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Tuesday, December 15, 2009
The Horsemen: Book Of Olorun!
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Comic Books - New

 

The Horsemen:

Book Of Olorun 

Check It Out During Indy Comic Book Week December 27th, 2009!

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Above: Jiba Molei Anderson at the Comic Con International: San Diego, 2009.

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Above: A Poster Print for The Horsemen: Book Of Olorun.

To the left: Full wrap-around cover for The Horsemen: Book Of Olorun!

TODAY'S 'MAIN FEATURE':

Yesterday I blogged about the upcoming 'Indy Comic Book Week' that starts December 27th, 2009.... 

And stated that one of the persons that told me of this event was Jiba Molei Anderson.  I thought that today I would blog about Jiba's publication that will be for sale during that upcoming event at selected LCBS in the Illinois, Michigan, New York, and California areas.

Please note that I received an 'Official Griot Preview' .pdf file copy to review from, which does not always reflect what holding an actual printed copy in both hands could show when printed, or how the paper itself 'feels' when turning the pages while reading.

I have already blogged about his earlier work on 'The Horsemen', thus I was familar with the storyline, the characters, and the artwork.

So what is this publication about?  Here is the promo info:

Written and Illustrated by Jiba Molei Anderson

Standard Comic
full Color
Page Count: 32
POD
The Orisha emerged from a deep slumber. Seeing that their mission had been perverted, they had set about to free us…whether we wanted them to or not. But, what if there were others not Orisha, not Deitis, not Human, but something more, a new Race? What side would they choose in the coming war? And, who truly controls the Eight Immortals but the number seven?

The gods of ancient Africa have possessed seven people to protect humanity from itself…whether humanity wants them to or not. They have been chosen to combat those who control the fate of the planet.

The Horsemen: Book Of Olorun TM and © Griot Enterprises & Jiba Molei Anderson. All rights reserved.

Here in the 'Book of Olorun', the artwork once again is of fine craftmanship caliber, and the colors are vivid!

However, the text narration boxes were a little hard to read for me, because of the white text on the yellow-orange background boxes.  The word balloons were the normal black text on white background, which was clearer to read.  I had a little difficulty reading the narration boxes from the .pdf file. Hopefully the printed format doesn't have the same level of reading difficulty.

Jiba's artwork does seem to be more a pin-up style of artwork here in this issue.  Now, there is nothing wrong with that, as long as you know going in that the artwork is that style. Several artists work in that style, adding their own flair to the work.

There is still a story that is conveyed here, just that the storyboards are more of a pin-up style in presentation of that story.  But I happen to like Jiba's art style, so that was OK with me in this issue.

At the beginning of this blog I mentioned that Jiba's publication will be at select Local Comic Book Shops. Those shops according to Jiba include:

Chicago, IL - Graham Crackers, Brainstorm Comics, Dreambound Comics, 3rd Coast Comics, Keith's Komix.

Michigan - Green Brain Comics.

Georgia - Dragon's Horde.

New York City - Midtown Comics.

California - Four Color Fantasies in Rancho Cucamonga.

For those of You that are NOT in those named areas... Jiba's publication can be found at Indy Planet at this link! 

SPECIAL NOTE: As an addendum, Jiba has called me and told me that he will be signing at Graham Crackers Comics one day only on December 30th from the hours of Noon to 2 PM at the Downtown location at 55 E. Madison. Please call that store to verify that on the day of the event, as events are always subject to change!

For more info on Jiba's works and where YOU can be interactive with him and others about this series, please check out his 'Horsemen Graphic Novel Facebook Fan Page'! 

I will be blogging about more indy comics series right here at ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com in the days to come, right into the New Year itself as that is how long 'Indy Comic Book Week' continues into!

You can follow what is happening and how you can participate in 'Indy Comic Book Week' by checking out the details at:

http://indycomicbookweek.com/index.html.

For our part...Tina and I will be having all the independents comics / graphic novels that we have ready to be sold listed in our online store at:

http://www.makeitsomarketing.com/   

BTW, If YOU are a comics or graphic novel creator, and would like to possibly see Your work reviewed here in my Blog, please check this following link, where I tell you: "How To Best Submit YOUR Publication For Possible Review!"

AND... Thanks again to all of YOU reading our current and archived blog posts!  We do blog usually on a daily basis during the work week on comic book creators, comic book reviews, comic cons, and other pop culture news and events including some TV shows and theatrical films as they are shown.  

PLUS... Welcome to ALL of You that were reading the eBay Version of our Blog prior to eBay closing 'their eBay blogs platform' on October 31st, 2009.  That version of our Blog had 1.37 MILLION page views before the closure...

However, This Blog version is the same Blog that has been published at the same time the eBay version was being published.  I've been publishing this version since September 2007, so it has the same 'Fun Stuff' you are used to reading on the eBay version!

