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December 6, 2014

My Gal the Zombie

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I am always impressed with a little indie project with legs.  My Gal the Zombie has that and plenty of it.

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The brainchild of writer/artist Dan Conner, My Gal the Zombie has been an ongoing webcomic over at crazygoodcomics.com.   In 2014, courtesy of a Kickstarter campaign in December of the prior year, the webcomic and various other goodies were reprinted in a 126-page B&W trade paperpack published by Lamp Post Publications.  The Kickstarter gimmicks were some of the best I’ve seen, with a host of products including a soundtrack CD to read it to, a branded hot sauce and even a zombie makeup kit!  I opted for the graphic novel and the CD, which is a collection of indy horror-themed fun.  I should note that Conner himself is also a musician (yes, he’s one of those annoying triple threat guys), and I count his B-movie themed acoustic CD The Last Dan on Earth as among my all-time favorite listens.  I had no doubt that his musical taste would shine through in the CD and it has.  But I digress.

Onto the comics.  This is no Walking Dead, let’s be clear, so the blood and gore fans are apt to be disappointed – their loss.  My Gal the Zombie is a light-hearted strip with an Archie-esque delivery to it.  The main character, Chelsea, is indeed a green skinned walking corpse.  Conner does not waste our time with an origin story – we are simply introduced to Chelsea’s “life” (as it were) and a series of innocent misadventures with her friends.  She’s a good-hearted and spunky, optimistic but opinionated and strong.  The whole comic, in a nutshell, carries a genuine feel-good vibe.  About halfway through the trade, we get a number of pinups (by Conner and a host of other talented artists), covers, games and other comics printed by Conner over the years.

Now, like I said, it’s cool when a project gets legs, and it would have been fine if My Gal the Zombie ended there.  But Conner is an aggressive little buggar.

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As an artist, one the coolest things you can hope for is that someone at a comic con dresses up as your character.  Enter the delightful Justine McKinney, who painted herself green and dressed as Chelsea in support of the original Kickstarter.  She and Conner met at the Horror House Fest in 2013, and she clearly not only looks the part but captures the spirit of Chelsea flawlessly.

In fact, she plays the part so well that the two partnered to produce a Christmas special, filmed on location at the famous Mile High Comics in Denver.   In character with full makeup and wardrobe as Chelsea, McKinney hosts a number of cartoons and lovably atrocious clips from various sci-fi holiday B-movies, in the vein of the Cryptkeeper or Elvira. The special wraps up with a reading from the comics (to which McKinney lends her voiceover talents to the multiple characters), and an original song by Conner.  The clips are disturbingly odd, and if you’re like me you’ll find yourself drawn to them like a rubbernecker on the highway passing a car accident. You just can’t not look!  But the highlight of this special is by far McKinney, whose magnetic personality shines through.  She carries herself very convincingly.

In a time when comics seem to be pushing toward the dark, it’s nice to see some people who remember that they are, first and foremost, funnybooks.

Products are available for a steal at: crazygoodcomics.storenvy.com/

Like the Facebook page at facebook.com/mygalthezombie

And hey, check out the trailer at youtube

Then go spend some money!!!!

~Goodguy

 

 

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April 29, 2014

Star Wars Episode VII

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And suddenly I am nine years old again… Best picture of the year.  Maybe ever.

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And they’re reading a STAR WARS SCRIPT!!!

AAAAAAHHHHH!!!!

Goodguy

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May 10, 2013

Kids Comic Con 2013

by Goodguy — Categories: Events, Good Versus Evil1 Comment

Let’s be honest – it’s the aging population of comic book readers flock to most comic cons, stinking up the place with their questionable hygiene and passionate apathy (oxymoron?  Ask most fanboys what they think of the New 52 and they will summon amazing amounts of zeal in describing how little they care).  And occasionally, a lone voice cries in the wilderness… didn’t comics used to be for kids?

Used to?

They still are – you just have to know where to look.  I give you Kids Comic Con in the Bronx.

Poster for Kids Comic Con

The organizers of this event have gone to painstaking lengths to ensure this is a safe, fun environment for kids to embrace a love for comics.  This goes way beyond simply making sure that the artists only bring “family friendly” material and to keep the area safe.  Representatives from the likes of Archie Comics and Sesame Street will be on hand.  A variety of organized cosplayers representing classic and popular Marvel and DC characters will be on hand for photo ops.  The kindest, most encouraging portfolio reviews will be conducted for the kids.  Several panels specifically designed to teach kids will be conducted by professionals in the field.

