Monthly Archives: January 2014

Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan are ready for the Super Bowl

Not really “comic book” related, but Patrick Stewart’s twitter feed is nerd GOLD, I tell you!

 

DC frightens children with weird “Sofubi” toys

One of my favorite parts of walking the floor at San Diego Comic Con is checking out the multitude of toys, toys, action figures, and toys.  From the unexpected, like last year’s preview of the Daft Punk action figures, to the absolutely, over-the-top, “how did they think of that” awesome like the Evel Knievel / Boba Fett “EvelFett” mashup – comic toys are better than ever.

Still awesome…

DC Comics, however, has teamed up with Medicom to release the second in a wave of toys designed to frighten children and casual comic fans everywhere. What do you get when you cross:
Casual Fan Favorite “Bizarro”, Read the rest of this entry

Dragon’s Lair’s Picks: Hot Comics of the Week (January 29, 2014)

Hey, now… We’re back with the hot comic picks of the week from our good friends at Dragon’s Lair Comics and Games. As always, I’ll chime in with my casual commentary, folks.

Batman And Robin Annual #2

Batman And Robin Annual #2; By: Peter J. Tomasi, Doug Mahnke, Mike McKone

The solicitation left me blinking my eyes in disbelief:

“A YEAR ONE ADVENTURE OF DICK GRAYSON AS ROBIN! Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson have shared a distinctive crimefighting role: Both have played Batman to a young Robin, so when they discover something important that Damian left behind it leads them to relive one of their first adventures in Gotham City as Batman and Robin!”

I was like, “what the what?”. After untangling the syntax, I got it. Read the rest of this entry

Artist of the Casual Kind Online Live! Emily Drouin

Friend of the blog, and fantastic artist Emily Drouin is using Livestream to let the casual observer watch the coloring process for issue #2 of EPLIS.

You might recall (though probably not, who am I kidding) that I reviewed issue #1 a while back. The art, and especially the colors, are eye-popping. So fun and so bold. It’s a treat to be able to watch the creative process LIVE. (And it doesn’t hurt that the Doctor Who soundtrack is playing in the background).

If you’ve got time tonight, she’ll be on until 10 Eastern. Point your browsers to http://www.livestream.com/epliscomic to watch her work. It’s hypnotic.

– CCG

Hottest Comic Book Guys (and me)

Who are the hottest guys in all of comic-dom? Google has spoken.

I noticed today that someone hit my site by searching for the term “hottest comic book guys”. Curious, I headed on over to Google-ville and, sure enough, my site is the third result for that search term. Love it.

Click the link when you get there to see the page Google is referencing. It’s like being in the Matrix. Recursive logic.

Also, I love the fact that just the other day when I was posting Marvel casting news, I came across this picture of Aaron Taylor-Johnson (slated to play Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron)

I guess he’s “kinda” hot…

And, as of now, he’s not even on the first page of “hottest” comic book guys. So, I think I know who’s going to play me in the upcoming movie adaptation of “Casual Comics Guy”.

– CCG

Marvel Casting Update – Avengers: Age of Ultron

News and rumors on the casting for Avengers: Age of Ultron is accelerating, so now’s a great time to catch up and reflect on the announcements. Here’s the cast with my casual commentary and arbitrary grades assigned.

Note: I’m only looking at only cast who will appear for the first time in Avengers: Age of Ultron. I’ll get around to the characters introduced in other movies (like The Falcon) in another post.

Ultron: James Spader

Image courtesy of: The Nerdist

I think it’s great that we’re getting Ultron as a villain in Avengers 2. Since Scarlet Witch is in this movie (more on that in a minute), and Ultron created Vision, is it too much to hope that Joss Wheedon will use Avengers 2 as a launching pad for that Vision and the Scarlet Witch TV series I’ve been pining for? Read the rest of this entry

Casual Comics Picks – Hot Comics of the Week (January 22, 2014)

Flying solo again for the best comic picks of the week. What follows are the most awesome comics being released this week according to me, the Casual Comics Guy, a guy who only reads about three comics per week. But, I do read ABOUT comics a lot and I used to read comics constantly, so I’m still better informed than 85% of bloggers on the webs who are just trying to maximize traffic through cheap keyword tricks.

By the way, if anyone can teach me those tricks, let me know. I’m too busy obsessing about all the comics I don’t have time to read.

I Don’t Get It: Hardcover

“I Don’t Get It” by Shannon Wheeler. Published by BOOM Studios.

It’s not the traditional “comic book”, but it caught my eye this week. First, it caught my attention because, many times, I truly don’t get it. Then, the New Yorker angle made me laugh because I’m old enough to remember Seinfeld. Lastly, it took me a while to dig up any more information on the book, so I thought, “Hey, even I can make a difference by spotlighting this instead of a third Avenger’s title. Read the rest of this entry

Casual Comics Rewind Review: Vision and the Scarlet Witch Volume 1, Number 3

Issues #1 and #2 of Vision and the Scarlet Witch are in the bag – review-wise. And, I’m loving them as much as I did the first (through 30th) time I read them. Even though it’s been about two decades since the last time I read this series, I’m still madly in love with the craziness of Marvel mini-series from the 80’s.

Behold! Vision and the Scarlet Witch Volume 1, Number 3. Written by: Bill Mantlo

Coming into the third issue of this four-issue miniseries, we’ve come to expect a pretty even split of action and family drama from the Vision and the Scarlet Witch mini-series. “Blood Brothers” doesn’t disappoint. Read the rest of this entry

Day of the Doctor / Friends mashup, courtesy i09.com

It’s been way too long since I’ve just posted something fun and/or goofy about the greatest television program in existence – Doctor Who. Check this out from one of my favorite pop-culture web sites, io9, and tell me you didn’t at least crack a smile.

 

Dragon’s Lair’s Picks: Hot Comics of the Week (January 15, 2014)

Ahhh… The new year is upon us and so are the new comics. Here are the picks for the best of the best bets for new comics this week. Rounding out the list is my pick for best comic reissue of the decade.

As always, weekly picks are provided by our friends over at Dragon’s Lair and uneducated commentary is mine and mine alone. 

Monsters! and Other Stories Trade Paperback Read the rest of this entry