• Vampire Dark Phoenix?! Jean Grey’s Weirdest Transformations

    Vampire Dark Phoenix?! Jean Grey’s Weirdest Transformations0

    Jean Grey. We know her as Marvel Girl, Black Queen, Phoenix, and just plain Jean. She’s had a lot of costumes, codenames, and transformations over the years, most famously when she became the world-destroyer known as Dark Phoenix. The Dark Phoenix Saga looms large in the memories of X-Men fans as a story of triumph

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  • A Fistful of Comics: Crowdfunding Roundup May ’19

    A Fistful of Comics: Crowdfunding Roundup May ’190

    May has brought a true host of kid-friendly romps and maybe-less-kid-friendly collections to my internet doorstep, and it’s my utter pleasure to share them with you, dear reader. From heartwarmingly-named sidekicks to striking, graphic artbooks, this month’s offerings are widely varied but super excitingly inspirational. Take a look!

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  • 4 Reasons to Love Andy Kubert’s X-Men Covers

    4 Reasons to Love Andy Kubert’s X-Men Covers0

    When Andy Kubert took over the reins on X-Men and Uncanny X-Men during my ’90s comic collecting days, I developed a love-hate relationship with his artwork. I was always frustrated by the same face syndrome he displayed in his art and by his weirdly disproportionate appendages, with knees that seemed to take up far more

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  • Top Picks for Free Comic Book Day 2019

    Top Picks for Free Comic Book Day 20190

    In 2015 and 2017, I read most of the Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) offerings and showcased the ones I thought were worth picking up. Some may call that an act of public service but I truly do this out of the goodness of my heart. Like clockwork, I return two years later to once

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  • Burn Before Reading: Compelling Reasons to Not Read A Book

    Burn Before Reading: Compelling Reasons to Not Read A Book0

    I enjoy lists about who’s reading what, from our own Dogears to NPR Books’ Friday Reads. However, sometimes I’m just not going to read that book that you love so much, or that you’re shocked I haven’t read by now, or that you think might be the next big thing. And, as I expand my

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  • Marvelous MoCCA Mini Roundup

    Marvelous MoCCA Mini Roundup0

    Going to the annual Museum of Comics and Cartoon Arts fest is nostalgic for me. I remember so many venues this con has used over the years, and recall so fondly the sense of excitement and discovery in finding quirky little photocopied mini comics, sold directly to me by their creators. Over a decade ago,

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