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My name is Dave Herndon, ever since my homeworld of Gallifrey was time locked I've been just travelling the cosmos, then they invented comic books, and cartoons. Now I run this blog and talk about nerdy things whenever I can. No matter what happens, if you stoke me a clipper, I'll be back in time for breakfast.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Bullet Gal Pays Tribute To Noir & Pulp Fiction

The first thing you need to know about Bullet Gal is that it’s a loving homage to hardboiled noir
— the detective fiction and pulp produced in the first half of the 20th century by writers like Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett.
As a writer with four published novels of his own as well as a graphic novel already under the belt, Andrez Bergen wears this influence with pride.
But he also loves his sci-fi and dystopia, anything from The Matrix to Blade RunnerInception to Ghost in the Shell — and the Bullet Gal comic book embraces these inspirations too.

And then there’s the art.
Bergen, an established artist with music video clips, photo exhibitions, sequential art shorts and that graphic novel on his resume, pushes the visual perimeters here.
Taking cue from innovative people like Marcel Duchamp and William Burroughs with their cut-ups, ‘found’ art and collages, Bergen also cites the witty photomontage work of Terry Gilliam in his Monty Python days.
The imagery used on Bullet Gal falls under the various categories of the creator’s own photos, fair use of public domain advertising imagery, alteration of existing imagery, a heavy element of homage, and original art.
All this from a man equally heavily influenced by the comic book art of Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Jim Steranko, Frank Miller, Steve Epting, David Lloyd, Michael LarkBen Templesmith, Sean Phillips and David Aja.

This shows in his own art — a newfangled exercise in digital manipulation and experimentation that still remembers the tale being told, at the same time catching the imagination of media people and fans who have been privy to this developing exercise in new comic book storytelling.
In its short life to this point, beginning as a limited-edition monthly comic in Australia only in August 2014, Bullet Galhas since received international critical acclaim. The series has been compared with Frank Miller’s Sin City and Ed Brubaker’s Velvet, the heroine labelled a female Jason Bourne.
Author and artist Bergen has already finished the series, a 12-issue arc set to conclude in June 2015 — but Under Belly has been able to get all those 12 issues, some of them as-yet-unpublished, and compile the lot together for an exclusive 280-page collection.
Also included will be author notes and mock-ups, guest illustrations from other artists, the original covers in full-colour, plus the added attraction of a gorgeous, special collected-volume cover painting by Niagara Detroit.
Most important is the grandiose story that fills out these pages: a series that is oh-so-heavily noir, has its fair share of drama, tragedy, mirth and the bizarre, snappy dialogue, and characters you will never easily forget.
Under Belly is proud to be able to work with Andrez Bergen and IF? Commix in Australia to present this groundbreaking series to the international audience it deserves.
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Saturday, November 22, 2014

New World DISORDER! Your New Look at AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #7!

This December, heroes and villains clash like you’ve never seen before as Act III: New World Disorder kicks off in AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #7! This is it! Blockbuster creators Rick Remender and Adam Kubert bring all-out war to the streets of Manhattan as Avengers, X-Men, the deadliest villains and more battle for Manhattan – and their very souls! Apocalypse has risen, an army of X-Men at his side. The Avengers have been inverted – their moral compass spinning hopelessly on its axis. And the world’s most vile villains now stand as the Marvel Universe’s only hope. Yet amidst the chaos the Red Skull, coupled with the awesome psychic powers of Charles Xavier has escaped his prison cell. Where has he gone? Who aided him? And what will he do now that he’s been set free? The pieces are on the board and the final battle is about to begin. Be there when chaos and disorder washes over the Marvel Universe in AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #7!

The Heavyweight Battle of the Century – Your New Look at THANOS VS. HULK #1!

The Green Goliath goes toe-to-toe with the Mad Titan for a universe shaking cosmic throwdown in THANOS VS. HULK #1 – the first issue in a brand new limited series kicking off this December! Legendary creator Jim Starlin (Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos: The Infinity Revelation OGN)returns to answer the question – is Hulk really the strongest there is? Abducted by Pip the Troll and dragged halfway across the galaxy to be ransomed to Annihilus, Hulk is already angry. You wouldn’t like him when he’s angry. But Annihilus has plans of his own – plans that will put the Incredible Hulk directly in the path of Thanos, the Mad Titan! Guest starring Iron Man, Blastarr, S.H.I.E.L.D. and more, be there when Jim Starlin brings two of the Marvel Universe’s heaviest hitters to planet shaking blows in THANOS VS. HULK #1 this December!

Friday, November 21, 2014

CM Punk, Jason Aaron, Noelle Stevenson & More Headline THOR ANNUAL #1!

