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Biff Bam Pop’s Holiday Gift Guide 2013 – Dark Horse Comics’ Mind MGMT and The Black Beetle

The 2013 edition of Biff Bam Pop’s Holiday Gift Guide kicks off today! Over the course of the next 24 days, we’ll be sharing with you all sorts of excellent gift selections for the pop culture afficionado in your life. Some will be a bit obvious, some will be unique and a little expensive. Music, movies, comic books and more – it’s all going to be covered. So get excited and get into the first instalment, courtesy of our pals over at Dark Horse Comics.
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A Longer Time Ago Is Now With The Star Wars #1 On The Wednesday Run–September 4, 2013

“A longer time ago, in a galaxy even further away…”

That’s the tag line for the most recent Star Wars inspired mini-series From Dark Horse Comics, the publisher who’s been releasing Star Wars inspired comic books for…well, for a long time. Now that Disney has swallowed Lucasfilm, it’ll be interesting to see what happens with this hot property and who ends up publishing it in this form. Marvel Comics, another Disney entity, is a good bet.

But that’s the future. We’re talking about a story that was “a longer time ago”.

How long ago, you ask? Follow me after the jump and I’ll tell you, padawan learner.

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Gilbert Previews Sleepy Hollow and Dracula


I must have died and gone to heaven! The networks, this fall, are returning with some old and trusted favorites along with some new and exciting horror shows. Our illustrious leader, Andy Burns (knowing that I’m coo-coo for everything scary) asked me to review two new shows; “Sleepy Hollow” on Fox and “Dracula” on NBC, along with my weekly review of “The Walking Dead.” What was my reply, you might ask, my little zombie snacks? Find out after the jump.

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Get Caught Red Handed On The Wednesday Run–May 8, 2013

A sly, feline hand slips into the back pocket of an unsuspecting businessman, gently pulling, in an unnoticeable fashion, at a black leather wallet.

A small pill made of unknown chemical substances is quickly and reprehensibly dropped into the hot cup of coffee of an oblivious newspaper reader.

A fry cook and a waitress antagonistically raise spatula and bagel knife against one another, the comedic scene betrayed by tempers raised amid overcooked hash.

These are the crimes, or perceived crimes, that exist on the front cover of Red Handed: The Fine Art of Strange Crimes, a promise to the even stranger wrongdoings found within the inside pages, not to mention the back cover. Strange crimes, indeed.

Got your attention? Good. With crime, not all is as it seems.

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You Won’t Throwback The Black Beetle #0 On The Wednesday Run – December 19, 2012

There are lots of new comic books out on the store shelves today. Lots.

All of the publishing companies, big and small, are pushing books out on the last before-the-holidays Wednesday even though there’s still one more Wednesday Run to go before the end of the year. That means that there are a lot of great comics to read while sitting by the fire and watching (hopefully) a little snow fall and whiten the ground, a cup of hot, chocolaty cocoa nearby.

That’s how I’m hoping to be spending some of my December days. It sounds like a bit of a nostalgic throwback to a bygone era, doesn’t it? A time when newspapers were sold at kiosks on street corners and movie theatres showed adventure films in weekly instalments! Well, that’s exactly what The Black Beetle: Night Shift #0 is. A throwback. And you should be picking it up today!

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It’s A Hell Of A Holiday Season With To Hell You Ride #1 On The Wednesday Run – December 12, 2012

Ah, December. The season of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa; gift giving, love, family and friendship. How nice would it be to curl up beside the fire on a cold December evening with a hot cup of cocoa in one hand and a comic book whose theme matches the good-will of all mankind in the other? Sounds absolutely lovely, doesn’t it?

So, in the spirit of the season, of peace and pristine, white, softly falling snow, ladies and gentlemen, pop culture and comic book aficionados, I offer you…hell.


Well, to be more precise, I offer you the first issue of the new mini-series, To Hell You Ride, published to (probably not) tie in with the holiday season! It’s an enticing proposition, a horror comic written and illustrated by names you’re sure to recognize, some heavy-hitters in the pop-culture world, indeed!

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Oh Hell Yeah! Hellboy In Hell #1 And A Hell Of A Hellboy Megabundle On The Wednesday Run – December 5, 2012

If you’re a fan of the gothic horror, pulp adventure and/or fantasy genres in comic books, then the holiday season has come early for you. Yes! Happy Christmas. Happy Hanukkah. Happy Kwanzaa. Oh! Happy Day, indeed!

Hellboy is back! And fan-favourite writer, artist and creator of that character, Mike Mignola, is back at the helm, driving the big red lug…well, straight to hell, actually. Hey, it’s a destination that Hellboy was always heading.

In addition to the highly anticipated new series, there’s some (a-hem!) hellishly great savings in the Hellboy back catalogue going on right now too – savings you just can’t pass up!

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Say “No” To Seppuku. Say “Yes” To Bushido And 47 Ronin #1 On The Wednesday Run – November 7, 2012

Many people are familiar with the historical “Forty-seven Ronin” story. It’s legendary in Japanese culture – but make no mistake to think it mythical. No, the revenge of the “Forty-seven Ronin” is a true story from 18th century Japan and the most famous account of the samurai code of honour called “bushido”.

Plays, novels, movies and even operas have been made of the famous tale.

And now you can experience it in the form of sequential art, in a five issue mini series published by Dark Horse Comics. And, in keeping with the theme, the creators behind the monthly series are also something of legend.

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Tales From The Long Box – The Thing From Another World #1 (1991)

Every other week, Jason Shayer will highlight an issue or a run of issues pulled from the horde of comic book long boxes that occupy more room in his house than his wife can tolerate. Each of these reviews will delve into what made that issue or run significant as well as discuss the creative personalities behind the work. “Long Box” refers to the lengthy, white cardboard boxes most comics find themselves stored within – bagged, alphabetized and numerically ordered.

Today’s special guest Tales From The Long Box columnist is JP Fallavollita.


The Thing From Another World #1
December 1991
Writer: Chuck Pfarrer
Illustrator: John Higgins
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

It’s summer in the early 1980’s and I’m standing alongside a couple of buddies in the sequestered “Horror Movies” room of our local Jumbo Video. For the last few weeks, we’d been renting the types of VHS films our parents would never rent for us. But this was summer holidays. And our parents were at work. And we were mobile on our banana-seat bicycles, with a penchant for trouble and an idle time thirst for some scary stuff.

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Comic-Con 2012 Exclusive: ComiXology And All Things Digital

This year, digital is making waves in the comics scene. So it was great to hear it from the horse’s mouth at Comic-Con 2012: David Steinberger, CEO of ComiXology and John D Roberts, co-founder, were on hand to tell us all about what’s next for digital comics.

Read about the future of comic books after the jump!

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