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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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Alan Robert Signing at Forbidden Planet, NYC July 22nd @ 6PM!

Come and meet artist, writer, and musician Alan Robert!

From his blog:

Life of Agony bassist/Wire Hangers creator, Alan Robert, will be kicking off the release of his new comic book series, Crawl to Me (IDW Publishing) with a special signing at FORBIDDEN PLANET (840 Broadway, New York, NY 10003) on Friday, July 22nd, 2011 at 6PM. Exclusive prizes will be given away in a random drawing! After the signing, come celebrate the launch at ANGELS & KINGS from 7-9PM (500 East 11th St., New York, NY 10009). A special guest DJ will be announced, spinning the best heavy music and don’t miss the Crawl to Me Cocktails!

CRAWL TO ME is a new horror comic book series published by IDW Publishing(30 Days of Night, Locke & Key, Zombies Vs Robots). Issue #1 hits comic shops on July 13th, 2011. For more information, visit crawltomecomic.com

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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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