Thursday, August 25, 2016

This past weekend was the 2nd annual Flame Con convention held in downtown Brooklyn.  The convention which catered to the LGBTQ community had the feel of a Heroes Con with its focus on creators albeit with a bit of a queer twist.  This is the first year that I attended the convention and I was impressed by the organization and offering of the convention.  It was a full convention with programming, creators and a few exhibitors.  Missing are the gaudy massive booths by publishers like Marvel Comics, or Image Comics at the Comic Cons.  Instead, with a smaller crowd in the smaller event space that is the Marriott Hotel, you had an intimate scene of fans interacting with their favorite writers and artists while discovering new ones.

The negatives of the con was few but quite noticeable.  The first thing would be that this con while accepting of a community that is often disregarded or hated is inadvertently excluding a key demographics to comic books and that is children.  With vendors that sells art or books that is beyond racy, the convention definitely does not cater towards kids.  Second because of the event space being small, for popular panels such as Chris Claremont's Pride and the X-Men which we will talk about in a separate post there was a limited amount of space, in which only about 120 people got to attend.

Overall though, I highly enjoy the convention and would strongly suggest that you make plans to attend especially if you're a geek and part of or support the LGBTQ community.  Even if you don't, there is enough for the average geek of the heterosexual persuasion to enjoy.  Yes it is a small convention, but with the organization and sponsors that the convention has, I cannot fathom them not growing leaps and bounds in the coming years.  They are already planning for next years, hopefully you can be a part of it.  For more info, visit:

Enjoy our pics from the con, from the creators, to the cosplayers, to the panels.

James Tynion IV signing Detective Comics which he wrote...

A C Medina promoting signing his Elasticator comic published by Solar Comics...

Greg Pak adding his autograph to World War Hulk signed already by the late Michael Turner...

Amy Reeder in her Jimmy Olson cosplay showing off her Rhino sketch...

Phil Jiminez working on a Sunspot commission...

Some happy con goers winning passes for next year's con...

Chris Claremont signing old copies of Uncanny X-Men that he wrote...

Incredible Power Man cosplay...

Lynn Yoshii working on Black Cat...

The first North Star cosplay I can recall ever seeing...

Chris Claremont's Pride & the X-Men panel...

Cosplay contest...

Tana Ford showing off her Venom sketch...

The always stoic looking Kris Anka showing off his Mysterio sketch...

The playful Phil Jimenez showing off his Emma Frost, White Queen sketch...

Sophie Campbell showing off her wicked Raphael...

A beautiful cross gender cosplay of Magneto, master of magnetism...

Amazing Spider-Man jam piece thus far...

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

We missed going over the covers for the first three weeks of Marvel Tsum Tsum's takeover.  So here's a look at every cover that has come out in the first three weeks!

Do you have a favorite cover? If so, which one?

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Marvel Tsum Tsum takeover of Marvel Comics continue in week 4 of August with a slow week of just three covers.  Release date is August 24th, a Wednesday as usual.  Deadpool Vol 5 #17, Extraordinary X-Men #13 and Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #10.  This compared to last week's release of five variant covers, but fear not as more is still yet to come!

Deadpool Vol 5 #17 is by Javier Rodriguez, a Spanish comic book artist who has mainly been working on Spider-Woman as of late.  He broke into the business as a colorist, working on Batgirl: Year One, Daredevil and The Amazing Spider-Man,  You can check out more of his work here.

Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur #10 is by Joelle Jones, an amazing artist, she is well known for her Dark Horse series Lady Killer which recently begun a volume 2 series.  You can check out more of her work here.

Extraordinary X-Men #13 is by Dave Johnson who does it all with an incredible resume of both Marvel and DC comics along with other indie books.  Check out his work on 100 Bullets by Vertigo.  Check out his other artwork here.

Have you been collecting the Marvel Tsum Tsum covers?  Which has been your favorite thus far?

