Monday, May 20, 2019

Cullen Bunn Q&A Plus a Punk Mambo #2 Teaser

With Punk Mambo being one of our favorite new comics, and personally not knowing much about the characters past, I felt obliged to get a bit of insight on the series from the writer, Cullen Bunn.

Cullen is one of the busiest writers in comics today, having worked on titles such as Deadpool, and Pumpkinhead (which happens to be illustrated by Comic Book Swap Meet guest Blacky Shepherd) so it was a treat that he took the time for us.

Before delving in to our Q&A, we have someteasers from Punk Mambo #2 for you to Check out, via Valiant Entertainment...

In issue 2 Punk Mambo faces off with Uncle Gunnysack, a demon who's been abducting loa's, or voodoo spirits. Let's see what kind of mystical scraps she gets into in the second issue of five. 

Cullen Bunn and artist Adam Gorham (the New Mutants, the Violent, X-O Manowar), bring us Punk Mambo #2, which hits comic retailers May 29th.

With all the nice reviews and acclaim so far after only one issue being released, I checked in with Valiant's Editorial director, Robert Myers about the possibility of it becoming an ongoing series, and he says, "Punk Mambo is an incredible character, and I’m very excited for the reception that Cullen and Adam’s first issue received. Cullen certainly has more Punk Mambo stories to tell; I’d love to see them. If the fans demand it, we’ll have no choice!"

Pre-order it because This one is gonna fly off the shelves.


Pre-order it because This one is gonna fly off the shelves.. Now dig in to the Q&A.

thestevetrout: Who came up with the character(s) in Punk Mambo?

CULLEN BUNN: I believe Punk Mambo was created by Peter Milligan and Roberto de la Torre in the SHADOWMAN book. But, if I’m being honest, I really wanted to treat Punk as a creator-owned character and do my own thing with her. Obviously, I want to honor what has come before, but there were times while writing this when I almost convinced myself that I was the only person who had ever written the character! Now, there are other characters who appear in this series for the first time. The villain is a new character for the Valiant Universe, and I think he’ll present a unique threat going forward. Marie Laveau was a real-world Voodoo priestess, and she appears in this series and has a big role to play. Also, we’re introducing a pantheon of Voodoo “gods” to the world. While one of them—Baron Samedi—has appeared before, the others are new…or are at least being presented in a new light!

thestevetrout: What were some inspirations in developing such a unique hero?

BUNN: I read a lot of occult detective stories. Of course, since I’m a comic fan, that brings Vertigo’s Hellblazer to mind, and that’s absolutely a source of inspiration, but I’m also talking about occult detectives in prose, such as Dresden of The Dresden Files, Sandman Slim, John Taylor from the Nightside series, Felix Castor from The Devil You Know, Sonja Blue from Sunglasses After Dark, and so, so many more. I thought it would be great to give the Valiant Universe a character that fits into that mold and who could go on any number of wild, scary, thrilling adventures. I definitely wanted to lean into the grand tradition of badass occult detectives with loads and loads of issues, so here we go!

thestevetrout: Did you do much research into stuff like Voodoo lore while developing Punk Mambo?

BUNN: I did! Well... I did enough research to make me dangerous! I wanted Punk Mambo’s world of magic to feel unique and different. I wanted he rituals and spells to have a unique flair. And I wanted the world she’s adventuring in to feel authentic. I had already done quite a bit of research on my own. I’ve taken a few trips to New Orleans, and while there I always dig into Voodoo lore. But I didn’t want to get so bogged down in realism that it wasn’t exciting for the comic. I mean, this is a superhero universe. So, I also leaned heavily into the cinematic aspects of Voodoo, too. 

thestevestrout: Do you feel more pressure telling a full story in a miniseries like this, versus an ongoing book where you can develop and grow over time? 

BUNN: Not necessarily. It’s nice to know from the outset that you have five issues for the story. Sometimes, ongoing series don’t last as long as you would like, and if you’re not careful, you end up scrambling to tie up all your long-term plans over the course of a single issue! Now, that’s pressure! With this, I was able to plan for the beginning, middle, and end straight away. I know readers will get a satisfying story. My hope, of course, is that readers like this so much that we come back for another series! There’s plenty more adventures for Punk Mambo to have!

thestevestrout: With him being such a brilliant artist, how easy was the working relationship with Adam Gorham, and how well did he portray your vision for Punk Mambo

BUNN: Working with Adam is a breeze! He elevates every script in such fantastic ways. I think he portrays Punk Mambo perfectly—beautiful, gritty, tough, dirty, and scary. He brings it all to the page!

Thanks again for the time, Cullen!

For more on Punk Mambo, visit www.valiantentertainment.com.

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Steve Strout is the media mastermind (haha) behind this site, host of the Comic Book Swap Meet, nerd, terrible artist, gamer, convention goer and comic book reader who spends more time rescuing toys from thrift shops than a normal adult should. He is also known around the northwest for his promotion of live music and stand-up comedy events and is the creator/producer of the Comic Book Swap Meet mini convention, and Olympic Peninsula Comedy Competition (which will make it's big return soon!). Follow him on Instagram at http://instagram.com/thestevestrout, and  He can be reached for comments at ptcomedy@yahoo.com on twitter at @thestevestrout

          




Sunday, May 19, 2019

The Comic Book Swap Meet returns July 13th!

I'm excited to announce the return of the Comic Book Swap Meet on July 13th.

