Friday, July 29, 2011

The 6th Gun (Part 2)

    Welcome to Comical-Musings.  We are nearing the end of our Month of Independents and there will only be a few more mandatory independent comic reviews coming out.  This review, however is extra-curricular.  If you remember my review on the first five issues of The 6th Gun, it was very favorable (if you don't remember, click HERE and then come back to this one).  I really enjoyed the somewhat occult-ish world of heroes and villains that Cullen Bunn has set up.  The "rules" of the series are laid out well and I was almost instantaneously caught up in this old western paranormal tale.  Not to mention the fact that I was grateful to find the first story-arc to be more of a PG, maybe PG-13 kind of experience.  This was a pleasant surprise as typically, writer's who utilize a paranormal theme soak their pages in lust and gore.  The 6th Gun seems to be bent on taking the high road.


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I Should Have Let The Green Lantern Movie Escape My Sight

    Come with me on a journey through time, won’t you?  I’m writing this having just sat through a midnight screening of Green Lantern on its opening day.  But you won’t be reading this until later in the summer, and I honestly anticipate that its release on DVD will not be far behind.  Even so, I feel compelled to warn you that this article may contain spoilers (but can something that has already gone bad really spoil?)  I also feel compelled to welcome you (back) to Comical Musings; we’re working for the betterment of humanity.  This digital text was organized by Scott’s brother-in-arm-chairs, Hal.  Hello.    Initiate disclaimer:  I am not a movie critic, nor do I play one on TV. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The 6th Gun (Part 1)

    Hello all and welcome back to Comical-Musings.  I'm sure that this month's posts have been knocking your socks off and you're probably starting to understand the potential of The Writer's Blok.  Six times the substance, six times the opinions, six times the quality.  We are committed to simply "drowning" you with info on the site.  This month has been our Month of Independents and we have all been discussing or reviewing books with a more independent quality to them.  We have been highlighting creativity that often flies below the radar as it is not advertised by the big marketing agencies that Marvel and DC employ.  Just because there is very little chance that these stories will never be made into a Michael Bay movie starring Ryan Reynolds (too soon?) and Cameron Diaz, doesn't make them any less compelling.  The Sixth Gun is one of these tales.


Friday, July 22, 2011

In Honor of Captain America

Captain America Volume 1: New Deal; Dust

Collection of Captain America Vol. 4 #1-6 Published from June 2002 to December 2003.  Published as a collected volume January 2003.


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Lobster Johnson: The Iron Prometheus

 As many of you may have read, Comical-Musings is now being taken over by the authorship group of The Writer's Blok.  These 5 like-minded individuals will be partnering with me, Scott Deaux as the editor-in-chief to bring you larger quantities of content, greater quality content, and different viewpoints that allow the blog to become something greater than just my singular thoughts and knowledge about things.  One of these new Writer's Blok contributors is Lobster J.  I've been friends with the good Lobster for many years and have extreme confidence in his ability to have humorous opinions.  He is kind of a wildcard taste-wise, but tends to fall on the Superhero/Hellboy side of things.  You will enjoy what he has to say...unless you liked the Spiderman movies."


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Captain America: Hail Hydra

    With the upcoming release of Marvel Studios' major motion picture event, Captain America, I thought that Comical-Musings should pay homage to the character.  The thing that you, as a comic book fan, need to remember is that it is important that you go see Captain America.  Movie studios judge whether or not to make comic book movies on how many people come out to see them ESPECIALLY in the first weekend.  I went and saw Ghost Rider because I want the studios to make an "Invincible" movie...not because Nick Cage is my favorite actor.  When it comes to paying himage to Captain America, no one could do that better than our Writer's Blok writer, Cap!  So look for his review of his favorite Captain America book to drop on the actual release date, July 22nd.  I, however, am interested in gathering and building upon knowledge in all areas of comic books, so I figured that I could read a five part mini-series and slap a review on a few days beforehand to get people excited.  The five part mini-series that I read was Captain America: Hail Hydra.


Sunday, July 17, 2011

HP Lovecraft’s Haunt of Horror

    As many of you may have read, Comical-Musings is now being taken over by the authorship group of The Writer's Blok.  These 5 like-minded individuals will be partnering with me, Scott Deaux as the editor-in-chief to bring you larger quantities of content, greater quality content, and different viewpoints that allow the blog to become something greater than just my singular thoughts and knowledge about things.  One of these new Writer's Blok contributors is my wife's best friend for many years, Cap.  Cap shares his namesake with his favorite superhero, Captain America.  Though, Comical-Musings ain't rolling out no "Replacement Bucky Cap," here!  After he hung up his Nazi-killing gloves, Cap received an English Lit degree from Texas A&M and has written previously on a political blog for over a year.  I know what you are asking yourself...The answer is "Yes, this does make him the most qualified author on Comical-Musings."  

