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Rui Esteves

Rui Esteves is definitely from Peru and has a blog!  Rui tries to find the good in everyone, which is difficult when he has to work for this hive of scum and villainy, but he makes do.   Rui does so enjoy graphic novels, as evident from the name of his blog:  Reading Graphic Novels, twitter handle: @RGNblog, and Facebook page: rgnblog.
 

 


Preview: Executive Assistant: Assassins #7

Preview: Executive Assistant: Assassins #7

By Rui Esteves in Blog on January 3, 2013

CoverEXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #7 Vince Hernandez – Writer / Jordan Gunderson – Art / Teo Gonzalez - ColorsThe Extinction begins!The return of Executive Assistants Orchid and Lotus can only result in one possible outcome—more bloodshed! As Lily and Aster struggle to find a way to get to and kill the EA killer, Mazutsu, the pair quickly realize it’s better to make amends and unite as group, or risk dying as individuals as the “Executive Extinction” crossover continues!EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #7 is in stores January 16th, 2013! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Preview Page 4 Cover B Cover C Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/preview-executive-assistant-assassins-7.html

PR: Joe Benitez and Aspen Comics part ways

PR: Joe Benitez and Aspen Comics part ways

By Rui Esteves in Blog on January 2, 2013

Lady Mechanika Aspen and Joe Benitez announce they have amicably separated their publishing interests by mutual agreement. Peter Steigerwald, Aspen MLT, Inc. Co-Owner and frequent artistic collaborator with Joe Benitez, had this to say: “We [Aspen] have greatly appreciated Joe’s time here with us and his involvement and promotion of Aspen Comics over the years. Joe and I have discussed his future plans and his desire to venture out on his own. As many know, ten years ago our Founder, Michael Turner, took a similar position and stepped away from his publisher, taking full publishing control of his own creations by founding Aspen Comics. We wish Joe well, and hope for a bright future for him and his creations, including Lady Mechanika. This has been a friendly separation and I plan on continuing to be there for him as colorist and collaborator as he wraps up his Lady Mechanika series. Aspen will be happy to provide any support he needs as he steps out on his own. I’ve been personal friends with Joe for nearly 20 years and I know this has long been a hope for him—to be able to found his own home for his creative visions.” “Aspen has an ambitious schedule next year with our ’10 for 10’ initiative along with Fathom’s 15 year anniversary, and we wanted both Aspen and Joe to start 2013 out on the right foot.” The Lady Mechanika series will continue according to the plans of Joe Benitez. Joe had this to say: “I am both anxious and excited to be venturing out on my own with Lady Mechanika.  Aspen has been very supportive and I am and always will be grateful to them for giving Lady Mechanika her first home.  As I’ve stated in the past, working with Peter has been one of the highlights of my career.  He is an incredible talent whom I greatly admire and respect, and I hope to continue working with him on Lady Mechanika as well as other future projects.   I wish to extend a heartfelt thanks to all the fans and retailers for their patience and support. I hope you will continue to bear with me during this transitional period.  My plans for Lady Mechanika include finishing “The Mystery of the Mechanical Corpse” this upcoming year and also launching a monthly Lady Mechanika ongoing series.   May 2013 bring success and prosperity to both Lady Mechanika and Aspen.  Let’s go make some great comics!” For more information on Lady Mechanika and Joe Benitez please check out www.joebenitez.com. #Aspen10 Facebook.com/aspencomics Twitter.com/aspencomics Instagram: aspencomics Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/pr-joe-benitez-and-aspen-comics-part.html

