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July 24
2014

Interview: Capitol Hillbillies’ Chris Lange

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Capitol Hillbillies is a wild, raunchy, nerdy web comic that has been cracking up readers for five years. And now it’s moving from computers to bookshelves with Northwest Press‘ publication of Capitol Hillbillies Volume One! The collection chronicles the adventures of four gay guys as they navigate sex, dating, pop culture, videogames and the occasional unicorn.

You can order your own copy in either paperback or digitally by clicking here, but to find out more about the LGBT comic’s humble beginnings and why gaymers would enjoy the heck out of it, we talked with its creator, Chris Lange!
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March 14
2014

Comic Review: Deadly Class

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Among thousands of contemporary graphic novels filled with sparkling vampires and plastic Zombies, nowadays it is almost impossible to come across a genuinely edgy story that is deep as it is entertaining. Image Comic’s new drama-thriller series Deadly Class delivers all that and a lot more.

Set in a hyper-real 1987, in an uber gritty San Francisco, Deadly Class revolves around down-on–his-luck, homeless teenager, Marcus Lopez. Through various flashbacks it is revealed that he used to have a happy home life until a freak accident kills both of his parents and leaves him on the streets. With no relatives in America to take care of him Marcus spends his youth at terrible shelters and foster homes until he makes a run for it and ends up alone in the crime-ridden streets of San Francisco.

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February 27
2014

Review: Tomb Raider #1

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The first issue of the new Tomb Raider series from Dark Horse Comics is out, and I can safely say that Lara Croft is in good hands with writer Gail Simone. No stranger to penning the adventures of strong female characters, Lara’s character is well-handled here.

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January 30
2014

Preview: Tomb Raider #1

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Dark Horse Comics has produced some fine licensed material based on comic books, like Mass Effect and The Last of Us. And since the Tomb Raider game from Crystal Dynamics was such a hit, it’s only natural that they’re going to be producing a new series based in that world! Now you don’t have to wait for the sequel to enjoy the further adventures of everyone’s favorite videogame heroine.

Writer Gail Simone is no stranger to writing strong female characters, having scripted comics like Wonder Woman and Batgirl, and was a natural fit to chronicle the further adventures of Lara Croft. In an editorial running in recent issues of Dark Horse Comics, the scribe admits to being a big fan of Lara’s, but skeptical of the reboot game (and Dark Horse’s request she write the new series based on it). Of course, her skepticism lasted only as long as it took to start playing the game!

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October 18
2013

NYCC ’13 Cosplay Gallery #3

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Now we’re up to the third gallery of cosplay photos I took at New York Comic Con 2013. This is the second half of the comic book-themed costumes. This time around, keep an eye out for a really hot John Constantine, an impressive (if awkward to actually move around in) Elongated Man, a very cool Mysterio, as well as a super-hot Aquaman.

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October 17
2013

NYCC ’13 Cosplay Gallery #2

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And now gallery #2 of my photos of cosplayers at New York Comic Con 2013! Now we’re shifting into the comic book realm, which I’ve split into two parts because even if Comic Con isn’t so much about comics anymore, most of my pictures were of comic book characters. Naturally, there are plenty of Wolverines, either in a costume, tank top or shirtless, and there were tons of Deadpools (none of which I seemed to photograph). But I was impressed by a Hawkman and a sexy Gambit, plus a really good Dr. Strange. But you’re definitely not going to want to miss the White Queen… er, King. Trust me! Make the jump and enjoy!

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August 15
2013

Review: Halo: Inititation #1

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In the interest of full disclosure, I am not a fan of the Halo series. So I am not familiar with the intricacies of the Halo universe, or the supporting character of Sarah Palmer, who the new Dark Horse mini-series Halo: Initiation is about. But that out of the way, I was pleasantly surprised by the first issue, which was released this week. It chronicles the origin of Sarah Palmer as a Spartan, and while issue one is obviously going to be mostly set-up, I’m more than intrigued by what writer Brian Reed has set up. He’s also one of the writers of Halo 4, so the guy knows his stuff. Not being a fan of the series, I had no idea how the Spartans like Master Chief were created, and this comic made me realize that the Halo universe is actually more interesting than I’d given it credit for being. Of course, it helps that the story can move along at a pace and not get bogged down in long, shooting gameplay sections.

The art, by Marc Castiello, is very good, and everything looks authentic, from the battle armor to the Warthogs to the weapons. His page layouts are dynamic and graphic, but sometimes the style interferes with storytelling as some of the action can be a bit hard to follow, visually. Sarah Palmer is an interesting character, a female who manages to be strong without being bitchy, which is often the go-to characterization for powerful women. I recommend Halo: Initiation for Halo fans, but also for non-Halo comic book fans like me. Turning Mass Effect into a comic book was an obvious choice, as that game had a strong storyline and a rich universe to draw from. I never considered Halo to be more than a shooter, so it’s nice to find out that there is actually an interesting story they can create new tales with. I look forward to issue two!