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Marvelette Missives – Happy 100, Mr. Kirby

Marvelette Missives – Happy 100, Mr. Kirby

Last month would have marked the 100th birthday of comic book icon Jack Kirby. For those not as familiar with the history of comics, Kirby was not only an artist, writer and editor, but he created some of the most well-known characters and styles that are still seen in comics today. His first, and biggest, character creation (working with artist Joe Simon) was in 1940: Captain America. Over his career he wrote, drew and/or created dozens of heroes and worked for Marvel and DC, as well as doing freelance work. He was a large part of what Stan Lee dubbed “the Marvel method” of creating comics in a particular style.  More

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    Marvelette Missives – Secret Empire

    Marvelette Missives – Secret Empire

    The big two comic book companies love their events and the most recent from Marvel, Secret Empire, just came to an end. The 10-issue storyline followed Captain America’s allegiance to HYDRA, his reign as supreme global ruler, the “heroes” who sided with him and those who opposed his rule and fought back. In the end, as with all events, there was a resolution but not without some changes to the Marvel universe.  More

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      Marvelette Missives – The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

      Marvelette Missives – The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

      At Comic-Con International in July, it was announced that the fourth (and final) volume of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen had been completed, though no release date has been set. Written by Alan Moore, with art by Kevin O’Neill, the series began in 1999 as a sort of Victorian Justice League, but with a pronounced literary bent. There are many references (and inside jokes) to Victorian fiction, as well as a lot of steampunk elements.  More

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        Marvelette Missives – Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye

        Marvelette Missives – Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye

        The first thing to catch your attention about Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye is, obviously, the title. And yes, it’s a factual statement about the main character. But if you pick up the comic you’ll soon find out there’s a lot more to it than an enhanced human character.  More

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          Marvelette Missives – Lady Mechanika

          Marvelette Missives – Lady Mechanika

          If you’re into steampunk at all, you will have heard of the Lady Mechanika series. And if you’re new to the genre and want a comic book series full of adventure (and fantastic artwork), then you need to give it a read.  More

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            Marvelette Missives – The Defenders

            Marvelette Missives – The Defenders

            In June, as a prelude to the series hitting Netflix in August, The Defenders premiered featuring Daredevil, Luke Cage Jessica Jones and Iron Fist. Written by Brian Michael Bendis, it’s a good introduction to these characters coming together in the street level version of the Avengers. Well, sort of.  More

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              Marvelette Missives – Rocket

              Marvelette Missives – Rocket

              In May, a new comic series launched featuring everyone’s favorite furry member of Guardians of the Galaxy. Yes, Rocket Raccoon (though he’s not really a raccoon) finally has his own monthly, aptly titled Rocket. It gives readers a look at Rocket’s not so innocent life.  More

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                Marvelette Missives – Super Sikh

                Marvelette Missives – Super Sikh

                Diversity and representation are important considerations these days, even in comics. But it’s not just the big publishers that are trying to be more inclusive with different genders, races and orientations of characters. Independent and creator owned publications are jumping in, often with characters and storylines larger companies shy away from. One of those would be the turban-wearing, Elvis-loving, secret agent of Super SikhMore

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                  Marvelette Missives – Huck

                  Marvelette Missives – Huck

                  Mark Millar’s Huck is a tale of a simple man with special gifts who wants to live a quiet life in a small town. He does a good deed every day for whoever is in need, but otherwise keeps to himself. His neighbors always know the deeds are his doing, but they keep things quiet as well, as a way to thank him. Then someone new moves to town who happens to be a reporter and she wants to share news of Huck with the world.  More

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                    Marvelette Missives – Preacher

                    Marvelette Missives – Preacher

                    About a year ago Preacher, a tv series based on the Vertigo comic book by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, made its debut. It follows far-from-holy preacher Jesse Custer in a very small town in Texas and the lives of the often horrible people who live there. The first season of the show was actually a prequel to the comics, so even fans were treated to the unexpected every week.  More

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                      Hard At Work Episode# 16: The French Gave Us Nothing

                      Hard At Work Episode# 16: The French Gave Us Nothing

                      What up Coworkers! This week we recap E3 and all it’s video game goodness! We talk about the press conferences from Ubisoft, Bethesda, Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo. WARNING: HardAtWorkMatt is a Sony fanboy, but to be fair, did you see that Spider Man trailer?! We also talk about how the French suck. Or do they? You decide.

