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Cosplay, D&D, Game Shows, Spies, Horror, Star Wars, and More at Baltimore Comic Con Live this Weekend

This weekend, enjoy the 1st annual Baltimore Comic-Con Live, a FREE ONLINE EVENT streaming October 23-25, 2020! Come check out retailers, exhibitors, artists alley, programming, and the Ringo Awards live! There’s an amazing range of topics in the 2020 virtual programming. Regardless of if you’re a cosplayer, a gamer, a movie buff, or just a reader, there’s sure to be something for you!

TERROR IN THE PAGES: Making a Horror Comic

Panelists: Afua Richardson, Tim Seely, Jeremy Haun, Mike Moreci, Jim Terry
Host: John Siuntres
Saturday, October 24, 2020 – 2pm ET / 11am PT

We all love horror, especially the comic creators on this panel. Join us for a group chat to discuss everything we find chilling and downright terrifying in comics.

Afua Richardson

EVIL TED SMITH: Creating Foam Cosplay

Panelists: Evil Ted Smith
Host: Chuck Lindsey
Saturday, October 24, 2020 – 3pm ET / 12pm PT

From Hunger Games to Pirates of the CaribbeanStar Trek to The Walking DeadEvil Ted has worked in the movie industry doing visual effects, prop, and model making for 28 years. In this LIVE demo, he will show you the secrets to making realistic cosplay pieces right at home.

EVIL TED SMITH

TOTALLY AWESOME COMIC BOOK GAMESHOW!!! (or “Stump Tom Brevoort”)

Panelists: Tom Brevoort
Host: Chuck Lindsey
Saturday, October 24, 2020 – 4pm ET / 1pm PT

Watch as contestants compete in a Marvel Trivia Showdown to claim Ultimate Fandom Supremacy. Three rounds of gameshow action to see who knows more about comics than Marvel Executive Editor, Tom Brevoort.

Marvel logo

SPIES LIKE COMICS

Panelists: Stephanie Phillips, Jeff Parker, Brian Stelfreeze, Doug Wagner
Host: Robert Meyer Burnett
Saturday, October 24, 2020 – 4pm ET / 1pm PT

From secret agents to international super criminals, spy comics have been a tent pole of the comic book genre from the very beginning. Join host Robert Meyer Burnett as he delves deep into everything we love about Spy Comics and the hottest titles currently on the shelves.

Stephanie Phillips

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: Live Game

Panelists: Tom Akel, Jim Zub, Troy Little, Cecil Castellucci, Joel Daly
Host: Joel Daly
Saturday, October 24, 2020 – 11pm ET / 8pm PT

Join the most popular players LIVE for a D&D session for the ages. Dungeon Masters and Players include Tom AkelJim ZubTroy LittleCecil CastellucciJoel Daly, and Sal Crivelli.

Cecil Castellucci

WEB COMICS: What’s Next in Digital?

Panelists: Dean Haspiel, Sanford Greene, Megan Stevenson, Michael Son
Host: Tom Akel
Sunday, October 25, 2020 – 12pm ET / 9am PT

Join Dean Haspiel (2017 Ringo Award winner for The Red Hook), Sanford Greene (2018 Ringo Award winner for 1000), Megan Stevenson (2020 Ringo nominee for The Croaking), and Tapas VP of Content Michael Son for a discussion with Rocketship Entertainment Publisher Tom Akel (Backchannel) on the evolving landscape of digital comics and how creators can evaluate their opportunities versus the traditional market.

Sanford Greene

AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN COMICS

Panelists: Stan Sakai, Dean Haspiel, Erica Schultz, with Dave Kelly and Alex Segura
Host: Gene Kannenberg, Jr.
Sunday, October 25, 2020 – 3pm ET / 12pm PT

A discussion on how comics use the fantastic to tell deeply personal stories. Bucking the conventional wisdom that if you focus on fiction there’s no personal truth to it, this panel brings together creators who channel their own lives and experiences through the limitless potential of big characters and other worlds. Join 2020 Ringo nominees Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), Erica Schultz (Forgotten Home), and Dave Kelly (Tales of the Night Watchman) with 2017 Ringo winner Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook) and Alex Segura (The Black Ghost, Co-President Archie Comics). Moderated by Gene Kannenberg, Jr.

