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Preview: Amelia Cole #23: The Impossible Fate Part 5

Amelia Cole #23: The Impossible Fate Part 5

Writers: Adam P. Knave, D.J. Kirkbride
Artist: Nick Brokenshire
Letterer: Rachel Deering
Price: $0.99
Pages: 20
Rating: 12+

Lemmy and the Omega Corps fight to keep the Blended World from crumbling under The Council’s reign of terror with the help of some strange new allies! But where in the worlds is Amelia?

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Preview: The Red Panda #11: Night of the Red Panda Part 8

The Red Panda #11: Night of the Red Panda Part 8

Writer: Gregg Taylor
Artist: Dean Kotz
Price: $0.99
Pages: 25
Rating: 12+

The all-new, two-fisted pulp adventures Terrific Twosome of Toronto! This issue: “Monkey See, Monkey Do pt 2 of 2″! The Red Panda and the Flying Squirrel face a city gone mad… quite literally! When the mind of one of their deadliest enemies is broadcast to hundreds of citizens of Toronto, the Terrific Twosome of Toronto are up to their armpits in sinister simians! Plus two more serialized chapters of the prose pulp novel “Pyramid of Peril”, and a behind the scenes “Hero File” on the man in the mask himself!

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Preview: High Crimes #12

High Crimes #12

Writer: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Ibrahim Moustafa
Price: $0.99
Pages: 24
Rating: 17+

It’s the end of the line at the top of the world as Zan and the Strange Agents face off, with the body of Sullivan Mars between them. The finale of the Eisner-nominated comic. Get your hankies out.

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Preview: High Crimes #11

High Crimes #11

Writer: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Ibrahim Moustafa
Price: $0.99
Pages: 21
Rating: 17+

It’s summit day on Mount Everest and Zan Jensen will find out what kind of price you pay to achieve your dreams, with  a pair of murderous Agents waiting for her and dead bodies leading the way to the top.

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Preview: Amazing Forest #10

Amazing Forest #10

Writers: Erick Freitas & Ulises Farinas
Artists: Adrian Bago, Jack Forbes, Jess Smart Smiley
Price: $0.99
Pages: 20
Rating: 17+

A collection of the greatest stories ever told. Tales for the bold. Ideas for the strange. Wicked concepts that stir the minds of those with darkness in their hearts. A modern anthology that lends itself to a time when stories were short and ugly. Written by Erick Freitas & Ulises Farinas, each comic is drawn by a different amazingly talented artist, each lending their unique talents to bring horrible happiness to the reader’s skulls.

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Esposito Keeps Writing Comics Through Adversity

When Joey Esposito receives a rejection from a publisher after pitching a comic, he’ll re-write and try again, with a multitude of publishers on the table. He acknowledges his flaws, laughs off the unpleasant feelings, and resolves to get better. For him, it’s another day on the job of writing comics.

Ex-IGN Comics Editor Joey Esposito spends his days doing what he loves: creating all sorts of comic books through amiable relationships with artists and other creators.

“I love spending my days writing… but it’s hard,” said Esposito via Skype interview.

joey1After spending a few years at IGN doing reporting and criticism of almost entirely comic books, Esposito delved into comic book writing, dropping his former career completely in October of 2013. Before leaving IGN, Joey had already made a bit of a name for himself in the realm of comic book creation with work like the first volume of Footprints, a detective comic starring Big Foot along with other cryptozoology creatures, and Captain Ultimate, an ongoing all-ages superhero comic.

He is happy with this decision and has experienced nothing but total support from friends and family, he said.

“[My father] will pitch my books to anyone who will listen!” he said, laughing.

Those comics are primed to receive continuations. Footprints: Bad Luck Charm is a double-sized one-shot that features two stories, one a prequel and the other a sequel to the first volume. This comic was successively funded on Kickstarter, receiving $7,410 by June 1.

The book is in color, as opposed to the black and white presentation of past Footprints work; this is because Esposito couldn’t imagine the setting of Las Vegas being portrayed without color, he said. He was prepared when asked what excited him most about working on more of Footprints.

“I just love these characters,” said Esposito, referring to creations such as a seductive Loch Ness Monster and a sleuthing Big Foot.

Multiple new issues of Captain Ultimate are completely done, but the creative team is waiting for the right moment to release them, said Esposito.

Boy Akkerman, the artist for the series, finds Esposito a joy to work with, he said via Skype interview. “He doesn’t detail every part of the page,” which “gives a lot of leeway.” Large armies and groups of people are especially enjoyable for Akkerman to draw, which he says there are a lot of within coming issues.

Issue #1 of this series, which is published digitally from publisher Monkeybrain on ComiXology for $0.99, released in July of 2013, followed by #2 in September, #3 and #4 in October, #5 in March of 2014 and #6 in August, representing an odd release schedule. This was identified as a problem when I spoke with Esposito, who explained a new strategy to get the book on track.

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Although the creative team has “some issues in the can,” their primary focus at the moment is getting the first six collected into a physical copy, said Esposito. Once that is taken care of, the team plans to put out issues digitally on a regular schedule, get those published physically, and so on and so forth.

