Thursday, April 9, 2015

To make sure LACKLUSTER WORLD does not lack support, read on . . .

EDITOR’S NOTE:  From time to time, I invest in some worthy projects and contribute to various Kickstarter campaigns.  I really know very little about Eric Adams.  I just received his email request for Kickstarter support, and it was so clever and amusing that I visited the website and made a contribution. Now it’s your turn to be charmed.  Read on . . . . . .


GRAPHIC NOVELIST ENJOYS THE ANXIETY OF CROWD-FUNDING, REALLY, IT FEELS GREAT! Cincinnati, OH (April 9, 2015) -- Eric Adams had cold sweats again last night. The chilly dampness woke him and he instinctively checked his phone for new backer alerts. This has been happening nightly since he launched the Kickstarter campaign to fund the printing of his graphic novel, LACKLUSTER WORLD.


          To Eric's delight, there had been one new backer since he last checked 90 minutes ago! They had selected the HARDCOVER BOOK + SHIRT reward level for $55. The graphic novel is 380 pages and it's beautiful. Plus, it's well-written. It's clear why this backer was interested. The tee shirt options are funny too. It was nice of that backer to go for something extra.

          "Time to celebrate!" he attempted to think. He shuffled into the kitchen and lizard-brained into a pack of saltine crackers. Wearing only his underpants, he was cold, so he folded himself into a little ball in the corner of the floor. He shivered, rocked back and forth and mumbled incoherent things while shoveling in the crackers and dryly mashing on them.

          LACKLUSTER WORLD is a dark satire about an albino man using vandalism and journalism to manipulate his world all while trying to evade his fanatically religious siblings. Tonally, it's FIGHT CLUB meets OFFICE SPACE in PLEASANTVILLE. Eric liked this pitch. Not only was it confirmed to be accurate by readers, but it had hooks, man.

          He really wanted to check for new backers again, but left his phone on his nightstand. Back in the bedroom, he tried to lie down, but recoiled from the moistness. Ugh, the sweat. He knew what to do. He grabbed a bath towel. His girlfriend slept like she was dead. That, or she really was dead. He didn't check.


           Lying on top of the protective towel, he checked the Kickstarter again and WOW, two new backers! What was going on?! He moved to the couch with his laptop, where one of his cats slept. It woke and judged Eric harshly for being too aggressive with his social media promotion earlier this evening. Eric felt the guilt and feared he had ostracized friends and family by posting the link to the Kickstarter too often.

          The two new backers both chose the DIGITAL BOOK reward for $15. It made sense that some people would choose the digital book instead of the hardcover version. LACKLUSTER WORLD was, after all, a great creator-owned graphic novel regardless of the format. There's this scene with Jesus and a talking bear that everyone loves! So funny. Anyway, three backers in such a short period of time all in the middle of night? Somebody must have said something and it must have been on the Internet. He searched Facebook and Twitter and Google. Nothing. Coincidence is possible, right?

         He stared off as this thought transformed into other thoughts about his promotional strategy for the next few days. Maybe he should even post something right now? Obviously, there are people out there supporting Kickstarter campaigns in the middle of the night, so why not?! He checked for more backers. His cat told him to stop, but he knew that was wrong. He needed to know if there more, didn't he? He searched the Internet again for new mentions. Refreshed the Kickstarter page. Retrieved more crackers. Refreshed. Pet the cat. Made graphics in Photoshop. Crackers. Cat. Refresh. Look at other Kickstarter campaigns. Pace. Talk to cat. Lie down. Stand up walk around refresh crackers kickstarterrefresh reFresH refresh refsresh RefHsfh RehSFH HsHSFHREfrwsh HH::"#:$WETK o;jJ O OJNKLL.SND.dsjfg sdhblsdk

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          The next morning, his girlfriend woke him up. She wasn't dead. "Any new activity overnight?" she asked. "Yes, but let me check again," he replied. Eric Adams' Kickstarter campaign for the 380-page hardcover "Director's Cut" edition of his graphic novel, LACKLUSTER WORLD, runs through April 17, 2015. At the time of this press release it is 84% funded with 9 days to go. Eric is very confident the campaign will be successfully funded and that he will be able to print the book he has spent 10 years making, but it doesn't stop him from thinking what if OH GOD WHAT IF IT DOESN'T. And even if it's funded, will it reach a stretch goal? Is it a bad sign if it doesn't reach a stretch goal?

