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Rich Tommaso Heads to Dry County

With Spy Seal on hiatus, critically acclaimed cartoonist Rich Tommaso will launch Dry County, an all-new crime series, this March from Image Comics. The next chapter of Spy Seal, titled Flight of the Golden Bells, will kick off in Fall 2018.

Miami. Late 1990s—but still suffering a hangover from the 1980s. Young Gen-Xer Lou Rossi has fallen for a lady, and fallen hard. So when she goes missing, he’ll have to play amateur detective to get her back.

Dry County will launch in March 2018.

Spy Seal Gets a Slick Paperback this January

Critically acclaimed cartoonist Rich Tommaso will release a trade paperback collection of his espionage tale Spy Seal this January.

Visually reminiscent of such classic comics as The Adventures of Tintin and Usagi Yojimbo, Spy Seal welcomes readers into the thrilling world of international espionage.

One of Britain’s most covert MI-6 divisions, the Nest, has recruited a brand-new secret agent to their team: Spy Seal! Follow the newbie spy and his furred and feathered colleagues on exciting train rides, high-speed car chases, high-flying air adventures, and down secret underground tunnels, all in an effort to hunt down a dangerous British-turned-Soviet double agent—a slippery spy who poses as an upscale art dealer while covertly killing off important figures of Parliament.

Spy Seal, Vol. 1 (Diamond code: NOV170686, ISBN: 978-1-5343-0479-6) hits comic book stores Wednesday, January 24th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, December 11th. It will be available in bookstores Tuesday, January 30th.

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments! While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

Foreword Reviews – No Shortage of Fuel for Love and Rockets: An Interview With Indie Comic’s Creators – Go get these as they come out! New one out today!

New York Times – Comic Books, in Black and White – Go check out this series!

CBC – ‘House of Cards, but with robots’: Transformers comic books explore politics, gender and romance – Yeah, that about sums it up.

CBR – Dwayne McDuffie’s Estate Sues Over Milestone Revival – Well that adds a wrinkle to it all.

Publisher’s Weekly – Manga Houses Shift Focus to Anime Expo over San Diego – With so many anime/manga specific shows, do they even need SDCC?

The Beat – Tilting at Windmills #261: Marvel Comics and The Deck Chairs of the Titanic – Thoughts?

The Beat – Meanwhile, one Image creator opens up on low sales – and here’s the book he’s talking about – A good read about the reality of comics.


Around the Tubes Reviews

ICv2 – The Death of Stalin

Comic Attack – Victor Lavalle’s Destroyer #3

Rich Tommaso Tackles Anthropomorphic Espionage in Spy Seal this August

Critically-acclaimed cartoonist Rich Tommaso will launch an all-new series centered on his beloved character of the same name—Spy Seal—this August from Image Comics.

Originally created by Tommaso in his teens, Spy Seal made a big splash when it became instantly viral last fall, generating fan enthusiasm, cosplay, and Hollywood interest before being snapped up for an ongoing series. The series’ first chapter, The Corten-Steel Phoenix, finds Spy Seal, Britain’s newest covert agent, up to his neck in saboteurs, snipers, assassins, and double agents.

Spy Seal #1 (Diamond code: JUN170705) arrives in comic book stores Wednesday, August 16th. The final order cutoff for comics retailers is Monday, July 24th.

Rich Tommaso’s Spy Seal Gives us Anthropomorphic Fun

When critically-acclaimed cartoonist Rich Tommaso posted his drawing of a character Spy Seal on Facebook he had no idea it would be met with such immediate fan enthusiasm, Hollywood studio interest, and an ongoing series announcement. Image Comics has revealed that Spy Seal by Rich Tommaso is now slated to hit stores in 2017.Penned in a clear-line style reminiscent of something between Hergé’s

Penned in a clear-line style reminiscent of something between Hergé’s TinTin and Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo, the first season of Rich Tommaso’s Spy Seal plunges readers deeply into the exciting and dangerous world of international espionage.

Filled with all manner and species of spies, saboteurs, snipers, assassins, and double agents, our man (er… seal rather), Spy Seal must exceed them all to find out exactly what politically sensitive information lies within the mysterious Corten Steel Phoenix that all of Europe is dying to get their hands on.

Spy Seal #1 will hit stores in 2017.


She Wolf Leaves Readers Howling for More

She Wolf, by fan-favorite cartoonist Rich Tommaso will lead the pack this June with a chilling, fever-dream mystery that will keep fans hooked from page one.

A surreal exploration in horror, She Wolf follows a teenage girl who believes she’s been bitten by a savage werewolf. Soon after, she begins to experience feverish nightmares that seamlessly bleed into her everyday reality.

She Wolf #1 (Diamond Code APR160661) will hit comic book stores on Wednesday, June 22nd.


Review: Dark Corridor #1

DarkCorridor01_CoverRich Tommaso’s work has captivated my imagination since he first entered my conscience through Clover Honey. His nuanced compositions and character studies are what set his work apart from most artist/writers. He understands and has a deep appreciate for crime noir, that is distinct from his peers, and what movies like Inherent Vice fail to do, but Tommaso , excels at every time. Within Dark Corridor, he aims to do the same, but within the anthology format.

Within the first story arc, entitled “The Red Circle”, a man encounters a dog covered in blood, which leads him onto a path of discovery. It takes him into the seediest parts of his town and even shadier characters. Eventually, the dog leads him to dead bodies who seem to be his owners, who are found murdered. This story actually has an interesting twist, which really does not connect until the end.

The second and final arc of this issue is entitled “Seven Deadly Daughters”, which opens with a man in the ER of a hospital being questioned police detectives. The man recalls, a past sin, for which he pays for in present time, as they say, “Karma is a bitch!” and is shot in the same style he killed that man all those years ago. This story ends in an unsatisfying manner, as it does not go tie into the title and leaves loose ends. It makes me wonder if Tommaso intended this particular story to end as so, so that it may continue in the next or another issue.

