Robotech #1 Coming in July

I’m not a Robotech fan — in our house, it was that thing my brother wanted to watch to keep me from seeing the classic sitcoms I preferred — but I can’t deny that it was the first, best-known anime most Americans were exposed to. Titan Comics, a leading publisher of adaptations and licensed comics, will be releasing a Robotech comic series later this summer that promises to use the classic characters. The first issue drops July 26, written by […]

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Something’s Fishy

With this third book by Kevin McCloskey about everyday wildlife, publisher Toon Books has tagged the series “Giggle and Learn”. After We Dig Worms! and The Real Poop on Pigeons! comes Something’s Fishy. Since this is a Level 1 comic, aimed at grades K-1, the book is light on the kind of substantial, encyclopedic educational content adults expect, but if you like to look at fish, there are a whole bunch presented here, and in an entertaining way. There’s one […]

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Tom of Finland Movie Screening at Tribeca Festival

I think of Tom of Finland as a comic artist, but that’s not really accurate. He’s best known for capturing lovingly detailed portraits of classic gay fetish imagery — the well-built biker in leather with a thick mustache, the bulging sailor, the hairy-chested construction worker — all in tight pants, strongly muscled and well-endowed. The movie publicity calls them “iconic homoerotic drawings”, and so they are. I think I associate him with comics because his art was often available, back […]

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ReDistricted: Tales of Washington, DC

I just found out about ReDistricted, “an online comics anthology focused on lesser-known historical stories about Washington, D.C.” There are a variety of two-page stories, with new ones every two weeks. Find out who Walter Reed was, the guy the hospital is named after. Read about a women’s suffrage movement march in 1913. Discover how the cherry blossom trees were established. Learn about the effects of an earthquake on the National Cathedral. And many more. The site is edited by […]

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Squirrel Girl and Friends Coming to TV

Freeform (formerly ABC Family) is planning a Cloak and Dagger TV show, due late next year, as a teen romance drama. Now, they’ve ordered their second Marvel-inspired series. New Warriors is planned as a half-hour comedy, with ten episodes in the first season, also due 2018. It’ll be about six young people learning to be heroes, termed “about-to-be Avengers”, and the only character mentioned so far is Squirrel Girl, a fan favorite. The show runner will be Kevin Biegel, who’s […]

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The Next Nathan Hale Tackles World War II

I really love the Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales series of true-history graphic novels. I learn a lot about key historical moments, presented with plenty of humor. Nathan Hale, the Revolutionary War spy (whose story is book #1), is the narrator, but Nathan Hale (a different one) is also the artist. Later this year comes the newest installment, the seventh. Raid of No Return tells “A World War II Tale of the Doolittle Raid”. This isn’t the first war to make […]

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Learn Graph Coloring Theory and Help Marvel Superteams

This is an instructional video on graph coloring, which you may better know as the four-color map problem. (That says that you can color any map with four colors without areas of the same color touching.) It’s the technique of figuring out how many different colors you need to cover a graph (a collection of dots and lines) without any of the dots with the same color being connected. After an explanation of how Sudoku is a transformation of 9-coloring […]

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Faith Erin Hicks’ Nameless City Gets a Cartoon

The Nameless City is the first of three books by Faith Erin Hicks set in a diverse fantasy world. The second, The Stone Heart, is out this week. Now comes news from EW.com that Frederator Studios will be animating the trilogy. They’re creating a 12-episode cartoon miniseries with each book getting four episodes, and the first set will be out in fall 2018. I’m not surprised to see this choice for an adaptation — Hicks’ animation background can be seen […]

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