FANTASTIC BEASTS (and where to find them) – Review

Fantastic Beasts

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is in a word- delightful.

From the very first musical bars played in the title sequence, the movie welcomes fans of Harry Potter back to the Wizarding World. Set in New York City during the 1920’s, the movie centers around Newt Scamander, an English Magical Zoologist, who’s visiting America for the first time.

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DOCTOR STRANGE – Review!

Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange

“Doctor Strange” is a magical movie for adults. That’s not to say that it’s innapropriate or that kids can’t enjoy it, but this latest foray into the MCU has some pretty deep themes that only someone who understands the ups and downs of life can really relate to.

I’m happy to report that Marvel continues its unprecedented winning streak with yet another spectacular action movie with plenty of humor and heart. This time however, felt a little different. Yes, it’s an origin story again. Yes it’s about a selfish rich guy losing everything, and going on a hero’s journey of redemption. Yes it’s another Marvel movie with a big-name actor playing a one-dimmensional throw-away villain. BUT it’s also a movie that makes you question reality, that makes you consider your surroundings and the way you percieve everything. It’s also a movie about life and death, and how to give meaning to both.

Not to mention all the trippy visuals…

Doctor Strange in the Dark Dimmension

God I love this scene.

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Featured Artist: Ed Hall

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HALL OF HEROES is a new comic convention for Jacksonville. This partnership between publisher, promoter and COLLECTIVE CON co-founder Max Michaels and SUPERHERO HIVE & SUPERHERO BEACH comic shops brings together a show celebrating the art and creators of comics. This one day con is scheduled for Saturday November 12th, 2016 (Veteran’s Day Weekend) at the Snyder Armory on Normandy Boulevard. More information at HallofHeroesJax.com

Ed Hall - Hall of HeroesEd’s cartoons and political illustrations have been featured in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Tallahassee Democrat, The New York Time’s Scope Magazine and on CNN Headline News. Over the last several years, Hall has won 9 Florida Press Awards, 3 Newsmaker Awards, and numerous fine art awards in national and international competitions. In 2003, Ed was presented the 53rd Annual Green Eyeshade Award for weekly cartoons by The Society of Professional Journalists. He has also won the Florida Press Club Award three times (2003 & 2006, 2008), competing with cartoonists from newspapers up to 75,000 in circulation.

When did you first decide to pursue a career as a political cartoonist?

I was a senior in Graphic Design at The University of Florida. Our professor gave us an assignment where we had to research a global news story and then illustrate it. I did a black and white, pen & ink illustration about the rise of robotics in Japan. My instructor was so impressed that he suggested I might apply at the college newspaper. I did so, got the job, and the moment I stepped into the newsroom I was hooked.

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Retro Review: V FOR VENDETTA

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“Remember remember the Fifth of November, the Gunpowder Treason and plot. I know of no reason why the Gunpowder Treason, should ever be forgot!” – V

“V For Vendetta” is a remarkable film based on Alan Moore’s revolutionary graphic novel. As ground breaking as Moore’s work is though, I have to say that this adaptation is (in my humble opinion) one of the very few exceptions to the rule – it’s actually better than the source material. That’s not to say that the original V comics aren’t worth reading, they are. Alan Moore’s tale (published in 1988) was a new twist on George Orwell’s dystopian novel, “1984” (written in 1948).

V for Vendetta movie poster

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Featured Artist: Nick Filardi

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HALL OF HEROES is a new comic convention for Jacksonville. This partnership between publisher, promoter and COLLECTIVE CON co-founder Max Michaels and SUPERHERO HIVE & SUPERHERO BEACH comic shops brings together a show celebrating the art and creators of comics. This one day con is scheduled for Saturday November 12th, 2016 (Veteran’s Day Weekend) at the Snyder Armory on Normandy Boulevard. More information at HallofHeroesJax.com

Hall of Heroes: Nick FilardiNick Filardi is a professional comic book colorist. Videogame, Boardgame, and magic card enthusiast. He grew up in New London, CT listening to Small Town Hero, watching Batman the Animated Series and fending off ladies. After graduating from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2004, he colored for a Zylonol Studios under Lee Loughridge in Savannah, GA while maintaining the pretense of working an “office” job.

When did you decide to pursue a career in comics?

It was never really a fully thought out decision. I loved drawing as a kid, and got into comics both large and small press when I was in middle school. That captured my attention more than fine art or video games. From there it was less me deciding to pursue a career and more “lets see how far I can run the ball” kinda thing. Haven’t stopped running yet!

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The Short Box is coming to Hall of Heroes!

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Badr, Cesar, Ed, Adam and Ashley are all coming to Jacksonville, Florida’s HALL OF HEROES con on Saturday, November 12th for a live recording of their 150th Episode!

Badr, Cesar, Ed, Ashley, Adam

In the meantime, catch up on their latest shenanigans…

“Suck It Trebek!”
Oct 17, 2016
Wrapping up their Jax tour stop, Mega Ran and MC Lars, come on the show to address the Trebek beef, world tours, and Lars shares his origin story. These Nerdcore rap titans also premiere a few friendly words in rap format to the Jeopardy host.

“I’m Not Barb!”
Oct 16, 2016
The crew survived Hurricane Matthew to record another day! Cesar shares some highlights from his NYCC experience, we talk more in-depth about Luke Cage and the soundtrack, and read more fan emails than Cesar has impressions for.

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WONDER WOMAN – 75 Years!

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Wonder Woman has been defending the world for 75 years and still going strong! This Amazon Princess was first created by William Moulton Marston and his wife, Elizabeth Holloway Marston in 1941, first debuting in All Star Comics #8 and later featured in Sensation Comics. She’s recently become an honorary UN Ambassador, her comics have never been better and she’s finally starring in her own movie next summer.

Diana Prince has come a long way in the last 75 years. Although her first appearance is as a secretary to the Golden Age Justice Society, she has since become far more iconic than the likes of Dr. Fate and Hour-Man. When Marston first created Wonder Woman, he sought to show girls that they didn’t need to be the damsel in distress.

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PREVIEWS – October 2016

We here at the Super Hero HQ take a sneak peek at what’s in store in December!

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JUSTICE LEAGUE vs SUICIDE SQUAD – DC

Justice League vs Suicide Squad!

It was bound to happen sooner or later. The first crossover event of DC Rebirth!

What happens when the JLA discovers the truth behind Amanda Waller’s Task Force X? I guess you’ll have to pick it up to find out…

INHUMANS vs X-MENMarvel

Inhumans vs X-Men

The Earth is quickly becoming uninhabitable to mutants… and it’s the fault of the Inhumans!

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What I’m Reading #9

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ECLIPSE

Zack Kaplan’s “Eclipse” is finally out! And it’s awesome.

This sci-fi thriller takes place in a world where the sun has become deadly. The high concept world building is superb and I can’t wait to read more.

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New Releases at the Hive

Hive girl Foo nocircleCheck out all the new titles coming out this week at The Hive!!
(You can also take a look back at the titles that came out in previous weeks.)

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