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Let Your Cup Runneth Over With “Time & Vine #1” On The Wednesday Run

Oh, those beautiful vistas of the Sonoma countryside – how I long for thee!

Oh, those marvelous Tuscan hills, ochre-tinted and rolling against a clear blue sky – how I want to stay again!

Oh, the endless panorama of the Barossa Valley – may the image be forever in my sight!

Oh, the cool and calming climate of the Valle de Casablanca – may I dream of you once more!

The connection to these four locales? It’s evident isn’t it?

Wine. Nectar of the capital “G” Gods. And if you’re anything like me, a good glass of wine makes for an enjoyable time.

Be it Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Syrah or a Blanc, every glass of wine takes you to its place of origin, enlightening you to its landscape, its people and its history.

And that’s the premise to today’s release of the absolutely lovely and tasty Time & Vine #1!

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Solve A Classic Murder In “Clue #1” On The Wednesday Run

I used to spend the summers of my youth playing board games with the other kids on the street.

Inside the living room or outside on the backyard patio, single games of Monopoly would last for days, The Game of Life would last for hours, and games of Connect Four would be quick and energetic fancies in-between (although we sometimes turned them into larger, multiple-win tournaments).

But the game that would stay with me though my childhood days and nights, the game that would morph into mysterious DIY role-playing games, and cross boundaries and technology into VCR-led playing, movies, books and video games, was the murder-mystery game of Clue.

And for the first time ever, that Hasbro-published classic is making the jump into comic books!

As comic book lovers, now we can sleuth the sequential art mystery, beginning in today’s release of Clue #1!

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#Kirby100: IDW’s Jack Kirby Pencils and Inks: Artisan Edition

I can’t draw to save my life. But I can look at the work of Jack Kirby all day. And while there are countless digital compilations of so much of his seminal work at DC and Marvel, there’s something about holding physical collections of King Kirby’s great art that is something special.

The folks at IDW know this, and for years have been releasing outstanding large-scale volumes of original Kirby art and stories. Slightly smaller than their award-winning artist editions is their book Jack Kirby Pencils and Inks: Artisan Edition.

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Orphan Black S04 E04: From Instinct to Rational Control

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Maggot Bots and premonitions! On last week’s episode of “Orphan Black” Kira had a vision and Sarah had a maggot bot? Did Helena trick the detectives? Can Ferdinand be trusted? Things get interesting when Felix and Donnie join forces to infiltrate a Neolution fertility clinic. Now what could go wrong with this plan? Read the rest of this entry

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Comic Book Collections Part 3

We’ve been through these comic book collection lists twice already this month, but there’s more. Oh, how there’s so much more!

You can read through Part 1, which mentioned a host of great, affordable comic books for the loved ones in your life. Part 2 continued to showcase great works of sequential art – but these were ones that were slightly more expensive.

This 3rd and final installment mentions the monetary apex of some of the greatest comic book works that were released throughout the year. Yes, they’re expensive. But yes, a loved one should have them in their collection. (Also, self-love is not at all shunned here!)

I know! Times a-tickin’ and the shopping window is a-closin’’! Let’s get to it right after the jump!

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IDW Brings The Return of Rom this May

This just arrived in my mail box from our pals at IDW. Check it out! The legend of Rom is true, and he returns in May!

Rom the Space Knight began life as one of the first LED-driven action figures in the late 1970s, then went on to much more acclaim as a comic book hero. Now, removed from comics for over three decades, the character is being given new life in Rom the Space Knight, an all-new comic book series from IDW Publishing.

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Rom the Space Knight #0 will make its debut on the first Saturday in May as IDW’s “Gold” offering for Free Comic Book Day. The annual FCBD event sees thousands upon thousands of comics from all publishers given away for free at participating comic shops. The comic will be co-written by IDW Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall and acclaimed comic-book/TV writerChristos Gage. Art on Rom #0 will be handled by David Messina, who will also be sharing artistic duties on the ongoing Rom series. The cover art for Rom #0 is by theWild Blue Yonder team of Zach Howard and
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“It’s no hyperbole for me to say that launching a newRom comic is one of the things we’ve most wanted to make happen for fans,” said Chris Ryall. “I know this because I’m one of them. The character has been absent from comics for too long and we can’t wait to introduce this all-new version to the world.”

Rom the Space Knight tells the story of Rom, a member of the benevolent Solstar Order and greatest of the Space Knights, interstellar soldiers in a centuries-old war with the Dire Wraiths. The Wraiths are a race of alien invaders who’ve destroyed many planets and infiltrated Earth for nefarious purposes. Read the rest of this entry

We’re Finally Outatime With BACK TO THE FUTURE #1 On The Wednesday Run

OutatimeOctober 21, 2015.

We still have roads for our cars. We don’t have hover boards. I’m still forever tying knots in my shoelaces. I do believe the Cubs are still looking to win a World Series. And, thankfully, the Jaws series of films have yet to reach their nineteenth installment. (But there’s still time.)

These are all things that keen-eyes futurists caught in the second installment of the Back to the Future trilogy of films. But it was that original movie starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd thirty years ago that captured our imaginations in 1985.

Still October 21, 2015 plays a large part in BTTF lore. It was the day in the future that Marty McFly had to get to in order to save his kids. And what better way to celebrate that incident, and the anniversary of the first film, then with a comic book tie-in event.

Follow me after the jump for 1.21 gigawatts of pure childhood pleasure with the scoop on Back to the Future #1!

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Star Trek: Harlan Ellison’s City On The Edge Of Forever #1 On The Wednesday Run

Trekkies rejoice!

Back in the spring of 1967, at the tail end of the first season of Star Trek, NBC broadcast what would widely considered to be one of, if not the, greatest episode of the science fiction series. Titled “The City on the Edge of Forever”, and staring Joan Collins alongside William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and DeForest Kelley, it detailed Kirk, Spock and McCoy jumping into the earth’s past in order to fix an inadvertent time-change that would have far-reaching effects in their 23rd century present.

Famed science fiction writer, Harlan Ellison, wrote that episode, which went on to win the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation. But his script would get embroiled in long-standing controversy as it was doctored by a host of production writers.

Today, IDW, long-time publisher of Star Trek comic books, presents Ellison’s original script, unaltered, unabridged and undoctored, in a brand new five-issue mini series.

Ladies and gentlemen, Trekkies of all ages, at long last, I present to you: Start Trek: Harlan Ellison’s City on the Edge of Forever: The Original Teleplay!

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Madefire – The Future of Motion Comics

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Technology moves so quickly these days, so quickly that sometimes we can’t even keep up with it. Madefire is technology so new it doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page yet! All kidding aside, for those of us who love our comics in digital form, you can forget standard motion comics, flash animation, even ComiXology to an extent. Madefire takes even Thrillbent to the next level. Meet me after the jump to learn more about Madefire, the future of motion comics.

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Tales from the Longbox – G.I. Joe #21 (1984)

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.

G.I. Joe Classics vol 03p004G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #21
March 1984
“Silent Interlude”
Writer: Larry Hama
Artists: Larry Hama/Steve Leialoha

One thing to keep in mind as you read this is that I didn’t read G.I. Joe regularly in the 1980s. I picked up a couple of issues here and there, but I was never pulled into the Joe universe. Even this issue’s impact and influence had escaped me. However, “The Most Unusual COMIC BOOK Story Ever!” is easily the first issue that gets mentioned when I talk to anyone about Marvel’s G.I. Joe comic series.
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