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According to RudeDudeProductions, “The Dude’s” health has improved significantly in the past several weeks and he was recently able to complete Nexus #101 as a result. It also appears that in addition to commissions, he’ll be starting work on Nexus #102 this coming week. Really glad to hear it as I wish them all the best, and I’m champing at the bit for the next issue!

Can it really be Kreed, the most lethal Quatro of all time? But how? He killed himself! The answer will blow your mind. The situation with the Elvonics is at boiling point. Elvon Supreme leads the greatest fleet ever launched on Ylum. Nexus travels to Earth to address the United Planets. His speech is not well received. Ylum will be embargoed, if it survives Elvon’s assault force. Old friends return, and old enemies, in the most shocking climax of any comic this year.

And just as a reminder, in the case that you’ve wanted to try Steve Rude’s Nexus and haven’t yet done so, or even if you just want to re-introduce yourself to the character, I’d highly recommend jumping on over to WOWIO and downloading the free Nexus e-books, thanks to Rude’s partnership with the site. They also have the first 4-issues of The Moth and other stories there at the site for download as well. Heck, Nexus the Origin alone is worth heading over there sooner rather than later!

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Today, Disney announced their Kingdom Comics initiative and I’m very interested to see what comes out of this. With the Disney vaults open to explore, and the green light to create new material the sky is the limit. Could we see Mary Poppins material in graphic novels? Johnny Tremain? Dr. Syn? And lest we forget, Disney owns the rights to multiple Crossgen characters so while plans seem to focus more on new material at the moment, who knows what the future may bring?

I’ll definitely be waiting anxiously for more info. as it’s released and will try to pass it along here as well.

Excerpt from the Official Press Release below:

The Walt Disney Studios has signed a multi-year deal with Ahmet Zappa, Harris Katleman and Christian Beranek to oversee the newly christened Kingdom Comics, an innovative new venture of developing graphic novels to create new film projects for the Studio as well as re-imagining and rejuvenating motion pictures from the Disney live-action Vault, it was announced today by Oren Aviv, president, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Production.

Kingdom Comics will soon announce some of the top graphic novelists and artists in the genre who will collaborate on upcoming projects. Disney Publishing Worldwide, the largest distributor of comic books in the world, will have the first opportunity to distribute publications created by Kingdom Comics.

Commenting on the announcement, Aviv said, “We’re very excited to be working with Harris, Ahmet and Christian in developing this new business devoted to creating stories and properties for the graphic novel audience, as well as for moviegoers. They are three of the top talents in their respective fields and together they have the knowledge, expertise and instincts to create great publications and film properties. Some of these exciting publications will be inspired by films and characters in the vast and storied Disney library, while other original graphic novels are sure to spark great ideas for future Disney classics. Our vision for Kingdom Comics is to bring a fresh, contemporary approach to Disney properties that already have a strong connection with moviegoers and readers all over the world, and to add to that storytelling legacy.”

The rest of the release can be found at Comic Book Resources.

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Y’know, sometimes I have this problem…if on a significantly smaller scale. So, after counting my pennies, here’s what I ordered for May 2008:

– Captain America #40
– Captain America: White #0
– Green Lantern #33
– Justice Society of America Annual #1
– Madman Atomic Comics #11
– Nocturnals: Carnival of Beasts
– Uncle Scrooge #380
– Usagi Yojimbo #113
– Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #695

The total came to $39.07 for the [9] books, plus the cost of a couple of others I’ll pick up at the shop to try, and the random TPB I’ve been anticipating. So, more or less I’m spending between $50-60 dollars a month on comics. That’s not too bad, but with gas prices being what they are, and costs going up elsewhere every time I turn around (comics included) I’ve got to bring that total down a little, which either means a) dropping a title or two, b) speeding up my decision to purchase TPB collections almost exclusively, or c) both.

Mike Allred’s Madman and Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo are a must on a monthly basis as I want to make sure I do my part to support those books from month to month, in addition to the collected material I pick up. Likewise the Gemstone offerings are already prestige collections of classic Disney material so there’s no change necessary there, but the time does seem right to really consider letting the Marvel and DC material go where the monthly “floppy” is concerned and to just pick up the TPB collections of my favorite titles. At least for the foreseeable future. I’m already doing so with Nova, have planned to do so for a couple of recently announced titles (e.g. Guardians of the Galaxy) and have been buying reprint material in TPB form for years now so it won’t be a complete shock to the system to make the change.

