Archive for May 29th, 2012

MOTOR CITY COMIC CON 2012: Interview with actress Yvonne Craig

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Yvonne Craig was nothing but nice to speak to me about her past working on Batman

Yvonne Craig is an actress who appeared in such films such as Kissin’ Cousins and Mars Needs Women. However, she is best known for her role on the 1966 Batman show as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl. She was nice enough to loan me some of her time to speak to me about her past acting career.

Tommy Zimmer: Why did you decide to do the Batman series?

Yvonne Craig: I wanted to do a series. I had been doing pilots. They called, and I said I was interested. If you are a guest on a television show, people recognize you. By doing a series, they connect you with your tale. When I read the original five minute presentation, I thought she was strong, independent, and spunky.

TZ: Did you read comics as a child?

YC: I read one comic as a kid. It was an Archie comic. I got an allowance each week, and could only buy certain thing. I could read a comic in record-breaking time. Books lasted longer for me. I never swaped comics with other kids.

TZ: What was your reaction to playing the role?

YC: I am really happy. I couldn’t believe to play this wonderfulrole. People said I was a role model. A man said he chose his wife based on my role.

TZ: Was their an attraction to the duality of the role?

YC: I thought duality made it more rounded than other roles.

TZ: Was there a difference in the way you approached playing Barbara Gordon versus Batgirl?

YC: No. Not really. She did not have much a difference. She was more proper because her father was the commissioner. She was just fun-loving. How much fun do have as a librarian?

TZ: How does it feel to have left a mark on the character and franchise as a whole?

YC: I am pleased to have inspired them. If I hadn’t, they are so talented, and they would’ve found a way. It’s inspiring but people have their talents too.

TZ: Was it fun working with Adam West?

YC: He was. I don’t see much of him today. He was very welcoming, and I always was appreciative.

TZ: Who was your favorite actor to work with on set?

YC: Alan Napier and I had our dogs. Both were set dogs, and would never make a noise. My favorite guest was Vincent Price. He was a very smart and sophisticated man. He had trained as a fine artist, and was an artist. He was curious about everything to his dying day.

Thanks Ms. Craig, and stay tuned for my final interviews this week from MCCC!!

J. Scott Campbell Covers “No Turning Back” In AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #688!

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J. Scott Campbell Covers

The Fanboy Buzz is proud to present your first look at fan favorite artist J. Scott Campbell’s variant cover to Amazing Spider-Man #688, kicking off “No Turning Back” this June! Someone has tampered with the grave of Billy Connors and it’s up to Spider-Man to hunt down one of his greatest foes: The Lizard! But Spider-Man will have his hands full when he takes on Curt Connors, AND Morbius the Living Vampire! Can Spidey handle both of these monsters before it turns into an all-out brawl? The superstar creative team of Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli bring you high stakes action and drama like no other in Amazing Spider-Man #688, swinging into comic shops everywhere, the Marvel Comics app and the Marvel Digital Comics Shop this June.



Written by DAN SLOTT


Variant Cover by J SCOTT CAMPBELL

FOC – 6/4/12, On-Sale – 6/27/12

Image Comics iOS Upgrades to 3.1

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Image Comics iOS Upgrades to 3.1

Image Comics iOS App Powered by ComiXology Upgrades from 2.0 to 3.1

Featuring CMX-HD Capabilities and Better Discoverability

May 29th, 2012 – New York, New York — Image Comics, one of the largest comics publishers in the United States, and comiXology, the world’s largest digital comics platform, announced today the newly upgraded Image Comics iOS App, bringing the critically acclaimed 3.1 version of their app to fans of Image Comics everywhere. This new release includes a major set of feature upgrades — sleek new design, bolstered discoverability, dramatically increased speeds, and an expansive library of over 200 CMX-HD ready digital comics to take advantage of the new iPad’s enhanced display.

“Bringing the 3.1 interface to the Image Comics app is a huge win for Image Comics fans,” says comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger. “The Image Comics library is already a major cornerstone of the modern day comic industry and with 3.1 that library is now more accessible than ever.”

“We couldn’t be happier with the updated Image Comics iOS app and we can’t wait for fans to see books like The Walking Dead, Saga, Fatale and The Manhattan Projects displayed in CMX-HD,” says Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson. “Bringing the best digital reading experience to the best creator-owned comics just makes sense.” The Image Comics 3.1 iOS app sports a sleek new design and interface that enhances overall stability and usability. The advanced UI enables a near instantaneous launch dramatically cutting down the app’s load times, allowing fans of Image’s comics and graphic novels to easily find new content and start reading faster than ever before.

In addition to the overall re-design, the app now has new discoverability options, enhanced feature spotlights, more categories for new content, series and storyline listings, and CMX-HD resolution books for users of the new iPad.

To help better organize downloaded comics and graphic novels, “Purchases” now has its own tab so users can always find their comics for quick and easy download without cluttering their “My Comics” area.

Fans will be happy to know that while vast improvements have been made, the Image Comics 3.1 iOS app continues to deliver the quality comic reading experience customers have come to expect from comiXology powered apps through the use of it’s patent-pending Guided View™ Technology; that includes a wide variety of reading options and settings, enabling users to set the speed of transitions in addition to page orientations and much more.

Features and benefits of The Image Comics 3.1 iOS app include:

Completely redesigned application CMX-HD compatibility Discover comics at much faster speeds Near instant launching Background downloading Improved “Instant Search” Separate “Purchases” area that displays all owned comics New series groupings in store and “My Comics” Buy or continue reading the next issue at the end of a comic Easily read comics from anywhere in the store. Image Comics fans can also read and buy their favorite Image Comics at which will sync to the Image Comics iOS app.

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