Detroit doesn’t have a lot going for it these days. Despite the auto industry boom of last century, Eminem, and plenty of good people who still call Detroit their home, the city is rapidly becoming a ghost town, with whole neighborhoods abandoned and crumbling into disrepair. It looks almost… apocalyptic.
Think about it as a large-scale, overnight game of Humans vs. Zombies (the zombie drill popular on college campuses), set in an abandoned section of Detroit. Teams of players will have to run for their lives from an ever-expanding group of zombies, find shelter and supplies, and last the night in this spooky post-apocalyptic playground while hordes of the undead are moaning for their sweet and succulent flesh. If you get caught by the zombies, the fun isn’t over. Instead, you join their slavering, sadistic ranks and hunt down your friends for the remainder of the game.
Where do I get in line?
Detroit’s status as a ghost town is not news to its mayor, who recently encouraged citizens to come up with creative uses for the empty and abandoned spaces in the city. Z World Detroit is just one way that those forlorn and falling-apart areas could be used. Not only would it take Detroit’s misfortune and turn it into a fun and positive experience (yes, we know zombies are not everyone’s idea of “fun and positive,” but work with us here), but it would be a way to attract visitors to the area. And we all know what enthusiastic tourists can do to an economy.
As the days of summer begin to wind down and the presence of fall looms ever large on the horizon, taking advantage of vacation down time becomes priority one. But you’ve already taken that cross country road trip to visit the relatives you say? Already used the down time to make those home improvements around the house and your days are just empty hours filled with nothing to do? Well, that is why we are here to give you a few recommendations on how you can spend some time engaged with a good graphic novel that will transport you to the farthest reaches of your imagination. From capes to criminals, graphic novels offer something for every type of reader.
First up Marvel Comics offers up a crime driven melodrama from Harvey Award winning writer Ed Brubaker and Scream Award winning artist Sean Phillips called Criminal: Coward TPB Vol. 1 Fans of hard boiled/noir writing need look no further than this great entry to the first few issues of this series. Take a walk on the seedy underbelly of the underworld with the main character Leo, a man who can plan the perfect heist , but only if the risk is truly worth the reward. Written with a stylistic flourish and enhanced by charismatic art, this series delivers a gut punch with it’s gritty drama that will often have you strangely pulling for the underdog (who happens to be embroiled in criminal activity) Fans of crime fiction need look no further than this one for an engaging read.
Image Comics Age of Bronze: A Thousand Ships Vol. 1 TPB is a multiple Eisner Award nominee in the categories of Best New Series, Best Continuing Series, and Best Writer/Artist and it is easy to see why. Witness this re-telling of the tale of Paris and Helen of Troy’s love story act as the spark that will ignite a war that is now legendary unfold in this prelude to tragedy. Filled with a level of such stirring emotion, it reminds readers of the humanity that lies behind historical events. History fans should check out this fictional retelling of the tragic events that led to the Trojan War. Creator Eric Shanower‘s crafting is top notch on this endeavor.
Vertigo Comics: American Vampire Volume 1 TPB collects issues #1-5 of the creative series and offers up two stories told by two celebrated storytellers. The first, most recently known for his incredible run on DC ComicsBatman titles with the “Court Of Owls” story arc, is Scott Snyder. Snyder’s story tells the tale of a young woman brutally murdered by vampires in 920’s Los Angeles who comes back for revenge against the monsters who turned her into one of them. The second is created by the master of horror Stephen King and weaves a tale set against the back drop of the Wild West that introduces the first American vampire who happens to the deadliest of the species. These instances of genre bending storytelling is a lot like finding two great taste that go together and best illustrate this maxim. With art contributed by industry superstar Rafael Albuquerque, this one should find a spot into your reading queue.
Dark Horse Comics: Concrete Volume 1 Depths TPB brings to the table a different approach to the superhero genre. Whereas most “Capes” titles have heroes who are often larger than life and difficult to identify with, Concrete is of a different breed. Things From Another World beautifully captures the heart of this hero and sums him up with “Part man, part…rock? Over seven feet tall and weighing over a thousand pounds, he is known as Concrete but is in reality the mind of one Ronald Lithgow, trapped inside a shell of stone, a body that allows him to walk unaided on the ocean’s floor or survive the crush of a thousand tons of rubble in a collapsed mineshaft…but prevents him from feeling the touch of a human hand.” Created by the imagination of Paul Chadwick this series has won a total of five Eisner Awards, three Harvey Awards and earned a spot on GQ’s “The 20 Graphic Novels You Should Read” list. Richly balanced panels filled with humor, heartbreak and humanity all coalesce into a saga that showcases a hero who is more human than most.