          You can find the Kickstarter campaign at: Eric Adams is the co-founder or Narrier, a publishing and distribution company focusing on post-genre entertainment. He's the creator of the award-winning, creator-owned graphic novel, LACKLUSTER WORLD and other comics including PECKING ORDER, RUMSPRINGA and GOODBYE WEATHER. For more information, please visit

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

INKWELL AWARDS: Joe Sinnott Inking Challenge Art and Fundraiser

from the official press release . . . . . . . . .


(New Bedford, MA/USA—April 8, 2014) The Inkwell Awards, a non-profit organization devoted to the art of inking, will be revealing the unique results of its fifth annual Joe Sinnott Inking Challenge in a series of fund-raising online auctions beginning Saturday, April 11.  This is the ‘main event’ to the recently announced Sinnott Spring Celebration of auctions running from March through May contain2015sinnotchallengewolverinejgerardy72ing Joe Sinnott donations.

 Bob Almond, founder and director of The Inkwell Awards (AKA "The Inkwells"), said, "The fifth time's the charm! This year not only did the word of mouth participation and support increase exponentially, but we have drawn in even more new veteran professionals as well as enthused, fledgling amateurs, all ready to meet the Challenge as never before.  We even have Joe's son Mark and daughter-in-law Belinda involved in all their inking glory."

To best exhibit what inkers do, industry legend Joe Sinnott (Fantastic Four, Avengers, Captain America, et al.) pencilled a drawing of Marvel's Amazing Spider-Man, as well as a “breakdown”, or rough sketch, of its most popular X-Man, Wolverine.  His art was scanned and sent in blue-line form to various inkers around the globe.  The ink artists were invited to embellish the Silver Age great, whether staying faithful to his original lines or reinterpreting them.  All resulted in unique pieces of comic art.. Most also sport a classic, hand-lettered logo to resemble a cover.


The list of ink artists contributing their skills is the longest ever and includes: Andy Smith, Dan Parsons, Mark Pennington, Jack Purcell, John Dell, Keith Williams, Mark McKenna, Neil Vokes, Bob Wiacek and many other professionals as well as eager and skilled amateurs. (The list changes each year.)

All submitted art, from last year's to the current pieces, can be viewed at The Inkwell's ComicArtFans gallery here = 

All pieces for this challenge are personally signed by the generous Mr. Sinnott and include a certificate of authenticity. The first wave of inked blue-line original art from this Challenge will be on the auction block beginning Saturday, April 11 at the Inkwells' eBay store here =

Subsequent waves will begin each week thereafter. The art will later be collected into book form.


The Inkwell Awards also offers Sinnott Inking Challenge book collections of previous art with various editions available for donations to the organization.


Prices and availability of these and other merchandise can be found at the Inkwells' Web Store here =

The Inkwell Awards is an official 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and promote the art form of comic-book inking, as well as annually recognize and award the best ink artists and their work. Now in its seventh year, the organization is overseen by a committee of industry professionals and assisted by various professional ambassadors and numerous contributors. They sponsor the Dave Simons Inkwell Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Kubert School and host the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Mark Hamill promotes Free Comic Book Day 2015

Editor’s Note:  I recently visited the Free Comic Book Day website and came across this video worth sharing featuring actor Mark Hamill promoting the event.   Hamill makes some good points regarding why comic readers need to patronize local comic shops and the benefits of doing so. Please check it out . . . . . .

