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Friday, April 22, 2011
My Take On: Sonambulo's STRANGE Tales!
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Comic Books - New

                                        

Michael D Hamersky On Comics Reviews:

Sonambulo's STRANGE Tales!

From Rafael Navarro*, Publisher - Ninth Circle Studios!

*Who is appearing on the Classic Horror Meets Modern Comics panel at the 2011 Long Beach Comic Con Expo, April 23rd, 2011!

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Above: The Front Cover To Sonambulo's STRANGE Tales!
Above Left: Publisher / Writer / Artist - Rafael Navarro Having His Picture Taken At His 2010 San Gabriel Valley Comic Book Festival Booth by Tina LoSasso!

 

 

TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3396:

I had the pleasure of having an in-depth conversation with Rafael Navarro at the recent 2010 San Gabriel Valley Comic Book Festival, (SGV).

We had missed getting together at the previous 2010 Comic-Con International: San Diego, (aka SDCC), at his booth, after we had run into each other at a diferent booth.

At the SGV, Rafael introduced me to his World of Sonambulo, by presenting me with all of his then in stock comics. I've review blogged about a few of them, or mentioned them at my own Facebook Fan Page, (Michael D Hamersky On Comics), but not on this one, 'Sonambulo's STRANGE Tales'.

The reason I am mentioning / semi-reviewing this older work of Rafael's, is because he had the 4th story in the recently published, (and review blogged by me), in Bela Lugosi's Tales From The Grave #1, a brand new HoRRoR anthology comic book series from Monsterverse!

Here is the link to what I wrote about that story in my review blog on Bela Lugosi's Tales From The Grave #1.

So I was pleased to see that Rafael will be attending the 2011 Long Beach Comic Con Expo tomorrow, April 23rd, 2011.  Well... At least on the 'Classic Horror Meets Modern Comics' panel.  I don't see that he has a booth there this time.  (If he does, or is sharing one with someone else, I'll update it at my Facebook Fan Page.)

I saw some of what Rafael can do with a HoRRoR / MoNSTer comic book story in his own published works, especially 'Sonambulo's Strange Tales', which is pictured at the top right of this blog post.

That stand-alone issue had two illustrated stories in sequential artwork form, and one story with illustrations, which was placed in between the other two stories.

I found that Rafael's style of art fits the genre pretty darn good, especially in his printing of the stories in black & white format.

There are 48 pages in this comic book; the three stories, along with pin-ups by other artists, (including Dale Berry, Adam Huntley, Ty Smith, Sanyu, and others), which gave a different 'feel' for the main character, Sonambulo.

What can you expect in this issue, per the creator's promo blurb?

In the ring, I knew my opponents... Adversaries of flesh and bone.

And now, in the dead of night, as I walk these strets, I often face the unknown...

The unknown which lurks inside our dreams...

Dreams of promises, dreams of dread...

Dream that lie, concealed...

Behind my mask... Tell me your Dreams!

Which can be purchased from Rafael's own web site via PayPal or check or money order for only the $4.00 cover price plus $2.00 shipping to USA buyers, at:  Sonambulo's web store.

Which leads me to ask... Who is El Sonambulo?
 
SONAMBULO is a series of illustrated stories by animation and graphic illustrator RAFAEL NAVARRO. Winner of the XERIC FOUNDATION AWARD, SONAMBULO has now achieved cult status among enthusiasts of PULP NOVELS, MASKED MEXICAN WRESTLERS, B-MOVIES, and even SUPER HERO comic readers all around.

Like the world-weary street guys of Spillane and Hammet, SONAMBULO steps head on into danger, living in a world where werewolves still lurk in the streets and THE DAY of the DEAD can literally become a holiday for those who seek revenge from the grave.

Every story holds a dream-like bizarre quality, letting the reader know that the world of SONAMBULO is not the world of an ordinary guy. Depending on the case, or the subjects from whom he chooses to extract a dream in order to reveal some well-hidden clue, or as the case may be, their deepest, darkest secrets, SONAMBULO knows that at the dead of night, his day is just beginning….

I suggest you check out this stand-alone issue in the Sonambulo series of comics, AND if YOU are in the Los Angeles Metro Area tomorrow, April 23d of 2011, check out the Long Beach Comic Con Expo, and stay until 4PM when the special panel moderated by Monsterverse runs until 4:45 PM!

