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Dark Horses Sledge Hammer 44 Volume 1 is legendary

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From it’s inception, this story off archaic power, rebirth and of course Nazi’s, was destined for greatness and it is! What started as a labor of love for the Eisner Award winning artist John Powers Severin (December 26, 1921 – February 12, 2012) has come to fruition with the help of the uber-talented writers Mike Mignola (Hellboy) and John Arcudi (Solo) and equally talented artists Jason Latour (B.P.R.D) and Laurence Campbell (Punisher).

Trust Mike to align himself with an artist like John for this action packed story of mysticism, violence and redemption. Sledgehammer44 has all the whistles and bells contained in any given BPRD story, but with this underline eerieness…what am I saying?… everything Mike Mignola writes is eerie. I guess what I’m saying is that it’s been a long time since I’ve picked up any of his works, but when I do, I’m always satisfied.

I mean anytime someone has the balls to actually draw Adolf Hitler and I’m not talking about a shoulder or hairline, but the whole kitten caboodle, you know risks are being taken and luckily, it all paid off.

Synopsis: A man in a suit of iron drops from an American warplane onto a French battlefield and unleashes a powerful cosmic force on an army of Nazis, their massive war machine, and their most dangerous agent, the deadly Black Flame! 

Awesome! Awesome! I love this story! What John Severin started at the ripe old age of 89, bloomed into a tale about death and the legacy we leave behind. Set in WWII, the stakes for everyone in Sledgehammer, is already high as the creators drop us in the trenches during a reconnaissance mission of epic proportions. The introduction of our hero, or heroes, lays the strange on heavily, as you struggle to understand who or what this “thing” is. As the story of The Sledgehammer begins to unfold, not fully, we are taken on an existential journey. In a few brief panels were given a taste of what The Sledgehammer is and how it works. The brilliance comes when we learn of the by-product of tampering with powers beyond the understanding of those who created this suit. It’s just awesome in a way that only these true auteurs could deliver.

John Severin passed away before the completion of this amazing story, but I’m certain he would very happy with the results.

Sledgehammer 44 is a must read!

Max Brooks graphic novel The Harlem Hellfighters would’ve made a better unillustrated book

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I’m not ashamed to admit that a lot of my history lessons, of late, have been through graphic novels. I find that lately a lot of authors are using this medium in order to tell the world their stories and although most are a blend of fact and fiction, there’s no denying some of the irrefutable truths about our past. Such is the case with author Max Brooks (World War Z) latest endeavor The Harlem Hellfighters. It’s an exhausting and brutally real account of a world unlike our own, but was once very real.

Synopsis:

In 1919, the 369th infantry regiment marched home triumphantly from World War I. They had spent more time369th_15th_New_York in combat than any other American unit, never losing a foot of ground to the enemy, or a man to capture, and winning countless decorations. Though they returned as heroes, this African American unit faced tremendous discrimination, even from their own government. The Harlem Hellfighters, as the Germans called them, fought courageously on—and off—the battlefield to make Europe, and America, safe for democracy. 

Having seen a lot of movies that cover such topics, it’s approach wasn’t a huge surprise. Most African Americans are well aware of the struggles our boys went through to become soldiers back in the days and because of this, I found it tremendously difficult to hone in on the books true voice. As a forty year old black male, seeing and reading about the indignity the 369th infantry faced on the front lines and abroad, was like watching a Netflix film. Been there done that. Not a lot of new ground to be broken here, but I will say this, it is a great read for someone completely unfamiliar with this part of history and other stories of black infantry’s in American wars, but for me I was a bit disappointed in the lack of clever dialogue. Unlike Max’s masterpiece, World War Z, THH is a graphic novel through and though, what I mean is, flash was substituted for substance. It’s very thematic in it’s approach and although he claimed that this was a labor of love that he’d been sitting on for decades, it didn’t quite feel that way for me. To me THH would have been better as an actual story and not a graphic novel. This is one of those rare cases when I feel like turning this story into a graphic novel, dumb down a very important part of American history. That being said, I understand his reasoning for doing it. One, to make it appealing to a young demographic and two, to pitch this as a film, which incidentally, Sony Pictures has already picked it up and Caleeb Pinkett and James Lassiter under their Overbrook company, will produce it. You can checkout that story here.

