I turn my back on Marvel for a minute and everything's different! my favorite D-list character has gotten a SERIOUS promotion! apparently that dude Jericho Drumm aka Brother Voodoo has taken over the role of Sorcerer Supreme from Stephen Strange along with the credentials... so call him Doctor Voodoo now! anywho, i'll be able to tell you better about what the heck's going on when i make it to the comic shop... as for now, click the pic for a 6 page preview to Doctor Voodoo #2! first a black President, and now this! holla! -samax
Deathlok is one of those characters that Marvel keeps bringing back. and i suggest they keep doing it until they get it right. and yeah, he was invented way before Robocop. anyways, click the pic for a preview of Deathlok: The Demolisher #1 here's the Sales Pitch: Marvel's ultimate cyborg is back in this 7-issue Marvel Knights limited series written by Charlie Huston (MOON KNIGHT) and breathtakingly illustrated by Lan Medina (FOOLKILLER). In the not-too-distant future, war is a spectator sport, warriors die hard and live fast, and living larger than anyone is super-soldier Lieutenant Mike Travers. That is, until Travers hotdogs it on the battlefield and gets himself and his C.O., Luther Manning, blown to bits. The show must go on. Enter: Deathlok the Demolisher!!! in stores Wednesday, November 4th. holla! -samax ghettoManga.com comics.hipHop.news.art.culture
one of my favorite underground doitalls, Blueprint (no relation to jigga's series of records) of Weightless Records is back with his collabo crew GREENHOUSE. on this joint Blueprint teams up with label-mate Illogic to craft the two-part album Electric Purgatory. Part one will drop November 24th as a free download just after the CD version ships. like prior Weightless CD releases, it comes w/an 11x17 poster, all the instrumentals from the record and 'probably a bonus song'. Print is also flirting with dropping each of these 5 song joints on vinyl as well, but it's all just a teaser to get heads ready for the full-length GREENHOUSE album Bend But Don't Break due to hit in 2010. anyways click the pic to download Gettin' There off Electric Purgatory, and look for links to EP part one next month! holla! -samax ghettoManga.com comics.hipHop.news.art.culture
that dude Arvid Nelson (Rex Mundi) has written one the best Mini-series that you never heard of in Dark Horse's post-apocalyptic sleeper Zero Killer. don't feel bad if you slept on Zero Killer. you're not alone... but let me school you! Zero Killer stars Zero, a trash man (bounty hunter) in a New York City that is flooded by water as well as warring gangs. Zero is approached by agents of the world's last remaining superpower (Africa) to retrieve a mysterious briefcase from the one place he doesn't wanna go. this book has great atmosphere and complex characters that you need in a good comic. i had trouble tracking down issues, so i'm really looking forward to buying the trade (come WIT' it, Dark Horse!). anyways, click the pic for a character-centric preview of issue #6 (which is in stores now) and then feel free to read a SWEET interview of series writer Arvid Nelson over on CBR. holla! -samax ghettoManga.com comics.hipHop.news.art.culture
Sita Sings the Blues an animated feature by Nina Paley. I finally watched Sita Sings the Blues, and really enjoyed it. I'll try to post a review on my movie review blog later today, but feel free to watch the whole thing above! holla! -samax
that dude Corey "DA REEY" Lewis (Peng, Sharknife) will have a Longshot story in Strange Tales #3 due in stores November 4th. here's a fresh 2 page preview i liberated from CBR (click the pics to enlarge). looks pretty cool... Strange Tales #3 will also have stories from Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo) and some other people i never heard of, but who i'm sure are great. anywho, enjoy the previews and feel free to communicate amongst yourselves...
