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My First Comic Books

All this month, we’ll be helping Children’s Hospital Los Angeles‘ Make March Matter campaign, which aims to raise over a million dollars in March alone for CHLA through the efforts of its corporate partners, among which we are proud to be numbered.  Children’s Hospital Los Angeles sees over 528,000 patient visits annually, and is the […]

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Who He Is and How He Came to Be

All this month, we’ll be helping Children’s Hospital Los Angeles‘ Make March Matter campaign, which aims to raise over a million dollars in March alone for CHLA through the efforts of its corporate partners, among which we are proud to be numbered. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles sees over 528,000 patient visits annually, and is the […]

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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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The Christmas We Get We Deserve

With the brand-new BLASTOFFCOMICS.COM now up and running, I thought it only appropriate to christen it 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 tradition like a new tradition.” So, grab a seat by the […]

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Batman’s Death Kiss

One of my favorite things about the San Diego Comic-Con is the “accidental discovery.” Sure, there are always plenty of things I’m looking for at the show, but oftentimes even better than that is the stuff I stumble across by accident, through sheer blind stinking luck. Such was the case a few years back when […]

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Mite Makes Right

With Superman/Batman teamups on everyone’s mind these days, I myself have been thinking about a longtime favorite Batman teamup comic of mine, an outrageous farce from WORLD’S FINEST #113 (November 1960): “Bat-Mite Meets Mr. Mxyzptlk!”, written by Jerry Coleman and drawn by Dick Sprang. And no, I’m not that old. I first encountered this story […]

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On the Shelf

By Scott Tipton Some very cool and long-awaited releases on the bookshelves in recent weeks. Let’s take a look, shall we? DC is currently reprinting Chuck Dixon and Greg Land’s original BIRDS OF PREY run in trade paperbacks, with Volume 2 just now hitting stores.     While the series is as great as I […]

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I Witness

YEAR ONE His walking stick preceded him. It was the size of a small tree. He didn’t seem to really use it, but it made him look regal. Majestic. His red-haired queen followed closely behind, keeping her place. She was in her early forties, he in his late. Both were well-groomed and dressed in immaculate […]

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Revisiting Kevin Smith’s BATMAN

I’m not alone in saying I could listen to Kevin Smith talk for hours. In fact, while I enjoy his movies, and find Chasing Amy to be a genuine masterpiece that examines the shaming of female sexuality, the fragility of modern masculinity, and the beating heart of geek culture, I’ve probably listened to him on […]

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Beyond the MAD LOVE of Harley Quinn

When Paul Dini and Bruce Timm created Harley Quinn for Batman: The Animated Series, I don’t imagine they were aware of the character’s staying power. She was a minor character in her first appearance – not much more than the Joker’s wisecracking sidekick. Now? Harley Quinn’s current ongoing series is a top-seller for DC, routinely […]

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A Legend Rises in BATMAN: THE BLACK MIRROR

When DC rebooted decades of continuity in 2011’s The New 52 initiative, reactions were, to be kind, mixed. Some felt that tossing away years of stories was disrespectful to the iconic characters and fans who had loved them since childhood, while others jumped at a chance to start reading these titles with a fresh start. […]

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Welcoming the Future, Treasuring the Past.