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By Kayode Kendall on March 3, 2012 at 6:58 pm

In addition to all the great Image creators I spoke with at Image Expo last weekend, there were also quite a few self-published writers and artists looking to spread the word about their books, and it was a privilege to speak with some of them. Check out the video interviews from the event, after the jump.


By Kayode Kendall on February 29, 2012 at 3:27 pm

More video interviews from the Image Expo in Oakland, California, including Kurtis Wiebe and Tyler Jenkins (Peter Panzerfaust), John Layman and Rob Guillory (Chew), and Daniel Corey and Anthony Diecidue (Moriarty). Check back later this week for more interviews, and check out photos from the event on our Facebook Page.


Gladiator. 300. Clash Of The Titans. Immortals.

What do they all have in common?

Anyone?

Correct! They’re all box office hits.

Correct! They’re all someone’s boyfriend/brother/husband’s favorite movies.

Impressive AND correct answer, you, they all have a connection to ancient Greco-Roman history & mythology.

Looking at all of the above answers, I have one last question:

Why isn’t anyone breaking their neck to make a Wonder Woman movie?

I mean, it’s deeply based in the Greco-Roman mythology that today’s moviegoers seem to be looking for nowadays. In the comics, her main adversary is her brother Ares, The God Of War.

That’s right, on the regular, she picks up her sword and goes wherever her brother, the freaking personification of WAR goes and wages war against… WAR.

And wins.

Wonder Woman’s is a continuous existence of quests, campaigns and crusades. Wonder Woman more than any other character epitomizes this and yet, when someone brings up the idea of Wonder Woman as a major motion picture, the answer always comes back to this:

“People won’t go see action movies with women in them.”

If you look at the numbers for action flicks featuring female ass-kickers, the numbers truly aren’t that great. The recent movie “Haywire” featuring MMA superstar, Gina Carano was recently cited to me as an example but I think the issue there was more that folks just aren’t that interested in seeing a Steven Soderbergh movie not featuring George Clooney and Brad Pitt trying to rob a casino but that a whole ‘nother discussion.

No, the problem, Wonder Woman movie-wise is twofold.

One: Everyone when you say “Wonder Woman movie,” their first thought and rightly so, moves to Lynda Carter’s portrayal of the character in the 70’s TV series. Despite weak scripting and limited budgets, Carter just got it. This singular thing that Wonder Woman possesses and can carry out into the world: dignity.

Dignity is something to be protected and in that, we, as her caretakers, want to make sure that dignity is honored.

Here’s the thing, though. That Wonder Woman is nearly 40 years gone. It’s time for some thing and someone new. I can think of no better way to honor Wonder Woman than by collectively destroying the nostalgia pedestal we’ve collectively built for her and open ourselves up to the idea that there may be a woman out there who can own that shit in the same way a Lynda Carter did.

Until we even entertain that thought, you’ll get more things like this.

Two… and this is the hardest to overcome: Hollywood simply doesn’t have the balls to put an action heavy movie out there where a female protagonist goes as hard… No, harder than any male.
Seriously, what would happen if someone in Hollywood asked themselves, “Could we have done with Wonder Woman what we did with Immortals or Clash of The Titans?” Pick up the first volume of George Perez’s Wonder Woman run “Gods And Mortals” and the question answers itself.

They’ll never do that, though. It’s a bullshit gender-based butterfly effect. We live in a world where the actions or better yet, the box office inaction of Angelina Jolie’s “Salt” can adversely affect the possibility of a Wonder Woman being made. It shouldn’t but it does.

What should be happening is the application of the same bold thinking, asking of questions and allocation of resources it took to make the leap from a Adam West-driven Batman cult TV show to a Christopher Nolan-driven blockbuster Batman franchise.

It’s called opportunity. It’s called taking a chance. Warner Bros. get your act together and and make the Wonder Woman movie the world deserves.

By the way, am I the only one really, really looking forward to “BRAVE”?

Of course not. Carry on.

 

 


By Kayode Kendall on February 27, 2012 at 7:15 pm

This past weekend, Image Comics held its first annual Image Expo, in Oakland, California, which coincides with the 20th Anniversary of the comics publishing company. The event featured all the Image founders, with the exception of Jim Lee, as well as Robert Kirkman, and celebrities like Milo Ventimiglia, Norman Reedus, and Steven Yuen.

In addition, the event featured several comic creators, some who have created books for Image, as well as several other independent creators. I was fortunate enough to interview many of these individuals, and I’ll be posting video interviews from the event throughout the week. Check out the first few interviews after the jump, including Bryan Glass, Matt Wagner, and Enrique Carrion.


By Kayode Kendall on February 27, 2012 at 6:12 pm


We wrap up our Katsucon coverage with the last of our interviews from the event, featuring a heavily-armored Diablo III cosplayer, and a trio who put in a lot of work into their Trinity Blood costumes.



Despite primarily being a convention for anime and manga fans, Katsucon 18 had no shortage of fans from other media, including a few Marvel cosplayers that Bria and I were fortunate enough to interview, including a group of Loki’s!!!


By Kayode Kendall on February 21, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Popular emcee and avid comic book fan, Murs, is looking for support for his latest project through Kickstarter, Yumiko: Curse of the Merch Girl.

YUMIKO: Curse of the Merch Girl is both a collection of 10 NEW SONGS from the one and only Murs and a full length graphic novel (broken into 10 correlating chapters), written by Josh Blaylock with art by amazing newcomer Jose Garcia and colors by Jose and Juan Urueta.

You can check out Murs’ Kickstarter video below, and get more info on the Kickstarter Page.


By Kayode Kendall on February 21, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Katsucon once again descended on National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland this past weekend, catering to anime, manga, and other fans across the country. One of the biggest anime/manga conventions on the East Coast, there were plenty of fans in costume, and I figured it’d be the perfect place to introduce Popcultureshock’s newest contributor, Bria LaVorgna, an avid costumer herself, who helped me interview some of the fans at the convention.


February 9, 2011 -Attendees of Image Expo, taking place February 24, 25, and 26 in Oakland, California will get something else in addition to excellent programming, array of exhibiting publishers and artists, and face time with their favorite collectors — the chance to get six comics with convention-exclusive covers.


The first 5,000 attendees of Image Expo will receive a free copy of THE WALKING DEAD #94 by Robert


Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, and Cliff Rathburn with an exclusive cover picturing Michonne, katana at her side, atop an intertwined mass of zombies.


An exclusive GLORY #23 featuring a new cover by Ross Campbell and the slogan “FIGHT CENSORSHIP” will benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and will be available only at the CBLDF booth.


Other exclusive covers are THE DARKNESS #100, featuring a sketch cover by Marc Silvestri; ARTIFACTS #14 with art by Stjepan Sejic and a blank back cover for attendees’ favorite artists to sketch on, THIEF OF THIEVES #1 with art by Shawn Martinbrough, and CHEW #24 with art by Rob Guillory.


The Image Expo convention-exclusive variant covers will be available in limited quantities.














By Kayode Kendall on February 3, 2012 at 4:28 pm

You knew it was coming!!! You knew I couldn’t stay quiet about all this Before Watchmen hub-bub!!! You thought I was gonna let all you Moore fans off the hook?!?! FUCK NO!!!!


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