REVIEW: ‘BOO!’ (Vol.2) #1

(Monkeybrain Comics, 2014)

Written by RJ White, Dylan Todd, Leonard Pierce, Jan Morris, Delilah Dawson, Chris Sims, Ken Lowery, Manning Krull, Sean Pappe, Scott Faulkner, and Benito Cereno
Art by Kelly Tindall, Matt Digges, Pete Toms, Gloria Reynolds, Adam Watson, Matt Smigel, Joel Carroll, Matthew Allen Smith, Andy Hirsch, Shawn McGuan, Manning Krull, Sean Pappe, Erica Henderson, Scott Faulkner, and Jordan Witt

Halloween was just upon us, and along with scary movies, trick or treating, and the occasional summer camp hack n’ slash, we turn our thoughts to holiday-themed television shows and more importantly, comics. Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Sovereign’ #2

(Image Comics, 2014)

Writer – Chris Roberson
Artist – Paul Maybury
Colors – Paul Maybury, with Jordan Gibson & Brad Simpson
Letters – John J. Hill

As a writer and occasional fan of science fiction and fantasy, I have of course read The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, two benchmark books in the creation on sustainability of a fictional world. To instill a sense of reality and solidity in a complete fiction is a mountainous realm of improbability. How do you make it feel real while continuing to keep it interesting? Continue reading

BrainTrust: Following Monkeybrain Comics, Ep.4

I hope you all are in the midst of a post-NCBD slumber, snoozing beneath the spread leaves of the comics you passed out reading last night, your head resting lightly on those yet to be opened, their bindings still crisp and staples shiny.  For the rest of us the week wears on, and next week’s NCB day looms.

Next week, on April 16, Bandette #7 is scheduled to release.

I’ve been absent from the BrainTrust for a bit now, but I return now, in huge, Monekybrain-ed fashion, not to preview a book, but to tell you why you should be reading Bandette. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Edison Rex’ #15

(Monkeybrain Comics, 2014)

Story by Chris Roberson & Dennis Culver
Written by Dennis Culver
Artwork by Dennis Culver
Color Artwork by Stephen Downer

In many ways human culture is obsessed with the very nature of time as it relates to our lives.  We see ourselves through a lense of our past, though it is a biased and individually skewed one depending on what our outlook on life tends to be.  We look ahead fueled by our dreams and tempered with our worries and faults, and we try to find an idealized future within these confines.  We abstractly think of the paths and choices that may lead to such a life, trying to find direction.

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REVIEW: ‘Headspace’ #1

(Monkeybrain Comics, 2014)

Illustrated by Eric Zawadzki and Chris Peterson
Colours by Eric Zawadzki and Marissa Louise
Written by Ryan K. Lindsay
Letters by Eric Zawadzki
Edited by Dan Hill

The mind is a mystery. Modern science has yet to understand why humans use only a small portion of their brains. That is part of the reason why it is such a ripe fruit for the picking when it comes to popular culture and entertainment. Continue reading

BrainTrust: Following Monkeybrain Comics, Ep.3

This week I’ve decided to focus again on some of the fantastic and original work coming out of Monkeybrain Comics. It’s a beautiful thing to see a small company backing creators as they produce their original work. Those are the kinds of business practices that are redeeming in this country, a chance for us to see what can happen when creators are given free reign. And with that kind of business you attract the kinds of people you want in that business. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Reincar(Nate)’ #1

(5th World Studios, 2014)

Review by Brad Gischia

Written by Michael Moreci
Illustrations by Keith Burns
Color by Chris Beckett
Letters by Jim Campbell

*Moderate Spoilers

Happy New Comic Book Day! On this most joyous of weekdays, perhaps as you’re browsing about in the virtual bins at Comixology, you happen upon Hoaxhunters and remember that they’re on sabbatical. But how to get your Moreci fix? Continue reading

BRAIN TRUST: Following Monkeybrain Comics, Episode 2

Edison Rex 1-12 – An Overview
by Brad Gischia

Written by Chris Roberson
Art by Dennis Culver
Colored by Stephen Downer
Lettering by John J. Hill
Released by Monkeybrain Comics

*Limited Spoilers

I often bemoan my proximity to a comic shop. This week I understand that it could actually be a blessing in disguise. If I were in the vicinity of a pull box with my name on it I’m certain as to what titles would be in there. Continue reading

BRAIN TRUST: Following Monkeybrain Comics, Episode 1

I’ve noticed in past months that small publisher Monkeybrain Comics has been putting out comics at a rate that seems almost unreal. To keep up with the constant, high-end output of this indie powerhouse, we here at bagandbored.net are going to try out a feature here that will cover recent comics. For the inaugural piece, I’ve got three title, five books total, to run through with you, faithful reader. No matter what your feeling on indie comics as a whole, I’ve found that Monkeybrain is constantly at the top of its game. Continue reading

