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My Favorite Comics of 2011 and Giveaway - December 23, 2011

I collect a lot of comics. I probably collect too many comics if that is even possible. Three comics stand out as my favorites of 2011. They have nothing in common except they represent things I really like and are very well done.


The comics (in alphabetical order):

Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a huge kaiju fan and my favorite kaiju of all is Gojira/Godzilla. I'm especially fond of the Godzilla films from Toho Studios. Don't get me started on Godzilla films made here in the US. We just don't do it right!  I have kaiju plush, all the Godzilla movies I can get, Godzilla trading cards, etc. I admit I generally root for the big green lizard as it stomps its way through various cities. So when IDW Publishing announced Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters in conjunction with Toho Co., Ltd., I may have squeed a bit. Okay, a lot. Happily the comic does not disappoint. I'd love to frame each and every cover. They are exceptional. The inside of the comic is not bad either! I love all of the covers so I'll share just a few.

My Favorite Comics of 2011 and Giveaway - December 23, 2011

My Favorite Comics of 2011 and Giveaway - December 23, 2011

My Favorite Comics of 2011 and Giveaway - December 23, 2011

My Favorite Comics of 2011 and Giveaway - December 23, 2011

This is probably my most favorite though. It's a variant of Issue 1 and hand-drawn by Eric Powell. No two are exactly alike. I know this for certain because I have 2 of these.

My Favorite Comics of 2011 and Giveaway - December 23, 2011


Lady Mechanika

Lady Mechanika's first edition was published in 2010, but it remains one of my favorite comics. It's published by Aspen Comics and is the brainchild of Joe Benitez. This is a gorgeous steampunk comic. The story is great and the comic covers and art are just brilliant. There is a wonderful esthetic to this comic. Fortunately prints are available from the Aspen Store so I don't have to frame the comics. I love all the covers. Here are the covers from the first 4 issues. Story and Art is by Joe Benitez; Colors are by Peter Steigerwald; and Letters are by Josh Reed. Each issue had several covers. I collect all of them.  You should read this comic!

Issue 0, Cover A

My Favorite Comics of 2011 and Giveaway - December 23, 2011
JOE BENITEZ DEBUTS HIS NEWEST THRILLING SERIES! The exciting adventure of Aspen's newest female heroine begins here!

The mysteries surrounding private investigator LADY MECHANIKA and her origin begin to unfold as she heads to a rundown city known as Satan's Alley. Located on the lower eastside, it is an area of town under siege by the presence of a murderous creature of unknown origin. While a weapons manufacturer has issued a reward for the unknown slayer, drawing a crowd of bounty hunters looking to cash in, Lady Mechanika's purpose is far more personal— information that could lead to the truth about her creation.

Complete with an additional sketchbook section, never before seen art, and a stunning cover by creator Joe Benitez himself, this special #0 issue is not to be missed!

Issue 1, Cover A
My Favorite Comics of 2011 and Giveaway - December 23, 2011
THERE'S A NEW LADY IN TOWN!

From the imaginative mind of Joe Benitez with colors by the incomparable Peter Steigerwald, comes this all-new supernatural action-adventure series!

The tabloids dubbed her "LADY MECHANIKA", the sole survivor of a psychotic serial killer's three-year rampage through London. Found locked in an abandoned laboratory amidst countless corpses and body parts, with her own limbs amputated and replaced with mechanical components, her life began anew. With no memory of her captivity or her former life, LADY MECHANIKA eventually built a new life for herself as a private detective, using her unique abilities to solve cases the police couldn't or wouldn't handle. But, she has never stopped searching for answers.

Now, brought into a case unlike any before, LADY MECHANIKA will have to rely on her advantage in all things occult and paranormal in order to solve the case and possibly unlock the secrets to her past!

Issue 2, Cover A
My Favorite Comics of 2011 and Giveaway - December 23, 2011
From the imaginative mind of Joe Benitez with colors by the incomparable Peter Steigerwald, this all-new supernatural action-adventure series continues!

LADY MECHANIKA's quest to retrieve the 'Mechanical Girl' along with her mysterious maker takes her up to the clouds, where she must infiltrate a masquerade ball aboard Lord Blackpool's airship high in the sky. While the nefarious Blackpool showcases a new advanced weapon added to his impressive armament catalog to a captive audience, Mechanika discovers something quite unexpected, that may hold a clue to her own creation!

Issue 3, Cover A
My Favorite Comics of 2011 and Giveaway - December 23, 2011
From the imaginative mind of Joe Benitez with colors by the incomparable Peter Steigerwald, this all-new supernatural action-adventure series continues!

