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Review: Occupy Comics #3

OccupyComics 3 CoverThis week sees the final issue of the Kickstarter funded, Black Mask Studios published Occupy Comics. With the third issue, we get a solid final entry full of though provoking cartoons, editorials and a great history lesson from Alan Moore. The Occupy Comics trilogy is a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration of more than 50 comics pros is a celebration of Occupy and a time-capsule of the movement’s themes. The organizers and creators are donating all their revenue after costs to Occupy-related efforts and initiatives as well.

This issue features the talents of the before mentioned Moore, Molly Crabapple, Joshua Dysart, Caleb Monroe, Kevin Colden, Swifty Lang, Salgood Sam, Brea and Zane Grant, Shannon Wheeler and Charlie Adlard. If you’re a fan of any of these creators, this is a must get as far as comics.

The stories vary in quality and length with every one at least good and a few in the great category. Overall, there’s an air over the issue, since is the last one. A few entries reflect on the fleetingness of the Occupy movement, but also could be used as commentary on a series that I wish would go on for longer.

Occupy Comics is a perfect combination of comics and politics with a great balance of education, fairness and not being too preachy. Even though it’s labelled as Occupy, it never really takes on side or the other about the movement as each creator ads their own voice and thoughts about it. To have an anthology that allows this political thought and expression go is a loss for the comics community and I wish we could see more of it.

No matter your take on the Occupy movement as a whole, this issue, and the two that proceeded it, is a nice look at a political movement that fizzled quickly and whose long lasting contributions will be debated for some time to come. To get first hand accounts, and opinions, about what it all meant and why it happened is important in in the historical sense but also the educational. This series acted as a voice for creators to reflect and be free with what they say without corporate interference, much like the movement itself. It’s voice is one we need and one I hope we see more of down the road.

Story: Caleb Monroe, Mark L. Miller, Zane Grant, Bea Grant, Patrick Meaney, Joshua Dysart, Kelly Bruce, Alan Moore, Kevin Colden, Swifty Lang, Shannon Wheeler Art: Molly Crabapple, Theo Ellsworth, Mark L. Miller, Jonathan Spies, Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz, Eric Zawadzki, Allen Gladfelter, Salgood Sam, Matt Bors, Jerem Morrow, Frank Renoso, Eric Drooker, Charlie Adlard
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Black Mask Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

IDW Limited Releases Two Limited Edition Zombies Vs. Robots Hardcovers

Brraaaiiiinnnnssss! IDW Limited has partnered with twelve of the juiciest brains in sci-fi, horror, and fantasy to deliver two limited edition prose novels set in the popular Zombies Vs. Robots universe. Signed, limited editions of Zombies Vs. Robots: Z-Boys In The Robot Graveyard and Zombies Vs. Robots: This Means War! are now available for rabid consumption at www.IDWLimited.com.

“Zombies Vs Robots is a nightmarish dystopian world and one where I’m strangely comfortable,“ said contributor and acclaimed horror author John Shirley. “I can hardly wait for it to come true. Meanwhile I have to help create it.”

Shirley’s Zombies Vs. Robots: Z-Boys In The Robot Graveyard is a brand new collection of two stories with overlapping characters and one central theme; fear. “I wanted to bring something fresh to this world–if there’s anything “fresh” about zombies,” explained Shirley. “I leave it up to the reader to decide who’s the real  monster…and what’s worse, zombies, robots, or the survivors. But there are people out there you can care about…You could drink a beer with them–if they live long enough..”

Both Shirley and Dan Bradford, the book’s illustrator, have signed every copy available from IDW Limited. This special edition features an exclusive variant cover and is limited to just 500 copies.

Because scares come better in pairs, IDW Limited is also offering a special, limited edition run of Zombies Vs. Robots: This Means War!. The first release in the Zombie vs. Robots prose line, this thrilling collection is now presented in a custom slipcase with a new cover, and is signed by each of the eleven writers who contributed a story. A star-studded cast of award-winning writers like Nancy A. Collins and Brea Grant penned these gruesome, terrifying, and sometimes hilarious tales of zombie-on-robot-on-human violence. Each writer has signed the signature plate inside every book, which also features a brand-new variant cover by the book’s artist, Fabio Listrani.

Just in time for the holidays, these very limited editions of Zombies Vs. Robots: Z-Boys In The Robot Graveyard and Zombies Vs. Robots: This Means War! are sure to get under your skin.

