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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.
 

 


Portuguese retailers give a big thank you to Amazon.co.uk.

Portuguese retailers give a big thank you to Amazon.co.uk.

By Rui Esteves in Blog on April 4, 2014

Amazon I get most my books on-line. Simpy because it ends up being a lot cheaper. In 2004 when I started buying on-line the ratio was 3 books on-line for the same price as 2 in store. Now a days I believe the difference is not as big.When I say on-line I mean Amazon. Amazon has a great service. They have a generous offering of titles, awesome prices, fast delivery and the best on-line ordering system out there. I have nothing but good things to say about their service.However today I got this email: As you've previously had orders delivered to Portugal, we wanted to let you know that our delivery options to Portugal are changing. From April 3, 2014, FREE Super Saver Delivery will no longer be available. You'll have the option of Standard or Priority Delivery for orders being delivered to Portugal.   More information about international delivery rates and times can be found here.We strive to provide our European customers the greatest possible selection at low prices and hope to see you again soon.  Regards,Customer Service Department This will make me either buy one less book per month (it would take it down to 2) or start buying locally again.I better start searching for my LCS's customer card.Goodbye Amazon.co.uk its been great knowing you.Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2014/04/portuguese-retailers-give-big-thank-you.html

Aspen Comics Presents Lola XOXO On April 9th

Aspen Comics Presents Lola XOXO On April 9th

By Rui Esteves in Blog on April 2, 2014

Cover Aspen Comics is thrilled to present its first new property of 2014 on April 9th, the action-adventure series Lola XOXO, created, written and illustrated by Siya Oum (Charismagic, Executive Assistant: Iris). The highly anticipated upcoming six-issue series unfolds in a dystopian western tale following young firebrand character Lola, who has been raised under the protection of a band of traveling merchants.Despite potential dangers in the “Wasteland,” Lola decides to perilously traverse what’s left of the United States in a desperate—and deadly—search for her parents. Oum discusses her enthusiasm for the project: "It has always been a dream of mine to have my own series. It hasn't quite hit me. I can't imagine how I'll feel when I get the first printed issue in my hands. I feel like everything I've ever experienced, everyone I've ever cared for has a hand in inspiring the creation of this Lola XOXO. I couldn't have asked for a better publisher and a better group of friends to guide me through the process. I am forever grateful." Aspen strongly encourages fans to visit their local comic book stores to pre-order the first issue of Lola XOXO, which boasts eleven covers of Oum’s own design. Future issues will feature cover art from a myriad of the industry’s top artists such as Joe Benitez, Jordan Gunderson, Ale Garza and more to be announced soon. Aspen Editor in Chief Vince Hernandez encourages fans to check out the publisher’s latest offering: "Siya [Oum] and Lola XOXO have exceeded all of our expectations, and we're excited to be able to show everyone the result of all her hard work. I've had the pleasure of seeing this project from its earliest stages of development, and it's really been a labor of love for her that shows on every page. I think everyone who checks out the first issue will agree!" Cover B Cover C Cover D Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2014/04/aspen-comics-presents-lola-xoxo-on.html

Review: A Frozen World

Review: A Frozen World

By Rui Esteves in Blog on March 22, 2014

CoverA Frozen World is disturbing story about a barren, industrial, cold city called Irongates. She devours its inhabitants, sucks the life out of them until only misery remains.In it there are three stories. The first is about a nicotine addicted man that goes through life scavenging the leftovers Irongates allows him to get. That stories leads to the tale of a man that can't cope with the death of his pregnant wife. The last story dwells on the life of a murderer that terrorizes the low-lives of Irongates.Nick Andors is responsible for all creative aspects of A Frozen World. From time to time a book like this appears, a labor of love that not only tells a tale but also transpires much about its creator and connects to the reader on an intimate level. Irongates Nick does a great job with the writing. The pace is just right and the dialog are spot on. The overall plot will keep you turning the page, not in anticipation but in searching for closure and a glimmer of hope in this bleak world.In the art department he keeps the bar high. While its not as flawless as the writing, its still very good, only having a few hiccups here and there, mainly in the details. But above all it fits the dark tone of the book perfectly.The high contrast black and white style that Nick choose for this book is just perfect. Its filled with realistic and surreal characters that greatly increase the bleak, dramatic and gloomy ambiance. I love how he plays with the panel layout. They're very dynamic and create a conductor line to guide the reader that works very well.In sum its a very good book, printed in a big format that I liked very much. If you seek an original idea, a different way of telling dystopian stories, than this is just what you need.Its a pity Nick only sells for the US market, but it you email him, I believe an arrangement can be accomplished.You can get A Frozen World directly from Nick's website afrozenworld.com. Nick also can be found  on Twitter and Facebook.Publisher: Eyekon PublishingYear: 2014Pages: 120Authors: Nick AndorsISBN: 9780989531214Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2014/03/review-frozen-world.html

