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Comic Review: Satanic Hell, Vol. 1
Waerloga69   |  

Satanic Hell, Vol. 1

Satanic Hell, Vol. 1
Written by Grigoris Douros
Art by Kevin Enhart with Newel Anderson
Colors by Jimmy Kerast
Letters by E.T. Dollman
Covers by Kevin Enhart, Jimmy Kerast
Alterna Comics
Release Date: March 23, 2016
Cover Price: $9.99

I want to be forthright here, I only chose to review this comic because I thought the title was the verbal equivalent to exhibitionism. With a title like Satanic Hell, Vol. 1, your expectations are pretty narrowed. The fact that it was based in Texas? Well, that was just icing on the proverbial cake since I live in the Lone Star State, too.

The story is about a time in the not too distant future where things in Texas have gotten so bad that the local and state governments have been privatized. And in Texas, the wealthiest folks also happen to be the clergy. With millions of followers tithing weekly and having diversified their financial holdings, the fundamentalist churches in Texas found themselves able to actually purchase the rights to govern the entire state. having taken that bold step, they began to change laws and rules, ensuring that their ways were the only legal ways. Free will is a thing of the past, people are rated according to their attendance of religious services. In effect, the idea was to create a heaven on earth. Unfortunately, even heaven has a dark side.

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Comic Review: Mother Russia
Waerloga69   |  

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Mother Russia
Written and Illustrated by Jeff McComsey
Cover by Drew Moss
FUBAR Press | Alterna Comics
Release Date: November 18, 2015
Cover Price: $11.99

A little over two years ago, I wrote a little Kickstarter Spotlight for an up and coming graphic novel/comic series. Change out your calendar a couple of times and you get the present day incarnation: Mother Russia. I can definitely attest to the fact it is everything I expected and more. I had previously seen some of the pages, but I just read the final product and thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. Keep reading and I’ll explain why!

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‘The Chair’ Dedicated To “Rowdy” Roddy Piper
Dr. Zaius   |  

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“Rowdy” Roddy Piper left a lasting legacy in and out of the wrestling ring, when he passed away Friday, from cardiac arrest at the age of 61. Commonly known for his Hall of Fame wrestling career, Piper was one of the greatest villains ever in the ring. Piper used his natural charisma to segue into a fairly successful, although mostly B-movie laden film career. His most iconic role came in John Carpenter’s 1988 sci-fi thriller, They Live, as a drifter who stumbles into an alien invasion. That film made him a cult hero, and solidified his transition from the ring to big screen performer. Piper was active to the end; his IMDB page has 8 projects listed in the production stages. One of them currently in post-production is Chad Ferrin’s adaptation of Peter Simeti’s original graphic novel, The Chair from Alterna Comics. The makers of that film are dedicating the project to the late wrestler/actor.

Check out the image gallery below.

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Kickstarter Spotlight: The Chair
Waerloga69   |  

Kickstarter Spotlight: The Chair

Turning comics and graphic novels into feature films is nothing new. And doing it without a big budget supplied by a major studio is almost impossible. However, the key word there is almost.

The Kickstarter campaign for The Chair is all about having a stellar cast take this disturbing graphic novel and adapting it into a film that still captures the horror and darkness of the original work. With a modest budget for the film and a streamlined concept of where the money is going, the only part left is you, the donor. So read on to see what you can do to make this psychological thriller come to life!

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Kickstarter Spotlight: ‘Lilith Dark and The Beastie Tree’
Waerloga69   |  

Dark And The Beastie Tree

Okay, this is getting out of hand. There are so many awesome Kickstarter campaigns that I’m going to be broke from supporting them. That said, here at Geeks Of Doom we try to shine the spotlight on some of the most impactful and impressive ones out there. Lilith Dark and The Beastie Tree is just such a project. I read the Kickstarter page and immediately signed up as a backer (number 101 if you must know). I’m a huge believer in paying it forward and Charles Dowd is doing just that. “CDowd” once took his little girl to the comic shop and found nothing for her or her age group, so rather than ranting and raving he decided to put his skills to work.

And with that Lilith Dark was created, a tough lass with a hatred of meatloaf! And who doesn’t hate meatloaf, you know? It’s a lump of ground beef with lord knows what inside of it covered in ketchup (or blood if you have an overactive imagination; no don’t ask). Luckily, Lilith has a dinosaur who is all too happy to consume said meatloaf — dinos are tough, you know? But enough about the meatloaf, Lilith has more worries than just at dinner time. Of course, a lot of these worries stemming from her imagination. That, and the spooky tree across the street where she discovered monsters.

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Kickstarter Spotlight: American Terror: Confession Of A Human Smart Bomb
Zenestex   |  

Kickstarter Spotlight: American Terror

Director Eric Ramos is adapting Jeff McComsey’s graphic novel, American Terror: Confession of a Human Smart Bomb, for a short film release. They launched a Kickstarter in February that’s set to expire on March 30th, 2013 at 11:30 PM. The film is completed, but the group needs your help to fund post-production work such as color correction, sound design, an animated intro, and the musical score.

The short film will closely follow Volume 1 of Jeff McComsey’s graphic novel series. Victor Shepard, now an old man at the end of his life, lives in obscurity under a false identity. In his lonely solitude, he counts the days before he draws his last. The Rooster, the last of his comrades has passed. En route to his funeral, he is visited by the ghosts of his past, his memories of a life long gone. We then learn of his beginnings, before he became the father of a revolution that would forever alter the world.

