Frontierado Season is fast approaching! That holiday celebrating the mythic aspects of the Old West falls on the first Friday of August. To help us all start to get in the mood here are some new Frontierado Sagas in the spirit of Tomahawk Tam, the Blackwater Kid and others. (FOR MORE FRONTIERADO ITEMS CLICK HERE )
SIX-GUN CAESAR (Ethan Van Sciver) – The man who would go on to fame as Six-Gun Caesar was born Ethan Van Sciver to a Mormon family from Philadelphia. By the time he was a teenager Ethan was already a skilled gunman and was serving as a Danite, one of the gunslinging “knights” of the Mormon faith.
Ethan and his fellow Danites safeguarded Mormon pilgrims on their journey to Deseret (later the state of Utah) after the Mormon Wars in Missouri and Illinois drove the persecuted practitioners of that faith westward. After years of experience protecting Mormon wagon trains from outlaws, hostile Native Americans and hooded anti-Mormon mobs, Van Sciver gained even greater prominence during the May 1857 to July 1858 Utah War. Continue reading
ANTONIO BRICE, THE RENOWNED COMIC BOOK CREATOR OF COLOR, IS BACK WITH THE SEQUEL TO HIS SUPERNATURAL ACTION EPIC BRAND. Brice is once again teamed with artist Caanan White of Shi fame.
BRAND: WAY OF THE GUN is the 60-page sequel to Brice’s sensational story which blended supernatural horror with gritty action in the tradition of From Dusk Til Dawn (but WITHOUT vampires). Any and all fans of PREACHER owe it to themselves to check out this incredible saga.
The tale resumes mere hours after the first story came to its cataclysmic conclusion. Supernatural hunters David and Dawn Craven are in for more “adults only” adventures as they once again oppose unspeakable horrors who wear the “Brand” – or mark – of Cain.
To quote from Antonio: “David is visited by the sinister Dark Santana and his former mask Horus. David’s life and his relationships are in constant turmoil as we learn more about Dawn and how she fits into the plans of the hustler Fame. We delve more into her past, her present, and her future as we meet the mysterious Jehovah.”
ADULTS ONLY ART SAMPLE: Continue reading
What the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were to the 20th Century, CyberFrog has been to the 21st Century! Rekt Planet, the next installment of Ethan Van Sciver’s CyberFrog saga is now available.
Comic book legend Ethan Van Sciver continues blazing new trails in Independent comics. As the Van Sciverization of the world scorches along unabated Ethan has proven once again to be Mozart, with only a few jealous Salieres denying his genius.
Be there to help take back the planet as CyberFrog, his gal-pal Heather Swain and their ally Salamandroid continue battling giant alien wasps and other menaces on a post-apocalyptic Earth. Continue reading
Balladeer’s Blog takes a look at some sites you’ll kick yourself for not visiting on a daily basis. CLICK ON TITLES TO VISIT THE SITES.
Comment: Called “The planetary knowledge core,” Infogalactic.com proves you don’t ever need to use W-pedia OR the g-word. Well, you can use the g-word if you want search results that prioritize sites which PAY the g-barons to place them higher than sites that are actually more relevant to your search. And unlike W-pedia, Infogalactic.com doesn’t allow fools with an axe to grind to “edit” entries.
ETHAN VAN SCIVER’S C.A.P.S.
Nature: Irreverent takes on pop culture … and mummies
Comment: C.A.P.S. stands for Comic Artist Pro Secrets but don’t let that specificity fool you. Van Sciver is like a new King of All Media in the way that he irreverently addresses any and every pop culture topic that enters his crosshairs (And I think we all know how painful that can be). Called “Caesar” and “Uncle Ethan” by his fans, EVS’s YT channel makes for addictive viewing and/or listening. The jovial genius embodies the old clichés like “you know him, you love him, you can’t live without him.” Balladeer’s Blog’s regulars know that I know funny, and Ethan is hilarious! Continue reading
Vestige is one of the most exciting and original graphic novel serials to come along in years. It is currently InDemand on Indiegogo so you can still reserve your own copies.
