Magazine Preview: The Walking Dead – Companion to the Comic Series

walkingmagazine0101The Walking Dead has been a pop-culture phenom in both TV and comics format.  This official The Walking Dead magazine provides a guide to the comics series which great for fans and beginners to this zombie universe.

The companion comics guide features interviews with creators Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard.  There are also articles discussing fan-favorite characters, defining comic book moments in the series, exploration of the Walking Dead universe and interviews with the creative team.

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The Marvel Vault – A Visual History

marvelvaultupdatedI remember as a kid in the 1980s, you were either a Marvel Comics or DC Comics fan, there was no in-between.  I didn’t get serious into collecting comics until the late 1980s and early 1990s, when Marvel had an amazing staple of talents like Jim Lee, Todd McFarlane, Rob Liefield, Marc Silverstri, Whilce Portacio and Jae Lee, just to name a few.  Every week I had a stack of Marvel comic books and a issue was like .75 cents!  If you know you have a Marvel fan this Holiday season, then The Marvel Vault – A Visual History will make a great gift item.

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DC Comics Harley Quinn Comic Book Team: Jimmy & Amanda

dsc_0068One of the most popular DC Comics’ characters currently is anti-hero Harley Quinn.  Ramen host Eddie Ballar interviews the DC Comics Harley Quinn team of Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner on Harley Quinn character.

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“We’re Alive” Zombie drama podcast!

dsc_0068Our Ramen team was at Comikaze … oops wrong name, it is Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con, now that’s a mouthful.  One of our first interviews with various guest from the show was with “We’re Alive” creator Kc Wayland (Wayland Productions).  Ramen host Eddie Ballar talks to Kc Wayland about his hit zombie post-apocalyptic radio podcast.

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Mega Bloks TMNT Collectors Series – Eastman & Laird

tmntrooftopcombatMega Bloks pays homage to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird with this neat TMNT Collector Series Rooftop Combat edition playset.  I really like the black & white feel and details, a clear tribute to the original comic book run.

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Dark Horse Comics Coloring Books

dhavatarbooksI’m hooked on coloring.  Recently when I was at Michaels arts and craft store, I bought some TMNT coloring books and crayons.  Dark Horse Comics just announced two adult coloring book releases:  Avatar – The Last Airbender and Serenity.  The coloring books will feature 45-pages of original artwork on thick paperstock.  The 10″x10″ coloring books will cost $14.99USD each.

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Ramen and a Half: SVCC 2016 – Artist Ethan Castillo

ethancastillosvcc2016Ramen and a Half host Ramon Angel interviews young artist Ethan Castillo at Silicon Valley Comic-Con 2016 in San Jose, CA.  Ethan drops a new art book:  “I Still Really Hate Spiders!”

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Silicon Valley Comic-Con 2016 Round-Up

Retrenders - Silicon Valley Comic Con - SVCC - by Johnny MorenoCheck out our latest Ramen & a Half episode from Silicon Valley Comic-Con (SVCC)!  The first SVCC by tech icon Steve Wozniak and comic book icon Stan Lee taking place at the San Jose Convention Center.  Our Ramen team roams the showfloor as we talk to the San Francisco Giants baseball team about all the cool special events they will have this 2016 season.  Go Gigantes!  Next we hit up BuzzingBots with cute robot plush dolls.  Ramon visits artist Jesse JFR on his avocado TMNT art and Boba Fett candles.  Eddie interviews Kaz over at Plastic and Heroes on their vinyl toy art collectible shop in San Jose.  And the Ramen guys close SVCC with special cosplay guest Abbey and Keiko.

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Sayori Chu interviews Stan Lee!

RETRENDERS Sayori Chu Interviews Stan LeeWe caught up with Stan Lee at Silicon Valley Comic Con to talk to him about the “BIG” direction with comics, how did it begin, what were its influences, and where is it going now that it has become immensely and worldly popular!

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Welcome to Silicon Valley Comic-Con 2016!

Retrenders - Silicon Valley Comic Con - SVCC - by Johnny MorenoWelcome to the first Silicon Valley Comic-Con! The inaugural of SVCC was the largest Comic convention in San Jose, California, thanks to Steve Wozniak and Stan Lee. The convention was a collaboration between panel talks of surfacing technology such as Virtual Reality and how will we use it? So when you you took a stroll through the convention floor, you were literally walking through the imaginative world of stories ; and if you chose to attend a tech panel, you can see how comics and Sci-fi have contributed to innovative technology and its use –Such things as the hoverboard which is the future of skateboard transportation! Now that’s what I call the ying and the yang.
Now who said we were just here to see Stan Lee? – RETRENDERS, or course!

The 2016 Silicon Valley Comic-Con!

twitter-imageThis 3-day weekend in the SF Bay Area will kick-off the first-ever Silicon Valley Comic-Con at the San Jose Convention Center.  The merging of technology, gadgets, comics and pop culture are brought to you by geek master Steve Wozniak and comic book icon Stan Lee.  Our Retrenders staff and Ramen and a Half film crew will be there all weekend covering the event.  So please check our Retrenders’ YouTube channel for more updates and videos!

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Actor Peter Shinkoda @ Comikaze Expo 2015

comikazeconlogoThe Ramen team interviews actor Peter Shinkoda at Comikaze Expo 2015.  Peter talks about his time working on the Netflix/Marvel production Daredevil and TNT’s Falling Skies.

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The Jam-Packed Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo 2015 Show!

comikazeconlogoFirst off, we at Retrenders love providing solid content and quality video content on our YouTube channel, but we had a slight delay and like to apologize for the dark video quality.  We were shooting on our Sony V1U and left the ND Filter on and that’s a “not bad” on our part.  Lesson learned and that will never happen again.

