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Let The Carol Danvers Casting Rumors Commence!

Posted October 30, 2014 by Rodney Brown

With the news from Marvel Studios that Captain Marvel will be getting her own movie, set to open on July 6, 2018, speculation has reached a fever pitch over who should play her. The site Slash Film has a list of their top 10 candidates to be Carol Danvers. That made me decide to repurpose […]

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Happy Halloween From Vampirella!

Posted October 29, 2014 by Rodney Brown

It is just a few days before All Hallow’s Eve, and in keeping with the spooky spirit, your editor in chief thought “What would make a good scary photo shoot? Vampirella would! Scary sexy!” (Yes, that is sadly a fairly accurate representation of my typical thought process.) Luckily, the talented cosplayer Panda Luna Valentine, from […]

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Joker Yuks it up with Yaya Han at NYCC 2014

Posted October 22, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Yaya Han has a new comic book and our Joker, the Crown Prince of Cosplay,  was there at New York Comic Con to talk to her about the first issue as well as her newest Assassin’s Creed cosplay! Check out her comic book at the Lion Forge Comics website. After the video, check out the photos […]

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Do ‘Gotham’ And ‘Flash’ Continue DC’s TV Domination?

Posted October 8, 2014 by Rodney Brown

This new fall TV season has seen the premiere of two shows based on DC comics franchises. How good are they? Let’s take a look. First on the air was Gotham, which is arguably the most ambitious of the two. OK, sure, The Flash, which just had its premiere this week, has the ambitious goal […]

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‘Korra’ May Have Been Too Mature For Nickelodeon

Posted October 1, 2014 by Lauren Grant

With the fourth season of Nickelodeon’s The Legend of Korra airing this week, many fans are still wondering why the very popular show is only being shown on the Internet yet again. About midway through the third season, Nickelodeon pulled Korra’s time slot, stating that due to low ratings it would now be showing only online. While […]

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Babs Tarr Talks With Us About Batgirl!

Posted September 25, 2014 by Rodney Brown

Last month I had the chance to sit down with new Batgirl artist Babs Tarr, and talk about her first foray into the world of comic books. In case you missed it, Batgirl has a whole new creative team, including writers Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher, and artists Stewart and Tarr. The new direction for the […]

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Queen’s Blade Attacks DragonCon!

Posted September 24, 2014 by Rodney Brown

At this year’s DragonCon, a handful of amazingly talented cosplayers got together as various characters from the quite racy action anime Queen’s Blade. The costumes were daring, but also spot on accurate and well crafted. I was lucky enough to glom on to the shoot (thanks Benn Robbins!) The lineup was: Abby Dark-Star as Claudette, […]

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Cosplay Isn’t Killing Comic Cons, But What Is Changing Them Is…

Posted September 22, 2014 by Nerd Caliber Staff

Recently Bleeding Cool published an article by Denise Dorman, wife of famed illustrator Dave Dorman, called “Is Cosplay Killing Comic Con?” You can read the article in its original location, but spoilers, it’s just an opinion piece with no facts to back it up, just personal observations. The issue is not whether cosplayers are destroying conventions […]

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Book Review: The Clockwork Dagger by Beth Cato

Posted September 17, 2014 by nerdly

The Clockwork Dagger is an intriguing and rewarding read. It’s the story of Octavia Leander as she embarks upon a mission to aid a war-plagued village, and the people and obstacles she meets along her journey by dirigible. Octavia is immediately engaging, her healing magics fascinating, and her determination is refreshing. An orphan after her […]

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Epic Kill La Kill Cosplay by Sarah Fong and C&C Cosplay Factory

Posted August 27, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Want to see some epic Kill La Kill cosplay? Of course you do! We interviewed C&C Cosplay Factory and Sarah Fong about their awesome Satsuki and Ryuko cosplay at Otakon 2014. And check out some great photos below! Interviewer: Lauren Grant Cameraman: Adam Etheridge  

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How Many Heroes Might Be In Cap 3? Think ‘Secret Wars’

Posted August 25, 2014 by Rodney Brown

According to an article on the site CinemaBlend, the two writers and directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Joe and Anthony Russo, told their interviewer that they are hoping to load up Captain America 3 with piles of Marvel Heroes — way more than even the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, if the comic series […]

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SAO Newbie’s Impressions Put Characterization Up Front

Posted August 24, 2014 by Lauren Grant

Who doesn’t remember the days of World of Warcraft — OK, actually they’re still here, but who really plays that anymore? — Or Habbo Hotel? I certainly remember getting on AIM instant messenger and telling my friends to meet me in the main hall of said games and exploring for hours on end. And when […]

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Oh, Baby, ‘Ms. Marvel’ No. 7 Pushes One Of My Buttons

