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    Tim Seeley Donates for Fifth Time to the CBLDF

    Tim Seeley Revival Sketch 2013 CBLDF
    Tim Seeley donates a sketch of Em from Revival!

    Excellent! Tim Seeley, a longtime supporter of First Amendment rights and the creator of smash hits like Revival and Hack/Slash, is donating an original sketch for the fifth year in a row to our SDCC Autograph Card/CBLDF Auction event! Seeley has been an annual donor since the inception of this program, and we offer him our heartfelt gratitude for his continued generosity.

    The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has protected the First Amendment rights of the comics community since 1986, entering courtrooms, classrooms, conventions and libraries all over the United States to provide legal aid, education, and advocacy to readers, creators, retailers, publishers, and librarians of comics, manga, and graphic novels.

    Things From Another World has been soliciting original sketches — and pages — from a number of fantastic artists that will be auctioned off by the CBLDF. In addition, we will create free autograph cards from the original sketches that will be available at SDCC!

    Check out some of Seeley’s previous sketches, below! Going to SDCC? You can bid on the original sketch at the CBLDF Auction July 20 (stay tuned for details), and pick up a free autograph card at the CBLDF booth at #1920. Plus, make sure to stop at the TFAW booth at #5625 to browse graphic novels and more at special low prices.

    BECOME A MEMBER OF THE COMIC BOOK LEGAL DEFENSE FUND

    BROWSE TIM SEELEY COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

    Are you headed to SDCC this year? Have you ever attended the CBLDF auction? Post your comments below!

    See Some of Tim Seeley’s Previous CBLDF Sketches, Below!

    Tim Seeley 2012 CBLDF Sketch

    Tim Seeley 2009 CBLDF Sketch

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    Cover Girl Jenny Frison Takes Us Inside Her Creative Process

    Jenny FrisonCover artist Jenny Frison has been getting a lot of work recently, and for good reason. Her gorgeous work has graced covers for books like Angel, Hack/Slash, I, Vampire, and most recently Tim Seeley’s new Revival series from Image Comics (keep reading to get an exclusive first peek of Revival #5).

    We had the chance to chat with Frison about her process, what drew her to comics (see what we did there?), and her trip to the store to purchase the first book with her art on the cover. Enjoy!

    TFAW.com: What are your earliest memories of comics? What was the first comic you read?

    Wonder Woman Cheetah on the ProwlJenny Frison: As a kid, I read a lot of Barbie and Barbie Fashion, which were published by Marvel. But I remember being really affected by a Fisher Price storybook I had called Wonder Woman: Cheetah on the Prowl. It was illustrated by Ross Andru and Dick Giordano. It was pre-Crisis Wonder Woman and it totally doesn’t count because it was a storybook . . . not a comic. But it definitely began a lifelong love of Wonder Woman . . . which directly influenced my future career choices!

    TFAW.com: What inspired you to work in the comic book industry?

    Frison: I drew constantly as a kid. Mostly unicorns and princesses, and I created a comic strip that was a direct ripoff of Calvin and Hobbes, but with a little girl and her dog. And I took lots of park district art classes. But when I got to high school, I pretty much stopped drawing. It wasn’t until my freshman year in college, when I took an art history class about comics, that I realized I wanted to draw. I realized that comics was this creative thing that I had to be a part of somehow. So I started taking art classes and switched to a school with an Illustration program.

    TFAW.com: It seems like we can’t turn our heads without seeing one of your comic book covers. What are some of your favorite gigs so far?

    Frison's Hack/Slash My First Maniac #1 Cover.Frison: My favorites are the ones where I have the most freedom. I was very lucky to get so much flexibility with IDW’s Angel series. Hack/Slash is another of my favorite books to work on. Cassie is such an interesting and complicated character. She is a very gratifying character to draw.

    TFAW.com: How did you break into the comics industry?

    Frison: After my very first cover came out, I went with my sister to the comic store to get copies . . . and then tried to show it to people in other cars as we drove home. Obviously, I was pretty excited. I don’t know if there was a moment where I “broke in.” It was very difficult to get jobs in the beginning. Then it got less and less difficult with each cover. Then I didn’t have to look for work because I always had something coming up. Is that breaking in?

    TFAW.com: How has your experience been as a female creator in the comics industry?

    Frison: I think this is the best and most exciting time to be a lady in comics. I am totally aware that I am a female in a mostly male-centric industry, but it doesn’t make me feel any different. I know it may be a fundamental issue for some people, but I think the best comic fans and industry professionals just like what they like and they don’t care the gender of the person making it (or race or sexual orientation, etc). Those are the people I meet most.

    Frison's Revival #4 cover at TFAW.com.TFAW.com: What’s your dream project?

    Frison: I’m not really sure. Obviously, I have a lifelong love of Wonder Woman, but I think my dream job is just to make covers for a book with really interesting and layered characters in which I have a lot of creative freedom and control over. Something where I can create images and feel like they are mine, not just work for hire.