Dean Haspiel

STAR WARS COMICS

Panelists: Charles Soule, Katie Cook, Greg Pak, Mike Moreci
Host: Alden Diaz
Sunday, October 25, 2020 – 3pm ET / 12pm PT

Explore the world and history of Star Wars comics from the creators that know it best!!! Join host Alden Diaz for a very special look into a galaxy far far away with panelists Charles SouleKatie CookGreg Pak, and Mike Moreci.

Greg Pak

Baltimore Comic Con Announces its First Live Panels

Go virtual for the 1st annual Baltimore Comic-Con Live this October 23-25, 2020! The convention has revealed the first of many announcements about the featured programming for their 2020 event. The virtual convention is free to everyone.

Comics Time Machine: 1985

From American Flagg! to Hey Kids! Comics!The Mighty Thor to RagnarokThe New Mutants the comic book series to The New Mutants the movie. The Vigilante to Milestone. Grab a front-row seat to a historical and hysterical comix clatch 35 years in the making between legendary upstarts Howard ChaykinDenys CowanBill Sienkiewicz, and Walter Simonson — moderated by their former 17-year-old assistant, award-winning cartoonist and creator of The Red HookDean Haspiel.

Garth Ennis Spotlight 

Joe Ryband interviews Garth Ennis about many of his triumphant stories. The BoysPunisherNick FuryWar Stories, and more.

Dave Gibbons Spotlight

An intimate look at award-winning writer/artist Dave Gibbons‘ career. From his 2000AD work on Rogue Trooper and DC work on Superman and Green Lantern to his Marvel runs on Captain America, and his creation The Originals for Vertigo, plus co-creations with Mark Millar (The Secret Service), Frank Miller (Give Me Liberty) and, of course, his iconic work co-creating Watchmen with Alan Moore.

Christa Cassano, Dean Haspiel, Dave Proch, Peter Rostovsky, David Trustman, and Sarah Trustman Head to Baltimore Comic Con

The 20th annual Baltimore Comic-Con occurs the weekend of October 18-20, 2019 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Baltimore Comic-Con features a posse of niche-bending comix auteurs, which include Christa Cassano, Dean Haspiel, Dave Proch, Peter Rostovsky, David Trustman, and Sarah TrustmanPurchase your tickets online at the Baltimore Comic-Con website.

Christa Cassano

Christa Cassano is an award winning artist currently residing in Philadelphia, PA. Her work has been exhibited internationally, and she has been an Artist-in-Residence at IAIA, Yaddo, and The Atlantic Center for the Arts, a regular contributor to comix anthologies, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Freshman ForceRESIST!, and A.P.B.- Artist Against Police Brutality. She is also the publisher of The Giant Effect and Le Cadavre Exquis. In 2016, she was nominated for an Eisner Award for co-adapting John Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown into a graphic novel. Her work can be seen at BillMyers.com, Crypt TV, The Les Paul Museum, on The O’Jays new album, and in the upcoming New Stranger Things Art book.

Emmy and Ringo Award-winning cartoonist Dean Haspiel is best known for creating Billy Dogma and The Red Hook and illustrating for HBO’s “Bored to Death.” His published work includes The FoxSpider-ManThe Fantastic Four, X-MenDeadpoolBatman ’66Wonder WomanGodzillaMars Attacks!Heavy MetalSpongeBob SquarePantsPopeye, and American Splendor. He has collaborated with Harvey Pekar, Jonathan Ames, Inverna Lockpez, Jay Lynch, Jonathan Lethem, Stoya, and Stan Lee. In addition, Haspiel is an accomplished playwright and Yaddo fellow. Check out his latest graphic novel, The Red Hook vol.2 War Cry (Image Comics), and read his recent webcomic, STARCROSS (The Red Hook, season 3 at Line WEBTOON).

