Indie Comic Roundup
Been a while since I’ve been one of these. Here’s a link drop of what’s been going on in the lesser-known comics world for the past week, featuring bits from Oily Comics, Vertigo, No Brow, Koyama Press, 2D Cloud, and more.
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AMC has ordered a pilot for Vertigo’s infamous Preacher series. It’s being filmed for sure, which is extremely exciting news for fans of the series and Vertigo comics alike, but no word yet on who is involved.
I reviewed Fata Morgana by Jon Vermilyea. Really recommend checking this book by Koyama Press out if you’re into illustration and beautiful colors.
I checked out Freud by Corinne Maier and Anne Simon, published by No Brow. Very interesting non-fiction graphic novel about the infamous Sigmund Freud.
Also reviewed Out of Hollow Water by Anna Bongiovanni last week. A definite staple in 2D Cloud’s catalogue and an impressive graphic novel overall. Strong female undertones and gripping, dark, intellectual storytelling. One of the best surprises of the year.
In celebration of Alan Moore’s 60th birthday, Sequential has released Gary Millidge’s Alan Moore: An Extraordinary Gentleman for free, via digital download on iTunes. If you have an iPad, this is a must-have. They’ve also cut prices on some of Moore’s titles: From Hell is $3.99 from the publisher, while The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century and Nemo: Heart of Iceare priced at $2.99 each.
ComicsAlliance posted on Oily’s subscription service as part of their Holiday Gift Guide. I wholesomely agree. Oily Comics offers a subscription service for three months and it’s a great price for great mini-comics and zines: $20 gets you 15 comics for three months, in addition to other neat things like postcards and coupons. Jump on that business.
ComicsAlliance also posted this great article explaining Kickstarter and their popularity with funding comics. This stems from the recent funding of Fantagraphics’ Kickstarter, in which they were funded $150,000 in simply one week for asking for help from readers to fund their next years’ catalogue.
Chris Mautner posted about six comics he grabbed from this weekend’s Comic Arts Brooklyn event. Worth reading about these comics worth reading.
Speaking of CAB, Tom at The Comics Reporter made this giant list compiling posts about the event in case you weren’t able to attend.
In case you missed it here on ALBOTAS, here’s a list I’ve compiled of the funniest comics I’ve had a chance to read.

Indie Comic Roundup

Been a while since I’ve been one of these. Here’s a link drop of what’s been going on in the lesser-known comics world for the past week, featuring bits from Oily Comics, Vertigo, No Brow, Koyama Press, 2D Cloud, and more.

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Indie Comic Roundup: Ignatz Nominees, Collider, Autoptic
Here’s a new weekly segment I’m going to be publishing every Monday. As some of you may already know, I own a site called Drawn Words in which I review indie comic books on a weekly (or biweekly, often) basis. I don’t cover news on the site and I don’t really have an outlet for it, so I figured I could do it here on Albotas. For you guys.
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Every week I plan on dropping a bunch of links dealing with underground, lesser-known, or smaller published comic books and graphic novels that you may or may not already heard of. I’ll be dropping links to my own reviews, other news sources, videos, free webcomics to read, and more. Hit the jump for this week’s random assortment.
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The Ignatz Award nominees have been announced for this year’s SPX. I’ve heard of almost all of them but I can’t say I’ve read a lot of them. I have heard tremendous things on most of them. Spandexless has a post that links back to all of the books and a couple of their own reviews of a few titles.
I actually did a review the other day of Michael DeForge's Very Casual, which is currently nominated for an Ignatz Award in the category of "Outstanding Anthology or Collection." I also reviewed Eat More Bikes by Nathan Bulmer that is nominated for "Promising New Talent."
Before SPX, there was Autoptic. This festival happened this weekend in Minneapolis. Comics Reporter posted this terrific round-up of different blog entries, videos, and photos of the event in case you missed out.
DC's Vertigo imprint (Not indie enough? Too bad.) released two comics that have caught my eye recently: Colliderby Simon Oliver (The Exterminators) and Robbi Rodriguez, and Trilliumby Jeff Lemire (Animal Man, Underwater Welder). 
Trillium has a phenomenal first issue. Fully utilizes the comic book medium and format as much as possible. If you can pick that up right now, I highly suggest it. It’s only $2.99.
Collider is a pretty comic, but not much has happened as of yet. If you did buy issue one though, Vertigo is changing the name. Maybe it’ll be worth a bit of cash in the future? It’s also running for $2.99 if you’re looking to jump on a new series. 
I got to take a look at a book published by Fantagraphics called New School, illustrated by Dash Shaw (review). I also read a collection called Monarch Monkey by artist Doug De Rocher (review).
Pay-what-you-want for this comic by Box Brown called Chubby Chasers. I talked about it on Drawn Words (review).
Read this excerpt from artist Ted May and his comic, New Life, taken from Men’s Feelings No. 1. There’s shit in it!
Congressman John Lewis sat on the Colbert Report to speak on his graphic novel, March: Book One, published by Top Shelf Comix. Funny, inspirational stuff.
And that’s what I’ve got for this week. If you’d like to drop any comics by me for reviewing, for me to talk about, or ANY news tips whatsoever for me to post, let me know and email me at cortez (at) albotas (dat) com or kevin (at) drawnwords (dat) com.
-@gorillashit/Kevin Cortez

