Tracy Brown

May 22, 2015 | 4:18 p.m.

Paycheck Friday: Skip the movies and visit your local comic book shop

'The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl'
It’s time for another installment of Paycheck Friday, the weekly roundup of some of Hero Complex’s favorite toys, games, books and other geek merchandise. While a slate of summer movies including “Tomorrowland,” “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Pitch Perfect 2” battle it out in the box office over the weekend, this week’s paycheck goes to taking a trip to your local comic book shop to catch up on the month’s releases. With May marking the launch of Marvel’s “Secret Wars” event series that sees the various Marvel universes combining into one unified Battleworld just as DC’s “Convergence” event is winding down, it’s easy to get lost in the various interconnected tie-in series from the “Big Two.” Fear not, this week’s comic book selections are titles that require no knowledge of “Secret Wars” or “Convergence.” This week’s first pick is “The […]
May 20, 2015 | 4:00 p.m.

Noelle Stevenson talks ‘Lumberjanes,’ ‘Nimona’ and her online roots

Noelle Stevenson
A new issue of “Lumberjanes” hit shelves Wednesday, kicking off a new arc in the continuing adventures of the campers and staff at Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types. Created by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis and Noelle Stevenson, “Lumberjanes” launched in April 2014, introducing the world to best friends and bunkmates Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley, who found themselves caught up in supernatural adventures in and around their summer camp. Stevenson, perhaps best known for her Web comics, was initially brought on board to help with the character designs before taking on a writing role. “I believe that, originally, the descriptions that I was given were based on people that really existed,” Stevenson said. “But I didn’t know these people. I just kind of did the character designs based on my own image of them.” And for one character, […]
May 20, 2015 | 3:06 p.m.

‘Star Wars Epic Yarns’: Jack and Holman Wang reconstruct the classics

'Star Wars Epic Yarns'
The original “Star Wars” film trilogy is given a new spin in the word book series “Star Wars Epic Yarns.” Created by twin brothers Jack and Holman Wang, “Star Wars Epic Yarns” breaks down each of the first three “Star Wars” films into 12 words, depicted by 12 scenes crafted in needle felt. The all-ages board book series features images of handmade needle felt versions of Luke, Leia, Han and other familiar characters staged on custom-built sets and in on-location photo shoots to reenact some iconic scenes. The brothers, who are the team behind the “Cozy Classics” series of board books, answered a few questions over email to discuss their process, the most difficult elements in creating “Star Wars Epic Yarns,” and their favorite “Star Wars” film. Obviously, the felt figures and scenes were not easy to craft. But how […]
May 15, 2015 | 5:40 p.m.

Paycheck Friday: Add some ‘Mad Max’ flair to your workspace

A scene from "Mad Max: Fury Road." (Warner Bros.)
For this week’s installment of Paycheck Friday, Hero Complex’s roundup of some of our favorite toys, books and other geek merchandise, we turn to the post-apocalyptic world depicted in “Mad Max.” Now in theaters, “Mad Max: Fury Road” follows Mad Max Rockatansky’s (Tom Hardy) quest for survival in a desert wasteland after civilization has collapsed. It is a world where, as director George Miller described to The Times in a previous interview, “all the bad things we see in the news come to pass: all the economic collapse, oil wars and water wars, even stuff we never see coming.” With that in mind, this week’s paycheck goes to re-creating a scaled-down version of this post-apocalyptic world to liven up your workspace. First, to set the appropriate mood, we recommend picking up the “Mad Max: Fury Road” soundtrack. While the standard […]
May 15, 2015 | 9:00 a.m.

Exclusive: See DC Bombshells variant covers for ‘Batman,’ ‘Catwoman,’ more

'Catwoman' No. 43
DC Comics has announced that August will be DC Bombshells month, and Hero Complex readers get a first look at the variant covers for “Batman,” “Catwoman,” “Detective Comics” and “Superman/Wonder Woman.” For the uninitiated, Bombshells is a line of collectible statues that reimagines classic DC characters in the vintage style of World War II-era art. The Bombshells line has expanded to other items such as posters, apparel and accessories, and DC made it the variant theme last June, with titles such as “Batgirl,” “Harley Quinn” and “Superman” receiving the Bombshells treatment. DC Bombshells variants: ‘Batman’ No. 43 | ‘Catwoman’ No. 43 | ‘Detective Comics’ No. 43 | ‘Superman/Wonder Woman’ No. 20 DC has also announced a new Bombshells comic book series written by Marguerite Bennett with art by Marguerite Sauvage. “DC Comics Bombshells,” which begins in July, will be an […]
May 14, 2015 | 2:51 p.m.