This February, star-studded creators from all corners of comics and entertainment unite for three thunderous stories in THOR ANNUAL #1! Uniting wrestler CM Punk, blockbuster writer Jason Aaron (Thor, Original Sin), rising star Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes), Rob Guillory (Chew) and more, this can’t miss lineup brings you three stories featuring three Thors of three eras!
First, wrestling superstar CM Punk makes his comic writing debut alongside artist Rob Guillory for a tale of the brash, boisterous young Thor and his genius idea to prove himself worthy to wield the mighty hammer Mjolnir – by drinking all of Asgard and Midgard under the table!
“The idea was, let’s do a story about young Thor as this kind of brash bratty teenager who’s like, ‘I’m totally worthy of this hammer’,” said CM Punk in an interview with Marvel.com. “’I don’t know why I’m not worthy of the hammer. Look at all this cool stuff I did.”
Then, rising comic stars Noelle Stevenson and Marguerite Sauvage make their Marvel debuts to bring you an all-new tale of the new Thor! Who is the mysterious woman behind the mask? No one in all Ten Realms knows her secret!
“It’s a fun challenge both as a fan of the classic character, but also to be working with a new character who readers haven’t seen much of yet,” says Stevenson, speaking with Marvel.com “I have the old mythology to work with, but I can also help contribute a little bit of new mythology as well!”
Finally, blockbuster Thor writer Jason Aaron and fan-favorite artist Timothy Truman bring you an all-new tale set in the future starring King Thor! Join the Girls of Thunder on their epic quest to find their grandfather the perfect birthday present. How about a brand new Garden of Eden?
Three creative teams. Three Thors. One explosive annual. No fan can afford to miss the explosive THOR ANNUAL #1 – on sale this February!

Commissioner Boomer Esiason Announces The Opening Of The Feline Football League Season

FFL Commissioner Boomer Esiason has announced the opening of the first official Feline Football League season! The teams competing for the chance to win a coveted spot in the KITTEN BOWL II games are Hallmark Channel Hearties, Last Hope Lions, Good Witch Wildcats, Northpole Panthers, Cedar Cove Cougars, North Shore Bengals, Countdown to Christmas Cheetahs and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Mountain Lions. The season will begin with a combine and draft and then mark six weeks of hard-fought, must-see plays by the most agile and furr-ocious kittens across the country. The road to Kitten Bowl II has begun!
To get the latest on THE ROAD TO KITTEN BOWL II, follow @HallmarkChannel & @KittenBowlTV or go to www.facebook.com/HallmarkChannel & www.facebook.com/KittenBowl

SPIDER-MAN & THE X-MEN #1 Brings the Wallcrawler to the Classroom in December!


This December, the newest member of the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning swings into action in SPIDER-MAN & THE X-MEN #1 – the new ongoing series from rising stars Elliot Kalan and Marco Failla! That’s right, it doesn’t take an X-Gene to sculpt the next generation of young mutants and Peter Parker is happy to take on his new position as the Jean Grey School’s new Special Guidance Counsellor. But keeping young mutants on the straight and narrow isn’t the webhead’s only reason for being there!
“He’s there because Wolverine asked him to do it,” says series writer Elliot Kalan in an interview with Marvel.com, “though being a teacher isn’t the extent of his mission. Before Wolverine died, he had a suspicion that something was amiss at the school and that one of the students wasn’t what they seemed. Only he didn’t know which student. It’s Spidey’s job to find the truth – though he can’t help but hope to also have a positive influence on the lives of the students.”
Though the rest of the faculty might not be down with their newest member, especially when he leads his group of students into battle against Sauron and Stegron, the Dinosaur Man! That’s right – it’s a prehistoric villain team up 65 million years in the making. And you can be there for it when the webhead swings into action with the next generation of mutants in SPIDER-MAN & THE X-MEN #1 – on sale this December!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

StormQuest Creators Together at Cavalcade of Comics!

 On Saturday November, 22nd, 2014 Bill Nichols, Willie Peppers and Robert W. Hickey part of the creative team from the STORMQUEST Graphic Novel and SKYSTORM ORIGINS #1 will be together for the final time this year.

The 1st annual Cavalcade of Comics Convention in Louisville, KY offers the creators a chance to unite and display the collected volume of STORMQUEST. "The STORMQUEST Graphic Novel is the starting point for the SkyStorm Universe." replied Robert W. Hickey, "From this story everything changes for our characters and we get to show the readers within the pages of SKYSTORM ORIGINS which ships March, 2015 exactly what changes and what's on the horizon." finished Robert.

But you don't have to wait until 2015 to see the artwork and see what SkyStorm and its publisher Afterburn has coming out to stores. Bill, Willie and Robert will have pages from the SKYSTORM ORIGINS #1 story on display along with a few copies of STORMQUEST Graphic Novels Kickstarter volume for sale.

Don't miss this great opportunity to get in on the ground floor.

Cavalcade of Comics Louisville, KY November 22 @ the Ramada Plaza Louisville - Triple Crown Pavilion and stop by the Afterburn/SkyStorm tables.