LADY MECHANIKA's quest to retrieve the 'Mechanical Girl' along with her mysterious maker takes her up to the clouds, where she must infiltrate a masquerade ball aboard Lord Blackpool's airship high in the sky. While the nefarious Blackpool showcases a new advanced weapon added to his impressive armament catalog to a captive audience, Mechanika discovers something quite unexpected, that may hold a clue to her own creation!


Richelle Mead Dark Swan: Storm Born

I really like comics based on Urban Fantasy novels. I collect several. My favorite though is Sea Lion Book's stellar Richelle Mead Dark Swan: Storm Born. I've said it before: if you read the comic you really don't need to read the first book in the series. The artwork is great and the story true to the novel. I'm showing the regular covers for the comic. There are incentive covers for each issue as well.

Issue 1, Regular Cover
My Favorite Comics of 2011 and Giveaway - December 23, 2011
From the New York Times and USA Today-bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Eugenie Markham never asked for any of this. Until now, she's been content with her job as a freelance shaman, battling and banishing Otherworldly creatures. When a prophecy suddenly makes her the Otherworld's most popular bachelorette, Eugenie finds herself fighting off unwanted supernatural suitors, as well as the evils that begin emerging from her past!

Issue 2, Regular Cover
My Favorite Comics of 2011 and Giveaway - December 23, 2011
Eugenie Markham is a freelance shaman, guarding our world from the invasion of Otherworldly creatures. Those who try have 'The Dark Swan' to contend with. But Eugenie's about to cross into the Otherworld alone to rescue a girl that nobody else will. Will she make it back across alive?

Issue 3, Regular Cover
My Favorite Comics of 2011 and Giveaway - December 23, 2011
Eugenie Markham is a freelance shaman, guarding our world from the invasion of Otherworldly creatures. Eugenie has decided to cross into the Otherworld alone to rescue Jasmine a girl no else will. Entering one of the most dangerous dimensions alone isn't easy or safe but no one ever said being a hero was. Unfortunately for Eugenie, she will come face to face with her past and learn truths she would have preferred were left buried.

 Issue 4, Regular Cover
My Favorite Comics of 2011 and Giveaway - December 23, 2011
Yesterday, Eugenie Markham thought her life was complicated. But today, she will learn a secret that shakes her world to its very core. Everything she thought she knew was wrong. And if that wasn't enough, she still has Jasmine Delaney hanging over her head...


Here is the book that the Richelle Mead Dark Swan: Storm Born comic is based on:

My Favorite Comics of 2011 and Giveaway - December 23, 2011
Just typical. No love life to speak of for months, then all at once, every horny creature in the Otherworld wants to get in your pants…

Eugenie Markham is a powerful shaman who does a brisk trade banishing spirits and fey who cross into the mortal world. Mercenary, yes, but a girl’s got to eat. Her most recent case, however, is enough to ruin her appetite. Hired to find a teenager who has been taken to the Otherworld, Eugenie comes face to face with a startling prophecy—one that uncovers dark secrets about her past and claims that Eugenie’s first-born will threaten the future of the world as she knows it.

Now Eugenie is a hot target for every ambitious demon and Otherworldy ne’er-do-well, and the ones who don’t want to knock her up want her dead. Eugenie handles a Glock as smoothly as she wields a wand, but she needs some formidable allies for a job like this. She finds them in Dorian, a seductive fairy king with a taste for bondage, and Kiyo, a gorgeous shape-shifter who redefines animal attraction. But with enemies growing bolder and time running out, Eugenie realizes that the greatest danger is yet to come, and it lies in the dark powers that are stirring to life within her…
There are 3 additional books in the series. The 4th book, Shadow Heir, will be published on December 27, 2011.

My Favorite Comics of 2011 and Giveaway - December 23, 2011


So what am I giving away? The 4 books in Richelle Mead's Dark Swan series and a set of the comics so far:

My Favorite Comics of 2011 and Giveaway - December 23, 2011


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win Richelle Mead Dark Swan: Storm Born comics (1 copy from Issues 1-4) and books 1-4 in the Dark Swan novel series: Storm Born, Thorn Queen, Iron Crowned, and Shadow Heir.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What is your favorite comic, cartoon series, or Urban Fantasy series?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)   Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)   Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)   Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Friday, December 30, 2011. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Review - Richelle Mead's Dark Swan: Storm Born, Issue 2 - 5 Qwills

Richelle Mead's Dark Swan: Storm Born, Issue 2
Sea Lion Books
(June 29, 2011)
Review copy: PDF provided by Sea Lion Books

Review - Richelle Mead's Dark Swan: Storm Born, Issue 2 - 5 Qwills
Eugenie Markham is a freelance shaman, guarding our world from the invasion of Otherworldly creatures. Those who try have 'The Dark Swan' to contend with. But Eugenie's about to cross into the Otherworld alone to rescue a girl that nobody else will. Will she make it back across alive?


