Monday, September 1, 2014

Review - Ex Con #1


"When you look at a crowd like this, what do you see? The horror of unrestrained wealth? Celebrity train wrecks waiting to happen? This may be the case. But I see something else. I see their lights."

Being a good con artist means being able to read people. To anticipate their moves based on their vices. You can then use that to your advantage in dealing with them, pressing their pain points to maximize your return. Some con artists are better those readings than others. Still, some like Cody Pomeray are even better, because they can literally see the emotion in the mark in Ex Con #1 from Dynamite Entertainment. The issue is written by Duane Swierczynski, illustrated by Keith Burns, colored by Aikau Oliva and lettered by Rob Steen.

Outcast #3 Sells Out Immediately


Outcast by Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta is quite the hit. Such a hit that the third issue has sold out instantly and is slated for a second printing. The book celebrates the somber, terror-riddled tones of the classic horror genre and is winning over comic readers in droves. Robert Kirkman and Fox International Channels announced during San Diego Comic-Con that Cinemax has green-lit the pilot for Outcast and that further updates on production will be released soon.

Outcast explores demonic possession and exorcism while telling the story of Kyle Barnes, a man with a burdensome gift. In issue #3, details of Kyle's life, in the time before he returned to Rome, West Virginia, are revealed... as the danger from all around him intensifies. Outcast #3 will go into a second printing in order to meet customer demand. For fans of digital editions, this third issue remains available for purchase across all platforms, including the Image Comics website (imagecomics.com) the official Image Comics iOS app, Comixology’s website (comixology.com), iOS, Android, and Google Play.

This second printing of Outcast #3 (Diamond Code JUL148428) will be available on September 24. Outcast #4 (Diamond Code JUL140566) will hit shelves on September 24. Full press release below.

The World Will Always Need G.I. Joe


G.I. Joe is an all-American hero. And they're required to save the day and preserve peace. And acclaimed British military science-fiction author Karen Traviss plans to reignite the franchise with an all-new series. Filled with the kind of gritty realism fans of the author have come to expect, this new take on the familiar franchise is guaranteed to please followers of the classic property and comic readers experiencing it for the first time.

“Karen understands the world of men and women in the military,” says IDW Senior Editor John Barber. “She gets what their reality is like—which is why she’s held in such high regard by veterans, as well as fans of character-driven action.

The world has changed and so must G.I. Joe--lead by Scarlett, the once-revered G.I. Joe team faces an unthinkable reality where Cobra has become an unlikely peacekeeping taskforce. Utilizing real-world dangers and politics, this is a G.I. Joe comic the likes of which has never been seen.

Traviss guides an all-star squad of talent on this monthly series starting with fan-favorite artist Steve Kurth on interior art. With a keen eye for design, Jeffery Veregge provides striking covers to the series. The first issue will feature a subscription variant cover by Cliff Chiang.

“When John [Barber] asked me to write the series, it was one of those spooky coincidences,” said Traviss. “I’d literally just finished writing a scene for my new novel, GOING GREY, where two of the characters – vets now serving as private military contractors – discuss whether having G.I. Joe and Action Man as boys, influenced their choice of career. G.I. Joe is still that iconic after 50 years, because it’s about people, and it’s never shied away from the human reality of warfare. I’m genuinely delighted to have the chance to work on the franchise.”

Full press release below.

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 PĂ©rez, 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.