So, what’s in my mailbox waiting for me when I come home from Cincinnati Comics Expo than Star Power and the Lonely War Vol. 4, a wonderful trade paperback. It’s fun, it’s action, it’s drama—it’s a comic I think should be read by a LOT of sci-fi/adventure comics fans! And it’s professional, just as good (if not better) than anything from Marvel or DC!
For a long time, I’ve been saying that a theater showing a comics-related movie ought to at least have a local comics shop selling titles with that character or those characters in it! After all, people who came to see a film with that person or persons is, at the very least, somewhat interested in them! Why not try to get them more about that comics-related person or team? Some shops did that for a while, but that practice faded away some years ago. Well, it’s coming back in a slightly different mode, at least for one movie!
One of the very best writers in comics today is Phillip Kennedy Johnson. I love his Scout Comics’ title Smoke Town and have read several graphic novels he’s written. They are all great, with excellent storytelling and surprises!
Now he’s got a new miniseries out from BOOM! Studios, and I’m completely fascinated by what he has in mind for these characters!
I was going through some news releases, looking for a topic to write this column about, when I discovered a graphic novel that made me wish more of this kind of comic were being made today!
It’s called The Life of Frederick Douglass: A Graphic Narrative of a Slave’s Journey from Bondage to Freedom, and it will be released in January from Ten Speed Press.
It got me to thinking, More historical comics should be made today!
In Episode 346, we get ready for the upcoming Halloween season as I talk with Alethea Van Holland and Jaxson Joubert, the creators of a wonderful Indie comic called Bad Luck!
Tom Taylor is one of the luckiest guys in the comics industry. He has developed his own version of the DC Universe, and he’s done a lot of amazing things with it!
Of course, this comic is based on the Injustice video game, which he also scripted, and it’s just terrific fun!
Since I actually had a little extra time this Labor Day holiday weekend, I was looking through some news releases when I came across one that caught my attention. It has to do with Valiant visiting retailers (what we call local comics shops), and they include con appearances. I really think this is something more companies should do more often. Let me explain why.
Time for another double-header episode this week! First up is Mark London, a high-power comics creator from Mad Cave Studios. Then everything concludes with the return of Frank Martin from Modern Testament.
Since it’s the fifth week of the month, DC again continued its practice of releasing some crossovers between their own characters and those from the Warner Bros. cartoons.
Given Harley Quinn’s recent popularity, I thought it would be fun to review her meet-up with Gossamer, that big, red, hairy monster! As always, there are two tales in this issue—one similar to DC’s style of storytelling, and the second more like the cartoons.
This past weekend, the Infinity Toy & Comics Show was held just outside Orlando, Florida. One of their guests was my friend and Indie comics creator Richard Rivera from Stabbity Bunny. Of course, I was there to help him out. It was a fun, albeit smaller con.
For the first time ever, in Episode 344 it’s a mystery double-header! First up is Bernie Gonzalez, the creator of Alterna’s new series Midnight Mystery, which you can still order at your local comics shop and is scheduled to arrive on October 31; Halloween! We discuss how Bernie brought the ground-level supernatural book into being, Bernie’s interest in mysteries, and how you can get this book! For more on the series, order it at your local shop (Tell them you want AUG181488 and every following issue added to your subscription!) or check the book’s website here! Then everything concludes with