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COMIC BOOKS: SLAYER: REPENTLESS #1

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SLAYERFor fans of metal and one of the most brutal speed metal thrash bands on the planet, SLAYER, there is not also a comic book based on the band’s album “Repentless” and videos that accompany it in the brand new (more…)


COMIC BOOK NEWS: Dark Horse Comics to Publish THE GOON Library Editions

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Just announced from Dark Horse Comics, one of my favorite modern-day comic books is getting its own library edition. This is great news for readers and even greater news for collectors of the series. Great, too, if you have (more…)


COMIC BOOK REVIEW: HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D. #1

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HELLBOY has a new comic coming out from Dark Horse Comics entitled HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D. Fans of HELLBOY can probably never get enough of HELLBOY and Dark Horse is trying its best to (more…)


COMIC BOOK REVIEW: Bonnie and Clyde: The Beginning

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This year while attending C2E2 I came across the McFarland Press booth, filled with many of its cooler books they publish and did not realize until that moment that this publisher really publishes a great deal of incredibly unique and interesting books relating to movies, pop culture, history, myths, medieval history, and a great many other fascinating subjects. For the comic book and entertainment convention, McFarland picked an awesome assortment of hard cover and paperback books to sell there that would appease to the general population of the convention. Suffice to say, my eyeballs just about popped out of my skull from joy and glee!

Immediately I went to (more…)


COMIC BOOK REVIEW: TABATHA (T Publications)

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I came across this comic book while attending C2E2 last year and talked with the publishers, TPub, and they sent me some digital comic books in .pdf form to read and review. I interviewed the creator of the comic book line, Neil Gibson, whom writes the stories for many, if not all of the comic books, and he seemed like a very driven and passionate writer and creator. So, here is one of the darker comic books he created called TABATHA.

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COMICS: Dark Horse to release the EC Comics Library!

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DARK HORSE TEAMS WITH LEGENDARY PUBLISHER RUSS COCHRAN TO PUBLISH THE EC COMICS LIBRARY!

 

All-new editions to begin rolling out this fall, beginning with Tales from the Crypt Volume 4!

Anyone that is a fan of horror probably has come across some of the very iconic imagery and artwork of the EC COMICS artists and stories in some way, shape, or form. Whether it was watching the CREEPSHOW films from the twisted mind of horror author Stephen King who was most-definitely inspired by Bill Gaines’ EC COMICS, or some of the more recent horror comics to come out following the style and inspiration that the horror comic has held for so many fans of horror comics. It is quite nice to see that Dark Horse has taken steps (more…)


FREE COMIC BOOK DAY: MAY 4th

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Okay, it is that time of the year when one can go in to their local comic book shop and grab a free comic or, better yet, comics! It also is a great opportunity to drag along non-readers of America’s Favorite Pastime (after Baseball for sports fans and after drinking booze for alcoholics—which may also be categorized under “Sports Fans”) and get them introduced to the wonderful world of comic books and art at no expense. After all, who can pass up on something FREE?!?!?! (more…)


COMIC BOOK NEWS: DARK HORSE COMICS gets their SACRIFICE!

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sacrificeAs busy (or lazy) as I am, when I do get a chance just to sit down and geek out over some comic books, I generally gravitate towards the indie books, as they tend to have more violence, sex, nudity, and gore in them. I do enjoy the clean-cut fighting and antics of bigger publishing giants like DC or Marvel, but indies (although Dark Horse is one of the bigger indies, if one even considers them an indie anymore) always has delivered satisfaction (in my eyes) with GOON, the STAR WARS series, ALIENS, PREDATOR, and THE STRAIN (to name just a few I have read in the past and present).

As I was looking through press releases and news, the description of this (more…)


DARK HORSE DIGITAL ANNIVERSARY SALE

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DARK HORSE DIGITAL CELEBRATES FIRST YEAR!

