Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Superbowl, Strange Magic and Snipers

Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 6:30 am


In which ex-cop/crazy cat lady/mom-in-law Martha Boyd answers your questions from the coziness of the Joshua Tree desert.

Well, here we are in the the last week of the month, January is over already - bummer. It goes by faster as you get older. Some big doings will be happening the first week in Feburary here in the desert. This will be the 9th year, I believe, for King of the Hammers. It is a huge off-road racing event that is held out in the Johnson Valley area. This is North on Hwy 247 between Landers and Lucerne Valley. From what I understand racers from all over the world attend the event. For more information check out

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New Comic Book Day: Who Won Those Valiant Hardcovers?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 6:30 am

Valiant Comics
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Last week, I asked for pics of how you show off your collections and the response was incredible. As a special gift for all of us, Valiant has given TR an exclusive one-page minicomic - look over there :points to the picture that says "Click to Embiggen" underneath: for that one, because it's pretty awesome. You guys have some AWESOME stuff, and some of you are exceptionally talented at showing it off, and I wanted to start with a few honorable mentions.

Mataxis's Joes had me screaming "THEY BELONG IN A MUSEUM" until I found out they actually were. Props to 10glfan for very clearly being an awesome Dad. And to Luke because I'm an inveterate kissass (and holy crap, man, that's a whole wall of figures). A shoutout to Toyota executive Faimekhan. Kozmik_Pariah's display case is incredible - great lighting, man. Nthman16, Kurutchin and Bearr have outstanding eyes for book shelving - not just showing off your books, but thinking about how they look standing next to each other.

One more honorable mention goes to montewilliams for reminding us all that libraries are great places to get hooked on comics. As a special thanks, I have a few trades from my own collection that I'd like to donate to your library, Monte. Shoot me an email with the address of your branch, and I'll get those out this week.

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Ask Luke's Mother in Law: Great Balls of Furry Lovin'

Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 7:30 am


In which ex-cop/crazy cat lady/mom-in-law Martha Boyd answers your questions from the coziness of the Joshua Tree desert. All questions and answers are real.

Hey, well, here we are with another week under our belts. I watched the Oscar announcements from the lair in Joshua Tree, and will have to say I was disappointed that Best Director was an old boys' group. The director of Selma, Ava DuVernay, got totally snubbed. I mean, please, Selma got best picture - did it make itself?

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New Comic Book Day: WIN 5 Valiant Comics Hardcovers!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 6:30 am

Valiant Comics
Your prizes!

PRIZE TIME! Let's talk about shelf porn.

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I'm kiiiiiiiinda into shelf porn. I'm a slovenly mess when it comes to everything else in my life, but when it comes to storing and ordering my comics, I'm an absolute nightmare. I'm a firm believer that how you store the collections you love speaks to how you love them, and I really enjoy seeing how other people show off their gear. With that in mind, the fine folks at Valiant Comics have very generously offered the five deluxe hardcovers in the banner image (Harbinger, Archer & Armstrong, X-O Manowar, Shadowman and Bloodshot) to the Roboteer with the best looking collection. Hit the jump for the rules.

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Cops, College and Snoring

Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 6:30 am


In which ex-cop/crazy cat lady/mom-in-law Martha Boyd answers your questions from the coziness of the Joshua Tree desert. All questions and answers are real.

Hi all. It has been busy since we last chatted. Thursday night I went to my first Citizen Patrol meeting. It was mostly to get to meet people and get the next part of the process going. I also got formally interviewed. Had both of the deputies laughing so I think it went well - I told them the story of when I first went out on patrol and we were wearing skirts and heels in the field, and how much "back up" we got when it came to going over walls (dirty minds click in here). These guys were too young to have ever witnessed this event. So, anyway, I took the next part of the paperwork home and turned it back in on Friday morning.

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New Comic Book Day: Glass-Steagall for Comics

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 6:30 am

IDW Publishing
There's nothing I can say about last week's horrific murders in Paris and the awfulness that followed it that hasn't already been said a thousand times better than I could by Tom Spurgeon at The Comics Reporter or by Jacob Canfield at The Hooded Utilitarian, so I'm not going to try.

