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Baltimore Comic Con 2014: PLB Debuts Their Halloween Special

plb halloween special 2014PLB Comics will be debuting their third annual Halloween Special at Baltimore Comic-Con 2014. The special offers up tales of horror and suspense from such notable creators as Nikkol Jelenic (table A220), Cheltsey Vann, Brian Spicer, Ryan Thompson, Frank Dawson Jr., Josh Shockley, James Dufendach, and Isai Jose Leal Garza, with a cover by the incomparable Neil Vokes.

PLB is the Eastern Shore of Maryland’s most prolific indie comics publisher, with 14 books in print and thousands of copies sold. Their main titles, The Fall (a gritty vigilante title) and Gideon & Sebastian (a buddy cop, vampire slayer, action comedy with no sparkling) have been featured at BCC for over eight years. PLB Comics is an independent group of artists and writers based on the Eastern Shore of Maryland with contributing artists and writers all over the world. PLB Comics offers original concepts and fresh perspectives on the world of Sequential Art, while maintaining an appreciation of mainstream classics.

Be sure to stop by tables A218 – A219 to check out PLB’s full line of titles and prints, and to pick up their 2014 Halloween Special. And as always, free high 5’s are available for the asking!

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The Fall: Vengeance & Justice #5 Out Now from PLB Comics

Independent comic book publisher PLB Comics will be releasing their fifth issue of The Fall: Vengeance and Justice series, due out just in time for Christmas. This twenty-eight page anthology style book features six tales of The Fall’s never-ending quest to rid the streets of the crime and corruption that plague his city.

Containing a multitude of differing styles, this book is bursting with writing and artwork from such notable indie creators as Josh Shockley, Brandon Spicer, Brian Spicer, Nathaniel Johnson, Grim Rascal, Chris Fischer, Frank Dawson Jr. and James Dufendach. The diverse and intriguing work produced by such an innovative group of creators gives The Fall: Vengeance and Justice #5 a little something for every taste, and a chance for readers to discover styles not often represented in the comic medium.

The Fall: Vengeance and Justice #5 finds The Fall continuing his battle with a seemingly unstoppable serial killer and underworld forces controlled by the mysterious General. Allies are gathering to The Fall’s side, though not by his choice. His war on crime has attracted others to take up his cause, Vida and the C.O.F. are joining the fight but not without a cost. Finally a small spark threatens to ignite the city as rival crime syndicates start to clash for dominance. All in all The Fall: Vengeance and Justice #5 brings together many stories published in previous issues and puts The Fall firmly on track for the most harrowing battles to come.

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Baltimore Comic Con 2013: Review: PLB Comics 2013 Halloween Special

plb halloween special 2013Debuting this weekend at Baltimore Comic Con, independent comic book publisher PLB Comics have released their second annual Halloween Special. The hefty thirty-six page book is jam packed with tales of terror, suspense and revenge. The anthology overall is entertaining with some stories standing out more so than others, but the entire package is worth picking up.

Featuring a multitude of differing styles, this book features five self-contained stories with writing and artwork from such notable indie creators as Josh Shockley, Nikkol Jelenic, Cheltsey Vann, Ryan Thompson, Brandon Spicer, Brian Spicer, Miranda and James Dufendach, as well as a pin up by Buz Hasson and Ken Haeser creators of The Living Corpse.

While this Halloween Special has a higher page count than most comics, PLB has decided to keep it at the three-dollar price point, a great value for an independent comic. And overall a great jumping on point for anyone interested in checking out what PLB has to offer.

Overall the stories are pretty entertaining with the majority standing out in the good category. The art too is really good for an independent comic produced by a small publisher. Overall, it’s a solid entry.

The only knock I have at all is not all the stories fit a “Halloween” vibe. A greater focus on that would have made this a stronger release. Though overall, the stories are still good, so it’s not all bad.

