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The Last BC REFUGEE

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I’m not going to dwell on the real world here (not my expertise), just share some high points of 2017 from the BC Refugees blog . . . . . .It was a busy year for BC Refugees, with 383 articles posted to the site in 2017.       The big majority of those were news releases and special previews from various publishers, as detailed below. We don’t post every single press release received, just the ones I believe will be of interest to my readers.  Of course, some publishers send me more content than others.  Some send me nothing.                               These included:Valiant Entertainment (70 posts), IDW Publishing (69), Papercutz (11), Alterna (9), Comixology (7), Aazurn/Gary Scott Beatty (6), Amigo (5), ComixTribe (4), Tidal Wave (3), Pro Se Press (3), Sequart Org (3), Marvel (3), Aftershock (2), Devils Due (2), Tinto Press (1), Ramon Gil (1), Chapterhouse (1), Red Stylo Media (1), American Mythology (1), Starwarp Concepts (1), and Lotus Enterprises (1).  I also covered several c…

Tanith Lee's SILVER METAL LOVER gets graphic novel

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from the official IDW Publishing press release . . . . .
The IDW Publishing Imprint Successfully Kickstarts Second Trina Robbins Graphic Novel
San Diego, CA (December 30, 2017) – IT’S ALIVE! has just passed its initial goal of $10,000 to bring Tanith Lee’s THE SILVER METAL LOVER back to print! However, there’s still time left in the Kickstarter campaign (see link below)  for more fans to pledge to this exciting collection which already blew through its two stretch goals. That includes a SILVER METAL LOVER sticker featuring Trina Robbins' artwork from the book after the pledges passed 200 backers. Plus, now that the campaign has hit $11,000, all backers will also receive a mini print which showcases Trina Robbins' art.

Originally published in 1985, this work has never been reprinted in any form. This new edition will feature a new variant cover by Colleen Doran (A DISTANT SOIL), who will also provide the afterword, a new foreword by Gail Simone (BIRDS OF PREY), and a new intro by …

Looking Ahead: Update on HARBINGER WARS 2 from Valiant

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Valiant Deploys Exclusive HARBINGER WARS 2 #0 Prelude by Matt Kindt & Doug Braithwaite to Eager Fans Worldwide Valiant is proud to announce that copies of HARBINGER WARS 2 #0 – a limited-edition prelude to the seismic 2018 crossover event, available EXCLUSIVELY to fans that redeemed a select set of mail-away coupons in HARBINGER RENEGADE #1-4 – have now shipped directly from Valiant's New York City headquarters and will soon be arriving in thousands of households worldwide!Limited-Edition Mail-Away Introduction to 2018's Seismic Comics Event Expands with Second Feature from SECRET WEAPONS' Eric Heisserer, Raúl Allén & Patricia Martín

In addition to a standalone lead story written by New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR, DIVINITY) with artwork from comics superstar Doug Braithwaite (X-O MANOWAR, ARMOR HUNTERS), Valiant is also proud to reveal that HARBINGER WARS 2 #0 comes with a previously unannounced second feature from the complete SECRET WEA…

Sneak Peek: ARCHER & ARMSTRONG one-shot coming in February

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from the Valiant Entertainment press release . . . . .First Look: Fred Van Lente & CAFU Uncork ARMSTRONG AND THE VAULT OF SPIRITS #1 – In Stores February 7th!Get ready to meet the man behind the legend as Armstrong tells all!Valiant is proud to present your first look inside ARMSTRONG AND THE VAULT OF SPIRITS #1 – an all-new standalone special spotlighting the first landmark solo adventure in the very (very, very) long life and times of Valiant’s disorderly immortal! On February 7th, New York Times best-selling writerFred Van Lente (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG) and rising star CAFU (RAPTURE) cordially invite you to a party hosted within Armstrong's own private reserve...where five millennia worth of secret revelations – the sword-shattering battles, the epic-inspiring love affairs, and the head-spinning hangovers – from the never-before-explored chronicles of Earth's eternal hedonist are about to come bursting forth!  
Deep beneath New York City’s seediest dive bar, Armstrong – …

Sneak Peek: QUANTUM AND WOODY #3 in February 2018

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from the official Valiant Entertainment press release . . . . .

