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Creator Owned Comics That You Should Be Reading
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Creator Owned Comics You Should Be Reading

Creator owned books are probably the greatest thing about the comics industry for a variety of reasons. As a punk rock, do-it-yourself kind of guy, I love the lack of corporate involvement in creator owned comics. You see, when you read a book from Marvel or DC Comics, you’re reading a book that has editorial mandates and corporate interest from Disney and Warner Bros., respectively. To emphasize what that means, it restricts creator input in a series that you’re putting your hard-earned money towards. You’re not just reading a comic from Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham, you’re reading a comic by those two, Jim Lee, Dan DiDio, Mike Marts, and many others who should have no business having input on a comic made by incredibly creative people. You’re not reading a comic that’s sole intention is to be good, you’re reading a comic that a company thinks will sell units. The primary goal of these comics is to make money. So, in essence, you’re losing so much with editorial involvement that’s not there when you read a creator owned book. No one tells these people what they can and cannot have within the pages of their creations. And while I adore characters like Batman and many other mainstream heroes, there’s something magical and pure about reading a comic written and drawn by the creators of the property.

So, it’s in honor of Creator Owned Day that we wanted to take the time to have a look at some Creator Owned Comics That You Should Be Reading if you’re not already.

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Holiday Geek Gift Guide 2011: Comic Books (Part 2)
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Holiday Geek Gift Guild: Comics

Put on your coats and caps, everybody! There’s pine needles on the living room floor, snow on the ground, and a scent of cinnamon in the air. Your dogs and cats are tearing apart wrapping paper, your family’s in town and you can’t stop drinking eggnog for some reason. That could only mean one thing, folks, it’s the nondescript religious holiday season! And that means that it’s time to go into credit card debt so that you can show those closest to you that you care, you know? And to make it a little bit easier on you guys, we here at Geeks of Doom have been shoveling our driveways so that we can deliver to you this, The Holiday Geek Gift Guide 2011! The best gifts possible for the geeks on you gift-giving list! Last week we brought you Comic Books – Part 1, so check out Part 2 here below!

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Image Comics Goes Day-And-Date Digital
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Welcome to the future, comic book fans! Image Comics announced on Wednesday that it would be the start of their day-and-date digital initiative that brings the majority of their top-selling catalog to digital platforms on the same day that their comics hit brick and mortar stores.

Their comics will be available on the comiXology powered apps for mobile devices, as well as through the browser based sites of comics.comixology.com and comics.imagecomics.com.

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The GoD List: Comics For August 24, 2011
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Each and every week “The Heartbreak Kid” Henchman21 and “The Mississippi Blue Blood” MK2FAC3 read a lot of comics. Seriously you guys, a lot of comics. Maybe too many comics. I mean, it is possible. They look forward to some more than others, I mean, who doesn’t? So, let’s take a look into the depths of their pull lists, grab some comics, and we’ll let YOU know what the top books to look forward to are for the week of August 24, 2011. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.

When last we left you, Batman was ending, Hunter was sad and angry at the same time, and Christoph McDavid was taking a nap. This week, however, marks the beginning of a brand new era with the first installment of a guest writer. Who is he?? Is he a former world heavyweight champion? Or is he a top contender for the cruiserweight belt? Maybe he is, maybe he isn’t. Time will only tell. Comics! This week, we see the likes of Chew, Gates of Gotham, TMNT, The Bionic Man, and Captain America jockeying for position so that they can climb the ladder of success and pull down the ever coveted title of Doom of the Week. So, are there great comics coming out this week? Well, in the immortal words of Zack Ryder, “Woo woo woo! You know it!”

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Comics Of Doom: Episode 56: Chew #18
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Recorded April 10, 2011.

Our April Doom Of The Month will be Beasts Of Burden! If you want to read along with us, head on over to Instocktrades.com or DCBService.com to pick up Beasts Of Burden for a super price! Be sure to check back at the end of April for our special review episode.

Check out Episode 56 of Comics of Doom, the official comics podcast of Geeks of Doom. Click HERE to open the podcast player in a new window.

Podcast player is here below, along with an Episode Guide.

Listen now!

