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26. PREVIEW: The Strength of Myth Meets the Power of Family in CLOUDIA & REX

CloudiaRexBannerTwo young girls mourning the death of their father go on a mystical exodus in CLOUDIA & REX.

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27. A bunch of sites went on JUSTICE LEAGUE set visits, here’s what they learned

justice league conceptA quick summary of some of the high-points being reported today

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28. E3 2016: What’s old is new again in BATMAN: THE TELLTALE SERIES

001_BATMAN_Telltale_Logo  Thursday at E3 Comics Beat got a behind closed doors look at the first 30 minutes of Batman: The Telltale Series. With the caped crusader appearing in three other games in the next 18 months (4 if you count Arkham remastered), it’s looking like Telltale is poised to tell the best story out of […]

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29. All-out charm offensive for Justice League film reveals details, logo, villains, Zack Snyder’s clothing choices, more

When something is broke, you try to fix it, and following the disastrous critical and fan reception to Batman V Superman, WB pulled out all the stops for a press junket bringing all the top movie scoopers and reporters to the set in London last week, and allowed them to run their stories today. Our […]

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30. Noma Dumezweni on Racism and Playing Hermione

Since the announcement of the casting choices for the trio in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, there has been much discussion surrounding the casting of Noma Dumezweni as Hermione. Many fans have welcomed Dumezweni with open arms, but some have been very vocal in their disappointment with the choice to cast a woman of color in a role depicted in the films as white.

 

Said Dumezweni of some of the things people have been posting about her on Twitter:

“My name is being tagged into stuff that’s not nice, that’s not nice.”

 

She adds:

“It’s ignorance. It drives me crazy. It’s a limitation. Because this is absolutely a different form.”

 

Michael Gambon and other Potter alumni have voiced their support for Dumezweni, as has J.K. Rowling herself, who reminded readers on Twitter that Hermione’s race had never been defined in the books.

 

 

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31. Review: Patrick Kyle invites you to force your way into his work

Sometimes it’s better to just give yourself to something rather than to seek out its meaning. Not everything has to have one clear meaning, and in some cases, to bring concrete meaning to a work might mean imposing clarity on something that was not meant to have any. That imposition might actually come off as […]

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32. EXCLUSIVE: Ulises Fariñas & Magnetic Press Announce New Publishing Imprint Buño

Buno_MP_Merge"We’re going to publish comics that are fresh and unexpected. We are going to make the kind of books you can make when you have 100% creative freedom.”

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33. Certain Songs #572: Guns N’ Roses – “Pretty Tied Up”

guns pretty tied up Album: Use Your Illusion II
Year: 1991

My favorite Guns N’ Roses song is subtitled “The Perils of Rock ‘n’ Roll Decadence,” but since someone announces the song as “The pearls of rock ‘n’ roll decadence” at the outset, it’s once again Guns N’ Roses trying to have it both ways.

And given it’s written by my man Izzy Stradlin, its no surprise that “Pretty Tied Up” argues a pretty good case for both pearls of rock ‘n’ roll and the perils of decadence.

Opening with the sound of an electric sitar weaving in and out of an circular riff, “Pretty Tied Up” alternates dreamy, psychedelic verses with a cowbell-driven footstomping chorus straight out of the glam-rock playbook.

Speaking of rock ‘n’ roll decadence, Slash adds his own with the first wah-wah solo that actually worked since the back half of Jimi Hendrix’s second solo on “All Along The Watchtower.”

After that solo, the song halts for a second so that Axl can gather himself to top the BDSM imagery that had dominated the first verse with some true decadence:

Once you made that money it costs more now
It might cost a lot more than you’d think
I just found a million dollars
That someone forgot
It’s days like this that push me over the brink
Cool and stressing

“I just found a million dollars that someone forgot.” I’d call it the first humblebrag, but of course, it’s just a straight-up boast, all the more so because I seem to remember reading somewhere that it was actually true.

After the final chorus, all sorts of madness breaks loose, as they repeat the end of the chorus again and again while Slash overdubs about 15 more wah-wah solos until the fade.