Dave Proch is a native of west Philadelphia and was published in the Locust Moon Press anthology books, Little Nemo: Dream Another DreamOnce Upon a Time Machine, and various issues of their Quarter Moonanthology series. He self-publishes Mango Lizard, as well as The Homecoming King. He’ll be drawing 5 dollar business card size paintings of your favorite characters throughout the weekend.

Peter Rostovsky is a Russian-born artist and writer whose art has been shown widely in the US and abroad at museum venues such as PS1/MoMA, The Walker Art Center, MCA Santa Barbara, Artpace, The Blanton Museum of Art, S.M.A.K., and a host of private galleries. His art criticism, under the pen name David Geers, has appeared in the magazines October, BOMB, The Brooklyn Rail, and Frieze. Meanwhile, his comics-based work has appeared in the Third Rail QuarterlyUnbagTopic, and Devil’s Due’s Talk Bernie To Me!, and the acclaimed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Freshman Force, where his contribution was highlighted by the New York Times, Vice, and other media outlets. At Baltimore Comic-Con, Rostovsky will be giving a sneak peak into his first major graphic novel: Damnation Diaries.

David Trustman is an Indy comix writer/artist, mnemonist, and TEDx speaker. He is the co-creator and artist of the groundbreaking graphic series The Memory Arts which teaches ancient mnemonic (memory) techniques through vibrant watercolor imagery, and has been called “…one of the most important books in magic…ever!” (Vanish Magazine, May 2018). David got his start in indy comix as writer/artist of The RiseWelcome to Karma Springs, and GOD Slap. David’s new comic Theuth: Totem Quest is debuting at Baltimore Comic-Con!

Writer/ Artist Sarah Trustman broke into the publishing scene with her co-creation, The Memory Arts. The renowned series teaches mnemonics (the ancient art of memory) through fun, modern, graphic storytelling. A mnemonist and TEDx speaker, Sarah regularly speaks and teaches about memory to audiences both large and small. Her newest comic Theuth: Totem Quest is debuting at Baltimore Comic-Con!


