A few days ago Pat Shand launched a Kickstarter page for “Destiny, NY: Volume Two. “Destiny, NY” is the next chapter in the life of Logan McBride. But why should I tell you about it when a lovely press release was sent to me….so let me share.
Destiny, NY is an urban fantasy about two women in love, and the way their destinies entwine as they begin to grow closer.
Set in a version of New York City where magic is a real and accepted part of life, Destiny, NY is about Logan McBride, a woman who was the subject of a prophecy when she was young. However, much like the child stars of our world, Prophecy Kids often burn out in the worst ways.
Destiny, NY follows Logan as she navigates through graduate school for Prophecy Kids while trying to find her place in a world that tells her she’s already finished.
“In my time writing professionally, I have had incredible opportunities. I have enjoyed long runs as writer on Robyn Hood and Charmed, told stories featuring my favorite Marvel superheroes in my Iron Man and Avengers novels, and even got to work on dream projects such as Joss Whedon’s Angel,” says writer/co-creator Pat Shand. “Manuel Preitano and I are passionate about the characters and the world of Destiny, NY, and we have a lot to say with this book… and we believe that Kickstarter is the right platform to bring this story directly to our readers with no middle man. This is a very personal story, so we wanted to be sure we tell it the right way.”
Shand continues: “Destiny, NY features New York City as it truly is, with a diverse cast of characters and a story that uses grounded fantasy to comment on the fast-paced nature of modern adulthood. Even though we have added an element of magic, the goal is to represent the New York that is rarely seen in fiction: the real New York, in all of its stunning variety and nuance. Logan and Lilith, our romantic leads, have a lot to say about this city, but the city has much to reveal about them as well.”
The Kickstarter campaign started on October 4th, 2016 and will end on November 2nd, 2016. It is currently 30% of its overall $20,000. Shand and Preitano are offering a host of rewards, including:
- The graphic novel itself, in both print and digital forms.
- Kickstarter exclusive art prints by Preitano, Eryk Donovan (Memetic, Constantine: The Hellblazer), Kerin Cunningham, Erica Chan, and Leonardo Colapietro.
- Hearts, a mini-comic by Pat Shand & Manuel Preitano
- An appearance in the comic.
- Art portfolio reviews by Preitano and Shand, who works as both a writer and a comic book editor.
- Script reviews for aspiring writers.
- Much more
The Kickstarter campaign is live at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/248241887/destiny-ny-a-graphic-novel
Source: Press Release
Publisher: Escape Comics
Created & Written by G. Deltres
Illustrated & Lettered by J. L. Giles
I was lucky to get a copy of Under The Flesh #1 a while back from the team of G. Deltres and J. L. Giles and I really enjoyed the book. I am happy to say that once again I was fortunate to get a copy of book #2 and thank you guys.
The guys are back on Kickstarter and looking for help to get book #2 published. This is one book that I am happy to help and give my money to.
Book #2 picks ups just after Ruben’s girlfriend, Dinah runs off after a fit of jealousy. Ruben is determined to go after her and to make sure he does not lose his machete he tapes it to his hand. Hey a smart idea if don’t need to grab things with do hands! A some what humorous moment Ruben stops to confess to a zombie priest. Forgive me father for bashing your skull in.
Along the way to find Dinah, Ruben comes across a group of zombies. They tear at his flesh but with help of the nanites in his system he heals at a amazing rate. To quote Ruben, Hooah! During his battle with the group Ruben comes to realize the this group is different. They have not turned into your normal walking dead. If you know anything of the movie, 28 Days Later then have a idea of what they have become. More crazed killing machines then zombies.
Using his machete like a Jedi Master with a light sabre, Ruben slices and dices his way thru the horde until for some reason they stop and leave. At this point we see a small group of men on a roof top, watching. What be up with that?
Once again the team of G. Deltres and J. L. Giles have crafted a good read here. You can see that Deltres is a fan of zombies in all their in carnations. You can see so many he has pulled from to created this adventure. The mix makes for a very exciting read. The art work by Giles works so well with this type of book. The art is not clean and crisp as you would see in many of the main stream books from DC and Marvel and it works oh so well here. It makes the feel of the dark and dirty world work so much better.
I there more going on in this book, hell yeah. But I would spoil it for you if I told you all of it. I recommend you find book 1 of this (hopefully) series. It is a good read and if you like it be sure to check out the Kickstarter page. You can find a link to it on the main page of this blog.
So in the end I give Under The Flesh #2 4.5 out of 5 pops.
Remember comics are to be enjoyed. Not destroyed.
