January 18, 2018 in Reviews
The Wicked Righteous #3 of 6 https://www.alternacomics.com/wickedrighteous is a 25-page, standard size, full color comic created and written by Terry Mayo with pencils and ink by Lucas Romero, colors by Christopher Hall, and letters by Brandon DeStefano. Published by Alterna Comics.
Lucas and the others return to the “Ballpark” to make a deal, but the Horsemen appear on the scene and the stranger Cross takes matters into his own hands. Meanwhile a creepy kid that just might be crazy stalks comicLucas and his clan, and someone comes calling for JC!
In this futuristic, apocalyptic, religiously themed survival story a group of kids try to outwit and stay ahead of vicious scavengers and murders. Along the way they befriend some and run from others as they protect themselves and attempt to maintain what’s left of their family. The writing is a real page-turner as the story just keeps getting more and more interesting as it leads into new territory and introduces new characters and perilous situations! The art is clean and polished with plenty of attention given to details, backgrounds, compositions, and colors!
January 17, 2018 in Reviews
Doctor Leviathan Volume #1 https://t.co/QqZDTAsYyu is a standard size, 155-page, B&W, graphic novel written and illustrated by James Banks Jr.
This is a tale about a futuristic Detroit that is ravaged by super villains that leave the rock city a blood-soaked, partially demolished battleground. From the rubble emerges the enigmatic Doctor Leviathan, a mysterious being with supernatural powers capable of defeating the most vicious of foes! Once the good doctor makes his presence known carnage ensues as limbs are ripped off, skulls are crushed, and general mayhem eclipses the few remnants of law and order that survive!
James goes all out with coarse, brutal action in Doctor Leviathan! From the very beginning of this 3-issue story James sets a scene of over the top slaughter. Innocent little girls and other seemingly defenseless bystanders are engulfed in violent disorder as gigantic, mutated slayers with enhanced weaponry engage in all-out destruction! The writing moves the story quickly along from one scene of butchery to the next as the art fills every space of the page with raw, detailed annihilation and gore!
January 16, 2018 in Reviews
Trespasser #4 of 4 https://buff.ly/2CWkge4 is a 24-page, standard size full color comic, written by Justin M. Ryan, illustrated by Kristian Rossi, and lettered by DC HoPkins. Published by Alterna Comics.
In this final installment of Trespasser a father and daughter try to survive in a world turned upside down by an alien invasion. Society has broken down and most have sought refuge elsewhere. A mysterious sickness has spread across the land and now all the dad can do is question his decisions and hope his little girl can be cured by an unlikely helper.
The storytelling and art are both topnotch in this sci-fi tale about choices, regret, and relationships! The story delivers an unexpected ending that’s satisfying in its surprise twist while also consistent with the subtler flow of the drama from the beginning. The creative on Trespasser make great use of clever and indirect storytelling methods in both the writing and rendering that make this overall series a real treat to experience!
January 11, 2018 in Reviews
The Chair #4 of 4 https://www.alternacomics.com/thechair is a 32-page, B&W, crime/horror, mature readers, standard size comic written, inked, and lettered by Peter Simeti, with pencils by Kevin Christensen, and edited by Erin Kohut. Cover by Peter Simeti and Kevin Christensen. Published by Alterna Comics.
It’s the final issue of the jailhouse series and more questions arise as fates unfold! The end has come for the murderous Sullivan, but are things really as they seem? Has Sullivan, the imprisoned psychotic killer, really witnessed the brutal torture and deaths of his fellow prisoners, or has he simply lost touch with reality? And what’s to be made of the relationship between Sullivan and the Warden? Is there more between them than meets the eye?
The creative team behind The Chair bring the house down in this final chapter of the story! It’s all out carnage and confessions as law and chaos collide on Death Row! Peter delivers clever twists that send the story in unanticipated directions, while Kevin drives home the feeling of desolation and despair with his rough edged renderings and washes of gray!
January 8, 2018 in Reviews
Fuzzy Princess #9: A Fuzzy Christmas http://www.fuzzy-princess.com is a 28-page, standard size, B&W with color covers, all-ages, humor comic written and illustrated by Charles Brubaker and published by Smallbug Press.