Fans of Dark Horse Comics titles such as THE GOON, HELLBOY, STAR WARS, SERENITY, and BUFFY are going to be stoked to learn they can now read their favorite comicbooks from their phones, laptops, iPad, and any other sort of digital device. To show Dark Horse’s appreciation for their loyal readers and fans of digital comicbooks, they are having an anniversary sale to celebrate their digital comics turning one year old! (more…)


COMIC REVIEW: THE GOON #39

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goon 39Some of you readers out there may, or may not know that SHU-IZMZ is a fan of comicbooks. Rarely have they been reviewed on the website, but I believe that is about to change. Dark Horse Comics has added the site to their press release mailer and it will be a pleasure to review specific comicbooks that are cool as hell. One of those very comicbooks that is a must-read for fans of horror, humor, and quirky characters on the violent side is Eric Powell’s THE GOON. Personally introduced to this comicbook by a co-worker at a grocery warehouse years ago, after one issue I was hooked! The artwork is incredible and the stories are very entertaining. THE GOON is a tough-ass, mean, son-of-a-bitch that has made his way up the crime ladder after his someone he loved was murdered in cold blood right in front of his own eyes. He then goes on to taking out the man who was responsible and turns day by day into man whose soul is twisted by love, anger, hatred, and a terrible, hard-knock life. Along with his smaller sidekick Franky, the two fight all sorts of types of evil of every imaginable shape and size. It is kind of a long story to explain everything and that is not my job. I am only informing readers that THE GOON is one of the finest comicbooks that I have ever read to date and love the ballsy attitude that its creator has taken with the stories and artwork.

Issue #39 deals with the following: mocking mainstream comicbook giants Marvel and DC and their formula for superhero stories in a highly satiric manner. Wait, I am only GUESSING that the two comicbook giants Eric Powell is making reference to are Marvel and DC. Maybe he meant Image or Top Cow.

If one has read an issue of THE GOON, you either love it or hate it. Fortunately, most that read THE GOON end up loving it. As many characters in comics I adore, one common theme with my favorite characters is not taking any sort of shit from anyone. I love no-nonsense characters and THE GOON definitely fits that profile.

Synopsis to issue #39:

In order to try to compete with the gimmicks and rehashes of the Big Two superhero companies, Eric Powell has decided to completely sell out and relaunch the Goon in this super-epic, brand new, first-ever first edition of the 39th issue of The Goon! Not only do the Goon and Franky get new costumes, but we also discover there are different-colored versions of the Goon! Green Goon! Red Goon! Blue Goon! Purple Goon! WHAT A PLOT!

Writer:
Eric Powell
Artist:
Eric Powell
Colorist:
Dave Stewart
Cover Artist:
Eric Powell

Genre: Humor, Horror

Publication Date:
April 25, 2012
Format:
FC, 32 pages
Price:
$3.50


SHU-IZMZ SHOPPING LIST: CINEMA SEWER #3

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So, those of you who personally know me (for that I apologize), know that I effin’ love Robin Bougie’s Cinema Sewer magazine. It is in a comic book format (which I love) and it covers everything in cinema from hardcore sleaze and porn to exploitation to ridiculous action/adventure flicks and horror. It is insightful reading full of little nuggets of film trivia on some pretty obscure gems in film and cinema. The man is extremely knowledgeable on movies and films that not many people know about, let alone would devote any amount of time and care to putting them in a publication that comes out about 4 times a year. I love the ‘zine style and way it is published, full of clip art from stag films, pornos, and collected smut ads from a plethora of collected material from Mr. Bougie. The reviews are generally pretty short and to the point, but sometimes a page or two will be devoted to a particular film, filmmaker, or genre of film. For those readers who have a short attention-span and need visuals and pics to keep things interesting, I believe Bougie’s cartoon drawings (some of which his wife, Rebecca does) will keep inattentive readers minds and dirty thoughts active.

There are two volumes of collected Cinema Sewer issues in a trade paperback style book out from Fab Press (I love these publishers!) and goes for 19.95 retail, which one can purchase directly from the Bougieman (as he is sometimes referred to as) as well as picking up some of the back issues of Cinema Sewer. One can also subscribe which will guarantee you will get the latest issue of CS, plus a comic book of his choosing. It sort of is grab-bag when one subscribes. I loved the comic book I got so there are no complaints coming from me. It is also nice to know that Robin is personally mailing this stuff out from Canada. I ordered some dvds (Retard-O-Tron vol. 1 and 2) and he sent some extra goodies along. One can even befriend Robin on Facebook and send him personal messages (that is if he does not find you to be dangerously creepy or a potential stalker!).

