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The Annual Glyph Comics Awards (GCA) Celebrates Excellence in the Industry

First Comics News - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 14:34

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Reception & Awards Programs at Tech-Freire

 

Philadelphia, PA – May 18, 2018 – “The City of Firsts” – has long been recognized as a place that has provided fertile ground for a number of artistic efforts, including music, dance, mural-making, storytelling and comic book creation. In fact, the first Black comic book was created here in Philadelphia in 1947 by brothers Orrin and George Evans: All-Negro Comics #1. ECBACC, the first full-service Comic Book Convention and the model for community-based comic book conventions, diversi-cons and ethno-cons, has successfully cultivated balanced images of Black superheroes, and has served as a nexus, conduit and catalyst for Black comic book creators, their colleagues and fans since 2002. For the past 17 years, ECBACC has paid tribute to this important legacy, promoted the work of veteran as well as up-and-coming artists, and served as a wellspring of collaborative efforts among comic book creators. “The place to meet and network with Black comic book publishers, artists, writers, their colleagues and their fans is at ECBACC,” says ECBACC, Inc. Vice-President and Event Coordinator Akinşeye Brown. “…ECBACC is the place to be.”

 

The 13th Annual Glyph Comics Awards (GCA), the nation’s first international award of its kind, will be hosted on Friday evening, May 18, 2018, from 6:30p.m. – 9p.m., at Tech-Freire Charter School / 2221 N. Broad St. The Glyphs has been hosted annually by The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC, Inc.) since 2006. The Glyphs recognizes the best in Black-themed comic books, comic strips, web-comics and graphic novels. Categories include: Best Artist, Best Writer, Best Cover, Best Comic Strip or Web-Comic, Best Female Character, Best Male Character, Rising Star, Best Reprint Publication, Story of the Year, and Fan Award for Best Comic. While it is not exclusive to Black creators, it does strive to honor those who have made the greatest contributions to the comic book medium in terms of both critical and commercial impact.

 

Who will take home a GCA this year? Join us at Tech-Freire Charter H.S. / 2221 N. Broad St. on Friday evening, May 18, 2018, at 6:30p.m. to find out.

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The 17th Annual East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention

First Comics News - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 14:33

Philadelphia, PA – May 18 & 19, 2018 – The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC), which sponsors Philadelphia’s premiere Black comic book convention, will celebrate the myriad worlds of quantum sci-fi & superheroes in May, 2018. ECBACC kicks off the celebration on Friday, May 18th / 6:30p.m. – 9p.m., with The Glyphs, a FREE reception and awards ceremony, at Tech-Freire Charter School / 2221 N. Broad St. The Convention culminates on Saturday, May 19th / 11a.m. – 7p.m., at Tech-Freire Charter School with a spectacular day of networking, panel discussions, film screenings, a comic book marketplace and youth / adult workshops. Admission is FREE. Youth age 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. ECBACC, founded by Philly Ambassador Mr. Yumy Odom, is a pioneering initiative, giving Black heroes, super-powered characters, their creators, and fans a voice in the comic book industry.

 

ECBACC returns to North Philly and turns its spotlights on an array of the best and brightest, pioneers, veterans and emerging creators, writers, illustrators, filmmakers, publishers, and visionaries, among them: Eric Battle (Marvel, DC, Milestone Media, Dark Horse Comics), Regine Sawyer (Founder of the Women in Comics Convention – NYC), Tony Isabella (DC – Creator of Black Lightning and Marvel – Creator of Misty Knight & Black Goliath), Mshindo Kuumba (Artist Extraordinaire / BlackOps), Richard G. Tyler II aka Bro. Uraeus (BlackOps / BHM), Sheeba Maya (Digital Artistry), N. Steven Harris (Watson & Holmes / Ajala / The Fringe), Robert Garrett (Xmoor Studios / Galto), Naseed Gifted (Founder of Khem Comic Festival – Newark, NJ), William H. Foster III (Celebrated Comic Book Historian), and an amazing array of vendors… On tap for Saturday, May 20th: The Kids’ Library Zone and the Superhero Learning Zone, which will feature comic book-themed activities open to all young people who attend the Convention and offer children a chance to learn arts & crafts, music, storytelling and how to take their own ideas and create superheroes and comic books; ECBACC Professional Workshops and Panels, including screenings of new and award-winning film-shorts, and another surprise innovation of the ECBACC Board to be unveiled; ECBACC Marketplace, one of the largest gatherings of rare and collectible comics and memorabilia on the East Coast; and AfriCoz: The very first costume and cosplay contest celebrating Black Age and Africana characters in comic books, sci-fi, fantasy and film.

