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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. 

The Pull List: Wytches Will Creep You Out

Oct
08

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. With October now in full swing, and Halloween right around the corner, plenty of publishers are revving up their spooky comics line-ups, but how does Wytches compare? Read on to find out.

One-Panel Review: Dash Shaw's 'Doctors'--Beauty in Sterility

Oct
07

Dash Shaw's latest work, Doctors, is my favorite kind of scifi: a gentle tap against reality with a small hammer labeled 'scientific liberties,' and everything breaks wide open. In Doctors, a Dr. Cho and his daughter run a clandestine service retrieving people from their idyllic afterlives, but the good doctor refuses to see what he destroys in the resuscitation. Join me in refracting the whole book from a single panel.

Add A Little Epic To Your Neighborhood By Rendering It As A Tolkien-esque Fantasy Map

Oct
06

That's right, Mapsburgh will render your neighborhood or city as a fantasy map, complete with dragons for airports and creaking sailing vessels for ports. You also have the option of having your section of town rendered as a hand-cut paper map on a colored card stock. For extra fun pull out your fantasty map when walking down to the pub with friends and declare the whole outing a quest. Perhaps for a little extra money you can hide clues and riddles within the map National Treasure style and give it to an adventurous friend. Lord knows I had friends in high school who would have jumped at that little piece of adventure.

We're Seriously Never Trusting a Piano Again [Podcast]

Oct
01

In this week's story we've got a cleaning business that pays the college bills, but things get a little creepy when we get called to an old, dirty mansion. Will we be brutally murdered, or is this hot millionaire playboy just misunderstood?

Our Newest Podcast Has Adventure, Torture and Maybe Sandwiches

Sep
26

Adventure is around every corner, but will our next choice lead to glorious victory or certain doom? Join Eric, Jen and Peter for Go Your Own Way, an exciting new podcast that follows "choose your own adventure" stories and the mysterious consequences that await.

If You Want Blood, Look at Elric Vol. 1: The Ruby Throne [Comic Review]

Sep
25

Fantasy is a difficult genre for me.  I have constantly encountered books and stories with bland, rehashed characters with unpronounceable quadrisyllabic names.  That is how Michael Moorcock's Elric Volume 1 began for me, but the end result is actually something quite different off the beaten path.  

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The Pull List: Roche Limit Dazzles with a Star-Gazing Heart and Weaponized Hallucinogens

Sep
25

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. This week I picked up Roche Limit off Comixology--it's a stellar noir about the planetary colony "Roche Limit," which was intended to be man's lofty foothold towards the stars, but went the way of Gotham instead. The book's main plot doesn't impress much with the 'missing girl in the city' spiel, but the overarching concept of the Roche Limit and its ill-fated, philanthropist creator has a gravity of its own. 

The Pull List: Aliens: Fire and Stone is... Aggressively Mediocre

Sep
24

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. Usually, in this column, I try to avoid picking a first issue for a limited series. Honestly, though, this week was a little slow at my comic shop, and I like Aliens, so even though Aliens: Fire and Stone is only limited to four issues, I decided to pick it up.

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