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Other Comics / new Domino mini includes new black heroine
« on: Yesterday at 03:57:22 am »
well, I presume the character is new.  I'd never heard of Atlas Bear before. Not the character nor the real life animal (extinct, alas)

Marvel has announced an all-new, five-issue limited series titled Domino: Hotshots, which is set to feature an all-female team of lead characters with the X-Men's resident "lady luck" as the leader. The new series also boasts an "all-new story filled with feisty femme fatales, intense action, mercenary adventures and espionage."

In addition to Domino herself, this team-up will consist of Black Widow, White Fox, Atlas Bear, Outlaw and Diamondback (Rachel Leighton). Marvel describes the bunch as a "dangerous crew of international women -- the newest group of hot shots to enter the Marvel Universe."


RELATED: Domino #6

The series, which is set to begin this March, comes from the team of writer Gail Simone (Birds of Prey) and artist David Baldeon (Spirits of Vengeance), who have already worked together on Marvel's solo Domino series.

"Marvel came up and said they love the team aspect of Domino and want to expand it even further," Simone shared. "They said, you get to keep writing your favorite Marvel ladies, with your favorite Marvel artist, but on top of that, you get to add more amazing characters you love! It took about two seconds for me to say, 'I'm in, I am so in!'"

"Domino feels she has to grow up a little, and some of the new agents have virtually no sense of humor. And they find an object that is something very close to the heart of the entire Marvel Universe," Simone continued. "The only problem is everybody wants it. We're having a blast. It's Domino, but with a bunch of the coolest characters in comics, kicking international covert butt and taking names. Best of all, it's drawn by the incredible Dave Baldeon. This is the stuff I most love writing, and David is the guy to draw it all and make it brilliant. I couldn't be happier."


"Where do we go from here? The Hotshots ain't telling!"

RELATED: Marvel Plans to Destroy and Rewrite Its Own History in March

"Is it just me or is it getting hot in here? Marvel's greatest femmes fatale assembled for a very specific mission (if they don't kill each other first, natch!)," series editor Chris Robinson added. "After launching Domino to huge acclaim earlier this year, I'm absolutely thrilled to have Gail and David bringing the Hotshots into the Marvel Universe (and our hearts!)."

Written by Gail Simone with art by David Baldeon, Domino: Hotshots sets its sights on comic shops in March 2019.

Education / new Hampshire high schoolers make song based on KKK
« on: December 09, 2018, 05:09:59 am »
what the hell kind of class assignment was this, anyway?

Video of New Hampshire students singing KKK-themed jingle sparks district investigation
A group of 11th-graders sang lyrics that included "KKK, KKK, let's kill all the blacks," as a part of an assignment on the Reconstruction era.
Dec. 3, 2018 / 6:26 PM EST
By Doha Madani
Students at Dover High School in New Hampshire were recorded in class singing a KKK-themed jingle with lyrics that included, "KKK, KKK, let's kill all the blacks," sparking a district investigation.

Dover School District Superintendent William Harbron told NBC News on Monday that the students were 11th-graders assigned to create a jingle based on the post-Civil War Reconstruction era for a U.S. history class. The Ku Klux Klan, a white supremacist organization, was formed in this time period.

Video began to circulate of the presentation Friday in which students sang, "White masks on our heads, blood beneath our feet, laughing till they’re dead -- ha, ha, ha," to the tune of "Jingle Bells." The students did not know they were being recorded, the superintendent said.

"The principal became aware of the situation late Friday and began working with teacher," Harbron told NBC News on Monday. "Right now we’re dealing the immediate need of communication out," and with "the emotions surrounding the situation."

The district released a letter on Monday stating that it was investigating the incident and that although the song was part of an assignment, "the impact was harmful."


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"We are deeply concerned that an event such as this could occur and understand the emotion and concern that this event will create for our students, families and staff," the letter read. "Administration from Dover High School and the District are working with students and the school community to respond immediately and effectively to this racial insensitivity."

Harbron was not aware of any previous disciplinary issues involving the students and said the district wanted to learn from the incident.

He told NBC News the district was working with two consultants from a foundation focused on public education to address the class assignment. The foundation began working with school district earlier this year as a part of a grant to develop community engagement.

"I think the most important part is that we are upset and concerned about what happened in that classroom," Harbron said.

