Celebrating 20 years of Hellboy: A [moral] compass for modern comics

Today, March 22nd, has been declared “Hellboy Day” by Dark Horse comics in celebration of 20 years of one of the most celebrated characters in comic-dom.  In the spirit of this most illustrious of feast days, I decided to reflect a little on just what I have found so special about Hellboy over the years.  I think I nailed it…but maybe that’s just my ego.  Comments and criticism are welcome, as always. Continue reading

A Daniel Warren Johnson short: Pieces

Not too long ago I featured Chicago artist Daniel Warren Johnson’s webcomic, Space Mullet! in a “Webcomic of the week” post. I wanted to share another short story of his, available on his website and posted in full here as well, with permission.  

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Webcomic of the week: Derelict

It’s time for another Webcomic of the Week post!  Now, I realize that these have by no means followed a strict weekly schedule, for which I apologize.  And that may or may not change.  SO…I felt like I owed it to you Nerds (with a capital N)–and myself–to find a doozie this time around.  And I think I did.

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A Dark Horse preview: The Witcher

If you like RPGs, medieval motifs and monster hunting, then you’re in for a treat.  The Witcher is a comic based on a PC hack-and-slash RPG (which was based on a book series), and is a recent addition to the Dark Horse Comics lineup.  This looks bodacious.

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First time going to a comic convention? It’s prep time!

Soooo it’s February, which means that comic, horror, sci-fi and other pop-culture convention schedules are kicking off for the year.  Spring is con season in my neck of the woods–there’s a humble page dedicated to this on the menu above–and for many that means strapping on the ‘ol cosplay boots, packing some snacks and beverages into a mostly-empty bag (gotta have room for merchandise), and setting out for the wild costumed yonder.

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The Amazing Screw-On Head

OK, this isn’t so much a review as it is a short yet gushing man-crush piece, because Mike Mignola.

If you haven’t read Mignola’s one-shot, The Amazing Screw-On Head before, please do so now then come back and finish reading this post.  No spoilers here, just saying it’s good stuff.  It won the 2003 Eisner Award for Best Humor Publication, so… Continue reading

Review: Gustavo Duarte’s Monsters!

Here’s your brief intro to Monsters!, a collection of three short stories by Brazilian writer/artist Gustavo Duarte.  It comes out today!  I should mention that this is Duarte’s debut publication with Dark Horse Comics, and incidentally his debut in English print…but as Monsters! is a wordless collection of short stories, the “in English” part is pretty much irrelevant.

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