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

BEST OF 2013
with Brad Gischia

I began reviewing comics for 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

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, 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

“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


REVIEW: “Theremin” #1

(Monkeybrain Comics, 2013)

Review by Jared Butler

WRITTEN BY:  Curt Pires
ARTWORK BY:  Dalton Rose
LETTERING:  Ryan Ferrier
DESIGN BY: Dylan Todd

What if 1920s Russia had super advanced technology like ray guns and robot-men Generals?  Well apparently they would build a not so impressive metropolis of ten story or shorter buildings with not so hi-tech bi-planes and zeppelins flying overhead. Continue reading