Friday, August 29, 2014

Defense With The BoomStick

(Disclaimer: This post is an ongoing story set in a world where zombies have taken over and people are fighting to survive anyway they can. Originally it was a post of news and tips to help survivors make it one more day alive, but now it has became a story of my fight to survive and to keep on living.)

Year 6. Week 1.

So far so good this past week. A lot has been accomplished in the hours of the day we've had, although there's still plenty left to do.

It’s been a twofold sort of work week in what we're focusing on. Some people were scanning the skies over Oklahoma for zombie sightings and mass congregations. Others were tasked with fabrication and design in using the supplies we've found to make weapons, armor and using loose materials for reinforcement of the outpost walls. It feels good to have a routine again that doesn’t have too much excitement; gotta enjoy these days while I can. As soon as we spot zombies we're going to be heading out.

For our scanning of Oklahoma, we're not seeing much in the way of zombie activity at all. Spent a few days having two satellites scanning the major cities in Oklahoma and see no large convergence of zombies or mass zombie movement anywhere around them. We've pushed out searching to the rural areas of Oklahoma and will continue to do so for another day or two before we set our sights towards Kansas City. We've gotta see the state of that old outpost I was at that got overran by bandits and see if we can take it back or get it secured if zombies attacked it as well.

Review - Sundowners #1

"She wanted to be part of something bigger..."

What makes a hero beyond the cape and tights? It likely has something to do with their personality, which leads them to make sometimes reckless decisions in the name of helping the helpless. What if those decisions are made to help those who don't really need help? Or, better yet, don't even exist in the first place? It's something Dark Horse addresses in Sundowners #1, written by Tim Seeley, illustrated by Jim Terry, colored by Sean Dove and lettered by Crank!.

BOOM! Studios Travels to Baltimore Comic-Con

Big Trouble in Little China #1 BCC Exclusive

BOOM! Studios is making a trip to Baltimore next weekend for Baltimore Comic-Con. As expected, the publisher will be bringing some exclusives, talent and presence at a few panels. BOOM! will have several Baltimore Comic-Con exclusive variant covers available for purchase for $10.00 at the booth (#2001) while supplies last, including Big Trouble in Little China #1 BCC Exclusive by Frank Cho, George Perez's Sirens #1 BCC Exclusive illustrated by George Pérez, RoboCop #1 BCC Exclusive illustrated by Mike Henderson and Steven Universe #1 BCC Exclusive illustrated by Amber Rogers.

Making its convention debut at Baltimore Comic-Con will be KaBOOM!’s Adventure Time Vol. 4 Mathematical Enchiridion Edition hardcover ($50.00), a premium edition of the fourth collection of the award-winning comics based on the hit Cartoon Network animated series created by Pendleton Ward. The book is enclosed in a die-cut leather casewrap and features a new cover image by Zachary Sterling. BOOM! will also present and participate in the following panels at Baltimore Comic-Con: Peanuts and Beyond: The Other Side of Charles M. Schulz, We Are BOOM! and What Does an Editor Do?.

Full press release below.

Roche Limit Explores Grim Future for Mankind

What do you get when you team up Michael Moreci and Vic Malhotra? An exploration of the grim future in store for mankind in an all-new science fiction mystery series called Roche Limit. A mix of hardboiled noir crime and hard science fiction, Roche Limit is the beginning of a new series that’s part 2001: A Space Odyssey and part Blade Runner.

“Our destiny is the stars, and I will lead us there.” Twenty years after this promise, billionaire Langford Skaargard’s dream of cosmic exploration is no more. Roche Limit, a colony situated on the cusp of a mysterious energy anomaly, has become a melting pot of crime and terrible secrets. When Bekkah Hudson goes missing, the search to find her will plunge her sister and a cadre of the colony’s underworld figures into an odyssey that reveals a bleak future for humanity.

“The entire creative team is really encouraged by the tremendous response to Roche Limit so far,” said Moreci. “Commercially and creatively. It’s been great, and we hope to make its release equal to its buildup.”

Roche Limit #1 (Diamond Code: JUL140435) will be available on September 24. Final order cutoff is Monday, September 1. Full press release below.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Review - Battle for Ozellberg #1

"If any animal should speak to me, do not listen. For it speaks only lies."

Everyone knows Little Red Riding Hood. It's the story about a young girl making a trip to see her sick grandmother. That trip is interrupted though by the appearance of a sinister wolf. What happens if that little girl is a little more combat ready? Would the story end the way you think it does? Battle for Ozellberg #1 is a good way to find out. The issue is written by Deon Brown, illustrated by Steve Myers, colored by Licca Kirk, inked by Jeff Morrow and lettered by Chris Chandler.

