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Preview: Soulfire #4

Preview: Soulfire #4

By Rui Esteves in Blog on March 8, 2013

CoverSOULFIRE (vol 4) #4 J.T. Krul – Story / Mike DeBalfo – Art / Nei Ruffino  - ColorsMichael Turner’s epic fantasy adventure surges forward into a new era!Possessed by the chaotic spirit of Oris, Grace seems all but unstoppable as her reign of terror storms across the globe. Cities are being destroyed. People are dying. In the Everlands, one of Malikai's closest friends is facing death from Grace's violence. Can the combined power of magic and technology save them? And if so, will the result be a miracle…or an abomination?"From veteran SOULFIRE scribe J.T. Krul, and featuring the amazing art of Michael DeBalfo along with fan favorite colorist Nei Ruffino, this is the SOULFIRE tale three volumes in the making! New and returning fans will NOT want to miss out as the biggest SOULFIRE story ever told continues right here!SOULFIRE (vol 4) #4 is in stores March 20th, 2013!FC                               32 pages                                 $3.99       Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Preview Page 4 Cover B Cover CFollow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/03/preview-soulfire-4.html

Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 2 - Bendis Bagley

Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 2 - Bendis Bagley

By Arion in Blog on March 8, 2013

When you are in high school you can never be too sure about your own feelings. All those hormones and physical changes will keep you distracted and unfocused, and that’s what Bendis reminds us in the second volume of Ultimate Spider-Man. After the death of uncle Ben, Peter Parker has decided to admit that “with great power there must also come great responsibility”, but it doesn’t matter how hard he tries to do the right thing, he keeps ruining the possibilities of having a relationship with Mary Jane.Peter will realize quite quickly that having a secret life as a masked vigilante comes at a very high price. There are some truly wonderful moments here, such as aunt May’s breakdown, when she thinks Peter is never at home because he simply doesn’t want to be around her, the boy ends up crying, telling her that she loves her. Just as he cried in the arms of Mary Jane after the murder of his uncle.In this second volume we see Peter getting closer to Mary Jane. Powers can never guarantee getting a good love life, on the contrary, they can be a real problem. And that’s what Peter realizes when he has to cancel his first date with Mary Jane after getting hurt in one of his missions. Besides, Spider-Man’s powers may not be enough to grant him victory over his enemies, and that’s what he learns after fighting against the Kingpin. It’s only thanks to his intelligence that he can defeat the Kingpin at the end. Remembering uncle Ben / recordando al tío BenBendis sure can write some really hilarious moments, but perhaps my favorite takes place in Confessions (Ultimate Spider-Man # 13). Peter Parker invites Mary Jane to his house, they start talking and Peter tells her that he must confess a secret: he is Spider-Man. After reading superhero comics for so many years, I’ve seen many scenes of secret identities revealed but none as poignant and as funny as this one. This is basically an entire issue that revolves around some very common aspects of superhero dynamics, and Bendis plays with all the established clichés and in return gives us something truly unique and fresh.There have been some subtle references to sexuality in the previous volume, and this time what we get are basically a series of jokes that have some level of sexual tension. For instance, Mary Jane screams quite loudly when she sees Peter climbing up his room’s wall, and then excited by the situation she starts jumping on the bed, making some strong squeaky noises. Immediately, aunt May enters his nephew’s room absolutely convinced that they are having sex. Which is only logical, after all, what else could a couple of horny teenagers do in a locked room? She even mentions safe sex and tells Peter she doesn’t want “any hanky-panky” in the house. As a matter of fact, Peter hasn’t even kissed Mary Jane yet (although he gets very close to do so in this chapter). Peter is still an innocent boy, and the fact that he almost kisses one of the most beautiful girls in the school makes him feel on cloud nine. Once again penciler Mark Bagley and inker Art Thibert form a very solid artistic team. Bagley keeps these kids as young as they should be, and he delivers some really amazing action scenes. This truly is, like Entertainment Weekly said, “one of the most emotionally resonant depictions of teendom in comics since Spider-Man’s debut 38 years ago”.