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Comics Elite – a no shirt required comic auction site

Comics Elite – a no shirt required comic auction site

My friends at work keep me in comic books. I’ve tried several times to escape but to no avail. The latest group I’ve encountered has been the most productive as far as comic collectibles. Comics Elite started with a Facebook group run by Shawn Hudachko and has grown into something all its own.

January 10, 2017 1 comment Read More
Which comes first; book or movie?

Which comes first; book or movie?

bookmovieSo much of what makes it to TV and movies gets its source material from printed works; i.e. books, short stories, comic books, etc.  In those situations, which are you more likely to consume first?  I can’t think of an instance where the printed version contained less detail than the screen version.  Conversely, the print version makes you rely on your imagination for the visuals, whereas the screen version…well kinda obvious.  Yet with the screen version, you’re viewing the story through a small group of peoples’ interpretation; the Director’s and Producers’.

September 20, 2016 0 comments Read More
Comic Books: A Generational View (part 1, The Golden Age)

Comic Books: A Generational View (part 1, The Golden Age)

Any idea how long comic books have been around?  Those new to the medium probably don’t spend a lot of time reflecting on it.  To many they’re characters on the big and small small screen who come from colorful books that look more like sales brochures than a means for serialized storytelling.  For the collector, most think back to the days when Superman and Captain America made their debut.  The history of comics goes back further than that, though.  Depending on the source and interpretation of what constitutes a comic book, some trace the origins back to 18th century Japan.  Many attribute the first US-based comic to The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck published in 1842.  This series of posts will trace the American comic from its early days in the 1930s through today’s resurgence in the medium.

September 16, 2016 0 comments Read More
Dark Horse Graphic Novels Now Available on NOOK® by Barnes & Noble

Dark Horse Graphic Novels Now Available on NOOK® by Barnes & Noble

MILWAUKIE, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Just under a year after the launch of Dark Horse’s digital initiative, it is announced today that the company has expanded the number of platforms on which comics fans can access their favorite Dark Horse titles! After an incredibly successful first year of Dark Horse’s proprietary iOS app and digital storefront, Dark Horse is proud to partner with Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, to make a library of titles available on Barnes & Noble’s award-winning NOOK Tablet™ and NOOK Color™.

Dark Horse digital graphic novels are now available for purchase in the NOOK Comics™ store, featuring over 100 of the company’s top titles, like Mass Effect, Hellboy, Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity, Sin City and more! …

March 7, 2012 0 comments Read More
Alan Moore on Watchmen’s “Toxic Cloud” | Co.Create

Alan Moore on Watchmen’s “Toxic Cloud” | Co.Create

By: Susan KarlinWith several “Watchmen” prequels looming check out exclusive prequel art in this story its iconic writer Alan Moore lashes out at DC Comics and the franchising of art, and speculates where the next big ideas will come from. DC and an IP lawyer weigh in on an episode that transcends one comic and speaks to the biggest creativity versus commerce questions.

via Alan Moore on Watchmen’s “Toxic Cloud” | Co.Create: Creativity Culture Commerce.

February 14, 2012 0 comments Read More
Conan Vol.11: Road of Kings

Conan Vol.11: Road of Kings

Road of KingsAs a professed, long time fan of Robert E Howard’s character, Conan, I am always pleased to read a new story involving the Cimmerian. This 11th volume of Conan is Dark Horse’s tribute to 40 years of Conan comics and a return of writer Roy Thomas, who helped bring him into comic books in 1970 under Marvel and help gain a whole new audience base for the sword and Sorcery genre.

R.E.H. didn’t write his Conan stories in the order as they took place but more like someone telling a story of the adventures of his life. And like any who would do such a thing you would never think to tell your adventures in the exact order as it happened but more as to what came to mind at the moment.

Roy Thomas did something special with this story that R.E.H. never did and that was have a
chronological continuity to other Conan stories. He crafted this story to take place right after the ending to R.E.H.’s, Iron Shadows in the Moon. He also integrated the character Murilo from R.E.H.’s story, Rouges in the House and worked in the Star of Khorala ring, that was used as a subplot in R.E.H.’s, The Man-Eaters of Zamboula, though that tale takes place years later in Conan’s life.

