are reporting that the extra in question now faces a possible $5m fine for breaking a non-disclosure agreement.
Batman v Superman, the followup to Zack Snyder’s 2013 superhero epic Man of Steel, will feature Affleck taking on Henry Cavill’s Superman. The film already looks set to be a crowded affair, with a debut for Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman and potential bows for Jason Momoa’s Aquaman and Ray Fisher’s Cyborg.

Snyder is said to be riffing heavily on The Dark Knight Returns, which sees an older, jaded Batman coming into conflict with Superman after the latter is called in to take down an increasingly out-of-control dark knight. Kelley is a 13-year-old schoolgirl in the comics, somewhat younger than the 29-year-old Malone.
While the introduction of a new movie Robin would usually prove controversial with fans, the cache of Miller’s classic graphic novel could yet make the character’s big screen debut a popular move. Dawn of Justice is due in cinemas for March 2016.

Guess What? Ultimate List Of Every Superhero Movie Release Date From 2015-2020

What I'm hoping will be the final posting for a while on DC/Marvel movies (I hear rumours but who cares?). I think this piece by Tom Butler, though nothing new, does encapsulate the entire release dates shindig -and nice visuals.

Warner Bros. officially announced a load of new movies based on DC Comics including two Justice League films, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, and even another outing for Green Lantern. Heck, even Ben Affleck’s Batman and Henry Cavill’s Superman are getting new solo outings too.

Add this to Marvel’s upcoming Avengers slate, Sony’s Spider-Man-related films, and Fox’s X-Men and Fantastic Four pictures, and you’ve a super-sized selection of comic book movies coming your way.
If, like us, you’re struggling to keep up with all the superhero films coming out soon, here’s all the release dates in one handy place...
Ultimate List Of Every Superhero Movie Release Date From 2015-2020
It’s worth noting that these are subject to change and we’ve gone for UK release dates (we get ‘Avengers 2’ early, yay!) where we know them, the rest are the US release dates.

DRAGON CON 2014 - PART 2 (Epic Cosplay Party)

DRAGON CON 2014 - PART 1 (Epic Cosplay Party)

I'm sorry but 1m 16s in...WHAT character costume is this????

Hey -Who's The Most Successful Avenger Outside Of Marvel Movies?

I try to avoid all the "How-much-did-they-make" nonsense because, as long as you make a living and have financial security for yourself and your family (don't get into comics if that's what you are looking for) that's it. No one elses business really.

But Ali Gray at Yahoo! Movies came up with a piece that I'm sure will interest all you Marvel movie buffs -and start many an arguement!

Who's The Most Successful Avenger Outside Of Marvel Movies?

Combined, they’re the most powerful superhero ensemble the world has ever seen: super-strong, super-fast, super-smart and damn near unbeatable. But split apart The Avengers and what becomes of their component parts when they’re not on duty? With Robert Downey Jr making an increasingly rare non-Iron Man appearance this week in legal thriller ‘The Judge’, we decided to see which Avenger was the most successful at the box-office outside of the Marvel canon (i.e. ‘Iron Man’ onwards). The champ might surprise you…

#7. Chris Evans
Non-Marvel box-office takings since 2008: £98 million
Who's The Most Successful Avenger Outside Of Marvel Movies?
It’s perhaps no surprise that Chris Evans has the least pull at the box-office outside of the Avengers: Evans has said many times he plans to move into directing once his Marvel contract is up, and with no sign of those superhero paycheques stopping any time soon, he doesn’t need to work if he doesn’t want to. With both of his ‘Fantastic 4’ movies pre-dating the current Marvel universe, Evans’ biggest hit post-‘Iron Man’ was his least known superhero outing, ‘Push’, which made £29 million worldwide. Perhaps if the Weinsteins had actually bothered to release heavily-buzzed sci-fi ‘Snowpiercer’ properly instead of indefinitely shelving it, he’d have made a better showing in this rich list.

#6. Mark Ruffalo
Non-Marvel box-office takings since 2008: £499 million
The third actor to play Marvel’s Hulk in ten years, Ruffalo brought credibility to the role of Bruce Banner in ‘Avengers Assemble’, and it looks like he’ll bring some stability to it too. Since 2008, Ruffalo’s indie cred has been bolstered by several high-profile roles, including the co-lead in Martin Scorsese’s ‘Shutter Island’ and a role in another ensemble, ‘Now You See Me’, the sleeper hit which netted a quite frankly unbelievable £217 million at the box-office. Ruffalo’s smaller roles don’t fare too badly either: recent romcom ‘Begin Again’ opposite Keira Knightley was no HULK SMASH but it did make a respectable £34 million.

