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MARVEL/ABC TV BYTE: Agents of SHIELD hasn’t exactly been the ratings bonanza that Marvel had envisioned when they announced their first foray into serial television. In fact, with their upcoming deal to produce five shows on Netflix, including Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and The Defenders, it appears that they intend to be making TV shows for the foreseeable future. Word is that they even plan to make a second show on ABC to follow Season two of Agents of SHIELD. This one, called Agent Carter, hopefully starring Hayley Atwell, will focus on the early days of SHIELD (remember her from Captain America: The First Avenger?) Some doom-sayers are saying that the release and reported fast-tracking of the new show could foretell the end of Agents of SHIELD, but personally I don’t think they have to be mutually exclusive. Agents did start slow, but it has really improved since the mid-season break and have even learned from competitors over at DC Comics, that people want to see other Marvel Comics characters interact with the cast and story lines. But first, there has to be a SHIELD to have a show about and after the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and recent episodes of Agents that fact is certainly in doubt. As for further information about Agent Carter stay tuned to Nerd Bytes!
BAT-BIRTHDAY BYTE: It’s the 75th Birthday of the Batman this year and DC Comics is not missing any opportunity to celebrate that fact. Below you will see a video short of Darwyn Cooke’s Batman Beyond Terry McGinnis and Bruce Wayne fighting side by side one more time. Check it out, we think you’ll like it!
INDIE COMICS BYTE: The latest offering from our friends at If? Commix is now available. That Bulletproof Kid from writer Matt Kyme (Tales to Admonish) and artist Arthur Strickland tells the story of Anth, a teenager with astounding powers. I found the book to be written in the Stan Lee style of the flawed character and a bit reminiscent of Robert Kirkman’s early issues of Invincible.
“Anth always thought having superpowers would be wicked. When he got them, he discovered being super isn’t easy. Going to school, fitting in socially and trying to figure out girls is hard enough as it is without the added pressure of having a secret identity. How are you supposed to get your homework done when you’re always having to save the world?”
As always the boys at If? Commix are offering digital downloads for just $1. Check out That Bulletproof Kid now at the IffyBizness website.
CHEW BYTE: John Layman’s Chew, the story of a ‘cibopath’ detective, which is a person who gets psychic impressions from eaten objects, is getting an animated treatment. Jeff Krelitz (Torchwood: Web of Lies, Peter Panzerfaust) is signed on to direct the project from a script written by Layman. Chew, published by Image Comics, has won two Eisner Awards, two Harvey Awards, and the trade paperbacks have hit the New York Times Best Seller List. As cool as all of that is the best part of this story is who they have signed to voice the main characters. Steven Yuen (Walking Dead) and Felicia Day (The Guild web series), will be lending their voice-over skills to the project. No word yet on when to expect the show, but as always Nerd Bytes will keep you posted as more information becomes available.
SIN CITY BYTE: It’s been almost ten years since Frank Millers’ Sin City graphic novel found its way to the silver screen. On August 22nd the sequel, helmed by Miller and Robert Rodriguez (again) will finally hit the theaters. It’s about time. The star-studded cast of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For will include Eva Green, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Jeremy Piven, and Bruce Willis, among many others. Check out this latest trailer for the film. Miller and Rodriguez hit the jackpot again!
Jem BYTE: Aubrey Peeples (Nashville) will be the lead in an upcoming live-action Jem and the Holograms film. The press release also named the actresses who will play the Holograms. Stefanie Scott (A.N.T. Farm) will play Kimber, Aurora Perrineau (Pretty Little Liars) as Shana, and Hayley Kiyoko (The Fosters) will bring life to Aja. Jon M. Chu will direct the film that was based on a 1980s Hasbro toy line and had a popular cartoon version that ran from 1985-1988. Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions, Scooter Braun Productions and Chu will produce the film and it is already shooting. Ryan Landels wrote the script, which is a re-imagining for a new generations. Word is that the basic story line focuses on “an orphaned teenage girl who becomes an online recording sensation. She and her sisters embark on a music-driven scavenger hunt — one that sends them on an adventure across Los Angeles in an attempt to unlock a final message left by her father.” These girls seem kind of young considering the source material, but the writer was asked to pull the story into current times and tween television and movies seem to be popular across demographics these days.
NERDITORIAL: Is anyone else as sick and tired of the misogynistic behavior in the comic book (and related) industries? Last week I wrote about the attacks against a female writer who dared have an opinion about a comic book cover. This week I see an article reprinting a blog by Eisner winning writer Greg Rucka (Queen & Country, Whiteout) railing against pure stupidity that he witnessed at comic book conventions. I cannot even believe that we’re dealing with these issues in 2014 America. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by the actions of people who more and more reflect the ideas presented in the movie Idiocracy. Yes, it was supposed to be a comedic satire of the future of the world as the motivated and intelligent put off procreation for careers, and the ‘reality TV generation’ dominate the gene-pool resulting in a mentally incapacitated society who’s greatest desire is to watch a TV show called “Ow, My Balls!” Incidents like the ones Rucka describes and the attack on Miss Asselin may be the clarion call that this tragic future may be closer than we think. I include only an excerpt of Rucka’s rant but I think you get the idea. Also, I reprinted it in its entirety including the colorful language, so if you’re offended by ‘foul language’ [by the way, I don’t believe that any language is foul] tune out now like an adult. You cannot be offended by what you were mature enough not to read. You were warned.
“…And some asshole thinks selling a shirt that, essentially, says, GURLS STAY OUT is funny. He’s talking to my wife. He’s talking to my daughter. He’s talking to my friends. He’s talking to my fans. He’s talking to some of the best writers in the industry, some of the most gifted artists, some of the most talented creators in the arts. GURLS STAY OUT. Heh heh heh. Fucking mouthbreather. Fake geek girl? This is still a thing? Rape threats because a woman has the temerity to point out flaws in a grievously flawed cover? Bullshit arguments about inclusiveness being overdone, overrated, that we don’t need it? So, yeah, this is directed at the guys, and you know who you are. Odds are you’re the ones who’d never read this in the first place, but that’s not going to stop me. You, yes, you. Come here. Listen. What in the name of everlovingfuck is the matter with you? Are you simply stupid? Are you just ignorant? Are you broken? Newsflash: you are owed NOTHING. Not a thing. Not a goddamn thing. This fandom, that fandom, guess what? It doesn’t belong to you. You don’t own it. You partake in it. It’s called community. You want something to be your thing, make a club, build a tree-fort, and do us a favor. Don’t come down. Next time you think of opening your damn mouth to talk about “the women” or “their agenda” or fake geek anything, if nothing else, know this: I am listening, and I am taking names, because you are, in part, talking about my daughter. You are talking about my friends. You are talking about my colleagues. You are talking about those people I am fortunate enough to count as fans of my work. And you do not get to talk about them that way. Especially my daughter.”
Thank you Mr. Rucka. I have always respected your talent. Now I respect you as a father, a husband, and a human being. Thank you for stepping up and calling it like it is. The world certainly needs more people of intelligence and values and much less Idiocracy! Our community needs smart people of every race, color, creed, and gender. All opinions are welcome. Intelligent people challenge each other with ideas and ideals, not with hatred and bigotry. Grow up, use your words and remember that what you put out into the world affects people including you. If you want to be taken seriously, be part of the solution [like Greg Rucka], not part of the problem!
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