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Review: Ripley’s Believe It or Not #1

Television of the 1990s usually get a bad rap, as most critics including myself tend to celebrate 1980s more than any other decade. The thing is that the decade deserves to be revered for the many excellent genre shows it introduced to the world. This was the decade that brought the world, The X-Files and Buffy The Vampire Slayer. As these shows are not only cultural milestones but worldwide movements, as these characters often spoke to audiences who have never been heard.

One show that premiered in the crux of these two wunderkind decades is Tales From The Crypt. I wasn’t old enough to even remember these comics, but the stories that came out of the series, made the horror accessible to the mainstream. As the shows were well told but still was scary enough to creep out viewers. In the debut issue of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, we get a series of vignettes that will remind readers of the landmark show.

In “A Tale As Old As,” we get the true story behind Beauty and The Beast, one which proves to be far more interesting than  the fairytale readers around the world have gotten to know. In “I’ve Been Working on The Railroad,” a man survives an accident which would have killed anyone else but became one man’s strength. In “The Ride of His People,” one man wins a race only to die once he reaches the finished line. In “Mother Nature Blew Her,” one father foretells his daughter how the world will be if world continues with pollution of the land and water. In “49 Lives,” one cat predicts the death of a patient.

Overall, it’s an interesting set of mostly true stories are as bizarre as they are riveting. The stories by the different writers captures the eeriness of the show. The art by the different artists is both captivating and alluring. Altogether, one of the best horror books to come out in a while.

Story : Howard Mackie, Ben Meares, Dale Mettam, Victoria Rau
Art: Hakan Aydin, Marcelo Basile, Pat Broderick, Deivis Goetten, Daniel Maine
Story: 10 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Zenescope Announces their First Ever VIP Comic Festival

Zenescope Entertainment has announced their First Ever VIP Comic Festival in Philadelphia, PA. Three events will take place on the weekend of August 24th to August 25th. The festival will bring comic book artists, creators, fans, and local vendors together for one special occasion.

This Zenescope Comic Festival is being held specifically for Zenescope’s Loyalty Program members. This VIP program is a lifetime membership for Zenescope’s most loyal and hardcore fans and allows for members to gain early access to new titles and limited edition exclusive content. It also includes special birthday rewards, bonus gifts, and access to special events.

The Festival kicks off on Friday August 24th, from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm at The Regal Movie Theater in Manayunk, PA, fans will view a private screening of the new horror film, Slenderman. VIP guests will get the chance to listen to Zenescope co-founders, Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco, talk about the history and evolution of Zenescope. The company will also have a special screening of Zenescope’s self-produced short film entitled Robyn Hood: I Love New York starring Lili Simmons (BansheeRay Donovan) in the title role.

The second event will take place Saturday August 25th from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM in downtown Philadelphia at the Northern Liberties WeWork event space. Guests will have the chance to interact with Zenescope co-founders as well as writers and editors Dave Franchini, Terry Kavanagh, and Lou Iovino.  Zenescope artists Anthony Spay and Mike Capprotti, and DC artist Ethan Van Sciver will also be in attendance. Event sponsors and special guests include local Philadelphia comic book shop Wade’s Comic Collection, and local gaming stores 7th Dimension and Game Junkie. Wine and beer will be served from local breweries and wineries along with classic Philadelphia cuisine.

The festival will be capped off with a final event at Mad River in Manayunk, PA from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM. This includes food, bar specials, and games. There will also be a 50/50 raffle with 50% of the proceeds going towards the Alzheimer’s Foundation. Member’s who did not attend this year should stay on the lookout for next year’s announcements as Zenescope plans to make this an annual event. Not yet a VIP? You can become a member of the Zenescope loyalty program here.

Review: Paradise Court #1

When it comes to crime noir, there is nothing like towns with secrets. In every town there are always skeletons and much more that is hiding in the shadows. In the last season of the highly entertaining and recently cancelled Hap and Leonard, the story revolved around a town which a reporter friend of theirs goes missing. As they start poking their noses everywhere, they find the town is seething with KKK members, rapists, pedophiles, and crooked cops. The scary reality of this situation is that more often than not, we do not know our neighbors, like we should.

