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Comic Creators Kevin LaPorte, Laura Guzzo, & Shawn Harbin Brings To The Dinner Table Road Kill!!! Bon Appetit!!!

Posted in Comic Book Clubs, Comic Book Creators, Tate's Comics with tags , , , , , , , on May 12, 2013 by privypress

Road Kill Du Jour

Kevin Laporte (writer)

Shawn Harbin (Artist)

Laura Guzzo (Colorist)

Inverse Press (Publisher)

www.InversePress.com

Comic Creators Kevin Laporte,Shawn Harbin & Laura Guzzo Serve up some hot Road Kill!!!

Comic Creators Kevin Laporte,Shawn Harbin & Laura Guzzo Serve up some hot Road Kill!!!

Kevin Laporte manages to pull it off again!!! He masterfully takes the weird and bizarre and makes it palatable so that us layman can both understand and experience a unique story. Du Jour is a story of curses, consequences, and bad choices, and how these choices are embodied within the lives of the characters in the story. Du Jour (The main Character) has just recently lost his entire family to the curse of an unspeakable evil…. Now he is cursed to roam the roadways forever as an immortal, (immortality hmmm- sexy at first thought right…?) An envious gift, however, with one caveat… he can only survive and remain so as long as he feast on the putrid and decaying carcass of road kill (in case you neo-layman are confused, road kill is an animal Killed on the road preferably by a automotive vehicle of some sort). Being forever doomed to this existence would be a nightmare for most of us, but Du Jour is not most of us, he now is driven by more primal stuff…

Kevin laPorte, Laura Guzzo & Shawn Harbin presents Road Kill!
Kevin laPorte, Laura Guzzo & Shawn Harbin presents Road Kill!

Du Jour lives this “life” in the most lucid of fashions (just think Johny Depp in Fear and Loathing in Los Vegas type of Lucid), the pages take you into this world, and after reading them his world begins to unwillingly seep into ours. You begin to see the pages as it is drawn, more importantly as Du Jour sees his current existence. The pages at first may seem confusing, but that is until you begin to understand that it represents the mental state Du Jour happens to be in. Laura Guzzo’s colors the pages in vividly blunt and psyche altering tones, I am sure the mental state of Du Jour would not have been represented correctly if not for the mental assault her coloring evokes. The Character designs are intricate and memorable, thumbs up to Shawn Harbin on his wicked pencil skills.

One of the finer points of this entire production; is that it managed to grip my attention by explaining the premise of the story really early on; without it feeling forced. Now, the portion of the story that appeals and interest me is what occurs when Du Jour eats his Road Kill feast, another important question, what did he managed to do to piss this evil off so royally that would warrant the slaughtering of his entire family and dooming him to a life of eating the dead?

Kevin laPorte, Laura Guzzo & Shawn Harbin  presents Road Kill!
Kevin laPorte, Laura Guzzo & Shawn Harbin presents Road Kill!

This is another GREAT read by Kevin LaPorte and his Crew.  Pick up this book and let us Know what you think! Were we right? Do Motorcycles, Mayhem, magic, vengeance, and road kill make for a Good Story??? Chime in!:-)

 

Creature Entertainment Presents Ultra Vixen.

Posted in Comic Book Creators, Comic Book resources, indy comics with tags , , , , , on June 28, 2012 by privypress

Reviewed by: Ron Kerronian


Written and Created by: Marcelo Bravo
Penciled by: Jed Daugherty
Inked by: Kevin Routon
Colored and Lettered by: Rick Porven
www.Creatureentertainment.com

Marcelo Bravo's Ultra Vixen.

Marcelo Bravo’s Ultra Vixen.

Depicting Humor in comics is not always an easy task, many have tried and failed. However sometimes you get surprised…humor, Creature Entertainment’s Ultra Vixen not only pulls it off, but does it with style. The artwork flows extremely well, continuity is not lost here. The Story kept me guessing until the characters played their roles…once completed, I could not help laughing and feeling some envy, wishing she would someday rescue me once or twice. Comic Natives, if this story is a preview of what Creature has ahead, then I am all in.

Creature Entertainment Presents Ultra Vixen.

Creature Entertainment Presents Ultra Vixen.

Creature Entertainment and The Rise of Ravenous; a Comic Not For The Faint of Heart.