Producing / new Night Gallery revival at SyFy Channel
« on: December 08, 2018, 06:45:06 pm »

I hope that open auditions are held for the host of the show.  Sounds cool. Hmm..

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Tag: The Twilight Zone
SYFY is entering another dimension of sight, sound, and mind, as it is developing a reboot of Night Gallery, an anthology series from the '70s that was created by The Twilight Zone's Rod Serling, per Deadline.

According to the news outlet, the revival is being helmed by Teen Wolf creator/EP Jeff Davis and Midnight, Texas EP David Janollari. The series will be produced by Universal TV and Universal Cable Productions.

While Night Gallery is often forgotten in favor of Serling's more famous brainchild, the series, presented in full color, was a return to anthological form for the prolific television writer. Like he did with The Twilight Zone, Serling hosted each episode, standing in an eerily lit gallery of unsettling portraits that reflected the stories we were about to be told. The format became influential in its own right, inspiring programs like Alton Brown's Good Eats on Food Network.

The show ran for a total of three seasons and over 40 episodes between 1970-1973, although the pilot (partly directed by a pre-Jaws Steven Spielberg) aired in 1969. Often more horror-based than the show that inspired it, Night Gallery still included the shocking twists Serling had become famous for. Some of the most iconic segments include "The Caterpillar" and "Midnight Never Ends." Also notable are the adaptations of short tories by H.P. Lovecraft such as "Pickman's Model" and "Cool Air."

News of Night Gallery's return to the airwaves seems to indicate that we've got a Rod Serling renaissance on our hands, as Jordan Peele is hard at work on his Twilight Zone reboot over at CBS All Access.

Health / Trump rolls back Obama era public school lunch regulations
« on: December 07, 2018, 09:55:47 am »

The Trump administration has finalized a rollback of school lunch regulations championed for years by former first lady Michelle Obama.

Under the rules first announced last year, schools are now allowed to offer more flavored milk options, like chocolate. Additionally, the Obama-era efforts to limit sodium content in school lunches have been delayed or partially eliminated. The announcement Thursday doesn't require schools to make any changes, but allows them to relax restrictions on those products.

The changes will impact 99,000 schools and institutions that feed 30 million children every year, according to the Department of Agriculture.

Children in a summer program eat lunch at a cafeteria in Buxton, Maine, July 12, 2018.

At a May 2017 press conference first announcing the move to deregulate school food, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the decision was not meant to reduce nutritional standards. He argued that children would avoid nutritious foods all together if they weren't given more flavored options.

"I wouldn't be as big as I am today without chocolate milk," Perdue said at the time.

The decision is part of the Trump administration’s broad efforts to reduce “unnecessary regulatory burdens” across the federal government.

(MORE: Trump administration relaxing Obama-era school lunch standards)
The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a food policy advocacy group, condemned the move.

“The Trump administration is putting politics before children’s health in ways worse than were expected,” the organization said in a statement.

Homemade taco, tortilla chips, corn and edamame, grape tomatoes, ranch dressing, clementine & 1% milk make up a student meal at at an elementary school in Silver Spring, Md., Feb. 12, 2018.
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Homemade taco, tortilla chips, corn and edamame, grape tomatoes, ranch dressing, clementine & 1% milk make up a student meal at at an elementary school in Silver Spring, Md., Feb. 12, 2018.
(MORE: Regular chocolate milk back on school menus as Obama-era rules are eased)
Park Wilde, a food policy professor at Tufts University, said the USDA should provide clear evidence before rolling back standards.

"For many years, leading researchers and public health nutrition organizations have urged USDA to provide children with school meals that have less salt and sugar, and more whole grains,” Wild said. “This rule does the opposite."

Hard Choices / X-Mas 2018: X-Box One or Playstation 4?
« on: November 28, 2018, 04:32:34 pm »
I haven't owned a Sony system since the Playstation 2.  I've never owned any Microsoft systems.  I haven't bothered with Nintendo in my adult life.  I'm thinking of biting the digital bullet and buying one of these systems.. (do I dare.. both?  neither?)

So what do these systems have to offer Gen X non-gaming-expert heads like me, who sees himself gravitating toward "vintage" games of the 80s - 90s era, and beyond that, possibly some of the current (relatively easy to play) sports titles- basketball, football, baseball, soccer..   and comics-culture stuff that's fun to play..

