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KAV & TONY BREAK IT DOWN: SUPERMAN #194 'THE DEATH OF LOIS LANE' (PAGES 1 TO 4)

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Kav & Tony Break it Down is nothing more than two long-time comic book readers making fun of the Golden and Silver Age Superman comics. We understand that these books were written for a juvenile audience but we could not resist reviewing these classics. Please note that no comic books were hurt during the review. 

Tuesday means it's time for Kav and Tony to break down your favorite Superman comic books. This week, we begin a review of Superman #194 'The Death of Lois Lane'. This was published in 1967 and the writer was Otto Binder, pencils were done by Curt Swan, and the inker was George Klein.

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KAV: Ok here we see the title page and I just realized, whenever anyone thinks about Lois Lane reporting, she's always covering an erupting volcano whilst being carried by Superman. The Freudian implications are staggering.

TONY: I'm bored already.  


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KAV: Kryptonite is always falling through the air next to Superman. …

MONDAY WEBCOMIC REVIEW: CELEBRITIES BY JOE GRESSIS, DANIEL DOMINGUEZ, & JIM LOVEALL

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Every Monday, we review current and shelved webcomics to show you what's out there in the world of webcomics. If you would like your webcomic reviewed then please contact me at tonydoug25@msn.com.



This week we are invading La-La Land (aka Hollywood) to get a glimpse of how the other half lives thanks to the very funny webcomic, Celebrities! This webcomic is the collaboration of Joe Gressis, Daniel Dominguez, and Jim Loveall. Every week a new celebrity is placed in their comedic cross-hairs and we see our beloved 1%, I mean glorious celebrities in all sorts of odd situations. For example, we have for you a lovely Christmas moment with Eddie Murphy below.



 Want more Celebrities!? Click here.

SUNDAY SONG SELECTION FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 29, 2012: 'MANNISH BOY' BY MUDDY WATERS

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I like the original version by Muddy Waters but I love this version from the album Hard Again which features Johnny Winter.


THE TRAILER PARK: STAR WARS EPISODE I - THE PHANTOM MENACE IN 3-D (FEBRUARY 10, 2012)

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Welcome to the Champion City Comics Trailer Park. Every Saturday we will review a trailer of interest and give our take on the good and the bad.

This week, we are reviewing Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 3D trailer. WARNING: this will not be nice, so overly sensitive fanboys should avoid further reading.  








Directed by George Lucas (The Executive Producer of Howard the Duck)
Starring: The one kid, the chick from the movie with that French dude who was a hitman and was trying to kill Gary Oldman's crazy ass, the one guy that cusses like crazy in that Tarantino film with one of the Sweathogs, the dude that was a heroin addict in that Scottish film that needed subtitles, and the dude that played Darkman. 
The Good: I got nothing.

The Bad: Remember when you were all excited about this movie after watching the trailer for the first time at your friend's place because they had a cable modem? Remember how you called in sick to work to go see the movie even though your boss …

THE FRIDAY FORUM: THE WALKING DEAD HAS GROWING PAINS & PODCAST OF THE WEEK

The Friday Forum is a place where fans of Champion City Comics can voice their opinions on various topics that are related to webcomics or comic books. 

This week, I'm checking to see who is excited for the return of The Walking Dead on AMC and I want to know what's your choice for Podcast of the Week. Let's review!


THE WALKING DEAD

I am anxiously awaiting the return of this show on February 12th and am interested to see how the group handles the aftermath of the shootout at the barn. I haven't seen that many people gunned down since the last charge in Gallipoli. Also, did everyone see what they did with the opening credits at MovieWeb? If not, check it out below. Kirk Cameron is praying for your sins.


In related news, Cinema Blend reports that John Bernthal (Shane) may be joining the cast of Frank Darabont's new show on TNT titled L.A. Noir. Will we be saying goodbye to Shane at the end of this season? Also, what are the odds that we'll see The Governor in the …

AN INTERVIEW WITH LUKE FOSTER

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Interview by TonyDoug Wright

Every Thursday, Champion City Comics will interview someone involved in the world of webcomics so you can learn more about the creators of your favorite webcomics or know more about some up-and-coming webcomic creators.

