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Review: Conan the Avenger #1 (Shadows Over Kush Part One)

24691Wired recently published a fantastic article about which X-Men comics to read after seeing this weekend’s blockbuster X-Men: Days of Future Past. It is a highly recommended piece, because breaking into comics can be a daunting task (the DC Universe has multiple earths). It got me thinking about the Conan universe though, and I realized that Dark Horse Comics does an exceptional job of allowing new readers into the Cimmerian’s world. By publishing shorter runs, adapting fan-favorite novels, and mixing in new material, Dark Horse makes breaking and entering relatively painless.

Writer Fred Van Lente and artist Brian Ching‘s new series Conan the Avenger: Shadows Over Kush is no exception. We find a slightly slimmer, but equally brooding, Conan in Shumballa drowning his sorrows of a lost love in the bottom of a goblet. While almost at rock bottom (literally), he meets a Witch Hunter, Agara, hellbent on finding the soul responsible for hexing the birth of a noblewoman. Agara’s trail to the evildoer mistakenly leads to Conan…a battle indubitably ensues.

While I’ve become accustomed to Timothy Truman and Tomas Giorello‘s gold standard, this new pair is a welcomed addition to the Conan family. Van Lente takes Robert E. Howard‘s nearly century-old unpublished work, and brings a broken Conan back from the edge. Couple a haunted barbarian with Ching’s gritty sketches, and the path to Kush will undoubtedly be paved in glory and bodies. Not to get ahead of myself, and cover art aside (underwhelming for a new series), but Part Two equally matches the strength of the debut issue. It becomes evident that Conan and Agara’s quarrel  is against a more sinister force.

Are there two sets of X-Men in the same time period? Which Robin is this? Unraveling the Marvel and DC worlds can be paralyzing, even for the most ardent fans. Fear not, if you are looking for a compelling script, vivid illustrations, and a perfect starting point…Conan the Avenger is it.

Story: Fred Van Lente Art: Brian Ching
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Listen to the Graphic Policy Radio Archive with Guest Scott Eric Kaufman Talking Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Listen to the archive of yesterday’s Graphic Policy Radio with guest Scott Eric Kaufman, or take it on the go and listen to it later.

Memorial Day is when we remember the men and women who died while serving the United States Armed Forces, and we’re spending it discussing Marvel Comics’ Star Spangled veteran who has given his life for his country Captain America.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is still in theaters and the highest grossing film globally of 2014 so far. It tackles the very real issues of privacy, the “security state,” civil liberties, and militarization of technology. We discussed this, Arrow, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and more!

Scott is the proprietor of the AV Club’s Internet Film School and an associate editor at The Raw Story. He also writes for Lawyers, Guns & Money, podcasts, and is an expert on Game of Thrones.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Trees01_CoverWednesdays 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. Below are ten suggestions of comics, graphic novels, or trade paperbacks you should spend some extra time checking out.

Top Pick: Trees #1 (Image Comics) – Ten years after they landed. All over the world. And they did nothing, standing on the surface of the Earth like trees, exerting their silent pressure on the world, as if there were no-one here and nothing under foot. Ten years since we learned that there is intelligent life in the universe, but that they did not recognize us as intelligent or alive. Beginning a new science fiction series by Warren Ellis and Jason Howard.

Ten years after they landed. All over the world. And they did nothing, standing on the surface of the Earth like trees, exerting their silent pressure on the world, as if there were no-one here and nothing under foot. Ten years since we learned that there is intelligent life in the universe, but that they did not recognize us as intelligent or alive. Beginning a new science fiction graphic novel by WARREN ELLIS and JASON HOWARD – See more at: http://imagecomics.com/comics/releases/trees-1#sthash.WWkb1Y5K.dpuf
Ten years after they landed. All over the world. And they did nothing, standing on the surface of the Earth like trees, exerting their silent pressure on the world, as if there were no-one here and nothing under foot. Ten years since we learned that there is intelligent life in the universe, but that they did not recognize us as intelligent or alive. Beginning a new science fiction graphic novel by WARREN ELLIS and JASON HOWARD – See more at: http://imagecomics.com/comics/releases/trees-1#sthash.WWkb1Y5K.dpuf

Black Science Vol. 1: Hot to Fall Forever (Image Comics) – Collecting the first six issues of the series, Black Science is a trippy sci-fi filled adventure series that’s one of the most exciting on the market.