PREVIEW: FATHOM: KIANI vol 3 #1

PREVIEW: FATHOM: KIANI vol 3 #1

By Rui Esteves in Blog on March 4, 2014

Cover Kiani has risen!One of the most powerful figures in the Fathom universe returns for this epic third chapter! Following the tragic events of The Elite Saga and the shattering of her family ties, Kiani has risen above the surface and seemingly disappeared among the large expanse of the human population. However, with a power inside her that is capable of changing or destroying the world's landscape, her presence can only remain hidden for so long!Returning writer Vince Hernandez joins forces with Trish Out of Water artist Giuseppe Cafaro to bring you the latest adventures of Fathom's most fierce and beloved characters. Kiani is back and the world of the Blue will never be the same again!FATHOM: KIANI vol 3 #1 is in stores March 12th, 2014! 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/2014/03/preview-fathom-kiani-vol-3-1.html

Review: Ungrounded

Review: Ungrounded

By Rui Esteves in Blog on February 22, 2014

Add captionUngrounded came to be though a crowd funded project on Kickstarter. It is a creation of Patrick Gerard with art by Erick Webb. In it we follow the adventures of Mister Solenoid.Mister Solenoid is an old fashioned hero. A big, powerful, moral irreproachable, boy scout super-hero.He is just a regular scientist that wants to turn the world into a better place. And through the magic of science manages to wish himself some superpowers for himself. In the process changing the whole world. Not only he gets superpowers as do many others. Some become superheroes, some super-villains.Right off the bat Mister Solenoid gets a generic super-hero costume, a bunch of energy based powers and the knowledge of how to use them. He also gets the girl in the first few pages, without even breaking a sweat. The girl is a adventurous millionaire girl, imagine Lois Lane meets Lara Croft. After a bit a flying Polar Bear gets introduced. There are a few other characters, but all are one note cardboard cutouts, with little depth and interest. Meet Mister Solenoid I had little to none expectation for this book, but still managed to get frustrated while reading it. It is a disjointed group of ideas that got mixed together and resulted in an over the top retro styled confusing and boring story. Patrick Gerald had some good concepts and ideas, but the execution falls very short.Erick Webb's art is good enough. Its coherent for most of the book and as very distinct character models, but the coloring is where it falls flat. Washed out colors and different color pallets don't really mix well with the art and story telling style. The bad guys If you like retro style super-hero antics you can give it a try by checking out its official site, but keep your expectation low.Publisher: Pandemic MemeYear: 2013Pages: 58Authors: Patrick Gerard, Erick WebbISBN: 9780989575911Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2014/02/review-ungrounded.html

Preview: EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #18

Preview: EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #18

By Rui Esteves in Blog on February 13, 2014

CoverEXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #18 Vince Hernandez ­ Writer / Jordan Gunderson ­ Art / Teo Gonzalez - ColorsAssassins reaches the end.The epic finale to Blood Origin reveals the true sacrifice required by Daffodil to forge the first Executive Assistant Academy! When the odds of success turn bleak and deadly she must decide whether her choice to painstakingly continue on with her enterprise, or risk losing everything including her life! Don't miss this pulse-pounding conclusion that is essential canon in the Executive Assistant Universe!EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #18 is in stores February 12th, 2014! 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/2014/02/preview-executive-assistant-assassins-18.html

