Archive for July 2015

Michael Rooth Covers Red Sonja / Conan #1

Here is a retailer exclusive cover for Red Sonja / Conan #1 by artist Michael Rooth. You can see below the various iterations Rooth did to get to the finished product. The cover is for 1811 Comics in Upstate NY –

For more on Red Sonja / Conan #1 from Dynamite and Dark Horse, click here.

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Michael Rooth Covers Red Sonja / Conan #1

Cerebus Fan To Give Dave Sim’s Cerebus Archive Half A Million In His Will

I am a big fan of Dave Sim and his comic book series Cerebus. I consider it one of the leading works of the medium of the twenty-first century.

But I’m not so much of a fan that I’d leave half a million dollars in my will to preserve it for all time.

But this guy is. Mr J.

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Cerebus Fan To Give Dave Sim’s Cerebus Archive Half A Million In His Will

The Castle Of Horror Podcast Presents: Christopher Lee In Horror Hotel

By Jason Henderson, Drew Edwards, Tony Salvaggio, and Julia Guzman


Bleeding Cool welcomes back The Castle of Horror Podcast tonight, a weekly internet radio show where professional writers in the comics, games and book industries take a look at horror movies, choosing one movie a week to discuss in depth.

They say:

This week we continue our Christopher Lee Retrospective showcasing films from the dearly departed actor.

This week: Horror Hotel, a beautiful work in black & white. It didn’t have to be black & white– this was 1960, three and two years respectively after the amazing color of Curse of Frankenstein and Horror of Dracula. But Horror Hotel, from the group that would become the contemporary-focused Amicus Pictures, goes for a stylized, high-contrast look that brings to mind movies like Black Sunday and even Night of the Living Dead, which would come out eight years later.

Horror Hotel tells the story of Nan, an anthropology student in Massachusetts who travels on her professor’s advice to a small back-woods town to study the 15th-century witch trials. But her professor is Christopher Lee, and he does not have her best interests at heart. This movie gives us a look at what America might mean to the imaginations of young horror fans in Britain, and it’s delightful.

Next week: more Chris Lee!

Check out the trailer:

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Heck, while you’re at it, check out the whole film, which is in the public domain:

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The Team: Hosted by Jason Henderson, writer of IDW’s Ben 10 series and creator of the HarperTeen novel series Alex Van Helsing.Featuring Drew Edwards, creator of Halloween Man, Tony Salvaggio of Clockwerx from Humanoids and Julia Guzman, attorney host of the mom-oriented podcast Podmoms.

The Castle Of Horror Podcast Presents: Christopher Lee In Horror Hotel

Reading Valiant In Order, Month 2 – X-O Manowar #1, Harbinger #1

Part One – X-O Manowar #1

Reading X-O Manowar #2 by Robert Venditti, Cary Nord, Stefano Gaudiano and Moose Baumann, there is only one way this can end. As set up by the first issue, and from reading the previous series, captured by aliens Visigoth, Aric, has to get the alien X-O Manowar suit from where it is guarded, and he must discover he is compatible with it. We know that has happened in the classic tales, we know with this retelling that it will happen. The covers, the point, the plot, everything points in this direction, as clearly as a flashforward would have given us. Though, we do get a wifesex flashback to contrast with his new indentured reality.

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But this issue and the first, are all about the journey. The harsh journey, spread out across years, suffering serious injuries, losing a hand, working in the alien plantations – and the human slavery parallel seems an obvious one here –  with so much planning and forethought and leaving many dead, leads to this moment. It plays out like destiny, but in reality it seems to be blind chance that such a situation has been reached.

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That the only known being compatible with the armour, would be living on a backward planet, coincidentally visited by the alien race that possess the armour, that he would be imprisoned by them and he would be able to lead a rebellion and be one of the few that would survive it. But that is often the rebel’s story. And looking back there was only ever one path.

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And then everything changes.

Harbinger #1 by Joshua Dysart, Khari Evans and Ian Hannin also takes a historical bent, over a smaller space of time. Its very name is one pointed to the future however, and we head there fast. It begins with a plot that seems a reflection of that in X-O Manowar that month. So we start in 1951, showing us the teenage days of Toyo Harada, a powerful psychic, just like Aric, fighting and killing his own way through soldiers, choosing brain over Aric’s brawn, to meet his own destiny, the Bleeding Monk, a visual highlight of the issue.


