Monday, July 30, 2012

Sunday, July 29, 2012

How to Train Your Dragon play

The Times looked at Dreamwork Animation's “How to Train Your Dragon” at the Verizon center.

A Ton of Dragon, Prancing on Cue
By NEIL GENZLINGER
New York Times July 27 2012
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/27/arts/how-to-train-your-dragon-onstage.html

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Bechdel book review by American University professor

Mother, do you love me?
Madhavi Menon
Asian Age Jul 29, 2012 -
http://www.asianage.com/books/mother-do-you-love-me-734

Madhavi Menon is a professor of literature at American University, Washington, D.C.

Big Planet Comics Orbit Newsletter - July 26, 2012




Big Planet Comics

July 26, 2012

Matt Dembicki signing Saturday!

Matt Dembicki's graphic novel Xoc: The Journey of a Great White is out and only Big Planet Comics has it! Matt will be appearing at our College Park and Vienna stores this Saturday, July 28, along with the colorist of Xoc, Evan Keeling! We also have an awesome limited edition signed and numbered print by Matt and colored by Evan for sale (that is the picture to the left)! Only $5, but it is limited so be sure to get there early! Matt also will have some free minicomics, as well as some other cool stuff for sale, including original art, and resin shark teeth created by Brooke Allen!

We have Facebook invites with all the info for each signing below, or you can go to our Events page on our website:

College Park signing invite

Vienna signing invite



All 8 pages of Xoc Pup is now online for FREE on our website! You can read this all-new exclusive 8 page prequel comic about a newborn shark named Xoc at:
Xoc Pup - page 1
Xoc Pup - page 2
Xoc Pup - page 3
Xoc Pup - page 4
Xoc Pup - page 5
Xoc Pup - page 6
Xoc Pup - page 7
Xoc Pup - page 8

We've also got some other really exciting creator appearances coming up, we will announce them soon!

Feel free to forward on our newsletter, and please send us any comments or mailing list requests to vienna@bigplanetcomics.com

Thanks!
 
- the Big Planet Comics kids


___________________

UPCOMING - July 28 - Matt Dembicki Signing Xoc: The Journey of a Great White

Well, after you read the story of Xoc Pup above, get ready for a full graphic novel of the stories of a grown up great white shark! Matt Dembicki's Xoc is coming out soon! Join us on Saturday, July 28, at our College Park and Vienna stores for Matt signing copies of his new book. The colorist on the book, Evan Keeling, will also be there! Plus we will have limited edition signed and numbered prints for sale for only $5!

11am-1pm
7315 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740
301-699-0498
bigplanetcollegepark@yahoo.com

3pm-5pm
426 Maple Ave. East
Vienna, VA 22180
703-242-9412
vienna@bigplanetcomics.com

___________________

NEW - August 18 - Michael Rex Signing Fangbone!: The Birthday Party of Dread

Michael Rex, creator of Fangbone! Third Grade Barbarian, will be appearing at both our Vienna and College Park stores on Saturday, August 18, for his new all-ages book Fangbone! 3: The Birthday Party of Dread! Michael Rex is a New York Times best-selling illustrator for his many excellent kids books, including Firefighter, Furious George Goes Bananas, Jack the Builder, and of course the first two excellent Fangbone books, Fangbone! 1: Third Grade Barbarian and Fangbone! 2: The Egg of Misery!

11am-1pm
426 Maple Ave. East
Vienna, VA 22180
703-242-9412
vienna@bigplanetcomics.com

3pm-5pm
7315 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740
301-699-0498
bigplanetcollegepark@yahoo.com

The Underwater Welder SC

by Jeff Lemire

The graphic novel that Jeff Lemire has been working on for 5 years is finally out! Jack works welding oil rigs while waiting for his wife to give birth, but worries he is turning into his father, who died at this time of year, leaving Jack alone with his mother. Then Jack thinks he sees something at the bottom of the rig and is hospitalized. Is he going crazy or is he about to discover something he's always been looking for? An amazing tale of families, responsibility, and strange connection, all tied together by Lemire's great pacing and juxtaposition of his art. A superb book! Buy it!

