Tuesday, May 12, 2021

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales of the Vampires by Cloonan, Lolos, Moon, Bá and Chen

I know it is almost geek suicide to say this, but I've never been a huge Buffy fan. I mean, sure, I used to watch the show occasionally, but I never got tied up in the lives of the characters, like some fans seemed to.

The Buffy TV series was ended prematurely, and Dark Horse Comics have been publishing the comic book continuation of the series as Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8. I have read a few issues of this series, and was far more impressed with it than I was with the original TC series, particularly with Brian K Vaughan's issues.

Now comes a special issue of Buffy, that I am just going to have to buy, because it is almost oozing with talent with some of my favourite people in the business. Check it out:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales of the Vampires will arrive in stores on June 3 from Dark Horse Comics. The issue is written by Becky Cloonan, with art by Vasilis Lolos and covers by Jo Chen and Gabriel Ba/Fabio Moon.

Here's how Dark Horse describes the issue:

"In a small town in Massachusetts, a young man named Jacob goes about his day as usual -- wakes early, eats breakfast with his mom, and heads to school. He's a hard worker and a reliable friend to Alexia, an athletic and headstrong young woman. But at night Jacob likes to cut loose at the local arcade, where he's befriended a reckless gang of vampires who enjoy drinking his blood. Jacob craves the high and the easy escape from the monotony of his life that this 'bloodletting' provides. Enter the mysterious and sultry May, who can help Jacob leave those high-school days behind -- that is, if Alexia doesn't stop her first."

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales of the Vampires will be 40 pages and will cost $2.99

Make sure you order a copy!

Read Marvel Comics’ PRIDE & PREJUDICE #1 For Free!

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of free comics must be in want of more comics…"

Heh, sorry I couldn't resist that line.

It seems Marvel have just made the first issue of their new Pride and Prejudice adaptation available to read online for free. This new adaptation of the classic Jane Austen novel is by two-time Rita Award-Winner, Nancy Butler and acclaimed artist Hugo Petrus.

Issue #2 will be released on Weds 13th May 2009, and you can read issue #1 for free by clicking here. Whilst I'm not big on adaptations myself, I think this sort of thing is actually a really great way to get kids to read the classics. In the current video game and TV saturated culture it is a sad truth that less children are reading novels, and if we can get them to read, and enjoy, well written comics, then we are on the right track.

Monday, May 11, 2021

Mark Sable Detained by TSA for script to UNTHINKABLE #3

Writer Mark Sable revealed on Twitter this weekend that he was detained by TSA security guards at LAX when they discovered inflammatory material in a the script for the third issue of Sable’s new BOOM Studios miniseries Unthinkable. Unthinkable is a new comic book that follows Alan Ripley, a best-selling author who joins a think tank commissioned after 9-11 to think the unthinkable and protect America from possible nightmare terrorist scenarios. But years later, when the think tank's imaginary terror plots become frighteningly real, can he stop the Unthinkable from coming to pass?

Sable discussed his detention on Twitter in the following stream of tweets:

  • Wow. Just detained by TSA for over half hour.They read and questioned me about the script for Unthinkable
  • Talk about life imitating art imitating life. I ouldn't make this up if I tried.
  • Nothing like starting the day explaining you're not a terrorist, but writing about them.
  • I hope the TSA enjoyed the waterboarding in issue 3.At least they know comics aren't just about superheroes.
  • My privacy, a small price to pay for educating the government about the medium.
  • Just hope TSA writes a spoiler free review for Unthinkable.
  • Something tells me this is just the beginning. 2 more domestic flights and 4 international to go.
  • I should have asked the TSA officers for a blurb. I suppose I can quote them on "WHO DO YOU WORK FOR?". Very Kafkaesque.

Later on Sable decided to write to BOOM! Studios to give them a more in-depth version of the encounter to release to the public:

"Flying from Los Angeles to New York for a signing at Jim Hanley's Universe Wednesday (May 13th), I was flagged at the gate for ‘extra screening’. I was subjected to not one, but two invasive searches of my person and belongings. TSA agents then "discovered" the script for UNTHINKABLE #3. They sat and read the script while I stood there, without any personal items, identification or ticket, which had all been confiscated.

“The minute I saw the faces of the agents, I knew I was in trouble. The first page of the UNTHINKABLE script mentioned 9/11, terror plots and the fact that the (fictional) world had become a police state. The TSA agents then proceeded to interrogate me, having a hard time understanding that a comic book could be about anything other than superheroes, let alone that anyone actually wrote scripts for comics.

“I cooperated politely and tried to explain to them the irony of the situation. While UNTHINKABLE blurs the line between fiction and reality, the story is based on a real-life government think tank where a writer was tasked to design worst-case terror scenarios. The fictional story of UNTHINKABLE unfolds when the writer’s scenarios come true, and he becomes a suspect in the terrorist attacks.

“In the end, I feel my privacy is a small price to pay for educating the government about the medium.”

Crazy Stuff eh? Well, the TSA will probably live to regret that move, as the news and controversy it kicks up will most likely just help sales of the new series! To be honest, I don't think it will even need the help and extra exposure that this might bring it. I have read a pre-release copy of Unthinkable #1 and I was incredibly impressed with this opening issue. Unthinkable is a tense, original, intriguing, and thrilling political drama which really reflects the times of paranoia and mistrust that we currently live in. The artwork on the book is by an artist called Julian Totino Tedesco, who I have never heard of before, but it is intensely dark, and really adds extra depth to this already interesting story. Expect to see this book in Hypergeek's Hot Picks this week!

Captain America #600: Girl Without a World - Teaser Image

Marvel just sent me a very mysterious teaser for the upcoming, monumental, 600th issue of Captain America. Here's what it looks like:


Where were you when Captain America died? It's the anniversary of the day Steve Rogers was killed, a day of reflection and mourning in the Marvel U...a time to look back on the things Steve did and what he stood for... or is this issue actually the beginning of the most wicked plot twist since issue 25? Yeah, actually it's both. Plus, contributions from Cap creators past and present, including a very special essay by Joe Simon, a classic story from Cap’s Golden Age, a full gallery of 600 Cap covers, and more anniversary shenanigans than you can shake a shield at!

