Jan 132015
 

Who am I, and where is my authority to be making industry-wide claims about the future? Be I a famed soothsayer of legend, or an analyst with greater Neogaf infamy than Michael Pachter? I’m absolutely nobody, in fact, and my predictions should be digested with a suitable amount of skepticism.

In any case, 2015 is shaping up to be a very interesting year, and after 2014 disappointed many with a number of titles failing to live up to expectations, we’re really due for a good year. Again, as I said, I’m no industry expert, but the winds of progress blow forward and the scents that fill my nose speak to these possibilities.

1. Nintendo will do great, but won’t dominate.

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Dec 252014
 

With 2015 just around I corner, I decided to once again present my list of my top 10 favorite comic series of 2014. There have been some amazing comics released over the past year, and it was definitely difficult to develop this list. To make things a little easier on myself, I’ve decided to only include series that are still ongoing as of the end of 2014; sorry mini-series (like Armor Hunters) and ongoing series that ended (like Superior Foes of Spider-Man and Archer & Armstrong), y’all were amazing but aren’t on this list.

So what did I choose? Check it out after the jump!

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Dec 152014
 

If there was one thing that generated debate and controversy in the realm of comic geeks this week, it was the most recent issue of the mega-event AXIS. Across the internet flame wars from angry and distraught fan-boys and girls. Yet it appears that their cries fall upon the deaf ears of Marvel publishing. While most of you may have no clue as to what I speak, everyone who read the very title I speak of can recount the single page which manages to spit in the face of over 60 years of character development. But was this title really as bad as it is being claimed to be? I will explain my opinion on why I both agree and disagree with the general consensus of the comic side of the internet. this is AXIS #7!

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Dec 072014
 

If you tried to sit your average teenager down to watch a movie older than they are, chances are, they are going to try and scratch your eyes out an escape, especially if its in black and white. And let’s face it, matured adults of the Internet, how many old movies do you watch? Citizen Kane? A Clockwork Orange? That one time you fell into a turkey-induced Thanksgiving coma while watching Gone With the Wind? 

As a culture, any movie older than 25 years is only looked at if it’s deemed a classic by the pop culture diaspora. But you know who loved musicals just as much as we do today, what with our adaptations of Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, Annie (twice), The Music Man, Cinderella, and more? The 1950s. Maybe its time we gave these senior citizens of film another look. Let’s start with the infamous Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell classic, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

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Nov 272014
 

Back in 2011, DC Comics shook up the comics publishing world with The New 52, in which they rebooted continuity in hopes of gaining increased readership. The plan worked, at least initially, leading to massive spikes in sales for all of their titles.

Marvel Comics, as DC’s main rival, was not to be outdone, and launched their own initiative, Marvel NOW!, roughly a year later. Though Marvel NOW! was not a reboot, it did restart most series at #1, offering readers new and old a fresh start for stories about the Avengers, X-Men, Spider-Man, and more. Like DC, Marvel saw a massive sales spike in the wake of Marvel NOW!, and launched a similar initiative a year later known as All-New Marvel NOW! which introduced even more new series, characters, and concepts.

While from an overall sales perspective Marvel’s latest initiatives have been an unqualified success, rats are gnawing at the foot of the House of Ideas. Series after series is cancelled, only for some to be relaunched shortly thereafter with a new #1 (and sometimes almost no changes, as seen with Daredevil and Hulk). While I do enjoy Marvel’s comics, I’m here to discuss why I think their latest strategy hurts the publisher, the comic book industry and, perhaps most of all, the fans.

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Nov 232014
 

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Carmilla is one of those odd novellas that I feel like a lot of people have heard of but I don’t know how many people have actually read. I mean, I’ve read it, but I’m one of those incredibly annoying people who likes knowing that this was actually the earliest modern vampire tale. Still, it’s an interesting story (quickly put: A lonely noblewoman named Laura’s family begins taking care of another woman named Carmilla, who might be A, obsessed with her in a way that is as explicitly romantic as could be in 1871 and B, is a vampire). It’s always been popular novella for adaptation (though not as popular, or successful, as it’s younger sibling Dracula) although I wouldn’t have really pegged it for an adaption into a webseries.

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