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The Big Sheep by Andre Mateus and Rahil Mohsin

The Big Sheep

The Big Sheep http://bit.ly/2iDJx4o is a 20-page, Black & White, anthropomorphic noir one-shot comic written by Andre Mateus with illustrations and letters by Rahil Mohsin. Published by VMComics.

It’s just another day of trying to get by for a hardboiled tortoise P.I. with money problems named Slow Spade. Enter an ex-lamb chop girlfriend named Linda with a little kidnapping problem, and the pieces of a “who done it” scenario start falling into place. Soon a rabbit with sticky paws that runs with bad bunnies, a goat that’s handy with a hammer, and a mad dog sniffing around the crime scene complete the picture. Slow Spade might not be the quickest, but for a buck he’ll tighten the screws until all the pigeons sing!

Andre and Rahil deliver a top-notch, fun crime noir comic that perfectly blends art and story! The characters and situations are a spoof of the old hardboiled detective stories, only this time everyone is literally an animal! The story stays true to the genre it pays homage to and it plays the characters straight, not over doing any of them for comedic effect. The main character, Slow Spade, really captures the essence of the no-nonsense, tougher than leather private eye, and making him a chain-smoking wrinkled tortoise is a stroke of genius! Rahil’s bold lines and heavy shadows brings a cold and dramatic element to the pages that frame the otherwise cutesy animals in a bleak city landscape ripe with crime. Characters and backgrounds are all given great attention to detail as is page compositions, lettering, and text boxes and balloons. Visually this comic is a delight with something fun and interesting to offer in every panel!

Don’t wait, get on the case today with The Big Sheep at http://bit.ly/2iDJx4o and you can follow Andre at https://andre3m.tumblr.com/ and see more from Rahil at http://rahilmohsin.wixsite.com/booyaah and find more from VMComics at http://www.vmcomics.com

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The Legend of Pinky: Book I by Craig Johnson II

The Legend of Pinky

The Legend of Pinky: Book I http://bit.ly/2gXUBIS and https://buff.ly/2ARkc1F is a full color, 50-page, crime noir period comic written and illustrated by Craig Johnson II.

Travel back to the 1920’s New York when organized gangs ruled the streets, speakeasies offered relief to the thirsty, and bullets rained down in barrages! In this world of yesteryear one undisciplined, fun-loving, gangster navigates old-time friendships, racial sensitivities, union rights, and criminal loyalties as he gets by, by living on his own terms!

Craig does an excellent job of telling this period piece in the language of the times. The characters all come off as authentic and fully grounded in their 1920’s settings. The writing captures attitudes and a way of life lost to history while building a solid story about the people of the time and their challenges. The art is rendered in a rough, sketchy style that conveys the harshness of the characters and their surroundings. Craig balances the sketchy line work perfectly with a limited palette of pale colors that effectively emphasize the drama and action through spot colors and contrasts that make the pages pop!

Step into Pinky’s world at http://bit.ly/2gXUBIS and https://buff.ly/2ARkc1F and find more from Craig’s art at http://craigj2.com/ and follow on Twitter @craigjtwo and you can visit Pinky at https://www.facebook.com/LegendOfPinky/

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Bloke’s Terrible Tomb of Terror #17 by Jason Crawley, Mike Hoffman & Others

Bloke's Terrible Tomb of Terror #17

Bloke’s Terrible Tomb of Terror #17 https://buff.ly/2itsWDL and https://buff.ly/2AsMhMn is a 100-page, black and white, mature horror anthology featuring various writers/artists. Cover art by Mike Hoffman. Created by Mike Hoffman and published by Jason Crawley.

First off is Being Different by Jason Crawley (story) and Santos Zaballos (art). This terror tale introduces a couple of Romanian sisters newly transplanted to England in the late 1800’s. As the two adjust to life at an English ladies boarding school they also must contend with a jealous rival and a grisly murder reminiscent of the Ripper!

Next is Let the Corpses Lie by Juan Alcudia (story) and Carlos Lamani (art). This time we follow an ex-con recently released from jail and hired to do a job, only thing is the job proves hazardous to his health!

