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Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015 Signing Monday Night

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Forbidden Planet NYC will be hosting a signing event with the editors and contributors of Best American Science Fiction 2015 on Monday November 11th at 7pm.

Joining previously announced guests Joe Hill and John Joseph Adams will be Jess Row, Carmen Maria Machado, and Seanan McGuire. The gig will kick off with a brief presentation/discussion followed by a book signing.

You are welcome to bring a few extra books to get autographed in addition to BASFF2015, but please keep the quantity within respectful limits (say, no more than five pieces at most). We will also have other books by these authors for sale.

UPDATE: 11/9/15 5:00pm EST. Please note that pre-orders for signed copies of this book are now closed. Thanks!

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Need I Say More? Yes.

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Go to Comic Arts Brooklyn this Saturday. You’d be an idiot not to. And I mean that. I so badly wish I could be there. Small and independent publishers of comics, art, zines, and minis will be set up in the community center of Mr. Carmel Church with additional programming at The Knitting Factory, both in Williamsburg. Also, it’s effing FREE! Kim Deitch; Renee French; Michael DeForge; David Mazzucchelli; Jeff Smith; Paul (effing) Pope; Tyler (effing) Boss!

Need I say more?! I’m yelling a lot, but I can’t help it! That’s how excited I am this is happening/angry that I can’t go myself. Just don’t disappoint me this weekend. And if anyone wants to buy me B+F by Gregory Benton, I wouldn’t be mad.

I went last year, and it was awesome. Just go already.

Also, buy these comics.

Mars Attacks #3

I talked at a little length last week about another one of Al Ewing’s books, “Mighty Avengers”, but I can’t really help it if the British author is writing stuff that I generally want to read every week. Ewing’s main authorial duties started with the snarling Mega-City street Judge, so it only makes sense that he’d naturally move to combining cyber-punk hyper violence with sci-fi aliens; arguably the species most deserving of a little judgment. There’s a new mob boss in town that’s not from these parts, and it’s up to the brave man and women of the Judge system to take out some big-brained miscreants. These over-the-top franchises are a beautiful match made in space, and have come back in time to save us all from boring comics. Great gangster dialogue, and snapshot art from John McCrea make for lively and fast paced shoot em’ up lazer action. Bonus! They’ve spliced in some classic Mars Attacks trading card-as-panels, which serve to move action along and explain some of the finer points, letting the parts of the story you love (violence, aliens, titillation) go full force.

Manifest Destiny #1

Shock, I’m from the Pacific Northwest, something I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned like a million times since I started writing this. So the idea that someone is going to write a comic about heroes Lewis and Clark is very pleasing to me. We have parks, colleges, streets, cities, and buildings named after these exploring fools; and we take the game Oregon Trail very seriously. But our abiding hero worship of these gentlemen (and ladies like Sacagawea) has room to let in a historical fiction account of the “real” pursuit out west; monster hunting. Under orders of mustachioed President Roosevelt, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark have been charged with ridding the uninhabitable West of dangerous beasts and wild plants, so that the U.S. may fulfill their god-given duty of owning and habitating land that’s already inhabited. Writer Chris Dingess is moving from popular TV spots like Being Human to the sequential form, and we should all give him a warm welcome into the fold by picking up his book. Plus, crazy monsters and political drama? Do I need to spell out how awesome this plot is to you?

 

 

 

 

 

Star Trek Khan #2

You KHAAAAAAAN-‘t stop yourself from buying this prequel series! (Don’t judge me for using that extremely outdated Wrath of Khan joke, I’ve owned that movie since it was on a laser-disk, and since laser-disk was actually a thing). Whether you’ve been sucked in by Cumberbatch’s beautifully delicate cheekbones, or you’ve been a fan of Star Trek since there were space whales, you can’t help but want to see how this evil villain powerhouse came into villainy and control during the pesky Eugenics Wars that took place in the near distant early 1990’s, and created augmented supermen. The wars have been referenced in numerous episodes, movies, and written about in Trek novels, but under seasoned author Mike Johnson, and supervised by the Abrams’ Star Trek writer/producer Roberto Orci, this series is definitely for the benefit of movie tie-in. Which is fine by me because I enjoy those movies a lot. So don’t worry if you’re not a seasoned Trekkie, this series exists to explain some background on your favorite villain, and expand the current Trek-timeline. Trekline.

