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‘Previews’ List: September 2016

Previews is a magazine that – you guessed it – previews comic issues that will be coming out in a few months. September will bring some great titles, and I’m hoping to put them in my up-and-coming Pull Boxes.

Just as a note, some of these titles are books, not comics.

Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes

ECCC16-PRINT-TRZPOTA-d0d3e-665x1028Title: Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes
Written by: Tim Seeley and David Walker
Art by: Fernando Dagnino
Published by: Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: September 28, 2016
Price: $3.99

Summary: “Raised as brothers but separated by slave traders, Tarzan and heis ape brother Caesar renunite when the war between man and ape takes them from the jungles of the Africa to the center of the earth.”

This concept of this comic sounded really interesting to me. Some crossovers just don’t make any sense to me, but this one seems like a logical leap. No art other than the cover has been revealed for this comic, but I do like it. It’s a mix of surreal and cartoon, but it’s not too glaring or ugly. There isn’t much information about this comic to formulate a real opinion, so hopefully I’ll be able to talk about it more when it comes out.

Archie Archives: The Double Date and Other Stories

9781506700267Title: Archie Archives: The Double Date and Other Stories
Written by: Harry Sahle, Ed Goggin, and Bill Vigoda
Art by: Harry Sahle, Bill Vigoda, and Janice Valleau
Published by: Dark Horse Archives
Release Date: November 9, 2016
Price: $19.99

Summary: “Archie Andrews and his calamitous crew of bosom buddies are some of the best-known characters to ever emerge from the pages of comic books. This beautiful reproduced paperback includes 200-plus pages of hilarious high-school high jinks and wonderful cartooning by the great talents who originally brought Archie to life! Collects stories from Pep Comics #46-#50 and Archie comics #7-#10”

I have never really read much of classic Archie and I don’t own any comics that would get me aquatinted with it. I think that this comic the perfect thing to do that. This book seems like it would be a necessity for any big Archie fan, or it would just make a very interesting coffee table book. This is the kind of book that would be a fun talking point or something your guests could read if you’re out of the room for a moment. Either way, I can’t wait to see some classic Archie and be able to add it to my growing Archie collection.

Cyborg Rebirth #1

Cyborg_Rebirth_Vol_1_1_TextlessTitle: Cyborg Rebirth #1
Written by: John Semper Jr.
Art by: Paul Pelletier, Sandra Hope, and Tony Kordos
Published by: DC Comics
Release Date: September 7, 2016
Price: $2.99

Summary: “Victor Stone was once a star athlete and brilliant student with a bright future. But after a tragic accident destroyed over half of his body, Victor was kept alive by merging flesh with advanced technology. Today he is the Justice League co-founder called Cyborg. But is the young hero a man…or a machine that merely believes it’s a man?”

Before I get into the comic, let’s first do a quick explanation of how the DC Rebirth series works.

DC has been putting out two number one issues: the first being the zero zero of the comic and the next one being the actual first. [Insert Character Here] Rebirth #1 is usually the backstory while [Insert Character Here] #1 is the actual first comic. It took me too long to figure this out, and I know I’m not the only one.

There’s only artwork shown is the cover, but it looks so beautiful. I can’t wait to see the artwork for this. DC has really been doing well art-wise (with the exception of Nightwing), and this cover looks absolutely amazing.

Pardon my language, but I’m so fucking excited for this comic. I’ve loved the Teen Titans since I was little, and I still remember the first time I watched it with friends and fell in love with the characters. The fact that Cyborg is getting his own free-standing comic makes me so happy. I already read a Starfire free-standing comic and, as you’ll see later in my list, there’s going to be a Raven one, so a Cyborg comic only makes sense. I hope that this comic shows that Cyborg can do well on his own and cement his own movie in the future.

I can’t wait for this comic to end up in my box!

