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Interview: Adam Warren

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Interview: Adam Warren

When I write I usually try to keep the tone friendly yet somewhat professional. If you’ll excuse me I have to drop that for just a second:

I interviewed Adam Warren! He’s so awesome! Yay! (Thanks, I had to get that out of my system.)

I sent Adam several questions about his series Empowered (of which Volume 7 was just released this past Wednesday) and he was nice enough to respond with some really great answers. I tend to forget that he’s not just an amazing artist, he’s also a fantastic writer. But before I drop off a fangirl cliff again, I’ll let him speak for himself.

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Review: Empowered Volumes 1-6

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Review: Empowered Volumes 1-6

As I’m writing this, we are days away from the release of Adam Warren’s Empowered Volume 7. (If you’re reading this on May 30 I’m probably at the comic shop right now buying my copy.)

I’d hoped to have a review of the book already written, but the preview copy I’d been very generously given has a giant security watermark on every flipping page. Intellectually, I think that’s a great idea; you wouldn’t want a pristine bootlegged copy to get into the wrong hands. But I’ve been waiting over a year for this book to come out, and it’s worth it to me to wait an extra four days and buy my nice, pretty, un-watermarked copy, and then enjoy the heck out of it.

But I wanted to acknowledge the release date with some kind of review, so I decided, why not; I’ll review Empowered Volumes 1-6 all at once. How hard can it be?

I sure like to make things difficult for myself, I really do.

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Review: Scissors, Paper, Stone

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Review: Scissors, Paper, Stone

Sorry for the lag time between reviews. I’d been hoping one of the books I’ve been reading would turn out to be so amazingly awesome I’d just have to write the best review ever. Sadly, this was not the case. (Looking Glass Wars was just a little underwhelming. You too, Dead Witch Walking.) So I dug through my bookshelf, looking for something super wonderful that more people just have to read.

Why hello there, Scissors, Paper Stone, I think you’ll do nicely.

In a recent Comic Issues Podcast we talked about “gateway comics,” books that can get you hooked on a new genre, author, series…whatever. And Scissors, Paper, Stone is the perfect Adam Warren gateway comic.

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WonderCon 2012: Interview with Scott Snyder

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WonderCon 2012: Interview with Scott Snyder

Writer Scott Snyder has been one of the “IT” guys at DC Comics for several years now, starting with his creator-owned American Vampire series at Vertigo, and rolling into his landmark run in Detective Comics.  Snyder has continued his run with Batman in the New 52 on the self-titled Bat-book as well as picking up the resurrected Swamp Thing book.  His mastery of the written word has earned him fan acclaim, best shown by the high sales numbers of his books and his renown among readers.

Just this past weekend at WonderCon, I was able to speak with Scott Snyder and talk to him briefly about the Batman, his love of noir fiction, and get a taste for what is to come from the coming Batman event, Night of Owls.

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Marvel move forward in day-to-date digital plan

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Marvel move forward in day-to-date digital plan

Well it looks like stock prices in popular tablets are about to go up even more.  Today Marvel announced exclusively through gizmodo.com that they will be joining the “day-to-date” club in the digital market.

This comes as no real shock as their biggest competitor, DC Comics, has received a big sales boost with their recent “reboot” and New 52 launch.  Marvel’s already been offering day to date digital copies of select titles, but their new plan will have the vast majority of the rest of the Marvel’s publishing’s staggering in and completing by the end of March 2012.

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The New 52 in Review (Week 3)

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The New 52 in Review (Week 3)

Times have been tough for comics lately.  Despite owning every summer blockbuster for the last five years, print has been declining steadily with no hope of a boost in sales.  It’s times like these when businesses have to make a change or die, and that’s exactly what DC Comics has done.

After mountains of speculation and controversy the #1’s are finally hitting and immediately flying off the shelves.  Large titles such as Justice League are going into their third printings already after only being for sale for three weeks, while smaller, but very controversial, books like Batgirl already have orders for second printings.

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The Midnight Launch of the DCnU

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The Midnight Launch of the DCnU

The day that comic geeks have been waiting for is finally here, the day it all changes…or does it?

DC Comics begins its risky campaign today to reinvigorate its brand and its audience’s enthusiasm for comics. As we’ve mentioned in articles and podcasts over the last three months, DC is “rebooting” its universe so that it can be more accessible to a new audience, while simultaneously hoping to retain its current readers. With”day-to-date” availability of digital versions of the same comics being released, DC has taken bold steps, perhaps necessary to usher the comic industry into the digital age.

Last night, aided by artist Caleb Cleveland, Comic Issues talked to the readers and the store owner of the San Diego comic shop staple ComicKaze, Robert Scott, seeking their impressions of DC’s biggest gamble.

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Featured Artist: Kari Smith

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Featured Artist: Kari Smith

Like the great explorers of the past, I too went on an adventure. I journeyed through the deep jungles of Deviant Art, to discover what would turn out to be the latest addition to the already long list of webcomics that I read. I’m speaking of Plume. I had the opportunity to sit down with the creator Kari Smith to discuss the series and where she finds her inspiration as an artist.

Featured Artist Name: Kari Smith
Website / Webcomic: PlumeComic.com
Deviant Art : http://handmade-crown.deviantart.com/

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Be sure to stay tuned as we continue to showcase other great artists. If you know anyone that you would like to see interviewed as a Featured Artist, please drop me a line on andrew@pixelatedgeek.com.

New Costumes in DC’s Relaunch Good or Bad?

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New Costumes in DC’s Relaunch Good or Bad?

With the recent announcement of the DC Relaunch lots and lots of information has smacked us in the face. Like who’s who? What’s happening to “such and such”? Where is my favorite character going? And what the hell are they now wearing?

I thought I’d take the time to spotlight some of the more bizarre fashion designs that we are going to be “looking forward” to in recent months. Now I haven’t been to the future to see if these costumes stick around. I’m just as fearful as the next geek, and trying to understand some of the  “bolder” choices.

But lets dive in and discuss, shall we?

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