Over all this is a nice addition to Dark Horse’s growing collection of Conan tales and the expanding mythos of the character.

-C.Thomas

Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: Mike Hawthorne
Inker: John Lucas, Jason Gorder
Colorist: Dave Stewart, Dan Jackson
Cover Artist: Doug Wheatley
February 7, 2012 0 comments Read More
King Conan Scarlet Citadel From Dark Horse By Crom, A Tale Worth Reading!!!

King Conan Scarlet Citadel From Dark Horse By Crom, A Tale Worth Reading!!!

As a long time Robert E. Howard fan, I was very excited when I was given an opportunity to review Dark Horse Comics latest Conan title, King Conan: The Scarlet Citadel. This graphic novel is based on the 5th story R.E.H had written of the barbarian and the 2nd time he wrote about Conan as King. Howard always said that he never really felt that he was creating the Conan stories but merely writing down what was being told to him, as someone telling a tale of there life and adventures. A sentiment that I think writer, Timothy Truman, captured within the pages of this book.

Timothy Truman wrote a wonderful introduction for the graphic novel that explains why he decided  to tell this tale not in the perspective of us just seeing the events of the story unfold but adding the element of  an older King Conan telling the story in his own words (so to speak), to a scribe chronicling his life, a metaphor ,I believe ,for the way Howard came to write these stories, as I mentioned before.

So being someone who has read the original story, I found the breaks for each chapter were well placed and the art work to capture the world that Howard masterfully crafted with his words. The additions to this adaption were well done and enhanced the overall presentation of this story.

 

-C.Thomas

February 6, 2012 0 comments Read More
MURDER AND MUSIC ON THE BAYOU!

MURDER AND MUSIC ON THE BAYOU!

 

DÍAZ CANALES AND GUARNIDO’S

BLACKSAD IS BACK!

February 2, MILWAUKIE, OR—Eisner and Harvey Award–winning duo Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido are back with another incredible tale to shock and awe crime-fiction fans and comics-art aficionados alike!

Detective John Blacksad returns, with a new case that takes him to a 1950s New Orleans filled with hot jazz and cold-blooded murder! Hired to discover the fate of a celebrated pianist, Blacksad finds his most dangerous mystery yet in the midst of drugs, voodoo, the rollicking atmosphere of Mardi Gras, and the dark underbelly that it hides!

Dark Horse’s Blacksad collection is already in its fourth printing, with 20,000 copies sold. Artist Juanjo Guarnido was voted the winner of the 2011 Eisner Award for Best Painter, and Blacksad Volume 1 won the Harvey Award for Best American Edition of Foreign Material.

“A lovingly crafted homage to the Hammett-Chandler chestnuts of old . . . and Guarnido’s watercolor panels feel like the unearthed film-noir storyboards of a master…A.”—Entertainment Weekly

Blacksad: A Silent Hell features an extensive making-of section, with tons of prelim sketches and watercolor studies, written by artist Juanjo Guarnido! This volume also includes two never-before-collected Blacksad short stories!

Blacksad: A Silent Hell is on sale July 11, 2012.

About Dark Horse Comics

Since 1986, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent like Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Gerard Way, Will Eisner, and best-selling prose author Janet Evanovich, Dark Horse has developed such successful characters as the Mask, Timecop, and the Occultist. Additionally, its highly successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan the Barbarian, Mass Effect, Serenity, and Domo. Today, Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic-book publisher in the United States and is recognized as both an innovator in the cause of creator rights and the comics industry’s leading publisher of licensed material.

February 3, 2012 0 comments Read More
DC Universe: BEFORE WATCHMEN

DC Universe: BEFORE WATCHMEN

This summer, DC Entertainment will publish all-new stories expanding on the acclaimed WATCHMEN universe. As highly anticipated as they are controversial, the seven inter-connected prequel mini-series will build on the foundation of the original WATCHMEN, the bestselling graphic novel of all time. BEFORE WATCHMEN will be the collective banner for all seven titles, from DC Comics.

