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AMC Orders Kevin Smith's Comic Book Store Reality Show & 'JJK Security' to Series

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 1st 2011 2:15PM
Kevin SmithWhat do you do when you have one mega-successful TV series based on a comic series? Launch a reality show about a comic shop and fanboy culture!

AMC announced 'Secret Stash,' an unscripted six-episode series set in Kevin Smith's New Jersey comic shop, Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash.

"Draper. Meth. Zombies. This show couldn't be on a better network. AMC is to television what Miramax was to cinema back when I first got in the game: they're the premier destination for any story-teller looking to spin an offbeat yarn that no other outlet has the stones to touch," Smith said in a statement. "And as if I didn't love them enough, now they're putting my friends on TV! I'm ecstatic, proud, and extremely lucky to be in bed with a network I watch religiously anyway. And if they'd pushed just a little harder in the negotiations, I'd have done this show for no payment beyond early access to every episode of 'Mad Men,' 'Breaking Bad' and 'Walking Dead.'"

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'Smallville' Season 10, Episode 8 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Nov 14th 2010 3:10PM
smallville abandoned['Smallville' – 'Abandoned']

Dark secrets were revealed and more questions were answered in this week's episode of 'Smallville.' The ep was titled 'Abandoned,' but a more appropriate title would have been, 'Mistakes My Parents Made.'

Let's start with one of the biggest revelations of the night (for me anyway). We finally learned why Jor-El is such a jerk! Turns out that the original Jor-El (played by guest star Julian Sands) stripped the computer program version of himself of frailties and failures – meaning he turned himself into a cold and calculating machine incapable of real emotion or understanding.

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'Smallville' Season 10, Episode 7 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Nov 6th 2010 12:00PM
smallville ambush['Smallville' – 'Ambush']

Lois and Clark's post-coital bliss was interrupted by a surprise visit from Lucy and the General on this week's episode of 'Smallville.'

While Clark dealt with the General's hero hate and worked on finishing his strict to-do list (No. 17: Scrub the bathroom floor with a toothbrush!), Rick Flag, who's developed a pretty intense Magneto complex, and his Suicide Squad executed a deadly plan to kill Lois' dad and the Vigilante Registration Act.

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'Smallville' Season 10, Episode 4 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Oct 16th 2010 6:40PM
smallville homecoming recap['Smallville' – 'Homecoming']

Clark took a stroll through the past (and the future) as 'Smallville' reached another milestone – it's 200th episode – and The Blur finally learned what it takes to be a Superman.

'Homecoming' was a fun and emotional ride. It was also warm, compelling and pretty easy to follow – which is rarely the case when shows zip back and forth through time more than Bill & Ted in a broken phone booth (hello, 'The Event').

We finally learned the true source of Clark's darkness: He holds on to the past and fears the future. Makes sense, I guess (if you don't think about it too much). Brainiac 5 (a game James Marsters) showed up give Clark a big push forward into Superman territory while teaching him that "heroes are made in the moment, not from questioning the past or fearing what's to come."

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'Smallvile' Season 10, Episode 3 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Oct 9th 2010 2:10PM
smallville supergirl['Smallville' – 'Supergirl']

Fying lessons! Superhero confessions! Bondage gear! This is shaping up to become one of the best and most enjoyable seasons of 'Smallville' ever. It's too bad Clark will be flying away from our TV screens for good at the end of it, but at least the show is going out on a high note with more fun stories and scenes inspired by its DC Comics source material.

Two of the most important women in Clark's life returned to Metropolis last night – Lois and Kara. Seeing Lois show up at the press conference at the start of the episode was a big relief. I don't think anyone wanted to sit through another handful of episodes with Clark pining away as she went on some dubious African adventure.

In a twist to the classic Superman story, Kara revealed her superpowers to the world before Clark even learned how to fly. This development might bug comic book fans, but it worked here and it reminded us that Clark is still a hero in training (despite looking like a 37-year-old man!).