They’ve also been conducting a fundraiser to help provide free comics to kids – let’s get them reading!!!

And admission? FREE.

There’s also a little group-participation art competition called “Doodle Scribble Draw” in which some of the artists will be teamed with a group of kids and parents to meet challenges issued by the audience and by game creator/host Mark Mariano.

And while I don’t normally take up this blog space to hawk my own comic book work, that’s where I come in.  I signed up because I thought it would be fun.  Then I found out the prize is a pro-wrestling style belt.  And I wants it precious.  So check out the video link below, and I hope to see you May 11 in da Bronx!

http://kidscomiccon.com/

Goodguy

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May 4, 2013

Dan Slott – Super Genius

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You know, normally I have enough class NOT to simply make my post something derogatory about my erstwhile arch nemesis, the Evil Guy.

Yeah, but not today.

Recently I finally came across a long-missing gap in my Slott She-Hulk run, the elusive Civil War issue.  And I knew just how I could enjoy it most – get Dan Slott to autograph it on my birthday, aka Free Comic Book Day.

Dan Slott signing my She-Hulk #8 at Zapp Comics in Wayne

And here is now he signed it.

How Dan Slott signed my She-Hulk #8

Just sayin… hope that settles a certain matter there, “Spider Pal.”

Goodguy

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March 10, 2013

That Time Marvel Killed Comixology

by Evilguy — Categories: Comics Industry, Events, Good Versus EvilComments Off

EvilGuy here.

We have a few updates coming, but this one is time sensitive and we needed to get it out quickly.  Marvel Comics has brought Comixology to its knees, and you should be really excited about it.  Here’s the how and why of it all:

Earlier this weekend at SXSW, a trade show for all things “music, film, and interactive,” Marvel made a few interesting announcements.  Some were fairly easy to have predicted, such as Marvel’s upcoming move to producing a weekly Infinity Comics series.  Others, like Project Gamma, and Earth’s Mightiest Show hosted by Blair Butler, I don’t think much of anyone saw coming.  Click any of those links for videos explaining the details and the concepts, they’re worth watching.

There was one announcement that Marvel closed with, though, that seems to have been a bigger hit than any of the above buzz, though.  Marvel’s #1 promotion, teased earlier this week, was revealed to be a collection of 700 first issues, one shots, and annuals being given away FOR FREE until 11PM on March 12th.

LOTS OF FREE DIGITAL COMICS, PEOPLE.

Source: Marvel.com

Unsurprisingly, Comixology defecated the linens, as they say.  The downloads are going no where fast.  The site does, however, appear to be registering your purchases.  So it is entirely possible for you to reserve yourself a nice fat pile of free comics, and download them later when the server is under a more normal load.

Here are some of the highlights to be had for free:

Dark Reign: The List – Most issues of The List were stand-alones that focused on a particular character or team being taken off the board by Normal Osborne during the height of his power.  Each issue was self contained, and most were very good – particularly The Amazing Spider-man issue.

Annuals – There are a LOAD of annuals ranging from the classic, such as Fantastic Four v1 Annual 1, to Bronze Age nostalgia like New Mutants v1 Annual 1, to more recent hits like New Avengers v2 Annual 1 or Avenging Spider-man Annual 1.  Annuals are a great choice on this list because they’re also largely self contained, and usually pretty good reads.

Marvel’s Cosmic Titles – Marvel is drumming up interest in its cosmic oriented titles, and you can get a wide sampling from both Annihilation events and The Thanos Imperative.  Not too many stand alone issues here, but if Marvel is going to plant a hook in your mouth, GoodGuy and I would both agree that these series are great ones to get hooked on.

Classics and Guilty Pleasures – You can indulge yourself in true classics such as Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s earliest works on classic Marvel titles such as Fantastic Four (I’m curious to see how some of that looks on a tablet, personally).  Marvel is also offering up a smattering of more unusual #1 issues from characters such as Moon Knight, Dazzler, Balder the Brave, Cloak and Dagger, Nextwave, Alpha Flight, and more.

Giant Size Astonishing X-Men – This issue (for some reason broken up on line as two issues, possibly due to its large page count) has come to be regarded in a lot of circles as a modern X-Men classic.  For the low low price of FREE I don’t see how you can go wrong here.

