Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year Three #6-7

Of all the many Doctor Who comics Titan have put out, this title gets my nod for the one exploring most realistically what it would really be like to be part of the Doctor’s adventures. That’s due to his companions, the artist Gabby Gonzalez (who’s been in the book since its launch) and her best friend, Cindy Wu. The group has just come from ancient China, where Cindy wound up meeting a bunch of duplicates of herself, which has understandably […]

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Superman #27

Superman #27 is the kind of comic I remember from my childhood, although then, these kinds of “learn about history and geography” travel stories tended to star Dennis the Menace, not DC’s first family. After confirming the existence of his son from a villain who tried to erase and then corrupt him, Superman needs a vacation. So Lois rents an RV and Clark, she, and their son Jon set out on a trip together for the fourth of July in […]

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Valiant Reworks Website, Posts Free Comics (If You Can Find Them)

I’m not convinced that “we’ve redone our website” is really news, but the ValiantEntertainment.com redesign has a few features that all comic publisher sites should consider. Some of them are basic, so it’s surprising that I need to point them out, but as a member of the press, sometimes I give up on covering something because I can’t find a suitable image of a cover or the details of a creative team on the official website. Valiant is addressing these […]

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First Set of Ringo Award Nominees Announced; Fewer Than 20% Women

The Ringo Awards, Baltimore Comic-Con’s award program established earlier this year, have now announced their first set of nominees, assembled through a combination of jury selection and fan voting (which may account for some of the lesser-known nominees). Out of the sixteen categories, seven are creator-based. (See below; the publisher-based awards follow this section.) Those categories have from five to nine people (or teams, in a few cases) listed. They total 52 creators nominated. Of those, ten are women, or […]

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San Diego Comic-Con Legally Bars Competitor From Talking

Three years ago, the San Diego Comic-Con started trying to bar the Salt Lake Comic Con from using the term “Comic Con”. The Salt Lake show used this legal case as an excuse for more publicity. Until now. Last week, at the San Diego show’s request, a judge placed a gag order on the Salt Lake organizers. The San Diego show seems to be concerned that the case is being tried in the court of public opinion, and they’re losing. […]

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Snickers DC Comic Redoes History With Women

Back in the day, there was a tradition of Superman and the Flash racing each other. It began in Superman #199 in 1967, and it’s understandable that the young male readers of the time loved “who’d win” showdowns. Superman was super at everything, but the Flash was “the fastest man alive”. Which was more important, overall power or a specialized skill? Most of these races end in a tie for various plot reasons. Recently, I discovered that Snickers, the candy […]

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Master Keaton Volume 11

It’s been a while since I’ve talked about the Master Keaton series — the last I covered was volume 8 last year — because it’s not your typical manga series. Each volume is best approached as a short story anthology, held together by most (but not all) of the chapters having an appearance by Taichi Keaton, insurance investigator (and former special forces soldier, which helps when someone tries to kill him, which happens more often than you’d expect). By this […]

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Dog Dish of Doom

Out next month is Dog Dish of Doom, the first “Agent to the Paws Mystery” starring a theatrical booking agent whose clients are animals. It’s written by E.J. Copperman, who also writes the Asperger’s Mystery series and the Haunted Guesthouse series. Last year, he launched the Mysterious Detective series, in which a mystery writer’s fictional detective shows up at her door. (There are even more under his other name, Jeff Cohen.) This writer knows his mysteries, in other words, and […]

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