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Review: Occupy Comics #3

OccupyComics 3 CoverThis week sees the final issue of the Kickstarter funded, Black Mask Studios published Occupy Comics. With the third issue, we get a solid final entry full of though provoking cartoons, editorials and a great history lesson from Alan Moore. The Occupy Comics trilogy is a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration of more than 50 comics pros is a celebration of Occupy and a time-capsule of the movement’s themes. The organizers and creators are donating all their revenue after costs to Occupy-related efforts and initiatives as well.

This issue features the talents of the before mentioned Moore, Molly Crabapple, Joshua Dysart, Caleb Monroe, Kevin Colden, Swifty Lang, Salgood Sam, Brea and Zane Grant, Shannon Wheeler and Charlie Adlard. If you’re a fan of any of these creators, this is a must get as far as comics.

The stories vary in quality and length with every one at least good and a few in the great category. Overall, there’s an air over the issue, since is the last one. A few entries reflect on the fleetingness of the Occupy movement, but also could be used as commentary on a series that I wish would go on for longer.

Occupy Comics is a perfect combination of comics and politics with a great balance of education, fairness and not being too preachy. Even though it’s labelled as Occupy, it never really takes on side or the other about the movement as each creator ads their own voice and thoughts about it. To have an anthology that allows this political thought and expression go is a loss for the comics community and I wish we could see more of it.

No matter your take on the Occupy movement as a whole, this issue, and the two that proceeded it, is a nice look at a political movement that fizzled quickly and whose long lasting contributions will be debated for some time to come. To get first hand accounts, and opinions, about what it all meant and why it happened is important in in the historical sense but also the educational. This series acted as a voice for creators to reflect and be free with what they say without corporate interference, much like the movement itself. It’s voice is one we need and one I hope we see more of down the road.

Story: Caleb Monroe, Mark L. Miller, Zane Grant, Bea Grant, Patrick Meaney, Joshua Dysart, Kelly Bruce, Alan Moore, Kevin Colden, Swifty Lang, Shannon Wheeler Art: Molly Crabapple, Theo Ellsworth, Mark L. Miller, Jonathan Spies, Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz, Eric Zawadzki, Allen Gladfelter, Salgood Sam, Matt Bors, Jerem Morrow, Frank Renoso, Eric Drooker, Charlie Adlard
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Black Mask Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

SDCC 2012 – Play God with IDW this October!

[Let's Play God Image]IDW Publishing is teaming up with writers Zane and Brea Grant and artist EricJ for their new creator-owned miniseries Let’s Play God.

When a mysterious killer begins targeting members of a fierce all-girl punk rock band, our hero Mel must face a dark, dangerous world of blood and evil to find the killer and save her own life!

In the style of Italian slasher psycho-horror, Let’s Play God combines a punk spirit and kinetic art with a chilling storyline, promising a truly unique four-issue miniseries. After witnessing a murder, Mel finds her and her bandmates have now become targets of the killer. With the list of suspects growing and trust among friends eroding, Mel must find the killer before it’s too late for all of them. This descent into an imaginative world of darkness is sure to delight fans of horror, music, and unbridled adventure.

The series will be supported by editions signed by the creators, as well as variant covers by acclaimed artists Fábio Moon, Tim Seeley, and Dennis Calero.

Creators Come Together to Occupy Comics

Inspired by the Occupy protests taking place not just in the U.S. but worldwide, a group of comic book creators have banded together to create Occupy Comics.  The project is the latest use of Kickstarter but with a twist.  The project will see it’s proceeds going directly to purchase items to support the Occupy movement.

All of the writers, artists, business executives, and the publisher are being paid to produce this book… and they ALL are donating 100% of their revenue (not profits, but ALL monies they receive) to the occupiers. They want to support the movement through the winter by providing warm clothes, heaters and bathrooms if possible, and other amenities. For a more detailed breakdown on how the money will flow from pledges to production of the book to the protesters, visit www.occupycomics.com and check out the blueprint.

