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See Creation in Action Live at Baltimore Comic Con Live

Take part in the 1st annual Baltimore Comic-Con Live, a FREE ONLINE EVENT streaming the weekend of October 23-25, 2020! Come check out retailers, exhibitors, artists alley, programming, and the Ringo Awards live! If you love art, you won’t want to miss some amazing opportunities to see its creation in action!

DRINK & DRAW: LIVE

Panelists: Dan Brereton, Becky Cloonan, Sean Forney, Sanford Greene, Megan Hutchison, Daniel Warren Johnson, Tony Parker, Tom Raney, Tim Seeley, and Ryan Stegman!
Friday, October 23, 2020 – 9pm ET / 6pm PT

Sit back, grab a drink, and enjoy a LIVE sketch hang out with the top names in comics. Seats are SOLD OUT to participate in the LIVE Drink & Draw, but the event will be broadcast LIVE and FREE to view on this website.

DRINK & DRAW: LIVE

MonsDRAWsity: Drawing Party Game

Host: Joshua Werner
Saturday, October 24, 2020 – 12pm ET / 9am PT

Joshua Werner joins Source Point Press comic creators to play-test the new monster drawing party game MonsDRAWsity from Deep Water Games! Bring a marker and some paper, you can even play along from home in real time!

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LIFE DRAWING

Panelists: Christian Gossett & Shadia Elise
Sunday, October 25, 2020 – 1pm ET / 10am PT

Wanna draw like a pro? Then draw WITH the pros! Pro artists use life-drawing models, and now YOU can, too! Model Shadia Elise of GalleryGirls.com will do four poses over the course of an hour, and EVERYONE can look in and sketch along! And artist Christian Gossett will EXPLAIN what artists get out of the process! Is it batting practice? Honing old skills? Looking to try something new? What is the model doing? And why? Join in, grab a pencil, and YOU can show off your art as well!

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Preview: Planet Of The Apes: After The Fall Omnibus SC

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Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writers:  Daryl Gregory, Caleb Monroe, Michael Moreci, David F. Walker, Ryan Ferrier, Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artists: Damian Couceiro, Tony Parker, Tom Derenick, Dan McDaid, Jonas Scharf, Lalit Kumar Sharma, Morgan Beem
Colorist: Renato Faccini, Darrin Moore, Michael Garland, Jason Wordie, Gabriel Cassata
Letterer: Steve Wands, Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Paolo Rivera & Joe Rivera
Price: $39.99

Set in the reimagined universe of the modern Planet of the Apes movies, witness the rise and fall of humanity to a planet dominated by apes. But there’s trouble in paradise as ape leader Caesar is forced to contend with violent power struggles, while the outbreak of a mysterious, deadly virus threatens to decimate the remaining populations of humans. Can humans and apes join forces to establish a new world order, or will chaos finally reign supreme?

Collects Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Contagion, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, War for the Planet of the Apes, Planet of the Apes: When Worlds Collide for the first time in one prestigious omnibus.

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Chris Roberson, Tony Parker, John Roshell, and Dan Jackson Deliver a God of War this November

Following the immense success of the God of War video game for PlayStation 4 and the art book chronicling its creation, Dark Horse, Santa Monica Studio, and Sony Interactive Entertainment have revealed art from the upcoming God of War comic series. This new four-issue miniseries is full of Norse mythology-inspired action.

Writer Chris Roberson, artist Tony Parker, colorist Dan Jackson, and letterer John Roshell of Comicraft set out to explore whether Kratos, the God of War, will ever find a peace in a world of violence. The beautiful cover art is by artist E.M. Gist. The God of War comic series finds Kratos living in the remote Norse wilds after his war on the gods of Olympus. Seeking to put the rage that defined most of his life behind him, Kratos inadvertently sparks a feud with a mysterious cult of berserkers after attempting to save a stranger being mauled by a monstrous bear. But for the former Ghost of Sparta, no good deed goes unpunished.

