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Greetings, Nerd Bastards readers. Jake here, from The Hall of Comics – where heroes shop. I’m a bagged 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 week’s best pulls in comics. So sit back, grab a snack, and check out the latest comic book titles you should be reading. (more…)

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In “alternate reality” science fiction, one of the few tropes more engaging than alt-history – which shows us how things might have been changed if a historical lynch-pin event had a different outcome than that which we already know – is perhaps best described as alt-future: showing how our society would handle something that could conceivably happen based on our current world, even if the likelihood of that happening is extremely slim.  That’s the premise we are given in We Stand on Guard, a planned 5-issue mini-series. The United States and Canada share the longest international land border in the world… what if our two countries went to war against each other?



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Above: With the third season of Game of Thrones underway, CGHUB artist jigokuen put together this piece of Ygritte once again putting Jon Snow in his place. [Geek Tyrant]

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This week in comic book censorship news, Brian K. Vaughan’s Saga is undergoing a bit of harassment from Apple.  Apparently, they’re refusing to distribute the latest issue, #12, via their apps due to some questionably sexy content.  A debate has arisen, however, of whether Apple is doing this because they don’t want to associate themselves with what they see as pornography, or whether it’s because the nature of the pornography in question is same-sex.

Apple has been on a rampage as of late, taking down more than 1500 other titles that it deemed inappropriate.  They’re not happy with anything dirty being sold through them, but they have run Saga freely up to the current issue and, if creator Vaughan can be trusted, there have been worse things in previous issues.

Vaughan’s press release states his own opinion on the matter:

Annoying press release thing: APPLE vs. SAGA #12

As has hopefully been clear from the first page of our first issue, SAGA is a series for the proverbial “mature reader.” Unfortunately, because of two postage stamp-sized images of gay sex, Apple is banning tomorrow’s SAGA #12 from being sold through any iOS apps. This is a drag, especially because our book has featured what I would consider much more graphic imagery in the past, but there you go. Fiona and I could always edit the images in question, but everything we put into the book is there to advance our story, not (just) to shock or titillate, so we’re not changing s**t.

Apologies to everyone who reads our series on iPads or iPhones, but here are your alternatives for Wednesday:

1) Head over to you friendly neighborhood comics shop and pick up a physical copy of our issue that you can have and hold forever.

2) While you’re at it, don’t forget to support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, which helps protect retailers who are brave enough to carry work that some in their communities might consider offensive. You can find signed copies of Saga at the CBLDF site right now.

3) Download the issue directly through sites like or on your non-Apple smartphone or tablet.

4) If all else fails, you might be able to find SAGA #12 in Apple’s iBookstore, which apparently sometimes allows more adult material to be sold than through its apps. Crazy, right?

Anyway, special thanks to Eric Stephenson and everyone at Image for supporting our decision, and for always being so supportive of creators. Sorry again to readers for the inconvenience, but I hope everyone will be able to find an issue that Fiona and I are particularly proud of. And after you do, please check out, the new digital comics site I own with artist Marcos Martin, which remains 100% uncensored by corporate overlords.

Your pal,


So the question of whether this is because of the nature of the sex is up for debate.  Legally, Apple is entitled to refuse to sell anything they don’t want to.  With the proliferation of other ways to get the comic, their opinion probably doesn’t mean very much in the short-run – just another group of people who don’t approve of this or that.  Luckily for us, we have the Internet, which no one entity rules (unless you count LOLcats).


Thanks to IGN for the heads-up.

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Clearly there’s some photoshop trickery involved, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t an excellent and unexpected cosplay of Izabel from Saga. Created by The Inkblog Blunder. [The Mary Sue]


Robert Kirkman is the creator of The Walking Dead, Invincible, Super Dinosaur, and Thief of Thieves. He recently released the 100th issue of The Walking Dead for Image Comics, and is presently at work on the 3rd season AMC’s The Walking Dead, for which he serves as a writer and an executive producer. He is also developing Thief of Thieves for the network.