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ART OF WRESTLING ROAD DIARIES #2. Korakuen Hall

First Comics News - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 07:19

Guests: Joey Ryan, Ethan Page, Mike Bailey, Rekka, Haku, American Balloon. While still in Japan, Colt and the rest of the tour will be wrestling at the world famous Korakuen Hall in Tokyo. Listen to how wrestlers waste time in the far east along with an inside look at life on tour.

Sponsors:
www.ForHims.com (Code: COLT)

Music:
superfunyeahyeahrocketship.com

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TPub Comics Launches Stan Lee’s Lucky Man – The Bracelet Chronicles

First Comics News - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 03:53

-New title celebrates third run of one of Sky One’s highest-rated original drama series-

London, March 2018: To support the third season launch of one of Sky One’s highest-rated drama series, TPub Comics is launching Stan Lee’s Lucky Man – The Bracelet Chronicles. The limited run comic book series expands on the storylines of the hugely popular Stan Lee’s Lucky Man and explores the history of the mysterious bracelet and the never-ending battle between good and bad luck.

Stan Lee’s Lucky Man – The Bracelet Chronicles is the result of a partnership with the show’s creators: Carnival Films and Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment.

Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment created the original story and art for the comic before it was adapted by writers Neil Gibson (“Twisted Dark”) and Michael Gordon (“Transdimensional”) and artwork team comprising of Atula Siriwardane (“The Theory”) on pencils/inks, Ellie Wright (Swordquest) on colours and Jim Campbell on letters. The first comic will be released in the summer. The story continues with Rich Clayton (Stephen Hagan) and his brother DI Harry Clayton (James Nesbitt) investigating a mysterious lucky bracelet, which through their research reveals the huge impact that the bracelet has had on not only history but those who have worn it.

The third run of the ten-part TV drama, set to launch on Sky One this year, takes Detective Inspector Clayton (James Nesbitt) to Hong Kong for another instalment of the supernatural hit.

Richard Fell, Executive Producer, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man said: “We’re looking forward to building on Stan Lee’s legacy and extending the Lucky Man brand further into the comic book realm. The show has an incredibly strong fan base, which continues to return season-on-season, and we’re looking forward to giving them another authentic platform through which to further enjoy Harry’s story.”

Shane Duffy, CEO of Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment said: “We are excited to work with TPub Comics to expand Stan Lee’s Lucky Man universe. We are very thankful for all the talented artists and writers who worked very closely with our team on this project and we know that the fans will appreciate it. We can’t wait to share it with everyone.”

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RICH INTERVIEWS: Davi Leon Dias Artist for Aberrant

First Comics News - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 03:48

First Comics News: Why did you want to illustrate “Aberrant”?

Davi Leon Dias: After the conclusion of the Circle of Death book, created by Rylend Grant, he offered me the opportunity to work on this new project called Aberrant. One of the reasons why I accepted was because I really like the how Rylend creates and develops the story and the script. The scripts always have so many details and references and those kind of things are really helpful in the process of creating the pages of the book. The other reason was because he showed me the first issue of Aberrant and I loved the story. The richness of details of each character and their roles called my attention. I always liked comic books and stories with superpowers, investigation, and lots of action and this project has all of that. The art made by Zsombro Huszka in the first issue is amazing and takes the audience right into the story. I accepted taking part of the project immediately but I must confess that I got a little nervous with the responsibility of giving continuity to such fantastic story, but everything went really well and I’m pleased with the results.

1st: How did you become so good at drawing huge muscles and who is that muscular guy in the hood?

Davi: I believe that the goal of a comic book artist is always to evolve in the maximum artistic elements possible like perspective, storytelling, and so on. To be able to do that the artist needs to study a lot, to read anatomy books, participate in workshops, practice a lot. This way the artist starts to get more confident and also more agile when creating a massive muscular character for instance. Another interesting thing is that the style of drawing from some artists called my attention and helped me to develop and improve my studies. One of the greatest artists that I admire and who always helped me to improve artistically is the great artist and friend Eddy Barrows who works for DC Comics nowadays. I had the immense opportunity to be in one of the workshops he gave and I got invaluable lessons.

The muscular guy in the hood is the character called Rook in the Aberrant book. He is a character who went through some kind of experiment (I need to be careful to do not give spoilers, hehe) and he has a tremendous strength, being able to destroy anything that gets in his way. I consider him as one of the fundamental elements in the entire Aberrant story. Because of the great quality of details given by Rylend, throughout the story, the audience will understand the true origin of the characters and their true reasons to be what they are in the present days. I really like to draw this guy in particular.

1st: Do you prefer drawing the male or female form?

Davi: When I was studying comics and doing some test pages I had the opportunity to choose the characters that I liked the most and immediately comes to mind characters like Thor, Daredevil, Wolverine. Because of those choices and because of the great number of test pages I did, of course, it became easier to draw them. But I also like to draw female characters like Jessica Jones and Wonder Woman.