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Comic Review: The Creators
Spartacus!   |  

The CreatorsThe Creators
Part One
Written and drawn by Michael S Bracco
Spaghetti Kiss
Release Date: September 2012
Cover Price: $9.99

Dude, straight up, this comic is pretty awesome. The pitch: A la The X-Men, every one in a million people will be blessed and cursed with a power that will develop in their awkward, pubescent teen years, but rather then popping claws or mastering magnetism or whatever-the-hell-it-is-Cable-does these kids get one specific power – to bring anything they imagine come to life through drawing. And just like that, you got a lovely set up for a meta story about comic book storytelling, the process of making comics itself, and disgruntled youth.

More to the point, The Creators inaugural issue focuses on Maya, a typical 16-year-old whose into fairy tales, art class, and whose begun showing signs that she’ll be gifted with this power and her parents as they react, quite reasonably, to balancing their new obligations of registering their daughter to the government which will ship her off to their Creator Academy and being loving parents.

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Comic Review: FUBAR II: Empire Of The Rising Dead
Zenestex   |  

FUBAR II: Empire of the Rising Dead FUBAR #2, Empire of the Rising Dead
Stories by Jeff McComsey, Benjamin Truman, Shawn Aldridge, Rafer Roberts, Kevin Johnson, Steve Becker, Stephen Lindsay, Jennie Wood, Dominic Vivona, Mark Bertolini, Lonny Chant, Phil McClorey, Matt Kendzior, Kyle Kaczmarczyk, Michael Isenberg, Oliver Mertz, Michael McDermott, Jorge Vega, Timothy Zaprala, Jeff McClelland, Richard Meyers, Helaine Crawford, Eric Spohn, Ronald Montgomery, Mike Imboden

Art by Jonathan Moore, Jeff McComsey, Joe Dunn, Rafer Roberts, Kurt Belcher, Michael Bracco, Daniel Thollin, Jim McMunn, Dominic Vivona, Carl Yonder, Lonny Chant, Jason Copland, Steve Willhite, Rob Croonenborghs, Steve Becker, Jeremy Massie, Aluisio Cervelle Santos, Aluisio Cervelle Santos, Mario Wytch, Richard Meyers, Helaine Crawford, Eric Spohn, James Giar, Shamus McGuigan, Leonardo Pietro, Danilo Beyruth

Letters by Jeff McComsey, Shawn Aldridge, Michael Bracco, Jeff McClelland, Jason Meadows, Chris Horan, Phil McClorey, Rob Croonenborghs, Julie Shelton, Jason Arthur

FUBAR Press and Alterna Comics
Release Date: January 11, 2012
Cover Price: $14.95

Oh FUBAR, you had me at “blarg.”

FUBAR #2, Empire of the Rising Dead is a 200+ page, World War II with zombies, short story extravaganza. Whereas the first issue took place in the European theater, this issue takes place solely in the Pacific theater. It’s all here: Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, island hopping warfare, geishas, evil Japanese scientific experiments, shark attacks on stranded sailors, and Tuskegee. But, you know, with zombies.

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Comic Review: Adam Wreck
Zenestex   |  

Adam Wreck coverAdam Wreck
Written by Michael S. Bracco
Art by Michael S. Bracco
Alterna Comics
Release Date: October 1, 2009
Cover Price: $9.99

Poor Adam Wreck. He is trapped on his parents’ spaceship on a so-called adventure in the cold, black, absolute nothingness of intergalactic space. His parents are the first Earthlings to invent a spacecraft capable of intergalactic travel. They’re on a mission to seek out new life and…yeah, yeah, we know the premise. Unfortunately for the space-faring nuclear family, their search has discovered no sign of alien life for two years — two long, dull, agonizing years. Just when young Adam is about to snap, his parents happen upon a Kalosian space pirate ship and are swept up into swashbuckling adventure filled with giant tentacle monsters, squishy planets, fishy spaceships, and invaluable treasure.

In Adam Wreck, Adam has no superpowers or special talents unless you consider amazingly fortunate luck to be a power — and I do. He just stumbles his way through life-threatening situations and somehow lives to tell the tale. Just when Adam’s reservoir of good luck seems to run dry, he meets a treasure-hunting alien named Voric. The opportunistic ship captain, who was obviously inspired by Captain Jack Sparrow, has the means to help Adam rescue his parents from becoming a human-grade sashimi snack. Adam, in-turn, has information that Captain Voric desperately desires. An alliance, perhaps?

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Comics Review: Hello, Do YOU Work Here?
Spartacus!   |  

Alterna Comics: Hello, Do YOU Work Here?Hello, Do YOU Work Here?
Compiled/Designed by Peter Simeti
Story by Various Submissions
Illustrations by Michael Oppenheimer, Kelly Williams, Michael nelson, John Shaver, John Bulmer, Tom Kelly, J. Rozen, Daniel Thollin, Brian Beardsley, John Bulmer, Jeff McComsey, Kelly Williams, Dave Arhar, Kevin Christensen, Bret M. Herholz, Chad Storhl, Steve Black, Michael S. Bracco, Oliver Kirby, Michael Czerniawski, Gary Goodrich, Dave Arhah, Jeremy Massie, Andi Papelitzky, Douglas Draper Jr.
Introduction by Alex Robinson
Alterna Comics
Cover Price: $7.99

I spent the summer of 2002 working alone at a local 24-hour convenient store doing the 4pm to midnight shift. On one particularly brutal night my manager got in to relieve me about 10 minutes early.

“Just give me a minute,” she informed me, as she took out her cellphone, “I’m going to check in on my daughter.”

Maggie, my manager’s daughter, was maybe 16, 17 years old and went by the name, I’m not kidding: Magical. This is the side of the conversation that I heard:

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