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John Stanisci’s LifeDeath Debuts on Kickstarter

John Stanisci introduces a graphic novel 20 years in the making today in an exclusive Kickstarter campaign to publish his original science fiction epic, LifeDeath!

In the year 2211, Dr. Emil Heydrich, a fugitive scientist on Mars, discovers that humans invented the afterlife long before man existed on Earth. The ‘afterlife matrix’ is an ancient computer program, an uploading device to preserve human consciousness. After many millennia, that matrix grew to sentience and now, like anything that lives, the afterlife matrix is dying.

Deke Renner, an elite Martian soldier, is slowly going insane. His mind is being torn apart by his memories of a past life where he was Lucet, a Jewish 14 year-old female resistance fighter in World War II. An ancient evil has entered Deke’s past life as Lucet, in hopes of corrupting his past life soul. If it succeeds, and Deke dies in his current life, he will be erased by the Lifedeath. The story takes place over two timelines: the future year of 2211, and the year 1944, during the Jewish uprising of the Warsaw Ghetto. Lifedeath is an action packed thrill ride where the spirit world collides with a future science spiraling out of control.

LifeDeath debuts as a 140 page graphic novel, written and drawn entirely by Stanisci, and produced through LifeDeath Media LLC, co-owned with editor Joseph Navarra. LifeDeath has added three-time Emmy award winner Jared Safier, and veteran actor/producer Stelio Savante to help the graphic novel find a home as a series and to explore its development as a feature.

LifeDeath is currently available exclusively on Kickstarter, with a release slotted for early 2018.

Travel to a Magical Sanctuary of Immortal Beings and Mystical Creatures in BOOM! Studios’ A Girl in the Himalayas

BOOM! Studios has announce A Girl in the Himalayas, a moving original graphic novel (OGN) written and illustrated by new talent David Jesus Vignolli about a young girl whose unexpected arrival in the magical land of immortal beings threatens the sanctuary’s very existence. Debuting April 2018, A Girl in the Himalayas was submitted through the open submissions portal of Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios, and the title caught the attention of the publisher’s editors with its artwork and themes of inequality, love, and the chaos that lives in human hearts.

In A Girl in the Himalayas, beyond the peaks and valleys of the Himalaya mountains lies a magical sanctuary that is home to immortal beings and mystical creatures. It’s a realm protected from the chaos of man. But when a young human, Vijaya, is brought into the sanctuary for her protection, the immortals fear her presence may lead to their ruin. While Vijaya makes new friends and sees wonders beyond her wildest dreams, mankind draws ever closer to the sanctuary’s borders. To protect her friends and earn her place, Vijaya will have to prove that there is more to being human than the violence her new family fears beyond their borders.

A Girl in the Himalayas softcover features a main cover illustrated by Vignolli.

Flutter Vol. 3 Drops October 21st!

215 Ink’s critically acclaimed, award-winning graphic novel series Flutter wraps up with the release of its final volume later this month. Flutter, Volume Three: Rid of Me will be released on October 21, making its debut at the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE). In this final volume, teenage shapeshifter Lily gets trapped in the body of the President of the United States who is also Lily’s estranged mother. Forced to see the world through her mother’s eyes, and through the eyes of someone with great responsibility, Lily finally embraces who she is and what she’s capable of doing.

MICE is the first comic convention where Jennie Wood exhibited Flutter five years ago so it’s the perfect place for her to debut the final volume of the series. MICE is free and located at University Hall in Porter Square, Lesley University, 1815 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA. Jennie will be exhibiting at MICE both days, October 21 and 22, with copies of this brand new 110-page full color graphic novel. A limited number of signed Flutter prints will be available for free with a purchase of any Flutter graphic novel.

Flutter, Volume Three will be featured in Diamond previews in November along with the two previous volumes so tell your favorite comic stores to order copies.

Flutter is currently being developed for television by Dark Horse Entertainment and Universal Cable Productions. Featured in the New York Times, Boston Globe, and on Law & Order: SVU, Flutter is one of the best LGBT graphic novels of 2013 and 2015, according to The Advocate. Flutter, Volume Two: Don’t Let Me Die Nervous is an INDIEFAB Book of the Year finalist and a Virginia Library Association Diversity Honor Book. Flutter can be found in The New York Times best-selling, Eisner award-winning anthology Love is Love.

Comic Bento Delivers Creatures of the Night

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Review: Buck Danny: Night of the Serpent

Being someone who grew up loving and watching movies, I can honestly say there are few actors, where most of their movies were good. In fact, for the most part, most actors I have watched up to this day, barely make 50% their films to be decent. One of the most iconic performers of our time, Denzel Washington, is around that 50th percentile, and I can count on my hands and toes, how many movies I loved him in. Some actors, even in their short time around, exceeded this threshold, and did so exceedingly well.

