The Marvel Experience in Scottsdale: Here's What to Expect

Categories: Comics, Events, Fun

Courtesy of the Marvel Experience

The Marvel Experience has begun in Scottsdale, and it's a couple hours of bliss for superhero fans.

The first stop of the event's global tour is at Salt River Fields through January 3. While there are still some technological kinks to iron out, it is a must-see for Marvel fans.

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Women in Cosplay: The Heroic Task of Putting Up With Other People's Opinions at San Diego Comic-Con 2014

Categories: Comics, Geekery

Heather Hoch
Who's really the scantily-clad one here?
Ladies, the time of female cosplay is here, and it's a great thing. If you're looking to inject a little escapism into your day-to-day grind, dressing up as your favorite superhero and stomping around a convention like you own the place is the way to go. All rude comments and creepy dudes aside, the experience is overall positive as attitudes in the nerd community shift to include women more and more. For me, San Diego Comic-Con 2014 was more about checking out amazing cosplay than it was getting a posted signed by the Vampire Diaries cast.

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Why Do Women Heroes Have to Be Extra Super?

Courtesy of Marvel Studios.
See Gamora over there tucked back in the corner? Well, she's killer.
It seems like the onslaught of summer blockbuster super hero flicks always brings a new female hero into the spotlight. This summer's likely will be Zoe Saldana as Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy, who plays opposite Chris Pratt's Peter Quill. If you've seen the trailers, you'll see an ass-kicking green alien pinning bad guys in thigh holds and an everyman turned hero dude cracking jokes. Is anyone surprised by that setup?

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Comics Artist and Mesa Native Mike Mayhew on The Star Wars

Categories: Comics, Interviews


Mike Mayhew
A glimpse at Mayhew's artistic contribution to The Star Wars.

As big as the Star Wars expanded universe is, few people can say that they have actually had the opportunity to work on a project related to the beloved sci-fi franchise. Even fewer still can say that they got to work on bringing George Lucas' original vision to life. Comics artist Mike Mayhew, who was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona, was one of those few lucky individuals who had the chance to do just that. Mayhew recently wrapped up his work on The Star Wars, a special eight-issue run of comics from Dark Horse. The series was written based on the original draft of Lucas' script for Star Wars, which underwent massive rewrites in order to make it to the big screen.

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10 Graphic Novels to Read This Summer

Categories: Comics, Top Lists

Ryan Scott
There is a very wide selection of graphic novels out there to choose from.

Marvel Studios, Fox, and Sony are all delivering to fans more blockbuster movies based on comic books this summer, not to mention the numerous TV shows that are either running or in development. Mainstream audiences love these movies and shows, with Marvel's films consistently dominating at the box office and AMC's The Walking Dead pulling in huge ratings numbers. But many of the film and TV fans haven't delved into the material that the shows or movies are based on. Why not take the time and read some of the graphic novels featuring the characters that have inspired these films and TV shows?

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10 Comic Books That Need a TV Series

ABC/Bob D'Amico
The cast of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD

Comic books have been dominating the movie theaters for the last several years. Now they've set out to conquer television. DC Comics made the initial incursion into live action television with the successful Smallville series; they followed up with Arrow, and have announced that new shows about the Flash and Gotham City's Commissioner Gordon are in the works. Marvel Comics, not wanting to be left out of the loop, premièred its new show Agents of SHIELD last week. Marvel has also announced that it's working on a new show featuring Captain America's WW2 girlfriend, Sharon Carter.

What these series have in common is an emphasis on humanity over superheroics. While a superhero movie can afford to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on spectacular visual effects and set pieces of enormous scope, a television show does not have that luxury. The necessity of creating a new story every week on a limited budget means that any comic series must be more limited in scope. With that in mind, here are 10 comic books that could easily be adapted into great television shows.

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Thrilling Adventure Hour Heads to San Diego Comic-Con With Kickstarter-Funded Comic Book

Categories: Comics, Geekery

Courtesy of Archaia

Ben Blacker had just arrived at San Diego Comic-Con when we met. The writer was preparing for a whirlwind of events surrounding Thrilling Adventure Hour, the live show he created with Ben Acker eight years ago. There's a signing, an official Comic-Con panel and four sold-out evening performances of the stage show that's captivated live audiences in Los Angeles and Nerdist podcast listeners worldwide.

Inspired by radio drama, Thrilling Adventure Hour has everything a genre entertainment–loving, pop culture fanatic could want. Tales of science fiction, mystery and, of course, adventure unfold with help from a cast -- known as the Workjuice Players -- that includes cult TV stars like John DiMaggio (Futurama, Adventure Time) and James Urbaniak (The Venture Bros.). Their roster of past guest stars -- including Patton Oswalt, Neil Patrick Harris and Nathan Fillion -- reads like a who's who of geek-world icons. Despite the cred, Thrilling Adventure Hour hasn't had a presence at SDCC until this year.

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17 Must-Attend Events at San Diego Comic-Con 2013

Shannon Cottrell.
Slideshow: The Pop Culture Cosplayers of Comic-Con

The biggest pop culture convention in the country will lumber its way into San Diego next weekend. Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world will pour into Southern California to celebrate their obsessions with their like-minded peers. If you are one of those lucky people who will be making the pilgrimage to Nerd Mecca, here are 17 panels that you should not miss if you can help it.

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Mike Mignola on Hellboy 3, Sending the Character to Hell, and If He'll End Up There, Too

Categories: Comics, Interviews

Courtesy of Dark Horse
Mike Mignola's Hellboy
Let's just get this out of the way: Renowned comic book creator Mike Mignola has no earthly idea if Hollywood will ever get around to making Hellboy 3, the third cinematic portrayal of his signature red-skinned character. It's a question that the 52-year-old artist and scribe will get hit with often at various events, and we're certain that fanboys and geeks alike will be asking it during Mignola's visit to this weekend's Phoenix Comicon, where he'll appear from Friday through Sunday.

Frankly, he's pretty resigned to the fact that Hellboy 3 may never become a reality, although he'd love to see it happen, and told Jackalope Ranch as much during a phone interview earlier this week. We also discussed the ongoing Hellboy in Hell series, which debuted last year and damned the loveable humanoid demon and his "Right Hand of Doom" into Hades and, thus, a whole new direction for the character. Mignola gushed about his excitement over getting to explore a whole new world and how he anticipates adapting different folkloric portrayals of Hell for future issues, whenever he gets around to turning them out.

See Also:
- - 10 Must-See Events at Phoenix Comicon 2013
- Phoenix Comicon Announces Comic Book Legends as 2013 Guests
- Doctor Who and Torchwood's John Barrowman Talks Phoenix Comicon, the Face of Boe, and Chasing Down The Bionic Woman

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She's Back! Allie Brosh's Webcomic Hyperbole and a Half Returns After a Long Hiatus

Categories: Comics

Ever since Allie Brosh and her webcomic Hyperbole and a Half dropped off the face of the Internet more than a year ago, we've been twiddling our thumbs, attempting to find similar webcomics (her friend Matthew Inman creates a pretty good, and wildly successful one called The Oatmeal), and putting her return on our wish lists.

And this morning, we received very good news.

See also:
- The Oatmeal's Matthew Inman on Webcomics, Cereal, and His Upcoming Visit to Changing Hands
- 10 Must-See Events at Phoenix Comicon 2013

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