Saturday, August 28, 2010

John Carter of Mars back in comics

It has been a long time since John Carter was in comic book form. I'm aware of the Marvel comics series and several appearances in the DC comics under various Tarzan titles. But here we have Dynamite Entertainment continuing their fantastic pulp title resurrections. This story was Edgar Rice Burrough's first novel. Published in 1913. In two and a half years, this story will be 100 years old! I'll be checking this out.

Warlord of Mars is the Dynamite comic book adaptation and expansion on Edgar Rice Burrough’s Princess of Mars. Written by Arvid Nelson, drawn by Stephen  Sadowski and Lui Antonio, with covers by Alex Ross, Joe Jusko, Lucio Parillo, and J. Scott Campbell!
Told in the manner of the original as the memoirs of one John Carter, looking the the back story, expanding story elements and selling the all important first issue for a dollar.

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Sherlock back Fall of 2011

It is officially official that Sherlock will be back with three new 90 minute episodes Autumn of 2011.

Hunt also confirmed the recommissions of Sherlock Holmes and Luther for BBC One. Following a highly successful launch with over 7.5m viewers watching the first episode in July 2010, Sherlock returns for three new 90-minute episodes in Autumn 2011, while Luther comes back with two, two-hour specials
Hunt says: “Sherlock was the hit of the Summer. Luther the most memorable new detective on the block. I am delighted they will both be returning to BBC One.”
Talking of the Sherlock recommission, co-creators, Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, say: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the warmth of response to our new Sherlock Holmes and John Watson and can’t wait to take them on three new adventures next year. There’ll be baffling new puzzles, old friends and new enemies – whether on two, or four legs. And we might well be seeing the cold master of logic and reason unexpectedly falling. But in love? Or over a precipice? Who can tell?”

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Porco Rosso II

NOTE - the following has been found to be in error and the correct update is here.



Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli have mentioned a sequel to Porco Rosso.



Miyazaki Developing Porco Rosso: The Last Sortie



Acclaimed animation director Hayao Miyazaki is developing a sequel to his 1992 film Porco Rosso entitled Porco Rosso: The Last Sortie, says a report from Cut Magazine (via Nausicaa.net and AICN).

The original film told the story of an Italian World War I fighter pilot who was transformed into a pig by a magical curse. The English language release featured Michael Keaton in the titular role.

Miyazaki is quoted as saying that The Last Sortie will be set during the Spanish Civil War and that it will represent a sort of artistic escape for him at the moment, focusing on a male character after so many films with female protagonists.

A sequel to Porco Rosso would represent the first direct sequel on the part of Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli. Previously, characters have crossed over between films (as was the case with Whisper of the Heart and The Cat Returns as well as the Susuwatari creatures in both My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away.

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Nausicaa and Teto
Fox squirrels on Robot
Above mentioned the characters that crossed over to different films and creatures appearing in more than one film (Susuwatari), they missed another one that has appeared in two films. In Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind is a creature called a fox squirrel. The one we see in the film is a character named Teto who plays quite an important role (at least in the comics). The fox squirrels also appeared in the Ghibli film Castle in the Sky.

The second part of this story isn't so pleasant. There has been some talk from Miyazaki about closing Studio Ghibli and no longer making their amazing films. Pardon the repeated information in this article...


Hayao Miyazaki on a Porco Rosso sequel and Studio Ghibli’s closure

Ryan Lambie

In a recent interview, the Japanese master of animation Hayao Miyazaki spoke of his intention to make a sequel to 1992’s Porco Rosso, and the possibility of winding up Studio Ghibli for good...


Published on Aug 23, 2010

But in a recent interview with Cut Magazine, Miyazaki discussed the possibility of his studio's closure should his latest project, The Borrower Arrietty, prove to be a box office failure.The Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki has been making unique, achingly beautiful features for so long now that it's hard to imagine the almost unbroken line of classics that have emerged from his Studio Ghibli to ever cease.
"Suzuki-san [Toshio Suzuki, studio president] is making a dissolution program for Ghibli," Miyazaki said. "No joke, we talked about it the other day. For example, Ghibli should be able to continue with about five staff members as a copyright management company even if we smash the studio. So, Ghibli can say, ‘We stop film production. Goodbye'. I do not have to be there."
It's a grim scenario, and one we genuinely hope doesn't come to pass. On a lighter note, Miyazaki also suggested that if Arrietty and the film after that both perform as hoped, then he's considering a return to an earlier concept of his, 1992's Porco Rosso, for a high flying sequel.
"So I want to escape to Porco Rosso: The Last Sortie," Miyazaki revealed. "I have all its materials. It should be interesting. It is set for Spanish Civil War."
The Borrower Arrietty, the studio's highly stylised take on Mary Norton's children's tale The Borrowers, was released in Japan in July, but it could be some time before a translated version makes it to the west. Miyazaki's previous film, Ponyo, didn't make it to the UK until well over a year after its premiere in Japan.
So, while Porco Rosso: The Last Sortie is still a distant possibility, it's a far, far more happy one than the terrible thought of Studio Ghibli closing its doors for good.

