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Review: Happy!

Review: Happy!

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 21, 2013

Cover Nick Sax is a gun for hire looking to get to the end of each day. He once was a cop, a husband, a good man. But life wasn't kind to him. This last job has him taking care of three lowlifes. However fate won't let it go according to plan.In the confusion of the fight Sax suffers a heart attack. When he recovers he starts seeing a little blue winged horse called Happy. Happy is not an hallucination, he is an imaginary friend but not Sax's. No, Happy is the imaginary friend of a little girl that needs Sax help desperately.This has all the hallmarks of Grant Morrison's comic book writing insanity. Happy! blends the limits of the real and the surreal world. Darick Robertson puts that insanity on paper like few can.How is it?Its no secret I'm a Grant Morrison fan. Why? Because of books like Happy!. Morrison is one of those writers that blend styles and pushes limits. Of course not all is good, but at least he aims high and delivers unique and original stories. Hi, I'm Happy!Happy! is one of those books where he blends styles. This time he takes hardboiled detective stories with children motifs and creates something unique. Its like joining chocolate and hot peppers, it shouldn't work but it does. Its a sort of mix between Max Payne and Blue Blink.This is a redemption story. There's no attempt at hiding it, on the contrary. Nick Sax was once a good man and Happy is giving him a chance to be one again. Speaking of Happy, he is a sort of meta-characters, living the between Nick Sax's world and the writer's. He knows stuff that he shouldn't, he parodies his own story and is very self-conscious about his existence.Nick Sax's relationship with Happy is the soul of the book. Sax's journey, while somewhat orthodox (considering its Morrison), is a cool one. I guess its as cool as your take on the character of Happy. Just remember he is 1,2,3,4,5 grades above an hallucination. Add caption A friendly warning, for a book called Happy! it sure isn't very. Sex, violence, perversions and mobsters is more the mood of the book.Art wise Darick Robertson does a great job. His pencils are sexy when they need to be, fluffy and cuddly when Happy is around, perverted when Santa is in the scene and violently gory the rest of the time. I particularly loved the detail he puts on the characters.Verdict?Even if you don't enjoy most of Morrison's trippy work, give Happy! a chance. Its 96 pages of intense story telling and compelling art. But keep it away from children and impressionable souls.Publisher: Image ComicsYear: 2013Pages: 96Authors: Grant Morrison, Darick RobertsonISBN: 1607066777Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/05/review-happy.html

Indiegogo: Un-American Chronicles

Indiegogo: Un-American Chronicles

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 21, 2013

Un-American Chronicles Arcadio Bolaños, Juan Alarcón and Carolina Bensler bring us this collection of 4 tales: "The Outsider", "It's Always the Statue of Liberty", "Who Said It Was Easy?" and "Park".From a study in the innate innocence of children to the art of flirting with strangers, going throw the symbol of America in the harsh reality that was 9/11 and the more down to earth marital problem of two couples. Un-American Chronicles as something for any adult reader. The Outsider In this story the authors explore the human behavior. What happens when three seemingly harmless kids find a woman trapped inside an abandoned well, and the woman turns out to be a criminal? Do they help her? Take advantage of the situation or simply take a less noble path? It's Always the Statue of Liberty In every tale of fiction about the destruction of the USA, the statue of Liberty is usually the symbol that embodies that very downfall. Except that in real life it wasn't the target of the unfortunate 9/11 terrorist attacks. This is a tale about a little kid coming to terms with facts versus fiction. Who Said It Was Easy? Do you know that person you see every day on the bus, on the train or at the coffee shop that is just the right amount of mysterious and intriguing? This is a story about those peoples. Those anonymous persons and their attempt to get to know each other. Park Park is an erotic tale of two couples. One having trouble with their sex life, another none at all. When their path is crossed anything can happen.Check out what Arcadio Bolaños has to say about this project: You can support this project @indigogo until the 18th of June 2013. Also check out Arcadio's personal blog Arion's Archaic Art for reviews and other articles. Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/05/indiegogo-un-american-chronicles.html

Aspen Comics Announces Phoenix Comic Con 2013 Exclusives

Aspen Comics Announces Phoenix Comic Con 2013 Exclusives

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 21, 2013

Aspen Comics has revealed their much-anticipated Phoenix Comic Con 2013 exclusives as well as their list of creators that will be available at the Aspen Comics Booth #’s 873 and 972 all weekend long.Aspen creators Frank Mastromauro (Shrugged, Overtaken), Peter Steigerwald (The Zoo Hunters, Lady Mechanika), Vince Hernandez (Charismagic, Executive Assistant: Assassins), Mike DeBalfo (Soulfire) J.T. Krul ( Jirni, Soulfire), Brett Smith (Jirni, Homecoming) Nei Ruffino (Soulfire) and Alex Konat (Fathom) will be appearing at the Aspen Booth throughout the weekend for signings, sketches and more.The popular Aspen Splash swimsuit pinup book by Aspen returns this year with an oversized special edition featuring both new and classic pieces by Aspen’s top talents and more. The Aspen Booth #873 and 972 will be offering an exclusive Aspen Splash 2013 Phoenix Comics Con edition with a cover by Aspen founder Michael Turner along with superstar colorist Peter Steigerwald, limited to 250 copies.The best-selling “10 for 10” initiative celebrating ten years of Aspen Comics continues with two all new “10 for 10” exclusives for the convention. Aspen’s critically-acclaimed series Charismagic returned in May and will feature a special Charismagic #2 Phoenix Comic Con 2013 cover by artist Paolo Pantalena and Steigerwald limited to 200 copies, two weeks prior to its release exclusive only for PCC attendees. Aspen will also be offering an exclusive for their new top-selling fantasy series with a Jirni #2 Phoenix Comic Con cover by series artist Pantalena and Steigerwald, limited to 200 copies.In addition to exclusive comics, Aspen will be releasing an all-new series of their industry-leading art prints including the Aspen Tour Print 2013 Phoenix Comic Con Edition by Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald limited to 100 editions. Also, Aspen will be offering new Aspen Splash, Charismagic, Jirni and Shrugged prints by Michael Turner, Eric “Ebas” Basaldua and Paolo Pantalena.For more information please check www.phoenixcomicon.com and aspencomics.com.  Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/05/aspen-comics-announces-phoenix-comic.html