What's the difference between the GBs and the TBs?

What are the game selections readily available?  What are the online expectations? I see these "online Playstation Store and XBox Store" cards you can buy-- So I take it people can commonly download games now?

Are the "next versions" around the corner?  Christmas 2019?  Will they get replaced anytime soon?

Other Comics / Image Comics: The Freeze
« on: November 27, 2018, 09:26:21 am »

Credit: Phillip Sevy (Image Comics/Top Cow)
When the entire world is stuck in time and frozen in place, one man has the power to "unfreeze" them - that's the story of the new Image Comics/Top Cow series The Freeze debuting December 5. This tale of survival and morality from writer Dan Wickline and artist Phillip Sevy looks at a world where 99% of the population is gone and those left must survive.

Newsarama talked to both Wickline and Sevy to talk about The Freeze, the inspirations behind it, and how Top Cow was the perfect fit for this story.

Credit: Phillip Sevy (Image Comics/Top Cow)
Newsarama: So Dan, Philip, how did you guys come together for The Freeze?

Dan Wickline: I had an opportunity to pitch some original projects to Top Cow publisher Matt Hawkins, and he took a liking to The Freeze and put things in motion quickly. A day or two later I was contacted by Elena Salcedo with samples of Phil’s art and it was like looking at the images I had for the series in my head. They put us together and we’ve been cranking this book out ever since.

Philip Sevy: Having worked with Top Cow (who I consider my comics family) before, I knew of Dan, but we hadn’t interacted until I got a call asking if I wanted to draw Dan’s new series, The Freeze. The concept was super cool and I love working with Top Cow, so I hopped on board. Turns out, Dan had just pitched The Freeze to Matt Hawkins two days prior and he had just greenlit the project. It went from an informal pitch to a series overnight, almost. I was really excited to come in on the ground floor to help develop the visual feel and look of the series.

Credit: Phillip Sevy (Image Comics/Top Cow)
Nrama: What can you tell us about the “Freeze” and how it happened?

Wickline: The Freeze is a science fiction/survival story set in a world where a global event causes all of mankind to freeze in place, except for one man. And he has the power to unfreeze them. The idea came from a desire to do a classic science fiction style story with a modern feel. The thing I love about science fiction is how they could take the current social issue of the time and highlight the problem from all aspects of humanity while draping it in a fantastical world. The Freeze is a basic do-over for humans, but without the laws and social norms that have grown with us over the centuries. A new society is being built around the idea of folks doing things based on what they feel is right and wrong, not just avoiding things that would get them in trouble.

Nrama: You guys have worked with Top Cow in the past, so did this feel like a natural fit for the book?

Credit: Phillip Sevy (Image Comics/Top Cow)
Wickline: With all of the incredible books Top Cow is doing right now, like the Tithe, Postal, Infinite Dark, Eclipse, and Portal of Earth, this feels like the perfect place for The Freeze. Top Cow has become the home for science fiction that makes you think and we’re happy and honored to be among that group of books.

Sevy: Very much so. Top Cow has really become the place for idea-driven, grounded books - usually with a sci-fi edge. From the beginning, Dan told me “This is a character-driven book, first and foremost.”

Nrama: We're first introduced to protagonist Ray as he's the one that discovers that the world has frozen and stopped, but who is he beyond that?

Credit: Phillip Sevy (Image Comics/Top Cow)
Wickline: Ray is our Everyman. He is young and still figuring out who he is and what he wants in life when suddenly the entire weight of the world is dropped on his shoulders. That morning he was just a guy who lived with his ailing mother and his dog. He had a crush on a co-worker and his most far-reaching thought was what was on TV that night. He isn’t trying to push his way up the ladder of success or trying to change the world. Now he has to decide who gets to live again and who will stay frozen.

Nrama: Both of you have this pension for sci-fi so what were some of your inspirations you wanted to put in for The Freeze?

Credit: Phillip Sevy (Image Comics/Top Cow)
Wickline: There’s an old radio program called X-23 that they play on satellite radio occasionally. There series would tell morality tales with twist endings, similar to the Twilight Zone or Outer Limits. This to me is classic science fiction and the type of story I want to tell with The Freeze.

