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Pick Of The Week: A He Said, She Said Take On AMC’s ‘Preacher’ Premiere

Pick Of The Week: A He Said, She Said Take On AMC’s ‘Preacher’ Premiere

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Icon Vs. Icon’s husband and wife team, Delores and Hank Price, Jr., are back in the mix this week with a brand new Pick of The Week. Check out their takes on AMC’s much talked about new series, ‘Preacher.’ If you like what you hear, follow the online ramblings of the dynamic duo on Twitter at @deloresprice80 and @thehenrypricejr.

'Preacher' airs Sundays on AMC.

‘Preacher’ airs Sundays on AMC.

He said: I’ve never cared much for comic books, yet I’ve always enjoyed comic book characters. Movies, TV shows, video games … anything other than the source material. In fact, pretty much all I watch these days is sourced from comic books. Thus, it’s little surprise I really enjoyed the pilot of AMC’s new show, “Preacher.” Based upon the DC/Vertigo comic of the same name, “Preacher” follows a, uh, preacher named Jesse Custer. I have no idea what the show is about, since I don’t know anything about the source material, but as far as I can tell, there’s some alien and supernatural stuff going on in Texas. They were all in love with dying and they were doing it in Texas, I guess.

There’s Preacher Jesse, who apparently kicked all kinds of ass before he started spreading the Lord’s word. There’s Tulip, Jesse’s former partner in crime who makes bazookas out of tin cans. There’s some poor kid with a mouth that looks like an anus. It’s good he didn’t go to school with Beavis and Butthead. There’s Cassidy, who’s some sort of … not human? There’s a gang of wealthy, well-dressed Jesus freaks on an airplane. Well, there were, anyway. And there are other preachers around the world getting blown up by some sort of alien thing. Is this “Men in Black” meets “The Exorcist” meets “Billy Jack?” There’s a little bit of all of it. I’ve tried not to read much about the comic since I don’t want any spoilers. I have a lot of questions and I don’t really understand what’s going on, but there’s plenty here to keep me watching.

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She said: When I check out a new TV show or movie it’s because I randomly saw something about it on TV or the Internet, a friend or podcast mentions it or Hank says something along the lines of, “Have you heard of _____ ? I don’t know if you would like it or not. Want to give it a shot?” Not a ringing endorsement but that’s what happened with “Preacher,” the new original series from AMC.
Hankie Poo shared a little wisdom with me beforehand, saying it’s based on a very popular comic book. He described the pilot episode as “Men In Black” meets “The Exorcist” meets “Billy Jack” – whatever that means. He also told me Seth Rogen is one of the directors, which made me sigh annoyingly loud because Seth Rogen to me is Jennifer Lawrence to others. We get it. We know who you are. OK. Enough.
So, Friday night we sat down in front of the boob tube and checked in on Jesse Custer, aka Preacher, a cigarette smoking, booze drinking man trying to escape his past. Aren’t we all? Ironically enough Preacher speaks just like my cousin who’s a preacher, however that’s where the similarities begin and end. Their accent is the same. That’s it. Preacher ain’t no evangelical, if you catch my drift.

After watching the pilot episode I was skeptical. Writers need to strike a balance in the first show, or first few chapters of a book, to interest you. They need to provide enough reasons for you to return, for you to watch the next episode or keep reading the book. “Preacher” provided too many reasons, leaving me confused as to what was going on. I was almost too confused to care.

Dominic Cooper in 'Preacher'

Dominic Cooper in ‘Preacher’

You’ve got Jesse Custer, a man with a dark, murky past – as seen when he meets up with Tulip O’Hare, a badass chick who also has a murky past and bites off peoples ears. It’s obvious he’s done some bad shit with her but as to what, we don’t know yet. There’s some alien life force soaring through the skies and making preachers explode but not our Preacher. What the heck. There’s a young man whose face looks like a butthole. There’s this supernatural Irish chap who is being hunted down and befriends Preacher. There’s the redneck wife beater (could be a type of T-shirt or a man) who also reenacts the Civil War and gets his ass beat. There’s the chick who may be into Preacher or just may enjoy smashing iPads in fits of rage in front of her children. There’s Ted Reyerson who has mommy issues and may have been possessed by Preacher.

What on Earth is going on? After chatting with the Hankster I realized watching one episode of a television show isn’t enough. Was it bad? No. I just didn’t know what was going on but, then again, it was the pilot episode. I plan to give “Preacher” one, possibly two more tries. The Price Family Rule – give a book 100 pages and a TV show three episodes except “Lady Dynamite” because that shit is weird.

‘Preacher’ airs at 10/9c on AMC. For more info on ‘Preacher,’ visit the official site for the series at: www.amc.com/preacher.

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Garth Ennis’ ‘Stitched’ To Premiere At San Diego Comic-Con On July 21st!

