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What I dug in 2014 finale: Creator Owned Comics

This is me saving the best for last. While both Marvel and DC had solid years creatively (and sales wise I imagine, but I don’t have those numbers at my hands), the number of quality creator owned comics that dropped this past year was astonishing. Today will be the day I focus on those quality books, which is why I’ve titled this article as such.

comics-the-wicked-and-the-divine-2-coverImage Comics had arguably it’s bet year to date in 2014. Aside from “older” on-goings like The Walking Dead, Saga, Invincible, Umbral, Rat Queens, and Sex Criminals (as well as the end of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips Fatale), we saw the debut of  a number of excellent new comics. Such books like the often discussed The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie and Matthew Wilson, Fuse ( Antony Johnston, Justin Greenwood) Shutter ( Joe Keatinge, Leila Del Duca, Owen Gieni, Ed Brisson), Bitch Planet ( Kelly Sue Deconnick, Valentine Del Landro) among a dozen others all debuted within the last 12 months, which is impressive to say the least. Image continues to be the premiere comics company for creator owned books, luring some of the top creators from Marvel and DC (see Scott Snyder, Mark Millar, Rick Remender) to put out some of their best work of their careers without having to use corporate owned IPs. Image put out some of my favorite comics of the past year, all without having to resort to crossovers and $5 gimmick books.

boombox_lumberjanes_002_aBut Image wasn’t the only comic company to have a good year with creator owned comics. BOOM Studios produced some top notched horror comics with James Tylion IV with The Woods and Memetic. Their BOOM BOX! imprint also had the debut of the excellent Lumberjanes comics, arguably one of the best all ages comics on the stands The book by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Brooke Allen and Maarta Laiho was originally announced as a 8 issue mini series, but it’s well deserved popularity got it bumped up to an on-going and is constantly delightful and visually stunning. Oni Press published Charles Soule & Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque’s sci-fi drama Letter 44, a book that deserves more hype and discussion, and the books Charles Bunn’s put out through the company has been nothing short of great.  And while not exactly creator owned, Valiant Comics continues to impress, with some best under the radar super hero/action books being put out on a monthly basis.

51kMcl9F-rL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_And finally, two of 2014’s biggest releases, creator owned or otherwise, weren’t even from traditional comics publishers. Seconds, by Scott Pilgrim‘s Bryan Lee O Malley, Through the Woods by Emily Carroll saw print this year, and both are must reads in my opinion. While Seconds may  not be made into a movie by Edgar Wright any time soon, it’s a phenomenal comic that feels like a Miyazaki movie meant for the Scott Pilgrim crowd. Through the Woods is by far the creepiest comic I’ve read in years, as Emily Carroll delivers some genuine terror with her work, which blends horror with folk tales. I can’t recommend either enough.

2014 was a terrific year for comic. There may have been some dumb stuff that went down with some professionals and publishers, but the amount of good that came from the industry easily triumphs the bad. I’m eager to see what 2015 offers, what with us being a few short days from Image Expo, the release of Squirrel Girl, and whatever DC has up their sleeves once the company is united in California.

 

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New Walking Dead Novel – Fall of the Governor

Hey, Walking Dead fans- Forbidden Planet is indeed hosting a midnight release for issue #115 tonight, but there’s a new novel out TODAY.  The Fall of the Governor:

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“The Walking Dead original novel series, set in the universe of Robert Kirkman’s iconic universe, continues with The Fall of the Governor. From co-authors Kirkman, creator of the Eisner Award-winning comic book and executive producer of AMC’s blockbuster TV series, and Jay Bonansinga, Stoker Award-finalist and internationally acclaimed author, comes the gripping third novel in this richly woven, page-turning literary saga, which began with The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor.

In Rise of the Governor, uber-villain Philip Blake journeyed from his humble beginnings directly into the dark heart of the zombie apocalypse, and became the self-proclaimed leader of a small town called Woodbury. In The Road to Woodbury, an innocent traveler named Lilly Caul wound up in the terrifying thrall of Phillip Blake’s twisted, violent dictatorship within Woodbury’s ever tightening barricades.

And now, in The Fall of the Governor, the Governor’s complex story continues in a tour de force of action and horror. Iconic characters from the comic book, including Rick, Michonne and Glenn, finally make their entrance onto this nightmarish stage, and fans of The Walking Dead will see these characters in a whole new light.”

Of course, all this is preamble to the REALLY big event- the really big show, if you will- the Season 4 premier of the Walking Dead this Sunday, October 13th- but very cool nonetheless.

Here’s a list of Walking Dead STUFF available from Forbidden Planet NYC.

And for old time’s sakes here’s a pic of Matt D, Robert Kirkman and yours truly from a signing held at FP 5 years ago:

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Troy’s Toys, Todd’s Turn

I’ll be honest; from time to time, I forget that McFarlane Toy’s are still around. Which is probably due to the fact that I’m not 13 anymore so I don’t give a damn about Spawn, and for the longest time they were making cheap statues trying to pass as action figures. Then I guess some time passed as they made smaller figures and picked up the Halo license and here we are today! I’m going with a McFarlane Toy-theme article today because….well because. Screw logic and/or reasoning.

First up we have the debut line of McFarlane’s Assassin’s Creed line. This is a nice lead in as it’s also something else I stopped caring about. TODAY I AM THE SNARKIEST CHRIS! Too be fair, there’s been a ton of Ass Creed games and toys so I’ve lost count which ones were good and which are bad. But apparently Todd and friends secured the right to make toys based on AC3 and the upcoming Ass Creed 4, so we have some pretty good looking 6″ figures out now. Each figure sports 20 something points of articulation, and a code for downloadable content for AC4 as well as few accessories, so you’re definitely getting your money’s worth, especially when you consider how good they look. Series 1 consists of  Connor, Edward and Haytham Kenway, Benjamin Hornigold and Ratonhnhake:Ton and retail for about $18 a pop.

