Meteor Entertainment and Eisner Award-winning publisher Archaia Entertainment have teamed up to produce and publish a hardcover graphic novel for HAWKEN, Meteor’s upcoming First-Person-Shooter (FPS). HAWKEN is already generating major online buzz as a fan-favored underdog within the gaming community. Produced by Adhesive Games, an independent game studio based in Pasadena, HAWKEN has been praised for groundbreaking gameplay and visuals that rival most AAA console titles. HAWKEN is the first title from indie publisher Meteor Entertainment.
Meteor is holding a panel at Emerald City Comic Con in their hometown of Seattle, WA on Saturday, March 31st from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM in Room TCC 102 in the Washington State Convention Center. Representatives from both Meteor and Archaia will share more details about their publishing partnership and hint at some big announcements for Archaia’s next appearance in Chicago, IL at C2E2, in Chicago April 13-15, 2012. Read more
Arcana Studios brings readers another high-caliber graphic novel from the minds of writer Erik Hendrix and artist Michael David Nelson entitled SideShows. This story appeals to every reader out there with its unique plot and visually stunning artwork.
Hendrix’s story of super powered circus freaks turned mob enforcers in 1950’s Las Vegas, is brought to life with Nelson’s near impressionist illustrations. Every mob story follows the stereotypical themes of loyalty, deceit, betrayal, and violence in them but SideShows takes those themes to a whole new level.
The action is exceptional and Nelson shows this with his artistic style whether it’s one of the SideShows performing a hit or just expressing the tension between the characters. Hendrix does an excellent job revealing each of the character’s unique personalities within the dialogue.The story pays homage to the Lone Ranger and to mob films. Read more
For the past couple of years, it has been my joy to teach comic books and graphic novels at Chapman University in Orange, California. These classes had their beginnings when I was a graduate student at the school. I was studying English literature and creative writing. I made no bones about the fact that although I loved older literature, my true passion was pop culture, and in particular, comic books. A portion of the application process was to provide fiction for the acceptance committee to consider. I provided a series of prose pieces, as well as the complete script for a six part comic book miniseries. Before I even arrived at the university, I had already established myself as the comic book guy.
Every chance I got, I wrote my papers about comics. I compared Moby Dick to the modern day superhero comic. I discussed post-colonial discourse in Superman and Jewish imagery in The X-Men. As time went by, my reputation spread. Eventually, I was asked by one of my professors to guest lecture for her. She was going to be teaching Art Spiegelman’s seminal work, Maus, in one of her undergraduate classes and thought that I could provide the students with a solid background on the comic book industry and the features of a comic book. I was honored to be given this experience. The class sessions that I led went so well that discussion began about the possibility of me teaching my own courses on comics. In January of 2010, with the help of many of my former professors, I began teaching at Chapman. Read more
I, am excited. Today I was pointed to an article on Joe Keatinge’s website, which was all about the local comic shop. I, for one, am a fan of the local comic shop (and not just because I work for one).
I find that in a dying industry, the personal touch is a necessity. Not only is it helpful to have someone to go to regarding the latest comic titles, but also, the comic shop can point you towards other things that you might like. I know that I have picked up books that I never otherwise would have without the input of Paul, Erik, or Amy at House of Secrets in Burbank, California. They also can order me things that I’m missing, or that they don’t stock at the store. Having the personal touch is something so valuable to comics as a whole, but especially indie books. Read more
Following the unprecedented demand for the free Walking Dead Vol.1 giveaway at WonderCon ’12 earlier this month, comiXology – the world’s largest digital comics platform available on iPhone,iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and the Web- will be at Emerald City Comicon’12 doing it again! So make sure you visit comiXology (booth #308) during Emerald City Comicon at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington from March 30th-April 1st to get one of 2,500 free digital comic giveaway codes for The Walking Dead Vol.1. Read more