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BJ KICKS

Celebrating everything Dope about comics. Curated by BJ KICKS.

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year is Here!!

Shopping holidays. We all love them, right? Valentine's Day, Black Friday, Mother's Day... Days set aside on the calendar specifically to throw money at the people and things we love. My favorite is the first Saturday in May, which since 2001 has been known in comic circles as Free Comic Book Day! Comic Publishers, Retailers and Distributors get together each year to select a group of titles designed to represent a wide variety of what's available in the overall comic market, and offer...

17 days ago • 3 min read

Does your to-be-read pile ever feel like a never-ending abyss you've fallen into? Are you embarrassed when a long-delayed issue 2 comes out, and you still haven't read issue 1? Have you ever misplaced an entire week of single issues you purchased? Me either. Okay... I'm lying. But you knew that already. The good news is I made a significant dent in my to-read pile this weekend, and an interview-free week means I should be 100% caught up by this Friday, for the first time in a while. There's a...

about 1 month ago • 2 min read

This was a sad week in comics. There's just no way around that statement, and I'm still in a somber mood over it all. We lost artist Mark D. Bright, whose work with Dwayne McDuffie on Icon opened me up to the Milestone Comics universe. But there's another tragedy rightfully taking over the headlines. Cartoonist Ed Piskor passed away Monday morning, marking a tragic end to an unfortunate scandal that had been brewing for the previous week. I mentioned the sobering nature of the allegations...

about 1 month ago • 2 min read

I feel so off-track to start the week. I started the day with a job interview, and ended it with a sick toddler. Safe to say, I’m already behind on my To-Do List. I figured I’d type this e-mail from my iPad while I snuggle up next to the toddler and watch Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood for the 74th time today. Let’s review a few comics I picked up last Wednesday. New Comic Reviews: 3/20/24 Black Panther #10 | Eve Ewing (w), Chris Allen (a) | Volume 10 of Black Panther is over, and MAN did that...

about 2 months ago • 2 min read

Man, it's been a long week. A week ago, we found out Akira Toriyama found his way to Otherworld. It's hard to imagine growing up to be the confident nerd I am today without all those afternoons watching Dragon Ball Z on Toonami. I filled so many notebooks with Fan Art and fanfic stories in middle school, before abandoning it all to become an underground Hip Hop snob after my parents divorce. I've been binging DBZ since I got the news, and it's crazy how so many core memories have been...

2 months ago • 2 min read

February was a fun month for me. For the first time since I started the channel, I challenged myself to focus on adding books with Black creators/characters to the collection during Black History Month. Then I decided to take it a step further and do some research about the first comic with a black writer, artist and publisher. The result was a video I’m pretty happy with, and a bittersweet reminder not to get too worried about the analytics. As I’m gearing up for our 10,000 subscriber...

3 months ago • 1 min read

This week has been interesting. I finally let go of my Star Wars Legends omnibus collection as a practice in addition by subtraction. It's not that the material was bad. I couldn't know, since I never read it. But the more I looked at those 3 books, the more I felt the urge to buy 3 more in the series I had missed out on, despite the fact that I had no intention of reading any of them in the next year (FOMO at its worst). Ultimately, I decided to give someone on Facebook a great deal, and...

3 months ago • 3 min read

This week saw a lot of really unexpected announcements. For example, Marvel just announced the cast of The Fantastic Four movie. Now I'm super excited about the MCU again. But they didn't stop there. Marvel and DC Comics just announced two omnibus editions collecting nearly ALL of their storied Crossovers! DC Versus Marvel and DC Versus Marvel: The Amalgam Age are both available for pre-order now, and release on August 6th in the direct market and select bookstores. You can score each for 40%...

3 months ago • 1 min read

I was supposed to send this out 3 days ago. But here we are, on Super Bowl Sunday, looking back at an awesome week in comics. As expected, Thundercats #1 brought out all the nostalgia. Thankfully, Declan Shalvey and Drew Moss delivered, and I'm excited for issue 2! Let's talk about more of my favorites from last week. Ultimate Black Panther #1 | Bryan Hill (w), Stefano Caselli (a) | Thanks to the hype of Ultimate Spider-Man, this issue sold out immediately at all the shops I frequent. If you...

3 months ago • 1 min read

This Week in Comics has been amazing. Marvel and DC put out their annual Black History Month anthologies, Kid Cudi made his comics debut with Moon Man, and the Titans: Beast World event finally wrapped up. But my favorite part of the week by far is the release of part 1 of my interview with Christopher Priest. Click to hear Part 1 of the Christopher Priest Interview! Priest stopped by Comics Are Dope (The Podcast) to promote the upcoming Vampirella #666, but we had a 3-hour, career spanning...

4 months ago • 1 min read
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