Jellaby: Monster in the City

It’s taken me almost two years to talk about Jellaby: Monster in the City, the followup to Jellaby: The Lost Monster, because I found it such a weird change of pace. When we left Portia, Jason, and the purple monster named Jellaby, they were heading to the big city to find out more about Jellaby’s origins. Those questions aren’t answered here, making for disappointment for readers who waited in the hopes of finding out more. Of course, there’s an argument […]

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Hipster! Comic-Strip Dispatches From Brooklyn, NY

Greg Farrell, author of On the Books: A Graphic Tale of Working Woes at NYC’s Strand Bookstore, is back with Hipster! Comic-Strip Dispatches From Brooklyn, NY. It’s a collection of autobio comics covering life as described by the title. I found it horrid. Not because of the style or author, but because of the subject matter. If you want to be convinced of why you should never live in New York City, or if you’ve left and want confirmation you […]

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Arsenic With Austen

Arsenic With Austen features an older woman, Emily, a widow and a college professor who’s feeling burnt out. Then she gets the kind of news most of us can only dream of. The aunt with whom she spent summers as a teenager has passed away, leaving Emily an amazing house in a beach village, a well-stocked library, a grumpy housekeeper who’s an accomplished cook, and millions of dollars. Emily moves back and quickly finds herself set upon by a pushy […]

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Champions Returns From Waid and Ramos

I’ve always loved young teams most of all in superhero comics, so the Champions relaunch is right up my alley — particularly given the blend of young Marvel characters as written by modern master Mark Waid, and that this book is being promoted as a “brighter tomorrow”. The new ongoing launches in October, illustrated by Humberto Ramos. The members are Ms. Marvel, Miles Morales, Nova, Viv Vision, and the Totally Awesome Hulk. (And, judging from the cover, time-displaced young Cyclops.) […]

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Rex Morgan Finds 1950s Comics

You probably don’t read Rex Morgan, M.D.. It’s an old-fashioned soap opera comic strip, created in 1948 by psychiatrist Nicholas P. Dallis. (He also created Judge Parker (1952-present) and Apartment 3-G (1961-2015).) Currently, it’s written by Woody Wilson (since 1990) and drawn by Terry Beatty (since 2014). Update: Beatty has commented below that he’s been writing the strip as well since May. I have found the current storyline pretty interesting, though, as an odd topic for a doctor comic to […]

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Captain America: Civil War Comes to Home Video in September

Wondering how soon it will be before you can watch Captain America: Civil War in the privacy of your own home? We were — we were trying to figure out when to go see it again before then. Conveniently, I just got the press release announcement. Captain America: Civil War was a great movie, really an Avengers installment with all the other heroes involved. The highest-grossing film of 2016 will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on September 13 and […]

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Wizard World Chicago Coming in August With Movie/TV Guests, Variant Comics

Wizard World is no longer a comic convention, but I’m interested in some of the guests and programming they’ve started announcing for Wizard World Chicago, held August 18-21. Carrie Fisher (Star Wars) will make her first ever Wizard World appearance there. Plus, there’s a Back to the Future reunion with Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, and Lea Thompson scheduled. Another reunion is one for The X-Files, with Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Mitch Pileggi, and William B. Davis. The cast of […]

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TCM Charges for Fan Club

I missed this when it was announced as part of the TCM Film Festival back in April, but it’s another example of how to wring more revenue from your most devoted fans. TCM Backlot is the first official fan club for the classic movie cable channel, and it will cost you $87 a year to become a “charter member” for “unprecedented access”. That currently consists of eligibility to Vote on programming and help shape the network Go on the air […]

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