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Dick Tracy Not Coming to Archie Due to Licensor “Mistake”

Archie Comics‘ Co-President/Editor/Writer/PR person Alex Segura went to Twitter earlier today to say that there will not be a Dick Tracy. A “mistake on the licensor’s part” is the cause. Tribune Content Agency discovered a “preexisting licensing deal that precludes” this project. The series was announced in early December.

Co-written by Segura and Michael Moreci, it would have featured art by Thomas Pitilli, colors by Dee Cunniffen, and lettering from Jack Morelli. The first issue also featured variant covers by Francesco Francavilla, Kyle Baker, Cat Staggs, and Michael Walsh. The comic series was to kick off in April 11, 2018.

Its focus was on the earlier years of the detective, “square one,” with a blend of the classic Dick Tracy and a “modern and dark noir feel.”

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Coyotes Cancel Stan Lee Puck Drop. Will Comic Industry Follow?

The Arizona Coyotes have cancelled Stan Lee‘s appearance that was to take place today in their game against the Edmonton Oilers.

Allegations were raised this week that Lee harassed and propositioned nurses. New claims say Lee masturbated in front of a masseuse after groping her and demanding sex while he attended C2E2 in April 2017. Lee has denied the claims.

Lee is scheduled to attend the ACE Comic Con taking place January 13-5. His attendance is still being advertised with a photo ops going for $150, a dual photo op with Chris Evans going for $500, and Evans, Lee, and Tom Holland going for $800. Lee autographs are being advertised for $130.

We’ve been told directly in private from individuals that Lee is known to “pinch” women’s butts at conventions with some saying it happened to them but not wanting to be identified. We expect more to come out over the next few weeks.

With Lee’s appearance at a hockey game being cancelled, but not his convention appearance, one has to wonder, does a sport that involves grown men beating the crap out of each other have higher standards than the comic industry? Which convention will be the first to cancel his appearance over this and say no more? What publishers will sever ties?

Here’s your chance to stand up comic industry and you’re failing miserably right now (ahem, Chris Evans, ahem).

Exclusive Preview: America #11

America #11

(W) Gabby Rivera (A/CA) Stacey Lee with Flaviano Cover: Joe Quinones
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 17, 2018
SRP: $3.99

THE MIDAS WAR PART 1
• America’s finally found the family she’s been searching for. Planeta Fuertona awaits.
• But Exterminatrix and her corporation aren’t done with America yet! And their motives go way deeper than America even dreamed.
• When the Midas Corporation reignites a decades-old threat, America’s newly discovered home stands at the brink of implosion!
• And the biggest danger…may be America herself.

Exclusive Preview: Wonder Woman/Conan #5

Wonder Woman/Conan #5

Written by: Gail Simone
Art by: Matt Ryan, Aaron Lopresti
Cover by: Aaron Lopresti
Variant cover by: Neal Adams
U.S. Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: January 17, 2018

The road to Shamar is long—and thralls of the Corvidae threaten every step. But Conan will persevere in Diana’s quest to protect the town…though he might be equally interested in revenge against the slaver who sold them into peril on the high seas! Co-published with Dark Horse Comics!

Stan Lee Accused of Sexual Harassment But Responds That It’s a “Shakedown”

Stan Lee is the latest comic industry professional accused of sexual harassment and misconduct against the nurses who worked at his Hollywood home.

Allegations include Lee groping women, requesting oral sex, and strolling around in the nude on front of them.

The nursing company that employs the women is in a legal dispute with Lee but no police complaint has been made and no lawsuits filed.

A lawyer representing Lee has said that Lee “categorically denies” the “false and despicable” allegations and intends to clear his “stellar good name.” There’s also hints that the accusations are part of a shakedown.

An anonymous source said:

Stan is an old man who has seemingly lost his way.

He doesn’t seem to care what people think of him, he’s lost his filter. There has been a stream of young nurses coming to his house in West Hollywood and he has been sexually harassing them. He finds it funny.

He walks around naked and is vulgar towards the women, he asks them for oral sex in the shower and wants to be pleasured in his bedroom. He uses the word p***y and f**k in their presence.

He’s also very handsy and has groped some of the women, it’s unacceptable behavior, especially from an icon like Stan.

The owner at the nursing company has openly said to people that Stan has sexually harassed every single nurse that has been to the house. That got back to Lee and sparked this whole thing.

It appears the owner, who has nursed Stan herself, eventually decided enough was enough.

