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Legendary Love Letter

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Article by Tony Farina In 2012, when The CW allowed super producer, Greg Berlanti, to make a show about The Green Arrow, simply called Arrow, no one could have predicted that within 10 years, the superhero dreams of every DC Comics fanboy/girl/person everywhere would also eventually come to life.  Sure, we had a handful of shows, both animated and live-action, during our lifetimes, but those things were never connected. Each of those shows has its fans and detractors for a variety of reasons and because they were just stand-alone shows, just trying to exist. Somehow, the little show that could, on the little network that could, started something unique. On the back of the physicality of Stephen Amell, the swagger of David Ramsey and charisma of Emily Bett Rickards, the Arrowverse was born and nothing has been the same since. As the shows spun off and the A-list heroes and villains kept popping up (remember, they had a whole Suicide Squad, Legion of Doom, and Justice League thing goi

DO IT, BUY THE BOOK - DECEMBER WRAP UP

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  By Fay Clark DO IT BUY THE BOOK CHALLENGES have never been so festive, probably because this was our first Christmas period. I had a great time! I really hope you all enjoyed your festive reads. If you ever want to keep up live feed style, you can catch it all on our Instagram  @FanUniverses . Challenge 1 - Read a book set in Winter - The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Anderson. This was a classic I have been meaning to read for a very long time. Set in winter this small girl must sell all her Match sticks before she is able to go home. Although this is a slightly sad book, it actually made me happy this young girl finally didn't have to stand in the cold any more, she seemed so happy to me .  ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5. Challenge 2 - Read a book set around The Holiday's (Happy Festivities) - A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig.  I have actually read this book before. That was a good few years ago now, I wanted to continue with the series, and watch the new TV movie of the book! I really en

DO IT, BUY THE BOOK - JANUARY CHALLENGES

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  By Fay Clark The festive cheer is now over, as we go into another year. I hope you all had a brilliant last month of 2021, reading and otherwise! There is much excitement about what challenges I get to bring into this new year. January has a bit of a theme. Second chances and new opportunities, but like for books and reading! I hope you all had a smashing new years and can't wait to get into some 2022 reading! Challenge 1 - Read the newest book you purchased. Challenge 2 - Read a book you wanted to finish by the end of 2021, but didn't get the chance to. Challenge 3 - Read the next book in a series that you started, or start a new series. Challenge 4 - Read a book that you started but never finished. Go give it a second chance. Challenge 5 - Book of the Month has swung back round to the big boss himself. Steve's pick for this month (because his wife is reading it and thinks it great! Thanks Jacqui). Read "This Much is True by Miriam Margoyles". Okay peeps. I hop

DC’s Breakout TV Super Hero Returns To Comics In Naomi Season Two

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Article by Steve J. Ray DC has announced the return of its fan-favorite teenage superhero in Naomi Season Two. Featuring the original creative team behind the critically acclaimed and Eisner Award-nominated debut series; Brian Michael Bendis, David F. Walker, and Jamal Campbell, Issue #1 will be available at local comic book stores and digital retailers from March 8, 2022. DC’S BREAKOUT SUPERHERO'S BACK FOR NAOMI SEASON TWO Six-Issue Second Season Features Original Creative Team of Brian Michael Bendis David F. Walker and Jamal Campbell  Issue #1 Will Be Available at Local Comic Book Stores on March 8 Naomi returns to the pages of her own series to uncover the truth behind the new mysteries around herself and her powers. Featuring the original creative team behind the critically acclaimed and Eisner Award-nominated debut series of Brian Michael Bendis, David F. Walker, and Jamal Campbell, NAOMI SEASON TWO #1 will be available at local comic book stores and digital retailers on Ma

Book Review: Sideshow: Capturing Archetypes Vol. 4 *Gift Idea*

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Sideshow: Capturing Archetypes Vol. 4 Writer: Andrew Farago Review by Adam Ray Art books are a staple for those who truly love a niche hobby and want to look at its media very closely, or for those who like books big and heavy enough to commit bodily harm or build a house. My own collection features the artwork from a beloved card game, but now I've expanded my collection to include this gem. Sideshow Collectibles are the masters of exquisitely detailed, hyper-realistic statues of beloved characters from across popular culture. This book is a treasure trove of detailed photographs, reference art, design sketches, and the process of making some of their best recent pieces. Collected like this, we get to see the process of how these amazing works of art are made. It's easy to be blown away by how good they look visually, but in this book, as well laid out as it is, the behind-the-scenes glimpses give a real insight into true art as a process. The words of Andrew Farago have been

Book Review: Sideshow: Fine Art Prints Vol. 2 *Gift Idea*

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Sideshow: Fine Art Prints Vol. 2 Writer: Andrew Farago Artists:  Allen Williams, Alex Garner, Alex Ross, Mark Brooks, Fabian Schlaga, Heon-Hwa Choe, Anthony Francisco,  Jon Foster ,  Ian MacDonald, Alex Pascenko, David Palumbo, Dave Wilkins, Stephen Schirle, Matt Ryan Tobin, Doo-Chun, Paolo Rivera, R.J. Palmer, Stanley 'Artgerm' Lau, Olivia De Berardinis, Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson, Adam Hughes, Tom Jilesen, Josh Nizzi, Jimmy Xu, Andy Park, Daniel Picard, Alex Horley, Ryan Meinerding, Brian Rood, Anthony Francisco, Adi Granov, Walter, O'Neal, Hoi Mun Tham, David Igo, Karla Ortiz, Jenny Frison, Dan Colonna, Darren Tan, Derrick Chew Review by Steve J. Ray It's no secret that Insight Editions publishes the most beautiful, lavish, high-quality art books money can buy. The entire world knows that Sideshow Collectibles produces the most exciting and gorgeous art prints available anywhere. When these two giants combine, everybody wins. Sideshow: Fine Art Prints Vol. 2 is a g

Fan Retrospectives: 'Shang-Chi' and Identity

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Review by Eric Lee Last week, my Chinese immigrant in-laws stayed at my place and we watched "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" together. It was an interesting experience.  Also, MAJOR spoilers follow for anyone who hasn't seen the movie! Shang-Chi is an Asian American movie Despite the film having a lot of dialogue spoken in Mandarin, it's a distinctly Asian American movie, with an Asian American perspective. The director, Destin Daniel Cretton, is an Asian American. The film's two main stars: Simu Liu and Akwafina are both Asian American. Yes, I know Liu is actually Canadian, but the term encompasses all of North America. My in-laws are not Asian American. They've lived in China for much of their lives and hold a very traditional Chinese belief system. On the other hand, I'm a 2nd generation Asian American. My grandparents were the ones who immigrated to the Bay Area, not my parents. So I'm two generations removed from my Chinese