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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

JR2_CoverB_VariantWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Alex

Top Pick: Howard the Duck #1 (Marvel) – Chip Zdarsky is putting out one of the most entertaining Marvel comics around with Howard the Duck. My top pick was a tough decision between this and Johnny Red #2, and that’s honestly a good problem to have.

Bigfoot: Sword Of The Earthman #1 (Action Lab Entertainment) – This looks like a mix of John Carter, Gladiator and Bigfoot. Which sounds amazing.

Extraordinary X-Men #3 (Marvel) – I actually never read issue #2 due a slight snafu with Diamond not delivering it to my LCS, so I’ll be getting two issues to read on Wednesday, and based on the buzz I’ve heard about #2, I’m excited for #3 as well.

Johnny Red #2 (Titan Comics) – This Garth Ennis penned series came out of nowhere last month to be one of the best comics I ended up reading with it’s tale of a Second World War British fighter pilot facing off against the Nazi’s in Russia. I can’t wait to get my hands on this issue.

Seduction Of The Innocent #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – looks like an old school crime comic with some modern flair. My fancy is tickled.

 

Ash

Top Pick: Spidey #1 (Marvel) – As a huge Spider-Man fan I am always excited and interested in new titles, and this is no different. A fresh take on a young web-head…well it has been done before (Ultimate Spider-Man anyone?) but you know I am really excited by this new take. It promises to be fun, action packed and completely modern (#Spidey?). The artwork is bold, bright and as fresh as the plotline promises to be. For any true-believers out there, this is an issue not to be missed!

 

Brett

Top Pick: The Private Eye Deluxe Edition (Image Comics) – It’s actually a tough week for choices and I could easily do a top twenty myself, but I have to go with the Private Eye as my top pick. First, there’s a good chance you missed this when it was first released as a digital comic. Second, it’s by Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin. Third, it’s fantastic. Fourth, this series was launched as a pay what you want directly from Vaughan, and is a solid example of disrupting the system successfully, so much so it’s in print. So, pick this up in print, or go and grab it digitally. Just make sure to read it.

Carver: A Paris Story #1 (Z2 Comics) – Z2 has been putting out solid books regularly and this new series has a nice throwback to 70s European action films. There’s lots of cliches, but that’s partially what makes it all really fun. This should be creator Chris Hunt’s break out series. Do yourself a favor and give it a look.

Johnny Red #2 (Titan Comics) – Did you read the first issue? If so, that should be reason enough as to why this is on the list. Writer Garth Ennis is taking on the classic character and doing so in a brilliant way. Just completely caught me off guard int he quality, because holy crap it’s good.

Sheriff of Babylon #1 (Vertigo) – I did an early review of the issue and it’s not what I thought it’d be. At its heart, Sheriff of Babylon is a crime comic set in a warzone. What’s really impressive and fascinating is writer Tom King’s use of his real life experiences.

X’Ed #1 (Black Mask Studios) – It’d be easy to just call this Inception the comic, but there’s much more going on here than a trippy dive in to someone’s mind. The comic has some really interesting twists and turns in the first issue that kept me on my toes, and that ending is rather intriguing. Black Mask Studios has had a string of hits and I expect this to be their next.

 

Elana

Cyborg #5 (DC Comics) – Writer David F Walker is doing something significant in sci-fi with this comic. It’s a superhero series about race. I’m a huge supporter of where he’s going with this. Listen to our interview with him a few weeks back.

Gotham Academy #12 (DC Comics) – This is one of my favorite comics and I feel like its been going under the radar. Amazingly written, a diverse group of kids, art that can be both adorable and haunting as needed. I don’t even catch all of the easter eggs and references to Batman lore from ages past but that doesn’t matter.  The school is haunted both literally and metaphorically and it’s impossible to not be invested in these stories. This is the last issue of a wonderful arc.

The Humans #10 / Image Firsts The Humans #1 (Image Comics) – If you’ve been reading this kickass 1970-biker-apesploitation series then you need issue 10, the culmination of the first miniseries. This month Image Comics is also reissuing number 1 so tell the fresh meat there’s something they need to buy for good times and cheap thrills. This comic feels like an ultra-violent 1970s underground comic, it comes with it’s own online soundtrack and the art is freaking flawless. Still not convinced? Here’s my review of the first part of the series.