My review rating for this comic book series is a NEAR MINT  (NM) 9.4 out of a 10.0 possible comic book grading scale.

I have a LOT of links to share with YOU today:

Sonambulo.com - The web site for Rafael's series

Comics From the Monsterverse - Which is publishing Bela Lugosi's Tales From The Grave comic book series - This link is their Facebook Fan Page

Long Beach Comic Con - The Facebook Fan Page

Long Beach Comic Con web site - Where you can purchase tickets online for the 1 day Expo for April 23rd and / or tickets for the Halloween Weekend 3-day Convention later in the 2011 year

Sonambulo's Wikipedia entry - Where you can learn even more

Rafael Navarro - I don't see any Facebook Fan Page for Sonambulo, so I'm listing Rafael's personal profile page, as there are several persons with a similar name on Facebook, and approximately two dozen Fan Pages for Rafael Navarros!

Again... My thanks to Rafael Navarro for bringing his long running series to my attention at the SGV! 

I'll be seeing him, and the others mentioned above at the Long Beach Comic Con Expo tomorrow, as my youngest son and I will be attending the full day!  If YOU are reading this and are also attending the Expo... Feel free to stop me and say hello!

 


My thanks again to all of YOU reading this blog and our archived blog posts, now at 3,395 total posts in number!  I do appreciate your continued reading and support of this Blog!

BTW, You can 'follow' this Blog by clicking the 'Follow' Button at this NetworkedBlogs app!  We currently have over 2,388 'Followers'!  Thanks to ALL of YOU that have already clicked that button! 

And for those of YOU that haven't yet... I would appreciate it if YOU would!!!

~ Michael D Hamersky

 

Note:  My online 'Local' Comic Book Shop (LCBS), carries many different genres of comics, magazines, graphic novels, and comic con promotional items. Possibly even copies of the item that was reviewed here today...!

If I have it... You can find it 'Under The Big Top Of Comics' at:  

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NOTE: All images and characters within this blog post are copyright and trademark their respective owners.

Comics Creators: If you are breaking into, or already work in the comic book industry or other pop culture productions, you are welcome to email or mail 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:

Make It So Marketing Inc., PO Box 130653, Carlsbad, CA 92013

 Also, if you are a Facebook member, I would have liked you to send me a 'Friend Request'. However, I have reached the maximum limit of 5,000 Facebook Friends and Fan pages already, so I've added a New 'Facebook Fan Page' so that even more of YOU can 'Like' what I am doing, and be interactive with me and others there.  Here is the link to that 'Facebook Fan Page': Michael D Hamersky On Comics! Please click the 'Like' button on that page! 
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Posted by makeitsomarketing at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Friday, April 22, 2011 7:48 AM PDT
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Thursday, April 21, 2011
Comics Buyer's Guide - 40 Years!
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Comic Book History

                                        

Michael D Hamersky On Comics Comments On:

Comics Buyer's Guide

40th Year Anniversary!

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Above: The 40th Anniversary Issue, Comics Buyer's Guide #1678!
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Top Left: The Comics Buyer's Guide Logo!

 

 

TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3395:

My subscription issue of Comics Buyer's Guide, (CBG), #1678 arrived in the mail on Tuesday of this week...

I already knew about the upcoming anniversary, but couldn't help noticing while I was standing right at my PO Box door, the front cover commemorating the 40 Years of CBG!

So, I placed this issue at the top of my 'To Read Stack' of comics and mags to read and possibly review for this Blog.

You see, I've been reading CBG via a subscription service, off and on ever since 1986.  (I had seen and purchased individual issues before that at my LCBS(s), but had not subscribed.)

The format for CBG has changed quite a bit since I've been reading it, from a newspaper format, that was too hard to bag & board to store properly, to a monthly magazine that the USPS seems to like to keep it from arriving Near Mint (NM) to my PO Box.

Yet, because of the articles in CBG, I've kept a subscription going. Other magazines that I've bought on a mail subscription basis, Comic Book Marketplace, Wizard, etc., etc., have all ceased hard copy distribution.  Others that I didn't have a subscription, but purchased at my local LCBS(s), like Hero Illustrated, Comics Scene, etc., etc., have also ceased publishing.