Review: Crecy

Review: Crecy

By Rui Esteves in Reviews on December 31, 2012

Cover Crécy details the English campaign that lead to the battle of Crécy, France on 26th of August is 1346 against the French. Warren Ellis and Raulo Caceres create a black humor take on this 14th century military campaign. How is it? This is a 48 page novela published by Apparat, a Avatar Press Imprint. Like the other Apparat published Warren Ellis books this is a short and to the point story. Written with great resource to vernacular Crécy is, with the right state of mind, very fun to read. Warren Ellis breaks the fourth wall by having the story narrated directly to the reader by a character in the book. William of Stohnam is well aware that he is being read and interacts frequently with the reader. Between witty remarks William explains the socio-political situation of England at the time as well as the origin of common British slang. Crécy describes the journey William of Stohnam and his fellow soldiers undertook under the command of King Edward III through France. A preemptive attack of sorts to keep the Frogs (so the British called the French) at bay. According to William, King Edward III was a clever bloke, a born soldier and a bit of a bastard. If he was close to what was described in this book, he was a clever bloke indeed. It was by his order that the English adopted the Longbow and practice ranging over accuracy. This enabled the British army to win over the far superior French army and their hired crossbowman mercenaries. 2 fingers British Map Art wise Crécy is on par with the other Warren Ellis Apparat books, maybe a bit more detailed. Raulo Caceres does a competent job bringing the 14th century British army to life, with all the gory details. However this is only 48 pages long so there isn't much space for Raulo Caceres to shine. Longbow archers in action Verdict? This is not your typical comic book story. Its a kind of historical documentary told through the lens of Warren Ellis. Its a fun and witty book that will entertain your for a short while. I'm not a history buff but still enjoyed this very much. Its a great comic book palate cleaner. Publisher: Avatar Press (Apparat) Year: 2003 Pages: 48 Authors: Warren Ellis, Raulo Caceres ISBN: 1592910408 PS: Happy new year. May 2013 be better than 2012. Eat more rabbit. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2012/12/review-crecy.html

Review: Channel Zero The Complete Collection

Review: Channel Zero The Complete Collection

By Rui Esteves in Reviews on December 27, 2012

Cover Your mind is a weapon, use it. Do Something. This is the message repeated ad infinitum throughout Channel Zero. In a world very similar to ours, in the late 90s, America is a silently oppressed country. A place where personal liberties are exchanged for a false sense of security. Jennie is a teenager that fights against media censorship and freedom of speech. She will leave her mark, not only on America, but also on the world. Though pirate broadcasting and revolutionary messages Jennie 2.5 reawakens the spark that lives deep inside every one and drives us to be free. How is it? So it seems Channel Zero was Brian Wood's first published work. It started out as a college assignment that Brian Wood kept working on until he had the chance to publish it in 1997 through Image Comics. And  its all about raging against the machine, fighting the established power and freedom of speech. Jennie 2.5 fights a lone fight against the established power of the United States of America that rules with merciless censorship and an iron grip on the media. This is all made possible by the Clean Act. The Clean Act is Channel Zero's personification of the usual suspects when it comes to sci-fi oppressive regimes. "Its for your good", "Its for your safety" is all that's needed in order to kill freedom of speech in exchange for a false sense of security. Brian Wood writes in the commentaries that unlike most of his fellow creators he isn't ashamed of his first work. On the contrary he is proud of it. A sign of it is the fact that he has been revisiting Channel Zero several times over the years. And its not about creating a massive Universe that can last for years of storytelling. Its not about creating a book for the masses. Its all about passing a message. A message that something is wrong with the way the world is. A message that its our, the people, responsibility to intervene. A message that its no ok to just accept the Status Quo as it is without questioning it, without thinking about it. Channel Zero has a bit of Punk, a dash of anarchic and a table spoon of revolutionary in it. And that makes for a great recipe. A recipe for a story that is completely outside of the norm and that was written to pass a message, to leave the reader with something more than just a story on his/her's mind when its all done. Becky Cloonan's art is, for the lack of a better word, unique. Becky presents the reader with a very interesting array of contrasts between black and white (almost no grays or any other color). Its unique because it presents B&W art in a fashion I've never seen before (or since). Its not only unique, but its also gorgeous. The characters and the backgrounds alternate between well defined silhouette and masterfully impressionistic art. Its one of those WYSIWYG books. You look at the cover (any of them) and that is what you're going to get in the inside pages. It begins The making of the Clean Act Channel Zero The Complete Collection brings together everything there is about Channel Zero, form the original story to the prequel Jennie One graphic novel. The comics, the college assignments,  Brian's commentary, all the regime propaganda adds that were put in the original comics to mimic traditional comics add placement. Everything is collected except some minor texts and drafts Brian admits to have lost somewhere in time and space.  This is as close to a complete edition as there is. Don't forget Verdict? This is a very good book. Not only for the story but the whole package. The art is unique, the story is compelling even if you're no longer (or not yet) in the irreverent and revolutionary mind set that Jennie 2.5 is in. The thematic is a timeless one. Even now all over the world the freedom of speech is being attacked under the coat of political stability and the safety of the people. Jennie 2.5 lived in an alternative world, but she might as well have lived in ours. With that out of the way, Channel Zero is not propaganda. No more so than 1984, A Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451, Logan's Run, V for Vendetta or so many other classic sci-fi / dystopian stories out there. Channel Zero The Complete Collection might not be the easiest book to read, but it tells some great stories. Its also a cool book to look at and awesome looking in your shelf. Publisher: Dark Horse Year: 212 Pages: 296 Authors: Brian Wood, Becky Cloonan ISBN: 1595829369 Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2012/12/review-channel-zero-complete-collection.html