Garth Ennis’ ‘Stitched’ To Premiere At San Diego Comic-Con On July 21st!

Avatar Press and Mischief Maker Studios proudly announce that legendary comic book writer Garth Ennis will be premiering his short film, Stitched, at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday evening, July 21, at 8:15pm in the convention’s Room 6DE.  Featuring Ennis’s debut as a filmmaker, Stitched blends supernatural horror with a contemporary war story, creating a terrifying landscape which will be explored further in an ongoing monthly comic book series.

The fifteen-minute long film is written and directed by Garth Ennis, best known as the writer of such best-selling comic books as PreacherThe PunisherThe Boys, and Crossed. A Mischief Maker Studios production, Stitched was produced by Brian Pulido, Francisca Pulido (The Graves), and Ed Polgardy (Laid To Rest).  Adam Goldfine served as Director of Photography, while both Garth Ennis and William Christensen, the founder of Avatar Press, served as Executive Producers.

In Stitched, three survivors of an American helicopter crash (played by actors Tank Jones, Lauren Alonzo, and Kate Kugler) struggle across the high mountains of Afghanistan.  They’re injured, without food, water, or medicine, and moving through Taliban-controlled territory.  Among the sun-bleached rocks, they discover something worse than enemy fighters: an ancient supernatural power – murderous, unstoppable, and serving a twenty-first century evil.

“I’ve been thinking about (directing films) for a number of years now,” says Ennis.  “Ever since the interest in a Preacher film became more solid, and the options on it and The Boys were picked up.  I’ve written screenplays and treatments for things like Crossed, but I haven’t really devoted myself to a film project before, not the way I have with Stitched.  I’ve always loved movies; my comics are much more heavily influenced by film and TV than they are by other comics.  So having a go at this seems quite natural.”

Hosting the premiere of Stitched at San Diego Comic-Con marks a first for the convention; although it regularly host panels featuring actors or sneak peak footage of upcoming films, SDCC has never previously premiered a film on-site.  San Diego Comic-Con is the largest convention in the western hemisphere, drawing 130,000 attendees annually.  With Ennis being a name brand in the comic book community, the convention anticipates that his one-evening-only film premiere will draw a maximum capacity crowd. San Diego Comic-Con attendees will also have an opportunity to purchase exclusive early release DVDs on site for an autographing opportunity with creator Garth Ennis.

The footage filmed for Stitched comprises the opening conflict of a script intended as a full-length feature film.  The full Ennis-penned script will be the basis of the first story arc in the upcoming, ongoing comic book series.  From the behind-the-scenes footage available on the DVD release, Ennis says, “Stitched is going to have legs beyond just this 15-minute short.  Most immediately, we’re going to launch a new comic drawn by the always-excellent Mike Wolfer.  The first series will tell the complete story that the film only begins.”  The first issue of the comic book series will be released in November alongside the nationwide Stitched DVD release.

Garth Ennis, a critically acclaimed writer from Northern Ireland, has been working in the comic book industry for over 20 years.  He is most easily recognized as the creator of Preacher from DC/Vertigo, as well as a long-time contributor to Marvel Comics’ The Punisher.  His previous comic book work published by Avatar Press includes Dicks303Chronicles of WormwoodStreets of Glory, and the increasingly popular Crossed franchise, a horror survival series set in a world overrun by sadistic homicidal maniacs.

Avatar Press is a groundbreaking independent publishing company which produces a wide variety of cutting-edge comic books, graphic novels, and original web content.  Their high-quality publications include the work of such industry luminaries as Garth Ennis (CrossedChronicles of Wormwood), Warren Ellis (Freakangels), David Lapham (CaligulaCrossed: Psychopath), and Alan Moore (Neonomicon).  They also produce a diverse range of licensed projects including the classic zombie epic Night of the Living Dead and George RR Martin’s Fevre Dream.  Their action-oriented Boundless Comics imprint publishes Brian Pulido’s original Lady Death and Mike Wolfer’s reimagining of the classic femme fatales Pandora, Hellina, and Widow in the series War Goddess.  For more information about Avatar Press, their publications, and creators, please visit www.avatarpress.com.

Mischief Maker Studios, owned by Brian Pulido and Francisca Pulido, is a multi-media entertainment company that develops, produces, and controls a library of properties and storylines, and partners with world renowned creators and clients to realize their full sales potential across all media platforms including film, television, print, online, mobile, gaming, and merchandising. Their first feature film, The Graves, sold to After Dark Films, Lionsgate, Syfy and a dozen international distributors.  For more info, visit: www.MischiefMakerStudios.com.

For more information on the Stitched film, its DVD release, the film premiere at San Diego Comic-Con, and the comic book series, please visit the website www.FearTheStitched.com, or contact Keith Davidsen, Avatar Press’ Director of Sales and Marketing, via e-mail at keith@avatarpress.net

 

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