DC Comics will release Batman Vol. 1 Omnibus hardcover this October. Written by Scott Snyder and the drawing by Greg Capullo, it collects issues #1 through #33 of Batman and will retail for $125.
DC Comics is releasing a special 14-volume boxed set of hardcover books chronicling Crisis on Infinite Earths, DC’s massive event of the 1980s. The set will weigh 28 pounds and will retail for $500. DC is releasing the box set on November 12, 2019.
Matt Reeves will be directing the next Batman movie titled The Batman. It’s scheduled for release to movie theaters on June 25, 2021. Reeves will be casting the movie without Ben Affleck as the title character. Rumor has it he will be casting a younger actor to play the iconic character.
Not only is Reeves directing the movie, but he is also writing it.
I watched the trailer to the new Hellboy movie and I have to say, I’m not impressed. My problem with the new movie is Hellboy himself played by David Harbour.
I have nothing against Harbour as a person or an actor. I thought he was wonderful as Chief Jim Hopper in Stranger Things. Judging from the trailer, he doesn’t appear to be all that wonderful as Hellboy.
The problem is David Harbour is not Ron Perlman.
Ron Perlman is Hellboy
It’s hard to see anyone play the title character of a Hellboy movie who is not Ron Perlman. That’s because Perlman’s portrayal of Hellboy was so masterful and complete. He brought to life the character from the printed page to the screen. To this day, when I read a Hellboy comic, in my head Hellboy sounds like Perlman.
Much like Christopher Reeve was Superman, Ron Perlman is Hellboy. Warner Bros. has labored for years to cast someone else as the Man of Steel and the results have been poor to middling. That’s because we’ve all seen Reeve’s portrayal of Superman. We know what Superman should like and sound like. In short, Superman should look and sound like Christopher Reeve.
Only Guillermo del Toro should make a Hellboy movie
The first two Hellboy movies were written and directed by Guillermo del Toro. Maybe you’ve heard of him. He won the 2018 Oscar for Best Director. His wrote and directed The Shape of Water, winner of the 2018 Oscar for Best Picture.
Guillermo del Toro wanted desperately to make a third Hellboy movie to finish the trilogy. No matter how hard he tried, del Toro could not raise the financing needed to make a third Hellboy movie. Finally, in early 2017, he announced the hopes of a third Hellboy were dead.
Will I see the new Hellboy movie?
The new Hellboy movie is one of those movies I’ll let other people see. Even though I’m a massive fan of the source material, this movie is not for me.
Last week Ethan Van Sciver, the glorious leader of Comicsgate blocked me on Twitter. The reason? He’s good at throwing insults, but not so good at hearing the truth.
It started when I commented on someone’s tweet about a donor to Richard C. Meyer’s lawsuit campaign. Meyer is suing comic book writer Mark Waid for slander and tortious interference. When Waid started a legal defense fundraiser on GoFundMe to help pay for his lawyer, Van Sciver responded by starting a similar fundraiser for Meyer.
Waid’s list of donors reads like a who’s who in the world of funny books. Meyer’s list of donors, not so much. One of Meyer’s donors is someone named Nancy Balbutin-Collins. She donated $11,000 to help Meyer sue Waid. She’s now the third highest donor to Meyer’s fundraiser.
Who is Nancy Balbutin-Collins?
Renfamous, Comicsgate’s number one enemy and one of the best people to follow on Twitter, googled Nancy Balbutin-Collins’ name and the first result was a real estate agent in Northern California. Renfamous then posted a screenshot of her real estate agent page, minus her contact information along with a funny comment.
The screenshot was interesting because it showed Nancy Balbutin-Collins is not the type of person one would normally associate with comic books, let alone something as toxic as Comicsgate.
Comicsgate supporters responded to Renfamous’ screenshot by claiming it doxxed Nancy Balbutin-Collins. As you can see from the above tweet, this claim is not true. Nancy Balbutin-Collins chose to give to the fundraiser with her full name. She could have donated anonymously. When someone googles that name, the see her real estate agent page. If that’s doxxing, than Google and Ask Jeeves dox people every single millisecond. I tweeted something to that effect. This prompted Ethan Van Sciver to insult me by claiming I used to have ethics.