The preview did not disappoint. In fact, it was the most epic, dramatic, exciting, jaw-dropping preview of the series so far, giving more than a hint of what is to come for Rick Grimes and the survivors of “The Walking Dead.”
The preview sets up two story-lines that will eventually intersect on the show. The first is of Rick, Hershel, and the other survivors who managed to meet up after escaping the walker-infested Greene farm. They find a high-security prison and systematically clear it of walkers so they can take advantage of its resources and live in relative safety.
The other story-line follows Andrea and Michonne, her sword-wielding rescuer from the season two finale, as they fight to survive on their own in the wasteland that was once Georgia. The pair is abducted and brought to a fortified town called Woodbury by a man who calls himself the Governor.
And thus is set up our major conflict for season three: The Governor and Woodbury vs. Rick Grimes and the prison. And somewhere along the line, Merle Dixon comes back with a fancy new zombie-killing arm attachments.
New comic book releases for the week of 7/18/12. Here we are post SDCC 2012, one of the biggest and best for the annual event. Industry announcements were made regarding upcoming events in the comic industry and related popular culture. A few Con high-lights included the revelation that Neil Gaiman will return to produce a “prequel” of sorts to his seminal work on “The Sandman” is in the works was news that was well received. Also fans of Marvel Comics “The Punisher” were treated to a surprise by actor Thomas Jane in the form of a fan film that captured the spirit of the character in aces. Cos-play was in full swing as fans dressed as their favorite characters and displayed a range of creative capabilities of attendees (check out the slide show for a sampling of some of the cool sights of this incredible event). Adventurous attendees participated in the “Walking Dead“obstacle course (check out the video to get a sense of the mayhem that unfolded at this popular activity) But, as always, the true heart of Comic Con is the opportunity to interact with comic industry creators/innovators such as Orlando Harding (writer and creator of Revolution Comics: NightStalker, which was reviewed here), Daniel Cooney (writer and creator of Red Eye Press: Atomic Yeti and the Valentine series), Tim Daniel (writer and creator of Image Comics: Enormous) and Michael Davis (Milestone Media co-founder and mediator of the Black Panel) It is the accessibility of these types of innovators that allows fans an opportunity to really connect with those who create some of popular cultures most enduring images and experiences.
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On Friday Comic-Con attendees were treated to a panel in honor of the ten year anniversary of Joss Whedon‘s “Firefly.” Fans camped outside of Hall H the night before, eagerly awaiting their chance to see the cast and crew of the beloved Space Western, and were rewarded with a visit from Joss Whedon himself during the wee hours of the morning.
The panel was moderated by Jeff Jensen of Entertainment Weekly, and featured “Firefly” writer Jose Molina, showrunner Tim Minear, cast members Nathan Fillion (Malcolm Reynolds), Alan Tudyk (Hoban Washburn), Summer Glau (River Tam), Sean Maher (Simon Tam), and Adam Baldwin (Jayne Cobb), and “Firefly” creator Joss Whedon.
The panel had many laughs, many “truthsome” moments, and some genuine heart-warming sentimentality. During the panel, several clips from the show were screened. You can watch video of the panel here.
During the panel, Whedon explained his inspiration for the show. “I just wanted to make something that felt real like a piece of history,” as opposed to the stereotypical science fiction story, Whedon said. “I wanted to tell an American immigrant story.”
One of the highlights of the panel were Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk performing a hypothetical scene from “Firefly” as a radio show. Another was when Whedon revealed that there would be more of the bestselling “Firefly” comic books from Dark Horse, including stories from both the characters’ past (like “The Shepherd’s Tale”) and their future (like “Those Left Behind”).
At one point Sean Maher told Whedon, “I think you might have a fever.” To which Nathan Fillion responded, “And the only cure is more ‘Firefly.'” Raucous hilarity ensued.
There were also touching moments of genuine emotion during the panel. Nathan Fillion told the audience, “When ‘Firefly’ died I thought it was the worst thing that could possibly happen, but what I realize now, ten years later looking out at this room, is that the worst thing that could have happened is if it had stayed dead.”
Both Whedon and Fillion teared up during the questions from fans, especially when one fan asked how season one would have ended. But it was the standing ovation Whedon received at the end of the panel that really got the tears flowing.
Whedon was asked what the fans of “Firefly” mean to him. He struggled to put his thoughts into words, and as he struggled, the audience rose to their feet and cheered him on. Finally, after the standing ovation died down, Whedon left the audience with this:
“Only an idiot would try to follow that with a sentence. When you come out of a great movie, you feel like you’re in that world. When you’re telling a story, you’re trying to connect to people in a particular way. It’s about inviting them into a world. The way you’ve inhabited this world, this universe, you have become part of it. When I see you guys, I don’t think the show is off the air. I think there’s spaceships and horses — the story is alive.”
