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    You Choose The Best Comic Book of 2016

    Best comics of 2016

    A lot of amazing books have come out in 2016. With Marvel revitalizing their line, DC’s Rebirth, to so many independent and creator-owned books dominating the stands, 2016 has certainly been a comic book year to remember.

    With that in mind, the staff at TFAW took a look at sales numbers, fan buzz, and our personal favorites of the year to create a list of the 25 best comics of the year. Now we want you, our awesome customers, to vote on this list to decide definitively what the best books of 2016 are.

    Voting will take place from Jan 1st through Jan 31st, so head on over to our  Facebook page  and cast your vote. Let your voices be heard and recognize all these amazing creators and publishers for all their hard work.

    Superman Vol. 01 Son of Superman
    By: Peter J. Tomasi, Doug Mahnke, Patrick Gleason
    The New 52 Superman is dead, but hiding among us for years was the original Big Blue. Now, a world without a Superman is in desperate need for Clark to leave the good life on the farm with Lois raising their son. This story simultaneously brings Superman back to formula, but also takes him in a direction he’s never really been before.

    Bitch Planet Vol. 2: President Bitch
    By: Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, Taki Soma
    Powerful and gut-wrenching, Bitch Planet continues to explore themes of patriarchy and non-compliance. A must read for SJWs, feminists, and people who truly appreciate comics as an artistic medium.

    Wonder Woman TPB Vol. 01 The Lies
    By: Greg Rucka, Liam Sharp, Matthew Clark
    Wonder Woman has been interpreted in many ways over her 75 year existence. Instead of trying to hide this, Greg Rucka’s approach is to embrace this to try and get to the real heart of who Wonder Woman is. Not just a great jumping on point for new readers, but a definitive take on the character that will hold true for years to come.

    Black Hammer Vol 1: Secret Origins
    By: Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston, Dave Stewart
    Black Hammer is another in a long line of grand ideas by one of comics brightest stars, Jeff Lemire. This book has a unique take on superheroes and the art by Dean Ormston & Dave Stewart instantly ensnares the reader.

    Rough Riders Vol. 1
    By: Adam Glass, Pat Oliffe
    History in the making! Teddy Roosevelt, Jack Johnson, Annie Oakley, Harry Houdini and Thomas Edison make up an American dream team engaged in an epic shadowy war! Monsters and Mayhem folks!

    The Mighty Thor Vol 1: Thunder in Her Veins
    By: Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman
    Marvel is changing things up by casting Dr. Jane Foster as the new Thor. The goddess of thunder shines in this series as she comes to grips with heroism and her own mortality. Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman are the perfect pairing. Also: Loki.

    Divinity II
    By: Matt Kindt, Trevor Hairsine, Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic
    After Abram came crashing home in Divinity vol 1. Spending his entire life in the depths of space, Divinity II tells the tale of Myshka. Still beliving in the Communist ideal. She intends to play a very real role in the return of Soviet glory

    Old Man Logan Vol 1: Berserker
    By: Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino
    What happens when an older, more gruff version of Wolverine comes to the main Marvel Universe? A whole lot of fighting. He’s on a mission to to prevent a terrible future from happening. Andrea Sorrentino’s art is breathtaking.

    Detective Comics Vol. 01 Rise of the Batmen
    By: James Tynion IV, Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez, Al Barrionuevo
    Batman is notorious for being a lone wolf (bat?), but he’s always had his family behind him. Now it’s time to take the Bat-Family to the next level. Lead by Batwoman, Batman puts together a team of Red Robin, Orphan (Cassandra Cain), Spoiler, and Clayface to be ready for whatever threat comes Gotham’s way.

    Vision Vol 1: Little Worse Than Man
    By: Tom King, Kevin Walsh, Mike Del Mundo
    Vision has the perfect family: a wife, two kids, and a dog. Look elsewhere for over-the-top nonstop heroics; this book proves it’s the little moments that matter. Truly impeccable dialogue and top-notch art await!

    March Book 3
    By: John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
    The third and final installment in civil rights activist John Lewis’ story in the battle for civil rights in the United States. 1963 was an incredibly turbulent time in America’s history, and John Lewis was not only in the middle of it, but a leader in getting us out of it, long before becoming a congressman. March will remind you there are real heroes in this world.

