Previews JanLast time, we talked about how important it is to pre-order your comics. Today, I'll be showing you how to pre-order your comics. There are essentially two ways to go about ordering your books: pull lists and the Diamond order form. We'll be talking about both, but focusing a lot more on the second.

 

One Trick RipoffI have to confess that one of my favorite sub-genres is the low level gang drama. I love it when these stories involve double and triple crosses and the contradiction of trying to maintain a sense of morality while operating outside the law. In case you haven’t guessed, Paul Pope’s The One Trick Rip-Off is this kind of book. It is a beautifully sad story of trying to escape the life of petty crime. Or it’s an action-packed character piece about a criminal who is willing to betray his colleagues to get ahead. Or it’s just a good story that fits into several genres without feeling trapped by any of them.

 

TODD 1It’s gotta be hard to be the ugliest kid on Earth, but Todd seems to take it all in stride. He is upbeat and friendly to everyone, but this is not Pollyanna. For one thing, Todd’s town is the haunt of a maniac killer. Also, everybody else seems to be immune to his charms. But, those charms seemed to have worked on me. Despite the fact that there are precisely zero other characters in this comic that are even slightly sympathetic, I enjoyed this book a great deal.

 

Frank Cho Women 2There are few books whose title so clearly tells you exactly what you are going to get as Frank Cho’s new art book, Women Book 2. (I’m looking at you, Catcher in the Rye.) The book is devoted to Cho’s comic depictions of beautiful ladies. The artwork is split between collecting various comic covers, pinups of a character from his webcomic, and (mostly) tasteful nudes and semi-nudes.

 

Previews Dec 2012In the past year, several creators, editors, and various comics journalists have discussed the importance of pre-ordering. Due to the increased discussion of this process, I thought it would be fitting to make pre-ordering the focus for my 2013 blog.

For those of you who don't know the inner workings of the comic book industry, allow me to explain the process. Pre-ordering is when comic readers fill out an order form or create a pull list at their local comic shop instead of just buying comics when they visit the store. A lot of stores base their comics orders off of their regulars' orders and then add on some extra copies. The pre-order process is incredibly important to the comic industry, as it is the sole basis of industry sales number and statistics.

Slasher SquadThe following is an interview with Nathan Stone and Stuart Campbell, the creators/writers/directors of Slasher Squad, an 8-minute action-horror short film about a team of women who hunt slasher villains by using themselves as bait.  In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Stone and Campbell about the inspiration behind this genre-jumping film, their previous experience in filmmaking and VFX through their boutique animation and VFX studio (Double Barrel VFX in Perth, Australia), and their current crowdfunding campaign through Pozible to fund the production of the film.

This interview was conducted on January 6, 2013.


 

 

 

 

CW 100Why did the 100th episode of The Clone Wars have to be during this silly droid arc? No Maul, or Black Sun, or Deathwatch? No, we get more Plankton and droids to celebrate this incredible achievement! That frustration aside, this episode was much more enjoyable than the last two. It did still have its cutesy, slapstick moments and ridiculous banter, but all that was forgotten once they stumbled into a diner and met a young man who looks suspiciously like a clone.

OutsiderWorld of Webcomics is a series devoted to exploring the world of online comics and their target audiences, as well as their art styles, storylines, and the general enjoyment that they provide.

 

Outsider can best be described as a space opera that takes a very long time to relay to readers; it only updates every now and then, but when it does, the pages are very well done with such a style and quality that make it worth the wait.  Like many other space opera plots, the human race discovers that it is not alone in the galaxy and is woefully unprepared for the realities of their newfound knowledge.  The story focuses on a single human and, in many ways, is a learning comic with very little in terms of combat (space or otherwise).  The archives are very small compared to most webcomics, and it does not take long to catch up with what has happened. If you’re waiting around for a constant update schedule, it would be best to bypass this altogether.  Outsider updates about once a month (but not always with a new comic page) at well-of-souls.com/outsider/.

MINOR SPOILERS BELOW

TODD 1Meet the creator/writer of Image Comics' TODD, The Ugliest Kid on Earth, on Wednesday, January 16th, at 10:00 p.m. at Golden Apple Comics in Los Angeles, CA!

Golden Apple will be selling the first issue of the new comic book series, and writer Ken Kristensen will be on hand to sign copies of the book while supplies last!  Don't miss this opportunity to meet the talented creator at your neighborhood comic book shop!

 

 

Idyllwild Cinemafest 1Today marks the official start of the Greatest Little Film Festival on Earth, the Idyllwild CinemaFest (ICF)! Taking place in the beautiful mountain town of Idyllwild, California, the Idyllwild CinemaFest is in its fourth year, continuing to grow in both popularity and attendance!


Idyllwild CinemaFest will take place from Wednesday, January 9th, through Sunday, January 13th, 2013 (5-day schedule available here) and will feature the screenings of over one hundred films, including entires from Australia, Germany, the United Kindgdom, and several other international locations.

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