"Half Bloom" Published by Saberdog Art Written & Illustrated by Kristin Mehaffey
The premise of this story is about a teenage girl having an existential crisis of sorts. Lyca feels she's not where she should be in life compared to everyone around her because you see, the World in which this story takes place is populated by monsters; and she hasn't evolved into her monster self yet even though her friends and everyone at her school are already starting to or have fully turned into monsters. Her dad is a Werewolf, her mom a Medusa and so far she's struggling with her existence looking like a normal teenage human going to school in a monster World.
This comic is very funny and charming, the interactions between the main character and her friends, her parents and all the characters that populate this World are pure comedy gold! The sketchy artwork gives the comic a lot of personality, I would even go as a far as saying the art style is almost another character in the story; if you get my meaning. I feel that if the comic had been illustrated in a "cleaner" line it would've taken away from the feel of the comic, especially since it's a monster story; the art and the story are a perfect marriage. I give it two demon talons up!
I highly recommend you read Half Bloom today!!! Where can you read it? Easy, click HERE and read the entire 100 pages absolutely FREE!
The Bounce Published by Image Comics Written by Joe Casey Illustrated by David Messina
I decided to pick a book to review randomly in one of my long boxes dedicated exclusively for indie comics, it could be a small, local studio or as big as Image Comics or Dark Horse. I'm going to be doing a lot more of these reviews since my goal is to push indie comics as much as possible, some books may be recent and some may be ten years old; we're going to have fun with them either way. And speaking of Image Comics, the book we're going to be reviewing today is none other than... The Bounce!
Written by Joe Casey and beautifuly illustrated by David Messina with colors by Giovanna Niro, this books follows a young man whose powers are, you guessed it; bouncing all over the place at incredible speed! Jasper Jenkins is our "hero" and when we first meet him he's taking a hit from a bong, yeah... some hero. As he's confronted by his friend, Jasper notices on the news they're talking about a wave of break ins and tonight the Police Chief's home has been invaded but the negotiators fear the worst since no demands have been made.
As Jasper's friend takes a hit from the bong he notices that Jasper's gone. We switch scenes to the Chief of Police's home and a huge man with spikes coming out of his arms is squeezing the Chief's life out of him until The Bounce breaks in through a window and a battle ensues. The villain escapes leaving The Bounce behind only to be seen by the police and more than likely be accused of the crime. Last few pages we see Jasper meeting a drug dealer at a club trying to make a deal and when he pays the man, turns out the drug is actually coming out of the dealer; Enter: The Fog!
This book gives me a strong Spider-Man vibe, from the costume all the way to him jumping around fighting bad guys to being running from the cops; with the exception of Peter being a genius and Jasper being a screwup. The book is interesting and there's a side story with some nefarious individual dealing with some high up Military people about finding another dimension and we know that Jasper is The Bounce but we don't know how he makes money, how he got his fancy costume, how he got his powers; etc. The costume is basically Spider-man's costume with a different color scheme, don't get me wrong I really like the costume; but it's kinda too on the nose at this point with the similarities I just mentioned; we'll see what the story develops into. The art on the book was really good and the story was fun and interesting enough for me to look up issue #2. If you want to get issues of The Bounce or even a trade paperback visit: The Bounce
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - April 10, 2020 - The Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards is an annual celebration of the creativity, skill, and fun of comics. The awards return for their third year on Saturday, October 24, 2020 as part of the fan- and pro-favorite convention, The Baltimore Comic-Con. Unlike other professional industry awards, the Ringo Awards include fan participation in the nomination process along with an esteemed jury of comics professionals. More than 20 categories will be celebrated with top honors being given at the awards ceremony in October. Please follow us on social media!
Fan and pro-jury voting are tallied independently, and the combined nomination ballot is compiled by the Ringo Awards Committee. The top two fan choices become nominees, and the jury's selections fill the remaining three slots for five total nominees per category. Ties may result in more than five nominees in a single category. Nominees will be listed on the ballot alphabetically. Nomination ballot voting will be open to the public (fans and pros) starting April 10, 2020 and will close June 25, 2020.
