Culture

Sun
17
Jun

TwoMorrows Opens Time Warp to Pop Culture Past

Retro Fan #1

TwoMorrows has carved a niche industry out of mining the past. And not just wistful retrospectives, but deep-dives into the history of cartoons, comic books, and superheroes, unearthing tidbits of pop culture archeology unknown by most fans today.

Sun
17
Jun

The Bond Movie We Want To See: GoldenHair

Goldenhair

It's only a trailer -- and it's only a joke. Nevertheless, Huw Parkinson has gone viral with his video editing job that combines scenes from the James Bond franchise with audio and video of President Donald Trump and other political figures to create what would surely be a blockbuster hit of the summer: GOLDENHAIR!

Playing off current events with Korea, this trailer displays masterful technique in combining disparate audio and video, resulting in a seamless comedic enterprise. We've watched it several times already, and it leaves us both shaken and stirred.

Enjoy!

Mon
11
Jun

Image Writer Triggered over Pride Parade Flag Burner Arrest

Pride Parade Philly Flag Burning

June is LGBT Pride Month. If you've not turned on your Internet in the past 12 days, this may be something that has escaped you. Nationwide, the LGBTQ community has gathered in cities to throw parties, hold parades, and declare their personal independence.

But apparently it's just not a party until someone masks up and starts a fire.

Wed
06
Jun

What’s with All the 90’s TV Reboots?

Everything Old is New Again

More and more shows are being rebooted from the 90’s. Was television just better back then or are there other reasons why they have made a return?

Wed
06
Jun

How One Movie Caused a Tourism Shutdown

Maya Beach

The famous bay from “The Beach” will be closing to tourists for the first time. The bay will be closed every year for a short recovery period. 

Tue
05
Jun

13 Reasons Why – Season 2 Disturbing to Mental Health Experts

13 Reasons Why

Season 2 of the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why has been met with harsh criticism by mental health experts. We take a look the topic in the spotlight. 

Fri
01
Jun

Flying High with Our June Bombshell, Charlee Soffer

Superboy Prime  - Bombshell June 2018

With the rains of Spring behind us, the clouds are parting and the visibility gets a light brighter, giving way to clear blue...

Look!

Up in the sky!

Is that a bird? A plane?

No, it's our June Bombshell, St. Louis Superman, aka Charlee Soffer!

Please give a warm welcome to our newest...

 

Critical Blast Bombshell, June 2018

Charlee Soffer


Lana Lang & Classic Superboy
Smallville Superfest

What is your interest in cosplay?

Fri
25
May

Adversity & Comics: A Civil War Brews Among Creators and Publishers

Jawbreakers Lost Souls

Forget Marvel's CIVIL WAR. The real comics civil war is happening in real life. But instead of costumed heroes, the combatants are creators and publishers of those heroes.

A few weeks back, I wrote about the Indiegogo success of the graphic novel JAWBREAKERS: LOST SOULS, and how it had crowdfunded over $200 thousand, but was encountering pushback from retailers who had opted not to carry the title before it was even solicited in Diamond. To be clear, this is the version of the title that was to be published by Antarctic Press, not the version that would go to the Indiegogo contributors -- who have now pushed their pledges to the point that it's now flirting with the $330 thousand mark.

Fri
11
May

How to Sell a Comic When Nobody Wants You To: Jawbreakers Crowdfunds Whopping $200K!

Jawbreakers

Crowdfunding is the new method of gaining investors for a pet project. It's easy, it's popular -- and it works. When fans clamored for a VERONICA MARS movie, Director Rob Thomas took the project to Kickstarter to prove to Hollywood executives there was a demand. He raised funds in excess of the target in record time, hitting their $2 million goal in less than a single day.

A similar success story is playing out in the comic book industry these days. Comic book critic and perennial thorn-in-the-side of the industry experts, Richard C. Meyer, has taken on the challenge of "those who can't, critique" and set out to publish his own graphic novel, JAWBREAKERS: LOST SOULS.

Tue
08
May

Is Comcast looking to outbid Disney's purchase of Fox?

From Reuters:

U.S. cable operator Comcast Corp is asking investment banks to increase a bridge financing facility by as much as $60 billion so it can make an all-cash offer for the media assets that Twenty-First Century Fox Inc has agreed to sell to Walt Disney Co for $52 billion, three people familiar with the matter said on Monday.

