Borah Coburn

New York Comic Con can feel like something of a circus. It’s loud and crowded with a whole lot of visual stimulus. So in the midst of the spectacular promotional efforts on the show floor (there were cars, and arcades, basically), it’s nice to remember the little quiet booths where people promoted real-life heroics. Some […]

  Borah Coburn

NYCC is primarily a Culture Con, but it does definitely have some aspects of a professional convention. On Thursday, Oct 11, the first few hours of the Con were reserved for Pros (comic book creators, sellers, and other professionals, like teachers, using comic books in a creative way). But NYCC’s commitment to comic book professionals […]

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As I’ve mentioned before, NYCC had panels on just about everything. But one of the more prominent topics, covered in a variety of panels, was definitely the issue of misogyny in comics. Yes, there are ladies in comics. However, most of the major comic book characters are still male, and quite a few different parties have accused […]

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I’ve touched on this a little before, but it bears repeating. While historically, Comic Cons were mainly a method for learning more about the comic book industry and acquiring rare or vintage editions of things, recently they’ve become more of a vehicle for publicity—particularly sneak peeks at things and grand unveilings. Here’s a little bit […]

  Borah Coburn

If you’re a fan of stuff (and not agoraphobic), you should consider going to a Con. If you’re interested in selling, writing, illustrating, or otherwise creating comics, you should definitely go to a Comic Con, they’re an invaluable source of information and networking opportunities. And if you’re in New York next October, NYCC is pretty […]

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Leaves fall, people stare moodily into middle distance, and my heart’s as filled as a baked potato. New York Comic Con has come and gone. I love a good Con, and this one was wonderful (stressful, crazy crowded, and sometimes overwhelming, but wonderful). And I know you’ve heard me talk about my Robin/Nightwing issues before—you […]

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When I walked out of the movie theatre after seeing The Dark Knight Rises, I was conflicted. Certainly, I didn’t hate it. It does all the things a good summer superhero movie should do. It made me want to eat popcorn and fight crime. It’s got great action sequences, punchy dialogue, a sense of the […]

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This book is astonishingly good. I mean, just honestly astounding. I put it down halfway through the first page because I was so gobsmacked—almost physically struck—by the writing and I didn’t want to get too excited and then be disappointed later. I shouldn’t have worried. Peter Heller’s novel, The Dog Stars, is the kind of […]

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Gillian Flynn’s latest novel, Gone Girl, is the story of a struggling marriage… gone MURDEROUS (dun dun DUNNNNNNNNN!).  Full of depravity, quirky anecdotes from a once-perfect romance, and alternately deceitful and exhibitionistic diary entries, Gone Girl is not so badly written as to be objectively horrible, nor so sinister and well-executed as to be actually […]

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Wildwood is a children’s book written by Colin Meloy and illustrated by Carson Ellis. Let’s get down to business (to defeat the Huns. Duh): I adore this book. It’s fun, engaging, whimsical, action-packed, imaginative, well-written, and (perhaps best of all) it’s a children’s book that uses big, beautiful words and deftly grapples with complicated and […]

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Nick Dybek’s new novel, When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man, is an introspective coming of age story that focuses heavily on a young man’s loss of innocence. …It’s also basically Shakespeare’s Richard II as populated by the men of The Deadliest Catch. I’m serious. The basic story is this: Cal (rhymes with Hal), […]

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Kim Stanley Robinson’s latest novel, 2312, is pretty frakking great. Sci-fi cussing aside, the novel’s very well executed and quite beautiful. 2312 is a futuristic exploration of human expansion into the rest of the solar system, and focuses on Swan Er Hong (an artist from colonized Mercury), and her attempts to unravel the weird events […]

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When you are finished with Toni Morrison’s Home, you are going to want to read it again. Immediately. Home is worth every second of your attention, and you should give in to your urge to re-read. It’ll stand up, I promise. The book begins with a memory and then we wake up, nearly amnesiac, to […]

