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San Diego Comic Con Survival Guide 2011 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(July 01, 2011)
Your weekly Toy Maniac is switching hats this week to bring you his annual San Diego Comic Con Survival Guide. As a participant of Nerdvana now for the fourth straight year I have learned a trick or two. Much of this information will be the same as the pre

Reminiscing on Spider-Mans Rainments by Chad Derdowski, Comic Expert
(April 27, 2011)
There are certain touchstone moments in human history that cut us to the very core. Those moments which can be recalled with stunning clarity and accuracy… the assassinations of JFK or John Lennon. The Challenger explosion or the fall of the Berlin Wall.

We’re Sweet on Sweet Tooth by Chad Derdowski, Columnist
(April 20, 2011)
Everybody loves a good post-apocalyptic tale. Whether it’s the Walking Dead with it’s zombies and gore, Planet of the Apes with a cautionary tale of social commentary, the wastelands of Mad Max or the strange world of science and sorcery that is Thund

Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood by Chad Derdowski, Comic Expert
(April 13, 2011)
To the surprise of absolutely no one on the face of the planet (especially those who read Captain America #615.1), Marvel Comics recently announced that Steve Rogers will be donning his old red, white and blue togs again, just in time for his big-screen de

Can Geoff Johns Save Aquaman? by Chad Derdowski, Comic Expert
(April 06, 2011)
Ahhh, Aquaman. The Dweller in the Depths. The Sea King. The most maligned do-gooder to don tights outside of Squirrel Girl. And hell, Squirrel Girl probably gets more respect than Aquaman. Much like the Canadian rock group Rush, Aqauaman seems to be e

Where Have All the Cowboys Gone? by Chad Derdowski, Columnist
(March 30, 2011)
Well, we certainly won’t be the first to voice our opinion about this topic. We aren’t likely to be the last either. But hey, isn’t that what the internet was created for? Outside of porn, the sole purpose of the ‘net is for geeks to complain ab

Scarlet Has Us Seeing Red by Chad Derdowski, Comic Expert
(March 23, 2011)
Imagine losing the person you love violently and unexpectedly. It’s not a new scenario for fans of superhero comics and pulp fiction; it’s actually a fairly routine beginning to an origin story. It’s the type of thing that happens every day, whethe

Movies Make Marvelous Comics by Chad Derdowski, Comic Expert
(March 16, 2011)
When DC announced plans for a series of original graphic novels featuring revamped versions of their most iconic heroes back in late 2009, Comicscape was all ears, and the Earth-One project killed more than two birds with one stone. Or at least, it will,

Hard Boiled by Chad Derdowski, Comic Expert
(March 09, 2011)
Beginning in 1962 and continuing over a span of 45 years, fans of hard-boiled crime fiction were treated to the lively dialogue, well-rounded characters and ingenious plots of Richard Stark’s Parker novels. Stark was a pseudonym of one Donald Westlake,

A Fantastic Life by Chad Derdowski, Expert
(March 02, 2011)
We never did weigh in on the death of the Human Torch last month. It didn’t really seem necessary, as every other website offered their two cents. Offering ours kind of felt redundant. But here we are, one month after the event and just a few hours re

DVD Shopping Bag: The Walking Dead Series on Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(March 01, 2011)
Next week The Walking Dead arrives on DVD and Blu-ray. To sing the praises of Frank Darabont and Robert Kirkman’s combined efforts would be mute. Though the series deviated from the original written work both fans and newcomers could not deny how powerfu

Recognizing Incognito by Chad Derdowski, Comic Expert
(February 23, 2011)
The latest Comicscape landscaping by expert Chad Derdowski

Dwayne McDuffie: 1962-2011 by Kurt Anthony Krug, Columnist
(February 22, 2011)
The comic book and animation worlds suffered a major loss as several sources have reported that writer/editor Dwayne McDuffie has died. He was 49.

DVD Shopping Bag: All Star Superman Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(February 22, 2011)
All-Star Superman is the tenth entry in the DC Universe Animated Features. It may also be their greatest achievement in the series. Last week Warner Brothers premiered All-Star Superman in both New York and Los Angeles to packed houses. Over 12,000 people

Eternally Yours by Chad Derdowski, Columnist
(February 16, 2011)
Go ahead and file this one under “pipe dreams”, but it’s our soapbox and we’re gonna rant. And as usual, we’re gonna take the long way around, so bear with us.

Top 10 Comic Book Characters That Didn’t Start In Comics by Rob Wieland
(November 04, 2010)
In the spirit of Dreamworks Megamind, Mania offers a look at our favorite comic book-style characters that began in some other media. Many of these characters have since gone on to a series or two, but all of them take some part of the comics experience an

9 Stories We'd Like to See in Wolverine 3 by Chad Derdowski, Columnist
(November 02, 2010)
The minute we got the official word that Darren Aronofsky would be directing Wolverine 2, our salivary glands went into overdrive. Not only would the stain of the first X-Men Origins film be washed away, we have a director with the chops to deliver the be

10 SUPERMAN Villains Snyder Could've Used by Chad Derdowski, Columnist
(October 07, 2010)
With Zack Snyder behind the camera and General Zod announced as the villain, the new Superman film is guaranteed to have tons of style, a unique visual sense, and we’ll finally get to see Superman punch someone - in gloriously brilliant slow motion to bo

15 Awesome Creative Dynamic Duos in Comics by Tim Janson, Columnist
(September 17, 2010)
Dynamic Duos have been a staple in comics since Batman & Robin first donned their tights and capes but this time out we’re not looking for the best characters, we’re looking for the top creative duos. A great creative team can make all the difference

Superman vs. Hulk: Who Would Win in a Fight by Chad Derdowski, Columnist
(September 17, 2009)
Bruce Banner, on the run from the law and undercover, eventually makes his way to Metropolis. Working as a medic at a homeless shelter, he runs into trouble when Lex Luthor decides to demolish the shelter to make way for a LexCorp subsidiary or secret lab

5 Super Superhero Scabs by Chad Derdowski, Columnist
(August 10, 2009)
Everybody needs a vacation once in a while, even superheroes. Unfortunately, whenever a member of the costumed crime-fighting elite takes a day off, it’s usually due to death, mental instability or being cast into another dimension. When those situatio

4 Must Have SPIDER-MAN 4 Villains and Who Should Play Them by Chad Derdowski, Columnist
(July 16, 2009)
Another Spider-Man film looms on the horizon and the question on every fan’s mind is “Who’s Spidey gonna fight?” We’ve narrowed the list down to the top four and cast them as well.

TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN Primer by Chad Derdowski, Contributing Writer
(June 17, 2009)
Your Maniac guide to recognizing the good guys in the upcoming summer blockbuster TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN!

Who are The Greatest Comic Writers of All-Time? by Tim Janson, Contributing Writer
(May 09, 2009)
Mania.com contributor Tim Janson wants to name the top 20 greatest comic writers of all time, but he needs your help!

FCBD - Part 5 - Media Tie-ins by Rob M. Worley, Editor
(May 01, 2009)
8 FREE Comics For People Who Didn't Know They Liked Them as Mania.com shows you titles that tie in to film, TV, sports and games, all available tomorrow for free.