One of those actors that I still admire to this day is Raul Julia, an actor, who some might recognize, most would know from the Addams Family movies, but truthfully most of his work exceeded the quality of actors who have lived longer definitely one that was gone too soon. Some actors, just retire from the business such as Sean Connery and Gene Hackman, whose stature, work and portrayals are stoic and endearing. One of the last movies I remember seeing Gene Hackman in, that was decent, not good, but watchable, was Behind Enemy Lines an action movie starring Owen Wilson, as a pilot caught in a hairy situation. So, when I read about Buck Danny: Night Of The Serpent, which is both current and sentimental.

In this book, a pilot doing a routine patrol crosses the demilitarized zone leaving South Korea and entering North Korea, and instantly on the run. This sis where Colonel Buck Danny and his wingmen come into play, thy must quietly find he pilot and get him back into allied territory. They plan a full-on assault mission, combined sea land and air forces to rescue the pilot. By book’s end, with the unexpected help from a total stranger, they rescue the pilot, with unintended damage along the way.

Overall, an exciting book, which is heavily researched, entertaining and action packed. The story by Francis Bergese is fun, dramatic and heart pumping fast at time. The art by Bergese is simply stunning. Altogether, a military thriller that will have the reader wanting to see some of those old WWII films.

Story: Francis Bergese Art: Francis Bergese
Story:10 Art:10 Overall:10 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: The Tea Dragon Society

The Tea Dragon Society

(W/A/C/CA) Katie O’Neill
Age Rating: All Ages
Genre: Fantasy
Price: $17.99
Page Count: 72

From the award-winning author of Princess Princess Ever After comes The Tea Dragon Society, a charming all-ages book that follows the story of Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, and the people she meets as she becomes entwined in the enchanting world of tea dragons.

After discovering a lost tea dragon in the marketplace, Greta learns about the dying art form of tea dragon care-taking from the kind tea shop owners, Hesekiel and Erik. As she befriends them and their shy ward, Minette, Greta sees how the craft enriches their lives—and eventually her own.

Review: The Chimera Factor

The impact of Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, cannot be undersold, as its impact has a far-reaching impact on perceptions of women’s roles, behaviors and attitudes. The movie pretty much elicited a change in basic assumptions not only in superhero movies but action movies overall. Then came the movie adaptation of Atomic Blonde, which also changed perceptions of spy movies, and how do women as operators in this world would move in this world. This is not the first time we have seen female spies in action like, Salt and Mission Impossible, but both used their female protagonists as victims or love interests who turned out to be damsels in distress.

I mention, both movies, because they changed how the world viewed women as action heroes, as something formidable, without sacrificing their femininity or sexuality for gains. As societal perceptions have always played into popular opinion, as the widespread misconception that women can’t be leaders because they don’t think logically.  Comics have further along as far as progress goes, as the supremely told Velvet uses the same premise as Atomic Blonde, but tells its better. So, when I heard that there was a graphic adaptation of Barry Nugent’s The Chimera Factor, I wanted to know if what I heard about the books translated into sequential art.

In this story, we find out about two organizations at odds with each other, one, Icarus, defending the world against dangerous cults, whose top agent, Major Steph Connisbee, is their best and Victoria Sullivan, an investigator for Icarus must both stop Cademus, who attempted to assassinate members of the United Nations. The organizations are both looking for a mysterious WWII aircraft is discovered by the UN but what is underneath can throw the world into complete chaos.  Eventually they work together, as they soon realize they may be the world’s best chance at stopping both organizations. By book’s end, the world is better for these two women, as the choices they made in concert despite their differences have saved the world.

Overall, an excellent book, which imbues these protagonists, powerful qualities usually relegated to male protagonists. The story by Richmond Clements is action packed, mysterious and thrilling. The art by PL Woods reminds of the aesthetics of Archer but in a much more serious setting. Altogether, a great graphic adaptation that will have the reader clamoring for the source material.

Story: Richmond Clements Art: PL Woods
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Review: The Girl and the Glim

As a child of the  80s, there us not too many movies that gut punched me, much like E.T. I was reminded of the movie, by the recent documentary HBO did on Steven Spielberg, who pretty much confirmed those feelings I had when I first saw it. As with many auteurs like the much contrived Darren Aranofsky, they often insert themselves literally, figuratively and philosophically into their work. Spielberg did so early and often, and the documentary does a good job of showing this in just about every one of his iconic films including E.T. He spoke about the struggles his family was doing with transition and how this particular story echoed some of those sentiments.