Sevy: I’ve had a really fun time just trying to ground this in reality as much as I can. It’s been fun and a challenge. Things have to look like they would if everyone stopped moving today. Then thinking through the visuals of that. I’ve drawn more traffic jams/cars than I had even imagined. It’s been fun to craft a visual world that looks and acts like ours. It allows the differences to really shine through.

Credit: Phillip Sevy (Image Comics/Top Cow)
Nrama: Philip what can you say about your process with Freeze? On your Instagram you give a lot of behind the scenes shots, especially ones that involve multiples of yourself and crazy reference shots?

Sevy: [Laughs] Dan and I were just talking about this today - we’re gonna dedicate the backmatter of issue three to my crazy process - but the basics are that after reading the script a few times, I draw small, messy thumbnails. From there, I do 3x5 layouts where I figure out composition, perspective, placement, and basic character acting. Then I go to town on reference. I use a mixture of imagination, 3D models, and photos to create my work. Being set in today’s Los Angeles, I work hard to make things look real - to use specific locations as much as I can. For my figures, I take photos of me acting every character out, usually. I throw all these pictures on my page and use them as a base for my pencils. So I often end up with a page of a ton of me talking/arguing/fighting with myself. It looks super ridiculous. I’ve named those scenes "The Council of Phils.” I’m also coloring myself for the first time on a regular book, so I’m getting to do full art which is both exhausting, terrifying, exciting, and a blast.

Credit: Phillip Sevy (Image Comics/Top Cow)
Nrama: What would you say is the center of the story for The Freeze?

Wickline: Human nature is definitely the center of the story. What caused the event and how, if possible, do they undo it plays a major role. But how the people react going forward is where the drama comes from. How things change with each new person added to the new society. The choices on who to awaken and why. And what are the negative things they bring with them. You can’t tell much about a person from how they look. How many of those awaken have dark secrets that they would normally hide, but in this new world they are free to explore?

Credit: Phillip Sevy (Image Comics/Top Cow)
Sevy: Me, curled into a ball, crying, every time Dan threatens to set an issue inside Dodger Stadium...

Nrama: How does The Freeze set itself apart from other sci-fi books that Top Cow has in its library?

Wickline: That’s a tough one to answer because I think in some ways Matt, Bryan, Ryan, Zack and I are writing for a similar audience. Those who like Eclipse will like Infinite Dark and will like The Freeze, etc. We’re not covering the same ground or building a cohesive universe, but we are telling stories that would work well together in an anthology. The one difference is that we may be the most grounded of the sci-fi series going on over there. The Freeze takes place now, in Los Angeles and we use real locations and streets. There’re no ships for Phil to design or special suits. The focus with this story is on the right here, right now.

Writing / General Mills Monster Cereals: Write Our Movie!
« on: November 17, 2018, 04:06:23 am »
General Mills wants "credentialed professionals" to submit pitches for multi-media projects featuring their monster-cereal characters like Count Chocula, FrankenBerry, BooBerry, etc.

Wow. I suppose this was inevitable.  And it looks as if the company is "serious" about working with folks who have some experience in film/TV productions.

I suppose if I had to pitch something, it would be a whimsical fantasy, something that younger kids could watch.  Absolutely no need to turn this into a "dark" interpretation.

On a deeper level, I suppose some folks will lean in on what it means to potentially have a 90-minute "sugar" cereal commercial out there, but I'll leave that alone for now..   ;D

Hard Choices / Best/Worst TV Commercial Use of a Mike/Prince Song
« on: November 17, 2018, 03:41:54 am »
Oddly enough, it's the same company/product for both...  lol..


Capital One Savor Card  (Michael)  Don't stop 'til you get enough

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Sexuality / Study Declares Detroit the Worst City for Singles
« on: November 12, 2018, 04:20:13 pm »
..... Well dang, it figures...  i guess it's no luck for me, regardless-- >:( >:( ??? ??? :-[ :-[

You may have a tougher time finding a new bae to keep you warm this cuffing season as our fears have finally been realized – Detroit is a pretty terrible place to be single.

Though this is a sentiment that many of us have felt for years, at least now we can bemoan that our banishment to singledom is backed by data, according to a new study by WalletHub.

The study, which ranks 182 major cities across the nation, puts Detroit at number 140 – the lowest rank for any major metropolitan city. The study weighs against different factors across the categories of economics, fun and recreation, and dating opportunities. These categories are then broken down further into several weighted subcategories such as the average cost of a restaurant meal, nightlife options per capita, and gender balance. Unfortunately for Detroiters, we score low in a myriad of categories.

