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TL;DR Tackles Hudlin And Romita’s ‘Who Is The Black Panther’

Posted by Dan Wickline Today’s TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read) takes a look at the six-part Black Pantherseries, Who Is The Black Panther, from Reginald Hudlin and John Romita Jr. form 2005. The idea was to present a more modern take on T’Challa, and as the official synopsis says: “sure to excite both True Believers and the hip-hop faithful.”…

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Django Unchained: The Graphic Novel

Django Unchained: The Graphic Novel

Order your copy at www.reggiesworld.com and I’ll autograph it, if that’s what you want.  But you want it.  Christmas is coming, you can gift it AND keep one for yourself.  Don’t take my word for it, read this review:

Review: Django Unchained Hardcover

by Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell

Django Unchained coverThe seven-issue comics adaptation of the Oscar-winning movie by Quentin Tarantino is now collected in hardcover! Don’t miss this blood-soaked tale of a bounty-hunting dentist and his partner Django, a recently freed slave, as they search the post-Civil War South for Django’s wife!

Today sees the release of the Django Unchained trade paperback. The hardcover book collects all seven issues of the comic adaptation of the Oscar-winning movie from Quentin Tarantino. Of course it’s written by Tarantino since it’s the first draft of his script, but it’s adapted into comic book form by Reginald Hudlin. Issues 1, 2, 4, 7 feature art from R.M. Guera and Jason Latour. Issues 3 and 6 features pencils from Denys Cowan with inks by John Floyd. Issue 5’s art is handled by Danijel Zezelj. Giulia Brussco and Jose Villarubia handle colors while Sal Cipriano and Taylor Esposito provide lettering. The movie was a hit with critics and fans, but how does the adaptation hold up to the source?

The story doesn’t deviate too far from the finished project. Django is “freed” by Dr. King Schultz who then offers Django his freedom in exchange for helping him track down and kill the Brittle brothers. Their time collecting bounties forges a friendship and leads Schultz to train Django and offer to help him find his lost wife, Broomhilda, if he agrees to help him collect bounties over the winter. The duo track Broomhilda down to the villainous Calvin Candie, owner of the notorious Candyland. Django and Schultz will have to orchestra their most brilliant ruse yet if they hope to rescue Django’s love.

Hudlin adapts Tarantino’s first draft well. Things don’t differ too greatly from what we see on the big screen, but there is a large portion devoted to Broomhilda and her trip to Candyland. The final battle between Django and the white inhabitants of Candyland also goes down a little different than it does on film as well. Other than that, this is really just a great director’s cut of the film. The art is top notch all around. R.M. Guera is the prefect artist for this adaptation. He is probably best known for Scalped, and that was a comic series that was a fantastic Quentin Tarantino-ish film. Guera fits right in with the look and feel of Tarantino’s film. Cowan’s art on issues 3 and 6 are a good compliment to Guera. He has his own style, but the change isn’t drastic or jarring. Zezelji’s art on issue 5 is the most noticeable shift. The heavier line work and use of shading does work well with the introduction of Candlyand though.

Bottom Line: Django Unchained is just as good as its movie counterpart. There is enough here to keep it from feeling like a straight movie adaption comic, though most of the story plays out the same way. Like I said above, Django Unchained #1-7 is a stellar director’s cut of the film in comic book form. If you enjoyed Django Unchained, are a cinephile, or just love Tarantino films, this is well worth picking up. Tarantino proves it’s worth a comic book adaptation with his love letter to western comics in the book’s introduction. It’s a well put together trade to boot. 4.5/5

Summary: Django Unchained is just as good as its movie counterpart.

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Black Panther DVD

Okay, it’s Christmas time. You need to order a copy of the BLACK PANTHER animated series for the hero on your shopping list!

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Black Panther Reviews

Reginald Hudlin’s "Black Panther" is perhaps one of the most dynamic pieces of comic storytelling converted to animation.

— THE TRADES

Featuring outstanding voice acting and a level of motion that blew away all competitors, the title left me itching for more.

— N:ZONE MAGAZINE

The Marvel Knights offering is filled with intrigue and action thanks to it being written masterfully by Reginald Hudlin and animated in true Marvel fashion by John Romita Jr. and it all comes to a climactic head with an ending that won’t let you down. Yeah, I know I’m nerding it up right now, but I can’t help it. This DVD was an absolute joy to behold.

— EURWEB

With Black Panther, the decision was made to feature big-name actors (Djimon Hounsou, Alfre Woodard, Carl Lumbly) and pepper the cast with plenty of other recognizable voices (Nolan North, Phil LaMarr, Kevin Michael Richardson, Jill Scott, Stephen Stanton). It pays off splendidly.

— THE EXAMINER

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The Black Panther is a Smash Hit!

