Order Brief Histories of Everyday Objects Now!

If you like non-fiction comics, make sure to order Brief Histories of Everyday Objects now! It’s available through your local comic shop with Diamond code AUG16 1842, for a $20 hardcover out in early October. I’ve previously covered Andy Warner’s minicomic The Man Who Built Beirut, so I know I like his work, but this promises to be even more entertaining by exploring how common objects — including the paper clip, roller skates, and the sports bra — came to […]

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Science Comics: Volcanoes: Fire and Life

First Second launched its Science Comics line this past spring with Dinosaurs: Fossils and Feathers and the excellent Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean. Now comes a new installment, Jon Chad’s Volcanoes: Fire and Life, and it’s fun and exciting, using a science fiction story to convey its lessons. Aurora lives in the future, on an Earth where the surface has completely frozen. She’s part of a learning group trying to find sources of fuel among the abandoned houses and […]

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Graphic Novel Adaptation of “The Lottery” Now Available for Order

Hill and Wang will be releasing a graphic novel adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s famous short story “The Lottery” in late October. The tale, in case you didn’t read it in school, is a simple piece about a small farm community executing a yearly ritual involving all the families. It’s not until far into it that you realize it’s really a horror story about conformity, tradition, and the unwillingness to question “how things have always been done”. Reportedly, the author was […]

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Resident Alien: The Man With No Name #1

Dark Horse has sent out advance review copies of Resident Alien: The Man With No Name #1, which will be on sale in comic shops on September 14. It’s the fourth installment of the series written by Peter Hogan and illustrated by Steve Parkhouse, and I quite enjoy it. The concept is simple, but full of charm. “Harry” is actually a stranded telepathic alien, but he’s settled in as a retired country doctor. However, odd things keep happening in Patience, […]

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SPX Announces 2016 Ignatz Award Nominees

This year’s Small Press Expo, held September 17-18 in Bethesda, Maryland, is coming up fast! Today they have announced the nominees for the Ignatz Awards, “a celebration of outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning.” The award is named after the brick-throwing mouse from George Herriman’s strip Krazy Kat. It’s a festival prize, which means that the winners are voted on by the attendees of the show and the awards given during a ceremony that Saturday night, September 17. The nominees […]

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Marvel Announces New TV Series Pilot for Another Streaming Service

Marvel’s gotten good press from its series on Netflix, with Jessica Jones getting lots of great reaction; Daredevil having multiple seasons; and the coming release of Luke Cage on September 30 much anticipated. This is in contrast to the mixed performance of Marvel’s shows on traditional networks. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC has struggled, although the movie tie-in gave it a boost, and the planned Mockingbird spin-off Marvel’s Most Wanted was not picked up. The best of them all, Agent […]

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Return of the Caped Crusaders a New Batman 66 Cartoon

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will be releasing Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders this fall. It’s a retro-themed original animated movie that features the voices of the 1966 cast: Adam West as Batman, Burt Ward as Robin, and Julie Newmar as Catwoman. The movie will be available to purchase digitally on October 11 and on DVD or Blu-ray November 1. EW.com has the exclusive trailer, with hints of classic villains “in space”. It’s a shame that the blocky animation doesn’t […]

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The Flash Cast Promotes Careers in STEM

It’s a fairly standard PSA, but I’m glad to see the cast of The Flash — Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow, and Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon (although he isn’t given much to say) — promoting careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for students. It’s a great match for that show, which with Cisco and Caitlin, makes science look fun and useful. It’s part of the CW Good charity promotion, plugging the STEM […]

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