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Wed
Jan 8 2014 6:00pm

Charlaine Harris Christopher Golden Cemetary Girl The PretendersCharlaine Harris and Christopher Golden’s first book in the Cemetery Girl trilogy, The Pretenders, tells the story of Calexa Rose Dunhill. That is not her real name, but, then again, the poor girl can’t remember what her real name is. She was left for dead in a cemetery, with only a few scattered memories of her life before to keep her tethered to sanity.

Maybe she died when her body was dumped. Maybe that’s why she can see the spirits of the dead as they rise from their graves and head off to the Afterlife. Or maybe she could always see ghosts, and her current predicament is an old habit refusing to die.

[“I’m pretty sure I died. For, like, a minute at least.”]

Fri
Jan 3 2014 2:48pm

Dark Empire 2 cover, Dave DormanNow that Disney owns Lucasfilm, they are continuing to make moves that shore them up for the release of the upcoming film trilogy. Because licensing is now up with Dark Horse, an announcement has been made that Star Wars comics are now moving to Marvel Comics (which Disney also owns). 2014 will be Star Wars’ last year with Dark Horse Comics.

[What does that mean?]

Fri
Dec 20 2013 2:00pm

Elric Michael Moorcock The Making of a Sorcerer

Welcome back to the Elric Reread, in which I revisit one of my all-time favorite fantasy series: Michael Moorcock’s Elric saga. You can find all the posts in the series here. Today’s post talks about Elric in the comic book world, and about Moorcock’s own comics in particular.

Elric appeared in comic book form as far back as 1972, in a guest appearance in Conan the Barbarian, drawn by the great Barry Windsor-Smith. All of the original novels have been adapted into comics form as well, the best by far being P. Craig Russell’s gorgeous adaptation of Stormbringer. Recently, Chris Roberson has taken on Elric and the Eternal Champion mythos in his series Elric: The Balance Lost—an ambitious multi-Champion story in which Roberson’s reach somewhat exceeds his grasp, and which unfortunately isn’t very well served by the art.

Key to the Elric saga, however, are the comics that Michael Moorcock himself has penned: Michael Moorcock’s Multiverse and Elric: The Making of a Sorcerer.

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Wed
Dec 18 2013 11:00am

Imagine the difficulties of designing a house. Change the tiniest detail—add a couple square feet to the closet off the master bedroom, say, or make the ceilings on the ground floor six inches higher—and that decision reverberates through the rest of your plans. An architect, I imagine, must always have an overarching view of the whole.

It’s the same thing with storytelling: the best storytellers plan far ahead, and understand that each decision they make will affect the shape of what comes next and what has come before. The bigger and more unwieldy a story gets, the more difficult it becomes to maintain a clear picture of the aggregate. Too often in serialized media like television or comics, stories get away from their creators, and we, the viewers/readers, start to notice. (Does that doorway look crooked to you? Why would someone put a bathroom there?). A good storyteller must know their boundaries and keep their narrative within a predetermined footprint. A large element of this is simply recognizing when it is time for something to end.

Today marks the end of writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez’s beloved ongoing comic book series, Locke & Key, with the release of its stellar final issue, Locke & Key: Alpha #2.

[Read on for a review of the issue]

Fri
Nov 22 2013 10:00am
Original Comic

The Hunger Games movie review by Faith Erin Hicks

Catching Fire is out in theaters today! For those who’d like a refresher on the first movie, here is an encore presentation of Faith Erin Hicks’ review of The Hunger Games, originally published in March, 2012. Find out why the movie very nearly crashed and burned to her mind. Spoilers for the movie and book, naturally. You can also read Faith’s reflections on the first book in the series.

We know you’ll want more of her comics after this, so let’s just take care of that right now. Read her takes on: A Wrinkle in Time, Alien, Fullmetal Alchemist and more! Her comic Friends With Boys is also out now as a graphic novel from First Second.

