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May 20 2014 2:00pm

Top Ten Asian Pacific American Comics Characters

Asian American comics characters Cassandra Cain Batgirl

Happy Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! Er... did you know that May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month?Well, now you do. And I hope you have a happy one.

All over cyberspace, folks are celebrating in all sorts of ways. Wall Street Journal columnist Jeff Yang (no relation) kicked things off with an article that asks if the APA community is one or many (and graphically compares it to Voltron). CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) launched a campaign of YouTube videos with several prominent APA entertainers talking about their career paths.

I’m doing my part by sharing with you my Top Ten Favorite APA characters in comics. They aren’t listed in any specific order, but they all meet these requirements: They’re in comics, they’re of Asian or Pacific Islander descent, they’re American, and they make my heart happy.

[Check out the full list below!]

May 12 2014 11:05am

First Constantine Trailer is Here!

Constantine, television

The first trailer for the Hellblazer-based television show, Constantine has landed! Whatever we can say about it, the most important thing is that it resembles its comic origins far better than the Keanu Reeves helmed movie did years back.

[Check it out!]

May 9 2014 11:40am

Blast Off With The Return of Zita the Spacegirl Tour!

The Return of Zita the Spacegirl Ben Hatke

Join Ben Hatke on his tour for The Return of Zita the Spacegirl! Return is the third and final book of the Zita trilogy, following the bestsellers Zita the Spacegirl, and Legends of Zita the Spacegirl.

Zita has saved planets, battled monsters, and wrestled with interplanetary fame, but this installment finds our favorite spacegirl facing her biggest challenge yet! Wrongfully imprisoned on a penitentiary planet, Zita has to plot the galaxy’s greatest jailbreak before the evil prison warden can execute his plan of interstellar domination!

You can read an excerpt here, and check out the full list of tour dates to see if Ben Hatke is coming to a your town!

[Click through for the full tour schedule]

May 1 2014 2:00pm

Working Class Star Wars Comics Were Something to See: Rogue Squadron

Star Wars X-Wing Rogue Sqaudron comicsTeenaged Ryan often felt it was in everyone’s best interests to let the people at Dark Horse Comics know how they were doing with the Star Wars property, and after having a letter published in the fourth issue of the original run of Shadows of the Empire—in which I complained that the dialogue from Rogue Squadron was unrealistic—I felt I had to make amends. The first issue of Rogue Squadron: The Warrior Princess published a letter from me in which I mentioned, in essence, that in terms of the portrayal of the rogues, these comics were way better.

Which is insane of course, because teenagers never know how good they have it, and I was no exception. Like the novels they were related to, the Rogue Squadron comics were an unprecedented, risky, and unique Star Wars which we all should run back and reread right now.

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Apr 16 2014 2:00pm

Sex and the Swamp Thing

Swamp Thing Alan Moore DC ComicsAlan Moore likes sex. This makes him something of an anomaly in the world of comic book writers. I’m not saying that other scribes don’t enjoy the pleasures of the flesh in their off hours, but relatively few are interested enough in the erotic as a subject to make it a part of their writing.

Of course, there are all kinds of reasons for this prudishness—not the least of which is industry censorship—but the result is that comic books are largely a sex free zone. To the degree that sex does appear in comics, it mostly takes the form of suggestively drawn female characters. At best, that’s an adolescent way of dealing with sex, and at worst it’s something darker—with the sex drive either implicitly rejected or sublimated into violence.

[Alan Moore is the great exception.]

Apr 14 2014 5:00pm

Rat Queens Puts the “Party” in “Adventuring Party”

Did you ever form your adventuring group into an organization: a secret society, a gang, a guild? Not just random folks who met at a bar and decided to rob and murder a dragon, but a group with an identity?

