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After the airing of the last episode of Fringe in 2013, leaving me bereft of serious and densely packed science fiction in my TV landscape, I went on the hunt for a new series that could fill my need for truly mind-bending sci-fi concepts and themes. I’ve partly filled the void with shows like Person of Interest and…well, several whole-series binge re-watches of Fringe.
I recently made the mistake of starting Lucy Knisley’s new book, Something New, early one lovely Friday evening. The problem, of course, is I quickly found myself irrevocably sucked in, and pretty soon, my Friday night was entirely lost to Lucy’s charming world. (As I write this review, I’m finding myself re-reading whole sections.) As a veteran of her previous book, Relish: My Life in the Kitchen, I should have predicted that I wouldn’t be able to put Something New down once I’d started it. Also, it’s actually quite difficult to think of a more delightful way to spend a Friday evening than with her lovely stories and artwork.
Spectrum #0 brings to life the plot of a fictionalized show within a fictionalized show that circles tantalizingly around the very real fan obsession with a too-soon-cancelled actual cult TV favorite and its intrepid cast and characters.
I’ve always wanted to travel in space. I’m talking serious interstellar travel to destinations at the far reaches of our universe. This desire is fueled by a completely unrealistic expectation that these journeys would be filled with Hubble photo gallery vistas or at least have the feel of the Star Trek: The Next Generation opening title sequence.
The Nameless City in Faith Erin Hicks' graphic novel of the same name has been conquered and re-conquered and overthrown so many times that the natives no longer try to keep up with the latest titular revision. They keep their heads down and let the waves of occupiers wash over them. Enter Kaidu and Rat, young occupier and young native, respectively. They have nothing in common and every reason to dislike each other, so, of course, their paths immediately and inextricably cross.
What do you do when you have a compulsive need to catalog and collect all the planets in the universe, and the slot on your alphabetized shelf between “Db” and “Ea” is woefully empty? You head for Earth, of course. And, if you are a super-intelligent (albeit insane) extraterrestrial android named Brainiac, you won’t expect anyone or anything to be able to stop you.
As anyone who gets behind the wheel of car can tell you, Los Angeles is going to hell in a hand basket. In Justin Robinson's The Dark Price of Ahriman, this is literally true. Of course, in Robinson's world, hell is the Dark Planet of Ahriman, and the hand basket is a group of brave, but ill-fated, humans who have chosen to try to interact with and control it.
Love is in the air at Fanboy Comics! In this magical month of romance and enchantment, the FBC Staff and Contributors decided to stop and smell the roses. In the days leading up to Valentine's Day, a few members of the Fanboy Comics crew will be sharing their personal love letters to the areas of geekdom they adore the most.
I am sure you will be the first to tell me it is folly to love you, Gunslinger. You are obsessed, cursed . . . of a singular mind that leads you forever on the loneliest of paths. You are ruled by a self-chosen destiny that acknowledges only that ever-elusive destination, the Dark Tower. All who are caught up on that path with you are doomed to a tragic end, always in service of the Ka to which you bow.
In Lumberjanes Volume 3: A Terrible Plan, creators Noelle Stevenson and Shannon Waters deliver another charming and adventurous romp through the woods surrounding Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's Camp for Hardcore Lady Types, and, apparently, locations much further away.
Sweaterweather and Other Short Stories is a reissue of a 2003 publication by Sara Varon (by much the same name) with the addition of new stories, journal entries, and essays. Each story is accompanied by a conversational blurb with background on the genesis of the story idea, the evolution of the illustration and characters, and discussion of her experiments with various artistic techniques. I’m completely new to Sara Varon’s work and was so pleased to have such a personal introduction to her artistic process.