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Friday, December 25, 2009
Christmas Comic Book Covers And Me!
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Comic Book History

 

Christmas Comic Book Covers And Me!

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Above: What's Christmas without Santa's Christmas Comics? I hope I never know! (1952)

   

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Above: What's Christmas without 'weather' and snow?  (Also from 1952!) 

TODAY'S 'MAIN FEATURE':

I want to share with you today some Christmas comic book covers that I have either seen or owned over the years.... 

Starting with a couple that were published in time for my 1st Christmas in 1952!

The one at the top left of this blog post is from Standard Comics.  It's amazing how many comics publishers no longer exist today from the 1950's! But I have to admit that we are experiencing a New 'Golden Age' today, where individual comic book creators can publish their own works, which could be even better!

The comic book at the top right of this blog is from Farrell Publications. Instead of running a 'Bugs Bunny' Christmas Holiday comic book cover here like I've done in the past; I thought I'd run 'Billy Bunny' instead.  I'm probably getting several blank stares at the screen just about now... Billy Bunny??? LOL!

The comic book cover that we just passed while reading this text was one of those neat-o comic book ideas, 3-D Comics!  You know, just like "at the movies" in 1953 when this comic book was published! It was a 'cool idea' to see the First Christmas in 3-D back then... but where's my 3-D glasses at?!

The comic book to the immediate left reminds me of the many times I've been to Disneyland during the Holidays. 

It used to be that a family could go to Disneyland on Christmas Day or the Day after without crowds.

Now the crowds are there with the same idea, making Disneyland during the Holidays look a lot like Summertime... Sheesh!

Although Disneyland was my favorite amusement park growing up, running a close 2nd was Knott's Berry Farm.  When I returned years later to live in the Orange County area, I found myself living just a few miles away from Knott's, so I really had fun taking relatives who came out to visit to have Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner. And load up on the Knott's Berry Farm Boysenberry Preserves.  Knott's became my favorite amusement park in California. Yumm... good ol' days!

Talking about the good ol' days, I grew up as a 'Ford' man, because my Dad had nothing but Fords when I lived at home!

Heck, my first car was a brand new 1970 Ford Maverick, not the 1961 Ford Mustang that Santa Claus is driving in the 1961 Ford Promotional Christmas Comic Book at the immediate left!

I really enjoyed those promo comics of the Golden and Silver Ages of Comics, as you can see through the period of time I've been blogging and including them in the 'Main Features' or 'Featurettes' sections!

A lot of those promo comics are now shown at Scott Shaw!'s Oddball Comics web site, as well in his card packs for sale. If you received cash during the holiday season, and enjoy the covers shown here today, check out Scott's sites.  This year I did a special 'Spotlight On... Scott Shaw!', where you can find out more of the details and why I love attending his 'Oddball Comics Slideshow'!

Okay, now I skip a few years to 1978.  The year that the comic book to the immediate left was published from Marvel Comics. 

I do enjoy reading the Classics stories, especially in Classics Illustrated style or similar like Marvel Comics did.

The 'Santa Claws' versus whomever that have seen print in recent years really don't get my attention.  Plus I wouldn't give those away for Christmas gifts either.

So yeah, I'm getting older, even though I feel like a 'Big Kid' most of the time!

There are more Christmas Comic Book Covers out there, but I've run several of those in past years here at my Blog, plus I have to leave a few for the upcoming years to blog about! There are enough of them out there that someone could actually build a 'Christmas Comic Book Covers Collection', and have a good short box full!

My thanks to those who emailed me or messaged me, asking about where's my Christmas Comic Book Covers this year in my Blog.  In past years I've used them several days up to Christmas Day, but decided not to do that this year!   

BTW, If YOU are a comics or graphic novel creator, and would like to possibly see Your work reviewed here in my Blog, including Christmas Comic Books or Stories for 2010, 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... 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 several of our blogs are based on!  Especially if SANTA CLAUS didn't bring You enough reading material for the upcoming year! 

~ Michael D Hamersky @ ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com

 

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TODAY'S FEATURETTE:

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM MICHAEL D HAMERSKY & TINA LOSASSO: We both wish All of our Blog readers, Make It So Marketing customers and clients, our Facebook Comic Con | Make It So Marketing exhibitor table group members, Plus all those that are sent this Christmas Comic Book Covers Blog, the Best Christmas Day ever!  We appreciate all of You that have made 2009 a good year for us, even with all the turbulence that this year has brought the entire world.  It's nice to know all of you in whatever way we do, either 'virtually', only at comic cons, or in 'real life'!

