Archive for the ‘Comicpalooza’ Category

By: JD Hardin

Seriously, if you’re not reading 451Media, you’re missing out. The small New York publisher is putting out theImage result for RED DOG #4 best stories in comics right now and Red Dog is currently leading the way. With intense emotion, an unpredictable story and characters you can’t help to identify with, it’s no wonder Red Dog hasn’t ever received a bad review.

Red Dog #4 is scheduled to hit the racks this Wednesday and should fly off the shelves. The incredible staff at 451 know exactly how to draw you into every story and allow you to truly experience every panel as if you were in the book. Red Dog sets itself apart from other comics by bringing you into story that has a good wholesome Lassie feel, but with the danger of Star Trek. Issue #3 left us on the very edge of our seats and #4 does the exact same.

Kyle has put himself in extreme danger in order to rescue Red, a seemingly impossible mission. With the rest of the pack in tow, Kyle ventures further and further away from the colony amid swarms of enemies, predators and a lethal environment. Kyle’s father and uncle lead a search party, desperate to find the colony’s only child.

True to 451 Media’s form, the issue delivers the exact opposite of what was expected. Where past issues move you from one emotion to a complete opposite emotion, the fourth issue leads you from mild excitement to pure terror to incredible dread. The issue crescendo’s into a cliffhanger that will take your breath away.

Issue #4 is irrefutably the best issue in the series to date.

Crank this bad boy to 11!!!

 

By: JD Hardin

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Most of the time my comic book choices revolve around realistic titles from Image and other independent publishers, and a select few DC titles. The sci-fi and paranormal books are not what I would call my wheelhouse. But when a publisher sends me a book outside of my norm, I jump at the opportunity to step outside my comfort zone. I certainly don’t waste any opportunity to read a free book.

Recently Houston local publisher, Gray Bear Comics, sent me issue 1 & 2 of their flagship title, Speak No Evil. Honestly, I was a little skeptical at first. I’ve received a large amount of comics from small publishers that were absolutely terrible.

At this point I can happily say that Speak No Evil is a lot of fun. There’s little doubt that the book is geared toward a more mature audience with a little strong language, and copious amounts of blood. Samir Simão‘s art is a mix of Brent Schoonover and Dan Schoening (Back to the Future [2016]) and Bob Montana (Archie Comics) sprinkled with the tone of Eduardo Risso (100 Bullets, Dark Night: A True Batman Story). At first glance, the panels seem a little unpolished, but with a good look they feature far more detail and texture than expected. The grit in every panel fits the story like a well-tailored tuxedo on a British Spy.

The writing features aspects and influences from all over. H.G. Wells, H.P. Lovecraft, and even a little Mark Twain resonates through the pages of Speak No Evil. It’s more than obvious that Justin Corbett and George Tripsas have obviously submerged themselves in literature beyond comic books, setting their writing on a level well beyond that of an average graphic novel.

This is definitely a 5 out of 5 book! Click here to get your copy!!

By: JD Hardin

451Media is back at it again with Stained #1. Written by acclaimed colorist and 2016 Harvey Award Nominee David Baron and illustrated by Yusuf Idris, Stained is a breathtaking story that offers a peek into the seedy grit of law enforcement in a world in the future. A runaway criminal underground has pushed law enforcement into fear. With the police afraid to pursue the worst criminals, cybernetically enhanced bounty hunter Emma London makes a career of doing their job for them.  But every hunter is someone else’s prey.

Image result for 451 stained #1David Baron began his comic book career at the young age of 15 by coloring covers in 1996. Since then, Baron has made quite a name in the unsung art of coloring. Over the last two decades David has certainly earned quite the resume and witnessed first hand the do’s and don’ts of comics. This storied career has certainly allowed him to generate a compelling story in Stained.

Yusuf Idris is little known outside of a few circles. Image result for 451 stained #1However, don’t base judgement on his fame. Idris’ amazing range could put him next to the likes of Isaac Goodhart (Postal) and Eduardo Risso (100 Bullets). His art has developed into a style that will, no doubt, become synonymous with excellence.

This is a comic so breathtaking, any synopsis would be an insult to the writer and any artist involved.

By: JD Hardin

In case you missed it, during this past Sunday’s show we announced a limited shirt that is up for sale for $20+tx,S&H, and gave away a ton of loot. As of this morning we have officially reached 500 likes on Facebook. You all know what that means, IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME!! Tune in this Sunday to see if you won!!! If you haven’t liked us on Facebook, we will do another giveaway at 600 so make sure you don’t miss that one!!

All that being said, the numbers from January are out and will be published RIGHT HERE.

It’s never a bad week to be a comic reader but this week we here at The Nerdery have something to celebrate, THE RETURN OF THINK TANK!!!! One of the most thought provoking comics that has ever come through the show makes it’s return!! Don’t miss it. The Nerdery’s Best Writer winner Matt Hawkins brings back the character that is a literal oxymoron for a new set of internal and external conflicts that, no doubt, will continue to shock and awe.

Excuse me, I need to go get my copy.

LET’S RAID THE RACKS!!!

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By: JD Hardin

In a world where DC and Marvel are keeping up with what might be trending after the last event, the independent publishers normally keep to the counter-culture of comics. Companies like Image, Zenescope, and Dark Horse like to keep their pages flush with adult themes, violence and gore. Gone are the days of mystery and adventure comics like Dick Tracy or Buck Rodgers. Even the Golden Boy, Superman has lost his luster in the new millennium. However, standing tall in this river of change and audacious maturity is independent Houston publisher Last Sentry Comics.

PictureI first encountered Last Sentry at an appearance at a local comic book store for Free Comic Book Day. The Nerdery was in it’s infancy and I was stunned at our first interaction. I wasn’t sure what to expect from writers and artists at the time, and their kind and friendly demeanor was definitely not what I had anticipated. At the time, The Nerdery was being flooded with comics from one to three man comic book companies, and I had spent the better part of three months cursing the fan fictions that were being pedaled as original characters with original histories and stories. What they handed me doesn’t belong in that category in the least. Liberty (an unreleased ashcan book) took my breath away with intense action and war story elements.

Stalker #1 blew me away with it’s format of paranormal and crime pulp and  is another book that is a “must read”. With mystery, drama, and feel of mob crime from the early 20th century, The Stalker is a beautiful amalgamation of art and story. As the flagship of Last Sentry Comics, it’s an amazing example of their philosophy, great stories appropriate for the whole family.

At Comicpalooza 2015, the guys shot us a copy of G.I. Bro and arranged us to interview Booker T. himself. G.I. Bro is an fantastic title written by pro wrestler, Booker T. and the Last Sentry team, and their passion for the story shows on every page. Vivid art, a gracefully progressing plot, and plenty of action adds up to a very straight forward story that won’t leave you grasping at straws for a clue.

Last Sentry Comics was our very first Top Rated Publisher, and from the looks of things, will be for a very long time. We make it a point to interact with them every time we see them. If you’re not keeping up with Last Sentry, you need to change that.

Like them on Facebook, or get the goods straight from the source!

By: JD Hardin

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The extremely popular Phoenix Comicon has been a staple for Arizona comic book fans since 2002 and has always been a place that fans and volunteers feel welcomed. Just like the majority of conventions around the world, people may volunteer to work for free (or paid depending on state labor laws) and be able to attend the convention when they’re not occupied with their duties. However, this year will be different for the Arizona convention. Volunteers will be required to join the Blue Ribbon Army. Memberships range from $20-$100 and DO NOT guarantee that you will be able to volunteer at Phoenix Comicon. This turn of events has hopeful participants up in arms. This is the first time anyone has heard of a volunteer having to pay to volunteer!
Naturally this has caused quite a stir in the convention community.

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Matt Hawkins

By: JD Hardin

 

Regular fans of the show are no stranger to his name. Thanks to everyone who voted for The Nerdery’s Best of 2015 poll, he won in nearly every category he was nominated for. Putting pen to paper for nearly thirty years, he has published thousands of comics and created incredible titles such as The Tithe, Symmetry, Postal, Think Tank, and so much more. Unbeknownst to many of his fans, Matt’s intelligence extends far beyond the pages of the comics we know and love so much. Holding a Masters degree in physics from Cal Tech, he bears a great deal of resemblance to Dr. David Lorens, the main character from the recently returned Think Tank. It goes without saying, Matt is a very intelligent guy.

Normally accompanied in the back of each of his comics is a brief (sometimes very thorough) summary of his research.

We’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Matt Hawkins twice and have attended a few of his panels.  Take a look at an interview right here…

An extremely likable and talented individual, Matt Hawkins is one of the busiest guys in comic books. With more than a few ongoing titles for which he bears sole writing responsibility, it’s amazing the level of energy he exudes.

Known for:

Postal

Think Tank

Symmetry

The Tithe

Eden’s Fall

Witchblade

Aphrodite IX

and so much more!!

See what Top Cow is up to!!

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By: JD Hardin

Congradulations to our own Chris Ramirez!! His interview with Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares and Burton C. Bell, just got featured on the heavy metal e-news site Blabbermouth!!!

This is a pretty big deal for us, we don’t consider ourselves as a music reporting site. Chris had a blast doing the interview, and we’re glad everyone likes it so much. They incorrectly reported the convention as taking place in San Antonio, but we’ll take it as a WIN!!!!

Have a look………..

A special thanks to Blabbermouth for using our interview for more people to see!!

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By: JD Hardin

If you missed FCBD, don’t fret. Our friends at Toxic City Comics sell comics six days a week. It’s a great week for releases with a lot of favorites hitting the stand today. From Batman and Superman, to Silk and Gwenpool. Top Cow Productions drop Think Tank #2 today, and The Nerdery is PUMPED. Keep in mind, May 21st is Toxic City’s one year anniversary. They are going to throwing a huge party and you’re invited. We will be there broadcasting LIVE from Toxic City as well. So get down there and get your fix!!!

Support Literacy, Read Comics!!!

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By: JD Hardin

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So many trailers, so little time. Rogue One, Captain America: Civil War, Suicide Squad, Ghostbusters. This is turning out to be the best nerd year ever. I can’t think of a single person that isn’t excited about at least one of these films. Anyhow, here we are again, it’s time to raid the racks and get back to where it all started. Go visit our friends over at Toxic City Comics to get your fix.

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