Sad the holidays are over? Well rejoice, because Charles Brubaker keeps the season alive with A Fuzzy Christmas! In this fuzzy funny the otherworldly Princess Kat learns all about the strange celebration of Christmas and its parallels to her own “Winter Fest.” Holiday hijinks ensue as unipotamuses, detachable tails, and bird bondage mix with bear wrestling, butt blasting, and feasting!
Charles always manages to serve up the silly and this time around he ensures Kat and her friends keep it funny! The cartoony images and witty writing carry the reader jocularly through one situation to another as comical characters explain and prepare for fun and festivities!
You can enjoy A Fuzzy Christmas yourself at http://www.fuzzy-princess.com and find more from Charles Brubaker at http://www.gocomics.com/ask-a-cat/ and http://www.bakertoons.com/ and https://tapastic.com/cbrubaker
January 2, 2018 in Reviews
Copy This! #46, a 28-page, B&W info/news mini comic zine published by D. Blake Werts. Cover by Andrew Goldfarb, also includes Andrew’s 8-page minicomic Weird Beard!
In this installment of Copy This! Blake sits down with Andrew Goldfarb. The two discuss Andrew’s musical career as The Slow Poisoner, the influence of monster movies, sibling rivalry leading to drawing, early comic creations, getting into self-publishing, Eraserhead Press, unicorns with upset tummies, trading through mail, collaborations and comic shows, process and tools of the trade, expanding mental boundaries, and weird things!
Then, in the mini Weird Beard, Andrew gives us the story of a wayward beard in search of a clean-shaven face!
Finally in the community news and info section we get treated to the offerings of: Charles Brubaker (The Fuzzy Princess); Ian Shires (Time Trvlr); Jaime Crespo (Los Punkers); John Porcellino / Pascal Girard (Apartment Number Three); Kelly Froh & Max Clotfelter (Stewbrew); Matt Feazell (Board of Superheros, and Five O’Clock Shadow); and Matt Jones (Silas, Intergalactic Stoner Slug).
To get your hands on Copy This! and for more info contact:
D. Blake Werts
12339 Chesley Drive
Charlotte, NC 28277
or email Blake at: bwerts (at) vnet (dot) net
December 28, 2017 in Reviews
Killbuck https://buff.ly/2BDRi28 is a 96-page, 2 color, digest size, graphic novel created by Sean Knickerbocker and published by One Percent Press.
A group of kids nearing the end of their compulsory academic lives struggle to figure out what’s next as they wrestle with the tedium of living in impoverished rural America. Friendships are tested and relationships redefined in this coming-of-age tale set against the bleak background of youthful restlessness and boredom.
Sean sets his story Killbuck in winter and limits his colors to shades of blue and gray. The leafless, cold, and barren landscape populated by sparse figures bundled in coats effectively communicates a feeling of desolation. The characters are fully developed and the dialogue between them is believable and maintains a natural flow. The art sustains an element of detachment through the use of pale colors and simplified line work. The end result is a visually embracing story that pulls you into a world that is authentic and easy to relate to.
Grab your coat and head over to Killbuck at https://buff.ly/2BDRi28 and find more from Sean Knickerbocker at http://seanknickerbocker.tumblr.com/ and find more from One Percent Press at http://onepercentpress.bigcartel.com/
December 22, 2017 in Reviews
For Mini-Comic Monday it’s…Copy This! #45. This issue is a 36-page, B&W info/news mini comic zine published by D. Blake Werts. Cover by Michael Dowers, also includes the 8-page minicomic Bug Comix #2 by Gary Fields and published by Dog Breath Books! http://www.garyfieldsstudios.blogsport.com
In this issue Pat Moriarity chats it up with Michael Dowers! The two talk about Michael’s start in making minicomics, his Starhead Comics and Seattle Star, the newsletter scene, printing methods used, publishing others, life before comics, being part of the hippie comix scene, memories of smoking pot with mom, the reasons behind starting Brownfield Press, working at Fantagraphics, Michael’s inspiration for Newave! The Underground Mini Comix of the1980s, and living a solitary life!
