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Book Review: The Killing Hole by Steve Niles and Trevor Denham

Horror hounds are a strange breed. I know because I am one of them. We'll sit through the stupidest stuff ...
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Book Review: Marvel Studios: The Infinity Saga – The Art of Captain America: The First Avenger by Matthew K. Manning

Marvel Studios: The Infinity Saga – The Art of Captain America: The First Avenger is the fourth release in the ...
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Book Review: Suffrage Song: The Haunted History of Gender, Race and Voting Rights in the U.S. by Caitlin Cass

The saying “Those who don’t learn history are doomed to repeat it” gets thrown around in a lot of different ...
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Book Review: Walt Disney’s Donald Duck “The Old Castle’s Secret” by Carl Barks

Walt Disney’s Donald Duck “The Old Castle's Secret” is Volume 6 in Fantagraphics’ The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library. The ...
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Book Review: Mark Twain’s War Prayer, Illustrated by Seymour Chwast

By the end of his life, Mark Twain (1835-1910) had made and lost fortunes many times over. He had suffered ...
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Book Review: Prince Valiant Vol. 28: 1991-1992 by Hal Foster, John Cullen Murphy, and Cullen Murphy

Twenty years into his reign on Prince Valiant, replacement artist John Cullen Murphy and his son and writer Cullen Murphy ...
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Book Review: Stan Mack’s Real Life Funnies: The Collected Conceits, Delusions, and Hijinks of New Yorkers from 1974 to 1995

For over two decades, cartoonist Stan Mack contributed weekly comic strips to the Village Voice recounting his overheard observations of ...
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Book Review: The Complete Web of Horror

Web of Horror was a very short-lived horror magazine that ran from late 1969 until early 1970. After a grand ...
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Book Review: Petar & Liza by Miroslav Sekulic-Struja

In Miroslav Sekulic-Struja’s Petar & Liza, a graphic novel translated by Jenna Allen, the former country of Yugoslavia is awash ...
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Book Review: My Favorite Thing Is Monsters Book Two by Emil Ferris

After a seven-year gap, Emil Ferris returns with the eagerly anticipated conclusion of the story of Karen Reyes, a monster-obsessed, ...
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Book Review: Kamen’s Kalamity and Other Stories

Fantagraphics adds to its EC Comics Library with Kamen’s Kalamity and Other Stories. Another collection featuring artist Jack Kamen in “27 ...
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Book Review: The Big Bundle by Max Allan Collins

Private-detective books are great fun. They have the rock-solid dramatic structure of the cop solving a crime, with the added ...
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Book Review: My Favorite Thing Is Monsters Book Two by Emil Ferris

With her debut graphic novel, My Name is Monsters, Emil Ferris created something beautiful, and strange, daring, and utterly unique. ...
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Book Review: Hollywood Pride: A Celebration of LGBTQ+ Representation and Perseverance in Film by Alonso Duralde

The LGBTQ community (which I'm proud to be a part of) has made great strides especially in pop culture for ...
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Book Review: Marvel Studios: The Infinity Saga – The Art of Thor by Matthew K. Manning

Marvel Studios: The Infinity Saga – The Art of Thor is the third release in the 24-book Marvel Studios: The ...
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Book Review: Forbidden Cocktails: Libations Inspired by the World of Pre-Code Hollywood by André Darlington

Sex. Scandal. Drinking. These are just a few of the titillating things that made pre-Code Hollywood movies so good. But ...
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Book Review: Nobody’s Angel by Jack Clark

When you're a movie fan and reading a taxi driver story, it's easy to have a certain film foremost in ...
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Book Review: Into the Night by Cornell Woolrich and Lawrence Block

Madeline sits in her small room in the dark. She turns off the radio so she can hear her thoughts. ...
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Book Review: Marvel Studios: The Infinity Saga – The Art of Iron Man 2 by John Barber

Skipping over Louis Leterrier's The Incredible Hulk, the second movie in The Infinity Saga, Marvel Studios: The Infinity Saga – ...
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Book Review: Atlas Comics Library No. 2: Venus Vol. 2

Venus tells a very revealing story - not about its characters or world, but about the world of comic book ...
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Book Review: Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge “Only a Poor Old Man” by Carl Barks

Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge “Only a Poor Old Man” is Volume 12 in Fantagraphics' The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library. ...
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Book Review: Blessed Be by Rick Altergott

In the opening of Rick Altergott’s first graphic novel, Blessed Be, a Flowertown judge sentences Tommy Cottonwood, a local drug ...
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Book Review: Alfred Hitchcock Storyboards by Tony Lee Moral

As author Tony Lee Moral states in his Introduction, “No other director is more strongly associated with storyboarding than Sir ...
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Book Review: How War Begins: Dispatches from the Ukrainian Invasion by Igort

Italian cartoonist Igort began serializing reports from Ukrainian citizens in the early days of their ongoing invasion by Russian forces. ...
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Book Review: Anna by Mia Oberländer

Anna is tall. Like, freakishly tall, with legs so long she’s able to stride over small mountains in a single ...
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Book Review: Tender by Beth Hetland

Tender, Beth Hetland’s first graphic novel, is a psychological thriller with a big dose of body horror. It is meant ...
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Book Review: The N-Word of God by Mark Doox

Two-thirds of the way through Mark Doox’s The N-Word of God, the character Saint Sambo asks if you consider yourself ...
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Book Review: Reading Love and Rockets by Marc Sobel

Continuing their celebration of four decades of Love and Rockets, Fantagraphics presents this comprehensive overview of the first 50 issues ...
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Book Review: Return to Eden by Paco Roca

Spanish cartoonist Paco Roca returns with his most personal graphic novel to date, a nostalgia-soaked ode to the Franco-era Valencia ...
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Book Review: John Ford (Revised and Expanded) by Joseph McBride and Michael Wilmington

Joseph McBride previously published biographies of Steven Spielberg, Frank Capra, and three books on Orson Welles. He also wrote a ...
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Book Review: Long Haul by Cullen Bunn and Heath Amodio

Long Haul is the latest graphic novel from Sandy Carpenter’s Storm King Comics’ Dark & Twisted line which focuses on ...
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Book Review: Marvel Studios: The Infinity Saga – The Art of Iron Man by John Rhett Thomas

Marvel Studios: The Infinity Saga – The Art of Iron Man is the first release in the 24-book Marvel Studios: ...
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Book Review: Hypericum by Manuele Fior

Italian cartoonist Manuele Fior’s latest graphic novel, his sixth picked up for U.S. release by Fantagraphics, follows two distinct stories ...
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Book Review: 50 Oscar Nights: Iconic Stars & Filmmakers on Their Career-Defining Wins by Dave Karger

TCM host and entertainment journalist Dave Karger assembles a series of interviews with a who's who (or for those that ...
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Book Review: The Bitter End and Other Stories, Illustrated by Reed Crandall

Fantagraphics presents yet another unparalleled collection in their EC Artists series with The Bitter End and Other Stories. This time ...
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Book Review: Atlas Artist Edition No. 1: Joe Maneely: “The Raving Maniac” and Other Stories

Before Marvel Comics was Marvel Comics, it was Atlas Comics. Fantagraphics kicks off a new archival series in their ongoing ...
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Book Review: Smoking Kills by Thijs Desmet

Smoking Kills by Thijs Desmet has a simple premise. Though we don’t know how long he has been in the ...
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Book Review: Walt Disney’s Donald Duck “Maharajah Donald” by Carl Barks

Walt Disney’s Donald Duck “Maharajah Donald” is Volume 4 in Fantagraphics’ The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library. The book collects ...
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Book Review: Warner Bros.: 100 Years of Storytelling by Mark A. Vieira

After TCM host Ben Mankiewicz sings the studio's praises in the Foreword to Warner Bros.: 100 Years of Storytelling, author ...
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Book Review: The Complete Peanuts 1989-1990: Wait — Charlie Brown Gets a Girlfriend?

