• Q&A with Kevin Powers of Patriot-1

    Matthew Price | Updated: 12 hr ago

    If you are looking for a patriotic thriller to read this Independence Day, a good option is Kevin Powers' award-winning graphic novel "Patriot-1."  Powers talked to me about the graphic novel for Friday's column in the Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman.  But there was a lot of additional information Powers provided that I thought Nerdage readers would find of interest. So I'm including an extended Q&A here at the blog.  -- Matthew Price Nerdage: What’s the basic pitch for Patriot-1? Kevin Powers: "Delta Force operator Ken Baker survives an ambush and escapes captivity only to realize he's caught in the middle of a major conspiracy.

  • EW cover showcases 'Batman v Superman'

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Entertainment Weekly showcases Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman in its Comic-Con themed issue. From EW: Batman v Superman introduces a new Batman only four years after the release of the final film in Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. Ben Affleck plays an older, wearier Caped Crusader, one drawn at least in part from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. “He’s on the verge of being swallowed up by the anger and the rage that we see haunt this character in the other manifestations of it,” says Affleck. “But this guy is further down the line and has become more embittered and cynical.” The film, directed by Zack Snyder, is set for a March 26, 2016 release date. 

  • Oklahoma comic creators and patriotic heroes

    Matthew Price | Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    With Independence Day nearing, I recently asked a group of comic creators about patriotic heroes with ties to Oklahoma.  The two gentlemen I talked to about their creations from that query were Kevin Stark and Mike Buckendorf.  Stark may be best-known for his role in starting, and then curating, the Toy & Action Figure Museum in Pauls Valley.  But he's an artist with decades of experience in toy design, art, sculpture, painting and much more.   You've probably seen his work in the toy aisles on properties like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Simpsons. His character, Geezer, is a 79-year-old hero who found a rocket giving him super abilities.

  • Oklahoma comics artist competes for can design

    Matthew Price | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Oklahoma comic artist Sean Eddingfield, aka "Munky Wrench," is competing in a contest to design a can for Mike's Hard Lemondade. Eddingfield, of Sapulpa, who appeared at this past weekend's SoonerCon with Tulsa-based publishers Equinox Comics, has 16 designs being shared with the public for the company's "Tiger Blood" drink. Mike's will make the final determination of the winning can design. Eddingfield wrote on Facebook about the contest: There will be public voting on all designs on the website and I will post a link as soon as it starts. Once again... I am doing art for my biggest client yet. Hello Mike's Harder! I am in the running to design cans for their newest flavor called "Tiger's Blood"...

  • Title revealed for new Star Trek film

    Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Director Justin Lin has tweeted the name of the new Star Trek film, along with a photo from the set revealing a Starfleet logo. "Let the next Starfleet voyage begin! # StarTrekBeyond # LLAP" Justin Lin wrote on twitter . Simon Pegg, who also plays Scotty, is a co-writer for the film, which is set for release on July 8, 2016.

  • Comic Collection Monday #8: Captain America #250

    Matthew Price | Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    In today’s Comic Collection Monday, I'm taking a look at "Captain America" #250, from October 1980. In Comic Collection Monday, each Monday, I post the cover of a comic book from my collection, along with a brief note about the issue - what I thought about it, where I got it, whatever comes to mind. Guest spots are also available. If you want to talk about an interesting comic in your collection, send me an e-mail at mprice at Oklahoman.com.   The issue:  Writer Roger Stern (“Avengers”) and artist John Byrne (“Uncanny X-Men”) had a brief but well-remembered run on Captain America. Perhaps their best-known story line featured a third party soliciting Captain America

  • SoonerCon 2015 - Friday report

    Matthew Price | Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    MIDWEST CITY -- SoonerCon kicked off with what felt like a large crowd for a Friday, with author Rachel Caine, actor Chuck Huber, and dozens of other guests mingling with hundreds of fans.  The multi-genre convention SoonerCon runs through Sunday June 28 at Reed Conference Center, 5800 Will Rogers Rd. in Midwest City. At the con, the Star Trek fan film "Starship Valiant" showed its new and improved first episode in a classy, new and improved setup for Ballroom D. The film features a Starfleet officer who misses the death and funeral of his father when stuck in deep space.  His efforts in space lead to his promotion -- but also potential further estrangement from his remaining family, especially his

  • Word Balloons: Robert Picardo among headliners for SoonerCon

    By Matthew Price Features Editor mprice@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    SoonerCon, the Oklahoma City metro area's sci-fi/fantasy convention that dates back to 1986, is Friday through Sunday at the Reed Conference Center in Midwest City.

