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The Sights, Sounds, and Cosplayers of FlameCon 2018

Nestled on the second and third floor of the Times Square Sheraton, FlameCon 2018 was both intimate and expansive. There was a Hall H-esque (Ok, I’m probably exaggerating) line for a live recording of the podcast Jay and Miles X-Plain the X-Men, but most the panels were easy to attend. Artist’s alley was a little crowded, but it was nice to be able to buy comics, zines, prints, and most of all, enamel pins directly from writers and artists and not through a third party.

And throughout this community space, there were many excellent cosplayers and not just your usual Deadpools and Harley and Joker couple costumes. There seemed to be a lot of Steven Universe and X-Men cosplayers along with a hearty helping of gods from one of my all time favorite comic book series, The Wicked + the Divine.

Without further ado, here is a sampling of the sights, sounds, and cosplayers of FlameCon 2018 with a few, nerdy bonuses.

Around the Tubes

It’s a new week! We’ve still got convention coverage coming plus some celebrations of Superman! Lots to come this week and while you wait, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Kotaku – A Lot Of Work Goes Into Adding Just One Suit To Spider-Man – Some interesting info.

The Beat – Nobody Sells Marvel Digital Trade Paperbacks For List Price – Shocked. Shocked we say!

The Comichron – 25 years ago: Superman rises from the dead — and sparks the biggest month in comics history – Some comic history!

 

Reviews

Comic Attack – Domino #1

Talking Comics – The Immortal Men #1

Talking Comics – Snotgirl #10

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Jon

Top Pick: Isola #1 (Image Comics)Isola is the story of a young warrior with a mysterious bond to her companion: a green tiger. I was struck by how well the creators used the strengths of the medium to their advantage. Well worth the time of any fan of fantasy, adventure or books that are good.

 

Joe

Top Pick: The Avengers #687 (Marvel) – This weekly event has been so much fun, and each issue has added to the wild story in a great way. Iron Hulk, Rogue Hulk, what’s next?!

The Amazing Spider-Man #798 (Marvel) – We are almost to issue 800, and I have enjoyed most of this run by Slott. So while I am excited to see what Slott does with Iron Man and leaving this title, I am also excited to see how this continues and wraps up.

Marvel Two-In-One #5 (Marvel) – Now that a new Fantastic Four book has been announced and that this book is going to continue, I am invested in this book even more. It’s been a great time, and Zdarsky and Schiti are an awesome team.

Analog #1 (Image) – Gerry Duggan is one of my favorite writers on Deadpool, Guardians and previously Uncanny Avengers. The combination of him penning this book and the premise make this book sound awesome.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Mech Cadet Yu #8 (BOOM! Studios) – Definitely not an issue to start with but there’s something fantastic about this issue that encapsulates the hope in this giant robot for kids series. The action is solid, there’s tons of personality. Just amazing all around. One of my favorite series of the past year.

Copra Round Five (Bergen Street Press) – If you’ve missed the single issues of this indie superhero comic, now you can pick them up with no excuse.

Curse of Brimstone #1 (DC Comics) – The latest entry into the “New Age of Heroes,” the first issue is great on character building and presenting a series in a location you don’t see too many superhero comics. Really interesting start.

Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #4 (DC Comics) – Still making the case as to series of the year material. Every issue is a fascinating read and you never know what to expect inside.

The Walking Dead #178 (Image Comics/Skybound) – Just when the series was getting to a lull, things have shifted with the “New World Order” storyline. I want to learn more about this new society because as good as it looks on the surface, there’s no way it’s as good as it seems.

 

Jen

Top Pick: Sex Criminals #23 (Image Comics) – If I could only read one comic for the rest of my life, Sex Criminals would probably be that book. Twenty-three issues in and the tale of Jon and Suzie continues unfolding in some sort of weird origami flower of layers under layers under layers. There’s angst! There’s laughter! There’s plenty of sex positivity! And as usual, there will be Easter-egg style puns pouring out of artist Chip Zdarsky’s background work.

Cat N Bat TP (IDW Publishing) – Every now and again you want a break from the angst and drama of mainstream comics. Cat N Bat follows in the footsteps of Get Fuzzy, Mutts, and to a lesser extent, Garfield, where two animals are besties who can’t help getting in and out of trouble together. With the added twist of “silent comedy”, Cat N Bat is sure to make you laugh without feeling like a repeat of what came before.

