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Wednesday Mini-Comics: The Battle in the Clouds

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 11:00

This is the third mini-comic released with the Masters of the Universe toys. Like the rest, it was written by Don Glut and written by Alfredo Alcala.

We open on Eternia's tallest peak where Stratos is somehow able to hear the sounds of battle far below. He flies down and finds He-Man riding the Battle Ram is putting a beating on Skeletor near Castle Grayskull. Somehow, now Castle Grayskull is near the ocean, because He-Man is able to toss a defeated Skeletor into it.

As He-Man and Stratos fly away, Mer-Man  pulls Skeletor from the water and offers to make a deal with him. He'll help Skeletor defeat defeat his foe in exchange for He-Man's weapons. The two villains start blasting away at He-Man,

Stratos swoops in and gives He-Man a lift to get him out of danger quicker, but a "great gust of wind" knocks He-Man off the Battle Ram, he he falls--only his super-garment protects him. He's just knocked unconscious. Stratos doesn't realize He-Man's gone. He just keeps flying.

Skeletor and Mer-Man see He-Man's fall go. In order to get up the mountain to where he fell to snatch his gear, the evil warriors steal Teela's horse.

Mer-Man gets to He-Man just as he's waking up. He's able to over-power him and steal his super-strength suit. His next stop: the Battle Ram.

He-Man plans to stop him. He goes to the edge of the forest and calls Battle Cat. The two head over to He-Man's place to get his force field suit (Apparently separate from his super-strength suit. Pretty inconvenient.), then to Man-At-Arms' cabin. They decide to fly the Wind Raider up to where Stratos took the Battle Ram and thwart Mer-Man.

He-Man is impatient with the speed the Wind Raider is making and grumbles he could have climbed up himself if he only had his super-strength suit. Man-At-Arms opines that "brute strength must sometimes give way to science" and opens it up full-throttle, shutting up He-Man pretty quick.

Meanwhile, Mer-Man has found the Battle Ram. When the Wind Raider reaches the peak, he attacks them with a volley of ray blasts. Man-At-Arms falls out, and only his armor saves him from dying in the fall. Battle Ram and Wind Raider hit each other head on.  Stratos strikes the decisive blow, though:

The battle in the clouds won, He-Man and Stratos fly off to get back the super-strength suit from the defeated Mer-Man and then rescue Man-At-Arms and Teela.

SPENCER & LOCKE Trade Collection Hits Stores August 2017!

First Comics News - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 06:52


Writer(s): David Pepose
Artist Name(s): Jorge Santiago, Jr. (Pencils), Jasen Smith (Colors)
Cover Artist(s): Jorge Santiago, Jr.
128 pgs./ T+ / FC

His partner’s imaginary… but the danger is all real! Classic comic strip nostalgia meets dark and gritty noir in Spencer & Locke, the critically acclaimed new crime series from writer David Pepose and artist Jorge Santiago, Jr., which arrives in trade paperback this August from Action Lab: Danger Zone.

When his childhood sweetheart Sophie Jenkins is found dead, there’s only one partner hard-boiled Detective Locke can trust to help him crack the case: his imaginary talking panther, Spencer. But as Spencer and Locke’s investigation stirs up a vicious crime syndicate — as well as memories of their own traumatic pasts — can this unlikely duo survive long enough to discover the truth?

Described as “a richly imagined and darkly original tale” by All-Star Batman writer Scott Snyder and “a fiendishly fun take on an age-old classic”, Spencer & Locke has dazzled critics and readers alike with its bold and subversive storytelling, which brings together the classic iconography of Calvin and Hobbes with the dark noir aesthetic of Sin City.

“Spencer & Locke is a story by comics fans, for comics fans,” says writer David Pepose. “Weaving together pulse-pounding action, compelling psychological drama, and two unforgettable leads, this book is not just a parody, not just a black comedy, but also our love letter to the innovative and trailblazing works of Bill Watterson and Frank Miller.”

