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Skottie Young Covers The Ludocrats

Cult favorite The Ludocrats by Kieron Gillen, writer Jim Rossignol, artist Jeff Stokely, and colorist Tamra Bonvillain’s smolders with a hot alternative cover by Skottie Young for the final issue. Look at it smolder! Look at it pout! It urges you to come hither! Step into its boudoir and hold it lovingly!

A collision of the ornate fantasy of Dune paired with Monty Python humor! Baron Otto Von Hades and Professor Hades Zero-K are here, and they’re going to save us all have a nice time.

The Ludocrats #5 Cover A by Stokely (Diamond Code JUL200213) and The Ludocrats #5 Cover B by Skottie Young (Diamond Code JUL208125) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, September 30.

The Ludocrats #5 Skottie Young Variant

Mirka Andolfo’s Ludocrats #4 Cover is Revealed

Bestselling artist Mirka Andolfo will lend her talents to the upcoming The Ludocrats #4 by Kieron Gillen, writer Jim Rossignol, artist Jeff Stokely, and colorist Tamra Bonvillain’s with a stunning alternate cover. The Ludocrats #4 will be out from Image Comics on Wednesday, August 19.

The Ludocrats #4 is the penultimate issue in the five issue miniseries perfect for fans of Monty Python and absurdist humor.

The Ludocrats #4 Cover A by Stokely (Diamond Code JUN200250) and The Ludocrats #4 Cover B by Mirka Andolfo (Diamond Code JUN208312) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, August 19.

The Ludocrats #4  Mirka Andolfo cover

The Ludocrats #2 Gets a Greenlight for a Second Printing

Bestselling writer Kieron Gillen, writer Jim Rossignol, artist Jeff Stokely, and colorist Tamra Bonvillain’s The Ludocrats #2 is being fast-tracked to a second printing in order to keep up with increasing demand.

What is it? The series has been previously described as:

In short: The Ludocrats! The aristocrats of ludicrous! A festival of absurdist fantasy and British humor perfect for fans of Good Omens and Monty Python. Baron Otto Von Subertan and Professor Hades Zero-K are here, and they’re going to save us all have a nice time” and that still sounds about right. Except this time it’s “In short: The Ludocrats! The aristocrats of ludicrous! A festival of absurdist fantasy and British humor perfect for fans of Good Omens and Monty Python. Baron Otto Von Subertan and Professor Hades Zero-K are here, and they’re going to save us all have a nice time… with a new cover for this printing by the multiple-Eisner award nominated powerhouses of Ro Stein and Ted Brandt. Fear their majesty! Love it!

Comics!

The Ludocrats #2, second printing (Diamond Code APR208635) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, July 22.

The Ludocrats #2, second printing cover

Review: Ludocrats #1

Ludocrats #1

Ludocrats #1 is a wild, decadent comic. Many years in the making, it’s from writers Kieron Gillen and Jim Rossignol, artist Jeff Stokely, colorist Tamra Bonvillain, and letterer Clayton Cowles, who gives the book a definite “Euro” vibe. The story follows the misadventures of Otto and Hades. They’re a part of an aristocratic group dedicated to having a good time. It is an utter paean to the art of hedonism: the comic book equivalent of Dionysus giving Apollo a spanking.

First up, there’s a wedding between Elaina and Lord Pulderwart, a “boring” person. It’s a wondrous occasion for a first issue and turns the classic comedy structure of ending with a wedding on its head reflecting the topsy turvy world order of Ludocrats. Gillen and Rossignol indulge in their most florid and absurd prose. Especially through the character of Otto, who is introduced completely nude, covered in blood, and with his penis out. Otto is pure id and gets the best lines as he is the arbiter of all things “ludicrous”. He is the offspring of Shakespeare’s Falstaff. More so the Merry Wives of Windsor Falstaff than the Henry IV duology Falstaff. Otto is the physical representation of this comic’s themes and attitudes.

Jeff Stokely’s artwork in Ludocrats is Asterix and Obelix by way of Brandon Graham. It features all kinds of fun and hilarious background details that are expanded upon in the issue’s back-matter. Stokely and Tamra Bonvillain’s double-page spread of a wedding set the tone and almost singlehandedly build the world of Ludocrats. It’s like the Mos Eisley cantina on acid. You’re introduced to a world where knights read the newspaper, some folks have goldfish bowls for heads, and a bag of wheat gets a seat all to themselves for some reason or another.