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The above photo is from our 2nd Christmas together after we got married. I thought it appropriate to publish that Photo Christmas Card today. 

Season's Greetings / Season's Tweetings / Happy Holidays to All!

~Michael (and Tina, and 'Clouds' and 'Rain') 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, December 24, 2009
Kid Beowulf And The Song Of Roland - The Graphic Novel!
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Comic Books - New

 

Kid Beowulf And The Song Of Roland  

The Graphic Novel!

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Above: Alexis E Fajardo at the 2009 San Diego Comic Con International (SDCC)!

   

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Above: The front cover concept of the upcoming graphic novel. Below: The full wrap-around cover effect! 

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TODAY'S 'MAIN FEATURE':

Last week I started blogging about the upcoming 'Indy Comic Book Week' that starts December 27th, 2009.... 

The above pictured graphic novel is one that won't be at your Local Comic Book Shop, (LCBS) during 'Indy Comic Book Week', because it won't be out for a while until 2010!  However its' predecessor, "Kid Beowulf and the Blood-Bound Oath" could still be on the shelves for you to purchase there!

The reason I'm bringing up the above graphic novel is because back on November 20th the following was posted on the Facebook Wall of the 'Kid Beowulf' Fan Page:

Yesterday morning, Michael D Hamersky became Kid Beowulf's 100th fan! Congratulations Michael! As a special thank you, we will be sending Michael an advance galley of the next Kid Beowulf adventure, KID BEOWULF AND THE SONG OF ROLAND. Michael, we hope you enjoy this sneak peak!

This was after I had met the creator of the series, Alexis E Fajardo, at the 2009 San Diego Comic Con, and blogged about him in a 'Featurette' section of this Blog, as seen by clicking here!

I saw the Facebook Fan Page for Kid Beowulf, and wanted to be informed about new developements of this series, so I became a 'Fan', not realizing that there was a contest going on!

So what's this second graphic novel of the Kid Beowulf graphic novel series about?  Here is the press release:

"Inspired by the epic poem BEOWULF, Kid Beowulf follows the journey of 12-year-old twin brothers, Beowulf and Grendel as they travel to distant lands and meet fellow epic heroes therein! Currently slated at a 12 book series, their adventures begin in their native Geatland and Daneland. Book 2: Kid Beowulf & the Song of Roland takes place in France, while book 3: Kid Beowulf vs. El Cid takes place in Spain."

Here is another promo piece, along with the credits: 

Kid Beowulf and the Song of Roland

by Alexis E. Fajardo

The Adventure Continues!

"The Song of Roland launches twelve-year-old twin brothers Beowulf and Grendel into their second adventure, bringing readers along in their journey into literary history—this time, introducing the French tales of Charlemagne and his 12 peers. Wholly original, the Kid Beowulf series stays true to its inspired characters and histories while weaving new imaginings of “what if…” and capturing the imagination of kids and teachers alike."

OK, so that's what this graphic novel's concept is about and the credits.

So what did I think of it?

Well, in the earlier blog post from November 19th, 2009, I mentioned that Tina was very interested in this proposed series. I also mentioned that: "Tina and I viewed a few pages of this presentation at the 2009 Comic Con International:  San Diego, (a.k.a. SDCC).  We did not receive a copy of the full format for possible review". We were given a 'press kit', which increased my interest in the proposed series at that time. 

So I was very pleased to see that I had 'won' an advance galley at the Facebook Fan Page for Kid Beowulf for being the 100th Fan! The graphic novel was shipped promptly by Bowler Hat Comics!

Here at Make It So Marketing Inc., we do receive many publications for possible mention / review.  When I first opened up the package, I saw that the graphic novel was very 'heavy' in dialogue text, as well as in actual weight of the graphic novel. It's actually 259 page long! So I put it to the side for a few days as I wanted to give it an ample opportunity to be read fully and carefully for possible review here.

I found the time this past week to read it totally through.  There is a lot there in those 259 pages! Tina and I were originally impressed with the concept of this series, and I've been newley impressed with what happened in this second part of the journey of the twin brothers!

There are a lot of 9 panel pages, plus a lot of dialogue going on. Plus a wide cast of characters for this storyline. There was a lot to see and read in this graphic novel. Sometimes that could be a little overwhelming, but here everything was presented very smoothly and in an entertaining way. 

I found myself wanting to continue reading, but found that with my schedule, that it took several nights to finish. There is a lot here for the cover price of $17.95. The storyline is charming, witty, and made for a good read.

