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Dean Haspiel is the Last Romantic Antihero


I first met Dean Haspiel on a memorable flight from Baltimore to San Jose for APE some ten years ago. Also along for that Southwest redeye flight (which, if memory serves, only held the four of us) were Greg Bennett (friend and fellow Alliance blogger) and Chris Oarr (friend and, as Dino affectionately dubbed him on that trip, "the Alex P...

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Happy Labor Day from the JLA and Mike Judge!

Much as I enjoyed Mike Judge's live-action theatrical debut, Office Space, when I saw an advance screening of the movie lo those many years ago, I thought it would have been even funnier if it had been animated...

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Wanna See ‘Preacher’ on HBO? Give ’em the Word!


Remember the reports earlier this year that Preacher was headed to HBO, courtesy of writer/director Mark Steven Johnson and under the watchful eye of creators/producers Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon?

Well, if, like me, you've been wondering about the status of the show and were concerned over the fact that no mention was made of Preacher in a recent HBO press release announcing upcoming series which are currently in production, you may be pleased to hear that more information has come to light...

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Now Playing: ‘Heroes’ Season 2 Trailer

I resisted the urge to watch Heroes at first, having written it off as an apparent cheapjack knockoff of Stracznyski's (awesome) Rising Stars. After hearing from enough trusted friends that I was being pigheaded and should check it out though, I started tuning in to the repeats on the Sci-Fi channel when they began airing the season from the top...

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This Week’s New Releases and Recommendations


Well, we're in week two of another five-Wednesday month which means that this month's releases are stretched a bit thin to account for the extra Wednesday. This amounts to just a couple of new books for me to recommend unreservedly this week, but there are a slew of new books on the racks, so your mileage may (happily) vary...

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When You Wish Upon a ‘Stardust’


Whimsical, thrilling, enchanting, touching, wry, knowing...heck, let's just cut to the chase and call Stardust what it is: magical.

I've been accused of speaking in blurbs before, but since the above pretty accurately represents my unfiltered thoughts as the final credits rolled at the Stardust screening I attended a few weeks ago, I'm standing by them now...

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Eddie Campbell Joins ‘The Black Diamond Detective Agency’


Eddie Campbell is not only comics royalty, with Bacchus, Alec, and a little ditty called From Hell which he co-created with Alan Moore to his credit, he's also a true gentleman, a raconteur par excellence, and (full disclosure) I'm honored to call him my friend...

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‘Fables’ Forum at Comic-Con: Hold Onto your Hats


With a stage full of almost as many folks as had taken the same stage for Friday's Vertigo panel, the creative team behind Fables, Jack of Fables, and House of Mystery led the capacity crowd in an informative roundtable discussion early Sunday afternoon at Comic-Con...

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Paying Tribute to the King at Comic-Con


An all-star cast of creators joined Mark Evanier for his annual Jack Kirby tribute at Comic-Con Sunday morning. Sharing the stage with Evanier were creators and Kirby devotees Neil Gaiman, Erik Larsen and Darwyn Cooke...

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