Review: THE COMPLETELY UNFABULOUS SOCIAL LIFE OF ETHAN GREEN

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Eric Orner is one of the pioneers in LGBT comics. “The Completely Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green,” published by Northwest Press, is a great way to not only further establish him in the canon of LGBT comics, but simply to showcase the work of an excellent cartoonist.

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All of us cartoonists can learn from Eric Orner. Just when you get that first wave of resistance, that’s when you push back a little harder. Orner had tales to tell, just like Howard Cruse before him and Alison Bechdel right alongside him, and they could not wait.

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Orner’s comic strip ran in that fuzzy, chaotic, and bubbling time (1989-2005), before the internet and digital and then well into it. Orner grew as a person and as an artist. Collected here are some 300 of his groundbreaking comic strips. Well before Ellen DeGeneres was ready to come out, and perhaps a mainstream…

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Stephanie Watches Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2×15 “One Door Closes”

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Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 5.19.57 PMThe fall of SHIELD was such a huge turning point in both the series and the MCU as a whole, so I’m glad we got to take a look at what happened to Bobbi’s gang (even if I think they’re being buttheads right now). Plus, Lucy Lawless was back in action, so that was exciting. And Adama kept saying more BSG stuff like, “I’m the commander of this ship!”

They were all ready to go down with their ship because they were outnumbered by Hydra agents. Bobbi, especially, since she had a special mission from Fury to do just that. (I like that Fury always gives the super secret missions to his fav ladies Natasha, Maria, and Bobbi~) But they all banded together and clearly took their ship back.

In the present day, Bobbi and Mack are terrible liars and trying to integrate themselves back into the SHIELD gang. But…

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The Gaffer’s Elite: The Films

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The LOTR films as ranked by A Tolkienist’s Perspective. Do you agree?

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Ranking all things Middle-earth

It is useless trying to escape the unavoidable.

With this final post from The Gaffer’s Elite series, it is time to rank the Middle-earth films.

Yes, you heard that right: writing down, from 1 to 6, the best films from the good ones.

I’m sweating just typing that sentence; most fans can attest to the special viewing experience gained from every one of these six movies.

And yet, it is no use denying that there will always be that one film, from either of the two trilogies, that makes you feel geekier and more impressed whenever re-watching.

Do not hate me for the Herculean task I have had to complete in creating this list!

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Celebrating Tolkien Reading Day!

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(P.S. Fake pipe – I do not smoke. The intriguing expression is real though …)

Celebrating Tolkien and His Timeless Works

On the 25th of March, Year 3019 of the Third Age, the One Ring was destroyed in the depths of Mount Doom – bringing an end to the dominion of Sauron and the heralding the liberation of Middle-earth.

In our world, this day marks a worldwide celebration and appreciation of Tolkien and his works.Tolkien (BBC)

Celebrations usually take the form of Middle-earth reading marathons; with some even more reading marathons.

Pick your favourite passages and let the words flow within your mind, as you experience the magic of Tolkien.

I myself have just begun my 9th or 10th re-read of The Silmarillion; which will lead me on to re-experience The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Tolkien is a fantastic writer and master world builder.

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Review: JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS #1

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Okay, let’s get this figured out: “Jem and the Holograms” was an animated show that ran from 1985-1988. Now, was it a show and then it became a line of dolls? No, it was a line of dolls and then it became a show. You know, Hasbro. Same deal like Transformers. The Jem dolls were similar to Barbies (looks like the same mold was used) but with a glam rock vibe.

Yeah, talkin’ about Transformers, Jem is set to be very much a similar deal. The major motion picture comes out October 23, 2015. And, leading up to that, is this six-issue comic book published by IDW Publishing. Let’s take a closer look.

In the front seat writing the limited series is Kelly Thompson. I’ve read her pieces in Comic Book Resources over the years and I appreciate what she does. She sees herself as a voice for women. She…

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