The nursing company ended their relationship with Lee towards the end of last year.

Lee’s attorney Tom Lallas sent a cease and desist to the owner of the nursing firm in December.

In a statement, Lallas said:

Mr. Lee categorically denies these false and despicable allegations and he fully intends to fight to protect his stellar good name and impeccable character.

We are not aware of anyone filing a civil action, or reporting these issues to the police, which for any genuine claim would be the more appropriate way for it to be handled.

Instead, Mr. Lee has received demands to pay money and threats that if he does not do so, the accuser will go to the media.

Mr Lee will not be extorted or blackmailed, and will pay no money to anyone because he has done absolutely nothing wrong.

A new visiting nurse firm working with Lee and has said he has been “polite, kind and respectful” as well as “it has been a privilege to care for him.”

We’ll continue to update as more is learned.

(via the Daily Mail)

Exclusive Preview: Ms. Marvel #26

Ms. Marvel #26

(W) G. Willow Wilson (A) Nico Leon (CA) Valerio Schiti
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 10, 2018
SRP: $3.99

TEENAGE WASTELAND PART 2
• An OLD ENEMY has returned…
• …with a monstrous new trick to boot!
• Will MS. MARVEL be in time to save the day, or will her new life keep her away from the city she loves?

The Best Comics of 2017 – Brett’s List

It’s the first day of a new year and so that means I’m posting my “best of” listing of the top comic books for 2016. Generally these are comic books that came out in 2016, though some are from earlier times and I got around to reading them, or limited series that continued. Keep in mind, this is what I have read (and does not reflect what other contributors to this site might think, they’ll hopefully have their own lists). If it’s not on here, I just might not have read it.

This was a particularly tough year of choices with some categories easily having their own top ten or twenty-five and some I struggled to even come up with one. 2017 was a year that ongoing, maxi-series, and limited floppies seemed to blend more and more and for me as a reader I found myself shifting away from one publisher to another and as a whole continuing to enjoy graphic novels and indie comics a hell of a lot more than I have in the past.

What stood out to me? Check out below what made the cut!

Best Super Hero Comic – Batman

A comic series which easily has the top four issues of the year as well as sending Batman in new directions. For a a creative team to show growth in a character that’s over 75 years old is impressive.

 

Writer Tom King delivers so many of the best comics of the year, it’s rather embarrassing of how much of what he’s delivered this year that’s so good.

From “The Ballad of Kite Man” to the recent two part story of Batman and Superman dealing with Batman’s engagement, King and the various artists continually entertain and surprise.

Runners Up:

  • COPRA – There’s some arguments to be made that Michel Fiffe‘s indie series about a group of raftag characters should be the top pick, and there was long thought about if it should, it’s that good. Out of all of the series I read this year, this is one that delivered with every single issue. This is a comic that shows that superheroes aren’t the domain of just two companies anymore, especially due to how many issues have been released. I said this exact same thing in 2015 an 2016 and it applies here.
  • Mister Miracle – Tom King again delivers with Mitch Gerads on art. I can’t tell you exactly that’s going on but holy shit is the confusion good.
  • Super Sons – Fun is the name of the game with this series that teams up Superboy and Robin and each issue is just entertaining and puts a smile on my face.
  • Tomboy – This series published by Action Lab: Danger Zone and by M. Goodwin is a comic that’s not on enough people’s radar and wrapped up in 2017. A mix of manga, Japanese horror, western vigilante stories, it’s a strange, creepy, haunting series featuring a teenage girl out for revenge against the people who killed her friend.

 

Best Non-Super Hero Comic – Motor Girl

I’ve dreaded reading the final issue of this series which feels like it was cut off WAY too quickly. Terry Moore, as usual, delivers a story full of characters that are larger than life and is full of heart.

The story is about a Veteran with PTSD who watches over a junk yard, her imaginary gorilla friend, aliens, and a mysterious group. It’s crazy, fun, and I found myself choking up so many times reading the series.

It took me forever to read the final issue because I didn’t want it to end. We got two volumes and for that I’m thankful.

