What Made “Crazy Mary” Crazy?

Probably Something YOU Did

I’m kidding; I’m sure you had nothing to do with it…or did you??

Actually it was the combined efforts of many people, primarily this group of jokers; maybe you’ve heard of some of them?

First up we have the author Michael Colbert, followed by artists J.K. Woodward, William Blankenship, and Ryan Sargent, then some guys named Tony Lee and Lou Anders, this Josh Finney character, and something called 01 Publishing.

And of course by “crazy” I mean “completely crazy-freaking-awesome.”

She might be the other type of crazy too, but that’s really something you should decide for yourselves.

Miss Maybe Mentally Mutilated Mary is a cyberneticly-enhanced bad-ass mercenary doing her thing in the New York City of the future. She’s burdened with hallucinations of a world on top of this reality which no one but her can see. She also has spirit guides who give her advice and what appears to be help along the way. Obviously the chick is nuttier than Charlie Sheen on PCP but if it helps get the job done does it really matter? Is she really just hallucinating or are the rest of us born blind and don’t know what’s really happening all around us every day?

Crazy Mary was originally seen in the pages of Digitally Webbing Presents in 2006 as a series of short stories and was never completed. One short story in particular called “Trail of Tears” was a project that artist J.K. Woodward helped create nearly a decade ago. (That would be before he was snatched by Peter David to do Fallen Angel and became all distracted working for the likes of IDW, Boom!, Top Cow, and Marvel.) That story is now going to become part of a full graphic novel entitled Factory Smoke and Acetylene Light, which will contain all of Mary’s collective adventures along with an additional 52 pages of new stuff- thanks to the efforts of Mr. Michael Colbert. Mr. Woodward, having always wanted to return to the mentally-unstable red-head from his past, signed on as an artist

Additional artwork will be provided by Blankenship and Sargent- two names you should probably familiarize yourself with since my guess is, given the quality of their work, you’ll be seeing them more and more often. In fact I’d say that original art by any of these guys is probably a good investment…there’s also new blood in the Crazy Mary storytelling in the form of Josh Finney. If you’re familiar with his art and writing via Utopiates or Titanium Rain then you know he will deliver something that is, shall we say, off the proverbial chain.

If you aren’t familiar with his work, um, well….sucks to be you. Sorry.

Well known among sci-fi/fantasy fans as well as a Hugo Award winner and both a close friend & mentor to the author, Lou Anders is adding an afterword to the graphic novel, which will also contain a forward by acclaimed Doctor Who writer Tony Lee.

“Tony has been a huge supporter of Crazy Mary since the early DWP days and a good friend to boot.” says Colbert. “I’m thrilled that he’s writing the forward.”

These both only add to what is already an incredible project, and should go well with was just added as an incentive to Kickstarter campaign.

That’s right; I said “Kickstarter;” which means this project and all of the hard work associated with it will come to naught if it doesn’t reach it’s modest monetary goal.

The Crazy Mary Kickstarter was created by Colbert to raise the funds necessary- $8,000- to finish the remaining stories and compile/publish/print the complete arch into one graphic novel. The campaign will run till May 14th and assuming everything goes according to plan, the completed book will be available in August. So far they have almost 20% of the funds needed with less than 2 weeks to go.

This is the part where you come in. *(See first line of article.)

You dedicated and supportive comic book fans are the people who make things like this happen by becoming project backers and by spreading the word through RTs on Twitter, Likes and Shares on Facebook, sending links to friends, and so on.

Join the ranks of people like Steve Niles, Rick Remender, ComicAttack.net, Bill Corbett, & Dave Dwonch and show Crazy Mary some love. Why? Because of the other word that goes along with “Kickstarter”: the one after “donation” and “backer” and “amount.”

I’m talking about “incentives” baby, and there are some great ones.

On top of things like having your name listed on the inside as a thank-you and receiving a signed copy, there are things like limited edition art prints and posters, shot glasses, cover gallery art books, commissions by the book’s artists, and most recently the mother of bad-ass one-of-a-kind collectibles for the right fan: an original page from the IDW miniseries Doctor Who/Star Trek due to hit shelves later this May will go to one lucky backer who supports the Crazy Mary Kickstarter effort!

