Archie Cancels Marvel Digests

Archie’s Marvel digests, where they reprinted various Marvel comic stories in a smaller format, are ending. The Diamond Previews cancellation notices for November list Marvel Comics Digest #9, featuring X-Men and Wolverine, and Marvel Comics Digest #10, dedicated to Spider-Man, as cancelled by publisher. Could this be a side effect of Marvel’s deal with IDW? IDW is now putting out Marvel kids’ comics, but the difference is, Archie was reportedly strong in supermarkets (thus the digest format, which fit checkout […]

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A Warner Streaming Service Shut Down by New Owner

The glory days of video streaming, where one or two services could get you all you wanted to watch, may be coming to an end as more companies seek to monetize their own content. Now that AT&T owns Time Warner, they are shutting down DramaFever, a service dedicated to Korean drama and other Asian programming that launched in 2009 and was acquired by Warner in 2016. (This comes after the same division shut down Warner Archive Instant earlier this year.) […]

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Tea Dragon Universe Continues to Expand

The gorgeous graphic novel The Tea Dragon Society introduced creatures that readers were bound to want to know more about. Katie O’Neill’s world-building is excellent, and her beautiful pastels and lineless style established a world with a timeless feeling. O’Neill’s story of acceptance and caring and magical creatures now will have a companion book. The Tea Dragon Festival is due out September 2019. O’Neill’s Here’s the book description. Rinn has grown up with the Tea Dragons that inhabit their village, […]

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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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