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6/18/14 Signing Bundle Package

In case you missed it, FPNYC is hosting a rather large event Wednesday the 18th of June. It’s kind of a big deal.

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We’re extremely fond of all five of these gents, and as an incentive for you to pick up all five books we’re promoting Forbidden Planet’s bundling them all together at a discounted price the day of our event! Normally a full set of Escapo, Fear My Dear, Shackleton, Thomas Alsop #1 and Minimum Wage #6 would retail for about $69…

We’re bundling the full set of books (SIGNED) for $45! That’s nearly 35% OFF! Crazy pants.

PLEASE NOTE: There are only a limited number of these bundles available! They go on sale at the shop at 8am Wednesday morning.

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Forbidden Planet NYC Mega-Signing with Paul Pope, Dean Haspiel, Nick Bertozzi and Chris Miskiewicz

Here’s an FP event I’ve been looking forward to for about, oh, seventeen years or so….

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On Wednesday, the 18th of June 2014, Forbidden Planet NYC will be hosting a very special signing with PAUL POPE, DEAN HASPIEL, NICK BERTOZZI and CHRIS MISKIEWICZ– all four of whom will be celebrating the release of new comics, graphic novels, and/or editions of their iconic work!

*Paul Pope – Z2 comics is releasing a brand new hardcover edition of Escapo, a long out of print masterpiece, and we’re overjoyed to announce a rare in-store signing with the man himself! DO NOT miss your opportunity to meet one of the world’s most acclaimed comics artists. We’ve been looking forward to presenting you this event since, well… FOREVER.

From the mind of three-time Eisner Award-winner Paul Pope comes Escapo! Like a feverish mash-up of Fellini films, Heavy Metal magazine, and classic Jack Kirby comics, Escapo tells the tale of a circus escape artist extraordinaire, who can escape from any situation – even from Death himself! However, there is one force even more powerful than the Reaper which Escapo must face. A meditation on life, love, and mortality, Escapo is not to be missed! Originally published in 1999 and long out of print, the new Z2 edition of Escapo is fully colored and redesigned in the French BD format, featuring 50+ pages of bonus content. Included here is the rare two-page alternate ending, only seen in the French edition, as well as a new ten-page story and added pin-ups and sketchbook content by Paul Pope.

**Dean Haspiel- Fear My Dear collects Dean’s Billy Dogma stories. “Remastered from the original webcomics series, Billy Dogma is “the last romantic antihero,” a passionate bruiser head-over-heels for his knock-em-dead dame. Created in 1995, Billy Dogma is Dean Haspiel’s ongoing love letter to the insanity of love.”

**Nick Bertozzi- Storytelling wizard and all around swell guy Nick Bertozzi takes us on one of the greatest true-story adventures of all time.  Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey is the follow-up to Nick’s New York Times 2013 best-seller Jerusalem.

**Chris  Miskiewicz- We at Forbidden Planet have known Chris for years as (among other things…) one of our most loyal customers, so we’re tickled pink for his debut book. Plus, I promised him in, like, the 90s we’d do a Forbidden Planet event when his first major-publisher comic work came out. Well, Thomas Alsop is the book, and Wednesday the 18th of June 2014’s the day. If you will it, it is no dream,.

*Purchase of Escapo from Forbidden Planet NYC is mandatory to attend the Paul Pope side of our event. Your receipt, and a voucher we will attach to it at checkout, will be your ticket to Paul’s line. We anticipate a large turnout for him, and are limiting additional autographs ONE ITEM per attendee to keep things moving. Please do not bring more than that. 

**If you will be here to see Dean, Nick and/or Chris we also encourage purchase of their books (and will have plenty of ’em… they’re well worth it), but there will be no limit to additional autographs.

UPDATE 6/10/14- Bob Fingerman (Minimum Wage) will also be joining us!

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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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Battling Boy and Yi Soon Shin Signing and Walking Dead Midnight Release Tuesday 10/8/13

This coming Tuesday:

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  • Paul Pope’s Battling Boy FINALLY releases!!! We’ll be selling it for 25% OFF cover in-store day of release only.  It’s also available for mail order at that discount as of this posting (and will be so thru Tuesday) here and here.

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  • Frequent FP guest, writer Onrie Kompan, and artist Giovanni Timpano (his first trip to the U.S. if I’m not mistaken!) will be signing copies of their Yi Soon Shin books for a few hours, starting at 5pm,

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  • We will close at 10pm, but re-open two hours later for a special MIDNIGHT RELEASE of The Walking Dead #115!  Exclusive variant cover and maybe some chocalate milk if you’re good.