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2011 Eisner Nominations Announced
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Eisner AwardsThe nominations for the 2011 Eisner Awards, which celebrates the best in comic books and graphic novels, were announced yesterday. The awards winners will be announced at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International on July 22 and the nominees represent a wide selection of this year’s standout books. This will be the 23rd year for the Eisner awards, which are largely described as the Oscar’s of the comic industry, and while there are a few other awards for comics, these are the big ones of the year.

Leading the nominees is Jim McCann and Janet Lee’s Return of the Dapper Men, which nabbed five nominations. The unique story and art earned the book nominations in Best Publication for Teens, Best Graphic Novel-New, Best Writer, Best Artist, and Best Publication Design. Just behind Dapper Men with four nominations were two Comics of Doom favorites, Morning Glories (by Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma) and Locke & Key (by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez). Also receiving multiple nominations was Naoki Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys (a personal favorite), Chew from Image Comics, Mike Mignola’s Hellboy, and Daniel ClowesWilson.

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Showtime Gets Hungry For Adaptation Of Comic Book ‘Chew’
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ChewShowtime has picked up a script for a half-hour cop show based on a comic book series titled Chew.

The comic book series follows a Federal agent named Tony Chu that can get psychic images from the things that he eats. He gets assigned to the most bizarre crimes and he has to eat his way through the investigation. The comic, created by John Layman and Rob Guillory and published by Image Comics, is darkly funny and completely unique compared to the horde of tights and fights books on store shelves. Terri Hughes Burton and Ron Milbauer (Eureka) wrote the Chew script that will now be further revised by Showtime for their network.

A story like Chew is perfect for a cable network, at a minimum AMC, and at best HBO or Showtime, so it’s exciting that the network that gave us Dexter will develop the project.

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Holiday Geek Gift Guide 2010: Comic Books
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Holiday Geek Gift Guide 2010: Comics

Here at Geeks of Doom, we’ve been hard at work putting together some Holiday gift ideas so that those of you who are buying for a geek have a much better idea of what we love, what we want, and what we’re downright twitching to get our hands on. If you’ve missed them, be sure to check out our DVD/Blu-ray, Video Game, and Specialty Item guides for some Christmas shopping suggestions.

Now we turn our attention to the exciting land of comic books, where many of today’s most popular movies are born.

Comic books meet you halfway between books and movies — you get to read, but there’s wonderful artwork throughout, perfectly painting the story in words and drawings and colors. They’re a feast for both mind and eyes, and we’re quite passionate about them!

For the very best in comic book gift ideas, won’t you be our guest and continue reading for our Holiday Geek Gift Guide 2010: Comic Books!

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Year in Review: Comics of 2009
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Year in Review: Comics of 2009Another year is coming to an end, and what better time than this to look back on the year that was in the world of comics. Of course, the biggest news this year was Disney’s purchase of Marvel Comics and its vast library of characters, with the reorganization of DC comics being just as big a story. In terms of actual product, this was a big year for DC. With Grant Morrison owning the first half of the year with the end of Final Crisis, leading into Batman R.I.P. and the start of Batman and Robin, and Geoff Johns taking over for the last half of the year, with the re-launch of Adventure Comics, reintroducing Barry Allen to the DCU in Flash: Rebirth, and the event he has been building to since bringing Hal Jordan back, Blackest Night.

Across the street at Marvel, things were mostly tied up in the Dark Reign storyline, which has largely been a disappointment for me (how many times can I read the same story? We get it, Norman Osborne is a jerk; it’s time to move on.) There were some bright spots though, with Mark Millar and Steve McNiven mixing Wolverine with Mad Max and The Unforgiven to create Old Man Logan. We also got the return of Steve Rogers (kind of) in Captain America: Reborn and another (mostly) decent year of Amazing Spider-Man, but for me, it was kind of a down year in terms of my excitement for Marvel books.

The land of independent comics was ruled by Chew from Image Comics. This little book that could went through multiple printings of its first and second issues, with early printings going for large amounts before the supply caught up with the demand. Sadly, there weren’t a lot of other Big with a capital B indie books drop this year, although as always, there were pockets of greatness.

So here are the things I have decided were best this year in comics. All these were nominated by me, voted for by myself, and are now presented by I. I have used no scientific measures for these, they are neither fair nor balanced, and were decided largely by my buying habits, which means if I didn’t buy it, it’s probably won’t be nominated. Hey, I mean, I can’t buy everything and even if I could, there’s not enough hours in my day to read everything. Without further ado…

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