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« on: May 21, 2008, 09:02:10 am »
If anyone was reading comic books 20 years ago  right about the time I stopped reading, you might have noticed in the Marvel books, inside the infamous Bullpen Bulletins, a survey-series filled out by a certain maestro. A pretty HEF-ty resume, wouldn't you say?

Assistant Editor on: Special projects like the Marvel press posters, movie and TV adaptations, including INDIANA JONES & THE LAST CRUSADE, WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? THE X-MEN  cartoon graphic novel, the Punisher movie, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET Custom comics, toy tie-ins and anything that isn't a regular monthly comic.

Marvel freelance credits (present): Writer on the DAMAGE CONTROL Limited Series; the DEATHLOK Bookshelf Limited Series; a CAPTAIN MARVEL serial for SOLO AVENGERS; a SHE-HULK Graphic Novel; a GIANT MAN serial for Marvel Comics Presents; and the upcoming MORTON DOWNEY JR. black-and-white comic (you think I'm kidding, don't you?)

My hobbies are: Physics, reading, scowling, pushing my luck, spiraling into depression, getting and losing unsual jobs, sneaking past the "Guardian  Angels" who won't let me into my apartment building (and what's the deal w/ those hats they wear?  Are they supposed to be members of the Racoon Lodge, or what?) watching movies, whining.

The single work which I am most proud of is: All things considered, pretty disappointing.

My pet peeves are: Dead.

My place of birth is: Detroit, Michigan

My greatest accomplishment outside the comics field is: Really quite impressive, remind me to tell you about it sometime.

The oddest habit is: Approved by the comics code authority.

If they were making a movie of my life, I'd like to see my part played by: Albert Brooks or was that Avery Brooks?

The reason I got into comics was: So I could hit Wolverine in the face w/ a pie.

People who knew me in high school thought I was: Probably just joking.

My favorite performers are: Miles Davis, Richard Pryor, Robin Williams, Billie Holiday, Oscar Peterson, Ornette Coleman, Katherine Hepburn, Peter O' Toole, George Clinton, The Smothers Brothers, Return to Forever and the Firesign Theater.

The last good book I read was: Satan: His Psychotherapy and Cure by the Unfortunate Dr. Kessler,   J.S.P.S. by Jeremy Levin,
I'm in the midde of Tip O' Neil's   Man of the House  and it's good, too.

The last good movie I saw was: Another Woman   ...well, I liked it.

The biggest influences on my work include: Ralph Ellison, Paddy Cheyefsky, Woody Allen, Fran Lebowitz, Toni Morrison, Robert Altman, Preston Sturges, Harold Ramis and the Lee Brothers, Stan & Spike.

My greatest unfulfilled ambition in the comics field is: To write The Fantastic Four.

The worst part of my job is: Telling people what I do for a living and listening to them tell me, "Really?!  I just love Superman."

When nobody's looking I like to:  That's none of your business.  Besides, all us kids do it.  It didn't stunt my growth, either.

The one thing I really want the world to know about me is: That deep down, I'm every bit as terrifying as I look.

General Discussion / Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle!
« on: April 28, 2008, 09:14:44 am »
Move over Google! Step aside, Yahoo!   Excuse me, Netscape!

Headed by CEO Johnny Taylor...An all new search engine with Black specific layers (issues that really matter to the Black community),

Take it for a test drive! 8)

In The News / Attack of the Clones!
« on: April 28, 2008, 07:07:16 am »
CLONED DOGS from a single skilled drug-sniffing canine.

Incheon, South Korea, the country that created the world's first cloned dog unveiled seven new Labrador retrievers.

Check it...

Article provided by International Herald Tribune

« on: March 26, 2008, 08:01:45 am »
All aboard!