Teen Titans Rebirth #1

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Title: Teen Titans Rebirth #1
Written by: Benjamin Percy
Art by: Jonboy Meyers
Published by: DC Comics
Release Date: September 28, 2016
Price: $2.99

Summary: “The Teen Titans are farther apart than ever before…until Damien Wayne recruits Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy, and the new Kid Flash to join him in a fight against his own grandfather Ra’s al Ghul! But true leadership is more than just calling the shots-is Robin really up to the task? Or will the Teen Titans dismiss this diminutive dictator?

I have seen some art for this comic besides the cover, and I’m really excited!

It’s a different style than the other Rebirth comics in that it has a bit of a manga style, where it’s more obvious in some than others. I love how Starfire looks from the few concept arts I’ve seen and everyone overall looks good.

As mentioned before, I love Teen Titans. Based on the summary, this comic sounded a bit like the most recent direct to DVD movie Teen Titans vs Justice Legaue, but after reading it, I realized it was a new concept.

I liked Damien being a part of the team in that movie, but Starfire was the leader of it, so it’ll be interesting to see this concept! I’m excited to read this comic when it comes out.

Raven #1

RAVEN_Cv1Title: Raven #1
Written by: Marv Wolfman
Art by: Alisson Borges
Published by: DC Comics
Release Date: September 21, 2016
Price: $2.99

Summary: ” “The White Carnival” part 1! In a tale set between Teen Titans #24 and Teen Titans Rebirth #1, Raven takes a break from the team and moves to San Francisco to say with her estranged aunt and face her most perilous challenge yet: high school! As Raven discovers more about her human side, one of her classmates goes missing under mysterious circumstances, and she must face an evil like none she’s known before.”

Much like with Cyborg and Teen Titans, I’m excited to see what will come of this comic. So far only the cover has been unveiled. The art style is interesting, but I’m not sure what to make of it. I’m not sure if I like it or dislike it yet since it is so different, but I’ll have to see the actual comic to know for sure.

Raven wasn’t a favorite of mine, unlike Starfire who I immediately related to, but I really want to see this story and get into Raven’s mindset a little bit. I’m hoping that this comic will do her justice and won’t be cut short like a lot of the singular character comics that aren’t Batman, Superman, or Wonder Woman.

She Changed Comics

She-Changed-Comics Title: She Changed Comics
Written by: Various. There are over 60 women in different comic fields credited. The whole list can be found at this link!
Published by: Image Comics and CBLDF
Release Date: October 5, 2016
Price: $14.99

Summary: “She Changed Comics is the definite history of the women who changed free expression in comics, with profiles of more than 60 groundbreaking female professionals and interviews with the women who are changing today’s medium, including Raina Telgemeier, Noelle Stevenson, G. Willow Wilson, and more! She Changed Comics also examine the plights of women imprisoned and threatened for making comics and explores the work of women whose work is being banned here in the United States. A must read for all ages, students, and educators.”

If this doesn’t sound like something that belongs on this website, I don’t know what would! As soon as I saw this title in the magazine, I knew I would have to get it and put it on this list. This won’t be going in a Pullbox (since it’s a book), but it definitely will be getting a review all on its own.

Though I know it seems so much like a bad word, I am a feminist, and I do particularly like reading about women working in an industry that is “supposed” to be for men and as such is usually run by men. I can’t wait to see a woman’s perspective about the comic and manga industry.

If anything, this book sounds like it will be an informative and interesting read.

Josie and the Pussycats #1

ea278f49-03f0-42bd-8429-fa77bdea70f2 Title: Josie and the Pussycats #1
Written by: Marguerite Bennett
Art by: Cameron Deordio
Published by: Archie Comics
Release Date: September 28, 2016
Price: $3.99

Summary: “Grab the latest, surefire, top-of-the-charts new Riverdale series! Friends, countrymen, lend me your long tails and ears for hats- the Pussycats are back! In this series kick-off, Josie’s getting the band together to help achieve her dreams of musical stardom. But for the group to last, it needs a strong foundation of friendship and trust. Can the girls get going, or will Alexandra’s plotting put a stop to the whole thing? Don’t miss comics’ supreme songstresses’ return to the limelight in this exciting first issue!