“I think it’s important to get it in front of kids at book stores,” said Esposito.

It hasn’t been easy for Esposito to find a publisher; in fact, the pitching process is one of his biggest struggles as a creator, he said. He has pitched work to all sorts of publishers, all of which want their pitches done a certain, unique way, he explained.

Two upcoming projects he is writing pitches for are Ends of Olympus and Speakeasy. The first is a superhero comic inspired by Superman and his friend Jimmy Olson, predicated on the following scenario: What if Olson abused his friendship with Superman and became a greedy reality star obsessed with fame? An official description as well as a black-and-white preview is available here.

“This is the mature, gritty side of superheroes I love,” said Esposito,

The artist on the book, Drew Zucker, had nothing but good things to say about the project and Esposito.

“Joey pretty much gives me the freedom to do what I need to do visually,” said Zucker via Skype interview.

Joe Badon, the artist who does Speakeasy, said the same kind of stuff as the other artists.

“He’s a very agreeable guy and he likes to collaborate,” said Badon via Skype interview.

Speakeasy is something Esposito has only teased publicly as “Bladerunner meets Cheers,” along with the occasional panel. He is tightlipped on details despite two issues already being completely finished, because he doesn’t want to excite people for a book that doesn’t yet have a publisher, he explained.

He did provide me with these completed issues and, for what it’s worth, I found them to be very, very good. Esposito is playing with tried-and-true archetypes and clichés, but has put enough of a spin on things to make for a warm, easy read. I was initially concerned that Badon’s art wouldn’t work as sequentials, because the images Esposito teased on his Twitter seemed like the kind of well-produced, static images one usually finds on a cover. Thankfully, I found the finished work to be stupendous; the quality of art work is something I’d expect out of something from Image Comics.

Badon doesn’t like when he opens a comic to find art that looks much worse than the cover, he explained.

“I’ve always tried to make interior art as beautiful as I can,” he said.

Esposito allowed me to run some pages as a preview, which can be viewed at the bottom of this piece.

Thus far, neither book has found a publisher. These failings can frustrate Esposito, but he keeps positive.

“I think I’m gejoey4tting better. I’m working on it!” he said with a laugh.

After all, it’s not all bad. Esposito told me that his 2014 comic Pawn Shop has found a publisher, which will allow it to be sold physically in stores. This is a “slice-of-life” comic that tells the tale of four city-dwellers, all indirectly connected by a little pawn shop.

Pawn Shop is Esposito’s favorite work of his so far, even though “it’s definitely the black sheep,” he said. “It’s the kind of story that made me want to tell stories in the first place.”

Esposito seems to keep his head up and look forward. When I asked him what he’d ideally love to do, whether it be creator-owned projects or books for large publishers about established properties, he told me he “wants to do it all.”

Check out Matt’s online portfolio here

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Preview: High Crimes #10

High Crimes #10

Writer: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Ibrahim Moustafa
Price: $0.99
Pages: 21
Rating: 17

A partner in distress, a team of killers, a dead body full of secrets, the roof of the world. Only a few hundred feet separate Zan from all of them, but in the last desperate stretch towards the summit of Mount Everest, they may as well be miles away.

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Preview: Behemoth #2

Behemoth #2

Writer: Chris Kipiniak
Artist: J.K. Woodward
Letterer: Jesse Post
Price: $1.99
Pages: 24
Rating: 15+

As Theresa goes through her training, she and Rex are drawn closer together. General Rayne sees that closeness as a liability. He decides to remind Theresa, Rex, and the rest of the Pack where the power really lies.

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Preview: Heartbreakers #8

Heartbreakers #8

Writers: Script: Anina Bennett; story: Anina Bennett and Paul Guinan
Pencilers: Paul Guinan, Todd Herman
Inker: Paul Guinan
Letterer: Willie Schubert
Price: $0.99
Pages: 10
Rating: 15+

The last two clones of Professor Sorenson, Queenie and Delta, must make their way back to Earth after surviving the destruction of their hideout on Saturn’s moon. This episode ends the black-and-white DHP run of Heartbreakers, and leads into the action-packed color miniseries that comes next!

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Strange Nation Uncovered at IDW

Strange NationNorma Park used to have a bright future in journalism. Then she uncovered the terrifying truth about a dangerous conspiracy involving aliens, Sasquatch and doomsday cults! Now Norma finds herself fired from her prestigious newspaper and working at the supermarket tabloid Strange Nation. But nothing will keep Norma from sharing her terrible knowledge with the world!

In Strange Nation writer Paul Allor and artist Juan Romera unravel a tense, action-packed mystery in this Monkeybrain original tale that’s now coming to print.

Strange Nation is a book about the search for truth, and how much you’re willing to sacrifice for it. But, you know, in a fun way,” said Allor. “Juan and I were so proud to put Strange Nation out through Monkeybrain Comics, and are absolutely thrilled that the print edition has found a home at IDW, a publisher known for awesome and inventive comics that combine genre action with true heart.”

Strange Nation arrives in stores this August, and can be pre-ordered through your local comic shop!

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