Ah, incentives; because donating for the sake of supporting art and talented artists is a lot easier in these tough economic times when you get something awesome in return.

I want to see this Crazy Mary graphic novel happen and I want to see more of Mary herself. Maybe it’s because she reminds me a little of Typhoid Mary, who was also a step or two away from the Sane area of the playground and looked so cool with the whole half-painted-face thing going on. What’s with red-heads being cast as all looney? Is that a stereotype that I just wasn’t aware of; red-heads are supposedly batshit crazy-pants?

Hmmm…Well Poison Ivy is pretty wacky. Jean Grey has lost it a few times, too. 

The angel that Dean Winchester banged in the backseat of the Impala went all Glenn Close genocidal, and Detective Linden is at least a strawberry-blonde and everyone knows she’s spent some time walking around in elastic shoes.

Plus I was a red-head for a little over three years.

But then I’ve also had blonde, brunette, auburn, purple, blue-black with pink tips, black with a blue stripe and brown-black hair for various amounts of time, too.

Wait, what was I talking about again?

Crazy Mary graphic novel- right!

Well I’d suggest taking a look at the website after you scope out a few of the pages/images and the video I snagged for you. They have excellent previews of entire stories for you to enjoy and get a feel for the characters and the writing style, as well as bios and contact info for all the cool people involved that I talked about. So go look around at http://www.crazymarycomic.com before you head over to http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1164327580/crazy-mary-graphic-novel and become a backer.

Another fun thing to comb through would be artist J.K. Woodward’s blog about Crazy Mary, http://jkwoodwardart.blogspot.com/2011/12/crazy-mary.html which is filled with pictures of his works and descriptions of his process. Lastly I also recommend listening to the Crazy Mary interview on Comic Geek Speak, http://www.comicgeekspeak.com/episodes/comic_geek_speak-1521.php which can also be found on the Crazy Mary homepage.

So spread the word about this barmy broad and help make her messed up double-reality a part of our messed up single-reality while helping to make the whole world a better place by giving all of us something to look forward to whilst dying in the staggering heat that is the month of August!

Still Doing The Same Thing Over and Over

Expecting Different Results,

-Dianthrax

Info & Image Sources:  http://www.crazymarycomic.com , http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1164327580/crazy-mary-graphic-novel , http://jkwoodwardart.blogspot.com/2011/12/crazy-mary.html , http://www.comicgeekspeak.com/episodes/comic_geek_speak-1521.php , http://crazymarycomic.com/wp-content/gallery . http://www.idwpublishing.com/news/article/2224/ , http://www.pinkraygun.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/totally-necessary-shot-of-deans-back.jpg , http://images.tvtome.com/tv/images/genie_images/story/2012_usa/k/killing_s2e1_linden.jpg , http://www.themarysue.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/GreenLady1-365×550.jpg , http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/0/40/1840327 mike_grell_marvel_girl_reflection_colored_comic_art_super.jpeg , http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lydnd9FZAR1r9yqvjo1_500.jpg

A Titanium Rain Change, Crazy Mary, & Grieving for The Dead

A Few Updates:

A Titanium Rain change:

Above is a link to a news article about the audio comic of Titanium Rain Vol. !; an amazing graphic novel/ comic book series by Josh Finney and Kat Rocha. I reviewed it a while ago for a couple of comic book news websites; here is a link to one such review so that you can get an idea of what I’m talking about & what the audio version would be like:

http://www.metalmachine.net/blog/2012/01/21/finney-rocha-titanium-rain/

But you can check out some info about it and other awesome audio works at This Is AudioComics

You’ll also be getting some info very soon about some chick called “Crazy Mary” & her kickstarter campaign with all of it’s donor benefits. Visit the Crazy Mary website to learn more & keep watch for updates from me…maybe even an interview…anything can happen!

One last thing- I haven’t forgotten about The Walking Dead & my reviews or image galleries; I’m just still grieving over the end of season 2 and the 7-month dry spell ahead before season 3 even comes close to premiering. I figure we all need time to grieve so they’ll be up when I’m ready and I feel like you guys are too; hope you stick with me until then because I do have some pretty cool things to share.