We did in Earthdawn; our group was called “LOOK BEHIND YOU!” because we would shout it and then try to run away, and our battle cry was “WHISTLE!” because we famously all blew our skill checks to make and discern the code of chirps and hoots we planned out in advance. We weren’t scoundrels per se... well, okay, our Illusionist made copper coins seem like gold so we could afford inns, but we were broke! And sure, maybe my character was hiding from the police, but he was a freedom fighter! You know how it goes.

The Rat Queens know how it goes, too; they put the “party” in “adventuring party.” Kurtis J. Weibe and Roc Upchurch’s first trade paperback, Rat Queens: Sass and Sorcery, is out now, and quite frankly, it’s a blast.

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Apr 14 2014 9:00am

The Return of Zita the Spacegirl (Comic Excerpt)

Ben Hatke

The Return of Zita the Spacegirl Ben Hatke graphic novel excerpt

Ben Hatke brings back our intrepid space heroine for another delightful sci-fi/fantasy adventure in this New York Times‑Bestselling graphic novel trilogy for middle grade readers. Read an excerpt from The Return of Zita the Spacegirl below, and get a copy of the graphic novel May 13th from First Second Books!

Zita the Spacegirl has saved planets, battled monsters, and wrestled with interplanetary fame. But she faces her biggest challenge yet in the third and final installment of the Zita adventures. Wrongfully imprisoned on a penitentiary planet, Zita has to plot the galaxy’s greatest jailbreak before the evil prison warden can execute his plan of interstellar domination!

[Read an Excerpt]

Apr 11 2014 9:00am

Andre the Giant: Life and Legend (Comic Excerpt)

Box Brown

Andre the Giant Life and Legend Box Brown graphic novel excerpt Andre Roussimoff is known as both the lovable giant in The Princess Bride and a heroic pro-wrestling figure. He was a normal guy who’d been dealt an extraordinary hand in life. At his peak, he weighed 500 pounds and stood nearly seven and a half feet tall. But the huge stature that made his fame also signed his death warrant.

Box Brown brings his great talents as a cartoonist and biographer to this phenomenal new graphic novel. Drawing from historical records about Andre’s life as well as a wealth of anecdotes from his colleagues in the wrestling world, including Hulk Hogan, and his film co-stars Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, and Mandy Patinkin, Brown has created Andre the Giant: Life and Legend (May 6, First Second Books), the first substantive biography of one of the twentieth century’s most recognizable figures.

[Read an Excerpt]

Mar 28 2014 10:00am

Are You There, Isaac Asimov? It Is I, Dream of the Endless. A Review of Sandman: Overture #2

So, the wait finally ended! After a bit of a delay, Sandman Overture #2 was released into the world. I have many thoughts on it, so first I’ll just say that I think this issue is A) beautiful, and B) a potentially extraordinary addition to the Sandman series. There’s still more throat-clearing here than I wanted, but I’m starting to feel like we’re rolling into a real story. Hopefully I’m right?

From here on down the recap will be full of details and spoilers, so go read the issue before you continue!

[There also might be a cameo by Isaac Asimov!]

Mar 19 2014 5:00pm

A Nice (Dead) Girl is Hard to Find: The Undertaking of Lily Chen by Danica Novgorodoff

The Undertaking of Lily Chen Danica Novgorodoff

From the moment that I saw the stunningly morbid cover of Danica Novgorodoff’s The Undertaking of Lily Chen, I knew I had to read it.

It’s your classic story: a young rapscallion gets into a harmless argument and accidentally kills his older brother (who, let’s face it, was a bit of a twat). Parents insist that young man find beloved brother a wife with whom to spend eternity (or you know, he could end up in prison for murder). Boy goes a hunting, desecrates some graves, finds himself an unsatisfied matchmaker all around. Until she comes into view. Lily Chen, the perfect ghost bride. Too bad she still has a heartbeat.

[Talk about a meet cute!]

Mar 3 2014 11:25am

Girls’ Lena Dunham to Write Archie Comics

Lena Dunham Archie ComicsWe think Lena Dunham might be the voice of her generation. Or at least a voice of a generation. Of Archie comics.

