Archive for October 2nd, 2011

Fanboy Buzz – Episode #075

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In this special live-ish cast (just listen, you’ll understand) we talk about DC Comics partnering with Amazon to bring 100 exclusive titles to the Kindle Fire, we talk about The New 52 selling out – but not really, we talk about sexism in comics and how it pertains to the new DCU, and Steve gets giddy like a school girl about the super hero squad show being back in action. Of course we also deal with the Ultraverse contest winner finally before we get into comics. In the CCL pick of the week Steve talks about , then Jason will take us back down the memory lane of Hellblazer and Stephen picks Spider-Island Spider-Woman #1 for his Stephen Supports Suck Comics pick. We’ll continue our DC #1s version of Issue to Issue and then Jason will rapid fire us some reviews. Finally, we’ll take a bit of Fanboy Feedback before we wrap up. Leave us some feedback at 239-244-2899 or email

Show Note: Dear DC Comics Letter

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The Standard at SICBA Exhibition

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All this week, running daily up until Friday 30th September, the Mackintosh Church, Arts Heritage Centre will be running an exhibition showcasing the nominees of the Glasgow Comic Con’s Scottish Independent Comic Book Awards.  On display is a gallery of framed artwork from each of these comics, and the exhibition also has a pop-up indy comic shop selling all the nominated titles and other quality books from the Scottish small press.

The Standard was nominated for two SICBAs – Best Writer, and Best Comic/Graphic Novel.  As such, I am excited to report it is being featured as part of the exhibition.  That’s right, Jonathan Rector – your artwork is now in display in a gallery here in Scotland!

The Mackintosh Church, Arts Heritage Centre is the same venue that the Glasgow Comic Con was held in earlier this year.  It can be found on Garscube Road.  It’s a little out of the way from the City Centre, but this not-very-helpful map kinda shows how you can acces it:

If you’re up for the journey out there, however, it would be great if you could check out the SICBA Exhibition.  As well as The Standard, there are lots of great indy comics being showcased there.  I can’t wait to check out the exhibition myself at some point this week.

Vic Boone #3 Review

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Vic Boone #3

Rating: 4/5
Publisher Name: 215ink
Publisher Website:

Writer: Shawn Aldridge
Pencils: Geoffo
Inks: Geoffo
Colors: Shawn Aldridge
Number of Pages: 24
Price: $2.99
Color: Color
Safety Content Label: NR – Not Rated

Publisher’s Blurb:
Boone finally discovers who’s behind the CEO murders. Can he save Nina before she falls victim to the killer? Can he save himself? Find out in the startling conclusion to the 3-part ‘Malfunction: Murder.’

Reviewer’s Comments:
Damn. I already used the “two great tastes that taste great together” joke in another review this week. If I had known I’d be reviewing these books, I would have saved it. So how else can I say this–Private detectives and sci-fi! How f#$@ing awesome is that? It’s not a new concept, but one that I’ve always been a fan of. It works really well here, and makes Vic Boone one of the most unique and fun books I’ve read in a while.

The title on top says issue #3, but I also read the past issues for the first time along with this one, so I’m going to give my general thoughts on the whole series so far, then some specific thoughts on this issue.

This is a wild, wacky and weird ride. I never quite knew what to expect each issue, and it seems like what pops up is only limited by the imagination of the creative team. But beyond that, there’s also a well structured, classic detective mystery. With robots. And monkey people. And a fly person? (I’m hoping we get to learn a little more about Andre in the future.)

Each issue is a good blend of action and character. They took me longer to read than most of what I’ve read recently, and it’s a nice feeling to actually read a comic and not just look at a series of pin-ups. There are a lot of panels per page and a lot of dialogue per panel, but it never gets cluttered and always moves at the right pace.

On my first look at the art I didn’t think it was a good fit for a detective book. But once I started reading, I realized how perfect the style fit. It’s bright and colorful yet dark and gritty all at once, if that’s possible. It just works. The coloring choices seem really odd, but make sense in the flow of the story. I don’t know how, but they fit the mood of each scene. I think it says a lot about the creative team that these things do work. A less talented team wouldn’t have been able to pull this off.

Issue #3 ties up the first storyline while giving us a little more insight into Vic and his issues–some type of wreck and an apparent drug addiction that we saw a little of in the past issues. The mystery wasn’t a huge mystery, it was pretty obvious if you paid attention, but it was still fun to watch it unfold and to see how Vic reacts to it all (especially his reaction to one revelation at the end).

The main story of Vic on the case felt secondary to the world building, but that’s not a bad thing at all. The setting is what makes this special, and without it we’d just be reading another private detective story. The world this takes place in is the real star and I can’t wait to see more of Vic’s adventures in it.

I don’t hide the fact that I love indie and creator owned books, and that I don’t have any love for the big budget mainstream stuff. Sometimes you read a book, and you can tell that the people making it really enjoyed making it, and do it for love of the story and not love of a big paycheck. This is one of those books. It’s bursting with fun and creativity, and should be on your list of “must reads” this month.


The Standard NYCC Exclusives!

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If you didn’t check out the ComixTribe Takes Manhattan digital preview of ComixTribe’s New York Comic Con lineup yesterday, you should scroll down and check it out now.  For those of you who won’t be attending the show, this is a chance to get a glimpse of what you’re missing.  And for those of you who are attending, I hope this encourages you to come see us at the ComixTribe booth.

For those of you falling into that latter category, there will be a couple of NYCC exclusives on offer from The Standard.  We’ll have an exclusive artist edition of The Standard #1 (with talented artists Tyler James and Joe Mulvey both on hand to sketch on it for you) , complete with a brand new cover by Jonathan Rector.  And now, for the first time, I’m unveiling the NYCC exclusive cover, which you’ll also be able to buy at the show as an 11X17 print:

Looks good, eh?  New York Comic Con is now just two weeks away.  Come find us at the ComixTribe table, Booth #2537, and say hello!

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