Posts Tagged ‘ Comic Books ’

The First Annual Academy Of Super Hero Film Awards

No matter how you feel about it, Thor : The Dark World was the final super hero/comic film in one of the biggest years for super films ever, still not a patch on last year but it was never going to be. Knowing that and seeing as we’re heading into award season I felt that now was the time to take 2013’s best comic films and dole out awards in the same categories as the Academy Awards but limit the field to comic book movies. Please comment below with your criticisms of my picks and feel free to pick your own. Oh and if you can pretend Kevin Smith is hosting it too that would be great.

Best Actor – Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine)

ImageThis was probably the closest call I had to make when compiling my list. On one hand we had Henry Cavill turning in a star making performance in Man of Steel, one which is going to walk him into a lot of high profile movie roles. On the other we had Hugh Jackman, Robert Downey JR and Chris Hemsworth returning to the roles they made famous but in grittier sequels. Even though I feel Cavill is the best acted Superman (not the most iconic yet though), I feel overall Hugh Jackman gave the best performance as a super hero this year. He took all the great features we have loved from his Wolverine over the past 13 years and added new layers of pain, regret and realism. It was his best outing as the razor clawed mutant and was the perfect precursor to the amazing looking X-men : Days Of Future Past. Continue reading

Thor: The Dark World



I personally am a massive comic book fan, especially Marvel comics. My top 20 favourite films mainly consist of gritty noir films, art house independents and cult classics. However the real exception to this trend would be Avengers Assemble which I can safely say is the most enjoyable movie I have ever seen. The first time I saw it was genuinely one of the most exciting and brilliant experiences of my life. I enjoyed it more than any of my birthdays and any Christmas day ever. I realize how pathetic that may sound but its the truth. So naturally you imagine I would be very excited for Thor: The Dark World. I was and I wasn’t.

Any super hero movie gets me excited. Guardians Of The Galaxy are C list at best super heroes who have a movie coming out in 2015 and I have been actively excited since August 2013 when it was announced. However I was reserved with my expectations going into Thor for one reason … Iron Man 3. Iron Man 3 is an actually pretty well liked movie and was a huge success for Marvel studios however I hate it with a passion. I won’t get into the details of my deep hatred now but it has to be noted it left a poor taste in my mouth and left me skeptical about Thor 2. Well the movie finally came along and it has re-affirmed my faith in the church of Marvel. Continue reading

Celtic Knights Issue 3 Leaves Heroes On Brink

 Stephen Coffey’s Celtic Knights is back for a third edition having garnered much interest among the Irish comic book faithful. Prepare to be dazzled once again by the artwork of Mike Kennedy.

The comic resumes in the third part of the four pronged The Best of What’s Left series.

Issue One began with a bang when Commanding Officer General Quentin Blake of the Mega Human Headquarters discovered that 90% of the world’s superhero population had been eliminated from the face of the earth by a villain known as The Broker. Continue reading

Top Ten Superhero Movies

When I was asked to compile this list of the top ten Superhero movies, it left me perplexed.  Should I write down the box office hits?  Anyone can look that up on or should I write down the fan favourites?  Truth be told EVERY Comic Book and Superhero fan would have a different 10 movies and in a different order.

So, since this is my article and since I have my own top ten that is what you are going to get. Continue reading

Life Beyond The Comic Book

Ever wondered what it takes to break some boundaries, step away from the norm and simply have some fun doing what you want?

Many people would have you believe that the era of the comic book is coming to an end but don’t be fooled. One man is continuing something of a comic book renaissance in Dublin, backed by some of the finest artists around.

I caught up with leading Irish writer Stephen Coffey to get an insight into the commitment and dedication that is required to produce comic books, which represent the fulfillment of a dream for the creator of The Celtic Knights.

Why do you write Comics?

It was one of those happy accidents really… I was writing screenplays because I love movies, and one day I was walking by Forbidden Planet Dublin and there was an ad for a local anthology comic, which I won’t name, and I applied. Then a few years later the story that I wrote appeared in print on a shelf in Forbidden Planet Dublin… and it was the most brilliant feeling that I had felt to that point. Now I write and publish my own comics and I do it now to tell a story, everything is about the story. There is also the fans, comic fans are the best, the most loyal and the best critics, if you want to improve your storytelling then write a comic and get comic Fans to review the book. It’s the fastest harshest lesson you can get.

How Long Have you been writing Comics?

I’ve lost track, I want to say 12 years but it could be longer. Time flies when you are having fun.

How long did it take to put the first edition of Celtic Knights together?

I wrote Celtic Knights ( in about 2 weeks, 100 pages of script. At the time I was working with Ger Hankey and the first issue back in 2007 came out within six months. The book sold well but we allowed a silly argument and the financial pressures of the time, along with my own illness to get the better of us and Ger left the project, it’s a regret that I have that we parted with bad feelings but we’ve run into each other at conventions recently and I love the work he does now. Since Ger left there was a few false starts with artists that just lead me on with the promise of work but they didn’t get it done. Then Mike Kennedy (Tulsa OK) came on board and just blew me away with every concept drawing and page he sends in. So now we’re back in full swing and with Mike working a day job we’re about a few months between the issues. We’re in this for the long haul and it is a passion.

What sort of process is involved?

First the writing, which I’m doing at the moment, writing the next volume of stories for the Knights. Mike is still working hard on the first volume of stories. The writing is the easy part, I basically think of a story packed with action and comedy, with fight scenes that are probably hard to draw and pass them to Mike. Mike has the hardest part in the whole process, the art and concept work, and he makes it look so effortless. After the art is done the lettering starts, then it’s back to me and I send all the pages to the printers. The printers usually make one mistake and then we have to correct it, then get it out to the shops.

Describe a typical day during this process.

For me the writing just flows. A movie plays in my head and I write it down. There are times that one scene is just constantly playing in my head and hard to write down, then I watch something and everything just clicks. After you finish writing you re-read everything and make sure it makes sense. There are some days that I write 20 pages and then delete them all, other days I write 1 page and feel like I’ve hit the right spot.

Celtic Knights issue 1 and 2 are now for sale at Dublin City Comics (Bolton St.) and Forbidden Planet Dublin. Or if outside Ireland you can message me  for a copy of the books.