Featuring behind-the-scenes material including character designs and script pages, fans of Calvin and Hobbes, Sin City, and Criminal should not miss the trade collection of Spencer & Locke, which will be released August 30, 2017. It can be pre-ordered now with the Diamond item code JUN171107. Get in on the story now with these preview pages:

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RICH REVIEWS: Church of the Broken Soul

First Comics News - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 06:28

Title: Church of the Broken Soul
Publisher: James Rubino
Created/Written/Illustrated by: James Rubino
Price: $ 3.00 US
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Comments: This is a religious book about God and you. Here God is referred to as Yahweh the Hebrew name of God. Men in general are put down as dinners but can still find forgiveness through God.
The art style has the drawings done in a broken line format. The art is extremely vague as well.
The comic focuses on a man and him wanting redemption. The story telling is fragmented. The story does not flow well at all, it is written in parts that seem broken up.
The message of God does not come across well here. Your left wondering what was the purpose of this comic? The message of God is a good one and it is something for those who want to read about it, they should.

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First Comics News - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 20:52

Creator signings, giveaways, and an interactive comics workshop for kids
highlight the publisher’s presence

Misfit City #1

Victor LaValle’s Destroyer #1


The Not-So Secret Society

May 30, 2017 (Los Angeles, Calif.) – BOOM! Studios is pleased to announce it will exhibit at BookExpo America, a leading trade show for the book publishing industry attended by publishers, distributors, authors, bookstore owners, librarians, journalists, and more; and BookCon, a two-day fan event open to the book-loving public. The shows take place back-to-back at the Javits Center in New York City May 31st to June 4th, with BOOM! occupying booth #1530. The publisher shared its plans for the events, including:

—During BookExpo and BookCon, BOOM! will have limited quantities of free single issues available to give away to librarians, reviewers, buyers, and fans while supplies last, including recent releases Misfit City #1 (Vol. 1 collection out in December) and Victor LaValle’s Destroyer #1 (collection out in January). Kiwi Smith and Kurt Lustgarten (Misfit City) and Victor LaValle will be appearing throughout the week to autograph copies.

The latest release from BOOM!’s BOOM! Box imprint, Misfit City is about a group of girls living in a small coastal town that most people have only heard of because it was the filming location for a beloved kids’ adventure movie from the 1980s. They’re sick of their town and the tourists that come to gawk at them, but they end up discovering a real treasure map, which leads them on an adventure even crazier than the one in the movie. Misfit City is illustrated by Naomi Franquiz.

In Victor LaValle’s Destroyer, when the last descendant of the Frankenstein family loses her only son to a police shooting, she turns to science for her own justice…putting her on a crash course with her family’s original monster and his quest to eliminate humanity. The series is illustrated by Dietrich Smith.

—BOOM! will also have limited advance copies of its KaBOOM! imprint’s upcoming original graphic novel, The Not-So Secret Society (August 1), available for free to qualified individuals. The creators of the book—Matt Daley, Arlene Daley, Ellen Crafts, and Trevor Crafts—will be on hand all week to autograph copies and share brochures, activity sheets, and mini-comics, and will raffle off a giant Gummy candy! (See booth for details.) The Not-So Secret Society is illustrated by Wook Jin Clark.

In addition, the creators of The Not-So Secret Society will appear at the BookCon Family HQ area (booth #1416) on Saturday, June 3, 5:30-6:00 PM for an interactive comics workshop.

The Not-So Secret Society is about a group of 12-year-olds who learn the value of teamwork and friendship when their invention brings a piece of candy to life that threatens to destroy the entire city!

—Free partial advance review galleys of the Archaia imprint’s upcoming all-ages original graphic novel Bolivar (November 21) will also be available for qualified individuals, with writer and artist Sean Rubin on hand to autograph copies.

Bolivar is the story of a dinosaur living unnoticed in New York City (“Everyone in the city was too busy to notice Bolivar was a dinosaur”), except for his young neighbor, Sybil, who desperately tries to convince everyone of his existence.

—Appearing at the BOOM! Studios booth (#1530) throughout the weekend will be:

Wednesday, May 31
2:00-4:00 PM // Kiwi Smith and Kurt Lustgarten (Misfit City)
4:00-6:00 PM // Victor LaValle (Victor LaValle’s Destroyer)

Thursday, June 1
11:00 AM-1:00 PM // Victor LaValle (Victor LaValle’s Destroyer)
1:00-3:00 PM // Kiwi Smith and Kurt Lustgarten (Misfit City)
3:00-5:00 PM // Sean Rubin (Bolivar)
5:00-6:00 PM // Kiwi Smith and Kurt Lustgarten (Misfit City)

Friday, June 
10:00 AM -12:00 PM // Sean Rubin (Bolivar)
1:00-3:00 PM // Kiwi Smith and Kurt Lustgarten (Misfit City)

Saturday, June 3
12:00-2:00 PM // Jim Campbell (Over the Garden Wall)

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John Ottinger talks about THE DWEORES

First Comics News - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 20:45

Frist Comics News: What are the Dweores?