Written by: Richelle Mead and Grant Alter
Art by: Dave Hamann
Colors by: Nelson Cosentino de Oliveira
Lettering by: Dave Lanphear


Issue 2 of Richelle Mead's Dark Swan: Storm Born picks up immediately after the events in Issue 1.  Once again I read the comic alongside the novel to check whether it lived up to the high standard of Issue 1 with respect to the story.  Again, I was not disappointed. Other than switching around a couple of scenes, Issue 2 follows the book almost exactly.  The scenes work well in the book in the original order and work just as well in the comic in the reversed order. The flow of the comic is excellent. 

The art work by Dave Hamman is exceptional as is the color. The comic truly captures the novel and brings it to life. It's almost cinematic. I'm afraid that I will run out of superlatives for this comic. As I said before, you don't have to read the novel - you can just read the comic. Really!

I highly recommend Richelle Mead's Dark Swan: Storm Born, Issue 2 and give it 5 Qwills.

Review - Richelle Mead's Dark Swan: Storm Born, Issue 2 - 5 Qwills

There is a also a gorgeous incentive cover for Issue 2:

Review - Richelle Mead's Dark Swan: Storm Born, Issue 2 - 5 Qwills

Here are a few pages from Issue 2.
Review - Richelle Mead's Dark Swan: Storm Born, Issue 2 - 5 Qwills
Review - Richelle Mead's Dark Swan: Storm Born, Issue 2 - 5 Qwills
Review - Richelle Mead's Dark Swan: Storm Born, Issue 2 - 5 Qwills
Review - Richelle Mead's Dark Swan: Storm Born, Issue 2 - 5 Qwills
Review - Richelle Mead's Dark Swan: Storm Born, Issue 2 - 5 Qwills

Review - Richelle Mead's Dark Swan: Storm Born, Issue 1 - 5 Qwills

Richelle Mead's Dark Swan: Storm Born, Issue 1
Sea Lion Books
(May 25, 2011)
Review copy: PDF provided by Sea Lion Books

Review - Richelle Mead's Dark Swan: Storm Born, Issue 1 - 5 Qwills
Eugenie Markham never asked for any of this. Until now, she's been content with her job as a freelance shaman battling and banishing Otherworldy creatures. When a prophecy suddenly makes her the Otherworld's most popular bachelorette, Eugenie finds herself fighting off unwanted supernatural suitors, as well as the evils that begin emerging from her past...

Written by: Richelle Mead and Grant Alter
Art by: Dave Hamann
Colors by: Nelson Cosentino de Oliveira
Lettering by: Dave Lanphear



I always have a bit of concern when I read a comic based on a book. Will the comic be true to the story? Will something important be missed or lost? Will the main character meet my expectations in terms of how she or he looks and acts?

I carefully compared Richelle Mead's Dark Swan: Storm Born, Issue 1 from Sea Lion Books to the novel Storm Born. In this instance I can say that I was not disappointed in the least bit. 

Issue 1 of the comic covers the novel from the beginning to approximately page 48. Close attention to the novel has been paid down to the smallest details. For example, the sneaker in the opening pages of the comic matches the colors described in the book.

Grant Alter has really done a superb job with the script. The flow of the story and dialog is extremely close to that in the book. Nothing seems to be left out. Just like the book, the pacing in the comic is excellent.

I really like the artwork. Dave Hamann has done a great job of rendering the characters. The colors by Nelson Cosentino de Oliveira are beautiful. Eugenie looks like how I would expect her to look right down to her violet eyes and cinnamon colored hair.

Very clearly the novel has been captured in the comic to the point that you can read Issue 1 of the comic and not need to read the beginning of the novel. The comic is that good! I am looking forward to all 8 issues.

If you are a fan of Urban Fantasy or Richelle Mead or both this is the comic for you.

I highly recommend Richelle Mead's Dark Swan: Storm Born, Issue 1 and give the comic 5 Qwills. 

Review - Richelle Mead's Dark Swan: Storm Born, Issue 1 - 5 Qwills


In addition to the regular cover there is a Limited Edition Incentive Cover for Issue 1 that is signed by Richelle Mead and Dave Hamann.

