One of the most entertaining and visually striking graphic novels of late 2012 came from British writer/illustrator Bryan Talbot. Grandville Bete Noire is a detective story featuring an anthropomorphic badger and his monocled rat partner in an alternate history France. Complete with well-paced action, plenty of mystery and a great sense of humor, I can’t recommend this book enough.
Have you found that your life has been missing wailing keytar solos, crazy falsettos and harmonized guitar riffs saturated in 80s outrageousness? Well you’re in luck, because the soundtrack for Double Dragon: Neon is available to download, right now, for as much (or as little) as you want to spend.
As hard as I try not to, I just can’t stop committing the cardinal sin of comparing every new Pixar film to the ones that came before. If you can somehow manage to avoid doing that, you’ll really enjoy Brave; it’s a technical masterpiece, the voice acting is top notch, and it has some of the strongest humor of any Pixar film to date. It feels more Disney than Disney-Pixar, but Brave still has plenty for kids of all ages to enjoy.
We already championed our support for Mark Waid’s free weekly digital comics back in the beginning of May, when the team at Thrillbent.com debuted its very first comic. Now that the creators are getting more comfortable with the format and the stories are really starting to take off, I think it’s time to bring this great site to our readers’ attention once again.
One of the best things about the summer months is always the huge list of trades that Dark Horse Comics releases. Throughout July and August, Dark Horse will release more than 30 trade paperbacks, hardcovers and graphic novels, and we’ve put together a list of six titles that absolutely deserve your attention.
Of all the thousands of comic book series to discover, a story about an anthropomorphic cat that solves mysteries probably wouldn’t grab the attention of many readers. But Blacksad, a European comic series about just that, defies all logic and delivers strong storytelling and incredible artwork that any fan of graphic novels would be sorry to miss.
This week saw a pretty big announcement from Marvel in the form of a new application called Marvel AR and a revolutionary new line called Infinite comics. Starting in April, smartphones and tablets with cameras will become readers’ windows to extra content, like original sketches and writer/artist commentary, when the AR logo is scanned within the forthcoming app. Is this a useless new idea that will be underutilized and done away with shortly after launch, or could it truly be the next step in digital comics publishing that other companies will have to adopt in order to stay competitive?