______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Spider-Man versus KingpinCuando estás en secundaria, tus sentimientos son algo de lo que nunca estás del todo seguro. Todas esas hormonas y cambios corporales te distraen y desconcentran, y eso es lo que Bendis nos recuerda en el segundo volumen de Ultimate Spider-Man. Después de la muerte del tío Ben, Peter Parker ha decidido admitir que "un gran poder conlleva una gran responsa-bilidad", pero no importa qué tanto intente hacer lo correcto, sigue arruinando las posibilidades de tener una relación con Mary Jane.Peter descubrirá con bastante rapidez que tener una vida secreta como un vigilante enmascarado tiene un precio. Hay algunos momentos realmente maravillosos aquí, como la crisis de la tía May; cuando ella piensa que Peter nunca está en casa porque no quiere ni verla, el chico termina llorando, diciéndole que sí la quiere. Al igual que lloró en los brazos de Mary Jane después del asesinato de su tío. Peter Parker & Mary Jane En este segundo volumen vemos a Peter cada vez más cerca a Mary Jane. Los poderes nunca garantizan una buena vida amorosa, por el contrario, pueden ser un verdadero problema. Y eso es lo que Peter constata cuando tiene que cancelar su primera cita con Mary Jane después de salir herido en una de sus misiones. Además, los poderes de Spider-Man no son suficientes para triunfar sobre sus enemigos, y esto queda comprobado tras la pelea contra el Kingpin. Al final será sólo gracias a su inteligencia que podrá derrotar al Kingpin.Bendis sin duda escribe algunos momentos hilarantes, pero tal vez mi favorito ocurre en "Confesiones" (Ultimate Spider-Man # 13). Peter Parker invita a Mary Jane a su casa, empiezan a hablar y Peter le dice que debe confesar un secreto: él es Spider-Man. Después de leer cómics de súper-héroes por tantos años, he visto muchas escenas en las que se revela la identidad secreta pero ninguna tan significativa y divertida como esta. Este es básicamente un ejemplar entero dedicado a los aspectos más comunes de la dinámica heroica, y Bendis juega con todos los clichés establecidos y nos entrega a cambio algo realmente único y fresco.  the confession / la confesiónHabía algunas referencias sutiles a la sexualidad en el volumen anterior, y esta vez tenemos básicamente una serie de bromas que presentan cierto nivel de tensión sexual. Por ejemplo, Mary Jane grita bastante cuando ve a Peter trepando por el techo de su habitación, y emocionada por la situación empieza a saltar en la cama, haciendo un fuerte sonido chirriante. Inmedia-tamente, la tía May entra al cuarto de su sobrino, absolutamente convencida de que están teniendo sexo. Algo lógico, después de todo, ¿qué otra cosa podría hacer una pareja adolescente a puertas cerradas? Ella incluso menciona el sexo seguro y le dice a Peter que no quiere "ninguna travesura" en la casa. De hecho, Peter ni siquiera ha besado a Mary Jane (aunque está casi a punto de hacerlo en este número). Peter todavía es un chico inocente, y el hecho de haber estado a punto de besar a una de las chicas más lindas del colegio lo hace sentir en la gloria. Una vez más, los lápices de Mark Bagley y las tintas de Art Thibert se combinan muy bien. Bagley logra que estos muchachos sean tan jóvenes como deben ser, y logra escenas de acción asombrosas. Esto es verdaderamente, como dijo Entertainment Weekly, "uno de los retratos del mundo adolescente más emocionalmente resonantes desde el debut de Spider-Man hace 38 años".Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/03/ultimate-spider-man-vol-2-bendis-bagley.html

