Last weekend was Wizard World Portland, and this weekend is Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle. Presumably inspired by one or both of these cons, the sex shop in my neighborhood did a storefront display of all lingerie based on superheroines and villainesses.
My points being:
(2) Several of the outfits, when rendered in lingerie analogs, are substantially less revealing than the costumes they’re based on.
Kieron Gillen, talking about the first five pages of “Young Avengers” #1:
You’ve seen Pulp Fiction? Annoyingly, I can’t find a good version of the whole intro online.
Essentially, it goes quiet-conversation in the style of the film setting mood, exploding into shouted sweary gun-wielding violence, freeze-frame and hard cut to the black screen with the titles and that Dick Dale Guitar. We don’t come back to the young robbers until way into the film, but it doesn’t matter- its initial purpose is that it explains Pulp Fiction in miniature, right there. And then we go to a much slower paced section which builds, etc. You know what the film is from then on in.
That’s what the opening was for. The rest of the book is relatively grounded, but in the opening I give a concentrated portrait of the whole vision. This is what we do.
The more I think about it, the more I realize that my favorite movie first acts are usually the ones that start like this, with a scene that’s a microcosm of the movie rather than a scene that’s necessarily getting the plot rolling.
Since I read Kieron Gillen’s writer commentaries on “Young Avengers” #1, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about movies that get the plot moving right away vs. movies that start with a “cold open” that shows gives you the movie in a microcosm.
Example 1: Blade. First scene establishes vampires, their modern approach to feeding — and Blade killing them. Plus you get intros of the antagonist (Deacon Frost) and two of his lieutenants.
WITCH DOCTOR MAL PRACTICE #5 (OF 6)
story BRANDON SEIFERT
art & cover LUKAS KETNER & ANDY TROY
32 PAGES / FC / T
In one corner: Dr. Vincent Morrow, the Witch Doctor. In the other: the parasite he’s been infected with. And you won’t believe where the battlefield is! Physician, heal thyself – or else!
“A superbly smart and riveting medical thriller filled with off-the-wall characters” – Fangoria
In Shops: 3/27/2013
Please ask your comic shop to preorder it using Diamond order code JAN13 0619.
I’m seeing some great fan art of Penny Dreadful this week! This one’s by @tashepard.
I really like seeing behind the scenes of the fiction I love. I like “making of” documentaries, directors’ commentaries, and “Art of the Movie” books. Since we first started Witch Doctor, I’ve wanted to do a “writer’s commentary” on the issues.
Initially I didn’t think there’d be much interest in that… but now that I’ve talked to a lot of Witch Doctor fans, I know you’re a super curious, detail-oriented bunch. So, here’s a writer’s commentary on Witch Doctor: Mal Practice #1 (of 6), on sale now! If people like this, I’ll keep doing these for future issues too.
Big Goddamn Spoiler Warning: Don’t read this is you haven’t read Witch Doctor: Mal Practice #1!
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And the critics like it!
Newsarama gives it a 10 out of 10! “On all fronts, Witch Doctor: Mal Practice #1 is a step up for a series that was already hitting all the right notes. This is some can’t-miss comic reading right here. Bring on issue #2.”
Bloody Disgusting gives it 4.5 out of 5 skulls! “this is an excellent first issue with very few, if any, flaws. The only thing holding it back is that this is the first issue, and so there isn’t a lot of weight to the proceedings. Still, that’s an extraordinarily minor complaint. This is definitely one to pick up.”
Ain’t It Cool News gave it their thumbs up. “Those looking for a truly unique take on horror will most likely already know about WITCH DOCTOR. This new miniseries, MAL PRACTICE looks to be another winner. And if you don’t know about this comic yet, now you do, so check it out.”
IGN says, “As a continuation of their strong start, Seifert and Ketner deliver a worthwhile new chapter with Witch Doctor: Mal Practice #1.”
Broken Frontier says, “In reviews of Witch Doctor’s first volume, I gushed over the potential of both the property and its creators. With Mal Practice #1, Seifert and Ketner turn in another brilliant masterpiece of occult medical comedy-drama that only validates my initial prognosis. Genre-bending, hilarious, and often down-right disturbing, the (Witch) Doctor is definitely in, just in time for the holidays.”
Comics Should Be Good gives it 8 out of 10 stars. “Witch Doctor was one of the best comics of last year, so it’s great that Seifert and Ketner are back with a new mini-series.”
Bleeding Cool has an exclusive preview of the first few pages of “Hellraiser: The Road Below” #2 (of 4), out this Wednesday, November 28. (Note that it’s drawn by Haemi Jang, not Ibraim Roberson though.)
“Witch Doctor: Mal Practice” #1 (of 6) finally comes out next week — and so does “Hellraiser: The Road Below” #2 (of 4). Lukas and I are doing release parties/signings in Portland and Seattle — and I’m doing an AMA on Reddit Comicbooks.