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About Mike Wieringo Michael Lance "Mike" Wieringo was known to fans and friends as "Ringo", which is how he signed his artwork. His comics artist graced the pages of DC Comics' The Flash,Adventures of Superman, Batman, and Robin, Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, Sensational Spider-Man, and Rogue, and his co-creationTellos. He passed away on August 12, 2007 at the young age of 44 from an apparent heart attack.
About the Ringo Awards The Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards is an annual celebration of the creativity, skill and fun of comics. The Ringo Awards recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories, and are the only industry awards nominated by fans and pros alike, with final voting by the comic professional community. Launched in 2017, the awards ceremony is held annually at the Baltimore Comic-Con. Further details are available at www.ringoawards.com.
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This is a special treat for me since I get to share a story that my ten year old wrote with me a few years back and I just found a few days ago. I have a feeling I'll do something with this, maybe develop it into a children's book or something like that but for now; enjoy!
The Endless Forest
Written by Jason Alexander Carmona
There was once an endless forest, dark and mysterious like the night; evil dwells there. There were giant bats hiding there as well as well as dangerous pirate. he had a patch over his eyes, long dirty hair, tattered clothes, a sword, two pistols... and very teeth! He wasn't too bright but he was astute, he talked loudly and often but never said too much about things he cared about; like his treasure. But the pirate wasn't the only one living in that forest, two mean witches lived there as well. One of the witches had just one ear, the other had none; nobody knows why. Very few people go into the forest these days, the witches scare them away which makes the pirate very happy; less people go wondering in the forest... less chances of anyone finding his treasure! Oh, remember the giant bats hiding in the woods? Those were the witches pets! So the witches hid alongside their giant pet bats and walked the forest looking for food and scaring people away, they didn't want anyone to know where they lived; or what they did. The witches were bad, the giant bats were bad, the pirate was bad; but the forest was good. That's another reason why the witches and the giant bats hid away, the forest would hurt them because it knew they were evil; and he wanted them gone! Just outside The Endless Forest lived a good man, someone kind to humans and animals alike, someone who even the plants recognized and protected; The Ancient Emperor!He was once a great sorcerer who protected travelers trying to get across The Endless Forest and who fellvictims to the evil witches. The sorcerer had two loyal companions, a red monkey and a dragon! The dragon had saved the monkey from snake years ago, breathing fire and scaring the snake enough that it let go of the red monkey; after that day the two were inseparable. Legend has it the red monkey only eats a special kind of apples that only grow in The Endless Forest, so even though it's very dangerous for anyone to go through the woods; the red monkey has to go or he'll starve. So the dragon found out about this and he gets apples for the red monkey every day and brings them to him. They're best of friends. On one occasion, while the dragon was picking apples for the red monkey, the witches trapped the dragon and if it wasn't for the sorcerer it would've been fatal for the dragon. Thankfully the sorcerer is very powerful so he could fight off the witches wh ran away into the woods not to be seen again for a long time. The sorcerer's power comes from a powerful warlock named Jayden The Great! Jayden The Great was slain in battle fighting the evil witches when one of them attacked him from behind, but before dying he transferred his power to the sorcerer and from that day forward; the sorcerer became the protector of the land. The End?
PS. I edited some of the grammar but the main story is his writing and yes, I'm very proud of my boy!
I came with the idea when I was making character designs for a story, written by me within the local artist group known back then as Trinity; later known as Unity Artist Group. The story was based on Unity characters, but from those version's future, one of those stories and one of the characters' designs; Alpha was born. Of course, only based on the story; not copying any of those original characters.
What is the creative team behind your comic?
I am the creator of the vast majority (if not all) the characters in our studio. Likewise, I've been the writer and many times, the artist and colorist as well. Silver Island has at our service great talents, artists and writers from here, from Puerto Rico, the United States, Spain, Arabia, Brazil, Korea, the Philippines, Mexico, Ecuador, Venezuela and many other Countries.
What's the premise behind Alpha?
Alpha is a character that obtains powers from a blue space rock, which is alive (within itself that is). There is an entity, it fuses with the human host and hence Alpha is born. The story involves fantastic elements, more based on science and aliens but following the genre of superheroes.
