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Stay up to date on the latest NYCC coverage with us!

By xaraan in Blog on October 15, 2011

Stay up to date on the latest NYCC coverage with us!Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/11492144765

Johnson, Abe, and Sir Edward

Johnson, Abe, and Sir Edward

By David Bird in Blog on October 14, 2011

Lobster Johnson: The Iron Prometheus (June 2008)Abe Sapien: The Drowning (September 2008)Witchfinder: In the Service of Angels (April 2010)This time its three separate stories, each featuring a supporting character from the Hellboy universe. We get a 40s pulp hero, a cast regular, and a 19th century predecessor to the Bureau’s many monster hunters.The Lobster, a.k.a. Lobster Johnson, is a quasi-mythical character in the Mignola-verse. We know he was real, but not everyone believes in him. A Dr. Gallsragas has invented a suit of armour powered by Vril energy—the Hyperborian power source that would powered Atlantis. Nazi agents, working in a pre-war America, capture him and his daughter, but his assistant escapes to find aid from the Lobster and his claw of justice. This battle puts him up against another party wanting the suit, Memnan Saa, an earlier version of whom will show up in another of these volumes.The premise for Abe’s story is much more straight forward. A century ago Witchfinder Edward Grey stopped a warlock named Vrooman by driving a rare and mystical lipu dagger into his heart. Bruttenholm wants that knife and since its located in the waters off Saint Sebastien, Abe is the perfect man to get it. If only things really were that straight forward.The last book, starring the aforementioned Edward Grey, takes place in Victorian London. A group of archaeologists returns with thoughts of professional glory and a terrible secret that is systematically killing them, one after the other.I enjoyed these books the first time, and I enjoyed them more on re-reading. The Iron Prometheus captures the fun and the crazy inventiveness of the pulp novels and early comics—and marries it well to the Mignola-verse. There are even times in which Jason Armstrong, the artist, thanks to the tech and the big and brutish heroes manages to invoke something Kirby-esque, though I don’t think that was ever his goal. In the Service of Angels provides us with our first real look at Edward Grey, a Victorian occult detective whose career was a real influence on Bruttenholm, and subsequently the Bureau itself. The story is really good, and effortlessly connects with everything from the B.P.R.D.’s Hollow Earth and King of Fear arcs to Memnan Saa, but the character of Grey himself is left undeveloped. He’s a Victorian gentleman and an occult detective. That’s about it. There’s been another story arc since this one, which I haven’t read (waiting on the trade as I am), so there may have been more since, but as it stands I recommend it on the strength of the story.One thing I did like about Grey was that he confronted the demonic with appeals to God. He doesn’t come across as a particularly religious character, but it was nice to see someone fight fire with water for a change. When you fight fire with fire, everything is burnt.And that brings me back to my continuing problem in seeing Abe as a lead character. The Drowning is easily the best Abe solo story to date, and it recounts his first solo adventure (so he is supposed to be a bit of a noob), but I would have to put the story over the character when it comes to recommendations. That’s one thing with a new character like Grey; it’s quite another with one of the series’ originals. Unlike the other two stories, we don’t really learn much about the broader Mignola-verse--except when the focus is off our hero. Moreover, the art is too static. Alexander has talent, no question, but I was never drawn in. It doesn’t help that Dave Stewart’s colouring gives it a jaundiced hue.So, three good stories. I would rank them: Lobster, Witchfinder, Abe.I am not through the initial list of trades, but--at this time, anyway--I think I am going to call it a day. Its been fun, and I’ve enjoyed re-reading, but I started this as soon as I posted the last one. That was in August. Time to admit the drive just isn’t there any more.Originally Pubished at: David Bird

