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Lara Croft Tomb Raider Short Film That is All Action

Twenty Minutes of Bone Breaking Ecstasy
Fan films have come a long way recently. The production values, acting and action have all taken giant steps in quality. This great fan film simply titled, Croft - Fan Film, is the epitome of what can be done nowadays when you have talented and passionate people with the means to put on an exciting, jawdropping live-action short film based on the video game adventurer. 
It could easily have been titled "Lara Croft: First Blood" with the amount of gunplay and hand-to-hand combat on display by the wonderful Cassandra Ebner. This is a must see. Twenty minutes of action and you didn't have to buy a ticket, popcorn or a drink to do it. 

"A woman will risk everything to save a young girl held hostage in the mountains by a group of mercenaries. 

Inspired by the Tomb Raider video games among others along with some of the great action movies from the 80's. 

Croft is a Short Film created by a group of friends with a passion for film maki…


Another NSFW Good Time with Our Favorite Dysfunctional Super Friends
It's Christmas at the Justice League of America household and things are just as awkward for them as they might be for your family. Join Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, Power Girl and more as they celebrate the holiday.


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Superman vs Hulk - The Fight by Mike Habjan (VIDEO)

CGI Animator Continues Epic Fan Fight Film with Latest Installment
This labor of love was started in 2010 by animator Mike Habjan resulting in the first three videos garnering millions and millions of hits on YouTube. The epic brawl of arguably the two most powerful heroes in comic books, Superman and the Hulk, going head-to-head is a fanboy's dream come true. Three years later Habjan has just released Part 3 of the ongoing battle and it's wonderfully rendered with wall-to-wall CGI beatdown action. Please enjoy.

2013 Spartantown Comic Book Awards

A Stellar Year for Sales and Quality in Comic Books in 2013

This year has been tremendous for the comic book industry but not just financially but creatively as well. There has been some consistently great reads as well as new titles that caught fire late in the year. Most of the best comics are creator owned and independently published. Creators free from the creative shackles of corporate comics are noticeably more passionate in their writing and drawing. That's not to say the Big Two don't produce quality products, they do, but the emphasis relies heavily on the latest epic crossover event that will force readers to buy titles they wouldn't normally to keep track of the bigger plot and prop up sales for those lagging books. They keep happening because evidently they work! Sales were up this year and Marvel's epic events (Age of Ultron, Battle of the Atom) were partly responsible. DC Comics had theirs of course (Forever Evil, Death of the Family, Batman: Zero Year, Tr…

Arrow Solidifies Its Place As Best Comic Book Based TV Show with An Explosive Mid-Season Finale

Big Changes Ahead for Oliver Queen and Company Spoilers Ahead

Arrow has steadily beenbuilding to the mid-season finale entitled 'Three Ghosts' and the jam-packed episode did not disappoint and set the stage for an explosive second half. It delivered some twists and turns that could fill multiple episodes but as usual the writers juggled the events, the nuanced ones as well as the action pieces, with precision and tension. And as any great finale it provided some answers while also introducing new obstacles for our hero, vigilante, hood, Oliver Queen. The result was a satisfying and thrilling finale worthy to be called television's best comic book based show. 

 The poisoned Queen is saved by the scientific handy work of Barry Allen. However, Queen is none too happy that Felicity revealed his identity to Allen. I mean sure he saved his life and all but knowing his real identity is somehow bad? He doesn't trust Allen just yet. It doesn't help that he was hallucinating ab…

Comic Book Pull List for Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Picks for This Week and What's New BATMAN #26 ZERO YEAR continues! With Gotham City thrown into total chaos by The Riddler, Batman and Jim Gordon must learn to work together! This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue. Written by Scott Snyder Art by Greg Capullo, Danny Miki, and FCO Plascencia Letters by Steve Wands Published by DC Comics JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #10
A FOREVER EVIL tie-in! The survivors of the Crime Syndicate’s attack now face a world where Earth’s most dangerous criminals are in charge. Can they bring a new team together in time to combat them?
Written by Matt Kindt Art by TOM DERENICK, EDDY BARROWS Cover by EDDY BARROWS Variant Cover by DAVE EAGLESHAM

Zod unleashed! Can Superman and Wonder Woman stop this madman before he gains full power under the Earth’s yellow sun? Guest-starring the JLA, and featuring a shocking conclusion that could mean the end of Superman and Wonder Woman tog…

"CRAZY 4 CULT 7" Pop Art Show Opens in NYC This Friday

The Pop Art Event Returns to New York Our biggest annual show, Crazy 4 Cult, is back in New York for it's 7th installment! You've seen the books, now see over 200 new pieces of cult movie inspired artwork. 
The show opens this Friday, December 13th, with an opening reception in our East Coast pop-up location from 7-10 PM. The work for this year's installment rivals any other year, we can't wait for you to see the A Game everybody brought for Crazy 4 Cult.

