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In the comic book industry, writers are a dime a dozen. Everyone and their dog has a script that’s sure to toss the industry on its ear. But who are the writers that are actually doing it? Who’s making a splash big enough to make waves and who is making more subtle moves that might go unnoticed? We all know the big names in the big companies. We always hear about the Bendises (Is that the correct plural of ‘Bendis’? Bendisies? Bendi?) and the Snyders, but who should you be following that doesn’t get their names plastered all over the comic store? Who are the movers and shakers that aren’t getting their names shouted across social media? This list is here to help.

 

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Westerns and the Supernatural seem to make a great mix, stories of gunsmiths and gun-slingers, coming face-to-face with the things that go bump in the night and have taken root in a violent new continent, lawmen going up against evils from the Old World and all that hoodoo and voodoo, that those genres do. All that adds up and makes us tentatively intrigued to see what SyFy‘s newest Western/Supernatural series, Wynnona Earphas in store for us…

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Image Comics has been slaying the comic game as of late. Created by seven of Marvel Comics’ best selling artists, Image has been producing comics and graphic novels since 1992, and now stands as the 3rd largest comics publisher in the United States. (Facts obtained from ImageComics.com). You’ve no doubt heard their name before, being as they produce The Walking Dead comics that the hit AMC show is based off of. I’m going to give you some lesser-known, relatively newer titles you might want to use as a starting point to dip your toe into the pool that is Image Comics (and possibly spur your next obsession). (more…)

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Greetings, Nerd Bastards readers, Jake here from The Hall of Comics – where heroes shop. I’m a bag and boarded professional. My passion (and business) is to read, write about and sell comics. In an alliance forged in the stars, The Hall of Comics will be dropping by Nerd Bastards weekly, to bring you the latest word and the weeks best pulls in comics. So sit back, grab a snack, and check out what latest comic titles you should be reading. (more…)

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It seems that comic-to-TV adaptations become more and more common, and now some of those involved with making the Walking Dead television show are teaming up with one of the best comic writers, Warren Ellis. In addition, even more comic properties seem to be headed to the small screen as Night Mary and Five Ghosts (pictured above) have been optioned.

Ellis, writer of such things as Iron Man: Extremis, Red, Transmetropolitan, and much, much more, has signed up with Walking Dead produced Gale Ann Hurd and Valhalla Entertainment to create an entirely new television project with Universal Cable Productions. No word on what it is yet, but this is Ellis’ first original venture into television, so it’ll be exciting to see what he comes up with. (more…)

Pryde’s Picks 1/15/14 – Comic Book Reviews

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EDITORS NOTE: In partnership with Youtube personality Kelly Carlton (aka F’N Pryde), we bring you another weekly installment of badass, foul mouthed comic book reviews. So without further ado here’s F’N Pryde with her weekly comic book rundown. It’s  ”Pryde’s Picks!”

Holy busy movie newsweek, Batman! It looks like the epic Batman/Superman crossover is being pushed back to 2016. Michael Douglas is brushing off the stripper glitter from Last Vegas and joining the cast of Ant-Man as Hank Pym. Just when we think we’ve been overloaded with geek news, Wizards of the Coast announces that 20th Century Fox has the rights to adapt a Magic: The Gathering movie But let’s talk comics shall we? (more…)

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This time on The Bastardcast, Jason and Jeremy have a conversation with Nick Pitarra, the co-creator and acclaimed artist behind Image Comics‘ The Manhattan Projects.
What do they talk about? Well, the greatness of series co-creator/writer Jonathan Hickman, the advantage of having easily recognizable characters in the indie world, the coming return of both guest artist Ryan Browne (God Hates Astronauts) and Oppenheimer Land (the brain based battlefield where Oppenheimer battles Oppenheimer and so on…), weird commission requests, and superheroes covered in glue and eating nachos.

Also on the show, the guys discuss print vs. digital with Mr. Pitarra, go over the contents of his comic collection, and listen as Pitarra makes his bold Eisner Award predictions and promises to deliver a drunken epic acceptance speech should he or Hickman take home an award.

All that and more on this episode of, The Bastardcast

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The Bastardcast: Not afraid of Enrico Fermi.