How many issues do you have planned to produce?
So far two Alpha comics have been published, that is, issues #1,and #2 with #3 in process; apart from that a few art pinup books have been published based on the character with art by different local and foreign artists. A mini series is being produced apart from the regular comic, but it does connect, where it concentrates on the presentation of new Alpha enemies; one in specific. This mini series will have three parts, but there will be more. Moreover from Alpha #4, the regular comic, will fully begin the story of the origin of Alpha and some of these characters and how Alpha gains his powers.
Is Alpha going to be a long running series or a mini-series?
Both, we hope. The regular run was meant to be twelve issues but it will go on, better put, it'll be an ongoing series as long as the readers support it. And as I mentioned, there's a mini series in the works and much more.
Indie publishers, as we sometimes names it, on all countries, have nothing to envy to big publishers like DC, Marvel, etc. There is a lot of talent in independent publications in the world, they also have or have more creative freedom.
How do you separate yourself from the thousands who self publish their books every year?
If you mean local, I try or WE try to give a good product, we do not look for competition, although this however is business and competition is healthy for the business; but at least we (I mean local publishers) respect each other and many times collaborate with each other. We feel if one or one reaches the maximum... we all win!
So where can fans read or get their very own copy of Alpha?
Alpha was taking, like most of our other publications, to comic shops and specialized bookstores and events, but unfortunately due to the current situation, that is canceled but those interested can write to our Facebook page and place orders for our comics at the entire island of Puerto Rico and abroad.
What's next for Alpha?
Good stories as of now, it gets better, introduction of new characters and inclusion of other Silver Island characters in the Alpha story.
Are you working on any other projects at the moment?
Silver Island related only, for now, apart from Alpha there's a Blindsight #1 comic, based on the origin of this female character named Jenny Alvarez; who is blind from birth and has powers of her own. X-pyre, another of our main characters, will have his second issue; both characters had previous appeareances on the title Paths.
Anything else you wanna share with us?
Just stay tuned to our Silver Island Studio pages on Facebook, Instagram and all of social media, lots of good things are coming; and thanks for the continued support.
If you're reading this then you probably already know that yesterday Comic Crusaders hosted the very first Virtual Con and it's safe to say that it was an absolute WIN any which way you look at at it! Dozens of creators and podcasters from around the World "came together" and celebrated an online comic con and it all happened Live in front of our eyes. Talents like Joe St Pierre, Stephanie Phillips, Sebastian Bendix and Jennifer Yarbrough among others showed up and talked about their upcoming projects, their creative process and had an all around good time.
Al Mega, Johny "The Machine" Hughes, Lucas Fashina and the rest of the gang did an amazing job putting this first of it's kind event, bringing together incredible talents and actually doing something for the indie comic community rather than talk about it. I tip my hat to those guys for their hard work pushing indie comics to the masses, not only yesterday; but all year round' through their podcast network. If you haven't listened to their podcasts you're doing yourself a disservice so in order to change that here's their website where you can find all their podcasts and everything related to Comic Crusaders.
I was invited to join them briefly to talk about our Buy Indie Comics Day initiative. What's Buy Indie Comics Day all about? How can indie creators get involved? How can Retailers get involved?
We talked for a short while which was cool but the best part is what happened as we were talking, they liked the BICD idea, they believe in the idea and they decided to join forces and push the Buy Indie Comics Day initiative with us and try to make it THE MOST IMPORTANT DAY FOR INDIE COMICS!!! I couldn't be happier and more thankful with those guys than I am right now. Such a pleasant experience, even though I had technical difficulties from beginning to end; it was all worth it. I want to thank the entire Comic Crusaders crew for the opportunity and I hope this will be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
Life as we knew it has change because of this Covid-19 Pandemic that's for sure. Businesses have been affected, entertainment has been affected, our daily routines have been affected and because of this; we've had to come up with ingenious ways to interact with one another and try to make the best out of a bad situation. That's exactly what the people behind Comic Crusaders are going to be doing TOMORROW!