April Comic Books / Cómics de abril

April Comic Books / Cómics de abril

By Arion in Blog on May 20, 2013

I am passionate about comic books. And that’s pretty evident if you’ve seen my blog before. At last, the time to publish my best stories has come. And I need you to do it. So please check out this link and don’t forget to make a pledge. Thank you!--------------------------------------------------------------------------- Los cómics son mi pasión. Y eso es bastante obvio si es que le dan un vistazo a mi blog.  Por fin, ha llegado el momento de publicar mis mejores historias. Y para eso los necesito a ustedes. Así que por favor revisen este link para que puedan colaborar. ¡Gracias! It sure took me a while but I just finished reading all of my April comics. I must say I’m surprised at how good Uncanny Avengers turned out to be, which is way I’ve already reviewed it. Of course, Young Avengers continues to be my favorite Marvel series, and this third issue was so awesome. This month Secret Service comes to an end with a very peculiar outcome, and Invincible Universe begins, with a first issue that has seduced me faster than many of the superhero books I’ve read recently (plus Nauck's art is top notch). Todd, the Ugliest Kid on Earth concludes this month, and I’ll probably review the entire miniseries, and now Über begins: I enjoyed this opening chapter tremendously. Matt Kindt had already impressed me with the zero issue of Mind MGMT and re-edition of the first issue is just mind-blowing, this is easily one of the best series of 2012. But not everything is about happy endings (or beginnings), because as of April 2013 Hack / Slash is officially dead. After almost 9 years, this thrilling series about slasher films, homicidals and supernatural gore is now done. I feel very sad to see it go... First Hellblazer, and now Hack / Slash. Damn, talk about crisis in the comic book industry… Anyway, without further ado here are April comics as per solicitations: FASHION BEAST #8 WRAP CVR (MR)(W) Alan Moore (A/CA) Facundo Percio. Doll yearns to revisit her past but the world has changed. Stark memories of the past collide with the harsh realities of war and desperation.  And no one can anticipate the fate of Celestine from inside his citadel of fashion.    FF #4 NOWMATT FRACTION (W) • Michael ALLRED (A/C), Variant Cover by MICHAEL ALLRED. It’s Valentine’s Day at the Baxter Building! So why does that spell trouble for She-Hulk?HACK SLASH #25 CVR B FRISON (MR)(W) Tim Seeley (A) Elena Casagrande (CA) Jenny Frison 'FINAL,' Conclusion Cassie battles Samhain to the death. Q: Who will survive and what will be left of them® A: Not everyone, and very small bits. The blood spattered, panty-flashing saga of HACK/SLASH comes to an end in this epic issue! INVINCIBLE UNIVERSE #1(W) Phil Hester (A/CA) Todd Nauck, John Rauch. In the aftermath of INVINCIBLE 100 and 'The Death of Everyone,' Dinosaurus has left his mark on the world. Can heroes from across the universe - Invincible, the Guardians of the Globe, Tech Jacket, the Astounding Wolf-Man and more - contain the damage done? Or are the end times of the Invincible Universe ahead?  MIND MGMT #1 1 FOR 1 (W/A/CA) Matt Kindt. Just in time for the first collection, the sold-out MIND MGMT #1 is back in print-for $1! Now's your chance to catch up with Matt Kindt's brilliant tale of lost memories, the Mind Management psychic spy agency, its most infamous defector, and the journalist who uncovers their incredible secrets! MORNING GLORIES #25 (MR)(W) Nick Spencer (A) Joe Eisma (CA) Rodin Esquejo. DOUBLE-SIZED 25th ISSUE - and the Season One Finale! Featuring three interconnected covers by rising superstar RODIN ESQUEJO!   '8:13' SECRET SERVICE #6 (OF 6) (MR)(W) Mark Millar (A/CA) Dave Gibbons. The conspiracy revealed! Gary and Jack begin to learn what's behind the celebrity kidnappings they've been investigating… but that knowledge comes at a price. A raid on Mount Everest begins; the clock is ticking, and the web is beginning to unravel. But who can be trusted when so many prominent figures seem to be involved? It all comes down to this moment, brought to you by legendary creators Mark Millar, Dave Gibbons and Mathew Vaughn. SEX #2 (MR)(W) Joe Casey (A/CA) Piotr Kowalski. SECOND ISSUE COLLECTOR'S ITEM!  Simon Cooke's journey into the underbelly of Saturn City continues. Think about it... how repressed would YOU be after waging a war on crime for the entirety of your adult life? What happens when the superhero power fantasy finally ends? Find out by buying more SEX! TODD THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH #4 (OF 4)(W) Ken Kristensen, M. K. Perker (A/CA) M. K. Perker'CANDY WITH STRANGERS,' Conclusion When his best friend and mentor gets thrown in solitary confinement, Todd becomes an easy target for an Aryan Nation assassin. Meanwhile, his father accepts a marriage proposal that was never given, and his mom comes face-to-face with the Maniac Killer.  my drawing (from pencils to inks) / mi dibujo (de lápiz a tinta)UBER #0 (MR) (W) Kieron Gillen (A/CA) Canaan White. Kieron Gillen unveils his epic new monthly series, launching with a special double-sized issue!  1945. Germany is in ruins. The war in the west can only be days away from ending. Threats of 'wunderwaffen' to be unleashed by the dying Reich have become laughable. There are no miracle weapons here.  It's over. It has to be over.   It's not.  There's been stories which have mixed enhanced humans and World War 2 before. There's never been one like this.  See super beings in a whole new light as Gillen presents an epic new series that not only rewrites history, it redefines the genre. UNCANNY AVENGERS #5RICK REMENDER (W) OLIVIER Coipel (A) Cover by John Cassaday Variant Cover by OLIVIER COIPEL. Wonder Man, Wasp and Sunfire join the team just in time for Grim Reaper’s revenge! Tension between the team builds as Havok’s leadership is questioned! The death of a major character at the hands of an Avenger in broad daylight! 