For The Love of Indie ep. 11- Geis, Andre, Flamecon

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Kickstarter Alert
Egypt Urnash, aka Margaret Trauth's tale of a lesbian robot traveling through realities comes to a head and gets collected in it's entirety with this Kickstarter. An interesting color pallet and Eisner-esque illustration walks us through this sci-fi adventure. Back the project and get a copy for as little as $10 here.

Satan's Sodomy Baby 2 shows our little "hero" putting together his 4 horsemen to bring the end times to Earth. Eric Powell's always impressive visuals and impressive wit guide the reader through a book with guest stars such as Jack Kirby, Donald Trump, and God. SSB2 is published by Albatross Funnybooks. This book is ONLY available physically, so get on it!

After a vampire scourge ravaged the Earth, the citizens of the planet had to find a new home. That home is Palus, and while the humans are thriving on their new planet, the vampires are getting smarter, finding ways to reach them. The only one who can stop them: the female named Poli. This book breathes some new life into the sci-fi genre and is written by Donny Cates with art by Dylan Burnett. Pick up the series from Comixology.

Shawn Daley brings a new fantasy world to life in his series, TerraQuill. The ashcan I got a chance to read collects 2 of the 10 stories of this new and strange land, both with lessons and themes that meld into the fantasy realm perfectly. Daley's art gives a detailed, well drawn look at a genre revitalizing series. Pick up the collected addition or his other works here.

Abelard has met the bird of his dreams, and is out to win her heart. Finding her and proving his love will be very difficult, but perhaps the help of a curmudgeonly bear will make it happen. This book was created by Renaud Dillies and Regis Hautiere and can be bought on Comixology, where there's also a free preview. Oh and I said Hautiere was the artist on the episode, I was wrong, Dillies is.

Alexis Deacon's Geis introduces us to a cast of characters competeing to be the next chief of all the land. However, the witch running the competition has made sure there are dire consequences to failing. Another impressive book in the library of NoBrow Press, Geis is a beautiful Windsor McKay-esque story that's not to be missed.

Kevin Gilligan of Geeks Out joins me to discuss Flame Con 2, a convention in August that focuses on the LGBTQ community. We discuss how the con came to be, who the folks of Geeks Out are, how recent occurrences have effected the event, and who's going to be there. Join in on the fun this August and buy your tickets to this celebration of all things geek here.

Nostalgia Corner
Andre the Giant is legitimately a legend, and Box Brown does his story justice. We get to see how he began to wrestle, his work on Princess Pride, the way he interacted with other pros, and much more. This biography shows us the good and the bad, humanizing Andre in a new and exclusive way. Box Brown is an incredible talent, and that's proven in this masterpiece of a book.

Comic Releases:
July 20th, 2016

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The Good Word

 Article by, Rob Martin

Like a whole lot of other people, I was recently introduced to Preacher (about 10 years after its run finished) and have been working my way through it. Around the same time that I picked up the first book, I found out it was becoming an AMC show. If you’re reading this and you have seen either the show or the book but not both of them, you should know that already they’re pretty different from one another. And I mean that in the most neutral way possible.

So far, I like the show. So far, I like the comics. (Full disclosure: I have only read three of the six books as of writing this.) The comic and the show seem like they’re going to be apples and oranges, to a certain degree. Check them both out and you can see what I mean.

Jesse Custer is a preacher at a small church in a small town in rural Texas. He seems fairly normal for a Texan preacher—he values honesty, he loves John Wayne, and he enjoys his drink. Preacher opens with Jesse recounting the day that his life’s path took a sharp turn. One Saturday night, he got a little into his cups at the local diner and started mouthing off. Being a preacher, he has a good deal of dirt and gossip on his congregation. Who can blame him for venting a little? The next morning, there’s not an empty seat in the church. Everyone comes out to see if their man of the cloth was coming undone.

As he’s standing in the pulpit fumbling with the beginning of a sermon, a great ball of light flies in the door, collides with Jesse, and levels his church in the process. Enter Tulip and Cassidy. The two of them had been driving nearby when they saw the explosion and decided to investigate. While he’s running away from whatever the hell that was, Jesse runs into Tulip who just happens to be his ex-girlfriend. This is where Jesse begins his quest to find God with a little help from his friends.

The above barely scratches the surface of Preacher’s world. The action is nonstop and there are several plot lines that run concurrently, sometimes overlapping. What I like most about Preacher is that it feels like what would happen if Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez created a comic. To that point, it feels very similar to “From Dusk Til Dawn” in its tone and ruthlessness.