The list of creators participating is impressive.  There’s some hot talent, great vets and numerous comic book creators heavily involved in the Occupy movement.  Here’s the beginning list of participants:

Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead)
Marc Andreyko (Manhunter)
Susie Cagle (Notes on Conflict, arrested at Occupy Oakland)
Kevin Colden (I Rule the Night, Grimm’s Fairy Tales)
Molly Crabapple (Dr. Sketchy’s)
Tyler Crook (Petrograd, B.P.R.D.)
J.M. DeMatteis (Justice League, Spider-Man, Imaginalis)
Joshua Dysart (Swamp Thing, The Unknown Soldier)
Zoetica Ebb (Biorequiem.com)
Joshua Hale Fialkov (I Vampire, Tumor)
Brea Grant (We Will Bury You, Suicide Girls)
Zane Grant (We Will Bury You, Suicide Girls)
Joe Keatinge (Hell Yeah, Glory, Brutal)
Ales Kot (upcoming projects w/ Image Comics & DC Ent)
George Krstic (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Megas XLR)
Joseph Michael Linsner (Dawn)
Patrick Meaney (Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods)
Mark L. Miller (Luna, Nanny & Hank)
Caleb Monroe (Batman: Fearless, Hunter’s Fortune)
B. Clay Moore (Hawaiian Dick, Superman Confidential)
Jerem Morrow (Drive-In Horrorshow, Kingdom Suicide)
Amancay Nahuelpan-Bustamante (Hijos de P)
Steve Niles (30 Days of Night, Batman: Gotham County Line)
Laurie Penny (Penny Red)
Matt Pizzolo (Godkiller)
Steve Rolston (Ghost Projekt, Queen & Country)
Riley Rossmo (Proof, Cowboy Ninja Viking)
Douglas Rushkoff (Testament, media theorist)
Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Witchblade)
Simon Spurrier (2000 AD, X-Men: Curse of the Mutants)
Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night, Fell)
Ronald Wimberly (MF GRIMM: Sentences)

As I said, an impressive list.

The project seems to get the heart of the Occupy movement by using crowdsourcing to fund it but also it’s use of social media in a way speaks to the movement.  The Occupy movement is leaderless without structure, and Occupy Comics instead of having a “mouth piece” Twitter account, links to a search for their name to show the numerous others speaking about the project.

The project won’t see release until 2012, but the donations will occur this Fall.  The gifts are great and for me I’m at least doing the $10 for a digital copy of every comic they release.

Head to Kickstarter now to kick in some cash.

The SuicideGirls Bring Danger, Mystery, and Sex to Comics

Official Press Release

The SuicideGirls Bring Danger, Mystery, and Sex to Comics

Sexy, subversive, and seriously badass

In stores now

“Thought-provoking… gorgeous” – Newsarama

[Suicide Girls TPB Cover]San Diego, CA (November 8, 2011) –  IDW Publishing and the SuicideGirls are excited to announce that SUICIDEGIRLS, Vol. 1 is now available in stores. This 120-page graphic novel is caught in a near-future defined by its rigid conformity and persecution of women. The SuicideGirls are the last hope for freedom. Can they take down the techno-religious cult, Way*of*Life, or will they die trying?

“We are thrilled to finally have a SuicideGirls comic book and were grateful for the opportunity to work with such a talented team,” Missy Suicide said about the partnership between IDW and the SUICIDEGIRLS.

SUICIDEGIRLS offers a unique attitude of alternative cultures in a vibrant, positive community of women and men. This story of butt-kicking and witty banter written by Steve Niles, Missy Suicide, and Brea and Zane Grant is sure to keep fans enthralled. The full color graphic novel also features variant SUICIDEGIRLS photos, and art by Cameron Stewart and David Hahn.

Newsarama.com enthused “Grant’s deft pacing and snappy, concise dialogue make SUICIDEGIRLS an entertaining read, while the ideas behind them make it a thought-provoking one… and David Hahn’s pencils are gorgeous.”

With the writing team of actress Brea Grant (Heroes, Halloween 2, Friday Night Lights) and Zane Grant, the co-founder of SUICIDEGIRLS, Missy Suicide, and well-known American comic book creator Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), this graphic novel will be sure to keep fans on the edge of their seat.

SUICIDEGIRLS Vol. 1 ($19.99, 120 pages, full color) is now available where books are sold and through IDWPublishing.com. ISBN: 878-1-61377-018-4

Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books.

About IDW Publishing 

IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s Doctor Who; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.

IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.

About SuicideGirls
SuicideGirls has been redefining beauty since 2001.  Since then, they have grown their audience to over 4 million unique visitors a month, becoming a cultural phenomenon along the way. Today, SuicideGirls has a social network reach of over 6 million people via their presence on sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Now a full service entertainment company, SuicideGirls have produced a series of long form documentaries that have topped ratings charts on cable TV, and have been featured in numerous TV show and specials (including CSI: NY). The company’s fourth feature film is currently airing on cable television. Additionally, SuicideGirls has published two coffee table art house books that have both become bestsellers on Amazon, they have a clothing line, a magazine, an iPhone app and now an upcoming comic book.

