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Eisner Award Winning Digital Comic Harvey Kurtzman’s Marley’s Ghost is Now $1.99

Halloween is over, Thanksgiving hasn’t happened yet, but the holiday season is already upon us! And in keeping with that ever earlier tradition, Eisner Award winning Harvey Kurtzman’s Marley’s Ghost, drops from $6.99 to $1.99 for a limited time on comiXology and Kindle. It’s a great time to read this gorgeously illustrated graphic novel adaptation of Charles Dickens’s beloved classic A Christmas Carol.

In the 1950s, legendary comics creator Harvey Kurtzman had plans to adapt Charles Dickens’s classic story A Christmas Carol into what would become known as a graphic novel. Kurtzman was the creator of MAD magazine, Playboy’s Little Annie Fanny, and TRUMP magazine. The project was never brought to fruition and the pages, thumbnails, and notes that Kurtzman had created remained unfinished. Artist Gideon Kendall and writers Josh O’Neill and Shannon Wheeler– under the supervision of the Kurtzman Estate and book packagers Kitchen, Lind & Associates – teamed up to finish Kurtzman’s dream project for comiXology Originals. Harvey Kurtzman’s Marley’s Ghost adapts and expands upon Kurtzman’s extensive breakdowns and notes to make his long-lost vision a reality.

Earlier this year Harvey Kurtzman’s Marley’s Ghost won “Best Digital Comic” at the prestigious Eisner Award 2018 Ceremony during Comic-Con International San Diego.

Review: Captain Ginger #1

When the human race died out, the cats inherited the Earth! Or at least one starship. Now the intrepid Captain Ginger struggles to keep his fellow felines united against a hostile universe.

How many cat jokes can you pack into 35 pages of comic? Writer Stuart Moore seems to take up that challenge in Captain Ginger, a pulp-ish adventure that sees humanity destroyed and cats evolved and spacefaring. It’s a crazy fun concept and the comic seems to continue AHOY Comics‘ mix of playing it straight and being a joke at the same time.

Every page seems pack with some sort of sight gag through the art of June Brigman, inks by Roy Richardson, and colors of Veronica Gandini. Richard Starkings and Jimmy Bentancourt provide the lettering. From small details on the cats to the inclusion of scratching posts, the comic doesn’t take itself too seriously and seems to be having fun with it all.

It being an AHOY release, there’s lots of extras including a comic from Shannon Wheeler, some interviews, and prose entry from Grant Morrison that includes an illustration from Phil Hester.

If you’re an individual who enjoys cat memes, this is a comic for you and though I’m not really a fan at all, I still found the comic entertaining. It’s a prefect mix of cat jokes and space adventuring that sets up a world I want to find out more about. It’s another win for AHOY Comics continuing their manta that we should expect more.

Story: Stuart Moore, Shannon Wheeler, Grant Morrison
Art: June Brigman, Shannon Wheeler, Phil Hester
Ink: Roy Richardson Color: Veronica Gandini
Lettering: Richard Starkings & Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

AHOY Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Captain Ginger #1

Captain Ginger #1

(W) Stuart Moore, Grant Morrison (A) Phil Hester, Shannon Wheeler (A/CA) June Brigman, Roy Richardson
In Shops: Oct 17, 2018
SRP: $3.99

When the human race died out, the cats inherited the Earth! Or at least one starship. Now the intrepid Captain Ginger struggles to keep his fellow felines united against a hostile universe. Thirty-five pages of comic adventure-with a bite-by writer Stuart Moore (Deadpool the Duck, Batman: Noir Alley) and artist June Brigman (Power Pack). Plus: An all-new text story by comics legend Grant Morrison, “The Electric Sky Bear That Inspired Ben Franklin,” illustrated by Phil Hester, and a cartoon by Shannon Wheeler!

Preview: High Heaven #1

High Heaven #1

Story: Tom Peyer, Grant Morrison, Shannon Wheeler
Art: Greg Scott, Chris Giarrusso, Rick Geary, Shannon Wheeler
Color: Andy Troy Cover: Richard Williams

Chronic malcontent David Weathers dies and goes to Heaven—where everything is terrible, and everybody hates a complainer. HIGH HEAVEN is a savage satire by writer Tom Peyer (Hourman, Batman ’66) with art by Greg Scott (Black Hood, X-Files), colored by Andy Troy.

