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Archie Comes to Webtoon with Big Ethel Energy

Big Ethel Energy

Archie Comics is partnering with Webtoon to collaborate and develop its next fan-favorite comic series, Big Ethel Energy. Featuring the talented works of writer Keryl Brown Ahmed and artist Siobhan Keenan, Big Ethel Energy showcases the Riverdale character as fans have never seen her before. The first three episodes of the series will launch exclusively on Webtoom on September 21, 2021 with new episodes of the series rolling out weekly on the platform.

The new series features a grown-up Ethel who is confident and carries her head high. With a fresh take on the classic Archie Comics character, Big Ethel Energy focuses on a story about coming into adulthood and finding inner strength, but also about the importance of growth, change, and forgiveness.

After graduating from Riverdale High, Ethel couldn’t get away from her hometown — and onto her chosen career path — fast enough. When the Mayor of Riverdale pays her handsomely to write a history of the city, she can’t wait to return to take down Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica, and all the other Riverdale natives who made her life hell all those years ago. The only thing she forgets to consider is… maybe they’ve all changed, too.

Check out the first 3 episodes of Big Ethel Energy on September 21 on Webtoon!

Bite Sized Archie Gets its First Printed Collection in 2022

Chew on this! Archie Comics is bringing their weekly tales from social media together for a big moment in the spotlight in publishing its first-ever webcomic collection, Bite Sized Archie Vol. 1Filled with hysterical jokes, insightful commentary, and adorable artwork, the collection features Archie and the gang from Riverdale (and beyond!), as they take a bite out of pop culture. These relevant and sometimes irreverent tales send Archie and pals head-first into modern culture, allowing one of the most iconic entities in Americana to flawlessly assimilate (and comment!) on today’s most meme-worthy trends and social savvy topics. The webcomic collection features the first full year of stories from writer Ron Cacace and artist Vincent Lovallo as they originally appeared on Archie Comics’ social media platforms, along with bonus sketches and a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process.

DC and Webtoon Team for New Webcomics

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It’s was only a time before a major publisher did it, by DC and Webtoon have cut a deal to bring DC’s superheroes to webcomics.

DC and Webtoon will release standalone webcomics that will “appeal to all fans”. The goal is to not need to know or read any previous stories.

The details are slim but expect popular characters and the tentpole characters to start. More will be announced in the next few weeks. The webcomics will be available in English to start the then translated into other languages.

The webcomics are available in the free Webtoon app for Android and iOS and what readers need/can purchase can vary. It’s unknown if readers will need to purchase the DC releases and how that’ll work.

Webtoon says it averages 72 million monthly active users. 10 million of those are in the United States. The platform’s audience is in the 16-24 year old range.

Webtoon

The move for DC is a smart one as Webtoon’s platform has grown in popularity with a massive reach and the younger demographics than the average comic reader (who is in the mid-30s and up) will allow DC to build an audience that might convert later to other releases by the company. The publisher’s graphic novels for young readers covers the 15 and under set, Webtoon now the 16-24 age, and regular publishing is likely 30 years old and up. That leaves options for age ranges and new ways to consumer properties when they grow out of the current way they’re reading comics.

DC has focused on the future in recent years. Not only have they expanded their “digital first” offerings, but have looked to expand their readership and markets. The publisher has made deals with Walmart for exclusive releases as well as focused heavily on graphic novel for younger readers. Both have done quite well for the company.

Webtoon also has partnerships with Legendary, Pow!, and Top Cow Productions.

(via Variety)

Review: Arms of the Dragon #6

Arms of the Dragon #6

One of my favorite movies of all time is Once Upon A Time In America. The movie gave viewers perspective on exactly how the world treats immigrants. It is often cruel and unjust to people who were not born here in the place they reside. So often, you look for those who are facing the same issues, as there  is solace in knowing you are not alone.

As some people become more focused on the meaning of life that they forget to live. As the despait tends to anchor some people down. Or as some, they turn into anger and hate,  a violent yet powerful weapon. In Noir Ceasar’s sixth chapter of Arms of the Dragon, Shou begins to become who he is without his family in his life.

