Thursday, August 30, 2012

Should I Be Reading This?

I have the pleasure of living in the wonderful city of New York. Unfortunately, I'm not a rich fat cat (although I am a slob), so I rely on public transportation to get me around. One of the perks that comes with this is being able to read on my way to work. To read a book, I really need to have some peace and quiet, so comic book reading is perfect for my commute.

Green Lantern #79
I have come to terms with the fact that I'm a 28 year old geek, so I'm not embarrassed to be reading Green Lantern in public, wearing my Green Lantern T shirt and belt buckle, and carrying my bookbag with a Green Lantern button on it. I'm head to toe legitimate.

However, I do get self conscious with some material. For example, I was reading Green Lantern #79 (1970) on the bus the other day. For those of you not familiar with the issue, it deals with Native Americans. In it, Green Arrow dons a Native American Headdress and runs around shooting arrows at people. A little outdated for 2012 if you ask me.

There have been many other instances of this while reading comics from some of the older eras. So my question is this: Should I feel awkward reading these out of date comics in public?

I'm sure that there are people who will judge depending on what you read, but what is the point where it becomes offensive?

I encourage you all to comment with your opinions. It's an issue that I've been thinking about since I moved to Manhattan some years ago.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

FAT Illustrations - Sinestro is Delicious

Today's FAT Illustration comes from my good buddy Andy. He was a co-worker of mine who recently went on to greener pastures. On his final day, he left this on my desk:


Thanks, Andy! Although this is a pretty sick Fat Lantern, it is a Fat Lantern nonetheless.

If you would like to participate in FAT Illustrations, please message me on Twitter or Google +. All you have to do is draw a fat version of any comic book character, integrate The Fat Lantern into it somehow, and send it! I will showcase your art along with your name, Twitter handle, and website (unless you specify otherwise).

FAT Illustrations: Where the readers shine and the comic book characters are slobs.

Monday, August 13, 2012

FAT Illustrations - Bat-Ham

Today's FAT Illustration is another fun sketch by reader JimxSabo!


Thanks, Jim! Batman has never looked so delicious.

I encourage you to check out more of Jim's drawings at his art blog!

If you would like to participate in FAT Illustrations, please message me on Twitter or Google +. All you have to do is draw a fat version of any comic book character, integrate The Fat Lantern into it somehow, and send it! I will showcase your art along with your name, Twitter handle, and website (unless you specify otherwise).

FAT Illustrations: Where the readers shine and the comic book characters are slobs.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

This Can't be a Coincidence REVISITED

Last weekend, I was reading one of the greatest comic book stories of all time, Green Lantern: A New Dawn, written by Ron Marz and illustrated by Darryl Banks and Romeo Tanghal. I've read this story before, but for some reason, this time I spotted something that looked awfully familiar as you can see in yesterday's post, This Can't be a Coincidence.

It begs the question: Was that shot of Kyle Rayner inspired by The Ultimate Warrior pinning "Macho Man" Randy Savage at Wrestlemania VII? Well I have the answer...

Yes! Darryl Banks modeled that shot off of The Ultimate Warrior.

Don't believe me? Maybe you'll believe Ron Marz and Darryl Banks:





I don't like the term "fanboy". However, if I were to categorize myself a "fanboy" of anything, professional wrestling and Green Lantern would be number 1 and number 2 on the list. So you can imagine how I feel, spotting a wrestling reference in a comic book and getting a response and answer on Twitter from two of my favorite comic book creators! And you better believe I'm searching for more of those wrestling Easter eggs...

Monday, August 6, 2012

FAT Illustrations - Fatman

Today's FAT Illustration is another colorful drawing by reader Adam Wiebner!

It won't be fast enough!
Thanks, Adam! You really put the F in Batman.

Please visit Adam Wiebner's website for more great art including some really impressive portraits!

If you would like to participate in FAT Illustrations, please message me on Twitter or Google +. All you have to do is draw a fat version of any comic book character, integrate The Fat Lantern into it somehow, and send it! I will showcase your art along with your name, Twitter handle, and website (unless you specify otherwise).

FAT Illustrations: Where the readers shine and the comic book characters are slobs.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Fan Art - Fat Lantern Corps Poster

The star of this week's FAT Illustration, blynch316, was gracious enough to send me something that he made with photoshop. Check it out!


I love it! I hope that people print this out and post it everywhere!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Underrated Comic Book Movies

We live in a great era for comic book movies. In the past, especially in recent years, we've seen a number of comic book characters make it to the Big Screen. I have previously discussed which comic book movies I've enjoyed most.

Sometimes, no matter how much you enjoy a movie, it doesn't get the respect that you think it deserves. It could be that it's just a bad film. Or it could be a number of other factors including bad reviews, ill-timed release date, and terrible marketing.

I am a firm believer in the idea that box office performance does not indicate the quality of a film.

This leads me to this question: What do you think is the most underrated movie based on a comic book series?

What? Do you want me to get things started? Ok. I will.

I loved the Green Lantern movie. Surprise surprise, right? I think that this movie suffered a great deal because everyone was too focused on Ryan Reynolds being cast as Hal Jordan. Of course people are going to focus on who they cast as one of the biggest names in comic book history. But they didn't give him a chance. I've seen many Ryan Reynolds movies. In "Green Lantern", he was not playing the Van Wilder character or that jackoff from "Waiting...".

I am not saying that "Green Lantern" is the best comic book movie. What I am saying is that it had great special effects, some good acting, a lot of emotion, and told a great story. I don't think it deserved the poor reception it received.

Another film that I believe is underrated is "Daredevil". I'll tell you upfront that this is nowhere near my favorite comic book movie. However, there are worse comic book movies that have gotten a lot more praise than this movie. "Daredevil" was similar to "Green Lantern" in that it also suffered because people were too skeptical of Ben Affleck as a superhero. For all of the bad in this movie, I think that there's some good stuff that people might have missed because of the huge negative reception it got.

These are not movies that I would expect everyone to love. I just think that they deserved more.

I encourage you to comment with your picks of the most underrated comic book movies!