Johnson, Abe, and Sir Edward

Johnson, Abe, and Sir Edward

By David Bird in Blog on October 14, 2011

Lobster Johnson: The Iron Prometheus (June 2008)Abe Sapien: The Drowning (September 2008)Witchfinder: In the Service of Angels (April 2010)This time its three separate stories, each featuring a supporting character from the Hellboy universe. We get a 40s pulp hero, a cast regular, and a 19th century predecessor to the Bureau’s many monster hunters.The Lobster, a.k.a. Lobster Johnson, is a quasi-mythical character in the Mignola-verse. We know he was real, but not everyone believes in him. A Dr. Gallsragas has invented a suit of armour powered by Vril energy—the Hyperborian power source that would powered Atlantis. Nazi agents, working in a pre-war America, capture him and his daughter, but his assistant escapes to find aid from the Lobster and his claw of justice. This battle puts him up against another party wanting the suit, Memnan Saa, an earlier version of whom will show up in another of these volumes.The premise for Abe’s story is much more straight forward. A century ago Witchfinder Edward Grey stopped a warlock named Vrooman by driving a rare and mystical lipu dagger into his heart. Bruttenholm wants that knife and since its located in the waters off Saint Sebastien, Abe is the perfect man to get it. If only things really were that straight forward.The last book, starring the aforementioned Edward Grey, takes place in Victorian London. A group of archaeologists returns with thoughts of professional glory and a terrible secret that is systematically killing them, one after the other.I enjoyed these books the first time, and I enjoyed them more on re-reading. The Iron Prometheus captures the fun and the crazy inventiveness of the pulp novels and early comics—and marries it well to the Mignola-verse. There are even times in which Jason Armstrong, the artist, thanks to the tech and the big and brutish heroes manages to invoke something Kirby-esque, though I don’t think that was ever his goal. In the Service of Angels provides us with our first real look at Edward Grey, a Victorian occult detective whose career was a real influence on Bruttenholm, and subsequently the Bureau itself. The story is really good, and effortlessly connects with everything from the B.P.R.D.’s Hollow Earth and King of Fear arcs to Memnan Saa, but the character of Grey himself is left undeveloped. He’s a Victorian gentleman and an occult detective. That’s about it. There’s been another story arc since this one, which I haven’t read (waiting on the trade as I am), so there may have been more since, but as it stands I recommend it on the strength of the story.One thing I did like about Grey was that he confronted the demonic with appeals to God. He doesn’t come across as a particularly religious character, but it was nice to see someone fight fire with water for a change. When you fight fire with fire, everything is burnt.And that brings me back to my continuing problem in seeing Abe as a lead character. The Drowning is easily the best Abe solo story to date, and it recounts his first solo adventure (so he is supposed to be a bit of a noob), but I would have to put the story over the character when it comes to recommendations. That’s one thing with a new character like Grey; it’s quite another with one of the series’ originals. Unlike the other two stories, we don’t really learn much about the broader Mignola-verse--except when the focus is off our hero. Moreover, the art is too static. Alexander has talent, no question, but I was never drawn in. It doesn’t help that Dave Stewart’s colouring gives it a jaundiced hue.So, three good stories. I would rank them: Lobster, Witchfinder, Abe.I am not through the initial list of trades, but--at this time, anyway--I think I am going to call it a day. Its been fun, and I’ve enjoyed re-reading, but I started this as soon as I posted the last one. That was in August. Time to admit the drive just isn’t there any more.Originally Pubished at: David Bird

Keep an eye on New Comic Day’s site every wednesday for...

Keep an eye on New Comic Day’s site every wednesday for...

By xaraan in Blog on October 14, 2011

Keep an eye on New Comic Day’s site every wednesday for weekly updates on one of the best web comic series out there.Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/11447280789


