Review: Moriarty the Patriot, Vol. 1 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Ryosuke Takeuchi, and Hikaru Miyoshi

Moriarty the Patriot, Vol. 1 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Ryosuke Takeuchi, and Hikaru Miyoshi
VIZ Media (October 2020)
206 pages; $9.99 paperback; $6.99 e-book
Reviewed by Danica Davidson

William James Moriarty was barely in the Sherlock Holmes books, but his position as Holmes’s archenemy and “The Napoleon of Crime” have kept him in people’s imaginations. Over the years he’s been seen in movies, books and other forms of entertainment not made by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. And now he’s the main character in a Japanese manga that’s been made into an anime currently playing in Japan and streaming in America.Continue Reading

Review: Something is Killing the Children Vol. 1 by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera

cover of the graphic novel Something is Killing the Children. Illustration of a child standing alone in the woods.Something is Killing the Children Vol. 1 by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera
BOOM! Studios (May 2020)

128 pages, $13.41 paperback; $12.74 e-book
Reviewed by Joshua Gage

Something has been taking the children of Archer’s Peak. At first it was just one girl, and the police assumed it was a typical family kidnapping perpetrated by an uncle. But then, young James and his friends have a sleepover, and when it’s over, James is the only survivor. There are bodies and blood. The whole town is in chaos. Then, a stranger with an uncanny knowledge of things who talks to her stuffed-animal octopus arrives and says she’ll take care of things. Something is Killing the Children is a really strong series from writer James Tynion IV and artist Werther Dell’Edera.Continue Reading

Graven Images: The Nancy A. Collins Swamp Thing Omnibus

In her introduction to this omnibus, Nancy A. Collins describes how comics of all kinds attracted her at an early age. Her interest in the medium kicked off right about the time the Comics Code was losing its once-considerable grip on the industry, which put her in a prime spot to catch the wave of horror comics that began flooding the newsstands. She talks about picking up copies of Eerie and House of Secrets as part of her weekly haul — but it was the cover of a comic featuring a certain muck-encrusted monstrosity squaring off with a werewolf (drawn by horror maestro Bernie Wrightson) that really stood out to the young fan.Continue Reading

Review: The Harrowing of Hell by Evan Dahm

cover of The Harrowing of Hell by Evan Dahmf HellThe Harrowing of Hell by Evan Dahm
Iron Circus Comics (August 2020)

128 pages, $15 hardcover
Reviewed by Joshua Gage

In Christian theology, The Harrowing of Hell is the story of Jesus Christ descending into Hell after his crucifixion and rising, triumphant, three days later on Easter. Evan Dahm has taken this story, as well as some details from apocryphal gospels, and created a very dark graphic novel that, while still religiously based, is sure to appeal to horror readers as well.Continue Reading

The Full Dark, No Stars Covers That Might Have Been

The Full Dark, No Stars Covers That Might Have Been
by Brian James Freeman

If you’ve read Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King, then you know this is a book with a really dark heart, which made deciding on a cover image and designing that cover a serious challenge. A lot of collectors never get to see “behind the scenes” of the creation of a Limited Edition book, so I thought it would be fun to discuss how the cover artwork and design for our most recent Stephen King book came to be.

First, we needed an artist. After much discussion, and once we rejected the idea of going with an AC/DC “Back in Black” style dust jacket, we hired Tomislav Tikulin to paint the cover. We had been impressed with his work on other projects and we felt he would bring a fresh perspective to this particular Limited Edition. We told him we thought we probably wanted a wrap-around cover (artwork on the front and back) with the back cover somehow “showing the inner darkness” of the character on the front, but that was all of the instructions we gave him so he wouldn’t be limited by our ideas.

Tomislav spent weeks on the painting, showing us each stage and discussing ideas and looking for feedback and suggestions to nail the tone, and he has very graciously allowed me to reprint those different drafts on this page so you can get a better feel for the process of how the artwork was painted.

(This post has been updated and moved to Brian’s blog.  Please click here to read the rest!)

Samples Images From Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King

Here are some sample images from Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King:

Sample images by Glenn Chadbourne from “1922”

1922 Sample

1922 Sample

Sample images by Jill Bauman from “Big Driver”

Big Driver Sample

Big Driver Sample

Sample images by Alan M. Clark from “Fair Extension”

Fair Extension Sample

Fair Extension Sample

Sample images by Vincent Chong from “A Good Marriage”

A Good Marriage Sample

A Good Marriage Sample

Glenn Chadbourne Commissioned Artwork

Last year, several customers placed custom artwork orders with us for the “Glenn Chadbourne Haunts Your House” and “Your Zombie Family Portraits” by Glenn Chadbourne promotions. Everyone was thrilled with the results and we wanted to show off just a few samples of what Glenn came up with. Some customers ask Glenn to mix and match the ideas, so there were a few Haunted Families and Zombie Houses, etc. All in all, everyone had a ton of fun with these promotional offers.

You can click on these images to load the larger scan in another window, but please note that these pieces were so large we had to scan them in sections and then piece those sections back together so we could show them off.

Glenn Chadbourne Artwork

Glenn Chadbourne Artwork

Glenn Chadbourne Artwork

Glenn Chadbourne Artwork

Glenn Chadbourne Artwork

Glenn Chadbourne Artwork

Glenn Chadbourne Artwork

Glenn Chadbourne Artwork

Glenn Chadbourne Artwork

Glenn Chadbourne Artwork

Glenn Chadbourne Artwork

Glenn Chadbourne Artwork

Glenn Chadbourne Artwork

Glenn Chadbourne Artwork

Samples of Glenn Chadbourne’s interior artwork for The Secretary of Dreams (Volume Two) by Stephen King

This page features just a few samples of Glenn Chadbourne’s interior artwork for The Secretary of Dreams (Volume Two) by Stephen King. There will be HUNDREDS of illustrations in the final book, but we just wanted to give you a taste of what’s to come. More samples will be posted when the rest of the artwork is finished being scanned. Enjoy!

The Secretary of Dreams Volume 2

“The Monkey”

The Secretary of Dreams Volume 2

“Gray Matter”

The Secretary of Dreams Volume 2

“Nona”

The Secretary of Dreams Volume 2

“One for the Road”

The Secretary of Dreams Volume 2

“In the Death Room”

The Secretary of Dreams Volume 2

“Strawberry Spring”

The Secretary of Dreams Volume 2

“The Monkey”

The Secretary of Dreams Volume 2

“Gray Matter”

The Secretary of Dreams Volume 2

“Nona”

The Secretary of Dreams Volume 2

“One for the Road”

The Secretary of Dreams Volume 2

“In the Death Room”

The Secretary of Dreams Volume 2

“Strawberry Spring”

The Secretary of Dreams Volume 2

“The Monkey”

The Secretary of Dreams Volume 2

“The Monkey”

The Secretary of Dreams Volume 2

“The Monkey”

The Secretary of Dreams Volume 2

“The Monkey”

The Secretary of Dreams Volume 2

“The Monkey”

The Secretary of Dreams Volume 2

“The Monkey”

Samples of Glenn Chadbourne’s original drawings for his personal signature sheet in the Slipcased Deluxe Artist Edition of The Big Book of Necon

This page features just a few samples of Glenn Chadbourne’s original drawings for his personal signature sheet in the Slipcased Deluxe Artist Edition of The Big Book of Necon.

Necon

Necon

Necon

Necon

Necon

Necon