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Wednesday Comics on Thursday - September 9, 2010

Actually it's more like Thursday comics this week since I had to wait until today to pick up my comics because of Labor Day.

Below are some of my favorites. I admit I am very partial to the last one!

Vertigo:

American Vampire, #6

Wednesday Comics on Thursday - September 9, 2010
Writer: Scott Snyder
Art & cover: Rafael Albuquerque

"At a time when vampire stories engulf pop culture, this one's actually fresh and original." – ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

It's Las Vegas circa 1935, and Skinner Sweet and our gal Pearl are about to learn the hard way that the bloodsuckers in Hollywood were nothing compared to what awaits them in Sin City.

In just a few short years, young police Chief Cash McCogan has watched his native city of Las Vegas go from cow-town to wild, glittering boom-town. And when the bodies of prominent businessmen start showing up drained of blood, Chief McCogan finds himself facing a threat much darker and deadlier than anything he could have imagined...and the only sure bet in town is that Skinner and Pearl are right in the thick of it!

So belly up to the bar and lay your chips on the table, because "Devil in the Sand," the next cycle of AMERICAN VAMPIRE, begins now!

Marvel:

Anita Blake Vampire Hunter: Circus of the Damned - The Charmer, #4 of 5

Wednesday Comics on Thursday - September 9, 2010

Writer: Laurell K. Hamilton
Adapter: Jess Ruffner
Cover: Brett Booth
Pencils: Ronald Lim
Colors: Laura Villari
Letters: Bill Tortolini\

When she accepted an invitation to the Circus of the Damned, vampire hunter Anita Blake knew she should keep an open mind. The shapeshifters, werewolves, and vampires under the big top? Business as usual. What she DIDN'T expect was to be stuck in a ring with a rampaging cobra the size of a truck. A cobra that used to be worshipped as god. A cobra that now very very much wants to make St. Louis' top animator its next meal.




Boom

The Calling: Cthulhu Chronicles #3

Wednesday Comics on Thursday - September 9, 2010
Writer(s): Johanna Stokes, Michael Alan Nelson
Artist(s): Christopher Possenti

The Cthulhu Chronicles continue to unravel…and no one is safe! Clayton Diggs’s journey into a Lovecraft-inspired world of horror worsens and more terrifying pieces begin falling into place. Clayton finally learns the identity of the mysterious man in the photographs. But the answers he finds only lead to more questions… An all-new ongoing supernatural horror series with a decidedly modern spin from superstar writing team Michael Alan Nelson (28 DAYS LATER, HEXED) and Johanna Stokes (DEATH VALLEY, STATION)!
 
 
 
 
 
Archie Comics:
 
Archie & Friends #147: Twilite Part 2 of 2
 
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - September 9, 2010
 
Script: Angelo DeCesare
Art: Bill Galvan, Jack Morelli, and Digikore Studios

The intense conclusion to the thrilling tale of mythic teen romance! When Ivan is exposed as a vampire, Veronica's feelings for him only deepen. But Jared, the one responsible for exposing Ivan, has a terrifying secret of his own! Can mere mortals like Archie and Reggie compete against supernatural Casanovas?









 
 

Wednesday Comics on Thursday - September 2, 2010

Here are some of my favorites out of the comics that I picked up on Wednesday, September 1, 2010.

From Dark Horse Comics:

Baltimore: The Plague Ships, #2 of 5

Wednesday Comics on Thursday - September 2, 2010

Writer: Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden

Artist: Ben Stenbeck
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover: Mike Mignola
Genre: Horror

Setting sail from a harbor choked with sunken ships, where plague victims are burned in great furnaces, Lord Baltimore reveals a terrible incident that took place during the war, where his men fell victim to creatures that feast on the freshly dead, and Baltimore himself first met the vampire who has become his obsession.


 
 
 
Dynamite:
 
Blackbeard: Legend of the Pyrate King, #5
 
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - September 2, 2010
 
Writer: Gregg Hale, Eduardo Sanchez, Jamie Nash, Robert Napton
Penciller/Inker: Mario Guevara
Colorist: Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Covers: Lucio Parillo
Genre: Historical Adventure


The ultimate origin of the world's most famous pyrate continues! Blackbeard takes command and the Queen Anne's Revenge is born - the most famous pyrate ship to ever sail the seas!









Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, Vol. 2, #1

Wednesday Comics on Thursday - September 2, 2010

Writer: Dean Koontz Chuck Dixon
Penciller/Inker: Tim Seeley
Cover: Brett Booth
Genre: Horror/Adventure

Dean Koontz's hit series returns!


Detectives O'Conner and Maddison delve deeper into the mysterious life of Victor Helios, trying to uncover his ultimate goal, while members of Victor's "New Race" begin to show they are not as perfect as he assumed. Randall Six continues his quest to escape from Hands of Mercy, as Officer Harker descends further into madness. And Erika Helios discovers some of her husbands' unfinished creations?


From the masterly pen of New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz-and featuring an adaptation by legendary comic book writer Chuck Dixon and gorgeous illustrations by artist Tim Seely, creator of Hack/Slash -Dean Koontz's Frankenstein: Prodigal Son is a story filled with fast-paced action, gripping horror, and thrilling adventure.
 
 
IDW Publishing:
 
Bram Stoker's Death Ship, #4 of 4
 
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - September 2, 2010
 
Writer: Gary Gerani
Artist: Stuart Sayger
Cover: Cliff Nielsen
Genre: Horror
 
The crew of the doomed sea vessel, the Demeter, are being killed like clockwork and the culprit is evil itself! Bram Stoker’s Death Ship, concludes this terrifying tale of the voyage from Transylvania to England. Now, with the crew’s corpses scattered across the ocean, the ships’ Captain is the only man left standing between this unholy thing in the cargo bay and its final destination.


 
 
 
 
Strange Science Fantasy, #3 of 6
 
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - September 2, 2010
 
Writer: Scott Morse
Artist: Scott Morse
Cover: Scott Morse
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy

Written and illustrated by award-winning talent, Scott Morse, features a tale grounded only by bizarre landscapes and “off the wall” characters. Exploring “pop-culture as religion”, this issue we discover the mysterious stalker in the shadow world of cinematic icons; THE PROJECTIONIST! Plus: an all-new one-page tale by Paul Pope!

New Comics - August 25, 2010

Here are some of the comics that I picked up today.

DRACULA: The Company of Monsters, #1
BOOM! Studios

Cover A
New Comics - August 25, 2010
He’s back from the dead and starring in a new ongoing horror series from the mind of Kurt Busiek. A powerful, predatory corporation acquires a valuable asset - Dracula! They think they own him, but no one can own the Son of the Dragon. There’s a monster in their midst that puts Hannibal Lecter to shame - and he plans to gain his freedom in blood. It’s bloodsuckers vs. bloodsucker, as Busiek brings an incredibly modern spin to the Dracula mythos. Joining Busiek is award-winning author Daryl Gregrory (Pandemonium) and rising star artist Scott Godlewski (Codebreakers). The epic journey starts here, so don’t miss the debut issue of Dracula: The Company Of Monsters, the next breakout ongoing series from BOOM! Studios! Featuring covers by Ron Salas and fan-favorite The Nocturnals artist Dan Brereton.


Cover B
New Comics - August 25, 2010

 
Female Force: ANNE RICE
Bluewater Productions

New Comics - August 25, 2010
Anne Rice has penned more than two dozen novels ranging from the supernatural to historical tomes, erotica and religious themes, but her life is as interesting as the tales she spins. Now, the best selling author of nearly 100 millions books will be the featured character in an upcoming biography comic from Bluewater Productions.

 
SENSE & SENSIBILITY #4
Marvel Comics

New Comics - August 25, 2010

Jane Austen’s classic persists! The Dashwood girls travel home with Mrs. Jennings and the chatty Mrs. Palmer. As it happens, Marianne finds out the handsome Mr. Willoughby’s house is...

New Comics from Wednesday August 18, 2010

I picked up my comics a day late this week. I have subscriptions to the comics that I collect so I never really pay much attention to which comic is coming out when exactly because I know the comic will be in my folder. I look through Previews every month. If there is a new comic I'm interested in, it is added to my subscriptions (most of the time).

