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Last year, I was lucky enough to interview the man, the myth, the legend himself, Fred Van Lente (along with able assistance by Mer). I did not think I could duplicate such a wonderful interview again, so instead, I asked some of my pals over at Comic Book Resources (namely Sean Whitmore, Stonegold, OzBat!, Paradox and Expletive Deleted) as well as MarkAndrew from this here blog if they could help me come up with some questions for Fred Van Lente this year.
Well, see for yourself.
Enjoy! Continue Reading »
To keep current with Fred Van Lente, be sure to check out his website, http://www.fredvanlente.com/!
A Fred Van Lente comic book came out TODAY, so let’s take a look! Continue Reading »
Greg Burgas had a problem with the ending to this series, and I’ll admit that I had a problem with it, as well, but I think for a different reason than Greg. Otherwise, though, this was yet another fun series by Van Lente that is steeped in character-oriented storytelling, as usual. Continue Reading »
Probably the best compliment I can pay Fred Van Lente on his Fantastic Four/Power Pack mini-series is that, without checking the credits, I thought that Marc Sumerak had written it, and that says a lot, because Sumerak has practically mastered writing the Pack. Continue Reading »
I’ll admit, this was shaping up to be a dreary Fred Van Lente Day, indeed. I had forgotten all about the true meaning of Fred Van Lente Day!!
Two years ago, Fred Van Lente Day was a treat (as seen here, here and here). Last year was even more fun (as seen here, here, here, here, here, here and here). How would I be able to recapture the joy of Fred Van Lente Days past?
However, today, I was visited by three ghosts! And what they showed me uplifted my Van Lente Day spirits!! I rediscovered the true meaning of Fred Van Lente Day, which is Continue Reading »
Here’s a twenty-question comic book trivia quiz!
Fred Van Lente Day Quiz
In honor of Fred Van Lente Day, the following 20 questions are all answered by answers including the name “Fred.” So since the “Fred” part is a given, just give me the LAST name for each question!
The first 10 are about comic creators and the last 10 are about comic characters! Continue Reading »
Here’s Chris Sims, of Chris’s Invincible Super-Blog, on Fred Van Lente’s last issue of Marvel Adventures Spider-Man (which was also Fred’s first issue):
I’ve always had the feeling that while they’ve all but cornered the teenage market, Marvel lags behind DC when it comes to marketing their characters towards kids. After all, between Kelly Puckett and Mike Parobeck on The Batman Adventures and some of Mark Millar’s best comics ever on the corresponding Superman title, DC pretty much had the ’90s on lockdown as far as kid-friendly titles that were actually excellent comics in their own right, while Marvel’s “Marvel Age” imprint stuttered, collapsed, found itself reborn as “Marvel Adventures,” and didn’t seem like it ever quite found its footing.
Even so, with the upcoming MODOK story in Marvel Adventures: The Avengers and the arrival of Fred Van Lente (the writer of the truly incredible Action Philosophers and the co-creator of the new Scorpion) to tell a Black Costume story geared towards the kids, I decided to give the Spider-Man title a closer look, and found it to be a highly enjoyable read. Van Lente manages to cram a story where Spidey fights the Rocket Racer, Stilt-Man, and Leap-Frog and still throw in the black costume without even having to bring it back from the Moon. It’s fun stuff, and while it was certainly an odd place for a Hulk #100 promo insert (featuring a story involving genocide and the Hulk being worshipped as a god) and the Guiding Light backup, it’s worth checking out.
I’m dreaming of a white Fred Van Lente Day
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops glisten
and children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow.
It’s a Fred Van Lente Day miracle!! An interview between yours truly and the man, the myth, the legend, Fred Van Lente himself!!
But do not worry, folks, I was not dazzled by his greatness too much. I asked the tough questions (and okay, special secret question contributor Mer asked two – but I won’t tell you which two were hers, on the extremely off chance you like hers better than mine)!!
Enjoy! Continue Reading »
Do you have your Fred Van Lente lights hanging from your window? Are your Fred Van Lente Day stocking hung by the chimney with care? Excellent. Let’s begin.
Cowboy & Aliens is a graphic novel out today from Image Comics. The book is written by Andrew Foley and Fred Van Lente with artwork by Luciano Lima.
They have been serializing the book on the web since September, and that’s all I’ve read (the first 49 pages, to be precise), but what I’ve read so far has been an engaging action story. Continue Reading »
Fred Van Lente himself decided to share some of the joy that is Fred Van Lente with you all on this joyous day that in Fred Van Lente Day and share some FREE online comics on his website, fredvanlente.com.
First, here is a religious tract comic book to help convert your friends and family to the worship of Cthulhu. Fred and Steve Ellis did it as a mini-comic back in 2000.
Next, again with Steve Ellis, is the amusing adventures of RightWing, a conservative superhero.
Sleigh bells ring, are you listening,
in the lane, snow is glistening
A beautiful sight,
we’re happy tonight,
reading on Fred Van Lente Day!
Merry Fred Van Lente Day everyone!
Can you believe it’s already been a year since the last Fred Van Lente Day? Time flies, eh?
Click here, here and here for last year’s Van Lente Day celebration, but this year should prove to be bigger and funner, as this year, Van Lente has TWO comics that are both coming out TODAY!! Can you believe the luck?
So expect reviews of each of those books as the day goes on…along with some other Fred Van Lente Day surprises!!!
Only three shopping days left until Fred Van Lente Day.
As Fred Van Lente Day draws to a close for this year, after you have put out all the ceremonial Van Lente candles and cleared up all the wrapping paper from the presents, I will now explain to you why Silencers: Black Kiss, a comic from Moonstone Press, written by Fred Van Lente, and illustrated by Steve Ellis (colors by Dae Lim Yoo). Continue Reading »
On the side of this blog are a lot of fine blogs where folks talk about comic books. Each week I pick out ten cool quotes about comics from those blogs during the past comic week. I cannot promise that my picks will be thorough, or even the best quotes. They are just quotes that made me laugh or smile or say, “Good line.” Please note that the folks who write on this here blog (Comics Should Be Good) are excluded, as it strikes me as a bit too self-serving to quote any of them here. But be assured that I think they are all quite good!
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