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Comic Review: Saga Volume 1

Saga Volume 1

Written by Brian K. Vaughan

Artist Fiona Staples

Lettering & Design Fonografiks




If you have a social media account then you have probably seen a post or two about Brian K. Vaughan’s book Saga. Over the past few years, I’ve seen the hype but never took the time to read it. Recently, I picked up volume 1 in trade paperback. This book consists of the first six issues. Let me tell you I’m so glad I started reading this book.

Saga is a space version of Romeo and Juliet with many twists. Two soldiers from opposite sides of an interstellar war (Alana and Marko) fall in love, they risk everything after the birth of their daughter, Hazel. Throughout the story they are continually being hunted. The world Brain K. Vaughan has created is simultaneously laughable, wild and emotionally grounded.

One of the main elements I enjoy in this book are the characters. There is a Royal family constructed of humanistic robots with TVs for heads, babysitting ghost, and a lying cat ( a giant cat that serves as a lie detector) and so many more.
The art in this book by Fiona Staples is brilliantly breathtaking. The panels flow so smoothly complementing Vaughan’s writing. Brilliant colors are found throughout this book, as well.
One thing I should mention is this book is not for children. It’s an adult graphic novel. If you can handle a lot of adult topics ( explicit sexual scenes, violence, and language) then I say, pick up this book you will not be disappointed!

By  Fred Etten

Standing In Line For Todd McFarlane Autograph

Note: I had plan on releasing this as soon I returned home for the Calgary Expo. Well that was the plan but I got hit by the con bug and was out for few days. Well better late then never.

So it is day two of the Calgary Expo and my son and I got in to The Big Four building so he could get a hologram print, which he never bought.  So I thought WTF why not get in line to get a couple books signed. Todd was schedule to be signing  from 1pm to 7pm. Yeah that is a large amount of time set aside for signing.


Time was passing and the line, well the line I was in hardly moved. Now before you think I am bitching i am not. Todd was spending time with each person coming to get his autograph. It may only a few minutes but nevertheless he was taking the time to meet his fans.

I got Stan Lee autograph last year. The line was larger and his time was short but man they scuffled you through. It may have been because they were worried he may bite the dust at any minute. He didn’t folks.

Though some folks are annoyed I have not seen any leave. That is all because of the fact that it is Todd McFarlane and this maybe some folks only chance to see him. I am one of those few.

A big thanks to Todd for spending his time meeting his fans.

Oh I have no plan on selling my signed copies. They are for my personal viewing. Well until I die and then the books will go to my son or daughter.  After that??????

P.S. I waited 3 hrs to get these two books signed.  Worth it.

2015 Edmonton Expo Day One

Well another Edmonton Expo has come and gone but it will not be forgotten. I have been going since the first one happen 4 years ago.


Boy has it grown.

The first year with a attendance of a estimated of 14,000 to this years estimated number of 50,000 the show has grown big time. Each year the organizers have meet the demand for the increase crowd. I have also noticed the tweaks that have been made from year to year. Nothing drastic but you can see that they are trying to improve the flow of the crowd. I always go for the full weekend. The one nice thing about having it at the Edmonton Expo center is that everything is located in one building. I love the Calgary Expo but Calgary has grow so big that they have to use every building around to accommodate all the panels and exhibitors. There are times that you miss stuff because of running from building to building.


I do like getting there early. Friday was quite at first so my son and I had plenty of room to walk and explore. Now if I was a smart I would of done some of my podcast interviews then. But not being smart and shy I didn’t. Stupid me.

As the day progressed the convention started to fill up. The best thing about that was the amount of amazing Cosplayers that started to show up. It is really amazing to see some of the outstanding work done by some of these people.  The only panel that my son and I took in that day was ‘Image Comics – The Local Connection’. That was interesting because one of the guest on the panel, Kurtis Wiebe was not from Edmonton. He was just told to come along. Kurtis thought is was because he lumped in a section set aside with group of local Image creators/writers/artist.  It didn’t matter to the crowd there to see the panel.20150925_164901-1

Friday was a good day to get things rolling for the next couple of days. A geek/nerd fest that for the next few days everyone just gets to play and have fun.

Image Comics 2015 Annoucements

This week at the 2015 Image Comics Expo announced their upcoming line up for this years comic releases. Image the leader(in my opinion) creator own comics has numerous comics rolling out. Writers and artists such as Scott Snyder (WYTCHES, Batman) and artist Jeff Lemire (Trillium, Sweet Tooth). Skottie Young (Fortunately, the Milk, Rocket Raccoon, Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz) and Jean-Francois Beaulieu (Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz). Writer Kieron Gillen (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, Young Avengers) and artist Jamie McKelvie (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, Young Avengers). Many more of the top writers and artists in the world of comics.

Image has become a leader in helping creators get their work out  and into the hands of comic book fans. Success like  The Walking Dead, Saga, Invincible, Spawn and Rat Queens have showed the company’s wiliness to take a chance on books and their creators.  DC and Marvel are still the top dogs in the industry but for original ideas you can not go wrong with a Image book.

Some of the titles coming in 2015 are AD: After Death, Black Road, I Hate Fairyland, Heaven, Island & 8House and many more. Follow the link, Image Comics to see a complete list of the comics.