Indie Comic Roundup: Ignatz Nominees, Collider, Autoptic

Here’s a new weekly segment I’m going to be publishing every Monday. As some of you may already know, I own a site called Drawn Words in which I review indie comic books on a weekly (or biweekly, often) basis. I don’t cover news on the site and I don’t really have an outlet for it, so I figured I could do it here on Albotas. For you guys.

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Every week I plan on dropping a bunch of links dealing with underground, lesser-known, or smaller published comic books and graphic novels that you may or may not already heard of. I’ll be dropping links to my own reviews, other news sources, videos, free webcomics to read, and more. Hit the jump for this week’s random assortment.

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Telltale Games Gives &#8216;Fables' The 'Walking Dead' Treatment In 'The Wolf Among Us&#8217;
Based on the Fables comic book series from DC&#8217;s Vertigo imprint, The Wolf Among Us shares the same comic booky graphic style as The Walking Dead games, but we won&#8217;t know what the gameplay will be like until it&#8217;s fully revealed at PAX Prime on September 2nd.
Synopsis:

Set prior to the events seen in the first issue of the FABLES comic book series, The Wolf Among Us puts players in the role of Bigby Wolf, a man once more infamously known as The Big Bad Wolf.  Now the sheriff of a hidden community in New York City, exiled from the land of fairy tales, Bigby is tasked by the bureaucratSnow White to keep order within a society of mythical creatures and characters trying to remain undetected in the world of the mundane.  From a chain-smoking member of &#8216;The Three Little Pigs,&#8217; to a car-stealing Mr. Toad itching for his next wild ride, The Wolf Among Us examines the lives of beings straight from the pages of myth and lore, now trying to survive on the meanest and most run-down streets of New York City.

Trailer:

Telltale Games Gives ‘Fables' The 'Walking Dead' Treatment In 'The Wolf Among Us

Based on the Fables comic book series from DC’s Vertigo imprint, The Wolf Among Us shares the same comic booky graphic style as The Walking Dead games, but we won’t know what the gameplay will be like until it’s fully revealed at PAX Prime on September 2nd.

Synopsis:

Set prior to the events seen in the first issue of the FABLES comic book series, The Wolf Among Us puts players in the role of Bigby Wolf, a man once more infamously known as The Big Bad Wolf.  Now the sheriff of a hidden community in New York City, exiled from the land of fairy tales, Bigby is tasked by the bureaucratSnow White to keep order within a society of mythical creatures and characters trying to remain undetected in the world of the mundane.  From a chain-smoking member of ‘The Three Little Pigs,’ to a car-stealing Mr. Toad itching for his next wild ride, The Wolf Among Us examines the lives of beings straight from the pages of myth and lore, now trying to survive on the meanest and most run-down streets of New York City.

