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10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Marvel Comics

Over at the Times Online in honour of the 70th Anniversary of the Marvel Comics,  they put together a tremendous list of 70 little-known facts about the comic company. To see the full list of 70, you’ll need to scoot on over to their article but here’s a selection of ten of the fun tidbits […]

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Art Spiegelman Remembers 1939′s Voyage of the Damned

For anyone who thinks comics are kids’ stuff, check out Art Spiegelman’s cartoon in the Washington Post, remembering a ship of 900 Jews seeking refuge in America at the start of WWII – and how they were turned away.

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Watchmen Author Alan Moore Won’t be Watching the Movie

Watchmen author Alan Moore wants nothing to do with the film adaptation of his graphic novel.

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Will Eisner’s The Spirit- Now Available in Pop-Up

How cool. One of Will Eisner’s stories of The Spirit is now available as a pop-up graphic novel. Swoon. Listen to how fantastic this sounds: On the dead body of a police officer the Spirit discovers a note with the name ‘Sand Saref,’ his lost childhood sweetheart. Saref has come to Central City peddling a […]

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Beth Reads: Best and Worst Reads of 2008

2008 was a decent year for books for me. I make an effort to read at least two books per month (preferably more). I fell a bit short this year, but given how busy I’ve been, and given that I KNOW I’ve forgotten at least a title or two, I feel fairly content. Also, most […]

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Obama and McCain Presidential Biography

In Comic Book form? It seems that IDW Publishing has released graphic novel biographies for both presidential candidates, they look pretty fun and if they end up getting more people to vote I’m all for it. The publishing house has also published the Presidential Material Flipbook.

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9/11 graphic novel

AbeBooks.com has an interesting feature on American Widow – a graphic novel written by Alissa Torres. Her husband died in on September 11 – it was his second day of a new job at the brokerage firm Cantor Fitzgerald.

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The Roman Empire Isn’t the Only Thing to Collapse

A new movie set during the time of the collapse of the Western Roman Empire opened this weekend to damning orations from reviewers.  The Last Legion is based on the novel of the same title by Valerio Massimo Manfredi.  Manfredi has seen huge success with his Alexander trilogy and has written numerous historical novels including […]

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San Diego Comic Con

Just a note for anyone in the southwest corner of the US this weekend. July 26-July 29th will be the 2007 edition of the San Diego Comic Con. Looks like a good event again this year with some neat author appearances including the likes of Neil Gaiman, Ray Bradbury, Laurell K. Hamilton and George A. […]

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Shakespeare Graphic Novels

BBC is reporting on the release of manga style Shakespeare books. I am torn on the idea – it could be a useful tool in encouraging reading, but they have certainly used a heavy editorial hand in some edits… Perhaps a serialized approach would have worked better.

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