Chew/Revival #1 (Image Comics) – The two comic series come together for a fun story that shows it from both series’ perspectives. It shouldn’t work, but it does!

Doctor Spektor #1 (Dynamite) – Another Gold Key release from Dynamite, this one has Mark Waid writing!

The Fuse #4 (Image Comics) – Take a detective series and put it on a space station. So good.

Ms. Marvel #4 (Marvel) – The Marvel series has been a breath of fresh air, introducing us to a new heroine, diverse cast, and some amazing art.

The Midas Flesh #6 (BOOM! Studios/BOOM! Box) – This series is out of this world, but a fun cast, action packed story, and awesome art as well. One of our favorites!

Mind MGMT #22 (Dark Horse) – One of the best comics on the market. Matt Kindt‘s series is moving along and shows what can be done with the long game when it comes to storytelling. So many layers, so freaking good.

Skullkickers #27 (Image Comics) – Comics can be fun and writer Jim Zub‘s off the rails fantasy adventure is a perfect example of that.

Star Wars: Rebel Heist #2 (Dark Horse) – Another Matt Kindt entry. The talented writer has been knocking it out of the park when it comes to this series so far.

Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 30th Anniversary Special

20140524-163532-59732501.jpgWhile I’m back from a review hiatus, I’ve continued on my ‘ode-to-turtles’ in this third review of a TMNT-related comic. It is a fitting continuation seeing that this month is the Turtle’s 30th anniversary, having been conceived, written, and drawn by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird in a small New Hampshire studio this month three decades ago. I can only imagine the initial concept, and just how utterly unpredictable it was knowing what a global franchise it is now. “Reptiles, trained in martial arts? Yep. With a rat for a father? Yep. Sounds good, let’s do it.”

Though the franchise itself has been through an ownership roller coaster, Eastman sold his shares to Laird and Mirage Studios, Laird and Mirage sold it to Nickelodeon, and Nickelodeon licensed the comics to IDW Publishing, the property itself has remained relatively untainted and wildly popular (alien origins in this summer’s blockbuster aside). In a special glossy trade, IDW does the anniversary justice by bringing back a wide variety of writers and artists to showcase the Turtle’s evolution from early Mirage Studios through Archie Adventure Series, Image, Mirage Publishing, and finally IDW.

Reprints of the initial advertisements, first press releases, and debut comic con pamphlets of the TMNT origins are worth the $7.99 price tag alone. But once you make your way through the book, you’ll be even more satisfied by witnessing the full gamut of writing and illustration from Eastman and Laird’s gritty beginnings to Jim Lawson‘s abstract drawings to Dan Duncan‘s more recent refined artistry. Dean Clarrain and Chris Allan‘s eco-friendly TMNT Adventures story is one of my favorite pieces from this special, not because it has the best writing or art, but because it reminded me of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I grew up with in both TV and print.

For the casual fan, the NickToons kid, the everyday comic reader, or the diehard loyalist…this is a must buy/read/save. It misses perfection being too short in length, but still delivers on all other accounts. Thirty years in and Turtle Power! has yet to let up.

Story: Various Art: Various Editing: Bobby Curnow
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

The Week in Comic Reviews

It’s been a while since I’ve done some quick comic reviews, but I do read a hell of a lot each week, and I don’t have time to do long reviews for each. So, I decided to bring back my quick reviews to give everything I read their due, and let you know what I think. These won’t be in depth, but you’ll get an idea of what I think of each.

The 7th Sword #2

In the aftermath of a vicious attack, Zenzion’s new leader, Kathleen Galway, seeks out battle-weary Daniel Cray to help defend her people and her home. But will the reluctant warrior pick up his Malathane blade one final time?

The series is two issues in and have been pretty interesting. This is a western/samurai tale set on an alien world. Each issues has been good, but I think the greater story together is what to measure this one by. Still, good for those who enjoy either genre.

Story: John Raffo Art: Nelson Blake II
Story: 6 Art: 5 Overall: 5 Recommendation: Read

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Artifacts #37

When someone uses math to access an ancient and evil power, it’s up to Tilly Grimes to find the answer to stopping them. But even with Tom Judge and the Rapture on her side, this may be too big a problem for the Numeromancer to solve.

