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Holiday Gift Guide: Graphic Novels

With the holidays around the corner and folks deciding on what to get, or taking advantage of deals, we’re putting together our suggestions for what to get that geek in your life.

I picked out five graphic novels for people of all ages and interests. Below are some of the lowest prices we found for each graphic novel:


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Preview: The Quest for the Time Bird


PRICE: $39.99
ISBN: 9781782763628

The world of Akbar is in grave danger; Ramor, the cursed god, is about to be set free and spread unending chaos! The witch Mara can bind him to his prison, a conch shell, but she needs something special… the legendary Time Bird. She charges her daughter, Pelisse, with enlisting the help of the ageing warrior Bragon, and together they set out on a quest to save the world! But all is not as it seems – Bragon is an old flame of Mara’s and Pelisse has never met her father… With a fantastical twist, The Quest of the Time Bird is an epic journey through a magical realm of monsters, mysticism and mayhem.

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Preview: Golem

Set in a future, post-Eurozone Italy that is entrenched in a culture of hyper-capitalism, Golem follows young Steno Critone as he is kidnapped during a political protest gone sour. Taken in by the band of labeled “terrorists,” he learns that things are not as they seem in society, and that he has the power to not only change the city, but reality itself.

This intensely imaginative political-sci-fi graphic novel is a visual tour de force, created by contemporary design icon Lorenzo Ceccotti, better known as LRNZ, whose design-influenced illustration provides a lush, fluid backdrop of manga-like dynamism with the cinematic scope of western comics, creating a style that is wholly unique and absolutely breathtaking.


Holiday Gift Guide: The Dark Knight Returns

With the holidays around the corner and folks deciding on what to get, or taking advantage of deals, we’re putting together our suggestions for what to get that geek in your life.

First up, in honor of this week’s release of The Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1, I show off two options to help them catch up with the first two volumes, The Dark Knight Returns and The Dark Knight Strikes Again.

Here’s some of the lowest prices I found for the two graphic novels I show off.

The Dark Knight Returns: http://amzn.to/1lONGBU
Batman: The Dark Knight Saga Deluxe Edition Hardcover: http://amzn.to/1kXWC7V

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Comic Bento’s $10 Black Friday Sale

It’s BLACK FRIDAY all over the place and the Comic Bento Shop is no exception!

Did you miss a past Bento? Are you looking for a fun gift for under the tree? Look no further than the Comic Bento Shop!

The sale is in effect until 11:59pm EST Monday, Nov 30th and supplies are limited, so act fast!

You can also subscribe to Comic Bento and not miss a box!

Comic Bento Black Friday




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Preview: The Amazing World of Gumball: Fairy Tale Trouble OGN

The Amazing World of Gumball: Fairy Tale Trouble OGN

Imprint: KaBOOM!
Writers: Megan Brennan, Jeremy Lawson
Artists: Katy Farina, Jeremy Lawson

It’s a beautiful day for a Renaissance Faire, and the Watterson family is having a blast taking in ye olde fun and games…until a magician’s illusion turns into a real spell, and all of Elmore is cast into a fairy-tale world of quests, danger, and magical adventures! Can Wizard Darwin, Knight Anais, and Jester Gumball save Richard from his everlasting, turkey-leg-induced sleep, or will the citizens of Elmore remain trapped in the Middle Ages forever?


Review: Asylum Volume 1 – New Born

asylumWow! If you are looking for a graphic novel that you can really get your teeth into then Asylum Volume 1- New Born is definitely one for you! Packed with contrasts and high level concepts, this black and white title is completely out of the ordinary.

The concept of Asylum is interesting, intriguing even, uniting religious and political ideas with ideas of freedom and justice. The main character, Eve, belongs to a gifted, elite group that follow the Father, whereas the un-gifted and ordinary are known as castoffs.  This social, religious and political divide is the backbone of the society and the background of the story.

The story-line centers around Eve and a group of castoffs who become companions. Although on occasion the conversation can seem a little stilted, forced or un-realistic, in general the plotline leaves you wanting to know more about what will happen. It sucks you right in there, taking sides and willing the good guys to win.  The writing is excellent at portraying the contrast between the two groups, particularly in terms of the language used, and for such a complex idea it is very well written.

Empathizing with the characters created is really simple as they are written in such a genuine way. The confusion and doubt that they feel is believable and the art really helps with this, especially at times when the dialogue feels slightly dry.  The situation the characters find themselves in, although possibly far-fetched is completely believable and I found the whole thing really gripping. The sharpness of the black and the white color tones really added depth, not just to the images, but to the story-line itself.