In addition to on-site CGC grading, this year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Joel Adams (Savage Eve), Neal Adams (Detective Comics), Zeea Adams (Neal Adams Monsters), Scott Ethan Ambruson (Destiny, Queen of Thieves), Art Way Alliance, Brian Azzarello (Batman: Damned), Jeremy Bastian (Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Under The Spell), Marty Baumann (Disney/Pixar), John Beatty (Secret Wars), Carolyn Belefski (Curls), Ziggy Blumenthal (Operation Pajama Pants), Russ Braun (The Boys), Brett Breeding (Superman, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Harold Buchholz (MST3K), Mark Buckingham (Justice League Dark), Cullen Bunn (Harrow County, courtesy of AfterShock Comics), Greg Burnham (Tuskegee Heirs), Buzz (Superman: Coming of the Supermen), Jim Calafiore (The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute), Chris Campana (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Joe Carabeo (The Legettes), Richard Case (Doom Patrol), Christa Cassano (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Freshman Force), Castillo Studios, Ally Cat (Death of Love), Jacob Chabot (Ziggy Pig – Silly Seal Comics), Howard Chaykin (Hey Kids! Comics!), Frank Cho (Harley Quinn), Amy Chu (KISS: The End), Steve Conley (The Middle Age), Steve Conte (Action Figure Kingdom), Katie Cook (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic), Jamie Cosley (Star Wars Insider), Clayton Crain (Absolute Carnage: Miles Morales, courtesy of Frankie’s Comics), Kristina Deak-Linsner (Vampirella: Roses for the Dead), The Deans Family (La Moo Du Chocolat: A Shakes Adventure), Vito Delsante (Midnight Tiger: Stronger), Christian DiBari (Magdalena), Steve Ellis (The Only Living Girl), Tod Emko and Piggy (A Piggy’s Tale), Steve Englehart (Doctor Strange, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Garth Ennis (The Boys, Friday and Saturday only), G.D. Falksen (Mine!), Rob Feldman (Cyko KO), Brenden Fletcher (Isola), Chris Flick (Capes & Babes), LJ and Kayla Fowlkes (The Adventures of CHIBIWONGTONG), Shea Fontana (DC SuperHero Girls), Francesco Francavilla (Red Sonja and Vampirella Meet Betty and Veronica), Franco (Superman of Smallville), Simon Fraser (Tales of the Night Watchman, courtesy of So What? Press), Julie Fujii Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo: The Hidden), John Gallagher (Max Meow), David Gallaher (The Only Living Girl), SL Gallant (Magic: The Gathering: Chandra – Tales of Alara), Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (DC Nation), Mitch Gerads (Mr. Miracle), Gerhard (Cerberus the Aardvark), Ransom Getty (Suicide Squad Special Edition), Chris Giarrusso (Hashtag: Danger), Mike Gold (The Whisper Campaign), Jimmy Gownley (Disney Zootopia: School Days), Garth Graham (Star Power), John Patrick Green (Kim Possible Adventures), Dawn Griffin (Zorphbert & Fred), Juanjo Guarnido (Blacksad),  Laura Lee Gulledge (Will & Whit), Bob Hall (West Coast Avengers), Cully Hamner (Batman Beyond), N. Steven Harris (Michael Cray), Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook), Glenn Hauman (Mine!), Mark Hempel (Sandman), Greg Hildebrandt (Old Man Logan), Clinton Hobart (Disney fine artist), Javon and Tarik Holmes (The Adventuers of Waffle Boy), Adam Hughes (Superman), Jamal Igle (Wrong Earth), Chris Ivy (Venom: Tooth and Claw, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Klaus Janson (New Challengers), Justin Jordan (Reaver), Kata Kane (G.F.F.s Ghost Friends Forever), Chris Kemple (The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute), Matt Kindt (X-O Manowar), Sharlene Kindt (Dept. H), Tom King (Batman), Evelyn Kriete (Hullabaloo), Greg Land (Hulkverines, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Jeehyung Lee (The Batman’s Grave, courtesy of Frankie’s Comics), Jim Lee (Batman: Hush, Saturday only), Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer), Joseph Michael Linsner (Red Sonja), Nate Lovett (Marvel Comics Presents), Howard Mackie (Ghost Rider), Mike Manley (Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Comic), Chris Mariano (Claire Lost Her Bear at the World’s Fair), Mark Mariano (Puddleton Farm: Ewing! What Are You Doing?), Ron Marz (Turok), Xavier McLaren (The Bubbler), John McCrea (Hitman, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Bob McLeod (New Mutants), Carla Speed McNeil (Twisted Romance), Pop Mhan (Raven, Daughter of Darkness), David Michelinie (Amazing Spider-Man, Saturday and Sunday only, courtesy of The Living Corpse), Matt Miner (All We Ever Wanted: Stories of a Better World), Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez (Ricanstruction: Reminiscing & Rebuilding Puerto Rico), Karl Moline (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Mark Morales (Justice League), Jamar Nicholas (Leon: Protector of the Playground), Kevin Nowlan (Black Widow, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Jerry Ordway (Archie Meets Batman ’66), Rachel Ordway (FTL, Y’all!), Greg Pak (Star Wars), Tom Palmer (Doctor Strange), Dan Parent (Archie: The Married Life – 10th Anniversary), Paul Pelletier (Aquaman/Jabberjaw Special), Andrew Pepoy (Archie: The Married Life – 10th Anniversary), Mike Perkins (Swamp Thing), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Kasey Pierce (Seeress, Book One: The Reckless), Mark Poulton (Koni Waves), Andy Price (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic), Dave Proch (Mango Lizard), Livio Ramondelli (Transformers), Ron Randall (Trekker), Tom Raney (Dog Days of Summer), Mark Redfield (Vampire Hunters Incorporated), Afua Richardson (Run), Rafer Roberts (Grumble), Don Rosa (The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck), Peter Rostovsky (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Freshman Force), Jennifer Rouse (The Death of Poe), Craig Rousseau (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Dimension X), Mike Royer (New Gods), Arsia Rozegar (Man Plus), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), Stuart Sayger (KISS: The End), Bob Schreck (Batman: Hush), Greg Schigiel (Pix: One Weirdest Weekend), Erica Schultz (Xena: Warrior Princess), Bart Sears (Turok), Jeff Shultz (Archie Jumbo Comics Digest), Louise Simonson (Death of Superman), Walter Simonson (Ragnarok), Matt Slay (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Andy Smith (Demi-God), Brian “Smitty” Smith (The Stuff of Legend), John K. Snyder III (Killers), Allison Sohn (The Art of Red Sonja, Volume 2), Charles Soule (Curse Words), Joe Staton (Dick Tracy), Brian Stelfreeze (Rise of the Black Panther), Jim Steranko (Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Paul D. Storrie (The Viking Queen), Karl Story (Star Wars: Age of Rebellion – Han Solo), William Stout (Fantastic Worlds – The Art of William Stout), Nathan Szerdy (Vampirella), Ty Templeton (Marvel Super-Hero Adventures, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Michael Terracciano (Star Power), David and Sarah Trustman (The Memory Arts), Timothy Truman (Grimjack), Billy Tucci (Shi), Ted Tucker (Caricatures), Mike Vasquez (Rick & Morty, courtesy of Frankie’s Comics), Brian K. Vaughan (Paper Girls), Gus Vazquez (Big Hero 6), Emilio Velez Jr. (The Dodgeball Teens), Robert Venditti (Hawkman), Doug Wagner (The Hard Place), Mark Waid (Avengers: No Road Home), Adam Wallenta (Punk Taco), Adam Warren (Empowered And Sistah Spooky’s High School Hell), Todd Webb (Mr. Toast Comics), Lee Weeks (Batman), Mark Wheatley (Songs of Giants: The Poetry of Pulp), Emily Whitten (The Underfoot), Bob Wiacek (Iron Man), Marcus Williams (Tuskegee Heirs), Javier Cruz Winnik (Puerto Rico Strong), Marv Wolfman (Raven: Daughter of Darkness, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Rich Woodall (Electric Black), John Workman (Riverdale), Kelly Yates (Torchwood), Thom Zahler (Star Trek: Waypoint Special 2019), and Mike Zeck (The Punisher).