Then in Run, Rabbit, Run! by Jason Crawley (story) and Marc Gras Cots (art) we’re treated to a twisted take on the lucky rabbit’s foot through the eyes of a loyal and observant companion!

In The Fishman by Alex Ogalla (story) and Sal L. Donaire (art) we get hooked and reeled into a tale that combines climate change, time travel, and the fate of the planet! Talk about a fish story!

Later enter a world of magic, swords, and fantasy in the Wicked Creatures by Sam Agro (story and art). Here a brave king seeks to defeat a vile demon with the help of his beloved wife’s conjuring, but alas all is not what it seems!

Following is Phosphenes by David Brana (story) and Javier Caba (art), which proves to be no sleeper as an awkward janitor discovers a mathematical formula that allows him to enter dreams!

What Happened to the Ripper? by Jason Crawley (story) and Ellis Goodson (art) takes us on a tall tale that’s out of this world as we learn the true fate of the infamous Jack the Ripper!

As the pages turn we encounter a big game hunter in Trophy by Jeff Provine (story) and Ellis Goodson (art). This time the hunter has entered into the supernatural realm to bag his prized prey, but mortal moods prove they can still play their part!

Next a stranger visits a small village in Blood Sausage by Alfonso Bueno (story) and Santos Zaballos (art) and looks to gather folktales that he may regret getting his hands on!

As night falls we visit Electric City by Mike Hoffman (story and art) where monster look-alikes live and embrace community in the shadows of a power outage!

And lastly, The Gunplayer by Mike Hoffman (story and art) provides a short and powerful glimpse into the pervasive gun culture that has come to define our time and destroy lives.

As always The Bloke brings together a delightful assortment of horrors that shape and turn ordinary situations into fearful flights of fantasy! The writing in each story is well thought out and paced to carry the reader along for the ride and then hit them with the unforeseen twist! The art spans several different styles and each is executed with expertise and exquisite detail that’s an eerie elation to take in!

You can descend into the Bloke’s Terrible Tomb of Terror #17 https://buff.ly/2itsWDL and https://buff.ly/2AsMhMn  and find more at https://www.facebook.com/BlokesTerribleTombOfTerror/ and keep up with what The Bloke is unearthing on Twitter @BlokesTomb

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Through A Basement Window: The Collected Comix of Clark A. Dissmeyer 1984–1986 by Marc Myers and Richard Krauss

Through A Basement Window

Through A Basement Window: The Collected Comix of Clark A. Dissmeyer 1984–1986 https://buff.ly/2AOliau is a 160-page, Black and White, perfect bound, comic published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

So, for a couple years in the mid ‘80s Clark A. Dissmeyer cranked out some really original, dark, horror comics and this collection bundles them all together! Clark’s take on the horror genre is fresh and approaches the subject in so many unexpected ways that you just can’t stop reading! Each story is unique and many of them are no more than one or two pages. There’s really a lot of gloomy goodies packed into these 160 pages! Clark’s art also takes on a bold harshness that perfectly matches the mood of the stories and nicely balances the pacing and action of the written word with the graphics!

You can delve into the darkness of Through A Basement Window: The Collected Comix of Clark A. Dissmeyer 1984–1986 at https://buff.ly/2AOliau

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Lilith Dark #4 by Charles C. Dowd

Lilith Dark #4

Lilith Dark #4 https://buff.ly/2zMO8fx is an all-ages, fantasy adventure, full color, 24-page, four-issue limited series written and illustrated by Charles C. Dowd. Published by Alterna Comics.

The gang is back as Lilith Dark and friends make their last stand against the beasties in this fourth and final issue of this fun filled series! Strange creatures continue their all-out assault on the Dark family members as they struggle to find a safe way out of the underground maze of twisting tunnels and tumultuous terrors! Is it all in Lilith’s overactive imagination, or has she really found a subterranean world of giant spiders, kitties, and other marauding monsters?!

Charles C. Dowd once again brings the action filled fun led by a tough little girl and her fantasy fueled world in Lilith Dark #4!

