Showing posts from January, 2011

King of The Flies V.2

Last week, from Fantagraphic Books, the second volume of King Of The Flies was released and it's every bit as great as the first volume (released here in the U.S. last year) was.

King Of The Flies, by Mezzo and Pirus, is one of those graphic novels that is hard to describe, instead I find it's best to describe what it's like. As I mentioned in my Ich Liebe Comics! entry last year about volume one, King Of The Flies is like the creepiness and art of Charles Burns (Black Hole), crossed with Alan Moore's prose and insights into people and the world around us. While I was reading King Of Flies V. 2, I also think it reads like a really good, dark work of crime fiction, with David Lynch (such as Blue Velvet, one of my very favorite movies) aspects to the characters and story. So if you like any of these aforementioned creators works, I think you'll really like King Of The Flies. As with volume 1, volume 2 is part of a bigger story (and I don't know how many total volu…

David Boring; Daniel Clowes, revisited

The other day I somehow was between new comics / graphic novels to read, so I reread Daniel Clowes' David Boring graphic novel that collects three issues of his Eightball comic.

The collected David Boring softcover came out in 2000 (I didn't remember it being that long ago) and although I liked it when it first came out, I liked it even more this time around. David Boring is a fictional story about David Boring, whose absentee father was a minor league comic book artist (and no relation to Wayne Boring, an actual artist that drew Superman for years), and like Clowes' other comic book creations, features characters who are too self-aware and nihilistic (traits that I don't think are entirely bad qualities). Basically, if you've like other Daniel Clowes graphic novels like Ghost World or Ice Haven (my favorite of his work) and or the graphic novels of Adrian Tomine (Shortcomings, Summer Blonde), you'll enjoy David Boring, which is anything about boring.

I often lam…

It Was The War Of The Trenches

Excellent!, Excellent, Excellent! Just last week, here at Alternate Reality Comics (where we're experiencing a heat wave in late January, here in Vegas!), I received what I thought was a new U.S. release of a great World War I graphic novel by French cartoonist, Jacques Tardi, called, It Was The War Of The Trenches (I'm going to call it Trenches for the rest of this entry so that I don't use up to much space here on the internet). Well it turns out Trenches was released last April here in the U.S. and I somehow missed it the first time around! I was going to call it the first great graphic novel of 2011 that I've read, but now I'm going to more correctly call it one of the VERY best graphic novels of 2010!

Trenches is a fictionalized account of some French and German soldiers in the trenches during World War I, but other than the fictionalized characters, everything else has an historical accuracy (not that I was there, but trust me, this reads as I imagine things p…

The Utopian / Shade Tree benefit - HUGE sucess!

On the left is Pj Perez, creator, writer and artist of The Utopian and on the right is Hernan Valencia, the cover artist for The Utopian graphic novel.

I couldn't have been happier with how The Utopian book launch, and Shade Tree (a local non profit organization that helps homeless and abused women, children, and pets) benefit played out today!
Just some of the many, many people who came out, to get Pj's The Utopian and donate to Shade Tree. It was great to see so many of my old friends, new friends, and people I haven't seen in a long time (and or who hadn't been to my store since I moved prior to today)!
Jason Lovin, a friend and one of my substitute worker bees here at Alternate Reality Comics, getting ready to get his Slider Truck lunch on! Of course the Slider Truck was a big hit! Today I had an idea to get a vegan food truck up and running here in Vegas, so I'm gonna call new Las Vegan vegan, Steve Wynn to finance this for me (I'm only half joking, so pleas…

The Utopian TP party / Shade Tree benefit / HUGE back issue sale, & the SLIDER TRUCK tomorrow!

I realize that I've had an Ich Liebe Comics! entry about Pj Perez' The Utopian graphic novel launch celebration and Shade Tree benefit (and back issue sale) already, but there's a new addition to the fun by the name of the Slider Food Truck, who'll be here for the entire event (12-3pm, Saturday, Jan. 22nd)!

Here in this first photo is the star of tomorrow, The Utopian graphic novel, which I like to describe in a sound bite as a little bit Kick Ass, mixed with a little V For Vendetta, and topped with a lot of honesty in terms of the focus on issues high school kids have to deal with, as well as the whole bullying subculture that exists and what one person does to try to change this.

Pj Perez, the creator, writer and artist of The Utopian, did this initially as an online comic that was also released in single issues, before its now definitive version as a full color graphic novel with extensive end notes. Pj Perez grew up and went to school here in Vegas and you'll app…

Back to school for me!

This afternoon I got to take part in helping promote literacy at Will Beckley Elementary School, here in Las Vegas.

The theme was superheroes, so of course they had to invite a comic book store, and I want to thank Tracy and Meggin for having Alternate Reality Comics be that comic store! This first photo is me with Literacy Man!

This cool sign, made by one of the teachers, sums up the objective of their event!

These excited young lads were just three of the MANY elementary students of Will Beckley that got some cool free comics from Alternate Reality Comics that will hopefully encourage them to read more (and maybe become regular comic book fans - grin)!

I can't remember the names of these two large reading mascot characters behind these girls, but all of the kids loved that they were at the event! Actually the only bigger reaction of the entire event was a local team of fire fighters, who gave the kids a tour of their engine - they, along with police officers and doctors and SCHOOL …

Batwoman update & some J.H. cover art!