So, getting to the point of my post, Cinema Sewer Vol. 3 is going to be out very soon. In fact, it comes out in August of this year! It is right around the corner. I heard from Robin via the Cinema Sewer website (www.cinemasewer.com) that if you order directly from HIM, he will personalize your book with a unique drawing and autograph on it. So, instead of ordering from Amazon.com, order it from the man himself and get a unique book with an even more unique drawing in it. I am telling you all, fans of movies have to pick these books up. Robin’s Cinema Sewer has inspired me to start up my own ‘zine. It will be nowhere as awesome as CS, but I will be putting something out with the SHU-IZMZ banner gracing it.

Press Release from FAB PRESS:

The ultimate guide to the wildest excesses of grindhouse movies and beyond… Get Ready to Be Flushed!

The celebrated underground smash that is Cinema Sewer the magazine has been transformed and mutated into CINEMA SEWER: THE BOOK – and following the outstanding popularity of the first two books, VOLUME THREE has been unleashed onto a now slightly-less-unsuspecting world!

A mind-melting compilation of gonzo writing, illustration and comics about the most insane, sexy, awkward, cheesy, hilarious, upsetting and jaw-dropping movies in the history of film, Cinema Sewer joyously celebrates the sleaziest aspects of the bizarre cinematic history.

Issues 17 to 20 of Robin Bougie’s celebrated underground smash magazine are exhaustively revised and collated in this second wild volume, together with an additional 80 pages of never-before-seen interviews, rants, comics, hard-to-find classic movie advertising, and graphic illustrations by Bougie and a host of his talented friends from both the comic book and animation industries. Regardless of whether you’re just discovering the world of classic porn, horror, and exploitation movies, or if they’re a long time fan, you’ll find plenty to get excited about, as you gleefully slosh around in the filth of the Cinema Sewer!

‘Cinema Sewer is overwhelmingly positive in outlook. Intelligent, relaxed and unpretentious, the book has a DIY aesthetic that screams punk chic while the text offers an unrelenting renegade attitude.’

– Stu Willis, Sex Gore Mutants

‘Cinema Sewer is an absolute must. It’s like finding a film-reel in the dumpster of an alley on 42nd Street, surrounded by used condoms and a dead cat.’
– Louis Fowler, www.bookgasm.com

BIO on Robin Bougie from FAB PRESS:

In 1997, underground comic artist and zine publisher Robin Bougie began Cinema Sewer magazine, an ode to the seamier side of film and the culture which surrounds it. With an obscenely large collection of rare press books, posters, and obscure deranged movies, Bougie used his geek knowledge, his artistic skills as comic book artist, and connections in the world of porn (his day job is a porn industry journalist for magazines such as FOX and SCREW) to give birth to this unseemly but loveable bastard-child of a publication. Printed comic-sized on cruddy newsprint – ‘a reading experience meant to take place in the bathroom while defecating’ as one critic put it – the magazine quickly found an audience amongst film fans looking for something totally different. Bougie contributes liner notes for dvd releases for companies such as Something Weird Video and has self-published over 70 comic books since he was 18.

SOURCE:
FAB Press Ltd
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Ramsden Road
Godalming
Surrey
GU7 1QE
England
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info@fabpress.com


D-TOX balances crude humor and bloody gore

DTOX No. 0: Special Biohazard Edition
Written by Frank Forte
Illustrated by Nenad Gucunja; Cover by Nenad Gucunja
Asylum Press, July 2007


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At only 11 pages of glossy-paged artwork and story, I was hoping for more. When I say more, I mean that 11 pages is really just an appetizer for any comic book or story to really hook the reader. The comic was something that I wish was longer and explored the character, DTOX, much more. DTOX is the story of an anti-hero who goes around in a post-nuclear world that has no law and order and takes the law into his own hands, eviscerating scumbags that are going around in gangs stealing, infecting, and raping women.

At first glance, the decent artwork could have almost passed off for a children’s comic but once the bloody-gore and boobs surface, its not something you would want even most teenagers to be reading. DTOX was a very fun comic to read and I especially like the detail that went into the different characters and villains that were introduced, some for only a short period of time until DTOX wasted them! My favorite character, aside from the hotter-than-shit KILLVIXEN in her black Catwoman-esque latex suit was the HELLDOG which comprised of the body of a dog, but where its head would be there is a human hand that is 3/4 the size of the dog’s body.