50/50 Cover by ALEX ROSS
Rated T+ …$4.99
FOC—5/28/09, On-Sale—6/17/09

What on Earth is that image about?? Who knows! Let the rumours begin.... I hear that Steve Rogers comes back as a woman, called Stephanie Rogers... SPREAD IT!!

Growing up, I was never a big Cap fan. Being British, he really didn't have much appeal to me. Since Ed Brubaker started his run on he title though, I have not missed an issue. The series is consistently brilliant and one of my favourite long running series. With all the additional talent thrown into the mix here, such as Stan Lee, Mark Waid, Dale Eaglesham, David Aja and Howard Chaykin - this issue is going to be amazing!

Remember to order one from your comic dealer, this will probably sell out fast!

Go Vote in the 2008 Eagle Awards

Introduced in 1976, the Eagles are the comics industry's longest established awards. Acknowledged as the pre-eminent international prizes, they have been featured on the covers of leading US and UK titles across the last 30 years.

The Eagle Awards are unique in that they reflect the people's choice, unlike other industry awards, which only industry professionals may vote in. This tends to open the awards up to a far wider range of publications and creators. For this reason, the Eagles are my favourite awards.

The 2008 nominations process began on May 8th, and will continue until Friday, 22nd May 2009. So go vote!!

Here is what I voted for:

[PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE FIELD "Favourite Comics Related Website" OR ELSE!]

  • Favourite Newcomer Writer: G. Willow Wilson
  • Favourite Newcomer Artist: Amy Reeder Hadley
  • Favourite Artist: Gabriel Bá
  • Favourite Writer: Joshua Dysart
  • Favourite Writer/Artist: Jeff Smith
  • Favourite Artist: Pencils: Guy Davis
  • Favourite Artist: Inks: Chalie Adlard
  • Favourite Artist: Fully-Painted Artwork: Ben Templesmith
  • Favourite Colourist: Dave Stewart
  • Favourite Letterer: Richard Starkings
  • Favourite Editor: Matt Smith
  • Favourite Publisher: Fantagraphics
  • Favourite American Colour Comicbook: Fables
  • Favourite British Colour Comicbook: 2000AD
  • Favourite American Black and White Comicbook: Echo
  • Favourite British Black and White Comicbook: Ubu Bubu
  • Favourite New Comicbook: House of Mystery
  • Favourite Manga: Full Metal Alchemist
  • Favourite European Comicbook: The Last Musketeer
  • Favourite Single Story Published During 2008: Hellboy: The Crooked Man
  • Favourite Continued Story Published During 2008: All-Star Superman
  • Favourite Cover Published During 2008: Rasl #1
  • Favourite Original Graphic Novel Published During 2008: Love & Rockets New Stories #1
  • Favourite Reprint Compilation: Hellboy Library Edition, Vol. 1
  • Favourite Magazine about Comics: The Comics Journal
  • Favourite Comics-Related Book: Watching the Watchmen
  • Favourite Comics-Related Movie or TV Show: The Dark Knight
  • Favourite Comics Related Website: http://www.hypergeek.ca
  • Favourite Web-Based Comic: FeakAngels
  • Roll of Honour: Alan Moore


Nothing to see :)

Friday, May 8, 2021

Pádraig Ó Méalóid's Three part Alan Moore Interview

Over the last few days Forbidden Planet International have published an interview with Alan Moore, conducted by Pádraig Ó Méalóid, broken into three separate parts. The reason it was broken up like this? Because it is IMMENSE! According to Pádraig the interview "was two hours on the phone, which typed up to just under fifteen thousand words long, and was twenty-seven pages long."

The interview is very interesting, and really insightful. I love it when someone who really knows their Alan Moore stuff interviews him, it's always much more interesting than when he is interviewed by some random reporter who has just read Watchmen.

To read the interview, go to the Forbidden Planet International Blog, or click below:

Part One
Part Two
Part Three

I haven't had a chance to read though the whole thing yet, but what I have read was amazing!

One day I'll have my own Alan Moore interview up here... one day...

Coming soon though, I have an interview with Leah Moore and John Reppion, so look out for that!!!

Announcing MARVEL FRIDAYS on MySpace Comic Books

Marvel Comics has been added to the roster of MySpace Comic Books, with a feature called Marvel Fridays. Every Friday Marvel we be putting up an exclusive preview of a comic from the following Wednesday, and allowing you to vote for which comic you would like to see a preview of in the next edition of Marvel Fridays. This week's preview is of Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers #1, and for the following week's preview you can vote on seeing Punisher #5, Agents of Atlas #5, or Dark Reign: Fantastic Four #3 of 5.

I tend not to go anywhere near Myspace, but Myspace Comic Books and Dark Horse Presents are the exceptions that prove the rule :) Go check it out!


Marvel is pleased to announce that Fridays at MySpace Comic Books (www.myspace.com/comicbooks) just got a bit more marvelous with the debut of Marvel Fridays! Each Friday, MySpace Comic Books will feature an exclusive Marvel preview and you, the fans, can vote to select the preview for the following week! That’s right—the power’s in your hands! It all begins this week with an exclusive first look inside Lockjaw & The Pet Avengers #1 at www.myspace.com/comicbooks and your chance to vote for next week’s preview!

So what’re you waiting for? It’s your turn to discover why Earth’s Mightiest Pets have everyone buzzing with an exclusive preview of Lockjaw & The Pet Avengers #1 in the first Marvel Fridays on MySpace! Click over to www.myspace.com/comicbooks right now!

Wednesday, May 6, 2021

Hypergeek's Hot Picks - Week of Weds 06th May 2009

STOP! Comic time! Doo doo duh dah do do... OK, maybe M.C. Hammer references aren't current, but that won't stop me! The point is, it's new comic book day! Every week I like to pick out a few comics that I think are good bets to lay your hard-earned, or maybe not so hard-earned, money down on. All opinions expressed in this column are purely the opinions of Edward Kaye, but if you disagree with them, then YOU ARE WRONG!!!