Tommaso, at the end of the book, goes through creative processes for both stories, which provides more clarity for the reader. Both story arcs, provides some of the elements of crime noir throughout, the first one more than the second one. The art by Tommaso, reminds of the work done on Tin Tin, which actually a different aesthetic the genre. Overall, it is what crime noir readers have been missing since Sin City, and actually excels whatever preconceived notions one would have.

Story: Rich Tommaso Art: Rich Tommaso
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: BUY NOW

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Dark Corridor—A crime-adventure that will keep readers guessing

Writer and artist Rich Tommaso brings readers an all-new crime-adventure that will keep readers tuning in for more month after month.

Dark Corridor is set in the fictional coastal city of Red Circle, a town totally controlled by mobsters. But after decades of wielding power, the mobster’s stronghold is slipping and some unidentified female assassins are picking them off one-by-one.

Dark Corridor #1 (Diamond Code: JUN150499) will be available on Wednesday, August 5th.


Preview: Panels for Primates

Panels for Primates

Writers: Stuart Moore, David Petersen, Jason McNamara, Gareth Gaudin, James Vining, Fred Van Lente, Colin Upton, Rich Tommaso, Faith Erin Hicks, Tara Abbamondi, Michael May, Kevin Church, Ben Towle, Mark Shainblum, Toren Atkinson, Roger Stern, Mike Carey, Stan Lee, Jamie Delano, Jeffrey Burandt, Paul Kupperberg, Douglas Rushkoff
Artists: Simon Roy, Rick Geary, David Petersen, Rahsan Ekedal, Gareth Gaudin, James Vining, Colleen Coover, Colin Upton, Rich Tommaso, Faith Erin Hicks, Tara Abbamondi, Max Riffner, Ben Towle, Toren Atkinson, Caleb Hystad, Carla Speed McNeil, Dean Haspiel, Adam Domville, Gideon Kendall, Simon Fraser, Jeff Lemire, Richard Case, Aaron Florian, John Byrne, Molly Crabapple
Letter: Ryan Ferrier, Jeff Leblanc
Price: $9.99
Pages: 81
Rating: 15+

PANELS FOR PRIMATES is a charity anthology of primate-themed comics, prose, and illustration, with contributions from veteran creators and talented newcomers alike, assembled by Troy Wilson. Proceeds from this anthology go to benefit the Primate Rescue Center in Nicholasville, KY, a nationally respected sanctuary housing more than 50 primates, including 11 chimpanzees. The organization’s work has been featured in the award-winning book Animal Underworld, by investigative journalist Alan Green and the Center for Public Integrity, in the magazine Animals’ Agenda (now Animals and Society Institute), on television and in newspapers nationwide.


BOOM! Town at MoCCA 2012



April 16, 2012 – Los Angeles, CA – BOOM! Town will be making its first appearance at The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art’s annual MoCCA Festival, and will feature world-famous underground musician and artist Daniel Johnston with his new graphic novel, SPACE DUCKS: AN INFINITE COMIC BOOK OF MUSICAL GREATNESS. Daniel Johnston will also play a small set at the Museum’s benefit party on Saturday night, followed by a one-on-one interview panel at the show on Sunday. He will be joined at the BOOM! Town table by Shannon Wheeler (TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN), Rich Tommaso (PETE AND MIRIAM), as well as artists Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb (ADVENTURE TIME).

A celebrated musician and recording artist with a 30-year career and over 20 albums—including covers by Death Cab for Cutie, The Flaming Lips, Tom Waits, Beck, and TV on the Radio—Johnston was the subject of the 2006 documentary “The Devil and Daniel Johnston,” which won the Sundance Film Festival Director’s Award. His drawings and paintings have hung in art galleries and museums across the world, including the Whitney Museum of American Art. Johnston rocketed to global notoriety in the early 1990s when album artwork from his “Hi, How Are You?” record was featured on a t-shirt worn by Kurt Cobain at the height of Nirvana’s exploding popularity.

SPACE DUCKS: AN INFINITE COMIC BOOK OF MUSICAL GREATNESS is Johnston’s debut graphic novel from BOOM! Town and Wieden+Kennedy Entertainment. Johnston, a long-time and dedicated fan of comic books, realizes his life-long dream of being a comic book artist with this release. In addition to the graphic novel, a Space Ducks app available through iTunes allows users to play their way through the comic narrative, game by game, chapter by chapter, unlocking animated films and Daniel’s new album as they go.

The BOOM! Town table will feature artists Daniel Johnston (Sunday only), Shannon Wheeler with a brand-new TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN volume, Rich Tommaso (SATCHEL PAIGE: STRIKING OUT JIM CROW), debuting his new OGN PETE AND MIRIAM, as well as KaBOOM! ADVENTURE TIME artists Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb.

The MoCCA Festival 2012 will be Saturday April 28th and Sunday April 29th at the 69th Regiment Armory (68 Lexington Ave New York, NY) and will feature a stellar lineup of BOOM! Town and KaBOOM! creators.

About BOOM! Town
BOOM! Town is the lit comix imprint of the Eisner, Harvey, and “Best Publisher” Award-winning BOOM! Studios (www.boom-studios.com). BOOM! Town recently won the Eisner Award for its first book, Shannon Wheeler’s I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER. BOOM! Studios generates a constellation of bestselling comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent, including Mark Waid’s series IRREDEEMABLE, new HELLRAISER comics written by Clive Barker, PLANET OF THE APES, 28 DAYS LATER, and Philip K. Dick’s DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KABOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Roger Langridge’s SNARKED, Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME and Scholastic’s WORDGIRL.

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