COMICS ALLIANCE PRESENTS HERE’S THE THING EPISODE 3: CHRIS AND CALEB TALK TOKUSATSU
This week, Chris has gone to Portland, Oregon for a discussion of tokusatsu with ComicsAlliance Senior Editor Caleb Goellner! In a 20-minute conversation, they explain why they’re fans of the Japanese live-action supehero genre, what their favorite Power Rangers knockoffs were, and give curious viewers a place to start if they’re interested in learning more about super sentai and Kamen Rider.
COMICS ALLIANCE PRESENTS ‘HERE’S THE THING,’ EPISODE 2: COMICS NEW READERS SHOULD GET NEXT
By Chris Sims
If our weekly Ask Chris column isn’t enough of definitive comic book (and pro wrestling) opinions for you, good news: ComicsAlliance is proud to present Here’s The Thing, a series of videos where you can join our own extremely opinionated senior writer, Chris Sims, as he sits in his living room under a framed portrait of Destro, drinking a cup of coffee and sharing his opinion on comic books.
This week, he’s helping out new fans by taking two comics often listed as being “great for new readers,” Batman: Year One and Hawkeye, and making connections to tell you where to go next! Sit tight for plenty of great comics recommendations!
In case you missed the flyer we were spamming for two weeks before the event, ComicsAlliance teamed up with Oni Press and Emerald City Comicon for an epic crossover event that took the form of a convention kickoff party last Thursday in Seattle. The affair was very well attended, with comics pros, bloggers and readers rolling in throughout the night to party/laugh/smile/chill/drink. The party was DJ’d by our own Senior Editor Andy Khouri, whose playlist was peppered with Oni-related works from the Scott Pilgrim film soundtrack, 8-bit versions of Daft Punk and even a track performed by Bryan Lee O’Malley himself (you can see the full setlist here).
The event was photographed by local shooter, comics reader and notoriously friendly human being Ed Peterson with John Kieltyka. The sense of fun and friendship conveyed by their photos very accurately document the overall vibe of ECCC, and his work helped set the tone for one of our favorite shows in recent memory.
By Chris Sims
On the off chance that there just weren’t enough reasons for us to hop on a transcontinental flight to Japan and visit Toei’s Hero World, the new indoor theme park and museum based around the history of tokusatsu, they’ve given us a new one, and it is edible. It was pretty inevitable that they’d have a few Kamen Riderand Super Sentai themed menu items to snack on while you were browsing a collection of props or waiting for the bumper motorcycles to open up, but I assumed it would be limited to plastic “Collector Cups” and, I don’t know, the Gorenger-themed “Big One” Burger. They are not.
They have, instead, given us delicious looking buns shaped like Kamen Riders’ heads. And, you know, also collector cups. Check ‘em out below!
Hey! You wanna see a collection of more than 150 pieces of really cool Dragon Ball fanart? Good news, you can currently name your price for a digital collection by some of the coolest artists this side of Namek.
The Dragon Ball Zine, a beautifully produced collection of fan art from Akira Toriyama’s hyper-popular manga series (and the anime adaptation) is pay-what-you-like on Gumroad right now. A print version is also available for $20.
ABOVE: art by Jenn Woodall
He’s spent most of his career protecting California — first as an angsty teen on The O.C. and more recently as a cop on South LAnd, but it seems Benjamin McKenzie‘s next stop is Gotham as a young James “Jim” Gordon. This isn’t McKenzie’s first rodeo either, as he voiced a young Bruce Wayne in Warner Bros. Animation’s 2011 Batman Year One animated feature, which adapted the comic of the same name by writer Frank Miller, artist David Mazzucchelli, colorist Richmond Lewis and letterer Todd Klein.