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It’s a packed edition of Around the Tubes with lots of stories we missed but also continuing WonderCon coverage and a flood of reviews.  Enjoy!

Around the Blogs:

Comics Alliance – Sean Phillips & Crime Novelist Don Winslow’s Free ‘Sunset on Sunset’ Comic [Preview]Philips’s work is some of the best out there.

Bleeding Cool – Live From The DMZ LaunchesOne of my favorite series gets a great website dedicated to it.  I can’t wait to see what it has in store.

Comic Book Resources – I Like Marvel’s Re-Numbering PlanI generally agree with this assessment.

Newsarama – New Doc to Explore Comics Code, Fredric Wertham ArchivesThis is a key moment in comic book history.  One every fan and free speech advocate should understand.

Bleeding Cool – A Comic Show – The Best Week In Comics Of The Year So FarA solid week of books.

WonderCon Coverage:

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: Judd Winick

Examiner – WonderCon 2011: 35,000 fans, hundreds of superheroes go home happy (Video)

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: Rick Remender

Graphic Novel Reporter – Happy Birthday, Wonder-Con: A Review of the Show

Comicvine – Wondercon 2011: The Cosplay Challenge

Comicvine – WonderCon2011: Mattel Booth Tour

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: Joe Quesada

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: Frank Quitely

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: Spider-Man: Edge of Time Interview

GeekWeek – Wondercon ’11: Watch The New THUNDERCATS Trailer in HD

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: Floor Wrap-Up

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: J.T. Krul (Part 1-DC Comics)

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: Jeph Loeb

Around the Tubes Reviews:

Graphic Novel Reporter –Anya’s Ghost

Graphic Novel Reporter – Babymouse: Cupcake Tycoon

Graphic Novel Reporter – Beauty and the Squat Bears

Seattle Pi – Elephant Man

Seattle Pi – The Complete Essex County

The Aaugh Blog – Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown

Graphic Novel Reporter – Hellblazer: Pandemonium

Graphic Novel Reporter – Lethe

Waking Brain Cells – Lost & Found: A Graphic Novel Wonderland

Graphic Novel Reporter – Lucille

ICv2 – Mercy Thompson: Moon Called’ Vol. 1 TP

North 40 – North 40

Seattle Pi – Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc

Graphic Novel Reporter – The Rawhide Kid: The Sensational Seven

Seattle Pi – The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Graphic Novel Reporter – Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki

Graphic Novel Reporter – Thor: The Mighty Avenger

GeekWeek – Time Bomb

Seattle Pi – Tumor

Graphic Novel Reporter – The Waking

Review – North 40

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North 40It’s October, which means it’s the time for ghosts and goblins and thus enters the trade paperback North 40 written by Aaron Williams with art by Fiona Staples.  I’m not sure how to exactly describe the series except it involves hillbillies, Cthulhu with a little bit of Tales From The Crypt and My Science Project thrown in.  This is a horror comic, but there’s so much more to it too.

It all started like this.  Conover County wasn’t never much more’n a spot on a map in th’ trunks o’ a car.  Now it ain’t even that… it’s worse.  We can’t leave.  We can’t go out at night.  Some of us can’t even call ourselves human no more.  We got a few folk on our side what can do things a son of Adam weren’t never supposed to do, but… well, I reckon it’ll have to be enough, or we’re all bound for the pit.

The story is pretty simple.  Two social rejects unleash an evil power and two other rejects need to stop the evil.  We’ve seen that story a million times and there’s nothing wrong with that at all.  That familiarity allowed me to focus on how the comic stands out.  While many of the town people have remain unchanged there’s also those who’ve completely changed and that’s where the comic pops.  Just random conversations occur and then something is thrown in there really quickly.  It stops the seriousness and adds the humor that works so well in some horror.

If you’re a horror fan, the series is worth checking out.  I want to see where it goes as it leaves a lot open, and it’s definitely a crazy world worth exploring.

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