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DC Celebrate 80 Years of Batman as #1000 Looms

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DC CELEBRATES 80 YEARS OF THE WORLD’S MOST POPULAR SUPER HERO WITH ANNOUNCEMENT OF TWO TENTPOLE BATMAN ANNIVERSARY BOOKS IN 2019 DETECTIVE COMICS: 80 YEARS OF BATMAN THE DELUXE EDITION This Oversized Hardcover Will Feature the Best of the Best  from the Dark Knight’s 80-Year Publishing History DETECTIVE COMICS #1000  The Landmark Comic Book to Introduce New Version of the “Arkham Knight”; Original Story by  New York Times  Best-Selling Writer Peter J. Tomasi and Acclaimed Artist Doug Mahnke; Bonus Stories from All-Star DC Lineup, Including Geoff Johns, Brian Michael Bendis, Paul Dini and More Leading into Batman’s big 80 th  celebration next year, DC announced today the World’s Greatest Detective will be honored with two milestone book releases in March 2019.  DETECTIVE COMICS: 80 YEARS OF BATMAN THE DELUXE EDITION  will be a spectacular oversize hardcover book, and  DETECTIVE COMICS #1000  will be a collector’s edition of the 1,000th issue of...
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DC Launches Holiday Special "Worlds Greatest Super-Heroes"

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The 100-Page Walmart Exclusive Arrives in Stores by Sunday, November 11 THE WORLD’S GREATEST SUPER-HEROES! HOLIDAY SPECIAL Includes an Original Story Featuring THE FLASH, Plus Popular Holiday-Themed Stories from the DC Vault, Including the Eisner-Nominated BATMAN Short Story “Good Boy,” By Tom King and David Finch  With the holidays rapidly approaching, DC and Walmart are adding to their lineup of 100-page “Giant” comics with a new one-shot to ring in the holiday season! Following the success of their horror-themed SWAMP THING HALLOWEEN HORROR SPECIAL, DC’s WORLD’S GREATEST SUPER-HEROES! HOLIDAY SPECIAL is headed to participating Walmart stores in the U.S. today and should reach stores by Sunday. The fan-favorite creative trio of THE FLASH—Scott Lobdell (writer), Brett Booth (artist) and Norm Rapmund (inker)—have reunited for an original tale featuring the Scarlet Speedster, “Twas the Riot Before Christmas.” Barry Allen’s holiday tradition of giving gifts to the kids at the Central City Home...
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DC Entertainment Pays Tribute To Stan Lee

As pop-culture fans across the world digested the news of Stan Lee's passing, DC Comics paid there own tribute to "The Man".   Given  all  his achievements in comic books, entertainment and pop culture, Stan Lee’s nickname, “The Man,” was both well earned and well deserved. From his time as a teenage assistant at then Timely Comics, through his collaborations with fellow icons like Jack Kirby ,  Steve  Ditko , John Romita Sr. and John  Buscema , plus his  tireless promotion of comic books to a mainstream audience , Lee was  in no small part  responsible for raising the profile of comic books  to make  them accessible to everyone.   “Without  Stan Lee’s  fertile and creative mind , endless energy and work ethic, comic books would have been completely different from what  we know  and enjoy  today,” said DC Publisher Dan DiDio.  “He helped to create worlds that were both...
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Stan Lee 1922 - 2018

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As news of Stan Lee's passing reverberates around the world, Geek Genie pays tribute to "The Man". Although most of us knew this day was coming, it was still hard to take. At 95 years of age, Stanley Martin Lieber, had passed. He had lived his best life. In recent months, the signs were there that Stan may not be of this mortal plane for much longer. After his beloved wife Joan passed away in 2017 also at the age of 95, his health slowly deteriorated. Stan Lee's place in comic book and indeed pop-culture history is already assured. He was instrumental in turning a fledgling Marvel Comics into a powerhouse which shunted to one side the old established order represented by DC Comics. Lee's penchant for hyperbole saw him add the strapline "The World's Greatest Comic Magazine" to the Fantastic Four comic...after only two issues! But it was precisely...
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The Greatest Comic Book Covers #3

