STAFF PICKS :: AMERICAN BARBARIAN COMPLETE SERIES :: AUGUST 5, 2015

August 04, 2015 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

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seth_staff_picksSETH’S PICK :: AMERICAN BARBARIAN: Tom Scioli has long held¬†the reputation for being an artist who expertly¬†pays¬†homage to the canon of Jack Kirby. One of the things I most respect about Scioli, though, is how he not only captures and distills Kirby’s work in his own, but also channels¬†other interests and influences. Case in point with¬†this week’s long awaited complete collection of American Barbarian. Sure there are nods to Kirby, especially the excellent Kamandi comics, but there’s also a plethora of other monsters, robots and beings that¬†could only jump from Scioli’s fertile imagination.¬†ambar1

As with Scioli’s must read Transformers vs. G.I. Joe series, American Barbarian is full of unabashed love for all things sci fi, fantasy, film, comics and pop culture. It takes concepts that have at times¬†been stereotyped as low, and raised them to high comics art. Thanks to IDW, American Barbarian is finally¬†receiving a nice new complete hardcover collection. It’s unlike any other new book you’ll see on the stands this week, and I hope you’ll take the time to relish this work in all its glory.¬†ambar4

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STAFF PICKS :: TRANSFORMERS VS. G.I. JOE #1 (AND MORE!) :: JULY 23, 2014

July 21, 2014 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

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SETH’S PICKS: The week of San Diego Comic Con is always one where publishers unload lots of big titles. This week is no exception. In fact, there are so many notable titles that I couldn’t limit my Staff Pick to a mere single book. Let the lightning round begin!

1) Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #1: As with most ’80s children, I loved both of these toy-cartoon-comics. The adult in me, however, hasn’t paid much attention to either franchise. Leave it to writer/artist¬†Tom Scioli to be the creator to pull me back in. Aside from Scioli’s always impressive Kirby-inspired art, I must say that it was his obvious enthusiasm for this project that he displayed in conversation at HeroesCon that makes this the book I’m most looking forward to this week.¬†transgij1

2) Street Angel HC: Jim Rugg is a creator whose work always demands attention. Though this is a new repackaging of Street Angel, it’s printed in a larger format than the original collection. If comics can do with more of anything, it’s larger Jim Rugg art. Plus, since this new collection is brought to you by Adhouse Books, you know it’ll be a handsome publication.¬†streetangel2

3) Avengers 100th Anniversary Special: James Stokoe writes and draws this one shot. It features future versions of Doctor Strange, Beta Ray Bill and Rogue. That’s about all you need to know about this one. If for some reason you aren’t familiar with Stokoe’s Orc Stain and Wonton Soup, here’s your opportunity to discover a comics giant-in-the-making.

4) Ragnarok #1: This is Walt Simonson’s new creator owned project for IDW. It happens to be a Norse-themed book, which we all know Simonson to excel at. I could go on, but do you really need another reason to look at this besides Simonson?

5) Supreme: Blue Rose #1: Warren Ellis writes this new chapter of the Supreme saga. While that alone will be enough to entice some readers, the art is provided by Tula Lotay. Some of you may not be familiar with her beautiful work, but you will be soon enough. Don’t forget that Lotay will be signing at Heroes next Tuesday, July 29, so make sure to pick up your copy this week.¬†TulaLotaySigning

6) Hellboy Artist’s Edition: IDW continues their barrage of epic artist editions with Mike Mignola’s Hellboy. Giant format Mignola art painstakingly reproduced from the original pages? If that doesn’t warrant a spot on your bookshelf, I don’t know what will.

7) Guardians of the Galaxy: The Complete Abnett and Lanning Collection vol. 1: We’re only a week away from the Guardians of the Galaxy film. This series was a primary influence on the new film, and since speculators have driven the cost of the single issues and original collections sky high, here’s an affordable chance to see where it all started. In my opinion, this was a fun, inventive series that never got its due when first published. Even if you don’t care about seeing the movie, I think this is the Guardians series most worth your time.

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HEROESCON 2013 :: GUEST LIST UPDATE

February 14, 2013 By: Rico Renzi Category: Guest List, HeroesCon, HeroesCon News

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! You’re going to L-O-V-E this update! So many great guests are coming to HeroesCon this year but we don’t want to make your heads explode by telling you all their names at once. I think 10 is a good safe number to avoid head explosions.

 Eventbrite - HEROES CONVENTION 2013 :: 3 DAY REGISTRATION

ANDY BELANGER РWriter/Artist:  Black Church, Kill Shakespeare, Swamp Thing, Bottle of Awesome
NATE BELLEGARDE РArtist: Nowhere Men, Atom Eve, Hector Plasm
BECKY CLOONAN РWriter/Artist: The Mire, Batman, Wolves, Conan

TOM FOWLER РArtist: Hulk, Mysterius the Unfathomable, MAD Magazine

ED PISKOR РWriter/Artist: Hip Hop Family Tree, Wizzywig
JIM RUGG РWriter/Artist: Afrodisiac, Street Angel, The Guild, The PLAIN Janes, One Model Nation
TOM SCIOLI РWriter/Artist: American Barbarian, Godland, Captain America: Hail Hydra

ARTHUR SUYDAM РArtist: Marvel Zombies, Deadpool, Batman, Army of Darkness
CORY WALKER РArtist: Invincible, Destroyer, Shadowpact
LEE WEEKS РArtist: Daredevil, Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man

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