PRE-ORDER THE ‘SAGA’ DELUXE EDITION HARDCOVER FOR MAD CHEAP
Have you read Saga yet? No? Why not!? Are you some kind of jerk who hates awesome things? It was created by Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina, Runaways), takes place in space, features people with  magic powers, and (as tired as this description of it is) is totally Game of Thrones meets Star Wars.
The Volume One Deluxe Edition Hardcover contains all three of the trade paperbacks currently available - that’s issues #1-18. Not only that, but it will feature all kinds of extras like concept art, script pages, and roundtable discussions with the creators.
This thing is being released on December 2, 2014 for $49.99, but you can currently pre-order it on Amazon for just $34.35.
If you think comic books aren’t for you, or maybe you’ve been looking into getting into comics but don’t know where to start, Saga is pretty much a perfect place to start. Shit, I own the first two trades and every single issue released after them and I’ll still be picking this up! It’s that good!
Go ahead and pre-order it and save some money. You know you want to.

PRE-ORDER THE ‘SAGA’ DELUXE EDITION HARDCOVER FOR MAD CHEAP

Have you read Saga yet? No? Why not!? Are you some kind of jerk who hates awesome things? It was created by Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina, Runaways), takes place in space, features people with  magic powers, and (as tired as this description of it is) is totally Game of Thrones meets Star Wars.

The Volume One Deluxe Edition Hardcover contains all three of the trade paperbacks currently available - that’s issues #1-18. Not only that, but it will feature all kinds of extras like concept art, script pages, and roundtable discussions with the creators.

This thing is being released on December 2, 2014 for $49.99, but you can currently pre-order it on Amazon for just $34.35.

If you think comic books aren’t for you, or maybe you’ve been looking into getting into comics but don’t know where to start, Saga is pretty much a perfect place to start. Shit, I own the first two trades and every single issue released after them and I’ll still be picking this up! It’s that good!

Go ahead and pre-order it and save some money. You know you want to.

RAT QUEENS IS GETTING AN ANIMATED SERIES
Guys!!! if you’ve been keeping up with our weekly comic review video series, you know that Rat Queens is one of the greatest comic books on shelves right now. Check out my review of issue #1, then get the trade, then come back to this post and be really excited.
Via Variety:

After working on such films as the “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies, Weta Workshop’s Pukeko Pictures is pairing up with Heavy Metal to adapt Image Comics’ “Rat Queens” into an animated TV series.
The dark comedy, described as a sass-and-sorcery series, revolves around beer-guzzling maidens — Hannah the Rockabilly elven mage, Violet the hipster dwarven fighter, Dee the atheist human cleric and Betty the hippy smidgen thief — who are hired to kill monsters and other beasts.

Sounds like my ideal D&D campaign.

Pukeko and Heavy Metal, which acquired the rights to “Rat Queens,” plan on developing the books” into a 30 minute show before pitching it to TV networks.
Pukeko’s Martin Baynton and Adam Fratto will serve as executive producers on the project, with Heavy Metal’s Jeff Krelitz. HM’s David Boxenbaum and Rob Prior serve as co-executive producers.

Okay, this part’s kind of scary because there’s always the chance that it doesn’t get picked up. Who would even air something like this? Adult Swim? Spike? FX? Comedy Central? They’d probably find a better audience if they just went the Bravest Warriors route and put out short episodes on YouTube.
Regardless of what happens, it’s exciting just knowing that at only six issues into the series, people are realizing its potential and have enough faith in it to put it on television.
Any other current creator-owned series you think would make for a good TV show?

RAT QUEENS IS GETTING AN ANIMATED SERIES

Guys!!! if you’ve been keeping up with our weekly comic review video series, you know that Rat Queens is one of the greatest comic books on shelves right now. Check out my review of issue #1, then get the trade, then come back to this post and be really excited.

Via Variety:

After working on such films as the “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies, Weta Workshop’s Pukeko Pictures is pairing up with Heavy Metal to adapt Image Comics’ “Rat Queens” into an animated TV series.

The dark comedy, described as a sass-and-sorcery series, revolves around beer-guzzling maidens — Hannah the Rockabilly elven mage, Violet the hipster dwarven fighter, Dee the atheist human cleric and Betty the hippy smidgen thief — who are hired to kill monsters and other beasts.

Sounds like my ideal D&D campaign.

Pukeko and Heavy Metal, which acquired the rights to “Rat Queens,” plan on developing the books” into a 30 minute show before pitching it to TV networks.

Pukeko’s Martin Baynton and Adam Fratto will serve as executive producers on the project, with Heavy Metal’s Jeff Krelitz. HM’s David Boxenbaum and Rob Prior serve as co-executive producers.

