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Happy Lunar New Year! Gong Hay Fat Choy!

The Lunar New Year Check List

Are you all ready for the new year? Well, I finally put away the xmas tree and…that’s about as much as I’ve done to prepare. So, don’t feel bad because all that matters is that you not swear; don’t sweep/clean; and avoid the salon – just greet everyone with a happy new year message…

so 恭喜發財! 新年快樂! 心想事成!

[Previously appeared in the February 2015 special lunar new year’s issue of the Sampan Newspaper]

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An Evening with Gene Luen Yang at the Coolidge Corner Theatre

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When I learned that Gene Luen Yang would be making a stop in my neck of the woods, you best believe I jumped on getting tickets early on. He is my hero and Brookline Booksmith hosted the event at the Coolidge Corner Theatre with a book signing after the talk back at the shop.

Continue reading An Evening with Gene Luen Yang at the Coolidge Corner Theatre

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The Asian Flush in Full Effect. “Fresh Off the Boat” Tackles This…Issue

Bwahahaha 😂

I posted an EBG comic strip about this tragic phenomenon a few years back. Am I plagued by this? Most certainly. Do I care? No.

The Asian Flush | EMPTYBAMBOOGIRL by LILLIAN LEE

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Mockingbird: S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary (2015) Issue 1 PLUS Sneak Peek of “Forever Red!”

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Mockingbird (2015) Issue 1: Variant Cover

 

My initial introduction to Mockingbird was via Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC and even then I only knew that the character’s name was Bobbi and that she was tough as steel. Did she have super powers? I didn’t know and didn’t really explore further. Shame on me.

Continue reading Mockingbird: S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary (2015) Issue 1 PLUS Sneak Peek of “Forever Red!”

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A Revamped 2015 Archie Makes Its Way, Issue 1

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I’ve never read any of the Archie comics, but I was familiar with the love triangle and that it took place is Riverdale. Other than that, I just didn’t have any interest in reading it because I didn’t think that it was for me…it was dated — in an era that I couldn’t relate to in a tone that was maybe too juvenile jokey.

But, I had heard about an Archie comics re-camp for 2015 and seeing some of the sneak peek previews of the artwork really amped up my interest. So, when issue #1 released, I picked it up and was very pleasantly surprised. It’s fun and full of teenage romance, high school angst. I also very much enjoyed the artwork. I’m definitely looking forward to issue #2.

And definitely check out all the variant covers that were released. I especially liked the one by Sanford Greene, which is the cover I chose.

COMIC SUPERSTARS MARK WAID AND FIONA STAPLES REIMAGINE AN ICON! Change is coming to Riverdale in this can’t-miss kick-off to Archie’s new ongoing series! Familiar faces return in new and unexpected ways in this must-have #1 issue! As the new school year approaches, you’d think Archie Andrews would be looking forward to classes and fun—but nothing is as it seems in the little town of Riverdale. But is this a one-off or a sign of bigger changes awaiting for America’s favorite teens—and the entire town? Find out in this exciting and remarkable first issue!

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Image Comics’ Kaptara: “Wizards Just Got a Whole Lot Sexier”

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This insane intergalactic space odyssey is…insane and I absolutely love it.

From the first issue to issue three, the writing and art have kept me glued. The sense of humor is quirky and weird — it speaks to me. I find myself shaking my head and laughing out loud.

ENTER: MELVON! BUT REMEMBER: ABANDON ALL HOPE YE WHO ENTER: MELVON! To save their own lives, our heroes must slay the famed, sensual wizard of The Unchanted Forest! A great jumping-on point for anyone who reads! READ MORE

Thank you Chip Zdarsky for the unique story and Kagan Mcleod for artwork that’s just as unique and beautifully weird. I’m looking forward to issue 4. If you haven’t hopped on the Kaptara train, it’s still early on so please do get on!

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Black Widow’s First Line of Red. How It Started. (Issue 19)

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Black Widow is one of the few titles that I’ve been sticking with. I love the series — full of action and drama with amazing artwork to boot. It’s the reason why I started reading more and more current superhero comic books. The latest issue did not disappoint. It takes the reader to Natasha’s past and how it started. We’ve gotten a few glimpses before, but this issue really delved into it.

What decision will she make? I guess we’ll find out in issue 20.

TOO LATE FOR REDEMPTION? At the end of all things, Black Widow finds herself unexpectedly connected to one of the darkest moments of her past. See how the first lines of red in her ledger were written. Will Natasha fall into darkness or rage against the dying of the light? READ MORE

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JEM Keeps Getting Better with Issue 4

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The upcoming live-action JEM film may suck — actually, it probably will after having watched the trailer — but, fans should definitely be reading the comics. They’ve got the core of JEM, but updated for 2015, which I very much appreciate.

The driving force of the JEM and the Holgrams vs The Misfits rivalry is the music but also forbidden love between two of the band members. It definitely heightens the drama between the two bands. And, I love the artwork.

Jem and The Holograms do their first live show at The Starlight Foundation’s annual fundraiser—but a rabid Misfits fan is determined to sabotage their performance… at any cost! READ MORE

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What Happens After the Bad Guy Has Been Defeated? New Comic “Zodiac Starforce” to Debut in August 2015!

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Ooh! This comes out in digital and print on August 26th! The art looks amazing and the story sounds like a very interesting premise! Comic created by artist Paulina Ganucheau and writer Kevin Panetta.

It’s been two years since the girls received their power from an goddess named Astra and destroyed the villain Cimmeria; the team has since disbanded, and like a lot of friends do over the course of high school, they’re starting to find themselves drawn to different interests and heading in different directions. READ MORE

[via BoingBoing]
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