A Hundred Thousand Worlds

A Hundred Thousand Worlds is a new literary novel aimed at con-goers, or at least those who know of such things. It’s the story of Valerie Torrey, former star of a cult sci-fi TV show; her son Alex, obsessed with words; and Brett Kazan, artist of Lady Stardust, a small press comic series. Brett and Valerie meet at a comic convention in Cleveland. Valerie is traveling across the country with Alex to return him to his father, a more successful […]

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Secret Smithsonian Adventures: The Wrong Wrights

I fully support the idea of educational comics, but it takes a high level of skill to do them right. The instructional material can’t take over the enjoyment of reading, or they wind up dry, boring, and overly didactic. I feared that the new Smithsonian Books line of graphic novels risked falling into the latter trap, but I was pleasantly surprised at how entertained I was by some of the unusual choices they made in telling this story of the […]

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Lumberjanes #25-27

After battling dinosaurs, horned blizzard wolves, fighting mermaids, pirate selkies, hallucinatory flowers, and cake decorating, it’s become clear that anything, no matter how exaggerated or imaginative, is fair game for the Lumberjanes to encounter and eventually win over. This newest storyline, though, may have gone just a bit too far in silliness for my taste. Shannon Watters and Kat Leyh write a story about magic kittens and an earlier generation of Lumberjanes, come for a camp reunion, kidnapped by a […]

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #28

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #28 is smack in the middle of the final storyline for this “season”. “Own It” began in issue #26 and concludes with #30 in August. In it, the vengeance demon D’Hoffryn has captured the book of Vampyr, making him super-powerful and capable of rewriting the rules of reality. Of course, the series will conclude with a battle for the fate of the world, but it’s the character work that makes me call this an […]

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Michael Sheen to Make Movie of Green River Killer

Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex, Tron: Legacy) plans to make his directorial debut with an adaptation of Dark Horse’s true-crime detective story Green River Killer by Jeff Jensen and Jonathan Case. Green River Killer is the story of Jensen’s father Tom, who spent 20 years investigating this case of “the worst serial killer in U.S. history”. Gary Ridgway murdered over 48 women in Seattle. The book explores the detective work needed to catch and prosecute him and won an Eisner […]

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DC Superhero TV Shows DVD Release Schedule

August brings plenty of great binge-worthy TV to home video, with the following release dates for DC Comics-inspired shows: Supergirl: The Complete First Season, 20 episodes, will be available on August 9. The winner of the 2016 People’s Choice Award for Favorite New TV Drama, Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist as the hero, Chyler Leigh as her adopted sister, Mehcad Brooks as James Olson, David Harewood as the Martian Manhunter, and Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant, who in a fabulous twist […]

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Viz Manga Available Through Digital Library Service

Want to borrow Viz manga titles for your e-reader? OverDrive is the leading digital distribution platform for libraries, “supplying the industry’s largest catalog of eBooks, audiobooks, streaming video, and periodicals to 34,000 libraries, schools, and retailers worldwide, including 90 percent of all public libraries in the U.S.” Viz Media has just announced that they will use OverDrive to provide their “most popular digital manga titles” to libraries in the U.S. and Canada. These are mainstream properties, for now, with 146 […]

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Justice League vs. Teen Titans

The latest original DCU animated movie is Justice League vs. Teen Titans, and it does what it says on the tin. It also tries to do more, which is admirable, but I thought its reach exceeded its grasp. There’s just too much in this movie for it to be called a success, although a lot of what they were trying to do I wanted to see. I’m talking mostly about the generational themes. This is the first appearance of the […]

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