The other huge news last week was IDW's purchase of Top Shelf. This is a really interesting move for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is because it keeps Top Shelf comics coming out (I'm really psyched for March). IDW's been doing a great job of mixing up what they offer. It's a good split between licensed stuff like Transformers and G.I. Joe and the really expensive, really incredibly awesome Library of American Comics output - I forwarded the press release announcing the Kamandi Artist's Edition with a subject of "Aww Jesus, bye $125." The merger with Top Shelf provides them with a portfolio of books that are basically more affordable offerings of their artier fare. But what if this heralds a wave of consolidation for comic publishers? Maybe Congress should pass a law that keeps art comics and cape comics published by separate companies. Because the last thing we need is comic companies misstating the amount of art comics they have on hand and oh god I'm really gonna try and make a joke about the rules separating investment and commercial banks, aren't I? Nope! :waves it off like a pass to Dez Bryant: We're calling that one back. IDW's doing great and this move is fine and the bill I'm thinking of would be a Gramm-Leach for comics anyway. Good day!

This week in comics, it's all fighting games, all the time, starting with AbramsTrek vs. DS9: All of the Sprites.

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: A Wish for Johnny Depp to Ditch the Whiteface

Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 6:30 am


In which ex-cop/crazy cat lady/mom-in-law Martha Boyd answers your questions from the coziness of the Joshua Tree desert. All questions and answers are real.

Hello and welcome to 2015, everyone. Here is to a great year. Here is one for all of you: I FINALLY LEARNED HOW TO TEXT. Over the holiday, Julia finally convinced me to turn on John's Samsung G3 and ditch the flip phone. Then she taught me how to text. Now, this is something John loved to do. Not sure how he managed; his fingers were rather large. I have tiny hands and I can't hit the correct letters - so how he ever did it is anyone's guess. Well, I now know how to use a touch screen and to text, and I even figured out how to find an Internet connection away from home. Okay, you can now all get up off the ground, dust yourselves off and stop laughing. There are days I still long for paper and pencil. I have the old ATT endless data plan, so look out, world.

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New Comic Book Day: New Year's Resolutions

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 6:30 am

Legendary Comics
I started my year out wrong. I made a New Year's resolution to try and get more stuff from outside of my reading comfort zone - more pamphlets, more webcomics, more indie stuff, and more manga, and recommendations are more than welcome in the comments. I even used Mike Toole's awesome list as a guide when I was at the shop last week. They didn't have the first volumes of One Punch Man or Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin so I grabbed Biomega instead - I will report back soon. But that resolution was a terrible mistake, a lazy failure of imagination on my part.

What my resolution SHOULD have been to make and eat one of these magnificent shooter sandwiches without dying. This looks like something from Man vs. Food back when Man was still the underdog. What little blood could still move through my arteries after that...well, you know where it would be.

This week in comics: Tim Drake gets a Victorian reboot, sorta; Ice gets Fire-d; the Civil War gets liberties taken in its comic adaptation; Red Sonja gets old; Squirrel Girl gets Hunted; I get Wally Wood; and Betty Draper gets wrist guns. But first, time gets collapsed into a single point in 1952.

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ROBOTIC GAMING MONTHLY - The Best-Looking Games of 2015

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 6:30 am

Artwork by CitrusKing46

Hello and welcome to another edition of Robotic Gaming Monthly, Topless Robot's monthly look at what the gaming world has to offer recently! Well, now that the new year is officially here, the most logical way to kick things off is with a preview of some of the most interesting games coming out in 2015! Yes folks, this edition contains a little bonus list for the day to top things off! Let it not be said that we don't offer you the best bang for your buck, after all! So come on in and a take a gander at what the new year has to offer when it comes to video games, along with new game reviews and trailers!

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New Comic Book Day: Talking With Henni's Miss Lasko-Gross

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 6:30 am

Z2 Publishing
As it's New Year's Eve (and a fifthweek!) the release calendar is very light. So to help us bring in the new year, we have an interview with Miss Lasko-Gross, the creator of the book Henni, described as "a commentary on religion, coming of age, and being a fantastical world where old traditions and religion dominate every aspect of life." Lasko-Gross has previously published Escape From "Special" and A Mess of Everything, two semi-autobiographical works that won critical acclaim. She's currently featured in a travelling gallery show, "Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women." I also got a chance to read Henni, and you can see my review at the end of the interview. Be sure to check out the preview of Henni we've got - there are larger versions of every picture here.

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