Comics For Kids

Posted: 29/03/2013 in just talk
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Occasionally, our social media alter-egos crossover with people running projects that you take a personal interest in. Obviously, I run into a LOT of people on twitter all running cool projects. A lot of the time, the projects are personal to them, or a way of getting their own comic book out to the world. I have recently come across a project that is not about Michael Whitehead getting his own comic out to the world, but it is about getting unwanted comics, or comic’s people are willing to donate, into the hands of kids who may not be able to access comics or graphic novels. The projects called “Comics for Kids”, and although it does not have a big flashy website and comic publishers/creators supporting the project yet, I am hoping me doing a small focus on this might help broaden the audience.

Encouraging children to read comic books is something I highly approve of myself, on more than one occasion I have let my kids read comics as a way of expanding the knowledge of literature beyond mere words on a page. When I learned what Michael was trying to do, I thought this was an amazing idea, and wanted to help in any way I could.

What Michael proposes to do is, ask people to donate unwanted comic books, or any comics you are willing to donate to this cause, and give children the chance to read and love comic books they may not be able to get themselves. If you do not have comics to donate, or you live overseas, as I do, you can also send digital code’s, which also help this great cause, or you can donate cash to help give kids today the chance to read amazing works of fiction as we all do.

As you can tell, this is something I highly approve of, and I cannot recommend this great project to enough people.

I have had a bit of a chat with “Comics for kids” founder Michael Whitehead. Here is what he had to say.

Hey Michael, comics for kids is such an amazing thing for someone to do. How did you come up with this great idea?

I thought back to my childhood and the great memories that my love of comics has brought to my life. Comics opened my mind to a world that a child growing up in a small town in Mississippi would never have been able to experience without them. I gave a few comics to my friends son and he contacted me wanting to know where he could find more. The answer to the question shocked me. It is an 80 mile round trip to be able to buy comics in Mississippi. The direct market basically, took comics out of the hands of kids. I want to help change that. I want kids all over the United States to be able to read comics like I was able to. When I was a child comics were sold at 5 different places in my small town. So that is why I created “Comics For Kids”

Obviously, this is something that is personal to you, is this something that would take over your personal time, or is the plan to do this full time?

Well right now this is something that takes up most of my free time. It is my mission to help kids love to read comics. Their is nothing else I would rather be doing. I would love to be able to do this full time but for now it is a one person operation.

If it takes off is this something you want to take internationally?

I would never turn down a child that requests comics, but with International shipping costs being so expensive we are just going to focus on the kids in the United States. I will add this, if I had donations from outside of the United States I would use those funds to ship comics globally.

I personally think comic’s publishers would be crazy not to get on board with something like this, is that something you would like to have as part of the cause?

Absolutely! I have contacted all of the major comic book publishers and they have offered no support at this point. We get 100% of our support from comic fans and independent creators. I could not do this without them.

I truly hope that comics for kids takes off, and truly believe this could be a global thing. I only hope all the other people reading this will pay attention and donate whatever they can. Thank you Michael, for making the world a slightly better place.

Thank you my friend for the opportunity to help spread the word about Comics For Kids. If anyone would like to help with our cause please send comics to

Comics For Kids

91 CR 147

Tishomingo MS

38873

All PayPal donations can be sent to Communitiesforkids@ymail.com

I want to do everything I possibly can to help Michael on his quest to bring the graphic story telling medium to people that may use them ones that are just sitting in your long box. Creators, publishers, artists, fans of comics, Spread your geeky goodness, and encourage the kids to believe in heroes, not just superheroes but people willing to “help kids love to read”

You can contact Michael Whitehead via twitter @MP_Whitehead or @comics4_kids, also go and like there Facebook page on facebook.com/comicsforkids.

As ever if you would like to comment you can do so on here or please contact me via my twitter page @jaybwebb if you have any questions, or just wanna chat!

