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Friday, October 31, 2014

Hit: Pen and Ink

Posted by Geek-o-Rama Admin on 11:00 AM

Gain a whole new appreciation of HIT, our critically acclaimed detective noir series set in 1955 Los Angeles. While infamous gangster Mickey Cohen rots in a prison cell, clandestine groups of LAPD detectives moonlight as sanctioned hitmen known as “Hit Squads.” Get a deeper understanding of the creative decisions that went into this series with insightful commentary by writer Bryce Carlson and artist Vanesa R. Del Rey.

It is always such a pleasure getting an opportunity to take a behind the scenes look at any creative process.  This is especially true when it’s presented in a follow along format, like voiceover commentaries in a movie.  With the Pen and Ink series, Boom! Studios has given us that opportunity.  With Hit: Pen and Ink, we get to take a more intimate look at the first two issues of the series.

For those unfamiliar with the Hit series (haha, hit series), it’s a story set in one of the best genres – the classic detective noir.  With this story, we find secret groups of vigilante cops in LA making their own set of laws by taking out the bad guys.  No due process here, just cold, harsh justice.  They’ve been recruited for this task by their superiors, and although it seems wrong, their intentions are in the right place.

The artwork that Del Rey produced for this title is magnificent.  The narrative throughout between Carlson and Del Rey pretty much tells it all.  Virtually every choice she made on how to illustrate components both big and small were spot on.  I definitely think the style of her work is perfect for this kind of story.

This edition of Pen and Ink is actually the first one I’ve even been aware of since it started.  After reading this one, I’d like to go back and find both the rest of Hit as well as other Pen and Ink books.  One suggestion I’d make is grabbing the print copy, as you’ll benefit more from the oversized 11x17 format.  If you haven’t seen Hit or Pen and Ink, this a great book to pick up and dive in.

For more on Hit: Pen and Ink or other Boom titles, check out Boom! Studios.

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

Quantum Conditioning - "Giftwrapped"

Posted by Geek-o-Rama Admin on 8:00 AM

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Popular Skullture: The Skull Motif in Pulps, Paperbacks, and Comics

Posted by Geek-o-Rama Admin on 11:00 AM

Our culture embraces the skull: apparel and products with skulls abound. Popular Skullture features the oddest, creepiest, and weirdest skull covers from 1930s to mid-’50s comics, pulps, and paperbacks. Edited and designed by Monte Beauchamp, with an introduction by Steven Heller, beautifully presented in the Kitchen Sink tradition.

I have to admit, I would have never expected to open a book filled with practically nothing but skulls.  That is, not one which wasn’t medical text or artistic direction for anatomy reference of course.  Virtually everyone loves a good old skull though, because let’s face it, they’re cool.  Just such a fact is what Popular Skullture: The Skull Motif in Pulps, Paperbacks, and Comics has decided to express.

Although the bulk of the book is of course the collection of skulls being showcased, it does start off with a cool little intro about what is likely the most iconic part of the body.  This short blurb gives us some neat insight about the history of the skull as such a prevalent icon.  Then we get into the real meat of the book.  Or the bones as it were.  (I’m not even sorry I did that.)

While you might think that dozens of pages of skulls wouldn’t be very interesting, I think you’d be proven wrong.  This fantastic collection puts together a great assortment of covers from over nearly a century of different publications.  I can personally say I’ve never laid eyes on the majority of them, and it was really quite fascinating to see so many variations on the use of the skull.

This may just be a book of covers with skulls to some people, but for many of us it can be far more.  Such a good collection of this regularly used symbol can be an excellent artistic tool.  I can definitely see myself referencing this in future art.  Even for those not artistically inclined but just think skulls are cool this is a fun book.  Either way, this is a worthwhile book to grab and peruse at your leisure.

For more on Popular Skullture or other Dark Horse titles, check out Dark Horse Comics.

Popular Skullture: The Skull Motif in Pulps, Paperbacks, and Comics will be available 11/5

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

Kickstarter/Indiegogo Spotlight: Zombie Highway The HC Graphic Novel

Posted by Geek-o-Rama Admin on 8:30 AM

While everyone is either a big fan or sick of zombies, I'm definitely still the former.  Plus it's still that time of the year for all things horror (at least for one more day), and so this week's feature is in that spirit.  Zombie Highway jumped out at me right away, in both the name and the artwork featured.  If you want to see more on this cool looking project, check out the Kickstarter!

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