1st: What was your reaction when you learned you were the new artist on “Aberrant”?

Davi: At the beginning my excitement was huge. To be able to work with comics is my big dream. I was battling it out, studying for years to have an opportunity to work for the US comics industry because it has a massive audience and such incredible professionals. I don’t like much to compare things but, for instance, here in Brazil, the comics industry doesn’t receive the same kind of attention and investment as in the United States. So much so that when the project of Circle of Death book was finished I thought “now it’s over”, “maybe some other time I might get another call”, but I’m glad it didn’t over there. I got the invitation from Rylend to do 9 issues (from issue 2 to 10) and now I’m really pleased drawing the Aberrant book and being part of this great creative team.

1st: Why is William Dee Williams on a cover of “Aberrant” and in an ad?

Davi: I think this is a concept of the Aberrant book that Rylend developed. If you pay attention throughout the story, you will recognize a few memorable things from the 80’s. I think this is a fantastic idea and I believe that the reason why Rylend asked me to draw William was to highlight the hallmark of that epoch even more.

1st: How do you visualize the characters when you are drawing?

Davi: Well… when I receive a script, I usually read it 3 times. The first reading would be like I was reading a book in a quick sort of way, to get myself used to the acting of the characters, and to the orientation of the story. The second reading takes more time and I read it trying to visualize it like it was a movie or a TV series. I keep imagining where the camera should be, how the orientation is, the feeling the pages should convey to the reader, which part of each page should be the most impacting one, the facial and body language of the characters that are going to highlight the story and so on. The third reading comes with this mental image developed in the 2nd reading but now I think about inside the panels of the pages. This way I’m able to start visualizing the panels that need to be highlighted, more dynamics, always looking for the quality of the storytelling.

1st: In drawing David in “Aberrant” what characteristics do you try to bring out?

Davi: David is a tough guy, who went through some traumas and now he is looking for some answers. When I draw him I always remember this phrase, and to keep those characteristics in evidence is necessary to bring elements that are related to his personality. Then, like in a brainstorm, I keep thinking about how he would dress, how he would walk, talk, fight. This way I’m able to give more life to the character and I think it is a fundamental visual resource to the story.

1st: What is the main selling point of “Aberrant”?

Davi: I think one of the things that is going to call the attention is the physical and psychological traits of the characters. There are times, for instance, when you are going to think that two characters are never going to create empathy because they are really different from each other. But then you are taken by surprise. Particularly it is one of the things that I like the most about this comic book.

1st: What comic that you have not worked on would you most like to and why?

Davi: I think all the comics artists dream about drawing a well-known character, like those from Marvel or DC comics. I have friends who work for those companies and I see how those characters get awesome in their hands. The characters that I like the most to draw are the nocturnal ones like Batman and Daredevil. These characters, in particular, are involved in investigative plots and, sometimes, supernatural. And I like that kind of creative segment. Who knows, maybe someday I’ll receive an invitation to draw these characters.

1st: What was your “Night Hunters” graphic novel about and which character in it was your favorite to draw?

Davi: One of the things I had as a goal when I was studying the process of creating comics was to create my own comic book. Then I thought about what is the subject that I like the most. This was when Night Hunters came to life. It’s a story that happens in a fantasy supernatural universe where 7 guardians protect a populated island from dark and evil spiritual forces. My favorite character is Gerrat Urich who is a child in this issue, still learning the ritualistic foundations to become a guardian of the moon.

1st: “Circle of Death” why did you love working on this?

Davi: I have a special feeling for Circle of Death. First, because it’s the first comic book that I drew to be published in the United States. A dream I have for many years coming true at that moment. Second because it’s a well-explored story and reminded me of a movie that I like a lot called Snatch. There are some crazy moments and sometimes funny. Besides, I liked a lot of each and every character. I remember that sometimes I asked Rylend (the writer and creator) what was going to happen with a certain character because the character got really great in the story.

1st: What aberrant superpower would you like to have and why?

Davi: I didn’t see this aberrant superpower in the book yet, but if I have the freedom to choose and I would choose the teleportation. Like Nightcrawler from Marvel. You could know so many places in just a few seconds, you would be able to quickly rescue people from dangerous situations, and know new people. I think I would go to every comic convention in the world (laughs).

1st: How do you spend your free time if you have any?

Davi: I like to watch movies and TV series, talk to my friends at a cool snack-bar. But what I like to do the most is to spend time with my family, especially when I’m playing with my son. The time freezes when I’m with him.

1st: Anything to say to those who love your art?

Davi: I just have to thank everyone. All of my study, dedication, and effort are to your readers. I hope you like the results of the book and please, don’t let talk with me through any social media. I’ll be really glad to know you all.

