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Sep 29

GEOFF JOHNS: THE FLASH IS A NON-DEPRESSING ‘BLUE-SKY CHARACTER’
By Matt D. Wilson
Since the launch of the New 52 reboot in 2011, DC Comics has seemingly gone out of its way to find new ways to make its superhero darker. Its current Futures End weekly comics event is one in which everything has become even more dour and depressing in the span of five (narrative) years, for example.

But there’s one character that DC writer Geoff Johns simply can’t view as dark, however: The Flash. In an interview with Nerdist, former Flash comics writer Johns answered a question about the lighter tone of the new The Flash TV series by saying that Barry Allen simply can’t be a gloomy character.
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GEOFF JOHNS: THE FLASH IS A NON-DEPRESSING ‘BLUE-SKY CHARACTER’

By Matt D. Wilson

Since the launch of the New 52 reboot in 2011, DC Comics has seemingly gone out of its way to find new ways to make its superhero darker. Its current Futures End weekly comics event is one in which everything has become even more dour and depressing in the span of five (narrative) years, for example.

But there’s one character that DC writer Geoff Johns simply can’t view as dark, however: The Flash. In an interview with Nerdist, former Flash comics writer Johns answered a question about the lighter tone of the new The Flash TV series by saying that Barry Allen simply can’t be a gloomy character.

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JUST THE TIPS: MASTER YOUR GENITALS WITH 23 PAGES OF FRACTION & ZDARSKY’S GUIDE TO SEXING [NSFW]
By Chris Sims
If you’ve been reading Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s Sex Criminals (and honestly, I’m pretty sure that if you’re reading this, you are), then you’ve probably noticed that one of the best parts of the comic comes in the letters page where the two creators offer the reader tips for a better sex life. Wait, no. “Better” is probably not the right word. Oh well, you get the idea.

Either way, the tips have been very enthusiastically received, and with the success of Sex Criminals, Fraction and Zdarsky are looking to spread the word and penetrate the market by collecting them in Just The Tips a handsome, 96-page hardcover that will look great on your coffee table, or hastily thrown under the sofa when your parents visit. And just in case that doesn’t arouse your interest, we’ve got a massive 23-page preview of the tips and sex positions ready for your perusal.

Please be advised, though, this is extremely not safe for work, unless your work is 100% cool with drawings of boners and buttholes, in which case you probably work for ComicsAlliance and saw it already.
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JUST THE TIPS: MASTER YOUR GENITALS WITH 23 PAGES OF FRACTION & ZDARSKY’S GUIDE TO SEXING [NSFW]

By Chris Sims

If you’ve been reading Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s Sex Criminals (and honestly, I’m pretty sure that if you’re reading this, you are), then you’ve probably noticed that one of the best parts of the comic comes in the letters page where the two creators offer the reader tips for a better sex life. Wait, no. “Better” is probably not the right word. Oh well, you get the idea.

Either way, the tips have been very enthusiastically received, and with the success of Sex Criminals, Fraction and Zdarsky are looking to spread the word and penetrate the market by collecting them in Just The Tips a handsome, 96-page hardcover that will look great on your coffee table, or hastily thrown under the sofa when your parents visit. And just in case that doesn’t arouse your interest, we’ve got a massive 23-page preview of the tips and sex positions ready for your perusal.

Please be advised, though, this is extremely not safe for work, unless your work is 100% cool with drawings of boners and buttholes, in which case you probably work for ComicsAlliance and saw it already.

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DC’S NEWEST HEROINES OLIVE & MAPS GET THE GRAND TOUR IN ‘GOTHAM ACADEMY’ #1 [PREVIEW]
By Chris Sims
Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl’s Gotham Academy is the comic I never knew I wanted until it was announced, and every moment since then has been an eternity of waiting for it to actually hit shelves. Now, with the book set for release this Wednesday, we are finally on the verge of living in a world where there is a high school adventure drama that also has Batman in it.

If, however, you can’t wait, then I have some good news. Today, DC released a five-page preview of the new series, in which our lead characters, Olive SIlverlock and Maps Mizoguchi, take a tour of the ominous and imposing Gotham Academy, before immediately being caught in an equally ominous and imposing thunderstorm. Because of course there’s a thunderstorm; heavy rain and blood-red skies are the only two types of weather allowed in Gotham City.

As you can see in the spread above, Gotham Academy is moving things along at a pretty mazing pace. The awkwardness of Olive being forced to “nanny” her ex-boyfriend’s little sister, who is apparently oblivious about the end of their relationship, is summed up pretty fantastically right in those first two pages. It’s a lot of character work done very efficiently, and it makes room for one of my all-time favorite techniques in comics, a giant cutaway that is also a Family Circus-esque follow-the-dotted-line map of the school.

I’m not even kidding. That dotted line thing is next level. Bill Keane knew what was up.
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DC’S NEWEST HEROINES OLIVE & MAPS GET THE GRAND TOUR IN ‘GOTHAM ACADEMY’ #1 [PREVIEW]

By Chris Sims

Becky CloonanBrenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl’s Gotham Academy is the comic I never knew I wanted until it was announced, and every moment since then has been an eternity of waiting for it to actually hit shelves. Now, with the book set for release this Wednesday, we are finally on the verge of living in a world where there is a high school adventure drama that also has Batman in it.