Review: Atomic Robo The Ghost of Station X

Review: Atomic Robo The Ghost of Station X

By Rui Esteves in Reviews on December 20, 2012

Cover In England a building vanishes. In space some astronauts need to be rescued and Robo is the man/robot for the job. Alan Turing does something and a 18 Wheeler will save the day. Atomic Robo and his fellow co-workers at Tesladyne are going to be faced with some hard to solve mysteries, will be hunted, persecuted and will have to fend off against a kindred spirit. Beside the full story arc of The Ghost of Station X this volume collects the last Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) Atomic Robo issue. How is it? Special Delivery A building goes missing in good old England. Oddly there seems to no record of the building ever existed. If not for the exposed foundations and the memory of the some historians there would be no evidence of the building's existence. The current day Sparrow asks Robo for Help, but he is tied up so he sends my favorite Tesladyne team to help out. Will they help or destroy the world? At the same time, but across the ocean, Tesladyne receives an urgent call from NASA requesting Robo's help to rescue some astronauts stuck in space. Of course Robo rushes to space any way he can to save the day. Needless to say nothing goes according to plan and ends in a blazing horror. In other words, just another day at the office for Atomic Robo. Atomic Robo The Ghost of Station X is and action, mystery and humorous book. Both this plots are unveiled in the first 3 chapters of the book. At first is a bit confusing, but like any good mystery story, it all comes together very nicely near the end. The ending is very rewarding. Like in most Atomic Robo stories, here Brian Clevinger enriches the relationship between the book and the reader with references to real life aspects. Lovecraft, Tesla, Addison, Einstein have been present in previous volumes in one way or another. This time is Alan Turing's turn to make a contribution. Whack-a-Chicken The FCBD issue is all about jungle giant pre-historic chickens that were thought to be extinct. Its pure entertaining. It won't add anything to the Atomic Robo Universe but its a very funny short story very much worth the read. Brian Clevinger has a knack to villainize classic personalities, theories and achievements in the various fields of science. As a result Robo is that much interesting to read, especially if you're a sci-fi buff. Art wise Scott Wegener does a great job as is expected. The art style of Atomic Robo is just the right amount of goofy, vibrant and dynamic. Scott manages to give lots of expression impact to Robo with just the eyes to work. Its a delight to see. Geronimo Verdict? This is classic Atomic Robo. If you never read a Atomic Robo story don't worry, that is not a problem. While there is a certain continuity in Robo's Universe its not very strong and not at all intrusive. There is one joke and one minor reference in this book that you won't understand if this is your first Robo book. Brian and Scott makes sure each arc is more or less self-explanatory. The Ghost of Station X is a fun and funny book, packed with action and weird science and glorious sci-fi from start to finish. Its a great daily commute read. I've loved all Atomic Robo books thus far and this 6th volume is continuing that trend. Highly recommended. Publisher: Red 5 Comics Year: 2012 Pages: 152 Authors: Brian Clevinger, Scott Wegener ISBN: 0986898503 Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2012/12/review-atomic-robo-ghost-of-station-x.html

