Google Glass mini-games: A review

Google Glass has been a little short on new toys to play with in 2014. The latest news from the mother-hive is that there won’t be a software update this month; however, an upgrade to Android KitKat is in on the way (interesting!), and that could bring some help for Bluetooth support and battery life … Read moreGoogle Glass mini-games: A review

Google Glass Review: The best and worst of it right now

Google Glass has kicked my expectations to two opposite ends of a spectrum since it was first announced. On one hand, it looks like an overpriced beta product that could potentially become little more than one more screen for receiving push alerts. On the other hand, there’s a sprawling world of augmented reality possibilities that … Read moreGoogle Glass Review: The best and worst of it right now

Review: ‘Wizzywig’ by Ed Piskor

Ed Piskor’s Top Shelf graphic novel “Wizzywig” was another title that I picked up a few weeks ago at SPX. I first became aware of his work years ago when he collaborated on “Macedonia” with the late Harvey Pekar, and I even interviewed Pekar about that project for an article at my old job. Looking … Read moreReview: ‘Wizzywig’ by Ed Piskor

Review: ‘Bjornstrand’ by Renée French

Two elements that I can definitely walk into a book ready to love are the giant, mysterious monster genre and the furry, soft-focus art of Renée French. Her comic “Bjornstrand,” which I picked up at SPX last weekend, delivered on both counts, and it was every bit the plushy, bizarro children’s book belonging in a … Read moreReview: ‘Bjornstrand’ by Renée French

Review: ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ (2012)

Fair warning here. This review contains some spoilers. As an event in history, director Christopher Nolan’s final Batman film is almost impossible to consider apart from two tragedies—the Aurora shooting and the death of Heath Ledger that forever colored “Batman: The Dark Knight.” In turn, both of those events have forever colored how people discuss … Read moreReview: ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ (2012)

‘The Drops of God’ Volume 1 Review: There’s only so much wine

I don’t necessarily avoid manga in my reading diet—it’s just not a staple. I’ve enjoyed Cromartie High School, Ghost in the Shell, Akira and even a little Yotsuba&!. Tadashi Agi and Shu Okimoto’s The Drops of God was little off the beaten path for me—not something I would have come to naturally. As David Brothers … Read more‘The Drops of God’ Volume 1 Review: There’s only so much wine

‘Habibi’: A review in progress

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund let a few copies of Craig Thompson’s new graphic novel, Habibi, out of the gate early at SPX, and seeing how I’ve been waiting to read it for the better part of the last decade, I hopped in line and snagged one. I was prepared for Thompson’s extravagant attention … Read more‘Habibi’: A review in progress

‘Justice League’ #1 Review: Where did everybody go?

Once again, nothing will ever be the same in the DC Universe—at least until another company-wide crossover event comes along and throws gasoline on already-problematic fires once again. That’s the cynical way to read DC’s hero-redefining refresh that begins in Geoff Johns and Jim Lee’s Justice League #1. I’m actually more hopeful, though. If “Crisis on … Read more‘Justice League’ #1 Review: Where did everybody go?

‘Flashpoint’ #5 Review: Batman wept

The end of the DC Universe’s final sprawling crossover event before its much-ballyhooed reboot arrived today in Flashpoint #5. Once more, the burden of DC’s Gordian continuity knot falls upon The Flash, and this is the tale of how he ultimately confronts Eobard Thawne and resolves one scrambled universe cluster-belch and ushers in a newer, … Read more‘Flashpoint’ #5 Review: Batman wept