Before I was reading the new Betty and Veronica (which will be in the August Pullbox!), I was really excited for Josie and the Pussycats. Pretty much everything else that has come out from the new wave of Archie comics has been pretty good, but to give a slight spoiler to my reaction, Betty and Veronica was just “eh” at best.

Because of that, I’m worried that Josie will be lackluster.

Josie and the Pussycats is probably my favorite comic series out of all the Archie comics. Three girls forming a band in a small town is a realistic story that can easily be manipulated, but I’m very worried that comic won’t live up to the other Archie comics that are currently out. But from the art to the story summary, it does sound like something good will be coming from this series.

Boo The World’s Cutest Dog

Boo2016-01-Cov-A-Cook-233x350Title: Boo The World’s Cutest Dog
Written by: Kristen Deacon, Audrey Elizabeth, Fernando Ruiz, and Joelle Sellner
Art by: Tony Fleecs, Fernando Ruiz, and Rob Robbins
Published by: Dynamite Entertainment Comics
Release Date: September 7, 2016
Price: $3.99

Summary: “The World’s Cutest Dog comes to comics! He’s Boo, the Pomeranian pup that’s become an internet sensation, and he’s ready for four-color adventures in his first-ever comic book! In this debut issue, Boo and his canine companions Buddy and Blueberry Pie create kitchen chaos when they can’t control their tummy rumblings; our favorite doggie becomes a “Boo-vie star” when he lucks into a Hollywood audition; and finally, Boo celebrates the birthday of adorable eight-year-old Audrey…but the party gets out of hand! Comic readers of all ages will love the whimsical, fun-filled escapades of Boo, the World’s Cutest Dog!”

Sometimes I feel like I’m not a “real” fan of comics. I love Archie comics and my favorite superheroes aren’t the ones that are usually the most popular, but this is one of the comics that makes me debate whether I am a real fan or not.

This is clearly just a kid’s comic, but it does look very adorable. I have a few of the stuffed dogs of this brand because they are so cute, and I love Pomeranians and think they are just so damn adorable.

I like light comics as well as “serious” ones, so I’m hoping that this comic will just be a fun one to read in between DC and Marvel, and it might even be a good read for younger readers that want to get into comics.

Mama Tits Saves the World

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Title: Mama Tits Saves the World
Written by: Charles zan Christensen
Art by: Terry Blas and Various
Published by: Northwest Press
Release Date: September 2016
Price: $5.00

Summary: “Can one Pacific Northwest drag queen prevail in the fight against hate? Writer Charles “Zan” Christensen and artist Terry Blas-along with guest artists Sonya Saturday, Diego Gomez, and Justin Hall-take Seattle’s most famous activist queen to a new level in the new comic book Mama Tits Saves the World!”

Being pansexual, I try to have an active part in the LGBT+ community. I actively look for media made by fellow LBGT+ members, so seeing this in Previews was awesome, as there’s very few LGBT+ comics out there (and they’re hard to find).

This will only be a one shot comic, meaning only one issue will be released, so I’m hoping it will be very awesome. The art from the cover looks really good and it’s based on a real person so I can’t wait to see what happens.

Stay tuned for more comic reviews and previews!

 

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When The Universe Speaks To You…

I totally don’t know which one of my friends did it, but who ever it was, I thank them.

I do try to keep up with new comics and manga, but mostly I get sidetracked, and have to be a responsible adult. (LOL) So it was completely out of the blue, that I got into a brand new series. Mostly my reading list consists of old established favorites. Particularly with comics, because I’m at the point where I don’t want to get into anything new, I just want to check up on my old friends, and especially with manga that I am just waiting around for it to end. (Yes, Bleach. I am talking about you!)

