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Kickstarter Spotlight: On the Off Chance’s Dan Dougherty

It’s a well known phenomenon that people who are artistic in one sense are often artistic on other fronts as well, that they cannot contain all that creativity with one medium.  That truth is no more evident than in the person of Dan Dougherty, creator of the comic strip Beardo and the comic book Touching Evil.  A talented artist and writer, Dan is also a musician, and with the band On The Off Chance, and is releasing their debut album, White Shoes Black Water, and Kickstarting a vinyl edition. Continue reading

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Review: Sword Art Online Vol. 1

Serialized by Dengeki Bunko (2009-Present)

Serialized in the U.S. by Yen Press (2014-Present)

Story by Reki Kawahara, Art by abec

Summary: In the year 2022, gamers rejoice as Sword Art Online-a VRMMORPG (Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) like no other-opens its virtual doors, allowing players to take full advantage of the ultimate in gaming technology: NerveGear, a system that allows users to completely immerse themselves in the game world by manipulating their brain waves to create a wholly realistic gaming experience. But when the game goes live, the elation of the players quickly turns to horror as they discover that, for all its amazing features, SAO is missing one of the most basic functions of any MMORPG-a log-out button. Now trapped in the virtual world of Aincrad, their bodies held captive by NerveGear in the real world, users are issued a chilling ultimatum: conquer all one hundred floors of Aincrad to regain your freedom. But in the warped world of SAO, “game over” means certain death-both virtual and real… [Yen Press] Continue reading

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Review: Revolutionaries #2

(IDW – 2017)
Writer: John Barber
Art: Fico Ossio
Colors: Sebastian Cheng
Letters Tom B Long
Regular Cover: Tradd Moore & Felipe Sobreiro
One of the REVOLOUTIONARIES is M.I.A following Mayday’s (Ayana Jones) recent team up with ROM the Space Knight to lead her fledgling team into battle against Major Bludd and the Oktober Guard after a strange artefact released Dire Wraith energies in Verenya Schleteva. Now in REVOLOUTIONARIES #2 Mayday’s team sets out to rescue Action Man and the find mysterious Talisman, along with a little help from the diminutive visitors from Microspace, the Micronauts!  Their mission will cause them to lock swords with the all-new Storm Shadow, and she’s not someone who backs down without a fight! Continue reading

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Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 Ep. 14

(Marvel Studios / Marvel Entertainment / Disney Studios / ABC Studios-2017)

LMD Arc – Part 6

Summary: The next arc in the 3rd season of Agents of SHIELD has begun. Daisy has returned to the agency, Ghost Rider is nowhere to be found, and a new threat has arrived: LMDs! These Life Model Decoys are android replicates of our favorite characters out to divide the team and take over the show. Led by AIDA, an android created by the enigmatic Dr. Radcliffe, the robot revolution has begun and SHIELD is at the forefront!
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Review: Seraphim 266613336 Wing

Serialized in Animage (1994-1996)

Published in the U.S. by Dark Horse Comics (2015)

Story by Mamoru Oshii, Art by Satoshi Kon

Summary: The signs were there, if anyone had read them. By the time they noticed, it was too late.

It began on the cusp of the twenty-first century. An unknown disease appeared from deep inside Eurasia, then spread uncontrollably until it decimated the continent. Continue reading

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Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 Ep. 13

(Marvel Studios / Marvel Entertainment / Disney Studios / ABC Studios – 2017)

LMD Arc – Part 5

Summary: The next arc in the 3rd season of Agents of SHIELD has begun. Daisy has returned to the agency, Ghost Rider is nowhere to be found, and a new threat has arrived: LMDs! These Life Model Decoys are android replicates of our favorite characters out to divide the team and take over the show. Led by AIDA, an android created by the enigmatic Dr. Radcliffe, the robot revolution has begun and SHIELD is at the forefront! Continue reading

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Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 Ep. 12