Get out there and get your freebies reserved.  Even if you don’t get that wonderful instant gratification that Comixology is known for, you will be essentially sending your future self some great reads down the line.

Ben “the EvilGuy” West

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January 1, 2013

Superior Spider-Man – the Players to Watch

Okay, at this point, if you haven’t read Amazing Spiderman 698-700, shame on you.  Turn in your Merry Marvel Marching Society card.  And if you’re not old enough to know what that is, sorry.  Not really.  I will warn you that spoilers are a plenty from here if you’re behind in your reading, so try and catch up, will you?  You can’t expect the Internet to wait for YOU to take your sweet time waiting to get around to what’s really important in life.

As we proceed into the era of Superior Spider-Man, virtually every discussion includes variations on the following:

WHINING of the HATERS: Wah!  You killed Peter Parker!  I hate change!  Marvel sucks!  Look how tough I am by using big boy words to display how narrow minded and immature I am!  Wah!  Change my diaper!

CYNICAL SPOILSPORT: Don’t worry, they’re gonna bring Peter Parker back within a year.

PERSPECTIVE: Chill out and enjoy the ride.  In Slott we trust.

We at GvE are of the third category, and clearly biased against the first.  I am reminded that everyone is entitled to their opinions, however, even if they are stupid.

Addressing the middle category, lets be clear, NOBODY thinks you’re a genius psychic for predicting this.  Other people have stepped in for Superman, but Clark Kent always comes back.  Same for Iron Man, Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, Thor, Ghost Rider, Bucky, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, you name it.  These are icons.  In the end, everything new is old again.  The powers that be have hundreds of millions invested in Peter Parker as Spider-Man.  And that’s okay.  We get to take a welcome diversion that will develop Parker and make him that much more interesting at the end of what WE expect will be a very cool arc.

That said, while Dan Slott takes us on this wild ride, here are the players you want to watch.

Doc Connors - not as mindless as we were led to believe

Doc Connors – not as mindless as we were led to believe

LIZARD – I’ve already mentioned this earlier.  Doc confession prison confession to Peter (when he thought he was talking to Ock) was significant.  We now know that, somehow, Connors is in control of his alter ego.  That little nugget HAS to have some value to Peter, wherever he is (and I’m guessing where he is is buried in his own sub conscience under Otto).  Developments in Avenging Spider-Man and issue 700 seem to be hinting that Peter is in there somewhere and swarming hard to pull some strings.  Connors HAS to be number one on his radar.

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MORBIUS -For much the same reason as the above, Peter briefly considered allowing Ock’s goons to free the living vampire.  Parker has issues with him right now for sure, but there’s a reason he had become a player at Horizon Labs in recent days, and he played a role in Connors’ recent work as well.

SCARLET SPIDER – For some, Ben Reilly still remains an albatross of the abysmal Spider Clone saga.  But recently, he’s been holding his own and gaining a following as a darker, less friendly neighborhood Spider-man.  His confrontation with Superior Spider-Man is inevitable.  Ad who knows Peter better than Peter’s own clone?

VENOM – This ones a double whammy.  Pete’s best friend, Flash Thompson, and the symbiote that loves him.   How will both react to a Peter Parker that ain’t quite right?

SILVER SABLE – Thought dead in Doc Ock’s last outing, but no body was recovered – and we all know what THAT means.  What has she learned in her time buried in one of Otto’s old bases?

MARY JANE – She’s no dummy.  She had it figured out once before.  How long before she pieces the clues together?

AUNT MAY – Her ex-husband is in her nephew’s body.  Ick.

NORMAN OSBORN – Another inevitable player just for shock value.  But Osborn has taken shock value to incredible levels in the past few years.  If he plays a role, it won’t be a bit role.  I won’t even hazard a guess here how this will play out, just that it will be ugly if he’s in the game.  Bottom line is that he’s been silent in Peter’s life since the end of Siege, and it’s time.

JACKAL – I’ve also mentioned this one before – it was not an accident that a lame character like Jackal was pulled out of moth balls recently.  My guess is that sub-conscious Parker is going to suddenly have a very keen interest in clones of himself.

MADAME WEB – Remember, she predicted this.  How long before she puts it all together?

THE SINISTER THREE – Hydroman, Paste Pot Pete and Scorpion.  Spider-Man “killed” Doc Ock while he owed them each a few million bucks for busting him out of prison.  They will need to take it out of someone’s hide.

