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Spider-Man In The Civil War Trailer: Is There Hope For A Faithful Wall-Crawler Adaption?

By now, all us fanboys have experienced the giggle inducing cameo that was Spider-Man in the Civil War trailer (and if you haven't you really picked the wrong blog to read). https://twitter.com/Michael_Dolce/status/708412205423837184 And despite several nit-picky comments concerning his costume (too shiny! too traditional! what's up with those armbands?) the one emotion Spider-Man's appearance does evoke is hope. Hope that the Marvel Universe will one day merge completely. That we'll see Wolverine pop his claws against the Hulk whose [...]

March 17th, 2016|

SoS PODCAST Ep 8: Comics To Film With Ralph Tedesco Of Zenescope

We welcome Zenescope's Ralph Tedesco as he gives us the inside scoop on what it takes to bring a comic book creation to the big (and small) screen. Plus we debate which Batman director performed best under pressure: Christopher Nolan or Tim Burton as we reveal the winner of the Batman bracket in our March Madness Comic Book Movie Franchise Final Four! Vote Now in our Spider-Man bracket and tune in this Friday at 11am as we welcome Transmedia specialist [...]

March 14th, 2016|

Tim Burton Vs Christopher Nolan: Which Batman Director Delivered Under More Pressure?

Christopher Nolan or Tim Burton? Omitting Joel Schumacher altogether for his entries in the Batman movie canon and Zack Snyder who will partially make his debut in Batman movie lore with Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, the consensus among fans is that these two directors best represent Bruce Wayne's transition from comics to screen. But how do you evaluate two, totally different, but equally impressive interpretations of the character, not to mention the time periods in which they were [...]

March 9th, 2016|

SoS PODCAST Ep 7: Comic Book Movie Franchise Final Four

We introduce the Comic Book Movie March Madness bracket. Each week we'll pit the 4 most popular/best versions of each Batman, Spider-Man, Superman, and X-Men franchises against each other in a weekly poll on our Twitter feed (@Michael_Dolce) starting with the Batman bracket - and leave it in your hands to see which film emerges as the best in that franchise. We also hear from Atlas Genius’ Keith Jeffrey on the new Creative Economy: What jobs exist today in the [...]

March 7th, 2016|

Vote For Your Favorite Batman Movies In Our Comic Book Movie Franchise Final Four

Vote For Your Favorite Batman Film And Decide Which Movie Advances To The Next Round in our #comicbookmovie Franchise Final Four Bracket! https://twitter.com/Michael_Dolce/status/705803512408612864 Each week after we'll pit the 4 most popular/best versions of each movie franchise against each other in a weekly poll on our Twitter feed (@Michael_Dolce) starting with the Batman bracket - and leave it in your hands to see which film emerges as the best in that franchise. Don't agree with our choices? Simply Reply [...]

March 4th, 2016|

The New Creative Economy With Atlas Genius’ Keith Jeffrey And The Gang From Bad Coyote Funky

This week on Secrets of the Sire we welcome Bad Coyote Funky podcaster Sergio Renwick and hear from Atlas Genius’ Keith Jeffrey on the new Creative Economy. What jobs exist today in the creative field that never existed at any time before - and how do you score those gigs? Video Game analyst, Blogger, Professional live streamer, YouTube Sensation – we give you the insight and history of how the Internet (for the umpteenth time) has changed EVERYTHING. "Obviously, it [...]

March 3rd, 2016|

Comic Book Movie March Madness: The Franchise Final Four

It's March Madness time and nobody loves posting his bracket more than yours truly. So in the spirit of the season, Secrets of the Sire is launching its first ever Comic Book Movie Franchise Final Four! What does that entail? Glad you asked! First, we took the biggest comic book movie heavyweights we could think of - and by that we mean the franchises with the most "total" number of films. Next we added a little wrinkle: each of these [...]

