The Greatest Generation Shows There’s No Shame in Loving Star Trek . . . or a Star Trek Podcast

The Greatest Generation Shows There’s No Shame in Loving Star Trek . . . or a Star Trek Podcast

By Aaron Coker

If you love something, it’s worth a little embarrassment. That’s the hook of the Maximum Fun network show The Greatest Generation, a Star Trek: The Next Generation podcast by “two guys who are a little bit embarrassed to have a Star Trek podcast.” The chagrined gentlemen in question are Benjamin Ahr Harrison and Adam Pranica, two 30-something writer-filmmakers who live in not-so-secret shame on opposite coasts. Musician John Roderick—front man for the Long Winters and a mutual friend—paired the two after one of his shows, proclaiming, “You two are the same guy . . . you’re going to be friends.” True to those words, Adam and Ben found themselves down at the other end of the table that night, kibitzing and cracking wise.

Monitor showing the Greatest Generation logo

Local Comic Creators Share Their Thoughts on the First Minnesota Fan Fest

Local Comic Creators Share Their Thoughts on the First Minnesota Fan Fest

By Mariah Kaercher | Twin Cities Geek

This past weekend, I happily supported the first ever Minnesota Fan Fest on August 19 and 20 at the St. Paul RiverCentre. Earlier in the month, I wrote about the convention’s cosplay policy, which had been somewhat controversial when it was first announced; in that article, I stressed that Fan Fest organizers were listening to the local community and had demonstrated good intentions to support Minnesota creators and to work with, not invade, the Twin Cities comic-book scene. While wandering the convention and spending my money, I wanted to see how a couple of those creators felt about the event and whether they would attend again.

A man sitting at a booth with comics laying on a flat table

Eliot Rahal at his booth at Minnesota Fan Fest. Mariah Kaercher

I first stopped to talk to Eliot Rahal, a local comic writer who hosts New Comic Book Day every week at Day Block Brewing Company (a hilarious show, especially when tipsy on craft beer). Eliot described Minnesota Fan Fest as an incredibly exciting convention that he hopes will grow into a bigger experience, saying that all the con staff were lovely people. He mentioned he’d like to come back again to host his booth while engaging with a live audience at New Comic Book Day. His only mild complaint was that at times the convention felt slower than others where he has tabled. This is somewhat expected, since Minnesota Fan Fest is a first-year convention, so it doesn’t yet have the dedicated fans that other Minnesota shows have.

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DC Reveals First Issue Variant Covers For ‘Justice League Of America & More!

DC Reveals First Issue Variant Covers For ‘Justice League Of America & More!

Story by Elle Collins |

February is an exciting month for DC Comics, with the launches of Justice League of America by Steve Orlando and Ivan Reis, Super Sons by Peter Tomasi and Jorge Jimenez, and Batwoman by Marguerite Bennett, James Tynion IV, and Steve Epting, and we have an exclusive first look at variant covers for all three first issues.

Justice League of America features a dynamic group shot by Ryan Ottley. Dustin Nguyen gives us the Super Sons posing in a way that reveals a lot about their characters and relationship. And finally, Jae Lee brings his signature style to Batwoman. Lee makes Kate seem perhaps a little more petite than we’d want her to be in the comic itself, but for a Jae Lee variant cover, it’s a pretty cool look.

Check out the covers and solicitations below:

Variant Cover by Ryan Ottley



Written by STEVE ORLANDO • Art and cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO • Variant cover by RYAN OTTLEY

Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.

Batman, Black Canary, Killer Frost, the Ray, Vixen, the Atom, and…Lobo?! Spinning directly out of the events of JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. SUICIDE SQUAD, join the sensational team of writer Steve Orlando and artists Ivan Reis and Joe Prado and discover how Batman assembled the roughest, toughest Justice League of all time!

One-shot • On sale FEBRUARY 8 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T


Variant Covers by Dustin Nguyen
Variant Covers by Dustin Nguyen



Written by PETER J. TOMASI • Art and cover by JORGE JIMENEZ • Variant cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN

Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.

“When I grow up” part one! The sons of Batman and Superman have graduated to their own monthly comic—but if they want to survive, they’re going to have to share it! Writer Peter J. Tomasi (BATMAN & ROBIN, SUPERMAN) teams with rising-star artist Jorge Jimenez (EARTH 2) to bring you the adventures of the World’s Smallest. This debut issue looks at the lives of Robin and Superboy and their destiny to follow in their fathers’ footsteps, while we meet a new villain whose ascension parallels the boys’ own understanding of their powers—except that he believes it’s his right to rule over every being on the planet!

On sale FEBRUARY 15 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T


Variant Cover by Jae Lee
Variant Cover by Jae Lee




Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.

The newest chapter of Batwoman’s life begins here! Monster Venom is the hottest new bioweapon on the market…and to break up the syndicate spreading it around the world, Batwoman’s going to have to return to the place where she spent some of her darkest hours! Learn where Batwoman comes from, and where she’s going, in this one-shot prologue to the first big Batwoman epic, “The Many Arms Of Death”!

