Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Dragon Ball AF (Toyble) Volume 3

 After drawing the Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F manga and the announcement that Toyotaro (formerly known as Toyble) will be drawing the Dragon Ball Super manga adaptation, I figured we should catch up on the work that put him on the map! Here is chapter 3 of his dojinshi.

Chapter 3 - Lila's Miscalculation
~The Story Thus Far~
The distant Dragon World.
Up until now, Son Goku and the other warriors of Earth have saved the planet from the attacks of Cell, Majin Boo, and numerous others. Even afterwards, the Earth was threatened countless times, but Goku and the others came to save the world by growing stronger each time. And so Goku’s role finally came to an end, and he vanished from the living word together with Shenlong.
It seemed that true peace had come to the world and the story was over... but suddenly a new threat appeared on Earth! Going by the name "Xicor", this man claims to be Son Goku’s son, and plans to destroy the world. To protect the Earth, Vegeta, Trunks, and Son Gohan all engaged him in battle. But the difference in their powers was all too clear. Concerned with the situation, Kaioshin descended to Earth. He planned to seal Xicor within the Z Sword. With the help of Gohan and the others he made an attempt at sealing Xicor, but Lyla interfered. Now Gohan has used the last of his power to pick up the sword...

Monday, May 18, 2015

Dragon Ball Super Manga Adaptation

Similar to Resurrection F, the newly announced Dragon Ball Super will also get a manga adaptation! This will be written by Akira Toriyama and drawn by Toyotaro, who has become the de facto Dragon Ball artist, after his dojinshi, Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission, and the Resurrection F manga adaptation. Just like those (minus Heroes, of course, because I can't find an English translation anywhere), look forward to seeing the Dragon Ball Super manga here on Coby's Comics!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

A Fanboy's Rebuttal to "How Marvel is Killing the Popcorn Movie"


I saw Avengers: Age of Ultron on its opening weekend, but haven't written my opinions of it yet because, honestly, the responses to my Guardians of the Galaxy post were pretty devastating to my movie-reviewer's ego. One person on Reddit actually told me to "never watch movies again". I mean, I'm a grown man and can take all the criticism in the world, but I just figured, if hardly anybody sees what I write, and the people who do see it (the GotG article has 1,951 views to date) overwhelmingly don't like it, what am I even doing here?

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Fight Club 2 #4 Covers


Tyler Durden lives!
Each time Sebastian's drifted off to sleep, Tyler's emerged to run Project Mayhem. The "Human Sacrifices" who've pledged their lives to fulfilling their dreams . . . becoming doctors, accountants, lawyers-even MBAs! . . . what they're really becoming are Tyler's slaves. And the ones who fail him? They die . . .

Below are the covers to Fight Club 2 issue #4. For issues 1-3 check out this post.



Thursday, May 14, 2015

Chuck Palahniuk's Expedition, Featuring Fight Club's Tyler Durden


We don't have to wait until May 26 when Chuck Palahniuk's Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread comes out! He gave it to us for free today via Mashable. I've uploaded all the pages here for you, as the Mashable site has been up and down all day.

I'm not sure how I feel about this story. It definitely is one I "can't unread". It made me uncomfortable. It was dissatisfying. And yet, it was highly engrossing and entertaining. I appreciated all the parallels to Fight Club--the not-fully-named angry bored boy-man without a father; the stranger in a bar; the first two rules. I also appreciated the Nietzsche reference. But, yeah, the ending totally sucked.

And what does this mean for the figure of Tyler Durden? So he's an immortal archetype now, not just someone in Sebastian's head? I assume we'll find more out in Fight Club 2. And I am anxiously intrigued.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

And the Female Thor is....


Tomorrow Thor #8 comes out, which features:

  • The final battle with the Destroyer!
  • Guest stars galore!
  • A shocking return!
  • And oh yeah...Thor’s secret identity revealed at last!!!


Friday, May 8, 2015

Fight Club 2 #1 Pages

I found these pages in a (negative) review at TechTimes, of all places.... They aren't lettered, which leads me to believe they weren't approved for release yet. But, hey, they're mistake is our gain! Here ya go:

Dragon Ball AF (Toyble) Volume 2

Chapter 2 - Kaioshin's Strategy
~The Story Thus Far~
The distant Dragon World.
Up until now, Son Goku and the other warriors of Earth have saved the planet from the attacks of Cell, Majin Boo, and numerous others. Even afterwards, the Earth was threatened countless times, but Goku and the others came to save the world by growing stronger each time. And so Goku’s role finally came to an end, and he vanished from the living word together with Shenlong.
It seemed that true peace had come to the world and the story was over... but suddenly a new threat appeared on Earth! Going by the name "Xicor", this man claims to be Son Goku’s son, and plans to destroy the world. To protect the Earth, Vegeta, Trunks, and Son Gohan all engaged him in battle. But the difference in their powers was all too clear.
Meanwhile, the Kaioshin Realm watched these events with great interest. Seeking for a means of resolving the situation, the Elder Kaioshin began searching for Son Goku’s whereabouts... And he finally caught on. "Could he possibly be in that world?" The Elder Kaioshin’s thoughts were not wrong. That’s right, Son Goku was there!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Fight Club 2 FCBD

The Dark Horse Free Comic Book Day with Fight Club 2 came out this past Saturday, but I just now read it. It is just as awesome as I'd hoped it'd be. It perfectly blends the movie into the novel into the comic, to make an entirely new and amazing thing that is as perfect as the others were.



Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Dragon Ball AF (Toyble) Volume 1

Dragon Ball AF has a long and storied history. It started out as an April Fools joke, but has since morphed into the golden standard for dojinshi.

This "AF" stands for "After the Future". It is the first of four chapters written and drawn by a manga artist who went by the name Toyble. He has since left the project and moved on to legitimacy by working on Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission under the name Toyotaro, but I love Toyble's take on DBAF. Here in Volume 1, we meet Goku and West Kai's son Xicor, and Gohan and Vegeta go SSJ4. Toriyama is picking up his story after DBZ and taking his characters in a different direction with the Super Saiyan God mode in the latest movies and probably in Dragon Ball Super, too, but it is fun to see what could've happened if Dragon Ball GT kept going.