John Ottinger: Dweores are mechanical beings (robot) that live in a land of their own. They dwell in different towns villages, tribes and have many different cultures… The word Dweores is a real word, it’s old English for the word dwarf, so there my little robots.

1st: How did you come up with them?

John: I love toy robots I have hundreds in my studio so I decided to create a robot world of my own. The first thing I did was, I stared at my collection for an hour of two. When I came out of my robot trance I realized that they were just interesting shapes and colors and I had no emotional connection to any of them. So my first parameter put on the list was to create robots with an Instant Emotional connection. The second parameter makes the relatable to eastern and western cultures. The third parameter, make them a force of good in the world, make them something that will make people feel good or inspired.

1st: How did your daughter, Jessica, inspire your work?

John: There is a lot of her in the human character May, a 13-year-old girl that came to the Land of the Dweores to search for her father who when missing there. Jessica also wrote the poems and the verbiage in the first book Inside the Dweores she’s an amazing writer.

1st: How did you son, Daniel, map out the world of the Dweores?

John: Daniel is a wonderful artist and literally drew the map that is in every Dweores book. We both loved the map that is in Tolkien’s The Hobbit and wanted an interesting one for this world.

1st: Where does all the junk they repurpose original come from?

John: There is wreckage and junk throughout their world from the 1800s to present time… They repurpose it to make incredible things. The junks origin still hasn’t be reviled in the comic book yet.

1st: How many Dweores are there?

John: I’m not sure yet. There are so many different Dweores cultures in their world, mountain Dwores, desert Dweores, village Dweores, mining Dweores, forest, jungle, ice. I think there are lots.

1st: Who is Kaso?

John: Kaso has the mind of a cautious emotional teenager and has a very dry sense of humor. He hates danger and adventure. Kaso would rather be in his bike/junk shop tinkering. He can’t believe he was chosen by the Elder to be one of the Village Protector. He has the ability to take any broken junk and combine it with some other rubbish. Combining them with lightning speed to get some new crazy invention. He works in an instinctive makers trance and is always as surprised at what he has made.

1st: What makes them want to explore?

John: Dweores are very curious intelligent creatures, in some of them this curiosity builds up and they pack a backpack or hope on a beast and go on a quest sometimes for years before returning home with story’s, treasures and some new dents.

1st: How did the art book come about?

John: Well the first art book “Inside The Dweores” started out as just a bunch of doodles in my sketchbook. Every day on the train I would draw one image, inspired by what I saw outside the train window. By the end of the year, I had hundreds of glimpse of their world so I made Xerox copies of them and stapled them together and submitted it to San Diego Comic-Con. I was totally shocked when I found out I was accepted.  “Oh no, I have to figure out how to make a book!”

1st: Were you selling these book exclusively at comiccons?

John: Yep, just at cons, for now, making comic books and art books takes most of my time and there is the day job and giant sculptures.

1st: In addition to the art book there are now Dweores comics. How many issues are there so far?

John: I have 3 comic books out so far book zero, book one and book 2. People loved the art book and wanted to know more about them. They had so many questions about them I decided to start a linear story so they could get to know the Dweores and explore their world.

1st: What is the story so far?

John: In the peaceful natural world of the Dweores Villages are being attacked by some unknown force, Dweores and equipment are missing. The elders chose one Dweore to from each of the attacked villages to find the hidden enemy and stop the attacks. They are called Village Protectors, Hazo, Gama, Kaso and his pet Yamchi. We also meet May who’s come to their world to look for her missing father and brother. May is my Alice in wonderland and Snow White, she has no super powers. She has just her determination, intellect, kindness and her new friends.

1st: Tell me about the Dweores “I Can Do This” CD?

John: A musician friend Matt Harris asked for a copy of the all the pages of my book. He put them up on a wall in his studio and recorded music for some of his favorite pages. He came up with some really wonderful interesting songs.

1st: How did the Dweores get to be Facebook Stickers?

John: My first year at San Diego Comic Con someone from Facebook came by my table and asked if I would be interested in having Dweores stickers in Messenger. I said Wow that sounds like fun, yes. The Dweores went global overnight. Now I have fans around the world and with FB analytics, I can track the top 50 countries that use them, there age and gender and how many millions of time they are used.

