by Mike Gordon
Amidst the chaos comes a comic! Things are busy here in the New Legend offices as we are preparing for the San Diego Comic Con (we’ll be in Small Press table L-14), but I had to pause for a moment when a comic I recently purchased on eBay arrived in the mail. I was introduced to the character of Russell Stamm’s Invisible Scarlet O’Neil six years ago and she has become a very important character in my life. I have been searching for a decent copy of her first appearance in comics and finally pulled the trigger. Famous Funnies #81 marks the debut of the newspaper reprints starting with Scarlet’s origin. Dated April 1941, it is an important and historical issue and now the oldest in my collection. Perhaps even more than that, it features an absolutely gorgeous cover by H.G. Peter, who would go on to illustrate Wonder Woman. As I complete the final proofs for the new Invisible Scarlet O’Neil graphic novel, it is fitting to take a moment to remember where she came from. It is my hope that her re-introduction is as exciting as her comic debut 71 years ago. In a few days, I’ll be posting the cover to the new graphic novel and you can judge for yourselves.
I’ve been raving about comic book covers almost as longs as I’ve been collecting them (which is a long time). However, only recently did I start blogging about them! All the covers I write about are scanned from my collection. I’m happy to share my raves with y’all at ESO. If you’d like to see some of my past entries, visit my Step Up to the Mike blog.
Posted in Art, Blog, Comic Books, Comics
Tagged Cover Raves, Ebay, Famous Funnies, Golden Age of Comics, HG Peter, Invisible Scarlet O'Neil, Mike Gordon, New Legend, Russell Stamm
Hi, boys and girls! This is the beginning of series of posts, which have gotten off to a rocky start. Called it “Notes from a Grumpy Old Man”. Meditations on the history and connections in science fiction, fantasy, and general geekery. Who am I? Well, I’ve known our Fearless Leader Mike since he lived somewhere other than the Southeast. What are my credentials? Other than being a SF fan since before I was in school, or having seen the original Star Wars in the theaters (10 times)? Ask Mike, he accepted me.
Today I come to you to note the 91st birthday (June 29) of one of the greatest artist in science fiction and fantasy film, stop-motion master Ray Harryhausen. Even if you’ve never seen one of his films – and if you *haven’t*, I strongly urge you to remedy that – you know who he is. The fighting skeletons in “Spy Kids” is a tribute to him, as is the restaurant “Harry Hausen’s” in “Monsters Inc.”. He was a life-long friend of the late great Ray Bradbury. I was lucky enough to see him speak at a film festival event here in Seattle (he was still sharp in his 80s, and as far as I know is still sharp at 91). He spoke about the dream-like quality he liked in his films, and they certainly look like no other films. Yes, to our eyes spoiled by near-perfect CGI, it may not look quite “right” today, but there’s an undeniable charm to his films. Continue reading
Next week, the Earth Station One crew is back with a great round table discussion on Movies That Surpassed Their Source Material. It’s sure to be a lively discussion. Also, ESO welcomes Lance Roger Axt, Elaine Lee, and Bill (Bob The Builder) Dufris to the station to talk about their new Audio Comics releases.
ESO wants to hear from you. What are your favorite movies that surpassed their original source material and why? Let us know at http://www.esopodcast.com, at the ESO Facebook Group, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 404-963-9057. We might just read yours on the show. Plus, join us for the usual rants, raves, shout outs, and Mike’s Khan Report! It’s going to be an action-packed episode next week at Earth Station One.
The ESO Crew
Posted in Blog, Comic Books, Comics, Earth Station One, movies, News, Sci-fi, TV
Tagged Audio Comics, Bill Dufris, Bob The Builder, Bobby Nash, Earth Station One, Earthstrike Agenda, Elaine Lee, ESO, Khan Report, Lance Roger Axt, Mike Faber, Mike Gordon, Movies, novels, Podcast, Strong Will, TV
A Skype panel featuring the lovely and talented Tara Strong at the Knoxville Comic & Anime show on June 9th. Panel was hosted by Michael Faber of the Earth Station One podcast.
Posted in Conventions, Earth Station One, Gaming, Interview, movies, TV, Video Games
Tagged Earth Station One, Knoxville Comic Anime show, Marc Ballard, Mike Faber, skype, Tara Strong
On this episode Earth Station One flees from the Cylon tyranny on a lonely quest – to discuss the shining scifi franchise known as Battlestar Galactica. Joining the rag-tag crew of Mike, Mike, and Bobby is Dan Carroll. Or at least we think our guest is Dan. He may in fact be a Cylon! We also check in with writer and publisher Tommy Hancock and find out details on the new “Tales of the Rook” anthology. All this, plus the usual Rants, Raves, Khan Report, and Shout Outs! So say we all!
