The Truth Is Out There With X-Files: Origins!

The X-Files was a pretty huge thing for me when it first debuted on FOX back in 1993…oh wow…twenty-three years ago. I don’t know why but it doesn’t seem that long ago. Now granted I only originally watched The X-Files because it came on right after the Bruce Campbell’s woefully underappreciated – at least back then – The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.
The easiest way I can describe to you about how I felt about the show is how my Father used to talk about the classic Kolchak: The Night Stalker television series. He was so faithful to the Darren McGavin series that he wouldn’t go hang out with friends, etc. when he knew a new episode was going to be on, you couldn’t have made him miss it. I too was that way with The X-Files, something about David Duchovny’s character of Fox Mulder struck true to my own personal feelings of being an outsider. Of course I also found myself enjoying the character of Dana Scully, played by Gillian Anderson, as while like Mulder’s poster in his that office declares “I Want To Believe”…I am also naturally skeptical.
The X Files - Fox Mulder - Dana Scully
Now of course The X-Files also won me over with its generally awesome stories that successfully entertained across various genres whether that be Thriller, Sci-Fi, or just straight up Horror…I’m talking about the episode “Home” from the fourth season in particular…where we meet the Peacock Family. I love that episode so much but it ALWAYS creeps me out.
The X Files - The Peacock Family
If you recall, we here at The Retroist were pretty excited about the return of The X-Files back in January of this year albeit only for six episodes and while things had certainly changed from when last we had visited Scully and Mulder it felt very good to have them back. Which brings me to the whole point of this article – IDW has released The X-Files: Origins a new comic series that is a “digital first” book – meaning online only at first…that will switch between following the early years of Mulder and Scully, alternating characters each week for 11 weeks straight.

When I say that The X-Files: Origins is focusing on the early years I do mean the early years as this comic series seems directed towards a younger reader audience – check out the Press Release for the first issue:
“Before the FBI, before the X-Files, they were just two teenagers in search of the truth. On Martha’s Vineyard, a young Fox Mulder investigates something strange happening on the island, while in San Diego, 13-year-old Dana Scully looks into the shocking murder of her teacher. Two kids, two mysteries, one conspiracy that threatens the future of humanity.”

All images courtesy of IDW.

All images courtesy of IDW.

Now if you hop on over to IDW or even Comixology you can get that first issue featuring Fox Mulder absolutely free – so if you are ready to learn a bit more about the early history of two of televisions favorite FBI agents or have some younger comic book readers that you feel need to get bit by the The X-Files bug you can hook them up right this second…because as you already know…the truth is out there.

[Via] Piotrek Bienkowski

A Q&A with the Miami Vice Remixers

A couple of months ago I was able to review the first issue of a new Miami Vice comic series from Lion Forge Comics & IDW. At the time of the review I sent some questions over to the comic creators Joe Casey and Jim Mahfood, and both have been gracious enough to provide answers about the creation and future of the remixed detectives.

Q: Miami Vice is no stranger to the ‘reboot’ phenomenon. How does your ‘remix’ differ to previous attempts to resurrect the brand?

Joe Casey: I didn’t know there were previous attempts. Is nothing sacred anymore?!

Jim Mahfood: This version exists in the Jim Mahfood/Joe Casey Universe so it has a look and feel completely unto itself. There’s nothing else like it. We don’t even say if it’s the 1980’s or not. It’s up to reader to figure it out.

Q: When we recently reviewed the first issue, it took me a while to get Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas out of my mind. How did you tackle your interpretations of the characters? Do you see your Crocket and Tubbs as completely fresh takes on the characters or as the 80’s TV show icons transplanted into modern-day Miami?

Joe Casey: As much as I’m a fan of both of those actors and their respective body of work, we took this on to get under the skin of the characters, Crockett and Tubbs. From knowing the show, I’d like to think we captured their essence without being slaves to the live action interpretations.

Jim Mahfood: I didn’t even think of the actors from the TV show when I did this. The look of my Crockett & Tubbs is completely original and it’s a representation of my Visual Funk drawing style. The style exists in its own realm.

Q: As a retro-themed website, we’re obviously big fans of the TV show. How does the remixed format cater for the old-school fans like us?

Joe Casey: I think our Miami Vice gives you everything you might’ve loved about the show without making you feel dirty for wallowing too deeply in nostalgia laced with questionable fashion tastes.