Axe Cop: President of the Earth #1 (of 3)

by Malachai Nicolle and Ethan Nicolle

Axe Cop is back! Now as President of the whole planet, he gets God to protect Earth from bad guys for a million years, but then they will all return! Time to cut off some heads! Plus the plight of Goo Cop whose family was kidnapped by evil aliens! More action insanity and hilarity from young writer Malachai (now age 8)!

Debris #1 (of 4)

 
by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Riley Rossmo
 

In a dark future, a young warrior named Maya must attempt to find a new source of water for the last of humanity. Too bad the world is full of monstrous Colossals that will kill any human they see! Action-packed, with great and brightly colored art by Rossmo.

Scalped 9: Knuckle Up SC

by Jason Aaron and R. M. Guera
 
The penultimate Scalped book brings a series of painful confrontations as Dashiel Bad Horse makes a dangerous choice about how far he's going in his quest to bring justice to the reservation, and crime boss Red Crow begins to lose control of everything.

Daredevil 1 SC

by Mark Waid, Paolo Rivera and Marcos Martin

We've been telling you how great the new Daredevil series is, and now it has won an Eisner Award and is finally out in softcover! This new direction under Waid has Daredevil trying to be more carefree and adventuresome despite all the tragedy in his life, and the art by Rivera and Martin is nothing short of astounding, with whole scenes made up of the echoes of what Daredevil can "see" and other superbly creative layouts and art. Soooo good! Get it now!

National Comics: Eternity #1

by Jeff Lemire and Cully Hamner

Double Lemire week! This new series is one-shots updating old characters, this one is an amazing Kid Eternity story, where he must use his power to bring souls back from the dead for 24 hours to try to solve a man's murder! A great premise and story, with enough exciting twists and questions at the end to start up a whole new series! Hopefully we will get more, but a great one shot too!

MAD Presents Batman SC

by the Usual Gang of Idiots
 
Just in time for the new movie, MAD brings all their Batman parody comics into a single giant issue, plus a new look at the Dark Knight Rises by Sergio Aragones! Yep, the Michael Keaton and Adam West ones are in here too!

The Hammer and the Anvil HC

by Dwight Jon Zimmerman and Wayne Vansant
 
A history of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, and how their lives intertwined to bring about the end of slavery in the United States! Very well researched, this book goes back and forth between the men, comparing and contrasting their lives until they finally meet, and doing a good job of bringing history to life.
Archie Clash Of The New Kids SC
Dance Class Vol 2 Romeo & Juliets HC
DC Super Pets Swamp Thing Vs Zombie Pets SC
Flannery O'Connor Cartoons HC
Gatecrasher Vol 1 Ring Of Fire SC
Graveyard Of Empires #4
Aragones' Groo The Wanderer Artist Edition HC
Manhattan Projects #5
New Deadwardians #5 (Of 8)
Prophet #27
Resistance Vol 3 Victory SC
Ultimate Comics Hawkeye By Jonathan Hickman SC

Big Planet Comics Podcast #52
"Rorschach Toaster"
Kevin, Nick and Jared cover the latest news in Rorschach merchandise and review a bunch of new comics! Download now or subscribe on iTunes!
 
PODCAST REVIEWS:

Debris #1 by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Riley Rossmo
National Comics: Eternity #1 by Jeff Lemire and Cully Hamner
SPOOKS 1: The Fall of Babylon SC by Xavier Dorison, Fabien Nury and Christian Rossi
The Underwater Welder SC by Jeff Lemire
XOC: The Journey of a Great White HC by Matt Dembicki
X-Treme X-Men #1 by Greg Pak and Stephen Segovia

Send us questions to podcast@bigplanetcomics.com or leave a voicemail at 1-703-539-CAST! (1-703-539-2278)
 

7/28 - Matt Dembicki
Signing Xoc
11am-1pm
7315 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740
301-699-0498
bigplanetcollegepark@yahoo.com