Speaking of eBay... Be sure to check out our own new listings of comics, graphic novels, Comic Con exclusives and more pop culture items for sale in Our online eBay Featured Store that our blogs are based on!  It's due to sales at this online store that keep us going with the ability to post blogs like the one you have read here today!

~ Michael @  ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com

 

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TODAY'S FEATURETTE:

NEW COMICS SERIES:   Today's Featurette section is about a comic book series that was sent in to me for possible review.  However, it was just a single issue, #3, that I received.

When I jump into a series that has already started, it is sometimes hard to catch up, UNLESS the creator(s) have a 'intro' page or 'what's happened before' section in the issue you currently are holding!

So I thank Mike Sales, creator and writer of Southside Nefertiti, who is pictured below at the 2009 Onxycon at his table, for putting in that recap!

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So what is this issue and series about?  Well on the splash page is the following:

"Daughter of slain activist Kleo Jones, Nefertiti is a super-powered single mother who has built a good life for herself and her son Joshua, while still looking out for folks around the way. No matter what goes down, the Southside knows when they need help... they can always count on Nefertiti."

Okay... here's my thoughts for this issue only:  The cover is in color. The interior pages are black and white. There are two parts to this third issue in the series, and there is at least a fourth issue for this story arc.  

So, the story is a continued one, and I felt that I was missing out on not reading the previous issue at least.  Even though there was a recap page, I still had that feeling.  So a newbie to this series has a choice. Either this issue has enough drawing power to make you search for the earlier two issues, and continue with the fourth, or you take this as a one-shot reading experience. I know that this issue for me was one that I would like to know more about Southside Nefertiti. Yet I also know that one of the draws, but also one of the drawbacks of the early Marvel Comics was the fact that most became continued stories, and distribution was not always there for earlier or later issues... 

The artwork by Randolph Williams was well suited for the storyline and the black and white interior pages.  There were several head shots, and talking scenes, yet plenty of action illustrated by Randolph! 

I didn't see the credits for the lettering, but that was a good job in lettering, especially with the sound effects used in the pages.

I believe that a reader who started with the first issue would get more out of this series.  The concept of Nefertiti is a sound one, and I like the background info. There are relationships between the characters which fleshes out those characters in this issue. I do note that even though I just recently received this issue, the copyright was 2007 for the publishing date.  I'm not for sure how many issues have been printed to date, or if the story arc reached a conclusion. 

For more on this series, please check out their web site at:

http://www.TypeIllyPress.com

And You can be interactive with the folks at Type Illy Press if you are a Facebook member by joining their Fan Page at:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Type-Illy-Press/150316228597 

My thanks to Michael Sales for submitting Issue #3 of this series for possible review!

~Michael

 

 

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Updated: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 1:52 PM PST
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Monday, December 14, 2009
Indy Comic Book Week - Starting December 27th, 2009!
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Other Cons

 

Indy Comic Book Week Starting December 27th, 2009!

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TODAY'S 'MAIN FEATURE':

I have had a few Facebook Friends ask me if I was going to publicize the upcoming 'Indy Comic Book Week'.... 

Which I am glad to do so here today.  Here is the press release for the upcoming event:

"Indy Comic Book Week is not only an event, but also a call to action.

Diamond Comic Distributors announced they will not ship any new comics for the last week of December. This company is the primary distributor of comic books in North America. What some would call a sad week without our favorite mainstream titles, we are calling an opportunity. This vacancy allows independent and small press comic book creators to claim this week as their own.

We challenge writers and artists to self publish new material for this week, and offer it to their local stores. We ask for retailers to take this as an opportunity to showcase local independent talent on the new release shelves. We encourage fans to break from their buying habits and try something new.

Raise your fist and proudly declare that comic books are more than an industry, more than a handful of corporations – it is a creative outlet for independent-minded artists and storytellers. This last week of 2009 belongs to you. Power to the people. Right on."

I've been blogging about many indy comic books, both one-shots and mini-series, since beginning this blog back in June of 2006.  So I am pleased to see others taking the lead in promoting indy comics at the end of this year!

I will be blogging about more indy comics series right here at ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com in the days to come, right into the New Year itself!

You can follow what is happening and how you can participate in 'Indy Comic Book Week' by checking out the details at:

http://indycomicbookweek.com/index.html.

For our part...Tina and I will be having all the independents comics / graphic novels that we have ready to be sold listed in our online store at:

http://www.makeitsomarketing.com/ 

My thanks to those that informed me of this upcoming event, including Jiba Molei Anderson, so I could blog about it here in my Blog today!  Jiba tells me that his newest work: "The Horsemen: Book of Olorun" will be in stores Dec. 30 for Indy Comic Book Week. I am intending on blogging about his latest creation as well as others between now and then! For more info until then, check out his 'Horsemen Graphic Novel Facebook Fan Page'! 

