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SA: Armorquest: Genesis Volume 1

June 30th, 2006 8:09pm by ComicList Email

Suspended Animation Review

Armorquest: Genesis Volume 1, published by Cross Culture Entertainment, 72 pages, $7.99.

In an age of knights and dragons, when humankind is commonly terrorized by reptilian nightmares on leathery wings, a boy receives a sword; a sword which will lead him on his path to becoming a man and a knight, himself. In short, for those who enjoy great fantasy, Armorquest is for you.

Writer Ben Avery infuses his characters with rich three-dimensional qualities. None more so than Timothy, the main character of the book, a young man bitter over his father's death and eager to avenge it on the dragons. Equally interesting, though very limited in appearance, is the "shepherd" who gives Timothy his first glimpse into the amazing nature of the sword. Oops! There I go, giving more away. Let it suffice to say that if you want to bring readers back again and again, give them interesting characters with believable motivations and a little mystery. Avery does so quite well.

Then, of course, there's the art of Sherwin Schwartzrock. Drama. Emotion. Evocative imagery. All of that and more awaits those who have yet to feast their eyes on his work. His wonderful grasp of character expression lends a great deal of realism to the tale. Again, it's always good to help readers feel what the character feels. That, coupled with his ample (and appropriate, considering the subject matter) use of blacks, adding depth
and a slight sense of the macabre to the artwork, helps make this one of the finest graphic novels I've seen this year. In fact, the cover itself is a gripping testament to Schwartzrock's talent, and is the main reason I stopped and picked it up, rather than moving on to one of the many more mundane choices on the racks.

Yep, Armorquest is where it's at, folks. And, in case you haven't already guessed, it's highly recommended. And, get this: it's recommended for all ages! Find it at comics shops, at www.communitycomics.com, and at online auctions. Mark Allen

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Shudder at Michael Vance's "Light's End" audiotapes narrated by legendary actor William Windom. Star of 18 Broadway plays, 200 TV shows (Murder She Wrote, Star Trek, etc) & 50 movies, Windom will chill you as Vance's prose curdles your blood! Light's End #1: "A Change of Heart" and "Cross Purposes" or #2: "Fall Guy" and "The Zoo" plus the song "The World Roars On". $10 unsigned. $20 signed by Windom and Vance. Cassette or CD from: Vance, 1427 S. Delaware Ave., Tulsa, OK, 74104, or www.starbase21OK.com!

On The Shelves: 06/28/06

June 27th, 2006 6:43pm by ComicList Email

On The Shelves: 06/28/06, by Guy LeCharles Gonzalez

Reprinted courtesy of Comic Book Commentary.

Support GOOD Comics! Try something new EVERY month.

My weekly look at select comic books being released Thursday, 06/28/06. The full shipping is list available at ComicList.

[NOTE: Not all of these titles will actually arrive in all stores. If your LCBS offers a pre-ordering service, be sure to take advantage of it. If not, find another one; or try Khepri.com or MidtownComics.com]

PICK OF THE WEEK

Solo #11

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PREVIEWS: Image for September 2006

June 25th, 2006 7:59am by ComicList Email

Previews of Image Comics that will be published in September 2006, by Ralf Haring.

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SA: Will Elder: The Mad Playboy of Art

June 23rd, 2006 9:22pm by ComicList Email

Suspended Animation Review

Will Elder: The Mad Playboy of Art/$49.95 from Fantagraphics/sold at comics, book shops, and at www.fantagraphics.com.

This comprehensive sampling of the work of zany master cartoonist Will Elder is simply magnificent.

It is so because of the size, format and quality of reproduction of this 391 page "trade paperback" that reprints this artist's groundbreaking and influential work from the early '30s to the present. A extensive biographical essay, and the inclusion of "paintings, portraits, still lifes, caricatures, and sketches" certainly recommend the volume as well. But this retrospective is simply magnificent for one primary reason. There is no cartoonist living or dead better than wacky Will Elder.

Whoa, there, Nellie. Gushing a bit?

Yep.