PLB continues to show off their strengths. Their releases are consistently entertaining and the company deserves a dedicated following, one I hope they’re getting. Overall, the company is doing everything right as a micro-publisher. Finding interesting stories to tell with interesting characters and talented individuals to make that all happen.

If you’re at the convention this weekend are looking for a fun independent comic to grab, do yourself a favor and swing by their booth to check this one out.

Story: Josh Shockley, Brian Spicer, Miranda Dufendach, James Dufendach, Cheltsey Vann Art: Josh Shockley, Brandon Spicer, Ryan Thompson, Nikkol Jelenic, Cheltsey Vann
Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Buy

PLB Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

PLB Comics Announces Exclusive Cover for Baltimore Comic-Con

PLB 2012 BCC ExclusivePLB Comics will have an exclusive variant cover of Gideon & Sebastian: Predators and Prey #2 just for Baltimore Comic-Con. Gideon & Sebastian: Predators and Prey follows the exploits of Father Gideon West, a grizzled Vampire-hunting priest who is haunted by a horrific past, and Sebastian, a happy-go-lucky Vampire bitten in his prime who has volunteered to help the Vatican exterminate the Vampire menace. This odd couple rip through vamps while constantly taking jabs at one another, all the while harboring a grudging respect for each other.

The book is presented in an anthology style, with a collection of indie artists all giving their own unique perspective to the characters. Josh and Mathew Shockley, Nikkol Jelenic, Nathan Milliner, and James Dufendach have all lent their creative talents to this issue.

Priced at only $3, Gideon & Sebastian: Predators and Prey #2 promises to be one of Baltimore Comic-Con’s most inexpensive exclusives. Supplies are extremely limited so be sure to pick up your copy early.

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I'll See You In Baltimore 2012This year’s confirmed guests for the show including: Guest of Honor, Stan “The Man” Lee (Saturday only!); Ken Bald (Golden Age Timely/Marvel artist); Marty Baumann (Pixar artist); Brian Bolland (Dial H, Cover Story: The DC Comics Art of Brian Bolland); Mark Buckingham (Fables, Doctor Who); Greg Capullo (Batman, Spawn); Tommy Castillo (Grimm Fairy Tales); Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman); Frank Cho (Avengers vs. X-Men, Liberty Meadows); Steve Conley (Bloop webcomic www.bloopstree.com); Amanda Conner (Before Watchmen:  Silk Spectre); Lar deSouza (Looking For Group, Least I Could Do); Dan Didio (O.M.A.C.); Garth Ennis (The Shadow, Hellblazer, Preacher, The Boys); Rich Faber (Roboy Red); David Finch (Batman:  The Dark Knight); John Gallagher (Buzzboy); Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman); Keith Giffen (Superman, O.M.A.C., Green Arrow); Gene Ha (Justice League); Larry Hama (G.I. Joe, Wolverine, The ‘Nam); Cully Hamner (Action Comics); Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma, ACT-I-VATE, Trip City); Jamal Igle (KISS, Supergirl, The Ray); J.G. Jones (Wanted, Doc Savage); Barry Kitson (Captain America, Iron Man, Fantastic Four); Joe Kubert (Before Watchmen: Nightowl); Scott Kurtz (PvPonline.com); David Mack (Kabuki); Ron Marz (Artifacts, Voodoo); Bob McLeod (DC Comics Presents: Wonder Woman); Mark Morales (Avengers vs. X-Men); Jimmy Palmiotti (All-Star Western); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Brian Pulido (Lady Death); Frank Quitely (All Star Superman, Batman & Robin); John Romita, Jr. (Avengers Vs. X-Men); Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge); Stuart Sayger (Infestation 2: 30 Days of Night One-Shot); Walter Simonson (Thor, Legion of Super-Heroes, Avengers); Ryan Sohmer (Looking For Group, Least I Could Do); Scott Snyder (Batman, Severed, Swamp Thing); Brian Stelfreeze (ICE); Karl Story (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9); Peter Tomasi (Batman and Robin); Billy Tucci (A Child Is Born, Shi); Matt Wagner (Tower Chronicles, Mage, Grendel); Mark Waid (Daredevil, Incorruptible, Irredeemable); Bernie Wrightson (Frankenstein).