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Tart volume 1 was a comic I reviewed last year from writer Kevin Joseph and artist Ludovic Salle, I even went as far as to say that this was my favourite creator owned independent comic of last year on my appearance on “An Elegant Weapon” podcast. The book is brilliant I cannot recommend enough that you go speak to Kevin or the publisher WTFlux comics. I recently was lucky enough to look at the next instalment of Tart.

The story picks up directly from the last issue, with the girls of the demon battling team, as they are about to embark on training for their next mission. Both Tart and Gloom are teleported to a beach with Lemon La Morgue to a desert island where they commence their training. Only little do they know this is more than they ever imagined it could be. This also removes the girls from the HQ where their boss goes on her own mission.

Kevin Joseph has once again written an issue of this story that is a great beginning to the next volume of his story. Giving us the main character driven story, while also involving us in all the other cast of this comic, with the identities of the supporting members of the group becoming more apparent, while keeping the story with the main focus moving.

Ludovic Salle on art once more is the perfect choice for this comic. Ludo has a very old school style of drawing the female form. His costume and character design is very much believable, costumes are not all body hugging show as much flesh as possible. The women all wear bikinis at the beach, and everyday clothes while meeting each other. This only emphasises the costume changes for battle as and when they are used. I am not sure if this is a joint decision between Kevin and Ludo but it is well done.

The book on a whole, just makes me sure that this is an independent comic of the highest level, both art and story flow brilliantly together. My signed copy of issue 1 has taken pride of place on my wall (thanks Kevin) I need at some point to get my hands on a hard copy of volume 1.

You can contact Kevin Joseph on his twitter account @bnokj, and Ludovic Salle on his twitter account @hellstrawberry, and also please visit the Tart website – tartwebcomic.blogspot.com

You can also get your hands on Tart volume 1 and pre-order issue 4 at – www.whatthefluxcomics.com/webstore

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Im recently also informed that, if like you are in the uk and want a hard copy of Tart vol.1 or want to preorder issue 4, you can do at ukondisplay.com. As ever please share, comment, and come and chat more to me about any of my reviews, or posts, or just come and chat with me on @jaybwebb on twitter

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When I first met Adam Cheal he introduced me to his horror comic creation “Zyklon B” (see previous post) I enjoyed the book a LOT, even own some of the original art. My signed copy is about to take its rightful place on wall. Now Adam has repackaged and renamed his creation, he is preparing to release “Toxic Storm” on the world.

“We are pleased to officially announce that the Toxic Storm Graphic Novel is going to be released by UK publishing giant Markosia Enterprises Ltd. The book will be released monthly as a four part digital miniseries via Comixology, iverse/comics +, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, Nook, Sony, and DriveThru Comics with the trade paperback novel to follow shortly after. More information regarding the release dates will be posted on the website as they become available.

www.toxicstorm.com.

Synopsis

Simon Fisher is unjustly convicted and sent to the gas chamber at San Quentin prison. Using occult power, he transforms into deadly toxic gas to escape his fate. Simon embarks on a quest of revenge on those responsible for his condition. Special FBI Agent “Jack Storm” enlists the help of Simon’s former cell mate and mentor “Caleb Fontana” to track him down. Caleb has a hidden agenda and betrays Jack Storm resulting in his death. Through the power of a gemstone obtained from an ancient demon, Jack Storms body is reanimated into a terrifying and deadly alter ego. Roles are reversed as he’s the one seeking vengeance and will stop at nothing to get it. This is a tale of revenge and redemption for good and evil, in a true 80′s B-Movie video nasty style.”

CREATIVE TEAM

  • Adam B. Cheal (Writer/creator)
  • Alberto “Renzo” Rodriguez (Artist)
  • Mike Summers (Colorist)
  • Mindy Lopkin (Letterer)
  • Jimmy Kerast (Cover Colors)

On reading “Toxic Storm #1” I have completely been drawn back into this story. Adam has crafted a horror story, however not in the traditional sense. The characters are believable, and you can completely relate to the emotions and feelings portrayed by the people who are the focus of the story. Adams passion for horror and hero comics shines through on every single panel.

