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Review: Bad Girls

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got a new graphic novel from Gallery 13 set during the Cuban Revolution, Bad Girls!

Bad Girls is by Alex de Campi and Victor Santos.

Get your copy in comic shops today and book stores July 17th. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Preview: Six Figure Crowdfunding: The No Bullsh*t Guide to Running a Life-Changing Campaign HC

Six Figure Crowdfunding: The No Bullsh*t Guide to Running a Life-Changing Campaign HC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Derek Miller with Noelle Pugh
Artist: Illustrations by Joy Ho
Cover Artist: Dylan Todd

HOW THE HELL DO YOU CROWDFUND $100,000? HERE’S THE ULTIMATE HANDBOOK

In this bold, irreverent, hilarious how-to guide, bestselling Kickstarter campaign manager Derek Miller takes his millions of dollars of supercrowdfunding experience and delivers everything you need to know about being a modern entrepreneur in today’s global marketplace. In other words, this ain’t your parent’s business book.
Accompanied by laugh-out-loud illustrations by cartoonist Joy Ho, enjoy an exhaustive look into what it takes to manage and execute a successful six-figure crowdfunding campaign.

Review: Blake and Mortimer Volume 1: The Yellow M

If you have read a newspaper, or an article, or watched the news, somewhere along the line, you may have heard the name “Banksy.” The mysterious person is known for their artwork exhibited around the world. Their pieces are lauded, and their appearances are more “slight of hand,” making the proximity to the art a unique experience. This is not the first time the world has been fascinated with someone anonymous.

Jack The Ripper and the Zodiac Killer are two other examples and multi-media has provided audiences the ability to follow the clues of those attempting to unmask these individuals. Its created an industry on its own it seems. Media has helped the world became even more fascinated with mysterious figures and the world seems to always gravitate to their public actions, no matter how disgusting they may be.

I always wondered how someone like Banksy would do if he alerted the police before he committed one of his masterpieces? This is what Edgar Jacobs looks to uncover in the first volume of Blake and Mortimer Volume 1: The Yellow M.

We are taken to London, where the royal guard go about their rounds, when they hear a laughter off in the distance, it is the Yellow Mark, and he has the stolen the royal Crown. This is where we meet the retired police captain, Francis Blake and his genius partner, Professor Philip Mortimer, who catches the ire of the Yellow Mark as he taunts the duo as he taunts the establishment. This doesn’t deter the two from stopping this mysterious figure from hurting anyone, each crime, comes with even more dire consequences each time. Professor Mortimer eventually finds out exactly who is the man behind the Yellow Mark, but gets imprisoned by the person in question.  By book’s end, Blake has come to the rescue of his partner as the end the criminal enterprise of the Yellow Mark.

Overall, a fun graphic novel, that at first reminds of Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal in Sherlock, but both characters are forces of nature. The story by Jacobs is layered, intense, and action packed. Altogether, a story that is more contemporary than one might believe at first glance.

Story: Edgar P. Jacobs Art: Edgar P. Jacobs
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios Delivers Ben 10 Graphic Novels

In the lead up to San Diego Comic-Con, BOOM! Studios has announced that the company has acquired the comic book and graphic novel license to Cartoon Network’s animated series Ben 10.

The first release from this partnership will be Ben 10: The Truth is Out There, an all-new original graphic novel by Rainbow Award-winning writer CB Lee and artist Lidan Chen in March 2019. Ben 10: The Truth is Out There, based on Cartoon Network’s 2017 relaunched franchise, is the first in a series of original graphic novels that will anchor BOOM! Studios’ publishing program for the property.

Ben 10 introduces fun loving, 10-year-old, Ben Tennyson, his cousin Gwen and Grandpa Max, as they travel the country during summer vacation. Once Ben finds the Omnitrix, a mysterious watch that transforms him into 10 different heroic aliens, a world of extraterrestrial superpowers opens up to him. Ben 10 is produced by Cartoon Network Studios and created and executive produced by Man of Action Entertainment.

Ben 10: The Truth is Out There features a cover by artist Ling Chen.

Review: Hand-Drying in America and Other Stories

For those of us who grew up in cities, skyscrapers were our trees and city blocks were our forests. With the streets as our rivers and streams we went exploring. The public transportation, like the commuter trains me and my cousins took everywhere, were our boats to get where we are going.   That is why in New York, you can normally tell who the tourists are and what they are used to. Their eyes open wide as they take in the city, and usually smile, when most native New Yorkers would not care to make eye contact.

The thing that is most fascinating about out-of-towners is how much they know about our city that most New Yorkers won’t. We rarely get to “smell the flowers,” as most people on their commute are focused about getting to their destination. Now being out of the city myself, I understand the fascination. In Ben Katchor’s Hand Drying In America he tells a few stories about the city and some things all people take for granted.