Review: High Heaven #1

Chronic malcontent David Weathers dies and goes to Heaven—where everything is terrible, and everybody hates a complainer.

It’s hard to pull of entertainment where the main character is unlikeable. The consumer doesn’t want to cheer for the person. And at times it can drag storywise. Writer Tom Peyer has done an impressive thing with High Heaven #1 as the main character David Weathers is someone I myself want to beat up. Despite the fact I want to punch David myself, I still want to see where this miniseries goes. It’s satire and also over the top too.

No one likes David it seems and due to that, we the reader don’t feel too bad. We’re not supposed to cheer for him. We’re supposed to dislike him. But, through some subtle choices we feel sorry for him too. There’s moments we the reader can relate to.

By the time the story wraps up, I’ve forgotten about the dislike of David and bought into the direction the series takes us. It’s unexpected. It’s original. And, it should be an entertaining subject to drive the rest of the series.

Greg Scott provides the art with Andy Troy on colors and it’s a solid combination. The art is perfect in its focus and how much we’re shown. The comic could easily have gone over the top, for instance the death scene, but instead uses less is more. It allows our imagination to fill in some gaps making it that much more absurd and funny. Heaven too when we get there is rendered in such a way that the details is brings the humor of it all and begs the reader to pay attention.

But not only do we get the main story we get so much more for the price of an average comic. Peyer also delivers a second story with art by Chris Giarrusso called Hastag: Danger. The topic of the comic feels like it’s all over the place and it continues my only negative about AHOY Comics in that not all of the “more” matches the main story in tone or focus. That includes a cartoon by Shannon Wheeler and a prose story by Grant Morrison with art by Rick Geary. All are very good but they seem to be a bit scattershot in their tone and focus. Wheeler’s humorous comic is the exception as it too has a religious focus like the main story.

AHOY Comics continues to deliver with their second release in High Heaven. This is a comic company that burst on the scene with pretty big promises and has delivered with two issues. You feel like you’re getting a lot for your money and all of it is quality. Not only do I look forward to this series’ next issue but I’m also front and center to see what else AHOY has up their sleeve.

Story: Tom Peyer, Grant Morrison, Shannon Wheeler
Art: Greg Scott, Chris Giarrusso, Rick Geary, Shannon Wheeler
Color: Andy Troy Cover: Richard Williams
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

AHOY Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: The Wrong Earth #1

On one world, Dragonflyman and his sidekick Stinger enjoy a life of adventure. On another Earth, the Dragonfly hunts criminal parasites like a lethal exterminator. But what happens when these two heroes change places?

AHOY Comics launches their imprint with this superhero series which is as much a spoof as it is a serious take on the genre. The concept of the multiverse is popular in comics and this series is running with that with a concept like we’ve seen before, but I couldn’t tell you exactly where.

The Wrong Earth #1 has two Earths where one superhero is the classic positive one that works with the police and their counterpart on another Earth is the gritty version who murders and is wanted by the police. The series is a fun take on the classic and modern superhero with a Freaky Friday sort of twist as the two switch places in a way.

Writer Tom Peyer nails the differing tones of the characters with ease resulting in a story that’s a send-up of comics in a way. There’s the classic story which really does feel like a golden age tale. It has the tone and interactions down perfect. The grittier version is so over the top it’s hard to not laugh in a good way. Peyer doesn’t take either seriously as both are played to extremes in their own way.

The art by Jamal Igle nails the switch down too. Each Earth and character is different in so many ways yet the basics are there. The style itself switches in a subtle way that becomes more noticeable as the two characters switch spots. It’s a great idea and really emphasizes dueling eras. All of the characters are so detailed and all will remind you of others in a way. It’s as much it’s own thing design wise as it is an homage to what has come before, similar to the concept and story.

But beyond that main story, which would be more than enough AHOY promises more from their comics. There’s a “Golden Age” solo story featuring Stinger, Dragonflyman’s sidekick. Written by Paul Constant and art by Frank Cammuso, the story has the “golly gee” vibe about itself and then you get to the end… really was expecting that twisted end.

And there’s even more! Grant Morrison provides a prose story with art by Rob Steen and a cartoon is provided by Shannon Wheeler. It all comes together to create an experience that feels jam packed and you can take on as much as you want.

