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Tapas Media Will Forgo Its Cut for April to Help Creators

Tapas Media refers to itself as the “YouTube of comics” and is “waiving all fees associated with direct support and ad revenues” through April 30. Tapas takes a 15 percent fee from the support program and 30 percent of advertising. Creators will receive 100% of the revenue.

Billed as the “InThisTogether” program its the platform’s way to help creators during this time.

The platform features more than 60,000 webcomics and serials from more than 50,000 creators. It has a monthly readership of over two million.

Review: Allure #1

Allure

Scarlett Johansson is one of those actors whose very presence onscreen is both polarizing and enigmatic. Her movies early on were of the girl next door as was seen in The Man Who Wasn’t There and An American Rhapsody. Of course, as she grew older and appeared in more movies, her roles became more centered and eventually, the camera could not elude her gaze. Her real star turn for most came in the severely underrated Ghost World which showed teenage angst in its most realistic reflection.

Of course these days, she is more known for another classic iconic character, Black Widow, who was last seen in the Avenger films but will be in her own film. Movie fans will appreciate her more complicated roles like what she played in Jojo Rabbit. Then there are the somewhat convoluted but fun stories like Lucy, where she plays a drug mule, who turns on her bosses due to the illegal narcotic she smuggles. In the debut chapter of Noir Ceasar’s action-packed series, Allure- The Evening Primrose, we find another stoic protagonist whose circumstances are beyond her control until now.

We meet Akane Koizumi, a Yakuza assassin in Tokyo, who ponders about her future and gets a bit sentimental, wondering how she got to this point. As we find out that she is more than your typical assassin, learning a skill known as Allure, which makes her a Death bringer, an assassin whose eyes change to unleashed their heightened abilities which only a few have, and can get anyone out of any situation. Which the reader sees first hand on the job she is on in this issue, quickly taking out a pair of twin sister guards. By the issue’s end, her normal temperament reassumes her consciousness, as she looks to kill one of the guards, as her conscience barely holds her back up as weighs on the decision.

Overall, an engaging story that feels like it was birthed in the world of Kill Bill but with a much more intriguing protagonist. The story by Nathan Peters is fun and bloody. The art by Reb Pierre is awe-inspiring. Altogether, a tale which palpitates with a world the reader will want more of.

Story: Nathan “ Sinitus Tempo” Peters Art: Reb Pierre
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: The Immortal Nadia Greene #1

The Immortal Nadia Greene

Every day you live your life. You fight to live another day. Each moment is precious and every moment is fleeting. This fight becomes even more insurmountable when the world acts as if you don’t exist. As if your life doesn’t matter and concepts such as color blindness become more pervasive in fear of having these difficult conversations.

When it comes to those protected classes which have suffered indignities, the world rather shies away from these atrocities.  This has never been clearer when it came to victim shaming in the #MeToo Movement. How would one battle, that very thing that looks to extinguish their light, and ultimately, their existence? In the debut issue of The Immortal Nadia Greene, we meet a hero who fights Death… quite literally.

We meet Nadia as she suffers in silence in a coma while her parents watch on in agony. Meanwhile, she experiences an out of body occurrence where she enters Limbo and meets Hel, a Reaper, and her guide to the underworld. Fast forward to fifteen-year-old Nadia, still in Limbo and a well-worn warrior who fights Reapers, much to their dismay. Nadia is not the only human in Limbo, as we meet her housemates, Jay and Hayley. By chapter’s end, Nadia faces a tribunal looking to remove her from Limbo, as she has broken the last straw with Hel.

Overall, an engaging debut issue that offers a complex world with diverse and immaculately crafted characters. The story by Jamal Campbell is exhilarating and smart. The art by Campbell is gorgeous. Altogether, a story that is unique and challenges genre norms in the most exciting ways.

Story: Jamal Campbell Art: Jamal Campbell
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Oni Announces Summer Webcomics Collections

Oni Press is adding multiple collections of some of the web’s most beloved comics to their 2020 publishing slate. Following up on this month’s release of Valerie Minelli’s Mrs. Follein hardcover collection, and the all-new omnibus editions of Chris Onstad’s seminal strip Achewood, Oni Press announces three more print editions of modern webcomics for the summer season!

Starting in May, Oni will collect Kyle Latino’s Savage Beard of She Dwarf, a humorous young adult fantasy webcomic that tells the heartwarming story of a lonely dwarf searching for her place in the world.

She Dwarf believes herself to be the last dwarf in existence. Hoping to find evidence to the contrary, She Dwarf sets out on a mission to find the lost dwarven city of Dammerung. But Dammerung isn’t on any map and will not be easily found. Strong forces stand in She Dwarf’s way. Begrudgingly forced to take on a partner to aid in her mission, She Dwarf is joined by war barbarian, Hack Battler. Together, the pair will face vengeful shorcs, sludge demons, mutant bear monsters, and more. When warned by an elf named Drift of the dangers of searching for the lost city, She Dwarf will come face to face with the consequences of her quest. Driven by memories of her mother, She Dwarf is more determined than ever to unearth the truth of the dwarves.