As many neighborhoods have people who mind their own business and rarely know of the evil that dwells nearby. As this is what scary stories are made of and even scarier legends are abounding with, as the undercurrent of reservation when everything seems tranquil, is what makes these perfect pictures, not as flawless. This is more frequent for those who grew up in big cities as we are used to seeing the evil men do. In the first issue of Joe Brusha and Allan Otero’s Paradise Court, a couple visits their friends in one such neighborhood only to find their hesitations proven true.

While taking a cross country trip, a young couple stops to visit one of their long lost friends who live in an idyllic gated community in the Midwest. Not long after they arrive, they find out that a girl has gone missing and that something sinister may be lurking behind the mansions and well-manicured lawns of Paradise Court. Nothing is what it seems in this comic.

Overall, a skin crawling debut issue which will remind readers of some of the best horror movies of yesteryear. The story by Brusha is creepy, tense, and may make you jump out of your seat. The art by Otero is sleek and gorgeous. Altogether, one of the better horror comic books to come out in years.

Story: Joe Brusha Art: Allan Otero
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Paradise Court #1

When it comes to crime noir, there is nothing like towns with secrets. In every town there are always skeletons and much more that is hiding in the shadows. In the last season of the highly entertaining and recently cancelled Hap and Leonard, the story revolved around a town which a reporter friend of theirs goes missing. As they start poking their noses everywhere, they find the town is seething with KKK members, rapists, pedophiles, and crooked cops. The scary reality of this situation is that more often than not, we do not know our neighbors, like we should.

As many neighborhoods have people who mind their own business and rarely know of the evil that dwells nearby. As this is what scary stories are made of and even scarier legends are abounding with, as the undercurrent of reservation when everything seems tranquil, is what makes these perfect pictures, not as flawless. This is more frequent for those who grew up in big cities as we are used to seeing the evil men do. In the first issue of Joe Brusha and Allan Otero’s Paradise Court, a couple visits their friends in one such neighborhood only to find their hesitations proven true.

While taking a cross country trip, a young couple stops to visit one of their long lost friends who live in an idyllic gated community in the Midwest. Not long after they arrive, they find out that a girl has gone missing and that something sinister may be lurking behind the mansions and well-manicured lawns of Paradise Court. Nothing is what it seems in this comic.

Overall, a skin crawling debut issue which will remind readers of some of the best horror movies of yesteryear. The story by Brusha is creepy, tense, and may make you jump out of your seat. The art by Otero is sleek and gorgeous. Altogether, one of the better horror comic books to come out in years.

Story: Joe Brusha Art: Allan Otero
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

SDCC 2018: Zenescope Entertainment Announces Their Plans Including Gelato!

Zenescope Entertainment has announced its plans for San Diego Comic-Con 2018 as the company celebrates its 10th year exhibiting at the largest comic book convention in North America.

Zenescope returns once again to Comic-Con International at booth 2301 located immediately inside Hall C. It’s there the company will unveil a variety of over 15 different convention exclusive covers as well as limited edition collectible merchandise that includes metal prints, trading cards, puzzles, gallery edition comic books, and much more. Appearing and signing at the booth will be Zenescope writers/creators Joe Brusha (Grimm Fairy Tales, The Black Sable), Ralph Tedesco (Grimm Tales of Terror, Van Helsing Vs Robyn Hood), LaToya Morgan (Robyn Hood: The Hunt, Goddess Inc.), Dave Franchini (Belle: Beast Hunter), and Victoria Rau (Peek-A-Boo). And on Saturday July 21st the company will also be celebrating “Christmas in July” where it will be releasing special edition holiday ornaments with artwork by superstar artist, J Scott Campbell.