BTW, If YOU are a comics or graphic novel creator, and would like to possibly see Your work reviewed here in my Blog, please check this following link, where I tell you: "How To Best Submit YOUR Publication For Possible Review!"

AND... Thanks again to all of YOU reading our current and archived blog posts!  We do blog usually on a daily basis during the work week on comic book creators, comic book reviews, comic cons, and other pop culture news and events including some TV shows and theatrical films as they are shown.  

PLUS... Welcome to ALL of You that were reading the eBay Version of our Blog prior to eBay closing 'their eBay blogs platform' on October 31st, 2009.  That version of our Blog had 1.37 MILLION page views before the closure...

However, This Blog version is the same Blog that has been published at the same time the eBay version was being published.  I've been publishing this version since September 2007, so it has the same 'Fun Stuff' you are used to reading on the eBay version!

Speaking of eBay... Be sure to check out our own new listings of comics, graphic novels, Comic Con exclusives and more pop culture items for sale in Our online eBay Featured Store that our blogs are based on!  It's due to sales at this online store that keep us going with the ability to post blogs like the one you have read here today!

~ Michael @  ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com

 

Now Celebrating the 11th Year On The Web!

"Hammering Out the Web For You Since May 12th, 1998!"

Click Here add This ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com to Your list of NetworkedBlogs! 

Note: If you breaking into or already work in the comic book industry or other pop culture productions, you are welcome to email us press releases, news items, and updates that you feel would be of interest to our blog readers. Including YOUR own works!

To mail printed items to us for possible review, send to:

Click Here to see our Facebook Comic Con Dealer Table!

Make It So Marketing
PO Box 130653
Carlsbad, CA 92013

 

We also have an on-line exhibitor table at the virtual Facebook Comic Con. You can view the table by clicking this link

If you are a Facebook member, please join our Facebook Comic Con | Make It So Marketing exhibitor table for updates, specials, and other wall posts!

 

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TODAY'S FEATURETTE:

THE PASSING OF GENE BARRY a.ka. 'Bat Masterson' and other TV / Film Roles:   With all that has been going on here... I have not been able to blog about the death of Gene Garry, who passed away on December 9th 2009, until today.

Although others might 'know' him better in other roles, it was his role as 'Bat Masterson' on the TV Show that he first became known to me.  Yeah, I was at that impressionable age when all those TV Westerns were on during the late 1950's into the early 1960's!  Issue #7 of 'Bat Mastson' from Dell Comics (May-July 1961) is shown below to show you how 'dapper' Gene Barry was in this role!

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Gene Barry's real name was Eugene Klass, and he was born June 14th, 1919 in New York City. All of his grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Russia.

Eugene did what so many others did in his profession. He took a 'stage name', and decided to honour John Barrymore, and thus 'Gene Barry' started his acting career.

Again, although I knew him best as 'Bat Masterson', other collectors of his works knew him best in either 'Our Miss Brooks', 'The Name of the Game', or 'Burke's Law'.

The earliest work that I am aware of was his role in the 1952 film 'The Atomic City', and hi last work was in the 2005 film 'War of the Worlds'.

Unfortunately it seems I missed his recreation of the role of 'Bat Masterson' for two episodes of 'Guns of Paradise' in 1990 alongside Hugh O'Brian as Wyatt Earp.  I'll have to look those up now as a fond farewell to Gene Barry...

My condolences to Gene's family members on his passing.

~Michael

 

 

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Posted by makeitsomarketing at 10:28 AM PST
Updated: Monday, December 14, 2009 12:24 PM PST
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Saturday, December 12, 2009
There's A 'Crime Wave' Going On!
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Comic Books - New

 

There's A

'Crime Wave'

 Going On!

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As Reported In These Pages By Carl Herring Jr!

Top Right: Front Cover to Crime Wave Anthology Volume 1!

   

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TODAY'S 'MAIN FEATURE':

The above pictured comic book was sent to me for a possible review here in this Blog from Carl Herring Jr.... 

It currently is the first issue in the series, although at the end of this issue, there is a 'to be continued' note. 

So the front cover pictured above looks really cool... What's the series about?"

Here is the press info for issue #1: 

"A bi-annual publication suggested for mature readers, Crime Wave Anthology is a collection of three stories that features the exploits of men and women of law enforcement as they fight all levels of crime to keep our city streets and the country safe. The stories center mainly around the adventures of an FBI duo, Chase and Hunt." 

So what did I think of this series?

Well, It's always 'thrilling' to open up a comic book that turns out to be an anthology, because I never know what to expect!  Am I going to be satisified when reading or maybe have mixed emotions about the different stories?!

However, in this case I was 'notified' on the cover that I was holding an 'anthology' comic book.  Even though the word 'Anthology' was in smaller print than the rest of the title...

