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Secret Voice

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

CBLDF – Transgender Children’s Books Under Attack in Wichita – Grrrrr.

Ottawa Sun – Holy handcuffs! Arrest made in theft of $1.4 million comic book collection – Good.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: The Ongoing Adventures of Dr. Galapagos in Zack Soto’s Secret Voice – Free comics folks!


Newsarama – Guardians of the Galaxy #1

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Black Widow #1

It’s a new week and we’ve got a long weekend here at GP HQ. We’re spending it getting ready for the week but expect the usual reporting for the day. No slowing down here!

Atlanta Journal Constitution – Batman comic book collection worth $1.4M stolen from Florida storage unit – If anyone has any information, please contact the police.

ABC15 Arizona – PD: Man tries to sell stolen comic books worth nearly $100K – Busted.

i24News – Graphic novel draws lessons from anti-Semitic 1933 riot in Canada – This sounds really interesting.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: A Haunted House with a Twist in Adam Szym’s Barge – Free comics!!!

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Carta Monir’s Poignant RIPMOM – And more free comics!!!

The Comichron – December 2018 sales slightly off on smallest new comics slate in years; DC’s 52 new comics its fewest since 1991 – For those that enjoy the horse race.


Talking Comics – Black Widow #1
Comics Bulletin –
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1
Talking Comics –
Deadly Class #36
The Outhousers –
Talking Comics –
Middlewest #3
The Beat –
Neon Future #1
The Beat –
Seven Places Without You
Herts Advertiser –
Thor: God of Thunder Reborn

Ontario California Police Release a Statement on Anime LA Arson Arrest and Suspect Matthew Toyotome

Arson suspect Matthew Toyotome

Early today we brought you the news about the arson that occurred in a parking lot at a hotel being used by Anime LA attendees. We then updated it with the news that the suspected arsonist was an attendee who was stalking another cosplayer.

The Ontario California Police have released a statement and photo of the suspect, Matthew Toyotome, who has been arrested.

The police are still looking for more information and witnesses. If you have any, the contact information is below in their statement.

The release is below:

Ontario Police arrested a man suspected of setting fire to seven vehicles at the Folk Inn, located at 204 N. Vineyard Avenue.

This incident took place on Saturday, January 13, 2019 at 1:50 AM when a suspect poured gasoline onto a vehicle in the parking lot and then lit it on fire. The gasoline spread to six other vehicles, engulfing them in flames before the Ontario Fire Department was able to extinguish the fire. The fire caused the evacuation of several hotel guests at both the Folk Inn and the neighboring hotel, the Azure Hotel. Neither building nor any people were harmed in the blaze. The incident was captured by hotel video surveillance.

Responding officers determined the fire was intended for a female acquaintance of the suspect. Investigators identified Matthew Toyotome, a 27-year-old male from Riverside as the suspect seen in the video. Toyotome is associated with a cosplay group that was attending the anime convention over the weekend. He was arrested at his home later that morning without incident. Toyotome has been booked at the West Valley Detention Center on charges of arson and stalking.

This is an on-going investigation and anyone with information is asked to call the Ontario Police Department at 909-986-6711 or Detective Brian Darwin at 909-408-1767.

Information can also be reported anonymously by calling WE-TIP at (800) 78-CRIME or online at www.wetip.com.

Anime LA Arson Started by Stalker of a Cosplayer. Suspect Arrested.

We reported earlier about the arson that torched cars parked at a hotel near Anime Los Angeles, a hotel numerous attendees were staying. At the time we couldn’t say whether it was an attendee that set the fire, which was caught on video. But, we can now confirm that the targeted victim was an attendee and suspected arsonist an “obsessive stalker.”

The initial victim and target of the arson was cosplayer Julia Moreno Jenkins whose car was totaled. She has set up a GoFundMe to help replace the car.

The arson was caused by a stalker of Jenkins who has been arrested by Ontario Police. Matt Masumi Toyotome, 27, of Riverside is the suspect and was arrested without incident at his home Sunday. Ontario Police Lt. David McBride said Toyotomoe was “acquainted” with the victim.