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Outhouse News Roundup 10/14

Outhouse News Roundup 10/14

By xaraan in Blog on October 14, 2011

Biggest news stories and article from the week:With New York Comic Con starting up this week the world of comicbook news will be on hyperdrive.  Keep up with the latest Comic Con news here.And check out our Day 1 article on NYCC as the festivities get started.The Avengers garnered a ton of geek attention this week as the first official trailer debuted.  If you haven’t seen… what are you waiting for?  Watch it.Now that DC’s 52 relaunch has wrapped up a few of our writers have gone to task one how the relaunch worked out for DC. • Idiot’s Guide Weekly asks Is the New 52 Doing It’s Job? • One new DC reader gives his view of the new DC relaunch. • And check out the Outhouse’s official 52apalooza review rankings to see how all the books ranked against each other with our reviewers. • DC put it’s own mark on the discussion with the news that they sold five million books in six weeks. • IGW also talks cross-promoting idie books during DC’s relaunch.Fans seem happy about the news that Ann Nocenti is taking over writing chores on Green Arrow.Though reactions vary on the news that Gail Simone is leaving Firestorm.The pain of DC’s exclusive Graphic Novel deal with amazon continues as Books-A-Million follows Barnes & Nobles example and drops DC graphic novels from their stores.Luther Strode continues to make waves as his books sell out and word of mouth builds on this amazing new series.If you’re curious about what everyday comic fans have to say about the latest books-  Check out the most recent What Outhousers are saying about Comics for short and fun quotes from readers.Don’t have time or desire to read every issue of a giant crossover?  Let Super-Reads do it for you as they cover the Fear Itself marvel event.The Outhouse interview with Animated Batman Year-One star Ben McKenzie.A few interesting discussions going on in the forums: • Nominations for Moment of the Week, Comic of the Week and Cover of the Week. • The horror unleashed by the news that Wonder Woman not born from magic clay, has a dad • A couple of interesting Star Wars discussions have popped up: New series “Dawn of the Jedi” by Ostrander and Duursema and news about the The Return of Darth Maul • And a discussion has started up about an interesting interview with Robert Kirkman.Don’t forget to check out and comment on the latest comics in our Newstand forum.  Don’t be shy!  We want to know what you think.And as always, support our webcomic creators and check out their latest:Our 31 Days of Halloween art feature with new art DAILY.The latest in Tales of Mr. Rhee.And every wednesday new updates from New Comic Day webcomic.Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/11447080019

cliffchiang: NYCC 2011 starts tonight, and I’ll be at the VIP...

cliffchiang: NYCC 2011 starts tonight, and I’ll be at the VIP...

By xaraan in Blog on October 13, 2011

cliffchiang: NYCC 2011 starts tonight, and I’ll be at the VIP hour of The CBLDF Kickoff Party. Please come and support this important organization. As part of their membership drive and fundraising efforts, we’ll be auctioning the original art for this Wonder Woman piece later this month. Please note: this is one of only TWO Wonder Woman pieces of mine on the market at this time. (The other is for Women of Wonder Day, which I’ll show tomorrow.) I’ve been hearing some disturbing reports from other comics pros about difficulties with Canadian customs, but the CBLDF’s current case has huge ramifications for your right to privacy and free speech. From the CBLDF site: This September, the CBLDF must contribute the first installment of the $150,000 in legal fees needed to defend Brandon X, an American citizen facing a minimum sentence of one year in Canadian prison and registration as a sex offender because Canada Customs alleges that Japanese horror and fantasy comics on Brandon’s laptop are child pornography. His case is important because it raises important precedent questions about the artistic merit of comics and the rights of readers and artists traveling with comics on their electronic devices. The CBLDF needs your help to pay the lawyers defending this case because we seek to establish a precedent that protects comics in Canada and influences courts in the United States. Let me just underscore something here: they searched his laptop, they found digital comics and declared the material pornographic. I’m not comfortable with any of that, and if you agree, please consider joining the CBLDF. Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/11409865488

A couple editorials on DC Comics 52 relaunch worth a read if you...

A couple editorials on DC Comics 52 relaunch worth a read if you...

By xaraan in Blog on October 13, 2011

A couple editorials on DC Comics 52 relaunch worth a read if you have time: Is the new 52 doing it’s job? One readers view on the DC relaunchAuthors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/11409631756

NYCC The Outhousers are inside you!

NYCC The Outhousers are inside you!

By xaraan in Blog on October 13, 2011

NYCC The Outhousers are inside you!Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/11401727740

I’ve been trying to email these guys about featuring their...

