March 4, 2013 • Comics
One is the Dark Knight, a vigilante hero that fights to bring sanity to his world and peace to his life. After watching the brutal murder of his parents, Bruce Wayne made the decision to dedicate his life to bringing the scum and insanity that had taken over his home of Gotham City to justice. Along with Robin, the Boy Wonder, he operates in darkness and calls himself The Batman.The other is the King of the Beats, a writer who helped create a new way to write and a new way to live. He spent the bulk of his life traveling cross country, on the road with assorted fellow travelers who helped him to shape his prose and populated his novels, all becoming part of his legend; the legend of Jack Kerouac.At first glance, these two icons of literature would seem to have absolutely nothing in common; one of them isn’t even a real person. But upon further inspection, you would be very surprised to discover that Batman and Jack Kerouac are much more similar than you would ever begin to imagine.
February 7, 2013 • Comics
There are so many fantastic love stories in the world that it is hard to narrow them down to the very best. Comic books are no exception.
Love stories abound in the colorful pages of some of the most well known funny books. There is constant discussion of Clark and Lois, Cyclops and Jean Grey. Spider-Man and Mary Jane, but these are not the greatest tales of love in the world of comics, they are simply the most well known.
In order to find the greatest comic book love stories, it is necessary to look in some strange places.
November 13, 2012 • Comics
I started reading comic books that I bought off the spinner racks in grocery stores in the 1980s. Back then, mini-series were going through a thing. They were important. The original Wolverine mini-series, for example, is what turned Logan from a berserk brute into a more nuanced character.
So here are six mini-series I bought back then that I'll never forget. In chronological order.
August 31, 2012 • Comics, Dogs
Photo by Michael Peligro
For anyone who has ever had a dog, you will know that they are more than just a pet. A dog is a friend, companion and to many, a family member. Recent studies have actually shown that the average dog has the intelligence of a two year old human with a vocabulary of 165 to 250 words.
So, in honor of man's best friend, we are going to take a closer look at five of the best canine companions... in comics.
May 1, 2012 • Comics, Handbooks: Superheroes
Most people think of Cinco de Mayo as an adult holiday, but this year the powers that be at the comic book companies have made it a family day.
Every year for the past decade, summer has been kicked off in the comic book world by Free Comic Book Day. The event normally coincides with the release of the first major comic book movie of the summer season. This year that film is The Avengers which will open in theaters on Friday, May 4th. Free Comic Book Day is coordinated by Diamond Comics Distributors and involves all of the major and some of the independent comic book companies.
The best part about the event, is that it is a great day to spend as a family. Comic shops have a tendency to go all out for the day, many of them making it an event where artists and fans can come together and discuss their love for comics. Can you just go down to your local comic shop and pick up some free books, then split? Sure. There’s nothing stopping you from doing that.
But instead of just making it comic book hour, why not do what the title of the event recommends. Make a day of it. If you have kids, pack them up in the family car and take them down to your local shop. If not take your girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, wife, younger sibling or friends down to pick up some books. This event is the perfect time to bring people closer together by allowing them to share their passion for comics.