Celebrate National Geek Day! (Yeah, I Made That Up.)

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Happy National Geek Day! Why today? What’s so special about May 25th? Well, a long time ago, in 1977, Star Wars opened in 32 theaters! That’s when science fiction went mainstream! Yeah, there were Trekkies, but they were lowkey… there wasn’t a movie yet, and they mostly congregated at the Holiday Inn on weekends, along with […]

Four Days in Bookland: BookExpo, BookCon Chicago 2016

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Once again, publishers, publicists, booksellers, bibliophiles, and other assorted individuals converged for the annual BookExpo America trade show, held last week. And once again, I joined those 18,000 trades people, returning to Chicago just a month after C2E2. As a change of pace, the show was moved to Chicago (last seen locally in 2004), and […]

FCBD 2016: Read It! The TOP FIVE Issues!

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50 Free Comic Book Day titles! If you’re lucky, your store will give you a bundle of comics! But more likely, you’ll have a limit… both in time (what? this isn’t the line for the 12:15 showing for Civil War?) and number. What should you grab? Depends on what you like, for starters. But also, […]

FCBD 2016: Read It Or Leave It?: Silver Titles, Part Five


STREET FIGHTER V #1 FCBD 2016 EDITION Publisher: UDON ENTERTAINMENT INC (W) Ken Siu-Chong, Matt Moylan (A) Edwin Huang & Various (CA) Edwin Huang Featuring the cast of the all-new Street Fighter V, Capcom’s biggest video game of 2016! The new challengers from Street Fighter V make their first appearance in UDON’s comics, as they collide […]

FCBD 2016: Read It Or Leave It?: Silver Titles, Part Four


THE PHANTOM: 80TH ANNIVERARY SPECIAL FCBD 2016 EDITION Publisher: HERMES PRESS (W) Joe Gill (A) Don Newton, Jim Aparo (CA) Jim Aparo To celebrate the 15th anniversary of Free Comic Book Day and the 80th anniversary of the original masked hero,”The Ghost Who Walks” known as The Phantom, Hermes Press presents four classic tales by legendary […]

FCBD 2016: Read It Or Leave It?: Silver Titles, Part Three


HILDA AND THE STONE FOREST FCBD 2016 EDITION Publisher: NOBROW PRESS (W/A/CA) Luke Pearson In the first Free Comic Book Day offering from Nobrow, the Eisner-nominated Luke Pearson tells the story of intrepid young Hilda’s first adventure in the mysterious Stone Forest. Get ready for the body-swapping-est adventure this side of Freaky Friday! And keep your […]

FCBD 2016: Read It Or Leave It?: Silver Titles, Part Two


CON MAN’S SPECTRUM FCBD 2016 EDITION Publisher: AUTOMATIC PICTURES PUBLISHING (W) Pj Haarsma, Alan Tudyk (A/CA) Sarah Stone Firefly stars Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion present the first Spectrum comic from their highly successful webseries, Con Man! Our planet has been ravaged by two alien attacks and life on Earth is very different. Captain James Raaker […]