Showing posts from August, 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 …

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…

Happy New Comics Wednesday 8/20/14 - Multiversity, two Warren Ellis comics, new Brubaker & Phillips title - The Fade Out , & a special fundraiser event party!

 After many, many years of being teased about Grant Morrison's Mutiversity, it's FINALLY here! And it's a lot of fun, with all of the wackiness Grant usually delivers (but not just weird for weird's sake) and great art by Ivan Reis! Ed Brubaker & Sean Philips' new image title, The fade Out looks FANTASTIC! I guess Ellis' Supreme Blue Rose and Trees will be coming out together from here on out and that's not a bad thing in my book! Wicked + Divine #3, LOVE this title! A new Wonder Woman comic (Sensation Comics featuring...)!
 Third chapter of Robin Rises!
Little Nemo looks great, By Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez! Loki and Dead Letters trade collections!

Today (Wednesday, August 20th from 12-8pm, here at Alternate Reality Comics, we're hosting a fundraiser for local big heart guy, Mark Niven, who is raising money to establish his nonprofit Comics For The Masses so that he can better help the Las Vegas community! We'll have FREE Ronald'…
The Boxer, The True Story of Holocaust Survivor Harry Haft is a new graphic novel (well it came out a couple of months ago in a U.S. translated edition, but I just now got around to reading it), by Reinhard Kleist, whose previous graphic novel was Johnny Cash, I See A Darkness. The Boxer was published in Germany in 2011 and has deservedly won many awards there.

Hertzko Haft (he changed his name later to Harry Haft which is explained in The Boxer), was from a Polish town called Belchatow and when the Germans invaded Poland, Haft was one of many who ended up doing forced labor and ultimately being to taken to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Hertzko Haft was forced to fight / box others who were also at Auschwitz. Haft also searched for his first love, Leah Pablanski most of his life after he was separated from her, but I'll let new readers of The Boxer discover for themselves what became of his search.

I've read many a graphic novel, seen movies, and read novels about …

Happy New Comics Wednesday 8/13/14 - Sex Criminals, Original Sin, Spider-Man 2099 edition!

 Any New Comics Wednesday that includes a new Sex Criminals is bound to be a great day! And wait until you get to the last page of this week's Walking Dead and what just happened in the penultimate issue of Original Sin (it's kind of big!)!? This week's new Comics Wednesday is brought to you by the comic tease!
 I enjoyed the first issue of Peter David's Spider-Man 2099 #2 and am looking forward to reading the second one - same with the second Mew Suicide Squad!

Happy New Comics Wednesday 8/6/14 - How The World Was, Grayson #2, New Starlin Thanos GN, & Artist Spotlight opening reception!

 After looking at these four photos of all of the KEEN comics (actually these are just SOME) that are out this week, please read about our Artist Spotlight Opening Reception happening tonight, Wednesday, August 6th, from 5-8pm!

 Just WOW, right!?
The above is one of the art pieces by this month's Alternate Reality Comics Artist Spotlight artist, John Keller! He's got some other cool art pieces, but most of his art on display is some REALLY COOL photography he's done! Here's details:

We're having our first Artist Spotlight focusing on photography as we here at Alternate Reality Comics believe art takes many different forms. We also believe that nature is a powerful art force, which you'll see when you see John Keller's nature photography. John Keller isn't a professional artist, contrary to what the quality of his photography suggests, we're also hosting him to illustrate that there's an artist in each of us. Besides photography, John Kell…

How The World Was: A California Childhood & other GREAT graphic novels this week of 8/6/14!

I read this week's release of How The World Was: A California Childhood by Emmanuel Guibert back in February when Gina Gagliano of First Second distributed some early copies to ComicsPRO members. To say this was one of my most anticipated graphic novels is an understatement, especially for those of you who have read and remembered how much I LOVED Guibert's previous graphic novel also from First Second, titled Alan's War.

Alan Cope, befriended French cartoonist Emmanuel Guibert in the late 1990s and How The World Was is about his growing up in Southern California prior to World War II. Cope, was also the subject of Alan's War (about his World War II experiences). Both How The War Was and Alan's War can be read independently of each other and they are both fantastic accounts of a quiet life, richly lived. Like Harvey Pekar's American Splendor, Guibert's How The World Was (and Alan's War) don't have as their subject matter sensationalistic heroic o…