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Read Comics In Public Day and and!

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Huge, huge day today at ye olde location of Alternate Reality Comics! Today is International Read Comics In Public Day, a promotional push that was started to increase the awareness of how cool and great comics are. I already know that Ich Liebe Comics! readers and the lovely patrons of Alternate Reality Comics read comics in public regularly, but I'd like to issue an official challenge for you to do this today and have a friend and or loved one take a photo of you doing so (and then you can swap comics with that photographer and snap a pic of them as well). Today is Jack King Kirby's birthday and he would be really sad if you didn't do this. Email me your photos at: ralphmathieu@gmail.com as I'd like to assemble them and doing something cool with them!

Today is also the LAST day of Alternate Reality Comics at its present location of 4800 S. Maryland Pkwy. #D, Las Vegas, Nevada after what has been a glorious 16 (!!) years finding great homes for great comics and graphic…

How cool is this!?

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Driving to Alternate Reality Comics new store space this afternoon to do some more set up type stuff before the BIG move this Sunday and Monday and this vehicle was in front of me (click on photo to enlarge) - it has to be a sign, right!? Notice the license plate and the gangsta bike with the gun on the frame - that's got WIN written all over it!

A swan song toast to Alternate Reality Comics last four days at the 4800 location!

I hope everyone can make it by for what will in four days be the old location of Alternate Reality Comics (4800 S. Maryland Pkwy. #D, for the past 16 years!) as I'll have free sodas, tree top juice, and water to drink a goodbye toast with! Thanks to everyone who has ever been to my store at 4800 S. Maryland Parkway these past sixteen years - I hope to see you all next Wednesday, Sept. 1st, for the exciting, bigger new location of Alternate Reality Comics at 4110 S. Maryland Pkwy. #8 at Maryland / Flamingo, right by Buffalo Exchange, behind the Long John Silvers!

Top Cow; Artifacts, Magdalena, & Velocity, and...

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Top Cow is an imprint of Image Comics that was started by Marc Silverstri (Cyberforce) and their titles featured many fan favorite artists such as Michael Turner, Brandon Peterson, David Finch, and Joe Benitez. Top Cow comic titles were known for the longest time as being THE place for fans of hyper stylized art, with the characters all looking like super models. But for the last three or so years, Top Cow, in addition to still having a very stylized art style in their books, they now have writers on their titles, such as Phil Hester, David Hine, and Ron Marz, who are bringing more substance and richer characterizations to the Top Cow universe.

Consider one of their newest titles, Artifacts, which will be a thirteen issue series uniting a lot of their characters and titles. Artifacts is written by Ron Marz and drawn by Michael Broussard, with inks by Rick Basaldua and Sal Regla. Witchblade's daughter, Hope, gets kidnapped, and this coupled with a villainous quest to unite the thirt…

Scott Pilgrim movie is all that and more!!

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A friend was asking me on facebook last night what I thought of the Scott Pilgrim movie and although I commented on my store facebook page after seeing it midnight Thursday night that I LOVED EVERYTHING about the movie, I'd forgotten that I hadn't blogged about it (for my loyal Ich Liebe Comics! readers that don't facebook).

No spoilers following:

As I mentioned above, I loved the Scott Pilgrim movie, it has it all; a great cast, is funny, has a lot of heart, great music, and compresses the six Scott Pilgrim graphic novels in a way that isn't hurried and doesn't lose the charm and kinetic energy of the comic (my favorite character is Todd the Vegan, of course!). Like the Kick Ass movie, the Scott Pilgrim movie has some differences from the graphic novel, but that just makes both experiences fun unto themselves. Seriously, go see Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World because you may have heard it didn't "perform" that well at the box office this past weekend and …

Red Moon - a fantastic new indy graphic novel!

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Red Moon is a 200 page graphic novel written and drawn (and self published) by David McAdoo, about Mox, a schnauzer and Daeden, a stray blue heeler and the adventure they have trying to unravel visions Mox has and what they mean for the fate of the world. Just about all the characters in Red Moon are animals, who communicate through a kind of animal telepathy. This is a great adventure story, with a lot of suspense, and great characters with a lot of heart.

As anyone reading this Ich Liebe Comics! entry can see, Red Moon also has great art (black and white, with the color red used sparingly to great effect throughout).