Tuesday, November 27 — Reddit Comicbooks AMA: I’m doing an AMA (“ask me anything”) on Reddit Comicbooks — a day-long Q&A session where anyone online can ask me questions. (Facebook Event)
Wednesday, November 28 — signing at Arcane Comics in Seattle with Lukas Ketner: “Witch Doctor: Mal Practice” #1 (of 6) is finally out — come get it signed by me and Lukas! “Hellraiser: The Road Below” #2 (of 4) is also on sale, and I’ll be signing those as well. Runs from 3-8 PM. (Facebook Event)
Friday. November 30 — “Witch Doctor: Mal Practice” release party with Lukas Ketner at Bridge City Comics in Portland: Can’t forget our hometown! Signing runs from 6-9 PM. (Facebook Event)
If there’s an upcoming comic you want, please ask your local comic store to “pre-order” it for you.
Pre-ordering guarantees that you get a copy of the comic you want. If you don’t pre-order, the comics you want may sell out before you get to the store — or the store may not order any copies of the comics you want to begin with!
Pre-ordering also helps everyone else involved in the comic — your store, the publisher and the people who created the comic.
How To Pre-Order Comics:
- Tell the person behind the counter at your local comic store that you want to pre-order (or “pull”) some upcoming comics.
- Tell them the names of the comics, and what company publishes them.
- When the comics are actually released, ask a store employee for the copies they ordered for you.
It’s that easy! You can pre-order individual issues, whole comic series on an ongoing basis, or upcoming trade paperbacks or graphic novels. And you can order more than one copy of an issue, if you want.
(It also helps to have the “Diamond order code” for the comics you’re asking for. You can find this in the Diamond PREVIEWS comics catalog, or online.)
The Longer Explanation: This is why it’s a good idea to pre-order comics you want:
- If you pre-order, a copy of the comic is printed and sent to your store especially for you. That way you don’t have to worry about the issue selling out — and you won’t miss a comic because your store didn’t know to order any. And many comic stores give discounts to customers who pre-order their comics — so pre-ordering saves you money!
- Comic stores have to guess how many copies of each comic they’re going to sell — and if they guess wrong and order too many copies, they lose money. Pre-ordering helps your store accurately gauge how many copies of each comic to order.
- Publishers have the same problem — if they print more copies of a comic than actually sell, they lose money. So pre-ordering helps the publisher know exactly how many to print.
- Most creator-owned comics don’t pay any money to the creative team in advance — just a royalty based on the number of copies sold. So the more copies of a comic sold, the better the chances that the people who created it will actually see some money for their hard work. Pre-orders encourage stores to buy more copies, and encourage publishers to print more copies — both of which help the creators.
So, pre-ordering really does help everyone out.
This month I did my first digital-exclusive comic — Spirit of the Law #1 and #2 (of 2), published by MonkeyBrain Comics. Each of the issues is only $0.99 through comiXology at this link! Here’s the cover and a four page preview of #1.
It’s the Great Depression, and Sammy Workman is lucky to have a job — even as a mob hitman! But when a hit goes wrong, Workman and his men find themselves stalked— by the paranormal vigilante they’ve accidentally created! You’ve seen plenty of superhero origins — now, see one from the villains’ point of view! A new two-part noir/pulp mashup from Brandon Seifert, creator of WITCH DOCTOR and writer of DOCTOR WHO, and Michael Montenat, artist of HELLRAISER and PILOT SEASON: ANONYMOUS.
MTV Geek calls it “a mystery that feels in part like a revisiting of Dark Horse’s ‘Ghost’ with an E.C. Comics twist.”
IGN says it’s “a quality book that gets better upon a second read, but the best part is that it’s only a dollar.”
Bleeding Cool says, “in just 15 pages Seifert and Montenat pick up some of the most tired looking cliches in genre fiction and breathe new life into them.”
Bloody Disgusting gave it their thumbs-up. “As a morality tale and revenge thriller, Spirit Of The Law #1 will surely captivate readers with its well-written narrative and striking artwork.”
HELLRAISER: THE DARK WATCH #1 Written by Clive Barker, Brandon Seifert, art by Tom Garcia, covers by Tim Bradstreet, Nick Percival. New ongoing series! The new era of Hellraiser begins! As promised, Clive Barker did not only return to the Hellraiser universe, he re-imagined it! Nothing is as simple as it seems Ã± the old ways have been destroyed and a dangerous new world lies in its wake. Where are Elliott Spencer and Kirsty Cotton? Who will rule and who will serve? 32 pages, $3.99.
WITCH DOCTOR: MAL PRACTICE #4 (of 6)
story BRANDON SEIFERT
art / cover LUKAS KETNER
32 PAGES / FC / T
When you have a magical disease, you go to the Witch Doctor. But where do you take the Witch Doctor when he’s the one who needs help? And how far will Doc Morrow’s assistant go… to save his boss’ life? “WITCH DOCTOR has emerged as an immediate hit.” — L.A. Weekly
(via Comic Book Resources)