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From the Stands: The Source and Uncle Sven’s Aren’t Going Anywhere

From the Stands is a series that profiles comic-book stores around the Twin Cities and talks about their histories, their offerings, and the communities they serve. People tend to be pretty specific in their likes and dislikes; nerds doubly so. Tell a nerd her favorite comic-book character is getting retconned or her favorite show has been cancelled and you might want to let the dust settle a bit before you ask her to help you move. Nerds, more than...

Your Big, Bad Recap of the 2016 In-Store Convention Kick-Off

What better way to launch the comic convention season than with the In-Store Convention Kick-Off? In this marathon eight-hour live streaming event, creators and major publishers were on hand to talk about upcoming books and editorial plans. More than 400 comic and game stores in nine countries participated as venues for watching the broadcast, including four in Minnesota: Comic Cartel in Minneapolis, Book Review in Rochester, Source Comics and Games in Roseville, and Level Up Games in South St....

Brotherman Meets Hancock Meets Green Lantern in The Legend of the Mantamaji

At first glance, Eric Dean Seaton’s Legend of the Mantamaji may look like a typical comic-book story, complete with pencil-thin-mustached villain, a seemingly formulaic world-ending plot, and a reluctant Black hero . . . and if you merely skim the book, that’s probably what you’d see. But you’d be wrong. Below the surface is a cornucopia of subtle messages and plot devices that reveal this series to be more—so much more. For a little background, if you were reading comic...

From the Stands: Captain Jack’s Comics is Waiting for You

From the Stands is a series that profiles comic-book stores around the Twin Cities and talks about their histories, their offerings, and the communities they serve. Discovery has always been an important part of being a comics fan. After all, if you take the Yellow Kid as your (possibly dubious) starting point, you’ve got 121 years of comic history to comb through for new gems and things you haven’t yet been exposed to. The same is true for comic-book...

From the Stands: High-Class Comics Is Just Getting Started

From the Stands is a series that profiles comic book stores around the Twin Cities and talks about their histories, their offerings, and the communities they serve. You can’t get your shoes fixed at High-Class Comics though people have asked. “This used to be a shoe shop for about 50 years,” says Bjorn Brosdahl, owner and operator of High-Class. “This was Bernie [Apple’s] old shoe repair store and still every day someone’s calling me up asking, ‘Do you think...

The New Deal Brings an Old Story, But the Art Is a Deco Delight

Let me start this review by putting out there that I am not a comics person. I have read and enjoyed several graphic novels (From Hell being my favorite for a point of reference), but comics just aren’t my thing, and I fully admit that may color my review. However, The New Deal caught my attention immediately because it takes place during my favorite era (1930s) at my favorite place in the whole world (the Waldorf Astoria hotel). The...

Legends of Tomorrow: Will It Be Legendary?

As I write this, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow has aired two episodes. I, like many, had been waiting anxiously for this show to premiere. However, did last week’s pilot meet (or even exceed) our expectations? Did this week’s episode make the show stronger or weaker? Let’s break down what we know so far. WARNING: There are spoilers in this article for both Legends of Tomorow and Arrow if you’re not caught up! As the show begins, the year is 2166...

From the Stands: Comic Book College Welcomes Readers, One and All

From the Stands is a series that profiles comic-book stores around the Twin Cities and talks about their histories, their offerings, and the communities they serve. Cachet—that is, history or status—is a key factor for any business. You want your customers to know that you can come through for them, that you can provide what they’re looking for and that you’re going to be around for a long time to come. Tim Lohn, owner and operator of Comic Book...

Princeless and the Revolution

What is the greatest all-ages comic book you should be reading if you aren’t already? Survey says: Princeless . . . and you didn’t even have to poll 100 people (that’s a Family Feud reference for those of you too young to remember Richard Dawson).  Instead, read this review of the first trade book of the series and before you can say “let’s go crazy,” see if you don’t get struck with the urge to rush out and buy...

Rebooting the Black & White Past with KodaChrome Future, Part 4: The Modern Age of Comics

Previously: “Rebooting the Black & White Past with KodaChrome Future, Part 3: The Bronze Age of Comics” The Modern Age of comic books is commonly thought of as the current age. Sometimes it is considered to overlap or encompass the Bronze Age; sometimes it’s called the Dark Age, but for our purpose here, it is everything post-Bronze Age to present day.  A lot has changed during this time. The comic book Modern Age emerged with a cry for more realism, complexity, and...
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