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So lets hope for the best with The Borrower Arrietty and whatever comes after that one so we can get another Porco Rosso.

Monday, August 9, 2010

John Carter is going to Mars in 2012

John Carter of Mars gets a release date from Disney. June 8th, 2012.

Disney sets 'Frankenweenie,' 'John Carter of Mars' release dates

Disney is shoring up its 2012 movie calender, planting release-date flags for Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie" and "John Carter of Mars," directed by Andrew Stanton.
"Frankenweenie," which had initially been aiming for a 2011 release, will open March 9, 2012.
The movie is based on the comedic horror short that Burton made in 1984 while a film school student. The story centers on a man who brings his dog back to life after it is killed by a car.

While the original "Frankenweenie" was a live-action project, the new one will be made using stop-motion animation and be in Disney Digital 3-D. Like the original, the feature version is to be shot in black and white. 
"Mars," which is based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs books, was always eyeing a 2012 date, but now the official date is June 8, 2012. It too will be in Disney Digital 3D.

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art by Shellnekoconeko

Saturday, August 7, 2010

BBC Wants More Sherlock

This is what I was wanting to hear and waiting to hear...



The Mysterious Case of the Unknown Moriarty: Sherlock Will Reveal All 
 BBC's summer success ends on Sunday with the appearance of the nemesis created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 


He's brought suspense, intrigue and a dashing line in greatcoats to Sunday evening television – and on Sunday night Sherlock Holmes will go head to head with his nemesis, the shadowy Moriarty.
Sherlock, the updated tales of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's detective, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, with Martin Freeman as Dr Watson, has been a summer success for the BBC, with the first episode pulling in 7.5 million viewers.
Fans have been gripped by the riddle surrounding the identity of Moriarty, who has teased Sherlock from afar. But Steven Moffat, the Doctor Who showrunner who co-created the series, promises that Moriarty will be revealed in the third episode. "The next great Moriarty arrives on Sunday night, you wait! Oh, just you wait!" he says.
Sherlock has turned Cumberbatch – a twice Bafta-nominated actor for his roles in Hawking and Small Island – into a television superstar, and provided Freeman with his most successful television role since The Office. And the BBC is hoping that Sunday night will not be the final outing. "We would like there to be another series," said Ben Stephenson, the corporation's controller of drama commissioning. "We're so thrilled by the reaction."
Stephenson is due to meet Moffat and his co-creator, Mark Gatiss, the actor, screenwriter and author, on Wednesday. "The response to Sherlock has been amazing, and we'll be speaking very positively about it," Stephenson said.
The decision about the length and number of future episodes – this series has three 90-minute films, rather than a longer season of hour-long episodes – would rest with Moffat and Gatiss.
The longer format has been praised by fans – and has, Stephenson believes, contributed to the show's success. "Ninety minutes means Sherlock feels like less of a detective show and more of an adventure show," he said.
Traditionally, high summer has been seen as a quiet time for television drama, with broadcasters waiting until autumn to launch their big shows.
But Stephenson says that rule no longer holds – in 2008 the corporation broadcast Criminal Justice and House of Saddam over the summer; last year the corporation ran a successful special week-long series of Torchwood. "Audiences always want to see good drama – and the majority of people don't go away for the whole summer," he said.
This summer the BBC has also shown a third series of the frothy drama Mistresses and The Deep, a submarine drama starring Minnie Driver and James Nesbitt, which received a lukewarm reception when it launched last week.
But it is Sherlock that has caught the public's imagination, not least because of Moffat's involvement. The first series of the new Doctor Who, with Moffat at the helm – and Matt Smith and Karen Gillan ensconced in the Tardis – has been widely heralded as a triumph.
Last Sunday's instalment of Sherlock was perceived to be weaker than the first episode in terms of plot, but still attracted 6.6 million viewers and critical praise. Expectations are high for the final episode.
Stephenson said he was thrilled with the reception. "I thought Sherlock would be big because Steven is a god, Benedict and Martin are a fantastic pairing and the direction was brilliant. But you never know until you put it out."

