Monday, November 30, 2015

Kickstart the Week 36: Die! Kitty! Die!

What happens when you unleash two creators known for their Archie work on a project of their own? Well, it sure looks like you get a fun graphic novel with a bit more edge than your average issue of Archie Double Digest.

Dan Parent (creator of Kevin Keller) and Fernando Ruiz have joined forces to bring the world Die Kitty Die! The metatextual comic is all about a comic character at the end of their run and her facing the impending death that comes with it.

Kitty Ravencraft bears more than a passing resemblance to Sabrina, but her adventures will have a bit more edge than any Melissa Joan Hart adventures. The series will focus on her battle with her creators as she seeks to use her magic to survive their attempts on her life.

It sounds like a huge amount of fun with some great art in the ever familiar style of the creators. For more details, check out the project on Kickstarter.

This will bring the 2015 Kickstarters to an end, as December is a no fly zone for Kickstarter until after Christmas. But you will see a few other features on Monday, including some more Patreon projects well worth supporting. As always, stay tuned!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Cosplay Friday: The Doctor

The Doctor was a character I actually first came to through comics, reading a few of the old Marvel UK reprints that Marvel published throughout the 1980s. I didn't quite understand why he wasn't a full fledged superhero when I was about eight, but it started me on the path to watching far too many episodes of the classic show late on Friday and Saturday nights on PBS. (I was a boring teenager.)

Well, glamour model Masuimi Max took the desire for a female version of the BBC's character and inserted a healthy dose of steampunk to come up with her great version of the character.

And while the blog might update a bit slower during the month of NaNoWrimo, you can check out a lot more great Cosplay pictures over on the Tumblr. And while you are admiring some great cosplay here, don’t forget to check out some of the other great stuff from!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

The long NaNoWriMo drought is almost over on the site, but in the meantime, join me, the Vision, the Scarlet Witch and the Avengers in having a Happy Thanksgiving.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Superhero movies meet Egyptian Mythology: Gods of Egypt

While the casting choices of the film have had a bit too much shade thrown on them, Gods of Egypt looks like an amazing piece of cinema from Egyptian born filmmaker Alex Proyas (The Crow). Already visually stunning, it very much seems to take queues from the Marvel blockbusters in its construction of a world where the gods are real.

While not out until February, I suspect it to be a big movie upon its release, as does Summit Entertainment, which hopes this will be their next major franchise. And while Proyas hasn't made any major film since the painful Knowing in 2009, his work on Dark City should be required viewing. I suspect Gods of Egypt to continue his track record of amazing world building while also giving some great roles to some amazingly talented actors and actresses.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Kickstart the Week 35: The Supers

I enjoy funny superhero comics. I grew up on Justice League International and Damage Control. I think comedy doesn't have to get in the way of great drama. I'm certainly not the only one, as the Marvel Cinematic Universe has made millions combining laughs with great action. But hilarious comics are not nearly as prevalent.

The Supers aims to change that with a great new super-title that doesn't shy away from being funny while also telling a compelling tale of a ragtag team of heroes.

Created by Chris Morris and drawn by Ricky Gunawan, The Supers looks like a winning idea with great art to go with its humor. The rewards look to feature a lot of original art too, which should make fans of the sample works in the video above happy.

The Supers is now funding on IndieGoGo. Give it a look and some support.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Cosplay Friday: Rocketeer

The Rocketeer and Betty were always a great pair, but Betty clearly made a pretty awesome Rocketeer herself as seen in this cosplay by Ivy Doomkitty.

And while the blog might update a bit slower during the month of NaNoWrimo, you can check out a lot more great Cosplay pictures over on the Tumblr. And while you are admiring some great cosplay here, don’t forget to check out some of the other great stuff here on!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Walking Shadows and Super Powered Fiction - now on Patreon!

Walking Shadows is a passion project of mine. The six young heroes I've created in the series have tons of importance to me and I still have a lot of story to tell about them. But unfortunately, I only have so much time and because of that I need to ask fans to show their support for the site.

It doesn't take much to keep the site alive in its current form, but it is still not free. Because of that, Patreon is the sensible solution to allow fans to directly support Walking Shadows. Every supporter gets bonus content through the Patreon every month. Higher levels unlock digital copies of Lightweight, access to the entire Metahuman Press digital library and even print editions of Metahuman Press titles. Patreon is the go-to source to get every ounce of new Quadrant Universe and Metahuman Press content.

The cool thing about Patreon is that the more backing I get, the more access I have to adding cool features to the site, from a dedicated domain name to new serials to even the return of the SuperPowerCast podcast.

The full details on backing levels and unlockable goals can be found on the Patreon page.

To be clear, Walking Shadows will continue for free for months to come, available from the beginning for anyone and everyone to read online. But fans of the serial and of Super Powered Fiction can now directly support what this site is all about: great super powered fiction.

Thanks in advance to everyone that takes the plunge.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Kickstart the Week 34: Curveball

I decided to devote the month of November to focus on crowd-funded projects not at the big boy, so this month you will find some Patreon and IndieGoGo projects I think look great.

And the easiest place to start with all of that is a Patreon I already back. C.B. Wright has been producing Curveball for quite some time now. Now twenty-five approximately monthly chapters in, he has created over 200,000 words based around one character and the universe around him.

Did I mention he gives it all away free online?

Much like my own Walking Shadows, C.B. Wright produces Curveball as a web serial with collected editions available, including monthly omnibuses through the Patreon. It's dang good too, although I will let you decide if you want to pit both our works against one another.

While C.B. continues to look for regular work by day, Curveball is in danger of slowing down. More support on Patreon would surely help him keep the project going for weeks and months to come. Check out the work and see if you agree that Curveball is worth your support.