Adam has picked an amazing team to work on his creation, Alberto “Renzo” Rodriguez has taken up quite the task reworking a pre-established comic. “Renzo” has created (and also on some pages reworked some of the previous pages) brilliantly. His art works perfectly with the rest of the team, his style has a dark undertone that works well with the gritty, gruesome prison scenes, and the horrific revenge attacks. Colours from Mike Summers fit the art very well, and Mindys letters just round off the book brilliantly.

Recently I have been speaking to Adam about the recent news that he has now signed a publishing deal with british comics publisher “Markosia”

Markosia was established in 2005 and has become one of the UK’s leading publishers of graphic novels. Based in London, it has gained a reputation for producing a diverse range of comic books and graphic novels that cover almost all genres, with the highest possible production values.

Some of the creators that have worked on Markosia titles include ‘Midnight Kiss’ artist Ryan Stegman (Superior Spider-Man), ‘Starship Troopers’ artist Neil Edwards (Fantastic Four), ‘Of Bitter Souls’ artist Norm Breyfogle (Batman), ‘Dark Mists’ artist Lee Garbett (Batman), ‘Scatterbrain’ artist Szymon Kudranski (30 Days of Night) and many more.

Their varied range continues to impress as the company goes from strength to strength. 2013 promises to be the most exciting year to date for this dynamic company as they embark on a range of thrilling new ventures designed to take them to even greater heights as they strive to take their stories to the masses.

May 4th 2013 will be Markosia’s debut foray into the Free Comic Book Day arena as they showcase a number of exciting titles that will be launched this summer. These include the all ages adventure ‘Endangered Weapon B’, retro sci-fi adventure ‘Project Luna: 1947’, super hero satire ‘Hero: 9 to 5 – Quietus’, supernatural war story ‘Heart of War’ and more supernatural adventures in the long-awaited ‘The Case Files of Harlan Falk’, five years in the making!

These are just five of the exciting new range of titles coming in 2013, with many more in production for the future.”

I have been lucky enough to get a few questions with the man behind the graphic novel series we are all going to want to be part of our collections upon release Mr. Adam Cheal.

Adam, first, I want to say thank you for the opportunity to review your book again. You clearly have a passion for the horror genre, with an anti-hero twist of course. Where did you find the inspiration for this graphic novel series?

We find inspiration in our daily lives, the situations that arise and people that influence and inspire us. As you said, I love horror and always have since I was a kid. I grew up in the house of horrors, figuratively speaking of course. Every one growing up as a kid had one of those houses where you would all pile round and watch horror films. That was my house. We watched Hellraiser, Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Halloween and many other classics. My parents were Clive Barker and Wes Craven. My love of 80’s horror and video nasties is what inspires me most. Horror always takes me back to my happy place.

Where did you find the team you chose to work with on your creation?

When you first get into comic book creating, the path is never as straight forward as just putting a team together and off you go. I made a ton of mistakes and lost quite a bit of time and money before hooking up with a team that had the talent and passion for the book to do it justice. I now only work with people that I have either worked with in the past or come recommended by people I know and trust.

I know from our many chats you are a fan of comics and graphic novels. What made you choose this style of writing over writing traditional literature?

As I said earlier, when I was younger, my main passion was films. I never really read many comics as a kid other than the odd Judge Dredd book. It wasn’t until my twenties that I really discovered the first book that blew me away. A friend put a copy of “Watchmen” in my hand and I was hooked from then on. I read mostly Alan Moore books from then and he showed me the power that sequential art can have. I was always interested in creative writing but made the leap into comics as I feel it’s the perfect bridge between the traditional written word and films.

What stuff do you read now?

I read quite a few now and my taste is still for horror and the dark, the darker, the better. I love Raven Gregory’s take on Alice in Wonderland and read loads of Zenescope books. The independent scene is putting out some incredible books and without the constraints of being publisher friendly, they can show and say what they want, nipples and all!