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Scott Pilgrim Blog Numero Uno

    As many of you may have read, Comical-Musings is now being taken over by the authorship group of The Writer's Blok.  These 5 like-minded individuals will be partnering with me, Scott Deaux as the editor-in-chief to bring you larger quantities of content, greater quality content, and different viewpoints that allow the blog to become something greater than just my singular thoughts and knowledge about things.  We are happy to have The Black Ness Monster as a co-conspirator.  At this point in his young life, he already has two self-published novels.  Pretty good for a soon to be college freshman.  His thoughts and opinions echo that of a youthful culture that prefers to text instead of talk and fights reading at every turn.  Although he exists in this world, The Black Ness Monster is not of it.  He is an old soul who is far more comfortable with the Reverend Al Green than anything the top 40s can dish out.  His viewpoint will captivate you and you will know when you have read an article authored by The Black Ness Monster...mainly because he will be credited.

Monday, July 11, 2011

How To Battle Having A Case Of The Mondays

    Hello everyone!  I hope that ya'll are having a great Monday and that your work week is easing you back in gently.  We were excited to launch two of our new Writer's Blok writers this last weekend.  Hal and Aberdeen have seen great success with posts about Flaming Carrot and The Wolves In The Walls and we are hoping that if you haven't already checked them out, you will give them a click!  I just wanted to take a second to plug the latest offering from the webcomic, Axe Cop.  The latest Ask Axe Cop page is just absolutely great, like "able to break a smile out of my sour face" great.  I loved it and for those who are having a case of the Mondays, I gift to you:

The Wolves In The Walls

    As many of you may have read previously, Comical-Musings is now being taken over by the authorship group of The Writer's Blok.  These 5 like-minded individuals will be partnering with me, Scott Deaux as the editor-in-chief to bring you larger quantities of content, greater quality content, and different viewpoints that allow the blog to become something greater than just my singular thoughts and knowledge about things.  We are happy that today we get to showcase the first post written on Comical-Musings by Aberdeen.  Aberdeen is probably my best friend and has previously been involved in the art world in the form of college art school and minor gallery and commission work.  Even more than the stories in comics, Aberdeen finds interest in unique perspectives artistically.  The viewpoint that Aberdeen brings is fresh and not afraid to try new things or be a little creeped out.  Know that you will never be bored with an Aberdeen post.  The Writer's Blok is in full swing and will be pumping out content just as fast as possible, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled as we are debuting our new authors in this month of "Independents."


    As far as comic writers go, no one can capture the lustful violence of a focus group of sweaty serial killers crammed into a Marriott-looking conference room like Neil Gaiman.  With a credit like that to your name, where do you go next?  How do you delve deeper into the depravity and emptiness of humanity?  The answer is obvious my friends, write a children's book.  And that is exactly what Neil Gaiman did with his New York Times best seller, "The Wolves in the Walls."

Friday, July 8, 2011

Why You Like Comics, and Why You Will Like the Flaming Carrot

    As many of you may have read, Comical-Musings is now being taken over by the authorship group of The Writer's Blok.  These 5 like-minded individuals will be partnering with me, Scott Deaux as the editor-in-chief to bring you larger quantities of content, greater quality content, and different viewpoints that allow the blog to become something greater than just my singular thoughts and knowledge about things.  We are happy to lead with our first article from The Writer's Blok which was authored by Hal.  Hal is an excellent friend/brother with an affinity for DC Comics and higher thinking.  It is widely believed, from previously penned compositions, that he has a way with words that captivates the mind.  We are happy to have him in the Writer's Blok and are sure that you will be glad that he's here too.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Robert Kirkman Gets Talksploded!