Fearless Defenders #11

Maybe I should have written about this series sooner. Should have put copies of it in the hands of more friends. I don’t want this to be a eulogy of the series, but it is indeed ending next month on issue #12. Not only are we losing a Cullen Bunn title (don’t worry too much though, he’s also writing Helheim, The Sixth Gun, The Damned etc), but we’re losing an ALL FEMALE SUPERHERO TEAM! How?! Why?! All valid questions in this day and age. Did Marvel think that by letting Wood write a lady X-Men book mean they didn’t need two? Did they think that adding a title with a Muslim lady hero mean they met their diversity quota? Both series you should be reading. Le sigh. This series is great, and people should send it out with a last hurrah that it deserves. Very fan driven, supported, and loved. These ladies of Asgard deserve more page time than they’ve been given, but hopefully we’ll see Valkyrie and the rest back in action soon enough.

Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland #1

Are you sad that Lock and Key is ending soon? Just in time for the holiday’s comes a new Joe Hill series spun from the pages of his best-selling novel NOS4A2 (clever, right?). I love Hill’s novels, his comics, his grocery lists; everything he writes is engaging and brimming with character development. Christmasland is a place where main spook, Charles Talent Manx III, leaves the children he has drained of their essential life force, and are forced to live in eternal Christmas Day….forever. It sounds like a weird plot, Hill titles are rarely repeats of themselves or day old horror, but his books always prove to reward readers with intensely developed universes and some thought provoking life-philosophy. As well as straight up violence and horror. Can’t leave that out. He’s won an Eisner, been on the NYT’s bestseller list, have films optioned and made from his work, and genuinely wants you to have a good time while you’re reading his word. The art is being done by Charles Paul Wilson, illustrator for “The Stuff of Legend”. And all ages author seems like an unusual choice, but given the vaguely creepy nature of his art, and the spooky children he’ll be working with in this new series, I have nothing but high hopes. Plus! Covers by Gabriel Rodriguez!

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Locke & Key the Game

New to Forbidden Planet NYC, it’s Locke & Key… The Game!!!  A self-contained card game in the fashion of Lunch Money, or Zombie!!!, this is already a hot item at the shop, and is a uniquely cool collectible/entertainment experience in its own right.

Competition and cooperation meet in this card game that dares you to overcome the supernatural challenges of Keyhouse. You and your fellow players will face these horrors together, but who will be by your side when the dust settles? On this journey, you’ll make decisions on when and where to help your fellow players, but your resources are not endless. Through careful management of your cards, you can help the family overcome challenges, and you’ll be rewarded for the assistance . . . sometimes.

Based on the New York Times bestselling graphic novel series from acclaimed suspense author Joe Hill and Eisner-nominated artist Gabriel Rodriguez.

Collect wondrous keys to open up new and exciting gameplay options.
Create powerful combinations by mixing and matching cards to unlock new winning strategies.
Band together or fend for yourself to face the unpredictable mental, physical, and otherworldly challenges waiting for you in Keyhouse.

Game box contains:
  • 150 Strength cards
  • 19 Challenge cards
  • 15 Key cards
  • 1 Rulebook
  • 1 Omega Lock initiative marker

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Locke & Key

By Michael Bramley

Novelist Joe Hill’s comics debut, Locke and Key, is the very best Vertigo book of the last ten years, and it’s not even published by Vertigo. Nope, this is an IDW title that reads more like a Vertigo comic from the nostalgic days of Swamp Thing, Sandman, or Preacher.

That’s not to say that it’s dated at all. Oh no – more like its a return to glory for mature comics. I can’t remember the last time I picked up a series aimed at adults and found myself as invested in the characters and their dark and twisted tale as I am with this book. Continue reading

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Currently Reading: Horns by Joe Hill

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To say that I was excited to get my grubby mitts on Mr. Hill’s new novel would be a gross understatement.  Having thoroughly enjoyed- and, quite frankly, having had the bejeezus frightened outta me by- his debut novel Heart-Shaped Box, I have high expectations for Horns.  Joe Hill is an incredibly gifted writer, and though I’m only a few chapters in, so far so good.

This is what I had to say about Heart-Shaped Box in the Weekly Planet in October 2008:

heartshapedboxHeart-Shaped Box: A thoroughly creepy, downright scary, and deftly crafted ghost story.  I haven’t gotten chills like this from reading prose since I was a teenager.  Having had dealings with the paranormal myself (that’s not the shrooms talking… promise), I can honestly tell you- Mr. Hill describes the pulse pounding terror, the vacuous chill of such encounters so well I only read this book on the train, or otherwise in public… so that when I look up from my book I’m reminded I’m still in the real world….

Also new and recommended from Joe is a lavish hardcover reprint of his sleeper-hit comic series from IDW Locke & Key.

Put both books on your Halloween reading list. Then move them to the top of that list.

Here’s the publiher hype for Horns:

At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances. A mental breakdown would have been the most natural thing in the world. But there was nothing natural about the horns, which were all too real.

Once the righteous Ig had enjoyed the life of the blessed: born into privilege, the second son of a renowned musician and younger brother of a rising late-night TV star, he had security, wealth, and a place in his community. Ig had it all, and more—he had Merrin and a love founded on shared daydreams, mutual daring, and unlikely midsummer magic.