The cover looked really good, and if it was at a LCBS, I would have stopped and checked it out.  That is a good point in its' favor, right from the start!

I really appreciated seeing the text on the inside front cover.  That text emphasized that I would be reading an 'anthology' as I turned the next pages.  That was a very good idea, and one Not always used today by the creator(s).

The splash page, which was actually page one of the first story, really caught my eyes. The presentation was similar to comics I used to read, and the action and story kept me reading.  Kind of reminded me of comics before the 3 or 4 issue story arcs that a lot of mainstream comics are into today...

The second story also kept my interest.  I noticed that there were no ad pages inbetween the first and second stories... nice!

The third story ended up being 'To Be Continued'.  Okay... well OK until I realized that the second volume of this series may take a while to read.  I wasn't aware this series was a bi-annual series until researching to blog here today. Darn!

However, the shower scene in the third issue reminded me of the Natasha 'Black Widow' shower scene in the old Daredevil series from years ago... so I'll be back!

You know... this was a 'fun read', even though it was a 'crime comic'.  If it is the intent of Carl to establish a 'brand' using this comic as one corner of the foundation, then he is on the right track with this series in my opinion!

Regarding the creative team on this anthology comic book:

Scott E. Ambruson does the interior artwork on the first two stories.  His earlier credits include Trailer Park of Terror #6.  The third story is illustrated by Chris Torres whose credits include Robert Sodaro's 'Agent Unknown'.

If you thought you recognized the style on the front cover, that was because it was by Norm Breyfogle, who is best known for his Batman artwork!

The Creative Director for Three J Productions is Ed Traquino. Ed did the lettering, coloring and all the technical aspects of the publication.  My thought is that it is the coloring that really makes this issue stand out, both on the front cover and the interior pages. Great work Ed!

To me, this first issue is a very good foundation on which to build the series!

You can buy this comic, (as well as other Three J Productions publications), at:

http://www.threejproductions.com .

Plus You can be 'interactive' with this company if You are on Facebook, by becoming a 'fan' of their Fan Page at: 

http://www.facebook.com/pages/West-Haven-CT/Three-J-Productions-LLC/45275790627 .

My thanks to Carl at Three J Productions for sending in the publication for a possible review here in my Blog today! 

If YOU are a comics or graphic novel creator, and would like to possibly see Your work reviewed here in my Blog, please check this following link, where I tell you: "How To Best Submit YOUR Publication For Possible Review!"

AND... Thanks again to all of YOU reading our current and archived blog posts!  We do blog usually on a daily basis on comic book creators, comic book reviews, comic cons, and other pop culture news and events including some TV shows and theatrical films as they are shown.  

PLUS... Welcome to ALL of You that were reading the eBay Version of our Blog prior to eBay closing 'their eBay blogs platform' on October 31st, 2009.  That version of our Blog had 1.37 MILLION page views before the closure...

However, This Blog version is the same Blog that has been published at the same time the eBay version was being published.  I've been publishing this version since September 2007, so it has the same 'Fun Stuff' you are used to reading on the eBay version!

Speaking of eBay... Be sure to check out our own new listings of comics, graphic novels, Comic Con exclusives and more pop culture items for sale in Our online eBay Featured Store that our blogs are based on!  It's due to sales at this online store that keep us going with the ability to post blogs like the one you have read here today!

~ Michael @  ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com

 

Now Celebrating the 11th Year On The Web!

"Hammering Out the Web For You Since May 12th, 1998!"

Click Here add This ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com to Your list of NetworkedBlogs! 

Note: If you breaking into or already work in the comic book industry or other pop culture productions, you are welcome to email us press releases, news items, and updates that you feel would be of interest to our blog readers. Including YOUR own works!

To mail printed items to us for possible review, send to:

Click Here to see our Facebook Comic Con Dealer Table!

Make It So Marketing
PO Box 130653
Carlsbad, CA 92013

 

We also have an on-line exhibitor table at the virtual Facebook Comic Con. You can view the table by clicking this link

If you are a Facebook member, please join our Facebook Comic Con | Make It So Marketing exhibitor table for updates, specials, and other wall posts!

 

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TODAY'S FEATURETTE:

NEW  MINI-COMICS SERIES:   I have already blogged about several of the publications from Main Enterprises that are currently available.

One series that I haven't yet blogged about is in keeping with today's 'Main Feature', which is about CRIME COMICS. The front cover of issue #1 of 'CHASE' is shown below.

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Here's the promo info on the first issue of this mini-comic series:

"The first issue of what will be a long mini-comic series, following the exploits of the family of criminal masterminds, the Marsdens and their co-horts. Up against them is the Special Criminal Deterrent Force. Is it an even match? We shall see. Story and concept by Jim Main, art and lettering by John Lambert, production by Dan Taylor. $1.00 plus regular first class stamp for orders in the US only."

