Wednesday, January 28, 2015

BOOM! Studios is now 10 years old, and celebrating

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BOOM! Studios will celebrate 10 years of innovative publishing this year. They are doing some interesting things to note this landmark achievement, including special offers and deals for fans of the publishing line.

On their website they are sharing their personal list of the top 10 moments in BOOM! history.  They have certainly come a long way from where they began in 2004 with just a handful of titles to where they are today.  They have earned the right to brag a little, and I don’t mind sharing some of that with BC Refugees followers.

SPECIAL OFFERS: For the balance of January 2015 BOOM! will offer free shipping on all direct orders over $10.  Any orders placed with 10 items or more also receives an additional 30% discount.

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         Select titles will also have special variant cover editions with a giant-sized numeral 10 prominently featured in the center.  See below . . . . . .

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ABOVE:  Burning Fields #1 and Feathers #1 10-year variant covers . . . . . .

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ABOVE:  Adventure Time: Marceline #1  and Munchkin #1 10-year variant covers . . . . .

Saturday, January 17, 2015

LOOKING FOR GROUP: Popular web comic gets monthly series

from the official press release . . . . . .


January 12, 2015, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce that Looking For Group, the hilarious fantasy-themed web comic with a readership of millions, will be released as an ongoing comic book series, representing all strips from the very beginning.  Written by Ryan Sohmer and illustrated by Lar deSouza, Hawk, Ryan Dunlavey, and Ed Ryzowski, the upcoming Looking For Group series includes bonus stories from the Non-Playable Character and Tiny Dick Adventures spin-off series.  The debut issue will be released in April 2015, featuring brand new cover editions by industry veteran Ty Templeton (Batman '66 Meets The Green Hornet) and Becky Dreisdadt.

          Looking For Group follows the adventures of Cale'Anon the elf and Richard the undead warlock, as well as their companions, through Fantasy, Pop Culture, and Gaming tropes, set in a reality and time unlike our own.  It's a place where the eating of small children is not necessarily frowned upon; where beings of extraordinary power can destroy entire villages with only "because I could" as an excuse; where magic and adventure are as commonplace as setting fire to, and then reanimating, a chipmunk into a skeletal minion (it happens more than you'd think); and an epic journey can begin by an accident of fate.


          Ryan Sohmer, the writer and co-creator of Looking For Group, says, "We are really excited to present Looking For Group in a new format to a whole new audience in comic shops across North America, right from the start.  Putting it all together, it's been great to go back and re-live our particular brand of hilarious immolation.  Everyone at Dynamite has been great to work with, especially once they stopped screaming!"

          "Bringing LFG to print in comic stores is really exciting for me," says Lar deSouza, the artist and co-creator.  "Ever since I was a kid and rode my triceratops to the stone pharmacy to buy comic books for three bones and a rock apiece, I've dreamed of having my work on that stand too!  The point is, I'm old, but loveable.  And I'm really excited to bring LFG to comic stores.  Did I say that already?"


          Since its launch on November 26, 2006, Looking For Group has garnered significant media and industry attention and won the 2008 Shuster Award for "Outstanding Canadian Web Comics Creators."  The web comic is read by millions online every week, along with its two spinoff comics Non-Playable Character and Tiny Dick Adventures, both of which launched to rave reviews in 2014.

          Looking For Group #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' February 2015 Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in April.   Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Looking For Group #1 with their local comic book retailers.  Looking For Group will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Recommended website article: History of Valiant Comics


EDITOR’S NOTE:  There is a very well researched and documented article on the history of Valiant Comics on entertainment website Vulture.Com.  Anyone with an interest in the 2012 revival of this company and their mission to become the third largest publisher in the industry needs to read this piece.  I’m rooting for Valiant to take over the comics shelves.  Bravo!

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Friday, January 2, 2015

The Cabin in the Woods Movie Review *No Spoilers*

 Shortly before a better known Joss Whedon movie came out, there was The Cabin in the Woods.  Written in three days along with Drew Goddard, who also directed the film, the movie is a satire of slasher flicks.  

The movie opens when five friends, including characters portrayed by Chris Hemsworth and Dollhouse alum Fran Kranz, head into a remote cabin in the woods for vacation.  Eventually ending up in the basement, they find an old diary and read an incantation aloud summoning up the zombified corpses of a family of hillbillies who supposedly once resided in the cabin.  So far, you could be forgiven for thinking this is merely another cheesy horror movie.  However, you know from the beginning that the entire affair is being orchestrated from an underground government bunker that has wired the house with cameras. 

The movie is fairly gory but the juxtaposition between the horrors happening above ground with the humorous antics of the government workers, inured to the suffering that is just part of their jobs, nudges it, at times, into the comedic genre.  The standard Whedon sense of humor permeates the movie as one by one, the campers meet their doom.  Halfway through the movie, a twist (which is too good to spoil) sends the proceedings spiraling madly out of control.

The Cabin in the Woods received a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes with many reviewers saying it easily took best in genre for 2012.  Borrowing heavily from many other horror movies, this film could easily be mistaken for a Scary Movie ripoff from the previews which also, dare not give away the twist.  But make no mistake, Whedon’s melding of genres while mocking and reinventing them is far more clever than the slapstick schlock that the Scary Movie franchise traffics in. 

Now streaming on Netflix, this film is absolutely not to be missed.

Final rating (out of 5):