Comic Books, Movies And More: Here's What Splash Page Is Thankful For

Happy ThanksgivingSince we'll be out of the office until next Monday, your ever-lovin' Splash Page editors, Casey Seijas and Rick Marshall, would like to take a moment to give special shout-outs to some of the comic books, movies and events that we're most thankful for this year and what we're most excited about in the coming year.

And apparently we have quite a bit to be thankful for, so check out our roll calls after the jump.

Casey's Thankful For:

- Dark Horse Comics' "Creepy" Archives: As a fan of horror comics, I've been eating up the first two volumes like pancakes. And believe me, these aren't cheesy stories either -- I have yet to finish one and not mutter to myself, "Wow... That was messed up..."

- DC's "Joker" graphic novel: Long before Heath and Jack took him to the silver screen, I've had a special place in my heart for The Joker, and it's been a long time since I've seen a story give the character justice. Writer Brian Azzarello nailed his unpredictably psychotic persona, and artist Lee Bermejo set a new standard in superhero art.

- "The Watchmen": Say what you will about the ending, I have yet to see a trailer from this flick that didn't leave me absolutely speechless. Zack Snyder's delivering an epic that will make comic movies truly legit -- mark my words.

- Scarlett Johansson in "The Spirit": Eh, just because...

- Manga making the jump to the big screen: I must've watched the 30 second teaser clip for the upcoming "Astro Boy" CGI film at least 20 times when it first hit the web, and am really looking forward to seeing more from the upcoming "Akira" adaptation in the months ahead.

Rick's Thankful For:

- "Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe": While the game itself was pretty enjoyable, I'm most thankful for the twofold message its existence puts out there. Not only did DC relax control of its stable of characters enough to allow this game to happen, but they even saw fit to include fan-favorite characters who aren't in their top-tier stable (i.e., Deathstroke). I like the cut of your jib these days, DC.

- Kenneth Branagh directing "Thor"? I don't care if it's still a rumor -- the fact that he's even connected with this film and people are taking it seriously feels like another vote of confidence for films based on superhero comics. I'd love to see him direct the film, sure. But it makes me happy just to know that he's being considered for it -- and more importantly, that he might be considering it.

- Matt Fraction being flown in to consult on "Iron Man 2”: It just makes sense that some of comics' brightest minds should be involved with the films based on the characters they're scripting. Why it's taken this long for it to happen, I can't even begin to understand. But now that it is happening, the future seems a little brighter for the movies I've been waiting to see.

- Dark Horse Comics' "Achewood: The Great Outdoor Fight" Hardcover: While I absolutely love this collection of webcomic creator Chris Onstad's "Great Outdoor Fight" storyline, this one is similar to "Mortal Kombat" (in more than just the theme of the story) as to why I'm thankful for it. I'm a big fan of webcomics, and the fact that publishers like Dark Horse and so many others are beginning to notice webcomics and -- *gasp* -- consider them for print publication warms my heart. Also, it means I'm that much closer to seeing a movie based on "The Adventures of Dr. McNinja" or "Goats."

- "Watchmen" -- with or without the squid: I know Casey already mentioned this one, but I feel so strongly about it that I had to second the motion.

- "Herbie" Archive, Vol. 1: He's the Fat Fury, folks. Don't make me bop you with this here lollipop.

And last but certainly not least, we're thankful for YOU -- our readers. It may sound cliche, but without the always amazing number of readers who visit Splash Page on a daily basis, we wouldn't be here. So, we thank you for your support.

Barring any breaking news, we're out of here until Monday. Have a Happy Thanksgiving, folks!