If you didnt know, the Comic Book Swap Meet is our own "mini comic con" we produce here in Chimacum, Washington on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula, just west of Seattle. 

The 2019 edition of the show features a great lineup of guests, including:

Jeremy Colwell

Jeremy Colwell, our guest of honor, is a comic artist who is currently doing the color work on the Batman and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover series, which just launched volume 3 of IDW and DC's epic crossover event.  He is also known for He-Man/Thundercats, Powerpuff Girls, and Super Angry Birds among many other titles.

With this year being Batman's 80th Anniversary, and the Ninja Turtles turning 35, this is a great chance to celebrate these fan favorote franchises, meet an artist on one of the hottest selling comics today. 

CD Poe

CD Poe is a popular artist on the northwest convention scene, and favorite regular at the Comic Book Swap Meet. 

His fantasy themed art has been featured by Valiant Comics and can be found on the labels of one of the areas favorite ice cream companies, Viking Ice Cream, based in Poulsbo, WA. He Will be joining us again by popular demand with his original art prints and more. Be sure to visit his table at the show!

Blood and Gourd 

Representatives from the Blood and Gourd comic series will join us with art and copies of their owner produced series about mutant pumpkins waging war on humans. Check out our preview on the comic in Cool Projects #21 by clicking HERE, and come and grab the first 3 issues of one of the best produced indie comic books going.

Blacky Shepherd

We mentioned Batman and TMNT having anniversaries this year, but ww also have another iconic character celebrating a milestone, as Vampirella turns 50 this year, Vampirella. Our next guest, Blacky Shepherd, is an artist on a popular series featuring Vampirella, in Vampirella vs Re-animator from Dynamite Entertainment.

Mr. Shepherd is a rising star on the comic scene, having worked on other popular titles such as Voltron: From the Ashes, Pumpkinhead (based on the 80s horror franchise) and recently doing cover work for the G.I. Joe comic.

On top of these great comic creators, we will be joined some some local indie creators, along with a bunch of great vendors selling comic books, collectibles, and so much more. 

We will also be giving back to the community by offering discounted admission for attendees who bring a non perishable food item for our local food bank, as well as a raffle for another local charity.

The Comic Book Swap Meet takes place July 13th at the Tri Area Community Center in Chimacum Washington. Admission is only $5 or discounted to $3 if you bring a non perishable for the food bank. We look forward to hanging out with you! Cosplay is highly encouraged!

This event wouldn't be possible without our amazing area sponsors:

www.valiantentertainment.com

Be sure to visit Anime Kat at 114 W 1st St. In Port Angeles WA and online at www.animekat.com for an extensive collection of anime, manga, Magic the Gathering, and so much more!

Ferino's Pizzeria is our favorite pizza joint in the area, and one of our favorite places to kick back with some great pizza with friends and family. We even bring along games to hang and play. Stop in for bite at 846 Ness' Corner Rd., Port Hadlock, WA. Check out their menu at www.ferinos.com 

The Retro Emporium in Kent, WA has one of the the areas best selection of collectibles and nerdy fares. Check out the shop at 328 Meeker in Kent and tell them we sent ya. They also have a great online selection at www.sweetgyrldesigns.etsy.com

Brocante is located at 105 W 1st St in Port Angeles and has one of the largest selection of antiques, collectables, records with a nice selection of comics too! They will bring a variety of goodies to the Comic Book Swap Meet on July 13th. They are also developing an online marketplace, but for now, stop by www.etsy.com/shop/BrocanteSound

The Printery, baaed in Port Townsend, WA is the areas 'go to' place for all your printing needs, providing top quality work at competitive prices. Check out the wide array of services the Printery provides at www.printery.com
We appreciate all of our fantastic sponsors, and hope you check them all out too!

Stay tuned here and at Facebook.com/ComicBookSwapMeet for the latest on the Olympic Peninsula's own "Mini Comic Con"!



Steve Strout is the media mastermind (haha) behind this site, host of the Comic Book Swap Meet, nerd, terrible artist, gamer, convention goer and comic book reader who spends more time rescuing toys from thrift shops than a normal adult should. He is also known around the northwest for his promotion of live music and stand-up comedy events and is the creator/producer of the Comic Book Swap Meet mini convention, and Olympic Peninsula Comedy Competition (which will make it's big return soon!). Follow him on Instagram at http://instagram.com/thestevestrout, and  He can be reached for comments at ptcomedy@yahoo.com on twitter at @thestevestrout

          

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Cool Projects #21

Dig in to Cool Projects #21, and consider checking out and supporting these works.

First of all, if youve been on social media AT ALL, youve probably come across DC Comic's ad campaign for Lauren Myracle's YA graphic novel, Under The Moon: A Catwoman Tale. They pulled out all the stops even as far as to produce trailers for the comic.
I figured with as much effort as DC put in, and having been written by a bestselling author, why not check out the preview pages at
I can honestly say, this teaser sets the table for a really good book about a young reclusive Salina Kyle and her background like coming from a broken home, relationship with Bruce Wayne and her own family. While making attempts to allow herself to connect with the world,  something tragic happens, only to send her spiraling back into a dark hole.

I can dig where its going and am highly considering grabbing a copy of Under The Moon: A Catwoman Tale. I think Lauren Myracle and DC might have nailed it with this one. Track it down.

I also came across another great looking board game Kickstarter campaign, which I liked for the nostalgic factor..