Posted in Comic Book Characters, Comic Book Creators with tags , , , , , , on June 11, 2012 by privypress
Creature Entertainment and The Rise of Ravenous
Creature Entertainment and The Rise of Ravenous

Reviewer: Ron Kerronian Flash Rating: Ravenous, not for the faint of heart. Ravenous comes from the creative minds of Creature Entertainment; a dynamic entertainment company that has through grass roots marketing methods managed to produce cinematic quality Films and Comics worthy of an Eisner Award.

Written by: John Ulloa   Pencils by: Jose Varese  Inks/ Color by: Jose Varese Cover painted by: Patrick Reilly  Editor: Jaun Navarro Letters: Julio Alvarez Publisher: Creature Entertainment        www.creatureentertainment.com

Ravenous, a book of top tier quality; not only is the art superb, but also the story. The books’ concept of werewolves taking on the role of earths’ immune system is genius. Men have their weapons, earth has mythical beast to protect it. Ravenous is the classic adventure tale of hunter and prey, but the motivations of the characters playing in this deadly game are much more complex. The story starts off with a slow tense feel, the reader can sense the impending chaos about to ensue, and they are not wrong.

Creature Entertainment Presents Ravenous
Creature Entertainment Presents Ravenous

Almost immediately the story throws the reader into a bloody battle, I was left to wonder whether or not this main character was going to survive the first few pages. The level of life and death uncertainty painted in those initial pages created an infectious interest (I had to read it all) in the story’s outcome up until the final pages. If Ravenous #0 is a prelude of what is to come, then I feel will be a story be a huge commercial success, but it would have done its job of ingraining the reader into the mystery, magic, and potential menace both hunter and prey bring to the table.

This episode From a rating system of “A – F,” I give  a solid A. This rating is awarded because the series starts off with enough interest to motivate me to want to read the next installment. The art is crisp and clean; with clear continuity. The writing at the story’s beginning gives a voice to the character ensnaring the reader into a false mood, it takes on an almost “once upon a time” cozy feel, instead of the bloody melee surprise which awaits him.

Walter Ostlie Creator of Cubicles and Shiver Bureau Gives an Interview To Encourage The Comic Writer and Artist in all of Us.

Posted in Comic Book Creators with tags , , , , , , , on June 4, 2012 by privypress

Walter Ostlie Creator of Shiver Bureau and Cubicles

Walter Ostlie:  Key Ingredient for Success in This Comic Industry – Stic….

Sometimes you have to take a double take (two, Three, or even four years in a row) when trolling artist alley in order to recognize amazing work done by dedicated artist and writers. Venues like Mega Con affords purveyors like myself this unique opportunity; as it sets the stage for artist and writers that have the wherewithal to produce, showcase, to achieve  praise and in some cases endure the possible rejection of their work year after year. This drive is a great determinant as to whether artist and writers have a necessary ingredient to achieve in the comic industry – “stick to-itness” (I know it’s not a word, but it is becoming a very common phrase). Thus Far, Walter has given me the simplest and perhaps the best example as to how to go about achieving this “Stick to-itness” in our daily creative lives.

Walter Ostlie's  shiver bureau

Walter seems like a very laid back sort of fellow as the video will attest, but his work ethic is anything but. In this video he explains just how “Stick to itness” paid off. His efforts landed him the opportunity to publish his creator owned property (Cubicle: The Movie), through the distribution and publishing arm of  Red 5 Comics (Atomic Robo, Abyss, MidKnight,  Afterburn, and Neozoic are a handful of products released by Red 5 Comics).

Walter Ostlie’s monstrous

What do Walter Ostlie and Thomas Edison have in common? They were not afraid to suck at their job if it meant they got better with every successive attempt. This kind of thinking and drive is what all artist and writers need in order to be successful.

Walter Ostlie's MIcronauts

Walter Ostlie’s MIcronauts

Walter is currently working on a new project Shiver Bureau which is currently published as a web comic. His Style of Art is as layed back as Himself, it seems effortless; yet comes together nicely. The colors are crasp; which make an immediate impact in the foggy and misty manner it complements the line work. In addition to the light heartedness of this interview, the one aspect of it I walked away with is the sudden burning desire it lit for me to start drawing and writing again…Who knows maybe you will feel the same way too.

I wish this amazing talent a lot of success.

