Tuesday, October 26, 2010
What more can I say that wasn't just mentioned? Prison Pit has been one of my favorite indies the past couple years and the depraved madman behind that is Johnny Ryan, born in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up in Plymouth, just a mile away from the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant. He now lives in Los Angeles with his wife creating madness and political incorrectness galore. Robert Crumb thinks he's dumb and infantile.
Prison Pit is his first original graphic novel.It's an over-the-top orgy of escalating ultra-violence and perversity as intergalactic monster criminals battle for supremacy in a barren negative zone! What?!! This has to be too good to be true, right??!!. Be ready to be grossed out and laughing your a$$ off.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
STRANGE TALES II #1
stories and art by
Gene Luen Yang
Phew that's a long list of insane talent that you may or may not have heard of, but Marvel is doing an awesome job of letting loose their properties for these mad scientists to do their respective tweeking to. These are tales that you wont find anywhere else. I personally find it genius to take characters firmly embedded into the mainstream comic world and giving them an underground, contemporary non super hero take. This takes peanut butter and jelly and gives you awesome! The cover art is by the indie warrior from Brazil, Rafael Grampa whose artwork is staggering and unforgettable and it probably wont be long until Marvel has him illustrate a full book on one of their beloved super dupes. Jeff Lemire brings his rugged Canadian bad ass self and mixes up a Wendigo slash man thing cross over, chock filled with mounties. Frank Santoro creates an amazing colorful dream like Silver Surfer tale of unrequited love, its heartbreaking and rewarding and beats any recent Silver Surfer material. Just grab a copy today and stop choosing sides at least for one day and walk that neutral line where you dont have to be too cool for school indie and neither super nerdified wolverine obsessed fanboy. Strange Tales gives us what should be a national holiday. Stay tuned for the Hernandez brothers and the Scarlet Witch, come on too good to be true right?
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
First, let's talk Tofu and let's talk Squirrel together that's TOFUSQUIRREL. This wasn't what I expected it to be. Elizabeth Siegel from Boston,Mass. creates unique, surrealism from Band posters to one of a kind creatures from a universe you've never been to. Hailing from Boston, Siegel is as one one of a kind as the emo squirrels she makes buttons out of. check out her website @: http://tofusquirrel.com
As I continued my travels down the underground path I stumbled upon a familiar print that once adorned Coast City Comics computer screen. Let me introduce, Ulises Farinas A cartoonist/illustrator living in Brooklyn, NY. He draws MOTRO as part of the webcomix collective ACT-I-VATE and is the founder of the Bear Party Collective.His Batman prints were tragically beautiful and his line work is kinetic and brings his work to an electric level. Check out more of Ulises at his website: http://www.ulisesfarinas.com
From the corner of my eye I caught the cover of one my highlights from Indy Comic Book Week last winter, that comic being AMERICAN TERROR published by Alterna Press and created by Jeff McComsey. As part of his participation in a new graphic novel called FUBAR. With artist Steve Becker they were selling stunning zombie prints underneath a recreation of a WWII bunker that they want to bring to the shop this winter and I say hell yea! You can find out more at their website: http://zombiefubar.wordpress.com
And last but not least, our very own Ben Bishop was in attendance peddling his wares but also to announce his involvement with Jim Krueger's re launch of THE STAND-IN on ATLAS books. Stay tuned for UNDER THE RADAR part 3 that I will be dedicating solely to Bishop's NYCC exploits.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
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Thursday, October 7, 2010
If you find yourself at the NY Comic-Con, go find Bishop who will be joining Jim Krueger ( writer of Earth-X, JUSTICE, AVENGERS/INVADERS) to pimp The Stand-In, a title introduced with a #0 issue at New York Comic Con 2009 in February of that year and first announced in November 2008, that will debut as an ongoing in 2011. The series, from Krueger and artist Ben Bishop, depicts an actor who survives an assassination attempt while hired to stand in for a senator. Krueger comments, “I think people are going to be amazed at the way Ben Bishop tells a story. He's going to be such a superstar, I just know he'll never work with me again.”
Bishop counters, “I feel very lucky that the guys over at Ardden and Jim Krueger, one of the best writers out there, have given me this opportunity. The story is great, it's going to be a lot of fun, and I think everyone is going to love it.
The great news is that I will be on hand to document Bishop's exciting new adventure. Everyone at Coast City wishes Ben the best and will share with you all the cool stuff from NY Comic-Con. Stay tuned....