My thoughts on this first issue and up to issue #7:

First, a "mini-comic" is exactly what this comic is!

The size is approx 4" wide by 5 1/2" in height.  The number of pages have fluctuated, but it truly is a 'mini-comic'.

That does NOT mean that you don't get a good read.  Just that it is shorter in story length with each issue.  The cost is also considerably less than full sized comics printed today.

I found the black and white cover and interior pages to be well illustrated.  It is well written for a story of action and deceit! There is a lot squeezed into the few pages of each issue, and if this genre of story is your reading niche, you will enjoy it!

You can find out more about this mini-comic series and other publications  that have been published by Main Enterprises by checking this link:

http://www.mainenterprises.ecrater.com/ .

My thanks to Jim Main @ Main Enterprises for sending in this publication for possible review. 

~Michael

(Addendum December 13th-  Jim sent me the following message: "the art and story for issue #10 has just been completed and the long awaited issue #8 is being released this week. There will also be a trade paperback edition available early next year that reprint issues 1-8 as well as two full color covers and never before published art."

 

 

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Posted by makeitsomarketing at 7:20 AM PST
Updated: Sunday, December 13, 2009 7:32 AM PST
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Friday, December 11, 2009
How To Best Submit YOUR Publication For Possible Review!
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Comic Books - New

 

How To Best Submit YOUR Publication For Possible Review...

To Michael D Hamersky's Blog At:

 

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ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com

 

An Ongoing Feature Presented By

Make It So Marketing Inc.

(Updated May 3rd, 2010)

   

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TODAY'S "MAIN FEATURE":

This blog has been updated today, (May 3rd, 2010), due to the fact that I continually use this archived blog post to refer comics / graphic novel creators to for them to send in their work(s)... For possible mention or review in my Blog... 

I refer to this because I keep getting asked questions if a creator can send their  published work to me, because the publisher of their work doesn't send out 'comp copies' to bloggers or 'other media people'.

So instead of repeating myself over and over, I put together this blog post back on December 11th of 2009 to show what I am asking for to help me read and possibly mention or review YOUR work in my Blog. 

Please Note the use of a 'key word' in the above title of this blog.  That 'key word' is "Best".

You see, I am sent several publications to review every month. And No, I'm Not complaining!  I enjoy reading what comes in, no matter what the genre the publication is in.  It keeps me involved in what's being published out there inbetween attending comic book and pop culture conventions, where I am also handed hard copies of publications to possibly review in my Blog.

So again... Why This blog post?

It's because after reading the received publication and finding that I either want to blog about it in the Blog's "Main Feature" section, that is when I run into 'time management trouble'.

That's due to several problems.  Which if they are 'problems' to me, they must be a 'problem' to other reviewers, but possibly in different 'difficulty' levels.  I'll explain further below.

What I 'Need' from You to be able to post a "Main Feature" section in my Blog is the following:

1)  NOTIFICATION: A notification that the publication is being sent to me for possible review. That should be simple enough.  But it isn't always.  If the publication is being sent via a physical mailing, then a brief letter with the sender's name, email address, physical address, and phone number would be sufficient. 

Also, please make sure the envelope is sturdy enough for the contents inside. I have seen the periodicals sent in to me go from being 'sandwiched' between two pieces of cardboard inserts for protection and carefully enclosed, to just being literally 'thrown' in the envelope, with the flap barely closed and sent media mail.

If the publisher or creator thinks that 'little' of their publication being sent in... what should I think of receiving a package in such a manner?  First impressions do count! 

(UPDATED Note: As of May 3rd, 2010 -  I am no longer accepting .pdf copies for possible mention or review in my Blog.  I have a 'backlog' of these, as I just don't find myself reading .pdf files for 'pleasure' reading.  Sorry, but I find myself to still be a tactile reader . If I have NOT mentioned or blogged about your previously submitted .pdf copy, that may be the reason, sorry!)  

2)  HOW TO PURCHASE: A note as to where the publication can be purchased by readers of my Blog. An url address link to an online site would be sufficient.  If I don't know where You want me to send my blog readers to, I'll have to 'guess' if I can't contact you. 

If it is self-published, and only sold via mail order, then please state so!  If it is sold via LCBS using Diamond then let me know that.  If it will be found shortly on Indy Planet, or other indy sites, that is fine also.  Just communicate that to me.  Plus if you've been reading this Blog for a while, you'll notice that I blog more about indy publications than I do 'mainstream' publications.  That's basically because those get more 'publicity' anyways from other reviewers.  I'm open to publications in genres that don't get all the attention!