How to Make a major Impact on FREE Comic Book Day.

Posted in Comic Book Creators, Comic Book resources, Comic Book Shops with tags , , , , , , , , on May 2, 2012 by privypress

365 Killer, Sure Fire, Down – and – Dirty Marketing Strategies; Tactics For Indy Publishers and Comic Shop Owners…PART 24

How to Make a Major impact on FREE Comic Book Day - Power girl.

How to Make a Major impact on FREE Comic Book Day - Power girl.

While investigating stores and the event that is FREE Comic Book Day ( FCBD), I noticed there were lots of promotion for the  FCBD event itself, but little to  no artist/creator promotional and relationship building material for the store itself  and its’ customers.  There was no branding, no creator community bonding, no creator retailer cross promoting… again, just the branding of the FCBD.

How to Make a Major impact on FREE Comic Book Day - The Fans Branded.

How to Make a Major impact on FREE Comic Book Day - The Fans Branded.

FCBD is already a known staple in the comic book world, what may be an unknown is your book, and the best way to change that is to get them in stores. How? You build relationships with the store owners, who have access to the customers, who in turn have access to the money and potential success of your work of art.

How to Make a Major impact on FREE Comic Book Day - True believers.

How to Make a Major impact on FREE Comic Book Day - True believers.

How do you go about building this relationship? The method I will be discussing is that of Private labeling, have the store incorporated in the comic book or published work you’ve  created, the easiest way to do this is by creating a store specific personalized emblem, picture, ect… on your book cover….this emblem/picture will be the accompanied by  the FCBD emblem. However, it will also brand you as a partnership fixture in the mind of the store owners and the potential customers that pick up your book.

Happy Hunting…

How to Effectively Use Comics as a Means to ShowCase Your Other Talents.

Posted in Comic Book Creators, Comic Book resources, Comic Book Shops, Tate's Comics with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2012 by privypress
How to Use Comics to Showcase other talents - Filming.

How to Use Comics to Showcase other talents - Filming.

365 Killer, Sure Fire, Down – and – Dirty Marketing Strategies; Tactics For Indy Publishers and Comic Shop Owners…PART 23

While you are always encouraged to promote other companies in your book, I would encourage you to implement the uses of your company’s talents in the book as well.  Many publishers have diversified into multimedia, now they not only publish books but engage in activities as diverse as photography, video production, websites, logo, and graph design.

Photographer Uses Comics to Showcase other talents.

Photographer Uses Comics to Showcase other talents.

During “sequential intermissions”, I would encourage you to place Advertisements of you and your creative team doing what you do best, this will make the reader, customer, client or retailer, or even other publishers aware of your added benefits. If you do not wish to show boat, you can disguise your company by simply adding the talents of your creative team, at least they may get potential business from those reading the book.

How to Use Comics to Showcase other talents - website design.

How to Use Comics to Showcase other talents - website design.

Happy Hunting…

Tradd Moore And His Strange Talents.

Posted in Comic Book Characters, Comic Book Creators, Comic Book resources, image comics with tags , , , , , , , on April 3, 2012 by privypress

Greetings Comic Natives, today we have Tradd Moore, and he is the penciler/inker  of Image Comics recent SMASH hit “The Strange Talent of Luther Strode.”  The book is centered on the desire of most teen males – to be strong, buff, to make an imposing impression (Don’t “F” with me). However, this is where the similarity to the average teenage life ends, the story morphs from an innocent obsession of wishful thinking…into an all too real nightmare.  When wishes come true there is always a sacrifice demanded and for Luther Strode the protagonist, his sacrifice is his very humanity.

Luther Strode

Luther Strode

While reviewing the books, I noticed Tradd’s  ability to depict  visually violent outcomes; yet not so much that it is scary overboard. The violence is situation appropriate; which manages to level the book out, as Luther wants nothing to do with clear and present violence foreshadowed for him by a gentleman that looks like Batman’s Alfred on steroids. However, Luther is forced to learn that in life sometimes your wants really does matter especially when someone with more muscle has his or her self interest at play.

Luther Strode Violence Appropriate

Luther Strode Violence Appropriate

Tradd explains that the story’s influence originated from the old advertisements (order here for BIGGER muscles, a submarine, or sea monkeys) that comic books were rifled with in the 1980’s…they always seem to promise much but delivered little, but we were kids and we believed it would work just as advertised. The completion of this book marks Tradd’s  trial by fire comic book induction now as a professional artist.