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We’ve seen a lot of sides from Rick Grimes over the past three seasons of The Walking Dead, mostly his “things and stuff” face, but in between that we had a show. With Robert Kirkman and company working their way into Season 4 of the AMC series everyone is looking to step up their game and shock viewers in new ways.

So why not release a promotional image of Andrew Lincoln and a walker to peek our interest? It’s a start, kind of.

Take your first full look at the image below.

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Now that we know a proper R-rated Riddick is on it’s way we can expect quite the rip-roaring film thanks to David Twohy and Vin Diesel. Being the good sports that they are, they’ve released the first image since their buddy cop photo reveal back in December. Now Vin has released a brand new photo to get the fans all “wet”.

Looking all buff and brooding like he always does, this image has surfaced onto the Internet in promotion of Riddick. Featuring a wet landscape and Vin, in his Riddick persona, on some kind of floating bike – minus the post CG after effects – really gives a tone of how the film will play out. And while we already know about Richard B. Riddick, how about some of the new blood to the “threequel”? Hit the jump for more.
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Beyond the commerce and the spectacle, Comic-Cons serve as a trade show where hundreds flock to have their work reviewed and their dreams bolstered.

At last month’s New York Comic-Con I met a few aspiring comic book artists at the DC Entertainment Talent Search where a lucky few get their portfolios reviewed and others are able to pick up a few tips on how to succeed.

Rachael Anderson was one of the artists in attendance. She was eager to have her work seen and her countless efforts justified. A call-center worker from Texas, Rachael says that her and her husband Josh “pretty much scrimped and saved every last dollar to get here for a day and a half.”

Nervous, but confident in her work, Rachael showed me a bit of her portfolio as we sat in the bare panel room one floor beneath the buzz and bustle of the main show floor. It’s the kind of room where you’d expect to hear salesmen talking about the exciting evolution of vinyl siding during one of the Javitz Center’s many other trade shows, but Rachael is here because she loves Batman and she’s wanted to draw comic books since she was 12.

Her work is good, clean, and professional and as my eyes rest on two pictures in particular – a black and white drawing of a spider straddling a car and a faithful sketch of Daredevil – I can’t help but wonder how many times Rachael has put pencil to paper to reach this point of proficiency. A point where there is little daylight between her work and some of the published work that can be seen in the bins and on the tables upstairs on the show floor.

That’s the unfair part of this: it isn’t purely about talent. Right now there are plenty of artists who make a living in the industry without the level of talent that Rachael possesses. For her and some of the people in this room on this side of the table, they’re forced to wait for luck and opportunity to allow their work to get seen, but its a long hard road that can exhaust people and force them to abandon their pursuits.

After the show, I find out that I was the only one to see Rachael’s portfolio in that panel room. Her sacrifice to get to New York and her talent weren’t enough to coax that little bit of luck from it’s hiding place but she did get some encouragement from a few artists on the show floor who looked at her work.

“Mike Choi gave me advice on anatomy and storytelling and then showed me where I could improve my page composition. So mostly I was told to work on my inking, hands, and story telling and then told to “get lucky” when it comes to finding freelance work.”

She tells me that she dropped off portfolio submissions at the DC, Marvel, Image, and Valiant booths and emailed/mailed IDW, Dark Horse, and Image (again) after the show but that she hasn’t heard anything back yet.

“Even though it’s depressing to realize [that] I still have a ways to go, I still think the show was worth it. It was a step in the right direction and as long as I keep moving in the right direction and as long as I keep moving in the direction of my goals and don’t give up, it will never be a waste.” she says before telling me that her and her husband decided that they would put aside their pre-NYCC deal that said she would go back to work at the call-center if she couldn’t get a lead on a paying gig at the show.

“My husband insisted that I just continue to focus on our graphic novel project (Horror Town). It sucks feeling like I’m not contributing anything or helping in any sort of way to pay off our living expenses or bills, but I am very grateful for all of the support and patience my spouse has had thus far. We both know that the best way to get a job in comics is to just make comics.”

Rachael Anderson will be back at New York Comic-Con next year.

To read Rachael’s web-comic on knitting, go here. To check out her website, go here