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“Destiny, NY: Volume Two” Launches on Kickstarter

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.

New York, NY (August 29, 2017) – Space Between Entertainment is excited to announce that the second volume of flagship title DESTINY, NY has launched on Kickstarter.
 
After a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2016, Space Between Entertainment released the first volume of Destiny, NY to positive reviews. The series, which focuses on former magical girl Logan McBride attempting to live a normal life in her late twenties, was described by Comicsverse as “the perfect start to a beautiful, powerful series about two magical ladies in love” and by Word of the Nerd as “the queer magical comic of your wildest dreams.” With this second volume, writer and co-creator Pat Shand (Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers, Vampire Emmy) continues the story of Logan and her girlfriend Lilith, a troubled woman from a broken mystical crime family.
Rosi Kämpe (Extraordinary X-Men, Unknown Lands) joins Destiny, NY as the new series artist, but she isn’t alone. Space Between Entertainment has recruited a list of the industry’s top talents, along with content creators from other media who are entering into the world of comics for the first time. In addition to a 160-page story from Shand and Kämpe, there will be featured short comics by:
 
• JENNY OWEN YOUNGS (singer-songwriter, co-host of Buffering the Vampire Slayer), KRISTIN RUSSO (Everyone is Gay, co-host of Buffering the Vampire Slayer), MEGAN LEVENS (Spell on Wheels, Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
• ERICA SCHULTZ (Charmed, Hawkgirl), NATASHA ALTERICI (Heathen)
• VITA AYALA (Batman Beyond, Suicide Squad), FABIAN LELAY (Jade Street Protection Services)
• LAUREN REILLY (actress & vlogger), EVE MAE (The Westwood Witches)
• EMILY REE (Anarchy Dreamers)
• AMY SHAND (Clonsters) and LISA STERLE (Long Lost)
• BRIAN COGAN (The Encyclopedia of Punk) and Eisner-nominated artist CLAUDIA AGUIRRE (Kim & Kim)
• KATIE KUFFEL (singer/songwriter) and original series artist MANUEL PREITANO
• As well as artwork and other content by VERONICA FISH (Archie, Slam), SINA GRACE (Iceman, Self-Obsessed), TAYLOR KRULICKI (Sad Girls Guide), VANESSA CARDINALI (Clonsters), MICHELLE LOCKAMY (Infected by Art, Cred Philly), VALENTINA PINTO (Ghostbusters), and more…
  
The Kickstarter campaign launches today with a goal of $20,000. Space Between Entertainment offers a host of rewards, including:
 
• The graphic novel itself, in both print and digital forms.
• Volume One and Two, for those who missed the first campaign.
• Kickstarter exclusive art prints.
• DESTINY, NY t-shirts.
• An appearance in the comic.
• Art/script portfolio reviews by Shannon Lee and Pat Shand.
• Commissions by Manuel Preitano.
• Much more
Follow Space Between Entertainment online at @SpaceBetweenEnt on all social media platforms. 
 Source: Pat Shand, Space Between Entertainment
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“Destiny, NY,” A Graphic Novel from Robyn Hood’s Pat Shand & Manuel Preitano Launches on Kickstarter

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.

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“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.”

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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

Comic Review: Vampire Emmy and the Garbage Girl

VAMPIRE-EMMY-AND-THE-GARBAGE-GIRL_Page_1Publisher: Margins Publishing

Creative Team: Pat Shand and Roberta Ingranta

Letters: Jim Campbell

Cover Colors: Jen Hickman

 

 

 

The creative team behind the successful comic Robyn Hood from Zenescope Entertainment, Pat Shand and Roberta Ingranata have collaborated on a black and white one shot, VAMPIRE EMMY AND THE GARBAGE GIRL.

Emmy is a laid back Netflix and chill kind of Vampire. Happy to just lay back and spend her day watching TV and eating her bloody chess fries. That all changes one day when Emmy forgets to get her garbage out and meets the new garbage person. Love at first site. Except for one problem, the new garbage person is human. Maybe?

Emmy has a small problem with human relationships. They don’t last. The problem is they don’t  understand Emmy’s special needs(no garlic in the pasta) or Emmy out living them.

