Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Imaginos Movie Review of "Kingsman: The Secret Service"

From the first trailer, this movie set some pretty high expectations and with a cast sporting the likes of Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Caine, one could surely see why.

“Kingsman” centers on a secret intelligence organization devoted to maintaining the world’s peace and security without the bureaucracy that hinders and tarnishes the priorities of the rest of the world’s security organizations. A new threat arises and forces the Kingsmen to enact a recruitment drive to bolster their ranks. This results in the recruitment of one of the protagonists, the rough around the edges Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Taron Egerton) by Harry Hart (Colin Firth), one of Kingsman’s top agents. But the trick comes about in the form of the billionaire philanthropist Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) and his mysterious plan to “save the world”.
Based on the comic book “The Secret Service” by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, this is certainly not your traditional comic book movie. But anyone that has seen any of the previous film adaptations of Mark Millar’s comics can safely expect a number of things from them; wit, cultural commentary and ludicrous amounts of violence. And while I haven’t read the comics to be able to compare it to its source material, this film does not dissappoint when stacked against its predecessors.

Directed by Matthew Vaughn (Director on “Kick-Ass” and “X-Men: First Class” and Co-Producer on “Kick-Ass 2”) and co-written by himself and frequent collaborator Jane Goldsman (Co-Writer on “Kick-Ass” and “X-Men: First Class”), the film has that secondary production familiarity to it as well as being another Mark Millar property. However, it’s not just a fun, funny and raucous romp meant to recapture the fun and absurdity of the classic spy films of old, there’s also a surprising humanity to it as well, on the sides of both the protagonists and the antagonists. And couple that with plot twists and turns galore, it’s sure to be a fun day at the movies for everyone that goes to see it. (I’ve seen it twice!  :D) But remember that it is R-rated, so don’t expect this to be a comic book movie that you can take the kids to go see.

And don't forget that Imaginos Plus is available for digital download at DriveThru Comics for just 99 cents!
Imaginos Plus is here!!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Imaginos Plus: On Sale Now!

It's been a long road, folks (and it's still going by the way) but our totally original comic book "Imaginos Plus" is now officially FOR SALE. Our wonderful Kickstarter backers have been able to download their free copy for a couple weeks now, but now everyone can get in on the fun. All you need to do is head over to DriveThruComics and purchase our inaugural issue for an easy $0.99. 

We would again like to thank all the friends, family, funders and peers that have helped us get this off the ground. But this is just the beginning! We have big plans to keep this going in bigger and better ways. As always, sharing this with your geeky friends will do a HUGE part in keeping this ball rolling! We hope you enjoy the book.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

2015 Oscars Winners

Well, that's a wrap. Here are the 2015 Academy Award winners: 
Best animated short
Feast — Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed
Best live action short film
The Phone Call — Mat Kirkby and James Lucas
Best adapted screenplay
The Imitation Game - Graham Moore
Best original screenplay
Birdman - Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo
Best documentary short subject
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 — Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry
Achievements in visual effects
Interstellar — Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher
Best original score
The Grand Budapest Hotel - Alexandre Desplat
Best original song
"Glory" from Selma - music and lyrics by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn
Best documentary feature
Citizenfour - Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky
Film editing
Whiplash — Tom Cross
Birdman — Emmanuel Lubezki
Production design
The Grand Budapest Hotel — Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock
Best animated feature
Big Hero 6 — Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli
Sound editing
American Sniper — Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
Sound mixing
Whiplash — Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley
Best foreign language film
Ida — Poland
Makeup and hairstyling
Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier — The Grand Budapest Hotel
Costume design
Milena Canonero — The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best actor in a supporting role
J.K. Simmons — Whiplash
Best actress in a supporting role
Patricia Arquette — Boyhood
Best actor in a leading role
Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything
Best actress in a leading role
Julianne Moore - Still Alice
Best director
Alejandro G. Iñárritu - Birdman
Best picture

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

'Imaginos Plus' is LIVE!

This is it, folks. Our first totally original comic book is DONE, and our faithful Kickstarter funders can download a free digital copy right now. If you're not a Kickstarter backer, don't worry: the book will be available to buy and download within the next week.

 If you've been following along at home you know the book includes three totally original comic properties: REQUIEM, CANDY COATED & JUDA FIST: 7 DEATHS OF THE YOBI. The book also includes an introduction to RIFTS®: THE ADVENTURES OF YOUNG ERIN TARN, an imaginative story based on the character from Kevin Siembieda's Palladium Books® and the Rifts "Megaverse."

Though the book itself is now done, we have plenty of work to do now, which includes submitting the book to comic publishers and printing physical copies of the book. Soon the book will be available to buy and download in digital form, as well as the physical comic book shops. 

You will need a comic book reader in order to open and read the file on your computer, and we've included a link to Comical Cross-Platform CBR/CBZ comic reader in the update. It is a quick and free download. If you don't already have comic reading software on your computer, simply download the file for either Windows, Mac or Linux. Then open or "extract" the files on your computer. You will then be able to read the Imaginos Plus file with Comical.

Stay tuned for more updates as we work to get this book in comic shops and online comic stores.

The Honeycomb Hideout: Episode 26 - A Furry New Year!

What's up, 'Combies? Your boys are back in the year 2015 with a whole lot to share! Joe, Mark and Nick welcome comic artist Ben Rodriguez to tell us about his ongoing project "Peter is the Wolf" and everybody shares their thoughts on a variety of topics ranging from the awesomeness of yesteryear to Captain America: The Winter Soldier to wrestling. Yeah, it's that kind of episode.  LOL  So sit back, relax and welcome back to The Honeycomb Hideout!

Download this episode (right click and save)

To check out more of Ben's artwork, make sure to visit: Ben's deviantART: Ben's deviantART

And to read his comic, make sure to visit his website and remember that it's age-specific for an older audience but also segmented for those who wish to avoid the more graphic content: Peter is the Wolf