MR FANTASTIC – Dark horse here.  Smartest man alive, although probably would be aloof enough not to notice slight variations in Parker’s behavior.  However, he IS the leader of the Fantastic Four, of which Spidey is a member (like Eric Clapton to the Beatles).  He also has a weird little history with Doc Ock.  Anyone remember that storyline?  Sue’s second pregnancy during the John Byrne days?

There are a bunch others, or course.  Black Cat.  The Avengers.  The Human Torch.  The other third of the Sinister Six (Rhino and Mysterio).  The list goes on.

Sure, part of the purpose of this little essay is to show you how smart I am.  But more than anything, I wanted to demonstrate why I’m excited about this upcoming story arc.  The possibilities are huge and mind boggling.  And my bet is, Dan Slott is giggling his little head about what he has in mind.

Gonna be a fun ride!

Now watch Newsarama rip this off when they come out with their own oh-so-witty Top-Ten List list this week.  I can’t wait to link to it!!!

Ain’t I a stinker?

Goodguy

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December 27, 2012

REVIEW: Amazing Spider-man #700 and Avenging Spider-man 15.1

by Evilguy — Categories: Comic Reviews, Good Versus Evil3 Comments

Evilguy here.

So, heard any good stories lately?

No, seriously, spoilers freaking abound from this point forward.

Yes, Dan Slott has done it and delivered – as promised, and reiterated for the last 100+ issues of Amazing Spider-man – a finale that hasn’t simply broken the Internet in half, but tore down its walls and let the roof collapse on the huddled masses within.  Doctor Otto Gunther Octavius, better known to the masses as Doctor Octopus, has finally and undeniably defeated Spider-man.

That’s right, folks.  Doc Ock’s middle name is Gunther.  You Adventure Time fans out there may revel in your moment of narrative parity and justice.

For the rest of the non-Adventure Time fans, the impact is slightly more accentuated upon the multistage twists and turns that issue 700 has taken us through, as at each turn Spidey and Doc Ock play a game of one upmanship.  Each of them has access to the other’s memories and resources, each of them laying down moves and counters at an alarming rate, until finally one is left standing.

And this time, people, the bad guy has won.  As he should have.  But at a terrible price – he is now so burdened with thousands of issues of continuity that he… er, that is, he is now understanding the full weight of what drove Peter Parker to be Spider-man that he, himself, has succumbed to the urge not only to be Spider-man himself, but to be a smarter, improved, and yes, Superior Spider-man.

Look for it in a couple of weeks at your local comic shop, fans.

For those that can’t wait for a taste of what the future holds, Avenging Spider-man 15.1 does a nice job of setting up the new status quo for our protagonist antagonist main character.   It is clear to we the readers that this is Doctor Octopus fully in charge of Peter’s body, powers, professional life, and (most alarmingly) his personal life.  It is obvious at this early point that even as the Doc’s ego clouds his judgement that even if he were inclined to try to be exactly like Peter Parker he couldn’t do it – his voice, his needs, his priorities are still completely Otto Octavius.  He still needs the goggles.  He is most comfortable in the lab.  His feelings for Aunt May are very strong, but for totally different reasons.

Things are going to get interesting from here for the duration of this part of the ride.  How long will this go on?  How long will we go without Peter Parker as Spider-man?

Well, let me turn my own intellect to that question.

The conventional wisdom seems to be that with the sequel to the (horrid) Amazing Spider-man film already in the works that Peter Parker will be back in time for that film’s release.  After all, we’ve got to have the comic match up to the expectations set by the new movie, right?  … right?  Or have we seen this kind of thing go wrong before?

Heh.  I can feel the shudders from those of our readers who are well versed in their comics history.  It.  Is.  Tasty.

For those less steeped in comics lore, may I present The Life of Reilly in all of its 35 part glory.  Or, if you prefer, we can call it The Clone Saga.

Yes, Peter Parker has been replaced before, and anyone who was reading it in the 90s can tell you that WOW did it go off the rails.  And as it left the rails it jumped a school of sharks.  And then it train wrecked.  And then I ran out of abused cliches about narratives that went tremendously poorly.  And then it kept going after that.  For two years, across every Spider-man related title.

Why did it go so far off course, and last so much longer than intended?  The Life of Reilly tells it better, and I’m sure our friend Arlen Schumer could get hours of really entertaining material out of it, but it comes down to Marvel’s marketing department begging for it to be stretched out because sales were so high.