Okay, this part’s kind of scary because there’s always the chance that it doesn’t get picked up. Who would even air something like this? Adult Swim? Spike? FX? Comedy Central? They’d probably find a better audience if they just went the Bravest Warriors route and put out short episodes on YouTube.

Regardless of what happens, it’s exciting just knowing that at only six issues into the series, people are realizing its potential and have enough faith in it to put it on television.

Any other current creator-owned series you think would make for a good TV show?

WEEKLY COMICS PICKS - 5.7.2014
If you’re looking for some new comics to read, check out this video of me rambling about some stuff I read this week. Original Sin #1 takes the third spot this week (I liked issue #0 way more), the debut issue of the creepy serial killer crime thriller Nailbiter takes second, and Rat Queens #6 takes the number one spot for my top pick of the week.
Check out the video below.

Seriously, if you aren’t reading Rat Queens, you need to handle that business, like, forever ago. Go get the Sass and Sorcery trade paperback for mad cheap to catch up. It collects issues 1-5. I described it as Your Highness meets Girls in the video, but that’s probably way off. It’s way more fun than either of those two.
I’d love to hear what you dudes and dudettes are reading in the comments section. And I mean the REAL comments section of this post, none of that reblog crap where you comment after the blockquotes. Interaction, people!

WEEKLY COMICS PICKS - 5.7.2014

If you’re looking for some new comics to read, check out this video of me rambling about some stuff I read this week. Original Sin #1 takes the third spot this week (I liked issue #0 way more), the debut issue of the creepy serial killer crime thriller Nailbiter takes second, and Rat Queens #6 takes the number one spot for my top pick of the week.

Check out the video below.

Seriously, if you aren’t reading Rat Queens, you need to handle that business, like, forever ago. Go get the Sass and Sorcery trade paperback for mad cheap to catch up. It collects issues 1-5. I described it as Your Highness meets Girls in the video, but that’s probably way off. It’s way more fun than either of those two.

I’d love to hear what you dudes and dudettes are reading in the comments section. And I mean the REAL comments section of this post, none of that reblog crap where you comment after the blockquotes. Interaction, people!

Rat Queens #1 Review
Rat Queens is what Lord of the Rings would have been like if everyone on Middle Earth was hung over, tripping on shrooms, and constantly starting bar room brawls. It’s no wonder this book sold out of its first run and is already on its second printing in less than a month.
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Written by Kurtis J. Wiebe with art by Roc Upchurch, Rat Queens focuses on the titular band of ass-kickers-for-hire who used to be known for protecting their village, but since they’ve slain just about all of the monsters, these days they usually get drunk at the tavern, start fights, and pretty much wreak havoc throughout the town on a daily basis.
The group consists of Dee, the Atheist Human Cleric; Betty, the Hippy Smidgen Thief; Violet, the HIpster Dwarven Fighter; and Hannah, the Rockabilly Elven Mage.

When issue #1 starts, the town has pretty much had it with the Rat Queens and have gathered to discuss how to get rid of them. They are given one last chance, but as punishment, they are sent on a quest to rid a cave of goblins that they thought they already took care of, but apparently goblins breed like rabbits and they’re back.
We’re also introduced to some similar parties of warriors who are also sent on various missions as punishment. There’s the Peaches who are tasked with sacking a bandit camp, the Four Daves are asked to deal with some undead ghouls at a nearby cemetery, Brother Ponties must slay a one-armed ogre, and the brooding goth group of Dark Elves known as the Obsidian Darkness are slapped with the menial task of cleaning the shitters.
Amidst the humor and silliness, the plot picks up when it’s revealed that assassin’s are being sent to kill these bands of heroes-for-hire.
AWESOME
The setting. Sure, it may seem like your run-of-the-mill LotR/WoW setting, but there are little nuances that set this apart from your average mideval fantasy. Characters speak to one another in modern-day language, so expect plenty of “dude” talk and lots of swearing. There’s also a somewhat clever use of magic being used as a device that mimics a cell phone, but that concept tiptoes around making the team of bad-ass she-warriors seem like at-the-mall/Sex in the City girly-girl clichés.
The characters. It’s always a treat to see strong female roles in comics without having them dressed in lingerie (no matter how big a fan I am of such things). Each one of these girls are firecrackers and readers of all types will be able to find a favorite.
The art. Roc Upchurch absolutely KILLS it on the pencils. He also does the inks and colors which makes his skills that much more impressive. There’s plenty of violence and gore in this issue, but it’s mostly used in an over-the-top comedic way that totally works. Upchurch’s calling card, though, is his amazing facial expressions. Some of the biggest laughs to be had in this book are simply from the faces that some of the characters make.
The humor. This is a series that will either live or die by the graces of its humor which, thankfully, is pretty spot-on for the most part. The lead characters are a mix of Whedon-esque wittiness with the vulgarity of Bridesmaids, but with extreme violent tendencies.
NOT AWESOME
Forced narrative. Sometimes it feels like characters are talking to the reader instead of each other. I understand trying to cram a rich world and characters into a first issue, but there’s way to convey information to readers while making conversation flow naturally.
Some jokes fall flat. Sometimes it seems like Wiebe is trying a little too hard to shock the readers with profane potty humor that it borders on Dane Cook levels of trying-too-hard unfunniness. Thankfully, these moments are far and few in between and the rest of the book’s sheer awesomeness more than makes up for it.
FINAL THOUGHTS
Rat Queens is one of the most fun books I’ve read in a long damn time and it’s easy to see why the first printing of this issue sold out (second printing drops Oct. 23). This is a near flawless execution of a first issue, providing just the right amount of back story and intrigue to make readers want to dive right into issue #2. If fantasy, action, and humor are your thing, you’ll definitely want to check out Rat Queens.
VERDICT: READ THIS BOOK

