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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...

Rat Queens #3: Oh, Poop

We’re back with yet another thrilling issue of Rat Queens, and the central part of our narrative. This is the “quiet issue” of the Gold, Guts, and Grog story arc: most of what happens is character development. Hannah and Sawyer flirt in jail (why is Hannah in jail? Well if you read the last issue…), while Betty tries to make things up with her ex-girlfriend, who Hannah punched in the face. I think Hannah might be less irritable if she took more of...

Weirdo to Watch: Andrew Troth, Comic-Book-Slinging Theater Geek

Andrew Troth lives a life many geeks dream of: he helps run a successful theater company, the Chameleon Theatre Circle, and is the owner of a comic-book store, Mind’s Eye Comics. I recently talked with Andrew about his good fortunes, the metro-area suburbs, and all manner of geekiness. Duck Washington (TCG): What does the word “geek” mean to you? Andrew Troth: These days it has a very positive connotation for me. A geek is a person who is heavily...

Rebooting the Black & White Past with KodaChrome Future, Part 3: The Bronze Age of Comics

Previously: “Rebooting the Black & White Past with KodaChrome Future, Part 2: The Silver Age of Comics” The comic book Bronze Age is perhaps the most aptly or ironically named period because it had the widest range of introductions: the first black superhero to have his own comic book (Luke Cage), the first black female superhero (Storm), DC comics’s first (Black Racer) and second (Green Lantern) black superheroes, and others.  The 1970’s ushered in a new era of both...
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