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But this picture caught my eye one day as I was scanning my facebook feed. I don’t remember who did it, but someone on my timeline changed their cover photo to this. At, first I thought it was a really cool piece of original artwork. The pic just seemed so intriguing, like I would actually want to know more about these characters, and why they were together.

Fast forward a week or so later, and I was spending time in a comic book store looking through the racks when I saw the first issue of Saga sitting there for only a dollar. It wasn’t just some really cool piece of original artwork! Again, I was compelled by the cover art, and now I knew there was a story to be read. I decide to check it out, because at least if it sucks, it was only a dollar right? It was a sign. The universe was telling me I needed to read this comic.

I buy the comic, and it sits at my house unopened for another couple of weeks. My daughter had already blown through her copy of the first volume of Sailor Moon I had bought her that day as well, and was begging for another one, but I hadn’t even cracked open my comic. It wasn’t until my husband started questioning me about my comic purchases, did I decide to sit down and actually read the thing. The universe was bugging me again and yelling, “Why aren’t you reading this!?”

I open the book, and I’m immediately invested into robot royalty, winged armies, horned armies, interstellar warfare, a quest for a forest of rocketships, star-crossed lovers, and a newborn baby. I mean, when I turn the pages, I literally feel like I am on another planet, and I am hearing the action take place! (Just a testament to how phenomenal Fiona Staples’ artwork is. It had me at hello!)

I’m sharing all this to say that this is what I think free comic book day is all about. You go there, and pick up a comic for free or deeply discounted, and find yourself immersed into a-whole-nother-world. A world that you couldn’t have even dreamed about yourself, because seriously, who thinks of robot royalty? (Brian K. Vaughan, that’s who, but I don’t want to get off track.)

Just thought I’d share that with everyone today, and if you find yourself at a comic book store today, I hope you find something that draws you in as well.

Saga is published by Image Comics, if you want to check it out!

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Interview: Michael Moreci, Creator of Reincar(Nate)

Nate01_13Michael Moreci is a comic writer/editor who is best known for his graphic novel Quarantined, and his new ongoing series Hoax Hunters, published by Image Comics. Working on a monthly published series hasn’t slowed Michael down at all as he already has his newest project, Reincar(Nate), well underway. Reincar(Nate) is the edgy, crime noir story of Nate McCoy, a private investigator with the special ability to interact with past incarnations of himself. The Kickstarter campaign for the project will help with the printing of the 102 page full color graphic novel. I got the chance to chat with Michael about his experience in the comics industry, and about Reincar(Nate).

Ari: How were you first introduced into comics?

Michael: I think my first actual experience with a comic book came from a 7-11 spinning rack. I have it in my head that it was an issue of Spider-Man with Hobgoblin on the cover. Growing up, my mom worked at a toy store that would get remaindered comic bundles—packs of assorted comics that had no connection whatsoever. I would get a lot of these, and they hooked me in.

Ari: What is your favorite comic series, comic book character and why?

Michael: There are far too many good ones being published right now to choose just one. We’re in a golden age of comics, we truly are. Let’s see…there’s The Unwritten, The Sixth Gun, Hack/Slash, Morning Glories, Mark Waid’s Daredevil, anything from Phil Hester or Tom Scioli…too many to mention.
I’ve always had an affinity for the Fantastic Four, and right now Jonathan Hickman is absolutely killing on that book. So great.

Ari:
Growing up, what writers and or books influenced you the most?

Michael:
When I was a kid, I NEVER thought I’d be able to make comics. Never. My art is awful. For some reason, I had it in my head that comics were a one-person show, or that any writer was also an artist. So I got discouraged early from the idea of being a creator. But then Brian K. Vaughn came along. Reading what he did (does) instilled faith in me that, as a writer, I can tell the type of stories I had in my head: fun, cerebral, authentic. Y: The Last Man was a big turning point in my career, in my life.