Signing Xoc
3pm-5pm
426 Maple Ave. East
Vienna, VA 22180
703-242-9412
vienna@bigplanetcomics.com


8/18 - Michael Rex
Signing Fangbone!
11am-1pm
426 Maple Ave. East
Vienna, VA 22180
703-242-9412
vienna@bigplanetcomics.com

Signing Fangbone!
3pm-5pm
7315 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740
301-699-0498
bigplanetcollegepark@yahoo.com

9/8-9 - Baltimore convention
Baltimore Convention Center
One West Pratt Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
http://baltimorecomiccon.com/

9/15-16 - SPX convention
The area's coolest convention!
Marriott Bethesda North
5701 Marinelli Rd.
North Bethesda, MD 20852
http://www.spxpo.com/

New Next Week 8/1

(Let us know if you want any of these!)
 
Absalom Ghosts of London GN
Action Comics #12   
Age of Apocalypse #6
Alpha Girl #4
Amazingly Stupid Mad SC
Animal Man #12      
Avengers Academy #34  
Avengers Trial of Yellowjacket SC
Avengers Vs X-Men #9 (of 12) AVX
Avenging Spider-Man #10  
Batman No Mans Land Vol 3 SC New Edition
Batwing #12   
Beasts of Burden Neighborhood Watch One Shot
Before Watchmen Nite Owl #2 (of 4)
Blade of the Immortal Vol 25 SC
Boys #69
The Cape 1969 #2 (of 4)
Cerebus the Barbarian Messiah SC
Classic GI Joe Vol 15 SC
Courtney Crumrin Ongoing #4
Daredevil #16
Deadpool Kills Marvel Universe #1 (of 4)
Defenders #9    
Detective Comics #12  
Dial H #4  
Dungeons & Dragons Dark Sun Vol 1 SC
Earth 2 #4    
Epic Kill #4   
Extinction Seed #3 (of 6)
First X-Men #1 (of 5)
Flash Archives Vol 6 HC
Fury My War Gone By #5  
Futurama Comics #62  
Garfield #4    
GI Combat #4
Girl Genius vol 11 Hammerless Bell HC
Girl Genius vol 11 Hammerless Bell SC
Godland #36    
Green Arrow #12
Harvest #1 (of 5)  
Hawkeye #1  
Higher Earth #3
Hitman Vol 7 Closing Time SC
House of Mystery Vol 8 Desolation SC
Hypernaturals #2
The Incredible Hulk Regression SC
Invincible Iron Man #522
Izombie #28
Judge Dredd Inferno SC
Justice League International #12
The Lone Ranger #8
Looney Tunes #208
Mega Man Vol 3 Return of Dr. Wily SC
Merciless Rise of Ming #3   
Mind Mgmt #3        
Mind the Gap #3             
Mondo #3 (of 3)
Monster Dinosaur HC
Muppets #2 (of 4)
Ninjettes #6
Our Valued Customers Conversations From Comic Book SC
Peter Parker Spider-Man #156.1
Planet of the Apes Annual #1
Punisher By Greg Rucka TP Vol 01
Rasl #15
Red Lanterns #12
Route Des Maisons Rouges Vol 1 SC
Savage the Guvnor GN
The Shadow #4
Smallville Season 11 #4
Sonic the Hedgehog #239
Sonic Universe Vol 3 Knuckles Returns SC
Spawn #222  
The Spider #4
Stormwatch #12  
Strawberry Shortcake Vol 2 #1
The Summit of Gods Vol 3 (of 5) SC
Superboy Vol 1 Incubation SC
Superman Action Comics Vol 1 Superman Men of Steel HC
Swamp Thing #12
Sweet Tooth #36
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ultimate Colllection vol 3 HC
Thief of Thieves #7
Think Tank #1
Transformers Regeneration One #82
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #13
Warlord of Mars #20
Warlord of Mars Vol 2 SC
Robert Jordan Wheel of Time Eye of the World #28
World of Archie Double Digest #20
Worlds' Finest #4
X-Factor #241
X-Men #33
X-Men FF SC
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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Big Planet Comics Orbit Newsletter - July 26, 2012




Big Planet Comics


July 26, 2012

Matt Dembicki signing Saturday!