32 PGS./Rated T+UNWRITTEN #47 (MR)(W) Mike Carey (A) Peter Gross (CA) Yuko Shimizu 'Orpheus in the Underworld' part 1! Still on his quest to bring Lizzie back from the dead, Tom Taylor has made it as far as Hades-but he's left his memories behind in the waters of Lethe. Now he's face-to-face with the king of the underworld, who's got his own sinister agenda and no good reason to offer Tom an Orpheus deal... WALKING DEAD #109 (MR)(W) Robert Kirkman (A/CA) Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn. Maggie and Sophia pick up the pieces and continue their lives at the hilltop. WITCH DOCTOR MALPRACTICE #5 (OF 6)(W) Brandon Seifert (A/CA) Lukas Ketner, Andy Troy In one corner: Dr. Vincent Morrow, the Witch Doctor. In the other: the parasite he's been infected with. And you won't believe where the battlefield is! Physician, heal thyself - or else!  'A superbly smart and riveting medical thriller filled with off-the-wall characters' - Fangoria WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #27.1AU(W) Matt Kindt (A) Paco Medina (CA) Mike Deodato. An AGE OF ULTRON tie-in (make sure you read #6 first!). Wolverine and the Invisible Woman find themselves in the Avengers' past! YOUNG AVENGERS #3 (W) Kieron Gillen (A/CA) Jamie McKelvie • A Fight scene, probably. • And another one, but this time in a club. • Plentiful feels. (aka 'Meaningful emotional character beats' for people who aren't on tumblr) • The fakest ID in history. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Me tomó más tiempo de lo normal leer todos mis cómics de abril. Debo decir que estoy sorprendido por lo bueno que ha resultado ser Uncanny Avengers y por ello le he dedicado una reseña. Por supuesto, Young Avengers continúa siendo mi colección favorita de Marvel, y este tercer número fue lo máximo. Este mes Secret Service llega su fin con un desenlace muy peculiar, y Invincible Universe comienza con un primer número que me ha seducido más rápido que muchos cómics de súper-héroes que he leído recientemente. Todd, the Ugliest Kid on Earth concluye este mes, y probablemente comentaré la miniserie completa, y ahora empieza Über:  disfruté muchísimo con este capítulo inicial. Matt Kindt ya me había impresionado con el número cero de Mind MGMT y la reedición del primer número es alucinante, de lejos es una de los mejores títulos del 2012. Pero no todo son finales (o comienzos) felices, porque desde abril del 2013, Hack / Slash está oficialmente muerto. Después de casi 9 años, esta emocionante serie sobre films slasher, homicidas y gore sobrenatural termina. Me entristece que desaparezca… Primero Hellblazer y ahora Hack / Slash. Demonios, ahí está la crisis de la industria del cómic… De todos modos, sin más preámbulos aquí están los cómics de abril:FASHION BEAST #8 WRAP CVR (MR)DOLL anhela revisitar su pasado pero el mundo ha cambiado. Las memorias desnudas del pasado colisionan con la dura realidad de la guerra y la desesperación. Y nadie puede anticipar el destino de CELESTINE desde el interior de la ciudadela de la moda. FF #4 Es el día de San Valentín en el edificio Baxter. Pero ¿por qué esto trae problemas para SHE-HULK? ¿Y por qué la culpa es de BENTLEY 23?HACK SLASH #25 CVR B FRISON (MR)Es la batalla final, y será a muerte. No todos sobrevivirán en este sangriento desenlace que marca el fin de una etapa épica. INVINCIBLE UNIVERSE #1Luego de "La muerte de todos", Dinosaurio ha dejado su marca en el mundo. ¿Pueden los héroes del universo contener el daño producido? MIND MGMT #1 1 FOR 1Un brillante relato sobre recuerdos perdidos, la agencia de espías psíquicos de Gerencia Mental, su más infame desertor, y el periodista que descubre increíbles secretos. MORNING GLORIES #25 (MR)Es el final de la primera temporada.SECRET SERVICE #6 (OF 6) (MR)La conspiración es revelada. Gary y Jack empiezan a entender qué es lo que está detrás de los secuestros de las celebridades… pero esa información tiene un precio. Empiezan una incursión en el monte Everest, pero ¿en quién se puede confiar con tantas figuras prominentes involucradas? SEX #2El viaje de Simon a los bajos fondos de Ciudad Saturno continúa. ¿Qué tan reprimido estarías después de luchar contra el crimen durante la totalidad de tu vida adulta? ¿Qué pasa cuando la fantasía heroica termina?TODD, THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH #4 (of 4)“Caramelos con extraños”. Cuando su mejor amigo y mentor cae en confinamiento solitario, Todd se convierte en un blanco fácil para el asesino de la Nación Aria. Mientras tanto, su mamá se enfrenta al homicida maníaco.UBER #0 (MR)1945. Alemania está en ruinas. La guerra en el oeste está a días de terminar. Las amenazas se ciernen sobre el moribundo Reich. No hay armas milagrosas aquí. Hay historias que mezclan al superhombre con la Segunda Guerra Mundial antes, pero ninguna como esta. UNCANNY AVENGERS #5 WONDER MAN, WASP y SUNFIRE se unen al equipo justo a tiempo para la venganza de GRIM REAPER. La tensión aumenta cuando el liderazgo de HAVOC es cuestionado. Y uno de los vengadores matará a plena luz del día. UNWRITTEN #47 (MR)Orfeo en el inframundo. Tom Taylor continúa con su misión: salvar a LIZZIE del mundo de los muertos. Tom ha llegado hasta el Hades, pero ha dejado sus memorias en el Leteo. Ahora está cara a cara con el rey del inframundo, quien tiene su propia agenda siniestra.THE WALKING DEAD #109Ellas continuarán con sus vidas en el Pico de la Cima.WITCH DOCTOR MALPRACTICE #5 (OF 6)En una esquina el doctor Morrow, en la otra, el parásito que lo ha infectado. Y nadie se imagina cuál será el campo de batalla.WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #27.1AUWOLVERINE y la Mujer Invisible en el pasado de los Vengadores.YOUNG AVENGERS #3 Una escena de pelea, probablemente. Y otra igual pero esta vez en un club. Muchos sentimientos (o sea ‘pulsiones emocionales significativas’ para los que no están en TUMBLR). La identificación falsa más falsa de todas.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/05/april-comic-books-comics-de-abril.html