March 3rd, 2016|

Q&A: The Walkmen’s Walter Martin On His New Solo Record ‘Arts & Leisure’

Check out my interview with the Walkmen's @WaltRMartin for @amNewYork. Walter and I chatted about his new solo record Arts & Leisure, his songwriting process and the status of his more famous outfit the Walkmen. "Walter Martin likes to be funny ... it just doesn’t always turn out that way in the end. Such was the case when the Walkmen bassist set out to write “Arts & Leisure,” a follow-up to his commercially successful debut “We’re All Young Together.” “I [...]

February 28th, 2016|

SoS PODCAST Ep 6: Oscars 2016, X-Files & More!

Mad Max Is An Oscars 2016 Anomaly...And It Just Might Win We break down the favorites to win the gold statue and are we even allowed to root for any of them because their white? Plus, I have a bone to pick with X-Files creator Chris Carter about the reboot. Click here to listen to Secrets of the Sire: Episode Five

February 27th, 2016|

‘Mad Max’ Is An Oscars 2016 Anomaly…And It Just Might Win

It's Oscars 2016, a time usually hyped up with office pools, popcorn and glamorous celebrities trapsing the Red Carpet. Yet there's an air of uncertainty hanging over this year's broadcast, a cloud brought on by the seeming lack of diversity that's plaguing Hollywood. One of my favorite magazines, Entertainment Weekly, for the first time in years, didn't even want to risk putting Oscars on its front cover, something unheard of if you've read the magazine as long as I have [...]

February 25th, 2016|

SoS PODCAST Ep 5: There’s No WAY Deadpool Should Have Made 135M – We Break Down Why It Did

Deadpool made 135M at the box office. We break down WHY. Sure, Secrets of the Sire went on record to predict doom and gloom for the Deadpool movie only to watch it set R-rated box office records. But enough dwelling on the past, listen in as we break down WHY the Deadpool movie killed it this past weekend. Click here to listen to Secrets of the Sire: Episode Five

February 21st, 2016|

Top 3 Reasons ‘Deadpool’ Killed At The Box Office

You can't win them all. Yes, this host went on this very blog (and internet radio and podcast) to predict doom and gloom for the Deadpool movie only to watch it set R-rated box office records. But enough dwelling on the past, here's WHY the Deadpool movie killed it this past weekend: 1) The Marketing For Deadpool Was Redic Between NBA Christmas ads or shots of star Ryan Reynolds sprawled out on a bear-skin rug, as noted by The Hollywood [...]

February 18th, 2016|

SoS PODCAST Ep 4: Breaking Into Comics – Learn How These Pros Did It!

We chat with Pat Shand (Robyn Hood, Charmed) about the path he took to break into comics and get his take on what you should do the same (minus any restraining orders). We also find out some of your favorite creators’ most memorable moments in the biz. As always you can listen above or download us on iTunes and now Google Play as well! Or check out the show any podcasting app for your iOS or Android phone. Just search [...]

February 16th, 2016|

Poppin’ Your Cherry: Creators Dish On Breaking Into Comics For The First Time

You always remember your first time...breaking into comics that is! That's the theme this week as we tackle that always elusive, never tired topic of breaking into comics. It's what I get asked about most at comic conventions and I've been behind a booth or table for 15 years now (yikes! time flies!) At the end of the day, there are COUNTLESS ways to break in and the comics industry is full of great stories from professionals on how they [...]

February 10th, 2016|

SoS PODCAST Ep 3: Would You Rather Work For The Big Two Or Keep It Indie?

Wanna know what it's like to work for the Big Two? What about taking the plunge to help START your own comic book company? Our guest, editor Mike Marts, can clue us in on both as he's walked both worlds as Executive Editor for the X-Men and Batman lines and has branched out with upstart After Shock Comics. <iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/259258657&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true"></iframe> As always you can listen above or download us on iTunes or any podcasting app on [...]

February 8th, 2016|

Would You Rather Work For The Big Two? Or Start The Next Big Company? This Week’s Guest Is Doing Both…

I recently mentioned to a friend of mine that I knew quite a few people that either work at or used to work at Marvel Comics in various positions like editor, online, special projects etc. His immediate reaction was "Wow, that would be huge if you could get a job there." Except I thought about it for a split second and came back with, "Yeah, but not really..." Unless I was working strictly creative (writing, coloring etc), the thought of [...]

