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Comic creator Tim Yates Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Distribution

Comic artist Timothy Yates has plead guilty to distributing child porn. Yates was arrested in April and officers found “thousands of images and videos of child sexual abuse.”

Yates studied at the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art and was the creator of Anne Bonnie which was published through Blue Juice Comics. That comic and his bio have been removed from the publisher’s site but his name remains on comics where he is credited as the colorist. The comics are still listed on digital comic services as of this post.

Yates was charged with one count child pornography. On several occasions, undercover officers accessed a peer-to-peer network and came across an IP address sharing images and videos. That IP address was tied to Yates. Yates was arrested on April 4.

Yates faces a minimum of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of 20 years and a $250,000 fine. He’ll be sentenced January 14, 2019.

Review: The Accelerators #5

Paul Walker was one of those actors that captivated viewers as soon as he hit the screen. For those viewers who were attracted to him, his piercing blue eyes and easy smile made them swoon. For the rest of us, it was his instant relatability that made us believe him in every role. Many movie fans, knew him from the Fast and The Furious movies but it was his other movies where I became a fan of his.

My favorite movie by the late actor was Running Scared in which he starred with Vera Farmiga. In it he plays an undercover FBI agent who spends one night trying to track down a gun. One of my other favorite movies by him is Timeline, an underrated time travel action movie which shows the limits in which time and space exist in a vacuum where people manipulate time for their own artifices. How far can one go before those things they influence turn on them? In the fifth issue of Accelerators, our protagonists find themselves deeper into the game with a glimmer of hope. They find themselves at a crossroads.

Bertram initially has flashback but awakens to the droids outfitting him with robotic parts, to make him an even more formidable opponent in the gladiator games. Spatz having just found Lex, tries his best to orientate with her new surroundings, as he remains unclear for what purpose she was brought back to life. We also meet the person behind the technology, a crazy old man, who uses his considerable power to change history. By book’s end, we find exactly what happen, the first time Lex time travels.

Overall, an exhilarating science fiction story which not only challenges science fiction tropes but shows that you don’t have to sacrifice story for action. The story by RFI Porto feels like a whirlwind of good storytelling and every action movie. The art by the creative team continues to shine. Altogether, this issue will make you a fan of this book and this creative team.

Story: RFI Porto Art: Gavin P Smith, Tim Yates, Walter Flanagan, Thomas Mumme
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Anne Bonnie #6

Anne Bonnie #6As you grow up, life usually punches you in the mouth often. I know it sounds like a hash statement, but one that rings true. Mike Tyson said in an interview “everyone has a game plan until they get punched in the mouth.” This very statement sums up life’s many downward spirals, that makes it feel like hell on earth.

We all go through those seasons in our journey where it feels like everything is working against you. Sylvester Stallone said in Rocky that it doesn’t matter how many times you get knocked down, what matters is how many times you get up. This the key to every setback you may have life, as your next actions will define who you really are. In the final issue of Anne Bonnie, Ariana finds herself in this predicament, as her actions leads to her become who she really is.

We catch up with Ariana, as she realizes just what Bilgehart, has unleashed on the town and to her gold. She has only one thing on her mind as she sets sail for a showdown with Bilgehart, as she has a few ideas of how to get under his skin. Meanwhile, Kenoshi and Mary Reed summon a powerful ally, one that will turn the tables on Bilgehart. By book’s end, Ariana has recruited  a whole new crew and our heroes can savor the day.

Overall, an excellent final issue that will give fans of the book the ending they deserve. The story by Tim Yates is funny and action packed. The at by Yates is vivid and gorgeous. Altogether, this book will have you wanting more.

Story: Tim Yates Art: Tim Yates
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Anne Bonnie #5

There is no worse a feeling when someone get a raw deal. When someone purposefully swindles you, there is many feelings that come across people’s minds. The first thing, usually, is betrayal, especially when it is someone you know. Another feeling, is foolishness, as you tend to feel instantly not intelligent for being smart enough sense it.

This reminds me of when I read Stephen Vincent Benet’s The Devil and Daniel Webster when I was seven years old. In the story, Jabez Stone, a farmer in New Hampshire, makes a deal with the Devil, to end his bad luck. The feeling Jabez, had when he realized what he ultimately had to pay for his change of fate, is all of us in that same situation. In the latest issue of Anne Bonnie, Ariana’s finds out just what type of deal she makes with Bilgehart, one she would quickly regret.

We catch up with Ariana, shortly after she signs the contract, one which Kenoshi, unsuccessfully tries to stop. Though their partnership is shrouded with Bilgehart’s deceit, Kenoshi, has brought an old friend, Mary Reed, to help fill out the crew. They set off to find a treasure, and discover, that the treasure has already been taken by Bilgehart who also pillages their ship. By issue’s end, a double cross set Arian’s crew on a collision course with Bilgehart.