What’s next for the artist, well Tradd has stated that a dream of his has alsways been to work with such living legends such as Neil Gaiman, Takashi Miike, John Romita Jr, and John Cassaday to mention a Few. Artist such as these have helped inspire and influence Tradd’s pilgrimage into the comic book industry.

Tradd himself may not be a legend as of yet however, I would love to someday have him work on one of my projects (Tradd, just remember not to get so BIG that you forget the little people).

Jeff Dekal An Interview With an Artistic Master.

Posted in Comic Book Characters, Comic Book Creators, Comic Book resources with tags , , , , , on March 30, 2012 by privypress

 

There isn’t much I can say (mainly because Jeffs‘ art speaks for itself) about the amazing talent I discovered while trolling the fringe alleys of palmcon last season. If I could sum up Jeff’s art in one word it would be “the art has extremely visceral colors, textures, and realism that grabs you by the mental throat and forces you to pay homage.” Wait a minute that is not just one word, seems like an entire phrase…goes to show that Jeff’s work posses so many layers that it will not allow itself to be locked into the objective box of just one adjective.

Now, Jeff is pretty humble, he has a modest nature about his talent, he even stated that he doubts that I will even post this interview and video – WRONG! This art would not be silenced – OK enough of my metaphysical “bromance” – his art rocks and you have to see it for yourself: Check it!

Jeff’s unique take on fantasy art has stemmed from various influences…numbered among them are great artist such as  Simon Bisley,  Alex Ross, and comic artist Marco Georgevich. In addition his  Dark Phoenix painting is inspired by a dress created by Fashion Designer Alexander Mac Queen.  Jeffs’ work stretches across many genre’s, he’s  worked on projects for  hip hop and rap album covers, projects for the band MayDay, Book Covers, Comic Book Covers, Smaller interior illustrations for Comic Books and Covers in general.

Interview with Miami Artist Jeff Dekal

If you are ever privileged to set eyes on a canvas in which he paints, then make sure to buy it because I am sure that his work will be going places and you do not want to miss out on a potential masterpiece of extreme rarity.

The craftsmanship in his work is almost unreal; the essence embodies an addictive quality that stirs envy at his talent to say the least. My final words “Jeff’s work is such that I am not sure when the art starts and when the reality ends.”

Aaron Pierce Helps Re-Launch FacePalm Comic ENTITY Franchise.

Posted in Comic Book Creators, Comic Book resources, indy comics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 29, 2012 by privypress

“Are you a Fan of Superheroes, Aliens taking over, or even Nomads roaming the wastelands? If you are, FacePalm ComicENTITY may be right up your alley.”

Aaron Pierce Helps Rebut FacePalm Comic's ENTITY

Aaron Pierce Helps Rebut FacePalm Comic's ENTITY

As an avid supporter of the indie arena, I do my best to keep up with promising intellectual properties and the independent publishers that produce them…one such company is FacePalm Comic. Leo Levar is the company’s’ CEO, and I do what I can to keep apprised of his companies open and active projects. One of the products he along with creator Thierry Charlemagne brought to market was Entity, a comic book that has great promise, but has unfortunately been put on the back burner mainly because of a key ingredient that is missing in its creative team – an artist.

Entity like many projects have seen its share of cameo artist (artist that are hired for a single run or artist that did not work out for whatever reason). FacePalm has sought to remedy this,  in comes Aaron Pierce (Entity’s new artist), Aaron “Airpig” has more energy than the energizer bunny; I hope that some of this energy is transferred onto his newest project – The re-launching of the ENTITY franchise. As I said earlier,  I was curious as to why Leo Levar optioned to re-launch the book with another artist and creative staff, Aaron explains that the work is not a complete revamp just an re-enhancement – one that gives the book more clarity and direction.