The artwork is styled right for this story, and being printed in black and white format does not hurt this storytelling. I like Alexis' concept and implementation in this second of the proposed series. 

The graphic novel is stated to be for all ages, and I would agree with that.  It would be a good read for parents to read to their younger children, or for older kids to read for themselves. Plus it isn't "dumbed down". Young adults and older persons could find this to be an amusing and adventuresome story!

I haven't seen the first of this series, but if it is like this second volume, then readers are in for a treat should they get jump on this series. Other books planned for this series include:

Kid Beowulf in Rome – the Romulus and Remus tale
Kid Beowulf & The Labyrinth – the labyrinth myth
Kid Beowulf at Troy – The Iliad and The Odyssey
Kid Beowulf & The Fountain of Youth – Gilgamesh
Kid Beowulf & The Ring – The Nibelungenlied

I mentioned above that this graphic novel won't be ready for next week's Indy Comic Book Week.  So when will it be published? Bo Johnson, Publisher at Bowler Hat Comics states:

"We'll be launching the book in April, 2010. We're working on a series of events to coincide with Stumptown Comics Fest in Portland, the weekend of April 24–25."

For more of info on this series, please see the following web sites at:

http://www.kidbeowulf.com

http://bowlerhatcomics.com/

and of course, the Facebook Fan Page where YOU too can be interactive with this series:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kid-Beowulf/153666087923?v=wall.

My thanks to Bo Johnson of Bowler Comics for shipping this 'prize' to me so quickly!

I will be blogging about more indy comics series right here at ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com in the days to come, straight 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 low, low prices 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... 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 several of 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 D Hamersky @ 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 are 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!

 

If you are a Facebook member and would like to join my Facebook Network, feel free to send a 'friend request' to 'Michael D Hamersky'.

 

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TODAY'S FEATURETTE:

2009 LONG BEACH COMIC CON PHOTO:    I am still running photos from comic cons that we have been to this year.  Below is a photo of Mark Dos Santos, whom I had never met before, at his table in Artists Alley at the 2009 LBCC.

What drew my attention to his table, besides the great looking banner that is directly behind him, was the EuREKA comic books that he is shown holding!

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The comics are from a different series than the one we have read.  Both Tina and myself are fans of the TV Show, and have blogged on the earlier series from 2008, as well as on episodes from the TV show itself. This series that Mark was involved in was published in 2009 and titled EuREKA: Dormant Gene. We have not yet read this newer comic book series.

Other than meeting Mark very briefly, I don't know much about him or his work.  From his Facebook Group Page I found this very brief bio: "Mark resides in Pasadena, CA orginally from Union, New Jersey. He's been drawing since he started watching Saturday morning cartoons".

Mark did the pencils and inks for Grimm's Fairy Tales #20, and an 8 page story in Cthulhu Tales: Chaos of the Mind #3, among other projects.

Mark's web site is currently going under re-construction, MarkDosSantos.com, so in the meantime please go to:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=wall&ref=search&gid=89184321274 

It appears that he also has a comicartfan page:

http://www.comicartfans.com/comic-artists/Mark_Dos_Santos.asp 

The above photo of Mark is just one of the hundreds I shot at the 2009 Long Beach Comic Con.  It was the 1st Annual LBCC, and Tina and I are looking forward to the 2010 LBCC!

~Michael

 

 

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Updated: Thursday, December 24, 2009 6:52 AM PST
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009
1001 Arabian Nights: The Adventures of Sinbad - Issue #9
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Comic Books - New

 

1001 Arabian Nights: The Adventures of Sinbad - Issue #9  

From Zenescope Entertainment

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Above: Dan Wickline, as seen at his table in Artists Alley at the 2009 Long Beach Comic Con, (LBCC)!

To the Right: Issue #9's Cover 'A' by Marat Mychaels! 

   

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TODAY'S 'MAIN FEATURE':

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

The above pictured comic book is one that could be at your Local Comic Book Shop, (LCBS) during 'Indy Comic Book Week', depending if there are any copies left!  If not, then ask for issue #10 of the series that should be out by then!

So what's this issue #9 of the series about?  Here is the press release:

"The adventure continues! The search for the ‘City of the Dead’ heats up as Sinbad and his band of loyal followers travel deep into the heart of Egypt to find the Crown of Anubis, the second piece of the Jericho Visor. Adding to the intrigue is Sinbad’s decision to place his trust in the mysterious tracker Osmium, a woman from his past, and her wolfhound Zawj. As always, things are never as they appear for Sinbad and his men as the deadly desert looks to claim more victims and retain its secrets."