Visit http://suicidegirls.com to see more of the girls and join the community.

IDW Publishing Announces San Diego Comic-Con Signing Schedule

Official Press Release

IDW Publishing Announces San Diego Comic-Con Signing Schedule

All-Star Signings at booth #2643!

Joe Hill! Ashley Wood! Steve Niles! Gabriel Rodriguez! Anne Rice! Kevin Eastman! Eric Powell! George R.R. Martin! Walter Simonson! J. Scott Campbell! Jonathan Ross! And many more!

[Mighty Thor Cover]San Diego, CA (July 14, 2011)—Once again making a splash at Comic-Con, IDW Publishing today announced the company’s action-packed signing schedule, featuring exclusive appearances with such fan-favorite talent as George R.R. Martin, Walter Simonson, Anne Rice, Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez, Ashley Wood and Kevin Eastman.

“Try and find a booth with more talent in it in San Diego, you won’t!” exclaimed Dirk Wood, IDW’s director of retail marketing, responsible for the impressive signing roster. “We really went all out this year, and while I’m personally already exhausted just thinking about it, fans are going to love being at the IDW booth.”

IDW kicks off Comic-Con with a special Walter Simonson event during preview night, celebrating the launch of the WALTER SIMONSON’S THE MIGHTY THOR: ARTIST’S EDITION with Simonson on hand to sign the SDCC exclusive variant.

Other signing highlights include Anne Rice (Servant of the Bones) on Thursday, George RR Martin (Doorways) on Friday, Michael McMillian (True Blood: Tainted Love) on Friday and Saturday, and Kevin Eastman and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles party on Saturday. Plus, Eisner nominated Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez (Locke & Key), Comic-Con guest Ashley Wood, and comics historians Dean Mullaney and Craig Yoe will all be headquartered at the IDW booth #2643 throughout the convention.

See the full, all-star list below!

Wednesday July 20th Preview Night

OPEN – 8:00  SPECIAL EVENT! Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor: Artist’s Edition
Book Release Featuring IDW Guest of Honor –
Walter Simonson (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)

[Servant of the Bones Cover]Thursday July 21st

10:00 – 11:00 All-Ghouls SchoolMarc Sumerak, Brian Miller (Get a free limited signing card!)
11:00 – 12:00 Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor: Artist’s EditionWalter
Simonson
(*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
12:30 – 2:00 Servant of the BonesAnne Rice (Check out the show exclusive Comic!)
(Signing items limited – See employee for details)
[The Cape]2:00 – 3:00 Code Word: GeronimoCapt. Dale Dye, Dr. Julia Dye (Get a free limited
signing card!)
3:00 – 4:00 Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor: Artist’s EditionWalter
Simonson
(*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
3:00 – 4:00 Tribes: The Dog YearsMichael Geszel, Inaki Miranda
4:00 – 5:00 The Rocketeer Adventures Tommy Lee Edwards, Jonathan Ross, Mike Allred
5:00 – 6:00 Locke & KeyJoe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez (*Check out the show exclusive
hardcover! And don’t miss the debut of The Cape #1 by Joe Hill!
)

Friday July 22nd
[Popbot Cover]
10:00 – 11:00 DoorwaysGeorge R.R. Martin
(Signing items limited – See employee for details)
11:00 – 12:00 IDW Special GuestAshley Wood (*Check out Ash’s multiple exclusives!)
11:00 – 12:00 True Blood Michael McMillian, Marc Andreyko, MariahHuehner, J. Scott Campbell, Joe Corroney
(Get a free limited signing card!)
12:00 – 1:00 Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor: Artist’s EditionWalter
Simonson
(*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
12:00 – 1:00 Love and CapesThom Zahler
1:00 – 2:00 Doctor WhoTony Lee, Kelly Yates, Matthew Sturges, Mark
Buckingham, Brian Shearer
(Get a free limited signing card!)
1:00 – 2:00 *Special Announcment! New Series Signing – Chris Roberson
(Get a free limited signing card!)
[Locke & Key Cover]2:00 – 3:00 Locke & KeyJoe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!
And don’t miss the debut of
The Cape #1 by Joe Hill!)
2:00 – 3:00 G.I. JOE Mike Costa (Get a free limited signing card!)
2:00 – 3:00 Yoe Books! 3D Comics! Craig Yoe
3:00 – 4:00 TorpedoJordi Bernet
3:00 – 4:00 *Special Announcment! New Series Signing Menton3, Kasra
Ghanbari
(Get a free limited signing card!)
4:00 – 5:00 Star Trek Mike Johnson, Tim Bradstreet, Roberto Orci (Get a free limited
signing card!)
4:00 – 5:00 All-Ghouls School Marc Sumerak (Get a free limited signing card!)
5:00 – 6:00 Celebrating the upcoming major motion picture Dorothy of Oz! – Roger[Dorothy of Oz Cover] S. Baum,
Denton Tipton
(*Get a free comic!)
5:30 – 7:00 Presenting The Cast of the upcoming Chiller movie Remains! – Miko Hughes,
Evalena Marie, Grant Bowler & co-creator Steve Niles