But I do miss it; I think I’m even getting withdrawals…

The other day I was reading a 2-page newspaper advertisement for a sporting goods store with tons of little pictures all over it of everything from hunting gear to yoga mats. After about 10 minutes of looking I realized I was mentally cataloging all the items that I would want with me during the Zombie Apocalypse!

(Binoculars? yes.  Night-vision periscope? Oh yes. Steel-toe workman’s boots? Yup. Boxing gloves and bag? Not so much) and so on, just like that, in my head. I’ll probably do it with next week’s paper, too.

Sometimes even I find myself disturbing.

Update Concluded:

Dianthrax Out.

Additional Info/Image Sources: http://01publishing.com/  http://www.glitchwerk.com/titanium/about.htm  http://crazymarycomic.com/  The AMC Press Resource Center

Thought Merle Dixon Was Bad? AMC Casts ‘The Governor’!

Pedophilia, Necrophilia, & Incest: All At The Same Time!

Say ‘Hello’ to The Governor and the Actor Ready to Portray Him

*Warning…I think: This may possibly require something like my usual warning: graphic images and content, etc. and possible spoilers if you know nothing about the comics at all or completely lack the ability to put 2 and 2 together. Meh. You’ve been warned.*

AMC has revealed some major info about season three and the fate of some of the comic book characters that seemingly everyone has been longing to loath and aching to admire in live-action format via their TV screens ever since The Walking Dead first aired!

Today it was officially announced by AMC that British actor/director and BAFTA Award nominee David Morrissey will be joining the show as “The Governor”- a man so vile and sadistic he makes the Dixon brothers look like a fluffy little bunnies. Morrissey has appeared in many acclaimed British series, though is probably most famous for his role in the miniseries State of Play. Morrissey is also known for his leading roles in feature films such as “The Reaping”, “The Other Boleyn Girl”, and recently wrapped “Welcome to the Punch” opposite James McAvoy.

A character from Robert Kirkman’s graphic novel, The Governor is the leader of Woodbury, a small settlement of survivors, and becomes the chief antagonist for Rick Grimes and his group. To say he is a guy that has some issues would be like calling Lethal Injection a sleep aid. Not the least of said problems is the relationship he has with his “daughter,” which I wonder if the show will even touch with a 29 ½ foot pole considering it makes me want to puke and then immediately shower just thinking about it.

Kirkman had already confirmed in a previous interview that plans to bring in the katana-wielding badass “Michonne” were definite, and with The Governor joining the cast in season 3 I wouldn’t put her too far behind. Now that it’s official I’m also curious about who they will cast to play her, as to the best of my knowledge that has not yet been decided, and how they will handle her interactions with The Governor, which were also on the borderline of vomit-inducing at times. No doubt they will clean it up- it is network television after all. Though I’m fairly certain we’re bound to see some twisted shit in season 3.

But will crazy-pants Shane/Jon Bernthal be among said twisted shit? Fans are worried since rumors began flying about him playing the lead in Darabont’s new series “L.A. Noir”- as though he couldn’t do both if he wanted to. I guess TV actors can remain in a series only if they’re simultaneously cast in a film, but not in another TV series.

I’m not saying he won’t die or leave the show- things between him and former BFF Rick have been awfully tense lately. Andrew Lincoln said in an interview with AceShowbiz.com that “When [Lori] says, ‘I don’t feel safe; I’m scared’ – that’s enough. But then she also says, ‘[Shane] says that you’re not up to the job.’ That’s enough to push anybody over the edge, even someone as rational and as considered and as smart as Rick. He can’t avoid the issue much longer.”

Rage pimple pop-age time! Pus all over the place!

(I really should’ve found a less nasty metaphor.)

I think he is going to get it. When the group finds Woodbury they’ve taken a beat-down and are lessened in number. I think Shane will finally get his, if not from Rick then probably from the Otis-walker; or maybe that’s a bit too cheesey. But I don’t think he’ll be the only one we loose. I think Carol might get it just to clear the way for a possible Daryl and Michonne hook-up. I wouldn’t be sad if Andrea died, but I would if she took Dale down with her or he died trying to save her.

Andrew Lincoln is not very comforting, either, saying “Not everybody gets out alive. We’re not shy of blood, sweat and tears in the last four episodes.”

