July 24, 2020 · 1:38 pm
You loved the first GRAVEYARD SHIFT story … You shrieked with rapturous delight over GRAVEYARD SHIFT VOLUME TWO … Now prepare yourselves for the THIRD Volume of Jon Malin and Mark Poulton’s “monsters as superheroes” team.
Jon Malin, one of the iconoclastic comic book outlaws pursuing his creative vision free from the toxic corporate influence of the Big Two publishers, teams up once again with Mark “Hawkman” Poulton and new teammate Aaron Alfeche.
This third adventure for Graveyard Shift will feature more of the horrors and spectacle of the previous epics as the team tries to save the entire world from a werewolf infestation. This job is so big that the team must join forces with three NEW heroic supernatural creatures.
*** UPDATE: For my review of ALL THREE volumes of Graveyard Shift click HERE. Continue reading →
May 15, 2020 · 3:57 pm
AHMED ALAMEEN, motion-comic creator and best-selling author of the novel PSYCHS, has just launched his independent graphic novel project THE EPICS OF ENKIDU! Regular readers of Balladeer’s Blog are familiar with my obsession with ancient mythology, so it goes without saying that I love the premise of this tale, which combines super-heroics with mythology and autism awareness.
The man-beast Enkidu, the foe-turned-friend in The Epic of Gilgamesh, has survived to the present-day. He surfaces in a hospital, suffering from amnesia. Can an encounter with an enigmatic superhero revive his memories or will these two figures, who should be allies, instead be doomed to fight it out in a tragic misunderstanding of Earth-shaking proportions? Continue reading →
Filed under Mythology, Superheroes
Tagged as Ahmed Alameen, autism, Babylonian myths, blogging, book reviews, Comic Books, Enkidu, Epics of Enkidu, Gilgamesh Epic, Indiegogo, mythology, superheroes
May 12, 2020 · 7:43 am
Balladeer’s Blog is once again proud to cover an exciting new work from some of the most daring and visionary creators in graphic novels today. BATTLE BRICK ROAD is a post-apocalyptic take on Frank Baum’s Oz stories twisted through the ingenious prism of artist ERIC WEATHERS and writer ZEB HATFIELD with lettering by FARAH NURMALIZA.
Get ready for Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion like you’ve never seen them before – as technologically and biologically enhanced warriors in a dystopian world that not even Mad Max could survive.
Battle-hardened, survival savvy Dorothea Gale – Thea for short – searches for her father through the futuristic technological wasteland called OZ (Operation Zephyr). At her side is the hovering A.I. named TOTO (Target Objective Tactical Overwatch) and the mysterious Scarecrow, a vigilante skilled with firearms AND a deadly scythe.
The bleak world of Oz has wound up divided into four separate spheres of influence, ruled over by the Watchers of the North, South, East and West. And some of those Watchers are downright WICKED!
The villains are served by their armies of perverted biological and technological creations, with only Thea, Scarecrow, TOTO, the Tin Man and the Lion standing against them.
Order your copies of this 52 page epic today via Indiegogo: Continue reading →
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Tagged as Balladeer's Blog, Battle Brick Road, blogging, Comic Books, ComicsGate, Eric Weathers, glitternight.com, Indiegogo, Operation Zephyr, post-apocalypse, superheroes, Wizard of Oz
May 1, 2020 · 1:10 pm
Anna aka That Star Wars Girl, brings her considerable artistic abilities to the 50th Anniversary Celebration of horror icon Vampirella. Fresh story content is being created this year regarding the figure’s half-century of existence along with special commemorative covers.
Anna, a free-lance artist, pop culture critic, co-host of The J.A.C.K. Show and founding member of the Fandom Menace, has her Indiegogo project for Dynamite Entertainment up right now.
Not only does Anna’s cover (at right) look terrific, but the rose in Vampirella’s hand is in memory of Anna’s younger sister Ellen Rose, who passed away last June.
T-Shirts are also available (see below). Continue reading →
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Tagged as Balladeer's Blog, blogging, Comic Books, Fandom Menace, glitternight.com, Halloween, horror, Indiegogo, That Star Wars Girl, Vampirella
April 25, 2020 · 5:04 pm
Comic book legend Dan Fraga shook the industry recently when he joined up with the daring, iconoclastic creative titans led by Ethan Van Sciver, Richard C Meyer, Jon Malin and others. Those “outlaws” – as I always call them – have broken away from the stale, corporate, suffocatingly conformist confines of the Big Two publishers to pursue their own creative vision.
