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Preview: Chin Music #2

Chin Music #2

Story By: Steve Niles
Art By: Tony Harris
Diamond ID: MAR130560
Published: August 21, 2013

Al Capone is dead. Shot through the skull by Shaws cursed slug, the gangland legend lies dead before Eliot Ness could drag him to court of tax evasion. Shaw’s interference has uprooted history and now Ness wants it set straight. The shot also alerted Shaw’s enemies of his presence in Capone era Chicago, and they are coming for him. They took his skin last time. This time they’ll have his eternal soul.

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Review: Chin Music #1 and The Walking Dead #110

Chin Music #1

Chin Music #1 CoverShaw is a man on the run and lost in time. Fleeing ancient enemies, Shaw finds himself in prohibition-era Chicago surrounded by gangers and demons alike and caught between law enforcement and the local supernatural underground. Chin Music is a tale of mysticism and violence like nothing you’ve experienced before.

The first issue is a series of events, connected, but at the same time disjointed. I went in with high hopes considering the pedigree of writer Steve Niles and artist Tony Harris. Two individuals whose past works I’ve enjoyed immensely.

While the concept and the art is cool and the setup seems interesting, this first issue was too disjointed for me. I felt like there were three parts to the story and how one is connected to the other is unclear. It’s a muddied beginning, confusing to me the reader.

There’s events in Egypt, then things with a person I’m assuming is Elliot Ness. And it just cuts from one to the other without explanation, rather confusing overall. I know the series cuts across time and space, but the first issue doesn’t explain that enough, resulting in a story that’s rather confusing.

There’s a good chance when the series is over the whole will be greater than the individual parts, but this first issue was a rough one for me to start with.

Story: Steve Niles Art: Tony Harris
Story: 6.75 Art: 8 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

The Walking Dead #110

walkindead110_coverEzekiel vs. Michonne?

The cover and the teaser above would make you think there’s some massive fight in this issue, but if you’re looking for sword slinging, then go elsewhere. The brilliance of that teaser is the sparing is at a whole other level, the emotional one.

This is easily one of the best issues of the series, focusing on those two characters Ezekiel and Michonne. It’s not a versus in the sense the two characters swing swords, they don’t really do that. Instead the issue is mostly the two characters talking.

This is Ezekiel’s “origin” issue. We learn more about the character, where he came from and how he got where he is, also, what’s up with the tiger. It’s a fantastic issue in that the focus is completely on the characters. And the series is best when it does just that.

In this case, two of the most mysterious characters are shown on an emotional level they haven’t been before and it is beyond fantastic to see.

We also get some movement in the upcoming battle. Wile Exekiel and Michonne are the main focus, Jesus’ mission to stop a traitor is also resolved in a great way.

Overall, this is easily the best issue in a long time, but also one of the best the series has ever released.

Story: Robert Kirkman Art: Charlie Adlard
Story: 9 Art: 8.5 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

Preview: Chin Music #1

Chin Music #1

Story by: Steve Niles
Art By: Tony Harris
Price: $2.99

Shaw is a man on the run and lost in time. Fleeing ancient enemies, Shaw finds himself in prohibition-era Chicago surrounded by gangers and demons alike and caught between law enforcement and the local supernatural underground. CHIN MUSIC is a tale of mysticism and violence like nothing you’ve experienced before.

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Bleeding Cool – Tony Harris Returns To Talk CosplayNever ok to threaten people, especially with violence.

IGN – Gail Simone Fired from Batgirl -Once less comic for me to buy and read!

Bleeding Cool – Comic Creators Respond To Gail Simone’s Firing-By-E-Mail Off BatgirlSee above

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Preview – Thought Bubble Anthology 2012

Thought Bubble Anthology 2012

Story by: Warren Ellis, Richard Starkings, Gail Simone, Ivan Brandon Art By: Skottie Young, Dave Johnson, Sean Phillips, Fiona Staples, Tony Harris, Barry Kitson, Boo Cook, Emma Vieceli, Leigh Gallagher Cover By: Tran Nguyen
Price: $3.99

A collection of new short stories by some of the best in the business for the UK’s Thought Bubble Festival which takes place in Leeds, Northern England from the 11th to 18th November 2012. All profits go to the charity Barnardos.

Godzilla’s One Crazy Summer!

GODZILLA’S ONE CRAZY SUMMER!
IDW announces digital Godzilla comics, new characters, and a new title!

May 23, 2012San Diego, CA – Expanding what has become an explosive publishing partnership, this summer IDW Publishing and Toho Co., Ltd.are bringing even more kaiju chaos to comic fans everywhere!

May 23rd brings the launch of Duane Swierczynski and Simon Gane’s new, ongoing Godzilla series, which features covers by Arthur Adams and Tony Harris! That’s not all, though!