While I generally thought the story was ok (though resolved rather quickly), my biggest issue with this story arc has been the art, which is WAY too dark at times to figure out what’s going on. Artifacts has seen better days in story and art.

Story: Dan Wichline Art: ROM
Story: 6 Art: 5 Overall: 5 Recommendation: Pass


Axe Cop: The American Choppers #1

President of the World Axe Cop reunites with Super Axe, an old friend from college, and the two of them decide to start a superteam of axe-wielding heroes to defend America, called the American Choppers. They are joined by Captain Axe, Axe Girl, Axe Woman, Axe Dog, and other axe-wielding heroes. The only problem is that there are no bad guys left, but that all changes when mysterious giant creatures attack the city!

I’m very new to the whole Axe Cop thing. I watched the ADHD cartoon series, which lead me to this. My “first issue” and it’s enough for me to come back for more of the Axe family. For folks who are reading this after seeing the cartoon, does Axe Cop now sound like Ron Swanson?

Story: Malachai Nicolle Art: Ethan Nicolle
Story: 7.5 Art: 8 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Buy

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B.P.R.D. #119

As Manhattan erupts with Lovecraftian demons, a young psychic must lead the remaining B.P.R.D. crew through the monster-packed streets of New York back to headquarters for safety, as Liz Sherman goes supernova.

This arc comes to a close, and it’s a solid ending. There’s a lot here that gets wrapped up, and that’ll lead to what comes next. I think all those threads that are left hanging are partially why I have this as a read. There’s some plot points I wish were a bit more completed. B.P.R.D. fans should be happy though.

Story: Mike Mignola, John Arcudi Art: James Harren
Story: 7.75 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

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Brain Boy: The Men from G.E.S.T.A.L.T. #1

Agent Price’s new mission pits him against a doomsday cult leader with a political agenda that poses a direct threat to the president. But a mysterious hive mind has more menacing plans for Brain Boy. He’ll have no choice but to go head to head—brain to brain—with the mysterious Men from G.E.S.T.A.L.T.!

To say Brain Boy is fun is an understatement. There’s a mix of pulp, there’s a mix of modern action. This second volume starts off with a bang and I’m sure this second volume will be as exciting as the first. I mean, the first part of the issue is really exciting, and what a twist.

Story: Fred Van Lente Art: Freddie Williams II
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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East of West #12

A last ditch effort is undertaken to avoid a war between the nations by the most unlikely person on the planet. The remains of the Chosen reassemble.

I’m not sure what I like more, the story or the art. So much happens in this issue, and those actions will reverberate for a long time. An amazing series if you haven’t had a chance to check it out. It’s not too late… though it might be for the nations.

Story: Jonathan Hickman Art: Nick Dragotta
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy


Flash Gordon #2

As Flash’s heroic reputation grows across the cosmos, his fantastic talents are tested by the Beast Men Of The Outer Lands Of Arboria!

The classic character is back and Parker is doing it with some retro pulp fun with an updated story. If you’re a fan of the character, do yourself a favor and check out the series.

Story: Jeff Parker Art: Evan Shaner
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy


Forever Evil #7

It’s evil versus evil in the shocking “take-no-prisoners” conclusion to Forever Evil! What will be the fate of Lex Luthor and his Injustice League? Who will live – and who will die? And why is The Hooded Man the most feared being from the Syndicate’s world? Do not miss this startling finale that will leave the DC universe reeling and reveal the secrets to the future!

The DC event wraps up. But something seemed a bit off. While there’s some cool moments, everything wraps up quickly, and the titanic battle I was expecting doesn’t happen. The ending is good, just not as great as it could have been… and we’re not going to go into the delay.

Story: David Finch Art: Richard Friend, David Finch
Story: 7.25 Art: 8 Overall: 7.25 Recommendation: Read


Invincible #111

A new beginning for Invincible as things take a turn down a dark path. Everything changes as Invincible is betrayed by one of his own. You won’t want to miss this explosive issue #1… 1… 1! It packs the punch of THREE relaunched number one issues!

Wow what a brutal issue. I know I’m late to the series, but holy crap is this issue good. It’s a brutal starting point that shakes up the Invincible universe.

