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June 2016 PREVIEWS pre-order picks: BLEEDING COOL, BOOM!

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EDITOR’S NOTE:  Continuing a new feature, as we peruse the monthly PREVIEWS catalog and highlight some books we feel are worthy of your attention.Your local comic shop depends on your pre-orders to make sure they have the books you want when you want them. Since business reality makes it impossible for a local comic shop to order some of everything, they depend on the comics readers to tell them what they want to see.  It’s a dice roll for them every month.  Won’t you help with the odds by at least telling them what you want to buy from them in two months?  Please give it a try.  We’ll do our best here to help you with those selections, from a BC Refugees point of view.  Not objective, but absolutely subjective.  BLEEDING COOL  page 289 http://www.bleedingcool.com/2016/05/18/bleeding-cool-magazines-top-100-power-list-returns-in-august-2016/BLEEDING COOL MAGAZINE #24:  There are not many print magazines dedicated to comics anymore.  Granted, there is plenty of information available on …

June 2016 Pre-Order Picks: ARCHIE, AVATAR

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EDITOR’S NOTE:  Continuing a new feature, as we peruse the monthly PREVIEWS catalog and highlight some books we feel are worthy of your attention.Your local comic shop depends on your pre-orders to make sure they have the books you want when you want them. Since business reality makes it impossible for a local comic shop to order some of everything, they depend on the comics readers to tell them what they want to see.  It’s a dice roll for them every month.  Won’t you help with the odds by at least telling them what you want to buy from them in two months?  Please give it a try.  We’ll do our best here to help you with those selections, from a BC Refugees point of view.  Not objective, but absolutely subjective.  ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS  page 276  http://archiecomics.comARCHIE #11:  If you have been following the Archie revival, then you already have this on your pull list at your local comic shop.  However, if you have yet to experience the youthful exuberance and angst (of course!…

Superhero prose anthology to debut from PRO SE PRODUCTIONS

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from the official press release . . . . . . . . 
A cutting edge publisher, Pro Se Productions announces the release of an anthology that redefines Superhero prose.  Featuring top authors in Genre Fiction and New Pulp today, including noted comic writer David Michelinie  SINGULARITY: RISE OF THE POSTHUMANS is now available in print and digital formats.

“It’s always fantastic,” says Tommy Hancock, Editor in Chief of Pro Se Productions, “when a book comes along that has every likelihood of being a genre changer.  SINGULARITY: RISE OF THE POSTHUMANS is such an anthology.  Taking the core concepts at the heart of tales of Superheroes and the evil they face and blending them in with aspects of Cyberpunk, Noir, and more, the tales in SINGULARITY look at the concept of Superheroes through an extremely multifaceted, complex prism and every page is a winner.”

The Technological Singularity Event left the world’s governments trembling. War ravaged the land as humans faced off with the Nanite Army of…

June 2016 Pre-Order Picks: ALBATROSS, AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY, AMIGO

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EDITOR’S NOTE:  Continuing a new feature, as we peruse the monthly PREVIEWS catalog and highlight some books we feel are worthy of your attention.Your local comic shop depends on your pre-orders to make sure they have the books you want when you want them. Since business reality makes it impossible for a local comic shop to order some of everything, they depend on the comics readers to tell them what they want to see.  It’s a dice roll for them every month.  Won’t you help with the odds by at least telling them what you want to buy from them in two months?  Please give it a try.  We’ll do our best here to help you with those selections, from a BC Refugees point of view.  Not objective, but absolutely subjective.  ALBATROSS FUNNYBOOKS page 262   http://thegoon.com/albatross.htmlHILLBILLY #3:  Writer/Artist/Cover Art Eric Powell.  It’s great to see the creator of THE GOON putting out new work under his own imprint.  We haven’t caught up to this title yet, but  plan to very soon.  You ca…

June 2016 Pre-Order Picks: ACTION LAB, AFTERSHOCK

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EDITOR’S NOTE:  Continuing a new feature, as we peruse the monthly PREVIEWS catalog and highlight some books we feel are worthy of your attention.Your local comic shop depends on your pre-orders to make sure they have the books you want when you want them. Since business reality makes it impossible for a local comic shop to order some of everything, they depend on the comics readers to tell them what they want to see.  It’s a dice roll for them every month.  Won’t you help with the odds by at least telling them what you want to buy from them in two months?  Please give it a try.  We’ll do our best here to help you with those selections, from a BC Refugees point of view.  Not objective, but absolutely subjective.  
ACTION LAB page 248+  http://www.actionlabcomics.comACTION LAB, DOG OF WONDER #3 of 3  Now celebrating five years in the comics business, ACTION LAB is a company to keep an eye on.  ACTION LAB, DOG OF WONDER features their company mascot in an all-ages tale with something to …

Weather ruins MEMORIAL DAY COMICS FLEA MARKET

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The weather forecast is looking grim for any Memorial Day celebrations on Monday, May 30.That include the now canceled outdoor comics flea market in the parking lot outside Captain Blue Hen Comics in Newark Delaware.Co-ordinator Paul wisely made the call early Saturday morning and contacted all the vendors signed up.So, if you were counting on meeting the kind folks that bring you the BC REFUGEES blog site, we apologize,Another and similar event is planned for the Labor Day weekend, and we just may be there selling books and meeting people. In the meantime, there is FIRST STATE COMIC CON to look forward to in June. More details to follow.CAPTAIN BLUE HEN COMICS will still be open on Monday from 12 noon until 4 p.m., just in case you need some comics.

