Hotly anticipated

Aaaaand today marks the release of The Princess and the Pony, Kate Beaton's first book for children. I'm super excited about this one, even if A) I am several decades past the target audience age, and B) the book trailer is unexpectedly heavy on the pony-flatulence jokes. (I mean.. ....more

Scraping the bottom of the barrel, guys?

Ah, just what the world needs: Badass Santa: The Comic. (Not its real name, sadly.) I originally assumed this sucker was a joke, but no, Grant Morrison’s new Klaus comic will "[draw] upon early Viking and Siberian Santa Claus mythology" to depict ol' Father Christmas as "a crusader against injustice and a rough-and-tumble, Conan the Barbarian-esque superhero." Sure, why not? ...more

<i>Nimona</i>, by Noelle Stevenson

I had good feelings about Noelle Stevenson's Nimona from the first page. I liked the warm colors and distinctive character design, I always enjoy stories about unconventional families, and I instantly fell in love with the title character, who reminded me strongly of an evil-doing Yotsuba. As the book progressed, however, the initial offbeat silliness began to feel like a bait-and-switch ....more

Weekly Book Giveaway: <i>Nimona</i>, by Noelle Stevenson

This week's Book Giveaway is Noelle Stevenson's graphic novel Nimona. Admittedly, I picked it because the main character's name and image reminded me of a fantasy version of Ramona Quimby, but you know what? I've chosen plenty of books for stupider reasons ....more

Nope.

Okay, um, GROSS. The latest full trailer for the upcoming live-action adaptation of Attack on Titan is out, and it's final: there are some things I don't need to see on a big screen (and some things I really don't need to see in 3D), and huge, nude, people-eating zombie-things rank high on that list. The buzz around this manga and anime had me curious, but my common sense is waving every possible red flag ....more

No, thank you.

My mother still hasn't recovered from seeing Gone Girl, so I'm sure she'll be thrilled to hear that there's another Gillian Flynn adaptation coming down the pike, and this one might be even grosser. The trailer is out for Dark Places (starring Mad Max: Fury Road co-stars Charlize Theron and Nicolas Hoult, both of whom appear to be wearing considerably less make-up in this film), and it looks like another movie my mother will be repelled by, and yet still compelled to see. Enjoy, Mom! ...more

Fingers crossed

According to LaineyGossip, Selma director Ava DuVernay has been tapped to direct Marvel's upcoming film adaptation of the comic Black Panther, due out in 2018. This will be the first Marvel superhero movie to feature an African-American main character (played by Chadwick Boseman), as well as the first to feature a female director (who is also African-American). Marvel is not known as a bastion of diversity, so let's hope this film does really, really well ....more

I'd still prefer a movie.

I'm still waiting (...and waiting) for a film adaptation of one of Georgette Heyer's novels, but at least there are signs that her literary legacy is still being celebrated: according to the Guardian, Heyer was recently honored with an English Heritage blue plaque at her birthplace in southwest London. The unveiling ceremony was attended by actor and writer Stephen Fry (clearly a fellow Heyer superfan), who described Ms. Heyer as "a fabulous, witty writer who captured the life and language of Regency England superbly." ...more

So many extra "e"s...

Much to my delight, NPR recently posted another glorious advice column featuring the wisdom of Twitter personality Chaucer Doth Tweet. In this installment, Chaucer answers many questions related to summer travel, ranging from tips on what to consider when embarking on long car trips ("Whanne on a journey thou must alwayes bear yn mynde the three Ts: Timinge, Tales, and Treates") to sharing his thoughts on glamping: "Lo, good folke, Ich have reade muchel of glamping in the romaunces and historyes of knightes and chivalrye. For yn dayes of oold manye a great knighte and warlike kynge hath glamped ....more

<i>And Then Everything Unraveled</i>, by Jennifer Sturman

I feel like I've been complaining about this a lot recently, but seriously, authors: if your book is a series installment, you need to make that clear from the start. I really liked Jennifer Sturman's debut YA novel And Then Everything Unraveled, but I was not best pleased to discover that it was only half of a story. When sixteen-year-old Delia Truesdale's tech-genius mother disappears on a research trip to Antarctica, Delia is the only person who believes she might still be alive ....more