This Wednesday at Forbidden Planet NYC we’re going to have Greg Pak (Batman, Superman, Red Skull, X-Men: Phoenix – Endsong) will be in store signing copies of his new book from Valiant, Eternal Warrior #1. This is sure to be an awesome new title from an awesome, sort of, not really, kind of, new publisher. I wouldn’t miss this one folks ior you’ll be Eternally kicking yourself for it. One last time thats THIS Wednesday (9/11/13) at 6:30 p.m. New comic book day, new comic book series, new stuff to collect, new series to fall in love with.
It’s finally happening, Videovores! The release date for the VIDEO VIOLENCE DIEHARD VIDEOVORE EDITION has been confirmed!! On Friday, September 20th at Forbidden Planet in Manhattan, NY we’ll be kicking off the release of this highly anticipated slab of video vindication brought to you by Camp Motion Pictures and LUNCHMEAT! I’ll be in attendance along with artists Earl Kess and Mike Parsons and, yes, director Gary P. Cohen will be hanging out, as well, signing all the diehard editions he can! DIG IT! Plus, there’ll be VIDEO VIOLENCE trivia for prizes and a bunch of groovy giveaways to appease your analog addicted needs! It’s gonna be Party Time Excellent, indeed! And if you can’t make it to the show – DON’T FRET! You can pre-order this edition for just 50 bones (with FREE SHIPPING – just select “Parcel Post”) and it, too, will be signed by Gary! WHOA, YEAH! Just CLICK HERE, and you can secure yours today! And don’t forget to pick your shirt size, mang! DIG IT!
One time I stopped for directions at an old lighthouse in Maine. I was on vacation and had lost my way. The kindly old lighthouse keeper, who admittedly was transparent below the waist, gave me directions that wound and rambled and terminated in me climbing down a ladder on an abandoned pier to discover a skeleton crushed under a rotting boat. Turns out the Lighthouse keeper died in a hurricane 20 years ago and just wanted me to bury his body.
When his directions started with “Do yea’ have a shovel abouts ya’?,” I should have known something was up. I never did get to the dang beach.
You and I and everybody we know will probably buy Marvel Infinity #2 this week, but I sure do hope it’s a bit more cohesive and action packed than that sprawling first issue. Let’s cleanse the pallet from that tepid Marvel Infinity cross-over. I’m going to recommend X-Men Battle for the Atom #1 this week. It seems like some good freaky X-fun with lots of twists, turns and excitement. Needless to say, you’ll have to pick up All New X-Men #16 as well to continue the story. Two things the X-folks do well is hook up and fight, and with multiple X-realities merging throughout this storyline, this should be wilder than a booze fueled prom night!
Dark Horse (finally) have The Star Wars #1 out this week, and I can’t be happier! For those not in the know, The Star Wars is an alternate take on the original Star Wars film based entirely on early stage concept art and scripts. There is no Millenium Falcon, No Tattoine, and no Obi Wan Kenobi. Thrill to the adventures of Kane Starkiller, his children/padawans Deak and Annikin and a cast both familiar yet strange.
This week also kicks off DC’s Villain Month, a whole month of villain based stories with fantastically evil new covers! Start with Forever Evil #1, then continue with your favorite baddies throughout whichever titles you chose. For more DC #1 fun, we also get DC vs The Masters of the Universe #1! Two “Can’t miss” books from a company that is doing some impressive stories to match their gimmicks.
WHAT ABOUT THAT GHOST?
Now I just recommended five fun comics to ya’ll, and I do hope you read them. Heck, I’ll recommend two more, while I’m at it. Batman Black and White #1 and Superior Spider Man #17 should be great reads. As should the Harry Potter Series, which if you haven’t read them you really should. OOh! Catch-22 is a fun book! It has lots of neat depressing bits. If you like depressing but impressive reads, you should check out some Kurt Vonnegut. Maybe Slaughterhouse 5?
Recommending is fun!
