Lumberjanes #14

The more I read Lumberjanes, the more it grows on me. I’ve liked the concept — of a group of unique girls depending on each other — since the beginning, but some of the plots didn’t keep my interest as much as I hoped. However, now that the series is a bit more established, they’re beginning to explain more of the background, and that I’m really interested in. Take this issue. Written by Noelle Stevenson and Shannon Watters and illustrated […]

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Red One Tries Again to Bring the European Hardcover to the American Market

With just two issues released so far, Red One hasn’t made much of an impact, yet it’s already being reprinted in “an oversized European-style hardcover” from Image Comics in July. That’s 59 story pages, plus enough bonus material to make 80 pages of content for $14.99. I’m not a fan of the format, because I think it’s a lot to pay for not a lot of reading — particularly since many of the European albums I’ve seen prefer art to […]

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Odd Schnozz and the Odd Squad

As they’ve been doing recently, Oni Press is serializing the upcoming graphic novel Odd Schnozz and the Odd Squad through ComiXology ahead of release date. The full book will be out in late June, and this week chapter 2 (of 6) becomes available. It’s written by Jeffrey Burandt and illustrated by Dennis Culver, and it’s the story of a rock band, led by Liz, and all with cute nicknames, as shown here: They’re preparing to compete in a Battle of […]

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The Trials and Tribulations of Miss Tilney

You don’t need me to tell you this, but self-publishing is hard. Particularly difficult is getting enough readers to cover the cost of the physical object. That’s why my biggest problem with the series The Trials and Tribulations of Miss Tilney is the price. Each issue — there are two so far — contains only 22 pages of comics for $5. They’re self-published and sold through Amazon. (Each also has a seven- or nine-page text story at the back.) The […]

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DC Bombshells Become Comic

Where do comic concepts come from? Sometimes, it’s a cool piece of art that inspires people to want to see more. Take, for example, the DC Bombshells. Originally a set of variant covers by Ant Lucia featuring the female heroes in 40s inspired costumes and poses, they then became a merchandise line, including statues, mugs, posters, blankets, and playing cards. Finally, now they’re going to star in a comic book! DC Comics Bombshells is a digital-first comic available through ComiXology […]

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Elk’s Run Gains New Life at Oni Press

I suspect many readers don’t remember Elk’s Run. Elk’s Run was a miniseries written by the now-much-better-known Joshua Hale Fialkov and illustrated by Noel Tuazon. Fialkov self-published three issues through Hoarse and Buggy Productions in 2005. That same year, it was picked up by Speakeasy, a short-lived mid-2000s comic publisher, who put out a collection of the first three issues and issue #4. Elk’s Run then was released in 2007 as a collected graphic novel from Villard, an imprint of […]

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Batman: Murder at Wayne Manor

I finally got a chance to sample Batman: Murder at Wayne Manor, one of Quirk Books’ interactive mysteries that feature replica artifacts. It’s written by Duane Swierczynski, as was The Crimes of Dr. Watson, but as suits the main character, there are also comic-style illustrations by David Lapham. The plot here seems the best integrated with the licensed property of the three books in the series. (Along with the Holmes one, there’s also Dracula’s Heir, by another author.) Bruce Wayne […]

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Powers DVD Plans Revealed

TV Shows on DVD has the scoop: the Powers TV show, a PlayStation Network exclusive that was recently renewed for a second season, will bring its first season of ten episodes to DVD (list price $35.99) and Blu-ray (list price $45.99) on July 14. This isn’t based on an official press release, just a distributor website, so plans may change. I’ve heard, from a demanding fellow fan, that the show is “dire”, but then, I never cared much for the […]

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