Con Man Season 2 Launches December 8 on Comic-Con HQ

Con Man, the web series starring Alan Tudyk as a washed-up actor on the convention circuit whose best-known role was on a long-ago-cancelled sci-fi series, is launching season 2 next week. Its new home is Comic-Con HQ, the on-demand subscription video service from Comic-Con International and Lionsgate. Here’s the trailer: Comic-Con HQ is available for $5.00 a month or $50 if you pay for a year at a time, but there’s a free trial available. Con Man season 2 becomes […]

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Marvel and Funko Team up for Three Cartoons

I shouldn’t like the Funko characters as much as I do. They’re almost scarily designed to be perfectly cute, with the giant blank eyes and oversized heads, appealing to all those protective impulses hardcoded in our subconscious. But they are adorable, and now there are three short cartoons with the Marvel characters in Funko style. The first, “Spellbound”, features Spider-Man and Iron Man fighting Loki — and each other, due to some mind control magic. The second, “Bait n Switch”, […]

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Liberty Belle in DC Super Hero Girls

In addition to the DC Super Hero Girls graphic novels I’ve reviewed previously, I have just discovered that they also put out a digital-first comic. DC Super Hero Girls: Past Times at Super Hero High comes out every two weeks on Wednesday, with issue #5 just out. Issues are a dollar for 22 screens. The story is by writer Shea Fontana, the same as the graphic novels, making for nice consistency. GN artist Yancey Labat illustrates the first issue before […]

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Doctor Who: The Third Doctor #3

I liked the first issue of Doctor Who: The Third Doctor for its effective nostalgia, but by this point in the five-issue miniseries, I’m honestly (and pleasantly) surprised at the turns in the story. The Doctor and Jo have been taken over by nanites, although since this story is set in the 70s, they’re called “micro machines” by writer Paul Cornell. For some reason, that means both characters are inside Jo’s mind, a crazy-colored landscape that the machines are trying […]

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Tales From the Crypt Comic Back From the Dead!

I’m tempted to make a zombie joke here, since Tales From the Crypt is best known as a 1950s E.C. horror comic, one of the key exhibits in the notorious Congressional hearings about how “comics are making kids into juvenile delinquents!” You may have also heard of it due to the 1990s HBO TV series with a puppet Crypt Keeper. Papercutz’s Super Genius imprint is now releasing an all-new bi-monthly comic book, inspired by the “spirit and style” of the […]

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Planetes in Real Life?

Planetes is an exceptionally good manga series, recently reprinted by Dark Horse, about garbage collectors in space. Today, I saw this NY Times article, “Space’s Trash Collector? A Japanese Entrepreneur Wants the Job”. Sadly, this plan doesn’t involve sending people to space as interstellar garbage collectors. Instead, he plans to use a satellite to map the debris up there and then launch a glue-covered drone to grab it and burn it up during re-entry. Astroscale’s slogan is “Space Sweepers”. The […]

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DC Super Hero Girls as Lego!

The DC Super Hero Girls are really growing on me. And I’ve recently rediscovered the fun of building things in Lego. So these three new sets are quite attractive, although there seems to be more dollhouse-style play value than building strategies involved, with the exception of the huge high school set. There’s the Batgirl Batjet Chase, with a Batgirl mini-doll, her plane, a “yellow Kryptomite” (what?), and an “ePad”. The Harley Quinn to the Rescue set includes a cafe with […]

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Anne Happy: Unhappy Go Lucky! Volume 3

When I read the first volume of this series, I thought it was cute and silly. It’s still aiming for that, but now, the fan service is overwhelming the entertainment value for me. For instance, the non-student nature of the supposedly responsible adults is indicated by giving them boobs as big as their heads. That may be to distinguish them from Botan, one of the core trio of girls, who in spite of her medical worries, lack of exercise, and […]

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