    TFAW.com: What are three things you think comic book publishers should be doing to attract female readers?

    Frison: I don’t think anyone needs to work to attract female readers. People should just focus on writing interesting stories with complicated characters. Everybody wants to read that . . . females included. However, the real push in the industry needs to be to figure out how to get people that aren’t reading comics (men and women alike) into comic stories (or digital stores . . . wherever comics are sold). I meet a lot of people that say: “I’m not a comic reader.” Meaning: “I’m not the kind of person who would read comics.” That’s crazy! It’s not like saying: “I don’t like horror.” That’s a genre . . . comics is an entire medium! It’s like saying: “I don’t like movies.” Somehow, we need to figure out how to convince those people that there is a comic out there for them . . . and probably many comics. That their lives would be enriched by that comic. And then get it in their hands!

    TFAW.com: What aspect of comics have you struggled with, as an artist?

    Frison: As a cover artist, I have the luxury of working from start to finish on one image. Usually, my main focus is to make the image as affecting as possible–whether it be beautiful or disturbing or inspiring or whatever. And I want it to say something about the comic within. I struggle trying to create an image that stirs the viewer. I want people to notice it on the shelf and want to see what the book is about, but I have to figure out how to do it in one image.

    It is also hard trying to keep each cover unique and as dynamic as possible. Creating movement and keeping it from looking stiff. I don’t always succeed, but I learn something new with each cover.

    TFAW.com: Can you describe your process for us?

    Frison: Every cover I do starts with a sketch. Often it is just a quick layout to get the general idea across to an editor. Once I have my layout approved, I’ll usually tighten my sketch up and then move on to final pencils so that I can focus on movement and keep my line clean. Those pencils act as the final line work for my cover. Next, I often do a tonal drawing on gray-toned paper with copic marker, graphite, and white pastel. I like to do my rendering traditionally so I can get my hands dirty, but without having to be too concerned about what colors to pick. Finally, I color the cover in Photoshop. I can spend as much time as I want adjusting the colors until I’ve got what I’m looking for.

    Revival #5 Layout SketchRevival #5 Final PencilsRevival #5 ToneRevival #5 Colors

    TFAW.com: What advice can you give aspiring comic book creators?

    Frison: Obviously, practice like crazy. Draw all the time. But if you think you are at a level where you are employable and you are trying to figure out how to start getting work, my first advice is always: go to conventions! Meet editors and publishers and other artists. Show your work around. Find out what you need to work on to get work. And know who you want to work for. Different publishers are looking for different things. Try to focus your portfolio towards who you are interested in working for. But don’t be afraid to hand it to everybody!

    Second: Make something to leave behind. Editors will see hundreds of portfolios a day at conventions. Make copies of your work to leave behind with a business card or some kind of contact info and where they can see more of your work.

    Third: Have some kind of online portfolio. I think editors prefer to see a website, but anything that is easy to navigate and view your work. As soon as you think you are employable, make your art as available as possible. You could be the best artist in the world, but if no one sees your work, no one will hire you.

    TFAW.com: Whose work has had an influence in your art?

    Jenny Draws inspiration from other artists like Kevin Nowlan.Frison: I pull a lot of inspiration from everything, from Alphonse Mucha and the entire art nouveau movement, as well as Victorian decorative art. There are some incredible fine artists working in comics. Joao Ruas and James Jean (although, not currently working in comics) are inspirations, for sure. I’ve also always been a big fan of Kevin Nowlan, Adam Hughes, Brian Bolland, and many others.

    TFAW.com: Who’s one woman in comics that you admire?

    Frison: Two of my favorite artists right now are Amy Reeder and Rebekah Isaacs. Everybody on the planet should be checking out every book they do. Totally amazing.

    TFAW.com: What was the last comic you read?

    Frison: It was actually Hoax Hunters #2. Granted, I have a little bit of an insider knowledge about the book because I live with one of the creators, but I still prefer to wait until I read the issues to learn the specifics. Issue #2 was my favorite so far!

    TFAW.com: What projects do you have coming up soon?

    Frison: I’m working on covers for Image’s new series Revival with writer Tim Seeley and (Eisner Award-winning!!) artist Mike Norton. Tim and Mike both live here in Chicago and I share a studio space with them, so I get to work pretty closely with them on the covers. The story is amazing and I’m really enjoying it!

    Frison's Spike #3 cover at TFAW.com.I’m also finishing up covers for IDW’s adaptation of Peter S. Beagle’s A Fine and Private Place. And I just finished up covers for Dark Horse’s Spike miniseries. And I have a few other things on the horizon that haven’t been announced yet!

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    We want to thank Jenny again for taking the time out of her busy schedule to answer all of our questions! It was great getting a peek into her process and hearing about her first outing to pick up a comic with her art on it.

