Sep 27, 2016

The Adventures of Mac and Trouble #1



The Adventures of Mac and Trouble #1 (UK Edition) http://bit.ly/2cHVpQy is a 43-page, B&W humor comic with full color covers created by Rusty Gilligan with art by Dan Gorman, Terry Pavlet, Michael Grassia, Jim Taylor, and Rusty. Lettering by E.T. Dollman, MaGnUS, and Arthur Gibson. Published by WP Comics


Mac and Trouble are based on Rusty’s real house cats, but in the comic series they have fallen through a wormhole in their litter box and find themselves in the middle of the nexus of realities! In this issue we get three chapters of the adventure. First we start with “The Origin” where Mac and Trouble get recruited to be agents of the mysterious “Studio” that enables them to pop in and out of realities across time and space! Then we move on to “Never Say No To Trouble” where our fearless feline fighters are tasked with their first mission, but first Trouble would like some Orange Juice. In “Nazi Hobgoblins at the Core of the Cosmos,” Mac and Trouble travel back in time where a spontaneous bird chase lands them in the midst of gangsters! 

Rusty and crew deliver a funny, reality bending cat comedy in The Adventures of Mac and Trouble! The writing is chocked full of humor and wise cracks. The main characters are skillfully portrayed with an uneven relationship in which Mac plays the straight man to Trouble’s comic role. This comedic duo works perfect together as they seamlessly transition from one outlandish setting to the next! The art chores are handled equally as well as the different artists take turns rendering these crazy cats in bold lines and multi-paneled pages while maintaining a comic strip look and feel! 

You can find all this plus pinups and a multi-page piece featuring The Symbol in the pages of The Adventures of Mac and Trouble at http://bit.ly/2cHVpQy and http://bit.ly/2dguAQU

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Sep 26, 2016

Mini Review: The 90's



For Mini-Comic Monday it’s…The 90’s http://bit.ly/1TypjEX by Robb Mirsky! The 90’s is an 8-page, B&W, traditional, folded minicomic with a bonus flip side multi-panel cartoon. Published by Life Without Parole Comics


Robb serves up the scoop on “The Cutest Ice Cream,” and takes a reflective and funny look at growing up cool in The 90's. Then, as a bonus, we also get to go hunting in “A Day in the Woods” on the flip side! Every panel Robb draws is a fun and exceptionally well done work of underground art that really captures the raw feel of indie comics while maintain a high level of craftsmanship. If you’re a fan of comics you owe it to yourself to check out Robb Mirsky’s comics! 

See how fun and great indie comics can be through Robb’s comics at http://bit.ly/1TypjEX and http://bit.ly/1Wcn51x

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Sep 23, 2016

Speak No Evil #1



Speak No Evil #1 http://bit.ly/2cubREb is a 29-page, full color, mature readers, comic written by Justin Corbett and George Tripsas, with art by Samir Simao, colors by Chunlin Zhao, lettering by Warrior Innkeeper Creative, and edited by Meredith Nudo. Published by Gray Bear Comics


In the 1920’s H.P Lovecraft, Nikola Tesla, and Tesla’s assistant Charles conduct an experiment in a secluded cabin, but things go horribly wrong. Shaken and unable to continue their research, they abandon their experiments and equipment leaving the cabin shuttered until they can find the nerve to return. Jump forward ten years and two thieving brothers stumble on the cabin as they seek a warm hiding place. What awaits the brothers in this cabin in the woods? What strange endeavor could bring H.P. Lovecraft and Nikola Tesla together? And what unspeakable experimentation could they be up to? The answers can be found in Speak No Evil! 

Speak No Evil is a clever and creative comic that effectively takes the reader back in time to the first half of the twentieth century and throws them into an intriguing story with familiar characters. The writing is filled with believable dialogue and inventive twists that grab the reader’s imagination and pulls them into the story wanting more! The art is loaded with detail and intentionally overstated character expressions and gestures, which all lend a subtle and welcoming comedic undertone to the overall story, keeping the darker and violent aspects of the comic from weighing it down and making it bleaker than it needs to be. The winning combination of interesting subject matter, superb story development, and outstanding art all combine to make this a great comic! 