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'Smallville' Season 10, Episode 2 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Oct 2nd 2010 12:45PM
smallville shield['Smallville' - 'Shield']

It looked as if 'Smallville' was speeding straight back to standalone story territory this week after last Friday's dark season premiere, but 'Shield' had a lot more to offer than the average "Clark vs. the freak-of-the-week" plot.

First off, the episode delivered an iconic villain with DC Comics baddie Deadshot/Floyd Lawton (Bradley Stryker). Deadshot wasn't the only comic book character who leaped from the funnypages and onto the screen this week. We also got a visit from conservative cutie Cat Grant (Keri Lynn Pratt) and saw the return of Carter Hall/Hawkman (Michael Shanks), Rick Flag (Ted Whittal) and Bette/Plastique (Jessica Parker Kennedy).

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4 Comic Books That Deserve the TV Treatment

by Danny Gallagher, posted Sep 25th 2010 4:00PM
AMC's Graphic novels are becoming the new hot property in Television City (population: 10 million pasty, overweight, angry people who can never remember where they left the remote).

They've moved on from the big screen world of mainstream cinema, where a million angry comic book nerds flood the internet with hypercritical comments about inane accuracy. Now, famous works like 'The Walking Dead' and 'Sandman' are moving to the small screen of mainstream television where a million angry comic book nerds will continue to flood the internet with hypercritical comments about inane accuracy.

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'Smallville' Season 10, Episode 1 (Season Premiere) Recap (VIDEO)

by Mike Moody, posted Sep 25th 2010 1:10PM
smallville lazarus['Smallville' - 'Lazarus']

In the opening hour of its 10th and final season, 'Smallville' quickly tied up the hanging threads from last season's cliffhanger finale and flew, or leaped, in a dark new direction.

Clark Kent will face a great evil before he becomes a true hero, or so he was told by a disappointed Jor-El while stuck in the void between life and death in the premiere's opening minutes.

Jor-El was probably referring to Lex Luthor, Superman's ultimate nemesis, but fans who have been following the news surrounding season 10 know that he might have also been talking about Darkseid, the big blue alien overlord from the DC Comics.

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Neil Gaiman's 'The Sandman' Being Developed as a TV Series

by Ryan McKee, posted Sep 2nd 2010 9:45AM
It was only a matter of time before television producers began heavily using comic books as source material. After all, movie producers have been doing it for years.

Neil Gaiman's seminal comic book series 'The Sandman' has been floundering in film development since the mid '90s. It became obvious that the complex story lines and multiple characters arcs would play much better as a TV series. HBO and James Mangold began sniffing around the project, but never bit in.

Now The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Warner Bros. TV is in the process of grabbing the television rights for 'The Sandman' from its sister company, DC Entertainment. The company is also in talks with several writer-producers to develop the project, including 'Supernatural' creator Eric Kripke as the frontrunner. However, Kripke is expressing hesitation in tackling a project that already has such a passionate nerd following. Even the smallest details will be analyzed and criticized.

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'True Blood' Is Getting the Comic Treatment

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 6th 2010 1:02PM

True BloodThe latest television series to get its own comic book adaptation is HBO's 'True Blood,' according to IGN. The comic will be published by IDW Publishing and will involve input from show creator Alan Ball. The article does not indicate that Charlaine Harris, the creator of 'The Southern Vampire Mysteries' series from which 'True Blood' was created, would be involved.

'True Blood' is not the first television franchise to get a comic book adaptation. Far from it. The 'Buffy' Season 8 comic written by creator Joss Whedon is still one of the biggest sellers on the shelves.

IDW Publishing practically specializes in adapting television franchises with 'G.I.Joe,' 'Transformers,' 'Star Trek,' 'Doctor Who,' and 'Angel.' Some of those are movie adaptations of television shows that got expanded into comics, but you get the idea.

With its fantasy premise and gothic atmosphere, 'True Blood' should work well as a comic book. It's a good way to tell different and possibly bigger stories without worrying about such things as budget limitations.