There are some very cool mutant and monster gore and I think the artwork is what truly stood out for me in this oversized-format comicbook. It is not an intelluctually-driven comicbook, but how could it be? A story that centers around a one-man wrecking machine, DTOX, that cleans up the vile and sexually-driven toxic abnormalities, keeping those mutants from savagely raping the remaining stunning women that have not been infected, fighting to survive? One can only feed upon the readers’ disgust for the villains evil intentions and rally behind DTOX and wish only the worse upon the bad guys.

In DTOX’s arsenal to fight the evils of post-nuclear society is a 45-foot tall tank, armed to the hilt with multiple gun turrets of modern military design of which reminded me of the COBRA tank design in the old G.I. Joe cartoons of the ’80s. DTOX himself (itself) looks like a gorilla-shaped “man” whose skin is camouflaged in gray and olive, while wearing an old gas mask and an army helmet fitted with spikes. Along with knee-high shit-kickers, belts of ammo draping over his shoulders in an X fashion and a gun big enough to take out a city-block this hard ass is ready for battle. I would be curious to see how this comic book from Asylum Press grows and evolves.

As I said, Issue 0 was just an appetizer for me that left a nice taste in my mouth. If one likes their comics fairly light-hearted with some crude humor, sexy women, and vile mutants that one almost cannot take too seriously, then DTOX is their type of comic book. It is definitely worth a look!


INTERVIEW: Brian Defferding, creator of School: A Ghost Story


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When did you first get interested in reading and collecting comic books?

I was around 12 or 13 years old. There was a book store in the downtown area of my hometown called Jerry’s Tobacco and Books, but we never called it that, we called it Jerry’s Pipe and Porn. There’s a reason we called it that. The porn section was right in the middle of the magazine racks, in plain line-of-sight of the cash register so it was easy for the employees to see if little runts (like me when I was 12) were trying to snag a porn rag and look at it. What me and my friends would do is look at magazines NEXT to the porn rack, and wait for some older horny sap to check out the porn. While we would “look” at the nearby magazines and make it look like we were reading them, we were actually rubbernecking snagging peeks at the porn those suckers were gawking at. A couple times we would get kicked out because we would spend hours there constantly waiting for another horny Joe Six-Pack to come in so we can get our glances to put in our spank bank. Wait, we were talking about comics, right? Right. Well, during our waits, a few of us picked up a few comic books to keep them from pushing us away every time we came in. We then became “paying customers.” I bought an issue of Iron Man and an issue of the Incredible Hulk. This was 1990. When I was a kid, I actually didn’t have the patience to read a comic book. I just wanted to see cool drawings, I didn’t care about the story or script as much. But at that age, I made a change. I actually sat down and read the issues. And I LOVED it. I was hooked. And then instead of going to Jerry’s Pipe and Porn to look at naked ladies, I went to the local comic shop to pick up X-Men #1. Oh yes, the nerd in me was awakened. There was no turning back now.

When did you start drawing comic books?

Not long after reading comics, maybe about a year later. I started drawing comic strips in my assignment notebook in 7th and 8th grade. For each class I took, there was a box I was supposed to write down the assignments I got, and my parents were supposed to sign them off and I show my parent’s signatures to the teacher. Anyone who didn’t have it signed, or if there was evidence it was forged, were to serve detention. Well, I took these boxes to be ready-made panels for a comic strip. I had three characters who were the unofficial peanut gallery of my junior high school years – Bob the Commentator, Guy Smiley and Jack Shit. In these panels these three characters would make smarmy one-liner jokes about how I hated school, girls I wanted to bang, and teachers or students I didn’t like. Needless to say, I served a few detentions during those years.

What are your top 3-5 favorite comic book characters?

1. Rorschach (from Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen). Rorschach was essentially Alan Moore exploring the true psyche of a vigilante; he’s a mad man, but yet is principled and is very absolute and uncompromising with those principles. What happens to him in the end of the story puts him above all the other characters in not just Watchmen, but in vigilante/superhero comics in general.

2. Etrigan, the Demon. A high-ranked demon that has the powers to kill Superman but doesn’t because he’s having too much fun. And the most important trait that makes me love him so much is he rhymes when he talks. That is just so damn cool. A demon from hell that rhymes.

3. Lobo. (Lobo is my fav character too!-ed.) Pure carnage, mayhem, and chaos to the extent of slapstick brutality. I find it to be funny as all hell.

4. Saint of Killers (from Garth Ennis/Steve Dillon’s Preacher). His character is filled with righteous anger that is so deep and so strong that it defies God. I love that he’s just this unstoppable force. His posture and stare, done by the greatful mastery of Steve Dillon’s art, will put chills in your spine. I thought he was frighteningly effective.

5. Deathstroke, the Terminator. Think of him as a Captain America that works for himself, not the government. Same origin, same experimental serum, same “powers,” just different end result. Captain America became the exact thing everyone hoped and expected to be. Deathstroke went completely the opposite direction. The serum worked, but he used it for his own means, not the government’s. He’s one of the most powerful and underestimated characters of the DC Universe. And what makes it even better is he’s not always a villain. He’s not necessarily evil, in fact he’s quite rational and doesn’t want to rule the world. He just goes his own way.

What titles are you reading these days?

Mostly Walking Dead and Fables, although I’m a bit behind on both titles. They’re both excellent stories with excellent characters one can easily get attached to. Willingham is really on a roll with Fables. I also pick up some anthology books like Flight; it’s like a huge menu of comic art styles to enjoy at your leisure. For Christmas I got a huge book that collects various Mad Magazine cartoons from the 50’s to today and I’m reading that. Before I got into superhero comics, I read Mad Magazine. I loved Sergio Aragones cartoons, Spy Vs. Spy, and the fold-in inside back covers. Each issue would have a two-page cartoon of an entire office or a hospital with all these situations going on and as a kid I would spend hours just exploring every avenue of it, it was like Where’s Waldo but a lot more entertaining. I think those guys don’t get enough credit regarding their contribution to the industry. I consider them to be the Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In of comics.

Where did your inspiration come from to create your characters in School? Are there any personal characteristics you drew upon from, like friends or staff from schools you used to go to? (i.e. creepy janitor!)

Ha! Actually I loved my school’s janitors growing up. But I wanted the main character to be a girl; I think the female element adds lots of layers to the story. If the main character was a boy, the bravado and macho toughness that typically runs with male characters can seem overdone and trite after awhile. I think the victim element in female characters often gets overlooked. With Lindsay in School: A Ghost Story, you get someone who is vehemently angry and in perpetual amount of mental pain and anguish, but at the same time is still a little girl, who wants to be boy crazy and dress up and put make up on and have friends to share fun times with.
The Soul Stealers in the books are directly from my own personal arachnophobia. When you see their “true” form, they are like human spiders. The Smileys started out as something I drew a long, long time ago on the back of a donation card at my parent’s church. It was a completely random drawing. I liked what I did, and developed them a bit more and wrote them into the comic series.

Expenses and publishing costs/setbacks aside, how long does it take for you to create an issue of School-from beginning to end?

It typically takes about three months for a thirty-two page comic, maybe more. After I get the art done it takes time to scan in the pages, clean up the artwork, get printing quotes and work up an advertisement/promotion campaign. It’s a lot more work than one thinks, but it’s a labor of love.

What is your favorite horror film and why?

The Exorcist III. What people don’t know about this film is the person who wrote the Exorcist book (that the 1974 movie was based on) also wrote a sequel to it titled “Legion”, which this sequel is based on – AND, the book author wrote the screenplay and directed it. He did a wonderful job. This movie took a lot of risks – there were no sexy “it” actors or actresses, hardly any music, no nudity or sex scenes, and used soliloquys. It was dialog heavy but was very witty, the acting was top-notch, and it has one of the scariest scenes of all time in all horror movies. If you’ve seen this movie, you know exactly which scene I’m talking about. I thought it was the work of a master. The only Exorcist movies worth seeing is the first one and this one. The second one and the recently-made prequels are useless Hollywood tripe riding the coattails of I and III.

Do you prefer your zombies to be slow and sheepish (classic Romero style) or are you of the fast and super-human strength zombies (28 Days Later, Return of the Living Dead, etc..)?

They both have their pros and cons. What I love about Romero’s zombie films wasn’t the social commentary or the gore (but the gore is wonderful); it was the slow claustrophobia. You don’t see that in horror films, or any film for that matter. When done right, it’s brilliant. What I like about the fast zombies is the chaos they create. My favorite part of the Dawn of the Dead remake was near the beginning when the outbreak begins and is in full swing. Cars crashing, people getting hit, neighbors shooting neighbors, screams and explosions…loved it.

What is your art background, if you have one?

I graduated from Minneapolis College of Art and Design in December 2001 with a Comic Illustration degree. School: A Ghost Story was my senior project there; I got the first 16 pages done. After I graduated I dabbled a bit into political cartooning but didn’t find any success there, it wasn’t until 2004 that I made the decision to continue with my senior project and make a comic series out of it. I strongly recommend looking into attending either MCAD, or Savannah College of Art and Design or Joe Kubert’s School for aspiring artists. My art before attending MCAD was terrible, the teaching of the college and art friendly environment of Minneapolis had a huge positive impact on my style; it’s a night-and-day difference. Of course it’s pretty expensive, but I felt like I got my money’s worth. Peter Gross was my main teacher at the time, he’s mostly known for being the long-time writer and artist of the Books of Magic for DC/Vertigo and has worked with Mark Millar on several occasions. Ryan Kelly, artist for the Oni Press title Local, was another one my teachers. Zander Cannon and Gene Ha would occasionally come in and give critiques of our work and talk about the industry. It really motivated me.

Do you think you will continue inking your comic books in black and white or go color at some point?

School: A Ghost Story will stay black and white, but I’ve done some color comic work too; I typically paint with gouache and acrylic. I love painting comics. Coloring on the computer is just too tedious for me, I prefer the stroke of a brush. When School: A Ghost Story is finished (the story will have an ending) I look forward to exploring more colored comic work and will be shooting proposals out to publishers using that, but I’m still working on black-and-white comics; right now I’m working on a project with a rock band out of Chicago called Algren, they are releasing their first studio recording and will be tying in a comic to be sold alongside their CD. The CD should be out sometime in late spring, keep a look out for it. Buy their CD, get my latest and greatest comic! Otherwise you can go to www.deftoons.com to catch up with all of my work past and present.


COMIC: Warlash: Dark Noir


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Warlash: Dark Noir
Asylum Press
Issue No. 1


Warlash is a bad-ass crime-fighter that finds himself battling evil villains in a various number of settings and time periods. The superhero is the brain-child of Frank Forte, who writes all the stories and also illustrates some stories as well. The issue I read came out in AUG. 2008. Asylum Press put it out and, along with a slew of comic books that are adult-themed and oriented with lots of violence, gore, and scantily-clad women. All in all, most of their comic books seem like content that horror-hounds would be all over.

There were four short stories contained in the glossy-paged mini-graphic novel style book, priced at $3.95, and for the most part, I enjoyed them. Each story ended on a cliff-hanger, leaving the reader thirsting for more. Some of the stories did do just that, and some fell flat.

The first story entitled Phlegm Fatale had our hero, Warlash, fighting against a monstrously large worm-like creature who was just about to tear into a damsel in distress. Warlash looks like a cross between Giger’s Alien design with its head’s shape and an attaching whip-like tale as part of its head, or helmet, not quite sure. The end of the tail has a very sharp blade that is used almost sword-like to readily slice and dice any adversaries that get in Warlash’s way. His attitude reminded me of a mixture of Lobo and Judge Dredd. All attitude and tough as rocks. The artwork was well-done in this story and, although the plot was simple-minded, I enjoyed it.
Frank Forte illustrated and wrote the story.

The second story, entitled Wormwar, sucked. This was the only story that really fell flat on all levels for me. One is thrown into a futuristic setting and kind of left in the dark as to who exactly the enemy is and what is going on. I did not like the artwork at all. It was painted and had little detail added to background and was just too surreal for my tastes. This chapter of the comic was surely my least-favorite. Szymon Kudranski illustrated the story and Frank Forte was responsible for writing it . I am biased as this style of artwork works wonderfully for a large picture, suitable for framing, but just not what I want to view while following frame-to-frame action in a comic book.