VAMPIRE EMMY AND THE GARAGE GIRL is a love story.  A love story between two different people but who are also the same.  Emmy and Annabelle have the same problems as any normal romance. How does one introduce one self? The award attempt of introduction. Specially  when a raccoon keeps stealing them from the garbage can.

Once again Pat Shand writing makes his books fun to read and down to earth. Pat has a way with dialogue that no matter who is talking, vampire, ghost, ghoul or were…….. it is normal and down to earth. The way people talk everyday. This story is between to woman but Pat has been able to tell their story without hitting you on the head that it is a story of two woman.  This is a story of courtship, taking those first steps and how they effect everyone. Straight, gay, black, white and even the living dead and a were ………?

Roberta Ingranata works gets better every time I see it. I have to say the choice of doing this book in black and white is the right choice. I feel that if done in color the book may have lost some of it’s appeal. The black and white really helps Roberta’s work shine.  Especially on page 11, panel 5. The sun light flaring against Annabelle’s face. Then the contrast of Emmy shinning through the shadows. Great stuff.

VAMPIRE EMMY AND THE GARBAGE GIRL will debut at Heroes Con on Friday, June 17th and be online in early June (date TBA). Readers who want to learn more about the book and get updates as launch approaches can follow along at www.marginspublishing.com. You can also pre-order if you wish to do so.

Give VAMPIRE EMMY AND THE GARBAGE GIRL a shot. You won’t regret it.

Comic Review: Hellchild #1 of 5

Screen Shot 2016-03-06 at 7.01.43 PMPublisher: Zenescope

Writer: Pat Shand

Art: Vincenzo Riccardi

Colors: Eleonora Bruni

Letters: Jim Campbell

Release Date: 3/23/16

 

Thousands of years ago, Hades, the God of the
Underworld, had a daughter named Angelica.
Because of his own foolish schemes, Angelica was
tragically killed. But present day Hades is a changed
man. In a committed relationship with vampire
hunter, Liesel Van Helsing, Hades has taken to
fighting evil. However, as a new threat rises up in
New York City, Van Helsing and Hades will be forced
to face the consequences of his past evils. This is
the story of the Hellchild…

Source: Hellchild

Yeah okay that is cheating just copying and pasting that part out of the inside page. Just giving you a idea of what is going on here. So there.

After a small introduction to our lead characters.  We a thrust forward to a lovely battle between some juiced up vamps, Hades and the Liesel Van Helsing. Oh yeah there is kid vamp here. Nice touch. Looks and acts like a rabid monkey. Screen Shot 2016-03-06 at 10.28.05 PM

A common thread I have been finding in story telling is the not being honest with the one you love. Again this shows up here as Van Helsing takes something to Hades. Van Helsing plans on surprising Hades and we all now that not going to turn out good.

Vamps trying to take control, Vamps trying to raise a dead Morgana and Van Helsing trying to raise Hades dead daughter. There is a whole lot of action is this first issue. Oh hell there is another Vamp up to no good also. These stories are nicely weaved together and you do not get lost wondering what is going on.

Oh just so you know this book is not all staby, staby and bringing the dead back to life. There is a humorous scene in the lower levels of the city where Leslie is called Marian’s ‘Little Friend’. Of course this does not end well for one of the bouncers they meet.

Pat Shand does what a writer should do in the first book. Lay down the ground work to the introduction characters and story.  Also getting the reader wondering what coming next. Pat also moves between comedy and horror making the book much more enjoyable to read.

Art by Vincenzo Riccardi does a good job of moving that action along. The fighting action from panel to panel is done well.

In the end I give Hellchild #1 or 5 a 3.5 pops out of 5. Not a bad book for a #1 but lets see how it moves forward from here.

Remember comics are to be enjoyed. Not destroyed.

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Comic Review: Van Helsing Vs Dracula

Screen Shot 2015-08-06 at 9.05.13 PMPublisher: Zenescope

Writer: Pat Shand

Art: Michele Bandini

Colors: Walter Pereyra

Letters: Jim Campbell

Editor: Nicole Glade

Once again with creative writing and great art, Zenescope has created another interesting story updating old characters and placing them in the present. Zenescope has slowly been moving their characters to more of a real world(yes I know it is comics) and away from the magical realm of their earlier stories.