I’ve been trying to email these guys about featuring their...

By xaraan in Blog on October 13, 2011

I’ve been trying to email these guys about featuring their comics on our site; but getting no responses.  Hopefully soon. ourvaluedcustomers: To his friend while they looked at SPIDERMAN comics… Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/11399923362

We have a double winner this week! X-Men Schism #5 won the poll...

We have a double winner this week! X-Men Schism #5 won the poll...

By xaraan in Blog on October 13, 2011

We have a double winner this week! X-Men Schism #5 won the poll for COMIC OF THE WEEK as well as COVER OF THE WEEK Click on the links to visit the Outhouse and vote on next weeks winner.Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/11383503632

First Open Mic Night – FUN!

First Open Mic Night – FUN!

By pedi in Blog on October 13, 2011

We had our first invite only open mic at the Hero Club last night and some of LA’s most talented up-n-coming comedians came by to work their bits in front of their peers. A great night of fun and laughter. Went so well, we will be arranging another night soon! TweetAuthors: pediRead more http://pedrams.me/wp/2011/10/first-open-mic-night-fun/

The latest volume of my “What Outhousers are saying”...

The latest volume of my “What Outhousers are saying”...

By xaraan in Blog on October 11, 2011

The latest volume of my “What Outhousers are saying” article.  If you want a little entertainment by seeing the variety of comments from everyday readers about the latest comics, check it out.Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/11307067772

Let Me In

Let Me In

By David Bird in Blog on October 10, 2011

Let Me In (2010)Directed by Matt Reeves, Starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Kodi Smit-McPheeHaving watched Let The Right One In last week, and having heard a lot of positive things about the American remake, I figured I’d rent it for this week’s movie.Drawing from the same source material, the two movies do, of course, tell the same story: a lonely, bullied boy befriends a new neighbor--a girl his age who is also a vampire. The American one starts much differently. Police and ambulance are racing through a snowy night, sirens blaring. The cynic is going to think, of course, that that’s Hollywood for you, but the movie does steer clear of action sequences far more than you’d think a Hollywood production would. The movie starts with the capture of Hakan and then moves back two weeks in time in order to bring things back to this point.He’s not called Hakan in this movie--he’s simply referred to as “the father,” and that’s only one of many changes. The boy is renamed Owen and the girl Abbey. I don’t know why. Oskar and Eli (or Oscar and Ellie) aren’t that unusual. Owen is introduced wearing a Halloween mask and spying on his neighbors. Creepier than Oskar. He is also much more socially isolated. The movie seems to go out of its way to make him appear as weak and as vulnerable as possible. Though Abbey does state that she isn’t a girl, there is no indication that ‘she’ was ever a ‘he.’ Watching this movie, you’re watching the story of a little girl and a little boy, vampirism notwithstanding. It's also clear that Owen is forming a romantic attachment towards her, even taking a growing interest in his class’ assigned reading of Romeo and Juliet as their relationship grows. Abbey, on the other hand, is a little more complex. It may look like she’s reciprocating his feelings, and maybe she is, but her relationship with Hakan raises other possibilities.Now I am calling him Hakan, again. He is referred to as her “father,” though it's made clear he isn’t. In the novel Hakan is a pedophile that Eli brings into her service. She is a child, or at least in the form of a child, and she needs an adult figure to enable her to move more freely in the world. A child alone raises too many questions. In the Swedish film version he is just seen as her servant and little more. Its not much of a character at all. In the US one not only does Richard Jenkins do a fantastic job of bringing the character alive, making us feel for the guy even as he’s hunting victims, but the adaptation itself recasts the nature of their relationship altogether and raises questions about Abbey’s intentions. At one point we see a photo in her apartment of her and a little boy that looks somewhat like Owen, and somewhat like a younger version of Jenkins’ character. The implications are that he has been with her since he was Owen’s age, and that Owen himself is being groomed as a replacement. Another hint in this direction is that Owen has a sweet-tooth and is constantly humming bits of a candy jingle to himself, ‘eat one now, save one for later.’ Indeed.Another change from the original film is the introduction of the cop played by Elias Koteas. The character isn’t given a name, but he makes himself felt throughout the film while trying to figure out the nature of the killings. I haven’t read the novel, but this is something I didn’t like about the Swedish film. Surely the killings and attacks would have provoked some response from the police. If Koteas’ character is unsure of what’s going on, and really given little to work with, the actor still manages to make it work. He comes across as a character out of Homicide. One of the film’s most effecting scenes involves him, Owen, and Owen finally choosing a side. It's one of the strongest scenes in either film. Whichever of the two films you enjoy most, there no question but that the actors in this version are all very talented and are all bringing their A games, including Kodi Smit-McPhee and Chloe Grace Moretz as the leads.As for problems I had with the film, there’s the wide use of CDI, including in unnecessary places like her attacks and two sequences where she climbs. Watching her jerkily climb a tree, I couldn’t help but think that a normal person climbing without effects could have made it look easier and more convincing. And the neighbors all but disappear. In part this is to boost Koteas’ role, but I think it would have helped to see the impact of these events on others in the story. I thought it was interesting to place the story during a winter in Los Alamos, New Mexico. I associate the area with desert and was surprised to see it snowing, but there are problems when it comes to reproducing an important scene. In the the other version Hakan pushes the body of someone Eli has killed under a frozen river, where it is later found by children. In the US version Jenkin’s character does the same thing, but the river really isn’t frozen. In fact, its running pretty freely. Coming from Canada north I couldn’t help but think, ‘You don’t let kids on the ice when it's that warm. It's not safe.’ Reproducing scenes is another problem with the movie. So many were shot the same way they were in the Swedish version. Yes, they’re drawing from a common source, but Reeves seems content, when he isn’t making specific changes to the story, to just re-do Alfredson’s work.All in all, though, it is a good film. I don’t really see a need to pick one version over the other, though on the whole I’d probably go with the Swedish one--ideally with Jenkins and Koteas spliced in!Originally Pubished at: David Bird


