Comics Buyer's Guide was founded in February 1971 by Alan Light, originally as a monthly tabloid newspaper called The Buyer's Guide to Comics Fandom. An entire generation of comics fans in the 1970s looked to TBG for its comics news and as a marketplace for buying and selling comics in those pre-Internet days.
TBG was purchased by Krause Publications in 1983, and the company changed its name to Comics Buyer's Guide, and installed Don and Maggie Thompson as editors. Throughout the 1980s, CBG was a prime source for comics journalism and insights, but the changing landscape of the 1990s comics industry brought in other publications that, along with the Internet, gradually ate away at the publication's popularity.
CBG was eventually cancelled in early 2013 at issue #1699, without offering contributors a final issue to say "goodbye" to the long-running industry icon. Alter Ego #122 took on the task of giving comic book fans an idea of what CBG #1700 might've looked like, through history and remembrances from founder Alan Light and Murray Bishoff about the original TBG, and Maggie Thompson and Brent Frankenhoff about CBG. The issue also presents new “final” columns by CBG stars Mark Evanier, Tony Isabella, Peter David, Fred Hembeck, John Lustig, plus classic art by Don Newton, Mike Vosburg, Jack Kirby, Mike Nasser, and many other professionals who graced the newszine's pages over its more than 40 years of publication. The cover features an illustration by fan-favorite artist John Fantucchio which originally appeared on the cover of TBG #1, in color for the first time.
This issue also features a special FCA (Fawcett Collectors of America) section spotlighting CBG's fondly-remembered "Goodguy" parody of Captain Marvel, as well as Michael T. Gilbert reminiscing about Mr. Monster's roots in CBG, plus historian Bill Schelly's overview of fandom before TBG came along. Alter Ego is edited by former Marvel Comics editor in chief and top writer Roy Thomas.
Readers can view a free preview and order the print edition (at 15% off with a free digital edition) or digital edition only (just $3.95) at:http://twomorrows.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1117
The print edition can be ordered at any comic book shop using DIAMOND ORDER CODE: SEP131536
So--what do you think? Are you excited for this one?
by Brian LeTendre
You've heard us rave on the show about what a great comics series BOOM! has been putting out with the Adventure Time license. Well, whether you're a fan of the comics or the show itself, BOOM! has just release a cover collection that should make any Adventure Time fan happy. Here's how they describe it:
Be the envy of all of your fellow Adventure Time fans with this breathtaking collection! Finally, a complete collection of all of the stunning ADVENTURE TIME cover artwork featured in the comics to date! ADVENTURE TIME fans have been clamoring to collect all of the innovative, beautiful variant cover images produced for the smash hit KaBOOM! comic series! Now there’s one spot where art fans and ADVENTURE TIME fans alike can see every cover image produced to date in this stunning, over-sized hardcover cover gallery! In addition to showcasing each breathtaking cover image, this volume also includes process pieces showing how an ADVENTURE TIME cover is created. Don’t miss out on this must have for every ADVENTURE TIME fan!
You can check out some of the great covers below, and you can grab the book when it hits stores on December 11th.
When looking for that perfect gift for the comic book fan (or suggestion for yourself) then value and quality are a must, so look no further than DC's 'Showcase' and Marvel's 'Essential' collections.
Since most of us can't afford to get the first bunch of issues featuring (insert your favorite character), what better way to read where most characters began.
Filling in around 500 pages, these books pack a serious value for the money and for comic fans (and prospective fans) give an incredible starting point for collectors.
People always complain that they are in black and white but I say SO WHAT!!! Sure color would be great, but where else are you gonna see and be able to appreciate the art of some of the greatest of all time; Jack Kirby, Joe Kubert and so many more.
The other amazing thing about these books is that even if you don't like the character that much, you can at least read some of the classic cannon you should know. Case in point, Thor. I don't like Thor as a character, but I got the first Thor Essential so I could know where the character came from and what he is all about.