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In the third installment of our ongoing series, our spotlight falls on Marvel's flagship character Spider-Man and how a certain Canadian artist reinvented everyones favourite arachnid for a whole new generation. In 1987 an up and coming Canadian artist took over the artistic reigns on Marvel Comics' Amazing Spider-Man title. Neither the character, nor the wider comic book industry, would ever be the same again.  Todd McFarlane was an overnight sensation on Amazing Spider-Man . Ever since co-creator Steve Ditko left the book way back in the 1966 dated issue Amazing Spider-Man #39, the web spinner was fixed in a Marvel "house style" best depicted by John Romita Senior and Ross Andru. An acclaimed run by Ron Frenz took the wall crawler back to his Ditko days until McFarlane joined the book as its regular artist with issue #298. McFarlane really put the spider into Spider-Man. Bigger bug eyes and...
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Ancient Egyptian Hawkman

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  When Hawkman debuted in the pages of Flash Comics in 1939 we were introduced to Carter Hall, a man who was the reincarnation of the ancient Egyptian prince, Khufu. There have been countless additions to his story over the 79 years of his existence in comics, cartoons and live action television, but the idea that he was once a member of the ancient Egyptian royal elite has been kept relatively intact for much of his life on the page. But was any of this origin in any way drawn from real life? Is there any fact in the fiction? Like Carter Hall I'm a self-studied "armchair Egyptologist" so when it came to writing about Hawkman for Hawkman Day on November 10th, using ancient Egypt as my topic was a no-brainer. For anyone not familiar the origin begins with Carter Hall receiving a strange gift that sets him on his...
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A point to clarify: the 19th Dynasty is part of the New Kingdom and the text confusingly suggested Rameses II was king during the ... Read More
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Norm Breyfogle: 1960 - 2018

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It was Monday 24 September when news started to trickle through comics fandom, that one of its brightest and best had passed this mortal plane. Norm Breyfogle had died at the tragically young age of 58.     If you grew up reading comics in the 1980’s, then Norm Breyfogle  was Batman. His art style perfectly captured the mystery and suspense of the Dark Knight, whilst giving life to his flowing cape and to Gotham City itself.  His now legendary run on the character spanned 6 years across Detective Comics , Batman and Batman: Shadow Of The Bat as well as numerous one shots. Breyfogle, along with long time Batman collaborator Alan Grant, oversaw many key landmarks in the history of the Batman mythos. New characters like the Ventriloquist , the  Ratcatcher , Jeremiah Arkham and Mr Zsasz  were introduced which added to the Caped Crusaders rich history. None more so, than the introduction of Timothy...
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DC UNIVERSE LAUNCH SET FOR SEPT 15, BATMAN DAY

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New original series “Titans” to debut on DC UNIVERSE on October 12, 2018;  Warner Bros. Television to host world premiere of “Titans” on October 3, 2018, at New York Comic Con  John Barrowman, Samm Levine and Harley Quinn Smith introduced as hosts and regular guests for “DC Daily” show Fan sweepstakes to win the “Ultimate Batman Studio Tour” with a chance to ride in the Batmobile also announced The countdown to DC UNIVERSE is down to weeks. To celebrate Batman Day on September 15, 2018, DC UNIVERSE will launch a first-of-its kind digital subscription service to fans across the U.S. In addition, the debut date of the exclusive original series  Titans  was announced as October 12, 2018, with episodes released weekly on DC UNIVERSE. The first season of  Titans  will consist of 12 episodes. Warner Bros. Television will host a world premiere screening of  Titans  on October 3, 2018, in...
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Steve Ditko 1927 - 2018

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Legendary comic book creator and artist passes at the age of 90. Steve Ditko, famed artist and comic book creator, has died at the age of 90. A celebrated artist and a pillar of the groundbreaking Marvel Age of Comics of the early 1960's, Ditko was credited with numerous creations and co-creations, most famously Spider-Man . His unique style is credited with pushing the boundaries of comic book art and was perfectly in tune with the psychedelic 60's.  The comic book industry was quick to pay tribute to Ditko. "Steve Ditko was true to his own ideals. He saw things his own way, and he gave us ways of seeing that were unique. Often copied. Never equalled. I know I'm a different person because he was in the world." Neil Gaiman "Spider-Man. Dr. Strange. The Question. The Creeper. Shade the Changing Man. Hawk & Dove. He worked with @Marvel AND...
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Compu-M.E.C.H. Issues 1-3 Now Available in Print Format and Ebooks!