Arion's Archaic Art - d761cd4d6c85d068b974da402495666d - 2013-03-08-06-30-06

Arion's Archaic Art - d761cd4d6c85d068b974da402495666d - 2013-03-08-06-30-06

By Arion in Blog on March 7, 2013

Más de uno se habrá preguntado por qué no he escrito sobre muestras de arte desde hace un mes. La razón es bastante sencilla: mañana viernes se cumple mi primer mes de trabajo en la revista COSAS. Sin duda, la experiencia que tuve el año pasado en Plus TV y Frecuencia Latina fue muy valiosa, pero al final, parafraseando un dicho gringo, fui atraído por pastos más verdes. COSAS me ha tratado muy bien durante estas semanas, y teniendo en cuenta que esta publicación tiene una periodicidad bisemanal, mi nombre ya ha aparecido en los créditos de las últimas dos revistas, así como en la revista CASAS. Claro que esto ha significado estar un poco más ocupado de lo normal. No obstante, esta semana me he dado el lujo de asistir a tres inauguraciones distintas.El martes llegué puntualmente a la exposición de los talleres de arte de Corriente Alterna,  y pude deleitarme con una enorme variedad de trabajos y estilos distintos. En el transcurso de la noche me encontré con Marcos Palacios y Paola Tejada, y nos quedamos conversando un buen rato mientras disfrutábamos con la decoración estilo feria y las curiosidades de la noche: una escultura de globos, puestos de canchita y helado de La Heladería (yo me comí más de una vez el de “queso helado” y estaba riquísimo), como siempre, Otto Kunz ofreció jamones, quesos y pancitos de todo tipo, y bodegas Trapiche aportó las infaltables copas de vino. Great work / ytabajo grandiosoEl miércoles estuve en la Galería Cecilia González, listo para la inauguración de “Dame el poder” de la artista Natalia Pilo-Pais, a quien saludé y felicité personalmente. El 2011 Pilo-Pais había presentado “Chicamatic”, una original muestra nos retrotraía a décadas pasadas, en donde la mujer-objeto era concebida a través de la mujer-con-el-objeto; es decir, la ama de casa ideal. En esta ocasión, Natalia vuelve a jugar con elementos anacrónicos y se enfoca en las portadas de revistas de aventuras sesenteras, todos deliciosamente retro, todas deliciosamente ingenuas a su manera. Pero, además, ella inserta en las portadas de estas revistas no sólo colores de su propia cosecha sino elementos claves de la publicidad de hace medio siglo, cada cuadro, por lo tanto, tiene una gran fuerza expresiva que combina el poderío visual con las sugerentes huellas de la propaganda. El suyo es un trabajo que cautiva no sólo por su belleza sino, también, por su contenido intelectual.  my drawing / mi dibujoAunque me tomé varios vasos de whisky (y una copita de espumante), Marcos Palacios y Paola Tejada me ayudaron a no extralimitarme. En la galería barranquina me encontré con Pablo Villaizán, Julio Garay y Lolo y Didi Arteta. Hoy en la noche se inauguró en la Galería Enlace “De un extremo a otro” del artista cubano José Bedia. Algunos de los cuadros de Bedia tienen una potencia visual impresionante, allí se percibe claramente la ebullición creativa de Bedia y, sobre todo, su indomable potencia. Entre sus mejores cuadros se encuentran "Adulterio", una brutal denuncia sobre la violencia hacia las mujeres en medio oriente y "Bless the Miami river", un cuadro alucinante sobre dos mujeres obesas que ungen con aceites celestiales a una tercera, tras un árbol, lejos de la escena, dos muchachos que llevan gorras al revés, se masturban frenéticamente,como si nunca hubiesen visto una escena de desnudo. En ambos cuadros, la sensación de movimiento es casi tangible.También en Enlace se inauguró "Latido de arena" de Esther Vainstein, una interesante muestra que destaca sobre todo por su instalación de una caja de arena, aunque en comparación a la muestra de Bedia pierde con muchos puntos de diferencia. En Enlace me encontré, una vez más, con Marcos Palacios y Paola Tejada, Hugo Salazar, José Medina, Roberto Ascóniga, Noah Alhalel, Mariella Agois, etc. Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/03/mas-de-uno-se-habra-preguntado-por-que.html

Preview: Executive Assistant: Iris #3

Preview: Executive Assistant: Iris #3

By Rui Esteves in Blog on March 6, 2013

CoverEXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: IRIS (vol 3) #3David Wohl – Writer /Alex Lei– Art / Teo Gonzalez - ColorsThe Extinction continues!Working with the CIA, Iris learns that the powerful and malevolent arms dealer Mazutsu is off limits to the Agency, a fact that piques her interest further. Covertly, Iris heads to New Delhi, India in search of her friend Lotus, but surprisingly discovers a deadly battle already in progress, along with the arrival of some rather violent “friends” as well!EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: IRIS vol 3 #3 is in stores March 13, 2013!  Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Preview Page 4 Cover B Cover CFollow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/03/preview-executive-assistant-iris-3.html

Fans Select Overtaken As New Aspen Comics “10 for 10” Series In August

Fans Select Overtaken As New Aspen Comics “10 for 10” Series In August

By Rui Esteves in Blog on March 6, 2013

Cover Following a month-long online fan voting process to choose Aspen Comics’ next series, the publisher has announced that Overtaken has won the contest and will debut on August 21st as their “10 for 25,40 cm release for that month. Created by Frank Mastromauro, this all new sci-fi, action adventure series is described:Journalist Will Harden is well equipped for most situations, but nothing can prepare him for what’s about to come. Relocating from the big city to a small mountain town with his wife, everything is turned upside-down the moment she goes missing. Are the rumors of alien abductions true or did something far worse happen to his wife? No matter the cause, Harden will not stop until he uncovers the truth, or die trying.Overtaken will be written by Mastromauro with art by newcomer Marco Lorenzana. Aspen Editor-in-Chief Vince Hernandez discusses Lorenzana’s participation:“Marco has a truly amazing story on how he showed up on our radar. He was visiting Los Angeles and was staying with family, and on a whim he decided to take a chance and show up at our studio with his portfolio in hand. As it turned out, his artwork was outstanding and Frank asked him to stay. From that day forward Marco spent countless hours honing his craft in the studio and he just took off from there. We’re really excited to have Marco on the project and are eager to show everyone what he’s capable of.”Aspen will be supporting the release of Overtaken #1 will all of their successful “10 for 10” incentives including the Aspen Reserved Edition and Aspen Retailer Exclusive covers, as well as special variant covers by J. Scott Campbell, Eric Basaldua and more to be announced shortly. Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/03/fans-select-overtaken-as-new-aspen.html

Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 1 - Bendis Bagley

Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 1 - Bendis Bagley

By Arion in Blog on March 5, 2013

The most famous heroes of the Marvel Universe have been around for decades, and after such a long time, it’s only natural that some readers forget what was so special or exciting about them in the first place. For instance, when Stan Lee and Steve Ditko created Spider-Man, they revolutionized the superhero genre for one simple reason: instead of having an adult as the protagonist, which was pretty much the rule in a superhero book, they chose to focus on a teenager, on a kid that in DC Comics or another company would have simply been a sidekick, a secondary character at best.Time has passed, and what was innovative in the 60s has sort of become the rule in the present. There is a plethora of teenaged heroes out there. So in 2000, Marvel Comics editor Bill Jemas wondered how they could recover all that lost magic and decided that the best option was to create a different continuity, under a different editorial line, the Ultimate line. And thus Ultimate Spider-Man was born, to tell the stories we were all so familiar with but under a new creative and artistic guidance.If classic Spider-Man stories had captivated thousands of readers it was because Stan Lee turned Peter Parker into a teenager that we could all relate with. He had problems, frustrations and doubts. So in many ways Brian Michael Bendis rescues these elements, but updating them for the 21st century. Bendis reminds us that Peter Parker is a brilliant kid, always reading science books, but at the same time he’s so lost in his own world that he isn’t aware of the many ways in which he can get attacked. Sure, Peter has been bullied before, but what Brian Michael Bendis does is showing us how defenseless he is, and how fragile he can be. And that alone is enough for us to attune to his narrative. When I was reading the first volume of Ultimate Spider-Man I immediately started remembering my high school years. Did I ever feel as helpless as Peter? Did I ever feel insecure, lonely, unable to fit in? Of course I did, now as an adult I no longer have those feelings but that doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten all about them. And that’s the beauty of a title like Ultimate Spider-Man, it makes you relive those high school years; and even if you’ve studied in a different country or continent, Bendis’s stories always ring true.  Peter Parker: a victim of the bullies? /Peter Parker: ¿una víctima de los abusivos?We’ve all seen Spider-Man movies or the cartoons and we all know the origin of the arachnid heroe. Bendis readjusts some elements, but manages to retain the essence, the element that turned Spider-Man into Marvel’s most iconic hero. And he doesn’t rush into it, because he knows he’s got plenty of issues to develop the story. As a result we can see Peter Parker learning to discover his new abilities, rediscovering his body, just as a 15-year-old would, after all, adolescence is all about change. And everything changes in Peter’s life, once he’s bitten by a genetically mutated spider, he acquires superpowers. Suddenly, he’s no longer defenseless. There’s such a sense of empowerment here, and we can all relate to that because we all had power fantasies growing up, all wanted to be bigger, braver or stronger. Now Peter’s dreams have come true. And he reinvents himself as only a misfit teenager could.  growing up is painful / crecer dueleAn adolescent forms his identity based on the behaviors and interests of his peers. Friends are always important, and at this age they are even more relevant than parents. That’s what we see in Peter, the necessity to fit in, to no longer be considered a loser, to be a part of a team of winner, and that’s why he gets into the basketball team and excels at it. At the same time, rebelliousness and recklessness force him to get into constant discussions with his parental figures, aunt May and uncle Ben. Bendis administers drama in the right dosage, he never overdoes it, and thus we’re never in front of artificial melodramas. Everything is very down to Earth, and it all feels so close to us that we feel identified with Peter.I’ve read so many uninteresting ‘new’ origins either in Marvel or DC Comics… every time someone pretends to retell the beginning or the early days of a superhero, readers get poorly written stories. Only a few writers have been able to pull this off (for instance, Byrne in Superman and Miller in Batman). Bendis accomplishes this difficult task and goes beyond that. His Ultimate Spider-Man is a character that stays alive even beyond the boundaries of the page… he’s energy and youthfulness is contagious, his naiveté is endearing and his intensity is greater than what we could have imagined.Artist Mark Bagley does a great job in these pages, injecting a lot of vibrant images, a lot of movement; and no matter what he always remembers that this Peter Parker is only 15 years old, and he makes him young not only in the face but also in his movements. And he emphasizes what a kid is being about… by having Peter jumping in his underwear after perfecting his spider-web formula. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Harry OsbornLos héroes más famosos del universo Marvel existen desde hace décadas, y después de tanto tiempo, es natural que algunos lectores olviden por qué fueron tan especiales y emocionantes en un principio. Por ejemplo, cuando Stan Lee y Steve Ditko crearon a Spider-Man, revolucionaron el género de súper-héroes por una simple razón: en vez de tener a un adulto como protagonista, algo que solía ser la regla, decidieron enfocarse en un adolescente, en un chiquillo que en DC Comics o en otra editorial hubiese sido simplemente un personaje secundario.El tiempo ha pasado, y lo que era innovador en los 60 se ha convertido, en cierto modo, en la norma en el presente. Hay una plétora de héroes adolescentes allí afuera. Así que en el 2000, Bill Jemas, el editor de Marvel Comics, se preguntó cómo podrían recuperar toda esa magia perdida y decidió que la mejor opción era crear una continuidad diferente, bajo una línea editorial distinta, la línea Ultimate. Y de este modo nació Ultimate Spider-Man, para contar las historias que nos eran familiares pero bajo una nueva dirección creativa y artística.  Si las clásicas historias de Spider-Man habían cautivado a miles de lectores fue porque Stan Lee hizo de Peter Parker un adolescente con el que todos nos podíamos identificar. Alguien con problemas, frustraciones y dudas. Así que Brian Michael Bendis rescata de muchas formas estos elementos, pero actualizándolos para el siglo XXI.  The spider-web formula / la fórmula de la telarañaBendis nos recuerda que Peter Parker es un jovencito brillante, siempre leyendo libros de ciencia, pero al mismo tiempo está tan perdido en su propio mundo que no es conciente de los distintos ataques que recibe. Desde luego, Peter ha sido víctima del abuso antes, pero lo que Brian Michael Bendis hace es mostrarnos lo indefenso que está, y lo frágil que puede llegar a ser. Y sólo eso es suficiente para que nos sintonicemos con su narrativa. Cuando estaba leyendo el primer volumen de Ultimate Spider-Man inmediatamente empecé a recordar mis años de secundaria. ¿Alguna vez me sentí tan vulnerable como Peter? ¿Alguna vez me sentí inseguro, solitario, incapaz de encajar? Por supuesto que sí, como adulto ya no tengo esos sentimientos pero eso no significa que los haya olvidado. Y esa es la belleza de un título como Ultimate Spider-Man, te hace revivir esos años de la secundaria; e incluso si han estudiado en un país o continente distinto, las historias de Bendis siempre conservan el ritmo de la verdad.Todos hemos visto películas o series animadas de Spider-Man y todos conocemos el origen del héroe arácnido. Bendis reajusta algunos elementos, pero se las arregla para retener la esencia, el elemento que convirtió a Spider-Man en el héroe más icónico de Marvel. Y no se apresura, porque sabe que tiene muchos números para desarrollar la historia. Por ello, podemos ver a Peter Parker descubriendo sus nuevas habilidades, redescubriendo su cuerpo, tal como lo haría un quinceañero, después de todo, la adolescencia es el cambio. Y todo cambia en la vida de Peter cuando es mordido por una araña mutada genéticamente, y adquiere súper-poderes. De pronto, ya no está indefenso. Hay un sentimiento de poder aquí, y todos nos podemos identificar con ello porque todos tuvimos fantasías de poder mientras crecíamos, todos quisimos ser más grandes, o más valientes o más fuertes. Ahora, los sueños de Peter se han vuelto realidad. Y se reinventa a sí mismo como sólo un adolescente desadaptado podría hacerlo. Mark Bagley & Art ThibertUn adolescente forma su identidad basándose en los comporta-mientos e intereses de sus coetáneos. Los amigos siempre son importantes, y a esta edad son incluso más relevantes que los padres. Eso es lo que vemos en Peter, la necesidad de encajar, de no volver a ser considerado un perdedor, de ser parte de un equipo de ganadores, y es por eso que se mete en el equipo de basket con gran éxito. Al mismo tiempo, su rebeldía e impulsividad lo llevan a constantes discusiones con sus figuras paternas, la tía May y el tío Ben. Bendis administra el drama en dosis adecuadas, sin excederse, y por eso nunca estamos frente a un melodrama artificial. Todo está muy anclado en el día a día, y todo se siente tan cercano a nosotros que nos identificamos con Peter.He leído tantos 'nuevos' orígenes de poca o nula calidad en Marvel y DC... cada vez que alguien pretende volver a narrar el inicio de los primeros días de un súper-héroe, los lectores reciben historias pobres. Sólo unos pocos escritores han sido capaces de sobresalir (por ejemplo, Byrne en Superman y Miller en Batman). Bendis tiene éxito en esta difícil tarea y va más allá aún. Su Ultimate Spider-Man es un personaje que permanece con vida incluso más allá de los límites de la página. Su energía y juventud son contagiosas, su inocencia es encantadora y su intensidad es mayor de lo que podríamos haber imaginado. El artista Mark Bagley hace un gran trabajo en estas páginas, inyectando vitalidad, con imágenes vibrantes y de mucho movimiento; y siempre recuerda que este Peter Parker tiene tan sólo 15 años y hace que sea vea joven en el rostro y también en sus movimientos. Y enfatiza lo que significa ser un muchacho... al hacer que Peter empiece a saltar en ropa interior después de perfeccionar la fórmula de su telaraña.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/03/ultimate-spider-man-vol-1-bendis-bagley.html