Savage Beard of She Dwarf

In June, mainline pure Hell Was Full in a first-time collection of Branson Reese’s notoriously dark and hilarious webcomic, complete with the infamous alt text and an illogical amount of brand-new material. A group of raccoons gnaw on God’s severed head; a man brags to his friend about driving a Transformer out of its own funeral; a toaster revolts against its master. These are just some of the scenes in the pitch-black world of Hell Was Full, the popular webcomic that blends the bleak and the absurd into a delicious dadaist cocktail.

Hell Was Full

In August, hilarious indie comics darling Frankie Comics is collected for the first time in this full-color hardcover edition – purrfect for cat lovers everywhere. Fans of Johnny Wander, Pusheen, and Chi’s Sweet Home will love this collection of the hit webcomic by Rachel Dukes.

When they discover a kitten asleep in their doorway, real-life artist couple Rachel and Mike immediately fall prey to her charms. Soon, the new queen of their home is a blue point Siamese cat named Frankie. Stealing snacks, making mischief, and taking snuggling very seriously, Frankie proves, again and again, the wholesome joys of a feline companion.

Frankie Comics

Look for more information on these new collections and others in the Oni Press summer 2020 lineup in the coming weeks! 

Review: Balderdash Chapter 1

Balderdash

When we think of witches, many images and personas pop up. The recent reboot of Charmed has given a vision of how the original series would look with more melanin but no indication of this fact. Then there is the superior web series Juju, which weaves into its story how magic and witchdoctors, have popped up all throughout the African Diaspora. The fantasy genre is full of these supernatural magic wielders with their sometimes complicated lives.

Then there is the horrific and terrifying Salem, which dives into why so many Americans have found a connection to them, as the birth of America is tethered to the existence of witches. Sometimes we forget that these stories also should have some levity, as Sabrina The Teenage Witch does in equal measure in the Netflix adaptation. The closest to what readers have enjoyed without being cartoonish like the hilarious Hocus Pocus is Practical Magic, showing how normal life issues can work in this world. In the debut chapter of Victoria Grace Elliot’s Balderdash, we meet two protagonists whose lives can be more different yet their connection carry on.

We meet Georgie, a young witch from the outskirts of a land named Xale, She has hopes of sharpening her skills as a witch by venturing to train under her mentor, a baker named Fausto. She must travel through treacherous terrain, which has her family worrying about her safety. Never mind the fact that they’re wrestling with the fact that this will be the first time she has left without them. By the issue’s end, it finally hits Georgie, the reality of going into the world alone.

Overall, an interesting debut issue that introduces readers to this magical world. The story by Elliot is wondrous and engaging. The art is remarkable. Altogether, a world and set of characters to sure to captivate the reader immediately.

Story: Victoria Grace Elliot Art: Victoria Grace Elliot
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Aztec Empire #5

Aztec Empire

Game Of Thrones is one of those shows and stories where the ebbs and flow of the momentum make for an interesting arc. Take, for instance, the arc of Sansa Stark. Once a meek character, but by show’s end, a fierce ruler whose loyalty to her people, made her formidable. There was one point where she was more hated than loved for her perceived weakness.

What made the story so magnetic is its unmistakable likeness to the flight of the human spirit. As everyone rooted for the Starks, when we saw how despite the misfortune that befell their house, they still rose. Who cannot champion those who are clear-minded and full-hearted? In the fifth issue of Aztec Empire, we find the Maya, at a crossroads, as some of them have surrendered while other factions look to fight.

We are taken to the Palace of Montecuhzoma, where the Council of Four is strategizing how to stop these usurpers and drive them from their land. The Great Speaker, Montecuhzoma II, ruminate with the advice of his generals, their next move, and treat these new strangers as a threat, one that he sees he must be more decisive, he must be accurate. We’re then taken to Potonchon, where the Spanish invaders start to impose the Christian religion and their ravaging of food supplies, one that pushes the natives to the brink. By issue’s end, Cortes looks to plunder Montecuhzoma’s land for gold, not knowing what unknown dangers lay ahead.

Overall, an engaging penultimate episode, one which will have reader rooting to defeat the invaders. The story by Paul Guinan is stirring and emotional. The art by Guinan and David Hahn is beautiful. Altogether, a story that leaves the reader beginning to comprehend the complexities and atrocities of colonization in all its repulsiveness.

Story: Paul Guinan Art: Paul Guinan and David Hahn
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Aztec Empire #4

Aztec Empire

When one looks through history, clearly the way stories are told is through the eyes of the victor. The only time where you have completely different views of who won the battle is War Of 1812. This view of history is often skewed by the glamor of victory and less with the blood-filled trails they leave behind.  Most of the stories do not include the bloodshed innocent people suffered at the hands of these “noble” men as they are considered to be carrying out “God’s work” against the indigenous peoples who are often referred to as savages.