Video courtesy of the Free Comic Book Day official website. The content below is shared from the official website.

What are you doing on May 2nd, 2015?  Mark Hamill has a great idea that you need to hear!
Watch now as the actor, famous for being Luke Skywalker in Star Wars and the voice of The Joker in Batman: The Animated Series, tells you all about Free Comic Book Day at
your local comic shop!

Also make sure to catch Mark as he reprises his role as The Trickster in an upcoming episode of The Flash TV series on the CW!
Follow Mark Hamill on Twitter

Find a comic shop near you to celebrate Free Comic Book Day 2015!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Valiant Origins videos debut on You Tube channel today

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Fresh news, just released today March 29, 2015!                                                  From the official press release . . . . . . . . . .


Announced today at Emerald City Comicon 2015, Valiant's 25th Anniversary celebration continues with the debut of VALIANT ORIGINS – an all-new web series spotlighting the origins of Valiant's biggest heroes bi-weekly across 10 animated episodes!  Beginning today with release of the first episode, VALIANT ORIGINS: BLOODSHOT, subsequent installments will be made available every other week on Valiant's official YouTube channel

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New to the award-winning world of the Valiant Universe?  Meet the greatest heroes that Valiant has to offer here in VALIANT ORIGINS – an introductory overview of the biggest, most powerful characters from throughout the largest independent superhero universe anywhere in comics!  Bloodshot.  X-O Manowar.  Ninjak.  Livewire.  Quantum and Woody.  Divinity.  And many more!  Just in time for Valiant's 25th Anniversary, find out what made these formidable heroes into the comic book icons they are every other week with a new episode of VALIANT ORIGINS on Valiant's official YouTube channel!

"We are always meeting new fans in stores or at conventions who have the same question: I've heard incredible things about Valiant, now where can I start?" said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce.  " VALIANT ORIGINS is an easy answer to that question.  This web series will be a one-stop destination to find out who Valiant's characters are and can quickly get new readers up to speed on the heroes and villains that will be at the forefront of Valiant's publishing line in the months and years to come."

"We've made great inroads by giving new readers multiple ways to discover the best of Valiant's award-winning series with $9.99 volume one trade paperbacks, clearly demarcated jumping-on points, and even One Dollar Debut reprints of our biggest #1 issues," said Hunter Gorinson, Valiant's Director of Marketing, Communications, and Digital Media.  " VALIANT ORIGINS is another important addition to that roster, and one that will give new fans anywhere around the world an easy introduction to the fundamentals of the biggest characters at the center of the Valiant Universe."


Brought back from the dead and infused with cutting-edge nanotechnology, Bloodshot is a nearly unstoppable killing machine.  Equipped with enhanced strength, speed, endurance, and healing, he served his masters at Project Rising Spirit – a private contractor trafficking in violence – very well.  But after defying his programming and escaping his captors, Bloodshot now fights to rediscover the secret of his true identity – but remains haunted by the past that nearly destroyed him…

After playing a lead role in Valiant's critically acclaimed four-issue epic, THE VALIANT, Bloodshot's next chapter begins on April 15th with BLOODSHOT REBORN #1 – the first issue of an all-new ongoing series from from New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire and artist Mico Suayan.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015, Valiant is one of the most successful comic book publishing companies in the history of the medium with more than 81 million comics sold and a library of more than 2,000 distinct characters.  Established by a brain trust of legendary comics creators – including Jim Shooter, Bob Layton and Barry Windsor-Smith – Valiant’s heroes and villains inhabit the largest independently owned superhero universe anywhere in comics.  Re-established in 2005 as Valiant Entertainment, the company returned to great commercial and critical success in 2012, winning a Diamond Gem Award for Publisher of the Year and numerous industry awards and accolades.  To date, Valiant’s titles consistently rate among the best reviewed in comics. 