So as you can see; value and incredible reads that are guaranteed to make you smile!
by Brian LeTendreWith all the holiday furor over the past couple of weeks, you may have missed the release of a game that Young Justice fans will probably want to check out.
Young Justice: Legacy is n action rolepplaying game set in the five-year period between season 1 and 2 of the beloved, but canceled cartoon series. The show's writers consulted on the story, and the voice cast from the show reprised their roles for this game. Here's the synopsis of the storyline:
A renowned archaeologist, Dr. Helena Sandsmark, is kidnapped, and the Young Justice team tracks a group of the Light’s most notorious villains around the globe in an effort to rescue her. But when the young heroes discover the Light is exploiting Dr. Sandsmark’s expertise to locate fragments of an ancient statue of legendary power, they must race against time to save the planet from imminent disaster.
The game is currently out for Xbox 360, PS3, Nintendo 3DS and PC. Sadly, the Wii and WiiU versions were canceled last month.
I am tempted to pick this one up, although the reviews have not been good so far. I think fans of the cartoon may be willing to overlook some gameplay flaws in order to get more Young Justice, though.
Check out the trailer below and decide for yourself. You can find out more about the game at www.youngjusticelegacy.com. If I end up grabbing it, I'll post a review.
As we head into the Christmas homestretch, I want to give you a gift idea; something for you and / or a gift for someone else... and it starts with the true reason for the season!
Comic creator Billy Tucci may be known for his fast paced storytelling and his beautiful art, but it's his attention to detail that earns him respect.
When Billy was working on his epic 'Sgt. Rock - The Lost Battalion' series at DC, he traveled to Europe to walk the beaches of Normandy and spent time walking the forests of Belgium to be as accurate as he could be. In fact, Billy even had me lay under a Stuart tank taking pictures so the rivets and view would be perfect.
So you would and should expect perfection from Billy's most personal work, 'A Child Is Born.' Taken from the Gospels of Matthew and Mark, this beautifully drawn book tells the tale of a young couple given shocking news and their quest to deliver a gift to the world.
This book is not only beautifully drawn, but accurate according to the scriptures from where they are pulled from. The colors by Paul Mounts, letters by Bill Tortolini and an eye catching painted cover by Billy and Mark Sparacio make this a book that is more than just a comic book.
'Billy Tucci's A Child Is Born' is available in four formats...
*Regular Comic Book Edition
*Artist edition - black and white so you can appreciate Billy's beautiful art
*Hardcover Gift Edition
*Digital Edition available at the iTunes Bookstore.
For more information on this book, just go to www.apostlearts.com.
Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios is excited to announce BOOM! Box, a new imprint that aims to push the envelope with experimental content from some of the brightest, forward-thinking creators in comics today. The new line of titles kicks off in December with the debut of THE MIDAS FLESH, a new, original series from the creative team behind the KaBOOM! line of ADVENTURE TIME comics, writer Ryan North and artists Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb. BOOM! Box joins the publisher’s other imprints, which include KaBOOM!, BOOM! Town, and Archaia.
“This imprint is about new ideas and unique ways of doing things,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Shannon Watters, our mastermind editor behind ADVENTURE TIME, REGULAR SHOW, and BRAVEST WARRIORS, has brought some amazing talent into BOOM! over the last couple years. These are creators that have inspired us; they have an undeniably energizing spirit to what they do, and all have their own stories to tell. That jump-started the idea to give them—and other great creators we’ve come to know who aren’t involved in KaBOOM!—the opportunity to go wild and come up with their most outrageous ideas—and for us to say, ‘Yes, we will publish that.’ It’s about experimenting, having fun, and embracing the limitless form of comics.”
BOOM! Box titles will vary in genre, tone, format, and creative vision, but will share a gleeful energy focused on creating comics purely “for the love of it.” The imprint will also focus on introducing successful creators from outside the direct comic market into the traditional print comic market, including web cartoonists, illustrators, and fine artists.
