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My Friend Dahmer; Derf Backderf

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My Friend Dahmer is the new graphic novel expansion of his 2004 comic of the same name by cartoonist Derf Backderf.

Derf's previous graphic novel, Trailer Parks and Punk Rock, from 2010, was about the music scene out of Ohio and trailer parks, just like the title states. Similarily, My Friend Dahmer, is about what it sounds like, except although Derf went to high school with serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, he (and others) wasn't a close friend of his, rather he (Dahmer) was a big part of their high school pranks and goof offs. My Friend Dahmer isn't a sensationalistic account of how someone becomes a serial killer, but it is an engrossing look at how an outcast from a troubled family life can go on to do the horrific killings Jeffrey Dahmer went on to do between 1978 through 1991.

Batman Live! news, Geoff Johns & Jim Lee tomorrow a.m. on KLAS-CBS!!

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This October, Batman Live! is coming to fabulous Las Vegas! Check out their site:http://www.batmanlive.com/home.php for more info and a REALLY cool video!


Tomorrow morning (6:15am), Wednesday, on KLAS-CBS, writer Geoff Johns and artist Jim Lee of the Justice League (also CEO's of DC Entertainment) will be talking about Batman Live! and other exciting upcoming DC news! How exciting is this!?!

Grandpa Won't Wake Up; Shannon Wheeler

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Grandpa Won't Wake Up is the newest cartoon book by Shannon Wheeler (of Too Much Coffee Man fame) and is a nice hardcover book published by Boom! Town in a format that evokes the little big books of yesteryear.

See this little cartoon here? This and the title of Grandpa Won't Wake Up is exactly what this book is about, but despite how this may look, it's probably not intended for little kids unless they have a really odd sense of humor!

Saga; Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

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Brian K. Vaughan is most known to discriminating comic book readers for his Y The Last Man and Ex Machina (he also did Runaways and Doctor Strange The Oath for Marvel). Today, with artist Fiona Staples, Vaughan debuts his new series, Saga, at Image, and it's going to be one of the most talked about, anticipated comics of the year!

Saga's three central characters are right here on the cover, with the first issue being narrated by Hazel (the daughter), from the future. This is a story about two people who reject their appointed roles in a planetary war, who fell in love and are just trying to find a peaceful place to raise their daughter. Brian K. Vaughan is a master at page-turning, cliff-hanger comics, with great characters and with artist Fiona Staples, we finally get another regular dose (Vaughan hasn't written a comic in years) and I'm sure that everyone will be on the edge of their seats awaiting each issue of Saga!

Thanks Moebius for all the great art!

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After a long illness, Jean Giraud (Moebius), has left this mortal realm, but with the extensive body of artwork he drew over his looooong career, he is immortal. This is amongst my favorite pieces of art by Moebius, but his style was really amongst the most unique that the sequential art medium has ever seen so I could have easily chosen any number of his creations to spotlight here.

The Manhattan Projects, Hell Yeah, & the spike of recent, great new series...

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Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 7th, sees the arrival of two new Image titles, The Manhattan Projects and Hell Yeah. Having just read both of these, I'm here to tell Ich Liebe Comics! readers that these are going to be titles that you're going to want to check out.
MP The Manhattan Projects, is written by Mr. Think Outside of the Box himself, Jonathan Hickman (Fantastic Four, Nightly News, Red Mass For Mars, Red Wing) and drawn by Nick Pitarra (Red Wing). This comic has as its main characters, Robert Oppenheimer and Albert Einstein, but not as you know them from whichever history account you've been exposed to. This was a great first issue that will make you want to pick up the following issues.

Hell Yeah is written by Joe Keatinge (Glory) and drawn by Andre Szymanowicz. The sound bite capsule summation of what Hell Yeah is, is that it shares a tone with Kick Ass and is another one of the recent comics that takes superheroes to the next level, along the lines with what Warren E…

Sheldon Moldoff, last Golden Age Batman artist, in remembrance...

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Sad news for people who love great comic book art, Golden Age comic book artist, Sheldon Moldoff, has died. At the age of 91, he was the last surviving artist who drew Batman during the Golden Age. Besides Batman, he also drew many landmark first stories and covers for characters such as Hawkman and Hawkgirl and Green Lantern, as well as co-creating Batwoman, Ace The Bathound, and Bat-Mite.

This piece of art featuring Batman in his Batcave, is an original I bought from Sheldon Moldoff back in 1998 at the San Diego Comic-Con. I bought this piece because I've loved Sheldon Moldoff's art even before I knew that art was drawn by him (many artists were uncredited in the early days of comic books), but I also bought this piece because it shows Batman being a scientist (remember that episode of The Simpsons in which Homer randomly says "Batman's a scientist."?)

This is a Sheldon Moldoff original of Wonder Woman I bought from him at the 1998 San Diego Comic-Con. Actually…