Friday, December 6, 2013
(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 5. Week 16.
Having to go around Carson City was one big pain. We circled back out west around Lake Tahoe, which gave great views I must say, but took a lot longer than we anticipated. The whole reason we went around Carson City was to avoid any zombies that were massing there, but seems more that we're heading that way as we ran into a nice big pack on the road on the west side of the lake.
Needless to say, that pack didn't go down easy and took up some of our improvised explosives we had on us to clear them all out. That also forced us to get away from there, lest we draw more zombies to all the noise and action. We're currently on the outskirts of a town called Truckee that sits on Interstate 80 and will give us a straight shot to Reno. While here we're scavenging for whatever we can find here to help us get in there and find those military vehicles.
"Lightning. Thunder. God, I wish it would rain."
Superheroes fight for the weak. The timid. The unjust. The thrill of it. Most superheroes rarely delve into the last as a reason, but there are some who tend to enjoy their powers for the sheer fact that they can beat the crap out of each other, take a break and go get drinks afterwards. It's a culture that's akin to that of CEOs and their merger and acquisition games, on full display in Protectors, Inc. #1 from the Joe's Comics imprint of Image Comics. The issue is written by J. Michael Straczynski, illustrated by Gordon Purcell, colored by Michael Atiyeh and lettered by Troy Peteri.
The story of boy meeting girl is a story old as time. It comes with ups and downs, joys and pains and always makes for good storytelling. Jamie S. Rich and Natilie Nourigat both seem to agree, as the duo has teamed up to release A Boy & A Girl from Oni Press.
Travis and Charley have just met. It’s Charley’s last night in town and Travis can’t let her leave without getting her to go on a date. In a future where real people are rapidly being supplanted by lifelike androids, sometimes one shot is all you get. Intelligence may be artificial, but the emotion is real in a futuristic romance from the writer of 12 Reasons Why I Love Her and the cartoonist behind Between Gears.
Check out the interiors below and the book in stores December 11.
Image Expo is one of the best ways to get a good look at some of the great works Image Comics has on the horizon. They bring all the talent they can muster, not to mention a slew of convention exclusives. Well, the former just got a little stronger, as the publisher has announced that Nick Dragotta, Nick Spencer, Joe Keatings and Wes Craig will all be joining the show on January 9.
Previously announced guests include Robert Kirkman, Matt Fraction, Rick Remender, Kelly Sue DeConnick and Brandon Graham. Unfortunately, Marian Churchland will be unable to attend as previously announced. Tickets are still available, but selling out fast, so act quickly. Don’t miss your chance to meet creators, attend panels and signings, receive exclusive swag, and get the scoop on all that Image Comics has in store for 2014.
Full press release below.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
"No real point in running..."
If you make a deal with the devil, odds are you have next to no chance in breaking it. It still won't stop someone from trying, regardless of the potential cost and what the person has to go through in order to be successful. Jackson Connolly is one such man in The Bargain #1 from Kerfuffle Press going through a rather harrowing ordeal. The issue is written by Kara Barrett, illustrated by JC Grande and colored by Fares Maese.
While many will complain of Christmas creep, that's not the big issue when it comes to special days. Sure, decorations are put out shortly after Halloween and yes, you'll hear the music in stores running up to Thanksgiving. There's another day that will be here before you know it and the news surrounding the day is already creeping up on us. That day is Free Comic Book Day and Dark Horse is offering an original story for the day tied into a brand new release.
Set to debut next month, David Lapham will make his triumphant return to comics with Juice Squeezers. It's the first time in five years that he's writing and illustrating his own series in Juice Squeezers, which follows a covert group of tweens who form the main line of defense for the residents of Weeville against an army of giant bugs. The only ones who can fit into the cramped subterranean battlefield, the aptly named Juice Squeezers keep the endless swarm of bugs from overrunning the city. That is, until a new kid moves to town and threatens to awaken a dormant bug population. The exterminators may become the exterminated in this all-ages adventure story!
Available for download today, and free for the next week, is the critically acclaimed storyline from the series debut in Dark Horse’s flagship anthology, so fans will have the chance to see for themselves what everyone is talking about. Juice Squeezers #1 (of 4) is on sale January 1, 2014 (Diamond code: NOV130063), in comic shops everywhere. Juice Squeezers #0 is available for free download today, exclusively through Digital.DarkHorse.com. Free Comic Day 2014 will take place on May 3, 2014.