I don't think that Diamond Comics Distributors carries Red Moon yet, so you may have to search for it or order it directly from David McAdoo, the cartoonist (if you don't live near Alternate Reality Comics here in Las Vegas). David McAdoo stopped in my store right before the San Diego convention and sold me some copies of Red Moon (which I was sold on just flippin…

Past Lies

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A couple of weeks ago, Oni released a great neew mystery / suspense / crime fiction hardcover graphic novel called Past Lies, written by the Christina Weir and Nunzio Defilippis and drawn by Christopher Mitten. Weir and Defilippis also wrote the excellent graphic novels Skinwalker and Three Strikes, for Oni, so I was pretty sure that Past Lies would deliver.

The central character of Past Lies is Amy Devlin, an aspiring unlicensed private eye, who is very good at unearthing aspects of a crime that others have overlooked. Past Lies has a lot of mystery and suspense, takes the reader through some great twists, with great dialogue and pacing and has great characters that aren't unbelievable as some main characters can be in a lot of works of crime fiction. The art by Christopher Mitten, who also draws Wasteland, isn't anything real stylized like Darwyn Cooke or as atmospheric as Sean Phillips, but it perfectly moves Past Lies along and is pleasant to the eyes.

If you were thinking …

Cuba My Revolution & Dark Rain

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Cuba My Revolution and Dark Rain are two upcoming Vertigo graphic novels that I read a few weeks ago (preview copies) and am just now getting around to writing about. Dark Rain comes out later this month and Cuba My Revolution arrives in September. Following is my spoiler free impressions of these books:

Cuba My Revolution is written by Inverna Lockpez and illustrated by Dean Haspiel (who illustrated Harvey Pekar's The Quitter and The Alcoholic, written by Jonathan Ames). Cuba My Revolution is set in the late 1950's when Fidel Castro began his rule / reign of Cuba. Essentially, Cuba My Revolution is a thinly veiled semi-autobiography of the writer, Inverna Lockpez, who grew up in Cuba and left in the late 1960's. The characters in Cuba My Revolution have a great intensity that matches the intensity of the political climate of that country and in addition to being a gripping story, is a great primer for what people who lived there during that period had to endure.
Dark Rain A…

Amazing Spider-Man & some other comics from last week...

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I haven't really been reading The Amazing Spider-Man since Peter Parker and Mary Jane's marriage was removed from continuity. I thought it was especially annoying that their marriage was written out in such a way that they have no recollection that they were ever married. Well finally, after a few years of Peter and MJ not being married and not remembering that they even were, Marvel (Joe Quesada specifically), is addressing this whole affair with a new story called One Moment In Time. The first part of this storyline didn't do anything for me a couple of weeks ago, but the second chapter that came out this week, while not perfect and I'm sure isn't going to end in a way that puts Peter and MJ back together, does cover some good ground on the whole "we can't be married because my enemies will go after my loved ones" territory and the art by Paolo Rivera is really good (I've liked Quesada's art before, but his art segments in this story arc do …

Alternate Reality Comics is MOVING!!

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Patrons / visitors who have come into my shop, Alternate Reality Comics, in the past two weeks already have heard that I've had my eye on a new location for the store. Well yesterday afternoon, I did the deed and signed my new lease, so starting Wednesday, September 1st 2010, Alternate Reality Comics' new location will be at 4110 S. Maryland Pkwy. #8, right next to Buffalo Exchange (they don't exchange buffaloes, it's just a great busy clothing store!), behind Long John Silver's at the Maryland and Flamingo intersection just about one half mile away from where my store is now, so it's still just a stone's throw from UNLV.

The top photo is an interior shot from old school Alternate Reality Comics and the second photo is an almost empty shot (obviously) of the interior of my new space. Through Tuesday, they're finishing up cleaning the place, but having just gone over there this morning, it's looking pretty spanky! This interior shot doesn't reall…

some great alternative comics...

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The Utopian is a great self published comic by Las Vegan cartoonist, Pj Perez, about a young man who takes it upon himself to fight injustices around his neighborhood. He doesn't have any super powers and one doesn't have to suspend much in the way of disbelief while reading The Utopian, like with Mark Millar's Kick Ass (not that there's anything wrong with the way Mark Millar handled this same premise, nor is The Utopian any less exciting because it isn't "flashy" like Kick Ass). The third print issue of The Utopian just came out, but you can also read The Utopian weekly at: http://www.bleedingneon.com/theutopiancomic/

Pj Perez, through his Pop Goes The Icon self publishing company, produces Omega Comics Presents, an anthology comic with different short comics by different creators, of which Pj writes and draws the lead story, Omega, about a terrorist situation that takes place at Hoover Dam. Good suspenseful comic storytelling, that has great drama that …