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THE FLASH: The One Where Barry Goes to Prison

The Flash’s tenth episode (“The Trial of the Flash”) was definitely harrowing—and not simply because some guy ended up a walking ball of radiation, almost taking down the city. Things bounce around from bad to even more bad, heartwrenching, and frustrating. I may have shouted at the TV a time or twelve. Who’s counting? Here’s […]

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More Fun than Avengers Should Be Allowed to Have

Editor’s Note: To commemorate the completely unexpected return of David Letterman to television on his new Netflix series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, we’re going to look back at Dave’s one and only comics appearance: Emotions are running a little high at COMICS 101 HQ these days, as we count down the days until […]

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They Came From Inner Space, Part II

Previously, in COMICS 101: When last we met, we’d been discussing Marvel’s adaptation of Mego’s cult-classic toyline the Micronauts, as realized on the page by writer (and Rocket Raccoon creator) Bill Mantlo and artist Michael Golden. We’ve just been introduced to the Micronauts: stellar explorer and man out of time Commander Arcturus Rann, royal princess […]

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IN A WORLD… Part Three – Age of Ultron #1

Pat Shand here, back with the third installment of In a World…, a series of articles about stories you know and characters you love, but where things may not be what they seem. We’re traveling to strange, alternate realities where familiar faces have been placed in different timelines, places, and maybe even worlds. This time, […]

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They Came From Inner Space

I’ve been thinking a lot about Bill Mantlo in recent days, the amazing cinematic success being enjoyed by his creation Rocket Raccoon, and the tragedy of Mantlo’s own medical condition. Mostly, though, I’ve been thinking about what a great writer Bill Mantlo was. Which made me want to go back and re-present this look at […]

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Image Comics Exclusive Signing – Jay Faerber!

Come out to Blastoff North Hollywood on Saturday, January 13, at Noon to meet writer Jay Faerber and celebrate the release of his new Image Comics book ELSEWHERE! All Young Adult titles 25% off! A portion of all proceeds that day will be used to supply books for the Young Adult section of the North […]

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Draining the Swamp Thing – Revisiting “Chester Williams: American Cop”

DC Comics’ Elseworlds stories have typically been presented as one-shots or miniseries outside a comic book’s main continuity and issue numbering. Thanks to the Elseworlds concept, Batman fans have been treated to seeing the Dark Knight portrayed as a reverend (Batman: Holy Terror), a vampire (Batman & Dracula: Red Rain), and a rampant psychotic (Catwoman: […]

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IN A WORLD… Part Two: Marvel 1985

Pat Shand here, back with the second installment of In a World…, a series of articles about stories you know and characters you love, but where things may not be what they seem. We’re traveling to strange, alternate realities where familiar faces have been placed in different timelines, places, and maybe even worlds. This time, […]

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The Christmas We Get We Deserve

EDITOR’S NOTE: Yes, we know Christmas was two days ago, but if Disneyland can have Christmas decorations up until January, than why can’t we? And let’s celebrate by running one of my favorite COMICS 101 columns of all time, a Column from Christmas Past from 2003. After all, to quote Crow T. Robot, “There’s no […]

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An Extraordinarily Human Life

When I was little, I would ask my mom to safety pin a towel around my neck and I would run around the house talking in a voice that was somewhere between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Christian Bale’s Batman.  I wrote the longest essay in class when my 2nd grade teacher asked us to write about […]

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Christmas Morn

My family was never particularly religious. I don’t ever remember a time we all went to a church. There were various books of worship in the house, but it was always left up to us if we wanted to read them. But we loved Christmas. In the days leading up to Christmas, the gifts would […]

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December Is Elseworlds Month!

All this month, we’ve been looking at Elseworlds, What-If’s and other alternate reality stories here at BLASTOFF, and our Artist-in-Residence Elena Casagrande brings us this awesome banner showing off some of our favorites. Happy Holidays!

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Welcoming the Future, Treasuring the Past.