Every year around spring-time, School of Visual Arts would put out a off-campus publication for the graduating cartooning class. In the early 80s, much of the material submitted by the students was so irreverent it was hard to imagine anyone of them actually becoming professionals. Because there were hardly any  people of color in any of those classes, the theme of many of these cartoons were at that time immature, sexist and downright racist.
In all that garbage printed in Instructor Harvey Kurtzman’s Kar-Tunz  no. 9 – April 1982 was an exceptional student who didn’t go that route named Joe Quesada who eventually made his debut at as a penciler in Marvel’s  X-Factor  #87, a story written by Peter David.
Today he’s Marvel’s Editor in Chief. Ta-Da!
Several years later, another Instructor Will Eisner’s Gallery no. 16 – April 1989 featured a more diverse graduating class with much more socially consciousness themed subject matter in the strips.
I  personally remember a truly gifted and talented fellow by the name of Roderick Delgado, a black guy head and shoulders above the rest. [Think… Lebron James when he was ballin’ in high school.]
In the late 80s, DC comics initiated a program called BONUS BOOK, an amateur one-shot feature that added 16 pages as a supplement to a high-end title like Batman. I can’t remember what no. it was but I can certainly remember Mr. Delgado pencilling the supplement in Batman. His professional work looked completely different [read: worse] from his amateur work…why? Because many of the editors at DC were giving him a hard time.  A very hard time.
Simutaneously, another little known amateur entered the BONUS BOOK program named Rob Liefeld who had no formal art training at all. His work appeared in The Warlord  #131, the main section drawn by my favorite artist, Jan Duursema who is a prolific artist for the Star Wars series put out by Dark Horse.
Now, I’m sure there are several reasons why a young educated savant genius like Mr. Delgado failed to make it big and guy like Mr. Liefeld with no formal training succeeded. Maybe it had something to do with how the package was being sold to its readers during comic book conventions…?  Did it have something to do with color…? What I do know is that one of the reasons why those that work hard  stay in place while others advance almost always have something to do with relationships.  It was at that point I realized that DC or Marvel was not putting on many people of color.  Sure, you got catz like Denys Cowan, McDee and Kyle Baker kickin’ hind-part but man… I really would’ve enjoyed buying a comic book drawn by Mr. Delgado or a comic book written by Joe Illidge. So I stopped reading those books.

Ironically,  Mr. Liefeld had the advantage to leverage his career by also participating in a Levi’s jean commercial directed by Spike Lee.

Watch the closing doors…

----I said it before and I'll say it again...this is why I am loving Black Panther written by Reginald Hudlin!

EDIT: A couple of minor changes here & there.

Hudlin TV / Second Season for...
« on: July 17, 2007, 07:22:12 am »
I remember seeing promotional TV ads on Cartoon Network around last Fall for 'Class of 3000' co-produced  by Andre  "3000" Benjamin of OUTKAST.  I haven't seen it yet, save for a 10 second promo ad. It must be doing well because the show was approved for a second season.

Is it just coincidence that the sista in the cast, 'Tamika',  looks a little like Lauryn Hill?

Latest Flicks / The World's Greatest...
« on: June 06, 2007, 09:06:43 am »
...Comic Book DVD! ;D

Just picked up Fantastic 4 Extended Edition. Also on display  was a new Daredevil Director's Cut DVD packaged with a Fantastic Four comic book reprint, the Electra special edition DVD was packaged with a Fantastic Four comic book

Finally, commentary by Tim Story along with Avi Arad and Kevin Feige and screenwriters Micheal France and mark Frost. Finally, the extended scenes that really round out certain sequences that didn't read clear the first time in and adds a whole new dimension to the entire movie.

On disc two:
Heroes are Born: The Making of Fantastic Four documentary
The Baxter Building: Declassified featurette
The World's Greatest Comic Magazine documentary
Jack Kirby: Storyteller documentary
Visiting the Stately Ross Museum featurette
From Comic Book to Film featurette
Multi-angle scene studies
Still galleries

...this DVD has no comic book reprint,  instead enclosed with a movie ticket up to $8.50 (U.S.) off which is a good time to start a countdown to 'Rise of The Silver Surfer'!

Finally, all the good stuff the first DVD left out!

Hudlin TV / Speech impediment? accent? or just plain....
« on: May 19, 2007, 07:37:15 am »

Some interesting discussion over at Youtube.
Of course, Black folks are the center of attention in FOX's thinly veiled 'minstrel show' of a teacher attempting 'some good'.