Overall, this issue brigs the series full circle, as this is the penultimate issue, brings our heroine to forefront. The story by Tim Yates is action packed. The art by Yates is gorgeous. Overall, a thrilling issue, which adds a dash of suspense.

Story: Tim Yates Art: Tim Yates
Story:8 .0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Anne Bonnie #4

I have mentioned in previous reviews, that one of my favorite movies of all time, is The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance?,  an excellent movie starring John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart and lee Marvin. The film resonated with me from the first I saw it with my grandfather. When I saw it the first time, I just wanted to sped time with my grandfather and movies especially westerns were our favorites. He was a big John Wayne fan and watched all his movies and all his TV shows. He told when he used to act in the Philippines, he used to try to emulate Wayne in his mannerisms for many of his characters.

He said especially liked this movie, because instead of picking up acting tips, he actually watched this movie as a fan. This to me, after The Searchers, is one of Wayne’s best films, as the ain theme ring true, every time I watched it. It stays with me today, as the vanity of legend, is is what most people will remember about you long after you are gone. The truth is insignificant, as what becomes fact, is what most people remember the same way. In the latest issue of Anne Bonnie, Ariana’s sea worthiness gets tested as she runs into some real pirates.

The reader is introduced to the Bilgehart, as plunders another ship and sins its crew with no reprieve, and he is headed Ariana’s way. The crew pulls into a seaside town called Portville, which is overrun with semen and pirates. As Ariana and her crew gets entrenched in the local culture, they run in Bilgehart, who talks Ariana into finding buried gold with him. By issue’s end, Shen realizes that Bilgehart and Arian, might cross paths, and she may be making the worst mistake thus far.

Overall, a fun madcap episode which shows Tim Yates comedic chops, as this issue can easily be written for adults. The story by Yates is hilarious. The art by Yates is stunning. Overall, a funny issue, which remembers who their core audience is.

Story: Tim Yates Art: Tim Yates
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Anne Bonnie #3

The reason people come into our lives truly never makes sense. Some people makes friends for life based on relationships with other people. Some people make lifelong friends from serving in the military with each other. Others makes lifelong friends from having a unique experience together.

Whatever the reason stays in your life, you definitely can say that you share a lifetime bond. Those connections, are usually genuine and becomes a kinship often stronger than family. This is why I love when a band of friends finally are able to bond. This is exactly what appends in the third issue of Anne Bonnie.

In the opening pages, our heroes escape the clutches of local police, they are underway and out to sea. This issue, is where they start working as a crew, as the gang of Mermen, attack them and this is where Finn finds out his true self and his powers. They eventually chase them away and Finn starts remembering how he ended up a slave in the first place. By issue’s end, the crew gets to know each other and themselves better.

Overall, a great issue that went way too fast, but this shows just how adept Tim Yates is at storytelling. The story by Yates is a page turner and remembers to invoke the fun factor. The art by Yates is beautiful. Altogether, an action-packed adventure, that has some high stakes political intrigue mixed with high sea adventure.

Story: Tim Yates Art: Tim Yates
Story: 9.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Anne Bonnie #2

I can say that when it comes to the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, II have a love/ hate relationship with them. I loved the first movie, and my disdain with the series increased with every movie since. Most filmgoers love these movies simply, because of Johnny Depp’s performance as Jack Sparrow. Then, there is the chemistry between Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, and Keira Knightley, who don’t all appear in all the movies, but they make for some memorable scenes.

I initially watched the movies because of the Disney World attraction, it was my favorite, every time me and my family would go there. Even within the attraction, there was magical elements to the ride, as you were transported to a world where anything can happen. The one thing that the movies did well, was the melding the supernatural elements with the many legends associated with seafaring. In the second issue of Anne Bonnie, our heroine, finds out exactly how supernatural the Crimson Dawn really is.

We catch up with Ariana, as the Crimson Dawn is in a firefight with the Royal Navy, out maneuvering the two ships, leaving the naval vessels in ruins. She eventually pulls in to a port, which is an evil plot is unfurling, and the Crimson Dawn’s arrival may be the difference. Ariana, also recruits her first crew member, a runaway slave. By issue’s end, an old friend shows up, and her world is about to get a little more complicated.

Overall, an excellent installment to a series that opens this world to all walks of life, as this book shows what inclusivity is. The story by Tim Yates is pure fun. The art by Tim Yates and Tony Vassallo feels like an animated feature. Altogether, an issue that never lets off that gas, making this a book that is all adventure.

