Literature & Graphic Novels

 

We're Leaving the Girl Behind and Gaining Ground on the Woman [Podcast]

Oct
30

The Adventures of Phoebe McGee continue as we spend a lot of time talking to an old woman, witnessing a bird fight, and possibly hurdling off a cliff to our doom. Suddenly the ominous ocean doesn't seem so bad.

We're On an Island, and Everything Wants to Kill Us [Podcast]

Oct
26

It's 1937, and we're a lonely girl on an island off the coast of Maine. There's no dungeons or spaceships in this week's story, but there is an ocean, a lighthouse and some old people. That's basically the same thing, right?

One-Panel Review: Sergio Toppi's 'The Collector'--Hellboy and Indiana Jones Walk into a Western...

Oct
24

In One-Panel Review, we review a new comic through a single frame; this week, it's Sergio Toppi's charming, high adventure saga, The Collector, in which our Collector scours the world in search of fabulous artifacts of history and mythology. Toppi's long been a legendary figure in comics worldwide, making this recent translation a godsend to English-speaking readers.

The Pull List: Memetic #1 Delivers Visions of an Internet Apocalypse [Second Opinion]

Oct
22

Welcome to The Pull List, a weekly column where we check out a first isssue and tell you whether or not to follow that comic based only on that. The internet has been around for a fairly long time now, and yet we rarely see stories that try to approach internet and internet culture in a semi-serious fashion. Memetic is not afraind to do so, however.

The Pull List: Memetic Won't Be Going Viral Anytime Soon

Oct
22

Welcome to The Pull List, a weekly column where we check out a first isssue and tell you whether or not to follow that comic based only on that. BOOM! Studios' latest series, Memetic, posits an apocalypse via internet meme. While the premise seems ripe enough, the execution does nothing you wouldn't draw up yourself in five minutes on a napkin.

Friendship is Magic, But We Have Sh*t to Do! [Podcast]

Oct
18

We're switching it up this week with a triple-header of short story adventures! Step with us into Julius Caesar's sandals and try not to get assassinated. Then grab your ball gown for a Victorian-era journey through Pride and Prejudice. Then help us save a cat planet by overthrowing its evil dictator.

One-Panel Review: Hugh and Kerascoet's 'Beauty' is Minimal and Terrifying

Oct
17

In One-Panel Review, we look at and review a new comic through a single frame; this week we're looking at Beauty, a graphic novel about an ugly peasant with a classic case of monkey's paw wish-making. It has the stark drama (and horror) of H.C. Andersen tales, expanded to the length of a saga, drawn in minimally gorgeous designs.

5 Places To Sate Your Nerd Thirst In And Around Boulder

Oct
14

I recently moved to Boulder, Colorado, which means that I've had to find new venues to feed my movie, comics and music fetishes. Rather than hoard this information for myself, I figured I would share my findings with all of you. After all, whether you're a resident or a visitor there's always things to discover in the city. Be sure to give me a ring if you're in the area.

9 Of The Best Free Comics At Comixology Right Now

Oct
12

Comixology keeps a small collection of comics for free! Did you know this? Perhaps you did. Sensibly most of them are #1 issues, just in case you were looking for another series to sink your teeth, and money, into. Maybe you don't have time to go reading all 56 free comics, so I did that for you (aren't I kind?) and found 9 selections that aren't just enjoyable on their own, but should lead you into wallet slimming obsessions. Enjoy!

The Walking Dead Season 5 Drinking Game

Oct
11

By all means, The Walking Dead is massively successful. Season five is just about to begin, and a sixth season has already been announced, and this zombie train shows no signs of slowing down (idea for season seven: "zombie train"). Let's be honest, though, sometimes you need a drink or two to get through an episode. So let's make a game of it, why don't we?

6 Tips For Creating A Villain You Can't Stop Thinking About

Oct
11

It's a staple of narrative thought that a hero is only as good as his villain. In fact there are many people out there who would say that villains are more often the most interesting characters in a story. It's also true that it's very easy to create a villain who is an obstacle more than a character. No matter how much trouble he causes the hero, and no matter how many henchmen he kills in a fit of pique, he'll be nothing but a collection of moments, not a real character. He won't stand on his own. Just like you should be able to tell a good story about your hero without a villain directly opposing him, your villain should be able to stand on his own without a hero opposing him.

One-Panel Snapshot: Interstellar Walkabout in 'Tourist Unknown #1'

Oct
10

Welcome to another one-panel snapshot, where we throw comic book recommendations your way by looking at the best panel in the issue. Today, it's Gustav Carlson's new indie series Tourist Unknown, a light-hearted, sci-fi travelogue following the Tourist as she hops between locales far-flung in time and space!

5 Ways They Might Bring Wolverine Back from the Dead

Oct
10

No matter how you feel about it, they're killing Wolverine. Likewise, no matter how you feel about it, they're almost certainly going to bring him back. Some of you may bitch, some of you may sigh, some of you may happily accept this as part of the life cycle of popular comic book characters. The truth is that they're doing a fine job of giving Logan his send off. With worries about his noble death dismissed I can comfortably start focusing on the wacky ways that he might be brought back to life.

In Deep Space, Body Slamming is Always an Option [Podcast]

Oct
09

Come aboard our faster-than-light spaceship for a journey that bends the laws of space and time! Seriously though, distorted reality and time travel are only the beginning of our worries in this week's chilling tale.

NPR's 100 Best Fantasy/SciFi Books in Flowchart-Form

Oct
09

If there's one thing to thank global warming for, it's extended summer reading, and we've got you covered there: the good folks at SFSignal converted NPR's best-of Scifi/Fantasy list into a snarkily-written, handy-dandy flowchart/infograph covering all the reader-voted essentials. More of an interactive-flowchart kinda guy? Yep, they made one of those too. 

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