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Episode # 4

Comicmaniacs

U Ready For Some Football?


Comicmaniacs Episode No. 4 February 2012 Editor & Publisher: Talisha A. Harrison Published By: Talisha A. Harrison P.O. Box 520392 Longwood, FL 32752 Printed by: Talisha Harrison Editor: Talisha Harrison Design: Talisha Harrison Cover Photo: Pictures courtesy of Google Images Comcimaniacs is a bi-weekly online magazine for people who are traveling throughout the geek universe. Š Talisha Harrison 2012 Printed in the USA, all rights reserved. Comicmaniacs welcomes comments from our readers. Please send comments to: Email: taliadina@gmail.com


Table of Contents

From the Editor’s Desk The Comicmaniac Five Web, Podcasts, CDs, & DVD picks Comicmaniac Spotlight: The Gorgeous Geeks Character Spotlight: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classic Comic Review: Superman vs. Muhammed Ali Geek Reads Puzzle Me Puzzle Me Answer Key End


From the Editor’s Desk Greetings my fellow Comicmaniacs! It is I your host Tali adina. Welcome to another episode-the Superbowl edition! That’s right geek gals and guys, it’s that time of year again where (American) football lovers throughout the world come together in their own homes or other folks homes or outside the sacred stadium where the game is played to cheer or jeer one of the two teams (or both) who play for that coveted trophy-you know the silver one with the football on it. Besides the game there are many other reasons why geeks throughout the universe gather in front of the TV. There’s the halftime show (meh), the commercials (yay), and the movie trailers (oh hell yeah) that we all look forward to. I’ll discuss a few Superbowl things later in this episode but I’m also back with new editions of the mainstays. The Comicmaniac Five has my picks for the top news stories these past few weeks in the geek universe. This episode the Character Spotlight is the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Comicmaniac Spotlight shines on the Gorgeous Geeks, while the Classic Comic Review is Superman vs. Muhammed Ali. Geek Reads, and Puzzle Me are back as well Web, Podcasts, CDs, & DVD picks. So I hope you enjoy the big game and this episode. Catch ya later! Your Captain, Tali Adina


The Comicmaniac Five The Superbowl isn’t the only important news story going on, here’s this episode’s Comicmaniac Five: 5. Superbowl Sunday 2012 That’s right it’s the New England Patriots vs. the New York Giants an excellent rematch! Madonna, Nicki Minaj, and LMAFO will be performing during halftime so that’s definitely going to be interesting. We’ve also got those expensive thirty second commercials and awesome movie trailers to look forward to. Get your popcorn, wings, beer, candy, pizza, and whatever else you’re gonna eat ready. 4. Womanthology Is set to be released towards the end of February for the contributors and backers and March for everyone else to purchase! Remember all proceeds go to Global Giving Foundation. 3. Comicmaniacs Live Podcast will officially debut this Saturday! That’s right! After months of delays and technical difficulties, this Saturday night-Feb. 4th- the show will debut! 10pm Eastern time on Talkshoe.com (http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/117748)! Come join the chat, or call in. We’ll discuss all things geeky while listening to music. 2. Digicon Feb. 4th-5th 2012 http://www.thedigicon.com/ “Couldn’t go to some of your favorite Comic Cons this year? Neither could we. That’s where DigiCon comes in. Created by Ryan Fisher of Gin and Comics, DigiCon brings the Con to you with your favorite webcomic creators, comic writers and artists live drawing, doing fan sketches and more throughout the weekend. Get a free sketch, chat with your favorite creators, buy original art, prints, shirts and more! But DigiCon isn’t just once a year, we’ll be throwing “Cons” every few months. Follow us on Twitter @digicon_tweets for future dates!” 1.Watchmen prequel stories due this summer in 'Before Watchmen' Twenty-five years have past since ‘Watchmen’ debuted in comic shops everywhere and became a classic book. We’ve had a good film and now DC Comics will be bringing us thirty-five comics that explore the lives of the characters before the graphic novel. Alan Moore won’t be participating of course because he feels that the story he told was self-contained so other writers will be writing the stories. Debuting in


