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Preview: Cat Fight #4

Cat Fight #4

(W) Andrew Wheeler (A) Iilias Kryiazis (CA) Ilias Kyriazis
In Shops: Oct 04, 2023
SRP: $3.99

Sick of being framed for murdering the only family he’s ever known, Felix has flown to Tokyo to expose Schrodinger (current suspect: his grandmother’s majordomo, Claude), clear his name, and avenge his grandmother. Okay, and maybe steal back the Red Rosette for his own personal gain? A cat in gloves catches no mice, after all!

Cat Fight #4

Preview: Cat Fight #3

Cat Fight #3

(W) Andrew Wheeler (A) Iilias Kryiazis (CA) Ilias Kyriazis
In Shops: Sep 13, 2023
SRP: $3.99

So fur, not so good for Felix. Ginger Tom, Kitty’s strongest thief and Kit Kat crewmember, has him in his clutches, but there’s more to his late grandmother’s request to meet her in Paris that just could save his skin from Schrodinger’s claws on his back…

Cat Fight #3

Female Owned Guelph Comic & Game Shop Turns 25

Guelph Comics Jam

The anticipation is palpable as Guelph prepares to host the momentous 25th anniversary celebration of The Dragon, the iconic female-owned comic book and gaming store. The anniversary celebration, known as Guelph Comics Jam, will take place on September 16th from 10am to 6pm at Old Quebec Street in the heart of Downtown Guelph. The event is open to the public and free of charge and will include signings by such Canadian comic luminaries as Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth), Emily Carroll (A Guest in the House), Ryan North (Fantastic Four), and more.

The Dragon’s Remarkable Journey

Founded a quarter-century ago by visionary entrepreneur Jenn Haines, The Dragon has grown from humble beginnings to become internationally acclaimed as a family friendly community hub. For 25 years, The Dragon has set the standard for promoting comic books, graphic novels, manga and games for all ages. The store has enriched the lives of families and inspired similar stores worldwide to serve as nexuses for community and culture within their respective locales. The Dragon’s dedication to excellence has earned it prestigious accolades, including the esteemed Eisner and Shuster Awards for retail.

From its inception, The Dragon has fostered a multi-generational customer base, uniting comic and game enthusiasts of all ages through the power of storytelling and creativity; The Dragon not only offers a highly curated selection of books and games that engage children as well as adults, but has also offered a continuous calendar of author signings and gaming events that have been an integral part of Guelph’s cultural scene. As a proudly female-owned establishment, The Dragon has created a warm and welcoming space for all, consistently championing diversity and inclusion.

Jenn Haines: A Trailblazing Visionary

The driving force behind The Dragon’s success, Jenn Haines, has passionately dedicated her life to creating a sanctuary for comic and game enthusiasts. A single mother of two children, Haines has shattered glass ceilings while raising her family and evolving her business. She also holds the esteemed position of President of the Board of ComicsPRO, the international organization of comic book shops, further solidifying her status as a true industry leader.

Guelph Comics Jam: A Creative Extravaganza

The Guelph Comics Jam, now in its fifth year, coincides with The Dragon’s 25th anniversary celebration. This vibrant event is the pinnacle of Guelph’s comic art scene, bringing together a constellation of renowned artists, writers, and illustrators who have made indelible contributions to the world of comics.

“It’s such a privilege to be invited to Guelph Comics Jam,” said rising star comic book writer Tate Brombal. “As a Guelph native, I shopped at The Dragon as a kid and the store was such an integral part of my journey to becoming a comic book writer, I love coming back and being part of The Dragon community.”