Join us for yet another episode of The Earth Station One Podcast we like to call: Making Our Escape on the Battlestar Galactica
Posted in Blog, Conventions, Digital, Earth Station One, Internet, News, Podcast, Reviews, Sci-fi, Science, TV
Tagged Battlestar Galactica, Bobby Nash, Cylon, Dan Carroll, Earth Station One Epsiode 117, Mike Faber, Mike Gordon, Pulp Obscura, Tommy Hancock, TV Show
Fresh off destroying any hopes for a Green Lantern franchise, Ryan Reynolds has signed on to become ConnER MacLeod in the remake of Highlander, according to ComicBookMovie.com.
All I have to say is -
Nothing against Reynolds, who I like as an actor – but there are so many things wrong with this – as we discussed in Episode 2 of TFA a couple weeks back.
1) Why are they remaking the original Highlander? Who can be a better Kurgan than Clancy Brown? Who can best Sir Sean Connery as Ramirez? How can we watch this movie without a Queen soundtrack?
Welcome back! This week on Chuck’n Comics we are looking at AvsX #1…of the limited series. An exciting opportunity turned disappointment when I realized the book I was reading was not the first book in the series but more a complimentary series for the story arc.
For those of you not in the know, what AvsX represents is the ultimate fight between Earth’s mightiest heroes and the X-Men when it comes down to the return of the Phoenix either meaning the rebirth of the mutant species or the end of Earth as the Avengers know it. The X-Men want it and the Avengers must protect the planet thus…Avengers vs. X-men!
So understanding this, I must say this was a series I was extremely excited to dive into. It has been a while since I have been excited about a Marvel event so, needless to say, I was eager. I, unfortunately, should have looked before I leaped because I ended up in the right story but wrong set of books so my experience with the books, thus far, is confusing but I am going to shoot a review of it anyway.
By Ashley Bergner, Box Office Buzz
Merida, the star of Pixar’s new animated movie “Brave,” isn’t exactly your typical Disney princess. Instead of spending her days in a castle pining for “prince charming,” the Scottish princess (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) loves to be outdoors, riding her horse through open fields, climbing up the side of steep cliffs and practicing archery. She’s strong-willed and fiercely independent — traits that often put her at odds with her mother, Queen Elinor, who’d rather she be a more traditional, demure lady.
The conflict between the mother and daughter comes to a head when Queen Elinor announces the clans of the kingdom will be gathering, and the chiefs’ sons will be competing for Merida’s hand in marriage. Merida hates the idea of a forced betrothal and tries to purchase a spell from a witch that will “change her fate.” However, the spell doesn’t work out quite like she planned, and instead it brings a curse down on her family. The princess must work to heal bonds that have been broken and find a way to save her family’s kingdom before the curse becomes permanent. Continue reading
Welcome to Phantom Who, a new feature designed to go along with the Earth Station Who podcast, which I co-host. There I am known as “Dave” because “Phantom Troublemaker” takes up too much room on the stationary. Every other week there will be a new podcast discussing all things Doctor Who, with a central discussion about a particular story.
For the first year we are covering regeneration stories. Starting with An Unearthly Child and wrapping up the current regenerations with The Eleventh Hour, we’ll be covering the first and last stories of each of the first eleven Doctors.
Fresh off our invasion of Earth Station One – we’re back on the underwater continent with prisoners! Mike Faber, creator of Earth Station One, joins us for an interview during our Transmissions Received segment. We also review Disney/Pixar’s new hit animated movie, Brave.
Star Trek II – The Wrath of Khan has reached 30 years. We talk about our favorite moments in Khan and discuss the original crew movie franchise in general.
We do an autopsy on Sanctuary, we put Eureka in hospice and we lament the decline of Sci-Fi Channel since it became SYFY.
We asked the questions – Why did John Carter fail and Why do you hate Walking Dead’s little Huck Finn, Carl?
News of the weird gives us another example of the oncoming Zombie Apocalypse while letting you know that we may also have an Alien and Vampire Apocalypses as well!
More after the jump!
Posted in Interview, Reviews, Sci-fi, Transmissions from Atlantis
Tagged alien invasion, alien invasion helps us economy, Amy and Rory, Ascendio 2012, Britain Building Older than the pyramids, Carl, Caroline John, Dalekmania, Disney's Brave, DJ of Doomsday, Doctor Who, Earth Station One, ESO Podcast, ESONetwork, Eureka, Harry Potter, JC De La Torre, John Carter, jorge garcia, Liz Shaw, Madam Vastra, Mike Faber, Rita De La Torre, Rose Tyler, Sanctuary, second Florida Zombie Attack, Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan, Steven Moffat, The Walking Dead, Transmissions From Atlantis, True Blood, vampire apocalypse, Vampire attack, Zombie Apocalypse