Everything in Stokely’s artwork is exaggerated. It fits the tone of Ludocrats #1 from the aforementioned nude and bloody Otto taking up an entire full-page spread. There’s no room for deadpan (Except for the cool Dr. Hades.), everything is ham in this comic. Even though Ludocrats has the clear structure of a wedding, Kieron Gillen and Jim Rossignol are liberated to write some of the strangest dialogue I’ve seen, especially when Otto tries to flirt with one of the party guests. Who knows that a satire of heteronormativity could be so damn funny, especially when Stokely adds cartoon physics to the mix?

Although its characters behave in unrestrained manners and constantly try to outdo each other in the matters of eccentricity, Ludocrats #1 is a comic that’s fairly easy to follow. Its focus is two main characters and a variety of visual and verbal jokes. Instead of relying on boring exposition (This is actually a plot point), Gillen, Rossignol, Stokely, and Bonvillain throw you straight in the middle of the world without a life vest. This is an admirable storytelling point, and Ludocrats #1 is a true party of a comic that you should safely try to acquire when it’s released.

Story: Kieron Gillen, Jim Rossignol Art: Jeff Stokely 
Colors: Tamra Bonvillain Letters: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.7 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Early Review: Ludocrats #1

Ludocrats #1

Ludocrats #1 is a wild, decadent comic. Many years in the making, it’s from writers Kieron Gillen and Jim Rossignol, artist Jeff Stokely, colorist Tamra Bonvillain, and letterer Clayton Cowles, who gives the book a definite “Euro” vibe. The story follows the misadventures of Otto and Hades. They’re a part of an aristocratic group dedicated to having a good time. It is an utter paean to the art of hedonism: the comic book equivalent of Dionysus giving Apollo a spanking.

First up, there’s a wedding between Elaina and Lord Pulderwart, a “boring” person. It’s a wondrous occasion for a first issue and turns the classic comedy structure of ending with a wedding on its head reflecting the topsy turvy world order of Ludocrats. Gillen and Rossignol indulge in their most florid and absurd prose. Especially through the character of Otto, who is introduced completely nude, covered in blood, and with his penis out. Otto is pure id and gets the best lines as he is the arbiter of all things “ludicrous”. He is the offspring of Shakespeare’s Falstaff. More so the Merry Wives of Windsor Falstaff than the Henry IV duology Falstaff. Otto is the physical representation of this comic’s themes and attitudes.

Jeff Stokely’s artwork in Ludocrats is Asterix and Obelix by way of Brandon Graham. It features all kinds of fun and hilarious background details that are expanded upon in the issue’s back-matter. Stokely and Tamra Bonvillain’s double-page spread of a wedding set the tone and almost singlehandedly build the world of Ludocrats. It’s like the Mos Eisley cantina on acid. You’re introduced to a world where knights read the newspaper, some folks have goldfish bowls for heads, and a bag of wheat gets a seat all to themselves for some reason or another.

Everything in Stokely’s artwork is exaggerated. It fits the tone of Ludocrats #1 from the aforementioned nude and bloody Otto taking up an entire full-page spread. There’s no room for deadpan (Except for the cool Dr. Hades.), everything is ham in this comic. Even though Ludocrats has the clear structure of a wedding, Kieron Gillen and Jim Rossignol are liberated to write some of the strangest dialogue I’ve seen, especially when Otto tries to flirt with one of the party guests. Who knows that a satire of heteronormativity could be so damn funny, especially when Stokely adds cartoon physics to the mix?

Although its characters behave in unrestrained manners and constantly try to outdo each other in the matters of eccentricity, Ludocrats #1 is a comic that’s fairly easy to follow. Its focus is two main characters and a variety of visual and verbal jokes. Instead of relying on boring exposition (This is actually a plot point), Gillen, Rossignol, Stokely, and Bonvillain throw you straight in the middle of the world without a life vest. This is an admirable storytelling point, and Ludocrats #1 is a true party of a comic that you should safely try to acquire when it’s released.

Story: Kieron Gillen, Jim Rossignol Art: Jeff Stokely 
Colors: Tamra Bonvillain Letters: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.7 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Jamie McKelvie’s Cover for The Ludocrats Revealed

Image Comics has revealed the Ludocrats #1 cover B featuring reality-warping artwork from Jamie McKelvie, which will be available with the series launch this April.

Ludocrats #1 by bestselling writer Kieron Gillen, writer Jim Rossignol, and artist Jeff Stokely with colorist Tamra Bonvillain is a gleefully bizarre five issue, fantasy miniseries that thinks there’s more gold in the hills mined by I Hate Fairyland and they can uncover it with illegally acquired Python-infused explosives.

