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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Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Gotham City Breakout Announced

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced a new entry in their Lego DC Comics Super Heroes direct-to-video movie line. Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Gotham City Breakout has an adorable concept. Batman (Troy Baker) needs a vacation, so Nightwing (Will Friedle) and Batgirl (Sarah Hyland) take him out of town. The Justice League agree to watch over Gotham while he’s gone, and they have their hands full when the Joker (Jason Spisak), the Penguin (Tom Kenny), Harley Quinn […]

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Chainmail Bikini: The Anthology of Women Gamers

Chainmail Bikini: The Anthology of Women Gamers, edited by Hazel Newlevant, is dedicated to capturing the experiences of female gamers, whether engaged in video games or tabletop role-playing. As with any anthology, the quality here varies widely, but even as a non-gamer, I found a number of thought-provoking concepts presented, most revolving around the idea of using imagination to reinvent oneself, of fantasy as a valuable tool for change or discovery. Molly Ostertag’s opening piece perfectly captures this idea, in […]

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Goldie Vance #3

Some readers were concerned about the actions of girl detective Goldie Vance in the first issue. Goldie “borrows” a car in the course of an investigation, and there was consternation over the lack of consequences for her. Well, this is the time to remember that the story is four issues long, since this is the issue where the pigeons come home to roost for Goldie, with repercussions that extend beyond her to her father. His boss, the hotel owner, has […]

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Next Resident Alien Title Announced

Resident Alien is one of those consistently entertaining comic series that doesn’t get talked about because it isn’t flashy and event-driven — it’s just a good read with suspense and interesting characterization. As written by Peter Hogan and illustrated by Steve Parkhouse, it’s about an alien, stranded on earth, who winds up pretending to be a retired small-town doctor and solving murders. The setting of Patience, Washington, allows for a quirky cast, particularly his Native assistant, and the authors being […]

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How to Talk to Girls at Parties

Ten years ago, Neil Gaiman wrote a short story called “How to Talk to Girls at Parties“. Set in the 1970s, it’s narrated by a teen boy being taken to a party by his more experienced, charming friend, and most of it is a monologue about how uncomfortable the narrator feels about almost everything. (Very appropriate for the age!) Girls are alien to him, in every sense including the literal. The appeal of this story is the language, glorious in […]

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