MAD LOVE with Kate (and Dan) May22

MAD LOVE with Kate (and Dan)

::The Asylum in St. Paul looks like it’s been burglarized. Comic books are scattered (gently) on the floor. Graphic novels cover the countertops. The couch is covered with convention lanyards and wristbands. Dan and Kate are napping on the one open patch of floor in the kitchen. Dan is clutching his sketch book:: Kate: ::wakes up with a start:: I DON’T WANNA WEAR THE FISHBOWL ON MY HEAD!! Dan: ::snorts:: Imsorrywhat? K: Never mind. 3 comic conventions in 4 weeks really takes its toll on a gal. The cosplayers are haunting my dreams now. They were demanding that I cosplay as Aquaman, but they didn’t think he could breathe on land on account...

DAN (AND KATE) TALK WITH… MICHAEL AVON OEMING May13

DAN (AND KATE) TALK WITH… MICHAEL AVON OEMIN...

Kate and I were lucky enough to run into writer/artist Michael Avon Oeming at the second annual Wizard World Minneapolis last week. Mr. Oeming, and his wife Taki Soma were awesome to talk to. Thanks to the wonder of email, this interview soon followed! First, let us congratulate you on the POWERS TV show being renewed for a second season! It must be a surreal experience seeing your creations come to life on television. Thanks! Yes it is. I’ve been lucky enough to have 3 different TV projects get made – only this version of Powers actually aired – we have the other pilot for FX, and I had a FOX TV show called THEM which we filmed a...

Spider-Verse Hardcover Collection Reviewed

    SPIDER-VERSE Marvel Comics I’ve been reading comics now for at least 45 years. When I started I would pick comics based on cool covers and Spider-Man always had cool covers. Soon I started reading favorite characters and while I leaned more towards the DC family of superheroes, I liked my share of Marvel as well. As I grew older it would go back and forth but there were always two constants in my comic book reading. Batman and Spider-Man. Going back to the 70’s I’ve seen a lot of versions and variations of Spider-Man and read a lot of different writers and artists take on the wallcrawler. Of late Dan Slott has been at the helm...

CONVERGENCE: SHAZAM #1

DC Comics May, 2015   Anyone who knows me, or who has spent any time at all interacting with me on the interwebs, knows I love Captain Marvel. No, not Marvel Comics’ alien soldier. Nope, not even Marvel’s African American Avenger. Although, she had one of the best costumes in all of funny book land. And she had some of the coolest powers, too. No, I’m talking about DC Comics’ Billy Batson. You know, the orphan who always wears that same red shirt all the time? Yeah, him. And talk about cool powers: whenever he says SHAZAM (the name of the ancient wizard who gave him his powers. How cool is that?!) he changes into the adult version of...

MARVEL ZOMBIES #1 with Kate (and Dan) Apr09

MARVEL ZOMBIES #1 with Kate (and Dan)

::Dan sprawls on his favorite easy chair, legs over the arms, feet pointed at the ceiling, head almost on the floor. He’s flipping through the Netflix and Hulu and Amazon at an alarming pace:: D: One trazillion internet stations, and nothing to watch! This is what it must have been like back in the Little House on the Prairie days! K: Chill out there, Laura Ingalls Wilder. Things aren’t that bad. Besides, I think even she had basic network stations. They just didn’t have TV on their phones back in the olden days. They just texted all the time, but it was really shitty ‘cause they didn’t have dedicated keyboards so it was just really hard....

Ms. Marvel with Kate (and Dan) Mar12

Ms. Marvel with Kate (and Dan)

Dan and Kate are relaxing in leather wing-backed chairs in the library at the Asylum in St. Paul. A large globe sits to the left of Dan, a decanter of ginger ale rests on the table next to Kate. The walls are lined with fancy looking books that neither of them have ever opened. Kate: ::swirls snifter of ginger ale:: Dan, do you remember your first comic book? Your gateway book to graphic novels and men wearing capes? Dan: ::leisurely spins globe:: Why, yes I do. I was on holiday with my family to scenic Brainerd, Minnesota. I had a few moments to myself in between boating excursions and relaxing near the pool so I stole away to the resort...