Valiant's 25th Anniversary celebration continues ahead on May 2nd with the FCBD 2015: VALIANT 25th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL – featuring two all-new stories from superstar creators Jeff Lemire & Butch Guice and Robert Venditti & Rafa Sandoval, alongside a myriad of never-before-seen special features chronicling Valiant’s storied place in comics history!  Plus: special guests from throughout Valiant’s decades-long history and a cavalacade of surprises!

Then, follow the legendary origins behind Valiant’s most indelible icons from the screen to the page with the VALIANT: ZEROES & ORIGINS VOL. 1 trade paperback collection, re-presenting each of Valiant’s greatest zero issue introductions to X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Shadowman, and more!  Featuring a world-class cast of creators, including Joshua Dysart, Matt Kindt, Lewis LaRosa, Clay Mann, Peter Milligan, Mico Suayan, Robert Venditti, and more, plus an all-new cover by red-hot artist Emanuela Lupacchino, this perfect companion to the VALIANT ORIGINS web series arrives in stores on May 6th.


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Friday, March 27, 2015

New CBLDF fund-raiser via and Dynamite

 from the official press release . . . . .

March 26, 2015, Mt. Laurel, NJ:  Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce that Groupees LLC, a unique media and charity bundling site, will host - for the first time ever - a ten-day comic book bundle promotion that allows fans and curious newcomers to purchase over 80 digital Dynamite comics and graphic novels with "Pay What You Want" purchasing power.  A portion of proceeds will be contributed to one of the industry's most important charitable organizations, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.  The bundle promotion will run from Thursday, March 26, through Monday, April 6, on the website

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Through the Groupees program, customers can purchase a bundle of digital comic book and graphic novels for a price they decide.  The first tier of exciting digital content is unlocked with the dollar minimum investment, but consumers can double their take by reaching the $5.00 second tier.  Dynamite offers a highly desirable batch of comics at the third tier for a $10.00 minimum investment, including the bestselling Dynamite Art of Alex Ross art book.

For those who participate in the "Pay What You Want" initiative with considerable support, Dynamite will reward the top ten consumers with special prizes.  The Top Prize will see the contributor illustrated on the cover of an upcoming Dynamite comic book, alongside the title character, and the cover will be drawn by superstar artist Jae Lee.  The winner will also receive 100 copies of the comic and the original artwork.  The second, third, and fourth-highest contributors will be illustrated as characters on one interior page of a Dynamite comic book, while the fifth through tenth-highest contributors will receive a hand-drawn illustration of their favorite Dynamite character, illustrated by Jae Lee. Additionally, top-secret Group Bonuses will be unlocked for all consumers to enjoy when the overall orders reach certain thresholds.

"We're thrilled to be partnering with Dynamite Entertainment to offer this First Edition Dynamite Groupees Comic Bundle," says Thomas Brooke, Groupees Founder and CEO.  "Dynamite has an exceptional catalogue of titles and is offering fans in this promotion an amazing deal on some truly exceptional books including the likes of George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell.  As we expand into this category of media, we look forward to continuing to work with Dynamite to offer literary fans of all types curated, great deals during our online social events that connect fans and artists."

The $1.00 Minimum Tier features superhero action, pulp intrigue, Victorian mystery, tough-talkin' private eyes, and mind-blowing swords-and-sorcery, courtesy of some of the comic industry's brightest stars: Gail Simone ( Batgirl), Alex Ross ( Kingdom Come), Tim Seeley ( Hack/Slash), Jim Krueger ( Earth X), David Liss ( Black Panther), and more.   This accessible bundle includes:


Project Superpowers (Vol. 1) #0 - #7

Dawn/Vampirella #1

The Spider #1 - #6

Chaos! #1 - #6 Chaos01-Cov-Campbell

Shaft #1

Sherlock Holmes: Moriarty Lives #1 - #5

Red Sonja (Vol. 2) #1 - #6

Altered States: Red Sonja

The $5.00 Minimum Tier features 48 comics written by the mainstream's most beloved authors and movie directors, like George R.R. Martin ( A Game of Thrones), Quentin Tarantino ( Pulp Fiction), Kevin Smith ( Clerks), Warren Ellis ( Iron Man, Red), Garth Ennis ( Punisher), Jim Butcher ( Dresden Files), and Nancy A. Collins ( Sunglasses After Dark).  Also, the Fox cartoon sensation Bob's Burgers, gaming powerhouse Pathfinder, and rock ‘n roll icon Alice Cooper round out the package, making it worth the additional investment.