One-shot • On sale FEBRUARY 15 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

Read More: DC Reveals First Issue Variant Covers For February |

Justice League / Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Crossover Event Leaked

Justice League / Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Crossover Event Leaked

By Chris Arrant |

DC’s Justice League is crossing over with Saban’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, according to a leaked press release from DC Comics (via Power Rangers News). Described as a six-issue miniseries co-produced by DC and BOOM! Studios, the Justice League / Mighty Morphin Power Rangers title will be written by Tom Taylor with art by Stephen Byrne.

Justice League / Mighty Morphin Power Rangers begins when Zack, the Black Ranger, is flung into the DCU after a teleporter accident from Power Rangers’ Command Center. The remaining Rangers then go on a rescue mission to save Zack.

“DC and BOOM! Studios teaming up on this crossover is a dream come true for fans of Saban’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and the Justice League,” said Hank Kanalz, Senior Vice President, Editorial Strategy and Administration, DC Entertainment. “Stories like this are a great way to have that ‘what if’ itch scratched, combining favorite characters from different publishers in epic adventures.”

This is the second major crossover event between DC and BOOM!, following the recently released Gotham Academy / Lumberjanes miniseries.

“Everyone at BOOM! is thrilled to be part of an event of this magnitude,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “We have iconic characters meeting for the first time that are beloved the world over! Our imaginations have been racing since the moment this kicked off with our friends at DC and Saban Brands. Get ready…this is one event that’s not to be missed.”

Karl Kerschl is illustrating the primary covers for each of the six issues, with variants pairing a JLer with a MMPRer from Dan Hipp, Dustin Nguyen, Yasmine Putri, Marguerite Sauvage, Chris Sprouse, and Marcus To.

“With their talented roster of writers and artists, DC and BOOM! Studios bring to life the world’s greatest superheroes, including the iconic Power Rangers,“ said Janet Hsu, CEO at Saban Brands. “With DC, BOOM! Studios and Saban Brands partnering, we will bring fans a legendary crossover that will stand the test of time, just as these historical superheroes have done individually for decades.”

Justice League / Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is scheduled to debut in January.

Dan Jurgens Returns to Superman in Action Comics

Dan Jurgens Returns to Superman in Action Comics

Dan Jurgens has a bit of history with Superman.

Yes, the legendary writer and artist has made many important contributions to the world of comic books throughout his career, but it’s his work on the seminal “Death of Superman” storyline that has proven to be the most influential and widely read. As one of the writers and artists behind that legacy-defining storyline and the author and penciller of its final issue, Jurgens’ work on the character can be felt in nearly every Superman story we’ve seen since.

Well, it seems that was just a warm-up. This June as a part of the eagerly anticipated Rebirth, Jurgens is returning to the world of Superman as the writer of the bimonthly Action Comics. We recently spoke to Jurgens about this rebirth of DC’s longest running ongoing comic and learned that it will not only fully reunite the current SUPERMAN: LOIS AND CLARK writer with the Man of Steel, but also with the monstrous villain that once nearly defeated him.

We’re restoring the original numbering for Action Comics in June. What issue will your story be starting at?

Issue #957.

What can you tell us about it?

If you’ve been reading Superman: Lois and Clark, then you’ve seen that we brought back the pre-Flashpoint Superman. He’s married to Lois Lane, they have a young son named Jon, and we find out they’ve been here for years living in secrecy. This new Action Comics is us fully integrating them into the world of Metropolis and the world of Superman in general.

When the book starts off, Lex Luthor has pretty much proclaimed himself the Superman of Metropolis. Well, our Superman knows Luthor’s history on his own world and will never trust him or buy into the idea of him as a hero. Meanwhile, someone has found and released Doomsday on the city, and it’s all complicated by the fact that Clark Kent is very obviously running around in Metropolis. The whole world has learned that Clark and Superman are one and the same, but suddenly they seem to be two separate people, so that can no longer be the case. We start to really build this entire mystery of “Who is Clark Kent?” while at the same time bringing plenty of the “action” the title promises as you only can with Doomsday.

How closely will your book be tied with the bimonthly Superman title?

Superman is being written by Pete Tomasi and Pat Gleason, and we’re going to be making sure that our characterization is consistent with theirs and that as events move along, they reflect one another. It’s not going to be like what we did in the old days, so to speak, but they’re going to be running parallel with each other and featuring the same characters.

Will new readers who haven’t been reading Superman: Lois and Clark (even though they should be!) be able to pick up the first issue after Rebirth and understand it?

Absolutely! Even though it’s ACTION COMICS #957, we’re really writing it like it’s an issue #1. That’s what you have to do on something like this to be fair to everybody. Longtime readers who have been enjoying Superman: Lois and Clark will want to see this next chapter, and at the same time, we’ll fill new readers in on what’s been happening.
ACTION COMICS, written by Dan Jurgens and featuring the art team of Patrick Zircher, Tyler Kirkham and Stephen Segovia, will debut with issue #957 on June 8, 2016.

This is the latest in a series of interviews looking at the many DC comic books that will be spinning out of this summer’s Rebirth. Keep an eye on for more!

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