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Comics: Michael Avon Oeming Joins Hannibal Tabu & Nelson Blake 2 on Artifacts #35

Posted in 104, comics, creativity on January 14th, 2014 by Hannibal Tabu
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… and now, for my big secret …


Artifacts #35 is the last issue in Top Cow Productions 2012 Talent Hunt issues, and they’re making sure it goes out with a bang. Written by 2012 writing winner Hannibal Tabu (best known for his biting and relentless column The Buy Pile at Comic Book Resources), the book already had a cover from Nelson Blake 2 (Artifacts, Magdelena) and now Eisner and Eagle-Award winning artist Michael Avon Oeming (Powers, Bulletproof Monk) will be providing interior art.

“I am still floored by the idea that two artists of this caliber are bringing my words to life,” Tabu said. “I knew it was hard, with no Talent Hunt-winning arists left for me, but this, wow, this is the dream coming true!”

Artifacts #35 follows Irish gunrunner and lovable scoundrel Michael Finnegan as he navigates through a world of zealots, mercenaries and dangerous curves. The issue is slated to land on retail shelves February 26 from Top Cow Productions, an Image Comics imprint.

For more information on upcoming Hannibal Tabu releases — including the fantasy novella Waso: Will To Power from Stranger Comics and the superhero comic Project: Wildfire #9-12 from Legends Press — on Hannibal Tabu’s Twitter feed.

That’s the thing I can tell you. I’ve been sitting on it for a while. Michael freaking Avon Oeming sitting with my script somewhere, just … wow.

However, there’s so much I can’t tell you yet. So many cool things … well … I can tell you some things, I suppose. Quinn McGowan. Project: Wildfire

Okay. That’s kind of out of the bag … but here’s one more treat for you from Jason Reeves, one thing we’re not talking about yet

Okay … we’ll have more to discuss as time goes on. Yes, I’ll address Watson & Holmes in due time. Feel free to chat up the wonder of myself and Mr. Oeming, because that’s awesome.

Watching (Hulu): “The Empty Child,” Doctor Who

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Blog-Fu: The Cipher for February 14-18, 2011

Posted in awesomeness, blame society, blog fu, cheap publicity, cipher, comics, entertainment, microfiction, randomness, ranting, shameless pandering, twitter, whimsy on February 17th, 2011 by Hannibal Tabu
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There’s a lot going on, and I’ve been planning to do a summary of all the madness because my wife says that I don’t toot my own horn enough. Honestly, I’m not even that flexible, but that’s probably another discussion altogether.

Anyhoo, what does that mean? That means that I’ll try to drop a summary of everything I’ve done online over the last week. Yes, this idea is in part stolen from The Bloggess (who has agreed to introduce my keynote speech at Blogworld 2012), but I’m pretty sure that I didn’t leave any fingerprints.

Let’s move on …

  • Fichiki Siri: I’ve been doing some fiction writing for Stranger Comics, doing some fantasy work set in their shared fictional universe. The character I created is on a singular and relentless mission, and this serialized narrative shows some of what he’s been doing (the first chapter is still online too). Free online, and two more chapters are just waiting for Stranger to publish them.
  • #musicmonday: Every week I scour the web for free music that you can download. “Isn’t that illegal?” Not for me — I don’t host the music, I don’t upload the music, I just post links to other people in an aggregating fashion. Aggravating fashion? Hard to know. Anyway, it’s free music — mostly urban themed, but with alternative rock, country, pop and classics thrown in. This upcoming Monday, I’ll be posting the entire discography of this group called Orishas as well as an Icon collection of Teena Marie’s music, and last week I dropped (among others) Malcolm & Martin, The Black Keys, Akon, Pitbull, Fleet Foxes, The Strokes, Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg and music from the show Glee.
  • The Commentary Track for The Buy Pile: After I do my weekly column of comic book reviews on CBR, I often bring the discussion back to my main blog to expand on concepts and delve into topics in a deeper manner. Sometimes it’s profound, sometimes it’s gibberish, but it’s always about comics, so I’ve got that going for me.
  • The Early Forecast and the Extremely Early Forecast for The Buy Pile: Before I go to the store, I make a list of what’s out and guess at what I’ll plan to buy. These blogs give you a look, a day before the column hits, at what you’ll find. The Extremely Early Forecast is done before I go to the store and the Early Forecast is done on Wednesday night, after all is said and read, and I know exactly what will be in the column (but before I write it).
  • Twitter: I’m baaaack! Refreshed after a year away from social media, I’m dropping 140 characters at a time on your mind, discussing my life, pop culture, music and so much more. It’s also an easy way to interact with me.
  • The Linkroll: I read a lot of stuff online, and most of the interesting things I click, I then “share” through Google Reader with a pithy little comment of my own. This includes all kinds of foolishness, from technology to politics to deleted scenes from the Star Wars movies.
  • Tumblr: Updated Mondays (as noted above), Wednesdays (as noted above) and Fridays, you’ll find humor and commentary and what not, all rolled up into a mobile-friendly format.

Next week? Hopefully more cool stuff that I didn’t have to write or create myself. Good night!

