Review: HIT 1957, A Good Year For California Wine and Crime

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Bryce Carlson writes a story for California history buffs. You’ll see a lot of seediness, which marred an influential period in the economic and social development of Los Angeles. In a book like this you won’t always be able to tell the good guys from the bad, and that’s the mark of any good noir.

Review: strange things are afoot in Bill and Ted’s Triumphant Return

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I wanted to like Bill and Ted’s Most Triumphant Return #1. And for the most part, I did. It’s got View Askew Productions veteran Brian Lynch on writing duties, who has done solid work for IDW’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer series spin-off Spike: Asylum. It’s got the art of Jerry Gaylord, who has lovingly personified other franchises like TMNT and Adventure Time. Yet while Bill and Ted were very much themselves, they also seemed to lose a little something in the translation.

Ross Richie Wants to Push #ComicsForward (so I’m giving some direction)

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Last month, via the BOOM! Studios PR mailing list, I received a letter, containing a copy of a guest editorial by Ross Richie, CEO and founder. You can read it here.  Go ahead… I’ll wait. Here’s his reason for doing this: We know where we’ve been—our favorite eras, our favorite characters, our favorite runs. We already know […]

Review: Big Con Job is a dark, meta, fandomy heist: and I can’t look away

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Palmiotti and Brady have created a group of characters instantly familiar to fans of comic books, science fiction and fantasy in general: aging TV stars wearily working the convention circuit to earn their daily bread. There’s the buxom, Princess Leia-like love interest to the pulpy, Captain Kirk-ish Buck Blaster in the aptly-named series ‘Treck Wars’. The pair look out into a sparse audience that has turned on them

Review: Punk rock and questionable choices are the ties that bind in Curb Stomp #1

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The time period of Boom Studio’s limited series Curb Stomp is somewhat tough to pin down. The clothing styles vacillate from the 50s through the 70s, which of course form the template for the hot styles of today. The convenience stores have a modern look, as does the one television set I spotted (there’s nary a cell phone or a computer to be found). At least for now, it doesn’t really matter: Curb Stomp traffics in a genre defined by the pulp novels and exploitation films of those aforementioned eras, so it makes sense that the look of it is something of a review of these periods.

Review: Real Life Lessons from Help Us! Great Warrior

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The gripping tale of a veritable lima bean with legs that caused at least one reader to exclaim, “NOW HERE IS A REAL WOMAN!”

Review: Cluster #1 War is Hell on Celebrities

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Given the rash of criminal activity celebrities get away with dominating headlines today, Cluster feels like a timely commentary on current events. Ed Brisson’s story follows the semi-celebrity daughter of a politician, Samara Simmons.

Ten Moments in Boom! Studios History

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BOOM! Studios celebrates 10 years of publishing comics, and to commemorate this milestone, the publisher has assembled what it considers to be its top 10 moments of the past decade—all highlights that contributed significantly to the company’s founding, rise, and continued growth. It reads as a chronological time line of the publishers history.

Review: Burning Fields Burns This Mother Down

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Burning Fields is an analog combination of old school horror like The Thing in combination with the geopolitical drama of a Zero Dark Thirty. Where it plants its feet and sets itself apart is in the perpetual insecurity these pages bring and that is far from a bad thing.

Madeleine Flores’ Help Us! Great Warrior coming from Boom Box!

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Boom!’s creator-driven Boom ox line is expanding next month with Help Us! Great Warrior from Madeline Flores. It’s based on her webcomic and follows a Great Warrior who keeps her village safe., and the appeal to the crowd that likes Lumberjanes is obvious. Covers and variants: Help Us! Great Warrior #1 Main Cover by Madeleine Flores Help Us! […]

Review: Friends with and without feathers flock together in Feathers #1

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Writer/Artist/Creator Jorge Corona gives us a lot to chew on in issue one of his new series Feathers: there’s a disembodied duo who appear only in voice over; a gleaming white-walled citadel surrounded by poorer districts and a class system to match; a faceless, whistling villain who preys on children and never forgets his muffler; and, of course, a little boy covered in the feathers that gives the book it’s name.

Let’s get dangerous: Darkwing Duck writing credit kerfuffle

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This thing is going on with a new publisher called Joe Books, and the credits on Boom! Studio’s long ago (2010) Darkwing Duck series. Yes. The Outhouse has a succinct round-up but as best as I can make out, here’s what happened:

Boom! Studios celebrates 10 years with variant covers

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Boom! Studios is turning 10 in 2015, as we mentioned the other day. And Publisher Ross Richie has every right to make a victory lap—he;s stayed lean and smart, put out some good yarns, picked up some game-changing licenses such as Adventure Time, and even made a pretty good movie (Two Guns.) The 10th anniversary hoopla will be marked by special variant covers. Every new launch will have a special variant “10 Years” cover … but perhaps it’s best if I quote the press release to explain what is going on, because it’s a little complicated. But I’m sure the covers will look very nice.

Boom!’s Humble Bundle has a few hours to go

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These comics-based Humble Bundle’s continue to do very well. a Boom! bundle is wrapping up a few hours from when you read this already having raised more than $242,898.07 with 23,784 purchases. Charity proceeds benefit the CBLDF. Hurry up and you can still get all the following:

Boom! conspirator revealed as Jordan and Kristantina’s DEEP STATE

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Remember that Boom! Studios conspiracy book we were teasing last week? The cpinsorators have been revealed: Writer Justin Jordan and artist Ariela Kristantina (Death of Wolverine) will unveil DEEP STATE in NOvember. According to pr, it’s about John Harrow, a man who works for the U.S. government to ensure the nation’s secrets stay that way—secret. In the first story arc, […]

Boom! announces Jake Lawrence’s Teen Dog

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A Little Teen Boat and a little Matt Furie (Boy’s club) and you have the new Boom! Box series Teen Dog but webcomicker Jake Lawrence of Time Cowboy note. It’s got teens. it’s got dogs. It’s got legs. TEEN DOG #1 Retailer Incentive Cover (1 in 15) by Jen Lee Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios is […]