Tagged: The Long Halloween

Mister Pretzelplyx

Aspiring comic book creators, such as myself, can often feel small and insignificant next to the wide array of talents on display in this week’s new release comics. Regular titles such as Amazing Spider-Man, Batman, Superman, and even Aquaman are top-notch reads from great writers and talents!

Another example; Dark Horse Presents #12, will have a new Aliens story from Chew writer John Layman and drawn by Mr. Sam “The MaxxKieth, as WELL as classic space adventure from Steve Rude’s Nexus. THAT sort of all-star line up can make a cartoonist feel two inches tall.

Which is exactly how I feel, but not for that reason. My self-confidence is fine, My evil arch nemesis slipped a shrink serum into my drink. That’s right: I’VE SHRUNK MYSELF! HALP!

RULE OF THUMB

I’m the size of pretzel rod, and ironically, I was wearing a pretzel rod costume while I began this experiment…I do my best writing in my pretzel rod costume. I also do my best writing at my local bar, where some patron (undoubtedly working for my arch villain) slipped me the micro-molecular micky! I’m hiding amongst a bunch of OTHER pretzel rods, hoping to camouflage myself until the effects wear off.

Till then I shall continue to text in my column. Deadlines are deadlines. What were we talking about? OH YEAH: talent!

DC has Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s Batman: Dark Victory out in an Absolute Edition this week. This team of shining talent turned out some classic Bat-yarns! The Long Halloween (available in paperback, absolute, or any other edition you might want) and Dark Victory are the books I’d point too should anyone ask what inspired The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan’s big budget Bat-flick from 2008, as well as the Batman video games of late which have titillated and enthralled.

The Loeb/Sale team is one of the most successful Bat-teams of all time, and I should know; I’ve read this next book:

The Comic Book History of Comics, Fred Van Lente (W), Ryan Dunlavey (A), IDW

The complete history of comics, from ancient times to the thoroughly modern, told in comic book form by comic book professionals! Fred Van “Marvel Zombies” Lente and Ryan “Action Philosophers” Dunlavey dispel misconceptions, clear up the cobwebs and shine light on true genius as they chart comics’ ups and downs with humor, detail, and self-referential brilliance!

If you like comics but don’t know anything about them, read this book! If you THINK you know what you’re doing, read this book and learn why you’ve been so painfully wrong this whole time…you stupid wrong jerk. Continue reading

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Comic Con-gnitive Dissonance

By Unkiedev

The San Diego Comic Con is happening tonight, tomorrow, and all through the weekend…without you or I in attendance AGAIN. How did we let this happen? It’s like the comic book rapture has occurred and we are left to fight for resources in the streets like unpure, heathen dogs. Arf.

TOP 10 COMIC BOOK RELATED THINGS TO DO IN AN ATTEMPT AT GETTING OUR MINDS OFF THE CRIPPLING DEPRESSION SPRINGING FROM NOT GOING TO SDCC 2011:

10: Go See Captain America! The Captain will cheer us up! He’s gonna’ punch Nazis, throw his shield and maybe even get injected with super-soldier serum until we feel better, why not? Maybe he’ll give us free Coffee Coolatas.

9: Come on over to the Forbidden Planet and pick up a couple of Captain America related titles after seeing Captain America. Might I recommend the Essential Avengers Vol. 1, The Captain America Omnibus by Ed Brubaker, and Secret War? Either “Secret War.”  They’ve had a couple…shhh! It’s a secret. Continue reading

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Comics for the Holidays Part 1

Comics for the Holidays Part 1By Unkie Dev

With the holiday’s blowing down our collective houses of twigs like the big bad wolf of unavoidable economic reality it’s great to know that the hard working sales assistants of the Forbidden Planet are ready to help find the perfect gifts for the folks on your shopping lists.

Here are ten can’t miss graphic novels for folks you care about. Not liking any of these books could be an early indication that your friend is turning into one of the legion of the undead. Bummer.

Here in no particular order is a handy-dandy shopping list we like to call: Unkiedev’s Top Ten Graphic Novel’s I’d Recommend for ANYBODY for the Holidays or whenever.

10. Spiral-Bound, (W/A) Arron Renier, Top Shelf

Pretty much the most charming comic book of all time, Spiral-bound is the story of young animals solving a mystery about a gigantic swamp dragon while working for a literally underground newspaper during summer camp.

Incredible art and thrilling storytelling make this book the high-water mark of fun. Perfect for kids and adults who haven’t forgotten what being a kid is like. Continue reading

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