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Gary's Gold Mine

Gary has been collecting comics and things for over 35 years. This weekend he's selling them. Starting today all the way through Sunday, August 8th he's opening his garage and offering a plethora of amazing items. There are 30 long boxes full of 6000 or so comics from all sorts of eras all at very agreeable prices. It's not all just comics, either. The walls are covered with action figures, model kits, books and toys. These also cover an impressive span of eras. (Thousands of 25 cent to $1.00 books).

All comics discounted, every age. Golden Age, Silver, Bronze -modern, Marvel, DC, Dell, and other titles as well, Classics Ill, Horror and related collectibles. Paperbacks, Digest, Graphic Novels, Big Little Books, Super-Hero cars, motorcycles, helicopters etc.. mint in package, Toys (Rare 1970's Spiderman Pogo Stick & Spiderman Hippity Hop) Action Figures, Games, Trading Cards, Flicker Rings, Puzzles, Books on Collectibles and MORE! Items date back as early as the 1940's, as well as many items from the 1960's thru 1980. MONSTER Mags and related MONSTER Collectibles. MODEL KITS boxed and built, old Easy Bake Oven in the original box with many accessories and old boxed batter. View Master, Tru Vu, and many slides 1940 up. Some of the antiques will be - Depression Glass, Bottles, Cameras ( Motion and still frame), Old 8mm Movie Projectors and Movies, Old Movie Posters, Various Books ( back to 1890's), 1950 Fishing Pole, Antique Victorian Phone, 1948 Zenith Radio (it works), Boot/Shoe Cleaner, Stamps.

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Masterpiece Mystery! presets Sherlock

Sherlock will be aired in the United States sooner rather than later. Premiering October 24th on PBS's Masterpiece Mystery!

Sherlock Holmes stalks again in a thrilling contemporary version of Arthur Conan Doyle's classic, starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Atonement, The Last Enemy) as the go-to consulting detective in 21st century London, with Martin Freeman (The Office UK, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) as his loyal friend, Dr. John Watson, and Rupert Graves (God on Trial, The Forsyte Saga) as the long suffering Inspector Lestrade. Fast-paced, funny, and surreally true to the hero's fantastic gifts for deduction, the series is co-created by Steven Moffat (Doctor Who) and Mark Gatiss (Doctor Who).Sherlock premieres with A Study in Pink (October 24), followed by The Blind Banker (October 31) and The Great Game (November 7).

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Sherlock- The Blind Banker

The second episode started off not quite as strong as the first. Telling the tale of how the two met in the first episode was magical and understandably difficult to outdo. Setting up the mystery took some time, but once things started going it was fantastic London action. I didn't recognize this case from the selection of Conan Doyle books I've read. There were some elements that were familiar. Sherlock discovers a cypher using numbers from a certain copy of a common book. This was from the opening scene of The Valley of Fear. In Valley of Fear the common book used for the cypher was the previous year's Almanac. There are some nice scenes in The Blind Banker as Holmes works out what copy the villains used for theirs.

Whoever is responsible for paring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman together as Holmes and Watson deserve an award for seeing the chemistry between them. Watson has always been very likable and easy to relate to and I find this with Martin Freeman. Getting to know Sherlock from the Conan Doyle fictions, I find him fascinating, but if I actually knew him he would quickly drive me crazy. In the novels Watson should be commended for his ability to tolerate his extremely odd roommate, flat-mate, lodger, whatever. In this series, its a bit refreshing and perhaps more realistic to see Watson's patience wearing thin already. I'm convinced Cumberbatch is Sherlock Holmes while captivated by the show. Some of the events or clues that are presented in the show seem like the literary counterpart would have picked up on long ago. I thought this more so in the first episode than this second one. Fine writing, none-the-less.

I'm looking forward to how Moriarty will be properly introduced. It seems like Sherlock is still relatively unknown by... him? Them?... What if they do a BSG (Starbuck) and make Moriary a.... HER?
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