I’ll keep mulling it over, but that seems to be the way to go.

Stay tuned!

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Last week, while visiting the Usagi Dojo Forum, I happened upon a thread discussing the recently released NECA Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle figures. Now, I’m not exactly sure exactly what possessed me to read through a thread about TMNT figures as I’m trying to do everything I can to limit these kinds of purchases (“nae have the room!”) and I’ve got a set of TMNT figures packed away as it is, but click on the thread I did.

[Stan Sakai “Gulp”!]

Well, after picking my jaw up from the desk, I went a’ hunting to see how much these fantastic sculpts (based on the original Eastman & Laird illustrations) were and finding that they were fairly reasonably priced I had little choice but to make the plunge. I just couldn’t pass these fantastic sculpts of the original turtles up. They were such a big part of my youth and I don’t know that there is any better a representation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles outside those first books than there is in these three-dimensional figures. Or as Mikey might say: “So cool.”

Anyhow, while waiting for these to arrive and with the turtles on the brain, I took advantage of the extended weekend to watch the recent TMNT CGI move I’ve been wanting to get to (really enjoyed it) and flipped through the original graphic novel, as well, just to recall the good ‘o days there for awhile again. A couple of hours well spent if I do say so myself and I’ll have to make it a point to visit these old friends much more often.

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Usagi Yojimbo #112 Solicitation:

Surrounded by a group of angry gamblers intent on capturing a young girl protected by Usagi and Gen, the rabbit ronin and his bounty-hunting friend are running out of options in this conclusion to “The Whip”!

Pub. Date: May 28, 2008
Format: b&w, 24 pages
Price: $2.99

Check out Dark Horse.com for more, including preview pages of the upcoming issue.

The female gambler known as “The Whip” has kidnapped a child from the local gang leader and given her to Usagi and Gen for safekeeping. Now, the gang has caught up with them. Trapped inside an inn, Usagi and Gen must create a diversion for The Whip and the girl to escape. However, escape is the last thing on The Whip’s mind.

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On Memorial Day…

Thank you my Father’s Fathers, for all you did establishing my family and country.

And thank you Grandpa, Daddaw – for your selfless service.

And thank you Dad. I’m very proud to be my Father’s son.

Happy Memorial Day!

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Tell you what, blink these days and you’re definitely going to miss something. Just yesterday IESB.Net reported on an interview with Kevin Feige, Marvel Studio’s President of Production, where he dropped some interesting information about the upcoming Captain America film. Here are a couple items of interest to me:

– Feige confirmed that “the story will take place during World War II, just like the comic book origin story. He says they plan to remain very faithful to the source material and completely traditional.”

– And in regard to the rumor that Matthew McConaughey was involved in the project: “Nope, Feige says that’s absolutely false.”

I tell you, I’ve been wanting to see my favorite comic character on the big screen since I stumbled out of the theater in ’89 to a poster of the shield hanging on the preview wall of my local movie theater. It was like a dream come true seeing that iconic shield displayed prominently behind the movie frame, but my enthusiasm was quickly snuffed out as production stills and movie details were released and we all know too well how that “effort” turned out in the end. I didn’t know that I’d ever have the opportunity to see Cap on the big screen with all the backing he deserved after that showing, but seeing how devoted Marvel Studios is to success through the eyes of its first venture, Iron Man, I’ve got high hopes again! Hearing that they desire to stay true to the source material is a huge relief (better keep those wings folks!) and I love that this will be set in WWII, which is exactly how it should be. I’ve got so many things I want to yack about where the movie is concerned, but I think I’ll let those things go unsaid for now as we’re still real early in the game and I’m sure there’s a lot more information yet to come that’ll provide me more to craft those comments around.

And while I’ve got nothing against McConaughey as an actor, that (now deflated) rumor would’ve taken the wind out of my sails all over again had it been true. Thankfully it isn’t and I’m hoping that they put as much consideration into the role of Steve Rogers and Captain America as they did for Tony Stark. And that they do so with the character in mind first.

And there was much rejoicing!

Then again…probably shouldn’t get too ahead of ourselves!

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