Runners Ups:

  • Centipede – Who’d think a comic based on a video game would be so good? Basically, it’s a “last man on Earth” type story and just nails the concept of the video game but also games us an “Omega Man” type spin on it all.
  • The Flintstones – Written by Mark Russell this series is some of the smartest and subtle political and social commentary in any writing going on today. The comic covered everything from religion to consumerism to the 2017 election. And like his writing in Prez no one is safe, the right and the left are equal fodder. Entertaining, smart, and elevating the classic characters to a whole new level. It wrapped up in 2017 and looks like Russell might already have the best of 2018 with another cartoon, Snagglepuss.
  • Mech Cadet Yu – Greg Pak‘s Pacific Rim with kids is amazing. Takeshi Miyazawa‘s art is always beautiful, the story is fun, full of action, and there’s depth there that few comics have.
  • The Wendy Project – Depressing yet so good. A new spin on the Peter Pan story. It’s Wendy dealing with the death of her little brother and it’ll leave you pondering what’s real and what’s not.

 

Best Limited Series or One Shot – Batman/Elmer Fudd Special

DC did some impressive mash-ups this year mixing their classic superheroes and Looney Tunes characters.

The strangest and best of the DC Comics/Looney Tunes begins with a Will Eisner-esque title page, and writer Tom King, artist Lee Weeks, and colorist Lovern Kindzierski unveil a world more akin to the actually good comics by Frank Miller and not anything on a Saturday Morning cartoon. Batman/Elmer Fudd is a noir tale starring human versions of Looney Tunes and a billionaire who dresses up like a bat.

Again, Tom King magic.

More please!

Runners Up:

  • 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank – The often delayed series wrapped up in 2017 and delivered a final issue that was utterly fantastic. I expected more debate as to what it all meant but the ability to interpret it as you want makes it all the more charming.
  • Barrier – Two humans are kidnapped by aliens. One speaks English, the other Spanish. This digital series is all about their attempt to communicate as they try to escape. For readers who may only speak one of the two languages, it’s an amazing series.
  • Spencer & Locke – What is Calvin and Hobbes were detectives in Sin City? A twisted take on classic characters I loved the first volume and can’t wait for the next. A detective gritty noir tale that has fun with your childhood characters.
  • Heathen – Lesbian vikings kicking ass. The series was an unexpected one for me but the story is fantastic with its focus on love with a style that screams metal.

 

Best Graphic Novel/Trade Paperback – Bolivar

Sybil knows that there is something off about her next-door neighbor, but she can’t seem to get anyone to believe her. Everyone is so busy going about their days in the busy streets of New York City that they don’t notice Bolivar. They don’t notice his odd height, his tiny arms, or his long tail. No one but Sybil sees that Bolivar is a dinosaur!

I won’t shut up about this graphic novel which is hands down the best art of anything released this year and a story that’s beyond adorable, cute, and entertaining.

This is an instant classic that absolutely is a must have. Sean Rubin nailed it and then some.

Runners Up:

  • A Small Revolution – A country gripped in the middle of a revolution seen through the eyes of a small child. I dare you to read this and not choke up at the end.
  • Hostage – In the middle of the night in 1997, Doctors Without Borders administrator Christophe André was kidnapped by armed men and taken away to an unknown destination in the Caucasus region. For three months, André was kept handcuffed in solitary confinement, with little to survive on and almost no contact with the outside world.Artist and writer Guy Delisle recounts André’s experience in Hostage the new graphic novel from Drawn & Quarterly that’s one of the most fascinating graphic novels I’ve read this year.
  • Roughneck – Jeff Lemire writes and provides art in this new graphic novel which defies expectations and presents a story about family and an abusive past. The story isn’t flashy, it’s about family drama and an individual’s choice as to how they deal with what’s in front of them.At its heart, Roughneck is a story about abuse, and by setting it in Canada, Lemire layers the story on top of the history of abuse faced by people of the First Nations in Canada. Lemire tackled the topic twice this year and cemented himself as one of the best writers currently in comics.

 

Best Genre of the Year – Indie Comics/Small Publishers

Is it a “genre”? We can argue about that, but lets face it, 2017 was a year we saw major creators continue to shrug off the big two, instead launching creator-owned series at other publishers, digitally, or through Kickstarter. We saw more comics, in more varieties, on more subjects and more ways to consume them, than any time before. It really wasn’t the year of the Big Two, this was a year that we as consumers could continue to find something that would fit our varied tastes.

With more channels for distribution and more ways to produce comics, we’re in a golden age where the old ways of publishing no longer hold back the creativity that abounds.

I named Indie Comics “it” in 2013, 2014, and 2015, 2016, and nothing changed in 2017. There’s a massive opening for someone to step in and be a mainstream breakout, maybe 2018 will be the year we see it.