Detroit ranked number one in the nation as both the city with the highest percentage of single people and the city with the least online dating opportunities.

study link/rankings:

Best Cities for Singles

1   Atlanta, GA
2   Denver, CO
3   San Francisco, CA
4   Portland, OR   
5   Los Angeles, CA   
6   Seattle, WA   
7   Chicago, IL   
8   San Diego, CA   
9   Minneapolis, MN   
10   Portland, ME   


Stan Lee, Marvel Comics' Real-Life Superhero, Dies at 95

10:47 AM PST 11/12/2018 by Mike Barnes

The feisty writer, editor and publisher was responsible for such iconic characters as Spider-Man, the X-Men, Thor, Iron Man, Black Panther and the Fantastic Four — 'nuff said.
Stan Lee, the legendary writer, editor and publisher of Marvel Comics whose fantabulous but flawed creations made him a real-life superhero to comic book lovers everywhere, has died. He was 95.

Lee, who began in the business in 1939 and created or co-created Black Panther, Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Mighty Thor, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, Daredevil and Ant-Man, among countless other characters, died early Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, a family representative told The Hollywood Reporter.

Kirk Schenck, an attorney for Lee's daughter, J.C. Lee, also confirmed his death to the Associated Press.

Lee's final few years were tumultuous. After Joan, his wife of 69 years, died in July 2017, he sued executives at POW! Entertainment — a company he founded in 2001 to develop film, TV and video game properties — for $1 billion alleging fraud, then abruptly dropped the suit weeks later. He also sued his ex-business manager and filed for a restraining order against a man who had been handling his affairs. (Lee's estate is estimated to be worth as much as $70 million.) And in June 2018, it was revealed that the Los Angeles Police Department had been investigating reports of elder abuse against him.

On his own and through his work with frequent artist-writer collaborators Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and others, Lee catapulted Marvel from a tiny venture into the world's No. 1 publisher of comic books and, later, a multimedia giant.

In 2009, The Walt Disney Co. bought Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion, and most of the top-grossing superhero films of all time — led by Avengers: Infinity War's $2.05 billion worldwide take earlier this year — have featured Marvel characters.

"I used to think what I did was not very important," he told the Chicago Tribune in April 2014. "People are building bridges and engaging in medical research, and here I was doing stories about fictional people who do extraordinary, crazy things and wear costumes. But I suppose I have come to realize that entertainment is not easily dismissed."

Lee's fame and influence as the face and figurehead of Marvel, even in his nonagenarian years, remained considerable.

“Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created," Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger said in a statement. "A superhero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain and to connect. The scale of his imagination was only exceeded by the size of his heart."

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige also paid tribute. “No one has had more of an impact on my career and everything we do at Marvel Studios than Stan Lee," Feige said. "Stan leaves an extraordinary legacy that will outlive us all. Our thoughts are with his daughter, his family and the millions of fans who have been forever touched by Stan’s genius, charisma and heart. Excelsior!”

Beginning in the 1960s, the irrepressible and feisty Lee punched up his Marvel superheroes with personality, not just power. Until then, comic book headliners like those of DC Comics were square and well-adjusted, but his heroes had human foibles and hang-ups; Peter Parker/Spider-Man, for example, fretted about his dandruff and was confused about dating. The evildoers were a mess of psychological complexity.

"His stories taught me that even superheroes like Spider-Man and the Incredible Hulk have ego deficiencies and girl problems and do not live in their macho fantasies 24 hours a day," Gene Simmons of Kiss said in a 1979 interview. "Through the honesty of guys like Spider-Man, I learned about the shades of gray in human nature."

(Kiss made it to the Marvel pages, and Lee had Simmons bleed into a vat of ink so the publisher could say the issues were printed with his blood.)

The Manhattan-born Lee wrote, art-directed and edited most of Marvel's series and newspaper strips. He also penned a monthly comics column, “Stan's Soapbox,” signing off with his signature phrase, “Excelsior!”

His way of doing things at Marvel was to brainstorm a story with an artist, then write a synopsis. After the artist drew the story panels, Lee filled in the word balloons and captions. The process became known as “The Marvel Method.”