Meh, it's a slow week, and there doesn't seem to be anything interesting out. Maybe I'll just skip the store this week... SCREECH [Car skidding sound effect] ... Oh, my God! The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century #1 of 3: 1910 is out today! Holy crap! My favourite writer, and one of my favourite artists, releasing the latest installment of one of the greatest comic book series ever written. I am writing this post while sitting at work on my lunch break, and I am so excited that I am tempted to take the afternoon off to go to the comic store! Sadly, in the current job market, this would probably result in instant dismissal. Sigh, I guy I'll just have to wait until the weekend!If you haven't been keeping track, this is the third volume of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, being subtitled 'Century'. In case you are confused, the previous release in the series, 'The Black Dossier' was written as a standalone sourcebook, rather than the third volume. This Third volume of the series marks the departure of the series from DC, and it's arrival at Top Shelf Productions. Anyone familiar with Alan Moore's problems with DC, and their brutal destruction of 'The Black Dossier' (if not, look back over my posts, or read Rich Johnston's Watchmench) will be breathing a sigh of relief at the change of publisher. Hopefully Alan and Kevin will now be able to continue with their astounding creative vision, unencumbered by overactive legal departments and manufacturing restrictions. Alan Moore has released several other books and CDs through Top Cow, and they have all been top quality, and beautifully put together products. The solicitation for the issue reads:

Top Shelf is proud to announce the all-new installment in the breathtaking series by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill! In The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Vol III): Century #1 ("1910"), our familiar cast of Victorian literary characters enters the brave new world of the 20th century!CHAPTER ONE is set against a backdrop of London, 1910, twelve years after the failed Martian invasion and nine years since England put a man upon the moon. In the bowels of the British Museum, Carnacki the ghost-finder is plagued by visions of a shadowy occult order who are attempting to create something called a Moonchild, while on London's dockside the most notorious serial murderer of the previous century has returned to carry on his grisly trade. Working for Mycroft Holmes' British Intelligence alongside a rejuvenated Allan Quartermain, the reformed thief Anthony Raffles and the eternal warrior Orlando, Miss Murray is drawn into a brutal opera acted out upon the waterfront by players that include the furiously angry Pirate Jenny and the charismatic butcher known as Mac the Knife. This one is not to be missed!This book will be the first of three deluxe, 80-page, full-color, perfect-bound graphic novellas, written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Kevin O'Neill -- with lettering by Todd Klein, and colors by Ben Dimagmaliw. Each self-contained narrative takes place in three distinct eras, building to an apocalyptic conclusion occurring in our own twenty-first century. -- 6 5/8" x 10 1/8"

Readers of this blog will know that I am a massive Alan Moore fan, and I have been anticipating this release ever since it was announced. Forget what you've heard about Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Swamp Thing etc, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is Alan Moore's greatest achievement thus far, and I'm glad that it is back for another round!


Well, it seems that this week is a good week for the return of amazing comic book series. If LoEG was not out this week then Astro City, The Dark Age Book 3 #1 would definitely be my top pick! Kurt Busiek continues his superhero epic with the third arc of Astro City's largest storyline so far. It looks like this one is going to be intense! If you are unfamiliar with the series, Astro City is a wonderful series which centered around a fictional American city of that name. It is written by Kurt Busiek, and is co-created and illustrated by Brent Anderson with character designs and painted covers by Alex Ross. The current saga in the ongoing series, 'The Dark Age', is a sixteen-issue story arc set in the 1970s, a period when the citizens of Astro City are pondering the functions and motivations of super-powered individuals, and their overall positions within the community at large.

Astro City's longest and most ambitious epic enters a new era and a new jumping-on point. It's the early 1980s -- a time of darkness and danger, the era of the Point Man, the Omega Rangers and others. And for Charles and Royal Williams, it's a time for revenge as their pursuit of the man who killed their parents takes Royal deep into the bowels of the PYRAMID organization while Charles reaches heights he never imagined. Will it be morning in America -- or will the long night continue? Also featuring the First Family, the debut of Cleopatra and more!

You just have to buy Groom Lake #2 this week! Groom Lake brings us a creative comic book team up of epic proportions: Chris Ryall and Ben Templesmith! Imagine the insanity of Zombies vs. Robots mixed with the twisted humour of Welcome to Hoxford, and you'd be close. Groom is a story of Alien invasions, government conspiracies, giant robots and anal probing... lots of anal probing. Trust me, you're going to love this one!

It all started with an exploding crotch -- that's what brought young Karl Bauer into a global, possibly galaxies-wide, conspiracy. Trapped under Groom Lake, Bauer is introduced to a second Manhattan Project, this one consisting of unpredictable alien races and devious, deceptive humans.

The second issue of Mark Waid's Irredeemable series is out this week, and looks like things are really starting to heat up. I really enjoyed the first issue of the series, and I can't wait to see where this one is going. Oh yeah, did I mention that I met Mark Waid at Emerald City, and he signed me a ltd edition copy of Irredeemable #1. Well I did, so there!

A comic book industry event: a new original ongoing superhero series from Mark Waid! IRREDEEMABLE dares to ask the question: what if the world's greatest hero decided to become the world's greatest villain? Heroes are being picked off one-by-one in a brutal and viscous assault. They never stood a chance - never saw it coming. A small cadre of heroes race against time and space to stay alive and turn the tables.A "twilight of the superheroes"-style story that examines super-villains from the writer of KINGDOM COME and EMPIRE!

If you are looking for a good trade to read this week, then you should definitely look into picking up a copy of FreakAngels volume 2. FreakAngels is a free, weekly, ongoing comic written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Paul Duffield, which is collected into trades when the current story arc is completed. FreakAngels is an absolutely amazing series, and if you are reading it online for free, that is fine, but why not throw these amazing men a few bucks by picking up a copy. I'm getting the limited edition signed copy. Warren Ellis hardly ever signs stuff these days, so it's always cool to pick up his signed books.