    SEE OTHER WORK BY JENNY FRISON AT TFAW

    Are you as big of a Frison fan as we are? One of our favorites of hers is Spike #3, pictured here. What’s your favorite issue featuring her art? Let us know below.

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    Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley Introduce Hoax Hunters

    Hoax Hunters #0It’s no secret that creator-owned comics can have a hard time staying afloat–which is why we try to give new series, like Chew and Hack/Slash, a little extra love when they catch our eye. This month we’d like to highlight another upcoming series from Image Comics, Hoax Hunters, which centers on a mysterious group of superpowered individuals who investigate supernatural and paranormal phenomena–and then “debunk” them on their television show, also named Hoax Hunters.

    Part B.P.R.D., part X-Files, and part MythBusters, Hoax Hunters is co-written by Michael Moreci, writer of Quarantined, and Steve Seeley, an incredible artist who has participated in our SDCC/CBLDF Autograph Card events for the past two years (and just happens to be the brother of Hack/Slash creator Tim Seeley). However, art duties on Hoax Hunters #0 were handled by JM Ringuet (Johnny Delgado Is Dead), with Axel Medellin (Elephantmen, 50 Girls) taking over in issue #1. We had the chance to interview Michael and Steve and pick their brains about the origins of Hoax Hunters and the hurdles of publishing a creator-owned series.

    Make sure to pre-order Hoax Hunters #0, out March 21, and save 20% while you support creator-owned comics! Check out our five-page preview of issue #0, as well as some promo art by Medellin, pictured below!

    Hoax Hunters #0 Page 1TFAW.com: Michael and Steve, how long have you two known each other?

    Steve Seeley: I think it’s been a couple of years, actually. We met two years ago on New Year’s Eve. Mike lives in the same neighborhood as my brother, Tim. We actually ended up spending NYE in a bar on the corner of Mike’s street. After running into Tim earlier that day, Mike stopped in a little after midnight. And the rest is history.

    Michael Moreci: Pure magic, I might add. And I also appreciate Steve calling to light the detail that, midday NYE, I had absolutely no other plans. Ouch.

    TFAW.com: How did the concept for Hoax Hunters get started?

    SS: Tim offered us a backup story in Hack/Slash. We tossed around a few ideas before we finally decided on Hoax Hunters, which was really kind of an amalgamation of many of the ideas. It really plays towards a lot of our interests. The idea to make it a TV show seemed like a great way to combine all of those interests and keep it open for limitless possibilities. They weren’t just monster hunters, they weren’t a superhero team; they could go anywhere and face any foe, from urban legends to cryptids to UFOs. And possibly for an unlimited amount of issues . . . just like a TV show.

    TFAW.com: Reading the #0 issue, it seems like the Hoax Hunters are superpowered individuals who investigate real paranormal events, but then pretend to “disprove” them on their TV show. Why don’t they reveal the truth on their show–wouldn’t they get even bigger ratings?

    Hoax Hunters #0 Page 2MM: That’s true, but we’ll see there is more to the Hoax Hunters television show than meets the eye. Dare I say . . . conspiracy? The year Steve and I worked on the backup story gave us ample time to think about the Hoax Hunters mythology from every angle; in that time, we were able to conceive a pretty involved, long-form story. We’ll come to find that there is a specific reason why these paranormal events and odd occurrences are kept secret. It’s a mystery that runs through the course of the series and will be revealed piece by piece.

    TFAW.com: For people who haven’t read the book yet, can you introduce them to our Hunters?

    MM: For sure! There’s Ken Cadaver, a re-animated corpse and former NASA scientist; Regan, a one-time child star who experienced a demonic possession that left her, let’s say, gifted; and Jack, an FBI agent with his own sordid, supernatural past. As the series progresses, we’ll learn a lot more about each of these characters and how they operate as a team. One thing that’s paramount to Steve and I is to make all our characters defined by who they are, not what they can do (abilities wise). So we’ve built pretty rich, involved histories for all of them, and we’ll see those backstories play out in the context of the cases they work on.

    TFAW.com: I love that your “one-time victim of child possession” is named Regan, a la The Exorcist. What are your other inspirations?

    Hoax Hunters #0 Page 3MM: That’s awesome you caught that. Steve and I try to sneak those little Easter eggs in from time to time, just something fun for anyone who notices.

    Steve and I are both X-Files fans, which shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. We’re also conspiracy nerds of the general order—cryptozoology, aliens, weird science anomalies, you name it. You’ll find both our library records full with titles on government cover-ups, science gone amok, and creatures such as the Montauk Monster on the loose. Some of the books are completely ridiculous, others are surprisingly convincing. I think it’s safe to say we like the ridiculous ones better.