Reggie, Kerry, Stan

I didn’t know Amazon had a list that specifically charted superhero animated DVDs. Thanks to Ture on the site for letting me know that the BLACK PANTHER DVD was #7 on the chart. So I looked, and it was #4. I looked a week later…and it’s #2.

When I talk to my retail friends they can’t seem to keep it in stock, so I’m sure that’s helping the Amazon numbers too.

Given that every other product on the top ten of list had more than one feature film and at least one or more television series to promote it (i.e. BATMAN, SUPERMAN, IRON MAN, etc), it was an amazing performance.

First, I want to thank the fans that have made my run on THE BLACK PANTHER the most successful in the character’s history. I also want to thank folks who have been buying the video and writing all those wonderful product descriptions on different sites. I also want to thank the critics who been supportive of the DVD as well.


Black Panther Reviews

Reginald Hudlin’s "Black Panther" is perhaps one of the most dynamic pieces of comic storytelling converted to animation.

The Trades

Featuring outstanding voice acting and a level of motion that blew away all competitors, the title left me itching for more.

n:zone Magazine

The Marvel Knights offering is filled with intrigue and action thanks to it being written masterfully by Reginald Hudlin and animated in true Marvel fashion by John Romita Jr. and it all comes to a climactic head with an ending that won’t let you down. Yeah, I know I’m nerding it up right now, but I can’t help it. This DVD was an absolute joy to behold.

EURWEB

With Black Panther, the decision was made to feature big-name actors (Djimon Hounsou, Alfre Woodard, Carl Lumbly) and pepper the cast with plenty of other recognizable voices (Nolan North, Phil LaMarr, Kevin Michael Richardson, Jill Scott, Stephen Stanton). It pays off splendidly.

The Examiner

‘Black Panther’ Animated Series Rocks: Are You Ready?

I loved it. T’Challa, voiced by Kimora’s boo Djimon Hounsou, has this catchy theme song and Kerry Washington and Alfre Woodard also contribute their vocals for T’Challa’s sister and mother, respectively. And like any good comic, the writer Reginald Hudlin, weaved in other superheroes including the X-Men and my favorite, Storm.

But what’s really interesting about the series is its incorporation of African history, including all of the European invaders from the Dutch to the French.

Parlour

This is a fun, slick take on one of Marvel’s less-exposed characters.

i09.com

Unlike Marvel’s earlier Saturday morning TV shows, Black Panther uses the original artwork done by John Romita, Jr. This isn’t simplified limited animation techniques commonly used. His shading and character design is part of the image.


bp-dvdI get asked a lot whether there will be more episodes of the BLACK PANTHER animated series. Or if I’m making the BLACK PANTHER feature film. Well, you guys have certainly sent a message to Hollywood that you want black superheroes, and you want it hardcore. So whether it’s the BLACK PANTHER or an original character, believe me I will continue to come with new and innovative product in print, animation and live action.

 

If you haven’t bought your copy of BLACK PANTHER yet, you can order your autographed copy here at REGGIESWORLD! And you can get a Black Panther or Storm T-shirt, statue, purse, wallet or hat while you’re at it!

 


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Marijuana Man

My friend and neighbor Ziggy Marley isn’t just a son of a musical legend, or a 5-time Grammy winner himself. He’s also a real comic book fan. So when he decided to create his own comic book character, he enlisted the help of the talented team of Joe Casey and Jim Mahfood to write and draw his concept.

Here’s a good interview with Ziggy from 109:

Ziggy Marley explains his new superhero, Marijuanaman!

Ziggy Marley's Marajuana ManAt Wondercon, we had glimmers of hope for the Green Lantern movie — but there was another green superhero being unveiled. We were lucky enough to spend some time chatting with Ziggy Marley about his new superhero, Marijuanaman.

Regular humans’ genetic makeup is built out of DNA — but Marijuanaman’s genes are made out of THC. And he gets his power from one plant in particular. Can you guess what it is?

Spoilers and cannabis ahead…

Not surprisingly, Marijuanaman is being released by Image Comics on 4/20, featuring a script by Joe Casey and art by Jim Mahfood.

It’s the story of Sedona, an alien who travels to Earth from the planet Yelram. Sedona finds that he has a particular affinity with Earth’s biosphere, and then he makes a connection with one plant in particular. But he’s faced with an evil corporation that wants to sell a synthetic marijuana substitute called GanjaRex — and the corporation sends a deadly monster named Cash-Money to destroy Marijuanaman and his nature-loving friends.

We caught up with Ziggy Marley at Wondercon, and he told us more about how this epic superhero story came to be.

