Topic: Comic Books - New
This Holiday Season is really moving along for me...
On Sunday night Tina asked me if I wanted to watch SYFY's 'Alice' mini-series, which was an updated 'Alice In Wonderland' film.
Which reminded me that I had read a recent treatment of an updated 'Dorothy in Kansas' story that I had picked up at the 2009 Long Beach Comic Con, but had not yet reviewed here...
I had picked it up at Karl Alstaetter's table and had read it, meaning to at least mention it in this Blog's "Featurette" section. However I hadn't mentioned it as of Sunday night.
So first, here is a little info on Karl Alstaetter, whose name is probably familar to you:
"Karl Alstaetter began working in comics in the 1990s. He started as an art assistant on Marvel's 'X-Men', and then went on to provide art for Marvel, DC and Image Comics. He had his breakthrough with his run on 'Q:UNIT'. He took a break from comics and went to work as a designer for video games, films theme parks for a while. In 1997, he began his own line of comics through Hyperwerks Entertainment, which includes titles like 'Deity', 'Catseye', 'Saint Angel' and 'Weasel Guy'. Alstaetter was the artist and writer on the company's first comic, 'Deity', himself. He also had a take on the classic German sci-fi hero 'Perry Rhodan'".
So that is probably why his name is familar to you.
So what is this e.c.b. series about? Here's what I found in the press info:
Convention Debut LBC Comic Con! 10/2 - We are not in Kansas anymore! Emerald City is a place of dark dreams and perverted fantasies. Dorothy wakes up in Emerald City with no memories and a band of homicidal monkeys hot on her trail. She must now trust the violent and mysterious Cyber warrior TIN if she hope to survive and find her lost memories.
Emerald City Blues is a post modern take on The Wizard of Oz by Writer/Artist Karl Altstaetter (Q-Unit, Deity, Bloodstrike)Two covers! Three versions.
Main "Filmstrip" Cover 28 pgs-$5.50 + $2.50 S.H.
The Deluxe Alternate Glinda/cover with a custom sketch on the back $25.00 + $2.50 S.H.
As can be seen at the top right of this blog post... The two cover printings have been sold out! So why am I blogging about this series? Well, it's because there is an issue #2 forthcoming, and I wanted to bring this series to Your attention.
The issue I received was the filmstrip cover issue. The interior pages were black and white with the sound effects in color! Plus some shading was in color. Interesting way of presenting this story...
I found the artwork in this issue to be impressive. It would appear that Rob Liefeld did also, as he wrote his thoughts on this issue that was printed at the back of the story. (Note: Karl had worked on 'Bloodstrike' for Rob for over two years.)
Although I found the artwork to be impressive, I was just a little 'confused' at the beginning of the issue as to where the storyline was going. Yeah, I know the OZ story, heck I've read All of the series of Baum's books early in my life. I was a little 'confused' because this comic is an alternate tale of the original Wizard Of Oz story set in the modern day. Dorothy along with her living stuffed doll Toto has already come to the Metropolis called the 'Emerald City'. Once there, she is attacked by large mutant monkeys, but is saved in time by 'Tin', who is the sword-swinging master at arms for the city. So no wonder I was a little 'confused'.
Also, this was an action packed intro issue, with the intro of the characters taking place very quickly, and then before I knew it... It was the end of Chapter One! I did a little research on this comic book, and found it was originally a '24 Hour Comic' project, and then later presented as an ongoing webcomic.
This probably would have been a good story arc to put into a 'Graphic Novel' format. Now I'm wondering if waiting for a TPB format to come out would be smart for those just coming in to the story. Especially if the 1st issue is already SOLD OUT! Which is great for Karl, and I salute him for a 'SOLD OUT' status on this issue already since October 2nd! Congrats!
So, I thank Karl for the preview copy, and wish him well on this series. I'll take a look later at the succeeding issues, and possibly report back here...in the meantime You can check out his work at: http://komickarl.deviantart.com/ .
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