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Review: Aleister and Adolf HC

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Media theorist Douglas Rushkoff weaves a mind-bending tale of iconography and mysticism. During the Second World War, the legendary occultist Aleister Crowley develops a powerful and dangerous new weapon in the conflict against the Axis powers. But this unconventional new form of warfare could cast the world into Armageddon!

Magic, sex, and war. While Aleister & Adolf does merge both fiction and nonfiction, it identifies more with fiction than anything else. Despite the shortness of the book, it does take a little while to read as the plot is decently complex. If you have any interest in the strange nature of history, I would suggest you check this out.

The black and white color scheme was a surprise, yet it works really well for the book in my opinion. The choice manages to focus more on the occult and sexual elements in the story, then anything else and enhances the art by Michael Avon Oeming. I will admit the sexual scenes are graphic and well drawn, but it’s good to get a heads up for that just in case you’re not comfortable with that. That gets really interesting considering the war is toned down for the most part.

Story: Douglas Rushkoff Art: Michael Avon Oeming
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Douglas Rushkoff to Release Occult Graphic Novel Aleister & Adolf

This fall, Dark Horse Books is set to publish a perception-altering narrative from media maverick Douglas Rushkoff: Aleister & Adolf!

In Aleister & Adolf, media theorist and documentarian Douglas Rushkoff weaves a mind-bending tale of iconography and mysticism, set against the backdrop of a battle-torn Europe.

This all-new original graphic novel, beautifully rendered by Michael Avon Oeming, views real-world history through a psychedelic occult lens.

In a story spanning generations and featuring some of the most notable and notorious idealists of the twentieth century, legendary occultist Aleister Crowley develops a powerful and dangerous new weapon to defend the world against Adolf Hitler’s own war machine—spawning an unconventional new form of warfare that is fought not with steel but with symbols and ideas. But these intangible arsenals are much more insidious—and perhaps much more dangerous—than their creators could have ever conceived.

Aleister & Adolf (978-1-50670-104-2) is in stores November 2, 2016.

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Preview: Panels for Primates

Panels for Primates

Writers: Stuart Moore, David Petersen, Jason McNamara, Gareth Gaudin, James Vining, Fred Van Lente, Colin Upton, Rich Tommaso, Faith Erin Hicks, Tara Abbamondi, Michael May, Kevin Church, Ben Towle, Mark Shainblum, Toren Atkinson, Roger Stern, Mike Carey, Stan Lee, Jamie Delano, Jeffrey Burandt, Paul Kupperberg, Douglas Rushkoff
Artists: Simon Roy, Rick Geary, David Petersen, Rahsan Ekedal, Gareth Gaudin, James Vining, Colleen Coover, Colin Upton, Rich Tommaso, Faith Erin Hicks, Tara Abbamondi, Max Riffner, Ben Towle, Toren Atkinson, Caleb Hystad, Carla Speed McNeil, Dean Haspiel, Adam Domville, Gideon Kendall, Simon Fraser, Jeff Lemire, Richard Case, Aaron Florian, John Byrne, Molly Crabapple
Letter: Ryan Ferrier, Jeff Leblanc
Price: $9.99
Pages: 81
Rating: 15+

PANELS FOR PRIMATES is a charity anthology of primate-themed comics, prose, and illustration, with contributions from veteran creators and talented newcomers alike, assembled by Troy Wilson. Proceeds from this anthology go to benefit the Primate Rescue Center in Nicholasville, KY, a nationally respected sanctuary housing more than 50 primates, including 11 chimpanzees. The organization’s work has been featured in the award-winning book Animal Underworld, by investigative journalist Alan Green and the Center for Public Integrity, in the magazine Animals’ Agenda (now Animals and Society Institute), on television and in newspapers nationwide.

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Creators Come Together to Occupy Comics

Inspired by the Occupy protests taking place not just in the U.S. but worldwide, a group of comic book creators have banded together to create Occupy Comics.  The project is the latest use of Kickstarter but with a twist.  The project will see it’s proceeds going directly to purchase items to support the Occupy movement.

All of the writers, artists, business executives, and the publisher are being paid to produce this book… and they ALL are donating 100% of their revenue (not profits, but ALL monies they receive) to the occupiers. They want to support the movement through the winter by providing warm clothes, heaters and bathrooms if possible, and other amenities. For a more detailed breakdown on how the money will flow from pledges to production of the book to the protesters, visit www.occupycomics.com and check out the blueprint.

The list of creators participating is impressive.  There’s some hot talent, great vets and numerous comic book creators heavily involved in the Occupy movement.  Here’s the beginning list of participants:

Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead)
Marc Andreyko (Manhunter)
Susie Cagle (Notes on Conflict, arrested at Occupy Oakland)
Kevin Colden (I Rule the Night, Grimm’s Fairy Tales)
Molly Crabapple (Dr. Sketchy’s)
Tyler Crook (Petrograd, B.P.R.D.)
J.M. DeMatteis (Justice League, Spider-Man, Imaginalis)
Joshua Dysart (Swamp Thing, The Unknown Soldier)
Zoetica Ebb (Biorequiem.com)
Joshua Hale Fialkov (I Vampire, Tumor)
Brea Grant (We Will Bury You, Suicide Girls)
Zane Grant (We Will Bury You, Suicide Girls)
Joe Keatinge (Hell Yeah, Glory, Brutal)
Ales Kot (upcoming projects w/ Image Comics & DC Ent)
George Krstic (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Megas XLR)
Joseph Michael Linsner (Dawn)
Patrick Meaney (Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods)
Mark L. Miller (Luna, Nanny & Hank)
Caleb Monroe (Batman: Fearless, Hunter’s Fortune)
B. Clay Moore (Hawaiian Dick, Superman Confidential)
Jerem Morrow (Drive-In Horrorshow, Kingdom Suicide)
Amancay Nahuelpan-Bustamante (Hijos de P)
Steve Niles (30 Days of Night, Batman: Gotham County Line)
Laurie Penny (Penny Red)
Matt Pizzolo (Godkiller)
Steve Rolston (Ghost Projekt, Queen & Country)
Riley Rossmo (Proof, Cowboy Ninja Viking)
Douglas Rushkoff (Testament, media theorist)
Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Witchblade)
Simon Spurrier (2000 AD, X-Men: Curse of the Mutants)
Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night, Fell)
Ronald Wimberly (MF GRIMM: Sentences)

As I said, an impressive list.

The project seems to get the heart of the Occupy movement by using crowdsourcing to fund it but also it’s use of social media in a way speaks to the movement.  The Occupy movement is leaderless without structure, and Occupy Comics instead of having a “mouth piece” Twitter account, links to a search for their name to show the numerous others speaking about the project.

The project won’t see release until 2012, but the donations will occur this Fall.  The gifts are great and for me I’m at least doing the $10 for a digital copy of every comic they release.

Head to Kickstarter now to kick in some cash.