Written by: Dan Wickline
Artwork by: Eduardo Ferigato
Colors by: Jason Embury

Cover by Marat Mychaels

OK, so that's what this issue is about and the credits.

The above issue was sent to me by Tyler Draguet, Personal Assistant / Editor to Dan since March of 2008. She noticed me taking multiple photos of others in Artists Alley at the 2009 LBCC and talking with them about their publications. She asked me if I had talked with Dan about his works.  I told her no, as each time I had gone by, he was swamped with people!

She took me over and introduced me to Dan right then and there!

Not being overly familar with Dan's works, she showed me a couple publications that she had a hand in while editing.  I have already blogged a featurette about Tyler earlier back on November 5th,(click here for that link).

Even though Dan was a Facebook Friend of mine, I didn't know all that much about his past credits. For those of you that also don't know, here is a brief bio:

"Dan Wickline is a writer who has worked on the 30 Days of Night franchise (Dead Space and Spreading the Disease), Grimm Fairy Tales and Strange Cases. He is currently scripting the on-going 1001 Arabian Nights: The Adventures of Sinbad and the Beyond Wonderland Annual. He is also working once again with Steve Niles and Mike Mayhew on SAVAGE. He has written short prose stories of the classic characters of THE PHANTOM and THE AVENGER for Moonstone."

I took a look at the covers for the earlier issues of this 1001 Arabian Nights: The Adventures of Sinbad comic book series, and the credits.  It appears that Dan Wickline has written all the issues since #0 except for issue #7.

Okay, so now knowing what the comic book is supposed to be about, and knowing the background of the creator, plus already meeting both the writer and the editor in person...What did I think about this issue?

Well, first is the cover, and the 'Cover A', (there are two different covers), was very fetching and striking at the same time!  If it was in my LCBS, I would have picked it up just because of the cover to at least look at!

The interior illustrations by Eduardo Ferigato fits this adventure genre very well.  His characters were well drawn, and the backgrounds filled in enough to identify where the scenes were taking place.

The colors used by Jason Embury were very vivid, but not overwhelming, and also meshed well with this genre of story.

The storyline by Dan Wickline was a 'setup' for the following issue, as this is a two part story arc.  The dialogue for the characters were fine, and I found myself going along with the adventure.

However there were two pages of action taking place on the 'high seas' that I didn't quite follow, probably because I hadn't read the earlier issues, and those characters were just in a fleeting two pages. I'm sure that they would be showing up in another issue.  But for a 'newbie' like me to the comic book series, I just didn't 'get' that part of this issue... 

The rest of the cast of characters that were with Sinbad meshed well with him and this storyline. So all in all, I believe that this could be a good starting point for a new reader as it is the start of a two part story arc, plus probably keep a reader who has followed the series this far satisfied as well.

For more of what Dan Wickline is creating, please see his web site at: http://www.danwickline.com/site/works/

To purchase a copy of this issue #9 check out the publisher's web site at http://zenescope.com/bookpages/an09.htm .

My thanks to Tyler Dranguet for bringing this comic book series to my attention!

I will be blogging about more indy comics series right here at ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com in the days to come, straight 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 low, low prices 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... 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 several of 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 D Hamersky @ 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 are 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!

 

If you are a Facebook member and would like to join my Facebook Network, feel free to send a 'friend request' to 'Michael D Hamersky'.

 

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TODAY'S FEATURETTE:

SAN DIEGO COMIC CON 2010 UPDATE:   Yesterday on my Facebook Comic Con | Make It So Marketing exhbitor table wall I posted the following wall comment:  "Saturday One-Day Passes are Sold Out for this Con... However, Thursday, Friday and Sunday One Day Passes are still available at this time. Sheeesh! Saturday Sold Out... And it's not even the first day of 2010 yet!"

I thought it best that I also mention that fact in my Blog, as I know that many people were disappointed last year by being unable to attend the Comic Con International: San Diego on the day(s) that they wanted to.  There were a lot of surprised people coming there thinking they could just walk up and get in!

Tina and I have opted once again to pay for our tickets, instead of going through the press pass line.  After seeing how the pros were forced to stand out in the sun in line to get in last year, we found it so much easier to go up and stay in the shade 'under the sails' in the Sails Pavilion.  The 4 day check in at preview night was the smoothest ever for us last year! 

So I realize that a comic con that is seven months away may not be on Your 'radar' right now, what with the Holidays Season and all, but folks, if YOU were even thinking about attending, you better buy your passes Now!

