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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

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

Dynamite comics

Posted: 15/08/2012 in just talk
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Throughout the past few months, I have been picking up more comics than I ever did before. I used to only pick up a few books each month. I began to open my mind to publishers other than the big 2, and as we all know by now I’m all for the smaller comics companies putting out the best work. I then discovered Dynamite comics.

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I slowly picked up a few of their comics, other than the odd issue I picked up randomly, I didn’t get too many. Then I discovered a pulp hero called “The Shadow” was about to relaunch with a new issue 1 and a new creative team which I got on the basis of the brilliant covers. I loved the story, and I realised that they had another pulp hero about to relaunch in much the same way. Needless to say “The Spider” was a smash for me personally. The writing and the art both played a huge part in this becoming a personal favourite of mine instantly, along with “The Shadow” they quickly became must-haves on my list every month.

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This really made me notice Dynamite a lot more. They were putting out some awesome creations almost on a weekly basis. Started to make me think that I should be picking up some other book. Characters that I was unfamiliar with at first. Then another book called “Prophecy” which was a crossover of some of the most iconic franchises dynamite own. Vampirella, Red Sonja, Dracula, and Pantha. This only makes me want to read more of these characters.

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With the upcoming releases of "Peter Cannon Thunderbolt" and "Damsels" they show no signs of slowing down on their mission to bring us some of the most amazing comic stories us comics fans will ever read. Many of these comics span many different times and many different parts of the world. From the vast middle earth style lands of sandpoint in "Pathfinder", to New York as we know it today in "The Spider", to globe trotting of the 1900's in "The Shadow" and just about everywhere in between. They really engage the reader in many different times and places that give you a great experience when reading their comics.
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The writing in some of these books is brilliant. The art in these books and in particular some of the amazing covers provided, by some of the true legends in the industry, are on another level. With maybe 4 issues per book, you can make the decision which particular legend you are going to go for each week/month.

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I promise you that if you take a chance on at least one Dynamite comic, you will see that most of the comics you enjoy each month come from them in no time.

Complex

Posted: 14/08/2012 in Review/Preview
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Well I don’t know where to start with this one. Complex is a comic that has never been brought to my attention before, however I noticed the free preview available on comixology and was intrigued. I downloaded it, but never got round to reading it. That is until I was noticed that the creator/writer Michael Malkin put out a tweet about his creation. We exchanged emails and he sent me issue 1 and 2 to read, so I’m writing this with the advantage of being ahead of the times. I also want to be very brief with my explanation of the story, because I really want to encourage everyone to take the time to read this comic. It’s truly is a great story, with brilliant writing, and amazing art.

The story take place in a small place, called “Towne”. We are introduced to a few characters, and all seems to be very normal…at first. We slowly begin to learn that all is not as it seems, and that some of the residents are being held against their will, only they don’t know it. This opens you up to a huge research operation taking place with director Jason Sinclair a the helm. We begin to discover that other than the people being held, most of the people in “Towne” are part of the conspiracy. We begin to see that not only are people being drugged to keep them docile, and to make sure they never remember the truth, they are being forced into believing the lies they are being told about their life’s. Only with the discovery of his “Wife” trying to drug him, does one of the main characters Zach begin to piece together his life, and filling in the blanks that cloud his memory. Then he begins to plan his escape.

Michael Malkin has created a brilliantly complexed story, that at times you may find hard to follow, but honestly once you finish this huge 59 page first issue, things will make sense. On reading this issue I felt I had a lot to process. When I got to the end of the issue however, I realised that actually a lot of info has been withheld from the story and actually it’s just my mind trying to fill in the gaps that makes it feel like there is a lot in this book. it’s a brilliantly written comic that makes you think a lot, but doesn’t actually give you a lot to think about, it just creates that illusion, which makes it such an amazing first outing for this series.

The artist is simply known as Kay, someone that I don’t know a lot about. However this is a brilliant collaboration, and the art is so amazingly dark and eerie that it only adds to the brilliant writing. It’s all black and white, but you really get a sense of the place your transported to, and really shows the docile drugged feeling the characters are suffering at the hands of the research group.

To sum up, this book truly is a perfect combination between both artist and writer, that gives you a lot to process, but not really. It’s just a brilliantly original story, or at least To me it is, that takes you on a journey through a dark and creepy inner workings of an organisation, and just what they might be capable of. I am so glad I got the chance to read before it passed me by completely. Michael I thank you for sending me your creation and I hope my words can help to generate interest for this comic. You will honestly regret not picking up this book.

You can pick up issue 1 on comixology now, and even if your not sure you can download the free preview.