If, however, you can’t wait, then I have some good news. Today, DC released a five-page preview of the new series, in which our lead characters, Olive SIlverlock and Maps Mizoguchi, take a tour of the ominous and imposing Gotham Academy, before immediately being caught in an equally ominous and imposing thunderstorm. Because of course there’s a thunderstorm; heavy rain and blood-red skies are the only two types of weather allowed in Gotham City.

As you can see in the spread above, Gotham Academy is moving things along at a pretty mazing pace. The awkwardness of Olive being forced to “nanny” her ex-boyfriend’s little sister, who is apparently oblivious about the end of their relationship, is summed up pretty fantastically right in those first two pages. It’s a lot of character work done very efficiently, and it makes room for one of my all-time favorite techniques in comics, a giant cutaway that is also a Family Circus-esque follow-the-dotted-line map of the school.

I’m not even kidding. That dotted line thing is next level. Bill Keane knew what was up.

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LONG-PLANNED ‘Y: THE LAST MAN’ MOVIE ISN’T HAPPENING
By Matt D. Wilson
New Line Cinema’s rights to the Vertigo series Y: The Last Man have officially lapsed, reverting back to creators Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra, according to director Dan Trachtenberg.

The studio announced early last year that Trachtenberg — who doesn’t have any features to his credit, only a handful of short films, including a very well-received Portal film — would helm the project. He and the studio only had a limited window of time to get a movie finished, and that time has come and gone.
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LONG-PLANNED ‘Y: THE LAST MAN’ MOVIE ISN’T HAPPENING

By Matt D. Wilson

New Line Cinema’s rights to the Vertigo series Y: The Last Man have officially lapsed, reverting back to creators Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra, according to director Dan Trachtenberg.

The studio announced early last year that Trachtenberg — who doesn’t have any features to his credit, only a handful of short films, including a very well-received Portal film — would helm the project. He and the studio only had a limited window of time to get a movie finished, and that time has come and gone.

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BEST COSPLAY EVER (THIS WEEK) - 09.29.14
Compiled by Betty Felon
Although cosplay has been present for decades within the comics, anime, and sci-fi/fantasy fandoms, social media has played an integral role in the thriving communities of costuming that exist, such as Cosplay.com and the Superhero Costuming Forum. Over the years, the cosplay community has evolved into a creative outlet for many fans to establish and showcase some impressive feats of homemade disguise, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics at conventions. In honor of the caped crusaders of the convention scene, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), an ongoing collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we’ve discovered and assembled into a super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.
Above: Psylocke cosplayed by Joyce “Lystrade” Kay, photographed by Raymond Madamba Photography.
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BEST COSPLAY EVER (THIS WEEK) - 09.29.14

Compiled by Betty Felon

Although cosplay has been present for decades within the comics, anime, and sci-fi/fantasy fandoms, social media has played an integral role in the thriving communities of costuming that exist, such as Cosplay.com and the Superhero Costuming Forum. Over the years, the cosplay community has evolved into a creative outlet for many fans to establish and showcase some impressive feats of homemade disguise, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics at conventions. In honor of the caped crusaders of the convention scene, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), an ongoing collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we’ve discovered and assembled into a super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.

Above: Psylocke cosplayed by Joyce “Lystrade” Kay, photographed by Raymond Madamba Photography.

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WHO IS MAGNETO? CULLEN BUNN AND GABRIEL HERNANDEZ WALTA REESTABLISH AN ICON [REVIEW]
By John Parker
When you consider the entire history of Magneto, it’s pretty ridiculous. He’s been assumed dead at least half-a-dozen times; he’s probably flip-flopped from villain to hero more times than that; and he’s been resurrected as both a Nelson-haired clone (millennials: Google “Nelson band” to get how funny that is) and a star-headed Taoist. Mistakes have been made with the character; mistakes so big that the character’s retcons and course-corrections have diminished his stature, leaving readers to wonder; Just who the hell is Magneto?

In Marvel‘s Magneto, by Cullen Bunn, Gabriel Hernandez Walta, Javier Fernandez, and Jordie Bellaire, that question is finally getting a good answer.
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WHO IS MAGNETO? CULLEN BUNN AND GABRIEL HERNANDEZ WALTA REESTABLISH AN ICON [REVIEW]

By John Parker

When you consider the entire history of Magneto, it’s pretty ridiculous. He’s been assumed dead at least half-a-dozen times; he’s probably flip-flopped from villain to hero more times than that; and he’s been resurrected as both a Nelson-haired clone (millennials: Google “Nelson band” to get how funny that is) and a star-headed Taoist. Mistakes have been made with the character; mistakes so big that the character’s retcons and course-corrections have diminished his stature, leaving readers to wonder; Just who the hell is Magneto?

In Marvel‘s Magneto, by Cullen Bunn, Gabriel Hernandez Walta, Javier Fernandez, and Jordie Bellaire, that question is finally getting a good answer.