"I did it with nothing, because nothing is free" John T. Unger Sculptor click the pic to contribute to John T Unger's defense fund. after he worked 20 years to build his art business, a manufacturing company is infringing on John's copyright and copying his work at lower quality. help him fight these biters with a donation of any amount. word. -samax. ghettoManga.com comics.hipHop.news.art.culture
the fine folks at Hella Tight have teamed up with hip-hop luminary, Del The Funky Homosapien of the mighty Hieroglyphics crew to release their fresh new fitted cap christened 'Tha Bombay' to coincide with the release of Del’s new track of the same name (which can be downloaded here). The cap features a Melton wool upper, leather button/visor, and 3M reflective Hieroglyphics logo, and it's available now within the Hella Tight online store enjoy! -samax ghettoManga.com comics.hipHop.news.art.culture
no, i'm not talking about the little red-headed kid with the inexplicable eastern-european accent and love of science, i'm talking about Showtime's #1 serial killer! yeah, THAT Dexteris the star of Dexter:Early Cuts, an animated webisode series by master comicbook artist Kyle Baker (Hawkman, PlasticMan, King David, I Die at Midnight) of his first kills (think Dexter:Year One). anyways, feel free to click the pic and go watch the webisodes that are up now on Showtime's website! what i'm hoping to hear is that Showtime decides to launch Dex into comics as well! i know, i'm not holding my breath... holla! -samax
it's well known to my readers that i heart Robert Kirkman's superhero smash Invincible, so when i tell you that i expect the new 3 issue Atom Eve & Rex Plode miniseries by Benito Cereno and Nate Bellgarde to be just as good, you should take that as a ringing endorsement. here's the sales pitch: Picking up right where the first ATOM EVE miniseries left off! See the secret origin of Rex Splode! See what shaped him into the man who tragically sacrificed himself in the Invincible War. Witness his first meeting with Atom Eve and learn their stunning secret! Based on how ill the Atom Eve mini was, i can't see myself missing this. but don't take my word for it! click the pic above to preview the Rex Plode origin (yup. 9 free pages!), or click the pick on the right for a 5 page preview from the Atom Eve collection which is already in stores! get fired up, party people! Invincible Presents: Atom Eve & Rex Plode hits stores Wednesday October 28th.
this DIE HARD:YEAR ONE comic looks pretty hard, and alternate covers by Jock or Dave Johnson makes it a win-win... click the pic to peep a free preview, homey! here's the sales pitch: BOOM! Studios continues to present America’s greatest action hero translated into the sequential art form for the first time! Drunks, pimps, freaks and the debauched rich. It’s all in a night’s work for NYPD rookie John McClane. But what happens when 1976’s toughest kid on the street runs into a dark conspiracy involving a blonde on the run? With McClane, it means the fun’s just starting. Join legendary industry creator Howard Chaykin on a thrill ride that’s rung up over $1 billion in box office worldwide and become the gold standard for classic action! Yippee Ki Yay! this issue lands in stores on Wednesday October 28th. holla! -samax
my Clandestine informants have put me on to the $60 million acquisition by Nickelodeon of the mighty Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise that has been turning heads for 25 years. Turtle co-creator Peter Laird (sole owner of the franchise since co-creator Kevin Eastman sold him his half nine years ago) said on his blog that he was simply exhausted, having given half his life to managing the green guys' wild ride of comics, animated and live-action stardom. the deal makes Nickelodeon (part of the MTV/Viacom juggernaut) sole owner of the franchise, although Laird retains the right to make comics. No one at Laird's Mirage Studios seems to know what their next move will be (including Laird himself), but artist Jim Lawson revealed that the artists did get a sizable buyout and that the studio is likely to go on, even without their cash cow. Still, Lawson (who has been a writer and artist on Turtles projects for over 20 years) appears to be somewhat shell-shocked (no pun intended) by it all.
i don't presume to be able to speak from experience, but i find this deal perplexing. dude did not sell the movie rights, or the teevee rights. He sold the "global intellectual property rights": toys, movies, television, video games, merchandising... the whole shebang! for $60 mil. i guess it really IS a buyer's market... and Nick will be letting the good times roll. plans are already in motion for CGI animated series and feature films for 2012, plus more toys from longtime Turtles toy maker Playmates. i mean, what do you guys think about this? am i a silly bastard or did Nick get a great deal here?