Space Invaders the Board Game, from 612 Entertainment is coming soon. Based on one of the early arcade classics, Space Invaders, this card and board combination game wont require you to spend all thoae hard earned quarters, while still allowing you to kick alien , and your oponent's butt.

The developer has already reached their funding goal, but this one seems worth checking out, especially for a game lover like myself. Here's the link to the Space Invaders campaign: www.kickstarter.com/projects/533894064/space-invaders-the-board-game

Im especially excited about this last one because its one of the most polished indie comics I've read, its full of gore and humor, and they're going to be represented at the Comic Book Swap Meet, which we will discuss in another article.

I'm talking about issue 3 of Blood and Gourd. Blood and Gourd is Jenz Lund's series about killer mutant pumpkins attacking humans. Is it nature fighting back, or just supernatural beings possessing the gourds?

It has a really B-horror movie feel to it, and if you're into really cheesy and gory horror stories told through amazing artwork and writing, then you'll love this series.  Do yourself a favor and get ahold of the Blood and Gourd comics. You wont be let down. You might be grossed out, but in a good way. You can score digital and hard copies of the first two issues, and Blood and Gourd. #3 at webleedhalloween.com

As mentioned, the Blood and Gourd team will be represented at the Comic Book Swap Meet. The Comic Book Swap Meet is a "mini comic con" produced by thestevestrout.com on the Olympic Peninsula in western Washington State. Keep up on info on that event at Facebook.com/ComicBookSwapMeetf, and if your in the Pacific Northwest, please try to join us!



Steve Strout is the media mastermind (haha) behind this site, host of the Comic Book Swap Meet, nerd, terrible artist, gamer, convention goer and comic book reader who spends more time rescuing toys from thrift shops than a normal adult should. He is also known around the northwest for his promotion of live music and stand-up comedy events and is the creator/producer of the Comic Book Swap Meet mini convention, and Olympic Peninsula Comedy Competition (which will make it's big return soon!). Follow him on Instagram at http://instagram.com/thestevestrout, and  He can be reached for comments at ptcomedy@yahoo.com on twitter at @thestevestrout

          



Monday, May 13, 2019

Cool Projects #20

Thanks for continuing to visit the site. We really enjoy this feature we call "Cool Projects". We use this as an outlet to preview, review, and support comics, games, crowdfunding campaigns, tv, movies, and whatever other pop culture and media we believe you might be intrigued by. Please feel free to share any projects you come across or are a part of to possibly be featured here in "Cool Projects", whether it be an independent project or major publisher/studio work.

And now...lets get into Cool Projects #20. 


Our first features the second installment of Fallen World. Fallen World #2, from Valiant Entertainment, features eye catching art by Adam Pollina with a solid script by Dan Abnett.

Rai is a cyborg samurai from thousands of years in the future, who battles unstoppable enemies like robot dinosaurs. In this next chapter he faces his most dangerous foe yet, in his creator. 

Art courtesy of
valiantentertainment.com
If you're into lots of sword fighting action, be sure to pre order a copy of Fallen World #2 from your local comic shop, as it drops early June and is sure to fly off shelves. The art itself is enough to sell the comic. I'm looking forward to reading it. 



Here is a great game to keep an eye on. Gatwick Games will be launching a Kickstarter soon for Dungeon Royale! Dungeon Royale! is said to "look and feel like a video game" and is "full of death, stealing, heroes, and dragons". 

As an avid board gamer, I'm personally very interested on this one and will keep an eye out for more news. I will definitely share via our social media outlets once there is more on the Kickstarter launch, but for now stay tuned to their site at www.gatwickgames.com


Steve Strout is the media mastermind (haha) behind this site, host of the Comic Book Swap Meet, nerd, terrible artist, gamer, convention goer and comic book reader who spends more time rescuing toys from thrift shops than a normal adult should. He is also known around the northwest for his promotion of live music and stand-up comedy events and is the creator/producer of the Comic Book Swap Meet mini convention, and Olympic Peninsula Comedy Competition (which will make it's big return soon!). Follow him on Instagram at http://instagram.com/thestevestrout, and  He can be reached for comments at ptcomedy@yahoo.com on twitter at @thestevestrout

          

Monday, May 6, 2019

Cool Projects #19

Dig in to Cool Projects #19! We think you'll dig these ones, and if you do, SHARE AWAY!

Top Cow Comics will be releasing Paradox Girl Vol. 1, collecting the first 6 issues of the series, on May 29th. Paradox Girl is a hero like we've never seen before having the ability to teleport through time accurately to moments, without causing rifts in the universal continuity.

She uses the ability to help her sidekick Axiom Man solve issues and defeat enemies (like a kaiju and a wild wolverine), when she isn't distracted with fighting herself.

I'm a couple issues in to reading this amusing take on superhero comics, and can see creators Cayti Elle Bourquin and Yishan Li taking Paradox Girl into the future. Be sure to ask your local comic retailer to stock Paradox Girl Vol. 1 or order it via Top Cow Comics at topcow.com/paradox.

Speaking of unique comic books...

Indie comic creators and sibling team up of Brandon and Phillip Diaz, along with colorist Eugene Betivu, bring us Magic Cop via their Zaid Comics imprint. 

