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    Friday
    Dec202013

    Dan Goldman Discusses 'RED LIGHT PROPERTIES' on The Cosmic Treadmill at FORCES OF GEE

    Last week it was announced that IDW Publishing would be printing Dan Goldman’s cult web-comic Red Light Properties.

    The weird Floridian paranormal real estate agents will be unleashed in a remastered print edition in January.

    Forces of Geek’s Clay N. Ferno put on his fanny pack and asked Dan some questions about the upcoming release and early digital native comics storytelling!


    FOG!: Thanks for joining us to talk Red Light Properties, Dan!

    Dan Goldman: Well, thank you for having me over, Clay! I promise not to spill my Slurpee on this nice rug. 

    IDW is publishing Red Light Properties in January, but the series was started digitally. What’s new about the ‘remastered’ version we’ll see in print? Were the revisions all yours?

    Aside from the 20+ pages the world has never seen before, I’ve recolored and re-lettered literally the entire book as well as redrawn many panels, swapped out early 3D modeling work for updated models, clarified some initially sloppy storytelling and tweaked a good deal of the dialogue. Lettering is normally my final pass at my own scripts, so this was, as they say, another chance to get it right.

    I worked with editor Joan Hilty as the book came into its final shape, and having her eagle eyes were invaluable as I’ve been deep into RLP for years now, but ultimately all the revisions made were my decisions to make.

    [READ MORE AT FORCES OF GEEK]

    Friday
    Dec202013

    Francesco Francavilla's 'THE BLACK BEETLE' Takes a Walk on The Cosmic Treadmill AT FORCES OF GEEK

    Can a review come out in December and not be a gift suggestion?

    Probably not! We do the cool down lap on the Cosmic Treadmill this year with our favorite short run series of the year, Francesco Francavilla’s breakout pulp hit Black Beetle Volume 1:No Way Out from Dark Horse Comics.

    Francavilla’s composition, colors, and ink brush line work complement his own script—drawing influences from noir film to The Shadow and Batman.


    Our hero looks cool, has steampunk weapons and is 100% creator owned and original. The hardcover version serves as a great gift, even for yourself as a sort of ‘reward’ for how generous you have been this season!


    The book starts out with the long out of print One Shot - Black Beetle: Night Shift. I read this volume first in issues as No Way Out #1-4, kicking myself for missing a hard copy of the one-shot and issue #1 when I heard the buzz. The precursor to the main series hits hard with Nazis seeking a lizard amulet, a strong female doctor in a museum and hiding in a sarcophagus. It was clear to me that this was the beginning of a larger world with exciting consequences as we enter Colt City — the home base of the mysterious Black Beetle.

    [READ MORE AT FORCES OF GEEK]

    Wednesday
    Dec182013

    BOOK REVIEW: IPAD: THE MISSING MANUAL, 6TH EDITION

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    Just in time for gifting purposes, O’Reilly Media delivers this new edition of the popular iPad:The Missing Manual. The timing’s ideal for non-holiday reasons too, as it’s only been a matter of months since the last major iOS 7 upgrade and release of new iPad models. As usual, this guide is an entirely useful companion, in paperback or even better via Kindle or iBooks. For those looking for a short version, the answer is yes–it’s worth buying for a loved one. Or yourself.

     

    iPad - The Missing Manual

    Turn your mom into a tablet ninja.

    For the first time ever, I’m gently tapping through this review on the sleek glass surface of a new 64gb iPad Air with a rocket-fast A7 chip. An exclusive iPhone user for years, The Missing Manual has been essential reading in my getting intimate with this new tablet or, as I like to call it, my “comic book delivery device.”

    As it were, 2013 also saw the release of the long-awaited Retina iPad Mini, which one can assume is inspiring innumerable consumers to choose an Apple tablet for the first time. In those cases, problems they might encounter include: Having little experience with iOS; Trying to replace their computer with an iPad (don’t do it!); not being tech savvy at all. The latter is a phrase I loathe, but what else better describes the “Facebook won’t let me do this or that” worrywarts who are always asking for us, the resident nerds, to help them post in their knitting groups?

    Enter The Missing Manual.

    Since 2000, the O’Reilly imprint has conquered the difficult task of communicating computing basics and essentials, and they’ve done it better than the For Dummies series (much respect to the helpers there, but it’s nice to not be insulted right in the title).

    [READ MORE at DIGBOSTON.COM]

     

     

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    Tuesday
    Dec172013

    DigBoston and LeaguePodcast Comic Book Picks of the Week for December 18, 2013




    COMICS



    Happy Holidays, Mr. J! Treat Yo’ Self to the namesake of Kevin Smith’s daughter, Harley Quinn #1 from Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Connor and Chad Hardin! You might get fishnet burn as she takes on the Roller Derby! … Remender returns to wacky sci-fi pulp space adventures in Black Science #2 from Image. … We absolutely have to honor and mention the last issue of Locke and Key (Alpha #2) comes out today. Joe Hill (Stephen King’s Son! & Gabriel Rodriguez) redefined mystery, supernatural and horror comics with this long run. Sad to see it go! … Mistletoe this week from LeaguePodcast!




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    Thursday
    Dec122013

    Triple Shot With a Digital Chaser: UNITY #2, G.I. JOE #11, BRAIN BOY #0 plus CODE MONKEY SAVE WORLD #2 at FORCES OF GEEK

    Christmas comes a little early this year with some amazing comics this week!


    In fact, paring this list down to four was hard for the first time in a while.

    The Valiant Universe crossover continues in Unity #2, our friend Fred Van Lente takes two spots with his last G.I. Joe #11 and an early adventure in Brain Boy #0.

    On ComiXology, Code Monkey get pants and more in his origin, Code Monkey Save World #2

    UNITY #2
    WRITER: Matt Kindt

    ARTIST: Doug Braithwaite
    Publication Date: December 11, 2013
    Price: $3.99
    Publisher: Valiant Comics
    UPC: 85899200312300211
    Buy it HERE


    The struggle against X-O Manowar continues this week in the Valiant crossover Unity #2.

    Toyo Harada’s first wave of infiltrators, a team of Harbingers was largely unsuccessful, and Ninjak got himself captured by the Visigoth and is now trapped in the Vine ship in Romania.

    Does none of that make sense to you?

    Don’t worry, with only two issues in, you can start from the beginning and get a sense of story.

    Valiant, by design, is making their second wave of comics great jumping on points for new readers, and are attracting more with consistent five-star reviews for this Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT) written crossover limited series.

    In issue #2, Livewire, Eternal Warrior and Harada infiltrate the ship and tap into the virtual controls, in attempt to rescue Ninjak and save the planet from Aric’s invasion. 

    The virtual reality fight scenes drawn by Doug Braithwaite ramp the action up to eleven, making for a true page turner.

    I’m telling you, drop event comics from the big two and hop on Unity. Valiant is doing it right.

    Explosive action with real consequences to characters you’ve just met makes for the best kind of comics.

    Not sure quite yet? Wait for the reasonably priced trade in a few months.

     

    [READ MORE at FORCES OF GEEK]

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