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Comicker Press Announces Shots Fired, a Charity Comics Anthology

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Comicker Press is back with Shots Fired, a revamped version of the comics anthology formerly known as Every Day. As with its previous iteration, Shots Fired will raise funds for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and the Community Justice Reform Coalition to help end gun violence in America via a Kickstarter campaign that will pay for printing and shipping of the comics anthology. Once printed, all proceeds from additional book sales will go directly to the CSGV and CJRC.

Comicker Press co-founder Sean E. Williams said,

Since Kickstarter campaigns are all-or-nothing, when it became apparent that our last one wasn’t going to reach its goal, we decided to regroup and try again as quickly as possible. This issue is too important to not do this book, and the stories the creators are telling are truly unparalleled and need to be read.

With the upcoming 28-day campaign for Shots Fired, Comicker Press has capped the size of the book to around 168 pages and is limiting shipping to the United States to keep the budget down. They are also adding a Kickstarter Exclusive limited-edition hardcover, which won’t be made available after the campaign.

The talent donating their time to Shots Fired include Scott Snyder, Kelly Thompson, David Lafuente, Phil Hester, Ariela Kristantina, Jamal Igle, Devin Grayson, Joe Keatinge, Doselle Young, Marguerite Sauvage, Ron Marz, Stuart Moore, Shannon Wheeler, Steven Grant, Roger Langridge, Matt Miner, Ray Fawkes, CW Cooke, Alex de Campi, Carla Speed McNeil, Kelly Williams, Emma Beeby, and more.

The Shots Fired campaign launches on Kickstarter on June 18th, and runs through July 16th.

Preview: Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension Book 2

DOCTOR WHO: THE LOST DIMENSION BOOK 2 

Writers: Gordon Rennie, Emma Beeby, George Mann, Cavan Scott
Artists: Ivan Rodriguez, Wellington Diaz, Rachael Stott & Mariano Laclaustra with Anderson Cabral, Marcelo Salaza & Fer Centurion
Hardcover – 112pp – $24.99 – On sale: March 20, 2018
ISBN: 9781785863479

In this second of two volumes collecting 2017’s giant Doctor Who crossover event, the lives of the Twelfth Doctor and the Tenth Doctor collide in the most unexpected way, as their TARDISes become fused… and the whole of humanity seems turned against them!

Only by linking together all of the Doctor’s lives – and delving deep into the horror of the Void – do the Doctors stand any chance of uncovering the mystery at its heart… and of saving the known universe from total annihilation! But what they find at the center of the Universe That Never Was will prove the most shocking discovery of all…

Plus – discover what River Song and the Fourth Doctor have been up to during this mega-event, and how they played a part in its unexpected resolution!

It’s unmissable, beyond-epic entertainment, and essential reading for any Doctor Who fan!

Review: Mata Hari #1

Mata Hari is the life story of the infamous German spy from World War I. Beyond that it’s hard to provide a summary and hard to review. The biggest difficulty in comics criticism is that we’re dealing with a serial medium in which we must occasionally evaluate enormously complex works in bite-sized pieces that don’t always lend themselves to such analyses. It’s a bit like trying to talk about a film fifteen minutes at a time and Mata Hari is a prime example of this problem in action.

Mata Hari is a complicated house of cards that leaps back and forth through the life of its main character. We see her over the course of many years, first as a child and then an adult, facing trial for espionage and on the road to her execution. Writer Emma Beeby clearly has a fascination with her subject and a good grasp of the various historical sources. Unfortunately this doesn’t always translate into a coherent narrative and there is a studied ambiguity to the way details are presented that makes Mata Hari elusive. I don’t know much more about her now than I did before and that, I think, is part of the point.

The art by Ariela Kristantina is a mixed bag. While I would rate it good overall, it’s a bit inconsistent. It’s clear that she was trying to draw two different stories using different styles: one a sultry spy thriller and the other a portrait of a woman facing the injustice of society’s expectations in the wake of an unconventional life. Kristantina manages both well but the shock between the two is jarring and since most of the more titillating material is in the front and back of the book, many readers may have already been turned off by the cover and the previews.

Mata Hari is certainly an interesting book though it demands a lot of the reader in terms of attention to both the written words and the pictures themselves. You’re going to want to read this one carefully and probably more than once. I don’t know that it’s a great comic book, but it certainly reads like the first chapter of a very good graphic novel. Given editor Karen Berger’s reputation for producing many such longer form examples of the medium, it’s a bit mystifying to me that Mata Hari is being serialized at all. From what I’ve seen it will be a fascinating read when complete but is not particularly well served by being chopped up for monthly publication. That said it was good enough that I’m on board for at least one more installment.

Story: Emma Beeby Artist: Ariela Kristantina
Story: 7.0 Art 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Buy (but wait to read until the entire series is done)

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Advanced Review: Mata Hari #1

Mata Hari is the life story of the infamous German spy from World War I. Beyond that it’s hard to provide a summary and hard to review. The biggest difficulty in comics criticism is that we’re dealing with a serial medium in which we must occasionally evaluate enormously complex works in bite-sized pieces that don’t always lend themselves to such analyses. It’s a bit like trying to talk about a film fifteen minutes at a time and Mata Hari is a prime example of this problem in action.