Join Lilith Dark on her adventures at https://buff.ly/2zMO8fx and https://www.alternacomics.com/lilithdark and find more at http://lilithdark.com/

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IF: A Crime Anthology published by Alterna Comics

IF Anthology

IF: A Crime Anthology https://buff.ly/2jsKufL and https://buff.ly/2zNOQsU is a 336-page, Black and White, crime anthology written and illustrated by various creators. Published by Alterna Comics.

In this massive anthology a bunch of talented writers, artists, and letters combine their skills to create a polished collection of crime stories. The assortment of writers and artists deliver a range of styles and crime related subjects that are sure to please any fan of the genre! Here’s a brief look at what’s inside…

First off in Bank, by Jed McPherson (words and letters) and Chris Shehan (art), a man robs banks and stashes the money in garbage cans because he claims someone is holding his daughter, a daughter he doesn’t have!

Then in Bump In The Night Zach Bassett checks us into a hotel where a murderer is on the hunt, but his next would be victim has other plans!

In the The Chasedown, with words and art by Tyler Wentland and letters by Wes Locher, violent guys from different cultures all cross paths in a high-speed race through the streets of a big city!

Citizen Scorn, with words, story, and letters by Chas! Pangburn, with Brian Level also on story, and K.R. Whalen and Vasco Sobral on art, holds bad cops accountable in this graphically gory story!

With The Cycle by Paul Axel (words), Deanna Brigman (art), and Justin Birch (letters) a lifetime of limited options and poor decisions leads to unfortunate consequences for a kid named Anthony.

In Destiny, NY: Different This Time by Pat Shand (creator, words), Vincenzo Riccardi (art), Jim Campbell (letters), and Manuel Preitano (creator) a transplant from across the pond finds it difficult to shake a violent way of life that she’s grown accustomed to, but she tries!

Next Hugo Boylan (words), Rapha Lobosco (art), and Kerrie Smith (letters) take us into a man’s dreams in Dreamweaver!

Enforcer: Tough Luck, by Brian Funk (words), Artyom Trakhanov (art), and Thomas Mauer (letters), takes us (along with a bit of Irish luck) into the dark and seedy side of Meridian, a bustling metropolis full of gangs and their mythological gods, ghosts, and demons!

In Everyman, by Andrew M. Jackson (words and art) and Todor Hristov (letters), a wanderer brings trouble wherever his wandering takes him!

A fighter regrets the path he’s taken as the bell sounds in Friday Night Fights by Bob Frantz and Kevin Cuffe (words), Tim Switalski (art), and Shawn Greenleaf (letters and edits)!

Automation improves life for most, but for others it leads to drastic measures to prove their worth in Future (im)Perfect by Andre Mateus (words) and Luis Cavaco (art and letters)!

A fortunate accident leads to life-changing decisions in Game Day by Jon Clark (words and art) and April Brown (letters)!

In Golden Years by Mark Bertolini (words) and Carlos Angeli (art and letters) a man comes to terms with his own mortality and decides to settle a score that’s been haunting him for yours!

Massimo Rosi (words), Eduardo Mello (art), and Francesco Della Santa (letters) bring us Graveyard Ballad, a tale in which three former soldiers must pay the price for their past sins!

The Guilt by Glenn Moane (words), Adrian Bago Gonzalez (art), and Sean Rinehart (letters), eats away at one man, driving him to make things right the only way he knows how!

It’s another “Why did the chicken cross the road?” mystery in Hard-Boiled by Chas! Pangburn (words and letters) and Claire Connelly (art)!

In Helpless, by Terry Mayo (words), Chris Pongpat (art), and Micah Myers (letters), a serial killer addicted to death thinks he’s found easy prey to sink his teeth into…until the prey bites back!

Then, in The House Always Wins by Erik Whalen, a gambler finds a winning streak but pushes his luck a little too far!

Next in Identity Thrift, by Mike Garley (words), Andy W. Clift and Nathan Ashworth (art), and Michael Stock (letters), a guy that struggles to fit in finds the life and friends he’s always wanted…and he’ll do whatever needs to be done to keep it!

Everyone seems to make lists and in Last Thing on the List, by R. Thomas Favino (words and letters) and Ross Radke (art), one senior citizen gets to scratch one thing off their list!

