Axel-In-Charge: Navigating the "Civil War II" Landscape, Bringing DMC to Marvel
He wasn’t a superstar like Neal Adams or Jack Kirby but to fans of my generation, Murphy Anderson was DC Comics. He was the look of the company throughout the sixties, the same way Dan DeCarlo was for Archie or Kirby was for Marvel. And now he’s gone, at the age of 89. Continue Reading »
The Antiquarian Book Fair, that is, which is getting to be as big a thing for us as the reunion that always accompanies the big Emerald City Comic-Con. Continue Reading »
Long ago, the premiere week of the new fall TV season was a Big Deal. And as those of you who read this space regularly probably know, in our household, it still is. Continue Reading »
Specifically, my issues with the issues chosen by DC Entertainment for their “Top Ten Batman Stories You’ve Never Read” list. Continue Reading »
Which is to say, Jethro Dumont, better known as mystic crimefighter The Green Lama; and his current biographers, “new pulp” novelist Adam Lance Garcia and illustrator Mike Fyles. As for the Great Old Ones, well, you’ll see. Continue Reading »
2015 has been rough for us; we’ve had to cancel so many things this year I honestly thought we wouldn’t be able to do any kind of traveling at all. But then the printshop where I occasionally work needed a brochure job delivered to the Tokeland Hotel, and I volunteered to go. It was kind of a work trip but not a LOT of work, just a courier job basically, and with the shop picking up gas money for the first part of the trip and the hotel spotting us a room for the night, we could afford the rest of it. Continue Reading »
It’s probably my favorite Batman story of all time… well, okay, tied for first with “The Laughing Fish” and “Half an Evil.” Continue Reading »
Writing the Sherlock Holmes column a couple of weeks ago reminded me of something we used to see in comics all the time and now we don’t. Continue Reading »
Okay, this is kind of nerdy and silly, but apparently this dumb habit of mine is shared by enough other people that there’s actually a name for it now. Continue Reading »
Bits and pieces. Random items that didn’t rate a full column. You all know the drill by now. Continue Reading »
With Mr. Holmes in theaters and a new Sherlock special on the horizon, once again the ‘best version’ discussion-slash-friendly-wrangle-of-an-argument has cropped up among my Holmesian friends. Someone asked me about the best version of Holmes in COMICS and it stonkered me. Continue Reading »
I actually didn’t read any comics this week at all. But that doesn’t mean we were lacking for comics-related nerdy entertainment.
We mostly checked in with a lot of movies and TV that we normally wouldn’t have gotten to enjoy but for the kindness of friends, or occasionally strangers who supplied review copies. Anyway, all of these efforts have been piling up in my maybe-that’s-worth-a-column mention file. So here’s the rundown on the lot, capsule-review style. Continue Reading »
So this infographic showed up on my feeds a couple of days ago. You’ve probably seen it if you’re a book person. It’s depressing even if you’re not a writer, though it does explain certain media trends. Continue Reading »
Once upon a time, if you wanted to read collected comics in book form, you had to hit your local library and seek out the 740s in the non-fiction section. You could usually find a hardcover Peanuts treasury or two, or maybe if you got lucky, Les Daniels’s Comix! or Jules Feiffer’s The Great Comic Book Heroes. And that was IT.
No more. Now we are surrounded by reprint editions of great comics from every era. Just this week I came across three collections of my favorite runs that for the most part, I was sure would NEVER be collected… even in a world that’s already given us the complete Creature Commandos. Continue Reading »
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