Aaron Pierce ENTITY Pencils

Aaron Pierce ENTITY Pencils

Entity as a concept I feel has lots of potential so I am eager to see how the book will be executed with Aaron at the Helm. The writer is Aaron’s girlfriend (Kitty Don), which I jokingly stated,”Now I see how he will be able to channel his inner woman.”  Entity Chronicles the adventures of a mysterious girl named Max who lives safe and secure in a Dome City Which is bordered by a dangerous and volatile wasteland. Both Max and the place she calls home harbors secrets unbeknownst to them. Aaron did manage to give some highlights in this interview; the book as he puts it will appeal to a wider range of audiences as it will touch on many different angles such as Super heroes, Aliens, Nomads in the wasteland etc …the direction Aaron Plans on taking this book will be as suspenseful and mysterious as the character  themselves.

Aaron "Airpig" Pierce

Aaron "Airpig" Pierce

Everyone Let’s wish Aaron and Kitty a Warm Welcome to the FacePalm Comic Team!!!!

Comic Artist, Publishers, Writers, and Comic Shop Owners. Unlock The Magic of Virtual Interns and PR Representatives.

Posted in a comic shop, Comic Book Creators, Comic Book resources, Comic Book Shops, Comic Conventions with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 20, 2012 by privypress

365 Killer, Sure Fire, Down – and – Dirty Marketing Strategies; Tactics For Indy Publishers and Comic Shop Owners…PART 21

 

What are Virtual interns and PR representatives, and how can they benefit you? Well I’m glad you asked. This is an idea that can  take your brand awareness from local to global in a matter of Months, weeks, or even days  if you have the drive to get it started with a few simple steps.

No doubt many of you are familiar with the term or concept of a fellowship or internship. Traditional internships  require the intern to work at the physical place of business, however, we are no longer living in a traditional world and this requires non traditional methods to leverage your time, product, power, and brand. The world has gone virtual and viral to hell in a hand basket in the last decade, and this is the future… like it or not. You as a company have two choices, you can either get on board or you can become extinct (harsh, I know…but thems the breaks).

As a Marketer and salesman I have to constantly research, discover, uncover, or create marketing ideas and concepts…one of those concepts are virtual interns of which you are reading at this very moment.  Virtual interns can operate anywhere and anytime in the world, which is what you, because this will help push your brand in the locale they inhabit.

Now here are your requirements:

You must have a legal business, license preferably or at least one that a Federal Identification Number. Having a FIN or some legal stance (Be creative) creates more credibility when requesting interns.  Remember you may have interns that are high school or college students so their advisors will require some level of legitimacy from you as their employer (remember internships are unpaid, generally). For publishers like yourself you may want to focus on art, film, design, or vocational schools when recruiting interns as they are more apt to want to learn the “ins and outs of publishing.”

How do you recruit these folks? Simple, you have avenues such as face book and twitter to spread the word that you are looking for interns (remember be creative). Recruiting is the easy part, involvement, instruction, and maintaining control virtually is the challenge (I never said it would be easy – just cheap).  First, you will have to conduct virtual meetings to set the direction you want each individual intern to complete…use communication tools such as conferencing, Skpe, or live chats to keep in touch with the interns (your new team).

Now, once you have each member squared away as to what you expect, then it’s time to start branding using both virtual and grass roots methods. These methods will be performed by your interns in their unique locales…under your direction and management. Your job is to help create marketing Campaigns, have them focus on individual sections and carry it out (This works easily if you have a little back ground in management and marketing yourself).

Virtual Methods of Influence:

-          Have the intern blast your post to any and everyone.

-          Have them tweet and share your youtube videos.

-          Have them comment on your post (Let them know that it is ok to be honest about their opinions of the post…make sure that you as the manager read all post to understand both the views of your interns and the audience).

Grass Roots Methods of influence:

-          Have the interns attend, participate, and pass out your brand (flyers, business cards, comic books, etc…) at local Comic Conventions and gathering that support your fandom. Don’t worry about cost of entrance to having them enter these cons, most conventions will provide free access to media (which each of your interns have now become).  Your only cost may be creating biz cards for the interns…and all your brand material you want them to pass out.

-          Door to Door visits to comic retailers to hand out your product packages…especially if you are coming out with a new book, this could help get your book in those stores.

-          Request that each of them use one aspect of their education to create and implement a unique marketing campaign.

*One Last suggestion, this relates to recognition…it’s always a great idea to reward people that help you achieve your goals… and when it comes to the publishing business, there is no greater honor or award than to be mentioned in print (in your comic book make sure to have a “special thanks” section where you will include your key interns names and even contact details; you never know you may help land them an awesome grade or a great job).

Happy Hunting …!!!!

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