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Jonathan Luna’s 20XX: Transport Comes to Panel Syndicate!

Panel Syndicate is kicking off 2022 with 20XX! 20XX was created by Jonathan Luna and Lauren Keely and originally published by Image Comics. 20XX: Transport is a special one-shot was a social-media experiment where the audience voted to change the course of the story.

A teenage boy with illegal telekinetic abilities in Anchorage, Alaska tries to save his classmates on a school bus from a group of hijackers.

You can get 20XX: Transport now on Panel Syndicate for whatever price you want to pay!

Panel Syndicate also gave updates that more Friday, Blackhand Ironhead, and Bad Karma, along with more surprises, are coming!

Alex de Campi, Ryan Howe, and Dee Cunniffe’s Bad Karma #5 is Available Now on Panel Syndicate

The newest issue of Bad Karma is here!

In the aftermath of the rescue gone wrong, Ethan asks for help, Aaron makes a choice, and various people pretend that everything is fine. Which it absolutely isn’t. Meanwhile, the deception they’ve uncovered goes much further up than any of them thought, and the potential collateral damage starts to mount.

The adrenaline crazy team of Alex de Campi, Ryan Howe, and Dee Cunniffe are back with the newest installment of their action/comedy thriller, perfect for all the lovers of big 80s action films!

So jump up, dodge those bullets and run to panelsyndicate.com and get it for whatever price you want to pay, including zero!

Bad Karma #4 is Available on Panel Syndicate

Bad Karma #4 has arrived! The comic series by Alex de Campi, Ryan Howe, and Dee Cunniffe is back for the latest installment of the action-comedy series.

The hours are ticking down towards Aaron’s execution, and the powers that be are doing their best to do Sully, Ethan and Cheryl in, too. But the boys have always done their best when their backs are against the wall…

You can get Bad Karma #4 now on Panel Syndicate, the “name your price” digital platform.

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Writer Alex de Campi: Veterans, Vampires, Truth & Fiction

“If you can do comedy you can do horror”- writer and letterer Alex de Campi returns to the show to talk about her latest comics 

  • Vintage pulp horror graphic novel Dracula, Motherf**ker (Image Comics) with Erica Henderson
  • Sci-fi thriller Madi: Once Upon A Time in the Future co-written by filmmaker Duncan Jones
  • Veteran action/buddy comedy Bad Karma — read it online 
  • True War Stories, an anthology of soldiers’ deployment tales by soldiers themselves.

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Elana’s review of Bad Karma

Bad Karma: #1, #2, and #3: Action, Feelings, and Forgiveness

Once again a black man is on death row for a murder he didn’t commit. But what if the white veterans who did the murder came forward? What if the murder was just the US military industrial complex doing what it was built for? What if the vets who were commanded to do the murder want to come clean to get the falsely accused man freed? And what if the so-called Justice System just didn’t care? 

Bad Karma is the action and feelings comic you’ve been waiting for. Written and lettered by my friend Alex de Campi and art by Ryan Howe, and Dee Cunniffe, you can find it self published on Panel Syndicate

This series is the spiritual successor to the Hell’s Kitchen Movie Club fan comics that de Campi developed with a rotating crew of artists showcasing charmingly mundane interactions between one Bucky Barnes and one Frank Castle as they try to enjoy a regular movie night while coping with trauma. Just vets being vets. It’s warm and funny and insightful and if you’re the one person in comics who hasn’t read it yet, get on it. 

Regardless of the earlier fan works, the main characters in this series feel completely fresh yet are so thoroughly inhabited they are easy to get charmed by, especially for their flaws. 

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Bad Karma #1 Ethan and Sully talk to Aaron. Art. Ryan Howe, Dee Cunniffe. Words and letter, Alex de Campi

These are two veterans, Ethan and Sully, who are wrestling with the pain and loss that they endured– both physical and emotional. They are working-class Boston guys (Southie to be precise) who enlisted young and fought in combat units in Afghanistan. Their friendship and history together, the way they take care of each other and try to balance out each other’s strengths and weaknesses are central.  I love the extremely honest and upfront ways Ethan and Sully address aspects of their disabilities and the subtler ways in which they don’t cope with other parts of them. 

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The third member of the party is Ethan’s ex-wife Cheryl. We find her trying to wrangle their kids as the only responsible person around. She’s got a quick wit and her clothes make sense. When’s the last time you saw an action story where the protagonist’s ex-wife isn’t just sympathetic but is actually someone you cheer for? Was it Die Hard? Would you believe you don’t have to turn ex-wives into humorless unfeeling monsters and nags? Who knew? (Pssssst…women knew). If you’re someone who avoids stories without women— this one has quite the woman.

Like any action story worth its salt this one has politics. Race and class shape the world and the ways it plays out in US institutions that claim to be fair but are extremely obviously unjust is central to the story. 

This comic says fuck the CIA, fuck the private military contractor CEO’s and fuck the “Justice System”. It shows how working class people are exploited and the poor are dehumanized by these systems. It shows how some men get rich from the military while others are left with trauma and unemployment. Unlike my review, this story is not didactic about it. The intrigue is rewarding.