The Field

field_1Publisher: Image Comics

Writer and Letterer: Ed Brisson

Art by: Simon Roy

Colorist: Simon Gough

You wake up in the middle of a field in your underwear. You have no idea where you are and your only connection to outside world is a cell phone. That phone you have is sending you mysterious texts warning you of dangers to come. Dangers like a crazy bible sales man telling you to get into his car, getting high on cocaine and killing people in a diner. Fun times.

The Field is a 4 part series from Ed Brisson and Simon Ray and part 1 is a “what the hell is going on” start to a what looks like a entertaining book. Our hero has no idea who he is and want the hell is going on. Told not to get into a car from a text from a cell phone. Of course once the car shows up and the driver holds to him, our hero gets in. In book one we get to meet Christian a ex bible sales man and you can tell right from the start that Christian is not all there. Christian is unstable enough to kill about of people in diner for no real reason. Also this is not the first time he has done it.

Ed Brisson has created a very interesting book here. The more you read the book you become more interested in who the main character is. As done in many other stories with the main character has amnesia it is the characters around him to fill in the rest of the story.

Field-Classic-Rock-ChristianSimon Roy has a very interesting still that has a feel of underground art. It looks like a bunch of pencil scratches brought together by color and ink. It is a different look but works well.

Again Image has brought us a short story arc that with the chance of a continuing series if the book sells well.

So in the end I recommend that you go out and take a chance on this book.

I give this book 3 1/2 pops out of 5

Remember comics are to be enjoyed. Not destroyed.



Apocalypse AI: Review

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Publisher: Image Comics

Writer: J. Michael Straczynski

Art: Sid Kotian

Color: Bill Farmer

Lettering: Troy Peteri

Alison Carter is a private dick or if you like a private detective even though dick seems to fit better. Alison has taken up the family business. The family business is saving the world from the constant threat of the world ending. Using guns, magic and a smart ass attitude to help her do her job.

We are introduced to Alison on one of her normal jobs, stopping a crazy from using a eater of worlds.  Using the seal of Balthasar to awake a world eater the crazy can use the seal to control the creature. Well Alison simply shoots the seal destroying it. Once the seal is destroyed the crazy loses control of the world eater and being pissed because it has been waken, eats the crazy. Done with snack time, the world eater goes back to sleep. You see the world eater comes out only when the end of the world actually happens, not before. So with a single shot problem solved.

ApocalypseAl-01-pg2So in those few pages you get a idea of Alison Carter and what her job details. Dealing with a world filled with monsters, demons, trolls, zombie detectives and just the crazies that inhabit this odd world.

J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5, Twilight Zone,the Saturn Award, SFWA’s Ray Bradbury Award) has created a mystical world where the human race and magically world live together. In most cases I say not very well. I am reminded of Buffy when reading this except of a stake, it is a gun. Does Alison hid something behind all the smart ass remakes or could it be for a change this is just who she is. I like her character, a woman of strength and seems like a person that actually likes her job, maybe? Alison next job may be here biggest and I am not telling you who it is, get the dam book and find out.

The one thing you will notice is that there a 30 pages of story here without any ads. I did not notice until the end because I was having a great time reading this story.

Sid Kotian is credit with doing the line art for this book. Is that just a fancy why of say he was the artist? Well Sid does a great job and his art fits well with the story. Feeling free flowing and light as the story. At times there is a cartoonist look in one panel and in the next great detail.

So if you have not gotten out and got this book then get you ASS out there and get it. Again this is a short series which I am really beginning to enjoy more and more.

So in the end I give Apocalypse AI #1 4 1/2 pops out of 5.

John G M Burke

Twiter – The Pop Culture Cafe @JohnGMBurke

The Saviors

the-saviors-1The Saviors No. 1

Created by James Robinson & J. Bone

Written by James Robinson

Art by J. Bone

James Robinson(Batman:Legends of the Dark Knight, Detective Comics,Starman) and J. Bone(Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Super Friends) have come together to make a very interesting book. The setting for is a small town called Passburg somewhere is the U.S. Our hero, Tomas works in what is the only gas station in town. Spending his days pumping gas and getting high and his nights at the local watering hole. The story is set in modern America but the book has the feel and look of a 1950’s space monster flick shown at the local Drive Inn. Tomas is just living life until by accident or from being high, see’s that the local sheriff and General of the nearby Air Force base and not what they appear to be.

Not sure what he saw Tomas heads to his best friends junk yard to tell him of what he saw. Tomas is told by Frank, Tomas best friend that maybe he needs to lay off the booze and pot for a while. Tomas take Frank’s advice and decides to relax. The sheriff shows up just as Tomas decides to leave and that is when all the action starts.

James Robinson does a great job of giving this book a feel of a B monster movie. Using the town stoner that no one would believe and turning him into the hero of the piece. The writing is easy to read and gives you what you need to know without all the tech talk that would come with other books. In one quick moment town stoner has his reason to fight against the alien invasion.

J. Bone art style fits in perfectly with the story and is the main reason for that feel of a 50’s monster movie. Blocky at times and  yet awesome also J. Bone lack of detail in other areas also stands. Stands out in a way that bring you in deeper into the story.  The book being done in black and white also helps in the tone and style.

I have to say I really enjoyed this book and plan on picking up more of the series.

So I do recommend getting this book.

I give it 4 pops out of 5

Remember comics are to be enjoyed. Not destroyed.