Posted August 20, 2014 by Rodney Brown

Last issue, series launch artist Adrian Alphona was replaced by Jake Wyatt, who did an estimable job on Ms. Marvel #6. This issue he committed what is a cardinal art sin in my mind — resorting to turning a character into a chibi version to express an extreme reaction. First, let me say I understand […]

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Catwoman Takes Over 2nd Season of ‘Nightwing: Escalation’

Posted August 15, 2014 by Rodney Brown

One of our contributing photographers, Alex Valderana, is also the man behind the webseries Nightwing: Escalation, and it has just launched its second season, this year with a new, more feline, lead. In addition to being writer, producer and director, Alex plays Agent Brooks. Check out what he has to say about it below. “Hey Nightwingers […]

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Boston Comic Con 2014 Reporter’s Notebook

Posted August 11, 2014 by Rodney Brown

OK, I have said before that the Reporter’s Notebook style article should happen during an event, but, hey, I was tired. That said, below are my impressions of this year’s Boston Comic Con, it’s second at the Seaport World Trade Center in South Boston. Line management and volunteer workforce size has improved, but both still need […]

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Five Animes You Should Binge Watch This Summer

Posted August 7, 2014 by Ashley Rogers

At this point in the summer we are in the thick of Summer Anime Season. As a general note pilots can be rough. While they give an idea of what the series will become the show can radically change once the show gets its bearings. With that in mind and since most anime are currently […]

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‘Guardians’: Fun, Just A Few Flaws

Posted August 1, 2014 by Rodney Brown

If Farscape and Star Wars had a baby, and it grew up to be a stand-up comedian, it would be Guardians of the Galaxy. That is high praise, by the way not a dig. Guardians takes the best crazy alien design and super advanced tech ideas of Farscape and blends them with the awesome action […]

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‘DBZ: Battle of Gods’ More Like Stories of Morons

Posted July 30, 2014 by Lauren Grant

After growing up in a household with a big Dragon Ball Z fan (my older brother) and being the butt of his many random Kamehameha attacks I felt compelled to watch the new Dragon Ball Z film, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. And because the Dragon Ball series played a roll, or shall I […]

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Best For Last? Post-SDCC 2014 Videos From “The Hobbit” & “Sin City”

Posted July 28, 2014 by Rodney Brown

While there were some outstanding video teasers and trailers shown during the recent Comic Con International: San Diego, it seems like the most exciting ones have been held until the day after the con closed. First up is the shorter of the two, the new trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. […]

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More Videos from SDCC 2014

Posted July 27, 2014 by Rodney Brown

Yesterday we posted a block of videos first displayed at Comic Con International: San Diego, and today we have a few more. The most exciting for me is the look at season 3 of Arrow, but that is because I know how good this show is already. Moving the action shown in the flashbacks off […]

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Meaningless Marvel Movie Speculation

Posted July 21, 2014 by Rodney Brown

Just because it is meaningless doesn’t mean I won’t indulge myself in speculating anyway. The website IGN today posted an article in which it interviews head of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, about the future plans for upcoming Marvel movies. The interview tries to clarify some of the vagueness in the release Marvel put out three […]

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New Anime Aldnoah Zero Is Anything But

Posted July 19, 2014 by Rodney Brown

Quite a few anime styles catch my interest, from horror, to comedy to ecchi (of course) to even romance if it is written well. But my main interests are fantasy and – top of the list — science fiction. So when I find a really smart, well-written science fiction anime, I just have to share the news. […]

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Piling On The Marvel Shake-Up News and Rumors

Posted July 17, 2014 by Rodney Brown

A couple of days ago, Marvel revealed on the daytime talk show The View that the power and name of Thor will for the first time be wielded by a woman. Thor gets stripped of his powers and responsibilities and they are given to someone else worthy, in this case a blonde warrior that has […]

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Original Sin #5 Veers Off The Excellence Path

Posted July 9, 2014 by Rodney Brown

I have been a big fan of Marvel Comics’ title Original Sin since it launched. The writing is solid, the artwork by Mike Deodato is absolutely top notch and the concept is very intriguing. But with one big reveal that happened in the latest issue, #5, I think writer Jason Aaron has gone too far […]

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New ‘Sailor Moon’ Series Not New Enough

Posted July 7, 2014 by Rodney Brown

It was one of the most anticipated reboots of any rebooted popular media in the last few years. Sailor Moon Crystal was announced last year, and the hype meter pinned, driven by the squeeing of millions of fans of the original Sailor Moon series. The new series debuted this past weekend, and more than one […]

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Scarlet Stepford Blooms as Poison Ivy at AnimeNEXT

Posted June 18, 2014 by E. Ortiz

We interview Scarlet Stepford about her awesome Poison Ivy cosplay at AnimeNEXT 2014. Photos by Cantera Cosplay and Alex Valderana Photography. Interview by Alex Valderana.  

