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Time Shopper is a Slacker Sci-Fi Comedy Epic Through History

Time Shopper is a sci-fi/comedy about a regular guy who gets a job time traveling. He’s supposed to go back in time and fix history’s biggest disasters (the sinking of the Titanic, the assassination of JFK, kill baby Hitler), but when he gets to the past he immediately gets distracted by how crazy affordable everything used to be. So… he starts shopping through time. And then obviously, hijinx ensue. There are historical celebrity cameos, killer robots, etc.

Written by Tony Fleecs, Time Shopper features art by Christian Meesey, layouts by Tone Rodriguez, colors by Brad Simpson, and a cover by Meesey.

Retailing for $14.99, the 48-page comic will be out soon and published by Action Lab Entertainment.

Time Shopper

Preview: M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand #8

M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand #8

Brandon Easton (w) • Igor Lima (a) • Tone Rodriguez (c)

Determined to end the threat of Ore-13 radiation poisoning, Matt Trakker and the M.A.S.K. team go on a mission into the depths of the Earth where they discover much more than they could have imagined—a race of powerful mutated creatures borne from the strange Cybertronian energy source. Are these monsters too powerful even for the technology of M.A.S.K.?!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand #6

M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand #6

Brandon Easton (w) • Juan Samu (a) • Tone Rodriguez (c)

THE ORIGIN OF V.E.N.O.M.,” part one. As the M.A.S.K. team constructs a new headquarters in Miami, Matt Trakker goes on a solo mission to identify new recruits. Along the way, Trakker crosses paths with Dr. Mindbender who instructs him on the art of leadership and manipulation. But Trakker quickly uncovers Mindbender’s twisted goals and learns the true history of his former teammates who became members of V.E.N.O.M.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Review: Dead Vengeance HC

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It’s 1940, and a phony body on exhibit in a carnival sideshow suddenly springs to life and shambles away. Not so phony after all: he is John Doe, radio commentator and archenemy of Detroit’s notorious Purple Gang. But why did he disappear in 1930, and why did the mayor, the mob, and the cops all want him dead? This collects Dead Vengeance #1–#4.

Dead Vengeance is supernatural noir at its finest. Taking the premise of a man who has lost his wife after, he has threatened to expose the corruption of the mayor, and his cronies. Adding a solid twist, as the real culprit of the murder is put in jail, preventing John from getting his vengeance. Bolstering the solid noir inspired story, as John gets murdered himself by a circus freak. Yet John, lives in state of un-death as his dead body floats in a traveling circus. As his spirit waits to return to take his vengeance.

If the story wasn’t already noir enough, the art work bolsters that atmosphere. The action scenes are gorgeous, and explosive at times. I love how they drew historically accurate clothes for the characters. It manages to make the world feel authentic, yet fictional.

Story: Bill Morrison Art: Bill Morrison, Tone Rodriguez
Story: 9.5 Art: 10 Overall: 9.75 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Halloween Nightmares Come To Life with John Carpenter’s Tales for a HalloweeNight

Storm King Comics has announced a horror comic anthology entitled John Carpenter’s Tales for a HalloweeNight that has been put together by the King of Darkness himself, John Carpenter. The anthology includes an epic line up of artists and writers including John Carpenter, Steven Hoveke, Sandy King, Steve Niles, James Ninness,Trent Olsen, David Schow, Tim Bradstreet, Buzz, Federico DeLuca, Leonardo Manco, Darick Robertson, Tone Rodriguez and more. The book will be full color 100+ pages and will be released by October 31st 2015. Fans can get sneak peak at the book Saturday October 17th at 2pm at Barnes and Noble at The Grove 189 Grove Drive K30, Los Angeles, CA 90036. John Carpenter will be signing advanced copies of the book in time for Halloween!

Fans should be able to pick up the title at their local comic shops as well as the Storm King Productions booth at New York Comic Con. The second graphic novel in the Storm King Comic’s series John Carpenter’s Asylum will be out in early 2016.

From the man who brought you the movie, “Halloween” and all the scares beyond, here comes the ultimate graphic novel anthology of tales to warm your toes by on a dark and stormy night in October.  Carpenter brings together story tellers from the world of movies, novels and comics and in these pages lie tales of graveyards, sunken ships, creepy crawlers and ghosts to haunt your dreams at night.

Writers:  John Carpenter, Steven Hoveke, Sandy King, Steve Niles, James Ninness, Trent Olsen, David Schow and Duane Swierczynski.
Artists:  including…Tim Bradstreet, Buzz, Federico DeLuca, Leonardo Manco, Darick Robertson, and Tone Rodriguez
Edited by Sandy King

John Carpenter's Tales for a HalloweeNight

Exclusive: Read Liftoff Takedown from the Bizarre New World Kickstarter

Today we have an exclusive story from the Bizarre New World Kickstarter running now. Bizarre New World started production on October 10, 2005 and was originally released by Ape Entertainment as a critically acclaimed 3 issue mini-series in 2007, followed by a mini-graphic novel sequel in 2008. These books totaled 140 pages. Work on the rest of the tale and short stories never stopped and was completely finished on February 5, 2015. The final project clocks in at 503 pages. That’s the 278 page graphic novel and a 225 page short story anthology.