You can check out a preview issue of this comic, which Magic Cop writer Phillip Diaz describes as "Miami Vice meets Halloween Town", via their website at www.zaidcomics.com

I grabbed a copy of the Magic Cop preview, and found myself sucked right in to this new twist on a police drama. This world, set in the city of Ambrosia, jumps right into an interrogation scene where Iggy Cromwell, the Magic Cop, is trying to get info from what seems to be a demon gangster who won't sell out his boss...Leading Magic Cop to use his powers to get his info, and get on the case, and on the chase for the criminal mastermind known as Daimyo Kui.

Though the preview is short, it playwd out like a good movie trailer, and there is just enough story to leave me wanting to read more. In my opinion, that is what a good. comic book story should do. Isn't it?
The full graphic novel, which is in the works will bring us, as Phillip Diaz explains, "the story of Magic Cop as he learns to work with his wolfman partner on the case of a the murder of a mermaid hooker". Ummm, yes please! I'm intrigued.

Did I mention you can read the Magic Cop preview for free by signing up for their email list at zaidcomics.com? Go check it out.

Before wrapping this edition of "Cool Projects", I wanna drop the link for this Kickstarter.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Vampirella character. There are a bunch of great works being released in celebration of her 50 years, with this campaign for artist Jose Gonzales' amazing sculpture being one of the coolest. I think it looks amazing and would be worth contrubuting to, especially with these awesome rewards available...check it out:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dynamiteent/vampirella-50th-anniversary-statue-by-jose-gonzale

As always, thanks for reading, and if you have a "Cool Project" you think we would dig, or if you would like to contribute to the site whether it be a review, cpnvention coverage, commentary, or anything that might interest our audience, drop a line. Let's chat!

Steve Strout is the media mastermind (haha) behind this site, host of the Comic Book Swap Meet, nerd, terrible artist, gamer, convention goer and comic book reader who spends more time rescuing toys from thrift shops than a normal adult should. He is also known around the northwest for his promotion of live music and stand-up comedy events and is the creator/producer of the Comic Book Swap Meet mini convention, and Olympic Peninsula Comedy Competition (which will make it's big return soon!). Follow him on Instagram at http://instagram.com/thestevestrout, and  He can be reached for comments at ptcomedy@yahoo.com on twitter at @thestevestrout

          


The Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer dropped!

Life after Endgame begins for Spider-Man, in Spider-Man: Far From Home, and the new trailer dropped this morning...AND IT LOOKS AWESOME! 

Check it out!

What are your thoughts? Honestly, I'm probably more excited for Far From Home, than any other Spider-Man movie to date. Talk to us on Twitter: @thestevestrout

Steve Strout is the media mastermind (haha) behind this site, host of the Comic Book Swap Meet, nerd, terrible artist, gamer, convention goer and comic book reader who spends more time rescuing toys from thrift shops than a normal adult should. He is also known around the northwest for his promotion of live music and stand-up comedy events and is the creator/producer of the Comic Book Swap Meet mini convention, and Olympic Peninsula Comedy Competition (which will make it's big return soon!). Follow him on Instagram at http://instagram.com/thestevestrout, and  He can be reached for comments at ptcomedy@yahoo.com on twitter at @thestevestrout

          



Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Cool Projects #18

Cool Projects #18 brings us a fun Y.A. comic and , check it out and share away!

Boom Studios imprint Boom! Box. brings us Lumberjanes: Somewhere That's Green, a one shot story from the acclaimed Lumberjanes series.

In this issue the Janes, having a case of cabin fever after being rained in at camp, hear what sounds like lost kittens. The Janes set out to reunite them with their mother, only to end up stuck a new secret part of their universe, described as a "green haven full of magical and wondrous plants".  This adventure calls for them to uses their friendship and smarts to get out of the situation. 

Though I haven't read any of the Lumberjanes series, based on Boom!'s preview I can see how the series is so well received. It seems like a great title for younger comic readers who like an adventure. It also helps that the writing is fun, in the sense that you feel like you're literally listening to adoloscent kids in the real world.  Some scripts can feel over written and this just has a real vibe.  Seanan McGuire really finds the voice of the youth. That combined with Alexa Bosy's bold, colorful art makes for a great, fun comic...as comic books were meant to be.

Though its a Y.A. series, I may search out some to read myself, when I'm in the mood for a lighthearted comic. This issue hits stores May 29th from Boom! Studios. More info can be found at www.boom-studios.com

Since this weekend is Free Comic Book Day, which I posted about recently HERE, I figure why not share a few preview pages of Valiant's arguably most popular (and dangerous) character, Bloodshot and their FCBD special Bloodshot issue...I might mention will also lead in to the new series by Tim Seeley later this year.  I love this artwork!

This looks epic, and gets me excited for the Bloodshot movie next year!

Are you going to check out these comics, or have you already been into these series'? Where's a good place for new readers to jump in to the titles?

Be sure to keep us in the loop on any exciting new projects that we should cover, whether it be comics, games, movies or whatever piques ypur interest. I'm always open to new contributors and guest posters here at thestevestrout.com. Wanna join the fun? Hit us up on Twitter at @thestevestrout and at www.facebook.com/ComicBookSwapMeet!