June 2016 Pre-Order Picks: A TO Z

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EDITOR’S NOTE:  Trying out a new feature here.  We will go through the monthly PREVIEWS catalog from Diamond Distributors and highlight some books we feel are worthy of your attention. To follow along, please pick up a copy of the June 2016 PREVIEWS catalog from your local comic shop (available now).  If this is your first time viewing the catalog, it lists all books to be published two months from now.  So, you get a chance in June to see what’s coming up in August 2016.  Your local comic shop depends on your pre-orders to make sure they have the books you want when you want them.  In a perfect world, you could just visit your local store and the books you want would be there waiting for you to pull them off the shelf. It’s a great time for comics fans, as there are a variety of great titles in assorted genres from a growing group of publishers large and small.  Since business reality makes it impossible for a local comic shop to order some of everything, they depend on the comics re…

A Valiant illustrative effort: FIFTY ARTISTS, ONE COVER

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Valiant Reveals Record-Setting Jam Cover for X-O MANOWAR #50 – Coming in September!
Fifty Stunning Artists Team Together for Monumental Comics Milestone


from the official press release . . . . . . . . . .
50 epic issues. 50 superstar artists. 50 X-O Manowars. One colossal cover!

Valiant is proud to announce the X-O MANOWAR #50 All-Star Jam Cover – the biggest-ever jam cover in comics history, featuring 50 major comics talents in celebration of 50 earthshaking issues for Valiant's flagship series! Debuting as the standard shelf cover to September's oversized X-O MANOWAR #50 milestone issue, this never-before-attempted comics landmark features a breathtaking collection of top talents as they each deliver an all-new take on Valiant's leading hero in their own signature style. 

With masterful colors by Valiant-exclusive colorist David Baron (BLOODSHOT REBORN, DIVINITY II), the one-of-a-kind collection of artists featured on the X-O MANOWAR #50 All-Star Jam Cover spans the characte…

The original THE LITTLE MERMAID to be adapted for comics

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from the official press release . . . . . .Classic Hans Christian Andersen Story is Latest Graphic Novel from Acclaimed Scottish CreatorsThere’s no doubt that fairy tales are having a moment in pop culture. From popular television series like Grimm and Once Upon a Time to films like Maleficent and The Huntsman: Winter’s War to numerous books and graphic novels, fairy tales have never been more popular. And as that popularity has grown, writers and readers have returned to the source material and found stories that are significantly different than the childhood tales they remember. Case in point, THE LITTLE MERMAID.

For most, Disney’s animated film is their touch point for the character. But Andersen’s original story is a complex tale of love and loss with nary a talking crab or comic-relief fish in site. Instead, the original work has an almost ethereal quality, detailing the title character’s longing for human love and her quest for a soul. It’s a dark, profoundly moving work that see…

Book Reviews: What have you been reading lately?

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From the Goodreads summary . . . .THE RUINS by Scott SmithHardcover, 319 pages   Adult thriller, horror, survival Published July 18th 2006 by Alfred A. Knopf (first published 2006)  Trapped in the Mexican jungle, a group of friends stumble upon a creeping horror unlike anything they could ever imagine. Two young couples are on a lazy Mexican vacation–sun-drenched days, drunken nights, making friends with fellow tourists. When the brother of one of those friends disappears, they decide to venture into the jungle to look for him. What started out as a fun day-trip slowly spirals into a nightmare when they find an ancient ruins site . . . and the terrifying presence that lurks thereMY REVIEW:It starts a little slow, but picks up after the first 20 pages and begins to build and build on the suspense for the next 80 pages before it kicks into high gear. Smith really fleshes out the story as it moves along, planting seeds of doubt and anxiety all the way. Disturbing and very graphic in parts.…

What Valiant has planned for your summer

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EDITOR’S NOTE:  More #1 debut issues are coming from Valiant. Thankfully, the press contact at Valiant has let us in on the news so we can share it with you.  That first FAITH trade paperback is a bargain that’s hard to pass up . . . .
from the official press release . . . . . . 
She’s saved the world, made international headlines, and inspired a growing legion of fans... Now, Valiant's stratosphere-shattering hero is soaring into her next comics landmark: her first-ever ongoing series.

     Valiant is proud to present your first look inside FAITH #1 – the FIRSTISSUE of an ALL-NEW ONGOING SERIES and a colossal comics milestone from rising star Jody Houser (Orphan Black), Harvey Award-nominated sensation Pere Perez (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG) and acclaimed artist Marguerite Sauvage (DC Comics Bombshells).  On July 20th, jump on board the high-spirited, high-flying adventures of Faith "Zephyr" Herbert here as she fulfills her dream of becoming Los Angeles' beloved, number-on…