The idea of Marijuanaman came from learning more about cannabis, and the fact that this plant "has millions of uses beyond just smoking," says Marley. And he started to wonder why the world isn’t taking advantage of this versatile plant. "It’s beneficial to the environment and less destructive than some of the things we’re doing now," he adds — for example, you could use hemp-derived products in place of a lot of oil-based plastics and other stuff.

Marijuana ManSo I said, let me create a superhero. Let me create someone who can shed another light on the plant and put it in a different perspective.

And he says that Marijuanaman’s planet faces an ecological crisis because the THC that’s in the atmosphere is being depleted "similar to our own Ozone layer." So Marijuanaman is sent on a journey to Earth to find a solution, and when he arrives here, "he feels a connection to this plant." He joins a community of people who live in harmony with the environment and teach him more about the plant. And he gets power from marijuana — just like Popeye with his spinach.

It’s very important to Marley that Marijuanaman gets his power from marijuana without smoking it — he’s not a smoker. "His friend [Smokestack] smokes and he gets a contact high." Marley stresses: "Nobody can say he’s a bad influence because he smokes. He doesn’t smoke. But he still gets his power from marijuana anyway."

When Marijuanaman encounters the plant, it empowers him and "his connection with it is immediate." But even though he gets superpowers, he’s not violent — he has a philosophy of pacifism, "that sometimes is contrary to what we here would want him to be. We would want him to just beat the bad guy all the time."

Marley says there are a lot of industries out there that don’t want marijuana to be legal — including pharmaceutical companies like the one in his comic book that are trying to sell "fake marijuana" and synethetic cannabinoids.

Marijuana Man coverNot to mention the alcohol and tobacco industries, which don’t want the competition. Marley is very passionate about the potential of cannabis to transform the environment and the economy, and replace oil-based byproducts.

"Hemp and other alternative energies could be used, but they don’t want to do that. They’re okay with the risk of… destroying the environment to have oil. They’re not okay with the risk of somebody smoking weed."

We asked Marley if he’d like to see more Marijuanaman stuff come out, like a television show or movies, or action figures. And he was definitely into the idea. "We want to use him to just shed a light for this world to see, for the common people to see. Somebody to speak the truth about the plant. Somebody who stands up for the plant. And still, he doesn’t smoke." Even though Marijanaman’s sidekick is named Smokestack, "He’s not promoting you smoking."

Adds Marley: "I want him to be a hero just like Superman, Batman, [or] any one of those guys. Everybody can love him. Kids can love him. Just because he’s called Marijuanaman doesn’t mean kids can’t love him."

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WELCOME TO REGGIESWORLD!

REGGIESWORLD Launch Party - Special Guests

(from left to right) LUKE CAGE NOIR writers Adam Glass & Mike Benson; Reggie Hudlin, whose world it is; FRENEMY OF THE STATE writer (and Parks and Recreation star) Rashida Jones; BLACK PANTHER artist Denys Cowan; Shannon Lee of the Bruce Lee Foundation; and 5 time Grammy winner Ziggy Marley, creator of MARIJUANA MAN.

REGGIESWORLD.COM: The Best Place To Buy The Coolest Stuff

It could be an animated DVD of BLACK PANTHER, ALL STAR SUPERMAN or RUDY RAY MOORE:

Black Panther DVD All Star Superman DVD Black Dolomite DVD

It could be t-shirts, purses or wallets:

Obama T-shirt Storm Clutch Purse A Black Panther Wallet

Or statues of your favorite characters:

War Machine statue Michael Jackson Billie Jean figure Superman vs. Muhammad Ali statue

We have comic books from your favorite stars:

coldspace-TPsamuelljackson frenemyofthestate1rashidajones
mayhem1Tyrese MARIJUANAMANziggy marley

We have comic books about your favorite people:

 King  Michelle Obama  NatTurner

And comics about your favorite comic book characters!

 JAl-SecondComing  Spider-manWildBlueYonder  blade1tp

Here are some more pictures from the REGGIESWORLD launch party in Los Angeles. The party started sooner and lasted longer than scheduled, and a good time was had by a very eclectic crowd that ranged from California Attorney General Kamala Harris to Weird Al Yankovich.

Touré, Apollonia, and Reggie

Touré, Apollonia, and Reggie

No Lake Winnetonka jokes please.

Who knew Apollonia was a comic book fan? But there she was, along with hip hop journalist Toure, who introduced sci fi author Tananarive Due to Attorney General Harris. Ziggy Marley was very pleased to meet Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon who also stopped by the event. With Ziggy, Shannon and Rashida Jones, there were a lot of talented sons and daughters making their famous parents proud!

Reggie & Ziggy

Reggie & Ziggy

Ziggy’s comic MARIJUANA MAN debuts on 4.20…ha!

Kamala, Reggie & Mama Hudlin

Kamala Harris, Reggie and Mama Hudlin

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