[via Pop Candy]

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TV genre series live on in iTunes thanks to Comixology

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Nov 8th 2009 8:21AM
MIddleman and other TV properties live on via iTunes.Apple's iPhone and iPod are emerging as the preferred delivery device for online comic books. They're portable, hand-held and feature vivid screens capable of delivering any necessary colors. You can use the touch screen to flip the pages back and forth.

An online comics website, Comixology, is a central point for scores of online comics available via iTunes' App Store, including several titles based on popular genre shows of the recent and not-so-recent past.

You'll find that 80's anime after school favorite, Voltron living here. Marvel's animation-influenced X-Men flourishes in multiple versions. The Middleman, a now-canceled creative comic-book inspired children's live action show, continues in iPhone form. In fact, The Middleman stories on Comixology were written to continue the TV show's storyline.

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Weird stuff from the past: Letterman meets The Avengers

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 12th 2009 12:27PM
The AvengersIt's always odd when pop culture personalities show up in comic books. It's the print equivalent of the Harlem Globetrotters showing up on Gilligan's Island.

This comic book is from 1984 and features The Avengers meeting...David Letterman! He was on NBC back then doing Late Night and in the comic The Avengers go on the show. For some reason.

[via Pop Candy]

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Buffy's Harmony visits The Colbert Report

by Mike Moody, posted Aug 20th 2009 12:02PM
buffy comic colbertCaprica producer and former Buffy the Vampire Slayer scribe Jane Espenson is one of the minds behind the latest arc on Joss Whedon's Buffy comic that sees vampires coming out of the coffin. After the very True Blood-esque outing, vacuous vamp Harmony goes on The Colbert Report to, of course, promote her new reality TV show in the latest issue of Dark Horse Presents.

The Buffy comic is a direct continuation of Joss Whedon's TV series, and the medium has allowed the Buffy story to go to places it never could have gone on TV. Fans itching for a Buffy fix should pick up an issue or head over to MySpace to follow Harmony's adventures with Clem, the hilarious "loose-skinned demon" who first befriended Buffy and crew on the TV series.

Colbert is becoming a regular in the comic book world, with appearances in Spider-Man and his own comic book series, Stephen Colbert's Tek Jansen. Maybe Buffy should show up on The Daily Show to give Jon Stewart some comic book love in next month's issue.

[Via: Comics Alliance]

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Original G.I. Joe and Transformers go digital for IDW

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Aug 5th 2009 8:02AM
Storm Shadow returns in IDW's new G.I. Joe Digital Comics.G.I. Joe and Transformers climbed to their lofty perches atop Hollywood's food chain from their iconic beginnings on 80's television.

Now, IDW Publishing is helping to bridge the gap between those classic 80's shows and their 21st Century big screen adaptations with new series of digital comic books based on the adventures of Snake Eyes, The Baroness, Optimus Prime and Megatron.

Made especially for online devices like iPods and the iPhone, these digital comics should be a welcome site for hardcore fans of the original TV hits as they're not blown away by the CGI-driven movie adaptions. Yes, the animation of those after-school cartoons was about one frame every four minutes, but they had such purity and charm to their morality plays.

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One more Comic Con tidbit ... Planet Hulk trailer

by Brad Trechak, posted Jul 30th 2009 11:03AM
Planet HulkOne of Marvel's upcoming projects is a new direct-to-DVD animated movie called Planet Hulk. It's based on the comic story of the same name. It looks to be a pretty faithful adaption. I have read the original story and thought was good.

It's a huge story, though, and I doubt they'll fit all the details in a 90-minute movie (or however long it is). If the DVD has big sales, will Marvel release the sequel story in which The Hulk returns to Earth and fights the other Marvel heroes as a DVD as well?

Even though I liked Planet Hulk, there are other, better stories I'd love to see released as a DVD animated movie. Hey, DC, how about putting The Dark Knight Returns on a DVD (a real movie and not the cheap animotion Watchmen DVD)? Marvel, where's my animated movie of Marvel Zombies?

The trailer is after the jump so you can judge for yourself. Which comic storyline would you be interested in seeing animated?

[via Topless Robot]

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