Charles M. Schulz wrote and illustrated nearly 18,000 of his beloved Peanuts (a name he was never fond of) comic ...
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Book Review: Everywhere an Oink Oink by David Mamet

When presented with a new Hollywood memoir by lauded playwright/screenwriter/director David Mamet, one might logically expect the results to follow ...
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Book Review: The Wicker Man: The Official Story of the Film by John Walsh

Robin Hardy's 1973 British folk horror masterpiece, The Wicked Man, is a seminal and truly nightmarish depiction of the dark ...
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Book Review: Prince Valiant Vol. 27: 1989-1990 by Hal Foster, John Cullen Murphy, and Cullen Murphy

More than 50 years after its 1937 newspaper debut and years after the departure of its original creator, Prince Valiant ...
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Book Review: Milky Way by Miguel Vila

Milky Way by Miguel Vila is a truly exceptional graphic novel for adults who aren’t bothered by artistic nudity and ...
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Book Review: The Complete Alien Collection: Symphony of Death by Alex White and Tim Waggoner

Following on the heels of their initial Alien omnibus collection at the start of the year, Titan Books is closing ...
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Book Review: In Search of Gil Scott-Heron by Thomas Mauceri and Seb Piquet

Less a biography than a MacGuffin hunt, writer Thomas Mauceri details his years-long quest to track down and interview the ...
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Book Review: Macanudo: Optimism Is for the Brave by Liniers

Fantagraphics continues their English-language collections of this Argentine comic strip with this charming second volume. If you haven’t stumbled across ...
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Book Review: Find the Xenomorph – An Aliens Search-and-Find Book Illustrated by Kevin Crossley

The Alien franchise, along with Titan Books, has published their own search-and-find book titled Find the Xenomorph. Can you find ...
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Book Review: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan: The Making of the Classic Film by John Tenuto & Maria Jose Tenuto

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan: The Making of the Classic Film is sure to satisfy the needs of ...
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Book Review: Atlas Comics Library No. 1: Adventures into Terror Volume 1

The mainstream American comic book is the home of the super-hero. But that was just its final evolution. While the ...
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Book Review: Charlie Chaplin vs. America When Art, Sex, and Politics Collided by Scott Eyman

Growing up I didn't really get a chance to watch many Charlie Chaplin movies. So it wasn't until my early ...
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Book Review: Conan the Barbarian by L. Sprague De Camp and Lin Carter

The novel Conan the Barbarian by L. Sprague De Camp and Lin Carter is the official motion picture adaptation of ...
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Book Review: Time Under Tension by M.S. Harkness

After a three-year gap, M.S. Harkness returns with her third autobio graphic novel, and first for Fantagraphics. She continues her ...
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Book Review: Dauntless Dames: High-Heeled Heroes of the Comics

After entering into a partnership last summer to distribute the back catalog of Sunday Press, Fantagraphics is now releasing the ...
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Book Review: Monica by Daniel Clowes: Trip the Trauma Fantastic

In Daniel Clowes’s new graphic novel, Monica (his first in seven years), the titular hero goes on a flippin’ strange ...
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Book Review: Christmas in the Movies: Revised & Expanded Edition by Jeremy Arnold

Personally, I think my favorite Christmas movie is 1974's Black Christmas, which can be referred to as an anti-Christmas one. ...
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Book Review: “You Talkin’ To Me?” The Definitive Guide to Iconic Movie Quotes by Brian Abrams

Someplace, somewhere, sometime at the appropriate moment we've all blurted out a quote lifted right from what we deem a ...
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Book Review: Uncle Scrooge & Donald Duck in Les Misérables and War and Peace by Giovan Battista Carpi

Disney presents a new addition to the Fantagraphics series of collected cartoons. In this volume we get both “The Secret ...
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Book Review: Walt Disney’s Donald Duck “Christmas on Bear Mountain” by Carl Barks

Walt Disney's Donald Duck "Christmas on Bear Mountain" is Volume 5 in Fantagraphics' The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library. The ...
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Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas: Beyond Halloween Town: The Story, the Characters, and the Legacy by Emily Zemler

Author Emily Zemler, who describes her younger self as “a black clothing-clad weirdo” in the Introduction, helps commemorate the 30th ...
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Book Review: Totem by Laura Pérez

In Laura Pérez’s beautiful, bewildering graphic novel, a flashback begets another flashback, unidentified characters drift in and out of the ...
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Book Review: Eden II by K. Wroten

K. Wroten’s sophomore graphic novel is a sprawling, 452-page meditation on the bleak existence faced by the current twenty-something generation. ...
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Book Review: Ernie in Kovacsland: Writings, Drawings, and Photographs from Television’s Original Genius

Ernie Kovacs was a comic pioneer in television as well as a television pioneer in comedy. During the 1950s, both ...
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Book Review: Horror Unmasked: A History of Terror from Nosferatu to Nope by Brad Weismann

The horror genre is still regarded by many as the bastard stepchild of film. A lot of people continue to ...
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Book Review: Memoirs of a Man in Pajamas by Paco Roca

This is not a new graphic novel by Spanish cartoonist Paco Roca. Instead, it’s a compilation of archival autobiographical comic ...
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Book Review: Christopher Nolan: The Iconic Filmmaker and His Work by Ian Nathan

Housed in a slipcase, Ian Nathan's Christopher Nolan: The Iconic Filmmaker and His Work takes readers on an unofficial and ...
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Book Review: Starseeds 3 by Charles Glaubitz

By any conventional literary measure, the Starseeds series is bewildering and left so far open to interpretation that it’s difficult ...
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Book Review: Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge “Cave of Ali Baba” by Carl Barks

Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge “Cave of Ali Baba” is Volume 28 in Fantagraphics' The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library. It ...
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Book Review: Werewolf Jones & Sons: Deluxe Super Fun Annual by Simon Hanselmann and Josh Pettinger

I am not by any means a prude, but I should have never read Werewolf Jones & Songs: Deluxe Super ...
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Book Review: Out There: The Science Behind Sci-Fi Film and TV by Ariel Waldman

Science fiction is a genre that has predicted many current inventions. And yet, at the time of release, certain movies ...
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Book Review: Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers: The Count Roquefort Case and Other Stories: The Disney Afternoon Adventures Vol. 3

The third in Fantagraphics reprint series, Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers: The Count Roquefort Case and Other Stories: The Disney ...
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Book Review: Scrooge McDuck: The Dragon of Glasgow by Joris Chamblain and Fabrizio Petrossi