“Pretty Tied Up”

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34. Denver Comic Con draws about 114,900 people

In keeping with the exponential announced attendance of various “fourth biggest comic-cons” in the US, this weekend’s Denver Comic Con announced a preliminary attendance of 114,900 people. This is above the predicted, record setting attendance of more than 100,000. According to the Denver Post 35,000 people attended on Friday alone and Saturday was a sellout. […]

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35. DC Reborn Review– ACTION COMICS #958 Turns the Volume Up to Eleven in the Most Metal Superman Story Yet

ACBannerThe world has been reborn. Last month’s release of DC Universe: Rebirth #1 kicked off a new era of storytelling for the publisher.  The house that gave us Batman and Superman is looking to make up for the mistakes of the New 52 canonical reboot, reinstating old plot points that were erased from their timeline and even bringing back […]

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36. Fables is back from Vertigo with EVERAFTER from Stirges, Justus and Moore

Well that didn’t take too long. Bill Willingham’s beloved Fables series wrapped up last summer with issue #150, but the franchise is continuing at Vertigo with EVERAFTER: FROM THE PAGES OF FABLES, a new monthly book by writers Matthew Sturges and Dave Justus, with artwork by Travis Moore and covers by Tula Lotay – the […]

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37. PREVIEW: Archie Visits the Middle Ages and Channels 007 in WORLD OF ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #60

ArchieBannerFor Riverdalean eyes only.

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38. ComiXology Adds New Titles to their Unlimited Roster Including AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE & GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS

ArchieBannerINVINCIBLE Volume 2, AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE, and more make their way to ComiXology Unlimited.

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39. PREVIEW: Enter the Hauntingly Gorgeous World of LIGHT

The Cover to LightYesterday, the Comics Beat broke the news that writer Ulises Fariñas had partnered with Magnetic Press to start Buño, a brand new comics publishing imprint that aims to bring beautiful books from diverse creators to audiences around the world.  The first of those books is Light, a word-less graphic novel written and illustrated by Rob Cham. […]

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40. Certain Songs #571: Guns N’ Roses – “Breakdown”

Guns Use Your Illusion II Album: Use Your Illusion II
Year: 1991

Out of all of the ridiculous epics that either graced (or ruined, depending on your opinion) the Illusion twins, the piano-driven “Breakdown” is easily my favorite.

For one thing, it’s got one of most sublime musical passages in all of their music. It’s about 1:20 in, and Axl has already sung the first verse, Izzy & Slash have slammed in with some power chords, and the whole song comes to a near halt for a second, before a gorgeous jumble of drums, pianos and guitars weave in and out of each other for just a couple of measures until a Matt Sorum snare slam kicks the song into gear.

After that, Dizzy Reed’s piano and by a modified Bo Diddley beat in and out of the stop-time choruses power “Breakdown” musically, and Axl is singing reflective lyrics in his wistful voice.

When I look around
Everybody always brings me down
Well is it them or me
Well I just can’t see
But there ain’t no peace to found
But if someone really cared
Well they’d take the time to spare
A moment to try and understand
Another one’s despair
Remember in this game we call life
That no one said it’s fair

Slash weighs in after the first chorus with a tremendous solo, and again at the end, when “Breakdown” kicks into its highest gear, climaxing with Axl quoting/stealing/appropriating Clevon Little’s monologue from Vanishing Point.

Ah, Vanishing Point, a film that holds a weird place in my personal film history. It came out in 1971, but there was no way I saw it before 1974 or 1975. But I know I saw it in the theaters, so it maybe have been a revival.

All I remember about it is this: it had a weird structure — starting near the end (which gave it its name — there was a DJ played by the Sheriff in Blazing Saddles, and it was the first time I ever saw boobs in a movie. Or any screen, I guess. One of the characters was a girl riding a motorcycle in the nude, because I guess that’s what happened in the Southwest in 1971?

Anyways, I always like to imagine that the reason that Axl chose to monolog from Vanishing Point not because he felt it said something about heroism or freedom, but because it was the first time he saw boobs in a movie, too!

Probably not, though.

Oh, and one more thing: two things I discovered while researching all of the Guns N’ Roses posts: One: they have a lot of fan-made videos for the songs that didn’t have proper videos, nearly all repurposing clips from their proper videos.

And two: the comments section of Guns N’ Roses videos aren’t a place for the faint-hearted.

