Topic: Comic Books - New
TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3124:
I am taking a break today from blogging about the recent Free Comic Book Day Event and Wizard World Anaheim Comic Con that I recently attended. I want to catch up on some publications that have come in for review...
One that caught my eyes was 'Distortions Unlimited #1' sent in by the writer / penciler / colorist - Daniel Crosier.
This three issue mini-series should be available on the shelves of YOUR LCBS, but I was not aware of it until this first issue was sent to me.
So what's it about? Here's the Press Release:
Bluewater Productions presents a unique horror comic that revolves around existing full-scale monster and alien animatronics in the new series titled “Distortions Unlimited.”The three issue series is based off of licensed characters crafted by Distortions Unlimited based in Greeley, CO. Distortions is world-renowned for creating shocking props, masks and animatronics that have been the mainstay of the dark amusement industry for the last 30 years. The company is best known for reproducing the 16ft queen alien from the film “Alien” cast from the original molds, as well as designing the stage props for music industry icon Alice Cooper’s Brutal Planet tour.
Daniel Crosier, writer and illustrator on the series, has a unique connection with the project. “I grew up near the Distortions studio in Greeley. I used to tour the studio when I was a kid and was fascinated by their creations. I suggested to Darren Davis the president of Bluewater to partner with Distortions to develop another horror comic. Darren liked the idea, so we approached them with the concept. Distortions was enthusiastic about the partnership and green-lighted the project.”
The entire series focuses on Distortions’ Rage animatronic. Described as half Neanderthal, half beast, and all fury, the Rage is one of Distortions’ most popular characters. Ed Edmunds, president of Distortions elaborates of the protagonist of the books. “Rage has been a fan favorite for years. The sheer size of the piece commands attention and really gives people a good scare. He’s a great character to base the series on.”
The first issue of the series delves into the horror unleashed on the earth with the collapse of a mine. The plot was crafted with multiple, intertwining layers that combine fantasy and true-life events ripped from today’s headlines. Local Denver celebrities, Uncle Nasty and Matt Need from Clear Channel's KBPI and Allana Rizzo from Rocky Mountain Fox Sports Net have lent their likeness to the project.
Crosier will bring a unique look to the books by illustrating with his watershed technique. All covers and interior pages of the series will be created with graphite on wood poplar panels. Crosier’s influence for the series is Dark Horse’s “B.P.R.D. 1946”. The books will have a high contrast, distressed, organic look.
The creative team will also include veteran inker Peter Palmiotti. Palmiotti has worked for a variety of comic publishers including Marvel Comics, DC Comics, and Image.
Here are my thoughts on this first issue of a the series:
First of all, the front cover 'grabbed' me, (pun intended). If I had found this on the shelves of the LCBS and I was just casually browsing what was 'New This Week', this would have gotten my attention.
Plus the fact that it was from Bluewater Productions' Comics line, of which I have enjoyed the vast majority of titles and their individual issues thus far. That would have been an additional incentive to open up to at least the splash page.
However, I'm the kind of reader that likes to look at the credits. So besides Daniel Crosier and Peter Palmiotti, I also see that Jaymes Reed is the letterer for this isue. So that is a plus also for me.
The 'Splash Page' really isn't a 'splash page' in this first issue. There are several pages right off that use only horizontal panels to start telling the story. Interesting concept, but does it grab my attention? The sequential art better be darn good with immediate story telling to keep my attention...
It does, and I read further.
The layout and story line continues, drawing me in to the story. All too soon the issue is finished. To be continued...Okay, I want more.
There is a one page pinup, tagged to be a 'Bluewater Bonus Pin-up Page by Daniel Crosier. Okay, I'll go along with that.
Then there are two ad pages for 'Distortions Unlimited'. Until now, I wasn't aware of the history of this. Does it give away some of what is going to happen next issue? Probably, but I don't know yet in what way...
Those who have been reading this Blog for a while will know that I am not 'big' on current HoRRoR and MoNSTer comics, even though I sell them and older comics in this same genre.
That's because all too often, most of them are 'over the top' intheir presentation visually and textually.
This first issue of 'Distortions Unlimited' does not present itself in that way. Thus I would be 'open' to pick up the second issue in this series. Indeed, the front cover and the interior presentation 'grabbed' my attention enough that I would look forward to seeing the second issue!
Check with YOUR LCBS to see what issues they have available in this series. The latest issue I see publicized is issue #3.
Please Note: I am aware that this comic book title has been reviewed in 'Fangoria' and 'Rue Morgue'. Those of YOU that are aware of what genre those magazines cover should make a note of that. However, I did not see any 'over the top' graphic / text conveyed in this first issue.
BTW, I have not blogged about this writer / illustrator so far in my Blog's history. So here is a little bit of a bio on Daniel Crosier:
"Denver, Colorado based artist Daniel Crosier has exploded onto the comic book scene in the last few years. Illustrating and writing multiple comic book projects with a variety of well-established publishers, Crosier’s distinctive approach, incomparable perspective and vibrant personality has the industry taking note.
After a near death experience due to a lifetime bout with chronic asthma and allergies in his early 20's, Crosier launched into his art career with unyielding vigor and tenacity as only someone offered a second chance could. Crosier secured a degree in fine art from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver, CO with an emphasis in drawing and sculpture. This background in fine art has encouraged him develop a watershed wood burning technique for illustrating his latest comic book project, “Bartholomew of the Scissors” from Bluewater Productions. Crosier has illustrated and burned the entire four-part comic book series on 88 wood panels.
Crosier explains what encouraged him to start illustrating and burning on wood. "I have a background in fine art, and have always opted for alternative mediums. I really liked the idea of incorporating wood grain into my drawings. When I began getting published in the comic industry, it seemed like a natural transitions to do some covers and pin ups on wood. It stuck. People really seemed to like the organic feel of the work."
“Bartholomew of the Scissors” features gothic horror elements with innovative twists. Similar to the new “Vince Prince Presents” and “Distortions Unlimited” series which Crosier will also be involved with as a writer and illustrator from Bluewater Productions, the primary focus is on innovative storytelling technique and exceptional art opposed to gratuitous gore."
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My thanks to Daniel Crosier for submitting the 1st issue of this comic book title!
AND My thanks again to all of YOU reading this blog and our archived blog posts, now over the 3,100 total posts in number!
~ Michael D Hamersky @ ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com
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