Volume Two of award-winning author Warren Ellis' ongoing web comic, FREAKANGELS, is here! This installment collects the entire second arc of the post-apocalyptic saga into 144 gorgeous, full-color pages. Twenty-three years ago, twelve strange children were born in England at exactly the same moment. Six years later, the world ended. Today, eleven strange 23-year-olds are living in and defending Whitechapel, maybe the last real settlement in flooded London. They've made a new friend, and together they successfully defended their home from raiders--but the post-apocalyptic drowned London that the eleven Freakangels survive in is never a safe place, and never surrounded by friends. Night has only just fallen, but strangers already creep through Whitechapel with the worst of intentions and the weapons to see them through. In FREAKANGELS: VOLUME TWO, we discover just how bad the situation in sunken England has gotten, and we meet the last of the eleven strange Freakangels. But the twelfth, sinister Mark, is still out there somewhere... Ellis' ongoing story of a flooded London is beautifully illustrated in jaw-dropping detail by Paul Duffield, and every page is as much a work of art as it is a compelling and multi-layered story. This second collection is also available as a Hardcover edition with an all-new cover by series artist Paul Duffield that is limited to just 2000 copies, and a Dual Signed Hardcover edition, limited to only 1000 copies, signed by both Warren Ellis and Paul Duffield!

But wait, there's more...

Here is a list of the other stuff that I plan to pick up this week. Hopefully they will all be good, but you never know...

Steve Saunders Doles Out Advice on How to Bring Your Kids Up Right. How's That? With Comics Of Course!

My good friend Steven G Saunders has just become a Wired.com Geek Dad Blogger, and now has his own column called The GeekDad Stack.

In his weekly column we will be recommending comics from that week's releases that would be good for geek dads to read with their kids, or for when the kids have gone to bed. I'm not a geek dad myself, unless you count my parrot, but Steve and I have incredibly similar tastes in comic books, and often have long, insightful conversations about the medium. Steve is a man who really knows his stuff, so go read his column! The first issue was released this Monday, so clicky here to be magically transported to the article.

Tuesday, May 5, 2021

Hypergeek Examines Sherlock Holmes #1. Being an Honest Dissection of a Contemporary Classic

[Please excuse the title, I HAD to fit in as many puns as Humanly possible]

As a general rule, I tend to shy away from comic books which are either adaptations of novels, or new stories based on classic literary characters. With adaptations I tend to find that because I am so familiar with the original novel I become bored very rapidly; either that, or I become irritated that certain things were cut out, or important parts were altered to fit the comic page. When it comes to new stories based upon a classic work, it is always a risky venture. The classic version of a character is often ingrained in peoples minds very thoroughly; therefore, when you take that character and place it in alien situation, it is inevitable that you are going to upset some people. People are likely to criticize your portrayal because you have made the character do, or say, something that they think is out of character. They are also likely to criticize the fact that the dialogue is not in the same style as the original story, or any other number of perceived mistakes.

I'll admit that I am very picky when it comes to this sort of thing. I have tried several comic adaptations recently, and gave most of them up very quickly, for example, the comics based on Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time books, Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game, and Stephen King's The Stand. I'm even more picky about new stories. I'll admit that have been enjoying the new Dark Tower stories that Marvel have been putting out, which fit in the interstices left in the mythology of King's fantasy epic, but I do have some serious problems with the drawling speech pattern used for the narrator, and some of the dialogue used is painfully bad. That being said, this is probably the best story of this type that I have read thus far.

That is, until I read the new Sherlock Holmes series from Dynamite Entertainment. The title is written by Leah Moore, and John Reppion, with artwork provided by Aaron Campbell, and with cover art by John Cassaday. The first issue of the series was released last Wednesday, 29th April 2009, with following issues to be released on a monthly basis.

The first arc of the title is an entirely new 6-part story called 'The Trial of Sherlock Holmes'. The story opens with a mysterious explosion in a warehouse in East London. On the following day, retired assistant police commissioner Samuel Henry receives a threat against his life from an unknown malefactor who lays claims to the previous night's explosion, and threatens several more bombings throughout London, at seven p.m. that evening. Fearing for his life, Sir Henry requests a meeting with Sherlock Holmes, to help discern the source of the threat. When Holmes arrives at the home of Sir Henry, he finds he building to be under heavy police protection, and inside he meets Inspector Lastrade and Detective Inspector Davis of Scotland Yard. After some discussion of the matters at hand, and talk of the impending visit of Baron Albrecht Lothair, who has expressed an interest in meeting Holmes, Sir Henry requests for Holmes to come up to his room, where he is bedridden from Consumption. Holmes goes up to see Sir Henry alone, then at the strike of 7 p.m. a gunshot is heard from the bedroom, and the police and Watson smash in the door to find Sir Henry dead, and Holmes holding a smoking gun in his hand, literally.

What an explosive way to begin the title! It is a classic locked room mystery, with the twist being that the chief suspect is the detective who is normally called upon to solve such cases. As Holmes is escorted to jail by the police, the reader is left waiting with an incredibly intense cliffhanger, the could possibly feel longer than Holmes' night in the cells! Clearly, there is far more going on here than meets the eye, and lots of hint are peppered throughout the opening chapter. What is all the hoopla about the visit of Baron Albrecht Lothair? Who bombed the warehouse? What did they have to do with Holmes being in Sir Henry's room at the exact time of the intended bombing? What do the mysterious threatening letters sent to the papers have to do with everything?

Wow! This comic has an incredibly intriguing premise, and perfect pacing. Moore & Reppion have done an absolutely amazing job on this book. It's not just the mystery that makes this one great though, as they work their real magic in the finer details. The dialogue is absolutely top-notch, and is as faithful to actual 19th Century dialog as one could possibly hope for, with faithful spellings and antiquated phrases. The characterization of Holmes and Watson feels absolutely perfect, and remain very faithful to Arthur Conan Doyle's depictions of them. You can tell that a lot of research has gone into this comic, and that has really payed of with a story that feels like it could have been written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself.

On the art front, Aaron Campbell does a wonderful job of bringing Holmes and co. to the modern comic book page. His depiction of Holmes and Watson are rather faithful to early line-art illustrations of the characters, and he gives the London streets that wonderfully foreboding atmosphere that makes you think that Spring-Heeled Jack could be lurking in the fog bank, or at the end of the next dark alley. I remember that last year John Reppion was asking people to recommend him a good artist that could do a 19th century period style. I assume this is the project that he was working on, and I would say that he found the perfect artist for the project. He should buy a pint for the person who recommended Aaron Campbell to him :)

At the start of this review I mentioned my trepidation towards adaptations of novels, and original tales involving classic characters. Moore, Reppion and Campbell might very well have changed my mind on this issue entirely. As a big Sherlock Holmes fan, I can honestly say that so far, this is looking like it might be my favourite non Conan Doyle penned Holmes story ever committed to paper!