We are located at 355A Bowery (at Bowery & 3rd) and will open this monster show on Friday night from 7-10 PM. Our regular gallery hours will be 12-7 everyday, from Saturday December 14th to Saturday December 21st. 

Here is some work from Crazy 4 Cult 7!

Steampunk Power Girl by Johnni Kok

Beautiful Version of the Popular DC Comics Character

'Batman vs Superman': The Flash Expected to Appear and Villain Casting News

The Other Non-Wonder Woman Revelations 
Some the news lost amid the Wonder Woman casting of 'Fast and Furious' actress, Gal Gadot, was the additional tidbits reported by Variety. They report the Flash is considered a "lock" to appear in some capacity in the Man of Steel sequel. This could mean a mere cameo or more. Even Wonder Woman's appearance is unclear if it it'll be a substantial role in the movie. The dreaded fickle internet is worried that Superman's movie is turning into a Justice League ensemble. Not sure how that could be bad but the inclusion of more heroes could either complicate the as-of-yet unrevealed plot or merely set the foundation for more solo films ending in a possible team picture. There are many questions remaining and patience on the 'net is an oxymoron. 
The other story is Warner Bros.' focus on Kiwi actor Callen Mulvey (Zero Dark Thirty, 300: Rise of an Empire, Captain America: The Winter Soldier) to play an unspecified vil…

Gal Gadot to Play Wonder Woman in Man of Steel Sequel

Reportedly Lands Female Role That's Been Rumored

According to Variety, Gal Gadot has been cast as one of the female roles that's been rumored for weeks for the Man of Steel sequel tentatively titled 'Batman vs Superman'. Report is fresh so we're awaiting more details.

The film begins principal photography early next year and opens in theaters on July 17, 2015.

UPDATE: From Warner Bros.' Man of Steel Facebook Page
Wonder Woman/Diana Prince will make her big screen debut in Zack Snyder's upcoming Superman Batman Film!

Snyder stated, “Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe. Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character.”
UPDATE: Twitter chiming in on the breaking news... All the world is waiting for you... WONDER WOMA…

Gallery 1988 Art Show: "Modern Vintage" by Tom Whalen & Dave Perillo

Los Angeles Exhibit Goes "Vintage"
Opening this Friday, December 6th at Gallery1988 (East) Tom Whalen & Dave Perillo "Modern Vintage" Gallery1988 (East) is proud to welcome back two of the gallery's most sought after artists, Dave Perillo and Tom Whalen for their newest exhibit, "Modern Vintage." This time the artists will once again tackle pop culture inspiration in their own throwback fashions, creating unforgettable images that will be available as limited edition prints, promised to sell out. Those who remember their last 2-man show, will know this is not one to miss.
The show opens this Friday, December 6th at Gallery1988 (East). The show runs through Dec. 22, 2013. Gallery1988 (East) 7021 Melrose Ave Los Angeles, CA 90038


'Wonder Woman' of the Day - Meagan Marie

Amazon Warrior Princess Comes to Life in Awesome Cosplay Shoot

We love all things Wonder Woman and in this installment of 'Wonder Woman of the Day' we are featuring the extraordinary work of cosplayer Meagan Marie. She went to great lengths and great expense to bring her Warrior Wonder Woman vision to fruition and she clearly hit it out of the park.

Happy Thanksgiving from Spartantown!