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News Roundup for Oct week 1

News Roundup for Oct week 1

By xaraan in Blog on October 8, 2011

 • DC Comics 52 relaunch pushes them into the number one spot in September. • How did DC Comics relaunch land with fans?  Check out our official  52apalooza results and get rankings for all 52 releases. • New York Comic Con starts October 13th and news is already rolling in about announcements, panels and more.  Stay up to date on the latest. • Avenging Spider-man #1 launch to offer free digital copy with purchase of hardcopy. • Barnes & Noble announces they are pulling the 100 DC Graphic Novels being offered on Kindle Fire, but not on Nook from their stores. • The Outhouse has launched an October art feature: 31 Days of Halloween. With new art updates daily. • Check out the latest Comic Reviews and also feature review columns offering rundowns and editorials on the latest books to hit the shelves:     The Idiots Guide to Comics talks Catwoman and Red Hood and the Outlaws controversy.   This Week in Punchy reviews 18 comics from wednesday’s latest releases.   SuperReads covers the latest Fear Itself from Marvel and more in it’s huge synopsis rundown.   And if you want reviews on a book from a variety of posters check out the latest Review Group as they discuss Aquaman #1 or for fun check out What Outhousers are Saying about Comics for a rundown of quotes about the latest books. • Read the Latest interviews with Phil Hester, Dan Jurgens and Joshua Hale Fialkov. • Outside of the comic world: Xbox has make a deal to bring nearly 40 TV and entertainment providers to their LIVE service.• Will next season’s Simpsons be the last?• And Lev Grossman’s fantasy novel The Magician optioned by Fox for Television.Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/11194960030

Moment of the Week winner for comics on 9/28/11 was ‘Shade...

Moment of the Week winner for comics on 9/28/11 was ‘Shade...

By xaraan in Blog on October 8, 2011

Moment of the Week winner for comics on 9/28/11 was ‘Shade creates his own girlfriends’ Click here to visit The Outhouse and vote on next weeks winner.Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/11187863091

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