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Review: Field Tripping #1

Field Tripping #1

Take the concept of the much-beloved Magic School Bus and have it go off the rails. Field Tripping #1 delivers the beginning of a school field trip across dimensions from hell.

Co-created by James Asmus, Jim Festante, and José García the comic has a dark humor about it. Taking a child’s program and twisting it delivers a result that feels like an homage, a parody, and a black comedy. There’s something very subversive about it all. Twisted is really a perfect word to describe the series.

Armed with a magical school bus that hops them through dimensions, something goes wrong taking the school trip on a wild ride. Seven years later, they’re still lost. There have clearly been losses and a hell of a lot has happened. Asmus and Festante deliver a second half of a comic that leaves you begging to find out more as to what happened in those seven years.

The art by José García is great. There’s a style that fits the “kid like” material but has a slight offness about it. Like the story itself, the art has so much detail and tells some of what happened. There’s so many small things to check out, it adds to the comic and is as vital to telling what has happened as the dialogue. This is a perfect example of showing not telling but in this case the show is all teases as to what has happened.

Field Tripping #1 is a fantastic debut. The comic is one of the most entertaining of the week with a sly sense of humor that has fun with taking a kids concept and making it a bit more… adult.

Story: James Asmus, Jim Festante
Art: José García, David LaFuente
Letterer: Ryan Ferrier
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

comiXology provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Field Tripping #1

Field Tripping #1

Story: James Asmus, Jim Festante
Art: José García
Letters: Ryan Ferrier

When a flighty teacher with a mysterious bus takes her young students on field trips into parallel dimensions to illustrate different lessons, she fails to realize that it’s a horribly dangerous idea and that children break everything they touch. The machine breaks and leaves them stranded, jumping between bizarre worlds but never seemingly able to go back to their own.

Seven years in the future the surviving kids are now teenagers – wildly transformed by the worlds they’ve visited but seemingly unable to grow up and take responsibility for themselves. That is, until a surprise vendetta upends their routine and forces the kids to step up and act like adults for the first time.

Field Tripping is a coming of age story full of nostalgia, heartfelt moments and characters with unique personalities that readers can empathize with, including the most carefree and the grumpiest of them all. So, buckle up and get ready to head back to school!

This world-spanning, all-ages 5-issue comic book series is part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive content. The debut issue of Field Tripping is available to read on September 11th at no additional cost for members of Amazon Prime via their Prime Reading benefit, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited, and for purchase on Kindle and comiXology.

Field Tripping #1

Visit the Breaklands with Justin Jordan and Tyasseta

Enter the Breaklands, an all-new, creator-owned mini-series from Justin Jordan, acclaimed artist Tyasseta, and colorist Sarah Stern, with letters by Rachel Deering. Set 150 years in the future, Breaklands features a world where everyone has powers… except for one young woman, Kasa Fain, who is desperate to find her recently kidnapped brother.

This epic 5-issue comic series is part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive content. Breaklands #1 is available to read at no additional cost on September 4th for members of Amazon Prime via their Prime Reading benefit, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited, and for purchase on Kindle and comiXology.

150 years after humanity developed psychic powers and ended the world as we know it, a new world has emerged. Everyone has powers. Some powers, like the ability to light a match, are modest. But some powers – like the ability to reshape the world – are both vast and dangerous. Kasa Fain is different. She doesn’t possess powers. Kasa is an outsider, a teenager who has been in hiding, until the day her younger brother is kidnapped and everything changes.

Breaklands

ComiXology Originals is Releasing One New Creator-Owned Comic Each Week this September

ComiXology is releasing four all-new creator-owned comiXology Originals titles this September. Each week will feature the debut of a new series starting with Breaklands written by Justin Jordan, with art by Tyassetta on September 4th, followed by Field Tripping co-written by James Asmus and Jim Festante, with art by José García on September 11thThe Black Ghost co-written by acclaimed novelist Alex Segura and Monica Gallagher—co-creators of the Lethal Lit Podcast—with art by George Kambadais on September 18th, and concluding with Quarter Killer co-written by Vita Ayala and Danny Lore, with art by Jamie Jones on September 26th.

Each new #1 will be available to read digitally upon release for members of Amazon Prime via their Prime Reading benefit, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited at no additional cost and for purchase on Kindle and comiXology. The collected editions of these newly announced comiXology Originals series will be available in print via Amazon.com.

Breaklands

5-issue comic book series

Written by Justin Jordan, the co-creator and writer of The Strange Talent of Luther Strode, with art by acclaimed artist Tyassetta, colors by Sarah Stern, and lettering by Rachel Deering.

Set 150 years in the future, Breaklands features a world where everyone has powers… except for one young woman, Kasa Fain, who is desperate to find her recently kidnapped brother.

Breaklands #1 will be available on September 4th

Collected edition will be available in print via Amazon.com

Breaklands

Field Tripping

5-issue comic book series

Co-written by James Asmus and Jim Festante, collaborators on media properties like, Rick & Morty presents Mr. MeeseeksThe End Times of Bram & Ben, and animation development for Stoopid Buddy and Flying Rock Entertainment, with art by José García and lettering by Ryan Ferrier.

A multiverse-spanning, all-ages story about a flighty teacher with an interdimensional traveling school bus and her students who become stranded – jumping between bizarre worlds but never able to go back to theirs.

Field Tripping #1will be available on September 11th

Collected edition will be available in print via Amazon.com

Field Tripping

The Black Ghost

5-issue comic book series

Co-written by acclaimed novelist Alex Segura and Monica Gallagher—Co-Creators of the Lethal Lit Podcast—with art by George Kambadais, colors by Ellie Wright, lettering by Taylor Esposito, featuring covers by Greg Smallwood on #1, Francesco Francavilla, Veronica Fish, and Bill Sienkiewicz—and edited by Gregory Lockard.

Lara Dominguez is a journalist chasing that one, big story. As she inches closer to uncovering the identity of the masked activist known as The Black Ghost, Lara will have to navigate the corruption of her adopted city and her own personal demons. Will she have the strength to be part of the solution—or will she become the problem?

Black Ghost #1 will be available on September 18th

Collected edition will be available in print via Amazon.com

Black Ghost

Quarter Killer

5-issue comic book series

Co-written by Vita Ayala (The WildsSubmergedLivewire) and Danny Lore (Ayala’s James Bond co-writer and the writer of the acclaimed Queen of Bad Dreams), with art by Jamie Jones and lettering by Ryan Ferrier.

This action packed, cyberpunk story of Quentin Kidd A.K.A. QK, an ex-corporate computer hacker who offers their services to those willing to pay them with old school currency, specifically quarters, because quarters are untraceable. QK only has two rules: they don’t work for criminals or police, and no killing.

Quarter Killer #1 will be available on September 25th

Collected edition will be available in print via Amazon.com

Quarter Killer

Each new series is part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive content and will be available upon release for members of Amazon Prime via their Prime Reading benefit, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited at no additional cost, and for purchase on Kindle and comiXology, with collected editions in print via Amazon.com. Prime Reading offers all Amazon Prime members a rotating selection of over a thousand top Kindle books, magazines, short works, comic books, children’s books, and more – all at no additional cost. Kindle Unlimited offers over 1 million titles, thousands of audiobooks, and select current issues of popular magazines for just $9.99 a month with a 30-day free trial. ComiXology Unlimited now offers over 25,000 comics, graphic novels and manga for just $5.99 a month with a 30-day free trial.

SDCC 2019: Chip Zdarsky and Jason Loo’s Afterlift Joins comiXology Originals

comiXology announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 that Eisner-nominated writer Chip Zdarsky and acclaimed artist Jason Loo are collaborating on Afterlift, an all-new five-part comics mini-series about an unexpected ride-share to a very final destination: Hell. The series will debut from the comiXology Originals program this winter.

In Afterlift, Janice Chen is adrift. She quits her day job in finance and signs up to be a driver on a ride-sharing app. But what was at first a mundane but enjoyable way to pass the time takes a terrible turn when a mysterious passenger updates his ride with a new final destination: Hell.

The 5-issue series is set to debut later this year, as part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive digital content, Afterlift will be available to read on release at no additional cost to members of comiXology Unlimited, Kindle Unlimited and Prime through Prime Reading, and for purchase on Kindle and comiXology, including a full color print edition exclusively on Amazon.com.

Afterlift

SDCC 2019: comiXology Announces Adora and the Distance, a New YA Fantasy Graphic Novel

ComiXology announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 announced a new comiXology Originals, Adora and the Distance – an all-new YA fantasy graphic novel from Writers Guild Award and Inkpot Award-winning writer Marc Bernardin, artist Ariela Kristantina, colorist Jessica Kholinne, letterer Bernardo Brice, and acclaimed editor Will Dennis. Adora and the Distance will debut winter 2019.

Inspired by writer Marc Bernardin’s daughter, who was diagnosed with autism at four years old, Adora and the Distance is a YA fantasy graphic novel following the epic adventures of Adora, a brave young woman of color who lives in a fantastical world with underground pirates, ghosts, and a mysterious force called “The Distance” which threatens to destroy it all.

Debuting in winter 2019 as part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive digital content, Adora and the Distance will be available for members of Amazon Prime via their Prime Reading benefit, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited at no additional cost and for purchase on Kindle and comiXology, including a full color print edition exclusively on Amazon.com.

Adora and the Distance

SDCC 2019: comiXology Originals Presents the CBLDF Comic-Con Welcome Party

CBLDF

Start off San Diego Comic-Con 2019 with many of the industry’s best comic creators at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Comic-Con Welcome Party, sponsored by comiXology Originals and hosted by superstar creators Tula Lotay & Jock in a “British Invasion” theme brought about by the help of Thought Bubble. Additionally,  Kieron Gillen will DJ the party along with Tula Lotay and surprise guests. Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab will be there with a new British Invasion fragrance for CBLDF supporters! The party is open to the public and starts at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 18th, at the Westgate Hotel. Free for CBLDF members, with a $20+ dollar donation at the door requested from all others, with food and cash bar provided. Get your tickets now.

Long known as the best party during Comic-Con, this year the British are coming to put a fresh spin on this free speech fundraiser! With Thought Bubble’s Lotay and Jock leading the charge, CBLDF supporters will also be able to meet top British creators including Richard Starkings, Andy Diggle, Joe Glass and more!  Stemming the tide of the British Invasion, creators and industry luminaries working on comiXology Originals line of exclusive content will be in attendance including; Will Dennis, Kristian Donaldson, Max Dunbar, Clive Hawken, Shawn Martinbrough, Kel McDonald, Hope Nicholson, MK Reed, Mark Sable, C. Spike Trotman, Jen Vaughn, Magdalene Visaggio, and Jim Zub.

CBLDF protects the Free Expression rights of creators and readers everywhere. This year, they are standing up to a rise in identity censorship, including attempts to ban books by and about the LGBTQ+ community, women, and people of color. CBLDF fights censorship by providing legal aid, resources, and education to help protect the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. Your support at the CBLDF SDCC Welcome Party helps fund this important work!

The fun starts at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 18, at the Westgate Hotel, where CBLDF welcomes you to Comic-Con for a fun night of fabulous creators, astonishing artwork, and outstanding exclusives!

Mingle and Meet Great Creators! In addition to all the creators mentioned already, every year you can find some of the greatest creators in comics dropping in at the CBLDF Welcome Party. Don’t miss your chance to mingle with writers, artists, letterers, colorists, and editors!

Get Amazing Gifts! The first hundred attendees will get an amazing gift bag that includes limited edition The Stone King posters from comiXology Originals!

Smell Amazing with Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab! Our friends at BPAL will be bringing a brand new British Invasion exclusive fragrance to support the Fund’s important work!

Get First Dibs on CBLDF Exclusives! CBLDF has an exclusive assortment of great items promoting intellectual freedom for Comic-Con attendees! We have all-new stickers, patches, and pins that you can get at the party!

Preview the Incredible Items in CBLDF’s Comic-Con Auction! Get a first look at the amazing original art up for grabs at Saturday’s CBLDF Comic-Con Auction, including art by Walter Simonson, Cathy Guisewite, Stan Sakai, J.O’Barr, Frank Miller & more!

Come support free speech and experience the most talked about party at Comic-Con during the CBLDF Comic-Con Welcome Party, Thursday, July 18, at the Westgate Hotel (1055 Second Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101), from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.! This party is FREE for CBLDF Members. Non-members: Suggested $20 donation at the door, please. Reserve your ticket now!

The Pride Joins ComiXology Originals With The All-New Series The Pride Season Two

The Pride Season Two #1

comiXology and Queer Comix announced that The Pride Season Two – an all-new, six issue comic book series spinning out of writer Joe Glass’ acclaimed LGBTQ+ super hero series The Pride. The new volume will debut as part of comiXology Originals on June 5th, just in time for Pride month. Additionally, the acclaimed indie hits, The Pride Season One and The Pride Adventures Season One, also join comiXology Originals. The Pride is the first Submit series comiXology has invested in to continue through comiXology Originals, making these amazing stories available to a new worldwide audience.

The Pride Season Two #1, written by Joe Glass and illustrated by Cem Iroz with colors by Mark Dale and letters by Mike Stock, as well as The Pride Season One and The Pride Adventures Season One will be digitally available to read for members of Prime Reading, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited, and available for purchase on Kindle and comiXology upon release, June 5th. All of The Pride will be available in print via Amazon.com at the same time as The Pride Season Two collected edition release.

The Pride Season One

In The Pride Season Two you’ll join an amazing cast of heroes who united to form a team comprised entirely of LGBTQ+ crime fighters in bright and fun action-packed adventures that any super hero fan can enjoy. The team returns with exciting newadventures where they must stop a nuclear meltdown, welcome new heroes, and investigate a spate of mysterious attacks on the world’s biggest pop star.

In a world populated by people with superpowers, FabMan (Tomorrow’s Fabulous Man, Today) feels a deep schism in the representation of his community and his own heroic exploits, which are often presented as fluff pieces in the news. Wanting to fight for change, he forms The Pride, the world’s premier LGBTQ+ supergroup – featuring a diverse range of characters representative of the broad LGBTQ+ spectrum, from gay, lesbian, bi and trans superheroes to non-binary, drag queen, HIV+, children of gay parents, and more. Together they fight to protect the world from prejudice, misrepresentation, and injustice, not to mention a pesky supervillain or two!

Magdalene Visaggio and Jen Vaughn’s Teenage Wasteland Returns May 15

May 15th marks the return of Magdelene Visaggio and Jen Vaughn’s punk rock, magical grrrl comiXology Originals series, Teenage Wasteland – the action-packed comic where after school activities include transforming into galactic heroes and fighting monsters. The all-new issue #2 is available to read now digitally for members of Prime Reading, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited, and for sale on comiXology and Kindle.

Smart-mouthed Ellie Tweed is the jerkhole new girl in school who falls in with the wrong crowd, who happen to have an explosive secret: they aren’t just teenage girls with attitude, they are the Earth’s secret defenders! And Ellie is their newest recruit.

Teenage Wasteland #1 and #2 is now and will be available to read at no additional cost for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited and purchasable on comiXology and Kindle for $2.99. Print collected edition will be available via Print-on-Demand exclusively on Amazon.com. Prime Reading offers Amazon Prime members a rotating selection of over a thousand top Kindle books, magazines, short works, comic books, children’s books, and more – all at no additional cost. Kindle Unlimited offers over 1 million titles, thousands of audiobooks, and select current issues of popular magazines for just $9.99 a month with a 30-day free trial. ComiXology Unlimited offers over 15,000 comics, graphic novels and manga for just $5.99 a month with a 30-day free trial.

Teenage Wasteland #2

Classic Manga Initial D Debuts from ComiXology Originals and Kodansha Comics

Initial D

comiXology and Kodansha Comics have announced volumes 1-38 of Initial D, the all-time classic manga about Japanese street racing by Shuichi Shigeno, are now available to read digitally at no additional cost for Amazon PrimeKindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited customers and are also available for purchase on Kindle and comiXology. Volumes 39-48 will be released later this year. With volumes 34-38 never before translated to English, this year marks the long awaited release of the entire Initial D series in English.

More than a manga, Initial D is a cultural phenomenon. Upon its release, Initial D perfectly captured the world of Japanese street racing and kicked off a global craze. It spawned a legendary anime series, video games, movies, not to mention an immortally beloved techno soundtrack. It also inspired the film The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. But it all starts here, with the Initial D manga.

Live the legend of how Tak Fujiwara went from tofu delivery boy to street-racing god.

Tak Fujiwara spends a lot of time behind the wheel. His tofu delivery job sends him racing down the treacherous roads of Mount Akina, and without even realizing it, Tak has mastered racing techniques that take most drivers a lifetime to learn. Of course, none of his friends realize this. They’re all too busy watching the Akina Speed Stars, the local street racing team. When the legendary Red Suns show up to challenge the Speed Stars, it looks as if the Trueno Eight Six that has been seen racing through the mountain roads will take them on. The question remains … who’s the driver of this phantom car?

Initial D
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