Rat Queens #1 Review

Rat Queens is what Lord of the Rings would have been like if everyone on Middle Earth was hung over, tripping on shrooms, and constantly starting bar room brawls. It’s no wonder this book sold out of its first run and is already on its second printing in less than a month.

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A Little Bit on: Chew

Those looking for a new comic book to read that is tremendously offbeat, fresh, and super crazy entertaining, I highly suggest checking out Chew by writer John Layman and artist Rob Guillory.

The world of Chew is original, to say the absolute least. Chicken and bird meats are now illegal after an outbreak of bird flu that killed 23 million Americans, so most meats are now a blackmarket item. As if that weren’t crazy enough, the comic revolves around Tony Chu, a detective who is a “cibopath,” meaning he can take a bite out of anything and instantly get a psychic reading of where the object has been and what its life was like all the way to the point of Tony Chu’s initial bite. And this is not limited to just food. Chu gets hired by the FDA to help solve different investigations by using his cibopathic powers, in which he discovers secrets, lies, murders, and more, instantly by taking a chunk out of victim bodies.

The comic book debuted in mid-2009 and is an ongoing series published by Image Comics. If you haven’t been reading this killer title, definitely do yourself a favorite and pick up a couple of the series’ trades to catch up. The art is fantastic and the story is nothing you will be able to find in any other comic book series, guaranteed.

Check it: More comic books on Albotas
Buy it: Chew Vol. 1 Taster's Choice
1 Comic You Should Be Reading in 2013
I’m not going to bullshit you here. I was originally planning on doing a numbered list on comics you should be reading in 2013. I was going to list a number of comics (people love reading list articles that aren’t listed in intervals of five or two nowadays, so it probably would’ve been 13 comics) I’m currently enjoying that I can wholeheartedly agree with recommending to complete strangers and friends alike, but I honestly can’t do that. To get the most bang out of your comic bucks from DC/Marvel, you’d need to subscribe or read alongside a handful of other titles to get the full effect of certain titles, and I can’t recommend reading certain comics that will take huge chunks out of your wallet at a time.
But I can recommend the fuck out of one thing for sure.People, listen closely. Read the shit out of Saga. It’s really fucking good.
This goes for anyone who isn’t into comic books, but would like to join in on reading a title. For those of you who regularly read comics and avoid this title, stop being a little shit and just buy the recent trade and catch up. For those skeptical, try it. You’ll like it. Honest.
This comic book was created by Brian K. Vaughan, the genius behind the Y: The Last Man series. Art and some co-ideas are handled by Fiona Staples, who beautifully draws each issue. And the entire thing is great so far. It’s described by Image comics as Star Wars action meets Game of Thrones drama, while I will simply claim it’s a new phenomenal title for the space-fantasy genre, and it demands to be read. Saga is epic, expansive, surreal, and fresh — it’s something brand new that comic books have been needing for a while now. 
Really though, the first six issues are out right now on store shelves and collected as one trade paperback book. If you’re looking for a jump into comic books, look for further. This is something you can ride with and look forward to through 2013.
Check it: More comics related posts on AlbotasBuy it: Saga, Volume 1 [Paperback]

1 Comic You Should Be Reading in 2013

I’m not going to bullshit you here. I was originally planning on doing a numbered list on comics you should be reading in 2013. I was going to list a number of comics (people love reading list articles that aren’t listed in intervals of five or two nowadays, so it probably would’ve been 13 comics) I’m currently enjoying that I can wholeheartedly agree with recommending to complete strangers and friends alike, but I honestly can’t do that. To get the most bang out of your comic bucks from DC/Marvel, you’d need to subscribe or read alongside a handful of other titles to get the full effect of certain titles, and I can’t recommend reading certain comics that will take huge chunks out of your wallet at a time.

