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Monthly Archives: September 2010

If you snoozed on reading American Vampire during the first cycle, now is your chance to read what you’ve been missing. Yesterday saw the release of American Vampire vol.1 in hardcover edition. The hardcover volume collects issues # 1-5 and has two stories: one written by acclaimed horror writer Stephen King one another by Scott Snyder; both featuring artwork by the talented Rafel Albuquerque.

In Stephen King’s story (set in the Wild West) we meet Skinner Sweet; the original American Vampire is a breed that is stronger and faster than any vampire ever seen. And in Synder’s tale we follow Pearl, a young budding actress living in 1920’s Los Angeles, who is viciously turned into a vampire and has set out on a bloody path of payback against those who took her life.

This is a must read for anyone tired of sparkly love sickened vampires, and are ready for the horror and thrill to be put back into vampire tales. This edition of American Vampire includes an introduction by Stephen King and bonus artwork including character sketches, variant covers, and more! So make sure to pick up American Vampire vol. 1 today.

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Sure you have bills and groceries to buy with your hard-earned money… But why do that when you can buy brand new comics which you can just read by candlelight while you eat a pbj for the 10th time. So to help you figure out what to spend that hard-earned money on here’s your list of new releases for this week.

Comics

Action Comics 893
Amazing Spider-Man 644
Angel 37
Artifacts 2
Atlas 5
Avengers Prime 3
Batman the Brave and the Bold 21
Captain America 610
Captain America Patriot 2
Casanova 3
Chew 14
Crossed Family Values 4
Detective Comics 869
Do Androids Dream Dust To Dust 5
First Wave 4
Franken-Castle 21
Futurama Comics 51
GI Joe Cobra Special 2
GI Joe Hearts and Minds 5
Gotham City Sirens 16
Green Arrow 4
Heroic Age One Month To Live 5
Incredibles 14
Justice Society of America 43
Kevin Smith Kato 4
Machete 0
Namor First Mutant 2
Powers 6
Savage Dragon 164
Secret Warriors 20
Star Spangled War Stories 1
Star Wars Blood Ties Tale Jango & Boba Fett 2
Star Wars Invasion Rescues 4
Teen Titans 87
Terminator 1984 1
Time Masters Vanishing Point 3
Torchwood 3
Transformers Sector 7 1
Valkyrie 1
Wonder Woman 603
X-Men Curse of Mutants X-Men Vs Vampires 1
X-Men Forever 2 8
X-Men Legacy 240

Books & Trade Paperbacks

Al Jaffee Mad life SC
Allen Ginsberg howl GN
American Vampire Vol. 1 HC
Archie Marries 70 years In Making HC
Barney Google HC
Broadcast GN
Carmine Infantino Penciler Pub Provocateur SC
Doctor Solar Man of the Atom Vol. 1 TP
Eerie Archives Vol. 4 HC
Fetish Goddess Dita HC
Flash Chronicles Vol. 2 TP
Franklin Richards Son of Genius Ultimate Book 1 TP
Hereville How Mirka Got Her Sword HC
Lobo Highway To Hell TP
Mad Greatest Artists Sergio Aragones HC
Marvel Adventures Spider-Man TP
Marvel Avengers Ultimate Character Guide HC
My Monkeys Name is Jennifer Vol. 2 TP
Oh My Goddess Vol. 36 TP
RIP MD GN
Sandman The Dream Hunters TP
Showcase PResents Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 4 TP
Sisters Luck GN
Swedish Comics History SC
Ultimate Comics Iron Man Armor Wars TP
X-Men Second COming HC
Youll Never Know Vol. 2 Collateral Damage HC


On Saturday September 26, I was at the  Houston Public Library for Graphic Novel Day.  It was a great learning experience for fans young & old, as well as those wanting a career in comics. The speakers for the day included Barbara Slate (You Can Do Graphic Novels), Gene Yang (American Born Chinese), Esther Pearl Watson (Tammy Is Unlovable), and Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise). I have to say I was very happy to see a large number of women in attendance. While there I got meet two awesome girls Meredith and Ciana whose work everyone should be on a lookout for.

The day started with a talk from Gene Luen Yang who gave an interesting talk on his Comics. Yang discussed what defines the comics medium and what distinguishes it from other media. He also shed light on the process of making comics by defining key terms.

The panel got off to a great start by discussing current projects that the panelists are working on. Along with industry changes worth noting; some of the changes mentioned were the growth in jobs for illustrators, and the growing market for digital comics. Things took a turn for the humorous when the panelists shared stories of their convention experiences. One of my favorite stories was Esther Pearl Watson, who told a story of having her hand kissed by Matt Groening, who told her how much he loved Tammy Is Unlovable. A key lesson to take from the panel was the importance for anyone wanting to be in the industry to educate themselves on the business side of comics.

Following the panel writer and artist Terry Moore participated in a question and answer session, which proved to enlightening for up and coming writers wanting to break into the industry. During the session Terry Moore shared his insight on the good and bad of self publishing. Moore, who is known for comics featuring strong women, credited  the women he grew up around as being an influence.

The day drew to a close with Esther Pearl Watson who gave an entertaining Q and A in which she shared the origins of Tammy Is Unlovable. Finally, Barbara Slate held a workshop on creating graphic novels. The workshop was great bouncing off ideas on ways to overcome writes block and develop new characters.