    The following is an introduction video to the Compu- M.E.C.H. series! Click on the image to view the video.     Compu-M.E.C.H. Issue #1 (Full Color Edition)       Compu-M.E.C.H. Issue #1 is the origin issue of the series. We find out that Dr. Jason Green is the inventor of the Compu-M.E.C.H. Program and Tommy Chase is the the controllor of the robot hero M.E.C.H..   Together they endeavor to right the wrongs in the world with Truth, Honor and Justice. They are Compu-M.E.C.H! They are our protectors!   Issue #1 is available in print at :   https://www.amazon.com/Compu-M-C-H-Issue-Full-Color/dp/1979408521/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1527512797&sr=1-1&keywords=compu-m.e.c.h+issue+%231+full+color+edition In Ebooks at: Google Play Books at:  Google Play Books : Google Play Books And iBookstore on iTunes at:  iBookstore (iTunes)   Compu-M.E.C.H Issue #2 (Full Color Edition)   In this unique story The M.E.C.H. Unit is assaulted by several villains in two different stories. First he must face...
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The Indie Index - Review - Sharkasaurus

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Sweet baby Jesus, we’re gonna need a bigger buggy. Sharkasaurus is a book that delivers on it’s title and so much more. It’s creationists vs paleontologists vs a prehistoric shark out for blood on a golf course…yes a golf course! Creator, writer, and director Spencer Estabrooks brought Sharkasaurus to life in a 2014 short film. It’s tremor meets jaws premise traveled the festival circuit with bloody success. Estabrooks was not fulfilled by this great short film. His imagination was beyond the budget of a short film and he wanted to tell a bigger story, with a bigger and more diverse cast, and of course with a bigger Sharkasaurus. In June 2016 Estabrooks launched a Kickstarter to fund a Sharkasaurus graphic novel with Tyler Jenkins (Peter Panzerfaust). It didn’t take long for the book to be funded and they moved full steam ahead with the project. Unfortunately, due to Jenkins' success on the Matt Kindt series Grass Kings, he...
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The Indie Index - Interview with Jason Pittman

Mental illness - or Mental Illness, depending on how you envision it - is a topic that has worked its way into the comic book medium, for better or for worse. The topic travels different paths in the various taless that it is featured in, you'll never find yourself reading a story that defines mental illness in the same way as others. The War For Kaleb is a story that takes the topic and merges it with the superhero genre.  The War For Kaleb by Jason Pittman is currently on Kickstarter so read this interview and check the campaign out.   Introduce yourself:    I'm Jason Pittman.  I am a self published writer/artist for the series Leftovers, and most currently The War for Kaleb, which is a superhero story about an anxiety disorder that I have just launched a Kickstarter for.  I went to the School of Visual Arts in NYC,...
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Fallen Idols "Where's Waldo the Assassin?"

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The last post got delayed about a week so I thought hold off rather than post within 2 days of eachother. This weeks content: -Work in progress, "playing a game with the audience" -Podcast! want us to talk about your book? -how to write a comic part 4 "how does do panels?" WORK IN PROGRESS "Playing a game with the audience": So I've finished the building which mentioned last post and here it is: I'd have liked to have spent more time in it's design but eventually you just gotta move on... maybe if i need something new I'll give it a renovation.  For me double panels always take a long time to make, some things I meant to add in like other pedestrians, rubbish and debris like barrels and crates just to make the place more lived in... I will probbably put that in during the editing process, let...
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Top 5 DC Rebirth Titles You Should Read!

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I hope DC hasn’t lost its touch after all of the attention Marvel's been getting recently, therefore I decided to suggest the top 5 DC Rebirth titles you should start reading today! And by the way, I will be excluding mini-series or events such as 'The Button' and 'Doomsday Clock'. Don’t forget to comment below your thoughts on the action.   5. Wonder Woman                                                             Greg Rucka tells a completely new Wonder Woman tale in the rebirth series. With new information on her origins, Diana has never looked more astonishing.   4. Titans     With the return of the missing Wally West, the original Titans are back with a bang! Written by Brett Booth, the new Titans storylines will prove...
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The Greatest Comic Book Covers #2 - Detective Comics #27