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February films / películas de febrero

February films / películas de febrero

By Arion in Blog on February 28, 2013

LincolnMillion Dollar Baby Il  compleannoCama de gato CaligolaKarlekens Sprak 2000AntarcticaOriginally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/03/february-films-peliculas-de-febrero.html

Aspen’S Shrugged #1 sells over 32K copies, personalized retailer exclusive covers revealed

Aspen’S Shrugged #1 sells over 32K copies, personalized retailer exclusive covers revealed

By Rui Esteves in Blog on February 26, 2013

Covers Aspen is pleased to announce that the second release in their ambitious “10 for 10” initiative, Shrugged #1, has ordered in excess of over 32,000 copies and will feature a large array of retailer exclusive covers personalized for each individual store. Aspen Owner and President Frank Mastromauro discusses:“As the writer and co-creator of the series, I couldn’t be happier with the great response we’ve had to the long awaited return of Shrugged. After having it on the schedule for several years, seeing it come back as one of the ‘10 for 10’ launch titles is a complete thrill. This volume was born with an idea Michael Turner had for the sequel to our first volume of the series, and I couldn’t be more proud bringing to life for everyone!”Aspen is pricing each debut #1 “10 for 10” issue for the affordable price of only $1 and is also offering other incentives for each release such as original hand-drawn sketch covers, CGC editions, and special retailer incentive covers by popular artists J. Scott Campbell and Eric “Ebas” Basaldua.Fans and new Aspen readers who add each of the “10 for 10” titles to their comic shop’s local subscription service will be eligible to receive the special Aspen Reserved Edition variant covers. Those fans who collect all ten Aspen Reserved Edition #1 covers will receive a free full-size Aspen “Perfect 10’s” Jam Poster featuring all ten “10 for 10” covers on one image colored by superstar colorist Peter Steigerwald. The Shrugged #1 Aspen Reserved Edition cover features artwork by series artist Jonathan Marks and Steigerwald.Aspen encourages everyone to check out the release of Shrugged #1 for only $1 on March 13th. Captain Chuck's Comics Captain Comics 4 Color Fantasies Cleveland Comics Alterniverse Creative Comics Game On Comics Gem City Comic con 2013 Ghost Ship Comics Heroes Sale Heroes and Fantasies Keith's Komix Journey Into Comics My Comic Shop Mile High Comics Reader Copies Rupps Comics Stadium Comics The Source Uncanny Comics WV Pop Culture Con Warp 9 Wade's Comic MadnessFollow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/02/aspens-shrugged-1-sells-over-32k-copies.html

Preview: Legend of the Shadow Clan #2

Preview: Legend of the Shadow Clan #2

By Rui Esteves in Blog on February 22, 2013

CoverLEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN #2David Wohl – Story / Cory Smith – Art / Jon Starr – ColorsWhat is the mystery of the LEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN?The Himuras believed themselves to be just an average family, but everything changed the night that Dr. Richard Himura inadvertently found himself in a battle with well-armed assassins, and he not only survived, but he defeated them! Exhilarated and confused, Himura now discovers that this attack was not random, and that he and his family are anything but ordinary–they are members of an ancient and powerful ninja family known as the Shadowclan. But now that their secret has been discovered, they realize they are ALL in great danger!Writer David Wohl is joined by the artistic talents of Cory Smith and colorist John Starr, as they bring to you the thrilling new adventures of the LEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Preview Page 4 Cover B Cover D LEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN #2 is in stores March 6th, 2013!Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/02/preview-legend-of-shadow-clan-2.html

First look of Aspen Comics Jirni #1

First look of Aspen Comics Jirni #1

By Rui Esteves in Blog on February 20, 2013

Aspen's newest 10 for 10 series debut!Discover a whole new world of adventure! Trekking through a violent and dangerous frontier of savage barbarians, devious thieves, and wild creatures, a warrior-princess named Ara searches for her mother, who was stolen away from her kingdom by a mysterious sorcerer with the help of his powerful D'jinn. What great and terrible secrets await her in the distant horizon? Prepare to experience an epic tale of fantasy and wonder without boundaries. This is Ara's quest. This is Ara's destiny. This is Ara's ... JIRNI. Jam Poster Cover A Cover B Sketch cover Ara Anjaha Character Sketch32 pages, $1, In stores on April 17.Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/02/first-look-of-aspen-comics-jirni-1.html

