Comic-Con International to Launch Subscription TV Service This Summer

Following in Wizard World’s footsteps, Comic-Con International, owner of the San Diego Comic-Con, has partnered with Lionsgate to launch Comic-Con HQ, a subscription video-on-demand service debuting in June. Free beta access begins May 7, Free Comic Book Day. Beta users are promised to have free and unlimited access through July 25, to include week-long live coverage of San Diego Comic-Con. The channel aims to provide year-round access to the fan community and genre enthusiasts. Here’s their description: The ad-free streaming […]

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Vinland Saga 8 Announced for US

When Vinland Saga returned from hiatus last year, the plan was only for the 6th and 7th volumes. Future volumes were dependent on sales. Apparently, those were decent, since publisher Kodansha announced at Emerald City Comic Con this weekend that Book Eight, collecting the Japanese volumes 15 and 16, will be out in Fall of this year. This edition catches the English-language edition up to the Japanese releases. And it comes with some advice for fans: be sure to watch […]

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Do You Want to Be on a Boat With Walking Dead Fans?

Wizard World, the leading purveyor of pop culture cons featuring TV celebrities, has announced that they’re going to launch a Wizard World Cruise this December, with headlining guest Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead). Also trapped on a boat with fans will be Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters) and Barry Bostwick (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), with more celebrities, artists, and cosplayers to be announced. The ship will sail from Miami on Nassau from December 2-5, with prices starting at $749/person. Cruises are […]

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Next Superhero TV Show to Feature Interracial Romance

Variety has the story: Freeform (which used to be ABC Family, making it another Disney company) has ordered a TV series version of Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger concept and characters. Here’s the description: The live-action interracial romance follows the duo, two teenagers from very different backgrounds, who find themselves burdened and awakened to newly acquired superpowers while falling in love — Tandy can emit light daggers and Tyrone has the ability to engulf others in darkness. They quickly learn they […]

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Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #1 (Ongoing)

I didn’t care much for the Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor miniseries, complaining about its over-reliance on photo reference, slow pacing, and non-distinct character voices. I’m thrilled to say that, now that the series is an ongoing, the comic is much more enjoyable to read, with all those problems gone. It’s still written by Cavan Scott, but new artist Adriana Melo (Ms. Marvel) gives the art much more motion, action, and expression. The Doctor, Rose, and Captain Jack are still […]

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Adulthood Is a Myth: A Sarah’s Scribbles Collection

I wasn’t familiar with the strip Sarah’s Scribbles, collected as Adulthood Is a Myth, but I can certainly see why it was popular enough to make it into a book. Sarah Andersen has put together a collection of semi-autobiographical strips about feeling unable to cope. These are not unique observations — not wanting to get out of bed, not feeling able to communicate or socialize well, feeling unattractive — but they are deep, discouraging feelings most people can relate to, […]

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Releases Trailer

I can’t think of a better match for a movie based on the odd novel about a group of children with exceptional abilities than Tim Burton. On one level, the movie of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children could be looked at as a kind of superhero story (since they, like the X-Men, are unusual but want to be left in peace), but the tradition is so much older. It’s a fantasy adventure involving wonders and mysteries and the chance […]

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Idol Dreams Volume 2

Arina Tanemura’s magical girl story for adults thankfully is as enjoyable in the second volume as it was in the first. By playing with both versions of Chikage, the adult and the teen (both now, as she transforms, and then, in her memories), Tanemura expands the kinds of stories she’s able to tell, keeping the material fresh. For instance, this book starts with Chikage’s friend Tokita remembering how horrible his school days were. (Tokita is the one who provides the […]

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