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Comic-Con Panel Wrap 2: The Artist’s Way

Contents ©2012 Mike Pascale. Visuals copyright and trademark their respective owners.   Here’s the next installment of my Comic-Con International (aka, San Diego Comic-Con) panel wrap-ups I’ll be doing over the next several weeks (though not necessarily in a row). I’m putting them in the following categories: Comics, Art, Animation and Legal. This should help YOU decide which ones are of most interest.

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Comic-Con Panel Wrap-up 1: Batman the Dark Knight’s not-so dark knight: Bill Finger the Boy Wonder

A Picture’s Worth #90 – Contents ©2012 Mike Pascale. Visuals copyright and trademark their respective owners.   First up, the first comics panel titled “Batman’s biggest Secret: The Bill Finger Story.” This was a fascinating taste of what you’ll find in Marc Tyler Nobleman’s new tome, BILL THE BOY WONDER: THE SECRET CO-CREATOR OF BATMAN, hosted by the author himself (who also penned BOYS OF STEEL: THE CREATORS OF SUPERMAN and dozens of other books).

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The Dark Knight Rises Movie Review: Tragedy and Triumph

A Picture’s Worth #89: “The Dark Knight Rises Movie Review: Tragedy and Triumph” All contents ©2012 Mike Pascale. Visual content ©2012 their respective owner(s).   We interrupt the “Comic-con Wrap-up” series to review the new Batman flick, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. Final in the Christopher Nolan/Christian Bale trilogy (note that’s two uses of the word “Christ” in Batman’s credits. I’ll let you philosophy and theology students and professors out there find the connections).

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Comic-Con 2012: Pre-Wrap Up Tease

All contents ©2012 Mike Pascale. Visual content ©2012 their respective owner(s). Finally back from Comic-Con! But after a seven-and-a-half hour drive (not even stopping for a meal—nothing like eating and drinking at 70 miles per hour!) on six hours of sleep and one bottle of 5-Hour Energy, my eyelids are heavier than the average fanboy at the show. Therefore, rather than another text-heavy summary of panels and personalities, I’m going to make this one a…

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Comic-Con 2012: So Far, So Fun

  A Picture’s Worth Special Supplement: “Comic-Con 2012: So Far, So Fun.” All contents ©2012 Mike Pascale. Visual content ©2012 their respective owner(s).       Hello from San Diego! Just wanted to throw you wonderful readers a few tidbits from Comic-Con this year like I did last year. Wednesday night was Preview Night—which is basically day one of the show as it’s open to everyone.

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Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter and “New Coke”, AKA The Amazing Spider-Man movie

All contents ©2012 Mike Pascale. Visual content ©2012 their respective owner(s).   Quick reviews this week before Comic-Con. My new rating system: Own It (you’ll want to see it more than once) See It (worth going to the theater) Rent It (worth paying for but not the theater trip/expense) Catch It (if it’s on TV or in the “free movies” OnDemand, worth a look) Avoid It (two hours better spent sleeping).

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Rock Of Ages and Gene Colan Art: The Obscene and The Dean

Contents ©2012 Mike Pascale. Visuals copyright and trademark their respective owners. For those (both?) of you who enjoy my movie reviews, I have to apologize for missing the last few biggies. My father-in-law passed away and I had to fly out of state to help my wife and her wonderful Mom deal with things. Not only did I miss a week, but I have to wait another week till my better half returns so we…

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The Silver Age Of Free Art For Funky Letters: A Mystery In Space Minor Miracle

A Picture’s Worth #85: “The Silver Age Of Free Art For Funky Letters: A Mystery In Space Minor Miracle” (c) 2012 Mike Pascale. All pictures and characters (c) and ™ their respective owners. [Sorry it’s late this week folks! Mike and I were both out of town!]   I’ve been on a weird buying spree lately, thanks to my buddies at Back To The Past Comics and Pop Culture Warehouse back in Michigan. They not…

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Ray Bradbury Tells You How To Avoid Writer’s Block, or The Secret To The Never-Ending Story Idea

A Picture’s Worth #84 – Contents ©2012 Mike Pascale. Visuals copyright and trademark their respective owners.   My favorite memory of Ray Bradbury was seeing him on the dais with Forry Ackerman at Comicon: San Diego a half-dozen years ago. The large hall was packed and most of us had to watch him on the giant video screen because we couldn’t get close enough to see the men talking and reminiscing about their combined century-plus…

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Snow White and The Huntsman vs. Mirror Mirror: Say What?

Contents ©2012 Mike Pascale. Visuals copyright and trademark their respective owners. I’m not a fairy tale kind of guy, but I do like cool twists on familiar things. Readers here know both my wife and I dug the MIRROR MIRROR version of the old Snow White story a couple months ago (read the full review here). This weekend we saw the second take, SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN (starring TWILIGHT’s Kristen Stewart and THOR’s Chris…

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