Steve Strout is the media mastermind (haha) behind this site, host of the Comic Book Swap Meet, nerd, terrible artist, gamer, convention goer and comic book reader who spends more time rescuing toys from thrift shops than a normal adult should. He is also known around the northwest for his promotion of live music and stand-up comedy events and is the creator/producer of the Comic Book Swap Meet mini convention, and Olympic Peninsula Comedy Competition (which will make it's big return soon!). Follow him on Instagram at http://instagram.com/thestevestrout, and  He can be reached for comments at ptcomedy@yahoo.com on twitter at @thestevestrout

          


Sunday, April 28, 2019

Free Comic Book Day Is This Weekend!

Free comic Book day is this Saturday, May 4th! There are 51 titles that will be available free! Check out these awesome free books here in this official Free Comic Book Day Previews video from freecomicbookday.com:

You can also find previews from some of the books here:

https://www.freecomicbookday.com/catalog

What are some of the books you are interested in this Free Comic Book Day? I'm after the Spawn, TMNT, and Vampirella. Hopefully I can score those copies!

Get out and support your local comic book store, have fun, and be sure to purchase some other goodies!

What titles are you after? What comic shop do you regular? Give am a shout out! Let us know on Twitter @thestevestrout or post at Facebook.com/comicbookswapmeet

Steve Strout is the media mastermind (haha) behind this site, host of the Comic Book Swap Meet, nerd, terrible artist, gamer, convention goer and comic book reader who spends more time rescuing toys from thrift shops than a normal adult should. He is also known around the northwest for his promotion of live music and stand-up comedy events and is the creator/producer of the Comic Book Swap Meet mini convention, and Olympic Peninsula Comedy Competition (which will make it's big return soon!). Follow him on Instagram at http://instagram.com/thestevestrout, and  He can be reached for comments at ptcomedy@yahoo.com on twitter at @thestevestrout

          

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Cool Projects #17

Cool Projects #17 kicks off with the debut of Punk Mambo, a mini series from Valiant Comics.

Punk Mambo #1 introduces us to Mambo, a voodoo priestess on a mission to rescue children from cannibalistic mutants in the Louisiana bayou, but ends up with a whole new set of problems and rescue missions in her own best interest.

Punk Mambo uses her street smarts, mystical powers and sass to make it in her world, though it may new be enough to get through her new issues. Overall I'm really intrigued by the plot and the script enough to continue the series, but fell even more so for Adam Gorham's art, which was exquisitely colored by Jose Villarubia.   

Punk Mambo #1 dropped this week from Valiant Comics, featuring the creative duo of writer Cullen Bunn and artist Adam Gorham, who set the tone for an exciting supernatural saga. Grab issue #1 of Punk Mambo now and get ready for Punk Mambo #2 on May 29th!

Another project that caught my eye was a Kickstarter for That Monster Show

That Monster Show is described as an "Adult Swim style show" based on a group of retro monsters being banished to sunny Florida. 

Show creator Carl King brings his hilarious animated show to life using the voice talents of a pair of fan favorite cosplayers, LeAnna Vamp and Joanie Brosas among other talented voice actors. 

That Monster Show is on its way to its crowd funding goal but can still use our help...with a series of contributor awards they're offering, it's hard to resist. Go check out and consider backing That Monster Show today at:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/carlking/that-monster-show-animated

Update: The Kickstarter campaign for That Monster Show has wrapped, but you can still back the project via IndieGoGo at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/that-monster-show-animated#/

Steve Strout is the media mastermind (haha) behind this site, host of the Comic Book Swap Meet, nerd, terrible artist, gamer, convention goer and comic book reader who spends more time rescuing toys from thrift shops than a normal adult should. He is also known around the northwest for his promotion of live music and stand-up comedy events and is the creator/producer of the Comic Book Swap Meet mini convention, and Olympic Peninsula Comedy Competition (which will make it's big return soon!). Follow him on Instagram at http://instagram.com/thestevestrout, and  He can be reached for comments at ptcomedy@yahoo.com on twitter at @thestevestrout

          

Friday, April 26, 2019

Cool Projects #16


In this edition of cool projects , number 16 to be exact, I'm going to mention an upcoming service that definitely don't need the promotional help from this little website, but the more news that drops on it, the more I'm pumped for it!

I'm talking about Disney+...

The streaming service launches November 12, 2019, and is set to bring us a lot of intriguing new content to go along with an already extensive catalogue from Disney, Marvel, and the Star Wars universe. 

A few projects in the news coming on Disney+ include:   

The Mandalorian, which we mentioned in the Star Wars Celebration post recently. If you missed that check out that entry HERE

The Mandalorian will be produced by Favreau, with various directors, including Taika Waititi, which personally has me amped up. 

A couple other shows debuting on Disney+ will be Wandavision, in which Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen reprise their roles as Vision and Scarlett Witch. 

That should be a good one, as should Falcon and Winter Soldier. Reports on the great chemistry between Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan can only equate to a great show...I mean, they were awesome together in Endgame (which I hope you've all had the pleasure of seeing by now!). 

If those Cool Projects werent enough to sell Disney+, then that backlog of Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars classics should be enough. 

What are your thoughts? Are going to order the streaming service in the fall? It's apparently going to be cheaper than Netflix and Hulu too! Tweet us. We wanna hear from you! Twitter.com/thestevestrout.com

Steve Strout is the media mastermind (haha) behind this site, host of the Comic Book Swap Meet, nerd, terrible artist, gamer, convention goer and comic book reader who spends more time rescuing toys from thrift shops than a normal adult should. He is also known around the northwest for his promotion of live music and stand-up comedy events and is the creator/producer of the Comic Book Swap Meet mini convention, and Olympic Peninsula Comedy Competition (which will make it's big return soon!). Follow him on Instagram at http://instagram.com/thestevestrout, and  He can be reached for comments at ptcomedy@yahoo.com on twitter at @thestevestrout

          
  

2019 Eisner Nominees Announced!

The annual Eisner Award nominees have been announced. Here's a list of the nominees via comic-con.org.