Next on RGN #6

Next on RGN #6

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 20, 2013

Madeira After waiting for weeks for my books to arrive life took all my free time away. That happened in the form of a business trip. Ordinarily that would mean more reading of the 9th art but for some reason this time it meant the opposite.*shakes fist in the air* DAMN YOU JOB AND YOUR NEED TO TAKE MY COMIC BOOK TIME AWAY... Kidding Job, you know I love your money you.Good news is that I had the chance to get to know a beautiful place that I've never been before (Madeira Island in Portugal)Well, that's over and I'm back to my usual schedule. Together with blue imaginary horses with wings and law enforcing judge, jury and executioner rookie police officers. Happy Are imaginary friends real? Before you say no consider this: What would you do if a random kid's imaginary friend asked for your help to save her? Nick Sax didn't believe that either, in fact he thought that to be an hallucination  but Happy (a blue horse with wings) is 1,2,3,4,5 grades above an hallucination.Happy will make his best effort to turn Nick Sax's story from a self-destroying tragedy of bad choices and corruption to a glorious tale of redemption.Santa, drugs, alcohol, infidelity, eczema and violence, this is Happy.Happy by Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson will be reviewed tomorrow, the 21st of May. Judge Dredd Origins This week's second review is Judge Dredd Origins.When the severed hand of the first Chief Justice of Megacity One is delivered to the Hall of Justice Dredd and his fellow judges spring into action.No power on earth, not ever the cursed earth will keep Dredd from getting the Chief Judged's body back.This is the beginning of the beginnings. The story of how the toughest law enforce came to be. And it will be here on Saturday the 25th of May.Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/05/next-on-rgn-6.html

Preview: JIRNI #2

Preview: JIRNI #2

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 17, 2013

CoverJIRNI #2 JT Krul ­ Story / Paolo Pantalena ­ Art / Brett Smith - ColorsTake an incredible JIRNI with Aspen¹s newest hit series!Discover a whole new world of adventure! As Ara's fortuitous quest continues, her path is shrouded in mystery. Upon arriving in a remote village struggling to survive through desperate times, she discovers someone who might offer answers to the questions that torment her. But as Ara has learned time and again, nothing shall come easy in this unrelenting world. Will she have the strength and courage to venture into the pit of darkness itself to find the truth - not only about her missing mother but about herself as well?After years of preparation, creator JT Krul is ready to take you on a JIRNI unlike any other! Accompanied by the incredible talents of artist Paolo Pantalena and colorist Brett Smith, this is one JIRNI you won¹t want to miss!JIRNI #2 is in stores May 22nd, 2013! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Cover BFollow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/05/preview-jirni-2.html

Young Avengers # 3 - Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie

Young Avengers # 3 - Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie

By Arion in Blog on May 17, 2013

The impossible return of Teddy Altman’s mother is not an isolated incident. In fact, Loki is visited by his father, Laufey, king of the frost giants. Certainly, Laufey died centuries ago at the hands of Odin, but none of this is impediment enough for the dark forces that have been unleashed by Billy Kaplan –Wiccan– as a result of an error in judgment and one of his most powerful spells ever.Nothing escapes the watch of Heimdal, guardian of the Bifrost, who assesses the Young Avengers predicament. Perhaps Volstagg here is the one with the wisest answer. What wouldn’t he give in order to be young again. “Such high spirits”, he says. Such high spirits indeed… but in this opportunity not even the Nordic gods can help this group of teenagers, at least not directly. It’s only thanks to the timely intervention of Ms. America that Laufey is defeated. Wiccan has no idea how to reverse his spell, and the only other expert in the eldritch arts and the arcane is the God of Mischief. But what do you do when you have the power to deceive the mortal eye? What do you do when you can trick other people, make them think what you want them to think? You make fake IDs, of course, not only for yourself but also for all of your underage friends. And that’s how Loki whisks them off to a night club, and manages to order a bottle of Magnum champagne. Laufey versus LokiAh, I can only imagine the letters from angry readers complaining about this scene of underage drinking and violation of the law. Curiously, faithful to the original series, the letters column of Young Avengers is already shaping up as the home of some very heated up debates. In this instance, a reader makes a serious complaint about the scene of casual sex between Kate Bishop and Marvel Boy on the first issue of Young Avengers. That’s not very role model-ly of them in his opinion. But as Kieron Gillen explains, even if the book is rated for “teens and up”, the life of a real teenager goes far above and beyond all forms of rating. And Gillen’s intention is to portray the lives of these youngsters not as fictitious and unreal role models, but rather a group of young people messing up and trying to find their way in today’s world.  Loki uses his powers to create fake IDs / Loki usa sus poderes para crear identificaciones falsasKieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie have achieved something really special here. There is such a sense of love and admiration for the characters that Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung created not long ago. And clearly, these British authors are having fun with the main text as well as the paratext. Everything from the letters section (by far the most interesting in Marvel Now) to the recap page (instead of a boring synthesis we have a fake twitter and tumblr repartee with pics and tweets that retell with wit and humor the previous events) are clever, entertaining and creative. Jamie McKelvie, Mike Norton and Matthew Wilson are the ideal artistic team, and it’s thanks to them that every page is a visual treat, a precious gift to the eye.Did you miss the previous issues? Click here.__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The boys love "Game of Thrones", the girls not so much / A los chicos les encanta "Game of Thrones", a las chicas no muchoEl imposible regreso de la madre de Teddy Altman no es un incidente aislado. De hecho, Loki es visitado por su padre, Laufey, rey de los gigantes de hielo. Es cierto que Laufey murió hace siglos a manos de Odín, pero nada de esto es impedimento suficiente para las fuerzas oscuras que han sido desatadas por Billy Kaplan –Wiccan– como resultado de un error de juicio y uno de sus más poderosos hechizos.Nada escapa a la mirada de Heimdal, guardián del Bifrost, quien evalúa el predicamento de los Jóvenes Vengadores. Tal vez aquí Volstagg es el que tiene la más sabia respuesta. Qué no daría por ser joven de nuevo. "Tan elevados espíritus", dice. Tan elevados espíritus, sin duda... pero en esta oportunidad ni siquiera los dioses nórdicos pueden ayudar a este grupo de adolescentes, al menos no directamente. Es sólo gracias a la oportuna intervención de Ms. America que Laufey es derrotado. Wiccan no tiene idea de cómo revertir su hechizo, y el único otro experto en las artes místicas y en lo arcano es el dios del embuste. Pero ¿qué es lo que harías si tuvieras el poder de engañar la mirada de los mortales? ¿Qué harías si pudieras mentirle a los demás, hacerlos pensar lo que tú quieres que piensen? Harías identificaciones falsas, por supuesto, no sólo para ti sino también para todos tus amigos menores de edad. Y así es como Loki se los lleva a un bar, y se las arregla para pedir una botella de champagne Magnum. Even colors are part of the battle scene /Incluso los colores son parte de la escena de batallaAh, ya me puedo imaginar las cartas de los furibundos lectores, quejándose de esta escena en la que los menores de edad beben alcohol y violan la ley. Curiosamente, fiel a la serie original, la sección de cartas de "Young Avengers" ya se está perfilando como un espacio para los más acalorados debates. En este caso, un lector se queja seriamente de la escena de sexo casual entre Kate Bishop y Marvel Boy en el primer número de "Young Avengers". En su opinión, ese no puede ser un modelo a imitar. Pero tal como explica Kieron Gillen, incluso si la colección está calificada para "adolescentes y adultos", la vida de un adolescente de verdad va más allá y más lejos que todas las formas de censura. Y la intención de Gillen es retratar las vidas de estos jovencitos, no como ejemplos irreales a seguir, sino más bien como un grupo de jóvenes que meten la pata e intentan encontrar su camino en el mundo de hoy. Kieron Gillen y Jamie McKelvie han logrado algo realmente especial aquí. Hay tal sentido de amor y admiración por los personajes que Allan Heinberg y Jim Cheung crearon no hace mucho. Y claramente, estos autores británicos se están divirtiendo con el texto central así como con el paratexto. Todo, desde la sección de cartas (de lejos la más interesante de Marvel Now) hasta la página de resumen (en vez de una aburrida síntesis tenemos una mezcla de twitter y tumblr con fotos y twits que recuentan, con astucia y humor, eventos previos) son interesantes, entretenidos y creativos. Jamie McKelvie, Mike Norton y Matthew Wilson son el equipo artístico ideal, y es gracias a ellos que cada página es una recompensa visual, un precioso regalo para el ojo.¿Quieren leer más? Hagan click aquí.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/05/young-avengers-3-kieron-gillen-jamie.html

