TV Spotlight!: iZombie


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Hey there follower comic book and TV show fans, today i wanted to spotlight a new show that will be coming soon to the CW, iZombie, which is joining The CW in the fall along with fellow new series The Flash, The Messenbergs and Jane the Virgin. With the new promotional images, we can see that this is coming very quickly and the live action character, Rose McIver is the lead, is not a bad choice for Gwen (which is named Liv in the show) the main character of the comic. But this series wont be a faithful adaptation of the source material, as Rob Thomas previously told IGN that they’re basically just taking the general premise and doing their own thing:

The thing that we’re taking from the comic is this mid-20s female zombie who eats brains and gets the memories of the dead, but we put her in a coroner’s office, so there is sort of a ‘case of the week’ each week where she gets snippets of memories of the deceased and tries to solve the crime.

Even though its a total shame that they will go far off from the source material, I’m still hoping that they retain most of the good stuff of the comic series, like the goofy yet very unique and cool characters, and the supernatural elements of the comic series. I hope this is not just a detective police show that the lead just so happens to be a zombie to solve mundane reality cases.

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Also, she’s in this “first look” teaser reel of all The CW’s upcoming fall shows, but it’s very blink and you miss it kinda moment.

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TV Spotlight!: GRACEPOINT


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Hey there TV fans, I wanted to shine a bit of light on a interesting show that has been getting little press surrounding the hype train that is FOX’s Gotham series, and it is Gracepoint,  a interesting ten-episode mini mystery series. Gracepoint is a remake of a British crime drama Broadchurch, and like the British version this will also star David Tennant, which as a big fan of the guy I had to make it a point to shine some light on his new project that aims to get him into the minds of American audience. Besides my thoughts of promoting David Tennant, this series in itself looks to be a very interesting story, looking to provide strong drama and a touching and powerful down to earth mystery that may tug at the heart strings.

GRACEPOINT follows the tragic death of a young boy, and the major police investigation and nationwide media frenzy that subsequently overtake a picturesque seaside town, where anyone is a suspect.

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TV Spotlight!: The Flash (update)


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The first teaser trailer/sneak peek at the CW’s new series The Flash has been release, going us a good view of the character and the look of his powers, in the clip he is paired with the star of sister show Arrow. Gotta say it doesn’t look at but I’m still own the fence about this, because like how I stop watching Smallville cause it felt like a teen drama with little comic book or superhero settings and stories, and how the idea of Arrow, a character I wasn’t fond with to beginning with, I’m not totally sure if I would try this one out. But I do like the Flash character more then the Green Arrow character, so by the looks of this clip I may try out this series, it wouldn’t hurt to give it a chance like I did Smallville.  Hopefully The Flash will be more superhero and comic book like, in that there are powered villains that can have good battles with, great showcase of powers and cool memorable moments.

ABOUT THE FLASH
After a particle accelerator causes a freak storm, CSI Investigator Barry Allen is struck by lightning and falls into a coma. Months later he awakens with the power of super speed, granting him the ability to move through Central City like an unseen guardian angel. Though initially excited by his newfound powers, Barry is shocked to discover he is not the only “meta-human” who was created in the wake of the accelerator explosion — and not everyone is using their new powers for good. Barry partners with S.T.A.R. Labs and dedicates his life to protect the innocent. For now, only a few close friends and associates know that Barry is literally the fastest man alive, but it won’t be long before the world learns what Barry Allen has become…The Flash.

(update) After the teaser by The CW, they have now release a full trailer, and I gotta say I very interested, nice use of powers and actual super villains, I definitely going to be checking this out when it comes out. And if I liking this serious I just might give arrow a chance even though I never been a fan of the character but if the creators of The Flash are decent enough it definitely validate giving them a chance on their other products. So be sure to check out the full trailer down below and give me your thoughts.

TV Spotlight!: Constantine


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Hey there comic book and TV show fans, NBC has announced David Goyer’s Constantine among its series pickups for 2014-15, based on the Vertigo property, the Constantine character in the series will be closer to the source material from the comics than that of the film. The first trailer for the show can be seen below, and i gotta say its not looking bad, definitely will be checking this show out, I like the movie but I know a bit about the comic version of the character so I still on board for this version of the character, and I’m always a fan of being true to the source material.

YouTube Spotlight!: BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN – The Daly Show


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Tim Daly (Adventures of Superman) and his son Sam Daly (Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox) have a regularly running Youtube series called The Daly Show… In the past to celebrate Sam getting the voice role of Superman they did an episode which included Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) and Dean Cain (Lois & Clark). Also they had an episode of Tim Daly (voice of Superman), Nathan Fillion (voice of Green Lantern), and Michael Rosenbaum (voice of Flash) play out their characters in real life, The Daly Superheroes.

With all the talk of Superman Vs. Batman the Daley team made them call upon Kevin Conroy (Batman) for a little fun. “The voices of Superman and Batman face off. Kevin Conroy, Tim Daly and Sam Daly, and it is written and directed by Ben Shelton.”

Your Comic Book and Entertainment Update!


Entertainment News


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.

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Anime

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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.

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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”

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iZombie’ and Other DC Comics TV Show

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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
Batman #24
Infinity #4
Forever Evil #2
Infinity #5
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.

Top 20

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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Product Spotlight: Adventure Time Watches


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If I haven’t told you before I’m telling you now, I absolutely love Adventure Time, I love the cartoon show, I love the comic book, I love the artworks and posters, and I love a lot of the other merchandize that spinned off from the show, and the newest item spinning off from the show are the Adventure Time Watches. Each of Adventure Time Watches features a wonderful images of Adventure Time characters like Jake, Finn, and Princess Bubblegum and tells the time, in very old school looking style. And each of the Adventure Time watches features a different character from the series with a design that covers the face of the watch and extends right onto the watchband, the choices are Finn, Jake, Finn and Jake, or The Land of Ooo, and each watch goes for $24.99. Now there isn’t a lot that is really special about these watches but they are definitely nice pieces for any Adventure Time fanatics, and right now this series is high collectible and very popular. http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/1127/

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