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Jul 31 2014 11:00am

Dovebuckets and Face-Crabs: The Sandman: Overture Issue 3

Sandman Overture #3 Neil GaimanThe Sandman: Overture Issue #3 has finally arrived! I’ll skip over the part where I snark about how long it’s taking, because the art is so amazing I’m cool with it taking three times this long. I’ll also say upfront that I think some of the writing is shaky in this issue, but that I’m still happy to be along for Morpheus’ journey to try to save the universe. Again.

I am faced with my usual conundrum of how much to say here… I want to talk about the issue, but I also want to stay as non-spoilery as possible. Let’s start off with the basic plot...

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Jul 27 2014 3:00pm

Constantine Panel Gives a Sneak Peek At Demons!

We don't think there are enough cigarettes in all of London for this number of Constantines! They were part of a John Constantine meet-up that took place shortly before the screening of the pilot episode of Constantine at this year's SDCC. So at least any lingering demon plagues should be sorted out...

Constantine premiered its pilot to a great response from the crowd! We've gathered some of the highlights from the show's panel below, along with the new extended trailer that debuted on Saturday night.

[Unless this is a Constantine/Orphan Black crossover...?]

Jul 26 2014 8:00pm

Vin Diesel Credits Groot with Helping Him Heal After Paul Walker’s Death

Vin Diesel Groot Paul Walker

Okay, the following will probably make you cry. Vin Diesel recently went on record as saying that playing the role of Groot helped him deal with his grief after his Fast and the Furious co-star Paul Walker’s tragic death last November.

[More proof of Groot’s wonderfulness]

Jul 26 2014 6:13pm

The Boxtrolls Invades San Diego with Bug-Kebabs!

The Boxtrolls is the new film from the creators of Coraline and ParaNorman. That should be all you need to hear, right? The film just did a panel at Comic Con that had people in tears, plus they launched a wonderfully unique marketing campaign!

[Check out more below!]

Jul 26 2014 1:13pm

Naked Ben Franklin! Headless Romance! Devilishly Handsome Centaurs! Sleepy Hollow at San Diego Comic-Con 2014!

The Sleepy Hollow panel hadn’t even started yet on Friday at San Diego Comic Con and Orlando Jones was already killing social media, first with this adorable message to the world, and then with a tweet that summed the Con up pretty well: “What do mean you don’t ship Ichabbie? We’re gonna have to ask you to leave sir.”

The panel featured executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek, Fringe, Spider Man 2), Mark Goffman, Heather Kadin, Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, John Noble, Orlando Jones, and Lyndie Greenwood, and Katia Winter. We’ve gathered the highlights below!

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Jul 25 2014 7:32pm

Will We Have a New Doctor Strange This Weekend?

Well...it might not be Benedict Cumberbatch, but we may get a Doctor Strange confirmation soon! It seems that Joaquin Phoenix is in pretty serious talks with Marvel to play the Sorcerer Supreme, who’s getting his own movie in 2016-ish! Comic Book Resources said that multiple sources were confirming that Phoenix is talking with director Scott Derrickson, and The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that. That’s like, more than three confirmations! Which, in Hollywood rumor terms, is like carving something into a stone tablet.

So, what does everyone think? Is Phoenix the right fit for Marvel’s greatest occultist? And what sort of opportunities await the face that lives on his forehead?

All of our ongoing San Diego Comic Con 2014 coverage can be found here.

Jul 25 2014 4:50pm

The Walking Dead Season 5 Trailer Promises a Jaunty Road Trip!

The Walking Dead Season 5

So the wacky misadventures The Walking Dead continue in this special SDCC 2014 trailer for Season 5! The tattered remains of the non-zom population try to shamble their way toward Washington D.C., but, well, let's just say there may be some obstacles on the Beltway...

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Jul 25 2014 4:40pm

What Time is it? Time for a 7th Season of Adventure Time!