There are some good things about this story like the illustration by Canaan White, whose work with Marvel is unparallelled. His art takes this story one step further with “in your face” violence and believe me the story wouldn’t have been nearly as good without it. While reading, I was often times reminded of Dave Gibbons work in The Watchmen. Canaan incorporates a lot of the eye-bulging and entrail-flying, that I saw in that beloved 80′s graphic. On the downside, I did find it hard to follow the characters and yes, I know, not all brothers look a like, but they kinda did in this graphic or at least their stories were so inconsequential that the marriage of character and art got slightly blurred from time to time.

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I know I’m coming down on this book HARD, but it left me half cocked. I’m sure when it’s turned into a film they’ll fill in some of those holes left by Max, but as for the read, it’s worth it. The story does tend to go off in different directions a lot though. It felt as though Max desperately needed to squeeze these historical tidbits in, but forgot to focus on the characters. Honestly, the book felt like I was watching Forrest Gump. Especially the pages where Max and Canaan are telling us about the role blacks played in every war. It was kinda funny.

I recommend this book for it’s art more than the story, but as I said before, it’s a stellar read for the uninformed.

If you are interested in some other World War graphic novels we reviewed CHECK THESE OUT!

ONWARDS TOWARD OUR NOBLE DEATHS: http://wp.me/p2ge4g-CG

ALAN’S WAR: THE MEMORIES OF G.I. ALAN COPE: http://wp.me/p2ge4g-zh

 

This documentary gives us a rare glimpse at the youth of San Francisco in 1961

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This video is a perfect example of some of the gems you find on youtube, that you will not find anywhere. Directed by cinematographer David Meyers (THX 1138, Woodstock) Ask Me, Don’t Tell Me turns it’s lens on the rebellious youth of 1961 in San Francisco. The footage is superb and may come in handy for those directors out there needing this look for a new film. The vernacular used by the narrator is classic! In this film, you see all types, the Bro’s, Chicano’s, Greasers, surfers you name it. The music is also a timeless treasure. It’s a testament that real life is much stranger than fiction. This is brilliant and a must watch!

Jordan Mechner’s Templar turns fact and fiction into Medieval Awesomeness

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Writer Jordan Mechner (Prince of Persia, Solomon’s Thieves) and artists/husband and wife team Leuyen Pham and Alex Puvilland, have given the “big heist” genre a much needed facelift with Templar. This graphic, which was originally going to be a series of books starting off with “Solomon’s Thieves”, was released as a full graphic novel on July 2013. Yeah, I know I’m a little late with this review, but that’s just me being lazy, but now that I’ve read it, I’m thrilled to share this amazing story of “guts and glory” with you.

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Synopsis:

Martin is one of a handful of Templar Knights to escape when the king of France and the pope conspire to destroy the noble order. The king aims to frame the Templar’s for heresy, execute all of them, and make off with their legendary treasure. That’s the plan, anyway, but Martin and several other surviving knights mount a counter-campaign to regain the lost treasure of the Knights Templar.

What I enjoyed most about this book is that it goes places you don’t think it will. Let me explain…writer Jordan Mechner, never get’s caught up in the tropes commonly associated with stories like this. In other words, he’s done his homework and although this story is a complete work of fiction, he, as well as Leuyen and Alex, do a superb job of recreating that world and blending fact with fiction. The environments are visceral and accurate which lends weight to each character. Their interaction with their surroundings and each other, sucks you in.  You begin to feel for the rogue Templar’s, Martin and his Merry Men, as they struggle to survive in a world that has casts them out. You want them to succeed and not to ruin it for you but, the end was very surprising. The whole book is one big “Fools Errand” with so many components, personalities and loves, that it would’ve been real easy for the story to have fallen off due to laziness, but just when you think “how the hell?” the author and illustrators take it one step further, by laying it out in laymen terms. Example: when they discuss how they are going to break into the vault containing the “Templar Gold”  the artists draw it out, in full detail. It’s the little things people! We are in the trenches with them as they go all “Oceans Eleven”, on ya! It’s awesome! Templar is thought out and a very well seasoned graphic of immeasurable value! It’s just brilliant!