With the increased usage and timeliness of the internet, a lot of breaking news is 'broken' first now on the web... So for a hard copy magazine to make it to 40 Years in this day and age... Well that's an achievement!

My congrats to those working on CBG at fw media for bringing this 40th Year Anniversary Issue to press! That is quite an accomplishment!

Also my congrats to those who have had regular features in CBG for many years!  Such as Maggie Thompson (Beautiful Balloons), Michelle Nolan (Who Was Who In The Four-Color Funnies), Craig 'Mr. Silver Age' Shutt (Ask Mr. Silver Age), Andrew 'Captain Comics' Smith (Dear Captain), Tony Isabella (Tony's Tips), John Lustig (Last Kiss), Peter David (But I Digress), and others, such as Chris Galvan, the first fan reviewer as part of 'The Review Crew' with their reviews of mainstream and indy publications.

My thanks also to those like Chuck Rozanski, Beau Smith, and others,  who have been regular contributors in the past, but no longer contribute to the magazine on a regular basis.  (Note: Chuck's column was always the first I would read during his time with CBG.)

Thanks also to those who have worked on CBG during the previous years, but have passed on, including Don Thompson, who added so much to the 'flavor' of CBG.

Reading the current issues... I've noticed that the number of pages in each issue seem to have dwindled in recent months, (this issue coming in at 60 pages, counting covers), but the quality of articles and information has stayed constantly good.  That has to be due to those that are part of the CBG 'community' that put this magazine together!

Of course there is an online 'presence', that of CBGxtra.com!  With so much for me to do online, (blogging, social networking, promoting Facebook Fan Pages, listing comics for sale, etc., etc.), I personally don't frequently access that web site... But I'm sure others do, as I've seen plenty of interaction on the boards when I've checked.  I prefer to read CBG for enjoyment when I am 'offline', but then again, I am 'old school'...

I used CBG years ago to find comics from other dealers and individual collectors that I was missing for my collection, but those ad pages have fallen in number of pages.  

I used CBG years ago to find out what comic books I should be reading, but anymore I'm mailed many comics for possible review in this Blog, or given them at comic cons I attend.  (Personal note: Until March of 2010 I was also sent many .pdfs of comics via email for possible review, but found that I don't have the time or inclination to read them, so stopped accepting them.)

I used CBG years ago to find out what next 'Big Event' was coming in comics with all of those cross-over events... But now I can find those online, or am notified by creators involved in those events...

What I STILL use CBG for is a sense of 'Community' that just isn't found in any other hard copy comics related magazine anymore...

Which is why I thank all of those that are continuing Comics Buyer's Guide into what is now its 40th Anniversary Year!

Oh, and the reason that I'm blogging about CBG's 40th Anniversary today is because of issue #1678, which had several special features in it, including 'CBG at 40' by Brent Frankenhoff, and the 'Top 10 Favorite Comic Book Covers' - this time presented by Maggie and Brent who chosed their Top 10 CBG covers), besides the regular columns, (already mentioned above), with 40th Anniversary thoughts!  A good way to celebrate the 40th Anniversary, and I thank them all for printing their thoughts! 

To see more of the 'community' and / or 'history' of CBG, via 'online',  please see the following links:

CBGxtra.com - The community online

Comics Buyer's Guide - The Facebook 'Profile / Friend' Page

Comics Buyer's Guide - Wikipedia entry

Back Issues of CBG - Can be found at my online LCBS ComicBooksCircus.com

As for myself, I'll check those links from time to tine, but I'll continue reading CBG in hard copy format, (either via subscription or via my LCBS) as it is a long time habit that I quite enjoy!


My thanks again to all of YOU reading this blog and our archived blog posts, now at 3,395 total posts in number!  I do appreciate your continued reading and support of this Blog!

BTW, You can 'follow' this Blog by clicking the 'Follow' Button at this NetworkedBlogs app!  We currently have over 2,385 'Followers'!  Thanks to ALL of YOU that have already clicked that button! 

And for those of YOU that haven't yet... I would appreciate it if YOU would!!!

~ Michael D Hamersky

 

Note:  My online 'Local' Comic Book Shop (LCBS), carries many different genres of comics, magazines, graphic novels, and comic con promotional items. Possibly even copies of the item that was reviewed here today...!

