Monthly Archives: March 2015

Aliens vs. Pooh

The Alien vs. Pooh webcomic is a special kind of genius. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out what happens when the best xenomorphs in cinematic history come to the Hundred Acre woods.

The pencil and crayon drawings are delightful and bring a layer of whimsy to a twisted tale.

I would love to see this in print.

Just wanted to draw your attention to this online delight.

– CCG

Awesome Comic Find of the Month – Killer Queen Anthology

As the weather warms here in Ohio, it’s getting easier to get out and about. I’ll fill you in on the details of the Indie Comics Expo I attended today at some other time.

I’m far too excited to tell you about what I found.

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Killer Queen: A Comics Anthology, published by Red Stylo, is a really clever and unusual collection of comic stories from local, independent artists. The editor, Enrica Jang, explained that, on an annual basis, they challenge creators to develop one-shot comics around a particular theme. The theme for this issue? Stories inspired by the songs of Queen.

This is the perfect mash-up of rock and roll and comics. Queen’s songs are already lyrically rich, so it’s fascinating to see how literally the creators took the song when building a book. Some, like ’39 take the story as presented in the song and fill in the details.

Others, are intense and abstract. Flipping through the book, the story that convinced me to lay down the $30 to get the book was Don’t Stop Me Now which takes the power and energy of the song and slams it onto the page – a real rocketship on the way to Mars blasting into your eyeballs.

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Words can’t express my love for this page.

$30 might seem pretty steep. Believe me, as a casual comics fan, I’m not used to paying this much for a book. However, with contributions from over 40 writers and artists, the book collects 17 stories, as well as one-page Queen-themed artworks. This book is a great value for the price and comes with a “must-have” rating for any comic fans who love the music of Queen.

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You can find the book online at the publisher’s web site. Because I love each and every one of you like my own family, I’ll try and find out if I can wrangle a digital download sample for you all. They were giving away download codes at the show, so I’m hoping my limited social skills will be able to handle the task. But, if I were you, I’d rush Headlong  down the (digital) highway and order the book now.

Cheers!

– CCG

Hot Comics Picks of the Week (March 4, 2015 edition)

It’s not really fair to call it a preview if it comes out after the comics hit the shelves, so let’s call them “Hot Picks” for this week. Once again, you can thank the mighty men at Dragon’s Lair in Omaha for the picks this week.

As for me, I’m still trying to catch up on Kelly Sue DeConnick’s pretty takedown of the patriarchy in Bitch Planet #2 and 3, so I’m glad CJ sent me some hot comics to spotlight this week.

Princess Leia #1

Princess Leai #1. Writer: Mark Waid Art: Terry Dodson Cover: Terry Dodson . Marvel Comics.

Now that Marvel and Star Wars have been conquered and absorbed into the magic kingdom, things are consolidating faster than I expected. The last thing I need to see is another prequel to TOS, but if CJ says it’s worth checking out, I’ll go with it.

So what’s it all about?

When Princess Leia Organa was captured by the Empire as a Rebel spy, she never betrayed her convictions, even in the face of the complete destruction of her home world, Alderaan. When her rescue came, she grabbed a blaster and joined the fight, escaping back to the Rebel Alliance and helping strike the biggest blow against the Empire-the destruction of the Death Star. But in the aftermath of that victory, the question remains…what is a princess without a world?

Guardians Team-up #1

Guardians Tean-Up #1. Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Art: Arthur Adams Cover: Arthur Adams . Marvel Comics.

Such a gorgeous cover. I’m skeptical that every character appearing on that cover can possibly appear in the pages of this book, but it’s worth a look. I haven’t yet found a Guardians title that I like. Ever. However, since the movie was so awesome, I’ll give this one a try, too.

Day Men #6

Day Men #6. Writer: Matt Gagnon Art: Brian Stelfreeze Cover: Brian Stelfreeze. Boom Studios.

This is where the disconnect between a professional comics guy and a Casual Comics Guy becomes clear. I love the recommendations I get from CJ and the Lair professionals. I’m sure this is a great book. Here’s the solicit:

Kellen’s gambit is over: the Virgos’ last ditch attempt to find proof of the Scourge has failed, and Azalea will be subject to Justice by Day. But before that ultimate battle between Day Men occurs, David must race up to Vermont to save his mentor Blackwill from his betrayer, Lera.

This is probably an awesome story and a great title, but that whole thing means nothing to me. So, I’ll probably do the Casual Comics thing and wait for the trade paperback, hope that they carry it at Barnes and Noble, and then read it on a Saturday at the store while I drink a coffee (Venti decaf Americano, splash of soy, please…)

Even living on my own in Ohio, waiting for my family to move out here with me, I’ve barely got enough time to keep up on the comics. So, let’s look at the list of new comics and find a Casual Comics Pick of the Week.

Aaaaand, I found it.

Alex + Ada TPB Volume 2

Alex + Ada vol. 2 TPB. By Jonathan Luna and Sara Vaughan. Image Comics.

Alex + Ada vol. 2 TPB. By Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughan. Image Comics.

This is the most magical, delightful series I’ve read in ages. I’ve got a very short list of series that I would classify as “must owns” – books that inform the human condition while also telling an entertaining story with visuals that delight without overwhelming. Miracleman and Watchmen completed the 80s and 90s. If you want to be in on a series as important as those are, you should be reading this.

I don’t read many (read any) comics every month. I was reading this every single month… This was the comic that inspired me to create a pull list for the first time ever. Since I moved to Ohio, though, I lost track of which issues I’ve bought and which I need.

It’s time for me to just give in and get caught up on this magnificent series, even if I’m buying some issues for a second time.

I love me some Alex + Ada, and that’s why Alex + Ada TPB vol. 2 is my Casual Comics Hot Pick of the Week.

I’ll be heading to Laughing Ogre comics in Columbus this weekend to get it. I hope you’ll also support you local comic book shop.

Cheers!

– CCG