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Book Review: Kennel Block Blues

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Publisher: Boom Studios

Writer: Ryan Ferrier

Art: Daniel Bayliss

Color: Adam Metcalfe

Letterer: Colin Bell

So what would you do if you were picked up and dragged to the big house. In this case the big house is the Jackson State Kennel. Yeah that is right, Kennel. You have to be a dog or cat. Well in this new book from writer Ryan Ferrier (Dav3) and artist Daniel Bayliss (Translucid) we get to see that through the eyes of Oliver. Oliver is a pup and he has been picked up and sent to the pound. Along with other inmates that are waiting their turns at the getting the big sleep

kennel_block_blues_001_press-6Folks I have to say that this is one interesting look at a world as an animal would see it. A musical prison drama with a mix of humor. Oliver you see has a hard time adjusting to life in the big house. To cope with this Oliver likes to break out in song and dance. The world then becomes a world of 1930 cartoons where everyone is happy and singing. At first I thought Oliver maybe tripping here but no just his way of making some good out of a bad situation.

I have been a fan of Ryan Ferrier work since I first found Dav3 and I have to say his writing styling is some of the most enjoyable I have read. The dialogue bounces back and forth between reality and the happy cartoon sing-a-long.

The art work of Daniel Bayliss and color by Adam Metcalfe slide easily between the hard reality of life in prison to the cartoon styles of 1930 Walt Disney or Fleischer Studios. I love the mix of styles.

If you like prison dramas with sing and dance numbers and old cartoons then Kennel Block Blues is the book you want to read.

So in the end I give Kennel Block Blues #1 4.5 pops out of 5

Remember comics are to be enjoyed. Not destroyed.


Book Review: The Last Contract #1

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Publisher: Boom Studios

Written/lettered by Ed Brisson

Illustrated by Lisandro Estherren

The book is from Boom Studios and is issue 1 of 4

Book one takes place in Canada from British Colombia to Manitoba to Toronto. Marley is protagonist of our story. An old man living quite live in Cumberland British Colombia. Spending is time having coffee at the local diner and with his old dog at home. Peace and quite don’t last long as when later at home Marley find an intruder sent in to kill him. At this point we find out that Marley had a pass and it was not a nice one.

4978498-3+lastcontract_001_preview2_03Marley integrates the guy to find out who. Like most people up in their later years, complains when it comes to torturing the punk for info that their pussies compared to the old days.

Marley does not care much for having a hit on him so his off to Toronto to find out who and why there is a hit on him.

So there I will leave it. Don’t want to give it all away.

It is nice to see a story set in the seeding under ground of Canadian crime. This is not the first time that the story of a retired hit man has been used. But it is fun to read and see the writers take on the retired hitman so for me it is not boring. Like the book ‘Father’s Day’ this book revolves around why someone wants the protagonist killed.

Ed Brisson dialogue is not great or outstanding it does it job as getting me interested in the books to come. The dialogue is not deep but really should it be in a gangster book. Until the rest of the books come out we will not really know how deep the story is. But it does want me to find out more about Marty.

The art work by Lisandro Estherrren is well suited for the story. Looking like a well constructed doodle lines and the dark colors helps the reader know this is not a happy story.

This is a short series so it is not a deep investment but if you love revenge crime stories check out this book.

So in the end I give The Last Contract #1, 3 out of 5.

Remember comics are to be enjoyed. Not destroyed.


Imagine Agents Optioned by Fox For Micheal Keaton

PicMonkey-CollageImagineThe Hollywood Reporter published a story today stating that Fox has just closed the rights to adapt Boom Studies comic, Imagine Agents for a feature film. The movie will star Micheal Keaton.

Imagine Agents is a book created by Brain Jones and artist Bachan. The Men in Black fashion story involves an agency, I.M.A.G.I.N.E.  that tackles children’s imaginary friends when they are no longer wanted. Some of these imaginary friends can not handle rejection by some children and go rouge.