the fine folks at Purple Magazine thought well enough of my efforts to do a nice little interview with me as part of their "SuperSelf-Making 101" special also known as Purple Magazine #8. also featured are my peoples Dazjae Zoem and Robert Trujillo, so get familiar! you can download the issue gratis or check in with Ultraviolet Underground for the print issue in a couple weeks. even if you think i'm over-rated (hater!), cop this issue for the fresh cover by painter-emcee Corinne Stevie, tough guy! peace, -samax
Afrodisiac is in Previews right now! i'll do everything in my power to get a review copy so i can bless you with well-informed endorsements of the books greatness that must be looked upon as inevitable. if my slobbering isn't enough, here's the sales pitch from the publisher: The crew behind Street Angel hits the ghetto with the Afrodisiac - in SuperColor! Theres cats, gats, spats, and feathered hatsaction as big as a Georgia ham and wool so fine it'll blow your mind! Lock up your daughters, come hell or high water, cause here comes the king of the concrete jungle!details:
96 Color pages 6 " x 9 "
HC$14.95 ISBN 978-1-935233-06-0 Shipping December 2009
Diamond Order Code: OCT09 0658
okay, so that's all shorthand for 'YOU NEED this in your life' cousin! you know how much i love Street Angel, and that love most definitely rubs off on soul brotha #1 Afrodisiac!
That dude Jay Potts, HNIC over at WorldOfHurt.com got a shout out on CNN.com (yeah, THAT cnn.com...) yesterday! he stays on his jay-oh making his sweet blaxploitation comic and blogging frequently about the genre. His blog posts about Black Dynamite drew the attention of CNN's own Lisa France. After she was done building with Hulk Hogan, she took a minute to holler at Jay... hell, let him tell the story to you on his blog, and while you're at it, peep his comic World Of Hurt. It'll tap your jaw, son!
Looks like the RZA is working the angles to get a biopic made of his cousin and fellow Wu-Tang Clansmen, the late great Old Dirty Bastard (RIP '68-'04). In an excellent interview with the AV Club, RZA spoke on the possibilities.
“We have talked about it. His estate is pretty confused... on what to do, and all the rights and all that shit, but it’s definitely been talked about... So we’ll see what life brings. In my opinion, I’d rather see an ODB pic than a Wu-Tang Clan pic. But an ODB pic, just to really describe his life, would be good. Right now, there is a documentary that’s done that’s pretty good. It ain’t a knock out of the park, but it’s pretty good, it gives a nice piece of him. Then you start with that, and we can build more awareness about his life, and build more interest in people seeing a movie about it.”
the internets are alive with the sound of people speculating as to who could play ole Dirt Mcgirt, and unfortunately, all the wrong names are being thrown around, most notably Chris Rock and Tracy Morgan. i would actually prefer to see a real actor cast to play Dirt. i don't understand why you would cast a comedian. i think odb was dead serious most of the time, just very eccentric. i hope they get an actual actor, and let the laughs come from the situations, not from making it a shitty slapstick movie.
I'd prefer more of an arthouse style film, and if i had my say, i'd probably cast Chiwetel Ejiofor (Redbelt, Four Brothers, Inside Man, Children of Men, Talk to Me). He has tons of charisma and on-screen gravity, plus he strikes me as actor enough to really give in to any role he takes. paired with the right director, we could have a hip hop classic on our hands! but it's all dreams and spec right now... what do you think? who would you want to star? to direct? what direction do you think an ODB biopic should take? holla! ghettoManga.com comics.hipHop.news.art.culture
Dawn Okoro has some fresh prints for sale on her website! These limited edition, signed and numbered joints are giclee prints, printed with a fine spray of pigmented ink on archival watercolor paper. a great way to collect art for those who can't get up the bread for original paintings! my favorite is Common Daisy (seen here). check them out at DawnOkoro.com.