In The Monster, by David Bishop (art and letters) and Ben Rosenthal (words), we travel back to the late 1800’s where two devious doctors are building something with human parts!

A big city detective with time on his hands decides to investigate a series of mysterious disappearances in the small town of Morrow by Jeffrey Bridges and Susan Bridges (words), Phillip Sevy (art), and Toben Racicot (letters)!

A couple of detectives seek to explain why people are killing themselves in The Mountain by Dave Swartz (words, art, and letters), and find something much darker than they expected!

It’s time for performance reviews and there’s been a Murder on the Orient Station, by Glenn Matchett (words), Antonio Brandao (art), and Weston Design Studio (letters)! Now only the space bound sheriff can solve the crime with the aid of his A.I. sidekick, but there’s something not quite right about the sheriff’s conclusions!

No Dawn for a Pawn, by James E. Roche (words), Axur Eneas (art), and Chas! Pangburn (letters), is written and illustrated in a Dr. Seuss poetic style and tells the tale of lost love and deceit in a whimsical way!

An obsessive neighbor takes things too far in Noelle, by Cody Sousa (words), Cody Sousa and Dan Sheppard (story), Dylan Andrews (art), Dezi Sienty (letters), and Nicole Airey (edits), and finds himself in the interrogation room of the local police station!

A death row inmate’s last request in The Olive, by Rob Pilkington (words) and Benjamin A. E. Filby (art), pushes one man to his limits!

In The One That Got Away, by Jerry Willoughby (words), Nenad Cvitcanin (art), Nikki Sherman (letters), and Katie Rose (edits), two brothers in crime share a little too much and learn there is no honor among thieves!

Sometimes you really should trust your first instinct and that’s the case in The Other Thoughts Jacoby Salcedo (words and art), Kiefer Hanson (letters), and Dana Lawson-Rivera (edits)!

Things aren’t what they seem in The Priest and the Parishioner, by Luis Roldan Torquemada (words and letters) and Aurelio Moreno Cabanes (art), but as true identities are revealed and bullets fly, all becomes clear!

A detective with a knack for getting confessions re-connects with a childhood acquaintance in Rebirth of the Gangster by CJ Standal (words and letters) and Juan Romera (art)!

In Roadkill, by Hannu Kesola (words) and Antti Kosonen (art and letters), a couple of bikers get their hands dirty doing the right thing!

Order is maintained in The Self-Deceiver, by Par Thorn (words) and Nicolas Krizan (art and letters), as a comics creators’ agent recalls his less than honest life in the business!

It gets hard to tell who Spartacus is in this short tale by Shaun Manning (words and letters) and Francisco Munoz and Allyson Haller (art)!

Crow Ra (words, art, and letters) gives us a flawed character with some understandable regrets in Stained Accessory!

In Stall, by Forrest C. Helvie (words), Joseba Morales (art), and Adam J. Wollet (letters), there’s something strange happening in the bathroom!

An unlucky Thief, by Jason Inman and Ashley Victoria Robinson (words), Nick Robles (art), and Taylor Esposito (letters), realizes too late that he’s stolen from the wrong guy!

And lastly in What It Takes, by Daniel Santos (words), Iacopo Calisti (art), and Toben Racicot (letters), a writer explains everything that goes into writing a crime story!

You can get the IF Anthology: Crime at https://buff.ly/2jsKufL and https://buff.ly/2zNOQsU and you can find more at https://www.alternacomics.com/ifanthology

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Ask a Cat Digest #4 by Charles Brubaker

Ask a Cat #4

Ask a Cat Digest #4 http://www.gocomics.com/ask-a-cat/ is a 12-page, digest size, B&W, all-ages, humor comic written and illustrated by Charles Brubaker and published by Smallbug Press.

Charles Brubaker collects an assortment of Ask a Cat cartoons in this fourth issue of toons about a confessional cat. The forthcoming feline answers readers’ questions about snakes, coupons, blackouts, opening a cat café, and why Cat doesn’t use a laptop! In addition to these topics other subjects are also addressed as Charles pens his comical cat in hilariously absurd situations designed to delight!