Matt Dembicki's graphic novel Xoc: The Journey of a Great White is out and only Big Planet Comics has it! Matt will be appearing at our College Park and Vienna stores this Saturday, July 28, along with the colorist of Xoc, Evan Keeling! We also have an awesome limited edition signed and numbered print by Matt and colored by Evan for sale (that is the picture to the left)! Only $5, but it is limited so be sure to get there early! Matt also will have some free minicomics, as well as some other cool stuff for sale, including original art, and resin shark teeth created by Brooke Allen!

We have Facebook invites with all the info for each signing below, or you can go to our Events page on our website:

College Park signing invite

Vienna signing invite



All 8 pages of Xoc Pup is now online for FREE on our website! You can read this all-new exclusive 8 page prequel comic about a newborn shark named Xoc at:
Xoc Pup - page 1
Xoc Pup - page 2
Xoc Pup - page 3
Xoc Pup - page 4
Xoc Pup - page 5
Xoc Pup - page 6
Xoc Pup - page 7
Xoc Pup - page 8

We've also got some other really exciting creator appearances coming up, we will announce them soon!

Feel free to forward on our newsletter, and please send us any comments or mailing list requests to vienna@bigplanetcomics.com

Thanks!
 
- the Big Planet Comics kids


___________________

UPCOMING - July 28 - Matt Dembicki Signing Xoc: The Journey of a Great White

Well, after you read the story of Xoc Pup above, get ready for a full graphic novel of the stories of a grown up great white shark! Matt Dembicki's Xoc is coming out soon! Join us on Saturday, July 28, at our College Park and Vienna stores for Matt signing copies of his new book. The colorist on the book, Evan Keeling, will also be there! Plus we will have limited edition signed and numbered prints for sale for only $5!

11am-1pm
7315 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740
301-699-0498
bigplanetcollegepark@yahoo.com

3pm-5pm
426 Maple Ave. East
Vienna, VA 22180
703-242-9412
vienna@bigplanetcomics.com

___________________

NEW - August 18 - Michael Rex Signing Fangbone!: The Birthday Party of Dread

Michael Rex, creator of Fangbone! Third Grade Barbarian, will be appearing at both our Vienna and College Park stores on Saturday, August 18, for his new all-ages book Fangbone! 3: The Birthday Party of Dread! Michael Rex is a New York Times best-selling illustrator for his many excellent kids books, including Firefighter, Furious George Goes Bananas, Jack the Builder, and of course the first two excellent Fangbone books, Fangbone! 1: Third Grade Barbarian and Fangbone! 2: The Egg of Misery!

11am-1pm
426 Maple Ave. East
Vienna, VA 22180
703-242-9412
vienna@bigplanetcomics.com

3pm-5pm
7315 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740
301-699-0498
bigplanetcollegepark@yahoo.com

The Underwater Welder SC

by Jeff Lemire

The graphic novel that Jeff Lemire has been working on for 5 years is finally out! Jack works welding oil rigs while waiting for his wife to give birth, but worries he is turning into his father, who died at this time of year, leaving Jack alone with his mother. Then Jack thinks he sees something at the bottom of the rig and is hospitalized. Is he going crazy or is he about to discover something he's always been looking for? An amazing tale of families, responsibility, and strange connection, all tied together by Lemire's great pacing and juxtaposition of his art. A superb book! Buy it!

Axe Cop: President of the Earth #1 (of 3)

by Malachai Nicolle and Ethan Nicolle

Axe Cop is back! Now as President of the whole planet, he gets God to protect Earth from bad guys for a million years, but then they will all return! Time to cut off some heads! Plus the plight of Goo Cop whose family was kidnapped by evil aliens! More action insanity and hilarity from young writer Malachai (now age 8)!

Debris #1 (of 4)

 
by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Riley Rossmo
 

In a dark future, a young warrior named Maya must attempt to find a new source of water for the last of humanity. Too bad the world is full of monstrous Colossals that will kill any human they see! Action-packed, with great and brightly colored art by Rossmo.