    Star Wars: Poe Dameron Vol 1: Black Squadron
    By: Charles Soule, Phil Noto
    With crisp and clean art by Phil Noto, Poe Dameron is one of the most beautiful of Marvel’s new Star Wars comics. Charle Soule explores Dameron’s uncanny skills and matching bravado.

    Paper Girls Vol. 2
    By: Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang
    Continuing where Vol. 1 left off, the misfit group of paper girls from 1988 find themselves transported to present day. Our main characters are forced to look at who they are, and who they may…or may not become. This superstar team continues to tell one of the craziest sci-fi stories currently on the shelves, while staying focused on the heart of any good story, the characters.

    All New Wolverine Vol. 01 Four Sisters
    By: Tom Taylor, David Lopez, Bengal
    With the death of Logan, clone daughter Laura Kinney (X-23) steps up to be Wolverine and the best she is at what she does. This book is bloody, emotional, hilarious, and beautiful. This is one of those unique books that can present adult subjects in a way that people of all ages can understand. Clone or not, All-New Wolverine definitely has soul.

    Dept. H Vol. 1: Pressure
    By: Matt Kindt, Sharlene Kindt
    Not your average murder mystery! An in depth(see what I did there) story taking place on a deep sea research station. Family, lies, secrets and creatures make for a spectacular, well-paced adventure.

    Steven Universe & Crystal Gems Vol. 01
    By: Josceline Fenton, Chrystin Garland, Kat Leyh
    They are the Crystal Gems. They always save the day! If you think they can’t. Here is proof that they always find a way!

    Monstress Vol. 1
    By: Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda
    A fascinating look at an alternate 1900’s Asia where monsters of god-like power are normal. Witness the journey of one teenage girl struggling to survive while trying to tame her own MONSTER.

    Black Panther Vol. 01 Nation Under Our Feet
    By: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze
    Wakanda under the microscope. On the brink of civil war, treason and terrorist attacks ensue in T’Challa’s homeland. Witness Black Panther fight to save his country from all fronts.

    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Vol. 01
    By: Kyle Higgins, Jorge Corona, Goni Montes
    “It’s Morphin Time!” This fantastic new series starts after the Green with Evil Saga. Takes us through a different path from the show, one that keeps it at the top of my reading every month. Perfect for fans new and old.

    Saga Vol. 6
    By: Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
    Set three years after the end of Vol. 5, our story opens with Hazel in kindergarten. For a story that’s followed a family on the run through space since issue 1, Vol 6 shows them living a domestic and stationary life for the first time…and it doesn’t go too well for them. Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples continue to be a dominating power tag team.

    Sheriff Of Babylon Vol. 01 Bang Bang Bang
    By: Tom King, Mitch Gerads, John Paul Leon
    Currently known for his fantastic work on Batman, Tom King and Mitch Gerad’s The Sherriff of Babylon, is a suspenseful crime noir tale set in Bagdad circa 2003. King’s CIA experience in addition to Gerad’s life-like art style gives this series the accolades it deserves.

    Beauty Vol. 01
    By: Jason Hurley, Jeremy Haun
    The first STD that people actually WANT! In this world, The “Beauty”, transforms your body into its most beautiful version. People are literally dying to get it but the public is unaware of the side effects. Detectives Vaughn and Foster are on the case.

    Faith Vol. 01 Hollywood & Vine
    By: Jody Houser, Francis Portela, Jele Kevic-Djurdjevic
    Starting off as a side character in Harbinger back in 2014, we were given a full ongoing series of Faith Herbert this year. Written by the wonderful Jody Houser. This is a series meant for Fan-boys/girls, as Faith herself is as much of a geek as we are.

    Gotham Academy Vol. 03 Yearbook
    By: Brenden Fletcher, Moritat, Mingjue Helen Chen
    Our favorite students go back after their adventures last year, telling tales before everything went to chaos. Gotham Academy is an all-ages series perfectly suited for those wanting to move to Gotham, but are not old enough to drive there.

