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Review: Occupy Comics #3

OccupyComics 3 CoverThis week sees the final issue of the Kickstarter funded, Black Mask Studios published Occupy Comics. With the third issue, we get a solid final entry full of though provoking cartoons, editorials and a great history lesson from Alan Moore. The Occupy Comics trilogy is a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration of more than 50 comics pros is a celebration of Occupy and a time-capsule of the movement’s themes. The organizers and creators are donating all their revenue after costs to Occupy-related efforts and initiatives as well.

This issue features the talents of the before mentioned Moore, Molly Crabapple, Joshua Dysart, Caleb Monroe, Kevin Colden, Swifty Lang, Salgood Sam, Brea and Zane Grant, Shannon Wheeler and Charlie Adlard. If you’re a fan of any of these creators, this is a must get as far as comics.

The stories vary in quality and length with every one at least good and a few in the great category. Overall, there’s an air over the issue, since is the last one. A few entries reflect on the fleetingness of the Occupy movement, but also could be used as commentary on a series that I wish would go on for longer.

Occupy Comics is a perfect combination of comics and politics with a great balance of education, fairness and not being too preachy. Even though it’s labelled as Occupy, it never really takes on side or the other about the movement as each creator ads their own voice and thoughts about it. To have an anthology that allows this political thought and expression go is a loss for the comics community and I wish we could see more of it.

No matter your take on the Occupy movement as a whole, this issue, and the two that proceeded it, is a nice look at a political movement that fizzled quickly and whose long lasting contributions will be debated for some time to come. To get first hand accounts, and opinions, about what it all meant and why it happened is important in in the historical sense but also the educational. This series acted as a voice for creators to reflect and be free with what they say without corporate interference, much like the movement itself. It’s voice is one we need and one I hope we see more of down the road.

Story: Caleb Monroe, Mark L. Miller, Zane Grant, Bea Grant, Patrick Meaney, Joshua Dysart, Kelly Bruce, Alan Moore, Kevin Colden, Swifty Lang, Shannon Wheeler Art: Molly Crabapple, Theo Ellsworth, Mark L. Miller, Jonathan Spies, Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz, Eric Zawadzki, Allen Gladfelter, Salgood Sam, Matt Bors, Jerem Morrow, Frank Renoso, Eric Drooker, Charlie Adlard
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Black Mask Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Steed and Mrs. Peel #9

STEED AND MRS. PEEL #9

Written by Mark Waid, Caleb Monroe
Drawn by Yasmin Liang
SC, 32pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
COVER A: Phil Noto
COVER B: Joshua Covey
Diamond Code: MAR13 0938

THE RETURN OF THE MONSTER! John Cartney thought his children were the key to finally finishing off John Steed and Emma Peel — but they failed. So, since blood didn’t work, he’s turning to cold, hard steel… Evil levels up as this all-new STEED & MRS. PEEL story begins!

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Preview: Steed and Mrs. Peel #8

STEED AND MRS. PEEL #8

Written by Mark Waid, Caleb Monroe
Drawn by Ian Gibson
SC, 32pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
COVER A: Phil Noto
COVER B: Joshua Covey
Diamond Code: FEB13 0867

Last issue, John Steed and Emma Peel entered a quiet little town on what should have been a simple mission – but things were definitely not as they seemed! Now the super spies fight not to become the next victims of this city with big secrets…

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BOOM! Studios debuts at Phoenix Comicon with 2 Guns’ Steven Grant

BOOM! Studios is thrilled to be exhibiting for the first time at Phoenix Comicon taking place Memorial Day weekend beginning Thursday, May 23rd through Sunday, March 26th. Headlining BOOM! Studios’ exciting line up of guests and exclusive variant covers is 2 Guns creator Steven Grant.

BOOM! Studios will bringing four exclusive variant covers to Phoenix Comicon, which will be available only at the BOOM! Studios booth #559. From the KaBOOM! imprint, copies of Adventure Time #1 and Regular Show #1 both with southwest-themed covers by Meredith McClaren will be available for purchase. Additionally, BOOM! Studios is pleased to partner with local retailer Jesse James Comics on two limited edition variants, Suicide Risk #1 with a cover by Joëlle Jones and Clive Barker’s Next Testament #1 with a cover by series artist Haemi Jang.