While at San Diego Comic Con yesterday morning, our Steven Sautter had a chance to sit down for an exclusive one on one interview with Mr. Kirkman. During the interview they talked about the progress of the Thief of Thieves TV adaptation, the reason why the most beloved characters meet the most brutal of ends in The Walking Dead universe, the future of The Walking Dead, and what Kirkman thinks about non-creator owned comic books and the “corporate entities” behind them.

So Thief of Thieves, congratulations on the pickup — how far away are we from seeing it on the screen?

Robert Kirkman: It’s very much in the early stages right now — we’re in pilot development, which means that we are working on developing the script for a pilot. That is the absolute first stage after something is brought into a network to be developed. Right now I’m working with Chic Eglee and we’re mapping out what the series is going to be and what parts of the comics we’re going to use.

And you’re going to act as a show runner or producer?

Kirkman: Well I’m not a show runner, because that is work and I do not like doing work. No, I’ll be an executive producer and I’ll be writing on the show and all that kind of stuff. Chic Eglee will be the show runner and he’s writing the pilot and it will be his show. You know, in much the same way that Glen Mazzara is the show runner of The Walking Dead. But you know, I’m in the writers room full time and I’m able to say don’t put lasers in the zombies eyes.


COMICS REWIND: 5 Great Creator-Owned Works

(Welcome to Comics Rewind, a weekly column devoted to discovering – or re-discovering – great comics published some time in the past. Here you will find looks back at comics published in every era, from the Golden Age to the Modern Age, as well as retrospectives on the work of important comics writers, lists of “essential” comics, and evaluations of important works, as well as works worthy of a second look or a wider audience. Enjoy!)

I was casting about all week for what I should write about this time out, and other stuff got in the way, most notably the talk on futures studies I was asked to give this morning that I then had to research and outline. I didn’t really have a fully loaded single entry in the pipeline, but then I thought about The Avengers and I realized we are giving a hell of a lot of love to corporate comics this month, aren’t we? So I figured it couldn’t hurt to throw some love to the little guy.


For me, anything new from Brian K. Vaughan is a must-buy. After giving the world both Ex Machina and Y:The Last Man, he’s earned it. I’ve been pumped for Saga since it was announced at Comic-Con last summer, and I went to my local comics shop this week wishin’ and hopin’ for a book that wouldn’t disappoint. Would the Vaughan magic transfer over to the space opera scale he was going for?


Eisner Award-winning comics writer Brian K. Vaughan will return to the world of comics next year with a new creator-owned sci-fi series Saga. Vaughan and Saga’s publisher – Image Comics – announced the series Saturday at ComicCon.

Vaughan has contributed to everything from Batman to Ultimate X-Men, but is best known for his own created titles like Runaways, Y: The Last Man (2008 Best Series Eisner) and Ex Machina (2005 Best New Series and Best Writer Eisners). He’s spent the last couple of years working in Hollywood as a writer for Lost and crafting screen adaptations of his own comics, but now he’s coming back to the medium that made him a star.

Fiona Staples (who most recently has been drawing stuff like Jonah Hex and Superman/Batman for DC) will draw the book. Details are scant on the plot, but in an interview with our friends at Comic Book Resource, Vaughan said it’s definitely sci-fi (he names Star Wars as a key inspiration), and it’s definitely for mature readers.

So far, all that I’ve seen is a beautiful teaser poster by Fiona Staples for the new series that two of you are collaborating on, which is called “Saga.” The poster features two enticing characters with Spockian ears, horns and wings. Is it safe to say this is a science fiction/fantasy tale?

Yep, sci-fi/fantasy for adults. We’re gonna earn that “M” rating.

I know you’re not ready to share too many details just yet as the first issue doesn’t ship till 2012, but big picture, what can you tell us about “Saga”?

“Saga” is an epic drama chronicling the life and times of one young family fighting to survive a never-ending war. 100 percent creator-owned. Ongoing. Monthly. Fiona and I are banking issues now.

And the two characters from the poster, are they the series’ leads? Even if not, who are they?

I guess you could call them our romantic leads. Afraid I can’t say much more than that yet.

I know we’re all supposed to be starstruck by all the movie stars and cinema giants roaming around ComicCon these days, but honestly, this is what that joint is really about. One of the most acclaimed writers of his generations is on his way back to the medium with an epic sci-fi book for grown-ups? Hell yeah.