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Review: Hope

In the battle between good and evil, things are never really black and white as many people would like to believe. As there is no physical markers that one sees that would automatically tell you what intentions that person possesses. As an avid Star Trek fan, I always marveled at how the franchise, no matter which series you talked about dealt with social issues. The one episode from the original series, that has stuck with me to today, and really doesn’t feel dated at all, is “Let That Be Your Battlefield.

The story revolved around a centuries old war between two alien races, where they simply hated each other because of the side of the face where they have certain colors. The magnitude of what Gene Roddenberry was telling with one particular story cannot be underscored, as it still rings true today, that race is a construct and racism itself is an idea which is thought not inherited. It is always interesting when fiction creeps these ideas in to the reader’s subconscious, and it is always interesting to get into fiction, where these things are more obvious. In Lovern Kindzierski and John Bolton’s Hope, the world of Shame is continued on with this installment, as Hope looks to be reincarnated into a human body.

We are brought to Shame’s castle, where most of her demons have been vanquished, as Merritt looks for anyone looking to do harm to Grace and Hope.  As they leave the castle, they make their way down the rod to safer pastures, as though the demon hoard seems t be gone for good, one can never be sure. As we soon find out that Shame and her evil witch, Mother Virtue are hunting for Hope. By book’s end,a new enemy has emerged, as our heroes race to stop them before they can fulfill their promise.

Overall, the book is if HR Giger and Alejandro Jodorowsky worked in the medieval world in a battle between good and evil. The story by Kindzierski is exciting, action packed and unfolds likes well won action adventure. The art by Bolton feels visceral and can be in any museum. Altogether, a graphic novel which engulfs the reader into this magical world and gives fantasy fiction fans a grand tale.

Story: Lovern Kindzierski Art: John Bolton
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Around the Tubes

So, how about those elections!? While we recover from all of that… it’s new comic book day! What are folks excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below!

Kotaku – Telltale Games is laying off 90 people, or about 25% of its staff, the company said today. – This could impact some of your comic based video games.

CBR – Mark Millar’s First Netflix Comic Is a Fantasy Crime Series With Olivier Coipel – Sounds interesting.

The Beat – Nicholson’s Bedside Press to be distributed via Renegade Arts Entertainment – Some solid news.

 

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Comic Attack – Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #1

Newsarama – Coyotes #1

CBR – The Jetsons #1

Flickering Myth – Penny Dreadful: The Awakening

Review: Shame Trilogy

shametrilogycoverThe Shame hardcover collects all three parts of writer Lovern Kindzierski (Tarzan), artist John Bolton (Books of Magic), and letterer Todd Klein’s (Sandman) fantasy saga featuring archetypical characters such as Virtue, Shame, and Slur. It is a beautiful, dark, twisted fantasy story (Apologies to Mr. West.) and a true showcase of Bolton’s talents as a watercolor artist even if its gender politics are of an older age with plenty of gratuitous ass shots and creating kind of a virgin/whore dichotomy between Shame, who enjoys sex, and Virtue, who is innocent and “pure”. The three graphic novels  tell a tale as old as time about the battle between light and darkness with a messed up family dynamic caught in between. Think Electra complex as Shame transforms her mother Virtue from a happy nun into the receptacle of her demon spawn child.

Even if I didn’t really connect with the characters in the Shame trilogy, the world that Kindzierski and Bolton have created is quite captivating as they combine elements of Grimm Fairy tales, old Red Sonja comics, Heavy Metal Magazine, and C.S. Lewis/George MacDonald type allegories to craft a unique world of beautiful nymphs, creepy rhyming shadows, and constantly perturbed peasant population. Bolton is skilled at showing both the beautiful and the grotesque as the nymphs that Virtue sends to protect her daughter Shame from her evil father Slur and his minions have a celestial, Pre-Raphaelite vibe with spring colors following through their bodies. But eventually, as Shame begins to grow into her evil birthright, they become twisted like Slur and his minions. The first volume “Conceptions'” color palette also gets progressively darker and sexier as Shame seduces an Incubus to get human semen and have her mother Virtue reborn as a child so she can imprison her like Virtue did to her as a child. Again, the family dynamics of this comic are quite messed up.