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The Dark Knight Detective has cast a vigilant shadow over the comic book world for over 70 years now! Geek Genie continues its ongoing series with #2 and a look at the first appearance of The Batman in Detective Comics #27!   With those immortal words, The Batman was born. And he's been striking fear into the hearts of criminals ever since. Fresh off the success of Action Comics #1, National Allied Publications (later known as DC Comics) delivered yet another iconic character. Bill Finger, assisted by Bob Kane, introduced the story of millionaire Bruce Wayne and his obsessive quest for justice in the guise of his Bat-alter ego.                        As Action Comics #1 had done previously, The Batman leapt off the pages of Detective Comics #27. But this time, instead of a brightly coloured Superman performing miraculous feats of...
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Fallen Idols "Grand Designs of a protagonist building"

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  I almost didn't make a post last week as I thought I might be cluttering up the website with blog posts. Obviously I changed my mind, but I'm thinking of making these posts fortnightly, let me know what you think. This weeks content: -work in progress, "Grand Designs of a protagonist building" -"how to write a comic part 3: story planning WORK IN PROGRESS "Grand Designs of a protagonist building": So onto page 4, had some distractions in the form of commissioned work to help a guy with his job application. but in the spare time I had managed to create this image: (still a work in progress, but definitely getting there)   This is a manner house which is going to feature a lot in the comic book, I had to decide very carefully how this was going to look as I'd be drawing this room a lot. it would...
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The Indie Index - Review - Come Into Me #1

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Come Into Me is a strange story. I wouldn’t expect anything less from Black Mask Studio. Based on just the premise, it would be enough for me to grab it off the shelf of my local comic store.   From the very first page, I was left wondering what I had gotten myself into by agreeing to give Come Into Me a read. I can hear the rubber gloves snapping, even now. Co-writer Lonnie Nadler described Come Into Me as “imagine if David Cronenberg directed an episode of Black Mirror. It might look something like Come Into Me.” It’s true, that description is 100 percent accurate. The story is horrific, twisted. Come Into Me breaks the chains shackled to the modern conventions of comic books and flips them on their head. Whatever you think about comics will be challenged with this debut issue alone.   By now, everyone should know that...
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I like the front cover how the Reflection is reversed, nice bit of symbolism there.
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Issue #1 of "Pop Monthly" Kicks off With "Marvelous March!"

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Introducing my new monthly pop-zine "Pop Monthly"! Every month I will be releasing a new issue of "Pop Monthly" featuring news, reviews, Top 10's and spotlights on the new and look backs at the old. In the month of March, "Pop Monthly" will be focusing on Marvel Entertainment, from it's comic books, movies, TV series to anything else produced by The House of Ideas. Welcome to the beginning of "Pop Monthly" and make sure to comment your ideas and thoughts!     New Infinity War Hot Toys! Avengers Infinity War is at the top of the headlines as it's the most anticipated film of the year, it may be the most of all time! After RDJ convinced Marvel to set the release date to April 27th, the extremely realistic models created by Hot Toys have been released. A model of Captain America, Thor and Iron Man give us a better...
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Fallen Idols: "How to advertise where it's not allowed".

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So a week has past, time for another blog. I'm not sure how long i'll be posting weekly... we can only find out together. this weeks blog includes: -Weekly update on the comic im working on -A story about a crazy idea I had on how to advertise on a facebook group which doesn't allow advertising. -The continuation of 'how to make a comic book' STEP 2 BUSINESS PLAN. WEEKLY UPDATE: Here's the update on the page I was working on: As you can see it's almost finished now, hit a small writers block with one of the panels but I've decided im going to move past that and come back to it later on which is something I'll do if something becomes to problematic. HOW TO ADVERTISE ON FACEBOOK GROUPS THAT DON'T ALLOW IT: A friend of mine suggested I could talk about something in particuliar for this week...
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The Indie Index - News - Freak Weather Conditions Forces Dunfermline Comic Con Cancellation

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Extreme weather conditions and concern for public safety has forced the cancellation of Dunfermline Comic Con, in Scotland. The park, which was serving as venue to the event, was deemed unsafe and that even a dramatic change in weather would not allow enough time to make things safe.   Little Shop of Heroes, organisers of Dunfermline Comic Con, have posted an announcement via social media platforms: The statement says: "It is with an extremely heavy heart that we have to inform you that  Dunfermline Comic Con  this weekend has been cancelled. At 11:30 this morning the parks department assessed Pittencrieff Park and deemed it as unsafe for the public. Furthermore with the priorities for roads and paths elsewhere even a dramatic change in the weather will not allow for them to make it safe in time. Dunfermline Comic-Con is a family event, and this occasion and the Books For Schools...
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