(Marvel Studios / Marvel Entertainment / Disney Studios / ABC Studios-2017)

LMD Arc – Part 4

Summary: The next arc in the 3rd season of Agents of SHIELD has begun. Daisy has returned to the agency, Ghost Rider is nowhere to be found, and a new threat has arrived: LMDs! These Life Model Decoys are android replicates of our favorite characters out to divide the team and take over the show. Led by AIDA, an android created by the enigmatic Dr. Radcliffe, the robot revolution has begun and SHIELD is at the forefront! Continue reading

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Review: Sink #1

(Comix Tribe- 2017)

Story by John Lees

Art and Colors by Alex Cormack

Letters by Colin Bell

Logo by Tim Daniel

Glasgow, largest city in Scotland, third largest in the UK, and home to a bustling nightlife.  And there are bars and clubs as well.  In John Lees latest comic, Sink, from Comix Tribe, there is a distinct difference from what you envision. Continue reading

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Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 Ep. 11

(Marvel Studios / Marvel Entertainment / Disney Studios / ABC Studios – 2017)

LMD Arc – Part 3

Summary: The next arc in the 3rd season of Agents of SHIELD has begun. Daisy has returned to the agency, Ghost Rider is nowhere to be found, and a new threat has arrived: LMDs! These Life Model Decoys are android replicates of our favorite characters out to divide the team and take over the show. Led by AIDA, an android created by the enigmatic Dr. Radcliffe, the robot revolution has begun and SHIELD is at the forefront! Continue reading

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Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 Ep. 10

(Marvel Studios – 2017)

LMD Arc – Part 2

Summary: The next arc in the 3rd season of Agents of SHIELD has begun. Daisy has returned to the agency, Ghost Rider is nowhere to be found, and a new threat has arrived: LMDs! These Life Model Decoys are android replicates of our favorite characters out to divide the team and take over the show. Led by AIDA, an android created by the enigmatic Dr. Radcliffe, the robot revolution has begun and SHIELD is at the forefront! Continue reading

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Review: Transformers: Lost Light #2

(IDW Publishing – 2017)

Writer: James Roberts
Art: Jack Lawrence
Colors: Joana Lafuente
Letters: Tom B Long
Regular Cover: Jack Lawrence & Joana Lafuente

Rodimus, Megatron and their fellow Transformers face a new peril in Transformers Lost Light #2, one even greater than they faced on Necroworld against the Decepticon Justice Division after being stranded there when Getaway led a mutiny and stole the Lost Light. Fortunately, Brainstorm’s plan to build a makeshift teleporter to enable them return to Cybertron seemed like the ideal solution to their predicament, and it got them back to Cybertron, just not the right one! Continue reading

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Review: A Bride’s Story Vol. 2

Serialized in Harta (2008-Present)

Published in the U.S. by YEN Press (2011-Present)

Story & Art by Kaoru Mori

Summary: A Bride’s Story tells the tale of a beautiful young bride in nineteenth-century Asia. At the age of twenty, Amir is sent to a neighboring town to be wed. But her surprise at learning her new husband, Karluk, is eight years younger than her is quickly replaced by a deep affection for the boy and his family. Though she hails from just beyond the mountains, Amir’s clan had very different customs, foods, and clothes from what Karluk is used to. As the two of them learn more about each other through their day-to-day lives, the bond of respect and love grows stronger. [YEN Press] Continue reading

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Review: The Spirit: The Corpse-Makers #1

(Dynamite Entertainment – 2017)
Writer / Artist / Letterer Francesco Francavilla

Fans of hard-boiled pulp and crime-comics are in for a real treat with The Spirit: The Corpse-Makers #1 as renowned comic book writer-artist Francesco Francavilla brings us his distinct take on Will Eisner’s legendary masked crime-fighter The Spirit! The Spirit: The Corpse-Makers #1 kicks off the first part of this brand new five part mini-series from Dynamite Entertainment were Central City has been struck by a series of unexplained deaths, the Police can find nothing to connect the victims, but there is something far more sinister going on than anyone truly realizes, and its not long before The Spirit and his trusty sidekick Ebony White are on the case! Continue reading

