Comet TV Comes to Streaming Boxes

Comet TV, the network with the aim of bringing “audiences everywhere the best in science fiction and horror programming” has taken another step towards that goal by releasing apps for Roku (series 3 and 4) and Apple TV (generation 4). Previously, they were an antenna broadcast network, available in over 100 markets and through www.comettv.com. As a proud cable cord-cutter, I’ve been watching some of the goofy Comet offerings over the air, but the app, along with access to the […]

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IDW Collecting For Better or For Worse in Library Editions

There are few long-running comic strips recognized as so important and affecting as to have their entire run collected in handsome hardcovers. Some of them include Calvin and Hobbes, The Far Side, Bloom County, and of course, Peanuts. Now comes the first (I can think of) created by a woman. Beginning in October, IDW will be releasing For Better or For Worse: The Complete Library by Lynn Johnston. The series, which ran from 1979-2008, will be collected in nine hardcover […]

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The Librarians Coming to Comics

The Librarians is what I think of as an old-fashioned basic cable show. Nothing particularly memorable or outstanding, but fun popcorn entertainment. Four quirky personalities (Rebecca Romijn, Christian Kane, Lindy Booth, John Harlan Kim), aided by an immortal John Laroquette, team up to rescue magical artifacts and stop those who want to misuse them. It’s a caper series with plenty of mythological and literary allusions, spun off from a series of three TV movies starring Noah Wyle (who also occasionally […]

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Heroines #1: Ted Naifeh Does Superheroes

I’m always surprised to find out what Ted Naifeh’s going to do next. My first awareness of his work was when he was exploring goth identity and gender fluidity. Then he took a sarcastic approach to the fantasy genre starring a young girl discovering her family history of magic. He’s also put out a female version of the running away to become a pirate boys’ adventure type of story, and my favorite, a twisted take on princesses that throws a […]

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Jem: The Misfits #2

I’m late talking about this — issue #3 of the Jem: The Misfits is already out — but I keep coming back to this issue and being struck by the honesty of the struggle it portrays. The Misfits, after various schemes and shenanigans, have been dropped by their record label, so the next best option open to them (and it isn’t good) is to film a reality show. The band is staying in Pizzazz’s beach house, surrounded by cameras. The […]

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Furari May Finally Appear in June

Fanfare/Ponent Mon puts out some great, unusual manga, from an exploration of the Japanese prison system (Doing Time) to the contemplative works of Jiro Taniguchi (The Walking Man, A Distant Neighborhood). It was their publishing the works of Taniguchi that made me realize how skilled something so simple could be. Not that that describes his art style — it’s insanely detailed, as you can see from the preview pages at the publisher’s website. No, that’s a statement about how quiet […]

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This Summer, Play With Scott Pilgrim

Some may have thought that the Scott Pilgrim juggernaut was over after the movie didn’t do as well as expected, but that hasn’t stopped the announcement of a new product I’m looking forward to. This summer, publisher Oni Press is teaming up with Renegade Game Studios to release a deck-building card game, Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Card Game. (A deck-building game is one where you acquire cards during the game which you can then use to play in different ways […]

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Calexit Possibly the Most Timely Comic Coming Out

In times of stress, people often turn to entertainment to escape but also to cope. There haven’t been a lot of comics, though, tackling the struggles that come with the current political environment. Black Mask wants to change that in May with the launch of Calexit, a science fiction comic about California becoming its own country after “a fascist, autocratic President took over the United States” and “California refused to be ruled”. What if that President lost California, the sixth […]

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