Book review: The Completely Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green

The Completely Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green
By Eric Orner
Published by Northwest Press
ISBN 978-1928720826
Review copy provided by the publisher (Thanks, Zan!)

Review by Ginger Mayerson

I liked The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green comics. I remember enjoying reading them in the 80s, but I’m not sure where I was reading them. The legendary, and greatly missed, Funny Times comics newspaper? I don’t know, I just don’t know. What don’t remember from that time was how many of these comics were about the AIDS epidemic or pandemic, I guess is what it finally ended up being called.
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Movie review: “Stripped” the comics documentary

So I went to the premiere of Stripped at the ArcLight in Hollywood last night and liked it a lot. If you’re into comics, syndicated or web, comics history, a man whose job title is Comics Historian (what great job), and where comics might be going, you’ll love all 77 minutes of this documentary. Esquire has more on the subject. (Bill Watterson is having a chatty year; he speaks on tape in “Stripped” and Mental Floss had an interview with him in the December 2013 issue.)

I don’t worry about it too much; Rachel Rosenthal once said that artists will make art whether it pays or not, but it’s nice if they get paid, and I agree with her. I don’t agree with R Rosenthal on many things but I agree with her on that. There was a section in “Stripped” about monetizing your webcomic that made it look much easier than I’ve seen it be, but it does seem possible for some people.

It’s a good documentary; try to see it if you like comics. But make up your own mind of course:

Oh, and I got to tell Matt Inman how impressed I was when he mocked that man who was suing him. As a former legal assistant, I was impressed by that. He said it was the greatest week of his life because he didn’t have to thinking up any comics. He also said the Electronic Frontier Foundation provided seven lawyers for him. Then I was even more impressed.

Convention Report: BENTcon 2011

I was only able to attend BENTcon 2 at the Bonaventure Hotel in downtown LA on Sunday December 4th. It was, I’m told in full swing from Friday night, and I’m sure I missed some good events and panels but what can one do? I am rather kicking myself that I misread the time of the Women in Gay Comics panel and missed it. Oh well, I got to talk to lots of cool artists and exhibitors on my one afternoon at BENTcon 2.

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MoCCA 2011 – Saturday Here I am!

On Saturday, I had a couple of events to attend, but the first thing I was able to head to was the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art Festival, otherwise known as MoCCA. People who weren’t able to come to the city this past weekend, was definitely pretty envious as I saw from Twitter. This is a Saturday and Sunday event, that served as a fundraiser and showcase of the Museum’s accomplishments for the year. At this event, there were exhibitors, and panels. I wasn’t able to go to any panels, but I was around the exhibitor’s room, so these are pictures I took from Saturday. Continue reading “MoCCA 2011 – Saturday Here I am!”

Convention report: BENTcon 2010

BENTcon 2010
4232 Melrose
Los Angeles CA
12-7PM, December 5, 2010

This was the first BENTcon, a select group of GLBT comics creators in a nice little space on Melrose. According to Charles “Zan” Christensen, this is the first ever GLBT dedicated convention so I was very glad to be there. Here’s who I talked to:

William O. Tyler

William O. Tyler has been publishing Carabosse Comics for the past six years. “Fairy Tells” are comics about what the fairy saw other mythological creatures doing, and “The Goth Queen Needs a Mate” is the story of a widow whose grief was so profound, it awakens gargoyles who go out to find her a new husband. William is originally from Washington D.C. but moved here in 2006. He has a degree in film from the American University in D.C. His website is www.CarabosseComics.com.
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Book review: Iron Man: Beneath the Armor

Iron Man: Beneath the Armor
By Andy Mangels
ISBN-10: 0345506154
ISBN-13: 978-0345506153
Published by DEL Rey

Review by Budd

Iron Man stormed into theaters in 2008 introducing him to a world that may have never known him otherwise. This history into Iron Man fills in the gaps and lets you know how the original story went down. This book is filled with interviews with a plethora of people who worked on Iron Man over the years.
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Manga Review: Wolverine Prodigal Son 1

Prodigal Son Volume 1
Story by Antony Johnston
Art by Wilson Totosa
Lettering By Zach Matheny
Published by the Del Rey Manga Imprint of Random House, Inc.
ISBN-10: 0345505166
ISBN-13: 978-0345505163

Review By Budd

Wolverine is a fan favorite character in Marvel comic books. He was first featured in the Incredible Hulk comics and soon found himself as a member of the New X-Men. His past has always been shrouded in mystery. Wolverine: Prodigal Son is a re-imagining of the Logan character in a more youthful, modern setting with manga style artwork.
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Comic review: Fables 75