 

Best Surprise of the Year – DC Comics

DC_Logo_RGB_0318162016 was a year that had everyone shaking their head when they heard DC was shaking things up again and “rebooting.” Except, their reboot was anything but.

2017 showed the publisher could maintain the quality as well as blend the old with the new not just in their ongoing line but also with event comics like Dark Nights: Metal and Doomsday Clock. Hope, grimm, gritty, the publisher was able to pull it all off and more.

 

The company continued to expand upon its digital first program, and has continued to look towards expanding its market with its DC Super Hero Girls line.

They also did this as their movie output was mixed and television output strong. Now to get everything to line-up and the DC brand as a whole could be unstoppable.

Finally, the company finally did the right thing firing an employee with history of abuse after serious public pressure. It took a long time, but in some ways it feels like a new era for the publisher (who is still bruised a bit from the situation).

The dots are all there, now we’ll see if the company has the vision to connect them all in 2018 and beyond.

 

Biggest Disappointment of the Year – Kickstarter

KickstarterLast year’s disappointment continued to be so, as projects were delayed, vapor ware, or not as advertised. Also add in issues on the creator end of folks pledging high amounts and then disputing the charges, at times getting the goods. Add in the platform’s unwillingness to step in to deal with either situation and you get a tech company showing off it’s greed. What was once the toast of the town has shown its cracks which will only get worse.

The crowdfunding platform became a way for creators to raise funds for projects, only to get picked up by publishers, at times delaying projects and leaving bad tastes in the mouths of fans. If all creators were held to the standards of some of the best users of the system, there’d be no issue, but over 90% of the projects I’ve pledged to have been delayed or non-existent only creating angry backers and fans.

We’ve loosened are unwillingness to promote projects but we still feel responsibility for the delays and utter lies.

Kickstarter continues to be tone-deaf, and it’s only a matter of time before someone stands up and challenges the platform with a system that’s fair to creators, and protects those who pledge.

Oh how the mighty continue to fall.

 

Publisher of the Year – …..

This one I’ve thought about the most out of all of the categories on the list. Again I keep going back and forth between all of the publishers trying to figure out who stands out. For each strength one brings to the table, they also have major weaknesses. Whether it’s a focus on a genre, pigeonholing themselves with adults, failure in digital, a mix of quality of comics, none of them are good everywhere. But, the comic industry has really grown in 2017 with no one breaking out as THE publisher to rival the big two. Partially that’s because so many have stood out with some of what they’ve done, but none have stood out for their whole.

Out of all of that, where’s the standout above everyone else? They’re all good in their own ways, but each have some flaws, with some of those flaws being pretty big. After a lot of deliberation, I couldn’t decide on one, so I chose none.

Each publisher is close to going huge, it’s just taking someone to connect those dots. Or maybe no one will, and it’ll be up to the individual creators to fill up the gap.

So, we’ll be doing something different…. rewarding Gold, Silver, and Bronze ratings. There’s a lot of publishers not on here and it’s not a slam, it’s just I don’t have a hole lot to say about them.

Gold

DC Comics came really close to being named for this. They’ve done some amazing stuff in the year with Rebirth being a smash hit. There’s still something slightly off, but out of every publisher, they continue to be the most improved and stable.

Valiant has one of the best comic lines on the market and there isn’t one series that isn’t a good read. They’ve also mixed things up with superhero genres and have done interesting digital releases and are making moves for live action. Still, the publisher doesn’t have anything beyond superhero and there’s some diversity issues when it comes to writers. It’s quality comics but it’d be nice to see some POC and women tackling some of these characters. One thing to work on for 2018.

Lion Forge Comics‘ Catalyst Prime line has been a pleasant surprise in 2017 and while most of the comics are good there’s few that are amazing for me. Still, out of all of the publishers, this one is backing up it’s words with action, something to be applauded. Beyond Catalyst Prime there’s some fantastic series that aren’t given enough of a spotlight or credit.

First Second – A graphic novel publisher that has something for kids to adults and everyone in between. Tons of different topics, styles, and length, this is the best graphic novel publisher out there with a well rounded line.

Silver

Image has become of the home of amazing indie comics by big name creators, but they generally lack a kids line that gets the next generation of readers and the sales just aren’t their in floppies. There’s also some real stinkers in their releases plus massive gaps and delays that really hurt momentum. The publisher also had issues with some releases and their response (Divided State of Hysteria being an example) attempting to claim “diverse with inclusive” but also “edgy” at the same time. It was a clunker of a reaction.

