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Numbercruncher #1 Review

Written by on Jul 27, 2013
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Numbercruncher #1

Rating: 5/5
Publisher Name: Titan Comics
Writer: Si Spurrier
Pencils: PJ Holden
Inks: PJ Holden
Colors: Jordie Bellaire
Number of Pages: 32
Price: 3.99
Color: Color
Safety Content Label: PARENTAL ADVISORY – 15 years and older. Similiar to T+ but featuring more mature themes and/or more graphic imagery.

Publisher’s Blurb:
From the smash-hit writer behind X-Men Legacy!

Dying young, a brilliant Mathematician discovers a way to cheat the terrifying Divine Calculator.

He schemes to be endlessly reincarnated in the life of the woman he loves, no matter how often the violent of the Karmic Accountancy cut short each life.

It falls to one such Karmic agent – the surly Bastard Zane – to put a stop to the time-twisting romance once and for all, before the Mathematician can pull-off his greatest trick and escape Existential Justice forever!

Reviewer’s Comments:
What do you get when you mix romance, time travel, life after death, and dark comedy together? You get this amazing miniseries called Numbercruncher.

In the first of the four issue miniseries, we’re introduced to a brilliant Mathematician who has discovered a way to cheat the almighty Divine Calculator in order to be reincarnated over and over again in the life of the woman he loves in order to be with her and live the life that they should have lived. It’s up to one of the Karmic agent Bastard Zane to stop the Mathematician before he succeeds and elude existential justice for all eternity.

The first issue does not disappoint as Spurrier’s scripting is excellent and well paced while Holden’s artistry compliments and visually engages readers. Bellaire’s colors depicts the real world and the space where the Divine Calculator operates masterfully.

All in all this was a great start to this miniseries. I’m looking forward to the next issue and my fellow readers should too.




The Bad Dream Reliquary Launches Kickstarter Campaign

Written by on Jun 11, 2013
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The Bad Dream Reliquary Launches Kickstarter Campaign

Via Press Release:

A newly launched crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, The Bad Dream Reliquary, has just gone live and is raising funds for the production of a quarterly graphic novel horror anthology. The Reliquary is written by Seattle author Brett Reistroffer and will feature art from up to ten different artists illustrating short stories of horror, suspense, dark fantasy, and the macabre. Also collected in the 100 plus pages of content in each volume will be articles by guest contributors, featured art, and short fiction.

The production of the first volume is well underway, with the cover and interior art of the first short story being handled by the book’s production designer, Zimbabwe-Canadian artist Darcray. We have recently initiated a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the further production of the first installment, helping us pay for the remaining art, most of which will be coming from a varied cast of new and upcoming artists in the indie comic world.

 

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Coming this August: The First Annual Geekie Awards

Written by on Jun 11, 2013
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Coming this August: The First Annual Geekie Awards

Via Press Release:
The official date, location, as well as discounted ticket links for the First Annual Geekie Awards, presented by The Avalon Hollywood on August 18th, 2013 was announced today at Nedopak Productions in Los Angeles.  The Geekie Awards celebrates the most talented independent creators, artists and filmmakers, showcasing their work to a worldwide audience of industry leaders and fans who may not otherwise discover it via a live broadcast event.  The Show aims at positioning geek culture in the spotlight as a collection of valid award-winning genres for storytelling and creation.  In the coming months until the Award Show, celebrities, and fans alike, will be answering the call: What #RUGeekie for?
On Sunday, August 18th, 2013, in the heart of Hollywood, California, The Geekies will be awarding the best in indie-created comic books, graphic novels, short films, web series, podcasts, trailers, music videos, toys, games, art, craft, crowd-funding, and websites via a live-streamed, action-packed award show.  With a vibe such as the MTV Movie Awards and Spike’s Scream Awards, The Geekie Awards will be a live ceremony  intermixed with humorous, well-crafted digital content.  The Show will go further to offer on-site interactive experiences for guests, created by several top-name product design and tech sponsors involved this year.  The Geekies will combine Hollywood pizzazz with the fun of a comic convention in a classy-yet-fun way.
The video announcement of the nominees that were announced this morning from The Geekie Awards Headquarters in Hollywood, CA: http://TheGeekieAwards.com.  The list of nominees will be published later today at the following link: http://thegeekieawards.com/2013-nominees.
Kristen Nedopak, Executive Producer, show concept creator, and über geek explains, “There are far too many talented creators out there who don’t have the means to get the exposure they need [in order] to promote their incredible work.  The Geekie Awards gives them exposure to an international audience, both through our panel of expert judges to our website to the show itself and all the press surrounding it.  We’re utilizing our pull in Hollywood and our own creative talents to produce an event so fun that millions of people attend and/or watch, so the best of our creators’ work will be known across the world once we’re done.  That’s what is so exciting to me.  It’s about talent, finding that talent, and letting it shine.  If just one creator books work as a result, I consider this first year a huge success.”
A select number of discounted tickets will be released to the general public starting today, June 10, at the following link: http://thegeekieawards.com/tickets.  There are various ticket packages available, including access to VIP seating, a private party before the Awards Show, exclusive gifts, autographed art, as well as other perks.
The Geekie Awards, in association with Nedopak Productions LLC, would like to acknowledge some of the sponsors for the first annual award show in Hollywood, CA: The Avalon Hollywood, Seagate, Soulcake Creative, WebMovement LLC, Sci-Fi Alliance, Camadeus, Ta’Varen Tees, Showbiz Store & Café, Full Mood Events and W1N Digital Studios.

About The Avalon Hollywood:
In 2002 the original Hollywood Playhouse was transformed by a state-of-the-art facelift; orchestrated at the hands of owner John Lyons.  Without compromising the Spanish Colonial architecture of this historic space, Avalon was born and has grown into one of the most prestigious venues for live performances & events including The Beatles’ first west coast performance, first broadcast of the American Music Awards, The Rolling Stones, Nirvana, Madonna, Jerry Lewis, James Brown, Frank Sinatra, Snoop Dogg, Justin Timberlake and the Black Eyed Peas, to name a few.
Additional information about The Avalon Hollywood is available at: http://avalonhollywood.com/
 
About The Geekie Awards:
The 2013 Geekie Awards presents the first-ever live streamed geek-genre award show featuring the best indie-created short films, web series, comic books, artists, designers, toy/game makers and more across 9 major categories. The multi-camera live streaming / online broadcast will reach an international audience of millions and celebrate any and every genre from Sci-Fi to Fantasy to Steampunk, Horror, Anime, and more. ‘The Geekie Awards’ is a registered trademark of Nedopak Productions, LLC.
Additional information about The Geekie Awards is available at: www.TheGeekieAwards.com |http://twitter.com/TheGeekieAwards #RUGeekie | https://www.facebook.com/TheGeekieAwards |What #RUGeekie For?“: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFcbcFaZyfk




Harvey Spig in The Dead Of Night Review

Written by on May 26, 2013
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Harvey Spig in The Dead Of Night

Rating: 3.5/5
Publisher Name: Stu Perrins & Nick Gonzo
Writer: Stu Perrins
Pencils: Nick Gonzo
Number of Pages: 7
Price: Free
Color: Color
Safety Content Label: T+ TEENS AND UP – Appropriate for most readers 13 and up, parents are advised that they might want to read before or with younger children.

Publisher’s Blurb:
MEET HARVEY SPIG. LOVER, FIGHTER, AND SUPERSPY SUPREME!!!!

Reviewer’s Comments:
A spy and zombie ape fighting on the streets of London in the dead of night in the 1930’s is an interesting concept and so I was intrigued after reading this mini comic and I wanted to read more.

I only gave this review a 3.5/5 only because it was a very short book and I really wanted to have more to read.

Though it is a short comic, action and comedy abound. Perrins’ script is well paced and Gonzo’s artwork is unique and has a certain vibe which reminds me of other artists who’ve worked in the comic underground.

The story is pretty cool and I look forward to what comes next for Harvey Spig in his adventures.




NEW HEAVY METAL TRIPS AROUND THE WORLD AND ALL ACROSS TIME

Written by on Apr 25, 2013
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NEW HEAVY METAL TRIPS AROUND THE WORLD AND ALL ACROSS TIME

The World’s Greatest Illustrated Magazine Spotlights Jesse Negron’s DRAVN In #262

Hitting stores now, fans are in for another themed-issue treat as DRAVN is unleashed for a full-issue saga of inter-related tales where dizzying heights of storytelling mastery cross paths with unadulterated science-fantasy. What if super-powered heroes and villains have always existed, buried somewhere under our mythology and folklore? We’re not talking about capes and tights, we’re talking about the real demi-gods that walked and pounded the Earth!

Created by filmmaker Jesse Negron (AMERICAN FIGHTER PILOT, POP & ME) and written by Negron with our old friend Dave Elliott (ATOMEKA, MONSTER MASSACRE), DRAVN features characters designed exclusively by Hollywood concept artist Keith Thompson (DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK, PACIFIC RIM), and brought to life by artists from around the globe, including members of Imaginary Friends Studios and STELLAR Labs, to name a few.

