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?
Press ReleaseBOOM! Studios is happy to announce several sale promotions in its webstore for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Mondayto kick off the 2013 holiday shopping season! The BOOM! Studios webstore can be found at boom-studios.com.
The promotions are as follows:
ALL WEEKEND LONG (starts Thursday, Nov. 28, 8:00 p.m. PST; ends Monday, Dec. 2, 11:59 p.m. PST)
· Every order over $25.00 qualifies for free domestic shipping
· All trade paperbacks of licensed titles (i.e. ADVENTURE TIME, ROBOCOP, PEANUTS, BRAVEST WARRIORS, PLANET OF THE APES, and more) in stock are 15% off
· Several bundle packs will be discounted (check the site for details)
BLACK FRIDAY (starts Thursday, Nov. 28, 8:00 p.m. PST; ends Friday, Nov. 29, 11:59 p.m. PST)
· Get 25% off all orders from $60.00 to $99.99
· Get 35% off all orders from $100.00 and up
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY (Nov. 30, starts 12:00 a.m. PST; ends 11:59 p.m. PST)
· All leather-bound Archaia editions in stock are 50% off
· All other Archaia items in stock are 25% off
BONUS BOOM! SUNDAY (Dec. 1, starts 12:00 a.m. PST; ends 11:59 p.m. PST)
· All trade paperbacks of licensed titles* in stock jump to 25% off (*Excludes ADVENTURE TIME products)
CYBER MONDAY (Dec. 2, starts 12:00 a.m. PST; ends 11:59 p.m. PST)
· Free mystery gift packed with every order
· Buy one, get one free for all main covers (A or B) to single issues in stock
· Any order over $50.00 is automatically entered into a raffle to win THE ULTIMATE GIFT PACK, featuring one copy of every single issue** BOOM! Studios and KaBOOM! has released in 2013 to date (**Some issues may be filled with variant covers)
BOOM! Studios wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday season!
For those not familiar, every year on Black Friday, Dark Horse Digital sells a gigantic bundle of Star Wars comics at a hugely discounted price. Here's the presss release for this year's sale, which will go live at midnight Friday:Dark Horse Comics is rocking Black Friday madness with a very exclusive limited offer for its digital-comics readers . . .
Feast your optic sensors on this year’s Black Friday MegaBundle. For one weekend only, you can get over 150 digital Star Wars comics for the crazy-low price of only $100.
Get classics like The Clone Wars, The Old Republic, and all three arcs of Crimson Empire. Get a taste of Brian Wood’s critically acclaimed Star Wars series. Your favorite Sith friends are here too, with Darth Maul and Darth Vader series, plus the latest series, Lost Tribe of the Sith. Your favorite bounty hunter, Boba Fett, is here, plus the Imperial spy comic Agent of the Empire. Go back in time to the origins of the Jedi in Dawn of the Jedi, travel to hundreds of years after the films end with Legacy, and more!
Over 3,500 pages of Star Wars goodness! This sale goes live at midnight (PST), Friday, November 29, and runs through midnight, Sunday, December 1.
Get this MegaBundle here: http://goo.gl/bZwZpM, before Chewie punches it, and it jumps to hyperspace!
The free Dark Horse Digital comics app is now available worldwide through all modern web browsers and features cloud storage in both the Android and iOS apps.
Stop by Dark Horse Digital and get all the Star Wars comics you could want and more!NOTE: The link to the deal will not be live until Friday, but you can access everything in the Dark Horse Digital store at www.digital.darkhorse.com.
Fifty years ago today, the first episode of Doctor Who appeared on the BBC. In 1963, four million viewers witnessed the birth of what would become one of the longest and most beloved TV series of all time.
"An Unearthly Child" introduced William Hartnell as the First Doctor, his time traveling TARDIS, and his desire for companionship. Here is a paragraph from my upcoming book "The Unofficial Doctor Who Companion" to set the mood...
"The world was not a very happy or stable place in the autumn of 1963! Some thirteen months before, American President John Fitzgerald Kennedy stood up to the Soviet Union and Communism on the world stage during the Cuban Missile Crisis. During October of 1962, the Irish / Catholic president became a symbol of freedom by almost single handedly averted a world ending nuclear holocaust. Sadly President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on the 22nd of November in 1963. Due to his immense popularity, charm and appeal, this tragic event had an impact felt all over the world, especially in the United Kingdom where JFK and his wife Jacqueline was a beloved figure. The following day television history was made in the UK, but not too many people felt like doing anything let alone watching the ‘telly’. Still, on Saturday, November 23rd at 5:15 PM, four million plus viewers got their introduction to the incredible and amazing world of Doctor Who."
So are you ready for the 50th Annaversary episode, "The Day Of The Doctor" that is happening tonight? It will air on BBC America in the states so check your guide for times and channel.
Get ready folks! It all changes after tonight!