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&#8220;Dr. Manhattan" by Bill Sienkiewicz

Dr. Manhattan" by Bill Sienkiewicz

Weekend To-Do List:

  1. Listen: Heccra. This band is fucking incredible. It’s got the best aspects of what I’m currently into, genre and instrumentation wise (punk, synth shit, hardcore, anything remotely similar to Math the Band), and it’s molded together with high energy and crazy noise. The band is actually just one dude, so mega talent was involved for this project. Highly recommend checking out The Last Weekend of Summer EP on Bandcamp. Best of all: It’s free to download (or name your price). 
  2. Read: Sweet Tooth by Jeff Lemire. I’m three trade paperback volumes into this story and I’ve got only two left to finish the entire series. Comic book genius, Jeff Lemire, finished this series for DC’s Vertigo imprint in January of this year so it’s now my duty to finish reading them, as I’ve no excuse not to, especially since I own all the trades in the collection. I tried explaining the story on our Hangout earlier this week, but failed. I can’t really say much about it without spoiling a lot of the mystery behind it all, but it revolves around a boy named Gus who has deer-like features and is kidnapped by some man. And stuff happens, etc., comic book magic.
  3. Play: Gears of WarNot 2. Not 3. The first. In case you didn’t catch our awesome Hangout session the other night, or simply refuse to watch it: Marc, Robby, Jon, and I made a pact to finish one game a week on this current gen before the next generation consoles launch. Well, I own the entire Gears of War series and I have never played any of them. I don’t wanna be the loser to break this pact, so I’m going to jump right into the first part of the trilogy this weekend. Hoping it doesn’t feel too dated…
  4. Watch: Attack on Titan. I don’t usually enjoy manga or anime, but Robby talked it up and I keep seeing images from the show pop up on my newsfeeds every webpage I visit. This show is about some town that has huge ass walls and gets attacked by titans that have broken into said huge ass walls. You know, anime shit. I’m jumping into this first thing tomorrow morning.
  5. Don’t cheat on my diet so I can continue to get bitches lose weight.

Peace ya’ll, have a good weekend.

Kevin Cortez/gorillashit

Things I Bought at Tampa Bay Comic Con

I had fun bragging and showing off cool stuff I bought last month at MegaCon, so I’ve decided to post all my purchases from this weekend’s Tampa Bay Comic Con for all to see. I’m pretty lucky to live in Florida where a con literally happens twice a month, so expect more bragging posts in the future. Like last time, I’ll explain how much I spent on the item, how much they run for, and if I saved any cash buying the items at a convention rather than the Internet or Amazon.

Top photo, Volumes 1-3 of Tank Girl: This was a really neat find. Those of you who are really into Gorillaz should already know what this is about. Tank Girl is a comic book series started by Jaime Hewlett (illustrator and co-creator of the Gorillaz) and Alan Martin (writer), revolving around an outlaw girl who drives a tank (obviously) and dates a mutant kangaroo. Sick stuff, great art, and for the mature. The second and third trades run at roughly $10 new on Amazon, while the first trade is around $30 new on Amazon. I got each of these trades for a lousy $2 each. I spent $6 in total for these in almost near mint condition! They were even bagged and boarded.

Second and third rows of photos, Iron Man 1963 Fine Pewter Original Statue: I honestly don’t understand how I got this little pewter statue for so fucking cheap, but I paid $5 for it from some guy with a table of just over nine different busts. The picture’s a little blurry due to my camera lens not being able to focus on the background comic of the bust, but it’s the issue of Tales of Suspense which Iron Man originated from as the backdrop. This tiny statue is under seven inches, came with a certificate of authenticity, and is running for $75 new on Amazon, with sellers asking for $50. Maybe the dude I bought it from had it for a while and it’s brought him bad luck or something, but I’m glad I picked this little guy up.

