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Indie Publisher Crowdfunding Comic to Teach Kids S.T.E.M.

header-art-rev_kickOn Monday, Independent comic book publisher PBS Media, headed by writer, creator and New Jersey robotics and math teacher Naseed Gifted, launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise $8,500 for the production of the next comic book in its series. One of the unique stretch goals is a donation to a robotics camp for kids in Newark, NJ that teaches kids S.T.E.M.

Within 72 hours of launch, he  reached over 50% of his goal.

P.B.Soldier is a science fiction adventure that follows covert operative Nat Cummings, a skilled computer hacker using his skills to help pay for college tuition when his activities are discovered and he becomes listed as an International Terror Threat – code red. The newly formed government/paramilitary organization called The Establishment, gives him a simple choice, either work with them to become a highly-trained assassin or be terminated.  

The goal of the Kickstarter is to raise money for the production of the sixth installment of a thirteen book arc. Funds will go towards payment to line artist and colorist Abel Garcia (Bad Puppy, Nancy in Hell ,Drums, all through Image Comics) and actual production of the book, including printing and distribution. In addition, some of the proceeds are being donated to the Central High School Pre-Engineering Academy in Newark, NJ. – a program that Gifted has taught and led for the past 13 years.

S.T.E.M. or Science, Technology Engineering and Math Programs are often the lowest funded and the lowest graduated in urban areas and Gifted is working hard to change those statistics by using his own graphic novel, traveling the country speaking at schools, comic book conventions and after-school programs, introducing young African-Americans and Latinos to the world of P.B.Soldier one comic book at a time.

“These stories aren’t just about a group of assassins, but rather about the consequences of human choices made in the midst of impossible situations.” –  Naseed Gifted, PBS Media

Naseed Gifted is a two-time Glyph Comic Awards and Urban Action Showcase nominee, an educator, engineer, and writer. A New Jersey native, he is also a graduate of the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is also the founder of New Jersey’s Black Comic Book Festival “Khem Comic Fest” and travels across the country as a panelist for Full Spectrum: Why Color in Comics Matters and Using Comics to teach STEM.

P.B.Soldier titles are available at the P.B.Soldier website, Amazon, Itunes and PeepGame Comix.

To contribute to the P.B.Soldier Kickstarter Campaign go to bit.ly/PBSkickstarter


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Review: The Westwood Witches TPB

WEstwood Witches cover

Jack Kurtzberg is a successful writer of young witch romance bestsellers – and he hates it so much. Suffering from writer’s block, he decides to move back to his hometown, not knowing that his new neighbors are witches, the kind of demon worshipers that would kill anyone who could disturb their dominion in Westwood.

The Westwood Witches is across between Stephen King’s The Shining, with a large helping  of Twilight Zone, and a small dash of Stepford Wives for good measure. The big difference is this has lot more gore, violence, and of course witches. This book is definitely not for children or the faint of heart. If you are fan of graphic, occult filled graphic novels, this is one I would recommend.

If I had to describe the art style in two words; I would choose “gritty,” and “dark.”  While most of the novel is set in the small town of Westwood, the few shots we get of LA is a much more grand style. Where as Westwood, seems more small town with a secret. The characters are detailed and realistic, without being over the top. Even the more occult themed panels are superb.

Story: El Torres Art: Abel García
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.25 Recommendation: Buy

Amigo Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Rogues! #1 and The Westwood Witches #1

Rogues! #1

There’s some fantastic fantasy series out there right now. They run the gamut from series fantasy tales to off-the-rails D&D like adventures. Rogues! is the latest entry into the genre that’s somewhere down the middle. It attempts to be serious at times and also employs humor.

This is the tale of Bram and the Weasel, two reputed thieves in the slums of a fantasy world! After rescuing a girl from her wizard father, the two outlaws are cursed with the most horrible curse — for a thief!

Also included in the first issue there’s an extra 4-pages story, featuring the artwork of Rubén Rojas. In “The Rogues’s song” we learn some more facts about Bram and The Weasel… and some more obscure fantasy heroes.