A big thank you has to go out to Bayou City Books, Houston Public Library, and Domy Books for hosting a great event. The writers and illustrators were informative and I think it’s safe to say that everyone in attendance learned a lot. I hope we can see Graphic Novel Day as a regular event.


The last few weeks I’ve been super and haven’t  had a chance to post much. So starting this week I will be posting only twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday’s. Give me your feedback and if it doesn’t work we can go back daily.


Are you in the Houston, Texas area and looking for something to do this Saturday? Well then bring your entire family to Bedrock City Comics Washington store location, for family Star Wars Day being held from 12- 4 PM. There will be members of the 501st Legion making an appearance, a drawing for the stores Sideshow Life Size Yoda bust, and special discounts for kids in costume. Come buy your raffle ticket before they sell out!


Here’s your list of upcoming release this week. Let us know what comics you are looking forward to picking up.

Comics

Adventure Comics 518
Amazing Spider-Man 641
Amazing Spider-man 642
American Vampire 6
Anita Blake Circus of Damned Charmer 4
Batgirl 14
Batman 703
Batman and Robin 14
Batman Odyssey 3
Billy the Kid Ghastly Fiend London 1
Booster Gold 36
BPRD Hell on Earth New World 2
Comic Book Guy The Comic Book 3
Cuba My Revolution HC
Daken Dark Wolverine 1
Daredevil 510
Dawn Not To Touch Earth
Daytripper 10
Deadpool Corps 6
Doc Savage 6
Doctor Solar Man of Atom 2
Doctor Who Ongoing 15
Doom Patrol 14
GI Joe 22
Glamourpuss 15
Greek Street 15
Green Hornet Golden Age Remastered 2
Green Hornet Strikes 3
Green Hornet Year One 5
Green Lantern 57
Heroic Age one Month To Live 2
Incredibles 13
Invaders Now 1
Invincible Iron Man 30
Irredeemable 17
Justice League Generation Lost 9
Life With Archie Married Life 2
Mighty Crusaders 3
New Avengers 4
Orson Scott Cards Ender In Exile 4
Punisher Max Hot Rods of Death 1
Red Robin 16
Red Sonja 51
Shadowland Blood on Streets 2
Sixth Gun 4
Spawn 199
Starstruck 13
Thanos Imperative 4
Thor 614
Thor Mighty Avenger 4
Ultimate Comics Avengers 3 2
Weird War Tales 1
Welcome To Tranquility One Foot Grave 3
X-Force Sex and Violence 3
X-Men 3
X-Men Forever 2 7

Books & Trade Paperbacks

Conan Newspaper Strips Vol. 1
Creepy Archives Vol. 7
Cuba My Revolution
Dr Horrible
Drinking At The Movies
Essential Superman Encyclopedia
From Shadow To Light Mort Meskin
Ghost Talkers Daydream Vol. 4
Hello Do You Work Here
Hobby Japan August 2010
Invincible Iron Man Vol. 5 Resilient Book 1
James Bond Omnibus Vol. 1
Justice League of America Team History
Land of the Giants Complete Series
Louis Riel A Comic Strip Biography
Lucky In Love A Poor Mans History
Oz Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Pride and Prejudice TP
Rue Morgue Magazine 104
Shenen Jump October 2010
Simon and Kirby Superheroes
Singularity 7
Super Hero Squad
Tezuka Apollos Song Vol. 1
Tezuka Apollos Song Vol. 2 TP
Time Machine Campfire
Transmetropolitan Vol. 8 Dirge
Wild Kingdom
Wolverine Old Man Logan
Zombies Vs Robots Aventure


The Houston Public Library and Domy Books presents Graphic Novel Day on Saturday, September 18 from 11 AM till 5 PM. This is an exciting day of discussion and workshops featuring your favorite graphic noveliestt. All events are FREE and open to the public. The event will be located at the Central Library on the 4th Floor.

Brown Bag Author Panel/ @ Noon

Enjoy your own lunch during a special visit from critically-acclaimed graphic novelists Terry Moore, Barbara Slate, Esther Pearl Watson, and Gene Luen Yang. All of whom will be available to sign copies of their books after the panel discussion. The panel will be moderated by Tuan Nguyen.

Author Talks and Q&A

Terry Moore/ 1:30 PM

Graphic novelist Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise) will discuss his work and take questions from the audience.

Esther Pearl Watson/ 2:30 PM

Esther Pearl Watson best known from for her Tammy is Unlovable series, will discuss her work and take questions from the audience.

Workshops

Comics Medium Workshop by Gene Luen Yang/ 11 AM

Join us for a special workshop led by graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese), who will discuss creating stories using comics as a medium. The focus will be on the features of the comic medium that that distinguish it from other media, defining fey terms such as comics, panel size, panel transitions and panel composition, and direct participants as they work in groups to solve storytelling problems.

You Can Do a Graphic Novel by novelist Barbara Slate/ 3:30 PM

Being led by graphic novelist Barbara Slate (You Can Do a Graphic Novel), participants will receive the inspiration and know-how to get their stories from their head onto paper through the graphic novel.