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Review: Contact High

Contact High

The search for a meaningful connection is one that most people look for a whole lifetime. The people you meet throughout your daily lives may or may not make a difference to you. We often share this connection with our family members, and even friends, as that symbiosis is hard to come by. This connection is harder to find, when as the late great Aaliyah asked in her song “Are You That Somebody?”

As anyone who has ever been attracted to someone, the line between love and infatuation is blurry. No one can give you a definitive answer. There’s no time nor reason to who you are attracted to. Speaking from personal experience it’s never when you want it and it’s never who you saw yourself falling for. In Josh Eckert and James F. Wright’s spectacular Contact High, this search is explored through the prism of dystopian speculative fiction.

We are taken to a future where humans are not allowed to be touched by another human and touching of skin in the future is illegal and everyone has to wear Lifesuits. We meet Ziggurat, a man who suffered from a new disease called Skinsanity, a disease where the touch of skin, makes one insane. We also meet Summit, a patient at the same facility Ziggurat is, as he confesses of how a yearning to live outside of the suit is what he dreams of. Everything changes when Ziggurat, during a standard contamination scan, knocks out the two orderlies and fights his way to Level III, where he finds out that there’s more to the hospital than they are letting on.

Overall, a great story which shows how important the human connection is. The story by James F. Wright is smart and compelling. The art by Josh Eckert is gorgeous. Altogether, a story that packs the action into a fable which shows that to find out the truth, sometimes you have to risk it all.

Story: James F. Wright Art: Josh Eckhart
Story: 9.7 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Nutmeg Vol. 5


Writer(s): James F. Wright
Artist Name(s): Jackie Crofts (art, colors), Josh Eckert (colors), James F. Wright (lettering)
Cover Artist(s): Jackie Crofts
96 pgs./ T / FC $11.99

Vol. 5 “Spring: The Good Dine Young” collects issues 13-15 of Nutmeg. Here, in the series finale, with Saffron seemingly triumphant, and with Anise and Ginger’s investigation closing in on its target, Poppy and Cassia have a few surprises left before the kitchen closes for good.


Preview: Nutmeg #13


Writer(s): James F. Wright
Artist Name(s): Jackie Crofts (art, colors), Josh Eckert (colors), James F. Wright (lettering)
Cover Artist(s): Jackie Crofts
32 pgs./ A / FC
Digital Only

Spring, Chapter One: “Can’t Stand the Heat” – Poppy and Cassia are reunited, but why doesn’t it feel so good? The pieces of Cassia’s master plan are falling into place, and even intrepid investigators Ginger and Anise are starting to believe it. That is until Marjorie makes a decision that threatens to scatter those pieces anew.


ECCC 2019: Legendary Comics Announces Lupina from James F. Wright and Liana Buszka

Legendary Comics joins forces with Eisner Award-nominated writer James F. Wright and artist Liana Buszka to continue their captivating self-published saga, Lupina, a six-chapter story about mothers, daughters and wolves. In the coastal town of Kote, recently brought under the yoke of the Addalian Empire, four-year-old Lupa spends her days getting bullied by her older sister and hiding behind her mother’s skirts. But when tragedy strikes, Lupa finds herself alone in a new world… alone until she’s found by the she-wolf, Coras, and sets off on a journey of discovery…and revenge. Set for release in early 2020, Legendary Comics will launch two new volumes, each comprised of three phases.

Fans attending Emerald City Comic Con are invited to join the Legendary Comics team and Lupina comic scribe James F. Wright as they share secrets about upcoming comic releases at the “Legendary Comics 2019 and Beyond” panel on Thursday, March 14, 2019 from 1:30pm – 2:30pm in TCC L3-R5.


Preview: Nutmeg Hardcover Edition: Fall

Nutmeg Hardcover Edition: Fall

Writer(s): James F. Wright
Artist Name(s): Jackie Crofts (art), Josh Eckert (colors, lettering)
Cover Artist(s): Jackie Crofts
160 pgs./ A / FC

It’s here and it’s sweet! The Nutmeg Hardcover Edition: Fall collects issues 1-6 of the coming-of-age culinary crime series in a single gorgeous volume. Witness Poppy and Cassia’s emerging friendship and criminal scheming as they build their illicit brownie empire in an attempt to take down rival Saffron and her Lady Rangers. Includes the extremely rare Halloween short story!

