My Convention Season Starts With C2E2

C2E2, the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, will take place in Chicago next month, Friday, March 22 – Sunday, March 24, 2019. I’ll be attending, as it’s the biggest show in the Midwest region, and the timing to travel to San Diego or New York rarely works out for me. Top of the guest list for me are two Doctors, David Tennant and Matt Smith, plus a Clueless reunion with Alicia Silverstone (also Batgirl), Breckin Meyer (also Robot Chicken), Paul […]

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Read Black Panther Comics for Free

Marvel has announced that for the next week, you can get a free digital bundle of Black Panther comics. Long Live the King! This February, Marvel is celebrating Wakanda Forever and the reign of King T’Challa by offering a FREE digital bundle of the following five Black Panther comics for a limited time. The titles are (credits added by me): Black Panther #1 (the current series, by Ta-Nehisi Coates & Daniel Acuña) Black Panther #1 (the 2005 series, by Reginald […]

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Ao Haru Ride Volume 2

Ao Haru Ride is the current shojo series I’m most invested in. Volume 2 continues its air of melancholic and uncertain young love by moving its leads, Futaba and Kou, into the same school class. Futaba has taken the lessons of the first book to heart, trying to create a friendlier air in her classroom, but she doesn’t have the popularity or leadership to do so. Refusing to give up, and inspired by wanting Kou to think well of her, […]

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The Birds, the Bees, and You and Me

The Birds, the Bees, and You and Me by Olivia Hinebaugh is a cute teen romance with a substantial message. If you’ve been enjoying the Sex Education TV show, this should be your next read, because there are a lot of similarities. Lacey, Evita, and Theo are the best of friends in their senior year of high school in North Carolina. They dream of attending a music college in Boston together, but then the school’s mandatory abstinence-only “healthy life choices” […]

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Science Comics: Rockets: Defying Gravity

The Science Comics series is generally outstanding, but Rockets: Defying Gravity by Anne Drozd and Jerzy Drozd is one of the best. An exciting subject is made understandable though our charming hosts, a series of educated animals with connections to space exploration. The first chapter (as you can see in these preview pages) covers physics, or as it’s put, “What Makes Rockets Go?” Lewis the pigeon tells us of early experiments in hilarious fashion, calling a wooden, steam-powered bird his […]

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Faith Erin Hicks’ New Book May Seem Familiar — An Interview

It’s been a great pleasure for me to follow the work and career of Faith Erin Hicks. I love her style, and she’s done some terrific reads over the years — The Nameless City trilogy, Friends With Boys, The Adventures of Superhero Girl, Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong. I’m eagerly anticipating her upcoming Pumpkinheads, written by Rainbow Rowell, coming this fall. After that, there’s another “new” book — but long-time fans will recognize it. First Second will release One Year […]

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Boys TV Show May Be Better Than the Comic

Once upon a time, it would have been unthinkable to me not to prefer the “original” version of a comic adaptation. But now, after we’ve gotten some highly entertaining Marvel movies that streamline too many years of continuity into more approachable stories, and a cartoon version of Batman that’s more fun than anything in the comics, I’m rethinking that approach. I suspect that’s going to be particularly true of the upcoming Amazon TV version of The Boys. The comic, by […]

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Bolivar Sequel Announced

I really enjoyed Sean Rubin’s Bolivar, a charming picture book/graphic novel about a dinosaur living under the radar in New York City. Now comes word that a follow-up is coming in November 2019. Bolivar Eats New York is labeled a Discovery Adventure, exploring New York through the food of its boroughs. Sybil learns that Bolivar only likes corned beef sandwiches, so she informs him that he’s been missing out on one of the great attributes of New York City and […]

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