It's real! It's happening! The Goat is having a baby!Valiant is proud to present your first look inside QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #3 – A SPECTACULAR "GOATACULAR" celebrating 50 issues of the world's worst superhero team with a momentous milestone for the ages: The long-awaited birth of the Goat's offspring! (Ew.) On February 21st, from the twisted minds of rising star Daniel Kibblesmith (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) and special guest artist Francis Portela (FAITH), the Valiant Universe will never be the same again as Eric and Woody Henderson bear witness to the hugely anticipated coming of this titanic new force with a staggering 100726448 32-page baby shower of power...and once this bundle of joy ventures forth, there won't be any KIDDING around! (Sorry, had to.)If you add them all up, this would be Quantum and Woody’s 50th issue! What better time to answer the eternal question: “Whate…

Review: QUANTUM & WOODY #1 from Valiant

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QUANTUM & WOODY #1 (Valiant Entertainment, December 20, 2017 release date) Writer: Daniel Kibblesmith.  Art & Colors: Kano.  Letters: Dave Sharpe.       One thing you can always count on with Valiant books is that the contents page will include a summary telling you everything you need to catch up, even if it’s your first time reading the title.     I believe the re-cap in this issue is the best yet. Clear, complete and concise:  “Adoptive brothers Eric & Woody Henderson, while investigating their father’s murder, fall victim to a scientific accident gone wrong.  Now, they must KLANG their wristbands together every 24 hours or else they’ll be pulled apart by the quantum forces that empower them.  Together they fight crime - - when they’re not fighting each other.”  Well done.Next, let’s move onto the main item of anticipation for former readers of Quantum and Woody, as well as fans of humorous  superhero books:  is the book funny?     Superhero books need to have a certain…

New Collection of BLOOM COUNTY announced for 2018

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from the IDW Publishing press release . . . . .
The Latest Collection of Strips from the Bloom County Revival begun in 2015 
is now available for pre-order
San Diego, CA (December 20, 2017) – Picking up right where the previous volume left off, Bloom County: Shenaniganary collects year three of Berkeley Breathed’s newest Bloom County strips. 

The residents of Bloom County are back to put their trademark tragi-comic spin on the horrors of the previous year, so lock all your worries in the anxiety closet for a bit. Who knows? When you come back they may be just the tiniest bit funnier. The stakes are higher, the punchlines are sharper, and the laughter is more desperate!

This marks the third volume in an ongoing series collecting the Bloom County series relaunched in 2015 and fans of political satire will not want to miss it as we need Opus, Bill the Cat, and all their friends more than ever before to make sense of today’s increasingly nonsensical world!


Bloom County: Shenaniganary will be av…

One Day Left for THIS IS HORROR public nominations

EDITOR’S NOTE: There is just one day remaining to make your nominations for the THIS IS HORROR 2017 Awards.  As promised, here’s my list. I’m hoping some of these make it to the final ballot. If nothing else, you can use this as a list of books you might want to check out.  Go to  —  http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/awards/   — for rules and instructions to enter your nominations.  . . . . . . .NOVEL OF THE YEAR:My Favorite Thing Is Monsters Volume 1  by Emil Ferris, writer and artist.  (Fantagraphic Books). Graphic novel --. A compelling and charming story with great art that works together with words to convey a sad tale of growing up, loneliness, persecution, hardship and abuse. Narrated with drawings in spiral bound notebook format  by a young womanl with a fascination for classic horror movies, monster mags, and pulp fiction who envisions her self as a teen werewolf.Final Girls by Riley Sager -- Fast paced read and absorbing psychological thriller of women who must carry on with lif…

New Comics Wednesday Review: SINK #3

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SINK #3  (Comix Tribe, December 20, 2017 release date) “A Head Full Of Wasps”.  Story by John Lees. Art and Colours by Alex Cormack.  Letters by Shawn Lee.  Logo by Tim Daniel.        Sink #3 will make you see red.  Blood red.  It’s splashed all over the pages of this story, seeping into each and every panel, even before the violence begins. “A Head Full Of Wasps” speaks to the buzzing that occurs in so many brainpans in these troubled and violent times - - and the red that is visualized when some of us experience injustice, brutality, cruelty, or abuse and then seek retribution, revenge, and bloody justice.        If only everyone could read this story, and then remember it whenever their cheeks flush with anger - - and think before they act.      Yeah, I’m a pipe dreamer.  I also just set out to write a review.  Don’t know why I’m treating SINK #3  like this is a morality fable.  Have you ever read a simple but well-written story that leads to your thinking outside the box about oth…