Scrooge McDuck is best known from either DuckTales, or from the 1983 Disney Short, "Mickey's Christmas Carol." There he played, ...
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Book Review: The Complete Peanuts 1987-1988: A Lovingly Curated Collection of Charles M. Schulz’ Brilliant Strips

For nearly 50 years, Charles M. Schulz captured the hearts and imaginations of readers with his beloved Peanuts characters. Charlie ...
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Book Review: Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge: Operation Galleon Grab by Giorgio Cavazzano

While never a major draw in the United States, comic book stories starring the main line Disney cartoon characters, Mickey ...
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Book Review: Alison by Lizzy Stewart

Alison is a plain teenager getting by in a small English town, running out the clock on her high school ...
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Book Review: Dear Mini: A Graphic Memoir, Book One by Natalie Norris

Natalie Norris was just 16 years old when she was shipped off from the U.S. to France for a summer ...
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Book Review: Anaïs Nin: A Sea of Lies by Léonie Bischoff

Diarist and author Anaïs Nin lived an extraordinary and controversial life. From Henry Miller to John Steinbeck, she had many lovers ...
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Book Review: Walt Disney’s Silly Symphonies 1932-1935: Starring Bucky Bug and Donald Duck

Previously available from IDW/The Library of American Comics in 2016, Fantagraphics has now released their edition of Walt Disney's Silly ...
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Book Review: The Planetoid and Other Stories by Al Feldstein and Joe Orlando

After over 30 volumes in the long-running Fantagraphics EC Artists’ Library series, Joe Orlando’s sci-fi stories return to the spotlight ...
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Book Review: Nudism Comes to Connecticut by Susan Schade and Jon Buller

Imagine having a scandalous but fascinating tale buried deep within the branches of your family tree. Then imagine having the ...
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Book Review: Eddie Muller’s Noir Bar: Cocktails Inspired by the World of Film Noir: A Complete Package

Dark corners. Quiet conversations. Secrets that get spilled after a few too many. This could be a scene from a ...
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Book Review: Listen, Beautiful Márcia by Marcello Quintanilha

Brazilian favelas typically evoke images of poverty, drugs, and desperation, as most notably explored in the film City of God. ...
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Book Review: Doris Danger: Giant Monsters Amok by Chris Wisnia & Ricky Sprague

As the American comic book industry developed in the '60s, it became significantly less diverse. Superheroes eventually became, essentially, the ...
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Book Review: Inside Comedy: The Soul, Wit, and Bite of Comedy and Comedians of the Last Five Decades by David Steinberg

David Steinberg is a man of many talents. He performed improv at Second City before becoming a stand-up comedian known ...
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Book Review: Out of My Head: The Imaginary Creatures of Josep Baqué by Brian Chidester

Josep Baqué was an artist with whom very few are familiar. His artwork went mostly unknown, as he never shared ...
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Book Review: Salome’s Last Dance by Daria Tessler

Portland artist Daria Tessler's second comic book published by Fantagraphics is a short, strange trip that finds influences from such ...
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Book Review: Sydney Pollack: A Subliminal Existentialist by Wes D. Gehring

Director/producer/actor Sydney Pollack (1934-2008) was one of the unsung heroes of cinematic and popular culture. His films ranged from Depression-era ...
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Book Review: Daughters of Snow and Cinders by Núria Tamarit

When a determined young adventurer sets out into the wilderness in search of gold, she quickly encounters threats from the ...
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Book Review: Jessica Lange: An Adventurer’s Heart by Anthony Uzarowski

Being a film lover, I have read a few actor/actress biographies in my time, but I've rarely come across one ...
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Book Review: Eddie Muller’s Noir Bar: Cocktails Inspired by the World of Film Noir

I am not a drinker whatsoever, but I do love film noir. So, Noir Bar, the delightful new photo-book by ...
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Book Review: The Trees Grew Because I Bled There by Eric LaRocca

The Trees Grew Because I Bled There by Bram Stoker Award Finalist Eric LaRocca is a collection of “literary dark ...
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Book Review: Night Terror by John Kenn Mortensen

On more than one occasion I've had a dream where I woke up, got up from bed, and went to ...
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Book Review: Fools Die on Friday by Erle Stanley Gardner

Donald Lam knows the girl's a phony. He knows from the second he sees the monogram on her cigarette case ...
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Book Review: The Heavy Bright by Cathy Malkasian

A young girl is tasked with a seemingly impossible quest: to hunt down and destroy 999 black eggs closely held ...
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Book Review: Ephemera: A Memoir by Briana Loewinsohn

Briana Loewinsohn’s debut graphic novel heralds the arrival of an intriguing new talent already operating at a masterful level. Her ...
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Book Review: Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir (Revised and Expanded Edition) by Eddie Muller

Author Eddie Muller, founder and president of the Film Noir Foundation and host of TCM's Noir Alley, once again serves ...
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Book Review: T*ts & Cl*ts 1972-1987: An Underground, Women-made Comix Gets the Fantagraphics Touch

Out this month, Tits & Clits 1972-1987 (Fantagraphics Books) compiles for the first time (in a single, handsome volume) all ...
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Book Review: Mickey and Donald: For Whom the Doorbell Tolls

In 1999, a teacher at Disney’s Italian school for cartoonists presented his students with a prompt: select a short story ...
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Book Review: Evita: The Life and Work of Eva Perón by Héctor Germán Oesterheld, Alberto and Enrique Breccia

Fantagraphics continues their series of Alberto Breccia releases with this graphic biography of the polarizing Argentine icon, Eva Perón, popularly ...
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Book Review: The George Herriman Library: Krazy & Ignatz 1925-1927

Krazy Kat is the kind of thing that doesn't happen. The comic strip ran for almost 30 years despite irritation ...
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Book Review: Talespin: Flight of the Sky-Raker and Other Stories: The Disney Afternoon Adventures Vol. 2

Disney Afternoon was a staple of after-school procrastination for nearly a decade, from 1990-1997. Several of those years included my ...
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Book Review: Spa by Erik Svetoft

Swedish writer/illustrator Erik Svetoft's Spa is a Kafkaesque adventure that plunges into a Lynchian nightmare. Set in a high-class, luxury ...
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Book Review: The Extraordinary Part: Book One: Orsay’s Hands by Florent Ruppert and Jerome Mulot

The latest work from powerhouse French graphic novelist duo Ruppert and Merlot imagines a world much like our own with ...
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Book Review: Kevin Smith: His Films and Fans, Compiled & Edited by David Gati

No matter what you think of director Kevin Smith, there’s no denying that the 52-year-old filmmaker has something out of ...
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Book Review: Rock on Film: The Movies That Rocked the Big Screen by Fred Goodman

Author Fred Goodman takes readers on a tour of Rock on Film for Turner Classic Movies. After revealing his first ...
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Book Review: Tonechaser – Understanding Edward: My 26-Year Journey with Edward Van Halen by Steve Rosen

While there have been many books chronicling Eddie Van Halen’s life and music, Steve Rosen’s Tonechaser is by the far ...
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Book Review: Being Bond: A Daniel Craig Retrospective by Mark Salisbury

