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UPDATE: Deciphering the Alien Text in PAPER GIRLS – PAPER GIRLS #4

In November 2015, Nothing But Comics interviewed The Dinglehopper blog team – Erin and Michael Perry – about their process for decoding the strange language in the Image Comics series Paper Girls.  With this week’s release of Paper Girls #4, The Dinglehopper team has updated its decoder chart.

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This Year’s Finest 2015: The Ten Best Comics of 2015

We finally made it. Some old favorites, some new favorites and everything in between. These are the ten best comics of 2015 Continue reading This Year’s Finest 2015: The Ten Best Comics of 2015

This Year’s Finest 2015: The Best Single Issues

Comics in their essence are a serialized art form. We might discuss arcs and runs, trading waiting and so on, yet , most comics are still centered on the experience of reading individual chapters parceled out over a (typically) monthly basis. With this in mind, I offer my third annual list of the year’s most memorable single issues.

I start with my choices for the two very best:

Sandman Overture 6 J.H. Williams III
J.H. Williams III

Sandman Overture #6 by Neil Gaiman & J.H. Williams III:  Dream’s cosmic journey across a universe (or two) came to a stunning conclusion in this issue. The issue contained several callbacks to Gaiman’s classic work, yet not none of them felt like self-serving fan service. Instead they enriched even further the fascinating personalities of the Dream Lord and his siblings. At the same time, Gaiman offered  a story where the stakes were huge. Williams more than ably met the challenge of Gaiman’s script handing in page after page of stunning art. His detailed, imaginative work defied any traditional sense of page layouts, spilling the action in all directions. Rarely have words and pictures blended so well to create a truly emotional experience on an epic scale. For more, read Cosmo’s staff review.
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This Week’s Finest: Saga #32

Saga
Fiona Staples

By Brian K Vaughan & Fiona Staples

The holidays are a time of bustle and confusion. It may sound cliché that we often lose track of what really matters, but, you know what? There is a fair amount of truth behind such clichés. So, it seems rather appropriate that for this final Finest of 2015, I selected a book centered on an exploration of family.

Last month, Saga returned from its intra-arc sabbatical with an update on Hazel. The issue focused on how well (or not) the child was adapting to life in a refugee detention center. This week, the series shifts the focus to her parents, asking how well they are handling their daughter’s absence. The answer is not too bad, under the circumstances.
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Indubitable Issues and Pull List (12/23/15)

LOOKING FOR BOOKS TO BUY THIS WEEK?  

LOOK NO FURTHER.  

HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.

 
Dean’s Recommendations …
DeadlyClass

Deadly Class #17
“Marcus is hunted by his classmates as their final exam! Remender Remember how this story left off? Marcus is in big trouble. You don’t just get a talking to by your parents for failing at this school, you get expelled…permanently. The new arc starts now! “
 

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This Year’s Finest 2015: Saga Teaches Family First

SagaVolume5

A popular store to shop in this holiday season is Chapters. I have been in a few times this season shopping for my family. Chapters is the Canadian version of Barnes and Noble. They have a good comic book selection but I rarely buy comics from there, I prefer to support my local shop owner. One of the first things you see upon entering the store is their best seller wall and this holiday season it shocked me to enter and find Saga volumes 1 to 5 sitting right front and centre on the best sellers rack. I understand Saga is a big deal, but I dabble mostly in the comic book world. I had no idea I would find Saga on the best sellers rack of Chapters. More importantly, I didn’t find Saga Volume 1 on the best sellers rack, I found volumes 1 to 5. Sure, you may pick volume 1 up for your nephew one Christmas, but you can be sure he is coming back for volumes 2, 3, 4 and 5. Saga is addicting. It is the gateway comic. The year 2015 marks the release of Saga issues #25-#31 which comprises volume 5 plus the beginning of the next arc. The epic continues.

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This Year’s Finest 2015: The Best New Series

This was a year of great new comics and these were our ten favorites. Space warriors, space occultist, space terrorist, teens in space, teens in high school, teens in college, teens delivering papers, teens in a monarchy, teens in the avengers, teenage mummy’s on skateboards & Weird World. Continue reading This Year’s Finest 2015: The Best New Series

This Year’s Finest 2015: The Most Memorable Characters of 2015

NBC’s year-end coverage kicks into full swing this week — yep, it’s list making time. Today  I am offering my third annual look at which characters made the strongest impressions in 2015.

All entries are listed in alphabetical order.

Darth Vader 4 Salvador Larroca
Salvador Larroca
0-0-0: This was probably one of the easiest pitches that Kieron Gillen has ever made: “evil 3-CPO”. The concept sells itself, right? What elevates the character above gimmick though is how well-executed it is. Despite some notable differences in ethical programming, 0-0-0 is very much a twin of the galaxy’s most famous protocol droid: deferential, thorough, proud of a job well-done and a bit cowering at times. Gillen evokes the mannerisms of 3-CPO so well that the reader cannot help but hear 0-0-0’s dialogue in Anthony Daniels’ familiar voice. This quality makes 0-0-0’s gleeful remarks about torture all the more chilling. It is also classic Gillen.
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UPDATE: Deciphering the Alien Text in PAPER GIRLS

Last week, Nothing But Comics interviewed The Dinglehopper blog team – Erin and Michael Perry – about their process for decoding the strange language in the Image Comics series Paper Girls.  With this week’s release of Paper Girls #3, The Dinglehopper team has updated its decoder chart.

Continue reading UPDATE: Deciphering the Alien Text in PAPER GIRLS