This graphic novel would not be complete without the epic fight scenes and the art really captures the movement of the characters, despite being a black and white piece.

Overall, this is a surprising and interesting read, one that you might continue to think about long after you have finished reading, I know I did!

Story: Gabriel Moore-Topazio Art: Gabriel Moore-Topazio
Story: 8 Art: 7 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Wrought Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

BOOM! Studios Announces New Series for February

Bill & Ted Go to Hell #1 (of 4)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Brian Joines
Artist: Bachan
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Jamal Campbell
Subscription “Album” Cover: Logan Faerber
Incentive Cover: Sean “Cheeks” Galloway
Incentive Cover: Scott Koblish
Format: 32 pages, full color
Price: $3.99
On sale: February 2016

What’s to Love: It’s time again to be excellent to each other! We showed just how much we love Bill & Ted with 2015’s Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return, and since 2016 is the 25th anniversary of Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, why not celebrate with a new mini-series that sends the lovable duo to Hell? Plus, all Subscription covers in this mini-series will feature a unique Wyld Stallyns album cover created by some of the industry’s top talents!

What It Is: Bill & Ted are back for a brand-new miniseries, this time with the Imagine Agents team of Brian Joines and Bachan at the helm. It’s time to get the band back together! Bill & Ted and the Princesses will have to reunite with some historic friends to knock down the Devil’s door and get their friend Death back. With the help of Rufus, Billy the Kid, Joan of Arc, and more, this is the showdown that will rock the supernatural world. History vs. Hell. Too bad Hell has some surprises up its sleeve…

Bill & Ted Go to Hell #1 (of 4) Main cover by Jamal Campbell Bill & Ted Go to Hell #1 (of 4) Subscription Album Cover by Logan Faerber

Kennel Block Blues #1 (of 4)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Daniel Bayliss
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Daniel Bayliss
Incentive Cover: Nick Pitarra
Format: 32 pages, full color
Price: $3.99
On Sale: February 2016

What’s to Love: From Oz to Shawshank Redemption, we just love great prison dramas. But what if the prison in question is an animal shelter? Ryan Ferrier (Curb Stomp) and Daniel Bayliss (Translucid) combine the tradition of great anthropomorphic stories like Wild’s End and Blacksad with the madcap twists of Six-Gun Gorilla and Chew in their new series Kennel Block Blues.

What It Is: Oliver is a good dog. A family dog. But without warning, he’s sentenced to Jackson Kennel, where he’s instantly placed on Death Row with the rest of his fellow inmates, awaiting a lethal appointment on The Table if salvation doesn’t come. He’ll need help escaping the Kennel, but when the stress of prison life builds, he starts escaping reality instead, imagining a fantasy world of cartoon friends. It’s time to break out…into a musical number?

Kennel Block Blues #1 (of 4) Incentive Cover by Nick Pitarra Kennel Block Blues #1 (of 4) Main cover by Daniel Bayliss

Steven Universe and the Crystal Gems #1 (of 4)

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Josceline Fenton
Artist: Chrystin Garland
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Kat Leyh
Subscription Cover: Jeremy Sorese
Incentive Cover: Amber Rogers
Format: 32 pages, full color
Price: $3.99
On sale: February 2016

What’s to Love: The Steven Universe Cartoon Network animated series has given us a serious case of the feels over and over again, and our first Steven Universe comic series was met with enthusiasm from our fellow fans, so we had to head back to Beach City for more adventures! Plus, all the Subscription covers in this mini-series by Jeremy Sorese connect to form one image!

What It Is: Josceline Fenton (Hemlock) and Chrystin Garland (Adventure Time) help keep Beach City weird with this new four-issue miniseries. Steven takes the Gems out for a camping trip and tells them spooky stories around the camp fire. The Gems don’t give him much of a reaction, but they do tell him a spooky story of their own about a monster who turns bad Gems into glass and shatters them. Pearl assures a terrified Steven that it’s just a story, but suddenly people around Beach City start turning up frozen in glass…

Steven Universe and the Crystal Gems #1 (of 4) Main cover by Kat Leyh Steven Universe and the Crystal Gems #1 (of 4) Subscription cover by Jeremy Sorese

Jonesy #1 (of 4)

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist: Caitlin Rose Boyle
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Caitlin Rose Boyle
Incentive Cover: Lissa Treiman
Format: 32 pages, full color
Price: $3.99
On sale: February 2016

What’s to Love: Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Jonesy is a comic about love that makes us swoon! Sam Humphries (Fanboys Vs. Zombies, Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex) and fresh talent Caitlin Rose Boyle (Buck n’ Lou & the Night Crew) bring something special to BOOM! Box with this series about mad-cap shenanigans, friendship, pals, being a teenager, and figuring out who you are…with a teen cupid twist! If you like Giant Days, dig adorkable romance stories, or just want to smile from ear to ear after reading a comic, you’ll fall in love with Jonesy!