You can Ask a Cat yourself at http://www.gocomics.com/ask-a-cat/ and even Ask a Cat via e-mail at goaskthecat@gmail.com and find more from Charles Brubaker at http://www.bakertoons.com/ and https://tapastic.com/cbrubaker and http://www.fuzzy-princess.com

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Review: Mörf by Billy McKay and various artists

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Mörf https://buff.ly/2m2ybeT is a 28-page, full color, digest size, exquisite corpse style continuous story illustrated by 25 artists. Created, written, and edited by Billy McKay.

This creative comic is the brainchild of Billy McKay. Billy’s vision was to bring 25 artists together and share a single image of his character Mörf with them, one artist at a time. The first artist was to draw their version of the character, changing as the liked, based only on a single image provided to them by Billy. The second artist then received the first artist’s drawing and repeated the process, and the third artist received the second’s and so on, and so on until all 25 artists had drawn and changed Mörf. After all the drawings were done Billy collected them, colored them, and wrote a continuous poetic story that stretched across all versions of Mörf and tied each image into the next! What an impressive undertaking, and what a visually stunning and delightful book!

The talented artists featured in Mörf are: Billy McKay, Marc Palm, Max Clotfelter, Jeff Heidel, Dale Martin, Ryan Holgersen, Micah Liesenfeld, Chad Woody, Henry Knoth, Warren Elliott (that’s me!), Jimbo Easter, Nate McDonough, Andrew Goldfarb, Adam Yeater, Jesse Thomas, O’Ryan McGowan, Joseph Tenney, Pam Bliss, Suzanne Baumann, Carrie McNinch, Jason Young, Bruce Orr, Bob Corby, Tom Cherry, and Bob Vojtko!

You can get your hands on the crazy, colorful comic that is Mörf at https://buff.ly/2m2ybeT

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Review: Voodoo Curse #1 by Kim Roberts, Reinaldo Lay, and Chris Allen

Voodoo Curse

Voodoo Curse #1 https://buff.ly/2AgOLtK is a 28-page, full-color, mature, horror-crime comic created and written by Kim Roberts, with art by Reinaldo Lay, and colors and letters by Chris Allen. Published by Swamp Line Comics.

A criminal looking to make one last heist gets betrayed and finds himself dead in a body bag. From that unfortunate position he tells the story of how he got there and what his widowed wife along with two accomplices are prepared to do to bring him back! What ensues is a gory collection of voodoo spells, dismembered bodies, and devious plots!

Swamp Line Comics once again proves to be the place to find original stories in comics! Kim, Reinaldo, and Chris infuse elements of voodoo, horror, and crime into a vibrantly illustrated and colored brutal tale that nicely continues the chilling tradition of horror comics for grown-ups! Everything from the premise of Voodoo Curse to the execution of the art chores deliver in this pleasing page turner that will leave you wanting more!

You can get the Voodoo Curse cast on you at https://buff.ly/2AgOLtK and find more at https://www.swamplinecomics.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/swampline/ and https://twitter.com/swamplinecomics

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Review: It’s Cold in the River at Night by Alex Potts

It's Cold in the River at Night

It’s Cold in the River at Night https://buff.ly/2zE1I4f by Alex Potts, 112 pages (digital version), full color. Published by Avery Hill.

Carl and Rita rent a river house on stilts in a remote area of Western Europe. As the river rises below and dark clouds form above them, they struggle with their individual pursuits and relationship. Rita embraces the isolation as a welcoming atmosphere that will allow her to complete her thesis. Carl becomes irritated by boredom and seeks out meaningful experiences to fill his time and define who he is. Along the way each must contend with others that enter their lives and with their often blurred intentions.

Alex Potts spins an intriguing tale about self-discovery and relationships set against the harsh backdrop of nature. The writing convincingly explores a troubled relationship, giving believable voices to unique characters. The art broadens the characters’ personalities through strong facial expressions and body language. The colors used throughout It’s Cold in the River at Night also contribute to the cold and bleak backdrop the weather and environment play in the story.

You can find It’s Cold in the River at Night at https://buff.ly/2zE1I4f and see more from Alex Potts at http://www.alexanderpotts.com/search/label/comics and more from Avery Hill Publishing at http://www.averyhillpublishing.com/