Snotgirl #10 (Image Comics) – Snotgirl kind of sneaks up on you. There’s not a great way to simply pitch the original premise of internet it-girl Lottie Person, whose only real roadblock in issue 1 was her allergic reaction to…the entire world. Lottie is soon put on an experimental allergy medication, meets an impossibly cool mystery chick, and has a falling out with her brunch group of fellow blogger/vlogger ladies. Issue ten rounds out the second arc of the series, which included a Misery-style former assistant, and a murder mystery that the local police are determined to pin on someone.

I Hate Fairyland #18 (Image Comics) – Skottie Young continues his pet project, where he takes a gigantic bloody hatchet to his own signature fluffy sweet style. The series focus has shifted from the green-headed Shirley Temple look-alike Gertrude to Fairyland at large. Issue 18 promises to zoom out and focus on the greatest threat Fairyland has ever seen, a resurrected baddie ready to wipe out every adorable creature great and small.

Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here! What geeky things are you all doing this weekend? What geeky things are you grabbing for the holidays? Sound off in the comments. While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Kotaku – The Best-Selling Manga Of 2017 In Japan – Which have you read? Which should we read?

Variety – Library Lending Service Hoopla Adds Marvel Comics – This is a pretty big deal.

The Lily – These women are challenging Mongolia’s gender norms with comic books – A very interesting read.

KNWA – UA Professor Writes Comic Book About Marshallese Community – Seems like more are doing this sort of thing.

Motherboard – The Activist Helping Abuse Survivors Tell Their Stories Through Comics – More of this please!

 

Reviews

ICv2 – Shiver

CBR – Sleepless #1

Talking Comics – Snotgirl #8

CBR – Venom Inc.

Review: Snotgirl #7

After a six-month break, Snot Girl & Co are back in action. Snot Girl #7 is the second book in arc two, which ended with Charlene (Sunny’s new girlfriend), “falling” off the top of a building on New Year’s Eve. Issue #6 gave us some clues as to the general shape of this arc: lots of back story, and an ever-expanding cast of characters.

In issue #7, Caroline “Coolgirl” joins the crew in what Lottie calls “friendtegration”. At the same time, Charlene wakes up from her coma and the “fashion police” continue their off-the-books investigation. All three storylines give us more Virgil, whose status is more slippery than yards of fake silk. By the end of the issue, the girls are well on their way to San Diego for a mid-con blogger party. Charlene may or may not have revisited the scene of her fall as well as Caroline’s strange origins (see issues 1-4). Either way, her plastic surgery does NOT go as planned, and yes, that was most definitely Virgil performing “physical therapy”.

While creators Leslie Hung (artist) and Bryan Lee O’Malley (writer) call this a new arc, it’s certainly worth reading the first five issues before diving in. Arc One built a solid foundation of character connections. It may not be heavy on plot, but the inner-workings of Hung and O’Malley’s cast is almost impossible to explain in summary.

Snot Girl is a fascinating exercise. It took me a while to jump on the train, but now I don’t know what life would be like with Haters Brunch. I think that has a lot to do with Hung and O’Malley’s character-heavy story. I come away from every issue feeling like I’ve gotten a behind the scenes peek at the internet elite, which is, frankly, all I’ve ever wanted in life. Reading Snot Girl is like reading trashy paparazzi magazines, without the guilt of invading a real person’s privacy.

Hung’s artwork, too, is masterful. I would flip through lookbooks by her for hours, if they existed. (hint. Do the thing.) There is something delightful about the “classic” manga style applied to an undeniably American setting. The application may or may not lend itself to a comment on our fetishization of all things Japanese, especially considering the consumerist themes of the book itself. Thanks to Hung, our fashion-conscious cast never wears the same thing twice. It’s easy to believe that these girls have overstuffed closets in their tiny apartments, and that each item they put on has been carefully curated before they even consider walking out the door.

If I knew these people in real life, I would hate them, and you probably would, too. However, kept at the safe distance of “being fictional”, and dressed in what can only be described as the weirdest (and yet coolest?) couture I’ve ever seen, I can’t wait to find out what kind of trouble they get themselves into next.

Story: Brian Lee O’Malley Art: Leslie Hung Color: Rachael Cohen
Lettering: Maré Odomo Cover Color: Jason Fischer
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy!