Having already had their works adapted to screen I have no doubts this, if not already, will be in theaters soon!

Sony buys another Max Brooks property in the WWI epic The Harlem Hellfighters

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Things are looking up for writer and son of comedian/director Mel Brooks. Max Brooks, creator of World War Z, has Sony Pictures snatching up another one of his stories “The Harlem Hellfighter’s” which hits bookshelves on April 1, 2014. The movie has even found it’s producers Caleeb Pinkett and James Lassiter under their Overbrook Production company.  The story is the amazing recount of the 369th infantry division a.k.a The Harlem Hellfighters, an all African American unit who fought during WWI.

In 1919, the 369th infantry regiment marched triumphantly home from World War 1. They had spent more time in combat than any other American unit, never losing a foot of ground to the enemy, or a man to capture, and winning countless decorations. Though they returned as heroes, this African American unit faced tremendous discrimination, even from their own government. The Harlem Hellfighters, as the Germans called them, fought courageously on—and off—the battlefield to make Europe, and America, safe for democracy. 

In THE HARLEM HELLFIGHTERS, bestselling author Max Brooks and acclaimed illustrator Caanan White bring this history to life. From the enlistment lines in Harlem to the training camp at Spartanburg, South Carolina, to the trenches in France, they tell the heroic story of the 369th in an action packed and powerful tale of honor and heart.

(via. The Hollywood Reporter)

Brooks, the son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft, wrote the book World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, which was adapted for Paramount’s Brad Pitt-starring film that grossed $202 million domestically and $540 million worldwide. A sequel is currently in development.

 

 

Writer Bret Easton Eillis and director Rob Zombie are working on a Manson Murder tv show for FOX

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Yeah you heard right and your probably asking yourself…”why a t.v. series?” and “wouldn’t this make a better movie?”  My answer to you would be yes, but that’s not what bothers me the most about this. What bothers me most is that Rob “hackjob” Zombie is attached to this and I know it’s only because it fits him visually, but does he really have what it takes to take one of the most iconic psychopaths in history and tell a legitiment story? Especially given his track record of films. I know I’m coming off negative, but he’s one of those directors, not unlike M. Knight, that thinks anything fitting thier genre belongs to them, because hey! Look what I’ve done, and we all know shitty writing and cult followings does not a good movie make. I will say this however and that is author Bret Easton Ellis (American Psycho,Less Than Zero) is a hell of a pick for a writer and is probably the only thing that’ll allow FOX to greenlight this.

Here’s a suggestion to Rob…find an amazing cinematographer and an amazing cast and allow this to be the only thing you concentrate on for the next few years. This could be your citizen Kane, but not if your not 100% focused.

(Via. Variety)

The Ellis-Zombie collaboration aims to tell converging stories of people and events leading up to and after the murders, from shifting points of view. The project is envisioned as a multipart series, but it is one of many limited series projects in the works and is far away from receiving a greenlight.

The idea for the project began with Zombie and Adam Kolbrenner and Robyn Meisinger of Madhouse Entertainment. They developed the concept and brought it to Ellis and Alcon. To date, no source material has been optioned for the project, which plans to take an original approach to dramatizing stories drawn from the historical record.

The Manson Family saga was previously adapted for the 1976 CBS TV movie “Helter Skelter,” which was based on the book of the same name by prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi.

Ellis most recently penned the micro-budgeted Lindsay Lohan starrer “The Canyons,” released last year by IFC. Zombie’s last directorial effort was the 2013 indie “The Lords of Salem.”

Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust

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There’s really no easy way to talk to children about the atrocities that took place during World War II, especially if your family was directly effected. That’s not to say that that’s what this book was designed to do, but with the child-friendly drawings on the cover and throughout, one would think that was the intention. Instead, we get a serious and intriguing story of a young girl who was affected, but unlike some of the unfortunate souls who were taken, had a strong network of family and friends who were determined to save this girl from the fate that befell so many children during the Holocaust.

Written by Loïc Dauvillier, whose adapted such classics as Around the World in 80 Days and Oliver Twist Hidden takes us on this thought provoking journey.

Synopsis:

In this gentle, poetic young graphic novel, Dounia, a grandmother, tells her granddaughter the story even her son has never heard: how, as a young Jewish girl in Paris, she was hidden away from the Nazis by a series of neighbors and friends who risked their lives to keep her alive when her parents had been taken to concentration camps.
Hidden ends on a tender note, with Dounia and her mother rediscovering each other as World War II  ends . . . and a young girl in present-day France becoming closer to her grandmother, who can finally, after all those years, tell her story. With words by Loïc Dauvillier and art by Marc Lizano and Greg Salsedo, this picture book-style comic for young readers is a touching read.

For those familiar with what was happening in the German camps at the time, it’ll be easy to fill in the “intended” gaps left by the writer. Of course, for the inquisitive, a little research goes a long way. But Hidden isn’t about history, it’s about relationships. So it’s important to know that while reading that in no way shape or form are they trying to give you a play by play of the horrors. This book is designed to help those struggling for closure in the face of insurmountable odds. The camps touched so many lives that it’ll echo an eternity and the stories that emerged from the wreckage are still being told. Hidden is a meditative read and is as quiet and wonderful, as it is, loud and terrifying.

Will 2014 be the new Season of the Witch

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The answer is yes.. If you’ve been watching any of the new tv shows like Sleepy Hollow, American Horror Story or have heard news of Maleficent or Into The Woods, than you know that Witches are the new Vampires, but how did it get to this point? We were burning them two hundred years ago. How has something so steeped in mystery and misunderstanding become the new face of Hollywood?

This is when I tell you that we at MITNG, in our relentless need to get this kind of information to you, spoke to one of the leading experts in the field of the Occult and Demonology, SORRY….I had promised Craig and them…wait, what? What I meant to say is, that I did some web surfing, in a vague effort, to help you understand these purveyors of magic, just a little bit better and how they have and always will be, ripe for the picking in Hollywood.

As far back as I can remember, the world has always been fascinated by witches. The female witches in particular, represent a level of independence, that most men found threatening and alluring, although they would never admit it. The first record of a witch goes as far back as the Old Testament. Although what I’m about to tell you was supposedly omitted from the Bible years ago, it still stands as one of the first records. The story goes like this…in the beginning when G-d had already created man and he was lonely, he created a woman. Most of us know this woman to be Eve, but did you know there was a prototype? According to Jewish myth, the first woman was a very strong and independent succubus/witch, named Lilith and unlike Eve, Lilith wasn’t created from the rib of Adam, but was made from dirt, filth and sediment and not pure dust, to be exact, but for all intents and purposes, she was the physical manifestation of “his equal”. So when G-d said she had to obey Adam and have kids for him and yadda yadda yadda…Lilith wasn’t having any of it and ran away.

(Via. Gnosis.org)

Adam complained to God: ‘I have been deserted by my helpmeet’ God at once sent the angels Senoy, Sansenoy and Semangelof tolilith-by-DonatelloDrago3 fetch Lilith back. They found her beside the Red Sea, a region abounding in lascivious demons, to whom she bore lilim at the rate of more than one hundred a day. ‘Return to Adam without delay,’ the angels said, `or we will drown you!’ Lilith asked: `How can I return to Adam and live like an honest housewife, after my stay beside the Red Sea?? ‘It will be death to refuse!’ they answered. `How can I die,’ Lilith asked again, `when God has ordered me to take charge of all newborn children: boys up to the eighth day of life, that of circumcision; girls up to the twentieth day. None the less, if ever I see your three names or likenesses displayed in an amulet above a newborn child, I promise to spare it.’ To this they agreed; but God punished Lilith by making one hundred of her demon children perish daily; [5] and if she could not destroy a human infant, because of the angelic amulet, she would spitefully turn against her own. [6]

Whether fact or fiction, it’s a pretty ballsy move, to place a woman in direct defiance of G-d, especially in those days. I like to think the scribes were living vicariously through Lilith, thus they were able to anonymously speak out about their feelings toward the church by making her the embodiment of evil. This incarnation laid the ground work for women to look to her for guidance

Moving on.