3)  PUBLICATION PHOTO: A .jpeg or .gif for the periodical  that has been sent in for possible review. It does NOT need to be a 'print' quality photo, as I am reducing the 'size' of the photos anyways, usually no larger than 400 pixels wide to 555+ pixels in height.  Usually I'll Photoshop the picture to move the 'k' size down to less than '75 k' in size for quicker page loading.

4)  CREATOR PHOTO:  A .jpeg or .gif of the main creator(s) of the publication.  You would NOT believe how hard it is to find a photo online of many creators.  Yes, I'm sure that a lot of creators would like to think that their works speak for themselves, but even Steve Ditko has a few photos online from 1950's that a reviewer could draw from!

Note to Creators: 'Branding' is very important in marketing your publication.  I read other genres that I normally wouldn't because the creator(s) have 'branded' themselves as being good in another genre or media, thus leading me to 'try out' their endeavors in a different field!

5)   PRESS RELEASE: A 'press release' or a promo piece about what your publication is about.  Not a 'review' from another reviewer, but what the creator(s) think is what they had published. It would best if this is already online somewhere to send me a 'link' to that page.  Thus I could just 'copy and paste' that press release.  

6)  CREATOR BIO: At times a short 'bio' about the creator would be appreciated, especially if the publication is basically written / illustrated / inked / lettered / etc. by that one creator.  That would give that creator a little more 'exposure' or 'branding' as to who they are, what background they have, and why they are involved in this project.  I have on occasion also blogged a special series called "Spotlight On..." persons that may or not be directly involved in comics or cartooning, but are in other pop culture fields.  

Note: If You are on a Social Network, such as Facebook, please let me know that. Also if you have a 'Facebook Fan Page' or 'Facebook Group Page' that I could refer my blog readers to as well.  Quite often my blogs or wall posts will go 'viral' which could lead to your Fan or Group Page obtaining more 'fans' or 'members'!

The above half-dozen requests would save myself time, as well as for so many other reviewers that could be interested in Your publication!  It is still a wonder to me that so many creators don't 'market' themselves to bloggers or other reviewers with the basic information that is needed to present the publication and the creators in the best possible light.  

Again, presentation is important when sending the publication(s) out.  The first thing the reviewer see is the package the contents arrive in.  Giving the reviewer the necessary background as to the project's origins is helpful.  Also any 'press' or 'promotional' pieces is always appreciated.  And of course, if You already have a web site with the photos of the publication(s) AND yourself, you are so much easier to blog about and refer blog readers to! 

I still have a few publications that were presented to me that haven't been blogged about yet, even though they made the 'cut' to either be mentioned in my Blog's "Main Feature" section at the top of the Blog, or in the Blog's "Featurette" section at the bottom right of the Blog.  Quite often periodicals that don't have the six necessary components listed above don't make the "Main Feature" section because it is too hard to obtain that info/photos to publish a well drafted blog.  Thus the publication could end up in the "Featurette" section or not being blogged about at all... (UPDATE May 3rd, 2010 - I have 'discontinued the 'Featurette Section', at least for a while, as I was ending up writing two blogs in one.) 

So there You have it!  What I as a reviewer need to be able to blog about Your periodical here.  I hope it helps!  I definitely don't want to 'scare' anyone off, but it has taken some time to retrieve the necessary six components to properly blog a review here on several publications that were sent in or given to me. 

I listed what I need from you, so here is the necessary info you need from me to be able to submit your publication(s):

email address:   makeitsomktg@aol.com

mailing address: 
Michael D Hamersky
c/o Make It So Marketing Inc.
PO Box 130653
Carlsbad CA 92013

LAST NOTES IN THIS UPDATE As of May 3rd of 2010:

One:  Several of my reviews are being reprinted in my New Column at Comic Fan! magazine published by Main Enterprises. So there is a possibility of even more exposure of your work via that channel.  Not all reviews submitted to that magazine get published, but some do...

Two:  Because EACH one of my blogs takes at LEAST an HOUR to produce, minimum, I only blog on works that I personally like, or that I find unique enough to stand out from the others that would be on the shelves at a LCBS. 

Three: Continually  emailing me or messaging myself as to why I haven't mentioned or blogged about your work yet, like is currently being done this week by a party who will remained unnamed here, does NOT get your work mentioned any faster, and if continued will be taken off the possible mention or review candidates list. 

Sorry about the above  last paragraph, this is the first time this has happened, after 3,120+ blogs that I have posted to date....

To end on a Postive Note...My thanks to All of those that have taken the time to either send a printed copy in via mail or given me a copy of their publication at a comic / pop culture convention this Year.  I look forward to receiving more publications from those reading this blog post, that are motivated enough to send in their publications for possible review!  

AND... Thanks again to all of YOU reading our current and archived blog posts!  We do blog usually on a daily basis on comic book creators, comic book reviews, comic cons, and other pop culture news and events including some TV shows and theatrical films as they are shown.  