So the real message here: you win some, you lose some. We now know we’re getting The Governor and Michonne next season. We’ll also be gaining three episodes, as Season 3 has already been approved for a 16-episode format vs. season 2’s mere 13. We also know some of the people we’ve become so familiar with and, in certain cases, become really attached to, aren’t going to make it to next season. They start filming in Spring.

And if Daryl dies I won’t be reviewing or reporting on the show anymore.

Knows What It’s Like to Hate The Governor,

-Dianthrax

Info Sources: The AMC Press Resource Center, www.ComicVine.com, http://blogs.amctv.com/the-walking-dead/2012/02/david-morrissey-cast-as-the-governor.php http://www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/00048190.html,
Image Source Links:
http://images.tvtome.com/tv/images/genie_images/story/2012_usa/w/walkingdead_governor.jpg
http://www.comicvine.com/the-governor/29-59467/all-images/108-217468/6244126/105-688243/
http://www.comicvine.com/the-governor/29-59467/all-images/108-217468/adi_and_alex_730247/105-688242/
http://www.comicvine.com/michonne/29-46819/all-images/108-207570/untitled_2/105-1179597/
http://www.comicvine.com/michonne/29-46819/all-images/108-207570/michonne_5/105-1070385/
http://www.comicvine.com/michonne/29-46819/all-images/108-207570/walking_dead__001/105-689314/

F#%&ing AWESOME New Avengers Trailer

You may have already seen the trailer for Marvel’s Avengers movie coming out this summer; for one it aired during the Super Bowl, plus it’s been online basically ever since. But if you haven’t than I wanted to provide an opportunity to check it out because it is the complete and total essence of all that is bad-assery.

I also wanted to put up my assortment of pictures that I’ve accumulated over the months: pics from on the set, movie stills, the gorgeous promotional artwork from Comic-con, a peek at what the action figures are going to look like once released, and so on.

Enjoy!

 

And just as a reminder: there’s only a few more days left until the new episode of The Walking Dead premiers! You can bet I’ll have pictures and plenty to say about it- only I’m not sure how fast it will go up.

You’ll just have to forgive me too, because the reason for it is that my sister is having a baby in about….34 hours!

Aaaahh!! I’m so excited!!

So I’m going to be a little busy, even with my new laptop 🙂

-Dianthrax/Auntie Dee

*All Images and Video Courtesy of Marvel.com*

Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Raped Again: This Time By A Graphic Novel

Maybe “raped” is a bit too strong of a word to use as a description, though if you’ve actually read the book you’d know why I chose it.

Hmmm….

Did you ever play the game “Telephone” as a kid?

It’s where a bunch of people sit in a circle and one person comes up with a phrase or message and whispers it to the person next to them. That person then whispers it to the person next to them, and so on and it gets passed along the circle until the last person says the phrase out loud. By comparing the difference between the original and the way it ended up you see how things are lost in translation. One person makes these words into a contraction, someone puts it in past-tense; a bunch of little changes along the line all add up until what you’ve got is nothing at all like what you started with.

I feel like there’s a big game of Telephone being played with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

DC Entertainment’s Vertigo has announced that they are producing a graphic novel interpretation of the book that’s due out in November of 2012.

I use “interpretation” rather than “adaptation” deliberately because there is no possible way the book can be made into a graphic novel and retain any of the actual value of the story. The book is so layered and psychologically tumultuous that I don’t think even the movie was able to properly capture it. Not to mention that there are a lot of sections in the book that are just too damn…well, graphic to be a graphic novel.

I don’t doubt that there are extremely talented people working on this project:

The beautiful (though inaccurate) cover art is by Lee Bermejo while the main artists are Leonardo Manco and Andrea Mutti. Crime novelist and Vertigo author Denise Mina is supposedly working very closely with “the estate of Stieg Larsson and Hedlund Literary Agency” and will be doing the writing.

What does that even mean, “working closely with the estate of Steig Larsson”??

It means that in an attempt to give the project more credibility, they use some bullshit phrasing to make it sound like they’re working with the author.

I find myself asking; do we really need this anyway?