    Personally, I’ve found that Lost has had a big, lasting impact on the way I write. That show was such a unique experience (regardless of how it ended), and it’s amazing how much brain candy they squeezed into each episode. From thoughts on religion and science to pulp-inspired adventure to the unending stream of references they so ecstatically played with, Lost was pretty fearless, and that inspires me when I think about Hoax Hunters. Steve and I aren’t shy about doing the same; we’re aware we live in an era of recycled ideas, and we’re okay with that. Nearly everything comes from something else. The goal is to make it your own while still tipping your hat to the source (like naming a character who suffered a possession Regan).

    TFAW.com: As you mentioned, Hoax Hunters started up as a backup story in Hack/Slash. How did that influence how you plotted the story?

    Hoax Hunters #0 Page 4MM: Being a backup played a tremendous role in how we approached the story, in a few ways. First off, obviously, writing something that feels at least somewhat complete in two-page bursts isn’t easy. Our strategy going in was to make each installment as full as possible, without allowing the story to become too compressed. JM’s art really made this work, and his role can’t be appreciated enough; he approached each page in a unique way, using different palettes and layouts every time out.

    Also, it forced us to learn a lot about the characters and this universe we were creating—there was no room to figure things out as we went. Being backed into such a corner really honed our creativity and our focus on the story.

    TFAW.com: Hoax Hunters #0 collects those backup stories, plus some bonus material–what does that include?

    MM: We’re including a few preview pages of Axel Medellin’s Hoax Hunters work, which introduces the new story arc Steve and I are currently working on. We’re also including some character bios and a cool, double-page spread that will dig deeper into the Hoax Hunters universe in a pretty inventive way.

    TFAW.com: So your original artist was JM Ringuet, but the ongoing series will feature Axel Medellin. What do these artists have in common, and what are their separate strengths?

    Hoax Hunters #0 Page 5MM: It’s weird, because they’re such very unique artists, but their styles both work in their own way for Hoax Hunters. JM is a bit more stylized, and his approach to the page is a little different than Axel’s. Axel, on the other hand, has what I guess you can say is a more traditional style and truly captures the characters to perfection; JM was more focused on the mood. Both of which are so very important to the Hoax Hunters story.

    Ultimately, they are both amazing storytellers and Steve and I are lucky to collaborate with them. We truly appreciate the work they’ve done in making Hoax Hunters a reality.

    TFAW.com: Steve, will you contribute any art to the series?

    SS: I painted the cover for issue #0. At this moment, that’s it.

    TFAW.com: What is your favorite part about writing the series?

    MM: I think it’s safe to say Steve and I have hyperactive interests—a Venn Diagram of what we’re into would run from He-Man to physics to X-Files to Jack Kirby, and so on. The exciting thing about Hoax Hunters is that the premise allows us to cover a lot of that ground (well, maybe not He-Man); the book isn’t just noir, or a superhero story. We have monsters, aliens, conspiracies, mysteries; there’s a lot going on and so much that we can do, which makes it a perfect project for Steve and I.

    And the more we dig, the more we discover that there’s just so much weird stuff out there. The world is stuffed with a lot of unexplainable phenomena, and it’s been pretty great to be able to research that as part of our “job.”

    Axel Medellin Hoax Hunters Promo ArtTFAW.com: What are the biggest challenges to getting a creator-owned series off the ground?

    MM: Ha . . . get comfortable! That’s a joke (kind of).

    The biggest challenge is the risk involved. Investing in a creator-owned book is like starting a business—you’re responsible for everything. You’re a writer, a project manager, public relations specialist, sales rep, everything. Granted, Image has been very, very good to us. But, there’s only so much they can do, and that’s part of the deal. So you have to be ready to make yourself a business, which is something a lot of writers/artists aren’t comfortable with. It’s essential, though; the comic market is a competitive one, and there aren’t a lot of readers to go around. Every issue you release is a gamble, because you live and die by sales, and that can be nerve- wracking. I mean, look at Green Wake, which Kurtis Wiebe just announced was ending 15 issues early because the sales couldn’t sustain its continuation—and that was a wildly acclaimed series! News like that terrifies me, because it’s a reminder of our own reality: If Hoax Hunters doesn’t perform well, then there’s no more Hoax Hunters.

    But, at the same time, the gamble is pretty exhilarating. If you’re going to bet on anything, bet on yourself.

    TFAW.com: The team got a new member in #0. Where will they go from here?

    Axel Medellin Hoax Hunters Promo ArtSS: At the end of issue #0, Hoax Hunters welcomes Murder into their team, but he will remain a background member on the show. After all, it’s pretty difficult for them to constantly cover up that he is a spacesuit filled with crows. As far as new characters, we plan to have a full cast of second-string characters that will guest star regularly.

    TFAW.com: To sum up–why should readers pick up this book?

