In memoriam

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After a long wait (longer for American fans) Lost Girl returns for its fourth season, and perplexingly it kicks off without its charming heroine. Of course, you know that Bo, the unaligned succubus/superhero at the center of the show, was plucked from the world with only a Wanderer tarot card left where she stood in the season three finale, so it would make sense that Bo would be gone for practical reason for this premiere. So why does nobody remember Bo? Not her would-be boyfriend, not her BFF, not her grandfather, mother, frenemy or anyone else in the fae world that’s crossed paths with her? That question is at the heart of “In Memoriam.” (more…)

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While San Diego Comic Con has again remained resistant to live-streaming any of their panels, with today’s ability to easily record video and social media, quite a bit of what goes on at the Con becomes available online, whether officially or not. Here I’ve got a few videos which will definitely be of interest to any Game of Thrones fans unable to attend SDCC. The first comes from the Hall H panel where earlier today was streamed a tongue in cheek “In Memoriam” video of all those who’ve lost their lives over the seasons. Set to Boys II Men.

Something about that soulful R & B tune really makes all that senseless character death hit home.

On Friday night the nerdy, vaudevillian, comedy music show, w00tstock took place and while the duo, Paul & Storm were performing their Game of Thrones tune, “Write Like the Wind,” about author George R.R. Martin and how he must write faster, someone crashed the stage! And smashed their guitar! It was GRRM! Then Neil Gaiman showed up, and well, you’ll just want to watch this for yourself.

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Joe Kubert began working in comics at the age of 11 as an apprentice and continued all throughout his life — a life that reportedly ended today, according to Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons.

To many, the name is one of those bold names in the history of comic books like Kirby, Eisner, Lee, Adams, Ditko, Robinson, and others  — legends who created and perfected those things that move from the pen to the imagination with such ease and impact.

Kubert was more than a comic artist and writer though — he was a teacher and a mentor, creating the Kubert School in 1976, which has helped educate future generations of comic professionals, including Joe’s sons Andy and Adam.

That the school continues to supply the industry with a pipeline of talented artists and comic professionals who know how to do things the right way, the “Kubert way”, stands as the man’s most enduring legacy. All the pages of Tarzan, Hawkman, and Sgt. Rock that Kubert drew could one day fade, but time will still have to catch up to all of the work done by those who Joe Kubert inspired and taught and who they taught with Kubert in mind.

From Poland to Brooklyn to Dover — from Tor to PS MagazineFax from Sarajevo, and of course his work as a teacher — Kubert’s life was as full of character, vibrancy, and brilliance as his art and his impact will not soon be forgotten.

RIP Joe Kubert

September 18, 1926 – August 12, 2012