When Bolton goes grotesque, it is quite a treat. His design and Todd Klein’s lettering for Slur and the Shadows forshameinterior are reminiscent of the work of The Maxx‘s Sam Kieth as well as that artist’s early horror-tinged work on The Sandman. Kindzierski adds to the eeriness of these creatures by giving the Shadows rhyming dialogue recasting this fairy tale trope in a horror setting. Bolton makes them silhouettes, which contrasts greatly with the photorealism of his figures and the richness of his background setting whether it be the woods or a ruined castle. They twist and bend and are easily his most sequential work. Their and Slur’s pliable shape show that they are willing to do whatever it takes to rule the entire world through violent and manipulative means as their effect on Shame, Virtue, and the world around them can be felt stronger during each volume of the story.

Kindzierski and Bolton excel at beginning each volume with a strong, distinct start without piling up unnecessary exposition to explain the time gaps between each one. Sometimes, a simple costume change will suffice as Merritt, the “Chosen One”/white knight character, looking more like Louis XVI in the zenith of his decadence instead of Sir Lancelot or even Westley from Princess Bride. Or they can plunge the readers into an immersive action sequence like the start of “Pursuit” where Virtue, who is now a young woman dressed as a hybrid of Red Sonja and Leela from The Fifth Element is on the run from Shame’s goons. There is a lot of leaping and dynamism in Bolton’s art as she evades monsters and finds shelter. She represents rugged survival in the face of great evil while Shame is pure decadence in her dominatrix threads.

Except Virtue doesn’t end up saving the day. In Shame‘s third volume “Redemption”, Kindzierski and Bolton fall into the old cliches of a male chosen one character saving the day even if he has been portrayed as a naive nincompoop up to this point. Merritt makes Frodo Baggins or First Year Harry Potter look like Seal Time Six as he decides to lose his armor and warhorse before wandering into some mysterious thorns. He also completely falls for the fact that Shame says she’s oppressed by her father Slur when she’s actually in cahoots with him. In “Pursuit” and “Redemption”, it seems like Kindzierski is deconstructing these cheerful hobbit type heroes that save the day for some reason or another and will let the ultimate survivor/magical badass Virtue. Except she gets the weird pregnancy/magic light plotline while Merritt freaks out about blood and gets to wield the magic sword. Bolton excels at showing Merritt’s struggles and his doughy body compared to the beautiful forms of Shame and Virtue, but the character is heroic just for the sake of the plot and really has annoying personality and zero street or any kind of smarts. And somehow he gets to be the big damn hero.

Iffy gender politics and fantasy cliches aside, the Shame trilogy is the pinnacle of painted comics storytelling as writer Lovern Kindzierski sets artist John Bolton loose on this fantasy/horror/fairy tale landscape and uses a variety of water color and brush techniques to depict everything from beautiful women and fashionable, sexy outfits to sinister eldritch beings and creepy castles. The comic is a true testament to his captivating imagination, and the ending teases a new character with loads of potential.

Story: Lovern Kindzierski Art: John Bolton Letters: Todd Klein
Story: 6 Art: 10 Overall: 8 Verdict: Buy

Renegade Arts Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Renegade To Unveil iPad App Demo At Fan Expo Canada

For their third appearance at Fan Expo Canada, Renegade Arts Entertainment will be showing their Canadian pride with exclusives and a special, never-before-seen demo for an upcoming iPad app. The publisher will be located in Artist Alley Space: P28, and will be holding signings with writer/artist Lovern Kindzierski for the graphic novels Shame and The Loxleys and the War of 1812, as well as artist Dave Ross for the upcoming series, Necromantic. Renegade will also have exclusive The Loxleys and the War of 1812 playing cards and first copies of the Doug Bradley’s Spinechillers Volume 10 audio book, featuring Doug, Robert Englund and Jeffery Combs.

