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Review: A Once Crowded Sky

A Once Crowded Sky
a novel

Author: Tom King
Illustrator: Tom Fowler
Publisher: Simon&Schuster
Cover Price: 14.99 CAD

I have had varying degrees of opinions at different stages while reading this book. Never have I felt so bi-polar while reading and at times conflicted on what is happening before mine own eyes! I really wanted to make this point now before the continuing; this was one of the hardest reviews to write but after some convincing (at  Book Camp TO 2012) I’ve decided to go ahead and share my thoughts on this story.

The plot is simple and follows your basic super hero story with a twist of despair.

From the Publisher: 

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You In on the SCAM? Release: Joe Mulvey’s SCAM #1

Now to share the love and highlight some work: Press release made in conjunction with ComixTribe Staff. And of course remember to check out SCAM #1: In Stores and online January 25th, 2012.

God I love this job.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 11, 2012 — New York, NY — The first printing of SCAM #1, the comic book debut of writer/artist Joe Mulvey, will hit the shelves of select comic retailers on January 25, 2012.

SCAM is “X-Men meets Oceans 11″ and involves a team of super-powered grifters on the biggest con of their lives…taking down a Vegas casino and getting revenge on a former teammate who double-crossed them.

SCAM #1 is the double-sized first installment of a five-issue mini-series, and marks the latest release from creator-owned publisher ComixTribe (The Red Ten, The Standard.)

 Release Date January 25th, 2012


The first printing of SCAM #1 will be only 777 copies, and available in just 21 Comic Shops.  Physical retail copies of the books will be EXCLUSIVE to only those 21 stores for 30 days, before ComixTribe open up wider distribution for the second printing and future issues.

 CONFIRMED RETAILERS

Third Eye Comics – (Pitt Boss Retailer! Exclusive Store Variant Available!)
Double Midnight Comics – Manchester, NH
Friendly Neighborhood Comics (SCAM Tour Destination!) Bellingham, MA
Larry’s Wonderful World of Comics (SCAM Tour Destination!) – Lowell, MA
Happy Harbor – Edmonton, Alberta, CA
Alpha Comics – Calgary, Alberta, CA
Jetpack Comics – Rochester, NH
Casablanca Comics – Portland, ME & Windham, ME
Comics Den – Queens, NY
Collectors Paradise  – (Pitt Boss Retailer! Exclusive Store Variant Available!) Winnetka and Pasadena, CA

Retailers: Interested in Joining the SCAM 21?

ComixTribe has a limited number of spots left for retailers interested in becoming one of only 21 retailers carrying SCAM #1 in January.  These spots will be filled first-come, first-serve, so if you are a progressive retailer looking to support quality creator-owned books and want exclusivity for 30 days, contact tyler.james@comixtribe.com (or DM @tylerjamescomic at Twitter) immediately.

Readers: Don’t Miss Out On SCAM #1 First Printing!

Want to make sure you get a copy of SCAM #1? Readers have three options available to purchase:

1.) Pre-order now from any of the retailers listed above to reserve your copy and pick-up January 25, 2012.

2.)  If your retailer is not carrying SCAM #1,
Pre-Order Online Today!

3.) Buy it digitally on January 25, from digital distribution partners, including Graphic.ly, DriveThruComics, MyDigitalComics, and Wowio.

Book Tour

New England Comics Retailers Alliance (NECRA) store tour
Saturday February 4th, 2012 @ 11:oo am –  Friendly Neighborhood Comics in Bellingham, MA
Saturday February 4th, 2012 @ 3:oo pm – Larry’s Wonderful World of Comics in Lowell, MA


     Story & Art – Joe Mulvey
     Digital Inks – John Ercek and Jules Rivera
     Colors – Andrew Crossley
    Letters – AndWorld Design
     Cover – JoeMulvey and Andrew Crossley
     Editor – Tyler James and Steven Forbes
     Publisher: ComixTribe
     Format: 44 pages, Full color
     Rarting: Teen + Up
     Price: $3.99
©2012 Joe Mulvey

Special Variant Availabe: 
SCAM #1 
Artist Edition Sketch Cover, featuring an original cover sketch by Joe Mulvey. These are limited to 100, signed, numbered. Note: Additional Artist Edition covers can be purchased for $24.99.

