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!
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
Rafer Roberts holding up a freshly drawn sketch.
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
I will eventually catch up on these posts, but that day is not today! However, I did finish writing my coverage of SPX. Meanwhile, we have no debuts this week, but plenty of good comics trucking along that I must highlight! Also, two upcoming comics well worth keeping on your radar. Let’s get this show on the road!
Lumberjanes #6 – This is a special comic-book, I’ve said so before, and I will continue to beat its drum. Want some proof? Not only has it made a huge splash so far, but come December for one issue it will feature art by the likes of Faith Erin Hicks & Emily Carroll (plus more!), alongside the writing talents of Shannon Watters, who co-created the title. Some exciting names indeed, and in the meantime we get closer to the conclusion of the first arc. The mysteries are heightening, and hats being revealed to be so much more! Still wonderfully illustrated by Brooke A. Allen, and smartly written by Grace Ellis & Noelle Stevenson. You most definitely should be reading this title. This is the number one pick this week! Read More
Small Press Expo has become a yearly high-point. No other show has as strong or eclectic mix of comics and small press, or represents what I am reading these days quite as well. There are quality creators and publishers around every corner. Stories with depth, great art, quirkiness, experimental leanings, harsh edges, plus just a bit of madness, are not in short supply. It’s truly the perfect mix of new and familiar!
Last year was a bit overwhelming, and foolishly I thought things would be different this time. I knew more of the creators, and more of the debuts that I wanted to get. And yet, none of that really helped. Any hope of systematically seeing everything was dashed. Instead, sensory overload and mad dashes were the words of the weekend. There was just that much quality material. I cannot emphasize it enough. I bought a ton of stuff, and made note of so much more, and yet I am still noticing creators or comics I missed. It’s unfathomable that I could just walk by Yuko Ota and Ananth Panagariya (of Johnny Wander fame), and yet I did. Shamefully, that is not the only example, although perhaps my wallet is somewhat thankful. It was one high after another, and I look forward to experiencing it again piece-by-piece, as I read all the wonderful books that did make it home with me. Read More