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VIZ Media Acquires the Mr. Osomatsu Anime Series

VIZ Media brings the hilarious story of six quirky siblings to North and Latin American audiences as it expands its anime catalog with the acquisition of Mr. Osomatsu. VIZ Media announced the news during its official panel held this past weekend during Otakon 2017.

Inspired by the classic manga series Osomatsu-Kun created by Fujio Akatsuka, Mr. Osomatsu is animated by Studio Pierrot, which also produced the massively successful Bleach and Naruto anime series. VIZ Media has acquired the digital streaming, EST, home video and merchandise rights for Mr. Osomatsu. Season One of the series was originally broadcast in Japan in 2015-2016, and Season Two is slated to start this Fall.

Forget double the fun because here’s a series that amps up the insanity six silly ways! The Matsuno sextuplets are quite a bunch. One’s always hanging out at the local Pachinko joint, one un-ironically wears sequined pants, one is a total otaku with a fancy for idols while another brother would rather just loaf around with some cats and his own ennui. The fifth brother loves baseball but was probably dropped on his head a couple times and then there’s the youngest, who really leans into that sweet baby brother angle, if you know what we mean. None of them have jobs, but they do have one heck of a tab run up at the local Oden stand! With so many brothers with too much time on their hands, there’s sure to be some crazy (and raunchy) adventures!

My Pretty Vampire Release Party and Signing with Katie Skelly August 24th

Clover is a Bardot-esque blonde who dreams of the (now dead) girl she once was before becoming a fanged bloodsucker.

She is being kept prisoner by her brother, Marcel, who fears Clover will be hunted by the outside world. Clover’s curiosity, however, will not be suppressed: impetuous, sensual, strong-willed, and fearless, she plans her escape. Katie Skelly will be in store signing copies!

Katie Skelly is a cartoonist who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Her previous comics include Nurse Nurse and Operation Margarine. My Pretty Vampire is a sexy, sophisticated horror romp that heralds author Katie Skelly as a powerful voice in comics.

Floating World Comics will host a book release party and signing with the author, on August 24th from 6 to 8 pm.

WHO: Katie Skelly
WHAT: My Pretty Vampire: Release party and signing
WHEN: August 24th, 6-8pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St. Portland, OR 97209

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Get All Dolled Up for Plastic this October

Writer Doug Wagner teams up with artists Daniel Hillyard and Laura Martin for a chilling crime series in the Plastic trade paperback available this October. It collects issues #1-5.

In PPlastic, retired serial killer Edwyn Stoffgruppen is in love with Virginia, a girl he “met online.” Her affection quiets his vile urges.

Together, they tour the back roads of America in their LTD Crown Vic, eating doughnuts and enjoying their insatiable appetites for each other. Life is good…until a Louisiana billionaire kidnaps Virginia, forcing Edwyn to kill again in exchange for her freedom.

And the twist to all of this? Virginia is a sex doll.

Plastic trade paperback (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0377-5, Diamond Code AUG170576) will hit stores on Wednesday, October 18th. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, September 4th.

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Mike Carey Takes on the Iconic Barbarella in a New Comic Series

Dynamite Entertainment has announced that Barbarella’s first ever comic series, timed this coming Fall to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the legendary heroine, will feature the writing talents of industry legend Mike Carey. Additionally, Jean-Marc Lofficier – longtime custodian of the Barbarella brand – will join Carey as supervisor on the project.

Created by Jean Claude Forest in 1962, Barbarella was introduced at the heart of the Sexual Revolution, and is forever ingrained in pop culture after Jane Fonda’s unforgettable portrayal in the 1968 film. She was a key figure in the fertile battleground of French comic books and the struggle for sexual freedom in the medium, and has not appeared in a new series since her last appearance in the legendary science fiction publication, Heavy Metal.

Dynamite Entertainment first announced the return of Barbarella to comic books in October of 2016, welcoming the sci-fi icon to their stable of strong female heroines alongside Red Sonja, Vampirella, Sheena, Dejah Thoris (of Warlord of Mars), and more. In addition to original comic book stories, Dynamite can develop Barbarella for other things like art books and 3D figurines.

The ComicBookHour Launches Power-Ups: Vilified

The ComicBookHour community, most well known for their weekly Twitter chat, have launched a collaboration event for creators called Power-Ups: Vilified. The event will see creators from all over the world joining together to create four-page comics that will be compiled together to create an anthology.

ComicBookHour founder Jamie Me said in the release:

We have this amazing presence on Twitter with ComicBookHour, and we also have an extremely well-made forum that can host any kind of event imaginable. It makes perfect sense to start doing collaboration events, so we decided to do an anthology with a twist.

The twist Me is referring to is the unique license structure the Power-Ups anthology uses. All creators that are accepted into the project get a license to sell the full comic once it is completed. Since ComicBookHour announced this new model other anthologies are already adopting the method.

Me added:

The grassroots of the comic industry need some serious changes. We need more platforms where new creators can team up, create something and then use it to promote themselves while earning a profit from it. ComicBookHour is a large voice in the comic industry for indie comics, and we can use our platform to empower new creators.

If you are reading this article and would like to get more information on the Power-Ups collaboration event, as a creator or reader, you can click this link here for more details. The deadline to find a team and complete a four-page comic is September 17th, 2017.

Underrated: Comic Book Contributors – Letterers

This week’s Underrated originally ran on Ramblings Of A Comics Fan in October 2015

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week:  Letterers.


When it comes to the names attached to comics usually you know who the writer and artist is, whether that’s because of previews, or even just general talk around the Internets water cooler or your local comic shop. Recently I’ve noticed that  there are some very good comic book contributors that don’t get the same level of attention as those who write or draw the comics, such as the letterers.

A few things before we start; firstly, there is no way I’ll ever be able to list every talented letterer out there. Just no way. Secondly, if you take nothing else from this post, at least be aware of just how much these contributors add to a comic when we barely notice them. Thirdly this post will only contain a select few examples of some great work from comics released within the not too distant past, or stories that should be easy to find in trade format. It is not meant to be an exhaustive, or complete, list of great lettering, and there will only be a select few examples here (and even then, only covers).

Because, frankly, if I tried to do that I would miss too many.

DC‘s Batman #44, was probably the best comic featuring Batman I’ve read that was released this year, the art was batman-44-coverprovided by guest artist Jock (with Lee Loughbridge providing the colours). Batman #44 is an example of the creative team firing on all cylinders, which is especially  evident by the stellar work of Deron Bennett. It is the lettering that pulls in elements of the story, merging with the art and colours to give readers one of the best Batman comics, at least visually, in the last two years. I mentioned this comic last week when talking about colourists, but it also fits so well as an example of great lettering that I couldn’t avoid reusing it as an example. Not only does the lettering highlight the story, but it guides you eye effortlessly along when reading the comic.

And that brings us to another point.

Letterers are often overlooked because their work can be so integral to a comic that you often don’t even notice how effective it is. Indeed, when a letterer does their job well you don’t notice how easy it is to read along with the comic. A good letterer is able to place the speech and thought bubbles in a way that guides the eye through the art, using narration text to really highlight certain areas with careful placement. We spend just as much time looking at the text as we do the art, but (and I’m just as guilty of this as anybody else) we don’t usually give as much care when it comes to who placed it there, as opposed to who originally wrote the words.

Next time you read a comic, pay attention to just how different the pages would be if the text had been placed over a different area of the artwork, or the words are in an almost unreadable font. A comic may have some top notch art and a great story, but if you can’t read that story very well then you can’t really enjoy it.


There we have it – an all too brief homage to an underrated art form that can sometimes make, or break, a comic. Are there other contributors to comic that are also underrated and under-appreciated?

Absolutely.

For that reason expect a third or fourth part to this post in the future. In the meantime, Underrated will probably return next week to highlight more comic book related stuff  that either gets ignored despite it’s high quality, or maybe isn’t quite as bad as we tend to think it is.

Until next time!

LeSean Thomas Children of Ether Comes to Crunchyroll

Children of Ether, Crunchyroll’s first ever original short, written and directed by LeSean Thomas (Boondocks, Cannon Busters) dropped on the Crunchyroll site exclusively for subscribers. Children of Ether follows Rhonda, a woman with mysterious powers and a supernatural connection who is in search of her past while trying to stay alive in a dystopian future run by rival gangs, warring factions, and magical unknown elements.

First announced at New York Comic Con 2016, Thomas teamed up with several anime heavy hitters such as character designer Hiroshi Shimizu (Michiko and Hatchin), storyboard director Shingo Natsume (One Punch Man), animation director Yûichi Takahashi (Gatchaman Crowds Insight) and animator Mitsuo Iso (Neon Genesis Evangelion) to produce Children of Ether. The animated short along with exclusive behind-the-scenes creation footage will screen before the first full-length episode of The Ancient Magus’ Bride. Written by Aya Takaha (Psycho Pass) and directed by Nohiro Naganuma (Yowamushi Pedal, Death Note).

What I think makes Thomas’ Children of Ether so significant is that not only is he an African-American artist and director who worked exclusively with a Japanese team to create Children of Ether, the main character, Rhonda, is also woman of color, a rare image in the world of anime. In addition, Children of Ether could be considered Thomas’ official anime directorial debut. Although in 2015 Thomas successfully funded a Kickstarter for the pilot of another series, Cannon Busters, and created a trailer for the series, only backers have been given access to the pilot for the show and at the time of this writing, the animated pilot has not been announced yet as a full series.lesean thomas, children of ether, crunchyroll, anime, theblerdgurl


screen-shot-2016-01-14-at-6-47-27-pm@theblerdgurl is a commercial video editor by day and comic book reading, anime watching, TV live tweeting,  K-Pop listening, blog writing, geek gurl by night. She is on a mission to shine a light on indie, female and comic artists of color and highlights them and their work on her blog theblerdgurl. She currently lives in a century old brownstone in Brooklyn with 2 cats who plot her demise daily. You can also find her on twitter, facebook, instagram,  tumblr  , youtube and soundcloud.

Valiant Unveils a Road Map for Bloodshot Salvation’s First Year

Valiant has unveiled the complete creative roster for the fall’s most anticipated new series debut, beginning in Bloodshot Salvation #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of the new ongoing series from writer Jeff Lemire and explosive artists Lewis LaRosa and Mico Suayan!

Now, for the first time, Valiant can finally reveal the complete details behind the series’ revenge-fueled first year in the Valiant Universe and initial opening story arcs: “THE BOOK OF REVENGE,” “THE BOOK OF THE DEAD,” and, finally, “THE BOOK OF REVELATIONS”. Featuring a devastating cast of all-new antagonists – like Rampage, The Scarred Man, and the demented cultist simply known as Daddy – and must-read appearances from Ninjak, Shadowman, the Death-Defying Dr. Mirage, Punk Mambo, Bloodshot 4001 A.D. and more, the next chapter starts at a soul-shattering  crossroads of violence, villains, and vengeance that will forge the path of Bloodshot and his beloved daughter, Jessie, from the modern day, through the Deadside, and into the 41st century of the Valiant Universe.

Jeff Lemire joins a stunning roster of creative talents across the first 12 issues that will soon include Lewis LaRosa, Mico Suayan, Renato Guedes, and Doug Braithwaite:

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 | “THE BOOK OF REVENGE” – PART ONE
JEFF LEMIRE | LEWIS LAROSA | MICO SUAYAN

Now: In the arms of his beloved girlfriend Magic, Bloodshot has finally found hope for the future…in the form of the couple’s unborn child. But when Magic’s estranged family – a cruel and sadistic clan of homegrown criminals – re-emerge to lay claim to their lost daughter, Bloodshot will be pushed back to the brink of madness, mayhem, and warfare…

Soon: Eight years from today, Bloodshot’s daughter has inherited her father’s incredible abilities. Hunted by a high-tech kill squad called Omen, Jessie must hone her powers…and learn how to survive before the world is swallowed whole by the darkness that now pervades America…

His sacrifice will be her salvation.

DEBUTING SEPTEMBER 2017

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #6 | “THE BOOK OF THE DEAD” – PART ONE
JEFF LEMIRE | RENATO GUEDES

Bloodshot has been sent into the unpredictable spirit realm known as Deadside to strike the ultimate bargain of life and death! With the soul of a beloved family member in peril, Bloodshot, Bloodhound and the Deadside’s own enigmatic guardian, Shadowman, must set forth into the darkness to barter for life with the ruler of the land of the dead. But, to get there, they’ll have to battle back an endless legion of devils and demons…and where walks Bloodshot, slaughter is sure to follow…

DEBUTING FEBRUARY 2018

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #9 | “THE BOOK OF REVELATIONS” – PART ONE
JEFF LEMIRE | DOUG BRAITHWAITE

Two thousand years in the future – in the year 4001 A.D. – the man once known as Ray Garrison is no more…but the microscopic nanites inside him live on. Enter Bloodshot 4001 – a strange, gunslinging echo of Bloodshot’s mind, body and soul that is now more machine than man. But when our century’s Bloodshot finds himself delivered to the dawn of the 41st century with one last mission to fulfill, two Valiant legends will finally come face to face…just as the secret revelation that binds them together across the ages forever reshapes Bloodshot’s place at the center of the Valiant Universe!

DEBUTING MAY 2018

 

On September 20th, Valiant’s machine-made soldier begins his most dangerous trial yet for a heart-wrenching mission to save his family…and the humanity inside himself. Featuring covers by Kenneth Rocafort, Monika Palosz, Tomas Giorello, Ryan Bodenheim, Greg Smallwood, and Dave Johnson!

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