Joe Mulvey is a freelance graphic artist from NYC, trying to spread his love of comics and take over the world one panel at a time. Visit him at joemulveyart.com, or follow him on Twitter @joemulv

“Joe is one of the good guys,” says ComixTribe publisher Tyler James. “He’s been doing some incredible comic book advocacy work this year, most notably with his “What Do You Really Know About Comics” column at Comics Bulletin.com. He’s helping to grow the comic market one reader at a time and I’m thrilled to be helping him get SCAM out.”

ComixTribe is a publisher of creator-owned comics, including EPIC, Tears of the Dragon, The Red Ten, The Standard, SCAM, and Runners.  In addition to being a publishing imprint, ComixTribe is also an online community, with the mission statement: Creators helping creators make better comics. ComixTribe also sponsors the annual 30 Characters Challenge, an online art event where participants challenge themselves to create 30 brand new characters in just 30 days, one for every day of November. Visit ComixTribe.com, @ComixTribe on Twitter and on Facebook .

For Publicity and Public Relations Solicits:
Review Copy Requests, Interviews and more please contact

Lisa-Marie Wilson
Lisa-Marie.Wilson@comixtribe.com

Promises and Purchases

I’m off to a pretty shitty start aren’t I? Promising a review a night, and it’s been three days but only one review. Instead of working hard to bring you little one night reviews, I went out and bought more comic books, the boyfriend taking the blame this time and having a good hearty chuckle at my after thought : I can’t afford rent, why am I buying more comics?!

But here I am. Three more books purchased. Only one read and finished from before. Leaving oodles and oddles left to read. Well I’ve gone through several of my comics but haven’t sat down and really considered them since Sherlock. The books that caught my eye though are worth noting.

Mouse Guard: Winter 1152 (Series 2)

Mouse Guard: Winter 1152 by David Petersen

Mouse Guard . Net

A few months ago I’d picked up Issue 1+2 of the The Black Axe. The art won me instantly, and though I’ve only flipped since, the story has brought tears to my eyes. It’s powerful, cruel, wonderful but this isn’t a review. This is a purchase list! And this is why I bought Winter 1152 .

1. Mice are cute. Hate me, calling me a wuss and a chick but I’m always drawn to comics that portray animals as heroic. It hurts the most, like movies where animals die (though never for real) but heroic mice, evil ferrets and other creatures living the grand and simple lives of men is such a romantic thing. And… mice are cute.

2. I have the The Black Axe, which is Series 3, and not series 1 or 2? Remedy must be made Winter 1152  was first, so next is Fall 1152 to complete it and catch up!

3. Hardcover. There’s something pleasant about the aesthetics of a book. Comics are visually appealing but holding a hard bound cover, in the pleasing 8.5 x 8 format, is something I feel should be cherished and kept safe. An old tome to hold onto instead of shoving it in a box with some cardboard and plastic wrap.

Cover:The Black Axe Issue 1

4. The art is wonderful. It’s not the last thing, it really isn’t. David Petersen (his Blog) has done something wonderful in his art and story, reminding me (and this is all still at the comic book store mind you, I haven’t even read it yet) of something I should have read in my childhood. Please take a look at all the fabulous cover art and images you can find on his website: Mouse Guard . Net. You will not be disappointed.

But make no mistake this is not your simple children’s story at all. It’s real, real and cruel. Which makes it soo much more beautiful.

The Sixth Gun 1+2

I can’t remember who I was talking to about this title, but it lead to a purchase. It might have been with the Oni Press fiends on twitter(@OniPress), but who knows! They’re mine now and they will be read.

The Sixth Gun Issue 1

The Sixth Gun Issue 2

It does raise the question: Why do we buy the comics we do?
I know I have a preferred style which none of these represents, but I purchased for interest and familiarity when it comes to Winter 1152 and The Sixth Gun.

Why do you buy comic books?
What drives you to pick one up off the shelves?
Is it the name, the publisher, the story, a particular character?

Cheers and happy reading.

Review: Sherlock Holmes Year One #1

SHERLOCK HOLMES: YEAR ONE #1
The Butlers Did It 


Writer
 Scott Beatty
Illustrator: Daniel Indro
Colorist: Tony Avina
Letterer: Simon Bowland
Covers: Francesco Francavilla, Aaron Campbell, Daniel Indro
Editor: Joseph Rybandt
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Cover Price: 3.99 USD

This isn’t the first time I’ve read this comic, though I will admit that I did remember it differently. My first opinion of it was cruel and I realized I must have read it while tired. Taking that into account I am tired again, not as much so, but enough so not to bow down to the this comic as it might be deserving.

