I'm not what you'd call a "morning person" and have very little trust for those who are, so at first glance, I thought that the main character of Susan Beneville and Brian Hess's Awake might be the most diabolical supervillain of all time. I mean, someone with the ability to "wake up" entire planets? C'mon, what if that planet was trying to ease into its day? What if it had a late night? Let it stay asleep a little while longer!
But then I read the preview pages provided by Action Lab and saw that it's more of a metaphorical thing, and that Regn doesn't just wake planets up, she also speaks to them and heals them --- and that it's a pretty interesting premise with some absolutely beautiful, downright Disneyesque art.
I imagine that there are a lot of really great things about being named "Rampage Jackson," but chief among them has to be that when the inevitable time comes to lend your image to a new superhero comic, you don't even have to change the name. That, at least, seems to be the idea behind Lion Forge's upcoming Rampage Jackson: Street Soldier anthology, which casts the MMA fighter and actor as a superhero who battles evil alongside his faithful dog, Andronicus.
In all the years that I've been going to comic book conventions, I'm pretty sure that Ben Marra is the only person I've ever walked up to and said, "I'd like to buy one of everything you have." His comics, and I mean this in the absolute best way possible, have the aesthetic of weird, stapled together drawings done in the back of math class once he'd finally perfected the Van Halen logo, and while that's probably not for everyone, it is exactly the VHS action movie-meets-80s black and white boom aesthetic I am into.
Now, everyone's getting the chance to hand over their hard earned cash for some of Marra's most bizarre comics. Not only is the completely bonkers Terror Assaulter: OMWOT: One Man War On Terror getting a full-length release from Fantagraphics, Marra has launched a Kickstarter for an oversized version of Blades & Lazers, printed with metallic blue and fluorescent pink ink.
Steve Niles has made something of a career in comics out of figuring out interesting new ways to let vampires just hang out all the time without being boxed in by those pesky fatal sunburns that come from daylight. His breakout hit was, after all, 30 Days of Night alongside Ben Templesmith, a book that was built entirely around that premise and resulted in a pretty fun read. But once you've gone there, you're left with a question of where to go that's even bigger. For Niles and Nat Jones, the answer is clear: You nuke the moon.
August 5th sees the release of Young Terrorists #1, an explosive political sci-fi thriller by Matt Pizzolo and Amancay Nahuelpan, as a bumper size graphic novella released simultaneously in comic and book stores. When Marvel dropped news of their hip hop variants this week, the recent discussions on race in comics grew even larger. But it turns out, Marvel aren't the only publishers who thought to combine hip hop with their output, as Matt Pizzolo told ComicsAlliance.
When your comic is called Gunsuits, there's really only one way it can go. I mean, yes, it suppose that it could be about white-collar executives in the firearms industry, but unless those executives are supplying weapons to the forces of Cobra, I have to imagine that's going to be a pretty hard sell. No, it pretty much has to be a book about heavily armed giant mech suits, preferably with chainsaws for hands, and on that front, Gunsuits most certainly delivers.
But in the two issues currently out, as part of a push into comics by the publishers of Famous Monsters magazine, Paul Tobin and PJ Holden are going a little deeper, taking that same story of robot suits against interdimensional invaders story that we've seen time and time again, and building something new around one of the most fun and fresh twists that I've read in a good long while.
To help any con-going readers with their convention plans, ComicsAlliance has put together this handy list of panels we recommend. Some are panels we think sound cool and some are panels where you can see CA contributors! You may not be able to experience everything (and probably not everything on this list!), but here's what we think are the best panels to attend on the final day, Sunday, July 12th!
Z2 Comics, a publisher known as a boutique publisher of graphic novels from names including Paul Pope, Harvey Pekar and Dean Haspiel, announced today that it's expanding into the world of old-fashioned floppy comics.
The line will debut this fall with an all-ages comic from Bravest Warriors artist Ian McGinty; a historical fiction book from Chris Hunt --- a protege of Paul Pope; and a farcical fantasy comic from Last Week Tonight writer Will Tracy with collaborators Gabe Koplowitz and artist Miguel Porto.
Iron Circus Comics, the publisher of, among other things, Smut Peddler, is currently running a Kickstarter campaign for another anthology called New World. New World is a fantasy/sci-fi anthology about what happens when cultures meet. The campaign is more than 200% funded, but there are still some great rewards for backers who may find this topic intriguing, and higher totals for the campaign can lead to bonuses for the creative teams.
As the campaign winds down, Iron Circus has provided ComicsAlliance with this exclusive preview of the first 10 pages of the story "Hosts," by Sophie Goldstein and Carl Antonowicz.
I have not yet checked out Wimmen’s Comix, the all woman, feminist, underground comics anthology that ran for twenty years. Twenty years and I haven’t read a single issue! Well, it was out of print for ages. In September, Fantagraphics will publish a beautiful deluxe edition of The Complete Wimmen’s Comix, and... there goes my autumn.
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