Baltimore Comic-Con 2014 Saturday Programming Spotlights Talent

Baltimore Comic-Con is fast approaching and it's the shows 15th annual incarnation. And on that Saturday, September 6th, the show will boast a bevy of big time creators. Those creators include Garth Ennis, Dave Gibbons, Fred Hembeck, Paul Pope, Gail Simone and Matt Wagner, whose creation Grendel is featured in this year's Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook. There's even a character spotlight as Miracleman is featured by creators who worked on the groundbreaking comic.

Fans can also join Bill Willingham and friends for a full two hours in The Last Fables Panel. Fans of cartoonist Charles M. Schulz and his popular creation, Peanuts, are in for a real treat with Peanuts and Beyond: The Other Side of Charles M. Schulz as Karen Johnson, Director of the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, shares unpublished artworks by Schulz.

Full press release and Saturday panel schedule below.

Inkwell Awards Celebrates Eight Years

It's been eight years since the Inkwell Awards were conceived with the concept of promoting, educating and recognizing the art form of inking and inkers in the comic book industry. And in the eighth season, the organization is electing Jim Starlin, Clifford Meth and Laura Martin as its new creator ambassadors.

“I am truly honored that these stellar creators accepted our invitation,” said Inkwell Awards founder and director Bob Almond. "Jim Starlin was an idol of mine and one of my formative influences growing up. He's a living legend in our industry. Cliff has been an inspiration with his passionate support of underdogs and various artists in need, and is a force to be reckoned with. Laura is multi-talented, adept at penciling, inking and painting. In the art of coloring, she's in high demand and arguably at the top of her field." Almond added, “We at the Inkwells are thrilled and excited to have all three in our ranks.”

Jim Starlin is an iconic, fan-favorite creator whose career has earned a resurgence due to characters he created (Thanos, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora) appearing in Marvel Studios' recent worldwide blockbuster, Guardians of the Galaxy, with more on the way. Starlin began at Marvel Comics in 1972 and has been working on and off in comics at various publishing houses ever since, as both a writer and artist. He has created and worked on a plethora of major and minor titles and characters, many of which have become synonymous with his name in the minds of many fans, often due as much to his unique pencilling and inking styles as his writing.

Meth said, "Regardless of their perceived status as the weaker sex, inkers are clearly half of the marriage required to produce a proper page of comic art. It’s only fair dinkum that they receive their due recognition."

Clifford Meth is a writer, editor and comics historian. A founder of Aardwolf Publishing, Meth’s work has also been published by Marvel Entertainment, IDW, the L.A. Times Entertainment Newswire, and dozens of leading publications. He is also widely known for his advocacy for comics’ professionals, including Dave Cockrum, Gene Colan and Bill Messner-Loebs. Laura Martin is an Eisner, Harvey, and Eagle Award-winning colorist. She has been coloring comics since joining Wildstorm Studios in 1995. Her fan-favorite work has since been published in major titles by Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Valiant and others. Her current work includes Walter Simonson's Ragnarok (IDW) and the 2014 Axis crossover event from Marvel.

Martin said, "I study inks very close up and for long periods of time (while coloring), so I have a deep respect for this art form. I've even tried it myself from time to time...and that's why I'm still a colorist."

Since the organization was formed in 2008, the roster of Inkwell Ambassadors has included Adam Hughes, Mike Marts, Ethan Van Sciver, Mark Brooks, Trevor Von Eeden, Sal Velluto, Cully Hamner, Joe Kubert, Eric Basuldua, Phil Jimenez, Jim Shooter and Brian Pulido. The more-involved Special Ambassadors include Joe Sinnott, J. David Spurlock and Mike McKone.

Full press release below.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)

I know Spike comes a long way over the course of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer and Angel, but Wesley…wow. Just, wow. Who he is on Buffy: The Vampire Slayer and who he is by the end of Angel doesn’t even seem like the same person at all. Wesley’s transition from bumbling, nervous goofball to seasoned demon slayer is pretty intense. And the thing that gets me the most? The people who knew Wesley back when--the cast of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, even Wesley’s own family--will never know.

What can I say? Sometimes things happen in life and you grow.

But see, that doesn’t mean the way that you end up learning is always fair. Whatever mistakes Wesley made as a Watcher, he pays for and then some over the course of Angel. Seriously, does anyone suffer more than this guy on the show? He risks everything to try to do what he thinks is right and gets alienated from his friends, he has to watch his best friend be with the woman he loves, he GETS the woman he loves just to lose her. It just goes on.

