• Sony's New 'Spider-Man' Won't Be Origin Story, Says Screenwriter

    Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    The Hollywood Reporter gives us some good news: the new Spider-Man film won't be another origin tale. "I think that everybody feels like, you know he got bit by a spider and you know Uncle Ben died," according to screenwriter Jonathan Goldstein on Grantland's The Andy Greenwald Podcast . That's a relief for those of us who have seen the Spidey tale in the comics, multiple cartoons, and now two sets of films.  The new movie is set to focus on Peter Parker in high school, as played by Tom Holland.

  • Artist says Muppets embody love, laughter

    By Matthew Price Features Editor  mprice@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    In an interview with The Oklahoman, former “Muppets” artist Guy Gilchrist said the characters, created by Jim Henson, were always intended to share laughter around the globe.

  • EW cover: First look at season 6 of 'The Walking Dead'

    Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Entertainment Weekly shares a first look at Season 6 of The Walking Dead on this week's cover. Andrew Lincoln, Melissa McBride and Norman Reedus appear on the newest cover of Entertainment Weekly as the magazine digs into season 6 of The Walking Dead. Reedus says to expect “a lot of internal conflict. A lot of characters that you didn’t see having beef are starting to have beef—there’s a lot of mistrust.” "The Walking Dead" is based on the series of comics and graphic novels written by Robert Kirkman and primarily drawn by Charlie Adlard. (Tony Moore was the original artist.) Kirkman recently said on Marc Maron's podcast that he hopes the show continues for a long time: Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";} The goal … I hope The Walking Dead goes on long enough that at the end, everyone is like, ‘Good thing we took care of those zombies!’ … People talk about how The Walking Dead is bleak, and if you take a certain cross-section of the story, then yeah. Horrible. People have their loved ones eaten and they have a horrible time. But I see the story from beginning to end, over many many years about humanity overcoming this insurmountable apocalyptic situation. The goal … I hope The Walking Dead goes on long enough that at the end, everyone is like, ‘Good thing we took care of those zombies!’ … People talk about how The Walking Dead is bleak, and if you take a certain cross-section of the story, then yeah. Horrible. People have their loved ones eaten and they have a horrible time. But I see the story from beginning to end, over many many years about humanity overcoming this insurmountable apocalyptic situation. Read More: 'Walking Dead' Boss Teases Series' End, New S5 Deleted Scene | http://screencrush.com/walking-dead-end-robert-kirkman-s5-deleted/?trackback=tsmclipThe goal … I hope The Walking Dead goes on long enough that at the end, everyone is like, ‘Good thing we took care of those zombies!’ … People talk about how The Walking Dead is bleak, and if you take a certain cross-section of the story, then yeah. Horrible. People have their loved ones eaten and they have a horrible time. But I see the story from beginning to end, over many many years about humanity overcoming this insurmountable apocalyptic situation. Read More: 'Walking Dead' Boss Teases Series' End, New S5 Deleted Scene | http://screencrush.com/walking-dead-end-robert-kirkman-s5-deleted/?trackback=tsmclip

  • Comic Collection Monday #11: Avengers 271

    Matthew Price | Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    In today’s Comic Collection Monday, I'm taking a look at "Avengers" #271, with a cover date of September 1986. In Comic Collection Monday, I'll 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 issue is an early part of one of my favorite Avengers storylines, "Avengers Under Siege."  Roger Stern, writer, is working with John Buscema, providing breakdowns, and Tom Palmer, providing finished art.

  • Word balloons: Nancy, Sluggo and pals continue into digital age after more than 80 years

    By Matthew Price Features Editor mprice@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    In an interview with The Oklahoman, cartoonist Guy Gilchrist talks about his approach to "Nancy," a comic strip that continues more than 80 years after it was created by cartoonist Ernie Bushmiller. Gilchrist has worked on the "Nancy" strip since 1995.

  • Word Balloons: Oklahoma artist brings color to 'Ant-Man'

    By Matthew Price  Features Editor  mprice@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    Jordan Boyd, of Norman, Oklahoma, is the color artist for the series. It's the first time the Scott Lang character has headlined an ongoing series. Mark Brooks provided the cover for the first issue, now the cover for the collection, "Ant-Man: Second Chance Man," released in June.

  • Comic collection Monday #10: Wolverine #41 (1988 series)

    Matthew Price | Updated: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    In today’s Comic Collection Monday, I'm taking a look at "Wolverine" #41, with a cover date of July 1991. 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: Wolverine is injured when he's on a plane that crashes in the river at the end of the previous issue.  Two robots were sent to kill him - but one changed its mind. He is pulled into the sewer tunnels by the robotic Elsie Dee.

  • Former Tulsa artist brings 'Galaxy' to visual life

    By Matthew Price Features Editor  mprice@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    Oklahoma Cartoonist Hall of Fame inductee Steve Erwin is the artist for "Robert Heinlein's Citizen of the Galaxy," which has been released as three individual issues from IDW Publishing, with a collected edition set for August.

  • Comic Collection Monday #9: Magnus, Robot Fighter #12

    Matthew Price | Updated: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    In Comic Collection Monday, each Monday, we'll share at Nerdage a comic from my collection, or the collection of a reader, along with notes about the issue -- thoughts about the issue, where it was purchased, whatever comes to mind. This week, we have our second special guest Comic Collection Monday from comic collector Doyle Dodd.  Future guest spots in the lineup are available!  If you want to talk about an interesting comic in your collection, send me an e-mail at mprice at Oklahoman.com.   All opinions of the guest post are, perhaps obviously, the opinions of the guest poster.

  • 'Patriot-1' brings Independence Day spirit to comic

    By Matthew Price Features Editor  mprice@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    The original graphic novel “Patriot-1” from writer Kevin Powers was recently distributed to comic stores nationwide by Diamond Comic Distributors.Powers talked about the comic in an interview with The Oklahoman.

  • Q&A with Kevin Powers of Patriot-1

    Matthew Price | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    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"...

  • 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.

  • Hilarious: See how Paul Rudd's son reacted to his dad becoming Ant-Man

    Richard Hall | Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    As you likely know by now, funnyman and Cher Horowitz's step-brother-turned-boyfriend Paul Rudd is playing Ant-Man in Marvel's upcoming movie of the same name. Ant-Man is a great character. I love Ant-Man. He has a fantastic history in the Marvel Universe and, in the past, has been an integral member of the Avengers. I'm excited for the movie, but worried about how it'll do with general audiences.




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