Monday, July 6, 2020
I'm returning to the animated Justice League this week at CBR, revisiting a few times the team was pitted against itself. Maybe one day soon I'll be able to begin work on the Cadmus arc...
Friday, July 3, 2020
Gene Kendall here, shamelessly reposting my Gentlemen of Leisure entry to talk about my new novel, Love is Dead(ly), which is available for preorder on Amazon right now for just ninety-nine cents.
This novel has been in the works for quite a while now, with an early draft sitting in the drawer before I even began work on the Kindle Worlds G. I. Joe series. Love is Dead(ly) will be my first novel available as physical media, and the first time I’m working with a traditional publisher instead of going it alone. (This means the guy who spent so, so much time blogging about bad ’90s comics will now have a spot in libraries and bookstores worldwide. Scary.) The folks at Burning Chair have been great throughout the process, offering some insightful commentary while also respecting my creative peccadillos.
If you’re familiar with my work, you’ve likely noticed I have a soft spot for, well, unlikeable people. There’s a line, of course, where someone is just such a jerk you don’t want to read about him anymore. My creative instinct, for reasons likely to be mined by a court-appointed therapist someday, is to step just close enough to that line with my characters.
Love is Dead(ly) stars Brad Burns, a Los Angeles-based psychic who enjoys the finer things in life. Or, he did, until the credit card bills began to pile up, around the same time the IRS was taking a close examination of his bookkeeping practices. Adding to this irritation is his ex-wife, Sandra, who co-owns his Paranormal Investigations service and isn’t shy about reminding him who’s responsible for the messy dissolution of their marriage. (Spoiler: it isn’t Sandra.)
While working a case, Brad finds himself drawn into a mystic realm even he wasn’t sure existed. Although the prospect of escaping and saving his own skin is tempting, Brad soon realizes the stakes are far more severe than he initially thought…more like cataclysmic, end-of-the-world kind of stakes. And while a portion of Brad’s soul longs for the good times with Sandra, there’s a decent chance the two of them reconciling could be the event that sets the entire planet ablaze.
If you’d like a free, early preview of the book (and, very likely, a special surprise), just click here. As I said, the preorder is already up at Amazon so please check it out if you’re interested. (To be honest, I’m not sure how long the ninety-nine cents price will last.) As always, thanks for your support throughout the years!
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
This week at CBR, I look what could be the strangest abandoned project (or simply a pitch) in the superhero film genre. In 1995, Michael Chabon wanted to take the Fantastic Four back to the 1960s...quite literally.
Monday, June 22, 2020
Okay, I was for some reason under the impression the Superman: The Animated Series episode "Fathers' Day" had an intended sequel that later appeared as an issue of Superman Adventures, written by Mark Evanier. And, after beginning work on the article, could find no evidence whatsoever to support this. But, it turns out there is an Adventures issue relating to Superman and fathers, so a match was ultimately made. And you can read about it here at CBR...
Monday, June 15, 2020
This week, I'm revisiting the two times Denny O'Neil introduced the classic villain...both in the comics, and on Batman: The Animated Series.
Monday, June 1, 2020
This week in Adventure(s) Time, I look back on 2003's TMNT origin episode, inspired by the Eastman and Laird issues...with some nods to the '80s show.
Monday, May 25, 2020
This week at CBR, I'm revisiting the late Marty Pasko's unforgettable two-parter "Worlds without End" of G. I. Joe: A Real American Hero back in the '80s.
Monday, May 11, 2020
Monday, May 4, 2020
Monday, April 27, 2020
What connection did X-Men: TAS share with the 1992 presidential election -- and which voice actor could have appeared in the 2000 film? This week, I'm revisiting Magneto's '90s animated (and manga) debut at CBR.
Monday, April 20, 2020
This week at CBR, I revisit the second season debut of Justice League. Not an exaggeration to say these episodes changed everything for the show.
Monday, April 6, 2020
Terry McGinnis has a shocking retcon (ah, secret) from his past. One a creator of the series refuses to accept. I look at the behind-the-scenes difference of opinion this week at CBR.
This week at CBR, I'm revisiting the amusingly odd all-ages Spawn comic, created to promote the Spawn-X toyline.
Monday, March 30, 2020
This week at CBR, I look back at the botched Joker/Harley wedding from the tie-in comic, and the Joker's brief dalliance with his "Fake Harley" in one of the strangest Batman: the Animated Series episodes.
Monday, March 23, 2020
This week at CBR, I'm looking back at the J. M. DeMatteis treatment for a Daredevil film. No "bwa-ha-has" here.
Monday, March 16, 2020
This week at CBR, I'm revisiting the X-Men: The Manga adaptation of X-Men: The Animated Series...which has some curious deviations from the source material. (And if anyone knows of times the American X-Men Adventures adaptation also went its own path, let me know... )
Monday, March 9, 2020
Monday, March 2, 2020
This week at CBR, I'm revisiting Stan Lee's revisit of Dr. Octopus' origin, for Spider-Man: The Animated Series.