Dark Horse Loses Buffy the Vampire Slayer License

With all the media consolidations going on, it’s been a tough year for Dark Horse. A significant portion of their line is licensed publications, and those have been ending. Star Wars went back to Marvel several years ago, followed by Conan the Barbarian earlier this year. With the acquisition of Fox by Disney, their licenses are moving as well. Boom! has announced new Serenity comics after Dark Horse published them from 2005-2017; Boom!’s Firefly #1 is due in November. (Boom! […]

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Gerard Jones Going to Jail for Child Porn

Gerard Jones was a well-known comic book writer for DC in the 90s, with substantial runs on Green Lantern and Justice League Europe, among others. He also created and wrote Prime for Malibu Comics and did the English adaptation for several prominent Viz manga titles, including Dragon Ball and Ranma ½. Then he moved into writing pop culture analyses, with The Comic Book Heroes (a gossipy, at times oddly personal history of superheroes and their creators), Honey, I’m Home!: Sitcoms: […]

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Dreadful Company

Dr. Greta Helsing, monster doctor, and her friends are back in Dreadful Company, the followup to Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw, and this book is better than the first. (You can read it without the first, as well, since only the characters continue, and you’re given what you need to know about them.) Greta is in Paris for a medical conference about treating the supernatural. Her vampire friend Ruthven is taking her to the opera, but that’s the last bit […]

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Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju Volume 8

Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju volume 8 handles two major stories of very different moods. First, there’s the aftermath of events of the previous book, where Yakumo collapsed on stage. He’s convinced his age means he’s done performing. Many others try to talk him out of retiring, but I’m not convinced he’s wrong. As a rakugo storyteller, he’s a vocal performer, and the state of his body does affect his voice. Perhaps he owes something to continuing the art, […]

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My Lady’s Choosing

As the kids raised on Choose Your Own Adventure books grow up, they turn the form into more adult entertainments of the same type. That’s what My Lady’s Choosing is — a pick-your-options story set in the vague milieu of historical romance by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris. You might fight spies with a dashing rogue in Scotland. Or flirt with minor lords in ballrooms while defeating a con artist trying to claim the estate. Or even have a sapphic […]

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Last Looks

Out this week is a Hollywood-set mystery that puts a green spin on the weirdo obsessive detective type. Last Looks by Howard Michael Gould introduces Charlie Waldo. He was an LA police detective before something bad (but predictable) happened, driving him to live in a tiny house in the woods in solitude. He’s decided, in order to minimize his impact on the world, that he can only own 100 things at any time. (Don’t feel too sorry for him. Those […]

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Ed Chavez Returns at New Manga Publisher

Ed Chavez, previously marketing director at Vertical, appeared at Otakon this weekend representing new manga publisher Denpa. What little information is available comes from their new Twitter feed, where they list themselves as the “home of Kaiji, Inside Mari, Futurelog, PEZ, panpanya, and Maiden Railways“. There’s been a little information on the various titles, but they seem to be aimed a little older than the teen manga audience and have some more unusual choices. PEZ by Hiroyuki Asada Full color […]

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2018 Harvey Award Nominees Announced; Schedule Changed

A month ago, the new, radically revised Harvey Awards plans were announced. The nominating committee would select a slate for voting by August 1, and the voting would end August 23. The nominees were announced on August 9, instead, and voting closes September 3 just before midnight Eastern time. (That’s Labor Day this year.) The biggest change, as previously discussed, is getting rid of all the creator awards but adding a movie/TV category as one of the only six categories. […]

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