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BEELINE TO THE FUTURE: Jack Kirby's 'Kamandi' Series

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I’ve been recently rereading Jack Kirby’s SF comics from the 70s when Kirby left Marvel for DC with great fanfare. Kamandi was Kirby best selling and longest lasting series from that period. A couple of years ago, DC republished the series in large folio editions, superb reproductions on good, thick paper that really gives you the opportunity to appreciate the art.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Young Justice: "Coldhearted" (Episode 20)

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Young Justice Episode 20 Coldhearted

SUMMARY

It’s Wally’s 16th birthday and he’s excited to enjoy the day. After a huge breakfast and the great news that school is cancelled due to a snow day, he heads to The Cave for the surprise party The Team has planned for hm. After a brief celebration that does more to damper his spirits than enhance them due to being denied a kiss from Miss Martian and then having it explained that she is in a relationship with Superboy, the Team is called into action by Batman.

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COMIC REVIEW: “Star Trek: The Wristwatch Plantation” by Larry Niven (1982)

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I’m a huge fan of Larry Niven. Star Trek? Not so much. I don’t hate it, I just don’t care about it, in much the same way that I neither hate nor care about The Wonder Pets. It just sort of *is* and it’s clearly not meant for me, so I just kind of ignore it.

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Last Impressions: Watchmen (1986)

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You know that feeling you get when you’re really into a book, so you deliberately slow down your reading to make it last longer? And then, when you get to the ending, you’re so caught up in it that you didn’t notice the CD had ended and the kids went to bed and the sun went down?

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"The Religious Experience of Philip K. Dick"

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I don't think it would be possible to overstate the influence Philip K. Dick had on my religious outlook. We've made a lot of references to this, and his own odd religious experiences on the site, but here's a comic strip (By R. Crumb!) which tells the story in PKD's own words: http://www.philipkdickfans.com/weirdo/weirdo1.htm Please note that the "Tess" featured in the comic is our own Tessa Dick, longtime friend of our site, and an occasional contributor.

I saw Blade Runner in '83, like everyone else, so I'd heard the name and stumbled across one or two of his short stories, but I didn't really *discover*

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COMICS THAT NO ONE GIVES A CRAP ABOUT #4: “Serenity: Those Left Behind” (2005)

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“Firefly” was the best completely new SF show of the 21st century. Not a reboot, not a re-imagining, not a fantasy, and not clearly cribbing from any other show on TV. Imagine! A show that isn’t just like every other show, whoda’thunk it? But because it was brilliant and untested, the television gods were angered, and prophesied that it should be consigned to the outer darkness of the FOX network, amidst wailing and gnashing of teeth, and occasional pitchforkings from network suits with nothing better to do.

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Comics That No One Gives A Crap About #3: "Amerikan Flagg!

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I can hear you now, “Hey, what do you mean saying no one gives a crap about American Flagg? How dare you! Howard Chaykin’s American Flagg was one of the best comics of the 80s, and a beloved staple of the emerging indie comics industry and the counterculture itself!” Well, yes, that’s all true and well and good, but check out the spelling, sparky: Normally there ain’t no “K” in “American,” is there? And while American Flagg itself was at least occasionally all those things you mentioned up there, my dear hypothetical reader, it’s sequel was…well…something else.

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