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Tuesday, May 31, 2011
My Take On: The Brain Eater's Bible by J.D. McGhoul with Pat Kilbane
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Comic Books - New

                                        

Michael D Hamersky On Comics Reviews:

The Brain Eater's Bible

By J.D. McGhoul with Pat Kilbane!

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Above Photo:  J.D. McGhoul couldn't make it to the 2011 Long Beach Comic Con (LBCC) Expo, so Pat Kilbane represented 'The Brain Eater's Bible' book at this comic con!

 

 

TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3424:

Walking by the table that Pat Kilbane was at during the 2011 Long Beach Comic Con Expo... I did a double take of Pat.   Thinking that I had met him at another comic con earlier, I said hello to be friendly, not realizing he wasn't a comic book creator.

What I realized after stopping and seeing the placard to the left, I realized it was on MAD TV that I recognized him from.

I'm sure that my wife, Tina, would have recognized him from her favorite TV series, Seinfeld!  (Yes, Tina, he was the "anti-Kramer" in the Superman-themed Seinfeld episode "The Bizarro Jerry"!)

So I stopped and chatted with him about the item he was holding in his hands, as seen in the top right photo.

Quite honestly, as I also told him, I'm not all that much into 'zombies', even though two years ago, it seemed like 5 out of 10 comics / graphic novels / etc. that were given to me at comic cons or mailed in for possible review were on zombies!  It seemed that every third blog of mine for a while was on the topic of zombies!  Sheesh!  For not being a fan of zombies... It sure seemed that I was!

So anyways, I looked at the back cover of the book to see what it was about, and found this...

“What is wrong with me!?”

That’s what you’re thinking, isn’t it?  You woke up in a drainage ditch covered with skin ulcerations and nasty flesh wounds.  Your body is numb and your memory is foggy.  Someone tried to give you medical attention, but you repaid their kindness by savagely killing them and eating their brain.

You are a zombie, my friend, just like me.  Though most zombies are slow and stupid, the fact that you are reading this tells me that you are different.  Some of us are.  welcome to the PAC virus acopalyse.

THE BRAIN EATER'S BIBLE is a field manual and manifesto for the reanimated dead, filled with over 200 full-color photos, diagrams and anatomical drawings.

Okay...!  Now that got my attention! Pat could see that it did, and after realizing I have the #1 'followed blog on Facebook' for comics / comic books / graphic novels.... Plus strong followings on my Facebook group and fan pages... He gave me a review copy for possible mention.

I added that book to the 'To be read & possibly reviewed stack' at my home office.  I recently opened the book and was somewhat amazed / aghast / and thunderstruck after starting to read the inside pages of the book.

Great production value, even though the topic is not near and dear to my heart.... Or for that matter, my brain, (pun intended!).

Yet I couldn't hardly put the book down each night... And found myself finishing it a few days later.  

I have to say... The research and presentation of the topics in this book are quite amazing!

Here's the Chapters titles:

1) Eat Brains,  2) Know Your Body, 3) Hunt, 4) Know Your Enemy, 5) Move Your Head, 6) Infect Others... With multiple subsections and of course 'Journal Entries'.

It truly is a full-blown 'bible' for the 'Newly Reanimated Zombie'!

I mentioned I was reading this book at the latest Semantink's Comic Savvy meetup, and although it isn't a comic book or graphic novel, there was an immediate response by many at the meetup that night!  So now that it is read, I'll probably bring it in for others to see at the next meetup!

So I know this book has to be appealing to those that are really into Zombies!I'm not, but darn, this book is really so 'cool' that it is a sure-fire hit for those that are!

My review rating for this book with illustrations and photos is a VERY FINE / NEAR MINT (VF/NM) 9.0 out of a 10.0 possible comic book grading scale.

Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Mythodrome, Inc. (March 18, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9780984632909
ISBN-13: 978-0984632909
ASIN: 0984632905
Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces.

Here is the link to purchase the book, now that you know that you gotta have it: Brain Eaters Bible: Sound Advice for the Newly Reanimated Zombie

Oh, and for those of you that are on Facebook... Here is the link to J.D. McGhoul of the Brain Eater's Bible Fan Page!

My thanks to Pat Kilbane for bringing this book by himself and 'J.D. McGhoul' to my attention at the LBCC Expo! 

