Vinnie's 'Take' On:
"Space Punks #1"
From The Blas Studios!
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Above Photo: Front Cover to Space Punks #1!
At the Top Left: Being Introduced to the Comics Series by Josep Blas at the 2010 LBCC!
At the Bottom Left: The Long Beach Comic Con (LBCC) Logo!
TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3304:
Vinnie is with us this weekend, and has his first blog ready to be posted.
I appreciate his reading and submitting his guest blog(s) for publishing here!
Welcome one and all, to "My Take" on Space Punks #1!
As I was looking through comics to review for my dad's blog, this comic jumped out at me. This was the only comic in the large stack of comics to possibly review, that was not realistic looking.
It also 'felt' age appropriate, as there were no blood, guts, gore, or any other thing I'd rather not see.
After reading just a short bit of it, I realized that this was a comic book series of major foolishness. Although there was that "Cartoon-y" feel to the art, which makes it seem suitable to young children, it is somewhat the opposite. There is a little bit of mild language, but most of it is censored with random symbols. Anyways, I will now describe the art and story, as well as the covers and interior pages.
The Front Cover is what mainly caught my attention. It looked 'cartoony', which if you have read a previous blog post of mine, you would know I love the style. It depicted half of a battle scene, that is continued on the Back Cover. More information on that later though. The name, "Space Punks" also made me interested. It made me think there was some mischief going on. My suspicions were correct.
The Inside Front Cover shows the logo seen on the Front Cover for the Space Punks. Below that, it states each job of the four people who worked on it. I now know that the creator of Space Punks is Josep Blas. Beneath all those "credits" is where Josep introduces the characters and their names. It helped, as some conversations you didn't see who was talking. You would have had to seen what names each voice was saying, so you could know which character was which. Below that is the copyright information, so let's move on to the Interior Pages.
The Interior Pages, sadly are just in black and white. As the cover was in color, I figured the rest of the book would be too. Despite the conditions that were well fit for being a dull and boring comic, this was great instead!
Some of the art had looked like sketches straight off the drawing board, but just something about it made me grow on it. I liked the story, and especially the dramatic and suspenseful ending.
Reading this makes me want to read the second and third book. However good it may have been, I think the writer could've left out a couple censored words. Not just the censor, but the word being censored as well. Maybe my age isn't the age group expected for this? I'm not entirely sure. Whatever the case is, it was still definitely a good comic.
The Inside Back Cover has two, what I believe are, advertisements. It is split in half equally, horizontally. The top one is for the Space Punks.
Josep stated his thanks for his readers, er well, reading. He also left his email for anyone to leave their thoughts for him about it. The advertisement below that was for Blambot, a comic lettering, font, and logo design company. I found it funny, as it was talking about radioactive Kung-Fu chihuahuas bombing an orphanage. Well, I at least found the part about the radioactive Kung-Fu chihuahuas funny...
The Back Cover, as I've already mentioned above, is a continuation of the Front Cover's image, being a 'wrap-a-round' cover. This shows the enemies, and the rest of the battle scene. These are the same enemies you would have seen in the comic, had you read it. I had liked this whole battle scene, as it was in color, and not just black and white.
It was quite strange seeing it this way as a wrap-a-round cover, as lately, all I've seen on the back of a comic is either advertisements or other promotional stuff. I much prefer this, but any extra money for them helps, I guess, in recovering the cost of printing.
Overall, I really enjoyed this first issue of "Space Punks". I would have better enjoyed it, had it been in color, though. I liked the art and the story, and really don't have much to complain about. I would give this comic a comic book grade of a Very Fine / Near Mint (VF/NM), a 9.0 out of a 10.0 grading scale.
And hopefully, Josep can make a color version too! I haven't seen the Interior Pages of issue 2 or 3, but hopefully they are in color!
I thank you all for reading my review.
NOTE From Michael: You can check out more on this comic book series from the publisher via their web site at: SpacePunks.com.
Sorry, I don't see any Facebook Fan Page for the comic book or the publisher at this time.
Thanks Vinnie, for guest blogging here once again, and giving us your thoughts on this publication from a tween's POV!
BTW, If you liked Vinnie's 'Take' on this publication, he's also review blogged several other publications so far this year!
Including the graphic novel as shown to the left. Here's his review blog on this publication: Vinnie's Take on Berona's War: Field Guide. After reading that and thinking that this is something YOU would like to read or give as a gift for a special occasion, such as a Christmas Gift, here's a link to where you can purchase it online! Berona's War: Field Guide! But YOU gotta hurry, as there are only 6 days left till Christmas Day!
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