BOOM! Studios has had a great mix of comics, but they’re missing that ongoing series that goes on for 30 to 50 issues. But, out of every publisher, this one has really embraced the concept of a diverse line and creators and is the publisher everyone else goes to try and steal talent.

AfterShock  has had amazing releases but is just missing a big hit. They should have a bigger market than they do and it’s a headscratcher as to why more hasn’t caught on.

Dark Horse is just a consistently good comic publisher with lots of quality but again nothing that’s a massive hit. Hellboy continues to be one of the best comic universes out there and Black Hammer is amazing but neither are burning up the charts.

Bronze

Action Lab has had entertaining releases but feels like it’s missing a massive hit and has had issues distinguishing between it’s all-ages and adult line.

IDW Publishing has had a weird year with an over reliance on comics from Hasbro and no real breakouts. They’ve stumbled too with their handling of some talent and have gone all in with their Black Crown line that feels like it’s Vertigo-redux when the comic industry has moved on from that.

Participation Prize

Of the big two Marvel has stumbled… a lot and continues to stumble. Entire articles can be written in that department, but the company is not the juggernaut its been in quite some time and I correctly predicted some big shake-ups in 2017. But, what’s it say about the rest of the industry that no one has really stood up to challenge them?

Black Mask Studios, I know everyone shits on Marvel, but to me, Black Mask is the biggest disappointment when it comes to a publisher. Comes that are delayed for crazy amounts of time, books that are hyped and wind up being better concepts than execution, the publisher feels like there’s little to no discipline and unreliable. This is how you take quality and flush it down the toilet. For a publisher that said it was going to disrupt comics, it has wound up being the worst of Image, the quality without the consistency.

 

 

The Best Comics of 2017 – Pharaoh Miles’s List

2017 was one of those years where for most of us in America, it feels like we are living in a really screwed up version of DMZ. As the virtues of Marcus Welby, MD and Hawkeye from MASH, no longer seems too idealistic for us mere mortals but more a goal, because at the end of the day, most of us hope we are on the side of the angels. The only reprieve most people had was entertainment, and I am going to recap some items that should have been on everyone’s “ must get to” list for 2018 categorized into : comic books, books, documentaries, all which are comics related,( I will leave the movies and tv shows to compatriots on the site, as there are too many that I watch to recap, LOL, but please do watch Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, though it lasted only 2 seasons, both were thoroughly and weird and brilliant) some of these things most fans know about but others may have flew under the radar, and I am pretty sure I have left off a few items, but please charge it to my head and not my heart, either way, please read and make your own list!

COMICS

Mister Miracle: a hero from the bygone era of the New Gods, Tom King and Mitch Gerads has elevated this mostly unknown hero into the same conversation of all-time greats at DC.

My Favorite Thing is Monsters: This particular book form Fantagraphics, is a game changer, part memoir, part biography of a time, part murder mystery and a love letter to monster movies. Emil Ferris proves that she is one to watch, the sequel coming in 2018 is one to watch.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Hack has made this book with too few issues a must read when it does hit your pullbox.  The last issue got into the Witch War arc, something I feel the new tv show at Netflix will probably tap into.

Love and Rockets: the Hernandez Brothers are always in top form with this book, their run has proven them to be masters everything sequential art.

The Best We Could Do : Thi Bui tells her heartbreaking story of her family and their trek to America as well as her trials and tribulations of own motherhood.

California Dreamin’: Penelope Bagieu is one my favorite cartoonist right about now, and her story of Mama Cass of the Mamas and the Papas fame, doesn’t disappoint, entailing every detail of her journey, one that is sure to entertain.

4 Kids Walk Into A Bank: what sounds like a tagline more than compelling hard boiled book about a bank robbery, is probably what Mathew Rosenberg and Tyler Bass, what shooting for and this exactly what they have accomplished and more.

Pashmina: Nidhi Chanani tells a harrowing story of secrets surrounding love and loss affecting mothers and daughters and a magical item which transports them.

