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Comics Portal: Magic City Comic Con 2016

I’m still not used to going to my first comics convention so early in the year! But I’ve already been to Magic City Comic Con, located in the Miami area! For more information, here’s their website! The con took place in the Miami Airport Convention Center, so it again was in a good location as far as ease of access. It ran from Friday, January 15, through Sunday, January 17, and had a lot of fans in attendance. It’s important to remember that this con is related to the Florida SuperCon that takes place in July. I reviewed their 2015 convention…

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COMICS PORTAL: Choosing a Comics Shop

Every once in a while, I find it helpful to re-examine why you do what you do. For example, I used to collect Disney action figures until I realized that they really didn’t rock my boat any longer. I ended up giving many of them away to neighborhood kids since I couldn’t sell them on the Internet. The same is true about local comics shops. There have been times when I’ve been complacent after patronizing the same store for an extended period of time. When I stop to think about it, it had morphed into a place I honestly didn’t care…

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COMICS PORTAL: New Year’s Day Comics!

Apparently more comics stores than usual were open on New Year’s Day, and it had to do with the shipping of some Marvel comics! WHAT HAPPENED I became aware of all this when one of my local comics shops, which always sends out an email indicating what new books will be available the following day, put out an email on New Year’s Eve, two days after their regular message appeared in my mailbox on Tuesday night. Their store would be open on New Year’s Day, selling several previously unreleased Marvel books. Here’s how this was all announced on the PreviewsWorld.com…

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COMICS PORTAL: Bring On More Bi-Weeklies!

As we draw 2015 to a close, rumors are bouncing around the Internet that DC is going to follow Marvel’s lead by introducing more bi-weekly (every other week) comics to our weekly pull lists. I’m both happy and concerned about this notion, so let me express both aspects.

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COMICS PORTAL: 2015 – A Great Time to Be a Comics Fan!

First, I need to give my yearly advice to people buying gifts for comics fans, especially late ones! Do NOT try to buy an item you THINK they might want! Chances are, they either have it or don’t wait it if they haven’t already bought it. Instead, locate their local comics shop and buy a gift card! They’ll be able to purchase what they want, so they’ll love you for it! Phew! Okay, now we can move on to the topic at hand – This is a great time to be a comics fan! That’s so true on several levels!

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COMICS PORTAL: Trade Paperback or Individual Issues?

Every so often, I re-examine the idea of trade paperbacks versus individual issues. Now that I’m helping out behind the scenes on a comic series (the aforementioned Stabbity Bunny), I’m encountering new questions regarding the unending question of trade paperbacks versus individual issues in a series.

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COMICS PORTAL: Adult Coloring Books? Really?

Now, more than ever, comics companies will do literally anything to sell you their product. Variant covers, blank covers, crossovers … you name it! Well, the latest addition to these methods is called the “adult coloring book.” Apparently, you buy the comic, bring out your crayons and markers, then go to work as your own colorist! Yes, really! THE LATEST ADDITION TO THIS LINE How this caught my attention was through a press release from Marvel announcing that James Patterson’s comics (converted from his novels) will be turned into Color Your Own James Patterson during 2016. “Marvel and James Patterson…

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COMICS PORTAL: Why Crossovers?

The television event I’ve been waiting for is happening this Tuesday and Wednesday nights. It’s the annual crossover between The Flash and Arrow on The CW. Last year’s crossover was a huge ratings success, prompting the early renewal of both shows on the network. Will the same thing happen again? I hope so!

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COMICS PORTAL: MegaCon Fan Days 2015

What do you do when you’re the premiere media/comics convention in Central Florida, like MegaCon? Well, what these folks did was launch a second con about six months after their big one in order to corner the market! And that’s just what happened on Saturday, November 21, and Sunday, November 22 – they launched MegaCon Fan Days! Held at the Orange County Convention Center in the Orlando, Florida, MegaCon Fan Days debuted this past weekend. People attending the convention were guessing that it was about a quarter to a seventh the size of the con held back in April of…

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COMICS PORTAL: Fall of the Mutants

I’ve been reading comics now for decades, and one of the trends I thought would last forever was the popularity of comics featuring mutants. However, even I’m surprised at how quickly the mutants have faded away in the last couple of years. Here’s what I think happened!

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COMICS PORTAL: Whatever Happened to Movie Adaptations?

With all the hubbub surrounding the upcoming Star Wars movie, I started wondering if Marvel was going to release a comics version of it. You know, a comic that adapted the film and would appear in local comics shops? Then I remembered – Oh, yeah, no comics company has done that in a long, long time!

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COMICS PORTAL: The Dark Influence of the Internet

The Internet can be a wonderful thing! For instance, I learn so much reading this very site, MajorSpoilers.com, and that helps me be a better fan because I can talk intelligently about what’s happening in the industry in this column, among other things. However, the Internet also has a darker side that can discourage and dishearten creators and fans alike, and apparently kill projects altogether!

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COMICS PORTAL: Gotham Versus Supergirl

And you thought Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice was going to be an epic fight! Well, tonight begins the latest battle between two DC Comics properties on local television – Gotham up against Supergirl! It’s the kind of thing that ends up discouraging comics fans from wanting their heroes on the small screen.

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COMICS PORTAL: Ready to Pay $4.99 a Comic?

Many of Marvel’s All-New, All-Different #1’s are going to cost $4.99 an issue. After that, it’s likely they’ll go back down to $3.99 each, but once that price barrier has been broken, will the House of Ideas be able to keep the cost down? I doubt it!

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