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TRY SOMETHING NEW Chapter 24: There’ll Be No Escape For The Princess This Time!

There’s a lot of good comics this week. I know you want to buy the same old ones you always buy because they feel safe and comfortable. I get that. I’m not gonna tell you to not buy the stuff you like. I’m not a jerk. But I do need you to do me a favor. You can do that, right? Sell your kidneys, sell your kids, agree to do illegal stuff for unsavory men, sell your fillings, rob a bank. It’s time to try some new comics. I made a list of which ones you will need to buy if we want this to work out between us. You want this to work, right? You care about me, right? I care about you a lot. You are my favorite reader. I only write this for you. Want me to prove it? I make Tyler put in pretty pictures like this one to make you happy-

OCCUPY COMICS #1 is out this week.  This issue  features political and socially charged short stories by folks like Alan Moore, Mike Allred, David Lloyd, JM DeMatteis, Art Spiegelman, Ben Templesmith, Dean Haspiel, Ales Kot, Ron Wimberly, Molly Crabapple, Charlie Adlard, and a ton more. The book is a benefit for Occupy related initiatives like Occupy Sandy and Strike Debt (google them). Regardless of your personal politics this is a series well worth reading. It offers a ton of interesting viewpoints on a lot of different issues, smart social commentary that cuts across party lines and political aisles. Add to that some stunning artwork and storytelling, and some of the best and brightest in comics doing their best to say something beyond the usual “man punching another man” stories, and this is definitely something everyone who cares about the medium should be buying. Not a lot of comics are going to entertain you this much, inform you this much, and maybe help someone keep their home. Think about that when you choose to buy Red Lanterns instead and wonder why you feel like a husk of a person.

Did I mention that I like DARK HORSE PRESENTS a lot? I do. Issue 24 comes out this week. Congrats on 2 years of putting out the best book no one reads Dark Horse. Among the many great shorts in there, this issue sees the premiere of a new superhero character Blackout. Dark Horse has been doing a great job of getting exciting talent to launch new superhero books that are a fun alternative for those who feel tired of Marvel and DC’s usual fare. X, Ghost, and Black Beetle are among the best superhero books on shelves right now and hopefully Blackout will be joining their ranks. Written by up-and-comer Frank Barbiere, Blackout doesn’t feel like it’s reinventing the wheel, it doesn’t need to. It’s just really good. Barbiere has a knack for playing in genre and doing it better than most and this launch shows him doing that again with ease. Hopefully by this time next year I will be telling you “I told you so” about one of your favorite new series.

Speak of the devil. Mr. Barbiere has clearly been pretty busy. This week also sees the FIVE GHOSTS #3 out. I could write a whole bunch of snarky $#!% about Five Ghosts but I want to give Mr. Barbiere a nice quote for ads and whatnot. Five Ghosts #3 raises the stakes on this already great series in every way. Smart, tense, and beautiful, the best book of the year keeps getting better. Buy Five Ghosts or admit you are fake. Your welcome Frank.

Do you like pretty stuff? Read GODZILLA: HALF-CENTURY WAR. James Stokoe (pronounced “Stew-Coo-Ooo-Whoa-Eee”) is one of the best artists working in comics right now. Like the beautiful bastard child of Paul Pope, Geof Darrow, and Osamu Tezuka, Stokoe has earned a rabid fanbase by quality of work but not quantity of work. I am pretty sure I will never see a year with 12 issues of his work on the stands. With that understanding you should all view the arrival of a whole trade of his work as a sort of holiday. Skip work, buy some diapers and a lot of chocolate milk, get yourself a massage, and rent a new couch because it’s about to get awesome for you. In case the title didn’t make it clear, this book is Stokoe drawing a giant Japanese (Can they claim ownership of him? Should they?) dragon monster thing while it wrecks stuff. Yeah. It’s awesome.

THE PROPERTY is the new graphic novel from Rutu Modan, author of the brilliant Exit Wounds. If you have never read any of Ms. Modan’s work, her stuff reads like Tintin if Tintin was full of powerfully quiet human drama instead of, ya know, racism. It is economical in both art and storytelling, but the story never feels rushed or shortchanged. This is as elegant as comics get. The Property tells the story of 2 generations of Polish women returning to their homeland to reclaim property seized in the holocaust. As the story progresses both the cause and the meaning of this pilgrimage begin to change for the women and what results is a very touching and humorous story about peoples relationships to each other, their history, and the larger world around them.