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The Four Day Passes, both with and without the 'Preview Night' were already SOLD OUT, and now this news about the single day: SATURDAY also SOLD OUT!  Plus Friday appears to be approximately 50% on the way of being 'Sold Out' also...

If you are even thinking of being close to the vicinity of San Diego near the end of July, you might either ask 'Santa Claus' for a one day pass, or a couple of different one day passes before this Friday comes around!

For how to buy your one day passes online go to:

http://www.comic-con.org  

There are several interactive Facebook Groups and Fan Pages for the CSI:SD / SDCC, but here is the link to one of the larger ones that I am currently aware of in terms of numbers of members and interactivity:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=22003002761&ref=mf

As long time readers of this Blog know, I started selling at the 1972 San Diego Comic Con, when it was at the El Cortez Hotel. The photo I use for this Blog and my Facebook Comic Con | Make It So Marketing exhibitor table is from the 1973 San Diego Comic Con held at the Sheraton Hotel on Harbor Island in San Diego.

Tina and I do not set up at the San Diego Comic Con International.  Instead we mostly attend programs or panels, plus make our rounds to the Artists Alley of over 200 creators, plus check out the Small Press Section.  If YOU are a comics creator, feel free to let us know, as starting early next year we will be blogging about select creators that will be set up in either of those two areas.

In the meantime if you aren't a comics pro, dealer, or press member, you better get your single day passes now for Thursday, Friday, or Sunday before they are Sold Out!

~Michael

 

 

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Have You Seen... The Cardinal?
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Comic Books - New

 

Have You Seen..

THE CARDINAL?!

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Above: Kurt J Kolka, creator of The Cardinal!

To the Right: The front cover to the Special Edtion #1 of THE CARDINAL! Cover painting by Doug Klauba (Moonstone Books).  Logo & Cover design by Sherwin Schwartzrock! 

   

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

The above pictured comic book is one that could be at your Local Comic Book Shop, (LCBS) during 'Indy Comic Book Week', depending on what part of the country you are in.

Kurt J Kolka, a new Facebook Friend of mine, saw my Blog, and one of my latest posts, "How To Best Submit YOUR Publication For Possible Review!", and thus decided to send in his very FIRST Comic Book for possible mention / review!

So what's this first issue about?  Here is the press release:

"The story appearing in this comic book was created to appear as a newspaper strip.  Not until the tale was near completion did the idea to edit it into a comic book come about.  Realizing that adventure strips in newspapers are struggling but that the characters in my strip seemed to naturally fit into that more widely-read format, I tried to create a hybrid strip, blending elements of adventure, soap opera and life humor strips (like “For Better Or For Worse”) into a strip which would hopefully appeal to a wider audience than a simple adventure strip. 


“THE CARDINAL Special Edition #1” presents the struggle facing the Midwest community of Arbor City.  A police detective struggles to keep the streets safe with ever dwindling funds and an understaffed department.  The middle-aged newspaper editor struggles to keep up with ever-changing technology as newspapers die away in communities all around her.  Meanwhile the mayor finds herself a mere pawn of a serpent she has released into the beautiful community.


Enter Rich Benton, an idealistic college freshmen, who wants to help the poor and  homeless.  When he realizes the local political system is actually working against the needy and criminals control portions of the city, it becomes evident someone outside the system must take a stand.  That’s when Rich discovers his calling -- to help feed and clothe the poor as a volunteer by day and become the city’s reluctant protector by night.


The Cardinal is set apart from many superhero characters in that he is motivated by compassion to help his fellow man.  He is a hero who is not out for vengeance (violence makes him sick to his stomach), but wants to be a positive force.  And unlike other similar characters, he has one super power -- he can fly.  No super strength or speed; able to be killed by a single bullet.  Yet, he puts his life on the line regularly to help the helpless of Arbor City."

OK, that's a good pitch for a comic strip and possibly a comic book.  So who's Kurt Kolka, and what's his background? Well, Kurt also sent in the following bio:

Kurt J. Kolka (creator/writer/artist)


K.J. Kolka’s father grew up during the Great Depression reading “Flash Gordon” and passed his enjoyment of the two-dimensional artform on to his son.  While Kolka eventually discovered comic books also, he never lost his appreciation for newspaper strips like Alley Oop, Mandrake the Magician, The Phantom, Dick Tracy, Funky Winkerbean and many others.


During sixth grade, Kolka became quite ill with what was later diagnosed as Crohn’s disease, an infammation of the intestines.  He spent much of that year in and out of hospitals.  To keep himself occupied, he spent time drawing, writing short stories and reading a steady supply of comic books which included the Incredible Hulk, the Astonishing Ant-man (Marvel Feature), Tomb of Dracula, and Werewolf By Night, among others. 


