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Sise-Neg Genesis

This story was created by Steve Englehart, Neal Adams, and Frank Brunner. They are three of the greatest names in comic-book history and we may have underestimated them. The story itself is seriously overlooked. Suspiciously so. By that I mean the story has not been reprinted as a trade, which is kind of odd. Makes […]

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It Ain’t Nohow Permanent

Scott introduces you to Pogo Possum and the rest of the denizens of the Okeefenokee Swamp on this week’s Blastoff Podcast Comics 101 offering, “It Ain’t Nohow Permanent.” while Jud walks you through the end of a relationship in this week’s ReTales, “The Break-Up.” Further reading: http://www.blastoffcomics.com/2015/08/comics-101-august-12-2015-it-aint-nohow-permanent-walt-kellys-pogo/ http://www.blastoffcomics.com/2016/08/jud-meyers-retales-the-break-up/  

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Cecil Castellucci, The Changing Girl

The Changing Girl — Cecil Castellucci

Our guest today is Cecil Castellucci, one of America’s most influential young-adult novelists. Her first book, Grandma’s Gloves, won the California Book Award Gold Medal. Her novel Boyproof debuted in 2005 and was named one of the best books for young adults by the American Library Association. She’s also in the world of comics; she […]

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Future Memories

I’ll never forget the summer of 1985. I had just completed my first year of high school, become infatuated with a girl for the first time and it was the summer I saw Back to the Future. Sure, the summer was packed with memorable movies, and not like today with sequel after sequel, no, 1985 […]

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Introducing the Blastoff Podcast

Comics for the Ages

In the premiere episode of The Blastoff Podcast, Scott explains the difference between the golden and silver ages of comic books. Then, Jud muses on the child-like wonder of stepping inside a brick and mortar comic shop. Further reading: http://www.blastoffcomics.com/2017/01/jud-meyers-retales-step-inside-2/

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Lady Mechanika, An Appreciation

Lady Mechanika – Joe Benitez and MM Chen writing; Peter Steigerwald, Martin Montiel, and Joe Benitez art Steampunk is a strange genre. It is books, comic books, movies, television shows, cosplay, objects, music, and much else. To find an art genre which is also a movement you’d have to go to art deco in the […]

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Gone Too Soon: Carrie Fisher

The daughter of Hollywood royalty. A gifted comic performer. A best-selling novelist. An in-demand script doctor. A raconteur like no other. Carrie Fisher was so much more than Princess Leia, and yet the impact of her performance in that role was so huge that even in the face of all her accomplishments, it’s hard to […]

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Blastoff Through Time at the Laemmle NoHo 7!

We’re delighted to announce our newest partnership with our neighbors at the Laemmle NoHo 7 and Throwback Thursday series partner EAT|SEE|HEAR this January as we sponsor the Laemmle’s Throwback Thursday series for the month, with one of our favorite themes: Time Travel! Just look at this schedule! DATE FILM   TICKETS Jan. 5 Back to the […]

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THE FLASH: Living in the Moment

The Flash’s midseason finale (episode nine, “The Present”) is full of great life advice. (No, seriously.) Predictably, none of it comes from Barry, who needs Jay to be his Get-a-Grip friend FOREVER. Aside from a thorough redemption arc (by way of Julian—whose reveal was very Scooby Doo villain), the main theme of this episode is […]

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Writing the Book on DC

I’m a sucker for comic-book encyclopedia-type projects. Always have been. Goes all the way back to when I was a kid and would pore over the enormous two-volume World Encyclopedia of Comics by Maurice Horn in my local library, which were permanently ensconced in the reference section and couldn’t be checked out, so whenever I […]

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MARVEL FIRSTS: The Amazing Spider-Man #1

I was tempted to break away from the rules of my Marvel Firsts series to instead revisit the Spider-Man’s first appearance in Amazing Fantasy #15, which, while isn’t a #1 of course, features the debut of Marvel’s iconic web-slinger. But since I’ve already read Amazing Fantasy and not the first issue of the first series […]

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Welcoming the Future, Treasuring the Past.