Stellar Guests Include:

  • Emily Carroll: Writer and artist celebrated for works like “Through the Woods” and “When I Arrived at the Castle.”
  • Jeff Lemire: Renowned writer and artist behind graphic novels such as “Sweet Tooth” (now a show on Netflix) and “Essex County” (now a miniseries on CBC).
  • Ryan North: Bestselling writer known for “How To Invent Everything” and “Fantastic Four.”
  • Scott Chantler: Eisner Award-nominated cartoonist of “Bix” and “Two Generals.”
  • Matthew Rosenberg: Award-winning writer of “What’s The Furthest Place From Here?” and “4 Kids Walk Into a Bank.”
  • Tate Brombal: Award nominated writer of “Behemoth” and “The Oddly Pedestrian Life of Christopher Chaos.”
  • Tyler Boss: Eisner-nominated artist and cartoonist with titles like “What’s The Furthest Place From Here?” and “Dead Dog’s Bite.”
  • And many more!

Join the Celebration

The Guelph Comics Jam on September 16th is not just a celebration of The Dragon’s remarkable 25 years, but a celebration of the entire comic book and gaming community’s unwavering passion and creativity. During the event, proprietor Haines will unveil a 25th anniversary logo by Guelph’s own Jay Stephens, an Emmy Award winning cartoonist.  All are invited to join this 25th anniversary milestone event at Old Quebec Street from 10am to 6pm to commemorate The Dragon’s legacy and the enduring magic of comics and games.

Full Guelph Comics Jam Guest List:

  • Emily Carroll — Writer/artist of award-winning comics such as A Guest in the House, Through the Woods, When I Arrived at the Castle, and the graphic novel adaptation of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak.
  • Jeff Lemire — Writer/artist on critically acclaimed graphic novels such as Sweet Tooth, Essex County, and Gideon Falls.
  • Ryan North — Bestselling writer of How To Invent Everything, Fantastic Four, and the graphic novel adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five.
  • Scott Chantler — Bestselling and Eisner Award-nominated cartoonist behind such books as Bix, Two Generals, and Squire & Knight.
  • Matthew Rosenberg — Award-winning writer of comics such as What’s The Furthest Place From Here?, 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank, and We Can Never Go Home.
  • Tyler Boss — Eisner-nominated, award winning cartoonist and designer. His titles include What’s The Furthest Place From Here?, 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank, and Dead Dog’s Bite.
  • Tate Brombal — Award-nominated and best-selling writer of comics such as Behold, Behemoth, House of Slaughter, and The Oddly Pedestrian Life of Christopher Chaos.
  • Richard Pace — Critically acclaimed artist behind such comics as Second Coming, Barbaric: Axe to Grind, and Pitt.
  • Adriana Blake — Storyboard artist on such iconic shows as Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire, Care Bears: Unlock the Magic and Cyberchase, as well as the self-published comic series Fall-On-Me.
  • Andrew Wheeler — Shuster and Eisner-winning writer and editor. His credits include Cat Fight, Sins of the Black Flamingo, and the all-ages LGBTQ anthology Shout Out.
  • Jay Stephens – Veteran of the alt-comics scene and influential creator of such acclaimed titles as Dwellings, Jetcat, and Oddville.
  • Black Eye Books — Boutique publisher of alternative comics such as Dejects, Bore, and Dwellings.
  • Chris Sanagan — Shuster award-nominated writer of Group of 7 Comics. Non-comic book writing credits include articles for Ontario History, The American Archivist, and the Guelph Mercury Tribune.
  • Matt Bors — Eisner-winning comics editor, writer, artist, and political/editorial cartoonist. Best known for The Nib, as well as War is Boring, We Should Improve Society Somewhat, and the Ahoy Comics series Justice Warriors.
  • David J. Knight — Among other things, the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Fenylalanine Publishing, publisher of Tales of a Guelphire and The Head. His latest works include Aerosomnia: The Awakening Ear and Head & Tales.
  • Jason Loo — Eisner award-winning cartoonist behind such acclaimed and iconic comics such as The Pitiful Human-Lizard, Afterlift, and The All-Nighter.
  • Kyle J. Smith — A visual artist and comic creator. In addition to working in the Canadian Entertainment Industry, his comic book credits include Scare Tales, Weathered Spirit, and various RAID studio anthologies.
  • Ramón Pérez — Multiple Eisner and Harvey Award winning cartoonist known for such renowned comics as Stillwater, Jim Henson’s Tale Of Sand, and Amazing Spider-Man: Learning to Crawl.
  • Kalman Andrasofszky — Illustrator, comic artist, concept artist, and cover artist best known for his work on Captain Canuck, X-23, and Dungeons & Dragons.
  • Marcus To — Comic artist and illustrator with decades of work in comics including some lauded titles as Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings, Joyride, and The Flash.
  • Casey Parsons –  illustrator, fine artist and comic book artist,  He specializes in mixed media traditional techniques and is best known for his work for Marvel Comics, Upper Deck, & Image Comics.
  • Michael Walsh – Award-winning cartoonist best known for Silver Coin from Image Comics and the art on key Magic The Gathering cards.
  • Sam Noir –  Writer, cartoonist, and toymaker known for his covers for Chapterhouse Comics Summer Special, Captain Canuck, and co-creating Sunny & Owl Girl, Victorian Four,  and Major North.