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Review: A Bride’s Story Vol. 1

Serialized in Harta (2008-Present)

Published in the U.S. by YEN Press (2011-Present)

Story & Art by Kaoru Mori

Summary: A Bride’s Story tells the tale of a beautiful young bride in nineteenth-century Asia. At the age of twenty, Amir is sent to a neighboring town to be wed. But her surprise at learning her new husband, Karluk, is eight years younger than her is quickly replaced by a deep affection for the boy and his family. Though she hails from just beyond the mountains, Amir’s clan had very different customs, foods, and clothes from what Karluk is used to. As the two of them learn more about each other through their day-to-day lives, the bond of respect and love grows stronger. [YEN Press] Continue reading

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Review: Red Sonja

(Dynamite – 2017)

Writer: Amy Chu

Illustrator: Carlos Gomez

Colorer: Mohan

Letterer: Simon Bowland

Hey everyone. I’m coming back at you with Red Sonja # 1. So let’s jump in.

Not being too familiar with the comic series, I got to read this comic as a blank slate. And that was kind of fun. As a new reader, I was able to leave this issue excited to see what comes next, and can’t wait for issue number two. But getting there was a little bit of a rollercoaster ride. Continue reading

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Review: Shadow Star Vol. 2

Serialized in Afternoon (1998-2003)

Story & Art by Mohiro Kitoh

Published in the U.S. by Dark Horse Comics (2001-2005; Incomplete Run)

Summary: “From a dying planet shall come the children of light…”

While on vacation on a small island, young Shiina Tamai dives under the water near an old shrine and discovers an unearthly starfish-like creature. She nearly drowns but is rescued by the silent, wide-eyed little animal, who Shiina befriends and names Hoshimaru. To Shiina’s surprise and delight, the creature changes shape, lets Shiina stand on him, and the two fly off into the clouds. But what looks to be a young girl’s ultimate fantasy soon takes a darker turn as Shiina and Hoshimaru become entangled in a struggle between rival extraterrestrial factions who battle in the skies upon huge alien beasts called Shadow Dragons, with the fate of Earth hanging in the balance. [Dark Horse] Continue reading

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Review: Lonesomes #1 and #2

Writer – Ryan Little

Pencils and Inks – Eder Messias

Colors – Fahriza Kamaputra

Letters – Jamie Me

Addl. Letters – Nick Warner

Tom Auld is lonely in a way that only a young person can be lonely.  He feels cut off from his family and his peers, and the old people ,teachers, just don’t connect.  It’s exactly the kind of person that the Lonesomes appear to. Continue reading

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Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 Ep. 9

(Marvel Studios / Marvel Entertainment / Disney Studios / ABC Studios -2016)

LMD Arc – Part 1

Summary: The next arc in the 3rd season of Agents of SHIELD has begun. Daisy has returned to the agency, Ghost Rider is nowhere to be found, and a new threat has arrived: LMDs! These Life Model Decoys are android replicates of our favorite characters out to divide the team and take over the show. Led by AIDA, an android created by the enigmatic Dr. Radcliffe, the robot revolution has begun and SHIELD is at the forefront! Continue reading

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Review: Jaco The Galactic Patrolman – The Complete Series

Serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump (2013)

Published in U.S. by VIZ Media (2015)

Story and Art by Akira Toriyama

Summary: Retired scientist Omori lives alone on a deserted island while continuing his research into time-travel. His quiet life is interrupted when galactic patrolman Jaco crash-lands and decides to move in with him. This agent from space claims to be an elite, but sometimes it can be a little hard to believe. Can Jaco get along with the old man long enough to save the Earth from a dangerous threat? [From the back of the book.] Continue reading