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Features could be original writing that doesn’t fit into Essays, Reviews, or News – but a feature post will more likely be composed of fun pictures or general nuttiness. We need some place to put it, right?

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By | Monday, November 8, 2010 | 11:33 am | 2 Comments | Blog > Features

I just saw that Inaki Miranda posted a little rundown of how he turned James Jean’s Fables issue 76 cover into this Zombie tribute for issue 99.

I was curious to see what they looked like over each other, so I made this little gif. You can see each image a bit bigger (and without gif compression) below it.

Crazy stuff! It’s times like these where I hate being at trade waiter and wish I could just dive into current arcs off the racks.

You can see Inaki’s thought process here at his blog. You know, I never noticed that little skull on the telephone poll in the original version.

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By | Monday, November 1, 2010 | 11:47 am | 1 Comment | Blog > Features

Here are couple excellent articles to enjoy on your lunch break.

First, Comics Alliance posted an arc by arc (and in some cases, issue by issue) rundown of Final Crisis. How it all links together, what order to read in, and in some cases how it doesn’t link together.

For every reader who hails the epic’s complex story architecture as genius, another decries its inaccessibility. But is it really an incomprehensible swamp of superhero lore? Not with the right road map!

You can find their road map here: Final Crisis Timeline. A highly recommended companion to our own issue reading order and Final Crisis tpb event tag.

Also of great reading pleasure is the third installment of David Brothers’ wonderful essay series Gamble A Stamp over at 4th Letter.

In it this column, he discusses Watchmen, The Dark Knight Returns, and Flex Mentallo as elements in the death and rebirth of the superhero mythos. Excellent stuff and well written – I feel like I’d delude his points by quoting in partial. So head over there and read Superhero Comics Are Dead.

On a side note, as I mentioned in a comment over there it’s a shame…

I’ve never read Flex! Without it being in trade (and reprint upon reprint) it doesn’t get nearly as much airtime in discussion. Maybe your piece here will help in some way towards finally getting it collected.

Until then, I guess we’ll have this amazon monument to what should have been:

http://www.amazon.com/Flex-Mentallo-Man-Muscle-Mystery/dp/1563894084

Enjoy the reading! Give those wonderful blogs your love.

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By | Monday, October 4, 2010 | 12:10 am | 0 Comments | Blog > Features

While we’re pushing hard on the comics front, FictFact founders Christine Kirsten & Brian Kirsten are braving the vampire infested waters of the prose novel series. Their excellent site lets users figure out (much like here) what to read next for all kinds of geeky serials. From their about page:

You read books in series.
You want to keep track of what to read next.
You want recommendations on what to read next.
You want to know when new books are coming out.

That’s why you need FictFact!

FictFact is a tracking site focused on book series. Let us know what books/series you’ve read and we’ll let you know what you need to read next and what’s coming out soon.

For the most part, the lists run by chronological order. So it might not be the reading order I’d suggest for every series, but it’s still insanely helpful – you know how these books are often printed without spine numbers!

The site will definitely be one to watch, especially if they add comics, right? For now, though, go ahead and sort all your vampire romances! You know you’ve been aching to get into the next one.

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By | Friday, October 1, 2010 | 10:31 pm | 0 Comments | Blog > Features

I know at least one of you was really thankful last time I pointed the way to some awesome stuff on ebay, so I thought I’d share this. I got home from the airport to find an auto alert for one of my saved sellers (TZBA, who I’ve mentioned is my absolute favorite seller of all time).

It’s an awesome lot of Superman and Batman “In The Decades” books. I’ve already managed to find good copies of all the “Superman In The” titles, but it was hard to decide not to bid just for the set of Batman In The Forties, and so on. These books are great intro texts and excellent for any collector that likes to have a good cross section of resources for a particular era.

They’re also kind of hard to find in good condition and I’ve never seen a lot of all of them together. It’s missing the 70’s batman book, but he’s throwing in a couple bonus random ones, so it’s worth a peek! (In case you’re worried that the bonus books will be total crap, last time I got a Showcase Presents lot the two random ones he threw in were a Batman Chronicles book and Batman: Under The Red Hood)

That was the highlight of this batch for me, but there was also a couple full runs of issues (DMZ and Superman/Batman, both quality titles), quality and slightly rare hardcovers for 24 dollars, and as always, the amazing 8 Showcase books of your choice for 50 bucks. Check it all out here!

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By | Friday, October 1, 2010 | 6:52 am | 0 Comments | Blog > Features

Thank god for free wireless in SFO.

(Technically I think I’m only supposed to have it for 45 minutes, but switching between the two available networks works. Crafty.)

I’ve just gone through 1,000 google reader items (this is from the past week and just the past week). I figured I’d share some comic related highlights.

First of all, congratulations to Marc on his first six months posting at With Great Power! In that time he’s put up 25 well written (and detailed!) reviews and started on his excellent Marvel Timeline. He’s just updated that as well, so check in if you haven’t lately.

Over at another of my favorite spots on the internet, Collected Editions, the poster (will I ever learn their names?) muses on the upcoming Green Lantern by Geof Johns Omnibus solicitation (along with other 2011 upcomings).

And speaking of those upcoming hardcovers, here’s the link to DC’s official blog post for summer 2011. I’ll add in the new stuff to the database as soon as I get a chance.

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