Gronk: A Monster’s Story Volume 4

Gronk: A Monster’s Story volume 4 is the first of the webcomic collections to come out directly from Action Lab (without a previous self-published run). It’s full-color (colors by Kate Carleton, author Katie Cook, and Heather Breckel), which is nice, and it includes the Free Comic Book Day giveaway story. That’s great, because that comic was new content that provides insight on both the characters and Cook’s sense of humor, but it’s presented poorly. There are 38 strips before that, […]

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Agent Carter Season 1 Listed as Amazon Exclusive

Although The Flash, with its superhero action and humor, is a fun watch, Agent Carter has a special place in my heart among the comic book TV shows. It’s got that charming retro period setting, for one thing, and for another, it directly addresses sexism, as the men around her ignore Carter’s competence and skills in spite of her achievements. Plus, it’s well-acted, and the short run allowed it to keep adrenaline high without lots of filler. In case you […]

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Avengers: Age of Ultron Blu-ray Details Announced

Want to watch Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron over and over again? You’ll be able to this fall, as the movie becomes available for digital rental on September 8, with disc versions coming out October 2. As you know, the movie once again teams up the Marvel cinematic heroes — Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) — to fight a world-threatening villain. […]

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The Flash Comes to Home Video, Season One Comic Collection in September

Warner Home Video has announced that The Flash: The Complete First Season will be available on Blu-ray (list price $60.10, 4 discs) and DVD (list price $59.98, 5 discs) on September 22. The series premiere of The Flash was the most-watched in The CW’s history. The show stars Grant Gustin as the title hero, supported by Jesse L. Martin, Candice Patton, Tom Cavanagh, Danielle Panabaker, and Carlos Valdes. The sets will include the 23 episodes of season 1, plus these […]

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Amazon-Exclusive Miyazaki Blu-ray Set Announced

On November 17, in time for the holiday shopping season, Disney will be releasing The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki, a 12-disc collection exclusively available for purchase on Amazon.com. Miyazaki, co-founder of Studio Ghibli, has become a brand name for excellent, imaginative anime fantasy films. The collection consists of these 11 movies, which he wrote and directed. Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979) NausicaƤ of the Valley of the Wind (1984) Castle in the Sky (1986) My Neighbor […]

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Why Kickstarters May Not Sell at Retail

A couple of months ago, Brian Hibbs wrote a great column about the problems a retailer may have in deciding whether to stock a crowdfunded product. it seems super-attractive to cut out the middleman and go directly to your patrons. The problem that I see is that the actual business model in comics (and probably all art in general, but I’m only certain about my specialty) is the long-game. That is to say: the real benefit comes not from how […]

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The Baby-Sitters Club: The Truth About Stacey (Full Color Edition)

The color reissues of the Baby-Sitters Club graphic novels continue with book two in the series, The Truth About Stacey. These volumes are based on the original novels by Ann M. Martin as adapted and drawn by Raina Telgemeier (Smile), now colored by Braden Lamb. Originally published in 2006, only the covers have changed. And it’s interesting to compare the illustration to the one used on the previous book — here, Stacey (in the background by herself) has the huge, […]

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Justice League: Gods & Monsters (Review)

Justice League: Gods & Monsters is the best of the DC original animated movies in a long while. That’s because it’s fresh. It’s based on an original story by Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett, two creators who know what they’re doing, and the result is that you don’t know every plot beat before it happens. That kept me interested, even if the film was more violent than I usually like my cartoon superheroes. I liked the revamped takes on the […]

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