Tuesday, August 7, 2012


God certainly works in mysterious ways. And while I may not always understand those ways or be comfortable with them....I am learning to trust those ways. I woke up Sunday morning and began to comb the internet for information regarding my pet project....RAVENHAMMER COMICS. If you guys have been reading this blog faithfully then you know the blood letting and gladiatorial combat that myself and my colleagues have endured to come as far as we have. While performing different searches in google to see what comes up when searching Lucius Hammer or the Harlem Shadow....I was shocked to find that both books are now available on the Nook (Barnes and Noble's reading device) and also the I-Pad . I was floored. I had no idea how or when this had occurred and for a second....I thought I was hallucinating. I called my right hand man...my tech-guru, my Boy Friday...Derek King and he was equally perplexed. We both knew that back in 2010 we had signed a deal permitting Graphic.ly (an online comic book archive system where members can share digital comics and correspond with one another like facebook) to present our line of comics as part of their extensive online library. We both had been so busy lately with personal lives and their daily navigation that we had missed a vital e-mail announcing that Graphic.ly would be selling their back catalog of e-comics to Barnes and Noble, I-Tunes and The Kindle. That includes LUCIUS HAMMER and THE HARLEM SHADOW. This is huge folks. This means if I can keep writing compelling material alongside a talented artist with a passion for the subject matter...then you guys are going to be getting a lot more of LUCIUS HAMMER and THE HARLEM SHADOW in the future. We are literally on a global stage now....people from all over the planet will be able to upload LUCIUS HAMMER or THE HARLEM SHADOW with a few clicks. I ask without any reservations or shame at all that you HAMMERHEADS (my die-hard, ride or die fans) get on your little devices and buy all four issues from Ravenhammer Comics. The money you spend on these digital books will allow myself and my creative camp to keep making great comic books. If we keep making great comic books...you will keep reading and we will have to keep makin 'em. I would just like to express my thanks to the Big Guy up above for keeping me in this storm. As I have said many times...this is a difficult calling. There have been nights I have laid silent in bed staring at the ceiling wondering if indeed I'm doing the right thing. At the end of the day, all I want to do is tell a good story and get paid for it so I can keep telling you good stories. If you believe in what we are doing here at Ravenhammer and you have benefited from the magic that we make when we are able to freely create our product....invest in us...support us on the Nook, I-Pad, I-Phone and soon....The Kindle. We appreciate it....and I promise as one of the founding partners of Ravenhammer Comics that we will deliver the goods. Today was a good day..http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lucius-hammer-1-brian-williams/1111661686 http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-harlem-shadow-1-brian-williams/1111661687?ean=9781106921383 http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/lucius-hammer-1/id511622506?mt=11 http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-harlem-shadow-1/id511622555?mt=11