Preview: Cat Fight #2

Cat Fight #2

(W) Andrew Wheeler (A/CA) Ilias Kyriazis
In Shops: Jul 12, 2023
SRP: $3.99

The cat’s out of the bag. Felix Lamarr is on the run for murdering his grandmother to inherit her infamous Kit-Kat Crime Syndicate! Except… Felix is innocent. He’s being framed by someone called Schrodinger and now has every one of Kitty Midnight’s loyal thieves hot on his tail for revenge.

Cat Fight #2

Cat Fight #1 is a fun and intriguing start

Cat Fight #1

Felix lives a life of high fashion and indulgence. Sure, he steals to get it, but he gets it on his own, nonetheless. When a mysterious character by the name of Schrodinger threatens Felix’s only surviving family member in an attempt to recruit him into a crime syndicate, Felix is sent on a globetrotting game of cat and mouse in a heightened world of colorful criminal masterminds. Cat Fight #1 kicks off a cool crime story that is already full of action.

Written by Andrew Wheeler, Cat Fight #1 packs a lot into the first issue. There’s action. There’s reveals. And it really gets the ball rolling. It feels a bit like Kill Bill with a Bond coolness about it.

Right away Wheeler sucks readers in with Felix and a heist that goes somewhat right but more importantly gets us to know Felix. We get a sense of how he sees the world, items to steal, and a slyness about him that where he’d shake your hand and remove your watch and rings while doing so. The comic feels a bit like the opening of a Bond film, big action sequence just before the credits roll, in this case that’d be at the end of the issue where we’d also get a cool theme song. Overall, it’s just fun.

Where I think the comic is a little short is the art. Illias Kyriazis delivers the cool along with ink by Auguste, color by Dennis Yatras, and lettering by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou. But, the style of the characters isn’t quite for me. There’s fantastic page layouts at times but overall, it’s a style that’s not my favorite. It’s all personal preference with this. There’s a lot I like but just some visuals that aren’t for me. It’s not a knock, just what I like for art. But, I do think the comic’s look works well for the story and the layout and flow of pages is excellent, all enhancing Wheeler’s style for this.

Cat Fight #1 is a nice start to the series. Folks who enjoy a good heist/revenge/action story, this is one to check out. It packs a lot into the first issue but does it in a way that keeps the readers engaged and adds to what’s going on. It’s a fun debut that’s well worth checking out.

Story: Andrew Wheeler Art: Ilias Kyriazis
Ink: Aguste Color: Dennis Yatras Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Story: 8.4 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Purchase: Zeus ComicsKindle

Preview: Cat Fight #1

Cat Fight #1

(W) Andrew Wheeler (A/CA) Ilias Kyriazis
In Shops: May 31, 2023
SRP: $3.99

John Wick meets Kill Bill, meets CATS?! Felix lives a life of high fashion and indulgence. Sure, he steals to get it, but he gets it on his own, nonetheless. When a mysterious character by the name of Schrodinger threatens Felix’s only surviving family member in an attempt to recruit him into a crime syndicate, Felix is sent on a globetrotting game of cat and mouse in a heightened world of colorful criminal masterminds.