Adventure Time has just made history by being the first Cartoon Network show to be picked up for a seventh season! The show’s Comic-Con panel was the usual mixture of animation sneak peeks, virtuosic voice acting, and occasional bursts into song. Check out the highlights below!


Jul 25 2014 2:45pm

SDCC 2014: Lois Lowry Wishes She Had a Cameo in The Giver

The Giver SDCC posters

“When people have the freedom to choose, they choose wrong.” So says The Giver’s Chief Elder, who is played to chilling effect by Meryl Streep in the film adaptation of the classic work.

Lois Lowry came to Comic-Con to talk about the book and the film, and was regarded with “reverence and respect,” as she damn well should be. Given that her YA dystopia predates (and probably inspired) successes like Divergent and The Hunger Games, why did it take so long to get a film adaptation?

[Highlights from The Giver panel]

Jul 25 2014 1:35pm

Scott McCloud and Gene Luen Yang Talk Comics, Religion, and Racism at San Diego Comic-Con!

Gene Luen Yang Scott McCloud

Two comics masters, Gene Luen Yang and Scott McCloud, sat down for a wide-ranging conversation at SDCC, covering everything from the Gospel of Thomas to the white-washed cast of The Last Airbender film adaptation.

[Check out the highlights of their talk below!]

Jul 25 2014 11:00am

Circumnavigate the World Through Genre!

When you spend time in science fiction and fantasy, you get detailed tours of mythical Shires and Hogsmeades, alternative Londons, dystopian San Franciscos, and steampunk Seattles. But what about the rest of the planet? We asked the Twittersphere, and then gathered up some examples of SFF set in cities far and wide around the world (plus a few other worlds, too).

[Tap into your inner Phileas Fogg!]

Jul 25 2014 9:10am

Betty White Admits She Was “Such a Trekkie!” Then William Shatner Showed Up

Betty White San Diego Comic Con 2014 William Shatner

Emma Loggins was on hand to report one of the greatest moments in our collective history. “Am I a geek or a nerd?” Betty White asked the crowd at the Legends of TVLand panel. “I’ll be anything you want me to be.” Oh, Betty, we just want you to be you. The Golden Girl took the stage with Donald Faison and an alternately snippy and charming William Shatner who kept ribbing Ms. White about her age. “I used to be such a Trekkie,” she mused, and finally bested the Shat by turning to the audience with this gem: “I forgot his name, he used to be on Star Trek.” Ouch.

[Then they started talking about zombies]

Jul 24 2014 7:05pm

Six Seasons and a Community Panel at SDCC 2014!

Hey Human Beings! It’s been a rollercoaster of a year, what with Dan Harmon getting un-fired from Community, then Donald Glover leaving the show, and then the show getting cancelled, only to be rescued at the last moment (by, of all corporate human beings, Yahoo?) and unleashed back into the world like some sort of wizard that fell into shadow and came back all white and glowing and more irascible than ever. San Diego Comic Con hosted a Community panel today, and it was full of wonders! First, to get the news out of the way: Community Season 5 will come our on Blu-ray/DVD on Aug 5th, and writing for Season 6 will begin this fall! Now click through to read highlights from the panel!

[Yes, Harmon’s already planning the movie.]

Jul 24 2014 3:45pm

Pixar’s Toy Story that Time Forgot Reveals Airdate and New Characters at San Diego Comic-Con!

Trixie the Dinosaur and Kristen Schaal the Human

Pixar’s Toy Story that Time Forgot has announced an airdate! The special will air on ABC on December 2nd. Composer Michael Giacchino (he won the Oscar for Up!) moderated a panel at 2014 San Diego Comic Con with Kevin McKidd, who voices Reptillus Maximus, Kristen Schall, the voice of Trixie the dinosaur, director Steve Purcell, executive producer Galyn Susman, and Derek Thompson, the head of story.

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Jul 16 2014 11:30am

Fun with Outbreaks!

Epidemics can take many forms. Sometimes, they can be quite serious, like when all of your friends suddenly start posting their 2048 scores on Facebook, or transforming themselves into Bitstrips. You have to step back and wait for the symptoms to die down before you can expect the usual updates about food and the antics of children.