Escorzos - Ricardo Cassinelli (Corriente Alterna)

Escorzos - Ricardo Cassinelli (Corriente Alterna)

By Arion in Blog on May 16, 2013

Eugenio RaborgYou can be absent, and yet in a way you are with me. Someone can exist in our memory and in the possibility of their return. If there is no one around you it doesn’t mean that you are necessarily alone. Solitude is, in fact, an incomplete and unique way of living in this world. Ancient myths have tried to explain this situation. Human beings are devoured by love because of the immense necessity of finding a mythic original unit. You try to find someone else as if you were searching for a lost part of your own body; and you are in pain if you do not find that part. Loneliness has a very tight bond with communication; we are forced to communicate, even when we don’t want or can’t communicate with other people. However, we have the conviction of someone else’s existence and we are aware of how much do we need that person. Inside of us, in our intimate conviction of someone else’s existence and in our painful experience of his absence, therein lies the sentiment of solitude. To become alone it is mandatory wanting to be two, at least, or having been two and preserving the respective nostalgia.There can be three different categories of loneliness. The first one is the result of the death of a very dear friend or relative. Something you are familiar with. The second category consists in organizing the other’s absence, we exist because he is looking at us, but we have no control over his eyes or his presence. Our existence depends on the other person, jeopardizing our own independence. Then fear forces us to run away from the other, to forget him, in an attempt of regaining control of the situation. We disappear to make the other one disappear. We rush into loneliness because we are so afraid of being alone. We surrender to solitude, and there is always the risk of getting used to it.  The third category is idealization; the other one exists because of us, and we see in him what we wish to see, we project intuitions, ideas and illusions; we create an imaginary being. But what happens when the other one shatters our fantasies? We walk away and we find out that we were always alone, since the very beginning. Reality doesn’t meet our expectations and therefore we become lonely beings. A totally happy solitude is impossible, however, in a mature way loneliness can be something positive. It is a learning path that allow us to accept our frustration and also to get rid of obsessive socializing with others. We have to find the balance, we have to feel comfortable when we are lonely if we want to feel comfortable with someone else.  my sketch / mi bocetoA French author, Hannon, in his book ‘Nos solitudes’, has some interesting insights. Loneliness can be an ambiguous notion, we all get to be lonely every now and then; but at the same time the idea of remaining alone is unsettling and frightening. In the past, you had to seclude from the rest of the population to be alone. Hermits or poets were socially allowed to be alone. Today you can be lonely even if you are surrounded by people. The crowd that surrounds a lonely man is like a mirror that reflects his condition. ‘Multitude, solitude, similar and convertible terms’ said Baudelaire once. In the past, at least, a lonely figure could be respected but now a lonely figure is considered suspicious or undesirable. Pascal said about the human being: ‘description of men: dependency, desire of independency, necessity’. We are authors and victims of our own loneliness. I need someone else but I behave as if I could live without that person. So, loneliness is associated with the idea of isolation and disgrace. And more often it is deemed as the cause and not the consequence of an existential problem.__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Ricardo CassinelliEl día de ayer el gran Max Maradiegue tuvo la buena voluntad de acompañarme a la presentación del libro del Británico sobre la obra –siempre irónica, juguetona, llena de referencias y homenajes a los más importantes artistas occidentales– de Eugenio Raborg. Al final, luego de un par de copitas de vino, terminamos cenando en La 73 –paradero gourmet– y luego de una rica entrada, un buen lomo quinoto y un maracuyá sour, pudimos conversar sobre diversos temas y ponernos al día, después de todo, no nos veíamos desde hacía casi tres meses. Como siempre, fue un gusto compratir un momento tan agradable. Ana Teresa BarbozaHoy en la noche, asistí a dos muestras, una en Miraflores y otra en Barranco. En Corriente Alterna se inauguraba “Escorzos” de Ricardo Cassinelli, una propuesta que juega con nuestra mirada y con el concepto de perpendicularidad que, de un modo u otro, limita nuestro campo de visión. Según el curador Gustavo Buntinx, Cassinelli hace alusión a la sociedad limeña desde una óptica inclinada, incompleta, inicua que a su vez retrata las diferencias sociales que parecen caracterizar nuestra ciudad. En esta ocasión me encontré con mi buen amigo Andreé Ferro, y también conversé con David Rejas y Christian Fuchs, con quien no coincidía desde hacía un par de meses. my sketch / mi bocetoDe inmediato, Andreé y yo nos dirigimos a Dédalo, donde se inauguraba “A tomar el té”, nueva línea de muebles de la extraordinaria artista Ana Teresa Barboza, que centra sus diseños en la reutilización y el reciclaje de elementos que muchos considerarían inservibles. Allí me encontré con Pedro Casusol, saludé a Eduardo Lores y a María Elena Fernández, y también charlé brevemente con Carmen Alegre e Isabelle Decencière. Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/05/escorzos-ricardo-cassinelli-corriente.html