    Legend of Zelda Legendary Ed GN Vol. 01 Ocarina Time
    By: Akira Himekawa
    Viz does it again. While this is a reprint, if you’ve never read the Manga adaptation of the celebrated N64 game Ocarina of Time, this is a perfect time. Collecting vol 1 and 2, You get the complete tale.

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    Honorable Mentions

    2016 had so many amazing titles that it was nearly impossible for us to narrow it down to 25. With that in mind, here are some honorable mentions of books that you should definitely check out. Odds are they made your own personal top 25.

    Batman Vol. 1 I Am Gotham
    By: Tom King, David Finch
    Gotham City has two new heroes, Gotham and Gotham Girl. With these super powered saviors doing what Batman can’t, is he really what Gotham City needs anymore?

    The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 04 Kissed Squirrel Liked It
    By: Ryan North, Erica Henderson
    I an age of dark and gritty superheroes, The Unbeatable Squirrel decides to have fun with the universe it lives in instead. Be prepared to smile.

    Dark Knight: A True Batman Story
    By: Paul Dini, Eduardo Risso
    Legendary Batman writer, Paul Dini, was beaten within an inch of his life. This autobiographical tale shows just how these iconic characters like Batman can get us through the darkest of times.

    Serenity: No Power in the ‘Verse
    By: Chris Roberson, Georges Jeanty, Karl Story, Wes Dzioba, Dan Dos Santos
    Set after the events of the previous series, Leaves on the Wind, No Power in the ‘Verse continues the tale of our favorite Browncoats

    I Am a Hero Omnibus Volume 1
    By: Kengo Hazawa
    A slightly crazy artist, and one of the few people in Japan that actually owns a gun, is neck deep in the zombie apocalypse.

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    Jeffrey Brown Donates Fifth Sketch to CBLDF’s SDCC Auction

    Jeffrey Brown A Matter of Life Sketch 2013 CBLDF
    Jeffrey Brown donates a sketch of himself and his son from A Matter of Life to the CBLDF.

    Writer/artist Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader and Son) has been part of our SDCC Autograph Card/CBLDF Auction event since its inception in 2009, generously donating an original sketch each year. We’re happy to showcase this year’s sketch, from his new book A Matter of Life!

    Things From Another World is a proud supporter of the CBLDF and is thrilled to partner with this worthy organization for the fifth year in a row, soliciting donations of original art that will be auctioned off at San Diego Comic-Con to benefit the First Amendment rights of the comics community. In addition, we’ll be taking these original sketches and creating free, limited-edition autograph cards that will be available at SDCC!

    Since 1986, the CBLDF has managed and paid for the legal defense of individuals whose First Amendment rights are threatened for making, selling, or even reading comic books. This is an extremely worthy cause supported by thousands of creators, fans, and organizations!

    Check out some of Brown’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.

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    See Some of Jeffrey Brown’s Previous CBLDF Sketches, Below!

    Jeffrey Brown 2012 CBLDF Sketch

    Jeffrey Brown 2011 CBLDF Sketch

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    Ed Piskor Reveals the Secret Life of a Hacker in Wizzywig

    Wizzywig: Portrait of a Serial HackerDid you know that before the Internet, future hackers “phreaked” the telephone system instead? This craving for information inspired Wizzywig: Portrait of a Serial Hacker, Ed Piskor’s inside look at the life of fictional hacker Kevin “Boingthump” Phenicle, whose experience were based on several real-life infamous hackers.

    Here, Ed presents an eight-page preview of Wizzywig, coming July 25 from Top Shelf! Check it out, below.

    TFAW.com: Can you introduce Wizzywig to us?

    Ed Piskor: Wizzywig is a story that spans maybe 25 years in the life of a notorious computer hacker, Kevin “Boingthump” Phenicle. In the ’70s, fiddling with the telephone system was a puzzle that he enjoyed. When computers start getting hooked up to the phone lines, he falls down a rabbit hole of computer hacking and social engineering into areas and databases he has no right to play around in.

    This ultimately makes him wanted by authorities, and he uses his accumulated knowledge of the verboten to maintain a life as a fugitive for an untold number of years.

    Kevin is the composite analog of many of America’s most notorious hackers of the past three decades. In the same way that Charles Foster Kane was a stand-in for William Randolph Hearst, maybe nine hackers make up Kevin’s personality and experience.