Review - Wayward #1

"I just have to connect the dots. No problem. I'm good at that."

Take a walk on the streets of any metropolis and chances are you'll see a heady mix of events. People walking to and fro, shops selling goods and a general buzz that makes the city feel alive. When the sun goes down though, some cities really are alive, full of evils that only few encounter. How you handle those evils always makes for a good story, like in Wayward #1 from Image Comics, written by Jim Zub, illustrated by Steve Cummings, colored by John Rauch and Zub and lettered by Marshall Dillon.

Preview - Jaegir #1

2000AD spends a lot of time in Mega-City One and all the Judges. There's some other good stuff the publisher can mine though, such as their classic series Rogue Trooper. In that same universe exists Jaegir #1, where the endless war between the Southers and the Norts rages on countless planets. Scarred war veteran Atalia Jaegir of the Nordland State Security Police, hunts down escaped war criminals and roots out corruption in the ranks. But her fearsome reputation will not protect her from the inhuman quarry that she is tasked with finding

An entirely new heroine leads this action-packed adventure illustrated by Simon Coleby and written by Gordon Rennie. The book is in stores now with interiors below.

Bee and Puppycat #2 Rushed to Second Printing

Bee and PuppyCat #2 2nd Printing

Bee and Puppycat #2 is a big hit with the comic book readers. BOOM! Studios is also delighted at the news as well, rushing Bee and Puppycat #2 to a second printing. It follows the first issue sell-out, with both issues of the quirky series from creator Natasha Allegri offering stories featuring Bee, the ever-unemployed twentysomething who makes a living as a magical temp worker, and her new friend PuppyCat, the mysterious little...whatever it is...that she stumbled across who has a powerful secret.

“Bee and PuppyCat continues to deliver stories that are charming, light-hearted, and full of quirky fun,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “This is exactly the type of title we need more of in the industry. Natasha, Garrett, and all the creators involved have struck a chord with their work—this second print is a testament to their talent.”

Written by Allegri and Garrett Jackson, and illustrated by Allegri, Bee and PuppyCat is based on the Cartoon Hangover short (which can be watched at that went on to become the most funded web series project in Kickstarter history. Allegri had built up a big fan-following on Tumblr while working on the Adventure Time cartoon, then created gender-swapped characters, Fionna and Cake, that became so popular, they were put into the show. Her newest creation, Bee and PuppyCat, is a slice-of-life story with a twist and it has so much comedy and enchantment you can’t help but be swept up.

Bee and PuppyCat #2 second print ships with a new cover by Buntoo under Diamond Order Code JUL148213 and carries a retail price of $3.99. It's anticipated to be on sale September 17th. Full press release below.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Archaia Debuts Butterfly

Butterfly #1

Archaia does comics right. They always offer top-notch books with quality presentation and an attention to detail. And there's nothing like a good spy thriller mixed with Archaia and this September, the publisher will debut Butterfly, a new four-issue series that explores the true nature of people who devote themselves to covert ops and the solitude, deceit, and violence that comes with that life. Screenwriter Arash Amel, writer Marguerite Bennett and artist Antonio Fuso explore the espionage genre and the complexity of family drama within a web of global conspiracy.

“Butterfly lands right in our sweet spot as a publisher,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “The spy genre has always been a favorite of ours and this series stands out as a highlight amongst our work in that field. With Butterfly, we take a look at a father and daughter who are completely estranged due to the toll of the spy lifestyle. What I love most about this series is that Arash and Marguerite have managed to tell a patient story deeply rooted in character and still maintain the intense action of a spy thriller. While reading the first issue some of their small touches reminded of what I love about the work of John le Carré, J.J. Abrams’ Alias, and the Bourne franchise. Antonio Fuso’s stark and stylized art is an incredible compliment to a very promising series.”

Butterfly is one of Project Delta's deep cover agents—no birth certificate, no social security number, a complete ghost. When her cover is blown and she’s set up for a murder she didn’t commit, she’s unknowingly led to her father’s doorstep, a man she thought died 20 years ago. Codenamed Nightingale, her father was once a member of the very same Project Delta, a spy in the violent aftermath of the Cold War, and believes they are behind her setup. Trained to trust nothing and no one, Butterfly must decide whether to seek answers with the Project, or believe the man who betrayed her years ago.

Archaia’s Butterfly #1 arrives in comic shops on September 24th with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code JUL140987. The issue ships with a card-stock cover by Phil Noto. Full press release below.