Goodies, goodies, goodies. Each month, Abraham Riesman offers recommendations of comics media, including book-length graphic novels, comics-format nonfiction, ongoing series, and comics-related items in other forms. With any luck, at least one of them will be a match for you. Gumballs by Erin Nations (Top Shelf) Gumballs , an anthology of his short, unmistakable meditations on shame, aspiration, and self-conception. Told in autobiographical vignettes about the everyday struggle of gender dysphoria and clever fictions about weirdos seeking love and acceptance, the writing is poetic in its bluntness and the inks are as dense as the emotions they capture. Bad Girls by Alex de Campi and Victor Santos (Gallery 13) Bad Girls , writer Alex de Campi and artist Victor Santos present the reader with a viciously stylish chronicle of a very fateful evening in the Caribbean. The revolution may be at the doorstep, but the usual suspects — mobsters, … [Read more...] about The 8 Best Comics to Read in July
Photo: Apple The past week was bookended by two major developments pertaining to the rise of podcast subscriptions on the platform level, between Apple’s head-turning announcement last week and Spotify’s big detail push this morning. There’s a lot baked into each piece on its own and in relation to each other — too much for me to go over comprehensively — so I’m only going to go over what I think are the most important beats. During its spring event last Tuesday, Apple announced Apple Podcasts Subscriptions, a new set of features that will give podcast creators the opportunity to create premium or freemium subscription products for their shows over the Apple Podcasts platform, still widely understood to be a major driver of all consumption in the medium even as Spotify cranks up the competition for listen share. Creators can set their own pricing, and they’ll be able to sell subscriptions to individual shows or a group of shows. Those tools are expected to roll out to … [Read more...] about Apple and Spotify Are Ready to Take Your Podcast Money
April 30, 2021 - 07:49 BST Emmy Griffiths Mike Tindall has opened up about Prince Philip's funeral, which he attended with his wife, Zara Mike Tindall joined Good Morning Britain on Friday, and opened up about attending the funeral of his wife Zara's grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh. MORE: Mike Tindall details the devastating impact isolation has had on his parents Speaking to Kate Garraway and Ben Shepherd, the retired rugby player revealed that he was full of admiration for the Queen, while admitting that they weren't able to be with her following the funeral. He said: "That's what she does, she leads my example. I say it was amazing to see but I didn't really want to see it, everyone's seen it now. Even after the funeral it was like, 'Right you all need to leave,' so you didn't get to have that supportive side afterwards." Loading the player... WATCH: Mike opened up about Prince Philip's funeral He … [Read more...] about Mike Tindall reveals what royal family did after Prince Philip’s funeral
This year’s $205,000 consolation prize. Photo: Courtesy of Distinctive Assets Last weekend’s Oscars left us all with a few gifts — Daniel Kaluuya’s homage to sex , Youn Yuh-jung being Youn Yuh-jung , and that clip of Glenn Close dancing to “Da Butt ” — but some of stars went home with literal presents via an “Everybody Wins” gift bag from Distinctive Assets, a company that is unaffiliated with the Academy and in its 19th year of giving. While stars often receive gifts at other awards shows, the Oscars bags tend to attract special attention for their sheer opulence. Forbes estimated that this year’s freebies — which include celebrity-trainer workout sessions, a liposuction procedure, a three-night retreat on a Swedish island, and a card for a commemorative gold NFT of Chadwick Boseman’s head — total $205,000 a bag. For a chance at the exposure that a celebrity’s name can bring (and the annual fascination over what expensive things the rich people got this year), brands … [Read more...] about The 2021 Oscars Gift Bag Was Worth $205,000. How Did We Get Here?
Doctor Who The Tsuranga Conundrum Season 11 Episode 5 Editor’s Rating 4 stars * * * * « Previous Next » Photo: Simon Ridgway/BBC Studios 2018 It’s becoming increasingly obvious from one episode to the next that this current iteration of Doctor Who is very much its own thing. Sure, from time to time it echoes or harkens back to the Doctor Who of old (or even much more recent seasons), but texturally and narratively, Chris Chibnall is shepherding a version of this show very much defined by his own sensibilities, just as Davies and Moffat did before him. Coming off six seasons of Moffat’s flashier, fanciful brand of storytelling, it’s often a jolting experience. I begin with these thoughts because I’ve been reading commentary from close friends over the past weeks and I’ve received missives from folks who are concerned that this version of the show isn’t quite up to recent standards. How far can Doctor Who shift its mission while … [Read more...] about Recap: Light in Dark Times