In the community news and info section this time around we learn of offerings from the following: Adam Yeater (Pleomorphism); Billy McKay (Morf); Charles Brubaker (CAB Gets Inked Again); Clark Dissmeyer/Marc Myers (Through a Basement Window: The Collected Comix of Clark A. Dissmeyer 1984-1986); Dean of The Bubblegum Dada Corporation (The Donor); George Erling (Cartoon Loonacy); Joseph Tenney (Squad Car (the APA)); and Nate McDonough (Grixly #41).
Also, Blake is planning an all new, ALL ART issue for January 2018! If you want to be included you need to send Blake your doodles by December 31st, and remember to keep it PG-13!
To get your hands on Copy This! and for more info contact:
D. Blake Werts
12339 Chesley Drive
Charlotte, NC 28277
or email Blake at: bwerts (at) vnet (dot) net
December 13, 2017 in Reviews
The Big Sheep http://bit.ly/2iDJx4o is a 20-page, Black & White, anthropomorphic noir one-shot comic written by Andre Mateus with illustrations and letters by Rahil Mohsin. Published by VMComics.
It’s just another day of trying to get by for a hardboiled tortoise P.I. with money problems named Slow Spade. Enter an ex-lamb chop girlfriend named Linda with a little kidnapping problem, and the pieces of a “who done it” scenario start falling into place. Soon a rabbit with sticky paws that runs with bad bunnies, a goat that’s handy with a hammer, and a mad dog sniffing around the crime scene complete the picture. Slow Spade might not be the quickest, but for a buck he’ll tighten the screws until all the pigeons sing!
Andre and Rahil deliver a top-notch, fun crime noir comic that perfectly blends art and story! The characters and situations are a spoof of the old hardboiled detective stories, only this time everyone is literally an animal! The story stays true to the genre it pays homage to and it plays the characters straight, not over doing any of them for comedic effect. The main character, Slow Spade, really captures the essence of the no-nonsense, tougher than leather private eye, and making him a chain-smoking wrinkled tortoise is a stroke of genius! Rahil’s bold lines and heavy shadows brings a cold and dramatic element to the pages that frame the otherwise cutesy animals in a bleak city landscape ripe with crime. Characters and backgrounds are all given great attention to detail as is page compositions, lettering, and text boxes and balloons. Visually this comic is a delight with something fun and interesting to offer in every panel!
Don’t wait, get on the case today with The Big Sheep at http://bit.ly/2iDJx4o and you can follow Andre at https://andre3m.tumblr.com/ and see more from Rahil at http://rahilmohsin.wixsite.com/booyaah and find more from VMComics at http://www.vmcomics.com
December 11, 2017 in Reviews
Three from The Bubblegum Dada Corporation: The Ballad of Benji Muldoon; The Donor; & Tutti-Frutti.
The Ballad of Benji Muldoon is a 4-page poem that tells the tale of a very thin and small man that lived freely in a crack in the wall, until the day the tax collector paid a call!
The Donor is a 24-page script about an aristocratic fellow that decides to do his duty for Queen and Country by contributing his high-bred seminal fluid to the rapidly declining genepool, but the donation process comes with some unforeseen stipulations!
Tutti-Frutti is an 8-pager consisting of six short tales about some very unusual people. Among the assortment are the Mustachioed Sister of the Lord, a man with edible farts, and the unfortunate Boatman!
You can delve into the delightful delirium of The Bubblegum Dada Corporation at:
c/o 15 Dartington Walk
December 8, 2017 in Reviews
Travel back to the 1920’s New York when organized gangs ruled the streets, speakeasies offered relief to the thirsty, and bullets rained down in barrages! In this world of yesteryear one undisciplined, fun-loving, gangster navigates old-time friendships, racial sensitivities, union rights, and criminal loyalties as he gets by, by living on his own terms!
Craig does an excellent job of telling this period piece in the language of the times. The characters all come off as authentic and fully grounded in their 1920’s settings. The writing captures attitudes and a way of life lost to history while building a solid story about the people of the time and their challenges. The art is rendered in a rough, sketchy style that conveys the harshness of the characters and their surroundings. Craig balances the sketchy line work perfectly with a limited palette of pale colors that effectively emphasize the drama and action through spot colors and contrasts that make the pages pop!