The publishing company you signed with (Markosia) is a great thing for our UK comic scene, and maybe developing that a bit more. Was it an easy choice to make the decision to sign with Markosia?

Signing with Markosia is a no brainer for me. Anyone that knows me, knows that I am trying very hard to promote the UK comic book scene. That’s one of the things we are trying to do with our British Showcase Anthology coming out later this year. Markosia have been at the forefront of the UK comic book scene for years and have big plans for the future. I am very proud to be a part of that and excited for the future.

I am so pleased that “Toxic Storm” is going to make its way on to the world stage, how does it feel to see something you have worked on for so long to make a move into the big leagues that is the current comic scene?

It’s a dream come true. It’s been a long road and at times you have to question your commitment and wonder if you are on the right path. The whole team involved have worked so hard and it’s great that the hard work has all been worth it. I think that the first time I walk into a comic book store and see a copy of the book on the shelf, will be a magical moment I will remember for all time.

You have always been a huge promoter of the independent comic movement, tell us all about your work on the “British showcase anthology”?

How the book came about is quite something. During the course of getting into making comics, I found that the UK had such a wealth of talent but not much buzz (compared to the USA). One of the things I started doing was writing a weekly column for Comicbooked.com called “British Showcase”. I had met so many hard workers, great artists and other creators that I wanted to help them gain some exposure. The articles went down really well, so I thought, “Hey, why don’t we all pool our resources and make a comic together that showcases our talents over here?” I sent out an email to a bunch of people I knew and respected and the response was mind blowing. Harry Markos from Markosia loved the idea and is working hard to make it something special. The book is a collection of twenty original and unique stories from forty UK creators and its going to rock! The book will launch in October this year.

Although this post is about “Toxic Storm” I know your next project is underway, which I’m very interested in myself, what can we look forward to with that?

I am already working on a new book with artist Russ Leach. It is
called “Terminus at Fenton’s Green”. It’s a Lovecraftian style tale
set in Victorian London with Demon’s, top hats and steam trains. The
idea for this one has been kicking around in my head for a couple of
years after a particularly disturbing nightmare resonated with me for
weeks afterwards. Russ is a great artist and has the perfect
sequential story telling skills to make this something special. Mike
Summers (Toxic) will be working closely with us to give this book a
unique and haunting look. Although this book is a horror, I wanted it
to be something more that that, so its also a mystery. Both visual and
written clues are embedded in the story for the reader to discover.
Once you know the twist ending, the clues are all pretty obvious and
it will make repeat reading allot of fun to see if you can find them
all.

Once again, I want to thank you for the chance to review you work again, and for taking the time to answer my long-winded questions. This is my first ever interview let me know how I have done, ha-ha! Best of luck Adam, you have my full support!

“Thanks J, my pleasure.”

I hope you all take the time to go and contact Adam via his twitter @adamcheal, on the Toxic storm twitter account @toxicstormcomic, also via on at www.toxicstorm.com. I urge everyone to make note of this comic book title, because it’s going to be huge.

Please let me know your thoughts, comments and even if you just want to chat to me @jaybwebb on twitter

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I want to thank everyone for patience while I haven’t been posting on my blog for a while. The Wait for my return to blogging and reviewing is nearly over, I will begin again with a review of “Toxic Storm” #1 on monday with an few questions with creator Adam Cheal. I also plan  on releasing 2 further reviews later next week. watch this space, and thanks for reading my words.

Posted: 01/03/2013 in Uncategorized

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check out my buddy Ben’s gaming blog,

Originally posted on CyberPunk's Entertainment Corner:

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IT’S OFFICIAL GUYS!

Assassins Creed IV:Black Flag has been announced my Ubisoft! Earlier today this image was ‘leaked’ online via the Ubisoft forum site, and everyone was going crazy as to whether it was real or fake. Well it real guys it really real!

According to other sources the main character in this game will be Edward Kenway, father of Haytham and grandfather of Connor from Assassins Creed III. Assassins Creed IV Black Flag is also apparently going to be set in the year 1715.
The images also confirm the much rumoured pirate setting that everyone, including myself have been highly anticipating!