Mata Hari is a complicated house of cards that leaps back and forth through the life of its main character. We see her over the course of many years, first as a child and then an adult, facing trial for espionage and on the road to her execution. Writer Emma Beeby clearly has a fascination with her subject and a good grasp of the various historical sources. Unfortunately this doesn’t always translate into a coherent narrative and there is a studied ambiguity to the way details are presented that makes Mata Hari elusive. I don’t know much more about her now than I did before and that, I think, is part of the point.

The art by Ariela Kristantina is a mixed bag. While I would rate it good overall, it’s a bit inconsistent. It’s clear that she was trying to draw two different stories using different styles: one a sultry spy thriller and the other a portrait of a woman facing the injustice of society’s expectations in the wake of an unconventional life. Kristantina manages both well but the shock between the two is jarring and since most of the more titillating material is in the front and back of the book, many readers may have already been turned off by the cover and the previews.

Mata Hari is certainly an interesting book though it demands a lot of the reader in terms of attention to both the written words and the pictures themselves. You’re going to want to read this one carefully and probably more than once. I don’t know that it’s a great comic book, but it certainly reads like the first chapter of a very good graphic novel. Given editor Karen Berger’s reputation for producing many such longer form examples of the medium, it’s a bit mystifying to me that Mata Hari is being serialized at all. From what I’ve seen it will be a fascinating read when complete but is not particularly well served by being chopped up for monthly publication. That said it was good enough that I’m on board for at least one more installment.

Story: Emma Beeby Artist: Ariela Kristantina
Story: 7.0 Art 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Buy (but wait to read until the entire series is done)

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

A First Look at Berger Book’s Mata Hari #1, Out this February

Mata Hari, the infamous “stripper spy” lived a colorful life that came to a dark end. The woman who claimed she was born a Javanese princess died a figure of public hatred when she was executed by a French firing squad in 1917. A century after her death, questions are still raised about her conviction, her life, and the line between fact and fiction.

Now, breakout talent writer Emma Beeby, artist Ariela Kristantina, and colorist Pat Masioni tell the intriguing and often tragic tale of the original femme fatale in this carefully researched series, which includes information from original MI5 files.

The first issue of Mata Hari introduces us to the controversial figure on the eve of her execution as she writes her memoir, walking the line between the romantic tale of a Javanese princess who performed “sacred” nude dances for Europe’s elite, and a real-life saga of a disgraced wife and mother who lost everything in her fight for what she believed was right.

But, as she sits trial for treason and espionage, we hear another tale, of a flamboyant Dutch woman who became “the most dangerous spy France has ever captured”–a double agent who whored herself for secrets, lived a life of scandal, and loved only money. Leading us to ask . . . who was the real Mata Hari?

Mata Hari #1 (of five) is on sale February 21, 2018 from Berger Books and Dark Horse.

Preview: Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension Special #2

DOCTOR WHO THE LOST DIMENSION SPECIAL #2

The Lost Dimension Part 7 (of 8)
Writer: Emma Beeby, Various
Artists: Carlos Reno, Rafael Dantas, Ivan Rodriguez
Cover A: Klebs Jr
Cover B: Photo
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: November 1, 2017

The truth behind the unforgettable journey of Jenny, the Doctor’s daughter, revealed!

And River Song goes her own way, even as the universe falls apart around her!

Preview: Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension Special #1

DOCTOR WHO: THE LOST DIMENSION SPECIAL #1 ​

W​riters:​ Gordon Rennie, Emma Beeby
​Artists:​ Wellington Diaz, Ivan Rodriguez
​Cover A: Mariano Laclaustra
Cover B: Photo​
​FC – 36pp – $4.99 – On sale: October 11 ​

OVERSIZED EXCITEMENT FROM DEEP WITHIN THE DOCTOR WHO EVENT! ALL-NEW STORIES FEATURING:
• THE FOURTH DOCTOR!
• RIVER SONG!

Berger Books Details Revealed

In early 2017, Dark Horse announced Berger Books, a new line of creator-owned comic books and graphic novels, from Karen Berger, the legendary, award-winning comic book editor and founder of DC Comics’ influential imprint Vertigo. Today, Dark Horse has revealed the new imprint’s premiere titles. Berger Books will release four new comics series, each to be later collected as a graphic novel: Hungry Ghosts by Anthony Bourdain and Joel Rose; Incognegro: Renaissance by Mat Johnson and Warren Pleece; Mata Hari by Emma Beeby and Ariela Kristantina, and The Seeds by Ann Nocenti and David Aja. Berger Books will also publish a tenth-anniversary edition of Incognegro: A Graphic Mystery by Mat Johnson and Warren Pleece and The Originals: The Essential Edition by Dave Gibbons.