Jim Mahfood: Crockett & Tubbs are still total badasses. They drive the classic black Ferrari. Castillo is still their boss. Elvis the alligator is still there. So, we’re paying homage to the vibe and the tone of the show without doing exactly the show. That would be boring. This is comics. It’s the Mahfood/Casey Universe and it’s going to be unique, insane, funny, psychedelic, and edgy.

Q: You’ve turned everything up to eleven with your first issue. Is that the plan for the entire series?

Joe Casey: Absolutely. You have no idea just how high we can crank this.

Jim Mahfood: Yea, we don’t pull any punches. Readers will be taken on a thrilling ride, that’s for sure. Ha ha.

Q: Do you have a hit list of things you want to accomplish? Are we going to see anything crazy like Crocket riding Elvis towards a Miami sunset? :)

Joe Casey: Excuse me for a second… I need to go do a quick rewrite…

Jim Mahfood: I don’t want to give away too many secrets, but like I said, Elvis is most definitely there.

Q: And finally, are there any other 80’s properties you’d like to tackle in the future? I’d love to read ALF: Remix if you’re scouting for ideas!

Joe Casey: Alf will have his day back in the pop cultural courtroom, I’m sure. And he’d be just as guilty now as he was back then.

Jim Mahfood: ALF would be rad! Let’s do it!

Miami Vice Remix by Joe Casey and Jim Mahfood

So, there you have it, I think we can expect great things from this new 5-issue mini-series. I’d like to thank Joe and Jim for taking the time to answer our questions and to the kind folks at Wonacott Communications who handled PR duties.

You can pick up issue 1 on March 25 and issue 2 follows on April 22.

IDW Releases New Popeye Comic Book This Week!

Exciting news for us fans of E.C. Segar’s famous sailor man as IDW Publishing is releasing a new Popeye comic book series to shelves this week. Popeye is written by the talented Roger Langridge (Judge Dredd, The Muppet Show, The Mighty Thor) and illustrated by Bruce Ozella. Which from the cover you see below by Ozella it not only appears that his style matches that of Segar’s but it reminds one of a certain other comic book hero’s first appearance.

[Via] IDW Publishing

From the press release on the IDW site back in January: “Ever since I was a kid, the two cartoonists who have had the biggest influence on me have been Carl Barks and E.C. Segar, so getting a chance to write Popeye is quite a thrill,” said Langridge. “I’m especially pleased that IDW have decided to go with a Segar-flavored interpretation. As much as I like some of the later versions of the character, for me, it’s those early strips where the magic really happened. Just as well Segar drew everybody with big feet, because Bruce and I have some enormous shoes to fill!”

For a look at how different Popeye was in the comic strip series in the day, make sure to take a moment and check out Drahken’s ‘Popeye is Morbid’ post on the forums.

Get Ready For Battle Beasts…The Comic Book!

[Via] IDW Publishing

It would certainly seem that the great but often overlooked Battle Beasts from back in 80s is finally getting are finally their second chance thanks to IDW and Diamond Select Toys! The two entertainment giants have teamed up to not only bring us the new comic book adventures of the Beasts but new toys as well.

From the IDW/Diamond Select Toys announcement: ““Battle Beasts is a great fit for IDW”, said writer Bobby Curnow. “What’s so important about toys is they enable kids to build worlds in their imaginations, and create stories for those worlds. Since I never really grew up, getting the chance to help create the new Battle Beasts in comic form has been a fantastic and supremely fun experience. The world has been turned upside down with the arrival of the Battle Beasts, and we’re going to have a great time showing just how crazy things get. IDW has a lot of experience finding riveting stories in toy-based licenses, and I hope Battle Beasts is no exception. I know for a fact that Valerio is knocking it out of the park. His art is going to floor a lot of people.”

And the excitement does not stop there — at San Diego Comic-Con (July 11-15), IDW will launch the BATTLE BEASTS series with issue #1, and DST will unveil the first full wave of Battle Beasts Minimates, which will be in stores in late fall of 2012! The first wave of two-packs will focus heavily on characters who appear in the comic, and will have a gameplay element, as well. DST will also have an exclusive two-pack of Battle Beasts for sale at the show.”

Let’s just hope that it can contain the awesomeness of that classic Hasbro animated TV commercial!

[Via] Cheese Napkin’s YouTube Channel