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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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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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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My question for this post is: What are your favorite Christmas stories (movies, books, comic books, TV episodes, etc.)? When you think of Christmas entertainment, what comes to mind? What do you re-watch or re-read at this time of year?
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Even when it seems “Buffy” is doing something for laughs, it might actually have a subtext behind it. For example, when Willow’s doppelganger vampire was humorously gay in a third-season episode; it seemed like an off-the-wall funny idea. And yet, a season later, Willow was dating Tara.
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Hollywood has been sucking up to creatures of the night lately. Mirroring the hit “Twilight” franchise, Hollywood is up to its neck in vampires, staking tentpole movies and hyped-up TV shows on the fact that people suddenly seem to dig the bloodsuckers.
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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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