Cat Fight #1

Marvel Unlimited gets two new X-Men Infinity Comics

Announced during the X-Men: 60 Uncanny Years Live Virtual Event, two all-new Infinity Comics are coming to Marvel Unlimited!

First, Marvel’s Voices: Negasonic Teenage Warhead #44 is now available! Written by Andrew Wheeler with art by Carola Borelli and colorist Brittany Peer, the 6-issue arc joins the anthology series renowned for its fresh take on “the world outside your window.” In the new Infinity Comic, the breakout character beloved by fans of the Deadpool films gets her first-ever solo story! Negasonic Teenage Warhead has one hour to find a girl she’s never met, kiss her, and save the universe. Sounds like a job for—wait, no. This is NOT a job for Deadpool. Is anyone else available?!

And on Monday, March 27X-Men Unlimited #80 launches in the exclusive Infinity Comics format. The new 6-issue arc is written by Grace Freud and has art by Alberto Alburquerque and colorist Yen Nitro. In the upcoming story, Grace Freud returns to pick up the latest generations of mutants introduced in her “LGBT-D” story in Marvel’s Voices: Pride and sends them through the wringer as Mojo sets his sights on them! With Jubilee’s help, hopefully this intrepid group can keep themselves alive long enough to escape and prove themselves capable of being the heroes they aspire to be. Welcome to the X-Men, kids—hope you survive the experience!

Nine Lives May Not Be Enough to Survive Cat Fight

IDW Publishing has announced the explosive upcoming debut of Cat Fight, a stylish six-issue miniseries with an elegant feline flair! Cat Fight follows a debonair jewel thief whose decadent sensibilities and taste for high-powered thrills inadvertently lead him down a path of illicit intrigue. Debuting in May 2023, Cat Fight is written by recent GLAAD Media Award nominee and Eisner Award winner Andrew Wheeler with art by Ilias Kyriazis, inks by Auguste, and colors by Dennis Yatras.

Caught up in the glamor and excessive lifestyle of an international career criminal, Felix Lamarr lives only for the thrill of the next big score. Suddenly contacted by his estranged and wealthy grandmother, he is shocked to learn that she is a storied career criminal herself—the lithe and legendary burglar Kitty Midnight—and that she wants him to partner with her cat-themed associates on a lucrative upcoming heist. Unaccustomed to collaboration, Felix declines Kitty’s offer…but a shocking incident sends his life into a sudden, chaotic tailspin. Framed for murder and on the run from a mysterious syndicate, he leaps at full-throttle from one international hot spot to the next in a deadly game of cat and mouse!

Cat Fight #1 will be available with multiple variant covers for fans and retailers to enjoy, including Cover A by series illustrator Ilias Kyriazis, Cover B by Morgan Beem, and retailer incentive variants by Alex Moore, Veronica Fish, and Sweeney Boo.

Preview: Love and War #5

Love and War #5

Written by Andrew Wheeler
Art by Killian Ng
Purchase: comiXology/Kindle

Old rivalries are reignited at the winter qualifiers as Aster and Kingdom go head-to-head! Domo faces tough choices – it’s time to decide what matters most to him in both love and war!

Love-and-War is a queer sports rom com about how our conflicting passions can pull us in different directions! 

Love and War #5

Preview: Love and War #4 (of 5)

Love and War #4 (of 5)

Written by Andrew Wheeler
Art by Killian Ng

Miss Toth takes a drastic step to get her divided team back together again.

Jocasta considers a new scheme to sabotage Domo’s bid for the captaincy. But how will Nessa feel about her girlfriend’s mean-spirited tactics?

Love-and-War is a queer sports rom com about how our conflicting passions can pull us in different directions!

Love and War #4 (of 5)
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