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Avengers Film Begs a New Look at ’16 Black Panther Comic

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Black Panther has taken the world by storm.  In fact, it is so popular, the new Avengers: Infinity Wars film was moved up from its original release date of May 4 to April 27 and a new trailer featuring more of the beloved characters from the film has appeared on television and across social media. With the success of the film and its star Chadwick Boseman’s hilarious portrayal of T’Challa on SNL, Marvel’s Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 1 (written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, winner of the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction and recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant) deserves a new, more introspective look. It would be unfair to say that he’s arguably one of the most important…

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The Two Funniest, Quirkiest Humor Books Coming This Fall!

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In the midst of the latest crime novels, the new rom-com books, and the just-released dramas, it can be easy to miss the small, hardback, humor books at the bookstore. Because we don’t want you to miss out, here are two of the newest, funniest, quirkiest humor books coming this fall! If My Dogs Were A Pair of Middle-Aged Men,  The Oatmeal and Matthew Inman This is a satirical comic, depicting the classic and universal behaviors of man’s best friend, but re-imagined as if your dogs were a pair of middle-aged looking men. Shedding a whole new light on the behavior of dogs, this comic comes from author Matthew Inman, best known for creating The Oatmeal, a web comic and humor website,…

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GIVEAWAY: Win This Graphic Novel Extravaganza!

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Calling all comic book and graphic novel fans! We’ve got the mother lode of giveaways right here with these eight graphic novels. *Note: A few of these novels release on November 1. The winner will be notified in October, but the prize will not be shipped until Nov. 1 release day.                                                           ENTER NOW!

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BOOK NEWS ROUNDUP: Ben Affleck’s Batman 18-Months Out; Minecraft Meets Zombies; and Banned Books Then & Now!

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Yesterday was National Comic Book Day, and although we’re fashionably late to the party (sorry, we got distracted by Fear the Walking Dead and the return of Once Upon A Time last night) there are some awesome things happening in the comic and book world and we just can’t help but talk about them today. Here’s a round-up of just a few of our favorites: World War Z Author takes on Minecraft! Yep, you heard it correctly—the Max Brooks, author of World War Z is going to be writing a whole series of Minecraft novels. Seem like a weird pair? Nah! I have faith in the bestselling author who gave us such gems as The Zombie Survival Guide (it’ll come…

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BOOK NEWS ROUNDUP: A Jumanji First-Look; Ghost Rider on Agents of SHIELD; Bruce Springsteen’s New Memoir

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Time for a mid-week book news roundup! Each week BookTrib is bringing you quick commentary regarding news from across the web, from TV to comics to books galore, if it has a literary twist– it’s on our radar. Take a look at this week’s book-related picks: Jumanji is happening folks, deal with it. Chris Van Allsburg’s 1981 children’s picture book sure has had an exciting run, and it’s still inspiring new works 36 years later. The 1995 film starring the late Robin Williams, Bonnie Hunt and a young Kirsten Dunst, became an instant classic; one I wish they never touched—but still, a continuation is underway. The newest film will star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and everyone’s (OK, my)…

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Who the Hell Are These People? A Suicide Squad Breakdown!

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There’s a lot of hype around the new Suicide Squad movie — and it’s not hard to see why. The cast looks ridiculous, the posters have been delightfully comic-y, and the trailers have been straight up awesome:   Comic book fans seem to be happy about a movie that looks fun and excitable, rather than aping the whole edgy-to-the-point-of-dour vibe that The Dark Knight series started. However, I humbly offer a completely fair question: who exactly are these people? Despite how entertaining this movie looks, it’s weird that people are so excited for a movie featuring what amounts to (mostly) B-squad supervillains. OK, they get sent into high-risk missions for the government because, as criminals, they’re expendable. Got it. Sure,…

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Who’s in the Grave? Speculating on Arrow’s Season-Long Teaser

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With every episode of Arrow’s fourth season, the mystery of who’s in the grave has been rolling around in the back of our heads, getting increasingly more frustrating with every passing week. At first, the writers were hinting at Felicity Smoak’s possible demise. As of episode 4×10, we have clear confirmation that she’s not the one six-feet-under. Obviously. And also, THANK GOD. The mystery is still up in the air, but we do know it’s someone close to Oliver, and someone who can drive Felicity to angrily demand that Oliver kill again. That leaves us with only a handful of grave candidates. Join us as we try and answer the ultimate Arrow question this season: who’s in the grave?   Laurel…

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Move Over Breaking Bad, Here Comes Jessica Jones on Netflix

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Is America ready for a superheroine whose story might make Breaking Bad look like a family sitcom? As someone who was lucky enough to see the first episode of Marvel’s Jessica Jones at New York Comic Con, the answer is an unequivocal, “yes!” Recently I mused as to whether Jessica could escape the Strong Female Character trope where she’s just there as a foil for the male hero. Well, the brand new trailer should leave little doubt that Ms. Jones (as well as Krysten Ritter) is a badass in her own right.   Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, has frequently expressed his plan to create unique movies that just happen to contain superheroes, rather “superhero movies.” With Jessica Jones…

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Bingeworthy TV to watch on your week off

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Sleigh bells may be ringing, but this Bookish Diva is not listening. There are few things that I look forward in December—and the most important right now is a week off with no school or work. Some people would use that time to enjoy their family or finally finish those domestic house-type things. I prefer binge watching great, in my usually correct opinion, television. So my gift to you this holiday season is a spectacular spoiler-free selection of must-binge TV. Arrow (Total episodes: 55) If you are a fan of DC comics, you are already familiar with Arrow. With three seasons under its belt, this is a respectable undertaking for those on holiday break. Clad in the finest of forest…

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This Gotham has style — and you can have it, too

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We’re pretty much obsessed with the new superhero show Gotham, airing Mondays on FOX. Full of gritty heroes and even grittier villains, it takes everything we love from the Batman universe and makes it feel even rawer and more realistic (which isn’t an easy feat when you’re dealing with super villains like The Penguin and Poison Ivy). But Gotham sets up its world before Batman comes of age—in this Gotham City, Bruce Wayne is only a kid, and Catwoman is still just a teen with a proclivity for hanging out in alleys. Ever since Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight series, superheroes have lost a lot of the camp we used to associate with men wearing bright costumes and fighting crime. These…

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After 70 years, Gene Luen Yang reveals the origin of the first Asian-American superhero

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From out of the past comes a singular hero both old and new—and the story of how he returned to the printed page may be as fascinating as any four-color adventure upon which he’s ever embarked. The costumed crusader in question is the Green Turtle, star of The Shadow Hero, a graphic novel by writer Gene Luen Yang and artist Sonny Liew. The graphic novel is new, but it marks the return of the Green Turtle, who was last seen (albeit briefly) in Blazing Comics in 1944. The Turtle appeared in five issues, was cancelled by his publisher, and then vanished into oblivion. Nearly 70 years later, Yang ran across those five issues of Blazing Comics online. Yang was drawn…

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Your Guardians of the Galaxy (spoiler free!) cheat sheet

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A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… Wait—wrong franchise. Still, Marvel Studios is hoping for Star Wars-like success with the release on Friday of its latest offering, the action/comedy space epic Guardians of the Galaxy. The film is based on a comic-book series that doesn’t have a lot of name recognition amongst the general public. Of course, it wasn’t long ago that Iron Man and Thor were regarded as “second-tier” Marvel superheroes—and look how they turned out. Still, when you’ve got a band of ne’er-do-well heroes that includes a rifle-slinging raccoon and a talking tree, you’re reaching way outside the box for characters that are trying to score big with the target demographic. So here’s a breakdown…

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