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THE X-MEN EPISODE GUIDE 5×07: STORM FRONT, PART ONE
By Chris Sims
The early ’90s were spoiled for choice when it came to comic book adaptations. Not only was Batman: The Animated Series on the air, but X-Men led Marvel’s push to get on the small screen, diving right into the often convoluted continuity of everyone’s favorite mutants, luring in a generation of fans, and paving the way for cartoons to follow. That’s why we’ve set out to review every single episode of the ’90s X-Men animated series.
This week, it’s that adaptation of X-Men Annual #3 that you wanted. What’s that? Well, somebody wanted it.
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THE X-MEN EPISODE GUIDE 5×07: STORM FRONT, PART ONE

By Chris Sims

The early ’90s were spoiled for choice when it came to comic book adaptations. Not only was Batman: The Animated Series on the air, but X-Men led Marvel’s push to get on the small screen, diving right into the often convoluted continuity of everyone’s favorite mutants, luring in a generation of fans, and paving the way for cartoons to follow. That’s why we’ve set out to review every single episode of the ’90s X-Men animated series.

This week, it’s that adaptation of X-Men Annual #3 that you wanted. What’s that? Well, somebody wanted it.

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CATCHING UP WITH RETROFIT: NEW ANTOINE COSSÉ, AND OLIVIER SCHRAUWEN’S ‘MOWGLI’S MIRROR’
By Zainab Akhtar
It’s always the way isn’t it? The very day I put in my order for a Spanish edition of Belgian artist Olivier Schrauwen’s Mowgli’s Mirror, Retrofit announce they’ll be publishing it in English next year, as part of their 2015 line-up. That’s a really nice acquisition for Retrofit, who have been going from strength to strength since their inception, with their slate for next year looking especially strong with books from Andrew Lorenzi, Kate Leth, Laura Knetzger, Laura Lannes, Maré Odomo, Matt Madden, Sophie Franz, Yumi Sakugawa, and Steven Weissmann.READ MORE

CATCHING UP WITH RETROFIT: NEW ANTOINE COSSÉ, AND OLIVIER SCHRAUWEN’S ‘MOWGLI’S MIRROR’

By Zainab Akhtar

It’s always the way isn’t it? The very day I put in my order for a Spanish edition of Belgian artist Olivier Schrauwen’s Mowgli’s Mirror, Retrofit announce they’ll be publishing it in English next year, as part of their 2015 line-up. That’s a really nice acquisition for Retrofit, who have been going from strength to strength since their inception, with their slate for next year looking especially strong with books from Andrew Lorenzi, Kate Leth, Laura Knetzger, Laura Lannes, Maré Odomo, Matt Madden, Sophie Franz, Yumi Sakugawa, and Steven Weissmann.

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Sep 27

THE COMICS ALLIANCE COLLECTION: COOL STUFF WE (AND YOU!) GOT THIS WEEK
The ComicsAlliance staff is a diverse lineup writers, editors, artists, photographers and designers, but before we’re any of those things we’re simply fans. Appreciators. Collectors. Almost every day we share with each other via Instagram all the great books, toys, artwork, apparel, and other beautiful and/or inescapably cool objects we collect almost ceaselessly in comics stores, at conventions, and from all kinds of sources all over North America (and sometimes beyond). Displaying (i.e. showing off) some rad swag typically inspires everyone to one-up their pop-archeologist game in the never ending quest to find awesome stuff, and simply posting the week’s new comics usually causes someone to discover a new title or artist, which in turn inspires a whole new line of excavation.

In the past we’ve published photos of our “con hauls” here on CA and the resulting discussion with readers — i.e. collector kudos — has always been fun, so with the ComicsAlliance Collection we’re going to do it every week. But more importantly, we want to see your collection too. Show us new additions to your collections by using the hashtag #CAcollection on Instagram and we’ll embed the best stuff alongside our own recent acquisitions. And please do follow us @ComicsAlliance.
SEE THIS WEEK’S COLLECTION

THE COMICS ALLIANCE COLLECTION: COOL STUFF WE (AND YOU!) GOT THIS WEEK

The ComicsAlliance staff is a diverse lineup writers, editors, artists, photographers and designers, but before we’re any of those things we’re simply fans. Appreciators. Collectors. Almost every day we share with each other via Instagram all the great books, toys, artwork, apparel, and other beautiful and/or inescapably cool objects we collect almost ceaselessly in comics stores, at conventions, and from all kinds of sources all over North America (and sometimes beyond). Displaying (i.e. showing off) some rad swag typically inspires everyone to one-up their pop-archeologist game in the never ending quest to find awesome stuff, and simply posting the week’s new comics usually causes someone to discover a new title or artist, which in turn inspires a whole new line of excavation.

In the past we’ve published photos of our “con hauls” here on CA and the resulting discussion with readers — i.e. collector kudos — has always been fun, so with the ComicsAlliance Collection we’re going to do it every week. But more importantly, we want to see your collection too. Show us new additions to your collections by using the hashtag #CAcollection on Instagram and we’ll embed the best stuff alongside our own recent acquisitions. And please do follow us @ComicsAlliance.

SEE THIS WEEK’S COLLECTION

Sep 26

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