Full press release below.
The Walking Dead #116 continues the all out war that has currently got a stranglehold on the attention of readers. And why wouldn't it? The show continues to meet critical and audience success (despite some plotlines and characters choices that don't make complete sense) and the comic keeps on rolling. And the issue is returning for a second printing in order satiate that seemingly ravenous demand.
Fans of the TV show who were left hanging on the mid-season finale can jump into the comic series' action as it picks up momentum. The second printing will release on 1/8/14 and will be available for order with Diamond Code OCT138242. The Walking Dead #115 2nd printing, featuring a gatefold cover, is still available in stores and can be ordered with Diamond Code AUG138407.
Full press release below.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
"Well, this story goes back."
Magical artifacts are always desired to be owned, controlled and dispensed. They typically come with a vast and rich history as well, prompting their legends and lore to transcend time. Sometimes, that history needs to be told and illustrated for context, as in The Displaced #1. The first issue is written and illustrated by Rick Troula.
Empires rise and fall all the time. Whether or not they would last a little longer if they were more honest with themselves and recorded more of their actions remains to be seen. In Empire of the Wolf #1 by Michael Kogge, Dan Parsons, David Rabbitte and Marshall Dillon, that question will be asked and answered.
Tacitus and Suetonius, eminent historians of antiquity, left few stones unturned in their Annals of Imperial Rome. They chronicled not only the greatest triumphs of the Roman legions, but also Rome's most devastating defeats. They gave detailed reports on the politics of the senate, from its most eloquent debates down to its pettiest feuds. No one was spared of their stylus -- not even the Caesars -- whose salacious deeds they recorded with seeming delight. Of all the stories they recounted, they omitted only one. The Truth.
Check out the interiors below and the book in stores now.
There was a time when film Batman wasn't so brooding. He lived in a happier Gotham, filled with a Joker outfitted in a vibrant, purple suit and hat with a grand smile on his face. Vicki Vale was the object of Michael Keaton's affection and Prince--yes Prince--scored the entire film. It wasn't his only claim to fame, but ended up being one of many in a career that prompted Bluewater Productions to release a comic book about his life in Fame Prince, written by Michael L. Frizell and illustrated by Ernesto Lovera.
"Writing Fame: Prince was like reliving my teenage years. For me, the music scene wasn’t defined by Michael Jackson, despite his success with Thriller. The 80’s, and music in general for me, were defined by Prince. He takes chances in his music, doesn’t sell out as an artist in order to make money, and still ends up on top. To this day, his music speaks to me. I hope I was able to bring some of his power to the comic page through my script.” says Frizell.
Prince Rogers Nelson, a musician from Minneapolis, started a musical revolution with the hits “1999,” “Little Red Corvette,” “When Doves Cry,” “Purple Rain,” “Batdance” and more, challenging even the “King of Pop,” Michael Jackson, for chart supremacy during the 1980’s. The book chronicles his meteoric rise to dominance in the pop/funk music scene. It's available for download on iTunes, Kindle, Nook, ComiXology, DriveThru Comics, Google Play, My Digital Comics, OverDrive, Iverse, Wowio, Kobo & wherever eBooks are sold.
Full press release below.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
"Twenty seconds. Just got to keep alive for twenty seconds."
Warfare is not pleasant. That unpleasantness only gets exacerbated when mechs enter into the equation, mainly because it's one-on-one battles that pits one soldier's wits against that of another. Hawken is a video game that offers up a world rife with mechs fighting one another and BOOM! Studios/Archaia Black Label are content to tell stories of that world in Hawken: Melee #1. The issue is written by Dan Abnett, illustrated by Federico Dallocchio, colored by Chris Northrop and lettered by Julia Fung.
Whenever Mark Millar is involved, things are going to get interesting. Mix in a little Goran Parlov and John Cassaday and you've got something extremely interesting in Starlight #1. In the book due in stores in March, the book has been described as "Buzz Lightyear meets 'Unforgiven.'" Said to tell the story of an aging space hero lured back for one more adventure, 35 years after saving the universe.
Check out the interiors below.