Daniel Craig’s final outing as James Bond in No Time to Die reminded us all how much of an impact ...
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Book Review: TCM Underground: 50 Must-See Films from the World of Classic Cult and Late-Night Cinema by Millie De Chirico & Quatoyiah Murry

Since October 27, 2006, TCM Underground, as stated on the book's jacket, has been a “Turner Classic Movies series that ...
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Book Review: Five Decembers by James Kestrel 

Joe McGrady has been a beat cop in Hawaii since he left the Army five years ago. But it’s the ...
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Book Review: The Man Who Fell to Earth by Dan Watters and Dev Pramanik

The creators of this new graphic novel were faced with three apparent approaches to its production: craft an adaptation of ...
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Comic Book Review: G.I. Joe – A Real American Hero #299: The Penultimate Issue at IDW Sets up an Exciting Finale

For being the penultimate issue of G.I. Joe - A Real American Hero, issue #299 (part four of the “All ...
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Book Review: G.I. Joe – A Real American Hero: Saturday Morning Adventures: The TV Show Comes to Life in This Fun Miniseries

During the 1980s, G.I. Joe - A Real American Hero, was seemingly everywhere. What began as a successful toy line ...
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Book Review: G.I. Joe – A Real American Hero 40th Anniversary Special by Larry Hama

The 1960s had G.I. Joe, America’s Movable Fighting Man, a series of doll-sized action figures that highlighted all branches of ...
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TV Review: Love & Rockets: The Great American Comic Book

After 40 years of ongoing publication, the Love & Rockets comic book is long overdue for a celebratory retrospective. Thankfully, ...
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Book Review: Danger on the Silver Screen: 50 Films Celebrating Cinema’s Greatest Stunts by Scott McGee

Relive some of motion picture’s most exciting moments through action-packed, full-color photos in Danger on the Silver Screen: 50 Films ...
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Book Review: Disneyanity: Of ‘Walt’ & Religion by Douglas Brode

Disneyanity isn't a theological work of compare and contrast or how Disney and world religions stack up against one another. ...
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Book Review: Radical: My Year with a Socialist Senator by Sofia Warren

A young Latina politician runs for and wins office in New York as a virtual unknown, ousting a veteran incumbent ...
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Book Review: Lennon, the Mobster & the Lawyer: The Untold Story by Jay Bergen

Lennon, the Mobster & the Lawyer: The Untold Story by Jay Bergen recounts one of John Lennon’s less publicized legal ...
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Book Review: It’s Alive! by Julian David Stone

Inspired by true events!  It’s Alive! is a fantastic, fictional account of the final days leading up to the filming ...
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Book Review: Tough Tender by Max Allan Collins

Tough Tender, by Max Allan Collins, is the latest double-issue reprint from Hard Case Crime book publishers and includes two ...
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Book Review: The Junction by Norm Konyu

Far too rarely, a graphic novel lands in the market with such an assured sense of style and substance that ...
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Book Review: Girls on Film: Lessons from a Life of Watching Women in Movies by Alicia Malone

The lovely Alicia Malone has proven herself to be a great film reporter, writer, and fellow movie geek. One of ...
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Book Review: The Unseen Photos of Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street by Trevor Crafts

If you are the kind of person who not only enjoys magic tricks, but wants to know how they saw ...
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Book Review: Hitchcock and the Censors by John Billheimer

Alfred Hitchcock was a weird guy. That's not a slur on his character, but a statement of fact. He was ...
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Book Review: Otto Preminger: The Man Who Be King by Foster Hirsch

The legendary (for better and worse) Otto Preminger was one of the most influential and progressive people in Hollywood history. ...
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Book Review: Starstruck: My Unlikely Road to Hollywood by Leonard Maltin

He has covered the entertainment industry since he was 13 years old. At some point, maybe even right now, his ...
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Book Review: Hitchcock and the Censors by John Billheimer

Censorship is a long and deranged form of limitation toward the freedoms and boundless expression in all forms of media, ...
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From the Couch Hole: Got to Pay Your Dues

Previously on FTCH, we went into Cream and KrispyKreme. The previous episode was pretty funyan and we talked about Love/Hate ...
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Book Review: Jayne Mansfield: The Girl Couldn’t Help It by Eve Golden

If you saw a headline about a blonde bombshell actress living in a “pink palace” with her muscular husband, pack ...
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Book Review: Alien 3 by Pat Cadigan, based on the Unproduced First-Draft Screenplay by William Gibson

Alien 3 has been saddled with challenges since it was first announced. Multiple directors and screenplay efforts came forward, and ...
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From the Couch Hole: Dreaming My Life Away

Previously on FTCH, we spoke about sassy spirits, snakes in the spice aisle, and spicy sweet Dew. This week continued ...
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Book Review: The Complete Dick Tracy Volume 29: 1976-1977 by Chester Gould

Chester Gould's Dick Tracy comic strip debuted on October 4, 1931 named after its lead character, a by-the-book police detective ...
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Book Review: The Art and Making of The Stand by Andy Burns

Priced at $45, The Art and Making of The Stand (Titan Books) is a coffee-table bit of glossiness devoted to ...
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Book Review: Summer Movies: 30 Sun-Drenched Classics by John Malahy

Normally, I have never been into Summer, especially due to the hot, stifling weather; mosquitoes, screaming children at play, overcrowded ...
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Book Review: Castle in the Air by Donald E. Westlake

Castle in the Air, by Donald E. Westlake, is a recent crime caper reprint (1980) from the always entertaining Hard ...
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Book Review: Two for the Money by Max Allan Collins

Two for the Money, by Max Allan Collins, is the latest double issue reprint from the almost always good Hard ...
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Book Review: Usagi Yojimbo: Homecoming by Stan Sakai

Usagi Yojimbo: Homecoming is Book 35 in the collected volumes of Stan Sakai's long running comic book series and the ...
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Book Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection, Volume 5

The fifth volume of IDW's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection opens with Issue #56, Part 7 of the ...
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Book Review: Alien: Into Charybdis by Alex White

There's a tendency in the Alien universe for humans to try to tame/control the chitinous ebony extraterrestrial monsters, and it ...
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Book Review: Usagi Yojimbo Origins Volume 01 by Stan Sakai

Over the course of his comic book career, Stan Sakai has become a legend in the industry, winning numerous awards ...
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Book Review: The Complete Dick Tracy Volume 28: 1974-1976 by Chester Gould

Chester Gould's Dick Tracy comic strip debuted on October 4, 1931 named after the lead character, a square-jawed, yellow-hat-and-jacket-wearing police ...
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Book Review: The Complete Steve Canyon Volume 10: 1965-1966 by Milton Caniff

Since January 2012, the Library of American Comics, by way of IDW Publishing, has been releasing collections of Milton Caniff's ...
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Book Review: Later by Stephen King: Growing Up with Ghosts

Dismiss his output from the last few decades all you like: Stephen King is a master of sentence construction. And ...
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Book Review: Vision & the Scarlet Witch: The Saga of Wanda and Vision

Tying in with Disney+'s WandaVision, Marvel has repackaged some of the duo's adventures in Vision & the Scarlet Witch: The ...
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Book Review: The Complete Dick Tracy, Volume 27: 1972-1974 by Chester Gould