    MM: I think Hoax Hunters is a good representation of what makes comics so great—big ideas, big plots, big action. In comics, you aren’t encumbered by market testing or appeasing advertisers. A story can exist on its own terms and is thus free to take risks and be as imaginative as possible. In a lot of ways, Hoax Hunters does that. Steve and I throw everything into our stories, our scripts, our panels. It’s going to be a fun ride, and if given the chance, readers will respond to that.

    Our thanks to Michael and Steve for answering all of our questions, and giving us some sweet preview images of Hoax Hunters #0. Stay tuned for more: we’ll be throwing a Twitter contest in March celebrating the release of Hoax Hunters #0 by giving away some original art!

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    Geek Chick: My Favorite Comic Book Duos

    Howdy! If you’re visiting us from Nerdpuddle, take a chance to get acquainted with TFAW–the world’s coolest online comic shop! If you’re a TFAW regular, make sure to check out Nerdpuddle–and Part 1 of this article–to enjoy some truly entertaining commentary on pop culture, gaming, movies, and more!

    We’re onto Part 2 of my favorite comic book duos. Note: these are not in order of importance! Am I biased? Of course. Do I know what I’m talking about? You decide! I’ll be looking for your comments and feedback, below.

    Batman and Robin Grant Morrison
    Dick and Damian: undercover brothers.

    5. Batman and Robin: Not Bruce and Dick. Dick and Damian. One of the things I’ll miss the most after DC’s The New 52 comes to town is the scratchy, often hilarious relationship between The Good Son and The Bad Seed.

    Dick Grayson set the gold standard–he’s the Robin every later version tried (and failed) to live up to, and Batman’s most trusted and beloved associate (except perhaps for Alfred). Damian Wayne is the antithesis of his father–a 10-year-old killer, violent, brilliant, and smug. Raised by assassins and cheated of a relationship with his father, he’s got a chip on his shoulder three times the size of his tiny body.

    With Bruce seemingly dead, Dick takes it upon himself to somehow manage Damian–installing him as Robin to his Batman. Did I mention that Damian seethes with a hatred and envy of Dick that burns like lava? Dick’s slow-building frustration vs. Damian’s snot-nosed digs was my favorite, favorite part of Grant Morrison’s run. Their reluctant brotherhood was rife with storyline possibilities, especially when Bruce returned–it’s a shame it will be cut short. Plus: it inspired adorable Damian “letters” to Dick, as seen on ComicsAlliance (go look–we’ll wait here for you).

    B.P.R.D. Graphic Novels
    Liz and Abe: fellow "freaks."

    4. Liz and Abe: Liz Sherman and Abe Sapien are two of the most interesting characters of the B.P.R.D.–and that’s saying something.

    They’re two misfits with more in common with each other than anyone else in the world–both spent time feeling like “lab experiments,” and both had close relationships with Hellboy, who abandoned the group.

    Both are regarded with mistrust by many of the “normal” members of the B.P.R.D. Is it any wonder they sometimes squabble like brother and sister?

    However, when confronted with a crisis of faith–for example, when Abe discovered his past life in the 1800s as Langdon Everett Caul, or when Liz is given apocalyptic visions of the future–they can depend on each other for some tough love.

    With all the monsters and action of B.P.R.D., it’s the family-like relationship of these characters that give readers an emotional base to latch onto.

    With all of the recent drama in the Hellboy universe (spoiler!), they’ll need each other more than ever.

    Hack/Slash comics
    Cassie and Vlad: slasher killers.

    3. Cassie Hack and Vlad: When I saw my first cover of Hack/Slash, I groaned. Great, I thought. More mindless exploitation comics. Then I took my head out of my ass and read it.

    Hack/Slash has gone awry occasionally, but the book’s strength is in the relationship between Cassie Hack, a vulnerable-yet-tough slasher killer, and Vlad, a sheltered misfit who has found his place with her.

    You see, Cassie started out as a misfit teen, and then discovered that her mother, the school lunch lady, was . . . The Lunch Lady, an undead slasher who killed the teens who tormented her daughter. Vlad, who was kept in seclusion his entire life, looks like a monster on the outside, but is a sweetheart on the inside. Their fellow outcast status has allowed these two to bond in a way they’ve never been able to with anyone else.

    Together, they travel the country, kill slashers, and work on their personal demons. When Cassie overworks herself to avoid any meaningful human interaction, Vlad is the only person she’ll (eventually) listen to. And when Vlad gets distracted by gorgeous demonic evil-doers, Cassie is there to smack him back to reality. What could be better?

    Superman comics
    Superman and Jimmy: good pals?

    2. Superman and Jimmy Olsen: I admit it: I’ve never been a faithful reader of the Superman comics–I’ve just loved the idea of silly Jimmy Olsen and his crazy Gold and Silver Age shenanigans.

    Superman, taken on his own, can be a bit of a stiff. But having to deal with a goofy teenager with a signal watch who tends to undergo ridiculous transformations? Um, Bizarro Jimmy Olsen? Elastic Lad? Colossal Boy? That’s hilarious.