It’s already a best-selling novel-novel that was then made into a movie twice; once as a Swedish major motion picture and then, more recently, once as an American motion picture, so do we really need a graphic novel version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo just because it’s popular and possible?

Plus it’s going to be the f#$ked up Telephone-version of it: a book translated from Swedish to English, then condensed into a film, then condensed even further into a graphic novel.

I’ll give you an example through the Telephone evolution of the character Lizbeth Salander-

In the book she’s described as being very tiny- under 100lbs to be sure- and extremely skinny with an almost “boyish” body. She has no breasts or hips to speak of (in fact in another book in the trilogy a doctor tells her there was a disruption in her physical development & her body stopped maturing too soon) and never smiles. Her first appearance in the book was described as the following:

“a pale, skinny young woman who had hair as short as a fuse, and a pierced nose and eyebrows. She had a wasp tattoo about an inch long on her neck, a tattooed loop around the biceps of her left arm and another around her left ankle. On those occasions when she had been wearing a tank top, a dragon tattoo can be seen on her left shoulder blade.” She frequently changes her hair color- starting off red, then dying it black, then later a bright lemon-yellow. She also had a lip and nipple piercing and often wore outrageous things: “Salander was dressed for the day in a black T-shirt with a picture on it of E.T. with fangs, and the words I AM ALSO AN ALIEN. She had on a black skirt that was frayed at the hem, a worn-out black, mid-length leather jacket, rivet belt, heavy Doc Martin boots, and a horizontally striped, green-and-red knee socks. She had put on make-up in a color scheme that indicated she might be colorblind. In other words, she was exceptionally decked out.”

Personally, I think the outfit is the author’s way of paying homage to the inspiration for Lisbeth and who he based her off of- Pippi Longstocking.

There was nothing seductive or sexual about her appearance or her manner and she was terrible at forming relationships with people. She was very stand-offish and didn’t like being touched with a suspicious attitude in general and a highly suspicious attitude towards men and authority.

Now keep that description in mind while you look at these: photos from the 2009 Swedish version of the film:

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And then these are the promotional photos for the American version:

“I think today I’ll run around topless in the freezing temperatures of winter in Sweden for no particular reason!”

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“Please ignore my dumb bloody hands and stupid fake tattoo and just look at the oh-so-sexy bones of my sternum & my hot photo-shopped boobs.”

“Don’t forget- it has to look exactly like Britney’s!”

This is the official international movie poster.

They came out with this more modest one a bit later:

Do I even have to say how completely not like the actual character all of the promo images are? Overly sexualized showing her as submissive, needing Daniel Craig’s arm around her to protect her while she’s shirtless why…? Does she not own tops? Just to show the nipple piercing?

These stills show that the actual movie was slightly more in line with the novel-

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until you scroll up and read the description of her from the book again.

And now we have this gorgeous cover of a graphic novel showing the same character.

For some reason she needs to be naked- or at least shirtless- again with sexy made-up eyes, a long, arched back showing down to what would have to be the very limit of the lowest low-rise jeans ever made, and a seductive open mouth with curls of smoke trailing out (wait, isn’t smoking bad for you?)

Something tells me this version isn’t going to be like the book, either. So the story can’t be the same, the characters will all look different, it’s based off something that’s already a book & two movies– DC  says “lets go for it!”

Of course that means that they will also need to do the other two books in the series, right? It’s a trilogy so that’s two more entire graphic novels to produce over the next two years!  It’s perfect for DC: “Big projects” to generate hype and distract everyone from noticing that they aren’t coming up with any new ideas of their own these days that don’t totally suck!

You’re brilliant DC Comics-

it’s why I love you as much as I do.

