Comet TV Airs Silent Horror Classics Halloween Night

This is a great idea — having a cozy home Halloween this year? Check out Comet TV, the free digital broadcast network, which is airing three silent horror classics on October 31 this year. The “Hushaween” Halloween marathon starts at 10 Eastern/9 Central with the vampiric Nosferatu (1922), starring Max Schreck. That’s followed by the 1919 The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (midnight E/11 C) and then the 1925 Lon Chaney The Phantom of the Opera (2:30 AM E/1:30 C).

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The Question of the Dead Mistress

Fifth in the Asperger’s Mystery series, which started with The Question of the Missing Head by E.J. Copperman and Jeff Cohen four years ago, The Question of the Dead Mistress is as enjoyable as any in the series, simply due to the character interactions. Samuel, who has Asperger’s syndrome, runs an agency called Questions Answered. Each of the volumes is spurred by an unusual question, which usually leads to a murder to solve. In this case, the question is, “Is […]

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Another Warner Streaming Service Shut Down – And This One Hurts

Continuing the pattern of Warner streaming services being shut down, the latest announcement is that FilmStruck will end next month. The move appeared to be the latest by WarnerMedia, under AT&T’s ownership, to streamline operations by cutting niche-oriented business ventures. Two sources familiar with the decision said the plan to kill FilmStruck was made prior to AT&T’s closing the Time Warner deal; in any case, the strategy aligns with the new WarnerMedia blueprint to shift resources to mass-market entertainment services. […]

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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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