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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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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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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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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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The Brave, the Bold, and the Bizarre

During a conversation about The Brave and the Bold, Scott Tipton – Mr. Blastoff himself – described writer Bob Haney as the “mad scientist of comics” who “just did whatever the fuck he wanted.” After reading #141, which had me laughing out loud throughout at the bizarre twists and turns, that which I couldn’t imagine […]

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Gotham: Beyond Calling It Brilliant

WARNING: WARNING: DANGER WILL READER: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS LOTS OF SPOILERS AND IS ONLY MEANT FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY SEEN THE FIRST EPISODE. BUT THAT’S PROBABLY ALL OF YOU.  From the first scene we are wrapped not in Batman, but in the events surrounding him, starting with a panoramic view of Gotham City. The […]

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Batman, Hold the Bat

As a rule, I tend to be pretty skeptical about prequel series.   After all, when you know where characters are going to end up, it’s hard to be too surprised about where they’re going, which makes the most you can hope for a mild surprise of satisfaction if the characters’ journey lives up to the […]

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Welcoming the Future, Treasuring the Past.