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Madeline Miller’s novel, The Song of Achilles, is Patroclus’s story. Miller’s novel reinterprets The Iliad through the lens of Patroclus—Achilles’ companion, friend, and lover—and she anchors the whole thing on their relationship. This book isn’t quite as good as it wants to be. The prose … tries too hard for poeticism, instead of just being […]

You may or may not have read my I-Hate-Mr.-Darcy-Books rant. If you did, bully for you. If you didn’t, you can catch up here. As the moniker I’ve given it implies, I do not like Mr. Darcy books. At all. For various reasons, but mostly because they’re not really very good. Anyway, we’ve been down […]

  Borah Coburn

Ugh. My boys! Still I am filled with heartbreak. This has been hard to write (I mean, I know it’s just a game, and don’t worry, I’m not one of those crazy people who flips cars/goes berserk over the outcome of a sports game, but … I’m kind of not kidding? Let’s put it this […]

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THIS BOOK IS A SLOG. Do you know when I finally started to get interested in this story (and even then, not super invested, just mildly interested enough feel like I didn’t have to make dying whale noises whenever I picked it up)? Page 245. PAGE TWO HUNDRED AND FORTY FRICKIN’ FIVE!!! And I only […]

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Christopher Buckley’s latest novel, They Eat Puppies, Don’t They?, is half brutal satire of Washington politics and half quirky/absurdist indie movie waiting to happen. And it’s even pretty funny. As a basic litmus test for whether you’ll like this book, think about Thank You For Smoking. If you liked it, great, this is very similar […]

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First Things First: If you’ve been watching the show and thinking… “meh,” last episode was aptly titled because THE TIDE WAS TURNING, YO! The episode was nuttier, funnier, dramatic-er, stupidly schmoopier, and epic-er than those that came before it. If nothing else, it was NOT meh. It was anti-meh. It was insane hysterical laughter followed […]

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Zis book, she is beautiful. No, truly, despite ze cheesy French accent, I’m 100% serious. Sacre Bleu, A Comedy D’Art is funny (Chris Moore’s signature fare), but it’s also sweet, and loving in a way that Moore’s work … isn’t always. I love it. I really, really do. We start with Vincent Van Gogh’s murder. […]

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Lyndsay Faye’s book, The Gods of Gotham, is a historical fiction murder mystery. Yeah. You heard me. A Historical Fiction Murder Mystery. Does that not sound like an answered prayer to anyone else? I mean, I’m not usually much for murder mysteries and things (there’s more interesting stuff for me to read, the re-read value […]

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I know. I’m late, I’m late for a very important date, blah blah blah. And I am sorry about that (despite the “blah, blah, blah’s,” my commitment to Korra is weirdly intense for an I’m-supposed-to-act-like-an-adult-now year old), but my heart is also in a hundred billion broken little pieces over the outcome of the Stanley […]

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Ray Bradbury was an extraordinary writer. He died on June 5th, 2012, at the age of 91 after a lengthy illness. He was one of my favorite contemporary writers. He was a giant of science fiction, and more importantly, of imagination—of thought, creativity, and will. He wrote in almost every form—books, essays, poems, operas, teleplays, […]

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There are some books that are plot heavy. You know which ones I mean—the ones that could fuel two seasons worth of soapy opera all by their dark, dramatic, twisted lonesomes. And then there are the books that meander. While the plot-heavy books are racing at breakneck speed to cram everything in, these books give […]

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Dear Diary, This week there was no new Legend of Korra episode. NO. NEW. EPISODE. NO! NOOO! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooo!!! I feel like some Sith apprentice just cut off my hand and then told me that he was my father. So what will I do without a new Korra episode to flail about? I’ll theorize some more, […]

  Borah Coburn

For the newbs: Hi, nice to meet you! This is my Korra diary, where I journal all of my crazy capslocks THOUGHTS and FEELINGS about the latest episode of The Legend of Korra. I also have a lot of fun trying to predict what will happen next. I don’t always make a whole lot of […]