Later in college at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Kolka created “The Cardinal” for the student newspaper.  The character’s image was based on the college’s athletic teams.  The strip started out as a spoof on superheroes, but Kolka developed an affection for the characters and saw some possibilities for a serious strip.


Years later, Kolka was given the opportunity to do a weekly comic strip for a local shopping guide he worked for.  Making revisions to his college strip, he relaunched The Cardinal in more serious adventures for a three-county area of Northern Michigan.  The concept caught on with readers.


Today Kolka works at a newspaper in the small community of Gaylord, Michigan.  He is married and has one daughter.  This year he is spending much of his spare time  promoting his new Cardinal comic book at bookstore signings and comic cons.

Okay, so now knowing what the comic book is supposed to be about, and knowing the background of the creator, plus already reading the special edtion...What did I think about it?

Well, I'll deal with the cover first:  BEAUTIFUL cover, well done and grabbed my interest immediately when opening the package that the comic book came in.  Kudos to Kurt for having Doug Kaluba do the painting for this.  Also the logo and cover design by Sherwin Schwartzrock was striking.

Okay, you can't always tell "a book by its cover". So I'll next mention that this comic book also has a back cover that ISN'T an ad.  Well, okay, it's not an ad, but a collage of photos promo of 'The Cardinal' posing in front of mnay locales that those in 'the know' would recognize.  Not being a native of the area, I couldn't tell where these places were, but it was the IDEA of showing 'The Cardinal' at all these places on the back cover that was great!  As if 'The Cardinal' were a 'real' hero! And titling the back cover "Cardinal Sightings" was cool.  Good idea there.

So now both covers are 'covered'.  BTW, both covers are in color.  So when opening the inside, you are shown black and white pages.  Okay, I pretty much expected that. After all, wasn't this 'The Cardinal' idea first meant to be published in a newspaper?  OK, so I next read the 'Preface'.

The 'Preface' was an interesting read, written by David Crumm, Founding Editor of 'ReadTheSpirit.com'.

Then it was on to the 'splash page' itself.  However since it wasn't truly first devised as 'comic book' but instead as a 'comic strip', the 'splash page' was a modified one. 

I am pleased that Kurt decided to place at the top of the 'splash page' the following:  "The Following story was originally published online at ComicsSherpa.com from April 27, 2008 to May 17,2009".  That was helpful to a new reader like myself!

I settled in to read the comic book. There was a use of flashbacks to tell the origin story. The story flowed for me, once I realized that it would be semi-restarting for several of the pages.  That would be because of the fact that I was reading a comic strip, which meant that there was a possibility that the reader may have missed the earlier installment.

That could have been annoying in this 'comic book' format, but I understood the reason behind it, thus it didn't 'bother' me when reading. After all, don't I sometimes wish that other writers would treat each issue of their comic book as if someone was reading the latest issue as 'Their' first issue of the comic book series?! 

Too often I see new issues of comic book seriess continue on their way, figuring that the reader is aware of what happened before, and wondering what the heck I've missed?!  I remember when Stan Lee was actually writing comics, and he never treated his readers that way, even it was only a one line intro, he would bring a new reader 'up-to-date' with what was going on!

So, other than that bit of 'repeating' what went on earlier in some of the strips, the story flowed for me.  I enjoyed the background of the story, both of the characters and how the locale The Cardinal lived in fit in with the world-wide picture.

This is a good read, and a long one at that, although it is 'only' 32 interior pages.  It seems like a lot more for your money. Probably because of the comic strip aspect of the pages.  I personally liked this 'comic book', and would probably follow the ongoing series online, and / or wait until another 'special edition' was printed. 

Oh, did I say online?  Yes, you can read the ongoing tales of 'The Cardinal' at: http://www.thecardinal.org .

How do You purchase a copy of this 'Special Edition'? Well, Kurt tells me that  "A few area comic shops carry it and I will be signing copies at Motor City Comic Con in Novi, MI in May (2010)". However, if you aren't in the Michigan area,  please check the following web site for purchase details: 

http://communitycomics.webcomics.cc/ !

My thanks to Kurt J Kolka for bringing this comic book Special Edition to my attention, PLUS following my submittal guide "How To Best Submit YOUR Publication For Possible Review!". Thanks Kurt, I really do appreciate that effort on your part. Plus it got your publication to the top of the pile of comics to mention or review here! 

