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Tyler Cross V.1: Black Rock

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It’s 1950, and Tyler Cross has just robbed 17 kilos of pure heroin from the Mafia. He has 20 dollars in his pocket, a Colt in his belt, and he’s on foot, alone, in deepest darkest Texas. He’s heading for Black Rock, a down-and-out southern town under the thumb of a petrol magnate and his sons. We can safely say that the hillbillies of Black Rock won’t be forgetting this gangster’s visit any time soon… A hard and fast 1950s gangster tale by Nury and Brüno. Europe Comics, October 11,…read more

Once Upon A Time In Africa

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No one thought he’d ever dare to return. In this African country where the dictatorship has banned all forms of cultural expression, the storyteller named Once-Upon-A-Time has already had a brush with death. For refusing to stop performing his puppet shows, he lost both his hands, severed at the wrist with the slash of a machete. Now he’s back, ready to begin performing again, and ready to take on the powers that be… Europe Comics, June 21, 2017 Written by Zidrou Art by Raphaël Beuchot 104 Pages $10.99 Read Online: Izneo, Amazon The…read more

Thorgal: The Three Elders of Aran

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In these new adventures, Aaricia is crowned Queen, and Thorgal will have to face many difficult tests to track down his beauty. Then they spend some happy days together in the countryside… Their first child is announced. But, alas, everything is turned upside down into horror by the jealousy of Shaniah, a teenager turned away by Thorgal. Prisoner on board the Black Galley, Thorgal becomes a plaything in the hands of Veronar, a degenerate tyrant… This two-volume book includes “The Black Galley”. Cinebook, March 2007 Writer Jean Van Hamme, Artist Grzegorz Rosiński…read more

The Complete Little Orphan Annie Volume Four: 1932-1933

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“Daddy” Warbucks takes a new wife, Annie’s in the clutches of the Sisters of Suppression, and the spunkiest kid in America is destined for adventures in Cosmic City. Containing every daily and Sunday strip from January, 1932 through July, 1933, with the dailies printed directly from Harold Gary’s original artwork. Library Of American Comics, December 2009 276 pages, 11″ x 8.5″ ISBN 978-1-60010-445-9 $49.99 USD Order online: Amazon Volume four brings a “mother” to Annie and another road trip. Plus more insight into Warbucks’ inner circle. Gray takes an interesting approach to…read more

The Collected Toppi Volume Two: North America

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Presenting the second in a seven-volume library of works by master illustrator Sergio Toppi. The second volume, North America, contains eleven tales of folklore set in historical periods within the early United States, Canada, and Alaska, all presented in English for the first time, with a foreword by celebrated artist and author David Mack (Kabuki, Daredevil, Jessica Jones). Stories included in this volume: – The Admiral at Rest – A Visit to John Colter – Katana – Answer my Question – Once in a Lifetime – The Will to Live…read more

The Importance Of Panel Layout

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Panel layout is one of those features, or more accurately functions, of a comic that goes completely unnoticed unless it breaks out of the established boundaries. The other function that slips by is lettering but that’s a topic for another day. Before plunging any further the question should be asked if panel layout should receive attention or recognition. As readers, we’re focused on the story that appears within the panels: dialogue and art. The panel provides the boundary of that moment, and the story is made up of however panels…read more

Atom Agency Vol 1: The Begum’s Jewels

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A fun, yes fun, detective adventure with thrills and spills galore. Post War France is a great setting, and Yann brings it to life with aplomb. This is the first volume so our main characters are introduced and fleshed out, with Atom and Mimi driving the story, supported by a large cast. We’re given enough to feed dozens of additional stories. It was the cover art that stopped me scrolling and immediately dove into this volume. Schwartz has a wonderful line quality to his work, with a style that pays…read more

The Complete Little Orphan Annie Volume Three: 1929-1931

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Now with Sundays in color for the first time in more than 75 years. The action never stops as Annie gets shipwrecked with Spike Marlin. Then the Depression and rival businessmen wreck “Daddy” Warbucks’s empire, leaving him broke and ruined. Annie gets a job, while “Daddy” finds work as a truck driver. But a near fatal accident leaves him…well, we don’t want to give away the plot! Let’s just say that with Flop-House Bill at his side, “Daddy” tries to claw his way back to the top! Library Of American…read more

Is Eisner Awards voting broken?

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The 2019 Eisner Awards took place over the weekend during the San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC). This is an industry award with no public voting, only open to industry professionals. And it works under the flawed principle that voters have read all the material in a category they are voting on. Here are the criteria provided under Who is eligible to vote? The following working comics industry professionals are eligible to vote in the Eisner Awards: Comic book/graphic novel/webcomic creators (writers, artists, cartoonists, pencillers, inkers, letterers, colorists) All nominees in any…read more

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