Marvel invites you to a Super Marriage
Northstar pops the question in Astonishing X-men #50
May 23rd, 2012
10:09 AM ET

Marvel invites you to a Super Marriage

Hello again, fellow comic readers!

This week’s new comic Wednesday pick is Marvel Comics’ “Astonishing X-Men #50,”  a book that promises to generate a bit of controversy.

Spoiler alert! If you don’t want to know the “big deal” about this book, stop reading now and skip to the lower part of the post to see the list of books coming out this week.

Marvel Comics’ mutant character Northstar has not often been a headliner. If all you know about the X-Men is what you've seen in movies starring Hugh Jackman, then you likely don’t know him at all. FULL POST

'Dancer' delivers intrigue
May 16th, 2012
05:28 PM ET

'Dancer' delivers intrigue

Greetings, fellow comics readers!

This week is an excellent opportunity to show those newly interested in comic books (perhaps due to a certain $1 billion grossing movie) that comics aren't just about superheroes.

The best example of what's possible without a man in tights is this week's first issue of "Dancer," from Image Comics.

This series is not just your usual "retired assassin chased by sniper" story. In this case, the assassin's ballerina companion is a major part of the ultra-violent action in Milan, Italy.

Daniel Dean of Titan Games and Comics in Smyrna, Georgia said this title caught his interest because it is written by Nathan Edmondson, most recently known as the writer of DC's "New 52" series, "Grifter."

“More importantly to me, and people in the store, he produced ‘Who is Jake Ellis?’" said Dean. "Really, really great stuff.” FULL POST

'The Tick' reaches 100: SPOON!
The Tick and Invincible team up in The Tick #100.
May 9th, 2012
10:26 AM ET

'The Tick' reaches 100: SPOON!

Hello again, fellow comic readers!

"The Tick" is a brilliant superhero parody first published by New England Comics in the 1980s, and is perhaps best known to most thanks to a well-remembered cartoon in the '90s and a short-lived live action show early last decade.

This week, this hilarious arachnid reaches a milestone with “Tick #100: The Tick meets Invincible!!” Longtime "Tick" writer Benito Cereno - who, since 2009 has been responsible for what I think are some of the best "Tick" stories thus far - teams up with Robert Kirkman's comic book hero, Invincible.

“Robert Kirkman gets a lot of love for the Walking Dead and it's all well deserved," said Daniel Dean of Titan Comic Books & Games in Smyrna, Georgia. "However, he first won my heart with 'Invincible."

Kirkman's "Invincible" embodies the surprising and simple concept of the world's greatest superhero's progeny coming into his own and quickly realizing how in over his head he really is, Dean said. "Nothing he took for granted is true and every choice is harder than he expected. Teenagers, right?” he said. FULL POST

Rejoice, Free Comic Book Day is here!
Free Comic Book Day! Like Christmas for comic book fans!
May 1st, 2012
02:58 PM ET

Rejoice, Free Comic Book Day is here!

Hello again, fellow comic readers!

This week’s pick is not a comic, but a day, and it is one of the most wonderful days of the year for comic fans, this coming Saturday, May 5: Free Comic Book Day!

Free Comic Book Day, or "FCBD" as the cool kids call it, is just what is sounds like - a day for you to go to your local comic book shop and pick up some free comics. Most of the top comic publishers create special books just for this day, usually a one-off comic book or the kickoff to a new story line or series.

Daniel Dean of Titan Games and Comics in Smyrna, Georgia, gave us a few tips for getting the most out of FCBD at a comic book store near you: FULL POST

Podcast Spotlight: 'The Tome Show' a deep dive for D&D fans
"The Tome Show" is a Dungeons & Dragons news, reviews and advice podcast.
April 25th, 2012
09:59 AM ET

Podcast Spotlight: 'The Tome Show' a deep dive for D&D fans

Podcasts have become the ancient Alexandrian library for geeks.

Much like in the time of the Egyptian library, you can learn that a new thing exists - game, book, whatever - and find a podcast about it. In just a short time, you can become an expert on that subject, without all those pesky scrolls or weighty books to carry around.

"The Tome Show," is the kind of podcast that plunges fans of Dungeons and Dragons - the grandfather of tabletop role playing games, currently produced by Wizards of the Coast(WotC) - straight into a master-level dissertation. Topics of conversation include news and reviews of the latest D&D products as well as interviews with people from the role-playing game industry and gamers. Advice to players and Dungeon Masters is a signature part of "The Tome Show."

The hosts call it “a podcast by D&D fans, for D&D fans,” and it's one of the longest-running Dungeons & Dragons podcasts out there.

Jeff Greiner was the lone host of the show when it launched in October 2006. Sometimes-guest Tracy Hurley, a regular on D&D-related podcast, "4geeks4e" and the "DM Round Table", became a full time co-host in January, 2011. Rumor has it Greiner is paying her in Skittles.

Greiner picked up podcasting as a teacher in Omaha, Nebraska. The school where he worked had a strong working relationship with Apple and he was encouraged to learn and play with the company's podcasting technology.

After months of looking for an online D&D show, his fruitless search led him to start his own. "The Tome Show" was born. FULL POST

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