For the second year in a row Zenescope Entertainment will be partnering with Gelato Paradiso. Three original new gelato flavors, based on the company’s popular characters, will be offered throughout Comic-Con weekend. Flavors include Krampus Cookie CrunchMad Hatter Mash-up and Skye Mathers Sorbetto. Gelato Paradiso is located at 789 W Harbor Dr. and is only a 10 minute walk northwest of the San Diego Convention Center. Customers who purchase any Zenescope themed gelato will be eligible to purchase a rare San Diego Comic Con Zenescope metal card limited to 50, while supplies last.

On Thursday July 19, 2018, some of Zenescope’s writers and creators will be appearing at the Not Just a Pretty Face-Women in Comics Panel in Panel Room 4, at 7:30PM, with panelists LaToya Morgan (Shameless, Into The Badlands, Zenescope’s Robyn Hood), Victoria Rau (Zenescope’s Peek-A-Boo), Sam Sawyer(Lady Death), Jen King (Eisner finalist, comic store owner), cosplayer Fatal Siren, and Zenescope co-founder Ralph Tedesco. The panel will delve into the world of comics through the eyes of female creators while also touching on the steady increase in female protagonists and creators in independent comics over the past decade.

SDCC 2018: Zenescope To Premiere Revenge of Wonderland

After a three year hiatus, Zenescope’s smash hit series returns with Revenge of Wonderland. The first issue will be released at San Diego Comic Con and hit shelves at comic book retailer shops in late July. Zenescope’s Wonderland series became a breakout sensation for the young publishing house back in 2007 with its original title: Return to Wonderland. The company went on to publish several sequels and prequels over the following eight years. In 2012, Zenescope debuted Alice in Wonderland which sold out of the initial 20,000 copy print run within the first week of its release.

Revenge of Wonderland is a twisted tale of love, loss and vengeance. The story follows “The Duchess” as she rises to power within the now abandoned dimension of Wonderland and begins to fill it with brand new inhabitants of her own twisted design. But the Duchess’s disturbing creations will force Calie Liddle – and her daughter, Violet – back into Wonderland to confront a brand new horror that neither is prepared to face. Raven Gregory returns to write the series based on a story by Zenescope’s Ralph Tedesco, Joe Brusha, and Dave Franchini. Artist Allan Otero will illustrate the six part mini-series.

Zenescope will also be launching a Revenge of Wonderland marketing campaign with collectible sticker art prints. The company will be giving hints out where to collect the stickers up until the series release. On the series release date, fans can collect the final sticker and can assemble the art print with the stickers they have collected. The first fan to send a full image of the art print will be drawn into Zenescope’s next Wonderland series and get free tickets to attend any comic con on Zenescope’s 2019 show schedule.

Indie Comics Review Roundup #3: Space Marines And Boarding Schools

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s Indie Comics Roundup where we take a look at a handful of indie comics and try to work out just how accessible they are for new readers. Where possible we’ll also be providing  recap of sorts for the relevant story beats up until the issue in question in order to help you figure out if the series is something you’re interested in, assuming we’ve read any part of the story thus far.

Each comic will receive a both a rating of Friendly or Unfriendly as well as a score out of ten. The former is based upon how easy it was for new readers to pick the issues up; expect miniseries or first issues to be rated as friendly by default. For second or third issues, more consideration regarding the comic’s accessibility will be given for the specific issue being read rather than the series overall, but if reading a back issue will help, then that will be mentioned. The score out of ten is Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale, which is there to help you pick between issues if you only want to check out one or two.

We’d rather feature comics from smaller publishers, but from time to time you may notice an Image, Dark Horse or Dynamite book here. Ultimately it depends on what catches our eye, but we’ll always aim to spotlight lesser known comics.

All comics were provided for review purposes unless otherwise noted.


