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Review: Afrodisiac

Blaxploitation was one of those genres growing up that I only heard about in passing, as most of those movies I was not able to see until I was a teenager. When I did discover it, one of the first movies I saw was Hammer. Fred Williamson’s screen presence was more than stoic, it was a new standard of cool. I would go on to watch that movies several times, and several more of films, including Black Caesar.

As I delved more into the genre and started going through the many films were produced during this era, in many ways, they were not only trying to imitate the success of Hammer but also the emulate the appeal of the character. MGM even adapted the Shaft book series, which provided a far denser canvas than what has been put on celluloid, as David Walker’s miniseries at Dynamite, best captured the complexity of the character. What both of these movie franchises provided, was showing the that people of color, especially black men, can be action heroes. In Jim Rugg’s and Brian Maruca’s Afrodisiac, they provided hero of the same mold, in what is a love letter to the genre.

In the first tale, “Shockocon”, Afrodisiac, whose real name is Alan Deasler, and works as a janitor, but is a hero during the day, is captured by his arch nemesis, the Shocker. He easily escapes Shocker’s goons who happen to be female assassins, by simply charming them. In the second tale, “She Came from Venus” an alien ship touches down in Wilkesborough, his city, and out comes an attractive alien, who hypnotizes every man she encounters, except for Afrodisiac, and ultimately turns on the tables on, President Nixon. In” Sting! Stang!”, he foils a CIA operation to capture him, by seducing the agent. In “Punch Card Preach”, he must fight his way through a research lab while undergoing multiple mind tricks and menacing minions. In” It’s Not the Size of The God in the Fight”, he gets into a fight with Hercules ad beat him into submission. In “Night of the Monster Cockroach”, he fights a kaiju sized monster and saves the girl. In “Death for the Afrodisiac”, he finds out that Death is a woman and he saves a bank from a KKK sniper. In “Out for Blood, Sucker”, He takes on Dracula in a no holds barred fight. In the final adventure,” Fallout”, a fight with his last villain leads him to seek a new life and reinvent himself.

Overall, a fun set of stories that captures the era, that is both a parody ad love letter to this lauded era of movies and music. The stories by Brian Maruca are very tongue in cheek, never taking itself too seriously but taking on the sociopolitical issues of the time. The art by Jim Rugg is like a capsule in time, as it is very much true to the era. Altogether, a book that will take you back in many ways and that is a great thing.

Story: Brian Maruca Art: Jim Rugg
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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SPX 2012 – Thoughts on the Show and Books to Review

Small Press Expo 2012 has come and gone and while I didn’t spend long there, about 4 hours, I made it around the floor multiple times and picked up a thick stack of books to review (and some original art). The show was packed with all types of people across the age spectrum. Folks are reporting this was a great show, and you could see it. Indie comics are booming if this is any indication.

The books on the show floor were varied and there was something for everyone, but here’s what I picked up, in no particular order.

Comic: Burning Building Comix
Creator: Jeff Zwrek

This graphic novel is read a bit differently, telling the story one floor at a time in a burning building. The concept is cool and execution fun. The design is what sold me and this is a book I haven’t seen another example of in it’s execution. Hopefully the interior is as creative as the exterior concept.

Comic: Johnny Hiro
Creator: Fred Chao

I was sold with the words “honor-bound business ronin.” I’m still not 100% sure what the comic is about, but the art is solid and beautiful to look at. I flipped through some pages and it looks really entertaining.

Comic: The Accidental Candidate: The Rise and Fall of Alvin Greene

Creator: Corey Hutchins and David Axe – writer, Blue Delliquanti – art

The story of South Carolina Senate candidate Alvin Greene that came out of no where. This was the political story for a solid month and it’s a book I’ve wanted to get my hands on since I heard it was released.

Comic: Nathan Sorry
Creator: Rich Barrett

I picked up both volumes which follows a man who’s on the run after he steals $20 million post 9/11. The art was cool and story intriguing. It seemed like an easy buy for me.

Comic: Infinity Roads Vol. 1
Creator: Tim Sparvero

A science fiction story about a man who has created a life in his dreams where he’s fallen in love. The story description is a bit weird and that sold me. Should be an interesting read.

Comic: The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal
Creator: E.K. Weaver

Two guys head cross country from Berkeley to Providence. The story seems to be a coming of age sort of thing and the interior art hooked me. I seriously have no idea what to expect with this.

Comic: Between Gears
Creator: Natalie Nourigat

This is the type of book that hooks me, an autobiographical comic detailing Nourigat’s last year at the University of Oregon. Don’t know why, but I find these types of books fascinating and the art looked solid. An easy sale to me.

Comic: Afrodisiac
Creator: Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca

The art has this throwback 70s look and it’s a blaxploitation comic, sold.

Comic: The Deadbeat
Creator: Jeremy Massie

A story about a down on his luck superhero and his estranged daughter. It’s a story I thought about writing (well something close) so very interested in reading this.

Comic: Lower East Side Story #1-3
Creator: Peter Friedrich

Friedrich decided to take a look at the gentrification of the Lower East Side of New York City. He had photos to show what it looked like and his comic is pretty well researched in how it happened.

Comic: Old-Timey Hockey Tales
Creator: Robert Ullman and Jeffrey Brown

I’m a fan of hockey, nuff said.