The Week’s Most Popular Posts: October 27 – 31, 2014

This post originally appeared on Panels, which is now Book Riot Comics

A look back at the week that was . . . 

Being a fan of comics (or games, or anime, or all of these things), there are events you can attend throughout the year, like parties at your local bookstore or comics shop, or even a big convention. At such events, the whole point is to show your love for this hobby you find so much joy in, right? And what better way to wear your fandom on your sleeve than to dress up as a favorite character? If the idea of cosplay seems daunting to you, for any reason at all, I hope to inspire you to give it a shot with this beginner’s guide. 

from A Beginner’s Guide to Cosplay: Getting It Done by Kristina Pino


We think of editorial cartoons as a site for snark and sarcasm, irony and innuendo. A place to tell truth to power. And they are all these things, on good days, when the world is normal and things are operating as they should be. The editorial cartoonist is our modern court jester.

But in times of tragedy, the editorial cartoonist is also able to offer us a collective image to rally around and a site for collective mourning. When so many find themselves at a loss for words, the editorial cartoon makes words unnecessary.

from Editorial Cartoons and the Art of Collective Mourning by Brenna Clarke Gray


Last week, both Marvel Studios and Warner Brothers/DC Entertainment made HUGE announcements about the future of their respective film universes. Marvel announced the addition of Robert Downey Jr. to Captain America 3 pitting Steve Rogers against Tony Stark, Civil War style. Two days later, WB/DC announced a release schedule from 2016 to 2020 including 10 films featuring DC Comics characters (8 of which we didn’t know about). Then yesterday, Marvel fired back by announcing their full slate of Phase 3 films. That’s a ton of information, and I want to figure out what it all means. So let’s take a look at the films we’ll all be seeing over the next six years…

from Silver Screen Superheroics: Facts, Hopes, and Speculation by Scott Carelli


Because of this heartrending lack of comic shop in my life–a veritable desert–I didn’t actually set foot in one until I was in my mid-20s and then I was as intimidated. Have you seen all the choices? Single issues, trades, deluxe editions, and don’t even get me started on the action figures. It was almost too much to take in at one go, and it was a long while before I returned. Mostly because of the distance, and partially because I felt completely lost. To this day, I haven’t found “my” shop. A place I can settle in and geek out. No pull lists here, sadly.

So if one doesn’t have a comic shop close by, what is one to do?

from Get Your Fix Without a Comics Shop by Andi Miller




from What’s On Your Pull List?: October 29, 2014 by Ali Colluccio

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