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Three Fantasy Comics For Fantasy Readers

Comic Theme (8).pngIn case you didn’t know, I am now a comic book store clerk!  SQUEE!  Best job eva!  Erm.  Sorry.  Got carried away.

When someone new to comics asks for a recommendation, one of the things we ask is “What do you read?”  If you answer fantasy, we’ll ask what kind and based on your answer, we’ll come up with some recommendations.  With that in mind, let’s pretend these are a fantasy reader’s answers.

“Classic Fantasy”
My Recommendation: KING CONAN WOLVES BEYOND THE BORDER

Blurb: King Conan grows weary of the crown. When an old soldier visits him with talk of a cursed relic and rumors of Pictish tribes preparing a full-scale invasion on Aquilonia’s borders, Conan eagerly embarks on what could be his final adventure! A fan-favorite team expands on Robert E. Howard’s unfinished “Wolves beyond the Border” tale!

stk690742Why: Dark Horse (that’s a publisher) has been making a Conan comic for years.  This covers their later years Conan.  I recommend it because it is indeed inspired by the literary work and because it is a 4 issue series.  No long term commitment.

“Gaming Fantasy”
My Recommendation: RAT QUEENS

Blurb: Who are the Rat Queens? A pack of booze-guzzling, death-dealing battle maidens-for-hire, and they’re in the business of killing all god’s creatures for profit. It’s also a darkly comedic sass-and-sorcery series starring Hannah the Rockabilly Elven Mage, Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, Dee the Atheist Human Cleric and Betty the Hippy Smidgen Thief. This modern spin on an old school genre is a violent monster-killing epic that is like Buffy meets Tank Girl in a Lord of the Rings world on crack!

stk634308Why: The gaming I feel this is close to is Dungeons and Dragons.  Though, video game players that like A BARD’S TALE (PS2) will enjoy this too.  It’s a bit adult, has lots of fun, and the story is pretty epic.  The only downside to this title is that it comes out irregularly.  Production has met many a problem, but the story is so good that people stay loyal to it.

“Urban Fantasy”
My Recommendation: MAE

Blurb: When she was just a girl, Abbie discovered a portal to a fantasy world and for the last couple of years has been having great adventures there: defeating horrible monsters, power-mad scientists, and evil nobles. She was a celebrated action hero! But when she turned twenty-one it all came apart and she decided to return home. Her sister, Mae, has had no idea what happened to Abbie all this time. Her tales are too hard to believe; that is, until the monsters and other terrible creatures start to cross over to our world . . .

stl004482Why: For starters, it isn’t even out yet.  You’ll be one of the first on board when it comes out in May!  However, I’ve been lucky enough to become one of the Valkyries and I got to sneak peek the first issue!  It has a New Adult feel and some really interesting/inventive fantasy creatures.  Give it a try!

Close Runner Up: BLACK MAGICK

Blurb: The hammer falls this Halloween!  From New York Times bestselling and Eisner Award-winning writer GREG RUCKA (LAZARUS, Stumptown, Gotham Central) and superstar artist NICOLA SCOTT (Birds of Prey, Secret Six, Earth 2)! Detective Rowan Black works robbery/homicide for the Portsmouth PD, but her greatest mystery is the  truth about herself…both who she has been, and who she will become. Yet there are others in Rowan’s world with very long memories, and the power that one person holds, another will always covet. PLUS, each issue also features an all-new work of original fiction by GREG RUCKA! A new gothic-noir ongoing series about legacy,  destiny, redemption…and the price of magic.

Did I convince you to try a comic?
What comic would you recommend?

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Why UNMASKING isn’t a comic…

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Let’s do this backwards!  A countdown.  But not the final countdown.

Reason #3 – Industry Truths
If I took the time to write this all out the chances of it actually getting drawn and made into a comic are super slim (publishing with Penguin would be more realistic of a chance).  As it is, lots of places expect the team (writer, artist, and letterer) assembled before hand.  Very few places take just scripts these days.  There are more comic writers than there are comic artists.  I’m not an artist.*

all_bets_are_off_by_gweberart-d4vjfllReason #2 – I don’t draw fast
*-I’m not an artist.  However, I do draw for fun.  Meaning, I’ve been too busy and I’m super rusty.**

Even at the height of my drawing times, like when I drew that raccoon lady, I was slow.  She took me five days!  So, imagine me trying to draw a page of comics.  A beautiful, what UNMASKING deserves page would probably be seven to ten days each.  I’d be done years from now!

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**-I’m rusty.  Even my chibi drawing has suffered.  Le sigh…

I could cut corners (the above).  Now, that took me two writing sessions.  I’d say  for the amount of text that picture covers we’re talking double the production time.  Even when you count edits, revisions, re-reads, and not just pounding on the keys, my story gets done faster being a book and not a comic.

So, why isn’t UNMASKING: LEMON’S THESIS a comic?
Short answer: Because I wanted to make sure it got in people’s hands, being the best it could be, as fast as can be.

UNMASKING #2 will be out Fall/Winter of 2016
Get #1 today!

Before I go, I want to share some good news and some bad news.  I know you’re supposed to end with the good news, but I’m starting with that.

Good News: On March 2nd I did a Guest Post over on the awesome blog of Caren Rich.   I break down some of my character choices when it came to creating Lemon “Em” Law.

Bad News: On February 28, 2016, my dwarf hamster, Gotham, passed away.  He live for almost two months, spoiled as I could manage.  I hope he was happy, because he made me very happy.

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UNMASKING: LEMON’S THESIS Release Event!

