Tuesday, April 21, 2015

THE UNADAPTED: Usagi Yojimbo

**This edition of The Unadapted focuses on a character that's actually been adapted before. He's just never been the star of the show. Here's frequent collaborator Andrew Prenger to tell you about a beautiful comic that tells the tale of a badass rabbit.**


I can say with all honesty that Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo is one of the two comic books (the other being Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns) which turned me onto comics as an adult. Without it, I don't know if I would have gotten into them as a hobby. It happened one day when I was wandering around the library, looking to kill time. I was in the "comics" section which, at the time, was mostly collections of newspaper strips before graphic novels became a thing. I pulled a book from the shelf and on the cover saw a rabbit samurai. There was instant recognition! I didn't know anything about this book, but I remembered the toy. I had grown up with it as part of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles line.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

PILOT LITE: Daredevil (2015 television series)

Daredevil is a character that I know a lot about. I find him very interesting, but apparently not enough to keep up on his monthly antics. Confession time: I've read very little of his adventures in print. Other than a good chunk of Frank Miller's work on the character in the 80's, I've only read "Guardian Devil", Kevin Smith's late-90's re-invigorization of the titular red-clad hero. And yet, I know insane details about the character's history, backstory and tertiary cast members simply because of how fascinating he is.

Monday, March 23, 2015

PILOT LITE: Powers (2015 television pilot)

Powers has a premise that's almost better than any story that could possibly be spun out of it. Set in a world filled with super-powered beings, it follows two normal detectives who are tasked with solving cases involving superheroes and villains (known as "powers" on the street). From that ingenious and deceptively simple premise has sprung a creator-owned behemoth that has been in near-constant publication since 2000. As such, it has been a popular candidate to transition into other media.



Monday, March 16, 2015

Deadpool (2010 Script)

There's been a lot of news lately about the casting/filming of the Deadpool film that has recently gone into production. Now that it's actually happening, it's funny to look back at just what a rollercoaster ride it was to get this flick greenlit.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

CBM Interview: Brian Clevinger

Atomic Robo is a comic series created by Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener. If you're unfamiliar with it, please do yourself a favor and get familiar. It's a fun, exciting and hilarious story with an insanely likable cast of heroes and villains. Recently Clevinger, the comic's writer, posted a series of anecdotes on Twitter that explained some dealings he'd had in trying to adapt the character for the big screen, years ago (check him out on Twitter to see his comments). Amongst the notes from the studio was the need for Robo (a loveable, heroic robot) to have a kid sidekick. Eventually, the project fell apart, but not before some interesting meetings with the creators.

Brian Baer (frequent writer for Comic Book Media) was recently able to speak to Mr. Clevinger about his experiences dealing with a major studio and getting that close to seeing an adaptation of his beloved character.


I'd like to thank Brian Clevinger for agreeing to the interview and providing some insight into the difficult and frustrating process of adaptation.

Another thanks goes to Brian Baer for taking the lead with this interview. With that, I'll turn things over to the two Brians. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Fantastic Four (1975 radio show)

**Brian Baer researched one of the earliest adventures of Marvel's First Family in expanded media. More than that, he actually made it through a whole episode of it before questioning his own sanity. Enjoy!**

The Fantastic Four radio show is something of a pop culture anomaly. Debuting in 1975, the show lasted for a full thirteen weeks and was quickly forgotten. Now, it seems to be "discovered" every two or three years, namely due to the involvement of a pre-Saturday Night Live Bill Murray. The novelty passes, and then it waits to dug up once more.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

CBM Profile: The Rogues

Superheroes are defined by their villains, be it directly or indirectly. This is a fundamental fact of the conflict that lies at the core of stories featuring masked men and the people who oppose them. For example, many point to the duality of Batman and Joker. It's been said that one cannot exist without the other. When it comes to villains, the Dark Knight's collection of foes is widely regarded as one of the best in the medium. However, there's one other DC hero, The Flash, whose enemies are almost as well regarded.