Author: Stan Ford

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Jodie Whitaker Is The 13th Doctor

It's official! The 13th Doctor has been announced and she will be played by Jodie Whitaker, best known from her role in Broadchurch.

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Shaolin Cowboy: Who’ll Stop The Reign #4 – Review

I will be honest here. I fell off of the Shaolin Cowboy train. However, Geof Darrow is so amazing that every time I see it, I want to pick it up.

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Dynamite Launches Gumby Kickstarter

I'm always a little hesitant when a company launches a Kickstarter. Archie learned a hard lesson when it tried to do one with the New Riverdale launch a couple of years ago. Dynamite has apparently been reluctant.

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Amazing Spider-Man #258: Reviews of Old Comics

Let's try to get these Reviews of Old Comics going again, shall we? As if our Spider-Man: Homecoming Banner wasn't a giveaway, this is Marvel Month at Needless Essentials Online. It seemed fitting to start with a Spider-Man comic. Wanting to pull from the run that featured the art of Ron Frenz, my first instinct was to do a review of the return of his original costume, but that issue featured the "origin" of Mary Jane Watson, and feeling rather disappointed after reading it for probably the first time since I was a teenager, opted instead for the previous issue, which revealed the black costume he sported after Secret Wars as an alien symbiote, which would later become the villain Venom. This series set the stage for a character that has become almost as popular as the one that spawned him.

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Comic Lover’s Wife: The Unknown Future Of Hard Copy Comics.

Being married to a comic book collector and reviewer, we do have regular conversations about popular or interesting comics he comes across. Some of these are hard copy books available in the comic book stores some are web series or digital books. One such conversation got my mind going about the overall comics industry and the future of hard copy comics.

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Review: Calexit #1

Black Mask's Calexit has been eagerly anticipated by many comics fans, especially those more liberal ones. Calexit promises to be a more blatantly political comic, set in a world where a Calexit, which never quite got off of the ground here, possibly due to possible Russian ties, actually started to take place. 

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The Joy Of Discovering A New Comic Shop

I was at the last Charlotte Comicon and overheard a couple of dealers telling an attendee about their store in Concord, NC. Bear in mind that for the first few years since I returned to Charlotte, comic stores north of uptown simply didn't exist. Now it seems that there has been an explosion of new stores in the past few years. Chances are, you've seen it in your area as well, as the demand for comics facilitates new outlets for comics and merchandise around them.

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #7 – Review

It's a long wait between issues in the Archie Horror line, and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is no exception. If there is one rule in comics, it's that if you're going to make your readers wait, then it better be worth it. So far, Sabrina has been worth it, but it seems to moving very slow. Last issue promised the return of Sabrina's father, this issue delivers his story.

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Joan Lee, Wife of Stan Lee, Passes Away At 93

source: The Hollywood Reporter Joan Lee, the wife of Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee, has passed away at her home at the age of 93. She and Stan were married for 69 years. During that time in interviews, Stan Lee gave credit for the creation of what became the Marvel Universe to his wife.

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Vampirella #4 Review (With Preview)

The new Vampirella series has interested me since the #0 issue that was practically given away as a method of re-introducing the character to readers. The feeling of this series was decidedly different, embracing a more mature tone by a writer that grasped what it meant to actually write for truly more mature readers. Vampirella

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BOOM! Studios SDCC Exclusives Announced

Every year, in the middle of summer, hordes swarm into San Diego for a celebration that has long since outgrown its name, San Diego Comic-Con (officially Comic-Con International: San Diego). Publishers bring out exclusive variant editions of their comics to sell directly to fans and the latest to announce their exclusives, complete with images is BOOM! Studios. Here is a rundown.

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Superhero 2044 RPG Promoting Diversity Ahead Of Kickstarter Launch.

When I was younger, like I imagine most of you, I was into role-playing games. I limited myself to super-hero RPGs, primarily the Marvel Super-Heroes Game, although most of the campaigns we played had very little to do with the Marvel Universe. I tried to get into the Mayfair DC Heroes RPG, but it hit just too late in my development, and without enough of a social circle to get a good campaign together.

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