DC Universe “REBIRTH” Creator Signing

This morning, the Source Comics and Games had the unique opportunity to host a four-person signing of all Minnesota based comics creators. The signing was in relation to DC Comics best-selling Rebirth event. I was at the event nice and early, so I had the chance to beat the lines and chat a bit with all four creators while having my books signed. Minnesota native and veteran Superman writer/artist Dan Jurgens has long called the Twin Cities home. He is a regular guest at area conventions and events. He has worked on the Superman books off and on since 1989, including the Death of Superman storyline in 1992. Jurgens is now writing the iconic...

Rebirth Begins – First Issue Reviewed May25

Rebirth Begins – First Issue Reviewed

For a few years now when I talk comics with my friends, Dan and my sister Jennifer in particular, when we talk about DC comics the observation we seem to agree on more than anything else is that what has been missing is the fun, this light and the hope. From all indication Rebirth will be addressing this. Now I have been reading comics since the late sixties, buying them with my own money since the early seventies. I’ve gone through any number of crisis events and reboots. Through it all I usually end up enjoying the comics DC has put out. Sure there were some that left me dropping books from my pull list, but overall I kept on reading....

Not Just a Man in a Bat Costume

The day came when I refused to go back to CCD classes. I knew every Sunday when I learned about how mad God was at me my sister was home watching Batman. The unfairness rankled. I put my tiny foot down (I was a truly small, itty kid) and my mom shocked my by agreeing. Joy! The day I asked her why the bad guys didn’t just shoot Batman instead of coming up with all of these bizarre contraptions, I learned an important life lesson. “Because,” she answered patiently, “then the show would be over.” My life long love of all things Bat had began. An older still not tall me was hand fed comics by the not quite as patient but still rather wise...

CRIMINAL 10th Anniversary Issue Reviewed

CRIMINAL: The 10th Anniversary Issue Image Comics 2016   Having spent the winter moving to a new house, I came across a poster tube with a beautiful print of the Criminal #3 cover that’d I’d been misplacing on and off again for years. The shipping label had a date that was hard to believe and I shrugged it off until a few days later when I saw an announcement that Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips were celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Criminal with the release of a new issue. How has it been a decade of looking for extra wall space and a reason to frame the poster, and how has my favorite series been around that long?   To...

Unfollow, Wonder Woman and Grayson Reviewed May20

Unfollow, Wonder Woman and Grayson Reviewed

UNFOLLOW Vertigo Comics Vertigo has over the years put out some amazing comics. Some of them don’t make the big splash I would expect them too and seem to fall through the cracks for some reason. I’m hoping this one really grabs people because it’s a great idea and a lot of fun. Using the popularity of social media this story has the founder of a Twitter like network messing with people on his deathbed. Eighteen million dollars will be dived between 140 randomly picked people. If any of them die, their share goes to the survivors. Human nature being what it is of course the 140 are all on a hit list, because who wants to share when you can...

4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK

Black Mask Studios 2016        I’m a sucker for a good title. A good title can make your book stand out from the crowd. It can serve as a memorable hook to draw in your reader. A good title can live in your brain and make you smile whenever you hear it. Here, try this. I bet you can’t stop smiling: STAR WARS. See? THE BREAKFAST CLUB. Right? A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. So good! All great titles that provide a catchy, solid hook to draw in the customer. A catchy hook that is snagged in your brain, so that whenever you hear it, you smile. And now we can add 4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK to that list. But like the other titles on this list, 4 KIDS is...