Scalped 9: Knuckle Up SC

by Jason Aaron and R. M. Guera
 
The penultimate Scalped book brings a series of painful confrontations as Dashiel Bad Horse makes a dangerous choice about how far he's going in his quest to bring justice to the reservation, and crime boss Red Crow begins to lose control of everything.

Daredevil 1 SC

by Mark Waid, Paolo Rivera and Marcos Martin

We've been telling you how great the new Daredevil series is, and now it has won an Eisner Award and is finally out in softcover! This new direction under Waid has Daredevil trying to be more carefree and adventuresome despite all the tragedy in his life, and the art by Rivera and Martin is nothing short of astounding, with whole scenes made up of the echoes of what Daredevil can "see" and other superbly creative layouts and art. Soooo good! Get it now!

National Comics: Eternity #1

by Jeff Lemire and Cully Hamner

Double Lemire week! This new series is one-shots updating old characters, this one is an amazing Kid Eternity story, where he must use his power to bring souls back from the dead for 24 hours to try to solve a man's murder! A great premise and story, with enough exciting twists and questions at the end to start up a whole new series! Hopefully we will get more, but a great one shot too!

MAD Presents Batman SC

by the Usual Gang of Idiots
 
Just in time for the new movie, MAD brings all their Batman parody comics into a single giant issue, plus a new look at the Dark Knight Rises by Sergio Aragones! Yep, the Michael Keaton and Adam West ones are in here too!

The Hammer and the Anvil HC

by Dwight Jon Zimmerman and Wayne Vansant
 
A history of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, and how their lives intertwined to bring about the end of slavery in the United States! Very well researched, this book goes back and forth between the men, comparing and contrasting their lives until they finally meet, and doing a good job of bringing history to life.
Archie Clash Of The New Kids SC
Dance Class Vol 2 Romeo & Juliets HC
DC Super Pets Swamp Thing Vs Zombie Pets SC
Flannery O'Connor Cartoons HC
Gatecrasher Vol 1 Ring Of Fire SC
Graveyard Of Empires #4
Aragones' Groo The Wanderer Artist Edition HC
Manhattan Projects #5
New Deadwardians #5 (Of 8)
Prophet #27
Resistance Vol 3 Victory SC
Ultimate Comics Hawkeye By Jonathan Hickman SC

Big Planet Comics Podcast #52
"Rorschach Toaster"
Kevin, Nick and Jared cover the latest news in Rorschach merchandise and review a bunch of new comics! Download now or subscribe on iTunes!
 
PODCAST REVIEWS:

Debris #1 by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Riley Rossmo
National Comics: Eternity #1 by Jeff Lemire and Cully Hamner
SPOOKS 1: The Fall of Babylon SC by Xavier Dorison, Fabien Nury and Christian Rossi
The Underwater Welder SC by Jeff Lemire
XOC: The Journey of a Great White HC by Matt Dembicki
X-Treme X-Men #1 by Greg Pak and Stephen Segovia

Send us questions to podcast@bigplanetcomics.com or leave a voicemail at 1-703-539-CAST! (1-703-539-2278)
 

7/28 - Matt Dembicki
Signing Xoc
11am-1pm
7315 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740
301-699-0498
bigplanetcollegepark@yahoo.com

Signing Xoc
3pm-5pm
426 Maple Ave. East
Vienna, VA 22180
703-242-9412
vienna@bigplanetcomics.com


8/18 - Michael Rex
Signing Fangbone!
11am-1pm
426 Maple Ave. East
Vienna, VA 22180
703-242-9412
vienna@bigplanetcomics.com

Signing Fangbone!
3pm-5pm
7315 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740
301-699-0498
bigplanetcollegepark@yahoo.com

9/8-9 - Baltimore convention
Baltimore Convention Center
One West Pratt Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
http://baltimorecomiccon.com/

9/15-16 - SPX convention
The area's coolest convention!
Marriott Bethesda North
5701 Marinelli Rd.
North Bethesda, MD 20852
http://www.spxpo.com/

New Next Week 8/1

(Let us know if you want any of these!)
 