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Snotgirl #6 is Rushed Back to Print

The sixth issue of the bestselling Snotgirl by Bryan Lee O’Malley and Leslie Hung is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with overwhelming customer demand.

Snotgirl #6 begins a new story arc, and this month spring is the season for mystery, madness & mucus as Lottie meets her adoring public, Coolgirl has a change of heart, and readers learn more than they ever wanted to know about Cutegirl!

From the creator of Scott Pilgrim, Snotgirl follows Lottie Person, a glamorous fashion blogger living her best life—at least that’s what she wants you to think. The truth is, she’s an allergy-ridden mess who may or may not have killed somebody.

Snotgirl #6, 2nd printing (Diamond Code JUN178448) will be available on Wednesday, August 23rd. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, July 31st.

Madison’s Favorite Comics of 2016

Last year I prioritized cutting back on cape books and diversifying the publishers and stories that I read. Though many of the comics I read weren’t published in 2016 (especially ones I read during Women’s History Month) I still found it hard to narrow down the list of ongoing series I particularly loved throughout the year.

Here are ten comics I couldn’t put down in 2016:

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10. Goldie Vance by Hope Larson and Brittney Williams

This is a series I would have loved as a child. Goldie is the perfect mix of Nancy Drew and Eloise (of Plaza fame). Goldie Vance is great for a younger audience but doesn’t shy away from emotionally complex stories. Goldie and her friends are well-rounded characters with a wide range of interests who readers–young and not-young alike–will be able to relate to.

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9. Elasticator by Alan C. Medina and Kevin Shah

Elasticator is the kind of smart, political superhero comic I wish was more prevalent. The writing is fresh and interesting and Shah’s art is lively and animated with great colors from Ross A. Campbell.

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8. Snotgirl by Bryan Lee O’Malley and Leslie Hung

Lottie Person is just about as far away from Scott Pilgrim as you could get, though they do, at times, share a similar self-absorption. Snotgirl quickly became one of my favorite series of the year, because while not many people can say they’re successful fashion bloggers, they can likely relate to Lottie’s personal problems. Leslie Hung and Mickey Quinn provide gorgeous, vibrant visuals and the best wardrobe in comics, to boot.

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7. We(l)come Back by Christopher Sebela and Claire Roe

Reincarnation? Check. Assassins? Check. Shadowy organizations? Check. A+ fashion choices? Check. Reincarnated assassins in love running from other assassins who are trying to assassinate them? …Also check. What more can you want from a story?

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6. Shutter by Joe Keatinge and Leila del Duca

Shutter is one of Image’s most underrated titles. The story follows Kate Kristopher, the daughter of legendary explorer Chris Kristopher, and her discovery of some little-known family history. The comic is consistently interesting not only because of its plot, but because del Duca and colorist Owen Gieni are constantly experimenting with narrative structure and using different techniques to influence how the story is read.

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5. Clean Room by Gail Simone and Jon Davis-Hunt

Clean Room is a creepy psychological horror comic about journalist Chloe Pierce’s investigation of self-help master Astrid Mueller, who Pierce suspects is more cult leader than anything else. Or is she? Mueller is a fascinating character, and the unknowable question of which side she’s actually on only adds to the story’s suspense.

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4. The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie

What if you could be a god, but you’d die within two years? Consistently equal parts entertaining and heartbreaking with consistently incredible art and color from Jamie McKelvie and Matt Wilson. You’ve probably heard of this one.

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3. Mockingbird by Chelsea Cain, Kate Niemczyk, Sean Parsons, and Ibrahim Moustafa

One of the few superhero comics I read this year, Mockingbird was one of my absolute favorites. Cain writes Bobbi Morse as confident and smart, and the result was a fun mystery thriller with gorgeous art. The series also featured some of my favorite colors and covers this year, by Rachelle Rosenberg and Joelle Jones.

By the time I write my 2017 list, I might be over Mockingbird’s cancellation.

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2. Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Val DeLandro

2016 was light on Bitch Planet–only four issues were released throughout the year–but continued to provide insightful and relevant commentary in what turned out to be a period of rapid change in the real-life political landscape.

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1. Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

Monstress started strong in 2015 and only got better. The main character, Maika, is a teenage girl living with a monster inside, something she learns to live with and use to her advantage as the plot develops. Monstress is full of unrepentant female characters set in a stunningly rendered fantasy world.