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Leeleethebunny Spreads Her Angelus Wings!

Posted June 9, 2014 by E. Ortiz

We interviewed Leeleethebunny Cosplay about her awesome Angelus cosplay at the inaugural Hartford Comic Con 2014. Angelus is a character from the larger Spawn universe, created by Todd McFarlane. Our resident Whovian, Mike Carroll, was the lucky one to get to do the interview. Below check out our video interview with her and then some photos of her Angelus cosplay taken […]

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Sinestro #1 is the Lantern You’ve Been Waiting For

Posted June 3, 2014 by Gene Selassie

Sinestro #1 Written by Cullen Bunn Art by Dale Eaglesham Colors by Jason Wright Published by DC Comics It is no secret that the Green Lantern books were a bit of a mangled mess in the early part of the New 52. The most recent creative shuffle has seen some new life breathed into those […]

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‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’: Does it Deliver?

Posted May 22, 2014 by Shawn Proctor

If you’re wondering just how Disney is going to jam EVERY STAR WARS CHARACTER EVER into episode seven, then you should get out of your seat (after reading this) and check out the massive ensemble blockbuster-to-be X-Men: Days of Future Past. Director Brian Singer jams nearly all of the mutants from the past films, including […]

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‘Batman V Superman’ Writer Slut-Shames The She-Hulk

Posted May 21, 2014 by Rodney Brown

OK, let me apologize for this post right out of the gate. I try to never be that person throwing fuel on a fire. But what David S. Goyer said in podcast last night shows just how even the most important people in the comic-to-movie world still miss the boat when it comes to women […]

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Put ‘Shutter’ in Your ‘Must-Read’ Pile

Posted May 21, 2014 by Gene Selassie

Shutter #1 Written by Joe Keatinge Art by Leila Del Duca Colors by Owen Gieni Published by Image Comics WOW! I know — such a clichéd way to start a comic review, but I cannot think of a more fitting word to describe Shutter issue 1. Creative synergy is bleeding out from this book’s very […]

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Comic Book Writer Gail Simone Interviewed by Bane!

Posted May 20, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Gail Simone is an incredible writer, currently writing the comic books Batgirl, Tomb Raider and Red Sonja from publishers DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics and Dynamite, respectively. At Double Midnight Comics in Manchester, NH, on Free Comic Book Day, Bane, cosplayed by Raymond Ramos, interviewed her about her thoughts on The Secret Six (another great series […]

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While We Were Down: Batman Revealed, and Dr. Strange?

Posted May 15, 2014 by Rodney Brown

So while our servers were getting a much needed celebrity makeover, it wasn’t like there was much that happened in the overall nerd world. Oh, wait… First, Zack Snyder took to Twitter to show us all the first look at the new Batman suit for the upcoming not-Justice League movie (really, it isn’t!) Superman vs. Batman. It […]

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Yoko Littner Blazes Away at Zenkaikon 2014!

Posted May 11, 2014 by Rodney Brown

There was no chance any mechas were going to invade Zenkaikon late last month, with Yoko Littner on the job. Yoko is actually Ichigei Cosplay, and the photos were taken by our own KBV Photography at Zenkaikon’s home base of the Lancaster County Convention Center in Lancaster, Penn. Below check out the fantastic photos of […]

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‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Is Back! Well, The Show Anyway

Posted May 9, 2014 by Rodney Brown

Late yesterday, ABC announced it was renewing the show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., despite what was generally viewed as a weak first half of its inaugural season, and a drastic drop off in viewers from its first couple of episodes. According to Entertainment Weekly’s site, the renewal was expected by most TV pundits. It seems to […]

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For Lola, It’s the End of the World as We Know It

Posted May 5, 2014 by Gene Selassie

Lola XOXO #1 Published by Aspen Comics Story and Art by Siya Oum The post-apocalypse setting seems to have come back in full swing, and Lola XOXO seems to be another entry into this vast sub-genre. No, this book does not breathe new life into said setting, but this does provide an entertaining enough ride. […]

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Holy Free Comic Book Day, Batgirl!

Posted May 4, 2014 by Rodney Brown

What happens when none other than Gail Simone, comic book writer par excellence, is a guest at a comic book store in Manchester, New Hampshire? The crowds wrap around the strip mall, more people line up than attend many smaller conventions, and the cosplayers show up in droves. At least that is what happened when […]

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Moon Knight Shines Bright in Relaunch

Posted April 28, 2014 by Gene Selassie

REVIEW: Moon Knight #1 & 2 Published by Marvel Comics Written by Warren Ellis Art by Declan Shalvey Colors by Jordie Bellaire I will admit that, despite the pedigree of the creators attached to this project, I went into this book a bit lethargic. It’s no secret that Moon Knight is one of the “teacher’s […]

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Anime Boston 2014 Cosplay Pics by KBV Photography!

Posted April 19, 2014 by Rodney Brown

Anime Boston was held a few weeks ago in chilly late March, and our photography editor KBV Photography was in attendance, grabbing shots of the anime cosplay goodness. Not surprisingly, the immensely popular anime Kill La Kill was the focus of many of the cosplayers. Nudist Beach group shots, anyone?  

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Why I’m Breaking Up With Batman

Posted April 2, 2014 by Shawn Proctor

Dear Batman, I want to thank you. Thank you for all of the different versions of Batman out there, from the comic to the cartoons to the films. Thank you for being the only non-superpowered hero that comic geeks can bring up as an equal to the Supermans and Wolverines of the world. But it’s […]

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Evil Empire #1 Falls Short of the Mark

Posted April 1, 2014 by Gene Selassie

Published by BOOM! Studios Written by Max Bemis Art by Ransom Getty Colors by Chris Blythe I went into this book with cautious optimism. On the surface, here comes more “fight the system, down with the political tyrant” subtext the like of which we’ve seen more than a few times from young writers since the […]

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Image Continues Strong Story with Lazarus #6

Posted March 6, 2014 by Gene Selassie

Published by Image Comics Written by Greg Rucka Art by Michael Lark Colors by Santi Arcas With this second installment to the second arc, we find ourselves focusing on two parallel stories. The first is a flashback to a young Forever Carlyle as she works her behind off to try to become the penultimate student […]

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Space Dandy: Space, Yes; Dandy, Not So Much

Posted March 4, 2014 by Rodney Brown

This statement won’t win me many fans, but I don’t particularly like Space Dandy. I understand this is an unpopular position, at least based on the amount of love the new anime series gets on my Facebook wall. Everyone seems to enjoy the comedy action anime featuring the adventures of Space Dandy as he searches […]

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‘Mighty Avengers’: Come For the Diversity, Stay for the Quality

Posted February 27, 2014 by Rodney Brown

February is Black History Month, and I admit I feel pretty lousy about using it as an excuse to review the Marvel Comics book Mighty Avengers. After all, I hate to be seen as pandering, and the reason you read it shouldn’t be because it has one of the most diverse cast of heroes in […]

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Watson and Holmes is a Study in Amazing

Posted February 12, 2014 by Shawn Proctor

In honor of Black History Month we took a closer look at African-American talent who are making waves in the comics industry. You know that sinking feeling when you find out about a comic when it’s already a few issues into the run? The dilemma — do you take a chance on an issue later […]

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So Many Problems Make Furious #1 Infuriating

Posted February 11, 2014 by Gene Selassie

Published by Dark Horse Comics Written by Bryan JL Glass Art by Viktor Santos Being a huge fan of Mice Templar, I was fast to check out Bryan JL Glass’ newest work. He dips his toe into the superhero pool with Furious. While it is a good read with no huge missteps, a score of […]

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Coffin Hill #4 was Dead on Arrival

Posted January 22, 2014 by Gene Selassie

Coffin Hill #4 Published by Vertigo (DC Comics) Written by Caitlin Kittredge Art by Inaki Miranda & Eva de la Cruz Just as this book was making such strides in the right direction with issues #2 and #3, issue #4 seems to be plagued by all of the problems that issue #1 had. Writer Caitlin […]

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The Man Who Made the X-Men Famous Returning to Marvel’s Mutants

Posted January 16, 2014 by Rodney Brown

While the news of the return of the much-beloved X-Men team member Nightcrawler from the dead has already generated a great deal on buzz among fans of Marvel’s mutants, yesterday in a press statement delivered one day before the solicitation for the April comic book issues, Marvel noted that Nightcrawler #1 will be written by […]

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The Midas Flesh #1 Lacks a Golden Touch

Posted January 9, 2014 by Gene Selassie

The Midas Flesh #1 (of 8) Published by Boom! Box (Boom! Studios) Written by Ryan North Art by Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb Boom! Studios had the right idea with their newest division, Boom Box. Think of this as the “Fox Searchlight” to Boom; more off-the-beaten path, more outside-the-box ideas that are given special consideration […]

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Lazarus #5 Explores Life on the Edge During the Post-Apocaplypse

Posted January 2, 2014 by Gene Selassie

REVIEW: Lazarus #5 Published by Image Comics Written by Greg Rucka Art by Michael Lark & Brian Level Colors by Santi Arcas The opening salvo of the second story arc gives us some more world building of this frightening new America; an America that the Carlyle family owns a sizeable chunk of, despite neglecting much […]

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