Josh Medors Benefit Auction Announcement

Last year BOOM Studios put out a wonderful Josh Medors Benefit Comic called Pulp Tales. See here.

Image comic are now helping the artist out by holding a benefit auction.

This is their press release:

Josh Medors Benefit Auction Announcement

By Dave Kopecki

This is a call to action!

As many of you may know already, artist Josh Medors (Frazetta's Swamp Demon & Sorcerer, Runes of Ragnan, 30 Days of Night) has been fighting a losing battle against a terminal form of cancer for well over a year, and it has recently taken a turn for the worst. The doctors and conventional medicine have all but given up on him and say there isn't anything else they can do. But he has found an alternative treatment that has the possibility of extending his life a bit and can help improve the quality of his life near the end so he can spend it with his wife and son. There is even a slim chance it can make him somewhat better, so he has to try. But of course the treatment is very expensive and Josh has no medical insurance.

So myself and my brother, Andrew Mangum (currently Josh's inker on Frazetta's Sorcerer) decided to arrange another benefit auction like the one they
did at Emerald City Con back in '08. This auction is different though because the last one was organized by Jay Fotos to help Josh pay his rising medical bills to fight the cancer, and this one is specifically to get the treatment he needs to be keep him around. I know there are a lot of fans and friends out there that want to help, so this auction series will be that opportunity. A wide variety of artists are contributing personal works and art from their collections just like last time, but this time it's open to collectors, fans, and everyone else. as well anyone can donate if they want to help! We just ask that it be comic or comic art related.

I have set up a special "preview gallery" for all the items as they come in on my Comic Art Fans webpage at
You can see all of the artwork & items we will be auctioning there, as well as who donated it (unless they request to be anonymous) and all artists who donate their art will also have their websites listed if desired. Many packages of art are already on the way now and will be up soon, and the list of artists donating grows by the minute, so there is A LOT more art coming! Be sure to check back periodically to see what we'll be listing!

To donate something to the auctions, just email me at [email protected]om or through my Comic Art Fans gallery (where all the art is) with a scan or photo of the item and the item information and I will send you the mailing address to send the goods to. I only ask the items be shipped to me in advance because there will be a lot to organize and package, and simplicity dictates that only one location handle it all. This is shaping up to be quite an undertaking, so I have to keep it as easy as possible. All donations must be received no later than Friday, May 22nd 2009 in order to be included in the auctions, which will start listing to Ebay on Saturday May 23rd.

Josh will also be selling off all of his remaining artwork to help cover these costs, and I will be helping him with that as well. So if you would like to buy
something of his now, please see the green "Art for sale-Josh Medors" gallery also on my Comic Art Fans at
I will update this gallery with more art as Josh sends me more scans, but pages are available from Frazetta's Swamp Demon, Chucky, GI JOE, and more! All proceeds, after selling fees from all of this, will go to Josh to help him and his family in this dire time of need.

Because so many people have been asking about sending monetary donations directly to Josh as well, his Paypal email address is: [email protected]

Sending $5 or $10 might not seem like much, but remember the water drops principle. A drop of water isn't much, but enough drops eventually fill the bucket. Every bit counts here and time is of the essence. Now is the time to act!
Please be sure to also include your name and address with the payment email through Paypal when sending money, because Josh wants to try and do Thank You cards with little sketches to all who donate (and some of the other artists might help out with that for him, so you never know what you'll get!)
Lastly, please only use his email address for Paypal payments and don't deluge his inbox with questions and well wishes. Although appreciated, he won't be able to reply to them.

Thank you for looking, and especially for helping! Together we CAN make a difference!

Revising the Pull List - Looking at the May 2009 Issue of Previews

I'm such a nerd - I love it when Previews Magazine comes out. I like to sit down, flick though, and look at what I am going to order in the upcoming months. Last weekend, I picked up the May 2009 edition of Previews, with comics solicited for July. I decided that now would be a great time to revise my pull list, you know, cut the fat, stick some new titles on there etc.

Below is a list of upcoming series and One-shots coming out in July that have me excited. It isn't a full list of everything that I will be buying. That list is MUCH LARGER :)

New Series & One-Shots

Dark Horse

B.P.R.D.: 1947

In 1946, the Nazi Occult Bureau's Project Vampire Sturm threatened to destroy the fragile peace following the end of the Second World War. A year later, the B.P.R.D. learns that there are creatures far older--and far more dangerous--than the Nazis' creations, as a lone vampire nobleman ruthlessly hunts the survivors of the Third Reich. Joshua Dysart (B.P.R.D.: 1946) and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola team up with Gabriel Ba (The Umbrella Academy) and Fabio Moon (Sugarshock) for a new chapter in the hidden history of the B.P.R.D.!

- I absolutely loved BPRD 1946, it was such a interesting story. I loved seeing the early days of the beuraeu, and Professor Bruttenholm. The quality of the story without the presence of Hellboy, Abe, Liz etc. speaks volumes about the strength of the Hellboy Universe and Mignola and Arcudi's writing skills. Add two of my favourite artists, Ba and Moon, to the mix, and this could be one of the greatest series of 2009!

Citizen Rex

Comics legends Gilbert and Mario Hernandez join forces to present a bizarre, sexy view of the future and what it means to be human. Twenty years ago, the most famous, lifelike robot in the world was engulfed in scandal, arrested, and deactivated. Since then, an anti-robot movement has developed, while body modification is in and prosthetic limbs have become hot, black-market items. Stories like these are the stock-in-trade of gossip columnist Sergio Bauntin, whose startling revelations earn him the constant scrutiny of both the mob and the city's mysterious investigators, the Truth Takers. When Sergio catches wind of sightings of the long-missing robot celebrity CTZ-RX, all of these interests will collide in violence and intrigue. It's sci-fi adventure with beautiful women by Los Bros. Hernandez!

- I am a MASSIVE Love & Rockets fan. Gilbert and Jamie and written some of the greatest stories in modern comic book history. Now we get an all new story from Gilbert, and the lesser known Mario Hernandez. This looks like it is going to be incredible.