Uncanny Avengers # 5 - Rick Remender Olivier Coipel

Uncanny Avengers # 5 - Rick Remender Olivier Coipel

By Arion in Blog on May 14, 2013

John Cassaday: iconic cover / John Cassaday: portada icónica  When I visited New York in 2000, I stumbled onto a very special issue of The Avengers. It was issue # 27, it was a ‘100 page monster’ priced only at 2.99. Not only was it one of the best comics I read during my trip, but it also made me fall in love with The Avengers. Of course, with Kurt Busiek writing it and George Pérez illustrating it, how could it be otherwise? This issue had no villains, no cosmic threats, not even bank robbers. Only a press conference announcing the new lineup of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. And the thing that fascinated me the most was how Busiek dismembered the inner politics of the world’s most important superhero group, the hidden agendas and plots. Honoring the tradition of delving deep into the inner cogs of the machinery instead of the shiny surface of the final product, Rick Remender has done what Busiek did 13 years ago. This fifth chapter of Uncanny Avengers opens with the arrival of the new public relations team (The Wasp and Wonder Man), the complaints of Scarlet Witch as she feels relegated and the political games that Havoc must face before, during and after his first press conference as the leader of the Avengers Unity Division. workout session / sesión de entrenamientoBut at the same time, just like Busiek used to do over a decade ago, Remender also explores the things that you would never see in a press conference. The dark side of heroism, the defeated warrior, the ‘man’ instead of the ‘super’… all this is made particularly evident when Logan finally tracks down Yoshida Shirō, formerly known as Sunfire. Once upon a time he was the greatest hero of Japan, today he’s merely an alcoholic, a man who has lost his honor and tries to forget his glorious past with cheap liquor. It was Charles Xavier who found him, years ago, when the original X-Men got lost in the island of Krakoa. And now, after Xavier’s death, is Wolverine’s turn to reach out to him, and to ask for his help, should the Japanese warrior decide to join this new coalition of X-Men and Avengers he will find new meaning and purpose for his life. Steve Rogers & Wanda MaximoffThe artist here is no other than the talented Olivier Coipel: a master storyteller with a very unique visual interpretation of Marvel’s greatest heroes. Coipel creates page after page of beautifully rendered scenes, always maintaining his fresh perspective and his characteristic style. We can see his absolutely gorgeous page design in Steve Rogers’ workout session, overflowing with dynamism and movement. At the same time, the tension and nervousness of Wanda Maximoff is made evident in the next page. The dirty alleys of Tokyo and the scruffy look of Sunfire are the perfect combination for a dark and melancholic page that shows Logan as he has always been portrayed: a loner, a tough guy and a good hunter. Finally, John Cassaday’s great cover is iconic and heroic, an exercise of blunt simplicity that takes us by surprise and makes us guess what’s going on behind the masks of the heroes we grew up reading. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Wolverine & SunfireCuando visité New York en el 2000, encontré casualmente un número muy especial de "The Avengers", el # 27, un 'monstruo de 100 páginas' a tan sólo 2.99 dólares. No sólo fue uno de los mejores cómics que leí durante mi viaje, sino que también me hizo enamorarme de Los Vengadores. Por supuesto, con Kurt Busiek como escritor y George Pérez como ilustrador, ¿cómo podría ser de otro modo?En ese número no había villanos, ni amenazas cósmicas, ni siquiera asaltantes de bancos. Solamente una conferencia de prensa que anunciaba la nueva alineación de los más poderosos héroes de la Tierra. Y lo que más me fascinó fue cómo Busiek desmembraba las políticas internas del grupo superheroico más importante del mundo, las intenciones ocultas y las intrigas.Honrando la tradición de escarbar en lo más profundo de la maquinaria interna en lugar de la brillante superficie del producto final, Rick Remender ha hecho lo que Busiek hizo hace 13 años. El quinto capítulo de "Uncanny Avengers" se inicia con la llega del nuevo equipo de relaciones públicas (The Wasp y Wonder Man), las quejas de la Bruja Escarlata, que se siente relegada y los juegos políticos que Havoc debe enfrentar antes, durante y después de su primera conferencia de prensa como líder de la División de Unidad de los Avengers. my comment published / mi comentario publicadoPero al mismo tiempo, al igual que Busiek solía hacer una década atrás, Remender también explora aquello que jamás se mostraría en una conferencia de prensa. El lado oscuro del heroísmo, el guerrero derrotado, el 'hombre' en vez del 'súper'... todo esto se hace evidente cuando Logan finalmente rastrea a Yoshida Shiro, antiguamente conocido como Sunfire. Alguna vez, él fue el mayor héroe de Japón, hoy en día es simplemente un alcohólico, un hombre que ha perdido su honor y que intenta olvidar su glorioso pasado con licor barato. Fue Charles Xavier quien lo encontró, hace años, cuando los primeros X-Men se perdieron en la isla de Krakoa. Y ahora, después de la muerte de Xavier, le toca a Wolverine rescatarlo, y pedirle ayuda, si acaso el guerrero japonés decidiese unirse a esta nueva coalición de X-Men y Avengers encontraría un nuevo significado y un propósito para su vida.El artista aquí no es otro que el talentoso Olivier Coipel: un maestro de la secuencialidad, con una interpretación visual única de los más grandes héroes de Marvel. Coipel crea página tras página de escenas hermosamente plasmadas, siempre manteniendo su fresca perspectiva y su estilo característico. Podemos ver su diseño de página, absolutamente precioso, en la sesión de entrenamiento de Steve Rogers, que rebalsa de dinamismo y movimiento. Al mismo tiempo, la tensión y el nerviosismo de Wanda Maximoff se hacen evidentes en la siguiente página. Los sucios callejones de Tokio y la apariencia desaliñada de Sunfire son la combinación perfecta para una página oscura y melancólica que muestra a Logan como siempre ha sido retratado: un solitario, un tipo duro y un buen cazador. Finalmente, la grandiosa portada de John Cassaday es icónica y heroica, un ejercicio de sencillez contundente que nos toma por sorpresa y nos hace adivinar qué es lo que sucede detrás de las máscaras de los héroes a los que conocimos de niños.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/05/uncanny-avengers-5-rick-remender.html