It is that time of the week when I tell you to buy some new Image comic #1. This weeks obligatory #1 is THE BOUNCE. Joe Casey has written just about every major superhero worth writing and a lot that aren’t. He always makes books that manage to feel smarter and more fun than his contemporaries. Well now he launches The Bounce which is essentially a stoner version of Spider-Man. If there is one thing you should trust Mr. Casey to do it is both examine and deconstruct superheroes in really intelligent ways all while not letting you realize that is happening. He hides the smart storytelling in the fun. That’s smart. I’m tired. Buy this book.

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Valentine’s Day Shopping Help Part 1 FPNYC 2013 Bestsellers

Valen’s Day is coming up, and for those of you still stuck for a gift for the geek in your life (and for those of you interested in Forbidden Planet sales… stalkers) here’s a quick rundown of what’s hot and popular in the shop so far this year.  The following are FPNYC’s best-selling items in terms of quantity for their respective departments for the dates covering January 1st through February 10th, 2013.

Follow the links for more details.  Who knows?  Mebbe something on the list below will inspire you.

Graphic Novels

  1. Saga Volume 1
  2. Adventure Time Volume 1
  3. Fables Volume 18
  4. Walking Dead Volume 1
  5. One Trick Ripoff/Deep Cuts HC

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Art Books and Novels

  1. Legend of Zelda Hyrule Historia HC
  2. World War Z TP
  3. Walking Dead TP Rise of the Governor
  4. Marvel Encyclopedia HC
  5. Gun Machine HC

Blind Box/Box Toys

  1. Star Wars Angry Birds Mystery Bags Wave 1
  2. Dunny Series 2012
  3. Persona 4: The Animation GCC Mini-Figures
  4. Tokidoki Unicorn Blind Box Series 1 (temporarily unavailable)
  5. Living Dead Doll Blind Box Series 2

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Other Gifty Stuff

  1. MtG Gatecrash Booster Packs
  2. Doctor Who Disappearing Tardis Mug
  3. Heroclix Amazing Spider-Man Boosters
  4. Marvel Select Barbarian Hulk
  5. Doctor Who TARDIS Tin Tote Gift Set
  6. Oh! And anything Sailor Moon!

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…Just a small sampling of what we have to offer, but hopefully this list will plant some seeds and be of some service.  Whatever you do this February 14th, and no matter with whom you spend it (even if you’re flying solo), have fun and enjoy!

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TRY SOMETHING NEW CHAPTER 6: Have Won Their First Victory.

So one of my co-workers today told me that they have no idea what it means when I write “RIYL” in my column. I guess I just thought that was something everyone knew. Seems not to be the case. This is like when I try and talk to my friends about… most of the things I try and talk to my friends about really. Blank stares. A sea of blank stares. An endless, bottomless, oppressive ocean of blank stares. Now I put my actual readership of this column at about 8 people split between the blog and the newsletter. One of those people is my dad for some reason. One is Forbidden Planet’s tech-wizard/dancing machine Tyler, who gently informed me “I only read it because I have to.” Then he thoughtfully added, “Stop mentioning me in your column.” No. Anyway, I now wonder if any of my 6 other readers have understood why every book recommendation ends with a series of letters and a list of other books. Is my writing that disjointed that when I lapse into code and nonsense nobody bats an eye? Either way RIYL stands for “Recommended If You Like.” It’s an acronym. TRY SOMETHING NEW has just taken it’s first step towards becoming educationalish.

Fun Fact: The word “acronym” is, in fact, an acronym. What is a.c.r.o.n.y.m. an a.c.r.o.n.y.m. for? Well you will have to use g.o.o.g.l.e. to find out the answer to that one. On with the show!

Bionic Man Vs Bionic Woman #1

BIONIC MAN VS. BIONIC WOMAN #1. I don’t know anything about this book. Didn’t read it. Didn’t read the BIONIC WOMAN comics that came before it. Didn’t read the BIONIC MAN comics that came before it. Never watched the TV shows those comics are based on. So why am I recommending this book? It was written by a man named Keith Champagne. That is the best, most badass name in all of comics. This guy must get invited to every party in the world. People probably offer him money to sleep with them. I bet Keith Champagne could kill a man on live tv and never be arrested. I bet he owns a submarine. He probably wouldn’t need a spacesuit on the moon. I feel like I got pregnant just talking about him. You know, I used to think Dennis Hopeless was the best name in comics. Boy was I wrong. Go buy Keith Champagne’s book so he gets more writing gigs and we can talk about him more.