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THE BOOK CAVE: Millennium Bug By Jeff Deischer

First Comics News - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 01:24

WOW! That should be enough to say about any book by Jeff Deischer. I remember Jeff first showed me the start of the book and I was very excited by what I read. I knew then it would be great. Now that I’ve read the completed book, this is even better than I was expecting.

While I was reading the book, it was like I entered another world and no longer was reading but experiencing the action as it happened. I’ve only had this happen with a few writers. My respect for Jeff’s writing ability has risen greatly.

As for the characters, Dr. Ulysses Brazen is hero that had retired fifty years ago after a twenty-year career battling the forces of evil all over the world. You would think that at his advance age he would be taking it easy. Especially after leaving the spotlight fifty years ago to enjoy some quiet family time. Maybe it was too quiet.

Crimes committed by those shouldn’t be able to commit the crimes bring Dr. Brazen out of retirement when it is discovered that the men who committed the crimes, had ties to the Brazen Institute.

Dr.Brazen, accompanied by two sons of  his late aides of the past, investigate. They are soon joined by others as the action builds.

If you are wondering who is behind the scenes of “innocent” men that have become the opposite of what their friends and family know of them and why? You will be very surprised when you find out.

Join Dr. Brazen, Oz, Noble, Le Chat, Thunderbird and Henry Prevost as they battle overwhelming odds to stop an unknown criminal mastermind.

Make sure and check out all of Jeff Deischer’s Author’s Page on Amazon.

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Battlesuit Examples

The Splintered Realm - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 12:10
I remember looking through the Weapons Locker supplement for the Marvel Superheroes RPG and being amazed at how the different armors worked, and how there were so many different varieties of armor for Iron Man. I thought it was cool to have a character who could put on different battlesuits depending on the situation. However, I'd never been able to design a system that allowed for that level of variety while still having some semblance of game balance.

Until now.

I present to you, the Persister Battlesuit, including generations to get to level 3, and the three alternate suits for level 3:


Persister Battlesuit Mark 1
(base suit at level 1; 12 BPs); Grants +4 hp
STR 14 [-]; CON 14 [-]; PWR 12 [4]; Body Armor [-]; Bolt (1d6/30’) [2]; Flight [2]; Imperviousness (1d4) [2]; Strike (1d6) [2]

Persister Battlesuit Mark 4
(base suit at level 2; 25 BPs); Grants +8 hp
STR 15 [2]; CON 15 [2]; PWR 14 [8]; Body Armor [-]; Bolt (1d8/60’) [4]; Flight [2]; Imperviousness (1d6) [3]; Strike (1d6) [2]; Trick Weapon System (30’) [2]

Persister Battlesuit Mark 9
(base suit at level 3; 40 BPs); Grants +15 hp
STR 16 [4]; CON 16 [4]; PWR 16 [12]; Air Supply [2]; Body Armor [-]; Bolt (1d8/90’) [5]; Electronic Countermeasures [2]; Flight [2]; Imperviousness (1d8) [4]; Strike (1d6) [2]; Trick Weapon System (60’) [3]

Persister Battlesuit Mark 10: Bruiser Battlesuit
(first alternate suit at level 3; 40 BPs); Grants +18 hp
STR 20 [12]; CON 18 [8]; PWR 12 [4]; Body Armor [-]; Bolt (1d8/60’) [4]; Flight [2]; Imperviousness (1d10) [5]; Strike (1d12) [5]
This suit is for situations requiring a lot of muscle.

Persister Battlesuit Mark 11: Infiltrator Battlesuit
(second alternate suit at level 3, 40 BPs); Grants +12 hp
STR 14 [-]; CON 14 [-]; PWR 18 [16]; Air Supply [2]; Body Armor [-]; Bolt (1d6/60’) [3]; Chameleon [2]; Electronic Countermeasures [2]; Imperviousness (1d6) [3]; Sneak [2]; Sonar (3 miles) [4]; Utility Belt [2]
This suit is for situations requiring stealth.

Persister Battlesuit Mark 12: Explorer Battlesuit
(third alternate suit at level 3, 40 BPs); Grants +21 hp
STR 16 [4]; CON 20 [12]; PWR 14 [8]; Air Supply [2]; Amphibious [2]; Body Armor [-]; Bolt (1d6/60’) [3]; Imperviousness (1d8) [4]; Snare (60’) [3]; Utility Belt [2]
This suit is for non-combat situations: rescue or peacekeeping.

Notes:
- I originally thought of the STR and CON ratings as being bonuses to your existing attribute. However, that REALLY skewed things when you started with STR 6 vs. STR 12 (both normal human range). If you are getting +10 to STR from the armor, one character is ending up lifting about 20 tons while in the armor, and the other is able to lift about 200 tons. When you look at how that range (attribute 6 to 12) magnifies, you ended up with a base rating of about 14 to 15 in the scaling. Putting all armor at a base rating of STR 14 (regardless of your human STR rating) makes more sense. It also keeps you out of the problem of 'what if Hulk put on the Hulkbuster armor? Does that magnify his STR?' In this case, no.

- It took some tinkering with the numbers to get it to balance out, but I think it works well. A battlesuit hero of level 6 is going to be VERY powerful. However, level 6 is Thanos level (the current Iron Man would be level 4 in the game, so 1 level up from the examples given here). I'd put this suit at the comparable level of War Machine right now. He'd be level 3 as well. 

- I LOVE the system for trick weapons, and when you layer this (or utility belt for that matter) into this suit, it's just fantastic. I will always use the random option: In play, I go to activate the flare rocket launcher; maybe I have a flare rocket left, or maybe I swapped those out for smoke rockets. The die is about to tell me...

Wednesday Comics: The Tragically Uncollected 1963

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 11:00

1963 was a 6-issue limited series published by Image in 1993. It was a homage (and gentle parody) of the Silver Age of Marvel. It features the talents of Alan Moore, Steve Bissette, Rick Veitch, and Dave Gibbons. It is twenty years later incomplete and is unlikely to ever be completed.

The characters in 1963 are familiar without (mostly) being straight analogs. Mystery Incoporated comes the closely to a straight pastiche, by being the Fantastic Four with different powers and slightly different personality dynamics. The Fury fills the Spider-Man niche, but has a more Bucky-like backstory with hints of Daredevil. USA, Ultimate Special Agent is the Captain America stand-in, but more resembles lesser known patriotic heroes. Horus feels the Thor god-slot. Johnny Beyond is a beatnik Doctor Strange. The Hypernaut is like Iron Man by way of Green Lantern, done all Kirby/Starlin cosmic.

The issues strive for a 60s feel with faux-bullpen bulletins, fake ads, and nicknames for all the creative staff.

Attempts have been made by Bissette and Veitch to complete it or get a collection published but something has always got in the way (and that something may very well be Alan Moore who seems to now hold a grudge against Bissette) but the individual issues can be picked up relatively inexpensively.




Two Cover Mock Ups

The Splintered Realm - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 21:32
Just for fun, here are two cover mock ups...




Powers Family

The Splintered Realm - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 21:14
I'm working on edits to the character write-ups, and got to the Powers Family. I like them quite a bit, and after tinkering with them for a while, I decided to try and draw up an 'action shot' in the style I've been using for the rest of the book. This came out really, really nifty. I am not trying to channel Mike Mignola, but it's happening anyway... With a little bit of spot color, I could almost see this ending up as the cover design... I'll work up a mock-up of it, and see how it looks.

Weird Revisited: Highlights from the Dungeoneering Medicine Conference

Sorcerer's Skull - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 11:00
This post first appeared in 2012. It was one of the minor posts in the Weird Adventures setting that didn't make it into the book.


In 5887, the City Medical Society hosted a symposium on unusual maladies seen among delvers and possible treatments. Here are a few of the highlights:

Spectral Encounter-Induced Cataracts: J.H. Shaxwell discussed a series of cases of cataracts resulting from close encounter with incorporeal undead. Shaxwell theorizes this is the result of negative energy exposure.

Care of the Soul-Dislocated Patient: Trelane Cantor described the care provided unfortunates who have had their astral bodies separated via thaumaturgy. Emphasis was placed on environmental safety.

A Case of Amathocosis: A unique pneumoconiosis resulting from inhalation of the particulate matter left after a demilich encounter was described by Nyland Tonsure.

Antibiotic Resistance of Infernal Acquired Venereal Disease: Villard M. Sturm warns that succubi derived sexually transmitted diseases often required potent alchemical intervention.

Work in Progress

Sorcerer's Skull - Sun, 04/01/2018 - 14:00
Coloring the sketch of our Land of Azurth adventuring party by Steve LeCouilliard.

The Hey Kids Comics Radio Show – Episode 90

First Comics News - Sun, 04/01/2018 - 00:43
The Hey Kids Comics Radio Show – Episode 90

Sam, Dan and Marty welcome you to this Good Friday Easter Weekend episode. Not a drop of chocolate was eaten but we chat about Star Trek movies which eventually leads us to comic books based on TV & movie properties. Fantastic Four is coming back to Marvel, as everyone expected and now the speculation is on a new Uncanny X-Men series in August. Sam gives us our Luann report while Dan gives us his impressions of Shane Heron’s Morris #0. Then the show just completely unravels as Sam and Martin tell Biscuit stories from The ‘Shwa.

If you are interested in older episodes please head to http://heykidscomics.ca !