~Michael

 


My thanks again to all of YOU reading this blog and our archived blog posts, now at 3,424 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 2,446 '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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Updated: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 6:15 AM PDT
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Saturday, May 28, 2011
Memorial Day And... Comic Books - My 2011 Blog Post!
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Comic Book History

                                        

Michael D Hamersky On Comics Reflects On:

Memorial Day and Comic Books!

In Particular for This Memorial Day 2011 Post:

 Captain America & Bucky!

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Top Photo: Sgt. Fury & His Howling Commandos #13 (December 1964)

Top Middle Photo: Allen Bellman Returns to Timely/Marvel in 2010

Top Right Photo: Blogger Michael D Hamersky During FCBD 2010 with  Captain America Comics #1 (March 1941) & Marvel Comics #1 (October 1939)

Bottom Right Photo:  The Black Friday Comics 2010 Grand Prize Illustrated by Allen Bellman for the Winner!

 
 
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TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3423:

Last year at this time, (in Blog #3151), I blogged about Memorial Day And Comic Books... In particular Sgt. Fury & His Howling Commandos!

In that post I mentioned how 'Memorial Day' came to be, and that it goes back to the day then called 'Decoration Day', which was first celebrated after the American Civil War.  For more info on the history, please read the earlier blog post.

This year I decided to 'honor' Captain America & Bucky, for three reasons.

Reason Number One:  When I was growing up, (yeah, way back when...Cover Dated November of 1963!), Captain America had been 'dead' for many years.  As well as his 'sidekick', Bucky, who had died at the end of WWII. A 'try-out' of returning Captain America, (only), was done in Strange Tales #114.  (Thanks again to Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers, and Stan Goldberg!) 

Being a 'fan' of the Fantastic Four, (which started in - November of 1961 cover dated), I of course was following the solo feature of the Human Torch in Strange Tales.  I believe this was my first 'intro' to Captain America, as Fantasy Masterpieces which started reprinting 'old' Timely Captain America stories didn't start doing so until issue #3 - cover dated June of 1966.

Of course, Captain America 'returned from the dead' in Avengers #4 - cover dated March of 1964.  As I was a 'Marvelmaniac' during those years, I also read that comic.

As well as followed 'Cap' in his 'try out' in Tales of Suspense #58 cover dated October of 1964, which was the 'lead in' to his taking half of the 'split book' in issue #59 - cover dated November of 1964.

I have also mentioned in this Blog before, that I also purchased several coverless comics from the Timely / Atlas periods at a used bookstore in Downtown San Diego, on Broadway.  It was Lanning's Bookstore, (run by Mrs. Peggy Lanning), and I stumbled across it when I was walking downtown at the far East end, and came across a shopping cart full of coverless comics that was place in front of the store window!  It was there that I was introduced to the pre-Marvel days, and found Captain America comics there, as well as the Atlas 'HoRRoR' comics.  Great times... And yeah, I'm sure that many others in San Diego found Peggy Lanning's used book store too, as I keep running across those people at the SDCC!

So yeah, I've been a 'Cap' fan for a while...LOL!  But no, I'm no longer reading the current Marvel titles of Cap, for reasons I've mentioned before here in my blog...

Reason Number Two: I became 'Facebook Friends' with Allen Bellman in February of 2010, who is a well known Captain America artist.  This after meeting him briefly at the Comic-Con International: San Diego (a.k.a. SDCC) back in July of 2007.

Since then, Allen has corresponded with me several times about his convention schedules, as well as calling(!), and I've updated this Blog with those dates and info, as well as mention him at my Facebook Group Page:  Facebook Comic Con | Make It So Marketing, and my newer Facebook Fan Page: Michael D Hamersky On Comics.

In return, Allen volunteered to support my 2010 'Black Friday Comics' event, which kicked off my then brand new Facebook Fan Page, by offering to illustrate for the lucky winner of the Grand Prize... An illustration of Captain America 'punching' anyone of the winner's choice!  That lucky person was Mark Poe who chose Cap punching out the Red Skull, as seen near the top right of this blog post!   Thanks again, Allen!

(BTW... Allen's web site can be found at AllenBellman.com, and there is a lot of info there, including his upcoming appearances schedule, plus a page on how YOU can commission an illustration similar to the one that I have shown above!)