As the Library of American Comics and IDW Publishing continue to collect The Complete Dick Tracy by Chester Gould, Volume ...
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Book Review: Wolverine: Weapon X Omnibus by Cerasini, Mack, and Matthews

Wolverine: Weapon X Omnibus is a collection of three classic Logan, aka Wolverine of X-Men fame, novels from Titan Books. ...
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Book Review: For Better or For Worse: The Complete Library, Volume Five (1993-1996) by Lynn Johnston

Written by Chad Derdowski In 1995, I was a senior in high school and Michael Patterson was just starting college. ...
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Book Review: Corto Maltese: Mu, The Lost Continent by Hugo Pratt

Italian comics star Hugo Pratt led a life that was nearly as adventurous as his most famous character, Corto Maltese. ...
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Book Review: The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Crusader’s Curse by Stuart Douglas

The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Crusader’s Curse (2020) by Stuart Douglas is the thirty-second entry in The Further Adventures of ...
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Book Review: Marvel Spider-Man: Miles Morales – Wings of Fury by Brittney Morris

Marvel Spider-Man: Miles Morales - Wings of Fury by Brittney Morris is a prequel to the video game Marvel Spider-Man: ...
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Book Review: Harry Dean Stanton: Hollywood’s Zen Rebel by Joseph B. Atkins

Harry Dean Stanton: Hollywood's Zen Rebel, by Joseph B. Atkins (University Press of Kentucky, 2020), is a carefully crafted tribute ...
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Book Review: The Complete Dick Tracy, Volume 15: 1953-1954 by Chester Gould

Chester Gould's Dick Tracy comic strip debuted on October 4, 1931 named after the lead character, a square-jawed, yellow-hat-and-jacket-wearing police detective. In ...
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Book Review: Maureen O’Hara: The Biography by Aubrey Malone

Maureen O'Hara: The Biography by Aubrey Malone (University Press of Kentucky - 2020) is a heartfelt biography of the screen ...
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Book Review: Serpentine by Philip Pullman

Serpentine, by Philip Pullman, is the latest entry into the author’s much lauded His Dark Materials. Coming in at fewer ...
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Book Review: The Autobiography of Kathryn Janeway, edited by Una McCormack

The Autobiography of Kathryn Janeway, by Una McCormack, is the third book in a series of planned Star Trek “autobiographies” ...
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Book Review: Star Trek: The Artistry of Dan Curry by Dan Curry and Ben Robinson

In Star Trek: The Artistry of Dan Curry by Dan Curry and Ben Robinson, the reader is constantly reminded that ...
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Book Review: Blade Runner 2049 – Interlinked – The Art by Tanya Lapointe

I remember back in 2017, after I had just exited the IMAX presentation of Blade Runner 2049, being absolutely stunned by ...
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Book Review: Joe Alves: Designing Jaws by Dennis Prince

Special make-up effects artist and The Walking Dead executive producer Greg Nicotero, who cites Steven Spielberg's Jaws as an inspiration for his becoming a ...
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Book Review: Alien: 40 Years 40 Artists by Various

I took the opportunity to review Alien: 40 Years 40 Artists because I'm an Alien nut, then realized I don't really know anything about ...
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Book Review: Picturing Peter Bogdanovich: My Conversations with the New Hollywood Director by Peter Tonguette

Director Peter Bogdanovich is neither misunderstood nor unappreciated, I think. His claim to fame as a movie brat (though he might ...
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Book Review: Gramercy Park by Timothée de Fombelle and Christian Cailleaux

On top of a tall building stands a woman. She keeps bees. She talks to them. She loves them. Across ...
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Book Review: Run-Out Groove: Inside Capitol’s 1980s Hits & Stiffs by Dave Morrell

In the 1980s, everything seemed bigger: the fashions, the drugs, the money, and even the sound of music. For Dave ...
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Book Review: Tiananmen 1989: Our Shattered Hopes by Lun Zhang

I was not even five years old when the events of Tiananmen Square took place in Beijing, China in 1989. ...
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Book Review: Superman: The Silver Age Sundays, Volume 2 (1963-1966)

Written By Chad Derdowski For more than 25 years, the Man of Steel fought for truth and justice in newspapers ...
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Book Review: The Last Book on the Left: Stories of Murder and Mayhem from History’s Most Notorious Serial Killers

Dark humor and dark subject matter seem to go hand in hand. Combine those things with the incredible illustrations of ...
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Book Review: For Better or For Worse: The Complete Library, Volume Four (1990-1993) by Lynn Johnston

Written By Chad Derdowski IDW and the Library of American Comics continue their tradition of collecting some of the finest ...
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Book Review: Aliens: Phalanx by Scott Sigler

I've been riding the Alien train for the better part of 40 years now, and through the franchises high points ...
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Book Review: Making Moon by Simon Ward

Hard sci-fi differentiates itself from the other kind by trying to follow the rules of physics and take place in ...
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Book Review: The Complete Dick Tracy, Volume 26: 1970-1972 by Chester Gould

As the Library of American Comics and IDW Publishing continue to collect The Complete Dick Tracy by Chester Gould, Volume 26 presents the dailies ...
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Book Review: Cult Filmmakers: 50 Movie Mavericks You Need to Know by Ian Haydn Smith

Cult Filmmakers finds author Ian Haydn Smith shining the spotlight on 50 movie mavericks. The illustration on the cover by Kristelle ...
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Book Review: For Better or For Worse: The Complete Library, Volume Three (1986-1989) by Lynn Johnston

Written by Chad Derdowski From 1979 to 2008, Lynn Johnston showcased the joy and strife of family life in her ...
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Book Review: Treasures Retold: The Lost Art of Alex Toth

Written by Chad Derdowski Not too long ago, I had the pleasure of reviewing Alex Toth's Bravo For Adventure as well as Genius, ...
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Book Review: Superman: The Golden Age Dailies 1947-1949 by Alvin Schwartz, Wayne Boring, et al.

Superman remains one of the most beloved and collected superhero characters of all time. Some of the rarest Superman collectibles ...
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Book Review: The Art of Godzilla: King of the Monsters by Abbie Bernstein

Abbie Bernstein takes readers behind the scenes with pre-production concept artwork and on-set photography from director/co-writer Michael Dougherty's Godzilla: King of ...
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Book Review: Star Trek: The Next Generation: Through the Mirror by Tipton, Tipton, et. al.