That same day, after much anticipation, Godzilla will finally hit digital platforms!  Available on iOS, Android, and Nook, IDW’s entire back catalog of catastrophic, giant monster destruction will be available as single issues and trades.  Not only that, but the new Godzilla ongoing will launch day and date with two exclusive digital variant covers!

This bounty of crushing comics destruction comes hot on the heels of IDW’s announcement of Orc Stain creator James Stokoe’s Godzilla: The Half-Century War, a generation-spanning tale packed to the gills with Stokoe’s trademark hyper-detailed linework and nearly-psychedelic colors. If any comics creator out there was born to draw giant monsters leveling crowded metropolitan areas, folks, it’s James Stokoe.

And as if all that city-stompin’ goodness wasn’t enough, IDW has made the necessary space in Godzilla’s monstrous world for even more of Toho’s creatures, with more than 20 of Godzilla’s co-stars joining the roster of licensed characters. From fan favorites such as JET JAGUAR to lesser-known greats like the gargantuas, SANDA and GAIRA, the future of Godzilla at IDW is bound to be even more action-packed than ever.

Needless to say, it’s going to be a chaos-drenched summer for Godzilla fans.

Hopefully they all have insurance.

Godzilla #1• 32 pages • $3.99 • in stores May 23 • Diamond order code: MAR120364
Godzilla: The Half-Century War #1 • 32 pages • $3.99 • in stores 8/22 • Diamond order code: JUN120326
Godzilla: Legends TPB • 128 pages • $19.99 • in stores June 13 • Diamond order code: APR120372
Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters, Vol. 3 TPB • 104 pages • $17.99 • In stores now • Diamond order code: MAR120367

Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books. IDW can also be found at http://www.facebook.com/#!/idwpublishing and http://tumblr.idwpublishing.com/and on Twitter at @idwpublishing.

About IDW

IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Toho’s Godzilla; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.

IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.

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Bleeding Cool – Grant Morrison, Darick Robertson, Mark Millar, Frank Quitely, Steve Niles, Howard Chaykin,Tony Harris, Scott Morse, Brian Wood, Ming Doyle, Nick Spencer, Riley Rossmo Announcements At Image Expo - Lots of news coming out of Image Expo.

The Beat – More Scenes From Image Expo - Guess I should have gone.

The Beat – How Many Pages of a Digital Comic Get Read In One Sitting? – Interesting info.

 

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CBLDF News Amazing Auctions & Comics College!

Official Press Release

Creators Come to the Rescue With New CBLDF Auctions!

Comic book artists nationwide are shocked by the details of CBLDF’s Canada Customs case, and are supporting the CBLDF’s efforts to raise $150,000 to fight the case by contributing original art being auctioned right now to benefit CBLDF!

This week on eBay, the CBLDF is proud to offer original art contributed by legendary creators including Bernie Wrightson, David Lloyd, Cully Hamner, Tony Harris, Camilla d’Errico and many more. The next $30,000 payment in this case is due this September, and these auctions will be crucial to helping CBLDF contribute that expense. Bid Now!

CBLDF Comics College Kicks Off with Fred Van Lente and Greg Pak on September 17!

The CBLDF is proud to announce Comics College, a series of Master Sessions held at our New York City offices, featuring expert advice and insight from professionals of the industry. These sessions will be an opportunity for aspiring creators to learn about the craft and business of comics from experts.

Our first session delves into the secrets of self-publishing with Fred Van Lente (Action Philosophers, Incredible Hercules) and Greg Pak (Incredible Hercules, Incredible Hulk)! Join us for this in-depth workshop and q & a to learn the secrets of self-publishing from two of comics’ most popular creators.

Tickets are available at our webstore for a $50 donation. This session will be held on Saturday, September 17th from 12:00pm to 2:00pm at our New York office, located at 255 West 36th Street, Suite 501. Space is extremely limited, so get your tickets quick!

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Awesome Artists Added to the Baltimore Comic-Con!

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Awesome Artists Added to the Baltimore Comic-Con!

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – July 29, 2011 - The Baltimore Comic-Con is happy to announce the addition of Josh Middleton, Adam Hughes, Tony Harris, and Francesco Francavilla to the line-up of creators appearing at this year’s show. The show will be taking place the weekend of August 20-21, 2011 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Josh Middleton broke into the comics industry in 2000 with his work on one of CrossGen’s original fours series, Meridian, where he penciled the first six-issue story arc. In 2003, after contributing to Marvel’s X-Men Unlimited series, Middleton signed an exclusive with the publisher and helped create the series NYX along with Joe Quesada. Moving on to DC Comics, he served as artist for the mini-series Superman/Shazam: First Thunder, and provided cover art for Vertigo’s American Virgin and DC’s Supergirl. Middleton’s most recent work includes art direction for Warner Brothers Animation’s Green Lantern: The Animated Series.