I had the pleasure of first reading Bad Karma when it was just a film script. I read it on a flight and I was riveted to my seat. I’m so excited that this story is now going to be readable by anyone with a computer. 

This series also stands out because the art is fucking great. The art strikes the right balance of heightened cartooning and realism especially character design,  facial expressions and body language. The full character acting. The care that went into showing how someone with a specific amputation might walk. 

The environments the story takes place across are so believable. From a Waffle House to a working class Boston home to a Virginia mansion built on the bodies of the dead, the detail shines through. Not just in the background of the panels but in the voices in the background of the panels. 

The cover of each issue is a snapshot from the characters’ pasts. I don’t know if I’ve seen a comic do this before for each issue but its an excellent way to develop the world of the comic. My heart breaks a bit when I see them at bootcamp because I know what comes next.

Redemption and forgiveness are themes I see through this text. Do our protagonists trying to right a wrong absolve them in some way? Is that even what they are seeking? Are Ethan and Cheryl able to build a healthier relationship as parents even if they aren’t married? And what does Aaron Carter, the man unjustly imprisoned for murder for YEARS get out of this?

I’m on the edge of my seat for them all.

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I was provided free review copies but I also bought them on Panel Syndicate. 

My most recent interview with Alex de Campi on Graphic Policy Radio was about her anthology series Twisted Romance. Give a listen.

Alex de Campi, Ryan Howe, and Dee Cunniffe’s Bad Karma #3 is Pay What You Want at Panel Syndicate

The latest issue of Bad Karma is here! You can get Bad Karma #3 now at panelsyndicate.com for whatever price you want to pay!

Yes, the unbeatable team of Alex de Campi, Ryan Howe, and Dee Cunniffe are back with the latest 39-page issue of their most excellent action-thriller-comedy!

After the last issue’s events, Sully and Ethan need to get out of jail and save Aaron Carter, who’s only got two days left to live. But the one person they can call for help is going to be the one person who’s going to make the situation a whole lot worse… and the boys are suddenly no longer annoyances. They’re targets.

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Bad Karma #2 is Out Now on Panel Syndicate

Ethan and Sully’s quest to put things right goes more and more wrong, earning them the suspicion and anger of loved ones, old colleagues, and new acquaintances, until the two men of violence are forced to fall back on the only thing they know.

Bad Karma #2 by Alex De Campi, Ryan Howe, and Dee Cunniffe is out now on Panel Syndicate. Panel Syndicate is a pay-what-you-want digital platform. The 36-page second issue is available now in English, as usual, for whatever price you want to pay.

Bad Karma #2 cover

Around the Tubes

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1

Things are ramping up and we’ve got some interviews coming at you over the next few days, reviews, and so much more! While you wait for that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Beat – RIP Martin Pasko – Our thoughts are with his friends and family.

The Comics Journal – Richard Sala 1955-2020 – Our thought are also with his friends and family.

The Beat – A YEAR OF FREE COMICS: Follow the comedic adventures of Basri and Hector in ELF & WARRIOR – Free comics!

Newsarama – KICKSTARTER’s Comics Outreach Lead CAMILLA ZHANG Laid Off – It’ll be interesting to see who, if anyone fills the role, if anyone ever does.

CBR – Did Jack Kirby Ever Draw Wolverine in a Comic Book? – Hadn’t thought about this, but now that it’s brought up…

Variety – The CW Acquires Rights to ‘Swamp Thing,’ ‘Tell Me a Story’ – Interesting.

Book Riot – Hmmm: How to Read The Witcher Books and Comics – For those wondering where to start and where to go from there.

Reviews

The Beat – A Man & His Cat
Newsarama – Bad Karma #1
Newsarama – Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1

Around the Tubes

Bad Karma #1

The weekend is almost here! We’re excited because that means it’s one more day closer to seeing more new comics and the industry getting closer to normal. While you wait for the weekday to end and the weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

ICv2 – Binc Distributing Over $950,000 to Comic Stores – Glad this money is getting out there to help.

Den of Geek – Best DC Comics to Binge Read on DC Universe – Any you’d add?

Kotaku – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Making Animal Crossing Housecalls – This is pretty cool.

Deadline – ‘Deadpool 2’ Fined Nearly $300,000 For Safety Violations In Accident That Killed Stuntwoman Joi Harris

Reviews

Comics Bulletin – Bad Karma #1
Newsarama – Batman: The Adventures Continue #3
Newsarama – The Green Lantern: Season Two #3
Monkeys Fighting Robots – The Lost Carnival: A Dick Grayson Graphic Novel
Geek Dad – Pollock Confidential: A Graphic Novel

Alex De Campi, Ryan Howe, and Dee Cunniffe Launch Bad Karma on Panel Syndicate

Panel Syndicate is celebrating traditional new comic book day with a brand new series from Alex De Campi, Ryan Howe, and Dee Cunniffe. Today sees the debut of their new character-based action/thriller series Bad Karma.

Army veterans Sully and Ethan go on a Christmas road trip to free an innocent man blamed for a mercenary job they did. Turns out nobody’s interested in the truth, but they get very interested in making sure Sully and Ethan don’t live to see the New Year.

The 33-page first issue is available now in English, as usual, for whatever price you want to pay, including 0 (zero) at panelsyndicate.com!

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