Warhammer 40,000: Deathwatch #1 (Titan) The world of Warhammer 40,000 is deep and full of history, characters and technology that simply can’t be explained in a recap page to open a four issue miniseries. Likewise there is no way someone unfamiliar to the franchise can ever hope to catch up just to read this comic, so don’t worry about it; you will feel a little confused, and maybe a touch lost, but never so much that you won’t enjoy this comic. It is just about accessible enough to newcomers to earn a Friendly rating, and it’s also a pretty interesting read to boot. Rating: 7.2

Fence #6 (Boom! Box) Funnily enough, not a comic about fences.  Fence follows a group of boys at a boarding school trying to make the fencing team. One is a prodigy, one is full of raw talent with minimal training, one is a playboy sleeping his way through the team and another is the All American athlete. Each of the characters feel fully realized, and there’s a surprisingly accurate fencing backdrop to the boys competing with each other to make the team. Even six issues in, this is still Friendly. Rating: 8

Relay #1 (Aftershock) The first issue of a new science fiction based series that seems to be positioning the traditional villains, those who assimilate worlds and cultures, as the protagonists. Relay is an interesting beast from the outset, but the comic seems to struggle as it both establishes the universe it is set in, the characters and the plot within the first issue. That said, this is still a series that has a tremendous amount of promise, and is one you really should be reading. Friendly, because it’s the first issue. Rating: 7

Grimm Tales Of Terror Volume 4 #2 (Zenescope) A single issue story in the vein of the classic horror comics of yesteryear, this is by it’s nature a Friendly comic. If you’re into b-movie style horror stories then this’ll be right up your alley. With a knife. Waiting for you…. Rating: 6.8

 

 

Around the Tubes

Happy New Year everyone! We’re going strong today and will have all sorts of news, new data, best of lists, and more today. Thank you everyone for making 2017 awesome and on to 2018!

Albert Lea Tribune – Local comic book store begins hosting bi-weekly children’s event – Fantastic to see shops doing this!

Boing Boing – Happy Public Domain day! Here are the works entering the public domain in Canada and the EU, but not the USA, where the public domain is stagnant – Sigh…

Newsarama – Inside Africa’s Largest Comic Convention, Lagos Comic Con – Would love to check this out some year.

Newsarama – Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales In Development As A Movie – With the budget vs. return on horror movies, this could be some of the most profitable comic films ever.

 

Reviews

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Review: Grimm Fairy Tales: Dance of the Dead #3

There is no safe haven in the Shadowlands! As Mystere and Jasmine escape each threat they find another more deadly one waiting for them. Every danger they encounter seems to be pushing them deeper into the cursed land and towards a foreboding structure called The Tower…a place where legends say no one has ever returned from alive.

The cave of ice has more danger in it they initially believed in Grimm Fairy Tales: Dance of the Dead #3. With sheer dumb luck, they manage to escape the cave, finding themselves on the outskirts of a desert city. Yet, with more danger then they know on their tale. How long will they survive in the Shadowlands? Writer Anne Toole ups the action for this entry in the series.

The art by Marcio Abreu does a solid job of rendering the magic in this issue, along with bringing in the past with the sepia color scheme seen in previous issues.

Story: Anne Toole Art: Marcio Abreu
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Zenescope provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Grimm Fairy Tales: Dance of the Dead #2

Trapped in the Shadowlands, Mystere and Jasmine must rely on each other to survive while searching for a way to escape back to Earth. But the evil wizard Gruel has other plans for them and that includes suffering at the hands of his newest ally…The Snow Queen.

Nothing in the Shadowlands is exactly what it appears to be inGrimm Fairy Tales: Dance of the Dead #2. Mystere and Jasmine realize they share a common history and some issues as well. That allows them to bond, as the past of the Shadowlands is slowly revealed by writer Anne Toole.

The art by Enn brings in both past and present with unique visuals. There’s a clear distinction between the two with vastly different color schemes helping delineate which is which.

Despsite the two time periods, each moves the plot forward and action as Jasmine and Mystere try to escape the Shadowlands.

Story: Anne Toole Art: Enn
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Zenescope provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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