But Merrin’s death damned all that. The only suspect in the crime, Ig was never charged or tried. And he was never cleared. In the court of public opinion in Gideon, New Hampshire, Ig is and always will be guilty because his rich and connected parents pulled strings to make the investigation go away. Nothing Ig can do, nothing he can say, matters. Everyone, it seems, including God, has abandoned him. Everyone, that is, but the devil inside. . . .

Now Ig is possessed of a terrible new power to go with his terrible new look—a macabre talent he intends to use to find the monster who killed Merrin and destroyed his life. Being good and praying for the best got him nowhere. It’s time for a little revenge. . . . It’s time the devil had his due. . . .

The author has also posted a playlist of music (mostly rock) he penned Horns to, titled Iggy Perrish’s Rock Bible.  It serves well as a soundtrack when reading.  “Hasn’t rock n’ roll always been the devil’s music?”

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The (Friday) Walk of Shame #3.

We apologize for the lack of a Walk of Shame for last week, there wasn’t much shame to have regardless, as there was a ton of nothing to read last week. So without further ado, here we have our third issue of THE WALK OF SHAME with Jeff Ayers and yours truly.

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DAVE: I’m about halfway through LOCKE & KEY vol. 1, and I have to say this DCD369189book is completely brilliant.  Bode, that kid, holy shit, I haven’t read better characterization of a kid that age since Vaughan was on RUNAWAYS. That moment between he and his mother while he’s fishing for treasure about the homework assignment where he did a comic about his father’s death was completely heart-wrenching and beautiful.  I mean, Hill earned that Eisner nod on that page alone.

JEFF: And Gabriel Rodriguez’s art is ideally suited for the story. It’s somehow gritty and brutal, and often unrelentingly tense, but he can balance it out with tenderness and nice characterization. Draws great facial expressions. He’s got a real passion for the story and it shows. He also worked on an adaptation of Clive Barker’s Great and Secret Show, which I also dug.

Have you read any of Joe’s prose? His novel Heart-Shaped Box and short story collection 20th Century Ghosts… They’re pretty terrific, too.

The guy’s really talented.

Absolutely, Ty’s expression when his cousin says to him about being more famous than famous people now was detailed perfectly. The dead stare on Sam’s face is perfectly indicitive of a killer without emotion. I can’t say I’ve ever seen an artist who matches up Hill’s characterization with his line work.  The looks on Duncan and Kinsey’s face when Bode tells that Owl/Echo joke. Totally brilliant.

That’s something not often discussed- comics stories best told through facial expressions. AKA The Steve Dillon Experience. Preacher would have been nothing if, say, Jim Lee or any other action oriented comicker took a crack at it.

Yeah. Its been a long time since we’ve had something like that.  What other books do you think work like that?

Allred’s Madman, to an extent. Hewlett’s Tank Girl. Jaime’s Love& Rockets. Tons of books are made by the artist’s facial expressions skillz…

What did you end up getting this week?

Picked up the Irredeemable trade, and the subsequent 5th ish (a steal at 99 cents), the Pax Romana trade because I have a Jonathan Hickman man-crush, and um, ah, um, um Star Trek Alien Spotlight on Q… cuz I’m a dork.

You?

Oh, and of course the obligatory Wednesday Comics.

Picked up: Iron Man, Deadpool: Merc with a mouth, World of New Krypton and Locke and key.  Yeah that Pax Romana shit is so ground-breaking.  Hickman has really done something to change the style comics design.  I got the first couple of issues of Pax but missed on the final few, I wanted to pick it up but thought it was too many trades on the day.

Was a huuuuge week for nice books. My pockets can’t keep up.

There was also that new TMNT reprint. 30 bucks, but it’s sooo sexy.

Right, yeah, I saw that.  Really beautiful. You know what I just noticed I’m watching DEXTER and that kid who played Doomsday on SMALLVILLE plays the the suspected serial killer stalking Dexter.  He was terrible on Smallville but he is so creepy good on this its awesome. Ever watch Dexter?

Love it. Fantastic show. Never read the books it’s based on, but been meaning to.

Yeah, the books sound great if its anything like this.  This is a brilliant show.  What did you like the most from this week?

Michael C. Hall. That guy’s fantastic. What’d I like most. Um. There’s a lot of books out this week, but I got the most enjoyment out of…. the new Q Star Trek issue. I hate being so honest. I have the Q Virus!!!

Jesus. Why?!

Because that’s how I roll. And I haven’t read every book that came out this week to find something to trump the Q. Love that character.

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That concludes the third issue of THE WALK OF SHAME.  Tune in next week for another issue.

 

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