Fraga became the latest addition to these blacklist-defying rebels and has dealt with the harrumphing backlash with true swashbuckling, two-fisted panache. Dan ran up the ComicsGate banner for the revival of his Black Flag superteam in their first adventure in 25 years.
The heroes Sniper, Rascal, Geisha, Guerilla, Raiden and Shrine are back at long last in a 48-page adventure which fuses the very best aspects of western comic books with manga plus unique elements that are pure Fraga. To order your Indiegogo copies: Continue reading →
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Tagged as Balladeer's Blog, Black Flag, blogging, Comic Books, ComicsGate, Dan Fraga, Fragaboom, glitternight.com, independent comic books, Indiegogo, superheroes
April 9, 2020 · 12:00 am
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 →
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Tagged as Antonio Brice, Antonio Brice's Brand, Balladeer's Blog, blogging, book reviews, Brand: Way of the Gun, Caanan White, Comic Books, Ethan Van Sciver, glitternight.com, Ikari Press, Indiegogo, superheroes
March 15, 2020 · 4:00 pm
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 →
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Tagged as Balladeer's Blog, blogging, Comic Books, CyberFrog, CyberFrog: Rekt Planet, Ethan Van Sciver, glitternight.com, Heather Swain, independent comic books, Indiegogo, superheroes
February 3, 2020 · 1:13 am
Sylvester Stallone and the Expendables franchise join forces with independent comic book giants like Chuck Dixon, Graham Nolan and Richard C Meyer! As the promo says, “The creators of ROCKY and BANE tell a story of supernatural combat.”
The Expendables Go To Hell graphic novel is sort of like The Expendables Meet Army of Darkness with a little of Clive Barker’s Scarlet Gospels thrown in for good measure. (And yes, wouldn’t Bruce Campbell make a great addition to the ranks of the Expendables someday?)
Anyway, per Sylvester Stallone’s own story, Barney Ross (Stallone) and his badass mercenary buddies wind up in Hell where they battle dark supernatural forces as well as some of the most vile figures from history in a joyously over-the-top action extravaganza! And it’s all presented by some of the boldest, most daring and iconoclastic talents working in comics today! Continue reading →
Filed under Pulp Heroes, Superheroes
Tagged as action heroes, Chuck Dixon, Comic Books, Expendables, Graham Nolan, graphic novels, Independent Comics, Indiegogo, Richard C Meyer, Sylvester Stallone, The Expendables Go To Hell
January 22, 2020 · 2:30 pm
Balladeer’s Blog is telling you this: From now on, instead of BC and AD, years will be recorded in terms of BCG and ACG, as in Before Cash Grab and After Cash Grab. Well, maybe not. But you will always remember where you were and what the weather was like and what you were wearing when you first heard about Cash Grab: The Graphic Novel by Cecil.
Cash Grab, by internet cult figure Cecil of Cecil Says fame, has launched on Indiegogo. Reserve your copy now! If you miss the kind of gloriously irreverent – some might say sickening – humor of Mad Magazine or Marvel’s Teen Hulk from Crazy, you can find it in this graphic novel. Continue reading →
Filed under humor, opinion, Superheroes
Tagged as Balladeer's Blog, blogging, book reviews, Cash Grab: The Graphic Novel by Cecil, Cecil, Cecil Says, Downcast 2, glitternight.com, graphic novels, Indiegogo
December 13, 2019 · 8:00 am
The one and only ART THIBERT, famous for his comic book run on the X-Men and Cable at Marvel Comics before moving on to Image, is producing his new graphic novel CHRONO MECHANICS via Indiegogo. Pamela Thibert is co-writing. Just a few days are left to order your copy.
What’s it about? Well, to quote Thibert:
“Chrono Mechanics is a self-contained 48-page PG-13 comic.
This action/adventure time travel story follows a team of highly diverse and ego-driven Time Repairmen as they race the clock to keep the earth’s erratically merging time lines from imploding. To compound their problems is a self-centered work-a-phobic new recruit who may be the one thing they can’t fix before the whole earth falls apart!” Continue reading →
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Tagged as Art Thibert, Balladeer's Blog, blogging, book reviews, Cable, Chrono Mechanics, Comic Books, glitternight.com, independent comic books, Indiegogo, Science fiction