Pyramid schemes get ripped apart on Lie, Cheat & Steal, a podcast about bullshitters

A joining of comedy, science, and cinema gives life to this show about science scenes missing the mark. Biologists Misty Paig Tran and Kristy Forsgren are joined by comedian Steph Tolev to take on the accuracy of fish genitals in 2018’s Best Picture winner, The Shape Of Water. Perhaps unexpectedly, it’s the scientists…

The personal is political, and vice versa, in Laila Lalami’s engrossing The Other Americans

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“When we moved to America thirty-five years ago, many things took me by surprise… above all, I was surprised by the talk shows, the way Americans loved to confess on television.” This impression comes from Maryam, a Moroccan immigrant and one of many characters that populate Laila Lalami’s fourth novel, The Other…

Bird Box’s Josh Malerman returns with Inspection, a messy and timely coming-of-age thriller

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What is beyond? Beyond the blindfold, or the doorway, or the forest. It’s the beyond that Josh Malerman is so good at keeping just out of sight. He proved as much with Bird Box, a viral debut novel that spawned a popular (and much-memed) movie starring Sandra Bullock. Its tale of creatures who shatter the mind when…

A true story of wildfire devastation and starting over makes Brian Fies’ graphic memoir a must-read

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A Fire Story (Abrams ComicArts) is a perfect storm of a book, an individual graphic memoir that tells the larger story of a community, a comic that is the result of both long years of work and a viral internet sensation, a literal perfect storm of weather and human behavior that resulted in one of the most devastating…

This Assassin Nation #2 exclusive takes a trip down murderous memory lane

Image Comics and Skybound’s new series, Assassin Nation, debuted with guns blazing, introducing 20 of the world’s top killers and pitting them against each other in a bloody firefight. Written by Kyle Starks with art by Erica Henderson and letters by Deron Bennett, this comedy-infused action series is brimming with…

Set phasers to yum: Star Trek’s food is analyzed in a new season of The Feast

Chances are very good that if you are reading this you are a person, and most likely a person who eats. This universal human experience is explored in a recent episode of All My Relations, a podcast about indigeneity in all its complexities with hosts Matika Wilbur (Swinomish and Tulalip) and Adrienne Keene (Cherokee…

The mysteries of Naomi’s past deepen in this exclusive preview

Brian Michael Bendis’ Wonder Comics imprint is off to a fantastic start, with Young Justice, Wonder Twins, and Naomi all offering distinct perspectives on adolescent superheroes trying to find their way in the world. There’s still one more launch title to debut—next week’s Dial H For Hero—but thus far, Naomi is the…

Bryan Washington’s stellar debut, Lot, puts Houston on the map

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When Anthony Bourdain visited Houston in the summer of 2016 to tape an episode of Parts Unknown, he gave his producers a single directive: “No white people.” This small bite of culinary affirmative action could have taken place in most any American metropolis—Los Angeles, Chicago, even Minneapolis-St. Paul—but…

Mignola & Fegredo reunite in this Hellboy And The B.P.R.D.: The Beast Of Vargu first look

Hellboy is having a big 25th anniversary year. His cinematic revival lands next month, and Dark Horse Comics is celebrating the quarter-century milestone by reuniting two of Hellboy’s most vital creators. Artist Duncan Fegredo took over Hellboy’s visuals when the comic’s creator, Mike Mignola, switched into a…

Inside Conan serves up the nuts-and-bolts of comedy for true late-night dorks

Video games often incite heated debate, but sometimes humor and civilized shouting can simmer the boil down into fun conversation. This is the epitome of Michael Swaim and Adam Ganser’s 1Upsmanship, a podcast that provides a glimpse into a significant video game, debates its strengths and flaws, and ultimately decides…

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