Fans are encouraged to sign up for IDW Limited’s free newsletter at www.idwlimited.com to receive updates and learn more about the company and its exclusive new books!

Zombies Vs. Robots: Z-Boys In The Robot Graveyard DELUXE LIMITED EDITION ($39.99; 108 pages; 8” x 10”; hardcover) is available now.

Zombies Vs. Robots: This Means War! DELUXE LIMITED EDITION ($60; 300 pages; 8” x 10”; hardcover) is available now.

SDCC 2012 – Play God with IDW this October!

[Let's Play God Image]IDW Publishing is teaming up with writers Zane and Brea Grant and artist EricJ for their new creator-owned miniseries Let’s Play God.

When a mysterious killer begins targeting members of a fierce all-girl punk rock band, our hero Mel must face a dark, dangerous world of blood and evil to find the killer and save her own life!

In the style of Italian slasher psycho-horror, Let’s Play God combines a punk spirit and kinetic art with a chilling storyline, promising a truly unique four-issue miniseries. After witnessing a murder, Mel finds her and her bandmates have now become targets of the killer. With the list of suspects growing and trust among friends eroding, Mel must find the killer before it’s too late for all of them. This descent into an imaginative world of darkness is sure to delight fans of horror, music, and unbridled adventure.

The series will be supported by editions signed by the creators, as well as variant covers by acclaimed artists Fábio Moon, Tim Seeley, and Dennis Calero.

SuicideGirls Bring Unique Lifestyle Brand to Comics

Official Press Release

The SuicideGirls Bring Unique Lifestyle Brand to Comics

Danger, mystery and sex combine in all-new mini series
Coming in March

[SUICIDEGIRLS #1 cover]San Diego, CA (January 25, 2011) – IDW Publishing and the SuicideGirls are excited to announce a contemporary take on girls in comics, kicking off in March. A four-issue series, SUICIDEGIRLS is a wild adventure helmed by writer/actress Brea Grant (We Will Bury You), with art by David Hahn (Bite Club). This series features covers by Cameron Stewart, who also will be contributing mini-historical tales of the SuicideGirls in each issue.  SUICIDEGIRLS pits an awesome gang of beautiful, tattooed, ladies against the deranged leader of a techno-religious cult, with lots of butt-kicking and witty banter.

The up-coming series is created under the direction of Missy Suicide, one of the founders of this respected contemporary lifestyle brand. SuicideGirls offers a unique attitude of alterative cultures in a vibrant, positive community of women and men.

From SG headquarters, Missy enthused “SuicideGirls and comic books are a natural fit.  We are huge comic nerds and are thrilled to finally be bringing a book we can be proud of to the fans that have been asking us at conventions for years.   We couldn’t be more excited to be bringing the adventures of these beautiful modern pin-ups to the genre.”

Beginning in March, the four monthly issues boast tattoos, breasts and butt-kicking as well as the secret history and adventures of these beautiful pin-up girls, all plotted by Steve Niles, Missy Suicide and Brea Grant. Each issue of SUICIDEGIRLS will feature a cover by Eisner-winner Cameron Stewart (Seaguy), and variant SuicideGirls photo covers!

As editor Mariah Huehner puts it, “I’m sure everyone will have a pre-conceived idea of what this series will be all about. And hey, it WILL have nudity and pretty girls and tattoo’s. But it also defies conventions, has an irreverent sense of humor, and takes on the cultural idea of what ‘normal’ and ‘sexy’ really mean. Plus, explosions!”

SUICIDEGIRLS #1 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in stores in March 2011. Diamond order code: JAN11 0500.

Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books.

About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s Doctor Who; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studios; and is the print publisher for EA Comics and ComicMix.

IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.

About SuicideGirls
SuicideGirls has been redefining beauty since 2001.  Since then, they have grown their audience to over 4 million unique visitors a month, becoming a cultural phenomenon along the way. Today, SuicideGirls has a social network reach of over 5 million people via their presence on sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Now a full service entertainment company, SuicideGirls have produced a series of longform documentaries that have topped ratings charts on cable TV, and have been featured in numerous TV show and specials (including CSI: NY). The company’s fourth feature film is currently airing on cable television. Additionally, SuicideGirls has published two coffee table art house books that have both become bestsellers on Amazon, they have a clothing line, a magazine, an iPhone app and now an upcoming comic book.

Visit http://suicidegirls.com to see more of the girls and join the community.