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                        Marvelette Missives – The Hellblazer

                        Marvelette Missives – The Hellblazer

                        Constantine is definitely one of those characters that people either love or hate. He’s a smarmy, smart ass, dark magic Brit looking out for himself who falls into doing the right things for others… and often saving the world from dark forces. The Hellblazer is a comic for those into the paranormal side of heroes – plenty of catastrophes to avert, but no one flying in with a cape flapping behind. Instead, you get a sometimes drunk couch-surfer in a trench coat who just happens to know what he’s doing.  More

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                          HardAtWork: Episode# 15 Wonder Woman And A Smorgasbord of Man Meat

                          HardAtWork: Episode# 15 Wonder Woman And A Smorgasbord of Man Meat

                          This week we talk about Wonder Woman with our Boss Parker and Jimmy the Stockroom Manager! Things get a little heated as the guys argue with their boss about the quality of the DC Cinematic Universe. Will they get fired? Will HardAtWorkMatt Hold Parker down while HardAtWorkNick punches his legs until he can’t walk?!  Find out on the latest episode of Hard At Work!

                           

                           

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                            Marvelette Missives – Black Lightning

                            Marvelette Missives – Black Lightning

                            If you’re into comics and superheroes, you have probably heard about a new addition to the CW superhero lineup of shows. It was announced last month that DC’s Black Lightning has received a full series order and will likely show up as a midseason replacement. And though he has been around since the late 70s, he’s not a very well-known character.  More

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                              Marvelette Missives – Books on Comics

                              Marvelette Missives – Books on Comics

                              About a month ago, Book Riot posted an article that recommended books about comics. It featured seven books that serve as introductions to the comic book world, studies of comics as an art form and look at subgenres, such as Manga. The writer admits it is not an exhaustive list and there are a few we would add to it.  More

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                                Motor City Comic Con 2017

                                Motor City Comic Con 2017

                                This year was the 28th year of the Motor City Comic Con. Every year the con has gotten bigger. This year was no exception. At the con that took place from May 19th to the 21st, thousands flocked to the Suburban Showcase in Novi to meet their favorite actors and comic creators. Not to mention the exhibitor’s that sold everything from graphic novels to props from your favorite movies and TV shows. The guest list read like mix of 80’s nostalgia to some current heavy hitters like Ron Perlman from Sons of Anarchy, and Michael Rooker from The Walking Dead, and more recently Guardians of the Galaxy Volume’s 1 and 2. For the Whovian’s in attendance there was Billie Piper who played Rose Tyler in  Christopher Eccelston,  and David Tennant’s run on Doctor Who. She also plays Brona Croft on Penny Dreadful. John Barrowman was there also. You will remember him for playing Captain Jack Harkness on Doctor Who and Torchwood, as well as Malcolm Merlin on CW’s Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow. You also had Sean Astin from The Goonies, Rudy, and of course The Lord of the Rings movies. There were also comic luminaries Like Dave Gibbons of Watchmen Fame, as well as Neal Adams who drew pretty much everything in the 70’s and 80’s, but is probably best know for his run on Green Lantern\Green Arrow. Ed Mcguiness of Superman\Batman fame was there as well.

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                                  Marvelette Missives – Battlestar Galactica: Six

                                  Marvelette Missives – Battlestar Galactica: Six

                                  At the end of last year, a trade collecting a miniseries covering an important piece of history in the Battlestar Galactica universe was released. Battlestar Galactica: Six is the story of Number Six, the human-like Cylon, before we meet her in the main BSG series.  More

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                                    Marvelette Missives – I Hate Image

                                    Marvelette Missives – I Hate Image

                                    Comic fans know that the first Saturday of May is Free Comic Book Day, also known to many as Merry Comics Day. Comic shops everywhere have lines out the door as people swing by for the freebies (and to grab deals on other comics and items that many shops put on sale that day). Many publishers re-release a previously published comic as a free book or combine stories from a couple of their titles to introduce to readers. But a few release books created specifically for FCBD. This year, one of the best was I Hate ImageMore

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