Step into Pinky’s world at http://bit.ly/2gXUBIS and https://buff.ly/2ARkc1F and find more from Craig’s art at http://craigj2.com/ and follow on Twitter @craigjtwo and you can visit Pinky at https://www.facebook.com/LegendOfPinky/
December 6, 2017 in Reviews
Bloke’s Terrible Tomb of Terror #17 https://buff.ly/2itsWDL and https://buff.ly/2AsMhMn is a 100-page, black and white, mature horror anthology featuring various writers/artists. Cover art by Mike Hoffman. Created by Mike Hoffman and published by Jason Crawley.
First off is Being Different by Jason Crawley (story) and Santos Zaballos (art). This terror tale introduces a couple of Romanian sisters newly transplanted to England in the late 1800’s. As the two adjust to life at an English ladies boarding school they also must contend with a jealous rival and a grisly murder reminiscent of the Ripper!
Next is Let the Corpses Lie by Juan Alcudia (story) and Carlos Lamani (art). This time we follow an ex-con recently released from jail and hired to do a job, only thing is the job proves hazardous to his health!
Then in Run, Rabbit, Run! by Jason Crawley (story) and Marc Gras Cots (art) we’re treated to a twisted take on the lucky rabbit’s foot through the eyes of a loyal and observant companion!
In The Fishman by Alex Ogalla (story) and Sal L. Donaire (art) we get hooked and reeled into a tale that combines climate change, time travel, and the fate of the planet! Talk about a fish story!
Later enter a world of magic, swords, and fantasy in the Wicked Creatures by Sam Agro (story and art). Here a brave king seeks to defeat a vile demon with the help of his beloved wife’s conjuring, but alas all is not what it seems!
Following is Phosphenes by David Brana (story) and Javier Caba (art), which proves to be no sleeper as an awkward janitor discovers a mathematical formula that allows him to enter dreams!
What Happened to the Ripper? by Jason Crawley (story) and Ellis Goodson (art) takes us on a tall tale that’s out of this world as we learn the true fate of the infamous Jack the Ripper!
As the pages turn we encounter a big game hunter in Trophy by Jeff Provine (story) and Ellis Goodson (art). This time the hunter has entered into the supernatural realm to bag his prized prey, but mortal moods prove they can still play their part!
Next a stranger visits a small village in Blood Sausage by Alfonso Bueno (story) and Santos Zaballos (art) and looks to gather folktales that he may regret getting his hands on!
As night falls we visit Electric City by Mike Hoffman (story and art) where monster look-alikes live and embrace community in the shadows of a power outage!
And lastly, The Gunplayer by Mike Hoffman (story and art) provides a short and powerful glimpse into the pervasive gun culture that has come to define our time and destroy lives.
As always The Bloke brings together a delightful assortment of horrors that shape and turn ordinary situations into fearful flights of fantasy! The writing in each story is well thought out and paced to carry the reader along for the ride and then hit them with the unforeseen twist! The art spans several different styles and each is executed with expertise and exquisite detail that’s an eerie elation to take in!
You can descend into the Bloke’s Terrible Tomb of Terror #17 https://buff.ly/2itsWDL and https://buff.ly/2AsMhMn and find more at https://www.facebook.com/BlokesTerribleTombOfTerror/ and keep up with what The Bloke is unearthing on Twitter @BlokesTomb
Through A Basement Window: The Collected Comix of Clark A. Dissmeyer 1984–1986 by Marc Myers and Richard Krauss
December 4, 2017 in Reviews
Through A Basement Window: The Collected Comix of Clark A. Dissmeyer 1984–1986 https://buff.ly/2AOliau is a 160-page, Black and White, perfect bound, comic published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
So, for a couple years in the mid ‘80s Clark A. Dissmeyer cranked out some really original, dark, horror comics and this collection bundles them all together! Clark’s take on the horror genre is fresh and approaches the subject in so many unexpected ways that you just can’t stop reading! Each story is unique and many of them are no more than one or two pages. There’s really a lot of gloomy goodies packed into these 160 pages! Clark’s art also takes on a bold harshness that perfectly matches the mood of the stories and nicely balances the pacing and action of the written word with the graphics!