In the Star Trek franchise, there is a parallel universe dubbed the "Mirror Universe" where the evil Terran Empire, which rules through ...
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Book Review: Strange Cures by Rob Zabrecky

A good magician is always a joy to witness, but when a magician can curate a full experience of amazing ...
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Book Review: The Amazing Spider-Man: The Ultimate Newspaper Comics Collection Vol. 5, 1985-1986 by Stan Lee, Floro Dery, and Dan Barry

In its early years, the daily Spider-Man comic strip had typically followed a comfortable pattern of Spider-Man facing off against ...
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Book Review: The Complete Steve Canyon, Volume 9: 1963-1964 by Milton Caniff

The Library of American Comics continues publishing the adventures of Milton Caniff's Steve Canyon with Volume 9, which presents the ...
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Book Review: The Complete Dick Tracy, Volume 25: 1969-1970 by Chester Gould

As the Library of American Comics and IDW Publishing continue to collect The Complete Dick Tracy by Chester Gould, Volume ...
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Book Review: First Man: The Annotated Screenplay by Josh Singer

As stated in my review of First Man, “director Damien Chazelle along with his cast and crew do an amazing ...
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Book Review: Star Trek: New Visions Volume 8 by John Byrne

As stated in my previous reviews of this book series, John Byrne and IDW Publishing are presenting the lost missions ...
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Book Review: Superman: The Silver Age Sundays, Volume 1 (1959-1963)

Written by Chad Derdowski It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Maybe that's a bit ...
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Book Review: Hooked on Hollywood by Leonard Maltin

Leonard Maltin has made a career for himself out of his love of movies, starting as an unpaid freelance writer ...
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Best of 2018 Assorted Lists

From 2005 through 2012, I pretty consistently wrote my Sunday Morning Tuneage blog. It continued inconsistently through 2013 before being ...
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Book Review: Star Wars: The Complete Classic Newspaper Comics, Vol. 3

IDW/The Library of American Comics' presentation of the Star Wars newspaper comics concludes with Volume 3, which presents nine stories ...
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Book Review: Ray Harryhausen: The Movie Posters by Richard Holliss

Written by Chad Derdowski Words like “genius” or “literally” are tossed around a lot these days, to the point that ...
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Book Review: The Teenage Slasher Movie Book by J.A. Kerswell

Before the late '90s-early 2000s revival of horror as a mainstream money maker (thanks largely to Scream and the new ...
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Book Review: Star Trek: New Visions Volume 7 by John Byrne 

As stated in my previous reviews of this book series, John Byrne and IDW Publishing are presenting the lost missions ...
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Book Review: The Complete Dick Tracy, Volume 24: 1967-1969 by Chester Gould

As the Library of American Comics and IDW Publishing continue to collect The Complete Dick Tracy by Chester Gould, Volume ...
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Book Review: Star Trek: Lost Scenes by David Tilotta & Curt McAloney

Starting with the Original Series, the Star Trek franchise has had a long involvement in the publishing world, including James ...
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Book Review: For Better or For Worse: The Complete Library, Volume Two (1982-1986) by Lynn Johnston

Written by Chad Derdowski In 1978, after publishing a handful of humorous parenting books, Lynn Johnston was asked by Universal ...
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Book Review: Star Hawks, Volume Three: 1979-1981 by Gil Kane and Archie Goodwin

Star Hawks was a science fiction/fantasy daily newspaper comic strip that ran from 1977 to 1981. It tried to ride ...
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Book Review: Walt Disney’s Treasury of Classic Tales, Volume Three

As mentioned in reviews of the previous volumes in the series, Walt Disney's Treasury of Classic Tales was a Sunday ...
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Book Review: Alien: The Cold Forge by Alex White

How much you come away from a story loving or loathing a character is a testament to how well they ...
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Book Review: Star Trek: The Next Generation: Terra Incognita by Tipton, Tipton, Shasteen, Hernandez, Nieto

In the Star Trek franchise, there is a parallel universe dubbed the "Mirror Universe" where the evil Terran Empire, which ...
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Book Review: Superman: The Golden Age Newspaper Dailies (1944-1947)

Superman's adventures have been written about for 80 years now — a remarkable number for any character. He has been ...
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Book Review: Star Trek: The Next Generation: Mirror Broken by Tipton, Tipton, Woodward, Kirchoff

In the Star Trek franchise, there is a parallel universe dubbed the "Mirror Universe" where the evil Terran Empire, which ...
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Book Review: Hitchcock’s Heroines by Caroline Young

While talking to fellow filmmaker Francois Truffaut, director Alfred Hitchcock noted that he made his films with women in mind. ...
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Book Review: The Complete Steve Canyon, Volume 8: 1961-1962 by Milton Caniff

The Library of American Comics continues publishing the adventures of Milton Caniff's Steve Canyon with Volume 8, which presents the ...
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Book Review: Star Wars: The Complete Classic Newspaper Comics, Vol. 2

In IDW/The Library of Amercian Comics' on-going presentation of the Star Wars newspaper comics, Volume 2 presents eight stories that ...
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Book Review: The Pride of the Yankees: Lou Gehrig, Gary Cooper, and the Making of a Classic by Richard Sandomir

Field of Dreams, The Natural, and Bull Durham may be the first movies that come to mind when you think ...
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Book Review: Al Capp’s Li’l Abner, Volume Nine: Complete Sundays and Dailies 1951-1952

Al Capp's Li'l Abner had the kind of success most comic strips only dream of. Running for 43 years, it ...
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Book Review: Star Trek: New Visions Volume 6 by John Byrne

As stated in my previous reviews of this book series, "John Byrne and IDW Publishing are presenting the lost missions ...
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Book Review: Movie Nights with the Reagans by Mark Weinberg

During their eight years in office, Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy, watched a total of 363 movies during their ...
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Book Review: Superman: The Atomic Age Sundays, Volume 3 (1956-1959): A Wonderful Time Capsule for Fans of the Man of Steel

When it comes to comic book heroes, Superman remains one of, if not the biggest pillars in the industry. With ...
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Book Review: The Movie Art of Syd Mead: Visual Futurist by Syd Mead & Craig Hodgetts

Written by Chad Derdowski If you're a fan of science fiction films, there's a pretty good chance you're a fan ...
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Book Review: The Complete Dick Tracy, Volume 23: 1966-1967 by Chester Gould

As the Library of American Comics and IDW Publishing continue to collect The Complete Dick Tracy by Chester Gould, Volume ...
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Book Review: The Art of Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie by Ramin Zahed

Written by Chad Derdowski We can all agree that Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie was pretty sweet, right? It ...
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Book Review: Star Hawks, Volume Two: 1978-1979 by Gil Kane and Ron Goulart

Written by Chad Derdowski I've never seen anything quite like Gil Kane and Ron Goulart's Star Hawks. And yeah, I ...
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Book Review: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets: The Art of the Film by Mark Salisbury

Written by Chad Derdowski I don't know you, but I'm going to make a bold assumption about the type of ...
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Book Review: Disney’s Christmas Classics

Considering how beloved Disney characters and Christmas are by children, it was surprising to learn in Alberto Becattini's introductory essay ...
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Book Review: Star Wars: On the Front Lines by Daniel Wallace

Written by Chad Derdowski The Star Wars universe is defined by conflict. Whether it's the internal struggle of a young ...
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Book Review: Silly Symphonies Volume 3: The Complete Disney Classics 1939-1942

The Silly Symphonies comic strip started as a venue for adaptations of Disney's long-running series of animated shorts, but by ...
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Book Review: Justice League: The Art of the Film by Abbie Bernstein

Written by Chad Derdowski Let’s get this out of the way right here at the beginning: I haven’t seen Justice ...
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Book Review: Walt Disney’s Treasury of Classic Tales, Volume Two

While Disney had previously run newspaper comic strips before it, their Treasury of Classic Tales was a Sunday strip that ...
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Book Review: Tangled: The Series: Adventure is Calling

In my family, Tangled is one of the better movies to come out of Disney's classic animation studios in a ...
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Book Review: Star Trek: New Visions Volume 5 by John Byrne 

