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The GAR! Podcast: Camden Comic Con 2015, part 3

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Biff Bam Pop! presents The GAR! Podcast, the Glenn Walker and Ray Cornwall weekly podcast where they talk unrehearsed about whatever happens to come to mind. It’s an audio-zine for your mind, a nerd exploration of a nerd world. Earlier this month Sarah Hawkins-Miduski of Biff Bam Pop! told you about the Camden Comic Con, now here’s your chance to hear it for yourself. This week’s episode, recorded live at the Con, can be found right here, features discussion of Secret Wars old and new, old school videogames, and an interview with Justin Piatt of Unlikely Heroes Studios, more details after the jump.

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Your Present Is Past Aways #1 On The Wednesday Run

Past Aways 1Science fiction! What a renaissance it’s enjoying!

Yes, it’s Wednesday – and that means a new sci-fi comic book available at your local comic book shop. Not that anyone’s complaining, mind you. Not when the “sci-fi” in question is based in present day times and it’s from the fertile mind of writer Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT), a favourite of ours on this very site.

So, what happens when you’re trapped in the early twenty-first century – prehistory – and you’ve discovered that the time stream is an absolute mess?

You’ve got to fix the problem. And that’s what the fascinating Past Aways, a brand new monthly series, is all about.

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A Sci-Fi Double With The Ocean/Orbiter Deluxe Edition On The Wednesday Run

Ocean:Orbiter Deluxe Edition coverIf there’s one quote from science fiction that has haunted me since the day that I first encountered it, that quote must be: “All these worlds are yours, except Europa. Attempt no landing there.”

Of course, we all know it to be from Arthur C. Clark’s widely renown novel, 2010: Odyssey Two.

Still, with scientists stating that the Jupiter moon of Europa surely carries a sea of water under its surface of ice, and, curiosity being a main trait of humankind, warnings aside, who wouldn’t want to land on Europa?

With the just released Ocean/Orbiter Deluxe Edition hardcover, readers get that particular story (Ocean) as well as another science fiction tale involving missing space shuttles and deep space mysteries (Orbiter).

Follow me after the jump for the run-down!

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The GAR! Podcast: Camden Comic Con 2015, part 1

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Biff Bam Pop! presents The GAR! Podcast, the Glenn Walker and Ray Cornwall weekly podcast where they talk unrehearsed about whatever happens to come to mind. It’s an audio-zine for your mind, a nerd exploration of a nerd world. Earlier this week Biff you about the Camden Comic Con, now here’s your chance to hear it for yourself. This week’s episode, recorded live at the Con, can be found right here, featuring a spotlight interview with Biff Bam Pop’s own Marie Gilbert, more details after the jump.

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RIP Irwin Hasen

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We have lost another legend of the Golden Age of Comics today. Comic book and comic book artist Irwin Hasen, co-creator of Dondi and Wildcat (the latter recently appearing in “Arrow“), passed away yesterday. The Eisner Award winning artist was 96. More after the jump.

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JP Fallavollita On…The Question

Each week, one of Biff Bam Pop’s illustrious writers will delve into one of their favourite things. Perhaps it’s a movie or album they’ve carried with them for years. Maybe it’s something new that moved them and they think might move you too. Each week, a new subject, a new voice writing on…something they love.

An answer.

That’s all that anyone ever wants. Regardless of age, ethnicity, religious or political persuasions, all that’s ever wanted by anyone, at some point in their lives, is a definitive answer.

The Question adIn 1987, I was in high school, reading comic books alongside many of my friends. I wasn’t aware of the origins of the character called The Question, nor his storied publication history. At my local comic book shop, I’d regularly pick up a monthly newsletter that DC Comics produced and distributed to retailers. It showcased the various books they were publishing that month with story abstracts for each particular issue along with feature articles for new, important releases, or interviews with writers, artists and editors. I’d use that newsletter as a reminder and checklist for the comics I wanted to read, a sort of expanded precursor to The Wednesday Run column I write for BiffBamPop! every week.

In early 1987, there was a feature advertisement on a new monthly series called The Question. In front of a nighttime cityscape, it featured a man dressed in a trench coat, wearing gloves and a fedora, enveloped by mysterious smoke and having no face. No face!

Who was this man?

In 1987, I bought the first issue of The Question – and started to get my answer.

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Howard The Duck #1 Will Quack You Up On The Wednesday Run

Howard the Duck 1 coverYou know what they say.

If it walks like a duck…and, uh, has an acerbic wit, solves weird cases as the Marvel Universe’s only white-feathered Private Eye, and has the unenviable reputation of starring in one of the worst films in cinematic history…it’s got to be Howard the Duck.

Yeah, you probably better know him as the snappy, martini-sipping, duck-billed alien during the end credit scene of last year’s blockbuster film, Guardians of the Galaxy.

Well, after a long spell away, Howard’s finally back in the pages of his own monthly comic book, appropriately titled, Howard the Duck #1.

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The Camden Comic Con 2015

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Despite winter storm Thor pelting Southern New Jersey with icy snowy wrath just two day before, comic book fans, including several writers from Biff Bam Pop!, braved the cold and globs of slowly melting slush on March 7th to attend the 2nd annual Camden Comic Con at Rutgers University in Camden New Jersey.  Meet me after the jump for more!

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The GAR! Podcast: Thanos, Freemium, and Bacon in Bed

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Biff Bam Pop! presents The GAR! Podcast, the Glenn Walker and Ray Cornwall weekly podcast where they talk unrehearsed about whatever happens to come to mind. It’s an audio-zine for your mind, a nerd exploration of a nerd world. This week, we’re talking about Thanos and the Avengers, freemium games, Jon Stewart on Raw, and the Camden Comic Con, along with all the usual stuff. See and hear more after the jump.

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Descender#1 Rises To The Top On The Wednesday Run

Descender1 coverI’ve gone on quite a bit about the resurgence of science fiction comics over the last half-decade on this very column. I’ve also spoken about Image Comics and their continual support for creator-owned projects that push the barriers of what comics can be.

Let me, then, speak briefly about Jeff Lemire comic books.

No matter the genre, Lemire’s stories are always about damaged, but real people and their ability to captivate an audience and warm the heart. Whether it’s a pastoral community in which a young boy discovers adult secrets (Essex County Trilogy), a post-apocalyptic future of animal-human hybrids (Sweet Tooth), a secretive stranger in a small town (The Nobody), a blue-collar worker encountering the fantastic (The Underwater Welder), or the last love story ever told (Trillium), each Lemire story stands on its own, while simultaneously painting a beautiful oeuvre of the writer’s/artist’s inner mind.

Today, that canvas is interstellar in scope as Lemire, along with acclaimed artist Dustin Nguyen, head to outer space for Descender #1.

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