Friday, May 24, 2013

Caption Figures #60

"Do you feel lucky...punk?"
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Monday, May 20, 2013

FAT Illustrations - Spider-Man Will Sit On You

Today's FAT Illustration comes from Richard Powell!


Thanks, Richard! I wouldn't want this Spider-Man to swing above groups of people.

If you would like to participate in FAT Illustrations, please message me on Twitter, Facebook, or Google +. All you have to do is draw a fat version of any comic book/sci-fi/video game character 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.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Caption Figures #59

"Wahhhhh I want my haaaaaaaaat."
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Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Fat Lantern On Slice Radio: Funny Comics #17

Have you enjoyed hearing me on Slice Radio? First, I talked trash with my buddy Daniel Eastman. Then, I had a fun discussion with Dan Pritchard from Slice Radio. Well I had another great chat with Dan Pritchard. We talked about Free Comic Book Day, Green Lantern, my sick action figure obsession, comic book billionaires, and more!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

FAT Facebook Giveaway - Wolverine #3

I am giving away my digital copy of Wolverine #3. Because it sucks? No! As a matter of fact, I've been enjoying it a great deal. Since I have a print copy, I want to let someone else enjoy the digital copy that I am not going to use.

To win, Like the official Fat Lantern Facebook fanpage and comment (on Facebook) with your favorite Fat Lantern blog post of all time. On Friday morning, I will choose one person at random and send them digital comic code.

At least 5 people must participate. If 5 people do not participate by Friday, I will extend the deadline.

Good luck! 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Philly Lantern

I spent last weekend in the beautiful city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and boy, did I have fun! It was my first time ever visiting Philly. The city has a lot to offer, especially historically, but what I was really interested in was the food and the local comic shops.

The first comic shop I visited was Fat Jack's Comicrypt. It's a nice little shop with a large selection of back issues. I'd say if you're looking for just comics, this is definitely the shop for you.

X-Men Arcade Game
The second shop I visited was Atomic City Comics. Now this is my kind of comic shop! This place puts a lot more emphasis on the non-comic goodness such as t-shirts, action figures, and get this...superhero arcade games! It's like a comic shop arcade. Can you imagine anything better?

If I lived in Philly and I needed a good solid comic shop to pick up my comic subscription, I'd probably go to Fat Jack's. But as a visitor looking for a fun, different kind of shop, Atomic City Comics is the place to be. I bought a Flash t-shirt for 15 bucks. "When in Rome", right?

And now, the main event: The Philly cheesesteak.

Pat's Cheesesteak
Geno's Cheesesteak
Carmen's Hoagies Cheesesteak
I sampled three different Philly cheesesteaks. When it comes to food, I'm pretty easy. I'd say 90% of the time, I'd take quantity over quality. However, for those of you who are interested in my opinion of the cheesesteaks that I ate, here it is. They were all fantastic. They are definitely a specific type of food that I haven't really had in New York. "Wiz" cheese was way better than provolone because it gets all over the meat and your face. Pat's had the best cheesesteak, Carmen's was a close second, and Geno's came in third. In conclusion, go to Philadelphia and eat as many cheesesteaks as you can.

I did check out other sights in Philadelphia, but let's face it, this is The Fat Lantern. Slobs and comics is what we do here!

Monday, May 13, 2013

FAT Illustrations - Thor: God of Blubber

Today's FAT Illustration is yet another from Ian Nesbit!

Thanks again, Ian! Keep the FAT Illustrations coming.

Check out more from Ian HERE.

If you would like to participate in FAT Illustrations, please message me on Twitter, Facebook, or Google +. All you have to do is draw a fat version of any comic book/sci-fi/video game character 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.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Caption Figures #58

"I don't care if you're broke. You lost, so pay up."
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

"Man of Steel" Movie Masters Jor-El Action Figure

When I first laid eyes on the "Man of Steel" Movie Masters Jor-El action figure, I got so excited and vowed to do anything to get my hands on it. However, it wasn't available anywhere online. I was freaking out! I knew that it'd be available eventually, but I needed to pre-order it.