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JUPITER JET VOLUME 1 preview

First Comics News - Sat, 03/31/2018 - 20:10

JUPITER JET VOLUME 1: Collect the heartwarming adventures of a teenager with a jetpack and family crises!

Writer(s): Jason Inman & Ashley Victoria Robinson
Artist Name(s): Ben Matsuya
Cover Artist(s): Ben Matsuya
128 pgs./ E / FC
$14.99

Read the series that Tom King (BATMAN, MISTER MIRACLE) says is “Pure awesome comics. From page one, I felt like I was with Jupiter Jet, soaring and smiling, eager for the next adventure.”

16-year-old Jacqueline “Jacky” Johnson inherits a jetpack with a mysterious power source. Along with her brother, Chuck, and their cat, she must protect her home from a mysterious threat that may just be from outer space!

JUPITER JET is written by Jason Inman and Ashley Victoria Robinson,  the husband and wife duo behind the podcast Geek History Lesson, and illustrated by Ben Matsuya. Jason shared some of his thoughts about the series with Shoot the Breeze Comics: “Jacky is going to through a journey like we all do when we are teenagers. Our eyes are opened wide. We think we know everything about the world and slowly we come to realize how wrong we are. Jacky is going to experience that as well, but her revelations are the weirder and darker things in her world.”

JUPITER JET is truly an all-ages story. Ashley commented to Comicosity that “Some of the best comics are all ages (Batman Adventures, Chuck Dixon’s Robin, Ms. Marvel, America), and Jupiter Jet sprung from a shared love Jason and I have for that style of storytelling.”

The first volume of JUPITER JET collects issues 1-4 and will be available in a comic book store near you on May 30, 2018. It can be preordered through Diamond with the item code MAR181025.

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RICH REVIEWS: Powers Squared # 1

First Comics News - Sat, 03/31/2018 - 19:21

Title: Powers Squared # 1
Publisher: Powers Squared
Created by: David Hankins, Paul Hankins, Trevor Hankins
Written by: David Hankins and Paul Hankins
Edited by: Paul Hankins
Pencil and Inks by: Sika Murti
Coloring by: Lisa Richards
Lettering by: Trevor Hankins
Cover by: Sika Murti
Price: $ 1.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Website: www.powerssquaredcomicbook.com
Comments: Marty and Eli are twins. They do get in to some excitement. They are helping out their Uncle Brian.
The art is rough but with a cute style. The art shows off the boys and others going about their normal lives.
Then we go back a few days.  The twins do show signs of powers. We see them at their new school. Now their teacher seems up to something. She knows a Dr. Horatio Atlas who seems sinister. What is he up to, who does he work for?
A mysterious girl Mocha shows up as well. What are her intentions? She is illustrated as a cute beauty.
The twin boys do work well together. The reading each other’s thoughts is done in a way that it is not overdone but enough so you know something different is going on.
This is a good introductory issue. You get to meet the main characters and learn a little about them. There is some action and excitement. The story starts to unfold and sets up for more.

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RICH REVIEWS: Aberrant # 5

First Comics News - Sat, 03/31/2018 - 19:13

Title: Aberrant # 5
Publisher: Action Lab Comics
Writer: Rylend Grant
Artist: Davi Leon Dias
Colorist: Iwan Joko Triyono
Letterer: HdE
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.actionlabcomics.com , www.halfevilcomics.com , www.risingspiritfilms.com
Comments: David in this issue is fighting to save the elephants in Chad. It is so sad they went from a million to a thousand. He sees their suffering and decides to act. He is enjoying just being able to fight on the side of good and the bad guys are clear, there are no grey areas here.
Lance gets to fight or rather run from the huge muscled guy. This guy is a monster and definitely illustrated to show that.  David is drawn as a hard man.
Little is the leader in Article 13 and we see him opening up to David. This shows just how much Little wants David on his team. These two do start to bond. They do have more in common than one might think and they are a lot alike.
David is back in the game and what that game is. is fully explained this issue. You will find that David is a guy that most people can identify with. He is your average Joe who just got a little more than average. You will like him. Just do not get on his bad side or he will kick your butt.

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RICH REVIEWS: Aberrant # 4

First Comics News - Sat, 03/31/2018 - 19:13

Title: Aberrant # 4
Publisher: Action Lab Comics
Writer: Rylend Grant
Artist: Davi Leon Dias
Colorist: Iwan Joko Triyono
Letterer: HdE
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.actionlabcomics.com , www.halfevilcomics.com , www.risingspiritfilms.com
Comments: The Russian President lets the world know he now has a Aberrant military unit.
Lance Cordrey is a billionaire and former Aberrant. How the mighty have fallen. He had it all and now only has money. You might even feel a little sorry for Lance. He though is one of the main villains. He is being treated like a puppet by others only this puppet still has real teeth.
Lance decides to make a change to his situation. He does just that and does it with a bang. The excitement rockets up and you feel for him. He is doing what needs to be done. This ex super-hero turned villain is creating all kinds of excitement here.
It is great to see Lance featured he makes for a wonderful character.
The art is done beautifully as it shows off the various people.
The music throughout the comic adds a nice touch and gives you something that is so easy to follow along to.
This comic does read like a super-hero/action/drama movie. Things pick up this issue for Lance as he goes all out.