In addition, Renegade’s editor in chief, Alexander Finbow, will be on hand to provide a demo of the upcoming iPad app for The Loxleys and the War of 1812, from NFB Digital Studio. Based on the graphic novel from writer Alan Grant, artist Claude St. Aubin and colorist Lovern Kindzierski, this interactive version of the book will use the iPad’s features to provide animation, music and sound effects; and will include an interactive map for following the story by location.

Fan Expo Canada is entering its 18th year and showcases five genres (Comic, Anime, Science Fiction, Horror and Gaming), over 700 exhibits and sprawls to over 400,000 square feet and over 75,000 fans. Each year the Expo has a phenomenal celebrity guest list who sign autographs, host presentations and conduct question & answer sessions with their fans. The convention runs from August 23rd to August 26th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, in Toronto, Canada.

Preview – The Loxleys and the War of 1812 from Renegade Arts Entertainment

THE LOXLEYS AND THE WAR OF 1812 GN

Writer: Alan Grant
Artist: Claude St. Aubin
Colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
Letterer: Todd Klein.
Editor: Alexander Finbow
Publisher: Renegade Arts Entertainment
Diamond Code: APR121209
ISBN-13: 9780986820007
Pages: 176 (101 pages of story and 53 page summary of the warm written by acclaimed Canadian military historian Mark Zuehlke, presented with maps and illustrations)
Price: $19.99
Release Date: June 6th, 2012

The story follows the Loxleys, a Canadian family living in the Niagara peninsula as they’re torn apart by the American invasion of Canada in 1812, and the subsequent war that raged across both countries as British troops, Canadian militia, and First Nation warriors sought to thwart the expansionist plans of the American government.

The story follows the characters through key historical events as they deal with the realities of war on their doorstep, the personal loss, setbacks and victories tied into the conflict.

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Renegade Unleashes The War Of 1812

RENEGADE UNLEASHES THE WAR OF 1812
Historical Graphic Novel, The Loxley’s and the War of 1812, debuts in June

Renegade Arts Entertainment proudly presents an adventure full of action, drama and history with THE LOXLEY’S AND THE WAR OF 1812. Written by Alan Grant (2000 A.D. Judge Dredd) and with beautifully colored artwork from Claude St Aubin (R.E.B.E.L.S., Batman: Turning Point) and Lovern Kindzierski (Animal Man), this paperback features a 101 page story about a Canadian family caught up in the war, as well as a 53 page summary of the war and its implications for Canada and America, written by acclaimed Canadian military historian Mark Zuehlke, presented with maps and illustrations. Also, for every 3 copies that retailers order of THE LOXLEY’S AND THE WAR OF 1812 from Diamond Comic Distributor, they will receive one FREE copy.

The story follows the Loxley’s, a Canadian family living in the Niagara peninsula as they’re torn apart by the American invasion of Canada in 1812, and the subsequent war that raged across both countries as British troops, Canadian militia, and First Nation warriors sought to thwart the expansionist plans of the American government. The story follows the characters through key historical events as they deal with the realities of war on their doorstep, the personal loss, setbacks and victories tied into the conflict.

In addition to the graphic novel, Renegade Arts Entertainment has also hired Oscar nominated screen writer Tab Murphy (Thundercats, Batman: Year One) to adapt the story into a school play, most recently performed at the Canmore Collegiate High School Theatre, as well as a movie screenplay.

Fans wanting more on THE LOXLEY’S AND THE WAR OF 1812 can visit Renegade’s website, www.1812timeline.com, which incorporates the fictional characters from the book, and takes you through the events leading up to, during and after the war.

THE LOXLEY’S AND THE WAR OF 1812, a 176-page full-color paperback, will be on sale in stores June, 2012 for $19.99 and is available to order in the April 2012 edition of Diamond Previews (APR121209, ISBN: 978-1-908217-04-1). Retailers receive one FREE copy for every 3 ordered. For more information, please visit www.renegadeartsentertainment.com and www.facebook.com/LoxleysandtheWarof1812.