Who's showing thier ass more? Black folks or people who make fun of Black folks? ...or maybe Black folks making fun of others that are secretly making fun of them?

Here's a quote from the comments page (which spans 8 threads long):

LOL dont be AXIN' me quethtions about my bidnith! ---KingFisher420

Other Comics / FREE COMICBOOK DAY ...and other stuff---!
« on: May 02, 2007, 09:59:28 am »
I think releasing Spider-Man 3 on the same weekend that Free Comicbook Day, this Saturday May 5th, falls on is nothing short of...genius. This is an event that all comic shops must honor (Hey, it's for the kids folks!) So I thought I'd open up a thread a few days before the movie weekend asking everyone what titles did they get and why for Free Comicbook Day, which should be the following Monday, right?
Me? Reading all the discussion threads on this forum in the last few years about all the various titles in comics has gotten me back into it again... (sigh) ...and taking a break from some of the finer things in life...

Some books to keep me occupied for a while and my initial impressions:

  • Essential Luke Cage, Power Man. vol. 2
I was curious and thought I'd see the writing style of Don McGregor and how he handled Luke Cage in the seventies compared to how he's done today and just on the few issues I've read so far, it holds up well. There are some funny moments with Luke Cage that remind me of the comedic Martin Lawrence's (or a Jamie Foxx) trademark 'hand-in-the-face' dis when a former employer and a small claims lawyer attempting to sue for assault...during an unannounced visit at Cage's apartment!
There's interesting commentary where Cage can observe the ironies in life sitting in a waiting room of a current employer where a woman is in the role of a low level position whilst reading a magazine glamorizing the liberation of women. The only thing that bugged me was how Cage was treated like a veritable crash-test dummy for endurance constantly getting shot at (c'mon!a six-barreled shotgun?!?), thrown off buildings, bound at a drawbridge to be split in just goes on an' on an' on...  I just can't wait to get to the sections where he and Iron Fist meet...

  • Essential Spider-Woman. vol. 1
I havent' gotten far into this collection because it's a tonnage of material; Before the run even starts, Spider-Woman made an apperance in Marvel Spotlight (basically a Nick Fury/S.H.I.E.L.D. story) and Marvel Two-in-One (The Thing and Shang Chi, Master of Kung Fu) So I'll post initial impressions later...

  • Essential Fantastic Four. vol. 3
In Newsweek April 2, 2007 an inset article Walter Mosley (author of "Devil in a Blue Dress" and I'm also reading a few chapters of his latest, "Killing Johnny Fry") on page 15 lists his five most important books
---5. "The Fantastic Four, Issues 1-100"
...and he's right. Volume 3 covers a sizable chunk of this 100 issue milestone (#41-#63 and 2 annuals) where Stan Lee and Jack Kirby introduces the Inhumans, Silver Surfer, Galactus, Wyatt Wingfoot and of course the sensational Black Panther. I started this digest and did not put this down until Black Panther shows up...When you guys said that Black Panther beat the F.F. to a standstill---you weren't kidding! BP was totally rocking the F.F.!

  • Black Panther
A few years back I remember picking up Black Panther #1 and #2 written by Chistopher Priest, was impressed and wanted to read further into the run particularly after reading the comments in the "What if Priest was still writing Panther" thread so I picked up issues #2-#16, #26, #27. I intend to snag more in the future but after reading the first exciting arc, it just seems that Priest's version (although very innovative and faithful to Stan and Jack's original vision) doesn't carry the potential Black Panther carries now...the writing style is very funny and very entertaining in the begining then issue after kinda goes dismal. I don't know...let me read further into the series and I'll post later about this.