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RICH REVIEWS: Aberrant # 3

First Comics News - Sat, 03/31/2018 - 19:13

Title: Aberrant # 3
Publisher: Action Lab Comics
Writer: Rylend Grant
Artist: Davi Leon Dias
Colorist: Iwan Joko Triyono
Letterer: HdE
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.actionlabcomics.com , www.halfevilcomics.com , www.risingspiritfilms.com
Comments: A prisoner escape is anything but ordinary. Their rescuer is one huge freak of a man. This guy is drawn with muscles on his muscles.
Article 13 is giving David a tour. So we see this is not just a superpowered people beating up superpowered people comic. Article 13 is like a government spy operation. Will David join? That is the question.
The art has a nice clean cut look to it. The creature from David’s past is a horrific thing to behold. This monster would scare anyone.
This issue we finally get to see David using his abilities. He really can kick some butt. Than David encounters the guy from the prisoner escape. This guy with the huge muscles shows David that he is not the only Aberrant here. The fight is one of extreme brutality.
David for all his powers we see he is still just human with human doubts. He is unsure of himself. He was a soldier but is he still?

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Fresh Monkey Fiction opens pre-orders for Amazing Heroes Wave 2 

First Comics News - Sat, 03/31/2018 - 16:43
Los Angeles, CA. (March 31, 2018)  – Fresh Monkey Fiction opens pre-orders for wave 2 of their retro-inspired action figure line Amazing Heroes.

The Amazing Heroes Wave 2 collection features a selection of creator owned characters: Mike Baron and Steve Rude’s Nexus and a cosmic version of Michael Allred’s Madman. Plus limited editions (100pcs) of Golden Age Heroes:  American Crusader, Captain Future, Chrometurion and the villainous Puzzler. This will be the first time many of them will become action figures.

Each retro-inspired Amazing Heroes figure stands 4.5″ tall and includes collector friendly interchangeable packaging

The pre-order is currently open and runs through May 1st, 2018.

You can pre-order the Amazing Heroes Wave 2 Retroverse figures and find special offer pricing on a few remaining Wave 1 figures at:

https://amazing-heroes-action-figures.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders

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Introducing the 2018 Ringo Awards Jury

First Comics News - Sat, 03/31/2018 - 16:33

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – March 31, 2018 – The Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards is an annual celebration of the creativity, skill, and fun of comics. The awards will be presented on Saturday, September 29, 2018 as part of the fan- and pro-favorite convention, The Baltimore Comic-Con. The Ringo Awards is currently in the midst of the 2018 nomination process, which is inclusive of fans and comic book professionals alike. Please submit your nominations before voting closes at midnight on May 30, 2018.

 

The Jury

An esteemed jury of comics professionals will participate in the nomination process, selecting favorite works in over 20 categories. The 2018 jury was chosen as a representative cross-section of the comic book industry, with members representing seasoned and venerated educators, retailers, press, and creators across numerous genres. Michael Cavna is a cartoonist and creator of The Washington Post’s Eisner-nominated Comic Riffs column. He is also emcee and co-programmer of the Graphic Novel Pavilion events at the Library of Congress’s annual National Book Festival. In 2017, Cavna’s work was honored by the National Headliner Awards and the national Society for Features Journalism. A San Francisco native and UCSD alum, Cavna also wrote the Harvey Award-nominated prose for the Eisner Award-nominated anthology book Team Cul de Sac: Cartoonists Draw the Line at Parkinson’s. His viral “Wise Up” cartoon launched the #Draw4Atena campaign on behalf of the jailed Iranian artist-activist Atena Farghadani, and his updated-monthly cartoon marked the 545-day detention of American-Iranian journalist Jason Rezaian. Those cartoon campaigns were cited by the National Press Club, the Poynter Institute and the Cartoonist Rights Network International. Cavna has created artwork and features for five syndicates, including Universal Uclick/Andrews McMeel.  Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz once told Cavna at a black-tie awards dinner: “You do funny things”; to this day, he does not know for sure whether Schulz was referring to Cavna’s syndicated comic Warped or to his tragically askew cummerbund.