    TFAW.com: Where does this preview scene fit into the mix?

    EP: This scene is early on in Kevin’s “career.” Before computer hacking, there was a hobby called “Phone Phreaking” where guys would dig deep to try and figure out the intricacies of the telephone network. This was the most complex piece of high tech that you could play with in the ’70s.

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    Just by dialing different sequences you could discover interesting things, and the phreaks shared anything they discovered with their peers. Kevin is obsessed with the phone system and wants to know every detail about how it works. He simply can’t be a passive user anymore, and he can’t stop thinking about all the cool tricks that must exist within the network.

    A lot of the best hackers/phreakers use very low-tech means to get access to whatever captures their interest. Here, Kevin and his friend Winston imbibe in a glorious pastime called “trashing,” in which you simply roll around in the garbage heaps of places you want to know more information about. This dumpster is strategically located on the premises of the city’s main telephone headquarters.

    They start off by picking the lock, which is another tool in the hacker arsenal. The “snake rake” is the ugliest way to pick a lock, where you just push the tool in and yank it out fast, while turning the “tension wrench” at the same time. If you do it right, all the pins will be pushed in at the same time so that you can turn the tumbler. It’s loud. It’s more luck and less of a skill. It’s highly effective with masterlocks, especially.

    So Kevin and Winston are looking around for proprietary information to figure out how the phone system works on a technical level, and how the interoffice bureaucracy is handled. With enough information, they’ll know enough to be able to simply call an operator and pretend they’re someone within the company who needs them to perform a task or give them a piece of information. This is called “social engineering.”

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    If you’re a good enough social engineer, you can simply make a phone call and get other people to do all your dirty work, if you’re charismatic and convincing. This is a highly useful gambit for a hacker.

    TFAW.com: Can you describe the experience of coming up with this scene? What did you want to communicate, and do you think you were successful?

    EP: This scene might be the first scene where Kevin crosses the line of legality. It was important to show a gradual slip down this path, and this scene made perfect sense at this point in the story. There is a famous moment, where a real-life hacker group is trashing one day, and they hear a siren and get freaked out thinking that they’re busted, only to find out it was an ambulance.

    That little, real-world stroke is better than fiction, and I had to steal it for my story. I think it clearly shows that our guy might not be a sweet little angel, and that he may have it inside himself to continue pursuing his interests no matter what the legality. He also comes across as a real sociopath at the end of this sequence, to me, anyway.

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    TFAW.com: What do you hope people take away from reading Wizzywig?

    EP: I’ve been around long enough to know that as an artist, you can’t really steer people in any direction. You can try to inflect certain things within the work, but even talking about what those things may be might create a defensive or contrarian position in the reader.

    Even the title, Wizzywig, is a phonetic spelling of the acronym W.Y.S.I.W.Y.G, which means, “what you see is what you get,” and that’s precisely what I’d love the outcome to be for the reader. You’re going to read the work, you’ll take in information, and through the filter of your own moral barometer, you will have an opinion on the character and story. If I get my way, your opinion will differ from the next reader’s.

    Our thanks to Ed for the in-depth peek into Wizzywig. Pre-order your copy today and save 20%!

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    Chris “Elio House” Eliopoulos Talks Yo Gabba Gabba!

    Yo Gabba GabbaHow could we have a Kids Comics Month without somehow involving one of the most popular kids shows out there today, Yo Gabba Gabba? Fortunately, we had the chance to speak with Yo Gabba Gabba art director Chris “Elio House” Eliopoulos about his new board book from Oni Press, Yo Gabba Gabba: Gabba Ball! He talks to us about what he thinks makes kids engage in reading and entertainment, as well about his upcoming book from Top Shelf, Okie Dokie Donuts!

    TFAW.com: Although Yo Gabba Gabba started out as a kids show, it’s got a huge fan base of parents and teenagers now. What is it about the show that appeals to all ages?

    Chris Eliopoulos: Its appeal is it’s a genuinely fun show. It’s also rich with influences that entertained us as kids (and still today!) Japanese monsters, skateboarding, and 8-bit video games just to name a few. It’s fun for nostalgic adults to share these things with kids. Having some of the hottest musical acts drop in to sing songs helps too!