Tue
01
May

Brighten Your Day with Cosplay: May 2018 Critical Blast Bombshell, Chaotic Flare!

May 2018 Bombshell Charizard by Chaotic Flare

The flowers have been blooming, the grass has been getting greener (and taller) for a while now, but May is the month when things really start to get warmer and brighter.

So I think you'll agree this is the perfectly proper time to introduce our newest monthly Critical Blast Bombshell, a lady who exudes both light and heat in her cosplay, her performance, and even her identity.

Please give a warm welcome to our newest...

 

Critical Blast Bombshell, May 2018

Chaotic Flare


Bowser (SUPER MARIO BROS)
Photo: Albert Ng

What is your interest in cosplay?

Fri
06
Apr

Weekend Blast - April 6, 2018

What did we talk about on Critical Blast this week?

 


Bombshell of the Month: RavenGlitch

Sun
01
Apr

April Showers Us with New Cosplay: Critical Blast Bombshell RavenGlitch!

Critical Blast Bombshell April 2018

Spring has sprung! The flowers are blooming, and we kick off the month with the Easter celebration! And what an Easter egg we have for our readers this month, as we introduce to you our latest cosplay master.

And with Easter on everybody's mind, what better and cuter way to hop right into things than with Judy Hopps, the feisty police bunny from Disney's ZOOTOPIA? Sure, it's not Peter Cottontail, but nobody among our peeps have been complaining.

Gentle readers, it is with great pleasure and delight that we introduce to you our...

Critical Blast Bombshell, April 2018

RavenGlitch

Judy Hopps
Judy Hopps (ZOOTOPIA)
photographer: Roberto Fioravanti

Fri
30
Mar

Weekend Blast - March 30, 2018

What did we talk about on Critical Blast this week?


Reviews

Fri
23
Mar

Weekend Blast - March 23, 2018

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Critical Blast Bombshell, March 2018 - Cosplay Kitti

Fri
16
Mar

Weekend Blast - March 16, 2018

What did we talk about on Critical Blast this week?


Critical Blast Bombshell, March 2018 - Cosplay Kitti

Fri
09
Mar

Weekend Blast - March 9, 2018

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Critical Blast Bombshell, March 2018 - Cosplay Kitti

Tue
06
Mar

Why Frances McDormand is Wrong on Inclusion Riders

Frances McDormand Accepting 2018 Oscar

Of the many things that are still visible in the rear view mirror of last weekend's Oscars, one of the items still being discussed is Frances McDormand's acceptance speech, where she closed with the following:

"I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: Inclusion Rider."

Is it the name of her next film? Is it the name of the next Kardashian baby?

Actually, an inclusion rider is a term applied to an actor's contract, as applied by the actor. When signing on to a movie and finalizing their contract for same, an inclusion contract is something added by the actor that forces the production company to hire cast and crew that reflects the demographics of the world. It stipulates there will be x percentage of men, y percentage of women, z percentage of this race and that race, and lgtbq percentage of LGBTQ.

We used to call this practice a "quota system."

Fri
02
Mar

Weekend Blast - March 2, 2018

What did we talk about on Critical Blast this week?


Critical Blast Bombshell, March 2018 - Cosplay Kitti

Thu
01
Mar

The Cat's Meow: Introducing March 2018 Bombshell, Cosplay Kitti!

Critical Blast Bombshell March 2018, Cosplay Kitti

Having attended my share of conventions, I can attest to the fact that cosplay is an intergenerational thing. From toddler Captain Americas to nonagenarian Harley Quinns, cosplay is something that everyone can get into.

I've also seen it become a family activity, with one of my favorite cosplays evern being a mom and dad with two kids play out a simple-yet-magnificent group of LEGO Batman characters.

This month's Critical Blast Bombshell is still barely getting started in the field, and is already gaining a skill level that will have her competing with some of the top talent in the hobby. With an assist from her mother, this high school student is bringing to life characters from manga and anime with her elaborate costumes and wigs. 

We could tell you more about her--but why, when she has already so eloqently done so? Continue on, gentle readers, as we are pleased and privileged to present to you the...

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