Beat the Heat with the Best Summer Horror Films
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by Eric S
11h ago
Sure, Halloween is prime horror movie season, but a strong argument can be made that summer is not far behind. I mean, think about it: summer is when you leave the safety of your home for the outdoors (monsters, ghosts, and murderers love the outdoors—especially the woods). Travel and road trips take you to strange, unfamiliar places (monsters, ghosts, and murderers love unfamiliar places—well, places unfamiliar to you). Plus, there’s just something so poetic about running into unimaginable terrors during the time of year when you’re supposed to be relaxing and soaking in the warm weather (is ..read more
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10 Star Wars Books Set During the High Republic for Fans of ‘The Acolyte’
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by Cade C
1w ago
Before the Clone Wars and the rise of the Galactic Empire, the Jedi Order and the Galactic Republic kept peace in the galaxy far, far away. In the shadows, veiled forces worked to sow chaos and destroy the Jedi. Embark on a dark and mysterious journey with these books set before and after The Acolyte, the newest Star Wars live-action series available to watch on Disney+. path of destruction star wars: the high republic: tales of light and life|star wars: the high republic into the dark light of the jedi a test of courage edge of balance star wars, the high republi ..read more
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The Essential George Pérez: 10 Comics for New Fans
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by Eric S
1w ago
When the late George Pérez passed away in 2022, superhero comics lost one of its most iconic artists. With a career that started in the early 1970s at Marvel, where he drew some notable issues of The Fantastic Four and The Avengers, Pérez would go to DC in the ‘80s to work on two of the most important superhero comics of all time with author Marv Wolfman: The New Teen Titans and Crisis on Infinite Earths. The former pulled off the impossible by competing with Marvel’s unstoppable Uncanny X-Men for monthly sales, while the latter changed event books and multiversal storylines forever—and its i ..read more
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The Oscars of Comics: Unveiling the Best Eisner Nominees
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by Eric S
3w ago
Once again, the nominations for the Eisner Awards have been announced, highlighting its selections for the best comics released in 2023. There are some predictable names (Jeff Lamire, Mariko Tamaki, Tom King), some pleasant surprises (how cool is it that Transformers is up for best continuing series?), and some industry icons with incredible late-career artistic offerings (Bill Griffith writing about Ernie Bushmiller? Be still my heart). Overall, a fascinating mix, much of which is actually quite good, despite the gatekeepery nature of such awards. Of course, these comics represent the tastes ..read more
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10 Comics in Celebration of 45 Years of Alien
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by Eric S
1M ago
A darker, more gruesome, and, frankly, more pessimistic counterpoint to Star Wars, the first Alien film was released 45 years ago this week to impressive box numbers and somewhat mixed reviews. In the almost five decades since hitting the big screen, Alien’s status has only continued to rise, not only joining the annals of sci-fi and horror movie history—and movie history in general, for that matter. By taking the “final girl” trope as seen in films like Halloween and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, subverting it, and transposing it onto a bleak sci-fi setting that is both futuristic and familia ..read more
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From Midnight to Mourning: 25 Dark Books for Goths
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by Amy H
1M ago
World Goth Day is May 22, which is weirdly meaningful even to us goth-adjacent folks who like weirdly dark stuff and that one song by the Cure. This is a crowd who knows how to, well, not party really, but maybe more like loom suggestively in ways most of us can’t pull off? I heard a great quote once about someone who got a little carried away with piercings looking like they fell face-first into a tackle box, and now I can’t un-hear that every time I see over-exuberant facial piercings. So yeah, May 22, fire up that goth playlist, maybe catch up on rewatching Wednesday, and most of all, let ..read more
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10 TMNT Gems That Will Make You Want to Yell, “Turtle Power!”
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by Eric S
1M ago
Today, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are a pop culture institution. They’ve been the subject of countless cartoons, live-action films, toys, games, and basically any other material item on which you can slap an image of a turtle. They’ve teamed up or crossed over with Batman, He-Man, the Power Rangers, Star Trek, Ghostbusters, Garfield, Archie, Savage Dragon, Street Fighter, Stranger Things, the X-Files, and of course Usagi Yojimbo (and that’s not even counting the fan fiction—not that you want to go down that rabbit hole). Yes, there’s been an overwhelming amount of Turtle media for decad ..read more
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Celebrate May the 4th With These 10 Great Star Wars Comics
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by Eric S
1M ago
It’s that time of year again: Star Wars Day, 2024. Whether you’ve been a fan since the release of the original trilogy or have recently stumbled into the huge, nerdy world of Star Wars, we have plenty of comics from a galaxy not-so-far away to help you become strong with the Force. For more great comics, make sure to check out the offerings of your local branch as well as the hoopla app. Star Wars Vol. 1: Skywalker Strikes Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Rebellion Vol. 1 Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1: Vader Star Wars: The Mandalorian Vol. 1: Season One, Part One Star Wa ..read more
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8 Comic Characters You Need to Know for Arab American Heritage Month
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by Eric S
2M ago
As we’ve mentioned time and time again (and again and again), comics do not have the best track record of showcasing non-white, non-straight, and non-male characters. This was especially true in the early days. While comics are still dominated by straight white guys, creators in recent years have made an effort to introduce more characters who reflect comics’ diverse readership. So, this Arab American Heritage Month, challenge yourself to expand your comic-reading horizons and check out some of the characters of Arab heritage below. You may just find your new favorite hero or villain! For mor ..read more
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10 Sensational Mech Books, 45 Years After Gundam
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by Eric S
2M ago
One of the most celebrated and influential anime in history, Mobile Suit Gundam debuted on April 7th, 1979. Depicting the war between the Earth Federation and the Principality of Zeon, Gundam is now seen as the gold standard for the giant robot (or mech/mecha) genre, and has produced countless sequels, offshoots, and alternate timelines that continue to this day (‘90s kids may remember the beloved Gundam Wing in particular when it was shown regularly on Cartoon Network). While the Gundam series has expanded greatly over the past four and a half decades, the original from 1979 (now often refer ..read more
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