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My Back Pages: Trying to keep it MARVELous

EDITOR’’S NOTE:  Regular readers of this blog may have observed that we don’t give much space to Marvel Comics.  That is not intended to mean that they don’t deserve attention.  Marvel puts out some high quality books.  The reason we don’t spend much time on them is because they don’t need any help from us to sell books.  Since one of the mission objectives of this blog is to shine the spotlight on works that might go unnoticed otherwise, we usually don’t review Marvel books.  However, from time to time we will dabble and from time to time we will share our thoughts with you.  Like now . . . . . . . . . DAREDEVIL #1 (Marvel, February 2016)  Charles Soule, writer.  Ron Garney, artist. Matt Milla, color artist.  VC’s Clayton Cowles, letterer & production. This time, beginning a new creative team with a #1 issue makes perfect sense. Otherwise, readers of the Mark Waid /Chris Samnee version of Daredevil would probably go into shock.  This is a different book than the light-hearted a

Download free spy novel, first in series

from the official press release -- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jarvis Love swung back into spy action earlier this week in THE AMBROSIA KILL! Want to find out what Love did in his first adventure for FREE??? Then, use this code- QU53V - and go to and download THE DANAKIL DECEPTION by James Hopwood for FREE for the next three days! Go! You know You gotta have all The Love You Can Handle! From Pro Se Productions! - Posted using BlogPress from my iPad Location: Download free spy novel, first in series

SIRENS IN THE NIGHT: Serial murder in Philadelphia with a supernatural element

SIRENS IN THE NIGHT by Michael Bradley  (Amberjack Publishing, 2015) Paperback ISBN #978-0-692-51719-2  322 pages   DISCLAIMER:  I did not receive a promotional copy of this book in exchange for a written review. I purchased my copy. While I know Michael Bradley through our shared membership in a writers group, this review is completely unsolicited.   I would have bought a copy of Sirens In The Night as a show of support, regardless of whether it was fiction in a genre that I enjoy, non-fiction, or memoir.  While I don't know a lot about Michael Bradley outside of the writing group, I have learned that he takes a professional approach.  So I expected Sirens In The Night to be a good story, engaging, and well-written.  My expectations were exceeded.         SIRENS IN THE NIGHT explores a dark side of crime investigation, introduces intriguing characters with interesting back stories, gives a glimpse into Philadelphia history and culture, and exhibits the flow and pacing of a go

Download free copy of Volume One CROSSROADS OF FATE

EDITOR’S NOTES:  Pro Se Productions is a genre publisher of pulp fiction themed stories. They are offering DAUGHTER OF DESTINY, the first volume in the CROSSROADS OF FATE series to our readers for free.  Volume Two in the series, BETRAYALS, has just been published. from the official press release . . . . . . . . With the recent release of HC Playa's BETRAYALS, Pro Se Productions would like to celebrate the latest volume in the CROSSROADS OF FATE series by offering the first volume in the series- DAUGHTER OF DESTINY- as a FREE digital download for Three Days! Go to this site . . . . . and enter the code ST53U to get DAUGHTER OF DESTINY for free! And remember, BETRAYALS is now available in Print and Digital Format at Amazon and other outlets!

GHASTLY AWARD Voting Ends Sunday, February 21

  EDITOR’S NOTE:  We neglected to mention in our article about the Ghastly Award nominations that voting has been opened to readers of horror comics.  While the votes from creators and publishers will carry more weight, fans and readers can also submit one ballot for their picks.  You will need to submit your picks by this Sunday, February 21. You can vote by going to . If you are a Creator or Publisher please make sure to use that ballot, as your votes count for 95% of determining the 2015 Winners. Best of luck to the nominees. Below, we share our personal picks  . . . .         For further reference, please go to the BC Archives for our list of all the nominees. For fans of horror in comics, the variety of options has never been stronger.  For anyone interested in reading further into this genre, you couldn’t find a better starting point than the list of Ghastly Award nominees.  Our favorite genre in comics is horror - - nothing beats a good scary tale.  We

Ghastly Award Nominees Announced

The 2015 Ghastly Award Nominees The Ghastly Award Judges are proud to announce the 2015 Ghastly Award Nominees. The Nominees, chosen by the Ghastly Award Judges, reflect the wide range of Horror material being published in Horror Comics today. All Nominees were selected from work that was submitted by Publishers and Creators throughout the calendar year for Ghastly Award consideration. Named after acclaimed comic creator “Ghastly” Graham Ingels, the awards are now in their 5th year. Fan and Creator Voting will be open from February 8, 2016 until February 21, 2016 at You may only vote once for the 2015 Nominees and Fans will decide the winner of the Best Horror Comic Cover Award. Winners will be announced on March 1, 2016. We thank everyone who took the time to submit their work for this year's awards. The 2015 Nominees are: Best Ongoing Title: Crossed: Badlands (Avatar Press) Harrow County (Dark Horse Comics) Nailbiter (Image Comics) Rachel Rising (Abstract S

Motley Crue's rise and fall detailed in biography comic

A band known as much for their talent onstage as their antics offstage, Mötley Crüe epitomized the drug-fueled, sex-riddled excess of 1980’s metal acts. In the process, they forged a rock dynasty few other bands have been able to achieve. Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, Mick Mars, and Vince Neil became household names, the scourge of the  Christian right, and the darlings of the Billboard charts. Out this week is the newest illustrated biography called  ORBIT:  MOTLEY CRUE.      Illustrated by Jayfri Hashim and written by Hashim with assistance from Michael Frizell, “Orbit: Mötley Crüe: Livin’ the Fast Life” chroniclese band from their formation to present while highlighting some of the more fanciful aspects of their mythology.            Hashim, a native of Singapore, and Frizell, an educator at Missouri State University, have collaborated on several projects. “Jayfri has an enthusiasm for American rock bands unlike anyone I’ve ever met,” said Frizell of his collaborator. “He’s a walking enc

Brains Meets Blades in new welcome KITTAROU WITCH HUNTER

from the official press release . . . . . .        Newcomer to the web comics scene, Blake Von Klausur recently put together a dream tea to bring you KITTAROU WITCH HUNTER , an o ngoing online series where lightning ninja action meets supernatural Sherlock Holmes style mastery.       Enter Kittarou:  a disgraced rogue Witch Hunter who roams a serious feudal Japanese countryside, solving supernatural mysteries, defeating witches and demons, hoping to clear his name while his Witch Hunter brethren seek his head for the alleged murder of Ichi, the emperor’s only heir.       KITTAROU WITCH HUNTER has brilliantly balanced genres like Japanese “chambara” sword fighting films, rugged spaghetti westerns, forensic crime mystery, and gothic supernatural fantasy to create an unforgettable take on the wandering swordsman hero.      Readers compare the book to popular titles such as Inuyasha, Ninja Scroll, Samurai Champloo, Blade of the Immortal, Bleach, and Lone Wolf and Cub.      Launched J