Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Volume 13

I was about to give up on this series — I only read it for the food, and there are only so many times I can watch a cook-off — when this volume did something different that reignited my interest. But first, Food Wars volume 13 has to finish off the competition from the previous book, in which we find out whether Soma’s everyday cooking will make him the final champion of a tournament that began seven books ago. After […]

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Hoopla Brings Digital Borrowing to Libraries

This is a sponsored post. I have received compensation and a review account for this post. I was recently introduced to hoopla, a digital media service available through a number of libraries in North America that allows you to instantly “borrow” digital movies, music, books, audiobooks, and comics using your library card. My local library system unfortunately doesn’t participate, but after getting a chance to try the service, I will definitely encourage them to. They have apps for iOS and […]

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Justice League Action Cartoon Planned for Cartoon Network

Warner Bros. Animation is creating Justice League Action for Cartoon Network. Kevin Conroy will be the voice of Batman, as he should be, with Mark Hamill playing the Joker, James Woods as Lex Luthor, and Diedrich Bader (who played Batman in The Brave and the Bold, a similar team-up series) as Booster Gold. Here’s a highlight reel promoting the show: Episodes will be 11 minutes each, with two running together in a half-hour slot. Based on that trailer, the series […]

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Comix: Beyond the Comic Book Pages

Comix: Beyond the Comic Book Pages is a documentary on DVD that feels as though it fell through a time warp. From the Comic Sans lettering used on the menu to coverage of topics just about anyone the least bit interested in the medium is already aware of, I was surprised to learn the DVD was released this month, because it feels as though the movie was made at least a decade ago. (Probably both of those statements are true. […]

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DCU Animated Films Announced for 2017

ICv2.com reports that, at San Diego Comic-Con, it was announced that DC Entertainment will be releasing the following three as their next original animated direct-to-video movies. Justice League Dark, due this fall, is now being promoted in a sneak peek on the Batman: The Killing Joke release. It assembles the supernatural characters Black Orchid, Etrigan, Zatanna, Deadman, Swamp Thing, and John Constantine (who is voiced by Matt Ryan, who played the role on TV) to fight demons. Until Warner takes […]

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IDW Adds Kickstarter Imprint “It’s Alive!”

Drew Ford, most recently acquisitions editor with Dover Publications rescuing forgotten comic graphic novels (such as Wandering Star and Private Beach), has now created a new imprint at IDW for similar reprint efforts. It’s Alive! was announced with “plans to publish 5-6 titles in 2017 with each title raising its money for publication via Kickstarter.” Which brings up the now-perennial question “if it’s not providing funds, what does a publisher do?” In this case, IDW will provide premier space in […]

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DC Releases Sneak Peaks for Upcoming TV Show Seasons

DC has released promo footage, as shown at the San Diego Comic-Con just past, for almost all their comic-book-inspired TV shows. (Supergirl doesn’t have one.) Check out these highlight reel videos for reminders of what’s happening with each and what’s coming up. First, my favorites: Lucifer (starring Tom Ellis), which is launching its second season in September on Fox, and iZombie (starring Rose McIver), going on a third (but we have to wait until midseason for it). Before we get […]

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Aftershock Reminds Me of Something…

Aftershock Comics launched in April 2015 and shipped their first comic (Replica) in December of that year. They’ve currently put out 17 series and miniseries, and their strong point is how many of their creators and staff have long-running comic industry careers, with names like Mike Marts, Joe Pruett, Brian Azzarello, Paul Jenkins, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Amanda Conner. Their logo looks like this: It’s eye-catching and nicely symbolic, but every time I see it, I remember this: I know, that […]

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