Some of you have heard that J.H. Williams III's new Batwoman series was supposed to start in February, well some of you may have also heard that the debut of this new series has been moved to April. Today, on his blog, J.H. clarifies why this is happening (and it's not because he's a video game junkie, because he's not - grin!). Click here:
The three images here on this Ich Liebe Comics! entry were also posted today by J.H. and are the covers of Batman Inc. issues #3, #4, and #5, sans logo. Sadly, Batman Inc., by Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette, which has been highly entertaining, is also running late, but this lateness has nothing to do with J.H.

Damn, these are some fine, fine looking pieces of art, right!? Of course I'm with those of you who are sad to be waiting for Batwoman to start, but anyone who knows and loves J.H.'s art, knows that he doesn't take short cuts and when the issues appear, we'll all agree that it was…

DC Comics new, lower priced comics!

This snazzy poster by Ivan Reis is now hanging up at my store and the first 100 people that come in to Alternate Reality Comics tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 19th, will get one of these posters free with your purchase of a DC comic! DC has lowered most of their comic book line to $2.99 (at least 85% of their line), so now is a great time to try out a DC comic that you've been wanting to try.

This display is of some of the DC Comics that came out last week. For the month of January, DC is going with a cover theme, which has the main character or characters of their various superhero comics in a striking pose alongside cool logo visuals on a white background. These comics really do stand out amongst the seas of titles out there and look great when displayed together. Here are some of tomorrow's DC's comics for your consideration, with equally cool covers: Superman / Batman, Supergirl, Batman, Brightest Day, Green Lantern Corps, Legion of Superheroes, and Justice League of America…

The Utopian TP release party & Shade Tree benefit!

Alternate Reality Comics (located at 4110 S. Maryland Pkwy. #8, next to Buffalo Exchange at the Maryland & Flamingo intersection, of course) is happy to announce that Saturday, January 22nd from 12-3pm, I'll be hosting Pj Perez' launch party for the trade paperback collection of The Utopian! We are tying in this fun time with a benefit for Shade Tree, a non profit local organization that helps homeless and abused women and children. For a list of items that Shade Tree is in need of in addition to donations, click here: Additionally I'll have the biggest back issue sale I've ever had at Alternate Reality Comics and ALL of the proceeds from that sale will be donated to Shade Tree!

For readers of Ich Liebe Comics! that haven't read the online version of The Utopian or the single issues yet, Pj put together a REALLY handsome collected version of his comic about a high school senior who takes it upon himself to fight the i…

Charles Holbert Jr. art!!

The art shown here is by Charles Holbert Jr., all around great guy and resident artist of one of Las Vegas' other fine comic book stores, Comic Oasis! Derrick (owner of Comic Oasis) had Charles make cartoon art images of several of the comic book store owners here in Vegas and then Holly made buttons for all of us. That's me on the left and Kate on the right, with Epstein (the Alternate Reality Comics mascot) in the middle - we couldn't be more pleased with our cartoon selves! Thanks Charles and everyone at Comic Oasis!

To check out more of Charles Hlbert Jr.'s art check out his deviant art page:

V.A.G.I.N.A. bake sale benefit for Red Rock graffiti clean up tomorrow!

Tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 8th from 10am-2pm, Alternate Reality Comics, will be hosting a bake sale to benefit the graffiti clean up at Red Rock!

The bakers, brains, and muscle on the front lines of this bake sale benefit for Red Rock is Stephanie Payne and her friends, who collectively call themselves, Very Awesome Girls Into Nerdy Activities (V.A.G.I.N.A.- nobody has a problem with that wonderful word, right, grin!?). V.A.G.I.N.A. is a fairly recently formed group with the only criteria to join being that you're a gal and love everything geekdom embraces (but guys can also be friends of V.A.G.I.N.A. because they're all inclusive!). So they'll be at my store, Alternate Reality Comics (4110 S. Maryland Pkwy. #8 at the intersection of Maryland & Flamingo behind the Long John Silver's, right next to Buffalo Exchange) and at both Maximum Comics locations from 10am-2pm to accept donations for their baked goods, of which all of the proceeds will go to the Red Rock graffiti…

The Cape; Joe Hill

The Cape #1 (no relation to the upcoming NBC television show of the same name), is a one shot comic written by Jason Ciaramella, from a short prose story by Joe Hill (author of Locke & Key and son of Stephen King), drawn by Zach Howard, and published by IDW.

The Cape came out a couple of weeks ago, but I just got around to reading it yesterday and it made for a great first comic to read to kick off 2011. This is one of my Ich Liebe Comics! posts in which I talk even less about the actual story then I usually do (as regular readers of Ich Liebe Comics! may have noticed, my entries here mostly serve as a shout out for a comic or graphic novel that may have been overlooked by most people), because The Cape is one of those comics that the less you know about it the more impact it'll have when you read it. And I'm certain that everyone who reads The Cape #1 will want to read more, and although this is a one shot comic, at the end of this issue there is a notation that there will…

Whatever happened to Big Numbers?

Over on facebook today a friend of mine, PJ, posted a link that has artist Bill Sienkiewicz, talking about what happened to Big Numbers, a series he worked on with Alan Moore, of which only three issues were ever completed (only two issues were ever published). I think that if Big Numbers had ever been completed it would have been one of the most amazing works ever in the sequential art medium we call comics.

The following piece by Bill Sienkiewicz is long, but it's great, honest writing on what stalled Big Numbers and has some of the most descriptive passages that I've read about what it's like working with wordsmith master, Alan Moore. Here's the link: