It’s quite often I think about my kids’ future. Do they want to play soccer or start ballet? What kind of music or movies will they love? Will they continue to love learning, as much as they seem to now? And occasionally, I wonder, what should I do if they struggle with anything in school?

Star Wars Adventures #1 is a mixed bag. Writer Cavan Scott tells two very different stories that do not seem to have much in common, as they are different and are not about the same characters. The first story is very much the writer telling the same tale as the one found in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This proves to be the stronger of the two stories for its consistency of voice and interesting story it plots. Most Star Wars fans know the scavenger, Rey, who they came across in Episode VII.

Sunday, September 3, 2017. It was high noon at the Long Beach Convention Center as the final day of Long Beach Comic Con was well under way. Arriving on time and chatting jovially with attendees, legendary artist/writer Dave Gibbons was easygoing and happy as he settled down for panel spotlight on his career. Director of Programming Ivan Cohen, who had been conducting spotlights throughout the weekend – including William Shatner and Howard Chaykin – sat down to discuss Gibbons' career in comics that began approximately 40 years ago.

Spotlight panels are often a great feature of a convention’s programming in that they offer special guests with the opportunities to highlight their work, but also to give audience members and fans a Q&A session. Over the weekend, Long Beach Comic Con had a handful of spotlight panels for celebrities and guests such as William Shatner, Dave Gibbons, and Howard Chaykin.

Editor Barbara Randall Kesel led back-to-back valuable instructional panels Saturday afternoon, September 2, 2017, at the Long Beach Comic Con. Her first panel, “Pitch, Pitch, Pitch: How to Sell Your Story,” provided advice to writers who are trying to sell their stories, but what about artists who are looking to develop a portfolio to showcase their art to prospective editors? Not to worry; Kesel was joined by Eisner Award-winning artist Pia Guerra (Y: The Last Man) and freelance Photoshop production artist John Ercek (Executive Assistant Assassins series from Aspen Comics) to share their knowledge and answer questions from the audience in the follow-up panel, “Creating the Perfect Portfolio.”

Sigh. Dear readers,

It is with a heavy heart that I bring you this week's Wonder Woman Wednesday column.  I lost my Wonder Woman last week.

If you’re reading this review to try to decide whether or not to read Mark Millar’s original Kingsman: The Secret Service comic, chances are it’s because (much like me) you’ve seen and loved the movie. This means your main question will likely be, “How does the comic compare to the movie?” And the answer is… pretty well.

The first weekend of September is the last vestiges of summer, as children begin to transition back to school and the final BBQs are had on Labor Day. It’s also when the first signs of Halloween begin to pop up, as large sacks of candy and Halloween decorations begin to gain more real estate at grocery and department stores. It’s never too early to start mulling over the spookier things in life.

“Include your contact information on every page” was immediately the first advice that editor Barbara Randall Kesel gave the audience that was in attendance for the Long Beach Comic Con panel, “Pitch, Pitch, Pitch: How to Sell Your Story” on Saturday afternoon, September 2, 2017.

In 2014, The Evil Within video game was released to gamers who didn’t know what to expect. Touted as one of the scariest games since Silent Hill and the original Resident Evil games, The Evil Within shattered the horror barriers with an acid trip-like journey through a mind-bending world filled with creatures that created more than their fair share of nightmares. With the highly anticipated upcoming release of The Evil Within 2 on October 13, 2017, a comic series has never been better timed. But, with this, The Evil Within: The Interlude #1 (Titan Comics) has its work cut out for it to try to stand up to one of the best video games in years.

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