“BOOM! Box is meant to be a gleeful space for creators to explore projects that are exciting or challenging for them, as well as giving them the means to do so,” said Editor Shannon Watters. “We’re interested in publishing comics under this imprint that are a ball to read...no murderbots or male protagonists with a tortured past, perhaps, but dinosaur planets and adventuring best pals and plenty of graphic storytelling made with love.”
BOOM! Box will launch in December with the release of THE MIDAS FLESH #1, a sci-fi adventure taking inspiration from the mythological man who could turn everything he touched into gold. Inspired by a strip from Ryan North’s immensely popular webcomic,Dinosaur Comics, THE MIDAS FLESH follows a space crew as they return to Earth—a planet that has been completely sectioned off, abandoned, and transformed into gold—in the hopes of finding something to help fight a merciless Federation from further expanding its wrath across the universe.
Future series and projects from BOOM! Box will be announced in coming months as the imprint is carefully curated and expanded organically.
Anyone who knows or follows creator Stan Sakai is aware of the medical problems that his wife Sharon has endured over the past six months. Despite the fact that she is feeling a bit better and not in the hospital, Sharon's medical bills and her current need for care cost more than their insurance covers.
For those who know me know that I am a huge Stan Sakai fan! His 'Usagi Yojimbo' is one of my favorite characters and Stan is the one creator that I was actually nervous around, so if he hurts, so do I and I want to help! The second biggest thrill of my 'comic media' life was being asked to moderate the Stan Sakai panel at Boston Comic Con a few years back. The first was actually hosting it!
The Cartoon Art Professional Society or CAPS is doing something amazing!
Please check the link and see how you can help Stan and Sharon get through this difficult time.
by Brian LeTendre
I’ve been a fan of Painkiller Jane since the 2006 limited series that was published through Dynamite. While she was created by Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesada in the mid-1990s.
For me, the character and the series has always been one part Punisher, one part Wolverine and one part The Shield. Jane, with her super healing factor, works with her detective friend Maureen to do the work that the cops aren’t willing to or can’t do themselves. Maureen feeds Jane the jobs, and Jane takes care of business. The concept is pretty simple, but as usual, it’s Palmiotti’s great characterization, pacing and dialogue that make Jane stand out from other characters that came from that era of comics.
This new series at Icon is a great jumping on point, for a few reasons., First, the story in issue one introduces you to the major players and sets up a clear, action-packed storyline. Juan Santacruz and Paul Mounts handle both the action and the quieter moments with ease, and their style matches Palmiotti’s perfectly.
My favorite thing about the issue are the extras, though. Not only do you get a backup story (with art by Sam Lofti) that provides some history for Jane and Maureen, but you get a great welcome back letter from Jimmy as well as a history of the character in print from Patrick Wedge.
All in all, this comic is well worth the $3.99 cover price, and offers a great introduction for those who are new to the character. Those already familiar with Jane will be happy to see her back in action, picking up right where she left off.
4.5 out of 5 Welcome Backs
As most of you know, Brian and I love our hockey; the game, the teams and of course, the jerseys. In fact Brian and I can usually be seen at a comic show (in the fall / winter months) wearing a hockey jersey. So what if you combines a cool hockey jersey with the geekiest stuff like Star Wars, horror movies, video games and Doctor Who?
Geeky Jerseys (www.geekyjerseys.com) is the coolest place where clothing meets geek style! There is something cool about hockey jerseys and something even cooler about a custom made jerseys that bring to life the stuff we love. So if you are rocking the sandy colored Tusken Raiders # 77 (the year Star Wars came out), the green 'Army of Darkness' Boomstick # 92 or the Pokemon # 24 (no idea why 24. The Pokedex lists the not so popular Arbok)
So check out the website and make your order! I'm looking at the Doctor Who TARRDIS jersey customized with MATMAN # 9 on the back? Why number nine? It's my number! Plus, how cool would I look writing my Doctor Who book wearing this crazy cool jersey?