PR: JIRNI

PR: JIRNI

By Rui Esteves in Blog on December 20, 2012

Cover Aspen Comics’ plans for their tenth anniversary celebration in 2013 continues as the publisher announced its third release in their sweeping “10 for 10” initiative, the all new fantasy-adventure epic, Jirni, created by writer J.T. Krul with art by Paolo Pantalena and Brett Smith.The solicitation for Krul’s newest venture into the fantasy realm reads: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.Creator JT Krul discusses Jirni: Cover B "Jirni is a celebration of all the things I love about fantasy and adventure.  It's the tale of a girl on a quest beyond anything she ever imagined, venturing into a world she barely knew existed. For anyone who has been captivated by the vivid imagery of Frazetta's masterpieces, this book is for you. For anyone who relished in the visceral energy of Conan the Barbarian or got lost on the rich mythic sagas of Excalibur or Clash of the Titans; for anyone who rolled a ten-sided die or refused to leave Middle Earth; for anyone who followed such adventurers as Flash Gordon or John Carter, or walked the long and crazy path with a gunslinger named Roland, this book is for you. Don't miss it. It's going to be a hell of a Jirni."As part of Aspen’s “10 for 10” initiative, Jirni #1 will be offered for the new reader-friendly price of only $1, and will feature a host of incentives for retailers and fans alike, many to be announced by the publisher in the coming weeks.The affordably priced Jirni #1 will feature a direct cover by the series team of Pantalena and Smith, while fans who add the series to their local comic shop’s subscription box are eligible for the special Jirni #1 Aspen Reserved Edition cover by Pantalena and colorist Peter Steigerwald. Fans who collect all ten of Aspen’s “10 for 10” Reserved Edition covers will be eligible to receive the free full-size Aspen Comics “10 for 10” Jam Poster from their local retailer.The publisher plans to reveal more news on Jirni soon, along with further details on their upcoming “10 for 10” releases. #Aspen10 Facebook.com/jirni Facebook.com/aspencomics Twitter.com/aspencomics Instagram: aspencomics Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2012/12/pr-jirni.html

Preview: Fathom #8

Preview: Fathom #8

By Rui Esteves in Blog on December 18, 2012

CoverFATHOM (vol 4) #8 David Wohl – Writer / Alex Konat – Pencils / Beth Sotelo – ColorsMichael Turner’s FATHOM streaks toward its thrilling conclusion...As the Church of the Eternal Depths lies in ruin, Aspen Matthews must attempt a daring suicide mission, with the lives of her friends hanging precariously in the balance. However, when she uncovers a dark secret that lies beneath the ocean floor, Aspen realizes her own actions will endanger millions of lives--INCLUDING HER OWN!For the legions of FATHOM fans who have been waiting to see Aspen in her element and taking control of her life, now is the time to jump on in—the water’s just fine!FATHOM #8 is in stores January 2nd, 2013! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Preview Page 4 Cover B Cover D Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2012/12/preview-fathom-8.html