If I have it... You can find it 'Under The Big Top Of Comics' at:  

http://www.ComicBooksCircus.com/ 

Web Page Note:  This blog post is written for the IE Browser standards.  Chrome, Safari, Netscape, Firefox and the other browsers serve the page up differently, sorry about that!

The screen display resolution is best seen at the setting of 1024 x 768 on your laptop or desktop computer.

NOTE: All images and characters within this blog post are copyright and trademark their respective owners.

Comics Creators: If you are breaking into, or already work in the comic book industry or other pop culture productions, you are welcome to email or mail 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:

Make It So Marketing Inc., PO Box 130653, Carlsbad, CA 92013

 Also, if you are a Facebook member, I would have liked you to send me a 'Friend Request'. However, I have reached the maximum limit of 5,000 Facebook Friends and Fan pages already, so I've added a New 'Facebook Fan Page' so that even more of YOU can 'Like' what I am doing, and be interactive with me and others there.  Here is the link to that 'Facebook Fan Page': Michael D Hamersky On Comics! Please click the 'Like' button on that page! 
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Posted by makeitsomarketing at 5:26 AM PDT
Updated: Thursday, April 21, 2011 7:56 AM PDT
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011
My Take On: The Secret History Omnibus Vol 2
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Comic Books - New

                                        

The SECRET HISTORY OMNIBUS
Volume Two: From 1918 - 1945  

From Archaia Entertainment!

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TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3394:

The hardcover book being reviewed today is a compilation of the comic books published by Archaia Entertainment in a series that I called 'the best limited series of 2010', when proclaiming my year end review of 2010 at my own Facebook Fan Page, 'Michael D Hamersky On Comics'!

I had started reading with issue number ten and found it so fascinating that I starting adding it to my series of review blogs.

Here is my review blog #3259 of Book Ten & Book Eleven.

Here is Tina LoSasso's review blog #3277 on Book Twelve.

I picked up the reviews again with blog #3318 On Book Thirteen.

Then my blog #3336 reviewed Book Fourteen.

So, I'm not going to go through each chapter of this Omnibus again, as it collects Books Eight through Book Fourteen.

I will mention that the chapters that I missed reviewing in earlier blogs, Eight & Nine, which are fine additions to this Volume 2 of the Omnibus format.

Chapter Eight, (Book Eight), titled 'Seven Pillars of Wisdom' takes place in 1918 A.D.  I still haven't read the earlier books so this added to my knowledge of the series, and was quite entertaining.

Chapter Nine, (Book Nine), titled 'The Thule Society', brought in even more conventional historical knowledge and tied it to this 'Secret History'.  As I've stated before, I loved 'history' in high school, and find the way the creators of this series intertwine what we 'know' with their 'Secret History' to be mind boggling!  Great series... and deserving of this Omnibus 'format'!

For those of you that missed my earlier review blogs, and are reading this blog before checking out the links above...

Here's the publisher's promo blurb on this Omnibus:

The series that gives historical fiction an occult bent! In this sequel volume to the first SECRET HISTORY OMNIBUS, past rivalries amongst the original four Archons must be put aside as a fifth unnatural Archon, William of Lecce, tries to either bring the world under his rule or watch as it burns. William’s plots and puppets drive the nations and people of the world into the Second World War, and the Archons and their Players risk their lives to stop his hideous plans. Whatever the outcome may be, history will belong to the victor. Collects books #8-14 of THE SECRET HISTORY.

Mature Readers (series contains Nudity, Graphic Violence and Adult Content).

I can't give this series enough credit in making what a lot of people this is a very 'dry' subject, (history), into a fascinating one!

My Review Rating for this Omnibus Volume 2 is a NEAR MINT (NM) 9.4 out of a possible 10.0 comic book grading scale. 

This Omnibus went on sale: February 9th at your LCBS - and February 15th wherever books are sold.  The reason I'm review blogging this a little late is that Tina grabbed this Omnibus to read it first, and I just got it back!

Retail Price $34.95 - Page count: 336 pages

Format: hardcover book with dust jacket, 6.875" x 10.25", full color.

Mature Readers (series contains Nudity, Graphic Violence and Adult Content).

If you don't buy at your LCBS... Here is a link so that YOU can purchase the Omnibus Volume Two online:     The Secret History Omnibus Volume 2 - Purchase Online.