Absalom Ghosts of London GN
Action Comics #12   
Age of Apocalypse #6
Alpha Girl #4
Amazingly Stupid Mad SC
Animal Man #12      
Avengers Academy #34  
Avengers Trial of Yellowjacket SC
Avengers Vs X-Men #9 (of 12) AVX
Avenging Spider-Man #10  
Batman No Mans Land Vol 3 SC New Edition
Batwing #12   
Beasts of Burden Neighborhood Watch One Shot
Before Watchmen Nite Owl #2 (of 4)
Blade of the Immortal Vol 25 SC
Boys #69
The Cape 1969 #2 (of 4)
Cerebus the Barbarian Messiah SC
Classic GI Joe Vol 15 SC
Courtney Crumrin Ongoing #4
Daredevil #16
Deadpool Kills Marvel Universe #1 (of 4)
Defenders #9    
Detective Comics #12  
Dial H #4  
Dungeons & Dragons Dark Sun Vol 1 SC
Earth 2 #4    
Epic Kill #4   
Extinction Seed #3 (of 6)
First X-Men #1 (of 5)
Flash Archives Vol 6 HC
Fury My War Gone By #5  
Futurama Comics #62  
Garfield #4    
GI Combat #4
Girl Genius vol 11 Hammerless Bell HC
Girl Genius vol 11 Hammerless Bell SC
Godland #36    
Green Arrow #12
Harvest #1 (of 5)  
Hawkeye #1  
Higher Earth #3
Hitman Vol 7 Closing Time SC
House of Mystery Vol 8 Desolation SC
Hypernaturals #2
The Incredible Hulk Regression SC
Invincible Iron Man #522
Izombie #28
Judge Dredd Inferno SC
Justice League International #12
The Lone Ranger #8
Looney Tunes #208
Mega Man Vol 3 Return of Dr. Wily SC
Merciless Rise of Ming #3   
Mind Mgmt #3        
Mind the Gap #3             
Mondo #3 (of 3)
Monster Dinosaur HC
Muppets #2 (of 4)
Ninjettes #6
Our Valued Customers Conversations From Comic Book SC
Peter Parker Spider-Man #156.1
Planet of the Apes Annual #1
Punisher By Greg Rucka TP Vol 01
Rasl #15
Red Lanterns #12
Route Des Maisons Rouges Vol 1 SC
Savage the Guvnor GN
The Shadow #4
Smallville Season 11 #4
Sonic the Hedgehog #239
Sonic Universe Vol 3 Knuckles Returns SC
Spawn #222  
The Spider #4
Stormwatch #12  
Strawberry Shortcake Vol 2 #1
The Summit of Gods Vol 3 (of 5) SC
Superboy Vol 1 Incubation SC
Superman Action Comics Vol 1 Superman Men of Steel HC
Swamp Thing #12
Sweet Tooth #36
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ultimate Colllection vol 3 HC
Thief of Thieves #7
Think Tank #1
Transformers Regeneration One #82
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #13
Warlord of Mars #20
Warlord of Mars Vol 2 SC
Robert Jordan Wheel of Time Eye of the World #28
World of Archie Double Digest #20
Worlds' Finest #4
X-Factor #241
X-Men #33
X-Men FF SC
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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

I've got a new article out on cancer and comics

Rhode, M and JTH Connor.  "Graphic Tales of Cancer,"International Journal of Comic Art 14:1 (Spring 2012): 112-156.



Coincidentally, Atrium #10 has some relevant articles not cited in mine of course.

Our local Batman has a new Batmobile

Rt. 29 Batman, with new Batmobile, vows to continue mission after massacre
By Michael S. Rosenwald
Washington Post (July 25 2012)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/rosenwald-md/post/rt-29-batman-with-new-batmobile-vows-to-continue-mission-after-massacre/2012/07/24/gJQAy2aW6W_blog.html