Bag and Bored’s ‘Best Of 2013’: BRAD GISCHIA

BEST OF 2013
with Brad Gischia

I began reviewing comics for Bagandbored.net about six months ago.  I was so fired up to get into it, but I specified, when I talked to our fearless leader, Cory, that I would be in more than a little bit of a jam when it comes to reviewing books.  I am not near a comic store.  So to get a gig that is so centered on ever changing wall books, or even monthly, well…it wouldn’t be easy. Continue reading

REVIEW: “Code Monkey Save World” #1 and #2

(Monkeybrain Comics, 2013)

Review by Brad Gischia

Written by Greg Pak
Based on the songs of Jonathan Coulton
Pencils and Inks by Takeshi Miyazawa
Colors by Jessica Kholinne
Letters by Simon Bowland

*Some Spoilage

(Cue deep and gravelly voiced announcer) “In a world…where zombie armies roam, where animated dolls creep into your nighttime bedroom, where giant alien squids hover over your town like a baby Cthulu…don’t look to your boss, don’t look to the government, look to…Code Monkey!” Continue reading

REVIEW: “Boo!: Halloween Stories” #1-3

(Monkeybrain Comics, 2013)

Review by Brad Gischia

WRITTEN & ARTWORK BY: Various
CREATED BY: Jon Morris & Manning Krull

Aside: In college I took a pre-requisite class on publishing your work. I submitted a story that I meant to publish to the prof and was rebutted with…”this is fun. Too bad there’s no place to publish the fun stuff…”

Now I saw to you…college prof…there is a place to publish the “fun stuff”. Look no further than Boo at Monkeybrain Comics, and you’ll see that there are people out there doing just that. Filling our heads with “the fun stuff”. Thank you Jon Morris and Manning Krull. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Strange Nation’ #1

(Monkeybrain Comics, 2013)

Review by Brad Gischia

Written & Lettered by Paul Allor
Art by Juan Romera
Edited by Rob Anderson
Front-Cover Deisgn by Tim Daniel

…Spoilers abound…

We’ve all seen the photo of “batboy” the wide-eyed, pointy-toothed creature found in a cave in…wherever. Often we don’t think that there could be some truth to these stories. How far would you be willing to go to find the truth? What would you risk? Your job? Your safety? Norma Parks has taken on that very problem Continue reading

REVIEW: “Captain Ultimate” #2

(Monkeybrain Comics, 2013)

Review by Brad Gischia

Story – Benjamin Bailey and Joey Esposito
Pencils and Inks – Boy Akkerman
Colors – Ed Ryzowski
Letters and Production – Adam O. Pruett

Look! Up in the sky…it’s a bird…it’s a plane…it has a fantastic moustache! Captain Ultimate swoops in to save the day again, his facial hair buffeted by the wind as he takes the bad guys out. Issue 2 of Captain Ultimate is on the stands now, and promises to be more exciting that the first. Continue reading

REVIEW: “Heartbreakers” #1

(Monkeybrain Comics, 2013)

Review by Brad Gischia

STORY BY:  Paul Guinan & Anina Bennett
SCRIPT BY:  Anina Bennett
ARTWORK BY:  Paul Guinan
LETTERING BY:  Willie Schubert

My thanks to monkeybrain comics and bagandbored.net, they’ve done my job for me this week.  Heartbreakers was originally published in Dark Horse Presents #35 on December 1, 1989, so that puts it smack in the middle of my usual era for longbox reading. Continue reading

REVIEW: “Subatomic Party Girls” #1

(Monkeybrain Comics, 2013)

Review by Cory Thrall

WRITTEN BY:  Chris Sims & Chad Bowers
ARTWORK BY:  Erica Henderson
COLOR ARTWORK BY:  Erica Henderson
LETTERING BY:  Josh Krach

“Subatomic Party Girls” has quite an interesting name, and is one that might turn some people away from this title before they actually look into it.  Honestly, the title of this comic is one of the only things I found off-putting with this first issue, as what you’ll find inside is some awesome and lively comic work – fun for fans of rock ‘n’ roll, space adventures, aliens, and classic characters. Continue reading

REVIEW: “Kinski” #1

(Monkeybrain Comics, 2013)

Review by Cory Thrall

WRITTEN BY:  Gabriel Hardman
ARTWORK BY:  Gabriel Hardman

Releasing this Wednesday the 15th, “Kinski” has to be one of the most subtle and curious titles I’ve read in nearly 30 years of reading comics.  While I can see someone flipping through this and not getting much out of it, I found that hidden ‘between the lines’ was an intricate character study, an engaging story that so far is totally not what would be expected. Continue reading