This year’s Baltimore Comic-Con will be held September 8-9, 2012. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, September 8th.

Review: The Fall: Vengeance & Justice #2

The Fall: Veangeance & Justice #2 CoverThe Fall: Vengeance & Justice #2 by PLB Comics is one of those series that’s easy to write off and overlook as its main character is so familiar.  But, by doing so, you’d be making a mistake.  Much like the first issue, the second shows off the talents of quite a few individuals.  The comic series is a series of shot stories centered on one character with this issue comprising of five parts.

Point of View is told from the perspective of The Fall as he goes on a mission of revenge against a racist who has committed murder.  The perspective is interesting and pretty well done.  It’s a twist that makes the story way more creative than the fairly straightforward revenge tale.

Running on Fumes just shows how much dedication The Fall puts into his mission.  The story goes on about all the physical issues he’s having as he forces himself to continue his fighting against crime.  Again, a pretty decent narrative twist.

Fatal Fortune involves a psychic reading for a criminal and an over the top description of The Fall.  This shows off the art more, which is a bit like Spawn, as if drawn by a fanboy.  Still, again it switches up what we see and adds another unique take to what could be monotonous stories.

Made to Kill has The Fall chasing down a murder and deciding to take justice into his own hands.

Drinking Tales involves various folks drinking telling tales of the mysterious hero.  Again, a different take on the character and storytelling that mixes it up.

The second issue is a solid continuation of the series that’s definitely worth picking up.  There’s some really great work here as far as story and art, well worth the purchase.

Story: Nathan Thomas Milliner, Josh Shockley Art: Nathan Thomas Milliner, Larry Crew, Nikkol Jelenic, Josh Shockley, Jim McMunn Publisher: PLB Comics

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

PLB Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Baltimore Comic Con 2011 Recap

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It’s not even 24 hours since the end of 2011’s Baltimore Comic Con which took place near the harbor of Baltimore, Maryland.  The convention was packed, seeming to draw record crowds for the weekend.  Saturday was wall to wall people making it at times difficult to make it through the crowds.  It seems legends like Stan Lee did their job, sparking people to come downtown and check out the convention.  Even with the massive crowds, I constantly heard from those exhibiting that sales were down slightly from last year.  No matter, you couldn’t help be impressed by the crowds.

But, what I like about Baltimore is the focus on comics.  It’s one of the few big name shows that keeps it’s focus on it’s roots.  You won’t find movie or television celebrities here, but what you will find is writers, illustrators and publishers interacting directly with the fans.  This is a perfect show to come to where you can shake hands with legends, get autographs and photos and interact directly with creators.  Fans are able to ask directly what they’re working on and you can often find the greats hanging out during and after the show, completely approachable.  I might be a blogger, but I’m a fan first, and it’s such a fun time to talk comics with those who are involved creating them.  It’s often eye opening and you learn a ton.

But, the show isn’t all dealers, publishers and artist alley.  There’s also a decent selection of panels where you can catch some industry titans talking about history or what’s coming up.  There were a few bumps this year, but after sitting through Saturday’s spotlight with Shannon Wheeler, I’ve made a promise myself to attend more panels at future shows.  It’s entertaining and you get stories you’ll hear nowhere else.  I also had the pleasure of moderating the BOOM! 6th Anniversary Panel with BOOM! Studios founder and CEO Ross Ritchie.  1) being on panels are fun; 2) I really need to get better at it; 3) I learned a hell of a lot.