And we all know history has a way of repeating itself.

Either way I find this all vastly entertaining, both as a reader and as a blogger.  Will Ock-as-Spidey gain a following that merits a continuance of this take on the character?  Will it crash and burn, forcing Marvel to return Peter Parker prematurely?  That, folks, is likely more interesting than anything that will end up on the page, even with Dan Slott at the top of his game.

Ben “the EvilGuy” West

 

 

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December 14, 2012

Art for Sandy Relief

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Some things are just too cool not to post, and at the same time too cool for words.

So I leave you with a link and a picture:

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December 4, 2012

Marvel NOW – Round Two

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A few more entries in the Marvel Now debut kickoffs.  All three of these titles had very VERY recent relaunches already, so the purpose of the relaunch here is PURELY to capitalize on the increased sales of a premier issue.  But dear readers, we deserve better than that!  We deserve something huge in a relaunch, don’t we?  I’m not talking about an event.  I am talking about a quality, character driven story, a stellar creative team and a first issue that makes me want to buy the next.

Aaaaand we have a winner!

CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 – In a word, outstanding.  Rick Remender takes Cap WAY out of his comfort zone, but as one might expect, Cap handles it with a grace that says, “Take care of business first, be awestruck later.”  A classic villain in new digs, and the amazing art team of John Romita Jr and Klaus Janson.  DYING to read the next issue – that’s what cliffhangers are all about!

INDESTRUCTIBLE  HULK #1 – Honestly, it’s a little hard to imagine that we could still cover new ground with Hulk, and this issue kinda proves that.  Having Hulk work for SHIELD is new but not exactly groundbreaking, ya know?  Therefore its up to Mark Waid to make it exciting.  Waid in my opinion is genius of a writer, proven by his amazing runs on Fantastic Four, Irredeemable and Daredevil among others.  He’s able to get inside the heads of his cast and make it very real and very clever.  I have complete confidence that he will be taking us on some terrifically violent adventures with lots of wow moments, and issue 1 sets it up.  PS – It helps to read Banner’s parts like Mark Ruffalo.

THOR GOD OF THUNDER #1 – In the words of Meat Loaf, two outta three ain’t bad.  Thor is an epic fail.  Jason Aaron takes us on a weird little trip back in time and out in space, playing on the idea that Thor is a god who, as a god, also answers prayers and even polices other gods, like they all go to conventions once a year or something.  This book blew chunks.  It left me confused, apathetic and utterly disinterested in the next issue.  I was actually thinking, wow, we have a little sci if spin here, a little Hercules spin, a little cockiness – but it didn’t work at all for me.  Two words Marvel – WALT SIMONSON.  Make it happen.

In other news, DEADPOOL #2 hit on all cylinders.  Who’d a thunk this would become one of my favorite books overnight?  And we’re winding into AMAZING SPIDER-MAN‘s conclusion at issue 700 with Dan Slott’s controversial storyline that will leave someone sinister behind the red mask.  The internet has been breaking in half over the developments over there – the hate is laughable, and the Slott loyalists are laughing all the way like it’s the roller coaster of our lives.  Slott has been taking a stagnant Peter Parker to new levels since he got started.  This next step now seems inevitable.

You know, it’s hard to snark on DC’s New 52 from last year’s relaunch given their sales figures (at least that’s how the board and shareholders see it), but in terms of quality, delivery, and honoring the loyalty of the fans, Marvel NOW is beating that over-hyped garbage hands down.  The disenchanted DC fans are growing louder, and sales from that camp are dissolving rapidly.  With the cancellation of FRANKENSTEIN, I will personally be down to reading just one DC title now – SUICIDE SQUAD.  And even that feels like a chore.  Every title feels like the writers have been left adrift in a sea of uncertainty, don’t know where they’re going, don’t know where they’ve been.  I don’t know how they’re going to get themselves out of this corner they’ve painted themselves into, but it’s got to be becoming evident real fast.

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November 21, 2012

Amazing Spiderman 698 – SPOILER FREE

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While the internet cracks in half today talking about the incredible development in Peter Parker’s life in this week’s issue of Amazing Spiderman, we at Good Versus Evil hereby salute Dan Slott for taking us on the ride of our lives.

Also, courtesy of our good friend Marty, we also salute him for this:

Yeah that’s right.

And THAT is what I’m thankful for this holiday season.

Goodguy

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