As stated in my previous reviews of this book series, "John Byrne and IDW Publishing are presenting the lost missions ...
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Book Review: For Better or For Worse: The Complete Library, Volume One (1979-1982) by Lynn Johnston

Written by Chad Derdowski Since Lynn Johnston's For Better or For Worse launched in 1979, it has been syndicated in ...
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Book Review: Star Trek: The Classic UK Comics, Volume Three (1972-1979)

I have no doubt that when he created Star Trek: The Original Series Gene Roddenberry was hoping for a smash ...
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Book Review: The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard, edited by David A. Goodman

Following the success of The Autobiography of James T. Kirk, David A. Goodman explores the background of another well-known and ...
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Book Review: Little Orphan Annie, Volume Fourteen (1948-1950): Sunshine and Shadow by Harold Gray

When I last checked in with Little Orphan Annie (in Volume Ten), she was busy fighting the war (World War ...
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Book Review: Unchained Melody: The Films of Meiko Kaji by Tom Mes

You first notice the long, straight black hair. Then you see her body: thin, straight, erect. You look past the ...
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Book Review: The Complete Dick Tracy, Volume 22: 1964-1965 by Chester Gould

As the Library of American Comics and IDW Publishing continue to collect The Complete Dick Tracy by Chester Gould, Volume ...
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Book Review: Ghost in the Shell by Andrew Osmond

Ghost in the Shell began life as a manga series that lasted from 1989 to 1997. In 1995, Marmoru Oshii ...
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Book Review: Unchained Melody: The Films of Meiko Kaji by Tom Mes

To much of the post-Millennium western cinematic audience, Meiko Kaji was introduced with her voice. Both the theme songs from ...
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Book Review: A Field Guide to the Aliens of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Edited by Zachary Auburn

It's rare these days to get your expectations exceeded. Even rarer is to come upon a treasure that elicits both ...
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Book Review: The Art and Making of Kong: Skull Island by Simon Ward

Author Simon Ward takes viewers to and behind the scenes of Kong: Skull Island in his book that looks at ...
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Book Review: The Complete Steve Canyon, Volume 7: 1959-1960 by Milton Caniff

Milton Caniff's Steve Canyon ran from January 13, 1947 until June 4, 1988. The strip's titular hero served as an ...
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Book Review: The Amazing Spider-Man: The Ultimate Newspaper Comics Collection Vol. 4, 1983-1984 by Stan Lee, Fred Kida, and Floro Dery

With Fred Kida in control on daily art duties, Stan Lee started his writing chores in 1983 with nearly four ...
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Book Review: Wonder Woman: The Art and Making of the Film by Sharon Gosling

Written by Chad Derdowski With a history dating back to 1941 and a variety of interpretations in comics, prose, and ...
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Book Review: Aliens: Bug Hunt, Edited by Jonathan Maberry

Each film in the original Alien trilogy represents a unique approach to science fiction. Alien took sci-fi and suspense and ...
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Book Review: Donald Duck: The Complete Daily Newspaper Comics Volume 4 (1945-1947)

Written by Jeff Provine  Everything old is new again with the upcoming reboot of Duck Tales on Disney XD, which ...
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Book Review: Walt Disney’s Treasury of Classic Tales, Volume One

Walt Disney was a savvy businessman. With a staff of talented writers and artists employed to create films, he was ...
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Book Review: Batman: A Celebration of the Classic TV Series by Bob Garcia and Joe Desris

Given its own yellow utility belt, Batman: A Celebration of the Classic TV Series is a marvelous compendium about the ...
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Book Review: Star Wars: The Complete Classic Newspaper Comics, Vol. 1

Before The Empire Strikes Back was released in 1980, Star Wars fans who wanted more stories from George Lucas' “galaxy ...
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Books Review: Donald Duck: The Complete Daily Newspaper Comics, Volume 3 and The Complete Sunday Newspaper Comics, Volume 2 (1943-1945)

There's something decidedly comforting about reading old Disney comic strips, as they're reliably funny, relatable, and finely crafted. These latest ...
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Book Review: The Marvel Vault by Thomas, Sanderson, and Manning

Originally published in 2007, Roy Thomas and Peter Sanderson's The Marvel Vault was clearly in need of Matthew K. Manning's ...
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Book Review: Red Barry: Undercover Man, Vol. 1 (1934-1935) by Will Gould

I adored newspaper comic strips as I was growing up. My parents took in the Tulsa World, which was a ...
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Book Review: Star Hawks, Volume One: 1977-1978 by Gil Kane and Ron Goulart

In early 1977, right at the start of the cultural science-fiction boom of the late '70s, the newspaper syndicate NEA ...
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Book Review: Superman: The Golden Age Newspaper Dailies (1942-1944)

Written by Tim Gebhart Imagine the conundrum. America recently entered World War II, a war the government pronounces a battle ...
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Book Review: James Bond: SPECTRE: The Complete Comic Strip Collection

Having previously collected and released the James Bond newspaper comic-strip adventures that ran in British newspapers, including in Omnibus Volumes ...
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Book Review: Film Noir Light and Shadow: Shedding Light on Dark Films

Much like the Supreme Court with pornography, I find "film noir" difficult to define, but I know it when I ...
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Book Review: The Complete Dick Tracy, Volume 21: 1962-1964 by Chester Gould

As the Library of American Comics and IDW Publishing continue to collect The Complete Dick Tracy by Chester Gould, Volume ...
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Book Review: Star Trek: The Classic UK Comics, Vol. 2: Where Some Fans May Never Have Gone Before

There are so many branches to the Star Trek universe: novelizations, movies, re-boot film series, animated series, magazines, television series, ...
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Book Review: Star Trek: New Visions Volume 4 by John Byrne

In Star Trek: New Visions, John Byrne tells of the lost missions of the Starship Enterprise under the command of ...
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Book Review: Tarzan on Film by Scott Tracy Griffin

Author Scott Tracy Griffin has followed up his Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration with Tarzan on Film, a marvelous exploration of ...
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Book Review: LOAC Essentials Vol. 8: King Features Essentials 1: Krazy Kat 1934 by George Harriman: Rare Dailies of the Kraziest of Komics

It is ironic that, in the era of the Internet which has disrupted so much of modern publishing, it has ...
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Books Review: Star Trek: New Visions Issue #3 “Cry Vengeance” and Issue #4 “Made Out of Mudd” by John Byrne

When I was growing up two of the things that I was really into were comic books and Star Trek. ...
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Book Review: The Art of Selling Movies by John McElwee

Written by Tim Gebhart Today's digital media dislodged or diminished a variety of other media. Some are conspicuous: VHS and ...
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Book Review: Superman: The Atomic Age Sundays, Volume 2 (1953-1956)

Written by Chad Derdowski Superman: The Atomic Age Sundays, Volume 2 (1953-1956) is the fourth collection of classic Superman Sunday ...
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Book Review: Walt Disney’s Silly Symphonies Vol. 2 (1935-1939)

From 1929 to 1939, the Walt Disney company created 75 original animated short films under its Silly Symphonies line. As ...
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Book Review: Batman: The Silver Age Newspaper Comics Vol. 3, 1969-1972