Author, chef and Emmy award-winning television star Anthony Bourdain and acclaimed writer Joel Rose tell haunting tales of terror, irritable spirits, and horribly strange beings in Hungry Ghosts, a four-issue anthology series including art by Vanesa Del Rey, Leo Manco, Alberto Ponticelli, Paul Pope, and Mateus Santolouco. Inspired by the Japanese Edo Period game Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai or 100 Candles, played by samurai warriors to test their courage, Hungry Ghosts reimagines this classic game of dread and terror as a circle of international chefs invoke modern tales of horror, terrifying yokai, yorei, and obake, all with the common thread of food. Hungry Ghosts #1 goes on sale January 31, 2018.

Acclaimed novelist Mat Johnson  and veteran artist Warren Pleece reunite for Incognegro: Renaissance, a new prequel series that follows cub reporter Zane Pinchback through the glittering nightlife of the Harlem Renaissance as he goes undercover, passing as white, for the first time. The first issue (of five) goes on sale February 7, 2018. This new series is a perfect companion to the tenth-anniversary edition of the 2008 Vertigo graphic novel, Incognegro: A Graphic Mystery. Incognegro: A Graphic Mystery features enhanced toned art, an afterword by Mat Johnson, character sketches, and other additional material. Incognegro: A Graphic Mystery finds Zane Pinchback, a reporter for the New York-based New Holland Herald, sent to investigate the arrest of his own brother, charged with the brutal murder of a white woman in Mississippi. With a lynch mob already swarming, Zane must stay “incognegro” long enough to uncover the truth behind the murder in order to save his brother—and himself. Incognegro: A Graphic Mystery goes on sale February 6, 2018, and is available for preorder on Amazon, Penguin Random House, and at your local comic shop.

Breakout talent, writer Emma Beeby and artist Ariela Kristantina join together for a new five-issue series based on the controversial and historical figure, Mata Hari. Mata Hari is notorious as the original “stripper-spy”: exotic dancer, convicted double agent, and femme fatale. Executed by a French firing squad in 1917, many have since questioned the conviction. A century after her death, Mata Hari tells her story through fictional diary excerpts, drawn from biographies of the real woman whose past has been shrouded in mystery by both the lies of her accusers and the outlandish stories she told about herself. The first issue of Mata Hari goes on sale February 21, 2018.

Award-winning artist David Aja and filmmaker, journalist and writer Ann Nocenti team up for The Seeds, a new four-issue series. In an imminent America where fact-based reporting is gasping its last breath, an idealistic journalist stumbles into the story of a lifetime, only to realize that she can’t report it. Instead, she has to pitch the biggest myth of her career. An eco-fiction tech-thriller where flora and fauna have begun to mutate, The Seeds is also a story of love beyond race and gender, and of the resilience of both human and animal kind. The first issue of The Seeds goes on sale March 28, 2018.

The Originals: The Essential Edition is an oversized new edition of Vertigo’s 2004 Eisner award-winning graphic novel from comics legend, Dave Gibbons. In a retro-futuristic city of industrial gray where hover scooters, music, and drugs rule the street, The Originals are the toughest, most stylish gang around. For two childhood friends, nothing is more important than being one of them, but being part of the crowd will bring its own deadly consequences. This new edition includes 32 pages of never-before-seen development art, process pieces, and behind the scenes extras—all annotated by Gibbons. The Originals: The Essential Edition goes on sale April 18, 2018.

Preview: New Talent Showcase #1

New Talent Showcase #1

(W) Vita Ayala, Emma Beeby, Joélle Jones, Hena Khan, Michael McMillian, Michael Moreci, Erica Schultz, Christopher Sebela, Adam Smith (A) Barnaby Bagenda, Juan Ferreyra, Sonny Liew, David Messina, Khary Randolph (CA) Klaus Janson
In Shops: Nov 30, 2016
SRP: $7.99

In this new one-shot, Wonder Woman unleashes her true god of war against a parade of monsters! Superman discovers a new threat that might be bigger and badder than the joker himself! Hawkgirl solves crimes in the weird weapons unit for the GCPD! Carol Ferris and Kyle Rayner fight about ice cream in space! You’ll find all of this and so much more in NEW TALENT SHOWCASE #1, where recent graduate writers from the inaugural DC Talent Development workshop showcase some of their strongest work yet! See what they’ve learned from masters of the craft Scott Snyder, Jim Lee and Klaus Janson.

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Preview: Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor #5

Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor #5

Writers: Gordon Rennie & Emma Beeby
Artist: Brian Williamson
Colorist: Hi-Fi
Letterer: Comicraft
Cover A: Brian Williamson & Hi-Fi
Cover B: Photo – Will Brooks
Cover C: Blair Shedd
Cover D: Todd Nauck & Hi-Fi
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: Sep 28

The shocking conclusion of ‘GAZE OF THE MEDUSA’! Can the Doctor and Sarah Jane defeat the Medusa and use the Lamp of Chronos to restore those it has turned to stone – or are the victims of Lady Emily Carstairs pertrified forever? Who lives, who dies, who tells their story?!

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