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Lee collaborated with artist-writer Kirby on the Fantastic Four, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Silver Surfer and X-Men. With artist-writer Ditko he created Spider-Man and the surgeon Doctor Strange, and with artist Bill Everett came up with the blind superhero Daredevil.

Such collaborations sometimes led to credit disputes: Lee and Ditko reportedly engaged in bitter fights, and both receive writing credit on the Spider-Man movies and TV shows. "I don't want anyone to think I treated Kirby or Ditko unfairly," he told Playboy magazine in April 2014. "I think we had a wonderful relationship. Their talent was incredible. But the things they wanted weren't in my power to give them."

Like any Marvel employee, Lee had no rights to the characters he helped create and received no royalties.

In the 1970s, Lee importantly helped push the boundaries on censorship in comics, delving into serious and topical subject matter in a medium that had become mindless, kid-friendly entertainment.

In 1954, the publication of psychologist Frederic Wertham's book Seduction of the Innocent had spurred calls for the government to regulate violence, sex, drug use, questioning of public authority figures, etc., in the comics as a way to curtail "juvenile delinquency." Wary publishers headed that off by forming the Comics Code Authority, a self-censoring body that while avoiding the heavy hand of Washington still wound up neutering adult interest in comics and stereotyping the medium as one only kids would enjoy.

Lee scripted banal scenarios with characters like Nellie the Nurse and Tessie the Typist, but in 1971, he inserted an anti-drug storyline into "The Amazing Spider-Man” in which Peter Parker's best friend Harry Osborn popped pills. Those issues, which did not carry the CCA "seal of approval" on the covers, became extremely popular, and later, the organization relaxed some of its guidelines.

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Born Stanley Martin Lieber on Dec. 28, 1922, he grew up poor in Washington Heights, where his father, a Romanian immigrant, was a dress-cutter. A lover of adventure books and Errol Flynn movies, Lee graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School, joined the WPA Federal Theatre Project, where he appeared in a few stage shows, and wrote obituaries.

In 1939, Lee got a job as a gofer for $8 a week at Marvel predecessor Timely Comics. Two years later, for Kirby and Joe Simon's Captain America No. 3, he wrote a two-page story titled "The Traitor's Revenge!" that was used as text filler to qualify the company for the inexpensive magazine mailing rate. He used the pen name Stan Lee.

He was named interim editor at 19 by publisher Martin Goodman when the previous editor quit. In 1942, he enlisted in the Army and served in the Signal Corps, where he wrote manuals and training films with a group that included Oscar-winner Frank Capra, Pulitzer-winner William Saroyan and Theodor Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss). After the war, he returned to the publisher and served as the editor for decades.

Following DC Comics' lead with the Justice League, Lee and Kirby in November 1961 launched their own superhero team, the Fantastic Four, for the newly renamed Marvel Comics, and Hulk, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Daredevil and X-Men soon followed. The Avengers launched as its own title in September 1963.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Manhattan's high-literary culture vultures did not bestow its approval on how Lee was making a living. People would “avoid me like I had the plague. … Today, it's so different,” he once told The Washington Post.

Not everyone felt the same way, though. Lee recalled once being visiting in his New York office by Federico Fellini, who wanted to talk about nothing but Spider-Man.

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In 1972, Lee was named publisher and relinquished the Marvel editorial reins to spend all his time promoting the company. He moved to Los Angeles in 1980 to set up an animation studio and to build relationships in Hollywood. Lee purchased a home overlooking the Sunset Strip that was once owned by Jack Benny's announcer, Don Wilson.

Long before his Marvel characters made it to the movies, they appeared on television. An animated Spider-Man show (with a memorable theme song composed by Oscar winner Paul Francis Webster, of "The Shadow of Your Smile" fame, and Bob Harris) ran on ABC from 1967 to 1970. Bill Bixby played Dr. David Banner, who turns into a green monster (Lou Ferrigno) when he gets agitated, in the 1977-82 CBS drama The Incredible Hulk. And Pamela Anderson provided the voice of Stripperella, a risque animated Spike TV series that Lee wrote for in 2003-04.

Lee launched the internet-based Stan Lee Media in 1998, and the superhero creation, production and marketing studio went public a year later. However, when investigators uncovered illegal stock manipulation by his partners, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2001. (Lee was never charged.)

