Bedtime for Batman

Since parents are the ones who buy books for kids, this picture book gives them what they want: a way to get hero-loving little boys to go to bed. Written by Michael Dahl and drawn by Ethen Beavers, Bedtime for Batman compares what the Dark Knight does with what the kid has to do at nighttime. Batman has the Bat-signal, the boy has a bedtime on the clock. Batman cleans up the town, the boy has a bath. Batman puts […]

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A-Force #8

I’m amazed. I’ve been skipping the superhero comics I normally read because they’re either rebooting AGAIN (DC’s Rebirth) or in the middle of a crossover event rerun (Marvel’s Civil War II). But here, Kelly Thompson and Paulo Siqueira manage to explain the point of the event to me while still giving me entertainment regardless of the stunt branding. Most importantly, I enjoyed the time I spent with this team of women and want to see more. There’s even a guest […]

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Supergirl Season 1 Now Available

The first season of Supergirl is now available in two ways: You can stream the episodes for free via the CW website, in conjunction with the channel (that’s acquired the show for season 2) re-airing the episodes. Or you can buy the entire season, 20 episodes, now on Blu-ray or DVD. The Blu-ray also comes with a digital UltraViolet copy. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment gave me a free copy of the Blu-ray set for this review, but even if they […]

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Lucifer Season 1 Out Later This Month

If you’re like me and you enjoy watching Lucifer, you’ll want to know that the first season will be available on DVD and Blu-ray on August 23. Even if you haven’t tried it yet, you should check it out as a fun twist on the lightly supernatural procedural. Although the premise is the same as the Vertigo comic — a bored Lucifer leaves Hell and starts running a nightclub in Los Angeles, accompanied by his demonic assistant, who tends bar […]

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How Do You “Collect” Something Dependent on Someone’s Electronic Server?

Poor Valiant. They try so hard but come out with such pedestrian, mediocre comics. Yet I admire their willingness to keep plugging and trying new methods to get attention, and more importantly, readers. Their latest announcement, though, just made me scratch my head. Valiant is launching a channel on Quidd, “the world’s first platform for collecting and trading emojis, stickers, and cards.” (iOS only.) I know this is a fogey thing to say, but I have no idea how you […]

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Ellen Forney’s Next Book Follows Up Marbles

Fantagraphics has announced that they will be publishing Ellen Forney’s next book, Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life. It’s termed a “graphic novel/self-help book” and a companion to her previous graphic memoir, Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me. I really liked Marbles for exploring how to balance artistic creativity with treatment of a misunderstood mental condition. Rock Steady continues in that vein, portraying Forney’s advice and stories about maintaining stability. Rock Steady, “a survival guide of tips, tricks […]

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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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