Fables #75 (War and Pieces 3 of 3)
Story: Bill Willingham
Art: Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha, Andrew Pepoy
Coloring: Lee Loughridge
Letters: Todd Kline
Cover: James Jean
Publisher: Vertigo (2008)
ASIN: B001F26WQI

Review by Budd Black

Fables #75 is not a starting off point, but it is a must read to go forward. It is the culmination of the War and Pieces storyline that brings Fabletown head to head with Homelands. The artistic team deserves acclaim for bringing these epic battles to life. Willingham knocks the story out of the park as it changes everything. Sacrifices are made, fugitives are brought to justice, and lives are lost. The uncertainty and horrors of war are conveyed with words and images in this book. My only complaint is that it seemed almost rushed. Things are wrapped up with a little bow on top very quickly once the divisive blow is struck.
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Book Review: Batman Unauthorized

Batman Unauthorized: Vigilantes, Jokers, and Heroes in Gotham City
Edited by Dennis O’Neil with Leah Wilson
Published by Benbella Books, Inc.
ISBN10: 1933771305
ISBN13: 9781933771304

Review by Linda Yau

With the New York Comic Con approaching in several more weeks, I figure it would be a good time to review this book. Batman Unauthorized is a series of eighteen essays that explores various aspects of the franchise of Batman. Topics cover from the sidekicks, to location, to possibilities, to villians, and even the identity/health of Batman; hardly anything is left unturned in this book. I bet the various writers in this book had fun researching for this book.
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iPhone comics from iVerse Media

Review by Tom Good

Comics ought to be a great type of content to read on a hand-held computer, but I haven’t been really excited about comics on a hand-held device until now. iVerse Media has created a great reading experience on the iPhone with their iVerse Comic Reader. This app could be a case study on how to make digital comics work well on the small screen. Here is a list of my requirements, and how iVerse satisfied them:
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Comic Review: World of Warcraft: Ashbringer #1

World of Warcraft: Ashbringer #1
Written by Micky Neilson
Art by Ludo Lullabi and Tony Washington
Published by WildStorm

Review by Jilly Gee

The first of a four-part miniseries titled Ashbringer, this comic shows readers the life of Alexandros Mograine, starting from the time that he first picks up the object that would become part of the legendary Ashbringer sword.  Highlord Mograine worked with other humans and dwarves, trying to find a way to stop the Scourge and their plague from turning everyone into undead.  Not just a story about being all heroic and saving humankind, Highlord Mograine also has his faults, as a father who shows favortism, as a human who cannot separate the "not-as-bad" undead from the "really bad" undead and forces the same punishment on them all.
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Comic Review: Korgi: The Cosmic Collector

Korgi: The Cosmic Collector
Story and Art: Christian Slade
Published by Top Shelf Productions
ISBN-10: 1-60309-010-x
ISBN-13: 978-1-60309-010-0

Review by Kris

Korgi Hollow is the home for many magical creatures, namely Mollies and Korgis. Mollies are fairy-like creatures and they work with magical Korgis. Korgis are like Welsh Corgis (you know the dogs that the Queen of England raises) that are able to breathe fire. Things are peaceful in Korgi Hollow, until a strange creature starts collecting Mollie wings. Ivy and her Korgi cub Sprout decide to investigate.

While Ivy and Sprout are out investigating we meet out wing collector, and he not of this world. Black 7, the outer space visitor, has his eyes set on Ivy and her wings. Once he has her wings he takes off back home to proudly display his treasure. Thanks to the help from Lump and Scarlett, Ivy and Sprout were able to find Black 7’s makeshift home. It is filled to the brim with Mollie wings and robot toys. Will Ivy and Sprout be able to get her wings back?
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Comic Review: Johnny Boo: The Best Little Ghost in the World

Johnny Boo: The Best Little Ghost in the World
Story and Art: James Kochalka
Published by Top Shelf Productions
ISBN-10: 1-60309-013-4
ISBN-13: 978-1-60309-013-1

Review by Kris

Johnny Boo is not only the best little ghost in the world, but he’s also the cutest. In Johnny Boo: The Best Little Ghost in the World he and his pet Squiggle have some pretty crazy adventures. They meet an ice cream monster and Johnny Boo has to save Squiggle because the ice cream monster accidentally ate Squiggle along with the ice cream. I guess that’ll happen when you get a little excited when someone opens up a vat of your favorite food. Thanks to Johnny’s special “Boo” power he is able to save the day!
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