Is This Guy For Real: Box Brown, an established cartoonist, has a special way to make his sequential art in tune with emotion, and he does it so well with his subject, Andy Kaufman. I suggest people read this book and then go watch the excellent and eccentric documentary, Jim and Andy, on Netflix. (this is being released in 2018 with review copies out in 2017 – ed)

Punisher Platoon: with the popularity of the Punisher tv show on Netflix, it would look like be great timing for this book, but this book far exceeds the TV show in multitudes, as we get a peak into this Frank Castle who commanded a platoon in Vietnam, an exciting book that is part spy thriller and part character exploration.

Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands: Tony Isabella and Clayton Henry, has made this hero contemporary, and his villain as well as relevant issues like Black Lives Matter, up to date as well, which is something the TV show premiering on 1/16, probably will be handling.

Black: Kwanza Osajyefo and Tim Smith III has written a story which raises questions  about medical eugenics and racial genocide , a book which is very much on time.

Black Panther and The Crew: In one of the best books to come from the House of Ideas, this book brought new light to a cast of characters, that was at once dated, but became instantly pertinent, with its storyline of government payoffs, gerrymandering and policing, too bad they cancelled it.

In Shards Volume 1: a book which proves that indie comics is where the real talent lies, as every creator at this burgeoning comics house is on their way to prove that they will be the ones to watch in 2018.

Sons of Fate: Revolution: Jean=Paul Deshong masterfully ends his epic tale set in Japan in this supersized finale which will break the hearts of most readers but will more than satisfy every reader, one to check out if you are fan of great stories especially ones involving Samurai, Ronin and some ninjas.

Kindred: John Jennings and Damian Duffy adapt one of the masters (Octavia Butler) of science  fiction’s greatest works, and gives the world an equally engrossing work, which visualizes what most thought could not be virtually conscribed and does what good adaptations do, makes the reader want to read to the source material.

Imagine Only Wanting This:  A beautiful book about heartbreak and one’s own mortality told through relationships and modern ruins, both allegorical and true to life.

 

BOOKS

Neverwhere: This re-release of Neil Gaiman’s book, is illustrated by Chris Eidell, and is must for any fan of this Twilight Zone-ish book from the contemporary master of prose.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: The Classic Illustrated Storybook: An interesting retelling of Steven Speilberg’s  classic film.

The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia: In an thorough book, that is no mere rehash, Steven Jay Rubin, delves deep into every episode, giving fans and novices alike, mostly unknown facts about the show.

Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View: Thirty different tales of some known and unknown characters and events within the Star Wars Universe, which will intrigue every Stars Wars fan, absolutely my favorite book about Star Wars in a while.

Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B-Movie Actor: As a fan of  Bruce Campbell, who has watched every thing he has been in, including Burn Notice, it is always nice to read his entertaining thoughts on everything, and this book more than entertains.

A Die Hard Christmas: The Illustrated Holiday Classic: As this is still is the holiday season, as of me writing this,  I wanted to give a nod one of my favorite Christmas movies, Die-Hard, which is adorably told by Doogie Horner.

The Refrigerator Monologues: An interesting “point of view” book which gives the reader the view of “usual bystander” or damsel in distress”, as the genesis of Gail Simone’s coinage of the term” refrigerated” as the mere advancing of a storyline by the befalling of tragedy on the leading female character, as in this brilliantly written book, they get their just due.

The Encyclopedia of Black Comics: I incidentally found this book at the 2017 BookCon In New York, and felt instantly as if I found a secret treasure, as this book, though small in size, is quite comprehensive, and should be on every comic reader’s list.

 

DOCUMENTARIES/DOCU-SERIES

Batman and Bill: A documentary that follows Marc Tyler Nobleman, author of Batman & Bill, as we follow his crusade to restore the name of Bill Finger, co-creator of Batman, and after watching this documentary, you will be giving side-eye to Bob Kane, as we get to find out how everything transpired and what a tragedy Finger’s life ended.

Superheroes Decoded: A different look at comics, as they definitively categorize heroes into two categories, “Legends” and Rebels” and how they relate to the American zeitgeist.

Floyd Norman: Animated Life:  although it was released in 2016, many viewers did not get to see these movies until 2017, and what an interesting life, Mr .Norman has lived, being one of the first black cartoonists at Disney, blazing a trail, that has opened doors for countless others.

Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics: Definitely one of the most absorbing series about some of the world’s best-known superheroes and the creators behind them, I certainly knew all of these stories beforehand, but still is pretty cool to see it dramatized.

Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously: Another documentary which came out  in 2016, but really became required viewing, once the world got see the Starz adaptation of American Gods and wanted to understand the mind of one of the world’s greatest story weavers.

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