Archie Comics has announced that Girls creator and star Lena Dunham will write a four-issue run of Archie set to debut in 2015. Everything about that preceding sentence is true. And kind of amazing, if we’re being honest. Riverdale will never be the same. Or it might be precisely the same, stuck in an endless but alluring cycle of narcissism, self-doubt, creative yearning, and brunch. This is going to be Betty’s year, you guys. This is going to be Betty’s year.

[More details]

Feb 25 2014 5:00pm

The Undertaking of Lily Chen (Comic Excerpt)

Danica Novgorodoff

The Undertaking of Lily Chen excerpt Danica Novgorodoff

Danica Novgorodoff—author of Slow Storm and Refresh, Refresh—brings her distinctive voice and gorgeous, moody watercolors to The Undertaking of Lily Chen, available now from First Second. Check out an excerpt below!

Deshi, a hapless young man living in northern China, is suddenly expelled from ordinary life when his brother dies in an accident. Holding Deshi responsible for his brother’s death, his parents send him on a mission to acquire a corpse bride to accompany his brother into the afterlife, in accordance with an ancient Chinese tradition that has many modern adherents.

Eligible dead girls are in short supply, however. When Deshi falls into company with a young—and single—woman named Lily, he sees a solution to his problems. The only hitch is that willful, tart-tongued Lily is still very much alive. As Deshi and Lily adventure through a breathtaking mountain landscape, meeting a host of eccentric characters and dangerous adversaries along the way, Deshi just can’t decide whether to kiss the girl or to kill her.

[Read an Excerpt]

Feb 19 2014 4:10pm

Loki Writes Slash Fiction... Because Of Course He Does

Loki: Agent of Asgard, Al Ewing, Lee Garbett

We were wandering ‘round the internet today, minding our own business, when this panel from the recently debuted Loki: Agent of Asgard #1 comic popped up, and our lives suddenly seemed richer and full of promise.

Loki, brother of Thor, spy for Asgard, god of mischief, has written slash fan fiction. It’s Cap/Iron Man, right? We are going to peruse Archive of Our Own for the rest of the day and unearth it. Farewell, noble friends.

Via Tumblr.

Feb 18 2014 1:00pm

Japan’s Manga Contributions to Weird Horror Short Stories

Remina Junji Ito

A big, fat short story anthology is the perfect solution when I’m torn between wanting short bites of fiction that I can squeeze in between tasks, and wanting my reading pleasure to never end. My recent favorite has been Ann and Jeff VanderMeer’s The Weird (2012), a lovingly curated history of Weird fiction from 1907 to the present, which, at 1,126 pages, has lasted me through many cycles of thick and thin. I find the collection eye-opening for two reasons. First, it places people like Kafka and Lovecraft in the context of their less famous influences and contemporaries. This has helped me to finally see which of the characteristics I always associated with the big names were really their original signatures, and which were elements already abroad in the Weird horror but which we associate with the big names because they’re all we usually see. Second, it’s refreshingly broad, with works from many nations, continents, and linguistic and cultural traditions.

But as a lover of Japanese horror, I can’t help but notice how Japan’s contributions to the world of Weird aren’t well represented, and for a very understandable reason. The collection has great stories by Hagiwara Sakutarō and Haruki Murakami, but the country that brought us The Ring also puts more of its literature in graphic novel format than any other nation in the world.

[Read more about Japan’s Weird]

Feb 7 2014 12:30pm

1990s Alt-Theology to Continue Taking over your TV as Preacher Comes to AMC!

So, you remember a few days ago, when we told you that two Neil Gaiman novels were being turned into TV shows? Well, now Preacher is finally getting an adaptation, too!  So, between these three and Sleepy Hollow providing a variety of creative theologies, you'll never have to go to church again.

[White jeans, dammit.]

Feb 6 2014 6:00pm

The Chocolate-Frosted Sugar Bombs Must Flow!