But I can recommend the fuck out of one thing for sure.People, listen closely. Read the shit out of Saga. It’s really fucking good.

This goes for anyone who isn’t into comic books, but would like to join in on reading a title. For those of you who regularly read comics and avoid this title, stop being a little shit and just buy the recent trade and catch up. For those skeptical, try it. You’ll like it. Honest.

This comic book was created by Brian K. Vaughan, the genius behind the Y: The Last Man series. Art and some co-ideas are handled by Fiona Staples, who beautifully draws each issue. And the entire thing is great so far. It’s described by Image comics as Star Wars action meets Game of Thrones drama, while I will simply claim it’s a new phenomenal title for the space-fantasy genre, and it demands to be read. Saga is epic, expansive, surreal, and fresh — it’s something brand new that comic books have been needing for a while now. 

Really though, the first six issues are out right now on store shelves and collected as one trade paperback book. If you’re looking for a jump into comic books, look for further. This is something you can ride with and look forward to through 2013.

Check it: More comics related posts on Albotas
Buy it: Saga, Volume 1 [Paperback]

Daily Graffiti: Spawn & Batman

Crazysauce street art by Seter and Merlyn.

Did anybody ever read the Spawn/Batman crossover by Frank Miller and Todd McFarlane back in ‘94? It’s about them trying to find a dude who decapitates homeless people and uses their heads for robots. Crazy stuff. I dug it as a kid, but it definitely doesn’t hold up to a grown-up mind. Kind of worth checking out anyway, though. Just for the weirdness.

Check out the Daily Graffiti Archives for more geektastic street art!
Add your geeky graffiti pics to our Group Pool on Flickr!

Buy: Batman/Spawn One-Shot
 Daily Graffiti: Spawn by Alek—art on deviantART.
Check out the DAILY GRAFFITI ARCHIVES for more geektastic street art!
March Madness
Guillem March is currently killing it with his sleek and sexy artwork on Catwoman. This January, Image Comics is releasing Cover Girls, a hardcover volume of his covers and interior work. This one’s a must have for me since it also includes plenty of his work that hasn’t been published in the US.
[Via Newsarama]

March Madness

Guillem March is currently killing it with his sleek and sexy artwork on Catwoman. This January, Image Comics is releasing Cover Girls, a hardcover volume of his covers and interior work. This one’s a must have for me since it also includes plenty of his work that hasn’t been published in the US.

[Via Newsarama]

Chicken or the Egg?
Tony Chu, the hero of John Layman and Rob Guillory’s Chew, has the ability to receive psychic impressions from anything that he eats. He may have gotten more than he bargained for after taking a bite out of a Kentucky fried drumstick in this sketch by Tradd Moore.

Chicken or the Egg?

Tony Chu, the hero of John Layman and Rob Guillory’s Chew, has the ability to receive psychic impressions from anything that he eats. He may have gotten more than he bargained for after taking a bite out of a Kentucky fried drumstick in this sketch by Tradd Moore.

[Comic Book Cover Of Radness] Viking: The Long Cold Fire.
This is the cover for Viking, Vol. 1: The Long Cold Fire and it’s kind of boner magic for comic and graphic design nerds. The monochromatic drawing of a viking about to fuck some shit up by Nic Klein sits perfectly on a bright yellow background with plenty of negative space for all the minimalists out there, then there’s the random-yet-obviously intentional blue shards near the logo. Top it off with plenty of splatters and a touch of halftones (which are totally “in” btw) and blam! Sexy, gooey, graphic design lust in comic cover form.
All comic covers should be this good.
Viking, Vol. 1: The Long Cold Fire drops December 8th from Image Comics.
[Via Fanboy]

[Comic Book Cover Of Radness] Viking: The Long Cold Fire.

This is the cover for Viking, Vol. 1: The Long Cold Fire and it’s kind of boner magic for comic and graphic design nerds. The monochromatic drawing of a viking about to fuck some shit up by Nic Klein sits perfectly on a bright yellow background with plenty of negative space for all the minimalists out there, then there’s the random-yet-obviously intentional blue shards near the logo. Top it off with plenty of splatters and a touch of halftones (which are totally “in” btw) and blam! Sexy, gooey, graphic design lust in comic cover form.

All comic covers should be this good.

Viking, Vol. 1: The Long Cold Fire drops December 8th from Image Comics.

[Via Fanboy]

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