Harley Quinn: The bad gal with a heart of tarnished gold Aug20

Harley Quinn: The bad gal with a heart of tarnishe...

  Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel. The delightful mistress of mayhem first appeared in 1992’s Batman the animated Series episode in the seventh episode called “Joker’s Favor”, created by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini*. At that point she was a mere devoted sidekick to the overtly psychotic Joker. One would think he would steal the show. Yet despite his antics, Harley developed her own following. A year later, she made her first appearance on paper in the comic based on the series**. In the twenty four years that have followed, she has become a fan favorite. This popularity is due in no small part to the fact that she’s...

LAST FAIR DEAL GONE DOWN By Ace Atkins Reviewed

LAST FAIR DEAL GONE DOWN Ace Atkins writer Marco Finnegan artist July 2016 12-Gauge comics I am a fan of Ace Atkins going way back. I’m also a huge fan of comics. When Ace told me that his Nick Travers books were going to be done as graphic novels I got excited. Here is a review I did back in 1998 for CROSSROAD BLUES: “This book sucked me in right from the start. It doesn’t hurt that I’m a sucker for Blues lore and love reading about it. So reading books with a protagonist that is an authority on the blues is to perfect. And Nick Travers is a great character. He’s funny, he’s smart and he’s tough. He’s an ex-pro football player...

I Hate Fairyland Vol1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young Reviewed Jun30

I Hate Fairyland Vol1: Madly Ever After by Skottie...

When Dan and I travel, we like to imagine what it would be like to live in the city we’re visiting. We would have moved to Boston in a heartbeat. Tampa and St. Petersburg had possibilities. St. Louis and Kansas City… not so much. (Sorry, Missouri.) Playing “Pretend to live in a city” is way different from “I live here now”. The first game means you get to sleep in your own bed at the end of the adventure. The later game involves boxes and trucks and sweat and crabbiness and it’s not fun. In I HATE FAIRLAND, written and drawn by Skottie Young, 8 year old Gertrude wishes that she could live in Fairyland. As luck would have it, her wish is...

DC Universe “REBIRTH” Creator Signing

This morning, the Source Comics and Games had the unique opportunity to host a four-person signing of all Minnesota based comics creators. The signing was in relation to DC Comics best-selling Rebirth event. I was at the event nice and early, so I had the chance to beat the lines and chat a bit with all four creators while having my books signed. Minnesota native and veteran Superman writer/artist Dan Jurgens has long called the Twin Cities home. He is a regular guest at area conventions and events. He has worked on the Superman books off and on since 1989, including the Death of Superman storyline in 1992. Jurgens is now writing the iconic...

Rebirth Begins – First Issue Reviewed May25

Rebirth Begins – First Issue Reviewed

For a few years now when I talk comics with my friends, Dan and my sister Jennifer in particular, when we talk about DC comics the observation we seem to agree on more than anything else is that what has been missing is the fun, this light and the hope. From all indication Rebirth will be addressing this. Now I have been reading comics since the late sixties, buying them with my own money since the early seventies. I’ve gone through any number of crisis events and reboots. Through it all I usually end up enjoying the comics DC has put out. Sure there were some that left me dropping books from my pull list, but overall I kept on reading....

Not Just a Man in a Bat Costume

The day came when I refused to go back to CCD classes. I knew every Sunday when I learned about how mad God was at me my sister was home watching Batman. The unfairness rankled. I put my tiny foot down (I was a truly small, itty kid) and my mom shocked my by agreeing. Joy! The day I asked her why the bad guys didn’t just shoot Batman instead of coming up with all of these bizarre contraptions, I learned an important life lesson. “Because,” she answered patiently, “then the show would be over.” My life long love of all things Bat had began. An older still not tall me was hand fed comics by the not quite as patient but still rather wise...