February 2nd, 2016|

SoS PODCAST Ep 2: Deadpool Is Going to FLOP…And It’s All YOUR Fault

Relive one our most popular and controversial topics! Which new comic book movie in 2016 do you think is poised to become the next Guardians of the Galaxy? If you said the Deadpool movie you are absolutely, 100 percent...wrong! You can listen above or download us on iTunes or any podcasting app on your iOS or Android phone. Just search "Secrets of the Sire" or "Host Michael Dolce" to find us. Or you can head to our Soundcloud page and [...]

January 31st, 2016|

The Deadpool Movie Is Going To Flop…And It’s All YOUR Fault

Which new comic book movie in 2016 do you think is poised to become the next Guardians of the Galaxy? If you said the Deadpool movie you are absolutely, 100 percent...wrong! Wait what? It's got all the makings of a sleeper hit: a rabid fanbase, a lesser known character that populates a larger more popular universe, a rabid fanbase, cool special effects and a heavy dose of humor, a rabid fanbase... If you're starting to detect a pattern here you're [...]

January 28th, 2016|

SoS PODCAST Ep 1: Diversity, OscarsSoWhite & Our Chris Cornell Interview

Our first Secrets of the Sire Podcast available now! Diversity is a hot button topic in Hollywood - most notably the latest online movement #OscarsSoWhite dominating the entertainment headlines. But are the politics behind the scenes actually taking away from the movies themselves? And is it the moviegoers responsibility to care? Click here to listen to Secrets of the Sire: Episode 1 below: Episode One

January 26th, 2016|

‘Star Wars,’ Diversity and The Oscars…Can We Just Enjoy The Movie Anymore?

Diversity is a hot button topic in Hollywood - most notably the latest online movement #OscarsSoWhite dominating the entertainment headlines. But are the politics behind the scenes actually taking away from the movies themselves? And is it the moviegoers responsibility to care? So it was two months ago when my Dad and I made our ritualistic trip to see the new James Bond movie Spectre. It was a tradition that formed organically when Casino Royale first hit theaters back in [...]

January 21st, 2016|

Do Artists Really Matter Anymore? ‘South Park’ Thinks You Might Not Like The Answer

South Park Asks: Are artists relevant anymore? Or are they just conversation pieces? Anyone still watching South Park? Twenty years in and it's they're still spot on. From the latest episode #REHASH the villain tells Lorde (aka Randy Marsh) the following: "An artist nowadays is a conversation piece. Just something for people 2 comment on. We're not making money selling records, we're making money selling tweets” To which Randy replies:"Who will make the content?" Villainous record producer responds: [...]

December 10th, 2015|

Two Successful Kickstarters In One Year: Here’s What I Learned

So you want to launch a successful Kickstarter do you? Well, having just completed my second successful campaign in one year, I'm happy to share what I learned. Here are a few of the 'Goods' I picked up during this experience: 1) Kickstarter Is The New Diamond Sorry Diamond, you FINALLY have some real competition out there. For many years, indie creators had to enter Diamond's doors for an inkling of a chance of being successful. And even then,your chances [...]

November 12th, 2015|

It’s The Little Things That Help Inspire Us To Make Comics

So as I'm writing this I'm back from Honeymoon. Married my best friend and all is as it should be 🙂 Now that of course counts as one of those BIG things in life that we look back on with joy and inspiration. A couple LITTLE things happened recently that have helped motivate me ARTISTICALLY: 1) The Most Dangerous Game Kickstarter has been funded! While I did not create this book, my participation was the cover art that James Mascia [...]

September 11th, 2015|

Comic-Con 2015: How To Use Social Media To Make Folks Think You’re There

I'll see YOU at Comic-Con...next year. Yep, that's right. Another San Diego Comic-Con is upon us and for the second year in a row, I'll be missing out. Bummer. But San Diego Comic-Con is so friggin huge - Really. Friggin. Huge - that to be honest, the only way if anyone would know if you were there is to thru social media. 1) Hashtag the s*** out of your tweets. Twitter will be the driving force at the show and [...]

July 21st, 2015|

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