Each story now flows into a world where magic and the occult are present. Van Helsing Vs Dracula keeps the movement going forward.

Van Helsing is living the live or in this case her job as a vampire killer. Pat Shand has again written a character that speaks and thinks like we do. Sometime serious and other times using humor to remove tension. As her father before her, her Nemesis is Dracula. Besides follow in the family business, Van Helsing has vengeance on her mind because Dracula turned her father and she was forced to kill him.

When a friend calls,  Harker asking for help for his infected girlfriend, Mina. Van Helsing sets of with her boyfriend.  Now her boyfriend happens to be Hades. Hades has something going on behind Van Helsing’s back. Ummmmm what could it be? Hades and Harker don’t see eye to eye and it builds some extra tension in the room. Both Van Helsing and Hades have a different method of finding out what is effecting  Mina. Looking forward to see how Pat writes this coming conflict.

The art work of Michele Bandini is great. Clean and with hints of Anime influence in his art style. Michele does a great job of mixing North American and Anime. The two things that caught my attention were two simple things. First our heroine is not wearing high heels.  Finally someone give us a practically foot wear. I have a hard time believing that woman would wear high heels to battle.  Second is one small thing, Van Helsing drooling as she sleeps in the arms of Hardes.  Not the most attractive thing but it makes the character more real to me. If only Van Helsing outfit  would become more battle particle.

Hey Van Helsing is hot for 200 years old but fish net stockings to fight vampires, really?

Van Helsing Vs Dracula is a very entertaining read and well worth your money.

I give Van Helsing VS Dracula 4 pops out of 5.

Remember comics are to be enjoyed. Not destroyed.

LLAP/POBS

John G M Burke

Oh one small thing guys. You missed a arm Harkers glass on page 5, first panel. But hey I just a nerd.

Ep 40 Chat With Pat

Ep 40 Chat With Pat

This episode I get a chance to talk to Pat Shand from Zenescope Entertainment. Pat and I talk about his new creator owned book Family Pets. Also we chat about Robyn Hood, Red Riding Hood, Buffy and about woman in comics and how we would love to see more woman involved in all aspects of comics. Plus so much more.

Check out this episode!

Comic Review: Charmed #1, Season 10

Screen Shot 2014-09-30 at 8.57.55 PM Charmed Issue 1, Season 10

Writer: Pat Shand

Art: Elisa Feliz

Colors: Valentina Cuomo

Letters: Jim Campbell

Cover Art: David Seidman

Zenescope is back with Season 10 of the Charmed series. I did not follow the series when it was on TV and did not read season 9 when it was released. So I have no idea of the history of the series or books. The Charmed series ran in the time when magic and occult series were on the tube back in the late 90’s. I had not watch the big show of that time, Buffy The Vampire Slayer so Charmed was not my watch list either. But thanks to Netflix I can go back and watch the series now.

But this is a review of issue 1 of Charmed, Season 10. I had no idea what was going on. I know that there were three sister that were witches and they had all kinds of trouble with bad things. The story came off as a TV episode and since that is what the show was then it fit. But I really did not get heavily involved in the story. Someone is out to kill them. They defeat the assassins. All is well until the last pages and we see someone else is out to get them. The same by the numbers for TV. I was not invested in the characters or the ordeal they faced.

Pat Shand is a good writer but I felt that this not at his best here. I have no idea what he has plan for the season but from the first book I not really interested. Sorry Pat.

The art work by Elisa Feliz is find. At times it is really well done but other I was not really impressed. Nothing to make me go wow, more like umm that is okay.

I have to say that this book is more for the fans of the series than anyone else. If you are a fan you will like this book. Us who are picking it up for the first time, well I say pass. The book is fine but nothing makes it stand out in the comic book world.

So in the end I give Charmed Season 10, issue 1 and 2.5 pops out of 5.

Sorry guys and girls. Have to be honest.

Remember comics are to be enjoyed. Not destroyed.

LLAP/POBS

John G M Burke