BOOM! Studios is thrilled to host Steven Grant along with Eric Esquivel, and Caleb Monroe at the BOOM!/KaBOOM! booth all weekend long. Grace Randolph will also be at our booth on Saturday and Sunday.

Travis Hill will also be at the BOOM!/KaBOOM! booth sketching GET-A -SKETCH covers all weekend long! Make sure to stop by for your chance to pick up the hottest comics, trades and variant covers.

BOOM! Studios is also a proud sponsor of the Bleeding Cool Fan Awards, to be presented at Phoenix Comicon on Friday at 6PM in Room 132. Attendees will receive a free Adventure Time #16 limited edition variant cover. The exclusive Adventure Time #16 variant is ONLY available by attending the Bleeding Cool Fan Awards. The Fan Awards are rated for mature audiences.

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Preview: Steed and Mrs. Peel #7

STEED AND MRS. PEEL #7

Written by Mark Waid, Caleb Monroe
Drawn by Ian Gibson
SC, 32pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
COVER A: Phil Noto
COVER B: Joshua Covey
Diamond Code: JAN13 0957

Steed and Mrs. Peel enter THE SUICIDE TOWN! John Steed and Emma Peel travel up the coast to a small seaside community to investigate what should be a minor issue, but things become increasingly bizarre —and deadly— by the moment… Another all-new tale of the smashing spy duo!

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Preview – Steed and Mrs. Peel #5

STEED AND MRS. PEEL #5

Written by Mark Waid, Caleb Monroe
Drawn by Ian Gibson
SC, 32pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
COVER A: Phil Noto
COVER B: Joshua Covey
Diamond Code: NOV12 0985

Mods…IN SPACE…. It’s well established that our spies are the swingingest secret agents in all the land, but what about in the galaxy? Emma Peel and John Steed enter the Space Race, thanks to the rocket-fueled talents of Caleb Monroe and Will Sliney!

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BOOM! Studios at Emerald City Comicon – Panels and Signings

BOOM! Studios and KaBOOM! have announced their signings and panels for Emerald City Comicon. BOOM! can be found at booth #2102 and kaBOOM! is located at booth #2002

Friday, March 1, 2013 – 2pm – 8pm

BOOM! STUDIOS

All Day Sketching - Jerry Gaylord at the BOOM! Booth

All Day Signing - Brian Stelfreeze, Michael Alan Nelson and Caleb Monroe at the BOOM! Booth

2:30-3:00pm - “Breaking into Comics” Panel in Hall A

3:15-4:15pm – Sam Humphries and Jerry Gaylord signing at the BOOM! Booth

4:30-5:30pm - Paul Jenkins signing at the BOOM! Booth

6:00-7:00pm - Joshua Covey and Eric Esquivel signing at the BOOM! Booth

KaBOOM!

All Day Sketching – Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb, Mike Holmes, Travis Hill, JAB, Kassandra Heller, Noelle Stevenson & Pennie Gaylord at the KaBOOM! Booth

All Day Signing - Vicki Scott and Mike Kunkel at the KaBOOM! Booth

3:00-4:00pm  – Natasha Allegri, Colleen Coover and Noelle Stevenson signing at the KaBOOM! Booth

4:30–5:30pm – Joey Comeau, Tyson Hesse and Mike Holmes signing at the KaBOOM! Booth

5:306:25pm – “It’s Adventure Time” Panel in Hall A

6:40–7:40pm – Ryan North, Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb signing at the KaBOOM! Booth
Saturday, March 2, 2013 – 10am – 7pm

BOOM! STUDIOS

All Day Sketching - Jerry Gaylord at the BOOM! Booth

All Day Signing - Brian Stelfreeze, Michael Alan Nelson and Caleb Monroe at the BOOM! Booth

11:00am-12:00pm – Sam Humphries and Jerry Gaylord signing at the BOOM! Booth

1:00-2:00pm - Paul Scheer, Nick Giovannetti and Joe Quinones signing at the BOOM! Booth

2:10-3:05pm - “We are BOOM!” Panel in Hall B

4:00-5:00pm - Paul Jenkins signing at the BOOM! Booth

5:30-6:30pm - Joshua Covey and Eric Esquivel signing at the BOOM! Booth

KaBOOM!