For the true historians…forgive me if I jump around a bit. I’m not an expert.

The witch would undergo several manifestations before becoming the “wack-job on a broom stick” version, we know today. I think it’s pretty safe to say that that image of her came along when witch hysteria was taking hold of England. A lot of that had to do with the Black Death (1348-1350). That sickness wiped out millions, so when people began questioning why, many began providing their own answers. This and the Spanish Inquisition of 1478, created fertile ground for the persecution of practices deemed to be Satanic. There were even some who worshiped the same God, who were being persecuted, and had to flee. Whether true witchcraft was even being practiced during those times, I don’t know, but there are reports.

One such report comes from Ireland, Kilkenny to be exact. Dame Alice Kyteler (1280 – later than 1325) was the earliest known person to ever be formerly accused of witchcraft. Her, so called crime, predated the Black Death and the Inquisition, so perhaps she was legit. We may never know, because she skipped town before she could be formally tried, but her gimp…oh that poor bastard, was tortured until he confessed he was a witch and served under Alice. He was burned at the stake. She was also accused of money lending , adultery and murder so there’s a lot going on in this saucy tale. Behold.

The case was brought in 1324 before the then Bishop of Ossory, Richard de Ledrede, an English Franciscan friar. The bishop wrote to the Chancellor of Ireland, Roger Utlagh ( Outlaw ), to have her arrested but this rebounded on him, the Chancellor being her first brother-in-law. In fact de Ledrede himself was jailed by Sir Arnold le Poer, the Seneschal of Kilkenny, her fourth brother-in-law. John Darcy, the Lord Chief Justice traveled to Kilkenny to investigate the events and vindicated the Bishop, who again attempted to have Dame Alice arrested.

After some months of stalemate, one of her servants, Petronella de Meath, was tortured, and confessed to witchcraft, implicating Kyteler. After this, Kyteler was condemned. She fled the country, presumably to the Kingdom of England. She appears no further in contemporary records. The Bishop continued to pursue her lower-class followers, bringing charges of witchcraft against them. Petronella de Meath was flogged and burned at the stake on November 3, 1324. Her daughter apparently joined Kyteler in England. Kyteler’s son William Outlaw was also accused inter alia, of heresy, usury, perjury, adultery, and clericide. After “recanting”, William escaped relatively lightly, being ordered to hear three masses a day for a year and to feed the poor.

This was one of the first European witchcraft cases and followed closely on the election of Pope John XXII (1316–1334), to the Papacy. In 1320, he had witchcraft added to the list of heresies.

Then of course there were the Salem Witch trials of (1692-1693) and we all know how that went down, but I think Salem is  where most American’s formulated their opinions about what witches were and unfortunately, most of those opinions were wrong. With all religion comes paranoia, the Puritans having fled England to practice their faith in the new lands, were all alone in this strange world, so new ideas had to be formed to keep the flock from straying and when anyone is given something precious, especially a child, and that thing promises power, sometimes it’s too good to pass up. Things like knowing the future or beguiling an infatuation, is a time honored tradition and is primarily what witches were used for. This dates back to the Oracles at the Temple of Delphi. Course they didn’t call them witches then, in fact they became useful in swaying political decisions…you see where I’m going? We all see what we want to see, but what the fuck does all this have to do with witches in Hollywood. Nothing…I just thought you might like to know a little history and now for the good stuff.

