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Four Colors – Season 5

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Hello to the truest of believers! Welcome to Season 5 of FOUR COLORS! We are back after an extended hiatus, but now, there is far too much in the news to leave the blog unattended. My life was upended, in a VERY good way, following Comic-Con and it has taken until this past month for everything to settle down. But now, we are back! Like I said, there is far too much in the news to be silent, especially after… Read More »

In the News: Kick(ed)-Ass

Real quick post again today. I’m working on a much longer piece about the Man of Steel controversy, so look out for that tomorrow! But now, just a few links to a growing story. Jim Carrey, over Twitter this morning, announced that he “cannot support” Kick-Ass 2, in which he is the second male lead, because of the massive amounts of violence. Mark Millar, the writer of the Kick-Ass comic series, also responded to Carrey’s announcement. Newsarama and TMZ both reported on it,… Read More »

Secret Agent Men (and Women)

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[youtube T3T-evQZiQo] My friend Ivan asked me yesterday what the big deal was about Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” That is kind of a loaded question for someone as nerdy as myself. As I sit here writing, literally wearing the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo, I can think of two paths to take when it comes to establishing my enthusiasm for this show. The first is the involvement of Joss Whedon. Now, Whedon has been the de-facto geek hero for many, many years (basically… Read More »

Free Comic Book Day 2013!

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[youtube ovhKBHF8] It’s Comic Book Christmas! Today is Free Comic Book Day, the annual tradition of the comic book where, every first Saturday in May, publishers offer free comic books to readers in the hope of enticing them into checking out the rest of their books. The Complete List of Free Comics This year marks the 11th year the industry has done this event and it has grown immensely since then. Over the past few years, Marvel and DC have been using… Read More »

Four Colors Season 3

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Welcome to Season 3. It’s been a long time, my Four Colors readers. Look of it as the summer break that television shows go on (if we’re going to keep the TV analogy going). For myself, I have been enjoying the post-grad life, re-establishing my life and all the fun of having to gain full employment. But now, we’re back, its time to hit the grind and the big question is this: What is Season 3 going to be? On… Read More »

Mr. Reece Goes to Comic-Con

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“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” John Lennon said that. He might not have ever attended Comic-Con, but Mr. Lennon may as well have been describing my time in San Diego when he said it. Every amazing thing that happened, happened without plans. But more on that later. San Diego Comic-Con 2011 was a whirlwind of comic-related insanity. On the outer edges of it, Hollywood peddled its wares. Shows like The Big Bang Theory,… Read More »

Twas the Night Before Comic-Con

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Cover mash up courtesy of superherouniverse.com Technically, its the night BEFORE the “Night Before Comic-Con”, but it IS the “Night Before Trevor Leaves for San Diego because He is NOT Doing That Drive in One Day.” Comic-Con starts Thursday for most folks, but for a select few who were fortunate enough to get the tickets for it, Wednesday night is the official kick-off with the highly coveted PREVIEW NIGHT, which is the only day where walking around the convention floor… Read More »

Holding the Conch: YA Fiction and the Specter of Appropriate

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If you haven’t read Lord of the Flies, then I apologize because what follows is the book’s ending. But I figured that its 50+ years old and most people have read it in school, so I could use it to prove my point. Ralph looked at him dumbly. For a moment he had a fleeting picture of the strange glamour that had once invested the beaches. But the island was scorched up like dead wood—Simon was dead—and Jack had. .… Read More »

WonderCon Tour

Hello faithful readers. The WonderCon write-up will be coming tomorrow, but until then, please enjoy this video I did for the Sonoma State STAR, the other publication that I write for at Sonoma State University, where I am currently finishing my studies. Enjoy and I will see you tomorrow! [youtube nOFSthz8OEw]

Hundreds and Hundreds

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This past year has been an important one for DC. Not only have they been publishing some great books, but the company has has several important anniversaries to celebrate. The first of which is their 75th anniversary of existence. DC has been publishing books for the past 75 years, a feat that is currently unequaled in the comic book industry. What else is unequaled are the three books that celebrated 700 and 600 issues. Those of course being the books… Read More »