Here are some of the goodies I picked up:

True Blood, #2

Cover A

Cover B

Sketch Variant


IT! The Terror From Beyond Space

If you've been reading the blog for a while you know that I am an unabashed fan of 1950s Atomic Age movies. Today I found a comic of IT! The Terror From Beyond Space (1958). It's part of IDW's Midnite Movies series. I'd missed this when the first issue came out in July. It's not exactly like the movie though.
Fans of the 1950's film can now experience an all-new version of IT, the Terror From Beyond Space, with IDW's new series. When the spaceship Challenge 142 returns from a rescue mission to Mars, it carries the only survivor of the first expedition. But, now he is suspected of killing his crew for their lifesaving rations. Unlike the original film IT, the Terror From Beyond Space was redone as a retro-1950's alien adventure.
When asked about IT, the Terror From Beyond Space the writer of the series Dara Naraghi replied, "I'll just say that it's a good ol' fashioned '50s retro sci-fi romp with square-jawed men of action, sassy space babes and of course, a space monster!" The series features artwork by Mark Dos Santos, and color by Steve Mannion.
-The Terror From Beyond Space Returns this July, IDW Press Release
Here are the first 2 covers:

Issue 1

Issue 2

I love these covers. Just for fun here's the film's trailer:




George R. R. Martin's FEVRE DREAM

I also picked up a special cover of George R. R. Martin's FEVRE DREAM that had been ordered for me a while ago. I love this cover for the bats alone!


This comic is based on Martin's 1982 novel of the same name. Here's the book's description:

When struggling riverboat captain Abner Marsh receives an offer of partnership from a wealthy aristocrat, he suspects something’s amiss. But when he meets the hauntingly pale, steely-eyed Joshua York, he is certain. For York doesn’t care that the icy winter of 1857 has wiped out all but one of Marsh’s dilapidated fleet. Nor does he care that he won’t earn back his investment in a decade. York has his own reasons for wanting to traverse the powerful Mississippi. And they are to be none of Marsh’s concern—no matter how bizarre, arbitrary, or capricious his actions may prove.

Marsh meant to turn down York’s offer. It was too full of secrets that spelled danger. But the promise of both gold and a grand new boat that could make history crushed his resolve—coupled with the terrible force of York’s mesmerizing gaze. Not until the maiden voyage of his new sidewheeler Fevre Dream would Marsh realize he had joined a mission both more sinister, and perhaps more noble, than his most fantastic nightmare...and mankind’s most impossible dream.

Here is the spellbinding tale of a vampire’s quest to unite his race with humanity, of a garrulous riverman’s dream of immortality, and of the undying legends of the steamboat era and a majestic, ancient river.


Those are just some of the comics that I picked up today. Do you collect comics? What are some of your favorites?

New Comics - Archie Does Twilite

It's new comic book Wednesday. Among the comics I picked up today (for my daughter) was this:

New Comics - Archie Does Twilite

ARCHIE & FRIENDS #146

"Twilite"

Part one of a two-part story. It's love at first bite when two new students arrive in Riverdale. Betty and Veronica are fascinated by the smoldering-hot Ivan, but Jarred is warning everyone who'll listen that Ivan is really a vampire! Reggie volunteers to help Jarred expose Ivan as a bloodsucker, but love--or maybe Ivan--is clouding the girls' judgment. Can the girls be saved before romance sinks its teeth in?

It's only a two-part mini-series, but it seems that vampires are now everywhere!

True Blood - The Comic Books

The True Blood comic books launched on Wednsday, July 21, 2010. The publisher is IDW Publishing. The first issue has 6 covers. There are 4 regular covers A - D and 2 Retailer Incentive covers, a photo variant and a sketch variant. There is also a special San Diego Comic-Con cover.

In April, Alan Ball announced the comic:



And from the July 21 announcement from IDW:

HBO and IDW Publishing are proud to announce the launch of the first-ever comic book series based on the network's hit show True Blood. Available today at San Diego Comic-Con and comic retailers throughout North America, this sexy, visually striking comic series will add new and unique layers of supernatural drama to the wildly original Emmy®- and Golden Globe®-winning television show. Two exclusive versions of True Blood #1 will be available at San Diego Comic-Con, each with a different cover. Fans can find a special David Messina wrap-around cover at the IDW booth #2643. Select comic retailers throughout the convention will offer a second exclusive cover, featuring a monochromatic version of Joe Corroney's cover.