Train to Busan (부산행)
Released July 20th 2016 (South Korea), July 22nd 2016 (USA - Limited)
1 hr 58 mins
Not Rated
Action, Horror, Thriller


Director: Yeon Sang-ho
Writer: Park Joo-suk

Gong Yoo as Seok-woo
Kim Su-an as Su-an
Jung Yu-mi as Seong-kyeong
Ma Dong-seok as Sang-hwa
Choi Woo-shik as Young-guk
Ahn So-hee as Jin-hee
Kim Eui-sung as Yong-suk
Choi Gwi-hwa as Homeless
Jung Suk-yong as Captain of KTX
Ye Soo-jung as In-gil
Park Myung-sin as Jong-gil
Jang Hyuk-jin as Ki-chul
Kim Chang-hwan as Kim Jin-mo
Shim Eun-kyung as runaway girl
Kim Yool-ho as Suit-man2

While a zombie-virus breaks out in South Korea, a couple of passengers struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Busan.

Review by Stephen M.

Train to Busan follows a father and her young daughter on a high speed train to Busan during a zombie outbreak in South Korea.  Currently playing in New York City at IFC Center and AMC Empire 25, it is the best zombie film you will see released in 2016 thus far.  The film compares favorably to World War Z, and in my mind would have made a great companion piece to World War Z.  Besides the fast moving zombies, they share incredible character development stories, frantic paced action and at the edge of your feet suspense.

The father Seok-woo played by Gong Yoo along with the rest of the cast does an excellent job showing a range of emotions from bravery to fear.  The zombie cast with their awkward movements are just incredible to watch when they transform.  The CGI was good, not overly taxed and noticeable as it was in World War Z.  The only complaint is some of the campiness, what the heck moments that has seem to come from the zombie genre, despite who is tackling the subject.  Such as when the male leads go on a slug fest from train car to train car with zombies to get to a certain train car.  The writer and director must be a big fan of the film Old Boy.  Another interesting aspect of the film is how the filmmakers have woven the issue of different social classes at odds with each other from the elderly to the homeless to the fund manager and corporate leader all while trying to survive a zombie apocalypse!

Overall, I would highly recommend this film.  Rare is it that an Asian film is playing in a theater in New York City for more than a week let along, almost two months.  Only when the seats are filled and my screening was, does this happen.  If you're a fan of this genre (zombie, thriller, not so much horror with dashes of comedy), this is a must see film for you.  This film is like Flight 462 to Fear the Walking Dead, is to World War Z.  Watch it on the big screen while you can, you won't be disappointed.  

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Friday, August 12, 2016

Pete's Dragon (2016)
Releases August 12th 2016
1 hr 43 mins
Rated PG
Action, Adventure, Family


Director: David Lowery
Writers: David Lowery & Toby Halbrooks (based on book by Malcolm Marmostein)

Bryce Dallas Howard as Grace Meacham, a forest ranger.
Oakes Fegley as Pete, a young orphan who lives in the forest and whose only friend and protector is Elliott the Dragon.
Wes Bentley as Jack, a lumber mill owner and Natalie's father.
Karl Urban as Gavin, a hunter, Jack's brother and Natalie's uncle.
Oona Laurence as Natalie, Jack's daughter and Gavin's niece.
Robert Redford as Mr. Meacham, Grace's father.
Isiah Whitlock Jr. as Sheriff Dentler
John Kassir as the voice of Elliott the Dragon

Review by Stephen M.

Pete's Dragon which is a remake of the 1977 classic Disney film gets a major upgrade as far as its dragon at least.  While I did not watch the original film, from what I have read, gone are the musical numbers, pinkish wings and hair on the dragon and as well many other tweaks to the original plot.  We still have a boy befriending a dragon, boy meeting a girl, and town folk out to get titled dragon named Elliott.  

Pete's Dragon is the perfect PG rated summer film for the family especially those with younger children.  Aside from the brief car accident in the beginning, caused by Bambi no less as a revenge for his mom, the movie is really lacking in suspense and action that would otherwise get your blood pumping.  Not that the film is a bore fest, as we do get a conflict between Gavin (Karl Urban), a hunter and construction site foreman and his men and Elliott.

Overall, I would highly recommend the film if you like lighthearted films with happy endings.  The film at times seems to borrow from a lot of other films, like Tarzan as a big example.  Oakes Fegley as Pete is incredible.  Karl Urban as not necessarily a villain but antagonist takes some getting use to, which I couldn't.  The CGI for Elliott the dragon is an interesting take, soften in its looks to be more kid friendly I suppose.  Out today, take your family of young kids, but skip it if you don't have kids, as the film is just not geared towards you.  Wait for it on the Disney channel if you're in the latter group.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Stars