I will be blogging about more indy comics series right here at ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com in the days to come, straight 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 low, low prices 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... 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 several of 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 D Hamersky @ ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com

 

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TODAY'S FEATURETTE:

COMIC BOOK CREATOR TV INTERVIEW:   Last night I got back in after attending our HOA meeting. There was 'nothing' on TV, or so I thought after coming back in and finishing the 'Survivors 19th Season Reunion' show that we taped from late Sunday night.  While waiting for the tape to rewind so as to put in another to watch, I channeled surfed and accidentally saw that someone I recognized was on channel 4 of our local cable station. 

That was Jim Lee!  What was he doing on... being interviewed?  Well, he was on 'Forefront'.  To those of you that don't get our local San Diego station, here's an explanation of that show: 

Welcome to Forefront

San Diego is full of amazing people.  Industry leaders.  Rock stars.  World-renowned artists.  Champions of the homeless, animals and the environment.  Now you can hear their story in their own words and find out the secrets to their success.  Inspiring, insightful and often surprising... 

Who is in the Forefront?  There’s only one place to find out.  

I decided to catch a few minutes of the show, and ended up seeing the rest of it, it was that interesting to me! 

Jim Lee impressed me years ago in the early 1990's when he was at a comics show in Mission Valley, San Diego.  He and the other comics creators there were overbooked for signatures, and it was late. However he and just one other of the several creators that were there got up and went down the whole line signing one comic book for each person in line before he left the show.

In that line was one of my sons, who had patiently waited to get Jim's signature.  I won't forget that day and what Jim did for my son and the dozens of other kids that weren't going to get a signature until he got up out of his chair and went down the line on his own accord!  Thanks Jim for that memory!

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Here is what the 'Forefront' TV show has about Jim Lee on their web page:

"Jim Lee is a legend in the comic book industry.  He’s worked on some of the most popular characters in history including the X-Men, Batman and Superman. 
 

Lee was born in Seoul, Korea and moved to the U.S. with his family when he was 5.  His passion for drawing started at a very early age and even as a young child, Lee was an avid comic book collector.  After high school, Lee prepared to follow in his physician father’s footsteps and went to Princeton as a pre-med major.  His senior year at Princeton he decided to follow his dream and pursue a career in comics instead of medicine; a decision that was hard to sell to his parents.
 

The decision turned out to be the right one.  Not long after graduating, Lee landed a job with Marvel Comics, working on a book called Alpha Flight.  A few years later Lee began working on Uncanny X-Men and eventually became the series’ regular artist.  In 1991 Lee helped launch a second series called X-Men, as both the artist and co-writer.  X-Men #1 holds the record as the best-selling comic of all time – 8 million copies.
 

In 1992, Lee left Marvel Comics and created his own company, Wildstorm Studios in La Jolla. He and the Wildstorm artists created many comic characters including Wild CATS and Gen 13.  He eventually sold Wildstorm to DC Comics, but continues to run the company under the DC banner. 
 

Currently, Lee is working on a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game.  The project will allow players to virtually explore and interact with the DC Universe and will bring Jim Lee’s artwork to life for his fans."

For more on this half hour interview, here is the link:

http://4sd.com/pages/landing?Jim-Lee=1&blockID=102254&feedID=2740 

My thanks to 4SD for broadcasting this Jim Lee interview on their half hour show 'Forefront'.  Hopefully those of You reading this can check it out via the web for more!

~Michael

 

 

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Monday, December 21, 2009
Have You Experienced... 'The Enchanting Essence'?
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Comic Books - New

 

Have You Experienced...  'The Enchanting Essence'?!

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Above: Harold Dean Cupec, who provided the art & colors to this issue!

To the Right: The front cover to Enchanting Essence #1 from the Ultimate Comics Group! 

   

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

The above pictured comic book is one that can be ordered direct from Indy Planet, or could be at your Local Comic Book Shop, (LCBS) during 'Indy Comic Book Week'.

John B. Lai, Chief Operating Officer/Editor in Chief of the Ultimate Comics Group, LLC, was kind enough to send me a preview copy of the issue.  This after I found that Harold Dean Cupec, a Facebook Friend of mine, had mentioned this project on his Facebook Wall.

So what's this issue about?

Art & Colors: Harold Dean Cupec
Story & Letters: John B. Lai

Standard Comic
Full Color
Page Count: 24
POD - Cover Price $3.99

"You asked for it? You got it! In this inaugural issue of The Enchanting Essence’, Jessica risks her neck defending an ‘undead’ servant against his master, Ran-Dax, the LORD of the VAMPIRES! You’ll have to check your pulse when you see surprise ending! Don’t miss ‘Love Bites’ Part 1.