There are, of course, real outbreaks that have changed the course of history. The Black Death backpacked across Europe for about 200 years, killing 30–60% of Europe’s population, and reducing the world population from an estimated 450 million down to 350–375 million. Smallpox ravaged America after Europeans ran amok across the continents, killing entire tribes in New England and decimating the Aztec civilization. Cholera, Influenza, Typhus, polio, AIDs, swine flu, bird flu, SARS, Ebola, dengue fever—the list goes ever on.

As with all terrifying things, humans have taken these experiences and turned them into stories, trying to make sense of illness, and figure out what our reactions to plague say about us as a species. The real diseases have informed plenty of fiction throughout the centuries, inspiring classic works like The Decameron and, well, less classic works like Outbreak. While it’s hard to talk about favorite diseases, I’ve tried to pick out some of the greatest fictional outbreaks, fake diseases that provide a unique way to comment on society and human nature.

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Jul 15 2014 2:00pm

Tomorrow and Tomorrow: Apocalypse in the Steel City

Tomorrow and Tomorrow Thomas Sweterlitsch This book can’t really decide what it is, but is that a bad thing?

Thomas Sweterlisch’s debut novel Tomorrow and Tomorrow never quite decides what it wants to be, and is all the stronger for it. It’s a murder mystery, but also a commentary on an information-addled society. It’s a moving meditation on grief and loss, but also an exploration of what the objectification of women does to men. It’s a scalding satire on our addiction to celebrity and scandal, but also a startlingly optimistic look at the state of poetry in future America.

[The survival of poetry is by far the most unbelievable aspect of this dystopian near-future novel.]

Jul 7 2014 8:00am

A Sober and Verbose Reflection on Robert A. Heinlein

Robert A. Heinlein by David A. Johnson Today we commemorate Robert A. Heinlein, who was born on this day in 1907. He is a giant in the science fiction genre, but like most giants, his path to literary greatness was tangled and circuitous. His naval career ended in the 1920s when tuberculosis scarred his lungs. He attempted real estate and silver mining, ran for political office in California, and only began writing to make a mortgage payment. His first story, “Life-Line,” was published in the August 1939 issue of Astounding Science Fiction, after Heinlein realized that Astounding paid more than the prize money for the contest he had originally entered. This began a long relationship with Astounding’s editor, John W. Campbell, who published much of Heinlein’s work through the 1940s.

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Jul 3 2014 9:00am

Flintlocks and Freedom: Check Out these Revolutionary War Fantasies!

In the last few years gaslamp fantasy and flintlock fantasy have begun to gain traction in the SFF world. In honor of the Fourth of July, we’ve found some fantasies that eschew the Napoleonic Wars or the dark alleys of London to focus on the American Revolution.

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Jun 23 2014 2:30pm

Rian Johnson is Here to Rescue Star Wars

Late on Friday, I received wonderful news from a galaxy far, far away: director Rian Johnson has been tapped for Star Wars Episode VIII, and possibly also IX. The reaction to this has seemed pretty mixed, with fans of Brick duking it out with people who think Looper’s time travel made no sense, so I wanted to chime in with a few reasons why I think THIS IS THE GREATEST THING THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED.

[Imagine Yoda flailing in all his Muppetty glory. That’s how happy I am.]

Jun 23 2014 1:30pm

Check Out The Brick Theater’s Comic Book Theater Festival!

The Brick Theater in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is hosting The Comic Book Theater Festival, and I was able to check out a few pieces of cross-media work!

This is the second festival The Brick has hosted, and it features a variety of plays, from superhero riffs to crime drama, and re-imagined Ninja Turtles to a biography of Jack “King” Kirby. The Festival has some offerings from established comics writers including Fred van Lente and Dean Haspiel, as well as newer voices.

I had the opportunity to see three of the shows this weekend, and found the comics-meets-theater format created a great conversation.

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