Adam Hughes Zatanna CoverAs far as cover artists working in comics today, Adam Hughes is among the very best. A 12-year veteran of Gaijin Studios, Hughes is most widely recognized for his pin-up style renditions of female characters, especially over the course of his long runs as cover artist on Wonder Woman and Catwoman. His most recent work includes a 2-page spread featuring Supergirl and Batgirl for Superman/Batman #75 in 2010 and covers for Zatanna (#13-16) in 2011, and he will be providing covers for DC’s relaunch of Batgirl which begins in September. Hughes won the Harvey Award for Best Cover Artist in 2001, 2002, and 2003.

Breaking into comics in 1989, Tony Harris made a name for himself as the artist and co-creator of DC Comics’ Starman. Also a member of Gaijin Studios, Harris left the Atlanta-based collective to form Jolly Roger Studios. His recent work includes wrapping up a 50-issue run on Vertigo’s Ex Machina in 2010 and he is currently working on a project called The Further Adventures of the Whistling Skull.

Francesco Francavilla, who is currently wrapping up his run on Detective Comics, will be working alongside Scott Snyder on the upcoming Swamp Thing title (one of DC Comics’ “New 52″) starting this September. In additon, Francavilla is also the artist on Marvel’s Black Panther: The Man Without Fear and is working on several short stories/anthologies at Archaia Entertainment.

“We are all very excited to add these four artist to the growing list of creators attending this year’s Con,” said Marc Nathan, show promotor of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “These guys helped to shape the look and feel of many modern comics and redefined those characters for a new audience.”

Confirmed guests for this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con include: Guest of Honor, Stan “The Man” Lee; Jason Aaron (Scalped, PunisherMAX); Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead); Nick Cardy (Aquaman, Teen Titans); Greg Capullo (Spawn, Batman); Cliff Chiang (Greendale); Frank Cho (50 Girl 50, X-Men: Schism, New Ultimates); Todd Dezago (Super Hero Squad, The Perhapanauts); David Finch (Brightest Day, Batman: The Dark Knight); Ron Frenz (Spider-Girl); Jose-Luis Garcia-Lopez (Wednesday Comics, Batman Confidential); Mike Gold (former DC Editor); Michael Golden (creator of Bucky O’Hare); Mike Grell (Action Comics, The Pilgrim); Brad Guigar (Evil, Inc., Courting Disaster); Steve Hamaker (Bone); Cully Hamner (Red, Red: Eyes Only); Marc Hempel (Sandman: The Kindly Ones); Dean Haspiel (The Alcoholic, Act-i-Vate); Jamal Igle (Supergirl, Zatanna); J.G. Jones (Doc Savage, DC Universe Legacies); Barry Kitson (Secret Invasion, Amazing Spider-Man); Laura Martin (New Avengers, Thor); Mark Morales (Fear Itself cover artist); Kevin Nowlan (Wednesday Comics); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Brandon Peterson (Ultimate Vision, Strange); Craig Rousseau (Marvel Her-Oes); Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo); Walter Simonson (Thor); Jeff Smith (Bone, RASL); Nick Spencer (Morning Glories, Iron Man 2.0); Brian Stelfreeze (Wednesday Comics); Karl Story (DC Universe Legacies); Robert Tinnell (The Wicked West); Tim Truman (Hawken, Conan the Cimmerian); Neil Vokes (Flesh & Blood, Eagle: The Original Adventures); Mark Wheatley (Blood of the Innocent, Mars); and Thom Zahler (Love and Capes).

Save the Date! Baltimore Comic-Con 2012!

That’s right! Mark your calendars now for next year’s Baltimore Comic-Con, which will take place the weekend of September 8-9, 2012 at the Baltimore Convention Center, and we’ll see YOU in Baltimore!

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Attending the Baltimore Comic-Con? Show your support online!

Simply change your social network (Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc.) avatar pictures to the “See You in Baltimore!” image and let the world know you’re attending the show!

In coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found at our website, Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace pages.

This year’s Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, August 21st.

About The Baltimore Comic-Con

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 12th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 6 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.

CBLDFNews Chicago: Neil Gaiman, Tony Harris, BPAL & More At C2E2!

Official Press Release

The CBLDF Salutes Chicago With A World Class C2E2 Showing!

This weekend the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund lands in the windy city with an incredible array of events and exclusives for our supporters at the inaugural edition of C2E2!  Join us for An Evening with Neil Gaiman, Signings with Tony Harris, exclusive new prints by Gaiman and Harris, and the launch of the CBLDF Exclusive Benefit BPAL fragrance Banned in Boston!