Review: Punk Rock Jesus

Review: Punk Rock Jesus

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 11, 2013

Cover Sean Murphy (Joe the Barbarian, Off Road) writes and draws this original take on religion, reality TV and redemption.Ophis, a big american corporation, decides to clone Jesus Christ from DNA taken from the Shroud of Turin and make a reality TV show from it. Chris (Jesus Christ clone) is born and is raise in the J2 complex along side his mother, body guard and other Ophis staff. But is this complex safe enough to protect him from the World? Or to protect the world from him?Chris is going to leave his mark on the World. Through Punk Rock music Chris will fight against blind religious fanaticism and corporate greed.How is it?The story is basically that. A clone of Jesus Christ become a megastar in his own reality TV show. Then he wakes up and is introduced in the "real world". Then he joins a punk rock band and takes the world by storm.Its actually more complex than this, but going into detail could spoil any of the great moments the book as prepared for you. Instead I'll describe my personal reading experience with Punk Rock Jesus. NAC Attack I came into this book wanting to love it. I've followed Sean Murphy's work relatively closely and have been accustomed to great things from him. Be it as a writer or an artist Sean usually delivers top notch work. And I expected nothing less than great this time.In the first third of the book, while the story mainly revolves around Chris's mother and her relationship with both J2 and the rest of the World, I was a bit disappointed at first. Many characters come off as one dimensional and even as caricatures of stereotypes (like the Catholic fanatic and the Scientific agnostic commentator). I was expecting more Jesus and less IRA.Then in the last two thirds the book got amazingly good. The characters get fleshed out and gain several layers of depth that allow the reader to connect with them. You bond emotionally with the characters and take a genuine interest with their fate. Religious fanaticism, corporate greed and, in a smaller amount, a sense of karmic justice populate this section of the book. The how's and why's of every main character is very neatly seamed together with the main story.One aspect of this book were the quality of Sean Murphy's work is unquestionable is the art department. The Black & White art is near perfect. Every book drawn by Sean Murphy increases in quality. In Punk Rock Jesus Sean went for a highly detailed art style with very dynamic panel layouts and fluid action. There are a few areas where he can improve, but art wise this book is a absolute joy to behold. Chris and the Flak Jackets The character designs are unique. The reader is never confused about what or whom he/she is looking at. The visual transformation the Chris goes through since birth to punk rock superstar is just amazing to follow. Likewise for some of the other characters, like his mother or his body guard.Visually this book is never stale or boring. On the contrary, its vibrant and extremely interesting. Its made to be in B&W and its as perfect as it possible. I didn't miss color one bit.Verdict?Short version: buy it.Longer version: If you're worried that its religious propaganda or anti-religious propaganda, then don't. Its not. Its anti-fanaticism, be it religious or not. Sean Murphy showed a good amount of care when approaching some sensible issues like faith, personal freedom and dogma. Don't get stuck in the title of the book. This is not about punk rock. It is however about Jesus, or a clone of him.Punk Rock Jesus is a great book with top notch B&W art that will keep you reading until the very end. And you'll be wanting for more. I had high expectations and I was not disappointed.Publisher: VertigoYear: 2013Pages: 224Authors: Sean MurphyISBN: 1401237681Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/05/review-punk-rock-jesus.html

Preview: SOULFIRE (vol 4) #5

Preview: SOULFIRE (vol 4) #5

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 10, 2013

CoverSOULFIRE (vol 4) #5 J.T. Krul ­ Story / Giuseppe Cafaro, Mike DeBalfo ­ Art / Nei Ruffino  - ColorsMichael Turner¹s epic fantasy adventure surges forward into a bold new era!Malikai and his friends attempt to survive and defeat the onslaught of a deadly horde of destructive dragons. Meanwhile, the magical races of the Everlands might have to resort to the unthinkable in order to defeat them - the fusing of magic with technology!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) #5 is in stores May 15th, 2013! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 and 4 Cover A Cover CFollow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/05/preview-soulfire-vol-4-5.html

Next on RGN #5

Next on RGN #5

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 9, 2013

Jesus My last comic book orders finally arrived. HUZZAH!This means new books to read, new adventures to have. From future semi-religious fiction to century old fantasy, going through the modern ramblings of a British chap, my next train rides are going to be really cool.It was hard to choose were to start, so many good concepts and interesting art styles to choose from. Punk Rock JesusPunk Rock Jesus was my first pick. Why? Its from Sean Murphy and it's concept stood out from the others.In the near future a big TV corporation creates a Big Brother like reality show that stars a close of Jesus Christ. Everything is controlled by them, from the virgin mother to the color of his eyes. J2 (the name of the reality show) follows the life of Chris (the clone) from before his birth until the day it all comes crashing down.Together with an ex-IRA bodyguard Chris will change the World. Perhaps not as it was intended to be and surely not in a way Chris himself predicted.This review will be posted next Saturday, 11th of May.I've not decided what book to read next. The choices are: Happy Skullkickers Volume 3 Oz: Road to Oz Judge Dredd OriginsWhat would you choose?Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/05/next-on-rgn-5.html

Detrás del espejo - Lucy Angulo Lafosse (Galería Yvonne Sanguineti)

Detrás del espejo - Lucy Angulo Lafosse (Galería Yvonne Sanguineti)