God of War #1 goes on sale November 14, 2018.

Wednesday Comic Rally: Mayday #3

mayday-3It feels like all too often we’re lamenting how our favorite comic series got canceled due to lack of sales and interest. That’s where Wednesday Comic Rally comes in. The point is to spotlight comics that we as a community should be rallying around and most importantly purchasing to make sure they’re here for quite some time.


Three issues in, it’s not too late to check out Mayday by writer Alex De Campi and artist Tony Parker.

A Cold War action-thriller like no other. It’s 1971, and two young Soviet operatives are sent to California to kill a defector and recover top-secret information. As the mission falls apart into a mess of good sex, bad drugs, and ugly violence, the young Russians are faced with a dilemma: they need to rely on each other to escape America, but they must betray each other to survive Russia.

Mayday isn’t just a slick Cold War comics, it’s also a period piece in a time that you just don’t see too many modern comics set. That creates a unique experience that’s currently like no other monthly comic on the market. Parker’s art is fantastic as well giving us at times trippy visuals that nail the vibe and feel of the time period.

It’s a combination that comes together for a fun time and entertaining read that you won’t find anywhere else.


This is where you come in. You can buy Mayday #3 now! It’s available at local comic shops and you can find yours. For those without a local shop you can buy it digitally through comiXology, Kindle, or physical copy at Things From Another World.

Have a comic you think we should be rallying around? Send us a message and maybe it’ll be featured in an upcoming post.

 

 

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Review: Mayday #1 and #2

mayday_01-1Blistering action grounded in a historical setting that’s under explored in comics and suddenly feels more timely than ever: the Cold War geopolitics of 1971.

The new Mayday series from writer/letterer/DJ Alex de Campi and artist/visual drug dealer Tony Parker is an exciting and original comic set in the Cold War conflict centered between the US and USSR. Its themes are on the tip of everyone’s tongue once again.

De Campi has described the series as being her “anti-James Bond”, a comic that asks readers how we feel about our spy protagonist when he’s Soviet, not British, when he wears a dingey T-shirt and isn’t a Ken-doll movie star. This is a question that goes largely unanswered in popular espionage stories. How often do we even see Russian protagonists?

De Campi is a serious researcher, a student of the era’s history, the Eastern Bloc and a world traveler herself. This is the experience she brings to this series along with her trademarked levels of earned, intelligent brutality and dark humor.

Between her sharp writing and Tony Parker’s art, Mayday’s pacing is meticulous and riveting no matter how many or how few words are in the frame. You can hear the phone off the hook when they want you to and smell the gasoline.

Parker knows his way around an action sequence. His work is detailed, with realistic anatomy and naturalistic compositions. His style reminds me of the British artists on the legendary 2000AD comics, like Judge Dredd era Brian Bolland. His characters’ faces are individualized, realistically lined and creased and always in motion.

And when the story doesn’t call for realism at all because someone is having an acid-fuelled freak-out?

Well, I’m a lifelong connoisseur of psychedelic art (Yellow Submarine is a perfectly appropriate movie for all ages, I’ll have you know) and I’m a pretty tough critic to please when it comes to contemporary comics artists trying their hand at psychedelia. So many attempts these days go for computer derived effects over aesthetics. I.e. lots of new psychedelic art just isn’t very attractive– compare the new Dr. Strange black light posters to the classic 70s ones with art by Gene Colan, Steve Ditko and Tom Palmer? Realism and computers aren’t necessarily your friends.mayday-2

But Parker’s detailed and highly animated style looks fantastic when he sets it wild while drawing the comic’s key psychedelic sequences. It’s a skill he also used to great effect when drawing his recent This Damned Band series with writer Paul Cornell. Bodies are distorted, polarities reversed, color and lines swirl into a vortex and Blond’s colors really get a chance to pulse with psychedelic energy.

Parker has also clearly been looking at the right concert posters and album art as reference points. Organic forms derived from Art Nouveau (beloved by hippie era artists) smack up against Soviet Constructivist geometric motifs in a major splash page for the ages.