I had no idea at the time, how much it reflected my life growing up. When I was 7 my parents decided to go back to Trinidad and Tobago, an island country in the West Indies, who most foreigners often compared to Jamaica and most Trinidadians hated that comparison. Me and my sister, were basically returning to the homeland,  but only knew each other. Friends were initially hard to make, as the story of E.T.  was not really about the cute alien, it was about this family going through a transition. In India Swift and Michael Doig’s brilliant The Girl and The Glim, a similar tale of hope in a time of transition is undertaken

We meet a young girl, Bridgette, who most children who move , mostly miss their friends and feel like their world ended. She sruggles her first moving and does even worse on her first day of school, difficulty finding her classes, being late to most of them, and her troubles seem to never, end  as with most awkward kids, she kids picked on because of the fact she is short, as her life as a latchkey child ensues. Eventually one day, a bully locks her in aroom, where has to find an exit, where she escapes, leads her into a bit of trouble, and something follows her back. By the end of this installment, she finds someone who might not be as bad as everyone else  but deifntely holds a secret.

Overall, a great story that every adult will be able to identify with as you may know someone who has gone through it, maybe even you. The story by Swift is relatable and heartfelt. The art by Swift and Dog is beautiful. Altogether, a great story that is endearing and will leave you hopeful for the future.

Story: India Swift Art: India Swift and Michael Doig
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Harlequin Valentine

Neil Gaiman tends to make the already fantastic into something even More. In Harlequin Valentine, he does it again, with a simple twist on a classic story. Spoilers ahead.

Harlequin Valentine has roots in the Italian Commedia dell’ arte tradition; a tradition still played upon and taught in theatre classes today. The Harlequin is a character from the Commedia with iterations backwards and forwards in literature: a version of the trickster archetype that is largely motivated by his unrequited love.

In Gaiman and Bolton’s version, however, the object of his affection takes over the role when she bests him by eating his heart, left pinned to her front door on a chilly Valentine’s day. Missy is nonplussed when she finds the heart on the door, proceeding to unpin it, store it in a plastic bag, and clean up the blood. Harlequin describes her actions with all the creepy over-observing of a stalker, obsessed with Missy as an object rather than an individual.

As Missy goes about her day, trying to solve the mystery of the heart, Harlequin follows, assigning the other men in her life to other Commedia stereotypes disdainfully. Gaiman’s tale and Bolton’s art work together to keep the story tight, Harlequin’s perspective hyper-focused on Missy as the day unfolds. Both Gaiman and Bolton bring an eerie sensibility to an otherwise light-hearted trope, without applying too heavy of a hand. The result is spell-binding.

My recommendation is this one is a buy! Now’s your chance to get a reissue of a now 16 year old book in a shiny new shell. If you already own it, however, no need to add another copy to the collection. All content included is from the original 2001 publication, including Gaiman’s clever essays on both Commedia, and Bolton’s artistic methods.

Story: Neil Gaiman Art: John Bolton
Story: 8.5 Art: 9 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy, unless you’ve already got a copy!

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Æther & Empire #4

I remember the first time, I watched Aliens, I was just as terrified of them as everyone else in the theater. These monsters with sharp teeth and elongated bodies, dripping goo, looking only to annihilate whoever lies in front of them. Fr some reason, these movies stayed with me longer than any horror movie, and not for the reason horror fans usually love movies. The moments that made whole theater jump, was not when we saw the monsters, it is rather, the disquiet, the composer lets settle in.

These moments before the action takes place, gives the viewer a certain purgatory of anticipation, that you never know when to expect. These moments of silence, where the viewer only relies on the character’s words and actions, allows us to connect to them on subatomic human level. This where we as the viewer, ask what would we do, in their shoes, how would we react and if we would end up with the same outcome. This is what the fourth episode of Aether and Empire, reminds me of those moments of disquiet, in those Aliens movies.

In this issue, we catch up with the crew of the Jules Verne, as they get onboard the abandoned where they find two bodies, one, a scientist and the other, a Martian. They bring one body, on board, the body of one of their fellow scientists who has been transfigured by whatever happened on that ship. What they soon find out, in the middle of his autopsy, is that he is not dead. By issue’s end, a question of morality is at odds between the scientists and the ship’s crw, one that will not soon dissipate.

Overall, an interesting issue that gives this story quite an interesting twist, one that I have not seen in other steampunk fantasy stories. The story by Mike Horan blends genres in the most fascinating way. The art by Bong Ty Dazo elevates the story to new heights. Altogether, a great story that only gets better with this issue.

Story: Mike Horan Art: Bong Ty Dazo
Story: 10 Art: 9.4 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

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