FYI: Impressive BATMAN Fan-Films Exist!

Posted by Jon Wiener October 9, 2011
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Sunday morning – surfing the net – minding my owns… What’s this?  A series of unofficial Batman movies executed on a shoestring budget?  These must be awful!  Here’s the catch, readers…they’re actually pretty darn good. BAT IN THE SUN PRODUCTIONS was founded by father/son duo Sean and Aaron Schoenke about 10 years ago.  Though they’ve [...]

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COMICS WRITERS! Stop setting your stories in Portland. KTHXBYE!

Posted by Rob Noble August 11, 2011

I’ve always been fascinated with the differences in comics that choose to portray actual, real cities versus those that place their characters in such exotic locales as “Coast City,” “Central City” and “Hub City.” Probably the most famous of these fictional burgs are Gotham and Metropolis, and it was with this in mind that Stan [...]

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Mattel’s Longest-Lasting Superhero Toy Line Comes To an End

Posted by Rob Noble June 3, 2011

The country’s biggest toy convention, NYC’s Toy Fair, was last month and although I didn’t go, I did read the press releases and reviews that came out of it. Lots of ink was spilled discussing the new Masters of the Universe figures and Green Lantern tie-ins, but the biggest news to me was also the [...]

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Another Comix Twofer for Incognito!

Posted by Rob Noble March 23, 2011

Even Ed Brubaker’s commented on it in the back pages, but there was almost no lag between issues 3 and 4 of his terrific new sequel series, Incognito: Bad Influences.  (This post is another two-fer, because these issues flow so smoothly it’s easier to treat any issue like part of the larger piece that it [...]

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A Belated Birthday to an Unlikely Futurist!

Posted by Rob Noble March 23, 2011
Al Jaffee

A late happy 90th birthday to Mr. Al Jaffee, Playboy cartoonist, creator of the Mad Magazine fold-in and the Tall Tales comic strip, among other noticeable pieces of boyhood snickery. His birthday was March 13th, and I’ve been meaning to say something about him for a while.  Not only is he a national treasure and [...]

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Doom Patrol’s Negative Man guest-stars on Fringe!

Posted by Rob Noble March 9, 2011

With Fringe on hiatus until next month, I thought I’d re-watch some old episodes and spackle those holes in my knowledge of the show’s deep, DC comics-inspired backstory. I’ve written before about the preponderance of DC superheroes and supervillains that keep making cameos.  From the Crisis on Infinite Earths plotlines to the WW2 super-speedsters, this [...]

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It’s a comix two-fer, Batman and Witchfinder!

Posted by Rob Noble March 6, 2011

Today’s quick comic review is going to be a two-fer, because I wanted to talk about Batman: The Return (which came last month) and also Sir Edward Grey, Witchfinder, which is fresh on the stands last week.  That one’s from Dark Horse, and I’m printing a Scott Allie interview next week, so I thought it [...]

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RIP, Dwayne McDuffie

Posted by Rob Noble February 27, 2011
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Aw man, Dwayne McDuffie has died.  A veteran of Marvel, DC and the founder of the Milestone funnybooks, he’d been responsible for some of the best, most ethnically-diverse characters and story arcs of the past 15 years.  I came on board as a DMD fan a little late, having given up on superhero comics through [...]

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Let’s talk about ‘Young Justice’ Ep0102

Posted by Rob Noble January 16, 2011
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So last week saw the official 2-part premiere of Young Justice, the latest DC animated series from Warner Bros. For those of you needing a recap, see some of my thoughts here, but I’d like to do something other than a straight-up review. I’ll probably end up reviewing most (if not all) of the episodes [...]

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Incognito #2 takes you to the super-brothel!

Posted by Rob Noble January 8, 2011
Incognito 2

Incognito #2 hit the stands last week, and it’s about time. If you’re like me, you can’t get enough of Ed Brubaker’s hard-boiled anti-hero Zack Overkill. Once a supervillian, then a (lousy) fake semi-hero out on parole, this second volume finds Zack going undercover trying to find a former S.O.S agent who’s taken to carving [...]

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