Topic: Comic Books - New
Continuing my new series on comics and graphic novels that I found out about at the 2009 Long Beach Comic Con...
Is the 'Dominion: Eulogy', the comic book series from 2FBProductions.
I met Carl Dancy at The Antidote Trust (TAT) booth during the LBCC.
The TAT booth was one I had also visited during the recent SDCC, and of course was going to stop at their booth at the LBCC to see what was new from members in their collective. Plus to see if any other members of the collective were there that I hadn't met before.
I had missed seeing Carl and Noel from 2FBProductions at the SDCC. What I picked up at the LBCC was the 'Ashcan' of their comic book, plus issue #1 of this comic book series.
Long time readers of this Blog will know that I enjoy reading many genres of comics, and am not stuck in reading just one genre. Of course some genres are more interesting to me than others, so after a while, you'll see how Your tastes and my tastes in comics compare when I blog about them here.
This comic book is printed on heavier paper, and the colors jumped right out at me from each page! The 'splash page' was a little heavy on text, but it set the stage for the next pages which were more illustration than text. So I was glad for the informative 'splash page'.
I caught on quickly enough to enjoy the setting that the creator(s) were presenting to me as a reader. However, I am glad I also had the 'Ashcan' which basically showcased the characters' bios and sketches in its black and white pages.
So what is this comic book about? Here's what the creator(s) say about the issue and what is contained in its' pages:
"In a galaxy many light years from our own, an intergalactic war is being waged; a war that has extinguished the lives of billions and that will eventually thrust itself upon the unsuspecting and ill-prepared inhabitants of the planet Earth. But from the ruins of destruction comes a hero, a hero who may be the only hope of a universe bent on self-destruction, a hero named DOMINION!
Here are the credits for the first issue:
Dominion character created by: Noel Mercado
Developed & written by: Carl Dancy & Noel Mercado
Pencils & Inks by: Nando
Colors by: Miguel Marques
Lettered & Edited by: Chuck Brown
I finished reading the first issue and read the ashcan also.
The ashcan was a little 'heavy' in detail, but this showed me that the creator(s) had worked out a good background for the different characters and different alien races. However the characters were shown in black and white and a little hard to identify when reading the color comic book.
The comic book storyline flowed, and the use of the colors on the pages made the characters stand out for me. There was a lot of dialogue, but considering this was a first issue, that was OK for me.
My experience in reading stories in this genre, is that the creators quite often will get 'bogged' down including too many different races for the reader to keep track of. Sure, the creator(s) will know who they are and what they are about, but the first time reader could get lost. I know that some mainstream readers / viewers don't like the Star Trek and Star Wars franchises because of too many alien races. Seriously!
It was good to have a 'scorecard', (the Ashcan) come with this comic book. I would suggest buying both at the same time to enjoy the storyline more fully, and get you ready for the second issue.
The machinery and space suits were finely illustrated in the comic book. It is only the reptilian aliens that look a little 'strange' to me in their representation. But then again, I'm not an artist, and those aliens kept the same 'look' throughout the issue, so that must be the way this race is meant to be represented when drawn on paper.
This first issue's cover price is a good buy for those that like this kind of comic book genre. It looks to be a good time to get in on the ground floor of this series.
You can purchase copies of this comic book direct from 2FBProductions if you can't find this issue at your LCBS, by going to:
http://www.2fbproductions.com/html/body_products.html/ / where you can use your credit cards via PayPal to purchase a copy. The cover price for issue #1 is $3.00 plus there should be a shipping & handling charge, plus sales tax if you are located in California. Again, I recommend adding the Ashcan for $1.00 which is a good guide to this series.
For upcoming Issues After #1 - Please note: I asked Carl: 'When is issue #2 scheduled to be released?'. Carl replied: "We don't have a set date but we expect issue 2 to be available first quarter of 2010 and it will be, as will the subsequent issues, only be available in digital format. Once all four issues are released we will then return to the traditional print media for a trade paperback".
Also, remember the paragraph at the beginning when I stated that the paper seemed to be a little heavier in weight? Carl replied to me when I asked that question the following: "We used a local printer recommended by one of the other TAT members, and while he did an excellent job, the paper is a little heavier than standard comic book stock and it is also a little wider, closer to Silver Age size".
I would list the main link to the actual 2Fanboys web site, but according to the home page of that site:
"The 2Fanboys’ Lair is currently under redesign. Come back in early 2010 to check out our new look! Until then you can get all of the latest Fanboy happenings at our Facebook site!"
So here is the link to their Facebook Fan Page which is fully functional and interactive with you if you are a Facebook member:
My thanks again to Carl Dancy for bringing this comic book series to my attention at the recent LBCC! I've already become a 'Fan' of their Facebook Fan Page so I can see 'updates' when they are published. I would suggest to you to do the same if you want to follow this series! Oh, and You don't have to be a Facebook member just to read their Fan Page; only if you want to interact on the Fan Page do you have to be a Facebook member!
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