[Read on!]

Fri
Nov 8 2013 10:00am

Lady villains, Regina Mills, Lana Parilla, Once Upon A Time

When highlighting roles that women are historically allowed to occupy in fiction, most will break it down into the trinity—mother, maiden, crone. Have we gained ground recently? The characters on offer for actresses keep improving, but it’s telling that so many them still fall into one of those three categories. Male characters get a more diverse set of labels—rogue, villain, lover, fool, antihero—and even though women occasionally nab parts that fall under those banners, these types remain elusive to them.

Especially when it comes to bad guys.

[They weren’t kidding when they called me, well, a witch...]

Tue
Nov 5 2013 6:05pm

V for Vendetta

It was 1988. I was 12 years old, squeezing through the crowded and cluttered aisles at Little Rock’s only comic store, when I saw a poster of a cloaked, chalk-faced figure running across the top of a wall. The copy on the poster read:

FASCIST
BRITAIN 1997.
EVERYONE KNOWS YOU
CAN’T BEAT THE SYSTEM
…EVERYONE BUT V.
V FOR VENDETTA
A ten issue series by
ALAN MOORE & DAVID LLOYD

I’d never seen such a thing. My comic book buying in those days was exclusively of the Batman, Captain America, and Green Lantern variety. I didn’t know what “fascist” meant, had no idea who Moore and Lloyd were, and had no good reason to want to collect a ten issue series of English comic books.

But something in the stark imagery of the poster appealed to me. (It was around this same time that I discovered the 1950 Edmond O’Brien flick D.O.A, which kicked off my love of film noir, so maybe I was just ready to take a plunge into a certain kind of dark crime story. Or maybe it was something in the Arkansas water.) I went back a week later and bought issue one.

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Tue
Nov 5 2013 5:30pm

Loki and the Loon comic, TumblrSometimes actors share common traits with the characters that they play, but even if they don’t, it makes sense that they’d feel a closeness to the fictional figures they occupy. Or, if you’re Tom Hiddleston, you might have a tendency to refer to yourself as Loki in interviews. Oops.

This gave one artist over on Tumblr a brilliant idea—what if Tom and Loki both occupied the same universe? What if they were roommates? What resulted is a sitcom-like comic titled Loki and the Loon (the latter coming from Hiddleston’s penchant for referring to himself as a loon whenever he gets excited about anything). It is all at once beautifully meta, clever, and heart-melting.

[From an ad on Craigslist...]

Fri
Nov 1 2013 11:00am

Superman is my favorite superhero, possibly my favorite fictional character. But when it comes down to it, my favorite moments in Superman stories rarely involve Superman directly, but instead are about the men, women, and children inspired by Superman to be brave and do the right thing, even at great personal cost. The little boy standing up to his abusive father in Action Comics #0. The population of Earth rising up to face Mageddon the Anti-Sun in JLA #41.

Which is why I love Bizarro so, so much. There are a few characters explicitly inspired to heroics by Superman (Supergirl, Superboy, Steel), but Bizarro is the only one who, by narrative conceit, can never live up to the ideal. Whatever his origin (and there’s been a few), Bizarro’s defining characteristic is that he’s “the imperfect clone of Superman.” He wants to be the hero but he always gets it wrong, often so badly he does the exact opposite of what Superman would do. He even speaks in opposites, replacing “hello” with “goodbye” and “hate” with “love.” This makes Bizarro an extremely versatile character.

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Wed
Oct 30 2013 10:15am

Princess DeadpoolOver on gamewiregirl’s Tumblr is a set of photos featuring her three-year-old daughter in a Princess Deadpool costume. Each picture is more arresting than the next. Of course, these “princess” versions of boy costumes crop up a lot, but what makes this particular combo are two things. First of all, gamewiregirl tells us that the design came right from the source: “My 3 year old told me EXACTLY how she wanted the costume to look and walked me through the entire thing, bossing me around. It was so much fun.”

