ANDREW’S LINKS: Defending Freedom
The ACLU has a new online comic to explain its mission: Defenders of Freedom. (I would have used a panel from one of their stories to illustrate this post but – irony of ironies – it’s left-click disabled, locked down tight by proprietary software. So, instead, you get the very first Google image for the search “defender of freedom,” because Andrew Wheeler is all about the random fun. It’s from this page, by the way.)
Mike Carey talks to Comic Book Resources.
CBR also interviews Action Philosophers! creator Fred Van Lente.
Wizard chats with Jim Shooter, once and future writer of the Legion of Super-Heroes.
Occasional Superheroine, at the Baltimore Comic-Con, found the crowd incredibly conservative and unwilling to look at any materials outside the usual Punchy McSuper-Dude “mainstream.”
Kevin Jones of Culture Magazine has an essay on Craig Thompson’s graphic novel Blankets.
Comix Talk interviews Krishna Sadasivam, creator of the webcomic PC Weenies.
Bookslut interviews Journalista!’s Dirk Deppey.
Comic World News interviews Jason Thompson, author of Manga: The Complete Guide.
Augie De Blieck, Jr. (of Comic Book Resources) reviews Asterix in Spain.
Comic Book Bin reviews Jaime Hernandez’s Maggie the Mechanic.
Comics and More reviews two manga collections: MPD Psycho, Vol. 1 and To Terra, Vol. 2.
Newsarama lists its picks for the week.
Green Man Review has a special Tolkien issue this week, and asked a whole bunch of authors and others what their favorite Tolkien book was. It’s not like there’s a whole lot of choices, though…
Locus Online lists the classic reprints they saw in July and August, including new editions of Little Fuzzy, Slan, and The Last Unicorn.
K.J. Bishop is still catching up by blogging about her time at the Worldcon.
Irene Gallo posts a bunch of sketches and corresponding final art by Hugo winner Donato Giancola.
Reviews of SF/Fantasy
Featured Review of the Day: Adam Roberts of Strange Horizons reviews Ben Bova’s John W. Campbell Award-winning novel Titan and finds it lacking. But he’s very funny along the way.
The Agony Column listens to George R.R. Martin’s Dreamsongs, but seems to have missed the fact that it is the Subterranean Press collection GRRM of a few years back, chopped in half and given a few new bells & whistles.
Monsters & Critics reviews a contemporary fantasy novel called Moon in the Mirror by an author they refer to only as “Frost.” And I don’t think it’s Greg, so it must be the other one…
Monsters & Critics also reviews S.M. Stirling’s The Sunrise Lands.
SFReviews.net just added three new ones:
- Warren Hammond’s KOP
- Plague Year by Jeff Carlson
- and the classic More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon.
SFFWorld reviews C.S. Friedman’s Feast of Souls.
SF Signal reviews Doris Lessing’s The Fifth Child.
SciFi Weekly looks at George Alec Effinger’s classic What Entropy Means To Me.
Bookgasm reviews Karen Miller’s The Innocent Mage.
Neth Space reviews R.A. Salvatore’s The Orc King.
An Interview with a specific personSciFi Wire interviews Christopher Barzak about his first novel One for Sorrow.
OdditiesPlease do not read any political bias into this, but I think this Hillary Clinton nutcracker is both amusing and well-designed. I’d like to see a similar “Dubya” one, too.
David Louis Edelman thinks about Jewish werewolves.
The five Harry Potter movies are now the most fiscally successful movie franchise ever, sneaking past the James Bond movies to hit $4.47 billion worldwide.
Would you pay money to see Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull? Will you be complaining about that title for the next nine months? The fan frenzy starts…now!
SF Signal lists, teases, and links to five newly-available classic SF novels, free on the ‘net.
[I’m sure I picked up something here from Journalista!]