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The Once and Future Queen’s Future

Hey! I heard you have some really important news about The Once and Future Queen? We do. We do. What has happened? Issues #3–#5 of The Once and Future Queen have been cancelled, in print and digital. But there will still be a trade collection of the full series released in November. You can order it by clicking here, right now, in fact. Why did this happen? The comic industry is a fickle thing. The Once and Future Queen was well received by press and its readers, and while it was growing in market awareness, print efforts have been shifted to the book market so we can grow and reach our target audience.  So you guys failed then? The hell you say! We crafted a story that we are deeply proud of, that everyone involved is deeply proud of, and that will see the…

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Goat Rider

A pitch for something that will never happen but I want to share it anyway. I mean if someone wants to pay me to write this for Marvel, I 100% will… Beatrice Albinson saw something she shouldn’t have. The robots came for her, at night. They didn’t want her to tell anyone. No one could know about The Plan. So Beatrice ran. She hid. She ran some more. Beatrice hid in the dark spaces. She ran and hid and hid and ran until there was no where else she could think of. The robots were tireless, but Beatrice was only human. And then she came across the stable. There shouldn’t have been a stable near the West Side Highway. Beatrice had always thought it was a bagel shop, truth be told. But no, a stable for sure. Big door, smelled…

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Wonder Woman: The Movie

A while back I got asked to contribute to an article full of people with ideas of how to do a Wonder Woman movie. The article didn’t happen though so I thought “Well why not just post it here?” so I am. Here’s the Wonder Woman movie I would write: A Wonder Woman movie should be the simplest thing around. She’s a character who strives for peace, and is also the greatest warrior the world has ever known. Her own internal struggle to reconcile that, and to help all of humanity toward peace, through strength and compassion, is a huge host of interesting information just waiting to be explored. Then you add in Greek mythology, a mythology that not only a number of recent blockbusters have found themselves digging into again, but a mythology that has survived and thrived in…

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My Ship Will Punch You

The Supermobile. The name doesn’t exactly strike fear into the hearts of men, does it? Super. Mobile. It just kinda sits there, really. The first question that pops to mind is “Why the fuck does Superman need a jet plane?” He can fly, he’s invulnerable, and he’s super-strong. You don’t need a car at that point, do you? Not really, no. Still, when you have to deal with falling kryptonite, you improvise. Superman improvised by creating the Supermobile. It was blue. It was all nifty shaped. But then came the problem: Superman can’t use guns or missiles, so how can he do anything but fly around in his protective spaceship? Simple answer: We’ll give it big metallic fists so he can punch the rocks out of the sky! Of course, eventually he also used it to punch out bad guys….

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MANSTER!

When Squeebles the hamster and ordinary citizen Mark Burrvino end up caught in the same mystical energy wave they merge! Now Mark and Squeebles share a brain, and a body: ostensibly a normal human, possessed of bigger teeth and admittedly furry. And so Mark decides that despite gaining no super powers what-so-ever (though to be fair he has the proportional everything of a hamster – they’re just, you know, hamsters) he will fight crime as: MANSTER! Using his emergency MANSTER BALL for both protection and transport, MANSTER will fight crime no matter where it lurks, so long as it doesn’t lurk somewhere too narrow for the MANSTER BALL, really. Mark is beset by problems: – Squeebles offers constant advice. In hamster squeaks. Which make no sense to Mark as he doesn’t speak hamster. – Where did that mystical energy wave…

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Superman week, day five – Tales of

Here we are at the end of Superman week. Today is all about a few of my favorite Superman stories. They are all available in your local comic shop (Use the Comic Shop Locator or call them at 1-888-COMIC-BOOK). Once more I am joined by Ibrahim Moustafa on art with Jordan Gibson coloring. I have four favorite Superman stories, and I find that a lot of people who love Superman list most, if not all of them, as their faves as well. They’re just that good. They are, in no particular order: UP, UP, AND AWAY by Kurt Busiek, Geoff Johns, Pete Woods, and Renato Guedes – Though this story takes place in a strange time as far as continuity goes you can read it knowing exactly one thing. It’s been a year and no one has seen Superman, and…

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Superman Week, day four – Magic and Captain Marvel

We’ve hit day four of Superman Week. Day three looked at Superman’s foes, but today will focus down and look at magic and Captain Marvel specifically. As always I am joined by by Ibrahim Moustafa (Artist of High Crimes) with Jordan Gibson coloring. Alongside kryptonite, magic is Superman’s biggest weakness. And just like kryptonite, there is more to that than what it says on the surface. Let’s look at another superhero, though, while we discuss magic. Captain Marvel (or as DC would have us call him now – Shazam) was Superman’s only rival for sales back in the 40s and through changes and challenges both are still around today though only Superman has his own comic book. Captain Marvel is secretly Billy Batson, and when he says his magic word (Shazam) he turns into an adult with superpowers that basically…

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Superman Week, day three – The Foes

We continue with Superman Week. Yesterday we looked at Superman’s friends, and today we’re going to focus on a few of his foes. Once again I am joined by by Ibrahim Moustafa (Artist of High Crimes) with Jordan Gibson coloring. And as there are allies that reflect him, so are there opposites that allow us to see Superman for what he is. Today we’re going to discuss four of them: Metallo – A cyborg powered by kryptonite. I mean, come on, a man who is both more and less than a man with a heart made of the remains of Superman’s home world. Symbolic on so many levels, he can be a great character to pull out. Though I do want to use him to discuss kryptonite itself briefly. I have always loved the idea that one of Superman’s biggest…

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Superman Week, day two – The Allies

Welcome back to Superman Week. Yesterday we looked at Superman himself, and today we’re going to focus more on his supporting cast. Once again I am joined by by Ibrahim Moustafa (Artist of High Crimes) with Jordan Gibson coloring. Like any great character, Superman relies on his supporting cast to flesh out who he is. Now, there are a lot of them but I want to focus on five specific ones: Martha and Jonathan Kent, Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, and Perry White. Let’s start with the Kents. They are, of course, the couple that raised Clark to be the man is become. But think about it for a second – you’re a couple living in Kansas and a ship falls from the sky with an unharmed baby in it. So you just adopt the baby. There’s something interesting there. A…

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