It is a relationship that will be paralleled by modern day teenage psychic Peter Stanchek and Harada, when they meet at the end of the issue, there’s the strong idea of knowledge that has already been passed down, is being passed down again. The motivations are, however unknown, and at this state there is no suggestion that the plot needs to go down the path from the classic Valiant series. This Harada is an international mogul, with the media acting like puppets but he’s not the bad guy. Not yet. And there are others….


The expression of telepathy as a cascade of thought/speech balloons from all those around Peter, isn’t an original one, but the constancy of its use, especially on the cover, gives the book a signature from the get go


It’s a book about lack of trust, giving us a couple of lead characters who are paranoid. It also makes the unusual and brave move of making its lead character, Peter a rapist, someone who uses his powers to force someone from his past to fall in love him, who he then appears to have sex with. Instantly, it’s separates the two books, one showing us the love of a wife in a committed relationship, and this, the abuse of powers by a very disturbed person, a stalker given power beyond his control. As ever, rape is not about sex, but about power, and this is how Peter seems to try and control his world.  It’s a science fiction trope, but it’s one that the realities and the consequences of, aren’t as ignored as they may have been in the past. It’s skated by in this issue but, as with X-O Manowar, there are consequences to actions, and it asks the reader, who is the real bad guy here? This is, after all, a harbinger to what is to come…

Reading Valiant In Order, Month 2 – X-O Manowar #1, Harbinger #1

The Bleed 2.29: Reading Star Wars And Darth Vader With Jeremy Konrad

The Bleed is a weekly podcast by Bleeding Cool contributors Joe Schmidt and Sam Morse. The podcast consists of the latest news in comics, creator interviews, and a weekly book club discussion.

While at San Diego Comic-Con Joe met Jeremy Konrad, contributor to the Mos Eisley Comic Port podcast and Bleeding Cool. They covered the Lucasfilm panel at Hall H.

It was magical, just in case you haven’t heard, and this is the episode where Jeremy and Joe gush about the experience. And because we are still a comic book club, they used this opportunity to check out the flagship titles from Marvel’s relaunch, Star Wars and Darth Vader!

Both books have amazing creators charting the new adventures: Jason AaronJohn CassadayLaura Martin, and Chris Eliopoulos plot the Rebellion’s story while Kieron GillenSalvador LarrocaEdgar Delgado, and Joe Caramagna handle the Dark Lord of the Sith.

You can download us if you’re on the go here and subscribe with iTunes and Stitcher.

Next week sees rising star Fabian Rangel Jr. join the podcast to discuss Image Comics’ Rumble by John ArcudiJames HarrenDave Stewart, and Chris Eliopoulos (again!?)!

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Intro: “Millenium” by Outkast
Outro: “Jedi Rocks” from Return of the Jedi remaster

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The Bleed 2.29: Reading Star Wars And Darth Vader With Jeremy Konrad

ALONSO Reveals IRON MAN ‘Sister Title’ In The Works

What's better than one Iron Man? Two Iron Men, so it seems for Marvel.

ALONSO Reveals IRON MAN ‘Sister Title’ In The Works

What's better than one Iron Man? Two Iron Men, so it seems for Marvel.

ALONSO Reveals IRON MAN ‘Sister Title’ In The Works

What's better than one Iron Man? Two Iron Men, so it seems for Marvel.

Resident Evil 2 HD Remaster Presentation Was Shown To Capcom Bosses Today

11802762_1012373105450243_6438511364019395909_oYesterday, we heard that the team behind Resident Evil wanted your input into a possible Resident Evil 2 HD Remaster. Well, things seem to be moving quickly, as the project is already being pitched to Capcom heads.

In a very sharing Facebook post, it was revealed that the project was being brushed off to be presented to the upper echelons of the publisher. The post stated:

Hello RE fans! This is H again!