Okay, got that off my chest!  Here’s the jam packed episode from Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo 2015 from the LA Convention Center on Halloween weekend.  Our Ramen crew explores the growing and ever expanding Comikaze Expo.  The Eddie and Ramon takes around the convention floor.  So sit back and grab some chocolate gummy bears and enjoy the episode.

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Alt Control Delete Success!

In early October, Ramon Govea and crew launched the Kickstarter to their comic Alt Control Delete and just within a few days of launch, they were 101% funded and over the last few days that’s actually reached 115% for a grand total of almost $4,000 raised on Kickstarter! They are now currently well over $4000 with 80 backers and still have 14 days to go but, although they are already funded, it doesn’t mean there aren’t fun stretch goals you can help them reach. Check out their Kickstarter here!

Pic from Comixology

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Alt Control Delete follows Tess, a jaded professional gamer in search of her missing friend.  It’s a world where competitive virtual reality gaming has replaced war, and humanity is on the verge of creating a symbiotic relationship between technology and nature.  But in her search, Tess is forced to choose between the safety of her corporate compound and loyalty to her friend.

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If you can’t wait, to read it, you can get Chapter 1 of Alt Cntrl Delete digitally on Comixology.

Already being given tons of awesome review, I know I’m definitely looking forward to my physical copy of Alt Control Delete.
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For more info, be sure to follow their kickstarter as well as their Twitter at @AltCntrlDelete

Marvel x Hip Hop Crossover

marvelhiphop00marvelhiphop01One of my fave shows on satellite radio, is Shade 45, Sway in the Morning and recently Marvel Editor in Chief Axel Alonso drops by the show to talk about the Marvel Comics and the “Hip Hop Variant” covers.  Since Marvel is launching 60+ titles in a new direction starting this month, Marvel will put 60-plus “Hip Hop Variants” covers, where Marvel heroes are put in iconic hip hop album covers.

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Wizard World 2015 San Jose Coverage Playlist

wizardworldHey Retrenders fans!  If you missed Wizard World 2015 from San Jose a few weeks back and want to see all of our Ramen and a Half video coverage of the 3-day con, well, hit up our Wizard World SJ playlist on YouTube!

 

The Age of the Female Superheroes

famalesuperheroesA change is coming in comic books and that is the “Rise of the Female Superhero”.  Yahoo! News with Katie Couric releases a neat documentary with a chock full of interviews with industry giants like Jim Lee, Grant Morrison and many female creators Amanda Conner, G. Willow Wilson, Gail Simone and many others about the change and rise of the female superhero protagonist.

Doctor Who: Four Doctors Collide!

4 doctors 1If you’re a comic book reader veteran, then you’re probably familiar with the usual once-a-year mega cross-over event like in the DC and Marvel Universe.  Well, this summer 2015, Titan Comics will mix-it up with 4 Doctors and 3 companions meeting up in this 5-issue mini-series.  Doctor Who:  Four Doctors #1 (1-5) follows the Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors and their companions on a mission against an unknown foe.  The epic crossover-event is written by Paul Cornell (Wolverine) and illustrated by Neil Edwards
(Assassin’s Creed).

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DC VS Marvel Chess Pieces

dcvsmarvelchesscoverThe age of old comic book fight between DC fanboys and Marvel fanboys can be settle by the classic game of chess.  Eaglemoss Publications has created over 100 DC and Marvel characters to collect.  The 5″ figures are made from metalized resin and painted.  Each figure will cost around $16.00USD or you can buy 2-packs for around $40.00USD.

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Interview with Comic Book Artist Adam Hughes

adamhugescoverartWhen it comes to drawing the female anatomy, nobody does it better than Adam Hughes.  He’s a comic book artist and creator, but also known to draw many iconic DC and Marvel covers of female superheroes and villains.  Here’s our interview with Adam Hughes at Big Wow! Comicfest 2015.

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BigWow Comicfest 2015 : Young Comic Artist – Ethan Castillo

BigWow Comicfest - Ethan Castillo - RetrendersWhat is it like to be a young talented comic artist! We caught up with Ethan Castillo at BigWow Comicfest 2015 to ask a couple of personal questions and find out if he’s anything like an ordinary child – and what we got, were simple words of wisdom.

Big Wow! Comicfest 2015 Recap

bigwowcomicfest2015This is our quick recap episode of the 2-day comic book event, the Big Wow! Comicfest at the San Jose Convention Center this past weekend.

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Big Wow! Comicfest 2015 this Weekend!

bigwowcomicfest2015Where will the Retrenders gang be at this weekend?  Well, in San Jose, CA for the Big Wow! Comicfest 2015, April 18-19 at the San Jose Convention Center.  We join the geeky Ramen and a Half crew at the show and will be filming highlights from the 2-day convention and we hope to see you there!

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Comic Book Heroes in Beautiful Landscapes

silversurfer00Superheroes are usually pictured in heroic or action poses, well this series is comic book heroes meets National Geographic.  Photographer Benoit Lapray continues his work of “The Quest for the Absolute” which showcases comic heroes in picturesque landscapes.

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Comikaze Expo 2014 – Eddie deAngelini on his comic Collectors

Comikaze Expo 2014 Eddie de Angelini on his comic CollectorsRamen and Half interviews Eddie DeAngelini about his comic – Collectors. He tells us how the story was originally supposed to be a film script, but making it into a comic strip took a life of its own, especially when it’s about him and his wife!

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