An Evening With Neil Gaiman

On Saturday, April 17, at 7PM Neil Gaiman will be giving his only reading in 2010 to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in the Arie Crown Theater at McCormick Place! The last time Neil Gaiman performed theatrical readings was ten years ago on the “Last Angel Tour.” On that tour, he crisscrossed the country, giving sold-out readings of stories and poems, both new material and beloved tales. That was ten years ago. In those ten years, Mr. Gaiman’s published such books as American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book. He’s made movies and operas. He even started keeping a blog. A generation has grown up who have not seen an evening with Neil Gaiman — until now.

For One Night Only. Neil Gaiman. Only for the CBLDF, and only at C2E2!

Tickets for An Evening With Neil Gaiman are available at C2E2 Registration at McCormick Place on the 2nd Floor or the CBLDF booth 933, starting Friday.  Admission is $20 for C2E2 Badge Holders and $35 for the General Public not attending the convention. For more information, please visit: http://c2e2.com/en/Events/Neil-Gaiman/

Exclusive Neil Gaiman/Tony Harris Print & Harris Signings!

To commemorate Neil Gaiman’s triumphant return to Chicago, Tony Harris, the award-winning artist of STARMAN, EX MACHINA, and WAR HEROES has illustrated an all-new print based on the unpublished poem “In Relig Oran,” which Gaiman will premiere for the first time at “An Evening With Neil Gaiman!” Unsigned copies of this gorgeous full-color 11 x 20 print will be available for a $20 donation to CBLDF at C2E2.

Harris will also be appearing at the CBLDF booth (933) to sign copies of the print, and his graphic novels.  Harris will also be creating one commissioned piece of original art per day.  Harris appears at the CBLDF booth:

Friday – 4:00 to 6:00 PM
Saturday: 12:00 to 2:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 to 2:00 PM

All New ECHO Print by Terry Moore Premieres in Chicago!

Terry Moore, the award winning creator of ECHO and Strangers in Paradise premieres a brand new print to benefit the Fund at C2E2.  A beautiful 11 x 17 presentation of the original black and white line art from the cover of the upcoming Echo #22, this print is only available for donation to the CBLDF!

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Releases Array of New CBLDF Benefit Fragrances!


The Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, creators of unique fragrances based on literary and artistic works, are coming to Chicago in force with a variety of new fragrances to benefit the work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund at booth 951!  New fragrances include BANNED IN BOSTON & the NEVERWHERE family of scents.  Details include:

BANNED IN BOSTON

“Banned in Boston” was a phrase coined in the 19th century that was used to describe material, be it a motion picture, photograph, literary work, or other work of art, that contained objectionable or obscene content. Boston city officials and the Watch and Ward Society took their lead from the Comstock Law, which prohibited obscene materials from being distributed via the US Mail service, and formed their own strict censorship guidelines. Provocative or offensive material was prohibited from distribution or exhibition within Boston city limits.

The effect was much like that of the RIAA’s Parental Advisory tags: if something was Banned in Boston, it only served to pique interest and spike sales or attendance.

Obscene, lewd, lascivious, and decidedly objectionable. A filthy, post-coitus scent: sweaty and sweet, laced with laudanum, splashed with booze, and stained by tobacco.

(Please note: the Banned in Boston label is NSFW)

NEVERWHERE

ANESTHESIA

A scent that slips through the cracks: peppermint, lavender, bergamot, and mandrake.

MR. CROUP
Pompous and predatory: tonka bean, black musk, bourbon geranium, and crushed porcelain.

DOOR
Golden honey, nicotiana, blue chamomile, and cistus.

THE FLOATING MARKET
A cacophony of curious scents: copaiba balsam, petitgrain, citrus rind, sinicuichi accord, betel nut, wasabi root, coconut palm, and wattleseed layered atop innumerable strange herbs, spices, and woods.

HUNTER
Leonine amber, tanned hides, clove, and clary sage.

LAMIA
Deadly elegance: pale orchid, vanilla amber, black currant, white peach, champaca, coconut, Arabian myrrh, Burmese vetiver, and oude.

THE MARQUIS de CARABAS
A splash of bay rum, leather, dusty black wool, massoia bark, and opium residue.

NIGHT’S BRIDGE
Stone and darkness.

THE RAT SPEAKERS
A snuffling, brown scent: earthy patchouli, sage, russet sandalwood, grimy leather, fig leaf, and lemongrass.

MR. VANDEMAR
Dark and gangly, with a glint of razor-sharp stainless steel behind it: opopponax, costus, black pepper, black sandalwood, and polished metal.

THE VELVETS
Smooth inky musk, cathedral incense, ylang ylang, violet leaf, rose-infused amber, red sandalwood, and iris.

The Neverwhere scents are part of an ongoing not-for-profit project, and proceeds from the sales of all Neil-inspired perfumes go to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, which works to preserve and protect the First Amendment rights of the comics community.

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