August 15, 2014

Tommy Lombardozzi Does An Awesome Rocky... Um, I Mean ROCKET Raccoon Variant Cover For Me!!!!

 

With Guardians of the Galaxy doing gangbusters business in the cinemas right now, it is only to be expected that parent company Marvel Comics would make a push in print with all the characters involved. Rocket Raccoon, Star Lord, Guardians, Nova, and Thanos all have been playing major parts in the comic universe through individual titles... and characters from the "cosmic" side of the Marvel Universe have been popping up in every major title. So on a trip to one of our local mom & pop comic shops (Pinocchio Comics in Brooklyn) I looked over and I seen a stack of Skottie Young's new Rocket Raccoon #1 variants sitting there. They had all 3: The one with Rocket with a huge gun, the one with Stan Lee, and a white blank cover. Now I am not one of those comic collectors that will get caught up trying to track down variants and chase covers... its not my style. But I have been talking to Tommy (resident artist here at CCD) about doing something with one of these... having him create me a unique cover image (a 1 of 1) that is hand drawn. But I have been waiting for the right one to come along, and since Rocket is one of my favorite characters ever and I started collecting monthly comics again with the launch of this particular title I figured now was as good as a time as any. So I bought it, turned over to Tommy, and awaited the results. My man TL did NOT disappoint.... he did a bang up job on this awesome cover, and took the character way back to it's roots as being inspired by the Beetles song "Rocky Raccoon". Great, just great.... TL also happened to snap some incredible WIP shots of his initial sketches and the finished product. So great... thank you my friend. This has definitely "Rocketed" to the top of my collection as one of my favorite books (see what I did there). Check em all out after the jump...

The Expendabros: An Online Contra-style Game That Crosses The Expendables With BroForce...

BroForce is an online game that is in the 8 Bit style of Contra, Double Dragon and Jackal... it channels the 80s aesthetic of the old NES side scrolling action games that we all grew up with and love so much. So a mash-up between the game company and the upcoming Expendables 3 is a pretty obvious choice to promote the movie. Enter Expendabros, a game that is exactly like BroForce but features Barney and the gang taking on terrorists, blowing shit up, and kicking ass in general across the board like it was 1986 all over again! What a cool game, and the character design is so cool... you can find the game by clicking here, and check out fantastic stills and character design sketches after the jump....

August 13, 2014

The CCD Podcast: Episode #17 - The Best "Expendable" Movie Ever or 'More On Board... Moron Board.... Yeah, I Like That'


Whether you like the movies or not, the Expendable movie franchise is flourishing and has made a bunch of duckets over the past few years. Sly Stallone came up with the idea of a team of commandos who would be made up of past action stars that are now out of the spotlight. Even though that was what was teased, the first film finds us seeing old guys like Sly, Dolph Lundgren, and Arnold with newer action stars like Jason Statham, Jet Li and Terry Crews. It ended up being a lot of fun, and made lots of money... so in Expendables 2 they brought in lots of other 80s/90s former action stars like Chuck Norris, Bruce Willis, Jean Claude Van Damme and many more to make the sequel even bigger. And now we are on the dawn of The Expendables 3.... and we are getting even more former action stars!!! Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson, and Harrison Ford are joining the already expansive cast, and I am sure it will be quite fun. So in honor of the franchise and all it has accomplished Jedi Rob, Mike D and Jeff Bond take a look back at the former movies that these guys have been in where they were kicking major ass. We are running down some of the classics of action cinema, and it is fun looking back at all the goofy shit these guys have done. As an added bonus I have added some Expendables themed art after the jump to help set the mood. Make sure you head over to ITunes where you can Download, Listen, Subscribe, and SHARE with all your friends.... Lets Get Ready TO BLOW SOME SHIT UP!!!!!  

Tom Whalen Gets His 'Twilight Zone' On With His Year Long Subscription Based Poster Series From Dark Hall Mansion...


Tom Whalen is one of the greatest artists working in pop culture art right now. His work is often shown at Gallery 1988, Crazy 4 Cult, and many other shows and galleries around the country. If there is a big pop culture show, it usually features something from Whalen. I met him at Philly Comic Con a few years back, and the dude was super low key and cool despite being so well known in the geek poster community. So when I read that his next project would revolve around one of my favorite TV shows of all time and would take place over the course of the next year, my interests were immediately piqued. Whalen is teaming up with poster company Dark Hall Mansion to complete a subscription based series of posters based on classic Twilight Zone episodes. The series will run over the course of the next 12 months and will feature 10 posters. So a person pays for the full run up front, and then receives the newest entry to the collection via mail. The price seems high ($450 for the full 10 poster regular run or $650 for the 10 poster variant run), but when you consider that it works out to just around $45 - $65 a piece it is a bargain. The best part is that once you buy the run you are locked in... no need to try and snag EVERY release independently and end up missing out on one or two, therefore failing to complete the set. The episodes that will depicted are unknown, but Whalen is a great artistic talent and I am sure whichever ones he picks for the series will be executed to perfection. The posters are all 18 x 24, and will be set runs (230 sets of the regular posters, 70 of the variants) so don't sleep. The prints will be made available on Tuesday, August 19th at some time between 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time on the Dark Hall Mansion website. Which episodes do you hope Whalen takes on? These are going to be great.... check out the first sample poster (based on the classic episode 'Eye of the Beholder') after the jump... 

A Usagi Yojimbo Film Is On The Way... Watch The Short That Got The Filmmakers Permission From Stan Sakai To Make It!