    TFAW.com: Yo Gabba Gabba is such an uncynical, innocent, fun show–something that’s rare these days, even among kids shows. What can you tell us about the philosophy behind the show?

    CE: The people who make the show have a lot of fun making it. That energy is definitely infectious. A philosophy I’ve noticed is to keep things fresh and don’t worry about being silly.

    TFAW.com: Why did Yo Gabba Gabba decide to partner with Oni Press for your board books, instead of a traditional kids’ book publisher?

    CE: Oni Press is one of the best games in town. YGG knew Oni wouldn’t have any trouble producing great comics. (They do it year round!) It was a natural fit, like peanut butter and jelly.

    TFAW.com: How did you come up with the concept for Yo Gabba Gabba: Gabba Ball?

    Yo Gabba Gabba: Gabba BallCE: When I was thinking of a story for the comic book, I wanted to include everyone’s favorite character (so no one would get jealous!) I also wanted to make sure everyone had an equal part. So I thought what better way to do that then have them all play a sharing game!

    TFAW.com: Yo Gabba Gabba: Gabba Ball is definitely all about sharing! Do you think it’s important for kids books and shows to feature morals or lessons? Why?

    CE: I think kids books should be fun first. Morals and lessons are fine, but they should take the back seat. Children don’t like being preached to. If they enjoy the story, the lessons and all the good stuff will come out naturally.

    TFAW.com: Are you a comic book fan? If so, which books do you follow?

    CE: I love comic books. I love all sorts of titles and types. I think of the comic book store as one big dessert buffet. I make sure to read a little bit of everything!

    TFAW.com: You also have a new kids comics series coming out from Top Shelf: Okie Dokie Donuts. What can you tell us about it?

    CE: Okie Dokie Donuts is a brand-new all-ages comic book series from my good friends at Top Shelf. It’s about a great woman named Big Mama. She runs her own donut shop and everyone loves her. Her donuts are the best and the whole town loves to stop by every morning. Of course, being number one isn’t always easy. There are always competitors trying to knock her off and send her out of business! It’s very fun and silly! It’s a comic book that hopefully you’ll get a bite of! (haha, get it?)

    TFAW.com: What do you think are the best titles for kids today?

    Yo Gabba Gabba: Gabba BallCE: If a book keeps a kid into reading, then I think it’s one of the best.

    TFAW.com: What do you think kids best respond to in entertainment?

    CE: Kids respond best to anything that has an opportunity to share a sentimental experience. There are a million books out there, but chances are the one they like the best is the one you personally read to them over and over. The TV shows they enjoy the most are probably the ones the whole family laughs at. The video game they like the most is the one they beat you in every night.

    TFAW.com: What else do you have coming up?

    CE: I have another comic book coming out next May called Monster Party, another all-ages comic book being published by Koyama Press. 2010 was really great and I got a chance to work with a lot of new folks! I’m super excited because I have a feeling [that in] 2011, things will just keep getting better!

    Thanks again to Chris for taking time out of his busy schedule to chat with us. And thank you, dear readers, for participating in Kids Comics Month! If you haven’t yet, take a peek at our kids comics page–you’ll find hundreds of all-ages comics that are great for the younger readers you know.

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    Top Shelf Supports the SDCC Autograph Card/CBLDF Auction Event!

    Top Shelf Supports the CBLDFComic book publisher Top Shelf Productions has stepped up to support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund by joining the Second Annual SDCC Autograph Card/CBLDF Auction event!

    Critically acclaimed Top Shelf Productions is well known for publishing some of the most exciting graphic novels in comics today, including Blankets, Essex County, and the controversial Lost Girls. Therefore, it’s not surprising that this independent publisher is asking its creators to support the First Amendment rights of the comics community by contributing to the CBLDF. Every artist who contributes will receive 500 limited-edition autograph cards to give out at San Diego Comic-Con, and the original artwork will then be auctioned off by the CBLDF!

    We want to offer our sincere thanks to Top Shelf Productions and all of the generous publishers and creators who have donated their time and talents toward this project. Visit their booths at San Diego Comic-Con this year to collect these amazing limited-edition autograph cards!

