Claire LaPlaca and her husband, Hugh Brammer, were just about to get ready to build a garden in the Enigma Bookstore’s — one of only two independent bookstores in western Queens — backyard before figuring out they would have to close down the store.
Conjuring Images Of Cyborgs and Fairies, Queens Literary Journal Urges Writers to Submit Fantastical Fiction
You know that story you had about a cyborg in futuristic Jamaica or that poem about flying fairies set in Jacob Riis Park? You might finally get a chance to see those pieces in print.
For the first time, Newtown Literary Journal, Queens’ only literary journal, is asking writers for speculative fiction and poetry submissions to publish in their fifth issue dedicated to that genre. Speculative fiction encompasses a range of the more fantastical fiction genres, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, the supernatural, and dystopian, among others.
And when Ben Affleck was announced as the next Batman, the geek hive-mind said, “What!?!”
Well, actually the geek hive-mind said a lot more than that.
So it was announced a few months ago that Gambit’s ongoing comic book series is coming to an end. Oh, you didn’t know there was a Gambit series. Was it any good?
It wasn’t bad. It wasn’t great either.
Jonathan Hickman’s run in the Avengers as it leads up to this year’s Infinity event is simply wonderful. Each issue rotating a large cast of hugely popular superheroes and also underutilized characters now given a little the opportunity to shine.
While my dad sits uncomfortably on the reclining AMC chairs, wearing the enormous 3D glasses, watching Superman fly through far too many walls – I wanted to tell him, for my brother and me, “We’re sorry for this terrible father’s day gift.”
With the latest Superman trailer you can definitely tell they are trying to make a character normally portrayed as campy in the mainstream to something more contemporary.
The Darkness was a misogynistic, hypersexual violent comic starring supernaturally powered and cursed mafia hit-man, Jackie Estacado.
Among many of his crimes: he killed members of the holy line of David, extorted sex from a desperate woman, and plagued an underdeveloped country with enhanced drugs.
And when I was about 12 it was my favorite comic.
Every week for 40 years, Jim Freund has delighted, and horrified, lovers of speculative fiction with his weekly radio show. And he has a basement full of Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov interviews to prove it.
Neil Gaiman is coming back to Marvel comics soon with Guardians of the Galaxy issue 5.
I find this out after already being excited by his new book, “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” and the announcement of the Sandman prequel.
He’s even scripting another Doctor Who episode despite having already written the Hugo winning, The Doctor’s Wife.