Garth Ennis, who also wrote for Hellblazer and Judge Dredd, arguably likes to see his protagonists oscillate between stoic and pensive, and Jesse Custer does a fine job walking that line. While Jesse is undeniably the main character, Ennis takes his time giving depth to the supporting roles, too. Taking the time to develop those characters adds a layer of depth to the story that I don’t feel like you get when you have secondary characters who are just sort of there without established motives.

Though the dialogue does its fair share of work to set the tone and give a sense of who the characters are, Steve Dillon’s illustrations work just as hard. One of my favorite things about Preacher is the illustration that accompanies the start of each new chapter. Sneers seem to be Dillon’s favorite thing to capture from the characters in these scenes. Giant shit-eating grins that make you feel like they’re waiting for you to see the punchline to some dark joke. Often times, that’s exactly what it ends up being.

Dillon’s illustration style is undoubtedly part of what makes Preacher feel like the storyboards for a Tarantino film. Faces that look like they’ve been chiseled out of wood, smoldering gazes to match the slow-burning cigarettes that basically everyone smokes, grotesque details in every violent scene to give them a little more gravity. It’s great. If you’re someone who enjoys that sort of thing, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.

I don’t want to give too much of Preacher’s narrative away. What you need to know is that this has earned the popularity and praise that its received. Having a protagonist who’s a chain- smoking alcoholic badass man of the cloth who’s also bent on doing the right thing is a pretty radical setup for a story. And it makes for an entertaining one. I can’t imagine where the journey is headed but I certainly cannot wait to see. I’ll be picking up the rest of the series this week and will be back soon to share my feelings on the rest.

 The entire series of Preacher can be bought on Comixology.

For the Love of Indie ep. 10- Magdalene Visagio, Wild Blue Yonder, Power Rangers

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Kickstarter Alert:
Who is the Super Wizard? He's a pre-code otherworldly hero who would take down villains using strange and somewhat disturbing (even for the time) methods that could manipulate matter and defy the laws of physics. Joey Peters is bringing the character back into action and you can get in on it! Back the project and get a digital copy for as little as $1 here! Also pick up I Shall Destroy All Civilized Planets for some of the Fletcher hanks peculiar hero. It's REALLY wacky stuff.

Kaare Kyle Andrews takes down the 1%, 1% at a time in this title. An orphan impersonating a billionaire sees the unfeeling corruption that money has brought to the rich and sets out as The Freelancer to set things right. Unforgiving, raw, and brilliant, Renato Jones can be yours through Comixology (or at your LCS of course).

Danny Zabbal bridges magic between the past and present in this series. Amelia is a girl who has experienced a great loss that has shut her out from everyone. However, she realizes she may need to be more concerned with the ominous voice in her head, and what's looking for it. Pick this up digitally, here.

What we have here s a tale by Luke Howard that feels very real, very human. W young woman is trying to find the proper place for herself in the big city. When she sees an opening at a phone sex agency she decides to give it a shot. Humor, realism, and just the right amount of peculiarity can be found in Talk Dirty to Me, available from the publisher, AdHouse.

Frank Martin's anthology collects 3 very different stories about the forces of faith. From fallen angels to demons to Horsemen of the apocalypse, the book has some very interesting interpretations of a few different religious ideas. With art talents by Federico Zumel, Branko Jovanovic, and Tomasz Witas not to mention a ton of content, Modern Testament is well worth the price of admission. Pick it up from Insane Comics.

In a dystopian future, the planets surface has become pretty uninhabitable. This has forced many people to take airships and live in the skies. Join Cola and Tug as they work to protect The Dawn, a highly sought after airship that doesn't require fuel. This triumphant epic is written by Mike Raicht, with art by Zach Howard and colors by Nelson Daniel. Pick the book up in any format from IDW Publishing.

A Chat w/Magdalene Visaggio
Magdalene Visaggio is the writer of the brand new Black Mask Comics series, Kim & Kim. She joins me on the show to talk about what the series is, how she got into comics, an in depth description of who each of the Kims are, and how she met the artistic duo of Eva Cabrera and Claudia Aguirre. (By the way, those artists also made a publication that you should check out called Boudika Comics that you should check out.) Make sure to pick up the new book Kim & Kim this Wednesday and follow Magdalene on Twitter for even more info on the series at MagsVisaggs.

Nostalgia Corner:
The Pink Ranger is no longer the Pink Ranger. She is now the expert gymnast, Kimberly and things are going pretty alright. However, when she goes to visit her mom and everyone in town has disappeared, she must call on her old abilities and solve this mystery. This fantastic call back to the original series is written by Brendan Fletch and Kelly Thompson, with art by Daniele Di Nicuolo. Pick the book up from BOOM! Studios.

Comic Releases:
July 6th, 2016

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