Top 10: Best books I've read in 2012

Top 10: Best books I've read in 2012

By Rui Esteves in Reviews on December 17, 2012

The end of the world is just around the corner and the year coming to a close. Its time to list the top 10 books I've read (for the first time) this year. My reads that is :) Here is the first RGN Top 10 list. Underwater Welder 10 - Underwater Welder I'm not a big Lemire fan but I do enjoy most of his work. I picked this up on a whim, based only on a couple of online reviews. I'm glad I did. Its a wonderful story of a soon to be dad that as to come to terms with is own daddy issues. The B&W art helps to build the mild craziness of the story. Not reviewed yet. SCUD 9 - SCUD the Disposable Assassin, The Whole Shebang I was introduced to this book in the forums of The Outhouse and immediately ordered it. This collected the full run of the book plus a few extras. The story is funny, crazy and heavy on randomness. Its a entertaining book that keeps you reading until your arms hurt from holding this behemoth of a book. You can check out the review here. Doctor Strange 8 - Doctor Strange A Separate Reality Magic themed comic books are, usually, very close to my heart, especially the older ones. It took me a couple of months but as soon as I was able to find an affordable copy of this book I took it. It didn't let me down at all. Everything I like of these older magic themed books is here. Magic with imagination coupled with an exciting story and little space for Harry Potter length plots. Eventually it will get reviewed. Wolverine and the X-Men 7 - Wolverine and the X-Men Volume 1 In the last couple of years I've been drifting away from superhero comics. When this came out the reviews here great and all had a similar topic "this isn't your typical superhero book". That was enough to get me reconnected with these familiar characters. It is indeed a different book. Its funny and fresh and loose with the continuity. And most of all, it shakes the status quo. I was hooked from the get go. This book was one of the first reviews on RGN and can be found here. Freakangels 6 - Freakangels Volume 6 Warren Ellis is one of my favorite comic book writer and Freakangels is in my top 10 Ellis books. This 6th volume marked the end of this saga. It answered all the lingering questions of this Universe. Who, why and how did the world as we know it ended? Are the Freakangels immortal? And so on. This book brings closure to this journey. Sadly I haven't got around to reviewing any of the Freakangels book. Maybe I'll do a full run review. Off Road 5 - Off Road After I read Joe the Barbarian late last year I was instantly in love with Sean Murphy's art and had to have more of it. Made a little research and found this little graphic novel about three friends that have different issues to work out. Off Road is a great little book about friendship, fathers and coming of age. Check out the review here. Channel Zero 4 - Channel Zero Up until Channel Zero Brian Wood was one of my favorite writers I never read. Channel Zero is the first published work of Brian Wood and like he says in the extras he is not ashamed of it. And he shouldn't. In fact he should be proud. This is a mix of punk cyber fight against the Machine and the oppression / liberation that the Media can impose on the people. Its a great read, even if you don't agree with Wood's POV on politics and personal freedoms. I've been trying to review this for weeks and failing miserably. Maybe 2013 will bring me the much needed inspiration. Saga 3 - Saga Volume 1 All over the internet Saga is being labeled as a Space Opera. Its not incorrect. It surely seem to be getting the scope for it, even if there is only three or four stories outside the main story line. Saga is a love story. Love between the Marko, Alana and their baby girl. Marko and Alana are cough between a galaxy wide war between their respective races. They fall in love and decide to leave the war behind them and live a peaceful life. The only problem is that the war isn't going to let that happen. Check the review here. Fear Agent 2 - Fear Agent Volume 6 This book marks the end of one of the best Sci-Fi books in the last years. And what a journey it was! Worldly invasions, time travel, galactic genocide and a great deal of misadventures is what you can find in the 6 volumes (7 if you count Tales of the Fear Agent) that tell the tale of Heathrow Hudson the last of the Fear Agents. Like Freakangels this will, probably, get a run review somewhere in time. Infinite Kung Fu 1 - Infinite Kung Fu Infinite Kung Fu takes the number one spot because it was the book that most amazed me. I had little to none expectations and was completely sweep off my feet by it. Kagan Mcleod does a great job in recreating the feel of the old martial arts movies. Like SCUD, this is a behemoth. 400+ pages of top notch sequential art, that is hard to read in lengthy stretches due to its weight, but very much worth it. This one is in my to review list since the first day of RGN, but I haven't been able to do it justice. But it will be reviewed. Stay tuned for 2013. Here is what I read this year and loved. What are your preferences? Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2012/12/top-10-best-books-ive-read-in-2012.html

Preview: EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: IRIS (vol 3) #1

Preview: EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: IRIS (vol 3) #1

By Rui Esteves in Blog on December 15, 2012

Cover David Wohl – Story / Alex Lei – Art / Teo Gonzalez - Colors   Iris is back, but will she make it through the – Executive Extinction!   Following the deadly results of “The Hit List Agenda”, the Executive Assistants find themselves alone, scattered and unsure of their own collective fate. However, Iris now finds herself at the employ of perhaps the most sinister of all organized enterprises—the Central Intelligence Agency! The pulse-pounding third volume of the epic Executive Assistant: Iris series kicks off with the massive ten part series that will forever alter the lives of every Executive Assistant!   EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT IRIS creator David Wohl is joined by newcomer Alex Lei and series vet Teo Gonzalez, to bring you the thrilling third volume as the “Executive Extinction” crossover event starts right now!   Executive Assistant Iris (vol 3) #1 is in stores December 19th, 2012! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Preview Page 4 Cover B Cover C Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2012/12/preview-executive-assistant-iris-vol-3-1.html