What's black and white and clawing its way onto your reading list? It's the newly resurrected Creepy, of course! Now, don't fret, my putrid pets--these new terror tales are cut from the same cursed cloth as the outlandish originals, telling contemporary horror stories with gorgeously ghoulish art from a lineup that'll make you lose your head! Original Creepy artist Angelo Torres teams up with devilish Dan Braun on "Hell Hound Blues"; Michael Woods and artist Saskia Gutekunst serve up a dose of "Chemical 13"; Neil Kleid and Brian Churilla provide "All the Help You Need" at a weird weight-loss camp; and jaundiced Jason Shawn Alexander brings his phenomenal painting skills to Joe Harris's "The Curse"! Plus Bernie Wrightson, the return of "Loathsome Lore," and more. All this, plus one classic story from Uncle Creepy's dank dungeon, and you've got 48 freakish pages of terror to bring home to mummy!

- The solicitation says it all really, a great new horror anthology series by some of the best horror writers in the industry!

Dethklok vs. The Goon

"In the histories of fictions there is many historious meetings . . . Frankenmasteins meets the Wolfmans . . . Scooby-Doos meets the Globetrobbers . . . and of course the Godzilla meets the little fat black kids from Diff'rent Strokes. But those are all for the douches. Now . . . we have come to make crossovers metal. Be prepared for the most brutal meetings of alls times! Dethklok versus The Goon!" From Eric Powell and the creators of Adult Swim's Metalocalypse: since 2006, Metalocalypse has been bringing its special brand of dark comedy to the masses through the American/Scandinavian death-metal band Dethklok. And, since 1999, The Goon has contributed the best in bucktoothed zombie brawls to the world of comics. Now, the twain shall meet . . .

- It says GOON on it, so I'm buying it. I'm not at all familiar with DethkLok, but if Eric Powell is involved it is sure to irreverent and hilarious.

Witchfinder: In the Service of Angels

Witchfinder: In the Service of Angels chronicles one of Edward Grey's first cases as an agent of the queen, which takes Grey from the sparkling echelons of Victorian London to its dark underbelly in his first clash with the city's most infamous secret society: The Heliopic Brotherhood of Ra. Mike Mignola teams up with artist Ben Stenbeck (B.P.R.D.: The Ectoplasmic Man) for a look into one of the Hellboy universe's greatest enigmas: nineteenth-century occult investigator Edward Grey!

- It's a new Hellboy Universe story by Mike Mignola. It looks like they are really working to expand the Universe into a fully blown franchise, and I for one approve heartily.

Blackest Night

Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis raise the dead in the most anticipated comics story of the year! Throughout the decades, death has plagued the DC Universe and taken the lives of heroes and villains alike. But to what end? As the War of Light rages on, the prophecy of the Blackest Night descends upon us, with Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps at the center of it all.

- I loves me some Green Lantern! Though this does look like it could get a bit cheesy, with all the dead heroes coming back to life... we'll wait and see.

Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps

In this 3-issue miniseries, writers Geoff Johns and Peter J. Tomasi (GREEN LANTERN CORPS) reveal the secrets behind the Lanterns of BLACKEST NIGHT! Bear witness to Blue Lantern Saint Walker's pilgrimage of hope, Star Sapphire Carol Ferris' sacrifice for love, Green Lantern Kilowog's courageous beginnings, Red Lantern Vice's source of rage, Orange Lantern Blume's bizarre creation, and the first appearance of the mysterious Indigo, leader of the Indigo Tribe!

- Geoff Johns' Green Lantern = Good. Peter Tomasi's Grren Lantern Corps. = very bad. Hopefully the balance will go in favour of the former rather than the latter here :)

Wednesday Comics

In July, DC Comics gives a fresh twist to a grand comics tradition with WEDNESDAY COMICS, a new, weekly 12-issue series by some of the greatest names in comics today! WEDNESDAY COMICS is unique in modern comics history: Reinventing the classic weekly newspaper comics section, it is a 16-page weekly that unfolds to a sprawling 28" x 20" tabloid-sized reading experience bursting with mind-blowing color, action and excitement, with each feature on its own 14" x 20" page.

- This series sounds amazing! Tons of talented artists and writers are involved. One problem though, $3.99 a week. ARGH! Hmm, I think I'll get the first issue, see how good that is, and play it from there. I wish DC had priced this cheaper, as it would be a great way for them to bring in some much needed new readers. Sadly, greed seems to have gotten in the way of an awesome marketing opportunity.

Dr Who

At long last, Doctor Who gets an ongoing monthly series! Join series writer Tony Lee and regular cover artist Paul Grist for the further adventures of everyone's favorite Time Lord!

- Tony Lee's Doctor Who: The Forgotten was one of the best Who stories I have read, or seen, for many years. I've not really liked Doctor Who since the relauch of the series, but Tony clearly understands the character far better than the TV show writers could ever hope too. Doctor Who is alive and well!

Dr Who: Room with a Deja View (one-shot)

The Doctor, traveling alone, lands at the scene of a murder on a space station in the middle of deep space. He must use every ounce of his incredible mind to discover the truth from the sole suspect, whose species lives against the natural flow of time. Writer Rich Johnston (Whatmensch) and artist Eric J (Rex Mundi) bring you this mind-twisting tale.

- More Doctor Who! This is sure to be a laugh though, as it from LITG writer Rich Johnston. Rich is a big Who nerd, so I'm sure he's going to do a bloody great job on this!

Elephant Men War Toys: Yvette (one-shot)

A special one shot featuring Yvette from the critically acclaimed WAR TOYS mini series.

- Elephantmen is a great series, you should be picking it up!


- Marvel have solicited a new five part series by Ed Brubaker and Bryan Hitch called simply Reborn They released no information on the content and haven't even shown a cover image. TOP SECRET. I assume therefore that Steve Rogers is coming back!

