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At Least Your Mom Isn’t Patsy Walker’s Mom

One of the things that surprised me about the new Netflix series, Marvel’s Jessica Jones, is how they managed to adapt a part of Patsy Walker’s (“Trish” Walker on the show, although the name Patsy plays a major role) comic book background pretty darn faithfully, namely how terrible her mother was in the comics. So, just in case anyone was bemoaning dealing with dysfunctional family members this Holiday weekend, I figured I’d show them that at least your mom isn’t Patsy Walker’s mom.
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Vote For the Greatest Captain America and Deadpool Stories!

This December, we’re doing not one, but TWO countdowns, one for Captain America’s 75th Anniversary and one for Deadpool’s 25th Anniversary. I figured it would make sense to create a centralized post where you can find the links to vote in each of the votes.

Go here to vote for your favorite Captain America stories.

Go here to vote for your favorite Deadpool stories.

The Guide to the Guide to Comics

It was the most successful fanzine in history — and also the most controversial. Wizard magazine is approaching its twenty-fifth anniversary, and G. Kendall of Not Blog X is here to examine the creator interviews, industry news, scatological humor, and twisted Mego shenanigans that defined an era.
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House to Astonish Episode 138

Plenty of juicy comics chat for you this time round, with discussion of Fox’s two new X-Men TV shows, the upcoming Power Man & Iron Fist series, AfterShock Comics’ announcement of American Monster, DC’s new Wonder Woman digital series, and all the recent comings and goings on Marvel’s movies and TV shows. We’ve also got reviews of I Hate Fairyland and Uncanny Avengers, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe hasn’t worked out all the bugs. All this plus Marc Alessi’s crossword solving service, the canon of the Gruffalo extended universe and the weird soapy taste of the Inhumans.


The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud.

Or you can just listen to it right here:

House to Astonish Episode 138 – Captain Tarzan by Housetoastonish on Mixcloud

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Emily Carroll’s Through the Woods is the Best Comic I’ve Read All Year

By which I mean Daaaaaaag. This was freaking scary.  I peed a little bit, and I am not ashamed.  This book is pee-scary .

It all starts innocently enough…

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Joe Asks For Help for His Kiddos Again.

Hey, fellow comics fans! I’m Joe. Remember me? It is kind of weird if you do. I was with this blog in the early days and I said many opinions loudly. Still loving comics …feels like a golden time, honestly; I’m reading more great stuff with more variety than ever before.

I’m also a teacher. This year, for the first time in my 13 years at my school, I’m teaching 6th grade. Dunno how much you guys know about 6th grade, but it isn’t the easiest grade to motivate to read. Therefore, I’ve started a crowdfunding project at the wonderful Donor’s Choose website.

The majority of the materials I’m asking for funding for are books, and a lot are comics. This class has gotten super into comics, much to my relief and delight, but my monthly issues I give them fall apart pretty quickly. Sixth graders are mad destructive, yo, and not even on purpose.

This all being said, if you’d like to contribute, please go to http://www.donorschoose.org/project/sixth-grade-classroom-awesome-ification/1729960/?rf=link-siteshare-2015-10-account_projects_teacher-teacher_426351&challengeid=95771 and donate any amount you can. If you use the code “SPARK” at check-out, donor’s choose will match your donation, up to 100 bucks. Anyway, back to your regularly scheduled comics talk. I didn’t get to read this week’s haul yet, but I’m super pumped.

Thanks just for taking time to read this!

What if Cloak and Dagger Retired to the Suburbs?

Nick Butch did the following piece for the most recent The Line it is Drawn, but it was too late for inclusion in that Line, so here it is on its own!
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You Go Your Way and I Go Mine: Kitty Pryde’s Use of the N-Word

This is the debut of a feature that I don’t imagine I will be using very often. In “Things That Turned Out Bad,” I spotlight comic book stories that were bad ideas at the time and only look worse in retrospect. In “Remember to Forget,” I spotlight comic book stories that are probably best forgotten (but not as outright bad as the stories featured in “Things That Turned Out Bad”). Occasionally, though, there are stories that I sort of think are bad enough ideas to spotlight in Things That Turned Out Bad, but I honestly am not sure. Hence, this feature.

A much simpler way of describing it is “in this feature, we spotlight divisive comic book plots.”

We begin with Kitty Pryde’s use of the n-word in X-Men comics during the 1980s.
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Check Out This Neat Joker Infographic

CBR senior editor Stephen Gerding put together this amazing-looking infographic of Joker’s various looks over his 75 year history. He did a great job with it. Brett White and I helped him put together the various “looks” that should be featured in the piece, but that’s very little compared to the effort Steve put into the design and production of the actual infographic. Well done!

“He’s a Doctor?” and Other Three-Word Heartbreaks on this Day of the Batman

For whatever reason, seeing that it is “Batman Day” made me think of Brian Azzarello. Maybe it’s that, this year, he’s co-written (or will have work he’s co-written released) four different projects featuring Batman. He’s written a surprising amount of comics featuring Batman from Broken City to Flashpoint: Batman: Knight of Vengeance to the Deathblow crossover to the Wednesday Comics story to First Wave to various shorts and guest appearances… I haven’t read every Azzarello Batman story (it’s pretty much a couple of shorts and that recent issue of Batman that he co-wrote that I didn’t know he co-wrote until the day after it came out), but I’ve read most of them and there are three that stand out to me today.

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Happy Batman Day!

Today is Batman Day. Let us celebrate by sharing your favorite Batman-related memory!

Also, let me take this occasion to announce a side project I’m writing for About.com about the Dark Knight!

If Se7en Was a 1990s Comic Book…

If Se7en was a 1990s comic book, the box wouldn’t be opened until the third sequel, and its contents would most likely involve clones.

Now your turn! Give me a good “If ____ was a 1990s comic book, then _____”! I might put together a top five of my favorites if there are enough good ones.

Celebrate Labor Day With a Look at Some of the Oddest Superhero Day Jobs of All-Time!


I wrote a piece for the main site spotlighting weird superhero day jobs, like Wonder Woman’s time slinging tacos or Hal Jordan’s time selling toys and insurance. Check it out here.

Sue Storm Celebrates Jack Kirby’s Birthday!

This week’s Line it is Drawn involved Jack Kirby characters celebrating his birthday. Here is Phil Horton’s entry, which was delayed due to some technical issues on my part. So I wanted to make sure everyone got to see it…

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Help Jamal Igle’s Molly Danger: The Ongoing Series Become a Reality!

Jamal Igle is doing a Kickstarter for a Molly Danger ongoing series. I’ve pledged to it, you should, too! It’s a fun series! Check out his campaign here.


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