You can get on board now with Speak No Evil #1 at http://bit.ly/2cubREb and find more at http://bit.ly/2cMdyfV

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Sep 22, 2016

Grey Area – Our Town



Grey Area – Our Town http://bit.ly/2cFy2XG is a 32-page, full color comic written and illustrated by Tim Bird. Published by Avery Hill Publishing


I must admit it took me a few pages before I understood what was going on in this comic, but once I reached that point all became clear. This is a story about relationships and memories. About paths crossing and lives overlapping to form new and shared paths through life. And it’s all told through the wonders of flight and around the art of origami. This is a very original approach to storytelling and it relies more on the imagery than on the few words that accompany the story. 

The art is simple and colored with pale tones. The simplicity aids in making the story accessible on a personal level and brings the reader into the innocence and affection that exist between the characters. A more polished and detailed rendering would have pushed the reader away and severed the feeling of intimacy that Tim has managed to capture in Grey Area – Our Town

You can find Grey Area – Our Town at http://bit.ly/2cFy2XG and find more of Tim’s stuff at
http://www.timothybird.co.uk/

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Sep 20, 2016

Whispers in Necropolis #1



Whispers in Necropolis #1 http://bit.ly/2dgfr66 is a 44-page, full color, horror anthology created by Luis Torres, edited by Liana Gutierrez, and published by Codex Entertainment. Cover art by Nicoleta Stavarache. 


Here are four fright filled tales brought to you by the ghastly “Storyteller” of Grimsmont City, home of the Grimsmont City University Reapers football team! First we stop in at Mr. Townson’s Pizza & Games, written by Heath West with art by Nestor Tahtiado and Tomasz Witas. In this pizzeria a disgruntled employee, expecting to get his pink slip, accidentally finds the secret ingredient to success! Then we pay a visit to Lili: The Demoness, written by Luis Torres with art by Bryan Golden. In the dark where bad things happen to good people a sword slinging demoness named Lili steps out of the shadows! In this piece Lili cuts bad guys down to size while protecting the innocent, all in a night’s work! Next we learn of The Ballad of Crying Jack, written by Luis Torres with art by Marc Oliver. In this one a social worker provides not only a watchful eye over an abused child, but also a little something extra to deliver protection to those in need! And the Storyteller closes out this tome of terror with Lechuza, written by Luis Torres with art by Joseba Morales. This is a unique take on Mexican folklore about a woman that can turn into an owl-like creature. In this take on the legend the Lechuza terrorizes all those that hear her whistle…unless they know grandma’s secret! 

In Whispers in Necropolis Luis Torres gives us a great collection of tales with creepy twists. Each story has a unique theme and stands on its own, however Luis aptly wraps the threads of one tale into another establishing an underlying continuity that holds the entire compilation together along with the narrator. The talented artists featured in this anthology also contribute a nice mixture of sinister styles that complement the horror subjects of their respective stories and keeps the comic creepy! 

You can listen for Whispers in Necropolis at http://bit.ly/2dgfr66 and http://bit.ly/2cZ38Je

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Sep 19, 2016

Earwig & Maggot: Make a Mini



Earwig & Maggot: Make a Mini http://bit.ly/1uMMQYG is an 8-page, digest size B&W comic with cutout cardstock covers. Written & illustrated by Reset Survivor. 


Earwig and Maggot (two insects living inside the head of, and controlling, a dead guy) decide to take their zombie out for a walk and see a sign advertising ‘Mini Comic Day.” Misunderstanding what that means and expecting to be entertained by short comedians, the walking corpse with bugs for brains ventures into a comic shop and soon the characters are breaking the fourth wall ridiculing their own narrator! 

