Gavin, Sam, Ted, and Andrew are joined by the creators of the Fantagraphics book Late Child and Other Animals Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger.  They discuss their newest collaboration and their amazing careers in comics.  They also chat about New York in the 1980s, the pros and cons of digital comics, and Marguerite’s time in a punk rock band and touring with The Clash.

We discuss our hot picks of the week and what you should be reading next week. Teen Dog came out this week, so you know that’s mentioned….
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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.
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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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