An Interview with Lumberjanes Writer Grace Ellis in a Cabin in the Woods on Top of a California Mountain

An Interview with Lumberjanes Writer Grace Ellis in a Cabin in the Woods on Top of a California Mountain

The minute I finally stepped off my rickety shuttle bus onto solid dirt and into the freezing night air of the California mountain campground after what had been a nearly hour-long ascension up steep mountainous roads, it finally dawned on me how long it had been since I had actually been camping. Like, REALLY camping—deep in the woods, watch out for bears, did it seriously just start snowing kind of camping. Of course this wasn’t…

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After Wednesday: A Taste for Violence

After Wednesday: A Taste for Violence

This week as I was reading and deciding what to write about, I was surprised how conflicted my feelings became in reading an original text and the adaptation of that text (yes, I am STILL on adaptation). While I enjoyed a great deal of the Darwyn Cooke adaptation of Richard Stark’s (penname for the author Donald Westlake), The Outfit, I was left with a puzzling feeling after doing some further research on the series as…

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Comic Book Market Maven: Big Books from Marvel and Image Lead the Week

Comic Book Market Maven: Big Books from Marvel and Image Lead the Week

The third week of June looks to find Marvel staking a claim to the #1 book of the week, while Image sees the return of one of its most talked about new series. The Big Two It’s a quiet week for DC, with the latest issue of the weekly Batman Eternal as well as a new Harley Quinn the only releases this week that were in DC’s top 10 last month. Beyond that, notable releases…

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REVIEW: “Astro City #13” Most Ambitious Comic You’ll Read This Month

REVIEW: “Astro City #13” Most Ambitious Comic You’ll Read This Month

Writer: Kurt BusiekPosts Artist: Brent Eric Anderson Cover: Alex Ross Publisher: Vertigo $3.99 From the atypical Alex Ross cut-up cover (like Shaky Kane got his hands on an Alex Ross painted Jack-in-the-Box vs. Gun Dog fight and splashed it over a psychedelic rainbow), it’s clear that “Astro City #13″ is going to be taking some chances. As you progress through the first 3 pages of Kurt Busiek and Brent Eric Anderson’s “Waltz of Hours,” though, it’s striking just…

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ADVANCE SCOUT 6/11/14: All New Everything

SITUATION: If the headline didn’t give it away, this week Advance Scout is focused on all things new. Which, in a week of many, many titles means eleven new #1s and a 32-page one shot. Instead of trying to narrow down that field to just five or six picks, I’m instead going to list all of them and leave it to you to decide what you want to check out. Don’t get used to it….

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Comic Book Market Maven: Image, IDW Look to Dominate

Comic Book Market Maven: Image, IDW Look to Dominate

The final sales numbers for May should be out shortly, and I’ll write up an additional post looking at those in more detail. In the meantime, let’s take a look at what’s on sale in the second week of June. The Big Two It’s a relatively quiet week for the Big Two in terms of perennial monthly top 10 titles. DC, of course, has another issue of Batman: Eternal, which will do quite well for itself….

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ADVANCE REVIEW: “Chew/Revival #1″ From a Revival Fan’s Perspective

ADVANCE REVIEW: “Chew/Revival #1″ From a Revival Fan’s Perspective

Note: This review is part of a double-feature, in which we review the Chew/Revival crossover from the perspectives of fans of both series. You can find Asaph’s Chew-slanted review here. There were three things I knew about Chew before diving into this one-shot. It was offbeat, slightly insane, and apparently riotously funny at times. After finishing, those were all completely confirmed. In one of the most delightfully unexpected crossovers in comics history, John Layman and Tim Seeley have taken their universes and slightly…

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Invincible Movie? Chasing Up Rumours!

Invincible Movie? Chasing Up Rumours!

It’s March 2005 and Variety posts the news that Paramount Pictures have purchased the rights to make an Invincible movie, a tale of the son of an all-powerful superhero who grows up to forge his own path in his super-hero career. Penned by Robert Kirkman of the now world-famous Walking Dead series, the cult super-hero comic garnered a lot of attention as Kirkman himself was pegged to write the script, giving the promised title an aura of authenticity few…

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ADVANCE SCOUT 5/7/14: Sea Apes, Serial Killers, Strong Female Leads, and Limbo

ADVANCE SCOUT 5/7/14: Sea Apes, Serial Killers, Strong Female Leads, and Limbo

SITUATION: This week marks a transition for this ongoing column. I, Mike Sains, will be taking the reigns on both Advance Scout (our independent comics showcase here on Capeless Crusader) and Cape Watch (our mainstream showcase) from here on out. Now that we have a sizable review team, I as the editor now have the time to sift through the giant pile of never-ending new releases. For Advance Scout, I will continue to offer choices…

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Valiant Taps Straczynski to Pen SHADOWMAN Film

Valiant Taps Straczynski to Pen SHADOWMAN Film

Having already announced plans to launch a film franchise centered around the Valiant Comics cornerstone Bloodshot, Valiant Entertainment is pushing forward with their next franchise: Shadowman. According to a report from Deadline, the hard-charging company has tapped veteran television, film, and comics scribe J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5, Amazing Spider-Man) as the man to adapt the character for the big screen. Shadowman marks the second announced film from the resurgent Valiant Entertainment as they push forward with…

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