Ari:
With technology being such a growth industry, how do you see comics evolving to become a part of that?

Michael:
Kicking and screaming. Seriously, comics is like any other industry in that it’s afraid of change. No one wants to tear off the Band-Aid and let the future happen. And I get that. Publishers, retailers, and creators have a lot to lose. It’s a gamble. But I don’t think one negates the other, that if we embrace digital that brick and mortar stores will vanish from the planet or that the artistry will somehow be cheapened. I’m for moving forward while retaining the past, and I hope it happens soon. I’d hate to see the comics industry end up like the music industry.

Ari:
The comics industry is a male dominated field, and the number of female creators is small, but growing, why do you believe that is?

Michael: I think comics are evolving not just in technology, but creatively. The Machiavellian grip cape stories have on the market is beginning to dwindle; over the past year, we’ve seen serious weaknesses exposed from Marvel’s crossover fatigue to the unimpressive New 52 (and now the launch of Before Watchmen, which simply reeks of desperation). I think the end result is an inability to capture new audiences and, for the first time in a long time, a willingness for the superhero audience to try something new. You’re always going to have comic readers; what you’re seeing, in my opinion, is those readers looking for something different. And that comes from anywhere—women especially.

Ari: What was the inspiration behind Reincar(Nate) and the main character Nate McCoy?

Michael:
Good question. I think the concept came first, this idea of someone being able to see and interact with past versions of themselves. But I didn’t want the story to take itself so seriously and becoming dreck like The Ghost Whisperer or something like that. So that’s where Nate comes from—I wanted a character who, sure, has some baggage and depth, but also is a lot of fun as well.

Ari:
Are there any strong female characters in the story you can tell us a bit about?

Michael: Definitely. Autumn is a detective on the police force, and good friend to Nate. It’s weird, because I don’t see her as a strong female character—I see her as a strong character. That’s how I approach everything I write; I want it to be authentic. True, most women you see in comics are so incredibly inauthentic (and most men, for that matter). But those aren’t the comics I’m writing; no matter how far-fetched the concept of my work may be, I want to keep the characters and their struggles/triumphs as true as possible.

Ari:
How long have you and your team been collaborating on Reincar(Nate)? And can you tell us a little about the creative process?

Michael:
We’ve been working for over two years now, so this is certainly a labor of love for everyone involved. The process is great—Keith, Chris, Jim, and I are all friends, and we all believe in the book. But, circumstances are what they are and we’ve all been called on various work to pay the bills. Keith did Highland Laddie for Dynamite, Chris has done a good amount of DC work, and I was busy getting my Image series, Hoax Hunters, off the ground. But a few months ago we decided to dedicate the time needed to make Reincar(Nate) a reality, and that’s what we’re doing. The book is looking great.

Ari:
What advice do you have for anyone (especially females) trying to break into the comics industry?

Michael:
Know that whatever your role—writer, artist, letterer—a big part of what you need to do is network and be savvy. Being a hard-working craftsman is paramount, but you need to be able to sell your work, and yourself, as well. It’s tough to hear that, but it’s the truth. There’s so much competition out there, and so many avenues to encounter new work, that you have to make your voice somehow heard above the rest. Be prepared to hustle.

Ari:
What other projects are you working on?

Michael:
I’ve got Hoax Hunters with Image, which I write with Steve Seeley. It’s beginning an ongoing run July 5 with issue #1 (issue #0 came out March 21 and is available in comic shops and Comixology) which is very exciting. Steve and I are getting together a new series which we hope to launch early next year, and I’ve got some work for hire projects and couple other things I’m working to get off the ground. It’s a busy time, which is great.

You can visit Michael’s blog to find out more about his work, and don’t forget to contribute to the Kickstarter campaign for Reincar(Nate).

Reincar(Nate) on Kickstarter
Michael Moreci’s Blog
Hoax Hunter’s Blog

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