In 2002, Lee published an autobiography, Excelsior! The Amazing Life of Stan Lee.

Survivors include his daughter and younger brother Larry Lieber, a writer and artist for Marvel. Another daughter, Jan, died in infancy. His wife, Joan, was a hat model whom he married in 1947.

Like Alfred Hitchcock before him, the never-bashful Lee appeared in cameos in the Marvel movies, shown avoiding falling concrete, watering his lawn, delivering the mail, crashing a wedding, playing a security guard, etc.

In Spider-Man 3 (2007), he chats with Tobey Maguire's Peter Parker as they stop on a Times Square street to read news that the web-slinger will soon receive the key to the city. “You know," he says, "I guess one person can make a difference … 'nuff said.”

Duane Byrge and Borys Kit contributed to this report.

Black Panther / Panther x Tupac Merchandise To Hit Stores
« on: November 12, 2018, 08:41:38 am »

Fascinating. I have a feeling that by the time of his death, the more reckless side of Tupac would have empathized more with Erik Killmonger, lol, but this is nonetheless potentially very cool.  I hope that some black designers are given free reign to come up with some nice outerwear.

Other Comics / Master P is Bout It Bout It with V.I.M. Comics
« on: November 10, 2018, 04:33:19 pm »

(AllHipHop Features) Master P’s entire legacy is predicated on having no limits with this legendary foray into music and movies. Now, P, Romeo, Cymphonique and the Miller family are leaping into the vast world of comics. The Miller Family and No Limit Team made a major splash at the LA Comic Con and wowed the audience with a full-fledged display of their VIM Comics company.

“We got one of the biggest comics in here and we turned this one into a movie,” Master P told Chuck Creekmur in front of a bunch of fans at the company’s booth. “If George Lucas can create ‘Star Wars,’ why can’t me and my family create ‘Eyes of Esca’? There’s no minorities in this (business). This is a multi-billion dollar business and we have no piece of it. If VIM Comics, which is our company, if we take 10 percent of that, imagine what we can give back to our community - for our people.”

There were several inspirations for VIM Comics, but P admitted that it was simple as his upbringing and the money Marvel has raked in with movies like “Black Panther.” The latter was nearly an all-Black cast, set in the fictional nation of Wakanda.

“I grew up watching all these superheroes on TV and I said, ‘You know what? Why can’t we create our own?’ There’s enough room,” he said.

”Marvel controls most of this business,” he admitted. “We gotta start thinking outside of the box. See, I’m always thinking outside of the box. I got all kinds of movies coming out this year and I said: this is the year we take over the movie industry. I’m making some many movies. People can call this one...the same way they supported Black Panther. ‘Eyes of Esca’ is a superhero movie done by us. There’s not none out there like this.”
The inclusion of his son and daughter, Romeo and Cymphonique, is a major difference between SIM Comics and other entities like DC and Marvel.

“This is a family business. This is something our whole family can be involved in,” P said as Romeo and Cymphonique join him in the interview.

Romeo quickly gave his sister her just due.

“This is created by a woman - ‘Eyes of Esca,’” Romeo chimed in. “No matter how old you are, how old you are, anything is possible if you truly believe.”

Cymphonique said, “All of the ideas are copywritten. Businesswise, its all down pat. It comes from a ginuwine place and it comes from scientific theory. This is definitely a big deal.”

Cymphonique also stated that each of them had an important role in VIM Comics that included business, creative, and marketing.

Check out the cast members from Eyes of Esca movie and comic series based on the shape-shifting octopus superheroes that take place in the swamps of New Orleans.

Producing / Keesha Sharp to write & produce Eartha Kitt Biopic
« on: November 07, 2018, 10:48:15 am »

Lethal Weapon's Keesha Sharp will be bringing the story of Eartha Kitt to the big screen.

According to a recent report from Deadline, Sharp has officially picked up the rights to America's Mistress: The Life and Times of Eartha Kitt, a 2013 biography written by John Williams. The actress will develop and produce the project alongside her husband, Brad Sharp, and star as Kitt.

In addition to Lethal Weapon, Sharp's filmography includes American Crime Story, Marshall, and Girlfriends.

“Eartha Kitt was a force in the entertainment industry and an icon who opened doors for so many women, especially women of color during a time when it was not popular in America,” Keesha Sharp said in a statement. “Although I may have been compared to her in the past, I am passionate about bringing her story to life because everyone needs to know how incredible she was!"

