DC Super Hero Girls Get TV Series

After two (presumably successful — they were fun to watch, anyway) DVD movies, the DC Super Hero Girls are getting their own animated TV show! Per Deadline, “The action-comedy series from producer Lauren Faust (My Little Pony, The Powerpuff Girls) is set to premiere next year on Cartoon Network.” It will star Wonder Woman, Supergirl, and Batgirl. The network elaborates on the premise: Gal pals Bumblebee, Zatanna, and Green Lantern Jessica Cruz are always there to lend an ear, a […]

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Upcoming Science Comics

I’m really loving the First Second Science Comics line for doing educational graphic novels that are informative AND entertaining reads. The latest is Flying Machines, out today. Thankfully, they’ve got a bunch more planned beyond the five out so far. Plagues: The Microscopic Battlefield by Falynn Koch (author of Bats), due out August 29, covers disease. Yuck! But likely fascinating. Dogs: From Predator to Protector by Andy Hirsch (The Baker Street Peculiars), due out October 31 Robots and Drones: Past, […]

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Comic Planning Tool

Deadlines are tough. If you have trouble with them, one way to take a new approach to the problem is starting at the beginning. Was there enough time allotted for everything that needed to be done? Did the schedule allow for emergencies and down time? Is the goal date even reasonable? Artist Carey Pietsch (Lumberjanes) has created a spreadsheet template to help answer those questions. You can plug in your deadline, the length of your book, and your working speed […]

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Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition and “What Makes a Wonder Woman”

I’ve now had a chance to watch the Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition, which came out earlier this week. I remembered why I didn’t care for the movie, but I liked the new featurette, “What Makes a Wonder Woman”. It’s only ten minutes, compared to the 25 minutes each of the other two carry-over special features, but I’m not sure what more they could have said without going into tricky political topics that wouldn’t fit this promotional item. Commentators on-screen include […]

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Whiteout Coming Back to Print

Whiteout was a gripping mystery-thriller written by Greg Rucka (Wonder Woman, Lazarus) and illustrated by Steve Lieber (The Fix) with a unique setting: the military base in Antarctica. It was a fascinating read, with a non-typical lead investigator, and a remarkable environment to build suspense. Originally a four-issue miniseries, Whiteout was first collected in 1999, with a sequel, Whiteout: Melt, the next year. It became a not-very-good movie with Kate Beckinsale in 2009. Oni Press republished the collections as remastered […]

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First Class Murder

Robin Stevens’ schoolgirl detectives of Murder Is Bad Manners return in their third adventure in First Class Murder. Fans of classic mysteries will love the setting: the two young women are taking the Orient Express! After the dismaying events of Hazel’s visit to Daisy’s home (Poison Is Not Polite), Hazel’s father thinks the girls need a holiday. It’s one thing to investigate murders, but quite another when all the suspects are family or friends. To get their minds off that […]

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More Marvel Water Bottles, With Guardians of the Galaxy

Nalgene has added to its line of reusable Marvel water bottles with new Guardians of the Galaxy models. There are six large bottles, one each for Star Lord, Gamora, Drax, Groot, Rocket, and a shot of the team together. Plus one more, a 20-ounce bottle for kids with Rocket and Groot. This was my favorite choice (sent to me for review), since it addressed all the issues I had when I first tried some of the bottles. It’s small enough […]

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Tetris: The Games People Play

It’s astounding what fascinating graphic novels can be made from the most unexpected subjects! Box Brown (Andre The Giant: Life and Legend) demonstrates that with Tetris: The Games People Play, which starts out as a history of the immensely popular, deceptively simple video game. As it continues, though, we see ruminations on the nature and history of art and sport. Games develop analytical skills and pleasure people’s brains with fun. Tetris was created in 1984 by a Russian programmer with […]

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