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A Game of Thrones #1

Vampirella: Feary Tales #1 - #2

Warren Ellis' Project Superpowers: Blackcross #1

Garth Ennis' Jennifer Blood #1 - #3

Alice Cooper #1 - #3

Bob's Burgers #1 - #2

Army of Darkness (Vol. 3) #1 - #5

Purgatori #1 - #4

Kevin Smith's Green Hornet #1  - #10 BloodQueen-01-Cov-Anacleto

Django/Zorro #1 - #2

Jim Butcher's Dresden Files: Storm Front (Vol. 1) #1 - #4

Pathfinder #1 - #6

Cryptozoic Man #1 - #4

Blood Queen Annual 2014

Finally, the $10.00 Minimum Tier features 17 comic books by Bill Willingham ( Fables), Jim Starlin (the creator of Thanos from Marvel's The Avengers), and Tom Clancy (the video game Splinter Cell), as well as the bestselling Dynamite Art of Alex Ross, a 328-page retrospective of the influential painter's cover artwork and character designs on such characters as Vampirella, Green Hornet, The Bionic Man, the Kirbyverse, Black Terror, and more. Legenderry01-Cov-Benitez


Dynamite Art of Alex Ross

Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure #1 - #7

Dreadstar #1 - #6

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Echoes #1 - #4

Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment, says, "Groupees has a unique and incredible mechanism to engage fans and bring content to a new audience, as well as reward any fans of our existing audience who wish to take advantage of this promotion.  They've built a model that stands out and can help grow the fan base for comics, which in turn can bring more readers to the industry, and that is extremely exciting.  With comics being - if not the only, then one of the only - forms of print that has grown side by side with digital, we're proud to be working with Thomas and his team to create more awareness of comics among their audience, who in turn will come into our industry and many of whom will then become ongoing readers."

Part of the proceeds from the first-ever Dynamite Groupees Bundle will contribute to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics art form and its community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians, and readers.

Fans and curious newcomers are encouraged to visit between Thursday, March 26, and Monday, April 6, to take advantage of the first-ever comic bundle hosted by Groupees.

World War Z Movie Review

World War Z is movie that shouldn’t be any good. The source material was a collection of stories from individual survivors that never intersected, leaving nothing useful to make a movie out of other than the title. Max Brooks, the author of the original book, is the spoiled rich kid of Mel Brooks and insists he created the modern zombie and decries anyone else’s work. The movie is PG-13 which is odd for a zombie movie. Add to all this, the movie being pushed back to do last minute re-shoots to accommodate negative preview reaction.
With all this against it, it’s amazing that the movie is actually my favorite of the summer so far. The source material was thrown out to create a totally new story. Max Brooks was passed over for script writing duty with J. Michael Straczynski actually writing the first version. The edits that make it PG-13 don’t detract from the story and the re-shoots obviously did what they were designed to do.
Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) is a retired UN employee who is going about his normal life when the zombie plague overtakes his hometown of Philadelphia. Rescued by his previous employer, he quickly realizes he has been drafted back in to service as he jet-sets around the globe in a desperate attempt to find Patient Zero and find any clues that might turn the tide against the masses of undead.
The set pieces of multiple countries allows a little from the book to seep through as far as various defense scenarios and how the dead eventually overcome them. It’s always in the background and used as a plot device that would have to occur anyway.
The characters are all well fleshed out and the dynamic between husband and wife is instantaneous and believable despite the chaos that unfolds mere minutes into the movie. Gerry has a UN military escort but is not a stereotypical shotgun-wielding bad ass. That he survives his encounters with the undead is mostly due to luck and some planning.
The one part of this movie that propels it to be a five star review is the ending. In most zombie movies, the protagonists die until it comes down to one sole survivor (and sometimes his girlfriend, if she’s lucky). Although this movie does rack up an impressive body count, it manages to avoid this trope and the ending is one that convincingly dawns a new morning for the human race.
Note on 3D: All done post production. I saw it in 3D but aside from some falling zombies, it didn't have enough moments to be a great 3D film.  Suggest watching in 2D.
Final rating (out of 5): 5_Star