In this epic story, history and legend get a bit twisted with characters as diverse as Camelot knights and Romanian impalers and Nazi stormtroopers all getting connected by greater forces, as super-beings stand revealed as the decision-makers and the rest of humanity left struggling with the pieces of a cosmic gambit more screwy than a primetime news headline.

Said HM pinch-hitting editor Dave Elliott, “I have always felt fiction is escape. Anything that takes you from where you are to someplace else is by definition escape. I think the metaphor is the most effective way of achieving that escape. By creating something that feels familiar and resonates with you it’s easier to believe in and therefore a more immersive experience can be achieved. With DRAVN we’re taking you to places that you’ve heard of and are familiar with and subverting them. Not much different from doing an “Elseworlds” or a “What If” story but with history and myth.”

Featuring an iconic choice of hyper-gorgeous covers by Kow Yokoyama, Kendrick Lim, Rob Prior, and Stanley Lau, the $7.95, king-sized issue is on sale now at finer books and comics shops everywhere, as well as directly from Heavy Metal. DRAVN is set to dive across mediums, across platforms, and it all starts in our pages. We feel like a new dad.

For more info, scope out the official DRAVN website and stalk us at the Heavy Metal site, your home away from hell!




Stock*Pile Comics Launches New Title “Broken Legacy”

Written by on Apr 8, 2013
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Stock*Pile Comics Launches New Title

Stock*Pile Comics is proud to announce the launch of the the new comic “Broken Legacy” by writer Rian Miller and artist Jesse Munoz.

 Broken Legacy is a fantasy/action comic book series which tells the story of brothers Tobias and Gabriel. At a young age they find themselves thrust into an unforgiving world and forced to forfeit a normal childhood. Relying on one another to survive, a strong bond formed between the two who have grown up and devoted their lives to helping others escape a fate similar to their own.
A new threat emerges when a group of undesirables led by a man called Malacan attempt to abduct a young boy from a village under Toby and Gabe’s protection. What the brothers do not yet know is what Malacan wants with the child and what that will mean to the fate of their home and their people. High-flying action, treacherous deceit, the exploration of a magical world, and tremendous heartbreak lie ahead for our heroes, as well as a secret about their past which will make all the difference in deciding the course of their future.
Broken Legacy #1 marks the beginning of the first arc in the unfolding saga of Tobias and Gabriel. Underlying the otherworldly creatures, heart-pounding adventure, and sense of wonder of Broken Legacy is a story about doing what’s right in the face of adversity and the importance of having someone to trust in and rely on. A story that, despite it’s fantastic nature, anyone can relate to.
Broken Legacy was funded by backer donations on Kickstarter.com
Broken Legacy #1 is available digitally April 3, 2013 at www.stockpilecomics.bigcartel.com and will premiere in print at Boston Comic Con, April 20 – 21, 2013.
Stock*Pile Comics is an independent comic imprint formed by former Kubert School classmates, Jesse Munoz, Rian Miller, Joel Lolar, and Jacob Rhodes. Stock*Pile comics has published two previous comics, Forever Winter and Man-Gull.
BROKEN LEGACY #1
Written by RIAN MILLER
Art & Cover by JESSE MUNOZ
ON SALE APRIL 2013




EAST OF WEST #1 SELLS OUT

Written by on Mar 29, 2013
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EAST OF WEST #1 SELLS OUT

Jonathan Hickman (THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS) and Nick Dragotta, has sold out the same day as its release on March 27. It will receive a second printing (Diamond Comics code FEB138443), going on shelves in stores on April 24, the same day as EAST OF WEST #2.

The best-selling debut of Hickman-penned Image Comics series to date, EAST OF WEST #1 introduces readers to a world on the verge of collapse where incarnations of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse roam a sprawling landscape and all signs point to an inglorious end.

In contrast to the spiraling fate of humankind depicted in its pages, the beginning of EAST OF WEST has been a critical triumph:

“East of West is astonishing. Something that may reset the bar by which all other comics are tested.”
– Crave Online (10/10 review)

“Hickman accomplishes here what other writers might spend a whole series building up, which leaves the door wide open for this imaginative story to go east and west and then north and south, to boot.”
– IGN

“The series is still new, but I wonder whether it’s a glimpse at our nation’s sins made manifest. A bald depiction of the scarlet letter forever branded on America, not for adultery, but for human bondage and derision. Or maybe it’s just a cool, nihilistic revenge saga.”
– iFanboy (Pick of the Week)

“…this is a comic that could just possibly blow your mind.”
– Comic Vine (5/5-star review)




#164 – Fanboy Buzz – Naki Talks Sex

Written by on Mar 16, 2013
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This show Chris Ferrell and Naki from All Things Good and Nerdy join us to discuss Sex, Age of Ultron #1 and Detective Comics #18. Chris Ferrell makes sure you don’t miss Cocky Cosplay and takes over JS’s segment. In Nerd Rage Scott puts Colossus against The Thing and Scarlet Spider against Dock Ock Spider-Man.