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Monday, August 6, 2012


I have never really sat down and posted what certain comic books and superheroes have meant to me throughout my life. Obviously, like millions of other people sharing this earth space with me, Bat Man is a multicultural phenomenon that has been present in my life since I could pick up a toy, watch cartoons and go outside and play make believe. A lot of kids fondly remember stuffing the back collar of their t-shirt with a red bath towel and playing Superman....I probably did that too (I love Superman.) but I also had this affinity for Bat Man. My first encounter with Bat Man was the Adam West television show, a psychedelic spoof, comic opera that literally tried to interpret comic book logic through a live action tv program. The opening of the show was an animated pageant of Bat Man's villains, complete with a funky 60''s rock and sock theme song and a shot of the eternally hip BatMobile....Bat Man was a young boy's perfect escape into the world of mindless entertainment. I began to collect Bat Man comic books and I soon learned that Bat Man was in much better physical shape than Adam West could ever hope to be. I also found out that the show had taken some liberties with Bat Man's villains and had completely omitted others. While watching the television show...I never knew that as a child...Bruce Wayne had witnessed his parents being murdered.  Or that the Joker was a murderous lunatic who enjoyed terrifying people for no particular reason. As I became more of a student of Bat Man lore...I soon learned that Bruce Wayne was just a facade that remained to allow Bat Man to move about Gotham City during the day. This would be about the time you could say that Bob Kane and Bill Finger's creature of the night hooked me. What is impossible for casual fans and acquaintances of Bat Man to comprehend is the numerous layers that exist within this very complex literary creation. Bat Man at first glance is a vision of primal fears and exists because of an extremely violent act. The murder of his parents has traumatized him to the point of turning his body and mind into a weapon...and then dressing as a universally loathed mammal to strike fear into others who would break the law. Bob Kane originally envisioned THE BAT MAN as a grim and gritty swashbuckler who dealt out justice with two fists and the occasional assist from his utility belt. Bat Man was about revenge...about a man driven by demons to do the right thing...if that even makes sense. But at what cost is he willing to do the right thing? I loved Bat Man because he at once makes sense but is also the greatest of all revenge fantasies. During the fifties, comic books had become a mainstay in pop culture and things were competitive...writers and artists tried making Bat Man friendly...more scientific....less inspired by delirium and nightmares and more of a boy scout. This was still popular and remains a facet of Bat Man's personality. He is essentially a good person...but he is fucked up. He has issues. And his psychotherapy is going out and beating the shit out of people who aren't in the least bit interested in his agenda....which is to protect Gotham. I enjoyed almost every Bat Man movie that's been made except for Bat Man and Robin (Sorry George Clooney)....but I have to say that the latest trilogy...Bat Man Begins/ The Dark knight/ The Dark knight Rises captures the essence of Bat Man and why we love this damn character. Bat Man is really Tyler Durden from Fight Club before Tyler Durden existed. He is an instinctive response to the pain and fear that we experience as human beings...a by-product of Freud's id. He is the Darkness that battles Darkness. These concepts have been brilliantly delineated for the masses in Nolan's tour de force trilogy and while some feel his Bat Man was too realistic...I think that his Bat Man finally got to the root of our fascination with him. Bat Man Begins dares to tell a tale about Bruce Wayne that most comic fans always knew existed but never officially witnessed in the panels of a comic book. His training in the League of Shadows was some very cool back story that explains a lot about his fighting prowess...but the scene in which he falls, as a child, into what will later be known as the Bat Cave is classic mythology at its best. Here we learn that fear is an overriding component in Bruce Wayne's life and he becomes determined to eliminate it....but simultaneously perpetuate it in other men as his flying rodent alter ego. In the Dark Knight, we see Bat Man again displaying discipline and determination as he wages war on the Gotham Underworld...the scene where Bat Man ventures to Hong Kong to extradite a slimy executive caught up in gangster doings is for the record one of the most badass action sequences in a superhero movie to date. In the same film...we see Bat Man match wits with an incarnation of the Joker that can only be described as a mean spirited force of nature. Dark Knight Rises shows us that a legend can fall....be beaten. But as the title implies...Bat Man rises. The final film is more of a film about Bruce Wayne breaking out of the  cocoon that Batman has encased him in. Yes...Bat Man does a bunch of dope ass shit in the BAT...Bane is actually quite unnerving and Catwoman is very entertaining for the time that she is given...but this final act belongs to Bruce Wayne.The scene where we see Bruce Wayne rise again from a pit that he's been imprisoned in is rousing and inspirational. These movies were just the thing the Bat Man franchise needed after being somewhat tarnished by bean counters and a souled out Joel Schumacher. It's a shame these movies will be haunted for eternity by the deaths of Heath Ledger  and the twelve moviegoers in Colorado. I'm glad people are still going to see Dark Knight Rises and embracing the inherent fun in the concept of a man sick to death of being scared, of being bullied.....so he decides to fight crime dressed as a bat. Edith Bullfinch aint got shit on my generation's superheroes!!! Go see Dark Knight Rises and embrace the Bat Man in you!

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