Barbarian Lord

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Title: Barbarian Lord Author: Matt Smith Genre: fantasy Publisher: Clarion Books Release Date: July 1st, 2014 Format: hardcover Pages: 176 “A sword untried is a sword untested,” says one raven to another as they set out to witness the fate of the finest farm in Garmrland and its owner, Barbarian Lord. When he is cheated out of his lands and banished, Barbarian Lord begins a quest for allies and for justice, encountering monsters, ghouls, gods, and mediocre poets along the way. Combining the rich traditions of the Vikings and Nordic lore with sword-and-sorcery-and slyly understated humor-this graphic novel introduces an original hero with classic flair, brought to life in Matt Smith’s beautifully drawn, detailed, and action-filled black-and-white illustrations. Barbarian Lord … Continue reading

God Hates Astronauts #1

Title: God Hates Astronauts Author: Ryan Browne Genre: Insane Sci-Fi Superhero Whackadoodlery Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: 9/3/14 Format: Digital and Print Pages: several. Definitely more than 10. RYAN BROWNE’S (MANHATTAN PROJECTS, BEDLAM) farcical cult-sensation returns with a new story: perfect for new readers! A NASA funded group of arrogant “super people” must stop a rash of farmers that have been using rocket-powered silos to launch themselves into outer space! As these Astro-Farmers fire themselves all over the galaxy, NASA must utilize their every resource (A guy with a ghost-cow head, a bunch of magic bears, and a Chicago cop with robot arms) to avoid an intergalactic incident! God Hates Astronauts by Ryan Browne (Writer/Artist), Jordan Boyd (Colors), Chris Crank … Continue reading

Our Pilot Comic…

Suzi Quazar started out as just a “dream project” for my husband, Jason Heath, back in February 2013.  It quickly developed into a husband/wife project and in less than two years, the multi-IP paths for Suzi has soared!  We were just planning to keep it all simple and create a comic book.  We are just wrapping up Issue 3 and discussing the “future” of Suzi!  Before I get into some of the choices we have in front of us, I would like to share some creator tips we have learned 🙂 !   CREATE ONCE – USE MANY! Well, if you create a comic book…you may need to be prepared for later on merchandising possibilities.  Meaning…you don’t want the most … Continue reading

Why aren’t you using Comic Rocket?

Comic Rocket is a new breed of FREE webcomic reader that helps people find, follow, read and bookmark their favorite online comics as well as access their complete archives and connect with friends while doing it. Comic Rocket is a growing index of 39,336 online comics. We link to creators’ sites exactly as they’re meant to be shown. Dive through the archives or read the latest page, and Comic Rocket will keep track of where you left off. So, just how does COMIC ROCKET work? Comic Rocket is a crowd-sourced indexing tool for users to find, read, bookmark and share their favorite webcomics. Users maintain reading lists that track their place in the archive of each comic as well as … Continue reading

Rocket Raccoon

Title: Rocket Raccoon Author: Skottie Young Genre: Humor/Science Fiction/Buddy/Comedy Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 02, 2014 Format: Digital and Print Source: http://marvel.com/comics/issue/50221/rocket_raccoon_2014_1 ALL-NEW, IN-CONTINUITY SERIES! As defenders of the cosmos go, Rocket Raccoon has faced his fair share of galactic battles. He’s been a hero to the weak, a champion of good, a protector of the innocent, a heartthrob to the many intergalactic female species and now–a raccoon on the run?! ( I’m sorry, I’m sorry, a “formidable-and-expert-Guardian” on the run. Rocket is NOT a raccoon, okay?) Rocket’s high-flying life of adventure and heroism may soon be a thing of the past when he becomes a wanted man—and the authorities are not the only one on his TAIL! (We’ll … Continue reading

Death Vigil #1

Title: Death Vigil Author: Stjepan Sejic Genre: Fantasy/Horror Publisher: Top Cow/Image Release Date: 7/9/14 Format: Comic Book Pages: 40 Forty pages of story and art in this contemporary fantasy adventure series written and painted by STJEPAN SEJIC. Gifted? Join the Death Vigil in their ongoing war against the ever-growing power of the Primordial Enemy! The only catch is you have to die first. Become a corporeal immortal Death Knight and obtain reality-altering weaponry in the never-ending battle between good and evil. Death Vigil #1, published by Top Cow Everything by Stjepan Sejic Yes, those credits are right. Everything is by Stjepan Sejic. He came up with the concept then he wrote and illustrated it. I’ve been seeing his teaser pictures … Continue reading

Princess Ugg

Title: Princess Ugg Author: Ted Naifeh Genre: fantasy Publisher: Oni Press Princess Ugg Writer/Artist: Ted Naifeh Publisher: Oni Press The term ‘strong female character’ gets thrown around and lot, and you can probably do a google search for the term and come across a hundred different takes on what that term means. Often it’s used to describe a female character who gets to punch a few people and tells some of the male characters she doesn’t need no man and that’s the extent of it. Myself, I think a strong female character is one who has her own personality and who can handle herself in any particular situation. She may not always win, but she’s not a shrinking violet and … Continue reading

Head Lopper

Title: Head Lopper 1 & 2 Author: Andrew Maclean Genre: fantasy Publisher: self-published Release Date: Issue 1 available now, issue 2 available for pre-order Pages: 60 Source: http://andrewmaclean.storenvy.com A somewhat tongue-in-cheek swords and monsters comic. Nomadic warrior, Norgal and his unlikely companion, the severed head of Agatha the Blue Witch, have arrived on the rocky shores of the Scottish Isle of Barra. They come prepared to slay the sea serpent but can they survive all of the island’s deadly trials? And can they survive each other’s company? HEAD LOPPER written & illustrated by ANDREW MACLEAN. I first discovered Andrew Maclean’s HEAD LOPPER at MICE 2013. That would be the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo, in case you were wondering. I was … Continue reading

Ms Marvel #4

Title: MS. MARVEL (2014) #4 Author: G. Willow Wilson Genre: Super Heroine Publisher: Marvel Release Date: May 28, 2014 Format: Comic Book Marvel’s breakout hit, Ms. Marvel, continues as Kamala Khan discovers the dangers of her newfound powers. • And unlocks a secret behind them as well. • Don’t miss the boldest (and adorable-est!) hero to make her Marvel debut! MS. MARVEL #4 (G. Willow Wilson – Writer, Adrian Alphona – Art. Published by Marvel Comics) Well, what can I say about Ms. Marvel that you probably haven’t heard or read elsewhere? The ongoing story of Kamala Khan, the new Ms. Marvel, has been excellent since issue one. I admittedly had some concern going into the series because it would … Continue reading

TREES #1

Title: TREES Author: Warren Ellis Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: May 28th Source: https://imagecomics.com/comics/releases/trees-1 Ten years after they landed. All over the world. And they did nothing, standing on the surface of the Earth like trees, exerting their silent pressure on the world, as if there were no-one here and nothing under foot. Ten years since we learned that there is intelligent life in the universe, but that they did not recognize us as intelligent or alive. Beginning a new science fiction graphic novel by WARREN ELLIS and JASON HOWARD. This Week’s Comics: Ok, so last time around I reviewed LUMBERJANES, so this time around I’m going to just review the comics I picked up for the … Continue reading