Tell us what you think at 239-244-2899 and leave us a voicemail or tweet @fanboybuzz.com!

Genre: Comic Book Podcast | Updates: Often | Duration: 43 minutes | Subscribe: RSS Feed

Show Note 1: Cocky Cosplay




#163 – Fanboy Buzz – Steve Boyd Rejects This News

Written by on Mar 13, 2013
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This episode we countdown a list of 15 worst costumes for Comic Book Villain movies and then we discuss how ComiXology’s Marvel #1 promo broke the interwebs. We’ll also chat about Free Comic Book Day being more popular than ever and how ComiXology is accepting indie titles now. Finally we’ll review the finale to IDW’s Star Trek TNG Hive (Issue #4). Tell us what you think at 239-244-2899 and leave us a voicemail or tweet @fanboybuzz.com!

Genre: Comic Book Podcast | Updates: Often | Duration: 53 minutes | Subscribe: RSS Feed




Comicmaniac Spotlight: Marlene aka ilikecomicstoo

Written by on Feb 20, 2013
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I found this lady on her  YouTube channel talking about comics, movies, conventions, interviewing artists and even Stan Lee (twice!). She’s a fellow Nightcrawler lover so she’s definitely alright in my book. The spotlight falls on Marlene aka

ilikecomicstoo

How did you get into comics and other geeky things?
I get asked this question a lot! I don’t remember exactly what prompted me to start liking comics, but I do know the general timeline for how it happened.
I’ve loved cartoons and videogames since I was pretty young. I grew up watching shows like X-Men Evolution, Smallville and Toonami– the good stuff!
When I was finally old enough to stay up for Adult Swim on Cartoon Network (in high school), I took a serious liking to Japanese anime and manga. In college, this somehow transitioned to a passion for American comic books, I think when I started rediscovering those TV shows I used to love. And that’s where I am now!

Why did you start doing videos?
I kept meeting people in college that were surprised I enjoyed collecting comic books and attending conventions. It seemed difficult for them to grasp the idea that a girl– a girl!– could be into the hobby. I thought that was very silly. I originally created the “ilikecomicstoo” account just for kicks to say, “hey, I’m of the female persuasion and ‘I Like Comics Too.’” I wanted to put more of a female voice into the mix which, at the time, Youtube was somehow lacking.
I don’t know why but a lot of people seemed to enjoy my videos, so I kept doing them. :)

What can fans look forward from your site and your YouTube channel?
I’ve taken a lot of hiatuses on my blog, for several reasons. School, work, the dreaded Youtube comments section, feeling overwhelmed, etc. contributed to all the pauses in production. I’d like to get back on track and regularly produce videos sometime in the near future, especially to showcase all the independent comic book creators that are struggling to get the word out about their work. There are some seriously fantastic artists and writers out there, and it’s a shame they don’t get the recognition they deserve because of lack of exposure. So I’d like to highlight them more along with the mainstream titles, and maybe cover more conventions. SDCC is on my list for the first time this year!

You had the opportunity to interview Stan Lee twice!  What was were both experiences like?
Stan Lee is awesome! He’s the sweetest man, incredibly sharp and very funny. The first time I met him was at a gallery here in New York, where I had the chance to interview him while we were filming for MTV. He was a pleasure to interview, so much so that– and here’s something I haven’t shared publicly before– one of the managers had to frantically signal for me to wrap it up behind the camera. We hit it off so well that we were taking too long!
I also met him again at New York Comic Con one year and had the opportunity to take a photo with him. He was just as great as the time before.

You were also on the MTV series My Life As Liz. How did you get to be a part of that show and how was your experience?
I was part of My Life as Liz mostly just by chance and luck. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever expect to show up on television, let alone on a channel like MTV. It was a really interesting experience and also very, very new to me. Being on a TV show is definitely nothing like being in front of a webcam for Youtube, let me tell you! I’m really glad I did it, though. I met some lovely people and connected with comic fans from all around the world as a result. To this day, though, I get comments on my blog and Youtube channel reading, “No way! You’re real?!” I guess folks assumed that the “Marlene with the comic book blog” on the show didn’t really exist. But that’s really me!