At the time, I was also interested in pre-ordering the Marvel Select Wolverine Movie Action Figure. I stumbled upon ToyWiz.com and they were selling the Wolverine action figure for a pretty fair price, so I pre-ordered it (yay!). It seemed like a reputable site, so I decided to inquire about the Man of Steel Jor-El action figure. I spoke with customer service and they added the figure to the site so that I could immediately pre-order it.

Here I am, just a few months later, with the Jor-El action figure in my possession. I had a great experience dealing with the ToyWiz.com customer service. The price for the figure was reasonable and it shipped in great condition. I highly recommend ToyWiz and dare I say, they are now going to be my main action figure provider.

But what about the figure!?

Well, let me tell you, this action figure is really cool! It's based on Russell Crowe's portrayal of Jor-El in the upcoming "Man of Steel". I really like this figure because his suit has a lot of detail, but its poseable, so it doesn't have to just be a statue sitting on your shelf. This makes it great for kids to play with. Personally? I think it's so visually appealing that I wouldn't let those little scoundrels near it.

One of my biggest pet peeves is an action figure that does not come with a base stand. Not only does this figure come with a base stand, but it's the classic "S" logo.

The "Man of Steel" Jor-El action figure lived up to my expectations and then some. I am very happy to have it standing tall on my display.

Jor-El of Krypton, welcome to The Fat Lantern Corps!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Worst Hair In Comic Book History REVISITED

Last week, I presented to you what I thought was the worst hair in comic book history. Shortly after I posted that link to Twitter, I was contacted by Flodo Span who suggested I check out a possible contender for the worst hair in comic book history.

I give to you the winner and new champion of the worst hair in comic book history, Logan a.k.a. Wolverine:

Woah!

Monday, May 6, 2013

FAT Illustrations - Porkeye

Today's FAT Illustration is another great one from Ian Nesbit!

Nothin' like a good arrow kebab.
Thanks, Ian! You have a knack for drawing superhero slobs.

You can check out more from Ian at his Redbubble store.

If you would like to participate in FAT Illustrations, please message me on Twitter, Facebook, or Google +. All you have to do is draw a fat version of any comic book/sci-fi/video game character 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.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Caption Figures #57

"Don't even try it, you green son of a bitch."
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

I Am Cancelling Red Lanterns

I have decided to cancel my subscription to DC Comics Red Lanterns. For the second time.

When Red Lanterns #1 was published in September, 2011, I purchased it, gave it a read, and decided that it wasn't worth paying for every month. I'm not saying that it's a bad comic by any means. I just have a specific budget and it didn't make the cut. Also, I don't think that Red Lanterns deserve their own monthly comic more than the other Corps. This didn't directly contribute to my cancellation of the title, but it did irk me a bit.

So for a while, I wasn't subscribed to Red Lanterns. Then, the Green Lantern crossover "Rise of the Third Army" happened. This story spanned all of the Lantern titles including Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps, Green Lantern: New Guardians, and Red Lanterns, starting at issue #13. I decided to give Red Lanterns another go.

Dex-Starr is a cool cat.
I still wasn't blown away by Red Lanterns but I needed to read and collect the issues because they tied in with the other Lantern titles. I thought I could give it up after "Rise of the Third Army", but that went right into "Wrath of the First Lantern", another huge story spanning all of the Lantern titles. They got me again! So I have been reading Red Lanterns up until the current issue, #19.


Honestly, if I had all of the money in the world, I would subscribe to Red Lanterns forever (and if you added all of the time in the world, I'd subscribe to every comic forever). Since that is not the case and I need to select the best, most essential comics for my current subscription, I'm afraid to say that I am done with Red Lanterns.

I don't want to end my relationship with this comic on a sour note. One of my favorite comics from DC Comics New 52 is Red Lanterns #18, written by Peter Milligan and illustrated by Miguel A. Sepulveda. The First Lantern, Volthoom, gives Atrocitus the "what if" treatment, showing him what could have been if the Manhunters never attacked Sector 666. It's a beautifully illustrated comic book that tells a great story and brings you on an emotional roller coaster ride. I've been up and down with Red Lanterns but issue #18 made it all worth it.