Mayday uses visual representations of music as a form of heightened reality, not just in the acid freakout but in multiple scenes. Careful letters work the song names into the page. The result is hearing and seeing the song on the page in everything from the far-out lettering to the backgrounds.

The series also uses music as a play-along soundtrack (get it on Spotify!) that cements the story in time. This is not an idealized look back at the music that was popular in 1971 filtered through the eyes of a modern critic who knows what’s “good,” only playing classics that stand the test of time. Where’s the realism in that?! De Campi’s playlists feature the popular music of the period that’s aged poorly too. Because they can’t all be Alice Cooper classics, can they?…. To quote issue 1’s back matter “Kieron Gillen includes music because he loves you, I include music because fuck you”.

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Often when art is set in a specific historic era the artist will depend on visual signifiers of the times that call attention to themselves like they were just placed there to tell you the year, yet the clothes and settings will be all wrong– they just haven’t done their homework. You can’t draw a lava lamp and call it a day. The historical setting here feels lived in and researched. This creative team has done that research right down to the clothes the architecture and especially the Kremlin.

There are other details of importance on the pages, like the acknowledgment of brutality directed at bystanders. These often overlooked moments are important to the humanity of the story– like a child standing off-center in the middle of a road after a trucking accident. His or her parent’s dismissed by the CIA agents as “Mexicans” and not worth mentioning. The child is just left there alone on the road as the action passes by.

Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Mayday #1

mayday01_coveraThe mere existence of spies has always captured the public’s imagination. As these people who hide in the shadows do the things, that they believe are for “the greater good”. From shows like Mission Impossible to Man from UNCLE, the spy has always been glamorized as a smooth operator, who always wear a sharp suit and always a lady’s man. I would be remiss, without mentioning what the British brings to the genre, with the iconic James Bond and the long forgotten Carpetbaggers.

With the public’s growing skepticism of movie magic, both TV shows and movies started to scale back on what kept the genre both unbelievable and magical. As the standard of realism started to pervade everything that is entertainment, what would be considered entertainment in the spy genre, became a cross between hardboiled detective and analytical spies. This brought on thinking man heroes like Jack Ryan and Piper Perabo ’s character in Covert Affairs. Then FX, brought some nostalgia and good ole spy craft to the game, with The Americans, combining what everyone loves about the spy genre with some realism sprinkled as they dealt with day to day family issues and the general stress from living dual lives.

This world is recaptured in Alex De Campi’s latest effort at Image, Mayday, it is 1971, and the Cold War, has America and Russia, on edge, wondering what will be the next move of their adversaries, which may very well include sending sleeper agents. We are introduced to Felix and Rose, a deadly duo who have more than assimilated to American life, much like the main characters in The Americans. Their mission is to kill a defector, who was cooperating with the CIA, but a pair of CIA agents are hot on their trail. This is where their youthful indiscretions intrude, they find a group of hippies which get them off track and it seems it will be a matter of time before they are caught.

Overall, a strong effort by the creative team, and I can reveal that a key scene has some influences from both Gaiman and Morrison. The story from De Campi, packs a punch and makes you laugh at the same time, which shows how talented a writer Alex is. The art by Tony Parker and Blond, is striking and lucid, which definitely serves a story that takes place in the 70s. Altogether, a fresh take on a spy caper that will keep the reader yearning for more.

Story: Alex De Campi Art: Tony Parker and Blond
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Mayday Flies Into Action this November

Writer Alex de Campi teams up with artist Tony Parker and colorist Blond for the Cold War thriller Mayday, an all-new series launching this November from Image Comics.

It’s 1971, and two young Soviet operatives are sent to California to kill a defector and recover top-secret information. As the mission dissolves into a mess of good sex, bad drugs, and ugly violence, the young Russians face a new problem: they’ll need to rely on each other to escape America, but to survive Russia they’ll have to betray each other.

