Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Happy New Comics Day - 9/24/14; NEW A Voice in the Dark story starts, new Judd Winick, SAGA, Outcast!

 A Voice In The dark, written and drawn by Larime Taylor (who everyone knows lives in Vegas, right!?) is now in gorgeous color by another Las Vegan artist, Jay Savage! New Image siers, Roche Limit looks pretty wild!
 Booster Gold is back!
Loki is back after a few months absence! Third chapte of Edge of Spiderverse!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Happy New Comics Wednesday 9/17/14 - Mutliversity #2, Deadly Class, last Thor edition!

 Second issue of Multiversity with art by Chris Sprouse! Third round of DC's 3D one shots!

Lat Thor before a new person picks up the hammer! Edge of Spiderverse with Spidey-Gwen! Sorry I don't have a lot to say right now, I just need to get to reading these haul! Hope to see a lot of you for another fun packed New Comics Wednesday!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Shoplifter; Michael Cho

 This week, fantastic artist, Michael Cho's first graphic novel came out, titled Shoplifter. Prior to Shoplifter, Michael Cho did covers and webcomics, but I've wanted a longer print production from him for a long time.
 The title of Cho's first graphic novel turned me off initially, but Shoplifter isn't really about what the title suggests (although shoplifting does occur within). Rather, Shoplifter is about Corinna Park, a young woman trying to find her way in life, who ultimately has an epiphany that directs her to a future for herself that has more promise than the life she is living until she has said epiphany.

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!

 Ten more of DC's September lenticular 3D Future's End titles this week, along with the second issue of Death of Wolverine!

 Grant Morrison and Frazer Irving's new title Annihilator starts as well as Dark Horse's first issue of their Aliens comic, Prometheus! I'm spotlighting last week's Grendle / Shadow by writer / artist Matt Wagner because I didn't get all of my copies last week and I think this may have fallen under a lot of people's radar - I can't think of a more natural character meet up than this!
These are three new graphic novels I'm looking forward to reading this week! Shoplifter is by great cartoonist, Michael Cho (he's got a Darwyn Cooke art style), I'm truthfully worried about the story though because the title is one of my least favorite topics. The Wrenchies is written and drawn by one of my favorite artists, Farel Dalrymple and Above the Dreamless Dead is a collection of great cartoonists adapting poems about World War I!

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!!

 Details about our September Artist Spotlight Opening Reception after the New Comics Wednesday teases!

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).
 Ten DC holographic / lenticular 3D comics this week! They have the Future's End banner above their logos, but it's my understanding that you don't have to read those to read these September one shots. So while I haven't read any of these yet, the covers are fun eye candy, right!?
Names #1 is a new Vertigo title by Peter Milligan and Landro Fermadez and it was a REALLY STRONG debut! It's about a woman whose husband died, by suicide some people are trying to convince her was the way, but she knows that wasn't something he'd do (and she gets proof in a video her husband had sent to her in the event of his death), so she sets out to revenge his death. Money back guarantee first issue!! Southern Bastards #4 concludes the first story arc and this is next on my reading stack - love this title! I'm also loving Peter David's return to Spider-Man 2099! Brian Wood takes over the writing on Moon Knight, he's got big Ellis shoes to fill! Miracleman #10 is the conclusion of the second book of Alan Moore's Miracleman - next issue we have his concluding third act, Olympus, with FANTASTIC artist, John Totleben, and as good as Miracleman has been, wait until you read and look at Olympus!

Damon Von Bohn's Artist Spotlight Opening Reception tonight (Wednesday, Sept. 3rd 
from 5-8pm)!:

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

My Friend Dahmer; first review in a series of 112 by Jacob J. Gallegos!

Here at Ich Liebe Comics! we're going to have semi-regular reviews by Jacob J. Gallegos, one half of the Vegas art duo The 80s Kids, and long time enthusiast of great alternative comics ( but he likes some superhero comics too)! Here's his first one, on one of my favorite graphic novels from a few years ago, My Friend Dahmer, written and drawn by Derf Backderf - take it away, Jacob J. Gallegos (and thanks for suggesting doing this review feature!).:

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!!

 Third issue of Johns and Romita Jr.'s Superman - great story (we still have the first two chapters too), Darwyn Cook draws the LAST issue of All Star Western!!, third issue of Kirkman's possession comic, Outcast, Saga (can't wait to see how crazy this issue is after the last two crazy issues!), and how great was Gi Zombie #1!?
 Last issue of Wolverine leading into next week's BIG Wolverine Death of Wolverine #1 by Charles Soule and Steve McNiven!!
 Bob's Burgers - they better offer vegan choices (grin)! New Dark Horse comic POP, looks interesting! And now some details about this Saturday's (August 30th from 12-4pm) Las Vegas Valley Humane Society benefit auction (following the photo below of some of the exclusive San Diego Comic-Con goodies up for auction!)!:
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!)!!