Second of all, the range of pictures assembled proves that her daughter is in fact a mini incarnation of Deadpool. She’s got the swords, the attitude, oh, and she kills a bunch of other Deadpools at a convention. Check out the Tumblr for more pictures! Really, though, do it. Princess Deadpool will just make snarky quips about you behind your back if you don’t....

Wed
Oct 30 2013 10:00am

Sandman Overture Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman has been talking about the story of Sandman: Overture for years. He always said that he wanted to show us what happened right before Preludes and Nocturnes, and that the story behind Dream’s weakness was as interesting as the stories that followed it. So, 17 years after The Sandman’s main arc ended, we have that story.

First things first: is it good? So often prequels and revisitations fall short. I went into the Star Wars prequels and Prometheus wanting to love them, but…well, my vitriol has cooled over time.

With Overture, I think I’m going to cautiously, in much fear and trembling, say that this is….good?

[Yes. I think this is good.]

Tue
Oct 29 2013 11:30am

Wonder WomanIn 2011, when DC Comics announced they were going to relaunch their entire line of superhero comics, I expressed cautious optimism that their books would be aimed at expanding their audience to the millions of people who love Superman and Batman in movies, cartoons, and video games, but who do not read comics. Freed from 70+ years of continuity, writers and artists could stretch both the characters and the genre in new directions, really experiment with what a superhero story could be. I was disappointed, to say the least.

[The superhero book you should be reading]

Fri
Oct 25 2013 9:00am

Popeye Spinach E C SegarThough E.C. Segar’s Popeye the Sailor Man is not as popular as he once was, there was a time the squinty-eyed sailor was an American icon on par with Mickey Mouse and Superman. The Fleischer Studio cartoons, which featured Popeye and the hulking Bluto battling it out over the stick-figured Olive Oyl, created the on-going one-on-one conflict plots that would dominate theatrical cartoons from Tom and Jerry to Looney Tunes. But perhaps Popeye’s greatest contribution to pop culture is his can of spinach, a story trope that would change the shape of cartoons, comics, and video games, in America and across the world.

The first thing to understand is just how popular Popeye really was, starting from his debut in Thimble Theater in 1929. By 1938, polls showed Popeye, not Mickey Mouse, was the most popular animated character in Hollywood. The Popeye cartoons and comics invented or popularized the words “wimp,” “jeep,” “goon,” and “doofus.” Spinach growers credited Popeye with a 33% increase in sales, and erected a statue of Popeye in tribute in 1937.

[The spinach can that changed the world]

Fri
Oct 25 2013 8:00am

Ghostbusters-Dog-Shaming

Redditor Redrock1188 apparently has no fear of Sumerian hellbeasts! Even if we were gods or giant marshmallow men, we don’t think we’d post their bad habits on the internet. And we don’t even want to think about wrestling one of them into a…cuneiform of shame! Ha! We kill us.

Morning Roundup! Since many people are celebrating Halloween this weekend, we’ve got some links to Treehouses of Horror, horror movies, haunted roadtrips, and, just to balance things out, evil kitties!

[Plus the reading habits of your favorite wizards...]

Wed
Oct 16 2013 3:30pm

It is hard to put into words just what Superman means; he’s meant so much to so many people for so long. Superman is an organic, evolving symbol of heroism and ethics, but because he’s a character with seventy-five years of history behind him—happy aniversary, Man of Tomorrow!—expressing just who he is can be tricky. Grant Morrison famously and brilliantly reduced his origin story to four panels; here, Bruce Timm and Zack Snyder (and a small army of annotators) transform three-quarters of a century of publishing across genre and media into a two-minute short that will make you believe a man can fly.

[Superman over 75 years]

Wed
Oct 16 2013 11:30am
Excerpt
Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew

The Shadow Hero Gene Luen Yang Sonny LiewWe’re pleased to present an excerpt from The Shadow Hero, a new graphic novel from author Gene Luen Yang and artist Sonny Liew, available July 15th 2014 from First Second. Check out this article on Boing Boing for a video of Yang talking more about the project!