    You don’t have to be a comics publisher or creator to help in the effort to save comics for tomorrow. Every individual who stands up and supports the fight for First Amendment rights plays a crucial role. Visit the CBLDF and learn how you can help!

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    Stumptown 2010 Packed With Indy Creators and Attendees

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    This past weekend’s 7th annual Stumptown Comics Fest was a whirlwind of signings, panels, and parties! The comics fest itself was extremely well attended, with thousands of comics fans meeting their favorite creators, discovering new artists and writers, attending panels, and buying comics.

    Things From Another World was there busily selling graphic novels, and we also shot some video, including a segment with Top Shelf’s Leigh Walton about the new Swedish Invasion, a chat with Ron Chan (Underground, Star Wars: KOTOR), a quick check-in with Atomic Arts about this summer’s Trek in the Park show, mini interviews with independent creators, and more!

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    Anything You Dream, You Can Achieve. The Virtual Perfection of Surrogates

    Top Shelf Productions has long had a reputation as a publisher of deeply personal, multi-faceted, intelligent comics and graphic novels that might be broadly classified as “comics-lit.” I for one find that term a tad pejorative, but that’s neither here nor now. Blessed with an expansive stable of creators whose numbers include Alan Moore (From Hell, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), Nate Powell (Swallow Me Whole), Jeff Lemire (Essex County), and Craig Thompson (Blankets), it’s easy to understand why one might be tempted to shelve (pun intended) them away as the “smart comics company.”

    To me, that would not be a terrible moniker to bear (although inaccurate), as each of the above titles is exquisitely beautiful, poignant in the truths it reveals, and destined to return to your thoughts and raise new questions for weeks after you’ve read it. Many of my most emotional comics experiences center around Top Shelf titles. ‘Nuff said. However, to pigeonhole Top Shelf’s offerings is to neglect their broad line of child-oriented titles, or their mind-bending detective tale, Surrogates.

    Granted, the above summary is equally true of Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele’s gripping dystopian (as all Utopias must be) crime thriller, Surrogates. However, Surrogates is not only a beautiful and intelligent tale, it’s one hell of a fun ride as well. In the year 2054, the fusing of virtual reality and cybernetics has introduced personal surrogates–android substitutes that let users interact with the world without ever leaving their homes. Reality has become entirely subjective in nature, and the populace at large is quite content with this status quo.

    However, someone is decidedly unhappy and bent on tearing this entire world down by any means necessary, including murder, and it is up to Detectives Harvey Greer and Pete Ford to stop this plan before it is put into action–by any means possible. With a gripping storyline, strikingly genuine characters, and a setting reminiscent of Blade Runner (though by no means derivative), this book grabs you and doesn’t let go until the final page is turned.

    “Yes, yes. We know. After all, this book was released nearly three years ago,” some of you may be thinking. “Why are you getting around to talking about it now?”

    Two reasons. One, the Surrogates TPB Vol.2: Flesh and Bone is going to be released at the end of July. Check out the preview here. It is actually a prequel to the events told in Surrogates, and having been lucky enough to see a sneak peek, I can tell you it’s amazing. Fans of the original tale and newcomers alike can jump right in, and it is available either by itself or packaged with the Surrogates Vol. 1 TPB in the Surrogates Special Hardcover Edition (pictured above).

    Two, Surrogates is coming to the big screen in September, helmed by Jonathan Mostow with a cast lead by Bruce Willis and Ving Rhames. I for one am stoked to see this movie, and I’m further stoked to share a cool piece of guerilla marketing that’s out there right now.

    Virtual Self Industries (in the graphic novel, this is the company that created surrogates) is pleased to announce its new corporate website. Not only can you take a tour of VSI’s facilities, but now you can create and preview your very own surrogate online. By either choosing from a pre-generated base model or uploading your own image, you can tailor several factors to preview this exciting technology. I had a blast playing around with this, and one of the cool things about it is that once you’re done, you can post and share images of your “virtual you” with your friends on MySpace. Remember, at VSI, “Anything you dream, you can achieve.”

    Check it out and let us know what you think (about the site or the graphic novel, if you’ve read it). And if you make a particularly cool surrogate at VSI and post it, drop a link to your profile here so we can see it too!

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