Tills nästa gång,

-Dianthrax

Images and Info Sources:
http://www.dccomics.com/vertigo/comics/?cm=21499
http://www.wmagazine.com/celebrities/2011/02/rooney_mara_girl_with_the_dragon_tattoo_lisbeth_salander_ss#slide=2
http://blogs.artinfo.com/museumviews/2011/12/22/the-girl-with-the-dragon-tattoo-the-stockholm-city-museum/
http://miamiherald.typepad.com/between_the_covers/2010/10/meet-noomi-rapace-the-girl-with-the-dragon-tattoo.html
http://www.filmcritic.com/reviews/2011/the-girl-with-the-dragon-tattoo-1/

Oh Snap! Marvel Brings It With AVENGERS VS X-MEN

AVENGERS VS X-MEN: Only One Shall Be Victorious

Marvel Comics announced the April 2012 launch of what they claim to be “The biggest comic book event in history”: AVENGERS VS X-MEN. In what will be a 12-issue, bi-monthly limited series, the biggest names in the Marvel super-hero biz will be going up against each other in a clash-of-the-Titans style epic battle that, according to Marvel’s Editor In Chief Axel Alonso: “brings together the most powerful forces in comics for a super hero war like you’ve never seen before and will never see again. We all want to see the best of the best go against each other—Lakers & Celtics; Ali & Frazier; Yankees & Red Sox; and in comics it’s the Avengers fighting the X-Men. We’ve brought together the biggest writers, biggest artists and biggest characters for the biggest story we’ve ever told. This is the kind of high-octane action-packed story that fans demand while also having a profound effect on every character involved—and reshaping the Marvel Universe in its wake.”

They really are bringing out all of their big guns for the showdown, too. Acclaimed authors Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Jonathan Hickman, Matt Fraction, and Jason Aaron are working with legendary artists John Romita Jr., Olivier Coipel and Adam Kubert on project “AvX” to bring the battles that fans have always wondered about into paper reality.

Iron Man taking on Wolverine, Thor battling Cyclops, The Hulk smashing against Magneto, and your friendly neighborhood Spiderman fighting The Mistress of The Elements- who would come out on top? You have to admit that part of you is dying to see some of these fights; but what I’m curious about is what terrible conflict could force such great allies to a place where the only solution they come to is all-out war?

The only description Marvel gives is that The Avengers and X-Men have learned that the all-powerful Phoenix Force is on a crash course for Earth in search of a new host, and that a “shocking decision tied to the Phoenix’s return will pit the Avengers against the X-Men.” The synopsis also questions how this conflict will affect the rest of the Marvel Universe.

Well things always seem to go strait to Hell whenever the Phoenix comes to town. Maybe it’ll show up with another plan to resurrect Jean Grey in some kind of clone/android body and The Avengers are just so tired of her dying-but-not really-dying and dying-but-it’s-not-really-her-dying and dying-then-coming-back-again-anyway-dying that they just say “Enough already!” and throw down with the X-Men.

Personally? I think The Phoenix Force is causing trouble in reaction to a cataclysmic event of such powerful hype that it was felt throughout the universe. This event was called The DC Re-Boot and the damage left in its wake called to Phoenix and commanded that it travel to Earth and start a conflict between the most popular and attention-grabbing Marvel warriors: The Avengers and The X-Men. So a battle of such overly-large proportions as to justify changes in every aspect of the Marvel universe began, setting off another event of extreme hype with as-yet-unforeseeable but apparently massive consequences!

Let’s just hope the fights are as good as we expect them to be and the writing tells a story that isn’t blatantly obvious its only purpose is to set up and explain them. But honestly; how well written can it be when you have so many well-established complex personalities that are best experienced when we as readers live through the subtleties of their interactions and dialog all crammed into one giant conflict? In short: how can the essence of characters like Wolverine, Magneto, The Hulk, or Iron Man be adequately represented when you have all of them together and fighting each other and additional characters like Storm, Spiderman, Black Widow, etc? Then you have The Phoenix Force to deal with, and that’s always an indication of a convoluted plot. The whole story is supposed to be told in 12 issues, too. These are either going to be 12 of the most awesome issues Marvel has released in a very, very long time, or 12 issues telling the tale of the lamest publicity stunt by Marvel to date.

There is one little perk that I did think was pretty cool and worth mentioning: each print issue of AvX also includes a code for a free digital copy of that issue. I like things that are included free. More things should be given for free. Why don’t all comics come with that? Take note and work on that, publishers.

April 2012- the battle to end all battles, the most epic event in comic book history, the shit is going down!! Mark your calendars and prepare yourselves, my friends.

“I love the smell of freshly printed comic books in the morning!”

-Dianthrax

*Info & images courtesy of Marvel.com*