I’m so excited for the new Doctor Who special, Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor, and BBC America is doing a Doctor Who Takeover for the week surrounding its 50th Anniversary special on November 23rd. There will be a marathon showcasing all of the first ten Doctors, and the ninth, tenth, and eleventh Doctors, and a number of new specials covering the history of Doctor Who:
- Tales from the Tardis, a documentary program about the show’s history
- The Science of Doctor Who with Brian Cox, which discusses the science behind the show
- Doctor Who Explained, interviews of cast members from the show’s 50 year history
- An Adventure in Space and Time, a drama about the launch of the original Doctor Who.
- The Graham Norton Show, the BBC talk show, with Matt Smith and David Tennant as guests.
- The Doctors Revisited – The Eleventh Doctor, interviews and more about the Eleventh Doctor.
The special programming kicks off on Monday, November 18th, and runs through the following Sunday.
This month’s new releases on Amazon include Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira: 25th Anniversary Edition (Funimation, “R,” 124 min., BD/DVD Combo $34.95, then was mark down even more to $24.99). This classic looks spectacular in Blu-ray and also, Funimation has returned the film to its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio—the previous Blu-ray release of Akira was slightly window boxed. The colors in the Funimation release also appear to be more saturated, though it should be noted that both versions are not as sharp and hard-edged as BD versions of contemporary computer animated features simply because of the hand drawn (and painted) nature of the animation in Akira. The soundtrack on the new Funimation Akira Blu-ray represents a major advance over previous DVD releases. The 25th Anniversary release of Akira features both English dubs that have occurred since 1988, and there also tons of extra, with over 120 minutes of on-disc extra features; including the “Restoring Akira” documentary, interview with the Japanese Director and original storyboards for the anime.
And out on November 19, 2013 is Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece: Strong World (Funimation, Not Rated, 113 min., BD/DVD Combo $34.98, then was mark down even more to $31.48). As extra goes there seems to be only behind the scenes of One Piece: Introducing Brook, so there really isn’t much to the BD/DVD, but I’m showcasing this because of the extras, for lovers of One Piece this will be a great addition to one’s collection, we get anopther amazing tale from the One Piece crew.
The synopsis is “When the Straw Hats catch wind of trouble in the peaceful waters of the East Blue, they quickly set a course for home! But before they reach their destination, fate leads them into the deadly path of Golden Lion Shiki. This gravity-defying madman needs a navigator, and he wants Nami! Shiki scatters the Straw Hats across the far corners of a floating island filled with ferocious, genetically-mutated monsters, and issues Nami and ultimatum: join his crew – or her friends die! BIG mistake. Luffy kicks his attack mode into Third Gear and begins a brutal rampage across the beast-ridden island. It’s all hands on deck – including a new character – for this watershed adventure in the One Piece canon. Monkey vs. Lion. Winner gets the navigator”
iZombie’ and Other DC Comics TV Show
The CW is in the process of making a new series based on DC’s iZombie, which will be written by Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas and Veronica Mars movie co-writer Diane Ruggiero, according to Deadline. Thomas and Ruggiero will pen the series based on characters created for Chris Roberson and Michael Allred’s Eisner Award nominated comic from DC’s Vertigo imprint, which ended abruptly in August 2012 when Roberson left DC.
iZombie will be presented as “a supernatural crime procedural that centers on a med student-turned-zombie who takes a job in the coroner’s office to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat to maintain her humanity. But with each brain she consumes, she inherits the corpse’s memories, and with the help of her medical examiner boss and a police detective, she solves homicide cases in order to quiet the disturbing voices in her head.”
iZombie is joining several other DC related titles on the CW development list, another is Hourman, according to Hollywood Reporter. Mcihael Caleo, who wrote the pilot for the Ironside and screenplay for The Family, will write Hourman and executive produce. Also executive producing will be Daniel Lin (of Ninjago) and Jennifer Gwartz, also of Lin Pictures. Hourman is a character that can generally gain superpowers for an hour and/or see events one hour in the future.
Also on that list is the Flash spinoff from Arrow, Gotham that is in development at Fox, and Constantine at NBC, DC is planning for big things in there TV world.
Comic Book & Graphic Novel News
Check out the top sells in comic stores in October to see what is hot right now.
Top 10 Comics–October
The Walking Dead #115
Forever Evil #2
Justice League #24
Superman/Wonder Woman #1
The Sandman: Overture #1
Superior Spider-Man #20
Superior Spider-Man #19
Batman: Death of the Family volumes took two of the top three graphic novel slots, and other Batman volumes took another two slots, for a total of half the top 10 graphic novels. The two Saga collections are stubbornly hanging in the Top 10.
Top 10 Graphic Novels–October
Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family
Avengers: Endless Wartime
The Joker: Death of the Family
Batman: The Court of Owls Book & Mask Set
Avatar: The Last Airbender Vol. 6
Hellboy: Midnight Circus
Batman Vol. 2: City of Owls
Lazarus Vol. 1
Saga Vol. 1
Saga Vol. 2
Amazon’s Best Graphic Novels (Editors’ Picks)
These are some good titles to check out, great wide range of choices.
1. Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened… by Allie Brosh (Touchstone)
2. Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family (“New 52”) by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo (DC Comics)
3. Saga, Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
4. Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang (First Second)
5. Battling Boy by Paul Pope (First Second)
6. March Book 1 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell (Top Shelf Productions / First Second)
7. Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon (Marvel NOW!) by Matt Fraction (Marvel)
8. East of West Volume 1: The Promise TP by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta (Image Comics)
9. The Black Beetle Volume 1: No Way Out by Francesco Francavilla and Jim Gibbons (Dark Horse)
10. The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Ship That Sank Twice by Mike Carey and Peter Gross (Vertigo)
11. All-New X-Men, Vol. 1: Yesterday’s X-Men by Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen (Marvel)
12. Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley (First Second)
13. Solo: The Deluxe Edition by Darwyn Cooke, Jeph Loeb, Brian Azzarello and Richard Corben (DC Comics)
14. MIND MGMT Volume 1 by Matt Kindt and Brendan Wright (Dark Horse)
15. Very Casual by Michael DeForge (Koyama Press)
16. My Dirty Dumb Eyes by Lisa Hanawalt (Drawn and Quarterly)
17. Daredevil by Mark Waid, Vol. 1 by Mark Waid, Paolo Rivera, Marcos Martin and Emma Rios (Marvel)
18. Lost Cat by Jason (Fantagraphics)
19. The Property by Rutu Modan and Jessica Cohen (Drawn and Quarterly)
20. Marble Season by Gilbert Hernandez (Drawn and Quarterly)
Also check out Publisher’s Weekly’s 2013 best graphic novel list, to see how the two match up with each other. Publisher Weekly
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