Story: Robert Kirkman Art: Ryan Ottley
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy


Justice League #30

It all changes here with the first chapter of “Injustice League”! The next era of the Justice League begins as heroes quit, villains join and a Justice League roster you’ve never seen before emerges, led by the world’s greatest hero — Lex Luthor?! As the dust settles and the bodies are buried, the violent consequences of Forever Evil must be dealt with — while a mysterious new force sets its target on the League. But is this force friend or enemy? And why does he want Luthor dead? (If you ask Batman, it’s a long list.)

If you want to know where the DC universe goes post Forever Evil this is a good comic to start with. Villains are heroes. Heroes are villains. It’s very interesting, and a great issue to kick off where DC goes next.

Story: Geoff Johns Art: Joe Prado, Ivan Reis
Story: 8.25 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy


Justice League of America #14

In the wake of Forever Evil, the Justice League of America’s mission has come to an end – so where do they go from here? No one’s survival is assured!

As a follow up to the major event, there’s nothing wrong with the series, it’s a good bridge to what comes next. The issue is the fact we already have two issues of Justice League United out, so we know what has happened for the most part.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Eber Ferreira, Eddy Barrows
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read


Magnus the Robot Fighter #3

How do you kill a robot fighter? Send a human. LEEJA CLANE: HUMAN HUNTER! Her guns are huge! Her car is fast! Her theme music is awesome! How’s Magnus possibly going to survive against an opponent with no robot parts?

The return of the classic character has been fun so far, but I’m waiting to figure out exactly what’s going on with this world and Magnus. It feels a bit like the Matrix, but with Robots, which is kind of cool.

Story: Fred Van Lente Art: Cory Smith
Story: 7.25 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read


Original Sin #2

WHO HOLDS THE EYE? WHO KNOWS ITS SECRETS? The cosmic manhunt for the Watcher’s killer continues. More bodies are discovered. The killer’s trail leads to the far corners of the universe and beyond. And just when Nick Fury and the Avengers think they’ve cornered their murderer… EVERYTHING EXPLODES, unleashing the Marvel Universe’s greatest secrets.

So far this new Marvel event has been interesting, and in the second issue we get one reveal. Overall, the series has been good, though it’s a bit choppy jumping around so much between the various investigative teams.The individual issue is good, I think the overall story will be much better.

Story: Jason Aaron Art: Julian Totino Tedesco
Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: Recommendation: Buy

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Saga #19

Saga returns! New planet, new adversaries, and a very new direction, all from the same old Hugo Award-winning team.

So, so, so, so, so, so good.

Story: Brian K. Vaughan Art: Fiona Staples
Story: 10 Art: 9 Overall: 9.75 Recommendation: Buy


Solar: Man of the Atom #2

In the stunning wake of Issue One’s shocking climax…where is SOLAR? What will massive doses of unstable radiation do to his family? And even if they survive, what horrors are lurking in the stars?

The first issue was good, this second issue has really caught my attention. Where this series goes from here, I’m game and want to see.

Story: Frank Barbiere Art: Joe Bennett
Story: Art: Overall: Recommendation: Buy


Transformers: Windblade #2

Cybertron UNDER FIRE! Someone is out to kill Windblade—but discovering who means turning to some less-than-savory ’Bots. Can Windblade trust her informants enough to stake her life on them? And who will she turn to when the events of Dark Cybertron come back to haunt them all?

A breath of fresh air for the Transformers comics. The look and style of the story are both very different from what’s come before. The style has a manga/anime feel about it, and the story is more of a detective story. Both are very cool, and that, along with such an interesting new character have created an awesome new Transformers series.

Story: Mairghread Scott Art: Sarah Stone
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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Undertow #4

Anshargal and Ukinnu Alal dine with a cannibal god, but it’s more than Kingu can stomach. Zikia’s rescue team is closing in, and so are the deadliest killers ever indoctrinated by Atlantis. The secret origin of the Atlantean missing link as the exploration action roars on!

The excellent series continues into the second half of its miniseries. There so much going on including a discussion of god, country, and so much more. It’s been a fascinating read for four issues, and I can’t wait to see where it goes next.

Story: Steve Orlando Art: Artyom Trakhanov
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy


V-Wars #2

With the Vampire Wars burning hotter and bloodier with each new day, Reporter Yuki Nitobe is abducted and brought into the vampire underground. When Yuki is shown the world of these new species of vampires, she realizes no one has been telling the truth! Does she risk everything by exposing both sides or file the report that she knows gives her the biggest ratings?