PLUS... Welcome to ALL of You that were reading the eBay Version of our Blog prior to eBay closing 'their eBay blogs platform' on October 31st, 2009.  That version of our Blog had 1.37 MILLION page views before the closure...

However, This Blog version is the same Blog that has been published at the same time the eBay version was being published.  I've been publishing this version since September 2007, so it has the same 'Fun Stuff' you are used to reading on the eBay version!

Speaking of eBay... Be sure to check out our own new listings of comics, graphic novels, Comic Con exclusives and more pop culture items for sale in Our online eBay Featured Store that our blogs are based on!  It's due to sales at this online store that keep us going with the ability to post blogs like the one you have read here today!

~ Michael @  ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com

 

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TODAY'S "FEATURETTE" SECTION: RECOMMENDED GRAPHIC NOVELS, TPBs AND SPECIAL MAGAZINES AS GIFTS, (UPDATED):  

Back on December 2nd, this blog's  'Main Feature' was on what items to avoid giving as a holiday present to business associates.

Well, I asked then, what about those business associates that you work with on a regular basis and personally know very well, and that you would like to introduce them to the reading genres that you enjoy?

I would think that giving a graphic novel could be a good idea if you have heard them talk about books and / or movies that they have recently read or seen.   Here are some thoughts on graphic novels that I have reviewed this year with what audience to give as gift to. Plus I've added a couple of magazines, TPBs and books in this updated list...

For someone that reads HoRRoR books: 

Heathentown,

For someone that likes to read books to their children:

The Path, Hot Stuff - The Little Devil from Harvey Comics - a TPB from Dark Horse!  (TPB), T Runt (Childrens illustrated book)!

For someone that likes audio books in a HoRRoR vein:

Spinechillers!

For someone that likes a 'Fun Read' and enjoys old TV Shows, say like the 1960's Batman TV Show:

Miserable Dastards!

For someone that likes Sci-Fi with social commentary:

Eye Of The Gods! 

For someone that likes 'Underground' type of publications:

Satyr (Magazine!)

Plus, the following which is NOT a graphic novel, but a 'Companion' Book to the TV Show:

The Knight Rider Companion!

And for those that like 'Doc Savage' the pulp hero:

Zine of Bronze (magazine)!

For those that have heard of the Comic Con International: San Diego, but have Never been there, (or only once or twice):

The 40th Anniversary Comic Con Souvenir Book!

The above are just some of the ideas that I have, based upon my personally reading them and then reviewing them here. Again, the above are meant for business associates or business friends that YOU personally know, and are NOT currently reading graphic novels. 

It would be a lot easier for me to recommend single issue 'floppy' comics, but NOT for business friends or associates.  Unfortunately it is still easier to give a graphic novel that re comics in a form of a book instead of a 'comic book' itself.

Possibly in the days to come, I may list more graphic novels and comic mini-series to give as gifts for those that you know that already read this form of literature. I am leaving this blog post open to possibly come back and add more, or post a link to a continuation post, as once again I have run out of time here this morning.....   

~Michael

 

 

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Thursday, December 10, 2009
Make Way For.... Cosmic Man!
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Comic Books - New

 

Make Way For...

Cosmic Man!

The Comic Book Series

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The above pictured comic book series was sent to me for a possible review here in this Blog... 

It currently is a two issue series, although at the end of Issue #2 there is a 'to be continued' note. 

So the two covers look kinda cool... What's the series about?"

Here is the press info for issue #1: 

"At long last comes the first comic book format publication from Main Enterprises, featuring the space born hero that began within the pages of Jim Main's legendary fanzine *PPFSZT!...COSMIC MAN! The first issue features a brand new tale, written by Steve Keeter, with art by Tony Lorenz and lettered by Jim Pack,with an inside back cover by guest artist Jack Bertram. Join Cosmic Man, his friends Dr. Kelsey and his daughter Mary, as well as his "cousin" The Phoenix, as they take on government agents while an even bigger threat, not of this world, looms above! All this excitement is topped off with an eye-popping, dynamic full color cover illustration by Scott McClung. $2.25 plus 1.30 S&H in the U.S. Payment by check only."

Here's the press info on issue #2:

"Another stupendous issue by writer Steve Keeter and artist Tony Loenz featuring the mis-understood super hero is here at last. And what an issue it is, as other heroes are called upon once again to help with the alien invasion begun last issues. Fans of the 70's fanzines will thrill to the return of characters such as Nightman, The Spy, The Raven, Sunwing, The Titan, The Acrobat, The Simian, all answering a call to assist in the defeat of the menace, alongside K'bar (The Phoenix) and The Cosmic Man. Additional art by Jack Bertram and a dazzling full color front cover by the amazing Scott McClung. $2.95, plus 1.50 S&H-$4.45, personal check only, made out to Jim Main." 