AHOY promised a lot going into this debut and they have delivered a comic that feels at times more magazine than comic (in a good way). You really feel like you get a lot out of this and if this is the start, I can’t wait to see what’s next.

Story: Tom Peyer, Paul Constant, Grant Morrison, Shannon Wheeler
Art: Jamal Igle, Frank Cammuso, Rob Steen, Shannon Wheeler
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 20 Recommendation: Buy

AHOY Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: The Wrong Earth #1

The Wrong Earth #1

(W) Tom Peyer, Paul Constant, Grant Morrison (A) Juan Castro, Shannon Wheeler (A/CA) Jamal Igle
In Shops: Sep 12, 2018
SRP: $3.99

AHOY Comics launches with a biting superhero satire! On one world, Dragonflyman and his sidekick Stinger enjoy a life of adventure. On another Earth, the Dragonfly hunts criminal parasites like a lethal exterminator. But what happens when these two heroes change places? By Tom Peyer (Captain Kid, Hourman) and Jamal Igle (Black, Supergirl)! And, a “Golden Age” Stinger solo story, by Paul Constant and Frank Cammuso! Plus: An all-new text story by comics legend Grant Morrison: “‘Hud’ Hornet’s Holiday In Hell,” illustrated by Rob Steen! All this plus a cartoon by Shannon Wheeler!

Check Out These Previews of What We Can Expect From AHOY Comics

Earlier today we brought the news of the launch of AHOY Comics, a new publisher who has already announced four series with an impressive group of creators. Now, we have a look at the actual series that we’ll be able to enjoy starting in September.

THE WRONG EARTH

6 Issue mini-series by Tom Peyer and Jamal Igle

AHOY Comics launches with a biting superhero satire written by Tom Peyer (Captain Kid, Hourman), penciled by Jamal Igle (Black, Supergirl), inked by Juan Castro (Transformers),and colored by Andy Troy. On one world, Dragonflyman and his sidekick Stinger enjoy a life of adventure. On another Earth, the Dragonfly hunts criminal parasites like a lethal exterminator. But what happens when these two heroes change places?

On sale on September 12, 2018, THE WRONG EARTH debut issue is a full color, 40 page comic book magazine retailing for $3.99, with extras including:

  • A  prose story by comics legend Grant Morrison: ‘HUD’ HORNET’S HOLIDAY IN HELL, illustrated by best-selling artist Rob Steen
  • A mock “Golden Age” Stinger solo story, by Paul Constant and Frank Cammuso
  • A cartoon by Shannon Wheeler

HIGH HEAVEN

5 Issue Mature Readers mini-series by Tom Peyer and Greg Scott

Chronic malcontent David Weathers dies and goes to Heaven—where everything is terrible, and everybody hates a complainer. HIGH HEAVEN is a savage satire by writer Tom Peyer (Hourman, Batman ’66) with art by Greg Scott (Black Hood, X-Files), colored by Andy Troy.

On sale, September 26, 2018, HIGH HEAVEN’s debut issue is a full color, 40 page comic book magazine retailing for $3.99, with a cover by Mad Magazine’s Richard Williams and extras including:

  • A HASHTAG: DANGER backup story by Peyer, with art by Chris Giarrusso (G-Man, Mini-Marvels)
  • A cartoon by Shannon Wheeler
  • An all-new prose story by comics legend Grant Morrison: FESTIVE FUNTIMES AT THE NEW WORLD’S FAIR, illustrated by acclaimed artist Rick Geary

In October, AHOY Comics will launch a creator owned title:

CAPTAIN GINGER

4 issue mini series by Stuart Moore and June Brigman

When the human race died out, the cats inherited the Earth! Or at least one starship. Now the intrepid Captain Ginger struggles to keep his fellow felines united against a hostile universe. Thirty-five pages of comic adventure—with a bite—by writer Stuart Moore (Deadpool the Duck, Batman: Noir Alley) artist June Brigman (Power Pack), inker Roy Richardson and colorist Veronica Gandini.