This week, we have an interview with Luke Foster, the creator of Moon Freight 3, a sci-fi comedy that is updated ever Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Moon Freight 3 (MF3) follows the exploits of Larry Forrest, the cargo inspector on Moon Freight 3. Larry's companion is a robot named Bolts and the two characters do their best to survive their mundane jobs in space while working for a talking rat and dealing with psychotic co-worker space pilots.

I started reading MF3 last month and was impressed that this series has been running strong since August 2008. Foster's style can be described as minimalist, but when you start reading Moon Freight 3, you will see that it works well for the story. Over the past four years, Foster has been ab…

WEBCOMIC WEDNESDAY: UPDATE FOR WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012

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Greetings! This week, we have updates for Dr Death vs The Zombie and Red Devil. Once again, you'll notice that when you click the title of the webcomics below that we have an option for reading Red Devil and Dr Death vs the Zombie at Drunk Duck. 

We're glad you enjoy our titles and be sure to stop by our site daily for news, reviews, comic book art tips, comic book writing tips, and much more.

Click on the titles to read the webcomics in their entirety.


DOCTOR DEATH VS THE ZOMBIE

Writer: TonyDoug Wright

Artist and Letterer: A. Kaviraj

Dr. Death character based on the story Dr Death vs The Vampire by Aaron Schutz

Champion City Comics is pleased to present the exciting conclusion to Dr Death vs The Vampire. Dr. Death has taken refuge in Las Vegas following a brutal encounter with a vampire clan. However, his refuge is short-lived due to the presence of a zombie that is terrorizing the city.

This week, Dr Death and Shade must prepare for the zombie ceremony!…

KAV & TONY BREAK IT DOWN: ACTION COMICS #283 'THE RED KRYPTONITE MENACE' (PART 3)

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Kav & Tony Break it Down is nothing more than two long-time comic book readers making fun of the Golden and Silver Age Superman comics. We understand that these books were written for a juvenile audience but we could not resist reviewing these classics. Please note that no comic books were hurt during the review. 


Kav and I survived part one  and part two of our series where we have reviewed Action Comics #283. We are going to finish our review today, so get set for some Silver Age nonsense!



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KAV: OK the effect of the Red K is to make any of Superman's wishes come true, which is MAGIC, not science. This is the only time that I know of where Kryptonite had a magical effect, and once again the DC world is blurred by magic and science intermixing. Then he uses his super breath to blow the boat away, but luckily Jimmy and Lois are too dumb to connect the strong burst of wind with the dude standing 20 feet away with his lips pursed.

TONY: …

NEW SCHEDULE AT CHAMPION CITY COMICS

Faithful fans,

We have a new schedule at Champion City Comics, so use this as a handy reference for our weekly shenanigans.

Monday - Webcomic Reviews: The Champion City Comics staff scours the internet for the best webcomics.

Tuesday - Kav & Tony Break it Down: Kav and Tony make fun of old Superman comics.

Wednesday - Wednesday Webcomic Update: Champion City Comics updates their webcomics every Wednesday!

Thursday - An Interview With...: Every week we interview someone involved in webcomics or comics.

Friday - The Friday Forum: We discuss anything webcomic or comic book related.

Saturday - The Trailer Park: We review trailers for upcoming movies and give you the good and bad.

Sunday - Sunday Song Selection: A day of rest for our staff but you get a music selection via YouTube.

ONE OF MY FALLEN WEBCOMIC HOMIES: SOCK PUPPET ARMY BY NICK HAMILTON

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Every Monday, we review current and shelved webcomics to show you what's out there in the world of webcomics. If you would like your webcomic reviewed then please contact me at tonydoug25@msn.com.


