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The Drill Down 403: Holiday Gift Guide 2015
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TDD 403 Gift Guide

The holiday season is coming up and The Drill Down would like you to be ready for it. So as we do every year around this time, we’ve prepared a list of what we consider the perfect gifts to give… and get this holiday. So before you stand around for hours this Black Friday, spend some time with us. Here’s the Drill Down’s Holiday Gift Guide 2015.

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Comic Review: The Roman Nose, Book 1
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The Roman Nose, Book 1
The Roman Nose, Book 1
Written by Seth Kushner
Art, Colors, and Letters by George Folz
Cover by Darwyn Cooke
Available at Comixology
Release Date: April 22, 2015
Cover Price: $1.99

So Seth Kushner emailed me a couple of weeks ago about his newest project called The Roman Nose, Book 1. An unusual title, I must say. So I followed the link and snagged a copy to read. It’s nothing like his SCHMUCK comic, a pseudo-bio about life in the Big Apple. I was expecting a similar style book but I couldn’t have been further from the truth.

Set in Rome in 2114, we find our “hero” enjoying the local scenery. I use the term hero quite loosely because, while he does have a power of sorts, it’s not one of those more conventional powers like flight or super strength. This guy has hyperosmia, also known as a heightened sense of smell. He gets downright Sherlockian in his deductions and uses it to stay one step ahead of trouble. There are some odd moments, obviously pointedly reminding us that this story is set in the future. There are some Dalek looking “Goombots” that are sent after him early on in the story. Luckily he is able to escape on his…Vespa? By breaking down a gate? The Vespa has gotten some serious upgrades in the future, let me tell you! Throw in mafia wives, ex-girlfriends, and evil popes to get one hell of a fun ride. There is a plot to overthrow the people in power and only our hero (known by the moniker The Roman Nose) is able to stop it!

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Amazon Acquires Digital Comics Platform comiXology
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Comics by Comixology

Comic book fans got a surprise on Thursday when it was announced that Amazon will acquire the digital comics platform comiXology. ComiXology has become the biggest digital distributor for comics and is also one of the top non-game apps in terms of in-app purchases. There are not a lot of details at this time on how the acquisition will affect current users of the platform.

In an announcement on comiXology’s website, CEO David Steinberger said “ComiXology will retain its identity as an Amazon subsidiary and we’re not done ‘taking comics further’”.

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Comic Review: Watson and Holmes
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Watson and Holmes: A Study In Black coverWatson And Holmes #1-6
Created by Brandon Perlow & Paul Mendoza
Written by Karl Bollers
Art by Rick Leonardi, Larry Stroman
Colors by Paul Mendoza, GuruEFX, Archie Van Buren, Jay David Ramos
Letters by Taylor Esposito, Dave Lanphear, Nicole McDonnell, Wilson Ramos Jr.
New Paradigm Studios
Cover Price: $2.99 each

Is it just me or does it seem like everything is getting a makeover or a reboot these days? I know the winds of change are always blowing but sometimes it feels like everything is the same, though perhaps just slightly different. Take the legendary Sherlock Holmes, for instance. New movies, a couple of ongoing television programs, and several different comics. Some are modern, some are not. Every one of them is ever so slightly different in the concept, few are spectacular. None of them, however, are as far off the beaten path as Watson And Holmes.

This particular incarnation features two men, both African-American, with a distinct sense of civic duty. We still have Holmes as a private investigator with uncanny deduction skills but this time he’s a bit more action oriented. His well-known and steadfast companion is still in the medical field but this time he’s an intern and far more athletic than in versions past. The setting is very urban, gang activity is a way of life and death is commonplace. A place where the innocent and the guilt live side by side and the line between them is blurred. And even though the status quo is so disheartening, the locals are terrified of what might happen were they to become involved in anything.