I have read the books and I can see this book being adapted to fit Micheal Keaton.  Keaton is the type of actor that could really pull of the type of interaction with these imaginary creatures.

The movie will be produced by Keaton. Producing along with Keaton are Michael Sugar of Anonymous Content and Ross Richie of Boom! Boom!’s Stephen Christy will exec produce with Anonymous Content’s Eli Selden and Doug Wald.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

The Changing Role of Woman In Comics

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In a recent article by Sam LeBas (@comicsonice) and Will Brooker (@willbrooker) about the sexism in comics at Talking Comics.  The article  talks about how sexism is still present and woman still have to struggle for their place in the comics industry. But with the percentage of woman readers hitting a high of 46.67% according to Market research more and more woman are enjoying comics.  Also with superhero and comic properties showing up all over the place from movies, TV, clothing and video games and trying to capture a larger audience. Woman will becoming more and more interested in the world of comics may decide to enter the comic book world.

The is a really great article and if you feel the same way as I do. That no matter the sex of the writer and/or artist it is a good story and art the a real comic fan wants. Not who rights or draws the book.

Please go over to Talking Comics and have a read.

Source: Talking Comics

Comic Review: Fairy Quest Outcasts

FQ-Outcasts01Fairy Quest Outcasts #1

Story: Paul Jenkins

Art: Humberto Ramos

Color: Leonardo Olea

Lettering: Jim Campbell

Welcome to another adaption of the Grimm Fairy Tale world.  This time around the characters are not playing around by the rules set up by Mister Grimm. Characters created by Mister Grimm are now showing free will and rewriting stories. This is not to be permitted and Grimm sets out to stop the discontents with the use of the Think Police.

The leader and main focus of the hunt is a little girl in a red hood and a big black wolf. Now if I have to tell you who these two are then dam brother get out and read some other books. Red and wolf are trying to get to get to see the Map Maker. Now I am not sure the reason that Red and Woofy need to see the Map Maker. Then again I do miss things. But after running into Punzel. A girl that has been in a tower to long and like most people that have been locked away to long, has lost a few cookies from the cookie jar. Also our heroes meet a lovable troll and have to bribe him to let them across a bridge.

Fairy Quest Outcast is a 2 book series that is fun to read. Writer Paul Jenkins takes a different twist with some of the better known characters. Told to a young child by his mother at bed time, Jenkins uses what to me is a mother board with telling the same old story and giving it a little twist. There is humor and action both well done by Paul Jenkins.

The art work of Humberto Ramos(The Spectacular Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man) is animated with aspects of Anime. It reminds me of art found in a child’s book but with more flare. Large hands, big eye and looking like the body is not in right. Disney drawings but without the big mouse looking over his shoulder. The coloring and lettering also done well by Lenardo Olea and Jim Campbell respectively.FairyGoofy

So in the end boy and girls I like this book and look forward to book 2

I give Fairy Quest Outcast 4 out of 5 pops

Remember comics are to be enjoyed. Not destroyed.


John G M Burke



goldbooks So Free Comic Book Day has come and passed. Did you go out and get your free books? Did you spend some extra cash at your local store and help keep them open and bringing you great books every week. All over the world, well the ones with comic book shop celebrated the joy and fun of comics. My local shop was packed with people coming to take advantage of the free books and picking up back issues up to 50% off cover price. Variant covers were also 50% off so if your thing was variant covers then you could get some great deals. The other great thing was seeing family’s coming to the store and sharing the fun of getting some comic books. 2014-05-03 11.34.20As you can see from my photos and crappy ones at the things were going great.2014-05-03 11.33.17

Overall Free Comic Book Day was a great success and with my retailer keeping the sales on all week I should be able to get some more books later in the week. Man, my pile of books is getting way to big. I have to find some time to catch up.

Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo 2014

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Well another year has come and gone and this years Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo 2014 was bigger, longer and packed with more media guest from TV and film. More artist, writers, creators from some of your favorite comics, web series and authors. Also a large group of independent comic book creators and artist. The venue also keeps expanding with a large tented area to hold more panels and events. Also there is a good chance you have to battle some weather conditions. This year a small snow storm. Hey that is spring in Alberta.  I spent the weekend walking the floor, seeing panels and talking to comic creators. Each year the amount of cosplayers continue to grow both with the amount of people coming out dressed up and creating amazing costumes. IMG_0801In the coming weeks I will be posting some the great work created by some really artistic people. Every aspect of the pop culture was represented at the show. Not only were your regular cosplayer making the rounds. Young and old came out to show their love for everything that revolves around the geek culture. IMG_0797Attending this year was three of the top cosplayer out there today. Lindsay Elyse, Monika Lee, Jessica Nigri. I got my picture with Monika Lee and I have to say is pleasant, fun and made everyone that came to see her feel very comfortable.

Among the media attending were Sean Astin(Lord of the Rings, Goonies, TMNT), Michael Beihn(Terminator, 24, The Rock), Bruce Campbell(Evil Dead, Burn Notice), Bill Paxton(Aliens, Agents of Shield, Big Love), Sigourney Weaver(Alien, Aliens, Avatar), Matt Smith(Doctor Who,Clone) and Karen Gillan(Doctor Who,Oculus,Guardians of the Galaxy. So many more to list but to find out more head over to my podcast, The Pop Culture Cafe’s Podcast.

From the world of comics J. Scott Campbell, Nick Bradshaw, Terry Dodson, Keven Eastman, Ray Fawkes, Mark McKenna. Again the show had many of the top name in comics both artists and writers. I had the pleasure of talking to Pat Shand from Zenescope Comics about the world of Grimm Fairy Tales and creating strong female leads. I had a great conversation with George Wassil about Oh Hell. George was excited about the world he help created and I am happy to help him spread the word. Go by and check out Kickstarter and help out if you love independent creators. Oh-Hell-1_CI had a small chat with Nick Bradshaw and what do two Canadian boys talk about first, not comics but the amount of snow each side of the country gets the most. Eh!

The Calgary Expo once again put on another great show. This is my 3rd year I have gone and the show gets bigger and better. Better organize and each day you can see how the people in charge make changes to make it run smoother. The volunteers deserve a great deal of thanks. These people spend long days making it pleasurable for us all. I did unfortunately see one poor girl getting harassed at our wait to get into the Doctor Who panel. I finally had to go over and tell the guy to leave her alone and if he wanted to complain go to the higher ups. That incident pissed me off. But overall the general public were great.

So much to see and do. That is the catch at such a big con, so much to see and no time to see it all. In my option that makes a great con. I took in the Greg Rucka panel that was such a great experience on writing not just for comics but anything at all. The Doctor Who panel was the high light of the whole con for me and the Corral was packed with some many coming to see their Doctor.

Finally two things that really made this years Calgary Expo really stand out. The first was talking to a guy from Calgary, I am from Edmonton and the two cities have a great and long rivalry. But for use it was just two guys that love the world of comics. The memories of our youth and the memories that were created because of that medium. The days of the old musky smell of the books. The simple joy of those books long ago and the chance to share that joy with someone like yourself, no matter where they come form.

The last and most important for me. I found a book that help create my love of comic books, Sci-Fi, and the world of fantasy. When I was a young fellow the book that I read again and again. That sparked my imagination, my love of art and my youthful dreams of living among the stars, Star-Lord by John Byrne, Terry Austin and Chris Claremont. I almost passed by this book. But I had to have it in what ever condition. I asked the seller if I could open it and take a look and he agreed. Opening the first page brought me back to happier times and smell of those old pages made my problems of my world disappear. Once again it was me and Star-Lord flying around the universe. Seeing that book again help me capture a very special and happier time for me.

So, Calgary Expo. Thank you. You help this old man feel like a young kid again.

Great show.