Fan-made video for “Breakdown”

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41. Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 6/22/16: Fun Home is closing in September

§ Nice art: Inkbrink #5 is an anthology of poetry comics available for preorder now. There are many contributors and you can see them all (and more art in this link. Yet again our submission pool brought us more excellent work than we could hope to print, and as a result this will be our largest […]

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42. Fables is back from Vertigo with EVERAFTER from Stirges, Justus and Moore

Well that didn’t take too long. Bill Willingham’s beloved Fables series wrapped up last summer with issue #150, but the franchise is continuing at Vertigo with EVERAFTER: FROM THE PAGES OF FABLES, a new monthly book by writers Matthew Sturges and Dave Justus, with artwork by Travis Moore and covers by Tula Lotay – the […]

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43. Amazing Spider-Man #15 Gets Michael Turner Variant Cover

Spider-Man-Aspen_TurnerSteigerwaldWith the tremendous response to their recent Batman #1 variant, Aspen Comics is partnering with Marvel for an Amazing Spider-Man #15 variant cover. Much like their Batman cover, this Spidey cover will utilize art by renowned artist and Aspen Comics founder Michael Turner. Here’s the official word from Aspen Comics: Marvel Comics and Aspen Comics have […]

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44. PREVIEW: THE GUARDIAN FORCE DESIGN MANUAL Revitalizes the Magic of Sentai

GuardianFBannerUlises Fariñas showcases beautiful designs inspired by hit shows like POWER RANGERS and ULTRAMAN!

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45. Sew up your own DC Bombshells costumes with these Simplicity pattrns

To be an elite level cosplayer you’ve got to have the skills: sewing, gluing and probably welding. For those who are handy with a needle, Simplicity Patterns just made it a bit easier with a series of DC Bombshell patterns. Batgirl, Wonder Woman and Super Girl are all available in the charming retro styles of […]

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46. The Schaller-Cheney Road Show at Weird Fiction Review



The marvelous Weird Fiction Review website has now posted a conversation that Eric Schaller and I had about our books, our magazine The Revelator, the weirdness of New Hampshire, and other topics.

Along with this, WFR has posted Eric's story "Voices Carry" (originally in Shadows & Tall Trees) and my story "The Lake" (originally in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet).

So if you're curious about us or our writings (or just utterly bored), Weird Fiction Review is a great place to start.

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47. Coming and goings: Bernardi, Leong, Pereyda, Abel, Khoo

Lots of bold faced names have been moving around over the last few weeks — congrats to all. • Mark Bernardi (above) will replace Michael Martens as Dark Horses’s v-p of book trade and digital sales Bernardi will be on hand at the American Library Association annual meeting that opens June 23 in Orlando this week. […]

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48. Fantastic Beasts Release New Poster and VidCon Teaser!

Fantastic Beasts will be in attendance at VidCon this year – one of the biggest fan conventions based around the power of online video, originally conceived by YouTube’s Vlogbrothers, Hank and John Green.

In the run up to the convention, the film’s Facebook page released a brand new poster, featuring Newt Scamander, and a message teasing at something FANTASTIC set to occur at VidCon:

“A new piece of art to celebrate a new era of the Wizarding World! And stay tuned because something FANTASTIC at ?#?vidcon2016? is being announced soon… ?#?FantasticBeasts?

This new poster is absolutely beautiful – we can’t wait to see what they’ll be up to at VidCon! Watch the official trailer here!

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49. Alan Moore’s Secret Q&A Cult Exposed! Part II: You’ll Gasp When You See What He Told Them!!!

His Celestial SelfDeep in the grubby sump of one of those so-called ‘Social Media’ sites, there is a clump of aging comics fanboys called The Really Very Serious Alan Moore Scholars’ Group, known to its sad and lonely adherents as TRVSAMSG. When they’re not annotating everything in sight, or calling down ancient evils on the heads of […]

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50. NYCC partners with Europe’s First Look Festival and Blammo Events

New York Comic Con, already one of the world’s biggest pop culture events, is expanding its reach via a deal with Blammo Events, a European gaming media company with. perhaps, the best name of all times. Select NYCC panel will be livestreamed to the Firstlook Festival, a Dutch gaming-focused event being held October 7-9 – […]

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