Summer Reading 2017

Summer Reading List [’17]

Summertime means longer days and more unstructured leisure time to do what you will with. Since scientists love to remind us that children get dumber over the summer months because they spend all their time riding their bikes in the street and stealing from convenience stores, schools love to assign Summer Reading Lists. Summer Reading lists are great but they tend to be geared at children and highly filtered by “The Man.” Also, they always leave... Read more

REVIEW – I Hate Fairyland Volume 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young

Basically, I Hate Fairyland is the end of the world Skottie Young has a way of infusing cute with crazy in a way that no one else can. While his artwork is well-known, I Hate Fairyland is a welcomed introduction to his writing and storytelling skills. Image Comics, the biggest indie publisher stays on brand by getting behind this title. I Hate Fairyland Volume 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young is the story of... Read more

My Boyfriend is a Monster: I Love Him to Pieces (by Evonne Tsang)

On a whim I picked up a graphic novel from the 80% off shelf at Comicopia with low expectations and a piqued curiosity for something apocalyptic (as always). One of the books I grabbed was My Boyfriend is a Monster: I Love Him to Pieces by Evonne Tsang. This is one in a series of books about girls who love boys lacking some of the qualifications to make them human. Most of these boys are also... Read more

In Case of Survival - Organic Panic Logo

PAX East 2014 | Organic Panic

Organic Panic is a  puzzle-platformer about a Protein vs Produce apocalypse. Technically the protein (Meats and Cheeses) have already won and the Produce are living in fear while they’re hunted for sport. LastLimb, created by brother David and Anatole Branch, funded Organic Panic through a kickstarter campaign and got greenlit on Steam Greenlight. Obviously this game makes a good impression. But what was it like to play Organic Panic in real life? Kae and I played... Read more

The Last of Us Comic by Dark Horse

Dark Horse announced that they will be releasing the obligatory pre-release comic for the upcoming video game The Last of Us. Naughty Dog, who brought us the Uncharted series, is known for not only innovative gameplay but also captivating storytelling. The demo of the Last of Us that was shown at PAX this fall gave us a glimpse of what promises to be an expansive world in terms of scenery and characters. Even the NPCs clearly had motives aside from being violent obstacles. Dark Horse is the perfect publisher for the comic book team-up with Naughty Dog as they're the publisher known for stories. Their lineup is not the normal superhero fare, featuring the likes of Tom Morello's post-apocalyptic Orchid, the Mass Effect comics, and Umbrella Academy. There is no form to adhere to just a story to tell and a trained eye fro ensuring quality in the medium it's told in. I'm so excited for Ellie's back story and this new, influential character. Read more

This week in the real world

First of all, sorry for being absent as of late. I just didn’t have anything to say and so I didn’t say anything.  But I have been busy. Not buying a house like Char or getting good grades like Ann. Mostly I’ve been playing video games and reading comic books and I got a new phone (almost immediately after, my work phone died). While its always important to plan for the worst the current situation... Read more

Comic Review: The Strain #1

The Strain #1 1 When a Boeing 777 lands at JFK International Airport and goes dark on the runway, the Center for Disease Control, fearing a terrorist attack, calls in Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and his team of expert biological-threat first responders. Only an elderly pawnbroker from Spanish Harlem suspects a darker purpose behind the event-an ancient threat intent on covering mankind in darkness. * From director Guillermo del Toro and novelist Chuck Hogan (Prince of... Read more

3 Free Comic Previews – Post Apocalypse

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but the saying, “if it’s free, it’s for me” doesn’t always ring true. See, on Comixology.com they’ve got more free comics than you’ll know what to do with. Literally, you’ll have so many options and so little time you might find yourself overwhelmed by the selection and possibilities. This is similar to the Kindle quandary: How do I know if this item is worth the time or dollar it... Read more

A Discussion of CROSSED

Crossed is a graphic novel written by Garth Ennis, drawn by Jacen Burrows, and published via Avatar Press. The story is set in a world where suddenly there are people who “stop being nice, and start being real.” Unfortunately, “real” in this scenario is bloodthirsty, rape-crazy, and straight up ultra-violent. “Crossed” is how the infected in this universe are described because they develop a cross-like rash across their faces. The rash isn’t an issue. What is and issue is that... Read more

Holidays Are Not Immune to The Apocalypse in Comics

Holidays are a time to be thankful, stressed, and threaten your children with the loss of a strange man’s affection. For me, comics tend to be a medium that consistently keeps it real – often straight up hyperbolic. Check out these comics that mash up our holiday notions with apocalyptic ones. The Last Christmas Brian Posehn (Author), Gerry Duggan (Author), Rick Remender (Illustrator) After the apocalypse no one is safe – even at the North... Read more

SWEET TOOTH VOL. 1: OUT OF THE WOODS

Post-Apocalyptic Graphic Novel (Comic): Sweet Tooth Vol. 1

Sweet Tooth, by Jeff Lemire (both art and story!), is an apocalyptic comic that benefits from being both familiar and unusual. The concepts, on the surface, allow for a easy suspension of disbelief while the details will keep readers enthralled. Seven years ago a sickness struck the world down. If you weren’t sick, you would be eventually. The children would have been the hope of the future, since all the children are immune to the... Read more

NYCC: CROSSED Post Apocalyptic Ultra-violence

At New York Comic Con I was not only able to pick up a copy of  Crossed in the exhibit hall, but I was also able to shuffle some three feet to my left to have it signed by artist Jacen Burrows. I, unfortunately, did not ask him if his gory art makes it difficult for him to sleep– though I’m sure it does. Crossed is a super-violent story of a world not simply gone mad, but  gone to live out... Read more