Saturday, July 31, 2010

This N' That

And now another edition of This N' That!

At the Visionaries panel on Thursday afternoon at Comic-Con International: San Diego, Joss Whedon finally made it official. He is directing Marvel's big-screen team movie, "Avengers."
Whedon, asked about his involvement with the film, said, "the 'Avengers' directing job is not an official thing from Marvel but ...I'm making it official RIGHT NOW!"
His script is still in early stages He's still writing an outline.
The Avengers will see Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and others from their respective movies coming together to form a super-powered team, and is due for a 2012 release.

“Batman Under The Red Hood” was released this week on DVD and BluRay. I had a chance to see it and I am declaring it a MUST BUY! In my (not so) humble opinion this latest entry into the DC animated universe is second only to New Frontier as the BEST DC animated feature to date. Without giving any of the plot away you get Batman, joker, Robin, Nightwing, Ras Al Ghul AND a visit from an old friend in a non stop 70 minute treat that is not only action packed but emotionally wrenching! Don’t walk…RUN…buy it!!

Everyone’s favorite (well MY favorite anyway) Geek Goddess Olivia Munn, co-host of G4 TV’s Attack Of the Show is on the verge of career breakout and a real shot at stardom. The hip, funny 30 year old model, writer, and comedienne who made diving into over sized chocolate pudding pies in a French maid’s uniform, must see TV is joining the cast of Chuck this season. Her new book “Suck It Wonder Woman! The Misadventures Of Hollywood geek” is a best seller and the lovely Ms. Munn is also the “Senior Asian Correspondent” on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” Unlike many poseurs, Olivia really IS a geek, just like us! So stand up and give a cheer for one of our own who is about to hit it very big!

The very last NON Wimpy TV vampire in history will be appearing at this fall’s NY Comic Con! James Marsters, better known to Buffy The Vampire Slayer fans, as Spike is, not only going to be signing at comic Con but will be doing a show with his band. Marsters has been very busy since the demise of Buffy. He appeared as Braniac in several episodes of Smallville (which he will reprise this season) and has a recurring role on the Battlestar galactic prequel “Caprica” , and is slated to appear in the pilot of CBS reboot of the classic “Hawaii Five-0”. Let’s all make sure to catch William the Bloody’s act at Comic Con in October!

It’s almost August and I had this odd feeling that something was missing from my life! Then I realized that, for the first time in nearly a decade there is no new season of 24 to look forward too! To which I give a big HARUMPH!

For those of you who have not tried it yet, I give a hearty recommendation to Top Cow’s new title, Velocity. I am not normally a “speedster” fan but this book has a chance to be something special. GREAT artwork and a central character that actually LOOKS like she can run! Give it a try.

Next we have this little tidbit from Fox news. It looks like the Man Of Steel has saved some real life people in need! The Man of Steel turned into a golden godsend for one family about to lose their home to foreclosure, MyFoxBoston reported.

While packing up their belongings amid foreclosure proceedings against their home, the anonymous family discovered an original edition of Action Comics #1 -- the first appearance of Superman, and the most valuable comic ever printed.

The comic book, first released in June 1938, is worth about $250,000 and has saved the family from financial ruin, MyFoxBoston reported. Some well-preserved copies have sold for over $1 million.

The home has been in the family's possession since the 1950s, and they believe the wife's father may have secured the comic away in a box in their basement in the 1950s, where it lay untouched for half a century.

But just in the nick of time they discovered the super-valuable comic, which they hope to auction off shortly.

The couple reached out to a comic collector and dealer in New York who said they're "still a little shell-shocked about finding this book," the station reported.

"I was so nervous when I realized what it was worth," a member of the family told the collector, according to a report in "I know I am very fortunate, but I will be greatly relieved when this book finds a new home."

Several sources, including The Superman Homepage ( are reporting that the next DC Animated feature to go into production will be an adaptation of the Eisner Award winning All Star Superman! This 12 issue series was released in 2005 and centered around the Man Of Steel’s reaction to the news that he had only one more year to live. All Star Superman was a huge fan favorite and should generate a lot of buzz in the months to come!

And…The Tick is STILL cancelled!

That’s 30!


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