You also get to see so much you won’t necessarily find at your local shop.  Small publishers, self-publishers line places like Artist Alley.  You also get to find new ways people are telling stories.  This show Heretic City stood out to me.  It’s not the traditional comic book, instead, it tells a graphic story through t-shirts.  A great idea and very unique.  It shows graphic story telling can happen outside of the traditional panel format.

But, in the end, for some one like me it’s all about catching up with old friends and making new ones.  Here’s the rundown.

Old friends:

  • Len Wallace and Jessica – always great hanging out with you two.  I think we’ll have to make Saturday dinner a tradition.  Look forward to seeing you both at NYCC.
  • The Top Cow crew – Atom! and Filip – always great catching up, and hope to hang at at NYCC.  Top Cow has a special place as the first company we really covered and I look forward to continue to support them.  Great guys, great product, great attitude.
  • Ron Marz – I promise to get you the script – folks, one of the nicest people you’ll meet at a con, great with the fans.
  • Drew Gaska – a true talent and awesome guy.  Love his writing and ideas and so happy the person behind them is so smart, fun and friendly.
  • The Kill Shakespeare guys – Anthony and Conor, so talented and I can’t wait to see what they have coming up.  You want to watch a great pitch and interaction with fans, go see them at cons. You can’t help but dig Shakespeare after.
  • The BOOM! Studios crew – Ross and Chip, always fun. Let me know when I can moderate another panel… The product is fun and quality, they’ve got a great attitude, it’s no wonder I’m looking forward to shining the spotlight on them more and more.
  • ComiXology – Taking five minutes talking to this team and you can’t help be excited about the future of digital comics.  John and the team are brilliant and will win you over on the digital medium.

New friends:

  • Shannon Wheeler – the creator of Too Much Coffee Man is a legend, and hilarious. If he’s on a panel, go see it.
  • Denis Kitchen – All I want to do now is sit this industry legend down and just film him talking. Amazing stories.
  • CBLDF – I finally connected with the CBLDF team and look forward to helping support them more and more in the future.
  • Chandra Free – the writer and artist of The God Machine is so talented and being able to watch her sketch is amazing.  It just solidifies my opinion of her talent.

Twitter/Digital friends now in person!:

  • PLB Comics – a small publishing company, their book The Fall is a great read.  They’re also very friendly in person and I’m feeling really good after meeting them to support their efforts.
  • Joshua Hale Fialkov – the writer of Echoes and Tumor is a talent and his upcoming book The Last of the Greats is just as solid.  We were early supporters of his, and so happy to continue to do so.
  • I loved Rahsan Ekedal art on Echoes and was so happy to meet him at the show as well.  You better believe I’ll be picking up some of his original work at NYCC.

There’s also a bunch of indie books I picked up and you better believe I’ll be letting you know my thoughts in future reviews.  Next up is SPX in two weeks!

PLB Comics to Offer Convention Exclusive Cover at Baltimore Comic-Con 2011

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PLB Comics to offer convention exclusive cover of Gideon and Sebastian: Predators & Prey #1 at Baltimore Comic-Con

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – July 29, 2011 – PLB Comics will be offering a convention only exclusive cover of their newest offering,  at this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con. The first in a series of anthology books featuring PLB’s vampire hunting duo, Gideon and Sebastian features the talents of some of today’s up and coming indie creators such as:  Nathan Thomas Milliner, Mat Shockley, Nikkol Jelenic, Josh Shockley, and James Dufendach. PLB Comics Gideon and Sebastian: Predators & Prey #1

Vampires don’t sparkle! And you won’t find an ounce of pixie dust or teenage romance in this hard hitting, wise cracking, vampire slaying bonanza! Follow the adventures of Gideon, The Vatican’s greatest vampire slayer and Sebastian, a vampire who has traded his allegiance to the Vatican in return for a serum that sates his need for blood. See as this duo eradicates the vampire menace, all the while looking for the bloodsuckers that killed Gideon’s family. Discover the secrets of the beautiful and deadly villainess Cassandra.