Marty Grosser is the Editor of Diamond Comic Distributors’ PREVIEWS catalog, and has been involved with the publication since its inception in October of 1988. Before that, he started in the comics industry in the summer of 1981 as a counterman and Assistant Manager for Northern California’s Comics & Comix retail chain. In 1986, he left C&C for comics distributor, Bud Plant, Inc., where he worked in the Customer Service department before becoming the writer of BUD PLANT’S QUICKLIST (the catalog precursor to PREVIEWS) in 1987. This position eventually lead to his move to Maryland in 1988 following the purchase of BPI’s West Coast distribution network by Diamond Comic Distributors.

Karla Marsh-Southern is the Event and Exhibitor Coordinator for Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find and the Heroes Convention located in Charlotte, NC. She has served the Heroes Convention for over 14 years, and has done so in a full-time capacity for the past six. She began attending the Heroes Convention 13 days before her actual birth in June of 1982 when her mother agreed to accompany her brother to Charlotte’s first “Comic Book Convention”. She has attended every Heroes Convention since, with this year’s show marking her 36th consecutive Heroes Convention. Learning to read using Wonder Woman and Batman comics in the early 1980’s, Karla is an avid reader of series from across all genres. She is also a life-long fan of all things Masters of the Universe and has assisted in the management of the He-Man and She-Ra-themed Convention, Power-Con based out of Los Angeles, CA.

Rob Stull is an accomplished illustrator, curator, teacher, penciler, inker, designer, and creator of comic books. In addition to working through his own studio, Ink on Paper, he has worked over two decades for every major publisher in the industry, including Marvel and DC Comics, where his projects include: Spider-Man Adventures, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Iron Man, X-Force, Wolverine, Nightwing, 52, Firestorm, and more. He was a member of the original Tellos creative team with Todd Dezago, Mike Wieringo, and Paul Mounts, and inked Mike’s pencils on the initial series run published by Image Comics. He also inked the covers for the Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute books and drew a chapter in Volume 1. He created and curated Sequential Art: The Next Step, a 10-year traveling exhibition spotlighting the work of African American comic book artists and their contributions to the industry and popular culture, and his work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States. He is featured in the ground-breaking books Black Comix: African American Independent Comics, Art and Culture and The History of American Graffiti. “I have always believed that all art is relative,” says Stull. “Sequential Art is a storytelling medium, but most visual art is telling a story of some kind.” Gus Vazquez is an illustrator who has worked in nearly every field, including comic books, trading cards, storyboarding for music videos, commercials, animation and film, logo design, character and toy design, and more. He started his career in comic books working as an assistant to comic book artists Adam Pollina on X-Force, and Kevin McGuire on Trinity Angels. He got his first solo gig at Marvel Comics drawing the covers and interiors for Sunfire and Big Hero 6, the series that introduced the characters featured in Disney’s Oscar winning Big Hero 6. He has worked on such Marvel titles as Deadpool, X-Force, Spider-Man, What If? Civil War, What If? Back in Black, The Official Handbook if the Marvel Universe, and more. For DC, he has worked on such titles as Green Lantern, JLA, Blue Beetle, and most recently on Flash, Suicide Squad, and Green Arrow. Gus was the artist on several issues of Claudio Sanchez’s (of rock music group Coheed and Cambria) The Amory Wars, and was instrumental in helping bring together the creative team of his friends, David Atchison (writer) and Tony Shasteen (illustrator), and his niece, film and TV actress Rosario Dawson on 12 Gauge’s The O.C.T. Currently, Gus has been working for DC Comics on The Sasquatch Detective, a backup story which can be found in the pages of Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles, as well as DMC (Daryl Makes Comics) and on La Borinqueña. He is also working on his creator-owned book, Fang.

Fan and Pro Nomination Categories

* Best Cartoonist (Writer/Artist)
* Best Writer
* Best Artist or Penciller
* Best Inker
* Best Letterer
* Best Colorist
* Best Cover Artist
* Best Series
* Best Single Issue or Story
* Best Original Graphic Novel
* Best Anthology
* Best Humor Comic
* Best Comic Strip or Panel
* Best Webcomic
* Best Non-fiction Comic Work
* Best Kids Comic or Graphic Novel * Best Presentation in Design Jury-Only Nomination (with four bonus jurors) * The Mike Wieringo Spirit Award Fan-Only Favorite Categories * Favorite Hero
* Favorite Villain
* Favorite New Series
* Favorite New Talent * Favorite Publisher Hero Initiative Award (selected by the Hero Initiative) * The Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award * The Dick Giordano Humanitarian Award

“We are always going to be asking ourselves how to continue to ensure the quality of the Ringo Awards,” said Marc Nathan, Baltimore Comic-Con promoter. “We created the basic jury blueprint in our inaugural year, and we were very happy with the outcome. With that in mind, we asked this year’s jurors to participate based on their respective backgrounds in and knowledge of the industry, and we’re confident the results will be worthy of voters’ consideration.”

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