ABOUT RENEGADE ARTS ENTERTAINMENT
We publish comic books, but only a few and we are very discerning on our choices. The mix so far has been from experienced A list writers and artists and newer blood who pitched projects just too good to turn down.

Some of our projects have come from within Renegade itself, like Alan Grant’ and Shane Oakley’s Channel Evil and Alexander Finbow and William Simpson’s Shades Of Gray. These are projects that our creators are passionate about and all of us at Renegade believe are of the highest quality. For more information, please visit www.renegadeartsentertainment.com.

Preview – Turning Tiger: Special Edition

TURNING TIGER: SPECIAL EDITION

Writer: Richmond Clements
Art: Alex Moore
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist: Alex Moore with Jim Campbell

Publisher: Arcana Studios
Diamond Order Code: FEB120740
Release Date: April 25th, 2012
Pages: 58 Pages Total, 44 Strip Pages
Price: $7.99

A top secret US military robot goes rogue and collides with the world of a suburban

American family. Turning Tiger brings a tale of explosive action, government conspiracies,

and above all, family. But why has the robot chosen this family and their daughter in

particular? All will be revealed!

 

About Richmond Clements

Richmond Clements is the father of two wonderful boys and lives in the Scottish Highlands with his partner Vicky Stonebridge, with whom he co-organizes HiEx: The Highland International Comic Expo. As well as writing Turning Tiger, and between bouts on his beloved X-Box, he is an editor for FutureQuake Press and writer of the forthcoming Graphic Novels Ketsueki, Corvus and Pinkerton. For more from Richmond visit: http://hiexcomics.blogspot.com/

 

About Alex Moore

Currently studying illustration at Middlesex University, Alex’s artwork has featured in Orang Utan Comics’ FTL anthology. She is currently working on Liberty, a graphic novel for Markosia. Her influences include Juanjo Guarnido, Adrian Alphonsa, and Fabio Moon. For more on Alex visit her blog: http://threepennyorchestra.blogspot.com/

 

About Renegade Arts Entertainment

We are a creator owned publisher of comic books, but only a few and we are very discerning with our choices. Our mix so far has been from experienced A-list writers and artists and newer blood who pitched projects just too good to turn down.

Some of our projects have come from within Renegade itself, like Alan Grant and Shane Oakley’s Channel Evil and Alexander Finbow and William Simpson’s Shades Of Grey. We only publish comic books that our creators are 100% passionate about and all of us at Renegade believe are of the highest quality. For more information, please visit us at www.renegadeartsentertainment.com.

Arcana And Renegade’s Turning Tiger Roars Into Action

ARCANA AND RENEGADE’S TURNING TIGER ROARS INTO ACTION THIS APRIL

Take one state of the art fully armed sentient military attack robot, let it go rogue, then set the army and more robots after it. And let it happen in downtown Ewanstown, USA . If things get bad, have it kidnap a child and see if you can stop her parents blowing the operation wide open to the media.

Arcana Comics is proud to present the April release of TURNING TIGER: SPECIAL EDITION, written by Richmond Clements, illustrated by Alex Moore and produced by Renegade Arts Entertainment. Collecting the two part miniseries, TURNING TIGER: SPECIAL EDITION is also filled with extras such as an afterwards from Richmond Clements, character designs, and a pin-up gallery from artists such as Shane Oakley (Albion, Cthulhu Tales), Chie Kutsuwada (The Story of Lee), Michael Carroll (2000 A.D., Judge Dredd Megazine) and more.