Reason Number Three:  The Captain America: The First Avenger film is coming our way in July, during the Comic-Con International: San Diego week of July 21st - 24th.  The Opening Day is on Friday, July 22nd.

Now THAT is the Summer Blockbuster Film that I want to see!  Yeah, Thor was pretty darn good, (see my review in Blog #3407), but it is the 'Cap' film that is #1 on 'My Must See at the Big Screen' film for the Summer of 2011!

I for one am pleased that the setting of this film is in World War II.  The trailers from the film have made this upcoming film move up from an... 'Oh, they are making a Cap movie'... To 'Wow! They are making a real Cap movie!  And with Bucky Barnes too!'. Reading further I've found that the 'Howling Commandos' will be in the film also... I can hardly wait!  And yeah, Tina & I will be checking for any special screenings for Comic-Con attendees when we get there!  Usually we stay all night at the Comic-Con, unless we have a special invite to 'After-Con Parties', but the Cap film is special! 

So this is the reason I've chosen Captain America & Bucky today to honor 'Memorial Day with Comics'!   Yeah, I know... Captain America died and was brought back... How many times now?   And yeah, so has Bucky Barnes...!

Hey, that's comics for ya!  But still, to me, besides the Sgt. Fury & His Howling Commandos comic... Captain America & Bucky in the 1940's is what comes to mind for me for the latest installment in this Annual Blog Series!

Again, we should stop for a while, and think about the non-fictional persons who have made the Ultimate Sacrifce... Their Lives... for all of us.

Because after all Memorial Day now "...commemorates men and women who died while in military service to the United States. First enacted to honor Union and Confederate soldiers following the American Civil War, it was extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars".

This blog series is also in honor of all of them...

~Michael


My thanks again to all of YOU reading this blog and our archived blog posts, now at 3,423 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 2,444 '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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Updated: Saturday, May 28, 2011 12:40 PM PDT
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Friday, May 27, 2011
Spidey Drops In On The American Idol Season Finale...
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: TV Shows

                                        

Michael D Hamersky On Comics Reflects On:

Spidey... And J.Lo

As Seen On (TV!) American Idol's 10th Season Finale!

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TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3422:

I haven't blogged on 'American Idol' for a looooong time... Not since the eBay version of this Blog was stopped during the Halloween Season of 2009! Not of my choosing, but because eBay lost control of their blog platform and decided to stop the whole blogging platform...

So it is 'strange' to be blogging about 'American Idol' this morning, as I stop working on an offline project that's kept me busy for several days this week! You see, the American Idol blogs that Tina and I used to do in the eBay version of this blog were the most popular posts that I was blogging at the time!   I used to get questions as to when the review blog on the night before's performances would be posted.  That's where the 'My Take' and 'Tina's Take' phrase came into being! (For more on earlier Seasons of American Idol, I've brought over several blog posts from our expired eBay blog version to this Blog platform before eBay deleted ALL bloggers posts. Google has over 1,340 links to those as of this blog posting.)

Anyways, this 10th Season of 'American Idol' has been long and not so 'pretty' for both Tina and myself.   The loss of Simon Cowell was definitely felt by both of us, and when Haley was not in the Top Two for the Finale, well, we both felt the 10th Season was a 'bust'... 

Especially the 1st night of the Season Finale... It's NOT 'Country Idol', folks! Sheesh!  And I have nothing against 'country'.   I loved 'Johnny Cash', 'Dolly Parton', 'Poco', 'Flying Burrito Brothers', Rick Nelson, etc., etc.   Just that somehow, this whole 10th Season got sidetracked...

So after a very disappointing 1st night of the Season Finale, I was about to not vote, until the judges pretty much declared Lauren 'the winner' of the whole thing.   Sheesh again!  That made me take the time to vote 8 times for Scotty, just to counter against what the judges had pre-determined the outcome to be.

And yeah, during the Season I had voted for Scotty McCreery a few times, and Lauren Alaina also, even though I voted more for others, including Haley Reinhart, James Durbin, Pia Toscano, and Casey Abrams!

Of the Final Three, it was Haley who was our 'fave', although this was the first year we didn't have a 'fave' until there were only four contestants left...

But wait, didn't I title this blog "Spidey Drops In On The American Idol Season Finale..."?!

