The Black Archive #8: Black Orchid

I just discovered the Black Archive series of books about Doctor Who. There’s one per story (for the ones they’ve covered so far), ranging across the entire gamut of Doctors, with a new one coming every month. Unlike many books on that topic, these works don’t talk as much about who made the episode, instead analyzing the content of the story, the themes and associations. Based on the one I read — the one by Ian Millsted about Black Orchid, […]

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British Ice

It’s been so long since I’ve been surprised by the existence of a graphic novel that I think that was part of the appeal of reading British Ice, which came out earlier this year from Top Shelf. I hadn’t previously heard of the book, but I came across an old promo email and it sounded interesting, particularly since I’d just been telling someone else about Whiteout. The two have some situations in common. Although author Owen D. Pomery makes clear […]

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Perhapanauts Returns!

I’m a long-time fan of the Perhapanauts series by Todd Dezago and Craig Rousseau. It’s a creepy, fun adventure series about monster hunters that are themselves supernatural/mythical creatures. A psychic, a ghost, a sasquatch, a mystery man, and a partially evolved Chupacabra make up a team working for the organization BEDLAM. I like this book so much I have occasionally helped at Todd and Craig’s table pitching it to passers-by. Just to be clear on my enthusiasm (and appreciation for […]

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Staged Now Available in the US

One of my favorite quarantine watches has been Staged. It’s a British TV series in which Michael Sheen and David Tennant (who previously starred together in Good Omens) talk over video chat. They’re supposed to be rehearsing for a play whose staging was canceled due to the pandemic. Instead, they commiserate about life under lockdown, annoying each other and struggling with such challenges as home schooling and checking on the neighbors. Also appearing are their partners, Anna Lundberg and Georgia […]

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Atari Force Mentions Recently

I’m jealous of Andrew. He has a bound copy of Atari Force. He had it made, of course, since the collection never appeared, and those were two separate runs anyway — the solicit was for the mini video game pack-in comics, while Andrew has the later 20-issue run collected. Anyway, fun post on memories of the series by Gerry Conway, José Luis García-López, and others, as well as how the binding was done. One of my fondest possessions is a […]

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My Current Favorite Comic: Alien Sherlock

I try not to cross the streams too often here, because y’all presumably come to find out about comics (and related movies and books), not my weird continuing obsession with Sherlock, but there is an ongoing fan comic on Tumblr that makes me extraordinarily happy whenever I see it. As created by Kitten-Kin, it started with the idea that Sherlock (as seen on TV, with the black coat and blue scarf) is actually a shape-shifting alien, as shown here. Of […]

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Milestone Returns… Maybe for Real This Time

Sorry, I’m so jaded sometimes… I want to see Milestone return. This comic company, published by DC but independently run, brought necessary diversity to superhero comics from their launch in 1993 until they stopped publishing comics in 1997. Their launch titles — Hardware, Icon, Static, and Blood Syndicate — starred mostly Black characters and were written and illustrated by Black creators and other people of color. They are probably best remembered these days for a successful, award-winning cartoon series, Static […]

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Get Legal Information About Comic Contracts

Tomorrow, as part of the Small Press Expo’s virtual programming — I only realized today that I would have been there this weekend in any other year — there’s a panel that I’m glad to see. Jeff Trexler, the new interim Executive Director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), will be conducting a panel on “Comics and Contracts” at 11 Eastern on Sunday, September 13. As with the other panels, it can be viewed at the Small Press […]

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