By Arion in Blog on May 8, 2013

Les roseaux sauvages (1994)Directed by André Téchiné  In the past, director André Téchiné has relentlessly pursued complex subjects. His films don't pander to the audience, nor do they allow the public to be emotionally detached. In "Les Témoins", for instance, AIDS is understood not as a simple disease but as something that profoundly alters social discourse and human interaction.In "Les Roseaux Sauvages" there is an immanent bellicosity among France and Algeria which lingers on in the background long enough to affect the protagonists. At the beginning of the film a wedding becomes the scenario in which we observe Serge's brother clumsily plotting how to desert from French troops, while François is idly chatting with Maïté, a girl he doesn't love but dates nonetheless. The war strongly infiltrates the world of these youngsters, as a new student arrives to the boarding school attended by Serge (interpreted by Stéphane Rideau in what would be the first of many gay related productions) and François (interpreted by Gaël Morel, director of several films of gay interest), an older boy named Henri that has experienced the aftermaths of the armed conflict in the flesh.After a couple of visits Serge pays to François in the middle of the night, the two boys soon become friends, but not before sharing some intimate secrets and practicing mutual masturbation and sexual intercourse. Of course, for Serge this one night stand is the product of wild hormones and teenage horniness, but for François this moment changes everything: he will come forward to Maïté and from that moment, what at first seemed a typical high school relationship, is utterly modified.It's not long before Henri finds out, quite easily, about the sexual escapades of the two boys, but seems preoccupied only with the development of the war. Henri is unable to come through a normal grieving process regarding his father and the Algerian reality. The need for a symbolic death becomes patently necessary for Henri. Jacques Lacan defined the symbolic death as a narrative of closure, as the final sentence one must utter in order to let the dead ones go. If every culture in the planet respects some sort of funerary rites it is precisely because of that. The real death comes naturally when a heart stops beating, but the symbolic death is something cultural, something that depends on any given individual and the ability to cope with loss. Coming to terms with death means to be able to write that epitaph in our head, to be able to understand someone else's life and then to let go of it. my sketch / mi bocetoSerge, on the contrary, will eventually accept the casualties of war, and instead of being paralyzed by death he will keep moving on. When Maïté's mother suffers a psychological breakdown after hearing about the demise of one of her students, her daughter feels devastated. None of this matters to François who's having a hard time understanding his own sexuality. A most relevant moment takes place when he confronts his image in the mirror and starts repeating "Je suis pédé", ashamed of being gay. This degrading word will lead to the reformulation of the object of desire, according to new terms and surpassing the phallic response; François's desire will be inextricably linked to the question of the desire of the other in its ethical dimension insofar as it bears the possibility of alterity, of authentic otherness. Of course it's never easy to be young and gay, but it's even more difficult in an isolated French province in the early 60s. It is then that Maïté's emotional support proves to be fundamental for François, as he will comprehend that his initial object of desire may well be out of his reach.The characters of the film adopt contrasting postures. Serge and François possess an adaptability and flexibility that will become indispensable. Henri and Maïté, however, are determined and stubborn individuals. Henri's teacher tries to make him understand that being strong like an oak is a disadvantage as oaks break when the storm comes, only reeds survive the storm because they bend but do not break. Drawing a divisory line between war and sexuality, Téchiné finally gathers the three boys and the girl in one final sequence that instead of focusing on the cliché of hope is centered on the pervasive reiteration of uncertainty and friendship. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Hace un par de horas se inauguró en la galería barranquina Yvonne Sanguineti "Detrás del espejo", de Lucy Angulo Lafosse. Aunque no pude salir de COSAS tan temprano como hubiese deseado, igual llegué a tiempo para poder admirar el abstraccionismo depurado de los cuadros de la artista; ella, sin duda, ha emprendido una trayectoria que aborda sin ambages figuras concretas subsumidas en un una puesta en escena densa, que sin ser abigarrada crea una sensación de completitud. Con estos cuadros podemos adivinar su proceso de búsqueda y de investigación. Sin duda, Lucy Angulo Lafosse ha evolucionado con los años, y con esta muestra podemos comprobar que marcha por buen camino.Apenas llegué me encontré con mi gran amigo Marcos Palacios, y estuvimos conversando un buen rato. Marcos participa en una muestra colectiva que se inaugurará este viernes, en Euroidiomas, así que haré todo lo posible para ir. También hablé un rato con Hugo Alegre y Carmen Alegre, y me encontré con Tito Giesecke, un amigo de mi padre. En el transcurso de la noche también saludé a Tatiana Paez Sanguineti, Yvonne Sanguineti y, desde luego, a Lucy Angulo Lafosse. Luego de varias copas de vino blanco, me despedí de Marcos y de los demás, sin duda todavía había diversión para rato pero yo tenía que dormir mis 8 horas para poder llegar lúcido a la oficina. Gajes del oficio.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/05/detras-del-espejo-lucy-angulo-lafosse.html

Long Beach Comic Expo Next Stop For Aspen Comics

Long Beach Comic Expo Next Stop For Aspen Comics

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 8, 2013

Expo Aspen Comics will be appearing at this weekend’s Long Beach Comic Expo on Saturday, May 11th, and will be offering exclusive Aspen convention items and more for the one-day event. Aspen creators Frank Mastromauro (Shrugged, Overtaken), Peter Steigerwald (Zoo Hunters, Soulfire), Vince Hernandez (Charismagic, Executive Assistant: Assassins), Mark Roslan (BubbleGun, Broken Pieces), Beth Sotelo (Fathom, Shrugged), David Wohl (Legend of the Shadow Clan, Fathom) and Jonathan Marks (Shrugged) will be appearing all day long at the Aspen Comics Booth and will be available for signatures and free sketches.Aspen and the Long Beach Comic Expo have also teamed up to offer special Aspen Combo Ticket packages with a large assortment of Aspen collectibles. The combo packs are as follows:Aspen Comics Charismagic Package:$25 pack – limited to 50 total (over $30 product value). Includes: Charismagic #1 Mini-print, limited edition of 50; Charismagic #1 Reserved Edition Cover; Charismagic: The Death Princess #1 Retailer Incentive Edition Cover; and a Long Beach Comic Expo ticket (one adult).Aspen Comics Combo Package:$50 pack – limited to 25 total (over $125 product value) Includes: Michael Turner Anniversary Edition Swimsuit Full Size print, limited edition of 25; Shrugged #2 J. Scott Campbell Retailer Incentive Cover; The Lost Spark Novel; and a Long Beach Comic Expo ticket (one adult).For more information on the Long Beach Comic Expo please check www.longbeachcomiccon.com. Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/05/long-beach-comic-expo-next-stop-for.html

Preview: EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #10

Preview: EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #10

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 7, 2013

CoverEXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #10 Vince Hernandez ­ Writer / Jordan Gunderson ­ Art / Teo Gonzalez - ColorsCan anyone hope to survive the final Extinction?It is life or death for Executive Assistants Lily, Ivy and Aster as they attempt to fight their way out of an ambush at the hands of the traitor within their group! Mazutsu¹s army of soldiers, led by Rose, have them surrounded, stacking the odds further against their favor! The pulse-pounding crossover ³Executive Extinction² reaches its bloody conclusion within the pages of Assassins, and no Executive Assistant is guaranteed to survive!EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #10 is in stores May 8th, 2013! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Preview Page 4Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/05/preview-executive-assistant-assassins-10.html

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