Things Get Testy and Very Awkward at This NSFW Holiday Gathering of Heroes

It's Thanksgiving at the Justice League of America household and things are just as awkward for them as they might be for your family. Join Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and more as they give thanks.
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Cast: Wonder Woman: Valerie Perez  Batman: James Mastraieni Superman: Ryan Stanger  Aqua Man: Bradford Jackson Green Lantern: William Sterling The Flash: Steven Meissner Raven: Celia Sutton Ms Marvel: Olivia Taylor Dudley  Green Arrow: David Neher Robin: Jesse McKeil Martian Manhunter: Charlie Sanders 

Wonder Woman Cosplay Courtesy of Valerie Perez Superman Cosplay Courtesy of William Sterling Batman Cosplay Courtesy of Sam Schmucker Aqua Man Cosplay Courtesy of Christopher Cho Green Lantern Cosplay Courtesy of Thom…

2015 Could Have Too Many Blockbuster Movies

Crowded Field Could Divide Moviegoers
If you love going to the movies you may end up going broke in 2015. There are potentially double-digit blockbusters vying for box office supremacy that year and that's not counting popular animated fare like Despicable Me Minions, Kung-Fu Panda 3, The Smurfs 3, Alvin and the Chipmunks 4 among others. The bulk of these tent-pole movies as usual are sequels to other hits. Star Wars, Man of Steel, Avengers, Terminator, Hunger Games, Jurassic Park, James Bond, Mad Max, Mission Impossible, are all represented with new chapters. Some are more anticipated than others. Prometheus 2, Snow White and the Huntsman 2 anyone? How can fans keep up? 
Admittedly, not all of these releases are set in stone and could change at any time. A studio executive somewhere may want to save his job and move their movie to a year where the latest Star Wars or Avengers opus isn't premiering. The timing is fine for smaller movies like  Susan Cooper starring Melissa McCart…

Captain America by Paul Sizer

PREVIEW: Harley Quinn #1 by Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner

The Fan-Favorite Loose Cannon Gets Her Own Series 
The kooky homicidal Joker accomplice returns to her own series next month written by comics wedded superteam of Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner and art by Chad Hardin. Harley Quinn #0 was just released and featured a humorous unconventional approach by Quinn breaking the fourth wall and talking to the writers as she chooses what artist would do her art in her own comic. The issue featured a who's-who of comics best artists - Jim Lee, Walt Simonson, Darwyn Cooke, Art Baltazar, Adam Hughes, Becky Cloonan, Sam Keith, Bruce Timm and more. Her own series will follow her day-to-day exploits in a more conventional approach. “Harley is a complex character and we are going to build on her background, motivations and her home and supporting cast. Sort of what we did with Power Girl but with a mix of a bit more homicidal maniac added in,” Palmiotti told Comic Book Resources. “She is the hero in her own story. What happens, who gets killed,…

Warner Bros. Registers Possible Names for 'Batman vs Superman' Movie and Twitter is Not Impressed

Domain Names May Shed Light on Official Title of Man of Steel Sequel
The seemingly appropriate and succinct unofficial title of the Man of Steel sequel, 'Batman vs. Superman', is apparently not going to be the one Warner Bros sticks with officially. At least that's what a report by Fusible portends based on the domain names the studio has registered and it is causing some major kvetching on the interweb. The site monitors scoops via registered domain names that usually lead to some insight to what's to come whether it's video games, technology or movies. Speculation is that one of these titles will be used for the sequel.
Since David S. Goyer flippantly referred to the sequel as 'Batman vs Superman' in an interview it's been used as the tentative title by blogs and media for months. Fickle fans were torn by the title because some felt Superman was getting second billing in his own movie. Others thought Batman deserved the mention since he's the bigger…

Harley Quinn by Jaime Tyndall

Beautiful Digital Fan Art 

Probably a good time to remind you that a new comic book series of Harley Quinn is available today by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner from DC Comics. The above image is not associated with the publisher but she remains a popular cosplay and artistic inspiration because of her distinctive look and unpredictable demeanor. Look for Harley Quinn #0 available at your nearest comic book store or digitally at Comixology

The Best Comic Books at Your Local Comic Shop Under $4

Quality Stories and Art Don't Have to Be Overpriced
I have had this irksome problem with some comic books that sell for $3.99. The problem is that a lot of them aren't worth it. The stories are okay and the art is beautiful but are they that much better than one a dollar cheaper? The answer consistently is no. Some $4 dollar books I've read contain the bare minimum of pages but the story doesn't contain much action, plot reveals or dialogue. Some $4 books are aimed at all ages based on animated television shows or toys. I would go broke shopping for my 8-year old alone. Does she really need glossy premium stock paper for a colorful pony comic? The problem I face is I'm not getting more pages, more story, more art for my money. 
The good news is that there are plenty of fantastic books out there under $4 that are totally worth your time and money. Here are just some of them:
Saga is an epic space opera/fantasy comic book series created by writer Brian K. Vaughan and ar…