Archive for the ‘Comics’ Category

During Jekyll Comic Con 2016 this past December, we got a chance to sit down with Mike Zapcic and Ming Chen of AMC’s hit show Comic Book Men – the reality TV show based on the lives, careers, and often offbeat personalities of the staff of the Kevin Smith owned comic book store Jay & Silent Bob’s Secret Stash in Red Bank, NJ.

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Mike and Ming were kind enough to answer questions for everyone in attendance, and shared some very entertaining stories and insight in this special exclusive interview. Here’s what they had to say!

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It is past time for a new Comics Corner, it is around the 77th anniversary celebration of Batman’s first appearance, and I have writer’s block. That means a listicle! A while back (February of 2015, to be exact) I offered you all my thoughts on the Top-Ten Most Underrated Batman Stories (click that link and go read it, hopefully again!).

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Since I know there are many who are fans of Batman, but maybe aren’t too familiar with some of his comic book shenanigans, I thought I’d offer you ten more often overlooked and underrated Batman stories. These are in no particular order, but especially if you enjoyed the issues from the prior list, hopefully here are some new entries to add to your pull list.

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Welcome to another edition of Comics Corner. For this month, we’re going to hop across the pond and take a little trip to France, where we’ll be taking a look at independent French comic L’invasion Invisible.

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In a comic book world almost entirely dominated by the big four – and particularly the “big two” of Marvel and DC – we here at Nerd Nation always appreciate the little guy, and always give love to the indie publishers out there, too, as many indies can often be great titles as well.

So how does L’invasion Invisible measure up? Read on to see for yourselves!
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1986. It is difficult to call it the “greatest” or “most influential” year for comics, but 1986, much like 1962, was a touchstone year in comics, publishing some of the most beloved stories in comics, even today. While there have been other periods of years or spans of a particular editor which have just as many beloved moments in comics, it is hard to pinpoint exact years the way 1986 was for comics.

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1986 in a period-accurate font

Let’s take a look at some of the biggest comic book contributions to come out of the year 1986. Read on to see the full list!

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This month we are going to look at Comixology’s brand new service: Comixology Unlimited. It was launch on May 24th and is the equivalent of a Netflix service (or I think possibly more of an Amazon Prime service) for digital comics. The service currently offers a free 30 day trial and after that it is $5.99 a month.

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(image courtesy of Amazon)

As it is, I’m sure some of you are probably off to the races to try out this new service. But in case you aren’t ready yet, your ever intrepid and generally incredibly cheap ‘Comics Corner’ guru has generously chosen to sacrifice nothing (but potentially his marriage) to try unlimited comics free for thirty days.

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It is amazing how often in this column on comics that I’m able to meld in my other interests: typically either movies or yelling at millennials on the internet. But for this issue, I get to include a whole new passion of mine, music, as I talk about the collected edition of the comic series Henry & Glenn Forever by Tom Neely (and a long list of other contributing artists).

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Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever is a trade collection from a series about a committed and loving relationship between Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig.

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Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice marks the first time that these two iconic characters have appeared together in a live action film or television production. However, it is far from the first the first appearance of the ultimate superhero dream team.
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(image courtesy of DC Comics, art by Jim Lee)

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Often overlooked in the hoopla over the upcoming film Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, is the fact that 2016 marks the 75th anniversary of one of the most important milestones in the Man of Steel’s history, the debut of his first animated film, Superman (a.k.a The Mad Scientist) produced by Max Fleischer’s animation studio and released by Paramount Studios. Let’s take a look back on this very important part of nerd history!
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Max Fleischer, and his brother Dave are often regarded as two of the greatest and most important animators of the 1920s and 1930s. Often considered to be Walt Disney’s only rival, they created the character Betty Boop. They later acquired the rights to the comic strip Popeye and turned the title character into the biggest animated star of its day. Sometime in 1941, their distributor, Paramount Pictures approached them about doing a series of shorts based on a recent comic book character that was taking the nation by storm-Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

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With the dramatic and record-shattering successful first weekend of the Deadpool movie there are going to be a lot of fans jumping on board wanting to read all about Marvel‘s favorite Merc With a Mouth. That’s wonderful! There are so, so many excellent Deadpool stories in the comics, and I for one am hoping that you want to actually read these stories and learn more about the character instead of just buying a cornucopia of variant cover issues that he appears to be on.

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(image courtesy of Marvel)

Does that sound bitter? Well, I do apologize. As a fan of comics, and more importantly of reading comics, I get a tad bit impatient with marketing ploys in comics that aren’t related to the actual stories and characters… but, I’m pointlessly ranting now. I’m sorry. Let’s get back on topic with helping you discover the absolute best there is to offer in terms of Wade Wilson.  Whether you’re a new convert coming over from the fantastic Deadpool movie, or if you’ve not been around in a while… here’s a great list of some selected gems.

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Happy New Year and welcome to the first “Comics Corner” of 2016. Much like every other year, 2016 is full of great promise in comics. While a great deal of the publishing news is still under wraps, a few of the highlights and promises of the year-to-come in comics are already known. Let’s take a look at a few of these aforementioned highlights…

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(image courtesy of DC Comics)

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