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Preview: Kingdom Bum TPB

KINGDOM BUM TPB

Writer(s): Adam Wollet and Rick Marshall
Artist Name(s): Jon Reed (pencils and inks), Jen Hickman (colors), Adam Wollet (letters).
Cover Artist(s): Main Cover: Jon Reed and Jen Hickman.

128 pages/ Rated T+. / FC
$14.99

It’s Game of Thrones with cardboard homes as this wild series brings an inner city’s hidden world to life in contemporary fantasy style! First Coast City’s homeless population is ruled by Philip “The Ax”- a ruthless tyrant who hacks off the thumbs of any vagabond who dare oppose him. Kingdom Bum’s only hope is Simon, an optimistic and resourceful hobo who is working from the inside to blunt the suffering of his fellow street-sleepers. Unfortunately, neither Simon or The Ax can predict the dark and sinister force that will be born from their inevitable battle – the rise of The Thumbless.

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Preview: Kingdom Bum #4

KINGDOM BUM #4

Writer(s): Adam Wollet and Rick Marshall
Artist Name(s): Jon Reed (pencils and inks), Jen Hickman (colors), Adam Wollet (letters).
Cover Artist(s): Jon Reed and Jen Hickman.
32 pages/ Rated: T+ / FC
$3.99 (reg)

SERIES FINALE! So many casualties, so few thumbs, so much poop! The future of Kingdom Bum hangs in the balance as The Thumbless War concludes, and Son’s quest to find his father comes to an end.

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Preview: Kingdom Bum #3

KINGDOM BUM #3

Writer(s): Adam Wollet and Rick Marshall
Artist Name(s): Jon Reed (pencils and inks), Jen Hickman (colors), Adam Wollet (letters)
Cover Artist(s): Jon Reed and Jen Hickman.
32 pages/ Rated: M / FC
$3.99 (reg)

Then: After an unfortunate death, Simon, the benevolent leader of the city’s homeless population, takes steps to keep the “kingdom” from falling apart. Meanwhile, Edmond, Simon’s disgruntled and defeated rival, sees an opportunity to exploit the people’s pain. Now: Son discovers a link to his father, and the looming Thumbless War begins!

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Review: Kingdom Bum #2

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Then: Simon takes control of the underground homeless “kingdom,” and the Ax’s thumbless victims start a phalanges-deficient support group. Now: Son, the young outsider caught up in the local drama, discovers another clue about his father only to have his search derailed when demons from the past come back to threaten the kingdom.

Continuing the series, Kingdom Bum #2, is bold and undaunted in its approach to comedy, politics and cults. The plotline thickens when cultists, The Thumbless, continue along the path of revolution they are so determined to establish. Meanwhile, the reader is taken on a tour, along with new comer Son, to see the extent to which the homeless have organized after the recent political shift. Also, homeless savior Simon is aware of the cult situation but with little in the way of a structured plan, how can he prevent escalation?

This issue is a strong follow-up from the first and as the reader becomes emerged further in the world of Kingdom Bum, the storyline reveals hints and clues to future developments. In this respect the writing, by Adam Wollet and Rick Marshall, is really well delivered. But it doesn’t stop there; the characters are becoming well-rounded, multi-dimensional, and well established within the plotline making them connect further with the reader.

The artwork by Jon Reed is again bold, nostalgic and original. The additional pages included as part of this issue are a valuable and fascinating insight into how the team pull together and how the artwork emerges from the shared team aims.

Overall, Kingdom Bum #2 is a firm issue in what promises to be a great series.

Story: Adam Wollet and Rick Marshall
Art: Jon Reed Color: Jen Hickman Letters: Adam Wollet
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Action Lab Entertainment Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Preview: Kingdom Bum #2

KINGDOM BUM #2

Writer(s): Adam Wollet and Rick Marshall
Artist Name(s): Jon Reed (pencils and inks), Jen Hickman (colors), Adam Wollet (letters).
Cover Artist(s): Jon Reed and Jen Hickman.

32 pages/ Rated: M / FC
$3.99 (reg)

Then: Simon takes control of the underground homeless “kingdom,” and the Ax’s thumbless victims start a
phalanges-deficient support group. Now: Son, the young outsider caught up in the local drama, discovers another clue about his father only to have his search derailed when demons from the past come back to threaten the kingdom.

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Review: Kingdom Bum #1

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An organized democracy of homeless people, somebody call Donald Trump…on second thoughts…

Kingdom Bum #1 is a rare blend of fun, fantasy and politics.

Starting strongly with a violent leader, who happens to be a collector of human thumbs, the comic quickly introduces the issues of democracy, fairness and revolution. Thankfully our downtrodden homeless ensemble have a savior in Simon, a character with a firm belief in empowering those around him and valuing non violent approaches to life and leadership. Despite this, as with all political regimes, Simon’s society isn’t without its challengers…and it looks like the newest resident in First Coast City, Son, may become embroiled in a more complicated scenario than he was expecting.