What It Is: Jonesy is a self-described “cool dork” who spends her time making zines nobody reads, watching anime, and listening to riot grrrl bands and 1D simultaneously. But she has a secret nobody knows. She has the power to make people fall in love! Anyone. With anything. She’s a cupid in plaid. With a Tumblr. There’s only one catch—it doesn’t work on herself. She’s gonna have to find love the old-fashioned way, and in the meantime, figure out how to distract herself from the real emotions she inevitably has to face when her powers go wrong…

Jonesy #1 (of 4) Incentive cover by Lissa Treiman Jonesy #1 (of 4) Main cover by Caitlin Rose Boyle

Clarence: Chicken Phantom Vol. 1 OGN

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Derek Fridolfs
Artist: JJ Harrison
Cover Artist: JJ Harrison
Format: 6” x 9”, 144 pages, full color
Price: $14.99
On sale: February 2016

What’s to Love: We’ve all been Clarence at one point. He’s an optimistic, nine-year-old kid who sees the best in everyone and is happy to play the day away with his best friends, Jeff and Sumo. Writer Derek Fridolfs and illustrator JJ Harrison bring all the heart from the hit Cartoon Network animated series to our first-ever Clarence original graphic novel, and it reads like an extended episode of the show. Take a moment to relive childhood!

What It Is: Clarence and his friends join the Rough Riders Scouts for a summer out in the woods. While looking through a cave, they discover a lost journal written by the notorious Black Buck The Pirate (an ancestor of Rough Rider Chicken founder Buckey O’Neill). It details his adventures on the ocean and where he buried his treasure. But he also warns of a phantom chicken that haunts the forest, and drove many of his crew mad. Now, Clarence and his friends are in a race against their rival, Joshua Maverick, to find the buried treasure, while avoiding the chicken phantom!

Clarence Chicken Phantom Vol. 1 OGN Cover by JJ Harrison

Preview: Hopeless Savages Break


(W) Jen Van Meter
(A) Meredith McClaren and Christine Norrie
(CA) Meredith McClaren

All the Hopeless-Savages are back in this fourth volume of the critically-acclaimed series! Zero’s in college (and hating it), though a tour with the Dusted Bunnies promises to rejuvenate her spirits—at least, that’s what she’s telling her therapist. But a rival band threatens to end the tour early, and without her family, Zero’s in no position to fight back. Meanwhile, the rest of the Hopeless-Savages are dealing with their own problems, including babies, contracts, and drug addictions. But if there’s one family who can pull it all off, it’s this one. Stunningly illustrated by Meredith McClaren (Hinges), with flashbacks by original series artist Christine Norrie, this is one volume fans won’t want to miss out on!

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Magnetic Press Announces their Blind Box, The Ambassador’s Club

Magnetic Press' Blind Box Ambassador's Club 2Magnetic Press has launched a new program to reward their fanbase, allow them to get cool items, and help the company continue to produce their top notch graphic novels. Called The Amabassadors Club, the monthly subscription-based blind-box allows fans to get a package each month delivered to their doorstep and gives a new spin on crowdfunding. Powered by the crowdfunding platform Patreon, this club will offer fans several different membership tiers, each offering a different assortment of exclusive items every month.

Every month, depending on the membership level selected, each member will receive an Ambassador Club Cargo Package containing an assortment of unique, exclusive content, not the least of which will be the newest graphic novel or art book hitting shelves that month. Other items include designer foil-stamped bookmarks, custom two-sided posters, new fashionable T-shirts, frameable artboard prints, signed book plates, and bonus mystery surprises, all the way up to original sketches and artwork from one of the Magnetic Press family of artists, and even an opportunity to go behind the scenes and get credited in the printed masthead inside titles going to print that month.

Members who joins at the base shipping tier ($7 tier or above) will receive a translucent plastic Ambassadors Club card with a uniquely assigned member ID. This ID number will not only identify (literal) card-carrying Ambassador, but will allow members to start accruing Ambassador Points for additional tiered bonuses based on their growing rank: free shippingexclusive merchandisepermanent web-store discounts, and a special Birthday Bonus sent each year.

The program launched today, with the release of the announcement video below:

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