  • Chuck Huber Q&A: SoonerCon spotlight

    Matthew Price | Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    In advance of SoonerCon, I talked with actor/producer/writer Chuck Huber. He's perhaps best-known for his voice acting in "Dragonball Z" and "Yu Yu Hakusho," but he has a long list of credits in a variety of roles.  He stars in the third episode of the popular fan web series "Star Trek Continues" as Doctor McCoy, alongside Vic Mignogna's Captain Kirk and Todd Haberkorn's Spock.  He'll be at SoonerCon this weekend at the Reed Conference Center, 5800 Will Rogers Rd, in Midwest City.  Huber is quoted in tomorrow's overview story, but he has a lot of projects going, and a lot of interesting things to say, so I thought I'd run some additional excerpts here on the blog from our interviewin advance of the show.

  • Rachel Caine Q&A: SoonerCon spotlight

    Matthew Price | Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    I got the opportunity to talk to author Rachel Caine ahead of her SoonerCon appearance as the Young Adult author guest of honor at the convention this year. Caine writes the best-selling "Morganville Vampires" series, among many other works.   She recently adapted "Morganville: The Series" as a web series based on her novels.  Oklahoma note: Jordan Farris, of "Army of Frankensteins" and "The Posthuman Project," is a star of "Morganville: The Series."  Also in the series: Robert Picardo, of "Star Trek: Voyager," also a guest at this year's SoonerCon, taking place from Friday-Sunday at the Reed Conference Center, 5800 Will Rogers Rd, in Midwest City.

  • SoonerCon spotlight 2015: Phillip Hollecker

    Matthew Price | Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Phillip Hollecker Tulsa-area artist Phillip Hollecker will be among the guests at this year's SoonerCon, taking place this weekend in Midwest City. "I have done many a con art show, had a few gallery shows under my belt, and done a little fan work for Palladium Books," Hollecker said in his SoonerCon bio.  Hollecker said his art will be featured in this year's art show, and you can see his full panel schedule at the SoonerCon site. You can see Hollecker's art at http://mrphillup.deviantart.com/. The multi-genre convention SoonerCon runs from Friday, June 26 to Sunday June 28 at Reed Conference Center, 5800 Will Rogers Rd. in Midwest City. The full schedule for SoonerCon 24 is online at

  • New Spider-Man star cast; director also named

    Published: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    A new actor is in Spider-Man's web. Marvel.com reports that Tom Holland has been cast as the Web-Slinger, with Jon Watts to direct the upcoming Spider-Man film. According to Marvel, Tom Holland will play Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the next Spider-Man film, in theaters in IMAX and 3D on July 28, 2017.  The film will be directed by Jon Watts, director of "Cop Car," the upcoming thriller that made its debut earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. Previously, Holland has been seen in "The Impossible" and “Wolf Hall,” and he stars in the upcoming "In the Heart of the Sea."

  • Comixology Adds Dark Horse Comics, Better Book Management

    Published: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Comixology, the digital comics provider, has unveiled a significant update to its Android, iOS, and Kindle Fire Comics apps. It has updated its  management system and added publisher Dark Horse Comics, according to a story at PC Mag. New "Smart Lists" will be a new way to organize the digital comics purchased via the app and web site. "When I ask Comixology fans what features they want, better ways to manage their books is at the top of the list," said Comixology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger at PC Mag. "Our customers buy tons of books and have trouble keeping track of what they have and haven't read, or even what they just purchased, particularly across devices. Smart Lists bring the most relevant books front and center. I'm betting this becomes the home page for most of our customers."