The Comicmaniac Five the summer, each week an issue will be released and will feature a two-page back-up story called "The Curse of the Crimson Corsair," written by original series editor Len Wein and with art by John Higgins. The inter-connected prequel mini-series and an epilogue will build on the foundation of the original Watchmen book Here’s the lineup: Rorschach (4 issues): Writer: Brian Azzarello. Artist: Lee Bermejo. Minutemen (6 issues): Writer/Artist: Darwyn Cooke. Comedian (6 issues): Writer: Brian Azzarello. Artist: J.G. Jones. Dr. Manhattan (4 issues): Writer: J. Michael Straczynski. Artist: Adam Hughes. Nite Owl (4 issues): Writer: J. Michael Straczynski. Artists: Andy and Joe Kubert. Ozymandias (6 issues): Writer: Len Wein. Artist: Jae Lee. Silk Spectre (4 issues): Writer: Darwyn Cooke. Artist: Amanda Conner. Watchmen: Epilogue (1 issue): Various writers and artists.


Web, Podcasts, CDs, & DVD Picks During your travels through geek space, you’ll bump into interesting sites on the web, listen to great podcasts and music, or watch some amazing dvds. Each episode I’ll share my picks. Web: WhyNotIndie.com “Why Not Indie is a culture designed to support Independent Comic Books and their Creators. Why Not Indie boasts a diverse coverage of news, events and content with an equally diverse staff of contributors.” I’m a newly contributor to the site and you can view my first webcomic review here: http://whynotindie.com/2012/01/webcomic-spotlight-boldly-gone/ Podcast: Girls Geek Network “Geek Girls Network™, founded by Kristin Rielly (Publisher), is a resource hub for women who possess a passion, knowledge, and interest for all things “geeky”. Our mission is to provide timely and accurate news, reviews and training, across a broad spectrum of interests in order to promote and encourage women of all ages to embrace their “geekiness”.”

www.girlsgeeknetwork.com You can find this podcast on itunes!

CD Toonami: Deep Space Bass Soundtrack


Web, Podcasts, CDs, & DVD Picks Released in 2001, as the official soundtrack to Cartoon Network's action TV block Toonami, it contains music from various shows' intros, outros, and promo spots, along with other Toonami music, including selections from Toonami's Midnight Run and The Intruder specials. All of the tracks were recorded by Joe Boyd Vigil, who composed Toonami's score from 1999 through 2002. The album has since been long out of print. DVD Captain America: The First Avenger With the Superbowl trailer premiering this Sunday, th we’re counting down the days until May 4 , 2012 when The Avengers film is released. So until then enjoy this awesome film from last summer!


Comicmaniac Spotlight

The Gorgeous Geeks They are three sisters who enjoy talking about comics, sci-fi, video games, anime and other geeky things. They’re Gina, Katrina, and Christina-The Gorgeous Geeks! Three talented sisters who got their love of comics from their dad. They talk about comics, movies, TV shows such as Smallville, and the Vampire Diaries. They interview people such as the writers of Rise of the Planet of the Apes and do a weekly news update called the Geekly News. Where you can find them online: http://www.thegorgeousgeeks.com/ http://www.youtube.com/user/thegorgeousgeeks https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/The-Gorgeous-Geeks/67217657407 http://twitter.com/#!/3gorgeousgeeks


Character Spotlight

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, heroes in a half shell, turtle power!” That’s part of the opening song for the 80’s cartoon that I and many other folks grew up watching. Nowdays, I’m trying to collect the entire series (I’ve already got all four films). Not until a few years ago on Free Comic Book Day when I entered my local comic shop and picked up a free copy of the 25th edition of the first issue of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book that I realized that the 80’s tv show wasn’t the beginning of the turtles. It was only part of the story. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman in 1984 in Dover, New Hampshire. The concept arose from a humorous drawing sketched out by Kevin Eastman during a casual evening of brainstorming with Peter. Using money from a tax refund and a loan from Eastman's uncle, the young artists selfpublished a single issue comic intended to parody four of the most popular comics of the early 1980s: Marvel Comics' Daredevil and New Mutants, Dave Sim's Cerebus, and Frank Miller's Ronin. And that was the beginning of the story which through the years has consisted of toys, comics, TV shows-cartoon and live action, and five films-three live action, one cgi, and one cartoon (Turtles Forever). Currently, there’s an awesome new comic book series that debuted a few months ago. It’s published by IDW and it’s a new take on the turtles but it’s still sticks to its classic roots while bringing a breath of fresh air. There’s also a new cartoon series that will be debuting on Nickelodeon this year. These shellbacks-along with Master Splinter and the rest of the crew-are still striking hard and fading into the night. So whether you grew up with “Go green machine!” or “It’s ninja time!” You gotta love being a turtle!