Aspen’s “10 for 10” Continues at Emerald City Con

Aspen’s “10 for 10” Continues at Emerald City Con

By Rui Esteves in Blog on February 20, 2013

Aspen Comics heads north to Seattle on March 1st – 3rd for the Emerald City Comicon 2013 and will be continuing their huge push for their “10 for 10” anniversary initiative at the show. Creators Frank Mastromauro (Shrugged, Awaken Skies/Overtaken), Peter Steigerwald (Zoo Hunters, Lady Mechanika), Siya Oum (Charismagic, Executive Assistant: Iris) and David Wohl (Legend of the Shadow Clan, Executive Assistant: Iris) will be appearing all weekend long at the Aspen Comics Booth #2206. Emerald City LSC 1 To celebrate the successful launch of the debut “10 for 10” title, Legend of the Shadow Clan, Aspen is making a special Emerald City variant for the second issue. The Legend of the Shadow Clan #2 Emerald City Comicon 2013 exclusive cover is fully illustrated by Seattle native Siya Oum and is limited to only 200 copies. Oum and Legend of the Shadow Clan creator Wohl will be at the Aspen Booth all weekend long to sign copies of this limited exclusive. Illustration In addition to all new editions of their industry-leading art prints for the con, Aspen will also be unveiling their second offering in their Aspen Tour Print 2013 Anniversary Edition series by Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald, which debuted earlier this year in Arizona to sold-out success. The Aspen Tour Print Anniversary Edition is limited to 125 editions. Aspen encourages fans to arrive early to ensure their print edition of this highly limited product. Aspen will also be offering two new Legend of the Shadow Clan prints by J. Scott Campbell and Cory Smith, respectively. The publisher will also feature an all new print featuring popular characters Aspen and Grace by Michael Turner and Peter Seigerwald, limited to 125 editions. LSC 2 LSC 3Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/02/aspens-10-for-10-continues-at-emerald.html

Shelf Avengers got a new team mate - Yellowjacket

Shelf Avengers got a new team mate - Yellowjacket

By Rui Esteves in Blog on February 16, 2013

Yellowjacket What do you get when you bring together comic book mythos, Eaglemoss and Planeta DeAgostini? Lots of cool figurines at an affordable price.My Yellowjacket finally arrived this week.Its a cool little figurine, with the classic yellow and black uniform, with the big black shoulder wings and a tiny Wasp in the left shoulder wing. The Wasp adds a cool detail that brings a touch of originality to this figurine.With this new addition my shelf Avengers finally get a 7 member roster. Avengers Assemble!Shelf Avengers ASSEMBLE!Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/02/shelf-avengers-got-new-team-mate.html

Reading Graphic Novels - Kickstarter: PAPA

Reading Graphic Novels - Kickstarter: PAPA

By Rui Esteves in Blog on February 16, 2013

Vera Greentea started another adventure in Kickstarter to fund the book PAPA. The book is written by Vera and the art is left at the capable hands of artists Ben Jelter, Lizzy John and Joseph Lacroix. PAPA is a 50 page collection of 3 dark fantasy stories PAPA, The Princess and the Robot and Nightbirds. Vera started the incentive rewards at $0 with some very cool free stuff in the comment section. That's right, you don't need to give anything to get something in return. But check out the incentive rewards, its a very rewarding project. PAPA Vera Greentea presents the project: You can became a backer of this project and help Vera Greentea get this book to the printers and to fathers around the world until the 13th of April, 2013.I found this concept intriguing. At least intriguing enough to be curious about the book, The art style is moody and enviousness a felling of desolation and loneliness. Usually I'm interested in stories about parenting, or parent - sons/daughters relationship, but when you throw in some dark fantasy in the mix then there is no resisting it.For more information check the Kickstarter project page. Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/02/vera-greentea-started-another-adventure.html

Popular Magical Series Charismagic Returns For Aspen’s Fourth “10 for 10” Release

Popular Magical Series Charismagic Returns For Aspen’s Fourth “10 for 10” Release