In “The Faulty Switch,” he gives a concise history of the light switch through the market research conducted to enhance its evolution. In “One The Human Lap,” he takes us on a historical and psychological dive into how the phrase “the lap of Luxury” came to be. In “Chapter 713, Sec. 51a: PEEPHOLES,” he dissects the irrepressible obsession of how they work and how it gains at least one on the other end, a sense of privacy. In “Riot Gate Style,” he ponders what re big cities obsession with having these types of gates on storefronts. In “The Current Occupant,” we get a story about an elderly apartment dweller, who becomes unruly and eventually is taken to a detention center. In “The American Coin Wash Co.,” he examines humans fixations on fountains and peoples need to drop coins in them, as one such company makes a profit of it every night in this one tale. In the titular story, he dives in the psychology of hand dryers and the almost OCD need to feel dry hands. In the last story I will highlight, “The Tragic History of the Oversized Magazine,” he looks at how magazines went form large print size to an almost handbook size it is now.

Overall, the graphic novel is an excellent collection of the history and stories that surround all cities. Katchor digs into what makes up our surroundings, something every reader can relate to. The stories and histories as told by Katchor are both interesting and illuminating. The art by Katchor is simple yet elegant. Altogether, a graphic novel which should be added to everyone’s list.

Story: Ben Katchor Art: Ben Katchor
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Jerome K. Jerome Bloche, Vol. 2: The Paper People

Jerome K. Jerome Bloche, Vol. 2: The Paper People

Alain Dodier (w & a & c)

The youthful private-eye-in-training, Jerome. K Jerome Bloche—more Will Ferrel and Humphrey Bogart than Spade—is off to the French countryside, eager to solve his first real case. But an emergency summons from the Baron de Verville leads to an unexpected disappearing persons case, with two quite unhelpful suspects—the Baron’s own adult children! And neither seems too concerned with the current state of affairs. For Jerome, the gothic architecture, secret passages, hidden closets, and suspicious characters are the perfect ingredients for a murder mystery!

HC • FC • $14.99 • 56 pages • 8.5” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-243-1

Preview: Switch: Electricia HC

Switch: Electricia HC

writer: Keith Champagne
artist | cover: Tom Nguyen
FC | 96 pages | Oversized HC: 8.5” x 13” | $19.99 | Teen+

AN ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL!

When infamous supervillain Electricia realizes she wants more out of life than evil and mayhem, she adopts a second costumed identity as The Switch and begins fighting crime instead of committing it. But when Electricia’s new life as a superhero brings her full circle against her former villainous allies, the cat-and-mouse-game she’s been playing quickly turns deadly. As her new enemies close in on Electricia, the question becomes not if she’ll survive her career as The Switch… but for how long.

SDCC 2018: Lion Forge and Know Yourself Announce Debian Perl

Days before the opening of the exhibit hall at San Diego Comic-Con 2018, Lion Forge has revealed a new series for middle-grade readers developed in conjunction with computer scientist and entrepreneur Tim Howe’s Know Yourself, the Oakland, California–based public benefit corporation dedicated to self-literacy in early education.

Megalopolis used to be the city hub for all the makers, doers, and dreamers. It was a better time according to Debian Perl, a technomancer known for her out-of-date computer programming skills. Now the city streets are filled with “Egg-heads,” those in thrall to the ease and simplicity of new technology as opposed to Debian’s way of doing things. Digits is one of those Egg-heads. She is a young social media guru and knows her way around all the newest, latest technology.

Debian and Digits cross paths when they both stumble across a one-hundred-year-old lost robot named Ray-Bot. They soon learn that Ray-Bot’s CPU was suspiciously overclocked, leaving him unable to perform basic functions and commands. To find out where the robot came from, Debian must teach Digits everything she knows about computer coding and programming. Along their journey to bring Ray-Bot home, they begin piecing together the mysterious puzzle about his malfunction and uncover some sinister secrets.

Debian Perl: Digital Detective is a five-book series in which middle-grade readers will join Debian and Digits on mystery adventures all while building practical knowledge of coding, algorithms, algebra, and logical problem solving. The comic features art by Katie Longua and co-written by Lauren Davis and Mel Hilario. The first volume in the series is due to arrive in summer 2019.

Blade Runner Comes to Books and Comics as Alcon Media Group and Titan Publishing Team Up

Alcon Media Group and London-based Titan Publishing are partnering in a new co-publishing venture initially focused on the Blade Runner universe.

In a joint statement by Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove, and Titan’s co-founders, Nick Landau and Vivian Cheung, the partners stated that the companies will develop and publish a variety of both fiction and non-fiction print media. The program will feature new, in canon comics and graphic novels that dive deeper into the Blade Runner world as well as a variety of publications focused on the visual and technical sides of the production process.

Editorial duties will be handled by Titan’s David Manley-Leach, and Alcon’s director of publishing, Jeff Conner.

Review: Run Wild

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got a new graphic novel from BOOM! Studios’ Archaia imprint.

Run Wild is by K.I. Zachopoulos and Vincenzo Balzano.

Get your copy in comic shops today and book stores July 17th. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review
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