Showing posts from March, 2013

Where were you when the first issue of East of West came out!?

 Okay, I'm going to do my roll call of some of the great stash of new comics out today on New Comics Wednesday, but first I want to put on my hyperbole hat and tell everyone how AWESOME the first issue of East of West is!:
I've been a fan of writer, Jonathan Hickman since he first came on the scene as he's a great thinking outside of the box writer with some BIG ideas. Most comic book readers probably know him from his Fantastic Four, FF, SHIELD, Avengers Now, and New Avengers, but he also does a great Image monthly called The Manhattan Projects, that shows that the creation of the atomic bomb was just a cover for what the great minds working on that project were really cooking up.
Here's the sound bite description of East of West: a Sci- Fi western featuring the four horsemen of the apocalypse, who are looking to kill the President (a future President). I was excited about this title when I first heard about it and my expectations for this title were met on every page…

When David Lost His Voice; Judith Vamistendael

Judith Vamistendael is a Belgian cartoonist who also illustrates children's books. When David Lost His Voice was originally published in two volumes in Europe, but now there's this one wonderful 270 page full color hardcover, published by Self Made Hero.
I'm not sure if When David Lost His Voice is a true story, but it sadly could be and whether or not it is true or not, When David Lost His Voice is just a beautifully sad account of David, who gets cancer and  the women in his life and how they're all trying to deal with this reality.  Although When David Lost His Voice, even being 270 pages long, doesn't take very long to read, it is a book you'll want to revisit, share with others, and take time to slow down the animated quality that Judith Vamistendael brings to every page.

The Initiates; Etienne Davodeau

This new graphic novel, The Initiates, written and drawn by Etienne Davodeau, will certainly make my top five graphic novels of 2013! The subtitle of The Initiates is "A Comic Artist and a Wine Artisan Exchange Jobs", which also serves as the best description of what this graphic novel is about. 
Etienne Davodeau, the cartoonist / creator of The Initiates, decides that it would be interesting for is friend, Richard Levy, a wine-maker, and himself to both become familiar with each other's life passion and vocation. They don't trade jobs, although Etienne works with Richard in his vineyards to get a better understanding of what goes into wine-making. Obviously, it would be much more difficult for Richard, who is unfamiliar with the artform that we call comics to just immerse himself into the creative process of making a sequential art production, so he gets his schooling of this medium through Etienne giving him graphic novels to read, taking him to a printer, going to …

Big Plans; Aron Nels Steinke

Looking for something on the alternative side that scratches the itch between new comics / graphic novels by Joe Matt (Peep Show, Paying For It) and Adrian Tomie (Optic Nerve, Summer Blonde)? Well you need look no further than this new handsome graphic novel collection of Aron Nels Steinke's Big Plans mini comic of the same name.
Big Plans is a nice fat graphic novel very nicely designed, basically a voyeuristic look at some of the cartoonists' "adventures", such as getting ready to board an airplane and suspecting that one of his fellow passengers may be a terrorist, playing video games, and getting to go to the Academy Awards ceremony (and getting really drunk while there and trying to hit on some of the actresses) because a friend has an extra ticket. On the surface, some of you may be thinking, how can this make for entertaining reading? Admittedly, slice of life stories, such as Big Plans, aren't for everyone, especially if you're looking for escape from…

The Adventures of Superhero Girl; Faith Erin Hicks - yay!

Long time readers of Ich Liebe Comics! know that one of my favorite graphic novels from a few years ago is Zombie Calling by Canadian cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks, a funny, different kind of zombie story (of which I always have in stock at Alternate Reality Comics). Well I'm happy to report that Faith Erin Hicks has another wonderful graphic novel out, called The Adventures of Superhero Girl, published in glorious hardcover full color by Dark Horse!

The Adventures of Superhero Girl is a great all ages alternative graphic novel with the main character, a mostly average girl, who just happens to have some super powers. Superhero Girl yearns for an arch nemesis, but instead has to deal with characters like a guy who calls himself the Marshmallow Menace, who throws marshmallows and trying to get out of the shadow of her brother, who is a popular superhero. If you like Bryan  Lee O' Malley's Scott Pilgrim, you'll like The Adventures of Superhero Girl because Faith Erin Hick&#…