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Alicia Korenman

Graphic Novelties: What's New!

Well, obviously, the big news in nerdery this week is that JJ Abrams will be directing the first new Star Wars movie, which has me tentatively shifting my feelings about said movie from “cautiously optimistic” to “actually optimistic.” I mean, lens flares aside, Abrams does some pretty entertaining movies. I liked his Star Trek movie a lot . . . though am not at all interested in the Star Trek universe (except for George Takei’s Facebook feed). Which means he made me care about something I previously actively disdained! On the other hand, I am kind of invested in...

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Graphic Novelties: News & Views

Another week, another batch of chatter about comics and comics-related pop culture stuff! First, I am very excited that the Powers TV show is not dead. Powers is a really great, long-running series that I think would make a really fun tv show—about a couple of cops who deal with superhero-related crimes. I tend not to read a lot of books involving superheroes, but Powers is one of my favorites, and highly recommended, and I want to watch it, goshdarnit! In other superhero-related news, I am mildly excited about the new “X-Men” comic, which is going to have an...

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Graphic Novelties: Superheroes

We’ve talked about exciting upcoming comics I’m excited about—now it’s time to let my more mainstream geek flag fly and talk about comic book MOVIES to be excited about in 2013. –First up, the Marvel movie slate! If you’ve been reading this column for a while, you know that I have pretty much been all over the recent Marvel movie universe (except the Spider-man movies, but they’re owned by another studio entirely or something). And I love how Marvel is really trying to make their movies a UNIVERSE, with tons of crossovers and all the individual heroes’ movie plotlines feeding into what happens in the big ensemble movies. So here’s what we can look forward to this year: Iron Man 3! OK, I’ll admit to liking the Iron Man movies less than some of the other ones, but they’re reliably entertaining if a little weak on plot. And Thor: The Dark World! I am legitimately excited for this movie—the first Thor movie was great, and this looks pretty nuts. You can’t go wrong with Loki getting into mischief. –DC. In general I am less enthused about DC’s upcoming offerings (despite my love of Christopher Nolan’s Batman), because Man of Steel looks completely dumb, and Justice League seems like it’s floundering to get ideas together. BUT this week brought some mildly interesting news—the Y: The Last Man movie has a...

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Graphic Novelties: 2013 Preview!

It’s a new year, and that means lots of exciting new comics to look forward to!   First, let’s talk about some specific comics/graphic novels I’m excited about. –Bryan Lee O’Malley, one of my favorites, has a BRAND-NEW graphic novel, Seconds, due out sometime in the fall. Following up Scott Pilgrim will inevitably be tough, but I have great faith in O’Malley’s abilities. Plus the art looks ADORABLE. And anyway, new volumes of Color Scott Pilgrim will be coming out in 2013 too! —Nothing Could Possibly Go Wrong—this is being serialized online RIGHT NOW and is super cute and entertaining. It involves class elections and robot wars! It’ll be published in May and will leave the internet then. –Miriam Katin’s Letting It Go, a sequel to her graphic novel Holocaust memoir We Are On Our Own (which is sadly underrated and not talked about much, but which is still beautiful), dealing with her emotions when her son moves to Berlin. –New Sandman! College nerd Alicia of twelve years ago is SUPER EXCITED about this. –Plus plenty of other stuff—the conclusion of Locke and Key, ongoing series I love like Fables and Unwritten, more Princeless, etc.   Second, some possible trends for the new year! –With the success of the Adventure Time and My Little Pony comics, I fully expect more tie-in comics to be announced this year—hopefully of the...

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Comics: Year in Review

Well, it’s December, which means the end of the year, which means: time to talk about our favorite stuff from the year! Without further ado, here are my favorite comics from 2012 (in no particular order): —Scott Pilgrim color editions! OK, this content isn’t new, and Scott Pilgrim has historically been one of my ALL-TIME FAVORITE series (second only to Love and Rockets), but these color versions are really great. They’re bigger and in hardback, making for a more impressive presentation, plus they are in color! This is especially helpful when you lend the series to friends who don’t usually read comics and who have trouble telling the characters apart. Now you can easily see which girl has pink hair and is therefore the love interest! —Drama by Raina Telgemeier! I think I actually liked this better than her very well-known and perpetually best-selling memoir Smile. It’s the story of a bunch of middle school theater kids dealing with drama in all its definitions — with super-cute Telgemeier art! Perfect for kids of all ages. —A Wrinkle in Time by Hope Larson. A really stellar adaptation of a classic book — Larson brings the characters to life in a whole new way. This is a really beautiful version of the story, just in time for its 50th anniversary. I bought this for my favorite literate small child for Hanukkah....

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Moving Vaughn

Lots of exciting comic book and comic-book-related stuff to talk about this week! –To follow up on last week’s Star Wars chat: Harrison Ford IS interested in being involved! Now I am officially MILDLY EXCITED about the prospect of new Star Wars movies (previously I was CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC). Bonus Star Wars talk—Here’s an AV Club Random Roles with Mark Hamill, where he talks Star Wars and Batman The Animated Series. –To follow up on two weeks ago, when I talked about the latest X-Men movie, there is some interesting behind-the-scenes stuff going on, so that Bryan Singer will be directing the upcoming Days of Future Past movie with Matthew Vaughn producing. This news seemed a little weird at first, but it seems like Vaughn will be working on another one of his comic-book-related projects instead.  I am less enthusiastic about this news, because I really like what Vaughn did with X-Men: First Class and have mixed feelings about Singer’s take on the characters  (he directed the first two X-Men movies ten years ago). On the other hand, at least he’s not Brett Ratner (who directed the extremely terrible X-Men: The Last Stand). –Art Speigelman has mixed feelings about his success—this is news to no one. But what is new is that there’s a documentary about him!  –I’ve talked about digital comics before, and DC just really went for it, making...

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M-I-C-3-P-O M-O-U-S-E!

The BIG nerd news this week is only tangentially comic book related, but I’ll get around to that in a minute. Obviously the HUGE news is that George Lucas sold the Star Wars franchise to Disney AND there is going to be a new trilogy of movies. This has shocked and horrified a nation of nerds. (Actually, my dad, who loved the original trilogy, seemed mildly interested in this news, but I’m not actually sure he’s seen the three prequels.) So first, let’s talk about what we know: —Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher KNEW!!!!! —The new trilogy will be...

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Kent's Insensibility, or, Pryde and Prejudice

It’s always interesting to see which comic book news makes the mainstream media (as opposed to the many comic-book-related websites and blogs). This week, it’s Superman/Clark Kent quitting the Daily Planet to be a blogger (at least I assume that’s what happened, based on this coverage; I don’t actually read Superman comics). I love how NPR, like, ANALYZES this in relation to Spider-Man, and even USA Today has a fairly lengthy article about it. What does it mean about the American people when our number one hero is sitting at a computer all day???? Though that’s probably what he was doing as a reporter too—do journalists these days wear out their shoe leather chasing down a story, or is that just something I picked up from reading a lot of noir? It doesn’t seem like this is really going to change things that much, but I guess I appreciate writers who try to do more with the Clark side of Superman’s character, and not just the flying bad-ass side.  Speaking of Superman, but unrelated to the above, if you’re ever in Cleveland, check out this cool Superman exhibit.   Actually, looks like Marvel is shaking things up a little bit lately too, with the All-New X-Men reboot that seems kind of fascinating, at least for someone who hasn’t been closely following the Avengers vs X-Men stuff. I love when the...

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A Week Full of Awesome!

GUYS! This has been a week weirdly full of comic book news, so I’m doing a whole post of news round-up! There will be something here to get everyone excited! (I clearly am, judging by the number of exclamation points and times I use the word “awesome” in the following.) –First up: Ed Brubaker (author of many awesome series mentioned here many times) has two tv shows in the works. They both sound interesting and I have no worries about his creative input—but it’s the kicker of that article that has me psyched—there’s going to be a movie of Coward! Coward is part of Brubaker’s series Criminal—each volume is basically a stand-alone story, but the characters and plotlines all intersect, so all are worth reading.  Coward is volume 1 of the noir-ish series, focusing on a thief involved in a very crazy heist.  Highly recommended reading and I can’t wait to see the movie version.   –Good news for fans of comics and awesome animated tv shows—Boom Studios, who does the Adventure Time comic book, is going to put out a Fionna and Cake miniseries! If you don’t know why that is great news, you need to start watching Adventure Time, stat.  There is also going to be a My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic comic book, which apparently has the highest number of pre-orders EVER. I kind of...

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A Wrinkle in Time Sounds Fine

So, have you guys checked out the AMAZING graphic novel adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time, by NC’s own Hope Larson? (She did a signing at Chapel Hill Comics this past weekend and I got to meet her, I definitely went a little bit fangirl on her!) Anyway, the graphic novel is part of the celebration for A Wrinkle in Time’s 50th anniversary this year, and it’s a very fitting tribute. Larson’s art is gorgeous, and Meg in particularly is very lovingly presented. Plus, the drawings add little character moments to the story that are really nice—I never thought I’d discover something new in a book I’ve read so many times, but Larson captures lots of little details that combine to make her adaptation great.   The story does feel like it moves a little bit quickly (especially considering it’s like 400 pages), but to be fair, the original is kind of like that too—there was less character development 50 years ago, maybe? Larson clearly loves the original and it shows in every page. This is definitely one to check out, especially if you’re a fan of the original—or want to instill a love of it in any other readers you know! Check out a lengthy excerpt here and read an interview with Larson about the book here. News roundup! — If you’re into comic book history like I am, you’ll...

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