Nutmeg Gets a Hardcover Edition this Fall. It’s Baking Bad!

This fall, a brand new hardcover of Nutmeg is coming. This arc of Nutmeg collects the first six issues of a coming-of-age story about baking, friendship and crime. Poppy and Cassia become fast friends when they decide to upstage Saffron at her brownie-baking game. By using a questionable ingredient, the two are on the path to success… except their secret ingredient creates a lot more problems than it solves.

The series is written James F. Wright, with art by Jackie Crofts, and colors and lettering by Josh Eckert.

The successful Kickstarter hardcover, featuring 160 pages of content, is coming to a comic book shelf near you on September 26th, 2018. Pre-order Nutmeg with the Diamond item code JUL181436.

Preview: Nutmeg Vol. 4: Late Winter: Coven Cleaner


Writer(s): James F. Wright
Artist Name(s): Jackie Crofts (art, colors), Josh Eckert (colors, lettering)
Cover Artist(s): Jackie Crofts
96 pgs./ A / FC

Vol. 4 “Late Winter: Coven Cleaner” collects issues 10-12 of Nutmeg. After winter break, Poppy and Cassia’s bond is broken, perhaps irrevocably. But from the ashes, an alliance forms between a pair of one-time rivals. Can they restore the Patty Cakes brownie empire, or will they tear each other to pieces in the process? In the midst of winter, Vista Vale is heating up.

Nutmeg Volume 4 – “It’s Betty & Veronica meets Breaking Bad. A Scarface for the Nancy Drew set.”

A pair of 13-year-olds, Poppy Pepper and Cassia Caraway, inadvertently build a criminal baking empire when a prank against a bitter rival leads to their discovery of a highly addictive brownie recipe. Creators James F. Wright and Jackie Crofts comment that “It’s Betty & Veronica meets Breaking Bad. A Scarface for the Nancy Drew set.”

You’ve seen countless books about teens and more than a few about teen detectives, but how many about teen criminals? Not many, that’s for sure! Nutmeg provides a dark-tinged, poignant, and heartfelt breath of fresh air, blending noir with a classic coming-of-age tale. Few other books can boast that.

What can readers expect to experience in Nutmeg 4? A glimpse into the triumphs and failures, in all their myriad forms, of a small group of 8th graders. With the hope that they will see something of themselves, of their own experiences, however filtered through this heightened reality, within these pages.

Nutmeg Volume 4, which collects Nutmeg #10-12, will be in a comic book store near you on February 21st, 2018. Pre-order this delectable delight with the Diamond item code DEC170992.

Nutmeg Gets a Kickstarter for a Hardcover Edition

The Fall arc of Nutmeg (collecting the first six issues) is now available in hardcover format on Kickstarter! This coming of age story is all about baking, friendship and crime. Poppy Pepper teams up with Cassia Caraway to beat queen bee Saffron Longfellow at her brownie-baking game. And thanks to a questionable ingredient, they seem to succeed. But now they have to deal with more than just Saffron. They also have to handle the PTA and the police!

The series is by Jackie Crofts, James F. Wright, and Josh Eckert. This edition features 164 pages of content including some bonus material with a cover by Crofts.

Rewards for backers include the 164 page hardcover with bonus material, patches, enamel pins, Nutmeg oven mitt, and the chance to have a digital portrait of yourself drawn in the style of Nutmeg. Help them reach their $7,000 goal by November 15th!

Preview: Nutmeg: Early Winter: Femme Brulee


Writer(s): James F. Wright
Artist Name(s): Jackie Crofts (art), Josh Eckert (colors, lettering)
Cover Artist(s): Jackie Crofts
96 pgs. / Rated. E / FC

Vol. 3 “Early Winter: Femme Brûlée” collects issues 7-9 of Nutmeg. The Patty Cakes brownie
empire reaches its apex as baking criminals Poppy and Cassia humble their rival, Saffron. While
detectives Ginger and Anise creep closer to blowing the lid off, it’s Poppy’s secret addiction to these same brownies that threatens to bring everything crumbling down.


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