    If you have read more than five posts on Comical-Musings, you know that I REALLY ENJOY Ifanboy.com. They have tons of articles to read and over 100 podcasts to listen to there.  One thing I love about Josh, Conor, and Ron (the voices of Ifanboy) is that they are famous enough to know what they are talking about and famous enough to get interviews with creators, but not famous enough to be pretentious.  They really care about the people that are fans of their site and are professional, but not immune to geeking out over an interview with someone incredibly famous in comics.  When they interview creators, the special edition podcasts are called "Talksplode."  You might remember that I featured one on Comical-Musings in May with Cullen Bunn and it got me to read his series The Sixth Gun, which you will read a sappy review of later this month.  This "Talksplode" is quite the opposite as I LOOOOOVE Robert Kirkman from Invincible and The Walking Dead and Super Dinosaur and The Astounding Wolf Man.  Instead of having the podcast drive me to the creator, Robert Kirkman drove me to this podcast.  He is incredibly nonchalant and humorous in the interview and I think that you would like it, so I posted it here:

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Some Second Thoughts on Invincible

    Greetings and welcome all to Comical-Musings, your place for info about good comic book stories.  We are in the middle of our Month of Independents and I'm hoping that you enjoyed our Sea Bear Vs. Grizzly Shark post as much as your 4th of July celebration yesterday.  When you read content on Comical-Musings this month, you will be treated to comic books from independent publishers like IDW, Oni Press, and Image.  There is no independent comic book that I have found that is better than Invincible.  The last time that we spoke about Invincible (Click Here If You Missed It), it was in the infancy of this blog and really, the first thirteen issues of the series.  In the short period of time between May 10th and July 5th, I have read through issue eighty.  That's right, Invincible grabbed me by the retinas at thirteen and has held me in it's grasp all of the way up to current day number eighty.  It really is a fantastic series to read.  Let me tell you why.


Saturday, July 2, 2011

Oh Snap

    Greetings and welcome back to Comical-Musings and the Month of Independents.  I'm feeling really encouraged as I'm seeing all of the Writer's Blok posts coming in and they look FANTASTIC.  We will be debuting all of our new contributors every three days starting on July 8th.  I'm also loving the fact that Apple Inc. seems to have copied our idea for "Month of Independents" with their Itunes sales techniques.  Hahaha.  Good ideas are worth copying apparently.  We hit 1,000 pageviews which is a great milestone and we are thankful to all of you for liking our site and helping us to get there!  Another bonus fact is that I am finally caught up on Invincible and have read through issue 80!  When I did my review on it a little while ago, I was only on issue 13.  It's cool to have finished what has been created so far and I'm going to write a second Blog Post of what has happened since the last review.  That should be dropping July 5th.  We have just recently released our Sea Bear Vs. Grizzly Shark post and I feel that it was a great start to our Month of Independents.  The last awesome thing that has happened recently is that I left a voicemail for the Ifanboy Pick of The Week Podcast and it was featured in Episode 290.  That's right!  You can go listen to the end of that podcast and hear your's truly on the internet radio machine.  VERY EXCITING.  So, happy fourth and "Read On!"

Sea Bear and Grizzly Shark #1

    Many happy returns to our avid readers and welcome back to Comical-Musings.  I trust that you are enjoying your July and our month of "Independents."  If you are new to the blog, we are all reviewing, discussing, and presenting opinions on independent comics this month in honor of American independence.  There are many great independent publishers out there including Top Cow, IDW, ONI, and most notably success-wise Image.  The comic book that I am bringing to your attention today is an Image comic that defies boundaries and definition.
    Imagine yourself on a skiff in the middle of the ocean blue.  Immediately, a thrashing in the water robs you of your peace.  SHARK!  Stay on the boat, don't bleed in the water.  The irony of this situation that has been presented to you is that it wasn't a shark, it was a sea bear...and you're already dead.  Sea Bear and Grizzly Shark #1
 is a collection of two short stories about animals out of place in nature.  A bear in the sea and a shark in the trees.  It is just plain silly.  The comic book is made of over the top, shocking moments basically on every page.  Now I'm obviously not talking about the man with scissorblades for arms, or the bear people, or the father who sets his son down on a campfire to cauterize the wound of being bitten in half and then proceeds to make jokes about not having an abdomen any longer.... Anyways, this is obviously not a very "classy" book.  It is, however, very funny.  The idea that for pages and pages all we see are happy scenes, then a minor bleed brings on physical carnage and destruction by unseen grizzly sharks is simply greatness.  Ryan Ottley and Jason Howard really outdid themselves here.  This is such a departure from modern-day comic book writing, but a welcome departure.  By the time you have finished ingesting this issue, you will have learned nothing, giggled a little bit, and thought rationally about very little.  A welcome experience in the world today.

~ Scott Deaux~

Friday, July 1, 2011

Happy Month of "Independents"

    That's right, we are doing another theme for the month of July.  As we celebrate our "independence," we will be sharing "Independents," as in Independent comic books, with you.  We will be reading things that you may have never heard of previously, reviewing them, and really just looking for lost gems in an industry dominated by Marvel and D.C.  We will also be debuting our new Writer's Blok members and bringing you tons of content.  If there was ever a month to start bookmarking us, it is now!