Because of the Pandemic every comic book convention has either been cancelled or postponed, creators are in a really bad spot since they make a big chunk of their income at these events; but the people behind Comic Crusaders came up with a possible solution... a VirtualCon! But what exactly is a VirtualCon? I'm going to let them explain it in their own words:
Comic Crusaders VirtualCon brings the experience of a convention right to your home. With special guest creators from all around the comic book world. From Joe St. Pierre to Frank Gogol, Luke Stone to Mark McKenna; it will be a one of a kind event for all to enjoy. You'll get to meet the members of the Undercover Capes Podcast Network along with a special LIVE episode of The Definitive Crusade. This is the one convention you'll be able to attend and you won't even have to worry about putting on pants!
Well, the hits keep on coming thanks to the Covid-19 Pandemic. An event we were very excited to attend has been cancelled making this the third cancelled event this year. Here's their press release:
25 MAR 2020
Event Cancellation - Coronavirus Pandemic
With Governor Northam’s announcement Monday we have come to the painful decision cancel this year’s KaPowCon.
Virginia High School has been great to work with during this and as a result future KapowCons are set to be held there. But with the sudden closing of the building due to the Coronavirus Pandemic and gatherings of 10+ people being banned in the State of Virginia, we've lost our venue and potentiality for a good convention. We have been, and will continue to be issuing refunds to our vendors and artists. If you haven’t been contacted yet please feel free to reach out to us and we'll reply as soon as possible.
We hope this Pandemic passes quickly and we can try again in 2021. Take care of each other.
Things to do while on Covid-19 quarantine: A personal project I've been wanting to finish for a while now. The Puertorican flag! Each red stripe is covered with a member of my family's handprint. If you didn't knew already, I was born and raised in Utuado, Puerto Rico and have been living in the United Sates since 2009. Yo soy Boricua!
These are scary and uncertain times we're living in these days, but it's nothing new; we should've been ready for it by now. I'm not saying we should've known how to handle a virus that we didn't even knew existed, much less that it had the capacity to cripple society like it has; I meant that we've dealt with enough tragedies in our lifetime to have learned our lesson and always be prepared. Obviously, by the chaos we're seeing from people fighting each other over toilet paper, people partying during Spring Break while being warned there's a virus swallowing the entire Planet and there's no cure in sight or people camping outside of supermarkets to buy everything they can get their hands on without even realizing most of that stuff will go bad in a week; we've learned nothing from our previous mistakes.
In my household we live under a certain... code that we follow religiously: Love God, Love One Another and Love Our Neighbors. I however, taught the wife MY personal Mantra, one I've lived by since I was very young: Hope for the best but ALWAYS prepare for the worst. Because I live by that Mantra we're always one step ahead of bad situations. We have means to store food, medicine, cleaning products, weapons, B.O.Bs (Bug Out Bags), maps, alternative routes; etc. So when this whole craziness of people going to stores desperate trying to buy the last roll of toilet paper began, we sat at our house thinking to ourselves how clueless some of these people are, how unprepared and/or unaware some people live their lives and it's sad but I guess we're witnessing Darwinism at it's finest... some people have learned from their mistakes and evolved while others are flocking supermarkets under a contagious pandemic trying to buy cases of toilet paper and Lysol.
So, since we were prepared from the start, I've taken advantage of this quarantine to work on a few projects I've been putting off because of lack of time. It's been a stressful time for everyone I'm sure, especially those in high risk areas but me personally; I've tried to not be overwhelmed with the situation and used this time to stay productive and creative. I've been busy finishing a short story I did for last year's 12 Hour Comics Day tentatively titled Spaceboy 2020, which will be part of the upcoming Truthful Comics Presents relaunch later this year.
I've also seen many of my colleagues doing the same, trying to stay positive and focusing on their projects although I know it's been extremely hard for some of them due to all the event cancellations because of this Pandemic; since they make a big chunk of money at these conventions. So, if you know any creators who've mentioned on social media that their upcoming events have been cancelled be a blessing to them by supporting them, buy one of their books, t-shirts, prints or anything else they produce; we all need to help each other out during this difficult times. Stay safe, stay indoors as much as possible and stay informed; we'll get through this together. As always... keep it Truthful!