By Rui Esteves in Blog on February 13, 2013

Cover Aspen Comics has revealed more info on their fourth release in their successful “10 for 10” anniversary initiative that has been met with both critical and commercial success, with both issue #1’s of their first two releases, Legend of the Shadow Clan and Shrugged, exceeding 30,000 copies. For their fourth release on May 1st, the week of Free Comic Book Day, Aspen will be offering the return of the acclaimed magical series Charismagic, by creator and writer Vince Hernandez (Executive Assistant: Assassins, Fathom: Kiani) with art by Vincenzo Cucca (She-Hulk) and Emilio Lopez (Charismagic: The Death Princess). The solicitation for the all-new Charismagic reads:Magician Hank Medley thought he had everything figured out. After saving the world from an ancient, ruinous evil, with the help of a Druid named Sudana and his magical talking cat Sparkles, Hank discovers the true nature of dark magic has arrived in his own realm—our world! Now, the trio must attempt to put an end to catastrophic events that will threaten to tear Earth apart under the weight of such a menace. Featuring a returning cast of Charismagic’s favorite characters along with several new and astonishing faces and creatures of magic, this new volume of CHARISMAGIC is a perfect jumping-on point for all!Hernandez discusses the new series:“We’re really excited to bring Charismagic back for more fun, and we have really upped the stakes on the story to match the fans’ tremendous support for the first volume. And to top it all off, the book will debut in stores on Free Comic Book Day week so it’s the perfect time for new readers to jump in and experience this magical adventure! With Vincenzo coming onboard and combining his amazing artistic talents with Emilio’s colors and design work, this new volume already looks truly amazing. I’m certain fans will agree once they see the finished product. They are once again in for a visual feast like only this book can provide!” Cover B The all-new volume of Charismagic will be written by Hernandez and will pair acclaimed international artist Vincenzo Cucca with returning, veteran colorist Emilio Lopez. Original series artist Khary Randolph will continue to deliver character designs and cover work for the series as well.As with all of Aspen’s “10 for 10” releases, the publisher will be offering a host of incentives for retailers and fans alike, including the extremely affordable price of only $1 for the first issue, Charismagic #1. Aspen will also be offering a special Aspen Reserved Edition cover for Charismagic #1 featuring art by Randolph and superstar colorist Peter Steigerwald. Fans who reserve this all new Charismagic volume with their local retailers will be eligible to receive the Aspen Reserved Edition of Charismagic #1.Fans who collect all ten of Aspen’s “10 for 10” Aspen Reserved Edition #1 covers each month through their local retailer will be eligible to receive the full-size Aspen “Perfect 10’s” jam poster absolutely free.In addition to the debut issue, Aspen is also offering an Aspen Reserved Edition cover for Charismagic #2 by Amanda Connor and Paul Mounts, along with a Charismagic #2 J. Scott Campbell Retailer Incentive cover available in June. Aspen will be releasing more info on further Charismagic incentives and Aspen’s “10 for 10” soon. Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/02/popular-magical-series-charismagic.html

Diálogos visuales - Cynthia Capriata (Dédalo)

Diálogos visuales - Cynthia Capriata (Dédalo)

By Arion in Blog on February 8, 2013

I jumped aboard Runaways in the middle of the second series. I wanted to get the whole first series in individual issues but it wasn’t so easy for me in those days, when I was just learning how to buy stuff online. Then in 2007 I decided to buy the first three digests (they were irresistibly cheap). Back then I didn’t know where to find back issues of Runways (first series), so I thought what the hell, I’ll buy the three digests which cost me, if I recall correctly, 3.99 bucks each (except the third one which was 4.79). So for 12 bucks I read 18 issues of BKV goodness.Of course, I had always heard good things about Brian K. Vaughan; in 2007 I was still waiting for him to finish his run on Y the Last Man to buy it all at once. Anyway, something I especially enjoyed in the first Runaways issue was the way Vaughan introduced the characters: they are a group of kids you can really relate to and that are probably going to remind you of somebody you know in real life. I liked Chase from the beginning, he’s always been one of my favorites. I always remember him saying “please let it be beer”, I thought that could be me saying “please let it be whisky, let it be whisky”; I loved the humor and all the jokes. I absolutely loved Runaways. And I know one day I must review all of it. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ my drawing + my signature / mi dibujo + mi firmaCynthia Capriata es la primera artista en exponer en Dédalo este 2013, su muestra titulada "Diálogos visuales: 80 Ganeshas" estuvo muy concurrida e incluso atrajo la atención de las cámaras de Polizontes, divertido programa de Plus TV. Capriata rescata los mandalas y recurre a la figura de Ganesha, el dios elefante hindú, para crear imágenes muy sugerentes, en las que combina diversas técnicas: acuarela, crayón, óleo, etc. Sin duda, un colorido festín visual que nos recuerda la esencia de la India.  Aunque con algunos minutos de atraso, igual llegué a tiempo para encontrarme con Max Maradiegue, y en el transcurso de la noche saludamos y hablamos brevemente con María Elena Fernández, Eduardo Lores, Paola Tejada y Marcos Palacios, y también conversamos sobre literatura beatnik y redes sociales con Pedro Casusol y Sebastián Lores. Creo que esta ha sido una de las pocas veces en que tomé casi la misma cantidad de chilcanos que Max, y es que yo tenía una importante cita en la revista COSAS al día siguiente.  De todos modos, eso no nos impidió pasar una noche muy divertida, que se prolongó no hasta altas horas de la madrugada pero sí, casi, hasta altas horas de la medianoche. Sin duda, el momento más ameno de la semana.La muestra permanecerá abierta al público durante hasta fines de mes, les recomiendo que se den una vuelta por Dédalo y la vean.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/02/dialogos-visuales-cynthia-capriata.html

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