here's a bullet point from my NOTES TO COMICS ADAPTATION DECISION MAKERS: "if you're making a movie based on a comic with dope artwork, please get the artist of said comic involved in your movie poster process." somebody's paying attention because those geniuses that are making the big screen version of DC/Vertigo's The Losers actually had Jock (The Losers, Green Arrow: Year One) draw the poster. i have fingers and toes crossed for this film based on the excellent Spy-Fi comic by Jock and writer Andy Diggle. i reeeeeally want it to be GOOD! the film has Zoe Saldana (Star Trek, The Terminal), Idris Elba (Rock n' Rolla, Obsessed) , and Jefferey Dean Morgan (Watchmen) in the cast, so they have some things working form them so far... holla! -samax ghettoManga.com comics.hipHop.news.art.culture
When i have trouble sleeping, i just sit down at my drawing board or computer and work instead. last night i colored this Manchild joint, which will probably serve as the cover to Manchild:Birthday Boy when it's eventually collected in graphic novel. if you're new around here, you pro'lly didn't already know that Manchild is the ultraviolent sci-fi tale of the world's illest 3-year-old killing machine... so now you know. anyways, i'm thinking about launching a Manchild webcomic in 2010... whatever the case, i just had this piece laying around and decided to color it. for those who can't wait 'till 2010, I'll include this drawing (along with more Manchild goodies) in my book Spontaneous:2009, which will drop in late December. Chapter 1 of Birthday Boy debuted in the first issue of ghettoManga Quarterly, which you can cop here for $10. holla! -samax ghettoManga.com comics.hipHop.news.art.culture
props to your boy Kanyeyo who once again collaborates with a veteran artist to create another classic. nah, i'm not talking about a new autotune duet with Eminem... it's his new illustrated memoir! Through the Wire: Lyrics & Illuminations will feature the lyrics to 12 Kanye joints accompanied by illustrations by cartoonist Bill Plympton. what makes this fly besides the art is it will have footnotes that explain the references in the songs, biographical components that illuminate the lyrics, and other details that place them in a personal and social context. pretty fresh, i think. Through the Wire: Lyrics & Illuminations, by Kanye West and Bill Plympton drops in mid November.
those visionary sons-a-guns at BOOM! Studios have teamed up with director/screenwriter Chris Gorak (Right at Your Door) and a talented group of teevee/film transplants to publish the 4-issue miniseries NOLA exploring one woman's tale of revenge in post-Katrina New Orleans, Louisiana (N.O. LA, get it?). Gorak's scripting partner Pierluigi Cothran describes NOLA as "a violent, emotional story set in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, about a woman who has been wronged, and, unable to find justice through the normal channels, takes it upon herself to right those wrongs." He adds "It's been such a blast to work with Chris, and the artist, Damian Couceiro, is just killing those pages. It's been a pleasure from start to finish." click the pic to get a glimpse at NOLA through a 7 page preview provided by CBR, then make sure you cop it this December.
So i've been working on a book called 99 Movies That Should Be Comics for a while now... the hardest thing about writing the book is that the damn Japanese have made so many of our great movies into comics already. but in all seriousness, i was disappointed to find out that Chasing Amy was adapted to comics already (or rather to 'comic novel"... half of the book is a regular novel), because it was definitely on my list. but this one is not such a tragedy, since the audience for Chasing Amy pretty much already reads comics (it's an artsy romantic comedy about indy comics artists, written and directed by comics super-fan Kevin Smith of Clerks and Jay and Silent Bob fame).
one of the things that the Japanese comics industry has on ours is that the relationship between Japan's comics and cinema is more mutually beneficial, while ours is pretty much one-sided. i think if more movies were adapted into comics (and not just the other way around), people might be drawn to comics based on the love of the source material. and i mean all kinds of movies, not just action movies. it seems like a few companies (IDW, BOOM! Studios, and mainstay Dark Horse) are hitching their fence to licensing popular properties, and i'd like to see that continue to even lesser films. I'd love to see more directors and screen-writers start their own imprints where they continue the stories of the worlds they create (similar to the Wachowski's Burlyman Entertainment). It takes a lot less money to make comics, and they can sustain an audience for years, even making room for new material decades later (*cough*StarWars*cough*). anyways, if you want to read a few of my reviews of movies that should be comics, hit my movie review blog. -samax ghettoManga.com comics.hipHop.news.art.culture
an inside look at Felt (Slug+Murs+Aesop Rock) and their upcoming plate Felt 3:A Tribute to Rosie Perez. I'm sure i'm not the only one sweating the return of Felt, the TRUE concept record/collabo series where Slug and Murs mind-meld with a different beatsmith (this time it's Def Juxster Aesop Rock) to pay homage to a fly slimmie we all know and love (past records threw down in honor of Lisa Bonet and Christina Ricci), this time tipping the hat to Rosie Perez. I'm still not sure if they will have Jim Mahfood do the comicbook adaptation of the album like they did with Felt 2, but i got my fingers crossed! Felt 3 drops November 17th.
"Beef don't come with a radio edit. Beef is when the judge is calling you 'defendant'... Beef is high blood pressure and bad credit. need a loan for your home, but you're too broke to get it..." -the mighty Mos Def