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In Cascade #1 and #2 when Mark’s fiancée Sue Daniel, reveals that she’s pregnant, the daddy to be couldn’t be more pleased by the news. He wants to shout it from the roof tops, and the happy event feels like the perfect opportunity to meet Sue’s reclusive family at their remote, rural farmhouse; however, Sue is strangely reluctant to take him home to meet dear old Mom and Dad. She could just be worrying that her conservative family won’t accept her pre-wedlock pregnancy, or is it something far more sinister? Throw in a redneck ex-boyfriend, a broken-down car, a horrible storm, a mysterious Native American curse, and an eerie house that looks straight out of a horror movie, and the stage is set for a few chills to run down readers’ spines.

I recently had the pleasure of perusing Wallace & Gromit: The Complete Newspaper Comic Strips Collection from Titan Books and Aardman Entertainment.  The book features 311 beautiful color strips originally published in Britain’s newspaper The Sun, a very nice intro from Wallace & Gromit creator Nick Park, and a generous number of luscious, high quality, two-page-spread photos from the Wallace & Gromit films (my favorite part).

Mystery, mysticism, and adventure fill the pages of the new indie comic book, The Shepherd, a 24-page comic book created by Nathan Sage and Ron Joseph.  The Shepherd tells the tale of a shepherd on a distant planet who must make some tough decisions when she finds a wounded ancient beast on her flock's grazing grounds.  While Sage and Joseph have spent the last three months building the vast world of The Shepherd, they now need your help to raise the necessary funds to make this comic book a reality!

H.G. Wells’ tale of the demented genius, Dr. Moreau, has inspired many creators to expand on the story of the man who yearned to create new forms of life. Megan Shepherd’s debut novel, The Madman’s Daughter, pushes further by not simply analyzing Moreau’s psyche but translating it through the eyes of a descendent. Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau can barely remember her father; he fled London six years earlier upon charges of illegal vivisection, destroying her mother and, ultimately, leading to Juliet’s sinking into abject poverty. The young woman fears that her father’s purported madness runs through her veins, so when she finds evidence he may still be alive, she grasps at the flimsy straws. Her father isn’t the only person from Juliet’s past that is still alive, though, and her journey to find her father on a mysterious, hidden island reveals things about all of them no one wanted to explore.

‘Owlgirls #1:’ Comic Book Review

Owlgirls comes to us from Red Anvil Comics, the New Jersey-based small press publisher owned by Dave Ryan (War of the Independents) and Joe Martino (Shadowflame, The Mighty Titan). Written by Robert Sodaro, art by Rachele Aragno and Dave Ryan, and lettering by Wilson Ramos, Jr. and Laurence John Hansen of Section 8 Studios, Owlgirls gives us a somewhat noir look at New York with a bit of mysticism thrown in for good measure.

Exciting events are ahead for Felicia Day's Geek & Sundry, as the digital entertainment company has unveiled the trailer for its upcoming superhero comedy digital series, Caper.  Set to release in February of 2014, Caper will be a show that puts the "crime" back in crime fighting. Directed by Donald Murphy (Savages, No Country for Old Men), Caper is a fun and colorful comedy about friendship, community, and what it takes to be a hero.  For a first look at the superhero show, we hope that you'll enjoy the new trailer below.

Steampunk fans, rejoice!  Back by popular demand, the creators of Boston Metaphysical Society have returned to Kickstarter to fund the print version of the sci-fi, action/adventure series' third issue.  Series creator Madeleine Holly-Rosing is hoping to raise $3,000 to cover the printing costs of Issue #3, as well as the costs for the campaign's incentives, shipping, postage, and fees.  Having already surpassed the Kickstarter funding goal, your support could mean the attainment of BMS' stretch goal: the printing of Issue #4!

According to Merriam Webster, the word “outré” means “violating convention or propriety” or “bizarre.” Upon reading that the theme of issue two of the free comic anthology Outré was “hopelessness,” I was ready to jump on board with the standard definition for the work; however, by the end of the volume I, realized that outré has another meaning in this instance: unique, different, and utterly engaging.

Comic book publisher Top Cow will soon be releasing Issue #8 of Cyber Force on Wednesday, January 29th, written by Marc Silvestri and illustrated by Marco Turini. The publisher has been very generous to the Fanboy Comics staff, as we are now able to share an advance preview of Issue #8!

Online comic book platform Tapastic has made news again today when it announced its recent partnership with South Korean webcomic provider Daum Communications to bring the art of visual storytelling to audiences around the world.  For full details regarding the partnership and the titles that the companies will provide to audiences, please see the full press release below.

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