In Jenkins’ own words:

While I was attending Anime Los Angeles, my car was targeted and set on fire by an obsessed stalker who specifically set my car on fire. I only had liability insurance, so my insurance will not cover me and I got it for $27,000. It was a really good working 2015 Subaru Outback. I appreciate everyone who has helped be here for me during this ordeal, and thank you all for encouraging me to go through with starting a go fund me. I can’t say thank you enough for the cosplay community being so supportive and helpful to me in just every way. Thank you everyone, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

We hope you’ll be part of the community to help support Julia and contribute to her GoFundMe.

Cars Go Up in Flames in Hotel Next to Anime LA (Updated)

At least seven, some witnesses say eight, cars were damaged from arson in a parking lot of Azure Hotel & Suites in Ontario, California Sunday Morning.

The hotel was hopping due to Anime Los Angeles which took place this weekend at the Ontario Convention Center.

It’s unknown if the arsonist was an attendee of the convention but witnesses say around 2am a blaze was reported and the hotel was evacuated as a precaution.

Surveillance video shows a man walking up to the main vehicle, pour two cans of gasoline on it and flicking a match. The match didn’t star the fire to the individual lit it with a lighter. That fire then spread to other cars.

The convention center where the convention took place is next to the hotel.

Video: mistersmallbutt

Update: A suspect has been identified and arrested.

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Champions #1

It’s a new week! What geeky things did you all do this weekend? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

KFDX – Man sentenced after guilty plea for $100,000 worth of stolen comic books – Enjoy the five years in jail.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics – The Beautiful Art Nouveau-inspired Fantasy of Melissa Pagluica’s Above the Clouds – Free comics.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics – Friendship and Noise Music Drenched in Pink in Katie Hicks’s Noise – More free comics.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics – Comedy and Drama about Anxiety in Vicky Leta’s Generic Lottery – And more free comics.


Comics Bulletin – Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #1
Talking Comics –
Champions #1
Atomic Junk Shop –
Cloud Hotel
Talking Comics –
Conan the Barbarian #1
Atomic Junk Shop –
Eight Million Ways to Die
Newsarama –
Heroes in Crisis #4
The Beat –
Parallel Lives
Atomic Junk Shop –

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Crossroad Blues

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that and wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Women.com – 9 Graphic Novels to Read For Folks That Don’t Like Superheroes – What do you think of these suggestions?

CBS42 – $100k in rare comics stolen from Las Vegas collection – If anyone has any information, please help.

CBR – Spawn Movie Reboot Will Be ‘Dark, Ugly’ Todd McFarlane Assures – Because what you want to describe your movie as is “dark” and “ugly.”

How to Love Comics – How Do I Start Reading Comics? The Simple Guide For Those New To Comics [2019 Edition] – This could be helpful for those getting in to comics this year.


Atomic Junk Shop – Crossroad Blues

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It’s our last Around the Tubes of the year! We’ve got some news a bunch of reviews to tide you over until the ball drops! Thanks for stopping by during this last day of the year and making 2018 an amazing one!

CBR – Billy Tucci Visited By FBI Over Death Threats – And hopefully the individual who made them is caught and prosecuted.


Newsarama – Fantastic Four #5
Livewire #1

Livewire #1

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The weekend is almost here and we can’t wait to use it to catch up on so many things we need to do. While you wait for the work day to end and weekend begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

CBR – Spider-Man PS4 Sold 3.3 Million Units in First 3 Days – That’s a lot of copies.

Kotaku – Spider-Man’s Backpacks Bring The Web-Slinger Down To Earth – Who’s playing?

Newsarama – NIN’s Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross To Score HBO’s Watchmen – And that’s a soundtrack we’ll be buying!

The Beat – Con Wars: Wizard World Sacramento postponed less than three weeks out – That’s not a good sign.

Springfield News-Leader – Man stole housemate’s comic books to buy ‘food, cigarettes and marijuana,’ police say – Hrm…



Comics Bulletin – Dick Tracy: Dead or Alive #1

Comics Bulletin – Koschchei the Deathless

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It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d everyone get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below. While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

The Comichron – Batman #52 leads comic-book reorders, Thanos Legacy tops advance reorders – For those who enjoy the horse race.

CBR – EXCLUSIVE: Fox Has Pulled the Buffy License From Dark Horse – And likely going to BOOM! now.

CBR – Gerard Jones Sentenced to Six Years in Prison – Good.



Comics Bulletin – Black Badge #1

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