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Someone let me borrow the Buffy the Vampire Slayer 7 disc (or was it 8?) DVDs where Ashanti was a guest star so watching that season drew me in as a fan. In order to enjoy the comic and 'get it' you'd have to know the TV show. If you haven't watched any episodes of Buffy but you happen to check out issues #1 and #2 (like I have 'cause I liked Joe Chen's covers) I wonder if you'd understand monologues from Buffy when training an army of watchers (sweaty, pubescent girls) in Scotland saying things like,

"One slayer fighting alone is formidable. Two is formidabler. or... Three? Mega-formidable. And after mega. It goes to mondo, then super, hyper, beaucoup d', crazy, stupid... it gets exponentially prefixy."

To understand characters like Xander, Dawn and the gang you'd have to check out an entire season DVD set. Seriously.

To understand Joss Whedon's genuine brand of infantile, nerdy macabre story-telling (with occasional doses of brilliance ), you'd really have to tap into your inner-geek coming into this comicbook series.
  • Supernatural Law 101
Waayyy-y-y back in 1987, when superhero books were really, really bad I was trying out some indie stuff, and Attorneys Alanna Wolff and Jeff Byrd for scary creatures was something different. I saw this book and it's a prequel told from the POV of the professor who taught Supernatural Law 101 in college where the two would-be lawyers meet for the first time. I only read one page, so I can't comment too much about it except I have all the confidence in the world that creator Batton lash will not disappoint.

Well...that's all I'm ramblin' about for now. I'm gonna be taking my nieces and nephews to the movies to see Spider-Man 3 then after that, a visit to the comics shop. Here's hoping you post your findings next week from Free Comics Day!

Enjoy the movie!

Other Comics / Earliest Black Cartoonists
« on: April 04, 2007, 12:00:16 pm »
Was reading the archives in the Spring 2006 edition of American Legacy: Magazine of African American History and Culture and discovered that around 1890 an African American named Henry Jackson Lewis was considered the earliest published black cartoonist who worked for the Indianapolis newspaper The Freeman, along with another---Oliver Wendell Harrington, attended Yale's School of Fine Arts in 1940, who was the creator of Bootsie, the most popular black cartoon character of the 20th Century. The article written by Martha Davidson "Drawing Lessons".

These two cartoonist, in different eras, made powerful statements about American society through thier art.
After reading this, realized that socialist humor from an African American view isn't entirely new---what is new is how the environment  has changed around African-Americans since then. Lewis was doing his thing around Reconstruction.  Harrington was doing it around Jim Crow. Hudlin is doing his thing in post- Civil Rights. What we are seeing in Black Panther is practically the same thing, which is why I love the series.

Feel The Funk / Another R&B star has dimmed...
« on: March 22, 2007, 07:43:12 am »
...ever so slightly.

When I was a little boy listening to R&B, I didn't know exactly what love was but after hearing so many singers talk about it...I felt that I knew exactly what they were talking about. Luther Ingram was one of the greats that could help someone understand. So I dedicate this thread to the passing of one rythm & blues greats...Ingram was down with STAX records (actually Ingram was signed with KOKO records, a smaller affiliate) like many of his comtemporaries such as The Dramatics, Issac Hayes and The Staple Singers. Even if you've never heard of his name, chances are, that you've heard at least one of his songs.

ST. LOUIS - Luther Ingram, the R&B singer and songwriter best known for the hit "If Loving You Is Wrong (I Don't Want to Be Right)," has died. He was 69.

Ingram died Monday at a Belleville, Ill., hospital of heart failure, friend and journalist Bernie Hayes said Tuesday. He had suffered for years from diabetes, kidney disease and partial blindness, his wife, Jacqui Ingram, said.

Ingram performed with Ike Turner at clubs in East St. Louis, roomed with Jimi Hendrix in New York and was the opening act for Isaac Hayes. He recorded through the 1980s and performed in concert until the mid-1990s, when his health began declining.

"His instrument was his voice; his heart and head were his inspiration," said Hayes, a St. Louis journalist, disc jockey and author of "The Death of Black Radio."

Ingram was born Nov. 30, 1937, in Jackson, Tenn. He started writing music and singing as a boy in a group with his siblings after his family moved to Alton, Ill., in 1947.