Right after the RE HD Remaster project was finished, I actually started putting together my ideas for this “RE2 Project”. So, I just brushed it up and went to see my boss to present the basic concept of the project already…

I don’t quite know what a Resident Evil 2 Remaster looks like, but from the sounds of it, it seems to be moving and at a brisk pace. Hopefully for fans, that presentation went well…

Resident Evil 2 HD Remaster Presentation Was Shown To Capcom Bosses Today

Making A Comic Book Out Of The Movies

Multiplex: The Revenge Kickstarter project by Gordon McAlpin. Funding End Date: a couple of hours. Publishing Date: September, 2016 (tentative)

Gordon McAlpin writes,

Whether you create a webcomic or an ongoing comic book series, making print collections isn’t just a keepsake for existing fans, but it is a valuable way to attract new readers to your series. Some comics readers simply prefer print to reading on screens are likely to wait for the trades and will never even visit your website. And archive binging several year’s worth of comics isn’t the most enjoyable reading experience for many people, so books can help them get caught up. And, of course, it just helps to have something physical to sell and show to people at comic book conventions.

With webcomics and other episodic series, though, the first book is often not your greatest work. My own comic strip, Multiplex, a sitcom-style humor comic about the staff of a movie theater, has been running for ten years. The first year of the strip… let me just say it looked a little rough around the edges. While many of the earliest Multiplex strips are funny, the characters hadn’t come into their own yet, and I hadn’t found my sea legs yet as a storyteller. Most obviously, I had never drawn a comic strip in Adobe Illustrator before, either, which was like re-learning how to draw.


The art got better eventually. This is from four years into the strip:


I think most readers will forgive a little roughness in early days of a long-running series — as long as it gets better quickly — but it also makes the strip harder for some readers to get into.

Since Multiplex is very much written as a comic strip, not a serialized graphic novel, I have the ability to add new comics that can flesh out some of the characters or plot points that weren’t handled as successfully as I’d have liked, or to touch on movies that I didn’t get to the first time around. This is a luxury that creators collecting 22-page comics into a book likely don’t have, because adding “deleted scenes” can mess up your pacing. (It’s also why it will the publication date for Multiplex: The Revenge is a year off; the Kickstarter project isn’t just for the print run. There is about 35 pages of new material in this third book that the project is also funding. My books are like an “Extended Edition Director’s Cut.”)

In a review of my first book, Multiplex: Enjoy Your Show (Book One), one reviewer posed the question of whether starting at the beginning of a comic strip like mine is always the best thing. Because of that review, when I was laying out Multiplex: There and Back Again (Book Two), I knew that I wanted to make it as easy to access for new readers as possible — so they could skip the first book entirely, after the storytelling had improved a bit, and then go back to the beginning later to fill in the gaps if they were curious about the backstory.

But a text introduction or simple pictures of the cast didn’t seem appropriate for a comic strip collection; I’ve always preferred to tell the story with the art more than with words. So I included this four-page “The Story So Far” sequence at the beginning of Multiplex: There and Back Again (Book Two):


The sequence give new readers a feeling for the tone of the strip, introduces the major characters, and sets up the major plot points that will come into play in the book — just like the opening “Previously on…” segments of a TV show. It’s not only beneficial for new readers, either: it’s helpful for existing fans who haven’t archive binged in a long time and need a little refresher on where the characters’ relationships are at this point in the series.

Also important for me as the cartoonist, it’s easy, too: by using mostly existing artwork, this sequence got readers up to speed for Book Two with very little effort. The Avengers books have done the same thing for the last few years: one- or two-page sequences at the beginning of each trade paperback explaining the most pertinent plot points of its years-long narrative leading up to Secret Wars.

Multiplex: There and Back Again won the Gold Medal for Graphic Novel—Humor/Cartoon in the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards, and I’d like to think that effort spent making the book accessible to new readers played a part in that.

Making these books accessible to new readers is especially important right now, because I’m running the Kickstarter project for the third book, Multiplex: The Revenge. And to make things even more complicated, my first book has, after five years, finally sold out of its initial print run. (You can still pick up copies of the first book from Amazon or a few fine bookstores and comics shops. The eBook editions of its contents are still available, of course, and the website still exists, too.)

What it all comes down to is giving readers options: let them start wherever they want and read your work in whatever format they want, and they’ll be more likely to stick around.

Making A Comic Book Out Of The Movies