You can crawl into a dead head with Earwig & Maggot and find more from Reset Survivor at http://bit.ly/1uMMQYG

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Sep 16, 2016

Tales from Orbit #1



Tales from Orbit #1 http://bit.ly/2cyeMbV is a 72-page, full color, ADULT Sci-Fi & Fantasy anthology comic published by WP Comics


This hefty anthology is a great collection of unique, well written, and brilliantly illustrated science fiction and fantasy tales! Here’s a rundown of what’s inside: 

Astral Crusaders: The Standard Bearer, written by Paul Bradford, art by William Alian Keyes, and colors and lettering by Erik Korsgaard. In this, the leading piece in Tales from Orbit #1, a small group of crusaders conduct a scouting operation on an alien planet and when they find the locals not overly accepting of their presence, the Standard Bearer must do whatever it takes to return the Standard to the mother ship! This story is written with plenty of action and rendered with a lot of detail that is exquisitely colored! 

Convention of the Gods, written by Jack Wallace, illustrated by Gabe Ostley, and colors and lettering by Chris Allen. After a few billion years the gods come together at a convention to present planets they’ve created to a panel of judges and explain how things have worked out on those planets. Each god gets to talk a little about their triumphs and failures, and then it’s time to hear from earth’s god! This is an amusing take on creation and the whole Supreme Being thing. The art is clean and cartoony with solid colors and bold lines all wrapped around sacrilegious fun!  

Copy, written by Jorge Santos and art by Gabriela Torres. A parent with limited time finds a – very unique – way to spend more time with his daughter. This is a clever story with what appears to be watercolor painted art. Very striking! 

Dark Matter, written by Carlos Silva and art by Tiago de Carvalho. A team of scientists explore space in search of dark matter, but only finds a hostile life form that wants to kill all humans! What chance does the team have? Could dark matter itself be the answer? 

Equal, by M.C. Carper. The singularity has occurred and robots demand equality! What follows is a fight between the machines and humanity, each struggling to gain the upper hand, but what will finally be revealed once one side prevails?! 

Hunters, by Nathan Walkington. Here’s a short, silent piece with engaging art that takes us back to the dawn of the hunter-gather days…and shows us the advantages of technology! 

I Honor You, written by Malcolm McLeod, pencils by Ben Malachowski, inks by Clutch Powers, colors by Marco Pelandra, and lettering by Nikki Sherman. A vengeful ghost taunts a loved one into honoring her memory by killing the one that took her life, but that’s not enough to satisfy this ghost’s lust for revenge! 

Night Sky, written by Daniel Horowitz and art by Estrela Lourenco. While many people riot, others gather on a hill top and watch the night sky in anticipation of a life changing event in this hauntingly illustrated story! 

Parallel Universes, written by Joana Varanda, art by Pedro Mendes, and colors by Nimesh Morarji. A parallel universe traversing force collects the same woman from multiple universes in hopes of ultimately changing humanity! 

Captain Yeah! In Dark Vibes, by Andrew Pawley. When everything comes to a freezing halt Captain Yeah! decides to take a look under the hood of Father-Time Module. What he finds is something dark…and threatening! This spaced-out tale features some groovy psychedelic art to go along with its weirdo freaky vibe! 

Star K’rrot – The Path of Carrots, written by Tiago Cruz with art by Ines Garcia. A tiny group of space explores, looking for a rare but desperately needed resource, land on a planet of giants. There they must endure the indignities of the local inhabitants if they wish to possess the object of their desire! 

Telescope, by James Johnson. A sky gazing voyeur, his talking and fez wearing dog, and a stowaway blast off in this vibrantly colored and handsomely inked comic tale of lust, longing, and lunacy! 

Where’s Probey? Horrifying Alien Abduction Edition, by Johnson/Aveiro. Closing out this behemoth of a Sci-Fi/Fantasy anthology is this fun, single page, hidden object illustration full of aliens, animals, and an assortment of odds and ends! 

Get your Sci-Fi and Fantasy fix with Tales from Orbit #1 at http://bit.ly/2cyeMbV and find more at http://bit.ly/2d5djhL

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