Review - Richelle Mead's Dark Swan: Storm Born, Issue 1 - 5 Qwills

You can see a preview of Issue 1 at Sea Lion Books' website.

Storm Born, Dark Swan Series, by Richelle Mead - Graphic Novel Creative Team Announced - March 22, 2011

Press Release
 
Storm Born, Dark Swan Series, by Richelle Mead - Graphic Novel Creative Team Announced - March 22, 2011
RICHELLE MEAD'S

DARK SWAN
GRAPHIC NOVEL SERIES DEBUTS









Sea Lion Books Announces Creative Team

Storm Born, Dark Swan Series, by Richelle Mead - Graphic Novel Creative Team Announced - March 22, 2011
ATLANTA, GA - March 22, 2011– In the novel Storm Born, first in the popular Dark Swan urban fantasy series, Richelle Mead—New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Vampire Academy and the Georgia Kincaid Series—introduced fans of paranormal romance to Eugenie Markham, a freelance shaman who battles the ghosts and fey that sneak into our world from the Otherworld.

Today, Sea Lion Books is proud to announce scripter Grant Alter and artist Dave Hamann as the multitalented creative team behind the graphic novel adaptation of Richelle Mead's Dark Swan: Storm Born. When an alarming prophecy suddenly makes her every Otherwordly creature's object of desire, Eugenie must dodge their advances while also fighting a dark power rising within her.


Storm Born, Dark Swan Series, by Richelle Mead - Graphic Novel Creative Team Announced - March 22, 2011
Grant Alter was the co-writer (with Derek Ruiz) on Dean Koontz’ Fear Nothing, a graphic novel adaptation by the New York Times bestselling author. His other scripting projects include an adaptation of the Jim Butcher short story “Restoration of Faith,” which appeared in the graphic novel Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Storm Front.

"Richelle has written a book with a really nice mix of action, romance, the otherworldly, and even a good amount of humor,” Alters said. “It's just a fun book to read. The quality of her work pushes me to write what I think are some of the best scripts I have ever written."



Storm Born, Dark Swan Series, by Richelle Mead - Graphic Novel Creative Team Announced - March 22, 2011
Graphic artist Dave Hamann’s projects include Amory Wars for Evil Ink Comics, Gauze for Arcana Comics, and Zenescope's Grimm Fairy Tales. As a fan of the Dark Swan series, he wants to remain faithful to Mead’s story, and to her lead character, Eugenie. "I'm hard-pressed to think of too many urban comics starring a strong, butt-kicking, female shamanic mercenary."

"Grant and Dave have done a really amazing job in capturing Eugenie's story. It's been wonderful working with them, and I can't wait to see what fans think of the final product. I hope they love it as much as I do," said Richelle Mead.

Richelle Mead’s Dark Swan: Storm Born, Issue 1 will be released May 18th in comic book stores nationwide. Comic book stores can be found by going to the Comic Book Shop Locator: http://www.comicshoplocator.com//or by calling 1-888-COMIC-BOOK.



Storm Born, Dark Swan Series, by Richelle Mead - Graphic Novel Creative Team Announced - March 22, 2011

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time. Her adult series are published by Kensington Books. The Georgina Kincaid Series (Succubus Blues, Succubus on Top, Succubus Dreams, and Succubus Heat), Dark Swan Series (Storm Born and Thorn Queen) and YA series, Vampire Academy, (Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, and Spirit Bound). You can visit Richelle Mead on the Internet at http://www.richellemead.com/

ABOUT SEA LION BOOKS: Located in Atlanta, Georgia, Sea Lion Books LLC is a newly established publishing house which specializes in all formats—hardcover, trade paperback, and mass market and in urban fantasy and young adult genres. Sea Lion Books LLC recent roster of authors include: International Bestselling author, Paulo Coelho, New York Times Bestselling authors, Richelle Mead and Richard A. Knaak plus more to be announced in the upcoming months. Contact David Dabel at 770-696-3452 or David@sealionbooks.com . You can visit Sea Lion Books on the Internet at http://www.sealionbooks.com/
My Favorite Comics of 2011 and Giveaway - December 23, 2011Review - Richelle Mead's Dark Swan: Storm Born, Issue 2 - 5 QwillsReview - Richelle Mead's Dark Swan: Storm Born, Issue 1 - 5 QwillsStorm Born, Dark Swan Series, by Richelle Mead - Graphic Novel Creative Team Announced - March 22, 2011

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