March 01, 2015 | 7:19 p.m.
Nilah Magruder, a storyboard and concept artist in Los Angeles, and her web comic “M.F.K.” won the first Dwayne McDuffie Diversity Award on Saturday during a celebratory panel at the Long Beach Comics Expo. “I feel like Jell-O,” Macgruder said. “I am completely overwhelmed and it’s really exciting. I never expected this because there are so many good nominees. It’s a complete honor.” The other nominated titles and creators are: “Hex11” by Lisa K. Weber and Kelly Sue Milano (HexComics), “Ms. Marvel” by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona (Marvel), “The Shadow Hero” by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew (First Second Books) and “Shaft” by writer David F. Walker and artist Bilquis Evely (Dynamite). Magruder’s “M.F.K.” is about Abbie, who wants to get to the mountain range Potter’s Spine, scatter her mother’s ashes and then live out her life […]
Feb. 28, 2015 | 8:06 p.m.
The death of Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock on the “Star Trek” TV and movie series, touched millions of lives around the world, perhaps none more deeply than fans of science fiction and fantasy for whom Spock was a guiding light. So it was only fitting that a day after Nimoy’s death at age 83, the Long Beach Comic Expo — a two-day comic book and pop culture convention — celebrated his life and legacy with tributes both big and small. Not long after the doors opened at the Long Beach Convention Center, thousands of attendees observed a moment of silence while holding up their hands in the iconic Vulcan salute that Nimoy originated. The salute symbolized Spock’s universally known motto, “Live long and prosper.” “Obviously, when we heard it everybody was floored,” said Gabriel Fieramosco, the expo’s marketing manager […]
Feb. 25, 2015 | 11:00 a.m.
'Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors' is bringing the Spider-verse from the comic book world to TV
Feb. 24, 2015 | 11:48 a.m.
An urban legend comes to life in “The Harvester,” Brandon Seifert’s new series for Legendary Comics. The title refers to a vengeful being who forces justice upon evildoers in violent fashion, then disappears. The myth is spoken of in countries around the world, with the creature having different names in different regions. No one knows who or what it is, or who or what is behind it, but a pair of curious investigators aim to find out. Seifert is no stranger to horror comics, having gained critical and sales success in 2011 with “Witch Doctor,” a horror title with a medical spin for Skybound Entertainment (under Image Comics). Hero Complex caught up with the writer to chat a bit about horror comics and the mysterious Harvester. Hero Complex: What was it that initially attracted you to horror comics? Brandon Seifert: […]
Feb. 18, 2015 | 12:00 p.m.
Finalists for the first Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity have been chosen, and the nominees range from independent to mainstream comic books. The five nominated titles and creators are as follows: “Hex11” by Lisa K. Weber and Kelly Sue Milano (HexComics), “M.F.K.” by Nilah Magruder (http://www.mfkcomic.com/), “Ms. Marvel” by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona (Marvel), “The Shadow Hero” by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew (First Second Books) and “Shaft” by writer David F. Walker and artist Bilquis Evely (Dynamite). “Who gets to be the hero, and how readers get to see themselves reflected in the hero are complex matters that Dwayne thought about often. As editor in chief of Milestone Media’s original run of comics, he used terms like ‘multi-experiential’ to describe what we were doing,” said Matt Wayne, the director of the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity. […]
Feb. 12, 2015 | 4:41 p.m.
Jared Bush and Sam Levine, the creators of Disney XD’s “Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero,” drew inspiration from childhood memories to craft the new animated series. At the age of 12, Bush discovered that his parents worked for the Central Intelligence Agency, while Levine, the child of a New York City film projectionist, would routinely sit beside his father to watch classic movies and new releases. ———— FOR THE RECORD In an earlier version of this article, it was stated that Alfred Molina and Larry Wilmore were either guest stars or recurring actors. They are both regular cast members on the show. ———— “One of my favorites was ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark,'” Levine said in a recent interview. “I remember watching it four times back to back, and covering my eyes every time the faces melted off at the end.” Those […]
Feb. 10, 2015 | 1:43 p.m.
Sony and Marvel Studios have spun a deal that will introduce Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, first in an unspecified Marvel film and then headlining his own movie in 2017. But who will play the iconic web-slinger? Fans are already rallying behind their favorite actors, with many pointing to “Percy Jackson” alumnus Logan Lerman, who was at one point a contender for the role that went to “The Amazing Spider-Man” actor Andrew Garfield, and to “Community” actor Donald Glover (also known as Childish Gambino), who was an inspiration for Marvel’s Ultimate Universe version of Spider-Man, Miles Morales. Others are calling for Tobey Maguire to return to the role he originated in Sam Raimi’s 2002 blockbuster and subsequent sequels. And many want Garfield to continue in the role he’s inhabited since 2012’s reboot; last year’s sequel, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” […]
Jan. 05, 2015 | 8:00 a.m.
For those who enjoy the spine-breaking, disemboweling fun of the “Mortal Kombat” franchise, the new “MKX” game from NetherRealm Studios can’t come fast enough (March 15 — 69 days, give or take a few hours). To help mitigate the wait, the first chapter of a new weekly digital comic “Mortal Kombat X” arrives Tuesday from DC Comics, introducing new characters and more fatalities. Shawn Kittelsen will write the series, which will feature Cassie Cage, Kotal Kahn and a cast of other characters; after Tuesday’s premiere installment, subsequent chapters will be released on Sundays and be available for download on the DC Comics App, Readdcentertainment.com, comiXology.com, Google Play, Kindle Store, Nook Store, iBooks and iVerse ComicsPLUS. ———— FOR THE RECORD The Mortal Kombat X video game release date of March 15 is incorrect. The game is set to debut worldwide April 15. […]
Jan. 02, 2015 | 2:09 p.m.
“Grimm” fans know that for Reggie Lee’s character Sgt. Wu, 2014 was a difficult year. Drew Wu now understands the supernatural nature of “Grimm’s” Portland, Ore., but the consequences of knowing the truth have been fairly grave. A face-to-face encounter with a childhood boogeyman called an Aswang prompted him to commit himself to a mental health clinic, and although his friends and fellow law enforcement officers, Dets. Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) and Hank Griffin (Russell Hornsby), confirmed to Wu that the Wesen world and, the sergeant’s personal demon, are, in fact, quite real, the information provided little comfort. With the NBC series set to return Jan. 16, Hero Complex chatted with Lee — whose character has the unusual honor of having a doughnut named him at a Portland bakery — to learn more about how the actor is coping with […]
Dec. 14, 2014 | 2:11 p.m.
SyFy’s new space-based miniseries “Ascension” begins its three-episode life Monday, offering a fictionalized take on real-world history. In 1963, John F. Kennedy proposed a covert space mission dubbed Project Orion, designed to save the human race from the destruction of Earth following the Cold War. The series, created by Adrian A. Cruz and Philip Levens (“Smallville”), posits that the mission took place, sending hundreds of people on a century-long voyage to populate a new world. Almost 50 years into the journey, however, a young woman’s murder prompts the ship’s population to reconsider the voyage in a new light. The ensemble cast includes “Battlestar Galactica’s” Tricia Helfer, Brian Van Holt (“Cougar Town”), Al Sapienza (“Person of Interest”), Ryan Robbins (“Falling Skies”) and Brad Carter as Stockyard Master John Stokes, who helps control and keep stock of the food and supplies for […]