Classic Comic Review

Superman VS. Muhammed Ali The man of steel versus the greatest. This was an epic matchup and a epic book. I want to thank my coworker (who’s also a librarian) Mike Schau for putting this book in my hand and telling me, “You must read this.” Publisher: DC Comics 1978 Writers: Original Story Dennis O’Neil Adapted by Neal Adams Pencils: Neal Adams Inks: Figure Inks by Dick Giordano Background Inks by Terry Austin The 72-page oversized book features Superman teaming up with the heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali to defeat an alien invasion of Earth. Superman vs. Muhammad Ali's wraparound cover shows a host of late 1970s celebrities, including Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, Tony Orlando, Johnny Carson, Ron Palillo, the cast of Welcome Back, Kotter, and The Jackson 5; sharing close-up seating with Wonder Woman, Batman, Green Lantern, and other DC superheroes; as well as Warner and DC employees. This was an excellent read and since there’s two editions (reissued in 2010)-one edition reprinted the original story at its original treasury size, while a deluxe edition (featuring a new cover by Neal Adams) included additional content dating back to the original book's publication-now available, you have no excuse to read it!


Geek Reads Comics are an excellent way of learning how to read but there are other books out there traveling through space that you might want to take a look at. Some of these I’ve read or am currently reading while others I have not yet read but want to read. If you have any suggestions please email me at taliadina@gmail.com. Now I think you’re gonna like these geek reads but as kids from an excellent show on PBS used to say “You can’t take my word for it!” Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud Spock Must Die! By James Blish The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Authur Conan Doyle


Puzzle Me

Superbowl Geek! S T N A I G Y N L G E M T A N AVENGERS BEER CHIPS COMICS COMMERCIALS DARKKNIGHTRISES DIGICON FANS FOOTBALL FUN GEEKSPACE GHOSTRIDER GIANTS GIJOE MADONNA MUSIC PARTIES PATRIOTS POPCORN SUPERBOWL TAILGATING TOUCHDOWN TROPHY WATCHMEN WINGS

S E J D O G M R H T C A N U Q

S U S K D K U O C A A D F F Y

Y T P I Q C S C O I P O T O R

A E O E R T I P M L S N S O M

E V O I R T C O I G K N E T S

Y S E I R B H P C A E A I B P

E H D N S T O G S T E G T A I

C E K W G G A W I I G F R L H

R J X F Z E N P L N B M A L C

T R O P H Y R I T G K E P D E

D I G I C O N S W N N K E V H

U S L A I C R E M M O C R R W

F A N S T O U C H D O W N A I

N E M H C T A W S E O J I G D


Puzzle Me Answer Key

Solution S T N A I G + N + G E M + + N

S E + + + + M R H T C A + U +

S U S + + + U O C A A D F F +

+ T P I + + S C O I P O + O +

A + O E R T I P M L S N S O +

+ V + I R T C O I G K N E T S

+ + E I R B H P C A E A I B P

+ + D N S T O G S T E + T A I

+ E + + G G A W I I G + R L H

R + + + + E N P L N B + A L C

T R O P H Y R I + G K E P + +

D I G I C O N S W + + K E + +

+ S L A I C R E M M O C R R +

F A N S T O U C H D O W N A +

(Over,Down,Direction) AVENGERS(5,1,SE) BEER(10,11,SE) CHIPS(10,15,W) COMICS(3,9,E) COMMERCIALS(13,12,N) DARKKNIGHTRISES(15,15,NW) DIGICON(12,1,S) FANS(14,1,S) FOOTBALL(3,14,E) FUN(3,13,SW) GEEKSPACE(9,11,W) GHOSTRIDER(1,10,NE) GIANTS(1,6,N) GIJOE(15,14,N) MADONNA(1,12,E) MUSIC(2,7,E) PARTIES(11,13,W) PATRIOTS(10,8,NW) POPCORN(7,8,W) SUPERBOWL(2,1,SE) TAILGATING(2,10,E) TOUCHDOWN(14,5,S) TROPHY(11,1,S) WATCHMEN(15,8,N) WINGS(12,9,NW)

N E M H C T A W + E O J I G D


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