Papergirls #3 (Image Comics) –  This is the new Saga: very friendly to non-comics readers, totally enchanting, breathlessly exciting and full of amazing female characters. Read J9s review of issue 2. Boy, that was a “heart in your throat” cliff hanger at the end of the last issue!

Space Riders TP Vol. 1 (Black Mask Studios) – It feels like 70’s Jack Kirby filtered through many levels of Heavy Metal Magazine (think Moebius, Druillet). Only more underground and loose. A bit of a space western with a Jodorowsky-ish flying skull ship! A more Red Sonja-ish Gamora. Christy Karacas (creator of the cartoon Super Jail) levels of choas and scribble. If my description makes sense to you then you’ll probably like this. If my description doesn’t make sense to you, and you are ok with that, you may like it too. “I like my coffee like I like my space: black and infinite”- Capitan Peligro.

 

Thomas

Top Pick: Robin War #1 (DC Comics) – Perfectly timed for the winter season, DC Comics is running a small event that crosses over the various Robin titles, bookended by these one-shots. Previews and solicits make this event look like it could be a lot of fun, so it’s a definite must-read!

All-New X-Men #1 (Marvel) – Continuing Marvel’s All-New All-Different launches, this gives Dennis Hopeless the chance to write young superheroes once again. The All-New X-Men – minus Jean Grey, but with Kid Apocalypse and Idie added to their ranks – are headed for a road-trip to decide their role in the future of the Marvel Universe. All-New X-Men may not be set to headline the X-Men range as it did under Brian Bendis, but it still looks set to be one of the most fun comics out there.

Exit Generation #3 (ComixTribe) – Sam Read and Caio Oliveira have been producing an unusual but fantastic series, steeped in sci-fi and with an admirable sense of style. Independent comics don’t often get the attention they deserve, and this series is one that deserves a lot of attention!

Invincible Iron Man #4 (Marvel) – One of the strangest shifts in All-New All-Different Marvel is a change in Mary-Jane Watson’s status quo. She’s going from a member of Spider-Man’s supporting cast to a member of Iron Man’s supporting cast, and this is the issue that kicks that off. It’s going to be fascinating to see how (not to mention why) Brian Bendis pulls this off…

Spider-Gwen: Most Wanted Trade Paperback (Marvel) – The first Spider-Gwen series (shorted to a miniseries due to Secret Wars) was tremendously popular, and this is the chance to collect it as a trade paperback! Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez pull off a tremendously fun story with energy and verve, and this book is sure to impress anyone who didn’t pick up the original issues.

Preview: Exit Generation #1 (of 4)

Exit Generation #1 (of 4)

Story: Sam Read
Art: Caio Oliveira
Colors: Ruth Redmond
Cover A: Ramon Villalobos
Cover B: Joe Mulvey
August / 32 Pages / FC / MR / $3.99
DIAMOND ID: JUL151204

It’s 2055. Ninety percent of the world’s population have abandoned a resource-depleted Earth in search of a better home in the cosmos. Those left behind find themselves in an unexpected paradise… and Jack is bored out of his mind. He dreams of action inspired by 80’s movies and punk rock. But when a legion of carnivorous aliens arrive, Jack learns you should be careful what you wish for…

Featuring covers by Ramon Villalobos (E is for Extinction) and connecting variants by Joe Mulvey (SCAM), EXIT GENERATION is a breakneck sci-fi adventure, full of DIY spirit.

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Justice League #43Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Brett

Nanjing: The Burning City HC (Dark Horse) – This is one of those weeks where I could have easily chosen 20 different comics to put on my picks. Narrowing it down to five was very difficult, but this book is absolutely on top. A graphic novel taking place in Nanjing during the Chinese occupation/attack during the second Chinese/Japanese war. The atrocities committed are staggering, and this graphic novel is a nice introduction that will hopefully get people more interested in this genocide and destruction.