Best Short Story

  • “Get Naked in Barcelona,” by Steven T. Seagle and Emei Olivia Burrell, in Get Naked (Image)
  • “The Ghastlygun Tinies,” by Matt Cohen and Marc Palm, in MAD magazine #4 (DC)
  • "Here I Am," by Shaun Tan, in I Feel Machine (SelfMadeHero)
  • “Life During Interesting Times,” by Mike Dawson (The Nib), https://thenib.com/greatest-generation-interesting-times 
  • “Supply Chains,” by Peter and Maria Hoey, in Coin-Op #7 (Coin-Op Books)
  • “The Talk of the Saints,” by Tom King and Jason Fabok, in Swamp Thing Winter Special(DC)

Best Single Issue/One-Shot
  • Beneath the Dead Oak Tree, by Emily Carroll (ShortBox)
  • Black Hammer: Cthu-Louise, by Jeff Lemire and Emi Lenox (Dark Horse)
  • No Better Words, by Carolyn Nowak (Silver Sprocket)
  • Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man#310, by Chip Zdarsky (Marvel)
  • The Terrible Elisabeth Dumn Against the Devils In Suits, by Arabson, translated by James Robinson (IHQ Studio/ Image)

Best Continuing Series
  • Batman, by Tom King et al. (DC)
  • Black Hammer: Age of Doom, by Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston, and Rich Tommaso (Dark Horse)
  • Gasolina, by Sean Mackiewicz and Niko Walter (Skybound/Image)
  • Giant Days, by John Allison, Max Sarin, and Julaa Madrigal (BOOM! Box)
  • The Immortal Hulk, by Al Ewing, Joe Bennett, and Ruy José (Marvel)
  • Runaways, by Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka (Marvel)

Best Limited Series
  • Batman: White Knight, by Sean Murphy (DC)
  • Eternity Girl, by Magdalene Visaggio and Sonny Liew (Vertigo/DC)
  • Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles,by Mark Russell, Mike Feehan, and Mark Morales (DC)
  • Mister Miracle, by Tom King and Mitch Gerads (DC)
  • X-Men: Grand Design: Second Genesis, by Ed Piskor (Marvel)

Best New Series
  • Bitter Root, by David Walker, Chuck Brown, and Sanford Green (Image)
  • Crowded, by Christopher Sebela, Ro Stein, and Ted Brandt (Image)
  • Gideon Falls, by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino (Image)
  • Isola, by Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl (Image)
  • Man-Eaters, by Chelsea Cain and Kate Niemczyk (Image)
  • Skyward, by Joe Henderson and Lee Garbett (Image)

Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8)
  • Johnny Boo and the Ice Cream Computer, by James Kochalka (Top Shelf/IDW)
  • Petals, by Gustavo Borges (KaBOOM!)
  • Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths, by Graham Annable (First Second)
  • This Is a Taco! By Andrew Cangelose and Josh Shipley (CubHouse/Lion Forge)
  • Tiger Vs. Nightmare, by Emily Tetri (First Second)

Best Publication for Kids (ages 9–12)
  • Aquicorn Cove, by Katie O'Neill (Oni)
  • Be Prepared, by Vera Brosgol (First Second)
  • The Cardboard Kingdom, by Chad Sell (Knopf/Random House Children’s Books)
  • Crush, by Svetlana Chmakova (JY/Yen Press)
  • The Divided Earth, by Faith Erin Hicks (First Second)

Best Publication for Teens (ages 13–17)
  • All Summer Long, by Hope Larson (Farrar Straus Giroux)
  • Gumballs, by Erin Nations (Top Shelf/IDW)
  • Middlewest, by Skottie Young and Jorge Corona (Image)
  • Norroway, Book 1: The Black Bull of Norroway,by Cat Seaton and Kit Seaton (Image)
  • The Prince and the Dressmaker, by Jen Wang (First Second)
  • Watersnakes, by Tony Sandoval, translated by Lucas Marangon (Magnetic/Lion Forge)

Best Humor Publication
  • Get Naked, by Steven T. Seagle et al. (Image)
  • Giant Days, by John Allison, Max Sarin, and Julia Madrigal (BOOM! Box)
  • MAD magazine, edited by Bill Morrison (DC)
  • A Perfect Failure: Fanta Bukowski 3, by Noah Van Sciver (Fantagraphics)
  • Woman World, by Aminder Dhaliwal (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Anthology
  • Femme Magnifique: 50 Magnificent Women Who Changed the World, edited by Shelly Bond (Black Crown/IDW)
  • Puerto Rico Strong, edited by Marco Lopez, Desiree Rodriguez, Hazel Newlevant, Derek Ruiz, and Neil Schwartz (Lion Forge)
  • Twisted Romance, edited by Alex de Campi (Image)
  • Where We Live: A Benefit for the Survivors in Las Vegas, edited by Will Dennis, curated by J. H. Williams III and Wendy Wright-Williams (Image)