“It’s our responsibility as publishers to find new ways to keep all of our characters relevant,” said DC Entertainment Co-Publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee. “After twenty five years, the Watchmen are classic characters whose time has come for new stories to be told. We sought out the best writers and artists in the industry to build on the complex mythology of the original.”Stepping up to the challenge is a group of the comic book industry’s most iconoclastic writers and artists – including Brian Azzarello 100 BULLETS, Lee Bermejo JOKER, Amanda Conner POWER GIRL, Darwyn Cooke JUSTICE LEAGUE: NEW FRONTIER, John Higgins WATCHMEN, Adam Hughes CATWOMAN, J.G. Jones FINAL CRISIS, Andy Kubert FLASHPOINT, Joe Kubert SGT. ROCK, Jae Lee BATMAN: JEKYLL AND HYDE, J. Michael Straczynski SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE and Len Wein SWAMP THING.

BEFORE WATCHMEN includes:

RORSCHACH 4 issues – Writer: Brian Azzarello. Artist: Lee Bermejo

MINUTEMEN 6 issues – Writer/Artist: Darwyn Cooke

COMEDIAN 6 issues – Writer: Brian Azzarello. Artist: J.G. Jones

DR. MANHATTAN 4 issues – Writer: J. Michael Straczynski. Artist: Adam Hughes

NITE OWL 4 issues – Writer: J. Michael Straczynski. Artists: Andy and Joe Kubert

OZYMANDIAS 6 issues – Writer: Len Wein. Artist: Jae Lee

SILK SPECTRE 4 issues – Writer: Darwyn Cooke. Artist: Amanda Conner

Each week, a new issue will be released, and will feature a two-page back-up story called

CURSE OF THE CRIMSON CORSAIR, written by original series editor Len Wein and with art by original series colorist John Higgins.

There will also be a single issue, BEFORE WATCHMEN: EPILOGUE, featuring the work of various writers and artists, and a CRIMSON CORSAIR story by Wein and Higgins.“The original series of WATCHMEN is the complete story that Alan Moore and I wanted to tell. However, I appreciate DC’s reasons for this initiative and the wish of the artists and writers involved to pay tribute to our work. May these new additions have the success they desire,” said Dave Gibbons, WATCHMEN co-creator and original series artist.“Comic books are perhaps the largest and longest running form of collaborative fiction,” said DiDio and Lee. “Collaborative storytelling is what keeps these fictional universes current and relevant.”

via DC Universe: The Source » Blog Archive » DC ENTERTAINMENT OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCES “BEFORE WATCHMEN”.

February 1, 2012 0 comments Read More
Star Wars: Legacy – War (vol.11) by Dark Horse Comics

Star Wars: Legacy – War (vol.11) by Dark Horse Comics

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… War is about to break out (again). Before you finish reading this last installment of Star Wars: Legacy, secrets will be revealed. Sacrifices will be made. It is the will of the force and an end to the chaos. We will see the conclusion of a journey of a man who was a Jedi Padawan, Pirate, Bounty Hunter, sometime Light sometime Dark force user fulfilling his destiny as the heir of the Skywalker legacy.

I have to say, I was very anxious to read this title and see how this point in the the vast expanded star wars universe would play out. Star Wars: Legacy – War cleans up all loose story arcs and brings together everything that has come before it into something you will either love or hate. I say this because Dark Horse has done an amazing job building this point in time, with characters that you have grown to appreciate. Knowing that these will be the last pages to finish off this epic story, some may feel things are rushed. I, for one, felt that way the first time I read it through but upon rereading it for this review I am forced to change my opinion. I now recognize that this story was the right path and did all the characters justice with a satisfying conclusion. Others may feel differently but then you will need to read it to find out what side of this debate you are on.

-C.Thomas

Purchase this book here!
Writer: John Ostrander
Penciller: Jan Duursema
Inker: Dan Parsons
Colorist: Brad Anderson
Cover Artist: Jan Duursema
January 27, 2012 0 comments Read More
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