Red Sonja Expands Motion Comics for Shout! Factory

When motion comics started, several publishers were doing them, but then Marvel ran away with the format, putting out a number of X-Men and Wolverine titles with Shout! Factory. I haven’t seen any yet this year — although I admit, I’m not a huge fan so I don’t pay close attention — so I was surprised to note that last week, Red Sonja: Queen of Plagues was released. For one thing, I was surprised to see them still coming out […]

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Ali’s House by Marguerite Dabaie and Tom Hart Syndicated

I first heard of Ali’s House, a newspaper comic strip about an Arab-American family by Marguerite Dabaie and Tom Hart, when I read Hart’s The Sequential Artists Workshop Guide to Creating Professional Comic Strips. Hart uses their experiences working together as examples of his points. From what I can piece together, the strip was originally developed in 2008 for King Features Syndicate. The pitch was that human nature, particularly in a family, is universal, although the cultural trappings may be […]

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Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon

Sccoby-Doo WrestleMania Mystery must have done well, since there’s now another cartoon team-up of the two properties. Only this time, they’re racing! Off-road! In “extreme” vehicles customized to reflect their drivers, kind of like a wrestling-flavored Wacky Racers. ScoobyDoo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon is out this Tuesday, August 9. Los Matadores (El Torito, Diego, and Fernando) drive a truck with a giant bull head, for example, complete with ridiculous horns. Rusev and Lana have the “Moscow Express”, […]

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Friday Barnes, Under Suspicion

The adorable pint-size private detective returns in Friday Barnes, Under Suspicion. (Her first adventure, Friday Barnes, Girl Detective, came out in January.) The eleven-year-old young woman is still struggling with her boarding school, as she’s not as polished or accepted as the more typical girls. Her disturbingly accurate powers of observation frighten the headmaster, although he benefits when she finds a missing student or solves a historical school mystery. R.A. Spratt’s approach is full of adventure, jumping into events with […]

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Comic Book Resources Columnists Go Elsewhere

In April of this year, the long-running (founded 1995) industry site Comic Book Resources changed ownership. Founder Jonah Weiland sold the site to a media website company. At the time, no significant changes were announced. Now, though, there are signs of a new vision for the site, which was known in the past for its notable columnists, which have included Warren Ellis, Steven Grant, and Gail Simone. First came word that Augie De Blieck, Jr., after completing 1000 columns (!) […]

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Private Beach

I knew, going in, that Private Beach would be, at most a curiosity at this point. Even with the promised new series conclusion, very little can live up to being rediscovered 15 years later. I’m not the person I was when I first read it, back in 2001, either, and now, we’ve had a lot more of these kinds of works, from The X-Files to various charmed young women and weirdness magnets. The idea of a slice-of-life portrayal in a […]

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Ten Count Volume 1

Ten Count, by Rihito Takarai and published by SuBLime, is the kind of yaoi manga I like — the kind with a plot beyond “let’s watch two cute guys make out”. In this case, it’s even based on a topic I’m immensely curious about. Shirotani is the assistant to a company president. He’s germ-phobic, to the extent of wearing gloves in daily life, and a compulsive hand-washer. He meets Kurose by accident. That’s fortuitous, because Kurose is a psychiatric counselor […]

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Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Gotham City Breakout

The latest in the line of cute, goofy comedy superhero adventures was perfect viewing for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Gotham City Breakout splits up the teams in a creative way. To celebrate Batman’s anniversary of becoming a hero, Nightwing and Batgirl take him on a vacation to see a former mentor, Madame Mantis. Of course, they stumble on a secret plot with a number of battles with other criminals involved. Meanwhile, back in […]

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