Immortal Weapons

Out of the pages of IMMORTAL IRON FIST! Jason Aaron (WOLVERINE) and Mico Suayan (MOON KNIGHT) plus an all-star roster of guest artists kick off IMMORTAL WEAPONS in this double-sized issue! Fat Cobra! No man has fought more heartily, consumed more mightily, or lived life more fully! Fat Cobra! Master of the sumo thunder stomp and the devil’s skullcrusher! Fat Cobra! Immortal Weapon from the Seven Capital Cities of Heaven! But to this day, no man has known the story of Fat Cobra’s life…including the Cobra himself! Discover the shocking origins of this boisterous brawler and witness his decades of adventure! Meanwhile, Danny Rand embarks on his own mission of search and adventure, in a special bonus story by IMMORTAL IRON FIST writer Duane Swierczynski running through all five IMMORTAL WEAPONS issues!

- FAT COBRA, n'uff said!

Hercules: The Knives of Kush

Steve Moore returns to take Radical's controversial hero into ancient Egypt, where mysticism and intrigue awaits Hercules. Recovering from the Thracian Wars, Hercules and his surviving band of mercenaries must take on Egyptian spies, assassination and face the mystery of a death cult known as Kush.

- Radical are on fire at the moment, I have loved everything they have been putting out recently. I haven't read the first Hercules series, but I'll be sure to pick this up.

Greek Street

You're a boy from the hood. You're brought up rough in a children's home, trying to stay out of trouble but usually failing. Then at 18 you decide to track down your mother. Within hours of finding her, she's lying naked and dead at your feet. So you run to Greek Street. And that's when your troubles really begin… Boasting a cast of sexy strippers, murderous gangsters, body-snatching mad women and a disturbed young girl who can see the future, GREEK STREET is Peter Milligan's reimagining of those brutal and visceral tragedies that graced the Theater of Dionysus in Ancient Greece - bloody tales about incest, homicide, beautiful oracles, all-knowing choruses, kings, monsters and gods - played out on the mean streets of modern-day Red-Light London. Milligan - best known for his super-smart Vertigo work like SHADE THE CHANGING MAN, HUMAN TARGET and now HELLBLAZER- joins forces with illustrator Davide Gianfelice (NORTHLANDERS) to create an epic ongoing series that's both familiar yet completely new and always with the bloody, visceral edge that makes it a Vertigo book. Take a trip to GREEK STREET where the old stories are not through with us yet.

- This sounds really interesting, and Peter Milligan is usually a pretty good writer. Also, you can't go wrong with a $2 first issue.

North 40

Somewhere in Midwestern America was a place called Conover County. When the old book was opened, and the runes therein used in haste and ignorance, a place of farms, simple folk, and small-town dreams became a den of monsters and nightmare. NORTH 40 is the story of those who survived and came to confront an even greater evil on the horizon - one that wouldn't just consume their flesh, but their souls as well. Heroes arise with power to bring against the dark: Wyatt, an unwilling protector of his former tormentors; Amanda, an apprentice to forgotten arts; and Sheriff Morgan, whose bonds with Conover County go back farther than even he can remember. See where it started, and watch where it's all going in NORTH 40 #1.
Created by Aaron Williams (PS238, The Nodwick Chronicles) and Fiona Staples (SECRET HISTORY OF THE AUTHORITY: HAWKSMOOR).

- I met Aaron Williams at ECCC. He's a really nice, and very interesting man, with a penchant for goo British TV :) Since I met him I started reading his webseries Nordwick, and his superhero comic P238. I have been really impressed with both of these series, so I'll definitely be picking up his new Wildstorm series.


These aren't books that I plan to buy in August specifically, just stuff that will be added to my wish list for when an unknown benefactor gives me a huge chunk of money. That can happen right??

Dark Horse
The Marquis: Inferno

In eighteenth-century Venisalle, faith governs life and death, and the guilty hide their shame behind masks, showing their faces only in the secret rites of the confessional. It is to this stronghold of the Inquisition that the souls of Hell have escaped to possess the living, spreading sin, murder, and chaos. Amid the carnage, one man is blessed with the clarity to recognize the demons that prey on his countrymen--and the means to return them to the fires of Hell. But as the stakes rise, the lines separating good and evil begin to blur, and the Marquis--the dark avenger whom even demons fear to cross--finds himself torn between the blind faith that has defined his life and the bitter truths exposed under his new sight.

- This looks SWEET! Guy Davis is a brilliant artist, and now he has created his own universe that looks absolutely perfect for his dark, gothic looking artwork.

Parker: The Hunter

The Hunter, the first book in the Parker series, is the story of a man who hits New York head-on like a shotgun blast to the chest. Betrayed by the woman he loved and double-crossed by his partner in crime, Parker makes his way cross-country with only one thought burning in his mind - to coldly exact his revenge and reclaim what was taken from him! Richard (Donald Westlake) Stark's groundbreaking Parker books are adapted for the first time as a series of graphic novels by Darwyn Cooke. The initial graphic novel brings to life the first Parker book, The Hunter, which introduces readers to the dangerous anti-hero's cold and calculated world of criminals, thugs, and grifters.

- OH GOD YES! I've been looking forward to this since it was announced last year.

Sparrow: Camilla D'Errico

Camilla d'Errico is a Canadian visual artist based out of Vancouver, BC, who creates artwork for comic books. She is also a painter, displaying in galleries in the Lowbrow genre across the United States and Canada. Her style is heavily influenced by manga and her use of bright colors and ability to convey intense emotions is a hallmark of her work.

- Camilla's artwork is a thing of true beauty - I'll be certain to grab this art book.

World of Popbot

Explore the world of Popbot with his creator Ashley Wood! This all-new visual guide includes info on Popbot, Kitty, Lady Sham, The Mortis, and all your favorite Popbot characters. Get back on the bus, Mabel!

- Ashley Wood = Awesome!


The biggest names in comics crime fiction assemble for an anthology of original tales of murder and deceit, presented in glorious black-and-white! Comics luminaries Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets, Filthy Rich), Ed Brubaker (Criminal, Sleeper), David Lapham (Stray Bullets), Rick Geary (A Treasury of Victorian Murder), Chris Offutt (HBO's True Blood), and Paul Grist (Kane) show why they're masters of the genre, while newer talents like Jeff Lemire (Essex County trilogy), M. K. Perker (Cairo, Air, Insomnia Café), and Alex de Campi (Smoke) reveal their surprising dark sides. Aided and abetted by some of the most gifted slatherers of thick, black India ink in the field, such as Sean Phillips (Criminal), Eduardo Barreto (Cobb), Dean Motter (Mister X), and more, this gang is headed straight for the bad parts of town, and you're invited along for the ride!