Trailer: New ‘Lego Jurassic World’ video game lets you play as a dinosaur

'Lego Jurassic World" will feature familiar faces from all four "Jurassic Park" movies. (TT Games)
It’s dinosaurs, dinosaurs and more dinosaurs in the new trailer for “Lego Jurassic World,” the video game set to hit shelves June 12. Just as it plays out in the 1993 film “Jurassic Park,” the first dinosaur we see in the trailer is a Brachiosaurus. Among the other familiar dinosaurs depicted are a Compsognathus, a Tyrannosaurus rex, a Triceratops and Velociraptors. Even the Indominus rex from the upcoming “Jurassic World” film makes an appearance. “Lego Jurassic Word” features over 20 different types of playable dinosaurs (that’s right, you can play as a dinosaur), and while the title is pegged to the upcoming film, all four movies from the “Jurassic Park” franchise are represented in the game. Developed by TT Games, “Lego Jurassic World” is the newest franchised Lego game joining other titles such as “Lego Lord of the Rings,”” Lego […]
May 14, 2015 | 11:22 a.m.

Sony to remake ‘The Craft’ with director Leigh Janiak

Fairuza Balk as Nancy in "The Craft." (Peter Iovino)
Ready for another round of light as a feather, stiff as a board? Sony Pictures is currently working on a remake of “The Craft,” Hero Complex has confirmed. Leigh Janiak will direct and co-write the film with Phil Graziadei. The 1996 teen supernatural thriller starred Robin Tunney as a transfer student who arrives at a Los Angeles Catholic school and befriends a group of misfit amateur witches played by Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell and Rachel True, completing their coven. Tunney’s character, Sarah, is a natural witch, whose power comes from somewhere more pure than those of her self-taught friends. This eventually leads to conflict as the other witches strive to increase their magical powers. The original film was directed by Andrew Fleming, who co-wrote the film with Peter Filardi. Janiak made her directorial debut with the 2014 horror film “Honeymoon,” […]
May 13, 2015 | 7:06 p.m.

‘New Mutants’: Josh Boone tapped for stand-alone ‘X-Men’ spinoff film

'New Mutants' No 1 cover
Move over “X-Men,” it’s time for some “New Mutants.” 20th Century Fox is expanding its “X-Men” franchise with a new stand-alone spinoff film to be written and directed by Josh Boone. “We’re so excited to explore this new part of the X-Men universe, and so excited to do it with Josh, who is uniquely suited to tell this story about young characters,” confirmed Simon Kinberg in a statement. The “X-Men” veteran producer is slated to produce the film with Lauren Shuler Donner. Most recently, Boone directed “The Fault in Our Stars,” the 2014 adaptation of the John Green young adult novel of the same name starring “Divergent” series costars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as teens who meet in a cancer patients’ support group and fall in love. The film grossed $307.2 million worldwide during its theatrical run. Boone’s first […]
May 13, 2015 | 4:01 p.m.

‘Crimson Peak’ trailer: New love meets an old house in Del Toro horror film

Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska in "Crimson Peak." (Legendary / Universal)
The new trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s “Crimson Peak” has been released and it comes with its own warning: Beware of Crimson Peak. Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain and Charlie Hunnam star in the gothic horror romance, along with a very old house located atop a mountain of blood-red clay. “Ghosts are real,” says Edith Cushing (Wasikowska) as the trailer opens. “That much I know. I’ve seen them all my life.” As the trailer unfolds, we see Edith courted by a handsome stranger, Thomas Sharpe. Edith marries Thomas and moves into the large mansion he shares with his not-so-approving sister (played by Chastain). Unfortunately, it seems there is more to the house than the siblings have shared with Edith prior to her joining the family. “A house as old as this one becomes, in time, a living thing” says […]
May 13, 2015 | 10:24 a.m.

Exclusive: Pat McHale announces ‘Over the Garden Wall’ comic book series

'Over the Garden Wall' No. 1
Join Wirt, Greg and Beatrice back “Over the Garden Wall” this summer with a new miniseries published by KaBoom. Created by Pat McHale, “Over the Garden Wall” was Cartoon Network’s first original animated miniseries. The series, which debuted in November, followed brothers Wirt and Greg as they traveled through a mysterious place called the Unknown, searching for a way home. Among those they encountered during their journey was the ominous Woodsman, an irritable bluebird named Beatrice and a talking horse named Fred. During “Over the Garden Wall’s” 10-episode run, KaBoom, Boom Studios’ all-ages imprint, published a one-shot companion comic written by McHale with art by Jim Campbell. They are reuniting for a new four-part miniseries, with the first issue due out Aug. 26. COVER ART: Main | Subscription | Boom 10 Years variant | Incentive The new story is set between the […]
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