Review: Astronauta Magnetar

Review: Astronauta Magnetar

By Rui Esteves in Blog on February 6, 2014

Cover The Astronaut (O Astronauta) is a brazilian comic book character created in 1963 by Mauricio de Sousa. This BRASA (brazilian Nasa) astronaut has been around for generations, enchanting kids and grown ups everywhere.Between 2009 and 2011 there was a project to recreate the Astronaut in a modern light. Those were shorter stories and were printed in an anthology style book. In 2012 Danilo Beyruth created this 70 pages story that reinvents The Astronaut.If you're not familiar with the character, The Astronaut is all about the simple things in life. Its about the perspective of things. Always going far way just to find value in the simpler aspects of daily life.Magnetar takes place in deep space around a magnetar (neutron star) where The Astronauts gets marooned. The story develops around his journey back home, both literally and figuratively. Contemplating the Magnetar This is a beautiful story. Sweet and heartwarming, with the right amount of humor and a dash of action. Its simple, yet with enough complexity that you'll read it at least twice.The art is just gorgeous. Slick pencils and on the spot coloring permeate these 70 pages with eye candy that translates the tone and feel of the story perfectly. The claustrophobic felling of despair of the marooned Astronaut is beautifully portrayed, as is  the vastness of space (on the few panels that show it). The beginning of the end The only drawback of the book it how hard it is to get a hold of a copy. It wasn't advertised at all and as such few stores even knew of it existence. Luckily my local newspaper stand managed to procure a copy for me.Publisher: Panini ComicsYear: 2013Pages: 82Authors: Danilo BeyruthISBN: 9788565484428Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2014/02/review-astronauta-magnetar.html

Preview: TRISH OUT OF WATER #4

Preview: TRISH OUT OF WATER #4

By Rui Esteves in Blog on January 23, 2014

CoverTRISH OUT OF WATER #4 Vince Hernandez ­ Story / Giuseppe Cafaro ­ Art / Ruben Curto, Manuela Nerolini & MAD5 Factory  - ColorsAll Hell breaks loose as Trish and her friends are dangerously confronted by those under the surface, and the group must tragically separate for their own good. However, a bigger surprise waits for Trish, as she discovers secrets about herself that will forever change her life‹for betterŠor worse!TRISH OUT OF WATER #4 is in stores January 29th, 2014! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Cover B Cover C Cover DFollow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2014/01/trish-out-of-water-4.html

Preview: ALL NEW FATHOM #5

Preview: ALL NEW FATHOM #5

By Rui Esteves in Blog on January 23, 2014

CoverALL NEW FATHOM #5 David Wohl ­ Story / Alex Konat ­ Art / Peter Steigerwald ­ ColorsA new direction in the FATHOM Universe continues!Believing the undersea threat from Vana to be over, Aspen Matthews returns to the surface to try to resume a normal life and finds an old flame waiting for her upon her arrival--Chance Calloway. Meanwhile, tensions rise beneath the surface as the true extent of Vana's scheme begins to manifest, and she reveals her actual target--the Capital city of the Blue, Muria!Writer David Wohl, artist Alex Konat and colorist Peter Steigerwald team up once again to bring you the latest adventures of Michael Turner's most beloved creation!ALL NEW FATHOM #5 is in stores January 29th, 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/2014/01/preview-all-new-fathom-5.html

Preview: BUBBLEGUN #4

Preview: BUBBLEGUN #4

By Rui Esteves in Blog on January 17, 2014

CoverBUBBLEGUN #4 Mark Roslan ­ Story / Mike Bowden ­ Art / David Curiel, Erick Arciniega - Colors / Josh Reed - LetteringThey like the tech, but live for the high stakes!The BUBBLEGUN team is banged up, worn down, and low on confidence after their leader is taken from them. Molli, in desperation, resorts to extreme measures in order to rescue her captive sister back from the dangerous clutches of Drazic, Craine and Vitadrone. The odds of survival are low, which is par for the course with this group!Creator and writer Mark Roslan, along with penciler Mike Bowden and colorist David Curiel invite you to take part in what¹s sure to become Aspen¹s next hit sci-fi, action adventure series, BUBBLEGUN!BUBBLEGUN #4 is in stores January 22nd, 2014! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Cover B Cover C Cover DFollow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2014/01/preview-bubblegun-4.html

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