I haven't read the Omnibus Volume One yet, but here's the link to where you can purchase it online:   The Secret History Volume 1 (The Secret History Omnibus) .

Here is the Facebook Fan Page for Archaia Entertainment, which I suggest YOU 'like' also to keep up with what this publisher is presenting next.


My thanks again to all of YOU reading this blog and our archived blog posts, now at 3,394 total posts in number!  I do appreciate your continued reading and support of this Blog!

BTW, You can 'follow' this Blog by clicking the 'Follow' Button at this NetworkedBlogs app!  We currently have over 2,380 'Followers'!  Thanks to ALL of YOU that have already clicked that button! 

And for those of YOU that haven't yet... I would appreciate it if YOU would!!!

~ Michael D Hamersky

 

Note:  My online 'Local' Comic Book Shop (LCBS), carries many different genres of comics, magazines, graphic novels, and comic con promotional items. Possibly even copies of the item that was reviewed here today...!

If I have it... You can find it 'Under The Big Top Of Comics' at:  

http://www.ComicBooksCircus.com/ 

Web Page Note:  This blog post is written for the IE Browser standards.  Chrome, Safari, Netscape, Firefox and the other browsers serve the page up differently, sorry about that!

The screen display resolution is best seen at the setting of 1024 x 768 on your laptop or desktop computer.

NOTE: All images and characters within this blog post are copyright and trademark their respective owners.

Comics Creators: If you are breaking into, or already work in the comic book industry or other pop culture productions, you are welcome to email or mail 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:

Make It So Marketing Inc., PO Box 130653, Carlsbad, CA 92013

 Also, if you are a Facebook member, I would have liked you to send me a 'Friend Request'. However, I have reached the maximum limit of 5,000 Facebook Friends and Fan pages already, so I've added a New 'Facebook Fan Page' so that even more of YOU can 'Like' what I am doing, and be interactive with me and others there.  Here is the link to that 'Facebook Fan Page': Michael D Hamersky On Comics! Please click the 'Like' button on that page! 
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Posted by makeitsomarketing at 4:39 AM PDT
Updated: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 5:31 AM PDT
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011
My Take On: Rob Hanes Adventures!
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Comic Books - New

                                        

Michael D Hamersky On Comics Reviews:

Rob Hanes Adventures!

In Print & Online - From WCG Comics - Randy Reynaldo, Publisher!

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TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3393:

I held off on reading the issues that Publisher Randy Reynaldo gave me at the previous Comic-Con International: San Diego, thinking that since I didn't have all the issues in order, that I should wait to read the series when I had a more complete run.  So I set them aside until I could fill in the gap...  

My mistake!  I just read the last of the issues I received, and found that I've missed reading a really good adventures series comic book run!

The issues were #1 - 4 (published 2000 - 2001), and then issues #9 - 12 (published 2006 - 2009).

I found that even though the individual stories would keep referencing earlier issues, (like Stan Lee did back in the 1960's when first introducing other Marvel titles, as well as the title I was then reading), that each of the issues were stand alone stories.

The history of this series goes back several years. I'm not going to tell all of the storyline, but this series started in Adventure Strip Digest, a fanzine that ran for five issues in the early 1990's before making the transition to a comic-book series of the same name.  The first comic book series ran for an additional four issues.

The early fanzine stories, which has since been collected into a 144 page trade paperback called the 'Rob Hanes Archives', was actually funded by a Xeric Foundation grant!

The current comic book series, (which I've read eight issues of so far), has grown to twelve total issues in print.

I found that I truly enjoyed reading the issues that I obtained, because of the 'adventure strip' background this series is based in.  The comparisons to Milton Caniff's 'Terry and the Pirates' can't help but be noticed, and Randy himself shows comparisons in the Letters Pages.

Indeed, the publisher recommends it to: "...readers who enjoy classic adventure strips like Terry and the Pirates, Steve Canyon, Mary Perkins on Stage, and The Spirit, or the work of cartoonists with a strong, retro visual style like Alex Toth and Darwyn Cooke".

In this case, I would have to agree with the above statement!  The enjoyment I received in reading these issues were on par with my enjoyment of those strips!