PR: ASPEN COMICS KICKS OFF “10 FOR 10” WITH LEGEND OF THE SHADOW CLAN AND ADDED INCENTIVES FOR FANS AND RETAILERS

PR: ASPEN COMICS KICKS OFF “10 FOR 10” WITH LEGEND OF THE SHADOW CLAN AND ADDED INCENTIVES FOR FANS AND RETAILERS

By Rui Esteves in Features on December 14, 2012

Aspen is planning to celebrate the publisher’s tenth anniversary this February in a big way, with their largest offering of new titles in their history. Launching their special “10 for 10” initiative that will feature ten new series releases, one each month over the span of ten months. Aspen’s “10 for 10” will debut with the launch of Legend of the Shadow Clan #1 on February 6th, 2013. From creators David Wohl and Brad Foxhoven (Executive Assistant: Iris) and the art team of Cory Smith and John Starr (Broken Pieces, Fathom), Legend of the Shadow Clan marks Aspen’s first all new property of 2013. Below is the publisher’s solicitation for the new Aspen release: Meet the Arashi family. They are like any other family living in the city: kids in school, parents working to make ends meet. But unbeknownst to even them, their ancestors held a dark secret: they were a clan of ninja in feudal Japan, in the employ of a prominent leader. But when that leader was murdered under mysterious circumstances, the Arashi Clan was blamed, and forced to flee, going into hiding. Over the centuries, the descendants lost track of the ancient ways. They came to America, abandoning their sordid past to distant memory. However, recently, their secret has been discovered--their ancient enemy has returned, and won't rest until every member of the Arashi clan is killed. Now, the Arashi family must rediscover their long-forgotten birthright if they hope to have any chance of surviving the onslaught to come, and along the way, they will learn the LEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN. To celebrate the first release of the “10 for 10” initiative and to thank fans and retailers for their support in getting Aspen Comics to the milestone decade mark, Aspen is releasing the first issue of Legend of the Shadow Clan for the highly affordable price of only $1. As well, every subsequent #1 issue for each new release in Aspen’s “10 for 10” program will be offered at the same low $1 price. To help support comic shops’ push for Legend of the Shadow #1 and the Aspen “10 for 10” titles to follow, Aspen is offering a multitude of special incentives for stores to choose from on the debut issue, priced at a near Free Comic Book Day level to retailers: Every fan or new reader who lets their local retailer know to add Legend of the Shadow Clan #1 to their subscription box is eligible to receive the special  “Aspen Reserved Edition” cover for each “10 for 10” #1 title. Fans who collect all ten Reserved Edition covers at their local comic book store will then be eligible to receive the free Aspen “10 for 10” Jam Poster (to be revealed soon!) featuring characters from all ten titles and colored by superstar colorist Peter Steigerwald. Red Blue Any retailer who orders 50 copies of the $1 priced Legend of the Shadow Clan #1 will receive a signed and numbered copy of the direct cover edition, along with a certificate of authenticity. Retailers who order 100 copies of the $1 priced issue one will receive the above listed incentive as well as one free CCG 9.8 edition of Legend of the Shadow Clan #1 Reserved Edition cover. For every 250 total combined copies of the standard and Reserved Edition covers ordered, retailers will receive all of the above listed incentives and one free original hand drawn Sketch Cover by Legend of the Shadow Clan series artist Cory Smith. Custom Cover Each retailer who orders 750 total combined copies of the standard and Reserved variant edition covers are eligible to receive those copies with an exclusive cover featuring their store logo or image incorporated into the cover illustration. Qualifying retailers will be contacted to confirm the specifics of your exclusive image. All prior listed incentives are also included at this level. And for stores who order 1500 total combined copies of the standard and Reserved variant edition covers, those retailers will receive a special store signing appearance by a creator of Legend of the Shadow Clan, receive 200 additional past Aspen exclusive comics for the signing, and be included in an interior ad page of the comic promoting the event. Qualifying retailers will be contacted to confirm the specifics of your signing. This incentive is highly limited to the first five participating stores. All prior listed incentives are also included at this level. For more information on Legend of the Shadow Clan and Aspen Comics please check www.aspencomics.com and www.aspenstore.com and follow Aspen’s “10 for 10” on Twitter with the hash tag: #Aspen10 Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2012/12/pr-aspen-comics-kicks-off-10-for-10.html

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