This week we’ve got fewer debuts, and more graphic novels & collections. Although that’s not to say we don’t have a couple of exciting first issues as well. Plus some good news for fans of Mark Waid‘s work (as well as some guy, Barry Kitson), some new comics, and a crazy announcement about Marvel & Attack on Titan.
Ichiro - Ryan Inzana‘s Ichiro was initially released back in 2012, and received some very good reviews. Now more than two years later it’s being reprinted in paperback. It’s the story of Ichiro, whose American father was killed in Iraq, must return to Japan with his mother, and then thanks to his grandfather begins exploring his heritage as well as the nature of war, man, and gods. All of which is also beautifully illustrated. In short, this is a comic you should check out – one dealing with mythology, modernity, and humanity’s place in the middle. Does it hold the answer? Likely not, but will it make you think? Definitely. My first pick this week! Read More
Free Comic Book Day is an event that takes place the first Saturday of every May, and as the name suggests is all about free comics. It’s also an event that had not truly left an impression until this year. Sure, I’ve attended my fair share, but typically I’d get a handful of comics and run back to my lair. Little did I realize how much fun one of these could be in the right place, and with the right people.
I spent nearly my entire Saturday at Fantom Comics, either helping out, or soaking in all the of the awesomeness. Not only were free comics available, but so were goody bags full of additional free comics, pins, and bookmarks, not to mention activities like a scavenger hunt, raffles, and costume contests. Additionally, some of the guys from DC Conspiracy were there, either showcasing their comics, or doing some great free sketches. Holli Mintzer also showcased some excellent zines, and finally the folks from Square City Comics swung by, and hung out. In short, there was much to experience, all of it great! Read More
Multiple Warheads: Down Fall
This week, yet more number ones, so very many – and all of them exciting! I catch up on some goodies from Archaia, because playing catch-up is what I do best. Elysium Online is now available for order, and you should look into it. Plus, lots and lots of awesome art!
Multiple Warheads: Down Fall – Brandon Graham is not for everyone, as I’ve recently learned. Personally, between King City and Prophet, I could not be more sold on his work. His artwork is excellent, and channels the very best of manga, infusing crazy detail into his storytelling – and that storytelling is offbeat in the best ways possible. All of which makes his work a win in my book. Anyway, if you picked up the Multiple Warheads mini a few months ago, this is what came before, reprinted for your enjoyment. If not, this is a great introduction to Graham’s work. Well worth a look. Read More
Earlier this year I decided to apply for a press pass to C2E2. I didn’t expect to get one, after all back then my blog had only been up for a little while. To my surprise, I was approved, and so five days ago I flew to Chicago for my first Con ever. That’s right, I’ve never been to one before, but fortunately all of that changed this year. Whatever concerns I had were quickly washed away and in short it was amazing. I’ve come back with much reading material, which I will be writing about in the days to come, many pictures, which will likewise be posted in short order, and many other impressions and opinions. For instance, who knew Archaia Entertainment was so awesome? I didn’t, but in my mind they were the clear winner of the Con. Yep, take that DC and Marvel, more on that after the jump. Read More