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The AVENGERS movie plot revealed? Let’s Hope Not!

All contents ©2012 Mike Pascale. Visual content ©2012 their respective owner(s).   Well, this is it—the most anticipated film of the year (for me, anyway). Marvel Studios’ THE AVENGERS opens this week! Oddly enough, the group was one of my first exposures to the wonders of comics in general, along with Marvel, Captain America, Jack Kirby and Stan Lee specifically—thru a reprint. As I wrote in my 50th column, I received the Golden Records’ sets…

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Art School Confidential and Internet Piracy: Copyright and Commissions, Style and Stealing

Contents ©2012 Mike Pascale (All art/photos © their respective owners.) Assorted artistic and other tidbits (what exactly are bits of “tid” anyway?): –Finally sat down to watch ART SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL, the Daniel Clowes-penned film from 2005 directed by CRUMB’s Terry Zwigoff. Discovered it in the $3 bin at Big Lots last year and picked it up. Not bad! I haven’t watched the special features yet but the film itself was worth the price. Descriptives include…

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Three Stooges Movie Makes Fans and Non-fans Laugh!

Contents ©2012 Mike Pascale  (All art/photos © their respective owners.)   Like most guys my age, I’ve been a Three Stooges fan since I was a little kid. I have a half dozen of their books, including the biographies of Curly and Larry as well as Moe’s autobiography (highly recommended).  I have very fond memories of watching them on TV with my Dad, both of us laughing hysterically at the physical comedy and goofy wordplay.…

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Best Comics Industry Joke Ever–and Happy 75th!

Contents ©2012 Mike Pascale (All art/photos © their respective owners.)   Hope everyone had a very happy Easter, joyous Passover, or whatever combination thereof. (Passter? Eastover? Overeasy?) This is the 75th edition of “A Picture’s Worth”! That means I should get something of diamond and gold. So I’ll take some comics written by Mike Gold and distributed by Diamond. Fair enough?

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“Mirror, Mirror, on the Hunger Games Wall…” (NO spoilers.)

Contents ©2012 Mike Pascale (All art/photos © their respective owners.) …Which is the funnest film of them all? (Yes, I know there’s no such word as “funnest”, but it fit the alliteration and rhythm better. Sometimes cleverness trumps grammar.) This was a movie weekend. My wife and I saw MIRROR MIRROR, JOHNNY MNEMONIC (OnDemand for free, thank goodness), and THE HUNGER GAMES. The only reason I mention the 1995 Keanu Reeves non-classic is because Syd…

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Ralph McQuarrie and the Art of Concept Art

©2012 Mike Pascale (All art/photos © their respective owners.) As you know, we lost another creative giant a few weeks ago. Ralph McQuarrie, Oscar-winning, Indiana-born visual genius behind the concept art and designs for several blockbusters, classics and a little film called STAR WARS, passed away at the fairly ripe age of 82. I’m not going to rehash all the excellent biographical information and insights you’ve probably read on other sites, but instead talk more…

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John Carter of Mars Needs More Moms (and Dads and Kids)

Contents ©2012 Mike Pascale (All art/photos © their respective owners.)   Okay, I finally got to see Disney’s “Mars-less” John Carter. (NO spoilers.) Apparently thanks to the lack of success of last year’s Mars Needs Moms, the studio decided to leave off that last bit of the title which tells you it’s science fiction/fantasy and to expect lots of action, creatures and special effects. In other words, the Disney braintrust figured it would be better…

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Artists I’d Love (And Hate) To Meet

Contents ©2012 Mike Pascale  (All art/photos © their respective owners.) I had planned on reviewing the John Carter film here, but my wife and I got a late start and never made it to the matinee. (Sorry, I’m too cheap to pay full price. We could have made it to the 3-D version but again, too cheap. And frankly, I’ve seen maybe three 3-D films that I thought were worth the extra dough and hassle.)

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Archie’s Gay Pal Kevin Gets Married And Ticks Off A Few Angry One Million Moms

Contents ©2012 Mike Pascale. All pictures copyright their respective owners. For some people, wedding bells can be synonymous with Hell’s bells. That’s the impression I got after reading the recent “BleedingCool” article about Archie Comics’ Kevin Keller character’s recent marriage. (In case you haven’t heard, he’s their first gay character and he’s shown on the cover of Life With Archie #16 alongside his groom under a “Just Married” banner–see below. Full story is here.)

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