(*Get a free poster!)

Saturday July 23rd

10:00 – 11:00 Tank GirlRufus Dayglo
10:00 – 11:00 Kill ShakespeareAndy Belanger
11:00 – 12:00 Silent HillTom Waltz, Menton3
11:00 – 12:00 Angel YearbookChris Ryall, Scott Tipton, Brian Lynch
12:00 – 1:00 Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor: Artist’s EditionWalter Simonson (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
[Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cover]12:00 – 1:00 Horror Hour with Steve Niles! Steve Niles, R.H. Stavis, Fiona Staples
1:00 – 2:00 Launch Party! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Kevin Eastman, Dan Duncan, Tom Waltz
(*Get an exclusive SDCC TMNT Ashcan!)
1:00 – 2:00 Celebrating the upcoming major motion picture Dorothy of Oz! – Roger S. Baum, Megan Hilty,
Amy Mebberson, Denton Tipton
(*Get a free comic!)
2:00 – 3:00 JerichoDan Shotz, Robert Levine, Matt Federman, Tom Davidson &
Special guest – Cast member Brad Beyer!

2:00 – 3:00 GhostbustersNick Runge (Get a free limited signing card!)
3:00 – 4:00 Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor: Artist’s EditionWalter[Archie Celebration Cover]
        Simonson (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
3:00 – 4:00 TransformersMike Costa, John Barber (Get a free limited signing card!)
4:00 – 5:00 Godzilla: Kingdom of MonstersEric Powell (Get a free limited signing card!)
4:00 – 5:00 True BloodMichael McMillian, Marc Andreyko, Mariah
Huehner, Joe Corroney
(Get a free limited signing card!)
5:00 – 6:00 Locke & Key Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez (*Check out the show exclusive
hardcover! And don’t miss the debut of
The Cape #1 by Joe Hill!)
5:00 – 6:00 Devil’s ConcubinePalle Schmidt
6:00 – 7:00 Zombies vs RobotsAshley Wood, Chris Ryall (*Check out the exclusive
hardcover!
)
6:00 – 7:00 Archie Celebration!Victor Gorelick, Jon Goldwater, Mike Pellerito,
Dan Parent, Craig Yoe

Sunday July 24th

[Amazing 3D Cover]10:00 – 11:00 Kill ShakespeareAndy Belanger
11:00 – 12:00 True BloodMarc Andreyko, Mariah Huehner, Joe Corroney (Get a free limited signing card!)
11:00 – 12:00 The Last Unicorn Peter S. Beagle
12:00 – 1:00 Suicide GirlsMissy Suicide, Brea Grant, Zane Grant, Cameron
Stewart, David Hahn

12:00 – 1:00 Eternal DescentLlexi Leon
1:00 – 2:00 Miss Fury & The Library of American Comics! Trina Robbins, Dean Mullaney[True Blood Cover]
1:00 – 2:00 Yoe Books! 3D Comics!  Craig Yoe
1:00 – 2:00 Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor: Artist’s EditionWalter
        Simonson (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
2:00 – 3:00 TorpedoJordi Bernet
2:00 – 3:00 Tribes: The Dog Years Michael Geszel, Inaki Miranda
3:00 – 4:00 Doctor WhoTony Lee, Kelly Yates, Matthew Sturges,
Mark Buckingham, Brian Shearer, Amy Mebberson
(Get a free limited signing card!)
3:00 – 4:00 Tank GirlRufus Dayglo