Black Panther Extras Promote the Women of Wakanda

To draw attention to the imminent release of Black Panther on home video — you can rent the digital version starting tomorrow, with the Blu-ray release a week after, on May 15 — Marvel is promoting one of the special features, “The Warriors Within”, which focuses on the importance of the women of Wakanda (and how the actresses learned to fight). Here are two clips: A photo gallery: As well as these interview statements: Lupita Nyong’o: “I love the way […]

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Are Iron Man Variant Covers a New Low in Creativity or a Clever Way to Block Shelf Space?

Tony Stark is going to be back as Iron Man in the comics — which makes sense, since that’s who the mass, movie-going audience thinks should be in the armor. To promote the release of Tony Stark Iron Man #1, written by Dan Slott, illustrated by Valerio Schiti, and out this June, Marvel has announced 20 variant covers. You’ll notice, from the gallery below, that there’s an odd similarity to them. Looks like someone has been having fun with Photoshop. […]

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Manga Art: Inspiration and Techniques from an Expert Illustrator

I haven’t seen an art book quite like Manga Art: Inspiration and Techniques from an Expert Illustrator before. I’ve enjoyed Mark Crilley’s work for a long while, both his fiction comics (dating from Akiko) and his how-to-make-comics volumes. This is the book that comes closest to giving a good idea of what he really likes and wants to do. It’s simply a book of illustrations, all relating to manga in some way. In his introduction, Crilley praises the “atmosphere of […]

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Batman Ninja

Out this week is Batman Ninja, an anime-styled superhero adventure in which Batman and his enemies are sent back in time and around the world. Here’s the official plot description and trailer. Gorilla Grodd’s time displacement machine transports many of Batman’s worst enemies to feudal Japan — along with the Dark Knight and a few of his allies. The villains take over the forms of the feudal lords that rule the divided land, with the Joker taking the lead among […]

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Enough Is Enough

This cute little picture book by Barney Saltzberg features two siblings who happen to be sheep and a playful approach to page structure. Enough Is Enough demonstrates both the need for alone time, sometimes, and the pleasure of interacting together at other times. Olive wants to read, but younger brother Will wants to play. So she tears a hole in the wall (as shown on the cover) and visits some imaginative landscapes in a series of double-page spreads. But after […]

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Mean Girls Club: Pink Dawn

Mean Girls Club: Pink Dawn by Ryan Heshka is a visually-driven fantasy that puts classic glamour girls in exaggeratedly violent situations. I was curious, because I read his earlier one-shot with the same characters but didn’t remember it. I wondered if a longer format would provide more substantial content. Yes and no — we get brief descriptions of what brought these women to this place, and a story where the underdogs fight back, but it’s still driven primarily by the […]

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Favorites Return From First Second in Spring 2019

Continuing my coverage of what First Second is planning to put out about a year from now… I previously wrote about the launch of Maker Comics and plans for more Science Comics. Here are some stand-alone books that have ties to previous favorites. Lucy Knisley has a new graphic memoir coming next February. Her last major release was Something New: Tales From a Makeshift Bride, about her wedding, so now comes Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos, about her […]

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Go Pledge for Warning Label Because I Want a Con-Running Card Game

I’ve previously talked about Warning Label, the nerdy romance comic by Thom Zahler that ran for 39 chapters on Webtoon. I loved it. The plot’s about Danielle, a woman cursed by an ex to have a “warning label” that tells new romantic prospects of her relationship flaws. It’s a great device to explore how to grow up and figure out what’s important to someone in life and love, particularly once Jeff is determined not to let the label scare him […]

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