Forth row photo, Heavy 3PO: The Coleman Chronicles of Scud the Disposable Assassin: I read about this comic book last month and bought it this weekend because of that reason. I have no fucking recollection of why I was actually looking into this comic book in the first place, but this trade was only $4. The writer, Rob Schrab, apparently also directed all seasons of The Sarah Silverman Program, as well as directing a couple of episodes of Parks and Recreation, Children’s Hospital, and Community. According to Wikipedia: “The protagonist of the series is Scud, an average Heart Breaker Series 1373 model assassin. On his first mission, he is sent to kill Jeff, a rampaging female mutant with mousetraps for hands, an electrical plug for a head, and a squid for a belt.” This is probably why I was subliminally interested in the series in the first place…

Fifth row, comic books: I mean, no shit, right? I went to MegaCon this year to find comic books and I didn’t get anything I was really hoping to grab. At a small comic convention in Tampa though, I managed to grab various issues of Sandman, Swamp Thing, Lone Wolf and Cub, Human Target, Hellblazer, and some comic book by Alan Moore called Skizz. I grabbed over 50 issues of these various titles, with at least 20 of them being Swamp Thing issues from Vertigo, and another 20 being Sandman issues. I spent less than $50. I don’t really have to explain how good of a deal this is — the beautiful cover art of Sandman and Swamp Thing alone are worth $3 an issue, in my opinion.  I’m framing some of these this week and throwing them up on my wall.

So yeah, add a price of $15 admission to the actual convention and I think I spent around $90 tops for one day at the con. Not bad with what I grabbed.

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Dr. Who x Vertigo Print
This awesome &#8220;Vertigo Who,&#8221; print was created by artist duo, Crowsmack, for sale on their Etsy shop &#8221;Awesome Stuff for Geek Parents and their Nerd Offspring.&#8221; The poster is inspired by Alfred Hitchock's Veritgo film poster.
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Dr. Who x Vertigo Print

This awesome “Vertigo Who,” print was created by artist duo, Crowsmack, for sale on their Etsy shop ”Awesome Stuff for Geek Parents and their Nerd Offspring.” The poster is inspired by Alfred Hitchock's Veritgo film poster.

Check it: More Doctor Who on Albotas
Buy it: Doctor Who TARDIS Mug
Death&#8217;s Trophy Wall
Commissioned sketch by Sam Kieth.

Death’s Trophy Wall

Commissioned sketch by Sam Kieth.

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A Little Bit On The Fables Side: Adam Hughes cover for Fairest, the upcoming Fables spinoff focusing on the origins of the various female characters in the series. It comes out in March.
(Via Multiversity Comics)

A Little Bit On The Fables Side: Adam Hughes cover for Fairest, the upcoming Fables spinoff focusing on the origins of the various female characters in the series. It comes out in March.

(Via Multiversity Comics)

Le Cat Noir

Rafael Albuquerque took some time from his drawing duties on Vertigo’s American Vampire to create this Catwoman-infused version of a poster for Le Chat Noir.

(Source: rafaelalbuquerqueart.deviantart.com)

The Death of&#8230;
Fables #105 goes on sale this week and it&#8217;s a throwdown between Bigby Wolf and his father, the North Wind. Much like the rest of Joao Ruas's covers for the &#8220;Super Team&#8221; story arc, this is an homage to a previous iconic comic book moment. In this case, Snow White and Bigby mimic the Lois and Superman cover for The Death of Superman trade paperback.
[Via Graphic Content]

The Death of…

Fables #105 goes on sale this week and it’s a throwdown between Bigby Wolf and his father, the North Wind. Much like the rest of Joao Ruas's covers for the “Super Team” story arc, this is an homage to a previous iconic comic book moment. In this case, Snow White and Bigby mimic the Lois and Superman cover for The Death of Superman trade paperback.

[Via Graphic Content]

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