Automan on DVD From Shout!

Probably the announcement out of the recent San Diego Con that most excited me is a very silly one: Shout! Factory will be bringing Automan to DVD! I have a huge fondness for that goofy show, as you can read in the link. TVShowsonDVD briefly referenced a tweet from the company that mentions “Manimal/Automan”, so I suspect a combo pack with that other highlight of cheesy 80s TV sci-fi. (I won’t mind seeing Simon MacCorkindale as a black panther again, […]

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Raina Telgemeier Announces Next Book

Raina Telgemeier is arguably the most important comic author of the modern era, with her books Smile, Sisters, and Drama placing on the graphic novels bestseller list for three years running. She’s created classics for entire generations of young readers and demonstrated that comics for girls can be hugely successful. Her next book, Ghosts, will be published by Graphic in fall 2016, as her other works were, and it will be fiction, as Drama was, but with the emphasis on […]

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Bloom County Has Returned!

The most significant comic strip of the 1980s, Bloom County, has returned! (It was funnier and cuter than Doonesbury and not as weird as The Far Side.) I’ve no idea how often we’ll see new strips, but Berkeley Breathed posted this to Facebook today. While the characters look the same as before, the time difference is foregrounded. And what timing! I praised the strip, in that first link, for its political comedy; we could sure use the same this election. […]

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DC Redesigns Show End Logos for TV Slate

DC has released this compilation of the end logos they’ll be using for their TV shows next season. In order, it’s Arrow, Gotham, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (the hardest one to figure out, imo), Supergirl, The Flash, iZombie, and Lucifer. I’m planning on watching all of them except Gotham. This executes on the promise, when DC adopted their “peel” logo in 2012, that they would be customizing it more often. Notice that the DC and Warner Bros. Television logos interact […]

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Paramount Works With AMC to Bring Movies to Home Video Faster

Traditionally, there’s at least 90 days between the time a movie plays in theaters and it’s available for DVD/Blu-ray/digital purchase. That’s because theater owners get very angry if they feel they’re being competed with as a viewing option. However, Paramount is trying something different. They’ve reportedly cut a deal with AMC theaters to share revenue in return for playing the film even though it’s planned to go to home video earlier than the usual time period. The first two test […]

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Phoebe and Her Unicorn: A Heavenly Nostrils Chronicle

When a friend recommended the Phoebe and Her Unicorn comic strip (formerly known as Heavenly Nostrils) to me, she described it as a more modern, girl-centered Calvin and Hobbes. She was right. Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson is the first collection of the strips. Phoebe is playing near a pond in the woods when she skips a stone that hits Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, a unicorn. Marigold is so beautiful (at least, in her own mind) that she was […]

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Archie Riverdale Series Coming to CW

Greg Berlanti, the TV producer behind such successful comic adaptations as Arrow, The Flash, and the upcoming Supergirl, is working with Archie Comics on Riverdale, a live-action one-hour TV drama. Originally developed for Fox, the show has now been announced for the CW (which makes sense, since Warner Bros TV is co-producing). As you can see from the promo art, the characters will include the usual Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead, but also Josie and the Pussycats, Kevin Keller (as […]

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Atari Force Returns!

As I’ve said before, I really liked Atari Force. Yes, it was originally a home-video-game tie-in, but the 20-issue series by (as Mike Sterling reminds us), Gerry Conway and Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez was good science fiction with a motley crew of characters beautifully drawn. Dart, the tough, tattooed bounty hunter, was my favorite. Now comes word that Dynamite and Atari will be working together on several projects: “a retrospective hardcover book comprised of photos and concept artwork, as well as […]

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