On sale, October 17, 2018, CAPTAIN GINGER’s debut issue is a full color, 48 page comic book magazine retailing for $3.99, with extras including:

  • An all-new text story by comics legend Grant Morrison: THE ELECTRIC SKY BEAR THAT INSPIRED BEN FRANKLIN, illustrated by Phil Hester
  • A cartoon by Shannon Wheeler

October will also see the debut of an all star anthology series:

EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SNIFTER OF TERROR

6 issue Mature Readers mini series

EDGAR ALLAN POE mangles classic tales and brand new stories in this cross between Drunk History and Tales from the Crypt! First, meet AHOY’s own alcohol-damaged version of Poe in The Facts in The Case of M. Valdemar, adapted by Tom Peyer (Batman ‘66) and drawn by Fred Harper. Then: Sugary cereal meets vampirism in Dark Chocolate, by writer Mark Russell (The Flintstones) and artist Peter Snejbjerg (Starman).

On sale, October 31, 2018, EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SNIFTER OF TERROR’s debut issue is a full color, 40 page comic book magazine retailing for $3.99, with extras including:

  • Hunt Emerson’s take on The Black Cat
  • Unsettling verse by Cienna Madrid illustrated by Carly Wright

Should We Expect More from Comics? New Publisher AHOY Promises Exactly That.

This falls sees the launch of a brand new comic publisher AHOY Comics who already boasts an impressive lineup of creators involved. Founded by journalist Hart Seely, the publisher already has landed Grant Morrison, Mark Russell, Jamal Igle, and more. Tom Peyer is the Editor-in-Chief and will also be contributing a series and Stuart Moore is described as AHOY’s “dark ops” manager. AHOY stands for Abundance (more pages per issue), Humor, Originality and Yes (Yes to comics, more pages, collected editions, meaningful design, dramatic art, shipping on schedule, enjoyment, etc).

Seely said the releases aren’t so much issues as “comic book magazines” which will feature a full-length lead story and back-up material including cartoons, prose, and poetry from mainstream and indie creators, as well as journalists, prose writers, and New Yorker cartoonists. Seely is an award-winning reporter for the Syracuse Post-Standard. His humor and satire have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, National Lampoon, and on National Public Radio. He is the editor of Pieces of Intelligence: The Existential Poetry of Donald H. Rumsfeld and coeditor (with Tom Peyer) of O Holy Cow! The Selected Verse of Phil Rizzuto.

The publisher launches this September with two series. The Wrong Earth is a six-issue miniseries by Tom Peyer and Jamal Igle. In it, two heroes — one an adventure-loving crimefighter with a kid sidekick, the other a ruthless vigilante — trade places and find themselves trapped in worlds they never made. In High Heaven, a five-issue mini-series aimed at mature readers, Tom Peyer and Greg Scott debut a chronic malcontent who finds himself in an afterlife where everyone hates a complainer. The Wrong Earth debuts September 12.

Both of those series launch with 40 page first issues. The Wrong Earth features a prose story by Grant Morrison along with material from Shannon Wheeler, Paul Constant, and Frank CammusoHigh Heaven features another prose story from Morrison, with another cartoon from Wheeler and a back-up strip from Peyer and artist Chris Giarrusso.

In October AHOY launches two additional titles: Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Terror, a six-issue anthology described as a “cross between Drunk History and Tales from the Crypt . That 40 page first issue features material by Peyer, Mark Russell and cartoonist Hunt Emerson. Captain Ginger is a four-issue series about a spaceship piloted by cats after the human race has died out, by Stuart Moore and June Brigman. That first issue will include a prose story by Morrison, illustrated by Phil Hester, and a cartoon from Shannon Wheeler.

Future creators involved include Peter Milligan, Mariah McCourt, Rachel Pollack, Gary Erskine, and Roger Stern.

From Sh*t My President Says to Memoirs of a Very Stable Genius

New Yorker cartoonist and multiple Eisner Award-winner Shannon Wheeler debuts Memoirs of a Very Stable Genius this July from Image Comics and Shadowline Comics.

Memoirs of a Very Stable Genius is an irreverent book of personal short stories and gags featuring Shannon Wheeler’s critically acclaimed humor, pathos, and honesty—including a 40-page full-color section!

Memoirs of a Very Stable Genius TP (Diamond code: MAY180071, ISBN: 978-1-5343-0966-1) hits comic book stores Wednesday, July 11th and bookstores Tuesday, July 17th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, June 4th.

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