What’s SHOOT THE MESSENGER?
Well, AICN COMICS: SHOOT THE MESSENGER is your weekly one stop shop for comic book -EWS. What’s comic book –EWS? Well, it’s our hodge podge of everything not reviews here at AICN Comics. Sure you can find out the @$$Holes’ critical opinions of your favorite books every Wednesday at AICN Comics. But here, you’ll find special reports such as previews, interviews, special features, and occasionally news gathered here from our online brethren at Newsarama, CBR, Wizard, etc. Sure those guys are the best at reporting news as it breaks. Click on the links for the original stories. This column cuts the crap to run down all the vital information for those of you who don’t follow it as it comes in, and serves it all up with that special ingredient of @$$y goodness.
Hey folks, Ambush Bug
here. We’ve got a ton of odds and ends to share this week with you plus of course some previews from our Spinner Rack To the Future.
But first we have a cool contest for all of you comic book guys searching for that special something for the one whose loins birthed you. Here’s what @$$Hole pal Jeremy Cesarec has to offer a few lucky readers.
Just like everyone else, fanboys and fangirls owe dear old Mom a fantastic Mother's Day present. Obviously the newest NARUTO issue or a bootleg Wolverine DVD isn't going to do the trick, but who wants to wade through the overwhelming options at the Macy's perfume counter?
This year we have the perfect compromise that will make both mom and her kids happy: THE MARGE BOOK. This ninth title in the eminently collectible Simpsons Library of Wisdom features kid-tested and mom-approved humor like entries from Marge's blog and Marge's Household Helpers like "How to Get Your Kids to Eat Their Veggies" (alternate the candy with jicama cubes in Pez dispensers). Plus, at a time when everyone is tightening their belt, the $9.99 price tag on this handsome little hardcover won't break the bank--even for a kid with a dwindling allowance.
Jeremy wants to offer 10 lucky winners a copy of this cool Simpson’s collector’s item. Staying in the tradition of THE SIMPSONS and since this is a comics column, all I ask of you is to send in your favorite Comic Book Guy quote from the SIMPSONS series and send it to the email addressed linked here. 10 of the best quotes will be given a free copy of THE MARGE BOOK. Be sure to send me your mailing address or you won’t qualify. Best of luck, folks. Send me those Comic Book Guy quotes. The results will be posted in a future column (hopefully before Mother’s Day).
Here’s a fun video from a reader who wants to be known as Fieldman No. 1. He’s put together a pretty cool video that he thought we might want to share with our readers. Check it out!Hello Ambush Bug, Many years ago I posted a review of TRAFFIC under the name Fieldman No.1, and set report for the 'Abduction Club'. I am also a massive geek of the comics. I read but never comment on your wondrous output. Too shy these days!
Since then I have been making TV shows and I'm trying to get into movies, but for now I’m doing the odd pop video. This one is an homage to me and the band's love of comics. They are called Sugar Crisis, after 'Bubblegum Crisis'.
It features 5 classic comic book cover 'swipes'. Can you spot 'em?
You can check out the video here. I would love to know what you think.
Thanks, Fieldman No. 1
Well, Fieldman No. 1. I did check it out and found the video to be pretty damn sweet. Thanks for sharing and hopefully the Talkbackers will check it out and enjoy it too. Best of luck!
Next up is a message from a reader known as J-Ray Vaughn. Check out GRUNTS whenever it’s finally released.
Nearly a year later the Grunts: War Stories trade is still missing in action. The comic has landed a movie deal and while no director has been attached - writer Rock Shaink (scribe of Universal's Hidden remake) is on the job helping to get a Grunts adaptation to Hollywood.
So what gives? The word from Arcana's EIC Sean O'Reilly says, "Grunts is a very valuable book in our library and it will be published, it's simply delayed because Arcana is now only focusing on ensuring every title meets the threshold (we are focusing on an output of 1-2 titles per month) and we simply don't have the 'open slots' available as we reorganize our entire schedule. For the fans that are demanding Grunts:War Stories TPB, we promise you it is coming!"
So what does it all mean? As Grunts: War Stories has been completed for two years and MIA for one year will Arcana finally figure out an 'open slot' for a completed book that some are clamering for? Or will it remain on the shelf as Arcana slowly figures out what they are doing? Only time will tell…