Hip Hop Family Tree #1 (Fantagraphics) – If you missed it, the praised Fantagraphics graphic novel series is being released as monthly comics with extra material, so perfect for new readers and old readers like. The series is an amazing recounting of the rise of hip hop music.

Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare #1 (Comix Tribe) – I love Comix Tribe’s releases, though their release schedule can be a bit spotty at times. This new series, spinning out of The Red Ten, which is being released a week early, focuses on the supervillain the Oxymoron. Comix Tribe is a publisher that absolutely deserves more eyes on their releases.

Princeless: Raven, the Pirate Princess #2 (Action Lab Entertainment) – Jeremy Whitley’s Princeless has been both entertaining and destroying comic tropes and stereotypes at the same time. This new series, which spun out of the last volume, focuses on Raven as she builds a pirate crew to take on her brothers. This issue is amazing, and there’s one sequence in particular that’ll get you laughing and thinking.

Young Terrorists #1 (Black Mask Studios) – A fascinating read that I’m still digesting. It gets Black Mask Studios back to its political roots, taking on corporations, governments, really, society as a whole.

 

Edward

Top Pick: Justice League #43 (DC Comics) – The ending to the previous issue, with Batman taking on the role of Metron, is one of the big type of developments that Geoff Johns loves in his storytelling.  Where this story arc goes from here is anyone’s guess, but it is going to be something big.

Manifest Destiny #16 (Image Comics) – This series continues with the unexplained mysteries of America’s interior, as was seen by a different Lewis and Clark.  The revelations of the previous issue seem like they will have a big impact going forward.

Secret Wars: Secret Love #1 (Marvel) – Romance comics are an important part of the history of the medium of comics.  It is nice to see a romance inspired tie-in to Secret Wars, though it will be interesting to see exactly where they take it.

Silk #6 (Marvel) – There are still a few Marvel monthlies that are moving along somewhat unbothered by Secret Wars, and Silk is one of them.  This fun series never got a good chance to gain a decent fan base but continues to impress.

Van Helsing Vs. Dracula #1 (Zenescope) – Dracula is probably the most widely used villain in comics, not in terms of appearances, but in terms of how many companies have published stories with him.  Liesel Van Helsing is a steampunk heroine that has never made the connection with readers.  Putting the two together seems like it might work though.

 

Elana

Top Pick: Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess #2 (Action Lab Entertainment) –  Everyone loves Princeless, the feminist, funny, exciting all-ages fantasy comic staring women of color and a dragon. Raven the Pirate Princess is not just a spin-off series, it is the next step of maturation for the adventure/fantasy world Jeremy Whitley is building. While both series are all-ages this one is aimed at slightly older kids. It very effectively lampoons real world sexism in ways that I want to put on freaking flyers and hand out at conferences.

Just as important, it features young women flirting with each other. So you get pirate ships and also ‘shipping in one family-friendly, queer positive, comic book featuring mostly people of color.

Marvel, DC, take note.

Which brings us to….

Top Pick: Secret Wars: Secret Loves #1 (Marvel) – Jeremy Whitley, creator of the feminist all-ages fantasy comic dynamo that is Princeless is finally writing something for Marvel. It’s a romance story featuring Danny Rand and Misty Knight! If that wasn’t enough in this comic we get Kamalah Kahn and Robbie Reyes together. Marvel should probably publish a full time romance series again. Other then X-Men.

Black Canary #3 (DC Comics) – Last issue ended on a cliff hanger. Who’s Dinah’s ex in the covert-ops suit? And how does that mysterious kid play guitar like that? And when will someone buy me an Annie Wu commission? Her art here is killer.

Island #2 (Image Comics) – Bored of comics? Want something new? Buy this. All of the art is unlike any of the other comics art you have. Unless you read a lot of Brandon Graham stuff in which case the Brandon Graham stuff will be familiar. And by familiar I mean awesome.

Power-Up #2 (BOOM! Box/BOOM! Studios) – Magical girls for everyone! Magical girls for construction workers with beards! For Mom’s in station wagons with irritable teenagers! For tiny gold fish! And for under-employed retail workers. Cute and heartfelt. Read the review I wrote for issue 1.