So what did I think of this series?

Well, the two covers were really striking, and would stand out on the shelves at a LCBS that you would go to if they were distributed to your Local Comic Book Shop.  Although the covers are in color, the interior pages are in black and white format. Continuing with discussing the artwork, the illustrations are drawn in a 'fanzine' style or early independent comics style.  Not saying anything bad about the style, but it is totally different from the front covers.  The breakdown into chapters is good, and goes with this art style.

The writing is similar to that of a 1950's Sci-Fi film dialogue.  Again, nothing wrong with that, it does flow with the storyline.  I enjoyed issue #1 enough to delve into issue #2 right away. Issue #2's artwork looks more 'finished' to me, maybe because the panels seem to have background details in the finishing inks.

The lettering in issue #1 appears different than in #2.  I noticed that right away, and that style complemented the more 'finished' artwork used in issue #2.

This series so far kept my interest, and I'm wondering when issue #3 will be published...???  Possibly the publisher is waiting for You to buy out the first two issues?!

You can buy this series, (as well as other Main Enterprises publications), at:

http://mainenterprises.ecrater.com .

My thanks to Jim Main at Main Enterprises for sending in the publications for a possible review here in my Blog today!

AND... Thanks again to all of YOU reading our current and archived blog posts!  We do blog usually on a daily basis on comic book creators, comic book reviews, comic cons, and other pop culture news and events including some TV shows and theatrical films as they are shown.  

PLUS... Welcome to ALL of You that were reading the eBay Version of our Blog prior to eBay closing 'their eBay blogs platform' on October 31st, 2009.  That version of our Blog had 1.37 MILLION page views before the closure... However, This Blog version is the same Blog that has been published at the same time the eBay version was being published.  I've been publishing this version since September 2007, so it has the same 'Fun Stuff' you are used to reading on the eBay version!

Speaking of eBay... Be sure to check out our own new listings of comics, graphic novels, Comic Con exclusives and more pop culture items for sale in Our online eBay Featured Store that our blogs are based on!  It's due to sales at this online store that keep us going with the ability to post blogs like the one you have read here today!

~ Michael @  ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com

 

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Click Here to see our Facebook Comic Con Dealer Table!

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NEW GRAPHIC NOVELS FEATURETTE:   I have already blogged about one of the two graphic novels that Shawn Granger sent in for possible review.  (Click here for my review on 'Family Bones'.)

The second graphic novel was titled 'Innocent', with the front cover as seen below.

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Here's the promo info on this graphic novel:

"King Tractor Press
Two Versions/Covers:

Art by Tony De Zuniga, Nei Ruffino, Jennifer Aponte, Nando, Daniel Zeta, Mannie Abeleda, and Daniel Vera

Innocent is about an angel and a psychopath who become best friends. They spend their days discussing human existence, sipping lattes, and fighting demons. These evil foes are born in hell, but sometimes are the earth-grown kind.

Innocent is a story that mixes "Blade" with "Pulp Fiction". It's a smart, action-packed story that sprinkles in a few laughs. Two complete opposites who find that they've got more in common than they could know. Innocent struggles to keep David in check, fearing that one day he'll go too far. David knows that he could become Innocent's target if he let's himself free to pursue his desires. He doesn't know that sometimes Innocent feels himself falling, letting anger get the best of him. David doesn't know how close Innocent has been to becoming what he hates.

Innocent collects the "Innocent" web-comic from 2006-2007 plus more than 57 pages of new story that hasn't been previously available on-line. It's written by Shawn Granger, the writer of the successful horror, true crime series "Family Bones"."

My thoughts on this 'graphic novel':  This was a compilation of pages created by the one writer using several different artists.  While the idea of publishing this webcomic into printed form was probably due to readers' demands for it, I found it hard to read in this published format of 'graphic novel'.

That's probably because of the different styles of the artists that were involved in this project.  There was enough of a difference from each artist, that when compiled into what is basically an anthology TPB, that it just didn't totally flow for me as a reader in this 'graphic novel' format. 

However, if read as a continued story, and seen in a series of 'floppy' comic books format, with individual chapters for each artist's work; it probably would have worked better for me as a reader. For instance, Chapter Five's artwork by Daniel Zeta was a well done illustrated story.  Good enough to be a stand alone issue. I think it was the different artstyles presented in this compilation 'graphic novel' format that kept me from enjoying it more. 

(Note: There were one page separators that identified when a new chapter was starting. There were five chapters in all, plus a 'Sketches' section afterwards.)

The interior pages are black & white, and also black/gray/white.

You can find out more about this graphic novel and other publications  that have been published by King Tractor Press by checking this link:

http://www.kingtractorpress.com/.

My thanks to Shawn Granger @ King Tractor Press for sending in this publication for possible review. 

~Michael

 

 

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