Ragin’ Ravens – Episode 13

Posted on July 22, 2011. Filed under: Entertainment, Interviews, Podcast |

By Erik Lewis, Lead Blogger

Just a short interview with Reilly Brown, Marvel artist on books like Incredible Hercules, Cable & Deadpool, Marvel Apes, and New Warriors, to name a few.  We talked with Reilly live from San Diego Comic Con about the con and his upcoming digital comics.  It’ll only take a few minutes of your time, give it a listen!

Ragin’ Ravens – Episode 13


Five Iron Frenzy – Juggernaut
Coheed and Cambria – Welcome Home

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Ragin’ Ravens – Episode 12

Posted on April 22, 2011. Filed under: Entertainment, Podcast |

By Erik Lewis, Lead Blogger

We’re joined in this episode by Marvel Architect Matt Fraction.  We talked with Matt about everything from Thor to Iron Man to the X-Men to Fear Itself.  This is a highly entertaining and thought-provoking interview from one of the most insightful comic writers in the business today.  Don’t miss this one!

Ragin’ Ravens – Episode 12


Five Iron Frenzy – Juggernaut
Adele – Rolling in the Deep
Freelance Whales – Generator First Floor
Adam Warrock – Heroes Requiem
Speechwriters LLC – Blood on the Frets
Professor Elemental – Fighting Trousers
Sex Bob-Omb – Threshold
Pretty Girls Make Graves – Pyrite Pedestal
Jonathan Coulton – Code Monkey
Brand New – Sic Transit Gloria…Glory Fades
Electric Six – Dance Commander
Jesse Dangerously – The Prestidigitator
Alkaline Trio – Into the Night

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Marvel: The Next Big Thing Liveblog

Posted on March 20, 2011. Filed under: Convention, Entertainment, Previews |

By Erik Lewis, Lead Blogger

At NYCC, the Marvel Next Big Thing panel was one of the most interesting and entertaining panels, and I hope is one continues the trend. We’ll be listening to Brian Michael Bendis, David Liss, Fred Van Lente, Tom Brennan, Daniel Ketchum, and C.B. Cebulski.

So, what’s Marvel’s next big thing? Bendis talked a little bit about the Ultimate Death of Spider-Man, which has been solicited recently, but we don’t know too much about it. If you read Ultimate comics still, this is definitely something to look for.

Up next, Van Lente talk about Herc. The two-word pitch for this title is Urban Conan. This sounds like a fresh take on the character, and one that has been a long time coming.

Liss talks about his upcoming Black Panther stuff. While the first arc explored BP in New York fighting the crime boss Vlad the Impaler, the second while involve Storm and BP fighting Kraven e Hunter.

Mystery Men: creative team David Liss writing, Patrick Zircher on art. This series will push back the origins of the Marvel heroes to more pulpy stories set in 1939. This sounds like a fairly interesting story.

Greg Pak will be leaving Incredible Hulks after his final arc, Heart of the Monster, which starts in June.

The Iron Age will see the Marvel Universe destroyed by Dark Phoenix, with Iron Man tasked with a trip through time to save the planet. Could be interesting, but we’ll see.

Supreme Power will also be returning to the Marvel Universe, starting in July of this year. Kyle Higgins writes, Manuel Garcia draws, and Kyle seems like he has a handle on the characters, and he definitely is a fan of the previous Supreme Power stories.

Unsurpsingly, Marvel doesn’t seem to think that orginal graphic novels are a viable business model for comics.

Marvel Man: Marvel is working in getting that out as soon as they can.

Holy crap, powerless Herc versus new Hobgoblin! I cannot wait to read that.

What?!? No Cho in Herc? Man…well, at least Fred will be writing something for Fear Itself featuring Amadeus.

As a response to DC’s Drawing the Line at 2.99, Marvel is keeping their current 3.99 books at that price points, but newer books they will attempt to price at 2.99.

Runaways will see some more in print, but they can’t really give us an exact time frame on those.

Also, everyone hates Iron Fist’s green costume.

Keep an eye out in X-Men for more vampires and Blade. If you need more vampires in anything.

Black Panther: The Man Without Fear has no plans to wrap up and reinsert Daredevil into the title.

Van Lente hints that Taskmaster may appear in Alpha Flight.

And that’s about it for the Next Big Thing panel, and also the C2E2 convention as a whole! It’s been a lot of fun, thank you Chicago!

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Brightest Day Panel Liveblog

Posted on March 20, 2011. Filed under: Convention, Entertainment |

By Erik Lewis, Lead Blogger

Brightest Day, DC’s biweekly follow up to Blackest Night will be discussed by editor Eddie Berganza, Ivan Reis, and Joe Prado.

Honestly, the DC panels at this convention have been kind of disappointing, but since Brightest Day is almost over, I’m a little hopeful that this one will have some decent information about what we can expect from this storyline after it’s officially over.

So far, no good, as it’s just a recap of the story thus far.

“Ivan Reis has done the coolest Aquaman ever,” is a quote that sets the bar fairly low. Aquaman talks to fish.