Secret Six #5 (DC Comics) – Gail Simone’s original run on Secret Six is one of my favorite comics of all time. It’s taken a while to get this new volume up and running properly. But the last issue marked a major upswing in the series. It’s harkening back to the twisted humor, over the top violence and drama between members of a found family of fucked-up people that made readers fall in love with the original series.

Wolf #2 (Image Comics) – Urban fantasy is a dime a dozen right now but Ales Kott’s new series Wolf stands out. The story is completely unpredictable. This series has a David Lynchian vibe I haven’t felt in anything else I read. It’s reminiscent in tone Mulholland Drive in particular. The series is genuinely creepy and a little confusing. But I love Mulholland Drive for those very reasons. So consider that praise for this book too.

 

Mr. H

Top Pick: Justice League #43 (DC Comics) – Forget Age of Ultron and Ant-Man, this has been the cinematic adventure of the year for me! I love how Johns has taken the old cliché of “Bat-God” and turned it literal. Awesome stuff. His reinterpretation of Darkseid and his Apokolips horde is fantastic.  I don’t see it slowing down. Waiting at the bus stop for the next Boom Tube!

Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #4 (Marvel Comics) – Peter finally gets his daughter back and she fights by his side. I don’t think anything more needs to be said. Thwip this one up quick Webheads!

House of M #1 (Marvel Comics) – What’s better than one rule under Doom? Try Magneto. I am very glad they are revisiting this story. Was great when it was originally published. However what could Wanda wish away this time? How about hoping she utters the words “No More Reboots.”

Superman/ Wonder Woman #20 (DC Comics) – Continuing the Truth story, I’m eager to see what became of Lana Lang but if this month doesn’t turn it around, this might be it for me on this title. Big fan of Mahnke but not sure his art can save me on this. Hope I’m wrong.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #49 (IDW Publishing) – One more issue till the big one. This is where it hits the fan! Turtles, Shredder, Splinter, Bebop, Rocksteady, Metalhead, Karai. I am eagerly awaiting the showdown. Rumor is one of the Turtles may not survive..

ComixTribe Releases a Trailer for And Then Emily Was Gone

On the even of the direct market debut of And Then Emily Was Gone #1, ComixTribe has released a full trailer for horror mini-series before its world-wide debut July 30.

Greg Hellinger is a man who sees monsters. A former detective driven to the brink of madness by terrifying apparitions, he is tasked with finding a missing girl named Emily. Hellinger’s search takes him to a remote community in the Scottish Orkney Islands, where strange and terrifying things are happening…

A 5-part monthly comic event, And Then Emily Was Gone is created by award-winning creators John Lees and Iain Laurie and features variant covers by comic superstars Riley Rossmo, Nick Pitarra, Garry Brown, and more!

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic day tomorrow! What has everyone excited?

Around the Tubes

Kotaku – The Next Avengers Game Takes On Turn-Based Tactics – Could be interesting….

Guardian Liberty Voice – Comic Books Are Good for Readers Brain – Preach!

Comixtribe – What Free Comic Book Day Means to a Small Publisher – A good read.

Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #2

Talking Comics – Original Sin #1

CBR – The Wake #8

An EPIC SCAM? Nope…It’s Two Free Comic Book Day TITLES from ComixTRIBE!

This Free Comic Book Day, publisher ComixTribe will be releasing two books. The event is held this upcoming Saturday, May 3, 2014.

This year, ComixTribe is bringing you SCAM #0: Crosswords, a stand-alone story that spins directly out of the events of Joe Mulvey’s recently concluded SCAM mini-series. The issue is written by Eisner-nominated scribe Jason Ciaramella, and also features a back-up story from John Lees and Alex Cormack.

In addition to the hard-hitting SCAM release, ComixTribe is also offering the 32-page pilot issue of EPIC, a new superteen action comedy from Tyler James, with art by Matt Zolman and Fico Ossio.