There are two men, I ordain, for being solely responsible for ushering in the era of the witch into Hollywood and the effects can be felt to this walt-disneyday. Walt Disney (pictured left) and Victor Fleming (lower right). Walt Disney, as you all know, gave animation a new face with films like Snow White,Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty and Victor Fleming directed the one film that canonized the broom and pointy hat, The Wizard of Oz. Of course you can’t mention these artist without mentioning the source material Oz (L.Frank Baum) and…well pretty much every Disney film produced in the late thirties and early forties, The Brother’s Grimm.

Victor Fleming, circa 1933. Courtesy Photofest.  These two “single-handedly”, made witches cool. They gave them a face, some likable some, not so much, but they were always memorable and seemed to be what audiences wanted. Course, no witch film was ever complete back in the days, without a song or two in the film, but films with music in them was what Hollywood was serving up for a very very long time. The witches on film today tend to be a bit more serious. They’ve gotten rid of the striped socks and replaced them with fishnet stockings in most cases and tube socks and sneakers, in others.

In 1964 television brought the cauldron to tv with Bewitched starring Elizabeth Montgomery and Dick York, until March 25, 1972, when the show was cancelled. In the seventies directors touched, ever so lightly, on the witch genre, but at a time when horror was all anyone wanted to see. So we got films like Dario Argento’s “Suspiria” and Daughter’s of Satan (1972). This new look on the craft was exploitative to say the least. Most of these films back then contained young women dancing around a fire naked or being tortured sexually by church inquisitors. No more song and dance and no more yellow brick roads, the witch had a new look or at least appeared to have a new look and it wasn’t all good. That is, until the eighties.

To keep up with the magic, film directors like Ridley Scott and Steven Spielberg, were throwing down, directors needed to reinvent this genre again. Offer up some magic, but with a real story and real consequences. The 80′s saw witch films such as The Witches of Eastwick, Warlock (1989), Spellbinder (1988), The Little Mermaid (1989) and Teen Witch (1989).

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It’s important for you to notice that because these films most certainly involved women, these films could easily be referenced as the state of women at the time the film was made. Witches of Eastwick found three powerful witches (Susan Surandon, CHER and Michelle Pfeiffer) set upon by this demon played by Jack Nicholson. During this time you had films like Working Girl…get it? I don’t know, I was trying to make a connection, but failed miserably. However, the witches in the 80′s are getting sexy again, well…there was never a time when witches weren’t sexy, but you get my meaning. What’s also funny, but obvious, is that most of these films are watched by women.

You see I’ve always said women are the Earth Mother’s. Their ability to create life, connects them “like no other” with the spirit world. Divination, clairvoyance, astrology, incantation, are mostly practiced by women. Sure, there are a few warlocks out there, but most of the problems that are called upon by a witch to cure, usually entails that of a feminine nature. Mind you, this is neither good nor bad, but something I noticed hanging with Wiccan’s ( a pagan religion introduced in 1954) and working at a mineral store, in Orlando Florida. We all want to connect with something higher, it just so happens that higher seems too high at times and sometimes it’s easier to connect with something tangible, that’s not to say witchcraft doesn’t have it’s share of the fantastic, but so does the Bible. We do what works.

So let’s fast forward the chronometer pass the 90′s, past movies like  Hocus Pocus (1993) , Witches (1990, a brilliant film I must say)  and The Craft (1996) to the 2000′,s where we see the rise of the vampire. Stick with me, I am going somewhere with this.

