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Drop A Pretty Penny For The Very Pretty “Absolute Batman: Year One” On The Wednesday Run

absolute-batman-year-oneIt’s November.

So, if you’re like me, you might be thinking about what to get yourself this coming holiday season. Heck, why not treat yourself to something on the upcoming Black Friday? You’ve been good this year.

Or, maybe, you just don’t need any justification to “look after number one”. Any old day will do.

If that’s the case, “any old day” is today.

And the treat?

The treat is as classic as classic comes in the history of the comic book medium.

The treat today is the classic, the gorgeous, the absolutely necessary in any collection, Absolute Batman: Year One!

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BBP! Fan Expo Canada: Day 4 Guide (Sunday)

Fan Expo CanadaToday is the last day of the 2016 version of Fan Expo Canada. Hopefully your body has held up because there’s still a lot to do today.

With it being a long weekend, many have set aside this day to bring their kids. And of course, the cos-players are still out in full effect at the convention, and those that thought they had enough yesterday are coming back today because they’ve realized that do want that one last thing, after all.

That makes Sunday, the fourth day, a pretty busy day inside the hallways and room of the Metropolitan Convention Centre.

Me? I’ve done my scouting over the last few days. And now I’m looking to hit some of the vintage vendors for some old time comics and graphic novels. Things that tickle my fancy, things to add to my collection.

So, from 10 AM to 5 PM today, here’s what Biff Bam Pop! thinks you should be checking out on Fan Expo Canada Day 4:

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BBP! Fan Expo Canada: Day 3 Guide (Saturday)

Fan Expo CanadaIt’s not a sprint. It’s a marathon.

And today’s marathon lasts from 10 AM to 7 PM and it will have you shoulder to shoulder with thousands – THOUSANDS – of other pop culture participants!

Saturday, Day 3 of Fan Expo Canada, is the busiest of the three days. And although that might mean some longer line-ups, it also means amazing atmosphere. The cos-players are out in full force today, so you’ll be seeing every character from comic book and Star Wars lore to video games, anime and manga. Needless to day, it makes for fantastic visuals!

Best of all, if you’re a shopper, you should start to see the beginnings of discounted items later this afternoon. Regardless, haggle anyway. Believe me, you’ll be successful in bringing a price down!

Besides the shopping and the sightseeing, here’s what Biff Bam Pop! thinks you should be checking out on Fan Expo Canada Day 3:

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BBP! Previews: Fan Expo Canada 2016

Fan Expo CanadaIf you live in and around the Toronto area, or enjoy travelling to the city, there are two certainties that the summer is very nearly over:

The Canadian National Exhibition opens its doors for two weeks and pop culture fans everywhere lose sleep in anticipation for the annual extravaganza that is Fan Expo Canada!

Celebrating its 22nd year, this year’s version of Fan Expo Canada looks to be the biggest and greatest one yet – and that’s truly saying something! Currently the third largest pop culture event in North America, the ever-growing 4-day celebration aims to host over 140,000 convention goers ambling through a sprawling 750,000 square feet of floor space at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, chock full of pop culture exhibitors, symposiums, industry talks, fans and stars!

That’s right.

Comic books. Movies. Television. Sci fi. Horror. Gaming. Anime. Art. Crafts. Costumes. And much, much more. Toronto comes alive with pop culture this coming weekend, and we here at Biff Bam Pop! couldn’t be happier!

Here are a few things we’re looking forward to between Thursday, September 1 and Sunday, September 4. Come on out and join us in pop culture nirvana – it’s just one more sleep away!

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Finally, The Fate of Robin In THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS: THE LAST CRUSADE #1 On The Wednesday Run

TDK Returns The Last Crusade coverWe’ve been waiting a long time for this one. Literally…and somewhat figuratively.

If you’re a regular comic book reader, or a regular visitor to this website, you’ll know that legendary creator, Frank Miller, has returned to the character and series of stories that changed the comic book landscape in the mid 1980s: The Dark Knight Returns.

That series, it turns out, is a trilogy.