Now Skipper Martin is partnering up with fellow Ape Entertainment creator Troy Dyeto to release their books through their new publishing imprint called Fractured Entertainment.

The anthology features a massive amount of creators, the full list you can find below. But we have an exclusive short story, a prime example of what you’re going to find in the anthology. Liftoff Takedown is written by Wilfredo S. Duran, with pencils by Dexter Wee, colors by Michael Spicer, lettering by Bernie Lee and edited by Skipper Martin.

Credits for the main book include:
Writer/Creator: Skipper Martin
Line Artists: Christopher Provencher and Adam Huntley
Colors: Wes Dzuioba
Lettering: Tom Orzechowski and Ed Dukeshire

Credits for the anthology:
Writers: Corinna Bechko, Neal Bailey, Mike Blaylock, Dino Caruso, Joey Cruz, Wilfredo Duran, Troy Dye, Ellen Everett, Micah Farritor, Dan Hill, Dan Adams-Jacobson, Skipper Martin, Nick Miceli, Raphael Moran, Chuck Moore, Maxwell Patterson, Tone Rodriguez, Michael San Giacomo, Michael Woods, Greg Thelen
Line Artists: Cale Ajioka, Atul Bakashi, Daniel Panero Bertucci, Tielman Cheaney, Danielle Ellison, Micah Farritor, David Hedmark, Adam Huntley, Roberta Ingranata, Allan Jefferson, Rick Leonardi, Megan Levens, Brent McKee, Tradd Moore, Mado Peña, Chris Provencher, Bob Rivard, Tone Rodriguez, V Shane, Connor Willumsen, Dexter Wee
Colors: Wes Dzioba, Ellen Everett, Teodoro Gonzalez, Simon Gough, Kyle Latino, Mado Peña, Michael Spicer, Eddy Swan, Julie A. Wright
Lettering: Ed Brisson, Ed Dukeshire, Bernie Lee, Tom Orzechowski

Review – All Crime Comics #1 and Dames in the Atomic Age

All Crime Comics #1

All Crime Comics 1 Bruce Timm CoverCars, murder, revenge. That’s the makings of a solid pulp comic. And through a twisted tale of those three things, and dames, we get an entertaining read that fits right into the crime comics of old.

The comic is a tale of car theft and murder bouncing back and forth throughout the years telling the story of two friends and their slide into crime. It hits all the right beats, with a pacing that’s brisk and entertaining. I particularly like how the story is laid out and set up.

What stands out to me is the art. It’s fantastic, raising the overall quality of the comic. I especially enjoy the second chapter which throwbacks to the early days of art and coloring, dots and all. It’s a great touch that adds ton to the comic.

Finally it’s kind of hard to not mention the cover with a beat look that just screams pulp. The small details peppered throughout the cover alone shows the small details that really drives the comic and makes it feel like a great pulp story from years past.

If you’re a fan of pulp or crime comics, this is a great buy.

Story: The Art of Fiction Art: Ed Laroche and Marc Sandroni

Story: 7.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Dames in the Atomic Age

dames_of_the_atomic_age coverThe first original graphic novel from Art of Fiction, Dames in the Atomic Age is a unique pulp tale that pays homage to the B-movies, sci-fi serials, and crime magazines of the 1940s and ‘50s.

I’m a fan of pulp. Give me a cheesy B-movie and I’m happy to sit back and zone out. This comic covers it all. Everything is thrown in there with giant ants, cloning, crazy stuff and it’s a lot of fun. What adds to it all is it’s wrapped in a crime comic, so there’s a hint of noir in there as well.

When I think of these types of movies or comics, I want something that just screams fun. I don’t want to have to think or dissect the story. I want to relax and be entertained. It’s goofy fun! That’s what this comic does. It entertains just like those same movies.

It feels like everything including the kitchen sink is thrown in here, but that’s part of the fun. While we might have scene each of the things that pop up in other movies or stories, it’s still entertaining here and most importantly fun.

There’s also some great breaks of art with different artists throwing in a short strip or pin-up that adds to the overall feel of the comic. It’s a great package, well thought out from story to production.

Story: Christopher Ryder Art: Marc Sandroni, Mike Vosburg, Paul Little, Tony Fleecs, Andy Suriano, Chris Moreno, Tone Rodriguez, Mark Dos Santos, Brad Rader and Rahsan Ekedal

Story: 8 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Action Lab merges with SR Graphics to take comics to…The Danger Zone with a Mature Line!

DANGERZONE_LOGO_FINALAction Lab Entertainment is excited to announce that Super Real Graphics publisher Jason Martin has accepted a position to spearhead its new mature readers line, Action Lab: Danger Zone, and merge his SR Graphics with the new brand.