TURNING TIGER involves a top secret military robot colliding with the world of a suburban American family. TURNING TIGER brings a tale of explosive action, government conspiracies, and above all, family. But why has the robot chosen this family and their daughter in particular? All will be revealed…

Critics have raved about TURNING TIGER:

“Turning Tiger is the perfect tale of sci-fi encountering the family next door, a gripping adventure that we know really could happen. The dynamic storytelling will melt the heart of both the young and adult reader alike, so it’s simply not to be missed!”SciFiPulse.net

“This is a superb comic…”Forbidden Planet International

“…production is really smart, and the art from Alex Moore is stunning.”Comic Buzz

“Ultimately, this is a well-produced piece of work and a worthy first effort.” – Irish Comic News

TURNING TIGER: SPECIAL EDITION, a 58-page full-color paperback, will be on sale in stores April 1st for $7.99 and is available to order in the February 2012 edition of Diamond Previews (FEB120740, ISBN: 978-1-926914-87-9). For more information, please visit http://www.arcana.com/view_title.php?id=265

About Arcana Studios

Arcana Studios, Inc. is a transmedia company that has aggressively pursued establishing brands through engaging storytelling and compelling art. With a strong foothold in the print publishing world, Arcana continues to be a premier content provider. Arcana owns one of the world’s largest libraries of graphic novels and comics, and has adapted this library into live action feature films, stereoscopic 3D animated features, episodic television series and toys.

About Clements

Richmond Clements is the father of two wonderful boys and lives in the Scottish Highlands with his partner Vicky Stonebridge, with whom he co-organizes HiEx: The Highland International Comic Expo. As well as writing Turning Tiger, and between bouts on his beloved X-Box, he is an editor for FutureQuake Press and writer of the forthcoming Graphic Novels Ketsueki, Corvus and Pinkerton. For more from visit: http://hiexcomics.blogspot.com/

About Alex Moore

Currently studying illustration at Middlesex University, Alex’s artwork has featured in Orang Utan Comics’ FTL anthology. She is currently working on Liberty, a graphic novel for Markosia. Her influences include Juanjo Guarnido, Adrian Alphonsa, and Fabio Moon. For more on Alex visit her blog: http://threepennyorchestra.blogspot.com/.
About Renegade Arts Entertainment
We are a creator owned publisher of comic books, but only a few and we are very discerning with our choices. Our mix so far has been from experienced A-list writers and artists and newer blood who pitched projects just too good to turn down.

Some of our projects have come from within Renegade itself, like Alan Grant and Shane Oakley’s Channel Evil and Alexander Finbow and William Simpson’s Shades Of Grey. We only publish comic books that our creators are 100% passionate about and all of us at Renegade believe are of the highest quality. For more information, please visit us at www.renegadeartsentertainment.com.

Nov8rix launches Renegade Arts Entertainment App

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Nov8rix launches Renegade Arts Entertainment App

Renegade and Nov8rix Partner to deliver graphic novels, audio books, previews and more!
If you’re a fan of John Bolton (Batman: Manbat, Evil Dead), Alan Grant (Batman,Judge Dredd), Lovern Kindzierski (Animal Man, Sandman) and Doug Bradley (Hellraiser), it’s now even easier to find their titles published by Renegade Arts Entertainment. Renegade, partnering with Nov8rix, have launched their first official iPad Bookstore app.

Comic readers who download the app, available via iTunes, will have access to titles such as Shame: Conception from Lovern Kindzierski and John Bolton, Shades of Grey: 24 Hours in London from Alexander Finbow and William Simpson (Batman, Aliens), Granny’s Attic from Liz Dodsworth and Turning Tiger from Richmond Clements and Alex Moore, Channel Evil from Alan Grant and Shane Oakley (Albion, Cthulhu Tales) and a preview comic of the upcoming The Loxleys and the War of 1812 from Alan Grant, Claude St. Aubin (R.E.B.E.L.S., Batman: Turning Points) and Lovern Kindzierski.

