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Real Fantasy Women in Comics

All written content ©2013 Mike Pascale. Visual content ©2013 its respective owner(s).   There’s no shortage of posts griping and sniping about the portrayal of women in comics–especially in the superhero titles. Anorexic arms and legs, waists as thin as ankles, with giant, circle-template breasts, callipygian backsides, impossibly tight and/or revealing costumes, pouty lips, seductive poses and gratuitous sex (implied or actual). Funny thing is, people have been complaining about such things since the 1950s.…

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2006 Jack Kirby Tribute Panel at Comic-Con

A Picture’s Worth #97 – “2006 Jack Kirby Tribute Panel at Comic-Con” Contents ©2012 Mike Pascale. Visuals copyright and trademark their respective owners. I was digging around and found a treat from the past. Back in 2006, I contributed a wrap-up of a couple panels to the Comics Buyer’s Guide web site. Since that was awhile before I began this blog, I figured hey, it’s new to you! Since Jack Kirby would have turned 95…

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Avengers Assemble 60 Years of MAD at the Cartoon Art Museum

A Picture’s Worth #96 – Contents ©2012 Mike Pascale. Visuals copyright and trademark their respective owners. As mentioned last week, my wife and I recently went to see the “Sixty Years of MAD” and “Avengers Assemble!” exhibits at San Francisco’s wonderful Cartoon Art Museum. The MAD display ends on September 16th, so if you want to see some incredible work from some of the best, funniest and most respected creators, artists and writers on the…

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Bru’s Reviews – Paranorman; Or, Things That Go Bump In The Phil Knight Company

A Picture’s Worth #95: “Spoiler-Free Review of Paranorman; Or, Things That Go Bump In The Phil Knight Company” Contents ©2012 Mike Pascale. Visuals copyright and trademark their respective owners. [sorry it’s late folks!  I was out of town and expected to be home Sunday night…instead, just got home now!  -Craig]   Quick movie review this week of PARANORMAN, the second stop-motion-animated installment from the Portland, Oregon-based Laika studio (directed by writer Chris Butler and Sam…

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Bru’s Reviews – The Expendables 2; Or, “Testosteronorama 2: Macho Overload”

Contents ©2012 Mike Pascale. Visuals copyright and trademark their respective owners. Quick movie review this week of THE EXPENDABLES 2; the Simon West-directed sequel to the sausage-fest of septuagenarian superstars and quadragenarian karate-kings featuring ageless (or aging) action-adventurers Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Bruce Willis, Chuck Norris, Jean Claude Van-Damme and special sexagenarian Arnold Schwarzenegger, plus a token kickass female (Yu Nan) and Gen-Yer (Liam Hemsworth of THE…

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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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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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