Jessica Gates never quite fit in. With a childhood full of overwhelming emotion, insecurity & alienation, she struggled to find the truth behind her father’s mysterious death while ALSO trying to develop her self-confidence. Follow the adventures of this telepathic SUPERMODEL as she discovers the security of friendship in between her constant battles against Earth’s deadliest villains, as the enchanting ESSENCE!

The Enchanting Essence  TM and © Ultimate Comics Group, LLC. All rights reserved."

So what did I think about it?

Well, I've always liked Harold's artwork that he has posted on his Facebook Wall.  Enough that I was looking forward to seeing a sequential art story illustrated in his style.

This issue #1 of 'Enchanting Essence' did not disappoint me!

Harold can draw great looking gals and illustrated this story in a sequential manner that held my interest.

I've already mentioned here in my Blog before that vampires and zombies are not my usual reading niche, but since I blog about comics and pop culture for others as well as myself; I feel that I should include those of that niche that are more than just run-of-the-mill publications.

I do feel I missed something by not previously reading issue #0 of this series, but this first issue was the 'set up' for the next in this story arc.  Additionally the action in this issue kept me from wondering muchon what I had missed with the intro of Essence in issue #0. 

John B. Lai's dialogue kept the story flowing, and the storyline was well paced in this setup issue.

The colors were vivid, and meshed well with the genre of this story.

After reading issue #1, I would look forward to issue #2 of this series.  The nice thing about this series is that if You are interested in reading this series and don't have a LCBS near you, then Indy Planet has issues #0 & #1 for sale via ordering on the web, plus will probably have issue #2 in the future...

For more info on this series and others that the Ultimate Comics Group has in its' run of titles, please check the following web site: http://www.ultimatecomicsgroup.com/ !

As a side note, I am wondering as to what audience age group this comic book publisher is aiming for, as the following verbage was on the 'home' page of their site:

"Welcome to the Ultimate Comics Group Universe!  Brace yourself for 20+ full color pages in every issue and a comprehensive world that you’ll almost recognize as your own. 

These AREN’T the comics your parents read."

The last time I saw or heard this was during the days of the early 'Image Comics', whose books were definitely not for the older crowd. After hearing that spoken aloud by the Image Comics creators a few times at different programs and panels at comic cons, I definitely was 'turned off', being an older reader.  Which by the way, influenced my talking with my peers about the then new 'Image Comics'...

However, My thanks to Harold Dean Cupec for making me aware of this comic book series.  Pretty darn good for a vampire series! 

I will be blogging about more indy comics series right here at ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com in the days to come, straight 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 low, low prices 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... 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 several of 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 D Hamersky @ ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com

 

Now Celebrating the 11th Year On The Web!

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

 

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Click Here to see our Facebook Comic Con Dealer Table!

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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

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TODAY'S FEATURETTE:

COMIC CON PHOTOS:   At each comic convention that we go to, Tina and I take photos, either together or individually, depending whether we attend the same programs or panels. 

That way we can take in more of a con, and compare notes later, as well as possibly blog about different aspects of the con.

I particularly am finding that the Artists Alley of cons is becoming more central in my interest in attending comic cons. There at the Artists Alleys is where I find either new 'up and coming' creators, or 'established' creators that enjoy sketching for their fans that atttend.

Pictured below is Ray-Anthony Height that I first met at the 2009 Long Beach Comic Con, (LBCC):

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Ray was holding a copy of his publication 'The Grind', which is his Sketchbook that featured 'The Art of Ray Anthony Height'. Cover price is $17.99.

The promo for the book is: "The Grind is 48-page, full color, sketchbook that gives you a peek behind the curtain of up and coming comic book artist Ray-Anthony Height. Ray has produced is an exciting collection of character designs, sketches, pinups and more!"  48 Pages | Color TPB.

Unfortunately, Ray had no press kit for distribution, and I've not see his other publications that he has been featured in. Thus I have no review on this sketchbook or his other works.

However, Ray says this about himself on his Facebook Group Page, 'Art of Ray-Anthony Height':

"Ray-Anthony Height is an up and coming comic book penciller and freelance artist who's steadily carving out a career for himself. He's worked for Marvel and Image Comics, Hasbro,and Upper Deck with the list of assignments getting longer each year."

For more on his works, please see his Facebook Group Page by clicking here

My thanks to Ray-Anthony for stopping long enough to pose for the above picture at the 2009 LBCC!  Ray-Anthony was a friendly comics creator and I was pleased to meet him!

~Michael

 

 

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