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As you can see from this box art too, the Playstation 3 version of the game will feature 60 minutes of exclusive content which has been offered in previous AC games on the Playstation 3.

More details are to follow on Monday at 5pm UK time!

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Tart vol.1

Posted: 24/08/2012 in Review/Preview
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I was sent Tart by Kevin Joseph who is the co-creator of the book along with artist Ludovic Salle. The book is published on What the Flux comics, and is available right now via www.whatthefluxcomics.com/webstore.php
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The book is a collection of the first 3 issues of Tart. It follows a young lady called Tart. She travels through many different times and places on earth, and also in the demonic underworld. Where she fights off whatever may stand in the way of her getting the result she needs to complete her mission. We follow her at first on a mission to save a young boy who has been missing for a couple of days. Only her mission takes her way beyond the usual realms of earth and into the demon forest via the Trenchies. A supernatural creature we learn about for a brief time at least. This is where we get to see the flip side of the personality of Tart and how she goes about her business, and the lengths she has to go to, in order to get her mission complete.

The story also leads us back to a snowy French Rivera on her next mission. Only this one is a bit more complicated, as our heroine quickly learns, not only from avalanches but from savage cave children with no means of communicating. We learn more about the character, and more specifically about her abilities, and just what exactly she does when she arrives on a new part of earth. She helps out a family, and believes she is on her way. Only then does she learn that this is not her mission, and she has other business there.
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The writing in this book is very well done. Kevin Joseph has a real passion for his creation, and that shines through on this story. You feel every emotion as you follow the lead character through her progression, and then right at the end he takes everything you feel when you come to the end, and throws it all back up into the air, with the reveal of the next issue. Believe me once you have read the first 3 issues that are collected in this book, you will just want more and more.

The art by Ludavic Salle is amazing, really helps the comic to stand out from anything else I’ve read for a long time. I couldn’t believe the art when I opened the book. The opening pages just transport you to a whole new experience of reading comics. Really helps you to get a feel for the passion that has gone into this book from both writer and artist.

This book stands out to me as something that you could pass on to a family member of a friend that doesn’t read comics or graphic novels, and they would thank you for showing them this book, As long as they are adults, of course.
I really like this book. Kevin (and Larry) I really appreciate you sending me this.

You can contact Kevin via his twitter page, and also can visit the official tart website at tartwebcomic.blogspot.com

Please leave your comments and let me know your thoughts via my twitter page

Jason

A Special #FF Guest Spot

Posted: 24/08/2012 in just talk
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Another guest spot this week from my very good friend Kyle. He is the twitter legend we all know, especially for his support of creator owned comics and underground creators. This guys passion for the comics industry is very well known, and to be honest this post i hope will get a lot of people noticed. I’m going to post this exactly as this man sent it to me, simply because I think its pretty awesome. Check it out:

FREElance Artist Shout Outs

By: @ComicsKyle

I like the thrill of the hunt

I sit at my computer with a hot cup of coffee and scope out tweets and art, all with the hope of finding that artist or writer that you may have never heard of. Checking out twitter feeds and blogs followed by as little as 5 people.

Kind of like a talent scout, except I’m scouting for myself, and I guess now for you too.

I like my creators to be free from the corporate mayhem that seems to always be backing some sort of agenda that will bring in; yes you guessed it, bigger bucks!

 

It just doesn’t feel natural when I read some of those books, where’s the love, yo?

A creator chasing dreams and bringing peace to their own soul by creating what they want and living with the decisions that they’ve made is where it’s at! The freelance artist is my celebrity.

I love Indie and naturally I want to preach the beauty of the Indie creator. That’s what’s inside of me and I tend to be a bit militant about the things I love.

So here are some artists that I think you’ll really enjoy. I myself personally vouch that you will not go wrong by following these awesome mofo’s! Trust me!

 

So here are some of my favorites that you may or may not be aware of.

 

Ricardo Venancio @PressV is a creator that I can’t stop talking about. One look at his site and it’s hard to understand how in the hell you’ve missed this talent. http://2depaus.blogspot.com/  I particularly love the way Ricardo sees things and his ability to put it on paper is really awe inspiring. Not seeing as in, “Oh see that chair, I can draw it really realistically…” But seeing! His interpretation of things is deep and beautiful.  Big BIG fan of @PressV!

Another gem you may not know about is Jesse Hamm. I spent some time going through this man’s work online and was completely floored. The fact that he’s not a household name makes me lose faith in all those big publishers out there. He has portraits that are realistic, and then he goes and rocks the comic style art while filling it with his style and swag. But just like a slap chop commercial that’s not all! This guy can cartoon with the best of them; had me laughing out loud more often than not. He’s both funny and witty. To take that sort of personality and the ability to blend it with his own vision and style is really inspiring to me. This dude is extremely gifted. His twitter handle is @jesse_hamm and this is his site http://jessehamm.com/

I really hope you’re clicking these links as you go. How the hell have these guys gone un-noticed?

You may have heard of Logan Faerber, you may have not. But somehow, he has fewer than 500 follows on twitter? Not enough people outside the industry know about this dude, which is criminal because he’s so awesome at what he does. This dude is working out of my home city and his art is overflowing with his style, and it’s a style so unique and in my opinion it’s very addictive. I’d love to see him take a major comic character and just run with it! @LoganFaerber is sooo awesome. Check his work out here http://www.loganfaerber.tumblr.com/  *NOW, before you do make sure you have a pillow under your chin because your jaw is going to hit the floor.

Next is a man named Andy Bloor. What I love about him is that he’s so incredibly versatile. His colors and the art that comes from hand is the kind that takes you to another place. Just like those Sunday morning cartoons fam! I’m going to follow this guy very closely and I think you will too after you check his site out. @AndyBloor ANDYMATION: The blog of Andy Bloor <- what an awesome blog name, am I right? I know I am.

I’m a big fan of Scott Kowalchuk too. His art is filled with good vibes and a very consistent style. He’s yet another guy whose name should be talked about constantly from the comic market. Check it! @skottkowalchuk http://www.scottkowalchuk.com/

Last but not least is Andrew Maclean. I love this guy’s work… I find myself debating sometimes whether or not to tell him how awesome his work is because I want to do it on everything he posts. I want this guy creating, not jumping off a bridge because he’s got a fan saying “Awesome” or “Nice!!!” to everything he posts. Big BIG fan of this guy!!! Checkout his deviant art page here http://www.andrew-ross-maclean.deviantart.com/ and follow him on Twitter right away @Andrew_MacLean

Now, I could list at least ten more creators/artists that I could wish for you to show some love too, but for now I want to let these guys shine.

I have sooo much love for the indie world and I really want to share the treasures I find. I would love to see these guys run wild with some big name characters and continue with their completely unrestrained creativity.

Maybe one day DC and Marvel will smarten up and start letting some of these guys run wild with their characters…

HEY!!! If you know your art you will have realized that most of these names are part of an elite group called Brand New Nostalgia. I’d be an ass if I didn’t throw them a shout out. Their Twitter handle is @B_NewNostalgia and the website -> http://brandnewnostalgia.tumblr.com/

If you love art, then you need to be following these folks.

 

So that’s it until next time fam! Stay Happy and keep reading comics!”

 

I hope all of these people are getting the follows they deserve. I know some of them most people are unaware of, myself included. I’m clicking these links even as I’m posting this. I know Kyle would not give these people shout outs if they weren’t awesome. Everyone should also be following Kyle’s Blog on http://comicskyle.tumblr.com/

 

Thanks Kyle for the awesome blog spot. I hope this is the first of many more to come, and maybe I can return the favour one day.

 

As ever please leave your comments, and get in touch with Kyle and me on twitter, you know we like to talk comics.

 

Jason