What's this series about? Here's just one of several promos from the publisher:

"High adventure is alive and well in the 21st century! Rob Hanes Adventures is an all-ages comic-book series about a globetrotting private eye and troubleshooter. (A fan recently aptly described it as "Tintin meets Indiana Jones!") Under the auspices of worldwide Justice International, Rob Hanes travels the world on assignment, facing adventure, intrigue and romance at every turn!"

There are several different formats that YOU can purchase from the publisher.  Either in 'floppy comic book format' or in trade paperback format, (TPB).  So there is a choice for those of you that prefer either of those formats more.

My review rating for this comic book series is a NEAR MINT  (NM) 9.4 out of a 10.0 possible comic book grading scale.

To see more on the different formats, including the online versions,  please see the following links:

WCGComics.com - the hard copy formats

RHAdventures.com - the webcomic

WCG Comics - Rob Hanes Adventures - the new Facebook Fan Page!

Again... My thanks to Randy Reynaldo for bringing his long running series to my attention!  Plus my apologies for taking so long to mention it here in my Blog!

~Michael D Hamersky


My thanks again to all of YOU reading this blog and our archived blog posts, now at 3,393 total posts in number!  I do appreciate your continued reading and support of this Blog!

BTW, You can 'follow' this Blog by clicking the 'Follow' Button at this NetworkedBlogs app!  We currently have over 2,383 'Followers'!  Thanks to ALL of YOU that have already clicked that button! 

And for those of YOU that haven't yet... I would appreciate it if YOU would!!!

~ Michael D Hamersky

 

Note:  My online 'Local' Comic Book Shop (LCBS), carries many different genres of comics, magazines, graphic novels, and comic con promotional items. Possibly even copies of the item that was reviewed here today...!

If I have it... You can find it 'Under The Big Top Of Comics' at:  

http://www.ComicBooksCircus.com/ 

Web Page Note:  This blog post is written for the IE Browser standards.  Chrome, Safari, Netscape, Firefox and the other browsers serve the page up differently, sorry about that!

The screen display resolution is best seen at the setting of 1024 x 768 on your laptop or desktop computer.

NOTE: All images and characters within this blog post are copyright and trademark their respective owners.

Comics Creators: If you are breaking into, or already work in the comic book industry or other pop culture productions, you are welcome to email or mail 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:

Make It So Marketing Inc., PO Box 130653, Carlsbad, CA 92013

 Also, if you are a Facebook member, I would have liked you to send me a 'Friend Request'. However, I have reached the maximum limit of 5,000 Facebook Friends and Fan pages already, so I've added a New 'Facebook Fan Page' so that even more of YOU can 'Like' what I am doing, and be interactive with me and others there.  Here is the link to that 'Facebook Fan Page': Michael D Hamersky On Comics! Please click the 'Like' button on that page! 
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Posted by makeitsomarketing at 5:35 AM PDT
Updated: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 8:34 AM PDT
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Monday, April 18, 2011
Semantink's Comic Savvy - April 17th, 2011 Meet-up In San Diego, CA!
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Other Cons

                                        

Michael D Hamersky On Comics Reports On:

Semantink's Comic Savvy - April 17th, 2011 Meet-up!

(San Diego, California) 

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Top Photo: (L-R) Sean Youtsey, Chris Henderson, Mei Ling, Helen Pegg, Matt Dunford, and Rich Kuhaupt, in the outside porch area of Milano Coffee Company in Mission Valley Area of San Diego, California.
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Lower Photo:  (Bottom center to left) GiGi Vo, Andrew Rakestraw, Kevin Warwick, and Jose.
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TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3392:

Last night was the April 2011 meetup of Semantink's Comic Savvy at Milano Coffee Company in the Mission Valley area of San Diego, California.

Due to family illnesses in Los Angeles & San Diego that I had to attend, I had missed the March 2011 meet-up, so no, you didn't miss an earlier blog reporting on what happened at that meet-up!

(Here's the link to the February 20th, 2011 Meet-Up, that I attended.)

The fact that the nation had set their clocks forward an hour meant that we met in hours that were still light, which is good, because as usual we met outside in the porch area at 5 PM.  Actually several of us were there earlier.  The 'official hours' of the meet-up are 5PM to 7PM, but several, including myself  were having so much fun attending that we were there until 7:30 PM! 

