Month: May 2017

Alamo Feels the Girl Power (kinda)

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema sure has been grabbing headlines with its women-only screenings of the upcoming Patty Jenkins Wonder Woman film in NYC and Austin. So committed are they to the theme, that according to Alamo’s own breathless press release, “Everyone working at this screening — venue staff, projectionist, and culinary team — will be female.”

I admit I raised an eyebrow.

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Little Companies, Big Stories

We talk a lot on this site about Marvel. One of the reasons for that is that we’ve got some passionate Marvel fans, in all fairness, but also, Marvel makes a lot of noise. Enough noise that a lot of other things might go unnoticed. Today, here are some smaller publishers equally deserving of a good look. Maybe some of these you’ve heard of, maybe some of these you never have, but with an ever expanding market, it’s vital to remember that there’s not just one or two, or even three, companies with all the control. This world is for all of us and little companies often tell big stories.

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Rae’s Recs: May 25

Welcome all, to this week’s Rae’s Recs! This small, weekly comic recommendation posts every Thursday and I’ll be doing my best to bring you some cool titles you may not have noticed on your first go-round on New Comic Book Day! I recommend two of my favorite single issues for the week, one or two graphic novels or trade comics from the past few weeks, and then two all-ages comics. These have no time frame, but are just some really great titles to share with a kiddo, or even an adult, in your life. One ongoing, one completed.

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Late to the Party: Too Many Cooks

Sometimes, you just miss one completely. At the time this late-night experimental-comedy-short hit Adult Swim on CN, and subsequently the internet exploded, I was in a (metaphorical) cave revising my dissertation for final submission, and by the time I re-emerged, blinkingly, into the world, this moment had already passed without my knowledge.

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Rae’s Recs: May 18

Welcome all, to this week’s Rae’s Recs! This small, weekly comic recommendation posts every Thursday and I’ll be doing my best to bring you some cool titles you may not have noticed on your first go-round on New Comic Book Day! I recommend two of my favorite single issues for the week, one or two graphic novels or trade comics from the past few weeks, and then two all-ages comics. These have no time frame, but are just some really great titles to share with a kiddo, or even an adult, in your life. One ongoing, one completed.

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The Society Pages: Love

The Society Pages is a twice-monthly column about stories and feelings, through a sociopolitical lens. Because these are analyses of full narratives rather than reviews, they almost certainly contain spoilers for major plot points and narrative elements. Proceed with caution. Today: The CW’s Jane the Virgin (including comments up to episode 3.18).

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Rae’s Recs: May 11

Welcome all, to this week’s Rae’s Recs! This small, weekly comic recommendation posts every Thursday and I’ll be doing my best to bring you some cool titles you may not have noticed on your first go-round on New Comic Book Day! I recommend two of my favorite single issues for the week, one or two graphic novels or trade comics from the past few weeks, and then two all-ages comics. These have no time frame, but are just some really great titles to share with a kiddo, or even an adult, in your life. One ongoing, one completed.

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Head Canons: Star Trek TOS

First in a new series.

There is no way to overstate how much of a Trekkie I was when I was a kid. But by the end of HS, I was already discovering Buffy, and by the end of college I had my feet planted firmly in many fandoms, and Star Trek was then, for a time, relegated to a fond childhood memory and my gateway fandom.

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Great Expectations: Box Office and Marvel Cinematic Universe

The final price tag for Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, per the NYT, is estimated at approximately $350M (production + marketing), with an opening domestic weekend gross of $145M. This does not represent a loss–we have the entire summer ahead of us, and then the secondary market (DVD and digital sales) will more than compensate any (unlikely) shortcoming in ticket sales. Still, this is considered an underperformance for a Marvel film by some prognosticators, and almost guarantees a few think-pieces by the end of June about how perhaps the Marvel screen realm has expanded to its natural limits and now only contraction remains. The unexpected overperformance of the first Guardians installment–a whopping $773M worldwide in tickets alone–will be cited as proof of franchise attrition and “superhero fatigue” three years out, and there will be smug nodding.

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