If there was ever a period in time when the witch in Hollywood most certainly saw it’s imminent defeat, it was in the early 2000′s. Films like Queen of the Damned (2002), Day Watch (2006), Let the Right One In (2008), Twilight series, Underworld and True Blood, were all the rage and virtually wiped out any memory that witches even existed. Sure you’d could still find books being written about them, but for the most part Hollywood wasn’t having it, the vampires were too strong. It seemed adult and tween novelist, were doing any and everything to make these bloodsuckers more likeable or sexy. But in 2005-2010ish, a strange thing started to happen on shows like True Blood, the story took a  turn for the whimsy. It began incorporating/crossingover, by having the vampires battling witches. Around that same time the Bill Willingham book FABLES was being considered for adaptation by ABC. A hugely popular book that chronicles the lives of real life fable character’s who had been exiled from their home world. The story’s central character’s are witches from children’s story, given a modern twist of course. So now, nearly a decade later, A shift starts to occur and the witches are slowly coming back.  ABC, unable to secure the rights to FABLES, creates their own version of the story and calls it Once Upon A Time (not to be confused with Once Upon a Time: In Wonderland, but kinda sorta the same) also due out this fall. That show is followed by another fairly-like show Grimm and just like that…they are back…and now, in the year of our Lord 2013, we have shows like American Horror Story: Coven, Sleepy Hollow, Witches of East End, Oz the Great and Powerful, Hansel and Gretel, Disney’s Maleficent (based on the character from Sleeping Beauty), Snow White and The Huntsman, PIXAR’S Frozen, Into the Woods (based on the Broadway musical) so on and so forth.

In hindsight they only took a break for about ten years before reemerging, but this emergence happens to be with great fervor. It’s like something snapped, cause people are loving themselves some witches right now, and that’s fine, they do have a history of doing well in the cinema, but will they be portrayed in the right light? I’m optimistic, especially with the level of writing coming out of the studios these days and rightfully so. They do exist and have existed for thousands of years. They even live near you. No, they aren’t wearing anything special, outside of a five star pendant of quartz wand around their neck, but they are today’s practicing modern witches. I don’t know enough about them to really go depth about what their lifestyle entails, but there’s enough of them in the U.S. alone, to warrant a certain level of respect when portraying them on screen. I’ve visited places like Salem, Mass, Cassadega, Fla and Sedona, Az and I’ve seen the covens and they are good people and are respectable followers of Earth magic.

Alright some of the shows like AHS and Sleepy Hollow do tend to do a good job of not making them completely cheesy and let’s be honest, I don’t think America’s gonna buy into that any more, but there are still some movies/tv shows, that shouldn’t be made, but we will have to wait and see if I’m right. Nevertheless, expect to see a lot of them in the near future cause something tells me they aren’t going away anytime soon.



 

Dark Horse set to release George Lucas’s original-draft screenplay for The Star Wars to be adapted by J. W. Rinzler and Mike Mayhew!

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The details regarding this latest adaptation are still rolling in, but the announcement was made at Wondercon that Lucas is allowing Dark Horse Comic’s to adapt his original screenplay The Star Wars, into a comic book series with J.W Rinzler adapting and Mike Mayhew (The Avenger’s) set to pencil. This is a story, mind you, that apparently had Han Solo originally set to be a 6 foot tall lizard and Luke as an older Jedi General. Read on.

From the Dark Horse Press release

Three years before his 1977 film, George Lucas put down on paper his first story set in a galaxy far, far away—a tale of fantastic adventures, daring escapes, “lazer swords,” romance, and monsters. A story of Jedi Annikin Starkiller and General Luke Skywalker, an alien named Han Solo, and evil Sith Knights. The screenplay was titled The Star Wars!

“I’m not sure where I first read about The Star Wars—it was years and years ago—but the idea of Luke Skywalker being an older Jedi General, and Han Solo being a six-foot-tall lizard, turned my Star Wars fan brain on its side,” said longtime Star Wars editor Randy Stradley. “I always assumed this would be one of those stories that would be ‘lost to history,’ so getting to work on bringing it to life is kinda like a dream come true.”

“While researching in the Lucasfilm Archives I’ve found many treasures—but one which truly astounded me was George’s rough draft for The Star Wars. His first complete imaginings were hallucinating to read—mind blowing,” said writer J.W. Rinzler. “While working with George on another book project, I once asked if we could adapt his rough draft. He was hesitant. Years later, with Dark Horse’s invaluable help, we showed him a few drawn and colored pages of what it might look like. He gave us the okay.”

Originally conceived in 1974, The Star Wars has been the subject of rumor and legend in the fan community throughout the history of the galaxy far, far away. Now, Lucas has seen fit to grant Dark Horse the right to adapt this fabled story into an eight-issue comic series launching in September!

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