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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Comics Are Not Normal: Poor Publishing Practices Standard for the Industry

Sometimes, those of us paying close attention to the comic industry forget that the way things are done may not be normal. The comic business is unusual in a lot of ways: the huge number of SKUs (product items) released every week, the way self-publishing isn’t looked down on, the preponderance of work-for-hire so that popular creators may not share in the benefits from properties they created. These practices may not always be positive or ethical, but they are perpetuated […]

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Kickass Theron Atomic Blonde a Comic Book Movie!

Charlize Theron has a movie opening in July that’s been getting a lot of buzz recently because they just dropped the following restricted (red-band) trailer: She’s a sexy spy in this action thriller, and the Atomic Blonde trailer is heavy on fight scenes and girl/girl sex to get the adrenaline pumping. Also in the movie are John Goodman, Toby Jones, Sofia Boutella, and James McAvoy, so some big names there. It’s directed by David Leitch, whose John Wick has been […]

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MoCCA Arts Festival My First Con of the Year

My convention year kicks off with the MoCCA Arts Festival, held April 1-2 in New York City by the Society of Illustrators. That’s less than a month away! The show will be held in Metropolitan West, located on West 46th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues, while programming (a small but quality list of panels) takes place at the Ink48 hotel (653 11th Ave). This year’s guests of honor are: Acclaimed French cartoonist Blutch, whose graphic novel Peplum marks his […]

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