Well, he did... The song was so-so in my book, the visuals were good, and seeing Spidey swing into the audience was fun.  But the end of the song, where Spidey 'drops in' to where he is upside down in front of J.Lo and she uncovers his face, pulling down his mask, just like in the great Spider-Man 1 film, was... Well... It was just like the whole 10th Season for me... One of anticipation and then just 'flat' at the end....

No kiss... Just a 'Boop' and giggly laughter... And then Spidey goes back up out of sight.

But yeah, I did enjoy seeing Spidey's appearance on American Idol!  Even though J.Lo didn't come through at the end of the song... Just like this 10th Season didn't come through for me either...

So my review rating for this Spidey / J.Lo scene is just like the whole 10th Season of American Idol for me... a FINE PLUS (F+) 6.5 out of a 10.0 possible comic book grading scale.  Good idea, but with fair execution.

And yes, I did like the 2nd Night of the Season Finale... It was a very good show to end out the 10th Season with... Here's hoping that the 11th Season returns to the 'greatness' that the TV Show had been when Tina and I were review blogging every week!

~Michael

P.S.  The main reason I started blogging about 'American Idol' in the eBay version of our Blog, was that I had a LOT of Rock N Roll Comics / Mags in our online eBay Store at that time, and Tina got me into watching the 2nd Season with her.   Today I continue to list Rock N Roll items as seen in this link.  Plus of course I have a few hundred Spider-Man comics as well!

Now it's time to do some 'Social Media Networking' this morning, before heading back to that off-line project!

 


My thanks again to all of YOU reading this blog and our archived blog posts, now at 3,422 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 2,442 '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 4:51 AM PDT
Updated: Friday, May 27, 2011 5:59 AM PDT
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011
My Take On: Nart... Again
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Comic Books - New

                                        

Michael D Hamersky On Comics Reviews:

Nart... Again

A Mini-Comic from Jim Siergey!

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TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3421:

I blogged a while back about the 1st Annual Mini-Comics Day that was held world-wide on April 9th of 2011, (blog #3390).

At that time I also invited those that were involved either in that Day's activities, or self-publish mini-comics to send in a sample for a possible review blog and / or mention at my Facebook Fan Page, (Michael D Hamersky On Comics).

Jim Siergey actually has sent in two of his mini-comics.

I'm reviewing just the one here today, as he sent in a little background history on his 'Nart' series as well.  Which is printed here:

"If you are not familiar with 'nart' - the first two issues are reprinted in Fantagraphics 'Newave' book.

Nart appears every decade, whether needed or not. The history of nart -

Jim Siergey's Little Book of Nart - 1979

Nart 2, Brute

Narties (A micro)

What's Nart 4?

Long Day's Journey Into Nart - 24 pg, with 16 artists' interpretation of Nart

The 6th of Nart - Digest Size

My Sharona - a psuedo - nart book

'Nart... Again' is available from me @

Jim Siergey, 4135 N. Hermitage, Chicago, IL 60613 for $1 & a stamp."

So that's a little history out of the way...!

What's 'My Take' on this mini-comic?!

First, mini-comics come in all sizes and shapes and page counts...

This issue is two pieces of paper folded in half, comprising eight total pages.

Don't let the small amount of pages fool you, however.

The front cover sets the 'tone' for what you see inside.

The inside front cover is the 'intro page', along with the indicia at the bottom.  Plus you are given the 'story' behind the title:

"if it's art, it's art - if it's nart, it's nart..."

The following pages are individual cartoon full sized pics, with individual themes. They show Jim's sense of humor, which I found to be amusing.  I especially enjoyed the cartoon of 'Bridget Jones's Guadalcanal Diary'.

This mini-comic is a good representation of what mini-comics are about. A sampling of what the creator(s) wanted to publish to introduce their work. As I had not read or viewed Jim's works before, this was a nice intro to his world.

Plus, for a buck & a stamp, you can't go wrong!

My review rating for this mini-comic is a VERY FINE PLUS (VF+) 8.5 out of a 10.0 possible comic book grading scale.

Here are the links that you should check out for more of Jim's works:

JimSiergey.com

TeeMee on Cafe Press

Cultural Jet Lag

Jim Siergey in Grand Comics Database

Oh... and I did mention that Jim had sent in two sample copies.  The other one was 'Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of', which is available online at WeirdMuse.ecrater.com for a buck.  I'm not reviewing that one here at this time, but suggest you take a look at it also! 