The tale told in Vestige is set in the 1890s and involves assorted weapons which have been wielded by legendary figures over the years. Those weapons contain a certain residual aura or “vestige” of their heroic owners and endow their subsequent owners with preternatural abilities.
The course of history and the fate of the world hinge on the character and courage of a handful of individuals caught up in the adventure of their lives. Steam-Punk meets the supernatural in a historical adventure that will thrill you to the core!
An all-star collection of independent comics creators are bringing Vestige to life. ROHAN KUMAR PALL is running the Indiegogo campaign, DONAL DELAY handles the interior art, KYLE RITTER is the colorist and GAT HANZO handles the story.
The incredible cover artwork (top left) is by none other than ETHAN VAN SCIVER, the comic book industry Mozart/ Leonardo da Vinci himself! All this plus the FIRST ISSUE appeal make Vestige a once in a lifetime opportunity. Continue reading
Balladeer’s Blog’s end-of-year retrospective continues with this look at August’s best. Enjoy your Christmas leftovers of 11 + Sauce and read:
DELL SUPERHERO PANTHEON – From World War Two to the Cold War, a look at the Dell Comics pantheon of superheroes. CLICK HERE
DAVID J HARRIS, JR – Looking at yet Another Martin Luther King Person of Courage. CLICK HERE
HAMMETT (1982) – A review of the movie depicting Dashiell Hammett mixed-up in a murder investigation. CLICK HERE
TOP MYTHOLOGICAL PANTHEONS COVERED HERE AT BALLADEER’S BLOG – My look at the gods of the Vietnamese, Ainu, Navajo, Hawaiian, Inuit and more. CLICK HERE
FACULTY LOUNGE FASCIST ROUNDUP – The August 24th edition HERE
ETHAN VAN SCIVER: THE FUTURE KING OF ALL MEDIA? – A look at the mad genius Ethan Van Sciver and his YT shows about pop culture. This man is a MUST watch. CLICK HERE
ANCIENT GREEK COMEDY: COTHURNUS (circa 405 B.C.) – An examination of the comedy by Philonides. CLICK HERE Continue reading
Cyberfrog and Heather Swain are back in action! In the tradition of other great duos like Rocket Raccoon and Groot, Howard the Duck and Beverly Switzler, Rocky and Bullwinkle or Crusader Rabbit and Rags the Tiger, everyone’s favorite frog/ full-grown woman pair have returned in their first new adventure since the 1990s.
Legendary comic book artist and writer Ethan Van Sciver regained the rights to his old characters and returned them to action in his hot new work Cyberfrog: Blood Honey. Cyberfrog, spawned by alien technology, fights huge extraterrestrial hornets and other menaces on a post-apocalyptic Earth.
Human blood is a necessary ingredient for the “honey” that the hornets dine on, hence the title. The adventures of Cyberfrog and Heather Swain – plus supporting character Salamandroid – are sort of a blend of the best elements of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Mastermind Ethan Van Sciver has already promised Cyberfrog’s adoring fans a followup, to be be titled Cyberfrog: Rekt Planet.
Van Sciver, after legendary runs at Marvel and DC, is the leader of the comic book “outlaws” pursuing their own projects free from the corporate influence of the Big Two publishers.
Popular reviewer Anna, That Star Wars Girl (pictured) offers a much more in-depth review.
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ETHAN VAN SCIVER: HUMAN SUNBEAM
Okay, I’m being tongue in cheek with that title, but Van Sciver seems to have the same oddball sense of humor that I do so I figured why not? Ethan Van Sciver’s livestreams about pop culture are as addictive as they are entertaining.
Like so many others I found myself binge-listening to as many as I could do per day for several weeks and now I’m among the many waiting with anticipation for the next day’s installment.
Van Sciver has spent nearly three decades in the comic book industry as an artist and writer. Most of his time was spent at DC with legendary runs on Green Lantern and Flash, but in recent years “Uncle Ethan” as he’s called has become one of the leaders of the indy comic book “Outlaws” going their own way to create works free of the toxic influence of the Big Two publishers. Continue reading