Right. What about the ghost? Whenever anybody gives you advice, directions, insights or commands: Consider the Source! Why did I listen do that stupid ghost? Probably because I had been snorting pixie stix like a madman…it was vacation after all. IF you want to read any of the above recommendations, you should think about whether I am a reliable taste maker or not.
The answer is yes I am. Do as your told. As Humpty says, “If a doo-doo punk chump points a finger like a stump, you tell them ‘STEP OFF, I’m doing the HUMP.”
I’ve been having a lot of discussions lately on whether or not the reality that we see is actually real. Can you prove to me that the paper you’re holding in your hand right this second wont disappear in the next 30 seconds? Probability says no, but the realm of possibility is never tapped; more always exists, but it exists right on the cusp of our knowledge.
And no, I’m not just posing these mind-grapes because Seattle just celebrated Hemp Fest. I’m asking the collective you, readers, because these are the questions comics are all about! When you read something that challenges the way you think about yourself and your reality, you’ve found a good book. Lucky for us, this week is abound with personal mental challenges that will keep you pondering, keep you bringing questions to friends who just want to play Mario Party, and keep you generally interested in the world around you.
Job well done, comics! Now let’s see this weeks best o’ the best:
It’s going to be hard for me to not talk about this book every month that it comes out, not only because it’s written by good friend andfellow Forbidden Planet employee, but because it blows awesome books out of the water. 12 Reasons to Die? More like 12,000 Reasons You Should Read this Book. Number 23: It’s creatively packed with so much amazing art that expertly draws out both the ‘40s postwar crime, and ‘80s horror elements, you really do feel like a gangsta (and it DOES feel good). Number 666: Transmedia! Have you ever been reading a really intense scene in a comic, and wish that music would start playing? That’s what’s so brilliant about this project, is that neither the album nor the comic are just straight adaptations; they work in tandem with each other to bring you as much content and story as humanly possible. Number 9,000: Storytelling that handles a complex narrative and timeline as expertly as Rob Liefeld uses Twitter, at which he is amazing. Do your self and your mom a favor, because you know she’s a Wu fan, and buy this book.
Dynamite Entertainment golden boy, Chris Roberson, is launching a new title this week that is full of spies, codenames, foreign threats and grumpy bosses who take you under their wing and then make you hunt down dictators. For a first issues this book lies pretty standardly in the spy genre, but the mystery of what is really happening to cold war era leaders sets up a solid story for conspiracy and things-that-aren’t-what-they-seem mystery…the best kind of mystery. This series proves to provide classic thriller pulp, and character drama, mostly between the seasoned Operative 5, and his new greenhorn partner, Operative 1001. Can they round up our greatest heroes to save the Free World?!
A lot of people, either out of fear or fun, like to contemplate where the end of the world will come from: zombies, overpopulation, nuclear attack, or destruction of the planets’ crops. Alright, now I’m depressed because none of these things seem that far off. But as Ed Bisson and Johnnie Christmas explore, the end of YOUR world is the same thing. The creators tease the reason as to why the world is ending soon, causing groups to make shelter compounds. But a coup amongst the youth of the camp examines the psychological aspects of a sheltered life, and not just the contrast between that world and the one we’re familiar with. Victoria, a teen who joins Safe Haven just before psycho killer Lucas begins his coup, stands as contrast to his mentality, and in this issue physically stands against in him a battle. Lucas’s group very well may bring the end of the world before the mysterious big bad comes anyways.
People throw around the word meta a lot these days, rarely using it in the correct context, or to its full potential. But this new book by Glen Brunswick is the definition of meta. A comic book writer, Willard Penn, scores an unexpected hit with a superhero whose main goal in life is to get laid. But this hero doesn’t stay on pages, and instead joins Penn’s real world looking for love. Unfortunately, the story’s villain also crawls his way into existence, forcing the duo to find the right partner, quickly. See, like I said in my intro, reality is all a perception of the mind, maaaaan.