In the U.S. comics boom of the 1940s, a legend was born: the Green Turtle. He solved crimes and fought injustice just like the other comic book characters. But this mysterious masked crusader was hiding something more than your run-of-the-mill secret identity... The Green Turtle was the first Asian American super hero.

The Green Turtle comic had a short run before lapsing into obscurity, but Yang and Liew have finally revived this character in a new graphic novel that creates an origin story for this forgotten character. Hank just wants to enjoy his quiet life running the family grocery store with his father, but his mother has other ideas for him... she wants him to become a superhero, and to clean up their Chinatown neighborhood!

[Read an Excerpt]

Tue
Oct 15 2013 5:00pm
Excerpt
Derek Kirk Kim and Les McClaine

Tune Still Life Derek Kirk Kim Funny, sweet, and incredibly goofy, the graphic novel series Tune is Derek Kirk Kim writing at the top of his talents. Tune: Still Life introduces artist Les McClaine, who brings a new level of sensitivity to the story. Fans of the first volume will be delighted by this new entry in the series, available November 12th from First Second!

Our hapless hero Andy Go is settling into life in an alien zoo...as one of the exhibits. It’s not so bad: the food is good, and his environment is a perfect copy of his house back on Earth. But everything falls to pieces when Andy realizes he’s been tricked: there will be no weekend visits back to Earth, as he was promised, and his contract doesn’t last one year...it lasts a lifetime.

 

[Read an Excerpt]

Sat
Oct 12 2013 7:10pm

Miracleman Neil Gaiman Marvel

In the early 1990s, Neil Gaiman wrote several issues of the post-modern superhero comic series Miracleman for Eclipse Comics, taking over where Alan Moore left off. Gaiman had planned eightteen issues in total, but Eclipse collapsed after only eight were published, with the ninth still in-production.

The series was in limbo until Marvel purchased the rights to the character in 2009, and today at NYCC Marvel announced that they would begin reprinting Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman’s issues in 2014. But the even bigger news came from Gaiman (via video), who announced that he would be completing his nearly twenty-year old story! Gaiman added that he was excited to return to the series, which he considers some of his best work as a young writer. And now we’re excited to see what he has in store for Miracleman, Miraclewoman, and Kid Miracleman!

With both this and The Sandman: Overture, it looks like Gaiman is going to have yet another very busy year.

Sat
Oct 12 2013 6:00pm

George A Romero

When asked about Hollywood’s “fast zombie” trend during an NYCC panel, the father of the genre simply delared “zombies don’t run.”Well, if anyone should know, it’s George A. Romero.

Romero has been out of the zombie game since his 2009 film Survival of the Dead, but now he’s back, and he’s adding vampires to the mix! Romero will be penning a 15-issue comic series for Marvel called Empire of the Dead launching in 2014. Former Daredevil and Halo artist Alex Maleev will bring the series to life, and the cover image shown at the NYCC panel features a zombie with a vampire bite on its neck...

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Sat
Oct 12 2013 1:45pm

Lois Lane comic book slated for 2014DC Comics publisher Dan Didio might have just dropped an interesting news item during the Superman 75th anniversary panel at New York Comic Con: Lois Lane is possibly slated to get her own comic in 2014!

Didio was sly about the details, dropping it near the end of a statement regarding romance between Wonder Woman and Superman. “…we love Lois. It’s her 75th anniversary, too. We have big plans for Lois Lane in 2014, and who knows, her name can look just as good on the title of a comic as Superman’s in some places.”

The “in some places” gives us pause, but if DC is pushing for a Lois comic next year, we hope it’s an ongoing, and we hope it’s something as cool as this “Lois Lane, Girl Reporter” pitch by Dean Trippe.