R.I.Y.L: I have no idea. Running in slow motion? Track suits? People with robot parts? Men and women fighting each other? No. Recommended if you like Keith Champagne. R.I.Y.L.K.C.

Black Beetle #1 (of 4)

BLACK BEETLE: NO WAY OUT #1 is out this week. Why are there two different comics with color coded beetles as the main character? Because humans as a species are all really close to running out of ideas. That doesn’t change the fact that Black Beetle is a very fun new series from superstar artist and sometimes writer Francesco Francavilla. With an art style that is most at home doing stylish and action packed noir stores, Mr. Francavilla has written a character that easily plays to his strengths. This pulp detective/superhero character has appeared in a few short stories in DARK HORSE PRESENTS that were collected as BLACK BEETLE #0, but now he heads out on his first longer case. If you have no exposure to this Black Beetle yet No Way Out #1 is a great place to jump on. Keith Champagne would want you to.

RIYL: Pulp stuff like THE SHADOW, THE ROCKETEER, or THE SPIDER, new superheroes who feel like old superheroes.

Harbinger (Ongoing) TP VOL 01 Omega Rising

HARBINGER vol 1. OMEGA RISING. I am a big supporter of Valiant. They took a bunch of dead properties that only a few diehard fans cared about and brought them back to life in a big way last year. Rather than going out and spending a ton of money on big names who would do rush jobs on their properties, Valiant spent wisely. They got not the biggest names, but some of the best names, to thoughtfully and carefully bring their books to life. ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, X-O MANOWAR, & BLOODSHOT were some of the best superhero titles released last year, with writers like Fred Van Lente (HERCULES, COMIC BOOK HISTORY OF COMICS), Robert Venditti (SURROGATES, THE HOMELAND DIRECTIVE), Duane Swierczynski (PUNISHER, CABLE), (if they were smart they would hire Keith Champagne) making a smart and coherent universe for these characters. Fun, nice looking, and a good starting points without alienating old fans, the relaunch was well planned across the board. But the book that got me most excited, the book that shot my interest through the roof, was HARBINGER. Like a dark and cynical, yet compassionate take on the X-Men, Harbinger is the story of a superpowered teen who must learn to control his powers while others seek to use him for their own gains. This idea should be intriguing for any fan of capes comics, but I cared because Valiant went out and hired Joshua Dysart. Far from a household name but he should be, Mr. Dysart is probably best known for his run on SWAMP THING or writing the Neil Young comic that I didn’t read. But Mr. Dysart also wrote my favorite comic of the last 5 years, one of my favorite stories of all time actually, UNKNOWN SOLDIER. If you haven’t read UNKNOWN SOLDIER you are missing out on one of the great graphic narratives of our lifetime. I use a lot of hyperbole in this column but I kind of think that last sentence was true. It is hard for me to put into words how compelling and beautiful UNKNOWN SOLDIER is. HARBINGER, while no UNKNOWN SOLIDER, is however one of the best superhero setups we have seen in a long time and a reason to visit comic shops every month. Valiant are continuing their wonderful commitment to get people excited about their books by making this collection of the first 5 issues only $10. They are challenging you not to read it, daring you to continue to read the same old stuff when there is newer, better, and cheaper. Don’t let Valiant make you look like an idiot. Buy HARBINGER vol. 1 today. Or this week at least.

RIYL: The more personal X-MEN stories, MORNING GLORIES, or RISING STARS.

One Trick Rip Off Deep Cuts HC

ONE TRICK RIP-OFF. Paul Pope is one of those artists who has reached a level of success which means he doesn’t have to put out a lot of work and it only increases peoples excitement. There are a few folks operating in this class now; Geoff Darrow, Ashley Wood, Darwyn Cooke, Charles Burns, folks like that. Paul Pope definitely leads the pack though. Sure they do things here and there from time to time, a shirt, a magazine cover, a short story, but a new book is a cause for serious celebration and excitement. Well Paul Pope has a new book this week. ONE TRICK RIP-OFF. And here’s the thing. It’s not even a new book and I am disturbingly excited. Originally it was published as short stories in DARK HORSE PRESENTS and later collected in the mid 90’s, but this is the first time this story has been printed in color, and the first time it has been available at an affordable price in more than a decade. Containing the whole story, plus over 150 pages of other shorts, art, and rarities from Mr. Pope, this book is a no-brainer for people who want to study the work of one of the pioneers of modern comic visuals. Mr. Pope is a true badass in the comics world today and he rarely sticks his head out long enough for us to get work from him. Also, not as cool a name as Keith Champagne, but Paul Pope is a pretty awesome guy name. Grab this one while you can.

