Hey, Look! Comics! (10/29/14)

Thought Bubble Anthology #4

Thought Bubble Anthology #4

Hey, look! We’re on time! This week brings us some very good comics – anthology, stand-alone, or debut alike! And if that’s not enough let’s take a look at 2015 for it is nearly upon us! Let’s roll!

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Thought Bubble Anthology #4 – Thought Bubble is a comic art festival that takes place in the United Kigdom, in the city of Leeds. The non-profit event has been a yearly tradition since 2007, and since 2011 they’ve also published an anthology (the profits from which are donated to charity). This year’s edition includes contributions from the likes of Cliff Chaing, Boo Cook, Marc Ellerby, Barry Kitson, Alex Kot, Sarah McIntyre, Emma Rios, Tim Sale, Richard Starkings, and many more, including the winners of 2013’s Thought Bubble Comic Art Competition. In short, this thing will be chock-full of talent, and if like me you can’t attend the actual thing, then this is as close as you’ll likely come to one of the more exciting celebrations of comics around. Get it! Read More

Hey, Look! Comics! (10/22/14)

The Unwritten: Apocalypse #10

The Unwritten: Apocalypse #10

Doing a bit of double duty this time around since I never got the post done last week. A nice collection of comics to pick up this week, plus a ton of upcoming projects to talk about. Several of these were announced at New York Comic Con, and though I did not get a chance to go, I’m told a good time was had!

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The Unwritten: Apocalypse #10 - In December this series will draw to an end with issue #12, in the meantime the final story arc begins here. It’s been a long journey, one that began in 2009, and has netted us one 54-issue series, some oddly numbered specials, a graphic novel, a crossover with Fables, and a 12-issue maxi-series. Arguably, Mike Carey & Peter Gross have gotten to tell their story in style, and what a story it has been! Equally referential, derivative, meta-textual, and somehow through it all still original. Certainly capable of delighting the English literature nerd, but also the casual reader thanks to it’s strong characters and plot development. Without a doubt a worthy addition to the catalog of Vertigo standouts. You must read this series! Read More

Hey, Look! Comics! (10/8/14)

Batgirl #35

Batgirl #35

So what’s going on this week? A comic is getting an exciting new creative team, a bunch of graphic novels are hitting, plus a few ongoings are debuting. Not enough? How about some exciting comics coming out in 2015, plus a couple of more things to regale your eyes. Let’s do this!

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Batgirl #35 – There was only one way for DC to move Gail Simone off of this title without everyone crying foul, and this was it (besides, the upcoming Secret Six makes it even easier). The creative combo of Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr is already electric, at least if the nearly instantaneous following this book received is any indication (months before the first issue even hit shelves!). It’s a new direction, lighter and better aligned with current artistic trends, and it’s making Batgirl a must buy for the first time in ages. The bottom line, you have to get this title! It’s almost certainly going to be amazing! No pressure on the new creative team or anything. Read More

Hey, Look! Comics! (10/1/14)

Gotham Academy #1

Gotham Academy #1

Once more late! But at least there’s an excellent interview with Rafer Roberts, which you should take a look at! More importantly, comics, lots of comics! There’s debuts aplenty, and look at that! A DC comic-book making the top? Plus, a ton of news worthy of your attention! Let’s do this!

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Gotham Academy #1 – I love Becky Cloonan‘s artwork! It’s great stuff, but her writing? I’d be tempted to say its untested, except that she’s illustrated and written her own comics for ages. The true test would be how well she’ll collaborate with another artist, but with a talent like Karl Kerschl on board such fears should be mostly waylaid. So yes, the creators on this title are a serious draw! Never mind that the injection of high school drama into Gotham City is a change of pace that could make for an amazing comic-book! It’s a change in perspective on a familiar place, and a heck of a juxtaposition – a fun coming of age adventure set in a dark city – all of which should make for a comic-book that’s different from anything else you’ve read about Gotham City. Do not miss it! It’s my number one pick! Read More

[Baltimore Comic-Con 2014] The Rafer Roberts & Nightmare the Rat Interview

Rafer Roberts is a D.C. area creator, member of the D.C. Conspiracy, and contributor to the Magic Bullet free comics newspaper, as well as the mastermind of comics like Plastic Farm and Nightmare the Rat. The latter of which is also about to be very successfully kickstarted, and marks his second crowdfunding success. It’s the story of a nightmarish and mischievous rat (somewhat reminiscent of another famous rodent), and his misadventures in Hell City. Plus it’s an homage to 1900s newspaper strips, something that is well reflected in the kickstarter, whose goal is to print a newspaper-sized edition.

You may have also heard of Roberts thanks to his collaboration with Justin Jordan on Thanos and Darkseid: Carpool Buddies of Doom, or more recently thanks to his backups in X-O Manowar (once more alongside Jordan), or Shutter (alongside Ryan Ferrier).

I got a chance to catch up with him at Baltimore Comic-Con, and chat about all of his many projects, including an upcoming appearance in Imaginary Drugs, coming in January from IDW. Read More

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