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SHAQZINE DEBUTS AT TCAF 2014!

"What’s a Shaqzine?"

You don’t have to know sports to know anything about Shaq—just like how you don’t have to know astronomy to feel the life-giving warmth of the sun! Shaq’s reputation off the court makes him a true Renaissance man, and cultural icon. Dare we say, Most Likely to be Voted Ambassador of Earth? We dare. Anyway, you get the idea: Shaq is pretty great.

This is Shaqzine: the century’s most important anthology about the man, the myth, and the legend that is Shaquille O’Neal.

***Preorder your copy of SHAQZINE here***

EDIT: May 30(ish) is the last day to preorder!

Very amazing contributors. Much Talent. WOW.

Thank you for all the SHAQZINE preorders so far! If you haven’t preordered Shaqzine yet, make sure you get your copy before it’s too late!

***UPDATE: SHAQZINE WENT TO TCAF***

  • Soda Shaq is super delicious, and makes a great mixer for weird cocktails. 
  • We experienced so much love for SHAQZINE. One dude totally lost his marbles in the best way possible, another person told us how many copies of Shaq-Fu they owned (more that 8!), and cartoonist Kate Beaton said, “Oh hey. It’s Shaqzine.” 

  • We sold out of SHAQZINE!!! Thank you everyone who stopped by to purchase a copy! We brought a box of 50 copies, sold out of those, and started taking preorders for the next printing. Wooo!

  • Our preorder will include some copies to bring with us to conventions, and for the online store, but judging from its reception at TCAF, those copies will go fast. Make sure you don’t miss out! 

    ***Preorder your copy of SHAQZINE here***

During its seven week submission window, SHAQZINE received a colossal 86 submissions! WOW. Thanks so much to everyone for the huge support, for sending us your Shaqs, and for spreading the word about SHAQZINE!

You can see all of the submissions on the Shaqzine tumblr here.

Here are the 50 contributors we were able to include in the 70 page printed edition of SHAQZINE:

Preorder SHAQZINE here!

SHAQZINE DEBUTS AT TCAF 2014!

"What’s a Shaqzine?"

You don’t have to know sports to know anything about Shaq—just like how you don’t have to know astronomy to feel the life-giving warmth of the sun! Shaq’s reputation off the court makes him a true Renaissance man, and cultural icon. Dare we say, Most Likely to be Voted Ambassador of Earth? We dare. Anyway, you get the idea: Shaq is pretty great.

This is Shaqzine: the century’s most important anthology about the man, the myth, and the legend that is Shaquille O’Neal.

***Preorder your copy of SHAQZINE here***

EDIT: May 30(ish) is the last day to preorder!

Not The Hero Comic Nerds Deserved, But The Hero We Had To Settle For: A Whine On Steel

The little there is written about Shaq’s film career often addresses his first leading role in the genie bomb Kazaam, or his supporting role as a college basketball player in Blue Chips although one shouldn’t forget the several times he’s amiably played himself, most recently as Lego™ Shaq. However, it was his turn following the genie movie, a movie that had Shaq dunking a contorted man-ball (a man squeezed into the shape of a ball via magic) into a garbage can, that stuck with me the longest- Shaq’s turn as DC’s C-list hero, Steel

Remember that one? The one where Shaq plays a strange version of one of Superman’s early 90’s replacements following Supes’ demise at the hands of Doomsday. In the comic, Steel is a genius inventor and engineer turned superhero that wields high tech armor along with a big ass hammer in his fight against nefarious forces while Supes played dead for a year. Well, if you cant remember that’s ok because this version of the character bares little resemblance with his comic counterpart’s meh, but far more compelling character. 

Gone are any ties to Superman, which is instead replaced, all thanks to producer THE Quincy Jones, with a military-origin story that features an urban ghetto setting familiar to the two other people who still remember Meteor Man or that other guy with an orange terry cloth mask. Gone also thanks to the vapid script and Shaq’s stiff delivery is any sense that we’re watching a genius engineer. Instead, Shaq’s Steel takes what’s already a fairly uninteresting character and manifests him as an insane, but not in the entertaining way, man whose choice to wear a heavy suit of steel armor (the most rubbery steel ever created by a black smith) is ludicrous from the get-go.

However I now realize that even more so than the man behind such creative endeavors like Shaqfu, I was the real nut job, far more pathetic than the man who was at the time just starting his period with the Lakers, shooting this movie between the All-Star conference and pre-season training, completing most of it in just five weeks. With little exaggeration, I can say that I’ve spent almost as much time watching this movie in the days of channel-surfing with only a heaping bowl of Apple Jacks for company than Shaq did acting in it. And the thing is I recall not enjoying it at all even then. Not even the absence of parachute pants salvaged it for me.

At the time though I figured this would be the best I could hope for in seeing a comic superhero on screen. It was a dark time when the cinematic Batman was getting further away from the Burton films I’d seen many times over at my cousin Carlo’s place and Blade and the X-Men were unknowingly just around the corner. Yet there was no way then that I could foresee the onslaught of comic book movie adaptations that the next decade would bring. So I watched Shaq deliver bad metal-related puns with nil charm and took it in what passed for self-flagellation those days. This was what comic nerds deserved- a movie loooooosely-related to one of DC’s Holy Trinity characters that culminates in a scene where Shaq Steel, I kid you not, has to essentially shoot a free throw to get rid of a bomb that would otherwise kill him and his young troubled relative, including a line referencing Shaq’s poor free throw percentage.

Despite all this though, I refuse to bury ‘Steel’ into the recesses of my mind alongside the places where rejections from girls and the time I caught my parents doing it reside. A fan of top 10 lists i.e. procrastination incarnate, I’ve always been miffed by its exclusion from worst comic book movies of all time. It’s my hope that some day it’ll regain its rightful place above even Superman IV: The Quest For Peace, but probably below David Hasselhof’s  Nick Fury. An angry nerd can only hope.

by André Habet

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