~Michael

 


My thanks again to all of YOU reading this blog and our archived blog posts, now at 3,421 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 2,436 '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 6:30 AM PDT
Updated: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 7:47 AM PDT
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Monday, May 23, 2011
Lucid Volume One - From Archaia Entertainment
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Comic Books - New

                                        

LUCID 
Volume One  

Michael McMillian & Anna Wieszczyk

From Archaia Entertainment!

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TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3420:

The hardcover book being reviewed today is a compilation of the comic books published by Archaia Entertainment in a series that I have not yet reviewed here in this Blog.

That is because I found it hard to pick up the series in mid-stream when I received issue #3 for possible review first.

This is a mini-series that is best to up as a hard copy compilation, especially since there are additional pages in this Black Label format by Archaia Enterainment.

Before I start writing 'My Take' on this compilation... Here's the publisher's promo blurb at Amazon:

Lucid is an action-packed, pop-fantasy series that draws inspiration from the spy genre, Arthurian legend, and 21st-century folklore! Dark forces are conspiring to prevent humankind from reaching its true potential. Thankfully, as newly appointed "Protector of the Realm," Agent Matthew Dee uses his skills as a covert spy and Combat Mage to ensure America's freedom from the grip of evil.

Here's the publisher's promo blurb that was mailed to me along with the book:

Welcome to the world of LUCID, the action-packed pop-fantasy that draws inspireationf rom the spy genre, Arthurian Legend, and 21st-century folklore!  Dark forces areconspiring to prevent humankind from reaching its true potential. Thankfully, as newly appointed "Protector of the Realm", Agent Matthew Dee uses his skills as a covert spy and Combat Mage to ensure America's freedom from the grip of evol.  Written by "True Blood" actor Michael McMillian and illustrated by newcomer Anna Wieszczyk, LUCID is Archaia's first title pulbished in association with Zachary Quinto ("heroes" , "Star Trek") and his company, Before the Door.

So... When I received the hard cover to this series, I wondered if it would be easier going for me to read when starting at the beginning...

It was, but the story is still somewhat complicated, in that there are 'magic sigils' that are used throughout the pages.  I didn't realized until reaching the end of the HC compilation that the 'magic sigils' were explained at the back of the book, within the extra pages printed...

The storyline was one that could draw you into the realm the series presented, but I found it was the art that held my attention more.

The series was written and created by Michael McMillian, whom you probably recognize as an actor first, (True Blood).  Anna Wieszczyk was the illustrator. Shawn DePasquale was the letterer.  

In addition to the 'magic sigils' presented at the back of the book, there was the 'Sketchbook' - illustrations by Anna, with notes by Michael.  Nice two page presentation of how the two main characters evolved to final publication.

I'm not for sure who the colorist was for this series, but the colors are noteworthy in adding to the art and storyline. Indeed, it was the colors that tied everything together for me in the reading of this hard cover.

The foreword by Alan Ball was a from a guy who himself says... "Now I know next to nothing boaut comics. I come from a theater background... Michael has taught me that comics, like TV are a collaborative effort.  Michael and his illustrator Anna Wieszczyk have used their words and images to build a world with its own rules, its own magic, and its own life".

Which I found to be true.  The world presented in this total package of the four comic books being published together in one hard cover format is one that could bring in those looking for a 'new world' to become immersed in. Which is why the 'ending' in this volume is left open to new adventures...

I have an interest in 'Camelot', so the usage of this theme in the series was one that caught my attention.  Yet the four comic book issues seemed to tie up pretty quick at the end, maybe a little too quickly...

My review rating for this Hardcover Book is a VERY FINE  / VERY FINE PLUS (VF/VF+) 8.25 out of a possible 10.0 comic book grading scale. 

This hardcover book goes on sale:  THIS Wednesday, May 25th at your LCBS - and June 7th wherever books are sold. 

Retail Price $19.95 - Page count: 112 pages

Format: hardcover book with dust jacket, 6.625" x 10.25", full color.

T+13 Readers (contains material suitable for teen readers ages 13 and above).

If you don't buy at your LCBS... Here is a link so that YOU can purchase the Hardcover Book online:      Lucid - Purchase Online.

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.


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Posted by makeitsomarketing at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Monday, May 23, 2011 7:19 AM PDT
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