Under the pen of award-winning author, Neil Gaiman, you know that those seemingly disparate elements will make for a compelling story.
Heck, if you’ve read any of his comic book stories, let along his novels, it sounds a lot like the stuff you probably have in your long box collection: The Sandman, Stardust, Miracleman and Death: The High Cost of Living.
But this time, we’re talking about his Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy and Nebula Award-winning novel, American Gods – which, finally, gets adapted into the comic book forum in a new monthly series from Dark Horse Comics.
And the writer and artists behind that adaptation are as star-powered as the author who penned the original prose.
Today sees the release of American Gods: Shadows #1!
A hero comes to a King.
A monster needs to be slain.
And so begins the old English epic of Beowulf, a poem that has inspired so many writers and artists in so many different genres: from painting to film to television to fiction to music to even video and board games. Beowulf has touched all aspects of human creativity.
Today, the translation of that ages-old story gets the graphic novel treatment with the beautiful hardcover of Beowulf, published by Image Comics.
You may not know much about the writer, or the artist, or their oeuvre of work, but the write up for the release ticks off all of the boxes that make you itch.
Ah! Comic books! Is there nothing you can’t do?
Today sees the release of not just any comic book – but the original graphic novel called One Week In The Library!
(More in-depth information can be found after the jump!)
When temperatures drop and there’s a nip in the air, there’s nothing better than curling up under a cozy blanket with a nice cup of tea. This year, instead of giving friends and family just any old tea, give them a tea inspired by their favorite fandom from Adagio Teas. They have tea blends for almost every fandom.
Since winter has actually come, sip on a variety of Game of Thrones blends.
For the rebel, you can get the entire Suicide Squad.
You can boil up an array of Wizarding World potions,
And what could be better than settling down to watch The Doctor’s Christmas Day Special with a mug of Whovian Feels.
A sample tin, with fun fandom artwork, costs $5.00, or you can purchase an entire collection, like the entire potions collection for $24.00.
If you’re particularly fond of that special geeky guy or gal, you can head to Society 6 where they have numerous mugs to match that perfect fandom tea.
Throw on some jazz, pour a glass of Giggle Water, and curl up with your favorite bowtruckle, we’re talking Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, on this spoiler-free review.
As Biff Bam Pop! continues it’s 2016 edition of 31 Days Of Horror, this week, the Wednesday Run column gives you yet another in-season choice to read.
Imagine then, a small town in rural America, beset by a dreadful history of witchcraft and malevolent magic that is plagued in present day life by an unending series of “Haints” – inhuman creatures, ghosts, goblins and monsters!
Harrow County is an absolutely beautiful monthly horror series from publisher Dark Horse Comics, and one this site has recommended before. If you need to catch up, there have been three volumes collected already, with a fourth on the way, early next year. (Just so you know, Harrow Country is also in development as a television series!)
That said, the scary season is upon us and that means that the comic book to pick up this week is Harrow County #17!
Looking back, it was a year that really started the process of maturity for me, of becoming a fully formed adult, full of passions and proclivities. It was a year of new interests and of solidifying burgeoning talents. It was a year of reading the books and the genres that would influence me in all aspects of my life, forever.
In a previous “On” column, I wrote about author Lloyd Alexander and his book series The Chronicles of Prydain, which I enthusiastically read that very year.
But I also read Susan Cooper’s beloved The Dark Is Rising Sequence in grade five, a series of five books that was shared communally between both me and my friend John, who, luckily, introduced the novels to me.
The titular book, The Dark is Rising, the second book in the series, cemented not only my love for the Cooper novels, but also the bond shared between the best of friends.
In grade five, we had, like many other schools, a monthly book club.
A thin newsletter full of colour pictures of all types of books would arrive on our desks regularly, and the classroom kids would pour through it, pointing items out to each other, talking about what they wanted to read, and circling those books that they wanted their parents to purchase for them.
We’d rush home, present the ordering document to our Moms and Dads and bug them until they saw things our way. They would fill out the contact information and staple a cheque to it and we’d excitedly bring it all back to school, handing in the completed form to our teachers, and then anxiously wait for delivery of our order, weeks later.
At least, that was my experience. That’s how I remember it.
I remember flipping pages of one particular magazine, as a ten-year old boy in the fall of that year, and coming across a book that had a painted cover showcasing an image of a man, running through a wooded glade with a dagger raised protectively by his side. An aggressive black horse reared in front of him. Atop the horse was another man, cloaked in red and wearing with an antler-horned human skull as a face. His mouth was open in what was surely a blood-curdling scream.
And at that very moment, I knew I had to read Lloyd Alexander’s The Book of Three, the first book of his five-volume series, The Chronicles of Prydain.