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KICKSTARTER ALERT! Support ‘Expiration Date: The Complete Edition’

Back at WonderCon 2012 my friend Missy and I were walking around the Artist’s Alley and we stumbled upon a booth that had this comic with a wickedly illustrated cover. It had an awesome futuristic Tron cyber punk vibe that I totally dug. The man at the booth, artist Lee Wiley, started to chat with us and he told us more about this comic he illustrated called Expiration Date.

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The more he told me about the story, written by Robert Zappia, the more I knew I had to check it out. Dystopian future, political conspiracy, assassination, and a hero with a haunted past? Yes, please! Lee was awesome enough to give me a copy to review for the site, and ever since I read that first issue I have been hooked (read our review for Expiration Date #1).

Here we are at 2016 and now the final issue of Expiration Date is going to be released in October. On top of that Wiley and Zappia are running a Kickstarter to fund Expiration Date: The Complete Edition which will over 200 pages of the entire freaking saga! Ahh! (Click here for the Kickstarter page.)

“Why do I need to check this out,” you ask? “Why should I throw my money at them,” you ask?

Well, let me tell you. Expiration Date takes place in a dystopian future where overpopulation is controlled by the SY9 capsule. It is implanted in the heart of every person and will randomly go off killing the host in their sleep, or, “expiring” them. One day a presidential candidate gains a lot of popularity on the platform that he wants to discontinue the SY9 system of population control.

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Fanart GLEE: Neil Gaiman’s Sandman

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Fanart by menton3 @ deviantart

News of the Sandman movie — which Joseph Gordon-Levitt is producing, possibly directing — are slowly trickling in. The most exciting rumor to hit the internet sphere was that Tom Hiddleston may be interested in playing the well-known main character, Dream. FINGERS CROSSED SO HARD! In honor of our hopes and dreams for Hiddleston, JGL and Sandman… I present to you these fanart scoured from the Land of Deviantart.

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INTERVIEW: Lillian Diaz-Przybyl of Sparkler Magazine

sparklermag-issue04Lillian Diaz-Przybyl is one of the co-founders of Sparkler Magazine, which is a project that I am currently pretty excited about. They have an amazing collection of talents, graphic novels, written fiction and audio dramas under their belt — and all of it need a lot of more love from more readers. Check out our interview with Lillian below and she will tell you all about Sparkler, the work behind it and what’s in store in the future for this unique online publication.

Tell us about Sparkler Magazine’s superhero origin story. Who are the creators? Where did the idea come from and how did it become a reality?

So basically in the mid-90s, all of us got hit by the Anime Bug, and were turned into rabid otaku—I mean. Uh. Actually, that’s kind of what happened… Three out of the four of us founders were Sailor Moon junkies in one way or the other, and after I graduated with a double-degree in nerdery (read: Japanese & English, with a side of running my college’s anime society) I wound up working at TOKYOPOP for several years, where I got to know Lianne as a freelancer (actually, she applied for the same staff job I did—no hard feelings!) and a friend. Lianne and Becca have been friends since middle school, a time during which Lianne describes herself as the local anime pusher, and Jill’s a proud otome gamer and has a real job in the finance industry. We’re lucky to have found her!

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SDCC 2014: ‘The Devil Inside’

This year we were lucky enough to conduct a video interview with Dennis Calero and Todd Stashwick, the creative team responsible for the awesome web comic/graphic novel The Devil Inside. The bad news is that our audio committed suicide half way through the video interview. OH NOEZ!

Yes, we are very professional and you should let us interview you.

Luckily my brain is ever so slightly larger than the size of a walnut, so I remember a lot of what they said during the interview that you may not be able to make out from the audio.

Here is some supplemental content to the video interview (Author’s Note: This is a summary and is not word for word what Dennis and Todd said):

How have the characters evolved over time?

He started off as a man with an idea of who he wants to be, and over time he has grown more of a conscience. Also he is not what you typically picture when you think of “the Devil”. He does not have a red cape with a pitchfork and it is not necessarily his intention to bring the evil out of others, despite the fact that it happens. In this story it is more humanity that causes the problems than the Devil, so it’s the evil of others that surrounds him more than the evil of being the Devil. In fact, its also a Pinnocchio story. He over time wants to become a “real boy”, or in this case more like a human being. On the back of the book it even says, “Evil is not a force, it is a choice.” He, the Devil, wants and has that choice to not be evil anymore.

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COMIC BOOK REVIEW: ‘All Crime’ and ‘Dames in the Atomic Age’

All Crime is a story about the frailty of friendship when up against the selfishness of love. The book is written by Art of Fiction, with cover art from Bruce Timm and illustrated by Ed Laroche and Marc Sandroni. The panels on the first page jumps right into a violent scene of a man committing a gruesome murder hit. Quickly, the story is established as a mob or gang story. The main character, Dodger, wants to kill a supposedly powerful mob leader, Louie Derose.

Then the tale jumps into the past, establishing the relationships between the two men and a woman.

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COMIC REVIEW: Zombie Outlaw

I always a enjoy a fun zombie romp and Zombie Outlaw is certainly a fun read from writer Brian Apodaca and artist Benny Jordan. The story starts at the library where main character, Matt, is introduced swooning over his crush, K.T. Delaney. When Matt returned to the library with his pal, Will, he thought Will would help him win K.T. over on a date perhaps. Instead, Will uncovers a dark secret living underneath the library — the Zombie Outlaw, the Legendary Living Dead Cowboy.

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REVIEW: ‘Five Pounds & Screaming’ a Comic Book Journey to Parenthood

Not too long ago, I received an e-mail from Shawn Brook Williams, the creator of the graphic novel entitled Five Pounds & Screaming. I heard about his book on an advertisment through Kevin Smith’s SModcast Internet Radio and it made an impression on me because I am a fan of slice-of-life stories in comic book format. I had made a mental note to check out the book once. Which is why I was thrilled that Shawn not only wanted to advertise on our website but he also sent us a copy of of the book.

Although this may sound like a cliché, I can’t help but start this review with: this book was made with a lot (and I mean a LOT) of love. At every turn of the page I found myself smiling. The story is simple and linear but finds depth in its honesty.

In just the first few pages, Shawn conveyed the struggle of the main characters, Ben and Eliza, as they tried to get pregnant. I immediately undersood their strong desire to start a family and have children together. With very minimum dialogue or explanation the reader was given the impression that they’ve experienced the disappointment of a negative result from the pregnancy test more than just once. The drawn interaction of the couple with each other showed their love and perseverance. Their past or history, whatever life they had previously, didn’t matter at all because at that moment– during in that particular time of their lives– the reader is already on their side.

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