Gotham: The Complete Second Season

Review by KC Carlson I think that my favorite thing about TV show DVD/Blu-ray box sets is that I can watch the shows when I want to and at the frequency that I want to. Like this set of Gotham season two I’m currently working my way through. I hated watching this series live on TV last season. They’d spend five or six episodes building up a huge head of atmospheric steam and have several great storylines or subplots headed […]

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Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

Review by KC Carlson Inspired by the 2010 book of the same name (but different subtitle: Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Writers and Artists Who Made The National Lampoon Insanely Great by Rick Meyerowitz), Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon is a 2015 documentary film starring all those (surviving) writers and artists discussing what made that magazine so special and so iconic for a sliver of time during the 1970s. That film, which I was lucky […]

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Atom Ant and the Secret Squirrel Show: Complete Series Releases

Review by KC Carlson Warner Archives recently released two key additions to the Hanna-Barbera Classic Collection: Atom Ant: The Complete Series and The Secret Squirrel Show: The Complete Series. I’ve previously written about both shows extensively. Visit that link for more details and history of the cartoons. These new sets are awesome additions to any Hanna Barbera or animation collection. Each set contains three MOD DVDs featuring the 26 episodes of each series. The opening and closing credits appear in […]

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KC Talks Comics in 1981

Memories by KC Carlson Well, this is odd… What we have here is an interview that I did for a local Eau Clare, Wisconsin, television show called “Thirteen Interview” sometime around 1981. The interviewer is Geoff Welch, a old classmate of mine at the University of Wisconsin — Eau Claire, which I attended (and occasionally actually went to class) in the late 1970s. I could usually be found working for the UWEC Davies University Center as a film projectionist or […]

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Hank Ketcham’s Dennis The Menace Volume 1: The Cult-Classic Comicbooks by Al Wiseman & Fred Toole

Review by KC Carlson Dennis the Menace, the classic American comics panel by Hank Ketcham, debuted in 1951, introducing tiny terror Dennis Mitchell (based on Ketcham’s own four-year-old son) and his family: father Henry (sometimes “Hank” — who remarkably resembled creator Hank Ketcham), mother Alice, and oversized mutt Ruff. Before long, there was also a whole neighborhood of kids, frightened-for-their-life babysitters, and exasperated neighbors (mostly just George (“Mr.”) Wilson… his wife Martha quite liked Dennis and constantly provided freshly-baked cookies). […]

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The Format’s the Thing

A KC Column by KC Carlson In my latest column over at the Westfield Blog, I discussed the new hardcover collection of All-New X-Men Volume 3. Part of my reason for discussing this particular book is that it’s one of the most current books published in what has become, at least for me, my favorite format for collected books. It doesn’t (as yet) have a zippy marketing-friendly name like “Prestige” or “Omnibus”; for now, it’s just referred to as “oversize” […]

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Justice League Unlimited: The Complete Series

Review by KC Carlson Now available from Warner Archive is Justice League Unlimited: The Complete Series in a new three-disc Blu-ray set. All 39 episodes of all three seasons of Justice League Unlimited are included in this set. It also includes the episode commentaries (for “This Little Piggy” and “The Return”) and all of the special documentaries created for the original DVD collections, which include “And Justice For All” (9:11), “Cadmus Exposed” (23:24), and “Justice League Chronicles” (33:46). Not included […]

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Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir

Review by KC Carlson The word “humble” appears just 30 words into Stan Lee’s new illustrated biography Amazing Fantastic Incredible. Considering that Stan’s about the closest thing to a modern day P.T. Barnum that we’ve got (huckstering like there’s no tomorrow), it’s a wonder that he waited that long! But I kid Stan… Amazing Fantastic Incredible IS actually an amazing, fantastic, incredible book. It’s not just a look at his work at Marvel, but a portrait of key moments of […]

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