This series, which is also a book, and soon to be television series, is an interesting mix of politics and action. Here, the vampires are a minority persecuted by normal humans. Are they as innocent as they claim? Is there some greater conspiracy? The second issue continues to look at that bigger picture, but it’s a bit disconnected from the first issue.

Story: Jonathan Maberry Art: Alan Robinson
Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: ReadVWars02-cvrA copy


Velvet #5

The first arc draws to a shattering conclusion. This series has been absolutely been amazing from start to finish. The art, the story, the amazing female lead, all of it has been fantastic, and makes up one of the best series on the market.

Story: Ed Brubaker Art: Steve Epting
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy


Review: MPH #1

mph01_coveraThe all-new Millarworld Universe kicks into high gear with the launch of writer Mark Millar and artist Duncan Fegredo’s fast and furious miniseries. When a group of hard-luck teens in Motor City stumble upon a street drug called MPH, they gain the power of super speed. Will they use it to save the world? Hell no! Not when there’s dolla, dolla bills to be had, y’all.

While Millar has made a lot of the “political” nature of the series, the first issue introduces us to a very real world, and sets up the adventure to come. But, instead of an adventure, we get a mystery with a lot of potential.

We see the drug MPH, and its results, a few times in the first issue, but the focus is more on drug dealing as a whole and the hopes and hard ships of some. Millar’s promotion that this is a real hero taking on “the man” isn’t present at all. I expect it’s coming, but if folks were to go into this first issue expecting a comic with a message, it’s not really present. Instead, it’s filled with criminals who pay their debt to society in jail. But, enough on what it’s promoted as, and instead lets focus on what it is.

What it is, is a solid first issue. The story is entertaining, and the build up and mystery is very intriguing. I’m definitely coming back for the second issue to see where Millar takes it from here.

He’s backed up by Fegredo’s art which helps bring the speed of the series to page and panel. With a drug that gives super speed, there’s a need to convey motion, and lack of it to show the super speed (that’ll make more sense when you read it). Fegredo pulls it all off really well, with a great style that’s pleasing to the eye.

Overall, I don’t want to ding the series for what it’s been described as, and what it is so far. It’s a solid comic, entertaining, fun, good read. Overall, it’s an interesting first issue that gets me to want to read the second. Lets hope Millar delivers on the hype.

Story By: Mark Millar Art By: Duncan Fegredo
Story: 7.75 Art: 8 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy

Movie Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past

days of future past movie posterBased on the classic Marvel comic story, X-Men: Days of Future Past takes the 1981 storyline, and updates it a bit for the big screen. The story is simple, to prevent war in the future, the X-Men send Wolverine to the past in hopes of stopping an event, and changing history.

Days of Future Past brings together the original X-Men trilogy, with X-Men: First Class, as well as the two Wolverine films, creating a movie universe, filled with some continuity bumps here and there. The film is a comic geek’s dream, with more than enough Easter eggs to excite, though there’s more than enough to entertain those who might not be as familiar with the extensive X-Men history.

x-men-days-of-future-pastFrom the opening moments, you know this film is going all out, introducing us to new characters, many who didn’t exist when the original comic was written. It kicks off a visual feast, taking advantage of each member’s powers, and more importantly how they work as a team, to provide a roller coaster film ride that generally doesn’t let up.

But, through all of that action, there’s heart, lots of it, especially from James McAvoy as the young Professor Xavier, and Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto. They each have numerous moments where they get to show off their acting chops, giving us more than just punching and powers. Those two, along with Jennifer Lawrence‘s Mystique make up the core of the film. While it’s Wolverine that travels through time, he’s more of a device, than the focus of the movie.

What’s amazing though is the film doesn’t seem to be overcrowded. With a massive cast, and potentially enough story between future and past to each have a movie, the film balances both quite well.

The fun of it all for me, was seeing this classic story, that still holds up well, come to the big screen. The adaptation, of not just it, but many of the new mutant’s powers was just spot on, especially Blink who is a welcome addition to the movie universe and provides some of the most exciting action sequences. Those sequences especially lend themselves to 3D which really works when it’s used effectively in the film.

Overall, the film had more than enough moments for long time fans, and should be entertaining to new ones as well. It also sets up the X franchise to an eXciting future.

Direction: 8.5 Acting: 8.25 Plot: 8.5 Overall: 8.5


Graphic Policy Radio Talks The Winter Soldier with Special Guest Scott Kaufman this Monday!

