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The Real Reason

There are things in comics which we talk about and take sides on, and yet this very attention makes us miss some obvious points. We get so caught up in the popular byways of the point that we depopulate the highways of the main point. If someone points out those main points, we are suddenly […]

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I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie

A couple of beautiful new coffee-table books arrived here at COMICS 101 HQ in recent weeks, both certainly worth a closer look at, especially with Christmas so close and many of you undoubtedly searching for some gifts for the nerdy among your shopping list. First up is Celebrating Snoopy, a gorgeous slipcased deluxe hardcover from […]

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In Focus: Going to the Chapel (Again)

We’ve had some fun here at Comics 101 in the past with Lois Lane’s propensity to marry, particularly in the 1960s, when it seemed like Lois was walking down the aisle every other month. In fact, we’ve had so much fun with it that we decided to specialize this year at Comic-Con, seeing how many […]

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All the Right Moves on THE FLASH

The Flash’s ninth episode (“Don’t Run”) was not surprisingly cerebral. (Come on. You know I was going to make that joke at some point, right?) It felt very much like a chess game, arranging the pieces just so, right before going in for the kill. In this case, somewhat literally. The knife set, with one […]

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Love—and Life—Is a Battlefield on SUPERGIRL

Supergirl’s ninth episode (“Reign”) was so wonderfully done for a lot of reasons. And I’m not just talking about how Lena snapped at Edge (“Morgan, you are a vile, despicable scrooge who’s going to die alone in prison.”). Or about Winn gleefully geeking out over Star Wars’ Life Day. (What do you get a Wookiee […]

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BLASTOFF’s Jud Meyers Joins HUMANOIDS

With great pride and pleasure, we present the following announcement from HUMANOIDS, INC:   Humanoids Introduces New Director of Sales & Marketing Jud Meyers has joined Humanoids, Inc. as Director of Sales & Marketing. Jud Meyers began his career in the comics industry behind the scenes at Titan Publishing in London. From 1989 through 1994, […]

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Crisis Averted on THE FLASH

The Flash’s eighth episode (“Crisis on Earth-X, Part 3”) got me right in the damn feels. A lot. From the concentration camps (“I loved the wrong person”) to Sara’s unflinching bravery in the face of almost death, this was a powerful hour of tv. One character we met on Earth X was The Ray (Russell […]

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They Can Be Heroes

It’s not much of a secret how much I disliked the recent DC films’ take on both Superman and Batman, both of which seemed to be obsessed with deconstructing the characters to the point that they were just unrecognizable, but without providing any real insight in return. Thanks to MAN OF STEEL and DAWN OF […]

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Good Guys Punch Nazis on SUPERGIRL

Supergirl’s eighth episode (“Crisis on Earth-X, Part 1”) was wonderful. I love how the show brought all the characters together in a way that felt organic. I mean, we had Oliver snarking, “If you were here, you might have a little more respect for ninjas.” Alex and Kara booze-bonding over breakups. And Mick gruffly being […]

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All of Us Hallow

Welcome to Episode 34 of The Blastoff Podcast. This week in Comics 101, Scott looks at the beginnings of DC’s Justice League of America, and in ReTales, Jud tells the tale of the day he wore the shield. Further reading: http://www.blastoffcomics.com/2015/01/comics-101-january-28-2015-and-justice-for-all/ http://www.blastoffcomics.com/2017/11/all-of-us-hallow/

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BINGE-READING – Monstress

A while ago, when I read the first issue of Monstress, I could barely put into words what I was feeling. It was a 66-page issue of novelistic storytelling, bold and daring in its choices, and perhaps the most beautiful art I’ve ever seen Image Comics produce… and, let’s be real, some of the best-looking […]

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We Gather Together

Maybe I’m just getting sentimental in my old age, but I do have a soft spot for Thanksgiving. However, comics and Thanksgiving don’t really cross paths all that often, with one glaring exception: The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! As far back as 1940 there’s been the occasional bit of superhero visibility at the parade, thanks […]

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