20-Some Things I Learned From DC Comics Absolutely Everything You Need To Know

Review by KC Carlson DC Comics Absolutely Everything You Need To Know is a brand-new, 200-page book, published by DK, packed with information about the entire DC Universe (and its history). However, unlike previous DC Comics books from DK, it has a somewhat skewed sense of the minutia of the DCU that matches up with mine, so I’m finding it particularly entertaining and quite funny/absurd in places. I suspect the books’ four authors — Liz Marsham, Melanie Scott, Landry Q. […]

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RIP Terry Wiley

Markosia, earlier this week, posted the notice that Terry Wiley has passed away. Many American comic readers won’t know of his work, but I loved all of his series I read: the connected Sleaze Castle, Petra Etcetera, and Surreal School Stories and the more recent digital graphic novels VerityFair. That last follows an older actress trying to get work in a world getting progressively weirder, which is the kind of material Wiley excelled at, stories of everyday but distinctive people […]

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The Sabrina Teaser Is Certainly Creepy!

Netflix will release The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, starring Kiernan Shipka, on October 26, just in time for Halloween. Originally planned to run on the CW as a Riverdale spin-off, the show, written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, moved to Netflix for a planned two seasons of ten episodes each. Probably a good thing, since I don’t see all of this witchiness and demon worship (see trailer below) playing on a network. Boy, Shipka looks good in the role, though!

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Age of Bronze Reissued in Color

When it came out last decade, Eric Shanower’s Age of Bronze was a masterwork. Retelling the Trojan War humanized it and brought the history to life, and his gorgeously detailed art was a pleasure to read. On Wednesday, the first collection, A Thousand Ships, will be reissued in color, done by colorist John Dallaire, which should expose the story to a new audience. You can see some of this beautiful work in the selection of preview pages below.

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Sleepless #7

So glad to see Sleepless return after its summer break and the release of the collection of the first storyline. It’s an outstanding series that uses fantasy and romance conventions to tell a deeper story of politics. Sarah Vaughn and Leila del Duca are showing us a young woman finding her place and power in a setting where everything seems turned against her. It’s been almost a year since we last saw the princess Poppy. She’s still being guarded, but […]

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Elvira: Mistress of the Dark #2

In Elvira: Mistress of the Dark #1, the horror movie hostess met Mary Wollstonecraft; in this issue, there’s another classic figure of the genre introduced. It’s, as Elvira conveniently points out to readers, Edgar Allen Freaking Poe! As written by David Avallone and illustrated by Dave Acosta, the light and funny tone from the first issue continues, along with the fourth-wall breaking and boob mentions. However, there is some plot, and it does move along, as we learn who’s chasing […]

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The Small Press Expo Is Next Weekend!

I am surprised this is coming up so quickly! The Small Press Expo is next weekend in Bethesda, Maryland. Here are key things you need to know: The show runs from 11-7 on Saturday, September 15, and noon-6 on Sunday, September 16, with additional events before and after. That includes the Ignatz Awards Saturday night; here is the list of outstanding nominees. During the day, there are two programming tracks featuring many of the special guests. I’m honored to be […]

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A Lone Deer at the End of the World

Exactly what it says on the tin. D. Bradford Gambles’ A Lone Deer at the End of the World shows a deer wandering through the snow-covered wreckage of civilization, mostly an abandoned mall overtaken by nature. It’s quietly lyrical, as if you can hear the snow drifting. Larger panels are interspersed with focus images on details, reinforcing the feel of the setting. There’s a rather obvious metaphor for consumerism being behind the destruction of society. I enjoyed the issue for […]

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