#5. Scarlett Johansson
Non-Marvel box-office takings since 2008: £609 million
Johansson is a box-office behemoth: she’s graduated from surly-looking, croaky-voiced teen in the likes of ‘Ghost World’ to an all-conquering, audience-slaying A-lister – she lit up cinemas as the lead of Luc Besson’s action/sci-fi ‘Lucy’ and it’s closing in on a £248 million take worldwide. That could be the Marvel effect in action (they pay low wages but bump up their cast’s star factor considerably) but don’t sell Scarlett short: ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’, ‘He’s Just Not That Into You’, ‘We Bought A Zoo’, ‘Don Jon’ and ‘Chef’ were all decent-sized hits. Frankly Johansson’s work-rate puts some of the male Avengers to shame.

#4. Chris Hemsworth
Non-Marvel box-office takings since 2008: £647 million
When he’s not swinging the hammer of Thor, Hemsworth has picked his non-Asgardian projects well, working with directors like Ron Howard and Joss Whedon (with Michael Mann and Steven Spielberg still on the slate). If you count his brief role in JJ Abrams’ ‘Star Trek’ reboot – and we do, because he’s brilliant as Kirk’s dad even with just a few minutes of screen time – then Hemsworth’s non-MCU CV tops a billion in revenue. His biggest hit was ‘Snow White And The Huntsman’ and Hemsworth’s pull is now so great, the forthcoming prequel will ditch Snow White and be all about him instead.

#3. Samuel L Jackson
Non-Marvel box-office takings since 2008: £737 million

Yes, we know Nick Fury isn’t technically an Avenger – spare me the structural hierarchy of S.H.I.E.L.D. and all associated subsidiaries – but Jackson’s contribution to the Marvel universe cannot be overstated, so he makes the list. Jackson’s approach to work seems to be quantity AND quality – he’s never not working, but he mixes box-office hits like ‘RoboCop’ (£150 million) and ‘The Other Guys’ (£105 million) with all manner of straight-to-video schlock. Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’ contributes almost half of his post-Nick Fury career takings, but it’s worth remembering that Samuel L Jackson is technically the most successful actor of all time, with no less than £2.5 billion to his name (thanks to ‘Jurassic Park’, ‘Pulp Fiction’, ‘The Incredibles’ and something called ‘Star Wars’). 

#2. Robert Downey Jr.
Non-Marvel box-office takings since 2008: £935 million

Shock horror! He’s the highest paid actor in the world and one of the most high profile names in the business, but Robert Downey Jr is not the most successful Avenger when it comes to extra-curricular activity. To be fair, five of his last 11 films have been Marvel movies, and not only did Tony Stark kick off the MCU with the phenomenally successful ‘Iron Man’, he scored its biggest hit to date with ‘Iron Man 3’ (£745 million). Downey has still worked wonders elsewhere, however, with two ‘Sherlock Holmes’ movies racking up over a billion at the box-office, and even lesser comedies like ‘Due Date’ scoring big (£131 million). Still, Tony Stark will have to stand aside for the true big winner of The Avengers…

#1. Jeremy Renner
Non-Marvel box-office takings since 2008: £1.03 billion

Hawkeye? Seriously? I mean, who saw this coming? Often thought of as the forgotten Avenger – “Where’s your standalone movie, Clint?” tease his super-friends – Jeremy Renner has nonetheless forged a crazy successful career almost out of nowhere. The secret to Renner’s success is not billion-dollar blockbusters but several different medium-sized franchises: with ‘Mission: Impossible’, ‘Bourne’ and even ‘Hansel & Gretel’ all on the go, those millions keep coming (and further sequels to all three movies are lined up). Even his dramatic roles register at the box-office, with ‘American Hustle’ profiting from David O Russell’s awards season sheen and ‘The Hurt Locker’ benefiting from Renner’s Best Actor Oscar nomination – he’s the only man on this list to receive one since MCU ground zero.