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Comic Review: Broken Cortex #1
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Broken Cortex #1 cover by Angel MartinezBroken Cortex #1
Written by Rodney Roger
Illustrated by Angel Martinez
Colored by Angel Martinez
Lettered by J.P.
Cover by Angel Martinez
R-Comics
Release Date: October 23, 2013
Cover Price: $0.99

The undead are rising and there’s no place to hide. Broken Cortex #1 is written by Rodney Roger with illustrations from Angel Martinez. Can a family put aside their differences and overcome a massive zombie outbreak?

As Riley Thompson visits his dysfunctional family for the first time in years, a zombie outbreak occurs. Thankfully, the entire group has managed to survive together within the confines of their country farm house over a several month period; however, Riley and company eventually make a discovery that will impact them for the foreseeable future.

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The Drill Down 308: Lessons Learned and The Road Ahead
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We ring in the New Year with our first new show of 2014! This week we discuss a new Pebble watch, cloud gaming on Sony PlayStation, T-Mobile wants to pay you to switch, Facebook is dead to teens, are digital music downloads already obsolete?…the legacy of the Snowden NSA leaks, and a cube that balances on its edge.

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Comic Preview: 9 Pages Of ‘Bushido #1’ From Top Cow
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Thanks to our friends at Top Cow Productions and their partners at Heroes and Villains Entertainment, Geeks of Doom is thrilled to present a 9-page preview of their upcoming genre-blending samurai vs. vampires mini-series, Bushido.

Written by Rob Levin and illustrated by Jessada Sutthi, Bushido takes place in feudal Japan and tells the tale of Kichiro, a young shipwrecked boy who is raised by samurai and trained in the art of Bushido. As he grows, and a vampiric threat emerges, Kichiro will lead a small group of samurai as Japan’s only line of defense.

Bushido #1 will be released digitally at ComiXology on July 12th, 2013 with a print copy to follow in October. Check out the preview pages here below to prepare yourself for the way of the samurai.

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Comic Review: Tabatha #1
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Tabatha #1Tabatha #1
Created and Written by Neil Gibson
Pencils and Inks by Casper Wijngaard
Color by Casper Wijngaard and Anja Poland
Letters by Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
TPub
Digital Release Date: November 28, 2012
Cover Price: $0.99

Never judge a book by its cover. We’ve all heard that, right? Well, toss that in the rubbish bin. The cover is what drew me to this comic and I went in hoping for something dark and twisted. Guess what? I got my wish. Tabatha #1 delivered in spades.

Imagine a sunny day in Los Angeles, birds are chirping and kids are playing. It’s just another day in the life of Luke, the friendly mailman out on his route. After getting harassed by his boss, he got right to work delivering packages and envelopes to the public. Getting attacked by a little old lady, being subjected to a very naked and very large man, getting to flirt with a sexy, tattooed beauty…these are just regular occurrences with our happy-go-lucky postal employee.

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Comic Review: Time Samplers #1
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Time Samplers #1Time Samplers #1
Written by Thomas Gorence, Erik Koconis, and David Pinckney
Illustrated by Christopher Hanchey
Colored by Liezl Buenaventura and Nicolas Colacitti
Lettered by Nicolas Colacitti and Ryan Ferrier
Covers by Nicolas Colacitti
ComiXology Submit
Release Date: May 29, 2013
Cover Price: $2.99

Time Samplers #1 is a featured comic at ComiXology Submit — the ComiXology publication for promoting indie comic book and graphic novel creators. Written by Thomas Gorence, Erik Koconis, and David Pinckney with art from Christopher Hanchey, this is the story of a team of modern day investigators who solve problems by “sampling” events from the past. Read on to find out my thoughts!

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ComiXology Looks To Revolutionize Comic Book Industry With Self-Publish Platform ComiXology Submit
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ComiXology has announced a new service called comiXology Submit which could be a real game-changer when it comes to comic book publishing.

The service is built mainly for independent comic book and graphic novel creators. It will allow them to upload their works for free, and, if approved, comiXology will then take over, prepare it, and make it available to the masses so that your work can be seen by many and you can make a profit.

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