R.I.Y.L: Great art that is also really cool. Cooler than you or me.

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Diamond Comics #6

In Stock and highly recommended, Diamond Comics #6!

Paul Pope Cover, Diamond Comics #6What is Diamond Comics? It’s a newspaper of experimental comics that blurs the lines between the worlds of illustration, graphic design, and comics. Inspired by similar experimental papers like Paper Rodeo and also international illustration and graphic design magazines like Rojo or Faesthetic.

Issue #6 features a cover and 1 page comic by Paul Pope, plus the talents of Farel Dalrymple, Bendik Kaltenborn, Lala Albert, Jim Rugg, Stanley Lieber, Zack Soto, Sam Hiti, Jonny Negron, Lane Milburn, Dash Shaw

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LOOKEE! for 1/28/11

Tree of Libery print by Paul Pope for the CBLDF

  • Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Challenger tragedy.  I was in third grade, in a classroom during recess watching the launch live when the explosion occurred.  NASA Administrator Charles Bolden makes a poignant and inspiring statement in remembrance of the space program’s fallen heroes here, while President Obama makes it political here.
  • Opening reception TONIGHT: Tony Millionaire (!) at the Scott Eder Gallery (18 Bridge St., Brooklyn NY).

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Alex Tse talks “Watchmen” and “Battling Boy” screenplays.

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Alex Tse was one of the people to streamline the Watchmen screenplay, and talking to ScriptPhD, is working with Paul Pope on the Battling Boy script.  Except, Tse notes, the book with which Pope is handling for FirstSecond Books is not yet complete.

I’m working on Battling Boy right now. It’s been an interesting and fun process to work with Paul Pope. With anything in the film business, all I can do is my job, which is to write the best film script that I can, and getting a movie made is like winning the lottery. There’s so many moving parts.

SPhD: And you’re writing the movie at the same time as the graphic novel is being written, right?

AT: Yeah, I think the novel is getting released next year. I’m not sure what percentage [Paul] is done with, but it’s in the process. So that’s been interesting for both of us, but a lot of fun because he’s a great guy and really visionary.

To be honest, we’re all looking forward to how this book and this movie turns out.  Regardless, if you’re into that kind of thing there is a ton of interesting tidbits in the interview regarding adapting Alan Moore’s Masterpiece.

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PP at Marvel.com re: Strange Tales

Marvel’s got an interview with Paul Pope (conducted by Sean T. Collins) in anticipation of the forthcoming Strange Adventures #1 up here.

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Marvel.com: Did you read super hero comics when you were a kid?

Paul Pope: Sure, I read everything, I read as much as I could get my hands on. I read Tintin, Donald Duck, Byrne’s X-MEN stuff, MOON KNIGHT, Lone Wolf & Cub, Heavy Metal…I read everything.

Marvel.com: Did you have favorite artists, characters or issues that you recall now?

Paul Pope: Yeah, I liked the venerable late ’70s/early ’80s artists from Marvel. I loved Sienkiewicz, Byrne, I was into Alan Grant. Steve Rude on Nexus was one of my favorites. Love & Rockets, I was into that kind of stuff. I like Kirby as well, I would say.

Marvel.com: What else are you working on right now, and what do you have coming up?

Paul Pope: My longer projects for First Second—Battling Boy and after that the sci-fi story THB—are still in the works, and both have long gestations since both are book-length projects. But right now, my pulp/retro-sci-fi strip Strange Adventures with Adam Strange is appearing weekly in Wednesday Comics.  Strange Adventures functions as a “bridge” between my more conventional super hero work (such as Spidey or FF for Marvel and Batman for DC) and my more fantasy-oriented, classic myth-meets-super hero work of Battling Boy.  In my current comics work, I am trying to recapture the pure science fantasy, highly imaginative comics I read as a kid in Heavy Metal magazine, fusing it with a sense of classic high heroic adventure from old comics, such as Captain Easy or Terry & the Pirates.

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The Daily Planet Presents: Thursday Walk of Shame #2 with Jeff Ayers and Dave Press.