The PLB Comics table will also feature the lovely and talented model Mel S., who is the inspiration for the series’ villainess Cassandra. Mel will be in costume and posing for pictures and speaking with fans all weekend long.

With a price tag of only $3.00, Gideon and Sebastian: Predators & Prey #1 promises to be one of the most affordable branded convention exclusives available at this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con. Past PLB convention exclusives have sold out within hours of a convention’s opening and no less is expected for this premier issue.

To find out more about PLB Comics please go to: http://www.plbcomics.com or http://www.facebook.com/plb.comics

For more information, images, copies of PLB titles for review or questions of any kind please contact James Dufendach at promotions@plbcomics.com.

 

Save the Date! Baltimore Comic-Con 2012!

That’s right! Mark your calendars now for next year’s Baltimore Comic-Con, which will take place the weekend of September 8-9, 2012 at the Baltimore Convention Center, and we’ll see YOU in Baltimore!

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Attending the Baltimore Comic-Con? Show your support online!

Simply change your social network (Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc.) avatar pictures to the “See You in Baltimore!” image and let the world know you’re attending the show!

In coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found at our website, Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace pages.

This year’s Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, August 21st.

About The Baltimore Comic-Con

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 12th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 6 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.

PLB Comics to offer convention exclusive cover of Gideon and Sebastian: Predators & Prey #1 at Baltimore Comic Con 2011

Official Press Release

PLB Comics will be offering a convention only exclusive cover of their newest offering, Gideon and Sebastian: Predators & Prey #1 at this year’s Baltimore Comic Con. The first in a series of anthology books featuring PLB’s vampire hunting duo, Gideon and Sebastian features the talents of some of today’s up and coming indie creators such as; Nathan Thomas Milliner, Mat Shockley, Nikkol Jelenic, Josh Shockley and James Dufendach.

Vampires don’t sparkle! And you won’t find an ounce of pixie dust or teenage romance in this hard hitting, wise cracking, vampire slaying bonanza! Follow the adventures of Gideon, The Vatican’s greatest vampire slayer and Sebastian, a vampire who has traded his allegiance to the Vatican in return for a serum that sates his need for blood. See as this duo eradicates the vampire menace, all the while looking for the bloodsuckers that killed Gideon’s family. Discover the secrets of the beautiful and deadly villainess Cassandra.

The PLB Comics table will also feature the lovely and talented model Mel S., who is the inspiration for the series’ villainess Cassandra. Mel will be in costume and posing for pictures and speaking with fans all weekend long.

With a price tag of only $3.00, Gideon and Sebastian: Predators & Prey #1 promises to be one of the most affordable branded convention exclusives available at this year’s Baltimore Comic Con. Past PLB convention exclusives have sold out within hours of a convention’s opening and no less is expected for this premier issue.

To find out more about PLB Comics please go to: http://www.plbcomics.com or http://www.facebook.com/plb.comics

For info and tickets to this year’s Baltimore Comic Con please go to: http://baltimorecomiccon.com/

Review – The Fall: Vengeance & Justice #1


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The Fall: Vengeance and Justice #1We’re continuing with our focus on indie comics by checking out The Fall: Vengeance & Justice #1 published by PLB Comics.  The comic’s main character The Fall looks a bit like Grifter, but with a bag on his head, but besides that, the comic stands on it’s own.  It’s a solid issue of short stories featuring the character by various writers and artists.

Contributing include writers Nathan Thomas Milliner, Josh Shockley and Matthew Shockley and artists Larry Crew Jr., Brad Hudson and Russell Walton, though it was hard to find that in the comic.  The various short stories are solid, but having so many brings the issue of the stories being rushed.

As a whole though, I like the anthology hook of the book having different artists and writers taking their turns with a character.  They all have similar feels, but their own twists as far as looks or feel of their stories, each has their own voice.

This is the first issue, with more planned, and I absolutely want to see it.  Fantastic stuff.

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