 From 1989 until 1997 I worked in a couple of restaurants as a bus boy, dishwasher, waiter, cashier, short order cook, and prep cook. It was a thankless experience that provided minimal joy, but what kept my sanity was my fellow coworkers who understood the frustration of the third ring of hell also known as service industry. To those of you who have served or are serving, then I feel your pain. God bless you.

From 2010 to 2011 there was a webcomic out there that delivered a wonderful dose of humor to the world of restaurant work. Sock Puppet Army by Nick Hamilton was created in his Russian Literature class in 2005 and five years later became a regular webcomic that followed the daily adventures of a group of mostly twenty-something workers at a chain restaurant. The main character is Ja…

SUNDAY SONG SELECTION FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2012: 'BREATHE' BY PERE UBU

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Sunday is a day of rest at Champion City Comics, so I pick a video for people to enjoy. Today, I have selected "Breath" by Pere Ubu. This band is pretty damn good and it is a shame that many people are not familiar with their catalog. Enjoy.

THE TRAILER PARK: CHRONICLE

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Welcome to the Champion City Comics Trailer Park. Every Saturday we will review a trailer of interest and give our take on the good and the bad.

This week, we are reviewing the Chronicle trailer. 

Here is the storyline courtesy of IMDB: Three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery. Soon, though, they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides. 

Directed by Josh Trank (The Kill Point)

Starring Michael B. Jordan (Friday Night Lights), Dane DeHaan (In Treatment), and Michael Kelly (Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior).

The good: Judging from the trailer, this movie has the potential to be a early sleeper hit. We have an interesting plot where there is a mysterious discovery by a group of teenage boys and they gain superpowers. The powers seem to be used for fun at first but things go horribly wrong. It looks like we have a big battle at the end and this could be a very cool movie.

The bad: Chronicl…

FOX NEWS 5 REPORT ON SEX & VIOLENCE IN DC COMICS

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I saw this news report posted online yesterday and decided to share it with the faithful readers at Champion City Comics. Fox 5 News from Washington DC decided to run a story about excessive sex and violence featured in various titles from DC Comics. I would like for you to watch the video below first and you can read my brief thoughts on the report.

I believe we can all agree that it is amusing that the news would run a story on young people being exposed to sex and violence. Turn on the evening news and take a count of how many stories deal with murder, sexual assault, and all other criminal acts. Are you the pot or kettle, Fox 5 News?  
Are comic books to blame for warping the minds of our children? My opinion is "no" because as a long-time reader I have watched the industry move their focus from children to adults. Video games, comic books, rock music, and hip-hop are easy targets for the media, but any parent with a brain does what they can to monitor what their kids rea…

THE GREATEST SUPERHERO TEAM-UPS THAT NEVER HAPPENED - AN INTERVIEW WITH ROSS PEARSALL

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Article by TonyDoug Wright
As comic book readers, we've engaged in countless discussions on various topics that range from what superhero is more powerful ("Who would win in a fight between the Incredible Hulk and Superman?") to what is your fantasy team-up ("Wouldn't it be cool if Spider-Man joined the Justice League?"). The debates can be lively or erupt into a forum war where moderators are left to deal with the causalities. Fortunately, there is a web-site where comic book fans can check out some cool "what if" covers where the superstars and cult figures of the comic book universe come together for some action-packed adventures.

Last year, I discovered Ross Pearsall's website, Super-Team Family: The Lost Issues , where he creates some truly amazing covers for old school comics like Brave and the Bold, Super Team Family, and Marvel-Two-In-One. Ross updates his site daily of team-ups that SHOULD have happened and provides readers with som…

WEBCOMIC WEDNESDAY: UPDATE FOR WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2012

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Happy Wednesday! This week, we have updates for Dr Death vs The Zombie and Red Devil. Once again, you'll notice that when you click the title of the webcomics below that we have an option for reading Red Devil and Dr Death vs the Zombie at Drunk Duck. 