There’s a lot I enjoyed about the first issue, but also a lot I didn’t. The story had a great amount of humor, almost over the top at times, but then at other points the fantasy was somewhat serious. The mix didn’t quite work overall. There’s also a sexualization of the comic that’s over the top and pulled me out of the story. In fantasy it can work if done right and here, it just didn’t work for me.

What’s interesting to me though is when the comic is running on all wheels and really hitting the all the right notes, it’s fantastic. But, there’s a weird mix for me. What works, really works and what doesn’t really doesn’t.

I’m sure many fans of fantasy or D&D would really appreciate this series, but with everything out there, not sure it’d be the top of my list. This is definitely for hardcore fans of off the rail D&D type stories.

Story: El Torres Art: Juan José Ryp and Rubén Rojas
Story: 7 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

The Westwood Witches #1

Jack Kurtzberg is a successful writer of young witch romance bestsellers… and he hates it so much. Suffering from writer’s block, he decides to move back to his hometown, not knowing that his new neighbours are witches, the kind of demon worshippers that would kill anyone who could disturb their dominion in Westwood.

There’s something very “Stephen King” about this new series, blending the domestic life with horror. An unease pervades the comic, the stronger of the two debuts from Amigo Comics.

Witches are a difficult thing to pull off in stories. They can be a bit hokey if not done right, but the mix of average day women and a neighborhood any of us could live in help pull of the story.

The idea or story of a cult living in domestic bliss isn’t anything new, but how it’s presented in this first issue sets up a series that’s both intriguing and interesting.

The most impressive thing to me is the set up of mood. The writing, the art, both create an unease throughout the issue.

The series is a fantastic horror series, a genre that I tend to be a bit harder on. But, this is a great first issue of a four issue limited series that I expect to be fantastic. Well worth checking out this first issue from this indie publisher.

Story: El Torres Art: Abel García
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Amigo Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Amigo Comics in July 2013

Rogues! #4

Author(s): El Torres
Artist(s):  Diego Galindo, Rubén Rojas
Cover Artist(s): Diego Galindo

Genre : Fantasy
Format : Comic book sized, FC, 32 pages
Retail Price: $3,99

Weasel-in-prison! Bram and the Weasel have been separated,and now the sultry thief must suffer behind bars… Catfights! Lecherous wardens! And even more clichés! Meanwhile, Bram is determined to rescue his mate. With the art of Diego Galindo and words by El Torres, come and enter into a world of sword, sorcery and fun!



Author(s): El Torres
Artist(s): Abel Garcia
Cover Artist(s): Abel Garcia

Intended Audience: Mature themes
Genre : Horror
Format : Comic book sized, FC, 32 pages

The Witches Sabbath went awfully wrong… Now one of the demon-worshippers is dead, and Jack knows the truth about his beautiful-yet-deadly neighbours. With their spells failing, the witches have no choice but to ask the Oracle, their former friend that became mad due to Baphomet’s revelations.


Amigo Comics in June 2013

Amigo Comics is planning to conquer the world, starting with fantasy title Rogues and the horror-title Westwood Witches.

Rogues #3

Story by: El Torres
Art by: Diego Galindo, Rubén Rojas
Cover Artist: Diego Galindo

Genre : Fantasy
Format : Comic book sized, FC, 32 pages
Retail Price: $3,99
UPC Code: 700371999995-00311
Diamond Code: APR13 0774

The newest adventures of Bram and the Weasel!

The exciting opening of our new arc of stories with the awesome art of Diego Galindo!

Something new happened in Gerada, The City of the Thousand Thieves… There is a new Chief Magistrate, and he is incorruptible!  One by one, the brigands and rogues of Gerada are being imprisoned… or slain. And only Bram and Weasel are still on the loose!


The Westwood Witches #2 (of 4)

Story by: El Torres
Art by: Abel Garcia
Cover Artist: Abel Garcia

Genre : Horror
Format : Comic book sized, FC, 32 pages
Retail Price: $3,99
UPC Code: 700153928700-00211
Diamond Code: APR13 0775

Amigo brings the witchcraft horror into the modern world with the words of El Torres and art by Abel García!

Jack is still consumed with his brother’s death and his writer block, not knowing that his attractive neighbors are planning to abduct him to the Witches’ Sabbath… as human sacrifice!