19 August 2014

Introducing IronLantern2814 Custom Figures

By: Clarence at 11:35 pm | Start the conversation! | Email the author

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You may have enjoyed reviews written by our own Roshawn Rochester (Go ahead and read; the reviews won’t bite.). Now, Roshawn has established his custom figures business. IronLantern2814 Customs can be found on Facebook where Roshawn offers action figures “made to order.” … Continued »

17 August 2014

The Triumphs and Trouble of Trillium [REVIEW]

By: Clarence at 11:58 pm | Start the conversation! | Email the author

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Jeff Lemire delves into science fiction in Trillium, published by Vertigo. Originally, Trillium was a monthly limited series; as a complete graphic novel, I really respect Lemire’s ambition. However, the tale of two people from totally different places meeting up is only decent in execution. … Continued »

11 August 2014

A Positive Look at the Ninja Turtles Movie [REVIEW]

By: Roshawn at 9:15 pm | Start the conversation! | Email the author

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I am going to try and tackle this one from all sides. Mirage, Nickelodeon, IDW…you name it. If you are a fan of the Mirage Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) you will walk out of the movie liking the teamwork and violence in it.

If you are a Nickelodeon comic fan, then you will like Michelangelo… that’s it. If you are an IDW fan, this is as close to perfect as you can ever hope to imagine. With that in mind, I will explain the reasons why I absolutely loved this movie. … Continued »

8 August 2014

Man vs. Rock Comic Review

By: Roshawn at 1:40 pm | Start the conversation! | Email the author

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One thing I want to add before getting into my review is that this book has mature language and scenes. In no way is it for kids. This is definitely a “mature audiences” only book. With that in mind, please read on! … Continued »

5 August 2014

The Birth of Korean Cool: Euny Hong Provides South Korea-in-a-Book [REVIEW]

By: Clarence at 10:05 am | Start the conversation! | Email the author

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The Birth of Korean Cool, Euny Hong’s book about the Korean Wave or hallyu, which only appeared to take place overnight. It seems that all of a sudden we’re aware of Samsung phones and Psy galloping his way to gazillions of YouTube hits. However, Hong describes how South Korean’s influencing world culture, not just pop culture, was a few decades in the making.

In just over 250 pages, Hong documents developments in South Korean music, movies, technology, and food. Ms. Hong, a Korean-American who has also lived in France and Germany, is our tour guide through modern South Korea. She maintains a balancing act where she shares her experiences living in Seoul’s Gangnam district as a teenager and reporting South Korea’s aspirations of worldwide cultural dominance. … Continued »

4 August 2014

Smiling Rocket Raccoon Co-Creator Will Make Your Week

By: Clarence at 11:31 pm | Start the conversation! | Email the author

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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy kept the positive momentum for its Cinematic Universe making over $160MM worldwide in its first weekend. My friend, Roshawn Rochester, thinks Guardians is the “movie of the summer.” Now there’s further reason to delight in Marvel’s spectacle: Bill Mantlo “thoroughly enjoyed” the movie according to his brother. … Continued »

1 August 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy May Be “Movie of the Summer” [REVIEW]

By: Roshawn at 9:59 pm | 3 responses! We'd like your thoughts, too! | Email the author

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Guardians of the Galaxy is the wildest and most fantastic Marvel movie yet! If you are looking for an out of this world, drag you by the seat of your pants, sci-fi action comedy, look no further!

THE movie of the summer is out now and it is amazing! Even with all the fantastic jumps we’ve made in technology, this movie is teeming with the 80’s, and the amalgamation of old and new school is mind blowing. … Continued »

30 July 2014

Top 10 Moments From Penguins vs. Possums Volume 1

By: Roshawn at 8:26 pm | Start the conversation! | Email the author

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I can’t believe we’re up to the paperback collection now! This TPB by Sebastian Kadlecik, John Bring, and Lindsay Calhoon Bring is so exciting! With this momentous occasion locked down, I want to share a few of my favorite moments throughout this hilarious, violent clash between the Penguins and Possums. … Continued »

21 July 2014

Crowdfunding Catch: New G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Poster Almost Ready For Action

By: Clarence at 11:44 pm | Start the conversation! | Email the author

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Robert Carson Mataxis built 3DJoes as a virtual shelf for action figures of the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero line. A nostalgic trip awaits for visitors as they get a 360 degree look at the classic battling figure. Mataxis keeps 3DJoes free from advertising, preferring to sell posters of various figure sets. Now, he looks to Kickstarter to make a new G.I. Joe-related poster. … Continued »

17 July 2014

Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Seconds: Tasty, But Not Totally Filling

By: Clarence at 11:35 pm | Start the conversation! | Email the author

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I’ve looked forward to Seconds since consuming the Scott Pilgrim franchise, graphic novels, the game, and the movie. Whether this story becomes a phenomenon, I’m unsure. Bryan Lee O’Malley blends elements of romance, science fiction, and horror while having an abundance of symbolism. For example, much of the story takes place in the snowy winter where isn’t just the weather that gets cold.

Where Scott Pilgrim is a love story wrapped in video game bravado, Seconds is a love story steeped in mysticism and folklore. This is not Scott Pilgrim for foodies. The most interesting relationship arises not between the flame-haired protagonist and her love interest, but a growing bond between her and an unlikely naif.

O’Malley utilizes his trademark manga-esque artwork, but he has a solid handle on the gloomier scenes. While Seconds is a quick read, O’Malley uses black panels for good effect. As the lead character is selfish for much of the book, I was left wondering if she had truly earned her happiness. … Continued »