Early look: Buffy Comic Willow Issue
The Willow one shot comic issue for Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 will be out December 23 2009. For now there are some panels out and they look great. I would love a poster of this cover.
Joss Whedon is back for this issue which is a Willow focused issue. This rocks she is my favorite character.
“All we know is that Willow went on a walkabout following the demise of Sunnydale, and she met a very sultry, extremely powerful serpent lady who seems to be the key to unraveling the mysteries of what Willow is, and will become.” (via News a Rama)
Dark Horse's iPhone Comic App
Dark Horse Comics is launching a new iPhone app, and is offering the four-volume The Terminator: Death Valley comic (originally published in 1998) as iPhone downloads for 99 cents per issue.
I like the idea of Dark Horse branching out, looking into new mediums for delivering comics. I'm not that excited about a Terminator comic but if this works and looks good we could be looking at a new method for delivering comics. Imagine getting a subscription app that would allow the comic reader to receive new issues downloaded directly to them and in a portable format. I hope that Dark Horse will explore making it available for other devices in addition to the iPhone.
Knights of the Old Republic #37 Sneak Peak
Sneak peak is up for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic issue #37. There are nine pages in total and it looks awesome! Only warning is that there are some spoilers in it. Get your copy of issue #36 here
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Death, Manga Style
Neil Gaimans character Death is back! The awesome chick with excellent gloom cookie fashion sense, sporting an ankh necklace, and funky eye makeup is re-imagined in:Death, At Death’s Door by Jill Thompson
This American-style manga is loads of fun for any Sandman fan.
In the first few pages, we see Death and her siblings arguing as they always do. Delirium appears in chibi form, while Desire reminds me of the old Archie and Jughead comics. Dream looks like a cartoon vampire. Deciding to travel to Hell to find his lost love, Nada, Dream causes all the inhabitants of Hell to wind up in Death’s apartment.
My favorite part is when Delirium walks in on Death as she is trying to baby sit all the displaced souls. Death is covered with bodies. In true Delirium style, she says, “Aren’t you hot wearing all those people?”
This is a fun, sometimes silly, look at our favorite Endless siblings. In the back is a great Death bio, a sketchbook area with more Death pictures, and a synopsis of the complete ten volume Sandman graphic novel library.
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Zuda Comics Showdown
- We complained about the crap that the "big studios" were putting out.
- We demanded better stuff or different models to get away from the piles of remakes, rehashes, and cookie cutter entertainment.
Well the people over a Zuda are attempting to offer something different.
- Zuda is an offshoot of DC Comics... an online comic publication.
- They receive submissions and put them through the regular initial vetting narrowing down the slush pile to 10 contenders.
- They post the 10 contending comics to the site putting the final decision in the hands of the fans
-- yes we the fans get to pick the winner who will get the publication contract
-- If we have an account with them we even get to leave comments for the creators
The winning comic is given a one year online exclusive publication contract for installments of the comic for the site.
The vetting process sounds pretty cool -- definitely got to give them credit for opening up and trying something different. On the other hand this is like taking a steak lover on a tour of the cow slaughter house or going backstage of your favorite show before makeup worked their magic... though the sight is not that gross it can be demystifying seeing so many comics in an unpolished condition.
That being said, the idea of allowing fans to have a greater input into the vetting process is exciting. I commend DC Comics and editorial director Ron Perazza for being bold and exploring the wonderful, wide, and scary world outside of the box.