Walking Dead Season 5 Photo Gallery: Over 20 New Shots from the New Season

On the same day that AMC announced that they have greenlit a pilot for a Walking Dead spin-off, the network released over 20 pictures from season five of the upcoming zombie drama.  The spin-off will feature a completely new cast of characters in a different part of the Walking Dead universe, and that’s really all that’s known at this time.  Season five begins on October 12th, so drink in these glorious HD images and begin the countdown!
(Why do they keep giving children to Carol??) Continue reading Walking Dead Season 5 Photo Gallery: Over 20 New Shots from the New Season

Top 5: Neil Gaiman Books

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My favorite author currently working is Neil Gaiman.  There are many others I like better, but unfortunately death has impeded their writing output.  Gaiman is a master storyteller in any writing discipline. He writes fairy tales for adults and writes them better than anyone putting pen to paper (or fonts on a blank Word screen….you get it).  His Sandman series is widely regarded as one of – if not the best – comic book series of all-time.  His prose is just as good without pictures.

In novels like Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods and The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Gaiman demonstrates an ability to create worlds that exist just out of the corner of our eyes and unlocks the door separating the adult from the child.  Speaking of children, Gaiman has also written several books for a younger audience, from the YA novels Interworld and Coraline to picture books like The Day I Swapped My Dad for 2 Goldfish (If the image looks familiar to you, Counting Crows nabbed it for one of their album covers).

With the exception of Stephen King, no one has done more to preserve the short story than Gaiman.  He’s released several of his own collections (Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things, M is for Magic) and contributed to and edited dozens more.  This versatility is one of my favorite things about Gaiman (he even performs his own audio books).  In my top 5, I’ve tried to skim the top of each of the fields in which Gaiman excels.  In the last three decades, he’s put together an extremely diverse portfolio of work.  All of it celebrates the extraordinary; the wonder and danger that lurk in everyday life.  A new release from Gaiman is cause for celebration, whether it’s a children’s picture book, a guest issue of Batman or an epic novel.  Here are my five favorite examples of his work. Continue reading Top 5: Neil Gaiman Books

Trailer Time: Arrow Season 3 Trailer #2; PLUS Ra’s al Ghul Has Been Cast

While Arrow battles it out atop the “What’s the Best Show on TV?” poll, the series has released a new trailer for the show’s third season.  We all knew, after hearing rumblings during the first two seasons, that one day Ra’s al Ghul was coming to Starling City.  Liam Neeson, who portrayed the villain in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, said last week that he would have been willing to reprise the character in a heartbeat.  So Arrow producers went and cast former professional rugby player Matt Nable (he also was in Riddick….so there’s that).  You know what?  At this point, Arrow has so earned my trust that I’m going to go along with it even though seeing Neeson as Ghul again would have been a geeky dream come true.  Look for al Ghul to make his first appearance in the season’s third episode.  Arrow returns to the CW on October 8th.Ra's al Ghul, Arrow, Matt Nable

Gotham Headed Exclusively to Netflix

Gotham

Gotham hasn’t even premiered yet and already it has an exclusive deal for streaming.  Warner Brothers and Netflix have announced that each season of Gotham will be available in its entirety only on Netflix starting with the completion of season 1 in 2015.  To lock down a show like this before it has even debuted, shows a tremendous amount of confidence in the product, which is nothing but good news for fans.  Gotham premieres on FOX Monday September 23, 2014. Continue reading Gotham Headed Exclusively to Netflix