Story: Tim Yates Art: Tim Yates and Tony Vassallo
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Annie Bonnie #1

As a child growing up, I devoured books, I read every piece of fiction I could get my hands on. Just like most boys my age, I became obsessed over certain characters or certain people. Like I had a cousin who loved everything Ghostbusters. He watched all the movies including the newest one, and both cartoons, and had every toy they ever released. My obsession, was Star Wars, as me, my cousins, and my friends all had cases of figures of different characters from the film series.

I had another cousin, who loved Dinosaurs and read everything there was about them. I also obsessed about pirates, after reading Treasure Island, and watching the movie, I read about all the famous ones and not so famous ones, and found out the difference between a pirate and a buccaneer. The Pirates of the Caribbean movies provide comedic fodder for those of us infatuated the genre, but Black Sails, is the probably the one portrayal, that brought them actual legitimacy, and showed the world they were people just like all of us. This brings to one of my favorite characters in the show, as not much of her origin is explored there, which is why I could wait to get in the first issue of Anne Bonnie.

In the opening pages, we meet a young girl, Ariana, who dreams of a life outside the palace walls, she grew up in, a world, that her uncle Kenshin, told her of the sea. Fast forward, a few year later, a key her uncle left for her is used to awaken a ghost ship, something she did not quite expect. It also has awakened the very island she grew up in, as it is not an island, but a being made of stone. By issue’s end, she is on the run from a Naval ship and the ship is more supernatural than she originally thought.

Overall, a great book, that brings the reader to a day and time, when adventure was a way of life. The story by Tim Yates and Lelan Estes is funny, relatable, and exciting. The art by Tim Yates and Tony Vassallo is gorgeous and luminous. Altogether, an excellent first issue, that feels like a page right out of Treasure Island, if it was supernatural.

Story: Tim Yates and Lelan Estes Artist: Tim Yates and Tony Vassallo
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Æther and Empire #6

My maternal grandfather was huge movie fan. He watched all the requisite action movies from PI, but also loved his movies from elsewhere. He loved Charles Bronson movies, and watched every single Death Wish movie. He also loved every single movie Michael Caine, was in. One of his favorites being Get Carter, as it was the quintessential high octane tough guy film.

The other one of Michael Caine’s movies that got his eye, was the war movie, Zulu. The movie was about a skirmish between British soldiers and Zulu warriors at Rorke’s Drift.  Now, looking back at that film, it was as problematic as Black Hawk Down, but as far as entertainment value goes, it was pretty good. When I read the sixth issue of Aether and Empire#6, it reflected many key scenes from that film, which still influences war scenes in many movies.

We catch up with the crew of the Jules Verne, as they go to battle stations as they must defend against the Martian fleet headed their way. The crew on the ground try to get back to the Martian headquarters, which the Lillian soon finds that her old friend turned Martian hybrid, Douglas, is the leader of the Martians. Lillian makes fate changing decision, which may leave the crew on the ground for the dead. By Issue’s end, the crew escapes safely, but as they all find out the truth may not be what you want it to be.

Overall, an excellent ending to this first volume of this epic series. The story by Mike Horan is pulse pounding, cerebral and intense. The art by Bong Ty Dazo and Tim Yates is gorgeous. Altogether, an excellent swashbuckling space opera that which stands as a prime example of how to do steampunk high adventure.

Story: Mike Horan Art: Bong Ty Dazo and Tim Yates
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Æther & Empire #5

I just finished re-reading Dune, as part of ComicBookGirl19’s Dune Club, which reminded me just how epic a writer Frank Herbert was. Not too many writers, that I grew up reading, whom made details sound so enticing. His research showed not only in Middle Eastern culture but also in science fiction.  That whole world he created in those books, was so immersive and palatable, that you would believe sand worms existed in a planet called Arikis.

The worldbuilding and the character development in these books are what all writers should aspire to.  In these desolate worlds, many writers have written similar settings, showing Herbert’s influence in setting and storylines. Most of them fail, and even fewer do the research necessary for successful world building. This brings me to the fifth issue Of Aether and Empire, where the crew of the Jules Verne looks for the enclave on Mars.

We catch up with the crew as they land on Mars, looking for the enclave, where they run into something resembling large sand insects. Eventually they run into Professor Teague, who has monstrously developed into a alien human hybrid. The crew quickly finds out the Martians have been harvesting humans as slaves for labor. By book’s end, the crew that was left on the ship, soon realize they must go to battle stations.

Overall, the story gets better and better with every issue, as this issue makes it more than your typical science fiction fare. The story by Mike Horan is exhilarating and fascinating. The art by Bong Ty Dazo and Tim Yates is gorgeous. Altogether, a haunting space opera that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

Story: Mike Horan Art: Bong Ty Dazo and Tim Yates
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy