Black Mask Studios sent us a preview of next week's Kim & Kim #1, which is part of a huge push of new titles that they're making this year. There looks to be a lot of anticipation for this title, so seeing it arrive in the inbox was a real treat. How does it live up to the anticipation?
With next fall's television schedule packed with comic book shows, it seemed like the perfect time to break out a list of comics we'd love to see as a TV series. The rules are simple, the comic cannot have already been adapted for television, nor already be adapted from a television series. Sorry, Jem and the Holograms, but seriously bring that back with the tone of this current comic series. Also, animated adaptations are not included in being previously adapted. We're talking about live action television series here.
We're currently reading Black Mask's new all-ages title Jade Street Protection Services #1. Until we can get a review up, here's a preview sent to us by Black Mask.
While you wait for the sequel to We Can Never Go Home, the series that put Black Mask on the comics industry map, you can not pass by 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank. Matthew Rosenberg is slowly unraveling a mystery that is drawing in four misfit kids. It's a fantastic set-up that is unfolding nicely. The first issue's second print arrived in shops next week and the second issue arrives this week. You should be able to catch up easily.
There's an elephant in the room regarding any event in North Carolina that 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank is addressing. If you've paid any attention to the news from North Carolina, you know that a recent bathroom bill was passed into law that targets transgender people. It has fans of HeroesCon concerned that some creators and/or fans may boycott this year's show to avoid giving any tax money to the state government. Matthew Rosenberg, publisher of Black Mask Studios and writer of 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank.
I have been wanting to review Bandette for a long time. Colleen Coover is one of my favorite artists. From even before her great work on Banana Sunday and Gingerbread Girl, I have been a fan. Bandette has a reputation for being a fantastic series, so we're overdue giving it a look here.
I was torn about this one, after all, Steve Lightle has had some very high profile work over the years, but his current work is less well known. You may be familiar with his work on Legion of Super-Heroes or the covers for Classic X-Men, among many others. What you may not be familiar with is his creator-owned webcomic, Justin Zayne.
This year, I did something for Free Comic Book Day that I haven't done in a long time. Borderlands, in Greenville, SC graciously hosted me as one of their artists doing free sketches for customers as part of their Free Comic Book Day celebration. It was nice once again to visit the shop and see how another store does this celebration, since I've spent the last two years closer to home, and not as an artist.
You may have a little trouble getting a copy of 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank at your local comic shop. It's entire print run has sold out in solicitations. However, if past Black Mask Studios titles are any indication, a second printing is likely to be announced any day now. There are bound to be reviews all over the Internet, because word of mouth for this series is exceptionally hot. Given that we were so fond of writer Matthew Rosenberg's We Can Never Go Home, you know we're going to review this one.
Sexual harassment is a plague not only on the comics industry, but on society as a whole. In reporting it, we have to rely on not only what is said, but what we can prove. That is why we have not covered this story, or the firing of Shelley Bond as Vertigo Executive Editor which precipitated the renewed focus and public outing of Eddie Berganza as the person behind allegations of sexual harassment at DC Comics. We are making a serious attempt at being comics journalists, but no statement is coming out of DC Comics over the matter, and all we are getting are accusations and rumor, but nothing from DC Comics.
Aly Fell's work is astounding. It's what first drew us in on The Shadow Glass. The UK-based artist came from an initial background in animation, but her more recent work in illustration shows the mastery she has over all of the essentials of great art.