New Comic Book Day: Back to the Comic Book Grind

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 6:30 am

IDW Publishing
I have a newfound respect for LYT after running the show for a couple of days. I'm generally pretty plugged into the nerdweb, but I felt a whole new level of pressure to...exist as an Internet-only being, I guess? And Jesus, the last time I woke up at 5 in the morning freaking out about Transformers, I was 10 and in my dream I had to grab my Ultra Magnus toy before the red dust got me. But enough toy-based dream therapy - we've got comics to read!

This week in comics, the only issues we're working through are comic issues. Let's start with...shit, Transformers.

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Weekend Wrap Up: F Yeah Skylynx.

Monday, June 22, 2015 at 3:15 am


I'm back!

We're negotiating LYT's return to the country with the authorities, and we hit a little snag, so I'm going to be your guide through the nine circles of nerddom for one more day. Hope you survive the experience!

After the jump, we'll have a brief roundup of a surprisingly busy weekend for nerd news, including a look at some of those new Transformers Hasbro announced at BotCon over the weekend.

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: But It's a Dry Heat

Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 6:30 am


Martha Boyd is not just Luke's mother-in-law - she's also an ex-cop, a landlord, a self-described crazy cat lady, a major Star Trek geek and the widow of a green beret. So go ahead: ask her anything. And we mean anything. Comment below with questions, or email them to boydappraisal at yahoo dot com.

Gosh, it is getting hot out here in the desert. Yesterday we hit 113 and this morning at 5:30 am it was already 80. I was up at 5:30 cleaning the pool. Might as well - it was to hot to sleep even with the AC on. Might as well go splash in warm water. It was really windy so there is a nice layer of dead bugs and dust on the pool this morning.

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New Comic Book Day: Flame Con!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 6:30 am


Hey, happy Pride Month everybody! To celebrate, a group called Geeks OUT threw the East Coast's first queer comic con last weekend in Brooklyn. Turnout was great, and the con was packed with great cosplay, some really cool panels and an amazing atmosphere. I had a chance to sit down with one of Geeks OUT's board members, Amber Garza, in the middle of all the madness, and then I got to wander one of the most energetic con floors I've ever seen. Let's see what she had to say! I mean, I already know, but WHATEVER LET'S GO TO FLAME CON.

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Good Gravy, Baked in a Pie

Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 6:30 am


Martha Boyd is not just Luke's mother-in-law - she's also an ex-cop, a landlord, a self-described crazy cat lady, a major Star Trek geek and the widow of a green beret. So go ahead: ask her anything. And we mean anything. Either comment below with your question, or email boydappraisal at yahoo.

Here we are back at Thursday again. LYT said it was okay to go on doing more of the things I find to eat from the 99 cent store - just not every week. So I was good and did not do one last week. But (drum roll) you get 2 for the price of one this week as I will be comparing. Two different forms of biscuits and gravy. Yep, you can get this tasty treat in a frozen food variety and then for a scant dollar.

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New Comic Book Day: Comics EGOT!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 6:30 am

Oni Press
Congratulations to Fun Home, the play based on Alison Bechdel's graphic novel that won Best Musical at the Tonys last weekend and finally closing the loop on a comic book EGOT! WOO WE'RE LEGIT NOW! Between Dark Knight's Oscar and Grammy for Heath Ledger and its soundtrack, this Tony win and Mariette Hartley's Best Actress Emmy for The Incredible Hulk (really dug deep for that one), comic-based things have now been recognized in every medium, and that's not really something you can say for many other fandoms. Like fantasy, for example - sure, Lord of the Rings won an assload of Oscars, but every time Zeppelin were up for a competitive Grammy they got robbed.

This week in comics: dry British wit! Punk British scumminess! Trippy American weirdness! A whole pile of universal mehness! Wait, no. Mehciprocity! But first: surprises!

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New Comic Book Day: Insanity, Thy Name Is Airboy/Fight Club/Omega Men

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 6:30 am

Image Comics
By now, I assume y'alls have heard the incredible adaptation news - LUMBERJANES MOVIE WOOWOOWOOWOOOOOOOOOOO sorry. Ahem. Lumberjanes got optioned by Fox, and we might get to see a movie based on the comic that's pretty much Goonies but all super likable girls, and hot damn am I pulling for this to happen.

But while that's a big deal and an awesome deal and hopefully soon an awesome movie, I think Universal optioning The Wicked + The Divine is news that has some really interesting structural implications. Milkfed Criminal Masterminds is producing it - that's Kelly Sue DeConnick and Matt Fraction's company, and while it's SUPER early to be making any prognostications, this is the Internet after all, so LET'S GET A'SPECULATIN'. Image Comics provided an avenue for making creator-owned books that had all the hype and sizzle of DC and Marvel at the time, legitimizing books that weren't from the big 2 in a way that no other creator-owned company had been able to do before. Right now, they're just making Sex Crimz and this (and I thought one other, but I can't for the life of me find it, so jump in on the comments and correct me please), but it seems to me like Milkfed is a cautious step towards providing a kind of IP-transferal service that cape companies have in-house, but creators have to poke and hunt for. Basically, the same thing that Image did for creator-owned comics, Milkfed miiiiiiight be doing for optioning creator-owned comics into other media. That would be a huge deal if it happens. I hope to hell I hedged enough that I can tell everyone I was right no matter the outcome, or as it's more commonly known, "Pull an El Mayimbe."

This week in comics: comics are frakking bananas. Check it out.

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ROBOTIC GAMING MONTHLY - First-Year Anniversary! Kyle's 10 Best Games of All-Time!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 5:00 am

Artwork by CitrusKing46

Welcome to yet another edition of Robotic Gaming Monthly, Topless Robot's peek into the current happenings of the video game world! And while we have a new crop of reviews and trailers for you, the big news (as evidenced by the above header) is that RGM is celebrating its first anniversary! [Editor's note: I'd have gotten him a cake, but to be truly thematic it would have had to be a lie anyway - LYT]

Yes, from the simple beginnings of a quick column designed for video game coverage, we've actually survived various issues, format changes, little controversies, and my own problems with procrastination to actually last a whole year! But can we also survive a comment system that now guarantees even less feedback and discussions than before? Let's find out as we do something special and devour some cake in the process!!

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Weekend Open Thread: Iron Kitty Edition

Friday, May 29, 2015 at 4:26 pm

Samkwok Custom Workshop

Also...Facebook is rolling out animated gifs!

Not in comments yet...but let's take this as a good sign.

Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Pumpkin Pop Tarts, Phoenix and Pro-Wrestling

Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 6:30 am


Martha Boyd is not just Luke's mother-in-law - she's also an ex-cop, a landlord, a self-described crazy cat lady, a major Star Trek geek and the widow of a green beret. So go ahead: ask her anything. And we mean anything. Either comment below with your question, or email boydappraisal at yahoo.

Well, I hope we all survived the transition from the old to the new comment posting thingy. It did not have an impact on me, as when I first joined the site I did it with Facebook as I did not know any better. At my age it is good that I can do Facebook. Anyway, I hope all of my friends are still on board even if you had to make up new names. I mean, FB lets me use boydappraisal - I guess it is sort of a real name, as it's my company mashed together.

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