My earliest memories of Usagi Yojimbo come from the TMNT cartoon series of the early 90s. I loved that show, and Stan Sakai's samurai bunny rabbit was always a highlight for me. He is so serious, and such an absolute badass... so when I was able to read some of the Yojimbo comic stories later in life I found them amazing! Sakai's art is also spectacular, and the stories are true samurai epics even though they feature talking animals. So when my buddy Tommy Lombardozzi (who is a huge Usagi  fan) sent me a new short film that was created in order to secure the confidence of Sakai in making a full length feature. Lintika Films presents Usagi Yojimbo: The Last Request. It is really well done, and Sakai was so blown away that he gave his blessing for them to move forward with a full length feature. Keep track of the films progress by following their Facebook page, and watch the embedded short film after the jump for a taste of things to come!!!

August 12, 2014

Happy 61st Birthday Hulkster!!!


Hulk Hogan has crossed over from just being known as a wrestling superstar to being recognized by pretty much anyone with a pulse. Everyone knows Hulk, whether they watch wrestling or not. So this past week saw Hulk turn 61, and Vince McMahon and the WWE paid tribute to the aging vet with a classic party right in the ring on Monday Night Raw!!! Plenty of guests showed up, including: Jimmy Heart, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Ric Flair, and even a mustachioed Paul 'Mr. Wonderful' Orndorf!!! And then we even get to see the Hulster reunite with The Outsiders, NWO style! Holy shit, what a great tribute. Check out the full clip after the jump... for all the 80s babies who loved them a true American hero!

Teenage Mutant Ninja X-Men by M7781


I came across artists m7781 (Marco D'Alfonso) over on Reddit due to his awesome Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and X-men mashup that is making the rounds on the Internet. When I moseyed on over to his Deviant Art page I found an incredible collection of art mashups of pop culture characters that will make your head spin. There are a bunch of good ones, but I still find myself rotating back to the TMNT/X-Men one the most. What a great piece. Leo as Cyclops (the leader), Donatello as Beast (the scientist), Mikey as Iceman (the funny guy) and Raphael as Wolverine (the maniac). We also get April as Jubilee (they did rock the same colors!), Casey Jones as Cable, and my personal favorite side character Metalhead as Colossus. Pretty amazing. Lets hope m7781 decides to do a Brotherhood of Evil Mutants/Footclan mashup.... Shredder as Magneto? Kang as The Blob? Rocksteady & Bebop as Pyro & Avalanche? Yup... that would be great! Check out the full size pic after the jump...

August 7, 2014

The CCD Podcast: Episode #16 - In Defense Of... Vol #1 or 'Optmus Prime, A Living Painting and an Ewok Walk Into A Bar'


So for Episode #16 of the CCD podcast we decided to start a little feature called 'In Defense Of...' in which each panel member basically gets a chance to defend something that they hold dear but, is widely panned by others. You know, that really unpopular opinion you have about a director... or maybe a movie/TV show, or even a musician or comic. Whatever they want to defend, the panel member gets their chance to defend their long lost love of a hated project... and then the other two members get to T off on them for being ridiculous. It is a lot of fun, and in this episode Joe Esq and Mike D join Jedi Rob for a trip to the nerd opinion courtroom. This should be fun... LOL. Make sure you head on over to iTunes, and do the following: Subscribe, Download, Listen, SHARE... REPEAT!!!

The Faces Of A Thief, 2 Thugs, An Assassin and A Maniac... What Do You Get? Sean Hamilton's 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Face Mash-Up !!!


My buddy Sean Hamilton is back at it again, this time taking on the hit characters of the 'Guardians of the Galaxy'. In his latest 'face mash-up' piece he takes on the new Fab 5 and uses their distinct facial features to meld them into one cohesive facial pattern. You get the crown of Groot's tree head, the flowing purple ponytail against the green skin of Gamora, the red tattoos of Drax, the furry brow of Rocket, and the mask and 80's headphones of the man called Star Lord... all in one piece! Pretty great. Sean is a very talented dude and has been knocking out amazing art pieces over on his webpage but, he is also finding time to be in the podcasting game with the guys over at the League of Geekz. They have some interesting takes on everything from pop culture, and Sean gets to chat with his fellow podders about toys, movies, comics, TV and much more. Where does this guy find the time? Another great artistic endeavor done well by Create Ink Studios. Make sure you try and cop this puppy when Sean adds it to the online store. Check it out after the jump....

Rocket Raccoon: A Musical Parody by Animfantastic x Town In The City


When I was a kid, my dad would play the Beatles constantly.... In the car, at the house... always with The Beatles. I developed quite a love for the Fab 4, but there was one song in particular that always held a soft spot for me. 'Rocky Raccoon'. I don't know why, but the songs lyrics (although dealing with adult themes of relationships, adultery and gun play) are quite appealing to kids. Maybe it is the sing-songy melody of the tune, or the drawl that Paul is using when singing the lyrics. Whatever it is, the song just jumped out of their catalog to me as a favorite. So, years later when I encountered Rocket Raccoon in the pages of Marvel comics it was hard to ignore the influences of the 'Rocky Raccoon' song over the character and story arc. Rocket is dating Lylla (like Lylla in the song), they are searching out a sacred book called Gideon's Bible (a direct reference to the song), and his best friend is a walrus named Wal Rus (clearly a link to the walrus of 'The Magical Mystery Tour' album). No wonder I always was drawn to the character of Rocket in the comics. Bill Mantlo and Keith Giffen create a magical character and world that was clearly rooted in the Beatles music... which is amazing! So when I came across this great video finally acknowledging the links by mashing up the two... well, I was sold immediately. Animfantastic teams up with Town In The City to produce the video, and while it is silly... who cares? It is a song about a talking Raccoon after all, so isn't is supposed to be silly? Enjoy the mashup after the jump...