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Update on Life

It’s been a little bit since I’ve made a post, but I’ve been busy fighting for that mythical full-time job. Good news though, totally got one! If you remember, I interviewed Becky Jewell of Graphicly a while back. I was really intrigued by their work and I wanted to get involved with their company somehow. Flash forward a bit and now I’m working as one of their Panel Cutters, slicing up comic/book pages for the optimum viewing experience on digital devices. Yessssss!

Also, less important, but it was my birthday two weeks ago. I’m now the venerable old age of 26, and the only thing that I really wanted was an El Gato video game capture doohickey. My lovely lady totally delivered. Now I can record my fighting game exploits in HD instead of balancing my phone on a DVD tower. Man that was annoying… I’ve already started recording some of my Injustice matches and I may go back to UMvC3, but hot dog is this thing fun to use. Here’s an example of what I’m up to and watch out for more fighting game stuff in the very near future!

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REVIEWS! Amala’s Blade, Pantalones, TX, and Justice League #21

JusticeLeague21CoverIt’s a straight up review deluge over at DestroyTheCyborg! I don’t know what’s gotten into me! First I take a look at Amala’s Blade, a beautiful little book coming out of Dark Horse by Steve Horton and Michael Dialynas. It has a very Avatar: The Last Airbender feel to it while remaining totally unique unto itself. It’s full of assassins and cyborgs and all manner of madness.

Then we dig into Justice League #21, the epic conclusion to Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s awesome Shazam story, which has been running in the back of nearly every New 52 Justice League issue to date. It’s great to see it finally take center stage for a full book.

Lastly I talk about a nifty little graphic novel out of Archaia, Pantalones, TX. It’s a lighthearted, all-ages romp that’ll get a giggle out of just about anyone. It’s not my usual kind of reading, but I really did enjoy the exploits of Chico Bustamante and his little gang as they tear across the blasted landscape of a small Texas town.

So yes, tons of reviews and you should head over and read them all!

Symbolia Writer and Illustrator Spotlight

EI4Vo_7hmsFkptIPI_W6jd5ZRUJGuZJ8U1Ova3rBvbgWhat’s going on everyone? Some of you may recall that I’m working for this super cool comics journalism tablet magazine called Symbolia? Well we just started doing little interviews with the brilliant people behind the latest issue, Heroines.

We want to bring you closer to the story and the people actually on the ground doing the reporting. So far we’ve talked to Dan Archer, the writer and illustrator of “Meera’s Story” and Jess Rulifsson who illustrated “The Decisions.”

Check out the interviews right here!

I tried to dig a little deeper into the motivations and feelings behind their work, and then include at least one silly question, sort of a “and now for something completely different” moment. I like the way they’ve turned out and I’m happy to share these bad boys with you. We’ll be doing one a day, so be sure to check out Symboliamag.com often for more!

Feel like you want to read up on some of this awesome comics journalism? Subscribe: on iPad // via PDF // Kindle Editions

Unlimited Highlights: The Four Horsemen

51cc717556846I know you guys remember watching the X-Men animated series, thus I also know that you’ve seen the Apocalypse episodes, where Angel transforms into Archangel and goes crazy? He buys up all of those ancient Egyptian artifacts trying to find Apocalypse’s weak spot and it turns out it’s a weird little thingy behind his neck? Good times, good times…

Anyway! What I’m trying to say is remember how awesome Apocalypse and his Horsemen were? Famine, Pestilence, War, and Death were just so freaking cool, and in the latest run of Uncanny Avengers the Apocalypse Twins have raised a whole new retinue of Horsemen: Banshee, Grim Reaper, Daken, and the Sentry. That’s right, the little blighters have resurrected some seriously powerful beings to do their bidding. Not good. Kinda dickish too, turning Sean into a bad guy…

This week my favorite issue was Uncanny X-Force #34. I had been reading the book on Marvel Unlimited and it was awesome to see everything come to a head. Get out there, read my Unlimited Highlights, and let me know which of the Horsemen is your favorite!

Symbolia, APM, and the Public Insight Network Tackle PTSD and Moral Injury

Hey everyone, I have some totally awesome news. Symbolia has teamed up with American Public Media and the Public Insight Network to bring Invisible Injury: Beyond PTSD, a comic focusing on “moral injury” to life. It’s a stunning piece of comics journalism, and if you have any interest in war, the military, or psychological trauma you absolutely need to check it out.

The reporting is top notch and the narrative is both clear and readable. It’s not always easy to work in talking heads, but Andy Warner straight up blew me away with his artwork. Not only is page layout phenomenal, but the entire tale is both dark and foreboding, but approachable and humanizing at the same time.

MI_1-web-9301Symbolia is incredibly proud to have collaborated on this project with so many incredible individuals and organizations to publish such a exceptional piece of comics work. Give it a read!

TMNT Micro-Series: Old Hob Review!

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TMNT: Old Hob

I’ve got another review up over at DestroyTheCyborg! This time I’m talking about the monstrous and mangy cat man, Old Hob! We get a taste of his origins and his motivations and a little bit more on the side. Jason Ciaramella and David Wachter knock this one out of the park, adding a much needed something to the turtles’ previously uninspiring feline foe.

What are you waiting for? Go check it out!

Unlimited Highlights: Carnage

51c36d530e769I think Carnage looks good in the red, white, and blue. Don’t you? This week is all about Cletus Kasady in Unlimited Highlights, and if you don’t know much about the fiend, this is a great place to get stated. I personally haven’t read a ton of Spider-Man/Symbiote stuff in a long while but all of these books brought a little something different to the table, expanding on the tragic and horrifying legacy of the crimson killer.

My personal favorite was Carnage’s first appearance in Amazing Spider-Man #361. The way that Peter slowly uncovers more and more of Kasady’s atrocities, starting with his childhood? Man that was creepy. Well what are you waiting for? GET READING!