Watching (Hulu): The Colbert Report

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Comics: The Commentary Track for the December 15th Buy Pile

Posted in 104, awesomeness, bad ideas, black panther, blame society, buy pile, cheap publicity, cobra, comics, comics reviews, dc, g.i. joe, norse, ranting, review, shameless pandering, wakanda on December 16th, 2010 by Hannibal Tabu
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Every week I do a column full of comic book reviews as I’ve done since March 2003 and currently published at Comic Book Resources. Then, after the reviews post, I try to come over to my blog and expand on the thoughts and ideas listed there. Sometimes it’s profound, sometimes it’s gibberish, but it’s always about comics … let’s see what we get this week!

What? This week’s reviews

THOUGH THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS FRIGHTFUL: Before we get started, my pals over at Stranger Comics are doing some cool stuff with the release of their new project, Ruining Christmas. When that leads to madness like this …

Do we really want to know what's happening here?

Do we really want to know what's happening here?

… well, you know something wonderful is going on.

As well, comics artist Afua Richardson (in her alter ego as “Candie Canes”) rocked a version of “Winter Wonderland” (purchase MP3) described thusly: “It is raspy. It is sexy. Let’s hope the elves, who sit upon red velvet couches, sucking on her namesake, appreciate all of her talents. For they are many.” Nice! Even Warren Ellis liked it.

She also did the art …

Candie Canes sings 'Winter Wonderland'

Candie Canes sings 'Winter Wonderland'

… as she should, as she should. A very talented young woman, and a very fun project from the upstart company that’s working on their first big screen movie for The Untamed with Watchmen producer Lloyd Levin, Shopgirl producer Andrew Sugerman and Eureka creator Andrew Cosby.

WE SHALL OVERTHROW: I’m not gonna lie like I haven’t been waiting for more answers from DMZ for some time, and this issue finally whetted my appetite. I’m a real deep continuity guy, so getting into the nuts and bolts of building the world matters to me. The fact that civil war could happen in the United States is not hard to believe — there’s a lot of weapons out there, there’s a lot of frustration, and everybody won’t be satisfied by some nutjob candidates getting junior legislative positions. I’ll never rule it out as a possibility.

Anyhoo, so I liked getting a look inside the mechanism of the Free States here, their Tea Party-esque origins (and yes, those parallels are interesting/frightening to me) for instructive purposes as well as entertainment ones.

JORMUNGANDR: The visuals needed to grow on me, but I gotta say I am loving the subtle understatedness of IDW’s Cobra Commander. His seduction of Chuckles (and it is a seduction, despite the fact that technically Chuckles hasn’t done anything outside of his mandate as a Joe, and killing people isn’t a big deal) is a thing of beauty, especially when you consider all the other plates Cobra keeps spinning (their Scientology-styled cult The Coil, sucking in cash like crazy, Crimson Guardsmen in politics and banking, military forces deployed all over the world, secret antarctic bases and huge submarines). How could such a huge organization ever really be beaten, permanently? I love that, and could honestly make with seeing a lot more of it. Not that I don’t love the Joes — I do, Stalker is my dawg, I love the possibilities in Sci Fi and Flash, and even Cover Girl has developed into an actual character — but Cobra is just so … much … yummier.

HERE BE SPOILERS: Sorry, need to go off the deep end past this point. You’re welcome to step out …

… or not. Here we go.

THE ONGOING INSULT: I just can’t get over how angry I am about T’Challa.

I gave a friend of mine the TPB of Enemy of the State for Kwanzaa (since I found out that The Client is out of print — thanks Mouse House of Ideas!) and, in rereading it, remembered how much I came to love the character despite his flaws. He was A Man Called Hawk, James Bond, Captain America, Batman and Barack Obama all rolled up into one vibranium-encased bundle of whup ass.

Now? How could he ever be called anything buy T’Challa the Weak, T’Challa the Failure, T’Challa the Foolish? Under Jonathan Maberry’s direction, T’Challa did what no Black Panther ever did — let Wakanda be conquered from without. Not just like his rope-a-dope with Reverend Doctor Michael Ibn al-Hajj Achebe, which was actually a move of strategy that could have been considered brilliant despite the chaos that ensued. No, in his struggle with Doom (and if you’re gonna lose to somebody, Doom’s the one, I’ll admit), he destroyed everything that made Wakanda — and by extension him — wonderful, all the gifts that Stan somehow created.

Now? On the word of a man who he has a passing acquaintance with (Daredevil? Really?), he abandons his wife, his shame, his company, his nation in need, his family, his responsibilities, his people and his friends … to “test” himself? T’challa was never so selfish, he was never so stupid, he was never so self-involved. What Marvel is doing with “Black Panther: Man Without Fear” is wrong politically, from a creative and narrative standpoint, culturally and intellectually. It makes no sense, and I could not stand more strongly against it.

REALLY? So Chaos War: Thor expects me to go for the following …

  • Thor can combine more than one mortal into himself, Firestorm style, to share the power.
  • Thor, in his hour of darkest need, would pray to a non-Norse god that he’s never met … and it would work.

Get the hell out of my office. Get that garbage out of here. That’s disgusting.

TABU OUT: That should hold you for a while, my little sandwich spreads. I’m on vacation days from my job at MIMCO, my first paid vacation in my entire adult life. I hope to finish my latest novel by year’s end and have some other fun stuff to drop on your brain in 2011.

Playing (Music): “I Need A Doctor” by Eminem feat. Dr. Dre

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