The panel opened with the first seven minutes of the final installment of the “Twilight” series, “Breaking Dawn part 2“.
According to fans that were there, the movie clip picks up where “Breaking Dawn, part 1” left off. Simply, Bella awakes as a vampire and begins to realize her powers.
The clip included the one clip that has been shown about Bella and Edward talking about the fact that they are now the same temperature. They then realize that she needs to feed and of course there is a snag in the fact that as she is chasing a deer, a man rock climbing falls and cuts himself. She then sniffs the blood and turns towards him only to have Edward stop her and then chase on after the deer.
It then flips to Jacob meeting the new Bella and Bella mentioning that he stinks and then he asks her if she wants to meet her daughter.
The clip then ended with the Cullens trying to show Bella how to look human before she meets her father again.
After this clip, Meyer entered the stage and began to show a clip of her other movie based on her other book series, “The Host”. A great way to get her already established fan base to pick up this new movie after “Twilight” ends in November. “The Host” is set to release in March of 2013.
Another year another huge weekend in San Diego for Comic-Con.
Plenty of news and nuggets are to be given out throughout the festivities which includes all the news regarding the Green Lantern universe.
With the announcement of the long-awaited “Rise of the Third Army” storyline, fans have been expecting more news regarding the event.
Well, DC held a Justice League/ Green Lantern Panel to discuss the coming months for the titles and to answer any questions.
Here are some of the things that were said:
The Green Lantern on the cover of the zero issue will carry a gun which the League will ask about. The Lantern’s response is: These rings run out of juice, don’t they? This is my backup.
The Third Army’s rationale is that the Guardians realize that emotion and fear aren’t the problem for universal strife — it’s free will.
Green Lantern writer Geoff Johns alludes to the fall of Guy Gardner in the next few months.
Green Lantern New Guardians writer Tony Bedard speaks about his zero issue. He says “By Issue #12, you’ll learn why all those rings came to Kyle in the first place.” In Issue #0, we’re going to have more first-string Lanterns, like Atrocitous, Larfleeze and Carol Ferris. Bedard says that Kyle will begin to learn to master the other colors on the emotional spectrum, not just green.
Bedard also said that Kyle will need to learn to wield all of the colors to defeat the Third Army.
“The Guardians are trying to wipe out the main players”
Red Lantern #0 — Johns says that the Guardians have been working to take apart the other Corps, as well, but that Atrocitus isn’t that easy to take down.
Fan asked about Sodam Yat’s status which Johns says will be revisited next year.
What about Sodam Yat
“The Guardians are trying to wipe out the main players
Johns alludes to the fall of Guy Gardner in the next few months…
Third Army’s rationale is that the Guardians realize that emotion and fear aren’t the problem for universal strife — it’s free will.
Jack Quaid, Willow Shields, Amandla Stenberg, and Dayo Okeniyi have been busy hanging out with some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, attending parties for upcoming movies, and conducting interviews with a San Diego TV station.
The actors have been busy posting photos from some of their Comic Con adventures online via their personal Twitter accounts. You can browse them all in the slideshow accompanying this article.
On Saturday, Stenberg, Okeniyi, Quaid, and Shields will be joined by fellow Hunger Games cast members Alexander Ludwig and Isabelle Fuhrman. The six actors will sign for fans at the Lionsgate booth (#4035) at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Lionsgate also used Comic Con to debut a special sneak peek at the behind-the-scenes video that will be featured on The Hunger Games DVD and Bluray, coming out August 18th. You can watch the video right here for yourself. It shows how filmmakers created the scene where Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss must escape from a tree and run away from a growing forest fire.
No, we’re not talking about the annual and amazing San Diego Zombie Walk. “The Walking Dead” has actually created a zombie obstacle course on-site at Comic-Con, in which would-be zombiepocalypse survivors can run, dodge, and jump their way free of a horde of zombies.
The Walking Dead Escape, as the interactive obstacle course is called, will take place at Petco Park in San Diego. You can try your luck at surviving the zombie apocalypse for $75, or you can spectate for $15. Waves of the undead will sweep through the obstacle course every twenty minutes, so it’s up to you to move fast and stay alive.
But what if you’d rather be the scourge of humanity than its last scion? No problem. Before you attempt to survive, you can be one of the horde that chases other would-be survivors through the course. The rules are simple: No weapons of any kind, no biting, and run for your zombie-loving life. After all, this is only practice… right?