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez And The Freshman Force: New Party, Who Dis? is Out May 15 with 12 Different Comic Shop Variants

Weeks after making international headlines for announcing its plans to create an Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez superhero comic, Devil’s Due Comics has a confirmed release date. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez And The Freshman Force: New Party, Who Dis? will hit online and physical retail outlets on Wednesday, May 15. And to mark the occasion, the Chicago-based comic book publisher has teamed up with a number of comic shops to provide 12 different collectible covers, available as limited-edition purchases at each retailer’s location or website.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez And The Freshman Force features contributions from several acclaimed and award-winning writers/artists, including Jill ThompsonDean Haspiel, Jose Garibaldi, and more, including a cover by Tim Seeley.

Check out the retail variants below!

Galaxy Of Comics alternate cover by Joe Benitez available exclusively at http://www.galaxyofcomics.com
Midtown Comics alternate cover by Tiffany Groves available exclusively at http://www.midtowncomics.com
Newbury Comics alternate cover by Hoyt Silva available exclusively at http://www.newburycomics.com
Ssalefish alternate cover by Olivia Palaez available exclusively at http://www.ssalefish.net
Sanctum Sanctorum alternate cover by Joel Herrera available exclusively at http://www.sanctumsanctorumcomics.com
Beyond Comics alternate cover by Gene Ha available exclusively at http://www.beyondcomics.com
Collector Cave alternate cover by Carla Cohen available exclusively at http://www.nycollectorcave.com
WonderWorld alternate cover by Olivia Palaez available exclusively at http://www.wonderworldcomics.com
First Legacy Comics alternate cover by Cat Skaggs available exclusively at http://www.firstlegacycomics.com
Devil’s Due Washington Warriror cover by Tim Seeley and Josh Blaylock. Available exclusively at http://www.ocasiocomic.com
Original Devil’s Due cover by Tim Seeley and Josh Blaylock. Available exclusively at http://www.ocasiocomic.com

Preview: Bloodshot Rising Spirit #6

BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT #6

Written by ELIOT RAHAL
Story by KEVIN GREVIOUX
Art by RAGS MORALES
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by SIMON BOWLAND
Cover A by FELIPE MASSAFERA
Cover B by MARK TEXEIRA
Cover C by  DEAN HASPIEL
Pre-order Edition Cover by KEN LASHLEY
On sale April 24, 2019
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | Full Color

New story arc! “A GUY NAMED RAY,” Part 1. Two of the leaders of the Bloodshot team find themselves on thin ice with their bosses at Project Rising Spirit. With little left to lose, they decide to take down PRS—and they have just the perfect weapon to use! Writers Eliot Rahal (QUANTUM AND WOODY!) and Kevin Grevioux (Underworld) continue to declassify Bloodshot’s origin in this action-packed series, featuring the return of Valiant artist Rags Morales (GEOMANCER, Action Comics)!

BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT #6

Preview: The Life and Death of Toyo Harada #2

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA #2 (of 6)

Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by CAFU and BUTCH GUICE
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVID SHARPE
Cover A by MICO SUAYAN
Cover B by ARIEL OLIVETTI
Cover C by DEAN HASPIEL
Pre-Order Edition by CAFU
On sale April 10, 2019
$4.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | Full Color

The deadly campaign of the most powerful psiot in the Valiant Universe continues!

In the present: Toyo Harada finds himself and The Foundation Zone under attack by a coalition of world governments, as one of his own teammates begins to turn on him. In the past: Toyo Harada escapes Japan aboard a fishing vessel, and sets sail for the new world.

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA #2 (of 6)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez And The Freshman Force from Devil’s Due Comics this May

To ring in the newest butt-kicking Democratic members of Congress, Devil’s Due Comics has assembled a team of acclaimed artists to create the mother of all one-off commemorative comics: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez And The Freshman Force. Issue #1, New Party: Who Dis? (which doubles as the final issue!) drops this May 15, and sees AOC engage in a series of super-heroic mini-adventures as she takes on the GOP establishment from within. To boot, this animated anthology satirically skewers everyone from President Trump to his near-endless team of morally-compromised Republican cronies. Bonus: Activities and games like “Where’s Mitch?” will take you back to a simpler time. Extra bonus: Alternate Collector’s Edition covers at OcasioComic.com!

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez And The Freshman Force comes ten years after the debut of the wildly-popular Devil’s Due Barack the Barbarian comic series, which chronicled the bone-crushing exploits of our 44th President. Both are the brainchild of artist and Devil’s Due Publisher Josh Blaylock.

A portion of all sales will go to America’s United Service Organization (USO), and RaicesTexas.org, which provides free and low-cost legal services to under-served immigrant children, families, and refugees.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez And The Freshman Force features contributions from several acclaimed and award-winning writers/artists, including Jill Thompson (a Neil Gaiman collaborator and creator of the Scary Godmother graphic novels and TV special), Dean Haspiel (Emmy-winning title designer and longtime collaborator with Harvey Pekar on American Splendor), Jose Garibaldi (Lego Movie 2, TMNT, Captain Underpants graphic novels), and more, including a cover by Tim Seeley (artist/writer of numerous iconic comic book series, including Hack/Slash, Nightwing, Grayson, Green Lantern, Batman).

