By Alex Rae

This past weekend was the LI Who 2 in Long Island. What’s LI Who 2? (#LIwho2) Well my friend, it’s the largest (only?) Doctor Who convention in the New York area. A 3-day weekend of panels, guests, and general who’s Who out on the Island! (That’s Long Island to you non NYC residents). It was held at the Clarion Hotel in Ronkonkoma right near the Airport.  I only went for 1 day, but boy, I had a blast!

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Superman Comics

By Jacobus Dixon

If you love comic books, then there’s a pretty good chance that you like movies as well. So isn’t it great when the powers that be decide to put the time, money, and effort into a motion picture that gives these characters a chance to jump off the page? Well…it can be when it’s done right. But while movies and comics are very similar, they do have their differences. With illustration, the only thing that can hamper the artist is a lack of imagination and/or a decent hard surface to draw on with good light. With cinema, you’ve got all these different lights, sets, props, actors, sound technicians, visual effects technicians, assistants, studio hands…woof, it’s a lot. And what’s happening is that you have this virtual army of people bringing to life something that took maybe one or two guys to create. So to say that things get messy is a bit of an understatement. Fortunately though, there are times when the planets align, and this army is able to adapt a piece just beautifully. But…like I said, it’s once in a blue moon.

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By Jacobus Dixon

It was bad enough having to contend with Captain Marvel, but now Superman-DC (the nickname given to comics from National Allied Publications and Detective Comics Inc. as they unofficially merged) had to deal with Captain America as well. One was a living childhood fantasy; the other was a super-idealized form of what happens when you mix nationalism and super heroics. Yeah, Superman’s great, but he’s a grown up while Captain Marvel is actually still a kid doing amazing things. And it’s fun watching Batman and Robin take on the Joker with nothing but their manpower and wits, but Captain America is fighting the real threat of German spies. While both Batman and Superman are certainly not devoid of neither childhood fantasy nor real world danger (or at least as real as it gets in terms of comic book writing), those subjects did not feature as strongly in their stories. So how did they contend with characters that used them as a solid foundation?

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Ted, Andrew, and Sam talk with Darryl “DMC” McDaniels about his new book DMC Volume 1 before his signing at our Downtown store.  Darryl talks about how comics helped him get his start in Run DMC and the similarities between hip hop and comics. Then, we give Gavin the night off, but Dimitrios joins us and we talk about the movie Nightcrawler and Interstellar, whose side are we on in the Civil War universe, Andrew’s first attempt at writing a comic book, and our hot picks of the week and what we’re looking forward to next week.
If you have any suggestions for the show please let us know through our Twitter, Facebook or email us at podcast@midtowncomics.com.  Call our voicemail at 980-MIDTOWN and we’ll play it on the show!
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DMC

Remember our DC Bombshells Covers Guide? How about our recent DC Selfies Covers Guide? Well, DC is currently releasing an all new army of LEGO covers for its ongoing series! Read on for the complete guide and release dates of these wacky, fun-filled LEGO variants!

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Enter the fabulous world of comics and work for the premiere retailer!  We are looking for a Systems Administrator that has experience with installation, configuration, documentation, and maintenance of a Windows server environment, virtualization software, and server hardware administration. We’re also looking for someone with a natural born love of comics.

This role offers exposure to a wide range of technologies including Windows, Citrix, and VMware administration. The candidate will work closely with the Director of Technology, the CFO, and the CEO in many new initiatives by researching, planning, documenting, testing, and rolling out new systems and applications.  This position requires excellent communication skills, flexibility, and the ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Administer the Windows Server 2003/2008/2012 environment; support and administer Active Directory, group policies, DNS, and DHCP under the supervision of the Director of Technology.
  • Administer & maintain the Citrix environment, including Xenapp Server, Web Interface, and published applications. Proactively install Citrix software patches as necessary.
  • Assist in the planning, implementation, and maintenance of VMware environment.
  • Administer the current Exchange 2003 server, including mailbox & database maintenance as well as upgrading to the latest Exchange when appropriate.
  • Perform light database administration tasks as requested.
  • The ability to effectively research and manage projects assigned to them in a professional, organized, and efficient manner.
  • Make recommendations on enhancements to optimize system availability and performance.
  • Install, maintain, and troubleshoot network printers and drivers.
  • Troubleshoot connectivity issues on LAN segments, VPN’s, and WAN connections.
  • Assist with the creation and placement of users and new user accounts into their appropriate User & Security Groups.
  • Ensure that IT policies and procedures are followed.
  • Provide and maintain clear and easy to understand documentation and procedures.

Requirements:

  • Associates degree or higher in IT or related field, or MCSE/MCITP certification.
  • Minimum of 3 years of Windows administration experience, including Server, AD, group policy, DNS, & DHCP administration.
  • Must have some experience with VMware, including creating & maintaining virtual machines.
  • Discipline and strong analytical problem solving skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Full knowledge & proficiency with Microsoft Office.
  • Working knowledge of any of the following: Citrix, SQL, Mac OSX, and/or Watchguard Firewall.
  • Working knowledge of any of the following: Power Shell, VB, .Net, or SQL.
  • Working knowledge of switches, routers, vlans, and wireless AP.
  • Familiarity with mobile devices. (i.e. iPhones, iPads, Droids, Windows).

Any of the following is Bonus:

  • Familiarity with any of the following online applications: OpenDNS, SpamSoap, logmein, Symantec.cloud.
  • Working with a retail WAN environment.
  • Experience troubleshooting hosted VoIP telephony.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft RMS and/or other POS systems.
  • Knowledge of PCI Compliance.

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If you are the IT person that Reed Richards would want, please submit your resume along with a cover letter and salary requirements to jobs-it@midtowncomics.com.  If you do not send a cover letter and salary requirements, your resume will not be viewed.  Please do not call any of our retail locations regarding this position.  This position is located at our warehouse in LIC, Queens and is easily accessible via MTA, including the 7 and E lines.

Salary will be based upon experience.