While I’m fairly certain the company has stopped making Spawn toys, they’ve found a new comics cash cow in Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead. And in a genius power move, McFarlane has 2 different series, one based on the super popular television series and another based on the comics. The 4th wave of the TV series isn’t due out until  the fall (not unlike the 4th season-SYNERGY!), but we DO have the 2nd comics series now in stock, so there is still way to give us your cash-monies! The 2nd wave consists of ultra-baddie The Governor, his ZOMBIE DAUGHTER Penny, Glenn and series badass Michonne’s pet zombie Mike. These are $17 a piece, are stupid articulated and come with a butt ton of accessories/variant parts. And if you’re in the mood for something colored like the comics, there’s a black and white Governor & Penny 2-pack  that comes with all sorts of MATURE AUDIENCE ONLY accessories. That one’s a tad more expensive obviously. But hey, they’re 100% more Charles Adlard-accurate, which is dope.

EVERYONE SHUT UP, I JUST REMEMBERED THAT FOOTBALL IS BACK IN A FEW SHORT DAYS! Also McFarlane also makes NFL figures, and they’re very much still very small statues. Some things never change. There’s also the more articulate Playmakers line, but the less said about those, the better. Anywho, this wave has a ton of dudes I’ve drafted in a number of Fantasy leagues- Arian Foster, Robert Griffin the 3rd, Ray Rice, Jordy Nelson, Vernon Davis, Andy Dalton, Peyton Manning and Antonio Brown. If most of those names are foreign to you, I thank you for reading this far. Again, they look like the guys they’re based on, so that’s good. Aside from that, there’s not much worth ’em unless you’re into football, or into collectible toys which a crazy number of rare variants. They go for $15 a pop.

That’s all for this one. Hopefully I’ll remember the company still exists before another year goes bye, HARF HARF SNARF!

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Chew coming to Showtime TV

The wildly popular Image comic Chew is now in development for a Showtime television series by the Circle of Confusion company, who are also behind AMC’s The Walking Dead.  The show is to be directed by Stephen Hopkins, whose Predator 2 is my personal favorite of the series.  Sounds pretty good to me.

Here’s a link to the exclusive scoop at Deadline.

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Monster-Mania Con 17

This weekend I will be away at the Monster-Mania Con in Cherry Hill New Jersey!  I try to attend as many horror conventions a year as possible, and Monster-Mania is always at least one of  them.

So while I’m rubbing elbows with Ace Frehley, Fred Williamson and the cast of The Walking Dead I may not be able to post anything for a couple of days.  Oh, but when I’m back be prepared for some stories.

If you’re in the area stop by and say hello, I’ll most likely be helping out (or more like hanging out) at the Knee High Horror booth!

Here’s the info…

MONSTER-MANIA 17:
MARCH 11 – 13, 2011
CROWNE PLAZA – CHERRY HILL, NEW JERSEY
(Formerly Hilton Hotel: (Same hotel, different name) 4 Miles past Exit 34B of I-295.
Reservations: 800-227-6963 Don’t wait! (Ask for the special Monster-Mania Room Rate) FREE PARKING

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New Comics of the New Year!

By Devin T. Quin

Welcome to 2011, where a whole new calendar YEAR of fun comic book activities awaits us! We should definitely start planning out our itinerary now so that we don’t miss out on any of the disappointment, greed and debilitating poverty that is our reward for being good little comic book collecting boys and girls.

The first and most important event of the year? UNKIEDEV’S BIRTHDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd!

THAT’S RIGHT, it’s my friggin’ birthday! I accept cash, Forbidden Planet gift cards, ANYTHING by Steve Mannion and opportunities to humiliate people at the game Settlers of Catan. What would I really like for my birthday? Well….

MOCCA ART FESTIVAL : April 10th and 11th

MOCCA might be my favorite comic convention of the year. By being a highly visual exploration of comic book art it automatically includes the business of comic books into its scope in an understandable way.

Every year they have great guests who have made contributions to expanding American comic book art. The venue itself fills with new artists and enterprising comic book publishers. It’s an entire con of artists alley! Juxtaposing struggle with success shows the way it can all be done: Try to be the best artists you can and you can have a career being an artists!

Guests this year will include Art Spiegleman, Kyle Baker, Gahan Wilson, Paul Pope and Frank Miller. Yes, THE Frank Miller…a guy who should know better than to show up at MOCCA.

For my birthday you can show up at MOCCA and toss a tomato at the guy. Be sure you yell out “THAT’S for the SPIRIT,” or “Go be a homophobe in some OTHER obscure hobbie!”

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY : MAY 7th

Set your watches for the first Saturday in May when comic book retailers try to pump new blood into the vampiric corpse of comic books! Anybody who shows up on May 7th (While supplies last) will get a free comic book to hopefully spark an interest in the hobby and ensure numbers for the coming year.

If there’s a flaw (and as this at least the fifth year they’ve done this so I highly doubt it’s a money loser) it is that whatever comic book the patron receives is whatever the industry wants to spoon feed them. There won’t be happy accidents where people pick something new that catches their eye, only something corporately suggested. Imagine going to an all you can eat buffet with only Hostess brand Twinkees, Ho-Hos and Cupcakes. Continue reading

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