CONtv Digital Network Now Available

CONtv, the digital network for fans created by Wizard World and Cinedigm, is now live for US viewers. (It’s formally described as an “over-the-top multi-platform service” — TV terminology is pretty complicated these days.) It’s free to watch online with ads, or $6.99/month to get the full experience. Some of the programming (such as Farscape) is only available to subscribers, although that’s not obvious from the Browse pages. It’s only when you try to access it you’re told you have […]

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David Tennant Makes First Wizard World Appearance — But Only for Those Paying Extra

Another one of this year’s Wizard World debut shows, Wizard World Comic Con Raleigh, launches next week, March 13-15. And they’ve got quite the headliner: David Tennant, the tenth Doctor Who, will be making his first Wizard World appearance. However, there is one huge catch: although he’s scheduled for two Q&A panels, you have to pay extra to attend them. Only purchasers of the “David Tennant VIP ticket package” can get in, and those tickets are over $400 (including fees). […]

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Prophecy Volume 2

Clearly, Prophecy is not a series you can dip in and out of. I hadn’t paid enough attention to the specifics of some of the disaffected men introduced in Volume 1, so I found myself wanting to reread both books as soon as I finished this new volume. However, there’s also a change in focus that means that much of Volume 2 deals with different situations and characters than the first book did. The first scene, for example, effectively portrays […]

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They’re Not Like Us #1-3

I don’t like They’re Not Like Us. It’s aggressive and sometimes violent and mean and selfish. But I’m amazed by how writer Eric Stephenson and artist Simon Gane have found a truly new thing to do with superpowered young people. The first issue opens with Syd thinking about committing suicide by jumping from a building. She’s tired of the voices in her head and doesn’t know any other way to quiet them. You’re a superhero comic reader, you’ve seen this […]

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Abigail and the Snowman #1-3

Abigail and the Snowman is exactly what it says on the tin — a charming all-ages adventure between a girl and her fantastic friend. Abigail and her dad are new in the neighborhood. Dad’s a good-humored electrician who’s just gotten fired from his new job, so while he applies to find work, Abigail works at fitting in to her new environment. Joining a new school is tough, so when no one wants to play with her, she shrugs and pets […]

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Dark Horse Moves Selected Titles From Print to Digital Serialization

Dark Horse Comics has announced the launch of Dark Horse Digital Exclusives, a set of titles that will be serialized digitally followed by “expedited print collections”. The affected titles are The Ghost Fleet, Resurrectionists, and Sundowners. Said Dark Horse president and publisher Mike Richardson, “We are confident in the quality of these stories and want to ensure that readers have the opportunity to fully experience them. Dark Horse is throwing its support behind these creators and their innovative titles, and […]

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From the Earth to Babylon: Gerald Bull and the Supergun

Now that convention season planning is upon us, it’s time for me to go through the stacks of items I picked up at previous shows and madly attempt to catch up. Exhibit A: This limited edition historical graphic novel by Diana Tamblyn she was kind enough to give me at last year’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival, I think it was. I like non-fiction comics and graphic memoir. I find them, when done well, wonderful ways to learn about people I […]

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She Makes Comics – A Documentary on Women in Comics

I got a chance to watch the Sequart documentary She Makes Comics, which covers “the history of women in comics as creators, fans, and everything in between.” The movie is available from that link as a DVD or digital download. From the start, it’s a jolt, a shot in the arm full of passion and enthusiasm as women talk about why they love and make comics. Simply seeing so many women puts the lie to comics being a male-oriented medium, […]

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