Most of this panel is wild beeping. Talk about doing the sound effects with their mouth while drawing Aquaman using his powers, ala Super Friends.

Ooh, a Brightest Day teaser from the next issue! Here we go: and it’s an ambiguous quote. That’s too bad, really, I thought we were getting something.

And we’re going to audience questions already. This is a really short panel, apparently.

DC, I have to say, I’m really disappointed in the content and quality of your panels. I understand that it’s a marketing tactic, trying to get people excited about picking up your books to come, but in order to build that excitement, you need to let us know some things that we can look forward to. I’m going to have to think long and hard about going to your panels at future cons. For now, I’m off to my next Marvel panel, where they actually know how to hook a fan.

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Marvel: Avengers Assemble Liveblog

Posted on March 19, 2011. Filed under: Convention, Entertainment |

By Erik Lewis, Lead Blogger

It should come as no surprise to long time readers that I’m covering this panel. I love the Avengers, but honestly, I’m thinking that this panel may be a lot of repeats of the one I just liveblogged. Sitting on the panel are Matt Fraction, Brian Michael Bendis, C.B. Cebulski, Nick Spencer, Jim McCann, and Tom Brennan. Join me in learning about what’s coming up for The Avengers, leading up to Fear Itself and beyond!

Bendis and Hitch will be releasing a title to coincide with Marvel’s Point One initiative, Avengers 12.1.

After Fear Itself, Bendis will be dealing with Space Knight continuity in Avengers.

New Avengers news: Bendis will keep going with his current story, with Nick Fury’s first Avengers, including Kraven, Namorita, and others.

Bendis is bringing back H.A.M.M.E.R.! Maybe we’ll finally find out what e acronym is for…

Moving on to secret Avengers, their stories will focus on Beast, Valkyrie, and Black Widow.

Brubaker’s Captain America in a story that will bring Bucky’s past as Winter Soldier coming back to haunt him.

In Fraction’s The Mighty Thor, he will have the Asgardian Gods face off against Galactus, who comes to eat Asgard!

Oh man, Matt Fraction just made an ICP joke!

McCann’s working on Hawkeye: Blindspot, which will conclude his run with Hawkeye. McCann promises to answer a lot of questions for long time Hawkeye fans!

And now, as in every Marvel panel, audience questions!

As I may have mentioned in the last liveblog, Bendis is promising to completely shake up the Avengers lineup as it ties in to Fear Itself.

Bendis’s Moon Knight is based in L.A., which I ink is a good move creatively. He’ll go back to something sort of like what he wrote in Daredevil, having a Kingpin for Moon Knight to face in L.A.

Bendis’ Avengers roster changes will include never-before-used Avengers.

Some Initiative members will be seeing some action in upcoming issues of Avengers Academy.

No plans for Deadpool being an Avenger. Thank god.

And that’s about all there is to come from the audience. Thanks for reading, be sure to catch up with me again for tomorrow’s panels!

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Marvel: Fear Itself Liveblog

Posted on March 19, 2011. Filed under: Convention, Entertainment |

By Erik Lewis, Lead Blogger

As you’re all hopefully aware, Fear Itself is Marvel’sbig event comic this year, dealing with the Agardian god of fear. I’m actuallly looking forward to this title quite a hit, and I hope that they give us a decent amount of information during this panel.

Panelists for is panel include Matt Fraction, Brian Michael Bendis, Friend of By Odin’s Beard Fred Van Lente, C.B. Cebulski, Nick Spencer, And Mike Pasciullo.

Fear itself, the reason we’re all here. Fraction let’s us know that Odin might not be the All-Father, with the Red Skull playing a big part. The main exciting news is at the full story will be available in e 7 issues, and tie-ins are not required.

Even though they’re not required, the tie-in comics will expand the story. Fraction’s words were that you will not be penalized for not reading all the tie-in comics.

I’m really looking into Gillen’s Journey into Mystery tie-in, and of course I will be getting the Avengers tie-in books as well.

Bendis is taking a different narrative tack than he usually does, so I’m kind of looking forward to that.

Nick Spencer promises some ramifications for a lot of the Secret Avengers, and also announces that he’ll be using the Immortal Weapons on Iron Man 2.0.

Pak and Van Lente’s Alpha Flight sounds kind of like a Canadian Civil War.

Also spinning out of Fear Itself is The Deep, focusing on Dr. Strange and Namor.

Hell on Wheels is a new Ghost Rider book, written by Rob Williams, art by Matt Clark.

And now audience questions! Here we go:

Wow, Howard the Duck will be in Fear Itself: Fearsome Four! And Deadpool in Hammer pants!

Fear itself will have a big impact on Captain America, obviously, but Fraction says that Fear Itself will deal with both Steve and Bucky.

Also, the Hulk will play a big part in the stories.

Bendis will be dealing with the ramifications of the death of Brother Voodoo in upcoming books, with the search for the new Sorceror Supreme.