Sell-Outs and New Printings

Check out some of the announced sell-outs and new printings this past week!

Image Comics

Image Comics has announced that Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel, and Rod Reis, the creators behind the bestselling C.O.W.L. series, have launched another hit series in Hadrian’s Wall. Issue #1 is being sent back to print in order to keep up with increased customer demand.

Hadrian’s Wall #1, 2nd printing (Diamond Code AUG168738) and Hadrian’s Wall #2 (Diamond Code AUG160631) will be available on Wednesday, October 19th.

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In order to keep up with overwhelming customer demand, Image Comics is sending Seven to Eternity #1 written by Rick Remender, drawn by Jerome Opeña, and colored by Matt Hollingsworth back to print today, the same day as the issue’s release.

Seven to Eternity #1, 2nd printing (Diamond Code AUG168719) and Seven to Eternity #2 Cover A by Opeña and Hollingsworth (Diamond Code AUG160661) and Cover B by Canete (Diamond Code AUG160662) will both be available on Wednesday, October 26th.

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The wildly popular series Snotgirl from New York Times bestselling Bryan Lee O’Malley and Leslie Hung is being rushed to a third printing in order to keep up with overwhelming customer demand.

Snotgirl #1, 3rd printing (Diamond Code AUG168720) will be available on October 19th.

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Parody one-shot Spawn Kills Everyone! written by Todd McFarlane, President of Image Comics and the creator of Spawn and featuring art by J.J. Kirby is being rushed back to print. The satirical story made waves upon publication and in order to keep up with increased customer demand, Image Comics has fast-tracked Spawn Kills Everyone! to a third printing.

Spawn Kills Everyone!, 3rd printing (Diamond Code AUG168735) will be available in stores on Wednesday, October 19th.

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Valiant

Valiant has announced that two acclaimed releases from “The Future of Valiant” initiative have sold out at the distributor level and will return this fall with the Generation Zero #1 Second Printing and Faith #2 Second Printing! Valiant’s latest must-read releases return to store shelves on October 19th with two sold-out, critically acclaimed chapters starring the breakout hero of 2016 and Valiant’s volatile teenage strike squad!

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Sell-Outs and New Printing Roundup

Check out some of the announced sell-outs and new printings over the past week.

Image Comics

Image has announced Lake of Fire #1 by Nathan Fairbairn and Matt Smith is being fasttracked for a second printing in order to keep up with customer demand. The second printing and second issue will be out September 28th.

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Snotgirl #2 from New York Times bestselling Bryan Lee O’Malley and Leslie Hung has been slated for a second printing in order to keep up with increasing customer demand. The second printing of the second issue and third issue will be released September 28th.

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Todd McFarlane, President of Image Comics and creator of Spawn took the industry by storm with the envelope-pushing parody one-shot Spawn Kills Everyone! written by McFarlane himself with art by J.J. Kirby. In order to keep up with increased customer demand, Image Comics has fast-tracked a second printing. The second printing will be available September 14th.

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Valiant

Valiant has announced that Britannia #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of the highly anticipated, Valiant Prestige-format journey into terror, temptation, and bloodshed from comics master Peter Milligan, incendiary artist Juan Jose Ryp and multiple Harvey Award nominee Raul Allen has sold out at the distributor level in advance and will return to store shelves with the Britannia #1 (of 4) Second Printing on October 12th – on sale the same day as Britannia #2 (of 4)!

BRITANNIA #1 SECOND PRINTING – Cover by Cary Nord

Around the Tubes

JUSTL_Cv1_dsPreview night at San Diego Comic-Con is over, and it’s on to the first day! Check out our Facebook and Twitter to get more updates, photos, and live video!

While you await that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

Comics Alliance – ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ Reveals First Look at LEGO Joker and LEGO Robin – Nice!

ICv2 – Batman: The Killing Joke Screening Adds Second Night – Not too surprising.

The Beat – Comics blog death watch: The Hooded Utilitarian goes into the long hiatus of unknown length – Sad to see it go.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Newsarama – Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1

Nothing But Comics – Batman #3

Nerdist – Betty & Veronica #1

Comic Vine – Betty & Veronica #1

Newsarama – Deadpool and the Mercs for Money #1

Newsarama – Justice League #1

The Outhousers – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #5

Talking Comics – Snotgirl #1

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