EDITOR'S NOTE: The following guest column was provided by comic book historian Alan Kistler, who never ceases to amaze us with his knowledge of all things comics. In order to determine the victor in in his "Last Man Standing" scenario, he painstakingly compared each combatant's powers, how they would interact with other combatants' powers, and each character's equipment, history and tendencies. Basically, he spent a lot more time thinking about this than you will spend reading it — so we hope you enjoy it!
The drinks have been served. The music is on. But this St. Patrick’s Day is different. This day, we find out which Irish superhero (or superhero of Irish heritage) will be the last man standing!
Molly Fitzgerald (a.k.a. Shamrock) steps into the battlefield. Born in Dunshaughlin, Molly is able to call on the spirits of innocent people who died in war and terrorist attacks. With their help, she is able to alter probability in her favor and cause bad luck for her enemies. As soon as she arrives, Shamrock is attacked by Daredevil (a.k.a. Matt Murdock), the Irish-Catholic vigilante of Hell’s Kitchen who's blind but compensates with the rest of his superhuman senses. Read More...
It's a very strange sensation, writing words for a man who's already, for all intents and purposes, dead. To have him do things he'll no longer do, to have him achieve things he'll never be close to achieving any more; all these moments in his now-finished life seem false, all these additional, post-mortem scenes feel as if I'm somehow cheating.
Because he's gone. Kaput. Farewell. He is an ex-Time Lord. He has ceased to be.
I am, of course, talking about the Tenth Doctor, the David Tennant one, the tall, lanky, product- and mop-haired, suit-wearing maniac who, yelling "Allons-y!" and waving his magic wand — ahem, I mean, sonic screwdriver — took us all on a tour of fantastic worlds and vistas for four years (three full seasons and a year of specials). And now that he's gone, regenerated into Matt Smith, and the show now off-air until ol' Eleven returns with a new TARDIS and new companion.
But I still write Tennant. And as I write this, I'm finishing the penultimate Tennant story, leading into the final tale of the Tenth Doctor for IDW Publishing. Read More...
Halloween Week continues with yet another guest blog from one of the industry's most notable creators of horror comics. This time around, it's "30 Days of Night" co-creator Steve Niles, whose series "Criminal Macabre," "Freaks of the Heartland" and "Wake the Dead" (among others) are also currently in development as feature films. His sequel to "30 Days of Night," "Dark Days" is also currently in production.
I imagine for a lot of folks out there Halloween is a fun time, but not one of the bigger times of year. In my house, Halloween is right up there with all major holidays. I’d even go as far as to say I spend more in October than I do in December.
It’s the truth. I have a problem. My name is Steve Niles and I’m a horror addict. I’m also one lucky monster-kid. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Read More...
Halloween Week kicks off here on Splash Page with the first in our series of guest columns from comic book creators known for their work with vampires, werewolves, ghosts and all manner of terrifying subject matter. First up is writer Tony Lee, who's currently hard at work on the comic book adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," as well as the webcomic "Where Evils Dare" and his original graphic novel "From The Pages Of Bram Stoker's 'Dracula': Harker," a sequel to the classic 1897 novel. Keep it locked to Splash Page all week for more Halloween-themed guest columns, features and exclusive previews!
I was never much of a horror fan as a kid. Growing up in the '70s and '80s, I was too young for movies like "The Exorcist," "Rosemary's Baby," "The Shining" and "The Omen," only finding them later in my life. No, I was a child of the '80s, and as such, my first exposure to horror was the movies of Wes Craven and Sam Raimi. But I had a problem with the genre—I just didn't understand why there had to be so much blood. Read More...
By Ben Templesmith
So, the powers that be (Cheers, Rick!) have let me have a go at some blogging here. (You poor, poor people, little do you realize what a train wreck you are in for.)
I had wanted to talk about my intensive breeding program to raise a sentient race of Chinchillas, or perhaps my love of collecting preserved mammoth dung (I have the largest collection in the southern hemisphere) or even about the logistics of superhero sexual relationships, but alas, all were deemed a little, well... off.
So I'm going to talk about horror -- specifically, the nature of creating horror in comics and how I go about it. I mean, it's sort of what I'm known for. Read More...
EDITOR'S NOTE: Former "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" TV series writer (and current "Battlestar Galactica" scribe) Jane Espenson kicks off a new storyline this week in the "Season Eight" comic book series that promises big changes in the series' status quo. As we mentioned in our exclusive preview of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" #21, trouble begins when vampire Harmony Kendall finds fame on a new, fictional MTV series titled "Harmony Bites." Espenson has provided Splash Page readers with the following Guest Blog, written from the point-of-view of the story's blonde bloodsucker, explaining the premise of "Harmony Bites."