Cebulski talk about event fatigue, saying that the folks at Marvel have been trying to focus on writing good stories, instead of putting out event after event. They promise that Fear Itself will be one that hopefully matters and doesn’t break the bank.

And that’s about all the good questions from the audience.

Thanks for reading, everyone, and don’t forget to come back in about an hour for the Avengs Assemble liveblog!

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State of the Comicsphere Liveblog

Posted on March 19, 2011. Filed under: Convention, Entertainment |

By Erik Lewis, Lead Blogger

The comics industry, like any industry, needs to adapt and grow to continue to be viable in the business world of today. In this panel, David Steinberger of ComiXology and Milton Griepp of ICv2 will give their thoughts on the state of comics for the future, whether it’s in digital or print. Also joining this panel are Patrick Bpwer of Challenger Comics, and writer of Box 13, David Gallaher.

Frankly, I’m a little surprised at the turnout for this panel. As it’s something that effects every comic fan, I’d think that every comic fan would be interested in.

It’s important to note that ComiXology has recently announced self-authoring service. Aspiring writers, take note!

Looking back on 2010, unsurprisingly, the print part of the comics industry saw a bit of a downturn, Griepp states that it’s mostly an issue of content, not an issue related to price.

Patrick, a retailer, saw an increase in sales, but says it’s not really from the big two publishers, and is certainly content driven.

The iPad and the breadth of new creative voices were named as the panelist’s best things a from 2010. Griepp, more versed in pop culture, also named Scott Pilgrim and The Walking Dead.

Patrick says he doesn’t expect people to come in for major movie tie-in comics, like Iron Man, Thor, or Captain America.

Steingberger echoes Griepp’s sentiments, saying that Scott Pilgrim and The Walking Dead performed excellently digitally.

Named as low points for 2010 were the loss of Waldenbooks, and other comic stores closing, as well as the lack of original comic content.

Looking forward to 2011, the panel sees the closing of Borders as a big problem, and a lack of education on the digital medium are some of the biggest challenges that the industry will face.

Wow, a digital lending program(not endorsed by ComiXology) would be a really awesome idea…

ComiXology will be releasing a comics for kids app, and has some big news coming up in the next 6 months.

This panel has been very informative and interesting, but now I need to hightail it to the Fear Itself panel, so we’ll see you over at that post!

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Ragin’ Ravens – Episode 11

Posted on March 11, 2011. Filed under: Entertainment, Podcast | Tags: |

By Erik Lewis, Lead Blogger

In this very special episode, we are joined by Marvel writer and genuinely nice(and funny!) guy, Fred Van Lente.  Fred was nice enough to take time out of his busy schedule to talk with us, and the result was entertaining and informative.

Links Mentioned:

Comic Book Comics research notes: http://www.eviltwincomics.com/cbc_notes.html

Panels for Primates: http://act-i-vate.com/114-18.comic

Ragin’ Ravens – Episode 11


Five Iron Frenzy – Juggernaut
Dishwalla – Counting Blue Cars
The Postal Service – Nothing Better
Say Anything – Sorry Dude, My Bad
Gnarls Barkley – Crazy
Brand New – Jude Law and a Semester Abroad
Jonathan Coulton – Creepy Doll
MC Frontalot – Zero Day
Mumford and Sons – The Cave
Phoenix – 1901

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Ragin’ Ravens – Episode 10

Posted on February 10, 2011. Filed under: Entertainment, Podcast |

By Erik Lewis, Lead Blogger

A little bit of a detour from the norm, this podcast sees us hosting our first legit comic creator, Marvel scribe Greg Pak!  We talk with Greg about everything ranging from his early comic buying habits, to the Hulk and Hercules, and even the superhero dreams we all have.  Check it out!

Ragin’ Ravens – Episode 10

Five Iron Frenzy – Juggernaut
East Coast Avengers – East Coast Overdose
Brand New – Sic Transit Gloria…Glory Fades
Kirby Krackly – Marvelous Girls
The Blow – True Affection
Jonathan Coulton – Skullcrusher Mountain
The Decemberists – 16 Military Wives
Flobots – Handlebars
ELO – Here Is the News
My Chemical Romance – Na Na Na(Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)
Led Zeppelin – Kashmir

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Ragin’ Ravens – Episode 7

Posted on December 16, 2010. Filed under: Entertainment, Podcast, Reviews |

By Erik Lewis, Lead Blogger

It’s been a busy week for the guys at Ragin’ Ravens, but we still found the time to get you an episode, even if it’s a little behind schedule.  This week Warren and I are on our own again, but we’re discussing New Avengers #7, Superboy #2, and Incredible Hulks #618.  I hope you enjoy it, but be sure to let us know what you think!

Ragin’ Ravens – Episode 7

To download, right-click and choose “Save Link As…” or you can go here and see all of the podcasts so far.


Five Iron Frenzy – Juggernaut
Weezer – Pork and Beans
The Used – Taste of Ink
Phoenix – 1901
Robots and Racecars – For Those Keeping Score At Home
Chameleon Circuit – An Awful Lot of Running
Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence
Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
Say Anything – Do Better

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