- It looks like Noir is the flavour of the month. But I don't mind, because I love it!

Wasteland: The Apocalyptic Edition, Volume 1

The ongoing series gets the deluxe hardcover treatment with this new massive collection! Reprinting the first 13 issues of the series including the fan-favourite "Walking the Dust" prose shorts, this impressive tome chronicles the opening adventures of Michael, a mysterious wanderer struggling to find the answers to both his past and his future. Written by Antony Johnston with art from Chris Mitten with Carla Speed McNeil.

- Wasteland is a wonderful series, and Antony Johnston is a brilliant writer. This massive hardcover of the first 13 issues looks beautifully put together.

The Lords of Misrule

Collected for a new generation of readers is the horror classic by Abnett, Tomlinson and White which begins when two friends are horribly murdered near the dark rural English town called Callow. But no rational mind could ever anticipate the ancient evil that the survivors will find in the village with a long and bloody history of murder and hauntings.
In color for the first time and featuring over 60 previously uncollected pages for the definitive edition of the series.

- Never heard of this before, but it is written by Dan Abnett, so it HAS to be good. Also, the cover is by the Biz!

Raw Juniors
Little Mouse Gets Ready HC

There is a lot to do before Little Mouse is ready to go visit the barn. Will he master all the intricacies of getting dressed, from snaps and buttons to Velcro and tail holes? Eisner Award-winning cartoonist Jeff Smith (BONE) and his determined Little Mouse reveal all the smallest pleasures of this daily task.

- It's a kid's book, but it i by Jeff Smith, so you should buy it!

Friday, May 1, 2021

Free Comic Book Day - Saturday 2nd May 2009

May 1st marks the Mayday public holiday in several countries, but for comic book geeks, there is a much more important day coming up. That's right, this Saturday, May 2nd, is Free Comic Book Day! What's that you say? You aren't a big comic fan, and you don't know what FCBD is? Well then, let me explain. Free Comic Book Day is a single day - the first Saturday in May - when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE to anyone who comes into their stores. FREE? Yes, that's right! No, I'm not insane!

Obviously, you can't just walk into your local comic book shop and ask for a free copy of Batman, or The Avengers. That would be truly Insane. Instead, many companies will be releasing special free comics, which will be available only for FCBD. For some companies this might just be a reprint of a popular title, or a sampler of upcoming material, but some companies even go so far as to make special exclusive content for their free comic.

There really is something for everyone at FCBD. Whether you are a big DC/Marvel guy, who's always wanted to try out that obscure Indy title, well, now you can do it for FREE; maybe you are new to the format and want to try out a few things to see what your tastes are, I'm sure your local comic dealer will be happy to advise; maybe you are trying to get your kids into reading, there is definitely something for them, as every title in the FCBD programme must be certified all-ages! So head on down, make a day of it, bring some friends, shout it from the roof tops! Many stores will also be holding give-aways, having creator signings etc. so there most likely be lots to do. While you are at the store why not pick up a few extra comics or trades, and give the nice people at your local comic shop a helping hand. Don't be one of those people that just turns up once a year for the free stuff :p I will be heading down to my retailer of choice, Curious Comics in Victoria B.C. Perhaps I'll see a few of you down there!

Here is the list of titles that are going to be available for FCBD 2009. Please note that not all retailers will have all of the titles, and some stores may be imposing a limit on the amount of freebies you can have.


  • Archie Comics: Archie Presents: The Mighty Archie Art Players
  • BOOM! Studios: Disney/Pixar’s Cars
  • Bongo Comics: 2009 Free For All
  • Dark Horse Comics: Star Wars: Clone Wars
  • DC Comics: Green Lantern: Blackest Night #0
  • IDW Publishing: Transformers Animated/G.I. Joe
  • Image Comics: Savage Dragon #148
  • Oni Press: Resurrection #0
  • Marvel Comics: The Avengers
  • Viz Media: Shonen Jump Presents: Ultimo


  • A First Salvo: Contract #1
  • Adhouse Books: FCHS
  • Alterna Comics: Attack of the Alterna:Zombies!
  • Antarctic Press: Gold Digger #101/Prince of Heroes
  • Ape Entertainment: Ape Cartoonapalooza #2
  • Arcana Studio: Arcana Studio Presents
  • Archie Comics: Sonic the Hedgehog: Evolution of a Hero
  • Aspen MLT: Worlds of Aspen #4
  • Bluewater Productions: William Shatner Presents #1
  • BOOM! Studios: Warhammer Fantasy
  • Comics Festival: Comics Festival! 2009 Volume 3
  • DDP/Devil’s Due Publishing: Mercy Sparx: Under New Management
  • Dabel Bros. Publishing: Dabel Bros. Showcase
  • Dark Horse Comics: Aliens/Predator
  • DC Comics: DC Kids Mega Sampler
  • Digital Webbing: Fist of Justice #1
  • Drawn & Quarterly: Nancy & Melvin Monster
  • Fantagraphics Books: Love & Rockets
  • FW Media: Impact University Volume 5
  • Gemstone Publishing: EC Comics Sampler
  • Gemstone Publishing: The Life & Times of Scrooge McDuck/Mickey & The Gang
  • Image Comics/Top Cow Studios: Cyberforce/Hunter:Killer Preview
  • Maerkle Press: Love & Capes
  • Marvel Comics: Wolverine: Origin of an X:Man
  • Mirage Studios: TMNT #1 25th Anniversary Reprint
  • Radical Publishing: Radical 2009 Preview
  • Red 5 Comics: Atomic Robo and Friends
  • Starbridge Media Group: NASCAR Heroes: Origins #1
  • Studio 407: Studio 407 Sampler
  • Th3rd World Studios: The Stuff of Legend Preview
  • Top Shelf Productions: Owly and Friends
  • Wildcard Ink: Gumby Two-In-One
  • Wizard Entertainment: The Wizard Hot List


  • Diamond Select Toys: FCBD 2009 Minimate
  • Wizards of the Coast: Magic the Gathering: Agents of Artifice Paperback Sampler

For more information, be sure to check out http://www.freecomicbookday.com/

Have a great time, and I hope to see some of you there!