In short: The Ludocrats! The aristocrats of ludicrous! A collision of the ornate fantasy of Dune and an M-rated Asterix & Obelix! Baron Otto Von Subertan and Professor Hades Zero-K are here, and they’re going to save us all have a nice time.

Ludocrats #1 Cover A by Stokely (Diamond Code FEB200052) and Ludocrats #1 Cover B by McKelvie (Diamond Code JAN208731) will be available at comic book shops on April Fool’s Day—Wednesday, April 1. Not joking.

Ludocrats #1 Cover B by Jamie McKelvie

Preview: Bloodborne Vol. 4 The Veil Torn Asunder TP

Bloodborne Vol. 4 The Veil Torn Asunder TP

Author(s): Ales Kot
Artist(s): Piotr Kowalski
Cover Artist(s): Jeff Stokely

A new story set in the world of Bloodborne, FromSoftware and SIE’s award-winning gothic gaming hit! A new wanderer arrives in Yharnam, desperate for the city’s famed medical wisdom… but as the Great Ones wake and reality itself begins to crumble, can he save his own sanity from the relentless truth? The acclaimed horror-mystery comic from writer Ales Kot (Zero, Days of Hate, Wolf) and artist Piotr Kowalski (Wolfenstein, Sex). Collects Bloodborne #13-16.

Bloodborne Vol. 4 The Veil Torn Asunder TP

Preview: Bloodborne #9

BLOODBORNE #9

Writer: Ales Kot
Artist: Piotr Kowalski
Cover A: Jeff Stokely
Cover B: Ivan Shavrin
Cover C: Game Art
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC, 32pp, $3.99, On sale: February 20, 2019

Return to the critically-acclaimed horror mystery series set in the world of Sony and FromSoftware’s gothic gaming hit, Bloodborne! Writer Ales Kot delves deeper into Yharnam with artist Piotr Kowalski! The tragic origins of fan-favorite character Eileen the Crow, revealed for the first time! A serial killer stalks Yharnam, drunk on blood – to end their madness, Eileen must become a Hunter of Hunters!

BLOODBORNE #9

Preview: Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Shortcuts HC

Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Shortcuts HC

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Jonathan Case, Delilah S. Dawson, Adam Smith and more!
Artists: Katie Cook, Cory Godbey, Gustavo Duarte, Jeff Stokely, Daniel Bayliss and more!
Cover Artist: Derek Kirk Kim
Colorists: Joana Lafuente, Heather Breckel, Dan Jackson, Jen Hickman
Letterers: Jim Campbell, Nathan Pride, Deron Bennett, Warren Montgomery
Price: $29.99

Celebrate the beloved Jim Henson fantasy film with stories from inside the magical walls of the labyrinth!

Featuring fan-favorite characters like Ludo, Hoggle, Sir Didymus, and the Goblin King himself, this compilation showcases imaginative tales from critically acclaimed writers and artists alike, including Jonathan Case (The New Deal), Delilah S. Dawson (Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Captain Phasma), Gustavo Duarte (Bizarro), Roger Langridge (Snarked), Katie Cook (Star Wars: ABC-3PO), Jeff Stokely (Six-Gun Gorilla), and many others.

Collects The Labyrinth 30th Anniversary Special, The Labyrinth 2017 Special and two never-before-seen stories!

Preview: Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Artist Tribute HC

Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Artist Tribute HC

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: N/A
Artists: Brian Froud, Jae Lee, David Petersen, Benjamin Dewey, Mark Buckingham, Sana Takeda, Jeff Stokely, and more
Cover Artist: Mike Huddleston
Price: $24.99

Since its original release in 1982, Jim Henson’s groundbreaking fantasy film The Dark Crystal has captured the minds and imaginations of authors, artists, filmmakers, and fans across the world with its ambitious worldbuilding and stunning visuals.

Now, return to the world of The Dark Crystal and see the vivid locations, lifelike creatures, and beloved heroes as realized by a collection of uniquely original artistic voices in celebration of one of Jim Henson’s most enduring creations.

The Dark Crystal Artist Tribute features illustrations from artist luminaries and newcomers alike, including Jae Lee, David Petersen, Mark Buckingham, Cory Godbey, Jeff Stokely, Benjamin Dewey, Sana Takeda, and the film’s original concept artist, Brian Froud.

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