There’s no better example than the ferocity of Hannibal and the fall of Carthage. His existence serves as one of the most brutal victories that the Roman Empire endured and because of it, Roe wanted to make an example. As the Empire eventually took Carthage and made slaves of the kingdom’s population, serving as a shameful chapter in their history that is shunned because of the far-reaching implications. In the fourth issue of Aztec Empire, we find the people who were protected by the Triple Alliance getting adjusted to colonization.

We are taken to Potonchan, as the negotiation for peace between the Maya and the Spaniards commences. Cortes looks to get the upper hand. With the arrival of King Tabscoob a lack of understanding of each other’s customers leads to hostile talks. Avarice turns to lust and rape as we see the cost of colonialism.

Overall, an engaging installment that gives readers, a rare look that the ugliness of colonization The story by Paul Guinan is enthralling. The art by David Hahn is superb. Altogether, a story that doesn’t hold back on exactly what happened, giving readers a truth, even when its uncomfortable.

Story: Paul Guinan Art: David Hahn
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Europe Comics Announces the English Launch of Webtoon Factory

Europe Comics, the pan-European digital venture run by 13 European comics players, is announcing the launch of webtoon platform Webtoon Factory.

Webtoon Factory was initially launched in French in January 2019 by Belgian publisher Dupuis, a Europe Comics founding member. The platform, currently offering more that 20 original webtoon series in French, is now releasing its English version including 16 series already available in English with new episodes released weekly. 

Webtoon Factory offers an ‘all you can read’ monthly and yearly subscriptions for 3.99€ and 35.99€ respectively and its app is available on both Android and iOS. Readers can also read on its webapp. 

Webtoon Factory’s series range from humor, fantasy, and drama to surreal thrillers, and are the work of creators from around the globe. Bestselling series include adventure quest Noah vs Nature, fantasy tale Bouhland, LGBT erotica Giselle and Beatrice and sci-fi saga Sex Runner

In 2020 Webtoon Factory plans to release 25 new series (including popular Korean webtoons) and is currently accepting submissions.

Sex Runner

Review: Aztec Empire #3

Aztec Empire

When it seems as though one must yield to the better fighter, most boxers do not relent. You get a boxer in a corner; they try to find a way out. You get a Mixed Martial Arts Fighter in a grapple; they look to toss themselves out of it. No matter, the odds, a fighter always finds a way.

It gets a little different when you are in an actual battle. Some of those odds are about survival. Where a fighter for sport knows more than likely he will live to fight another day. A warrior doesn’t know if today will be his last day. In the third issue of Aztec Empire, we find the Triple Alliance at a disadvantage. But, this is their land, one that they rather die on than become slaves to Spain.

We catch up with Tephua, as he strategizes the next move for what’s left of the Aztec warriors, knowing the upcoming meeting with the Spanish invaders, may every well be the chance they need to take back their land. We also find Nacom at the helm of the battle forces, as he uses his Maya forces to overwhelm Orazco’s battalions, a plan that succeeds. Unfortunately, the Spanish has a weapon that Nacom did not foresee.

Overall, a powerful entry that shows that saving lives is more important than winning. The story by Paul Guinan is engrossing. The art by David Hahn is magnificent. Altogether, a story that gives context when history books don’t.

Story: Paul Guinan Art: David Hahn
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Aztec Empire #2

Aztec Empire #2

As a fan of historical dramas, one of my favorite shows, though short-lived, was The Borgias. It lasted for three seasons on Showtime and was more than ambitious. The show blended family drama and history in a beautiful way that would give way to later dramas like Game Of Thrones. The historical research done on the show was phenomenal and at times disturbingly true.

The show would get into the behind the scenes drama between the Pope and the enemies he had within the Vatican but also talked about how much the present state of the Vatican owes him. His forward-thinking strengthened the Church’s financial wealth by creating a bank and installing its own security force. What grabbed me about the show is the military genius his sons showed throughout. They were the shadows turning the tables in his favor. In the second issue of Aztec Empire, we find our heroes in the midst of a battle with strange Spanish invaders who are out for blood and revenge.

We find the Aztec warriors battling the Spanish invaders who have reached their shores, as Captain Cortes uses military tactics to gain an advantage in this battle. This is where he unleashes cannons, which has the native combatants off balance and looking to even the odds. As Cortes army has taken the Aztec city, he claims it for King Charles, and for Spain, leaving the Mayan commander defeated in his retreat, knowing the capital has never fell until now. By issue’s end, the Maya commander regroups, adds three more regiments to his battle force and looking to outmaneuver Cortes, as his forces are in disarray.

Overall, an excellent second episode that shows how progress can sometimes outwit the best of us. The story by Paul Guinan is engaging and well developed. The art by David Hahn is beautiful. Altogether, a story that only gets better, showing a complex story where colonization is more than what the history books reveal.

Story: Paul Guinan Art: David Hahn
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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