SCAM: Crosswords #0 FCBD 2014 EDITION

(W) Jason Ciaramella (A/CA) Joe Mulvey

Spinning out of the pages of the super-powered con-man series, Scam, Eisner-nominated writer Jason Ciaramella (The Cape) and “the most dangerous man in comics” Joe Mulvey bring you an explosive one-shot featuring Scam’s ultimate villain: Crosswords! After being exiled from “Sin City”, Crosswords makes a power grab in Europe, using extreme means to take what he wants! 32pgs, FC  Rated: TEEN+           FREE!

SCAM #0 Crosswords

EPIC #0 FCBD 2014 EDITION

(W) Tyler James (A) Matt Zolman, FicoOssio (CA) FicoOssio

After a freak experiment gives teenager Eric Ardor incredible powers, he does what anyone would do… he puts on a costume and becomes Epic! Super strength, speed, flight, optic blasts… it’s a fanboy’s dream come true. Unfortunately, he’s just discovered he has one weakness… pretty girls! And while most boys his age lose their cool around the hotties, Epic loses his powers! 32pgs, FC  Rated: EVERYONE           FREE!

EPIC #0 FCBD 2014 EDITION

ComixTribe in February 2014

EPIC #1

Story: Tyler James
Art / Cover: Fico Ossio
May 7 / 32 Pages / FC / T / $3.99
DIAMOND ID: FEB141121

Miami’s newest teenage superhero has a weakness for beautiful girls…literally! Hot on the heels of its world-wide FREE COMIC BOOK DAY debut, your new favorite superhero action comedy begins its EPIC ongoing series run! Witness the frightening origin of EPIC’s first fearsome foe, the half-man/half-spider monstrosity DADDY LONG LEGS! See the scintillating first appearance of SCAREWOLF! Watch our hero whiff at his first attempt to woo the pretty new girl at school! All that and a FOIL-EMBOSSED COVER, brought to you by writer Tyler James (The Red Ten) and rising-star artist Fico Ossio (Critter)!

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SCAM ULTIMATE COLLECTION Vol.1

Story: Joe Mulvey & Others
Art: Joe Mulvey & Others
Cover: Joe Mulvey
May / 256 Pages / FC / Hardcover/ T / $34.99
DIAMOND ID: FEB141122

Imagine you had superpowers…in Vegas! SCAM is an “X-Men meets Ocean’s Eleven″-style yarn that follows a team of super-powered grifters on the biggest con of their lives…taking down a Vegas casino and getting revenge on the former teammate who double-crossed them.

This stunning over-sized hardcover collects the sold-out SCAM mini-series written and drawn by Joe Mulvey, “the most dangerous man in comics.” It also features the never before released SCAMthology – 15 brand new SCAM stories, over 100 pages of new content, written and drawn by a handpicked crew of outstanding comic creators, including Nick Pitarra (The Manhattan Projects), Joe Eisma (Morning Glories), Ben McCool (Choker), Jason Ciaramella (The Cape), CP Wilson, III (The Stuff of Legend, Wraith), Tyler James (The Red Ten, Epic) and many more! “It’s better to die a conman, than live like a mark!”

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NYCC 2013: Exclusives from ComixTribe & Guest Signing Schedule

Two days before the New York Comic Con opens, ComixTribe has announced its plans for the big show, including a number of creator signings and a NYCC Exclusive book! Tyler James, John Lees, and Joe Mulvey will be at the ComixTribe booths #1170-1172 in the Small Press Alley on the main show floor.

NYCC Exclusive! 

SCAM Presents…PINT
One-Shot Comic + Custom SCAM Pint Glass
(Limited to 100 Copies)SCAM Presents: PINT features three shots of comic goodness by up-and-coming creators, with a cover by SCAM creator Joe Mulvey.

My Name Is Pint
“The rest of the crew would never guess what their resident party animal, Pint, does with his free time. Sometimes the scammer is actually scamming himself.”

Writer – Josh Flanagan (The Remote, Boston Chapter 1)
Artist – Doug Hills – (Place Name Here, Dixon’s Notch)
Color – Hugo Froes – (The Red Ten) 

The Rounds
“After a con goes awry, the crew seek solace at a local bar, but Pint isn’t one to let a bad day ruin his entertainment!”

