BACK ISSUES: Essential Iron Fist

BACK ISSUES: Essential Iron Fist

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. Tomorrow, Marvel’s Iron Fist will be released via the studios’ partnership with streaming service Netflix. In honor of the latest Marvel hero to make his debut, today’s column is going to take a look back at over 4 decades of Iron Fist comic book tales and give you…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Fraction and Zdarsky Engorge the SEX CRIMINALS Universe

ADVANCE REVIEW: Fraction and Zdarsky Engorge the SEX CRIMINALS Universe

It’s been a while, but Sex Criminals is finally back, and Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky are going big. The Image Comics series, which has received widespread critical acclaim and stands as one of the biggest sales successes in recent years, took a five-month hiatus after issue #10. In the meantime, the word has continued to spread about the wildly irreverent series. The first trade received a Hugo Award nomination for Best Graphic Story and, most…

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Matt Fraction Launches “Fifty Shades of Futures Without Violence”

Matt Fraction Launches “Fifty Shades of Futures Without Violence”

The comics industry has not been shy about taking on the pop-cultural titan which is E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey. Stjepan Sejic’s Sunstone has been touted as a sex-positive alternative for those interested in stories about B/D culture, and now Matt Fraction, the writer behind Time’s Comic Book of the Year for 2014: Sex Criminals, has joined the fray. Fraction announced in a blog post that he would be directing the proceeds from his…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Casanova Acedia #1 – May Be Too Familiar For Its Own Good

ADVANCE REVIEW: Casanova Acedia #1 – May Be Too Familiar For Its Own Good

  Reviewing a comic by one of your favorite authors is generally a treat, but, it often comes with certain caveats. For example, do I review them based on the quality of their work relative to the rest of the industry or to their larger portfolio? If there are certain quirks that I have seen before and are generally good, do they get “points” for that or does it count as old hat because I’ve…

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FRIDAY FANCAST: Sex Criminals

FRIDAY FANCAST: Sex Criminals

Sex Criminals has been incredibly successful since it’s inception.  Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky continually pull us in with each issue and the series was chosen as TIME magazine’s Comic Book of the Year. As such, I’m sure I’m not the only person hoping for it to be picked up for a movie or television show.  That is why it is this weeks fancast choice.  While I’d love to cast Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick (who…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: “Sex Criminals #6” Under Arrest

ADVANCE REVIEW: “Sex Criminals #6” Under Arrest

Author: Matt Fraction Artist: Chip Zdarsky Color Flatting: Becka Kinzie Publisher: Image Comics I knew when I began reading this issue of Sex Criminals I was in for an interesting ride. It’s not your normal story. Well, it’s not what people expect, especially if they’re not immersed in the comic book culture. In fact I’ve had two people ask me about the story so far, and I found it’s not the easiest thing to explain…

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Noob Review: Hawkeye Volume 2 (Oh yeah, bro. Yeah)

Noob Review: Hawkeye Volume 2 (Oh yeah, bro. Yeah)

The Russian “bros” in track suits are back! Oh yeah, and Clint Barton starring as Hawkeye. 😀 I never would have guess how much fun his life is when he’s not running around with the Avenger team. There is nothing ordinary about it as trouble seems to have a tracking chip embedded in his skin. Clint’s main problem? Girls. Currently his biggest problem is with Darlene Penelope Wright. A train wreck of a girl that…

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CON QUEST ECCC 2014: The Sex Criminals Panel

CON QUEST ECCC 2014: The Sex Criminals Panel

  The raucous, loud, and passionate Sex Criminals fanbase was in full effect for a hilarious and revealing panel with Chip Zdarsky and Matt Fraction. We’d love to say there were a few big news bombs dropped, but 95% of the panel involved dirty jokes (mainly about Applebee’s), Zdarsky telling stories, and the love that Matt and Chip share. This was showcased by the cloudy variant cover for issue #1, a fan favorite wherever it goes, and…

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CON QUEST ECCC 2014: “Secret Origins with Matt Fraction” Panel

CON QUEST ECCC 2014: “Secret Origins with Matt Fraction” Panel

  First of all, Matt Fraction is one of the most genuine, relatable, and humble creators in the comics world today. Even as his work has blown up critically and commercially (deservingly so), he remains down-to-earth and focused on the fans first. The early panel at Emerald City Comicon’s “Secret Origins” was a discussion with just Matt and the audience. He declined a moderator to keep it more open for fans to weigh in. What…

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CON QUEST Capeless Crusader’s ECCC Show Guide and Panel/Party/Event List

CON QUEST Capeless Crusader’s ECCC Show Guide and Panel/Party/Event List

Behind NYCC and SDCC, Emerald City Comicon is the third biggest comics and pop culture convention in North America, taking place in lovely downtown Seattle. Capeless will be reporting live from the show through Twitter, Facebook, and articles on the site. ECCC combines a quality mix of panels, booths, events, breaking news, and, of course, lots of industry professionals. Below we outline some of the can’t-miss panels, help you find the various after-parties and events…

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