You can get more info on this comic by visiting the Alterna comics and also visiting the Complex

Please leave your comments below and also feel free to contact me on my Twitter

Jason

The Mighty Titan

Posted: 22/07/2012 in just talk
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I first discovered Joe Martino’s work after being in contact with him about Shadowflame and Ripperman. I got the books digitally and I was always speaking to Joe regarding his next project. He was always very secretive about the next comic adventure, but he promised it was a very personal story to him. After seeing a few teasers of art creations and the title, he started slowly releasing things through both twitter and Facebook. Eventually after some time, and much excitement, the kickstarter project was revealed. “The Mighty Titan” needs your help. As many of you know I am a big supporter of creator owned comics and comics that may not get the coverage they want, and in most cases deserve. The official press release for “The Mighty Titan” read like this:
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The Mighty Titan is on Kickstarter – JGM Comics releases its newest book for funding on crowd funding site. JGM Comics is trying something new. It is releasing its newest title on Kickstarter. Joe Martino’s new book The Mighty Titan takes Joe’s cancer experience and wraps it in a superhero shell. Writer/Creator Joe Martino said “The Mighty Titan is my newest creation that essentially takes my cancer (and other) experiences and wraps them in a superhero shell. This isn’t autobiographical. I have researched and talked to other cancer survivors to try and get the feeling of what other people have experienced.” JGM is using this as a pre-order engine for their new mini-series and has rewards that range from the First issue to original art from the book. You could even star in the book. The Mighty Titan is a 5 issue mini-series that boasts the talents of Luca Cicchitti, Cory Smith, Jeff Austin, Keith J. Betancourt and Johnny Lowe. Issue one has an amazing cover by Industry Legend Jerry Ordway and is colored by Danielle Alexis St Pierre. Please see the The Mighty Titan Kickstarter campaign at the following link; http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jgmcomics/the-mighty-titan JGM Comics is a publisher of Shadowflame, Ripperman, John Orlando’s FHA-Q and New Age Tales of Alternate Adventures. They have been publishing on and off since 1996.
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As you can read, this has a very personal story through out for Joe. This also brings you into the mindset slightly of the writer/creator as he tries to express his pain, and the pain of others, through his latest superhero creation. It is this that gives the story such a unique feel, because you know that the person writing it has actually felt these feelings. The book it’s self it’s still in development, with a massive group of very talented people putting art to Joes writing. Joe has been kind enough to give me a couple of exclusive pages. The first 2 pages of issue 1 inked look incredible, and even the sneak peak I got at 3-4 pencilled were amazing. I can tell the effort that is going into this comic is going to pay of, for us as fans, but also this could be JGM comics biggest release yet.

Here Are the exclusive pages 1 and 2 from issue 1, that I think you will agree they look pretty awesome.

 

I personally will be backing this comic in which ever ways I can, which includes my financial contribution. I really hope that all you guys can do the same. If you can’t back financially then at least share your interests with all your followers. With all our help, Joe can release “The Mighty Titan” into the comic book world we all love. I’m certain that you will regret not being part of this creation. Even if you are just sharing it with your friends so that they might see this incredible opportunity, then all support is appreciated (I speak on behalf of Joe of course, and if my article is your discovery of “The Mighty Titan” then I thank you on my behalf also)
I know all this sounds like I’m fishing for a job at JGM comics, or that I’m getting something in return, but that’s not the case. This truly is a kickstarter project that I personally want to help make it to funding. Not only for the fact that we all get an amazing comic book creation, but I know how personal this story is to Joe. I for one feel I would be upset with the fact that this project may not get the funding it needs through lack of knowledge about it. So consider this my plea, I want all of you reading this to back this comic project, with whatever you can. Even if you can’t put any money in, spread the word. Help get this comic book to the level it needs to be at, to be unleashed into the world.

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I urge all of you people to visit this link and pledge your support to this amazing cause. To be honest once you check out the rewards alone, you will want to get involved, but read the page and you will get a small glimpse at how much this project means to Joe Martino.It truly is moving to read his words and you can almost feel the emotion he is putting into this project.

Please visit the kickstarter page by clicking HERE, also you can like The Mighty Titan on Facebook.

You can also speak to the man himself Joe Martino via his Twitter account, and feel free to ask him questions about stuff, he really is a very cool guy.

Please leave your comments, and also contact me via my twitter page, and please check out this project.

Jason

When I was a kid, he-man and the masters of the universe was the single biggest thing in my life. I always had a sword down my back, and always watched the cartoons. So of course when issue 1 of a new DC comics series of He-man came through the post, I couldn’t contain my inner child.

We begin the issue in a dream, and talk of great power, and great battle between good and evil. Then we come back to the forest of Eternia, where Adam is going about his daily activities as a woodsman. We learn that when he isn’t chopping down trees and such he is a carer for his farther. When he returns to his duties, he is distracted by a bird, who although he hasn’t seen this bird before he knew its name as if it told him himself. After more dreams, Adam has an epiphany and realises he should go away and search for powers of which he dreams.

Only things aren’t what they seem, and we are quickly introduced to the villain of the issue Beastman. Who knows all about Adam and his journey, and has been sent to stop him. This brings out things in Adam that he doesn’t realise are there. After the battle, Adam continues on his journey. This then brings us to a throne room filled with all the evil you could imagine, including the dreaded Skeletor.

This book was always going to have to do a lot to impress fans like myself. The writing by James Robinson may not be to everyone’s liking. However I feel like this was a great method to use as he gives you just enough to keep you wanting more, but not too much to throw out the whole story very quickly. Although it may seem slow to take off, it just makes me more intrigued as to where the story will go in the following issues.

Art by Philip Tan is good, on the few pages we actually get to see He-man and the other heroes and villains of the story have a huge magical feeling to them like they are going to jump off the page. On the pages in between have a completely different feel to them, like its two different books but all wrapped up in an awesome first issue. Although it may not be to everyone’s taste, this is a great introduction back into Eternia and the magical world of my childhood hero.

please leave your comments and let me know your thoughts on my twitter page

Jason