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James West’s 7 of the Best

Written by James West Conan the Barbarian The Robert E. Howard character, the Marvel comics, and the 1982 movie all had a huge influence on how I see fantasy. While Tolkien made everything seem lofty and nearly inaccessible, Conan kept it real. This was mud-and-blood storytelling and it’s still in my veins today.     Big Trouble in Little China I have watched this movie countless …

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Chuck Dixon’s 7 of the Best

Chuck Dixon knows his sci-fi. He’s also the writer of the BAD TIMES sci-fi novels, described as “one part Army Rangers, one part time-travel, and a whole lot of action.”  Buckle up, brave readers!  You’re about to enjoy a fun peek at 7 of Chuck’s all-time favorite sci-fi tales!  /      /      /      /   …

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7 of the Best

7 of the Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Books and Movies of All Time Written by Chris Mahon of OUTER PLACES Every fantasy/sci-fi fan began somewhere. Some people picked up Lord of the Rings as a kid, while others crossed paths with Neil Gaiman or got sucked in by X-Wings. Personally, I’m a sucker for hard sci-fi, complete with worldbuilding and crazy, mind-bending …

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KIM NEWMAN’S ANNO DRACULA COMES TO COMICS!

The award-winning horror series creeps into an all-new series from Titan Comics in 2017 Titan Comics is pleased to announce the upcoming release of an all-new comic series based on the best selling ANNO DRACULA novels, written by creator Kim Newman with art by Paul McCaffrey (The Third Doctor). The Anno Dracula novels depict an alternate 19th-century history where the …

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Book Retort: KILL ALL MONSTERS V01 (RUINS OF PARIS)

Hats off to the creative team behind KILL ALL MONSTERS (published by Alterna Comics.)  Michael May (writer,) spins a yarn here that’s filled with plenty of characters who readers of all ages can identify with and care about.  Jason Copland (illustrator,) draws/inks with a pleasantly-minimalist style that really brings the tale to life in admirable fashion.  From a panel layout …

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Gaiman’s NORSE MYTHOLOGY is coming!

Great news for fans of Neil Gaiman and his literary works! Neil announced the following: “On February 7th, 2017, NORSE MYTHOLOGY comes out from W.W. Norton. I’ve been working on it for several years now. It’s my retelling of the world of Norse mythology, from the beginning until Ragnarok and after, with Thor and Giants and Loki and Freyr and …

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The Science Of Reading

Are you reading enough? It’s a fair question. There’s no wrong answer. Do give it some thought though. As we grow into adulthood, and try as we might, when it comes to reading for personal enjoyment, we just sometimes catch ourselves setting less and less time aside for it. Bibliophiles of all shapes and sizes, all across the northern hemisphere, …

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Q&A with Mike Maihack

It’s not every day that we get to enjoy seeing Mike Maihack chime in on all things indie comics, so let’s do this, with relish. Q:  Three volumes of CLEOPATRA IN SPACE in as many years is a healthy momentum.  What’s in store for Cleo fans next? MM:  Three more volumes in as many years! Well, maybe four years. I’m …

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EMBRACING THE LAST KINGDOM

Filming of THE LAST KINGDOM S02 is underway, with an airing on Netflix (in the United States) scheduled for 2017. The tale is set in England during the 9th century AD; adapted from Bernard Cornwell novels (originally collectively known as The Warrior Chronicles, or The Saxon Stories, and now collectively known as The Last Kingdom.)  For all of the success …