Do you have any upcoming projects?
Right now I’m trying to re-organize things on my blog so that I can get back to reviewing consistently. That’s my biggest goal. Hopefully great things will happen from there.

You’re a fellow Nightcrawler lover like myself, what did you think of his death, his AOA self, and do you think he should come back?


Why must you bring up sad things. :(
I think his death was poignant but, ultimately, unnecessary. It can be argued that no fictional character’s death is “necessary,” of course, but I think there might have been better ways to build tension and drama and amp up the gravity of Hope’s situation without killing off our Elf. Then again, I’m biased. I am glad that Marvel stuck to it and hasn’t brought him back, though. As much as I love 616 Kurt, his death means a lot more if it’s not cheapened with a resurrection. He was the voice of reason and the one against violence, after all. His loss is meant to be symbolic.
I think AoA Nightcrawler is nifty as a character, because of his past and how different he is from Kurt Wagner in virtually everything except for shape. He’s no Fuzzy, though.

In your opinion, have things changed for the better in the geek universe for lady geeks? And what things in your mind need fixing?
Oh yeah! When I started Youtubing, I don’t remember seeing nearly enough ladies putting their thoughts and opinions about geekdom on the Internet– or if they were, they weren’t getting nearly enough pageviews. That’s changed significantly in the last few years. Sites like The Mary Sue are dedicated almost entirely to the female perspective, and more and more geek girls are taking to Twitter, too. It makes me extraordinarily happy!
We have a long way to go, though. For some reason, it’s still “weird” or “new” for women to be into what have traditionally been defined as “boys’ club” hobbies. They can dress up in sexy cosplay but, otherwise, they’re “doing it wrong.” That’s nonsense.

What is your take on the fake geek girl controversy?
I have a lot of feelings on this thing.
First of all, it upsets me that there even is a fake geek girl controversy. Why can there only be female fake geeks? What’s the male equivalent? Why is it that a woman’s genuine interest in a hobby automatically comes into a question, but not a man’s? And why is that people think that women in these hobbies don’t exist?! 70% of the players in my World of Warcraft guild, for example, are chicks!
For me, there are no fake geek girls. There are people who like geeky things, some a little, some a lot, and there are people who don’t like them at all. That’s fine. Honest! Growing up, I was one out of two girls in my elementary school who liked “geeky” things. We were isolated because of that. It wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t nice either. Now, we live in a time where people with these kinds of interests can find each other, easily make new friends, obsess together, discover new shows and books and comics, and ultimately feel accepted. Why anyone would want to undermine these opportunities by creating categories for “real” and “fake” fans is beyond me.
Just because someone doesn’t like something with the same intensity as you do, whether that be comics or sports or what have you, doesn’t mean they are not a “real” fan. You should take this potential new friend as a chance to teach and grow and find common ground, rather than exclude.
I wrote a little about this on my blog, even before this “fake geek girl” thing blew up. You can read it here.

How can those of us who love comics encourage young girls and older ladies who want to to draw, write, or just be involved in comics?
One: READ. Find comics/graphic novels that you like, read them. Then find more and read those, too. Then recommend them to your friends. Then buy the ones that blew you away as birthday/holiday gifts for your family. Then find age-appropriate material and give it to your young’uns and start them early.

Two: DISCUSS. Go to signings and thank/chat up your favorite creators. Go to conventions and meet people with similar interests. Find book clubs. Find comic social gatherings. Get on forums. Get on Twitter. Follow some blogs and comment (politely) on them. Go to your local comic book shop and hang out and talk to people and ask them what they’re reading. Repeat step one.

Three: CREATE. You have more imagination in you than you think. If you like comics, if you really want to get involved in them, create something. Write, draw, sketch, ink, letter, color, panel, edit… There are a hundred different roles you can fill. Plan something out and do it. Publish it as a webcomic. Start a Kickstarter and get funded if you need the help. If you’re an artist, start a deviantArt page and upload your work there so people can see it. Take your portfolio with you and go to conventions and make appointments to have people look at it. Get an internship at a comic book company– Marvel’s a great place to work at, and I can say that honestly. Get the word out about your stuff. Try harder and get the word out more. Nope, you can still spread the word even more!

For women, specifically, I’m not sure what I can say except that, as a woman, you may have to work a little harder to get the same respect you deserve. This “fake geek girl” nonsense has shown just how ignorant people can be. That’s not okay, but I have faith in you. I really do. You keep loving comics and making comics, and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t or shouldn’t. Anyone give you trouble and you send them to me, you hear? I’ll take care of ‘em.






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