So, what distinguishes a great cartoonist from a competent one? Including a grasp of artistic technique and visual storytelling, there is:

1) Versatility--Elder mastered any style required by its subject, from 'big-foot'cartooning to abstract painting to photographic realism;
2) Unique personal style--his is instantly recognizable;
3) Unique viewpoint--there is no other way to write it: Elder drew crazy funny, and was extremely influential for his "eye-pops"—little visual and verbal puns peppered everywhere.
4) Mastery of many mediums including pencil, ink, wash, watercolor, and acrylic or oil paints;
5) Influence—in comics, television, editorial cartoons and motion pictures.
In a nutshell (his natural habitat), there is only one "Villie" Elder, and the history of comics is much richer because of his great gift.

The Mad Playboy… receives the highest recommendation for adult readers (because of nudity) in the seventeen year history of Suspended Animation. MV

MINIVIEW: Chicken Fat by Will Elder [Fantagraphics] "Drawings, sketches, cartoons and doodles" from master cartoonist Will Elder, most famous for his work with Harvey Kurtzman on Mad, Trump, Humbug, Help and Little Annie Fanny in Playboy. Highly recommended. Why? Because Elder is k-razy!!! MV

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Interested in the exciting Oklahoma Cartoonists Collection and Toy and Action Figure Museum? Go to http://fourcolorcommentary.blogspot.com/

Shudder at Michael Vance's "Light's End" audiotapes narrated by legendary actor William Windom. Star of 18 Broadway plays, 200 TV shows (Murder She Wrote, Star Trek, etc) & 50 movies, Windom will chill you as Vance's prose curdles your blood! Light's End #1: "A Change of Heart" and "Cross Purposes" or #2: "Fall Guy" and "The Zoo" plus the song "The World Roars On". $10 unsigned. $20 signed by Windom and Vance. Cassette or CD from: Vance, 1427 S. Delaware Ave., Tulsa, OK, 74104, or http://www.starbase21OK.com!

PREVIEWS: Marvel for September 2006

June 22nd, 2006 5:36am by ComicList Email

Previews of Marvel Comics that will be published in September 2006, by Ralf Haring.

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On The Shelves: 06/21/06

June 20th, 2006 8:49pm by ComicList Email

On The Shelves: 06/21/06, by Guy LeCharles Gonzalez

Reprinted courtesy of Comic Book Commentary.

Support GOOD Comics! Try something new EVERY month.

My weekly look at select comic books being released Thursday, 06/21/06. The full shipping is list available at ComicList.

[NOTE: Not all of these titles will actually arrive in all stores. If your LCBS offers a pre-ordering service, be sure to take advantage of it. If not, find another one; or try Khepri.com or MidtownComics.com]

PICK OF THE WEEK

Fallen Angel #6

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PREVIEWS: DC for September 2006

June 20th, 2006 8:49pm by ComicList Email

Previews of DC Comics that will be published in September 2006, by Ralf Haring.

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On The Shelves: 06/14/06

June 14th, 2006 4:32pm by ComicList Email

On The Shelves: 06/14/06, by Guy LeCharles Gonzalez

Reprinted courtesy of Comic Book Commentary.

Support GOOD Comics! Try something new EVERY month.

My weekly look at select comic books being released Thursday, 06/14/06. The full shipping is list available at ComicList.

[NOTE: Not all of these titles will actually arrive in all stores. If your LCBS offers a pre-ordering service, be sure to take advantage of it. If not, find another one; or try Khepri.com or MidtownComics.com]

PICK OF THE WEEK

G.I. Joe: America's Elite #12

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The Acronyms List

AR -
Ask retailer for price
BD -
Blu-ray Disc
CCG -
Collectible card game
CD -
Compact disc
DVD -
Digital versatile disc
FCBD -
Free Comic Book Day
GN -
Graphic novel
HC -
Hardcover
HD -
High definition
LCG -
Living Card Game
MMPB -
Mass market paperback
PVC -
Polyvinyl chloride
RPG -
Role playing game
SC -
Softcover
TBD -
To be determined
TCG -
Trading card game
TP -
Trade paperback
UDA -
Upper Deck Authenticated
WDCC -
Walt Disney Classics Collection
WS -
Widescreen

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