I've included a couple of pics at the top right of this post, with names of those in attendance, (Sorry, not all are pictured... And please excuse any name misspellings!).  Because of the limitations of this blog format, I've built a 'special photo album' titled 'April 2011 Semantink's Comic Savvy Meet-Up' at my Facebook Fan Page for you to see all that were in attendance, if YOU weren't there!  And to 'tag' yourself if you attended!

Ben Glibert, Director of Publishing at Semantink Publishing, came in after the meet-up officially ended, due to a prior committment.  When James Michael Ninness, Writer / Creator at Semantink also, doesn't officiate as meet-up co-ordinator for the evening, Ben does... However last night night James was out of town.

So we had Chris(topher) Henderson, co-owner of SanBox, as the meet-up cordinator.  Chris kept the meetup on track with several different topics, and all that attended gave their input or opinions during the evening. Great job, Chris!

Several that were in attendance last night had been to the WonderCon that was held in San Francisco earlier in the month.  They stated their opinions of the con, and what they saw there.  The general consensus was that it was a 'grat con'!  The Green Lantern trailer that was specially shown there was impressive to those that saw it on the Big Screen in person!

The upcoming Free Comic Book Day for 2011 was discussed.  Several in attendance are carpooling to the Los Angeles Metro Area to attend a special gathering at a LCBS there.

Additional topics were discussed, and there were several sub-discussions going on at the same time. 

The meetup has grown in size so much, that there was a discussion about future avenues to 'meet-up' at.  I'll keep you posted on that.  I mentioned to my wife, Tina, last night that there was interest in meeting at a local wine bar, which I'm sure she would like to attend!  She's been working so hard on her book launches for clients that she needs a wine bar experience soon!

Before I close with this month's 'mini-report'... I, as usual, had a  question I wanted to hear opinions on from those also in attendance for this blog post.

Also, as customary, I brought a 'freebie' for those kind enough to answer my blog question.  This month it was a movie poster for the Priest in 3D Film that is being released on May 13th in the USA and Canada.

My question was formulated due to the special segment shown on the 'Showbiz Tonight' TV show last week.  That segment was on the superheroes comic book movies that are coming out soon... Green Lantern, Thor, Captain America, and the X-Men. 

I asked those in attendance which of the four just named they most wanted to see... And then what they thought 'mainstream' America would most likely turn out to see at the Big Screen.  Here's the results, which may surprise you!

Attendees at the Meet-Up as to what THEY wanted to see most:

Green Lantern   -  6%

Thor             - 12%

Captain America - 44%

X-Men           -  38%

As to what they thought mainstream America wanted to see most:

Green Lantern    - 19%

Thor              - 44%

Captain America  -  0%

X-Men            - 37%

The above statistics show that those know comics are more likely to view Captain America, while they understand that 'Mainstream America' is not likely to show up at all for this film.  Marvel has a BIG Job in promoting this film better... However I am one of those in the 44% attending that am making this my #1 'Must See' choice to see at the Big Screen!

And yes, although the 'buzz' at the WonderCon and on the internet since it was released, was on the Green Lantern film... It has been so long in coming to the Big Screen... That the interest in seeing this film has already peaked with those in attendance...!

Again, this is NOT a 'scientific' survey, as those attending are comic book fans and / or those that work in the industry... Thus they have a better 'clue' as to what those characters that are being featured in their own films are all about! 

My thanks once again to Semantink Publishing sponsoring this monthly meet-up.  Here's the Facebook link to the event that just occurred, and here's the link to Semantink's Facebook Fan Page, which I encourage YOU to 'Like'!  Plus check out their several comic book series that are online.  When they publish hard copies of those in TPBs, I'll be sure to review blog them here!

Semantink's Comic Savvy is normally the 3rd Sunday of every month, which has been held at the Milano Coffee Company in Mission Valley.  There has been a recent change in ownership there, and with the increasing number of persons in attendance in recent months, the meet-up may have outgrown this location.  If there is a change, I'll mention it  in my next wall post at my own Facebook Fan Page, 'Michael D Hamersky On Comics'.

Till then...Have Some Fun!  Oh, and don't forget to check out the rest of the pics that weren't shown here at the blog, in the special photo album just for THIS meet-up!     

~Michael D Hamersky


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