All Day Sketching – Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb, Mike Holmes, Travis Hill, JAB, Kassandra Heller, Noelle Stevenson & Pennie Gaylord at the KaBOOM Booth

All Day Signing - Vicki Scott and Mike Kunkel at the KaBOOM! Booth

12:00 -1:00pm - Natasha Allegri, Colleen Coover and Noelle Stevenson signing at the KaBOOM! Booth

3:30–4:30pm - Dustin Nguyen signing at the KaBOOM! Booth

4:45–5:45pm –  Ryan North, Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb signing at the KaBOOM! Booth

6:00–7:00pm – Joey Comeau, Tyson Hesse and Mike Holmes signing at the KaBOOM! Booth
Sunday, March 3, 2013 – 10am – 6pm

BOOM! STUDIOS

All Day Sketching - Jerry Gaylord at the BOOM! Booth

All Day Signing - Brian Stelfreeze, Michael Alan Nelson and Caleb Monroe at the BOOM! Booth

11:00am12:00pm - Paul Jenkins signing at the BOOM! Booth

2:003:00pm - Joshua Covey and Eric Esquivel signing at the BOOM! Booth

4:00-4:55pm - “BOOM! presents: Brian Stelfreeze” Panel in Room 3AB

KaBOOM!

All Day Sketching – Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb, Mike Holmes, Travis Hill, JAB, Kassandra Heller, Noelle Stevenson & Pennie Gaylord at the KaBOOM! Booth

All Day Signing - Vicki Scott and Mike Kunkel at the KaBOOM! Booth

11:10am12:05pm – “BOOM!/KaBOOM!: The All Ages Explosion” Panel in Hall B

12:30–1:30pm - Natasha Allegri, Colleen Coover and Noelle Stevenson signing at the KaBOOM! Booth

1:452:45pm – Ryan North, Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb signing at the KaBOOM! Booth

4:00–5:00pm – Joey Comeau, Tyson Hesse and Mike Holmes signing at the KaBOOM! Booth

Preview – Ice Age #4

Ice Age #4

Written by Caleb Monroe
Drawn by Shelli Paroline
SC, 32pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: AUG12 0932

AN ICE AGE HOLIDAY TALE! Recollecting what a huge “help” he was last year, Sid decides to pay Santa and the North Pole a visit and once again offer his assistance for Christmas preparations! Before anyone can stop him, he’s opened a box filled with Santa’s magic…and he finds himself visiting Sids in the past, present and future! A sweet holiday story featuring popular characters from the summer smash ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT!’

KaBOOM! Studios Releases Ice Age: Past, Presents and Future

This October, KaBOOM! is proud to announce the release of Ice Age: Past, Presents and Future, the latest in a series standalone specials consisting of all new stories inspired by the hit movies.

Ice Age: Past, Presents and Future, is an ICE AGE holiday tale! Recollecting what a huge “help” he was last year, Sid decides to pay Santa and the North Pole a visit and once again offer his assistance for Christmas preparations! Before anyone can stop him, he’s opened a box filled with Santa’s magic…and he finds himself visiting Sids in the past, present and future!

Ice Age: Past, Presents and Future will be available in finer comic stores on October 17th, 2012. This 8” x 8” title, which is accessible to all ages, will run 24 pages in full color and will carry a $3.99 price point.

Written by Caleb Monroe and with art by Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb, this new issue is sure to bring laughter and joy to all ages just in time for the holidays.

Preview – Ice Age: Where There’s Thunder

ICE AGE: WHERE THERE’S THUNDER

Written by Caleb Monroe
Art by Shelli Paroline
Drawn by Jesus Hervas, Janusz Ordon
SC, 32pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
COVER A: Shelli Paroline and Brandon Lamb
Diamond Code: MAR120890

YOUR FAVORITE ICE AGE CHARACTERS ARE BACK IN THIS PREHISTORIC ADAPTATION OF THE HIT MOVIE! Sid the Sloth, Manny the Mammoth, Diego the Saber-tooth Tiger, and the hilarious saber-toothed squirrel Scrat find themselves on another adventure after their continent is set adrift. Meeting new sea creatures and battling pirates, life is never boring for this wacky herd! Starring the beloved characters from the hit film series!

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