The writing, by Adam Wollet and Rick Marshall, really accentuates the characters throughout this issue and as a result makes them more believable and relatable. I really enjoyed the way that the writers used humor throughout the dialogue; at times this comic is laugh out loud funny.

The artwork throughout this issue definitely has a retro feel to it and as a result pulled on the strings of nostalgia for me, drawing me further into this plot line. The characterization is really supported by the design and coloring of the characters throughout and the backdrop sets the perfect tone.

Overall, this issue is the perfect combination of fun and serious, amusing and political and I really enjoyed it. I will definitely be looking out for the next issues…I need to know what happens!

Story: Adam Wollet and Rick Marshall
Art: Jon Reed Color: Jen Hickman Letters: Adam Wollet
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Action Lab Entertainment Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Preview: Kingdom Bum #1 (of 4)

KINGDOM BUM #1 (of 4)

Writer(s): Adam Wollet and Rick Marshall
Artist Name(s): Jon Reed (pencils and inks), Jen Hickman (colors), Adam Wollet (letters).
Cover Artist(s): Main Cover: Jon Reed
Variant Cover (limited to 1500): Francesca Ciregia

32 pages/ Mature Readers/ FC
$3.99 (reg)/ $ 4.99 (var.)

It’s Game of Thrones with cardboard homes as this wild new series brings an inner city’s hidden world to life in contemporary fantasy style! First Coast City’s homeless suffer under the thumb of tyrant, Philip the Ax. As the seeds for a violent coup begin to sprout, it falls to benevolent vagabond Simon to try to stave off war and bring peace back to the alleys.

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Small Press Expo announces debut works from Takashi Murakami, Matt Thurber, Mike Dawson, and others at SPX 2011

Official Press Release

Small Press Expo announces debut works from Takashi Murakami, Matt Thurber, Mike Dawson, and others at SPX 2011

Bethesda, Maryland; August 16, 2011 – The Small Press Expo (SPX), the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels, and alternative political cartoons, announces new graphic novels and comics being debuted at the festival.. For summaries, cover images, and details of all the debuting work, please visit http://www.spxpo.com/debuts

SPX has always been a showcase for new talent and a great place to debut new works. This year’s debuts — 38 at the time of this release! — represent a diverse range of cartooning styles, narrative approaches and topics, audiences, and cartoonists.

Takashi Murakami’s Stargazing Dog, the latest bestseller by the internationally renowned designer, will be available in an English-language version from NBM Publishing. The Japanese version has sold over a half a million copies and is slated to become a feature film.

Mike Dawson debuts the graphic novel compilation of last year’s Ignatz-award winner for Outstanding Online Comic, Troop 142.

Matt Thurber introduces 1-800-Mice, an imaginative and ambitious narrative set in the imaginary city of Volcano Park, where flying mouse couriers have replaced Federal Express.

Jennifer Hayden releases the print compilation of her popular and acclaimed autobiographic online comic Underwire. The comics previously appeared on ACT-I-VATE.com..

The festival features additional debuts from: 1RODHWY, Troy-Jeffrey Allen and Jay Payne, Americans UK, Pat Barrett, Jonathan Baylis, Carolyn Belefski, Jeffrey Brown, Marjee Chmiel and Sandra Lanz, Ernie Colon, the Draw Sucka! artists, Mario A. Gonzales, Seamus Heffernan, Jeph Jacques, James Jarvis, Jim8ball, Josh Kramer, Molly Lawless, Eric Leland, Joel Lolar, Renee Lott, Kyle Magnan, Jeremy Massie, Tom McHenry, Shawn Padraic Murphy, Jamie Noguchi, Melody Often, Katie Omberg, Desiree Pittman, Peter Quach, Ashley Quigg, Ethan Rilly, Justin Rivers and Courtney Zell, Jon Reed, Matthew D. Smith, The Sequential Artist Workshop, Andrea Tsurumi, Sara Turner, Joey Weiser, Jeremy Whitley and Jason Strutz, K. Sekelsky, Robert Ullman, Yuichi Yokoyama, and Chris Yura.

Interviews and review copies may be available. Please contact the SPX press office at the number above.

About SPX

SPX is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit that brings together more than 300 artists and publishers to meet their readers, booksellers and distributors each year. Graphic novels, mini comics, and alternative comics will all be on display and for sale by their authors and illustrators, as well as a series of panel discussions and interviews with this year’s guests.

As in previous years, profits from the SPX will go to support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), protecting the First Amendment rights of comic book readers and professionals. For more information on the CBLDF, go to their website at http://www.cbldf.org.

The hours for SPX 2011 are 11am–7pm Saturday, September 10, and 12–6pm Sunday, September 11. Admission is $10 for a single day or $15 for the weekend.