LATE-ASS COMIC BOOK REVIEWS

Meant to get this video up last week, but life got in the way. Watch us ramble about comics we read in the video below and let us know what you’re reading in the comments!

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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.

WEEKLY COMIC PICKS [5.21.14]

Vagina! Butthole! Cats! THIS EPISODE HAS IT ALL! This week we review Original Sin #2, The Amazing Spider-Man #2, and Saga #19.

Check it out below:

Still working out the kinks in this new weekly series, so feel free to let us know what you think in the comments. Also let us know what you’re reading! We’re always looking for new stuff and we’d like to do a Viewer’s Pick segment in future episodes.

If you haven’t read the amazingness that is Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’s Saga, pick up the first three trades with the links below. It also helps us out so we can keep doing these videos.

PAST EPISODES
PRE-ORDER THE SAGA, VOL. 3 PAPERBACK FOR LESS THAN THE DIGITAL VERSION
If you read comics and haven’t picked up Saga yet, you’re being a complete jerk to yourself. (We hyped it up here way back when.) Go get Vol. 1 (down to $5.64 from $9.99) and Vol. 2 ($11.57 from $14.99), and while you’re at it, just go ahead and pre-order the third volume which drops on March 25. It’s only $12.33 for a paperback versus $14.99 for the Kindle edition. Oh yeah, and it’s one of the most character rich, well-paced, and highly imaginative comics to come out in recent memory.

PRE-ORDER THE SAGA, VOL. 3 PAPERBACK FOR LESS THAN THE DIGITAL VERSION

If you read comics and haven’t picked up Saga yet, you’re being a complete jerk to yourself. (We hyped it up here way back when.) Go get Vol. 1 (down to $5.64 from $9.99) and Vol. 2 ($11.57 from $14.99), and while you’re at it, just go ahead and pre-order the third volume which drops on March 25. It’s only $12.33 for a paperback versus $14.99 for the Kindle edition. Oh yeah, and it’s one of the most character rich, well-paced, and highly imaginative comics to come out in recent memory.

Saga Wins 2013 Hugo Award
Surprised? You shouldn’t be. Perhaps the greatest comic book to come out in the last five years or so, Saga has been grabbing all sorts of nominations and awards all over. After winning three Eisner Awards (Best Continuing Series, Best New Series, and Best Writer) this year alone, the title has received a Hugo Award over this past weekend in San Antonio, Texas, presented at LoneStarCon 3.
The Hugo Awards were created in 1955 by the World Science Fiction Society and aim to recognize the best in science fiction and fantasy. Saga won that award this year for the Best Graphic Story category. 
It beat out other nominees:
Grandville Bête Noire, by Bryan Talbot 
Locke & Key, Vol. 5: Clockworks, by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez 
Schlock Mercenary: Random Access Memorabilia, by Howard Tayler and Travis Walton
Saucer Country, Vo. 1: Run, by Paul Cornell, Ryan Kelly, Jimmy Broxton and Goran Sudžuka
Congrats to Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples on the incredible win.

Saga Wins 2013 Hugo Award

Surprised? You shouldn’t be. Perhaps the greatest comic book to come out in the last five years or so, Saga has been grabbing all sorts of nominations and awards all over. After winning three Eisner Awards (Best Continuing Series, Best New Series, and Best Writer) this year alone, the title has received a Hugo Award over this past weekend in San Antonio, Texas, presented at LoneStarCon 3.

The Hugo Awards were created in 1955 by the World Science Fiction Society and aim to recognize the best in science fiction and fantasy. Saga won that award this year for the Best Graphic Story category.

It beat out other nominees:

  • Grandville Bête Noire, by Bryan Talbot
  • Locke & Key, Vol. 5: Clockworks, by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
  • Schlock Mercenary: Random Access Memorabilia, by Howard Tayler and Travis Walton
  • Saucer Country, Vo. 1: Run, by Paul Cornell, Ryan Kelly, Jimmy Broxton and Goran Sudžuka


Congrats to Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples on the incredible win.

Cosplay Monday: MegaCon Edition

Excuse the big image drop, but I took a tremendous amount of photos this weekend at MegaCon. I might make a couple of posts today with different cosplays I snagged pictures of. I’ve got too many good ones to hold off on. I can’t upload everything I took a picture of either, guys — there’s just too many to upload.

I actually didn’t get anyone’s info if they were a regular cosplayer, so if you know someone here or if you are actually someone pictured above, drop me an email at cortez (at) albotas (dot) com so I can link you.

Also, fuck. That Black Panther cosplay family is so well done. When I saw that in person, it was surreal. The photo does it absolutely no justice.

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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]
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