    While I was a little offended when I revisited the Death of Superman and realized that Jimmy just kept snapping pictures while Superman lay dead in Lois’s arms–nice friend, Jimmy–it’s even more of a travesty how marginalized Jimmy has been in the present DCU. This made me appreciate his appearance in All-Star Superman, where in a clever callback to his “transformative” past, he was dressing as different people for his ” . . . For a Day” column. He even gets to save Superman!

    I’m hoping he’ll have a larger role in The New 52–since Supes is now going to be single, he’s going to need a good pal to talk to. Hopefully Jimmy won’t sell the info to the tabloids.

    Kitty Pryde and Wolverine
    Kitty and Wolverine: demon ninjas!

    1. Kitty Pryde and Wolverine: Have I mentioned how much I love Kitty Pryde? How her character, which was introduced in the Classic X-Men comics I cut my teeth on, is part of what hooked me on comics? She was 13. I was 14! She had brown hair. Me, too! She had a dangerous, powerful, cigar-smoking friend who taught her hand-to-hand combat. I . . . did not. But I really wanted one! (In my defense, I did not realize how skeevy that would come off in real life. Thank you, parents, for keeping me away from dangerous older men who specialize in killing people when I was a teenager.)

    Their relationship went beyond the cute-kid-befriends-the-killer schtick in the Kitty Pryde and Wolverine miniseries, which I loved (except for cutting off poor Kitty’s hair). Kitty tries to help her shady father and travels to Japan, where she is possessed by a demon ninja! And only Wolverine can save her! By teaching her to hold a ninja sword in the air for days and days! And by going on arduous runs in the snow–and leaving her behind for dead when she gives up! But! Kitty made it back to safety, on her own, and she held that sword, and she evicted that demon ninja, so good job, Wolverine!

    In all seriousness, I loved this partnership, and how Kitty came to terms with the darker aspects of Logan’s personality as she matured. It made her a much better character, and softened Wolvie just a bit. But I frickin’ hated it when X-Men tried to establish the same kind of relationship between Wolverine and Jubilee! She sucked!

    Whew! So what do you think? Did you read Part 1 at Nerdpuddle yet? Leave your comments below!

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    Comics Omnibus Collections: All You Could Ask for and Then Some

    Omnibuses at TFAW.comI’ve gotten a lot of friends who’ve asked me for recommendations for comics they should read. Usually I go on a little fact-finding mission and pair them up with a book I think they’ll connect with. Lately though, I’ve been turning people on to omnibuses (or omnibusen, if you’re so inclined).

    Why? Because they’re a great value and you get a lot of bang for your buck. Think about it: a $2.99 comic clocks in at 32 pages, and if my wizard-like math skills haven’t failed me, that’s about 10¢ a page. Depending on your reading abilities, you could be done with that issue pretty darn quick, only to return to your mundane existence 10 to 20 minutes later.

    That’s where omnibuses come in to save the day. Clocking in at 350-530+ pages each–most are $25-$60–they’re well worth the price of admission. They’re perfect for me because I’m impatient. Don’t get me wrong, I love monthlies. They do a great job at giving you exactly what you need and keep you coming back month after month (as long as the art and writing are there), but they always leave me wanting.

    There’s nothing quite like turning off your cell phone and curling up with a good omnibus. The closest comparison I have would be to equate it with a movie marathon. Ever watch the Star Wars, Indiana Jones, or Lord of the Rings trilogies in one sitting? That’s what I’m talking about. You get to escape to another world for a good long time, leaving all of your cares and concerns behind.

    Not knowing you, [INSERT YOUR NAME HERE], I’d have a hard time recommending an omnibus for you, but here are a few choice ones I’ve really enjoyed:

