I still remember the randomly hooking up with Kris Hornett on twitter, and finding out that he was writing a Comic/Manga and I thought it was a cool as hell concept, and I felt like a fool asking him some Manga 101 questions, and he took the time to educate me, and share his first chapter of Grey with me and I was blown away. AND TO LAND AN INHYUK LEE COVER FOR BOOK 2 ON TOP OF A FIRE STORY!!!!! GOOD LORDY!
I'm here to let you know that pre-orders for Chapter 3 opened on September 25th, and you are going to want to pick it up NOW!
Grey: Chapter 3-Deja Vu
This series of panels is on page 5 amidst our immersion into an episode of Deja Vu. In several other books that use a flashback tactic normally has some sort of box text explaining the events of the past or present. You see someone unpacking the events on a follow-up page. You see the creators create how you should interpret the events.
I like what Arollado and Hornett have done here. Across 12 pages with next-to-no text offered, your mind is left to interpret these events amidst what you've learned about Shuyin in the first two books, and each time I've read it, I come up with a new theory. I derive a new interpretation of what we experience. This style of freedom for the reader is a great way to keep us engaged throughout the series. We'll keep seeing images similar to these, and we will constantly keep thinking and interpreting until we get an answer.
Why do I like Kale? No real reason...I just look at him and smile and laugh. He looks like a "Kale" to me. He looks like the embodiment of Whole Foods....He looks like a dude who would work with technology.
Regardless, he becomes a large vehicle in giving us enough information to keep us hooked to what could be coming for us in Chapter 4. As for the final reveal.....what happened at the fashion show could look like child's play in the near future.
Also, they've got some dope merchandise up on the website now, and all I'm sayin Kris is that I bet that hoodie would look real good on a certain reviewer in a 2XL.
2. Spy Island 2 (Dark Horse)
3. Lonely Receiver 2 (Aftershock)
4. Money Shot #9 (Vault)
5. We Only Find Them When They're Dead (Boom)
6. Transformers/Back to the Future #1 (IDW)
7. Black Widow #2 (Marvel)
8. American Vampire 1976 #1 (DC)
9. Die #14 (Image)
10. Batman #100 (DC)
11. Adventureman #4 (Image)
12. Firepower #4 (Image/Skybound)
13. Snake Eyes: Deadgame #2 (IDW)
14. Deadpool #7 (Marvel)
15. Thor #8 (Marvel)
16. Justice League #54 (DC)
17. Wolverine #6 (Marvel)
18. X-Force #13 (Marvel)
19. Marauders #13 (Marvel)
20. DCEASED Dead Planet #4 (DC)
21. Ultraman #2 (Marvel)
22. The Orville #2
23. The Walking Dead #1 (Image/Skybound)
24. Decorum #5 (Image)
I'm waiting on a copy of Lost Souls #3 and Ponies/Transformers #3.
What are you reading this week?
The Editors Panel
And then we saw an "accidental?" reveal of titles when some art panels were shared:
- Bountiful Garden (This is the book Steenz is editing)
- In the Shadow of the Throne (maybe the work Moccio is on)
- Potions Inc. (Schultz? or the art displayed which is beautiful could flip flop with Throne)
- The Last Session (also Moccio?)
Regardless the art they show for all 4 books seem unique to each title, which really proves the something for everything feel of Mad Cave Studios.
The session wrapped with an excellent Q and A where they talk about some of the books and what they enjoy about their work and what they'd like to do to improve their craft!
The Final Panel--Manny and the two Chris Party
Congrats to Nat winning a Knights of the Golden Sun Variant! I love that book!!! You will enjoy it and the art! I think that book is super cool!
I don't know anyone else who won anything, but I'm jealous AF of all of you, and I will fight you for your winnings!
This was a great event, I've now seen both showacases start to finish, and Mad Cave is changing the game, and their new YA imprint is also awesome. Be prepared for Maverick and Mad Cave to be a force to be reckoned with for decades to come!
ALSO, THAT FINAL HYPE VIDEO!!! DAMN!!!! MORE TITLE DROPS!!!!
Nottingham--David Hazan, Shane Volk, Brian Hawkins
You should go back and check in on the stream, because the pages Shane revealed that he's been working on (on good ol' paper) are amazing! I can't wait to see or hear more about this, because it looks amazing!
HOLY CRAP THEY REVEALED THE COVER TO ISSUE 1 AND IT IS AMAZING!!!!!!!
It is time to announce the 2020 Talent Search Winners!!!!
- Dalton Deschain (wrote something within the Show's End universe)
- Mario Candelaria (wrote a blend of Savage Bastards and Show's End)
- Chuck Harp (wrote a father and son story in the Wolvenheart universe)
- Ha Seng Hui (artist-from the RV-9 universe)
- Nicolas Faluatico (artist-hyped the quickness and intensity of the art)
- David Escobar (artist-a Battlecats submission, with great detail and line work)
They start working on a collective horror anthology next week! Congratulations to the winners!!
