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The GAR! Podcast: The Kirby Shazam Birthday Episode

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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 are back up to a full-length episode after technical difficulties last week, with a celebration of Jack ‘the King’ Kirby’s birthday, Milo Manara’s Spider-Woman, why Glenn hates Shazam, and Ray’s journey into DC Comics’ New 52 on the agenda. See and hear more after the jump.

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FAN EXPO Canada 2014: An Event Agenda

Fan Expo Canada logoRejoice! FAN EXPO Canada is back, T-Dot (resident and visiting) peeps!

What’s “T-Dot”, you ask? Well, that’s just me shouting out the glorious city of Toronto with my best urban inflection. FAN EXPO Canada, of course, is the third largest pop culture event in North America, a worthy happening for any lover of comic books, sci-fi, horror, anime or gaming.

Now entering its 20th year (you’re all grown up!), and boasting over 1000 exhibitors over 750,000 square feet comprised of both the north and south buildings that make up the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, FAN EXPO Canada expects to host well over 100.000 fans.

If you plan to be one of them over the next four days, follow me after the jump for a highlight list of some exciting events on a schedule brimming full of exciting events!

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Don’t Get Lost Looking For Wayward #1 On The Wednesday Run

It’s another Wednesday and that means another fascinating title released via Image Comics.

I know, I know. This particular column has been dipping into the Image well quite a bit this year – but believe me, all of those titles have been worthy ones to read. And if history is any kind of teacher, then so will that publishing company’s latest offering, the supernatural tale called Wayward.

Follow mw after the jump for the mystical scoop on the new series.

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Multiple Artists, Issues & Earths For The Multiversity #1 On The Wednesday Run

Look, the DC Universe is a complex thing.

Despite the attempts of creative and quite brilliant writers, artists and editors to simplify a readers’ understanding of the various realities, superheroes and super villains that make up the history (and our enjoyment) of the DC Comics company, it’ll just have to remain convoluted. And mysterious. And fun. Blame the Flash of Two Worlds.

Understand: no amount of reboots or re-numberings can change that.

Still, today sees the seemingly incomprehensible DC Multiverse look more beautiful, more organized and more appealing than ever before.

Join me after the jump for Multiversity #1!

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The GAR! Podcast: Robin Williams, Led Zeppelin, and Howard the Duck

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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, it’s all about the sad loss earlier this week of Robin Williams, some music we like and don’t like, and the troubled history of Steve Gerber and Howard the Duck. See and hear more after the jump.

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Medieval And Alien? It’s Dark Ages #1 On The Wednesday Run

Who’s not a fan of the “first issue”?

Once upon a time, not so long ago, first issues were just for “collecting” with people of all shapes and sizes and interests getting caught up in the wave of pretend money making off of new #1’s. That was about the time I quit reading comics for the better part of a decade.

I dare say, these days, a “first issue” gets the blood racing not because of potential monetary gain, but because there are so many new storytelling ideas in so many different genres by so many amazing writers and artists.

Today, the blood is pumping for the release of Dark Ages #1.

Follow me after the jump for the 4-1-1.

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BBP! Celebrates Batman @ 75: The Bat-Signal Shines Forever On

batman imageIf you’ve been a regular visitor to this site over the past two weeks, you know that the Biff Bam Pop! crew of writers has happily been neck-deep in bat-flavoured musings.

If you’re just hearing about all this “bat-stuff” now, here’s the why: Batman turned seventy-five years of age this year, didn’t ‘ya know?

Follow me after the jump for a final word (for now) on one of the world’s greatest pop-culture icons!

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BBP! Celebrates Batman At 75: The Noir Knight

Batman the Animated Series, or, the darkest cartoon ever made

Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992) were wildly successful, making over $400 million in domestic box office between them. That was more than enough to get the DC brain trust thinking this Batman thing might have legs, or wings, or well, I’m sure they said something like that. They took a chance on first-time producers Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski and the just-launched Fox network, and kicked off the new DC Animated Universe with the gloriously dark Batman: The Animated Series (1992). What followed was one of the best animated series of all-time, one that mined the deep seam of film noir to create a look so uniquely distinctive, the creators dubbed it “dark deco”.

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