Monday, March 23, 2015

ONI Press gets two more new titles ready for release . . . .

from the official press releases . . . . . . .


oyster Wars

PORTLAND, OR March 23rd, 2015 - Oni Press, Portland’s premier independent comic book publisher, announced today Oyster War, a colorful, comedic historical graphic novel by three time Eisner-nominated cartoonist Ben Towle (Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean). Oyster War will release on September 23rd, and will be an SPX debut.

In the coastal town of Blood's Haven, the economy runs on oysters.  Oyster farming is one of the most lucrative professions, but also the most dangerous.  Not just from the unforgiving ocean and its watery depths—there are also oyster pirates to worry about! Commander Davidson Bulloch and his motley crew are tasked with capturing these ne'er-do-wells—but they don't know that Treacher Fink, the pirates' leader, possesses a magical artifact that can call forth a legendary spirit with the power to control the sea and everything in it!

“I started work on Oyster War five years ago with a very specific vision,” says creator Ben Towle.  “I'd done several historical fiction books previously and now I wanted to jump squarely into the realm of the fantastic.  Oyster War is a nautical adventure story set in a not-quite-real late 19th century US that's full of pirates, brawlers, sea serpents, and shape-shifters.  It's far and away my favorite work to-date.  I couldn't be happier with the way Oni's bringing the Oyster War print collection to life.  Presentation was always in the back of my mind as I worked on the story.  From the get-go I conceived of Oyster War as a big, hardcover, European album-sized book with high-end production values—and that's exactly what's going to wind up in readers' hands!”


Blood Feud

PORTLAND, OR March 22nd, 2015 - Oni Press, Portland’s premier independent comic book publisher, announced today Blood Feud, a Southern horror series by Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun, Hellbreak), Drew Moss (Terrible Lizard), and Nick Filardi (Helheim, Brides of Helheim). Blood Feud will release on October 7th.

Blood Feud is a Southern tale of vampires, necromancers, horrific spiders and family feuds that survive beyond the grave.

Writer Cullen Bunn adds,  “Subtitled ‘A Vampire Yarn... With Spiders,’ Blood Feud is a book that means a lot to me on a lot of different levels.  It's a story that's been with me for years, and the characters are, in one way or another, people who were important in my life, especially while I was growing up in rural North Carolina and Missouri.  Spider Creek, the town in which this horrific little tale takes place, may be fictional, but it's also very real.  It draws bits and pieces from towns like Newton Grove and Dudley and Koshkonong and Thayer to form a place that might very well be the location for an invasion of blood-sucking demonic beasties.  Blood Feud is also my chance to re-team with Drew Moss and Nick Filardi.  This is a story of humor and horror in the vein of movies like Fright Night and Phantasm and Evil Dead 2, and I couldn't think of two better co-conspirators to bring this story to life!”

Sunday, March 22, 2015

A sneak peak inside the Valiant bullpen via BUZZFEED.COM


EDITOR’S NOTE:  Use the link below to check out a great write-up on Valiant Comics by Daniel Kibblesmith.  There are some insights into the creative process as well as a good overview of the entire company . . . . . . .