Vampire popularity may have peaked, but it won’t go away (Book, TV and movie commentary)

In a Sedalia bookstore, they have a shelf full of vampire books. Not just a section labeled “vampires”; I mean a full standalone bookshelf with four or five shelves on it. I asked the proprietor about it and he shook his head in exasperation and told me how many vampire books they get each time a shipment comes in. I think he said dozens, or maybe it was hundreds. Then he predicted that the bottom would fall out any day like the Beanie Baby craze of a few years back.

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In ‘Buffy’ No. 33, Twilight is revealed to be … cough … hack … wheeze … spoiler alert (Comic book commentary)

Almost as entertaining as reading the “Buffy” Season 8 comics is reading Scott Allie’s From the Editor pieces on the Dark Horse Web site. In a January editorial, he apologized profusely to fans for Dark Horse’s accidental leakage of the identity of season-long villain Twilight when advance covers of Issue No. 34 were released online showing — SPOILER ALERT

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‘Buffy’ has comic edge, but ‘Angel’ is starting to catch up (Comic book commentary)

 

If someone picked up the latest issues of Dark Horse’s “Buffy” (Issue No. 32) and IDW’s “Angel”(Issue No. 30) as their introduction to post-TV events, they’d hardly recognize these worlds. The story has certainly moved forward in comic-book form.

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Entertainment I discovered after getting a tip from someone: A top 15 list (Commentary)

Part of the purpose of this blog is to let you know about cool stuff in the entertainment world. The blog’s main purpose, of course, is it gives me something to do. But also, it’s nice to think that I might encourage someone to look into a good TV show or movie or band or book every now and then.

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Is it just me, or is Comic-Con one giant commercial? (Commentary)

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Entertainment Weekly, Zap2It, G4 and all the major entertainment news sources have jumped on the Comic-Con bandwagon in recent years — even the gossip-themed “Chelsea Lately” mentioned Comic-Con in a recent episode. Because there are a lot of producers, writers and actors at the annual San Diego convention, the theory goes that it’s a great source for new information on what’s cool in TV, movies, games and, of course, comic books.

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Need more ‘Fringe’ after Tuesday’s season finale? Try the comic books (Commentary)

The first season finale of J.J. Abrams’ “Fringe” (8 p.m. Central Tuesday on Fox, and the next day at Hulu) promises to delve deeper into the relationship between Good Mad Scientist Walter Bishop and Bad Mad Scientist William Bell. They were lab partners at MIT; Bell went on to found mysterious corporation Massive Dynamic and Bishop went on to the nuthouse.

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