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Review: Cowboy Ninja Viking #1

Yes, it’s as good as it sounds.

Cowboy Ninja Viking #1


On Amazon
Story by AJ Lieberman
Cover and Art by Riley Rossmo
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price:  $3.50
|Release Date: Wed, October 14th, 2009

You’re introduced to the story via the villain. Does that ruin it for you if you’ve only read the first few pages? Yeah, probably but this is a review! The villain of course is just like the hero and its set up a little like a detective fiction where you’re constantly twenty-paces behind the events as they’re happening. Some might not like this, I kind of love it.

The main character is Duncan, better titled Cowboy Ninja Viking. How can one character be all three? Multiple personalities! Nicknamed as a ‘Triplet’ Duncan was of course a part of an experimental program the reader really doesn’t know much about that trained him to be a deadly weapon utilizing the three personalities he’s developed. A Cowboy, a Ninja, and my all time favourite Viking!

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The TCAF Experience: Volunteer’s Perspective

This May 8th, 2011 I volunteered with the Toronto Comic Arts Festival at the Toronto Reference Library. Some basic details about the event:

It was a great experience and I’ll go about why shortly, but I think first I need to discuss the ‘Why’.

Since my first internship at Random House of Canada I’ve been in love with publishing. I’ve always loved books and I’m an aspiring writer. But what I quickly found was a love and appreciation for graphic fiction. Comics, graphic novels, etc. You’ve probably read the spiel on a earlier post.

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Review: Carbon Grey #1

Carbon Grey #1

STORY BY: Hoang Nguyen, Paul Gardner
ART BY: Khari Evans, Kinsun Loh, Hoang Nguyen
LETTERS BY: Paul Gardener
COVER BY: Hoang Nguyen

PUBLISHER: Image Comics
COVER PRICE: $2.99 (USD)
RELEASE DATE: Mar 2nd, 2011

I’ve made probably one of the worst mistakes when it comes to reviewing a comic, or anything for that matter. I’ve read some other reviews. Sue me, grill me, fillet my authenticity as a writer: I couldn’t help it because I was really torn on what to think about this comic.

First thoughts

Beautiful. It can’t be denied that the artistic quality and colour of this comic is beautifully done and was painstakingly executed. Every detail is there, and the colouring compliments the line art. It has a very smoked appearance, which reminds me greatly of my first true comic love: Spawn. There is a gritty darkness in each panel. It’s not ‘pretty’ or maybe, a better word is ‘clean’. The art is done cleanly with crisp lines and striking contrast but the look of the page when you take a step back isn’t cartoon drawn ‘clean’. There is a smokyness to it that I can’t quite put my finger on, but that I LOVE and admire. Hell, I’ll buy a comic just for that art style.

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The End of the Journey: Review of the Ryerson Publishing Certificate Program

The publishing certificate will be done as of 9:30pm tonight. I’m 99.99% sure I’ve passed everything with good marks. Some obviously better than others. So I thought this might be a good time to review Ryerson University’s, Chang School of Continuing Educations Publishing Program.

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Review: The Surrogates (Vol 2): Flesh and Bone

The Surrogtates: Flesh and BoneThe Surrogates (Vol 2): Flesh and Bone

by Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele

What can I say, I read the prequel.

There are a few basic things I can say about this book but they’re not exactly good. I could go on for a great deal of length as I did before but Flesh and Bone didn’t give as much out.
So.

It fell short of the first. Read the rest of this entry

Review: The Surrogates

The SurrogatesThe Surrogates (Vol 1)

by Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele
 

*No Spoilers!! I swear!

A brief synopsis or introduction would be helpful I’m sure, on The Surrogates written by Robert Vendetti, illustrated by Brett Weldele.
It’s about a society where people no longer deal in the flesh from day to day but rather live through ‘surrogates’: life like ‘models’ that allow the user to look different, be stronger, faster, and live safer. The users don’t feel pain, but can have the thrill of living the acts their ‘surries’ commit. A man can be a woman, a white woman can be black, an Asian can look East Indian, etc. It’s an interesting concept that certainly opens up a world of opportunities but begs the question of who is behind the surrie, and when the surrogate units are targeted for attacks – who’s behind them?
This was made into a major motion picture that released last year starring Bruce Willis.

So, now that you’re interests have been peaked (or at least distracted) I’d like to talk about it without giving too much away. Read the rest of this entry

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