Long before most of us were reading the funny pages, Batman was finishing up a six-year comic strip run fueled ...
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Book Review: Fireball: Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3 by Robert Matzen

Written by Tim Gebhart Like the rest of America, World War II transformed Hollywood. Within 10 days of Pearl Harbor, ...
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Book Review: Li’l Abner: The Complete Dailies and Color Sundays, Volume 8: 1949-1950 by Al Capp

As the Library of American Comics and IDW Publishing continue to collect Li'l Abner: The Complete Dailies and Color Sundays ...
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Book Review: The Complete David Bowie (Revised and Updated 2016 Edition) by Nicholas Pegg

"Complete" is an accurate description of this astoundingly thorough encyclopedia of Bowie's work. The book naturally opens with "The Songs ...
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Book Review: Feeding Hannibal: A Connoisseur’s Cookbook by Janice Poon

Hannibal was one of the most beautiful yet disturbing shows I have ever seen. One of the most beautiful aspects ...
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Book Review: Aliens: The Set Photography by Simon Ward

The movie Aliens turned 30 recently, and there are rumblings of another movie in the Alien universe in the works, ...
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Book Review: Only the Dead Know Burbank by Bradford Tatum

Written  by Jeff Provine Dracula, Frankenstein, the Phantom of the Opera: all members of the classic horror era that continues ...
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Book Review: The Complete Dick Tracy, Volume 20: 1961-1962 by Chester Gould

As the Library of American Comics and IDW Publishing continue to collect The Complete Dick Tracy by Chester Gould, Volume ...
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Book Review: The Blacklist: Elizabeth Keen’s Dossier by Tara Bennett and Paul Terry: A Reminder of the Show’s Original Vision

"If you are reading this, then something has gone wrong" are the first words we encounter in the new book ...
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Book Review: Star Trek: 50 Artists 50 Years

It's been 50 years since the original Star Trek television show debuted on television. While the original series lasted only ...
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Book Review: The Art and Making of The Flash by Abbie Bernstein

Over the last couple of years, the CW has built up a number of television series based on the DC ...
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Book Review: To Pixar and Beyond by Lawrence Levy: Surprisingly Accessible Financial Memoir

If Toy Story had flopped, it would have been the end of Steve Jobs. Remembered in his later life for ...
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Comic Book Review: Motor Crush #1 by Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, and Babs Tarr

Written by Katelyn Powers Last year, a team of creatives re-designed a popular DC Comics heroine known as Batgirl. (Note: ...
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Kristen’s Book Club for December 2016

Written by Kristen Lopez Winter is upon us. Snow is falling, cocoa is plentiful and there's no better time to ...
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Kristen’s Book Club for November 2016

Written by Kristen Lopez The temperatures dropping and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. But that's no reason to stop ...
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Book Review: TV Finales FAQ by Stephen Tropiano and Holly Van Buren

The Applause FAQ series of books typically make for good reads and resources for fans of a particular pop-culture franchise, ...
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Kristen’s Book Club for October 2016

Written by Kristen Lopez Feel that chill in the air? It's time to grab a mug of tea and curl ...
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Book Review: Batman: Facts and Stats from the Classic TV Show by Y.Y. Flurch & Rian Hughes

Written by Chris Morgan This year marks the 50th anniversary of Batman, the TV show based on the popular comic ...
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Book Review: The Amazing Spider-Man: The Ultimate Newspaper Comics Collection Vol. 3, 1981-1982 by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Fred Kida

After taking over the art duties from comic strip originating artist John Romita Sr., Stan Lee's brother Larry Lieber continued ...
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Paperback Review: Madeline Kahn – Being The Music, A Life by William V. Madison

As we all know, Madeline Kahn was a genius, a trailblazer, and a comedy icon. We fell in love with ...
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Book Review: Star Trek: The Classic UK Comics, Volume 1 (1969-1970)

In the episode “The Alternative Factor” from the first season of the Original Series, the Enterprise crew have their first ...
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Kristen’s Book Club for September 2016

Written by Kristen Lopez School's starting up and if you have kids that means you'll actually have time to read ...
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Kristen’s Book Club for August 2016

Written by Kristen Lopez The summer is winding down and school is only a few weeks away. Here's what's worth ...
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Kristen’s Book Club for July 2016

Written by Kristen Lopez The sun is out and the temperature's rising. What better way to spend your time than ...
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Book Review: The Nice Guys: The Official Movie Novelization by Charles Ardai

Written by The Vern I know it may be difficult for some of you to understand, but there was a ...
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Book Review: The Complete Steve Canyon, Volume 6: 1957-1958 by Milton Caniff

Since January 2012, the Library of American Comics, by way of IDW Publishing, has been releasing collections of Milton Caniff's ...
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Kristen’s Book Club for June 2016

Written by Kristen Lopez From a romantic adaptation to the world of classic Hollywood, here's a trio of titles worth ...
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Book Review: Hollywood Cafe: Coffee with the Stars by Steven Rea

Author Steven Rea has collected photos of over 200 Hollywood stars enjoying coffee in his book Hollywood Café: Coffee with ...
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Book Review: Pinocchio: The Making of the Disney Epic by J.B. Kaufman

In his introduction, author J.B. Kaufman reveals that he considers Walt Disney's Pinocchio (1940) a member of “the fraternity of ...
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Book Review: Firefly: The Gorramn Shiniest Dictionary and Phrasebook in the ‘Verse

I missed the Firefly bandwagon back when it initially aired, probably because I didn't have cable at the time or ...
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Kristen’s Book Club for May 2016

Written by Kristen Lopez Our Gang: A Racial History of the Little Rascals by Julia Lee The cherubic innocence of ...
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Book Review: The Rocky Horror Picture Show FAQ by Dave Thompson

Richard O' Brien's gender-bending musical The Rocky Horror Show premiered in London in 1973, at the height of the U.K.'s ...
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Book Review: Batman V Superman — Dawn of Justice: The Art of the Film by Peter Aperlo

Batman V Superman — Dawn Of Justice is a landmark event in the DC Extended Universe. It marks the first ...
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Book Review: Batman V Superman — Dawn of Justice: Tech Manual by Adam Newell and Sharon Gosling

Through the years, the Batman character has been known for his gadgets and technology. These have ranged from the ridiculous ...
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Book Review: The Amazing Spider-Man: The Ultimate Newspaper Comics Collection Vol. 2, 1979-1981 by Stan Lee and John Romita

st The trouble with a daily serialized story is how long it takes for anything to happen. Thanks to IDW's ...
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Book Review: Hollywood Celebrates the Holidays: 1920-1970 by Karie Bible & Mary Mallory

Joseph Campbell is quoted telling others to follow their bliss and fans of Classic Hollywood should be glad co-authors Karie ...
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Book Review: The Blacklist: Elizabeth Keen’s Dossier by Tara Bennett and Paul Terry

Now in its third season, The Blacklist, which stars James Spader as Raymond Reddington, a former Navy Officer turned super ...
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Kristen’s Book Club: April 2016

Written by Kristen Lopez Spring has sprung, so let's see what's worth putting on your bookshelves this month. Spinster: Making ...
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Book Review: Star Trek: New Visions Volume 3 by John Byrne

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