Who does Van Sciver think he is to comment about my ethics?
That was… strange. I have many weaknesses and flaws. A lack of ethics is not one of them. I’m a very ethical person. I responded to his insult about me, not with an insult toward him, but some much-needed truth about me.
Minutes later, Van Sciver responded with more insults.
How rich that he would dare accuse anyone else of engaging in a harassment campaign. He is the undisputed leader of Comicsgate, a group of people who constantly harass people. And what in the hell is a “lickspittle“? Did someone buy Van Sciver a Dennis Prager word-of-the-day calendar?
Not only have I never heard that word used in a sentence, but I’m also quite confident I’ll never hear it used ever again.
I pointed out to Van Sciver that he’s in no position to criticize and insult my ethics.
Ethan Van Sciver should feel embarrassed to insult someone’s ethics when he clearly has a problem in that area of his life. Part of being an ethical person is paying your debts. It’s unethical not to, especially when you have the means to do so.
Remember, according to Mitt Romney, the candidate Van Sciver supported for president in 2012, corporations are people. When you stiff a corporation the money you agreed to pay them, you’re stiffing people.
Van Sciver responded a few hours later.
Van Sciver fails to realize foreclosure records are not private. They are public records. Nobody stole them. Too bad for him he didn’t consider that when he decided to simply not to pay his mortgage.
I found it ironic he called me a “piece of shit” yet of the two of us, I’m the one who pays his debts. Ethan Van Sciver does not. I was going to reply to his tweet, but then immediately after saying “fuck you” and calling me a “piece of shit,” he blocked me.
The only time I heard about Ethan Van Sciver’s foreclosure was on his own YouTube channel
I didn’t learn of Van Sciver’s foreclosure from an SJW unless he is an SJW. I learned about it from him. He talked about it on two of his YouTube live streams. Van Sciver deleted one but left the first one on YouTube. He begins talking about his foreclosure at around the 21-minute mark.
According to Van Sciver, in 2015 he owned a house in North Carolina and didn’t want to live there anymore. He wanted to return to New Jersey so he could be with his now current wife. She couldn’t move to North Carolina because of a child custody situation. According to Van Sciver, he owned more on the house than it was worth, so selling it was out of the question. He said he was advised to walk away from the house and rent for the next three years.
Ethical people pay their debts
Van Sciver didn’t say who advised him just walk away from a house he still owed money on, a house he could afford to pay. Is walking away from a house because you don’t want to live in it any more unethical? When you still have the means to pay for, one hundred percent yes.
Van Sciver didn’t say he couldn’t afford the mortgage. He said he just didn’t want to live there anymore. It’s unethical behavior like this that makes it difficult for normal, honest people to get a mortgage. I would never walk away from my mortgage because I wanted to live somewhere else. It’s unethical and irresponsible. Van Sciver has no business accusing me of being unethical. I pay my debts. He does not.
Just to be absolutely clear
I do not have a problem with Ethan Van Sciver blocking me on Twitter. It’s not like I place value in what the man has to say. Not anymore. What I took issue with was how he did it. He sought me out to insult me. He implied I’m not ethical. I corrected him. He insulted me again with the same disparaging accusation. I pointed out that he was in no position to insult my ethics. I told him why. He then told me “fuck you” and said I was a “piece of shit.” He then immediately blocked me so that I could not respond.
What makes his behaviour even more outrageous is that I am his customer. I paid $35 for his 48-page CyberFrog comic back when I supported Comicsgate. He knows this. And I thought Comicsgate was about comic book professionals treating customers with respect.
I block people on Twitter, but I don’t block people after I instigate trouble with them. I don’t instigate trouble with anyone, not on Twitter or anywhere else. Unlike Ethan Van Sciver, I don’t seek out to create drama. I don’t like drama.
Top artwork by the great Aaron A Alvarez.