The best thing he said is "I'm going to take the best things you love about Fairy Tales and weaponize them against you." I'm in!
AND HE IS WRITING HIS OWN BOOK WITH MAD CAVE??????????? I AM GOING TO DIE!!!!!!!!
An Interview with Rowan McColl and Chris Sanchez
Moving back to Savannah was not a part of Alexa Bowman’s plan, but when her parents are sent to jail and all she has left is a spare room in her grandpa’s house, she takes it.
While her new school, Summerland High, is a far cry from Chicago, the students are exactly the same. From tormenting evil cheerleaders to dreamy football players, Alexa can’t keep up. That is until Fae, Skye, and Chloe invite Alexa into their group of outsiders. Everything seems great, until the morning after a night of drinking when the girls discover that they might not be entirely human. Soon they realize that they have an ancient fay power flowing through their veins. A power that gives the girls license to fight back against their bullies, but what happens when a trick goes too far and leaves the group scrambling to recover on the eve of Homecoming night?
“I’m so excited to share this book with the world. A little bit scary, a little bit romantic, alotta bit queer,” said Lela Gwenn. “This is my favorite kind of story and I’m so happy Maverick is here to give it to y’all!”
This is the kind of story that not only I can get excited about, but also I can think of students who can look forward to a story which they may be able to relate to!
Interview 2: Jay Sandlin and Patrick Mulholland
Football is a religion where Adrian “The Colombian Cannon” Molina comes from, and thanks to his wicked right leg he has a clear shot at the promised land of the European Junior Leagues. But when a football scout offers him a full scholarship to an elite prep school in London, the news seems too good to be true. His enrollment hits a snag upon meeting the team’s star striker, Titan Evans. Titan is everything Adrian is not — rich, powerful, and connected. Most of all, Titan possesses a hunger to dominate the pitch no matter who or what stands in his way. The constant fighting, teasing, and bullying intensifies Adrian’s crippling anxiety as he is constantly concerned for his spot on the team. All of that changes the day Luciano DeSilva, the team’s star midfielder, takes him under his wing and gives Adrian the confidence to be himself and value not only his position on the team but in the world.Football is a religion where Adrian “The Colombian Cannon” Molina comes from, and thanks to his wicked right leg he has a clear shot at the promised land of the European Junior Leagues. But when a football scout offers him a full scholarship to an elite prep school in London, the news seems too good to be true. His enrollment hits a snag upon meeting the team’s star striker, Titan Evans. Titan is everything Adrian is not — rich, powerful, and connected. Most of all, Titan possesses a hunger to dominate the pitch no matter who or what stands in his way. The constant fighting, teasing, and bullying intensifies Adrian’s crippling anxiety as he is constantly concerned for his spot on the team. All of that changes the day Luciano DeSilva, the team’s star midfielder, takes him under his wing and gives Adrian the confidence to be himself and value not only his position on the team but in the world."
You can tell as they are both discussing the book, that they've done their homework to capture all of the essence of international soccer/football culture, which already makes me invested knowing they've done their best!
What absolutely blew me away was the panels revealed of some pre-match intensity. Patrick has really nailed the anticipation that is wound up in all of the pre-match hype! After seeing those 4-ish pages, I want this book in my hands right now! Also, I'll always give some love to a letterer, and Justin Birch (the busiest man in comics) finds the right design to match the art's intensity.
As the chat agreed, even if you are not into soccer or sports in general, this book still feels ridiculously approachable, and I'm sure that Jay Sandlin and his team have hit a real screamer into the upper 90's on this one!
Interview #3 With David Pinckney and Ennun Ana Iurov
Choosing between living the life you want and living the life your “supposed to” is not always an easy choice. Noah, embracing his truest-self, wants to pursue a career in costume design, something his loving, but traditional, parents would never approve of. Azarie, the perfect, model daughter of a very stern, political family, dreams of embracing the hobbies she secretly loves, hobbies her social circle would never abide by. The two live different lives and their social statuses keep them from ever crossing paths until they have a chance encounter that exposes some common ground: the desire to live the life they’ve chosen for themselves. Together, the two set out to put it all on the line and show everyone who they really are and what they want to achieve through the unlikely medium of cosplay. Their friendship will be tested and their faith in themselves and each other will be tried, but by staying true to themselves they discover that they truly need each other."
When they get to showing the preview panels, I think I am falling in love with Ennun's art. They absolutely have a unique style I've not seen in any of the books I've read, and you better believe once I can see those preview panels in a larger format, I'll be screaming about how good it is from the rooftops!!!!
Coming up next....A SWEENY BOO LIVE DRAWING SESSION!!!!!!!!!
The journey of a 30-something father of three who's trying to break into the world of reviewing comics after a loooooong hiatus...
Rimmey is a high school history/government teacher & speech and debate coach in Kansas. He has slowly been rediscovering his love for comics since June of 2019.
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