For the release of my new book, I did a video event.  Here’s a list of the videos:

10 am: Introduction – Explains the event
11 am: Reading #1 – I read from the very beginning
Noon: Craft – Comic Banner – Inspired by this craft tutorial
1 pm: Reading #2 – I read an “archive news article”
2 pm: Craft – Comic (Paper) Rose – Inspired by this craft tutorial
3 pm: Reading #3 – Lemon’s “love life”
4 pm: Craft – Mod Podge – Inspired by skimming through Pinterest
5 pm: Reading #4 – Meet the dean of Trimble College
6 pm: Craft – Comic Hearts – Instructions from this page

If you want to watch them all in one go, hit play!

Want the book?
It is for sale on Amazon.

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Comic Review: Captain Marvel Vol 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More

Comic Theme (7).pngOnce upon a time she was simply Miss, but she got a promotion after being absorbed by Rogue?  I’m such a comic noob!  A new Captain Marvel #1 came out this year, but in 2014 there was also a new #1.  Let’s go back in time!  I’m talking about the trade paper back, CAPTAIN MARVEL, VOL 1: HIGHER, FURTHER, FASTER, MORE.

Blurb (from goodreads):
Hero! Pilot! Avenger! Captain Marvel, Earth’s Mightiest Hero with an attitude to match, is back and launching headfirst into an all-new ongoing adventure! As Captain Marvel, a.k.a. Carol Danvers, comes to a crossroads with a new life and new romance, she makes a dramatic decision that will alter the course of her life – and the entire Marvel Universe – in the months to come. But as Carol takes on a mission to return an alien girl to her homeworld, she lands in the middle of an uprising against the Galactic Alliance! Investigating the forced resettlement of Rocket Girl’s people, Carol discovers that she has a history with the man behind the plot. But when the bad guy tries to blackmail Carol and turn the Avengers against her, it’s payback time! Guest-starring the Guardians of the Galaxy! COLLECTING: CAPTAIN MARVEL 1-6

Why I Got It:
It was on my Amazon Wishlist.  My husband bought it for me.  I put a few titles on there before the holidays to round out my hero knowledge.

Art: WebRating

Solid.  Nothing bad.  Liked it.  Just didn’t love it or think there was anything special about it.

Story: 6

At the end of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (the movie), the “bad guys” said it was a good thing they didn’t give Star Lord to his dad.  They basically called Star Lord’s dad (J’son) a bigger jerk than themselves.  They were totally right and this book shows you why.

I know, this book is Captain Marvel’s deal.  And she’s awesome!  She’s sassy, competent, wipes the floor with people, and all the great things.  However, she couldn’t shine like she did without a good villain in play.

Intangible: 6

I now have the second volume (STAY FLY) on my wishlist.  Also, I’m super excited to see Kelly Sue DeConnick (she’s the writer) at In-Store Convention Kick-Off March 5th!

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Speaking of In-Store Convention Kick-Off…  Convention-Kick-Off-Logo-v21

I’ll be attending it at
ROBOT ZERO – 23 West Main Street – Geneva, Ohio!
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I’ll also have copies of UNMASKING: LEMON’S THESIS for sale/signing.
If you can drop by, please do!

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Comic Review: Radioactive Spider-Gwen #1-3

Comic Theme (5)I sort of thought yesterday (Wednesday) was Thursday for most the day, so I didn’t post.  My bad!

I’m still talking web-slingers and it still isn’t Peter Parker! This time we go to an alternate universe, which has seemed to survive Secret Wars. Peter and Gwen Stacy switch places in this verse. And that’s not the only change…

Blurb (of #1 from goodreads):
SPIDER-GWEN SPINS INTO HER OWN SERIES! BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT! The breakout hit of the biggest Spider-Event of the century is taking comic shops by storm this winter with her own new ongoing series – SPIDER-GWEN! Gwen Stacy is Spider-Woman, but you knew that already. What you DON’T know is what friends and foes are waiting for her in the aftermath of Spider-Verse! From the fan-favorite creative team that brought you Spider-Gwen’s origin story in EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE, Jason Latour and Robbie Rodriguez!

Why I picked it up:
SPIDER-GWEN had a short run series, which was compiled into SPIDER-GWEN VOL 0: MOST WANTED? When my daughter went to pick up SILK #1, I looked for the #1 of that. Sadly, they were out. So, when a new #1 came out I jumped on board, because everyone was raving about it.

The Art: 6

Robbi Rodriguez does really solid art. And I would have given this a 4 because there was nothing special otherwise about it.   However, there is something special about SPIDER-GWEN’s art, but that’s in the covers. The covers have a real different look and feel to them. They are almost like a borealis of color. I just really dig them.

The Story: 5_1

If I hadn’t picked up issue #0, I’d be a little lost. Though, when they chose to do #0’s back story in the style of “in previous issues” I was lost for a moment or two (until I figured out that’s what they were doing).

Suffice it to say, the story they are telling is a good one. Spider-Gwen is wanted for the death of Peter Parker, but instead of hiding she is trying to make the city safe. Now fold into this that this isn’t the Marvel world we know. A certain blind lawyer works for a certain crime lord. Captain America is not Steve Rogers. Little twists.

Thing is, sometimes the twists leave me a little lost. Not, can’t continue on in the series lost, but I feel I missed a nuance. I feel like I would understand them better if I knew Marvel better. And that’s why it lost a rating’s mark.

The Intangible Stuff: 6

I’m always excited when this is in my pull. It is the first (if not second) comic I read. The fact I get that excited about new issues says a lot.

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I got Vol 0 for my birthday!  Will I finish it in time to review for my next newsletter?  I HAVE NO CLUE!!!! LOL

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