Good evening one and all, and welcome to our second installment of the Thursday Walk of Shame. I am Dave Press, this week we discuss my ridiculous obsession with Deadpool, “Coraline”, “Immortal Weapons #1” and “Dethklok vs The Goon.”  So without further ado, let’s do this thing:

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DAVE: I have this obsession lately, and that obsession is Deadpool. The only prescription is more Deadpool. I never read him when he was popular in the 90s, but lately, I can’t get enough of him.  There are three separate series out featuring him now, and normally I avoid things like that like the plague, but I can’t stop myself from getting them. They are all good, I enjoy myself immensely with them.  Maybe its a lack of “fun” comics or something but I think those Deadpool comics just do something. What do you recommend, Dr. Ayers?

JEFF: Fun comics are always doctor’s orders. Thankfully there’s been a bit of a renaissance of funitude. Dr. Ayers currently suggests you take two Dethklok vs. The Goon and call your mother in the morning. I don’t watch the show or read The Goon with much regularity, but damn that comic was funny. Deadpool and I parted ways when Rob Liefeld bailed.

WAIT A MINUTE…. Here we go again- Deadpool, huh? Wasn’t he played by Ryan Reynolds? hmmmm…. methinks me sense a trend here Mr. Press.


No, no, this sickness began probably a year ago. Tell us about Dethklok vs The Goon. What was some of those funny moments?

Like any good team-up, a la Scooby-Doo/Globetrotters etc (awesome!), our heroes get down to performing what they do best for their fans: The Goon crew hacking and maiming, blood n’ guts galore, the Metalocalypse boys rockin out! Lyrics include the now classic, “Little did you know that the ink in this comic was mixed with our own blood… After we mixed our blood with poison!! Lick the ink from your fingers and embrace your death! Death by Darkness!” and “Dave Press wants to bear Ryan Reynolds’ babies then makes sweet sweet love to them!”

It’s a pretty funny book. Hopefully a Deathklok regular books takes off.

I feel a need to bring up Wednesday Comics #3, cuz dem’s damn fun comics!!! Brilliant stuff again. Why can’t that sense of playful exuberance exist in comics more… PP’s Strange Adventures is terrific, and that Bermejo Superman has really grown on me. God, I even love the Iris West romance strip!

Not a very strong Gaiman/Allred Metamorpho entry in this ish, tho….

Yeah, I was going to say those Iris West strips are fantastic. I mean, I dug the

Dethklok vs The Goon
Dethklok vs The Goon

Wonder Woman at first, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to move up to loving The Flash by the end of this thing. Paul Pope, naturally, always brilliant. I wish I was at SDCC for his DJ set, but he does that stuff here all the time so I’m not that sad.

But speaking of playful exuberance there was quite a bit of it in IMMORTAL WEAPONS #1. I’ll buy the hell out of anything regarding that Iron Fist universe. This featured Fat Cobra where he hired an author to research his life and write his memoirs. Except Fat Cobra, so obsessed with his life and thinking that he lived such a proud warrior life, had anything but. He would exalt on the first few pages, “Tell me about my warrior parents and how they died proudly in battle!” and the author, Carmichael said, “ACTUALLY, your parents were pig farmers and your mother died giving birth to you because you were so fat.” Or something like that. The comic is full of stuff like that. Really hilarious. Plus some gorgeous art from Michael Lark, and many others. Written by Jason Aaron.

That “love” scene was pretty hilarious. First, Fat Cobra and and this lady are fighting (“Flying Monkey Flip Kick,” Hell’s Dentist”) then they’re making out, lickin ears, and pinching the fat bastid’s nipples (“Nine Suns Nipple Clamp”)!!! Holy crap! I couldn’t believe my virgin eyes!

There’s gotta be some kind of NO-Prize for anyone who can actually tell me of a Marvel comic where someone receives a sexual purple nurple…

Kneading the Golden Dough. HA!

Yeh, it was probably my favorite issue of the week. So, we just watched CORALINE. It was just beautiful. Have you read it?

Yeah. You? Heard there were some plot points that were different. I haven’t seen the film yet, except some really stunning visuals. Why’d ya like it?

What I really enjoyed about it was that even though its a kid’s story, there is still that underlying creepiness to all kid’s stories, or at least good ones. That’s what I really like about Neil Gaiman‘s sensibilities, there was still that scary, lonely creepiness that comes when you’re in that in between stage of your childhood. Like when you’re 11 or 12. No wonder he wins all kinds of kid’s book awards left and right.  He writes them for them, but doesn’t put on the kiddie wheels to take them along a primrose path.

Damn skippy, Dave. I’m gonna go jump into my Robotech jammies and curl up with a bedtime story. Good night, Ryan Reynolds. Good night, Dave.


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