Developed with the show's Oscar®-and Emmy®-winning creator, Alan Ball (HBO's Six Feet Under, American Beauty), IDW's True Blood series is the exclusive, official show comics.

"I am very excited to be introducing the True Blood comic book series," stated Ball. "These graphic novels are a great companion to the series and we are pleased that the popularity of the show is allowing it to branch out into different mediums."


Beginning with issue #1, the True Blood comic series offers the same erotically-charged romance, wry humor, intriguing mystery and suspense the show has become known for. In this comic book series, Sookie and many other Bon Temps locals find themselves waiting in Merlotte's bar for a strangely portentous raging storm to subside. Soon, they discover they've been trapped by an entity that feeds off of raw emotions and begins killing off the patrons one by one until his hunger is sated.

The plot was developed with Ball, along with series writers Elisabeth Finch and Kate Barnow, and co-written by David Tischman and Mariah Huehner. Beautifully illustrated by top tier artist David Messina, the series captures all the bloody details and sexy reveals of this exciting new adventure. Renowned artists J. Scott Campbell, Joe Corroney, and Andrew Currie join Messina in providing covers for the first issue.

The True Blood comics will explore the ongoing adventures of telepathic heroine Sookie Stackhouse, her vampire lover Bill Compton, best friend Tara Thornton, enigmatic and ancient vampire sheriff Eric Northman, loyal boss Sam Merlotte, brother Jason Stackhouse, perpetual-virgin vampire Jessica, and the flamboyant cook Lafayette Reynolds.

The covers are gorgeous:
Cover A

Cover B

Cover C

Cover D

RI Sketch Variant

RI Photo Variant

SDCC

Qwill's Qwestion: Are you a fan of the show? The books? Both? Which is your favorite cover?

Authors and Comic Books - Part 1

Normally I would do a New Release Turesday Vlog today. However I'm not buying any new releases today. Instead I'm going to talk a bit about comic books.

Many of the authors whose books I like to read also write comics. Today I'll cover some of the authors who have adapted their own material to comics or written new stories set in the world or worlds that they have created. This is, of course, not an inclusive list. These are the ones that I collect. If I collect them I like them. Enough said.

Jim Butcher (The Dresden Files)
Dresden Files:
Welcome to The Jungle, writers Jim Butcher (Dabel Brothers)
Storm Front, writer: Jim Butcher (Dabel Brothers)
Storm Front, Vol. 2, writer: Jim Butcher (1st issue published by Dabel Brothers and now published by Dynamite Entertainment)

Authors and Comic Books - Part 1

Mario Acevedo (Felix Gomez)
Killing the Cobra, writer: Mario Acevedo (IDW)

Authors and Comic Books - Part 1

Laurell K. Hamilton (Anita Blake)
Anita Blake Vampire Hunter:
Prequel
The First Death, writer: Laurell K. Hamilton (Marvel)
Guilty Pleasures
Guilty Pleasures, writer: Laurell K. Hamilton (Marvel)
The Laughing Corpse
The Laughing Corpse, writer: Laurell K. Hamilton (Marvel)
Necromancer, writer: Laurell K. Hamilton (Marvel)
Executioner, writer: Laurell K. Hamilton (Marvel)
Circus of the Damned
The Charmer, writer: Laurell K. Hamilton (Marvel)

Authors and Comic Books - Part 1

Authors and Comic Books - Part 1

Authors and Comic Books - Part 1


Peter S. Beagle
The Last Unicorn, writers: Peter B. Gillis and Peter S. Beagle (IDW)

Authors and Comic Books - Part 1


Patricia Briggs
Mercy Thompson: Homecoming, writers: Patricia Briggs and David Lawrence (Dynamite)
Alpha and Omega: Cry Wolf, writers: Patricia Briggs and David Lawrence (Dynamite)

Authors and Comic Books - Part 1

Robert Jordan
Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time: The Eye of the World, writers: Robert Jordan and Chuck Dixon (Dynamite)

Authors and Comic Books - Part 1

That's it for comics I collect from authors who write comics in their own world(s). Next time I don't purchase books on New Release Tuesday I'll cover some authors who write comics unrelated to their own works and eventually I'll cover adaptions of novels by others.

Qwill's Qwestion: Do collect comics by authors? What are they?
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