Writer – Steve Colle (SCAM)
Artist – Kirk Manley (Z-Girl and the 4 Tigers)
Color – Miguel Marques (ARGO) 

HAMMERED
“Pint has a very unique gift: the more alcohol he drinks, the stronger, faster and more durable he gets.  But when he’s given a near-impossible mission, just how much booze is he willing to chug to get the job done?  And just how much of it will he remember in the morning?”

Writer – John Lees (The Standard)
Artist – Alex Cormack (OXYMORON: Volume 1)

NYCC Guest Creator Signing Schedule: Booths #1170-1172

FRIDAY

Rich Douek (Gutter Magic, Oxymoron Vol 1, SCAMthology) – Friday, October 11, 11:00-12:30
Kirk Manley (Z-Girl and the 4 Tigers, SCAMthology) – Friday, October 11, 1:00-2:30
Charles Paul Wilson, III (The Stuff of Legend, Wraith, SCAMthology) – Friday, October 11, 3:00-4:30
Doug Hills (Dixon’s Notch, SCAMthology) – Friday, October 11, 5:00-6:30

SATURDAY

Amy Chu (Girl’s Night Out, SCAMthology) – Saturday, October 12, 11:00-12:30
Mark Poulton (Avengelyne, Koni Waves, Oxymoron) – Saturday, October 12, 1:00-2:30
Rafer Roberts (Plastic Farm, SCAMthology) – Saturday, October 12, 3:00-4:30

SUNDAY

Alex Cormack (2 Red Heads and a Dead Blonde, Oxymoron, SCAMthology) – Sunday, October 13, 11:00-12:30
Rafer Roberts (Plastic Farm, SCAMthology) – Sunday, October 13, 1:00-2:30

Joe Mulvey (SCAM), Tyler James (THE RED TEN, EPIC, OXYMORON), John Lees (And Then Emily Was Gone) and ComixTribe Editor Sam Lebas will be at the booths all weekend long!

ComixTribe in November 2013

Scam #4

WRITER: Joe Mulvey
ARTIST: Joe Mulvey
COLORISTS: Chris Sotomayor
LETTERS: AndWorld Design
EDITOR: Steve Colle
PUBLISHER: ComixTribe
PRICE: $3.99
RATING: Teen + Up
FORMAT: 48 pages, color (#4 of 4 mini series)
Double-sized Series Finale! 

With Crosswords preparing for all out war, and Tru’s plan hanging by a thread, the team of super-powered conmen must decide whether to fold or go ALL IN!  When the dust settles, will anyone be left standing in Vegas?

Diamond Code: SEP131049

Scam is “X-Men meets Oceans 11″ and involves a team of super-powered grifters on the biggest con of their lives… taking down a Vegas casino and getting revenge on a former teammate who double-crossed them

Boston Comic Con 2013: ComixTribe Announces SCAMthology!

At this weekend’s Boston Comic Con, ComixTribe announced SCAMthology, a new project expanding Joe Mulvey‘s Scam universe, featuring top and up-and-coming comic talent telling thirteen new stories featuring super-powered con-men taking Vegas for all she’s worth.

The full roster of SCAMthology creators includes Joe Eisma, Ben McCool, Nick Pitarra, Paul Allor, Brian Shearer, Tyler James, Adam Masterman, Rich Douek, Daniel Logan, John Lees, Doug Hills, Aaron Houston, Kirk Manley, Josh Flanagan, Alex Diotto, Jonathan Rector, Jamie Gambell, Amy Chu, Nolan T. Jones, Steve Colle, Ryan K Lindsay, Alex Cormack, Steve Forbes, and Daniel Picciotto.

That’s thirteen teams, all tasked with developing the Scam mythos. And that’s an impressive line-up.

The first four-issue Scam mini-series concludes this November with a double-sized final issue, and SCAMthology will follow directly after.  ComixTribe has created a special SCAMthology Tumblr Page that will feature frequent teasers and more details about the project over the next few months. SCAMthology is set to be released in early 2014.

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