OK, we’re done. Someone has won the internet. In the tradition of Garfield Minus Garfield and This Charming Charlie, we give you: Calvin & Maud’Dib—a mashup of Calvin and Hobbes strips and some of the greatest lines from Frank Herbert’s Dune series. Since C&H had a decidedly philosophical bent to begin with, it’s not a surprise that the heady mixture of religion and politics of Arrakis fit perfectly with Calvin’s musings to Hobbes.

[See more strips below!]

Feb 6 2014 4:00pm

Sailor Twain, or: The Mermaid in the Hudson (Comic Excerpt)

Mark Siegel

Sailor Twain paperback Mark Siegel Check out a 14-page excerpt from Sailor Twain, or: The Mermaid in the Hudson, a graphic novel by author/illustrator Mark Siegel. The paperback edition is available March 4th from First Second.

One hundred years ago. On the foggy Hudson River, a riverboat captain rescues an injured mermaid from the waters of the busiest port in the United States. A wildly popular—and notoriously reclusive—author makes a public debut. A French nobleman seeks a remedy for a curse. As three lives twine together and race to an unexpected collision, the mystery of the Mermaid of the Hudson deepens.

[Read an Excerpt]

Feb 6 2014 11:00am

Geek Love: Man Of Steel, Fandom Of Kleenex

Growing up, I always had an affinity for Superman—but only the idea, the figure, rather than stories. Even when I was a very young comics fan, scrounging up my buck at the corner store, I preferred the soap opera theatrics of Claremont X-Men (and most especially their junior class, the New Mutants) over anything DC had to offer... But when pressed for my favorite comics characters, I’d invariably name Superman, Wonder Woman, and Hal Jordan. People I knew only through their Who’s Who biographies and indexes, whose histories were banked forever in that corner of my mind but whose monthly adventures—actually participating and enjoying them as they occurred—didn’t interest me at all.

For me, that math was simple and it remains simple: I like the idea of Superman and Wonder Woman, of inclusive human perfection, a lot more than the feet of clay that any given story demonstrates. I was a kid that loved soldiers and warriors, as ideas, but preferred my reading companions to be directly identifiable: I can talk about Superman all day, my house is frankly full of Superman crap, but I’d rather be reading about characters I understood and felt for.

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Jan 27 2014 1:00pm

Seven Wild Sisters (Excerpt)

Charles de Lint and Charles Vess

Seven Wild Sisters Charles de Lint Charles VessRead an illustrated excerpt from Charles de Lint and Charles Vess' new book Seven Wild Sisters, the sequel to The Cats of Tanglewood Forest, out on February 4th from Little, Brown Books For Younger Readers.

When it comes to fairies, Sarah Jane Dillard must be careful what she wishes for. She may have thought she wanted to meet the fairies of the Tanglewood Forest, but that was before she knew the truth about them. When Sarah Jane discovers a tiny man wounded by a cluster of miniature poison arrows, she brings him to the reclusive Aunt Lillian for help. But the two quickly find themselves ensnared in a longtime war between rival fairy clans, and Sarah Jane's six sisters have been kidnapped to use as ransom. Her only choice is to go after them, and with the help of several mythical friends—from the Apple Tree Man to a cat called Li'l Pater—she'll have to find a way to untangle herself from the fairy feud before she and her sisters are trapped in their world forever.

[Read Seven Wild Sisters]

Jan 23 2014 4:22pm

Stephen King Writing Season 2 Premiere of Under the Dome

Stephen King Under the Dome season 2 premiere

Stephen King himself will be writing Under the Dome’s Season 2 premiere! Brian K. Vaughan, who executive produces the series on his days off from writing the best comics ever, mentioned during an interview that the Earth’s reigning horror writer will script the episode, which is especially interesting since the television adaptation has diverged so strongly from the original book.

[More on Stephen King’s fluid, beautiful cursing below!]