• Scariest Movie of My Life: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    Scariest Movie of My Life: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    The movie—or movie series—that has scared me for the longest and with the greatest intensity is the Texas Chainsaw Massacre series. The original (which is technically titled The Texas Chain Saw Massacre) came out before I was born and has loomed in the shadows my whole life. Growing up in Texas, it was impossible not

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  • The Power of Tank Girl: One Girl’s Personal Diary

    The Power of Tank Girl: One Girl’s Personal Diary

    Are you ready for some TANK GIIIIIRL? Many of you may have been born ready. Many of you may know her of old. But if you’re new? No probs. That just means you’re lucky, cos the tank’s full (of comics), and the night is long. Tank Girl is a girl—a woman, in my reading, but

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  • The Local: More Fun Comics & Games in Denton, Texas

    The Local: More Fun Comics & Games in Denton, Texas

    Two women drive past a comic book store. (No, this isn’t the beginning of a joke.) Woman 1: Oh, hey, a comic book store, let’s check it out! Woman 2: Oh, yeah, I hope they have the new Harley Quinn!

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  • New to Manga: Trying Monster by Naoki Urasawa

    New to Manga: Trying Monster by Naoki Urasawa

    When I decided to dip my toe into the manga pond, I heard one name over and over:  Naoki Urasawa. He was the best of the best, an Eisner-winner multiple years in a row for his sci-fi epic 20th Century Boys. Interested as I was, manga’s tendency toward long-running, epic stories scared me off for

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  • Multifarious: Art Untranslatable

    Multifarious: Art Untranslatable

    I am sucker for typography and illustration. These illustrations by artist Ellen Frances Sanders depicting untranslatable words combine my favorite things: typography, illustration, and the charming and often frustrating nuance of languages:   While you are at it, take a look at her other work. — Ginnis Aaaaah. So beautiful. Why, why can’t Jodorowsky just sit

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  • Baldwin-faced Misogynist: Please Don’t Publish Mr. Gamergate’s Book, Dark Horse

    Baldwin-faced Misogynist: Please Don’t Publish Mr. Gamergate’s Book, Dark Horse

    I don’t know if you know this about us, but neither Megan nor I have any time for Firefly. How many times have I bent her ear about the truly absurd & terrible poster for Serenity? So many times! So you’d think I’d be all pleased about an opportunity to spread my seeds of hate.

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  • Addicted to Ladies Night

    Addicted to Ladies Night

    I’m sure it was Fate, that blustery, not quite spring day, when my friend and I ventured off to Toronto Comic Con. I was determined to find a copy of Jeremy Whitley’s Princeless, but none of the vendors had heard of it — until I got to Comic Book Addiction. Yes, we love Princeless, they

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  • Kickstarter of the Week: Daughters of Mercury

    Kickstarter of the Week: Daughters of Mercury

    Trans women haven’t historically been represented in traditional oil painting. Artist Janet Bruesselbach wants to change that with a new series of paintings, Daughters of Mercury. Janet took a few moments to share what inspired the project and what she brings the art as a classically-trained artist. In the Daughters of Mercury Kickstarter campaign, Janet

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  • Review: Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #1

    Review: Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #1

    Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #1 Robbie Morrison (writer), Dave Taylor (artist) Titan Comics Creating a tie-in comic for an ongoing live-action TV property must, I imagine, be something like unicycling on a tightrope while juggling. You’re effectively translating at the same time as telling a story, taking characters performed by actors and rendering their

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  • Yet More Violence: Michael Bay’s Transformers Against IDW’s Transformers

    Yet More Violence: Michael Bay’s Transformers Against IDW’s Transformers

    This post contains spoilers for Transformers: Punishment; Age of Extinction; Windblade; Dark Cybertron; More than Meets the Eye; Robots in Disguise; and Last Stand of the Wreckers. The Transformer movies, the best selling interpretation of the brand, are simultaneously the most ideologically opposed to the stories of the IDW comic book continuity and the most racist,

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  • Reviews Roulette: Creepy #18, Costume Quest, and I Was the Cat

    Reviews Roulette: Creepy #18, Costume Quest, and I Was the Cat

     I Was the Cat Paul Tobin (W) Benjamin Dewey (A) Oni Press On the roulette wheel of random comics review, sometimes you win and sometimes your prize is playing the game. I had not previously heard of I Was the Cat before it was randomly assigned to me to review. I started reading with a

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  • Wrap up of Baltimore Comic Con

    Wrap up of Baltimore Comic Con

    Time for my long overdue wrap up of Baltimore Comic Con! (Sorry it has taken so long; health stuff.) Baltimore Comic Con was held Sept 5-7 at the Baltimore Convention Center. This is another con that seems to have grown exponentially since last year, though the promoters do not release the attendance numbers, so it

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  • Where Do We Stand? September Comic Sales

    Where Do We Stand? September Comic Sales

    Topping the Diamond’s top ten lists are two beloved characters, Marvel’s Wolverine and DC’s Batman. Taking the top two spots on single issue list is Death of Wolverine #1 and #2. The weekly mini series is getting so much buzz that even NPR’s All Things Considered has a piece about it. First prize on the

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  • Off With Her Head! Klimt Goes To Drakulon: A Discussion of Art, Reference, and Story

    Off With Her Head! Klimt Goes To Drakulon: A Discussion of Art, Reference, and Story

    Gorgeous, right? This is Judith and the Head of Holofernes, or Judith I, by Klimt. Gustav Klimt is enduringly famous, as his work should be — it’s also often referenced. Judith, the subject of the picture, is an Old Testament heroine who achieves political grace by gratifying and then beheading the general who is ransacking her

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  • Review: Red Sonja, The Black Tower #2

    Review: Red Sonja, The Black Tower #2

    Red Sonja: The Black Tower #2 Frank Tieri (w) Cezar Razek (a) Amanda Connor (covers) Dynamite October 15, 2014 Issue 2 of Frank Tieri’s Red Sonja mini-series, The Black Tower, just arrived in stores. Let’s check in and see how our ample-bosomed, red-headed heroine is faring? If you need a refresher, you can read the

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  • DICE Interview: Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie

    DICE Interview: Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie

    In the last and longest of my DICE interviews, I talked to Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie about their hit gods-as-pop-stars comic The Wicked and the Divine. Editor Chrissy Williams was also on hand to provide clarifications and additional wit. We covered a lot of ground, including pop culture, the generation of ideas, cultural appropriation,

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