Lots of numero unos out this week, and I would be remise if I didn’t mention that DC has a new line of uber villains dropping this Wednesday. Justice League? Dead! Hope? Dead! Evil? Coming for Earth as we know it. Earth 3 is revealed, letting lose evil incarnations of the Justice League who are aiming to take over. If you’re in the know, you’ve probably already begun reading blogs and interviews with writer Geoff Johns, getting the play-by-play scoop on the new series. But this isn’t just a way to explore the deep, dark, and complex versions of classic heroes, it’s a universe altering series that is tied to your favorite past events of the DCU (Flashpoint, Trinity War, etc.) and will be the placeholder for new worlds to come. It’s as much of a celebration of your favorite villains as it is a way to delve into evilll.
Can Jonathan Hickman be writing anymore books at once? I honestly think that this man has a time stopper that allows him to just stare into space for weeks and ponder its mystery. After this intense period of pondering is over, he brings us what he saw on the other side, and it is good. Master of complexities has been bringing you recent titles such as: “Avengers”, “New Avengers”, “Trinity”, “Manhattan Projects”, and “East of West”. This alone should be enough for you to pick up this new Avatar Press title. But because I’m getting paid the big bucks to write this thing (false), and because I like to hear the sound of my own inner voice (true), I’ll tell you a little more about why this should be in your pull-list. The title might lead you astray, because this book is all about the reality of gods of ancient; the ones that people have attributed successes and failures to for thousands of years. Humankinds hubris and penchant for destruction have led the ancient rules to walk amongst the mortal once more, causing humans to wonder what, if anything, will help them stop the destruction of earth. Classic Hickman will most likely cause you to have sympathy for the destroyers, conversely cheering for the humans, and contemplating your own existence. It’s a tall order, but someone has to write it.
Self-discovery time: I think my use of exclamation points is inextricably linked to the amount of caffeine I’m consuming whilst I write. Clearly, it drops at the end.
On Friday the 13th of September at Forbidden Planet we’re going to be throwing a strictly one zombie filled release party for the new movie “Zombie eXs.” For the release we’re going to have director George Smith a bunch of cast (head count to come) and exactly one zombie. Pre-Orders for the movie are up here, and we’ll also be giving away a copy of the soundtrack for free with every DVD, which features tracks from The Piss Shivers, Grindchoir, Shugar and more.
Don’t miss this one folks, I mean how many times do you get to see a zombie live and in person? Won’t get another opportunity like this till they finish that new zoo up in the Bronx.
Founded in 1993 to publish comics based on The Simpsons, Bongo Comics celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year at this past San Diego Comic Con. On hand to talk about their success were Bongo’s Creative Director Nathan Kane, as well as Terry Delegeane, writer Ian Boothby. and Bill Morrison. Joining them was Chip Duffy, who oversees the Sponge Bob Comics through United Plankton Pictures, to check in with everybody’s favorite damp yellow rectangle. Bongo’s current roster of titles has expanded to include the Simpsons books, Futurama, Sponge Bob Squarepants, Sergio Aragone’s Funnies and Mylo Xyloto. Bongo is a fascinating company. Outside of MAD Magazine, no other publisher is employing such a wide variety of talents. Cartoonists as varied as Jill Thompson, Geoff Darrow, and Gary Gianni have all had a go at either Simpsons or Sponge Bob.
On Wednesday the 24th of July at Forbidden Planet, artist/writer Ulises Farinas (Catalyst Comix, Transformers: Heart of Darkness, House of Mystery) and Erick Fretias will be in store signing copies of their new book GAMMA from Dark Horse on the day of its release!
You don’t want to miss this one folks, trust us. It’s going to be crazier than Ulises’ art (which is effin beautiful)! Pre-orders available here.
In 2002 I self published a comic with some friends entitled “Robots R
Cool, Zombies R Jerks” about the inevitable robot/zombie war we all
know is coming and the frogs who are caught in the middle of it all.