A meditation by Harmony Kendall
There are some things that absolutely everyone loves. The color pink. Little dogs. Reality television. Fizzy rum-based drinks. Giving in to dark impulses. Want to cover all the bases? Then fix yourself a drink, grab your pink dog and watch "Harmony Bites!" this week, premiering on MTV! It's crazy, real-life fun with the sexy twist of watching people lose their souls. For reals!
At first I wasn't sure if I liked the idea of all of those cameras watching my every move. But after I took the idea to MTV and they bought it, I decided to make my peace with it -- and boy, am I glad I did. I think introspection is about the healthiest thing that a person can do for herself, and nothing makes you look at yourself more closely than grooming a public persona that you can carry into your most private moments. In that way, this show is a gift that I give to myself. And now I'm ready for you to give it to yourself! Read More...
Scott Allie is a Senior Managing Editor at Dark Horse Comics, and works with such writers and artists as My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" creator Joss Whedon, and "Hellboy" creator Mike Mignola. In this guest blog, Allie talks about the challenges and rewards when it comes to working with some of the biggest names in entertainment, and above all else, his love of the medium.
I love telling stories, and I’m lucky to get to spend the majority of my day making sure that stories are told well. That’s how I see my job -- trying to get stories told through a medium that I find incredibly compelling, and not reduced to a poor science. There are not focus groups for comics. It’s a medium that is still being figured out, one comic at a time, with nothing but possibility in front of us practicing it.
I get involved in telling stories in lots of different ways. I get to write some—I’m writing a series based on Robert E. Howard’s "Solomon Kane" right now, in which I’m playing around with the idea of faith—I was born to parents who had no interest in religion, grew up atheist, and have finally found some point of connection only through the writing of Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan. In Kane, I can play with the grandiose language of the Bible while telling a story about fighting monsters. Read More...
Halloween Week at Splash Page marches on! Noted horror writer Christopher Golden -- whose work on "Hellboy" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" can be considered some of the creepiest tales out there today -- joins us with his take on the magic of October 31...and beyond.
For all of its frightful trappings, in my mind Halloween will always be about innocence. As a child, I would go trick or treating in my suburban Massachusetts neighborhood and watch the other kids in their costumes--some silly, some scary, and some just bizarre--and it always thrilled me. Yes, the candy was a part of that, as well as the freedom to roam the yards and streets of Framingham unfettered. Darkness would fall and the pillow case candy sack I carried would get heavier and heavier, and you would see adults and kids wandering around as little more than silhouettes. They could have been anyone, or anything. Read More...
Ronald "D-Pi" Wimberly is a Brooklyn-based comic book artist who's worked on Vertigo's "Swamp Thing," "Deadman" and the award-winning graphic novel, "Sentences: The Life of MF Grimm." Last year, Wimberly was hired as an extra for Spike Lee's new film "Miracle at St. Anna." Here, he blogs about his experiences on set, and how they influence his work as an illustrator.
First off, let me say, Spike Lee knows how to throw a party. More on that in a minute.
So a lot of people ask me how I got to be an extra on Spike's new flick, "The Miracle at St. Anna" -- like anything else in the entertainment business, it's all connections. Spike's brother, Cinqué, and I are friends -- we're even working on a top secret project together. Cinqué gave me the heads up...the rest is blurry background/foreground history.
With that out of the way, I have to say, the experience was incredible. Me and 30 other brothers from various backgrounds -- some who were already in the real service -- headed out to the Tuscan mountains and were trained to be movie soldiers by Billy Bud and Pat McCullen. My uniform was authentic in every way possible -- and it was bugged because I started to inhabit the character. I even felt genuine enmity when I saw the German soldiers -- who, by the way, were really cool people and consummate pros. Read More...
I have a confession to make: I’m not good at science. Here’s another one: I was never good at science. And finally, though it pains me to say this, I must confess one last thing: I will never be good at science.
Under any other circumstances, these declarations of guilt would not seem exceptional at all, given that there are lots of people in the world whose intellect doesn’t rest in the scientific realm. Forgetting that “Cu” stands for Copper and not understanding exactly why oil and water refuse to mix are hardly things to be ashamed of, especially if you can take pride in the fact that you passed your AP English classes with flying colors.
The fact is that I have never been embarrassed about my lack of drive or comprehension for all things science -- until several months ago, when I was cast as Special Junior Agent Astrid Farnsworth in the new sci-fi television show "Fringe." Read More...