He had a five-year association with Memphis, Tenn.-based Stax Records during the height of its success. In 1971, Ingram and songwriter-performer Sir Mack Rice co-wrote "Respect Yourself" for the Staple Singers, which turned into Stax's biggest hit.

Ingram recorded "If Loving You Is Wrong (I Don't Want to Be Right)," in 1972 on Koko Records, which Stax distributed. The song was No. 1 on Billboard magazine's R&B chart and was later a hit for Barbara Mandrell.

His other popular songs include "Ain't That Loving You (For More Reasons Than One)," "I'll Be Your Shelter" and "You Never Miss Your Water."

"He was a soft-spoken, quiet person that I think relished peace," said Deanie Parker, who spent her career at Stax and Soulsville. "He was a very intense singer; he took it very seriously. When he was rehearsing, he'd go over it and over it and seek perfection."

A "musical visitation" will be held Sunday at St. Augustine Catholic Church in East St. Louis. He is to be buried Monday at Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery in Belleville

article courtesy of examiner

Latest Flicks / Are actors having sex on camera in movies...?
« on: March 06, 2007, 10:23:53 am »
...I mean, other than adult entertainment actors?

I feel that this is a legitimate question. Before the fall of the golden era of porn that slinked into the home video market and with the advent of adult themes in todays' adult entertainment reality shows blurring the line with prime-time television reality shows, there doesn't seem to be much distinction. To me*, it appears that maybe actors really were having sex on film.  I can think of a few memorable sex scenes in my movie watching lifetime:

Monsters' Ball
Some Kind Of Hero (I think that's what it was called)
Fast Times at Ridgemont High

the list goes on and on...

What's really happening?  Has there ever been a case or a rumor of this actually happening in the history of cinema???

Are actors pretending to have sex on camera or are they really having sex and the viewer is just getting the edited portions important to the story/plot? 

*I honestly don't have a problem with actors actually having having sex. I just want to know if it's true or not. or never. considering this is a site frequented by knowledgeable folks in media (and law).

In The News / Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls *OPENS*
« on: January 04, 2007, 09:57:42 am »
I just happen to be reading this article about

Oprah Winfrey opens girls' school in South African town

---here's an excerpt:

'...The $40 million Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for girls in the town of Henley-on-Kip, south of Johannesburg, plucked the girls from poverty to be groomed for power.'

'Winfrey said she planned to open another school for boys and girls this month in eastern KwaZulu-Natal province.'

'When the Academy opened, guest included Mary J Blige, Mariah Carey, Sidney Pointier, Spike Lee, Tina Turner, Chris Tucker, were asked to bring a personally inscribed book for the library, which included everything from self-help books to Harry Potter.'

now as I'm reading this, might I suggest that Hudlinentertainment donate Marvel's graphic novel 'Black Panther'  (issues 1-7) ?
It would make a fantastic addition to the library at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls! ;)

This is truly incredible! Building South Africa up one building at a time.


Hudlin TV / Truly the end of an era-Joseph Barbera passes
« on: December 19, 2006, 08:21:15 am »
It's with great sadness to acknowledge the passing of the legendary Joseph Barbera, second half of Hanna-Barbera.
The team may not have had the longest running animated show but they certainly sold the  among the handful of my favorites:

-Tom and Jerry (1941)
- Ruff and Reddy (1957)
- Huckleberry Hound (1958)
- Quick Draw McGraw (1959)
- The Flintstones (1960)
- Yogi Bear (1961)
- Top Cat (1961)
- The Jetsons (1962)
- Magilla Gorilla (1964)
- Jonny Quest (1964)
- Secret Squirrel and Atom Ant (1965)
- Space Ghost (1966)
- Birdman and the Galaxy Trio (1967)
- The Banana Splits (live action/animated, 1968)
- Scooby-Doo (1969)
- Josie and the Pussycats (1970)
- Super Friends (1973)
- The Smurfs (1981)

Hey, thanks for the memories!

Edit:  Hey, I just remembered!!  Does anyone remembers thier selection of introducing ethnic series such as The Harlem Globetrotters?  How about Charlie Chan and the Chan Clan?

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