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October 10 / / Weekend Shorts

Today we’ll be starting our recommended reads for the weekend. Some will be stand alone issues, others, the beginning of a saga. Or any kick-ass issues we just want to share. Not all recommendations will be new. Some will be weeks, months, or years old if they’re truly special. But our goal is to recommend books for readers who are short on time, need quick recos or just plain want someone else to decide for you what to read. We’re a small team so if you have any recommendations, shoot us an email in the top right at “Contact Us”. Without further ado, the picks of the week.

October 8 / / Marvel

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Thor – the god of thunder, member of the Avengers, son of Odin and prince of Asgard, is deemed unworthy of wielding the mighty hammer Mjolnir. Rising out of the downward spiral of his unworthiness, a new warrior emerges to become worthy of wielding the hammer – and she becomes the new Thor.

So what does this mean for the Thor that we’ve known all our lives? He’s still here, but a mystery woman is taking on the heavy title of Thor in one of the biggest and most controversial changes the Marvel universe has ever seen.

October 7 / / Industry
October 6 / / Cons

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The Alternative Press Expo, otherwise known simply as APE, is a convention in San Francisco, CA that focuses on alternative and small press comics. What does this mean exactly? Outside of the major publishers like Marvel, DC, Image, Dark Horse and others, there are an infinite number of independent creators and publishers that release their own comics. APE is the show for those creators, giving them a platform to interact with and showcase their work to fans without being buried by major publishers at more traditional, mainstream comic book conventions.

October 3 / / Industry
October 1 / / Industry
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The final panel of Irredeemable from Issue #37 via wikipedia

We scavenged Reddit AMA’s (Ask Me Anything) to find answers to one of our burning questions: “How do comic writers start writing comics?” Below you’ll find four writers who engaged with their fanbase on Reddit and all answered that very question. You’ll also find links to their AMAs, titles they’ve worked on, and links to their websites and Twitter handles.

September 30 / / Cons

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This past weekend we had the pleasure of attending Long Beach Comic Con for the first time. It’s an annual show in its third year, and draws around 20,000 attendees over two days. The focus of the show is definitely on comics and creators, and less about pop culture in general, which is what I was hoping for.

The vibe at LBCC was very friendly and welcoming, and it drew a diverse mix of comic book fans and geeks. What I liked most about the size of the show is that it felt substantial in the scope of the expo hall and programming, but it never felt crowded and overwhelming, unlike San Diego Comic Con, which draws over 120,000 attendees.

In the rest of this recap I’ll be covering:

  • Expo Hall
  • Artist Alley
  • Programming
  • Cosplay
  • Final Thoughts
September 27 / / Reviews

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Tarantino meets The Bible meets The Sex Pistols meets The Truman Show. Sounds like the perfect recipe for a Saturday Night Live sketch, right? Maybe. But Punk Rock Jesus runs deep with modern day commentary on exploitative entertainment, teenage angst worthy of consideration, religious fanaticism, and “just because we can, should we?” science — all on a Biblical scale.