Constantine: City of Demons: The Movie

The newest original DC universe animated movie is a kind of followup to Justice League Dark, since it stars John Constantine and explores magic and demons, but Constantine: City of Demons: The Movie is probably better seen as a prequel or even an origin story. There are no superheroes here, just a lot of demons and gore. (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free Blu-ray review copy. My opinions are mine. Constantine was created by, according to the […]

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Wizard World Madison Announces Discount Early Pricing

It’s less than two months until the next Wizard World show here in Madison, Wisconsin. This, now in its fourth year, is not a spectacular show, with few guests interested in coming to the Midwest in late fall and little attention paid locally. Perhaps to compensate for that and make up for some of the recent cancellations, the organizer has announced “a revolutionary, fan-friendly pricing system with general admission as low as $9.99 for a limited time.” They’re driving advance […]

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Raina’s New Book Will Have a Million Copies

At the recently passed New York Comic Con, Graphix announced two Raina Telgemeier books coming in 2019. I wrote about them for Good Comics for Kids. Short version: Guts is another graphic memoir, like her best-selling Smile, but set earlier and tackling more difficult subjects: anxiety, phobias, therapy, and stomachaches. Due out September 2019, it will have an initial print run of one million copies. That’s amazing but well-supported by the size and range of her audience. Before that, there’s […]

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Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku Volume 2

We’ve lost most of the office setting I enjoyed in volume 1, but the various fannish activities and the humor that comes with them are entertaining enough I didn’t care in Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku volume 2 by Fujita. There’s a continuing sequence, running through multiple chapters, where Hirotaka and Narumi go on a real date to an amusement park, where they bet each other they won’t behave as fans. They’re not very good at that. We also […]

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Woman World

There have been other comics about a same-sex world — most notably, Y: The Last Man, which still wound up being about a guy — but Aminder Dhaliwal’s is the funniest and most pointed. Originally a webcomic, Woman World has been expanded with a color introduction, mostly of full-page images, that explains fewer men were being born, but (like climate change) no one took the science seriously until it was too late. Explaining the basis for the setting isn’t necessary, […]

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Otherworldly Izakaya Nobu Volume 1

Otherworldly Izakaya Nobu is a charming, relaxing series about how good Japanese food is. Adapted by Virginia Nitouhei from a light novel by Natsuya Semikawa and character designs by Kuriri, it’s the story of a time-traveling izakaya (Japanese tavern). Two German soldiers in a fictional medieval city stumble across a new pub with delicious chilled ale called “Whatsontapp”. The chef prepares something different every time, but it’s always what the audience loves but didn’t know they wanted. The various food […]

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DC Super Hero Girls: Legends of Atlantis

DC Super Hero Girls: Legends of Atlantis, the newest original animated movie, is terrific, inspiring adventure for kids of all ages! (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me a free review copy.) It begins with a charming prologue where a young Wonder Woman, before she’s left Themyscira, is playing on the beach with her kanga Jumpa. (The pet is kind of like a super-intelligent horse, with obvious personality, but shaped like a kangaroo. Oddly, the hero refers to herself as “Princess […]

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New Buffy the Vampire Slayer Comic Announced

As suspected, now that the Dark Horse Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic is done, the license is going to Boom! Studios. They have just announced details of their run. The first issue will launch on January 9, 2019, written by Jordie Bellaire and illustrated by Dan Mora. And it’s a reboot! Buffy Summers is back in high school, but the series is set current-day, in 2019. This is the Buffy Summers you know, who wants what every average teenager wants: […]

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