Best Reality-Based Work
  • All the Answers: A Graphic Memoir, by Michael Kupperman (Gallery 13)
  • All the Sad Songs, by Summer Pierre (Retrofit/Big Planet)
  • Is This Guy For Real? The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman, by Box Brown (First Second)
  • Monk! by Youssef Daoudi (First Second)
  • One Dirty Tree, by Noah Van Sciver (Uncivilized Books)

Best Graphic Album—New
  • Bad Girls, by Alex de Campi and Victor Santos (Gallery 13)
  • Come Again, by Nate Powell (Top Shelf/IDW)
  • Green Lantern: Earth One Vol. 1, by Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman (DC)
  • Homunculus, by Joe Sparrow (ShortBox)
  • My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Image)
  • Sabrina, by Nick Drnaso (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Graphic Album—Reprint
  • Berlin, by Jason Lutes (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Girl Town, by Carolyn Nowak (Top Shelf/IDW)
  • Upgrade Soul, by Ezra Claytan Daniels (Lion Forge)
  • The Vision hardcover, by Tom King, Gabriel Hernandez Walta, and Michael Walsh (Marvel)
  • Young Frances, by Hartley Lin (AdHouse Books)

Best Adaptation from Another Medium
  • Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation, adapted by Ari Folman and David Polonsky (Pantheon)
  • “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley, in Frankenstein: Junji Ito Story Collection, adapted by Junji Ito, translated by Jocelyne Allen (VIZ Media)
  • Out in the Open by Jesús Carraso, adapted by Javi Rey, translated by Lawrence Schimel (SelfMadeHero)
  • Speak: The Graphic Novel, by Laurie Halse Anderson and Emily Carroll (Farrar Straus Giroux)
  • To Build a Fire: Based on Jack London's Classic Story, by Chabouté (Gallery 13)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material
  • About Betty’s Boobby Vero Cazot and Julie Rocheleau, translated by Edward Gauvin (Archaia/BOOM!)
  • Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World, by Pénélope Bagieu (First Second)
  • Herakles Book 1, by Edouard Cour, translated by Jeremy Melloul (Magnetic/Lion Forge)
  • Niourk, by Stefan Wul and Olivier Vatine, translated by Brandon Kander and Diana Schutz (Dark Horse)
  • A Sea of Love, by Wilfrid Lupano and Grégory Panaccione (Magnetic/Lion Forge)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia
  • Abara: Complete Deluxe Edition, by Tsutomu Nihei, translated by Sheldon Drzka (VIZ Media)
  • Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction, by Inio Asano, translated by John Werry (VIZ Media)
  • Laid-Back Camp, by Afro, translated by Amber Tamosaitis (Yen Press)
  • My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder,by Nie Jun, translated by Edward Gauvin (Graphic Universe/Lerner)
  • Tokyo Tarareba Girls, by Akiko Higashimura (Kodansha)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips
  • Pogo, vol. 5: Out of This World At Home, by Walt Kelly, edited by Mark Evanier and Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics)
  • Sky Masters of the Space Force: The Complete Sunday Strips in Color (1959–1960),by Jack Kirby, Wally Wood et al., edited by Ferran Delgado (Amigo Comics)
  • Star Wars: Classic Newspaper Strips, vol. 3, by Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson, edited by Dean Mullaney (Library of American Comics/IDW)
  • The Temple of Silence: Forgotten Words and Worlds of Herbert Crowley, by Justin Duerr (Beehive Books
  • Thimble Theatre and the Pre-Popeye Comics of E. C. Segar, edited by Peter Maresca (Sunday Press)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books
  • Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman Deluxe Edition, edited by Paul Levitz (DC)
  • Bill Sienkiewicz’s Mutants and Moon Knights… And Assassins... Artifact Edition, edited by Scott Dunbier (IDW)
  • Dirty Plotte: The Complete Julie Doucet (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Madman Quarter Century Shindig, by Mike Allred, edited by Chris Ryall (IDW)
  • Terry Moore’s Strangers in Paradise Gallery Edition, edited by Joseph Melchior and Bob Chapman (Abstract Studio/Graphitti Designs)
  • Will Eisner’s A Contract with God: Curator’s Collection, edited by John Lind (Kitchen Sink/Dark Horse)

Best Writer
  • Alex de Campi, Bad Girls (Gallery 13); Twisted Romance (Image)
  • Tom King, Batman, Mister Miracle, Heroes in Crisis, Swamp Thing Winter Special (DC)
  • Jeff Lemire, Black Hammer: Age of Doom,Doctor Star & the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows, Quantum Age (Dark Horse); Descender, Gideon Falls, Royal City (Image)
  • Mark Russell, Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles, Green Lantern/Huckleberry Hound, Lex Luthor/Porky Pig (DC); Lone Ranger (Dynamite)
  • Kelly Thompson, Nancy Drew (Dynamite); Hawkeye, Jessica Jones, Mr. & Mrs. X, Rogue & Gambit, Uncanny X-Men, West Coast Avengers (Marvel)
  • Chip Zdarsky, Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man, Marvel Two-in-One (Marvel)

Best Writer/Artist
  • Sophie Campbell, Wet Moon (Oni)
  • Nick Drnaso, Sabrina (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • David Lapham, Lodger (Black Crown/IDW); Stray Bullets (Image)
  • Nate Powell, Come Again (Top Shelf/IDW)
  • Tony Sandoval, Watersnakes (Magnetic/Lion Forge)
  • Jen Wang, The Prince and the Dressmaker (First Second)