You can delve into the darkness of Through A Basement Window: The Collected Comix of Clark A. Dissmeyer 1984–1986 at https://buff.ly/2AOliau
December 1, 2017 in Reviews
Lilith Dark #4 https://buff.ly/2zMO8fx is an all-ages, fantasy adventure, full color, 24-page, four-issue limited series written and illustrated by Charles C. Dowd. Published by Alterna Comics.
The gang is back as Lilith Dark and friends make their last stand against the beasties in this fourth and final issue of this fun filled series! Strange creatures continue their all-out assault on the Dark family members as they struggle to find a safe way out of the underground maze of twisting tunnels and tumultuous terrors! Is it all in Lilith’s overactive imagination, or has she really found a subterranean world of giant spiders, kitties, and other marauding monsters?!
Charles C. Dowd once again brings the action filled fun led by a tough little girl and her fantasy fueled world in Lilith Dark #4!
November 29, 2017 in Reviews
In this massive anthology a bunch of talented writers, artists, and letters combine their skills to create a polished collection of crime stories. The assortment of writers and artists deliver a range of styles and crime related subjects that are sure to please any fan of the genre! Here’s a brief look at what’s inside…
First off in Bank, by Jed McPherson (words and letters) and Chris Shehan (art), a man robs banks and stashes the money in garbage cans because he claims someone is holding his daughter, a daughter he doesn’t have!
Then in Bump In The Night Zach Bassett checks us into a hotel where a murderer is on the hunt, but his next would be victim has other plans!
In the The Chasedown, with words and art by Tyler Wentland and letters by Wes Locher, violent guys from different cultures all cross paths in a high-speed race through the streets of a big city!
Citizen Scorn, with words, story, and letters by Chas! Pangburn, with Brian Level also on story, and K.R. Whalen and Vasco Sobral on art, holds bad cops accountable in this graphically gory story!
With The Cycle by Paul Axel (words), Deanna Brigman (art), and Justin Birch (letters) a lifetime of limited options and poor decisions leads to unfortunate consequences for a kid named Anthony.
In Destiny, NY: Different This Time by Pat Shand (creator, words), Vincenzo Riccardi (art), Jim Campbell (letters), and Manuel Preitano (creator) a transplant from across the pond finds it difficult to shake a violent way of life that she’s grown accustomed to, but she tries!
Next Hugo Boylan (words), Rapha Lobosco (art), and Kerrie Smith (letters) take us into a man’s dreams in Dreamweaver!
Enforcer: Tough Luck, by Brian Funk (words), Artyom Trakhanov (art), and Thomas Mauer (letters), takes us (along with a bit of Irish luck) into the dark and seedy side of Meridian, a bustling metropolis full of gangs and their mythological gods, ghosts, and demons!
In Everyman, by Andrew M. Jackson (words and art) and Todor Hristov (letters), a wanderer brings trouble wherever his wandering takes him!
A fighter regrets the path he’s taken as the bell sounds in Friday Night Fights by Bob Frantz and Kevin Cuffe (words), Tim Switalski (art), and Shawn Greenleaf (letters and edits)!
Automation improves life for most, but for others it leads to drastic measures to prove their worth in Future (im)Perfect by Andre Mateus (words) and Luis Cavaco (art and letters)!
A fortunate accident leads to life-changing decisions in Game Day by Jon Clark (words and art) and April Brown (letters)!
In Golden Years by Mark Bertolini (words) and Carlos Angeli (art and letters) a man comes to terms with his own mortality and decides to settle a score that’s been haunting him for yours!
Massimo Rosi (words), Eduardo Mello (art), and Francesco Della Santa (letters) bring us Graveyard Ballad, a tale in which three former soldiers must pay the price for their past sins!
The Guilt by Glenn Moane (words), Adrian Bago Gonzalez (art), and Sean Rinehart (letters), eats away at one man, driving him to make things right the only way he knows how!