1st: How did the Dweores get on the Big Bang Theory?

John: Well two years ago I meet an ex-pro wrestler, he told me he had his books and toys on the show. So I thought I’d try to get the Dweores on the show, It took me 2 years to find the correct path and prepare the right presentation. I sent it in that afternoon and got an email that evening, yes we want it but we need it the next morning on the set. How this season you can see the Dweores statues, posters, and books on the different sets. It’s crazy seeing Sheldon taking with Kaso and Gat in the background.

1st: What’s next for the Dweores?

John: At this year’s San Diego Comic Con I’ll have a full color 68 page Dweores art book and there are more statues, and Dwores figurines, mugs, and lots more surprises. coming this year. I’m very interested in creating a game and or an animated show for them.

1st: How can people get the Dweores comics?

John: Right now I just sell them to fans at the cons, or you can email me.

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FRESH TALK: Who are the new superwomen of the universe?

First Comics News - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 20:05

For much of comics history, women characters were introduced as plot devices for leading male characters with disheartening regularity. A new wave of superheroines is entering the comic universe, leading the fight for justice and dispelling traditional stereotypes in fiction and beyond. Speakers include Carolyn Cocca, author of Superwomen: Gender, Power, and Representation; Ariell Johnson, owner of Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Philadelphia; Gabby Rivera, author of Marvel’s AMERICA series and the novel Juliet Takes a Breath; and Ashley Woods, illustrator, graphic novelist, and artist for the Stranger Comics series NIOBE: She is Life.

Wed., June 14, 7–9:30 p.m.
Fresh Talk: 7–8:30 p.m.
Catalyst cocktail hour: 8:30–9:30 p.m.
Exhibition galleries open to attendees: 5–6:45 p.m.

National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20005

$25 general; $20 members, seniors, students; price includes museum admission and Catalyst cocktail hour. Reservations required. Reserve online at For more information, contact

The program will be live-streamed as well as recorded and made available on the museum’s website shortly afterward. To watch the live stream, visit on the day of the event. Also, join conversations before, during and after Fresh Talk events with #FreshTalk4Change.

The Speakers…
Carolyn Cocca
Carolyn Cocca is a political scientist and associate professor in the Department of Politics, Economics, and Law at the State University of New York, College at Old Westbury, where she teaches courses on U.S. Politics, the Politics of Gender and Sexuality, Civil Rights Law and Civil Liberties Law. She is the author of multiple publications about gender, law and the news media, but for the past few years she has been focused on gender, comics and pop-culture media. Her latest book Superwomen: Gender, Power, and Representation examines how female superheroes are portrayed in print, on TV and in movies, and how and why those portrayals have changed over time.

Ariell Johnson
A true child of the ’80s, Ariell Johnson grew up on a diet of He-Man, She-Ra, Thundercats and Transformers. This would be the gateway to a lifelong love of superpowers, superheroes and comics. She turned this passion into a career at age 32 when she opened Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse in Philadelphia, a hybrid comic-book store and coffee shop. Amalgam is the only black-woman owned shop of its kind, and the only black-woman owned comic book store on the East Coast. Johnson has a strong passion and commitment to diversity, representation and inclusivity. She uses her shop to showcase and promote works that are created by and feature people of color, different faiths, women and the LGBTQ community.

Gabby Rivera
Gabby Rivera is currently making major waves for her new Marvel series starring America Chavez: a queer, Latinx superhero who’s been written and designed, crucially, by a queer Latinx. Rivera is also the author of Juliet Takes a Breath, a YA novel listed by Mic as one of the 25 essential books to read for Women’s History Month. As an activist, Rivera also gives back. She’s the Youth Programs Manager at GLSEN (pronounced “glisten”), a leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for LGBTQ students. That means fewer incidents of bullying and harassment, and more students treated with respect. She’s also worked with for over five years as the QTPOC Speakeasy editor and A-Camp staff. As a film and multi-media teaching artist, Rivera has worked with social justice organizations like DreamYard Project, Inc. She has appeared as a featured panelist and counselor at the annual Autostraddle Queer Women’s Conference, and has presented at the Allied Media and Digital Media and Learning Conferences.