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team
  • Matías BergaraCoda (BOOM!)
  • Mitch Gerads, Mister Miracle (DC)
  • Karl Kerschl, Isola (Image)
  • Sonny Liew, Eternity Girl (Vertigo/DC)
  • Sean Phillips, Kill or Be Killed, My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies (Image)
  • Yanick Paquette, Wonder Woman Earth One,vol. 2 (DC)

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)
  • Lee Bermejo, Batman: Damned (DC)
  • Carita Lupatelli, Izuna Book 2 (Humanoids)
  • Dustin Nguyen, Descender (Image)
  • Gregory Panaccione, A Sea of Love (Magnetic/Lion Forge)
  • Tony Sandoval, Watersnakes (Magnetic/Lion Forge)

Best Cover Artist (for multiple covers)
  • Jen Bartel, Blackbird (Image); Submerged (Vault)
  • Nick Derington, Mister Miracle (DC)
  • Karl Kerschl, Isola (Image)
  • Joshua Middleton, Batgirl and Aquaman variants (DC)
  • Julian Tedesco, Hawkeye, Life of Captain Marvel (Marvel)

Best Coloring
  • Jordie Bellaire, Batgirl, Batman (DC); The Divided Earth (First Second); Days of Hate, Dead Hand, Head Lopper, Redlands (Image); Shuri, Doctor Strange (Marvel)
  • Tamra Bonvillain, Alien 3 (Dark Horse); Batman, Doom Patrol (DC); Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Multiple Man (Marvel)
  • Nathan Fairbairn, Batman, Batgirl, Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman Earth One, vol. 2 (DC); Die!Die!Die! (Image)
  • Matt Hollingsworth, Batman: White Knight(DC): Seven to Eternity, Wytches (Image)
  • Matt Wilson, Black Cloud, Paper Girls, The Wicked + The Divine (Image); The Mighty Thor, Runaways (Marvel)

Best Lettering
  • David Aja, Seeds (Berger Books/Dark Horse)
  • Jim Campbell, BreathlessCalexit, Gravetrancers, Snap Flash Hustle, Survival FetishThe Wilds (Black Mask); AbbottAlice: Dream to Dream, Black Badge, CluelessCodaFenceFireflyGiant DaysGrass Kings,Lumberjanes: The Infernal CompassLow Road WestSparrowhawk (BOOM); Angelic(Image); Wasted Space (Vault)
  • Alex de Campi, Bad Girls (Gallery 13); Twisted Romance (Image)
  • Jared Fletcher, Batman: Damned (DC); The Gravediggers Union, Moonshine, Paper Girls, Southern Bastards (Image)
  • Todd Klein— Black Hammer: Age of Doom, Neil Gaiman’s A Study in Emerald (Dark Horse); Batman: White Night (DC); Eternity Girl, Books of Magic (Vertigo/DC); The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest(Top Shelf/IDW)

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism
  • Back Issue, edited by Michael Eury (TwoMorrows)
  • The Columbus Scribbler, edited by Brian Canini, columbusscribbler.com 
  • Comicosity, edited by Aaron Long and Matt Santori,  www.comicosity.com 
  • LAAB Magazine #0: Dark Matter, edited by Ronald Wimberley and Josh O’Neill (Beehive Books)
  • PanelxPanel magazine, edited by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, panelxpanel.com 

Best Comics-Related Book
  • Comic Book Implosion: An Oral History of DC Comics Circa 1978, by Keith Dallas and John Wells (TwoMorrows)
  • Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists, by Martha H. Kennedy (University Press of Mississippi)
  • The League of Regrettable Sidekicks, by Jon Morris (Quirk Books)
  • Mike Grell: Life Is Drawing Without an Eraser,by Dewey Cassell with Jeff Messer (TwoMorrows)
  • Yoshitaka Amano: The Illustrated Biography—Beyond the Fantasy, by Florent Gorges, translated by Laure Dupont and Annie Gullion (Dark Horse)

Best Academic/Scholarly Work
  • Between Pen and Pixel: Comics, Materiality, and the Book of the Future, by Aaron Kashtan (Ohio State University Press)
  • Breaking the Frames: Populism and Prestige in Comics Studies, by Marc Singer (University of Texas Press)
  • The Goat-Getters: Jack Johnson, the Fight of the Century, and How a Bunch of Raucous Cartoonists Reinvented Comics, by Eddie Campbell (Library of American Comics/IDW/Ohio State University Press)
  • Incorrigibles and Innocents, by Lara Saguisag (Rutgers Univeristy Press)
  • Sweet Little C*nt: The Graphic Work of Julie Doucet, by Anne Elizabeth Moore (Uncivilized Books)

Best Publication Design
  • A Sea of Love, designed by Wilfrid Lupano, Grégory Panaccione, and Mike Kennedy (Magnetic/Lion Forge)
  • The Stan Lee Story Collector’s Edition,designed by Josh Baker (Taschen)
  • The Temple of Silence: Forgotten Worlds of Herbert Crowley, designed by Paul Kepple and Max Vandenberg (Beehive Books)
  • Terry Moore’s Strangers in Paradise Gallery Edition, designed by Josh Beatman/Brainchild Studios/NYC (Abstract Studio/Graphitti Designs)
  • Will Eisner’s A Contract with God: Curator’s Collection, designed by John Lind (Kitchen Sink/Dark Horse)

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