    • Hack/Slash Ommnibus Vols. 1-3–Tim Seeley’s book turns the typical slasher story on its head with Cassie Hack, the tough-as-nails young girl who hunts murderers, wackos, and monsters with her sweet sidekick, Vlad. Can’t go wrong!
    • Age of Reptiles Omnibus–Though there isn’t a single spoken word in this book, you feel yourself compelled to keep “reading” to see what happens to your favorite characters. The kid who loved dinosaurs in me is still very much alive, and this is a great book for kids of all ages. Super powerful. Warning, there is some death in the book, so use your discretion for younger readers.
    • Astonishing X-Men By Whedon & Cassaday Omnibus HC–This award-winning series was a hit with critics and fans throughout the Whedon/Cassaday run, and was collected into a massive tome that is wholly satisfying.
    • Superman Doomsday Omnibus TPB–There isn’t much to say about this book that hasn’t been said. It’s just really nice to read through all 412 pages of the Doomsday saga in one sitting.
    • Buffy the Vampire Slayer omnibuses–Yes, I’m a dude who likes Buffy. That being said, Dark Horse’s BTVS comics have always been top notch, and I’m going to go out on a limb and say that you’re not a Buffy fan if you don’t have at least a few Buffy comics somewhere on a shelf (or standing upright in a polybag sleeve in a box in a dark, dry corner of your basement/spare room). These omnibuses are just too good to pass up, and don’t need to be read in order to be enjoyed.
    • B.P.R.D. Omnibus HC Vol. 1–The complete Plague of Frogs story is presented in all its glory. Many friends I’ve turned on to the Hellboy/B.P.R.D. universe tell me that they prefer the team dynamic in B.P.R.D. to Hellboy’s solo tales. This book is for those of you who’ve picked up a couple of Hellboy trades and are now looking for a good jumping-on point to to get into B.P.R.D..
    • Indiana Jones omnibuses–You can pretend that the fourth movie never came out and travel around the world with Indiana Jones as he hunts down relics and artifacts that belong in a museum!
    • Star Trek omnibuses–Boldly go with these awesome collections of exciting comics starring your favorite Trek characters. TOS was a great volume because it included Star Trek: Year Four.
    • Star Wars omnibuses–Hundreds of pages of Star Wars comics in each installment. What more could you ask for? What more do I need to tell you? Personal faves include Star Wars Omnibus: Menace Revealed, Star Wars Omnibus: Rise of the Sith, and Star Wars Omnibus: Quinlan Vos-Jedi in Darkness.

    What’s your favorite omnibus and why? Post your comment below and you might win one from my bookshelf.

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    Tim Seeley’s Tigra Piece Adds Sass to the CBLDF Auction

    Tim Seeley CBLDF Sketch 2011Fans of gorgeous pinup art are going to sit up and take notice when they get an eyeful of Tim Seeley‘s piece for our Third Annual SDCC Autograph Card/CBLDF Auction: a spectacular drawing of the Avengers Academy‘s Tigra!

    Hack/Slash creator Seeley has long been known as having a special knack for drawing sexy girls–this is his third year donating art to the Comic Book Legal Defense! All pieces will be auctioned at their event at San Diego Comic-Con July 23, with the proceeds dedicated to defending the First Amendment rights of the comics community.

    Take a peek at the fantastic group publishers and creators who are generously donating their time and art to this important cause! Then, do your part by joining the CBLDF today by clicking the link below!

    Want copies of all of the artwork donated to the CBLDF through TFAW? We’ll be creating limited-edition autograph cards of all of these pieces and giving them away at SDCC. To pick up yours, visit TFAW at booth #5625 July 21-24!

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    Tim Seeley Pulls a Three-Peat for the CBLDF/SDCC Auction

    Tim Seeley ComicsFor the third year in a row, Hack/Slash creator Tim Seeley has joined in the fight to protect the First Amendment rights of the comics community by joining our Third Annual SDCC Autograph Card/CBLDF Auction event! Seeley’s gory satire of the slasher genre, Hack/Slash, is at Image Comics, and he also wrote and drew Marvel’s Ant Man & Wasp miniseries earlier this year.

    Seeley will create an original sketch for this year’s Comic Book Legal Defense Fund auction at San Diego Comic-Con.

    Want your own copies of all the sketches from this year’s participating publishers and creators? TFAW will be creating limited-edition autograph cards and passing them out at SDCC. To pick up yours, visit TFAW at booth #5625 July 21-24!

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    See Seeley’s sketches from the past two years:
    Tim Seeley CBLDF Sketch 2009Tim Seeley CBLDF Sketch 2010

    Are you going to SDCC this year? Which artists are you hoping to see sketch cards for?

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    Comic Book Reviews: Jericho, Infestation, Ultimate Spider-Man & More

    New Reviews of This Week’s Releases!

    There was a lot of good book out there for this week’s comic book reviews, including the return of Jericho, a prelude to DC’s Flashpoint, a great Infestation issue, and much more. Watch our reactions to Hack/Slash Ongoing #1, Jericho Season 3 Redux, Star Trek Infestation #1, Cinderella Fables Are Forever #1, John Byrne’s Next Men #3, Thunder Agents #4, Batman and Robin #20, Flash #9, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #153, and Walking Dead #81 below, but beware–SPOILER ALERT–we try not to give big twists away, but we do talk about some of the plot points:

    Jericho Redux

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    Comic Book Reviews: Thor Mighty Avenger, Spawn #200, B.P.R.D. Gods

    New Reviews of This Week’s Releases!

    Happy Wednesday! We’re here with new comic book reviews, including Heroes for Hire #2, Amazing Spider-Man #651, Thor: The Mighty Avenger #8, B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: Gods #1, Spawn #200, Hack/Slash Me Without You, Deadpool #31, Superman #707, Rebels #24, and Daredevil Reborn #1.

    B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: Gods #1

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    Hack Slash’s Tim Seeley Comes to Portland January 4!

    Tim Seeley Signing January 4We’re kicking off the New Year with a BASH you won’t forget–a signing with Hack/Slash creator Tim Seeley (The Occultist, Ant-Man & Wasp). He’ll be joined by two of his Hack/Slash Trailers Part 2 contributors, Scott Allie (Buffy Season 8, Solomon Kane) and Shane White (Fractured Fables, One Month to Live) Tuesday, January 4 at the Hollywood Things From Another World location at 4133 NE Sandy Blvd. from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

    Seeley created the cult-hit Hack/Slash series, now at Image Comics, which centers on the dynamic duo of Cassie Hack and Vlad, who hunt down “slashers”–those undead psycho killers who typically plague summer camps and lusty teenagers. He also wrote Dark Horse Comics’ The Occultist, based on a story by Dark Horse President Mike Richardson. Seeley is also currently writing and providing pencils for Marvel Comics’ Ant Man & Wasp miniseries.

    To pay his artists for past work, Seeley recently put together the Hack/Slash Trailers Part 2 one-shot–an anthology featuring 13 short stories, including one from Dark Horse Comics Senior Managing Editor and writer Scott Allie, and another from Seattle-based writer/artist extraordinaire Shane White.

    “We couldn’t be happier to start the year 2011 with such an amazing signing,” said Things From Another World Senior Director of Retail Operations Andrew McIntire. “Not only are these guys phenomenally talented, but they’re a lot of fun to hang out with.”

    Besides the excellent company, this signing will feature free food from Clean Plate Catering and complimentary beer with valid ID (no exceptions). See you there for a fantastic start to the New Year–RSVP at the Facebook event!

    Are you a fan of Hack/Slash? Excited for the new ongoing series? Post your comments below!

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    Comic Book Reviews: Batman Inc., Spider-Girl, Osborn

    New Reviews of This Week’s Releases!

    We’ve got some awesome comic book reviews this week! Check it out: we offer our opinions on Hack/Slash Trailers Part 2, Batman Incorporated #1, Batman The Return One-Shot, Chaos War: Dead Avengers #1, Spider-Girl #1, Hellblazer #273, Osborn #1, Avengers #7, Walking Dead TPB Vol. 13 Too Far Gone, Last Days of American Crime TPB, X-Men #5, Conan the Cimmerian #25, Star Trek Classic Phaser Grey Handle, and Terminator 1984 #3.

    X-Men #5

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    Exclusive 9-Page Preview of Hack/Slash Trailers Part 2

    Tim Seeley backs his artists 100%. So much so that he’s actually paid past artists for Hack/Slash (his often-hilarious, always gory slasher-hunter comic) out of his own pocket!

    Now Hack/Slash is at Image Comics and reaching a much wider audience, after the very popular Hack/Slash: My First Maniac miniseries. And for his next trick, Seeley has come up with a very creative way to pay off the debt left over from his altruism: he’s put together Hack/Slash Trailers Part 2, an anthology comic featuring stories by some of the hottest names in the industry!

    Fortunately for us (and you), Image has shared an exclusive nine-page preview of Hack/Slash Trailers Part 2. Check out one page from the following nine stories: “Too Cute” (Dennis Hopeless, Kyle Strahm, and Buster Moody), “Campfire Stories” (Scott Allie and Todd Herman), “Equal Opportunity Executioner” (Rus Wooton), “Malice in Wunderland” (Shane White and Dev Madan), “Blood on the Dance Floor” (Kevin Mellon), “Wallow in Death” (Mike Oliveri), “Home, Home on Derange” (Steve Seeley and Jenny Frison), “Deadbeats” (Gail Simone and Chris Moreno), and “Psyche” (J. Torres and Joe Song).

    Check it out below!

    “Too Cute” (Dennis Hopeless, Kyle Strahm, and Buster Moody)“Campfire Stories” (Scott Allie and Todd Herman)“Equal Opportunity Executioner” (Rus Wooton)

    “Malice in Wunderland” (Shane White and Dev Madan)“Blood on the Dance Floor” (Kevin Mellon)“Wallow in Death” (Mike Oliveri)

    “Home, Home on Derange” (Steve Seeley and Jenny Frison)“Deadbeats” (Gail Simone and Chris Moreno)“Psyche” (J. Torres and Joe Song)

    Like what you see here? Pick up Hack/Slash Trailers Part 2 this week and support Seeley and his awesome artists! Live in the Portland metro area? Come to our signing and meet Tim Seeley, Scott Allie, and Shane White and get your copy of Hack/Slash Trailers Part 2 signed by all three of them Tuesday, January 4–while enjoying complimentary food and beer (with valid ID).

    Are you a fan of Hack/Slash? Are you looking forward to this anthology? Post your comments below!

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