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 »

Lee Milewski Interview

By: Roshawn at 7:35 pm | Start the conversation! | Email the author

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Roshawn Rochester interviews Lee Milewski, author of the successfully crowdfunded The Somber Crown. … Continued »

14 July 2014

110-Character Challenge: Is Valiant Hearts a Wise Game? [REVIEW]

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Here’s my review, with additional thoughts, of the multiplatform video game, Valiant Hearts: The Great War. While I aim to keep my bite-size review in 110 characters or less, I missed by two characters. On the other hand, the triumphs and tragedies that occurred during World War I should not be forgotten.

Valiant Hearts shows WWI sacrifices & tech advances. All’s noisy on doggie puzzle front, but hint system’s fair.

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13 July 2014

Grayson #1: Examining the First Few Pages [REVIEW]

By: Clarence at 11:14 pm | Start the conversation! | Email the author

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Finally, a new New 52 title I can look forward to reading. Tim Seeley, Tom King, Mikel Janin and others tell the tale of Dick Grayson’s next stage as a hero. Most of my comments are about the first few pages of the comic. I’m not a big fan of Dick Grayson and I’m not really into spy stuff, but Grayson is more interesting than Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a show I’m tried of already after one season. SPOILERS ahead. … Continued »

9 July 2014

Some Fine Day Book Review

By: Clarence at 10:28 pm | Start the conversation! | Email the author

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Finally, I post this review on Kat Ross’ Some Fine Day. The beginning is flavored with plenty of sci-fi futurism, but it becomes a thriller with a young woman seeking the future she wants. For me, the second half becomes a “page turner” where I wanted to find out what Jansin does next. The following review avoids many spoilers. … Continued »

8 July 2014

Punk the Capital Spotlights Early DC Punk Scene

By: Sarah Lippincott at 5:51 pm | Start the conversation! | Email the author

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The underground music scene in Washington D.C. forever altered the definition of punk, taking it from nihilism and pulling it towards something constructive. Within this unlikely town in 1979, generations, musical genres and powerful personalities created a volatile mix that has influenced music and culture around the world.

Punk the Capital, Straight from Washington D.C., directed and produced by veteran D.C. filmmakers James Schneider and Paul Bishow, captures the essence of D.C. punk from its source and steers shy of nostalgia, making this history relevant 35 years later. … Continued »

7 July 2014

San Diego Comic-Con ’14: Top Cow To Offer Exclusive Litho Prints

By: Clarence at 8:32 pm | Start the conversation! | Email the author

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Top Cow Productions is going all out for San Diego Comic-Con. They’re offering exclusive variants, VIP packages, and lithographic prints. Several VIP packages are offered including the Stjepan Sejic/Matt Hawkins Package, the Marc Silvestri package, and the ComicCon Writer’s Package. Availability for the packages are limited and seats for them will be sold at $200. Visit booth #2629 if you’re interested. … Continued »

26 June 2014

The Outcast #1: Skybound Knocks Another One Out of the Park [REVIEW]

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Someone tell those Winchester boys that a new player has arrived in super natural territory.

This book should be required reading in Outdoing Yourself 101. Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Super Dinosaur and Invincible) and Paul Azaceta (Graveyard of Empires) take you to rural West Virginia to battle your inner demons…literally. … Continued »

25 June 2014

Will Gail Z. Martin Satisfy Urban Readers’ Deadly Curiosities? [REVIEW]

By: Clarence at 6:55 pm | Start the conversation! | Email the author

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I’m a newbie to the urban fantasy genre, but Gail Z. Martin’s Deadly Curiosities was a sometimes pleasant, sometimes eerie stroll through one the Deep South’s most interesting cities. At over 360 pages, Curiosities is the first major story in a greater narrative. I may have to read the Adventures short stories if I ever have time.

Martin gives readers plenty of magical strangeness with hints of splendor. The heroine is capable, but isn’t impervious. I must get accustomed to 300-plus page adventures where no stone is left unturned, but I think urban fantasy readers will enjoy Martin’s work. … Continued »