We're glad you enjoy our titles and be sure to stop by our site daily for news, reviews, comic book art tips, comic book writing tips, and much more.

Click on the titles to read the webcomics in their entirety.


DOCTOR DEATH VS THE ZOMBIE

Writer: TonyDoug Wright

Artist and Letterer: A. Kaviraj

Dr. Death character based on the story Dr Death vs The Vampire by Aaron Schutz

Champion City Comics is pleased to present the exciting conclusion to Dr Death vs The Vampire. Dr. Death has taken refuge in Las Vegas following a brutal encounter with a vampire clan. However, his refuge is short-lived due to the presence of a zombie that is terrorizing the city.

This week, Dr Death and Phreaker part ways as the vampire delivers …

KAV & TONY BREAK IT DOWN: ACTION COMICS #283 'THE RED KRYPTONITE MENACE' (PART 2)

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Kav & Tony Break it Down is nothing more than two long-time comic book readers making fun of the Golden and Silver Age Superman comics. We understand that these books were written for a juvenile audience but we could not resist reviewing these classics. Please note that no comic books were hurt during the review. 

Kav and I survived the first three pages of Action Comics #283 and are ready to tackle the next three pages of this tale where Supes battles two aliens who explain everything in great detail. Enjoy!


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KAV: Of course we're heavy on the xyz letters again-is this some form of racism? Why do aliens automatically have names heavy on the xyz? Here we have Jan-Dex and Zo-Gar. Zo-Gar continues his explanation of every move he makes...this would get real annoying real fast, man. Like everyone in the future, these two miscreants know Superman's secret identity. They're always out for revenge but no one ever…

THE TWO HEADED NERD PODCAST

If you are looking for a great comic book podcast then I recommend TWO HEADED NERD, which can be found here. The hosts, Matt and Joe, talk comics and give their weekly picks on what to buy and on what to skip. I've embedded their most recent show that features a shout out to a certain Champion City Comics. Enjoy!



WEBCOMIC REVIEW: LINCOLN'S MUSTACHE BY KELLAN MORGAN

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When I am not running Champion City Comics, I am a historian and an adjunct instructor of history. It was sometime last year when I discovered the historical but humorous webcomic from Kellan Morgan titled Lincoln's Mustache. Morgan describes his webcomic as "...the culmination of a love of history plus a love of facial hair, explosions, and horrendous historical events turned humorous. Also, vague historical references that no one gets because I’m just a bad comic writer person who doesn’t care about you, the reader. Deal with it."

First, let me say that I do not understand the current pop culture mustache craze. I'm Generation X and back in the day, having a mustache meant you were one or all of the following: 1. A Baby Boomer who could not come to grips with the fact that the 1970s had ended 2. A frequent visitor to Fire Island or 3. A cop. But I digress.  

Lincoln's Mustacheis a fantastic blend of obscure historical facts and a Monty Python type of humor w…

SUNDAY SONG SELECTION FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 15, 2012 'ANA NG' BY THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS

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GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE TRAILER

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Haters gonna hate, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say this movie will be craptacular. Share your comments below.



AN INTERVIEW WITH TONY DIGEROLAMO FROM THE WEBCOMIC FACTORY

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Interview by TonyDoug Wright
The world of webcomics has its fair share of pretenders that claim to walk the walk and talk the talk, but they fail to deliver quality webcomics on a regular basis. For those that get it, they deliver great webcomics on a daily or weekly basis. One company that has it right is The Webcomic Factory, which currently features sixteen great webcomics for fans of humor, pop culture, sports, and all things geek related. Most importantly, they update their site daily.

At the helm of The Webcomic Factory is Tony DiGerolamo, a writer who has an extensive and impressive resume that includes writing jokes for Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher and television writing scredits for Space Ghost: Coast to Coast. Tony has been the writer on comic book titles, The Simpsons and Bart Simpson.If you know anything about webcomics and frequent the forums then you probably know - or know of - Tony because he gets the word out to the masses about his webcomic projects.

Tony Di…