Clueless Comes to Comics

There are four main ways to sell corporate comics these days: legacy superheroes zombies kids’ cartoon adaptations and licensed properties, often with nostalgia attached. The latest in the last category is this: Boom! has announced that they’ll be putting out a Clueless comic book. But hey! There’s a long history of following young women’s social lives in humor comics, from Betty and Veronica to Millie the Model. Why not do something more in that genre, starting with some well-known characters, […]

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User Returns: How 2001 Online Plays Today

Back in 2001, Vertigo published a three-oversized-issue miniseries called User. Written by Devin Grayson, it was the story of Megan, an unhappy young woman who found her true self through text-based role-playing as a male knight. Megan’s everyday world was illustrated by Sean Phillips, while John Bolton did the art visualizing the fantasy. Typical of the era, going online is represented by characters flying through lines of code. There’s some cool fantasy art to represent the battles, although all the […]

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Why Isn’t There a Lego Batman Comic? Can Funko Fill the Gap?

With the success of The Lego Batman Movie — perhaps the best Batman movie, combining adventure, heroics, comedy, satisfying use of a wide range of related characters, and a knowing awareness of the diversity of the character’s history — the question has obviously been asked: Why isn’t DC putting out a Lego Batman comic? Certainly, there would be some licensing deals to negotiate, but they’ve been navigated before, with a whole month of Lego character covers in November 2014. It […]

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Dark Horse to Collect Andi Watson’s Glister

I’ve been a huge fan of Andi Watson’s work for decades now, from his gorgeous slice-of-life stories — Breakfast After Noon, Slow News Day — to his sojourns in action genres — Geisha, Love Fights — to his more recent fantastic fable, Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula. One of his best fantasies, though, hasn’t been easily available in the US for a while. Glister was a series of four short graphic novels about magical things happening to a young woman […]

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Marvel Water Bottles From Nalgene

Now that we’re starting to be able to think about being outdoors again, you may want to consider a water bottle to take with you on activities. Nalgene Outdoor has created an entire line featuring many favorite Marvel superheroes: Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Hulk, Black Widow, and the Avengers. They gave me one of the 32-ounce wide-mouth Black Widow bottles to evaluate, and I took it with me on my road trip to visit family over the winter holidays. […]

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A New DC Super Hero Girls Movie Coming in May

I enjoyed watching the first DC Super Hero Girls original animated movie, Hero of the Year, so I’m glad to hear another one will be coming. This franchise, aimed at and starring young women, is a breath of fresh air, and I’m glad to see heroes like Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Supergirl, and many others working together in the “hero school” setting. That Super Hero High environment allows for a bunch of cameos and supporting characters, which are fun. Plus, DC […]

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The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-Wrestlemania

Out Tuesday is the latest collaboration between Warner Bros. Animation and WWE Studios. Following in the footsteps of Scooby-Doo! Wrestlemania Mystery, Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon (which gets a one-line callout), and The Flintstones and WWE: Stone Age Smackdown comes The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-Wrestlemania. (I’ve previously posted the trailer.) We open at a WWE show in Denver. Big Show comes out bragging about being the next champion by defeating Sheamus, but a massive snowstorm is shutting […]

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Nothing Better 3: Great Expectations Part 1

I was concerned, when I talked about the Kickstarter to publish this series installment, that I would have lost track of the story, given the time since I’d last read it. (The first collection, No Place Like Home came out in 2007; the second, Into the Wild, in 2009.) That wasn’t a problem. While there’s a large cast to keep up with, Tyler Page does a great job of clear storytelling. Plus, college students struggling with relationships and big questions […]

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