Ashley Woods
Born and raised in Chicago, Ashley A. Woods is an artist who got her start through self-publishing her action-fantasy comic series, Millennia War, while attending the International Academy of Design and Technology. After earning her degree in Film and Animation in 2007, she traveled to Kyoto, Japan, where she presented her work in a gallery showcase called Out Of Sequence. After returning to the states, work from her comics was included in the Black Comix compilation table-top book, which was used in college courses at various universities internationally. During summer 2015, she joined the team of Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg and Stranger Comics to work on NIOBE: She Is Life, which went on to sell tens of thousands of copies. Woods is currently working on LADY CASTLE with Delilah S. Dawson (Star Wars, Wicked As They Come) for BOOM! Studios and on the cover for Vampire Hunter D

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Fear the Walking Peasant … Pestilence #1

First Comics News - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 20:04

The Black Death, The Plague. We were told it was a devastating pandemic of the Yersinia Pestis bacteria causing the deadly Bubonic Plague. But what if history was a bit off? What if the evidence is incomplete and our theory is incorrect. What if this 14th Century pandemic was the first known zombie infestation? Pestilence, a new series from Aftershock Comics sets out to answer this very question.

Pestilence #1 Cover

The cast of characters in Pestilence are appropriately dark and gritty. Straight out of the Crusades, Roderick Helms leads a group of special soldiers known as Fiat Lux. If the Crusades had a Special Ops branch then Fiat Lux were just such a team. Along with Roderick is his loyal friend Geoffrey Ameil, assassin extraordinaire Giovanni Domenico, chief strategist William Moore, super spy Abel of Cyprus and the funny man of the team, James Howard. Each member, a specialist in their own right. Organized to be The Church’s assassin arm, Fiat Lux is sent out to quell a brewing uprising involving a renegade Crusader and his little militia. Of course, that’s when they realize the mission is much larger than anyone at The Vatican originally envisioned. The mission will ultimately evolve to encompass destroying the Undead zombies across medieval Europe.

Definitely a mature readers title as the violence flows freely, the language is spicy and containing more than a few shots of nudity during some “celebratory” scenes at a castle.

The art is absolutely stunning in my humble opinion. Oleg Okunev is a Disney illustrator and the details in his line work is outstanding. Each main character has a very distinctive look and there is never an issue identifying who is swinging the sword at any given moment. Rob Schwager’s colours are equally as exceptional. While details abound the pages never look heavy or overdone. Tim Bradstreet will be providing the regular covers for the series which kind of speaks for itself as Bradstreet is just a phenomenal artist having earned an Eisner Award-nomination for his creative work. I even had a chance to take a peak at Mike Rooth’s variant covers which are equally as fantastic.

Frank Tieri, “master of violence, gore, and mayhem” spins a great little opening story which gets all the mundane introductory stuff out of the way quite efficiently. Of course, the opening issue asks more questions encouraging a peak at the second issue. I liked this book so much I am immediately adding it to my pull list at my Local Comic Shop.

Issue: Pestilence #1 | Publisher: AfterShock Comics
Writers: Frank Tieri | Artists: Oleg Okunev & Rob Schwager
Letters: Marshall Dillon | Editor: Mike Marts
Price: $3.99

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First Comics News - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 19:27

Josie and the Pussycats are on a roll like never before, racking up award wins and climbing the charts! But are the “and the Pussycats” living their dreams, or just Josie’s? Are Melody and Valerie ready to try their hand at succeeding on their own terms?
Script: Marguerite Bennett, Cameron DeOrdio
Art: Audrey Mok, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Audrey Mok
Variant Covers: Jen Bartel, Tom Grummett
On Sale Date: 5/31
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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First Comics News - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 19:26

Get creative with Archie and his pals ‘n’ gals! Now you have the chance to color all of your favorite Archie characters! You can give Archie’s jalopy a paint job or personally style Betty and Veronica’s outfits. Plus, each image has an intricate background pattern to add to your color experience. The possibilities are endless and the fun never stops!
Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Dan DeCarlo, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 5/31
128-page, full color comic
$9.99 U.S.

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First Comics News - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 19:26

It’s MUSIC MONTH! In the BRAND NEW LEAD STORY “And the Winner Is….” The Archies win an NTV music award, but an overzealous pop star steals their thunder! When they find out he was just using their moment for publicity, the gang decides to turn the tables on him!!
Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 5/31
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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First Comics News - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 19:26

Celebrate Archie’s 75th anniversary in a special way with this commemorative digest that presents the always-entertaining fairy tale stories!
Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 5/31
224-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

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