GP Radio pic MondayThis Monday means a brand new episode of Graphic Policy Radio. It’s Memorial Day, and we have a very special episode with guest Scott Kaufman, who you might know as SEK. The episode airs live, May 26 at 10pm ET.

Memorial Day is when we remember the men and women who died while serving the United States Armed Forces, and we’re spending it discussing Marvel Comics’ Star Spangled veteran who has given his life for his country Captain America.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is still in theaters and the highest grossing film globally of 2014 so far. It tackles the veyr real issues of privacy, the “security state,” civil liberties, and militarization of technology. We’ll be discussing all this and more!

Scott is the proprietor of the AV Club’s Internet Film School and an associate editor at The Raw Story. He also writes for Lawyers, Guns & Money, podcasts, and is an expert on Game of Thrones.

You can listen in live and Tweet us your thoughts, @graphicpolicy!

Magnetic Press to Publish the Award-Winning Graphic Novel Doomboy by Tony Sandoval & a Preview

We have the scoop first, that Magnetic Press will be publishing the Award-winning graphic novel Doomboy created by internationally acclaimed writer and artist Tony Sandoval This is the first time the graphic novel will be translated into English and hardcover edition will be released in September.

Doomboy was chosen as an Official Selection of the 2012 Festival d’Angouleme, the largest comic book festival in Europe and second largest comic book convention in the world, winning the “Coup de Coeur” prize awarded by the Youth Jury. It has since been translated into several languages worldwide. This is the first time the story will be available in English.

The graphic novel tells the story of an ordinary, lonely teenager with an active imagination and a love of metal music. When his girlfriend passes away suddenly, he decides to broadcast songs to her beyond the grave, playing his heart out under the secret name “Doomboy”. What he doesn’t realize, however, is that those broadcasts are picked up all across town… and beyond. Soon the music of Doomboy becomes legendary, and his innocent private life quickly turns inside out.

Tony Sandoval both wrote and illustrated the graphic novel, which is a poignant coming of age tale mixed with a unique blend of cute character designs and dark fantasy, all presented in a lush watercolor style that has set Sandoval apart from the crowd.



Manga Studio, Anime Studio, Poser, & MotionArtist Bundle Sale, Plus Win a Copy for Free!

Here’s your chance to get all the software tools you’ve been curious about for a special price. Smith Micro is running a sale, bundling together Manga Studio, Anime Studio 10, Poser, and Motion Artist, for just $69.99. Those four programs normally retail for almost $227 separately. Make an interactive comic, render a 3D figure, create a short cartoon or draw a manga character. If you’ve thought about picking up any of the software, now’s a great time to get all four for a hell of a price.

What are they?

  • Manga Studio: Manga Studio is your all-in-one solution for stunning, ready-to-publish manga and comics. Invigorate your artwork using color, express motion using speed lines, apply dimension with screen tones and add dialog through built-in word balloons. Manga Studio helps you create professional manga and comics from start to finish!
  • Anime Studio 10: Bring your imagination to life! Anime Studio® is your complete animation program for creating 2D movies, cartoons, anime and cut out animations. Create your own desktop animated shorts in the style of SouthParkStudios.com and JibJab.com or use it to produce animations for film, video or streaming over the web. With pre-loaded content and an easy-to-use Character Wizard as well as a powerful bone rigging system, vector conversion and integrated lip-synching, Anime Studio provides tools for both novice and experience animators.
  • Poser: Create realistic 3D art with Poser – perfect for artists, illustrators, animators and graphic designers. Poser has continued to raise the bar as the standard for 3D figure design and character animation, enabling users to easily create full 3D scenes with digital humans, animals and props. Poser also offers preloaded content for quick 3D creations.
  • MotionArtist: MotionArtist enables users to add motion to comic creations, as well as create interactive HTML5 presentations and make animated photo shows with ease. With over 50,000 downloads in public beta testing since July, the highly versatile software solution, MotionArtist, appeals to a wide range of users and skill levels.

The bundle provides a complete beginner’s software tool set for illustrators, animators and 2D and 3D artists.


To enter, it’s simple, just comment below! Make it fun, say what you’d create with this bundle. We’ll then randomly pick the winner from from the comments and contact you, so make sure to include a valid email address when you comment. The contest will end midnight, May 31, 2014.





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