The comic was redeemed, though, with the last two entries. The Demon was illustrated beautifully by Marcin Ponomarew and written by Frank Forte. Colors were done by both Ponomarew and Forte. The colors made the difference and really added to the artwork. The drawings were done in a super hero cartoonish sort of way and I really dug it! This, in my opinion, was also the best story and the most fun for me to read. It had massive amounts of blood and guts, dealing with a demon that is summoned by wanna-be satanists that do not know what they were really getting into. Mortal humans that try to buddy up with satanic demons hell-bent on devouring and enslaving/destroying the world will never persevere! But it sure makes for good reading!


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The final chapter in the Warlash quadrangular slew of stories was a nice pulpy, crime noir story that plays out with all the sin and sex one might ask for from a character that is given the nickname “Grubbs“. That name cannot be a good thing. One has Steve Mannion to thank for the highly stylish black and white art that really caught my eye, especially his lovely of the whorish, well, WHORES that our “Grubbs” pays to have the companionship with for the night, sometimes more than one at a time! That sounds like my kind of scumbag! This tale is a little sicker than the rest and has our hero Warlash being called upon to take out the trash.


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Aside from the afore-mentioned story that I was not fond of, the comic book as a whole was better than average and if the artwork stays gory and detailed, I may have to keep on reading. If one likes their pulpy crime drama sprinkled with bloody gore and torn pieces of guts and flesh strewn about, than this is your comic book to read. If not, good luck finding a wimpy Agatha Christie-like comic book to safely read.


School: A Ghost Story


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School: A Ghost Story is an independently written, drawn, and produced comic-book done in black and white by Brian Defferding. I first met Brian at Horror-Society’s B-Movie Madness where he had a table promoting and selling his comic, School: A Ghost Story, as well as some matted artwork in black and white that depicted pages from the comicbook. Those were what initially caught my eye and what led me to wander over to his table and see what he was all about.

I used to be a huge comic-book collector and I think, like a lot of people, it just came to be too expensive to continue collecting all the individual issues of all the titles I so dearly loved and needed to collect. Being an all or nothing type of person, I begrudgingly gave up and collect certain titles and certain issues here and there. Sometimes it may just be an issue that has a particular cover that the artwork is too awesome to pass by, like one of my favorite artists Simon Bisley, or just like Brian Defferding’s artwork, the scene was too powerful and gothic-driven for me to just dismiss it.

School comes off to me as a traditional gothic tale of a girl, Lindsey Buckner, who was brutally murdered and possibly sexually assaulted/raped and is now a ghost. The comic takes you through it all just as she is “living” it and each surprise that she encounters we,as the reader, encounter as well. One already knows I love the artwork in every issue. Defferding has a style and flair for creating art that is very pleasing to view and each frame can stand alone as a piece of artwork itself.

The only complaint I had while reading the 4-issues that he had published was the font. The story was not your typical font that you would read in the big league comic books and that probably was why it was fairly difficult for me to read. The lettering was sized differently and I could have enjoyed the story far more if I didn’t have to “work” so hard at reading it. But that would be my only nit-picky gripe about an otherwise professionally drawn and written comic-book that was all put together by one man.

School is an intelligent look into the mind of a lost and terribly hurt teenager that plays upon her fears and being utterly lost at having been murdered and thrust into a “world” of sorts that is somewhere in between heaven and hell. Lindsey Buckner’s character asks the questions that one would ask about the afterlife. I felt myself, as a living and breathing man, thinking that many of her thoughts, fears, and views on what was going in the story may have been the same as mine. Brian Defferding has created a character in Lindsey that causes one to feel emotion over and care about what her outcome may be. Pair that with the incredible artwork and you have a winning comic-book.

Some of the comics I grew up reading were Faust, Lobo, Green Lantern, Milk and Cheese, and Punisher War Journal (just to name a few!) and I have read read all the comics in between. Give School: A Ghost Story a read and do not think that just because the premise is a school and teenagers that this a read for the kiddies! As I said earlier, Lindsey was brutally ans savagely murdered and possibly raped- Brian deals with all these issues and more in a no-holds barred artwork and graphic nature. If the story did not deal with it that way, you would be reading an unfavorable review to this and not a positive review. I am looking forward to reading issue #5 which is only waiting on the funds from sales to get published and available for buying at Brian’s website, www.deftoons.com.


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