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From Puerto Rico Strong to Strange Encounters, a New Kickstarter

Strange Encounters

Strange Encounters is a 64-page comic book Anthology about magic, mystery and the Strange Encounters that happen when you meet beings of the supernatural kind.

The graphic novel is from the team that brought you the Eisner Award-Winning and Diamond Gem Award-nominated, Puerto Rico Strong Anthology, Marco Lopez, Derek Ruiz, and Neil Schwartz

The anthology is made up of original tales, and stories adapted from some of the most popular novels and novellas from some of the most talented female authors in the supernatural prose genre today.

The team is aiming to bring you the next must-have anthology and it’s coming from the brand-new boutique label, King Skull Comics.

Just look at some of the talent involved.

Brett Booth variant cover
Brett Booth variant cover

Brett Booth is illustrating a KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE variant cover.

Mentioned earlier were prose authors. We’re talking Rue Volley (Hellhound, 13 Ways to Midnight), Kim Alexander (Pure, The Demon Door Series), JD Brown (Athena’s Oracle, The Ema Marx Series), and Rachel Rawlings (The Maurin Kincaide Series, Rotten Luck). Excited yet?

Let’s talk about some of the other artist’s and creators involved. We got Jose Marono, Ally Cat (Spread, Spook House), Jess Taylor (Catalyst Prime Summit, Adventure Time), Puis Calzada (Hatchet: Vengeance, Zorro: Rise of the Old Gods), Jamie Jones (The Baboon, Kicking Ice), DC Hopkins (IDW, Lion Forge, DC, BOOM! Studios, Dynamite) and Bryan Arfel Magnaye (Titan Comics, Chido Comics).

And if that’s not enough here are some character sketches from two of the stories in the anthology.

Hellhound Character Designs by Jose Marono
The Institutes Character Designs by Puis Calzada

The Kickstarter campaign offers a softcover trade in print and a digital PDF. Prints of both covers to hang on your wall and the option to be drawn in the short story, I Hate the South (From the Case Files of Izzy Desoto) as a monster of your choice. And for the amazing retailers out there because they love retailers, they’re also offering a Strange Encounters Retailer Pack at a fantastic discount.

But wait there’s more!

There are STRETCH GOALS! If the goals are met everyone that pledges will get a bookmark, a Strange Encounters Pin, a King Skull Comics Pin, mini prints by the incredible Leila Leiz (Alters, Horde) and Ariela Kristantina (Mata Hari, Adora and the Distance), a BOOKPLATE by Sweeney Boo (Marvel Action Captain Marvel, Eat and Love Yourself) signed by the prose authors and last but not least a PREMIUM sketch card by Brett Booth of his variant Kickstarter Exclusive cover. It’ll feel like the 90s all over again when holding that card in your hand.

Review: Joey Ryan: Big In Japan

You may have noticed from my previous reviews that I very much enjoy wrestling. So when I noticed the Kickstarter for Joe Ryan: Big in Japan by Chido Comics, who also produced the Lucha Underground comics, I knew I needed to throw some money behind it. Written by Tres Dean with art by Jamie Jones and editing by Ivan Plaza, Joey Ryan: Big In Japan is exactly the over-the-top and a little bit lewd romp you’d expect from wrestling.

For those that don’t know, Joey Ryan the actual wrestler partners with Candice LeRae across the indie circuit as the World’s Cutest Tag Team. That’s not giving them a nickname or making some kind of statement; that’s what the team is genuinely called.

In Big In Japan, ostensibly LeRae (who is never mentioned by name) was injured in a match years ago where an opponent ended up dead. It drove Ryan out of wrestling and into empty glasses and bottles… until his arch-nemesis comes back around. Unlike the current WWE ongoing, this isn’t entirely what happened and Big In Japan is much further from the kayfabe-as-life story you might be used to there. This is closer to the wackiness of bygone eras of wrestling kept alive throughout independent promotions.

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This comic isn’t for everyone, given that Ryan’s character is built on sleaze and crude humor. He has multiple suplex variations that are decidedly not PG and is also known as the King of Dong Style. Still, it’s a little weird and a lot of fun, just like a bunch of independent wrestling out there. The art is fun, colorful, full of movement, and unafraid of being a little ridiculous. All in all, the package works very well and I’m excited to see more tales from the indies in the future.

Joey Ryan: Big In Japan was first funded through a Kickstarter campaign that ended on May 4th with the PDF released to backers on June 9th.

Keep an eye on Chido Comics via their site, Twitter, and Facebook for more info and different ways you can pick up a copy for yourself if you missed out.

 

 

Story: Tres Dean Art: Jamie Jones Edited: Ivan Plaza
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Pick it up when you can

Explore the mythology of the Dreamstone in Five Ghosts: Special #1

Writer Frank J. Barbiere and writer/artist S.M. Vidaurri come together to paint a special Fabian Gray backstory in Five Ghosts: Special #1 coming to Image Comics on March 25, 2015.

Five Ghosts: Special #1 features a full-length story written and painted by S.M. Vidaurri that explores the history of The Dreamstone—a magical relic that gives Fabian Gray his ghostly powers—and introduces us to a brave medieval knight named Emma. The story also features demons, wizards, a bold new villain with supernatural powers, and some famous literary figures making surprise appearances.

Five Ghosts: Special is an oversized issue that also features an all-new story from Barbiere and artist Jamie Jones. This special backup features Fabian Gray in an unforgettable literary heist that readers won’t want to miss!

Five Ghosts is a monthly comic book series from Image Comics that follows the adventures of infamous treasure hunter Fabian Gray, who after his encounter with an artifact known as “the Dreamstone” was possessed by five literary ghosts and granted access to their unique abilities. SyFy is currently adapting the series for television with a pilot scripted by Evan Daugherty. Daughtery is also attached to executive produce along with Matt Pizzolo and Brett Gurewitz of Black Mask Studios and Chris Bender, Jake Weiner, and Jake Wagner serving as producer for Universal Cable Prods. and Benderspink.

Five Ghosts: Special #1 (Diamond Code JAN150579) hits shelves on March 25.

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