Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Saturday, September 13, 2014
I'd recommend Shoplifter just for Michael Cho's gorgeous artwork, but I'm happy to say that his writing shows tremendous promise and I can't wait to see / read his future comic / graphic novel creations.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Happy New Comics Wednesday 9/10/14 - Hawkeye!, Walking Dead, Death of Wolverine #2, start of Edge of Spiderverse edition!
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Happy New Comics Edition - 9/3/14; BIG BIG day, DC 3Ds, last issue of Original Sin, first Death of Wolverine, & Damon Von Bohn's Artist Spotlight Opening Reception tonight!!
Original Sin concludes - I liked it! Death of Wolverine starts! Okay, I know that everyone reading this is saying, "Yeah, right, Wolverine is going to die, for what, ten minutes!?" Death is like a bad cold in comics, just about all of the characters get over it. We know that Marvel can't really keep Wolvie dead, just like DC could keep Supes dead, but there is speculation that Marvel isn't as enthused about characters (such as Wolvie and the X-Men) that they don't have in their movie studio (Disney). Anyway, at the end of day, Marvel still makes money on Wolverine comics, but on a comics news site, it was reported that he'd be dead until at least 2016. However long Wolvie stays dead, this mini series should be good as it's by writer, Charles Soule (She Hulk), and artist Steve McNiven (Old Man Logan, Civil War)! The multiple post Death of Wolverine comics I'm very suspicious of though (and think there's too many).
Damon Von Bohn's Artist Spotlight Opening Reception tonight (Wednesday, Sept. 3rd
We're really excited to have local Vegas artist Damon Von Bohn as our September Artist Spotlight. I've known Damon for years and had seen some of Damon's art, but it's only been fairly recently that I became aware of Damon's enormous artistic prowess! We can't wait to share this art with the Vegas art loving community! We'll have our customary complimentary soft drinks, wine, and snacks for you to enjoy while you visit with Damon Von Bohn and enjoy this wicked keen art!
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
It’s not often that we are offered a look into the deeper inner workings of a serial killers mind. You have your documentaries, yes, which occasionally hint to the tormented youths of your average Jack the Ripper and Son of Sam, but it is a rare occasion when we are offered the opportunity for a first person look into who any one of these plagued children truly used to be. In his second attempt at detailing his personal memories of Jeffrey Dahmer, Derf Backderf presents us with My Friend Dahmner, an extremely personal, yet abruptly distant perspective into the life of a young Mr. Jeffrey Dahmer. Having known the serial killer since the age of 12, attending the same middle school in the early 70s, Derf describes his friendship with Dahmer as a relationship he was “fine with during school hours” but “there was no way” he was going to pursue a closer friendship outside of that. Dahmer, on the other hand, described his friendships during high school as, simply, “a good time.”
If you’re looking for a detailed account of Dahmers killings or the research findings highlighted in the media after the discovery of his gruesome crimes, then this is not the book for you. Instead, Backderf explains, as best he or anyone truly can, the lie of a youth Jeffrey Dahmer lived each and every day. Posing as the “Dahmer Fan Club” mascot, Jeffrey was not considered a friend of the usual sort to this self-described nerdy group of guys. He was, to them, a form of entertainment. Derf explains that it didn’t take very long at all before the group realized Jeffrey Dahmer was not only slightly different, rather, he was sincerely off. These young boys allowed Jeff to entertain them. They were, more than likely, the closest thing to a normal relationship he ever had. He humored them with exaggerated “epileptic” seizures, coupled with raucous outbursts and in return they tolerated his presence, at least until their senior year.
It was the end of this final year of his adolescence where Backderf believes Jeffrey finally slipped into the darkness of his mind beyond return. His friends abandoned him. His mother left him. His father was long gone. School, where he never attended class, but went to drink in the shadows among other living beings, was coming to its final end. It was at this point that Jeffrey Dahmer was left to his thoughts and his thoughts alone. This bitter loneliness proved to be the breading ground for the monster we in the general public have come to know. Backderf emphasizes the fact that his sympathy for Dahmer ends the moment the first murder occurred, yet he makes it very clear that he is unable to separate his memories of a shared youth with a lost young boy from the harsh reality of who that boy became.
As the reader, you are pulled into a lonely, desolate generation where the true question to be posed regarding the outcome of Jeffrey Dahmers life is, “where were the adults?” This question is asked a number of times throughout My Friend Dahmer and by the end of this chilling 224 page graphic novel the reader is left with a slightly more real understanding of how this serial killer became the individual we know of today. I give this 4 out of 5 Epstein’s!
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Happy New Comics Wednesday 8/27/14 - GI Zombie, Saga, Outcast, Sisters editon AND details about our Saturday Las Vegas Valley Humane Society Auction Benefit!!
Our 2nd Annual Las Vegas Valley Humane Society benefit is culminating with an in-store event on Saturday, August 30th from 12-4pm! We're auctioning exclusive items we've gotten from this year's San Diego Comic-Con, including The Infinity Guantlet action figure set, The Thanos Imperative action figure set, a Doomsday action figure, a My Little Pony Mane-iac figure, A Rom Mighty Mugg, sketchbooks (including ones by Art Adams, Terry Moore, Mark Schultz, Alex Ross, & J. Scott Campbell), & San Diego exclusive variants (including a Sandman Overture hologram cover, Harley Quinn, Afterlife With Archie, & Grayson) - all the proceeds go to the Las Vegas Humane Society to help them do the awesome things they do for animals who don't have forever homes yet.
The Very Awesome Girls LV & their spectacular nerd-craft goods will be here as well! (All proceeds from the Very Awesome Girls' nerd-craft goods will also go to the Humane Society.) We have bid sheets for the items already set up at the store, so come on down anytime to check these items out! Come out Saturday, August 30th for a fun time & to help support the work that the Las Vegas Humane Society does! Fantastic raffle prizes will also be happening as well as some other announcements so please watch this space and tell our friends! JUST ADDED: Zombie Dogs Food Truck / Catering will be here during this event from 12-3pm (and they have a vegan option!)!!
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Happy New Comics Wednesday 8/20/14 - Multiversity, two Warren Ellis comics, new Brubaker & Phillips title - The Fade Out , & a special fundraiser event party!
Today (Wednesday, August 20th from 12-8pm, here at Alternate Reality Comics, we're hosting a fundraiser for local big heart guy, Mark Niven, who is raising money to establish his nonprofit Comics For The Masses so that he can better help the Las Vegas community! We'll have FREE Ronald's donuts, PIZZA, local artists and cosplayers, and raffles! Sure to be a fun time - and it's Mark's 40th birthday!