  • SoonerCon spotlight 2015: Scott Sackett

    Matthew Price | Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    Oklahoma artist Scott Sackett will be among the guests at this year's SoonerCon, taking place Friday-Sunday in Midwest City. "I'll have a bunch of my comics for GrayHaven for sale and I'll be drawing stuff for money," Sackett said. "Also I'm moderating the Podcasting panel on Saturday at 11. If you are interested in podcasting come to the panel and all secrets will be revealed." Sackett co-hosts the "Better Than Fiction" podcast with DL Nelson, who is also a guest of the show.  Sackett will also moderate the Marvel Cinematic Universe panel at SoonerCon.  Find out more: http://soonercon.

  • Comic Collection Monday #7: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #3

    Matthew Price | Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    In today’s Comic Collection Monday, I'm taking a look at "G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero" # 3, with a publication date of September 1982. In Comic Collection Monday, each Monday, I post the cover of a comic book from my collection, along with a brief note about the issue - what I thought about it, where I got it, whatever comes to mind. Guest spots are also available. If you want to talk about an interesting comic in your collection, send me an e-mail at mprice at Oklahoman.com.   The issue: This is the third of the “G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero” line of comics, which ran from 1982 until 1994, almost entirely written by Larry Hama. (IDW later revived this series, with Hama as the writer,

  • Comics writer moves to prose

    By Matthew Price Features Editor  mprice@oklahoman.com  | Published: Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    A 12-year-old is given a miraculous cape that turns him into a superhero in “Miles Taylor and the Golden Cape: Attack of the Alien Horde.” This middle-grade novel features prose by author Robert Venditti that shifts to comics, illustrated by Dusty Higgins, whenever Taylor becomes the superhero known as Gilded.

  • Let's Make Comics event set

    Matthew Price | Updated: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Literati Press is hosting another "Let's Make Comics" event at 9 tonight, June 19, at District House 1755 NW 16th St Oklahoma City. Info about the event from Literati Press: We need you to make comics. A vibrant scene is emerging in Oklahoma and we need more creators to help solidify sequential storytelling as a fundamental aspect of the state’s arts culture. Superheroes, slice of life, steampunk, manga, westerns, urban fantasy, comedy, crime capers, Victorian sitting room dramas, whatever story you have rattling around your head can be brought to life as a comic book. Let’s Make Comics! is all ages, come and go, and free. Every event has a theme and the challenge is to create a short comic book by

  • SoonerCon 24 starts in 7 days

    Matthew Price | Updated: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    SoonerCon 24 is one week away.  Those wanting to order a weekend membership can do so at  soonercon24.eventbrite.com. The multi-genre convention runs from Friday, June 26 to Sunday June 28 at Reed Conference Center, 5800 Will Rogers Rd. in Midwest City. The full schedule for SoonerCon 24 is online at soonercon.com/panels.

  • Word Balloons: Artist Babs Tarr updates Batgirl's style

    By Matthew Price Features Editor  mprice@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    In the new collection "The Batgirl of Burnside," tech-savvy Barbara Gordon — aka Batgirl — has moved into the coolest neighborhood in Gotham, filled with trendsetters and tech startups. The creative team of Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher and Babs Tarr wanted to move Batgirl forward while honoring her past.

  • What would Joel Schumacher's Batman and Robin sequel have looked like?

    Published: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

      The Hollywood Reporter rounds up Batman films that didn't happen. One notable entry is the Joel Schumacher-directed followup to "Batman and Robin," which didn't happen after that film performed poorly.  According to Cinemablend , Schumacher ambitiously wanted to cast Nicolas Cage as the Scarecrow, the villain who would later be portrayed throughout the Dark Knight saga by Cillian Murphy, in a sequel titled Batman Unchained. The film also reportedly aimed to include cameos from all of the Bat-villains so far in a dream sequence, including Jack Nicholson's Joker. 




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