Mayday is a Cold-War action-thriller unlike any other. Get ready.

Mayday #1 Cover A by Tony Parker (Diamond code: SEP160631), as well as Cover B, also by Tony Parker (Diamond code: SEP160632), will hit comic book stores Wednesday, November 2nd.

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Review: This Damned Band TPB

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The biggest rock band in the world thought they were only pretending to worship Satan. As they record the documentary of what might be their final world tour, they discover the horrifying truth.

From Paul Cornell and Tony Parker comes a darkly hilarious adventure of black magic and classic rock! Collects This Damned Band #1–#6.

Twists, occult sacrifice, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll. This Damned Band TPB in some ways could be considered a tribute to some classic rock bands such as Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and a few others. Paul Cornell has managed to capture of the spirit of Rock ‘n’ Roll, in this book… with a supernatural trippy twist.

Even the artist has managed to bring about this concert flyer feeling to each cover. The same could be said of the artwork inside. Especially some of the more psychedelic inspired artwork, which is amazing and captures the vibe of the music that inspired this series.

Definitely one for the rock music fans.

Story: Paul Cornell Art: Tony Parker
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

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

Review: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Omnibus TP

DADOES_Omnibus_coverBlade Runner was one of those movies that one has to watch multiple times, to make a proper opinion of it, as everyone I know looks at this work in so many different ways since their first viewing. Just like any movie, you pick up on certain things you never noticed the first time, plus you actually beign to see certain things that other people have pointed out. Personally, I did not like the movie the first time around, I remember being 8 years old, and not getting what the story was about or why Harrison Ford’s character is chasing people around the city. It was not until I was 15 that picked up the source material, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, which blew my mind.

Philip K Dick’s story was miles away from what the movie was in my memory; I cannot even say it captured the essence of the book, as it pretty much was a departure from what the story was altogether. So when the Director’s Cut of Blade Runner came out a few years ago, I finally understood why they never fully realized the original vision, with all the behind the scenes turmoil and the pressures from the studio. As the Director’s cut, prove more faithful, but not so much that it changed my opinion of the movie, which is why I crave for a better adaptation. BOOM! Studios answered that call, with their adaptation a few years ago.

BOOM! recently released an omnibus version of the series, in all of its glory, and collecting all 24 issues of the original entire run of the comic. Unlike most adaptations, this one has got to be the most faithful to the original book than I would have ever imagined, and from reading all those years ago, it still remains intriguing and cerebral in the right marks, much like the book. This adaptation reminds me exactly why I liked Rick Deckard in the book, because he comes off so much like John Wayne’s character in the Searchers, a well worn warrior, who just has one more mission to go on, while searching for these replicants(androids), he actually searches for himself. By story’s end, the reader finds resolve at the same Deckard does, but not without going through change.

Overall, an excellent adaptation, it captures the book in its best lights, as it soars in faithful adaptation where the Watchmen movie, often suffocated. Philip K Dick’s story still stands strong, many years later from its conception, as from the many recollections about his writing process especially on this book, he wrote like a man possessed. The art by Tony Parker and Blond, is a beautiful mixture of 80s comic book art and new school vision. Altogether, a solid book, at 642 pages, for any fan of Philip K Dick, considering one of his other books which has been adapted, is now streaming on Amazon Prime, he is at his best with this book.

Story: Philip K Dick Art: Tony Parker and Blond
Story: 10 Art: 9 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy NOW

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Omnibus TP

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Omnibus TP

Writer: Philip K. Dick
Artist: Tony Parker

San Francisco lies under a cloud of radioactive dust. The World War has killed millions, driving entire species to extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remain covet any living creature, and for people who can’t afford one, companies build incredibly realistic fakes: horses, birds, cats, sheep…even humans. Rick Deckard is an officially sanctioned bounty hunter tasked to find six rogue androids. They’re machines, but look, sound, and think like humans—and infinitely more dangerous.

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