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez And The Freshman Force
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez And The Freshman Force

Preview: The Fox Vol. 2: Fox Hunt (TP)

THE FOX VOL. 2: FOX HUNT (TP)

Script: Mark Waid and Dean Haspiel
Art: Dean Haspiel, Allen Passalaqua, Rachel Deering, John Workman
Cover: Dean Haspiel
978-1-68255-887-4
$14.99 US/$16.99 CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
TR
136 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 8/22

Paul Patton, Jr. is dealing with the reality that his son wants to be a superhero like his father; the very thing Paul no longer wishes to be himself. However, a psychopathic philanthropist won’t let Paul end his dual identity when he puts a million-dollar bounty on The Fox’s head! Collects FOX HUNT issues #1-5!

Dean Haspiel’s The Red Hook Gets a Summer Tour

Image Comics has revealed preview pages from Dean Haspiel’s forthcoming The Red Hook Vol. 1: New Brooklyn, which is set to launch this June. Haspiel will kick-off the release of The Red Hook with a Summer 2018 Tour of events beginning with a Book Expo America appearance.

Winner of the Ringo Award for Best Webcomic 2017, this book collects the first volume of The Red Hook, a super-thief who is bequeathed the Omni-fist of Altruism and transformed into a hero against his will a year after a sentient Brooklyn’s heart is broken and physically secedes from America.

The Red Hook Vol. 1: New Brooklyn (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0920-3, Diamond Code APR180549) hits stores on Wednesday, June 6th.

Underrated: The Fox: Freak Magnet/Fox Hunt

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week:  The Fox.


freakmagnet.jpgOriginally appearing in MLJ Comics Blue Ribbon Comics #4, the Fox continued to feature in the title until it’s cancellation eighteen issues later with #22, although the character only had one cover appearance; issue #16’s ensemble featured every character featured within the comic.  MLJ Comics would eventually become Archie Comics, which brings us to 2014 and the release of the first issue of Freak Magnet.

Written by Mark Waid (Irredeemable/Incorruptible, Daredevil) and Dean Haspiel, who also provides the art, the modern miniseries evokes a sense of chaotic fun that harkens back to the Golden Age of comics, while  remaining fresh and relevant for today’s audience. Officially published by Dark Circle Comics, which is an imprint of Archie ComicsThe Fox had two miniseries by the same creative team; Freak Magnet and Fox Hunt. You can read them in any order, and I say that because I read the sequel, Fox Hunt, prior to Freak Magnet and never once felt as though I was missing out on anything.

 A lot of that is down to the quality of the comics, because Fox Hunt was honestly one of the best story arcs I had the pleasure of reading back in 2015. Fox Hunt seeks to explores the difficulty facing a superhero who just wants to retire, with Paul Patten Jr. steadfastly trying to retire as The Fox. Unfortunately due to his innate freak magnet he’s having a bit of a hard time doing just that (although the million dollar bounty on his head isn’t helping things either). 

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Haspiel packs the issues with some fantastic art sequences to complement the story.

Although he is another legacy hero (think RobinFlashUnion Jack, or any character who has taken over for the original hero – the current Fox is the original‘s son), with the way Mark Waid is writing the comic at the moment, the history of the character really doesn’t weigh on the story at all, allowing youto enjoy the two individual miniseries. With Fox Hunt, however, it would be a good idea to read the issues in order – or to wait for the collected edition that will inevitably be released following the conclusion of the first story arc – because this is a linear story.

If it sounds that The Fox is a fun series, well that’s because it is. When it comes to enjoying the comics we read, very few of the comics I have read have been as entertaining as this five issue miniseries. The art work isn’t quite family friendly (there’s the odd scene of mostly off panel violence that Dean Haspiel will highlight by having the odd bit of gristle or unidentified flesh appear on panel), but it’s a far cry from the gritty feel of many modern day comics. Waid and Haspiel‘s story telling is simply a joy to experience, and the light hearted tone never seems to go over the top into the realm of comedy, but certainly elicits a couple of chuckles from me each issue.

A spoiler free summary will not, and cannot, do the comics any justice, and I urge you to take the plunge and go check out either  Freak Magnet or Fox Huntwhen you can. It will absolutely be worth every minute you spend in this world.


 

Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

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