“People don’t mention her in the same conversation with the icons of Hollywood, but she belongs there. The biggest star at the time, Orson Welles, called her ‘the most exciting woman in the world’ for good reason. Her life was full of complexity, pain, and triumph, and I am thrilled to take on the challenge.”

Kitt, who began acting and performing in 1948, had a pretty profound career, most notably as Catwoman in several episodes of the 1960s Batman series. In the 60s and 70s, the actress was blacklisted for her statements against the Vietnam War, before ultimately making a comeback in the Broadway musical Timbuktu!. Before dying of colon cancer in 2008, Kitt served as a voice actor on the The Emperor's New Groove franchise and My Life as a Teenage Robot.

"I feel that no matter what you remember me by, I'm very glad to be remembered." Kitt said in an interview back in 2007. "Because you remember me, I'm still working. I would say that most of the memory comes from Catwoman and now The Emperor's New Groove."

"I don't know [how I got the role of Catwoman]." Kitt continued. "They called and asked if I would do it. ... I'm very glad I got that part. It was one of the funniest things I've ever done without thinking how funny I was. ... People say to me, 'You are a cat. You move like a cat. You talk like a cat. You grrrrowl like a cat. And you look like a cat."

Are you excited to see Sharp bring Eartha Kitt's story to life? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

Vox Populi / PJ's Political Junkies: GoFundMe Political Talk Show Project
« on: October 29, 2018, 02:35:34 pm »
The PJs! a.k.a. The Political Junkies!
The all new digital show separating the noise from the news and putting the fun back into politics!

Short Summary
Are you ready to have a VOICE during and after the upcoming elections! From #metoo and beyond, The PJS! a.k.a The Political Junkies! offers everyone—from millennials to boomers— something new,  something fresh; a show that separates the noise from the news and puts the fun back into politics. The program, to be produced out of Washington, will provide the hottest political news; analysis and conversation and allow interaction with the audience.

Former CNN Political Commentator Roland Martin will moderate a panel of expert political junkies including: MSNBC Political Analyst and University Politics Professor Dr. Jason Johnson; BBC Political Analyst and SiriusXM POTUS Channel Host Eric Ham; and international journalist Tetiana Anderson, who anchored the news at TRT World in Istanbul, Turkey, after domestic reporting at NBC News and CBS News.

Behind the camera; from concept to showtime
The PJs! co-creator and executive producer Rick Blalock will be showrunner. A two-time Emmy winner, Blalock wrote and produced segments for CNN’s political team and CNN’s coverage of the 2016 Presidential Election and was a part of the network’s Emmy-winning coverage of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution.

“The PJs! brings together the best in journalism, analysis and politics and will break the mold,” said Blalock “In addition to in-studio opinion and analysis, The PJs! will give ‘political junkies’ everywhere their daily fix on who’s up, who’s down and what’s really happening behind the walls of power in Washington. As a team, Roland, Tetiana, Jason and Eric are America’s best kept political-news secret, but a secret no longer.”

“We also plan to take viewers on the road,” said Ham, also co-creator and executive producer. “Not to just the usual stomping grounds of Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court and the White House, but places such as the World Bank, Embassy Row, think tanks, K-Street lobby shops and fascinating places around the globe.”

What we need and what you get!
The show needs your help. We need to raise approximately $2.5 million to fund Year One of this weekly digital production. Choose a perk, and BE A PJ TODAY!

All of the funds we receive will be invested in producing and filming our first year of weekly episodes. We've calculated that $48,000 is needed to create a respectable, good-quality episode—the quality you demand and deserve. Even still, our campaign goal is a nickel compared to what is commonly spent per television episode in this day and age.

The following is a list of what the money will be spent on. Of course, if the goal is not met, we will be forced to prioritize the production's needs.

If goal is met:

    Camera equipment
    Sound equipment
    Lighting equipment
    Art department (Set/Props)
    News gathering and research
    Post Production and Graphics
    Color correction
    Sound editing/mixing
    License Fees / Music rights

Spirituality / Black Witch University
« on: October 26, 2018, 05:26:12 am »
Afro-centric indigenous spirituality teaching facility--

I heard an interview with one of the principals behind this, on the Tom Joyner Morning show.. Interesting, lol..

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