The book was very Mad Magazine, with tons of great jokes, art, and
wacky gross out zombie vs robot carnage. My book was out before IDW’s
Zombies Vs Robots. My book was out before the Walking Dead. I’m still
immensely proud of that work.
We premiered the book at the San Diego Comic Con in 2002. Growing up I
had gone to every comic convention my family would drive me too. As a
“professional” I had attended the Chicago Wizard World in 1998, but
nothing had prepared me for SDCC.
San Diego Comic Con is ridiculously sized, with thousands of attendees
and exhibitors. For anyone who has been to our beloved New York Comic
Con, San Diego is easily twice that size and filled to the brim with
publishers, movie studios, toys, games and every other product you can
think of. This thing is as big as Asgard, and twice as magical.
My friend and I paid for our tickets, lodging and table out of pocket.
We sold 1,000 copies of our comic by hand at the con, making back our
table money but not our flight expenses. We made some friends, and got
featured in Mark Hamil’s Comic Book: The Movie.
It was a wonderful experience, and a true highlight on the small speck
of dust I call my career.
I went back to the SDCC in 2006 as a professional artist seeking work.
I didn’t get any. I did get in a fight with Sergio Aragones regarding
the price of a commission. I did leave the con with my suit cases full
of the most incredible haul of comic con swag you could imagine. I
picked up three original pages of my favorite comic book of all time,
Steve Purcell’s Sam and Max, which I bought personally from Steve
himself. I left with an empty wallet, Art Adams sketchbooks, signed
copies of Alan Moore’s Lost Girls (which was making it’s debut at the
show) and my personal copies of Roger Langridge’s early worked signed
by the man himself in one of his first, early US appearances.
I published more comics, had a great time exhibiting at Moca and the
New York comic cons. I grew as an artist and a writer. From all these
experiences, Jeff Ayers agreed to let me write for the Forbidden
Planet shop blog and newsletter.
I got married. I drew less. I had a baby. My artistic output shrunk to a pea.
On a whim I sent some writing samples to a noted comic book blog which
was looking for reporters. I passed. My first assignment?
You guessed it.
I’m happy to say that I will be attending this year’s San Diego Comic
Con as a freelance reporter for bleedingcool.com. I’ll be doing my
best to get content out to bleedingcool, as well as to you loyal
readers here at the Forbidden Planet. I will also be keeping an eye
out for creative opportunities in order to get back on the horse and
publish more books.
This week we celebrate the 4th of July, the holiday where we Americans
applaud the freedom we so often take for granted. In America you have
the peace and safety to discover your own hopes and dreams, and a
nurturing environment ready to award innovation and hard work.
I want to be a cartoonist. I want make a professional living writing
and drawing funny material for folks who like quality work. It has
been over 11 years since my first trip out west. So much has changed
in that time…but one thing has not:
The comic books of tomorrow are written by the creators of today.
I can’t wait to get a first hand look at the new talents, titles and
techniques that will make the comic of the future sensational! I
promise to bring you all back some great news, rumors, and reports, as
well as the hard hitting comic book journalism you have come to expect
from your ole’ Unkiedev.
Thank you for your continued attention. I’ll let you know how it goes!
Now go watch some fireworks, read some comic books, and do your best
to be YOUR best. You can do it!
GO TEAM VENTURE! The Venture Brothers is back on the air after 3 long years! Austensibly a parody of Johnny Quest, the Venture Brothers has grown into a touching story about people with extraordinary abilities failing in ordinary ways. Packed with nerds, super-hero wannabies and other marginal social pariahs, the Venture Brothers is about US, viewed through the mirror of the pop culture we love.
Adjust Your Tracking NYC Premiere! Friday May 24 7:30PM @ 92Y Tribeca 200 Hudson St. Tons of Analog Amazement to go around including a VHS trailer pre-show, not to mention Directors Dan Kinem and Levi Peretic of VHShitfest will be in attendance, along with Producers Matt Desiderio of Horror Boobs and Josh Schafer of Lunchmeat Magazine! Get your tickets here now!