Friday, August 30, 2013

It's Only A Game

Mention the name Charles Schulz and most people will immediately talk about his world famous comic strip Peanuts starring Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Snoopy and their children friends and family.
But, did you know that Charles Schulz created a single panel cartoon strip besides Peanuts?
Schulz loved sports (he had his own ice rink where he played hockey) so it should come as no surprise that his 'other' comic strip was based around sports.  

It's Only A Game ran during the 1950s and although it never became the mega-hit Peanuts did it was still a funny gag strip.

About Comics has collected ALL of the It's Only A Game color single panel strips into a new softbound book that Charles Schulz fans are sure to want.  

Schultz was known primarily an artist who drew kids, It's Only A Game features grownups and panels packed with details unlike the minimalist Peanuts.

For a good chuckle (or chuckles) It's Only A Game provides quite a few.

Additional note: artist James Sasseville was a good friend of Charles Schulz. So good a friend in fact that he often 'ghosted' Schulz's style in various Peanuts projects (Schulz always did the Peanuts strip) including It's Only A Game.

The Complete First Season Revolution

From Warner Bros. comes The Complete First Season of Revolution on Blu-ray/DV/Ultraviolet.

The new TV Combo Pack contains the entire series of First Season episodes plus five additional Webisodes along with interviews, an In-depth examination of  the show, how the show, its effects and settings were created, Deleted Scenes and a Gag Reel.

What would happen if suddenly all of the modern technology we depend upon were to suddenly stop working?  

Marshall Law and chaos would rule with gangs roaming the streets and countryside, paramilitary groups taking charge and the general populace in an uproar.

It would take a special brand of people to survive-those who embrace freedom and who transform into the heroes of a post-apocalyptic society.

That’s just what happens in the new TV series created by Supernatural’s Eric Kripke and director J. J. Abrams.

Join a divergent group of young warriors as they desperately try to bring their family back together against a powerful Militia.  

Be there for the big Blackout and the birth of a new civilization.

Friday, August 23, 2013

MLB 25: Greatest Postseason Home Runs

“It’s out of the park!”  “Unbelievable!” “Home run!”   That’s just a few of the comments you’ll hear on Lionsgate Home Entertainment’s new MLB 25: Greatest Postseason Home Runs original program from the award-winning Major League Productions DVD.
Get ready to witness some of the most amazing home run plays in the history of baseball.
You’ll be amazed at each and every play from pre- Babe Ruth all the way up to the 2011 World Series.  It’s time to watch the big boys show you how it’s done!

Fifty nine minutes of white knuckle, edge-of-your-seat action takes place right in front of your eyes.  

As if that were not enough an additional 30 minutes of interviews with some of baseball’s greats is also included.  It’s time to play ball!  

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Alter Ego #120, September

Can you believe it!?  The X-Men turn 50!  TwoMorrows Publishing presents a very special Alter Ego magazine for September that fondly looks back at Marvel Comics’ mutants beginning with a classic Jack Kirby cover starring Kazar.
There’s even an article about mutants BEFORE the X-Men.  Look for lots of classic art by some of the biggest names in comics including Kirby, Adams are more!

Beside just mutants Alter Ego has other great articles and here’s the list:

Writer/Editorial: Not X-actly X-static, But
The Extraordinary But Star-Crossed Origins Of The X-Men
Will Murray tells of the roots and first decade of “The Strangest Super-Heroes of All!”
Made In Brazil: The X-Men!
The secret 1960s history of the mutants south of the Equator, revealed by Roberto Guedes.
“The M.M.M.S. Wants You!”
Richard Kelsey chronicles the glorious rise and fall of Marvel’s very first official fan club.
“I Kept All The Comic Book Stuff In A Separate File”
Shaun Clancy interviews radio/TV journalist (and short-time comics writer) Ed Silverman.
Mr.Monster’s Comic Crypt! The Men Who Would Be Kurtzman(Part 2)
Michael T. Gilbert details more of the Mad creator’s influence on comic book artists & writers.
Comic Fandom Archive: Spotlight On Bill Schelly–Part II
Concluding our associate editor’s own panel at San Diego 2011, conducted by Gary Brown.

Back Issue! #67, September

Beginning with its awesome Batman Gotham By Gaslight cover Back Issue! #67 from TwoMorrows Publishing looks at time travel both figuratively and literally with some interesting comic book retrospectives.

Some of my favorite artists who got their start in the Bronze Age are featured including P. Craig Russell and John Byrne.  Modern Age newcomers that made a name for themselves include Arthur Adams and Dan Jurgens.

Time travel has always fascinated comic book readers and what better way to spotlight time travel than featuring Booster Gold, Kang and Bill & Ted.

Here’s what you expect to read by Gaslight.

BACK SEAT DRIVER: Editorial by Michael Eury

INTERVIEW: Batman: Gotham by Gaslight

Brian Augustyn, Mike Mignola, Mark Waid, and John Workman revisit this Victorian-era “Tale of the Batman”

INTERVIEW: P. Craig Russell

Exploring the early (and later) career of one of comics’ modern masters

FLASHBACK: Karate Kid: I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times

The Legion of Super-Heroes member gets his kicks in the 1970s

FLASHBACK: X-Men: Days of Future Past

The landmark X-tale by Chris Claremont and John Byrne that inspired a movie

FLASHBACK: The Asgardian Wars: The New Mutants 1985 Summer Vacation

Arthur Adams discusses this well-remembered junior X-Men project

BRING ON THE BAD GUYS: Kang: The Villain Who Folded Himself

A thorough examination of the head-scratching continuity of Marvel’s time-hopping hellion

FLASHBACK: Booster Gold: Celebrity Hero

Dan Jurgens’ first Man of Tomorrow—with rare developmental artwork

PRO2PRO: Bob Wayne and Lewis Shiner (with Art Thibert): Time Masters

The writers and artist of Rip Hunter and company’s time-fest revisit the series with their editor, Bob Greenberger

BEYOND CAPES: Bill & Ted & Evan’s Excellent Adventure

For a guy who never saw the original movie, Evan Dorkin produced a most excellent comics adaptation


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