After The success of The Dark Knight Returns, which was a standalone tale, Miller returned to the story, continuing the crime-ridding escapades of an aged Batman with The Dark Knight Strikes Again in late 2001. Admittedly, it wasn’t as universally acclaimed as its predecessor. But this year saw the final chapter of a grand tale with The Dark Knight III: The Master Race (otherwise known as DKIII).

But there’s always been one story missing, hinted at in the first issue of The Dark Knight Returns, over thirty years ago.

Today, we finally get it with the one-shot issue: The Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade #1

Follow me after the jump for its significance!

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Biff Bam Pop’s It’s All Connected – Just a Kid from Brooklyn: Captain America, American Memories of World War II, and the MCU, Part II

 

Splash page from The Ultimates #1, 2002. Script by Mark Millar, art by Bryan Hitch.

Splash page from The Ultimates #1, 2002. Script by Mark Millar, art by Bryan Hitch.

In the first part of this essay, I briefly sketched the construction of American memories of World War II that began slightly before the war and continue into the 21st century. In many ways the war has become a defining part of American identity, and the dominant, triumphal memory narrative we have created about it serves to elevate American participation in the war almost to the level of the sacred, and certainly to the realm of the simple black and white, good v. evil duality that is much more comforting than any messy and contradictory reality might be. The character of Steve Rogers/Captain America is one of the more perfect cultural artifacts to illustrate this process of memory construction, and the ways in which counter-memories, which challenge the dominant narrative, inevitably influence the national mythology.

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The GAR! Podcast: The 2016 Camden Comic Con Five Star Spectacular

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The Biff Bam Pop! Podcast Network 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, coming to you from across the vastness of suburban New Jersey via Skype. This week, we’re recorded live at the 2016 Camden Comic Con, with Justin Piatt and Zach Dolan of Unlikely Heroes Studios, Suliman Onque of On-Q Comics, Mark Poulton of A Cat Named Haiku, and Ed Evans of All Things Fun!, along with all the usual stuff. See and hear more after the jump.

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Interview with Daredevil’s Charlie Cox

Our own Andy Burns had the opportunity to sit in on an interview this week with actor Charlie Cox. The actor has been in “Boardwalk Empire” and “Downton Abbey,” but he’s best known for his portrayal as Matt Murdock in “Marvel’s Daredevil” on Netflix. The highly anticipated second season begins tomorrow on Netflix. Meet me after the jump for the highlights of this enlightening interview with a modern day superhero.

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Quick & Cheap & Dark Is DC COMICS ESSENTIALS: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS #1 On The Wednesday Run

The Dark Knight Returns #1Unless you’re a major comic book reader, neck deep in the middle of various monthly comic book stories, it’s a bit of a slow day at the office today.

Not a heck of a lot of new stuff out.

But that doesn’t mean there isn’t something that you: the newby reader, or you: the awesome gift giver, or you: the lapsed and slow-to-the-stations pop culture enthusiast, can’t pick up at your local comic book shop.

Not a lot of change in your pocket? Not to worry.

This week, DC Comics has got you covered on a legendary, iconic story that puts the word “graphic” in the phrase “graphic novel”. It’s a taste, really. And that means it comes cheap.

Follow me after the jump for a comic book you’ve already read, need to read, or need to introduce to someone else in DC Comics Essentials: The Dark Knight Returns #1.

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Review: DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE (Part 2)

DKTMR 2 coverWith all the action surrounding the holiday season, you can forgive me for not actually reading last week’s release of Dark Knight III: The Master Race #2 until last night. Yes, I was anxious to read it. I loved the first issue – our review of which you can find here. I just wasn’t able to get to it sooner. Chalk it up to life’s obligations.

Which is a fitting obligation, I suppose, as that is also Batman’s pre-eminent responsibility: fighting crime. Until his bitter end.

Which, we’re told in last month’s issue, already happened.

Bruce Wayne is dead. Carrie Kelly is now wearing the cowl and cape. Superman and Wonder Woman have a super-powered (and willful) teenage daughter. And there’s a rising threat.

Follow me after the jump for a brief review of Dark Knight III: The Master Race #2 and to discover some answer to last month’s oft-asked questions!

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