While Action Lab is known more for its high-profile all-ages friendly properties, including the Eisner-nominated Princeless, the upcoming Molly Danger from Jamal Igle, and various licensed properties from toys and animation, it reinforces its dedication to publishing a full spectrum of comic book content.  The creation of the Danger Zone imprint allows it to continue to seek out the best projects for any audience, and as the newly-appointed publisher for the brand, Martin can use his experience running a mature readers line of books to help ALE achieve bigger and better things.

In merging the two creator-owned publishing companies, Action Lab now also brings the existing Super Real Graphics properties to their new Danger Zone catalog, including the cult indie hit Zombie Tramp from Dan Mendoza.  A fan favorite since its release in late 2010, Zombie Tramp’s sold-out graphic novel will be getting both a new printing, as well as a sequel series in 2013. Additionally, all of Action Lab’s current projects that qualify as ‘mature’ will move over to the new line, including the trade paperback collection of Dave Dwonch’s just-concluding critically acclaimed video game raunch-fest, Double Jumpers.

In 2013 the line will launch with several new books–both from new talent (with titles like the horror-tinged desert-baked graphic novel The Trip, the viral-outbreak survival saga The Rabid, and the mind-bending genre-blending exploits of a boy and his talking kitten in Ehmm Theory), and from previously- published creators (including Tony Fleecs and Tone Rodriguez’s poetry-powered American Goth Chick, Dave Dwonch and Rob Ruddell’s time-hopping rogue nuke mythology Ghost Town, and Martin’s own Regan-era zombie lovefest Night of the 80’s Undead).   There are more titles in store as well, including the aforementioned SR Graphics title Zombie Tramp, and Grant Gould’s Norse mythology by-way-of Tolkien The Wolves of Odin saga.  Overall, this is a truly inspired line-up for fans of graphic fiction that will see release in print via comic book shops, as well as online via ComiXology and all major digital providers.

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Free Comic Book Day event @ Collector’s Paradise in Canoga Park, CA

Official Press Release

Collector’s paradise’ free comic book day EVENT ON Saturday, May 7, TO Support importance of Literacy and TO celebrate the comic book culture

Valley’s Leading Retail Comic Book Store Welcomes Industry Creators to Raise Money for an Important Charity

CANOGA PARK, Calif., April 11, 2010 – Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery, San Fernando Valley’s Premiere pop culture store, is excited to announce this year’s big Celebration for FREE COMIC BOOK DAY, featuring some of the best talent in comics, charity fundraiser event, and many great giveaways for all attendees.

Collector’s Paradise has a long history of working closely with comic book industry creators. The store holds monthly events with artists and writers from all corners of the industry, and the full time gallery hosts art events and gallery shows.  “Our goal is to be more than just a comic book store. There are many comic book stores in our city. We want to stand out, to become a Destination where one can interact with the people that produce the books.”, says Edward Greenberg, the owner of Collector’s Paradise.  Comic book industry has been very supportive of Collector’s Paradise’ efforts in this endeavor, working with them to organize numerous events to promote their new releases and special projects.

This year Collector’s Paradise is presenting one of their best line-ups of comic book creators to date, including:

Whilce Portacio – Co-founder, Image Comics, Creator and Artist – Wetworks, Uncanny X-men, Artifacts…

Joshua Fialkov – creator – Eisner-award nominated TUMOR graphic novel, Echoes, Elk’s Run

Tomm Coker – creator – Undying Love, artist on many Marvel titles including Daredevil NOIR, 5 Ronin

Tone Rodriguez – artist – Tyrese Gibson’s Mayhem!, Snake Plissken Chronicles, Radioactive Man

Tony Fleecs – creator/writer/artist – In My Lifetime, a critically-acclaimed autobiographical comic book

Chris Moreno artist – Toy Story for BOOM! Studios, Paul Jenkins’ Sidekick from Image Comics.

Ray Friesen – kids graphic novel author – Pirate Penguin vs Ninja Chicken, Cupcakes of Doom…

In addition to the great creator line up, the event will feature the annual “Sketches for HERO Initiative” fundraiser, where all of the artists featured will do $10 sketches for the fans, with 100% of the proceeds directly going to HERO Initiative, a fantastic charity that helps comic book creators in need.  Collector’s Paradise has been working with HERO for the last five years to make sure that those creators who need financial and medical help are taken care of.

Kids are a big focus of Collector’s Paradise’ effort on FCBD.  The event will feature costumed characters for the kids to take photographs with, as well as several thousand kid-friendly comic books given away to all fans in attendance.

For the first time at our FCBD Event, a famous Korean / Latin fusion Food Truck, CALBI, will be parked at our event from 11am to 3pm, selling their delicious fusion tacos and burritos to event attendees.

The event will be held at Collector’s Paradise Comics & Cards from Noon to 7:00pm, with creator signings and character appearances from noon to 3:00pm.

Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery is located at 7131 Winnetka Ave, on the corner of Winnetka Ave and Sherman Way, in Canoga Park.  For additional information, please contact Edward Greenberg, owner of Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery @ 818.999.9455 (business) or 818.326.2517 (cell), or at store@comicsandcards.net