We find Shou much older, and in charge despite the Shottas reach as one of the capos loses a fight to him. The kid he helps, he sees a lot of himself in, which causes him to offer him help, an offer which is quickly refused .He eventually finds Shou and grudgingly gets his help, but not without some resistance. By issue’s end, they bring him into the fold, but not without making sure he belongs

Overall, Arms of the Dragon #6 is a nice book end chapter that adds a bit of back-story. The story by Marcus Johnson and John Lawrence is rousing. The art by Chris Krad is dazzling. Altogether, an arc that a tinge of drama to an already exciting story.

Story: Marcus Johnson and John Lawrence Art: Chris Krady
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Scout Comics to Publish Fan-Favorite Webcomic Ranger Stranger This November

Ranger Stranger is a gallows comedy set in the fictional wilderness of Hackaneck National Park. A vast BobRossian world of woods and waters for the adventurous hiker or camper to enjoy. Unfortunately, everything—from the wild flowers, to the homicidal deer, to the park official—wants to murder you.
Enjoy your visit!

Ranger Stranger is by writers Adam Battaglia and Tyler Jensen with art and lettering by Jensen and creative consulting by Roque Deherrera.

Ranger Stranger

Review: Haxor #2

Haxor #2

As a kid of the 80s, I grew up watching some very iconic movies. One of those movies was Tron. Watching it now, one would say the technology was very crude, and it was, but at the time, it was cutting edge. It showed a world where everything was connected to technology.

The sequel would capitalize on this very notion, utilizing today’s technological advances, giving viewers, a true view of the new world. How we were connected was not only clairvoyant but relevant. As we are approaching a world in which much of that is becoming very true. In the second issue of Walter Ostlie’s excellent Haxor, we find a new world, where technology blurs what is visceral

We find Iso at the beginning of the game where she is meeting up with the rest of her team, right before a game starts. One of her teammates, Verve, senses something is wrong with the lineup, giving them some cause for concern, but still ready to play. As they are watching where one team is getting obliterated by the game, often making moves that would otherwise have them on the winning side. By the issue’s end, the team in the game gets “deleted” but Iso remains vigilant despite what she just saw.

Overall, Haxor #2 is an excellent chapter that gets us deeper into the story. The story by Ostlie is exciting. The art by Ostlie is stunning. Altogether, a story that explores the possibilities of technology.

Story: Walter Ostlie Art: Walter Ostlie
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Firebrand #3

Firebrand #3

I have been a fan of Terry Brooks for too many years to count. I remembered the first time I saw one of his books. It was at a School book fair, and Scholastic was there. As all of us loved to get our books by class mail order, bringing in money so we can get the books we checked off. So we all got excited and of course, we’re happy that we did not have to wait for the books to come because they were there.

As Scholastic were not the only booksellers there. In fact, there was one who sold used books, and right there I saw Magic Kingdom for Sale and was hooked from that point on. I of course got into the Shannara Chronicles and was dazzled by the strong female protagonists. In Jessica Chobot, Erika Lewis, and Claudia Aguirre’s third issue of Firebrand, our protagonist finds out who her family really is, much like Shea in The Sword of Shannara.

We find Natali meeting her aunt, her mother’s twin for the first time, Selena, and whom she would call Izeba(aunt) Selena, as she finds out that she is part of a race of powerful witches. Fast forward, eight years later, and she hasn’t seen father in all that time and must take part in a deadly competition, Basa Gerra,  which would weed who was the best witch/wizard of them all and who would be her Aunt Selena’s next apprentice. She would face some stiff competition from her cousin, Jenna. By the issue’s end, the young witches and wizards see what awaits them, almost certain death.

Overall, Firebrand #3 is a chapter that ramps up on the action. The story by Chobot and Lewis is thrilling. The art by Aguirre is stunning. Altogether, it’s a story that all readers can enjoy.

Story: Jessica Chobot and Erika Lewis Art: Claudia Aguirre
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Arms of the Dragon #5

Arms of the Dragon #5

Throughout your life, things push you to go in certain directions. For some a tragedy sends some people spiraling. For others, they go through a life of denial. Then for others, they become a totally new person.

Some people become more focused on the meaning of life that they forget to live. The despair tends to anchor some people down. Or like some, they turn into anger and hate,  a violent yet powerful weapon. In Noir Ceasar’s fifth chapter of Arms of the Dragon, Shou begins to become who he is without his family in his life.

We find Shou, shortly after discovering that the girl that gave him food, had been taken by the Shotta Mafioso, leads him to track them down. He eventually gets to their hideout, where one of the capos, has just killed a pair of cops, and Shou finally finds his nerve. He gets in a skirmish with the capo who took the girl, eventually killing him. By the issue’s end, we take a leap forward, where the boys are street avengers.

Overall, a promising episode that will adds a layer of intrigue to the story. The story by Johnson and Lawrence is stirring. The art by Krady is stunning. Altogether, a story that shows sometimes tragedy makes who they were always meant to be.

Story: Marcus Johnson and John Lawrence Art: Chris Krady
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Yeehaw Blue #3

Yeehaw Blue #3

The way the world forces certain people into our lives is almost always remarkable.  It is also befuddling why certain people you meet, you really ever get along with. Case and point, a job I was recently at, this one person, where we were the same age, same situation and yet we did not connect. Then it dawned on me exactly why and I now consider that a blessing.

As I soon realized this person was of low character and often was considered one of the organization’s “snitches”. On the same token, someone who came at me with initial apprehension at a different job became one of my best friends.AS who gets dropped into your life is both a wondrous and beautiful coincidence of living. In the third issue of Yeehaw Blue, Reya meets someone who will become one of her best friends.

We find Kia Johnson, an unassuming young woman, at school where some of the mean girls are trying to have their fun with her, something that they would come to regret. We also find Reya back at school in Ms.Blikeson’s office, where her nonconformist attitude gets her in trouble. Both Kia and Reya meet and get along famously. By the issue’s end, though both of them end up at the Dean’s office, they find a similar spirit in each other.

Overall, an enjoyable episode that injects some levity into the story. The story by the creative team is exhilarating. The art by Jones is striking. Altogether, a story that shows that even misfits are only that to people who don’t understand.

Story: Shay Jones, Johnny O’Bryant, Marcus Johnson, and Corey Mikkell Art: Shay Jones
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Yeahaw Blue #2

Yeehaw Blue

As a fan of the show, Supernatural, I have always loved when they poked fun at themselves. The Winchester Brothers, from the very start, have always been the Luke Skywalker and Han Solo of monster hunting. As Dean’s cynicism is always matched with Sam’s righteousness. Through the show’s 11 seasons, it has always found a way to make the siblings relatable yet stoic in some aspect.

The show has always endured because the brothers with the help of their winged friend, Castiel, and occasionally from their father figure, Bobby, are all of us. We are not one thing because of our family but are many things because of those we call friends. In an episode in the previous season, we saw, the Brothers play out their own version of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. In the second issue of Yeehaw Blue, Reya much like the Winchesters must recover to persevere.

We find Reya, shortly after her fight with a Teras, as she recovers in the school infirmary. As we soon find out that Reya and Boonie were both burnt, and neither of them nor the school knows how a Teras could breathe fire. As the nurse and the headmaster discuss the implications of what may come from the incident, they soon realize the school may have been underestimating Reya’s skills. By the issue’s end, Reya’s family heirloom seems to be more a knickknack, as it causes eerie visions that only Boone can see when holding it.

Overall, it’s a fun chapter that dives a bit into character exploration. The story by the creative team is exciting. The art by Jones is stunning. Altogether, a story that gives a different look at the underdog.

Story: Shay Jones, Johnny O’Bryant, Marcus Johnson, and Corey Mikkell Art: Shay Jones
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Bu

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