Hey Poppers welcome back. This episode I have interviews with Pat Shand, writer for Zenescope. Pat and I talk about the Zenescope universe, strong female characters and Pat’s love of poutine. Also I have a conversation with George Wassil about his comic Oh, Hell. A comic I highly recommend you check out at Kickstarter. Finally I have a talk with Luke Mckay and his line of comics that he has created and his interesting style of comics. You can check out this fine creators at their twitter accounts, @PatShand, @OhHellComics and @lukmckay
Publisher: Oh, Hell Comics
Writer: George Wassil
Layouts, Pencils, Inks: Dave Hamann
Color Art: Michael Birkhofer
Lettering: Troy Peteri
Your parents have had it with you. Where do you go where you have no where else to go. Well they send you off to boarding school and that school is in Hell and there you you don’t want to fail.
Our story revolves around Zoel and she hates the world. As George Wassil told me in a interview for my podcast. When your life starts out as a dumpster baby life your pissed about life in general. Zoel adoptive parents have had it with Zoel and decide to send her off to a boarding school. A school that I believe that parents have not idea about is actually in Hell. Yeah that is right the big burning inferno below and you don’t want to fail at this school.
The action gets rolling right from the start and only slows down for only a few panels in the book. Of course you can not go to any school and have bullies and finding a new rival. Zoel rival is Alesse, a spoiled popular rich girl that has gotten everything she wants and expects to get no matte what. Zoel and Alesse have a instant hate on for it other and waste little time showing it. The other two main characters are Zipper with a seedy past and Carl the kid that looks out of place. At this academy discipline is expected and demanded and not following the rules you are gently remind, okay not gently. If a gas fog that makes your skin burn and cough up blood is gentle, then yeah. Gentle
I love this book and dam glad I picked it up. The story by George Wassil is very well done and has the feel of someone very comfortable in writing for this medium. This is a story of a girl that wants to be loved but because of the live she has been raise hides it behind anger and a tough exterior. The character dialogue is easy and simple to read. Now you may think that is a shot at the writing but it is not. It is very refreshing and a joy to read. You do not have to figure out what is going on with a bunch of unnecessary dialogue. Right from the start I felt sorry for Zoel and you can see the sadness in the writing and dialogue.
The art by Dave Hamann is great and he can really bring out the emotions of the characters. In one simple panel where Zoel and Zipper discuss the markings on his arm you can see that Zoel and Zipper have a connection. Their is a understanding that you can actually see in their faces and eyes. Well done Sir. I can not really pin point the style of Dave Hamann art but it does have the feel of a lot of the newer generation of artists out there today.
Oh, Hell is presently on Kickstarter and they are looking to raise money to help self-publish and distribute a soft cover edition of Oh, Hell Volume 1 so click the link and take a look. Drop some cash if you can.
One last thing. I have to check this out to see if George has had any thought of calling Image. This is one book that should have a shot at a larger audience and I think Image is the company to do that. Image has been having great success at helping independent writers and creators with there work. So Image take a look at this book and give a run, even a short one.
So in the end I give Oh, Hell 4 1/2 pops out of 5.
Is this a perfect book. No simple because perfection is hard to reach. But is one very well done book.
Remember comics are to be enjoyed not destroyed.
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. In 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. Attending 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. I 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.
Writer: Jason Parsons
Art: Francho Quilez
Inks,Colors and Lettering: Nekopunch
Welcome to Pandora Falls a nice little tourist town where like “Cheers” everyone knows your name. Pandora Falls is set back in the mountains and just ready for something to happen and it does.
Writer Jason Parsons does not waste time on the mystery of how this Zombie apocalypse starts. Three pages in we see a comet come crashing to earth and we know nothing goods comes from a crashing comet. I like that we don’t have to wait until later to find out the cause of the zombie outbreak. Parsons uses the book to introduce us to the cast of characters that will be fighting for their survival in Pandora.
The book is a nice easy read and not hard to follow and again I love that in my books. We are introduce to each main character with a little back story. Hopefully Parsons will also have the strength to sacrifice characters to help move the story forward. Being spoiled by “The Walking Dead” the one thing I hate and love at the same time is not know who will survive or not. Also we don’t have to wait long for the action to start. Quickly we get to see zombie infested people munching down on the poor victims. Also we a quickly are thrown into the outbreak. I got the feeling like I was reading a script for a TV series or web series and that is not a bad thing. We all types of media out there and with the short attention span of people Parsons does not waste time. The count down to is what would be the zero hour is also a nice effect.
The art work by Francho Quilez is great even though as times it look a little hard but really that is really nothing. I do love the front cover of this book with the evil looking little girl holding her stuff toy is great.
The inks, colors and lettering by Nekopunch is also good but I did wonder about some of the shading.
Over all this is a good indid book and well worth the read. The book is planned for 8 issues but presently only 2 issues are ready in what was described as Phase one of the project. If you want more info about this book go to Kickstarter.com. You can also contact Jason Parsons at @s7evendaysageek to ask about the getting the book.
So in the end I give E.L.E. Extinction Level Event 4 Pops out of 5
Remember Comics are to be enjoyed. Not destroyed.