Anime Club Launch! Hamatora

The Anime Club portion of my YouTube channel officially launches with this video.

I’ll be watching Hamatora starting this week, and I hope some of you will choose to watch along!

Interact using the social media links on this page, or even comment on this post.

Hope you all check it out and enjoy!

JR

Are Marvel Comics Preparing the Way for New Actors?

thor-001The big news that a woman will soon be wielding Thor’s hammer got me thinking…

Not too long ago, Chris Evans, current Captain America in the Marvel Film Universe, revealed his intention to leave the role after his six film contract was done. That’s not all. Robert Downey Jr. is done with Marvel after Avengers 2 & 3. Chris Hemsworth has the same number left as Chris Evans.

Now, Marvel has said they aren’t really into reboots. In fact, Kevin Feige, who heads Marvel Studios, says he has a rough timeline going to 2028 for the Marvel movies. So either we won’t see these roles again, or they have to be recast.

But what if the comic books, those wonderful beacons of light which guided these movies to success in the first place, showed the way? What if they found a fan friendly way to have someone else take on these roles. There would be no need to have fans be disoriented by a “new” Tony Stark, they would just be shown someone new in the armor. Thor wouldn’t be a new person, we’d see the hammer being handed over. In essence, the comics could forge a new path for these characters with new people occupying the role long before the movies catch up and require new casting.

So we now have two of the three roles recast in the comics. Steve Rogers will soon be replaced as Captain America. And now the news this week that Thor will also be replaced. If, in the next year, these changes stand and we have a new Iron Man, I’d say this is a done deal. After all, we probably have at least three to four years before Avengers 3. If that’s the case, Marvel comics have four years to get comic fans happy with the new versions of these characters. Then it’s just up to Marvel movies to make it happen.

Maybe like a massive throw down with Thanos wielding the Infinity Gauntlet would cause some of our heroes to bow out of their current roles and hand the power to someone else? Is it just a coincidence that the three big players all have their contracts ending with Avengers 3?

I haven’t seen anyone say this. Maybe because they’re all too busy freaking out about Thor being a woman. I say, meh. The character design actually looks pretty cool, and it could provide material for some amazing new arcs, especially if the new Thor isn’t Asgardian.

So what do you think? Is this just more comic reshuffling to build hype, or part of a larger plan to aid the movie universe down the road?

Revelation Game – New Cover & Totally Free

In September of 2013 I released a short novella (about 15,000 words) called Revelation Game.

It was one of those stories that snuck up on me and refused to go away until it was written.

Since then, it’s been available exclusively on Amazon.

Until Today!

As of today, Revelation Game is 100% free for all time. That’s right, no sale, no time limit, it’s FREE!

To be honest, I decided to do this because a) it’s not selling and b) I like it and want it in the hands of more readers.

So you officially have nothing to lose. You can download the Epub directly from my site, or head over to Smashwords and grab whatever format you want.

And to celebrate the change, Revelation Game is sporting a swanky new cover. Hope you all check it out and enjoy!

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New YouTube Channel Feature – Anime Club!

In even more YouTube Channel related news, this video is announcing my new Anime Club!

I’m adopting the format of the read along book club format, but doing a view along format for anime. Watch the video and subscribe to the channel if this sounds like fun!

New YouTube Channel Format – Announcing the Read Along Book Club

Hello Everyone,

As you may be aware, I’ve had a YouTube channel since November 2011. During that time I’ve been posting book reviews and some other odd & ends to the channel. The content has been very infrequent. It’s been four months since I last posted a video, and I’ve been thinking of how I could rejuvenate the channel and post regular content. All the details are in the video below. I hope you’ll give it a watch and join in the fun!

New ways (Places) to Interract

Hey Everyone!

Not a long post today, but wanted to let you know about an exciting development for readers over at the website Goodreads, and the discovery of another site I’m having fun with.

Ask the Author

Goodreads has launched a new feature called Ask the Author. It allows you to visit an author’s profile page and, if they’ve enabled the feature, ask questions. I’ve activated the feature on my profile and would love to answer any questions you might have! You can find my Goodreads Profile via this link.

Hummingbird

On the fun side of things, I discovered a website where I can keep track of all the anime I’ve watched over the years. The site is called Hummingbird and you can visit my profile at this link.

The site has a clean and easy to navigate design. It also has a cool feature where it displays the total amount of time you’ve spent watching anime. At the time of this article I have watched 1 month, 23 days, 23 hours and 37 minutes worth of anime!

Please visit both of these sites and add me to your friends lists. And ask me a question over on Goodreads. I’m usually on the site daily, so you won’t have to wait long for an answer.

All the best,

JR

PS Resonance is doing well. Hoping to give some more concrete answers on release date soon!