It’s another “Why did the chicken cross the road?” mystery in Hard-Boiled by Chas! Pangburn (words and letters) and Claire Connelly (art)!
In Helpless, by Terry Mayo (words), Chris Pongpat (art), and Micah Myers (letters), a serial killer addicted to death thinks he’s found easy prey to sink his teeth into…until the prey bites back!
Then, in The House Always Wins by Erik Whalen, a gambler finds a winning streak but pushes his luck a little too far!
Next in Identity Thrift, by Mike Garley (words), Andy W. Clift and Nathan Ashworth (art), and Michael Stock (letters), a guy that struggles to fit in finds the life and friends he’s always wanted…and he’ll do whatever needs to be done to keep it!
Everyone seems to make lists and in Last Thing on the List, by R. Thomas Favino (words and letters) and Ross Radke (art), one senior citizen gets to scratch one thing off their list!
In The Monster, by David Bishop (art and letters) and Ben Rosenthal (words), we travel back to the late 1800’s where two devious doctors are building something with human parts!
A big city detective with time on his hands decides to investigate a series of mysterious disappearances in the small town of Morrow by Jeffrey Bridges and Susan Bridges (words), Phillip Sevy (art), and Toben Racicot (letters)!
A couple of detectives seek to explain why people are killing themselves in The Mountain by Dave Swartz (words, art, and letters), and find something much darker than they expected!
It’s time for performance reviews and there’s been a Murder on the Orient Station, by Glenn Matchett (words), Antonio Brandao (art), and Weston Design Studio (letters)! Now only the space bound sheriff can solve the crime with the aid of his A.I. sidekick, but there’s something not quite right about the sheriff’s conclusions!
No Dawn for a Pawn, by James E. Roche (words), Axur Eneas (art), and Chas! Pangburn (letters), is written and illustrated in a Dr. Seuss poetic style and tells the tale of lost love and deceit in a whimsical way!
An obsessive neighbor takes things too far in Noelle, by Cody Sousa (words), Cody Sousa and Dan Sheppard (story), Dylan Andrews (art), Dezi Sienty (letters), and Nicole Airey (edits), and finds himself in the interrogation room of the local police station!
A death row inmate’s last request in The Olive, by Rob Pilkington (words) and Benjamin A. E. Filby (art), pushes one man to his limits!
In The One That Got Away, by Jerry Willoughby (words), Nenad Cvitcanin (art), Nikki Sherman (letters), and Katie Rose (edits), two brothers in crime share a little too much and learn there is no honor among thieves!
Sometimes you really should trust your first instinct and that’s the case in The Other Thoughts Jacoby Salcedo (words and art), Kiefer Hanson (letters), and Dana Lawson-Rivera (edits)!
Things aren’t what they seem in The Priest and the Parishioner, by Luis Roldan Torquemada (words and letters) and Aurelio Moreno Cabanes (art), but as true identities are revealed and bullets fly, all becomes clear!
A detective with a knack for getting confessions re-connects with a childhood acquaintance in Rebirth of the Gangster by CJ Standal (words and letters) and Juan Romera (art)!
In Roadkill, by Hannu Kesola (words) and Antti Kosonen (art and letters), a couple of bikers get their hands dirty doing the right thing!
Order is maintained in The Self-Deceiver, by Par Thorn (words) and Nicolas Krizan (art and letters), as a comics creators’ agent recalls his less than honest life in the business!
It gets hard to tell who Spartacus is in this short tale by Shaun Manning (words and letters) and Francisco Munoz and Allyson Haller (art)!
Crow Ra (words, art, and letters) gives us a flawed character with some understandable regrets in Stained Accessory!
In Stall, by Forrest C. Helvie (words), Joseba Morales (art), and Adam J. Wollet (letters), there’s something strange happening in the bathroom!
An unlucky Thief, by Jason Inman and Ashley Victoria Robinson (words), Nick Robles (art), and Taylor Esposito (letters), realizes too late that he’s stolen from the wrong guy!
And lastly in What It Takes, by Daniel Santos (words), Iacopo Calisti (art), and Toben Racicot (letters), a writer explains everything that goes into writing a crime story!