In addition to the above titles, the Renegade Arts Entertainment app will soon offer Doug Bradley’s Spinechillers, classic horror audiobooks and movies, narrated by genre legends Doug Bradley, Robert Englund and Jeffrey Combs, as well as The Spine Chillers comedy web comic strips, written and illustrated by Ben Clark.
“Renegade Arts Entertainment is passionate about their work. The caliber of writing, storytelling, and artwork is excellent – which demonstrates their commitment to creating the highest quality content. We are thrilled that the Renegade team selected our iPad Publisher platform to power the Renegade App on the iPad. Their content translates beautifully and is a pleasure to experience on the iPad.” said Manish Sehgal, CEO of Nov8rix.
Alexander Finbow, Editor in Chief of Renegade, adds, “We are very excited to be able to offer our titles for the iPad through our own bookstore app. It gives our readers who want the digital experience an easy place to find all our stories on a great platform. Our app lets you read them wherever you are in the world, instantly.”
The Renegade Arts Entertainment App is available now for download via the iTunes app store and at www.nov8rix.com.
About Renegade Arts Entertainment

We are a creator owned publisher of comic books, but only a few and we are very discerning with our choices. Our mix so far has been from experienced A list writers and artists and newer blood who pitched projects just too good to turn down.

Some of our projects have come from within Renegade itself, like Alan Grant and Shane Oakley’s Channel Evil and Alexander Finbow and William Simpson’s Shades Of Grey. We only publish comic books that our creators are 100% passionate about and all of us at Renegade believe are of the highest quality. For more information, please visit us at www.renegadeartsentertainment.com.

About Nov8rix

Based in the media capital of New York City, Nov8rix was founded to answer the need of businesses and individuals seeking to publish content on mobile devices.To date, Nov8rix has released 200+ apps for iOS and Android and continue to focus on creating great products and providing world class service to clients.

For more information please visit www.nov8rix.com or www.myipadpublisher.com.

Renegade Offers Holiday Gift Set

Official Press Release

RENEGADE OFFERS THE ULTIMATE  HOLIDAY GIFT SET

With the end of 2011 approaching, and the build up to the Christmas festivities in full swing, Renegade Arts Entertainment has decided to get into the party spirit with a special gift package. For less than $20, until December 15th, you’ll receive one of every comic book and graphic novel Renegade has published in 2011.

Included is SHAME, the best selling graphic novel from John Bolton (Hellraiser, Man-Bat) and Lovern Kindzierski (Animal Man); SHADES OF GREY: 24 HOURS IN LONDON, the action packed comic book from William Simpson (2000 AD, Transformers) and Alexander Finbow, based on the film directed by Finbow; the first issue of the horror tour de force CHANNEL EVIL from Alan Grant (Judge Dredd) and Shane Oakley (Albion, Cthulhu Tales); and the upcoming, April 2012, collected edition of Richmond Clements and Alex Moore‘s TURNING TIGER.

If that wasn’t enough, Renegade will also throw in a limited edition DVD of their award winning movie adaptation of HP Lovecraft’s The Outsider directed by and starring Doug Bradley (Hellraiser), your choice of one DOUG BRADLEY’S SPINECHILLERS audiobook CD, two limited edition posters and a preview comic of THE LOXLEY’S AND THE WAR OF 1812, that has only been available to retailers, convention attendees and a very limited number of comic book stores in Canada.

That’s more than $50 of perfectly crafted stories for less than the price of a round of drinks at the Christmas party! This special Christmas offer will disappear in a puff of smoke on December 15th so grab it whilst it still exists, and becomes the stuff of legend, only whispered about in the dead of night.

ABOUT RENEGADE ARTS ENTERTAINMENT

We publish comic books, but only a few and we are very discerning on our choices. The mix so far has been from experienced A list writers and artists and newer blood who pitched projects just too good to turn down.

Some of our projects have come from within Renegade itself, like Alan Grant’ and Shane Oakley’s Channel Evil and Alexander Finbow and William Simpson’s Shades Of Gray. These are projects that our creators are passionate about and all of us at Renegade believe are of the highest quality. For more information, please visit www.renegadeartsentertainment.com.